Mar. 15-17. Young gymnasts from throughout Michigan and Ohio are featured in nonsanctioned pre-competitive and sanctioned early-competitive level competitions.
Afternoon time TBA (Mar. 15) & all day (Mar. 16 & 17), Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. $10 (seniors & kids, $5; kids age 4 & under, free). 971-1667. [map]
Pokémon players, supporters, and fans from throughout Michigan are invited to attend the 2013 Pokémon Trading Card Game (TCG) State Championships being held Saturday, March 16th. The Masonic Lodge is hosting the open, family-friendly event where competitors will vie for the coveted title of Pokémon State Champion and earn Championship Points that count toward a potential invite to the 2013 Pokémon World Championships, taking place in Vancouver, B.C. this August. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., players of all ages and skill levels in good standing are encouraged to participate in the premier event that guarantees competitors the opportunity to play in multiple rounds, no matter what their win-loss record is. Visit http://www.pokemon.com/play to learn more about the tournament rules, regulations, and prizes as well as how to become involved in premier events throughout the U.S.
Venue: The Masonic Lodge
Venue Website: http://www.grandlodgemi.org/michigan-lodge.cfm?cID
The Masonic Lodge, 700 Bishop Reed Dr., Tecumseh. Free. (517) 423-8042. https://www.pokemon.com/us/account/play-pokemon-tournaments/13-03-000061/ [map]
Mar. 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 (Mar. 9), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Mar. 16), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
Talk by this Columbus, Ohio, art quilter who specializes in the ancient Japanese shibori technique of stitch-resisted fabric dyeing. Followed at 11 a.m. by a member show & tell.
9:45 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). (248) 349-7322. [map]
Saline Franchise Seminar will be held at Saline City Hall, 100 N. Harris Street, in Saline, 10am to 1pm. The Saline Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a free educational seminar for individuals in the Saline, Ann Arbor, and surrounding townships area who are interested in exploring small business ownership through franchising. This event includes networking, speakers, and individual Q&A sessions. For more information, contact Saline Area Chamber of Commerce at 429-4494.
Terry Coker, CEO, The Entrepreneur Authority of Michigan
Terry Coker is a highly sought after self-employment expert, franchise strategist, speaker, author, consultant and CEO of The Entrepreneur Authority of Michigan a professional services firm specializing in helping individual investors research franchise ownership. Terry is the co-host of the monthly national webinar "Franchise Ownership as a More Stable Career Path" and the eAuth.com 2012 Consultant of the Year.
Saline City Hall, 100 N. Harris Street, Saline. Free. 734.429.4494. firstname.lastname@example.org www.franchiseseminar.splashthat.com [map]
Kids, accompanied by an adult, invited to work on electronics, robotics, and woodworking projects. This month's theme: spring planting, including a chance to make a planter tower, a grow box, or a garden tote.
10 a.m.-noon, Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 926-5079. [map]
Sometimes a piece of fruit just won't do! Who can resist the aroma of a freshly baked cake? Not us! Join us for a fun hands-on baking class as you and your child make Honey Bee Almond Cake and Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies. These baked treats will satisfy any sweet tooth and is a great way to spend quality time in the kitchen with your child because there's no mess or stress -- and we'll even pour you a cup of hot coffee if you're not quite awake! After baking and eating, we'll send you off with the recipes and any leftovers. This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult.Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent +1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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Mar. 15-17. More than 100 area exhibitors show and demonstrate products and offer information on home improvement services. Concessions.
3-9 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (kids age 12 & under, free). 996-0100. [map]
Mar. 7 & 16. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make a video-animated remix of the AADL logo to enter in a contest. The entries are projected during the FoolMoon festival on Apr. 5. Prizes.
7-8:30 p.m. (Mar. 7) & 10 a.m.-noon (Mar. 16), AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]
Mar. 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]
Mar. 9, 16, & 23. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Mar. 9: Nuclear engineering professor John E. Foster on "Into the Future with Plasma Rocketry: The Intriguing World of Electric Propulsion." Mar. 16: Atmospheric sciences professor Nilton Renno on "Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover." Mar. 23: Physics professor Christine Aidala on "Peering into the Proton."
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
Daily, Mar. 8-30. A chance to visit the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 10 (6-8 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 1:30-4:30 & 5:15-8 p.m. (except Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-6 p.m.) Briarwood Sears seating area. Free. 769-9610. [map]
The Greenhouse Trio is a family of traditional musicians. Evan Chambers and Elena Chambers, fiddles, and Suzanne Camino, accordion and piano, play Irish jigs, reels, and hornpipes to celebrate St. Patrick's day.
