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DIA Events Calendar 2014

Posted by Glen LaGrou October 27, 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.

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, 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.

DIA EVENTS DETROIT NOVEMBER 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: Flip Books, 6–9 p.m.
Saturdays: Printmaking: Notecards, Noon–4 p.m.
Sundays: Artist Trading Cards, Noon–4 p.m.

Special Thanksgiving Weekend Puppet-Making Drop-in Workshops
Friday, November 28: Glove Finger Puppets: Noon–4 p.m.
Saturday, November 29: Rod Bug Puppets: Noon–4 p.m.
Sunday, November 30: Shadow Puppets: Noon–4 p.m.

Family Sunday, November 2
Sunday Music Bar: Xiao Dong Wei, Chinese Violin: 1–4 p.m.
Artists Talk: Ofrenda Altars by Detroit Artists: 2 p.m.
Learn about the Mexican Day of the Dead and the ofrenda altar folk tradition while viewing several pieces created by Detroit artists in a special installation from October 25 through November 3.

Friday Night Live, November 7
Music: Latitude 49: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Latitude 49, a mix of musicians from Canada and the United States with a name inspired by the border between the two, is a contemporary music ensemble using nontraditional instrumentation to showcase a sound unlike any other.

Saturday, November 8
Annual Gala: Grand Night, Great Art: Treasurers of Detroit: 6 p.m.–midnight
This year’s DIA Gala, the museum’s most significant fundraiser of the year, celebrates the permanent collection. Focusing on art through the ages, the event honors and celebrates the museum’s vital role in our community. For tickets, call 313.833.7967

Family Sunday, November 9
Sunday Music Bar: Trio Fiori: 1 & 3 p.m.
Flutist Jeffrey Beyer, violinist Theresa Stacy and pianist Sharon Sweet, make up Trio Fiori, drawing on classical and contemporary jazz styles for their engaging performance.

Thursday, November 13
Lecture: Photographing the Detroit Community: Corine Vermeulen: 7 p.m.
Join photographer Corine Vermeulen, WSU professor Jerry Herron, and other Detroiters for an informal conversation about Vermeulen’s work in the exhibition Photographs from the Detroit Walk-In Portrait Studio. Sponsored by the Forum for Prints, Drawings and Photographs.

Friday Night Live, November 14
Music: The Jason Marsalis Quartet: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Jason Marsalis, a member of the first family of New Orleans jazz, including brothers Wynton and Bradford, performs original compositions and jazz standards.

Family Sunday, November 16
Sunday Music Bar: Violinist Tia Hanna: 1–4 p.m.
Storytelling: Reg Pettibone: 2 p.m.
Reg Pettibone and members of his family for an afternoon of traditional Native American myths and dances, with emphasis on living in harmony with nature.

Thursday, November 20
Lecture: Resonances: Degas and Gauguin Across the Arts: 6 p.m.
University of Maryland professor Jane Hargrove examines the influence of and relationship between Edgar Degas and Paul Gauguin and how their shared ideas are reflected in their art. Central to this is the way some of Degas’s idiosyncratic practices emerge in Gauguin’s work across painting, sculpture and the decorative arts. There is a ticket charge, which includes the lecture, a reception and tour of the exhibition Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists: Works on Paper by Degas, Renoir and Friends. For more information, call 313.833.1720. Sponsored by the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Forum for Prints, Drawings and Photographs and the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe

Friday Night Live, November 21
Music and DFT: The Lodger with Music by Little Bang Theory: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Frank Pahl and Little Bang Theory accompany the showing of a newly restored version of Alfred Hirchcock’s 1920 silent thriller The Lodger, based on the crimes of London’s Jack the Ripper. Michigan musician/composer Pahl has worked in several styles including “toy pop,” music made with toy instruments.

Family Sunday, November 23
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Mick Dobday: 1–4 p.m.
Lecture: Are Artists 21st-Century Entrepreneurs?: 6 p.m.
Sarah Thornton, author of Seven Days in the Art World, asks: “Is being an artist a radical form of entrepreneurship or a vocational calling like the priesthood? Is it an extension of philosophy or an offshoot of entertainment?” in her most recent book, 33 Artists in 3 Acts, which will be released in November. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

SPECIAL THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND PROGRAMS
Friday Night Live, November 28
Puppet Performance: The Selfish Giant: 2 & 4 p.m.
Blair Thomas & Company Puppet Theater presents an innovative staging of an Oscar Wilde classic, using original puppets and music to tell the story of a grumpy old giant who forbids the children in his village from playing in his beautiful garden. After the children are locked out, the trees and flowers refuse to grow and the garden plunges into an eternal winter. Then one morning, the children sneak back into the garden, bringing with them the joyous rebirth of spring. For all ages.
Music: Florent Ghys: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Composer and bassists Florent Ghys’ music freely crosses the boundaries between pop, minimalist and contemporary classical. He performs his latest composition with a newly designed multimedia component that stretches the norms of classical performance.

