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Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Fall Behind the Scenes tours include “Staff Life on the Estate,” “The Secrets Behind the Paintings” and “Cotswold Architecture.” Open Tue.-Sun. $10 fee applies to these tours; reservations required. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org
ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibits include: “Think Again! The Presence of the Past in Contemporary Art” (through Oct. 15); “Critical Mass: Metalsmithing at Cranbrook under Gary Griffin” (through Nov. 26); and “Treasures of Cranbrook Museum: Selections from the Permanent Collection” (through Jan. 21, 2007). Open Wed.-Sun. Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314. http://www.cranbrook.edu/museum
Cranbrook Institute of Science Exhibits include “When Crocodiles Ruled” (through Dec. 31). Open daily. Free with $7 museum admission. 248-645-3200. http://science.cranbrook.edu
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. http://www.detroithistorical.org
Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Annie Leibovitz: American Music” (through Jan. 7, 2007). Open Wed.-Sun. $6. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org
Detroit Science Center Upcoming Exhibit: “Magic: The Science of Illusion.” Open daily. $11/adults; $10/children (includes general museum admission). Detroit: 313-577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Archeology” (through Jan. 7, 2007) and “Rembrandt: The Consummate Etcher and Other 17th Century Printmakers” (through Nov. 5). Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
Longway Planetarium Programs include “The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” “Black Holes and Star Signs” and “Stars of the Pyramids.” (Through Dec. 24.) $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400. http://www.longway.org
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include: “Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery (through March 4, 2007); and “Siyazama, Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa” (extended through Jan. 7, 2007). Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret” (through Nov. 19). 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
Ambient Gallery Exhibit: “History,” a solo exhibition featuring the new works of sculptor, Stephen Kosinski (through Oct. 28). Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe: 313-882-8888. http://www.ambientgallery.com
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits include: “84th Annual All Media Exposition,” featuring 52 diverse works by Michigan artists. Oct. 13-Nov. 11. Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org
Biddle Gallery Exhibit: “Aliens,” a mixed media show about UFOs and aliens. Through Nov. 10. Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibits include: “BBAC Faculty Exhibit.” Oct. 13-Nov. 10. Free admission. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org
City Gallery Exhibit: “Fibers 2006,” an exhibit of fibers, weaving and mixed media by the Michigan Weavers Guild at Costick Center. Through Oct. 24. Open during regular business hours. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1856.
Farmington/Farmington Hills City Hall Exhibit: “Celebrating Nature’s Beauty,” showcasing more than 50 color photos of scenic vistas by Don McKercher. Through Oct. 20. Open during regular business hours. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1856.
Gallery Project Exhibits include: “Nature Reperceived.” Through Oct. 22. Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: “Think Small,” a juried exhibit of small works. Through Oct. 28. Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com
Octane Photographic Studio Exhibit: “Track Rabbits,” featuring recent paintings by Detroit-based artists Marke Heggie, Serge Gay Jr. and Nathan Lee Marcy. Through Oct. 15. Ferndale: 248-399-2355. http://www.octanephotographic.com
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: “The Dead IX: A Day in the Life of Death” (through Nov. 24); “On Paper” (Oct. 20-Nov. 24); and “New Myths” (Oct. 20-Nov. 24). Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org
DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:
Broadway Revue II Soloists from Michigan Opera Theatre will perform Broadway favorites in an intimate setting at the Farmington Players Barn Theatre. Oct. 13-14. $18. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1857.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Events include: “Motown Magic” (Oct. 12-15, $15-$70); the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra (Oct. 15); and “Paradise Jazz Series” (Oct. 20, $19-$60). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com
Flint Institute of Music A fun and entertaining evening of popular and light classical music will be performed by Father Andrew Rogers on the Lady Barton Theatre Organ. MacArthur Recital Hall at FIM. Sun., Oct. 15. $10. Flint: 810-237-3122. http://www.thefim.org
Lansing Community College Musical diversity is celebrated in “Soundscapes 2006.” Oct. 22-22 at Dart Auditorium. Free/$5 donation suggested for student scholarships. Lansing: 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu
MSU School of Music Events include: “Count Basie Orchestra Swing Dance” (Thu., Oct. 12 at MSU Union Ballroom, free); The Philharmonic Orchestra (Thu., Oct. 19 at Fairchild Theatre, $8) and Symphony Orchestra (Sat., Oct. 21 at East Lansing High School Center for the Performing Arts, $8). East Lansing: 517-355-5340. http://www.music.msu.edu
Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre & Dance “Octubafest,” a series of free concerts and events for brass lovers at Varner Recital Hall begins with a faculty recital. Sat., Oct. 13. Rochester: 248-370-2030. http://www.oakland.edu.mtd
Orchestra Canton The third season opens with “Diamonds, Denim & Dvorak.” Sat., Oct. 21 at Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton Twp. $20. 734-394-5460. http://www.orchestracanton.org
Tecumseh Civic Auditorium Events include: Mbongi Dance Theatre (Sat., Oct. 14; $14). Tecumseh: 517-423-6617. http://www.tecumsehcivic.com
University Musical Society Season continues with the Martha Graham Dance Company (Oct. 13-14 at Power Center; $16-$48) and The Florestan Trio (Oct. 19 at Rackham Auditorium; $18-$38). Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org
Wharton Center Enjoy a rousing performance by America’s first authentic all-Cuban timba band, Tiempo Libre. Wed., Oct. 18 at Pasant Theatre. $28. East Lansing: 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com
The Whiting Masters of Jazz & The Blues Series begins with “Tiempo Libre.” Fri., Oct. 20 at UM-Flint Theatre. $25. Flint: 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.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. $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. 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films. Plus, 25 films from the Sundance Film Festival will be screened through Nov. 5. $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
Red Barn Theater Lakeshore Arts Alliance presents a new film studies program hosted by William Muzzillo that covers a variety of film genres. Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month through Dec. 12. $5. 269-857-5300.
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:
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
V.I.B.E. Open Mic Poetry Series 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 Sunday. $7. 313-963-6034. http://www.clarklofts.com/element
WORKSHOPS, FUNDRAISERS, ETC:
ANN ARBOR ART CENTER – offering an adult class on Framing and Matting beginning Oct. 26, 734-994-8004, ext. 114; COMMUNITY MUSIC SCHOOL – hosting an open house to area folk musicians and folk music lovers Oct. 15, 517-355-7661; BOLL FAMILY YMCA – hosting actors from the Stratford Theatre Festival for a series of scene study, music, dance and stage combat classes, Nov. 4, 313-309-9622.