Arts & Entertainment
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Arab American National Museum
Fighting for Democracy: Who is the We in We the People? uses World War II as a point to begin discussion about how women and minorities have expanded the meaning of “we” in “we the people.” Through Aug. 12.
• Patriots and Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country tells true stories that affirm the role of Arab-Americans in our country throughout history, highlighting service in the U.S. Armed Forces, diplomatic service, and the Peace Corps. Through Aug. 12.
•Arab Civilization: Our Heritage features Arab contributions to the early world. Ongoing in the Community Courtyard.
• Coming to America focuses on Arab immigrants and the culture they brought to the United States. Ongoing in Gallery 1.
• Living in America exhibits early Arab-American life. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 2.
• Making an Impact celebrates the stories of Arab-American athletes, organizations, physicians, labor leaders, and entertainers. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 3. $6 adults; $3 students and seniors. Children under 5 free.
13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-2266; arabamericanmuseum.org.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Stories in Stained Glass: The Art of Samuel A. Hodge, a series of colorful works focusing on three areas of African-American culture and history: musicians, dancers, and freedom advocates, is one of the ongoing exhibits in the Main Level Corridor.
• A Is for Africa includes 26 interactive stations making up a 3-D “dictionary” designed for children. Ongoing in the Lower Level Corridor.
• And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture is an evolving exhibit that recounts the 3.5-million-year-old odyssey that began in Africa and ends in Detroit. Ongoing in the Core Exhibition Gallery.
• Ring of Genealogy, a work designed by local artist Hubert Massey, depicts the struggles of African-Americans in the United States.
• Detroit Performs! is a photomontage dedicated to those who have called Detroit home and have gained national or international attention in the performing arts. Artists include John Lee Hooker, Aretha Franklin, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson. Ongoing on the Main Level. Also: Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, Great American Artists — Part II: The Branches, and The Chris Webber Collection: Exceptional People During Extraordinary Times, 1755-Present. On display through September.$5-$8.
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-494-5800; chwmuseum.org.
Detroit Historical Museum
Closed until Nov. 23 for renovations.
5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805, detroithistorical.org.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Bells and Whistles, Flags and Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes explores methods used by mariners over the years to communicate with others at sea, and people on shore.
• City on the Straits provides snapshots of the ways the Great Lakes and the Detroit River have influenced the region.
• Gothic Room allows visitors to experience the likes of a gentlemen’s lounge inside the City of Detroit III. The exhibit also features a window on the right side of the gallery to show the Detroit shoreline in the early 1900s.
• S.S. William Clay Ford Pilot House is a Great Lakes freighter that was scrapped, but its pilot house was brought to the museum. Built in 1952, the 646-foot straight-decked vessel was lengthened to 767 feet in 1979.
•To Scale: Great Lakes Model Ship Builders features the art of model shipbuilding of Great Lakes vessels in Michigan.
100 Strand, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org/main/dossin.
Exhibit Museum of Natural History
Evolution & Health studies how the evolution of humans promoted our survival, but not our well-being.
• Archeology! Current Research in the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology is an ongoing research exhibit that examines the questions that contemporary archeologists ask about the past and the techniques they use to answer them.
• Permanent exhibits are The Hall of Evolution, The Michigan Wildlife Gallery, The Anthropology Displays, and The Geology Displays. Free admission; suggested donation is $6.
University of Michigan, 1109 Geddes, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0478; lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum.
Local Roots Blues, Brews, and Evening Dining BBQ features a menu full of slow-cooked ribs, beer brats, beef brisket, and Michigan-crafted beer to go along with the sounds of live blues bands 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9. $65. Reservation only.
•World Tournament of Historic Baseball brings two full days of vintage baseball to the Village as various baseball clubs face off for the world title. Aug. 11-12.
• Bring the kids to Macy’s 2nd Mondays where special children’s activities go on throughout the Village free of charge. 10 a.m.-noon. Aug. 13.
•Witness the War of 1812 Muster in Greenfield Village as citizen soldiers, craftsmen, merchants, and others give an up-close opportunity to learn more about the militias and other facets that helped America through this conflict. Aug. 18-19.
•Watch Historic Baseball Games played by the 1867 rules while live 19th-century music is played every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Through Aug. 19.
• Visit nearly 100 historical buildings, including the home of Henry Ford, the replica of the first factory where Ford worked, and the lab where Thomas Edison created the first light bulb. Districts and buildings include: Edison at Work, Henry Ford’s Model T, Liberty Craftworks, Main Street, Porches and Parlor, Railroad Junction, Working Farms. Open daily. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $24 adults; $22 seniors; $17.50 youth. Free for children 4 and under. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-600
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; hfmgv.org/village.
Henry Ford Museum
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is a 10,000-square-foot exhibit that features more than 300 artifacts, 250 of which have never been displayed in Michigan. The exhibition features room re-creations and the replica of the Grand Staircase and guides the visitors chronologically from the Titanic’s construction to the ship’s tragic final voyage. Through Sept. 30.
• Driving America is an exhibit that includes more than 100 vehicles, authentic artifacts, digital media, interactive play and personal accounts that focus on the influence the automobile has had on American culture.
• Heroes of the Sky is a permanent exhibit focusing on adventures in early aviation.
• With Liberty and Justice for All highlights four pivotal periods of history, beginning with the American Revolution and ending in the 1960s. Permanent exhibit.
• Automobiles in American Life and Society features automotive milestones, including the 15-millionth Model T, as well as the Ford Mustang. Permanent exhibit. Also: Dymaxion House, Presidential Limousines, Made in America, and Rosa Parks Bus.
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org.
Holocaust Memorial Center
Exhibits are dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust. Learn about World War II, the Jewish culture, religious beliefs, the postwar world, heroic rescues, and more. The center also houses a multi-lingual library.
28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-553-2400; holocaustcenter.org.
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