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August Activities at the Detroit Institute of Arts - Puppet performance, music, family programming and more

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Contact: Pamela Marcil   (313) 833-7899
June 3, 2014 (Detroit)—In addition to a variety of activities, the exhibition Detroit—Bruce Weber is on view through Sept. 7 and is free with museum admission.

Programs are free with museum admission and free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or visit

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. 

Friday Night Live, August 1
Music: Trio Nova Mundi: 7 & 8:30 p.m. 
Trio Nova Mundi performs music by New World composers and lesser-known classics from the piano trio literature. The trio will perform music by Amy Beach, JacobTV, Manuel Ponce and Paul Schoenfield. Trio Nova Mundi performers are Maureen Conlon Gutierrez (violin), Elissa Kohanksi (cello) and Becky Billock (piano).

Saturday, August 2
Puppet Performance: Tears of Joy Puppets presents 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: 2 p.m.
A family-friendly adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, this production presents some of the most exciting scenes aboard the Nautilus and under the sea, combining humor with the technology imagined by Verne and predicted with astonishing accuracy. 

Ford Family Sunday, August 3
Sunday Music Bar: Christina Dragone: 1–4 p.m.
Pianist Christina Dragone performs classical and pop standards. 

Puppet Performance: Tears of Joy Puppets presents 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: 2 p.m.
(See Aug. 2 for details)

Friday Night Live, August 8
Music: New West Guitar Group: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The New West Guitar Group performs jazz standards and originals, combining acoustic and electric guitars to create its signature sound. Though the trio is rooted in classic jazz, their versatility as players and composers has earned them a reputation as pioneers of the guitar ensemble repertoire.

Ford Family Sunday, August 10
Sunday Music Bar: Stefan Kukurugya: 1–4 p.m. 
Pianist Stefan Kukurugya performs jazz, pop, R&B and classical standards.

Friday Night Live, August 15
Music: Wild Belle: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Wild Belle is the duo of siblings Natalie and Elliot Bergman of the Ann Arbor-based group NOMO. The two shares a lifetime of musical experiences embracing many styles, and Wild Belle marks their collaboration, combining rock rhythms, disco beats and soulful grooves.

Ford Family Sunday, August 17
Sunday Music Bar: Tad Weed: 1–4 p.m. 
Pianist Tad Weed performs jazz standards.

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 program

Ford Family Sunday, August 31
No programs

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.

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