Calendar of Events
Every Sun. All invited to make a lantern to carry in the FoolMoon procession (see Mar. 30).
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Workantile, 118 S. Main. $10 suggested donation. 763-7550. [map]
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Ohashiatsu is a unique method of healing touch, meditation and self-improvement which takes shiatsu/acupressure to a different level. An energizing dance, an Ohashiatsu session combines hands-on touch techniques, limb rotation, and stretches, in a seamless flow of movement. With a focus on experiential learning, Ohashiatsu courses were developed to improve the health and well-being of the giver and the receiver through lecture, exercises, meditation, and hands-on training. The BEGINNING level introduces the concept of Chi, Yin and Yang, the 12 meridians and some major tsubos (acupoints). The course focuses on feeling the flow of Chi in the body and learning the natural movements central to Ohashiatsu for giving a full-body session. An introduction to five-element theory reveals how our appearance, habits, preferences, emotions and attitudes are all examples of our effort to be in harmony with our natural self. NCBTMB approved CE provider.
Ohashiatsu Ann Arbor, 202 East Washington Street, Suite 601. $450. 734-417-9038. email@example.com http://www.shiatsuannarbor.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]
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.
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]
Creative movement teacher Dianne Dudley leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a dancing program.
1-1:40 p.m., Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Learn to make your own pizza dough and sauce. Practice preparing your favorite toppings while your dough rises. Full participation!*This is a kids-only class for children ages 8-16 years.
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $45/child. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Now in their 22nd year, the Tappan Players announce the 2012 performance of award-winning musical "Little Shop of Horrors", by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Under the direction of Alex Mendiola and Kathy Kauffmann, the production will feature more than 150 Tappan middle-school students. Tickets for Little Shop of Horrors will be available for $10 March 1st through showtix4u.com and limited tickets will be available at the door. TICKETS: SHOWTIX4U.COM
Tappan Middle School, 2251 East Stadium. $10. 7344742722. email@example.com http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/tappan.players/home [map]
Ann Arbor Friends Meeting (Quakers) Seekers Session. anyoneTwo introductory sessions open to desiring to learn about Quakers.Attend either or both sessions. 1-2 p.m. (following 11-12 meeting for worship) Quaker House, 1416 Hill St., Ann Arbor(734) 709-8748 for more information. Childcare will be provided.Session topics:March 25: Quakers: Who are we?Presentation and discussion with Ann Arbor Friends Meeting members about the roots of Quaker practice, the variety of Quakerism throughout the world today, and how we practice our Quaker values. April 1: How and why do people join a Quaker Meeting? Attenders of Quaker Meetings for Worship include both members and nonmembers of the Religious Society of Friends. Membership is not required in order to participate in meeting life, and some people are comfortable as non-members. In this Seekers Session we will hear from Friends about their individual experiences of becoming members of Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.
Quaker House, 1416 Hill Street. Free. (734) 709-8748. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.annarborfriends.org/ [map]
3 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 24 & 25), Ray Fisher Stadium. $5 (youths age 12 & under, $3; U-M students, free). 764-0247.
Mar. 10 & 25. Half-hour docent-guided tours of photographs and artifacts in this restored 19th-century observatory museum. Also, a chance to pull the rope and rotate the telescope dome.
1-4 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. $5 suggested donation (U-M students, free). 763-3482. [map]
Mar. 24 (doubleheader) & 25 (single game).
1 p.m., Alumni Field (behind Ray Fisher Stadium), S. State at Hoover. $4 (youths age 12 & under, $2; U-M students, free). 764-0247.
Every Sun. Docent-led tour, with audience participation, of highlights of UMMA collections.
1 p.m. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 763-UMMA. [map]
Mar. 10, 11, 24, & 25. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Mar. 10 & 11: “Air Apparent” includes experiments with air pressure, from crushing a can to levitating objects. Mar. 24 & 25: “Luminosity” features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Talk by former Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan president Richard M. Doherty. Followed by a talk by club members on “Using FamilySearch.org.”
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from E. Huron River Dr.). Use parking lot P and look for the club’s signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]
All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell.
2-4 p.m., Nicola’s Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-5763.
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. 22-25. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in Robert Lopez and Tony Marx’s PG-13 version of their 2003 Tony-winning Sesame Street-inspired musical. It’s about a recent college grad who moves into a rundown apartment on Avenue Q, where--with the guidance of neighbors like Kate Monster and Rod the Republican and the misguidance of the sultry Lucy and Bad Idea Bears—he sets out to find his purpose. New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley describes its score as “sweetly satiric homages to the instructional ditties of Sesame Street.” Cast TBA.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat. & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $12 (students & seniors age 65 & older, $8) in advance (beginning Mar. 8) at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2021. [map]
Local Bloodroot Press owner Jean Buescher Bartlett shows participants how to construct and bind their own double-signature sketchbook. Supplies provided.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. at William. Free. 327-4560. [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]
Docent-led tour of this exhibit of 116 works by Fluxus, the 1960s avant-garde art collective that believed anything could be art and anyone could make art.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 763-UMMA. [map]
U-M natural resources professor Robert Grese and Edsel and Eleanor Ford House landscape director Doug Conley discuss how historic houses and public gardens balance stewardship and the desire to allow visitors to explore the property.
2 p.m., Rackham East Conference Room. Free. 936-6678.
