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June Activities at Detroit Institute of Arts - Cinetopia Film Festival, revitalized Kresge Court, live music and more

Monday, May 13, 2013

(Detroit)—There’s a lot going in in June at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Highlights include the debut of the museum’s revitalized Kresge Court on June 14, movies from the Cinetopia International Film Festival, and performances by guitarist/composer Kaki King. Exhibitions currently on view are Shirin Neshat, Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Motor City Muse: Detroit Photographs, Then and Now, which ends June 16.

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

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.

Detroit Film Theatre: June 7–9
Cinetopia International Film Festival

The DIA has partnered with the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor to present nine films from the 40 included in the festival. Cinetopia features dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals, including Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, and Berlin. Tickets for each film are $9 for DIA members and $12 for nonmembers. Festival passes are available through the Michigan Theater box office. Call 866-777-8932 or visit http://www.cinetopiafestival.org

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m., Sandpaper Monoprints: Use crayons, sandpaper and your imagination to create one-of-a-kind prints on fabric.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m., Watercolor & Collage Postcards: Using watercolors and decorative papers, make postcards you can send to people around the corner or across the country.
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m., Origami Star Books: Use colorful papers to create a simple origami book.

Family Sunday, June 2
Sunday Music Bar: Paul Keller Quartet featuring Sarah D’Angelo: 1 & 3 p.m.
Jazz bassist, composer, arranger and bandleader Paul Keller has been a favorite with Detroit and Ann Arbor jazz fans for years. His ensembles have covered a range of jazz styles, with arrangements for groups ranging from trio to big band. The quartet is joined by singer Sarah D’Angelo.

Lecture: Heels Over Head: Mr. Freer, Swami Vivekananda, and the Art of Yoga: 2 p.m.
Debra Diamond, associate curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, provides a sneak preview of Yoga: The Art of Transformation, opening at the Freer and Sackler Galleries this fall. Diamond links the DIA’s 10th-century sculpture of a yogini, Thomas Edison’s film Hindoo Fakir and Swami Vivekananda’s visits to Detroit and Charles Freer’s home in 1894. Sponsored by The Freer House, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute/WSU, and Asian and Islamic Art Forum

Puppet Performance: Kevin Kammeraad and the Cooperfly Puppet troupe present A Variety of Puppet Vignettes in G-Major: 2 p.m.
This family performance features a cast of puppets who become puppeteers, a variety of vignettes that flow from a dancing garden of fruits and vegetables, a suitcase of songs, a talking shovel and a bundle of energy, all of which come together to interact with and invigorate audiences.

Wednesday, June 5
Lecture: Trompe L’oeil and the Politics of Food: 6:30 p.m.
Judith A. Barter, Field-McCormick Chair and Curator of American Art of the Art Institute of Chicago talks about the political and cultural meaning of rabbits, chickens, peanuts, potatoes and other edibles in 19th-century paintings by William Harnett, DeScott Evans and John Haberle. And she provides recipes. Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing and supported by the Ida Conrad H. Smith Fund, which was established by the Raymond C. Smith Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Friday Night Live, June 7
Music: Stephanie Trick: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Award-winning pianist Stephanie Trick is one of today's leading interpreters of stride piano. One of the few pianists to command mastery of this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style, she has been called “the next rising star in the stride world” and one of the finest interpreters of the music of James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Art Tatum and Donald Lambert.

Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: The Painting: 7 p.m.
A touching, inventive animated fable with a sweeping musical score, The Painting is set within the borders of a canvas temporarily residing in the lush garden of an old chateau. Full of wit and humor, The Painting is a delight for young people of all ages. Note: This film contains brief animated nudity. Tickets: $9 for DIA members, $12 for nonmembers. Festival passes are available through the Michigan Theater box office. Call 866-777-8932 or visit http://www.cinetopiafestival.org

Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: Welcome to Pine Hill: 9:30 p.m.
Blurring the line between documentary and fiction, Welcome to Pine Hill follows the daily struggles of Shannon. Haunted by his past of selling drugs, committing crimes, and engaging in other illegal activities, he’s trying to cultivate a future while doing his best to stay on the correct side of what's right. Tickets: $9 for DIA members, $12 for nonmembers. Festival passes are available through the Michigan Theater box office. Call 866-777-8932 or visit http://www.cinetopiafestival.org

Saturday, June 8
Class: The Potter’s Wheel for Adults and Children (ages 5–8, with an adult): 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Absolute beginners can try the potter’s wheel in a small class with individual guidance. Participants use their own wheels for one hour of hands-on clay time. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Each class is limited to 5 people. Members $18, Nonmembers $24. To register call 313-833-4005.

Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: Our Nixon: 1 p.m.
Throughout Richard Nixon's presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they'd all be in prison. This unique and personal visual record, created by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years. Tickets: $9 for DIA members, $12 for nonmembers. Festival passes are available through the Michigan Theater box office. Call 866-777-8932 or visit http://www.cinetopiafestival.org

Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: The Future: 4:30 p.m.
When her parents die in an accident, adolescent Bianca’s universe is upended. Alone in the family’s Rome apartment and entrusted with the care of her brother, Tomas, she struggles to hold things together as her surreal new world becomes blurry. Life is further complicated when Tomas’s gym-rat friends invite themselves to stay indefinitely. Using Bianca as a lure for a heist they’ve concocted, they convince her to initiate a relationship with an enigmatic blind hermit. Tickets: $9 for DIA members, $12 for nonmembers. Festival passes are available through the Michigan Theater box office. Call 866-777-8932 or visit http://www.cinetopiafestival.org

Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: Broken: 7 p.m.
Tomboyish Skunk lives in a cul-de-sac in North London with her father, a sweet-natured attorney whose wife abandoned them. Rounding out the household are Skunk’s wannabe-cool teen brother and the family au pair. Skunk observes with perplexity the negotiations of adult life around her. Tickets: $9 for DIA members, $12 for nonmembers. Festival passes are available through the Michigan Theater box office. Call 866-777-8932 or visit http://www.cinetopiafestival.org

Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: Pieta: 9:30 p.m.
Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, Pieta is an intense and haunting story of a loan shark, living an isolated and lonely existence, who uses brutality to threaten and collect paybacks from desperate borrowers for his moneylender boss. Tickets: $9 for DIA members, $12 for nonmembers. Festival passes are available through the Michigan Theater box office. Call 866-777-8932 or visit http://www.cinetopiafestival.org

Ford Second Sunday, June 9 – free general museum admission
Sunday Music Bar: Gabe Bolkosky and Michelle Cooker: 1 & 3 p.m.
Violinist Gabriel Bolkosky is equally at home with jazz and classical, klezmer, Nuevo tango and contemporary classical music. He is a much sought-after guest artist, performer and teacher at schools and workshops throughout North America. Boklosky is joined by pianist Michele Cooker, who has performed for concerts and participated in festivals throughout North America. She has appeared on PBS and has performed programs broadcast live for WFMT-radio in Chicago and CBC in Canada.

Artist Demonstration: Shoshanna Utchenik, puppet designer (ages 8 and older with an adult): 1–4 p.m.
Puppet designer Shoshanna Utchenik demonstrates a variety of puppet-making techniques and shows various styles of puppets she has created for productions with Redmoon Theater in Chicago, the Slovenian puppet opera in Europe and a host of other arts organizations nationally and internationally.

Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: Dear Mr. Watterson: 1 p.m.
This documentary explores the legacy of reclusive Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson through the eyes of his adoring fans. Calvin & Hobbes was syndicated from 1985 to 1995 in more than 24,000 newspapers. Watterson gave his characters great depth, stretching the limits of the panels and offering more complex stories than the average strip. Tickets: $9 for DIA members, $12 for nonmembers. Festival passes are available through the Michigan Theater box office. Call 866-777-8932 or visit http://www.cinetopiafestival.org

Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: The Source Family: 4 p.m.
The Source Family was a radical experiment in 1970s utopian commune living. The 150 members of this “Aquarian tribe” followed “Father Yod,” a controversial restaurateur-turned-spiritual-leader with14 wives and his own psychedelic rock band, YaHoWha 13. The Source Family provides an intimate, insightful and compelling look at this mind-blowing group of people through never-before-seen archival photos, movies, audio recordings and interviews. Tickets: $9 for DIA members, $12 for nonmembers. Festival passes are available through the Michigan Theater box office. Call 866-777-8932 or visit http://www.cinetopiafestival.org

Detroit Film Theatre: Cinetopia International Film Festival: A Tribute to Ron Asheton featuring Iggy and The Stooges: 7 p.m.
Recorded live at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, this tribute/celebration of Stooges' guitarist Ron Asheton's life and music features Iggy and the Stooges, Henry Rollins and guest guitarist Deniz Tek. Featured songs include "Raw Power," "Search and Destroy," "Gimme Danger," "1970," "Fun House" and the ever popular "I Wanna Be Your Dog." Tickets: $9 for DIA members, $12 for nonmembers. Festival passes are available through the Michigan Theater box office. Call 866-777-8932 or visit the http://www.cinetopiafestival.org

Friday Night Live, June 14
Revitalized Kresge Court Debuts: 9 a.m.
A revitalized Kresge Court is now available for visitors to enjoy. The elegant Kresge Court features new seating, lighting and easy technology access. A sophisticated menu of light fare, coffee and cocktails will be available during museum hours and a “cultural concierge” will be on hand to provide information on the DIA and Midtown happenings. A number of discrete areas have been designed for different but overlapping activities, such as reading, studying, dining, meetings and conversation. The purpose of the redesign is to turn one of the museum’s most architecturally stunning spaces into a comfortable space where visitors can relax, socialize and meet informally.

Music: Kaki King: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” and the only woman named to its list of top 20 New School Guitarists, Kaki King is a true iconoclast. The Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer has recorded five extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs, where her emblematic usage of imaginative tunings, rare instruments and idiosyncratic percussive techniques are featured to their fullest effect.

Family Sunday, June 16
Sunday Music Bar: Musicians from the Great Lakes Music Festival: White Nights: 1 & 3 p.m.
The 20th annual Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents the finest music in the chamber music repertoire performed by world-class musicians. Led by Artistic Director James Tocco, this year’s festival celebrates 20 years of musical magnificence.

Puppet Performance: Adzooks Puppetry presents Mr. Punch – the Babysitter (ages 5 and older with an adult): 2 p.m.
Join Mr. Punch in a merry romp with a few old friends as they try to remember where he put his baby before Judy returns.

Friday Night Live, June 21
Music: Musicians from the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The 20th annual Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival presents the finest music in the chamber music repertoire performed by world-class musicians. Led by Artistic Director James Tocco, this year’s festival celebrates 20 years of musical magnificence. This performance will feature music played by the Claremont Trio with members of the Parker Quartet.

Sunday, June 23
Music in Kresge Court: 1–4 p.m.
An instrumental soloist performs acoustic music.

Family Performance: Wild Swan Theatre presents Once Upon a Time (ages 5 and older with an adult): 2 p.m.
Wild Swan Theater creates all the magic inherent in timeless stories for young children, including “Three Billy Goats Gruff,” “Reynard the Fox” and “Three Little Pigs.”

Friday Night Live, June 28
Class: Clay Simple Hand-Built Vases (ages 5–8, with an adult): 6–7:30 p.m.
The galleries are filled with clay objects from the ancient Americas to the arts of the Islamic world, and on to modern times. Learn how to create and decorate your own clay vase in this studio class. Projects will be fired for pickup at a later date. Class size limited to 16 students. Members $18, Nonmembers $24. To register call 313-833-4005.

Music: Appleseed Collective: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The Appleseed Collective plays a mix of Hot Club of Paris jazz with the sweaty soul of Dixieland, a bit of bluegrass, ragtime, and a little western swing swagger. Having released their debut album Baby to Beast in 2012, the band has put the pedal to the metal, touring across the United States.

Sunday, June 30
Music in Kresge Court: 1–4 p.m.
Instrumental soloists perform acoustic music.

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 free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and DIA members. Others: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17. 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