26.2-mile (6:30 a.m.), 13.1-mile (7:30 a.m.), and 5-km (8 a.m.) races on circuitous courses through city streets. All courses start outside U-M Stadium and finish at Elbel Field; maps available at annarbormarathon.com. (The courses are open to runners-and closed to vehicular traffic-until 1 p.m.) Also, a 1.2-mile kids run (12:15 p.m.). Preceded on June 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. by a free Health and Wellness Expo at Briarwood mall. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Ann Arbor Public Schools Foundation.
6:30 a.m., Main St. at Keech just north of U-M Stadium. Entry fees: $100 (marathon), $80 (half-marathon), $32 (5-km), $18 (1.2-mile). Registration available in advance at annarbormarathon.com by June 7 and at the prerace Expo. Day-of-race registration available for the 5-km and kids runs only. Marathon and half-marathon limited to 2,500 and 5,000 participants, respectively. 213-1033.
Pancake breakfast and display of vintage and homemade planes. Also, a chance to try a helicopter flight (around $50). Kids activities include an Awesome Bounce, pedal planes, and face painting.
8 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Airport Corporate Hangar (next to the tower), 801 Airport Dr. (off S. State just south of I-94). $5. eaa333.org, 845-4029. [map]
May 5 & June 9. A judged amateur riding event featuring kids and adults riding English, western, and halter styles. Concessions.
8 a.m.-about 7 p.m., Woodbine Farm, 9976 W. Liberty (east of M-52 between Parker & Guenther), Lima Twp. Free admission. spurhorseshow.com. [map]
June 9 & 30 and July 14. A judged amateur riding event featuring kids and adults riding English, western, and halter styles. Concessions.
8 a.m.-about 7 p.m., Woodbine Farm, 9976 W. Liberty (east of M-52 between Parker & Guenther), Lima Twp. Free admission. spurhorseshow.com. [map]
June 7: A concert of Victorian-era choral and instrumental music by performers TBA. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
June 8 & 9: A Civil War Encampment featuring both military and civilian reenactors, visits by Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln and other living history characters, period activities for kids, presentations and storytelling by leading historians, artillery demos, and a Civil War skirmish reenactment. Members of Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War are on hand to trace the Civil War connections of your ancestors. Period music by the duo of Tim Twiss on banjo and Las Slomovits on bones.
June 8 only: Period fashion show and tea, and an interactive introduction by historical cricket by noted Milwaukee-based cricket historian Tom Melville, author of The Tented Field: A History of Cricket in America.
June 9 only: : Communal gospel sing, pie auction, pig roast dinner, and a baseball game using 1860s rules featuring the Dexter Union old-time baseball team vs. the Chelsea Monitors. Festivities close with taps and with recognition of local Civil War veterans. There is also a "White House Dinner Experience" fundraiser ($135) with Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln on June 8 at 6:30 p.m.
5-7 p.m. (June 7) & 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (June 8 & 9), Gordon Hall, Dexter-Pinckney Rd. at Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $10 (kids, $5) suggested donation; the June 7 concert is free. Free onsite parking. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dexters-Civil-War-Days/120328658145369. 426-2519.
Kids of all ages (accompanied by a parent) invited to catch some fish. Poles and bait provided.
9:30-11 a.m., meet on the docks at the Gallup Park canoe livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). $5 per child. Preregistration required. 794-6240. [map]
Preschool (9:45 a.m.-noon) and older (12:30-5 p.m.) gymnastics students showcase the skills they've learned throughout the school year.
9:45 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Cliff Keen Arena, Hoover at S. State. $7 (students & seniors, $6) in advance; cost TBA at the door. 971-1667.
Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts. Also, demos on basketry (June 2), glass (June 16), and 2-D works & paintings (June 23), as well as a Summer Art Show (June 9) with crafts for adults and kids, live music, and food.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
Enjoy a wide variety of quality artwork in a shady park setting. Browse through booths featuring ceramics, photography, fiber art, woodcut and linocut prints, paintings and much more. All artwork is original and produced by the displaying artist. Children will enjoy fun activities planned just for them. There is no admission charge and ample free parking is available.
Community Arts of Tecumseh, 517-423-0000, firstname.lastname@example.org www.tecumseharts.org
John Smith Park, 804 North Evans Street, Tecumseh. Free. 517-423-0000. email@example.com tecumseharts.org [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]
Would you like to get more involved with the TBLGQA community locally and state-wide? Are you looking for a way to connect with and support other members? Do you have valuable skills and perspectives that could benefit The Jim Toy Community Center's volunteer groups?
If your answer is yes to any of these questions, consider responding to the Call for Volunteers.
We have two volunteer orientations either the 12-1pm session or the 8pm-9pm session.
