Calendar of Events
Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book SaleSaturday, Feb. 2, 20139 am to 3 pmDexter District Library3255 Alpine StreetDexter, MI 48130734-426-4477www.dexter.lib.mi.usPrices range from 25 cents to $2.00 with a special selection of various priced gift books. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds directly benefit the library.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-4477. www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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Panel discussion with state senator Rebekah Warren, state representative Jeff Irwin, and other local political representatives. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1744, 995-8962. [map]
What is really going on when you get that 'gut feeling'? Don't you wish you could harness it, understand it and access it regularly? In this seminar, Mother Clare Watts will teach you how to tune into that sense of yours to develop into a deeper and more connected human being.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Donation. 734-330-5048. email@example.com annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
The Children's Music Academy is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session. Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-417-1167
The Children's Music Academy, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. email@example.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
Every Sat. 22-mile ride, at various paces along the Border-to-Border Trail, to the SideTrack Bar & Grill in Ypsilanti.
10 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun., Feb. 23-Mar. 24. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($5; kids, $3.50), 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $3. Preregistration required. $4 vehicle entrance fee. 426–8211. [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 Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Mar. 2 & 16. Stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. $2 suggested donation per child ($5 per family). (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
Mar. 2 & 3. Show and sale of crystalline mineral specimens, fossils, shells, mounted butterflies and insects, and more.
3443 Daleview Dr. (off N. Maple Rd. north of Huron River Dr.). Free. 994-3048.
Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433–5499. [map]
Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. The Mar. 30 program only is followed by a visit from Peter Rabbit.
11 a.m., Nicola’s, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Talks and demonstrations on garden-related themes by Garden Mill staff and local master gardeners. Mar. 2: Garden Mill owner Jennifer Fairfield discusses and offers tips on “Seed Starting.” Note: The Garden Mill also hosts its “Spring Open House” (Mar. 3 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Mar. 4 noon-6 p.m.), with sales, refreshments, and a free raffle. Mar. 9: All invited to join a discussion of “Organic Vegetable Gardening .” Mar. 16: “Container Gardening.” Mar. 23: “Gardening for Birds, Butterflies, & Bees.” Mar. 30: “Gardening with Kids.” .
11 a.m.-noon, Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration recommended. 475–3539. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the relationship between DNA and the concept of race. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Learn how to use the 3D Printers at All Hands Active! Includes:- Basic instruction on how to use the 3D Printers at AHA.- Use of 3D Printer beyond class!- Satisfaction in helping create a fund to maintain, repair, and upgrade the machines!Basic class plans:- Access common resources for the Maker Bot- Create a simple printer friendly 3D Model in SketchUp or OpenSCAD- How to print this model on the maker bot- Common issues/baby sitting techniques If you have a laptop, bring one! It would be great if you could install SketchUP or OpenSCAD. This class is limited to 8 people, you can guarantee your spot by pre-registering at: http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/We are asking $10 to $15 for this class.
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Donation. $10 to $15. 734-904-9595. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.allhandsactive.com [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. and Mar. 29 & Apr. 1-5 Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Mar. 29 and Apr. 1-5) is an exploration of the current night sky. Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly and learn about the history and future of human flight. Black Holes (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that begins with the formation of the early Universe and the birth and death of stars and concludes with a simulated flight to a supermassive black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way.Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mar. 29 and Apr. 1-5 only) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764–0478. [map]
Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Francois Girard’s new staging of Wagner’s final opera, an adaptation of Wolfram von Eschenbach’s 13th-century epic poem about the Arthurian knight and his quest for the Holy Grail. Stars Jonas Kaufman, Katarina Dalayman, Peter Mattei, Evgeny Nikitin, and Rene Pape. The broadcast is reprised on tape Mar. 20 & 21 (see listings).
Various times, 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]
**This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but held at Ann Arbor Cooks**Sharpen your cutlery and your knife skills! This hands-on class will cover how to sharpen and care for your knives, as well as proper use. In-class exercises will include practice of the fundamental cuts for vegetables and fruit -- mince, dice, brunoise, battonet, julienne, etc. -- as well as breaking down a whole chicken. Full participation. Register at www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $70. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
All invited to celebrate Read Across America Day by making a pop-up Cat in the Hat or other Dr. Seuss-based puppet.
