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April Programs at Detroit Institute of Arts bring Something for Everyone - Enjoy special spring break art-making activities, music, puppets and more

Monday, March 12, 2012

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) offers activities for every age and interest, most free with museum admission. Special spring break drop-in workshops are featured during the first two weeks of April. Exhibitions on view are Detroit Revealed: Photographs, 2000–2010, which ends on April 29, and Once Upon a Time: Prints and Drawings that Tell Stories. The 75th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition opens April 28.

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.

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)
Wednesdays, April 4 and 11, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – Musical Instruments: Sistrums: Sistrums are sacred rattles carried by royal women during ceremonies in ancient Egypt. Learn more about this instrument and create a simple version.
Thursdays, April 5 and 12, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – Wire Sculpture: Use colorful wire and beads to create one-of-a-kind sculpture.
Fridays, April 6 and 13, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. – Printmaking: Crayon Rubbings: Use crayons, paper and other materials to create a print called a rubbing.
Fridays in April, 6–9 p.m. – Illuminated Manuscripts: Illuminated manuscripts date back to the 5th century and were primarily used in religious texts. Learn more as you decorate and embellish your initials using gold foil, markers and paper.
Saturdays in April, noon–4 p.m. – Book Arts: Chinese Slat Books: In ancient China, before the invention of paper, documents were written on bamboo or wooden slats. Make your own book based on this ancient technique.
Sundays in April, noon–4 p.m. – Paper Marbling: Create beautiful marbled patterns on paper in a project inspired by books made during the Italian Renaissance.

Family Sunday, April 1
Sunday Music Bar: Ara Topouzian: 1 & 3 p.m.
Multi-instrumentalist Ara Topouzian and his quartet perform an array of music from Topouzian’s more than 30 recordings of Armenian and Middle Eastern music on the kanun, a laptop harp.

Family Performance: Joe Reilly: 2 p.m.
Joe Reilly performs environmentally themed songs and stories for young audiences. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Lecture: Painting with Pottery in the Peacock Room: 2 p.m.
The Freer Gallery of Art recreated James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room as it was installed in Charles Lang Freer’s Detroit home on Ferry Street. Designed to display blue-and-white porcelain, the room was used to house Freer’s diverse ceramics collection. Louise Cort, curator for ceramics, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, discusses how the installation reveals Freer’s approach to collecting, as well as his eye for color harmonies. Sponsored by Freer House, Asian and Islamic Art Forum and Japan America Society

Detroit Film Theatre: Jiro Dreams of Sushi: 2 p.m.
Considered to be the world’s greatest sushi chef, Jiro Ono runs a 10-seat restaurant in a Tokyo subway station. Despite the modest surroundings, the restaurant has received the prestigious three-star rating from the Michelin Guide. Chef Ono strives for perfection daily, while struggling with the ordinary problems of family life. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50. The DFT is presented by Buddy's Pizza

Thursday, April 5
Detroit Film Theatre: Detroit Revealed on Film: Louder Than Love: 7 p.m.
The Grande Ballroom, a faded 1930s dance hall, entered rock legend as the stage where The Who first performed Tommy in America. Louder than Love documents the creative and revolutionary frenzy of Detroit in the 1960s with rare archival footage and interviews with musicians, and explores the now-abandoned theater. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50. The DFT is presented by Buddy's Pizza

Friday Night Live, April 6
Music: Bella Hristova: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova performs violin sonatas by Camille Saint-Saëns and John Corigliano. Hristova was the first prize winner in the 2008–9 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was the first recipient of the Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship.

