Tentative. (Terrence Malick, 2012). Drama about an American who falls in love on a trip to Paris and asks the woman and her daughter to accompany him back to Oklahoma, where an old flame complicates his new relationship. Stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, & Javier Bardem.
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]
May 1-5, 8-12, & 15-19. English riding and jumping competitions at the state level. The shows culminate on May 19 with the exciting "Hunter Derby" finals (updated schedule at hjam.net). Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, corner of Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. (561) 723-6287.
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]
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 Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 994-5908. [map]
Yoga class--Yoga for facial glow, mental peace and better sleep: Ramesh Narula / Ann Arbor Senior Center.more >
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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]
May 2 & 7. All invited to join a discussion of Rodger Kamenetz's book that encourages spiritual interpretations of dreams.
Noon-1:30 p.m. (May 2) & 7:30-9 p.m. (May 7), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, 665-4744. [map]
May 2: Vintage American pop by Etcetera. May 9: R&B, Motown, and country by the Danireé Duo. May 16: Classic jazz by the Equinox Jazz Trio. May 23: Gospel music by Our Own Thing Chorale. May 30: Classical music by guitarist Michael Casher and soprano Carrie Wilson.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
Come to the Ann Arbor CIL for a series of Poetry Workshops this May designed to teach you about poetry and explore and develop your creative writing skills. Join other writers in your community as you work towards better expressing yourself through words. There is a $5 registration fee that covers all four weeks of classes. Scholarships Available.
History of Poetry- May 2nd 1-3PM
Types of Poetry- May 9th 1-3PM
Poetic Devices- May 16th 1-3PM
Function and Symbolism- May 30th 1-3 PM
Please Register by Thursday, May 2nd
Contact Melissa at (734)971-0277 x27 or email@example.com with questions or to register.
United States, 3941 Research Park Drive. $5. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com www.annarborcil.org [map]
All youth grades 6-12 invited to make mini sombreros and clothespin dolls, eat authentic Mexican snacks, and hit a piņata, in celebration of Mexico's May 5th national holiday.
3-4 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
Every Thurs. Whole Foods staffers discuss wine. Tastings with cheese and appetizers. Topics include "Italian Wines for Spring" (May 2), "American White Blends" (May 9), "South American Reds" (May 16), "American Red Blends for Summer" (May 23), and "Grilling Wines" (May 30).
5-8:30 p.m., Whole Foods wine bar, 990 W. Eisenhower, Cranbrook Village shopping center. $17. 997-7500. [map]
Spring training sessions for U19, U16, U14, & U12 field hockey players.
U19 & U16 6-7:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays April 23-May 23.
U14 & U12 6-7 pm on Tuesdays April 23-May 23.
Pre-registation fee are cheaper than drop in rates. Space is limited. Please see our website for more details.
University of Michigan Ocker Field, 1202 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $35-$40. 5704284171. firstname.lastname@example.org www.ferdelancehc.com [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Sun. & Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Fri.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]
Club members discuss their plans for the year and the Ark of Taste, a national catalog of foods in danger of extinction. Also, a potluck (bring a dish to pass & your own tableware).
6:30-8:30 p.m., Chelsea Train Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. Free. slowfoodhuronvalley.com. [map]
CDL staff explain the pros and cons of the variety of external storage devices from external hard drives to USB drives and discuss the best ways to back up personal data.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride (678-8297), 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
5:30 p.m. (Oct.), 6:15 p.m. (Sept.), & 6:30 p.m. (Aug.), 7 p.m. (June & July), 6:45 p.m. (May), meet at the Fuller Pool parking lot, Fuller Rd. Free. 678-8297. [map]
May 2-4. Encore artistic director Dan Cooney stars in a concert featuring music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's pop opera chronicling Eva Peron's rise from poverty to political power.
7 p.m. (May 2), 8 p.m. (May 3 & 4), & 3 p.m. (May 4), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $25 in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
AADL staff show how to create and manage recipe-based image collections using this pinboard-style photo-sharing website.
