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]
All invited for a 1-mile (or 2-mile) swim across Baseline Lake and back. Followed by continental breakfast. Note: Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
8:30 a.m., Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd., left from Mast off North Territorial. $35 (families, $40; members, $25). Preregistration required at hrwc.org. 769-5123, ext. 612. [map]
May 11-12 Yoga for Girls and Women Ages 9 to 99
May 25-26 Yogic Way of Meditation - Tools and Techniques
June 8-9 Yoga Programs for Allergies, Asthma and Diabetes
June 29-30 Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
July 13-14 Holistic Yoga as a Way of Life
Cost: $179 up to a week early/$199 after that
For best results attend both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning through afternoon workshops and classes. However registering for one day is an option, as well. No drop-ins sorry. For details please, visit www.YogaAndMeditation.com. Yoga Teachers get continuing education credit for attending. Pre-registration with payment is required. All programs and practices are tailored to meet participants' needs, goals, abilities and level of understanding. Beginners through advanced practitioners are welcome.
AIKIDO bldg., 1904 Federal Blvd. $59 (Sat.)/$135 (Sun). 734-665-7801. EmaStefanova@cs.com www.YogaAndMeditation.com [map]
Ema Stefanova is one of the most highly and uniquely trained and experienced yoga and meditation teachers in the nation. Her gentle style comes from her living and training in the world-renowned holistic and therapeutic Satyananda Yoga lineage and a lifetime of teaching. Ema has taught yoga since 1979 to over a hundred thousand students of all ages, including patients and staff in hospitals, businesses, schools, universities and U.S. government agencies. Ema has also trained and mentored yoga teachers of all levels worldwide, authored teacher manuals, yoga and meditation CDs/DVDs, and articles. She has been a University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Referral Practitioner for many years.
A Stewardship Network naturalist leads volunteers in identification and removal of invasive plants, including Japanese hedge parsley, spotted knapweed, Canada thistle, and hoary alyssum. Long pants and long sleeves recommended; bring work gloves if you can.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Pinckney Recreation Area Halfmoon Lake parking lot, Hankerd Rd. (1 ¾ miles north of North Territorial Rd.), Dexter Twp. Free. 996-3190.
WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike where Fleming Creek meets the Huron River to look for black maples, green dragon, ebony jewelwings, and other native plants and animals.
10-11:30 a.m., Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
Join others who are recovering from or have recovered from religion and want to help others do the same. We are a group of people that know and understand what you are struggling with and can offer friendly social support in a non-threatening, understanding and relaxed atmosphere. We will share experiences and resources to help cope with and deal with problems related to leaving organized religion or living without any religion.
Whether you are thinking of leaving your religion, are already living religion free, or you just wish to support others, please come join us.
Participate in discussions, share your story, ask the questions that are on your mind, meet new people, make new friends and discover you're not alone in your search for secular beliefs.
Cost: Free, beverages and snacks are available for purchase.
Panera Bread, 777 North University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. email@example.com http://www.cfimichigan.org/events/calendar/ [map]
Every Sun. A weekly program open to all single adults interested in contemporary Christian topics, new ideas, personal growth, and social and physical activities.
Dec. 8 & 15: Central Seminary (Ann Arbor) religion professor Waldemar Schmeichel presents talks on "The Theology of Christmas Hymns."
Dec. 22: All invited to bring a dish to pass for a festive Christmas potluck.
Dec. 29: All invited for conversation.
Jan. 5: Screening of The Children's March, Robert Houston's 2004 documentary about the epochal 1963 Birmingham civil rights marches that resulted in the arrest of more than 5,000 children.
Jan. 12: K-12 educator Jean Schmeichel discusses her personal journey in becoming a passionate advocate of civil rights for all. "Religion and Revolution in Cuba."
Jan. 19: K-12 educator Jean Schmeichel discusses the argument for celebrating MLK Day by keeping school in session and discusses student letters to MLK.
11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church Monteich Hall, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466, ext. 43. [map]
Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts. Also, demos featuring soaps and artisanal bodycare (July 7), toymakers (July 14), and mixed-media artists (July 28), as well as a Day after Art Fair Art Fair (July 21) with crafts for adults and kids, live music, and food.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]
Leisurely paced ride to Chelsea with pianist Mr. B (see listing below) for a late breakfast or lunch and a free concert on the Chelsea District Library lawn and a late afternoon return for another concert.