Detroit Film Theatre: The Salt of Life: 7 p.m.
Writer-director-actor Gianni Di Gregorio has created a comic ode to the ladies in his life, playing a middle-aged retiree who has become invisible to all female Romans, regardless of age or relation. Gregorio tries his best to generate some kind of extracurricular love life, with hilarious results. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50. The DFT is presented by Buddy's Pizza

Detroit Film Theatre: Jiro Dreams of Sushi: 9:30 p.m.
(See April 1 for details)

Saturday, April 7
Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: The Incredible Shrinking Man: 4 p.m.
Scott Carey is a typical 1950s husband, living a middle-class life with his wife when he passes through a mysterious mist that causes him to shrink a bit every day. Screen writer Richard Matheson resisted pressure to “dumb down” the plot, instead driving Scott’s adventure toward a philosophically profound and transcendental conclusion. 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. The DFT is presented by Buddy's Pizza

Detroit Film Theatre: The Salt of Life: 7 p.m.
(See April 6 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Jiro Dreams of Sushi: 9:30 p.m.
(See April 1 for details)

Ford Free Sunday, April 8
Brunch with Bach: Bella Hristova: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova performs violin sonatas by Camille Saint-Saëns and John Corigliano. Hristova was the first prize winner in the 2008–09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was the first recipient of the Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship. Tickets: Continental breakfast and concert for 11 a.m. performance, $20; Brunch and concert for the 1:30 p.m. performance, $35; Concert only at either time, $15. Call 313-833-4005 or visit www.tickets.dia.org.

Family Performance: Mr. Seley: 2 p.m.
Playing the trumpet in elementary school, learning guitar from his dad and developing an early interest in singing led this current Birmingham teacher to a life based around music, songwriting and kids. Learn songs from his CDs, including Cupcakeasaurus!, and sing along with old favorites. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Detroit Film Theatre: The Salt of Life: 2 p.m.
(See April 6 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Jiro Dreams of Sushi: 4:30 p.m.
(See April 1 for details)

Wednesday, April 11
Lecture: In Conversation with Hernan Bas: 7 p.m.
Recently transplanted from Miami, internationally acclaimed artist Hernan Bas makes paintings that explore the world of the dandy. Baroque, abstract, narrative, concise and epic, his canvases address issues of identity and personify the adolescent males that inhabit them. Bas will discuss his newest body of work, made in Detroit. Sponsored by Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art

Thursday, April 12
Detroit Film Theatre: The Joffrey Ballet: Mavericks of American Dance: 7 p.m.
Narrated by Mandy Patinkin, Mavericks of American Dance documents how the Joffrey revolutionized ballet and became the first uniquely American company by combining modern dance with traditional ballet and setting it to contemporary scores. The movie chronicles the history of the Joffrey from its founding in 1956 to the present and describes how the Joffrey resurrected itself after devastating setbacks and introduced cutting-edge choreographers such as Leonide Massine and Twyla Tharp to larger audiences. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50. The DFT is presented by Buddy's Pizza

Friday Night Live, April 13
Music: Yehonatan Berick and Pauline Martin: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
A prizewinner at the 1993 Naumburg competition and a recipient of the 1996–97 Prix Opus, Yehonatan Berick is in demand internationally as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician (on violin and viola) and teacher. His busy concert schedule has already taken him throughout North America, Europe and Israel. Yehonatan Berick and Pauline Martin are two-thirds of the Grammy Award-nominated St. Clair Trio. They will perform music for violin and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms.

Detroit Film Theatre: The Wages of Fear (original uncut version): 7 p.m.
Four desperate men stranded without money or hope in a desolate town in Central America are offered $2,000 each to drive trucks filled with nitroglycerine over 300 miles of rocky, pitted, decrepit mountain roads in order to put out a raging oil-well fire. The Wages of Fear is one of the great movie thrillers and one of the most nerve-wracking. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50. The DFT is presented by Buddy's Pizza

Detroit Film Theatre: The Salt of Life: 10 p.m.
(See April 6 for details)

Saturday, April 14
Detroit Film Theatre: The Joffrey Ballet: Mavericks of American Dance: 4 p.m.
(See April 12 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: The Wages of Fear (original uncut version): 7 p.m.
(See April 13 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: The Salt of Life: 10 p.m.
(See April 6 for details)

Family Sunday, April 15
Sunday Music Bar: Yehonatan Berick and Pauline Martin: 1 & 3 p.m.
(See April 13 Music for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: The Wages of Fear: 2 p.m.
(See April 13 for details)

