November 1, 2017 (Detroit)—Come in out of the cold in January at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and enjoy live music, movies, puppet shows and more. Programs are free with museum admission and free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or visit

The DIA thanks its sponsors for the following programs: Friday Night Live! is supported by the DTE Energy Foundation; the Detroit Film Theatre is generously supported by Buddy's Pizza.


“Church: A Painter’s Pilgrimage” on view through Jan. 15, 2018.

“D-Cyphered: Portraits by Jenny Risher” on view through Feb. 18, 2018.

“Monet: Framing Life” on view through March 4, 2018.

“Making Home: Contemporary Art from the DIA” on view through June 6, 2018



General Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 & 6 p.m.

Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries for an overview of the collection.


General and Family Guided Tours: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.

Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries or a family and kid-friendly tour.


Thursdays at the Museum, 1 p.m.

Special programs, including light refreshments, for adults 55+, including tours, talks and art-making.


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 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.; Saturdays & Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.


Drop-In Art-making (for all ages): Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.


Friday, Jan. 5

Friday Night Live! Awesome Dre, 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Highly regarded as a top hip-hop lyricist, Detroit rap pioneer Awesome Dre (Hard Core Committee) has been putting out work for more than 20 years. His debut album, You Can’t Hold Me Back, is considered to be a classic, and he is among the first Detroit emcees to gain national exposure in the golden age era of hip-hop.

Saturday, January 6

Detroit Film Theatre: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, 4, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian Jewish émigré, was an actress known for her beauty and screen presence, but this documentary looks at another side of Lamarr – that as an inventor. She devised a pioneering “secret communication system” to help the Allies defeat the Nazis in World War II, a breakthrough that became the basis for today’s secure WiFi and GPS. In archival recordings discovered in 2016, Lamarr reveals her struggle to convince the Navy of her invention’s importance and the unexpected directions of her life. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students, DIA members

Sunday, January 7

Detroit Film Theatre: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” 2 and 4:30 p.m.

(see Jan. 6 for description)

Friday, Jan. 12

Friday Night Live!: The Michigan Philharmonic: Miniature Masterpieces, 7 and 8:30 p.m.

The Michigan Philharmonic performs Francis Poulenc’s Trois Mouvements Perpetuels, Osvaldo Golijov’s Lullaby and Doina, Alberto Ginastera’s Impressiones de la Pun and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 (arr. By Iain Farrington).

Detroit Film Theatre: “The Divine Order,” 7 p.m.

In 1971 Switzerland, women did not have the right to vote. When housewife Nora is “forbidden” by her husband to take a part-time job, she begins to resist the rules of her male-dominated society. She finds herself at the forefront of her town’s suffragette movement, and her celebrity brings threats and marital turmoil. She convinces the women in her village to consider going on strike, and in doing so, makes some discoveries about the meaning of liberation. In Swiss, German and English with subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students, DIA members

Saturday–Sunday, Jan. 13–14

Detroit Film Theatre: Animation Club: Kid Flix—the Best Short Films from New York International Children’s Film Festival, 2 p.m.

Kid Flix shows the best short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest film festival for kids and teens. A teenage monster confronts a bully in “Welcome to My Life” (USA), a Japanese-Australian boy finds adventure in his lunchbox in “Riceballs” (Australia), and a competitive swimmer must prove that big talent can come in small packages in “Little Mouse” (Hungary). For ages 8 and up. Tickets are $5, and free for DIA members.

Saturday, Jan. 13

Detroit Film Theatre: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, 4 p.m.

(see Jan. 6 for description)

Detroit Film Theatre: “The Divine Order,” 7 and 9:30 p.m.

(see Jan. 12 for description)

Sunday, Jan. 14

Detroit Film Theatre: “The Divine Order,” 4:30 p.m.

(see Jan. 12 for description)

Friday, Jan. 19

Friday Night Live!: Eszter Balint, 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Eszter Balint is perhaps best known for her acting role in Jim Jarmush’s “Stranger Than Paradise” and more recently for her work in Louis C.K.’s “Louie,” Season 4. In late 2015, she released “Airless Midnight,” which features artful, sophisticated songs with a touch of rock and punk influence. Her songs are varied and eclectic with lyrics that tell mysterious narratives with a cinematic feel.

Detroit Film Theatre: “The Teacher,” 7 p.m.

In 1983 Czechoslovakia, with Soviet-style Communism in full swing, a middle school teacher and Party official asks her new students what their parents do for a living, then uses the information to wheedle services from each family. The students soon grasp their teacher’s most important lesson: their future success or failure depends on these modest “favors.” This satire casts light on the petty abuses of power, fear-mongering and kowtowing that authoritarian regimes spawn at every level. In Slovak with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students, DIA members

Saturday–Sunday, Jan. 20–21

Art Demonstration: Weaving with Michael Daitch, Noon–4 p.m.

Michael Daitch specializes in creating and teaching others to make handwoven pieces that are both visually and sensually pleasing. Visitors will have the opportunity to see Daitch at work at his loom, ask him questions about the process, and a few visitors may even be able to weave some threads.

Saturday, Jan. 20

Detroit Film Theatre: “The Teacher,” 7 p.m.

(see Jan. 19 for description)

Sunday, Jan. 21

Detroit Film Theatre: “The Divine Order,” 4:30 p.m.

(see Jan. 12 for description)

Detroit Film Theatre: “The Teacher,” 2 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 26

Friday Night Live!: Miles Davis Tribute featuring Rayse Biggs and Dwight Adams, 7 and 8:30 p.m.

From his arrival on the national scene in 1945 until his death in 1991, trumpeter Miles Davis made music that grew from an uncanny talent to hear the future and a headstrong desire to play it. Davis became the standard-bearer for successive generations of musicians, shaping the course of modern improvisational music more than a half-dozen times. Davis’ music will be explored by a band led by Detroit trumpet masters Rayse Biggs and Dwight Adams.

Saturday–Sunday, Jan. 27–28

Puppet Performance: Caravan of Cultures, 2 p.m.

Karagoz and Hacivat, the comedic Odd Couple of shadow puppetry that originated in the Ottoman Empire, travel the ancient Silk Road from Anatolia to China and beyond. Follow their brush with pirates off the coast of Java and their escapades in the Indian trading port of Cochin. Be with them as they stop in the port of Jeddah brushing elbows with pilgrims preparing to make the Hadj to Mecca and Medina, and as they experience the splendors of Baghdad and Samarkand, and much, much more.

Museum Hours and Admission

9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $14 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 62+, $8 for students, $6 for ages 6–17. 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 residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.