Wald Symposium on the Literary Left: University of Michigan - Department of English and Department of American Culture.more >
Wald Symposium on the Literary Left: University of Michigan - Department of English and Department of American Culture.< less
This two-day conference honors Alan M. Wald, H. Chandler Davis Collegiate Professor of English and American Culture, on the occasion of his retirement from teaching at the University of Michigan after 38 years on the faculty. Wald is the world's leading authority on the relation between 20th-century U.S. literature and radical left-wing political movements. His books and articles have illuminated the creative lives of figures such as James T. Farrell, Langston Hughes, Muriel Rukeyser, Philip Rahv, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Arthur Miller--and have brought attention to unduly neglected writers such as Ann Petry, Jo Sinclair, Carlos Bulosan, and Joy Davidman. These are just a handful of the writers who figure in Wald's magisterial studies in modern American culture.
Forum Auditorium, Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. email@example.com http:
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]
A program of hikes, storytelling, songs, puppets, and crafts for kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver). Snacks provided; dress for the outdoors.
Sept. 9: "Animals Use Their Senses Too!" Explore how animals use their senses.
Oct. 7: "Fall Fun." Explore the changes taking place in Black Pond Woods and all around LSNC through games, crafts, and outdoor activities.
Nov. 11: "Shapes in Nature." Explore the LSNC trails and visit its resident critters to learn about geometric shapes found in nature.
10-11:30 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $7 per child. 997-1553. [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 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]
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 Ann Arbor YMCA is looking for volunteers to help with an ongoing volunteer project: Quilting for a Cause. Learn to up-cycle t-shirts into blankets for local shelters. No sewing experience is necessary - there's lots to do without a needle - and if you want to learn to sew we can teach you. We will meet every Friday from 11am to 12:30pm.
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
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. 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 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 of slavery and freedom in Judaism and the Haggadah, a text for the Passover Seder that recounts the emancipation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Bring a lunch, if you wish.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [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: NYU English professor Una Chaudhuri and eco-feminist Rachel Rosenthal discuss Rosenthal's work (noon-1 p.m.). "In Their (Un)Natural Habitat" (2-4:30 p.m.), a performance by NYC-based performance artist Heather Woodbury, experimental performance artist and University of Illinois art professor Deke Weaver, and playwright and performer Kestutis Nakas. Followed by a talk-back. Also, various performances (6:30-9:30 p.m.) by renowned feminist performance artist (and U-M art professor) Holly Hughes, University of Iowa theater professor Kim Marra, singer and performer (and U-M grad) Joseph Keckler, and performance artist Carmelita Tropicana.
Noon, 2 p.m., & 6:30 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel, North Campus. Free. 358-2746. [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]
Lecture by Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley) Center for Islamic Studies visiting scholar Carol Bier.
4-6 p.m., 180 Tappan Hall, 855 South University. Free. 764-5400. [map]
"What Can Hawaiian Volcanoes Tell Us about the Earth's Mantle and How Can We Learn More about Mantle Plumes?": U-M Earth & Environmental Sciences Department.more >
"What Can Hawaiian Volcanoes Tell Us about the Earth's Mantle and How Can We Learn More about Mantle Plumes?": U-M Earth & Environmental Sciences Department.< less
Talk by University of British Columbia earth and ocean sciences professor Dominique Weis.
4 p.m., 1528 Little Bldg., 425 East University. Free. 764-1435. [map]
Ringette Drop-in is happening at Buhr Park Arena starting in January!
Drop-in dates/times are as follows:
Friday, January 25, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, February 15, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 8, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 15, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 22, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 29, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
FULL HOCKEY/RINGETTE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED! We should have a few Ringette sticks available but bring one if you have one. A hockey shaft with no blade would work (but isn't ideal). This is an all ages drop-in for both girls/women and boys/men. The cost will be $6 for adults and $5 for kids.
There will be no formal instruction at these drop-in sessions. Ann Arbor Ringette will be there to go over rules for new people and to make sure players understand how to play, answer questions, etc. You can always join Ann Arbor Ringette if you want more instruction.
