For babies born March-May 2013
Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. In addition to a weekly topic and circle time, you'll learn songs, simple baby games, and basic infant movement. This series begins each session with group discussion on topics such as getting your baby to sleep, life with a newborn, how to survive the challenges of being a mom, places to go around town with your baby, changes to your relationships, and then later, introducing solids and more. Many mothers find support and friendship here and continue these relationships outside of group time, as well. Moms are encouraged to feed their baby during group, and all you need to bring is a blanket for your baby to lay on.
You can join the group at any time if the session has already begun, and if you are heading back to work, we can prorate the group so you can attend as many sessions as your schedule allows.
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. $96. 734-973-1014. email@example.com www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
(Matthew Miele, 2013). Documentary about the Manhattan department store.
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]
(Mira Nair, 2012). Thriller about a Pakistani Wall Street up-and-comer who finds himself conflicted between his pursuit of the American dream, a hostage crisis, and his homeland. Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland.
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]
This session has been a hit with audiences! In this workshop participants will review key trends that board members need to know, including changes in the national nonprofit landscape, the latest trends on giving, and how to capitalize on internet trends. Additionally, this workshop will cover best practices for boards in the areas of board roles, structure, operations, policies, diversity and inclusion, and recruitment. This session is fun, informational and great for both nonprofit executives and board members.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main Street. $50. (734)988-0160. firstname.lastname@example.org http://new.org/component/jcalpro/view/301/date/2013-06-13/2013-06-12.html?return_to=L2NvbXBvbmVudC9qY2FscHJvL2RhdGUvMjAxMy0wNi0xMy5odG1s [map]
Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 994-5908. [map]
Every Thurs. except Dec. 26. Activities, primarily for seniors, begin at 10 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($4), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar. An 11 a.m. Current Events discussion group led by Heather Dombey is followed at noon by a homemade dairy lunch ($3) and at 1 p.m. by a cultural or educational program.
Dec. 5: Jewish Federation of Greater Ann Arbor community engagement director Ilana Baden and a group of teens from Nahalal, Israel, discuss the teens experiences as exchange students from the JCC sister city.
Dec. 12: U-M film studies professor emeritus Ira Konigsberg discusses "The Genius of Charlie Chaplin."
Dec. 19: Local clinical social worker Anita Rubin-Meiller discusses "Healing Through Compassionate Life."
Jan 2: TBA.
Jan. 9: JCC staff member Sue Adler introduces her dog, Zoey the Therapy Dog, who entertains with tricks and some cuddles.
Jan. 16: Panel discussion with Chabad House rabbi Alter Goldstein, Beth Israel Congregation rabbi Robert Dobrusin, and Temple Beth Emeth rabbi Robert Levy on "Religious Practice in the Public Sphere."
Jan. 23: Local artist David Zinn discusses his work.
Jan. 30: Ben Kessler directs the Hebrew Day School Klez Kids band in a program of klezmer classics.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]
CDL youth librarians read stories, sing funny songs, and make it all come alive with puppets, fingerplays, and movement. Each week features a different theme. For toddlers ages 2 & 3 accompanied by a parent.
June 13: "Duplos."
June 20: "Circus Fun."
July 11: "Fairy Tales." Kids invited to dress up as their favorite fairy.
July 18: "Superhero."
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
Join us to sign, sing, and play, and help your child to communicate frustration-free! Certified instructor Kathy Brady of Signing Smart will teach you how to sprinkle family-friendly American Sign Language signs into songs and activities with your little one. Bring your infant or toddler (6 months-2 years) and learn how to start signing with your hearing child in a way that's easy, fun, and successful!
The Little Seedling, 355 S. Zeeb Road, Suite C. Free. (734) 389-3459. email@example.com www.ssannarbor.com [map]
Every Thurs. (except July 4 & 18), June 6-Aug. 29. Musical entertainment by local and area performers.
