January Activities at Detroit Institute of Arts

New Saturday afternoon movie series, Michael Imperioli in person, family performances and more

Detroit, MI  – Family performances, potter’s wheel classes and drop-in workshops are just a few of the activities offered at the Detroit Institute of Arts  in January. Exhibitions Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries and An Intuitive Eye: André Kertész Photographs, 1914–1969 are also on display. The museum will be closed Saturday, Jan. 1.

Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. For more information call (313) 833-7900 or visit www.dia.org.

For Detroit Film Theatre listings, unless otherwise noted, tickets are $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50. Call 313-833-4005. For a schedule, call (313) 833-4686 or visit http://www.dia.org/detroitfilmtheatre/14/DFT.aspx.

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 4–6 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, 6–9 p.m. – Artist Trading Cards: Artist trading cards are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ x 3 ½” cards. Learn to make you own card to trade.
Saturdays, Noon–4 p.m. – Stencils: Create a simple stencil using colored chalk and black paper.
Sundays, Noon–4 p.m. – Printmaking: Use foam printing plates and water-based inks to create one-of-a kind prints on paper.

Family Sunday, January 2
Artist Demonstration: Hand Weaving: Noon–4 p.m.
Michael Daitch and Jim McCutchen use only yarns of the highest quality to create hand-woven pieces that are both visually arresting and sensually pleasing. In combining lustrous fibers and rich colors with the fine art of weaving, their hand-woven articles possess all the intrinsic characteristics, charm and irregularities of handmade textiles that make each item unique. They also specialize in teaching children Judaic weaving, including special needs children.

Friday Night Live, January 7
Music: The Juliets: 7 and 8:30 p.m.
The Juliets, from Ypsilanti, plays infectious indie-pop with a classical twist. Songwriter, Jeremy Freer (guitar, piano, vocal) has created a sound that is more chamber-pop, but still manages to rock. Rounding out the lineup are Sarah Myers (violin), Kaylan Mitchell (cello), Ashton Hopkins (bass) and Jax Phillips.

Family Sunday, January 9
Brunch with Bach: May Phang: 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Pianist May Phang (pronounced Pong) has received rave reviews for her work as a soloist with orchestra, chamber music and solo recitals. Phang is equally at home with baroque and classical periods as she is with the modern era. 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 dia.org

Family Performance: Jo-Jo Fish and the Magic Pearl: 2 p.m.
Join large-scale hand puppet Jo-Jo Fish and his friends Finn, Spike, Zavy and Lu-Lu as they try to recover the magic pearl from Rex the shark. Excitement and suspense abound as the group travels with Jo-Jo on this underwater adventure, complete with four musical numbers that audience members can sing and clap along to.

Friday Night Live, January 14
Music: Alfredo Rodriguez: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
A recent import from Havana, Cuba, pianist Alfredo Rodriguez is one of the brightest young talents on the jazz scene. His debut album, Sounds of Space, co-produced with Quincy Jones, is receiving rave reviews. Rodriguez has played to capacity audiences at major jazz festivals, including the Hollywood Bowl, SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival. Rodriguez will perform with Peter Slavov on bass and Francisco Mela on drums.

Detroit Film Theatre
Mesrine: Killer Instinct: 7 p.m.
This two-part French gangster saga is about the notorious real-life criminal Jacques Mesrine, who in the 1960s turned from the security of the middle class to a violent life of crime.

Waste Land: 9:30 p.m.
Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil, where over the course of three years, he filmed a staggering portrait of catadores – self-designated pickers of recyclable materials at the world’s largest garbage dump.

Saturday, January 15
Detroit Film Theatre – Special Saturday Matinee
F for Fake: 4 p.m.
A perfect companion piece to the DIA’s current Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries exhibition, Orson Welles’ dizzying, free form documentary examines the thin line between art and illusion, as well as the very nature of fakery. Centering on the infamous art forger Elmyr de Hory as well as debunked Howard Hughes biographer Clifford Irving, Welles stuffs his cinematic grand illusion with ingeniously conceived diversions and digressions about the very nature of cinema and what it really means to “believe our own eyes. The film will be introduced by Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA associate curator of European Paintings. Free with museum admission; free for DIA members; $5 for general public. Call 313-833-4005

Mesrine: Killer Instinct: 7 p.m. (see Jan. 14 for description)

Waste Land: 9:30 p.m. (see Jan. 14 for description)

Family Sunday, January 16
Family Performance: Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds: 2 p.m.
Mime, puppetry, Irish drumming, improvisational acting and dialects are combined to perform tales about dragons, enchantment and heroic folks who solve complicated problems. To weave these tales, Roan Judd draws from her own cultural background—Native American, Scots-Irish, Italian and French—and respectfully borrows from other cultures’ oral traditions and the written word.

Detroit Film Theatre
Mesrine: Killer Instinct: 2 p.m. (see Jan. 14 for description)

Waste Land: 4:30 p.m. (see Jan. 14 for description)

Friday Night Live, January 21
Music: Amir ElSaffar: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Iraqi American trumpeter, santur (stringed instrument) player, singer and composer Amir ElSaffar joins the traditional music of his Iraqi heritage with modern jazz. He will perform music from his Two Rivers project, which was commissioned by Chamber Music America and features Rudresh Mahanthappa on saxophone, Nasheet Waits on drums and Carlo DeRosa on bass.

Detroit Film Theatre
Mesrine: Public Enemy #1: 7 p.m.
Following his daring escape from police custody, Jacques Mesrine is declared France’s Public Enemy #1. It’s not long before he begins writing his memoirs, establishing himself as a household name, and becoming a near-legendary anti-hero in the process.

