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]
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]
Yoga class--Yoga for facial glow, mental peace and better sleep: Ramesh Narula / Ann Arbor Senior Center.more >
Yoga class--Yoga for facial glow, mental peace and better sleep: Ramesh Narula / Ann Arbor Senior Center.< less
In these Thursday morning sessions, you will learn a practice somewhat similar to Chinese acupressure but which also draws on the wisdom of ancient yoga and Ayurveda philosophy. You can decide what would be of the most benefit to you, whether weekly sessions or a class now and then. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a cushion and a blanket. Instructor Ramesh Narula has been practicing yoga and meditation for 58 years and has facilitated workshops in 12 countries. The class is free; a donation to the Ann Arbor Senior Center is welcome.
An Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. Free. (734) 794-6250. [map]
"Enhancing Piano Teaching and Learning with Information Technology": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.more >
"Enhancing Piano Teaching and Learning with Information Technology": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.< less
Lecture-demonstration by U-M piano teacher Aya Higuchi.
10 a.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-5346. [map]
Mar. 21-23. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of the story of Beatrix Potter's beloved bunny. Ignoring his mom's advice, Peter loses his little blue coat and plunges into a series of misadventures. With live fiddle score composed and performed by veteran local multi-instrumentalist David Mosher. 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. For kids in grades Pre-K-2.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m. (Mar. 21 & 22) & 11 a.m. (Mar. 23), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids & seniors, $8; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [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]
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]
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]
Law and Entrepreneurship in the Film Business: University of Michigan Law School Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Program.more >
Law and Entrepreneurship in the Film Business: University of Michigan Law School Zell Entrepreneurship and Law Program.< less
John Sloss is the founder of Cinetic Media and the digital sales initiative, Cinetic Rights Management. He is also a managing partner and founder of the entertainment law firm Sloss Eckhouse LawCo LLP. Through Cinetic Media, Sloss has facilitated the sale and/or financing of well over 200 films including Precious and The Kids Are All Right and Sundance Film Festival hits
including Napoleon Dynamite, Little Miss Sunshine, and the upcoming Before Midnight. Sloss has executive produced over 50 films including the Academy Award®-winning The Fog of War and Boys Don't Cry. His law clients include Killer Films, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Bob Dylan, John Hamburg, Morgan Spurlock, Justin Lin, Jake Kasdan, the Isle of Man's CinemaNX and Big Beach Films. Prior to founding Sloss Law Office in 1993, Sloss was a partner at the international law firm Morrison & Foerster. Sloss received his J.D. and B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Hutchins Hall room 116, 625 S. State Street. Free. 734.764.4705. email@example.com law.umich.edu/ZEAL [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. 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]
Every Thurs. Mar. 7: Italian Carnival musical theater performances by tenor Jeffrey Willets. Accompanist is Elisabeth Wagner. Mar. 14: Irish music by local singer-songwriter Kitty Donohoe and fiddler-pianist Lance Wagner. Mar. 21: Favorite opera arias by soprano Sonja Srinivasan. Mar. 28: Members of the U-M Life Sciences Orcestra and friends perform Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and Beethoven's Piano Quintet.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
Mar. 21 & 22. This 2-day symposium in honor of U-M English and American culture professor Alan Wald is highlighted by keynote addresses by National Center of Scientific Research (Paris) social sciences research director emeritus Michael Löwy (Mar. 21, 4 p.m.), author of Fire Alarm: Reading Walter Benjamin's 'On the Concept of History.' and New Left editorial board member Tariq Ali (Mar. 22, 3 p.m.), author of The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads, and Modernity.
1-6:30 p.m. (Mar. 21), Alumni Center Founders Room, 200 Fletcher, & 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (Mar. 22), U-M Palmer Commons Forum Auditorium, 100 Washtenaw. Free. 936-2271. [map]
Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Francois Girard's new staging of Wagner's final opera, an adaptation of Wolfram von Eschenbach's 13th-century epic poem about the Arthurian knight and his quest for the Holy Grail. Stars Jonas Kaufman, Katarina Dalayman, Peter Mattei, Evgeny Nikitin, and Rene Pape. The broadcast is reprised on tape Mar. 20 & 21 (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]
All area women invited for a presentation by club members exploring the use of rice in different cultures. Nursery care provided for preschoolers. Refreshments.
