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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

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

Motor City Comedy Festival

Fri., Sept. 22, 6 p.m.-12 a.m., Sat., Sept. 23, 2 p.m.-12 a.m. and Sun., Sept. 24, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
phone 734-956-0153
motorcitycomedyfestival@gmail.com

Send in the comics! For three days, comedians will be bringing laughs across multiple supporting venues in Detroit. Hometown comics and out-of-state funny people, who’ve made impressions everywhere from local dives and clubs to television shows and international festivals, will be center stage all weekend. Headliners include America’s bar basement explorer and The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail alumnus Sean Patton, recent winner of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle 2 Frank Castillo, Texas-born worldwide performer Jay Light, and Detroiter turned Last Comic Standing finalist Dave Landau.

Times and locations vary, Detroit; motorcitycomedyfest.com; Tickets are $20 for individual shows, $35 for a day pass, and $75 for a weekend pass. $5-$15

http://motorcitycomedyfest.com

Protomartyr record release

Fri., Sept. 22, 6 p.m.

Detroit's biggest indie band in years, Protomartyr will celebrate their most recent release, Relatives In Descent, aboard the Detroit Princess Riverboat. The all-ages show is planned for Friday, Sept. 22, and features a boat cruise and concert. Read our cover story on their rock ascension here. Tickets are $20 for the cruise and concert or $15 for just the concert, and are available here. The lineup also includes Adult, Metz, Tyvek, and Preoccupations. $15/$20

Detroit Princess Riverboat (map)
201 Atwater St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (877) 338-2628; (877) - (FAX)
sales@detroitprincess.com Protomartyr record release

Dlectricity

Fri., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

Dlectricity returns to Midtown for the first time since 2014 (the event, originally launched in 2012 as a biennial, was further delayed due to QLine construction). The festival of lights will feature a smaller, more walkable footprint this year, featuring light-up installations, projections, and other illuminated works of art along Woodward and John R, between the DIA and MOCAD. (The popular Light Bike Parade will also return. Organizers advise registering on the Dlectricity website, as light kits are limited.) Free

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