DIA Events Calendar 2018

DIA Events Calendar 2018 – Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) calendar featuring special events, exhibits and programs. 2018 DIA events calendar. Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

Below are the highlights of the DIA Events Calendar 2018 calendar featuring special events, exhibits and programs.

For more DIA Events Calendar information, call 313-833-7900 or visit Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) website www.dia.org.

DIA Events Calendar July 2018

Exhibitions
“Play Ball! Baseball at the DIA” through Sept. 16
“Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume” through Sept. 30
“Star Wars” Exhibition Extended Hours
Thursdays, 4–8 p.m., exhibition and South Wing open
Saturdays, 9–10 a.m., museum open
Saturdays, 5–8 p.m., exhibition and South Wing open
Sundays, 9–10 a.m., museum open

Summer Sci-Fi Film Series
Summer Sci-Fi is a series of classic and international sci-fi feature films presented free (unless otherwise noted) throughout the summer, coinciding with the exhibition “Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume.” Some are movies that George Lucas has cited as his favorites, others are among the vast variety of pre-Star Wars fantasy, science fiction and adventure that fired the imaginations of young audiences in the 1950s and earlier. Each feature film will be preceded by one chapter from the three original “Flash Gordon” serials of the 1930s.

Ongoing
General Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 & 6 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries for an overview of the collection.

General and Family Guided Tours: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries or a family and kid-friendly tour.

Thursdays at the Museum, 1 p.m.
Special programs, including light refreshments, for adults 55+, featuring tours, talks, movies and artmaking. The DIA offers free transportation for groups of 25 or more from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. To book a visit, call 313-833-1292. Support for Thursdays at the Museum is provided by the tri-county millage.

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 to play chess should show up between 4 and 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.; Saturdays & Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Artmaking (for all ages): Summer Hours: Tuesdays–Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fridays, Noon–9 p.m.; Saturdays, Noon–7 p.m.; Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Tuesday, July 17
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Seven Samurai” (1954) 3 p.m.
Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece is the story of seven unemployed 16th-century samurai who band together to defend a village of impoverished farmers against a devastating annual raid by vicious bandits. This full-length, three-and-a-half hour version is an immersive, unforgettable experience, and one that George Lucas lists among his favorites.

Wednesday, July 18
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “When Worlds Collide” (1951) 3 p.m.
As a star and a planet approach Earth on a certain collision course, a team of scientists works feverishly to construct a rocket they hope will become a space age Noah’s Ark, taking a handful of humans and animals to the new planet to restart civilization.

Thursday, July 19
Thursdays at the Museum: Artmaking – Watercolor Postcards 1 p.m.

Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “It Came from Outer Space” (1953) 3 p.m.
In this unusually thoughtful sci-fi hit based on a Ray Bradbury story, an alien spaceship lands on Earth to make emergency repairs, hoping to leave the planet without being discovered. The aliens understand that their physical form will appear so horrible to humans that prejudice and unfounded fear will result in violence and death to their people.

Friday, July 20
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Fahrenheit 451” (1966) 3 p.m.
Ray Bradbury wrote of an authoritarian future in which the written word is banned and where curiosity, knowledge and ideas are considered so dangerous that the job of “fireman” is no longer to extinguish flames, but rather to burn all books. One of the glories of François Truffaut’s screen version is the haunting score by Bernard Herrmann.

Drawing on the Steps of the DIA 6–9 p.m.
Take a closer look at the architecture and outdoor sculpture collection of the DIA and create a drawing to take home. DIA Studio assistants will guide you through making your own work of art while you enjoy the outdoor Friday Night Live music performance. Drawing materials and paper are provided.

Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Crumbs” (2005) 7 p.m.
Crumbs is set against the background of spectacular post-apocalyptic Ethiopian landscapes, and its main character is a strange-looking scrap collector called Gagano. Alternately gripped by daydreams and constant fears, the diminutive Gagano has had enough of collecting the priceless crumbs of decayed civilization, including the most valuable: merchandise from Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan. When a spaceship that has been hovering in the sky for years starts showing signs of activity, Gagano—who believes he is an extraterrestrial—thinks the spaceship has come to take him back “home.” He begins a journey to find answers, overcoming along the way fears that include a witch, Santa Claus and second-generation Nazis, and discovers that things aren’t quite the way he thought. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.

