Conference highlighted by a keynote speech by Detroit Black Community Food Security Network founder Malik Yakini, winner of the James Beard Foundation's 2013 Leadership Award. This year's theme is "(Re)imagining a Fair Food System." Also, a local-foods breakfast and lunch.
8 a.m.-4 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $40 in advance by Feb. 15; $50 after Feb. 15. Preregistration required at localfoodsummit.org. [map]
Around 900 women gymnasts compete in this national-level competition. Complete schedule available at gymamericagymnastics.com.
9 a.m.-9 p.m. (tentative), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Admission $11 (seniors & students, $6; kids age 4 & under, free; 2-day pass, $17 for adults & $9 for seniors & students). 971-1667. [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:
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]
Feb. 1: Oberlin College ethnomusicology professor Jennifer Fraser on "The Art of Grieving: West Sumatra's Worst Earthquake in Music Videos." Feb. 22: University of Massachusetts-Lowell political science professor Ardeth Maung discusses coping strategies in Myanmar.
Noon, 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0352. [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]
Feb. 1: University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka) English professor Sumathy Sivamohan on "The Practice of Translation: Academic Exercises and Activist Stances." Feb. 8: Duke University cultural anthropology professor Harris Solomon on "Epidemic Proportions: 'Globesity' and the Accumulative Body in India." Feb. 22: Indiana University journalism, cultural studies, and Indian studies professor Radhika Parameswaran on "Exfoliating Colorism: Contestations, Comedy, and Critique in India's Transnational Media Field."
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
Talk by University of Califoornia-Santa Barbara Chinese art history professor Peter Sturman.
4-5:30 p.m., Michigan League Henderson Room. Free. 764-8888. [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]
"When Worlds Collide: Leonard Bernstein, Racial Barriers at the Philharmonic, and the Black Panthers": U-M School of Music.more >
"When Worlds Collide: Leonard Bernstein, Racial Barriers at the Philharmonic, and the Black Panthers": U-M School of Music.< less
New York Philharmonic archivist Barbara Haws discusses the history of the NYP when Leonard Bernstein was hired in 1969 amidst charges of racial discrimination and rumors that he was aiding the Black Panthers.
5 p.m., Burton Tower, Room 506. Free. 764-0594.
Feb. 22-24. Video game tournaments.
Feb. 24: "All Stars Battle Royale." For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
Feb 25: "Mario Kart." For all ages.
Feb. 26: "Wii Sports Resort." For all ages.
6-8:30 p.m. (Feb. 22) & 1-4 p.m. (Feb. 23 & 24), AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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]
The Point of Contact - a workshop on the fundamentals of Contact Improv Dance with Daniel Burkholder: Ann Arbor-Detroit Contact Improvisation Dance.more >
The Point of Contact - a workshop on the fundamentals of Contact Improv Dance with Daniel Burkholder: Ann Arbor-Detroit Contact Improvisation Dance.< less
The fundamental aspect of contact improvisation is one to one contact between dancers. Sometimes contact dances are fast and athletic, sometimes slow and meditative. In this workshop we will explore the skills needed to enter into a variety of contact improvisation dances with intention and openness. Skills will include developing greater body awareness, exploring point of contact with a partner, following the flow of a dance, and giving and receiving weight. No experience necessary, willingness to experiment and have fun is.
DANIEL BURKHOLDER is the Director of The PlayGround and Co-Director of Improv Arts, inc. His work has been seen at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (WDC), Tribeca Performing Arts Center (NYC), Contemporary American Theater Festival (WVA) and many more. He has served as a curator of the DC International Improvisation Festival and on the Steering Committee for the West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival.
Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Drive. $15-$25. 734-763-2177. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
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:
Feb. 1, 15, & 22. Readings by U-M creative writing grad students. Tonight: fiction writer Dan Frazier and poet Benjamin Landry.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
All age 21 & over invited to visit several downtown restaurants to taste martinis created for the occasion.
7 p.m., begins at the Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $40 in advance at annarborartcenter.org
All invited to join a discussion of Barbara Kingsolver's novel about climate change set in her native Appalachia.
7 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
All kids grades 5-12 invited to make crafts. Dec. 7: Chance to make a personalized photo book. Bring your own photos. Dec. 15: Chance to make holiday gift tags, boxes, and cards. Jan. 3: Chance to make a parachute cord bracelet. Feb. 22: Chance to make a Scrabble tile pendant necklace.
7 p.m. (Dec. 7 & Feb. 22) & 11 a.m. (Dec. 15 & Jan. 3), DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [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. 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.
Feb. 8 & 22. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [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]
U-M jazz piano professor Rowe leads her group in standards and originals. With guest trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, saxophonist Andrew Bishop, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and drummer Pete Siers.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Lesser known but highly regarded Nashville-based singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Billy Bragg, and Vince Gill. His 1998 CD Popular Dreams is regarded as one of the defining works of the alt-country genre, and his 2005 CD on the roots music label Sugar Hill, Make It Through This World, is a collection that Nashville Scene named Best Americana Album of 2005. "On his best album yet, his lyrics gain in detail and poetic feel, and are only deepened by the relaxed warmth of his vocals and simmering soul of his record's arrangements," says Nashville Scene reviewer Michael McCall. Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $12 (kids age 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance at fumc-a2.org
Tenor Olsen and pianist Thompson--both U-M music faculty--perform works by Bach, Brahms, Dowland, Mozart, and Tippett.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Scott Boerma, John Pasquale, and graduate student conductor Jonathan Caldwell conduct this music student ensemble in works by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, Rossini, Krommer, and Hartmann. With flutist Erika Boysen.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
An eclectic mix of 1920s jazz standards, western swing tunes, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes, originals, and offbeat covers by this recently reunited Austin-based trio whose sound has been described as a blend of Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt. The band--guitarist Whit Smith, violinist Elana James, and upright bassist Jake Erwin--has a superb new CD, What Makes Bob Holler, a tribute to Western swing legend Bob Wills.
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. 22-24. A weekend of contra and English dancing to live music, with around 400 people expected to dance or just listen to the many fine musicians. The highlights of this year's festival include contra dancing with Colorado caller Wendy Graham and live music by Florida band Lift Ticket, and English country dancing with Oregon caller Brooke Friendly and live music by Seattle band Roguery. Wear clean shoes for dancing (no dancing in street shoes allowed).
8 p.m.-midnight (Feb. 22), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.-midnight (Feb. 23), & 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Feb. 24), Clague Middle School, 2616 Nixon Rd. just east of Bluett. $20 (Feb. 22), $18 (Feb. 23 afternoon), $22 (Feb. 23 evening), & $20 (Feb. 24) at the door. Weekend pass $75. Registration forms available at aactmad.org
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]
Feb. 22-24. Students perform Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical, a darkly comic reworking of several Grimm fairy tales. The show features one of Sondheim's most eclectic scores, ranging in style from jazz to vaudeville to rhapsodic ballads and operatic duets and trios.
8 p.m. (Feb. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 24), Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $12 (students, $10; Feb. 23 dinner & show, $25 in advance by Feb. 18). 429-8000, ext. 2338. [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.
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]
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. 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]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.< less
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]