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]
Feb. 18-22. All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited for various nature-based activities. Feb. 18: "Self-Guided Story Packs." Story-based indoor activities. Outdoor adventure backpacks available. Feb. 19: "Bathtub Bouquets," a chance to make bubble bath and potpourri. Feb. 20: "Folktales and Fantasy," a chance to hear stories about some of the plants at Matthaei and make up a legend and create a collage about one of the plants. Feb. 21: "Eco-Kids," a chance to learn about ways to reduce one's environmental impact through crafts, composting, and water-saving practices. Feb. 22: "Can You Eat That?" A chance to learn about the plants in the conservatory and discover which ones provide food, building materials, clothing, and more.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (Feb. 18), $5 (Feb. 19-21), & $8 (Feb. 22). Metered parking. 647-7600. [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://www.wallenberg.umich.edu/exhibition.html [map]
Every Thurs. (except Mar. 7), Feb. 21-Apr. 4. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.
Feb. 21: U-M voice professor emeritus George Shirley, a renowned tenor who has performed more than 80 operatic roles, discusses "The Arduous Expedition from Sambo to Rudolfo, Tamino, and Otello."
Feb. 28: EMU English professor Heather Neff on "The Womanist Voice: A Critical Moment inn American Women's Literature."
Mar. 14: U-M architecture professor Milton Curry on "Urbanism in Racial Thought."
Mar. 21: U-M Dearborn English and humanities professor Deborah Smith Pollard on "Gospel Music: A Changing Beat, A Timeless Message."
Mar. 28: Belleville fiction writer Beverly Jenkins, the author of several poular African American historical romances, on "A Writer's Journey: From Librarian to a Bestsellers List."
Apr. 4: Local quilter and historian Karen Simpson on "Quilting the Blues: My Journey Through African American Quilt History."
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]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org www.motawi.com [map]
Feb. 7 & 21. Topics include "Writing to the Sultan: Jews Petitioning the State in 19th-Century Morocco" (Feb. 7) and "Shifting Geographies of Antisemitism: Thomas of Monmouth's 'Life and Miracles of St. William of Norwich'" (Feb. 21).
Noon, 2022 Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [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]
Talk by U-M Clements Library director Kevin Graffagnino.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 975-1976. [map]
Harpbeat harpist, percussionist, and vocalist Donna Novack introduces preschoolers through 5th graders to African music, language, culture, and geography. Featured languages include Swahili and Zulu.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Nov. 15: Amy Bloom's epic novel Away, set in the 1920s about a Russian woman who immigrates to America after her family's murder, and her return-journey home upon learning her daughter may be alive. Dec. 20, Jan. 17, & Feb. 21: books TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
U-M Afroamerican and African studies fellow Sakina Hughes discusses how the Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive at the Clements Library allows users to explore the relationship between food and African American history and culture.
4 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Free. 647-0864. [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: 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]
Dress for Success - Misty Almero
They say don't judge a book by it's cover but you know your first impression leaves a lasting impression. Make it a great first impression! Let Misty show you some simple ways to use what you have in your closet. She'll teach us to appreciate the "less is more" concept and to create a personal image
You'll want to be at this event to get started with your wardrobe choice for the April event when we'll be creating YouTube spots for your business.
Bring with you:
1. Your favorite article of clothing - Misty will give you a quick tip
2. Business cards - Door prize Drawing - A free session with Misty
3. A smile - for building those important business relationships
4. A friend - It's always more fun to "shop" with friend
TBD, TBD. $25. email@example.com www.womenmakingconnections.com
Interesting business oriented speakers in two sessions each month, preceded by and followed with networking. Professional Development Session, 5:45-6:45 PM, 1 CPE. Dinner & Post Dinner Speaker Session, 6:50-8:30 PM,1 CPE.
Carlyle Grill, 3660 Jackson Rd. $25-35. 734-222-4868. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/index.html [map]
"Are We There Yet?" A Road Map for Parenting Challenging Children: University of Michigan Depression Center/Department of Psychiatry.more >
"Are We There Yet?" A Road Map for Parenting Challenging Children: University of Michigan Depression Center/Department of Psychiatry.< less
Parenting is a journey for all of us- we face bumps in the road and at times wish we had a "roadmap" to help us to be the best parents we can be for our children. This workshop is designed to provide skills and information for parenting. Useful for all parents, this workshop may be particularly useful for parents of children with attention or behavioral challenges.
