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New Programs join regular Favorites in September at Detroit Institute of Arts - Sunday Music Bar and Ford Free Sundays new additions

Thursday, August 11, 2011

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has an exciting lineup of new and ongoing programs in September. On Sunday, Sept. 11, the DIA launches the Sunday Music Bar, which will feature live acoustic music from around the world. Ford Motor Company Fund is sponsoring free museum admission on the second Sunday each month, so visitors can enjoy family performances, puppet shows, drop-in workshops and great art, all for free. 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.

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. (will not meet Sept. 2)
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.

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m.Book Arts: Altered Books: Cut, tear, fold and paste as you turn a small DIA re-purposed booklet into a fabulous work of art.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. – It’s a Zoo in Here!: Draw inspiration from the It’s a Zoo in Here! exhibition, then create an animal using a variety of art making materials.
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. – Book Marks: Make a bookmark using rubber stamps, markers, decorative papers, colorful thread and beads.

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.
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, Fishtank Ensemble plays everything from French jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco and oddball originals. The group has played everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades and even on the street.

Detroit Film Theatre: Viva Riva!: 7 & 9:30 p.m.
This crime drama with a buoyant, heady mixture of music, intrigue and passion won six African Movie Academy Awards for 2011, including Best Film and Best Picture. In Lingala and French with English subtitles. Not recommended for persons under 18. For a detailed description, visit Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Saturday, September 10
Detroit Film Theatre: Viva Riva!: 7 & 9:30 p.m. (see September 9 for details)

Ford Free Sunday, September 11 – FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION
Sunday Music Bar: Nadine and Mary Siciliano: 1 & 3 p.m.
The new weekly Sunday Music Bar features acoustic music spanning many cultures and genres. The inaugural performance is by Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra principal cellist Nadine Deleury and pianist Mary Siciliano. The Sunday Music Bar is in Kresge Court, where listeners can purchase coffee, bagels, muffins, sandwiches, salads and fruit cups. Wine and mixed drinks will also be available. 

Puppet Performance: Everybody Loves Pirates: 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.

Detroit Film Theatre: Viva Riva!: 2 & 4:30 p.m. (see Sept. 9 for details)

Friday Night Live, September 16
Music: Jessica Fichot: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Jessica Fichot and her band perform folk songs 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 her own unique blend.

Detroit Film Theatre: The Interrupters: 7 & 9:30 p.m.
The Interrupters is an epic documentary exploring violence in America that tells the stories of three “Violence Interrupters” who try to protect their communities from the violence they once engaged in. For a detailed description, visit Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Saturday, September 17
Detroit Film Theatre: The Interrupters: 7 & 9:30 p.m. (see September 16 for details)

Family Sunday, September 18
Classes: The Potter’s Wheel: (ages 5–8 must be with an adult): 10–11 a.m., 11 a.m.–noon, 1–2 p.m., 2–3 p.m.  
Try out the potter’s wheel with plenty of individual guidance in this small class for beginners. Participants use their own wheels for one-hour of hands-on clay time. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Each class is limited to 5 people. Members $12, nonmembers $16. To register, call 313-833-4005.

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.

Sunday Music Bar: Xochitl Garcia and Angelina Pashmakova: 1 & 3 p.m.
Mexican clarinetist Xochitl Garcia and Bulgarian pianist Angelina Pashmakova play music by Claude Debussy, Mario Lavista, Camille Saint-Saens and Arturo Marquez.

Lecture: Karyn Olivier: Exploring the Spontaneous Relationship between Art and Viewer: 2 p.m.
An interest in the psychology and sociology of work and play has led Karyn Olivier, assistant professor of sculpture at Temple University in Philadelphia, to create sculptures that allude to structures associated with children’s playgrounds, such as slides and monkey bars. By presenting these structures in altered scales and unexpected spaces, she persuades viewers to abandon their comfort zones in order to (re) experience familiar objects from childhood. Sponsored by Friends of African and African American Art.

Detroit Film Theatre: The Interrupters: 7 & 9:30 p.m. (see September 16 for details)

Thursday, September 22
Eureka: Adventures in Collecting: 7 p.m.
Detroiters Guy Barron, Yvette Bing, Oliver Ragsdale, Alan Ross and Julia Taubman were invited to select an artwork valued at $10,000 or less and talk about why they might purchase it. The discussion is moderated by Mark Rosenthal, DIA adjunct curator and curator of the exhibition Gift of a Lifetime: Works from the James Pearson Duffy Collection.

Friday Night Live, September 23
Detroit Film Theatre with Alloy Orchestra: Blackmail: 7:30pm
The Alloy Orchestra accompanies the silent Hitchcock classic Blackmail. For a detailed description, visit Free with museum admission; free for DIA members.

Saturday, September 24
Detroit Film Theatre with Alloy Orchestra: Films for Families: 3 p.m.
Enjoy classic silent comedy shorts with live musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra. For a detailed description, visit Admission is $5.

Detroit Film Theatre with Alloy Orchestra: Wild and Weird: 7:30 p.m.
Wild and Weird is a program of rare and daring silent short films for adults that are surprising, hilarious and often startling. For a detailed description, visit Admission is $10, DIA members $8.

Family Sunday, September 25
Eye Spy a Parade: 11 a.m.
Help celebrate the unveiling of 25 new Eye Spy gallery games by joining in a parade. Meet outside on the Woodward Avenue plaza and become part of the procession through the doors and into the Great Hall. Then see how many of the popular hunt-and-find labels you can discover.

Sunday Music Bar: Carl Cafagna & the Northstar Saxophone Quartet: 1 & 3 p.m
The Northstar Saxophone Quartet performs the world premiere of New Orleans Saxophone Suite by member Carl Cafagna, a work commemorating the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The piece brings a saxophone perspective to the jazz, calypso and blues music of New Orleans. The quartet also plays a variety of jazz, ragtime, folk and classic numbers.

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-alongs, folk tales and music from around the world.

Detroit Film Theatre with Alloy Orchestra: From Morning to Midnight: 4:30 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 by the original new score from the Alloy Orchestra, which they will perform live. Admission is $10, DIA members $8.

Friday Night Live, September 30
Music: Moran Katz and Amy Yang: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Praised for her magnificent color, agility, and breath control, clarinetist Moran Katz plays the music of Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Alban Berg. She is joined by pianist Amy Yang.

Lecture: A Landscape-Based Urbanism: 7 p.m.
Chris Reed of Stoss Landscape Urbanism in Boston, and adjunct professor at Harvard, discusses trends in urban design that address sustainability, ecological dynamics and urban and regional infrastructures. Exploring large-scale urban development, he provides examples of productive landscapes and green infrastructures and their potential for Detroit's changing urban fabric. Sponsored by Friends of Art and Flowers.

Detroit Film Theatre: Mozart’s Sister: 7 p.m.
The ingeniously conceived Mozart's Sister is a re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang and a musical prodigy in her own right. In French with English subtitles. For a detailed description, visit Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

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