Skip Target and forget about the mall — buy everyone on your list something special and locally made this holiday season at the Merry Market in Eastern Market. The enormous market is jam-packed with Michigan vendors selling everything from children’s toys to coffee to spectacles made from pressed wood. You’ll find funky neckties, avant-garde jewelry, Michigan-themed home decor, vintage items, clothing, and all sorts of one-of-a-kind items that please even the pickiest of people. Plus, Eastern Market will be open for a special holiday shopping event on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free
Bring the family (and your camera!) to this wintry wonderland setting. The main attraction, of course, is the Jolly Elf himself – one of the few black graduates of the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan. FREEhttp://www.blacdetroit.com/BLAC-Santa-Event-at-BLAC-Detroit/
Don't miss the Electric Playboys in the Disposable Age! If Tom Petty was assaulted by the Sex Pistols while Stiv Bator was pouring the drinks, that scene would approximate the sound of the Biters. $10https://www.facebook.com/events/782769838520970/
@ CLD + MOCAD Gary Simmons Installation, 1301 BROADWAY #101 DETROIT, MI 48226
Culture Lab Detroit (CLD) and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) are pleased to present a public work by Gary Simmons, on display at 1301 Broadway, #101 with support from Bedrock. This site-specific immersive installation will open to the public September 15 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., and will remain on display until January 1, 2017. Please check website for hours. Free
@ Art Van Furniture Stores, All Locations
Create a special Christmas for a child in need by donating a new, unwrapped toy at any Art Van Furniture location as part of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program. Toys will be delivered to local children by Christmas Day. No toy guns, please.
@ Assemble, 2655 Nakota St, Royal Oak, Mi 48073.
Just in time for the holidays, from Black Friday until New Years, Assemble’s Pop-Up shop will showcase a collection of compelling, hand-made, Detroit-based brands. Shoppers will be able to browse and buy house-wear's, men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and exclusive wood cut prints from College for Creative Studies Illustration chair Don Kilpatrick and photography prints from Detroit icon and legend Bill Rauhauser. The shop will operate from November 25, 2016-January 1, 2017, Wednesday-Sunday, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 2655 Nakota St, Royal Oak, Mi 48073. It is located in the newest gallery and shopping destination coined (NORO) North Royal Oak. Free
@ Museum Windsor, 401 Riverside Drive West
Discover Winter Artifacts! Chimczuk Museum on Saturday December 3rd, 10th & 17th from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for a chance to learn about how our ancestors handled winter by seeing and touching actual museum artifacts! Paid admission to the Chimczuk Museum required. Holiday-Themed Scavenger Hunts & Crafts Crafts and scavenger hunts at the Chimczuk Museum and Francois Baby House. Each child gets a small prize for participating. Chimczuk Museum: Dec 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24, 27-31; Jan 4-8 during regular museum hours; paid admission required. François Baby House: Dec 3, 10, 17, 27-30; Jan 4-7 during regular museum hours; free admission. $5.00
Drawing its inspiration from traditional museum period rooms, this exhibition reinvents that presentation model by featuring distinct spaces that examine key moments in Cranbrook’s history. The evolution of the domestic landscape is chronicled by showcasing works from our collections. ArtMembers Always Free Children 12 & under Always Free Adults $10 Seniors (65 and older) $8 Students with ID $6http://www.cranbrookartmuseum.org/exhibition/cranbrook-time-machine-twentieth-century-period-rooms/
Celebrating the generous spirit of our community, From the Vault features a selection of recent and promised gifts of art by important twentieth-century masters such as Richard Serra, Louise Nevelson, Anni Albers, Josef Albers, and Robert Rauschenberg, as well as work by acclaimed Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni including McArthur Binion, Sonya Clark, Charles Eames, and Eero Saarinen. ArtMembers Always Free Children 12 & under Always Free Adults $10 Seniors (65 and older) $8 Students with ID $6http://www.cranbrookartmuseum.org/exhibition/from-the-vault-recent-gifts-to-the-collection/
Focus on Faculty: Sabbatical Exhibition presents new bodies of work by CCS professors who have recently been on sabbatical. Including sculpture, painting, graphic design, photography and literary work, the exhibition shows the multidisciplinary strength of the CCS faculty. Freehttp://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/community-outreach-and-engagement/exhibitions-public-programs/valade-family-gallery
We See presents the work of four photographers who have documented Detroit’s human condition over the past forty years. The exhibition draws from different photographic perspectives on place and identity. Freehttp://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/community-outreach-and-engagement/exhibitions-public-programs/valade-family-gallery
@ Bora Bora's Charity Poker Room, 11650E 13 Mile Rrd. Warren, MI
Charity Poker room now open in Warren, 13 Mile and Hoover, Sunday - Wednesday. 50-200
Don't miss the best dance music from the 80's, 90's, and today with DJ Beau Derek and Prime Minister.http://www.reddoornightclub.com/events/
Edward Gorey’s masterful pen-and-ink drawings that illustrate his captivating books conjure a vaguely Edwardian world of handcars, boater hats, and Dickensian children. With titles such as The Hapless Child, The Loathsome Couple, and The Fatal Lozenge, Gorey’s protagonists often meet an untimely demise. Despite the subject matter, his work transcends the mere macabre, offering instead a dark humor that has found contemporary resonance with cultural phenomena from Goth and steampunk to Lemony Snicket and Tim Burton. Although Gorey’s métier was the illustrated novel, his talent and reach extended to other creative realms. Museum Admission: ArtMembers (Join Now!) FREE, Children 12 & Under FREE, General $10, Seniors (65 and over) $8, Students with ID $6.http://www.cranbrookartmuseum.org/future-exhibitions/
Lightwire Theater is the invention of two guys who love theater and technology, so they merged the two into an innovative experience that’s as unique as it is entertaining. The last time they were in town, they performed a show about a dinosaur named Darwin, but this time they’re telling the Christmas story through a bird named Max that’s been separated from his family. Little Max meets a caroling worm, dancing poinsettias, and other characters that help guide him back home. $10-$20
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