Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Tour the magnificent house and grounds (Tue.-Sun.). Detroit: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
Detroit Festival of the Arts The 20th anniversary international festival that features over 100 music, dance and theatrical presentations; national and local artists; and interactive activities for the entire family. Located throughout Detroit’s Midtown University Cultural Center. Fri.-Sun., June 9-11. http://www.detroitfestival.com.
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,” wight 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: “Birmingham High Schools Exhibition” (through June 9); and The Michigan Masters Series continues with an exhibit focusing on Frank Cassara’s long artistic career (through June 9). 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.
Gallery Project “Technology and Imagination” (through June 18). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com.
Lawrence Street Gallery Art Patron Appreciation Month. Open Tue.-Sat, through June 24. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.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” (June 9-July 23); and “Biennial Tapestry Exhibition” (June 9-July 31). Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
Ballet at the Boll The instructors and students of Ballet Renaissance present a weekend of intriguing dance presentations. Boll Family YMCA, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., June 9-11. $12-$25. 313-309-9622. http://www.ymcadetroit.org.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2006 season continues with: “Night and Day: A Cole Porter Gala” (Thu., June 15). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Gary Burton’s Quartet Revisited Jazz greats Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow and Antonio Sanchez return to the Music Hall for one innovative night of music. Music Hall, Detroit. Fri., June 16. $45-$75. 248-645-6666. http://www.musichall.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, June 10-25. $30-$35. 248-559-2097. http://www.greatlakeschambermusic.com.
Say, What’s New? Eight determined choreographers from the southeast Michigan dance community join forces to create new works that push beyond the boundaries of dance. Hemmelgarn-Crum Dance Studio, 106 Warner, on the EMU campus, Ypsilanti. Fri.-Sat., June 16-17. Free admission/donations accepted. 734-604-8222.
Stars in the Park A free summer concert held every Thursday evening beginning with the Farmington Community Band on June 15. Heritage Park, Farmington Hills. 248-473-1857.
Film & Video:
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.
Emagine Novi Writer/director James Bonner and producer Diane Cheklich return home to show their low-budget, locally made thriller, “Trap”. June 8. $9. 888-319-FILM. http://www.emagine-entertainment.com.
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.
Planet Ant Film & Video Festival A celebration of independent movies and the people who make them from Detroit and around the world. Wed.-Sat., June 14-17. At multiple venues in Hamtramck and Detroit, including Planet Ant Theatre, The Detroit Film Center and The Belmont. 313-365-4948. http://www.planetamt.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.
Waterfront Film Festival Saugatuck’s annual screening of films at multiple venues and a street party on Water Street in downtown Saugatuck. Thu.-Sun., June 8-11. Prices vary; call for details. 269-857-8351. http://www.waterfrontfilm.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 & CALLS FOR ENTRIES:
GREAT LAKES DANCE FESTIVAL – openings available for the two-week summer program for students, teachers and professional dancers ages 16 and up at Oakland University beginning June 17, 248-370-2030; ANN ARBOR ART CENTER – now accepting registrations for summer classes that begin July 10, 734-994-8004, ext. 114.