Actual Size Biennial, Vol. 2 A multimedia exhibit that includes sculpture, painting, photo, assemblage and more. Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit in the Woodbridge Historic District, Detroit. Through Dec. 18. Open one hour prior to concerts and special events and Saturday afternoons. 313-899-CAID. http://www.thecaid.org.
Alice Frank A solo exhibit of works in a variety of media, including watercolor, enameled jewelry, fashion accessories, multi-media collages ad wall sculptures. Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale. Tue.-Sat., through Nov. 26. 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Andy Warhol: A to Z A special exhibit of the artist who erased the distinction between fine art and popular culture. Flint Institute of Arts, Flint. Tue.-Sun., through Dec. 31. $7/free on Saturdays. 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.
Art a la Carte A weekly noontime series of fun and interesting programs. Flint Institute of Art, Flint. Every Wednesday. Free admittance; bring a lunch. 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.
Betye Saar: Extending the Frozen Moment A major exhibit that surveys the accomplishments of the artist known for her richly evocative assemblages that incorporate found objects and photographic fragments that serve as a vital metaphor for the African American experience. University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor. Tue.-Sun., through Jan. 8, 2006. 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu.
Beyond the Magic – 50 Years of Disneyland A rare and innovative exhibit that includes art and artifacts focused on the creation and development of Disneyland. The Henry Ford in collaboration with Walt Disney Imagineering, Dearborn. Daily through Jan.1, 2006. $10 plus general admission to The Henry Ford. 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org.
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center View two exhibits: The Faculty Exhibition and Charles McGee’s Class Exhibition. BBAC, Birmingham. Through Nov. 19. 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Camille Claudel & Rodin: Fateful Encounter An exploration of the work of two sculptors whose artistic and personal lives were intimately entwined. Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Wed.-Sun. through Feb. 5, 2006. $14. 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org.
A Family Affair The Lefkowitz family presents its collective creativity in sculpting, painting and quilt-making. The Janice Charach Epstein Gallery in the Jewish Community Center, West Bloomfield. Sun.-Thu., through Nov. 30. 248-432-5448. http://www.jccdet.org/culturalarts.
The Grids of Life An exhibit of new paintings by New York artist David Fludd. Sherry Washington Gallery, Detroit. Through Dec. 3. 313-961-4500. http://www.sherrywashingtongallery.com.
Image+Object An exploration of the narratives, rituals, visual metaphor and imagery, and imaginary spaces constructed from the flotsam and jetsam of our world through the art of assemblage. Gallery Project, Ann Arbor. Tue.-Sun., through Nov. 23. 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com.
It’s a Nano World The wonders of the smaller side of science – nanobiotechnology – are explored through eight hands-on activity stations and various interactive pods. Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills. Daily through Dec. 31. Admittance free with $7 museum admission. 248-645-3245. http://www.cranbrook.edu.
Out of the Gates An exhibit of photos by Ahron Foster that documents Christo and Jean Claude’s Central Park installation of “The Gates.” Gallery 2 of the Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor. Through Dec. 23. 734-994-8004. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Ruth Duckworth, Modernist Sculptor The first comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work includes approximately 80 works. Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills. Wed.-Sun., Nov. 19-Jan. 15, 2006. Free with $6 museum admission. 1-877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrook.edu.
Space Invaders A fascinating look at meteorites includes specimens that fell in Michigan and Ontario. Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 25-27. Free with $7 museum admission. 1-877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrook.edu.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
The Arabian Nights The nationally-acclaimed ensemble, Tales & Scales, uses “musictelling” to dazzle audiences with this timeless tale. A DSO Tiny Tots presentation at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Sat., Nov. 19. $10. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Classics Unmasked An engaging, multimedia classical music concert designed to bring patrons closer to the music being performed and the artists creating it. Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall, Detroit. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 25-27. $19-$69. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Concertante An ensemble of gifted young artists that brings the world of large-scale chamber music to the stage. University Musical Society at Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Sat., Nov. 19. $18-$36. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
Fall Concert of Dance Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers presents two new works featuring the entire company: “Seeking Elsewhere” and “Do Not Remove,” plus recreations of previously staged works. Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center, Kalamazoo. Nov. 17-19. $20. 269-387-2300. http://www.wellspringdance.com.
Nordic Legends A program of music by great Nordic composers. Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall, Detroit. Fri. & Sat., Nov. 18-19. $19-$69. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Song of Hope The Michigan premiere of a stirring, relevant work by composer/conductor Anne Wilson that features the Chancel Choir and Children’s Choirs from the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, the Girls Choir from the Cathedral Church of St. paul, Detroit and the Michigan Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra. Birmingham-First Concert Series at the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham. Fri., Nov. 18. Free admission/voluntary contribution. 248-644-2040.
The Treblemakers The popular group offers a capella songs from many genres, including holidays, oldies, humorous, pop and classical. Riverwalk Theatre, Lansing. Sat., Nov. 19. $10. 517-482-5700. http://www.riverwalktheatre.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. Call 313-833-3237 for tickets and schedule information. http://www.dia.org/dft.
Interior Vision A 14-week series of films is the subject matter of a UM course in Film and Video Studies 331. Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor. Every Monday through Dec. 12. $8.50. 734-668-TIME. http://www.michtheater.org.
Redford Theatre An historic 1928 movie house in northwest Detroit with its 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. Call 313-537-2560 for tickets and schedule information. 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:
Detroit Factory Elegies: The Fiction of Lolita Hernandez Detroit labor activist and author Lolita Hernandez reads from her collection of short stories, “Autopsy of an Engine,” a tribute to the assembly line workers at Detroit’s Clark Street Cadillac plant in its final years. Alumnae Hall, Madame Cadillac Building on the campus of Marygrove College, Detroit. Thu., Nov. 17. 313-927-1446.
The Writer’s Corner 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.
Call for Entries, Classes & Workshops:
ANN ARBOR ART CENTER – hosting a Snowflake Printmaking project and Artist Demonstration during the Main Street Association Holiday Parade, Dec. 4, 734-994-8004, ext. 101.