CFPCA Offers Extensive Lineup of Noel Night Activities Saturday, December 7

Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) will once again display its robust participation in Midtown Detroit's 47th annual Noel Night on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Noel Night is a Cultural Center-wide holiday open house that presents free activities including: horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 100 area music, theatre, and dance groups, and other special performances. CFPCA students, staff and alumni will engage the community with a variety of events, activities and performances.

James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History

Art Department Gallery
5400 Gullen Mall Detroit, MI 48202 (map)
Phone: (313) 577-2423
Time: 1-7 p.m.

Exhibition: Arrivals | Departures: Work by Jeffrey Abt, 1989–2019

This exhibit surveys work Jeffrey Abt produced during his time as a professor in the Duffy Department of Art and Art History, Wayne State University, from 1989 to his retirement in 2019.

The exhibit’s title, Arrivals | Departures, refers not only to Abt’s passage through Wayne State, but to the beginnings and conclusions of several bodies of work sampled in the show, as well as to underlying concerns that run through several of them. From the beginning of his time in Detroit, as seen in the earliest piece in the exhibit—Museum of Absence, Abt has explored various facets of museum culture. These include transience, which may seem paradoxical because museums are commonly perceived as permanent and unchanging, and museums as viewing machines.

Elaine L. Jacob Gallery
480 W. Hancock Detroit, MI 48201 (map)
Phone: (313) 577-2423
Time: 1-10 p.m.

Exhibition: THIS LAND IS…
THIS LAND IS…features works created through a wide variety of disciplines by artists who address current and future environmental concerns.  The artists confront political, cultural, and social ecological changes by observing sentimental landmarks and documenting their importance.  This exhibitionwas curated by Jennifer Belair Sakarian and includes works by the following artists: David Buckley Borden and Casey Keenan, Sophie-Madeleine Jaillet, Sarah Anne Johnson, and Margaret Laurena Kemp in collaboration with Gina Kalabishis.

Exhibiting Artists:

Graduate Open Studio Event
Time: 5-8 p.m.

MA and MFA students in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History will be hosting an open studio event adjacent to the Elaine L. Jacob gallery. Students will have their studios open to the public and work on display. There will be opportunities to talk with the artists and participate in hands-on art activities.

Gallery Learning Community: Holiday Workshop
Time: 3-8 p.m.

Bring thoughts of joy with the Gallery Learning Community on Noel Night! Kids from one to ninety-two will have the chance to finger paint fun filled holiday cards with festive lights, snowmen, or Santa Clause for commemorative keepsakes or gifts. Painting isn’t your fancy? Create a festive garland with the use of paint chips and colored paper.  

Winter Art and Retail Market
Woodward and Warren Park between Cass and Woodward Ave.
(313) 577-9789
1:00-7:00 p.m.

The Winter Art and Retail Market (WARM) is a fun and festive pop-up holiday marketplace that will be located in Wayne State University’s Woodward and Warren Park. The marketplace will feature limited-edition items and one-of-a-king objects from more than 50 local businesses and artists. The WARM is a collaboration between Wayne State’s Office of Economic Development, James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History and TechTown Detroit.

Department of Music

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
Old Main 4841 Cass Detroit, MI 48201
Large Ensemble Rehearsal, Room 2402
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Join WSU Music Education students on Noel Night and adventure into the world of music making with our Instrument Petting Zoo! You will have the chance to try out one or more of the following musical instruments: flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, and cello. People of all ages are welcome to develop a love for making music!

Department of Music Showcase: Sounds of the Season
Schaver Music Recital Hall
480 W. Hancock Detroit, MI 48201 (map)
7:30 p.m.

Join music students, faculty and alumni from the Department of Music for an evening of festive sounds that are sure to get you and your family into the holiday spirit. Warm up in Schaver Music Recital Hall with dazzling performances featuring Jazz Ensembles, the Women’s Chorale, Men’s Glee Club and the University Chamber Orchestra.

Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance

Company One Dance Concert: Letters of emPOWERment
Allesee Dance Theatre @ Old Main
4841 Cass Detroit 48201, Room 3226 (map)
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $7 (not including processing fees)

Reckless by Craig Lucas
Underground at the Hilberry, 4743 Cass Ave., Detroit 48202 (map)
8:00 p.m.
Student tickets are $15 (not including processing fees)

For those that are looking for a darker take on the holidays, Reckless is the perfect way to celebrate!

A Christmas Carol adapted from the Charles Dickens story by John Wolf and Tom Aulino
Bonstelle Theatre, 3424 Woodward Ave, Detroit 48201 (map)
2:00 & 7:00 p.m.

$15 student tickets (not including processing fees)

This holiday season join Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly adventure in Dickens’ classic story. When his former business partner, now deceased, visits the miserly old Scrooge, he begins a journey into the past, present and future to learn the true meaning of Christmas. Will the old codger redeem himself? Can the spirits inspire him to a greater purpose? Find out this Christmas at the Bonstelle Theatre.

University Theatres
WSU Theatre Box Office: (313) 577-2972 Tickets required for all shows.

Reindeer Run

Begins at SW corner of Woodward and Warren, 313-577-1614
5:00 p.m.

Get ready for a rollicking romp around Midtown in this exhilarating scavenger hunt presented by the Wayne State University College of Fine Performing and Communication Arts! Your team of four or more will decipher clues that will lead you to Noel Night destinations, where you will take photos of your “answers”. The first three teams to cross the finish line with the most correct answers will receive a jolly pack of prizes. Check-in at the southwest corner of Warren and Woodward Avenues. The reindeer round up begins at 4:45 p.m. -- teams must be checked in by 4:55 p.m. to participate. The starting bells begin at 5:00 p.m.

Find our table inside the big, heated Winter Art and Retail Market tent at the corner of Woodward and Warren Avenue. Participants can pre-register here or check in at the table inside the big tent on Noel Night.

Noel Night is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit's Midtown district. Call (313) 420-6000 or visit for a complete list of Noel Night activities and at