Art & Around for the period Feb. 7-16, 2008

Compiled by Donald V. Calamia

ARCHITECTURE/GARDEN TOURS:

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Special events include: "Enchanted Evening" (Feb. 9; $42 per person, reservations required). General admission: $8. Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org

ARTS FESTIVALS

The Erotic Poetry & Music Festival One of Detroit's oldest and most eclectic community arts festivals turns 21 this year and celebrates the erotic arts with provocative poetry and sexy art, music and dance performances. Feb. 16 at Northern Lights Lounge, Detroit. $18. For 21 and over only. 313-873-1739. http://www.myspace.com/eroticfestivaldetroit

ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:

Arab American National Museum Exhibits: "Fragmentation & Unity: The Art of Sari Khoury" (through April 27); and "Silver Speaks: Traditional Jewelry of the Middle East" (through March 30). Open Wed.-Sun. $6 museum admission. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org

Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibits: "Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future" (through March 30); "From Frank Lloyd Wright to George Nakashima: Uncovering the John Blum Bequest to Cranbrook Art Museum" (through March 22); and "Richard Knight: Photographing Saarinen" (through March 22). Open Wed.-Sun. $10. Bloomfield Hills: 877-462-7262. http://www.cranbrookart.edu

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. Bloomfield Hills: 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 Now open, the New DIA: More gallery space; more art; more fun, with featured exhibit "Julie Mehretu: City Sitings" (through March 30). General admission: $8. Open Wed.-Sun. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org

Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits: "Something to Look Forward To," featuring abstract art by 22 distinguished Americans of African descent (through March 2); and "Celebration of Black History Month," featuring important works by African-American artists from the FIA permanent collection (through Feb. 24). Open Tue.-Sun. $7; Saturdays free. Flint: 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org

Greenfield Village Closed for the winter (through April 14). Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org

Henry Ford Museum Exhibit: "With Liberty and Justice for All," which explores the struggles that arose in the quest for freedom in America. Open daily. General museum admission: $14. Dearborn: 313-982-6001. http://www.thehenryford.org

Kresge Art Museum Exhibits: "Julie Mehretu: New Drawings" (through March 16); and "The Impressionist Era: Works on Paper," featuring 33 artists who participated in the eight Impressionist exhibitions in Paris between 1874 and 1886 (through March 16). 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

MSU Museum Exhibits: "The Federal Art Project: Supporting Good Artists in Bad Times" (through Aug. 24); and "Quilts and Human Rights" (through May 15). Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibits: "Holy Hip-Hop," new portraits by Alex Melamid; and "ReFusing Fashion" by Rei Kawakubo. Feb. 8-April 20. Open Wed.-Sun. Free. Detroit: 313-832-6622. http://www.mocadetroit.org

Public Museum Permanent exhibits include: "Streets of Old Grand Rapids," a full-scale detailed recreation of the city in the 1890s. General admission: $8. Open daily. Grand Rapids: 616-456-3977. http://www.grmuseum.org

Sloan Museum Exhibits: "Rides and Rebels," a celebration of the adventure, look and lifestyle of motorcycles (extended through July); and "Fair Housing in Flint," a look at various forms of discrimination in the housing industry (through March 31). $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450. http://www.sloanmuseum.com

University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibit: "Inge Morath and Arthur Miller: China," which captures two artists responding to a society in transition. Through March 23. Free. Open Tue.-Sun. at the 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: Mary Gaynier's "No Two Are Alike"; Heidi Kumao's "Misbehaving: Performative Media Machines Act Out"; Claire Watkins' "Flock of Needles"; and Kim Cridler & BA Harrington's "Drawing on Traditions." All through March 2). 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 Exhibits: "Creativity Camp 2007," featuring art created by last summer's Creativity Campers (through Feb.); "Medically Speaking," which explores historical scientific iconography as a vehicle for more contemporary ideas (through Feb. 15); and "Ann Mansolino: thresholds" (through Feb. 13). Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org

Biddle Gallery Loads of original and one-of-a-kind art, pottery, tile, jewelry, home and fashion accessories and gift items for every budget. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com

City Gallery Exhibit: "Aspirations: A Series of New Paintings by Stephen Deeb." Through Feb. 26 at Costick Center, Farmington Hills. Open during regular business hours and during special events. 248-473-1856. http://www.www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us

