Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: “Secrets of Gardening Pros” (April 5, $9); Ford House Explorer series for children: “Detecting Details” (April 1, $14) and “Birds Everywhere” (April 8, $14). Detroit: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
Art, Historical & Science Museums:
Cranbrook Art Museum “Shoot the Family,” contemporary photography and video exploring the undercurrents of domestic life. Through April 2. 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.
International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit “International Wine Tasting.” Thu., March 30. $35. Detroit: 313-871-8600.
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 “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.
Ann Arbor Art Center “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 “Minimal Maximum,” March 29-May 7; “Beauty, The Sublime and Intensity,” through March 26. Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 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; “Exposures: Photography ’06,” April 4-28. Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Macomb Center Gallery “Sculpture, Hot and Cold,” featuring the work of Albert Young (Through 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 Lies,” 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:
Bowfire Top virtuoso violinists and fiddlers come together in one electrifying performance. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Sat., April 8. $35-$42. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2006 season continues with: “Romantic Contrasts” (March 30-April 1) and jazz great Wayne Shorter and his quarter (April 6). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Doc Severinsen The famous trumpeter joins the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra for an evening if music. Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Wed., April 5. $25-$42.50. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
The 5 Browns A youthful quintet of brothers and sisters, all of whom are virtuoistic concert pianists. Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Fri., March 31. $26. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
Les Grands Ballets de Montreal A three-part program of dances, “An Evening of Choreograpgy by Jiri Kylian.” Detroit Opera House, Detroit. April 7-9. $23-$73. 313-237-SING. http://www.michiganopera.org.
Lansing Symphony Orchestra An even of selections from great opera choruses with the MSU Choral Union. Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Sat., April 8. $10-$42. 517-487-5001. http://www.lansingsymphony.org.
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet One of America’s premier instrumental ensembles offers an eclectic evening of music. UMS at Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Sun., April 2. $20-$42. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
MSU School of Music “Music Therapy Recital (March 31). Prices and locations vary; call for complete schedule. 517-353-5340. http://www.music.msu.edu.
Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre & Dance “Pan Jumbie” (March 31); Oakland Dance Theatre and OU Repertory Dance Company concert (April 7-9); and Oakland Chorale and University Chorus (April 7-8). Varner Recital Hall and Studio Theatre on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Prices vary; call for details. 248-370-3013. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd.
Riders in the Sky America’s Favorite Cowboys being the Old West musically back to life. Fri., March 31. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. $25-$32. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Tallis Scholars The ensemble will perform a program, “Mozart’s Roots: A Cappella Music in Germany.” UMS at St. Francis Catholic Church, Ann Arbor. Thu., March 30. $30-$40. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
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.
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:
Bauder Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series Acclaimed novelist, essayist and cartoonist Charles Johnson will read excerpts from his work. Madame Cadillac Building, Marygrove College, Detroit. Fri., April 7. Free admission. 313-927-1448. http://www.marygrove.edu.
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 Entry:
THE IRON STAIRS GALLERY AND STUDIO – registering for “Kids Create,” a program for children ages 4-6 beginning April 10, 734-424-1424.