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]
Talks by guest speakers on a variety of topics.
Feb. 3: American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan legal director Michael Steinberg leads a discussion of current cases facing the ACLU.
Mar. 3: TBA.
Apr. 7: TBA.
May 5: TBA.
10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 975-9872. [map]
Every Sun. & Thurs. except Nov. 28. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. 417-5547. [map]
Local comics artist Chad Sell, creator of Manta-Man, Shadow Play, Doodleville, and other webcomics, discusses how to set up your own website and get your work noticed via social networking, comics conventions, and self-publishing. Participants also work on their own comics; materials provided. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Sun. & Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Fri.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 709 Packard. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
All kids in grades 4-12 invited to help director Jacqueline Courteau work on the script for spring production of an original adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables that Ann Arbor Civic Theater Junior Theater is planning for this spring.
1-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org www.music.umich.edu/adultprograms [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly and learn about the history and future of human flight.
Black Holes (Sat. & 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.
11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
This renowned children's theater troupe from Richmond (VA) presents its new mystery drama about a young girl searching with a friend for clues to the disappearance of her grandmother, a famous Egyptologist. They are magically transported to ancient Egypt, where they unravel the mystery and learn fascinating facts about one of the world's most amazing cultures. Geared toward kids in grades K-5.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (MTF members, $12) in advance Nicola's Books, ticketmaster.com, & all Ticketmaster outlets; and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
This workshop is based on Imago relationship theory outlined in the best selling book, Getting the Love You Want, A Guide for Couples by Dr. Harville Hendrix. Imago relationship therapy helps folks discover what's beneath their longstanding issues & what couples can do differently. Carole will demonstrate an approach to talking & listening that helps couples really hear & understand each other. All participation is by choice. Questions & discussion are encouraged.
While FREE, please register.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main Street. Free. 734-424-2797. email@example.com www.therapy4couples.com [map]
Kids want to help in the kitchen and it's not always convenient, but this class makes it easy. It allows you to work alongside your budding chef to make everything on the menu, and then sit down to enjoy a meal together. We emphasize knife safety and other helpful kitchen tips. This is a relaxing way to enjoy cooking with your child while learning at the same time. And you don't have to clean up! We'll send you home with leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and a recipe packet. This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult. Cooking should be about having fun and that's just what we'll do in this class! After a quick demonstration of how to make sushi rice, prep the fillings, and rolling, we'll set you free in our kitchen. Practice makes perfect when it comes to rolling sushi, so come hungry to class because you'll make and eat lots of sushi. Learn to make Maki, Inside-Out Rolls, and Spicy Sushi. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65/Parent + 1 child; $85/Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Marlin Whitaker calls to music by the Stout Hearted String Band. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Wear clean, nonmarking shoes.
2-5 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $8 (students, $5; kids age 14 & under with a parent, free; $1 discount for members). 994-6494. [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]
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]
30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. (Kerrytown). Free. 769-3115. [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]
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the relationship between DNA and the concept of race. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
U-M Institute for the Humanities grad student fellow Sheree Brown shows and discusses the visual culture resources UMMA created for the current U-M Understanding Race Theme Semester.
3 p.m., UMMA Tisch Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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 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]
(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]
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance based on the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Gretchen's House Child Care Center, 1580 Dhu Varren (just east of Pontiac Tr.). Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm. 747-8138. [map]
Journalist and writer Ellen Cassedy discusses her book that combines a search for her own Lithuanian heritage with new research on Lithuanian history under Nazi and Soviet occupation. Signing.
6:30-8 p.m., TBE Library (downstairs), 2309 Packard. Free. Reservations required at email@example.com. 665-4744. [map]
A program of English Romantic music includes 2 Vaughan-Williams song cycles: St. Andrew's rector Alan Gibson, a baritone, performs Five Mystical Songs and tenor Brian White performs Four Hymns. Also, Deborah Friauff directs the church's adult choir in Holst's Two Psalms.
7:15-7:45 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518.
This local jazz trumpeter, composer, and founder of the experimental jazz group Arbor Composers Collective celebrates the release of his debut album, Lovely Properties, featuring performances by Collective members. With trumpeter Neal Anderson, alto saxophonist Molly Jones, tenor saxophonist Yuma Uesaka, reed player Eric Schweizer, cellist Dave Haughey, guitarist Kirsten Carey, bassist Ben Willis, drummer/tabla player Jon Taylor, and tuba player Travis Oakley.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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]