11 a.m., Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium. Free. Paulaldman@gmail.com. [map]
This popular festival features lots of family-oriented nature activities, including educational exhibits on the Huron River and its history, displays of live river animals, fishing, a classic small boat show, a treasure hunt led by Michigan Geocachers (bring your GPS device, if you have one), storytelling and other activities for kids, and more. Live music by environmentally-minded pop-folk singer songwriter Joe Reilly (noon-1 p.m.), the acoustic folk duo Gemini (1:30-2:30 p.m.), and the acoustic self-styled "jazz-grass/punk-folk" trio Wire in the Wood (2:45-3:45 p.m.). Food vendors. $5 canoe and kayak rentals. Ride your bike to the festival, and receive a free boat rental.
Noon-4 p.m., Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Rd. (both sides of Huron Pkwy.). Free admission. 794-6240. [map]
Every Sun. & Thurs. except Nov. 28. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. 417-5547. [map]
Every Fri-Sun. through Sept. 1. Costumed guides lead tours of the 10-room artifact-filled farmhouse and its outbuildings, including a recently refurbished blacksmith's workshop. The last tour begins at 4:16 p.m.
1-5 p.m., Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area. $5 (kids ages 5-12, $2). (517) 596-2254. [map]
Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.
June 22 (11 a.m.): "No Child Left Inside: Amazing Amphibians." Display and discussion of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians in their natural habitat. Geared toward young audiences; parents welcome.
July 13 (11 a.m.): "Kids Insect Hunt." Kids ages 2-10 invited to look for and learn about some of the insects that inhabit Hudson Mills. July 14 (1-3 p.m.): "Fishing Fun." All kids invited to try their hand at fishing.
July 28 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "A Dog Day of Summer." All invited to bring their dog for training clinics, herding demos, doggie contests, tips from local vets, and more. $3 (dogs free).
Aug. 3 (1 p.m.): "Kids in the Creek." Kids invited to collect and observe some of the large and small inhabitants of the Huron River ecosystem. Wear boots and be prepared to get wet feet.
Aug. 10 (7:45 a.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot near the tollbooth, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd.): "Huron River Clean-Up." All invited to help clean up the Huron River by canoe. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch provided. FREE.
Aug. 24 (8 p.m.): "Bats in the Night Sky." Indoor talk about bats followed by a trek outside to look for bats living in the park.
Various times, park activity center (for fishing events, meet at the Rapids View area), 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $3 unless otherwise noted. Preregistration required. For all fishing events, tackle (including poles) and bait provided, or bring your own. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [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.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
Every Sun. A variety of local performers.
July 7: Gemini. Popular acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits, who have built a strong following among kids and adults throughout the Great Lakes area.
July 14: Drummunity. All invited to play on a collection of hand drums and percussion toys in a drum circle led by local drummer and drum teacher Lori Fithian.
July 21: Wire in the Wood. Acoustic self-described "jazz-grass/punk-folk" trio.
July 28: TBA.
1-3 p.m., Kerrytown courtyard. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Guided tours of the 1873 Parker Mill, where members of the Parker family ground pancake mix, feed, and flour until 1968, when the mill was purchased by the Matthaei family and sold to WCPARC.
1 & 3 p.m., Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
July 28 & 30: Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976). The classic saga of a small-time Philadelphia boxer who nearly wins a grueling, blood-soaked title fight. Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith. 1:30 p.m. (July 28) & 7 p.m. (July 30).
Aug. 4 & 6: The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965). Rousing sing-along screening of the classic musical about the Von Trapp family's singing nanny. With an on-stage costume parade, onscreen lyrics, goodie bags, & more. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 4) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 6).
Aug. 11 & 13: The Kiss (Jacques Feyder, 1929). Greta Garbo stars in this silent murder mystery and courtroom drama about a young woman unhappily married to an older businessman. With live accompaniment on the theater's Barton Theater Pipe Organ. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 11) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 13).
Aug. 18 & 20: Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962). Sweeping epic based on the life of British adventurer T. E. Lawrence. Peter O'Toole. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 18) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 20).
Aug. 25 & 27: 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963). Unique, semiautobiographical film about a director's struggles while trying to make a movie. Marcello Mastroianni. Italian, subtitles. 1:30 p.m. (Aug. 25) & 7 p.m. (Aug. 27).
Sept, 1 & 3: Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998). Driven, kinetic portrait, combining animation, still photography, slow motion, and conventional cinematography, of a woman who must come up with 100,000 marks in 20 minutes in order to pay the mob. Franka Potente. German, subtitles. 1:30 p.m. (Sept. 1) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 3). [aw]
Sept. 2: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Classic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as a pair of star-crossed lovers during WW II. 7 p.m.
1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Mon. & Tues.), Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]
Daily (except July 4) beginning July 1. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sun., and 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
The Little Star That Could (1:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system.
Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Sat.) is a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.
