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It's our annual St Patty's Day extravaganza! Top O The Morning Party 7am-11am. All U CAN EAT Continental Breakfast AND HAPPY HOUR PRICING. St. Patricks Day Food Specials. Special Small Batch Brews: Espresso Love Breakfast Stout made with Coffee and Oatmeal, Michael Faircy's Irish Stout, plus many other delicious beers on tap along with hard cider, and wine. Happy Hour 4pm-7pm. Live music featuring Kevin and the Glen Levens @ 7:30 and late night with Deep Space Six!!!!*Beer Garden will be open weather permitting*
Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-480-2739. www.arborbrewing.com [map]
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Mar. 10 & 17. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Snacks and tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Mar. 10), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Mar. 17), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [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]
Talk by this award-winning quilter who uses a freeform collage style to create quilts noted for their vivid colors and strong contrasts. Preceded at 9 a.m. by a business meeting and followed at 11 a.m. by a member show & tell.
9:45 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). (248) 349-7322. [map]
Mar. 10, 17, & 24. Mar. 10: Beekeeper Bob McLeod--“the bee guy”--discusses “Backyard Beekeeping.” Mar. 17: DH&G owner Mark “the Lawn Doctor” Hodesh explains and answers questions about “Growing the Perfect Lawn.” Also, “Take Back Your Garden,” a talk by Plantskydd representative Julia Hofley on protecting your garden from browsing wildlife. Mar. 24: DH&G owner Hodesh, who founded the Fleetwood Diner in 1972 and cooked 500,000 eggs there in three years, shows “How to Cook a Perfect Egg.” The demo includes over easy, straight up, scrambled and poached..
10 a.m.-noon, DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
Most of our first pictures are taken by point and shoot cameras with built in flashes. Once we turn off the flash and work with natural light, we feel like we've stepped into a new creative world! So how can we possibly turn that flash back on again? Doesn't that kill all the beautiful qualities of natural light?This basic workshop deals with moving your main light source away from the camera. For the most part we will be discussing hot shoe mounted flash units (Speedlights) but will also cover additional lights.
Photo Studio Group, 834a Phoenix Dr. $30. (734) 680-7232. firstname.lastname@example.org www.photostudiogroup.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. email@example.com 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. 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]
An opportunity to play and listen to harpsichords and a clavichord. Informal lessons. Recitals by U-M music professor Edward Parmentier and U-M harpsichord students Francis Yun and Shin Hwang.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., U-M Music School Moore Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Every Sat. AADL staff read stories for listeners of all ages.
10-10:30 a.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
Mar. 17 & 31. All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited for craft and outdoor activities. Mar. 17: “Blustery Day” offers a chance to go on a hike, compose a spring poem, and make paper flowers or decorate a kite. Mar. 31: “Fairy Gardens & Troll Houses” offers a chance to help make fairy dwellings for the children’s garden and to make a fairy garden or troll house to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $5 per child. Preregistration requested. 647-7600. [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]
Mar. 10, 17, & 24. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M physics professors. Mar. 10: Brian Nord on “The Shape of Our Universe: The Complexity of Large-Scale Structure and Large-Scale Science." Mar. 17: Nord on “Cosmic Engines: The Complex Evolution of Galaxies.” Mar. 24: Finn Larsen on “String Symphonies in the Sky: Understanding Black Holes Using String Theory.”
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]
Kids concert by this popular-local educational singer-songwriter whose songs draw on blues, Native American, and other traditional American idioms and address ecological and spiritual themes. In celebration of Crazy Wisdom’s 30th anniversary.
11 a.m. & 1 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Mar. 24). Hands-on 20/30-minute demo of cutting edge research into the genetics and development of the gland that regulates metabolism, growth, and other functions.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. and Apr. 2-6 Four different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & Apr. 2-6; 1:30 p.m. Sat., Sun., & Apr. 2-6; and 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Cosmic Colors (12:30 p.m. Sat.) is a journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of x-rays, and more. Natural Selection: Darwin’s Mystery of Mysteries (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) explores the centerpiece of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Zula Patrol (12:30 p.m. Apr. 2-6) is an animated exploration of weather, both terrestrial and interplanetary.
