Every Tues.-Fri., Mar. 12-Apr. 26. Storytimes for "2s & 3s" accompanied by a caregiver (Tues. & Thurs. 9:30 a.m.), "On My Own," age 3 and up with or without a caregiver (Wed. 1 p.m. & Thurs. 10:30 a.m.), family story time (Tues. 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m., Wed. 9:30 a.m.), and "Book Babies" for the under-2 set accompanied by a caregiver (Fri. 10:15 & 11:15 a.m.).
Various times, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
Raoul Wallenberg and Warsaw Ghetto Uprising-OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).more >
Raoul Wallenberg and Warsaw Ghetto Uprising-OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).< less
The hunger for heroism transformed a resourceful and brave Swedish businessman into a superhuman rescuer. However, many of the achievements attributed to him may not have taken place. Wallenberg was a less important figure to the Jews of Budapest than Dr. Lutz, the Swiss diplomat. The prevailing view in the first decades after the Holocaust was that the Jews of Europe "went to death like lemmings." The glorification of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising implies that it was more honorable to die in the streets of Warsaw than in gas chambers of Treblinka, but survivors like Dr. Tanay, the instructor for this class, believe that it was more honorable to struggle to survive than to be killed in a futile effort to resist.
Class meets Tuesdays, March 19 - April 2.
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Avenue. $35. 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org www.olli-umich.org [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]
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]
Free income tax assistance for those who cannot pay for tax preparation. Trained volunteers will prepare simple tax returns and e-file them for low-income, elderly and disabled taxpayers. Appointments start each hour from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Preregistration encouraged. A few walk-in slots also available. To register, and find out what documents to bring, call (734) 794-6250.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue, Tecumseh. Free. 734.794.6250. [map]
Women Angle Raising: Hammering Vessels in the Metalsmithing Studio at Briggs: EMU Women's History Month 2013.more >
Women Angle Raising: Hammering Vessels in the Metalsmithing Studio at Briggs: EMU Women's History Month 2013.< less
Gretchen Otto, Eastern Michigan University
The traditional technique of angle raising copper, bronze or sterling silver vessels over steel stakes was limited to few women even into the 1970's. Professor Otto, along with several of her students will demonstrate the traditional metalsmithing process of angle raising.
Briggs Hall Room 108, Ypsilanti. Free. email@example.com www.emich.edu
Find acceptance, understanding, & support from others who hear voices or have uncommon beliefs. Be heard, grow creatively, learn about others' experience. Thousands of voice hearers attend HVN worldwide & many have found their path to recovery through this innovative self-help group. Meets monthly, every 3rd Tuesday.
Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St.. Free. 734-709-2183. firstname.lastname@example.org DepressionSolutionsofAnnArbor.com [map]
Feb. 5: WCED research fellow Kharis Templeman discusses "Where Is the Arab Spring Headed? Lessons from Pacific Asia."
Feb. 19: Duke Universiity Islamic studies professor Timur Kuran discusses "Institutional Roots of Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East: The Waqf as Obstacle to Democratization."
Mar. 12: University of Maryland comparative politics professor Vladimir Tismaneanu discusses "De-Democratization in Romania? Assessing the Turbulent Year 2012."
Mar. 19: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Russia & Eurasia specialist Tomas de Waal discusses "Getting Georgia Right: The Former Soviet Union's Most Unexpected Country."
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0351. [map]
"Queering Citizenship: Thinking Through Cartographies of Sexuality": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.more >
"Queering Citizenship: Thinking Through Cartographies of Sexuality": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.< less
Talk by University of Maryland women's studies professor Michelle V. Rowley.
4-5 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
Lecture by U-M political science, complex systems, and economics professor Scott Page. Reception follows.
4:10 p.m., U-M Alumni Center Founders Room, 200 Fletcher. Free. 998-6251. [map]
Talk by this New York Times executive editor, the first woman to have that position in the 160-year history of the paper. Reception follows.
4:30-6 p.m., Biomedical Research Bldg. Kahn Auditorium, 109 Zena Pitcher (between Catherina and E. Huron). Free; preregistration recommended at cew.umich.edu. 764-6005. [map]
This prominent Buddhist lama, former abbot of one of the most famous monasteries in Tibet, discusses the important role of art in Tibetan Buddhism. In conjunction with the current exhibit, Buddhist Thangkas and Treasures. Arija Rinpoche also gives a talk on Mar. 20 at Crazy Wisdom (see listing).
5 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
Join the Prison Creative Arts Project as we celebrate the opening of the 18th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. Formerly incarcerated artists, and Curators Buzz Alexander, Janie Paul, Sari Adelson and Charlie Michaels, will address visitors to the gallery at 6:15 p.m. Free and open to the public. Exhibition open from March 19-April 3, 2013.
Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. Free. email@example.com. www.prisonarts.org [map]
U-M English professor Alan Wald, U-M history professor Howard Brick, and U-M English professor Dina Karageorgos discuss Wald's new book. Signing.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Library, U-M Diag. Free. 615-5783. [map]
Mar. 19-24. The oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals in North America features 6 days of film screenings, panel discussions, and parties that culminate in screenings of the award-winning films on Mar. 24. The competition showcases new experimental and independent 16-mm, 35-mm, and digital films and videos in a wide range of genres and of generally high quality. Past contributors have included Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Brian De Palma.
Mar. 19: Opening Night. The festival kicks off tonight with screenings of independent short films, including animation, documentary, narrative, and experimental films, as well as the North American premiere of Da Vinci, Yuri Ancarani's film, set in an operating room, that depicts a surgical procedure performed by robots controlled by a physician. Preceded from 6-8 p.m. by a gala reception ($35; members, students, & seniors, $25; screening only, $9) with music spun by DJ Jeremy Wheeler. Also, open bar & appetizers from local restaurants. Also, a "Backstage Fundraiser Dinner" from 6-8 p.m. ($150). 8-10 p.m.
Mar. 20: Polish animation shorts curated by festival judge Marcin Gizycki. FREE, noon. "Films in Competition " (4:30 p.m.), including The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott, Luke Fowler's film that combines archive footage and new material in a meditation on the Marxist critic, historian, and activist E.P. Thompson who taught literature and social history to adults in the industrial towns of northern England. The program begins with Nathaniel Dorsky's elegiac short August and After "Psychedelic Visions and Expanded Consciousness: Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s" (7 p.m.), hyperkinetic experimental films and animation from the late 1960s and early 1970s. "Films in Competition 1" (7:15 p.m.), including Bill Brown's Memorial Land--about homemade 9/11 memorials--and other experimental, documentary, and animated films. "People's Park & Ernst Karel" (9:15 p.m.). Karel, a sound artist and composer who made the soundtrack for People's Park, performs before a screening of Libbie Cohn and J.P. Sniadecki's single-shot documentary that winds its way through a famous urban park in Chengdu, China. "Out Night: History, Glamor, Magic" (9:30 p.m.), includes films in competition that are inspired by the mythologies and artifice of Hollywood and revolve around queer/trans issues. Films are followed by an after party at the autBar (11 p.m.-2 a.m.), with fire pits in the courtyard and free appetizers.
Mar. 21: Films chosen by festival judge Laida Lertxundi, including her short 2012 experimental soundscape The Room Called Heaven, as well as films by Hollis Frampton, Bruce Baillie, and Morgan Fisher. FREE, noon. "Critical Means #1," a panel discussion on the current state of film criticism and writing. FREE, 2:30 p.m. Talk by legendary documentarian Ken Burns. FREE, 5:10 p.m. "Films in Competition 3" (7 p.m.), including recent animation, experimental, and documentary films. Leviathan (7:15 p.m.), Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel's experimental, impressionistic documentary about commercial fishing. With an appearance by soundtrack creator Ernst Karel. "Suzan Pitt Retrospective Program One" "Films in Competition 2" (9:30 p.m.), including the North American premieres of Takashi Makino's epic abstract film 2012 and Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt's Some Part of Us Will Have Become, a sci-fi film from the perspective of a robot who's witnessing a massive man made disaster. Also, Passage, Madison Brookshire's double 16mm film that operates as a meditation on color and sound, with music by composer Tashi Wada. Other shorts TBA. Films are followed by an after party at the Ravens Club (11:30 p.m.-2 a.m.).
Mar. 22: Films by critically acclaimed Virginia based artist (and festival judge) Kevin Jerome Everson, including the world premiere of Rhinoceros. FREE, noon. "Critical Means #2," a continuation of the panel discussion on Mar. 21 (see above). FREE, noon. "Polish Avant Garde Animation Films" (5 p.m.), including Jan Lenica's 1963 stop-motion masterpiece Labyrinth, Zbigniew Rybczynski's 1975 short New Book, and Tango, Rybczynski's Oscar-winning 1980 short that operates as a collage of people performing repeated patterns. Feature-length film TBA (7 p.m.). "Films in Competition 4" (7:30 p.m.): Kathryn Ramey's WEST: What I know about her, an experimental documentary about her ancestor Elizabeth Crandall Perry, an adventurer and midwife. I Remember: A Film about Joe Brainard, Matt Wolf's documentary about the late artist Brainard and his memoir poem "I Remember." The Mutability of All Things and the Possibility of Changing Some, Anna Marziano's film that explores human adaptability in the face of catastrophe. Hope Tucker's Handful of Dust. "Films by Pat O'Neill" (9:30 p.m.). Acclaimed avant-garde filmmaker O'Neill is in attendance for this screening of several of his shorts from the late 1960s to the present. He is known for his innovative optical techniques. "Animated Films in Competition" (9:45 p.m.). Recent animated shorts by Emily Hubley, Maureen Selwood, Maya Erdelyi, Meejin Hong, Shin Hashimoto, Kevin Eskew, and others. The films are followed by an after party at the Bar at 327 Braun Ct. (11 p.m.-2 a.m.), with a live audiovisual performance by the Brooklyn duo Synthhumpers.
