All those with an interest in or first-hand knowledge of solar energy invited to participate in training to be an ambassador at the MiSo (Michigan Solar) House at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Ambassadors are trained to greet and guide visitors through this unique green structure designed and built by U-M students. Preregistration required.
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 734-647-7600. http://www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/default.asp [map]
The macaron, famous in Paris for many years - and now here in the U.S. It is not a surprise as these delicious mini-delicacies are not only beautiful to look at, but also amazing to taste! And the sky is the limit with flavor combinations! Learn all of the tips, tricks, and very specific technique for how to make these delicate almond pastries, and then fill with chocolate ganache, buttercream, and jam. Come hungry and be sure to bring a container to take all of your extras with you to share with your loved ones or to enjoy all by yourself! Menu: Almond, Pistachio and Pecan Macarons filled with Homemade Buttercream, Chocolate Ganache and Jam - you get to mix and match and come up with the combination you like! Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [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]
Teams of 1-3 drivers of all ages invited to compete in a boxcar (aka soapbox) derby race. All encouraged to build their own car; prebuilt cars available. Followed by a picnic (burgers, dogs, wings available for a donation) on the lawn of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Proceeds benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) research. Spectators welcome (donations appreciated).
10 a.m.-2 p.m., South University at Oxford. $30 per team entry fee. Preregistration strongly recommended at activeagainstals.org. 623-9877.
Show and sale of African violets and other gesneriads, with experts on hand to answer questions. Also, a talk at 11:30 a.m. on how to grow African violets.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
Get a healthy jump into spring with a Health Expo hosted by The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy American Pharmacists Association.
The Academy of Student Pharmacists will be set up in the Macys corridor on Saturday, March 23, and provide shoppers with tips and information to live a healthy, wholesome life.
Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Cir Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. 734.769.9610. www.facebook.com/BriarwoodMall [map]
The German School Ann Arbor is hosting its annual OPEN HOUSE from 10 - 12 noon. We offer German language instruction for children with previous knowledge of the German language, ages pre-school through the early teen years, and we meet every other Saturday throughout the school year. If you would like to find out more about us we'd love to have you join us for this annual event!
Go Like The Wind-Montessori School, 3540 Dixboro Lane. Free. 734-995-0313. email@example.com www. deutschschuleannarbor.weebly.com [map]
Mar. 9 & 23. All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to make a fairy and troll gardens and doors to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per child (includes materials). Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]
All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [map]
Mar. 9 & 23. Indoor and outdoor activities, storytime, and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by a parent. Siblings and friends welcome.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [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]
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. 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]
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]
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: "Building a Career in the Arts" (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), a panel discussion with NYC-based performance artist Heather Woodbury, experimental performance artist and University of Illinois art professor Deke Weaver, and performance artist Jess Dobkin. "Engendering Animals" (2-4 p.m.), a performance by singer and performer (and U-M grad) Joseph Keckler, and performance artist Carmelita Tropicana. Various performances (6:30-9:30 p.m.) by Dobkin, Woodbury, Weaver, and playwright and performer Kestutis Nakas.
Noon, 2 p.m., & 6:30 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel, North Campus. Free. 358-2746. [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]
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]
Community Farm of Ann Arbor representatives lead a discussion about how to incorporate the most nourishing food into complex modern family life.
11 a.m.-noon, Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-0261. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Two different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & 1:30 p.m. both days) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m & Sun. 2:30 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.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Celebration Bowling Party for our fundraising teams! Raising awareness and funds in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County!
Colonial Lanes, 1950 S. Industrial Hwy. $75 donation (includes bowling). (734) 975-0933. firstname.lastname@example.org www.bbbswashtenaw.org [map]
Organizing For Action-Washtenaw volunteers and supporters will be asking Congress to move forward finding a responsible and balanced approach to avoid the harsh cuts of the sequestration. Our students, teachers and first-responders should not be held back because of the inaction and unwillingness of Members of Congress to create a balanced deficit reduction package. Supporters from across the area will come together and say now is the time to produce a balanced way forward avoiding the sequester cuts that
could unnecessarily affect women's health care, child care and food safety. OFA supporters are making their voices heard that Congress needs to act now to make smarter cuts that don't hurt our middle class and our communities. This is the agenda that Americans voted for last November and it's time for Congress to move forward a package that helps create a stronger economy and a more secure middle class.
