The Huron River Watershed Council is offering rain barrels at a discounted rate! Save money now and later on your water bill!
Go on line to www.hrwc.org/rainbarrels for the promo code. Then shop for and order your barrel at www.greatlakesrainbarrel.com by May 13, 2013. Pick up is Saturday, May 18, 2013 9am-2pm at the Washtenaw County Road Commission
Washtenaw County Road Commission, 555 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor. $75 & $85.. 734-769-5123. hrwc.org [map]
We will be serving up gourmet pancakes, sausage, applesauce, coffee, and tea for your pleasure! Stop by and meet your local Kiwanians, EMU Circle K members, and Lincoln and Ypsilanti Key Clubbers! Bring the whole family, friends, and anyone you know who loves PANCAKES and a good time! This year, we will also have celebrity servers collecting tips for our Project ELIMINATE fund. Project ELIMINATE is our effort to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus, which kills a child once every nine minutes.
All proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Club of Ypsilanti to continue to serve youth and the community for the next 90+ years.
Purchase tickets online at our website ypsilantikiwanis.weebly.com, and clicking on our events page. Tickets are available at the door or through any Ypsi Kiwanis member.
First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti, 209 Washtenaw Avenue, Ypsilanti. $7 for Adults, $4 for kids 10 and under. firstname.lastname@example.org ypsilantikiwanis.weebly.com [map]
Apr. 20 & 21 and May 18 & 19. Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from Americana to Art Deco. No reproductions are allowed, experts check every booth, and the items' authenticity is guaranteed. Deliveries available. Concessions. No pets.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). (937) 875-0808 (before the show), 429-3145 (day of show). [map]
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.
April 19-21. Local dogs zip through a tricky obstacle course. Rain or shine.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Apr. 19) & 8:30 a.m.-afternoon (Apr. 20 & 21), Ann Arbor Dog Training Club, 1575 E. North Territorial Rd. (1 1/2 miles east of US-23). Free. 995-2801. [map]
"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.more >
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In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. email@example.com www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
Every Sat. Beginnner-friendly slow-paced (22 mile) and moderate/fast-paced (30-80 mile) round-trip rides to the Dexter Bakery. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 761-1147 (Oct. 5), 996-4985 (Oct. 12), 996-6340 (Oct. 19), 604-0696 (Oct. 26), 663-5060 (Nov. 2), 996-9461 (Nov. 9), 761-1147 (Nov, 16), 775-1156 (Nov. 23), 996-9461 (Nov. 30). [map]
Apr. 6 (9-11 a.m.): "Growing the Perfect Lawn." DH&G owner Mark Hodesh explains and answers questions about growing and caring for an organic lawn.
Apr. 13 (10 a.m.-noon): "Organic Gardening Basics & Developing Healthy Soil." Talk by Organically Done (Franklin, MI) CEO Rick Weller.
Apr. 20 (9 & 10 a.m.): "Historic Tour of Downtown Home & Garden." DH&G Owner Mark Hodesh leads tours of his more than century-old building, which contains the city's last horse stalls. Also, "Photo Preservation" (10 a.m.-1 p.m.), a lecture-demo by Rob Hoffman on organizing and digitizing old family photos.
Various times, DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
Apr. 13 & 20. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Snacks and tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Apr. 13), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Apr. 20), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
The UM Alumnae Council (the association of women graduates of the University of Michigan) will hold its Spring Meeting at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital starting with breakfast at 9 am. Along with a business meeting, the program will feature a talk from a member of the hospital's Survival Flight Team and a tour of a Survival Flight helicopter (if available). All friends of the University of Michigan are welcome to register and attend. Registration deadline is April 12. Contact Janet Torno, or visit the Upcoming Events page of our website for more information and to register.
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, 1540 East Hospital Dr,. $25 until April 1; $35 after. firstname.lastname@example.org www.alumnaecouncil.org [map]
Spring is here! And that means it's time to lighten up our desserts! Come and learn the basics of making elegant dessert tarts from an experienced Pastry Chef! She will show you the real difference between pies and tarts, foolproof techniques, and simply delicious recipes that are sure to impress! Full participation. Menu: Lemon Brulee Tart; Fresh Fruit Tart; Chocolate-Strawberry Tart; Honey & Pine-Nut Tart. 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]
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]
Apr. 7, 13, 20, 21, 27, & 28. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.