Saturday, November 29
Puppet Performance: The Selfish Giant: 2 & 4 p.m.
See Friday, NoV. 28, for details.

Sunday, November 30
Sunday Music Bar: Violist Leslie DeShazor Adams: 1–4 p.m.
Puppet Performance: The Selfish Giant: 2 p.m.
See Friday, Nov. 28, for details.

DIA EVENTS DETROIT DECEMBER 2014

SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS
Open
Saturday–Tuesday, Dec. 27–30, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Closed
Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 24 and 25
Thursday, Jan. 1

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. Envelopes, Boxes and Notecards
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m , Crayon Rubbings
Saturday, Dec 6., 5–9 p.m. Gingerbread Puppets
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. Bojagi: Korean women used traditional wrapping cloth, or bojagi, to wrap, store, decorate, or carry gifts and everyday objects. Use cotton fabric and markers to create one of your own.

Special Holiday Week Puppets Drop-In Workshops
Friday, December 26: Felt Hand Puppets: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday, December 27: Rod Bug Puppets: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, December 28: Butterfly Marionettes: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Monday, December 29: Sock Puppets: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 30: Stick Puppets: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31: Burlap Puppets: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Wednesday, December 3
Lecture: Stuart Davis at Mid-Career: Geography, Democracy and Modernity: 6:30 p.m.
Boston University Professor Patricia Hills examines work by the pioneering American modernist Stuart Davis. Davis used geographical details from iconic American places to create a unique style of abstract painting, which expressed his populist faith in American democracy. Sponsored by the Associates of the American Wing and the Department of History of Art, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Friday Night Live, December 5
Music: Bria Skonberg: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Award-winning trumpeter/vocalist/ composer Bria Skonberg is best known for her knowledge and performance of classic jazz but has created a style rooted in hot jazz, world percussion, soul, and electronic effects. She recently received a New York Bistro Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist.

Saturday, December 6
Noel Night: 5-10 p.m.
Singers and dancers fill the DIA in this annual, area-wide holiday celebration.
Sunday, December 7
Sunday Music Bar: Christina Dragone: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Christina Dragone performs classical and jazz standards in Kresge Court.

Thursday, December 11
Lecture: The New Art Marketplace: Is Connoisseurship Giving Way to Speculation?: 7 p.m.
The cultural tradition of patronage is changing rapidly. Today, art may be purchased and traded like a commodity,with leading galleries and auction houses seeking alternative streams of revenue. A panel of experts investigates when, why and how commerce is driving the art world. To reserve your ticket, go to bit.ly/DIALecture. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Friday Night Live, December 12
Music: Banda Magda: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson (lyric driven song), from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro–Peruvian lando (similar to American blues). Their songs capture the best of mid–century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the band’s global background and unchained musicality.

Sunday, December 14
Sunday Music Bar: Cecelia Sharpe: 1–4 p.m.
Cellist Cecelia Sharpe performs classical and jazz standards in Kresge Court.
Lecture: Photography and Cultures of Modernity in Africa: 2 p.m.
Discover representations of culture and modernity in African period photography of the 20th century. Using an African archive, Professor Okwunodu Ogbechie of the University of California, Santa Barbara interprets how photographs made by Africans encode indigenous ideals of culture and modernity. Sponsored by Friends of African and African American Art.

Thursday, December 18
Detroit Film Theatre: Black Cross: 7 p.m.
Black Cross, Poland’s first historical blockbuster, and the most-viewed Polish film of all time, is a tale of political maneuvering and tragic love set in a period of medieval warfare, depicting the Polish campaign against the invading Order of the Teutonic Knights. Despite its popularity, Black Cross has been screened rarely in recent years. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for DIA members, seniors and students.