Daisy Lake Art Gallery A new and unique venue specializing in small, representational works by local artists. Open afternoons, Thu.-Sat. Dexter: 734-424-1363. http://www.daisylakeartgallery.com

The Dirty Show 9 The delightful Detroit International Erotic Art Exhibition features a large number of artists, from first-timers to the famous, at their dirtiest, plus surprising performance art. Feb. 8-10, 14 & 16 at Bert's Warehouse Theater in Detroit's Eastern Market. Advance tickets recommended; prices vary by day and event ($10-$15 in advance). Photo ID required for entry. Fri-Sat: ages 21 and over; all other days: ages 18 and over. http://www.dirtydetroit.com

Gallery Project Exhibit: "Myth of Difference," a multi-media exhibit featuring disabled and non-disabled artists whose work reflects the joys and sorrows of being different. Through Feb. 17). Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com

Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: "The Body Eclectic," an all-media juried exhibition featuring the figure. Through Feb. 29. Open Wed.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com

Liberal Arts Gallery Exhibit: "Dawud Mohammed, Recent Works." Through Feb. 23. Free. Open Saturday afternoons. Detroit: 313-925-9578. http://www.liberalartsgallery.com

Riverside Arts Center Exhibit: "Eastern Michigan University Art Masters Association Fifth Annual Invitational." Through March 1. Free. Open Thu.-Sun. Ypsilanti: 734-480-2787. http://www.riversidearts.org

Saper Galleries Come see why Decor Magazine named the gallery its top art gallery in 2007. Open Mon.-Sat and first Mondays. East Lansing: 517-351-0815. http://www.sapergalleries.com

Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: "Gallery Owners Select," works from five area galleries showcasing the essence of each business. Through Feb. 18. Open during regular business hours and during performances. Free. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org

Sense Design Inc. Exhibit: Art That Makes Sense," a solo exhibit of local landscapes and figures by Victor Pytko. Through March 3. Weekdays, by appt. only. Ferndale: 248-658-1130.

DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra The Winter KinderConcerts features flute player Penny Fischer. Feb. 8 in the Downtown Branch of the Ann Arbor Library. Free. Ann Arbor: 734-994-4801. http://www.a2so.com

Arab American National Museum The Global Thursdays world music concert series continues with Safaafir (Feb. 7); and Abuakwa African Music & Dance Ensemble (Feb. 14). $10-$12. Dearborn: 313-582-2266. http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org

Detroit Symphony Orchestra The 2007/08 season continues with "Knussen on Knussen" (Feb. 8-10; $20-$71); "A Funny Valentine" (Feb. 14-17; $15-$71); and "Chinese New Year" (Feb. 16; $19-$50). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. 313-576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com

Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Soloists from the Michigan Opera Theatre are up close and personal with a selection of well-known "Love Songs." Feb. 9 at the Farmington Players Barn, Farmington Hills. $18. 248-473-1848. http://www.www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us

Flint Festival Chorus A concert that features texts from history's greatest poets and writers set to music by Schubert and Britten. Feb. 8 at First Presbyterian Church, Flint. $15. 810-237-3122. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.com

Flint Symphony Orchestra World-renowned baritone Jubilant Sykes joins the FSO for an evening that includes a variety of pieces ranging from a classical aria to spirituals. Feb. 16 at The Whiting, Flint. $9.50-$56. 810-237-7333. http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.com

Fontana Chamber Arts The Grammy-nominated Imani Winds will stage the multimedia tribute "Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot." Feb. 13 at Chenery Auditorium, Kalamazoo. $22-$30. 269-382-7774. http://www.fontanachamberarts.org

Franke Center for the Arts Events include: musician/composer John Wunsch (Feb. 9; $15). Marshall: 269-781-0001. http://www.frankecenterforthearts.org

Lansing Community College "Different Directions," a Lansing Chamber Dance concert. Feb. 9-10 at Dart Auditorium. $12-$15. Lansing: 517-483-1488. http://www.lcc.edu/hpa/events

Lansing Symphony Orchestra The Chamber Series continues with Chamber Concert 3. Feb. 10 at Plymouth Congregational Church, Lansing. $15. 517-487-5001. http://www.lansingsymphony.org