Artist Demonstration: Michael Rodemer: Noon–1 p.m.; Artist talk, with completion of installation from 1 to 3 p.m.
Artist Michael Rodemer talks about the artistic process behind Solar Vector, a mixed-media installation tracing the rays of the sun. Visitors can then accompany Rodemer as he completes an installation on the DIA’s front lawn (weather permitting). Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Detroit Film Theatre: The Salt of Life: 5 p.m.
(See April 6 for details)

Thursday, April 19
Detroit Film Theatre: Detroit Revealed on Film: Urban Roots: 7 p.m.
Urban Roots explores Detroit’s urban farming phenomenon and the struggle to forge a sustainable future for America’s postindustrial urban communities. Where nature has reclaimed vast stretches of the abandoned rust belt, Detroiters are reclaiming their spirits. All around the city of Detroit, a growing movement of urban farmers is changing the way people think about food—and life in Detroit. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50. The DFT is presented by Buddy's Pizza

Friday Night Live, April 20
Music: Aebersold and Neiweem: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Chicago’s Aebersold and Neiweem are master performers of music for two pianos and for one piano, four hands. They perform the music of Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Igor Stravinsky in both traditions.

Detroit Film Theatre: Monsieur Lazhar: 7 p.m.
In Montreal, the unexpected death of an elementary-school teacher comes to the attention of Bachir Lazhar, a 55-year-old Algerian immigrant who goes to the school to offer his services as a substitute teacher and is quickly hired as a replacement. Monsieur Lazhar uses sensitivity and humor to follow a humble man who is ready to transcend his own troubles in order to accompany a new generation beyond the silence and mysteries of death. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50. The DFT is presented by Buddy's Pizza

Detroit Film Theatre: The Wages of Fear: 9:30 p.m.
(See April 13 for details)

Saturday, April 21
Lecture: Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Lecture: The Israel Museum Renewal and Reinvention: 2 p.m.
Established in 1965, the Israel Museum—now one of the world’s largest encyclopedic museums—recently completed a comprehensive transformation of its 20-acre campus. James Snyder, the Anne and Jerome Fisher director, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, speaks about the museum’s reinvention and its sweeping presentation of world culture within the context of Jerusalem’s rich history. Sponsored by the Dr. Coleman Mopper Memorial Endowment Fund in conjunction with European Paintings Council and Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: The Music Room: 4 p.m.
India’s Satyajit Ray brilliantly evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat as he desperately clings to a rapidly fading way of life. The Music Room is a defining work by the great Bengali filmmaker. 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. The DFT is presented by Buddy's Pizza

Detroit Film Theatre: Monsieur Lazhar: 7 p.m.
(See April 20 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: The Wages of Fear: 9:30 p.m.
(See April 13 for details)

Family Sunday, April 22
Sunday Music Bar: Aebersold and Neiweem: 1 & 3 p.m.
(See April 20 Music for details)

Shadow Puppet Performance: The Oregon Shadow Theater’s Thumbelina (ages 5 and older): 2 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with Thumbelina as she makes her way through a series of natural habitats in search of a home. While the plot follows Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story, the Oregon Shadow Theater takes a comic turn by linking Thumbelina’s journeys in the land of flowers to music of the 1960s and 70s. Thumbelina is performed with live music played on hammer dulcimer, electric guitar and an assortment of percussion devices. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Detroit Film Theatre: Monsieur Lazhar: 2 p.m.
(See April 20 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: The Wages of Fear (original uncut version): 4:30 p.m.
(See April 13 for details)

Wednesday, April 25
Lecture: Thomas Cole as Transatlantic Romantic: 6:30 p.m.
Thomas Cole is often celebrated as the founder of American landscape painting, yet he aspired to paint ambitious historical and allegorical subjects, which were out of step with the parochial tastes of 19th-century American collectors. Alan Wallach, professor of art history, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, will discuss Cole’s lifelong struggle to adapt English aesthetic traditions to the taste of his American audience. Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing

Thursday, April 26
Detroit Film Theatre: Detroit Revealed on Film: state-theatre #4 Detroit: 7 p.m.
Detroit/State Theater is a modular art project initiated by Berlin-based video artists Daniel Kötter and Constanze Fischbeck in collaboration with performers and architects from Detroit. The focal point is a collection of videos, performances, talks, texts and photographs of the architecture of representational Detroit theatre buildings. Detroit Revealed on Film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Detroit Revealed: Photographs, 2000–2010. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50. The DFT is presented by Buddy's Pizza

