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]
Every Thurs., Apr. 4-May 23, and Apr. 6, 14, 20, & 28 and May 18. 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.
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]
Yoga class--Yoga for facial glow, mental peace and better sleep: Ramesh Narula / Ann Arbor Senior Center.more >
Yoga class--Yoga for facial glow, mental peace and better sleep: Ramesh Narula / Ann Arbor Senior Center.< less
In these Thursday morning sessions, you will learn a practice somewhat similar to Chinese acupressure but which also draws on the wisdom of ancient yoga and Ayurveda philosophy. You can decide what would be of the most benefit to you, whether weekly sessions or a class now and then. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a cushion and a blanket. Instructor Ramesh Narula has been practicing yoga and meditation for 58 years and has facilitated workshops in 12 countries. The class is free; a donation to the Ann Arbor Senior Center is welcome.
An Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. Free. (734) 794-6250. [map]
Every Thurs. Apr. 11-May 16. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.
Apr. 11: U-M Museum of Anthropology associate curator Richard Redding on "The History of Food."
Apr. 18: U-M ecology & evolutionary biology professor Catherine Badgley on "Feeding a Hungry Planet: Crisis and Opportunity."
Apr. 25: MSU sociology professor Lawrence Busch on "Examining the Food Chain."
May 2: U-M ecology & evolutionary biology professor emeritus Gerald Smith on "The Fisheries Crisis and Its Impact on the World Food System."
May 9: MSU biosystems engineering professor Bradley Marks on "Food Safety: Whose Job Is It?"
May 16: Food Gatherers president Eileen Spring and Slow Food Huron Valley president Kim Bayer on "Good Food for All: Community Food Security in Washtenaw County."
10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture at the door. 998-9351. [map]
Every Thurs. Beginner-friendly slow-paced ride, 10-15 miles, around Ann Arbor neighborhoods to explore the delights of local gardens, parks, and cafes.
10 a.m., meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). Free. 971-5763, 663-5060. [map]
Susquehanna University English and Jewish studies professor Laurence Roth discusses his forthcoming memoir that explores the L.A. Jewish community and the contemporary American mythology of the bookstore.
Noon-2 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
Every Thurs. Apr. 4: U-M string instrument grad students. Apr. 11: U-M freshman touring dance company. Apr. 18: Baroque chamber music by flutist Hannah Weiss and harpsichordist Francis Yun. Apr. 25: Cellochan cello recital.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
Apr. 4: Yale University political science professor Frances Rosenbluth on "Measuring Electoral Adaptation: Japanese Politics since 1994." Apr. 11: Yale University Art Gallery Japanese art curator Sadako Ohki on "Displaced Courtier Konoe Nobutada's Large Size Kana Calligraphy."
12:10-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-4301. [map]
Local pianist Aya Higuchi performs music by Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, and Messiaen.
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]
What is Digital Storytelling?
Digital Storytelling is the art of telling a personal or fictional story using digital media. These stories are great for using on personal blogs, Facebook pages, at special events or just for sharing with friends and family. We will be using a free online software called Animoto for class.
For More Information contact Melissa at (734)971-0277 x27 or email@example.com with questions or to
Space is LIMITED! Please register by Monday, April 1st!
Fee: $4.00 for all four weeks. Scholarships available to those who qualify.
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Drive. $4. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com www.annarborcil.org [map]
Are you considering homeschooling your high school or other student? Looking for support in your decision to homeschool? What about "socialization"?Adventurers is having Come and See Days for you to learn what this group of area homeschoolers has to offer: academic classes, enrichment opportunities, social environment, community service. Adventurers meets Thursday afternoons and evenings.
6560 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-481-9111. firstname.lastname@example.org www.adventurershomeschool.org
U-M students in the current course "Greek Cultural Heritage, Globalization, and Crisis" debate ethical dilemmas in archaeology.
2:30-4 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]
Apr. 11 & May 9. All youth grades 6-12 invited to eat pizza and discuss a young adult book. Apr. 11: Scarlet, A.C. Gaughen's novel based on the legend of Robin Hood and told from the perspective of a girl pretending to be a boy in Robin's band of thieves. May 9: Bad Taste in Boys, Carrie Harris' zombie novel about a girl who must save her high school from the flesh-eating football team.
2:50-3:30 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [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]
Robot Competition State Championship: FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).more >
Robot Competition State Championship: FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).< less
Apr. 11-13. Teams from 64 high schools bring their homemade robots, ranging from gangly Rube Goldberg contraptions to sleek predatory machines, to battle one another in contests culminating with the exciting finals on Saturday afternoon.
