Fraleigh's Landscape Nursery (Dexter) nursery manager Dan Sparks-Jackson leads a hike through the Arb to look for birds wintering in the county, including snow buntings, Lapland longspurs, red- and white-wing crossbills, pine siskins, redpolls, and more.
8:30 a.m.-noon, meet in the park-n-ride lot just northeast of the I-94 and M-52 interchange, Chelsea. Free. 677-3275.
Juried show and sale of antiques from many dealers. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Liberty School, 7265 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $3. 944-0713, 429-3164. [map]
Washtenaw Literacy has provided free customized literacy tutoring to adults for over 40 years. The15-hour training program prepares adults to tutor others one-on-one, in reading, writing and English as a Second Language. This interactive workshop includes teaching theory, adult learning strategies and lesson planning practice. Come and see how you can change someone's life by giving two hours of your time per week.
Class meets Saturdays, January 19 - February 2
Instructor: Alison Austin
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org www.olli-umich.org [map]
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]
A hike through new parkland to look for birds of prey, wintering sparrows and bluebirds, pheasants, and more. Followed by hot drinks. Note: the group will drive to some of the bird watching locations.
9-11 a.m., Rolling Hills County Park, meet at the lodge, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti Twp. Free; $5 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
Kids, accompanied by an adult, invited to work on electronics, robotics, and woodworking projects. Today: woodcraft projects, such as walking sticks and grow boxes.
10 a.m.-noon, Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 926-5079. [map]
Let Food Transform How You Feel!
Sample tasty, healthy, gourmet recipes
Receive inspiration to relax into your optimal weight
Explore your relationship to food through talks and demos
Have fun watching food improv skits
Learn how to make healthy treats for your pets
Raffles for healthy gift baskets, body care and treats
Advance Tickets at a2tasteofhealth.wordpress.com
Proceeds Benefit Grass Lake Sanctuary
Aprill Wellness Center, 107 Aprill Dr., Suite 4. $5 Advance Tickets, $7 at Door. 734.657.0753. a2tasteofhealth.wordpress.com [map]
Jan. 19-21. Hands-on science activities that explore color, the ways scientists use the color spectrum to learn about the world around us, and the way people perceive color differently.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Jan. 19 & 21) & noon-4 p.m. (Jan. 20), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [. [map]
Jan. 5 & 19. 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]
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]
A speaker TBA discusses this recently discovered large orchid species.
11 a.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). (517) 546-8303. [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]
Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of the 2nd opera of Donizetti's Tudor trilogy. Stars mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, with Elza van den Heever as Elizabeth I. The broadcast is reprised on tape Feb 6 & 7 (see listings).
12:55-4:15 p.m., 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]
Representatives from the foreign exchange student organization AFS will be at the
downtown library in Ann Arbor (343 South Fifth Street) to present programs on
hosting and sending high school students abroad. Host families and students currently in Ann Arbor will be there to answer questions.
Scholarship information will be available.
AADL Downtown Branch, 343 South Fifth Street, Ann Arbor. Free. 734 717 8961. email@example.com www.afsusa.org [map]
The goal of this workshop is to make you a neuroscience expert! You will learn the skills to study the brain at a level that few people have ever done! You will build your own equipment to study the brain yourselves. Not sure how to solder or make electronics? No worries, we will teach you. No experience necessary.
First, we will provide demonstrations of insects so you understand how their brains work from the outside. Then we will guide you through how to build your own SpikerBoxes. Everyone will receive the parts required to build, plus step-by-step instructions on how to solder each component in place.
Finally comes the fun part. Science! We'll go through a whole bunch of fun experiments you can do with your new SpikerBox. We will learn about "Spikes", and "Rate Coding", how temperature affects the neurons, and how electricity can make muscles move!
You will also see demonstrations of our EMG SpikerBox and preview some new yet-to-be-released devices!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $100. 734-904-9595. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/neuroscience-workshop-with-backyard-brains/ [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. Register at www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $70. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
What treasures do you have passed down in your family? Photos, letters, documents, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks? Are you wondering what you can do to preserve them for future generations?
On Saturday, Jan 19 from 1-3 p.m. the library will host Shannon Zachary of the U-M Library's Preservation and Conservation Dept. She will present a short illustrated talk on factors that cause important family records to deteriorate and simple steps you can take to help make sure they remain intact for your own children and grandchildren. After the talk there will be time to ask questions, so bring examples of items you want to preserve for discussion.
Registration is requested as space will be limited. Register by emailing email@example.com or calling 734-439-1240.
