Jan. 12 & 19. 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 (Jan. 12), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Jan. 19), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Oct. 27) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Oct. 28), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
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. email@example.com dennisartist.imagekind.com
Come spend a morning with us for a Streudel primer! The only way to really learn this one is to roll up your sleeves, tie on an apron, and get into the nitty gritty with us! You will prepare the paper-thin pastry dough, stretch it to its limits, and then fill it with both sweet and savory fillings. Menu: Mushroom Streudel, Beef & Tomato Streudel, Apple Streudel
Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
All invited to make a decorative bookmark, pin, or refrigerator magnet using colorful used postage stamps. Also, guided tours of the city's recycling and trash disposal center.
10 a.m.-noon, Materials Recovery Facility, 4150 Platt Rd. Free. 794-6000. [map]
Fun and Learning Music Studio 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
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. email@example.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
Every Tues., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Also, riders can start at 11 a.m. from the gazebo in downtown Dexter (994-5908). 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., meet at Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 545-0541. [map]
Fill a bag for $5. Second bag is free.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 944-0625. [map]
Jan. 12 & 13. AADL staff explain to kids in grades K-5 (accompanied by an adult) the biological causes of skin color and hair texture, along with other inherited genetic traits. Participants also get to perform a DNA extraction.
10-11 a.m. (Jan. 12), AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., & 1-2 p.m. (Jan. 13), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes. Free. 764-0480, 327-8301. [map]
Stories and various nature activities for kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver).
Sept. 20: Reading of Lois Elhert's Nuts to You! After the reading, the kids learn about different ways to watch squirrels and other animals that visit their yard.
Oct.18: Reading of Jennifer Ward's Forest Bright Forest Night. After the reading, the kids learn about animals that are active at night.
Nov. 15: Reading of Peggy Christian's If You Find a Rock. After the reading, the kids explore the LSNC trails to see how many kinds of rock they can find.
Dec. 20: Reading of Carrie Pearson's A Warm Winter Tale. The reading is followed by games and activities to help keep warm.
10-11 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $3 per child. 997-1553. [map]
One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Awards for the top three finishers in each class. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $16 to race. (517) 960-5252. [map]
Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. The Jan. 12 program only is followed by a visit from Judy Schachner's children's book character Skippyjon Jones, an adventurous Siamese cat.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the scientific collections that are the basis for the museum's research and how museum staff prepare its exhibits.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 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]
Join us for the continuation of this unique cooking series. Butcher, roast, grill or fry? Learn alongside executive Chef Jim Leonardo as he teaches us the best ways to prepare each part
Of the bird. Food & Wine pairing included! Call or email to reserve your tickets.
Vinology, 110 S. Main St. $40. 7342229841. Events.firstname.lastname@example.org Vinowinebars.net
Demonstration of how to make mochi, a traditional New Year's sweet sticky rice cake. Also, live music by koto (Japanese zither) ensemble Miyabi and taiko (Japanese drum) ensemble Raion Taiko, manga drawing, origami and kakizome (calligraphy), ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), kamishibai (storytelling), and Japanese games.
1-4 p.m., U-M East Hall Math Atrium, 530 Church St. Free. 764-6307. [map]
Jan. 10-13. Jayme Kelmigian directs young local actors in Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick's beloved, heartwarming musical, based on stories by celebrated Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, about life in a small Russian Jewish community around 1900. The show's many familiar songs include "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "To Life."
7 p.m. (Jan. 10-12), 1 p.m. (Jan. 12), & 2 p.m. (Jan. 13), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (kids age 18 & under and seniors age 65 & over, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, mutotix.com, & by phone, and at the door. youngpeoplestheater.com, 763-TKTS. [map]
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Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9. U-M Natural History Museum staff present a series of programs exploring the roles biology, anthropology, and physics play in shaping race and culture. For kids ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.
1-2 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
Talk by local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, editor of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke. Participants explore the art of "smell mapping" to explore aroma and flavor.
1-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
(Yoon Jong-bin, 2012). Korean box-office hit about a corrupt customs officer whose life turns around when he meets a powerful gangster. Time magazine reviewer Jacob Templin calls it "the Korean mob film that Scorcese would be proud of." Korean, subtitles.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [map]
University of Michigan students Alexandra Rodriguez, flute, and Micaela Acomb, saxophone, present their junior recital. Featuring works by Clarke, Ibert, Gieseking, Karg-Elert, Tower, and Boutry. Reception to follow.
McIntosh Theater, 1100 Baits Drive. Free. email@example.com [map]
Jan. 8-13. The National Theatre of Scotland, founded in 2006 and known for staging plays in non-traditional places like airports and forests, performs Scottish playwright David Greig's rollicking, surreal play about a prim, uptight researcher of Scottish border ballads. While stuck in a small-town pub, she is forced to experience first-hand the ballads' passionate and bacchanalian themes. The play is itself a ballad written in rhyming couplets and subverted by witty references to Facebook, Kylie Minogue, and Costco. The 5-actor cast, directed by Wils Wilson, maximizes the small yet intimate staging in a pub by climbing up on tables and weaving through the audience. Recommended for ages 14+. Also, on Jan. 12, "A Play and a Pint: Scottish Theater and the Border Ballads of Prudencia Hart," ," a discussion led by U-M history professor Kali Israel and English instructor Karen McConnell (6 p.m.; Corner Brewery).
