Feb. 9 & 16. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Snacks and tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Feb. 9), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Feb. 16), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
Club member Phyllis Bargo Fox discusses her recent trip to Israel. Aglow is an international Christian organization devoted to meeting people's spiritual needs.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 971-4545. [map]
Feb. 16 & 17. The Midwest's largest model railroad flea market draws model railroaders, collectors, and train buffs from all over to display, trade, and sell model railroad equipment and memorabilia. Also, displays of model train operating layouts, clinics by model railroad club members, and a raffle. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Feb. 16) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Feb. 17), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $6 (scouts in uniform and kids age 9 & under with adult, free). 426-0829. [map]
The Graham Systems Build-a-Website Workshop will teach you the skills to build and manage your own website. In a classroom environment, Graham Systems provides you with the software, tools, instruction and space to build your own website so when you walk out the door at the end of the day you will leave with a live website. This hands on approach utilizes the newest Content Management Systems that will get you noticed online and promote all you or your business has to offer. Let our team of instructors speed you through the technical pot holes so you can build and manage a professional website. If you've wanted to build or manage your own website whether personal or business, this workshop is for you. No previous website training or experience required. To register visit http://www.jamespetergraham.com/index.php/workshops/bww
Hilton Garden Inn, 1401 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $300. 734-646-0251. firstname.lastname@example.org www.grahamsystems.net [map]
Feb. 16 & 17. Thirty-six-hour video game event, including a Call of Duty Black Ops 2 tournament (Xbox 360), a Halo 4 tournament (Xbox 360), a League of Legends tournament, a StarCraft 2 tournament, and a 150-person LAN party. A benefit for Gamers Outreach, a charity that creates portable video game carts for kids at children's hospitals.
10 a.m. Feb. 16-10 p.m. Feb. 17, EMU Student Center Ballroom, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. $25 per tournament. Preregistration required at lanfest.intel.com/gamers-outreach.
Presentation by nationally renowned storyteller Carol Birch, who is in town for the Ark Storytelling Festival (see Feb. 16, 8 p.m. listing).
10-11:30 a.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [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]
Feb. 2 & 16. Indoor and outdoor activities, storytime, and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by a parent. Siblings and friends welcome.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [map]
Feb. 2 & 16. Stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. $2 suggested donation per child ($5 per family). (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
Feb. 9 & 16. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Feb. 9: Mechanical engineering professor Samantha Daly on "Metals with Memory: How These Amazing Materials Remember Their Shape." Feb. 16: Physics professor Cindy Keeler on "Entropy: Quantifying What We Don't Know."
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [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]
Feb. 10 & 16. U-M Natural History Museum staff explain to kids in grades K-5 (accompanied by an adult) how geology and geography shape the cuisine of different cultures and the nature of cultural transmission. Participants also get to make their own bread starter.
1-2 p.m. (Feb. 10), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes. & 10-11 a.m. (Feb. 16), AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Free. 764-0480, 327-8301. [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]
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]
Join us at a fun, informal Seed Swap at the Growing Hope Center, 922 W. Michigan Ave in Ypsilanti on Saturday, Feb 16th!
Bring your saved or leftover seeds from last year to exchange them for new or interesting varieties. Don't have seeds to share? Stop by anyway - you might be able to snag some freebies or get in on a bulk order instead!
This event is FREE! No advance registration is required - just drop in anytime. Stick around to mingle and enjoy refreshments. Check out our facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/534015623299308/
PLUS: Make a day of it! Project Grow is hosting a seed swap at Downtown Home & Garden in Ann Arbor from 10-11:30am... or, come to our Intro Garden Planning class from 10-11:30 and then stay for the swap! Garden Planning class facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/555148437829340/
Questions? Call (734) 786-8401.
