The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters features the National Library of Medicine's collection of the family correspondence of a remarkable family of doctors in 19th century Virginia. The letters document the working lives of the Henkel physicians as they share medical cases, professional rivalries and the experience of the Civil War.
Taubman Health Sciences Library, 1135 Catherine St. Free. email@example.com http:
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]
This advanced class is for those who possess a strong foundation for conversing in French and wish to interact with others in the language. During our class time we discuss a variety of topics and advance our knowledge of Francophone culture through French literature, film, and song. If you are interested in joining the class mid-session, pro-rating options are available. Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Current session: March 6 - April 24.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. Entire 8-week session: $50 Ann Arbor Senior Center members, $60 non-members. (734) 794-6250. firstname.lastname@example.org www.a2gov.org
Cultural History and Heritage of India-OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).more >
Cultural History and Heritage of India-OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).< less
We will study cultural history and heritage of India through lectures and discussions. Indian civilization dates back five thousand years and the elements of its culture grew, flourished and suffered decay throughout this period. Topics will include social and political thought, religion and philosophy, languages, literature, art, architecture, music and science and their influence and legacy on the world at large. Venkat
Lakshminaryan has previously taught OLLI courses on Indian religion, history and government.
Class meets Wednesdays, March 27 - May 8.
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Avenue. $40. 734-998-9351. email@example.com www.olli-umich.org [map]
Talk by U-M internal medicine professor Alan Dengiz.
10-11:30 a.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
Every Mon.-Thurs., Mar. 25-May 16. Includes toddler story time (Mon., Wed., & Thurs. 10:30 a.m.) for ages 18 mo.-3 years, preschool story time (Mon. & Thurs. 11:30 a.m. and Tues. 1 p.m.) for ages 3-5, and a combined toddler/preschool story time (Wed. 11:30 a.m.).
Various times, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required beginning Mar. 11. 426-4477. [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]
Twitter continues to be a happening place to be in social media. It's great for making connections everywhere including conferences, among colleagues and especially with prospective clients. Learn how Deb uses twitter to connect with important influencers. She'll also share 5 smart strategies to make the most of twitter and how you can make solid, fruitful business connections as a Super Connector.
Deborah Nystrom of REVELN Consulting, is a change facilitator & strategist; executive, leader team, and group coach; and an organization development consultant. Deb is also a social media coach for coaches, consultants, and small business via the Social Media Learning Lab.
Deb entered the social media learning curve doing marketing work for her own start-up in 2008 and in the process, meeting local and national marketing gurus. Deb started her career as an internal multi-unit consultant in the 80′s working with many change projects and initiatives.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. firstname.lastname@example.org la2m.org [map]
SouthEast Michigan Ghost Hunters Society (Lansing) members discuss the findings of their recent investigation at the Kempf House and at other historic properties in our region.
7 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Admission $5. 994-4898. [map]
Bring a bag lunch.
Feb. 3: University of Queensland literature professor Gillian Whitlock discusses "The Hospitality of Cyberspace."
Feb. 10: University of Chicago English professor Hillary Chute on "The Work of Alison Bechdel."
Feb. 24: Bard College performance art professor Laura Kuhn, the founding director of the John Cage Trust, on "The Accidental Archive."
12:30-1:30 p.m., 202 S. Thayer, room 2022. Free. 936-3518. [map]
If you possess a beginner's understanding of the French language and would like to improve your speaking abilities, this intermediate French class is for you. In a small group setting, we will provide you with the tools to strengthen both your grammatical and conversational skills. We will also explore Francophone language and culture through a variety of books and films. If you are interested in joining the class mid-session, pro-rating options are available. Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Current session: March 6 - April 24.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Entire 8-week session: $50 for Ann Arbor Senior Center members, $60 for non-members. (734) 794-6250. email@example.com www.a2gov.org [map]
Here is a chance to review the Spanish that you may have studied in the past. You will be able to improve your ability to speak, read and understand the language through oral practice, grammar exercises and reading. We will use the text, "Complete Spanish Grammar" (2004) by Gilda Nissenberg. Jeanne Van Ochten has lead many OLLI Spanish classes.
Class meets Wednesdays, March 27 - May 22.
