Art, Historical & Science Museums:
Cranbrook Art Museum “Shoot the Family,” contemporary photography and video exploring the undercurrents of domestic life. Through March 26. Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 1-877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrook.edu.
Detroit Historical Museum “American Icons: Detroit Designs.” Open Wed.-Sun. $5. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org.
Detroit Institute of Arts “The ‘Super Bowl’ Show: Still-Life Prints, Drawings, Photographs and Vessels”, Wed.-Sun. through April 30. Museum admission by donation. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org.
Flint Institute of Arts “American Perspectives: Highlights of Works by African-American Artists from the Collection of the FIA,” through April 2; “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,” through June 30; ALSO: “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 “The Golden Age of Dutch Prints,” through March 26; “Landscapes of Longing: Journeys Through Memory and Place,” through April 2; and “Art of the Congo,” through May 21. Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu.
Ambient Gallery “Detroit Sky,” paintings of Detroit by Darcel Deneau. Through March 17. Grosse Pointe: 313-882-8888. http://www.ambientgallery.com.
Ann Arbor Art Center “Spring Forward,” an exhibit by the Ann Arbor Women Artists, through March 27; “Drawing into Painting,” brave and challenging new works that buck current trends, through April 8. Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Biddle Gallery “Clay Show,” features pottery and tile made in Michigan. Mon.-Sat., through March 31. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center “Michigan Fine Arts Competition,” through April 7; Free admission. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Brown and Juanita Ford Gallery “What is Art?” An exhibit of Michigan artists astute in a variety of visual arts disciplines. Tue.-Fri., through March 31. Detroit: 313-496-2634. http://www.wcccd.edu.
City Gallery at Costick Center “Focus on the Mission,” a student photography exhibit. Weekdays during regular business hours through April 1. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1856.
Farmington & Farmington Hills City Hall “Dane’s World,” the documentary style photography of Dane Gussin. Weekdays through March 31. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1856.
Gallery Project “Beauty, The Sublime and Intensity”. Tue.-Sun., through March 26. Birmingham: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com.
Lansing Art Gallery Current exhibits: “Lansing Community College Student Art Exhibit,” Tue.-Sat., through March 30. Lansing: 517-374-6400. http://www.lansingartgallery.org.
Lawrence Street Gallery “Abstraction & Adornment, through April 1. Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Macomb Center Gallery “Swallow(ed),” an exhibit of Naomi Falk’s work that pays tribute to individuals affected by recent tragedies (through March 21); and “Sculpture, Hot and Cold,” featuring the work of Albert Young (March 23-April 21). Open weekdays. Clinton Twp: 586-286-2141. http://www.macombcenter.com.
The Scarab Club “War/Not War” in the Main Gallery and “Obsessive Compulsive Behavior: 64 Years with a Camera” in the Lounge Gallery. Wed.-Sun., through April 1. 313-831-1250. http://www.scarabclub.org.
Sherry Washington Gallery “Delivering Justice: The World of W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights,” new collages and drawings by Benny Andrews. Tue.-Sat., through March 31. Detroit: 313-961-4500. http://www.sherrywashingtongallery.com.
Tangent Gallery “Parallel Lives,” a new two-man exhibit by Ron Zakrin and Mark Heggie. Saturdays and by appointment through April 11. Detroit: 313-873-2955.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts “Portal Spaces” (through May 6). Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
BB King: The 80th Birthday celebration Tour The legendary King of the Blues is still singing and playing with relentless passion. MSU Concert Auditorium. March 16. $47.50-$52.50. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Children of Uganda Twenty young performers orphaned by AIDS and civil war combine dance, song, music and storytelling. UMS at Power Center, Ann Arbor. March 23-24. $18-$40. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2006 season continues with: Kurt Elling and Luciana Souza (March 16) and “The Marvin Hamlisch Soundtrack” (march 23-26). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Flint Symphony Orchestra Enrique Diemecke conducts pieces by Kabalevsky and Respighi, March 18, $9-$46. The Whiting, Flint. 810-237-7333. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.org.
Masters Homaging Masters Concert pianist Flavio Varani presents his annual benefit for OU’s Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance. Varner Recital Hall on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. March 24. $25-$50. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
Motown in Motion Eisenhower Dance Ensemble and The Contours present a multi-dimensional production uniting music and dance in an evening of Motown hits. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. March 25. $25-$30. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
MSU School of Music Events include “Cello Plus” chamber music series (March 19, 20, 22, 23); “Jazz in the Loft” (March 22); and “Annual Honors Concert” (March 25). Prices and locations vary; call for complete schedule. 517-353-5340. http://www.music.msu.edu.
Shostakovich Centennial Festival The Kirov Orchestra and conductor Valery Gergiev will be joined by the UMS Choral Union. UMS at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. March 17 & 19. $10-$75. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
Swinging the Standards Vocalist Kirsten Gustafson and her trio pay tribute to the great American songwriters. Saugatuck Center for the Arts’ Bertha Krueger Reid Theater, Saugatuck. March 25. $15. 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org.
Tancredi A concert opera version of Rossini’s opera featuring Ewa Podles and the DSO. UMS at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. March 25. $10-$65. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
A Tchaikovsky Spectacular The Tchaikovsky Ballet and Orchestra from Russia present highlights from “Swan Lake,” “The Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker.” Detroit Opera House, Detroit. March 25-26. $23-$73. 248-645-6666. http://www.ticketmaster.com.
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.
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.
Flix at Meadow Brook A series of international films, as well as those with environmental and social awareness themes. Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester Hills. Every Tuesday through April 4. $4. Rochester Hills: 248-377-3300. http://www.mbtheatre.com.
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films. $8.50. 734-668-TIME. http://www.michtheater.org.
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.
2006 Metro Shorts – Detroit Film Competition/Festival Producer/director Tom Spiroff premieres two of his films: “Chicken Man” and “Two Divorced Guys In A Bar,” plus other shorts followed by a night of music and dancing. Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak. Sat., March 18. $50-$100. 1-800-919-6272. http://www.metroshorts.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.
CITY OF FARMINGTON HILLS – accepting nominations for 2006 Artist-in Residence and Distinguished Service to the Arts Awards, due April 4, 248-473-1856; BOLL FAMILY YMCA – Registration through march 27 for Y-Arts programs for children and adults, 313-309-9622;