Friday Night Live!: Huun Huur Tu 7 and 8 p.m. – DIA North Lawn
Huun Hurr Tu is from the Russian republic of Tuva near the Mongolia-Russia border. The most distinctive characteristic of their music is throat singing, in which the singers sing both the note and the note’s overtones, producing two or three notes simultaneously. The group primarily uses native Tuvan instruments and plays mostly indigenous Tuvan folk music, but is also known to experiment with western instruments and electronic music.

Saturday, July 21
Artist Demonstration: Ellen Rutt Creations Noon-4 p.m.
Known for her energetic mixed-media paintings, murals and wearables, local artist Ellen Rutt invites participants to help her create an installation of shapes and colors.

Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Them!” (1954) 3 p.m.
A classic example of sci-fi’s obsession with radiation in the 1950s, “Them!” is one of the first major-studio films to envision giant, mutated insects—in this case, ants—threatening the existence of humankind as a result of being exposed to radioactive fallout from atom bomb tests.

Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The Last Angel of History” (1996) and “Afronauts” (2014) 7 p.m.
“The Last Angel of History”—part documentary, part science-fiction—examines the origins of the genre of Afrofuturism, with George Clinton, Nichelle Nichols, Ishmael Reed, DJ Spooky and others as guides. In the Afrofuturist short “Afronauts,” a group of Zambian exiles races to beat American astronauts to the moon in 1969. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.

Sunday, July 22
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Forbidden Planet” (1956) 3 p.m.
The lone survivor of an expedition to a distant planet discovers that the scientific achievements of its long-extinct civilization may be the most astounding and dangerous in the universe. Featuring the first screen appearance of the beloved Robby the Robot.

Artist Demonstration: Ellen Rutt Creations Noon-4 p.m.
(see July 21 for description)

Tuesday, July 24
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The Hidden Fortress” (1958) 3 p.m.
A general guards his defeated clan’s princess in a journey across enemy territory accompanied by two bickering, bumbling peasants. If the plot of director Akira Kurosawa’s exhilarating 16th-century Japanese swordplay adventure seems familiar, it may be because it’s not only one of George Lucas’s favorite films, but one he cites as a primary influence on Star Wars. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Wednesday, July 25
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) 3 p.m.
When a mysterious object found on the moon emits a radio signal aimed at the planet Jupiter, a team of astronauts is dispatched to discover what is waiting on the receiving end. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Arthur C. Clarke, “2001” may be the most profound of all science fiction films.

Thursday, July 26
Thursdays at the Museum: Movie: “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” 1 p.m.
When rough-and-ready captain “Steamboat” Bill Campbell is visited by his unknown son, Bill, Jr. (Buster Keaton), the elder Campbell takes it upon himself to make his “fussy” son seaworthy enough to earn the name “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” One of Keaton’s greatest silent comedies features jaw-dropping sight gags and stunts, topped by an incredible cyclone sequence that made cinema history.

Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The Thing from Another World” (1951) 3 p.m.
Investigating a mysterious crash at the North Pole, a handful of scientists and Air Force personnel find themselves at war with an alien life form: a humanoid creature made of plant matter that lives on blood and aims to reproduce itself into an invading army.

Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “World on a Wire” (1973) 7 p.m.
Originally made for German television, this noir-spiked tale of a reluctant hero and cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate conspiracy is a satiric and surreal look at the world of tomorrow. This rediscovered, three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a gloriously paranoid, boundlessly inventive take on the future. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.

Friday, July 27
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The Time Machine” (1960) 3 p.m.
On the last day of 1899, the inventor of a time machine propels himself thousands of years into the future, where he discovers a civilization comprised of lethargic slaves and their cannibal masters, who hide underground. H.G. Wells’ classic tale of humans’ past and possible future is one of the most visually rich sci-fi movies of its time.

Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Jodorowsky’s Dune” (2013) 7 p.m.
In the 1970s, legendary cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky dreamed of creating a 15-hour film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel “Dune.” It was to feature designs by H.R. Giger, music by Pink Floyd and a cast that included Salvador Dalí and Orson Welles. This documentary is the story of that uncompleted quest, a fascinating portrait of an epic that never was. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.

Friday Night Live!: DhakaBraka 7 and 8:30 p.m. – DIA North Lawn
DhakaBraka taps into the roots of their native Ukrainian language, tradition, fable and song, adding their own instrumentation and arrangements of songs they uncovered during travels around their country.

Saturday, July 28
Family Program: We Remain, Detroit—Cube Project Noon and 2 p.m. – DIA North Lawn
ArtLab J invites the whole family to an interactive experience designed to broaden one’s perception of Detroit through arts-based play and creative activity. “We Remain, Detroit—Cube Project” encourages families to interpret Detroit’s history through three six-foot cubes. Guided by images, written accounts and music, each cube is a blank canvas on which families can draw, paint or craft their perceptions of the rebellious revolts of Detroit’s past, the current energy of its present and imagine its dreams for the future. Each program begins with a short storytelling and dance performance followed by guided movement activities in the cubes. Bring blankets and chairs for a creative afternoon outdoors.

Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The Blob” (1958) 3 p.m.
The police don’t believe teenager Steve (billed as Steven) McQueen when he reports that a shapeless mass from outer space is devouring local residents. Eventually they do, but first it’s up to hot-rodding teens to figure out how to contend with the invader. This surprise hit packed America’s drive-ins in the autumn of 1958.

Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Timecrimes” (2007) 7 p.m.
This Spanish ci-fi thriller is about a man who becomes part of a time loop and must stop his other selves from continuing to exist. In Spanish with English subtitles. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.

Sunday, July 29
Family Program: We Remain, Detroit – Cube Project Noon & 2 p.m. – DIA North Lawn
(see July 28 for description)

Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “THX 1138” (1971) 3 p.m.
George Lucas’s first feature tells the story of a future human race sedated and controlled by an all-powerful governmental order. But when one worker (Robert Duvall) goes off his meds, comes to his senses and tries to escape, a robot police force pursues him until they exceed their allotted budget.

Tuesday, July 31
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938) 3 p.m.
When a treacherous prince turns his cruelty toward England’s peasants, it’s up to the good-hearted Sir Robin of Locksley, aka Robin Hood, to lead a crew of Merry Men in a rebellion against the evil Prince John. Errol Flynn stars in one of Hollywood’s greatest swashbucklers, packed with rousing action filmed in Technicolor. Fun fact: The sound of Robin’s arrow appears in almost every Star Wars film.

DIA Events Calendar August 2018

Exhibitions

“Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume” through Sept 30
“Star Wars” Exhibition Extended Hours
Thursdays, 9 a.m.–8 p.m., exhibition and South Wing open (The DIA will close at 4 p.m. Aug. 16)
Saturdays, 9 a.m.–8 p.m., exhibition and South Wing open
Sundays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., exhibition and museum open

Summer Sci-Fi Film Series
Summer Sci-Fi is a series of classic and international sci-fi feature films presented free (unless otherwise noted) throughout the summer, coinciding with the exhibition “Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume.” Some are movies that George Lucas has cited as his favorites, others are among the vast variety of pre-Star Wars fantasy, science fiction and adventure that fired the imaginations of young audiences in the 1950s and earlier. Each feature film will be preceded by one chapter from the three original “Flash Gordon” serials of the 1930s.

Ongoing

General Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 & 6 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries for an overview of the collection.

General and Family Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Fridays, 10 a.m.–noon; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 and 3 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries or a family and kid-friendly tour. Families can also enjoy gallery games, appropriate for ages 3–12.

Thursdays at the Museum, 1 p.m.
Special programs, including light refreshments, for adults 55+, featuring tours, talks, movies and artmaking. The DIA offers free transportation for groups of 25 or more from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. To book a visit, call 313-833-1292. Support for Thursdays at the Museum is provided by the tri-county millage.