7-9 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch training center, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4555. [map]
National Book Award-winning writer Gloria Whelan discusses her new collection of short stories, from the Made in Michigan writers series, that explore the unexpected and sometimes amazing ways we live together. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
A city natural area preservation staff naturalist leads a hike through the popular 147-acre Bird Hills Nature Area to look for its plentiful wildlife and learn about ecological restoration.
7-8:30 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Newport just north of M-14. Free. 327-8301.
"Volcanic History of the Wester U.S.: Catastrophic Eruptions and Mineral Treasures": Huron Hills Lapidary and Mineral Society.more >
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Screening of a video.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]
Ariel Toews-Ricotta directs the choir in a program highlighted by Liberator, Karl Osterland's work, commissioned for the occasion, that was inspired by the Willow Run Bomber Plant's manufacture of the WWII B-24 "Liberator." YCC alumni are invited to sing along with "With a Voice of Singing," one of the group's signature songs.
7:30 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 201 North River, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations welcome. 481-9285. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 25-June 2. Carla Milarch directs the Michigan premiere of Katori Hall's 2010 Olivier Award-winning drama, set in Martin Luther King's Memphis hotel on the eve of his assassination, about the relationship that develops between King and a talkative motel maid who shows up on his doorstep and begins to challenge the efficacy of his leadership. Stars Brian Marable and Carollette Phillips.
The May 19 performance is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a "Cultural Conversation" ($10; reservations suggested) hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch with the director, designers, and cast.
The June 2 performance is followed by a talk by veteran local storyteller LaRon Williams, a specialist in African and African American folktales, on how the play's complex characters and unusual plot devices affect the depiction of MLK's last night.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 11 & 25), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 25), $22 (Apr. 26 & 28 & May 2), and $30 (Apr. 27). May 3 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 3: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
Chris Heidenreich directs this 70-member volunteer ensemble in works from around the world. The program is highlighted by music from Bizet's Carmen, with flute soloist Beth Wondolowski. The band is joined by the Whitmore Lake High School Band for a finale of Kalinnikov's Symphony in G minor. Refreshments.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 252-9221. [map]
May 2-4. This dynamic Detroit jokester uses a fine repertoire of voices and dialects to tell fresh, lively stories, often drawn from his experiences as the father of 4 boys. 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). $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Triple bill. Brooklyn (NY)-based baritone saxophonist Parzen-Johnson performs Michiana, his collection of compositions that are influenced by Appalachian folk music. The Philadelphia City Paper says, "His unaccompanied playing captures the sentiment of an old Polaroid, long-ago happiness fading into the melancholy of memory." San Francisco- and NYC-based multi-instrumentalist Lugerner performs originals with improvisation. The L.A. Times describes his work as "knotty, patiently developing pieces that can sound reminiscent of classical music or moodily unsettled free improvisation." Local jazz pianist and composer Endahl performs experimental works.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 764-3162. [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]
A celebration of the folk legend's 94th birthday features in-the-round performances by an all-star lineup of area singer-songwriters, including Chris Buhalis, Dick Siegel, Michael Hough, and Paul Tinkerhess, along with Lansing folksinger and autoharpist Wanda Degen Gemini, an acoustic trio now that twin brothers Laszlo and Sandor Slomovits have been joined by San's daughter Emily. A benefit for the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
All invited to round up 6 people to compete in a 5-round trivia contest.
8-10 p.m. (May) & 9-10:30 p.m. (June-Aug.), Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100. 475-8732. [map]
Live videocast of the weekly taping of popular NPR news-based comedy quiz show hosted by Peter Sagal. With announcer Carl Cassell and guest panelists Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca, and Tom Bodett. The broadcast is reshown on tape on May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
8 p.m. (May 2) & 7:30 p.m. (May 7), Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $22 (May 2) & $18 (May 7) in advance at gqti.com/waitwait.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]