All invited to compete in a triathlon including a 400-yard swim, a 12.4-mile bike ride, and a 3-mile run. Also, a mini-sprint triathlon including a 200-yard swim, a 6.2-mile bike ride, and a 1.5-mile run. Awards. Proceeds benefit the Skyline swim program.
8 a.m., Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $72 (USAT members, $60) in advance at epicraces.com by Apr. 19; $82 (USAT members, $70) on race day. 531-8747. [map]
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]
Ahhh...the smells of a great lazy weekend morning! Lazy weekend breakfasts to impress everyone in the family require homemade, freshly baked food! In this class, we are making it easy to start the day right by bringing happiness to those you love by feeding them wonderful, homemade, delicious food! You will learn how to bake 5 absolutely different breakfast treats that lead to endless possibilities for changing and playing with flavors to suit you and your loved ones. Full participation. Menu: Banana Nut Chocolate Chunk Muffins or Quick Breads; Real Belgium Yeast Waffles; Traditional Butter and Currant Scones; Scrumptious French 'poor man's' Brioche & Doughnuts. 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]
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]
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 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]
Presented by VegMichigan, VegFest features notable local and national speakers, including NBA champ John Salley, back by popular demand; author and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine Neal Barnard, M.D.; Author, artist and activist Ruby Roth and others on the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet.
In addition to more than a dozen speakers, panelists and cooking and raw-food demonstrators, the event will feature tasty vegan cuisine from 50 local restaurants and bakeries along with national brand samples, a diverse array of exhibitors, children's activities, door prizes, literature, cookbooks and more.
Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave, Pinckney. $10. Children 6 and under Free. 248-808-1331. firstname.lastname@example.org www.vegmichigan.org [map]
This family-oriented event features live raptors and reptiles, hands-on craft activities, solar cooker demo, tours of the Project Grow Discovery Garden and Compost Education Center, guided hikes to Black Pond, green building displays, and exhibits by more than 40 local environmental, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. Entertainment by Vencedores (1-1:45 p.m.), an ensemble of U-M perussionists that plats Braziliam samba, and Gemini (2-3 p.m.), the popular local multi-instrumental acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits, along with other performers throughout the day TBA. All encouraged to come dressed as their favorite animal to join an "All Species Parade" (3:15 p.m.), and Rap for Food (3:30 p.m.), an ensemble of local rappers, presents spoken-word poems promoting health, local food access, and stewardship of the Earth. Face painting. Toner cartridges and small electronics accepted for recycling. Light concession refreshments from Pilar's Traditional Salvadoran and Latin Cuisine and Silvio's Organic Pizza. All encouraged to ride bikes to the festival.
Noon-4 p.m., Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 794-6627. [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:
Acoustic performance by this young Dexter country-rock singer-songwriter whose repertoire also include country classics.
1-2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 (seniors age 60 & older, $4; members & kids under 12 with adult, free). 794-6250. [map]
The Yaks, a local adult league hockey team, will be holding a charity event on Sunday April 21st, 2013 from 1-5:30pm benefitting the Ann Arbor Rockets. The Ann Arbor Rockets are also a local hockey team made up of adults and children with disabilities. We will have 'Chuck-A-Puck' for an I-pad, face painting, massages, a silent auction with some autographed NHL and Plymouth Whalers items, as well as lots of great gift certificates and even a raffle for a zamboni ride! There will be three hockey games, one with some of the Yaks vs the Rockets! Come join us for this great cause!
The Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Donation. 734-845-4237. firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com
Wald Symposium on the Literary Left: University of Michigan - Department of English and Department of American Culture.more >
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This two-day conference honors Alan M. Wald, H. Chandler Davis Collegiate Professor of English and American Culture, on the occasion of his retirement from teaching at the University of Michigan after 38 years on the faculty. Wald is the world's leading authority on the relation between 20th-century U.S. literature and radical left-wing political movements. His books and articles have illuminated the creative lives of figures such as James T. Farrell, Langston Hughes, Muriel Rukeyser, Philip Rahv, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Arthur Miller--and have brought attention to unduly neglected writers such as Ann Petry, Jo Sinclair, Carlos Bulosan, and Joy Davidman. These are just a handful of the writers who figure in Wald's magisterial studies in modern American culture.
