The Great Lakes Zoological Society is offering a wild experience for kids this summer! When school is out of session, learning and exploration continues at the Reptile Zoo! Beginning on June 16th and going through August 22nd kids can stay active and entertained this summer while learning about animals, nature and the environment. 3-day and 5-day camps available. A new adventure waits each day, as campers learn how to better care for animals and the Earth we share. Campers will have opportunities for unique hands-on animal experiences in addition to participating in games, crafts and 'green' activities. All camps are from 9am-4pm; Registration is open now, early registration discount before April 30th!
Great Lakes Zoological Society- World of Discovery, 6885 Jackson Rd. $145 3-day, $240 5-day. (734)332-1628. firstname.lastname@example.org glzszoo.org [map]
This spring and summer Corner Brewery will be serving Brunch-n-Brew on Easter Sunday, Mother's Day and Father's Day. We will be opening early at 10am to offer a selection of main courses, sides and kiddie options. Visit our Facebook for menu specifics.
The Bob Skon Trio will be entertaining you with sweet and lively melodies to capture those moments in life we can all identify with.
Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti. 734-480-2739. email@example.com [map]
June 15 & 16. Show and sale of antiques and vintage items in various styles, including Americana Art Deco, mission, mid-century modern, industrial, shabby chic, continental, and more. Deliveries available. Concessions.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). firstname.lastname@example.org, (937) 875-0808. [map]
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]
The 3rd Annual Inner Peace Festival is a collaborative event with local merchants, teachers, performers and non-profits that is organized as a gift to the city. The Inner Peace Festival is a celebration of what makes Ann Arbor great - people coming together in a spirit of peace, diversity, community and cooperation. Highlights of this year's festival will include free yoga, Nia, and other classes. There will be powerful peaceful performances, a community drum circle, a meditation tent for reflection, planting seeds for peace and many other activities. This is a family-friendly event for Father's day and includes a number of children's activities. In addition, free snacks and beverages will be handed out to festival-goers, thanks to the generosity of local businesses.
Contact: Joan Evans, IPF Event Coordinator, 510-710-9000.
Downtown Ann Arbor, Main Street. Free. AnnArbor@InnerPeaceFestival.com http://www.innerpeacefestival.com/ann-arbor/
Display of a wide variety of roses and rose arrangements. Following morning judging, the show opens to the public. All amateur rose growers and arrangers are invited to compete ($3; entries accepted till 11 a.m.), and this month's Rose Society meeting offers show tips for beginners (see June 10 listing).
Noon-4 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 277-0112. [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 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]
Jon Kostal and Greg Barnett, the frontmen of the postpunk kids rock band Ice Cream Vendors (see Top of the Park listing below), present an interactive demonstration for kids in grades K-5 of how to collaborate in composing a song inspired by a striking everyday experience.
1-2 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more. Stars to Starfish (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that compares the exploration of the universe of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.
11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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]
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]
In her first KCH concert since suffering traumatic brain injuries in a 2011 car accident, this award-winning local violinist is joined by pianist Hannah Shields, violinists Annie Fullard, Nelson Lee, and Meg McDonough, violists Stephanie Fong and Rebecca Albers, and cellists Dan McDonough and Mary Ann Ramos. Program: Mozart's Sonata in B, Schubert's Notturno, Dvorak's Romance in F Minor, and Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat Major.
3 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Little Lake, a Democratic Learning Community for children, is screening several movies to spark conversation and discussion
amongst parents and caregivers of children.
The screenings show a counterexample to the student-led learning at Little Lake Learning Community, where the students and staff have full democratic participation in all aspects of learning and play.
The movies being shown include Race to Nowhere (May 5th), Free to Learn (May 19th), Where do the Children Play? (June 2nd), and Schooling the World (June 16th). Each movie is a provocative presentation on the ills of dominant corporate education. Seasoned LLLC facilitators will lead the discussions.
Little Lake Learning Community (@ Episcopal Church of the Incarnation), 3257 Lohr Rd. Free. email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org https://sites.google.com/site/littlelakefs/ [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 Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: The Macpodz (8:30 p.m.), the immensely popular local jam band that play an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." Openings acts are local pop-folk singer-songwriter Matt Jones (5 p.m.), Lansing singer-songwriter Kate Peterson (6 p.m.), and Ice Cream Vendors (7 p.m.), an Illinois kiddie-pop band whose fun, wacky song topics range from high school janitors to bacon men. The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by the 2012 James Bond adventure, Skyfall. Stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench. Also, aikido lessons (5 p.m., Alumni Center lawn) led by experienced practitioners. The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
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.
Churchy, emotionally charged gospel-oriented blues, at once down-home gritty and uptown silky, by this acclaimed band from Long Island. The Holmes Brothers cover a variety of classic blues, soul, and even country songs, but their strength is their intensely personal originals, often sung in close, tense 3-part harmonies. They "transcend the trap of the derivative, recapturing the idiosyncrasies that gave style to authentic, old-school blues bands. Their vocals approach the hypnotic sway of a baptismal sermon or a sanctified eulogy," says Village Voice critic Don Palmer. The band's 2004 Alligator CD, Speaking in Tongues, is highlighted by stinging covers of Ben Harper's "Homeless Child" and Dylan's acerbic "Man of Peace," and tonight's show also features music from its recent CD Feed My Soul.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]