Every 2nd Friday of the month we host a free community Stroller Strides class for any mamas and their little ones to come out and join us for a free workout.
Stroller Strides Ann Arbor is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes intervals of cardio, strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors (who are also moms), it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Stroller Strides instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to entertain and engage baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as mom. This unique program also provides moms with the opportunity to meet other moms, engage in playgroups with their babies, and to form lasting friendships. Stroller Strides is designed to give mothers the "Strength for Motherhood!"
Please email/enroll online to reserve a spot: http://annarbor.fit4mom.com
Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org http://annarbor.fit4mom.com/ [map]
"Altmanerisms: A Symposium Celebrating the Robert Altman Collection at the U-M": U-M Screen Arts & Cultures/U-M Hatcher Grad Library/Cinetopia.more >
"Altmanerisms: A Symposium Celebrating the Robert Altman Collection at the U-M": U-M Screen Arts & Cultures/U-M Hatcher Grad Library/Cinetopia.< less
June 7-9. Two days of panel discussions and film screenings to celebrate the opening of the new U-M Robert Altman collection. Today: opening remarks by U-M screen arts & cultures professor emeritus Frank Beaver (9 a.m.); a panel discussion on "Acting and Performance" (9:30-11:30 a.m.) with actor Michael Murphy, French cinematographer Pierre Mignot, and University of Illinois at Chicago film studies professor Virginia Wright-Wexman; a panel discussion on "Sound and Music" (2-4 p.m.) with sound editor Eliza Paley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign musicology professor Gayle Magee, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and U-M music professor emeritus William Bolcom, and Stony Brook University film studies professor Krin Gabbard; a ribbon-cutting ceremony (4 p.m.); screenings of Secret Honor and Tanner '88 (Angell Hall Auditorium A, 5 p.m.).
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 7), 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (June 8), & 12:30 p.m. (June 9), 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery (except as noted), enter from the Diag. Free. 764-0147. [map]
Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 19, 24, or 40+ miles, with a stop at the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
9 a.m. (May-Sept.) & 10 a.m. (Apr., Oct. & Nov.), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
Yoga is a natural for children, since it addresses the whole child: Stronger Bodies, Focused Minds, and Peaceful Spirits. Bodhi's Kids Yoga offers a joyful yoga practice that incorporates movement and 5 sense therapies. Bodhi's Kids Yoga classes are designed to help develop your child's fine motor skills, mental acuity and focus, hand-eye coordination, mind/body developmental awareness, coping skills, and increase an awareness of their sense of self -- all while having fun!
About the facilitator: Sara Zabawa is a registered yoga instructor who is devoted to holistic yoga practices that address the mind, body, and spirit. She blends lessons learned from studying yoga in India with practices developed under the direction of Syl Carson at the Bodhi Yoga Studio in Utah.
7 week series runs May 10th - June 21st. Fridays 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $80 for the series. 734-769-6100. email@example.com www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
Join us for a day of great golf, fun, prizes, food, and networking!
Stonebridge Golf Club, 1825 Clubhouse Drive. $180 per golfer. 734-429-4494. Office@salinechamber.org https://www.salinechamber.org/?module=Events&class=Special&eventID=694 [map]
Registration begins today for the children's, teen, and adult summer reading programs. Also, a variety of activities TBA.
Noon-2 p.m., CDL lawn, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
CDL and Chelsea Senior Center staff lead a book discussion for all adults.
Sept. 6: A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson's hilarious best-seller about his 5-month-long adventure hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Oct. 4: The Good Father, Noah Hawley's suspenseful psychological novel about a physician's quest to unlock the mind of a suspected political assassin--his own 20-year-old son.
Nov. 1: Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer's account of the harrowing experiences of a group of mountain climbers who attempted Mt. Everest.
1 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
All youth grades 6-12 invited for crafts, snacks, and a movie TBA.
1-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
June 6-9. This 2nd annual Michigan Theater film festival features around 43 films screened over 4 days at 4 venues (Michigan Theater, State Theater, Angell Hall, and the Detroit Institute of the Arts). The films include narrative feature-length films and documentaries that recently premiered at international festivals such as Sundance and Berlin. Also, tributes to filmmaker Robert Altman, screenwriter Jim Burnstein, and silent film actress Mary Pickford.
At the Michigan Theater: An opening night party (5:30 p.m.) followed at 7:15 p.m. by A Tribute to Ron Asheton Featuring Iggy and the Stooges, the world premiere of a concert film, recorded live at the Michigan Theater in 2011, that features performances by Iggy & the Stooges, Radio Birdman guitarist Deniz Tek, and Black Flag lead singer Henry Rollins. Followed at 9:15 p.m. and 11 p.m. by post-screening parties.
