Art & Around for the period Feb. 22-March 3

Compiled by Donald V. Calamia

ARCHITECTURE/GARDEN TOURS:

Cityscape Detroit Three architects will lead a panel discussion on "Current Trends in Architecture." Feb. 23 at SmartDetroit in the Penobscot Building in Detroit. $8. HYPERLINK "http://www.cityscapedetroit.org"

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Discover the Ford House with all-new tours that go behind the scenes, examine special subjects and provide a new perspective on the family that left an indelible mark on the automotive industry, the arts community and the region. Some advance reservations are required; fees vary. Open Tue.-Sun. Grosse Pointe Shores: 313-884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org

ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:

Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibits include: "Shrinking Cities: International Research," which examines the phenomenon of urban decline in four focus cities, including Detroit (through April 1); and "Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets Its Maker" (through April 1). Open Wed.-Sun. Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: 248-645-3314. HYPERLINK "http://www.cranbrook.edu/museum"

Cranbrook Institute of Science Permanent exhibits include: "Life Changes Over Time"; "Ice Ages Come And Go"; and "Peoples of the Woodlands: Objects of Great Lakes Native America." Open daily. $8 museum admission. 248-645-3200. HYPERLINK "http://science.cranbrook.edu"

Detroit Historical Museum Exhibits include: "Treasures of the Collection," "Fabulous Five: Detroit Music Legends" and "Detroit Then & Now." Wed.-Sun. $5 admission. Detroit: 313-833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org

Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibits include: "The DIA's Greatest Hits Remixed." Open Wed.-Sun. $6. Detroit: 313-833-4005. http://www.dia.org

Detroit Science Center Exhibit: "Our Body: The Universe Within" (through May 28; $24.95/adults, $19.95/children; includes general museum admission). Open daily. Detroit: 313-577-8400. HYPERLINK "http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org"

Flint Institute of Arts Exhibits include: "David Driskell: Painting Across the Decade 1996-2006 (through March 25); and "After Lewis and Clark: The Forces of Change, 18-06-1871" (through April 29). Tue.-Sun. Flint: 810-234-1695. HYPERLINK "http://www.flintarts.org"

Kresge Art Museum Exhibits include: "Yousuf Karsh Photographs"; "The Workers' Landscape: American Images, 1900-1950"; and "Contemporary Arctic Expressions," (all running through March 18). Open daily. East Lansing: 517-353-9834. HYPERLINK "http://www.artmuseum.msu.edu"

Longway Planetarium Michigan's largest planetarium hosts numerous programs and activities for people of all ages. $5/adults, $4/children. Flint: 810-237-3400. HYPERLINK "http://www.longway.org"

Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include: "Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery (through March 4). Open daily; free admission. 517-355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit Exhibits: "Shrinking Cities: Interventions," in which artists see four depopulated cities as a blank slate for developing new ways of living and working (through April 1); and "Meditations in an Emergency" (through April 29). Open Wed.-Sun.; free admission. Detroit: 313-832-6622. HYPERLINK "http://www.mocadetroit.org"

Sloan Museum Exhibits include: "Tech City" (through April 29); "Flint's 1947 Flood" (through May 6); and "Fair Housing in Flint" (through Nov. 4). $6. Open daily. 810-237-3450. HYPERLINK "http://www.sloanmuseum.com"

University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: "Embracing Eatonville" (through March 18). Open Tue.-Sun. at its temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: 734-763-UMMA. HYPERLINK "http://www.umma.umich.edu"

ART GALLERIES:

Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits: "Potential" (Feb. 23-March 25). Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: 734-994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org

Biddle Gallery Exhibits: "Home Show," featuring handmade works by nearly 100 Michigan artists (through March 6); and "New Pottery" by Elenor Wilson (through April 30). Open Mon.-Sat. Wyandotte: 734-281-4779. HYPERLINK "http://www.biddlegallery.com"

Brown and Juanita Ford Gallery Exhibit: "American City: Detroit Architecture 1845-2005" (through March 31). Open weekdays at WCCCD Downtown Campus. Detroit: 313-496-2536. http://www.wcccd.edu/about/gallery_history.asp

Charles Waterhouse Studio and Gallery Exhibit: "In Your Absence," acrylic paintings of Elise Schlitt (through Feb. 24). Open Tue.-Sat. Auburn Hills: 248-370-9373. HYPERLINK "http://www.waterhousephoto.com"

