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://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/digicolls/henkel/index.html [map]
TEDxUofM is a university-wide initiative to galvanize the community for an event like no other; filled with inspiration, discovery, and excitement. Borrowing the template from the world-renowned TED conference, our vision is to showcase the most fascinating thinkers and doers, the "leaders and best" in Michigan terms, for a stimulating day of presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art that will spark new ideas and opportunities across all disciplines. With our theme for 2013, Untapped_, we are looking for individuals to share untold stories of undiscovered potential. The world around us is infinitely "untapped" and this year we are encouraging everyone to tap into ideas they didn't know existed, opinions they didn't know they had, and opportunities they weren't able to see. We see this event as an unprecedented challenge to find untapped perspectives and skills within ourselves and within the community.
Apply to attend today at http://tedxuofm.com/apply
Power Center, 121 Fletcher. $10. firstname.lastname@example.org http://tedxuofm.com [map]
"Rethinking Rationality and its Bounds": U-M Psychology Department Weinberg Cognitive Science Symposium.more >
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A day of talks and panel discussions by scholars from the U-M and around the country exploring the question of the extent that human thought, action, and choice be understood as rational.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., East Hall Auditorium, 525 East University. Free. 764-2580. [map]
Talks by scholars from around the country, including NYU physics professor Pal Chaikin on "Artificial Life," University of California-Santa Barbara chemistry professor Irene Chen on "RNA Fitness Landscapes," University of Vermont philosophy professor Stuart Kauffman on "The Origin of Life Problem and Recent Advances," Portland State University chemistry professor Niles Lehman on "Molecular Cooperation at the Origins of Life," and Harvard University chemistry professor George Whitesides on "Thinking about Thinking about the Origins of Life."
9 a.m.-4:45 p.m., 340 West Hall, 1085 South University. Free. 763-3301. [map]
Starting in the late 1910s, following the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and the Fascist takeover in Italy, modern architecture was supported for a time in these countries. But leadership opposition caused a return to more familiar and conservative historic styles. In the 1930s, Nazi Germany developed a type of modernized classicism that was unlike the radical designs found in Russia and Italy. This illustrated lecture will describe and
explain these phenomena. Kingsbury Marzolf is Professor Emeritus at U of M in architectural and urban history, having taught for 36 years.
University Commons, 817 Asa Gray, Ann Arbor, 48105. $15. 734-998-9351. email@example.com www.olli-umich.org [map]
Apr. 1-5. For kids accompanied by a parent. Apr. 1: "Who Are You Fooling?" A Chance to make paper masks, play games, and find out which plants play tricks. Apr. 2: "Self-Guided Activity Day." Adventure backpacks provide kids with several ideas and materials for activities to do throughout the gardens. Apr. 3: "Sketchbook Detectives," a chance to sketch various plants and look for clues hidden throughout the conservatory. Apr. 4: "Is It Spring Yet?" A hike to look for signs of spring. Followed by hot cocoa and a chance to make a cocoa blend to take home. Apr. 5: "Windowsill Wonders," a chance to make a windowsill herb garden.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $5 (except Apr. 2, free). 647-7600. [map]
Apr. 1-7. Hands-on activities for kids.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (except Sun., noon-4 p.m.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 19, 24, or 40+ miles, with a stop at the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
9 a.m. (May-Sept.) & 10 a.m. (Apr., Oct. & Nov.), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
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]
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://www.annarborymca.org/quilting-cause.php [map]
Local clown Zeemo the Magnificent performs a fast-paced comedy act that combines juggling, magic, yo-yos, and balancing stunts. With audience participation.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. and Mar. 29 & Apr. 1-5 Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Mar. 29 and Apr. 1-5) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 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.
Black Holes (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that begins with the formation of the early Universe and the birth and death of stars and concludes with a simulated flight to a supermassive black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way.
Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mar. 29 and Apr. 1-5 only) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369- 3107. [map]
All kids in grades 3-8 invited to learn how to make an instrument out of household items, like a bee harmonica out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands or a Brazilian laughing stick out of a paper cup and a paper clip.
1-2 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
CDL and Chelsea Senior Center staff lead a book discussion for all adults.