3:30-7 p.m. (Apr. 11), 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Apr. 12 & 13), EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt (north off Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. Free. firstinmichigan.org. [map]
Lecture by London School of Economics director Craig Calhoun, an influential American sociologist. Also on Apr. 12 (9 a.m.-1 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater), U-M history professor Geoff Eley, U-M sociology and German cultural studies professor George Steinmetz, and Yale University English professor Michael Warner join Calhoun for a symposium on his lecture.
4-6 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-6285. [map]
Talk by California State University-East Bay music professor Peter Marsh. In conjunction with the U-M Opera Studio production of The Red Silk Thread (see Mar. 11 & 12 listings).
4:30-6 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 936-6099. [map]
Apr. 4, 11, & 18. Readings by poets and writers. Each reading is preceded at 2 p.m. by a Q&A in Room 1176 Angell Hall. Apr. 4: Angie Estes, the award-winning author of four collections of poems, including Tryst, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her poems are noted for their puns and wordplay, as well as their sweeping range of subjects, from European literature and art to plasma physics and autobiographical stories. "Estes's fast-paced free verse, rich with internal rhyme, takes rightful pride in the beauties it flaunts and explains," writes a New York Times reviewer. Apr. 11: Erin & Philip Stead. Lecture on children's literature by this local husband-and-wife duo of illustrator Erin and writer Philip, co-creators of the 2011 Caldecott-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Apr. 18: Susanna Moore. Fiction reading by this respected NYC-based author whose novels are recognized for their detailed, spellbinding narration by intelligent female characters. Her most recent novel, The Life of Objects, is about a young Irish lace maker in WWII Berlin. "If the Brothers Grimm had tackled the rise and fall of the Third Reich, they might well have produced a tale that reads like The Life of Objects," writes an NPR reviewer.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
Apr. 4: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) architecture and design senior curator Paola Antonelli on "Perspectives." Apr. 11: Designer Massimo Banzi-co-inventor of the tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller Arduino-gives a talk on "Opensourcing Imagination."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
All kids ages 10-14 invited for an evening of music, games, and more. Prizes.
6-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie....that's amore! Come and spend the evening with Francesca in this hands-on experience, as she shares the secrets, tips, and tricks from her native Southern Italy, to the delectable Italian treasure that is Neapolitan-style pizza! With Francesca, you will master Neapolitan-style dough, and all of the fixings that go with it. You don't want to miss this one! Full participation. Menu: Homemade Dough filled with Fresh Ricotta and Chopped Prosciutto - and Fried to a Golden Brown Treat; Homemade Dough fried and then topped with a Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce with Mozzarella & Parmigiano Cheeses; Homemade Dough baked then topped with Caramelized Onions, Gorgonzola Cheese & Fresh Rosemary. 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]
This best-selling historical novelist discusses The Ashford Affair, her new novel about a hardworking lawyer whose life is crumbling around her when she discovers a long-buried family secret that leads her on a new journey. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Apr. 11-13. Ruby Grammatico directs students in Annie Baker's Obie-winning comedy, set in a community center drama class under the misguided tutelage of a ditzy instructor, about 4 New Englanders who experiment with theater games, out of which secrets are revealed, tiny wars of epic proportions are waged, and romance blossoms.
7 p.m. (Apr. 11-13) & 11 p.m. (Apr. 12), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio One, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
Former International Association for the Study of Dreams president Robert Waggoner, author of Lucid Dreaming: Gateway to the Inner Self, and Sandy Wiener, coordinator of the local Institute of Noetic Sciences community group, discuss Waggoner's experiences in this paradoxical state in which a dreamer knows he is dreaming.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
Michigan author Doc Fletcher discusses canoeing and kayaking on Michigan rivers, featuring the Two Hearted and the Pere Marquette, the latter the subject of his upcoming book. Followed by a drawing for a free canoe or kayak day trip. Signing.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
A chance to sample and learn about some 2 dozen strong ales, higher-alcohol versions of pale ales that are sometimes referred to as old ales, stock ales, or winter warmers. Also, barley wines, scotch ales, Double IPAs, and Belgian ales. Also, a drawing for beer-related prizes. The price of admission includes unlimited beer sampling and a German appetizer buffet.
7-9 p.m., Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 213-1393. [map]
Performance by damali ayo, a multimedia artist best known for her web art project rent-a-negro.com and her satirical books How to Rent a Negro and Obamistan! Land without Racism. Her shows blend storytelling, songs, and humor with art, photos, and videos.
7 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 936-1975, 763-4191. [map]
Canceled. This Kansas State University music professor has recorded solo and chamber music by various Polish composers for Polish Radio and TV in Warsaw. Program TBA.
7:30 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
Second Thursday Build Nights have a special emphasis involving the Raspberry Pi! Bring one if you have one, or try out one of ours!
Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.
Have a project? Bring it down! We can provide:
- Basic Hand Tools (Screwdrivers, hammers, files, wrenches, scissors, knives)
- Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Masks)
- Power Tools* (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Dremel, Drill Press, Lathe)
- XYZ Tools** (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Mill)
- Awesome (Sewing Machines, Needles, Thread, Glue Guns)
- And a whole lot more.
Don't have a project? Come down and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN. You'll learn something, and maybe help someone else out!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Free. Donation. email@example.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [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]
EMU opera students perform music from Purcell's tragic opera based on the classical tale of the ill-fated love affair between the queen of Carthage and the exiled Trojan warrior. First performed in 1689, it is considered to be the first modern opera.
7:30 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
Apr. 10-14. The acclaimed London-based performance company 1927-recognized for its stunning and seamless blend of theater and live music with animation and film-presents this darkly comic play about an idealistic woman and her daughter who move into a squalid neighborhood of criminals, junkies, and feral children. Described as "part Charles Dickens, part Tim Burton," the play features a gorgeous, creepily fantastic set and hypnotic visual effects that make the performers appear to be 2-d extensions of the projected animated images. "A jaw droppingly clever and gloriously subversive parable," writes a Guardian (UK) reviewer. "1927 conjures a world so complete it feels as if you've fallen down a rabbit hole."
7:30 p.m. (Apr. 10 & 11), 8 p.m. (Apr. 12 & 13), and 2 p.m. (Apr. 13 & 14), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. General admission tickets: $45 (Apr. 10, 13 at 2 p.m., & 14) and $50 (Apr. 11, 12, & 13 at 8 p.m.) in advance at ums.org & by phone, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Apr. 11 & 12. Robert Swedberg directs U-M opera students in the premiere of the prominent Florida composer Stella Sung's opera, with a libretto by poet Ernest Hilbert, based on the adventures of Marco Polo at the court of Kublai Khan. The Apr. 11 performance is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a lecture by Swedburg on "Collaborative Process of Composing, Designing, and Producing The Red Silk Thread."
7:30 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-2538. [map]
Witty, quirky, rough-and-ready piano-based rock 'n' roll by this singer-songwriter who first gained attention as the leader of the Ben Folds Five. Folds is especially known for his musical inventiveness. As one critic put it, he "drops Gershwin licks into his solos and weaves Fats Waller and baroque into a repertoire that merges the smarty-pants pop of Squeeze with the punctilious prog R&B of Queen." He's also famous for an unusually strong rapport with his audiences, and Folds often indulges in sing-alongs or call-and-response songs with the crowd. Proceeds benefit need-based scholarships.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $20 in advance at mutotix.com. 763-TKTS. [map]
This ensemble of nonmusic majors performs works TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Apr. 11-13. Solo performance by this former longtime member of the popular Detroit musical comedy duo Malone & Nootcheez. His show blends inventively playful musical parodies, off-the-wall observations, and witty sparring with his audience. 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). $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080.
This Minnesota-based folk musician performs on small bagpipes in several traditional styles, with particular emphasis on Cape Breton, early Scottish, and Northumbrian styles, as well as Scandinavian, medieval, and original music. Hensold also sings a couple of songs in foreign languages. Limited area for dancing.
8-10:30 p.m., private residence, call for address. $12. 769-1052.
This acclaimed young Chinese-American pianist performs works by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and others. With Japanese violinist Shunske Sato.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Sextet led by the duo of veteran Chicago singer-songwriters Levi Britton and Dan Myers. Its music ranges from indie folk and Americana to pop-rock and exploratory soundtrack pieces where the spaces in the songs are as important as the narrative. Opening act is Brighton MA, a Chicago indie folk-rock quintet fronted by singer-songwriter Matt Kerstein.
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]
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]
Christopher James Lees conducts this music student ensemble in Berio's Sequenza for Harp Solo, Matti Kovler's The Unbearable Lightness with U-M double bass professor emerita Diana Gannett, Bermel's Coming Together, and others.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Apr. 11-13. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance seniors Natalie Niergarth, Alexandra Reehorst, and Parisa Shahbaz.
8 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. Free. Doors open at 7 p.m. 763-5461. [map]
Apr. 11-14. This accomplished town-and-gown company performs Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta about the romance between a young lady and a young man mistakenly apprenticed to an inept band of pirates when he was a boy. The ensuing madcap chaos is peppered with songs like "Poor Wand'ring Ones," "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General," and the pirates' theme song, "With Cat-Like Tread," better known as "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here."
8 p.m. (Apr. 11-13) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 13 & 14), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $20 (seniors age 65 & over, $18; students with ID, $10). (800) 838-3006. [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.