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Art & Around for the period Nov. 22-Dec. 1

By |2007-11-22T09:00:00-05:00November 22nd, 2007|Entertainment|
HOLIDAY FAIRS/FESTIVALS:

Art in the Village A holiday show and sale featuring original fine art by local artists and art demonstrations, plus shopping at the downtown Holiday Open House. Dec. 1-2 in the Old Town Hall and the Masonic Temple Building in the Metamora Village Downtown District. Free, with free parking. http://www.artinthevillageshow.com
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts The 19th annual Holiday Artists’ Market offers one-of-a-kind works of art and craft before the holiday season. Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Grand Rapids: 616-454-3994. http://www.uica.org

ARCHITECTURE/GARDEN TOURS:

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Events include: “Elegance in Entertaining: Traditions at the Estate” explores the holiday season and its celebrations held at the Ford home (through Jan. 8, 2008; $8); and Holiday Dinner & Tour (Dec. 1, 8 & 15; $26). Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org

ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:

Arab American National Museum Exhibits: “Threads of Pride: Palestinian Traditional Costumes” (through Nov. 25); and “Silver Speaks: Traditional Jewelry of the Middle East” (through March 30, 2008). Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
The Art Museum at MSU Exhibit: “Marion Post Wolcott Photographs (through Dec. 14). Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834. http://www.artmuseum.msu.edu
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibit: “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.” Through March 30, 2008. Open Wed.-Sun. $10. Bloomfield Hills: 877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrookart.edu
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. http://science.cranbrook.edu
Detroit Historical Museum New exhibits include: “1920s: Detroit Building Boom” and “Rallying the Home Front: Posters from WWII.” Wed.-Sun. $6 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org
Detroit Institute of Arts Beginning November 23, The New DIA: More gallery space; more art; more fun. The DIA will be open 32 hours straight from 10 a.m., Nov. 23 to 6 p.m., Nov. 24. Art After Hours kicks in from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., with DJ’s, coney dogs and sliders! Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Our Body: The Universe Within.” Extended through Jan. 6, 2008. $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission. Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibit: “The Art of Collecting.” Through Dec. 30. Open Tue.-Sun. $7; Saturdays free. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
Greenfield Village Relive the holiday traditions of a bygone era during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village (Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 7-8, 14-16 & 19-23; $15/adult non-members; $10/children non-members). Village open Fri.-Sun (through Dec. 31). $20. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
Henry Ford Museum Exhibit: “Best of Friends: Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi,” which highlights the artistic and architectural works by these two creators. Through Jan. 15, 2008. Open daily. General museum admission: $14. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
Longway Planetarium Michigan’s largest planetarium hosts numerous programs and activities for people of all ages. $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400. http://www.longway.org
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include “MSU Museum: 150 Years of Discovery”. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibit: Words Fail Me,” curated by Matthew Higgs, which sends messages in many different forms through 16 art works by 18 re-known artists from Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Through Jan. 20, 2008. Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622. http://www.mocadetroit.org
Public Museum Exhibit: “The Supremes Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection,” which explores the exciting history of Motown records and the Civil Rights movement. Through Jan. 6, 2008. Open daily. Grand Rapids: 616-456-3977. http://www.grmuseum.org
Sloan Museum Exhibit: “Rides and Rebels,” a celebration of the adventure, look and lifestyle of motorcycles. Through March 2008. $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450. http://www.sloanmuseum.com
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran.” Through Dec. 30. Free. Open Tue.-Sun. at its temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: “Being Open: 30 Years, 30 Artists, 30 Careers” (Monroe Street Gallery, through Nov. 23); “Somewhere There Is a Fire or a Hole” (Race Street Gallery, through Nov. 23); and “My Irish Dream” (through Nov. 23). Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616-454-3994. http://www.uica.org

ART GALLERIES:

