Calendar of Events
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor’s Amster Gallery is proud to present the photos of Elena Weissman. The exhibit Eye Wonder is a breathtaking collection of photographs taken mostly in Michigan. Through the camera, Elena has brought us a story of the natural wonders of nature in color and texture. She uses shadow, shapes and captured beauty to please our eyes. See the exhibit and meet the artist on Sunday, January 29 at 4 p.m. for a reception and formal viewing. The exhibit will run through February 29 during regular JCC business hours. For more information, contact Karen Freedland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 971-0990. The JCC is located at 2935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor. Or visit www.jccannarbor.org for more information.
JCC of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive. Free. 734-971-0990. email@example.com www.jccannarbor.org [map]
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High school students from around the country solve linguistics problems that require only logic and reasoning skills to solve.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Michigan Union. Free. 764-0353. [map]
Daily. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination, except Saturday mornings, which feature a 22-mile ride at various paces along the Border-to-Border Trail to the Side Track in Ypsilanti for breakfast. Also, on weekdays, riders can also start at 11 a.m. from the gazebo in downtown Dexter. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m. (daily) & 1 p.m. (Sat. & Sun. only), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541 (morning ride), 994-5908 (afternoon ride). [map]
Every Thurs., Jan. 5-Feb. 9. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and guest scholars. Jan. 5: U-M psychology professor Christopher Peterson discusses “The Psychology of Humor: Three Perspectives.” Jan. 12: U-M English professor emeritus Ralph Williams on “Laughter on the Edge of the Abyss: Humor in Shakespeare’s Tragedies.” Jan. 19: U-M communication professor Susan Douglas on “Radio and Linguistic Slapstick During the Great Depression.” Jan. 26: Global Health Services Network clinical consultant Christeen Conlin Holdwick on “S/he Who Laughs Lasts: Humor in the Healing Process.” Feb. 2: U-M Dearborn political science professor emeritus Bernard Klein on “Humor in Politics.” Feb. 9: Award-wining cartoonist Dave Coverly, whose work has appeared everywhere from Parade Magazine to The New Yorker, on “A Cartoonist’s Life; Or, How Hard Can It Be to Think of One Idea a Day?” .
10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. Preregistration required. 998-9351. [map]
Jan. 29-Mar. 3. A national, juried exhibition of hand-crafted ceramic cups. Reception Feb. 3, 7-9 p.m.
Noon-6 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), noon-7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Clay Gallery, 335 Main St. Free admission. 662-7972. [map]
Every Thurs. Lectures by visiting scholars. Feb. 2: Columbia University Asian and Middle Eastern cultures professor Max Moerman on “Journeys to the West: Buddhism and the Japanese World Map.” Feb. 9: Nanzan University (Japan) humanities professor Paul Swanson on “Takagi Kenmyo and Buddhist Socialism: A Meiji Misfit and Martyr.” Feb. 16: Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (UK) research director Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere “On the Creation of a National Collection of Japanese Ceramics in the 1870s.” Feb. 23: Purdue University political science professor Daniel Aldrich on “Golden Age to Nuclear Nightmare: The Past, Present, and Future of the Fukushima Disaster.”
Noon-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-4301. [map]
Feb. 2 & 14. TBE cantor Annie Rose leads a discussion of Jewish poet Rodger Kamanetz’ book about his experience as one of several American Jews invited by the Dalai Lama to Dharamsala to discuss how to preserve faith and practice in exile.
Noon-1:30 p.m. (Feb. 2) & 7:30-9 p.m. (Feb. 14), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Feb. 2: Motown and classic rock by the DanirÃ©e Duo. Feb. 9: Romantic jazz standards by Edie Herrold & Red Shoes. Feb. 16: musician TBA. Feb. 23: classical guitarist Michael Casher and vocalist Carrie Wilson.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
Ann Arbor CIL Toastmasters meetings provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.Ann Arbor CIL Toastmasters meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Drive. Free. 734 612-9887. firstname.lastname@example.org http://aacil.toastmastersclubs.org/ [map]
Every Tues. & Thurs. through Apr. All adults invited to play music. Bring an instrument and music stand. Beginners are asked to call ahead to set up lessons.
7–8:30 p.m. (Tues.) and 1–2:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline–Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 429–1742. [map]
The popular Ann Arbor acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits performs original songs and traditional music from around the globe in a benefit for the Friends Center. Preceded at 1:30 p.m. by snowman building (weather permitting) and a reception with mulled cider and treats.
