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Japanese Girls Day highlights March at Detroit Institute of Arts: Live music, movies and storytelling part of March activities

Friday, December 21, 2012

(Detroit)—Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) activities in March carry an international flavor, with live music from Argentina and China, a celebration of Japanese Girl’s Day, an Iranian movie and more. The exhibition Motor City Muse: Detroit Photographs, Then and Now provides a fascinating look at Detroit and the many changes that have occurred over the past several decades.

 

Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or visit www.dia.org.

 

Guided Tours: Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Wednesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; 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, 69 p.m. Sundays, noon4 p.m.

 

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)

Fridays, 6–9 p.m., Printmaking: Crayon Rubbings

Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m., Paper Marbling: Create marbled patterns on paper in a project inspired by books made during the Italian Renaissance.

Sundays, 6–9 p.m., Milagros: The Spanish word milagro, meaning miracle, refers to a small item offered to saints. Use air-drying clay to make one of your own.

 

Friday Night Live, March 1

Music: Hector Del Curto Tango: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Hector Del Curto Tango brings the music of the Argentine Tango to Rivera Court. At age 17, Del Curto won the title of Best Bandoneon Player under age 25 in Argentina. He has performed with notable musicians from the world of jazz and tango, as well as with orchestras and ballet companies worldwide.

 

Saturday, March 2

Detroit Film Theatre: Brooklyn Castle: 7 p.m.

This new documentary tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a below-the-poverty-line inner-city junior-high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. It follows the challenges these kids face in their personal lives as well as on the chessboard. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

 

Family Sunday, March 3

Artist Demonstration/Sunday Music Bar: Japanese Girl’s Day: 14 p.m.

Celebrate Japanese Girl’s Day, or Hinamatsuri, with live traditional music and demonstrations of Ikebana flower arranging, tea ceremony, furoshiki wrapping and kimono sash tying. Presented by the JSD Women’s Club and the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Brooklyn Castle: 1 p.m.

(See March 2 for details)

 

Thursday, March 7

Detroit Film Theatre: Persepolis: 7 p.m.

Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novels about her family life as a rebellious young woman in and out of Iran, before and after Khomeni’s rule, have caused a worldwide sensation. The books have been adapted into a daringly honest animated movie. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

 

Friday Night Live, March 8

Music: Chamber Soloists of Detroit: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

The Chamber Soloists of Detroit are in their inaugural season, in which they are dedicated to presenting the area’s finest musicians in collaboration with renowned guest performers. This performance features pianist/artistic director Pauline Martin, violinist Timothy Braun and cellist Eric Asgeirsson playing compositions by Zoltan Kodaly and Ludwig van Beethoven, among others.

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Caesar Must Die: 7 p.m.

In Rome’s Rebibbia prison, the warden suggests a new project to hardened inmates: the staging of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar within the prison walls. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

 

Saturday, March 9

Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: Daisies: 4 p.m.

This absurdist farce follows the comic and erotic misadventures of two brash young women, Marie I and Marie II. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. An aesthetically and politically adventurous film that is considered one of the pioneering works of feminist cinema, Daisies was filmed and released at the leading edge of what would become known as Prague Spring. In Czech with English subtitles. Cost: $5. Free with museum admission and for DIA members.

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Caesar Must Die: 7 p.m.

(See March 8 for details)

 

Ford Second Sunday, March 10

Sunday Music Bar: The Northwoods Improvisers: 1 & 3 p.m.

For more than 20 years, the Northwoods Improvisers, tucked away in the wilds of rural Michigan, have been making music that resists easy classification. Their music is a unique blend of avant-garde jazz, modern classical, late-60s Michigan rock and World Music. The group features Mike Carey, Skeeter Shelton (saxophones), Mike Gilmore (vibes), Mike Johnston (bass) and Nick Ashton (percussion), with special guest Eddie Gale.

 

Puppet Performance: The Fisherman’s Wife (ages 6 and up with adult): 2 p.m.

Brad Lowe of Fantasy Effects Puppets presents this timeless tale of greed and envy. The fisherman frees a beautiful enchanted fish he has snagged with his nets. His wishes are granted in return for the fish's freedom.  His wife takes full advantage of this deal. She wants everything there is to desire, but she'll get what she deserves.

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Caesar Must Die: 2 p.m.

(See March 8 for details)

 

Thursday, March 14

Detroit Film Theatre: Secret Ballot: 7 p.m.

A soldier is unhappy that he must obey the orders of a young female election agent charged with collecting votes in a remote region by accompanying her on her rounds with a jeep and a rifle. The young man is deeply stressed by the events of the day, yet, as he and the agent get to know each other, they grudgingly and sometimes humorously begin to form a bond of respect. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

 

Friday Night Live, March 15

Music: The Orchid Ensemble: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

The Orchid Ensemble blends ancient musical traditions from China and other parts of Asia with a variety of musical styles, including jazz improvisation, World Music from the West and contemporary classical. This ensemble features Lan Tung on erhu (Chinese violin), Yu-Chen Wang on zheng (Chinese zither) and Jonathan Bernard on percussion.

 

DIA Moment: Puppetslam Detroit!: 8 p.m.

This installment of puppetry for adults features works by a variety of Southeast Michigan-based puppet artists.

