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Grandparents Day, Japanese Boy’s Day and more in May at Detroit Institute of Arts - Brunch with Bach, puppet shows and floral arrangement demonstration also part of May fun

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

(Detroit)—On Saturday, May 14, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) celebrates a special Grandparents Day. Grandchildren get in free with adult general admission or DIA membership. The day features live puppet performances, an art-making activity, and a complimentary photo. In addition, the exhibition It’s a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals is on view.

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

Guided Tours: Wednesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1, 6, 7:30 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 4–6 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)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. – Musical Instruments: Tambourines
, Noon–4 p.m. – Folk Art Toys: Spinners
, Noon–4 p.m. – Papel Picado: Have fun as you try this Mexican art of cutting paper.

Family Sunday, May 1
Japanese Boy’s Day:
1–4 p.m.
Join us for a celebration of Japanese Boy’s Day, with a kite display, a kite making workshop, a doll display, taiko drumming and demonstrations of judo and kendo, a modern Japanese martial art of sword-fighting based on traditional samurai swordsmanship.

Detroit Film Theatre: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives: 2 p.m.
The Palme d’Or at Cannes went to this gently comic tale of death and rebirth set in Thailand’s rural northeast. Uncle Boonmee is a delicately paced, otherworldly fable that lingers on earthly sensations, a film about a dying man that’s filled with mysterious signs of life. For a detailed description, visit Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Detroit Film Theatre: Queen To Play: 4:30 p.m.
Oscar winner Kevin Kline and the luminous Sandrine Bonnaire square off in this stylish and sophisticated dramatic comedy of newfound passions and mid-life triumphs, set on the sparkling shores of the postcard-perfect island of Corsica. For a detailed description, visit Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Wednesday, May 4
Lecture: 12th Annual Elizabeth Sites Kuhlman Lecture: ARTFLOR lecture and demonstration by Hitomi Gilliam:
10:30 a.m.
Award-winning Master Floral Designer Hitomi Gilliam demonstrates her skills, shares her expertise and demonstrate arrangements inspired by those in her book ARTFLOR-Advance Design+Process, which she will sign as part of the event. The lecture and demonstration, presented by the DIA’s Friends of Art and Flowers, a museum support group, begins at 10:30 a.m., with a luncheon following at noon. Tickets are $25 for lecture only, and $50 for lecture and lunch. Doors open at 10 a.m. and tickets will be held at the door. For tickets, call 313-833-4025 or email Tickets are limited; the museum recommends purchasing tickets early.

Friday Night Live, May 6
Music: Electric Junkyard Gamelan:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Electric Junkyard Gamelan is the brainchild of band leader, composer and instrument builder Terry Dame, who performs her original groove-driven music on self-invented instruments.

Saturday, May 7
Class: Set the Stage: Dioramas
: (ages 8 and older): 9:30 a.m.–noon
Design and build your own stage set in a shoe box using alternative and recycled materials. A behind-the-scenes tour of the DIA’s historic auditorium is included. Members $24, non-members $28. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Family Sunday, May 8
Brunch with Bach: Love and Inspiration with Jauchzet:
11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Early music ensemble Jauchzet performs a program of love and inspiration for Mother’s Day with music by Antonio Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Henry Purcell and others. The ensemble includes Loma Young Hildebrandt (soprano), Paula Kibildis (violin), Debra Lonergan (gamba) and Kiri Tollaksen (cornetto). Tickets: Brunch and Concert, 1:30 p.m. performance only, $35; Continental breakfast and concert, 11 a.m. performance only, $20; Concert only: $15. Call 313-833-4005 or visit

Family Performance: Mr. Seley: 2 p.m.
Outgrown Raffi? Graduate to songs written and performed by Birmingham teacher Mr. Seley. Learn songs from his CD, Cupcakeasaurus! and sing along with old favorites.

Friday Night Live, May 13
Music: Great Lakes Taiko
: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Great Lakes Taiko brings the excitement and beauty of Japanese taiko drumming to the DIA. Taiko, which means drum in Japanese, features a wide range of two-sided stick percussion instruments.