The Growing Hope Center, 922, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-786-8401. email@example.com www.growinghope.net
"Unstuck: Reviving the Movement for Social Justice, Human Dignity, & the Environment": The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation/U-M Residential College/First Baptist Church/U-M Community Scholars/First Unitarian Universalist Congregation/Crazy Wisdom Bookstore/Inclusive Justice/U-M Musli.more >
"Unstuck: Reviving the Movement for Social Justice, Human Dignity, & the Environment": The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation/U-M Residential College/First Baptist Church/U-M Community Scholars/First Unitarian Universalist Congregation/Crazy Wisdom Bookstore/Inclusive Justice/U-M Musli.< less
Keynote speakers Harvard philosophy professor Cornel West, an influential social critic, and Riverside Church (NYC) senior minister emeritus James Forbes, an internationally renowned preacher. Other speakers include UAW president Bob King, human rights attorney Deborah Labelle, Whosoever Ministries (Detroit) pastor Selma Massey, University of Pennsylvania Leadership Program senior fellow Mary Summers, U-M psychology professor Patricia Gurin, and U-M Dearborn history professor Ahmad Rahman. Cosponsored by several U-M and local faith-based and activist institutions.
Noon-5:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $25 (students, $15) in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/304212 at the door. [map]
Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's tragic opera about an evil duke who seduces his jester Rigoletto's beautiful daughter. Director Michael Mayer has placed this new production in 1960 Las Vegas. Stars Piotr Beczala, Zeljko Lucic, and Diana Damrau. The Feb. 16 live broadcast is reprised on tape Mar. 6 & 7.
Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
(Kang Hyeong-cheol, 2011). Korea's biggest box-office hit in 2011, this comedy follows high school classmates who meet after 25 years and relive memories of the 1980s. Korean, subtitles.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. michtheater.org. [map]
Every Sat., Feb. 9-Mar. 30. Cooking demos by chefs from local restaurants, including Grizzly Peak (Feb. 9), Melange (Feb. 16), Lena (Feb. 23), Tios (Mar. 2), The Melting Pot (Mar. 9), Gratzi (Mar. 16), Habana Cellar Lounge (Mar. 23), and Conor O'Neill's (Mar. 30). Tastings.
2-4 p.m., Cherry Republic, 223 S. Main. Free. 585-5231. [map]
All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them. Note: The June 2 session is a practice for the evening contra dance (see listing).
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. Call to confirm. 994-9307. [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]
Eight varieties of soup, plus bread and beverage. Tickets available at the door or in advance at the church following the Sunday 9:30 service.
Church Social Hall, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. $10/person, $30 family of 3 or more. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Ben Cohen directs this 28-voice chamber choir in works that explore food and drink, including Broadway tunes and Hollywood classics as well as more off-the-beaten-path works. Also, a 4-course dinner, wine, cash bar, Viennese coffee bar, and silent auction.
5:30 p.m., Kensington Court Hotel, 610 Hilton Blvd. (off S. State just past Briarwood). Tickets $75 in advance only by Feb. 9 from VAE members or by calling 998-0115. [map]
Feb. 16: "The Revolutionary" (Irv Drasnin, Lucy Ostrander, & Don Sellers, 2011). Saul Rittenberg, a former GI Chinese language expert who stayed to become an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution and its aftermath, reflects on his life in China from the mod-1940s through the end of the Mao era.
Feb. 23: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Alison Klayman, 2012). Portrait of China's most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Mandarin & English, subtitles.
Mar. 16: When China Met Africa (Nick & Marc Francis, 2011). Exploration of China's expanding footprint in Africa through the stories of 3 people in Zambia: a Chinese farmer, a Chinese multinational's road project manager, and Zambia's trade minister. Mandarin & Zambian, subtitles.
Mar. 23: The Transition Period (Zhou Hao, 2009). A startlingly candid look inside the unsavory dynamics of Chinese politics at the local level seen through the eyes of a retiring Communist Party secretary in a rural inland province. Mandarin & Henan dialect, subtitles.
