The Life of Pine art show with pastels and watercolors by Ypsilanti artist, Dennis Gordon will be at Ypsilanti's Whittaker Road Library until January 30. The theme of the art show is the life and times of an Eastern White Pine tree. The show chronicles the dangerous and dramatic life of a pine tree.
While one might not think of a pine tree's life as all that exciting, it is filled with uncertainties and whether the pine tree recognizes it as such, plenty of beauty and drama pass before it.
Whittaker Road Ypsilanti Library, Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org dennisartist.imagekind.com
Dec. 26-Jan. 6. Family-friendly hands-on activities that explore temperatures.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Fri., except Jan. 1) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun. & Jan. 1), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [map]
All kids grades 5-12 invited to make crafts. Dec. 7: Chance to make a personalized photo book. Bring your own photos. Dec. 15: Chance to make holiday gift tags, boxes, and cards. Jan. 3: Chance to make a parachute cord bracelet. Feb. 22: Chance to make a Scrabble tile pendant necklace.
7 p.m. (Dec. 7 & Feb. 22) & 11 a.m. (Dec. 15 & Jan. 3), DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun., Nov. 23, Dec. 27 & 28, and Jan. 2-4 Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. and Dec. 27 & 28 and Jan. 2-4, 1:30 Thurs.-Sun.., & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Hubble Vision (12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an audiovisual show about the discoveries made by the Hubble Space Telescope. Season of Light (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. & Dec. 27 & 28 and Jan. 2-4, 12:30 p.m. Nov. 23). is an audiovisual show about various ancient and modern solstice celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukkah.
11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. and Jan. 2-4. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & Jan. 2-4, 1:30 Sat. & Sun, & Jan. 2-4, & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Season of Light (2:30 p.m. Jan. 2-4) is an audiovisual show about various ancient and modern solstice celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukkah. Light Years from Andromeda (Sat. 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda. Black Holes (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. Note: There is a different planetarium show on MLK Day (see Jan. 21 listing).
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Every Thurs. Jan. 3: Local physician Thomas Clark leads snowflake making. Jan. 10: classical, jazz, and tango by the flute-guitar duo of Tracy Kash Thomas and Duane Allen Harlick. Jan. 17: New York artist Alli Berman demonstrates her PuzzleArt therapy activities. Jan. 24: Jazz standards, originals, and Latin jazz by Edie Herrold & Red Shoes. Jan. 31: Classical and jazz piano by Jim Vincent.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
(Tom Hooper, 2012). Adaptation of the Broadway musical, itself an adaptation of Victor Hugo's sweeping epic of 19th-century Parisian life. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway.
Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $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]
(Sacha Gervasi, 2012). Biopic that stars Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock. Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; Wed., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
Every Thurs. Whole Foods staffers discuss wine. Tastings with cheese and appetizers. Topics include Syrah from the U.S. (Jan. 3), Oregon favorites (Jan. 10), Chianti (Jan. 17), Charles Smith wines (Jan. 24), and Michigan wines (Jan. 31). Also, Michigan beer tastings (5-7 p.m., prices vary), with representatives from Original Gravity Brewing Company (Jan. 4) and Dark Horse Brewing Company (Jan. 18).
5-8:30 p.m., Whole Foods wine bar, 990 W. Eisenhower, Cranbrook Village shopping center. $17. 997-7500. [map]
Occasionally canceled during the holidays; see dexterumc.org for schedule updates.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. $6 (families, $24; kids age 5 & under, free). 426-8480. [map]
Screening of a video about this rock formation that hosts a variety of unusual minerals from the mesoproterozoic era.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]
Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]
Thursday, January 3 at 8:30pm at Elmo's on Main Street T-Shirt's & Gifts - just north of Liberty. Ann Arbor native, Aaron Urist, struts his stuff with his buddy, Sam Talent. Currently based in Denver, they are completing a nationwide tour.
Elmo's T-Shirts & Gifts, 220 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. Donations accepted. (734) 994-9898. [map]