Calendar of Events
Live-action and animated short films.
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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Feb. 10 & 11. A 2-day conference with several panel discussions that explore meta-disciplinary perspectives around such topics as academies, print, landscape, gardens, fashion, canons, and the language of art. Full schedule at http://tinyurl.com/78bgnmd.
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 3100 North Quad Ehrlicher Room, 105 S. State. Free. 764-5400. [map]
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]
Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35–45 or 55–65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285–6830. [map]
Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 25–50 miles, along the less traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 994–5908. [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]
Fill a bag for $5. Second bag is free.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 944-0625. [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]
Three young string musicians from around the country perform in the semifinals of this national competition for over $100,000 in prizes that supports young African American and Latino classical musicians. The finals are held on Feb. 12 in Detroit.
Noon, Hill Auditorium. Free, but reservations required at ums.org/education, or by phone. 615-0122. [map]
Student docents give a 30-minute tour of the art museum.
12:15-12:45 p.m., meet at the UMMA information desk, 525 S. State. Free. 764-UMMA. [map]
Join Cherry Republic on February 10th and 11th for their Cherry Lover’s Wine Weekend. Sample from our deliciously cherry wine collection and hundreds of our tasty cherry treats. All samples are complimentary. We also carry a wide variety of Valentine’s gifts including Heart-shaped Boomchunka Cookies and Cherry Fudge Hearts. So join us the weekend before Valentine’s Day and let us share the love with the Cherry Lover’s Wine Weekend. For more details call 734-585-5231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cherry Republic in downtown Ann Arbor, 223 S. Main Street. Free. 734.585.5231. email@example.com www.cherryrepublic.com [map]
Screening of short 2011 documentaries nominated for an Oscar.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10. 668-TIME. [map]
(Wim Wenders, 2011). Visually stunning 3D dance film and documentary based on the life and work of the late German choreographer Pina Bausch. German & French, subtitles.
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]
Couple’s Thai Yoga Massage For Valentine’s DayRelax together as you receive tandem Professional Thai Massages. Each of you will have an individual practitioner as we open our space for this special time together. Thai Yoga Massage Provides Relaxation & Stress Relief, Improves Circulation, Balances Energy and Feels Great!Cost: $120 per Couple for 1 hr Massage. Pre-Registration Only. Space is limited. Other times possible, please call 734-929-0274. Times Available: Fri. Feb 10 5-6; 6:30-7:30, 8-9 pm; Sat. Feb. 11, 12:30-1:30; 2-3, 6:30-7:30 & 8-9 pm Sun. Feb. 12 5:15-6:15 pm Mon. Feb. 13 12-1 pm;Tue. Feb 14 7-8 pm or 8:30-9:30 pm
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $120/couple advance registration. 734-929-0274. firstname.lastname@example.org sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Lecture by Wesleyan University ethnomusicology professor Mark Slobin.
5 p.m., Burton Memorial Tower room 506. Free. 764-0594.
Relax together as you receive tandem Thai Massages. Each of you will have an individual practitioner as we open our space for this special time together. Thai Yoga Massage Provides Relaxation & Stress Relief, Improves Circulation, Balances Energy and Feels Great!Cost: $120 per Couple for 1 hr Massage. Pre-Registration Only. Space is limited to a Max of 3 Couples per time slot.Times Available: Fri. Feb 10 5:30-6:30 pm; Sat. Feb. 11, 2-3 pm., 3:30-4:30 pm, or 5-6 pm Sun. Feb. 12 5:15-6:15 pm Mon. Feb. 13 12-1pm Tue. Feb 14 7-8 pm or 8:30-9:30 pm
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W. Huron St. $120/couple advance registration.. 734-929-0274. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Himalayan Bazaar co-owner Sherpa discusses growing up in Nepal, his work as a porter, and his 2 climbs to the summit of Mt. Everest.
5:30 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. Free. 997-7229. [map]
Appetizer, salad, soup, entrée, and dessert. With info on healthy eating.