7 p.m. Unless otherwise noted), Angell Hall Auditorium A (entrance at the Fishbowl on the east side of the bldg.) Free. 764-6308. [map]
Salsa for Justice! A Fundraiser for the Striking Workers of GM Colombia: Washtenaw Community Action Team.more >
Salsa for Justice! A Fundraiser for the Striking Workers of GM Colombia: Washtenaw Community Action Team.< less
Show your true Love!
Come and party with us to express solidarity with the workers and their families who have led a tent encampment outside the U.S. embassy in Bogota for over a year and a half to demand justice. Jorge Parra, injured GM worker was on hunger strike for 72 days, from Nov. 20th 2012 to January 31st 2013, demanding negotiations. As the president of ASOTRECOL, the association of injured and ex-workers of GM, Jorge wants to meet with GM to work out a settlement as soon as possible. GM has refused to meet them.
There is a $5 suggested donation since it's a fundraiser for the strikers' families but no one will be turned away.
Hathaway's Hideaway, 310 South Ashley Street. Donation. $5. email@example.com http://washtenawcat.org/ [map]
Nathan Reiff conducts this polished semiprofessional local ensemble in works by Sondheim, Schubert, Bartok, Elgar, Bernstein, and others.
7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. $15 (students & seniors, $12; kids age 18 & under, free) in advance at a2cantatasingers.org, and at the door. 996-8867. [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.
Feb. 16 & 17. Performances by top-notch storytellers from around the country and the state. Headliners are Donald Davis, a very popular storyteller from western North Carolina whose stories include traditional mountain lore and contemporary tales about his neighbors and kin, and Carol Birch, a renowned Connecticut, storyteller best known for the vividness and warmth with which she animates tales drawn from literary sources. Opening act is Laura Lee Hayes, an Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild member who crafts her stories from snippets of fairy tales, family lore, movies, and myths.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 (Feb. 16) & $10 (Feb. 17 family concert) 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]
With callers Robin Warner & Peter Baker. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner lesson. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
Jan. 19: the Stouthearted String Band.
Feb. 16: Live music by Big Fun.
Mar. 16: band TBA.
8 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $7). 426-0241. [map]
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)
This event has been canceled.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
This internationally renowned Indian classical musician and sarod virtuoso--a 6th generation player from a family that claims to have created the instrument--is known for his lightning-fast playing style of dynamic and sweeping original ragas, a traditional melodic pattern or mode based on improvisation. The sarod is an unfretted 25-stringed instrument resembling a lute and played with the tips of the fingernails. Its sound resembles the human voice, and in Khan's hands it can be made to wail, yell, sing, and laugh. "Khan's soaring improvisations on Indian melodies evoked memories of country blues, rock guitar rave-ups, and the brainy-but-pastoral jazz of Pat Metheny," writes a New Orleans' Times-Picayune reviewer. Tonight he is joined by his two sarod-playing sons, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10-$46 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
U-M music faculty recital featuring bassoonist Lyman, joined by soprano Carmen Pelton, mezzo-soprano Katie Calcamugguio, baritone Jonathan Harris, harpsichordist Francis Yun, harpist Brittany DeYoung, percussionists Joseph Gramley and Jonathan Ovalle, cellists Jamie Davis and Pia Greiner, and bassist Jesse Seguin. Program: works by Alfred Schnittke, John Williams, Christoph Graupner, John Allemeier, and a setting of Niccolo Zingarelli's Seven Last Words of Christ.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [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]
Feb. 2 & 16. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: People not affiliated with the U-M must arrive before 9 p.m.
8 p.m.-midnight, location TBA. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango.
World-renowned local blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun celebrates his birthday in this popular annual concert. An exuberant, powerful performer whose repertoire includes both boogie-woogie and blues classics and originals in the same mold, Mr. B has performed and recorded with world-class artists such as the late drummer J.C. Heard and Detroit percussionist Roy Brooks.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Feb. 2 & 16. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5 ($8 includes lesson). (313) 808-0358. [map]