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 to play chess should show up between 4 and 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.; Saturdays & Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Artmaking (for all ages): Summer Hours: Tuesdays–Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fridays, Noon–5 p.m. and 6–9 p.m.; Saturdays, Noon–7 p.m.; Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Wednesday, August 1
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The World, the Flesh and the Devil” (1959) 3 p.m.
After being trapped for days in a cave-in, Ralph (Harry Befafonte) digs himself out only to find that civilization has been destroyed by nuclear Armageddon. He befriends a survivor named Sarah (Inger Stevens), but when the pair meets Benson (Mel Ferrer), a white racist for whom the possibility of coexistence is still unthinkable, the trio becomes a microcosm of the fears and prejudices that brought the world to this terrible moment.

Thursday, August 2
Thursdays at the Museum: Highlights of the Museum Tour 1 p.m.
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “20 Million Miles to Earth” 3 p.m.
A space mission to Venus returns to Earth carrying a new life form: a tiny lizard-like creature that thrives in Earth’s atmosphere, soon swelling to gigantic proportions and stomping through the streets of Rome, making the ancient ruins even more ruinous.

Friday, August 3
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Fantastic Voyage” (1966) 3p
An important scientist is attacked, resulting in an inoperable brain injury—at least from the outside. The solution: shrink a surgical team to microscopic size and inject them into his bloodstream so they can operate from the inside. A great sci-fi concept was somewhat limited by the era’s technology, yet it’s still a fondly remembered, brightly colorful adventure.
Friday Night Live!: Eric Grossman: A Brief History of Music at the DIA 7 and 8:30 p.m.
The history of music at the DIA is rich and includes performances by many of the major composers active during the museum’s 90-year existence at its Woodward Ave. location. Eric Grossman will play music for violin and piano written by Bela Bartok, Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Lowell Liebermann, all of whom have performed at the DIA.

Saturday, August 4
Artist Demonstration: Family Comic Book Day hosted by Vault of Midnight Noon–3 p.m.
The creative staff at the comic shop Vault of Midnight invites the whole family to explore the iconic nature of the comic arts. Local artists will display their works, help visitors develop their own characters and panels and help budding artists with stories in progress.
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” (1953) 3 p.m.
Arctic explorers are shocked to encounter a living, breathing and very hungry dinosaur, awakened from hibernation by atomic testing, and eventually making his way to New York. Based loosely on a short story by Ray Bradbury, the special effects are by the soon-to-be-legendary Ray Harryhausen.

Sunday, August 5
Artist Demonstration: Family Comic Book Day hosted by Vault of Midnight Noon–3 p.m.
(see Aug. 4 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Colossus, the Forbin Project” (1958) 3 p.m.
Tucked away in a secret location in the Rockies, Dr. Charles Forbin (Eric Braeden) has developed a massive computer system dubbed “Colossus” that is supposed to ensure the nation’s safety against nuclear attack. But when Colossus connects to a similar Russian computer, “Guardian,” the intelligent machines begin conducting a private dialog. Nervous as to what they might be plotting, Forbin severs the connection, only to have Colossus threaten a nuclear attack if the link isn’t restored.

Tuesday, August 7
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1959) 3 p.m.
This elegantly crafted Jules Verne adaptation is about a professor (James Mason) who leads an expedition down to the center of the planet. Spectacular perils threaten their adventure, by way of action sequences that clearly influenced 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, which was produced and co-authored by George Lucas.

Thursday, August 9
Thursdays at the Museum: Art Talk – American Art Collection with curator Benjamin Colman 1 p.m.

