(Shane Carruth, 2013). Romantic sci-fi thriller about a woman who's drugged by a small-time thief and unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a mysterious microscopic organism where she meets a man in a similar quandary.
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). For complete, updated schedules, see michtheater.org or call 668-TIME.
May 5 & June 9. A judged amateur riding event featuring kids and adults riding English, western, and halter styles. Concessions.
8 a.m.-about 7 p.m., Woodbine Farm, 9976 W. Liberty (east of M-52 between Parker & Guenther), Lima Twp. Free admission. spurhorseshow.com. [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.
May 5, 11, & 19. Hikes led by WCPRC naturalists. May 5 (8-10 a.m.): "Sunday Morning Bird Walk" (Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester). Bring binoculars and a field guide if you can. May 5 (1-4 p.m.): "Wildflowers or Bust!" (Sharon Mills Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. between Pleasant Lake & Sharon Valley rds., Manchester). Hike to the Nan Weston Preserve. Wear boots that can get wet and bring water and a snack. May 11 (9-10:30 a.m.): "Take a Child Birdwatching!" (County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance). Kids of all ages invited to learn about birds passing through Michigan. Bring binoculars if you can. May 11 (10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): "Wildflowers along the Saline River" (Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve, Mooreville Rd., Milan. From US-23, exit Carpenter Rd., turn right on County St., continue onto Main which becomes Mooreville). Wear boots that can get wet. May 19 (2-4 p.m.): "Botany of Ladyslipper Fen" (Park Lyndon). Wear boots that can get wet.
Various times & locations. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
Join us for the 35th Annual Burns Park Run on May 5, 2013! Winding through a beautiful old Ann Arbor neighborhood, near the University of Michigan campus, the tree-lined Burns Park Run loop course has been a favorite of beginner and world-class runners alike.
The Burns Park Run is a long standing and successful fundraiser, organized by volunteers, for Burns Park Elementary School PTO programs. Annually, the 5K and 10K races draw 800 to 1,000 runners aged 5 to 90 years, with over 200 elementary school kids running the 5K. A separate 1/2 mile Fun Run around the park for younger runners starts after the 5K and 10K races finish.
Come step off the spring racing season with us!
Burns Park Elementary, 1414 Wells St. $5 fun run; $15 early bird 5K/10K, $20 reg 5K/10K, $25 late 5K/10K. firstname.lastname@example.org www.burnsparkrun.org [map]
Dozens of slick street rods, sleek muscle cars, and elegant antique autos. Also, muffler rapping contests, in which parked street rodders stomp on the gas to see whose engine is most deafening. Games, prizes, a DJ, food vendors, and a swap meet. Preceded on May 4 by a kickoff party (6-9 p.m.).
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Riverside Park near Depot Town, Ypsilanti. $2 admission; $20 to show a car. 649-7980, yasr.com.
Walk at your own pace, along a 5- or 10-km route, to view the downtown fairy doors and other magical sights. All abilities welcome. Do not feed the fairies. Dogs and rattlesnakes must be leashed.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., maps available at the Michigan Union. Free. email@example.com. [map]
30-, 15-, and 5-mile guided bike rides. Followed by a rally and barbecue, bike decorating, games, and information on bike maintenance, bike routes, and more. Helmets required for riders age 17 & under. Free tune-ups and ride registration begin at 9 a.m.
10 a.m., Recreation Park, 1015 Congress, Ypsilanti. Free. bike.ypsi.org, 330-0550. [map]
All invited to watch races between club members and others who want to enter (it's free) in sailboats up to 18 feet long.
10 a.m., Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd., left from Mast off North Territorial. Free. Preregistration requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 426-0920. [map]
May 4, 5, 11, & 18. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snascks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.
May 4: Greenview Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, across from Barnard Rd. on Greenview Rd. off Scio Church Rd. west of S. Seventh St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails.
May 5: Furstenberg Nature Area Native Plant Garden (noon-3 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to join master gardener Aunita Erskine for her annual spring cleanup and botanical walk.
May 11: Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in front of 220 Sunset) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and other spring invasives.
