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, Oct. 1-Nov. 5. $6. 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.
Michigan Renaissance Festival Return to the days of yore and partake in games of skill, roam the festive village marketplace, enjoy non-stop entertainment or visit the magical children’s realm. Hollygrove, Holly. Sat. & Sun. through Sept. 25, plus Fri., Sep. 23. $16.95. 800-601-4848. http://www.michrenfest.com.
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. Sept. 23- Jan.1, 2006. Open 7 days a week. $10 plus general admission to The Henry Ford. 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.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.
Collaboration Integrating fine art and fine design in a new Royal Oak loft development is the theme of this exhibit that features the work of Susan Goethel Campbell, Beverly Fishman, Janet Hamrick and Matthew Penkala. Presented by the Lemberg Gallery in the model for the eight-unit development at 400 Parent in Royal Oak. Wed., Fri.-Sun. through Sept. 248-974-4509. http://www.400parent.com.
Faculty Show AAAC’s Education Department hosts its annual faculty show featuring 2-D and 3-D work. Gallery 2 of the Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor. Through Oct.13. 734-994-8004 ext. 114. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
The God Show Twenty-four artists explore the concept of God and try to restore to the deity a sense of mystery. Gallery Project, Ann Arbor. Through Oct. 9. 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, Oct. 1-Dec. 31. Admission free with $7 museum admission. 248-645-3245. http://www.cranbrook.edu.
The John and Susanne Stephenson Exhibition A long-awaited retrospective of the internationally acclaimed artists’ work. Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor. Through Oct.15. 734-994-8004 ext. 104. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.
Linda Sterns Journeys A mixed media solo show of work by Linda Sterns. Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale. Tue.-Sun., through Oct. 1. 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.
Pop! An exhibit that revisits the impact of Pop art through more than 100 emblematic images from the 1950s to the early 70s. The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor. Tue.-Sun. through Sept. 25. 734-764-0395. http://www.umma.umich.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., Sept. 30-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.
Threads The clashing and melding between fashion and art, combing the two in unique and creative ways. September Mosaic productions at the Johanson Charles Gallery, Detroit. Tue.-Sat. through Oct.1. 313-586-9499.
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.
Music & Dance:
From Russia with Love Flint Symphony Orchestra opens its classical concert season with some favorite works, a rare and precious instrument and a surprising new piece! The Whiting, Flint. Sat., Sept. 24. $9-$46. 810-237-7333. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.org.
Gao Hong An evening with the Chinese musical prodigy and master of the four-stringed per-shaped lute known as the pipa. Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center on the campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing. Fri., Sept. 23 only. $26. 517-432-2000. http://www.whartoncenter.com.
The Gershwin Songbook A fundraiser for the Pontiac Oakland Symphony. Varner Hall on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester. Sat., Sept. 24. $20. 248-334-6024.
Great Music in a Great Space Annual music series kicks off Sun., Sept. 25 with an Organ Concerto with the Michigan Sinfonietta and continues Thu., Sept. 29 with Choral Evensong celebrating the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. The Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, Detroit. Suggested donation: $10. 313-833-7547. http://www.detroitcathedral.org.
Sonny Rollins The UMS jazz series opens with the titan of the saxophone performing with many of today’s greatest jazz musicians. University Musical Society at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. Sat., Oct. 1 only. $10-$54. 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org.
A Special Duo Occasion Two of the jazz world’s preeminent performers, Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, team up for a unique concert with the DSO. Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. Rescheduled to Sep. 29. $35-$70. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.
Stig Rossen The international singing sensation from Denmark will mesmerize audiences with songs from modern stage productions. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Twp. Fri., Sept. 30 only. $35. 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com.
The Written Word:
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.