Detroit Artists Market Exhibit: "Detroit Next," focusing on nine artists from the upcoming generation (March 2-April 7). Open Tue.-Sat. Detroit: 313-832-8540. HYPERLINK "http://www.detroitartistsmarket.org"

Farmington Community Library Exhibits include: "Motherland: Reflections of Africa" with original works by Opoku Ofei (through Feb. 28). Open daily. Farmington: 248-553-0300. HYPERLINK "http://www.farmlib.org"

Gallery Project Exhibit: "Imprint of Place," featuring 14 artists exploring "a limitless world" (through March 25). Open Tue.-Sun. Ann Arbor: 734-997-7012. HYPERLINK "http://www.thegalleryproject.com"

Lapeer Art Association Exhibit: "Kaleidoscope of Color" (through March 24). Open Tue.-Sat. Lapeer: 810-667-3632. HYPERLINK "http://www.lapeerart.com"

Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibits: "The Body Eclectic '07" (through Feb. 23); and "Exposures: Photography 2007" (Feb. 27-March 30). Open Tue.-Sat. Ferndale: 248-544-0394. HYPERLINK "http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com"

Liberal Arts Gallery A unique space offering a revolving exhibit featuring local artists. Open Saturdays and by appointment. Detroit: 313-925-9578. HYPERLINK "http://www.liberalartsgallery.com"

Lowell Area Arts Council Exhibit: The 21st Annual West Michigan Regional Competition (through March 24). Tue.-Sat. Lowell: 616-897-8545. HYPERLINK "http://www.lowellartscouncil.org"

Macomb College Art Gallery Exhibit: "Home Front, Revisited" by Laura Cloud (through March 22). At the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts. Open Mon.-Fri., plus 90-minutes prior to all engagements at MCPA. Clinton Twp: 586-286-2089. HYPERLINK "http://www.macombcenter.com"

Riverside Arts Center Exhibits: "EMU Art Masters Association Fourth Annual Invitational" (through Feb. 24); and "It Grows on Trees" (March 1-April 7). Open Thu.-Sun. 734-480-2787. HYPERLINK "http://www.riversidearts.org"

Saugatuck Center for the Arts Exhibit: "Read for Me, Mama," 16 pieces of original art by Lori McElrath-Eslick for the book of the same name (March 1-31). Open weekdays. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. HYPERLINK "http://www.sc4a.org"

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan's vibrant research and development center for the art of today and tomorrow. Open Tue.-Sun. Grand Rapids: 616 454 3994. HYPERLINK "http://www.uica.org"

DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:

Ars Nova The final classical concert, "Choral Masterworks," will include favorite choral works accompanied by organist Joseph V. Rush. Feb. 25 at First United Methodist Church, Royal Oak. Free. HYPERLINK "http://www.arsnova-mi.org"

Detroit Symphony Orchestra The season continues with: Youth Poetry Slam (Feb. 22, $7); "Classical Roots" (Feb. 22-24, $33-$69); and "Ohlsson Plays Mozart" (Mar. 2-3, $15-$69). Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center. Detroit: 313-576-5111. HYPERLINK "http://www.detroitsymphony.com"

Flint Institute of Music Events include: William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition for Piano (March 3 at MacArthur Recital Hall, free). Flint: 810-237-3122. HYPERLINK "http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.org"

Flint Symphony Orchestra Return to Old Vienna with a concert that includes works by Strauss, Mozart and Mahler. Feb. 24 at The Whiting. $9.50-$54. Flint: 810-237-7333. HYPERLINK "http://www.flintinstituteofmusic.org"

Fontana Chamber Arts Season continues with the Orion String Quartet. March 1 at Dalton Center Recital Hall at WMU. $22-$30. Kalamazoo: 269-382-7774. HYPERLINK "http://www.fontanachamberarts.org"

Fox Theatre Enjoy the inspiring melodies of the Sisters in the Spirit. March 1. $28.50-$78.50. Detroit: 313-471-6611. HYPERLINK "http://www.olympiaentertainment.com"

Lansing Community College Events include: "La Batterie 2007 Drum Extravaganza" (Feb. 25 at Dart Auditorium, free); "Hot Jazz in the Frozen City" (Feb. 27 at Dart Auditorium; free); and "A Women's History Month Celebration" concert (March 2 at Dart Auditorium, free). Lansing: 517-483-1488. HYPERLINK "http://www.lcc.edu"