Friday–Sunday, August 10–12
Detroit City Dance Festival 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Detroit Dance City Festival is a three-day international festival with performances, networking, classes and more. It offers opportunities for children to learn dance techniques, showcases local dance groups, helps local dancers make connections with professionals working in Detroit and a choreographers showcase in the Detroit Film Theatre. For detailed information and a schedule of events, visit www.detroitdancecityfestival.com. Some events may be ticketed.
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Planet of the Apes” (1968) 3 p.m.
One of the two great sci-fi films of 1968 (along with 2001) is this Rod Serling–Michael Wilson adaptation of Pierre Boulle’s visionary fable about astronauts discovering a planet on which the rules of evolution appear to be reversed. Knowing the film’s memorable ending doesn’t diminish the consistent wit and insight of this boldly satirical classic.

Tuesday, August 14
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The Sea Hawk” (1940) 3 p.m.
Buccaneer Geoffrey Thorpe (Errol Flynn) is a 16th-century pirate-for-hire to England’s Queen Elizabeth I in this rousing, high-powered swashbuckler that influenced every such adventure epic to follow up to and including “Star Wars.” Made at the onset of World War II, this movie let the imaginations of a generation of kids join in the fight for liberty.

Wednesday, August 15
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “This Island Earth” (1955) 3 p.m.
A brilliant scientist is invited to collaborate on a project to promote world peace, only to discover that the offer is coming from inhabitants of a different world. The planet Metaluna, which is under siege, wants to move its population to Earth and become its masters.

Thursday, August 16
Thursdays at the Museum: Drop-in Artmaking: Board Games 1 p.m.
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “I Married a Monster from Outer Space” (1958) 3 p.m.
In this unique portrayal of domestic discord, a young man (Tom Tryon, later a best-selling author) is late to his wedding because his body has been taken over by an alien life form. The wedding takes place, and while all brides and grooms have their differences, there aren’t many that can surpass these.

Friday, August 17
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Fantastic Voyage” (1966) 3 p.m.
(see Aug. 3 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The Book of Eli” (2010) 7 p.m.
In a post-apocalyptic America, a lone drifter (Denzel Washington) continues his decades-long struggle to protect a book he believes to be sacred—one that can offer salvation to a ravaged civilization. The Detroit-born Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents) have fashioned an imaginative and risky sci-fi epic that draws on familiar genres while creating its own singular vision. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.

Saturday, August 18
Artist Demonstration: Design Labs Noon–4 p.m.
Inspired by the “Star Wars” exhibition, artists from Design Labs, a group of local professors and industry professionals who teach creative skills in applied arts, will guide visitors in designing and creating costumes and creatures using varied media. Participants can also learn basic stop motion animation tools and techniques to bring their creation to life.
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Fiend Without a Face” (1958) 3 p.m.
A kindly Canadian professor conceives of a way to give mass to human thought, but the results turn out to be unexpectedly horrifying—and deadly. This low-budget but imaginative thriller features one of the most distinctive creatures in science fiction–the literal result of a “brainstorm.”
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “I Robot” (2004) 7 p.m.
In 2035, helpful and industrious robots have become ubiquitous, thanks to the foolproof safety feature built into each machine that enables “the three laws of robotics,” one of which is that they cannot harm humans. So how could it be that a robot is suspected of a crime, and what are the implications? Based on Isaac Asimov’s landmark 1950 collection of short stories, this thriller was produced by and stars Will Smith. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.

Sunday, August 19
Artist Demonstration: Design Labs Noon–4 p.m.
(see Aug. 18 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951) 3 p.m.
The wise, humanoid alien named Klaatu arrives in Washington D.C. to deliver a message of universal peace, yet he’s accompanied by the supremely menacing Gort, a robot so deadly he’s capable of “reducing the Earth to a burned-out cinder.”

Tuesday, August 21
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1959) 3 p.m.
(see Aug. 7 for description)

Wednesday, August 22
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Destination Moon” (1950) 3 p.m.
With America’s post-war government ignoring space research, it’s up to private industry to beat the Russians to the moon. The industrialists believe that the first nation on the moon can control the Earth by using the lunar surface to launch nukes. Despite the cold war intrigue, this is a scientifically grounded effort to portray what space travel might really look like.

