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Detroit Institute of Arts Events Calendar 2014

Posted by Glen LaGrou July 21, 2014 Events, Local Activities

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) features special events and exhibits each month for people of every age and every culture. Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Below are the highlights of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) calendar featuring special events, exhibits and programs.

For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or visit Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) website www.dia.org.

JULY EVENTS AT THE DIA:

Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Fridays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.

Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 4–8 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members have won state, regional and national competitions. People wanting to learn how to play chess should show up between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be no teaching between 6 and 8 p.m., but visitors can play chess.

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Sundays, noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Tuesdays, 11–3 p.m. Collage Portraits
Wednesdays, 11–3 p.m. Refrigerator Magnets
Thursdays, 11–3 p.m. Toy Spinners
Fridays, 11, 18 & 25, 11–3 p.m. Islamic Decoupage: In Islamic culture, the word decoupage refers to works of art that are finely cut from paper or leather. Make a fun version using colorful papers and decorative-edged scissors.
Fridays, July 11 & 18, 6–9 p.m. Japanese Stab-Bound Books: Make a simple book using a traditional bookbinding technique.
Saturdays, July 5, 12 & 19, Noon–4 p.m. Art Pins
Sundays, July 6, 13 & 20, Noon–4 p.m. Sculptural Boxes

Special Drop-in Puppet Workshops
Friday, July 25, 6–9 p.m. Model Magic Pencil Puppets: Have fun creating your own puppet characters from self-hardening modeling material.
Saturday, July 26, Noon–4 p.m. Glove Finger Puppet: Take a single finger from a glove, decorate it with art-making materials and bring it to life. And don’t forget to check out our puppet gallery!
Sunday, July 27, Noon–4 p.m. Felt Snake and Spider Marionettes

JULY EVENTS AT THE DIA:

Friday Night Live, July 25
Music: JP Jofre Quintet: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
JP Jofre is an Argentinian composer and bandoneon player in the style of Astor Piazzolla. His quintet will play music from his CD “Hard Tango,” which includes his own compositions, as well as works by Piazzolla, Leo Brouwer and Fernando Otero. The quintet features Ron Wasserman (bass), Eric Silberger (violin), Amy Kang (cello) and Daniela Candillari (piano).

Friday, July 25–Sunday, July 27
Detroit Puppeteers Guild and Detroit Institute of Arts present Motor City Puppetry Blast
The DIA and Detroit Puppeteers Guild are hosting the 2014 Puppeteers of America Great Lakes Regional Festival (http://www.greatlakespoa.com/), which features the following programs:

Friday, July 25
Sarah Frechette, The Snowflake Man: 4 p.m.
Puppeteer Sarah Frechette uses masterly storytelling, Czech-style marionettes, and a pop-up book of watercolor paintings to tell the story of W. A. Bentley, the pioneer of snowflake photography. A recipient of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette, International Puppetry Association citation for puppetry excellence, this show is suitable for all ages.
Manual Cinema, Lula Del Ray: 8 p.m.
Told almost entirely without dialogue, Lula del Ray is the story of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother on the outskirts of a vast satellite array in the middle of the desert. After a hearing them on the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with a soulful country music duo, the Baden Brothers. Lula del Ray is performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette and live music.

Saturday, July 26
The Frisch Marionettes, The Jungle Book: 11:30 a.m.
Stolen from his mother at birth and raised in the jungle by wolves, Mowgli must face his destiny as a man when Shere Khan threatens him and the peace of the jungle.
Sea Beast Puppetry, Mefiez-Vous de la Vache Garou (Beware the Werecow!)
Join Sea Beast Puppet Company for scary stories, creepy comedy and terrifying twists. A young girl goes on a journey of self-discovery, a foolish hunter meets with retaliation and a bar is turned upside down by the discovery of a mythical creature—all set in the swamps of Louisiana. Sea Beast Puppet Company has toured all over the U.S.,Canada and Australia.
The Melchior Marionettes: 4 p.m.
Enjoy a variety puppet show featuring three generations of puppeteers from the Melchior family.

Sunday, July 27
Cynthia Von Orthal Puppets, The Yellow Wallpaper and The Crane Maiden: 11 a.m.
VonOrthal Puppets’ interpretation of these classic short stories explores the relationship between society and nature. These stories are told with a variety of puppetry, styles including hand, rod and Bunraku.
Dick Meyers’s Beauty and the Beast: Noon
In 1974, puppeteer Dick Meyers brought his one-of-a-kind puppets to Detroit for his production of this classic tale. In 2014 this production will return after 40 years, painstakingly revived using the original puppets Meyers crafted decades ago. With performances by Seth Schaffer and Bart Roccoburton from the Ballard Institute for Puppetry, this program will wrap up the 2014 Great Lakes Regional Puppetry Festival with an experience not to be missed.