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 8-10), 8 p.m. (Jan. 11 & 12), 2 p.m. (Jan. 12), & 6 p.m. (Jan. 13), Corner Brewery, 720 Norris (at Forest), Ypsilanti. $50 general admission, in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Nature programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen.
Nov. 17 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Turkey Talk." Talk on how the North American wild turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. McGlashen also dresses an audience volunteer in some props to represent turkey adaptations and behavior, and participants can make a turkey call to take home.
Dec. 1 (7 p.m.): "Owl Prowl." A hike to through the woods to call for owls and learn about their adaptations.
Jan. 14 (2 p.m.): "Winter Tracking for Families." A hike to look for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife and learn how to identify animals by their tracks. Participants also cast a track to take home.
Jan. 26 (8 p.m.): "Full Moon Night Hike." A hike by the light of the moon to explore nocturnal life in the park.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center, Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
Benefit recital features classical music performances by EMU vocal faculty including baritone Robert Peavler, sopranos MeeAe Nam and Emily Benner, and mezzo-soprano Monica Swartout-Bebow. Proceeds benefit the local food bank Food Gatherers.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free; donations encouraged. 769-2999. [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]
(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]
Bring your favorite someone and a bottle of wine and learn to prepare this entire healthy menu together! A perfect date night - guilt not included! Menu: Curried Pumpkin Bisque; Arugula and Apple Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette; Maple-Balsamic-Glazed Tempeh with Shallot and Chestnuts; Candied Ginger Pears.
Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/couple. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Readings by 1st-year MFA students. Jan. 12: fiction writers Chigozie Obioma and Meron Hadero and poet David Hornibrook. Jan. 26: fiction writers Brittany Benett and Matt Robison and poet Robert Bruno.
7-9 p.m., U-M Work Gallery, 306 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
All kids in grades 4-7, accompanied by an adult, invited for hands-on science activities that involve fingerprints, footprints, and blood analysis. Scouts can earn credit toward a Junior Detective or Cadette Special Agent badge.
7-11 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $15. 995-5439. [map]
Jan. 11, 12, & 19 (different programs). AAPS high school students perform 4 different talent shows. The judges and the audience response determine the winners in each of the 4 categories, who compete in the Jan. 19 finale. This is a very popular show. The 9:30 p.m. shows are open only to students.
Jan. 11: "50 Years of Soul."
Jan. 12: "Dance Fever."
Jan. 19: Final competition.
7 & 9:30 p.m. (Jan. 11 & 12) & 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 19), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets (available at the door only) $7 on Jan. 11 & 12, $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, & teachers, $10) on Jan. 19. 994-2191. [map]
Screening of John Waters' tirelessly perverse 1972 black comedy exploitation film about 2 families who battle for recognition as "filthiest people alive." Divine< mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole. Also Reefer Madness (Louis Gasnier, 1936), the anti-marijuana propaganda film that survives as a campy cult favorite.
7 p.m., 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]
Don Theyken calls contras to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. Also, some waltz and swing. No partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner session.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (students, $5). 408-1829. [map]
All invited to join sing-along merging familiar songs with chanting and improvisations.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 10-Feb. 10. David Wolber directs the world premiere of local playwright David Wells' comedy-with music by the veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Frank Allison-set in 1959 in the Brill Building, the longtime epicenter of the pop music universe whose hegemony is under assault by the rise of rock 'n' roll. It's about a washed-up Big Band songwriter who tries to make music with a young woman who shows up at his office with her guitar, her aspirations, and more than a few secrets. Stars Phil Powers and Sarah Ann Leahy. The Feb. 3 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. (Jan. 26 & Feb. 9), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Jan. 10), $22 (Jan. 11, 13, & 17), and $30 (Jan. 12). Jan. 18 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Jan. 18: $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]
This Tecumseh-based ragtime orchestra is joined by the renowned local American popular song cabaret duo William Bolcom & Joan Morris, jazz pianist James Dapogny, Grammy-winning ukulele player and vocalist Ian Whitcomb, Hollywood burlesque performer Lily LaRue, and the local jazz dance quartet Erin Morris & the Ragdolls for an old-fashioned burlesque show. U-M theater department head John Neville-Andrews emcees. The program includes the premiere of orchestra co-director William Hayes' newest ragtime work, Dapogny's Brahms-inspired rag, and more.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $30 & $50 in advance at ticketweb.com & by phone. ragtimeband.org, (866) 468-3401. [map]