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts Events include: The Irish Rovers (March 1, $36-$42); and Young Concert Artists presents flutist Dora Seres (March 3 on Stage II of MCPA, $10-$12). 586-286-2222. HYPERLINK "http://www.macombcenter.com"

Marygrove College East meets west when the Orchid Ensemble creates a tapestry of musical textures and colors. Feb. 25 at Denk Chapman Hall. $8. 313-927-1538. HYPERLINK "http://www.marygrove.edu"

MSU School of Music Programs include: Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 24 at Wharton Center, $8); and Concert Bands (Feb. 28 at Concert Auditorium, $8). East Lansing: 517-355-5340. HYPERLINK "http://www.music.msu.edu"

Saugatuck Center for the Arts Singer/songwriter Venitia Sekema combines folk, rock, country and soul. Feb. 24 in the Performance Studio. $12.50. Saugatuck: 269-857-2399. HYPERLINK "http://www.sc4a.org"

Tecumseh Civic Auditorium Events include: The Irish Rovers (March 2, $22). Tecumseh: 517-423-6617. HYPERLINK "http://www.tecumsehcivic.com"

University Musical Society Events include: Dave Holland and his Octet and Big Band (Feb. 22 at Michigan Theater, $18-$44). Ann Arbor: 734-764-2538. HYPERLINK "http://www.ums.org"

Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers Regional choreographers come together for the 23rd annual "Dance Forum," a juried event featuring original and experimental choreography. Feb. 23-25 at the state-of-the-art Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center. $15. Kalamazoo: 269-387-2300. HYPERLINK "http://www.wellspringdance.org"

The Whiting Back by popular demand is the triple threat of fiddle-driven music, step dancing and song of Leahy, eight extraordinarily talented brothers and sisters. Feb. 25. $15-$30. Flint: 810-237-7333. HYPERLINK "http://www.thewhiting.com"

FILM & VIDEO:

Detroit Film Theatre Celebrating 30 years as one of America's most comprehensive, popular acclaimed showcases of contemporary and classic world cinema. DFT at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. $7.50. 313-833-3237. HYPERLINK "http://www.dia.org/dft"

FIA Theater Quality avant-garde, independent and international films that otherwise would not be seen in the Flint area. FIA Theater at the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint. Every weekend, Fri-Sun. $6. 810-234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org

Michigan Theater Ann Arbor's daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign, and classic films ($8.50). 734-668-TIME. http://www.michtheater.org

The Mitten Movie Project A filmmaking collective that exhibits the work of filmmakers in Michigan on the first Tuesday of every month. Main Art Theatre, Royal Oak. $10. 248-346-8449. http://www.thoughtcollide.com

Redford Theatre An historic 1928 movie house in northwest Detroit with an original Barton Theatre Pipe Organ that presents classic film series, organ concerts and special events in a beautifully restored setting. $4/regular tickets; $5/special movie tickets. 313-537-2560. http://www.redfordtheatre.com

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts West Michigan's "best alternative film theater" presents cutting edge movies in Grand Rapids seven days a week. $4-$7. 616 454 3994 . HYPERLINK "http://www.uica.org"

THE WRITTEN/SPOKEN WORD:

PicNap Poetry Series & Slam Enjoy national and local feature performances, in the city's most nurturing environment for creative expression every. Every Friday at the Java Exchange Cafe in Detroit's TechTown. $5-$7. 313-822-6456. HYPERLINK "http://www.picnap-poetry.com"

Shaman Drum Bookshop Events for young and old; call for details. Ann Arbor: 734-662-7407.

UICA Writers' Studio A weekly gathering that provides criticism and inspiration to those whose passion is writing. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Every Wed. beginning at 6:30 p.m. Grand Rapids: 616-454-7000. HYPERLINK "http://www.uica.org"

World View Lecture Series Guest speaker: Peruvian novelist, playwright, essayist and journalist Mario Vargas Llosa. Feb. 26 at Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall. $20. 517-432-2000. HYPERLINK "http://www.whartoncenter.com"

FUNDRAISERS/NEWS:

LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE - sponsoring a design competition for current and past students, faculty and staff to celebrate the college's 50th anniversary, 517-483-1070; MSU MUSEUM - Help raise funds for the care and preservation of the extensive cultural and natural history collections by attending the annual MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit, Feb. 25, 517-355-2370; DIA FOUNDERS JUNIOR COUNCIL - join area young professionals for the eccentrically entertaining Cirque 2007, a masked ball to raise funds for the DIA, March 3, HYPERLINK "http://www.foundersjuniorcouncil.org".

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