World-renowned musician Leonard King, Jr. pays a visit to the Oakland University campus in Rochester next month, playing in concert and teaching rhythmic improvisational concepts for all musicians.
Currently leading the blues/jazz/rock/funk band Oopapada, King has been part of the Detroit music scene since performing with his brothers Gregory and Atiba King in the early 1960s. Known best as the Soul Messengers, the brothers played with a variety of other musicians all around the metro area for a decade. On October 11, 2003 Leonard King and the Soul Messengers were inducted into the Motown Museum as “Men Of Motown”.
He will perform with the Southpaw Isle Steelband at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 at Varner Recital Hall. The concert features the music of Astor Piazzola, with works by Horace Sliver, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Larry Young and Leonard King.
Tickets are $16, $8 for students, and may be purchased through Star Tickets Plus, 1-800-585-3737, or at www.starticketsplus.com.
King will also lead a free Master Class at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4 in Varner Recital Hall.
Donald V. Calamia
Fallasburg Fall Festival The 39th annual arts event combines fine arts, traditional craft demonstrations, musical entertainment, great food and hands-on activities for the kids. Sept. 29-30 at Fallsburg Park. Free. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
4th Fridays With Ford A summer festival of music, dance, film, artists market and food specials that celebrates and embraces downtown Detroit the fourth Friday of every month closes for the season with Detroit’s Rockin’ Country Fest: Sarah Lenore (11:30 am); The Hummingbirds (2 p.m.); Redhill (3:30 p.m.); The Forbes Brothers (5 p.m.); Keith Anderson (7:30 p.m.); and Cinema D! Detroit Film Festival (9:30 p.m.). Sept. 28 at Campus Martius Park. Free. Detroit: 313-962-0101. http://www.campusmartiuspark.org
Michigan Renaissance Festival Enter the turreted gates of Hollygrove and roam the festive marketplace, partake in games of skill or enjoy non-stop entertainment. Open weekends and Labor Day through Sept. 30. $17.95/adults;$8.95/children. Holly: 800-601-4848. http://www.michrenfest.com
Summer in the Park A season-long series of events in downtown Detroit that includes “Lunchtime Arts” (weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Sept. 28). Campus Martius Park. Free. Detroit: 313-962-0101. http://www.campusmartiuspark.org
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Take a tour behind the scenes and examine special subjects that provide a new perspective on the family that left an indelible mark on the automotive industry, the arts community and the region. Some advance reservations are required; fees vary. Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org
ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:
Arab American National Museum Exhibits: “SURA Arts Academy Exhibit,” featuring the photography of middle school students in southwest Detroit and Dearborn (through Oct. 28 in the Lower Level Gallery); and “Threads of Pride: Palestinian Traditional Costumes” (through Nov. 25). Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
The Art Museum at MSU The museum reopens with “The Paper Sculpture Show,” “Prints from South Africa” and “The Future: The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.” Through Oct. 14. Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834. http://www.artmuseum.msu.edu
Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibit: Hot House: Expanding the Field of Fiber at Cranbrook.” Through Oct. 14. Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314. http://www.cranbrookart.edu/museum
Cranbrook Institute of Science Permanent exhibits include: “Life Changes Over Time”; “Ice Ages Come And Go”; and “Peoples of the Woodlands: Objects of Great Lakes Native America.” Open daily. $8 museum admission. 248-645-3200. http://science.cranbrook.edu
Detroit Historical Museum New exhibits include: “1920s: Detroit Building Boom” and “Rallying the Home Front: Posters from WWII.” Wed.-Sun. $6 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org
Detroit Institute of Arts The DIA is currently closed for renovations and will reopen in November. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org
Detroit Science Center Exhibit: “Our Body: The Universe Within.” Extended through Jan. 6, 2008. $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission. Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org
Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits include: “Visions of Vistory,” a century of sports photography; and “Currents: Evan Penny,” with eerie, larger-than-life figural sculptures. Through Oct. 28. Open Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
The Henry Ford At Henry Ford Museum: “Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars,” featuring more than 19 legendary cars and 30 guitars that are synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll (through Sept. 30; $14 museum admission). Admission free with membership. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org
Longway Planetarium Michigan’s largest planetarium hosts numerous programs and activities for people of all ages. $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400. http://www.longway.org
Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include: “Picturing Faith: Religious America in Government Photography, 1935-1943” (through Sept. 28 in the West Gallery); and “MSU Museum: 150 Years of Discovery”. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibit: Words Fail Me,” curated by Matthew Higgs, which sends messages in many different forms through 16 art works by 18 re-known artists from Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Through Jan. 20, 2008. Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622. http://www.mocadetroit.org
