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DIA exterior at night
DIA exterior at night


Wednesday, June 03, 2009

June 3, 2009 (Detroit)—Summer is the perfect time to enjoy art, music and more at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Don’t miss the special exhibition Action Reaction: Video Installations, which is free with museum admission.

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

For Detroit Film Theatre movie listings call (313) 833-4686, or visit

Guided Tours: Wednesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1, 6 & 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.

Chess Practice: Detroit City Chess Club: Fridays, 5–9 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 5–7 p.m. There will be no teaching between 7 and 9 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):
Simple Adornments: Fridays, 6–9 p.m.
Bookarts: The Altered Book: Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m.
Tibetan Prayer Flags: Sundays Noon–4 p.m.

Camp Days at the DIA (ages 8 and older, Wednesday–Friday)
Bring your camp group to the DIA this summer for art exploration in the galleries followed by a hands-on art making activity in the DIA Studio. Register your group early, as limited times on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in August are available. Choose clay, painting or printmaking projects. (60 students per group maximum) Fee: $12 per student; includes museum admission and studio session. To register, email or call (313) 833-6448.

Target Family Sunday, August 2
Family Performance: “Mr. Seley”
2 p.m.
Outgrown Raffi? Graduate to songs written and performed by Birmingham teacher Mr. Seley. Mr. Seley noticed that not many songs are "just right" for his 3rd and 4th grade students, so he started writing songs for 7 to 12-year-olds. Learn songs from his new CD and sing along with old-favorites.

Friday Night Live, August 7
Music: Dance Band featuring the Duncan Brothers
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Dance Band, featuring Detroit’s horn-masters Al and Darryl Duncan explores the jazz/rock fusion of the 1970s, as played by Miles Davis, Earth Wind and Fire, and Weather Report, among others.  Joining the Duncan brothers are Pat Doran, Michelle McKinney, Kendrick Perkins, Ron Otis, and Al Turner.

Saturday, August 8
Class: Zig-Zag Photo Albums
10 a.m.-noon (ages 5 & older) and 2-4 p.m. (Ages 9-12)
Create a fun and colorful album for your summer memories. You can bring photographs, keepsakes, or other memorabilia with you. Members $24, nonmembers $28. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Target Family Sunday, August 9
Class: Re-discovering the Crayon
(ages 5 & older) 10 a.m.-noon
Learn about the history of the waxed crayon and then create three fun projects on paper, fabric, and wood. Members $24, nonmembers $28. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Family Performance:  “Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds” 2 p.m.
Using mime, puppetry, Irish drumming, improvisational acting and dialects, Roan Judd weaves exciting tales based on oral tradition and the written word. They are brimming over with heroic folks, wild beings and imaginative solutions to the problems in each story.

Class: Clay: The Great Frame-Up! (Ages 9-12) 2?4 p.m.
Use found objects to add texture to slabs of clay; then, make a frame for your favorite photograph, drawing, or other work of art. Members $24, nonmembers $28. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Friday Night Live, August 14
Music: Kathy Kosins with Spencer Barefield and Paul Keller:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Critically acclaimed singer and award winning songwriter Kathy Kosins teams up with two of the top musicians on the Detroit/Ann Arbor jazz scene.  Guitarist Spencer Barefield has toured and recorded with a wide range of jazz legends, including Oliver Lake, Roscoe Mitchell, and Andrew Cyrille.  Bassist Paul Keller leads the Paul Keller Orchestra and is fresh off a performance for the Clinton Global Initiative with Diana Krall.

Target Family Sunday, August 16
Family Performance:  “Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds”
2 p.m. (see August 9 for details)

Friday Night Live, August 21
Music: NorthStar Jazz Sextet:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
The NorthStar Jazz Sextet, led by saxophonist Carl Cafagna, is one of Detroit’s hottest jazz acts. It employs a three-horn sextet format inspired by the T.S. Monk Sextet and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.  The ensemble includes pianist/composer Scott Gwinnell, Dr. Scott Cowan on trumpet, saxophonist James Hughes, bassist Shannon Wade and drummer Scott Kretzer.

Saturday, August 22
Class: Photography: DIAramas
(Ages 9-12) 10 a.m.?1 p.m.
Grab one of our cameras and take a photograph in the museum. Then print it out and learn how to make a fantastic 3-D scene using your photograph. Members: $36; nonmembers: $42. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Target Family Sunday, August 23
Storytelling: "Summer Breezes"
2 p.m.
Veteran storyteller Ivory D. Williams presents a humorous medley of summer tales that will tickle the funny bone and stir the emotions on a warm summer afternoon.

Friday Night Live, August 28
Music: Taslimah Bey’s Ragtime Band
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Taslimah Bey’s Ragtime Band performs music in the Ragtime tradition, featuring compositions by jazz legends Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller. Bey is a regular performer at Jazz and Ragtime Festivals across the country, including Preservatiion Hall in New Orleans and the Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri, home of Scott Joplin.  

Target Family Sunday, August 30
Storytelling: "Summer Breezes"
2 p.m. (see August 23 for details)

Hours and admission:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for ages 62+, and $4 for ages 6-17. DIA members are admitted free. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or see the website at


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA),located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, is one of the premier art museums in the United States and 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.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

Contact: Pamela Marcil (313) 833-7899