Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: Bird Walk (May 4-6); Spring Tea and Tour (May 13). Detroit: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
Art, Historical & Science Museums:
Cranbrook Art Museum “2006 Graduate Degree Exhibition” (through May 12). Free with $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 (May 6-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.
Birmingham Fine Art Festival Join 250 of North America’s finest artists in 17 different media at one of the top arts festivals in the country for arts, crafts, demonstrations and musical entertainment. Shain Park, Birmingham. May 13-14. Free admission. 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Ambient Gallery “Free Imitation,” a solo exhibit of photography Donald Dietz. Through May 12. Grosse Pointe: 313-882-8888. http://www.ambientgallery.com.
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits include: “”Potential,” the annual high school art exhibit (through May 12); plus “Off the Wall Gallery,” a series of banner artwork displayed throughout downtown Ann Arbor. Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Two exhibits: “Unexpected Drawings” and “Fiber Traditions/Fiber Transitions,” through May 5. Free admission. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Charles Johanson Gallery “Phenomena,” and 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 “Minimal Maximum” (through May 7); and “Technology and Imagination” (May 10-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 “Portal Spaces” (through May 6). Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2006 season continues with: The Count Basie Orchestra (Thu., May 4); Civic Sinfonia and Civic Philharmonia (Sun., May 7); and Civic Jazz Ensembles (Wed., May 10). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Prices vary; call for details. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center The Glenn Miller Orchestra returns with another swinging performance. Sat., May 13. $29-$32. Dearborn: 313-943-2354. http://www.dearbornfordcenter.com.
Lansing Symphony Orchestra Final MasterWorks concert of the season and final concert with Music Director Gustav Meier. Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall, East Lansing. Fri., May 12. $10-$42. 517-487-5001. http://www.lansingsymphony.org.
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Events include: “Macombers Spring Extravaganza” (Sat., May 6; $11-$13); and Macomb Community Chorus (Mon., May 8; $10). Clinton Twp: 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
MSU School of Music Events include: Community School Spring Gala (May 6); and “Voices of a Vanished World” by MSU Children’s Choir (May 10). Prices and locations vary; call for complete schedule. East Lansing: 517-353-5340. http://www.music.msu.edu.
Opus 21 The contemporary music ensemble returns with the world premiere of six newly commissioned works focusing on the influence of world culture on art music in the United States. Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor. Thu., May 11. $10-$25. 734-769-2999. http://www.opus21.org.
Peter Sparling Dance Company The acclaimed troupe concludes its residency with “Peninsula,” a program that is part travelogue and part multimedia dance spectacular that celebrates Michigan. Boll YMCA, Detroit. Sat., May 6. $25. 313-309-9622. http://www.ymcadetroit.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. $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.
LANSING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – presents Big Band Ball at the Radisson Hotel, May 13, 517-487-5001; ANN ARBOR ART CENTER – offering a Spanish wine tasting class, Wednesdays beginning May 10, 734-994-8004; BOUNCE/HARTLAND SPORTS CENTER – offering a summer series of acting, dance, gymnastics classes, 810-632-7222, ext. 25.