(Françoi Ozon, 2012). Thriller about a 16-year-old boy who insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his lit class and writes about the experience in essays for his French teacher. French, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
All women invited to try out archery and shoot rifles, pistols, and shotguns. Weapons and ammunition provided. This event usually sells out.
Time TBA, TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. Cost TBA. Preregistration required, beginning Apr. 4. 429-9561. [map]
Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
Meet at Zou Zou's, 101 N. Main at Middle, Chelsea. Free. 645-1205, 645-5696, 478-0424, 646-1507, 678-8297. [map]
City ornithologist Dea Armstrong leads a bird walk amid the tall grasses atop the capped areas of the old landfill site, now a great habitat for grassland birds. Bring your own binoculars, if you have them.
7:30-9:30 a.m., meet in the small parking lot on the right at the main entrance to the Materials Recovery Facility, Platt Rd. just south of Ellsworth. Free. 794-6627.
Every Sat. Beginnner-friendly slow-paced (22 mile) and moderate/fast-paced (30-80 mile) round-trip rides to the Dexter Bakery. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 761-1147 (Oct. 5), 996-4985 (Oct. 12), 996-6340 (Oct. 19), 604-0696 (Oct. 26), 663-5060 (Nov. 2), 996-9461 (Nov. 9), 761-1147 (Nov, 16), 775-1156 (Nov. 23), 996-9461 (Nov. 30). [map]
Every Sat., May-Oct. Live entertainment through Sept., along with kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month, and market basket giveaway on 3rd Sat. each month. Also, every Wed. beginning May 8, The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the Chelsea Community Hospital (2:30-6 p.m., CCH overflow parking area adjacent to the U-M Family Practice building, near the South Campus Entrance off Old US-12), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.
Aug. 17: Dave Boutette. Veteran Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter.
Aug. 24: Mixed Nuts. Chelsea trio that plays acoustic covers and originals
Aug. 31: Ed Sugar. Veteran local R&B and blues saxophonist.
Sept. 7: Bob Skon, a local folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss.
Sept. 14: Keith Parmentier. Local singer-songwriter known for his folk- and country-style ballads. Sept. 21: Dorkestra. Local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band. Sept. 28: "5 Healthy Towns Restaurant Cook-Off." All invited to rate different fall squash dishes prepared by chefs from Back to the Roots, Gourmet Chocolate Cafe, and Mike's Deli.
8 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Farmers Market, Park St. off Main, downtown Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.
May 31-June 2. Competitive equine ballet by skilled regional horses and riders, highlighted by graceful freestyle routines set to music. Bring your own lawn chairs; no pets. Concessions.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, Glenn at Katz (west off Mount Hope Rd. from I-94 exit 150), Grass Lake. Free. 426-2088.
Meet at Lillie Park North, 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, western side of Haven Lake. Due to high demand, we have scheduled two women's fly fishing classes.
Saturday, June 1
Family Fly Fishing Class @ 8:30 AM-noon, Children 11 or older. Adults must accompany children.
Women's Fly Fishing Class @ 1 PM-5 PM
Sunday, June 2
Women's Fly Fishing Class @ 8:30 AM to noon
General Fly Fishing Class @ 1 PM to 5 PM, Open to any adult interested 16 and older.
Mike Mouradian of Ann Arbor Trout Unlimited (AATU) will teach casting, knot tying, fly identification, and entomology; along with experienced instructors from AATU. Rods, flies, fly fishing instruction book, and snacks will be provided. Bring a pair of polarized sunglasses and wear appropriate clothing for the weather. We practice fly casting on the lawn, so waders are not necessary.
Each fly fishing class limited to 15 participants, registration is required.
Lillie Park North, 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, 48108, western side of Haven Lake. $25 for HRWC members, $35 for non-members. $35 for members family class, $40 for a non-members family class. $35+ will receive 12-month HRWC membership.. 734-769-5123 x612. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.hrwc.org/events/summer-events-2013/ [map]
A celebration of the contributions of African Americans to the development of Ann Arbor, held in what was once the center of the city's African American business district. Features sale of food, art, beauty products, and collectibles by local African American businesses. Kids' activities include pony rides, interactive games, face painting and balloon twisting, a puppet show, story time, children's yoga class, inflatables, nature based crafting, coloring and more. Health & wellness screenings. Also, the Apple Playschool and other children-oriented businesses are on hand. Entertainment includes gospel music in the morning, along with theatrical performances, the Detroit-based Fem Fatale Dance Troupe, the local R&B band Elements of Sound, and other local jazz, rock, hip-hop, soul and R&B ensembles.