6-8 p.m., Whole Foods mezzanine, 3135 Washtenaw. $15 in advance only. 975-4500. [map]
Feb. 10 & 11. This conference kicks off with a keynote lecture by Princeton University dean Stan Allen on “Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain.” Full schedule at anexact.org.
6 p.m. (Feb. 10) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Feb. 11), A+A Auditorium, 2000 Bonisteel. Free. 764-1300. [map]
Screenings of films TBA.
2 p.m. (Nov. 18, Jan. 20, & Feb. 17) 6:30 p.m. (Nov. 11 & Feb. 10), DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
Feb. 9-11 & 17-19. EMU theater professor Wallace Bridges directs Nilaja Sun’s incisive, touching, often hilarious exploration of the New York City public school system, in which a single actor transforms with rapid-fire precision into the teachers, students, parents, administrators, janitors, and security guards who inhabit our schools and shape the future of America.
7 p.m. (Thurs., Fri, & Feb. 18) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 11 & 19), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids age 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
Co-sponsored by Ypsi Food Co-op, Growing Hope, Transition Ypsi, and the Ypsilanti District Library. Immediately follows the 6pm Growing Hope Community Potluck—all are invited! Please bring a dish to pass. RSVP for potluck at: http://www.growinghope.net/get_involved/events/rsvp About the film: Explore the relationship between U.S. job losses and the American consumer's insatiable desire for bargains in "Is Wal-Mart Good for America?" Through interviews with retail executives, product manufacturers, economists, and trade experts, this film examines the growing controversy over the Wal-Mart way of doing business and asks whether a single retail giant has changed the American economy. Are retailers now more powerful than manufacturers, and are they are forcing the decision to move production to China? Film runs 60 minutes.
Downtown Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-483-1520. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/events/280509105337023/ [map]
Readings by U-M creative writing grad students. Tonight: poetry by Ali Shapiro and prose by Nania Lee.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
Screenings of the 2010 live action short films nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $9 (children, students, seniors, & veterans, $7; MTF members, $6.50; Wed., $6). 668-TIME. [map]
All lesbians invited to join a discussion on auto-immune diseases.
7:30 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Ct. Free. 995-9867. [map]
Fancy chocolate treats from local chocolate makers, along with savory appetizers, wine, and beer. Also, live jazz by the Royal Garden Trio and silent and live auctions.
7:30 p.m., Lake Forest Golf Club, 3100 W. Ellsworth. Tickets $60 & $125 in advance only at wildswantheater.org, and by phone & email. email@example.com, 995-0530. [map]
Feb. 3, 4, & 9-11. Burns Park Elementary School students, parents, and friends--a group cited by former Ann Arbor News drama critic Chris Potter as one of the best theater groups in town--perform this witty, droll 1959 musical comedy adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea. In this version, before she is deemed worthy to marry the prince, the tomboy princess--a role originated by Carol Burnett--must swim a moat and work as a chambermaid, as well as sleep on a pile of mattresses that conceals a pea. Music is by Mary Rodgers, daughter of Richard Rodgers. These shows almost always sell out, so get tickets early. Note: A Feb. 2 dress rehearsal is open to the public (7:30 p.m., $5 at the door only).
7:30 p.m., Tappan Middle School auditorium, 2251 E. Stadium at Brockman. Tickets $15 in advance at Morgan & York (1928 Packard) and (if available) at the door. $30 patron tickets available in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 478-0449. 662-0798. [map]
Feb. 9-12. Wendy Sielaff directs students in a slightly censored “school edition” of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical about a deranged London barber who kills his customers and has them served up in meat pies. Based on supposedly actual events in 19th-century England, Sondheim’s black comedy is a tale of thwarted love, social injustice, and a quest for vengeance that finally destroys the avenger. The operatic score ranges from a haunting choral narrative to dazzlingly melodic arias and duets.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 9-11) & 3 p.m. (Feb. 12), Huron High Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller Rd. Tickets $13 (students & seniors, $10; family of 4, $40) in advance at ShowTix4U.com and at the door. 994-2096. [map]
Feb. 3-5, 10, & 11. Erin Palmer directs students in Meredith Willson’s perennially popular musical set in small-town Iowa around the turn of the century. A fast-talking traveling salesman cons the townsfolk into buying musical instruments by posing as a music instructor who wants to start a boys’ band. But his plans to skip town with their money collapse when he falls for the town librarian, an independent-minded young woman suspicious of his motives and his credentials. The show’s many hummable tunes include “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Gary, Indiana,” “Goodnight, Ladies,” and “Till There Was You.”
