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 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]
Apr. 13 & 14. A very popular annual sale held outdoors under a big tent. Includes a wide variety of functional and decorative ceramics. Also, a low-price kids sale table and clay for kids to play with.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild Studio, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]
U-M opera professor directs U-M opera students Ali Shaw, Rheme Sloan, and Johnny Schechner and local Pioneer High student Hava Kaplan in scenes from U-M alumnus William K. Brehm's new opera about Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman. Pianist is Kathryn Goodson.
10 a.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free. 662-6351. [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. email@example.com http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/digicolls/henkel/index.html [map]
All invited to try this at-your-own-pace sport of reading maps and compasses to follow an outdoor course. Maps, some compasses available. Apr. 14: Peach Mountain, North Territorial Rd. (1 1/4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. firstname.lastname@example.org. Apr. 28: Crooked Lake, Waterloo Recreation Area, follow Orienteering signs on Green Rd., 2 miles north off Clear Lake Rd. from I-94 exit 153, Grass Lake. 429-1057.
Noon-2 p.m., various locations. Free. $10 (members, $5) for a map. michigano.org.
Half-hour docent-guided tours of photographs and artifacts in this restored 19th-century observatory museum. Also, a chance to pull the rope and rotate the telescope dome.
1-4 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. $5 suggested donation (U-M students, free). 763-3482. [map]
Local crafter Beth Battey shows adults and youth in grade 6 & up how to crochet a beaded bracelet to take home. Supplies provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Talk by Michigan Immigrant Rights Center attorney Ruby Robinson. Also, several attorneys are on hand to provide help with the citizenship process for those who have brought the proper documentation.
1-4 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [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]
Antiques Appraisal Day at Kempf House Museum
Join us on Sunday, April 14, 2 - 4 pm. Fundraiser. Chuck Schmidt of Schmidt's Antiques will offer up to two verbal appraisals of your antiques for $20; additional items appraised for $5 each. No jewelry. Bring only photos of large items. Payment by cash or check only. All proceeds benefit Kempf House Museum, 312 S. Division St. 734-994-4898.
Kempf house Museum, 312 S. Division St. Donation. $20 for two appraisals. 734-994-4898. email@example.com www.kempfhousemuseum.org [map]
This Shamus and Nero Award-winning mystery writer discusses The Good Cop, his new novel about illegal gun smuggling that starts with the suicide of a Newark police officer and features Parks' trademark blend of gritty realism and humor. Signing.
2 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]
Sharpen your crayons and pencils, or get out your duct tape and cardboard. Whatever you do, let your creative juices flow and illustrate what you love best about the community in which you live.
Color Your Community is an art contest that invites children ages 6-12 to submit work to be shown in the Fly gallery. The entries must be dropped off at the Fly studio April 10th between 10:00am and 6:00pm! There will be a gallery showing on April 14th 2:00pm to 4:00 pm. The prize? An art party for your child and up to five of his or her friends, an art making kit, and a showing of the winning piece in a local cafe!
Fly Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. firstname.lastname@example.org flyartcenter.org [map]
Family-friendly performance of chamber works TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
Guided tours of this new garden that showcases the habitats and flora of the Great Lakes region, including native orchids, ferns, wildflowers, and more. Rain or shine.
2-4 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
Sept. 8 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Dragonflies: Acrobats of the Sky." Jackson naturalist Don Henise presents a short indoor program about dragonflies, followed by a hike to Mill Lake to view them in their natural habitat. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the Eddy Discovery Center.
Sept. 15 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles Walk." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.
Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Sensing Animals." Science Alive representatives bring a variety of live animals for a hands-on presentation on some amazing ways they use their senses to learn about and survive in their environments.
Sept. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.
Oct. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.): "Survival Skills You Can Use." Artemis Eyster shows adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and avoid getting lost.
Oct. 20 (2-3 p.m.): "Animal Interactions." Interactive Animal Education owner Chris Oesterling displays a variety of live animals and discusses their habits and adaptations.
Oct. 27 (2 p.m.): "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. Maps for self-guided tours and on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 5.
Nov. 10 (2-3 p.m.): "Rapteriffic." Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show off some of the center's raptors and display the amazing eyesight of hawks and remarkable hearing of owls.
Various times, meet in the Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $. $2 (families, $5); additional materials fee for "Sketching Nature" programs. Space limited; preregistration required. $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.
Mar. 10: "A Farm Girl's Farm Living." Ruth Sissom Green discusses her life growing up in the thumb of Michigan. Apr. 14: Local resident Dorothy Kapp Shear discusses "Rural Barns."