June 6: Martha Reeves & the Vandellas. Fronted by Reeves' magnificent gospel-inspired vocals, the Vandellas were one of the great early Motown groups, with durably popular hits like "Dancing in the Streets," "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave," and "Nowhere to Run."
June 13 (in the Michigan Theater): Darren Criss. Pop-rock band led by this singer-songwriter, a U-M grad who's best known as one of the stars of the Emmy-winning hit TV show Glee. Opening act is Theo Katzman, a local self-styled "indie soul" singer-songwriter best known as the former guitarist in My Dear Disco.
June 20: Family of the Year. L.A.-based indie pop-rock quintet known for its Beach Boys-inspired male-female vocal harmonies, clever arrangements, and infectiously hummable tunes.
June 27: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Detroit indie electronic-pop duo whose fans include Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
a local introspective folk-rock singer-songwriter.
July 11: 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.
July 25: Brett Dennen. Popular young folk-rock singer-songwriter from central California whose songs on a range of social and personal themes blend the lithe, vaguely melancholy melodicism of Paul Simon and James Taylor with Dylanesque verbal pirouettes. Opening act is Dan Henig, a local introspective folk-rock singer-songwriter.
Aug. 1: The Ragbirds. Inventive local country-rock band, fronted by singer-songwriter Erin Zindle, whose music mixes in elements of world music, groove rock, and edgy pop, using a diverse mix of instruments, including violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, acoustic guitar, and percussion styles from around the world, as well as the old-fashioned drum kit.
Aug. 8: Laith Al-Saadi Trio. Soulful rock and blues covers and originals by a trio led by award-winning local singer-guitarist Al-Saadi. With bassist David Stearns and drummer Griffin Bastian.
Aug. 15: Greensky Bluegrass. Kalamazoo bluegrass band that won the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition.
Aug. 22: Kopecky Family Band. Nashville-based pop-rock quintet that recently released Kids Raising Kids, a debut CD that allmusic.com reviewer Steve Leggett describes as "a cross between California pop and British Invasion, with a hefty dose of Byrdsian folk-rock guitars." Opening act is Lansing singer-songwriter Kate Peterson.
Aug. 29: George Bedard & the Kingpins. Superfine honky-tonk dance tunes from swing to vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, with some memorable originals penned by guitar genius Bedard. With drummer Rich Dishman and bassist Randy Tessier. Bedard has a brand-new live CD, Further On, that's highlighted by a show-stopping rendition of "Hawaiian Boogie."
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Liberty Plaza, E. Liberty at S. Division. Free. 214-0109.
June 6: Electric blues by the Bluescasters. June 13: "Shakespeare in the Courtyard" by Shakespeare in the Arb players. June 20: High-energy fiddling, singing, and dancing by the Saline Fiddlers. June 27: U-M Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma a cappella ensemble and Kappa Kappa Psi band.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Courtyard, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
Pittsfield Township Farmers Market opens on June 13th (2:00 - 7:00) and is located at the Township Hall (corner of Platt and Michigan, with East-West access from Bemis).
Please "Like" Pittsfield Township (www.facebook.com/pages/Pittsfield-Charter-Township/115908818493 ) on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/PittsfieldTwp).
More details at: http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/
June 13th - Make a kite to fly with your Dad and musical entertainer Kevin DeVine.
June 20th - Pittsfield Fire Safety, including fireworks safety.
June 27th - Healthy Cooking Demonstration
No Market on July 4th
July 11th - Pittsfield DPS Bike Safety
July 18th - Ann Arbor District Library Story Time
July 25th - Pittsfield Parks and Rec "Fun with Beans" and musical entertainer Kevin Devine.
August 1st - Saline Fiddlers.
August 8th - Pittsfield Park and Rec Scavenger Hunt.
August 15th - Saline District Library Story Time
Pittsfield Township Hall, 6201 W. Michigan Avenue. Free admission. 734-822-3135. firstname.lastname@example.org www.pittsfield-mi-gov [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.
Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:30 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. email@example.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 25-30 miles, to the west or north.
6 p.m., Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 678-8297. [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.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
June 6, 13, 20, & 27 Performances by nationally touring stand-up comics.
June 6: Norm Stulz. Veteran Detroit stand-up comic who specializes in funny tales about raising 3 kids and other aspects of family life.
June 13: : Mike Green. This popular comic, winner of the 2004 Michigan Comedy Survivor competition, performs with a nervous energy that regularly explodes into bizarre observations and goofy enlightenments about jumping rope, talking sirens, bar codes, and other pointless things you've never stopped to think about. "If you liked the kid in the lunchroom who made you spit milk out your nose, you'll love Mike Green," says the Detroit Free Press.
June 20: Tim Walkoe. This popular Chicago comic, a grand prize winner on ABC's America's Funniest People, mixes song parodies with a rapid-fire series of one-liners, jokes, and topical observations.
June 27: Mike Bobbitt. Veteran Detroit monologuist whose comedy blends an edgy punk-rock energy with a nerdy point of view.
6:30-8 p.m., Katie's Corner, CDL lawn (held indoors in case of rain), 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun AMERICAN DINER menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken, Bacon, Gorgonzola, Hard-Boiled Egg, Avocado, Fresh Tomato & Homemade Buttermilk Ranch; Grilled Patty Melt with Grilled Rye, Melty Gruyere & Caramelized Onions; Hand-cut French Fries served with Homemade Ketchup; Last, but not least, a Build-Your-Own Sundae Bar (homemade everything of course - vanilla bean ice cream, hot fudge & caramel sauce, toffee pieces and macerated fruit!) to please the kid in you! Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com *SPECIAL JUNE PRICING*
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $120/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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.
Every Thurs. (except July 4, June 6-Aug. 15.Musical entertainment on 9 stages downtown, as well as Three Generations Entertainment with balloons and other activities for kids. The weekly musical program also includes an open mike stage. Also, Spontaneous Art interactive performance artists, a juried sculpture walk, and food vendors. The music is followed at dusk by "SRSLY Cinema," screenings of teen-friendly movies at the Clocktower Commons.
June 6: The local country-rock trio Cold Tone Harvest, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette, local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the Howell country quartet William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters, the local blues band The Bluescasters, the singer-piano duo Pianos on Fire, the pop & lock dancer Poppet, the interactive performance art ensemble Spontaneous Art, and Eric the Juggler.
June 13: The Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-singer Kari Holmes, the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra, the Lansing acoustic classic rock and blues duo Fighting Unlucky, the classy Detroit neo-honkytonk quartet The Whiskey Charmers, the young Chelsea classic rock cover band The Tritones, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
June 20: The rockabilly band Los Dingos del Norte, acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriter Mitchell Curley, the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord, the Chelsea alternative rock band Liquid Plasma, the Detroit pop-rock quintet Anthony Lai Band, the Michigan Academy of Dance & Music (Dexter) dance troupe, and Eric the Juggler. Followed by City of Ember.
June 27: The South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the acoustic indie pop-folk band Human Cannonball, the jazz ensemble Blue Seven, the Ypsilanti rock quartet The View, the local indie groove-rock Jake Prince Trio, the Hillsdale-Abilene guitar-and-saxophone jazz-bluegrass fusion The Duo Project, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Madagascar.
July 11: Local folk-rock singer-songwriters Annie & Rod Capps, the Dundee acoustic rock duo Last Exit, the Howell pop-rock singer-songwriter Mike Vial, Ann Arbor indie rock ensemble The Sarah Swanson Band, the acoustic pop band CrossBow & the Roadshow, Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-singer Kari Holmes, the modern tap dance ensemble Bang the Floor, and A2 Magic magician Jeff Wawrzaszek. Followed by The Brady Bunch Movie.