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Happy People: A Year in the Taiga: 7 p.m.

Werner Herzog takes viewers on an unforgettable journey deep into the Siberian wilderness, far away from civilization, where 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia at the river Yenisei. The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Caesar Must Die: 9:30 p.m.

(See March 8 for details)

 

Saturday, March 16

Meet Me at the DIA: A Program for People with Early-Stage Dementia and Their Caregivers: 10:30 a.m.–noon

People with early-stage dementia (including Alzheimer’s) and their caregivers can participate in gallery discussions about art led by DIA staff and volunteers with expertise in this area. Participants are made to feel welcome and comfortable, and discussions are based on the observations and connections made by the group. The program provides opportunities for social engagement and intellectual stimulation in a safe, inspiring environment. Participants are given small prints of DIA artworks to take home so conversations can be continued. The program is free with museum admission, but registration is required. To register, go to tickets.dia.org. Sponsored by HealthPlus of Michigan

 

Artist Demonstration: Society of American Period Furniture Makers: 10 a.m.4 p.m.

Watch as DIA curators and members of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers walk us through several period furniture construction techniques, demonstrating how various aspects of actual pieces from the DIA’s American collection were traditionally made. Each 30-minute demonstration will be followed by a short tour of works in the American galleries.

 

Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: Sansho the Bailiff: 4 p.m.

When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is exiled, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually seized by vicious slave traders. In Japanese with English subtitles. Cost: $5. Free with museum admission and for DIA members.

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Happy People: A Year in the Taiga: 7 p.m.

(See March 15 for details)

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Caesar Must Die: 9:30 p.m.

(See March 8 for details)

 

Family Sunday, March 17

Artist Demonstration: Society of American Period Furniture Makers: Noon–4 p.m.

(See March 16 Artist Demonstration)

 

Sunday Music Bar: Kazimierz Brzozowski: 1 & 3 p.m.

Pianist Kazimierz Brzozowski performs music by Frederic Chopin. A native of Poland, Brzozowski has garnered international acclaim for his performances of Chopin. He has given recitals in Japan, Poland and the United States and appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra and Lublin Philharmonic.

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Happy People: A Year in the Taiga: 2 p.m.

(See March 15 for details)

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Caesar Must Die: 4:30 p.m.

(See March 8 for details)

 

Friday Night Live, March 22

Music and Detroit Film Theatre: Voices of Light: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

In a rare special event, the Rackham Symphony Choir will perform composer Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, a powerful oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra, accompanying a screening of Carl Th. Dreyer’s majestic silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc. Presented through the collaboration of the Rackham Symphony Choir and the DIA Friends of Detroit Film Theatre

 

DIA Moment: Behind the Scenes—Artist Talk by Choreographer Ralph Lemon: 8 p.m.

Choreographer Ralph Lemon contextualizes his work in the paradigm of modern dance, collaborative process and site-specific installation.

 

Saturday, March 23

Detroit Film Theatre: Voices of Light – Performance: 8 p.m.

(See March 22 for details)

 

Family Sunday, March 24

Sunday Music Bar: NO CONCERT

 

Artist Demonstration: John Leyland: Noon–4 p.m.

Join us as ceramicist John Leyland demonstrates his techniques working with terra cotta, paper-infused clay and the potter’s wheel.

 

Family Yoga (ages 5–11 with an adult): 2 p.m.

Yoga Shelter Midtown staff leads poses based around stories of Hindu gods and goddesses featured in the DIA’s Asian Art wing. The poses are designed for children ages 5 through 11.

 

Detroit Film Theatre: The Waiting Room: 2 & 4:30 p.m.

This compelling documentary goes behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for largely uninsured patients. The film offers a raw, intimate and surprisingly uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

 

Friday Night Live, March 29

Music: Sebastian Baverstam: 7 & 8:30 p.m.

Cellist Sebastian Baverstam performs suites for solo cello by Johann Sebastian Bach and Zoltan Kodaly’s Sonata for solo cello. Baverstam is the winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Beware of Mr. Baker: 7 & 9:30 p.m.

This no-holds-barred, scary and hilarious portrait of Ginger Baker, Cream’s legendary hell-raising drummer, lets him tell his own story. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

 

Saturday, March 30

Detroit Film Theatre: Julie Dash Presents: These Amazing Shadows: 3 p.m.

The documentary These Amazing Shadows weaves clips from America's most-beloved films (and some rare treasures) with moving personal tales of how specific films have reflected our culture and changed lives. Appearing in the film are directors, including Julie Dash, Christopher Nolan, John Lasseter, Rob Reiner, John Singleton, Barbara Kopple and John Waters, along with other producers, archivists, actors and members of the National Film Preservation Board. This screening will be introduced by Julie Dash (Daughters of the Dust) and followed by a Q and A. Free with museum admission.

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Beware of Mr. Baker: 7 & 9:30 p.m.

(See March 29 for details)

 

Family Sunday, March 31

Sunday Music Bar: Sebastian Baverstam: 1 & 3 p.m.

(See March 29 Music for details)

 

Detroit Film Theatre: Beware of Mr. Baker: 2 & 4:30 p.m.

(See March 29 for details)

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
 

Contact:    Pamela Marcil      (313) 833-7899    pmarcil@dia.org