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Buhr Park Ice Arena, 2751 Packard. $5 Kids / $6 Adults. firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com
Exhibits and demonstrations by various local and regional artists. Refreshments. Mar. 22: Ardyth Paganone demonstrates how to make pysanky, eggs decorated with traditional folk motifs using a wax batik method. Apr. 26: Jewelry artist Terri Ritter discusses kumihimo, the samurai art of braiding.
5-8 p.m., Artistica, 3203 Broad, Dexter. 426-1500. [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]
U-M musicology lecturer John Rice discusses a 1780s cellist, known only as Monsieur Hivart, whose letters contain valuable eyewitness accounts of the first production of Salieri's Les Dana´des, one of the most successful French operas of the 1780s.
5 p.m., 506 Burton Memorial Tower. Free. 764-0594. [map]
SafeHouse Center has a rich history of providing exemplary services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Washtenaw County, and are in the forefront of efforts to create a violence-free society. We cannot do this important work without the support of community members. We invite you to join us.
SafeHouse Center has four volutneer programs in which you can work with survivors or their children. They are the Children and Youth program, Shelter/Helpine Program, Sexual Assault Response Team and Domestic Violence Response Team.
To participate in one of these programs, we require the completion of a 40-hour training, and a six-month commitment to volunteering at SafeHouse Center. We are currently accepting applications for our March 2013 40-hour training.
Please see the Volunteer Information section of our website (www.safehousecenter.org) for more information, or contact me at email@example.com.
SafeHouse Center, 4100 Clark Rd. Free. (734) 973-0242, ext 252. firstname.lastname@example.org www.safehousecenter.org [map]
Dinner. Proceeds benefit SOS Community Services. Attendees get a handmade bowl made by members of the Ann Arbor Potters Guild.
6-8 p.m., Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower Pkwy., Cranbrook Village shopping center. $25 in advance at soscs.org. 485-8730. [map]
Bob Olender discusses the events surrounding Salem Township's refusal to subsidize the Detroit and Howell rail line and the fallout from the court's decision to support Salem's position.
6 p.m., Salem Township Hall, 9600 Six Mile Rd., Salem. $2 (members, free). (248) 437-6651. [map]
Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Asian menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Vegetable Fresh Rolls with Carrot, Cucumber, Avocado & Fresh Herbs served with Spicy Hoisin Dipping Sauce; Seared Sirloin and Glass Noodle Soup; Cilantro Grilled Shrimp with Sesame Cabbage; Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
All youth in grades 6-12 invited to eat pizza and discuss a book. Mar. 22: The Gospel According to Larry, Janet Tashjian's novel about a teen prodigy who creates a virtual alter ego. Apr. 19: The Body of Christopher Creed, Carol Plum-Ucci's novel about a seemingly perfect high school student struggling with doubts about the disappearance of the class outcast. May 17: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart's novel about a girl who uses her good looks and wit to infiltrate her prep school's all-male secret society.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
Join us for an introductory weekend on the Diamond Approach presented by ordained teacher, Gregory Beck.
The Diamond Approach is a contemporary spiritual teaching that reveals the truth, beauty, and mystery of our essential nature. Its unique perspective has been developed and written about by A.H. Almaas and combines elements of depth psychology with traditional practices. It seeks to create a new and accessible method for engaging in spiritual work while living fully in the modern world.
The retreat will be held from 7 to 9:30pm on Friday, March 22, and from 9:30am until 4pm on Saturday, March 23, at the Ann Arbor Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.
Ann Arbor Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $95. 734-213-0579. email@example.com http:
Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including poet Airea Dee Matthews and fiction writer James Kusher.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
Mar. 22 & 23. Performances by more than 200 talented area skaters from tots to seniors. Also, performances by ice dancers and the Hockettes synchronized skating teams.
7 p.m. (Mar. 22) & 2 & 7 p.m. (Mar. 23), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Tickets $10-$25 (kids age 9 & under and seniors age 65 & over, $5) in advance and at the door. 213-6768. [map]
Doug Beaumont directs a cast of church members in an original comedy, a play within a play about a playwright who keeps changing the script that features lots of spoofing and slapstick.