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Avenue. $40. 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org www.olli-umich.org [map]
(Christian Petzold). Drama set in 1980s East Germany about a doctor who's banished to a small country hospital after applying for an exit visa. German, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
Lectures in conjunction with the current exhibit, including Temple University Islamic studies professor Zain Abdullah on "Islam and the Challenge of Black Muslim Globalities in the 21st Century" and exhibit curator Sally Howell on "'They are Orientals and They Love the East': Conflating Race, Nation, and Religion for Detroit Muslims in the 1920s."
4-5:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
"The History of 10 Percent: Kinsey, Harry Hay, Social Science Measurement, and the Politics of Gay Identity": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.more >
"The History of 10 Percent: Kinsey, Harry Hay, Social Science Measurement, and the Politics of Gay Identity": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.< less
Talk by University of Chicago researcher Stuart Michaels.
4-6 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
All kids in grade 4 & 5 invited to discuss a book. Snacks. Mar. 27: Half Magic, Edward Eager's celebrated story about 4 siblings who find a magic coin that fulfills wishes. Apr. 24: Love That Dog, Sharon Creech's novel written in free verse about a student who discovers his love for poetry against his will.
4:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
Talk by architectural historian Stella Nair.
5 p.m., 180 Tappan Hall, 855 South University. Free. 764-5400. [map]
Christen Mitchell and Lorinda Rausch, Eastern Michigan University
This event hopes to demystify and support the possibility of graduate school for current EMU undergraduate students and women in the surrounding community. It will also try to help answer the confusing question current female graduate students might ask themselves: "What's next?"
Halle Library 300, 955 W Circle Dr Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. email@example.com www.emich.edu
(Kathryn Brackett Luchs & Shaun Bangert, 2002). Documentary about Detroit artists of the 1960s & 70s who worked in a rundown area near Wayne State University, exploring such post-Modernism themes as industrial and post-industrial Detroit, existential vulnerability, the human need for shelter, the presence or absence of order in nature, and others.
5:30 p.m., EMU Halle Library Auditorium, off Oakwood from Washtenaw, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0465. [map]
The U-M Department of Psychiatry's Autism Spectrum Disorders Program now offers a free monthly educational seminar to provide evidence-based education on diagnosis, treatment, access to care, and coping strategies to caretakers of children and young adults with an autism spectrum disorder. Seminars are held at the Rachel Upjohn Building on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m.; please contact Sue Wonnacott at 734-764-0250 for more information.
Rachel Upjohn Building, 4250 Plymouth Road. Free. 734-764-0250. http:
(Katie Dellamaggiore, 2012). Documentary about a junior high school champion chess team.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
Get ready for some MARCH MADNESS! We've got some competitive heat brewing in the Ann Arbor Cooks kitchen! Traditional Powerhouse: Polish Pierogi -- Everyone knows and loves them; their doubled-down starchy goodness and their authentic fillings. vs. Cinderella Story: Lithuanian Klatski - a Google search comes up shy; commonly misconstrued word leaves generations of ancestors a mystery. Side Note: With little Lithuanian grandmothers in my ear, I can only hint as to who I'm rooting for, but the bet's on you! Learn the doughs, the fillings, the techniques and the traditions. 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]
Peachy Fitness offers one FREE ladies only Zumba class to new clients. No gym membership is required. We offer class packages and student discounts.
Gretchen's House, 2625 Traver Blvd. 734-681-0477. firstname.lastname@example.org www.peachyfitness.com [map]
"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway": Ann Arbor District Library.more >
"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway": Ann Arbor District Library.< less
Every Wed. (except Apr. 3), Mar. 20-May 8.
A weekly series of film screenings, followed by discussion led by U-M musicology professor Mark Clague. Part of a Tribeca Film Institute project (see March 13 listing).
Mar. 20: Feels Like Going Home, the 1st episode of the 2004 Emmy-winning series Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues, and a 17-minute segment from Say Amen, Somebody (George T. Nierenberg) featuring gospel pioneers Thomas A. Dorsey, Willie Mae Ford Smith, and Sallie Martin.
Mar. 27: Syncopated City (1919-1933), the 2nd episode of the award-winning TV series Broadway: The American Musical (Michael Kantor, 2004). 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Apr. 10: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration, the 6th episode of Ken Burns 2001 PBS series Jazz. Also, International Sweethearts of Rhythm (Greta Schiller & Andrea Weiss, 1986), an award-winning documentary about the little-known story of a multiracial all-women swing band that became a sensation in the 1940s.
Apr. 17: High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music (Rachel Liebling, 1994), a documentary about the history of bluegrass featuring Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, and other bluegrass pioneers.