Ford Family Sunday, July 27
Sunday Music Bar: Mick Dobday: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Mick Dobday performs classical and jazz standards.

AUGUST EVENTS AT THE DIA

Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Fridays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.

Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 4–8 p.m.
The club’s mission is to teach area students the game and life lessons. Members have won state, regional and national competitions. People wanting to learn how to play chess should show up between 4 and 6 p.m. There will be no teaching between 6 and 8 p.m., but visitors can play chess.

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Sundays, noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Tuesdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Bookmarks
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Papel Picado: Try this Mexican art of cutting paper.
Thursdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Mosaics
Fridays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Miniature Paper Hats
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Rakhi: In east Indian culture girls tied bans made silk cord beads and foils around the wrist of males during Rakhi, a festival celebrating friendship in August. Create your own Rakhi using a variety of cords and embellishments.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. Senufo Painting: Explore this West African form of painting on fabric.
Sundays, July 6, 13 & 20, Noon–4 p.m. Shibori: Shibori is the Japanese art of patterning fabric by shaping the cloth and securing it before dying.

AUGUST DIA CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Friday Night Live, August 1
Music: Trio Nova Mundi: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Trio Nova Mundi performs music by New World composers and lesser-known classics from the piano trio literature. The trio will perform music by Amy Beach, JacobTV, Manuel Ponce and Paul Schoenfield. Trio Nova Mundi performers are Maureen Conlon Gutierrez (violin), Elissa Kohanksi (cello) and Becky Billock (piano).

Saturday, August 2
Puppet Performance: Tears of Joy Puppets presents 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: 2 p.m.
A family-friendly adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, this production presents some of the most exciting scenes aboard the Nautilus and under the sea, combining humor with the technology imagined by Verne and predicted with astonishing accuracy.

Ford Family Sunday, August 3
Sunday Music Bar: Christina Dragone: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Christina Dragone performs classical and pop standards.

Puppet Performance: Tears of Joy Puppets presents 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: 2 p.m.
(See Aug. 2 for details)

Friday Night Live, August 8
Music: New West Guitar Group: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The New West Guitar Group performs jazz standards and originals, combining acoustic and electric guitars to create its signature sound. Though the trio is rooted in classic jazz, their versatility as players and composers has earned them a reputation as pioneers of the guitar ensemble repertoire.

Ford Family Sunday, August 10
Sunday Music Bar: Stefan Kukurugya: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Stefan Kukurugya performs jazz, pop, R&B and classical standards.

Friday Night Live, August 15
Music: Wild Belle: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Wild Belle is the duo of siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman of the Ann Arbor-based group NOMO. The two shares a lifetime of musical experiences embracing many styles, and Wild Belle marks their collaboration, combining rock rhythms, disco beats and soulful grooves.

Ford Family Sunday, August 17
Sunday Music Bar: Tad Weed: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Tad Weed performs jazz standards.

Friday Night Live, August 22
Music: Tribute to Dorothy Ashby with the Brandee Younger Quartet: 7 p.m. ONLY
Dorothy Ashby was a Detroit harpist who, along with Alice Coltrane, proved that the harp was an instrument that could be used in bebop jazz as effectively as the saxophone. Harpist Brandee Younger will honor Ashby’s spirit with a new band and contemporary arrangements of this legendary Detroit artist’s work.

Ford Family Sunday, August 24
Sunday Music Bar: Iridescent Flutes: 1 & 3 p.m.
The Iridescent Flutes ensemble plays thought provoking classical flute music.
Puppet Performance: Dick Meyer’s Cinderella, performed by Seth Schaffer: 2 p.m.
This production uses the original puppets Dick Myers crafted decades ago. Seth Shaffer, directed by Bart Roccoberton from the University of Connecticut Puppet Arts Program, presents a puppet Cinderella like no other.

Friday Night Live, August 29
No programs

Ford Family Sunday, August 31
No programs

THE DIA has provided this calendar of events to Oakland County Moms to publish. These events are not endorsed or presented by Oakland County Moms.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and DIA members. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera’s world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

This page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

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