Friday Night Live, December 19
Music: Pete Siers Gene Krupa Project: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Drummer Pete Siers has assembled a trio that focuses on the music of jazz great Gene Krupa. The arrangements are unique yet reminiscent of the Gene Krupa Trio from the early 1950s. The group features clarinetist Dave Bennet and pianist Tad Weed.
Detroit Film Theatre: The King and the Mockingbird: 7 & 9 p.m.
French animator Paul Grimault began a collaboration in 1948 with screenwriter Jacques Prévert on an animated adventure based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Unhappy with the production schedule, the producer seized control of the original footage and released a truncated version in 1950. Grimault spent decades retrieving the rights and raising funds to complete it. In French with English subtitles. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for DIA members, seniors and students.

Saturday, December 20
Detroit Film Theatre: The King and the Mockingbird: 3, 7 & 9 p.m.
See Friday, Dec. 19 for details.

Sunday, December 21
Sunday Music Bar: Buddy Budson: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Buddy Budson performs jazz and pop standards in Kresge Court.
Detroit Film Theatre: The King and the Mockingbird: 1, 3 & 5 p.m.
See Friday, Dec. 19 for details.

Friday, December 26
Puppet Performance: Oregon Shadow Theatre presents Puss In Boots: 2 & 4 p.m.
Live voices and Cajun, Zydeco and Caribbean music give spicy flavor to this shadow puppet production, which reaches a rousing conclusion in a Mardi Gras festival replete with colorful and fantastic costumes.
Detroit Film Theatre: Antarctica: A Year on Ice: 3, 7 & 9 p.m.
A decade in the making, Antarctica: A Year on Ice may be one of the most spectacular non-fiction films ever made. It chronicles the experience of spending a year at the bottom of the world from the point of view of everyday people living in one of the harshest and most beautiful environments on the planet. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for DIA members, seniors and students.
Friday Night Live: Music TBD: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 27
Puppet Performance: Oregon Shadow Theatre presents Puss In Boots, 2 & 4 p.m.
See Friday, Dec. 26 for details.
Detroit Film Theatre: The King and the Mockingbird: 3 p.m.
See Friday, Dec. 19 for details.
Detroit Film Theatre: Antarctica: A Year on Ice: 7 & 9 p.m.
See Friday, Dec. 26 for details.

Sunday, December 28
Sunday Music Bar: Andrew Buhr: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Andrew Buhr performs classical standards and original compositions in Kresge Court.
Detroit Film Theatre: Antarctica: A Year on Ice: 1, 3 & 5 p.m.
See Friday, Dec. 26 for details.
Puppet Performance: Oregon Shadow Theatre presents Puss In Boots: 2 p.m.
See Friday, Dec. 26 for details.

DIA EVENTS JANUARY 2015

SPECIAL JANUARY HOURS: CLOSED Thursday, Jan. 1; OPEN Monday, Jan. 19 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Fridays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.; special tours of the exhibition Ordinary People by Extraordinary Artists: Works on Paper by Degas, Renoir and Friends are offered Tuesdays–Fridays at noon and Saturdays–Sundays at 2 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)
Friday, January 2: Spider Marionettes: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fridays, January 9, 16, 23 and 30, 6–9 p.m. Molas: Learn about these intricately sewn multi-layered cloth panels created by the Kuna women of Panama and create a simple version of your own.
Saturday, January 3, Noon–4 p.m. Snake Marionettes
Saturdays, January 10, 17, 24 and 31, Noon–4 p.m. Patterns, Symbols and Designs
Sunday, January 4, Noon–4 p.m. Handkerchief Marionettes
Sundays, January 11, 18 and 25, Noon–4 p.m. Rattles
Monday, January 19 (MLK Day), 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Drop-In Workshop: Star Books

Friday Night Live, January 2
Music: Planet D Nonet Sun Ra Tribute: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the new year with Planet D Nonet in a tribute to the late musician Sun Ra. Led by group founders R. J. Spangler and James O’Donnell, the Nonet will perform the music from Sun Ra’s six-decade career.

Sunday, January 4
Sunday Music Bar: Mick Dobday: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Mick Dobday performs classical and jazz standards in Kresge Court.

Friday Night Live, January 9
Music: Michigan Philharmonic Miniature Masterpieces: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The wind section of the Michigan Philharmonic performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Divertimento K. 136/125a, Lou Harrison’s Suite for Violin, Piano and Small Orchestra (1951), Nancy Bloomer Deussen’s Peninsula Suite (1994) and Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No. 4.
Detroit Film Theatre: Force Majeure: 7 p.m.
A hit at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and Jury Prize winner at the Cannes Film Festival, this film begins as the story of a model Swedish family on a skiing holiday in the French Alps. An unexpected incident changes everything. In Swedish and English with English subtitles. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for DIA members, seniors and students.

