(Derek Cianfrance, 2012). A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his girlfriend and their newborn child. Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes. At the State Theater.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; Michigan Theater members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
(Danny Boyle, 2013). Thrilling crime drama about an art auctioneer who partners with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. At the State Theater.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; Michigan Theater members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [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]
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]
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. email@example.com http://www.annarborymca.org/quilting-cause.php [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]
Talk by U-M school of art and design dean Gunalan Nadarajan.
Noon-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0352. [map]
U-M art history professor Joan Kee discusses the work of the celebrated NYC-based Taiwanese performance artist.
12:30 p.m., 202 S. Thayer, room 2022. Free. 936-3518. [map]
Connections is a place for babies and those who care for them to meet and enjoy one another. We encourage new and expecting parents, grandparents, and nannies to come enjoy the benefits of getting to know others who have recently birthed or who are caring for babies or young children. Other caregivers are a wealth of support and information, and Connections is designed to be a place where you can share, and glean from others.
Some of the groups will also feature a brief class from a Hygeia practitioner. These sessions will offer information that will enhance your well-being or skills as a caregiver, benefiting you and your baby! All Hygeia practitioners believe in the importance of strong joyful attachment between caregivers and babies, and are skilled in various ways to enhance your health, overall wellness, and understanding of your baby.
Fridays from 2:00 - 3:30pm. We recognize that getting places on time with a baby can be a challenge. Please come when you can!
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. firstname.lastname@example.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
Talk by Hebrew University of Jerusalem history professor Steven Aschheim.
2-4 p.m., 3308 MLB. 812 E. Washington. Free. 764-8018. [map]
(Wayne Blair, 2012). Biopic about 4 indigenous Australian women who are discovered by a talent scout and travel to Vietnam in 1968 to sing for the troops.
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]
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]
Bestselling writer Andrew Solomon, author of the National Book Award-winning The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, discusses his new book about the experiences of parents with variously exceptional children. It includes a section on the parenting lives of Crazy Wisdom co-owners Bill Zirinsky and Ruth Schekter, who were the parents of 2 severely disabled children, each of whom passed away in the 10th year of life. Preceded at 4 p.m. by a signing. Proceeds benefit the Depression Center.
5 p.m., Michigan League. $15 (students, $5) in advance at depressioncenter.org/Solomon. 763-1409. [map]
Apr. 12, 13, 15, & 16. U-M opera professor Kay Castaldo directs U-M undergrad opera students in scenes from Vivaldi's 1727 Baroque opera based on Ariosto's Renaissance epic.
5:30 p.m. (Fri., Mon., & Tues.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), U-M School of Music McIntosh Theater (Fri. & Tues.), 1100 Baits (off Broadway), and Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium (Sat. & Mon.), 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-2538. [map]
Dinner and dancing to live music. Also, a talk by a speaker TBA. Semi-formal attire.
6 p.m., Ann Arbor Community Center, 625 N. Main. $125 in advance only. 662-3128. [map]
Film immediately follows the Growing Hope Monthly Community Potluck -- all are welcome! Please bring a dish to pass. Speakers Alison Miller and Marie Schaefer from MSU will speak about Native people and environmental issues in Michigan.
The Sustainability Film Series is a collaboration between Growing Hope, Transition Ypsi, the downtown Ypsilanti Library and the Ypsi Food Coop. We screen films on topics related to community resilience, energy, sustainable food, clean water, transportation, justice, and other topics relevant to a world with more expensive, less available energy, a warming climate, and economic instability.
Filmed against spectacular backdrops, from Alaska to New Mexico, this award-winning film profiles Native American activists fighting to protect Indian lands and preserve their cultural sovereignty as people. A moving tribute to the power of grassroots organizing, Homeland is also a call-to-action against the dismantling of 30 years of environmental law.
Growing Hope Center, 922 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-483-1520. email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/events/123784537788575/ [map]
Parents invited to drop off their kids ages 5-12 for an evening of structured science-oriented play and quiet late night activities. Pizza provided, 6-7 p.m. Kids can bring PJs & a pillow, if they wish.
6-10 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $35 (members, $30). Sibling discounts available. Preregistration required by Feb. 8. 615-7116. [map]
Kicking off our FREE spring fitness challenge. This is a 4-week fitness challenge that includes 12 smart strength/cardio trainings, 2 fitness evaluations (beginning and end), 1 extreme challenge and loads of fun! All fitness levels welcome. Register online by April 8 (spaces are limited) at 24fitcamp.tumblr.com
Buhr Park, 2751 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 202-570-4013. firstname.lastname@example.org http://24fitcamp.tumblr.com/ [map]
3rd Annual Appreciate + Reciprocate Benefit Dinner: Appreciate + Reciprocate at the University of Michigan.more >
3rd Annual Appreciate + Reciprocate Benefit Dinner: Appreciate + Reciprocate at the University of Michigan.< less
On April 12th, Appreciate + Reciprocate will be hosting our biggest fundraising initiative ever: our 3rd Annual Benefit Dinner. Our goal is to bring a diverse group of students, faculty, alumni, and community members together in support of the Emergency Scholarship Fund. With Heisman Trophy Winner and proud Wolverine Desmond Howard as our featured speaker, we hope to reach $10,000 in proceeds for emergency scholarships from this exciting event.
