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The Cultural Beacon is your guiding light to the very best of High Culture in Southeastern Michigan / Detroit Metropolitan area.  There is never enough time to celebrate all of the 7 arts in the region.  The Cultural Beacon alerts guests to the crème de la crème in high culture. 
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Michigan lighthouses are stars of the shore, beacons of brilliance and luminaries of lore. More than 115 Great Lakes lighthouses form a stellar constellation along the Michigan coastline, guiding sailors and capturing imaginations. Some still shine for ships. Others share their stories with us first-hand as museums.

Fabergé: Designing Luxury, from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Sunday, October 14, 2012 – Monday, January 21, 2013

Discover the story behind the renowned House of Fabergé, the luxury brand created by preeminent artist and jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920).

"Fabergé: Designing Luxury” brings to metro Detroit more than 200 precious objects from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the home of the largest collection of Fabergé in the United States. The show traces Peter Carl Fabergé’s rise to fame, highlighting his business savvy, artistic innovations, and privileged relationship with the Russian aristocracy. Despite the firm’s abrupt end in 1918, the legacy and name of Fabergé continues to hold a place in the popular culture.
The Pines of Rome

The 2011-12 Classical Season ends in roaring fashion when Leonard Slatkin and the DSO perform four symphonic blockbusters - Ravel's "La Valse", Cindy McTee's Symphony No. 1: Ballet for Orchestra, John William's Cello Concerto with DSO Principal Cello Robert deMaine, and Respighi's thunderous "The Pines of Rome," a musical tour of the titular city. With brass blazing from the four corners of Orchestra Hall, it's a spectacular close to another season.
Opera in three acts
By Georges Bizet
Libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré
Premiered 1863 in Paris
Sung in French with English translations projected above the stage
Running time is 2:30

A fishing village in ancient Ceylon is the steamy setting for Bizet’s tale of friendship, loyalty and forbidden love, The Pearl Fishers. Brave pearl fishermen Zurga and Nadir recall a pact they made not to pursue Leila, a woman with whom they were both in love. When a veiled virgin arrives to pray for the fishermen on their upcoming expedition, the real pearl remains hidden: her true identity. When Leila finally reveals herself, she pits old friends against each other in a deadly triangle of forbidden love.
The Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre was founded at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship pow-wow dancers, singers, and storytellers. Set against a backdrop of spectacular video imagery and accompanied by live traditional, sacred, and courting songs, narratives and creation stories are woven into the fabric of the performance.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the fascinating story of a prominent American family. The Fords filled their home with a remarkably diverse art collection, elegant furnishings, and interiors reflecting centuries of fine craftsmanship. This guided tour reveals the private side of the Ford family while visiting 20 rooms of the home. After the tour, you will enjoy a Sandwich Splendor Buffet and also have the opportunity to check out the beautiful gardens, the expansive views of Lake St. Clair and the gift shop.

Sandwich Splendor Buffet includes:
Signature Chicken Salad in Croissant
Turkey Club with Bacon, Swiss Cheese and Ranch Dressing
Roasted Vegetables with Herb Cream Cheese and Caesar Dressing

Above served with Home Style Red Skin Potatoes, and Zesty Italian Pasta Salad, Fresh Fruit and Assorted Cookies, Coffee, Hot Tea and Iced Tea.