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Puppets, Puppets and more Puppets part of November Fun at Detroit Institute of Arts - Annual gala Nov. 12; Exhibition “Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus” opens Nov. 20

Thursday, September 01, 2011

(Detroit)—Visitors to the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) can make puppets in drop-in workshops and see the National Marionette Theater’s production of Pinocchio during Thanksgiving weekend. Also in November, is the annual fundraising gala this year titled “Le Carnaval des ArtStars, which promises to be a spectacular evening full of surprises. The exhibitions Gift of a Lifetime: The James Pearson Duffy Collection and Detroit Revealed: Photographs, 2000–2010 are on view, and the much anticipated Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus opens Nov. 20, 2011.

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

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.
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 and 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, November 4, 11 & 18, 6–9 p.m.—Parfleche: A parfleche is a rawhide carrying case decorated with geometric designs used by Plains Indians. Make your own with brown paper, markers, leather cord and beads.
Saturdays, November 5, 12 & 19, Noon–4 p.m.—Phenakistoscope: Pronounced fen-a-kiss-toe-scope, this device is one of earliest known to demonstrate the illusion of motion. Make your own simple version.
Sundays, November 6, 13 & 20, Noon–4 p.m.—Printmaking: Use foam printing plates and water-based inks to create beautiful one-of-a-kind hand-pulled prints on paper.

Special Thanksgiving Weekend Drop-In Workshops, November 25–27
Friday–Sunday, November 25–27, Noon–4 p.m.; Friday, November 25, 6–9 p.m.—Puppets: Create a puppet using fun art-making materials.

Wednesday, November 2
Lecture: Supersonic D, Artist in Detroit Now: 7:15 p.m.
What is it like to make art in Detroit now that the city has become an international mecca for artists, curators and critics? Hear directly from native Detroiters and newcomers at the heart of this transformation as they discuss challenges and delights they have encountered. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Friday Night Live, November 4
Music: Maria Meirelles: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Pianist Maria Meirelles performs the music of Franz Liszt in celebration of the bicentennial of the composer’s birth. 

Detroit Film Theatre: The Tree: 7 p.m.
The Tree is a mystical drama of loss and rebirth in the Australian countryside. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Detroit Film Theatre: Octubre: 9:30 p.m.
Octubre follows Clemente, a small-time money-lender living in Lima, who discovers a baby left on his doorstep. The film creates a visionary portrait of the back alleys and tumble-down houses of Lima while introducing unforgettable characters. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Saturday, November 5
Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: Nights of Cabiria: 4 p.m.
Cabiria is a Roman prostitute whose grasp on the value of living is tested to the breaking point. Fellini described Cabiria as "fragile, tender and unfortunate; after all that has happened to her and after the collapse of her naive dream of love, she still carries in her heart a touch of grace." For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Free with museum admission and for DIA members; $5 for general public without museum admission.

Detroit Film Theatre: The Tree: 7 p.m. (see November 4 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Octubre: 9:30 p.m. (see November 4 for details)

Ford Free Sunday, November 6
Sunday Music Bar: Ismael “Bandolero” Duran:
1 & 3 p.m.
Chilean singer, songwriter and guitarist Ismael Duran has performed throughout Latin America, Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. His concerts are emotional, powerful and often interactive, with the audience singing along to classic songs.

Family Performance: Billy Kelly: 2 p.m.
Billy Kelly is a singer, songwriter, performer, animator, illustrator, entertainer, poet, unicyclist and comedian from Pennsylvania whose wry, sardonic humor and catchy pop melodies earned him a glowing review on National Public Radio and steady airplay from Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Detroit Film Theatre: The Tree: 2 p.m. (see November 4 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Octubre: 9:30 p.m. (see November 4 for details)

Friday Night Live, November 11
Music: Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
Jeffery Broussard, one of the most influential accordionists and vocalists in modern Zydeco music, along with his Creole Cowboys are dedicated to preserving and promoting Creole culture and the syncopated rhythms of Zydeco, which has its roots in European, African and Caribbean traditions.

