Talk by Hard Rock International former senior director of training Jim Knight, who oversaw the corporations learning initiatives, including its corporate university, Rock 101.
9-11 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $25 in advance at wccnet.edu/culturethatrocks. 677-5049. [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]
"Human Rights Held Captive: Perspectives on the Justice System": Human Rights Through Education at the University of Michigan.more >
"Human Rights Held Captive: Perspectives on the Justice System": Human Rights Through Education at the University of Michigan.< less
This weekend-long conference will explore a wide range of topics including the imprisonment of minorities, prison conditions, incarceration and sentencing, prisoner reentry and rehabilitation, the death penalty, and detention and torture on both domestic and international levels. Below are some of the people who will be speaking at our conference:
+ Paul Butler, the author of "Let's Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice" and a professor of law at Georgetown University
+ Shane Bauer, an investigative journalist detained in Iran from 2009 to 2011
All events free and open to the public. Registration is not required but encouraged. Participants are welcome to come and go as they please.
More info and complete schedule at www.hrte.org.
Rackham Graduate School Amphitheater, Level 4, 915 E. Washington St. Free. email@example.com www.hrte.org [map]
CDL and Chelsea Senior Center staff lead a book discussion for all adults.
Sept. 6: A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson's hilarious best-seller about his 5-month-long adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Oct. 4: The Good Father, Noah Hawley's suspenseful psychological novel about a physician's quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin--his own 20-year-old son.
Nov. 1: Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's account of the harrowing experiences of a group of mountain climbers who attempted Mt. Everest.
1 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
All kids age 6 & up invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to help improve kids' reading skills by pretending it is interested in being read to.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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]
University of Britiish Columbia theatre & film professor Siyuan Liu discusses the influence of Western dramaturgy on this 20th-century Chinese playwright.
4-5:30 p.m., NCRC Dining Hall (Bldg. 18), 2800 Plymouth. 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]
This sports-themed chili cook-off raises funds for Ducks Unlimited, the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. The evening is a family event with games for kids and raffles and auctions for all ages. Tickets are available at 734-623-2000, $10 per individual, $20 per family, and that includes an annual membership to DU as well as your dinner that evening. Special packages available.
UA - IBEW Hall, 7920 Jackson Road. $10/individual, $20 family. 734-623-2000. firstname.lastname@example.org www.ducks.org/michigan [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]
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. email@example.com http://www.facebook.com/events/515029001875812 [map]
We're a group of single men and women who meet on the second Friday of each month for dinner at a local restaurant -- just to enjoy time with old friends, and to meet new ones. You may arrive as a stranger, but you'll leave with lots of new friends! Join us on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at Mangiamo Italian Grill in Saline for a relaxing dinner and friendly conversation. All are welcome, not just Saline residents. Invite and bring your single friends!
Mangiamo Italian Grill, 107 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. The cost of your own dinner. 734-769-5210. firstname.lastname@example.org www.salinesingles.com [map]
Nature programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen leads a night hike with some owl calling. Warm drinks.
7-8:30 p.m., 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.
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]
Photo Studio Group owner Benjamin Weatherston gives a slide-illustrated talk on his work and his notion of analytical creativity.
7 p.m., Photo Studio Group, 834a Phoenix Dr. Free; preregistration required at photostudiogroup.com/pls.html. 680-7232. [map]
Talk, in conjunction with the opening at the U-M Natural History Museum of this traveling exhibit (see Galleries) by and University of California-Riverside anthropology professor Yolanda Moses, the president of the American Anthropological Association when the exhibit was conceived and co-author of a new book by the same title. She discusses the exhibit, book, and related topics with U-M vice provost for academic affairs Lester Monts.
7-8:30 p.m., Biomedical Sciences Kahn Auditorium, 109 Zina Pitcher Pl. (off E. Ann east of Glen) Free. 764-0478. [map]
Feb. 7-9. Joseph Tran and Jon Manganello direct U-M students in Nicky Silver's comedy about a group of disorganized young radicals whose morality is put to the test when a shallow soap-opera actress asks for their help after murdering her boyfriend.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Fri.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [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]
Performance by the Equinox Jazz Trio, with vocalist and flutist Kelly McDermott. The group plays unique arrangements of traditional jazz songs.