3 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7448 Clarks Lake Rd. (off Waterloo Rd. west of M-52), Chelsea. Tickets $8 (family, $20) in advance only. 475–1892. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 2-26 This local professional company performs this hit 1996 Broadway musical revue that features 39 Lieber & Stoller songs, from “Charlie Brown” and “Poison Ivy” to “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock” to “There Goes My Baby” and “Stand by Me.”
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 23), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. $18 on Thurs., $32 (members & seniors, $29; groups of 10 or more, $26) on Fri. & Sat. eve., & $28 (members & seniors, $25; groups of 10 or more, $22) for matinees. Tickets available in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
Feb. 2 & 16. Lectures by U-M and visiting scholars. Feb. 2: U-M history professor Kathleen Canning on “Aftermaths and Future Visions: Gender and the Meaning of Revolution in Germany 1918-19.” Feb. 16: CUNY sociology professor Sharon Zukin on “The Social Production of Upscale Cosmopolitanism: Identity and Belonging on an Amsterdam Shopping Street.” .
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]
Every Thurs. Whole Foods staffers discuss wine. Tastings with cheese and appetizers. Topics: “Dry to Sweet” (Feb. 16), Spanish reds (Feb. 23), Cabernet Sauvignon (Mar. 1), World Chardonnay (Mar. 8), Wines of Chile (Mar. 15), Spanish whites (Mar. 22), & Red Bordeaux (Mar. 29). Also, Michigan beer tastings (price varies) at 5 p.m. on Feb. 3 & 17 and Mar. 2 & 16..
5-8:30 p.m., Whole Foods wine bar, 990 W. Eisenhower Pkwy., Cranbrook Village shopping center. $17 (Thurs.) & TBA (Fri.) 997-7500. [map]
Artist and entrepreneur Robert Hammond discusses the High Line, a new public park atop an abandoned elevated rail line on Manhattan’s West Side. He cofounded the nonprofit Friends of the High Line.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
Talk by New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff.
6-7:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Library, enter from the Diag. Free. 615-5783. [map]
Every Tues & Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-20 miles, along the Border-to-Border Trail or lightly traveled Whitmore Lake Rd.
6:30 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. Preregistration required by joining groups.google.com/group/aabts-winter-evening-rides and emailing email@example.com before 5 p.m. 276-0240. [map]
Join us for a course of heartwarming soups courtesy of local soup-master le Dog (and others) paired with wine to nourish your soul! Tickets are $20* and should be purchased in advance from Everyday Wine in the Kerrytown Market & Shops. (*greater donations are appreciated, as this is a fundraiser for FLY Children's Art Center! www.flyartcenter.org )
Fustini's, Kerrytown Market & Shops. Donation. $20. 734.827.9463. firstname.lastname@example.org www.everyday-wines.com [map]
Taste the qualities of vineyard-site through five eye-opening courses with Biran Loring. Loirng Wine Compnay produces vineyard specific Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Seating is limited. Please call for tickets.
Vinology Wine Bar & Restaurant, 110 S. Main Street. $65 per person plus tax/grat. 734.222.9841. email@example.com vinowinebars.net [map]
6:30 p.m., Crisler Arena. $7 & $8 (age 55 & older, $5; U-M students, faculty, & staff with ID, free). 764-0247. [map]
This ensemble of more than 30 Chelsea High School students plays traditional jigs and reels. Tonight's show is recorded for a live CD. Opening act is the Beach (Middle School) Fiddle Club. Also, an afterglow to visit with current and past CHO musicians.
7 p.m., Chelsea High School Auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $10 (students & seniors, $5; children under 3, free) in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and chelseahouseorchestra.org, at the door. 475–1957. [map]
Feb. 2 & 22; Mar. 12, 20, 26, & 28. Talks by Nutritional Healing Center representatives. Feb. 2: nutrition expert Kerry Cradit on “Heart Health.” Feb. 22: chiropractor Shannon Roznay on “Lick the Sugar Habit.”Mar. 12: Chiropractor Darren Schmidt on “Food Freak Show,” about food additives. Mar. 20: Cindy Klement on homeopathic “Flower Essences.” Mar. 26: Doula Dawn Bussey on “What is a Doula, Anyway?” Mar. 28: Chiropractor Amanda Childress on “Dining Out,” about eating healthy at restaurants..
