Every Thurs., Apr. 3-May 29. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/digicolls/henkel/index.html [map]
Also, DVDs, audiobooks, and more.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free admission. 426-4477. [map]
Showing of Oren Jacoby's 95-minute 2-007 documentary about former priest and acclaimed writer James Carroll's book about the origins and history of Christian anti-Semitism. Followed by discussion. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1744, 995-8962. [map]
Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call email@example.com or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. firstname.lastname@example.org www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen or other WRA park interpreters.
Sept. 2 (10 a.m.): "Labor Day Fitness Walk." All invited to join one of several walks through the park, from long, hilly hikes to a lass rugged 1.5-mile scavenger hunt trail. Snacks & drinks available. Preceded at 9:30 a.m. by warm-up games for kids. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
Sept. 7 & 21 (1 p.m.): "Geocaching 101." All invited to learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate park trails on a treasure hunt. Bring a few small trinkets to trade, if you can.
Sept. 14 (9 a.m., meet at Mill Lake Campground entrance, Bush Rd., follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157): "Mushroom Hunt." Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club president Phil Tedeschi leads a mushroom hunt.
Sept. 14 & 28 (2-2:30 p.m.) and Oct. 5 & 19 (3-4:30 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All adults and youth age 8 & up invited to learn the basics of archery.
Oct. 5 & 12 (noon-2 p.m.): "Apple Cider Pressing." All invited to make cider. Apples provided.
Oct. 26 (1 p.m.): "Geocache Trick or Treating." Hikers of any age able to follow rugged hilly terrain invited to learn how to use a GPS unit to navigate trails in search of hidden treats.
Nov. 23 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Turkey Talk." Talk on how the North American wild turkey was brought back from the brink of extinction. McGlashen also dresses an audience volunteer in some props to represent turkey adaptations and behavior, and participants can make a turkey call to take home
Also, at 8:30 a.m. every Tues. & Thurs., Sept. 17-Nov. 20, a fast-paced morning fitness hike on the Discovery Center trails.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
Apr. 6, 14, & 28. Hikes led by WCPRC naturalists. Apr. 6 (10 a.m.-noon): "Landscapes of the Raisin River" (Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester). Presentation on landscapes and plant and animals species of the River Raisin, followed by a hike. Apr. 6 (7:30-9 p.m.): "Dance of the Timberdoodle" (Independence Lake boat launch). Presentation about the mating "dance" of the woodcock. Apr. 14 (2-4 p.m.): "Wet Woods Walk" (Northfield Woods Preserve, E. Northfield Church Rd. just north of Joy Rd.). Wear boots. Apr. 28 (8-10 a.m.): "Sunday Morning Bird Walk" (Sharon Short Hills Preserve, Hashley Rd., Sharon Twp. From I-94, take M-52 south to Grass Lake Rd. west). Bring binoculars and a field guide if you can. Apr. 28 (2-4 p.m.): "Wildflowers along the River Raisin" (Leonard Preserve).
Various times & locations. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 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]
Apr. 6 & 13. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M physics professors. Apr. 6: Kathryn Zurke on "The Dark Matter Hunter's Guide to the Universe." Apr. 13: "Capillarity." Robert Deegan discusses phenomena dominated by surface tension, such as the ability of insects to walk on water.
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists study the evidence of mastodon hunting by people living in Michigan during the last Ice Age. 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]
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]
A chapter of American Institute for Graphic Arts at Eastern Michigan University will be partnering with Fly Children's Art Center to give kids in the area an opportunity to explore the use of graphic design techniques. Students will leave with one or more poster artworks! It is suggested that kids be 6 or older to participate in this event. Register at flyartcenter.org
Fly Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5. email@example.com flyartcenter.org [map]
What better way to see beautiful local places than to volunteer to photograph them? The Photo-Monitoring Squad volunteers are dedicated and hardy individuals interested in bush-whacking, GPS use and digital imagery. Join these volunteers and help Legacy administer our conservation agreements. Part I will be an indoor orientation session. Part II is outdoor field training. Attend both trainings (on April 6th and April 13th) to join the squad!
NEW Center, 1100 North Main Street. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org legacylandconservancy.org [map]
Creative movement teacher Dianne Dudley leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a dancing program.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Stand Up For Common Sense Gun Reform
Please sign up at the link above to join OFA Washtenaw with a homemade sign (if possible) on Saturday, April 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the downtown Ann Arbor Federal Building/Post Office at 200 E. Liberty Street to show your support for the President's four-point plan for common sense gun reform.
We will engage in a one-hour silent show of support for the victims and families affected by gun violence.
The President strongly believes in an individual's right to bear arms, but we need to take action to better protect our children and communities from tragic mass shootings by enacting common sense gun reform.
