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Summer Fun for Everyone in July at Detroit Institute of Arts - “Royal Marionette” puppets, daily drop-in workshops, summer camps on tap

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 26, 2011 (Detroit)—“Royal Marionettes” from the Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection are now on view. These intricate, large-scale puppets, popular in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries, are feats of stage craft design. The popular Family Fitting Room is back Wednesdays–Fridays, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Staff will size up your interests and build a visit that’s tailor make for you and your family. July also features the exhibition It’s a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals.

Some Detroit Film Theatre films are included in this release. A complete summer schedule will be on after May 3.

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.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – Folk Art Toys: Ball & Cup
, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – Refrigerator Magnets
, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – Initial That!: Create designs using your own initials.
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. – Crayon Rubbings: Make a simple print using crayons, paper and other objects.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. – It’s a Zoo in Here!: Create your favorite animal using crayons, markers, colored pencils and decorative papers. If you’d like to leave your finished creations, we will post them in our community arts gallery.
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. – Musical Instruments: Wrist and Ankle Rattles

Drawing in the Galleries (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Sundays, Noon–4 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.

Friday and Saturday, July 1 and 2
Detroit Film Theatre: Blank City:
7 p.m.
Blank City tells the tale of a disparate crew of renegade filmmakers who emerged from an economically bankrupt and dangerous moment in New York history. In the late 1970's and mid 80's, when the city was still a wasteland of cheap rent and cheap drugs, these directors crafted daring works that would go on to profoundly influence the development of independent film as we know it today. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students with I.D., $6.50.

Sunday, July 3
Detroit Film Theatre: Blank City:
2 p.m.
(see July 1 and 2 for description and ticket prices)

Friday Night Live, July 8
Music: Chicha Libre:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Chicha Libre plays a mixture of Latin rhythms, surf music and psychedelic pop inspired by Peruvian music from Lima and the Amazon. The Brooklyn-based band mixes up covers of forgotten Chicha classics with French-tinged originals, re-interpretation of 70’s pop classics as well as cumbia (Columbia style music) version of pieces by Erik Satie and Richard Wagner.

Detroit Film Theatre: Public Speaking: 7 p.m.
Public Speaking is Martin Scorsese’s portrait of literary phenomenon and raconteur Fran Liebowitz, who offers her endlessly witty and on-the-money opinions on absolutely everything from a cozy booth in New York’s legendary Waverly Inn. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students with I.D., $6.50.

Saturday, July 9
Detroit Film Theatre: Public Speaking
: 7 p.m.
(see July 8 for description and ticket prices)

Family Sunday, July 10
Storytelling: Hotter ‘n July!:
2 p.m.
Bring your funny bone and your thinking caps as Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams presents his unique brand of wit, wisdom and humor to delight both youth and adults.

Detroit Film Theatre: Public Speaking: 2 p.m.
(see July 8 for description)

Monday–Friday, July 11–15  Summer Camps
Summer Camps at the DIA Session I
(ages 5–12): 9 a.m.–noon
Teaching artists introduce children to a variety of media and creative processes that encourage individual expression. Typical projects include clay masks, multimedia puppets, painted portraits, imaginative drawings, and wood sculpture. Kids also exercise skills in interpreting art while exploring the galleries. By the end of the five-day camp, everyone will have a personally meaningful portfolio they can share with family and friends. All levels of experience are welcome. Members $180, nonmembers $225. To register, email or call 313.833.4249.

Friday Night Live, July 15
Music: Concert of Colors: Maraca:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Born in Havana, Cuba, world class virtuoso flautist Orlando “Maraca” Valle is arguably the most famous and versatile contemporary Cuban flautist in the world. Maraca has been leading his different bands and projects for more than 15 years with many performances in some of the most prestigious international jazz festivals. His original style of fusing jazz improvisations with his afro-Cuban roots has made his sound highly recognized worldwide, as the epitome of Cuban popular dance music and afro-Cuban jazz.

Saturday, July 16 – SAVE THE DATE for Bal Africain
The 47th annual Bal Africain gala celebrates the cultural heritage of the African diaspora, and is one of the most important fundraisers of the year. Proceeds support acquisitions of African and African American art, as well as educations programs sponsored by the DIA auxiliary Friends of African and African American Art. For information and ticket prices, call 313-833-1049.

Family Sunday, July 17
Family Performance: Wild Swan Theater presents Frog and Toad
: 2 p.m.
Award-winning Wild Swan Theater continues its tradition of bringing the finest professional theater to families with Frog and Toad, an enchanting production especially created for little theater goers. Based on Arnold Lobel's wonderful stories, Frog and Toad will captivate children from ages 3 to 8. Through storytelling, puppets and charming props, the play explores the adventures of these two very dear characters and their great friendship.

Friday Night Live, July 22
Music: TBD

Detroit Film Theatre: The Magic Flute: 7 p.m.
The Magic Flute is one of Mozart’s most charming and engaging operas. This celebrated production by artist William Kentridge joyfully bursts onto the stage of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy, and onto the big screen. In high-definition; sung in German with English subtitles. (3 hours including intermission)

Saturday, July 23
Detroit Film Theatre: The Magic Flute
: 7 p.m.
(see July 22 for description and ticket prices)

Family Sunday, July 24
Artist Demonstration: Carl Oxley III:
Noon–4 p.m.
Carl Oxley III’s Pop Art paintings are full of color and whimsy with happy glowing characters. Watch as he does a painting demonstration of some of the characters he’s created.

Detroit Film Theatre: The Magic Flute: 2 p.m.
(see July 22 for description and ticket prices)

Monday–Friday, July 25–29 Summer Camps
Summer Camps at the DIA Session II
: (ages 5–12): 9 a.m.–Noon
(Please see July 11–15 Session I for details)

Friday Night Live, July 29
Music: TBD

Family Sunday, July 31
Puppet Performance: Animalia
: 2 p.m.
Hobey Ford has created a special stage production to feature his famous large-scale foam puppets. This beautiful production explores the world of animals through movement, music and visually stunning puppetry. Ford breaks out of the traditional puppet theater booth, turning the whole theater into his stage. The pieces include a magnified look at butterfly and frog metamorphosis, the world of birds, his classic undersea ballet of whales, frolicking dolphins and otters.

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. The DIA’s mission is to create 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