Ann Arbor Federal Building, 200 E Liberty Street. email@example.com [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. 9, 10, 23, & 24. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Mar. 9 & 10: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Mar. 23 & 24: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Learn how to cut & etch with a LASER this Saturday!
Cost: We ask for $10 to $15 for this class.
What does all this wonderful time and money get you?
- Basic instruction on how to use the laser cutter
- 1 hour (in addition / after class time) of use on the laser cutter, with the ability to pay for more time ($10 p/hour for members, $12 p/hour for non members)
- Satisfaction in helping create a fund to maintain, repair, upgrade the laser cutter!
Basic class plans:
- Basic image editing and generation
- Difference between raster and vector
- Pre cut flight check
- How to size your document
- Laser cutter set up and lock/unlock
- Power settings and configurations
- Cleaning the bed
- Basic trouble shooting
- Acceptable materials
- Post cut flight check
FYI: This class is limited to just 8 people. PREREGISTER at http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ now to guarantee your spot!
This class repeats every fourth Saturday of the month!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Donation. $10 to $15. (734) 707-8242. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [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]
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]
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. 23 & 24. Sara Randazzo directs professional and student members of this local tap dance ensemble in a program of tap dancing, with live musical accompaniment by veteran local singer-songwriter Dick Siegel and his band the Brandos.
4 & 7 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 24), Randazzo Dance Studio, 4569 Washtenaw. Tickets $15 (kids age 11 & under, $12) in advance at Randazzo Dance Studio. 477-9530. [map]
An Eggbot is a robot that prints on Egg shaped objects. Bring your laptop and come learn how to use AHA's Eggbot to decorate Easter Eggs.
In this class we'll create designs using the free image editing software called Inkscape. We'll then demonstrate how to use the Eggbot and finally as time permits, we'll decorate eggs.
We'll provide the eggs, you provide the design!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $15. email@example.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/easter-egg-painting-with-eggbot-1/ [map]
Book Release and Reading: Prison Creative Arts Project's Annual Literary Review by Michigan Prisoners, Vol. 5.: Prison Creative Arts Project.more >
Book Release and Reading: Prison Creative Arts Project's Annual Literary Review by Michigan Prisoners, Vol. 5.: Prison Creative Arts Project.< less
An annual collection of Michigan's best creative writing, PCAP's Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing seeks to showcase the talent and diversity of the writers within the state's correctional facilities. The review features writing from both beginning and experienced writers - writing that comes from the heart, and that is unique, well-crafted, and lively.
The night will kick off with a reading of selections from the book by friends and family of contributing authors. PCAP volunteers and staff will be present to answer questions about the organization. Complimentary snacks and beverages, as well as a merchandise table to purchase the book. Donations welcome.
Michigan Union Kuenzel Room, 530 S. State Street. Free. PCAPlitreview2013@gmail.com http://www.prisonarts.org [map]
Performances by U-M students that showcase Malaysian culture. Malaysian food.
5-8:30 p.m., 4804 East Hall, 530 Church. Cost TBA. 764-0352. [map]
Dinner catered by Moveable Feast, silent auction, and raffles. Cash prizes.
6 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $100 per couple (includes a raffle ticket) in advance at kiwanisclubofsaline.com, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 662-2522. [map]
All roads lead to Rome, so it is fitting to begin this new-to-Ann-Arbor-Cooks series with Lazio, home to Italy's epic city. Together we will prepare pasta dishes using traditional methods that are elegantly straight forward and beautifully simple. Broaden your horizons and add depth to your pasta repertoire. Menu: Spaghetti Carbonara, Guanciale (cured pig cheek), Grated Cheese & Fresh Egg; Pasta Cacio e Pepe with Pecorino Cheese and Black Pepper; Bombolotti with Lobster - handmade pasta sheets with Lobster & Fresh Tomato Sauce. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $80/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
(Holly Mosher, 2011). Documentary about Nobel laureate Yunus, who popularized microloans to help small businesses. Cash bar. Proceeds benefit the Whole Planet Foundation.