9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fourth Ave., and Fourth Ave. between Ann & Catherine. Free admission. email@example.com. 858-9121.
Community Action Network will be organizing its thriving annual yard sale in the Bryant and Forest Hills Neighborhoods and at the Bryant Community Center. Support your local community! All proceeds from the Bryant Community Center yard sale will help fund the numerous critical programs run by CAN for children and families.
Bryant Community Center, 3 W Eden Ct. Free. (734) 477-0292. firstname.lastname@example.org www.canannarbor.org/yardsale [map]
Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
9 am to 3 pm
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI 48130
Prices range from 25 cents to $2.00 with a special selection of various priced gift books. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds directly benefit the library.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-4477. www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
Dogs, including multi-state award winners, show their strength and conformity to breed standards. Harnessed to a small wagon on a track, the dogs pull successively larger piles of stacked railroad ties-as much as 2 1⁄2 tons.
9 a.m.-6 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 728-6585. [map]
Updates on the Ann Arbor Library Commons, Fermi III, and dark money in politics. Also, annual election of officers. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 973-5593. [map]
June 1 & 2. Sale of cards, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, monotypes, oils, encaustics, and collages by 25 members of this group of area artists. Partial proceeds benefit the Chelsea Community Hospital and the Chelsea Center for the Arts. Note: New location.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Silver Maples of Chelsea courtyard, 100 Silver Maples Dr. Chelsea. Free admission. chelseapainters.com, 719-0092. [map]
A variety of family oriented activities, storytelling by AADL youth librarian and former National Storyteller of the Year Laura Pershin Raynor (10 a.m.), a visit from Belle (10:30 a.m.-noon), the Beauty of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and African And African American folktales by veteran local storyteller LaRon Williams (11 a.m.), along with including music, crafts, and face-painting. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 645-1320. [map]
Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call email@example.com or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. firstname.lastname@example.org www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
Ann Arbor, MI - The Summer Mega Sale at Motawi Tileworks will take place on Saturday, June 1st, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. For one day, in-store only, customers can get 25% off first quality tile, and, for the first time in the 21 year history of Motawi Tileworks, seconds and overruns of field and relief will be at the lower-than-ever-before price of only $2 per pound (approximately $16 per square foot). We've also got lots of new designs and colorways this year to choose from, including our new line, Charley Harper by Motawi, based on the work by the beloved minimal realist artist. All events are free and open to the public.
• Make-a-Tile Workshop, ongoing from 10 am - 2:30 pm. Stop by to create your very own tile.
• Hand-Pressing and Bulb-Glazing Demos, Noon - 1:00 pm. A look at how Motawi uses clay and molds to form tile and an inside look at how the Motawi glaze experts create a polychrome tile.
• Door prizes, free snacks, and surprises
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-213-0017. email@example.com www.motawi.com [map]
Talk by local bonsai expert Margaret Parker.
10 a.m.-noon, DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
Tile-making demonstrations, a tile sale, and more. Also, tile carving, sculpting, and decorating (10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.). Materials provided. Demos include hand-pressed tile and bulb glazing. Door prizes, snacks, and discounts.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Motawi, 170 Enterprise Dr. (north of Jackson Rd. between Staebler & Baker). Free admission. 213-0017. [map]
June 1 & 2. A sale of peonies and a chance to view the peonies in bloom at the Arb.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the Arb, 1610 Washington Hts. Free admission. 647-7600. [map]
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
June 1 & 15. Stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. $2 suggested donation per child ($5 per family). (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
May 31-June 2 (different times). This popular lively festival features Greek food and pastries, including insanely good loukoumathes (honey-dipped doughnut puffs), karithopita (walnut cakes), and other delicacies. Live Greek music and dancing. Also, popular church tours, a Hellenic cultural exhibit, raffles with cash prizes, and a sale of Greek souvenirs, jewelry, ceramics, and more.
