• Detroit Institute Of Arts Celebrates Black History Month

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    (Detroit)—Exhibitions on view are Gift of a Lifetime: The James Pearson Duffy Collection; Detroit Revealed: Photographs, 2000–2010; Once Upon a Time: Prints and Drawings; and Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus (this is a ticketed exhibition), which ends Feb. 12. Black History Month programs are denoted with “BHM.”

    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)
    Fridays, February 3, 10, 17 and 24, 6–9 p.m. Adinkra Cloth: Adinkra cloth is hand-printed fabric made in Ghana. Create a banner using handmade adinkra stamps. BHM
    Saturdays, February 4, 11, 18 and 25, Noon–4 p.m. Book Arts: Accordion Books: The accordion book, also known as the concertina, is one of the most versatile and easiest books to make. Make your own, then decorate it using markers, ribbon and beads.
    Sundays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26, Noon–4 p.m. – Musical Instruments: Kalimbas: Make a simple version of this West African instrument using tongue depressors, scrap wood and colored markers. BHM

    Friday Night Live, February 3
    Music: Mike Monford and Detroit Effervescence: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
    Friday Night Live kicks off Black History Month with music by Mike Monford, composed with the goal of bringing energy and spirit to the City of Detroit. Mike Monford and Detroit Effervescence includes Mike Monford on alto sax, Dwight Adams on trumpet, Marion Hayden on bass, Djallo Djakate on drums and Ian Fenkelstein piano. BHM

    Detroit Film Theatre: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey: 7 p.m.
    Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know Elmo’s creator, Kevin Clash, who from childhood dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. This new documentary tells the stories of both Kevin and Elmo, and how they evolved together. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

    Saturday, February 4
    Class: Drawing for the Absolute Beginner (for ages 18 and older): 9:30 a.m.–noon
    Remember when your favorite childhood storybook illustrations took your breath away? Be inspired as you view the Once Upon a Time exhibition, then use various drawing materials to illustrate your own story. Members $36, nonmembers $48. To register, call (313) 833-4005.

    Detroit Film Theatre: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journal: 4 & 7 p.m.
    (See Feb. 3 for details)

    Family Sunday, February 5
    Storytelling: Cheers: 2 p.m.
    A Toast to Langston Hughes with storyteller Madelyn Porter. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council BHM

    Detroit Film Theatre: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journal: 2 & 5 p.m.
    (See Feb. 3 for details)

    Wednesday, February 8
    Lecture: “Loving Comrades”: Artists and Soldiers in Civil War America: 6:30 p.m.
    Using the DIA’s At the Front by George Cochran Lambdin, Sylvia Yount, chief curator and Cochrane Curator of American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, explores the different ways American painters and poets responded to the divisive violence and moral discord of the Civil War. Sponsored by Associates of the American Wing

    Friday Night Live, February 10
    Music: Solaire Saxophone Quartet: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
    The Solaire Saxophone Quartet members represent a wide range of musical backgrounds and perform a diverse spectrum of repertoire. They will perform music arranged for saxophone quartet by George Frederick Handel, Astor Piazzola and Pedro Iturralde, among others. BHM

    Detroit Film Theatre: 2012 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 7 p.m.
    We don’t know the titles yet, since the nominations weren’t announced by press time, but here’s your ticket to a satisfying banquet of this year’s Oscar® nominated shorts in both the animated and live-action categories, as well as your opportunity to predict the winners before the Oscars are handed out on Feb. 26. Advance tickets are highly recommended. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

    Saturday, February 11
    Lecture: Medieval to Modern: New Reinstallations at the J. Paul Getty Museum: 2 p.m.
    Antonia Boström, senior curator of sculpture and decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum, discusses the reinstallation of galleries there using a contextualized, chronological and thematic approach embracing new technologies and interpretive strategies. Sponsored by Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts

    Detroit Film Theatre: 2012 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 7 p.m.
    (See Feb. 10 for details)

    Ford Free Sunday, February 12
    Artist Demonstration: Hubert Massey: Noon–4 p.m.
    Muralist Hubert Massey demonstrates the techniques used to create a fresco. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council BHM

