Beginning Friday, July 25th the DIA and the Detroit Puppetry Guild will host the Puppeteers of America Great Lakes Regional Festival. This three-day event will present exciting new works by puppetry artists working in a wide variety of genres. All shows are free with museum admission.
regional puppet festival
Sarah Frechette presents The Snowflake Man
Friday at 3:30 p.m.
The story of W.A. Bentley, the pioneer of snowflake photography. All ages. Rivera Court, 2nd level.
Manual Cinema presents Lula Del Rey Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Lula del Ray is performed with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music. Ages 12+. Lecture Hall, 1st level
The Frisch Marionettes present The Jungle Book Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Stolen from his mother at birth and raised in the jungle by wolves, our main character Mowgli must face his destiny as a man where ShereKhan threatens him and the peace in the jungle. Ages 3-7. Lecture Hall, 1st level.
The Melchior Marionettes Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
The Melchior Marionettes will perform a cabaret style variety show using three generations of marionette creations. Each half-life sized marionette will be performed by second, third and fourth generations of The Melchior Marionettes. All ages. Rivera Court, 2nd level
SeaBeast Puppetry presents Beware the Werecow! Saturday at 1:15 p.m.
Join Sea Beast Puppet Company for an hour of scary stories, creepy comedy and terrifying twists. A young girl goes on a journey of self-discovery set in motion by 3 dead men, a foolish hunter meets with retaliation in the dead of night, and a bar is turned upside down by the discovery of a mythical creature. Ages 5+. Lecture Hall, 1st level
Dick Myer’s Beauty and the Beast Sunday at 11 a.m.
In 1969, puppeteer Dick Myers premiered this production, with his one-of-a-kind puppets, on the stage of the DIA. In 2014 this production will again return to the DIA after a 40 year hiatus, painstakingly revived using the original objects Myers crafted decades ago. Ages 8+. Wendell W. Anderson Auditorium, College for Creative Studies, 201 East Kirby Street.
Cynthia Von Orthal Puppets presents The Yellow Wallpaper and The Crane Maiden Sunday at Noon
Join us for VonOrthal Puppets’ interpretation of these classic short stories exploring the relationship between society and nature. Ages 6+. Lecture Hall, 1st level
Friday Night Live: J.P. Jofre Quintet
Friday at 7 & 8:30 p.m.
J.P. Jofre, an Argentinian composer and bandoneon player, performs with Ron Wasserman (bass), Eric Silberger (violin), Amy Kang (cello) and Daniela Candillari (piano). Rivera Court, 1st level
Sunday Music Bar: Mick Dobday Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
Pianist Mick Dobday performs classical and jazz standards. Kresge Court, 1st level.
in the galleries
Detroit – Bruce Weber Through Sunday, September 7, 2014
In June of 2006, preeminent photographer Bruce Weber traveled to Detroit for the first time while on assignment for W, a monthly fashion magazine. While many photographers at that time were recording the vulnerability of Detroit, Weber was completely taken with the vitality of the city and its citizens. He returned to the Motor City again last year, to partner with the Detroit-based company Shinola. This exhibition is a result of those two assignments, presented together with portraits of prominent friends and colleagues who have strong ties to the city. Presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts with the generous support of Condé Nast. Special Exhibition Central Galleries, 2nd level.
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Collage Portraits Tuesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Create your own portrait with collage. Webber Education Wing, 1st level.
Refrigerator Magnets Wednesday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Have fun designing and making refrigerator magnets to add to your collection.
Webber Education Wing, 1st level.
Folk Art Toys: Spinners Thursday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Have fun making a toy from simple materials. Webber Education Wing, 1st level
Islamic Decoupage Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
In Islamic culture, the word decoupage refers to works of art that are finely cut from paper or leather. Make a fun version of your own. Webber Education Wing, 1st level.
Model Magic Pencil Puppets Friday from 6-9 p.m.
Have fun creating your own puppet characters from modeling material. Webber Education Wing, 1st level
Drawing in the Galleries
Artist/instructors help participants create drawings to take home. read more
Friday, 6-9 p.m., Medieval and Renaissance, 2nd level