Amazwi Contemporary Art A unique gallery that gives voice to a diverse array of African artists, while broadening appreciation of their talent and understanding of their cultures. Saugatuck: 269-857-5551. http://www.amazwi.com
Ann Arbor Art Center An exhibit honoring the life and work of award-winning artist Jean Tracy Amick. Through Dec. 31. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org
Biddle Gallery Exhibit: “John Albert Murphy & Students Clay Invitational Holiday Show.” Through Dec. 31. Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibit: Ann Loveland’s and Sharon Sommers’ class exhibition. Through Dec. 16. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org
Carriage House Gallery Exhibit: “Detroit Diamonds Project,” an installation of felt and glass created by small pieces of glass collected from throughout the historic Woodbridge neighborhood. Through Dec. 1. Open Fri., Sat., and by appointment. Detroit: 313-899-2243.
Cass Cafe Exhibit: “Notorious,” painters and sculptors Gwen Joy and Chris Turner provide an insight into the inner psyche of artistic vision. Through Dec. 8. Open daily. Detroit: 313-831-1400. http://www.casscafe.com
Collingwood Art Center Exhibits: The Art of Naughtiness,” presenting Boyd Hamilton’s newest fine art and fetish photography; and “An Artist’s Expression: An Exhibition of Selected Works by Ron Jamison.” Through Nov. 25. Open Mon.-Fri. and during all special events. Toledo: 419-244-2787. http://www.collingwoodartscenter.org
Detroit Artists Market Exhibit: “Detroit Artists Market Annual Holiday Show,” an eclectic mix of handmade items by local artists. Through Dec. 22. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-832-8540. http://www.detroitartistsmarket.org
Focus Hope Gallery Exhibit: “Are We Community: A Linkage Exhibition of Art II,” a thought-provoking exhibit of work created by formerly incarcerated artists presented by the Prison Creative Arts Project. Through Dec. 19. Free. Open during regular business hours. Detroit: 313-494-4376. http://www.focushope.edu
Gallery Project Exhibit: “Signs, Symbols, Gestures,” a multi-media show featuring works that explore the creative use of signage as media of communication (through Dec. 2). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com
Huntington Galleria Exhibit: “Judy Potter: Watercolors.” Through Dec. 10 at the Huntington National Bank. Open Mon.-Sat. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: “Printer X Seven,” featuring the monotypes, monoprints, collagraphs and etchings of seven local artists. Through Dec. 1. Open Wed.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com
Liberal Arts Gallery Exhibit: “Blue Indigo,” featuring the work of Donald Anderson. Nov. 24-Dec. 29. Free. Open Saturday afternoons. Detroit: 313-925-9578. http://www.liberalartsgallery.com
Lofts Above Nikki’s Pizza Exhibit: “Cheap Wine and Chicken,” local mixed media artist Donald Calloway’s annual holiday show. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Dec. 1 at 743 Beaubien, Loft 510, in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood. $3; proceeds benefit Y Arts, Arts League of Michigan and CCS public arts programs.
Lowell Area Arts Council Exhibit: “Sleigh Bells & Holly: A Gallery of Fine Art and Gifts.” Through Dec. 22. Open Tue.-Sat. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
Pittman-Puckett Gallery Exhibit: “Children of the Rainbow,” featuring the work of Sharlet Vaughn Di Giorgio. Through Nov. 30 at Affirmations. Ferndale: 800-398-4297. http://www.goaffirmations.org
Riverside Arts Center Exhibit: “Element: Water,” the photographs of Samuel Ritter. Through Dec. 1. Free. Open Thu.-Sun. Ypsilanti: 734-480-2787. http://www.riversideartscenter.org
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: “Fiber Revolution”. Through Dec. 18. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300. http://www.sc4a.org
Sherry Washington Gallery Exhibit: David Fludd’s “New Paintings and Drawings.” Through Dec. 31. Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-961-4500. http://www.sherrywashingtongallery.com
Zeitgeist Gallery and Theatre Exhibit: “Dia de los Muertos: Four Interpretations.” Through Dec. 1. Open Fri.-Sat. http://www.zeitgeistdetroit.org

DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra The Family Series presents “Sing-Along with Santa,” a fun afternoon of holiday music making. Dec. 1 at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Ann Arbor. $12/adults; $5/children. Ann Arbor: 734-994-4801. http://www.a2so.com
Christ Church Cranbrook Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas Sing and a special reading of “Twas the Night before Christmas,” courtesy of St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook, then join in a parade to the playhouse for treats and a visit with Santa Claus. Dec. 1. Free. Bloomfield Hills: 248-737-3587. http://www.stdunstanstheatre.com
City of Farmington Hills Enjoy a pasta buffet with dessert and all the singing, dancing and music you can handle at this year’s “Live & Local.” Dec. 1 at the Costick Activities Center. $12-$15. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1800.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2007/08 season continues with “The Three B’s: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms” (Nov. 23-25; $20-$71); and the Tiny Tots Concert: “The Thrill of the Orchestra” (Nov. 24; $10-$46). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com
Flint Institute of Music “Nutcracker,” the magical holiday ballet, features world-class professional dancers from New York and more than 80 students in a fairyland setting. Dec. 1-2 at The Whiting. $9-$29. Flint: 810-237-7333. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.com
Ford Comerica Global Thursdays A weekly series of world music concerts continues with La Chispa & Company, exploring all aspects of flamenco (Nov. 29). $10-$12. Arab American National Museum. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
Franke Center for the Arts Enjoy the holiday season with the “Beatles Sing Along Concert” with Jim Oliver and Greg Brayton. Nov. 24. $15. Marshall: 269-781-0001. http://www.frankecenterforthearts.org
Lansing Community College The Random Acts of Music lunchtime series presents pianist and music program professor Liudmila Bondar performing traditional carols and popular classics. Nov. 28 at Dart Auditorium. Free. Lansing: 517-483-1070. http://www.lcc.edu/hpa/events
MSU College of Music Programs include: Chamber Winds and Campus Band (Nov. 28 at Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall; $9); and MSU Clarinet/Saxophone Summit 2007 (Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at Music Bldg; $25). East Lansing: 517-355-5340. http://www.music.msu.edu
MSU Chorale Society The public is invited to attend and participate in “Sing-Along Messiah.” Dec. 2 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lansing. $10. East Lansing: 517-353-9122. http://www.music.msu.edu
Michigan Theater “The Second Annual Jeff Daniels & Friends” concert will celebrate Michigan music and homegrown musicians. Nov. 24. $27.50-$75. Ann Arbor: 734-763-TKTS. http://michtheater.org
Orchestra Canton “Christmas in Canton” features an array of seasonal favorites and classics for the entire family. Dec. 2 at the Village Theatre at Cherry Hill, Canton. $20. Canton: 734-394-5460. http://www.plymouthcantonsymphony.org
Sacred Song The multi-ethnic choral group presents “The Eleventh Annual Evening of Sacred Song,” a seasonal celebration of peace, community and spirit. Dec. 1 at Temple Beth Emeth/St. Claire’s Episcopal Church. $5-$20. Ann Arbor: 734-975-8791.
University Musical Society The 2007/08 season continues with Handel’s “Messiah” (Dec. 1-2 at Hill Auditorium; $10-$32). Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.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. $7.50. Detroit: 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. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6. Flint: 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). Military veterans will be admitted free through the four-day Memorial Day Weekend. Ann Arbor: 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. $10-$11. Royal Oak: 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. Detroit: 313-537-2560. http://www.redfordtheatre.com
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan’s “best alternative film theater” presents cutting edge movies seven days a week. $4-$7. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994 . http://www.uica.org

SPOKEN/WRITTEN WORD:

EchoVerse 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. http://www.echoversepoetry.com
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. http://www.uica.org

NEWS & FUNDRAISERS:

TAPPER’S DIAMONDS & FINE JEWELRY – is hosting “Precious Lives, Precious Metals Charity Gala” to benefit MAPP and YouthAIDS at its West Bloomfield store, Dec. 1, http://www.tappers.com/plpm/events.htm.

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