Apr. 7: Dolph Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, parking lot on the east side of Wagner between Liberty & Jackson) to keep trails open by cutting back invasive shrubs.
Apr. 13: Wurster Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the cul-de-sac on Edgewood Pl. off W. Davis between Third St. & Fifth St.) to remove garlic mustard and spread woodchips on the trails. Bring a plastic sled to help with the woodchip hauling.
Apr. 20: Lakewood Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet entrance off Central west from Dolph Dr.) to spread woodchips and trim back overhanging vegetation to maintain the trails in this 7-acre woodland. Onder Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and other invasive plants.
Apr. 21: Sunset-Brooks Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Sunset Rd. at the end of Brooks St.) and Huron Hills Golf Course Woods (1-4 p.m., meet at Hunting Valley off Provincial via Arlington Dr. north from Washtenaw east of Manchester) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and other invasive plants.
Apr. 27: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help plant native shrubs.
Apr. 28 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.): 15th Annual Garlic Mustard Weed-Out Day, in several parks, including Argo Nature Area (meet at Argo Canoe Livery, 1055 Longshore), Bird Hills Nature Area (meet at the Bird Rd. entrance), Cedar Bend (meet at the Island Park parking lot, Island Dr., off Maiden Ln.), Hannah Nature Area (meet at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller), Huron Parkway Nature Area (meet in front of 3470 Woodland off E. Huron River Dr., Miller Nature Area (meet at the entrance near Westwood and Grace, just north of Arvborview), & Redbud Nature Area (meet at the entrance at the northern end of Parkwood off Jeanne off Packard 2 blocks west of Pittsfield Blvd.).
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.
Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
Meet at Zou Zou's, 101 N. Main at Middle, Chelsea. Free. 645-1205, 645-5696, 478-0424, 646-1507, 678-8297. [map]
All invited to learn about and help collect macroinvertebrates--including insect larvae and other small creatures like crayfish--from Huron River tributaries as part of this popular annual Adopt-a-Stream event for measuring the river's health. Bring a bag lunch. Kids welcome if accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine.
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. & 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (pick one session), meeting location TBA. Free. Preregistration required at hrwc.org/volunteer/roundup by April 17. firstname.lastname@example.org, 769-5123.
Bird Center Volunteer Training
April 20, 2013
The Bird Center is looking for volunteers for spring's baby bird season.
Training workshop, Saturday, April 20th from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration is required. Call Stephanie at (734) 668-6059. The cost is $5.00 for the training and coffee and snack. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.
People who are not interested in hands-on bird care, but who would like to volunteer in other capacities are encouraged to attend.
The Bird Center works to provide care for injured and orphaned wild birds and to educate the public about the importance of protecting birds and our environment.
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron River Drive. Donation. $5. (734) 668-6059. email@example.com www.birdcenterwashtenaw.org [map]
Talk by club members. Continental breakfast.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 971-4545. [map]
1st Annual Paint Dexter-A Plein Air Festival, August 13-17, 2013. Jurored Awards. Cash prizes. 1-4 entries. For Prospectus and Application, www.dextermi.gov/arts, or visit www.facebook.com/PaintDexter
Village of Dexter, 8140 Main Street, Dexter. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/PaintDexter [map]
Apr. 20 & 21. Show (noon-4:30 p.m. Apr. 20 & 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Apr. 21) and sales (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days) of thousands of breathtaking orchids. Also, talks and demos by orchid growers. Note: the show is open 9-10 a.m. to photographers only.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission. AnnArborOrchids@aol.com, 663-0756. [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]
Stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. $2 suggested donation per child ($5 per family). (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a search-and-destroy mission against this aggressive invasive plant.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve (Apr. 20), north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner; Miller-Smith Preserve (Apr. 27), Parker Rd. dead-end at Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter; Park Lyndon south (Apr. 28), east parking lot, North Territorial Rd., 15 miles west of US-23, Dexter; County Farm Park (May 4), Platt Rd. entrance. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
Talk by a U-M Survival Flight team member. Followed by a tour of Mott Children's Hospital and (if possible) a tour of a Survival Flight helicopter. Preceded at 9 a.m. by breakfast and the club's spring business meeting.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mott Children's Hospital 12th floor conference room, 1540 E. Hospital Dr. $25 in advance by Apr. 1; $30 after Apr. 1. Preregistration required at alumnaecouncil.org. email@example.com, 395-4173. [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]
All youth grades 5-12 invited to make crafts. Mar. 29: Egg decorating. Apr. 4: "Duct Tape Redux." Apr. 20: Repurposed pins. May 11: Mother's Day card and homemade hand scrub. June 8: Father's Day card and candy dish.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
Interested in home brew? Whether you have experience or want to learn, come join AHA as we brew a new beer (weather allowing) outside at All Hands Active.
