Low-key tournament for kids in grades K-8, with 4 sections based on age & skill level. Profits go to the Thurston PTO.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (experienced players) & 11:15-5 p.m. (beginning players), Thurston, 2300 Prairie (off Plymouth Rd. east of Huron Pkwy.). $7-$16. Space limited; preregistration required at ThurstonChess.com. 663-6326. [map]
Show and sale of farm toys aimed at kids and serious collectors. Includes NASCAR items, tractors, pedal-push tractors, Beanie Babies, and truck, farm vehicle, and harvesting vehicle collectibles. Also, a Washtenaw Ag Boosters pancake breakfast (8-10 a.m., cost TBA).
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Liberty School, 7265 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. 429-8030, ext. 2343. [map]
In this hands-on class you will learn all the basics to cake decorating and you'll be able to create your own 6 inch cake masterpiece! This is not your average cake decorating class - our goal is to make you proficient by the time you leave -- that means lots of time to practice, practice, practice! Class topics covered: Italian Meringue Buttercream, Decorator's Buttercream, Cake slicing and layering, Crumb-coating, Filling/Damming, Smoothing/Texturizing, Borders, Basket Weaving, Detail-Piping, Simple Flowers and Foliage. 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]
Art historians and artists discuss Chinese pottery. Also, films. Schedule TBA. In conjunction with the current UMMA exhibit of Chinese folk pottery.
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-8888. [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]
Meet and play volleyball with the University of Michigan Volleyball 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
All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to make chocolate treats and learn about the history of chocolate and the need to protect the ecology of the cacao tree.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $8 per child. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]
American Association of University Women representatives read Caren Holtzman's A Quarter from the Tooth Fairy to kids in grades 1-3, followed by a related hands-on math session.
10-11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
Naturalist Endeavors (Columbiaville, MI) owner Randy Baker discusses the history of industrialism on Michigan and its natural resources.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
U-M Child Care teachers Michelle Freund and Kelly Zechmeister lead infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by a caregiver) through sensory play with wood, fabrics, metal, and other common materials
10-11 a.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Traditional Yoga Meditation, 7-week class. Systematic meditation instruction, relaxation, breathing techniques, and yoga philosphy. Instructor authorized in lineage of Swami Rama. Saturdays Jan 26-Mar 9, 10:15-11:45AM. No charge. Bring 2 large towels and 2 firm cushions. Call Diane for details: 734-678-8587.
Friends Center,, 1420 Hill St. Free. 734-678-8587. [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]
All invited to join a watershed-wide hunt for these elusive river insects, which are active only in winter when fish are sluggish. Wear warm clothes. (You will not go into the water.) Children must be accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. or noon-4:30 p.m., begin at the NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Preregistration required by Jan. 22 at hrwc.org
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]
Jan. 24-26. This award-winning local children's theater presents a series of African folktales. With drumming and other music. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Appropriate for kids in grades pre-K-3.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (Jan. 24 & 25) & 11 a.m. (Jan. 26), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids, $8) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [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]
FIDO DOG RESCUE of Ann Arbor is a non-profit and no-kill dog rescue. We save dogs and puppies from high-kill shelters and find them GREAT homes! We have many dogs and puppies available for adoption. Please come out and meet them!
PET SUPPLIES PLUS, 2607 Plymouth Road. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org www.fidorescue.petfinder.com [map]
This class will demonstrate the use of Octave, a mathematical open-source software similar to Matlab. Octave allows complicated and tedious calculations to be perfomed without much more work than a calculator. Simple equations will be used as an example for the following Octave features:
- Basic Math
- Vectors and Arrays
- Simple function
- Reading data in and out
Prequesites include some familularity with algebra, or at least knowing what a variable is.
To follow along in the workshop:
- Bring a laptop and have Octave installed
- We ask for a donation of $10 to $15
Lisa Thierbach will be leading this workshop. She is the owner of Thierbach Soltuions, LLC - providing consultation services for mathmatical and engineering software. Thierbach-Solutions.com
We will have one or two laptops on standby in case something horrible happens to yours : )
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Donation. $10 to $15. 734-904-9595. email@example.com http:
Learn how to cut & etch with a LASER this Saturday!
Cost: We ask for $10 to $15 for this class.
