Art & Around for the period May 3-12

By |2007-05-03T09:00:00-04:00May 3rd, 2007|Entertainment|

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Discover the Ford House with all-new tours that go behind the scenes, examine special subjects and provide a new perspective on the family that left an indelible mark on the automotive industry, the arts community and the region. Some advance reservations are required; fees vary. Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222.

Birmingham Fine Arts Festival

Over 200 artists from around North America will come to Birmingham for the annual event that includes live entertainment and a Family Art Activities Center. May 12-13 at Shain Park. Free. Birmingham: 248-644-0866.


Arab American National Museum Exhibits: “Juxtaposed!” – a one-man show by Detroit-based Arab American Adnan Charara (through May 31); and “Connections & Contrasts: Detroit’s Arab American Artists” (through May 31). Open Wed.-Sun. Dearborn: 313-582-2266.
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibits include: “2007 Graduate Degree Exhibition” Through May 11. Open Wed.-Sun. Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314.
Cranbrook Institute of Science Permanent exhibits include: “Life Changes Over Time”; “Ice Ages Come And Go”; and “Peoples of the Woodlands: Objects of Great Lakes Native America.” Open daily. $8 museum admission. 248-645-3200.
Detroit Historical Museum Exhibits include: “Treasures of the Collection,” “Fabulous Five: Detroit Music Legends” and “Detroit Then & Now.” Wed.-Sun. $5 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805.
Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Ansel Adams: America’s Treasures from an American Treasure.” Through May 27. Open Wed.-Sun. $10. Detroit: 313-833-4005.
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Our Body: The Universe Within.” Through May 28. $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission). Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400.
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Oscar Bluemner: Drawings.” Through May 27. Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695.
Kresge Art Museum Exhibits include: “Working America: Photographs from the Ewing Galloway Agency, 1910-1950 (through June 17); and “Circus: The Art of the ‘Strange & Curious” (May 5-July 27). Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834.
Longway Planetarium Michigan’s largest planetarium hosts numerous programs and activities for people of all ages. $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400.
Michigan Library and Historical Center Exhibit: “What is Work,” a youth photo show. Through May 4. Free. Lansing: 517-353-9834.
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include: “Workers Culture in Two Nations: South Africa and the United States.” Through Aug. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibits: “STUFF: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron.” May 12-July 29. Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622.
Sloan Museum Exhibits include: “Flint’s 1947 Flood” (through May 6); and “Fair Housing in Flint” (through Nov. 4). $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450.
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Imagining Eden: Connecting Landscapes.” Through June 3. Open Tue.-Sun. at its temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA.


Amazwi Contemporary Art Celebrate the gallery’s third anniversary and its new, larger space with a Grand Re-Opening reception. May 5. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-5551.
Artcraft Gallery Exhibit: “Message from Life,” featuring the work of DANI. Also exhibiting are David Wickman and Francis LeVeque. Through May 31. Royal Oak: 248-549-9000.
Biddle Gallery Exhibit: “Vessels” by John Albert Murphy (through Aug. 31); plus the Patti Tapper Trunk Show and John Benson Lino-cut Demonstration (both May 5 only). Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibit: “Ray Katz/Metal – 15 Years.” Through June 1. Birmingham: 248-644-0866.
Brown and Juanita C. Ford Gallery Exhibit: “Creative Impulse,” the third annual K-12 student art show. Through May 30. Detroit: 313-496-2570.
Cass Cafe Exhibit: “Disposable Heroes,” new paintings by Ron Zakrin. Through June 16. Open daily. Detroit: 313-831-1400.
Charles Waterhouse Gallery Exhibit: “Flowers Through The Looking Glass,” a photo exhibit by Karla Waterhouse. Through May 5. Open Tue.-Sat. Auburn Hills: 248-853-6779.
Dell Pryor Gallery Exhibit: “Beyond Perception,” that explores the artists’ bondage to earth/Earth. Through May 31. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-833-6990.
Detroit Artists Market Exhibit: “Annual Detroit Artists Market Scholarship and Exhibition.” Through May 26. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-832-8540.
Gallery Project Exhibits: “Instrumental,” focusing on devices that facilitate creativity, work and necessary tasks (through May 6); and “Function,” which defines design as structure and utility as aesthetic forms (May 9-June 17). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012.
Johanson Charles Gallery Exhibit: “Isolations,” a group photography exhibition presented in cooperation with MOSAIC Productions. Through May 11. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-478-6722.
Liberal Arts Gallery A unique space offering a revolving exhibit featuring local artists. Open Saturdays and by appointment. Detroit: 313-925-9578.
Macomb College Art Gallery Exhibit: MCC Student Show. Through May 9. Open weekdays, plus 90-minutes prior to Macomb Center events. Clinton Township: 586-286-2089.
Marygrove College Exhibit: “The Bachelor of Fine Arts Student Degree Show.” Through May 15. Detroit: 313-927-1446.
Riverside Arts Center Exhibit: A joint show of bronze figures and photo scenes by C. Malcolm and Marion S. Powers. Through May 20 at the Center’s DTE annex. Open Tue.-Sun. Ypsilanti: 734-480-2787.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan’s vibrant research and development center for the art of today and tomorrow. Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994.