1-2 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Sat., Feb. 9-Mar. 30. Cooking demos by chefs from local restaurants, including Grizzly Peak (Feb. 9), Melange (Feb. 16), Lena (Feb. 23), Tios (Mar. 2), The Melting Pot (Mar. 9), Gratzi (Mar. 16), Habana Cellar Lounge (Mar. 23), and Conor O’Neill’s (Mar. 30). Tastings.
2-4 p.m., Cherry Republic, 223 S. Main. Free. 585-5231. [map]
(Michael Apted & Paul Almond, 2012). Documentary about a group of British citizens who have been interviewed every 7 years since 1964, when they were all 7 years old.
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). michtheater.org. [map]
Every Sat. Jugglers of all skill levels invited for informal practice. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
Every Sat.All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3–5 p.m., Wendy’s, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. Free. 475–1583. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 7-Mar. 3. This local professional company performs Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s popular rock musical based on the biblical story of Joseph. The favorite son of the prophet Jacob, Joseph was sold into slavery by his envious brothers but rose to become one of the Pharaoh’s key insiders. Though it never achieved the success of the team’s earlier Jesus Christ Superstar, it’s an appealing and good-natured musical with lots of catchy melodies and innocently irreverent lyrics. Cast : Kevin Rose, Michael Szymanski, Madison Deadman, Megan Casey, Bryana Dorfman.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun. & Feb. 28), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $28 (members & seniors, $25; groups of 10 or more, $22) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
Mar. 2 & 16. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar’s The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer’s The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen’s The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. Call to confirm. 994-9307. [map]
(Michael Haneke, 2012). Drama set in Paris about 2 retired music teachers whose marriage is tested when the woman has an attack. 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. michtheater.org. [map]
AADL staff present a program of funny and wise old stories for kids in grades K-5 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.
3-3:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., Jan 10-Mar. 9. See review. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels’ comedy that combines slapstick, vaudeville, tragedy, and farce in an exuberant romp of a play that explores the pain and joy of human existence. The story concerns 2 men who live in an undefined place and time where nothing happens. One wants to remain in the safety and comfort of this environment, while the other wants to leave.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Jan. 10-17 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Jan. 17: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
First Saturday of every MonthCome hang out with us! We can provide inspiration, help out with project problems, and share crafting skills. Every first Saturday of the month from 4pm to 6pm is dedicated to everything fabric/thread/yarn/etc. We have basic tools and materials, but feel free to bring your own!This event is free to attend, donations are always welcome! If we have a project that makes use of our materials, there will be a fee to cover expenses.Crafting Tools Available (and people on hand to assist)- Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine- General Sewing Machine- General Sewing Hardware (Thread, Notions)- Ironing Boards- Irons- Leather Working Awls- Lilypad Microcontroller- Glue GunsRaw Materials Available- Yarn- Felt- Ties- Zip Ties- Tape- Acrylic Paint
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Free. email@example.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
All invited to join a discussion of The Warmth of the Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson’s book that chronicles the Great Migration, the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities from 1915-1970.
4 p.m., Nicola’s, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
This annual spring festival features a German dinner followed by dancing to Tommy Schober & the Sorgenbrechers.
5:30-10:30 p.m., UAW Local 892 Hall, 601 Woodland, Saline. Tickets $25 (includes dinner & beverages) in advance and (if available) at the door. Reservations recommended; call John Jarvis at 954-0281. [map]
An indoor beach-themed party with live entertainment by Michigan comedian Bill Hildebrandt and 50 Amp Fuse, a popular Detroit band that plays 70s and 80s classic rock.
6:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Tickets $45 in advance at cfpartyforbreath.com and at the door. 429-3028. [map]
Dance Alliance students perform ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, and other dance styles.
7 p.m., Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $13 in advance at Dance Alliance (811 W. Michigan, Saline) & the Dancer’s Boutique (2414 E. Stadium, Ann Arbor), and at the door. 429–9599. [map]
Bluegrass and high-energy American folk by this renowned touring student fiddle ensemble. Guest headliner is Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand, a Salt Lake City bluegrass quintet led by fiddler Shupe, who describes the band as post-Hee Haw, funkadelic, hip-hop new grass and as “a mix between the Dave Matthews Band and Dixie Chicks, without the political agenda.”
7 p.m., Saline Middle School Auditorium, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Tickets $15 & $20 in advance at salinefiddlers.com & by phone. (866) 257-5333. [map]
Mar. 2 & 3.
