Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Summertime Behind the Scenes tours include “Staff Life on the Estate,” “The Secrets Behind the Paintings” and “Cotswold Architecture”; plus Special Interest Tours “Modernism on the Cutting Edge” and “A Great Modern American Landscape.” 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” (Sept. 9-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 “Sea Monsters” (through Sept. 24). Open daily. Free with $7 museum admission. 248-645-3200. http://science.cranbrook.edu
Detroit Historical Museum Closed through Sept. 28 for museum makeover. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org
Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Annie Leibovitz: American Music” (Sept. 24-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” (opens Oct. 7). Open daily. $11/adults; $10/children (includes general museum admission). Detroit: 313-577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org
Flint Institute of Arts Museum closed till late Sept. for renovations. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
Longway Planetarium Half-priced weekend shows include “The Sky Above Mister Roger’s Neighborhood,” “Celebration of Flight Laser Show” and “Black Holes and Star Signs” (through Sept. 24). $2.50/adults, $2/children. Flint: 810-237-3400. http://www.longway.org
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include: “Siyazama, Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa” (extended through Jan. 7, 2007). Open daily. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret” (Sept. 30-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: “Real/Surreal,” which contrasts reality with the bizarre; and “05/06,” two and three-dimensional work by Center instructors. Through Oct. 8. Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org
Biddle Gallery Exhibit: “Horse Power,” an equine theme featuring photography, sculpture, tile and paintings by various artists. Through Oct. 4. Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibits include: “John Glick Looking Back/Making Now 42 Years in Clay” and “Kindred Spirits.” Through Sept. 29. Free admission. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org
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
Heritage Park Nature Discovery Center Exhibit: The nature-related photos of local photographer Jacob Nothstine. Through Sept. 25. Farmington Hills: 248-477-1135.
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: Plein Air – Paintings by Sarah Schrift. Through Sept. 30. Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Events include: “RedBall Project,” a 26-piece photography exhibition. Through Sept. 30. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: “The Red Thread Exhibition” (through Oct. 15); “Installation and Kinetic Works” (through Oct. 13); and “Intra-Terrestrial Surroundings” (through Oct. 13). Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org
DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:
Bringin’ Down the House Famous tenors Cook, Dixon and Young present an evening of music and spoken word selections accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra. Detroit Opera House, Detroit. Fri.-Sat., Sept. 22-23. $68-$350; a portion of the proceeds to benefit local charities. 248-645-6666. http://www.ticketmaster.com
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Classical Series features “Scheherazade Triple Play,” in which the DSO plays all three compositions inspired by “1,001 Arabian Nights.” Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Thu.-Sat., Sept. 21-23. $19-$69. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com
Dracula Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents a ballet with a bite. Tue., Sept. 26 at Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center, East Lansing, ($25-$42, 517-432-2000); and Thu.-Sun., Sept. 28-Oct. 1 at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit ($28-$100, 313-237-7464). http://www.whartoncenter.com http://www.michiganopera.org
Flint Symphony Orchestra The magic of a bygone era comes back to life with a season of “Vienna Nights.” Flint Institute of Music, Flint. Sat., Sept. 30. $9.50-$54. 810-237-3122. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.org
MSU School of Music Events include: “Wind Symphony” (Thu., Sept. 28 at Cobb Great Hall at Wharton Center, $8) & “Spartan Spectacular” (Sat., Sept. 30 at Breslin Center, $8.50-$10.50). 517-355-5340. http://www.music.msu.edu
Random Acts of Music A free music series on select Wednesdays at noon continues with “Liudmila Bondar in Recital.” Wed., Sept. 27 at Dart Auditorium on the campus of Lansing Community College, Lansing. 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu
So You Think You Can Dance The top 10 finalists from the popular TV show hit the road and perform their hottest routines. Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit. Tue., Sept. 26. $38.50-$54.50. 313-471-6611. http://www.olympiaentertainment.com
Spotlight Detroit A weekly talent show and competition held every Wednesday for all genres of entertainment, including vocalists, instrumentalists, poets, rappers, dancers and comedians. 20/20 Entertainment at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. 248-890-8188. http://www.spotlightdet.com
University Musical Society Season kicks off with Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, a celebrated troupe with a repertory that represents the many different cultures and civilizations that are a part of our southern neighbor (Thu., Sept. 21 at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, $10-$44); followed by a rare public performance by Alice Coltrane celebrating her husband John’s eightieth birthday (Sat., Sept. 23 at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, $10-$80). 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. $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. (Closed through late September for renovations.) $6/non-members. 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.
A Window to the Soul: Poetry and Prose of the High Holy Days Rabbi Aaron Starr kicks off the Sisterhood’s 2007-07 program with a talk about the Jewish High Holy Days. Congregation Shir Tikvah, Troy. Thu., Sept. 14. $5. 248-649-4418.
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 & OTHER EVENTS:
ANN ARBOR ART CENTER – offering a variety of fall workshops for youth and family, as well as a series of courses on wine tasting, 734-994-8004, ext. 114.