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer: 9:30 p.m.
As New York’s attorney general, Eliot Spitzer prosecuted crimes by America’s largest financial institutions and some of its most powerful executives. Yet soon after his election as New York’s governor, Spitzer’s meteoric rise turned into a shocking fall when Spitzer—the paragon of ethics and rectitude—was found to have been the client of a high-priced prostitution ring. This new documentary explores the hidden implications of this resonant tale of hubris, sex, and power.

Saturday, January 22
Class: Mysteries of Paint Revealed: (ages 8 and older, with an adult): 9:30 a.m.–noon
In this class you’ll receive a mini-CSI lesson in three parts, DIA style. First to the studio to explore color mixing and expressive brush work while painting on canvas. Second, take a guided walk through the galleries to see how artists from different times and places used paint. Third, get a behind-the-scenes peek at the DIA’s conservation lab to see how conservators learn about and take care of museum paintings. Members $14 per person or $42 a family – maximum 4, non-members 16 per person or $50 a family – maximum 4. To register, call (313) 833-4249.

Detroit Film Theatre – Special Saturday Matinee
Genius Within: the Inner Life of Glenn Gould: 4 p.m.
An enigmatic musical poet, world-renowned pianist Glenn Gould continues to captivate international audiences a quarter-century after his untimely death. This fascinating documentary breaks new ground by humanizing the legend, weaving together an array of remarkable unseen footage, private home recordings, diaries, and interviews with Gould’s friends, lovers and collaborators, including one-time pop phenomenon Petula Clark, with whom Gould was strangely obsessed.

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1: 7 p.m. (see Jan. 21 for description)

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer: 9:30 p.m. (see Jan. 21 for description)

Family Sunday, January 23
Class: Potter’s Wheel Workshop (adults only): 1–4 p.m.
Enjoy an introductory potter’s wheel experience in this hands-on class that includes individual guidance and demonstrations. Projects will be fired for pick-up at a later date. Class size limited to 12 students. Members $36, non-members $48. To register, call (313) 833-4249.

Family Performance: Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds: 2 p.m. ( see Jan. 16 for details)

Detroit Film Theatre
Mesrine: Public Enemy #1: 2 p.m. (see Jan. 21 for description)

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer: 6:30 p.m. (see Jan. 21 for description)

Thursday, January 27
Detroit Film Theatre: Film Editing: The Invisible Art - An Evening with Richard Chew: 7 p.m.
Co-editor of the original Star Wars, Richard Chew’s body of work includes One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Risky Business, Shanghai Noon, Waiting to Exhale, I Am Sam, and numerous others. Chew will show clips of his work and discuss his career, cinematic influences, and the art of film editing in storytelling. The evening will conclude with a screening Michael Roemer’s 1964 Nothing But a Man, one of the films most influential to Chew. The evening is made possible with the cooperation of the Department of Communications, Wayne State University. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and DIA members. Call 313-833-4005.

Friday Night Live, January 28
Music: Axiom Brass: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
The Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music. It was a winner of the 2008 International Chamber Brass Competition held at the University of Louisville, KY, and was recently appointed Brass Quintet-in-Residence at the Music Institute of Chicago. This concert features the works of Witold Lutoslawski, Victor Ewald, Paquito D’Rivera, Anders Hillborg, Felix Mendelssohn and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Detroit Film Theatre
Howl: 7 p.m.
James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg, poet and countercultural chronicler of the Beat Generation. Ginsberg recounts the road trips, affairs and search for liberation that led to the most timeless work of his career, the poem Howl. In the obscenity trial that followed its publication, a San Francisco prosecutor argues for an outright ban, while the defense attorney makes the case for freedom of speech and creative expression.

The Sky Turns: 9:30 p.m.
This documentary follows a year in the life of the village of Aldealsenor, which has a population of 14 and shrinking. It is set in a remote village in Spain where director Mercedes Alvarez was the last person to be born 30 years ago.

Saturday, January 29
Detroit Film Theatre
Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune: 4 p.m.
Over the course of a meteoric music career that spanned two turbulent decades, Phil Ochs sought the bright lights of fame and social justice in equal measure—a contradiction that eventually tore him apart. From youthful idealism to rage to pessimism, the arch of Ochs' life paralleled that of the times, and the anger, satire and righteous indignation that drove his music also drove him to dark despair.

Howl: 7 p.m. (see Jan. 28 for description)

The Sky Turns: 9:30 p.m. (see Jan. 28 for description)

Family Sunday, January 30
Family Performance: Good Mischief with Gemini: 2 p.m.
The musical duo Gemini celebrates the fun, warmth and humor of family life in a performance that abounds with rousing sing-along, tunes with hand motions, folk tales and music from around the world.

Detroit Film Theatre
Michael Imperioli in Person, Presenting The Hungry Ghosts: 5:30 p.m.
Michael Imperioli has built an impressive and distinguished career with his performances in such works as The Sopranos, Goodfellas, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, a variety of films for Spike Lee, and even an episode of The Simpsons—plus, of course, his current ABC series Detroit 1-8-7. Imperioli will present the area premiere of The Hungry Ghosts, the 2009 feature film that he wrote and directed. An unusual and provocative drama of interlocking stories set over one 36-hour period, it stars Aunjanue Ellis (True Blood, The Taking of Pelham 123) and Steve Schirripa (Hereafter, The Sopranos). A discussion with Imperioli about the film follows the screening. Presented in cooperation with the Michigan Film Office. Tickets $12, $10 for students and DIA members. Call 313-833-4005

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, $4 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members. 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. As the DIA celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2010, it does so with renewed commitment to its visitor-centered experience and to its mission of creating opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible in part with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Detroit.