At the State Theater: "Haunter" (Vincenzo Natali, 2013). Thriller about a dead teenager who's doomed to relive forever the day of her murder in 1985. Abigail Breslin. Also showing on June 8 (see below). 7:45 p.m.
At Angell Hall: "Let My People Go!" (Mikael Buch, 2012). A high-strung Parisian-Jewish mailman living in Paris gets into a fight with his boyfriend over what to do with an undeliverable package stuffed with cash. French & Finnish, subtitles. Also showing on June 9 (see below). 7:45 p.m.
At the Michigan Theater: "180 Seconds" (Alexander Giraldo, 2012). A brother-sister hacker duo plan a major robbery for the day of Colombia's World Cup qualifying match with Uruguay. Spanish, subtitles. 1:30 p.m. "Lasting" (Jacek Borcuch, 2012). A beautiful young Polish couple goes on a scuba outing where something terrible happens to the young man that throws their relationship into chaos. Spanish & Polish, subtitles. 2 p.m. "Sparrows" (William Beaudine, 1926). Silent classic that stars Mary Pickford in a melodramatic thriller about a young girl trying to protect 10 small orphans from a villain who chases them through swamps. With live organ accompaniment. 4 p.m. "Lord Montagu" (Luke Korem, 2013). Documentary about an English lord who kept possession of his 13th-century residence after WWII by opening it up to tourists but became mired in scandal in the 1950s because of his homosexuality. Also showing on June 9 (see below). 4:30 p.m. "Twenty Feet from Stardom" (Morgan Neville, 2012). Documentary about backup singers who never made it big but were part of songs that made others famous. Includes interviews with stars such as Bruce Springsteen and Bette Midler. Also showing on June 9 (see below). 7 p.m. "Body Fat Index of Love" (Mikko Kuparinen, 2012). U.S. premiere of this romantic comedy about a sworn bachelor who falls for a woman who only wants him for sex. Finnish, subtitles. 7:15 p.m. "This Is Martin Bonner" (Chad Hartigan, 2012). Drama about a fifty-something man who leaves behind his life and moves to Reno where he works at a church-based program that helps released prisoners. Also showing on June 8 (see below). 9:30 p.m.
At the State Theater: "Commencement" (Steve Albrezzi, 2012). Comedy about a high school valedictorian who undergoes a daunting real-life education in the 24 hours after graduation. Also showing on June 9 (see below). 2 p.m. "Dangerous Liaisons" (Hur Jin-ho, 2012). Beautifully shot drama, set in 1931 Shanghai, about a serial seducer who's challenged to woo and leave a chaste humanitarian. Chinese, subtitles. Also showing on June 9 (see below). 4:15 p.m. "Material" (Craig Freimond, 2012). Michigan premiere of this comedy, set in South Africa, about an aspiring young comic who manages his father's fabric shop. 7 p.m. "The Future" (Alicia Scherson, 2012). Drama about an orphaned adolescent who unexpectedly finds solace when she's thrown into a relationship with an aging B-movie star, a former Mr. Universe. English & Italian, subtitles. 9:30 p.m. "Pieta" (Kim Ki-Duk, 2012). Drama about a cruel loan shark who quits his job after accepting into his life a mysterious woman who claims to be his long-lost mother. Korean, subtitles. 11:45 p.m.
At Angell Hall: "Secret Honor" and "Tanner '88" (see "Altmanerisms" listing on June 7). 5 p.m. "The Revisionaries" (Scott Thurman, 2012). Documentary about political battles in the Texas State Board of Education over teaching creationism in science courses. 8 p.m.
At the Michigan Theater: "Dear Mr. Watterson" (Joel Allen Schroeder, 2013). Michigan premiere of this documentary that explores the legacy of reclusive Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson through the eyes of his fans. 11:15 a.m. "Material" (Craig Freimond, 2012). Comedy, set in South Africa, about an aspiring young comic who manages his father's fabric shop. 11:30 a.m. "Mary Pickford Shorts Program." Screening of 8 shorts that feature Pickford, who appeared in an estimated 152 shorts between 1909 and 1912. 1:30 p.m. "Big Sur" (Michael Polish, 2013). Biopic about the episode in Jack Kerouac's life when, struggling with alcoholism after the success of On the Road, he retreats to the coastal California town of Big Sur. Anthony Edwards & Kate Bosworth. Also showing June 9 (see below). 1:45 p.m. "The Spectacular Now" (James Ponsoldt, 2012). Drama about a popular high school senior and budding alcoholic who's drawn to an unpopular girl with big dreams and a love of sci-fi. 4:15 p.m. "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" (Robert Altman, 1983). Drama, told in flashbacks, about the 1975 reunion of a James Dean fan club in small-town Texas. Stars Cher and Kathy Bates. Part of the "Altmanerisms" symposium (see June 7 listing). 4:30 p.m. "Haunter" See June 6 State Theater listing (above). 7 p.m. "Fill the Void" (Rama Burshtein, 2012). Drama set in Tel Aviv's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community about an 18-year-old girl who has to decide whether or not to marry her recently deceased sister's husband. Hebrew, subtitles. 7:15 p.m. "London: The Modern Babylon" (Julien Temple, 2012). An effervescent tour of the city's past 110 years via interviews with everyone from musicians and historians to charity workers and shopkeepers. 9:30 p.m. "A Hijacking" (Tobias Lindholm, 2012). Drama about a Danish freighter that's captured by Somali pirates. Danish, subtitles. 9:45 p.m.
