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January Activities at Detroit Institute of Arts — best Bargain in Town - Storytelling, live music, art-making workshops and more all free with museum admission

Monday, October 31, 2011

(Detroit)—At the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), enjoy family performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, drop-in art-making workshops and live music, all for $8 for adults and $4 for children. On Ford Free Sunday, the second Sunday of the month, admission is free. Also included with museum admission are the exhibitions Gift of a Lifetime: The James Pearson Duffy Collection, Detroit Revealed: Photographs, 2000–2010, and Once Upon a Time: Prints and Drawings that Tell Stories.

The museum will be closed Sunday, Jan. 1.

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.

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.

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

Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Fridays, January 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6–9 p.m. – Winter Counts: A winter count was used by some Native Americans of the Northern Great Plains to record their histories and keep track of the passage of years. Use leather and colorful markers as you create one of your own.
Saturdays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, Noon–4 p.m.Sculptural Boxes: Create whimsical sculptures using a simple box using a wide range of art-making materials.
Sundays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29, Noon–4 p.m.Tapestry Weaving: Use cardboard looms and colorful yarn to create your own tapestry.

Friday Night Live, January 6
Music: Will Sessions: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Detroit funk-soul group Will Sessions brings its high-energy show to the Detroit Film Theatre Auditorium. Their performances at the popular Funk Nights gained them a strong following, but they’re not just another funk band.

Family Sunday, January 8
Sunday Music Bar: (TBD)

Family Performance: Peter Rabbit: 2 p.m.
Wild Swan Theater Company brings the adventures of Peter Rabbit to life as he dares to enter Farmer McGregor’s garden despite his mother’s warnings. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Lecture: Rembrandt’s Great Challenge: Visualizing Jesus: 2 p.m.
Rembrandt pursued a lifelong search for an image of Jesus and drew upon artists such as Albrecht Dürer for his interpretations, but Rembrandt’s moving figures of Jesus are singular in the history of Western art. Shelley Perlove investigates the artist’s paintings and prints of biblical narratives to reveal Rembrandt’s distinctive approach to the life of the Christian savior as a Jew. Sponsored by Learning and Interpretation

Friday Night Live, January 13
Music: Détour de force: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Sopranos Laura Hynes Smith and Audrey Luna team up as Détour de force to perform music that is both familiar and foreign in an atmosphere that is interactive, theatrical and spontaneous. With humor and humility, Détour de force invites the listener to share the beauty and power of song in a soulfully entertaining atmosphere.

Detroit Film Theatre: Le Havre: 7 p.m.
In a small town in Normandy, an aging shoe-shiner creates a temporary safe haven for an illegal immigrant. All the trademark touches of Finland’s great Aki Kaurismäki (Leningrad Cowboys) shine through in this tender new film: the sly, deadpan humor, comically stark production design, and unlikely friendships that walk the delicate balance between comedy and genuine emotion. In French and Finnish with English subtitles. For a detailed description, visit Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Saturday, January 14
Detroit Film Theatre: Le Havre: 7 p.m.
(See Jan. 13 for details)

Ford Free Sunday, January 15
Artist Demonstration: Weaving: Noon–4 p.m.
Michael Daitch and Jim McCutchen use only yarns of the highest quality to create handwoven pieces that are both visually arresting and sensuous. In combining lustrous fibers and rich colors with the fine art of weaving, their handwoven articles possess all the intrinsic characteristics, charm and irregularities of handmade textiles that make each item unique.

Sunday Music Bar: Détour de force: 1 & 3 p.m.
(See Jan. 13 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Le Havre: 2 p.m.
(See Jan. 13 for details)

Friday Night Live, January 20

Music: Uncommon Temperament: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Uncommon Temperament is a collective of musicians that brings a bold new approach to performing baroque music. They are known for their daring programming and historically accurate performances in unique venues, ideal for the DIA’s Rivera Court. For this performance, listeners will be treated to music from the time of Rembrandt.

Detroit Film Theatre: Mill and the Cross: 7 p.m.
What would it be like to step inside a great work of art, have it come alive around you and even observe the artist as he sketches the very reality you are experiencing? Lech Majewski brings to life Pieter Bruegel’s masterpiece The Way to Calvary, the story of the crucifixion, setting it in 16th-century Flanders under brutal Spanish occupation. Using computer technology, Majewski creates a multilayered dreamscape that melds iconic moments in art, history and religion with the daily lives of ordinary people. For a detailed description, visit Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

Live Armor Demonstration:
7:45 p.m.
Take a step back in time with the Michigan Entertainment Renaissance Curiosities Society (MERCS), a live steel fight group employing period clothing and weapons to offer a lively glimpse of arms and armor used during the Renaissance.
Detroit Film Theatre: Le Havre: 9:30 p.m.
(See Jan. 13 for details)

Saturday, January 21
Live Armor Demonstration: 1 & 3 p.m.
(See Jan. 20 for details)
Detroit Film Theatre 101: Rembrandt: 4 p.m.
In 1936, Charles Laughton teamed up with producer Alexander Korda for this moving biographical portrait of Rembrandt van Rijn. Beginning when Rembrandt’s reputation was at its height, the film tracks his quiet descent into loneliness and isolated self-expression following the death of his wife, to the unveiling of The Night Watch, to the ecclesiastical excommunication of his late-in-life lover and maid Hendrickje Stoffels. Tickets: $5, free for DIA members. For a detailed description, visit

Detroit Film Theatre: Mill and the Cross: 7 p.m.
(See Jan. 20 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Le Havre: 9:30 p.m.
(See Jan. 13 for details)

Family Sunday, January 22

Live Armor Demonstration: 11 a.m, 2 & 4 p.m.
(See Jan. 20 for details)

Sunday Music Bar: Uncommon Temperament:
1 & 3 p.m.
(See Jan. 20 Music for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Mill and the Cross: 2 p.m.
(See Jan. 20 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Le Havre: 4:30 p.m.
(See Jan. 13 for details)

Friday Night Live, January 27
Music: Minneapolis Guitar Quartet: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet performs repertoire ranging from Renaissance and baroque to Spanish, Latin American and Romantic, to highly imaginative existing and commissioned contemporary works. For this performance the MGQ performs music by Claude Debussy and Alberto Ginastera, among others.

Detroit Film Theatre: Mill and the Cross: 9:30 p.m.
(See Jan. 20 for details)

Saturday, January 28
Class: Scarves of Many Colors (ages 9–12, with an adult): 10–10:45 a.m., 10:45–11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. and 12:15–1 p.m.
Students work one on one with a weaving instructor to learn basic weaving skills, how to use a floor loom and design and weave their own wool scarf. Class size is limited to 8 students – 2 per each 45-minute session. Members $12, nonmembers $16. To register, call (313) 833-4005.

Detroit Film Theatre: Mill and the Cross: 9:30 p.m.
(See January 20 for details)

Family Sunday, January 29
Sunday Music Bar: Sfogati! O dulcis Jesu ~ Divine Music: 1 & 3 p.m.
Sfogati! will perform music specifically chosen to complement the Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus exhibition. Performers of Sfogati! are Lorna Young Hildebrandt, soprano; Kiri Tollaksen, cornetto; and Shin-Ae Chun, harpsichord.

Storytelling: Storytelling…not just for kids: 2 p.m.
Bring your funny bone and your thinking cap as Ivory Williams presents a medley of humorous tales designed to entertain and educate both the young and the wise. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Detroit Film Theatre: Mill and the Cross: 4:30 p.m.
(See Jan. 20 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.


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.

    Pamela Marcil    (313) 833-7899