Calendar of Events
Kids and adults can compete in 2 divisions for prizes. Bring your own bait. No alcohol, ATVs, or snowmobiles. Weather permitting.
7 a.m.–4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Webster Twp. Cost TBA includes vehicle entry fee and lunch. 449–4437. [map]
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Feb. 11 & 12. Dog trainers lead their animals through an obstacle course and jumps of various heights. Spectators welcome.
8 a.m.-early afternoon, Canine Sports Recreation Center, 7275 W. Joy Rd., Dexter. Free to spectators. 995-2801. [map]
Every Saturday at 8am Group Running. All abilities. All ages. 2 to 20 miles. $5 per run. Website: http://runningfit501.com.
Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty. $5. 7346570214. email@example.com www.runningfit501.com [map]
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]
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]
Jan. 14 & 21, Feb. 11 & 18. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Snacks and tools provided, or bring your own.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Jan. 14 & Feb. 11), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Jan. 21 & Feb. 18), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. Registration requested. 647-8528. [map]
February 11th, 2012 – Garage Sale sponsored by Progressive Education Consortium (PEC) -To raise money for the PEC member students to attend a joint field trip. -At Clonlara Campus School -1289 Jewett Ave -9am - 3pm -Please contact Martha Rhodes with any questions or concerns at (734) 926-4617http://sites.google.com/site/progressiveedconsortium/
Clonlara Campus School, 1289 Jewett Ave. Free. 734-926-4617. firstname.lastname@example.org http://sites.google.com/site/progressiveedconsortium/ [map]
Dec. 10 & 11, Jan. 7 & 8, Feb. 11 & 12, and Mar. 10 & 11. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Admission $4. (517) 605–0624. [map]
Thinking of enrolling your child in a co-op preschool in Ann Arbor? Ann Arbor Co-op Preschool is a non-profit, non-sectarian preschool operated by and for its members since 1938. Parents work with the teacher to explore and develop cognitive, social, emotional, and creative capabilities through play. Parents become better teachers to their children by participating first hand in their child-s education.We are committed to high-quality education at a low cost.
Ann Arbor Co-op Preschool, 517 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor. Free. (734) 769-7966. email@example.com www.a2preschool.org [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]
U-M Natural History Museum staff explore the things that make us sick--germs, parasites, and allergies--and how our body protects itself. For kids in grades K-5 accompanied by an adult. Note: The Natural History Museum (1109 Geddes at North University) hosts a final presentation of this program on Feb. 19, 1 p.m.
10-11 a.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave., & 2-3 p.m. AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [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]
U-M Exhibit Museum staffers present experiments, dioramas, and projects for kids age 6 & up accompanied by a parent. Jan. 28: “How You Work.” Feb. 11: “How You Get Sick.” Mar. 3: “How to Build a Better You.”
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
Feb. 4, 11, & 18. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M physics professors. Feb. 4: Roberto Merlin on “From Negative Refraction to Wireless Power Transfer: The Path of the Superlens.” Feb. 11: Gordon Kane on “String Theory and Our Real World.” Feb. 18: Henriette Elvang on “Quantum Field Theory: The Language of Particle Physics.”
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola’s, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
One of Zingerman’s Coffee managing partners, Allen Leibowitz or Steve Mangigian, offers a free tour of the coffee company and talks about the intricate world of java.
11 a.m.-noon, Zingerman’s Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr.. Free. 929-6060. [map]
This popular local kiddie-rock trio--guitarist Laurence Miller, his wife singer-keyboardist Princess Melinda, and the animatronic OSO the Drumming Bear--performs music from its new CD, The Teddy Bears Picnic. Miller’s zany originals and clever arrangements of kiddie classics are billed as “sophisticated enough for the grownup ear, yet silly enough to keep the little ones glued.” Raffle of 2 copies of the CD.
11 a.m., Nicola’s books, Westgate shopping center, 2513 Jackson Free. 662-0600, 883-0964. [map]
All preschoolers through 5th graders invited to make a Valentine card for a loved one or to share with a local hospital.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
U-M student docents read stories related to the art on display. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent.