At the State Theater: "D3: The Mighty Ducks" (Robert Lieberman, 1996). Third in the Mighty Ducks series of preteen films about the improbable success of a ragtag hockey team. Part of the tribute to screenwriter Jim Burnstein. Noon. "The Painting" (Jean-François Laguionie, 2011). Touching, wonderfully inventive animation about 3 castes of creatures living in a canvas: the fully-painted Alldunns, the unfinished Halfies, and the rough-outlined Sketchies. 2:45 p.m. "Lasting" (Jacek Borcuch, 2012). A beautiful young Polish couple goes on a scuba outing where something terrible happens to the young man that throws their relationship into chaos. Spanish & Polish, subtitles. 5 p.m. "The Source Family" (Jodi Willie, 2013). Documentary about the radical 1970s commune that lived in a Hollywood Hills mansion paid for by the earnings from their successful organic vegetarian restaurant that drew celebrity patrons. 7:15 p.m. "After Tiller" (Martha Shane & Lana Wilson, 2012). Documentary about the only 4 doctors in the U.S. who continue to perform 3rd-trimester abortions since physician George Tiller was killed in 2009. 9:45 p.m. "I Am Divine" (Jeffrey Schwarz, 2013). Documentary about the larger-than-life drag queen who starred in the John Waters cult films Pink Flamingoes and Polyester. 11:45 p.m.
At Angell Hall: "This Is Martin Bonner." See June 7 Michigan Theater listing (above). 2 p.m. "Pit Stop" (Yen Tan, 2013). Drama about the emotional isolation of gay men living in small-town America. 5 p.m. "Wrong" (Quentin Dupieux, 2012). Bizarre and entrancing comedy about a man who loses his beloved dog and, in his quest to find him, changes the lives of others. Also showing on June 9 (see below). 8 p.m.
At the Michigan Theater: "Dangerous Liaisons." See June 7 State Theater listing (above). Noon. "Blancanieves" (Pablo Berger, 2012). Black & white silent film that situates Snow White in 1920s Spain. Spanish, subtitles. 12:15 p.m. "Purge" (Antti Jokinen, 2012). Drama about Soviet oppression in Estonia told through a sprawling tale of sex trafficking, abuse, and betrayal. Finnish, subtitles. 2:45 p.m. "Ain't in It for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm" (Jacob Hatley, 2010). Documentary about the musician best known as the drummer and one of the three principal vocalists of The Band. 3 p.m. "Twenty Feet from Stardom" See June 7 Michigan Theater listing (above). 5:45 p.m. "Hannah Arendt" (Margarethe von Trotta, 2012). Biopic about the German-born philosopher who coined the phrase "the banality of evil." English & German, subtitles. 6 p.m. "The Spectacular Now." See June 8 Michigan Theater listing (above). 8 p.m. "Big Sur" See June 8 Michigan Theater listing (above). 8:30 p.m.
At the State Theater: "Let My People Go!" See June 6 Angell Hall listing (above). "Wrong." See June 8 Angell Hall listing (above). 2:15 p.m. "Renaissance Man" (Penny Marshall, 1994). A high-power ad exec fired for bungling a big contract winds up teaching 8 underachieving army recruits and learns a few things himself. Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines, Stacey Dash. Part of the tribute to screenwriter Jim Burnstein. 4:45 p.m. "Broken" (Rufus Norris, 2012). Drama about a North London tomboy who befriends a slow-witted young man. 8 p.m.
At Angell Hall: "Nashville" (Robert Altman, 1975). See "Altmanerisms" (June 7 listing). 12:30 p.m. "Lord Montagu." See June 7 Michigan Theater listing (above). 4:30 p.m. "Commencement." See June 7 State Theater listing (above). 7 p.m.
Tickets $12 (Michigan Theater and Detroit Institute of Arts members, $9; June 8 D3: The Mighty Ducks screening, $5; Mogul pass, $500); book of 10 tickets, $108 (members, $81) in advance at ticketweb.com and the Michigan Theater, and at the door. For DIA schedule, see cinetopiafestival.org. [map]
Connections is a place for babies and those who care for them to meet and enjoy one another. We encourage new and expecting parents, grandparents, and nannies to come enjoy the benefits of getting to know others who have recently birthed or who are caring for babies or young children. Other caregivers are a wealth of support and information, and Connections is designed to be a place where you can share, and glean from others.
