Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Special interest tours include “The First Great Modern American Landscape” (Wed., June 21) and “Modernism Style” (Fri., Jun 23). Open Tue.-Sun. Detroit: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
Arts & Summer Festivals:
Summer Auto Fair Celebrate our fascination and love affair with moving vehicles. On the grounds of the Flint Cultural Center, Flint. Fri.-Sun., June 23-25. $5/adults, $1/children. 810-237-3450. http://www.sloanmuseum.org.
Art, Historical & Science Museums:
Cranbrook Art Museum “When Philip Met Isabella: Philip Treacy’s Hats for Isabella Blow” (through Aug. 27) Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314. http://www.cranbrook.edu/museum.
Detroit Historical Museum “381 Days: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Story,” celebrating the legacy of Rosa Parks (through July 16). Open Wed.-Sun. $5. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “African American Art from the Walter O. Evans Collection” (through July 2). Museum admission by donation. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org.
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibit: “My Brothers’ Keeper” (through July 30; $7). Also: “Art a la Carte,” a free weekly Wednesday noontime series of fun and interesting programs. Open Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.
Michigan State University Museum “Weavings of War: Fabrics of Memory” and “Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa” (through June 30). Open 7 days. East Lansing: 517-355-2370. http://museum.msu.edu.
University of Michigan Museum of Art “Rethinking the Photographic Image: The Best Photography from the George Eastman House Collection” (through June 25); Plus, “Art of the Congo” (through June 30). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu.
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits include: “Compulsion to Repeat,” four artists who explore the concept of repetition (through July 2); and “Transformations,” eight regional artists working a diverse variety of media (through July 2). Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibits include: “40 Years of Separation” (Robinson Gallery); “Vanishing Landscapes” (DeSalle Gallery); and works by BBAC painting students (Commons Gallery). June 24-July 21 Free admission. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Farmington & Farmington Hills City Hall Contemporary oil paintings by local artist Geoff Merrill. Weekdays, through June 30. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1856.
4731 Gallery & 555 Gallery “Urban Alchemy,” a collaborative art exhibit featuring found-objects and city-inspired artists. Mon.-Sat., through June 24. Detroit: 313-894-4731. http://www.4731.com.
Gallery Project “Experiments,” a multi-media exhibit celebrating the gallery’s first anniversary (through July 30). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com.
Lawrence Street Gallery Art Patron Appreciation Month (through June 24). Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Sherry Washington Gallery “Abstractions of Life” features the work of renowned artist Gilda Snowden (through Aug. 27). Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-961-4500. http://www.sherrywashingtongallery.com.
University of Detroit Mercy Library “Drawing on the Hudson Building 1996-1997,” an exhibition of photographs and related materials. Open Mon-Sat., through June 30. Detroit: 313-993-1795.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: “Fiber Arts Network Juried Exhibition” (through July 23); and “Biennial Tapestry Exhibition” (through July 31). Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
African Children’s Choir The internationally acclaimed group mixes traditional and contemporary African songs, popular gospel tunes and lively spirituals. Peoples Church, East Lansing. Fri., June 23. 517-332-5073.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2006 season continues with: “Night and Day: A Cole Porter Gala” (Thu., June 15) and the 14th annual “Salute To America” at Greenfield Village (June 30-July 3). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
e[c]let[r]ic night An electric and eclectic night of cross-over experiments in electronic, classical and African music, including live bands and two documentaries. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids. Fri., June 23. $10. 616-454-7000, ext. 20. http://www.uica.org.
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival The premier chamber music festival that brings many of today’s top names to the Detroit area. At various locations in Oakland County and Ann Arbor, through June 25. $30-$35. 248-559-2097. http://www.greatlakeschambermusic.com.
2006 Muelder Summer Carillon Series An outdoor recital that celebrates the music of the carillon bells. MSU School of Music at the Beaumont Tower, East Lansing. Every Wednesday, June 28-July 26. Free admission. http://www.msu.edu/~carillon.
Music in the Parks A summer concert series celebrating Flint’s diverse cultural heritage begins with “Aunt Mary’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social Fundraiser,” followed by the Flint Symphony Orchestra and Flint Jubilee Gospel Chorale at Crossroads Village, Thu., June 22 & “The Magic of Motown” with The Contours at Riverbank Park, Fri., June 30. Concerts are free; fundraiser is $15/person or $25/family. http://www.musicintheparks.us.
A Night of Salsa Dancing An evening of dance instruction and performance by the Energetic Soul Dance Troupe, with music, dance and appetizers for everyone. International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Detroit. Sat., June 24. $35. 313-871-8600.
Stars in the Park A free summer concert held every Thursday evening beginning with the Farmington Community Band (June 15) and the eclectic Murphy’s Law (June 22). Heritage Park, Farmington Hills. 248-473-1857.
Film & Video:
Comcast Summer Film Series Outdoor weekly film entertainment for the entire family. Campus Martius Park, Detroit. Every Saturday evening at dusk through Aug. 26. Free of charge. http://www.comcastfilmseries.com.
Detroit Film Theatre Celebrating 30 years as one of America’s most comprehensive, popular acclaimed showcases of contemporary and classic world cinema. DFT at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Every Fri.-Mon. $7.50. 313-833-3237. http://www.dia.org/dft.
FIA Theater Quality avant-garde, independent and international films that otherwise would not be seen in the Flint area. FIA Theater at the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6/non-members. 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films. Plus, 25 films from the Sundance Film Festival will be screened through Nov. 5. $8.50. 734-668-TIME. http://www.michtheater.org.
The Mitten Movie Project A filmmaking collective that exhibits the work of filmmakers in Michigan on the first Tuesday of every month. Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak. $10. 248-346-8449. http://www.thoughtcollide.com.
Redford Theatre An historic 1928 movie house in northwest Detroit with an original Barton Theatre Pipe Organ that presents classic film series, organ concerts and special events in a beautifully restored setting. $4/regular tickets; $5/special movie tickets. 313-537-2560. http://www.redfordtheatre.com.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan’s “best alternative film theater” presents cutting edge movies in Grand Rapids seven days a week. $4-$7. 616 454 3994 . http://www.uica.org.
The Written/Spoken Word:
Friday Night Poetry Jam A unique and comfortable entertainment experience that serves as a new platform for artists, musicians and poets to gather, reflect and be inspired in a loft setting. Element, on the third floor of the Clark Lofts building in downtown Detroit. Every Friday. 313-963-6034. http://www.clarklofts.com/element.
Shaman Drum Bookshop Events in Ann Arbor for young and old; call for details. 734-662-7407.
UICA Writers’ Studio A weekly gathering that provides criticism and inspiration to those whose passion is writing. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids. Every Wed. beginning at 6:30 p.m. 616-454-7000. http://www.uica.org.
CLASSES & BENEFITS:
SAUGATUCK CENTER FOR THE ARTS – offering creative classes for children ages 4 through eighth grade beginning in June, 269-857-2399; MACOMB CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – registration still open for children, teens and adults in a variety of music, dance and choir workshops that begin in July, 586-286-2044.