Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.
Apr. 27 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. $5 (kids, $3).
May 12 (1 p.m.): "Mother's Day Wildflower Walk." A hike to look for spring wildflowers.
May 18 (7:30 a.m.): "Bird Hike." A hike to look for birds in a variety of habitats. Bring binoculars and a field guide.
June 22 (11 a.m.): "No Child Left Inside: Amazing Amphibians." Discussion and display of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. Geared toward young audiences; parents welcome. $3 per child.
Various times, park activity center (for fishing event, meet at the Rapids View Area), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $3 (except as noted). Preregistration required. Moms free for Wildflower Walk. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
All invited to compete in a triathlon (half-mile swim, 14-mile bike race, and 5-mile run) or duathlon (14-mile bike race sandwiched between 2- and 5-mile runs). Also, a 5-mile trail run on the Potowatomi Trail. Awards. Limited to 650 participants.
8 a.m. sharp, Halfmoon Lake Beach, Hankerd Rd. (1 3/4 miles north of North Territorial Rd.), Dexter Twp. $72 by May 5, $82 afterward. $12 discount for USA Triathlon members. Entry forms available at eliteendeavors.com. $10 annual vehicle entry fee. (419) 829-2398.
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.
Women and girls of all ages are invited to participate in a USATF/RRTC-certified 5-km run or fitness walk along a flat course on the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Cash awards to overall, master, and grand master winners and awards for top 5 runners in 15 & under, 16-19, and subsequent 5-year age divisions. Followed by a yoga class. A portion of the proceeds donated to Girls on the Run of Southeast Michigan.
9 a.m. (registration begins at 7:30 a.m.), St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ellen Thompson Women's Health Center, 5301 Huron River Dr. Entry fee: $25 (age 15 & under, $20) by April 26 & $35 (age 15 & under, $30) by May 10 at aatrackclub.org and by mail (mail-in forms available by emailing email@example.com), $40 (age 15 & under, $35) day of race. 332-9129. [map]
September 6-7 Safe and Healthful Yoga for Everyone
October 25-26 Deep Relaxation, Yoga Nidra and Meditation
Cost: $179 up to a week early/$199 after that
For best results attend both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning through afternoon workshops and classes. However registering for one day is an option, as well. No drop-ins sorry. For details please, visit www.YogaAndMeditation.com. Yoga Teachers get continuing education credit for attending. Pre-registration with payment is required. All programs and practices are tailored to meet participants' needs, goals, abilities and level of understanding. Beginners through advanced practitioners are welcome.
AIKIDO studio, 1904 Federal Blvd. $59 (Sat.)/$135 (Sun). 734-665-7801. EmaStefanova@cs.com www.YogaAndMeditation.com [map]
Ema Stefanova is one of the most highly and uniquely trained and experienced yoga and meditation teachers in the nation. Her gentle style comes from her living and training in the world-renowned holistic and therapeutic Satyananda Yoga lineage and a lifetime of teaching. Ema has taught yoga since 1979 to over a hundred thousand students of all ages, including patients and staff in hospitals, businesses, schools, universities and U.S. government agencies. Ema has also trained and mentored yoga teachers of all levels worldwide, authored teacher manuals, yoga and meditation CDs/DVDs, and articles. She has been a University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Referral Practitioner for many years.
This spring and summer Corner Brewery will be serving Brunch-n-Brew on Easter Sunday, Mother's Day and Father's Day. We will be opening early at 10am to offer a selection of main courses, sides and kiddie options. Visit our Facebook for menu specifics.
The Bob Skon Trio will be entertaining you with sweet and lively melodies to capture those moments in life we can all identify with.
Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti. 734-480-2739. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
May 11, 12, 18, & 19. Two weekend plant sales, including a "Mother's Day Weekend Sale" (May 11 & 12) with container plants and hanging baskets and a "Kitchen Favorites Sale" (May 18 & 19) with herbs and hard-to-find heirloom vegetables. Also, herbal samples and recipes and info on worm castings and gardening with worms.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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:
Noon-2:30 p.m., begin at AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free. 995-5439. [map]
May 11 & 12. Hands-on activities for kids.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (May 11) & noon-4 p.m. (May 12), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
(Goro Miyazaki, 2011). Hand-drawn animated Japanese film about a group of teens who try to save their school's clubhouse from being demolished before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
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). For complete, updated schedules, see michtheater.org or call 668-TIME. [map]
Screening of Baz Luhrmann's 2013 2D and 3D adaptations of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel. Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan. Joel Edgerton. Note: The May 10 6:45 screening is preceded at 6:15 by a performance by the Appleseed Collective, a popular young local acoustic quintet whose enchanting music is a flexible blend of lyric-based folk-rock with Dixieland, jug band, western Swing, bluegrass and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies, and the screening itself begins with a Betty Boop cartoon.
Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). 3D screening tickets $13 (discounts available). 668-TIME. [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]
Half-hour docent-guided tours of photographs and artifacts in this restored 19th-century observatory museum. Also, a chance to pull the rope and rotate the telescope dome.
1-4 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. $5 suggested donation (U-M students, free). 763-3482. [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]
NYC caller Gene Murrow leads dances to live music by Susie Lorand, Josh Burdick, and Steve Schneider.
1:30-4:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. (248) 288-4737. [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]
U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in the second of a two-part lecture-concert about Dave Brubeck. Today: music from early and late portions of his career, and his quartet's hit "Take Five." With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Docent-led tour of the current exhibit, an installation by Argentina-born, LA-based architect and designer Pita, whose boldly colored works are influenced by literature and biology and employ cutting-edge architectural fabrication techniques.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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]
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]
Program TBA by music students.
3 p.m., AASPA, 637 S. Main. Free. 213-2000. [map]
May 10-12. Henry Russell directs a cast of area homeschooled teens in Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief.
7 p.m. (May 10 & 11) & 3 p.m. (May 12), Whitmore Lake High School, 8877 Whitmore Lake Rd. $5 (family, $20) in advance via email to email@example.com and at the door. 239-3476. [map]
Exhibit co-curator Donald Lopez and U-M Buddhist and Tibetan studies professor Arthur Link discuss the current exhibit of Buddhist religious paintings and artifacts.
3 p.m., UMMA Taubman Gallery II, 525 S. State. Free, but preregistration requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. 764-0395. [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]
We all know at serving time when we just didn't get things exactly right during preparation. The tricky part is knowing at what exact moment you've made an error. Even better, if you find yourself in a situation where something has gone wrong, is there anything you can do to recover the dish??? This TECHNIQUE-DRIVEN class will give you insights to how foods wind up delicious and hot consistently get amazing results. We will also arm you with the recovery techniques that can bring a dish back and build your culinary confidence! Full participation. Menu: Breaded Veal Cutlets with Fingerling Potatoes, Spring Vegetables and Chocolate-Dipped Meringue for Dessert. 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]
This New England fingerstyle guitarist, a native Newfoundlander, performs traditional songs from Newfoundland and New England. Murphy's performances also include mandolin and French Canadian foot percussion.
7:30 p.m., private residence (call for directions). $12. 769-1052, 274-0773.
Highly regarded young comic who specializes in slapstick stories with an acerbic edge told in a deceptively soft, almost mousy voice that accentuates her rapid-fire mimicry of the characters in her stories. A frequent guest on cable and network TV, she's also been featured in several films. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. $20 reserved seating in advance, $22 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]