Calendar of Events
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]
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Michigan high school students showcase their German skills by competing in a range of German language contests that include poetry and prose recitations, skits, music, a spelling bee, and more.
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Michigan League, North Quad, and Rackham rooms TBA. Free. 763-4496. [map]
Lecture by Oxford University moral philosophy professor John Broome, author of Counting the Cost of Global Warming and Ethics Out of Economics. Also on March 16, Yale University economics professor William Nordhaus and U-M natural resources professor Arun Agrawal join Broome for a symposium on his lecture.
4-6 p.m. (Mar. 15), Michigan League Ballroom, & 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Mar. 16), Michigan Union Anderson Room), Free. 764-6285. [map]
Learn how to make a crib-size, 9-patch quilt using 'strip piecing' technique. This 3-week Skill Development Class is great for beginner sewers and any sewer curious about the quilting tradition. Ann Arbor quilter Becky Grover will walk you through each basic step and teach you sewing techniques along the way! Come utilize the 48inch x 96inch cutting table! This class is great for ages 12 & up. Register through our website!We provide you with quilt batting, rotary cutters, small scissors, straight pins and rulers!You provide your favorite fabric colors/patterns!- 1.5 yards of light fabric - 1 yard of dark fabric to coordinate with light fabric - 1 yard for border that coordinates with light & dark fabric - 2 yards for back of your quilt and binding. This class meets on Friday, March 16, Friday, March 23 and Friday, March 30. Maker Works has 3 sewing machines for class participants to use if you do not have your own. Please email membership@maker-wo
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Drive. $75. 734-222-4911. email@example.com http://www.maker-works.com [map]
"Serving It Up: Just Desserts!" A juried exhibition of ceramic dessert ware by Michigan potters, including a special show of vintage-style aprons, March 2 to April 8, 2012, at Yourist Studio Gallery. Artist reception and dessert tasting on Friday, March 9, 2012, from 6 to 9 pm. 1133 Broadway, Ann Arbor, 734.662.4914.The exhibition features ceramic dessert ware such as dessert plates, bowls, trays, cake stands, sundae dishes, banana split boats, espresso cups and saucers, and tea and coffee cups. It is accompanied by a selection of whimsical handmade aprons by artist Darcy Bowden. Come and learn the art of serving your desserts with the same flair and attention you put into creating them.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. firstname.lastname@example.org www.youristpottery.com [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]
Mar. 14-18. This award-winning local children’s theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's play set in 1893 about a Detroit cargo shipping family that sets sail on Lake Huron through Shipwreck Alley with a load of Christmas trees. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage “touch” tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Appropriate for kids in grades 3-8. Note: The Mar. 14 & 16 shows at 10 a.m. are sold out.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids, $8) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
Every Tues.-Fri., Mar. 13-Apr. 27. Storytimes for “2s & 3s” accompanied by a caregiver (Tues. 10:30 a.m. & Wed. 9:30 a.m.), “Just for 3s” with or without a caregiver (Wed. 10:30 a.m.), “4s & 5s” (Tues. 9:30 a.m., Wed. & Thurs. 1 p.m.), family story time (Tues. 7 p.m. & Thurs. 9:30 a.m.), and “Book Babies” for the under-2 set accompanied by a caregiver (Fri. 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.).
Various times, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
Mar. 2, 9, & 16. All invited to make drawings inspired by works in the museum. Art Center instructor Heather Accurso is on hand to offer guidance. Materials provided.
11:10 a.m.-1 p.m., check-in at the UMMA information desk, 525 S. State. $10 (includes materials). 763-UMMA. [map]
Daily lunch program ($3.00 cost share for seniors 60 and above) every Monday-Friday, 11:45 am. Stop by the Center for free art, nutrition and exercise programs. No membership fee.
Ypsilanti Senior and Community Center, 1015 N Congress, Ypsilanti. $3 donation. 734-483-5014. email@example.com www.ypsiseniorcenter.org [map]
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime’s numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Every Fri., Feb. 24-Mar. 30. Concerts by local organists. Also, a men’s choir performs chants and motets. Today: “Spiritual Expressions: From Cathedrals to Kansas.” Organists Steve Flick and Gail Jennings perform Herbert Howell’s mystical Psalm Prelude no. 1 and settings of spirituals by Kansas-based jazz composer Joe Utterback. Also, the choir performs “In the Cross of Christ I Glory.”
Noon, First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [map]
Mar. 16-18. More than 100 area exhibitors show and demonstrate products and offer information on home improvement services. Concessions.