Kerrytown Shops, 407 N. Fifth Ave Ann Arbor, Mi 48104. Free. 662-5008. [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]
Several orchid judges discuss the history of and judging criteria for various orchid species. All encouraged to bring in an orchid in bloom for the judges to discuss.
11 a.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. (517) 546-8303. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. and Mar. 29 & Apr. 1-5 Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Mar. 29 and Apr. 1-5) 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.
Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mar. 29 and Apr. 1-5 only) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Wild Swan actors Sandy Ryder and Michelle Trame Lanzi lead theater games and improvisation for kids in grades 1-5.
Noon-12:45 p.m., Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration required. 975-4500. [map]
Opera production of Riccardo Zandonai's 1914 opera, inspired by an episode from Dante's Inferno, a spirited melodrama about doomed adulterers known for its ravishing melodies Stars Eva-Maria Westbroek and Marcello Giordani. The broadcast is reprised on tape Apr 3 & 4 (see listings).
Various times, 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]
Local writer Cynthia Furlong Reynolds discusses how to organize your writing project so that it becomes an exciting adventure and not a daunting task. She discusses effective templates for structuring, plotting, and completing a narrative.
12:30-4 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
The goal of this workshop is to make you a neuroscience expert! You will learn the skills to study the brain at a level that few people have ever done! You will build your own equipment to study the brain yourselves. Not sure how to solder or make electronics? No worries, we will teach you. No experience necessary.
First, we will provide demonstrations of insects so you understand how their brains work from the outside. Then we will guide you through how to build your own SpikerBoxes. Everyone will receive the parts required to build, plus step-by-step instructions on how to solder each component in place.
Finally comes the fun part. Science! We'll go through a whole bunch of fun experiments you can do with your new SpikerBox. We will learn about "Spikes", and "Rate Coding", how temperature affects the neurons, and how electricity can make muscles move!
You will also see demonstrations of our EMG SpikerBox and preview some new yet-to-be-released devices!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $100. 734-904-9595. email@example.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/neuroscience-workshop-with-backyard-brains/ [map]
All adults and teens in grades 6 & up invited to play the popular Hunger Games version of Minecraft, a computer game that involves building things with virtual blocks.
1-4 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Massachusetts rock gardener Peter George discusses his successes and failures in trying to grow rock garden plants in a northern climate.
1:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. firstname.lastname@example.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]
Screening of Hong Sang-soo's 2012 film about a young film student and her mother who run away to the seaside town of Mohang, Korea, to escape their mounting debt. Korean, subtitles.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]
"Michigan's Vanishing Train Stations: Architecture, History, & a Sense of Place": Dexter District Library.more >
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Detroit News art & architecture writer Michael Hodges discusses his new book, Michigan's Historic Railroad Stations.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
A Whole Foods staffer shows how to make these traditional Jewish cookies.
2 p.m., Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower, Cranbrook Village shopping center. $5. Preregistration required. 997-7500. [map]
Mar. 14-16. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's play, set in 1893, about a Detroit cargo shipping family that sets sail on Lake Huron through Shipwreck Alley with a load of Christmas trees. 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. Appropriate for kids in grades 3-8.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (Mar. 14 & 15) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 16), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (kids & seniors, $10; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
(Werner Herzog & Dmitry Vasyukov, 2010). Documentary about the indigenous people living in Bakhtia in the heart of the Siberian Taiga whose daily lives have barely changed over the last century.
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). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
The Atari Punk Console (APC) is a classic simple synthesizer / sound generator. Originally created by Forest Mims III and called a "Stepped Tone Generator. It was later modified and renamed the Atari Punk Console by Kaustic Machines. We will provide the tools, parts, and knowledge for you to build and play with a fully operational APC!
This workshop is geared for any and all that are interested. You need no experience with electronics, circuits, or music. We'll teach you the basics, and walk you through the steps.
By the end of the workshop, you should have a basic understanding of:
- Electrical circuits
- Basic electrical components
- Electronic music
If you wish to take the class, we are asking for $10 to $15.
If you wish to take the class, and take your APC home with you, we ask for $25 to $30.
- The assembled APC will be on a breadboard. This allows you to quickly modify, disassemble, recreate, or build something completely new and different with all your parts!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Donation. $10 to $25. 734-904-9595. email@example.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
Mar. 2 & 16. 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.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. Call to confirm. 994-9307. [map]
U-M Natural History Museum staff present a program exploring the roles biology, anthropology, and physics play in shaping race and culture. For kids ages 6-11 accompanied by an adult.
