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 dance with the University of Michigan DanceTeam! 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. Participants will perform at the Women's Basketball game at 2:00pm. Please visit our website for more information and to download a registration form!
Central Campus Recreation Building, 401 Washtenaw Ave. $20. 734-764-1342. firstname.lastname@example.org www.kines.umich.edu/umove/u-meet-the-athlete [map]
A ski or hike (depending on trail conditions) through gorgeous conifer and deciduous woods. All ski abilities welcome.
1 p.m., meet at Zingerman's Roadhouse (2501 Jackson Rd.) to carpool. Free. 677-0823.
Developing Your Musical Intuitions: The Language of Classical Music: U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Youth & Adult Community Programs.more >
Developing Your Musical Intuitions: The Language of Classical Music: U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Youth & Adult Community Programs.< less
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]
Singer-guitarist Sandor Slomovits of The popular local acoustic duo Gemini and his 18-year-old daughter, violinist Emily Slomovits, present an eclectic program of Broadway show tunes, jazz & folk songs, and classical duets for guitar and violin.
1:30-2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 (seniors age 60 & older, $4; kids under 12 with adult, free) in advance only. 794-6250. [map]
Talk by Archives of Michigan archivist Jessica Miller. Followed by "Sharing Artifacts," a genealogical show & tell for which all are encouraged to bring and discuss something (or a photo of it) that has been handed down in your family.
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off E. Huron River Dr. at Clark Rd.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]
This nationally known sewing expert discusses her popular blog and her new book, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques. Signing.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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]
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]
Docent-led tour of the current exhibit, an installation by Argentina-born, LA-based architect and designer Pita, whose boldly colored works are influenced by literature and biology and employ cutting-edge architectural fabrication techniques.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
All invited to celebrate this ancient Celtic late winter festival of light and the earth's hidden fertility, which honors the hearth goddess Brid. Also, a potluck (bring a dish to pass) and a raffle.
2-5 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. Free. 277-1897. [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.
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]
Club members show off their figure skating skills.
2:15-4:05 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 213-6768. [map]
Grab your skates (or rent!) and come Celebrate National Skating Month with us! Come watch our talented skaters at a free skating exhibition. You'll also have the opportunity to have mini lessons and meet our professional coaches. Also featuring: Discount coupons, Raffle prizes and Refreshments!
Ice Cube Skating Arena, 2121 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734-213-6768. firstname.lastname@example.org www.annarborfsc.com [map]
Open auditions for kids ages 7 years old through high school will take place from 2:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 27 at the Saline Middle School Auditorium, 7190 N. Maple Rd. Saline. Auditions for adults will take place on Monday, January 28 at 7:00 or Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m at the same location. Callbacks, if needed, will be Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 at Liberty School Auditorium. Rehearsals will typically take place 6:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings, with an occasional Friday or Wednesday rehearsal. Rehearsals will begin February 11. The show will be performed at Saline High School April 19-21.
Full audition information and character descriptions are listed on the website: www.salineareaplayers.org. Questions about auditions should be directed to the director, Tami Hindes at 517-902-9960 or email@example.com
Saline Middle School Auditorium, 7190 N. Maple Rd., Saline. 517-902-9960. firstname.lastname@example.org www.salineareaplayers.org [map]
Performance by the trio of Brigham Young University oboe professor Geralyn Giovanetti, University of Windsor piano professor emeritus David Palmer, and French horn player Denise Root Pierce, a former member of the Bogota Philharmonic and Lansing and Kalamazoo symphonies. The program includes the premiere of a new work by BUCC music director Geoff Stanton.
3 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 996-5508. [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. 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]
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]
With a history that dates back to the 1890s, this band basically invented the modern mariachi, standardizing arrangements that had previously been learned by ear and adding trumpet to the traditional instrumentation of violins, harp, guitar, and the guitar-like vihuela and guitarron. Their repertoire blends traditional mariachi music with new, innovative pieces. Maestro Ruben Fuentes, the group's director and producer since 1950, has been credited with enriching mariachi's primitive qualities and diversifying its traditional styles and sounds, while the group's current musical director, Jose "Pepe" Martinez, is noted for his original arrangements that display a mastery of rhythm and spotlight each individual member.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10-46, in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
This ad hoc ensemble of U-M professors performs Schoenfield's Camp Songs; Beethoven's Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano; and Brahms' Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano.
4 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Talk by U-M Judaic studies professor Zvi Gitelman.
4 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 971-0990. [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]
(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]
(James Ponsoldt, 2012). Comedic drama about 2 alcoholics whose marriage is put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.
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]
Performances by students of guitarist Alex Anest.
5 p.m., AASPA, 637 S. Main. Free. 213-2000. [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 party at the Michigan Union Ballroom.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Ballroom. $15 (students, $10). umich.edu/~umtango. [map]