Thursday, August 23
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “I Married a Monster from Outer Space” (1958) 3p
(see Aug. 16 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Ghost in the Shell” (1995) 7 p.m.
In a technologically advanced future, cyber-crimes are epidemic. The danger posed by the super-hacker known as the Puppet Master requires police work of a special nature: deployment of Section 9, populated by officers who are part organic and part biomechatronic, known as cyborgs. This landmark work of anime, based on a hugely popular manga, is a visually stunning, exhilarating work. $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.

Friday, August 24
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Dr. Who and the Daleks” (1965) 3 p.m.
This original British TV series made its leap to the big screen in this 1965 cult favorite in which Dr. Who (Peter Cushing) activates his time/space machine, T.A.R.D.I.S., and with his two granddaughters is projected to the planet Skaro, where an army of mutant robots is threatening the peaceful inhabitants.
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Stalker” (1979) 7 p.m.
In an unnamed country at an unspecified time, there is a fiercely protected post-apocalyptic wasteland known as The Zone. An illegal guide whose mutant child suggests unspeakable horrors within The Zone leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the devastation in search of a mythical place known only as The Room. Anyone entering The Room will supposedly have any of his earthly desires immediately fulfilled. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.
Friday Night Live!: There’s a Mingus among Us 7 and 8:30 p.m.
Eight of the finest bassists in Detroit pay homage to legendary jazz bassist/composer Charles Mingus. Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. He played and recorded with the elite of 1959s jazz and was at the forefront of the avant-garde. Among the performers are bassists Jaribu Shahid, Marion Hayden, Ralph Armstrong and Rodney Whitaker.

Saturday, August 25
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” (1953) 3 p.m.
(see Aug. 4 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Solaris” (1972) 7 p.m.
One of the cinema’s most majestic enigmas is Andrei Tarkovsky’s adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s novel about a mission to investigate the possibility that an alien intelligence has caused the crew of an earlier expedition to become delusional. “Solaris” remains an impenetrable puzzle for some, but a breathtaking, inspiring experience for others—including Steven Soderbergh (“Out of Sight”), who directed a 2002 remake. Tickets: $9.50 general admission; $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.

Sunday, August 26
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Forbidden Planet” (1956) 3 p.m.
The lone survivor of an expedition to a distant planet discovers that the scientific achievements of its long-extinct civilization may be the most astounding and dangerous in the universe. Featuring the first screen appearance of the beloved Robby the Robot.

Tuesday, August 28
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Black Panther” (2018) 3 p.m.
“Black Panther,” adapted from a comic book series that first appeared in 1966, is set in the hidden African nation of Wakanda, an ancient kingdom that rose to power through an advanced technology based on the mysterious natural element vibranium. When the long-reigning King T’Chaka dies, his son, T’Challa (Black Panther) and nephew Eric Killmonger battle for succession to the throne and the unlimited power of vibranium. T’Challa wants to use it to preserve Wakanda in secrecy while Killmonger wants to use it to avenge the injustices suffered by centuries of African diaspora.

Wednesday August 29
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Black Panther” (2018) 3 p.m.
(see Aug. 28 for description)

Thursday, August 30
Thursdays at the Museum: Highlights of the Museum Tour 1 p.m.
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” 3 p.m.
A pair of newlywed scientists are contacted by aliens in flying saucers whose message to Earth is to surrender or face total destruction. The aliens’ planet is dying, and they’ve settled on Earth as a perfect new home. Special effects are by Ray Harryhausen.
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Gravity” (2013) 7 p.m.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney try their best to get back to Earth after a space shuttle accident. The inventive storytelling places cinema technology in the service of a heart-stopping fable about survival, and about our deeply physical and spiritual ties to our common home.

Friday, August 31
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “The World, The Flesh, and the Devil” (1959) 3 p.m.
(see Aug. 1 for description)
Detroit Film Theatre: Summer Sci-Fi: “Interstellar” (2014) 7 p.m.
With Earth’s environment giving out, a group of explorers searches for a new home by trying something that seems theoretically possible yet terrifyingly dangerous: piloting a ship through a “wormhole” in space. Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey star in this sci-fi epic.
Friday Night Live!: Jim Campilongo 7 and 8:30 p.m.
The sound Jim Campilongo gets out of his 1959 Telecaster is like the early history of that guitar, with elements of country, bluegrass, blues and rock and roll. He and Josh Dion (drums) and Chris Morrisey (bass) come to the DIA from their regular Tuesday night residency at the Living Room in Brooklyn, NY.