Ann Arbor Civic Ballet instructor Stacie Barrett and young AACB dancers present a program interweaving stories and movement for kids in grades K-5.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [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. 22-25. U-M opera professor Robert Swedberg directs U-M opera students in Stravinsky’s 1951 opera, a loose adaptation of a series of 18th-century William Hogarth engravings and paintings with a W.H. Auden libretto that’s regarded as possibly the finest ever written in English. Studded with several resonantly contemplative arias, it’s a richly ironic tale about an adventurer who abandons his fiancée to pursue a life of debauchery that turns out not to be all it was cracked up to be.
7:30 p.m., Mendelssohn Theater. Tickets $20 & $26 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
Mar. 23-25. Taylor Norton directs students in Des McAnuff and The Who songwriter Pete Townshend’s Tony Award-winning rock opera about a young boy so traumatized by seeing his father kill his mother’s lover that he becomes deaf, dumb, and blind. He remains unreachable until he discovers his unrivaled talent for pinball and rises to the status of international superstar. The well-known score includes the songs “See Me, Feel Me,” “Pinball Wizard,” “Tommy, Can You Hear Me?,” and others.
8 p.m. (Mar. 23 & 24) and 2 p.m. (Mar. 25), Power Center. Tickets $13 (students with ID, $7) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Mar. 23-25. Rebecca Groeb-Driskill directs students in stage adaptation of Frank Baum’s children’s classic.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 23 & 24) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 25), Liberty School auditorium, 7265 Saline–Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Tickets $5 at the door. 429–8000, ext. 2338. [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]
This University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music opera professor emeritus is joined by FUMC vocalists for a program of popular opera songs.
3 p.m., FUMC sanctuary, 120 S. State St. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
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]
Mar. 24 & 25. More than 800 public school students perform in these lively concerts. Preceded at 6 p.m. by jazz in the lobby by the Community High Jazz Combo. Today: the Scarlett, Clague, and Ann Arbor Open @ Mack middle school bands; the Skyline High varsity band, and the Huron High varsity, concert, and symphony bands.
3 p.m., Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Tickets $5 (family of 4, $10) in advance from band members and at the door. 996-3210. [map]
Mar. 23-25. Amanda Cohen directs fellow RC students in RC student Levi Stroud’s drama about a family struggling to cope with the secrets disclosed in the wake of the death of its patriarch.
8 p.m., RC Auditorium, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [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]
Brian Myers directs young local actors in Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s musical compendium of Dr. Seuss stories. Stars Max Caselli, Gretchen Kuras, Maggie Caselli, Carolyn Pierce, Georgie Reynolds, Preston Ewald, Cynthia Cole-Heiss, Maya Gonzalez, and Emma Catalina.
7 p.m. (Mar. 23 & 24) & 3 p.m. (Mar. 25), Washington Street Education Center Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $8 in advance at chelseaareaplayers.org, $10 at the door. 274-2498. [map]
3:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $6 (seniors, students, & children, $4; kids under 5, free). 327-9251. [map]
Mar. 22-25 (different programs). See review. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts what is widely regarded as the nation’s most polished and finely tuned orchestra in 4 concerts celebrating the pioneering creativity of maverick composers and performers. Tonight Tilson Thomas is joined by conductor Jeff Milarsky to lead 17 SFS musicians and Kiera Duffy, a soprano known for her lustrous high voice, in David Del Tredici’s Syzygy, a work that explores the various contrasts between a chamber orchestra and a group comprised of soprano, French horn, and chimes. The avant-garde Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble is joined by vocalist Joan La Barbara and pianist Jeremy Denk in a new work Monk composed by Monk for this festival. Also, Lukas Foss’ Echoi and Morton Subotnick’s From Jacob’s Room, a one-act chamber opera that draws its narrative of loss and terror from a variety of texts by Plato, Moshe Kohn, Alicia Partnoy, and the eponymous Virginia Woolf novel.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10-$75 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]
U-M music professor emeritus Willis Patterson directs this popular local choir in a program of spirituals and works by African American composers. Proceeds benefit the OOTC instructional program for Ann Arbor–area young music students.
4 p.m., Community Church of God, 565 Jefferson, Ypsilanti. Freewill offering. 769-4437. [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]
The local duo of violinist Katharina Uhde and harpsichordist Shin-Ae Chun perform music by Bach and Corelli.
4 p.m., First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron. Free. 663-9376. [map]
Mar. 22-25. Drama club juniors and seniors direct scenes from plays, movies, and TV shows. Mar. 22 & 24: Scenes from the sitcom Scrubs, Westley Pederson’s comedy Take Five, and Rabbit Hole, a film about a couple dealing with the death of their child. Mar. 23 & 25: Scenes from the 2006 high school rom com John Tucker Must Die, DHS student Jacob Dishman’s comedy Think Fast, and DHS alum David Cooper’s drama Alone or Alone.
7 p.m., Dexter Community Schools Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. $5. 424-4240. [map]
This 100-member ensemble, the only student-run orchestra on campus, performs music that evokes nightmares and dreams, including the 4th movement of Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony, music from Star Wars and Inception, Bernstein’s On the Town, Bizet’s L’Arlesienna Suite no. 2, and several Broadway pieces.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 (students, $5; Ann Arbor public school and day care students, free) in advance at ticketmaster.com, and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]
This veteran Royal Oak quartet plays a wide range of Celtic music, from contemporary Irish songs and traditional songs of emigration to sea shanties, lively jigs and reels, and haunting ancient airs. A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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]
Brian Carbine directs a staged reading of Jacob Coakley’s drama that interweaves Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale “The Princess and the Pirate” with a the life of a college student struggling to translate and stage it.
8 p.m. Mix Performance Space, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Pay-what-you-can admission. 645-9776. [map]
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