Every Mon., Dec.-Mar. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to various destinations.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
Every Thurs., Jan. 10-Feb. 14. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.
Jan. 10: Generations United executive director Donna Butts discusses "Policy and the Social Compact: Can We Move from Silos to Solidarity?"
Jan. 17: Penn State intergenerational programs and aging professor Matt Kaplan on "Adventures in Intergenerational Programming." <
i>Jan. 24: A Burns Park Players representative TBA on "The Burns Park Players: A Multigenerational Neighborhood Community Theater Group."
Jan. 31: "Echoes from WWII." Panel discussion with talks by former Ann Arbor Public Schools superintendent Scoott Westerman on "From Europe to the Philippines with the 86th (Blackhawk) Infantry Division," retired U-M mechanical engineering professor John A. Clark on "The Aerial Bombing of Germany 1944-45: A View from the Cockpit," and former NFL referee Art Holst on "Into Germany with General Patton's Third Army and War's End."
Feb. 7: Seattle Housing Authority development director Stephanie Van Dyke on "Multigenerational Communities."
Feb. 14: U-M Institute for Social Research research scientist Toni Antonnucci on "Intergenerational Relations: Conflict, Support, and Interdependence."
10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture at the door. 998-9351. [map]
Feb. 14-16. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's humorous adaptation of the classic story of the clever Jack, his magic beans, and a silly giant, in a production geared toward kids in grades Pre-K-3. 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. Note: The Feb. 14 & 15 10 a.m. performances are SOLD OUT.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m. (Feb. 14 & 15) and 11 a.m. (Feb. 16), Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids, $8) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
Children's Music Academy teacher Sandy Tracey introduces kids ages 4-7 to this national music curriculum that specializes in teaching music to children. Tracey tells a musical story which the kids retell on keyboards provided them, and they also learn about rhythm, play movement games, and sing goodbye.
10:30-11:30 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
Every Thursday at 11am, Motawi Tileworks offers a free tour of the Tileworks. You can scope out our studio, meet our staff, and watch the tilemaking process up close. No need to make a reservation - just show up! Best for ages 8 to adult.
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Drive. Free. 734-213-0017. email@example.com www.motawi.com [map]
Feb. 7: Chamber music by U-M grad strings students. Feb. 14: Love songs by Elvis impersonator David Joseph. Feb. 21: Detroit jazz pianist and vocalist Alvin Waddles. Feb. 28: Classical flute music by the Iridescent Flute Trio.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
Feb. 7: Middlebury College history professor Max Ward on "Law, Subjectivity, and Colonial Space: An Analysis of the Japanese Peace Preservation Law Through the Colonial Question." Feb. 14: Attorney Richard O. Briggs on "Legal Representation of Japanese Companies Doing Business in the U.S.: The Importance of Cultural Understanding." Feb. 21: University of California-Riverside media and cultural studies professor Setsu Shigematsu on "Scream from the Shadows: The Women's Liberation Movement in Japan." Feb. 28: Boston University Japanese Language Program head Anna Elliott on "Two Moons Over Europe: Translating Haruki Murakami's 1Q84."
12:10-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-4301. [map]
Local violinist Maria Bessmeltseva performs a program of romantic music to celebrate Valentine's Day, including works by Elgar, Kreisler, Brahms, and Monti. Preceded by refreshments.
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]
Feb. 14 & 28. Topics include "Dark Age Jesus" (Feb. 14) and "Shards for Sale: Manufacturing a Global History from Fragments?" (Feb. 28).
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. 615-7400. [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 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. 7, 14, 18, & 20. Readings by poets and writers. Feb. 7: Fiction reading by Elizabeth McCracken, a U-T Austin creative writing professor and award-winning author of four books. Her 1997 novel The Giant's House was widely praised for its quirky love story between a reclusive spinster librarian and a young patron isolated by the medical condition gigantism. Feb. 14: Award-winning Scottish poet John Glenday, also an addictions counselor, whose poems are noted for their concise and direct style, conversational tone, and surreal humor. "It's refreshing to discover a poet whose work is earthly, full of rivers and hills and islands, but where old ideas like 'love' and 'soul' have not been banished," write judges of the Griffin Poetry Prize, awarded to his 2009 poetry collection, Grain. Feb. 18: Sri Lankan author and playwright Sivamohan Sumathy and Brooklyn-based Sri Lankan performance artist YaliniDream. Sumathy--an English professor at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka--is the award-winning author of books on postcolonial literature and the women's movement, and has written, directed, and acted in numerous international plays. YaliniDream blends poetry, theater, South Asian and American music, and dance styles including ballet, modern, and corde lisse--acrobatics that involve a hanging rope--to explore issues related to the Sri Lankan diaspora, gender, and sexuality. Feb. 20: Acclaimed poet and 2011 National Book Award winner Nikky Finney, also an English professor at the University of Kentucky. Born in South Carolina to Civil Rights-activist parents, Finney writes poetry exploring personal experiences and African American political issues and figures. In her award-winning collection Head Off & Split, she is noted for her tender, sympathetic voice and exacting eye in poems whose subjects range from Condoleeza Rice and Rosa Parks to her own mother's dance at her wedding with the controversial S.C. senator Strom Thurmond, a racial segregationist.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
Feb. 7: Internationally renowned Nigerian artist El Anatsui, a sculptor known for large wall sculptures made from discarded bottle tops. His work is currently on display at UMMA. Feb. 14: Well-known contemporary art collector Harald Falckenberg discusses his collection, which comprises more than 2,000 works that he displays in a former factory building in Hamburg. Feb. 21: Renowned political and performance artist Tania Bruguera discusses Immigrant Movement International, a 5-year project on the immigrant as a unique, new global citizen in a postnational world.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
A Parenting Workshop to Help Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One.
