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Summer Specials in August at Detroit Institute of Arts - Blue Star Museums program, Family Fitting Room

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

May 24, 2011 (Detroit)—Two “summer only” offerings are in full swing at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). Active military personnel and their families (military ID holder and five immediate family members) get free museum admission through Labor Day as part of the Blue Star Museums program. And, Wednesday–Friday from 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in August, take advantage of the Family Fitting Room, where staff will customize a tour based on individual interests.

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

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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. – Heraldry: Create your own miniature coat-of-arms.
Thursdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – Artist Trading Cards: Learn about trading cards and create your own.
Fridays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – Cylinder Seals: Seals were used by people in Sumeria (present day Iraq) as a signature and to prove ownership. Carve a simple wax crayon to make your own personal seal.
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. – Uchiwa: Uchiwa is a style of paper fan common in Japan. Learn about the tradition of making Uchiwa and create your own fan.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. – Book Arts: Japanese Stab Binding: Create a simple book using a traditional form of stitching.
Sundays, Noon-4 p.m. – It’s a Zoo in Here!: Create your favorite animal using crayons, markers, and
decorative papers. If you’d like, we will post your creation in our community arts gallery.

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.

Family Fitting Room: Wednesday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Stop by the Family Fitting Room in Prentis Court where staff will customize a visit just for you.

Wednesday, August 3
Summer Camp: Recycled Furniture
(adults only) 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Paint, collage and work with texturing and other surface embellishments to breathe new life into old treasures. Pieces should be small and easy to carry. Class is limited to 15 people. Members $36, non-members $48. To register, email registration@dia.org or call (313) 833-4005.

Thursday, August 4
Summer Camp: Printmaking: Scratching the Surface
(adults only): 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Take inspiration from the DIA’s rich print collection and explore simple printmaking methods from a selection of found and re-cycled materials. Class is limited to 20 people. Members $36, non-members $48. To register, email registration@dia.org or call (313) 833-4005.

Friday Night Live, August 5
Music: George Cole Quintet:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
George Cole Quintet’s superbly crafted and melodically sophisticated original music brings to mind George Gershwin, Johnny Mercer and Cole Porter. The group features Cole’s vocals and hot guitar playing and romantic duets with vocalist Molly Mahoney. The mix of high energy guitar playing, soaring violin flights by Julian Smedley and propulsive rhythm guitar creates a dynamic musical experience.

Detroit Film Theatre: The Man Who Fell to Earth: 7 p.m.
Available for the first time in years, the director’s cut of The Man Who Fell to Earth is a daring exploration of the boundaries of science fiction as art form and metaphor. Rock legend David Bowie, in his acting debut, eerily and movingly embodies the title role. For a detailed description, visit http://www.dia.org/detroitfilmtheatre/14/100/DFT/summer-2011-schedule.aspx. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Saturday, August 6
Detroit Film Theatre: Nuremberg
: 4 p.m.
The first major trial to prosecute crimes against humanity addressed questions of guilt and complicity in unimaginable acts, and the cameras captured the defendants as they admit only to “excesses.” Intended as a lesson for future generations, Nuremberg has become the prototype for tribunals prosecuting genocides. For a detailed description, visit http://www.dia.org/detroitfilmtheatre/14/100/DFT/summer-2011-schedule.aspx. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Detroit Film Theatre: The Man Who Fell to Earth: 7 p.m.
(see August 5 for description and ticket prices)

Sunday, August 7
Summer Camp: Coil-Built Planters
(adults only): 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Make a clay pot that any plant would be happy to call home. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date.
Class size limited to 20 people. Members $36, non-members $48. To register, email registration@dia.org or call (313) 833-4005.

Storytelling Performance: Sticks & Stones & Story Bones: 2 p.m.
Dawn Daniels creates a lively circle of warmth and enchantment for audiences of all ages.

Friday Night Live, August 12
Music: Paul King with Strings:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Paul King with Strings is a combination of baritone vocalist Paul King with jazz trio and classical string quartet, performing the music of composer Matt Dennis. Dennis worked as a writer for Tommy Dorsey and wrote the hits Angel Eyes and Will You Still be Mine, among others. Arrangements are by pianist Scott Gwinell and performed by his trio and musicians from the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra.

