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May 25-27. Numerous Australian shepherd dogs and other herding breeds compete by herding ducks, sheep, and cattle.
8:30 a.m.-afternoon, Imagine Farm, 10202 Hogan (east off M-52), Manchester. Free. 718-5081. [map]
All invited to watch club members race their zippy JY15 dinghies around Baseline Lake in a regatta dedicated to the club's late longtime sailing instructor.
10 a.m., Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd., left from Mast off North Territorial. Free. 426-4299. [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 24-26. Video game tournaments. Prizes.
May 24: "All-Stars Battle Royale." For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
May 25: "Wii Sports Resort." For all ages. Prizes.
May 26: "Mario Kart." For all ages.
6-8:30 p.m. (May 24) & 1-4 p.m. (May 25 & 25), AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Reception for this current AASC exhibit (see Galleries) of works by Fred & Sue Beutler. Sue's oil paintings explore archetypes and symbols of many religions, and Fred's photographs portray and comment on the different ways people worship.
1-2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $$5 (age 60 & older, $4; kinds under 12 accompanied by an adult and AASC members, free). 794-6250. [map]
Former Louisville Ballet Civic Company dancer Morgan Grubola leads a dancing program for infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) based on her book, Tiny Toes: A Creative Movement Class for Young Children.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 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]
Tribute featuring remarks by congressman John Dingell and other speakers TBA. Attendees include the Washtenaw County Honor Guard, local veteran associations, Boy & Girl Scout troops, and others. Also, a bugle salute. Rain or shine. Limited seating; bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
2 p.m., Arborcrest Memorial Park, 2521 Glazier Way (behind the VA hospital, 1/4 mile west of Huron Pkwy.). Free. 761-4572. [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]
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]
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]
(Ken Loach, 2012). Bittersweet comedy about a new dad who narrowly escapes a prison sentence and turns to a whisky distillery to find work.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). michtheater.org, 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]