We will begin with appetizers offered during a meet-and-greet hour, where guests will get a chance to mingle with our speakers. A three-course dinner will then be served as our speakers share their stories with us. Guests will also have the chance to bid on a variety of silent auction items, including a private cooking lesson with Zingerman's Roadhouse chef Alex Young, a 2 night stay at the Oviatt House in Traverse City, a skating lesson with U.S. Olympian Emily Samuelson, and much more!
For more information, please visit umichappr
Palmer Commons, University of Michigan, 100 Washtenaw Avenue. $100. email@example.com umichappreciate.org [map]
Our benefit dinner will include three-course meal as well as a Q&A panel, with Desmond Howard, Dhani Jones, and Denard Robinson, about scholarships and the importance giving back to the community. We will also have several exciting silent auction offerings, including a private cooking lesson with Alex Young, the award-winning head chef at Zingerman's Roadhouse, a 2-night stay at the Oviatt House B&B in Traverse City, an ice-skating lesson with U.S. Olympian Emily Samuelson, and more!
The LSA Emergency Scholarship Fund is available year-round to Michigan students facing unforeseen financial crises at home, such as a severe illness or a parent losing a job. As a group of students who have received scholarships to Michigan, A+R members support the Emergency Fund because we want to do something to give back out of gratitude for what we have received.
Palmer Commons Great Lakes Room, 100 Washtenaw Avenue. $100. 9896668470. firstname.lastname@example.org umichappreciate.org [map]
Screening of The Girl in Center Field, local director Brian Kruger's documentary about Carolyn King, an Ypsilanti girl who paved the way for girls to play Little League in 1973. Followed by a talk with Kruger.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
Reading by this renowned slam poet who has represented NYC several times at the National Poetry Slam. Also, readings by Pioneer High English teacher and Neutral Zone creative arts director Jeff Kass and several local teen poets. In celebration of National Poetry Month.
7-8 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]
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 a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]
This U-M student percussion-and-dance ensemble performs high-energy percussion using traditional and nontraditional instruments (trash cans, propane tanks, toothbrushes, and more).
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 (students, $5) in advance ticketmaster.com, and (if available) at the door. michtheater.org. [map]
Charles Roth, Robert Messer, and others call to music by Debbie Jackson, Susie Lorand, and Susan Lazar. For experienced English country dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. (248) 288-4737. [map]
Rhode Island multi-instrumental acoustic Americana duo of David Lamb and MorganEve Swain, whose latest CD, Salt for Salt, blends often eerily sparse arrangements with darkly haunting, earthy melodies that sometimes draw on Near Eastern tones. Opening act is Last Good Tooth, a NYC-based Americana quartet led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Penn Sultan.
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. 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.
Local debut of this highly regarded Ohio-bred folk-style singer-songwriter now based in upstate New York, where he spent a year, funded by a Rockefeller Foundation grant, traveling the Finger Lakes region collecting stories to turn into songs. He is known for his engagingly melodic, variously mystical, historical, and humorous story songs, many of which draw on his own experiences and family history.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $12 (kids age 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
Founded in Hungary in 1975, this renowned Boulder-based ensemble is known for its warmth, eloquence, and discipline, and for the ease with which it masters demanding pieces. Violinists Edward Dusinberre and Karoly Schranz, violist Geraldine Walther, and cellist Andras Fejer are "four of the best string alchemists on the planet," writes a Chicago Tribune reviewer. Tonight they perform Haydn's Quartet in B-flat major, Britten's Quartet No. 3 in G major, and Beethoven's Quartet in C-sharp minor.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $24-$50 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and at the door. 764-2538. [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. 12 & 13. This new Saline theater company presents a staged reading of Michigan playwright Brian Cox's play about a man who looks back on important moments in his life while cleaning his desk. His memories help him make a pivotal life choice.
8 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $6 in advance; $7 (students, $6) at the door. 944-2787. [map]
This music student ensemble celebrates the 100th anniversary of Hill Auditorium. Program: Tanese and Falcome's "Grand Symphonic March," Gould's Ballad for Band, Kraft's Dialogues and Entertainments, Holst's Suite no. 1 in E-flat major, excerpts from Verdi's Manzoni Requiem, Sousa and Revelli's "Pride of the Wolverines." Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture by U-M band historian Joseph Dobos.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [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. 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]
Local jazz vocalist Susan Chastain performs songs from the Great American Songbook, in celebration of her birthday. With bassist Paul Keller, pianist Phil DeGreg, and drummer Pete Siers. Cash bar.
8 & 9:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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. 11-14. 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. 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]
Apr. 12 & 19. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [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]