1-2:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. 995-1645. [map]
Librarian Michaelina Brown leads a discussion of a different book each month.
Nov. 21: Once Upon a River, Kalamazoo writer Bonnie Jo Campbell's novel about a 16-year-old rural Michigan girl whose beauty and uncanny ability with a rifle have made her life difficult. After she's involved in the violent death of her father, she goes on a dangerous journey on the river in search of her vanished mother.
Jan. 16: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's book, cowritten with Bryan Mealer, about Kamkwamba's struggle with famine in Malawi and his often derided efforts to create wind energy technology for his family's farm.
Feb. 20: The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides' coming-of-age novel about 3 friends beginning their senior year at Brown University.
1:30-2:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
All invited to discuss a novel. Mar. 21: Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, Tom Franklin's story of two boyhood friends separated by circumstance and drawn back together as adults by a crime. Apr. 18 & May 16: TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
Are you considering homeschooling your high school or other student? Looking for support in your decision to homeschool? What about "socialization"?Adventurers is having Come and See Days for you to learn what this group of area homeschoolers has to offer: academic classes, enrichment opportunities, social environment, community service. Adventurers meets Thursday afternoons and evenings.
6560 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-481-9111. firstname.lastname@example.org www.adventurershomeschool.org
Lots of used and new books for sale, donated by AALC families. There are plenty of books for babies and children, and also plenty of grownup books too.
$1 per book on Wednesday.
$5 to fill a bag on Thursday.
Ann Arbor Learning Community; 3980 Research Park Drive; Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
"Mapping the Origins of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt": U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.more >
"Mapping the Origins of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt": U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.< less
Lecture by City University of New York history professor Beth Baron.
4 p.m., 1636 SSWB International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 647-4143. [map]
Columbia University architectural design and theory professor Mabel O. Wilson is joined by U-M Afroamerican and African studies professors Kevin Gaines and Magdalena Zaborowska in a discussion of Wilson's 2012 book about the history of exhibitions about black Americans, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement.
5 p.m., UMMA Auditorium. Free. 764-0395.
Every Thurs. Whole Foods staffers discuss wine. Tastings with cheese and appetizers. Topics includes "White Wines of Argentina" (Mar. 7), "Red Wines of Argentina" (Mar. 14), "Napa Valley" (Mar. 21), "California Zinfandels" (Mar. 28).
5-8:30 p.m., Whole Foods wine bar, 990 W. Eisenhower, Cranbrook Village shopping center. $17. 997-7500. [map]
Talk by the acclaimed documentarian whose films have covered a vast array of American history topics, from the Civil War and the Dust Bowl to Mark Twain and baseball.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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. email@example.com http://www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/index.html [map]
Golden Limousine is ready to take you and your friends on a SE Michigan adventure! Register today for the Mystery Tour!
Tour begins at Guy Hollerin's, 3600 Plymouth Road. $75. 734-395-8212. firstname.lastname@example.org http://goldenlimo.com/Mystery-Tour [map]
Wine Tasting and Vineyard Tour - Sandhill Crane Vineyards
Whether you're a seasoned expert or an intrigued beginner, Sandhill Crane and Heather, our host, welcome you as they mix useful knowledge with exquisite samples of their art. Use this opportunity to impress your clients with your wine knowledge when ordering wine at your next business dinner.
Bring with you:
1. A designated driver - or join us on the bus
2. Your appetite - Sandhill Cranes will be providing appetizers made in their own kitchen
3. Business cards - You never know who you might meet at the winery
4. A friend - It's never good to drink alone
Sandhill Crane Vineyards. $25. email@example.com www.womenmakingconnections.com
"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.