11 a.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 763-UMMA. [map]
All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to make chocolate treats and learn about the history of chocolate. Also, a scavenger hunt through the conservatory to look for Valentine’s Day shapes and colors.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $5 per child. Preregistration requested. 647-7600. [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]
Join Cherry Republic on February 11th at the Ravens Club (2 doors down) for their Cherry Lover’s Wine Tasting. 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 tasting. For more details call 734-585-5231.
Ravens Club, Main Street. Free. 7345855231. firstname.lastname@example.org www.cherryrepublic.com
Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of the finale of Wagner’s epic cycle of 4 operas inspired by Norse mythology. Stars Deborah Voigt and Gary Lehman.
Noon-6:30 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
Metal craftspeople show how to make metal flowers, and Pot&Box staff present live florals that can be mixed with metal ones.
Noon-3 p.m., METAL, 220 Felch. Free. (800) 613-6385. [map]
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]
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]
Presented by park naturalists Jennifer Hollenbeck or Raejean Uehline.Dec. 1: (8 a.m.): “Bird Hike.” Bring binoculars and a field guide. Dec. 9 (10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.): “Santa Central.” Kids invited to visit with Santa, play reindeer games, and enjoy a hayride. Snack. $6 per child (adults, $3; kids under age 1, free) in advance only. Jan. 26 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): “Chillin’ at the Mills.” A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $2 ($6 includes lunch). Feb. 9 (11 a.m.): “Live! Birds of Prey.” Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. $5 (kids, $3). .
Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $3 unless otherwise noted. Preregistration required. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426–8211. [map]
Throw on your warm winter snow gear, embrace the elements and enjoy a lively afternoon in our beer garden. Receive happy hour prices from 1-4pm while being entertained by an ice carving team from WCC! Pending mother nature's cooperation, there will be snow creatures and forts to put a smile on your face. Come early and stay late, this party will be sure to make you forget the cold weather!
Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-480-2739. www.arborbrewing.com [map]
Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Jan. 7 & 8: “Frigid Ice” offers cold experiments involving dry ice, liquid nitrogen, and insta-snow.Feb. 11 & 12: “Good Vibrations” offers sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound. Feb. 25 & 26: “Mighty Motion” offers sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound. .
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Kids in grades 4-12 invited to make black duct tape roses and decorate broken heart–shaped cookies. Bring music to share (no love songs).
1-2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
U-M Exhibit Museum staff host science activities TBA, for kids ages 6-11 (accompanied by a parent), exploring how our bodies work, how things make us sick, how our bodies fight infection, and how to maintain our health.
1-2:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475–8732. [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.
Join us for our "Eat, Meet, & Be Cherry" on Saturday's at the Republic. This event will happen on February 11th, and feature the Mani's preparing some of their favorite recipes using our cherry products! Come in from 2pm-4pm to meet other cherry lovers and sample some delicious food.
Cherry Republic, 223 S. Main Street. Free. 734.585.5231. email@example.com www.cherryrepublic.com [map]
All invited to join a discussion of Nelson Mandela’s Conversations with Myself.
2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
This class is a fun opportunity for moms and their girls to spend some time together moving, stretching, getting stronger and expanding their horizons learning some yoga poses. Come see what you think. Pre-registration is necessary, minimum of 6. You may call 622-9600 to reserve. For middle school age girls. No prior experience is necessary. Alicia Rowe, instructor
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr, #1 Ann Arbor, 48103. $18/person. 734-622-9600. firstname.lastname@example.org www.yogaspaceannarbor.com [map]
Feb. 11 & 12. An elegant, traditional tea with a menu that includes both sweets and savories. Period attire welcome. This popular annual fund-raiser usually sells out well in advance.
2:30 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. $25 (members, $20). Reservations required. 994-4898. [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]
Valentine’s Partner Yoga & Thai MassageFor Communication, Sharing and Fun!Cost: $40 per couple in advance by 2/9 $45 at the door if space is available. Sat., Feb. 11 4-6 pmEnjoy some time together with a partner, family member or friend. Lighthearted, playful and fun, in partner yoga you will work together to improve communication, build trust & support each other to deepen your practice as well as your relationship. We will use a combination of yoga postures, breathing and Thai massage techniques. This workshop is for everyone, first-timers to practiced yogis, and is gender inclusive.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $40 in advance, $45/door. 734-929-0274. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Performances by 4 local stand-up comics TBA. Emcee is local comic Angela Madden. The program begins with a brief Valentine-themed puppet show.