Apr. 24: Plugging In (1995), the 4th episode of the Emmy-nominated series The History of Rock n Roll. It covers developments from Dylan's legendary electric debut at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival to the first major American performances by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, and the Who at the 1975 Monterey Pop Festival.
May 1: Latin Music USA, Episode One: Bridges (Daniel McCabe, 2009), an exploration of the development of Afro Cuban jazz and mambo in New York City dance halls and nightclubs, and an excerpt from From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale (Henry Chalfant, 2006) that explores the origins of hip-hop as a conscious alternative to gang culture.
May 8: A Space for Music, a Seat for Everyone: 100 Years of UMS Performance in Hill Auditorium (Sophia Cruz & Anna Prushinskaya, 2013), a new documentary that draws on concert recordings, news articles, and anecdotal interviews.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Feb. 13: When the Drum Is Beating (Whitney Dow, 2011). Documentary about the history of Haiti from independence from France to the 2010 earthquake, set to the music Haiti's most celebrated big band, Septentrional.
Feb. 20: Urban Roots (Henry Stephens, 2007). (Mark MacInnis, 2011). Documentary about the spontaneous emergence of urban farming in Detroit.
Feb. 27: The Great Culling: Our Water (Paul Wittennberger, 2010). Documentary about heavy metal toxicity and its direct relationship with the current rise in neurological disorders.
Mar. 6: Surviving Progress (Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks, 2011). Documentary exploring whether contemporary global civilization is caught in a "progress trap" that, in his best-selling A Short History of Progress, Ronald Wright argues destroyed past civilizations.
Mar. 13: Green Fire (Ann & Steve Dunsky and Dave Steinke, 2011). Documentary about the pioneering 20th-century conservationist Aldo Leopold.
Mar. 20: Tears of Gaza (Vibeke Lokkeberg, 2010). Documentary about the impact of contemporary warfare that follows 3 children though the 3-week 2008-2009 Gaza War and its aftermath.
Mar. 27: Bitter Pill (Vivek Palavali, 2012) Director Palavali, a Flint neurosurgeon, introduces his documentary (bitterpilldoc.com) about the deteriorating American health care system.
7 p.m., Elmo's Hideaway, lower level of Elmo's T-Shirts, 220 S. Main, Free. 662-5414. [map]
This Toronto writer reads from Criminal Enterprise, his new thriller about a guy who's living the American dream until he loses his job and eventually turns to bank robbery as a solution. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Talk, via Skype, by Rick Smith, a moss gardener who wrote New Methods in Moss Gardening and has served as a consultant for some of the largest botanical gardens in the U.S.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 647-7600. [map]
Screening of David Turnley's 2012 documentary about coal mining town whose traditions and identity are challenged when 4 of its star football players are charged with beating to death an undocumented Mexican immigrant. Followed by a panel discussion with speakers TBA.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). 668-TIME. [map]
Center of Light minister Selena Lucas discusses nonviolent communication strategies.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at peoplesfood.coop
All invited to join a discussion of Benjamin Franklin's Science, I. Bernard Cohen's book about Franklin's wide-ranging contributions to science.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
The founder of the seminal 80s cowpunk band Rank and File and No Depression magazine's 1990s Artist of the Decade, this celebrated Austin-based roots-rock singer-songwriter specializes in songs and ballads about moments of crisis and insight in ordinary lives, and his music is known for its blend of earthy emotional power and stylistic flexibility. "Musically, Alejandro Escovedo is in his own genre," says veteran Rolling Stone critic David Fricke. "[He's] a folk-blues classicist with a gritty, plaintive voice and an equal fondness for dirty boogie and spectral balladry."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Dinner and a chance to chat with Toronto writer Owen Laukkanen, author of Criminal Enterprise, a thriller about a guy who's living the American dream until he loses his job and eventually turns to bank robbery as a solution. Cash bar.
8 p.m., Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. Tickets $55 (includes dinner and a hardcover copy of the book). 662-0600. [map]
St. Olaf College piano students perform works by North and South American composers, including Barber, Gershwin, Villa-Lobos, Paine, Lecuona, Guastavino, Morel, Smooke, Barta, del Tredici, and Golijov.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free, but donations accepted. 769-2999. [map]
Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room (Mar. 6 & 27) & Michigan League Vandenberg Room (Mar. 13 & 20). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]