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January Programs at Detroit Institute of Arts - Variety of live music, storytelling, artist demonstrations on tap

Monday, November 02, 2009

November 2, 2009 (Detroit)—Live classical, jazz and world music performances highlight January activities. Storytelling, sing-alongs and other family friendly programs are also on tap. The exhibitions Action/Reaction: Video Installations and Photography-The First 100 Years end Jan. 3. Richard Avedon Fashion Photographs 1944-2000 is on view through Jan. 17.

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:
Bookarts: The Altered Book:
Fridays, January 8, 15, 22 & 29; 6–9 p.m.
Paper Dolls: Saturdays, January 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30; 12–4pm
Winter Counts: Sundays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31; Noon–4 p.m.
A winter count was used by certain Native American communities of the Northern Great Plains to record their histories and to keep track of the passage of years. Learn more about this tradition then use leather and markers to create one of your own.

Target Family Sunday, January 3
Artist Demonstration: Hand-weaving:
Noon– 4 p.m.
Michael Daitch and Jim McCutchen use only yarns of the highest quality to create hand-woven pieces that are both visually arresting and sensually pleasing. In combining lustrous fibers and rich colors with the fine art of weaving, their hand-woven articles possess all the intrinsic characteristics, charm and irregularities of handmade textiles that make each item unique. Daitch and McCutchen also specialize in teaching children Judaic weaving, including special needs children.

Friday Night Live, January 8
Music: MonicaBlaire:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
From Mozart to Mainstream, eclectic is the way to describe MonicaBlaire. With hip-hop as the foundation, she creates an environment where classical, rock, soul, gospel, and funk playfully co-exist. Her sound is of early soul music, and inspired by an unconventional sense of rhythm and melodies.

Target Family Sunday, January 10
Brunch with Bach: Ron Fischer, Kyoko Kashiwagi, and Angelina Pashmakova:
10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra violinists Kyoko Kashiwagi and Ron Fischer, and pianist Angelina Pashmakova present a program for various violin and piano combinations. The program will include Moritz Moszkowski’s Suite for Two Violins and Piano, selections from Mozart’s Magic Flute for two violins, and Arnold Schnittke’s Suite in Old Style, along with other tasty morsels. Brunch & Concert ticket price, $35. Concert-Only Seating ticket price, $15.

Family Performance: "Banana for Turtle": 2 p.m.
Banana for Turtle is based on several different children stories where questions, misunderstandings, and tricky situations pile up between five jungle friends. A monkey, a parrot, a python, an elephant and a turtle try to figure out the many different elements of their lives, like: what do different words mean? what is in a name? and how is that size and shape different from the other? They also learn the importance of exercise. Original music sets the scene for these important questions that lead to hilarious results.

Friday Night Live, January 15
Music: FLY:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
The FLY Trio is a group that melds popular styles with jazz improvisation on compositions that are true collaborations, simultaneously complementing and contrasting three distinct personalities. The trio is composed of saxophonist Mark Turner, drummer Jeff Ballard, and bassist Larry Grenadier, veterans of performances and recording sessions with Chick Corea, Joshua Redman, Brad Meldau, and Pat Metheny.

Target Family Sunday, January 17
Family Performance: “Good Mischief with Gemini”:
2 p.m.
Gemini celebrates the fun, warmth, and humor of family life. Kids and adults love to sing with them. From start to finish, a family concert with the twin brothers abounds with rousing sing-alongs, hand motion tunes, folk tales, and music from around the world.

Friday Night Live, January 22
Lecture: Government Support for the Arts: W.P.A. Prints from the 1930s:
6:30 p.m.
During the Great Depression the United States supplied financial relief to printmakers who created of over 230,000 prints for sale and display in public buildings. DIA curator Nancy Sojka discusses this brief but fascinating program that deposited over 300 such works in the DIA collection.

Music: Phyllis Chen and Johannes Moser: 7 & 8:30pm
Pianist Phyllis Chen and cellist Johannes Moser perform music featuring multi-media elements for cello, electric cello, prepared piano and toy piano. This performance will include Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Tierkreis, and compositions by Dimitri Shostakovich, Claude Debussy, and Phyllis Chen.

Target Family Sunday, January 24
Storytelling: “Dream Keepers”:
2 p.m.
Join Madelyn Porter as she shares the inspiring words of "dreamers" who have captivated, influenced, and motivated people all over the world.

Friday Night Live, January 29
Music: The Carpe Diem String Quartet featuring Peter Soave:
7 & 8:30pm
The Carpe Diem String Quartet will present a new work by Venezuela’s most renowned musical figure and creator of the new musical style, onda nueva or new wave. Five Paleontological Mysteries for accordion and string quartet is dedicated to the featured artist, Peter Soave. The Carpe Diem String Quartet has become one of the premier American “Indie” string quartets. The group performs the classical string quartet repertoire, but their musical passion has led them down the paths of gypsy, tango, folk, pop, rock, and jazz inspired music.

Target Family Sunday, January 31
Storytelling: “Dream Keepers”:
2 p.m. (See January 24 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