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 3, 4, 10, & 11) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 5), Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker at Shield, Dexter. Tickets $10 (students, $8) at the door. 424-4240, ext. 7400. [map]
Tonight is “local choreography night.” With live music by Debbie Jackson & friends. For experienced English country dancers.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10. (248) 288-4737. [map]
Jan. 13 & 27, Feb. 10 & 24. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (from the large State St. entrance, take one of the elevators on the left). Free. 764-3440. [map]
Feb. 9-11. Local debut of this veteran Midwestern stand-up comic who specializes in hip, sardonic takes on marriage, kids, and family life. A ubiquitous presence on cable TV, he also has a recurring role on Hot in Cleveland. 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). $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Trey Jacobs directs these 2 music student ensembles in a program of choral music TBA.
8 p.m., Pease Auditorium, EMU campus, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
For the next several months Charlie LaCroix will present a series of art exhibitions in the LePop Gallery, located in the Comerica building at 101 N. Main St in downtown Ann Arbor. The second of thes, Postcards From the Edge, featuring artists local to Washtenaw County. Posctards features the whimsical, colorful paintings of John Dinser, the adventurous, post-apocalyptic illustrations of Matt Nisbett & the urban landscape sculptures of Jacob Warren.The opening event for Postcards From the Edge is Feb 10th from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music by The Sketchers & refreshments will be provided. This is a free event for all ages. Gallery hours through March 3 are posted on our website.
LePop Gallery, 101 N. Main, Suite 130. Free. 734-408-1184. email@example.com www.clxart.com [map]
Jan. 20, Feb. 10, Mar. 23, & Apr. 13. Performances by U-M student singer-songwriters. The Apr. 13 show features in-the-round performances by all the performers from the 3 earlier shows and the announcement of the winner of the series, who will be booked as an opening act at an Ark show.
8 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 761-1451. [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]
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]
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. 10-12 & 15-19. Malcolm Tulip directs U-M musical theater students in Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Tony-winning 2007 rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 drama about a group of German adolescents whose sexual awakening is warped and thwarted by bourgeois adult society. One of the seminal works of modern theater, Wedekind’s play was banned as pornographic and not produced in full until the 1960s. Recommended for mature audiences.
7:30 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $17 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons. Note: New location.
9 p.m.-midnight, Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5 (includes lessons; students with ID, $3). 417-9857. [map]
A bevy of glittering goddesses will present a drag queen extravaganza for a great cause hosted by Frenchie’s in Ypsilanti on Friday, February 10th beginning at 9:30 p.m. Donations made at the door and during the event will benefit the Ozone House Ypsilanti location and its programs.The Love is a Drag event was created by Frenchie’s proprietor, Jessica Jane French, in an effort to find a unique and fun way to support Ozone House’s programs for at risk youth.The line-up of performers includes Chanel Hunter, Miss Michigan Entertainer of the Year; Jadein Black, Miss Tri-States Entertainer of the Year; and, the fabulous Dazzle Dior. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. and the show begins at 10:00 p.m. The suggested donation at the door is $5.00.
Frenchie's, 54 E. Cross Street, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5. 734-483-5230. www.ozonehouse.org [map]
Screenings of the 2011 animated short films nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children, students, seniors, & veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). 668-TIME. [map]
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