3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [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]
This lively show features student performances of traditional and modern Persian dances, comedic skits, and more.
6:30-11 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $10-$15 (students, $5-$10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office. Persians@umich.edu, 763-TKTS. [map]
Mar. 14-17. Nancy Heusel directs dessert (Mar. 14) and dinner (Mar. 15-17) theater productions of Mary Chase's beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning play, best known from the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film, about a gentle tippler and his imaginary friend Harvey, an invisible six-foot-tall rabbit. The cast includes Jim Nissen, Lesli Weston, Mark Heusel, Steve Jones, and Joe Medrano. Part of the proceeds goes to U-M scholarships
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 6:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.), Michigan League Hussey Room. Dessert & show tickets $35 (students, $17) and dinner & show tickets $65, in advance only at the Michigan Theater Ticket Office (mutotix.com). 763-TKTS. [map]
Performances by U-M student dance and choral groups, including Michigan Ballroom, Michigan Bhangra Team, Salto Dance Company ballet ensemble, Michigan Sahana, Leim Irish Dance Team, Maize Mirchi a cappella ensemble, Scottish Highland Dancing, Arabesque dance group, Michigan Milaap Bollywood ensemble, Hindu Temple Rhythms Indian classical dance group, and others TBA. Proceeds benefit charities TBA.
7 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Room. Tickets $10 (students, $5; kids age 4 & under, free) in advance at dance4desh.org; $12 (students, $7) at the door. firstname.lastname@example.org. [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]
Mar. 15 & 16. This 12-member all-female student company presents an energetic, varied program of original dances that range from lyrical jazz to hip-hop and tap. Although the students aren't dance majors, Impact's quality of dance is quite high.
7 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $7 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office; $8 at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]
Performance by this veteran comic actor, a master of vocal gymnastics who can imitate more that 10,000 sounds with his voice. He is best known from his roles as the wacky officer Larvell Jones in the Police Academy films and as the voice of the evil creature Stripe in Gremlins.
7 & 9:30 p.m., Michigan Firehouse Museum, 110 W. Cross, Ypsilanti. Tickets $30 & $40 in advane at michiganfirehousemuseum.org & by phone. 547-0663. [map]
The renowned Jingyun dagu (Beijing drum song) singer Yang Fengjie, accompanied by instrumentalists from the Tianjin Song Art Troupe, performs a program showcasing this genre of narrative song, which flourished over a century ago, in which a singer laying a flat drum is accompanied by an ensemble comprised of pipa (4-string lute), sanxian (3-string lute), and sihu (4-stringed fiddle). The narratives are drawn from the Sanguozhi (Romance of the Three Kingdoms) and the Shuihuzhuan (All Men Are Brothers), telling stories of martial heroes, treacherous villains, and charming ladies. Also, on Mar. 15 (4-5:30 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room), the prominent Beijing drum song scholar Zhou Chunling presents a lecture on the way these figures are portrayed in the songs.
7 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-8888. [map]
All kids in grades 4-8, accompanied by an adult, invited for hands-on science activities that revolve around space vehicles and the solar system. Scouts can earn an Astronomy Belt Loop and an Academic Pin.
7-11 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $15. Preregistration required. 995-5439. [map]
U-M English professor Elizabeth Daeumer joins 2 EMU voice professors, soprano MeeAe Nam and mezzo-soprano Monica Swartout-Bebow, and piano professor Hyunjin Lim in an evening of poetry and song by women poets and composers (Mar. 15, 7 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti) Part of a 2-day symposium on work and legacy of the poet Muriel Rukeyser, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of her birth. The symposium also includes a public lecture by the renowned poet Alicia Ostriker on "Daring to Live for the Impossible: Rukeyser and the Idea of Freedom" (Mar. 16, 7 p.m., EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood off Washtenaw), and it is preceded by a performance of Rukeyser's Book of the Dead (Mar. 14, 7 p.m., Dreamland Theater 26 N. Washington), along with other poetry readings by Catherine Taylor, Tyrone Williams, Judith Goldman, and Carla Harryman.
7 p.m., Various EMU and Ypsilanti locations. Free. 487-2255.
(Michael Apted & Paul Almond, 2012). Documentary about a group of British citizens who have been interviewed every 7 years since 1964, when they were all 7 years old.
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). michtheater.org. [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]
Contras to live music. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded by a lesson at 7:30 p.m. Mar. 16: Martha Vander Kolk and Robin Warner call to music by Picks and Sticks. Apr. 20: Peter Baker and Mark Hillegonds call to music by the Pittsfield Open Band. May 18: Gaye Fifer calls to music by Alex Belhaj, Brad Battey, Debbie Jackson, and Susie Lorand. Preceded by an advanced contra dance (3-6 p.m.) and potluck.
