DIA exhibitions include: Let Me Show You What I Saw: American Views on City and County, 1912–1963; Balance of Power: A Throne for an African Prince; Foto Europa: 1840 to Present; and Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, which ended on January 5. Caravaggio’s Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy is on view through January 12, 2014.
Programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or visit www.dia.org.
Other activities include: Guided Tours:Tuesdays–Fridays, 1 p.m.; Saturdays–Sundays, 1 & 3 p.m.
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 how 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. Sundays, noon–4 p.m.
Drop-In Workshops (for all ages)
Fridays, 6–9 p.m. Stained Glass: Have fun creating your very own stained glass art project using a variety of art materials.
Saturdays, January 11, 18 & 25 noon–4 p.m. Watercolor Postcards:Use watercolors to create your own postcard.
Sundays, January 12, 19 & 26, noon–4 p.m. Musical Instruments: Rattles:Small containers and boxes morph into fantastic percussion instruments when dried beans, rice, feathers and fun papers are added.
Special Holiday Drop-In Workshops include: Monday, January 20, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Tibetan Prayer Flags: Learn how Tibetan prayer flags are made and used while you create your own personal flags to take home.
Friday Night Live, January 10
Music:Piano Works Music of Morton Feldman: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Robert Conway performs Morton Feldman’s monumental compositions for solo piano. These rarely performed pieces include For Bunita Marcus (1985), Palais de Mari (1986), Vertical Thoughts 4 (1963) and Piano Piece (to Philip Guston) (1963).
Detroit Film Theatre 40th Anniversary Weekend—January 10–12, 2014
On the occasion of our 40th anniversary in 2014, we invite you to join us for a weekend of memorable films that we’ve shown over the years, beginning on January 10 with a special screening of our very first presentation, Claude Jutra’s haunting and exquisite 1971 Canadian classic, Mon Oncle Antoine. To make the weekend even more of a celebration, all ten films will be shown at 1974 admission prices—$2 for all seats. For tickets, visit www.dia.org/dft/schedule.asp.
Friday, January 10 at 9:30 p.m.
Talk to Her (Spain/2002—directed by Pedro Almodóvar)
The 2002 Best Screenplay Oscar® went to Almadóvar’s masterpiece about a bond that develops between two men as they care for two female coma patients. A transcendent, romantic, breathtaking work. In Spanish with English subtitles. (122 min.)
Saturday, January 11 at 1p.m.
My Left Foot (England/1989—directed by Jim Sheridan)
Daniel Day-Lewis’s stunning performance as Christy Brown, who became a gifted writer despite his debilitating cerebral palsy, is at the core of director Jim Sheridan’s inspiring film, which co-stars Brenda Fricker and nominated for five Academy Awards®. (103 min.)
Saturday, January 11 at 4 p.m.
Burden of Dreams (USA/1982—directed by Les Blank)
For five years, Werner Herzog struggled to complete his dream project, Fitzcarraldo, the story of a obsessed man’s struggle to build an opera house in the Amazon jungle. Documentarian Les Blank’s chronicle of Herzog’s journey is both riveting and spectacular. (95 min.)
Saturday, January 11 at 7 p.m.
In the Mood for Love(Hong Kong/2000—directed by Wong Kar-wai)
Wong Kar-wai’s elegantly fractured portrait of love and longing in 1960s Hong Kong is one of the most visually breathtaking works of modern cinema. Christopher Doyle’s shimmering images coupled with Michael Galasso’s haunting music create a unique big-screen experience. In Cantonese and Shanghainese with English subtitles. (98 min.)
Saturday, January 11 at 9:30 p.m.
Spanish Dracula (USA/1931—directed by George Melford)
Filmed at night on the same sets as Bella Lugosi’s Dracula, Melford’s Spanish-language version—featuring a completely different cast—is even stranger, more disturbing and stylized than its famous sibling. Fully restored, the survival of the Spanish Dracula is a cause for celebration. In Spanish with English subtitles. (104 min.)
Sunday, January 12 at 1 p.m.
Russian Ark (Russia/2002—directed by Alexander Sokurov)
Using cutting-edge digital technology and 867 actors, Russian director Alexander Sokurov redefined the possibilities of cinema with this vision of centuries of Russian history, filmed within the magnificent walls of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in one unbroken, 99-minute shot. In Russian with English subtitles.
Sunday, January 12 at 4 p.m.
Tristana(France/1970—directed by Luis Buñuel)
This masterpiece from the great surrealist director Luis Buñuel is the darkly comic, perversely erotic tale of a young orphaned woman (Catherine Deneuve) placed in the guardianship of respected aristocrat Don Lope (Fernando Rey) with troubling results. This is the recently restored, original cut, in Spanish with English subtitles. (95 min.)
Sunday, January 12 at 7 p.m.
El Norte (Guatemala/US/1983—directed by Gregory Nava)
A Guatemalan sister and brother dream of leaving poverty behind and starting a new life in the North (El Norte), but their journey to America is not what they imagined. A visually rich, dramatically overwhelming work that Roger Ebert called “The Grapes of Wrath for our time.” In K’iche, English and Spanish with English subtitles. (140 min.)
Sunday, January 12 at 9:45 p.m.
Wake in Fright (Australia/1971—directed by Ted Kotcheff)
A modern cult classic of Australian cinema, Wake in Fright (originally shown at the DFT in a cut version called Outback) tells of a young schoolteacher plunged into a nightmarish, five-day orgy of gambling, beer and kangaroo hunting. Paranoid and disturbing (and including actual hunting scenes), it was described by The New Yorker’s Pauline Kael: “There’s talent and intelligence in this original film. You come out with a sense of epic horror.” (109 min.)
Saturday, January 11—DFT 40th Anniversary
Detroit Film Theatre: An Affair to Remember: 6 p.m.
Please join Friends of the Detroit Film Theatre for a strolling dinner celebrating the Detroit Film Theatre’s 40th Anniversary. For details and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.dia.org/calendar/event.aspx?id=4205&iid=5064
Family Sunday, January 12
Sunday Music Bar: Pianist Buddy Budson: 1–4 p.m.
Storyteller Performance: Roan Judd: 2 p.m.
Roan Judd is a storyteller who uses mime, puppetry and physically based acting techniques to tell stories from around the world and many different cultures.