Art & Around for the period Aug. 10-19

Compiled by Donald V. Calamia

ARCHITECTURE/DESIGN/GARDEN TOURS:

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Summertime Behind the Scenes tours include "Staff Life on the Estate," "The Secrets Behind the Paintings" and "Cotswold Architecture"; plus Special Interest Tours "Modernism on the Cutting Edge" and "A Great Modern American Landscape." Open Tuesday-Sunday. $10 fee applies to these tours; reservations required. Grosse Pointe Shores: (313) 884-4222. http://www.fordhouse.org.

ARTS & SUMMER FESTIVALS:

Great Lakes Folk Festival A free and unique fusion of arts fair, music festival, county fair, multi-ethnic festival and hands-on activity workshops. Downtown East Lansing. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 11-13. (517) 432-4533. http://greatlakesfolkfest.net.

St. Clement's Macedonian Ethnic Festival A weekend of ethnic foods, games, live music and dancing. St. Clement Orthodox Church, Dearborn. Aug. 19-20. Free admission/$3 parking. (313) 271-3110.

ART, HISTORICAL & SCIENCE MUSEUMS:

Cranbrook Art Museum Exhibits include: "When Philip Met Isabella: Philip Treacy's Hats for Isabella Blow" (through Aug. 27); and "Think Again! Presence of the Past in Contemporary Art" (through Sep. 17). Free with $6 museum admission. Bloomfield Hills: (248) 645-3314. http://www.cranbrook.edu/museum.

Detroit Historical Museum Closed July 24-Sept. 28 for museum makeover. Detroit: (313) 833-1805. http://www.detroithistorical.org.

Detroit Institute of Arts Closed through Sept. 5 for construction. Museum admission by donation. Detroit: (313) 833-4005. http://www.dia.org.

Detroit Science Center Exhibit: "Robots: The Interactive Exhibition" (through Sep. 17). Open daily. $11/adults; $10/children (includes general museum admission). Detroit: (313) 577-8400. http://www.detroitsciencecenter.org.

Flint Institute of Arts Museum closed till late September for renovations. Flint: (810) 234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.

Michigan State University Museum Exhibits include: "Weavings of War" (extended through Aug. 13); "Species Invading Spaces" (through Aug. 22); and "Siyazama, Traditional Arts, Education and AIDS in South Africa" (extended through Jan. 7, 2007). Open daily. (517) 355-2370. http://www.museum.msu.edu.

University of Michigan Museum of Art Exhibits include: "Gregory Barsamian: Time and Transformation" (through Sept. 17). Open Tuesday-Sunday at its temporary UMMA Off/Site location at 1301 South University Avenue. Ann Arbor: (734) 763-UMMA. http://www.umma.umich.edu.

ART GALLERIES:

Ambient Gallery Exhibit: "Ambient Anniversary," celebrating the gallery's first year (through Sept. 10). Tuesday-Sunday. Grosse Pointe: (313) 882-8888. http://www.ambientgallery.com.

Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibits include: "Inside/Outside: Up Against the Wall," spotlighting the work of Vito Jesus Valdez (through Aug. 19). Open 7 days. Ann Arbor: (734) 994-8004, ext. 110. http://www.annarborartcenter.org.

Biddle Gallery Exhibit: "Dog Days of Summer," a mixed media show featuring artists interpreting man's best friend (through Aug. 31). Monday-Saturday. (734) 281-4779. http://www.biddlegallery.com.

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Exhibits include: "Wish You Were Here" (Robinson Gallery); and "Vanishing Landscapes" (DeSalle Gallery). Through Aug. 25. Free admission. Birmingham: (248) 644-0866. http://www.bbartcenter.org.

Farmington & Farmington Hills City Hall Art in the Corridor series continues with the still life collage works of Gail Eisner and contemporary abstract graphics of Jennifer Stahl. Weekdays through Aug. 31. Farmington Hills: (248) 473-1856.

Gallery Project Exhibits include: "The Humor Show," a multi-media show featuring 25 artists (through Sept. 10). Open Tuesday-Sunday. Ann Arbor: (734) 997-7012. http://www.thegalleryproject.com.

Lawrence Street Gallery Exhibit: "Fractured Images," showcasing the work of Dave Burns and Ed Robinson (through Aug. 26). Open Tuesday-Saturday. Ferndale: (248) 544-0394. http://www.lawrencestreetgallery.com.

Sherry Washington Gallery "Abstractions of Life" features the work of renowned artist Gilda Snowden (through Aug. 27). Open Tuesday-Saturday. Detroit: (313) 961-4500. http://www.sherrywashingtongallery.com.

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Exhibits include: "The Red Thread Exhibition" (through Oct. 15). Open Tuesday-Sunday. Grand Rapids: (616) 454 3994. http://www.uica.org.

Water Street Gallery Exhibit: "Extraordinary Views of Ordinary Objects" (through Aug. 10). Open daily. Saugatuck: (269) 857-8485. http://www.waterstreetgallery.com.

DANCE, MUSIC & PERFORMING ARTS:

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Tickets are now on sale for the DSO's 2006/07 season. (313) 576-5111. http://www.detroitsymphony.com.

Spotlight Detroit A weekly talent show and competition held every Wednesday for all genres of entertainment, including vocalists, instrumentalists, poets, rappers, dancers and comedians. 20/20 Entertainment at 1515 Broadway, Detroit. (248) 890-8188. http://www.spotlightdet.com.

Stars in the Park A free summer concert held every Thursday evening concludes with the Farmington Community Chorus (Aug. 10). Heritage Park, Farmington Hills. (248) 473-1857.

FILM & VIDEO:

Comcast Summer Film Series Outdoor weekly film entertainment for the entire family. Campus Martius Park, Detroit. Every Saturday evening at dusk through Aug. 26. Free of charge. http://www.comcastfilmseries.com.

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. New season begins Sep. 8. $7.50. (313) 833-3237. 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, Friday-Sunday. (Closed through late September for renovations.) $6/non-members. (810) 234-1695. http://www.flintarts.org.

Michigan Theater Ann Arbor's daily selection of specialty cinema, including documentaries, independent, foreign and classic films. Plus, 25 films from the Sundance Film Festival will be screened through Nov. 5. $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. http://www.uica.org.

THE WRITTEN/SPOKEN WORD:

PicNap Poetry Series 2.0 Celebrate all kinds of poetry every Friday night hosted by Kalimah (LocMama) Johnson and Jy (Obadele) Jenkins Jr. Meetery Eatery Cafe, Detroit. $5. (313) 606-2342. http://www.picnap-poetry.com.

Shaman Drum Bookshop Events in Ann Arbor for young and old; call for details. (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, Grand Rapids. Every Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. (616) 454-7000. http://www.uica.org.

V.I.B.E. Open Mic Poetry Series A unique and comfortable entertainment experience that serves as a new platform for artists, musicians and poets to gather, reflect and be inspired in a loft setting. Element, on the third floor of the Clark Lofts building in downtown Detroit. Every Sunday. $7. (313) 963-6034. http://www.clarklofts.com/element.

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