11 a.m.-midnight (May 31 & June 1) & noon-6 p.m. (June 2), St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. (park at nearby Knox Presbyterian Church on Wagner to get a shuttle to the festival). $3 (free for kids age 12 & under, for anyone arriving before 4 p.m. on Fri. and before 1 p.m. on Sat., & all day Sun.). annarborgreekfestival.org, 332-8200. [map]
Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. Today only, Shanda Trent reads Farmer's Market Day, her book about an eager young girl who contemplates what she'll buy with the money from her piggy bank.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [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]
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]
Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [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]
Free genealogy workshop for women interested in joining the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Trained volunteer genealogists and the state DAR Lineage Research Team will provide one-on-one help on a drop-in basis. Please bring a notepad, pencil, flash drive and copies of records of your first 3 generations (i.e. birth, marriage and death certificates for your grandparents, parents and yourself). Please join us to learn more about the great things DAR does for our community and country. Please RSVP by Friday, May 24.
Washtenaw Community College-Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor 48105. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
June 1, 2, 15, & 16. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. June 1 & 2: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity and inertia experiments, including launching a tray of eggs with a broom. June 15 & 16: "Luminosity" eatures experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Every Sat. LSNC volunteers feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat.
1-3 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
May 31-June 2. Jayme Kelmigian directs young local actors in Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, and Alan Menken's musical, based on the 1989 Disney film and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a mermaid who gets a chance to be human. The popular score includes "Under the Sea," "Part of Your World," and "She's in Love."
7 p.m. (May 31 & June 1), 1 p.m. (June 1), & 2 p.m. (June 2), Power Center, 121 Fletcher. Tickets $15 (kids age 18 & under and seniors age 65 & over, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, mutotix.com, & by phone, and at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]
2-2:30 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 769-2787. [map]
This teen music and arts festival features live music on two stages and street art activities. Food vendors. Main stage lineup: Skyline High alternative funk-rock band Creal (2 p.m.), local alternative funk band And the Elephant (2:30 p.m.), Jabootie Trio (3 p.m.), Condensed Milk (3:30 p.m.), local hip-hop MC and songwriter JJ Royce (4 p.m.), The Ryan Young Experience (4:15 p.m.), the local lo-fi pop band fthrsn (4:45 p.m.), Stylez Unknown (5:45 p.m.), the Detroit Alnur Shabazz African Dance Drum & Drama Troupe (5:55 p.m.), DNA (6 p.m.), local rock band Joey Stride Forth (6:30 p.m.), local rock band Dry Eyes (7 p.m.), local rapper Jtubbs Typhoon & DJ Distance (7:30 p.m.), Highland rock 'n' roll & blues band the Social Bandits (7:50 p.m.), PGFA (8:20 p.m.), local funk band Planetary (8:40 p.m.), and a headliner TBA. Acoustic stage lineup: Community High pop-folk singer-songwriter Olivia Roumel (2:15 p.m.), Greenhills singer-songwriter Anna Schwartz (2:45 p.m.), Community High singer-songwriter Becca Amidei (3:45 p.m.), Ypsilanti singer-songwriter Chris Terrell (4:30 p.m.), and Skyline High singer-songwriter Andrew Nazzaro (5:30 p.m.).
2-10 p.m., E. Washington between 5th Ave. and Division. Free admission. 214-9995.
Every Sat.All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-1583. [map]
Group meets at the Pierce Park picnic shelter in the summer months.
All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. Call to confirm. 994-9307. [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]
Mark Hillegonds calls to live music by a band TBA. For students and people in their 20s & 30s. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Bring clean, flat, non-marking shoes.
4-7 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 (members, $9; students, $5). (248) 417-7968. [map]
All invited to join a discussion of Kwei Quartey's police procedural set in Ghana about a gifted detective who reluctantly leaves the capital city to investigate a murder in a small town where traditional beliefs about the spirit world still reign.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Live broadcast of this beloved radio variety show hosted by writer, raconteur, and occasional singer Garrison Keillor. Heard by millions on public radio stations nationwide, A Prairie Home Companion began in 1974 as an old-fashioned radio smorgasbord of music, humor, and minidrama, complete with spoof advertisements from sponsors such as Powdermilk Biscuits and Bertha's Kitty Boutique. The weekly "news from Lake Wobegon" features Keillor's tales of life in a tiny Minnesota town based on his boyhood home. Keillor's observations on the human condition give the show its unique appeal, a mix of gentle ribbings of universal foibles, rueful observations from the perspective of midlife, and dark satires of everything from politics to the enduring conflicts between men and women. Tonight's guest performers include the young, award-winning folk singer-songwriter Ellis, and the Croatian folk and blues musician Radoslav Lorkovic.