7-8 p.m., Whole Foods Cooking & Lifestyles Classroom, 3135 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration required. 975-4500. [map]
GLBT friendly Toastmaster meeting in Ann Arbor! If you have been wanting to improve your communication and leadership skills, a Toastmasters meeting is the place to go. Toastmasters dedicated to improving the speaking, listening and leadership skills of its members. Members gain experience, skill, and confidence using an organized growth program in an encouraging environment. Guests are always welcome. Meetings are the first Thursday of the month from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Court. $2 donation.. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Feb. 2-4. U-M students perform 6 short plays written by senior women performance majors. Followed by a stage-combat performance.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
Screening of a video.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]
Discussion led by veteran local activists Alan Haber and Odile Huguenot-Haber--both founding members of the 60s activist movement Students for a Democratic Society--and other Occupy Ann Arbor participants.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
Feb. 2 & 16. All invited to learn about the club’s downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Followed by a screening of the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) and dancing to country, classic rock, and pop by the Lazy River Band (Feb. 16). Must be 21 or older.
7:30 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5. 786-2237. [map]
Greenhills students present short plays TBA.
7:30 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Tickets TBA. 769-4010. [map]
Feb. 2-5. This U-M dance-student company presents works by guest artist Lucinda Childs, a veteran postmodern choreographer whose works are known for breeding complex, intricate patterns out of minimalist movements, and U-M dance professors Bill DeYoung, Peter Sparling, and Robin Wilson. The program is highlighted by Dance #1, the 20-minute opening section of Childs’ groundbreaking 1979 work Dance, an evocative juxtaposition of past and present set to a Philip Glass score. DeYoung’s Been a Long Time is a thrilling, energetic work inspired by rock ’n’ roll in its boldest, most unrestrained forms, and Wilson’s Lightmotifs is a group work exploring the spectrum of ideas about light from the mundane to the spiritual. Sparling premieres Forest Through the Trees, a group work set to excerpts from Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans and local composer Frank Pahl’s prepared piano score that offers a panoramic essay on identity, repetition, and the fragmented lyricism of the Modernist legacy.
7:30 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $20 & $26 (students, $10) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 12-Feb. 26. David Magidson directs the Michigan premiere of Christopher Hampton’s 2009 Tony-winning translation of French playwright Yasmina Reza’s dark comedy of manners about 2 couples who meet at one of their homes to discuss a playground altercation between their young children. Hostility rumbles just under the surface, as their civilized battle of wits devolves into a hilariously childish chaos. (Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels earned a Tony nomination for his role in the original Broadway production.) Stars Joey Albright, Sarab Kamoo, Phil Powers, and Suzi Regan.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.) & 3 p.m. (Jan. 28 & Feb. 11), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Jan. 12), $22 (Jan. 13, 15, & 19), and $30 (Jan. 14). Jan. 20 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Jan. 20: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
Feb. 2-4. Young Detroit stand-up comic with a laid-back performing style who’s known for smart, edgy observational humor that’s often spiked with improvised riffs. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $7 (Thurs.) & $10 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Founded in 2005 by saxophonist Michael Straus and bassoonist Dana Jessen, the EAR (Electro Acoustic Reed) Duo performs semi-improvised, experimental music that mingles jazz and electronic idioms. Their instrumentation includes MARIE, an ensemble of robotic wind and string instruments created for the duo by EMMI, a group associated with the University of Virginia music technology program. Tonight’s program includes Matthew Burtner’s Coral Attractions, EMMI’s Push for Position, Peter V. Swendsen’s Northern Circles, and a performance of Terry Riley’s epic Dorian Reeds that’s accompanied by Bruce Conner’s experimental film Looking for Mushrooms.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Pianists Christopher Harding, Martin Katz, and Ellen Rowe, trombonist David Jackson, bassist Stephen West, and saxophonist-clarinetist-flutist Andrew Bishop perform a program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits Dr. (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 19-Mar. 10. See review. Rhiannon Ragland directs William Mastrosimone’s touching drama about a retired stone mason who’s evicted from his home to make space for a highway. When he barricades himself in his house, his son must convince him to leave the home and all the memories that come with it. Cast: Matthew David, Guy Sanville, Charlyn Swarthout.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), and 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Jan. 19-27 preview tickets: $20 (Wed. & Thurs.), $25 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & 30 (Sat. eve.). After Jan. 27: Tickets $25 (Wed. & Thurs.), $35 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $40 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
(Michel Hazanavicius, 2011). Black-and-white silent film set in Hollywood in the late 1920s about a May-December romance between a declining silent film actor and a rising actress in the talkies.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
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