(Sally Potter, 2012). Drama set in 1962 London about two teenage girls whose lifelong friendship is shattered by the clash of desire and the determination to survive. Stars Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, & Annette Bening.
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]
(Ken Scott, 2011). Poignant comedy about a fortysomething slacker who finds out he's the biological father of 533 children, 142 of whom have filed a class-action lawsuit to reveal the true identity of the sperm donor known only as Starbuck. French & Spanish, subtitles.
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]
WAS member Karen Markey leads a field trip to this Ohio state park 70 miles from Ann Arbor on the southern shore of Lake Erie to look for migrating warblers, flycatchers, sparrows, thrushes, and perhaps even some owls. Also, a short stop at the nearby Metzger Marsh. Bring a lunch and something to drink; insect repellant recommended. Late afternoon return.
5:50 a.m., meet at the park-and-ride lot at Plymouth and US-23, to carpool. Free. 994-3569.
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.
Big display of around 400 of every sort of air- and water-cooled VW imaginable. Also, a swap meet. Rain or shine. Nonperishable food donations accepted for SOS Community Services.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. $5 admission ($12 to enter a car). mvvc.net.
Hands-On Training For Massage Therapists, Eldercare or Hospice Professionals. Level One Workshop.
Please see website for detailed information and registration.
University Living Independent and Assisted Living, 2865 South Main Street. $450. 734-669-3030 ext. 233. email@example.com http://www.compassionate-touch.org/ [map]
1.5- and 3-mile noncompetitive walks to raise funds for heart disease research and education.
9:30 a.m., WCC campus, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free, but donations & pledges accepted. Preregistration available at washtenawheartwalk.org. 635-5748. [map]
Noncompetitive 5-km run for girls ages 8-14 and parents, family members, teachers, and anyone else who wants to run with them. All finishers receive a medal. Followed by a "Celebration Expo" (9-11:30 a.m.) with live music, a bounce house, face painting, and other family-oriented activities. Food concessions.
9:45 a.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.), EMU Rynearson Stadium, 799 Hewitt, Ypsilanti. $25 (kids dash, free) in advance by May 20 at girlsontherunsemi.org/events/GOTR-events.php; $30 day of race. 712-5640. [map]
Apr. 20 & 21 and May 18 & 19. Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from Americana to Art Deco. No reproductions are allowed, experts check every booth, and the items' authenticity is guaranteed. Deliveries available. Concessions. No pets.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). (937) 875-0808 (before the show), 429-3145 (day of show). [map]
Common Language, loved by Ann Arborites since 1991, is determined to survive and thrive in an era of frequent independent bookseller closures. Avid supporters have organized the third annual 3-day Book-A-Palooza.
The Book-a-Palooza will be held May 17, 18, and 19 at Braun Court in Ann Arbor. Used books from good to like-new condition will be available. There will be 2 tents: LGBT Favorites and Best Bargains.
Hundreds of books have already been collected!
Common Language Bookstore, 317 Braun Ct across from the Farmers Market. Free admission. 734-663-0036. firstname.lastname@example.org www.glbtbooks.com, https://www.facebook.com/events/510624195668309/ [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]
May 18 & 19 (different programs). The most festive occasion of the Buddhist year.
May 18: Panel discussion on "Checking Out Buddhism" (3:30 p.m.), with Zen Buddhist Temple members Leila Matta, Ivan Mayerhoffer, and others TBA. 10th Annual Buddha's Evening Celebration (6 p.m.) includes a buffet with vegetarian hors d'oeuvres, entrees, and dessert, followed by a program of music by the duo of Joe Reilly, a popular local singer-songwriter whose songs draw on blues, hip-hop, Native American, and other traditional American idioms and address ecological and spiritual themes, and Allison Radell, a singer-songwriter and pianist whose music draws on jazz, rock, and classical influences.
May 19: The program begins at 10 a.m. with a dharma talk by resident priest Haju Murray and the traditional "Bathing of Baby Buddha" with sweet tea. Also at 3 p.m., an "An Introduction to Meditation" and at 7:30 p.m., chanting and lighting of traditional lotus lanterns, along with scriptural readings by representatives from other area Buddhist groups.