Sun, Earth, and Moon (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) explores the reasons the constellations in the night sky change throughout the year and the moon changes its phase and place in the sky.
Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
(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.
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). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
For the 4th year in a row, Ann Arbor's world-renowned boogie-woogie and blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun is touring on bicycle with a custom-built frame designed to carry his 352-pound Baldwin Acrosonic upright piano. This year he's accompanied by an ensemble TBA and today they perform a show in Chelsea before pedaling off to perform at the Wolverine State Brewing Co. in Ann Arbor. Bring your bike if you want to join the ride to Ann Arbor.
2-3 p.m., Chelsea District Library lawn, 221 S. Main, Chelsea, & 5-6 p.m., Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium. Free. 475-8732 (Chelsea), 369-2990 (Ann Arbor). [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., June 20-July 28. Phil Powers directs the Michigan premiere of Gina Gionfriddo's 2008 Off-Broadway hit comedy that blends sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller. When a high-strung newlywed fixes up her uptight stepbrother with her husband's sweet and sexy coworker, the blind date takes a dark turn. Stars Sarab Kamoo, David Wolber, Dorry Peltyn, Keith Kalinowski, and Maggie Meyer. The July 14 performance is followed 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.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (July 6 & 20), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (June 20), $22 (June 21, 23, & 27), and $30 (June 22). June 28 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After June 28: $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]
Slide-illustrated talk on her work by this celebrated Brooklyn knitter and fiber artist who's best known as the creator of Mochimochi Land, a line of knitted toys, creatures, and spectacular installations. She also signs her 3 books, which are available for purchase.
2-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., June 20-Aug. 31. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Don Zolidis's new comic drama about a divorced and disenchanted woman who returns to her hometown, where she discovers her high school sweetheart is still carrying a torch for her.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. June 20-26 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). June 27: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., July 11-27. Nathan Corliss directs local actors in American playwright Richard Dresser's funny, acerbic 2-man play about how parents teach kids to deal with athletic competition and success. It explores the odd-couple dynamics between 2 Little League coaches with opposing philosophies on the game of baseball as they form an uneasy alliance for the benefit of their sons' team.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. except Nov. 24 & 25. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
July 11-14, 18-21, & 25-28, and Aug. 1-4. 8-11 & 15-18. Daniel Cooney directs this Dexter-based professional company in Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Herbert Kretzmer's adaptation of Victor Hugo's sweeping epic of 19th century Parisian life, a large-canvas tale of human fallibility centered on a petty criminal, who reinvents himself as a model citizen and becomes a town mayor and then, after another stint in jail, befriends an unfortunate single mother whom he attempts to rescue from her grim circumstances. Stars U-M voice professor Stephen West, with J. Michael Bailey, Darcy Link, Elias Wygodny, Zach Barnes, Erika Henningsen, Madison Deadman, Marlene Inman-Reilly, and Jeff Steinhauer.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Aug. 8), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $28 (seniors & students, $25; groups of 10 or more, $22) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200, 253-2375. [map]
All invited to discuss 2 books set in China. Paul French's Midnight in Peking is a true-crime thriller that chronicles the unsolved murder of a British schoolgirl whose body was found at the base of the Fox Tower in Peking in 1937. Qiu Xiaolong's Red Mandarin Dress is about a Shanghai serial killer who stalks young women and leaves their bodies in well-trafficked locations.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
All invited to join a discussion of Stay, Nicola Griffith's noir novel about an ex-cop mourning her lover's death who comes out of seclusion to track down a runaway girl, and ends up hunting a sociopath.
4:30-6 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
July 13-15 (different locations). Tango dance parties with recorded music spun by a DJ. Preceded by tango workshops. The July 14 dance is preceded at 6 p.m. by a barbecue.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (July 13), 5-8:30 p.m. (July 14), & 8:30-11:30 p.m. (July 15). Phoenix Center (July 13), 220 S. Main; Island Park (July 14), 1450 Island Dr. (off Maiden Ln. north of Fuller); Pittsfield Grange (July 15), 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (students, $5). umich.edu/~umtango. [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 firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm. 717-1569.
(Joss Whedon, 2012). A contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy.
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). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
A benefit for this popular local singer-songwriter who recently injured his hand in a work-related accident The lineup is crowded with local musicians who eagerly volunteered to perform: Mr. B, David Barrett, Annie & Rod Capps, Jason Dennie, Gemini, Shari Kane and Dave Steele, Dave Keeney, Jan Krist & Jim Bizer, Peter Madcat Ruth, Kevin Meisel, Mustard's Retreat, Jay Stielstra & Judy Banker, and Paul Tinkerhess. Emcee is Johnny Williams.
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]