Mar. 23: Your Day Is My Night (11 a.m.), Lynne Sachs' documentary, part of the AAFF competition, in which residents of New York City's Chinatown tell their stories of personal and political upheaval. Central Park Five (noon), Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon's documentary that tells the story of 5 black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were arrested in 1989 and later wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. Followed by a discussion with Ken Burns, Raymond Santana (one of the "Five"), and Northwestern Center on Wrongful Convictions director Steve Drizin. "Films in Competition 5" (1 p.m.), including new films by Ana Vaz and Ben Rivers, the North American premiere of Stephen Connolly's Zabriskie Point (Redacted)--an impressionistic documentary that combines images of the eponymous location of Antonioni's 1970 film Zabriskie Point with contemporary research on the location and the film--and Bette Gordon and James Benning's 1975 conceptual bicentennial masterpiece The United States of America. Water and Power (4 p.m.), an award-winning 1990 film that combines visually and aurally dense tableaux with advanced motional control, optical printing, and animation techniques to depict the complex battle for natural resources waged between L.A. and the Owens Valley. Director Pat O'Neill is in attendance. "Films in Competition 6" (3:30 p.m.), including animated, experimental, and narrative films by Jesse McClean, Lori Felker, and James Lowne, as well as Circle in the Sand, Michael Robinson's 2012 film, set in the near future during a 2nd American civil war, that follows a band of exiled political prisoners and their supervising soldiers who live in the ruins of a seaside military fort. "Suzan Pitt Retrospective Program Two" (7 p.m.). Second of two screenings of films by celebrated animator Pitt, who is in attendance. The program is highlighted by the world premiere of her latest film, Pinball "Films in Competition 7" (7:15 p.m.), including animated, experimental, documentary, and narrative films TBA. Suitcase of Love and Shame (9:15 p.m.). World premiere of this film that reconstructs a mesmerizing and erotic love story based on 60 hours of reel-to-reel 1960s audiotape (discovered in a suitcase) that chronicles the details of an adulterous affair between a Midwestern woman and her lover. Director Jane Gillooly is in attendance. "Films in Competition 8" (9:30 p.m.), including animated, experimental, documentary, and narrative films TBA. The films are followed by a FREE after party at the Last Word (301 W. Huron) from 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
Mar. 24: "Films in Competition 9," including animated and experimental films appropriate for kids ages 6 and up. $5, 11 a.m. "Regional Films in Competition," including narrative, experimental, and documentary films made in Michigan. $5, 11 a.m. "Music Video in Competition." FREE, UMMA Auditorium (525 S. State), noon. "Films in Competition 10" (1 p.m.), including new documentary and experimental films by Dani Leventhal, Mike Hoolboom, and others, as well as Spend It All, Les Blank's 1971 portrait of Cajun culture. The Radiant (1:30 p.m.), the Otolith Group's film, part of the AAFF competition, that explores the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake that triggered a tsunami and contributed to the partial meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the east coast of Japan. Our Nixon (3:30 p.m.), H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin's documentary, part of the AAFF competition, that compiles previously unseen archival footage of Nixon's presidency, filmed by White House aides on Super 8 home movie cameras and subsequently seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation. "Award Program 1" (6 p.m.). "Award Program 2" (8 p.m.). Followed by an after party (10 p.m.-1 a.m.) at Arbor Brewing Company.
Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted). Tickets: $95 (members, students, & seniors, $80) for the entire festival & $55 (members, students, & seniors, $45) for weekend passes in advance at aafilmfest.org, and $9 (students, seniors, & members, $7; midnight movies, $6) per evening show at the door. 995-5356. [map]
At Lazar Spinal Care, we believe in lifelong family wellness care. If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, if you're ready to be more alive and live your fullest life, this workshop is for you. This 45 minute workshop discusses the difference between health and wellness, why our body is breaking down and ways to achieve optimal health. The workshop is followed by a Q&A session, so bring your questions with you.
RSVP by email or phone to save your seats.
