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.
Art for the Holidays An annual holiday exhibition featuring ceramics, paintings, jewelry, cards and more at reasonable prices. Detroit Artists Market, Detroit. Tue.-Sat. through Dec. 23. 313-832-8540. http://www.detroitartistsmarket.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 n 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.
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.
Collaborators 2 The second multimedia exhibition of work in a wide range of styles and ideas. Gallery Project, Ann Arbor. Tue.-Sun., Dec. 1-31, with an opening reception Dec. 2. 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com.
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.
It’s a Nano World The wonders of the smaller side of science n nanobiotechnology n 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., through Jan. 15, 2006. Free with $6 museum admission. 1-877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrook.edu.
Shop & Champagne 150 artists from around the country present a broad range of merchandise for sale just in time for the holidays in an evening that includes champagne and a strolling buffet. Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham. Wed., Nov. 30. $60. 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
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:
Bach’s Lunch A brown bag series of chamber music provided by Helix 7. People’s Church, Robertson Room, East Lansing. Fri., Dec. 2. Free admission/canned goods requested for LAAN. 517-332-5073.
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.
Csardas: The Tango of the East A dance and music spectacular featuring the Budapest Ensemble from Hungary. Pease Auditorium on the campus of Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. Sat., Dec. 3 only. $25-$35. 734-487-2282. http://www.emich.edu/convocation.
Doc Severinsen with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra The famed trumpeter presents an evening of music. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Sun., Nov. 27 only. $36-$40. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
Great Music in a Great Space Annual music series continues Sun., Nov. 27 with The Advent procession, music and readings of the Advent seasons. The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, Detroit. Suggested donation: $10. 313-833-7547. http://www.detroitcathedral.org.
The Nutcracker The world-acclaimed Joffrey Ballet returns in this stunning holiday treat. Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Thu.-Sun., Dec. 1-4. $28-$70. 313-237-7464. http://www.michiganopera.org.
The Nutcracker The holiday classic with guest artists from the Dance Theatre of Harlem. The Flint Institute of Music at The Whiting, Flint. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 3-4. $9-$29. 810-237-7333. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.org.
Noel Night The 33rd annual celebration of Detroit’s diverse holiday traditions amid the state’s premier arts and cultural institutions, historic churches and area galleries. Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center. Sat., Dec. 3. Free admission. 313-577-5088. http://detroitmidtown.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:
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:
DANCE ELECTRIC – Winter Warm-up Workshops, Nov. 26, 810-632-7222.