11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (Sat.) ,and 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764–0478. [map]
Most of our first pictures are taken by point and shoot cameras with built in flashes. Once we turn off the flash and work with natural light, we feel like we've stepped into a new creative world! So how can we possibly turn that flash back on again? Doesn't that kill all the beautiful qualities of natural light?This intermediate workshop starts off with more info on how flash units work and how to utilize their strengths and weaknesses to produce great images. We then move into wireless triggering and adding multiple flashes.
Photo Studio Group, 834a Phoenix Dr. $60. (734) 680-7232. firstname.lastname@example.org www.photostudiogroup.com [map]
All kids in grades K-5 invited to help put the finishing touches on Barrie, the superlong papier-mache bookworm that will be featured in the April 1 FestiFools parade.
1-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
All Hands Active members show adults and teens in grade 6 & up how to use Arduino, the popular open-source single-board microcontroller designed to make the use of electronics in projects easier.
1-4 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. at William. Free. Arrive early; space limited. 327-8301. [map]
Every Sat. Native Spanish speakers tell stories and lead songs in Spanish for preschoolers through 5th graders.
1-1:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [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. email@example.com [map]
Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen. Feb. 25: “Winter Survival 101.” All invited to learn how to build a snow quinzee (a shelter made out of a pile of snow), start a fire in the snow, and stay warm during the winter.Mar. 3 (2 p.m.): “Ski and Sip.” Cross-country skiing along glacial topography, followed by coffee and hot cocoa. Mar. 10 (2 p.m.): “Geocaching 101.” All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small tradable trinkets, if you can. Mar. 17 (2 p.m.): “Luck o’ Waterloo Family Walk.” Family-oriented hike. Mar. 24 (2 p.m.): “Mother Nature’s Toolbox.” A walk to look for and learn about tools animals use to survive. Mar. 31 (2 p.m.): “March into Spring.” A hike to look for wildflowers and other signs of spring. Apr. 28 (2 p.m.): “Wildflower Walk.” A hike along the trails to look for spring wildflowers. May 5 (11 a.m. & 2 p.m., Mill Lake Boat Launch, follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd.): “Kayaking 101.” All invited to learn basic paddle strokes and kayak safety. Reservations required. May 12 (11 a.m.): “Mother’s Day Card Making.” All invited to use recycled paper and wildflower seeds to make a card that can be planted. May 19 (9 a.m.): “Birding 101.” A walk along the trails to learn and practice techniques to spot and identify birds. May 19 (2 p.m.): “Geocaching 101.” All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small tradable trinkets, if you can. May 26 (2 p.m., Crooked Lake Boat Launch): “Fishing 101.” All invited to learn the basics of fishing. Equipment provided. June 2 (11 a.m. & 2 p.m., Mill Lake Boat Launch, follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd.): “Kayaking 101.” All invited to learn basic paddle strokes and kayak safety. Reservations required. .
2 p.m. (unless otherwise noted), Eddy Discovery Center, Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area. Preregistration requested. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475–3170.
Every Sat. in Mar. Talks and demonstrations on garden-related themes by Garden Mill staff and local master gardeners. Mar. 3: “Growing Your Food: Now What?,” a talk, with recipes and taste samples, by Garden Mill owner Trinh Pifer on how to enjoy the bounty of your garden. Note: The Garden Mill also hosts its “Spring Open House” (Mar. 3 & 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.), with sales and a free raffle. Mar. 10: “Tasty Trees and Savory Shrubs: Incorporating Edible Plants into Your Landscape,” a talk by landscape architect Cynthia Silveri. Mar. 17: Community Kitchen board member Peter di Lorenzi on “Healthy, Flavorful, and Easy Dishes From Your Garden.” Mar. 24: Master gardeners Merrill Crockett and Rita Hermann on “Herbs: From Your Garden to Your Table.”Mar. 31: Local beekeeper Jan Sevde on “The Uses and Benefits of Raw Honey.” .