What does all this wonderful time and money get you?
- Basic instruction on how to use the laser cutter
- 1 hour (in addition / after class time) of use on the laser cutter, with the ability to pay for more time ($10 p/hour for members, $12 p/hour for non members)
- Satisfaction in helping create a fund to maintain, repair, upgrade the laser cutter!
Basic class plans:
- Basic image editing and generation
- Difference between raster and vector
- Pre cut flight check
- How to size your document
- Laser cutter set up and lock/unlock
- Power settings and configurations
- Cleaning the bed
- Basic trouble shooting
- Acceptable materials
- Post cut flight check
FYI: This class is limited to just 8 people. PREREGISTER at http:
This class repeats every fourth Saturday of the month!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Donation. $10 to $15. (734) 707-8242. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Rat Fest is Corner Brewery's way of showing our appreciation for all of the amazing homebrewing talent in Southeast Michigan. Each year we invite multiple homebrewing clubs to come to Corner and demonstrate their brewing creativity on our 10 gallon brewing system, affectionately known as The Rat Pad. Clubs are encouraged to brew the most outrageous beers they can think of, for your drinking pleasure!
This year's RatFest will be bigger, better and more mindblowingly awesome than any before. Ticket price includes 36 creative beers to samples, appetizers and a commemorative tasting glass. Tickets sold out in advace last year, so make sure you get your tickets early! Call or stop by. 734-480-2739.
Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti. $30. 734-480-2739. https:
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]
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]
All lesbians invited to discuss Solitaire, Kelley Eskridge's futuristic novel set in a dystopian corporate nation state about a woman who's destined to become part of an elite ruling class but ends up in an experimental virtual solitary confinement program.
4-6 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Ct. Free. 663-0036. [map]
(Dustin Hoffman, 2012). Comedic drama about a home for retired opera singers where the arrival of one of the residents' former wife disrupts their annual concert celebrating Verdi's birthday. Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Bill Connolly.
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. [map]
Grab a friend, a date, a group of friends, or just come yourself for a super fun evening as we travel to Spain! We will roll up our sleeves, tie on an apron, and start our journey with an assortment of Tapas, make a Mixed Paella, and finish with Marinated Fruit on Traditional Flao - a Spanish olive oil crust pie. 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]
January 25 & 26 (different programs). A major highlight of the local musical year, with established and rising stars representing a wide spectrum of vernacular musical idioms. Emcee both nights is Colin Hay, an Australian singer-songwriter best known as the former frontman of the tuneful 80s pop-rock band Men at Work. Tonight's headliner is The Head and the Heart, a young Seattle folk-rock sextet on the Sub Pop label known for its exhilarating live shows whose music has been described as "Americana meets the Beatles." Also appearing: Lucinda Williams is celebrated singer-songwriter whose music blends traditional blues, country, Cajun, R&B, and rock 'n' roll forms with highly charged and at times desperately inventive ballad-style lyrics that take their inspiration as much from the southern Gothic fiction of Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty as from traditional song. But unlike many self-consciously literate singer-songwriters, she bases her singing style on an expressive repertoire of vocal tones, timbres, and other nonverbal devices. Dar Williams, a local favorite ever since her performance at the 1996 Ann Arbor Folk Festival, is an acclaimed pop-folk singer-songwriter from western Massachusetts who sings in a sweet, ringing soprano. Her brightly melodic songs feature sophisticated, vividly insightful, and often tartly humorous lyrics on a wide range of personal and social themes. Frank Fairfield is a young California folkie steeped in the pre-WWII Americana of the likes of Mississippi John Hurt and Dock Boggs. Accompanying himself on fiddle, guitar, or banjo and singing in a reedy tenor, he performs old-time hillbilly ballads, arcane rambling songs, and murder ballads, along with some agile originals. The Steel Wheels is an acclaimed Virginia bluegrass-based Americana quartet, fronted by singer-songwriters Trent Wagler and Jay Lapp, whose new CD Red Wing is a hit on the Americana Music Association charts. Brother Joscephus & the Love Revolution is a Brooklyn-based 12-piece band that plays a New Orleans-inspired mix of soul, classic rock, and feel-good gospel. Drew Nelson is a local folk-style singer-songwriter whose influences range from John Gorka and Greg Brown to Tom Waits and Dylan. This Grand Rapids native's songs are praised by Americana UK critic Jeremy Searle for their "dusty eloquence and a rural blue-collar sensibility."