MSU College of Music Programs include: Vocal Jazz Students and MSU Jazz Combo Concert (Feb. 8 at Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Theatre; free); "A Celebration of the Beautiful Voice VI" opera gala (Feb. 10 at James B. Henry Center for Executive Development; $25); and "Musique 21" (Feb. 15 at Music Bldg. Auditorium; free). East Lansing: 517-432-5253. http://www.music.msu.edu

Oakland University Dept. of Music, Theatre & Dance Enjoy a winter concert performed by the Oakland University Wind Symphony. Feb. 13 in Varner Recital Hall, Rochester. $7. 248-370-2030. http://www2.oakland.edu/mtd

Plymouth Symphony Orchestra "Sensational Strings" is the third concert of the 62nd season. Feb. 9 at Ward Presbyterian Church, Northville. $25. 734-451-2112. http://www.plymouthsymphony.org

Royal Oak First United Methodist Church The Performing Arts Series continues with "Organ PLUS!" an organ concert performed by Dr. Craig Scott Symons. Feb. 10. Free. Royal Oak: 248-541-4100, ext. 1311. http://www.rofum.org

Saugatuck Center for the Arts "Madcat, Kane and Schrock" bring their "musical gumbo" of blues, jazz and folk to the center's intimate Performance Studio. Feb. 9. $15. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. http://www.sc4a.org

Tecumseh Center for the Arts From top hits to cool riffs, from classic skits to comedy bits, Five By Design takes you on a musical journey through the early days of television. Feb. 9. $18. Tecumseh: 517-423-6617. http://www.tecumsehcivic.com

University Musical Society The 2007/08 season continues with: Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble (Feb. 8 at Rackham Auditorium; $20-$40); Guarneri String Quartet and the Johannes String Quartet (Feb. 9 at Rackham Auditorium; $22-$46); Wu Man with the Bay Area Shawm Band (Feb. 10 at Rackham Auditorium; $18-$36); violinist Christian Tetzlaff (Feb. 14 at Hill Auditorium; $10-$50); Noism08 (Feb. 15 at Power Center; $16-$40); and the Ahmad Jamal Trio (Feb. 16 at Hill Auditorium; $10-$42). Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538. http://www.ums.org

Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers The annual "Dance Forum" is a juried event that provides an opportunity for local and regional choreographers to share their work. Feb. 15-17 at the Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center, Kalamazoo. $15. 269-387-2300. http://www.wellspringdance.org

Woodside Church The Jazz Vespers series continues. Feb. 15. Free. Flint: 810-767-4911. http://www.woodsidechurch.net

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 The FIA presents independent, international and avant-garde films every weekend. FIA Theater at the Flint Institute of Arts. Fri-Sat at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 2 p.m. $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); PLUS: Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International will screen all 10 2008 Oscar-nominated short films (Feb. 15); and every Monday in February: Academy Award-winning Best Pictures at 7 p.m. 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

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:

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

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Love Poetry Happening! An open mic night for all ages: Write some poems and join the fun. Feb. 7 at Lowell Area Arts Council. Lowell: 616-897-8545. http://www.lowellartscouncil.org

Poetry Slams @ The Max The monthly series continues with a youth slam, open to teens ages 13 to 18. Feb. 9 at The Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit. $7. 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

CLASSES/FUNDRAISERS/NEWS:

ANN ARBOR ART CENTER - is offering "Clay Creations," a six-week course beginning March 1 for four and five year old budding artists, 734-994-8004, ext. 101; ANN ARBOR ART CENTER - is offering "My First Art Class," an age-appropriate experience for toddlers and their accompanying parent/caregiver beginning Feb. 27 for six-weeks, 734-994-8004, ext. 101; ANN ARBOR ART CENTER - is seeking artists' submissions for "The Print," which opens April 4, 734-994-8004, ext. 110; ARTTAIN USA - will hold community outreach receptions, Feb. 21 & March 12, 734-747-8530; CITY OF FARMINGTON HILLS CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION - has an array of classes beginning in February and March for adult and children of all ages and skills, 248-473-1859; LANSING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - presents "Tables of Note," a unique benefit that will create art and festivity out of table settings, Feb. 8, $25-$30/afternoon tea party; $60-$65/evening cocktail party, 517-487-5001.

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