Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: Making Tracks for Celiacs-5th International Walk/Run (May 21). Detroit: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
Art, Historical & Science Museums:
Cranbrook Art Museum $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314. http://www.cranbrook.edu/artmuseum.
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 May 21). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu.
Ambient Gallery “Free Imitation,” a solo exhibit of photography Donald Dietz. Through May 20. Grosse Pointe: 313-882-8888. http://www.ambientgallery.com.
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits include: “Compulsion to Repeat,” four artists who explore the concept of repetition (May 19-July 1). Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Biddle Gallery Exhibit: “Michael Goss: Portraits” (through June 3). Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibits include: “BBAC Art Awards Regional High School Competition 2006” (through May 26); and The Michigan Masters Series continues with an exhibit focusing on Frank Cassara’s long artistic career (May 19-June 9). Free admission. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Brown and Juanita Ford Gallery Exhibit: “Second Annual K-12 Student Art Exhibition” (through June 6) Wayne County Community College District, Downtown Campus, Detroit. Detroit: 313-496-2570. http://www.wcccd.edu.
Charles Johanson Gallery “Phenomena,” an exhibition of artists Adrian Hatfield, Jayson Lowery and Helen Bevan. Tue.-Fri., through May 20. Detroit: 248-875-7332.
Farmington & Farmington Hills City Hall “Sacred Faces,” a collection or portraits photographed by Wolfgang Schmidt. Weekdays, through June 2. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1856.
The Gallery at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts An exhibit of work by students of Macomb Community College. Through May 19. Open Mon.-Fri. Free admission. Clinton Twp.: 586-286-2141. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Gallery Project “Technology and Imagination” (through June 18). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com.
The Iron Stairs Gallery and Studio “Woman,” an exhibit that explores women, from goddesses to the everywoman. Through June 3. Dexter: 734-424-1424.
Lawrence Street Gallery A solo exhibit of fine art photography by Rod Sypitkowski. Open Tue.-Sat, through May 27. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts “Woodcuts: East-West.” Through June 2. Mon.-Fri. by appointment and before events. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: “Art of Wonder/Devices of Memory” (through May 29); and “Toy Brigade” (through May 29). Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater America’s most electrifying dance company returns with a mixed-repertory program. Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Wed.-Sun., May 24-28. $23-$73. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2006 season continues with: “Canadian Brass” (May 18-21); “Out of This World” (May 20); and “Concerto for Orchestra” (May 25-27). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Matinee Musicale for Seniors The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s Daytime Series for senior citizens continues with the A2SO’s Brass Quintet. A2SO at the Jewish Community Center, Ann Arbor. Wed., May 24. $7. 734-971-0990. http://www.a2so.com.
MSU School of Music Internationally acclaimed Verhehr Trio presents the first performances of two new works, as well as romantic era works by Brahms and Bruch. Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Wed., May 24. $8. 517-432-2000. http://www.music.msu.edu.
Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers The 26th season closes with the annual “Spring Concert of Dance” featuring three premieres by Rachel Miller, Cori Terry and Michael Miller. Wellspring Theater at Epic Center, Kalamazoo. Thu.-Sun., May 18-21. $20. 269-342-4354. http://www.wellspringdance.com.
Young Satchmo, Blow Your Horn A concert featuring the early works of Louis Armstrong that demonstrates the impact his music had on American culture. A Jazz Kats program for kids at Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center, East Lansing. Sun., May 21. $7. 517-432-2000. http://www.jazzatwhartoncenter.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.
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films. Plus, beginning May 19 through Nov. 5, 25 films from the Sundance Film Festival will be screened. $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.
BIDDLE GALLERY – lamp work demonstration by Toby Upton, May 19, 734-281-4779; URBAN INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS – offering an art therapy program for LGBT teens struggling with their sexuality beginning this spring, 616-454-7000; GREAT LAKES DANCE FESTIVAL – registrations now accepted for a two-week summer program for students, teachers and professional dancers ages 16 and up, 248-370-2030.