Child care provided
Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Court. Free. 734 218 2953. firstname.lastname@example.org http://jimtoycenter.org/ [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]
June 8 & 9. Bubble activities and performances by Ron Lloyd, aka "The Bubble Man" (1 & 3 p.m.).
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (June 8) & noon-4 p.m. (June 9), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & infants, free). 995-5439. [map]
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June 7-9. Three days of panel discussions and film screenings to celebrate the opening of the new U-M Robert Altman collection. Today: a screening of Nashville at Angell Hall Auditorium A.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 7), 10 a.m.-4:30 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]
June 8 & 9 and July 6 & 7. Michigan architectural history enthusiast Jacob Jabkiewicz leads an informative 75-minute walking tour highlighted by Burton Memorial Tower, Nickels Arcade, and the Michigan and State theaters. Weather permitting.
10 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 3 p.m. (Sun.), meet at the corner of E. Liberty and Maynard (across from Biggby Coffee). $12 (kids age 5 & under, free). Reservations requested. (517) 392-5113.
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]
City natural area preservation staff discuss how to create your own native plant garden.
1-2 p.m., Leslie, 1831 Traver Rd. $3. Preregistration required. 997-1553. [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]
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.
All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
2-5 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 761-1451. [map]
This 2-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state.
June 9: Chelsea Monitors. This game is part of Civil War Days (see listing).
June 22: Detroit Early Risers.
June 30: Bay City Independents.
Aug. 10: Royal Oak Wahoos. This game is part of Dexter Daze (see listing).
Aug. 18: Rochester Grangers.
Aug. 25: Detroit Early Risers.
Sept. 8: Northville Eclipse.
Sept. 29: Mt. Clemens Regulars.
Note: The team also plays a game at the Festival of St. Joseph Church on July 21 (see listing).
2 p.m., Gordon Hall, Dexter-Pinckney Rd. at Island Lake Rd., Dexter. Free. Facebook.com/unionbbc.
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]
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]
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]
A program of music Renaissance and Baroque music composed or arranged for 4-8 recorder parts or for smaller groups. Reception follows.
3 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free. 213-3172.
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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]
This festive barbecue blowout fundraiser features food, fun, and entertainment for all ages. Grilled sausages, chicken, and vegetables, plus salads and desserts. Beer and wine available. Live music includes the local rockabilly, blues, rock 'n' roll, and honky-tonk band George Bedard & the Kingpins, singer-songwriter and guitarist Chris Dupont, and the Chelsea folk-rock trio the Ben Daniels Band. Also, kids activities and a silent auction of food-related items. Rain or shine.
3-8 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at the gate (children ages 3-13, $10; under age 3, free). 761-2796. [map]
AADL retired music specialist Richard LeSueur discusses (with musical examples) recordings of the popular Mozart opera, which Arbor Opera Theater performs June 13-16 (see listings).
3-4:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]
All invited to discuss books about anatomists. AnnaLee Huber's The Anatomist's Wife is set in 1830 Scotland and concerns a widow painter who is called on to use her knowledge of anatomy to help solve a murder. Imogene Robertson's Instruments of Darkness is a fast-paced historical mystery that concerns a pair of amateur 18th-century sleuths--one an unconventional mistress, the other an anatomist.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
All invited to join a discussion of John Irving's novel that spans half a century and is told from the perspective of a bisexual narrator who falls in love with an older transgender woman.
4:30-7 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes. Note: New location.
6-8 p.m., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email email@example.com to confirm. 717-1569.
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.
Popular, extremely influential alt-country quartet that's led by the dark, haunted vocals and spiritually restless lyrics of former Uncle Tupelo singer-songwriter Jay Farrar. Opening act is Colonel Ford, an ensemble of Son Volt members that plays classic country.
7:30 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]
The U-M dance department's internationally acclaimed resident professional company reprises the concert it staged last June in the U-M Natural History Museum, a 1928 architectural gem designed by Albert Kahn. The program features an evening of dances inspired by new frontiers in scientific research, including a new work, inspired by the spiraling structures of DNA, by Delirious Dances (Brooklyn, NY) founder Edisa Weeks, an acclaimed young choreographer the New York Times praises for her "gift for simple but striking visual effects." Also, dances by AADW resident choreographers Jessica Fogel, Peter Sparling, and Robin Wilson. Fogel premieres a dance inspired by U-M astronomy professor Sally Oey's research into the role of massive stars in the evolution of galaxies and the elegant absurdist stories of Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics. Fogel's work travels between the museum's 2-story lobby rotunda and its intimate planetarium. Sparling's How Autophagy Works, a dancer's guide to cell biology that is both spoof and serious interdisciplinary research, is a collaboration with U-M life sciences professor Dan Klionsky, medical illustrator Dave Woodsell, and composer Wendy Lee. Wilson presents a new solo inspired by Rebecca Skloot's bestselling The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a riveting story of the collision between medicine, race, and ethics.
8 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 763-5460. [map]