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DIA Events Calendar 2015

Posted by Glen LaGrou January 19, 2015 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 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

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.

DIA EVENTS DETROIT FEBRUARY 2014

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)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Luminaries: Explore patterns and colors using tissue paper on a glass jar that you can illuminate with a small candle.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. Tambourines
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. Snowflakes

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

Puppet Performance: Toybox Theater and Cripps Puppets present “Billy the Liar”: 1 & 2 p.m.
Billy the Liar is a high energy puppet play that follows the adventures of Billy and his friend Suzy as Billy tells more and more lies that get him into trouble. This performance is presented in a narrative combination of dreams, twists on classic tales, and popular cultural/literary allegories. Billy The Liar features Czech-style marionettes, rod puppets, over-sized toy theatre and found objects. It is suitable for all audiences. The presentation will take place in Rivera Court.

Detroit Film Theatre: 2015 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 1 p.m. & 6 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. 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.

Wednesday–Saturday, February 4–7
Detroit Film Theatre: 2015 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 7 p.m.
See Sunday, Feb. 1 for details.

Friday Night Live, February 6
Music: Motown Legends Gospel Choir: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The Motown Legends Gospel Choir features legends from Motown groups, including the Contours, Martha and the Vandellas and Enchantment; as well as Mark Scott, the current singer for the Miracles, and jazz/blues singer Joan Belgrave. They will be performing a mix of both gospel and Motown music.

Saturday, February 7
Detroit Film Theatre: 2015 Academy Award® Nominated Documentary Shorts: 1 p.m.
Before the Oscars are handed out on Feb. 22, see this year’s nominated short documentary films. The program is recommended for ages 17 and up. This is the most popular annual DFT program, so advance tickets are highly recommended. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for DIA members, seniors and students.

Sunday, February 8
Sunday Music Bar: Detroit Children’s Choir: 3:30 p.m.
The Detroit Children’s Choir performs an eclectic mix of chorale pieces in conjunction with the Make a Joyful Noise Renaissance Art and Music at Florence Cathedral exhibition.

Detroit Film Theatre: 2015 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 1 & 6 p.m.
See Sunday, Feb. 1 for details.

Thursday, February 12
Detroit Film Theatre: 2015 Academy Award® Nominated Documentary Shorts: 7 p.m.
See Saturday, Feb. 7 for details.

Friday Night Live, February 13
Music: Marion Hayden Ensemble featuring Safell Gardner: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Detroit jazz bassist Marion Hayden developed this live art performance piece with her husband, painter M. Saffell Gardner. The performance features jazz with the creation of a painting inspired by the music.

Detroit Film Theatre: 2015 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 7 p.m.
See Sunday, Feb. 1 for details.

Saturday, February 14
Detroit Film Theatre: 2015 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 7 p.m.
See Sunday, Feb. 1 for details.

Sunday, February 15
Sunday Music Bar: Michelle May and Rydell Chavez: 1–4 p.m.
Violinist and flutist Michelle May and guitarist Rydell Chavez perform classical, jazz and world fusion in Kresge Court.

Detroit Film Theatre: 2015 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 1 & 6 p.m.
See Sunday, Feb. 1 for details.

Wednesday–Thursday, February 18–19
Detroit Film Theatre: 2015 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 7 p.m.
See Sunday, Feb. 1 for details.

Friday Night Live, February 20
Music: Alice Smith: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Alice Smith is best known for her four-octave vocal range and will cover styles ranging from country to rock to funk.

Detroit Film Theatre: Timbuktu: 7 p.m.
In 2012, the ancient city of Timbuktu in northern Mali was under siege by foreign jihadists. The local tribal culture suddenly finds itself subject to the strict enforcement of new fundamentalist prohibitions. The film focuses on a family facing the terror and the constant threat of violence. In multiple languages with English subtitles. Tickets are $8.50 and $6.50 for DIA members, seniors and students.

Saturday, February 21
Detroit Film Theatre: Chinese New Year Lion Dance: Noon
In honor of the 2015 Chinese New Year, the Asian Martial Arts Studio will present a Classical Southern Style Lion Dance performance. A Kung Fu demonstration will follow.

Detroit Film Theatre: Timbuktu: 7 p.m.
See Friday, Feb. 20 for details.

Sunday, February 22
Detroit Film Theatre: Chinese New Year Lion Dance: Noon
See Saturday, Feb. 21 for details.

Sunday Music Bar: Cecelia Sharpe: 1–4 p.m.
Cellist Cecelia Sharpe performs classical and jazz standards in Kresge Court.

Detroit Film Theatre: Timbuktu: 2 p.m.
See Friday, Feb. 20 for details.

Friday Night Live, February 27
Music: Harriet Tubman: the band: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Harriet Tubman was formed in 1998 and includes drummer J.T. Lewis, guitarist Brandon Ross and bassist Melvin Gibbs. The trio’s music is a fusion of soul, rock, jazz and blues.

Detroit Film Theatre: Timbuktu: 9:30 p.m.
See Friday, Feb. 20 for details.

Saturday, February 28
Detroit Film Theatre: Special Community Partnership Program: Writer’s Block: 1:30 p.m.
Join local poets from Writer’s Block for readings of an anthology of poems produced in collaboration with inmates from the Wayne County Correctional Facility. Co-produced and presented by the Hamtramck Free School and Writer’s Block series.

Detroit Film Theatre: Timbuktu: 9:30 p.m.
See Friday, Feb. 20 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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