Calendar of Events
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]
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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]
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]
Feb. 12 & 26. All invited to ski (if there’s enough snow) or hike at Hudson Mills Metropark (Feb. 12, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter, meet at the south parking lot near the Activities Center) and Independence Lake County Park (Feb. 26, 3200 Jennings, Webster Twp., meet at the far parking lot near the buildings).
10 a.m., various locations. Free. hvcn.org/info/skiclub. 996-2974.
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 Sun. All invited to a very relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 846-9418.
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]
Make cookies as beautiful as your loved ones! We will teach you how to make our decorated brown sugar cookies in Valentine-s Day themed shapes and colors. You-ll leave with two dozen decorated cookies to share with those you love.
Sweet Heather Anne Cake Studio, 359 Metty Drive. $75 per person. 734.913.2025. email@example.com www.sweetheatherane.com [map]
Tastings of 10 chilis and 5 beers. Silent auction.
Noon-3 p.m., Corner Brewery, 720 Norris, Ypsilanti. Tickets for chili only: $10 (kids ages 5-10, $5; kids age 4 & under, free) in advance or at the door. Tickets for beer & chili: $20. 971-2228. [map]
Performances by 10-12 of the congregation’s young vocalists and instrumentalists ages 8-18.
12:15-1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church Monteith Hall, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466. [map]
Every Sun. Docent-led tour, with audience participation, of highlights of UMMA collections.
1 p.m. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 763-UMMA. [map]
1 p.m., Crisler Arena. $15 & $22. 764-0247. [map]
All families with children (1 p.m.) and adults (2:30 p.m.) invited to cross-country ski or snowshoe along the Huron River. Equipment provided. Cross-country skiing is led by HRWC director Laura Rubin, HRWC ecologist Kris Olsson, and REI staffers. Snowshoeing is led by Hudson Mills naturalist Jennifer Hollenbeck and REI staffers. Followed by hot chocolate.
1 & 2:30 p.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required at rei.com/annarbor. 769-5123, ext. 605. [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]
Connect through this positive and playful yoga class that uses individual and team postures, breathing techniques, and games to deepen awareness, improve health, and strengthen family relationships! Best for ages 4 to 9 & adult. No yoga experience necessary.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $20 per 2 family members; $5 per each additional family member. firstname.lastname@example.org www.sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
This renowned New York City–based children’s theater troupe returns to the Michigan Theater to present its high spirited comedy about Beverly Cleary’s exasperating but lovable 3rd-grader that New York Times reviewer Laurel Graeber says “moves as quickly as Ramona’s imagination--refreshingly inventive.”
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $14 (MTF members, $12) in advance at Nicola's Books, ticketmaster.com, & all Ticketmaster outlets; and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
This event has been rescheduled for April 6.
2 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits Dr. (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Christian Montessori School of Ann Arbor is hosting an open house on Sunday, February 12th from 2 to 4 p.m. Come to visit the classrooms and meet our faculty. Current parents will also be on hand to answer questions and share insight from their own experience. CMSAA offers programs for children ages 18 months through 6th grade. Visit our website to learn more about our Montessori programming. Please call or email with any questions.
Christian Montessori School of Ann Arbor, 5225 Jackson Road. Free. 734.332.9600. email@example.com www.cmsaa.org [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]
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.
Former American Rose Society president Steve Jones gives a slide-illustrated talk on rose varieties, how to plant roses, and basic information for beginning rose gardeners. Refreshments and Q&A.
2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. 277-0112. [map]
Local writer Mark Hildebrandt discusses the branch of the 1890s Washtenaw electronic trolley system that extended to Saline, where it was known as “Old Maude.”
2 p.m., Stone Arch Arts & Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 429-4154. [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]
Lecture by U-M Germanic languages professor Kerstin Barndt and U-M American culture professor Kristin Hass.
2 p.m., Rackham East Conference Room, 4th Floor. Free. 936-6678. [map]
Feb. 12 & 26. Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of this well-known artist’s sculptures made from industrial steel and salvaged materials.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 763-UMMA. [map]
Brave costumed swimmers plunge into icy water. All invited to give it a try or just watch. Followed by a party with food and prizes. Registration for plungers begins at 1 p.m. at Olds/Robb Student Rec Center.
2 p.m., EMU Pond near the Lake House, 124 College Pl., Ypsilanti. $50 (free to watch). Preregistration for plungers recommended at somi.org. (800) 644-6404. [map]
Family-oriented program featuring Scandinavian music and crafts.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]
All invited to join a discussion of Lolita, Nabokov’s unsettlingly comic novel about a middle-age professor smitten by a sexually precocious 12-year-old girl. Refreshments.
3 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
Kevin Miller conducts this music student orchestra in a program TBA. Also, the 2011-2012 EMU Concerto Competition winner is the soloist in a concerto TBA.
3 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
Every Sun. All invited to play this popular card game and trade cards with other players.
3 p.m., Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. Free. 786-3746. [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]
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. 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]
All invited to discuss 2 mysteries about missing people who turn out to have secret lives their close relatives know nothing about. Linwood Barclay’s Fear the Worst is a thriller about an ordinary man’s desperate search for his missing daughter. Lisa Unger’s Die for You is about a woman who will do anything to find her husband who vanishes one day without a trace.
3:30 p.m., Nicola’s, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
Zingerman’s gelatier Josh Minor discusses and offers taste samples of 7 of Zingerman’s chocolate gelati.
4-6 p.m., Zingerman’s Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-0500. [map]
This ad-hoc ensemble of U-M music professors performs a love-themed program that includes the Broadway musical numbers “Make Believe” from Showboat, “Do You Love Me?” from Fiddler on the Roof, and “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera, as well as Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and Clarinet Quintet in B minor.
4 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-2538. [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]
All invited to join a discussion of Mercedes Lackey’s coming-of-age fantasy about a misfit in a magical world.
4:30-7 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [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]
Rescheduled for March 8.
5 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits Dr. (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Sign up for our new monthly Celebrity Cooking Class. This month will feature Lori Shepard of Simply Scrumptious Catering. Chef Lori will be making comfort foods to warm us this winter. Come a bit hungry because Lori will always make more than a taste. The class is held at the JCC, Tuesday February 21 at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 a class. Registration is required as space is limited. For information call Karen Freedland at 971 0990 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, Ann Arbor 48108. $25. 734-971-0990. email@example.com www.jccannarbor.org [map]
Michael Landon Jr. & Brian Bird's 2010 documentary about two orphaned children from Uganda who make the journey from Kampala to Kasangombe in a heartbreaking bid to overcome poverty and experience hope.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. huronhills.org. 668-TIME. [map]
In-the-round performances by Annie and Rod Capps and other performing couples, including the Chicago roots music duo Small Potatoes, the Ferndale Americana folk-rock duo The Milroys, and the local blues duo Shari Kane & Big Dave Steele.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com); and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Feb. 12, 17-19 & 24-26 and Mar. 2-4. Nati Salgado directs this local company in the premiere of the young Midwestern playwright Kevin Kautzman’s comedy about a twentysomething couple, struggling to survive the Great Recession, who launch a boutique sex website to sell the woman as an All-American girl-next-door who’s somehow both pure and hedonistic. Stars Peter Giessl and Elise Randall.
8 p.m., Mix Performance Space, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Feb. 12 previews are pay-what-you-can. Regular admission is $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org and at the door. 645-9776. [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]
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