5:45 p.m. sharp, Hill Auditorium. $35-$75 in advance at the Michigan League, a2sf.org, and by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Every Thurs. & Sat. WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen helps adults and kids age 8 & up learn to target shoot with a bow & arrow. Equipment provided.
3-4:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), and 6-7:30 p.m. (Sat.), Portage Lake Day Use Area, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. north from I-94 exit 150, Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee.
May 31 and June 1, 2, & 7-9. EMU drama professor Ken Stevens directs EMU drama students in George Stiles and Anthony Drewe's musical adaptation of "The Ugly Duckling," winner of London's 2000 Olivier Award for best musical. When a gawky duckling is cruelly teased by other farmyard animals and nearly eaten by a hungry cat, he flees for greener pastures. After adventures both rollicking and harrowing, he makes a beautiful discovery. Songs include "Play with Your Food," "It Takes All Sorts," and the instrumental and frog vocal suite "Pre-Warts," "Warts and All," "Warts-Off," and "Post-Warts." For families with kids age 6 & up.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids 6-12, $7) in advance at the Convocation Center, the Student Center ticket office, the Quirk ox office, and emutix.com; and at the door. 487-1221.
This ritzy gala usually draws more than 600 people and features live and silent auctions, tours of the Art Center, artist demos, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and more. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a patron reception ($200 includes "Paint the Town" ticket) with food from Habana.
7-10 p.m., Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Tickets $100 in advance only at annarborartcenter.org or by calling 994-8004. [map]
Liyan Sun directs the Confucius Institute of U-M Singers and the Canton Chinese Philharmonic Choir in an outdoor concert in the Arb peony garden that features Chinese songs (sung in Chinese) about flowers and their roles in Chinese culture. English program notes provided.
7 p.m., the Arb, 1610 Washington Hts. Free. 764-0818, 647-7600. [map]
All invited to join a facilitated drum circle. Bring a drum or use one provided.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]
Contras to live music. All dances taught; no partner needed. Wear flat, smooth-sole shoes. Apr. 6: Marlin Whitaker calls to music by Confluence. May 4: Julie Levy-Weston calls to music by Root Cellar String Band. June 1: Glen Morningstar calls to music by the Pittsfield Open Band. July 6: Mark Hillegonds calls to music by Myron Grant & friends.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $11 Apr. 6 & May 4 (members, $10; students, $5), and $10 June 1 (members, $9). 769-1052. [map]
May 31 & June 1. Popular Midwestern comic known for his self-deprecating autobiographical tales, many of them about his experiences growing up as an awkward middle child in a huge family. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $10 reserved seating in advance, $12 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
A Detroit native who got his first break playing John Lennon in a touring version of Beatlemania! in the late 1970s, Crenshaw soon emerged as one of the most talented rock 'n' roll singer-songwriters of his generation, and one of the few able to achieve the fusion of an ineffable pop charm and an enlivening wit that made Buddy Holly and the Beatles themselves rock 'n' roll heroes. His recent work has won praise for the melodic subtlety and grace of its many reflective ballads. He is backed by The Bottle Rockets, the pioneering alt-country and roots rock quartet. The Bottle Rockets also play an opening set.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Every Sat. A variety show with singers, fire breathers, and other performers TBA.
8-9:30 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Cost TBA. 769-2787. [map]
May 30-June 1. Loretta Grimes directs local actors in the Midwest premiere of Adam Bock's spare, poignant play about a long-married couple whose lives are upended by a sudden, debilitating disease. The play is "raucous, funny and unexpectedly touching, as we are made intimate witnesses to a frank demonstration of how much of life, of love and of happiness remain within reach even when so much appears to be lost," writes a New York Times reviewer. Stars Cassie Mann, Dana Denha, Brad Sharp, and Tim Grimes.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20 (students & seniors, $15). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., May 30-June 15. Emily Caffery directs local actors in the Midwest premiere of Cusi Cram's poignant comedy about a Swiss collage artist who starts dating an American trash collector and begins a correspondence with a Bolivian man she meets at a gallery opening where he notices his dentures are a part of one of her pieces.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441. [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]
June 1 & 15. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: People not affiliated with the U-M must arrive before 9 p.m.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Michigan Union Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango. [map]