Every Sun. Round-trip rides with various paces, distances, and destinations.
Aug. 4 (9 a.m.): "Lakes Ride." Fast-paced 95-mile ride (646-9015) along a route that passes 5 lakes west and north of Manchester.
Aug. 11 (10 a.m., meet at the municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., 1 block south of Michigan Ave., Saline): "Adrian Mural Ride." Fast-paced 60-mile ride (476-4944) to Adrian for brunch, along with a chance to view 4 Mexican-flavored murals on the route home.
Aug. 18 (9 a.m.): "Strawberry Lake Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 80-mile and 60-mile (944-0730) and slow-paced 37-mile (996-9461) rides to hunt for strawberries with a lunch stop in Dexter.
Aug. 25 (8 a.m.): "Jackson Parlour Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 100 mile ride (995-2944) to Jackson to visit one of the most popular ice cream parlors in southeastern Michigan. The return includes a ride through the Civil War Muster in Cascades Park.
Sept. 1 (9 a.m.): "Democratic Ride." A ride whose pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
Sept. 8 (9 a.m.): "Hathaway House Ride." Fast-paced 90-mile ride (426-4989) to Blissfield for brunch at the historic Hathaway House restaurant.
Sept. 15 (9 a.m.): "Zukey Lake Tavern Brunch Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 69-mile ride (476-4944) to Zukey Lake Tavern in Pinckney for brunch.
Sept. 22 & 29: TBA.
Various times, meet at Wheeler Park (except as noted), N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
Talk by a speaker TBA.
10 a.m., Burns Park Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 994-4473. [map]
Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts. Apr. 14: Woodworking demos. Apr. 21: "E-ART-H Day" activities for kids (noon-2 p.m.) and demonstrations by artists whose work involves recycled materials or reusing materials. Apr. 28: Jewelry demos.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers' Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
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]
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]
Local cartoonist and Pinoccio microcontroller cofounder Sally Carson shows how she uses an Affinity Diagram to organize her ideas and sketchbooks into useful tools. Carson's first comic, Skids, is an autobiographical tale about her days as a NYC bicycle messenger just after 9/11. Participants also work on their own comics; materials provided. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]
Groundcover News Writer's Workshop - April 7, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Freelance writer and writing coach Vickie Elmer leads a workshop for writers on developing your story. Participants will develop better skills for interviewing, storytelling and revising your articles. Elmer will be joined by other experienced journalists who will share ideas for improving your non-fiction writing and journalism. Cost:$20 for adults and $10 for students (goes directly to Groundcover), FREE for Groundcover writers.
Bring along a short biography of yourself and one idea you'd like to write about life in Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti.
Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. 4th Ave.,. Free to $20. (734) 972-0926.. email@example.com http://www.groundcovernews.com/ [map]
Marlin Whitaker calls to music by a band TBA. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Wear clean, nonmarking shoes.
2-5 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $8 (students, $5; kids age 14 & under with a parent, free; $1 discount for members). 994-6494. [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]
Apr. 7 & 28 and May 5. Docent-led tour of the current retrospective of works by Anatsui, an internationally renowned sculptor known for large wall pieces made from discarded bottle tops. The exhibit spans 4 decades of Anatsui's art, including works in wood, ceramic, and metal, as well as drawings, prints, and paintings.
1 & 2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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]
30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. (Kerrytown). Free. 769-3115. [map]
All adults and kids in grade 4 & up invited to make jewelry, key chains, pet or luggage tags, and other accessories using Shrinky Dink plastic. Materials provided.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [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.
U-M Asian languages grad student Rebecca Bloom discusses the current exhibit of Buddhist artifacts.
3 p.m., UMMA Taubman Gallery II, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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 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]
Local social worker Theresa Langan discusses her new book that details a comprehensive approach for curbing youth violence. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
A parade down Main Street featuring some 50 giant handmade street puppets--including such creatures as dinosaurs and dancing eggplants--accompanied by the U-M percussion ensemble Groove. If you'd like to join the parade, bring a costume, silly hat, musical instrument, or puppet.
4-5 p.m., Main between William and Washington. Free. festifools.org, 763-7550.
Darlene Ebersole directs this acclaimed southeast Michigan handbell ensemble whose performances are known for their interpretive flair, technical skill, and informal choreography, along with a dash of humor. Its varied repertoire includes classical, jazz, inspirational, popular, and even ragtime and swing tunes.
4 p.m., St. Paul, 420 W. Liberty. Freewill offering. 665-9117.
This polished local opera company presents a cabaret show of Cole Porter songs. Silent auction.
4 & 6:30 p.m., The Earle, 121 W. Washington. Tickets $25 (does not include food) in advance at arboropera.com and at the door. 332-9063. [map]
Gathering the finest in Irish music and dance - Celtic Crossroads
"The most exhilarating and authentic show to come from Ireland in decades" abounds with fusions of traditional Irish music, bluegrass, gypsy and jazz. The musicians and dancers all have the fire of the show within them which ignites into a cataclysmic performance!
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N.Maumee St., Tecumseh. $30 (seniors & youth, $28). 517.423.6617. firstname.lastname@example.org www.thetca.org [map]
This award-winning St. Paul mystery writer discusses Ordinary Grace, his new novel, set in 1961 Minnesota, told through the eyes of a 13-year-old boy as his family undergoes a terrible loss. Signing.
3 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]
Local crafter Dawn Henry shows adults and teens in grade 6 & up how to make an Ojibwe dreamcatcher using branches, waxed string, feathers, and beads.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
EMU piano professor Joel Schoenhals presents his Lullaby on Chinese Songs, along with a program of 20th-century Chinese piano music, including Yinghai Li's Xiao and Drum at Sunset, Wanghua Chu's Kanding Love Song, Peixun Chen's Autumn Moon over a Calm Lake, Chengzong Yin's The North Wind Is Blowing, and 4 works by Jianzhong Wang.
7:15 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 662-4466.
Acclaimed Boston-based singer-songwriter from Maine who writes vividly figured, quietly thoughtful songs blending personal and political themes that he sings in what the All Music Guide aptly calls a "dynamic silken tenor."
7:30 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]