The Bird Walk Search for and observe the more than 170 species of birds that can be found on the grounds of Ford House. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Grosse Pointe Shores. Daily through Nov. 5. $6. 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
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.
Ann Arbor Art Center “The John and Susanne Stephenson Exhibition,” through Oct. 15; “Fiber Art,” Oct. 17-31; “The Annual All Media Exhibition,” Oct. 21-Nov. 12. 734-994-8004 ext. 104. http://www.annarborartcenter.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 on the Wall An exhibit featuring the photography of queer photographer and MSU graduate Nip Dendron. Barista Cafe adjacent to the South Case Hall lobby at Michigan State University, East Lansing. Through Oct. 18.
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., Oct. 15-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. Oct. 14-Nov. 19. 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.
Boarder Hop An exciting exhibition that features some of the most nontraditional and seldom seen young artists living in Mexico. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids. Tue.-Sun. through Nov.12. 616-454-7000. http://www.uica.org.
Bridget Riley: Paintings and Works on Paper, 1963-2005 An exhibit of the influential British artist’s key paintings and drawings. Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills. Wed.-Sun. through Oct. 30. $6 museum admission fee. 1-877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrookart.edu.
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.
Editions Printmaking ’05 A highly competitive, juried exhibition of works by contemporary printmakers working in a variety of techniques. Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale. Tue.-Sun. through Oct. 28. 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.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., Oct. 14-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. Admission free with $7 museum admission. 248-645-3245. http://www.cranbrook.edu.
Random Repetition An exhibit of Michigan artist Linda LaFontesee’s work that conveys the dance of life through a variety of media. Ambient Gallery, Grosse Pointe. Tue.-Sun. through Nov. 13. 313-882-8888. http://www.ambientgallery.com.
Reveries of Far Away Places An exhibit from the collection of Eva M. Boicourt of multicultural decorative textiles that provide a trove of historical and cultural information about our world. City Gallery in the Costick Center, Farmington Hills. Mon.-Fri. through Oct. 21. 248-473-1856.
Dance, Music & Performing Arts:
Daphne A concert setting of the Richard Strauss’ ravishing 1937 opera with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. University Musical Society at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Thu., Oct. 13. $10-$70. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
OcTUBAfest A month-long celebration of the tuba family of instruments that begins Oct. 8 with a Euphonium Recital and ends Oct. 23 with “Spooktuba,” a rousing evening of Halloween music and fun in which the audience is invited to come in costume and compete for prizes. Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance at Varner Hall, Rochester Hills. Free admission except $5 for “Spooktuba.” 248-370-3013.
The Sleeping Beauty The Kirov Ballet returns with an incomparable fairytale ballet. Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Oct. 20-23 only. $28-$93. 313-237-7464. http://www.motopera.org.
Tall Horse An acclaimed collaboration between South African and Malian puppet companiesthat re-imagines the true story of a giraffe captured in southern Sudan in 1826 and transported to France as a gift to King Charles X. University Musical Society at Power Center for Performing Arts, Ann Arbor. Thu., Oct. 18, 21-22. $16-$48. 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, 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 Word:
Charlie Nash The author reads from the journal he kept when he was homeless. Magdalena’s Tea House, Lansing. Oct. 21 only. $3. 517-487-1822.
So Many Selves Detroit native and second generation Arab American poet Lawrence Joseph presents his new volume of poems, “Into It,” plus work from his other collections. Alumnae Hall, Madame Cadillac Building on the campus of Marygrove College, Detroit. Oct. 20. 313-927-1448. http://www.marygrove.edu.
The Writer’s Corner A weekly gathering that provised 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.
Classes and Events:
CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION, CITY OF FARMINGTON HILLS – offering a series of classes in art, music and ballroom dance for children and adults, 248-473-1857; INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF METROPOLITAN DETROIT – “Microbrews of the World,” Oct. 18, 313-871-8600.