Discussion on style to brew will take place on our mailing list. We'll purchase the supplies the week before.
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $15. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [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]
This popular local kiddie rocker is joined by his Play Money Band in a program of his arrangements of nursery and preschool classics. The program begins just after the 11 a.m. storytime.
11:45 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
The college team plays CMU at noon, and at 3 p.m. the city team (which includes townies as well as U-M grad students, faculty, and staff) plays the Kalamazoo Dogs, a Midwest Rugby Union rival.
Noon & 3 p.m. p.m., Mill Pond Park, end of W. Bennett (off N. Ann Arbor St.), Saline. Free. 417-4534.
Bring your child to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology to explore life in ancient Egypt. On Sat., April 20, we're hosting our popular Ancient Egypt Family Day. Activities will take place from 1-3 p.m. Children ages 5-12 will learn about ancient Egypt during hands-on activities such as crown making, a jewelry workshop, and hieroglyphic writing. Each child will make a flower wreath like the one found on King Tut as well as a mummy made from a doll filled with candy organs! Sit back and watch a presentation on Egyptian mummification practices or explore the museum galleries to see artifacts from ancient Egypt, including a full-size mummy coffin named Djehutymose.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 734-647 or e-mail email@example.com.
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 South State St., Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-647-4167. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lsa.umich.edu/kelse7y [map]
"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway": Ann Arbor District Library.more >
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Performance by Bill Bynum & Co., a bluegrass-based quartet led by Bynum, a Downriver singer-songwriter and guitarist whose songs also draw on old-time, early country, gospel, and contemporary folk music. His band includes fiddler Mary Seelhorst, pedal steel player John Lang, and bassist Chuck Anderson. Part of an an 8-week series of concerts and films (see March 13 listing).
1-2 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Apr. 20, 21, 27, & 28. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Apr. 20 & 21: "Air Apparent" includes experiments with air pressure, from crushing a can to levitating objects. Apr. 27 & 28: "ChemMystery" includes experiments using everyday items to create chemical reactions.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
A Whole Foods staffer demonstrates seasonal vegetable dishes.
2 p.m., Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower, Cranbrook Village shopping center. Free. Preregistration required. 997-7500. [map]
Tami Hindes directs local actors in Tim McDonald and Leslie Bricusse's musical adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl's popular children's fantasy about a little boy who is invited, along with 4 other children, to tour a magical candy factory. The score features music Bricusse composed with Anthony Newley for the 1971 film adaptation, including "Pure Imagination" and "The Candy Man," along with several new songs. Cast: Timothy Brayman, Benjamin Faulkner, Laszlo Gunderud, Henry Kiley, Krissa Rumsey, Hannah Burkhart, Pat Collins, Stephen Muzzi, Wendy Fritz, Olivianna Calmes, and Patti Ringe.
7 p.m. (Apr. 19 & 20) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 20 & 21), Saline High School Ellen Ewing Performing Arts Center, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $12) available at salineareaplayers.org, and at the door. (248) 534-7160. [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]
The U-M is one of several host sites for the Detroit-area sojourn of this annual festival. Italian, subtitles. Italianfilmfests.org/detroit.html. Lorch Hall Askwith Auditorium 611 Tappan.