Milan Public Library, 151 Wabash St., Milan. Free. 734-439-1240. firstname.lastname@example.org www.milanlibrary.org [map]
U-M composition grad students lead student ensembles in the premieres of their works that explore terms that are common to both music and art, including tone, line, texture, color, volume, contrast, and shape. The performances take place throughout the museum, and curators are on hand to offer suggestions about exhibited works that the terms call to mind.
1-4 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0594. [map]
All invited to learn how to prepare skins for educational purposes. The birds used are ones that have perished in the wild and been found by a WCPARC naturalist.
1-4 p.m., County Farm Park Field Operations Bldg., Platt Rd. entrance. Free, but preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
Eddy Discovery Center park interpreter Katie McGlashen shows and explains some fossils for kids ages 2-6 (accompanied by an adult) to examine, touch, and draw in their science journals. Also, related stories and crafts.
1-2 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. [map]
Club members discuss botanical gardens they've visited around the world and recommend plants that are suitable for rock gardens.
1:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). email@example.com, 996-0692. [map]
(Kim Tae-young, 2010). A young woman on a special weekend release from prison (where she's serving time for killing her abusive husband) meets a man on a bus who works as a companion for lonely, older women. Korean, subtitles.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [map]
All adults and teens in grades 6 & up invited to help plan the building of an "Ann Arbor" using the AADL server dedicated to this computer game that involves building things with virtual blocks.
2-4 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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. Note: The June 2 session is a practice for the evening contra dance (see listing).
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. Call to confirm. 994-9307. [map]
Theorist Irena Aristarkhova discusses her new book about the science, technology, and art of ectogenesis (the growth of an organism in an artificial environment), examining such phenomena as artificial wombs, neonatal incubators, and male pregnancy. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [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]
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Dinner followed by dancing to live music by the local band Notorious. Evening attire. Proceeds benefit a NANBPW scholarship fund and community service projects.
6-11 p.m., Four Points Sheraton, 3200 Boardwalk. Tickets $55 in advance only from a member or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 2807, Ann Arbor, 48106. 996-9528. [map]
Open European and Middle Eastern folk dancing to recorded music. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3) donation. 709-8748. [map]
The younger of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
7 p.m., 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]
All adults and high school students invited to form (or join) teams of up to 10 to compete in a multimedia trivia contest that includes written puzzles. Dessert.
7 p.m., Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw. $10 (high school students, $5). 665-9897. [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]
Jan. 17-19. Bj Wallingford directs Huron students in John Bishop's comedy about an ill-fated production of a Broadway musical mystery plagued by a serial killer known as the Stage Door Slasher. When its creators arrange to preview a new show for a potential backer, the Slasher shows up.
7:30 p.m., Huron High School Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller Rd. Tickets $6 (students & seniors, $4) in advance and at the door. 994-2095. [map]
With callers Robin Warner & Peter Baker. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner lesson. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
Jan. 19: the Stouthearted String Band.
Feb. 16: Live music by Big Fun.
Mar. 16: band TBA.
8 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $7). 426-0241. [map]
An hour of nonstop music in a wide range of contrasting styles. Classical, jazz, big band, vocal, and pop ensembles and soloists segue rapidly from one idiom to the next. Performers are U-M music students. One of the music school's most popular events.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $20 & $26 (students with ID, $10), in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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]
AASO music director Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in a concert celebrating Mozart's 257th birthday. The program includes Mozart's father's charming Baroque-inspired Trumpet Concerto with soloist William Campbell, Mozart's Violin Concerto no. 3 with soloist Yehonatan Berick, the overture to La Clemenza di Tito, and Symphony no. 35 in D major ("The Haffner Symphony"), which is one of the most energetic pieces Mozart ever wrote.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10-$58 (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]
Performance by AJ Swearingen & Jonathan Beedle, a duo that's been performing its Simon & Garfunkel tribute show for more than a decade.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $22.50 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and theark.org; and at the door.To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
An ensemble of local and regional performance artists presents an evening of butoh, a highly expressionistic, kinetic movement form that evolved in postwar Japan to explore and express the depths and range of human emotion.
9 p.m.-midnight, Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 (kids age 3 & under, free). 657-2337. [map]
Every Fri. & Sat., Jan. 18-Feb. 2. See review. Brian Carbine directs this production-part theater, part dance, part performance art-that utilizes movement and ethnographic research, visual arts, oral histories, and fiction to explore the concept of self-reflection.
9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.), LePop Gallery, 101 N. Main. Tickets $10 at the door. 383-4710. [map]