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.
Yoga class--Yoga for facial glow, mental peace and better sleep: Ramesh Narula / Ann Arbor Senior Center.more >
Yoga class--Yoga for facial glow, mental peace and better sleep: Ramesh Narula / Ann Arbor Senior Center.< less
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]
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]
Ohara-style ikebana expert Anne Morrison leads a session of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. Call for instructions on equipment to bring.
1 p.m., University Commons, 817 Asa Gray Dr. (off Huron Pkwy.). $15 (members, $8) materials fee. (248) 685-7696. [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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register.
United States, 3941 Research Park Drive. $5. email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org www.annarborcil.org [map]
There are so many critters with wings and things that fly! Every Thursday we'll learn about a new winged friend and how they fly in order to survive.
May 9, 16, 23 & 30.
Ages 4-5, caregiver not required. Registration required.
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $44 for all four sessions. 734-997-1553. email@example.com http://www.lesliesnc.org [map]
Apr. 11 & May 9. All youth grades 6-12 invited to eat pizza and discuss a young adult book. Apr. 11: Scarlet, A.C. Gaughen's novel based on the legend of Robin Hood and told from the perspective of a girl pretending to be a boy in Robin's band of thieves. May 9: Bad Taste in Boys, Carrie Harris' zombie novel about a girl who must save her high school from the flesh-eating football team.
2:50-3:30 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]
Community High students present a series of 10-minute scenes, monologues, songs, and dances.
7:30 p.m., Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) $15 (students, $10) in advance at ShowTix4U.com and at the door. 994-2021. [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 (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [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]
This local children's book illustrator, who created the images for the 2011 Caldecott-winning book A Sick Day for Amos McGee, reads If You Want to See a Whale, Julie Fogliano's new book that Stead illustrated about a boy who learns what it takes to catch a glimpse of an elusive whale. Signing. Philip Stead, Erin's husband, is on hand to sign copies of their co-created books, A Sick Day for Amos McGee and Bear Has a Story to Tell.
6:30 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
Hanger steak, flap steak, denver steak, ranch steak, braison, merlot cuts. Teres major? Where do they come from and why are they better? In this class, we will roll up our sleeves and unhinge our jaws as we get to the meat of the matter! We will demystify these cuts and show the right techniques to prepare them. Full participation. Menu: Three new-to-you Beef Steaks, Marinated, Grilled, and Pan-Seared with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes and Garlicky Green Beans. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $80/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Talk by Community Kitchen board member Peter di Lorenzi.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club president Phil Tedeschi discusses the basics of hunting mushrooms in Michigan, from where to look and how to know which ones are safe to eat to cooking and preserving them.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
May 9 & 10. Ben Cohen directs students in Shakespeare's culminating work, a visionary romance set on a magical island ruled by the enigmatic but benevolent sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Free. 769-4010. [map]
Second Thursday Build Nights have a special emphasis involving the Raspberry Pi! Bring one if you have one, or try out one of ours!
Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.
Have a project? Bring it down! We can provide:
- Basic Hand Tools (Screwdrivers, hammers, files, wrenches, scissors, knives)
- Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Masks)
- Power Tools* (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Dremel, Drill Press, Lathe)
- XYZ Tools** (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Mill)
- Awesome (Sewing Machines, Needles, Thread, Glue Guns)
- And a whole lot more.
Don't have a project? Come down and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN. You'll learn something, and maybe help someone else out!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Free. Donation. email@example.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
Timothy Krohn directs students in William Boyce's Symphony no. 1, David O'Fallon's Legend, music from The Incredibles, Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony, Rossini's Overture from the Barber of Seville, and music from Pirates of the Caribbean.
7:30 p.m., Huron High School, 2727 Fuller. Free. 994-2096. [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]
May 9-11. This veteran stand-up comic is a frequent performer on cable TV who has also had her own Comedy Central special. Her act blends storytelling with sharp commentary on a mix of momentous and trivial topics. 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]
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]
Solo performance by the frontman of the Houston rock band whose music is known for its searchingly intimate explorations of his many personal battles. His current tour, a blend of spoken word and acoustic music, features excerpts from the new expanded 3rd edition of Crazy Making, Furstenfeld's collection of lyrics and writings, and a set of both brand-new songs and old favorites. Also, a Q&A. Opening act is Ashleigh Stone, an indie pop singer-songwriter and keyboardist from San Marcos.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $125 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
May 9-12. Thom Johnson directs local actors in James Goldman's popular black comedy, a fictionalization of the historical strife between England's 12th-century King Henry II, his estranged wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons. Reunited for the Christmas holidays, Eleanor and Henry quarrel over who should be heir to the throne--Eleanor's choice is Richard (the Lionhearted), while Henry favors his weakling youngest, Jeffrey. The resentful middle son, Geoffrey, meanwhile plots revenge on the whole family. The play is unabashedly modern, viciously funny, and fraught with Freudian overtones; the dialogue is bitingly satirical, the plot an intricate chess game of strategy, countermoves, and intrigue.
8 p.m. (May 9-11) & 2 p.m. (May 12), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone. 971-2228. [map]