Saturday, May 14
Grandparents Day:
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Bring your grandchildren and have a great day at the DIA. Grandchildren are free with adult general admission or DIA membership. Enjoy a puppet performance of Little Red Riding Hood at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m., make some art together, and have a complimentary picture taken. Free valet parking for grandparents.

Family Sunday, May 15
Class: Potter’s Wheel Workshop
(adults only): 1–4 p.m.
This class features demonstrations and individual guidance for the absolute beginner and advanced student alike. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Class size limited to 12 students. Members $26, non-members $48. To register, email or call (313) 833-4249.

Family Performance: Little Red Riding Hood: 2 p.m.
Paul Mesner Puppets tells this tale of Little Red Riding Hood with a contemporary flavor. When Red Riding Hood finds the wolf disguised in her grandmother’s clothes, she uses her self-defense moves to teach him a lesson he won’t soon forget.

Lecture: Pageantry and Power: Goddesses and Ancestors in Brazilian Candomblé: 2 p.m.
Mikelle Smith Omari-Tunkara, Dorothy K. Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis, surveys the dynamic rituals in Brazil that honor African gods, goddesses and ancestors. These elaborate pageants attract thousands of visitors each year, a large portion of them African Americans.

Friday Night Live, May 20
Music: Miguel Zenon Quartet:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Saxophonist Miguel Zenon’s music blends elements of American jazz and Plena, folk music from his native Puerto Rico. His quartet includes Luis Perdomo on piano, Hans Glawischnig on bass and Henry Cole on drums.

Lecture: Perspectives on Photography: Authenticity, Invention and Image: 7 p.m.
Join a panel of Detroit-area photographers, artists and educators for a discussion of photography and current trends and issues shaping the medium, moderated by DIA associate curator Nancy Barr and Leonard Walle,collector and president of the DIA auxiliary Forum for Prints, Drawings and Photographs (FPDP). The panel includes Kyohei Abe, artist and director of the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography; Michelle Andonian, photographer and FPDP vice president; Sara Blair, University of Michigan professor and author; Cary Loren, author, artist and musician; and Corine Vermulen, artist and 2009 Kresge Fellow.

Saturday, May 21
Cirque: Detroit Unmasked
: 7 p.m.–1 a.m.
Cirque: Detroit Unmasked is a not-to-be-missed party on the Detroit cultural and social scene that celebrates the vibrancy of the arts in Detroit. Staged throughout the museum, Cirque will be an evening of fun, fancy and fanfare. DJ captn20 and percussionist Jared Sykes will keep the crowd on its feet, and cocktails and appetizers will celebrate Detroit’s great history of food and fun. Dress is “imaginative cocktail,” a specialty of Detroit partygoers.

VIP tickets are $175 and include access to an exclusive VIP lounge, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. General admission tickets are $95 and include hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and signature cocktails. Valet parking will be provided for all guests. Tickets are available at or by calling 313-833-4025. Only 500 tickets will be available, so people are encouraged to make their reservations early. Proceeds help the DIA continue to provide the community with imaginative, high-quality programs and exhibitions designed to engage visitors of all ages.

Family Sunday, May 22
Family Performance: The Fisherman and His Wife
: 2 p.m.
The fisherman frees a beautiful enchanted fish he has snagged with his nets. He’s granted wishes in return for the fish's freedom. His wife takes full advantage of this deal, wishing for everything there is to desire. She just may get what she deserves in this Fantasy E-Fex Puppets production.

Friday Night Live, May 27
Music: Continuum:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
The New York based Continuum ensemble performs recent music ranging from 20th-century classics by Charles Ives, Scott Joplin and Anton Webern, to today’s composers from all over the world.

Family Sunday, May 29
Storytelling: Chinese Stories from the Middle Kingdom
: 2 p.m.
Storyteller Ming Louie brings Chinese stories from the Middle Kingdom to life, illustrating the wide diversity of ethnic groups in China.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 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 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. As the DIA celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2010, it does so with renewed commitment to its visitor-centered experience and to its mission of creating opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

Contact: Pamela Marcil (313) 833-7899