Saturday, January 10
Detroit Film Theatre: Force Majeure: 7 p.m.
See Friday, Jan. 9 for details.

Sunday, January 11
Sunday Music Bar: Stefan Kukurugya: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Stefan Kukurugya performs jazz, pop, R&B and classical standards in Kresge Court.
Detroit Film Theatre: Force Majeure: 2 p.m.
See Friday, Jan. 9 for details.

Wednesday, January 14
Which Side Up: Fair/Not Fair: The Media, the Art Fair and the Prize: 7 p.m.
Art fairs and awards increase as cities use art to encourage cultural and economic development. This talk looks at how the media, the recent cult of the art fair and the art prize have affected artist choices. Does an art fair make a city more visible as an arts destination? How do individual artist’s prizes, fellowships and residencies affect a city? Where does the media factor in? To reserve a free ticket, go to bit.ly/DIALecture.

Friday Night Live, January 16
Music: Ko-Eun Yi: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Korean classical pianist Ko-Eun Yi has won numerous prizes, most recently the 2011 Wideman International Competition and the Victor & Sono Elmaleh Piano Prize at the October 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition. She will play music by Maurice Ravel, Frederic Chopin and Elliot Carter.
Detroit Film Theatre: Force Majeure: 9:30 p.m.
See Friday, Jan. 9 for details.

Saturday, January 17
The Art of Karagiozis Shadow Puppets: 2 p.m.
Greek shadow puppeteers present a Karagiozis shadow puppet show, a form of folk puppetry originating in Greece and featuring a title character of the same name. Presented in partnership with the Detroit Hellenic Museum.
Detroit Film Theatre: Force Majeure: 9:30 p.m.
See Friday, Jan. 9 for details.

Sunday, January 18
Sunday Music Bar: Spencer Barefield and Dave Young:1–4 p.m.
Guitarist Spencer Barefield and bassist Dave Young perform acoustic music in Kresge Court.
The Art of Karagiozis Shadow Puppets: 2 p.m.
See Saturday, Jan. 18 for details.
Detroit Film Theatre: Force Majeure: 4:30 p.m.
See Friday, Jan. 9 for details.

Monday, January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Detroit Film Theatre: King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis: 2 p.m.
Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery To Memphis is a monumental documentary that follows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1955 to 1968. Rare footage of King’s speeches, protests and arrests are interspersed with scenes of other high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for DIA members, seniors and students.
Drop-In Workshop: Star Books: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Thursday, January 22
Detroit Film Theatre: National Gallery: 7 p.m.
For nearly 50 years, Frederick Wiseman has recorded the workings of art institutions large and small, distilling their essence into accessible human terms. Wiseman’s humanity, generosity and artistry have reached another peak with National Gallery, about the world of painting, the creative process and its impact. For this screening only, Frederick Wiseman will introduce the film and discuss it afterwards. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for DIA members, seniors and students.

Friday Night Live, January 23
Music: Giacomo Scinardo 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Classical piano virtuoso Giacomo Scinardo brings his artistry from his home in Catania, Italy in a rare Detroit performance of the music of J. S. Bach, Ferrucio Busoni, Frederic Chopin and Johannes Brahms.
Detroit Film Theatre: National Gallery: 7 p.m.
See Thursday, Jan. 22 for details

Saturday, January 24
Detroit Film Theatre: National Gallery: 2 & 7 p.m.
See Thursday, Jan. 22 for details.

Sunday, January 25
Sunday Music Bar: Cliff Monear: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Cliff Monear performs jazz and pop standards in Kresge Court.
Detroit Film Theatre: National Gallery: 3 p.m.
See Thursday, Jan. 22 for details.

Friday Night Live, January 30
Music: The Spencer Barfield Quartete: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Jazz guitarist Spencer Barefield, a mainstay on the Detroit jazz scene, has toured and recorded with a range of jazz legends, including Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell, and Andrew Cyrille. Joining him are David McMurray (saxophones), Dave Young (bass), and Djallo Djakate Keita (drums).
Detroit Film Theatre: 2015 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 7 p.m.
Before the Oscars are handed out on Feb. 22, see this year’s nominated shorts in the animated and live-action categories. The program is recommended for ages 17 and up. Since this is the most popular annual DFT program, advance tickets are highly recommended. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for DIA members, seniors and students.

Saturday, January 31
Puppet performance: TBD
Detroit Film Theatre: 2015 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 7 p.m.
See Friday, Jan. 30 for details.

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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