Sept. 6: A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson's hilarious best-seller about his 5-month-long adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Oct. 4: The Good Father, Noah Hawley's suspenseful psychological novel about a physician's quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin--his own 20-year-old son.
Nov. 1: Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's account of the harrowing experiences of a group of mountain climbers who attempted Mt. Everest.
1 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
Lecture by University of Pennsylvania nursing professor Janet Deatrick. Part of a "Research Day" that includes groundbreaking for a new building (10:30 a.m., 400 N. Ingalls), a poster fair (1-4:30 p.m.), an award ceremony (2 p.m.), and lunch.
1:15 p.m., North Campus Research Complex Building 18, 2800 Plymouth. Free, but preregistration requested by Mar. 27. nursing.umich.edu/research/deans-research-day. 763-1682. [map]
Apr. 5: Harvard University musicology professor Anne Shreffler on "Progressive Modernism: Left-Wing Politics and Twelve-Tone Music." Apr. 12: University of Illinois musicology professor William Kinderman on "Cobbler's Patch: Beethoven's 'Diabelli' Variations as an Artistic Microcosm."
5 p.m., 506 Burton Tower. Free. 764-0594. [map]
With screenings of the 30-minute planetarium show Star Talk (5:30, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.) about what you can see in the current night sky, a reading of Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama Red Pajama (6 & 7 p.m.) with images from the book projected on the planetarium dome, the demo "Hunting Mastadons" (6 p.m.), and a 30-minute dinosaur tour (7 & 8 p.m.). Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Space limited for each event.
5-9 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $3. 764-0478. [map]
MAKE magazine editor Mark Frauenfelder, cofounder of the collaborative maker blog Boing Boing, discusses the history of making things and the new tools, technologies, and social changes that are driving the current all-ages maker movement. He also shows some homemade inventions.
6-7:30 p.m., Chrysler Center Chesebrough Auditorium, 2121 Bonisteel. Free. 615-4801. [map]
Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun STEAKHOUSE menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Wedge Lettuce Salad with Blistered Tomatoes, Roasted Sunflower Seeds, Shaved Red Onion, Bacon Lardon, and Sherry-Gorgonzola Vinaigrette; Truffle and Herbed Pommes Frites; Poached Baby Spring Vegetables; Grilled Ribeyes with Caramelized Onion & Mushroom Compound Butter; Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes with Chambord and Raspberry Sorbet. 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 performers invited, whether to sing a song, play the recorder, tell a joke, solve a puzzle, or anything else. Pianist Adrienne Clark is on hand to provide accompaniment. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a home-cooked dinner.
7 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Donation. 662-6351. [map]
All invited to work on an art project. No experience necessary. Beverages and materials provided.
Jan. 4: Group painting project.
Feb. 1: Monotype prints.
Mar. 1: Japanese calligraphy.
Apr. 5: Jackson Pollock-style painting.
7-9 p.m., AAAC, 117 W. Liberty. $35. Preregistration recommended at annarborartcenter.org/events or by phone. 994-8004, ext. 111. [map]
Looking for something artful to do on a Friday night? Creative Social Club is the answer! Once a month, we'll offer an evening of fun & creativity while you complete an engaging art project. No experience is necessary. Your $35 ticket includes instruction, all materials, and 2 beverages.
A new project every month. See our website for more details.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $35. email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org www.annarborartcenter.org [map]
The younger of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams concludes its home season with a match against this U.S. Hockey League rival.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $6 (seniors, students, & children, $4; kids under 5, free). 327-9251. [map]
Apr. 5-7 & 11-14. EMU theater professor Wallace Bridges directs EMU drama students in Alice Childress's poignant 1962 historical drama, set in 1918 South Carolina, about an African American seamstress and a Jewish baker forced to keep their long-standing love affair a secret. Due to the play's subject matter and stark realism, Childress was unable to get any theatre in NYC to stage it, and the play made its premiere in 1966 at the U-M. Stars Amanda Brewer and Stephen Lambert.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 10 p.m. (Thurs.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids age 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
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]
Julie Skadsem directs this accomplished ensemble of nonmusic majors in a program showcasing its classic and innovative repertoire for treble voices. Reception follows.
7:30 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
Apr. 5 & 19. Open dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 7 p.m. by merengue (Apr. 5) and quickstep (Apr. 19) lessons ($5).
