Art & Around for the period July 12-21

Compiled by Donald V. Calamia

SUMMER ARTS FESTIVALS:

Art on the Grand A juried interactive art fair with entertainment and family fun presented as part of the 33-year-old Farmington Founders Festival at Farmington Road and Grand River. July 20-22. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1857.

Concert of Colors The 15th annual multicultural event that celebrates diversity through music, arts and crafts and food, co-sponsored by the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. July 19-22 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Free/donations accepted. Detroit: 313-624-0200. http://www.concertofcolors.com

Riverwalk Festival 2007 A two-day gala in Lowell along the Riverwalk and Downtown that includes arts & crafts, Grilling & Chilling, street musicians, a Cruise-In, duck race and much, much more. July 13-14. Lowell: 616-897-9161. http://www.discoverlowell.org

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights A weekly summer festival of free concerts, children's entertainers and other attractions staged simultaneously every Thursday evening in downtown Chelsea on Main Street. Festival continues July 12 with All About Eve, Blues Shift, Trio Indigo and more; and July 19 with Kitty Donahoe, Los IV, Storm Front and others. Chelsea: 734-475-1145. http://www.chelseafestivals.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), "Culture Corner Weekends" (through Aug. 24) and "Healthy Moves" (through Aug. 25). Campus Martius Park. Free. Detroit: 313-962-0101. http://www.campusmartiuspark.org

Wyandotte Street Art Fair A downriver favorite that features 250 artists booths, children's emporium, workshops, and riverfront and street entertainment. July 11-14 on Biddle Avenue between Oak and Eureka Streets in Wyandotte. http://www.wyandottestreetartfair.org

ARCHITECTURE/GARDEN TOURS:

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 "The Photography of Suleiman Al Awadi (through Aug. 19); and "Threads of Pride: Palestinian Traditional Costumes" (through Nov. 25). Open Wed.-Sun. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org

Cranbrook Art Museum A contemporary art museum located at the heart of Cranbrook Educational Community, one of the nation's greatest architectural complexes. 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 Exhibits include "Treasures of the Collection," "Fabulous Five: Detroit Music Legends" and "Detroit Then & Now." Wed.-Sun. $5 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org

Detroit Institute of Arts While the museum is closed to complete renovations, the DIA presents "Fore! Fun," a one-of-a-kind, 10-hole mini-golf course on the north lawn. Runs Wed.-Sun., through Labor Day. $5. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org

Detroit Science Center Exhibit: "Our Body: The Universe Within." Extended through Sept. 3. $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: "Artists of the Great Lakes: 1910-1960." Through Aug. 19. Open Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org

The Henry Ford Exhibit: "Rock Stars' Cars & Guitars," featuring more than 19 legendary cars and 30 guitars that are synonymous with rock 'n' roll. At Henry Ford Museum through Sept. 30. $14 museum admission. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org

Kresge Art Museum Exhibits include: "Circus: The Art of the 'Strange & Curious" (through July 27); and "Sorrow Unmasked: Images of Grief, Mourning and Remembrance" (through July 27). Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834. http://www.artmuseum.msu.edu

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: "Workers Culture in Two Nations: South Africa and the United States." Through Aug. Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibits: "STUFF: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt Aaron." Through July 29. 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: "Out of the Ordinary/Extraordinary: Contemporary Japanese Photography." Through Sept. 16. 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: "Unreal Lives," real and imagined painted satirical portraits by Dick Keaveny in the Race Street Gallery; "Limping Down the Fence Line," a multimedia installation by Robin Starbuck in the In Space Gallery; and "Archeopteryx in a Cactus Patch: A Story of Ecological Invasions" by Jenny Pope in the Front Street Gallery. Through July 22. Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. http://www.uica.org

ART GALLERIES:

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 Exhibit: "Made in Michigan: Blown and Sculpted Glass" (through Aug. 12); and "Photographer, Michelle Stamler," (through Aug. 12). Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org

Biddle Gallery Exhibit: "Vessels" by John Albert Murphy (through Aug. 31); and "Climate Controlled Art Fair" (through Aug. 31). Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com

Community Arts @ Paramount Gallery Exhibit: "Transient Structures," featuring works by Lynn Bennett-Carpenter and Mary Kim. Through July 21. Open during regular bank hours. Ferndale: 248-414-6500. http://www.theparamountgallery.com

Gallery Project Exhibit: "State of the Union," in which collaborators are invited to comment through their work on conditions in the country (through July 29). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com

Heritage Park Nature Center Exhibit: nature scenes by Farmington resident Norm Thompson. Through July 13. Open daily. Farmington Hills: 248-473-1856.

Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: "Ceramic and Fiber Art," the work of Suk Jin Choi and Jung Yeon Choi (through July 28). Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com

Lowell Area Arts Council Exhibit: "The Pet Project," a collaborative exhibition featuring artists of all ages designed to pay tribute to an important family member: our pets. Two locations: Lowell Area Arts Council (Tue.-Sat.) and the Franciscan Life Process Center (Mon.-Fri.). Through July 19. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org

Mephistos Exhibit: "Art Attack," featuring the work of Lisa Downey, Amanda Rosado and others. Through July 15. Open Wed.-Sat. Hamtramck: 313-875-3627. http://www.mephistosdetroit.com

Nextstep Studio & Gallery Exhibit: "Solo Show," featuring new work by Craig Paul Nowak (through July 28). Viewable by appointment only. Ferndale: 248-342-5074.

Octane Photographic Exhibit: "unfiltered 2," an exhibition for artists outside the mainstream. Through July 15. Ferndale: 248-399-2355. http://www.octanephotographic.com

Plymouth Coffee Bean Company Exhibit: "Progressive Digression," the never-before seen acrylic paintings on found wood boards of master artist Dennis Bruce Spencer. Through July 30. Plymouth: 734-454-0178. http://www.myspace.com/dennisbrucespencer

Rayn Gallery Exhibit: "From the Void," the debut exhibit by surrealist painter Tom Wagner. Detroit: 313-894-4731. http://www.myspace.com/rayngallery

Riverside Arts Center Exhibit: "Heroes and Hotrods: Sculpture by Rick "Ruiner" Lappin," which explores popular culture through three-dimensional works combining gadgetry, music and performance. Through July 28. Open Thur., Sat. & Sun. Free. Ypsilanti: 734-480-2787. http://www.riversideartscenter.org

Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: "The Art of Carl Hoerman: An Emigre's Vision of America," the first solo exhibition of the artist's works. Through July 31. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2300. http://www.sc4a.org

DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:

Gospel Fest The ninth annual event featuring Gospel musicians. July 20 at BASF Park. Free. Wyandotte: 734-324-4506. http://www.downriver.net

Joffrey Midwest Workshop Showcase The most talented pre-professional dancers who participated in a four-week summer dance intensive present a mixed program of classic and contemporary choreography in ballet and jazz. July 21 at The Whiting. $20. Flint: 810-237-7333. http://www.thewhiting.com

Lowell Showboat The Sizzlin' Summer Concert series continues with Mid-Life Crisis (July 12) and Fonn Mor (July 19). Free. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org

MSU College of Music The 11th Annual Muelder Summer Carillon Series runs five consecutive Wednesdays through Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at the MSU Beaumont Tower. Free. East Lansing: 517-432-5253. http://www.music.msu.edu

Music in the Parks The free summertime family outdoor concert series continues with a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo (July 12 at For-Mar Nature preserve and Arboretum); the Flint Jubilee Gospel Singers (July 17 at Max Brandon Park); and The Swingin' Demons (July 19 at Kearsley Park). Flint: 810-237-3112. http://www.musicintheparks.us

Saugatuck Center for the Arts The "Summer in the Studio" series continues with Ashley Grutter (Americana/country) July 16 at the SCA Performance Studio. $15. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org

Stars in the Park A free outdoor concert series at Heritage Park continues with Rock and Soul (July 12). Farmington Hills: 248-473-1857.

UMS Choral Union All interested singers are invited to take part in the 14th season of "Summer Sings," a series of popular choral reading sessions that features no audition, no-performance Monday evenings of memorable music-making. Continues July 16 with Mendelssohn's "Elijah" at Hill Auditorium. $5. Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org

FILM & VIDEO:

Comcast Summer Film Series Head to downtown Detroit for an evening of current releases and family favorites shown outdoors on a big screen. Every Saturday night through August 18; begins at 8 p.m. with musical entertainment. Campus Martius Park. Free. Detroit: 313-646-4329. http://www.comcastfilmseries.com

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

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. 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

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

SPOKEN/WRITTEN WORD:

Kinetic Affect "Word Weavers" launches the partnership of Gabriel Giron and Kirk Latimer who power up their artistry, voice and vision with a multi-sensory performance to address critical issues in a powerful way. July 12-14 at the Wellspring Theatre at the Epic Center, Kalamazoo. $15. http://www.kineticaffect.com

PicNap 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.picnap-poetry.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 & FUNDRAISERS:

826MICHIGAN - will hold a rummage sale July 20-22 to help fund free literacy programs, 734-761-3463; BOOKS ON WHEELS - is offering a free book/free bike repair event July 17 at 826michigan in Ann Arbor, 804-840-6510; BOUNCE/ONSTAGE CONNECTION - is offering a summertime series of dance and performing arts classes for children and teens, 248-477-3830.

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