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 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.
All moms and their kids invited for tea, juice, and sandwiches. Also, an opportunity for kids to make a Mother's Day gift. Family photos available. Proceeds benefit the Lamaze Family Center. Geared toward kids ages 2-5.
10 a.m., Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. $15; preregistration required at lamazefamilycenter.org. 973-1014. [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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
CDL and Chelsea Senior Center staff lead a book discussion for all adults.
Sept. 6: A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson's hilarious best-seller about his 5-month-long adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Oct. 4: The Good Father, Noah Hawley's suspenseful psychological novel about a physician's quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin--his own 20-year-old son.
Nov. 1: Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's account of the harrowing experiences of a group of mountain climbers who attempted Mt. Everest.
1 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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. email@example.com www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
With screenings of the 30-minute planetarium show Star Talk (5:30, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.) about what you can see in the current night sky, a reading of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar (6 & 7 p.m.) with images from the book projected on the planetarium dome, the demo "Evolution of Whales" (6 p.m.), and a 30-minute dinosaur tour (7 & 8 p.m.). Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
5-9 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $3. 764-0478. [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]
Men vs. Women Lacrosse Games: Pioneer & Skyline High Schools/U-M Vada Murray Fund for Cancer Research Fundraiser.more >
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Different locations. The Pioneer High School men's lacrosse team plays agains the PHS women's team (6 p.m.). Followed at 7 p.m. by a game between Skyline High School's men's lacrosse team and SHS's women's team. 2013 Boston Marathon runner Christine Stead introduces the guest coaches. Also, a half-time tribute to cancer victims during the Skyline game, with a performance by the Skyline High School choir. Proceeds benefit the Vada Murray Fund.
6 p.m., Pioneer High School (601 W. Stadium) and 7 p.m., Skyline High School (2552 N. Maple). Donation at Pioneer. $5 at Skyline. 994-2151 (Pioneer) & 994-7075 (Skyline).
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]
Screening of Tomás Lunák's 2011 animated feature, named Best Animated Film at the 2012 European Film Awards. It's a film noir-style tale that traces the haunted memories of a troubled Czechoslovakian train dispatcher haunted by his WW II experiences. Czech, subtitles. The program opens with the Oscar-nominated animated short The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (Brandon Oldenberg & William Joyce, 2011), an adaptation of Joyce's humorous, poignant allegory-inspired in equal parts by Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and Hurricane Katrina-about people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. Also, between films, a set by the local acoustic pop-folk band Cash Harrison & the Terrible Decisions.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Award-winning novelist Trebor Healey discusses his newest book, depicting San Francisco in the 1980s and '90s in poetic prose and a journey into the American West that is dreamy, mythic, and visionary.
Common Language Bookstore, 317 Braun Ct. Free. 734-663-0036. www.glbtbooks.com [map]
All invited to watch as many as 20 3-member teams representing local organizations, nonprofits, and businesses vie for a trophy. (All encouraged to enter a team.) Emcee is U-M drama professor Malcolm Tulip. Proceeds benefit the Family Learning Institute. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and music by the Community High Jazz Band.
7 p.m., Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $35 in advance only at familylearninginstitute.org, by emailing email@example.com, and by phone. 730-7463. [map]
Storytelling showcase for adults and teens with some of the top performers in North America. This year's featured storytellers are Mary Hamilton and Dan Keding. Hamilton is a Kentucky author and award-winning storyteller whose repertoire includes Kentucky lore and folk and fairy tales from around the world, along with myths, legends, true stories, and original fiction. Known for her vivid theatricality, she has the ability, as the Murray Ledger and Star puts it, to become "a bedraggled hag, an arrogant prince, a crafty handmaiden all in the space of a few minutes." Keding is a popular Illinois storyteller known for his straightforward style and stories ranging from personal experiences growing up on Chicago's south side to world folk tales, ghost stories, and original pieces. He also performs ballads on guitar and banjo, as well as more obscure instruments such as spoons and the "nose flute." Also, on May 2 at 10 a.m., the Assembly Church (141 E. Michigan Ave.) hosts "Stories for Seniors" with Jackson storyteller Sharon Peacock. On May 4 only, the Jackson District Library (244 W. Michigan Ave.) hosts storytelling workshops (cost TBA) by Hamilton and Keding (8:45-10:45 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), and there is a family storytelling matinee (Jackson Symphony Orchestra Hall, 215 W. Michigan Ave.) at 2 p.m. with Gemini, the popular Ann Arbor acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits.
7:30 p.m., Jackson High School, 544 Wildwood, Jackson. Free, but donations accepted. (517) 499-2290. [map]
All invited to join an ongoing biweekly discussion of Rudolf Steiner's An Outline of Occult Science. Familiarity with Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes). Free. 944-4903. [map]
Apr. 26 & 27 and May 3 & 4. Students perform one of Shakespeare's best-known and most influential tragedies, the bloody tale of a Scottish lord and his ambitious wife.
7:30 p.m., Huron High New Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $8 (students & seniors, $6) in advance and at the door. 994-2095. [map]
Apr. 27 & 28 and May 3-5. Alex Kip directs students in David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori's musical, based on the 2001 film, an appealingly subversive fairy tale about a kindhearted but misanthropic green ogre who's charged with rescuing a princess. The score is an eclectic mix of pop-flavored melodies that range from the jaunty "Travel Song" to the gutsy duet "I Got You Beat."
7:30 p.m. (Apr. 27 and May 3 & 4) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 28 and May 4 & 5), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and students, $10) in advance and at the door. 994-2191. [map]
May 3 & 17. Open dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 7 p.m. by merengue lessons ($5). The May 17 dance is jungle-themed; Tarzan, Lion King, and Jungle Book costumes encouraged.
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson). 409-4480. [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]
Led by bassist Sharp, this local jazz ensemble plays a mix of jazz, world music, and funk. Tonight they perform songs from their upcoming CD, WORLDS. With saxophonist Chris Kaercher, tabla player John Churchville, guitarist and cumbus (oud-like Turkish string instrument) player Elden Kelly, guitarist Andre Frappier, and drummer Gayelynn McKinney.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
This veteran singer-songwriter from Lynn, Massachusetts, a Green Wood favorite, writes sharp-witted songs about everyday life that blend pathos, humor, and biting satire, and his live shows feature a lot of impromptu storytelling and comedy. His fans include Christine Lavin and Livingston Taylor, and he's released 4 acclaimed CDs, including the recent Live in Michigan. A big hit in earlier Green Wood appearances.
8 p.m., FUMC, Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $17 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
Winner of the 1999 International Bluegrass Association Emerging Artist of the Year Award, this bluegrass ensemble blends traditional and progressive styles with the energy of Southern rock. Its 2005 CD, The Journey, is a collection of traditional southern gospel tunes, and its 2006 CD, Wide Open, blends originals with songs by well-known country and bluegrass songwriters. The band's 2010 CD, Road That Never Ends, was recorded live at the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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]
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]
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]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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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]