July 18: The singer-piano duo Pianos on Fire, the jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace, the country-pop duo Mikhaila & Will, the Detroit Celtic-rock quintet Bill Grogan's Goat, the local folk-rock Bob Skon Trio, the jazz vocal trio David C. Bloom & Friends, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Thor.
July 25: The Chelsea High Celtic music ensemble Chelsea House Orchestra, the Detroit acoustic rock singer-songwriter Eli Adams, the popular local vintage jazz-inflected folk-rock quartet Appleseed Collective, the Ann Arbor self-styled "lounge-a-billy" band The Shelter Dogs, the classic rock band The Nomads, the local rock band Bulletproof Snow, the pop & lock dancer Poppet, and Eric the Juggler. Followed by Aquamarine.
Aug. 1: The Howell country quartet William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters, the South Lyon acoustic country-rock trio Seven Bridges, the Ann Arbor American roots music singer-songwriter Dave Boutette, the Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll quintet Captain Ivory, the rock band Spin Cycle, the Chelsea rock 'n' roll band Coconut Radio, the local blues band The Bluescasters, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by The Croods.
Aug. 8: the versatile Ann Arbor acoustic jazz, swing, country, pop, and folk trio Isosceles, the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord, the Detroit acoustic rock singer-songwriter Eli Adams, Ann Arbor indie rock ensemble The Sarah Swanson Band, the local folksy Americana trio Washburn Gardner & Ebb Tide, the Chelsea bluegrass and traditional American string quartet North Creek Fiddlers, the southeast Michigan blues and classic rock quartet New Blues Street Project, and Dee Dee the Clown. Followed by Marley & Me: The Puppy Years.
Aug. 15: The veteran Ann Arbor Cuban jazz ensemble Trio Tumbao, the acoustic pop band CrossBow & the Roadshow, the acoustic blues and folk musician Ian Stewart, the jazz ensemble Blue Seven, the popular local vintage jazz-inflected folk-rock quartet Appleseed Collective, the local blues and blues-rock quintet blues band The Bluesmatics, Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio dancers with the local blues-flavored acoustic folk-rock band Dorkestra, and A2 Magic magician Jeff Wawrzaszek. Followed by Avatar.
6:30-8:30 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-1145, 433-2787.
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Former Yoga Life editor and Siva Yoga Centres director Swami Saradananda discusses her new book. Signing.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
Slow-paced 15-mile ride on mountain or wide-tired road bikes over the lightly traveled, hard dirt roads behind Domino's Farms.
7 p.m., meet at 2722 Georgetown Blvd. north off Plymouth Rd. Free. 995-5017, 668-7706, 663-5060.
A chance to sample and learn about some 2 dozen fruit beers, from blueberry stouts to cherry alts. Also, a drawing for beer-related prizes. The price of admission includes unlimited beer sampling and a German appetizer buffet.
7-9 p.m., Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington. Tickets $25 in advance and (if available) at the door. 213-1393. [map]
Every Thurs. except July 4, through Aug. 22 Downtown concerts by area bands. June 6: Beatles tribute band Toppermost. June 13: Bluegrass and high-energy American folk student fiddle ensemble the Saline Fiddlers. June 20: Detroit acoustic country-pop singer-songwriter Kari Holmes. June 27: the Saline Big Band. July 11: the Manchester Cajun & Creole quintet Creole du Nord. July 18: Tim McGraw tribute artist Allen as Tim. July 25: William Shadrick & the Modern Day Drifters. Howell country quartet led by singer-songwriter Shadrick, whose influences range from Hank Williams and Merle Haggard to Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson. Aug. 1: Detroit Elvis impersonator Greg Jaqua. Aug. 15: Area bluegrass-based quartet Bill Bynum & Co. Aug. 22: the young Saline fiddle ensemble the Fiddlers ReStrung.
7-9 p.m., downtown Saline. Free. 429-4907.