Plymouth Historical Museum Exhibit: “Plymouth Rides the Rails,” an exploration of the history of trains in Plymouth from 1871 to the present. Through Nov. 1. $5. Open Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun. Plymouth: 734-455-8940. http://www.plymouthhistory.org
Sloan Museum Exhibits include: “Fair Housing in Flint” (through Nov. 4); and “Rides and Rebels,” a celebration of the adventure, look and lifestyle of motorcycles (through March 2008). $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450. http://www.sloanmuseum.com
University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: “Persian Visions: Contemporary Photography from Iran.” Sept. 29-Dec. 30. Free. 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
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: “Being Open: 30 Years, 30 Artists, 30 Careers” (Monroe Street Gallery, through Nov. 23); “30 Years/30 Cakes” (through Nov. 2); “Somewhere There Is a Fire or a Hole” (Race Street Gallery, through Nov. 23); and “My Irish Dream” (through Nov. 23). Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616-454-3994. http://www.uica.org
Amazwi Contemporary Art A unique gallery that gives voice to a diverse array of African artists, while broadening appreciation of their talent and understanding of their cultures. Saugatuck: 269-857-5551. http://www.amazwi.com
Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits: “The Print” (through Sept. 30); and the “85th Annual All Media Exhibition” (Oct. 5-Nov. 10). Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org
Biddle Gallery Motawi Tile releases the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection. Sept. 21. Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibits: “Then and Now: The Evolution of Michigan Glass Studio” (Robinson Gallery); “Celebration – An Exhibit of Fine Art” (DeSalle Gallery); “The Writings on the Wall” (Ramp Gallery); and an exhibition of instructor Dan Keller’s adult painting students (Commons Gallery). Through Oct. 5. Birmingham: 248-644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org
Brown and Juanita C. Ford Gallery Exhibit: “Facial Vision: A Photographic Tribute to the Visually Impaired” by Suellen Hozman. Through Oct. 11 on the downtown campus of Wayne County Community College. Open Mon.-Fri., noon to 5 p.m. Detroit: 313-496-2570. http://www.wcccd.edu
Cass Cafe Exhibit: “Notorious,” painters and sculptors Gwen Joy and Chris Turner provide an insight into the inner psyche of artistic vision. Sept. 29-Dec. 8. Open daily. Detroit: 313-831-1400. http://www.casscafe.com
The City Gallery Exhibit: “Patricia Bombach: Native Americans and the Southwest.” Through Oct. 18 at the Costick Center. Open during regular business hours and during special occasions. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1856.
Community Arts @ Paramount Gallery Exhibit: “3X3,” a group show of artists drawn from the Detroit Artists’ Market’s 75 years of existence. Through Oct. 20. Open Mon.-Sat. during Paramount Bank’s regular business hours. Ferndale: 248-414-6500. http://www.theparamountgallery.com
Detroit Artists Market Exhibit: Celebrate 75 years of DAM with “3Quarters-3Artists-3Views,”which features the work of three artists who represent three generations of exhibitors: Marie Woo, Kurt Novak and Joe Berube. Through Oct. 20. Detroit: 313-832-8540. http://www.detroitartistsmarket.org
555 Gallery and Studios “Exhibit: “The September Project,” an exhibition of artists representing regional artist-run organizations, groups and collectives featuring photography, performance, puppetry, painting and poetry. Through Sept. 28. Detroit: 313-894-4202. http://555arts.org
Gallery Project Exhibit: “My Private Utopia,” featuring artists whose work expresses an idealized view of their personal space. Through Oct. 21. Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com
Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibits: “Balancing Act,” a juried exhibition of over 35 quilts by Studio Art Quilt Associates (through Sept. 29); and “The Third Dimension,” an all-media juried sculpture competition (Oct. 3-26). Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com
Lowell Area Arts Council Exhibit: “Stained Glass! West Michigan Style,” an invitational exhibit featuring diverse artists using different methods of glass art making. Through Oct. 20 in the Hudson Street Gallery. Open Tue.-Sat; Mondays by appointment. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org
Madonna University Gallery Exhibit: “Dichotomy Series 2007,” featuring Mary Rousseaux’s explorations of the Big Bang, creationism and evolution. Through Oct. 5. Free. 248-875-7332. http://www.madonna.edu
Marygrove College Gallery Exhibit: “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” Through Oct. 16. Liberal Arts Bldg., 4th Floor. Detroit: 313-927-1337. http://www.marygrove.edu
Pittman-Puckett Gallery Exhibit: “Works on Paper,” featuring the large-scale drawings in a painted construction format of life-long Detroiter Gary Eleinko. Through Oct. 4. Open Mon.-Sat. At Affirmations in Ferndale: 248-398-7105. http://www.goaffirmations.org
Rayn Gallery Exhibit: “From the Void,” the debut exhibit by surrealist painter Tom Wagner. Detroit: 313-894-4731. http://www.myspace.com/rayngallery
Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: “Fiber Revolution”. Through Dec. 18. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300. http://www.sc4a.org
University of Detroit Mercy Library Exhibit: “The Zeitgeist Gallery/Performance Venue: 1997-2007, Ten Years of Art, Displays, Theatre Work and More.” Through September. Open during regular business hours. Detroit: 313-993-1795.