Some of the groups will also feature a brief class from a Hygeia practitioner. These sessions will offer information that will enhance your well-being or skills as a caregiver, benefiting you and your baby! All Hygeia practitioners believe in the importance of strong joyful attachment between caregivers and babies, and are skilled in various ways to enhance your health, overall wellness, and understanding of your baby.
Fridays from 2:00 - 3:30pm. We recognize that getting places on time with a baby can be a challenge. Please come when you can!
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. firstname.lastname@example.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
With screenings of the 30-minute planetarium show Star Talk (5:30, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.) about what you can see in the current night sky, a reading of Steve Jenkins and Robin Page's What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (6 & 7 p.m.) with images from the book projected on the planetarium dome, a 30-minute "Evolution of Whales" (7 & 8 p.m.), and the demo "DNA and Race" (6 p.m.). Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Space limited for each event.
5-9 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $3. 764-0478. [map]
Raffles, an inflatable bouncer, a slide, an obstacle course, sports games, carnival games, cakewalk, face painting, and balloon animals. Pizza, drinks, ice cream, and cotton candy available.
5:30-8:30 p.m., Lawton, 2250 S. Seventh St. Free admission (50˘ game tickets). 994-1946. [map]
Every Sat through Aug. 23. A WRA park interpreter helps beginners learn how to fish. Tackle (including poles) & bait provided. Adults age 17 & older need a valid fishing license.
9-10:30 a.m., Portage Lake Day Use Area fishing pier, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. (north from I-94 exit 150), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
June 6-9, 13-16, & 20-23. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production of Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy that begins in the prairie and moves across the Arb to conclude in the peony garden. The high-spirited plot involves 2 pairs of young lovers. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple's love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. The play is best known for its charged sexual banter and for the penetrating wit and often dark cast of its humor. The action moves from spot to spot within the Arb, and director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on; dress for the weather. Note: Space limited; come early. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m., but the line for tickets starts forming at 4:30 p.m.
. 6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (students with ID & youth age 18 & under, $10; seniors age 62 & older, $17; Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; kids under age 5, free) at the gate only. Limited number of golf carts available; first come, first served. 647-7600.
Looking for something artful to do on a Friday night? Creative Social Club is the answer! Once a month, we'll offer an evening of fun & creativity while you complete an engaging art project. No experience is necessary. Your $35 ticket includes instruction, all materials, and 2 beverages.
A new project every month. See our website for more details.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $35. email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org www.annarborartcenter.org [map]
Every Fri. & Sat., June 7-29. Blackbird kicks off its summerlong series of West Park Shakespeare productions with director Barton Bund's sexy, provocative staging of Shakespeare's romantic revenge thriller about a Briton princess who disobeys her father and marries her sweetheart. The king banishes her husband, but after various adventures and perceived betrayals, the two are reunited. Bring a lawn chair or blankets to sit on and refreshments. Cast: Lynch Travis, Jamie Weeder, Qamara Black, Dan Johnson, Alastar Dimitrie, and Jesse Ahren-Jacobs.
7 p.m., West Park Band Shell. June 7 & 8 preview tickets $15 (students, $10) in advance at blackbirdtheatre.com and at the gate. After June 8: tickets $20 (students, $15). 332-3848.
Open dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a merengue lesson.
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson). 409-4480. [map]
Veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist whose genial songs about the small ups and downs of ordinary life draw on a range of influences from Chuck Berry to Paul Westerberg. Opening act is Billy King, a popular local country-flavored pop-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
June 7 & 8. Manic, wisecracking topical and observational humor by this 320-pound New York City-based monologist who likes to spar with his audience and regale it with visions of himself naked. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $10 reserved seating in advance, $12 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Veteran Nashville singer-songwriter known for his fresh, literate takes on a wide assortment of subjects from love, families, and war to muscle cars and factory towns. Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $12 (kids age 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
June 6-9. Glenn Bugala directs local actors in Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, and Bjorn Ulvaeus's rock musical. Set at the end of the cold war, it's the story of an American-Russian chess tournament that's the backdrop for a compelling love story with deception, conspiracy, and triumph. Its better-known songs include "One Night in Bangkok," "I Know Him So Well," and "Anthem." Stars Dann Rafferty, Laura Tanner, and Michael Joseph.
8 p.m. (June 6-8) & 2 p.m. (June 9), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $25 (seniors age 60 & over, $22; students, $13; Thurs., $19) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [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 Fri. Improv comedy show, with skits based on audience suggestions.
8-9:30 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Cost TBA. 769-2787. [map]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.< less
Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]