Family Sunday, November 13
Sunday Music Bar: No Concert

Family Performance: Native American Dance, Song, and Stories: 2 p.m.
Reg Pettibone, Native American from the Ho-Chunk Nation, along with his wife, Marca, from the Paiute Nation, and daughter Coral Skye, provide a look at Native American culture through dance, songs, narration and an artifact display.

Wednesday, November 16
Lecture: From the Potting Shed to O’Keeffe: Luther Burbank and American Still Life Painting in the 1920s:
6:30 p.m.
Botanist Luther Burbank was a towering figure in early 20th-century American culture. Randall Griffey discusses the larger implications of the appearance of Burbank’s plants in still lifes by Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Steichen and other American modernists. Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing.

Friday Night Live, November 18
Music: Nellie McKay:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
The unpredictable Nellie McKay applies her many talents to “I Want to Live!,” a revue the New York Times called brilliant, zany, film-noir musical biography. McKay takes on the role played by Susan Hayward in the film of the same name, the scheming Barbara Graham, the convicted murderer who was the third woman to die in the gas chamber in California at San Quentin in 1955.

Detroit Film Theatre: World on a Wire (restored): 7:30 p.m.
This science-fiction epic is a cracked, inventive take on future paranoia. This three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal '70s-style look at the world of tomorrow.For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Saturday, November 19
Detroit Film Theatre: Umberto D.:
4 p.m.
Umberto, an aged, former civil servant trying to scrape by on an inadequate pension, tries to maintain a modicum of dignity. Played by a nonprofessional actor and retired professor, Umberto remains a gentleman throughout every moment of his horrifying, all-too-familiar plight, never understanding why the rest of the world doesn’t respond with tenderness and compassion. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Detroit Film Theatre: World on a Wire (restored): 7 p.m. (see November 18 for details)

Family Sunday, November 20
Artist Demonstration: Clinton Snider:
Noon–4 p.m.
The trove of castoffs left behind by businesses and people leaving Detroit has been mined by legions of scavengers, including at least two generations of visual artists. Clinton Snider is one of the latest to bring the refuse of life into the refuge of art.

Sunday Music Bar: Music from the time of Rembrandt by Edward Parmentier: 1 & 3:00 p.m.
Edward Parmentier, a specialist in early keyboard music at the University of Michigan music school, plays music from the 17th century on a replica of a period virginal, a legless harpsichord.  

Detroit Film Theatre: World on a Wire (restored): 2 p.m. (see November 18 for details)

Friday, November 25
Holiday Puppet Performance: National Marionette Theater’s Pinocchio:
2 p.m.
This faithful retelling of a childhood favorite follows the little wooden puppet as he goes on a series of adventures and discovers that only by being truthful, selfless and kind to others can he realize his dream of becoming a real live boy.

Friday Night Live, November 25
Music: Music from the Time of Rembrandt by Edward Parmentier:
7 & 8:30 p.m.
(see November 20 for details)
 
Detroit Film Theatre: Mysteries of Lisbon:
7 p.m.
In 19th-century Lisbon, a teenager raised by priests learns an extraordinary secret about his lineage; a French heiress seeks revenge against the man who besmirched her honor; and a kindly padre changes identity when it’s to his advantage. These are a few of the characters in this breathtaking adaptation of one of the most beloved masterworks of Portuguese literature. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Saturday, November 26
Holiday Puppet Performance National Marionette Theater’s Pinocchio:
2 p.m.
(see November 25 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles: 2 p.m.
Jeanne Dielman, a middle-aged widow, mother, homemaker and prostitute, lives in a small apartment in Brussels. Her life is dominated by routine—preparing meals, running errands, visits from her clients and evenings with her teenage son—until the cracks start to show. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Free with museum admission and for DIA members; $5 for general public without museum admission.

Detroit Film Theatre: Mysteries of Lisbon: 7 p.m. (see November 25 for details)

Family Sunday, November 27
Holiday Puppet Performance National Marionette Theater’s Pinocchio:
2 p.m.
(see November 25 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Mysteries of Lisbon: 7 p.m. (see November 25 for details)

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 www.dia.org