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November Programs at Detroit Institute of Arts - Enjoy World Opera in Cinema, photography and prints exhibitions, and special holiday activities

Monday, October 19, 2009

October 19, 2009 (Detroit)—November offers something for everyone at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), from fashion photographs to special holiday performances of Sleeping Beauty.

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
Fridays, Fridays, 6–9 p.m., Photograms
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m., Paper Dolls:
Sunday, November 1 Noon–4 p.m., Sugar Skulls
Sundays, November 8, 15, & 22,  Noon–4 p.m., Paper Shoes

Target Family Sunday, November 1
Artist Demonstration: Rayna Masters
, Noon–4 p.m.
Rayna Masters creates passionate, insightful, and thought-provoking sculptures that document the human condition through emotionally charged faces molded in leather. Masters studied in New York under a master comedic mask maker and special effects body casters. Watch her process in person to see how she creates her haunting leather faces.

Friday Night Live, November 6
Music: Vic Chesnutt with members of Silver Mount Zion and Fugazi
8 p.m.
Formed for this one-time only tour, in conjunction with their second recording on Constellation Records, the band features singer/songwriter Vic Chesnutt along with members of Silver Mt. Zion, and Guy Picciotto from Fugazi. This is a rare opportunity to experience this collaborative project from some of the most uncompromising artists in contemporary alternative music.

Target Family Sunday, November 8
Brunch with Bach: Piano Fantasies with Joel Schoenhals  10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Joel Schoenhals, associate professor of music at Eastern Michigan University, plays solo piano fantasies composed by Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, and Alexander Scriabin. Tickets are $35 for brunch and concert, $15 for concert only. Call 313-833-4005 or visit

Family Performance: Native American Dance  2 p.m.
Reg Pettibone, a Native American from the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with his wife, Marca, from the Paiute Nation, and daughter, Coral Skye, provide audiences with a taste of Native American culture through dance, songs, narration, and artifact display. 

Thursday, November 19
Lectures: 3 x 3: artistspacetime  6–8:30 p.m.
Performance artist Melanie Manos joins DIA curator Becky Hart to present a series of performances in the contemporary galleries and elsewhere in the museum. This evening features regional artists recognized internationally for their excellence in performance art. Attendees will circulate through the performance spaces throughout the evening. 

Friday Night Live, November 20
Music: Wiyos
  7 & 8:30 p.m.
Fresh off a tour with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp, the Wiyos perform original songs fusing various American traditional musical idioms with their own contemporary influences. Their shows are as visually satisfying as they are musically pleasing, with original compositions and covers from Tin Pan Alley to Texas Swing.

Target Family Sunday, November 22
Storytelling: “Thankful for Families”
  2 p.m.
Share laughter, love, and gratitude for our families, especially our grandparents, with award-winning storyteller Corinne Stavish in this festive launch of the holiday season.

Thursday, November 26
World Opera in Cinema: Cosí fan tutte (Thus Do They All, or The School for Lovers) by Mozart: 6 p.m.
The DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre presents an extraordinary series of new opera performances from around the world, including such storied locations as La Scala, presented uncut in high-definition projection with English subtitles.

German director Claus Guth concludes his Mozart/Da Ponte cycle, which he started with Le nozze di Figaro (starring Anna Netrebko) in 2006, followed by Don Giovanni in 2008. Hungarian Conductor Adam Fischer, whose recordings of Haydn symphonies won the Echo Prize in 2008, will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic. Swedish soprano Miah Persson, guest at many international companies and festivals, will act as Fiordiligi. Appearing as Dorabella will be Isabel Leonard, the young mezzo-soprano already making waves in the world of classical music both in the US and abroad. With Topi Lehtipuu, Florian Boesch, and Patricia Petibon. Tickets for World Opera in Cinema are $20, and $18 for DIA members, students and seniors. For more information, visit

Friday Night Live, November 27
Music: Hot Club of Detroit
  7 & 8:30 p.m.
Hot Club of Detroit is made of guitarist Evan Perri, accordionist Julien Labro, soprano and tenor saxophonist Carl Cafagna, rhythm guitarist Paul Brady and bassist Andrew Kratzat.

Saturday, November 28
World Opera in Cinema:
Cosí fan tutte (Thus Do They All, or The School for Lovers) by Mozart: 1 p.m.
(see November 26 for details)

Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend, November 27, 28 & 29
Holiday Performance: “The Sleeping Beauty…A Marionette Ballet”
  2 p.m.
Join PuppetART for their enchanting marionette ballet of the age-old story of Sleeping Beauty, with a new plot twist.

Drop In Workshops: Puppets  Friday, 6–9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Noon–4 p.m.
Learn about the history of puppets as you have fun creating a different type of puppet each day of the holiday weekend.

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