7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted for the church's mission trip. 475-1844. [map]
Mar. 22-24. Brian Myers directs young local actors in Bob Dorough's musical revue of the 1970s Saturday morning educational cartoon series that includes the catchy tunes "Conjunction Junction," "Sufferin' Till Suffrage," "Three Is a Magic Number," and more. Stars Grace Boote, Emily Griggs, Cynthia Cole-Heiss, Max Caselli, Carol Nichol, and Georgie Reynolds.
7 p.m. (Mar. 22 & 23) & 3 p.m. (Mar. 24), Washington Street Education Center Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10, in advance at the Chelsea Pharmacy (1125 S. Main), and at the door. chelseaareaplayers.org. [map]
All invited to join an ongoing biweekly discussion of Rudolf Steiner's An Outline of Occult Science. Familiarity with Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes). Free. 944-4903. [map]
All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [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]
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. 22-24. Laura Bird directs students in Cole Porter's musical comedy about two bickering exes who play the warring lovers Kate and Petruchio in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Generally regarded as Cole Porter's masterpiece, the score features such well-known songs as "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Too Darn Hot," and the saucy "Always True to You in My Fashion," with a witty, literate libretto by Bella and Samuel Spewack.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 24), Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. (off Earhart). Tickets $14 (students & seniors, $12). 769-4010. [map]
Rebecca Groeb-Driskill directs students in a staged musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 24), Liberty School auditorium, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Tickets $5 by phone and at the door. 429-8000, ext. 2338. [map]
This documentary is informative and investigates the age-old reality of how developing nations are flowing with natural resources, but retain little of the generated profit. While this is sadly not new, that Western nations are stealing resources, it is portrayed well in this film. Honing in on Swiss company, Glencore, Guldbrandsen depicts the shady development of the company, and how through transfer pricing they manage to retain billions of dollars in profit without having to pay their fair tax in Zambia. Join us for the documentary (55 min) and a discussion afterwards.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Free. 734-330-5048. firstname.lastname@example.org www.centersoflight.org [map]
Sold Out. This veteran L.A. singer-guitarist plays original contemporary blues with a strong traditional feel, along with covers of Robert Johnson and other country blues classics. Keb' Mo' also played Robert Johnson in Can't You Hear the Wind Howl, a 1996 docudrama about Johnson's life. He has a new CD, The Reflection.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $50 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]
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]
U-M cello professor Elliot and University of Houston piano professor Hester perform Schubert's Arpeggione, Kapralova's Ritournelles, Janacek's Pohadka, Chopin's Polonaise Brillante, and a Rachmaninoff sonata.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Mar. 1 & 22. Open dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 7 p.m. by merengue (Mar. 1) and swing (Mar. 22) lessons ($5).
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson). 409-4480. [map]
EMU piano professor Joel Schoenhals presents the 1st in a 4-year series of 8 recitals in the course of which he will perform all 32 Beethoven piano sonatas. Tonight's program covers sonatas 5-8, including the popular Pathetique.
8 p.m., Pease Auditorium, EMU campus, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 na´ve 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. 22 & 23. A frequent guest on late-night TV, this West Coast comic is known for his engaging personality, expressive face, improv skills, playfully challenging sparring with his audience, and hilarious railings on all things moronic, including himself. 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]
Swinging mainstream jazz by a trio of popular local veteran musicians, including pianist Fuller, bassist Paul Keller, and drummer Pete Siers. A Seattle Times critic called Fuller's sound "muscular, tinkling, harmonically advanced."
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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. 22-24. Students present Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's campy musical black comedy about a carnivorous plant that grows to ferocious proportions. A nerdy store clerk adopts an unusual plant and fondly names it "Audrey" after the object of his unrequited affections. Initially it seems to bring him good fortune, but as the plant thrives, it grows more and more bloodthirsty, driving its owner to murder. Inspired by a low-budget Roger Corman 1960 comedy-horror flick, the show was an off-Broadway hit in the early 1980s and became a musical film in 1986.
8 p.m. (Mar. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 24), Power Center. Tickets $13 (students with ID, $7) in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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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]
Mar. 15 & 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.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]