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $35 & $47.50 per night and $60 & $85 for both nights in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mototix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Dinner and dancing to a DJ. Also, a silent auction, games with prizes, and a chance to meet Skyline coaches, teachers, administrators, and parents.
6:30 p.m., Barton Hills Country Club, 730 Country Club Rd. Tickets $50 in advance only at webstores.activenetwork.com
The nation's premier intercollegiate competition of traditional Indian raas dance is an extremely lively affair featuring 8 dance teams from around the nation. The fast-paced, playful raas style originated in ancient times in the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat as part of the Navratri festival that honors Hindu goddesses. It involves rotating circles and changing geometric shapes of elaborately dressed male and female singing dancers who pepper the dance with flourishes and gesture with decorated rods known as dandia.
6:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 & $18 (students, $10). dandiadhamaka.com. [map]
Jan. 26 & 27. The younger of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
7 p.m. (Jan. 26) & 3:30 p.m. (Jan. 27), 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]
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 3-5, accompanied by an adult, invited for hands-on science activities that involve stop-motion animation, gaming, design, and technology. Scouts can earn credit toward a Video Gaming or Junior Entertainment Technology badge.
7-11 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $15. 995-5439. [map]
Hike followed by hot drinks around a fire. Dress warmly.
7-9 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Webster Twp. Free; $5 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 334. [map]
Jan. 25-27. EMU theater instructor Meriah Sage directs a staged reading of EMU drama professor Patricia Zimmer's new drama, set in 1939 in a small town in southeast Missouri riven by racial and class hatreds, about 2 young girls who form a secret friendship.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $7 in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
Reuven AnafShalom, Ed Vincent, and Marlin Whitaker call to rousing old-time music by the Golden Griffon Stringtet. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 994-6494. [map]
Jan. 25 & 26 (different programs). Tonight's program: Graham and composer Aaron Copland's 1944 ballet Appalachian Spring, regarded as a classic piece of Americana, about a 19th century newlywed couple on the Pennsylvania frontier. Copland's Pulitzer Prize-winning score, a concert suite, evokes simplicity and the pastoral beauty of Appalachia, and was inspired by Shaker music, including the hymn "Simple Gifts." Graham's choreography, passionate yet humble in its gestures, expresses the bride and husband's range of emotions, from uncertainty to pride and exuberance, and includes lively folk dances. Also, Robert Wilson's provocative 1995 work Snow on the Mesa, an homage to Graham that blends her manner of choreography with ancient and modern Asian dance styles. The work's solemn mood and measured pacing is set to gamelan-influenced music by composers George Antheil, Lou Harrison, and Colin McPhee. The work is a "tightly structured but glorious cascade of Faulknerian dream images," and Wilson a "master of transformations," writes a New York Times reviewer.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $22-54, in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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.
Jan. 24-27. Paul Bianchi directs local actors in Alan Ayckbourn's endearing comedy, set in the 1970s, about 4 couples and their various marital struggles. The action takes place in 3 bedrooms over the course of a night.
8 p.m. (Jan. 24-26) & 2 p.m. (Jan. 27), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 6 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17). in advance at a2ct.org, and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
Jan. 25-27 & Feb. 1 & 2. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers, accompanied by pianist Jerry DePuit. Singers include Sue Booth, Carolyn Burnstein, Wendy Bloom, Shelley MacMillan, Lisa Gray, Roxy Diederich, Beth Major, Sylvia Pittman, Deanna Relyea, Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, Susan Shipman, and Monica Swartout-Bebow. Wine is served.
8 p.m. (Jan. 25 & 26; Feb. 1 & 2) & 4 p.m. (Jan. 27), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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]
Jan. 25-28 (different locations). Four fiery days of tango dances with recorded music spun by a DJ. Also, tango workshops during the day. Note: schedule is tentative. Tonight: dance parties at 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (Michigan Union Ballroom) and 1:30-5 a.m. (Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.).
9 p.m. & 1:30 a.m., different locations. $15 (students, $10). umich.edu