4 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5-$7 sliding scale (kids under 3, free). 657-2337. [map]
Kids ages 3-12, accompanied by a parent, invited to make a Valentine using recycled materials.
4 p.m., Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Pkwy., Cranbrook Village shopping center. $5. Reservations required. 997-7500. [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]
A celebration of the 100th anniversary of Rudolf Steiner’s collection of 52 meditative verses for the individual weeks of the year is highlighted by a n opening reception for an exhibit (see Galleries) of Rochester Hills artist Sophie Bourguignon-Takada’s paintings inspired by this work. With live music. Refreshments. Also, in conjunction with the celebration, a series of 3 weekly lectures on “Gestures and Rhythms” by Christian Community of America Detroit region priest J. Michael Brewer. Following Brewer’s talks, the audience is invited to participate in eurythmy (Feb. 12 & 19) and speech (Feb. 26) exercises.
5-8 p.m. (Feb. 11) & 3 p.m. (Feb. 12, 19, & 26), Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Avenue. Free. 485-3764. [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]
Haitian artist & writer Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell will give a presentation on “Haiti’s Legacy: Tragedy and Beauty." She is a painter, a poet and a short story writer who was born and grew up in Haiti. She has held fellowships at the Guggenheim Foundation, and at Harvard’s Bunting Institute, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, and the Center for the Study of World Religions. Her presentation will include a slide show of her art and poetry readings.
Michigan League, Hussey Room, 911 North University Avenue. Free. 570 687 9666. firstname.lastname@example.org www.dufh.org [map]
German dinner, followed by dancing to traditional German music by The Vagabonds. Door prizes, raffle, and costume contest with prizes. Coffee, cake, beer, wine, and pop. Fasching is the German equivalent of Mardi Gras.
6-11 p.m., Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $25. Reservations required by calling Marianne Rauer at 954-0057 or Klaus Kummer at 913-9371. [map]
All kids in grades K-5 invited for a pizza dinner, games, craft activities, and a screening of Kung Fu Panda II, Jennifer Yuh Nelson’s 2011 animated martial arts action comedy.
6:30-10 p.m., JCC gym, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $25 (members, $20). Reservations required. 971-0990. [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]
Feb. 11 & 12. Screening of a video of a juried selection of videodance works from around the world featured in the recent 40th Annual Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. Videodance is a hybrid art form that combines the dynamics of dance and the moving body with film/video editing and direction, animation, and computer technology.
7-9 p.m., U-M Museum of Art Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 647-2288. [map]
Dancing to live jazz by a band TBA. Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cash bar, and a DJ. Cash prize for best costume.
7-11 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Atrium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 in advance by email or phone, and at the door. email@example.com, 417-8317. [map]
Feb. 3-5, 11, 12, & 16. EMU theater professor Pirooz Aghssa directs Sarah Ruhl’s comedy about an unremarkable woman who answers the phone of a man who’s just died and relishes the emotional power she wields by talking to his friends and relatives. “It’s the deep-seated need for attention in all of us that Ruhl exploits,” says Washington Post critic Peter Marks, “the notion that by knowing what to say, we can make someone listen to us.”
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), 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.
Downtown Home & Garden owner Mark Hodesh, along with the owners of the Lunch Room and San Street carts, discuss how things are going with this warm-weather food cart courtyard Hodesh opened behind his store last spring.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [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]
Don Theyken calls to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. No partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. The May dance is preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (students, $5). 408-1829. [map]
Ballroom dancing to recorded music from the last several decades. Singles and couples invited. Refreshments. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
8-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Recreation Hall, S. State at Ellsworth. $5. 822-2120.
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]
Local folk-rock swing quintet whose music blends jazz, African, Middle Eastern, funk, and pop influences.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]
Award-winning trumpeter DeSean Jones and the renowned Detroit trombonist Curtis Fuller join U-M jazz faculty and students for a program TBA.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Music students perform David Burge’s Sources III for clarinet and percussion and other works TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits Dr. (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [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]
Screening of short 2011 documentaries nominated for an Oscar.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10. 668-TIME. [map]
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