DIA Events Calendar September 2018

General Guided Tours: Tuesdays–Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1 & 6 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries for an overview of the collection.

General and Family Guided Tours: Saturdays & Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of select galleries or a family and kid-friendly tours.

Thursdays at the Museum, 1 p.m.
Special programs, including light refreshments, for adults 55+, featuring tours, talks, movies and artmaking. The DIA offers free transportation for groups of 25 or more from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. To book a visit, call 313-833-1292. Support for Thursdays at the Museum is provided by the tri-county millage.

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 to play chess should show up between 4 and 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.; Saturdays & Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Drop-In Artmaking (for all ages):
Fridays 6–9 p.m.; Saturdays, Noon–6 p.m.; Sundays, Noon–4 p.m.

Thursday, September 6
Thursdays at the Museum: Highlights of the Museum Tour 1 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, September 8 and 9
Artist Demonstration: Screen Printing Noon–4 p.m.
Through a display of artist Melissa Dettloff’s work and the opportunity for hands-on screen printing, visitors can learn about the screen printing process and how to print with drawings.

Thursday, September 13
Thursdays at the Museum: Art Talk 1 p.m.
DIA Curator of European Art, Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, gives a talk called “Caravaggio: The Revolutionary Rogue.”
Mexican Independence Day: Sones de México Ensemble 8 p.m.
Specializing in son, or Mexican folk music and dance, Sones de México Ensemble educates, researches, preserves, arranges and performs Mexican folk and traditional music. Presented by the Consulate of Mexico in Detroit and supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16
Taiwan Festival: A Celebration of Taiwanese Arts Noon–4 p.m.
In advance of the November opening of the Asian galleries, the DIA auxiliary Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures presents films, performances, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and puppets that explore the traditional beauty and modern relevance of Taiwan.
Detroit Film Theatre: “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above” Noon
Breathtaking aerial footage by photographer Chi Po Lin provides a birds-eye view journey through Taiwan. Produced by Hou Hsiao Hsien and narrated by author/screenwriter Wu Nien Jen, this affecting documentary contrasts Taiwan’s natural beauty with the devastating effects of human development. The film is the highest-grossing domestically produced documentary in Taiwan’s history and won Best Documentary at the 50th Golden Horse Awards. See Taiwan as it has never been seen before and discover for yourself the awe-inspiring beauty that the filmmakers implore us to protect.

Thursday, September 20
Thursdays at the Museum: Artmaking 1 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23
Detroit Film Theatre: Animation Club: Kid Flicks Two – The Best of the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival 2 p.m.
Enjoy audience favorites and award-winners from the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), the largest film festival for kids and teens in North America. Each year, NYICFF scours the globe for the best new films from around the world. In the Grand Prize award-winner “Game” (USA), AJ has the drive to excel but must push through obstacles to get there.

Sunday, September 30
Artist Talk: Fabricating and Puppeteering Yoda with Wendy Froud 1 p.m.
Wendy Froud is a Detroit-born doll artist, sculptor and puppet maker who was part of the original team that brought Yoda, the fabled master Jedi of the Star Wars universe, to life. Froud will give insight into the techniques used to create and manipulate Yoda and demonstrate the process of sculpting and fabricating a prototype puppet as well as talk about her experiences while filming “The Empire Strikes Back.” She will also discuss her current work sculpting dolls and figures and returning to the world of “The Dark Crystal” (1982) for Netflix’s upcoming original series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.”

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9a–4p Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9a–10p Fridays, and 10a–5p Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $14 for adults, $9 for seniors ages 62+, $8 ages 6–17. General Admission (excludes ticketed attractions) is FREE for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and 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. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

This DIA Events Calendar 2018 page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

For more DIA Events Calendar 2018 events and info, please visit www.dia.org.