May 18: Annual Downtown Blooms Day (9 a.m.-noon, meet at Liberty Plaza) to help plant flowers throughout the downtown. Followed at noon by a free pizza-and-pop lunch for volunteers. Bring work gloves, brooms, and planting trowels, if you have them. Also, Adopt-a-Park Kick-Off (9 a.m.-noon, various city parks--info at 794-6627 or Adopt-A-Park@a2gov.org), a chance to learn volunteer opportunities for helping maintain city parks near where you live.
Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
Every Sat. & Sun. through June 23. Docents lead 30-minute walking tours of public art, with special emphasis on the reproductions of famous artworks that have been temporarily installed by the Detroit Institute of Arts. See http://www.dia.org/assets/pdf/insideout/spring2013/AnnArbor.pdf for a map of all the installations in town.
Noon-2:30 p.m., begin at AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free. 995-5439. [map]
See review. Tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse led by costumed volunteers, who depict mid-19th-century farm routines and preparations for spring, including a woodstove cooking demo and some hands-on activities. Also, resident goats, ducks, and chickens, and a pony. Visitors can also get up on a 19th-century soap box to speak your piece, try out a trebuchet (an old-fashioned gravity-fueled catapult), or
Noon-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard (next to Buhr Park). $2 suggested donation (families, $5; seniors & youth, $1; kids age 3 & under and members, free). 794-7120. [map]
FLY High Tea is FLY Children's Art Center's second annual silent auction. Refreshments including donations from community sponsors including Pocket Full of Tea, Eve's Edibles, and the Ugly Mug will be served as well as live music from local musician Danny Kline and Jacqueline Nutting. A wide variety of items and services are up for auction inluding professional organizing services from Clearly Aligned Coaching Services, 2 family fun packs (4-60 minute jump passes, pizza, and pop)at Skyzone Canton, and a consultation/2 hour tattoo session at Lost & Found Tattoo! True to FLY's personality there will also be several art pieces and music lessons available as well. Join us on May 5th to bid on awesome items and services, hear some great music, meet community members, but most importantly support FLY Children's Art Center!
Fly Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $3 presale or $5 at the door. email@example.com flyartcenter.org [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]
Local comic artist Mike Roll, creator of the comic series Apooka: The World's Most Adorable Zombie, discusses how he came up with his kid-friendly zombie and demonstrates his drawing techniques and tools. Participants also work on their own comics; materials provided. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Apr. 7 & 28 and May 5. Docent-led tour of the current retrospective of works by Anatsui, an internationally renowned sculptor known for large wall pieces made from discarded bottle tops. The exhibit spans 4 decades of Anatsui's art, including works in wood, ceramic, and metal, as well as drawings, prints, and paintings.
1 & 2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
May 4, 5, 18, & 19. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. May 4 & 5: "Mind Over Matter" includes experiments with extreme states of solids, liquids, and gases. May 18 & 19: "Good Vibes" features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Talks by U-M Family Medicine professors. Mack Ruffin discusses "Truths and Myths: Cancer Prevention and Early Detection." Suzanna Zick discusses "Edible Health: Diet and Cancer Prevention."
1-3 p.m., Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. Free. Preregistration required at med.umich.edu/fammet/seminar.html or by phone. 998-7120, ext. 264. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more. Stars to Starfish (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of the universe of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.
11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
This neighborhood music festival, which drew thousands of visitors last year, features performances by more than 100 local musicians on front porches in the Water Hill neighborhood-so called because of all the water-themed street names (Spring, Fountain, and Brooks). The musicians perform in various genres from classical to jazz to rock and include everyone from the nationally renowned trio the Chenille Sisters and virtuoso classical pianist Waleed Howrani to amateur family bands and young musicians. The lineup also includes pop-rock singer-songwriter Vienna Teng, the Latin jazz band Los Gatos, the alt-country rock band Corndaddy, folk singer-songwriter Chris Buhalis, the Tree Town Community Chorus, the jazz ensemble the Ron Brooks Trio, electro-pop singer-songwriter Charlie Slick, acoustic self-described "jazz-grass/punk-folk" trio Wire in the Wood, percussionist Dan Piccolo, classical violist John Madison & friends, a trio led by singer-songwriter Gwenyth Hayes, a band led by 11-year-old singer-pianist-percussionist Ella Kocher, the rock trio The Uh Ohs, and many others. Updated schedule of performance times and locations available at waterhill.org. Programs available on the day of the event at Big City Bakery and from volunteers on foot. Rain date: May 12.
