Arts & Entertainment
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Arab American National Museum
• Middle-school students of the SURA Arts Academy display their work in the 12th Annual SURA Student Exhibition in the Lower Level Gallery. Through Feb. 3.
• 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
• Serving as an introduction to the arrival of the Broadway play Fela!, Moving to His Own Beat – Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music celebrates the life and music of Fela Anikupalo-Kuti. Through March 17.
• A collective sculptural show, Visions of Our 44th President, recognizes the historical significance of the first African-American U.S. president. Each artist interprets the event through a life-size, three-dimensional form. Through August 4.
• 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.
315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-494-5800; chwmuseum.org.
Detroit Historical Museum
• New permanent exhibits include: Doorway to Freedom: Detroit & the Underground Railroad, which tells Detroit’s role as the “doorway to freedom” in fugitive slaves’ quest to find freedom in the North.
• The Allesee Gallery of Culture highlights the people, places, and events that influence our understanding of modern Detroit.
• Detroit: Arsenal of Democracy documents the contributions Detroit’s industry made in World War II and also explores how the war changed the city.
• Robert Scherer and Henry Ford are just a few inventors featured in The Gallery of Innovation, an exhibit featuring Detroit innovators and the products they created that we still use today.
5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805, detroithistorical.org.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
The museum is closed for renovations, but will reopen in May 2013.
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. Through January 13.
• 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.
The Village is closed for the winter season and will reopen April 13.
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; hfmgv.org/village.
Henry Ford Museum
• 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.
• Developed by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition exhibit displays 13 large-scale, prominent architectural wonders, such as the Empire State Building, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, and the Sky Needle — made entirely of LEGO blocks. Through Feb. 24. $17 adults; $15 seniors age 62 and up; $12.50 youth; free for children 4 and under. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Thur. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.
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. $5-$8 admission.
28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-553-2400; holocaustcenter.org.
• Guided tours of the museum include The Gallery, which is composed of original stage uniforms worn by famous Motown artists, sheet music, rare photos, and other memorabilia.
• Studio A, where Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and other Motown artists recorded, still contains the original instruments and equipment used during Detroit’s Motown era.
• Other attractions include Berry Gordy’s Apartment, The Echo Chamber, and Motown Style, which is home to the jeweled white glove made famous by Michael Jackson. 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-875-2264; motownmuseum.com.
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