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]
An American Association of University Women member reads Ann Tompert's story about a grandfather who does tangram puzzles with his granddaughter. Participants also learn about congruent triangles, parallelograms and right angles, and make puzzles to take home.
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]
Every Fri. All invited to make drawings inspired by works in the museum. Art Center instructor Lea Bult is on hand to offer guidance.
11:10 a.m.-1 p.m., check-in at the UMMA information desk, 525 S. State. $10 (includes materials). 763-UMMA. [map]
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Every Fri. TBE rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion. Bring a lunch, if you wish.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
Feb. 1: Oberlin College ethnomusicology professor Jennifer Fraser on "The Art of Grieving: West Sumatra's Worst Earthquake in Music Videos." Feb. 22: University of Massachusetts-Lowell political science professor Ardeth Maung discusses coping strategies in Myanmar.
Noon, 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0352. [map]
Local crafter Helen O'Toole shows how to make seasonal cards using a technique known as "iris folding." Nov. 13: Chance to make a Thanksgiving turkey card. Dec. 7: Chance to make a Christmas card. Jan. 10: Chance to make a whimsical winter card. Feb. 1: Chance to make a Valentine's Day card.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
Feb. 1: University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka) English professor Sumathy Sivamohan on "The Practice of Translation: Academic Exercises and Activist Stances." Feb. 8: Duke University cultural anthropology professor Harris Solomon on "Epidemic Proportions: 'Globesity' and the Accumulative Body in India." Feb. 22: Indiana University journalism, cultural studies, and Indian studies professor Radhika Parameswaran on "Exfoliating Colorism: Contestations, Comedy, and Critique in India's Transnational Media Field."
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
Talk by Northeastern University music professor Anthony De Ritis, a prominent contemporary composer.
4-5:30 p.m., Michigan League Koessler Room. Free. 764-8888. [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]
Screening of 3 award-winning films from the Michigan Theater's debut Cinetopia Film Festival last spring.
Feb. 1 (4:30 p.m.): Hipsters (Valeriy Todorovskiy, 2008) is a musical set in 1950s about Russian teens who buck the tide of the drab Soviet Union in favor of poodle skirts and saxophones. Russian, subtitles.
Feb. 2 (4:30 p.m.) & Feb. 3 (6 p.m.): I Am Not a Hipster (Destin Cretton, 2012) is a drama about a singer-songwriter who's uncomfortable with the indie scene he's a part of in San Diego.
Feb. 3 (3:30 p.m.): Missed Connections (Eric Kissack, 2012) is Rom com about a guy who gets over a traumatic breakup by setting up blind dates with women on Craigslist and then "rescuing" the women when their date doesn't show.
Various times, 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]
Every Thurs. Whole Foods staffers discuss wine. Tastings with cheese and appetizers. Topics includes "Reds of the Rhone" (Feb. 7), Shiraz (Feb. 14), "White Blends of the U.S." (Feb. 21), and Spanish wines (Feb. 28). Also, a Michigan beer tasting (Feb. 1, 5-7 p.m., prices vary), with a representative from Dark Horse Brewing Company.
5-8:30 p.m., Whole Foods wine bar, 990 W. Eisenhower, Cranbrook Village shopping center. $17. 997-7500. [map]
Feb. 1 & 15. Feb. 1: NYU professor Maureen Mahon on "And the Colored Girls Go…: African American Women Vocalists and the Sound of Race, Gender, and Authenticity in Rock and Roll." Feb. 15: University of Chicago professor Anne Walters Robertson on "Royalty, Celebration, and Attribution in a 14th Century French Motet."
5 p.m., Burton Memorial Tower, room 506. Free. 764-0594.
With screenings of the 30-minute planetarium show Star Talk (5:30, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.) about what you can see in the current night sky, a reading of Rob Scotton's Splat the Cat Valentine's Day story Love, Splat (6 & 7 p.m.) with images from the book projected on the planetarium dome, 30-minute dinosaur tours (7 & 8 p.m.), and the demo "DNA and Race" (6 p.m.).Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Space limited for each event.
5:30-9 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $3. 764-0478. [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), modern constructed (Thurs.), standard constructed (Fri.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
Talk by DIA conservator of sculpture and decorative arts John Steele.
