(Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2012). Thriller that follows 2 siblings who decide to fend for themselves in the wake of a botched casino heist. Eric Bana.
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]
Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 994-5908. [map]
Meet and play softball with the University of Michigan Softball Team! U-Meet the Athlete gives children grades K-8 the opportunity to participate in sport clinics with University of Michigan varsity student-athletes. The goal is to have fun while stressing the importance of mastering sport-specific fundamentals, doing well in school, and living a healthy lifestyle. Please visit our website for more information and to download a registration form!
Intramural Sports Building, 606 E Hoover Ave. $20. 734-764-1342. email@example.com www.kines.umich.edu/umove/u-meet-the-athlete [map]
All invited to join rides of 40 miles, 20 miles, 12 miles, and 6 miles around Ann Arbor. Also, an "Abominable Snow Man" mountain bike ride, dependent on trail conditions. All rides end up at Arbor Brewing Company. Snacks, prizes, and giveaways.
Noon (40-mile ride), 1 p.m. (20-mile ride & mountain bike ride), 2 p.m. (12-mile ride), & 2:30 p.m. (6-mile ride), meet at the Farmers' Market, Detroit St. at N. Fifth Ave. Reservations requested at wheelsinmotion.us. Free. 971-2121.
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]
Our premier, comprehensive childbirth class is designed for pregnant women and their partners who prefer a more condensed format. This in-depth, interactive 6-hour series meets either all-day Saturday or two consecutive Sunday afternoons or two consecutive Monday nights. The series covers a wide range of topics in-depth based on Lamaze International's Six Healthy Birth Practices, including:
•the various stages of labor, birth, and early postpartum;;
•relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor and delivery;
•partner's role with laboring mom;
•pain management options and birth interventions; hospital procedures, and Cesarean birth.
All of our childbirth educators are highly trained, active in the birth community and are Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE).
The cost of this class also includes a two-hour breastfeeding class. After you complete your registration, we will email you the code to register for your free class
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. 185.00. 734.973.1014. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
Developing Your Musical Intuitions: The Language of Classical Music: U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Youth & Adult Community Programs.more >
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If you love classical music, you probably have a great deal of tacit knowledge about music, even if you have never played an instrument or learned to read musical notation. This course will enable you to access that knowledge by examining some of the fundamental aspects of aural experience, including memory and expectation, musical ambiguity, and feelings of tension and release. Although instructional materials will be provided for those who wish to progress further on their own, even those with no formal musical training and no knowledge of musical notation will enjoy this course. In a series of eight ninety-minute lectures, the course will use powerful and memorable musical events to generalize about musical grammar and logic, featuring works that are familiar to many classical music enthusiasts, such as Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto and Chopin's "Revolutionary" Etude, all of them played live at the piano by the instructor, Professor Kevin Korsyn of the University of Michigan SMTD.
Stearns Building, 2005 Baits Drive. $160. 734-936-2660. email@example.com www.music.umich.edu/adultprograms [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]
All kids, accompanied by an adult, invited for contra and square dancing with live music by David West and Donna Baird. Followed by Grange-baked cookies.
2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $12 per family. 769-1052. [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]
All invited to join a discussion about Lycaste orchids. Also, an orchid show-and-tell, orchid sales, raffle, and a chance to grill experts about problem plants.
2-5 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 663-0756. [map]
AADL librarians present a family storytelling program and a craft activity. Hot chocolate.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
James Nissen conducts this local volunteer ensemble in "Mars" from Gustav Holst's The Planets, John Stout's Voyager,Philip Sparke's Music of the Spheres, James Horner's music from Apollo 13, Robert W. Smith's Twelve Seconds to the Moon, and Goldsmith and McCarthy's Star Trek: Through the Generations.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5; kids age 12 & under, free). aaband.org. [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]
Welcome to Sunday Family Dining! This is our attempt to get you to slow down a little and gather around the table to enjoy a meal with your junior chef! In just a couple of hours, your child will prepare a three-course meal that you get to come back and enjoy. No shopping, no chopping, no clean up for you! (And they wait on you!) We'll talk about kitchen safety, favorite foods, family pets, and other important things while we cook. We'll pack up any leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and we'll send you home with a recipe packet. What a great way to end the weekend! Menu: Citrusy Couscous Salad, Fish en Papillote (in parchment), and Chocolate Mousse a la Julia Child! Your child will work in small teams, learn to make recipes from scratch, plate and enjoy the fruits of their labor (and we might even throw in some table etiquette!). These classes are for children ages 10 & up and are 3 hours long, with the last half hour designated for eating. Register 48 hours in advance.
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/1 child participant and up to 2 family members.. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
See review. The former longtime Ann Arborite, who served 3 terms as a 3rd Ward Democratic councilman in the 80s before moving to Dayton to start the Dayton Voice, reads from his recently published debut poetry collection, Wild Once and Captured. Epton was no poet at all when he left town more than 2 decades ago, but he's certainly turned himself into one, and the poems in his book are deftly realized and engagingly varied. Their themes are the perennial mysteries--love and death, memory and desire, gratitude & grief--and he treats them in a pleasing variety of guises--meditations, lyrical escapades, impromptu allegories, visionary fables, unsettling or puzzling dreams, monologues, even on occasion a sort of song.
3 p.m., West Side Book Shop, 113 W. Liberty. Free. 995-1891. [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]
U-M humanities grad student Sheree Brown leads a discussion of 22 works of art on display in the museum that address the complexity of conceptions and representations of race in several cultures.
3 p.m., UMMA Tisch Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
The duo of classical guitarist Helene Rottenberg, a Madonna University music professor, and flutist Susan Lazar performs a varied program that includes Francis-Paul Demillac's Petite Suite Medievale, Michael Blavet's Sonata in D minor, Francesco Molino's Duo for flute and guitar, Leo Brouwer's Afro-Cuban Lullaby for solo guitar, and an arrangement for flute and guitar of Bartok's Roumanian Dances, and Piazzola's Histoire du Tango for flute and guitar.
3:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron. Free. 663-9376. [map]
The older of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
3:30 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]
Every Sun. through Feb. 17. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents its new marionette show based on the Andrew Lang fairy tale about a prince who learns that while it's nice to be important, it's important to be nice.
3:30 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 (kids age 3 & under, free). 657-2337. [map]
"Sweet 'n' Sour: 30 Years of Recipes, Memories, and Adventures in Catering": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.more >
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Longtime club member and Sherry's international cuisine catering company owner Sherry Sundling discusses her career and gives some insider tips for home cooks.
4-6 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
All invited to join a discussion of Kathleen Kent's novel that tells the story of her ancestor, Martha Carrier, one of the first women to be hanged in the Salem witch trials.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Screening of a travel video about Kathmandu and the Mt. Everest base camp. Followed by a screening of a travel video that begins in Lhasa, Tibet and traverses the Tibetan Plateau back to Nepal. Also, information about upcoming trips to Nepal and Tibet.
5:30 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. Free. 997-7229. [map]
See review. Dubbed "the girl with the nightingale voice," this Irish American singer is a former member of De Danann whose 1988 debut solo LP immediately established her as a major star in Ireland, and she's since become a critical and popular favorite on both sides of the Atlantic. She sings in an exquisitely rich voice that ranges easily between warm whispers and high declamations full of swooning vibrato. Her repertoire includes pop songs by Paul Brady and other Irish contemporaries, some traditional Irish songs, Irish American standards like "Irish Molly," and even jazz and southern gospel tunes. A longtime local favorite.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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]