Noon-8 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (kids age 12 & under, free). 996-0100. [map]
Screening of contemporary feature films TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
(Asghar Farhadi, 2011). Oscar-winning film about an Iranian couple who must choose between leaving the country to improve their child's life or staying to help a parent with Alzheimer's. Persian, 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). For complete, updated schedules, see michtheater.org or call 668-TIME. [map]
Mar. 16, 28, & 30. Talks by U-M & visiting scholars. Mar. 16: POSTPONED--“Problems in American Realism: Art, Life, and Time in a Painting by William Sidney Mount.” U-M art history professor Rebecca Zurier discusses Mount’s 1836 painting Farmers Nooning. Mar. 28: Distinguished art critic Donald Kuspit discusses “Paradoxes and Problems of the Reproduction and Commodification of Art in the Age of the Capitalist Spectacle.” Mar. 30: U-M Japanese studies visiting professor Melanie Trede on “Money Makes the World Go Around: An Ancient Empress as Popular Icon of Japanese Modernity.”
4 p.m., 180 Tappan Hall, 855 South University. Free. 764-5400. [map]
Lecture by Wright State University (Ohio) earth and environmental sciences professor Chad Hammerschmidt.
4 p.m., 1528 Little, 425 East University. Free. 647-9938. [map]
Lecture by University of Colorado English professor Adam Bradley, author of the acclaimed Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop. In honor of the career of U-M English professor Macklin Smith, who retired in December.
4 p.m., 3222 Angell Hall. Free. 936-2271. [map]
Every Fri., Feb. 24-Mar. 30. Fried shrimp, baked and fried fish, sides, and salad bar.
4:30-7:30 p.m., Dexter Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. $10 (kids age 9 & under, $6; drive-thru takeout, $9). 426-5558. [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]
Screening of Yoav Potash's 2011 documentary about the effort to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence.
6 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 477-8588. [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Sun. & Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Fri.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
6 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, 616 E. Hoover. $3 (youths age 12 & under, $1; U-M students, free). 763-2159. [map]
Come one come all to the Ann Arbor Open School’s Theater presentation of the musical “Free to Be... You and Me.” Professional direction of the show is by Andrea Klooster and music direction is by Sarah Price, vocal music teacher at Ann Arbor Open. The production involves 50 students from kindergarten to 8th grade, who are working very hard to prepare an incredibly special show. The school’s parent-supported council, the Ann Arbor Open Coordinating Council, is sponsoring the school’s inaugural drama production this semester. Musical performances of “Free to Be… You and Me” will be offered at 7:00 pm on March 15 and 16 and a 2:00 pm matinee on March 17, and shows are open to the public. You may purchase advance tickets by check only at the school (920 Miller) from 3-4 pm on March 9, 13-16 and one hour prior to each show (cash sales available at the door). General admission tickets are $5 each (preschool children on a lap admitted free). Arrive early as seating is limited.
Ann Arbor Open at Mack Auditorium, 920 Miller Ave. $5. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Award-winning British artist Mirza, British musician and writer Toop, and Berkeley Art Museum curator Thomas discuss the upcoming exhibit of Mirza’s work, which incorporates moving parts, electronics, video, and sound. Followed by a reception and a preview of the exhibit.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 763-UMMA. [map]
Haroon Mirza is a noted visual artist who wants us to listen, to train our ears on the incidental sounds that surround us, and to connect sound to the objects that create it. In his work, Mirza explores and attempts to restore the relationships humans have with sound that occur through objects, actions, and forces, relationships largely screened behind the black boxes of electronic keyboards, digital music players, TV monitors, and the bits of information they play. Mr. Mirza was awarded the prestigious Northern Art Prize in 2010, and his work for the 2011 Venice Biennale garnered the Silver Lion Award as the most promising young artist.Elizabeth Thomas hails from the Carnegie Museum of Art, in Pittsburgh, PA.This program is followed by a public reception and opportunity to visit the exhibition gallery and is at UMMA March 17-July 22, 2012. This exhibition is Haroon Mirza's first solo museum exhibition in the United States.
Helmut Stern Auditorium, University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State Street. Free. 734-764-6005. email@example.com http://www.cew.umich.edu/progevents/umma-dialogues-artist-haroon-mirza-and-curator-elizabeth-thomas/20111222 [map]
Club members give slide-illustrated presentations on “A Little of This and That with an O.N.R. Speeder” and a topic TBA.
7:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church blue classroom, 306 N. Division (“just up the hill from the Amtrak station”). Free. 996-8345, 971-8329.
Dancing to recorded music on a huge dance floor for beginning dancers. The program starts with an informal 30-minute lesson. Mar. 16: Foxtrot. Apr. 6: Viennese waltz. Apr. 20: Rumba. Refreshments.