8 p.m.-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 426-0241. [map]
Sold Out. Heralded singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, who appeals to both folkies and country fans with a vibrant, crystalline voice that is sometimes hard-driving and gutsy, and sometimes delicate and sweet. She specializes in vividly etched renderings of commonplace emotional states and vignettes from ordinary life. Her repertoire also includes choice songs by other contemporary songwriters; in fact, Griffith won her first Grammy for Other Voices, Other Rooms, her 1993 collection of covers. Opening act is The Kennedys, The an Irish husband-and-wife duo of singer-songwriters who weave modal vocal harmonies over a base of shimmering guitars to create an intense, soaringly dramatic original music that blends Celtic flavors with Orbisonic grandeur.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $45 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]
Every Fri.-Sun. in March. Keith Paul Medelis directs this local company in the premiere of Jason Sebacher's adaptation of Edward II, Marlowe's tragic history play about a naïve young king whose reign is sabotaged by his obsession with his banished lover.In this version, Edward is an incorrigible party boy, not ready for the call of adulthood, who crashes in his late father's basement with his disreputable boyfriend, pushing to the breaking point the patience of his ambitious wife. Stars John Denyer, Chris Jakob, Artun Kircali, and Andrew Papa. Adult language and themes; audience members under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
8 p.m., Mix Performance Space, 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at thenewtheatreproject.org and at the door. Mar. 1-3 are pay-what-you-can previews. 645-9776. [map]
Mar. 14-16. A frequent guest on late-night TV, this quick-witted comic is known for his fresh, sharp takes on everything from the daily news to the daily grind. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $13 (reserved seating in advance, $15 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Celebrated cellist Ma leads this international collective of 15 renowned musicians in improvisation as well as new works and arrangements that reflect their multicultural bent. The ensemble emerged as part of the Silk Road Project, a nonprofit organization founded by Ma in 1998 to promote multicultural artistic exchange. "Yo-Yo Ma is part modern Marco Polo, an explorer of cultures far beyond his own," says a Chicago Tribune writer, "part musical missionary, eager to share ideas and make vital connections between peoples." Program: Giovanni Sollima's "La Camera Bianca" from Viaggio in Italia, Shane Shanahan's Saidi Swing, Sapo Perapaskero's Turceasca, Jia Daqun's The Prospect of Colored Desert (a work commissioned by the ensemble), Vijay Iyer's Playlist for an Extreme Occasion, Colin Jacobsen's Beloved, do not let me be discouraged, Kojiro Umezaki's seasons continue, as if none of this ever happened, and the ensemble's arrangement of John Zorn's Suite from Book of Angels.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. $40-$150 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Mar. 14-17. Kat Walsh directs local actors in Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1955 drama about the unraveling of a mendacious southern family, centered on a wife trapped in an unfulfilling marriage with a faded former football star pining for his dead friend. As the family gathers one night in Mississippi, each tries to flatter the family patriarch in an attempt to wrest from him some of his wealth. Cast: Anna Heinl, Chris Manna, Alex Berneis, Susie Berneis, Charles Sutherland, Glenn Bugala, Stephen White, Michael Joseph, Heather Liebal, Wendy Ascione-Juska, Mary Kowalski.
8 p.m. (Mar. 14-16) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 17), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and at the door. 971-2228. [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]
Londonderry, NH, caller Rich Jackson leads English country dances to live music by Childgrove. Preceded from 1:30-4 p.m. by a practice session and at 6:30 p.m. by dinner. Also, brunch Mar. 17 (time TBA).
8-11:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $60 (includes practice session & meals), $25 (ball only) in advance; $28 (ball only) at the door. Preregistration required by Mar. 9 for dinner. 674-0951. [map]
Mar. 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.
Mar. 7-10 & 14-16. Joseph York directs local actors in Eric Bogosian's searing drama about a popular "shock jock" radio personality whose regular abuse of his listeners leads to tragic consequences. An examination of free speech, hypocrisy, and Americans' susceptibility to the cult of personality, the play was adapted into a film by Oliver Stone. Cast: Paddy Ash, Mark Batell, Joshua R. Brown, Nicholas Craig, Zach Damon, Debbie Ederer, Carl Ellison, Chris Gimm, Rick Katon, Elisha Kranz, Angelicia Morton, Dennis Platte, Bob Wittersheim, and Janet Rich.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 10), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12). in advance at showtix4u.com, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
Mar. 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]