2-3:30 p.m., Liberty School, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 944-0442. [map]
All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
2-5 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 761-1451. [map]
Carole will share information about the rise of the "extrovert ideal" in the 20th century & its far reaching effects. Learn about the advantages & potentials of introversion & of being quiet in a noisy world. Become aware of the cutting edge research in psychology & neuroscience that reveals surprising differences between extroverts & introverts. Get tips as parents & teachers of children who are introverted or seen as socially awkward & isolated. Discover how these differences may play out in your relationship.
Carole will share information from Susan Cain's recent book, Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking as well as from her own life experience and her experience as a therapist.
While FREE, please register.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore. Free. 734-424-2797. email@example.com www.therapy4couples.com
Dan Piccolo directs this music student ensemble in works from and inspired by the classical traditions of North and South India. The program includes works by Glen Velez, John Bergamo, Bob Becker, Piccolo, and others.
2 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 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]
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. 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.
Recital by this lyric soprano who has appeared around the country in several operatic roles and as a soprano soloist in oratorio performances. One critic called her an "extraordinary vocal talent of commanding grace and soulful depth."
3 p.m., FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
This local Jewish choir performs a program featuring music by the legendary composer of Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and many other Broadway hits, along "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and other songs for films and Tin Pan Alley. Refreshments.
3 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Donation. 971-0990. [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]
Popular annual performance by this renowned Boston University quintet-in-residence. "They simply have no competition when it comes to the beauty and clarity and accuracy and balance and interaction of their playing," says the Boston Globe. "The first phrase of any Empire Brass performance ... sends a thrill of pleasure through your nervous system."
4 p.m., Concordia University Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10). 995-4612. [map]
Kyle Webber conducts area church choirs in hymns by 11 hymn writers from the 4th century through the 20th century. Each hymn is preceded by an account of the composer's personal story, told in the 1st person. Program: "A Mighty Fortress," "O God Our Help in Ages Past," "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing," "Now Thank We All Our God," "Shall We Gather at the River," "Blessed Assurance," "Lord of the Dance," and others. Accompanist is Marcia Van Oyen.
4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [map]
All preschoolers through 3rd graders invited to sing along with this kid-friendly Toledo band as they rock out to songs telling you what a day in their life is all about.
4-4:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]
All invited to discuss 2 railway-themed mysteries. Bryant and May Off the Rails is the 8th novel in Christopher Fowler's Peculiar Crimes Unit series about elderly London detectives who, this time, must recapture a murderer who's escaped and killed a police constable in the process. Andrew Martin's The Necropolis Railway, set in 1903, is about a 19-year-old New Yorker who comes to England to work on the railway and ends up delegated to dirty work connected with the transport of coffins.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
All invited to experiment making various bubble solutions using kitchen ingredients. and make a decorative wand, try your hand at bubble art, and demonstrate your bubbling skills. Bring a small hand towel or bandana.
4:30-6 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $8 per person. 997-1553. [map]
All invited to join a discussion of Timothy Kurek's book, in the vein of Black Like Me, about his efforts to see what life would be like for a gay person in his conservative Christian community by posing as a gay man for a year.
4:30-7 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
Led by the internationally respected South Indian percussionist T H Subash Chandran, this fusion rhythmic ensemble blends Carnatic (classical South Indian music), jazz, and western styles of music. With kanjira (frame drum) player Sri Ganesh Kumar, keyboardist Sri Hari Krishnan, and sitar player Sri Hindol Chattopadhyay.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
See review. This 100-member ensemble, the only student-run orchestra on campus, performs adventurous works with a revolutionary theme, including works by Dvorak and Shostakovich, as well as works from The Matrix, The Dark Knight, and Les Miserables.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 (students, $5; kids through grade 12, free) in advance at ticketmaster.com, and at the door. umuac.org/mpo. [map]
Veteran acoustic ragtime guitarist whose repertoire also includes jazz, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. He's played with everyone from Doc Watson and Utah Phillips to Garrison Keillor.
7:30 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $15. 429-0060. [map]
The Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Creative Arts Orchestra, the Chamber Jazz Ensemble, faculty ensembles, and other music student jazz combos perform works by U-M students, faculty, and others.
7:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $16 (students with ID, $10) in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Ann Arbor's own world-renowned blues pianist, Mark "Mr. B" Braun, hosts 2 nights of blues and boogie-woogie piano featuring guest appearances by New York pianist Mark Katz, a 3-time nominee for Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year at the Blues Music Awards, and L.A. blues pioneer Fred Kaplan, a founding member of the celebrated Hollywood Fats Band. Also, Bob Seeley, a veteran Detroit blues pianist known for his electrifying, passionate renditions of boogie classics, The show features solo sets by each performer, followed by a series of duets.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]