7 p.m. (Mar. 2) & 3:30 p.m. (Mar. 3), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]
Poetry slam teams from across the state battle for a spot at the Michigan Youth Poetry Slam State Championships.
7 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. $5 (students, $3). 214-9995. [map]
Mar. 1 & 2. See review. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff members present programs for adults (Mar. 1) & all ages (Mar. 2) that include hikes through Black Pond Woods and presentations with live owls to learn how ears, eyes, and feathers help owls survive in the night.
7-9 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Preregistration required. $8 (family, $30). 997-1553. [map]
All invited to join a facilitated drum circle. Bring a drum or use one provided.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]
All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Jan. 5: Drake Meadow calls to music by ’Twas Brillig & the Mazel Toves. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a potluck and silent auction and at 7 p.m. by an hour of international dances. Feb. 2: Peter Baker calls to live music by the Paul Winder Consort.Mar. 2: callers and bands TBA..
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 769-1052. [map]
This veteran jazz saxophone player is joined by the local trio of pianist Tad Weed, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and drummer Sean Dobbins in a jazz performance and a conversation about Collins’ career.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Feb. 28-Mar. 2. This polished Grand Rapids comic features his unexpected takes on everything from marriage and raising kids to current events and ear hair. 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). $6 (Thurs.) & $10 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $8 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Every Fri.-Sun. in March. Keith Paul Medelis directs this local company in the premiere of Jason Sebacher’s adaptation of Edward II, Marlowe’s tragic history play about a naïve young king whose reign is sabotaged by his obsession with his banished lover.In this version, Edward is an incorrigible party boy, not ready for the call of adulthood, who crashes in his late father’s basement with his disreputable boyfriend, pushing to the breaking point the patience of his ambitious wife. Stars John Denyer, Chris Jakob, Artun Kircali, and Andrew Papa. Adult language and themes; audience members under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
8 p.m., Mix Performance Space, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at thenewtheatreproject.org and at the door. Mar. 1-3 are pay-what-you-can previews. 645-9776. [map]
26-year-old folk-rock singer-songwriter from Bangor, Maine, known for his emotionally direct lyrics, melodic inventiveness, and lively, passionate vocals.
8 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]
Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Apr. 5), Feb. 21-Apr. 7. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere David Lindsay-Abaire’s Tony-nominated 2011 comic drama, a touching and funny look at America’s large and growing economic divide. A dollar store employee in working-class Boston who loses her job and faces eviction from her apartment. In desperation, she reaches out to a high school boyfriend who had made it out of the neighborhood and invites herself to a chic cocktail party in his home. Stars Suzy Regan and Logan Ricket. The Mar. 17 performance is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a “Cultural Conversation” ($10; reservations suggested) hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch with the director, designers, and cast.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Mar. 9 & 23 and Apr. 6), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Feb. 21), $22 (Feb. 22, 24, & 28), and $30 (Feb. 12). Mar. 1 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Mar. 1: $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. 2 & 16. 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, location TBA. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango.
This acclaimed Canadian early-music quintet performs 16th- and 17th-century music by South American composers, who, according to the ensemble’s codirector, “fuse harmonies and rhythms of Europe and Africa, blended with Amerindian nuances and styles.” The program also includes works by European Baroque composers who were influenced by Latin American styles. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program by members of the ensemble.
8 p.m., St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $20 (seniors, $17; students, $5) in advance at AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org & Nicola’s Books (Westgate shopping center), & by phone, and at the door. 528-1838.
Jacqui Robbins directs this new local theater company in a world-premiere staged reading of local playwright Russ Schwartz play, an irreverent, richly humorous spin on a tale from the Icelandic sagas about a young man leaves a drunken brawl with a nasty cut and a nastier nickname. When his blind, cantankerous Viking father has cajoled him into avenging the insult, Thorstein’s next move places him in direct conflict with the local boss who would like to give the kid a break, but--as he is constantly reminded by his sharp-tongued wife--is not in a position to back down. Murder, treachery, song, low cunning, and strange cooking habits are all part of the journey to a tricky negotiation at swordpoint. Followed by a discussion with the director and cast.
8 p.m., Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington. Tickets $5 ($18 includes a catered buffet dinner at 7 p.m.) in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/328226 and at the door. 276-2832. [map]
Mar. 2 & 16. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo’s). $5 ($8 includes lesson). (313) 808-0358. [map]
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