6 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 647-4167. [map]
Whether you're hosting or attending a Super Bowl party, this class will get you ready! Come limber up your culinary ambitions and leave with a playbook stocked with fresh recipes for passing dishes. We will provide enough variety to satisfy the changing playing field of gluten-free, vegetarian, low-calorie, and big-bingers within your circle! We'll also provide insider secrets to keep these fantastic dishes presentable and fresh into the last quarter. So what do you say team? Let's do this! Menu: Buffalo Chicken Tenders with De-Lux Mac and Cheese; Real fresh guacamole with just made Tortilla Chips; Meatless Chili that wins in full-on chili cook-offs; Asian spicy Vegetable Lettuce Wraps; Grilled Pressed Cuban Pork Sandwiches. 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 31 & Feb. 1 (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 Seth Walker, a blues-based down-home Americana singer-songwriter from Austin whose latest CD, Time Can Change, has been praised for blending "the grit of Delbert McClinton and the detail and insight of Robert Cray." Tonight's headliner is Patty Griffin, an acclaimed roots-music singer-songwriter from Maine whose music is a deft, fiercely personal blend of country, blues, gospel, soul, and sinewy rock 'n' roll. According to the New York Times, "Griffin can be whispery and conversational like Rickie Lee Jones, bend blues phrases like Bonnie Raitt, or work herself into a country singer's breaking moans--she can confide memories or hurl challenges." Also appearing: Ingrid Michaelson is a young New York pop-rock singer-songwriter with a soft-edged crystalline voice and a talent for writing songs that pair sunny melodies with melancholy lyrics. Her intensely emotive songs have been featured on the soundtracks of several TV shows. Movie and TV star, playwright, and Purple Rose Theatre founder Jeff Daniels is also a singer-songwriter whose folk-flavored originals include such favorites as "If William Shatner Can, I Can, Too," "The Lifelong Tiger Fan Blues," "State Trooper," and "Recreational Vehicle." Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys is veteran neo-rockabilly and Western swing sextet from southern California known for its ace musicianship and for a stylistic eclecticism that absorbs western swing, boogie-woogie, Cajun, mariachi, and various other dance music idioms. Johnnyswim is the Nashville-based husband-and-wife duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano (the daughter of the late disco diva Donna Summer), whose repertoire includes both soul- and blues-anchored pop-folk originals and covers by everyone from Edith Piaf to Britney Spears. PigPen Theatre Co. is a NYC-based ensemble of musicians, actors and storytellers that has released a widely acclaimed old-timey pop-folk CD, Bremen, and produced several acclaimed off-Broadway plays, includes the NYC Fringe Festival's top play 2 years in a row. The Crane Wives is a Grand Rapids Americana pop-folk quintet.
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $35 & $47.50 per night and $60 & $85 for both nights in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mototix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
"Sea of Love: A Night of Jean Painlevé's Films and the Sounds of Yo La Tengo": Ann Arbor Art Center.more >
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Ann Arbor Art Center program director Lauren Fretz shows and discusses several short films by experimental filmmaker Painlevé, whose films about the underwater lives of sea creative inspired the popular postpunk band Yo La Tengo to create a soundtrack for the films. Yo La Tengo perform at the Michigan Theater Feb. 8 (see Events listing).
6:30-7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Pay what you can. 994-8004. [map]
Cold Tone Harvest & Kylee Phillips live at Back to the Roots 7:00 p.m. No cover. All ages.
Back to the Roots, 115 s. Main Street, Chelsea. Free. (734)475-2700. www.backtotheroots.org [map]
All invited to work on an art project. No experience necessary. Beverages and materials provided.
Jan. 4: Group painting project.
Feb. 1: Monotype prints.
Mar. 1: Japanese calligraphy.
Apr. 5: Jackson Pollock-style painting.
7-9 p.m., AAAC, 117 W. Liberty. $35. Preregistration recommended at annarborartcenter.org
Looking for something artful to do on a Friday night? Creative Social Club is the answer! Once a month, we'll offer an evening of fun & creativity while you complete an engaging art project. No experience is necessary. Your $35 ticket includes instruction, all materials, and 2 beverages.
A new project every month. See our website for more details.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $35. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com www.annarborartcenter.org [map]
Join us for an all levels fusion dance series. Fusion Dance is a mixture of blues, lindy, west coast swing, tango, and other dances. Rather than creating a specific style of movement, it focuses on building a dynamic partner connection and adapting the style of movement to whatever music is playing.