2 p.m., Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475–3539. [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]
Club member Paul Wingert gives a slide-illustrated presentation on his own methods of hybridizing bromeliads and how he grows them from seed.
2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. 647-7600. [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]
Glen Morningstar calls to live music. For students and people in their 20s & 30s. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Bring clean, flat, non-marking shoes.
4-7 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $9 (members, $8; students, $5). (248) 417-7968. [map]
This music student ensemble is joined by the Ann Arbor Youth Euphonium & Tuba Ensemble in Susato’s Dances, Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” and the Finale from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4.
4 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
FLY is fun for EVERYONE!! Learn a new skill alongside your child, or enjoy a class just for yourself! Introducing our new Family Studio Classes at the FLY Studio, which are instructive classes for adults and kids! Each session will explore a new medium with a guest FLY artist. Registration is required for these classes, and space will be limited to 10 students. Tuition for each class will vary. Contact us to register for upcoming classes!Learn to knit! Each week in this six-week session we will explore a new technique, each building on the next, with a new project being started each class. Class tuition is $20 per student per class or all 6 for $100. Supplies are provided for all classes, as well as a “how-to” instruction reminder. Flight Instructor is Katie Whitehouse, who has been teaching knitting to others for over 10 years.MARCH 17, 6:30-7:30pm – Knitting/week 3: Increasing/Decreasing – Make a Diagonal Stitch Cozy!
FLY Studio, 32 N. Washington St, Suite 5, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Donation. $20. 734.218.2145. firstname.lastname@example.org www.flyartcenter.org [map]
7 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, 616 E. Hoover. $3 (youths age 12 & under, $1; U-M students, free). 763-2159. [map]
With callers Robin Warner and Peter Baker and live music by Dawn's Early Light. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded by a lesson at 7:30 p.m.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (members, $7; students with ID, $5). 426-0241. [map]
Performance by this U-M Men’s Glee Club octet, a self-styled “crack squad of supercrooners,” the oldest of the many campus a cappella groups.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $6 in advance & at the door. umfriars.com. [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]
Mar. 17 & 31. Balkan, Israeli, and international dancing to recorded music. The Mar. 17 dance begins with a lesson.
8-11 p.m., Gretchen-s House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3). 995-0011. [map]
All singles invited for an evening of dancing and socializing. With recorded 70s to contemporary dance music spun by DJ Mike Jackson. Cash bar.
8 p.m.–midnight, Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $8 (PWP members, $6). 433-1668. [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]
This quartet from the French-speaking area of Prince Edward Island plays the traditional music of French Canada, Scotland, Ireland, and maritime Canada with a contemporary edge derived from the province’s foot-stomping “kitchen parties.”
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]
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]
Keith Paul Medelis presents a staged reading of his work-in-progress, an adaptation of one of Tennessee Williams’ last plays, a story of love and memory.
8 p.m. Mix Performance Space, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Pay-what-you-can admission. 645-9776. [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]
Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in “Oh, Lois!” from Michael Daugherty’s comic book–inspired Metropolis Symphony, Saint-Saëns’ romantic and monumental Violin Concerto no. 3 in B minor with soloist Aaron Berofsky, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 in E minor, which depicts the ultimate triumph of perseverance through adversity.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10-$55 (discounts for students & seniors) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, suite 470), at a2so.com, and at the door. 994-4801. [map]
Mar. 3 & 17. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: People not affiliated with the U-M must arrive before 9 p.m.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango. [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]
Mar. 3 & 17. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo’s). $5. (313) 808-0358. [map]
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