Exhibit: Designs from the Past: Ancient Chinese Ceramic Vessels Through September 16, Museum Hours — The Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI
Talk: Herbs of the Middle Ages August 6, 7:00 pm — Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI
Special Event: Michigan Renaissance Festival Weekends and Labor Day, August 18–September 30, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm — 12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly, MI
Permanent Exhibit: William E. Upjohn Exhibit Wing Ongoing Exhibit, Museum Hours — Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI
Planetarium Show: Natural Selection Weekends, Through Labor Day, Times Vary — Acheson Planetarium, Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI
Exhibit: Life on Earth! Through September 2, Museum Hours — Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI
Talk: Walk and Talk–Up Close to Michigan Native Plants at Matthaei-Nichols July 17, 7:30 pm — Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd., Ann Arbor, MI
Planetarium Show: Michigan Sky Tonight Weekends, Times Vary — Acheson Planetarium, Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI
Exhibit: The Golden Age of Painting, 1600–1800 Through August 19, Museum Hours — The Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 East Kearsley St., Flint, MI
Free Performance: Opera on Tap July 3 and August 7, 8:30 pm — Sidetrack Bar and Grill, 53 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI
Free Class: Introduction to Zen Sundays, 4:30 pm — The Detroit Zen Center, 11464 Mitchell St., Hamtramck, MI
Permanent Exhibit: With Liberty and Justice for All Ongoing Exhibit, Museum Hours — The Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI
The story of American freedom is not a clear progression to a preordained goal. It is a tale of debates, disagreements and struggles between individuals and groups of people with different ideas and points of view. It is as multifaceted, contentious and ever-changing as America itself. And it continues today. With Liberty and Justice for All focuses upon four key transformative moments in the American quest for freedom: the Revolutionary Era, the Antislavery Movement and Civil War Era, the Woman’s Suffrage Movement and the Civil Rights Movement. It highlights the people and iconic artifacts that were involved in those moments, and involves visitors in the important debates and struggles. These powerful stories—with their inspirational leaders and galvanizing moments—provide the compelling core and the framework for the exhibition. These stories come alive through highly emotional, dramatic storytelling techniques. Dramatic portrayals are punctuated by rare and iconic artifacts from the Museum’s collections, including: one of the few surviving copies of the Declaration of Independence; George Washington’s camp chest and bed; a hand-lettered copy of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution (which declares freedom for slaves); the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was assassinated; and the bus on which Rosa Parks was riding in December 1955, when she made her historic stand for civil rights. Hundreds of additional compelling artifacts from the Museum’s collection are highlighted in With Liberty and Justice for All. Finally, we invite visitors to become actively involved in the historical debates about American freedom through a series of highly interactive exhibit techniques. As they engage in the various historical debates, disagreements and struggles about freedom, visitors will come to realize not only that the meaning of American freedom has changed greatly over time, but also that they themselves can have strong opinions about it—perhaps even want to take their own action to affect change. Entry to the exhibit is included in the price of museum admission.
Play: Richard III July 12–August 12, Times Vary — Michael Baughman Theatre, Jackson Community College, 2111 Emmons Rd., Jackson, MI
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents: Fourth in line for the Throne of England, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, uses cunning intelligence, fearsome charm, and political wit to overthrow every rival standing between him and ultimate power. Perhaps the greatest villain in literature, Richard III deftly manipulates his victims with fear, humor, and style. Watch as he joyfully engages his audience as an accomplice to his worst crimes. A striking study of politics, power, and the ambition needed for both, not only will Richard III make you enjoy the horrible, you’ll be cheering for the scoundrel. Ticket price: $10–$39. See the website for a full performance calendar and to purchase tickets.
Play: Love’s Labour’s Lost July 13–August 11, Times Vary — Michael Baughman Theatre, Jackson Community College, 2111 Emmons Rd., Jackson, MI
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents: The King of Navarre and his three companions take an oath to live three years in study and introspection – no women allowed. Coincidentally, the Princess of France and her three companions make an impromptu visit. What follows involves four couples teetering headlong into love, country bumpkins enjoying of silly courtships, and a fantastical Spanish swordsman. Love’s Labour’s Lost is not only one of Shakespeare’s early works, it is considered one of the most linguistically complex. This wittily effervescent combination of puns, allusions, and sophisticated word play is perfect for a summer’s sojourn! Ticket price: $10–$39. See the website for a full performance calendar and to purchase tickets.
Play: Pygmalion July 19–August 10, Times Vary — Michael Baughman Theatre, Jackson Community College, 2111 Emmons Rd., Jackson, MI
The Michigan Shakespeare Festival presents: Described by Shaw as ‘a Romance in five acts,’ Pygmalion is a bright and funny battle of wills between renowned phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, and the lowly street-smart flower girl he is determined to turn into a lady, Eliza Doolittle. While attempting to elevate Eliza’s speech and manners, their relationship leads to investigations of class and gentility, dignity and humanity, friendship and romance, women’s independence, and simple bullheadedness. Pygmalion is the gold-standard of classical comedy, and the basis for Lerner and Lowe’s timeless musical My Fair Lady. Ticket price: $10–$39. See the website for a full performance calendar and to purchase tickets.