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Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published February 13, 2020

1. ‘Lovely Light’ art exhibit
Sunday, Feb. 16 • Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, Grosse Pointe Farms

From veteran artists honing their craft to people with no prior artistic training, Grosse Pointe Farms artist Carol LaChiusa has taught them all.

After turning 89 last July, LaChiusa decided to retire from teaching, but she and her most recent group of students are sharing one last hurrah: “The Lovely Light: Recent Paintings by Students and Friends of Carol LaChiusa,” an exhibition of artwork on public view through March 1 in the art gallery of Grosse Pointe Congregational Church in Grosse Pointe Farms.

LaChiusa has been teaching art since 1970, and she has been an instructor at what is now the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center in Birmingham and the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms. She had a long-running instructional TV show on a Grosse Pointe cable channel as well. In recent years, LaChiusa has been leading workshops out of her home studio and during trips to places like the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Higgins Lake.

Grosse Pointe Congregational Church is located at 240 Chalfonte Ave. “The Lovely Light” is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and by appointment. For an appointment, call the church at (313) 884-3075. For more information, visit

Related story: Longtime art instructor lets the ‘Light’ shine on her students

2. ‘Grails: The Sole and Black Culture’ opening reception
Saturday, Feb. 15 • The Carr Center Gallery, Detroit

For sneaker collectors, “grails” are the hard-to-find pairs that are much sought after and take a collection to the next level. The Carr Center Gallery, 15 E. Kirby St. in Detroit, will open its newest exhibit, “Grails: The Sole and Black Culture” at 7 p.m.

The Carr Center says that sneakers carry their own history, nostalgia “and are conduits for African American cultural memory and experience.” The exhibit will include items from Cheresse Thornhill, the second woman of color to design footwear for Nike, plus items from Detroit collectors Jason Johnson, Marlon Thomas Jr., Will Sexton and Eugene "Geeno" Atchison. The exhibit includes multimedia presentations and videos of sneakerheads talking about their passion for sneakers.

The event is free to the public, but it requires tickets to attend. Register to attend at The 7 p.m. showing of the exhibit sold out earlier this week, but tickets remained for the 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. showings as of Thursday.

The exhibit will be on display during normal gallery hours until April 9. Normal hours are 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays, and noon to 8 p.m. Fridays.

3. ‘Downton Abbey’-inspired tours and tea
Saturday, Feb. 15, and Sunday, Feb. 16 • Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester

Meadow Brook Hall is bringing back it’s “Downton Abbey”-inspired Servants Life Tour, and the Downton Days Tea, Talk and Tour at the great estate.

People can explore the secret lives of the downstairs staff with Meadow Brook Hall’s Servant’s Life tour on weekends in February. The immersive tour takes visitors behind the scenes to experience life as it was lived in the “downstairs” of Meadow Brook Hall when the head housekeeper invites them to be part of the staff. The experience includes tea and scones in the servants’ dining room. The tour runs 11:30-1 p.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. Feb. 15-16 and 22-23. Tickets cost $35 per person and must be booked in advance.

To make a reservation, visit or call (248) 364-6252. For more information, call (248) 364-6200 or visit

4. February Film Festival
Friday, Feb. 14 • The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, Rochester Hills

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road in Rochester Hills, is hosting a film festival this month featuring unique and meaningful independent movies.

The Feb. 14 film, "Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes," will be shown at 7 p.m. in the calf barn. Admission is free for museum members and costs $5 for nonmembers.

For more information about this film and others, call (248) 656-4663 or visit

5. Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 14-16 • Little Caesars Arena, Detroit

Disney on Ice: Road Trip Adventures is bringing new and classic tales and a multi-generational experience to Little Caesars Arena with seven shows February 14-16.

Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and guests embark on an interactive and memory-rich adventure to iconic Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London with Mary Poppins; travel to the sun-soaked island of Motunui with Moana; set off on a safari through the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; and discover a whole new world with Aladdin, Genie and Jasmine.

Showtimes are as follows: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., February 14;  11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. February 15; and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. February 16.

Tickets start at $15 and are available online at