3:30-8:30 p.m. (May 18) & 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (May 19), Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard at Wells. All events are free, except Evening Celebration (adults, $12; students, $6; small children, $5; families, $30). Tickets available in advance and at the door. 761-6520. [map]
One of the country's top regional antiquarian fairs, with more than 40 dealers from 8 states offering manuscripts, vintage photos and prints, antique maps, and a wide array of old, rare, curious, and fine books, including including first editions of Joseph Conrad, William Faulkner, and Mark Twain, along with collectible children's books, fine leather bindings, modern poetry, Michigan history, travel & exploration, illustrated books, photography, antique maps, cookbooks, and books in many other subjects. Book Fair admission charge benefits the U-M Clements Library.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom. $5 donation. 995-1891. [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://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]
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]
For those fortunate enough to have a welcomed houseguest the morning after a big night out, why not extend your hospitality by preparing any of the three brunch menus we will demonstrate in this first start course in breakfast? Delicious, romantic and easier than you may think these eye-opening meals will become your go-to for impressing late night - come early morning guests. Together we will master eggs (a real necessity even if you are making them for yourself), hash browns and fresh breakfast sausage. We will visit the sweeter side with a fancy French Toast and cover the proper way to a fine cup of coffee without the crazy equipment used by your favorite barista. Full participation. Menu: Eggs Three Ways with Rosemary-scented Hash Browns and Homemade Breakfast Sausage; Brioche French Toast stuffed with Mascarpone and Strawberries; Orange Citrus Breakfast Cake and French Press Coffee. 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]
Internationally renowned as one of the most exciting contemporary interpreters of traditional boogie-woogie and blues piano, Ann Arbor's Mark "Mr. B" Braun is joined by several longtime stars of the local music scene to raise money for his bicycle tours hauling his upright piano to raise funds for organizations that provide arts and athletic programs for kids. Performers include jazz and blues harmonica wizard Peter Madcat Ruth, electric guitar virtuoso George Bedard, jazz pianist Ellen Rowe, jazz bassist Paul Keller, jazz drummer Pete Siers, folksinger San Slomovits, and others TBA.
1 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]
Jacqueline Courteau directs young local actors in an outdoor production of her theatrical adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved 1908 novel about a spirited, redheaded orphan who gets adopted by a middle-age brother and sister living on a farm on Prince Edward Island.
10 a.m. (May 18) & 1 & 4 p.m. (May 18 & 19), U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Tickets $8 (kids, $5). 971-2228. [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]
All adults and teens invited to learn how to knit small pieces to spread in the AADL outdoor garden as a form of knit graffiti. Experienced knitters and crocheters welcome. Materials provided, but bring size 8 or 10 needles if you have them.
1-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]
Talk by veteran professional genealogist and former Genealogical Speakers Guild president Shirley Hodges. Followed by a panel discussion by club members on a topic TBA.
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from E. Huron River Dr.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]
Tours of Matthaei's new garden space. Also, traditional Japanese music by the koto (Japanese zither) ensemble Miyabi, a chance to make a Zentangle drawing, and more.
2-5 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
All kids, accompanied by an adult, invited for contra and square dancing with live music by David West and Donna Baird. Grange-baked cookies.
2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $12 per family. 769-1052. [map]
Sept. 8 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Dragonflies: Acrobats of the Sky." Jackson naturalist Don Henise presents a short indoor program about dragonflies, followed by a hike to Mill Lake to view them in their natural habitat. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the Eddy Discovery Center.
Sept. 15 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles Walk." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.
Sept. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Sensing Animals." Science Alive representatives bring a variety of live animals for a hands-on presentation on some amazing ways they use their senses to learn about and survive in their environments.
Sept. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Fall Mushroom Search." Mushroom expert Phil Tedeschi leads a search for mushrooms and helps participants identify what they have collected. Bring waxed paper and a basket or paper bag.
Oct. 6 (1-2:30 p.m.): "Survival Skills You Can Use." Artemis Eyster shows adults and kids age 10 & up how to make a shelter and a bed, build a fire, find water, make your own string, and avoid getting lost.
Oct. 20 (2-3 p.m.): "Animal Interactions." Interactive Animal Education owner Chris Oesterling displays a variety of live animals and discusses their habits and adaptations.
Oct. 27 (2 p.m.): "Sandhill Crane Tour." Local sandhill crane expert Bill Wells leads an auto tour that goes from the fields of Portage Lake campground, where many cranes spend the day, to the marshes of the Audubon Society's Haehnle Sanctuary, where hundreds of cranes return to roost at dusk. Expect to see large flocks of these magnificent birds at close range. Bring binoculars and cameras. Maps for self-guided tours and on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story available at the Discovery Center beginning Oct. 5.
Nov. 10 (2-3 p.m.): "Rapteriffic." Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show off some of the center's raptors and display the amazing eyesight of hawks and remarkable hearing of owls.
Various times, meet in the Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $. $2 (families, $5); additional materials fee for "Sketching Nature" programs. Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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.
