Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addressed the State of Michigan after a plan to kidnap her and other Michigan government officials was thwarted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. She started by saying thank you to law enforcement and FBI agents who participated in stopping this [...]
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 “Fiber Art,” through Oct. 31; “The Annual All Media Exhibition,” Oct. 21-Nov. 12. 734-994-8004 ext. 104. 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.
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.
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.
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., Oct. 20-Nov. 30. 248-432-5448. http://www.jccdet.org/culturalarts.
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. 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:
Czech Out the BBSO A Masterworks Concert of the Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra at Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Twp. Sun., Oct. 23. $25. 248-645-2276. http://www.bbso.org.
The MSU Professors of Jazz with Jon Hendricks An evening of hard-swinging music by the jazz group established and maintained through the Jazz Studies area at MSU. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Sat., Oct. 29. $30-$35. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
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.
Soundscapes 2005 A showcase of Lansing Community College’s diverse student and faculty talent, ranging from jazz and contemporary to experimental music. Dart Auditorium, Lansing. Sat. & Sun., Oct. 22-23. Free/donations accepted. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu.
Tall Horse An acclaimed collaboration between South African and Malian puppet companies that 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. 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.
20 Years of the Poetic Express An exhibit of Maurice Greenia Jr.’s monthly publication of poetry and artwork. University of Detroit Mercy Library, Detroit. Open daily through Oct. 31.
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 Fundraisers:
ANN ARBOR ARTS CENTER The 14th Annual Celebrity Sommelier Dinner, scheduled Oct. 25 at The Earle, raises funds for the group’s community outreach programs, 734-994-8004, ext. 101.