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September Programs at Detroit Institute of Arts - Special performance by Alloy Orchestra among the highlights

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

(Detroit)—Family performances, puppet shows, live music and movies highlight September activities at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The exhibition Gift of a Lifetime: The James Pearson Duffy Collection opens Sept. 14 and the wildly popular It’s a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals ends Sept. 25.

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 (all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m.; Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

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 Night Live, September 2
Music: Wendell Harrison with Amp Fiddler
: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Wendell Harrison’s new quintet features driving rhythms and the high quality of musicianship expected from this jazz legend. The new group features vocalist and keyboardist Amp Fiddler, guitarist John Arnold, bassist Damon Warmack, Dan Schmatz on percussion and Djallo Djakate on drums.

Friday Night Live, September 9
Music: Fishtank Ensemble
: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Fishtank Ensemble has played everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, and even on the street. With two explosive violins, a slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, trombone, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, accordion and one little banjolele, the group plays everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco, and oddball originals.

Family Sunday, September 11
Puppet Performance: Everybody Loves Pirates:
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Eight-year-old Lucy and her goofy pal Little Chucky are searching for buried treasure, but a gang of bumbling pirates keeps getting in the way. The kids get help from their new ocean-dwelling friends, including enthusiastic superhero Lobster Boy, his reluctant sidekick Crabby and an overgrown sea
monkey in this production from Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers.

Friday Night Live, September 16
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 18
Artist Demonstration: Paintings with Julie Zager
: Noon–4 p.m.
Julie Zager is a fine artist who loves surrealism, romanticism and expressionism. Zager produces paintings that excite her love for fantasy and drama.

Lecture: Karyn Olivier: Exploring the Spontaneous Relationship between Art and Viewer: 2 p.m.
Through her interest in the psychology and sociology of work and play, Karyn Olivier encourages the viewer to abandon comfort zones in order to (re)experience familiar objects she often constructs in altered scaled and unexpected spaces. For example, her large, elegant sculptures evoke a sense of play, physicality and archetypal childhood experience by alluding to typical elements of urban playgrounds, such as slides, monkey bars, benches and tetherball poles. Olivier is an assistant professor of sculpture at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

Friday Night Live, September 23
Detroit Film Theatre: From Morning to Midnight with Alloy Orchestra
: 7 p.m.
From Morning to Midnight, a newly restored 1920 German expressionist film features radically stylized and avant-garde sets and imagery. It is based on a controversial, experimental stage play of the era that divided audiences and critics. The film is enhanced immeasurably by the original new score from the Alloy Orchestra, which they will perform live. From Morning to Midnight is presented in cooperation with the National Film Center of Japan. Tickets are $10.

Family Sunday, September 25
Family Performance: Good Mischief with Gemini:
2 p.m.
The musical duo Gemini celebrates the fun, warmth and humor of family life in a performance that abounds with rousing sing-along, tunes with hand motions, folk tales and music from around the world.

Friday Night Live, September 23
Music: TBD

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