Friday Night Live, April 27
DIA Moment: Terry Blackhawk Reading and Book Signing: 6:30 p.m.
Join award-winning poet Terry Blackhawk for a book signing and reading from The Light Between, her new book published by WSU Press. The Light Between probes beyond and through the painful dissolution of a long marriage to examine the complexities of love with bravery and delicacy. Mythical themes, elements of the natural world and masculine/feminine polarities resonate throughout Blackhawk’s poems as she explores loss, the nature of relationships and the integrity of the individual soul. Ultimately, it celebrates our connectedness to one another, the planet and the natural world. The book signing begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reading at 8 p.m. Kresge Court. Free with museum admission.

Music: Baaba: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Baaba has been described as the Polish underground supergroup that collaborates with a wide range of jazz and underground musicians and producers. Their music contains jazz and rock melodies mixed with psychedelic beats and funk. The current lineup includes Tomasz Duda (saxophones, flute and sampler), Bartosz Weber (guitar and sampler), Piotr Zabrodzki (bass, keys and voice) and Macio Moretti (drums).

Detroit Film Theatre: The Island President: 7 p.m.
Winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Island President is the story of the first year in office of 41-year-old President Nasheed of the Maldives, a dedicated man (and former political prisoner under the Maldives' previous, repressive regime) confronting a problem greater in its way than any other world leader has ever faced: the impending submersion of his country and everyone in it beneath the ocean’s surface. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50. The DFT is presented by Buddy's Pizza

Detroit Film Theatre: Monsieur Lazhar: 9:30 p.m.
(See April 20 for details)

Saturday, April 28
Detroit Film Theatre: The 44th Michigan Student Film and Video Festival: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Michigan Student Film & Video Festival is unique in the nation for providing a public venue for the work of students in grades K–12, as well as giving recognition and significant awards to young media artists. The festival’s main goal is to provide encouragement and support to young people who are already using media by acknowledging their efforts, rewarding their finest accomplishments and offering opportunities for study and advancement. The festival, now in its 44th year, is presented by Digital Arts, Film and Television (DAFT) with support from The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and The Kresge Foundation. Free with museum admission.

Detroit Film Theatre: DFT 101: The Killing: 4 p.m.
Stanley Kubrick’s crime thriller, made when the he was 28, is one of his most skillful and entertaining films. Sterling Hayden (Dr. Strangelove's Jack D. Ripper) is the mastermind behind a group of ex-cons that engineers a daring daylight racetrack heist, but the perfect crime turns out to be anything but. 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. The DFT is presented by Buddy's Pizza

Detroit Film Theatre: The Island President: 7 p.m.
(See April 27 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Monsieur Lazhar: 9:30 p.m.
(See April 20 for details)

Family Sunday, April 29
Sunday Music Bar: Scott Gwinell’s Cass Corridor Suite: 1 & 3 p.m.
Pianist, composer and arranger Scott Gwinell performs his new composition for nine-piece big band, the Cass Corridor Suite. The piece is inspired by the history of Detroit’s Cass Corridor and its impact on Detroit’s cultural life. The composition will be included on Scott’s upcoming release on Mack Avenue Records, The Cass Corridor Story.

Miniature Marionette Performance: Eulenspiegel Puppets’ production of The Snow Queen: 2 p.m.
Eulenspiegel’s adaptation of this Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale uses crafted miniature Bohemian marionettes that interact on the pages of two giant pop-up storybooks. Gerda travels to the ends of the earth to save her best friend, Kai, from the Snow Queen, meeting a host of eccentric characters along the way. Performed in conjunction with the Detroit Puppeteers Guild’s National Day of Puppetry festivities at the Livonia Public Library. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council

Detroit Film Theatre: The Island President: 2 p.m.
(See April 27 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre: Monsieur Lazhar: 4:30 p.m.
(See April 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.

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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