If you have never partner danced before, the series will provide an accelerated introduction to the fundamentals that allow you to dance with a partner to any music.
If you have danced a partner dance before, this series will challenge you to think about how your dance style can restrict what it is possible to do with a partner. It will also help you to appreciate from a different perspective the fundamentals of what it means to connect with a partner and just dance.
We will be collecting recommendations for music from attendees and incorporating that music into the lessons so that everyone can dance to their favorite songs (we will focus on music under around 125 beats per minut
Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main St. (Above Elmo's). $20. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Feb. 1, 15, & 22. Readings by U-M creative writing grad students. Tonight: poet Mary-Alice Daniel and fiction writer Rachel Farrell.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
Feb. 1-3, 8, & 9. Erin Palmer directs students in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical, a darkly comic reworking of several Grimm fairy tales. The show features one of Sondheim's most eclectic scores, ranging in style from jazz to vaudeville to rhapsodic ballads and operatic duets and trios.
7 p.m. (Feb. 1, 2, 8, & 9) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 3), Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker Rd., Dexter. Tickets $10 (students, $8). 424-4240. [map]
Feb. 1, 2, 8, & 9. Burns Park Elementary School students, parents, and friends--a group cited by former Ann Arbor News drama critic Chris Potter as one of the best theater groups in town--perform Cole Porter's delightful Depression-era musical about romantic liaisons among the passengers on an ocean liner bound from New York to England. The score contains many of Porter's best-known and most lyrically erudite songs, including "I Get a Kick out of You," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "You're the Top," and the title song. These shows almost always sell out, so get tickets early.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 1, 2, & 8) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 9), Tappan Middle School auditorium, 2251 E. Stadium at Brockman. Tickets $15 in advance at Morgan & York (1928 Packard) and (if available) at the door. $30 patron tickets available in advance by emailing BPPPatronTickets@gmail.com (with subject line "Patron Tickets"). burnsparkplayers.org. [map]
Feb. 1 & 2. Keith Medelis directs students in David Wood's theatrical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel about an orphaned boy left with 2 cruel aunts. After being rescued by a mysterious fellow, the boy ends up drifting across the Atlantic in a giant peach in the company of a variety of engaging anthropomorphized insects. The students will perform it at the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association one-act play competition. The performance includes set-up, which is a component of the competition.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 1 & 2) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 2), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. $7 at the door only. 994-2191. [map]
This internationally celebrated, Grammy Award-winning pop musician's distinctive style is a vibrant tapestry of sounds from her native West Africa, Brazilian samba beats, R&B, and jazz harmonies. Her repertoire ranges from traditional African songs and ballads to originals and covers of James Brown and Curtis Mayfield. An energetic and engaging singer, she is known for on-your-feet performances featuring "the brazen power of her instrument, a chest-rattling alto," writes a New York Times reviewer. Tonight she is joined by the Ethiopian-born, San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero, whose music has a sensuous folk-jazz sound. "Soulful, tremulous and strangely cinematic, Hadero's voice will implant scenes in your mind," writes a Seattle Times reviewer.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10-$46 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
MTango is a student organization dedicated to spreading the joy of Argentine tango in the University of Michigan community and beyond. We pride ourselves in providing outstanding teachers at affordable prices, and we look for instructors who are not only excellent dancers and experienced teachers but are also articulate and personable people. We also host social dance parties and share our talents through performances. MTango offers a popular intensive beginner's series in Argentine tango (no partner or experience required), as well as classes for more advanced dancers. It's a great way to meet people, listen to awesome music, relax, share a few dances, and have lots of fun!
Mason Hall - 3rd Floor, 419 S. State St. $25 for 6 classes. 313-820-4229. email@example.com www.umich.edu
Feb. 1 & 2. This veteran singer, actress, and stand-up comic features an unapologetically unhousebroken onstage persona, confrontational and often startling, that could make Sarah Silverman seem prissy. Bernhard is best known for her hit one-woman shows-her I Love Being Me, Don't You? played to sold-out crowds for an extended run last summer in L.A.--and all her performances offer a thrilling, unpredictable hybrid of observational comedy, rock 'n' roll, biting political and pop culture satire, and cabaret.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35-$50 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), & at theark.org; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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]
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]
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]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [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]
Screening of the Oscar-nominated short films.
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. michtheater.org. [map]