7:30 p.m., 1415 Miller. $10 suggested donation. 769-0869. [map]
Caller and band TBA. For experienced English country dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. (248) 288-4737. [map]
Feb. 8 & 22. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
This acclaimed young NYC-based French jazz vocalist, winner of the first Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, is recognized for her feisty and girlish vocals, crisp phrasing, and rhythmically driven style. Born in Samois-sur-Sein to a French father and Dominican mother, Aimee's music reflects gypsy, Caribbean, and pop influences. "One minute she is a French chanteuse, the next a playful salsa singer, the next she dabbles in Bobby McFerrin-like electronics with a loop pedal," writes a New York Times reviewer. "Everything is connected and integrated into an internationalist concept of jazz that has no stylistic hierarchy." Tonight she is backed by the guitar trio Guitar Heroes, including Michael Valeanu, Guilherme Monteiro, and Adrien Moignard.
8 & 9:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Feb. 7-9. Ann Arbor debut of this up-and coming suburban Boston-bred stand-up comic, a frequent guest on TV who specializes in autobiographical tales spiked with large doses of whimsy and the fantastical. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [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/~mtango [map]
Highly regarded rootsy bluegrass band from southwestern Ohio known for its tight harmonies, driving groove, and what All Music Guide calls the "rich, chesty baritone roar" of lead singer Tim Shelton. The band has an acclaimed new CD, Live at the Down Home, that includes an astonishing rendition of Bill Withers' soul classic "Ain't No Sunshine.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com); and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
I find myself most comfortable when away from the tradition of easel and canvas. I am often on my hands and knees actively engaged with the drawing, my bare feet thick in charcoal and oil bar. Outdoors, I tape charcoal onto the tip of a 3-foot stick to use as my drawing tool. Using these techniques allow for a more natural, spontaneous, and spirited drawing. These organic movements are revealed in my landscape work through juxtaposing patterns and colors of the farmlands and vineyards of northern Michigan.
Runs through February 27.
The Common Cup Coffeehouse, 1511 Washtenaw. Free. 734-327-6914. www.commoncupcoffee.com [map]
Michael Haithcock conducts this music student ensemble in Ives' The Things Our Fathers Loved, Sierra's Fandangos, Wagner's Trauermusik, Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy, and Maslanka's Symphony No. 4. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. with a lecture by Haithcock.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Inventive, emotionally direct rock 'n' roll by this veteran New Jersey postpunk trio featuring the alternately haunting and menacing husband-and-wife vocal harmonies of guitarist Ira Kaplan and drummer Georgia Hubley. The band is often compared to the Velvet Underground, partly because of its blend of what one critic calls "fuzzed out mayhem" with "almost narcotic Eno-esque soundscapes," and partly because of its refreshingly unpretentious bohemianism. "Yo La Tengo can move from finely observed songs about domestic life, sometimes accompanied only on acoustic guitar, to tornadoes of existential rage," says New York Times reviewer Peter Watrous. The band has a brand-new CD, Fade.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $27 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and all other Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
Celebrated Swiss lutenist Hopkinson Smith-touted by the San Francisco Chronicle as "without doubt the finest lute player in the world today"-performs 3 Bach suites for cello, which he's transcribed for theorbo (bass lute). Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a lecture about the program.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $20 (seniors, $17; students, $5) in advance at AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org & Nicola's Books (Westgate shopping center), & by phone, and at the door. 528-1838.
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. 7-9. This veteran local company presents the North American premiere Franz von Suppe's charming 1866 Viennese operetta known mainly for its popular overture. It's the story of a beautiful young orphan girl taken in as a lowly cleaning wench by the mayor and his wife. When a Hussar Colonel recognizes her as his lost daughter, he makes it his business to see to it that some comeuppance is delivered, but in an amusing way.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. $20 (seniors & students, $17) in advance at the Michigan Theater Ticket Office & mutotix.com, and at the door. To charge by phone: 763-TKTS. Info: 973-3264. [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]
Feb. 7-10. This U-M dance-student company presents 4 works by guest artist Bill T. Jones, a renowned NYC choreographer known for offbeat monologue-laced dances and a style that superimposes hip-hop and mime-influenced moves and such athletic motions as push-ups over a classic ballet foundation, and works by U-M dance professors Amy Chavasse, Jessica Fogel, and Sandra Torijano. The program is highlighted by the 1st movement from Jones' 1989 Bessie Award-winning D-Man in the Waters, a celebration of the resilience of human spirit Jones created shortly after the death of his partner, Arnie Zane, from AIDS. Fogel's Hath Purest Wit: Anagrams for Eight Dancers and Thirteen Letters, a whimsical work, set to the writings of Marcel Danesi and Lewis Carroll, in which the dancers embody anagrams invoking the act of puzzle solving. Cravasse's Headless Woman, an homage to the curiosities that scintillate the imagination, and Torijano presents a new work exploring Latin American art and poetry.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $20 & $26 (students, $10) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.< less
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]