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]
James Nissen conducts this local volunteer ensemble in Henry Fillmore's The Klaxon, Dvorak's "Largo" from The New World, Randol Alan Bass's Casey at the Bat with narration by AACB board president Phillip Rhodes, selections from West Side Story, Whitacre's Godzilla Eats Las Vegas with comedic video accompaniment projected onto a large screen, and Christensen's arrangements of Best Broadway Marches. Also alto saxophonist Kevin Dittman, the AACB 2013 Young Artist Scholarship Competition winner, performs Paule Maurice's Tableaux du Provence.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $5; kids age 12 & under, free). aaband.org. [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]
Performances by young local musicians who participate in an AASPA program that provides music instruction to under-resourced students.
3 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 213-2000. [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]
Chris Heidenreich conducts this popular 60-member ensemble in works from around the world. The program is highlighted by Carmen Fantasy, a work based on Bizet's opera, with flute soloist Beth Wondolowski. The program also includes works by Holst, suspenseful works by John Williams, and works by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Reception follows.
3 p.m., First United Methodist Church lawn, 120 S. State. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [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]
Think you're smart? Think you can drink? Join Ann Arbor Derby Dimes at The Wurst Bar Sunday, May 19 for a new kind of spelling bee: take a shot, spell a word.
It's that simple! Or is it? The winners will receive Ann Arbor Derby Dimes merchandise and tickets to our next bout.
$10 participation fee. Participants over 21 welcome, simply show up before 4:00. No cover to come and watch the debauchery.
- Official website listing (http://annarborrollerderby.com/ann-arbor-derby-dimes-present-slurring-bee-51913/)
- RSVP on Facebook (http://on.fb.me/124nXp6)
- Download and share flier via Facebook (http://on.fb.me/11wSnVO)
- Download and share flier via Flickr (http://flic.kr/p/ehKfVo)
Wurst Bar, 705 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti. 10. email@example.com http://annarborrollerderby.com/ann-arbor-derby-dimes-present-slurring-bee-51913/ [map]
Organist Knapp and soprano Betzen perform works by Bach, Lili Boulanger, Daniel Pinkham, C.V. Stanford, and Daniel Rogg, as well as the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Braxton Blake. Reception follows.
4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Free. ypsipipes.org, 482-1525. [map]
Talk by Tanglewood Bakery (Plymouth) owner and small-scale farmer Emily Jenkins.
4-6 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [map]
This Detroit native and former Tigers front office employee, author of Jewish History in the Time of Baseball's Jews, discusses the history of Jewish baseball players. Reception follows.
6:30-8 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. $5 in advance at templebethemeth.org, and at the door. 355-2415. [map]
May 19: Creole du Nord. Manchester-based Cajun & Creole dance quintet.
June 23: Rev. Robert Jones. The host of WDET's Blues from the Lowlands and an ordained Baptist minister, Jones is an excellent singer and guitarist, with a huge repertoire that draws on Delta, Texas, Chicago, and other blues traditions. His band includes his wife, vocalist Sis Bernice Jones.
July 28: Bill Bynum & Co. Bluegrass-based quartet led by award-winning Downriver singer-songwriter and guitarist Bynum, whose songs also draw on old-time, early country, gospel, and contemporary folk music. His band includes fiddler Mary Seelhorst, dobro player Dave Keeney, and bassist Chuck Anderson.
Aug. 3: Luke Winslow-King. Cadillac-bred Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist who currently lives in New Orleans. His Old/New Baby was named a Top 10 Album of 2009 in the American Songwriter magazine editors poll, and OffBeat magazine says it "captures the allure of a speakeasy, the swagger of old Dixie, and the simple good-time charm of Western swing." He has a brand-new CD, The Coming Tide.
Aug. 25: The Moxie Strings. Local duo of Dragon Wagon fiddler Diana Ladio and electric cellist Alison Lynn, formerly known as String Cheese, who play a foot-stomping, rock-influenced fusion of traditional Celtic and Americana music.
7:30 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $10. 429-0060. [map]
Acclaimed 6-piece rock band whose music, which the Washington Post calls "rock 'n' roll in the key of country noir," is shaped by the songwriting collaboration of frontman Foucault, a Wisconsin-based American roots-music singer-songwriter known for wry, deftly poetic lyrics and rich-toned fingerstyle guitar accompaniment, and the Hayden Carruth Award-winning poet Lisa Olstein, a University of Massachusetts creative writing professor. The band's 2nd CD, Cavalcade, is due out this week. Opening act is The Pines, an up-and-coming Iowa indie folk-noir septet fronted by the singer-songwriter duo of David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 iin advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]