8-10 p.m., Come Dancing, 7025 E. Michigan Ave. (Country Creek Plaza), Saline. $12. 944–1888. [map]
Mar. 15-17. Veteran stand-up comic known for his friendly manner, deadpan delivery, and wry, sometimes bitingly sarcastic joking directed at various topics, including his friends and family, education, sports, and relationships. 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). $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Photo Studio Group is proud to sponsor this shared experience opportunity. Come listen to professionals in the fields of photography and design discuss the thoughts and processes behind their work in a casual setting.Pro Lecture Series is free and open to the public.Terry will show and discuss a selection of his landscape photography from 3 continents, and he will include some comments by famous photographers, writers, painters and filmmakers about the unique communicative nature of photography relative to other media. Original prints will be available for viewing."Terry Abrams began his photographic career with large format cameras and black and white film, and has always been drawn to the landscape as subject matter. His photographs depict a vision of the landscape without human involvement, and often his compositions become abstractions of color and design. Terry is currently a full-time photography instructor at Community College and teaches at the Maine Media Workshops
Photo Studio Group, 834a Phoenix Dr. Free. (734) 680-7232. firstname.lastname@example.org www.photostudiogroup.com [map]
This duo of award-winning vocalist Ted Hearne and electronics musician Philip White performs mashups of works by artists ranging from Michael Jackson and Ke$ha to Eminem. They often subject the original songs to arbitrary processes, such as reordering the measures, allowing the backup singers to become soloists, garbling or alphabetizing the lyrics, and more.
8 p.m., 721 E. Huron. $10 (students & seniors, $5). 764-3162. [map]
Young country blues songstress from L.A. known for her dexterous, dynamic acoustic guitar playing.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Neil Simon can even make Chekhov funny! In this series of vignettes inspired by the great plays of Anton Chekhov, Simon explores the humor, pathos, and utter humanity of ordinary characters caught in ordinary - and extraordinary - circumstances.
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, 322 W. Ann St. $12. 734-971-2228. www.a2ct.org [map]
Mar. 8-11 & 15-17. Joseph York directs local actors in Tennessee Williams’s Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy about Blanche DuBois, an emotionally fragile southern belle who moves into a squalid New Orleans tenement with her sister and brutish brother-in-law. One of Williams’ most famous plays, Streetcar offers a definitive treatment of one of his most obsessive themes--the psychological destruction of a self-deluded central character full of aristocratic pretensions and unable to cope with the brute realities of life. Cast: Sarah Burcon, Andy Burt, Mouse Courtois, Wendy Ascione, Rick Katon, Erin Baldwin, Zach Damon, Jim Dowling, Adrienne Frank.
8 p.m. (Mar. 8-10 & 15-17) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 11), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at showtix4u.com, by email, & by phone, and at the door. email@example.com, 483-7345. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 8-Apr. 8 (or later).See review. David Wolber directs the world premiere production of local playwright Joseph Zettelmaier’s Edgerton Foundation Award-winning black comedy, set in the antebellum Old West, about a pair of ill-matched prison escapees—Injun Bill Picote and and his low-down sidekick--who undertake a mission of vengeance. In a review of this production, which opened at the Williamston Theater in February, Lansing State Journal critic Bridgette Redman calls it “a play that invites laughter and thoughtfulness through an intensely told tale.”
7:30 p.m., Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Mar. 8), $22 (Mar. 9, 11, & 15), and $30 (Mar. 10). Mar. 16 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Mar. 16: $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]
Mar. 15-17. Acclaimed Canadian playwright Robert Lepage directs French Canadian actor Yves Jacques in his visually arresting, boundary-pushing, and very funny one-man show inspired by the stories of Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. (It was commissioned by the Danish government to celebrate the bicentennial of Andersen’s birth.) The story concerns an aspiring librettist hungry for fame and recognition who is commissioned to write a children’s opera. He moves to Paris, where he discovers his apartment is also home to a peep show in the city’s red light district. Set in front of a large video backdrop displayed with vivid computer graphics, the action explores themes of sexual identity and unfulfilled fantasies. The Guardian (London) praised Lepage as a “theatrical conjurer, whose dazzling shows have captivated audiences around the world with their mixture of storytelling and stunning imagery.” Appropriate for mature audiences only. Use of a strobe light.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 15) & 8 p.m. (Mar. 16 & 17), Power Center. Tickets $18-$48 in advance at the Michigan League Box Office & ums.org, and (if available) at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229. [map]
Mar. 16-18 & 23-25. Adrian Neill directs local actors in Neil Simon’s comedy, a collection of humorous vignettes adapted from the stories of Anton Chekhov. Cast: Paul Bianchi, Stacey Erskine, Jack Kausch, Megan Shiplett, Tom Underwood.
8 p.m., A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. $12 in advance at the studio & by phone, and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
RC drama instructors Kate Mendeloff and Leonora Ivanitsky direct RC students in the renowned contemporary Moscow-based Russian playwright Maksym Kurochkin’s satire, set in a future when sex is understood only by anthropologists, about a grad student of sexual studies who concludes that sex is all a sham even as he himself is falling in love. Also, other new short plays by Kurochin.
8 p.m., RC Keene Theater, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4359. [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.
9 p.m.-midnight, The Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main above Elmo’s. $5 (includes lessons; students with ID, $3). 417-9857. [map]
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