Forum Auditorium, Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. email@example.com http:
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]
(Gary Nelson, 1976). Disney comedy about a mother and daughter who magically swap personalities for a day. Barbara Harris, Jody Foster.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. $9 (kids under 12, free, students, seniors, & veterans, $7; MTF members, $6.50). [map]
All kids, accompanied by an adult, invited for contra and square dancing with live music by David West and Donna Baird. Grange-baked cookies.
2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $12 per family. 769-1052. [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.
With a public talk by U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum director Bob Grese.
2-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard (next to Buhr Park). Free. 794-7120. [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]
Talk about the Bard's life and influences by local historian and theater veteran Jim Glenn.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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]
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]
Ypsilanti puppeteer Patrick Elkins presents 2 short shows for all ages showcasing the mix of movement, light, and sound that distinguishes shadow puppetry.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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]
Meatloaf Bakery (Chicago) founder Cynthia Kallile discusses her new cookbook. Signing.
2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra and the Paul Keller Jazz Ensemble in a reprise of prominent local jazz bassist Keller's 2010 Ypsilanti Orchestral Jazz Suite, a work in 5 movements honoring Ypsilanti history from its founding in 1823 to the recent revitalization of its downtown. The performance features narration by Ypsilanti mayor Paul Schreiber, EMU cello professor Diane Winder, Ypsilanti surgeon Mary-Margaret Brandt, and Sphinx Organization competition director Andre Dowell.
3:30 p.m. EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. $14 (seniors, students, & kids under age 12, $7:50; groups of 4 or more, $9 each) in advance at the EMU box office (emutix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone: 487-2282. Info: 507-1451.
Extraordinary People Inspire Community
April 21, 2013,4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Honoring 2013 Claire & Isadore Bernstein Leadership Award Recipients:
Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor
Bank of Ann Arbor
Anya Abramzon, Executive Director, JFS
This award was created in 2003 to honor Claire and Isadore, leaders in the Ann Arbor Jewish community for over 50 years. The award is presented to individuals, businesses & organizations in the Ann Arbor area that have demonstrated outstanding service to JFS and the community.
Special Award for 15 Years of Dedicated Service to JFS:
Elina Zilberberg, Associate Director
Andre Yastchenko, International Services & Transportation Director
This award is given to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional and ongoing dedication to the mission and vision of JFS throughout their years of service at the agency.
$100 per person: $50 tax deduction/ticket.
For more info: Cindy Klein 734-769-0209 or firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex, Building 18, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $100. 248-739-9254. [map]
Julie Skadsem directs this ensemble of nonmusic majors in a program in honor of Hill Auditorium's 100th anniversary, with works that have a connection to 1913. The program includes works by Britten, Holst, Rachmaninoff, Puccini, Wagner, and Verdi, as well as popular music of the day and Michigan school songs.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15 (students with ID, $5) in advance by email, and at the door. email@example.com. 764-0594. [map]
All invited to join a discussion of well-known ceramicist Edmund de Waal's book, part memoir and part history, about a large collection of tiny Japanese wood carvings he inherited and their backstory.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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]
"Unforgettable Dinnerware: Creating a Museum in the 21st Century, One Place Setting at a Time": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.more >
"Unforgettable Dinnerware: Creating a Museum in the 21st Century, One Place Setting at a Time": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.< less
Talk by Margaret Carney, founder of the new local Dinnerware Museum. Note: Change of program.
4-6 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
See review. Legendary jazz seven-string guitarist Pizzarelli, known for both his solid, swinging rhythms and impressive chord solos, is joined by 8-string guitar virtuoso Ramo's trio in a program of jazz music TBA. With vocalist Heidi Hepler and bassist Paul Keller.
7 & 8:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Nathan Reiff conducts this polished semiprofessional local ensemble in works by Bach, Faure, Brahms, Britten, and others.
7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 420 W. Liberty. $15 (students & seniors, $12; kids age 18 & under, free) in advance at a2cantatasingers.org, and at the door. 996-8867. [map]
RC drama instructor Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in a collage of monologues and scenes from contemporary American plays exploring the experiences of Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, and Native Americans.
7 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 647-4359. [map]
Eight-piece Brooklyn, New York, ensemble whose music is an elegant, exquisitely bittersweet blend of country, folk, and pop that has been called "fragile pastoral Americana" and "sophisticated, subtle orch-pop that just happens to have a twang." The band's new Rounder CD, Eveningland, uses orchestral textures of various vernacular styles to create a lush, poignant bedding for the serene yet aching vocals of vocalist Sally Ellyson. It has a brand-new CD, Departure & Farewell.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $21 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]