Lazar Spinal Care, Scio Township Medical Suites, 203 S. Zeeb, Ste 106, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-274-5107. firstname.lastname@example.org www.LazarSpinalCare.com [map]
Mar. 19 & 20. All invited to join a discussion. Dinner served.
6-9 p.m. (Mar. 19) & 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Mar. 20), EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Free. 764-0478. [map]
"Museum Utopias, Museum Dystopias: The Dawning of the Age of Hybridity": U-M Museum Studies Program Museum Voices: Representing Race/Presenting Identities Lecture Series.more >
"Museum Utopias, Museum Dystopias: The Dawning of the Age of Hybridity": U-M Museum Studies Program Museum Voices: Representing Race/Presenting Identities Lecture Series.< less
Carleton University (Ottawa) art history professor Ruth Phillips discusses the changes that have occurred in the representation of indigenous peoples and multicultural communities in North America in the last 25 years.
6:30 p.m., Rackham East Conference Room, 4th floor. Free. 936-6678. [map]
Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]
Mar. 19-21 & 26; May 1, 20, & 22. Performances by various student ensembles.
Mar. 19 & May 22: Choir Concert.
Mar. 20 & 21 (time TBA): District Choir Festival.
Mar. 26: Jazz Band.
May 1: Concerto Concert.
May 20: Band & Orchestra.
Mar. 19 & May 22: Choir Concert.
See also May 17 Company C and Mar. 27 & Apr. 27 fundraiser listings.
7 p.m. (except as noted), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free. 475-4524. [map]
Mar. 19 & 23. More than 800 public school students perform in these lively concerts. Preceded at 6 p.m. by jazz in the lobby by the Community High Jazz Combo. Tonight: the Scarlett and Clague middle school bands, the Skyline High School Concert Band, and the Huron High School varsity, concert, and symphony bands.
7 p.m., Huron High School Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $5 (family of 4, $10) in advance from band members and at the door. 996-3210. [map]
"Current Treatments for Adolescent Eating Disorders": Ann Arbor District Library Bright Nights Community Forum.more >
"Current Treatments for Adolescent Eating Disorders": Ann Arbor District Library Bright Nights Community Forum.< less
Talk by U-M Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program physicians Daniel Gih and Renee Hoste.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Talk by Avery Dennison representative Megan Grattan. Preceded by networking (6 p.m.) and dinner (6:30 p.m.).
7 p.m., Quarter Bistro, 300 S. Maple. Free (buy your own dinner). Reservations requested by Mar. 13 at abwa-maia.org. 755-0575. [map]
"Healthy Eating for Children and Lifelong Learning for All": American Association of University Women.more >
"Healthy Eating for Children and Lifelong Learning for All": American Association of University Women.< less
Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education and Recreation director Jenna Bacolor discusses various community programs. Note: new location.
7-8:30 p.m., Cleary University, 3601 Plymouth. Free. 973-6287. [map]
A short discussion of the history of Alcoholics Anonymous followed by a lively moderated panel discussion regarding addiction and alcoholism, personal recovery, and participation in 12 Step programs. The audience will hear personal recovery stories, gain an understanding of how A.A. helps alcoholics recover, and learn to become involved with A.A. (Please note: Dawn Farm is not affiliated with A.A. or any twelve Step organization.) Free CE for addiction professionals is offered. Dawn Farm is a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. email@example.com http:
Mar 5 & 19. Award-winning local photographer Howard Bond critiques club members portfolios of projected digital images (Mar. 5) and prints made from digital files or film (Mar. 19).
7:30 p.m., Forsythe Middle School media center (Mar. 5), 1655 Newport, & Wines School auditorium Mar. 19), 1701 Newport. Free ($25 annual dues for those who join). 327-4781. [map]
Laurie Finke, Kenyon College
2012-2013 McAndless Scholar in Residence
Disneyland is work disguised as play; school disguised as vacation. Drawing on Sarah Ahmed's phenomenological reading of orientation in Queer phenomenology, this lecture investigates the ways in which Disney's didacticism is made material through practices and procedures designed to orient the park's visitors, to ensure that those visitors always know where they are and who they are, as a means of educating 'good' citizens.
Student Center 350, 900 Oakwood St Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org www.emich.edu
This ensemble of U-M music professors performs a program of brass music from the Renaissance to the modern era. Members are trumpeter William Campbell and Katherine Cosgrove, horn player Adam Unsworth, trombonist David Jackson, and tubaist Fritz Kaezig. Reception follows.
7:30 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
City ornithologist Dea Armstrong discusses the mysteries of migration, the importance of stopover sites along migration routes, and the relationship between local birds and those just passing through. Refreshments.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 665-0248. [map]