    Brunch with Bach: Solaire Saxophone Quartet: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
    The Solaire Quartet represents a wide range of musical backgrounds. They will perform music arranged for saxophone quartet by George Frederick Handel, Astor Piazzola and Pedro Iturralde, among others. Tickets: Brunch and Concert, 1:30 p.m. performance only, $35; Continental Breakfast and concert, 11 a.m. performance only, $20; Concert only: $15. Call 313-833-4005 or visit www.dia.org. BHM

    Lecture: 20th Annual Alain Locke Awards: Artis Lane: Toward the Metaphysical: 2 p.m.
    Artis Lane, the 2012 International Alain Locke Award recipient, has portrayed in her painting and sculpture Coleman Young, Nelson Mandela, Jacqueline Kennedy, Rosa Parks, President Ronald Reagan, and Oprah Winfrey. Her focus on Civil Rights heroes culminated in metaphysical images symbolizing humanity’s emergence out of the ignorance of material concepts and into spiritual awareness. Sponsored by Friends of African and African American Art BHM

    Detroit Film Theatre: 2012 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 2 & 7 p.m.
    (See Feb. 10 for details)

    Friday Night Live, February 17
    Music: Brandee Younger: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
    Harpist Brandee Younger is a versatile musician who defies genres and labels and has created a unique niche in both traditional and non-traditional harp arenas. She is joined by Dezron Douglas on bass and E. J. Strickland on drums, who appear on her new EP, Prelude. BHM

    Detroit Film Theatre: 2012 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 7 p.m.
    (See Feb. 10 for details)

    Saturday, February 18
    Detroit Film Theatre: 2012 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 7 p.m.
    (See Feb. 10 for details)

    Family Sunday, February 19
    Puppet Performance: Underground Railroad, Not a Subway: 2 p.m.
    Experience the story of a young boy who decides to escape slavery and run north. He encounters free blacks, whites who are willing to help and slave catchers. Discover if he makes it north in this performance from puppeteer Schroeder Cherry. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council BHM

    Sunday Music Bar: Brandee Younger: 1 & 3 p.m.
    (See Feb. 17 Music for details)

    Detroit Film Theatre: 2012 Academy Award® Nominated Short Films: 2 & 7 p.m.
    (See Feb. 10 for details)

    Friday Night Live, February 24
    Lecture: Collecting African American Art at the DIA: 6 p.m.
    Valerie J. Mercer, curator of the General Motors Center for African American Art, talks about the history of the DIA’s development of its African American Art collection, providing insight into how and why specific artworks have been acquired. She also discusses how the provocative installation at the DIA has changed perceptions of African American art. BHM

    Music: Tribute to Detroit Jazz Legends: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
    Detroit has lost a lot of jazz legends in recent years. This performance is a tribute to some of them, including Kenn Cox, Donald Walden and Roy Brooks. For this performance, organized by bassist Marion Hayden, the band will feature some of Detroit’s finest musicians suitable for the music of these great Detroit artists. BHM

    Detroit Film Theatre: A Separation: 7 p.m.
    The audience favorite at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prize and acting awards for all four lead performers, A Separation is an Iranian Rashomon—a searing contemporary family drama that morphs into a gripping legal thriller. A Separation was a critical sensation at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals. In Persian with English subtitles. For a detailed description, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.

    Saturday, February 25
    Detroit Film Theatre: A Separation: 7 p.m.
    (See Feb. 24 for details)

    Family Sunday, February 26
    Sunday Music Bar: Gratitude Steel Band: 1 & 3 p.m.
    The Gratitude Steel Band has traveled the United States and overseas, playing and singing Caribbean, jazz, Latin American and African music. BHM

    Family Performance: A World of Music and Stories: 2 p.m.
    Audrey and Bob Allison present an upbeat program of humorous stories, featuring audience participation, hands-on fun, and beautiful music played on musical instruments from all over the world. Sponsored by Founders Junior Council BHM

    Detroit Film Theatre: A Separation: 2 p.m.
    (See Feb. 24 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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