Douglas Merchants Spring Preview Party The City of the Village of Douglas invites everyone to celebrate its new downtown streetscape, extensively renovated with a bright, new look while retaining its friendly village atmosphere. Sat., June 3 (ribbon cutting at 10 am, followed by the Douglas Merchants Spring Preview Party from 5-9 p.m.). http://www.douglasmichigan.com.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: Early Morning Grounds Walk (June 3). Detroit: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
Art, Historical & Science Museums:
Cranbrook Art Museum “When Philip Met Isabella: Philip Treacy’s Hats for Isabella Blow” (June 3-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 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: “Birmingham High Schools Exhibition” (May 31-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.
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.
Farmington & Farmington Hills City Hall “Sacred Faces,” a collection or portraits photographed by Wolfgang Schmidt. Weekdays, through June 2. 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.
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., through May 28. $23-$73. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2006 season continues with: “Concerto for Orchestra” (May 25-27); Vibraphonist Stefon Harris and his band Blackout (June 1); and “Mahler’s Magnificent Third Symphony” (June 2-4). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Jazz Network Foundation Spring Jazz Festival Five of the area’s most talented musicians make their debut as the sextet Free Radicals. SereNgeti Galleries, Detroit. Sat., June 3. $20. 313-963-8099. http://www.jazznetwork.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.
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.
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