Zeitgeist Gallery Exhibit: “Azutunarasharedo,” a unique opportunity to experience four Detroit gems: Azucena Nava-Moreno, Mary Fortuna, Kathleen Rashid and Mary Laredo Herbeck. Through Oct. 27. Open Fri.-Sat. and by appointment. Detroit: 313-965-9192. http://www.zeitgeistdetroit.org
DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra The 2007/08 season opens with “The Ring,” some of the most recognizable music in the classical repertoire. Sept. 29 at Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor. $10-$46. 734-994-4801. http://www.a2so.com/
Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2007/08 season continues with “Beethoven’s Eighth,” with Xian Zhang, conductor. Sept. 28-29. $20-$71. Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com
Flint Symphony Orchestra The FSO kicks off its 90th year with the theme “The Wonder of It All.” Sept. 29 at The Whiting. $9.50-$56. Flint: 810-237-7333. http://www.thefim.org
Ford Comerica Global Thursdays A weekly series of world music concerts continues with Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz (Sept. 27); Eastern Blok, Eastern European fusion (Oct. 4). $10-$12. Arab American National Museum. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts The new season begins with “Mandy Patinkin, In Concert” (Sept. 28; $50-$65); and “An Evening with Jeff Daniels” (Sept. 29; $45-$60). Clinton Township: 586-286-2222. http://www.macombcenter.com
MSU College of Music Programs include: “College Collage,” a non-stop whirlwind of musical genres (Sept. 28 at Wharton Center; $9). East Lansing: 517-355-5340. http://www.music.msu.edu
Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre and Dance World-renowned musician Leonard King Jr. will perform with the Southpaw Isle Steelband. Oct. 6 at Varner Recital Hall. $16. Rochester: 248-370-2030. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd
Plymouth Symphony Orchestra The 62nd season, “A Love Affair with Music,” opens with “Exotic Nights.” Oct. 6 at Ward Presbyterian Church, Northville. $25. Plymouth: 734-451-2112. http://www.plymouthsymphony.org
Pro Musica The 81st season begins with the Manhattan Piano Trio, one of the most prominent emerging chamber music groups in America. Sept. 28 at the Music Box in the Max M. Fisher Music Center. $40. Detroit: 313-576-1111. http://www.promusicadetroit.org
Saugatuck Center for the Arts The “Autumn on the Mainstage” series continues with Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble (Sept. 29; $30); and Kevin Mahogany and Straight Ahead (Oct. 6; $30). Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org
University Musical Society The 2007/08 season opens with “Second Visit to the Empress,” Chinese choreographer Shen Wei’s blending of traditional Chinese opera with contemporary approaches to both dance and visual art (Sept. 28-30 at the Power Center, $20-$48); pianist Andras Schiff (Oct. 3 & 5 at Rackham Auditorium, $22-$46); and Filarmonica Della Scala (Oct. 6 at Hill Auditorium, $10-$75). Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org
The Whiting The celebrated band Inca Son brings the richness of Peruvian folklore alive in celebration of Andean Culture. Oct. 5 at UM-Flint Theatre. $12. 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. $7.50. Detroit: 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. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org
The Human Rights Friday Fall Film Series Citizens for Peace presents a four-week film series facilitated by a local speaker, beginning with “Why We Fight.” Kresge Hall on the campus of Madonna College. $5. Livonia: 734-425-0070.
Michigan Theater Ann Arbor’s daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films ($8.50). Military veterans will be admitted free through the four-day Memorial Day Weekend. Ann Arbor: 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. $10-$11. Royal Oak: 248-346-8449. http://www.thoughtcollide.com
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. Detroit: 313-537-2560. http://www.redfordtheatre.com
The 10th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival Filmgoers in Metro Detroit will unite with audiences in 98 other cities across three continents to view and judge the next generation of filmmakers. Sept. 27 at Emagine Novi. $9. 888-319-3456. http://www.emagine-entertainment.com
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan’s “best alternative film theater” presents cutting edge movies seven days a week. $4-$7. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994 . http://www.uica.org
EchoVerse Poetry Series & Slam Enjoy national and local feature performances, in the city’s most nurturing environment for creative expression every. Every Friday at the Java Exchange Cafe in Detroit’s TechTown. $5-$7. Detroit: 313-822-6456. http://www.echoversepoetry.com
Poetry Slams @ The Max A new season of poetry slams begins, hosted by PicNap Poetry’s Kalimah Johnson. Sept. 20 at The Music Box in The Max M. Fisher Music Center. $7. Detroit: 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com
Shaman Drum Bookshop Events for young and old; call for details. Ann Arbor: 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. Every Wed. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Grand Rapids: 616-454-7000. http://www.uica.org
ARTS NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL – has started its “Endangered” campaign to raise funds to preserve the cutting edge festival, 734-995-5356; ARAB AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM – invites budding authors to attend a free interactive writing workshop, Oct. 6, 313-624-0200.