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson). 409-4480. [map]
Apr. 4-6. Fast-talking veteran monologuist from Florida whose comedy blends cleverly constructed jokes with observational and topical humor. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Popular experimental bluegrass-based folk-rock ensemble from Lake Orion. "Frontman Matthew Milia's vocals convey a dreamy, twangy quality, like someone who's wandering aimlessly through the woods at night. He recalls Michael Stipe in his vivid wordplay and oblique imagery," says the Cleveland Scene.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $16 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
This local poet and U-M undergrad creative writing coordinator reads from The Ancient Murrelet, his new chapbook of poems centered around traveling and getting lost and coming home, by people and by some of the creatures who live with them. Signing.
8 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
The local duo of singer-songwriters Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo celebrates the release of its new album, The Heart's Swift Foot. They play Appalachian folk and old-time music with haunting vocal harmonies. Opening acts are folk-roots music guitarist Kyle Rhodes and local singer-songwriter Billy Kirst, a member of the local bluegrass-Gypsy jazz trio Wire in the Wood.
8 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $7. 272-2577. [map]
This large Detroit ensemble, a self-styled "space-age swing band" led by veteran drummer RJ Spangler, performs songs by jazz composer Billy Strayhorn.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
This all-male student a cappella ensemble sings its original arrangements of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin Bout You," Local Natives' "Who Knows Who Cares," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Go West's "King of Wishful Thinking," and others.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. $5 in advance; $10 (students, $7) at the door. email@example.com. [map]
Violist Yizhak Schotten, cellist Richard Aaron, bassist Diana Gannett, pianist Katherine Collier, and violinists Andrew Jennings, Stephen Shipps, and David Halen-all U-M music professors-perform Berio's duos for 2 violins, Kodaly's Serenade for 2 Violins and Viola, and Schubert's "Trout" Quintet.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 28-June 1. See review. Guy Sanville directs Moisés Kaufman's drama that shifts between Beethoven in 19th-century Austria, obsessing over a commission he can't complete, and a present-day musicologist who struggles to understand both her daughter and the mystery behind Beethoven's oft overlooked Diabelli Variations. Cast: Michelle Mountain, Melanie Reihing, Michael Brian Ogden, Richard McWilliams, David Bendena, Daniel Britt, Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & May 30), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Mar. 28-Apr. 4 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 4: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
Apr. 4-6 & 12-14. (The Apr. 4 performance is sold out.) U-M theatre professor John Neville-Andrews directs U-M theatre students in Tracy Letts' Tracy Lett's Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy about the painful reunion of the far-flung members of a dysfunctional family in response to its patriarch's mysterious disappearance. A Variety review says it's "laced with corrosive humor so darkly delicious and ghastly that you're squirming in your seat even as you're doubled over laughing."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $26 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
This outdoor festival features a vast array of huge, quirky, and beautiful hand-made illuminated sculptures. Also, shadow puppet performances and experimental films projected onto buildings. Food available. All invited to join one of 3 large processions of shimmering handmade lanterns that proceed from the U-M Museum of Art lawn, Kerrytown, and the Slauson Middle School parking lot to join the festivities on Washington. In conjunction with the FestiFools parade on Apr. 7.
8 p.m.-midnight, Washington west of Main. Meet at UMMA, Kerrytown, or Slauson at 7:30 p.m. to join the procession. Free. festifools.org, 763-7550. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Mar. 31), Mar. 28-Apr. 14. Tobin Hissong directs this local professional company in Ken Ludwig's comedy of errors about opening night at the fictitious Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The star, a world-famous tenor known as "Il Stupendo," arrives too late to rehearse and then passes out and is taken for dead. Another singer is persuaded to pose as him, but trouble starts when Il Stupendo comes to and tries to reclaim his role. Cast Sebstian Gerstner, Thalia Schramm, Paul Hopper, Barbara Coven, Brian Sage, Tara Tomcsik, Angela Miller, and Elliott Styles.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Apr. 11), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $28 (members & seniors, $25; groups of 10 or more, $22) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
Apr. 4-6. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance MFA candidates J. Lindsay Brown and Jessica Post.
8 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. $5 at the door only. Doors open at 7 p.m. 763-5461. [map]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.< less
Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, 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]