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September Programs at Detroit Institute of Arts

Thursday, August 12, 2010

August 12, 2010 (Detroit)—Storytelling, family performances and summer camps are some of the family activities offered in September. The exhibition In Your Dreams: 500 Years of Imaginary Prints opens Sept. 8.

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)
Friday, 6–9 p.m.: Book Arts: Miniature 2 & 3 Hole Pamphlet Stitch
Make a simple book using a traditional form of stitching.
Saturday, Noon–4 p.m.: Bookmarks
Use rubber stamps, markers, colorful papers and beads to create your own bookmarks.
Sunday, Noon–4 p.m.: Printmaking: Sandpaper Monoprints
Create a one-of-a-kind print using sandpaper, crayons and cloth.

Friday Night Live, September 3
Music: Musicians from the Detroit Jazz Festival: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
This performance is another in a continuing collaboration between the DIA and the Detroit Jazz Festival. The DIA hosts artists from the festival on this opening night of a weekend of exciting jazz in Detroit.

DIA Moment: A Poetry Reading with Khaled Mattawa: 8 p.m.
Khaled Mattawa has been described by poet David Wojahn as “quite simply, one of the finest, fiercest, and most original poets of his generation.” Mattawa was born in Benghazi, Libya in 1964 and immigrated to the U.S. in his teens. He is the author of three books of poetry: Ismailia Eclipse (Sheep Meadow,1995); Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable, 2003); and Amorisco (Ausable, 2008). Mattawa has translated eight volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry and co-edited two anthologies of Arab American literature. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, an NEA translation grant, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the PEN American Center Poetry Translation Prize, and three Pushcart Prizes. Mattawa teaches in the MFA (Creative Writing) Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Family Sunday, September 5
No family performance.

Friday Night Live, September 10
Music: Kazimierz Brzozowski:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Pianist Kazimierz Brzozowski performs music by the great Polish composer Frederic Chopin in celebration of the 200th anniversary of his birth. A native of Poland, Brzozowski has garnered international acclaim for his performances of Chopin. He has given recitals in Japan, Poland and the United States and appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, and Lublin Philharmonic.

Family Sunday, September 12
Family Performance: “Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot”:
2 p.m.
Wild Swan Theater continues its 31st season with Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot. Wild Swan has created an original version of this traditional tale sure to please children ages three through eight. Strega Nona has a magical pasta pot that only she can control. When she hires someone to help her with chores, she warns him never to touch this magic pasta pot. See what silliness ensues when he does not heed Strega Nona’s warning.

Friday Night Live, September 17
Music: Joseph Arthur:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur performs his beautifully crafted songs, which have been recorded by musicians such as REM’s Michael Stipe. Arthur was the first American artist signed to Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records, which specializes in eclectic music from around the world. His songs and his music are currently featured on the HBO series Hung.

Family Sunday, September 19
Family Performance: Billy Kelly:
2 p.m.
Billy Kelly is a singer/songwriter/performer/animator/illustrator/ entertainer/poet/unicyclist/comedian from Pennsylvania whose wry, sardonic humor and catchy pop melodies earned him a glowing review on National Public Radio and steady airplay from Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Friday Night Live, September 24
Music: Jessica Fichot:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Jessica Fichot and her band perform folk songs sung in French, English, and Chinese. This Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist draws on music from her hometown of Paris, infused with elements of gypsy jazz, Chinese and Latin-American folk music to create a unique blend that is all her own.

Family Sunday, September 26
Family Performance: “The Furry Follies”:
2 p.m.
Introduce your children to the art of the marionette with award-winning puppeteer Dave Herzog’s The Furry Follies. Children and adults alike are delighted by the antics of Poodle Garland, the canine chanteuse, and prima ballerina Barbara Strieswan, in a fractured version of Swan Lake; Roller Skater Mousechelle Kwan, showing off her championship style; and Wolfy Martin who really knows how to live La Vida Loca. As always, the beloved mascot Wally the Wonder Dog will greet the audience with a wag of his tail, guaranteed to melt their hearts.

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

Contact: Pamela Marcil (313) 833-7899