This 2 series workshop will use education, demonstrations, and group discussion to help parents develop the "roadmap" that will work best for their family. Parenting Workshops are offered on the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of every month from 5:30-7:30. Workshops are free and open to the public. Childcare/homework help is provided as well as a light dinner for parents and children. Advanced registration is required. Please register by visiting www.depressioncenter.org/frankel or by calling Kiel Opperman at 734-936-8702. For questions about workshop content, please contact Dr. Cynthia Ewell Foster at email@example.com.
Brown Chapel AME Church, 1043 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-764-3168. firstname.lastname@example.org www.depressioncenter.org/frankel [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]
Reading Between the Wines! Quarter Bistro Wine Tasting to Benefit Washtenaw Literacy: Washtenaw Literacy.more >
Reading Between the Wines! Quarter Bistro Wine Tasting to Benefit Washtenaw Literacy: Washtenaw Literacy.< less
Enjoy four specially selected seasonal wines from the Quarter Bistro's cellar plus appetizers. 20% of proceeds benefit adult literacy. Call 734-879-1320 or email@example.com to make reservations. Pay at the door. Also: dine in any time on Feb 21 and 20% of your tab will go to Washtenaw Literacy's programs.
Quarter Bistro & Tavern, 300 S Maple Rd. Donation. $30. 734-879-1320. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.washtenawliteracy.org [map]
"Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration, and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.": Ann Arbor District Library.more >
"Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration, and New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.": Ann Arbor District Library.< less
Screening of Matthew Pillischer's acclaimed 2012 documentary. Followed by a discussion led by director Pillischer.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
What is Nerd Nite, you ask? Nerd Nite is like the Discovery ChannelTM with Drinks! Look, we all know that learning is more fun when you're drinking with your friends. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe, and several folks give 18-21 minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines while the audience drinks along. Often times, there are bands, trivia, and other shenanigans. Imagine learning about everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla and everything in between. Fun, right? We think so, which is why Nerd Nite is now in Ann Arbor!
This time around, we're honoring Valentine's Day/Singles Awareness Day by providing you with some nerd talk on love, passion, and fire and we hope to see you and your friends!
The Last Word Bar, 301 W. Huron St. $5. 248-420-0580. email@example.com http://annarbor.nerdnite.com/ [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]
Produce Station wine director Jorge Lopez-Chavez and Mas de Daumas Gassac (France) representative Samuel Guibert lead tastings of 5 wines from the Languedoc region. With cheese pairings. Note: These events always sell out.
7-8:30 p.m., LePop Gallery, 101 N. Main. $15. localwineevents.com/events/detail/454854. [map]
Chelsea educator-musician John Zainea introduces the art of songwriting to adults and teens.
7-8:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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]
Folk-rock band led by this sultry-voiced Detroit singer-songwriter whose music also draws freely on jazz and country flavors. Opening act is area singer-songwriter Keri Lynn Roche.
7:30 p.m., Stone Arch Arts & Events, 117 S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $20. 787-1428. [map]
Gypsy jazz standards and originals by this ensemble led by singer-guitarist Jorgenson, a founding member of the Desert Rose Band and the Hellcasters who's a recognized pioneer in the revival of the music of Django Reinhardt--Jorgenson even portrayed Reinhardt in the 2004 film Head in the Clouds.
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]
Feb. 20-24 (two different programs). Edward Hall directs this internationally celebrated, innovative all-male British theater company in two of Shakespeare's most popular plays. In The Taming of the Shrew (7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 & 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24), an earthy comedy about the battle of the sexes, the action centers on a wealthy merchant's efforts to marry off his prickly, hot-tempered elder daughter. With one of Shakespeare's most absorbingly suspenseful plots, Shrew also features amazing exploits, lots of high-spirited impersonations, sharp wits, and even sharper tongues. Also, Twelfth Night (7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 22, & 24; 2 p.m. Feb. 23), a comedy of mistaken identities and misplaced affections. Viola, a noblewoman shipwrecked on the coast of the mythical kingdom of Ilyria, disguises herself as a man and finds work as a servant to Duke Orsino, with whom she promptly falls in love. But when the duke sends his new servant to court a young widow on his behalf, the widow becomes enamored of Viola. After several more gender-bending plot twists, everyone eventually snaps back into place, but with a variety of delightful and surprising differences. "Propeller specializes in knuckle-dusting Shakespeare that digs for the harshness beneath the lyricism," writes a New York Times reviewer. "Funny, antic, bawdy: the productions are all these expected things. But they also make sure that the chuckles stick in your throat."
