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DIA Events Calendar 2014

Posted by Glen LaGrou August 18, 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.

AUGUST DIA EVENTS

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 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

DIA EVENTS DETROIT SEPTEMBER 2014

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)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Travel Journals: Record your adventures and travels in this easy to make book using heavy card stock, paper and a rubber band.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. Tongue Depressor Puppets: Use fabric, yarn and felt to turn a tongue depressor into a character worthy of its own puppet show!
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. You’ve Been Framed: Using a variety of art making materials including beads, markers and colorful wire, decorate a 5-x-7-inch frame made from corrugated cardboard.

SEPTEMBER DIA EVENTS CALENDAR

Friday Night Live, September 5
Music: Glorious Moments Baroque Ensemble: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Glorious Moments presents music from the Baroque era on period instruments. The ensemble, featuring MeeAe Nam (soprano), Daniel Foster (violin), Diane Winder (cello), Kiri Tollasken (cornetto) and Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra (harpsichord), perform works by Handel, Bach and others.

Ford Family Sunday, September 7
Sunday Music Bar: Cecelia Sharpe, 1–4 p.m
Cellist Ceclia Sharpe performs in Kresge Court.
No Family Program

Friday Night Live, September 12
Music: Emel Mathlouthi: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Singer/songwriter and guitarist Emel Mathlouthi brings a powerful new sound to traditional Tunisian music, blending lyrical and powerful rock with North African influences.

Ford Family Sunday, September 14
Sunday Music Bar: Dan Mihaescu: 1& 3 p.m.
Baritone, Dan Mihaescu performs with a style and technique that creates natural and effortless melodies.
No Family Program

Friday Night Live, September 19
Music: Grace Kelly: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Jazz saxophonist and vocalist Grace Kelly has already collaborated with a who’s who in jazz, including Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. For this performance, she is joined by Tad Weed, piano; Marion Hayden, bass; and Sean Dobbins, drums.

Ford Family Sunday, September 21
Sunday Music Bar: Bill Meyer: 1–4 p.m.
Detroit jazz pianist Bill Meyer performs in Kresge Court.
Puppet Performance: Teatro SEA presents My Superhero Roberto Clemente: 2 p.m.
The story of the legendary Latino baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente comes to life in a kid-friendly, bilingual musical, which begins when young Bobby and his friends discover a secret—they have super powers!

Friday Night Live, September 26
Music: No Concert
Friday, September 26–Saturday, September 27
Delectricity
Midtown glows for two evenings of this light fest that melds sci-fi technology with Victorian spectacle on a grand scale. The grounds of the DIA, along with other buildings and spaces, are transformed into temporary exhibitions, inviting the public to see familiar places in a new light. For a complete schedule and map of all Midtown installations visit http://www.dlectricity.com/.

Ford Family Sunday, September 28
Sunday Music Bar: Pam Wise: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Pam Wise performs R&B and jazz standards in Kresge Court.

DIA EVENTS DETROIT OCTOBER 2014

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)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Miniature Paper Masks
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. Sistrums: Sistrums are sacred rattles carried by royal women during ceremonies in ancient Egypt. Learn more about this instrument and create a simple version.
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. Sugar Skulls: Decorate sugar skulls and learn how they are used for Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexican and Mexican American communities

Friday Night Live, October 3
Music: Slow/Fast, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Slow/Fast explores the musical worlds of Ken Thomson (saxophone), merging his interest in structured compositions for chamber ensemble with jazz improvisations. Others in the group are Russ Johnson (trumpet), Nir Felder (guitar), Adam Armstrong (bass) and Fred Kennedy (drums).

Saturday, October 4
Artist Demonstration: Scenes from PuppetART’s Puppet LAB, 2 p.m.
In this first of a Puppet Laboratory series, PuppetART Theater showcases its newest works in progress in an open-rehearsal format that includes commentary.