Detroit Film Theatre: Nostalgia for the Light: 7 p.m.
Director Patricio Guzmán travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where the sky is so translucent it allows astronomers to see to the boundaries of the universe. In Spanish with English subtitles. For a detailed description, visit http://www.dia.org/detroitfilmtheatre/14/100/DFT/summer-2011-schedule.aspx. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Saturday, August 13
Classes: It’s a Zoo in Here!: Mixed-Media Bug & Animal Sculpture
: 10 a.m.–noon
Check out the exhibition It’s a Zoo in Here! then head to the art studio to create large or small imaginary bugs and animals from a variety of materials. Class is limited to 20 people. Members $24, non-members $32. To register, email registration@dia.org or call (313) 833-4005.

Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: Throne of Blood: 4:30 p.m.
Akira Kurosawa’s screen adaptation of Macbeth sets this story of ambition and murder in 16th-century Japan. Lady Macbeth goads her warrior husband into murdering his warlord and seizing the throne for himself. In Japanese with English subtitles. For a detailed description, visit http://www.dia.org/detroitfilmtheatre/14/100/DFT/summer-2011-schedule.aspx. Free with museum admission and for DIA members; $5 for general public without museum admission.

Detroit Film Theatre: Nostalgia for the Light: 7 p.m.
(see August 12 for description and ticket prices)

Family Sunday, August 14
Classes: Sample It!:
(ages 5–8 must be with an adult): Noon–4 p.m.
Come to the studio anytime between noon and 4 p.m. to try your hand at making a clay mask or a watercolor portfolio to hold your future DIA art projects. Clay projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Stay as long as you like. Each class is limited to 20 people. Members $12, non-members $16. To register, email registration@dia.org or call (313) 833-4005.

Family Performance: LaCompagnie: 2 p.m.
LaCompagnie invites you to join them for a musical experience that includes selections ranging from French and British Canada to the Appalachian and bayou regions of the United States. The audience is encouraged to sing along, dance or just relax and enjoy the fun.

Detroit Film Theatre: Nostalgia for the Light: 2 p.m.
(see August 12 for description and ticket prices)

Detroit Film Theatre: The Man Who Fell to Earth: 4:30 p.m.
(see August 5 for description and ticket prices)

Friday Night Live, August 19
Music: Stephanie Trick
: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Award-winning pianist Stephanie Trick is one of today's leading interpreters of stride piano and one of the few female stride pianists to mater this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style. She has been called “the next rising star in the stride world” and one of the finest interpreters of the music of James P. Johnson, Fats Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Art Tatum and Donald Lambert.

Detroit Film Theatre: !Women Art Revolution: 7 p.m.
This “secret history” of feminist art illuminates this movement through conversations, observations, archival footage and works of visionary artists, curators and critics. Starting from its roots in 1960s antiwar and civil rights protests, the film details major developments in women’s art through the 1970s. For a detailed description, visit http://www.dia.org/detroitfilmtheatre/14/100/DFT/summer-2011-schedule.aspx. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Saturday, August 20
Detroit Film Theatre: Knife in the Water
: 4 p.m.
Roman Polanski’s first feature is a psychological thriller that many critics consider one of his finest films. When a young hitchhiker joins a couple on a weekend yacht trip, psychological warfare breaks out as the two men compete for the woman’s attention. For a detailed description, visit http://www.dia.org/detroitfilmtheatre/14/100/DFT/summer-2011-schedule.aspx. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Detroit Film Theatre: !Women Art Revolution: 7 p.m.
(see August 12 for description and ticket prices)

Family Sunday, August 21
Puppet Performance: The Emperor's New Clothes
: 2 p.m.
Join Roz Puppets for this humorous retelling of an old favorite. When a clever weaver convinces a vain emperor that he produces a magical cloth, the emperor pays him to make the most beautiful clothes in the kingdom. The only problem, the emperor can't see the clothes. What will happen when it comes time to parade the new clothes around the kingdom? Does anyone see the clothes? Find out the naked truth in this family friendly puppet performance.

Detroit Film Theatre: !Women Art Revolution: 2 p.m.
(see August 12 for description and ticket prices)

Friday Night Live, August 26
Music:
TBD

Family Sunday, August 28
Artist Demonstration: Oil Painting
: Noon–4 p.m.
Tim Marsh explores nature’s dramatic patterns, bold shapes and vivid color palette, with oil as his main medium. Marsh offers a window into an uncommon world that humans rarely see in detail. Marsh enjoys the relationship between the elements within each painting, which can lend a touch of whimsy and a hint of a story that can change with each viewer. His goal is to create a porthole for the viewer to experience nature's awesome and unique beauty. 

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.

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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 pmarcil@dia.org



August 2011 Programs at the DIA: Image Gallery


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