Various times & dates, Power Center. Tickets $18-$56 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
"Chiseling Small Cracks in a Cement Wall: Covering the White House in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and the Permanent Campaign": U-M Ford Presidential Library.more >
"Chiseling Small Cracks in a Cement Wall: Covering the White House in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and the Permanent Campaign": U-M Ford Presidential Library.< less
Washington Post White House correspondent Scott Wilson discusses the difficulties of covering the White House. Reception follows.
7:30 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Apr. 5), Feb. 21-Apr. 7. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony-nominated 2011 comic drama, a touching and funny look at America's large and growing economic divide. A dollar store employee in working-class Boston who loses her job and faces eviction from her apartment. In desperation, she reaches out to a high school boyfriend who had made it out of the neighborhood and invites herself to a chic cocktail party in his home. Stars Suzy Regan and Logan Ricket. The Mar. 17 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. (Mar. 9 & 23 and Apr. 6), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Feb. 21), $22 (Feb. 22, 24, & 28), and $30 (Feb. 12). Mar. 1 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Mar. 1: $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]
Chris Heidenreich conducts this 70-member ensemble in a program of works by British composers, including Grainger, Holst, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as familiar British tunes such as "British Eighth," "Prelude on an Old English Tune," "Country Gardens," and "Colonel Bogey." Followed by light refreshments.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 252-9221. [map]
Feb. 21-24. Hank Stratton directs U-M musical theater students in Moises Kaufman's moving portrait of a community dealing with loss, based on over 200 interviews Kaufman conducted about the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $17 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
Feb. 21-24. Jonathan Berry directs U-M drama students in Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical allegory, which he called "a history of mankind in comic strip." The Antrobus family barely survives the Ice Age only to be plunged into Noah's Flood and washed up onto a postapocalyptic wasteland. The tragedies are put on hold when the actors break character and poke fun at the notion of a play, and the family's ditzy maid adds a flirty comic touch, but the sinister, slow evolution of the family's bratty boy into a mindless, militaristic possible murderer adds considerable darkness to this work that Wilder said "mostly comes alive under conditions of crisis."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Michigan League. Tickets $20 & $26 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
Feb. 21-23. Fast-rising young Ohio-bred comic, a frequent guest on late-night TV who's known for his wry, quick-witted, and very funny observational humor.  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). $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Ivorian vocalist, dancer, and Afropop Hall of Famer Gnahoré, Ivorian bassist and vocalist (and former bassist for Zap Mama) Manou Gallo, and Cameroonian singer Kareyce Fotso lead their band in a program of music, dance, and rhythms from West Africa and around the world. Other musicians include balafon player Aly Keita, percussionist Wendlavim Zabronre, and guitarist Zoumann Diarra.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10; kids age 11 & under, $5) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, mutotix.com, and by phone. For tickets: 763-TKTS. Info: 936-2777. [map]
Feb. 20-22 (different programs). Feb. 20: This biennial 3-day festival opens tonight with a recital by EMU music faculty and guest artists of 20th- and 21st-century solo and chamber music TBA.
Feb. 21: EMU music faculty and guest artists perform chamber works by this year's guest composer, EMU music professor Anthony Iannaccone. Also, at 3 p.m. on Feb. 22, Iannaccone discusses and plays excerpts from his work.
Feb. 22: EMU music student ensembles perform a handful of works by the festival's featured composer Anthony Iannaccone (Sea Drift, From Time to Time, After a Gentle Rain, The Soul's Expression, and Exsultate), along with EMU grad student Samuel Joshua's There Shall No Evil Befall Thee and the Michigan premiere of EMU music professor Whitney Prince's Shaman.
8 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall (Feb. 20 & 21), Lowell at E. Circle Dr., & Pease Auditorium (Feb. 22), W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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.