Apr. 20: Romanzo di una Strage (Piazza Fontana: The Italian Conspiracy) (Marco Tullio Giordana, 2012). Drama about 1969 bombing at a major national bank in Milan and its aftermath. 7 p.m.
Apr. 21: I Primi della Lista (The First on the List) (Roan Johnson, 2011). Comedy set in 1970 amidst the social unrest that erupted in student demonstrations and working-class strikes, about a prominent writer of revolutionary songs traveling with 2 high school students who encounters 3 armed soldiers on the road new the Yugoslavian border. Followed by a Q&A with the director. 5 p.m.
7 p.m. (Apr. 20) & 5 p.m. (Apr. 21), Lorch Hall Askwith Auditorium 611 Tappan. Free. Italianfilmfests.org/detroit.html. (248) 917-2352.
Erin Palmer directs students in a musical version of Kipling's classic tale about the adventures of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. Though 3 animal pals stick by Mowgli, the dangerous man-eating tiger Shere Khan has vowed to destroy him. The score features songs from the popular 1967 Disney film, including "The Bare Necessities" and "I Wanna Be Like You."
7 p.m. (Apr. 18-20) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 21), Dexter Community Schools Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. $10 (students & seniors, $8). 424-4240. [map]
This coed a cappella ensemble performs songs in various genres, including works by Adele, Dusty Springfield, Fun, John Mayer, and others.
7:30 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium A. Tickets $8 (students, $5) in advance by email, and at the door. email@example.com. [map]
Specific for THIS SATURDAY 4/20: Big Dan the Comedic Man, DJ Black the Juggler, Comedian Adam, and Kip has invited a super special secret guest! Always amazing performances, always something new! Come see for yourself!
Kip Barry Tricks & Treats & Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. $10. 734-769-ARTS (2787). firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.kipbarryproductions.com [map]
Contras to live music. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded by a lesson at 7:30 p.m. Mar. 16: Martha Vander Kolk and Robin Warner call to music by Picks and Sticks. Apr. 20: Peter Baker and Mark Hillegonds call to music by the Pittsfield Open Band. May 18: Gaye Fifer calls to music by Alex Belhaj, Brad Battey, Debbie Jackson, and Susie Lorand. Preceded by an advanced contra dance (3-6 p.m.) and potluck.
8 p.m.-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 426-0241. [map]
The internationally acclaimed virtuoso trumpeter Balsom is joined by the energetic Glasgow-based, 12-member string orchestra The Scottish Ensemble in a program of Geminiani's "La Follia" from his Concerto Grosso, Albinoni's Oboe Concerto in B-flat, Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D Major, and works by Handel and Purcell.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10-$65 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Brooklyn-based 12-piece band that plays a New Orleans-inspired mix of soul, classic rock, and feel-good gospel.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Apr. 18-20. This Massachusetts comic, a former finalist in the NBC reality talent show Last Comic Standing and star of the HBO miniseries Tourgasm, specializes in irreverently hilarious observations about everyday life.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). ). $11 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $17 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Apr. 18-21. Independent director-choreographer Dirk Lumbard directs musical theater students Ken Ludwig's 1991 reworking of the 1930s musical Girl Crazy featuring the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin. It's the story of a New York playboy who travels to Nevada in order to foreclose on an old family theater. Once there, however, he falls in love with the theater owner's daughter and he ends up mounting a Ziegfield Follies-type show in order to save the establishment. The show contains many of Gershwin's most popular songs, such as "I Got Rhythm" and "They Can't Take That Away from Me."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $20 & $26 (students, $9) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [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. 18-21. U-M music professor Kay Castaldo directs U-M opera grad students in a semi-staged production of Britten's 2-act 1946 chamber opera that's best known for what The Guardian critic Andrew Clements calls its "pungent and fiercely dramatic" score. It's about the virtuous Roman noblewoman who is raped by the son of the last king of Rome.
8 p.m. (Thurs. & Sat.), 5:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), U-M School of Music McIntosh Theater, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-2538. [map]
Apr. 18-20. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance seniors Julia Smith-Eppsteiner, Katie Muth, and Cara Zonca.
8 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. $5 at the door only. Doors open at 7 p.m. 763-5461. [map]
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]