Mitchell Elementary School (Multi-Purpose Room), 3550 Pittsview, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. 734-764-3168. firstname.lastname@example.org www.depressioncenter.org/frankel [map]
Did you know that acupuncture and herbal treatments can help give your pet relief from numerous conditions, including arthritis, anxiety, allergies, asthma, and more? Come find out how this Thursday, March 21st, at 6:30pm at City Pets Veterinary Clinic. Those who attend will also receive 15% off of their pets' first acupuncture session.
City Pets Veterinary Clinic, 1723 Plymouth Road. Free. (734) 929-4071. email@example.com www.citypetsvetclinic.com [map]
Mar. 21-23. This performance art festival and symposium features 3 days of performances by internationally renowned artists. Note: Some performances contain nudity and/or sexual content. Today: "Performing the Post Human: Engendering Animals," a panel discussion followed by a performance by Carmelita Tropicana--a performance artist who uses her irreverent sense of humor to rewrite history from the viewpoints of women, men, children, and assorted animals and insects--and singer and performer (and U-M grad) Joseph Keckler. Followed by an after party at the autBar with performances TBA (9 p.m.-late).
6:30-8:30 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel, North Campus. Free. 358-2746. [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]
A TeaHaus representative discusses how to use chocolate and tea together to create new flavors. Tastings.
7 p.m., TeaHaus, 204 N. 4th Ave. $15. Reservations required. 622-0460. [map]
"Building New Majorities: Achieving Racial and Gender Equity in Life and Politics": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender Annual Motorola Lecture.more >
"Building New Majorities: Achieving Racial and Gender Equity in Life and Politics": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender Annual Motorola Lecture.< less
Lecture by writer and activist Rinku Sen, director of the Applied Research Center and publisher of Colorlines.com.
7 p.m., 1120 U-M Ford School of Public Policy, 735 S. State (use the entrance at State & Hill). Free. 764-9537. [map]
"City of Ann Arbor 2013 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Planning for Change in Our Community": Ann Arbor District Library.more >
"City of Ann Arbor 2013 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Planning for Change in Our Community": Ann Arbor District Library.< less
The 3rd in a series of 4 monthly forums focuses on "Diverse Housing." Panelists include U-M faculty, representatives from community organizations, and city staff TBA
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Mar. 18-23. A series of rehearsed staged readings of plays by student playwrights.
Mar. 18: Declan Sheahan's Gap Yah, a comedy about 4 British students leaving behind their troubled home lives to travel to India, where one of the group's love for tiddlywinks sparks an adventure that re-defines their relationships with themselves, each other, and beyond. U-M Basement Arts is producing this play Mar. 28-30 (see listings).
Mar. 19: Milena Westarb's The Loving Demise of Lord Blackwell and His Wife, a murder mystery farce about a widow determined to get her hands on the fortune of her late husband's nephew.
Mar. 20: Teagan Rose's Sacrificium, , a fantasy about a nightclub owner who has managed to live for more than a thousand years by taking breaths of life from patrons of his club when he meets a woman addicted to drugs, fantasies, and passion who makes him realize there may be more to life than survival.
Mar. 21: Allison Brown's Betty.
Mar. 22: Jacob Levi Stroud's Intimate Objects, a drama set in 2025 in a high-tech saturated world where people are inordinately attached to virtual reality. The action follows 3 technology addicts in a woodsy rehab center where they try to deprogram their minds.
Mar. 23: Elana Gantman's Small Talk.
7 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center Studio One, 1226 Murfin. Free. 764-5350. [map]
With several Christian pop musicians, including the veteran Valdosta (GA) rock quartet (and Winter Jam founder) Newsong, Grammy-winning hip-hop MC TobyMac, the Nashville alternative rock quartet RED, Nashville pop-rock singer-songwriter Matthew West, Atlanta pop-folk singer-songwriter Jamie Grace, the Nashville pop-rock band Sidewalk Prophets, and the versatile young pop-rock-R&B quartet Royal Tailor. Also, a talk by North Dakota evangelist Nick Hall.
