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]
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]
Every Tues., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Also, riders can start at 11 a.m. from the gazebo in downtown Dexter (994-5908). Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m., meet at Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 545-0541. [map]
Peachy Fitness offers One FREE ladies only Yoga class To new clients. This class is for beginners to intermediate levels.No gym membership is required. We offer class packages and students discounts.
Gretchen's House, 2625 Traver Blvd. 734-681-0477. email@example.com www.peachyfitness.com [map]
Wallenberg Exhibit. "To me there's no other choice": Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012: University of Michigan.more >
Wallenberg Exhibit. "To me there's no other choice": Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012: University of Michigan.< less
To honor Raoul Wallenberg (B.S. Arch. '35) on the centenary of his birth, the University of Michigan, in cooperation with the Swedish-Consulate General of Detroit, is hosting an exhibition on the life of this illustrious alumnus. Created by the Swedish Institute for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the exhibition presents the story of Wallenberg's life including his years in Ann Arbor and the months in Budapest when he helped rescue tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.
Wallenberg's extraordinary moral conviction and valor are an inspiration for the University and its alumni. During the past year this exhibition has traveled to Budapest, New York, Washington DC, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Ottawa and Toronto.
For information about arranging guided visits, or for other questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Lounge (1st floor), Michigan Union, University of Michigan, 530 S. State St. email@example.com http:
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]
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]
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
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]
The popular local acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits celebrates their 64th birthday (and the start of their 40th year of playing music together) with a concert featuring music and memories from each decade of their career. The program includes songs by many of the artists who have inspired them-from Woody Guthrie to Dylan and the Beatles, along with their own songs and poetry they've set to music. They are joined by San's 18-year-old daughter Emily on violin and vocals.
1:30-2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 (seniors age 60 & over, $4; kids under 12 with adult, free). 794-6250. [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)
All kids, accompanied by an adult, invited for contra and square dancing with live music by David West and Donna Baird. Followed by Grange-baked cookies.
2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $12 per family. 769-1052. [map]
Docent-led tour of the current exhibit, an installation by Argentina-born, LA-based architect and designer Pita, whose boldly colored works are influenced by literature and biology and employ cutting-edge architectural fabrication techniques.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
Local fine-art photographer Matthew Cook gives tips and tricks for photographing orchids. Also, an orchid show-and-tell, orchid sales, raffle, and a chance to grill experts about problem plants.
2-5 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 663-0756. [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. 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.
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]
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]
Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in a program highlighted by Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony. Also, works featuring 3 YSO members-trumpeter Dan Wagner in the 1st movement of Neruda's Trumpet Concerto, piccolo player Katie Kazakos in Vivaldi's Piccolo Concerto in C major, and violinist Megan Pfiester in the 1st movement of Saint-Saens' 3rd Violin Concerto-and the winners of the "Ypsi-Idol" singing competition, Hannah Terrell and Julia Massey, in works TBA.
3:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12 (seniors age 65 & over, students with ID, and kids under age 12, $7; family, $25) in advance at ypsilantisymphony.org and at the door. 507-1451. [map]
This polished local opera company presents a program of love songs. Dessert, coffee, & tea.
4 p.m., Westminster Presbyeterian Church, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Tickets $25 in advance & at the door. arboropera.com, 332-9063. [map]
Students of U-M organ professor James Kibbie perform works by Franck, Pierne, Tournemire, Bonnal, and Langlais. Organists include David Banas, Paul Giessner, Pablo Gorin, Colin Knapp, Ben Woolsey, and Stephanie Yu.
4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Free. ypsipipes.org. [map]
Conducted by Harry Bicket, the venerable baroque orchestra The English Concert presents a concert performance of this rarely-performed Handel opera about lust, revenge, and the power of marital fidelity. The title role is sung by U-M alumnus David Daniels, "the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever," writes a New York Times reviewer. With mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, and sopranos Joelle Harvey and Brenda Rae.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10-$65 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
"The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness": Society of Women Engineers Book Club.more >
"The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness": Society of Women Engineers Book Club.< less
All invited to join a discussion of Michelle Alexander's influential new study, the 2013 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads selection.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Club member Joanne Nesbit gives a talk, with audience participation, on various aspects of dish washing throughout history.
4-6 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
Screening of Charles Ferguson's Oscar-winning 2010 documentary about the corruption in the financial services industry that led to the international financial crisis that began in 2007. Followed by a Q&A with congressman John Dingell and University Bank CEO Stephen Lange Ranzini.
5 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets free in advance via email to ranzini@universitybank, $10 (students, $8) at the door. 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 email@example.com to confirm. 747-8138. [map]
Join us for an evening of live jazz music by Five Miles More, performances by other musicians and artistes, and refreshments. All proceeds benefit the Imagine Community Activity Center, a year-old, non-profit organization, where those without homes receive employment and housing outreach and resources, and are enriched with artistic and educational activities. Free, donations of any amount appreciated.
Hathaway's Hideaway, 310 South Ashley Street. Free. 734-929-7148. firstname.lastname@example.org www.imaginewarmingcenters.org [map]
A varied program of Valentine music by African American and Puerto Rican composes, as well as works by Bernstein, Charles Ives, and various jazz composers. Performers include the legendary tenor (and U-M voice professor emeritus) George Shirley, DSO clarinetist Shannon Orme, pianists Xavier Suarez and C4aC director Kathryn Goodson, and students from the U-M Black Arts Council and area high schools. Proceeds benefit Community Action network, a county-wide program focusing on children and families.
7 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Donation. 663-6091. [map]
Feb. 17 & 18. Neo-traditionalist semi-acoustic music that incorporates elements of hip-hop, reggae, and psychedelia by this Colorado-based quintet that calls its music "transcendental folk." The band is currently showcasing material from its new 7-song EP It's Alive. Opening act is Birds of Chicago, an Americana ensemble led by singer-songwriters JT Nero of the Chicago rock 'n' soul band JT Nero & the Clouds and Allison Russell of the Canadian urban folk band Po' Girl. No Depression describes their eponymous debut CD as "songs like poetry set to some of the finest roots melodies that you'll ever hear."
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 17) & 8 p.m. (Feb. 18), 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]