Ars Nova After 17 years, the group will perform its final concert, “A ‘Reel’ Good Time: Music from the Movies.” May 5 at the Royal Oak Elks Club. $10. Royal Oak: 248-541-4100.
BeckRidge Chorus The Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra will join the chorus for “Sing for the Cure,” a concert to benefit breast cancer research. May 5-6 at Northville High School, Northville. 734-340-4807.
Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra The season finishes “With a Not-So-Stiff Upper Lip” Pops Concert. May 6 at Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Township. $25. Birmingham: 248-645-2276.
Celebration Youth Orchestra Young musicians will perform a variety of classical and contemporary music. May 8 at the Village Theatre at Cherry Hill, Canton. $6. Plymouth: 734-451-2112.
Chamber Music Society of Detroit The Opus 9 series will close with a performance by viola da gamba expert Jordi Savall. May 12 at the Seligman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills. $41-$75. Farmington Hills: 248-855-6070.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The season continues with: a special symphonic version of “Forbidden Broadway” (May 3-6; $15-$70); and Mahler’s “Ressurection,” (May 10-12; $33-$69). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111.
Flint School of Performing Arts The Flint Youth Ballet, Children’s Performance Workshop and Youth Dance Ensemble present the annual Festival of Dance. May 12-13 at UofM-Flint Theatre, Flint. $10. 810-237-7333.
Inside Out Gallery Renowned folk artist Trina Hamlin joins Detroit-area musicians in Traverse City for a concert benefiting the ALCU of Michigan. May 5. $25/ACLU members; $35/non-members. For information, call the Detroit office of the ACLU: 313-578-6816.
Lansing Community College The 25-member LCC Concert Choir will close the season with a wide range of music. May 4 at Emanuel First Lutheran Church, Lansing. Free. Lansing: 517-483-1488.
Lansing Symphony Orchestra Cellist Julie Albers joins the LSO for the final concert of the year, “Hear the Magic.” May 11 at Wharton Center’s Great Hall in East Lansing. $10-$43. Lansing: 517-487-5001.
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Saugatuck’s own Michael Holmes brings his friends Francesca Amari and Mark Kahny for “Tin Pans and Rags,” an evening of Tin Pan Alley and ragtime music. May 12. $20. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300.
Tecumseh Civic Auditorium Event: The annual spring concert of the Tecumseh Pops Orchestra and Tecumseh Community Chorus. May 6. $6. Tecumseh: 517-423-6617.
Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers The Student Concert of Dance will showcase Wellspring’s modern dance class program. May 10 at the Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center. $3. Kalamazoo: 269-342-4354.


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. $7.50. 313-833-3237.
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. 810-234-1695.
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films ($8.50). 734-668-TIME.
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.
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.
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 .


PicNap Poetry Series & Slam Enjoy national and local feature performances, in the city’s most nurturing environment for creative expression every. Every Friday at the Java Exchange Cafe in Detroit’s TechTown. $5-$7. Detroit: 313-822-6456.
Shaman Drum Bookshop Events for young and old; call for details. Ann Arbor: 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. Every Wed. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Grand Rapids: 616-454-7000.


ARAB AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM – will host the second national conference of the Radius of Arab American Writers May 17-20,; JUST SPEAK WITH ART – a benefit to raise funds for programs that help young people who have experienced emotional and sexual abuse will be held May 4 at the Rayn Gallery (formerly 4731 Gallery) in Detroit, $25, 888-647-8798; ONSTAGE CONNECTION – is sponsoring a Youth Art Contest open to all Metro Detroit students in grades K-12, 248-477-3830.

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