7 p.m., EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt (north off Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. $10 at the door only. 487-2282. [map]
Mar. 7 & 21. All age 21 & over invited to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Refreshments. Followed by dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: the Mar. 21 meeting includes club officer elections.
7:30 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5. 786-2237. [map]
Mar. 21-23. Thurston Elementary School students, parents, and friends present the school's 39th annual original musical. This year's show is set in ancient Rome and concerns a volatile and ill-tempered god who wants to marry the heroine and threatens to make a volcano erupt if he doesn't get what he wants.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 21 & 22) & 7 p.m. (Mar. 23), Clague Middle School auditorium, 2616 Nixon. Tickets $8 (kids in middle school & younger, $5; kids age 2 & under, free) at the door only. 355-3812. [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]
Mar. 21-24. Aral Gribble directs Community High students in Shakespeare's early tragedy exploring the savage ironies that shape political struggle and conflict. This production is set in contemporary Washington, D.C., where Caesar is an extremely popular president who is being considered for a 3rd term. A multimedia show with projected videos and a live Twitter feed, the production highlights parallels between the play's themes and contemporary issues: government corruption, tensions between the wealthy and the middle class, partisan media, the power of rumor, and the dangers of herd mentality
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $12 (students, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2025. [map]
Mar. 21-23. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by this U-M dance MFA candidate.
8 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. Free. Doors open at 7 p.m. 763-5461. [map]
Fast-paced sketch comedy by this popular Toledo improv troupe.
8 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $7 reserved seating in advance & general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
You will see amazing feats of magic by the amazing Joshua Wilde, be swayed by the vocal stylings of Konrad Lee, seduced by the titillating Kitty Coquette, laugh until it hurts with Satori Circus, go in circles with Miss B. Haven, be charmed by the moves from KayLouise of Mesmeric Bellydance Fusion, and go on sexy fun adventures with Fancy Pants' own Mabel Syrup and Valencia Starling.
Hosting this jam packed evening will be the one and only witty and hilarious Frankhouse.
And you will be blown away by the sounds of our awesome DJ - Charles Trees
LIVE, 102 S. 1st street. $7.00 (21+) $10.00 (18-20). firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/FancyPantsA2 [map]
Very talented young songwriter and velvet-voiced singer from Cadillac, Michigan, whose influences range from Ella Fitzgerald to Patty Griffin.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
This innovative, often comical Nashville-based quartet of ace musicians has revitalized the genre of the cowboy song. Inspired by the 1930s group the Sons of the Pioneers, the quartet includes 2 former Herb David staffer Doug Green. They specialize in elaborate harmonizations of cowboy folk songs, western ballads, and sentimental Hollywood versions of the real thing--one of their CDs is a collection of Gene Autry tunes. Their repertoire also includes old-time fiddle pieces, some jazz numbers, virtuoso yodels, comic send-ups of western drama, and rope tricks. Opening act is Riders in the Sky bassist Too Slim in his "Say No More, It's Freddy LaBour" songwriting persona, with comic songs like "Who Offed Hoffa" and "Big Mac (Not the Burger but the Bridge)." (LaBour is also a former Michigan Daily staffer who played a crucial role in the spread of the "Paul Is Dead" hoax in 1969.)
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
This University of North Carolina School of the Arts viola professor performs Ucarsu's Elif Dedim, be Dedim, Schumann's Fairy Tale Pictures, Haydn's Divertimento in D major, and Prokofiev's Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major. Accompanist is Katherine Collier.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway": Ann Arbor District Library.more >
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Peter Madcat Ruth, a world-renowned local harmonica wiz with a massive multi-genre repertoire who tonight conducts an exploration of "The Blues." Performing as a one-man band, Madcat sings and also plays guitar, ukulele, jaw harp, kalimba, pennywhistle, and more. Part of an an 8-week series of concerts and films (see March 13 listing).
8-9 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Talk by T'ruah: the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights executive director Jill Jacobs, a conservative rabbi who's been on Newsweek's list of the 50 Most Influential Rabbis in America since 2009. She has written 2 books about social justice and Judaism.
8 p.m., Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw. Free. 665-9897. [map]