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium. $5 admission. [map]
7 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, 616 E. Hoover. $3 (youths age 12 & under, $1; U-M students, free). 764-0247. [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 Tappan, Forsythe, Slauson, and Ann Arbor Open @ Mack middle school bands; the Skyline High School varsity and symphony bands; and the Pioneer 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]
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]
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]
RC drama instructor Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in the premiere of Detroit native Mercilee M. Jenkins' drama about 2 Detroiters-a black man and a white woman-who grew up on the Eastside in different worlds only 3 blocks apart and survived the 1967 riot together. Returning to Detroit 40 years later after long absences, they meet again and revisit the past through the man's paintings, coming to a new understanding of their relationship to each other and the future of their city. The production features works by Detroit artists, along with documentary photos of the riot. Followed by discussion.
7 p.m., UMMA Stern Auditorium. Free. 647-4359.
Mar. 10, 23, & 30. Hikes led by naturalist Faye Stoner. Mar. 10 (2-4 p.m.): "Green Things in Late Winter" (Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner). Dress warmly. Mar. 23 (7:30-9:30 p.m.): "Almost the Worm Moon" (Park Lyndon, north parking lot, North Territorial Rd., 15 miles west of US-23, Dexter), a night walk through wetlands, followed by hot drinks around a fire. Dress warmly. Mar. 30 (9-11 a.m.): "Dabblers and Divers: Migrating Waterfowl" (Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Webster Twp.). A slide presentation on ducks, geese, grebes, and loons, followed by a hike to view them on the lake. Bring binoculars if you can.
Various times & locations. Free. $5 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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]
Reuven AnafShalom, Ed Vincent, and Marlin Whitaker call to rousing old-time music by the Stout Hearted String Band. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 994-6494. [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]
Open dancing to recorded music. A fundraiser for Encouraging Words, a nonprofit that help with educational, physical, and emotional needs of youth, mainly in impoverished areas of southeast Asia.
8 p.m.-midnight, METAL, 220 Felch. $10 suggested donation. To sponsor a dancer, call Sarah at (336) 260-0903. [map]
This acclaimed fortepianist, whose concerts have been praised as "emotionally expansive" and "idiomatically perfect," performs Haydn's Sonata in E minor, Mozart's Adagio in B minor, Beethoven's Sonata in F minor, and Schubert's Sonata in C minor. Preceded at 11 a.m. by a lecture by Kim on "A Historical Performance: Old Pianos and New Musicianship" and at 1 p.m. by musicologist Edward Swenson on "The Fortepianos of Conrad Graf (1782-1851): Imperial and Royal Fortepiano Maker in Vienna and Beethoven's Friend."
8 p.m. U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [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]
Eight a cappella ensembles compete for the chance to move on to the national finals in New York City in April.
8 p.m., Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $25 (students, $20) in advance at ticketalternative.com. Varsityvocals.com. [map]
Double bill. Iraqi vocalist Al-Saadi is joined by an ensemble in a program of maqam music, an intricate system of melodic modes performed with traditional Arabic instrumental and vocal music. Al-Saadi is considered a master of this centuries-old tradition and the only living performer who has mastered the entire maqam repertoire. Iraqi-American vocalist, trumpeter, and santour (Persian hammered dulcimer) player ElSaffar leads his sextet in Two Rivers, a work by Vijay Iyer, Cecil Taylor, and Daniel Barenhoim that invokes Iraqi musical traditions framed in a modern jazz setting. "ElSaffar's melismatic trumpet lines conveyed tremendous lyric beauty, his phrases bending and twisting in ways that Western ears are not accustomed to hearing," says a Chicago Tribune review.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $24-$38 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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]
Jacobsen Woolen directs this U-M music student chamber orchestra in Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Guest soloist is U-M violin professor and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Aaron Berofsky.
8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron. Free. 663-9376. [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]
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://www.ridhwan.org/ [map]