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]
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., Feb. 15-Mar. 22. Concerts by AGO members and their students.
Feb. 15: Renate McLaughlin and Morgan Byrd.
Feb. 22: Glenn Tuckery and Joshua Boyd
Mar. 1: Kipp Cortez
Mar. 8: Tim Huth
Mar. 15 & 22: Performers TBA.
Noon, First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [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]
The first set of eight presentations will address the basic structures of language: sounds, words, grammatical systems, and language acquisition.will view and discuss excellent videos from The Teaching Company. Sharon Quiroz has a Ph.D. in English, specializing in language.
Class meets Fridays, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. February 15 - April 5.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd (48105). $40. 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org www.olli-umich.org [map]
(Michael Haneke, 2012). Drama set in Paris about 2 retired music teachers whose marriage is tested when the woman has an attack. French, subtitles.
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]
Baked tilapia, beer-battered fried cod, salad, fries, beverages, and homemade cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and desserts.
4-7 p.m., St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin Dr. (off Austin Rd. off W. Michigan Ave.), Saline. $10 (seniors age 60 & over, $9; kids ages 12 & under, $6). 944-7790. [map]
Ringette Drop-in is happening at Buhr Park Arena starting in January!
Drop-in dates/times are as follows:
Friday, January 25, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, February 15, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 8, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 15, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 22, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 29, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
FULL HOCKEY/RINGETTE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED! We should have a few Ringette sticks available but bring one if you have one. A hockey shaft with no blade would work (but isn't ideal). This is an all ages drop-in for both girls/women and boys/men. The cost will be $6 for adults and $5 for kids.
There will be no formal instruction at these drop-in sessions. Ann Arbor Ringette will be there to go over rules for new people and to make sure players understand how to play, answer questions, etc. You can always join Ann Arbor Ringette if you want more instruction.
Questions? Email email@example.com
What is Ringette you ask? Find out here: http://youtu.be/6qsSys5mkec
Buhr Park Ice Arena, 2751 Packard. $5 Kids / $6 Adults. firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/pages/Ann-Arbor-Ringette/252681781457730 [map]
Every Fri. Feb. 15-Mar. 22. Homemade clam chowder, fried cod, baked tilapia, mac & cheese, green beans, roasted red potatoes, French fries, salad bar, cole slaw, rolls with butter, homemade desserts, Girl Scout cookies, and beverages.
5-7:30 p.m., St. Francis Parish Activities Center, 2250 E. Stadium. $9 (seniros age 62 & over, $8; kids age 6-11, $5; kids age 5 & under, free). 769-2550. [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.
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]
Feb. 1, 15, & 22. Readings by U-M creative writing grad students. Tonight: poet Kevin Phan and fiction writer Sheerah Tan Cole.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
The younger of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
7 p.m., 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]
The U-M Chamber Choir is joined by bassoonist Jeffrey Lyman and tenor Stanford Olsen-both U-M professors-in selections from Irving Fine's Alice in Wonderland and works by Monteverdi, Stephen Frost, and visiting composer Lera Auerbach.
7 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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]
Feb. 15-17 & 21-24. EMU theater professor Pirooz Aghssa directs EMU drama students in Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis's Tony-winning musical comedy about a city in the midst of a drought so devastating that a malevolent corporation has been able to take control of all the toilet facilities. Romance and chaos intertwine in this sharp satire that takes aim not only at environmental degradation, the sophistries of the legal system, and corporate piracy but at the form of the Broadway musical. Newsday critic Linda Winer calls it "elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd."
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 10 p.m. (Thurs.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids age 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]
All invited to bring 10 or 15 minutes' worth of slides or videos to show. This year's theme is Norfolk Southern Railway, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012.
7:30 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church blue classroom, 306 N. Division ("just up the hill from the Amtrak station"). Free. 996-8345, 971-8329.
Feb. 15-17. Sold out. John Hill directs local actors in his translations of 2 one-act comedies by Chekhov. The Bear is about a widow who gets into a lengthy argument with a boorish aristocrat who comes to claim money owed to him by her late husband. Cast: Mike Schiller, Jillian Albert, & David Keren. The Proposal is about a hypochondriac who gets into a series of petty arguments with the 25-year-old woman he's trying to propose to. Cast: Mo El Zaatari, Allan Guilpain, & Jillian Albert.
8 p.m. (Feb. 15 & 16) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 17), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. Tickets $12. 971-2228. [map]
SOLD OUT! (All three days)
Highly regarded Americana country-folk singer-songwriter and flatpick guitarist from North Carolina who's known for his absorbing story songs about life and love. Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids age 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance at fumc-a2.org/coffee_house.cfm and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
A neo-beatnik mash-up of stand-up comedy and spoken word with klezmer, Yiddish swing, and Tin Pan Alley pop by clarinetist Bert Stratton, the leader of the popular Cleveland-based klezmer band Yiddishe Cup. He's accompanied by pianist Alan Douglas. Opening act is Gerald Ross, a local lap steel guitarist and ukulele player whose varied repertoire ranges from ragtime and early jazz to blues and Hawaiian music.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Founded in 1971 as a communal society on the isolated Sado Island in the Sea of Japan, this Japanese men's percussion ensemble is celebrated worldwide for powerful, athletic performances that blend primitive rhythms with classical and jazz music and martial arts movements. The group is led by artistic director Bando Tamasaburo, a popular kabuki actor and onnagata, or stage performer specializing in female roles. The group's name means both "heartbeat" and "children of the drum," and the heart of the ensemble is the o-daiko, a huge drum carved from the trunk of a single tree and played by two men. The ensemble also includes the taiko (an ancient Japanese drum), xylophone, gong, bamboo flute, and more. "Superlatives don't really exist to convey the primal power and bravura beauty of Kodo," says a Chicago Tribune reviewer. "The speed and dexterity are as impressive as the physical tenacity is breathtaking."
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10-$52 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Led by the highly regarded NYC-based Canadian jazz pianist Davis-known for a post-free jazz style that is cerebral yet accessible-this ensemble performs original music featuring improvisation and conversational interplay between its members, including violist Mat Maneri, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, bassist Trevor Dunn, and drummer Tom Rainey. "An inquisitive pianist with a willful but methodical approach to experimentation, Kris Davis has made herself indispensable on New York's left-of-center jazz scene in recent years," writes a New York Times reviewer.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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. firstname.lastname@example.org www.umich.edu/~mtango [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]
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]
"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]