Caregivers who are grieving often struggle to assist their children during such a difficult life transition. This educational workshop is designed for bereaved parents/caregivers who have experienced the death of a loved one and have a child under the age of 18 who is also grieving.
Growing Through Grief Workshops are offered on the second Thursday of every month. Advance registration is required. Please register by visiting the web site at www.depressioncenter.org/frankel or calling Kiel Opperman at 734-936-8702. For content specific questions, please contact the workshop leader, Dr. Julie Kaplow, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-615-1641.
Christian Love Fellowship Ministries, 1601 Stamford Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48198, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-615-1641. email@example.com http://www.depressioncenter.org/patients-visitors/workshops-and-groups/growing-through-grief/ [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]
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]
This year for Valentine's Day try something different! Let your passions fly free at the Leslie Science & Nature Center as you and the object of your affections enjoy chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling beverages in a natural romantic setting.
Huddle close as our Barn Owl - with his heart shaped face - effortlessly glides past your table and silently flies above you. Savor time together with your valentine over a few games, then bundle up for a lantern-lit self guided stroll through Black Pond Woods where poems and sonnets will inspire your love for nature and each other. Hot chocolate and a cozy fire will warm your heart and hands upon your return. Ages 16+
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $15/couple. 734-997-1553. firstname.lastname@example.org lesliesnc.org [map]
Feb. 14-16. Elliot Cruz directs U-M students in Stephen Belber's 1999 drama about an outgoing drug dealer/volunteer firefighter and his filmmaker friend who get into a heated discussion about a girl they both dated in high school.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Fri.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
Second Thursday Build Nights have a special emphasis involving the Raspberry Pi! Bring one if you have one, or try out one of ours!
Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.
Have a project? Bring it down! We can provide:
- Basic Hand Tools (Screwdrivers, hammers, files, wrenches, scissors, knives)
- Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Masks)
- Power Tools* (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Dremel, Drill Press, Lathe)
- XYZ Tools** (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Mill)
- Awesome (Sewing Machines, Needles, Thread, Glue Guns)
- And a whole lot more.
Don't have a project? Come down and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN. You'll learn something, and maybe help someone else out!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Free. Donation. email@example.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
This world-renowned a cappella British male vocal sextet is known for its polished singing, wittily charming performances, and eclectic repertoire ranging from 16th-century madrigals to contemporary pop songs and a sizable body of commissioned works by contemporary composers. The group's current lineup features countertenors David Hurley and Timothy Wayne-Wright, tenor Paul Phoenix, baritones Christopher Bruerton and Christopher Gabbitas, and bass Jonathan Howard.
7:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Church, 2250 E. Stadium. Tickets $40-$50 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Join men's choir Measure for Measure on Thursday, February 14, Valentine's Day, at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center at 7:30 p.m. for $25 per reservation. The concert benefits the scholarship fund in memory of Measure for Measure's founding director and longtime EMU choir director, Dr. Leonard L. Riccinto. In a break from their normal full-ensemble performances, not only will the entire group perform, but they will also highlight their individual talents with small group and soloist performances. Before the performance, indulge in sweets with your sweetheart.
To purchase tickets, visit www.emufoundation.org or www.measure4measure.org
Eastern Michigan University Student Center Ballroom, 900 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti. $25. 734-481-2320. firstname.lastname@example.org www.emufoundation.org [map]
Feb. 14-16. "Valentine's Weekend" shows by this up-and-coming Canadian stand-up comic, a frequently featured performer on cable TV, is known for her sharply written, bittersweet observations about the travails and absurdities of the relations between the sexes on the "mean streets of Singletown." 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). $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Vincente Minnelli's Oscar-winning 1951 Gershwin musical about a GI in postwar Paris. Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron.
8 p.m., 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 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]