A city natural area preservation staff naturalist leads a hike through the Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area to look for and discuss its native plants and learn about restoration efforts that have taken place in it.
7-8:30 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Packard between Stone School and Platt. Free. 327-8301.
All invited to test their knowledge of all things Ann Arbor, with questions about everything from old theaters and record shops to once famous local figures based on information based on the AADL archive of old local newspapers. Show up with a team of 4-5 players or join a team at the event. Prizes.
7-9 p.m., Live, 102 S. First. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Second Thursday Build Nights have a special emphasis involving the Raspberry Pi! Bring one if you have one, or try out one of ours!
Makers gather here at the AHA! Shop. We take our world and play with it like legos. Mixing and matching recipes of life like a top chef with a picky client. A dash of electronics, a pinch of art, a scoop of biology and a MONSTER amount of awesome.
Have a project? Bring it down! We can provide:
- Basic Hand Tools (Screwdrivers, hammers, files, wrenches, scissors, knives)
- Safety Equipment (Goggles, Gloves, Masks)
- Power Tools* (Drill, Reciprocating Saw, Dremel, Drill Press, Lathe)
- XYZ Tools** (3D Printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Mill)
- Awesome (Sewing Machines, Needles, Thread, Glue Guns)
- And a whole lot more.
Don't have a project? Come down and WATCH AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN. You'll learn something, and maybe help someone else out!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Free. Donation. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]
Area musicians perform a series of outdoor concerts in Manchester's downtown gazebo. Bring picnics, chairs, and blankets. Rain or shine.
June 13: Family-friendly concert by Pinckney musician Guy Louis.
June 20: Moxie Strings. Local Celtic and Americana fiddle/cello duo.
June 27: Sister Wilene. Michigan old-time country quintet.
July 11: Patriotic marches and swing by the Manchester Brass Band.
July 25: Los Gatos. Local Latin jazz band led by drummer Pete Siers that specializes in the music of Cal Tjader, the late San Francisco vibes player who ignited the 1950s mambo craze.
Aug. 1: The Raisin Pickers. Veteran Manchester-based string ensemble that plays old-time jug band dance music, western swing, and newgrass.
Aug. 8: The Billy King Band. Local blues-flavored rock 'n' roll band led by singer-songwriter-guitarist King.
7:30 p.m., Wurster Park gazebo (Main St. just west of M-52), Manchester. Rain location: Emanuel Church hall, 324 W. Main, Manchester. Free; donations appreciated. 428-0159.
June 13 & 14. Rudolf Steiner seniors present Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasia, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the more or less unfortunate mortals ensnared in their mischief.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. $5 (students, $3; family, $12). 669-9394. [map]
June 13-16. This polished local opera company performs Mozart's popular comic opera noted for its stirring, lovely melodies. Bored by his wife, Count Almaviva eyes her maid Susanna, who is engaged to his valet Figaro. When the count decides to exercise his feudal rights, Figaro, Susanna, and others are thrown into frenzied attempts to thwart his lecherous scheme. Italian, supertitles.
7:30 p.m. (June 13-15) & 2 p.m. (June 16), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $22-$50 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and arboropera.com. Tickets: 763-8587. Info: 332-9063. [map]
Acclaimed Detroit-bred, L.A.-based blues singer who was named B.B King Entertainer of the Year in 2009. "Magness with her deep, husky voice in full-flight is consistently excellent . . . this lady doesn't fool around," says Blues Access magazine. "Thank heaven for lusty bad girls like her." She has an acclaimed new CD, Stronger for It.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $21 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 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]
June 13-16 & 20-22. Carl Ellison directs local actors in Neil Simon's poignant 1972 comedy about an aging vaudeville team who grudgingly reunite to do a TV special. New York Times critic Ben Brantley says it "celebrates the clown's classic gift for turning anger into art." Stars Dennis Platte and Rick Katon.
8 p.m. (except June 16, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at showtix4u.com & by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]