Any questions, please contact Brooke Fajardo at (734) 657-5248 or email@example.com
Ann Arbor Federal Building/Post Office at 200 E. Liberty Street, 200 E. Liberty Street. Free. (734) 657-5248. firstname.lastname@example.org https://twitter.com/OFAWashtenaw [map]
All Hands Active staffers help adults and teens in grade 6 & up make a robot that will follow the directions you put down on the floor.
2-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book, if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. Call to confirm. 994-9307. [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]
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]
All invited to join a discussion of U-M creative writing grad Jesmyn Ward's National Book Award-winning novel about a motherless family, barely scraping by in rural poverty as they prepare for a coming hurricane.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
We will be celebrating our new, vibrant space with an open house and fund raiser Saturday, April 6 from 6-10pm.
This event will feature a silent auction, live music, food and drinks. Please consider donating artwork, products, or services to our silent auction. Fine food, wines, and gift baskets are always popular silent auction items in addition to our members wonderful artwork.
If you would like to donate, please contact Barbara Goodsitt: email@example.com
Questions about the event can be directed to Katie Halton: firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Clark Davis: email@example.com
AAWA Headquarters, 4844 Jackson Road Suite 100 ( in Jackson Square Plaza Lower Level). $5. firstname.lastname@example.org http://Annarborwomenartists.org [map]
Dancing to big-band music by The Couriers, a veteran 9-piece local big band, led by former Gene Krupa trombonist Al Townsend and featuring vocalist Lynne Raglin, that plays the music of Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and Tommy Dorsey. With guest drummer Sean Dobbins. Also, a set by the EMU Jazz Ensemble. The price of admission includes a free drink, appetizers, & a desert reception. Proceeds benefit the EMU Al Townsend Endowed Scholarship in Jazz Studies. Cash bar.
7-10:30 p.m., EMU Student Center Ballroom, 900 Oakwood (off Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. Tickets $35 in advance only. 487-4380. [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.
This ensemble of local professional musicians led by Klezmer Fusion Band and Ethnic Connection clarinetist Katz performs a program of music for clarinet in various styles, including Karl Reinecke's Octet for Winds, Bernhard Heiden's Sonatina for Clarinet & Piano, and Luigi Bassi's Fantasie Brillante on themes from Verdi's Rigoletto, along with Balkan and klezmer music. With keyboardist Ray McLellan, the Dexter Community Orchestra Wind Ensemble, and other members of the Ethnic Connection folk dance quartet. Proceeds benefit the Temple Beth Emeth Brotherhood.
7:30 p.m., Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard. $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance and at the door. 663-1288. [map]
Contras to live music. All dances taught; no partner needed. Wear flat, smooth-sole shoes. Apr. 6: Marlin Whitaker calls to music by Confluence. May 4: Julie Levy-Weston calls to music by Root Cellar String Band. June 1: Glen Morningstar calls to music by the Pittsfield Open Band. July 6: Mark Hillegonds calls to music by Myron Grant & friends.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $11 Apr. 6 & May 4 (members, $10; students, $5), and $10 June 1 (members, $9). 769-1052. [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]
This charismatic young composer-bassist and vocalist became the 1st jazz musician to receive a Best New Artist Grammy when she won it for Chamber Music Society, her 2011 album blending jazz with traditional chamber music forms. Spalding is known for her virtuoso technique, lithe vocal improvisations, and unique sound--a smooth jazz fusion of Latin, Brazilian, African, and bebop rhythms. "Whether exploding into vocalese or making her bass solo sound like a horn, she's a spark plug who dances as she grooves through a funked-up and rocked-out repertoire," writes a Billboard reviewer. Tonight, she leads her 12-piece big band in songs from Radio Music Society, a companion album to Chamber, featuring explorations of pop melodies and urban grooves.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $20-$56 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Local country-inflected folk-rock band led by singer-songwriter Misty Lyn. The band has an acclaimed new CD, False Honey, a collection of songs exploring heartache and its aftermath.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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]
Local actors perform an encore of last week's performance of excerpt from Tim Clue and Spike Manton's poignant "Corn Belt comedy." Returning to his native Winterset, IA, after the death of his father, a writer revisits childhood spots, meets offbeat and possibly dangerous Midwesterners, and relives a childhood spent trapped in the back of a station wagon on seemingly endless family vacations. This production recently received first place at the state American Association of Community Theatre festival. Proceeds benefit the Civic Theatre's trip to Wisconsin to perform at the Great Lakes regional competition. Cast: Nick Boyer, Matt Steward, Kathleen Beardmore, Dana Denha, Isaac Ellis, Cassie Mann, and Steven White.
8 p.m., A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. Donation. 971-2228. [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. 6 & 20. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: People not affiliated with the U-M must arrive before 9 p.m.
8 p.m.-midnight, location TBA. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango.
Apr. 6 & 20. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5 ($8 includes lesson). (313) 808-0358. [map]