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Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or see the Web site at Guided Tours Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 p.m.; Fridays, 1, 6 & 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m. Drawing in the Galleries (For all ages) Fridays, 6–9 p.m.; Sundays, 1–5 p.m.
Saturday, November 08 Arts Alive! The Gala Celebration of the Detroit Institute of Arts Arts Alive! Let Yourself Go…Again! Ticket prices are $200, $600, and $2,500 per person. For details, call 313.833.7967. Experience the joie de vivre at the heart of French culture at Les Arts Vivants (Arts Alive!), a celebration of the first anniversary of our grand opening gala—one of last year’s best attended and most talked about parties—on Saturday, November 8. Taking inspiration from the French masterworks in the special exhibition Monet to Dali: Modern Masters from the Cleveland Museum of Art, the DIA has put together an evening of all things French, from Piaf to pommes frites. So allons-y encore (let yourself go, again). Guests may tour Monet to Dali at their leisure, spending time with French masterworks by Cezanne, Renoir, Monet, and Matisse. Parts of the museum will be turned into the squares and streets of Paris, with artists sketching caricatures and models in exquisite period costumes. Partygoers will be greeted by an array of entertainers reminiscent of the eye-popping performances at the Moulin Rouge and Les Folies Bergere. Graceful aerialists adorned in sequins and feathers will swoop above the crowd in the Great Hall and Rivera Court. Acrobats will perform feats of strength and agility guaranteed to amaze and impress. It wouldn’t be the Moulin Rouge without the can-can, so dancers in brilliant costume will add plenty of sparkle throughout the evening. This year’s musical entertainment promises to be lively, as well. DJ Rashida, one of the most sought after DJs, will get the party started with her signature fusion of hip-hop, rock, funk, and reggae. Mel Ball and the Colours Orchestra will play big band music with a special performance from a French chanteuse. This year’s gala chairs are Mary Kay Crain and Jennifer Fischer. Dinner chairs are Trudy DunCombe Archer, Lauren Fisher, Cynthia Ford, and Kathy Penske.  

November 14-15 at 7:00 & 9:30 p.m.

November 16 at 4:00 p.m.

patti smith:dream of life

a film by Steven Sebring

Forty years ago Patti Smith left her family and New Jersey home on a bus headed for New York City. Obsessed with late 19th century symbolist poets Arthur Rimbaud and William Blake, and ignited by late 20th century beat and counter-culture, she burned with a dream of finding her own muse. Nearly twelve years in the making, Steven Sebring's brilliant film captures the artist's passionate search through the decades, a trajectory that encompassed critical acclaim for her music, obscurity as a mother and housewife living in suburban Detroit and her reemergence as a political activist. A collaboration between the director and his subject, Dream of Life is an unforgettable portrait of a legendary artist as everywoman.

"Beautiful and intermittently haunting. Dream of Life could be called a meditation on aging and mortality, an intimate study of a genuinely remarkable person." -Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

Wednesday November 19, at 6:00 pm

Strolling Supper and Cocktails in Rivera Court

$75 per person DIA Woodward Entrance 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Artist talks in the Contemporary Galleries Hostesses Lila Silverman, Barbara Kratchman, Wendy Silverman, and Janice Steinhardt

Matthew Moulthrop, White Pine Chalice, 2005 Philip Moulthrop, Untitled, 1989 © Matthew Moulthrop, courtesy of the artist © Philip Moulthrop, courtesy of the artist Valet parking available at Woodward entrance. Self-parking available in the Cultural Center John R lot. Please RSVP to Tarya Stanford by Monday, November 10 at 313.833.4020 or

5200 Woodward Ave. Detroit, 313.833.7900