2-6 p.m., Water Hill neighborhood north of Miller bounded by Brooks, Sunset, and the train tracks. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
All invited to join local pagans for this ancient Celtic holiday that celebrates fertility. Also, a raffle and potluck. Preceded at 5 a.m. by a "Dawn Beltaine Rite."
2-5 p.m., Cavallo Equestrian Centre, 2185 Harris Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 277-1897. [map]
May 5-8. Annual touring festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes.
May 5: Life in Stills (Tamar Tal, 2011) and "Numbered" (Dana Doron & Uriel Sinai, 2012). Documentary double feature. Life in Stills is about the relationship between a 96-year-old Israeli woman and her grandson as they struggle to rescue from demolition her photo shop, which contains nearly one million negatives documenting Israel's beginnings, and Numbered is about Auschwitz survivors and the relationship they have with the tattooed number on their arms. Hebrew, subtitles. 2 p.m. Hava Nagila: The Movie (Robert Grossman, 2012). Documentary about the history of this ubiquitous Jewish folk song that traces its around-the-world journey from the Ukraine to Israel, the Catskills, and YouTube. Interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, and Glen Campbell, as well as performances of the song by Belafonte, Francis, Danny Kaye, Bob Dylan, Lena Horne, Regina Spektor, and Chubby Checker. 8 p.m.
May 6: BESA: The Promise (Rachel Goslins, 2012). Documentary about the families, mostly Muslim, who helped save Jewish families in Nazi-occupied Albania. English & Arabic, subtitles. Followed by a talk by Indiana University linguistics & anthropology professor Frances Trix, winner of the Albanian American National Association Lifetime Achievement Award. 2 p.m. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Thierry Binisti, 2011). Adaptation of Valerie Zenatti's award-winning novel about the email-nurtured romance that blossoms between a 17-year-old French girl whose family has settled in Jerusalem and a 20-year-old Palestinian. French, Hebrew, English, & Arabic; subtitles. 5 p.m. The Flat (Arnon Goldfinger, 2012). Documentary about the director's discovery, as he cleans out the Tel Aviv flat of his deceased grandparents-both immigrants from Nazi Germany-of a bizarre commemorative coin that points to a complicated and shocking story. English & Arabic, subtitles. 8 p.m.
May 7: A.K.A. Doc Pomus (William Hechter & Peter Miller, 2012). Documentary about the life and career of the Brooklyn-born songwriter. Paralyzed with polio as a child, he reinvented himself first as a blues singer and then as the creator (usually with melodist Mort Shuman) of a string of early rock 'n' roll classics, from "A Teenager in Love" and "Save the Last Dance for Me" to "This Magic Moment" and "Little Sister." Followed by a talk by local Jewish Cultural Society educator Larry Kuperman, a lecturer on Jews in rock 'n' roll. 2 p.m. Yossi (Eytan Fox, 2012). This sequel to Yossi & Jagger finds the Israeli army physician reminiscing about the love of his life, a fellow Israeli army officer who died 10 years earlier, when he encounters a group of young officers, one of whom reignites his romantic feelings. Hebrew, subtitles. 5 p.m. The Day I Saw Your Heart (Jennifer Devoldere, 2011). Comic drama about a 60-year-old man, expecting a baby with his young wife, who tries to repair his relationship with his 2 grown daughters. French, subtitles. 8 p.m.
