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Harvest Moon Celebration

Fri., Sept. 22, 6 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m.

Craft beer and folk music come together under the light of the harvest moon in downtown Farmington this weekend. Wander beneath the stars and enjoy the music of Northville Folk on Thursday night, nosh samples from local eateries, and enjoy tunes from Bugs Beddow and the Good Stuff on Friday night, and spend Saturday enjoying a pancake breakfast, partaking in cooking demos, and shopping at the Harvest Market.

Activities start at 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. on Saturday; 33113 Grand River Ave., Farmington; downtownfarmington.org; tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. $6-$8

http://downtownfarmington.org
Downtown Farmington (map)
Grand River Ave.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (248) 477-1199
info@foundersfestival.com
Harvest Moon Celebration

The Art of Play: A Legacy Exhibition

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 13

Jim Miller-Melberg is best known for creating mid-century modern playground equipment that most adults remember from their youth, and this show will feature his Form, Inc. playscapes, high relief, wall-mounted plaster works, and large-scale floor pieces. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; free and open to the public.

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Vital Signs for a New America + The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 14
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The University of Michigan’s Stamps Gallery has been open since March, but these simultaneously running exhibits are the space’s first non-student affairs. The Unfinished Conversation will feature video and image works by Terry Adkins, John Akomfrah, Shelagh Keeley, and Zineb Sedira. As for Vital Signs for a New America, another group exhibition, the Srimoyee Mitra-curated show will include work by Dylan Miner, Sheryl Oring, and the performance collective the Hinterlands. The show promises to use meaningful and compelling community-engaged approaches to invite people to speak out and share stories.

The Art of Containment — Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through March 31, 2018

Sidney Swidler’s work as a modern architect helped train his eye to pick up the essential elements of form, texture, glaze selection, craftsmanship, and artistic intent, which he used to collect nearly 1,000 piece of contemporary ceramic art. In 2010, he donated around 800 of those pieces to California’s Crocker Art Museum. Seven years later, he gave 100 pieces to the FIA, a gift that resulted in this exhibit. Hours of the museum are: Monday-Friday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Flint Institute of Arts (map)
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone () -; () (FAX)
The Art of Containment — Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection

The Border, the Ship

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 31

This disarming video exhibit by Alex Hubbard is carefully choreographed and dynamically composed, but that doesn’t mean a clear narrative will ever emerge or that any of it will make any linear sense. Hours of the museum are: Monday-Friday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Flint Institute of Arts (map)
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone () -; () (FAX)
The Border, the Ship

The Eccentric Vision of William Stolpin

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 7, 2018

A prolific printmaker who created works for nearly 50 years in Holly, Stolpin himself describes his work as “eccentric.” His work revolves mostly around architecture, landscape, fantasy, abstraction, and outer space and this exhibit promises to explore his many passions. Hours of the museum are: Monday-Friday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Flint Institute of Arts (map)
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone () -; () (FAX)
The Eccentric Vision of William Stolpin

Size Matters: Big and Small Works from the FIA Collection

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30

An exploration of the museum’s most massive and most miniscule works, this exhibit promises to highlight the importance of size in the experience of art. Hours of the museum are: Monday-Friday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Flint Institute of Arts (map)
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone () -; () (FAX)
Size Matters: Big and Small Works from the FIA Collection

Beginner T'ai Chi Ch'uan Classes

Mondays, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Aug. 2, 2018
phone 248-854-3953
sifuashmore@michigantaichichuan.com

For over 27 years, the Michigan T'ai Chi Ch'uan Institute has been teaching the traditional syllabus of Wu Family T'ai Chi Ch'uan lineage in Metro Detroit. The beginner classes teach students the 108 posture hand form through one on one instruction. The 108 posture form takes every joint in your body through its full natural range of motion while challenging your balance, improving coordination, relaxing your breathing, and increasing circulation. Stop in for a free introductory class! $70/month

http://michigantaichichuan.com

Detroit City of Design & the Future of Work

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 7

In March 2017, Detroit was invited as Guest City of Honor by fellow UNESCO City of Design Saint-Etienne, France to present exhibitions exploring the future of work at the 10th International Design Biennale in Saint-Etienne to an audience of more than 230,000. Together, these three independent, multi-disciplinary exhibitions offered a survey of the city’s interconnected movements and explored imagined futures as the definition of work itself changes in Detroit. This showcase features objects and experiences from the original exhibitions Footwork, Out of Site, and Shiftspace, alongside photos, video, and stories from the 70 Detroiters who traveled to Saint-Etienne. Free

https://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/community-outreach-and-engagement/valade-family-gallery

"Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe" Exhibition

Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 8
phone 248-645-3320
artmuseum@cranbrook.edu

Cranbrook Art Museum presents the U.S. debut of "Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe," a career retrospective of one of the most important and influential designers of the twentieth century. Artmembers Always Free, Children 12 & under Always Free, Adults $10, Seniors (65 and older) $8, Students with ID $6

http://www.cranbrookartmuseum.org/exhibition/alexander-girard-a-designers-universe/
Cranbrook Art Museum (map)
39221 N. Woodward Ave.
Greater Birmingham Area
phone (877) 462-7262
"Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe" Exhibition

DIY Fest and Funky Ferndale Art Fair

Fri., Sept. 22, Sat., Sept. 23 and Sun., Sept. 24

Ferndale’s annual ode to the “Do It Yourself” ethos turns 10. In a return to the setup from past years, the DIY Fest, held on the east side of Woodward, will be joined this year with the Funky Ferndale Art Fair, held across the street on the west side — making for a formidable arts and craft double-whammy. The Funky Ferndale Art Fair is more of a traditional art fair — think sculptures, paintings, jewelry, and ceramics. Meanwhile, the DIY Fest is a little more offbeat — as in past years, you’ll find screenprinted posters, T-shirts, and even stained-glass night lights. Combined, both fests provide the perfect place to find handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts.

DIY Street Fair takes place on Woodward Avenue at Troy St.; See diystreetfair.com for more info and hours. The Funky Ferndale Art Fair is held at Nine Mile Rd. at Woodward Ave.; See funkyferndaleartfair.com for more info and hours.

http://funkyferndaleartfair.com
Downtown Ferndale (map)
9 Mile and Woodward
Greater Royal Oak Area
phone 248-546-1632
DIY Fest and Funky Ferndale Art Fair

DIY Street Fair & Funky Ferndale Art Fair

Fri., Sept. 22, Sat., Sept. 23 and Sun., Sept. 24

DIY Fest, held on the east side of Woodward, will be joined this year with the Funky Ferndale Art Fair, held across the street on the west side — making for a formidable arts and craft double-whammy. The Funky Ferndale Art Fair is more of a traditional art fair — think sculptures, paintings, jewelry, and ceramics. DIY is a little more offbeat. In past years, you’d find screenprinted posters, T-shirts, and even stained-glass night-lights. Combined, both fests provide the perfect place to find handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts.

DIY Street Fair runs Friday 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; ferndalediy.com; Funky Ferndale runs Friday 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; funkyferndaleartfair.com; Admission to both fairs is free. Free

http://funkyferndaleartfair.com
Downtown Ferndale (map)
9 Mile and Woodward
Greater Royal Oak Area
phone 248-546-1632
DIY Street Fair & Funky Ferndale Art Fair

New Wave

Fri., Sept. 22

This group show organized by Ben Venom will feature works by Rose Eken, Bob Gorman, Laurel Roth Hope, Dennis McNett, Erin M. Riley, Lucien Shapiro, Truth Never Told, Meghan McAleavy, and Venom, all of whom have created pieces that will help the viewer redefine the way they view contemporary craft. The opening reception runs from 7 to 10 p.m.; Admission is free.

Red Bull House of Art (map)
1551 Winder
Greater Detroit Area houseofart@us.redbull.com
New Wave

Strange Beautiful Music

Fri., Sept. 22, Sat., Sept. 23 and Sun., Sept. 24

New Music Detroit celebrates their decade milestone this year with a celebration at MOCAD. Doors open at 5 p.m.; Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) (map)
4454 Woodward Ave.
Midtown
phone (313) 832-6622
Strange Beautiful Music

Strange Beautiful Music 10

Fri., Sept. 22, 5 p.m., Sat., Sept. 23, 2 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 24, 2 p.m.

A music marathon of the avant-garde, New Music Detroit returns for their 10th annual Strange Beautiful Music production featuring three venues over three days and over 20 artists whose sonic explorations toe the line between being, well, strange and beautiful. Described as a diverse lineup ranging from “contemporary chamber music, European folk, and noise improvisation,” this festival would pair well with thoughtful conversation, a glass of wine, and a healthy dose of the psychedelic of your choosing.

Festival starts at 5 p.m. on Friday at Trinosophes, 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Cube, and Sunday at 2 p.m at MOCAD; 313-576-5111; dso.org; Weekend passes start at $35. $35

Trinosophes (map)
1464 Gratiot
Greater Detroit Area
phone (313) 737-6606 (FAX); (313)
newdetroitsounds@hotmail.com
Strange Beautiful Music 10
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