Sunday, October 5
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Stefan Kukurugya, 1–4 p.m.
The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920, 2 p.m.
Many important American Impressionists both created gardens and painted them. Anna O. Marley, curator of historical American art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, will talk about painters at work in different gardens, with particular attention to Maria Oakey and her husband, Thomas Wilmer Dewing. The Dewings helped decorate the home of collector Charles Lang Freer in Detroit and contributed to the design of his gardens.
Tours and a benefit reception at the Freer House will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the Associates of the American Wing; Freer House, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute/WSU and the Betsy Campbell Lecture of the Friends of Art & Flowers, a support group of the DIA.

Friday, October 10
Friday Night Live: Paul Drescher Double Duo, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Double Duo combines traditional chamber instruments—Lisa Moore on piano and Karen Bentley Pollick on violin—with the nontraditional sound of percussionist Joel Davel on marimba lumina and Paul Drescher on quadrachord, a 14-foot stringed instrument.

Sunday, October 12
Sunday Music Bar: Michelle May and Rydell Chavez, 1–4 p.m.
African Arts Recognition Award: Margaret H. Demant, 2 p.m.
The Friends of African and African American Art honor art collector Margaret H. Demant with the 2014 African Arts Recognition Award for her decades of exemplary service to the Detroit Institute of Arts and for her extraordinary contributions to the collecting of African art. Sponsored by the Friends of African and African American Art.

Wednesday, October 15
The Buzz: Critical Conversations in Contemporary Art, 7 p.m.
Whitney Biennial curator Michelle Grabner and artist Kevin Beasley, a graduate of the College for Creative Studies and Yale University, will discuss graduate school and biennials. They will consider how the themes, artworks and language of biennials influence contemporary studio practice. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art and Woodward Lecture Series at College for Creative Studies.

Friday October 17
Friday Night Live: Angelica Sanchez and Omar Tamez Duo, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy guitarist/composer Omar Tamez and the melodic jazz piano stylings of Angelica Sanchez.

Sunday, October 19
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Cliff Monear, 1–4 p.m.

Thursday, October 23
“Sing for the Cure: A Proclamation of Hope”, 8 p.m.
Rackham Choir performs an uplifting concert as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “Sing for the Cure: A Proclamation of Hope” is a choral work that has been performed nationally since it was commissioned in 2000. Rackham Choir, led by Artistic Director Suzanne Mallare Acton, will combine its 80-member choir with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings for narrated stories of struggles, hopes and triumphs of those touched by cancer. Cancer support organizations and community leaders in metro Detroit will be in attendance. Tickets: $30; $25 for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Purchase tickets at http://bit.ly/singforthecuretickets or call (313) 833-4005.

Friday, October 24
Friday Night Live: Vicky Chow, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Vicky Chow, pianist for the eclectic, contemporary sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars, plays challenging contemporary music along with a piece she commissioned, Surface Image, for solo piano and 40-channel 1-bit electronics by artist/composer Tristan Perich.
Women on Stage: Toulouse-Lautrec and the Entertainments of Paris, 7 p.m.
Paris in the 1890s was a city bursting with entertainment, and women were at the center of it. No one captured their performances with more panache and sensitivity than Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Mary Weaver Chapin, curator of graphic arts, Portland Art Museum, explores Toulouse-Lautrec’s prints, drawings, and posters of women of the stage, from distinguished actress Marcel Lender to the innovative dancer Loïe Fuller, to now-forgotten performers with evocative names like Mademoiselle Pois Vert (Miss Green Pea). Sponsored by the Forum for Prints, Drawings and Photographs

Sunday, October 26
Artist Demonstration: Horror Movie Makeup, 1–3 p.m.
Makeup artist Myranda Jennings shares some of the stage effects she has used to make characters look ghostly, ghoulish and ghastly in preparation for Halloween.
Sunday Music Bar: Michigan Flute Orchestra, 1 & 3 p.m.
The Michigan Flute Orchestra performs diverse compositions, ranging from baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary, and popular arrangements.

Friday, October 31
Friday Night Live: The Golem with Music by Joel Peterson, 7:30 p.m.
Joel Peterson performs an original score for The Golem: How He Came Into the World, a silent, 1920 German horror film that tells the eerie story of a clay giant brought to life with magic by a rabbi for the protection of the Jews of Prague from a pogrom unleashed by a mad king.

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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