May 8: Incessant Visions (Duki Dror, 2011). Documentary about the life and work of the influential German Jewish Expressionist architect Erich Mendelsohn. Followed by a talk by U-M Dearborn art history lecturer Jennifer Perlove. 2 p.m. God's Neighbors (Meny Yaesh, 2012). Drama about 3 Breslov Hasidic men who force their beliefs-sometimes violently-on others. When the group's leader falls in love he suffers a crisis of faith and must choose between his feelings and his friends. Hebrew, subtitles. 5 p.m. The Other Son (Lorraine Levy, 2012). Drama about 2 young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, who discover they were switched at birth. Followed by a talk by local psychoanalyst and child development specialist Michael Singer. French, Hebrew, & Arabic; subtitles. 8 p.m.
Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (festival pass, $100). 971-0990. [map]
Marlin Whitaker calls to music by the Pure Michigan String Band. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Wear clean, nonmarking shoes.
2-5 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $8 (students, $5; kids age 14 & under with a parent, free; $1 discount for members). 994-6494. [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]
30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. (Kerrytown). Free. 769-3115. [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]
All invited to join a hike of about a mile to enjoy spring wildflowers. Preceded at 1:15 p.m. by socializing. Refreshments. No pets. Be prepared for variable weather and muddy trails.
2-3:30 p.m., meet at 3401 Berry Rd. (just south of Ford Rd.), Superior Twp. Free. 484-6565.
Arbor Hospice grief support services staff lead a discussion for women about ways to include their parents in the legacy they create in their own lives.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4555. [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]
Little Lake, a Democratic Learning Community for children, is screening several movies to spark conversation and discussion
amongst parents and caregivers of children.
The screenings show a counterexample to the student-led learning at Little Lake Learning Community, where the students and staff have full democratic participation in all aspects of learning and play.
The movies being shown include Race to Nowhere (May 5th), Free to Learn (May 19th), Where do the Children Play? (June 2nd), and Schooling the World (June 16th). Each movie is a provocative presentation on the ills of dominant corporate education. Seasoned LLLC facilitators will lead the discussions.
Little Lake Learning Community (@ Episcopal Church of the Incarnation), 3257 Lohr Rd. Free. email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org https://sites.google.com/site/littlelakefs/ [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how whales have adapted to thrive underwater by comparing archaic to modern whales. 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]
This Detroit troupe, founded by puppeteers and other artists trained in the former Soviet Union, presents its adaptation of the classic fairy tale.
3-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. at William. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Anthony Elliott conducts this volunteer ensemble in 2 Ginastera ballets, Panambi and Estancia, and 20th-century English composer Malcolm Arnold's Tam O'Shanter, an overture inspired by the Robert Burns poem. Also, a concerto TBA featuring the winner of the orchestra's annual youth concerto competition.
4 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south off Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. Free. 355-0725. [map]
Screening of this video that demonstrates a coiling technique used to hand-throw strong, elegant pots.
4 p.m., Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 662-4914. [map]
An eclectic mix of vibrant works featuring the Northside Commmunity Church Bell Choir, the Pioneer High vocal ensemble The Loreleis, Vincent York's jazz history ensemble Jazzistry, tenor Paul Clark, baritone Chris Grapentine, saxophonist Kacha Subotic, and pianist Adrienne Clark, who performs works by Astor Piazzolla. Also, display of works by local painter Marty Maehr. Reception follows. Proceeds benefit Samaritan Counseling Services, an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit ecumenical agency of professional counselors and psychotherapists.
7 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Donation. 663-6091. [map]
Ann Marie Koukios conducts the Michigan Sinfonietta and the FUMC Chancel Choir in Haydn's passionate oratorio, arguably his greatest work. Soloists are bass-baritone Stephen West, sopranos Jessica Dold and Mary Martin, alto Cynthia Brundage, tenor Jonas Hacker, and bass Isaac Droscher.
7 p.m., FUMC lawn, 120 S. State. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
San Francisco-based Canadian composer-cellist who uses a foot-controlled laptop to create lush, layered, somewhat otherworldly musical textures. The San Francisco Weekly calls it "swoon-inducing … like taking a triple shot of absinthe before stepping outside the bar just in time to see the sun exploding." Her 2005 CD One Cello x 16: Natoma has enjoyed 4 stints atop the iTunes classical chart.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]