Sept. 6-12. Shane Salerno's 2013 documentary about the private world of the late fiction writer J.D. Salinger and the influence of his work.
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]
Every Sun. Round-trip rides with various paces, distances, and destinations.
Aug. 4 (9 a.m.): "Lakes Ride." Fast-paced 95-mile ride (646-9015) along a route that passes 5 lakes west and north of Manchester.
Aug. 11 (10 a.m., meet at the municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., 1 block south of Michigan Ave., Saline): "Adrian Mural Ride." Fast-paced 60-mile ride (476-4944) to Adrian for brunch, along with a chance to view 4 Mexican-flavored murals on the route home.
Aug. 18 (9 a.m.): "Strawberry Lake Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 80-mile and 60-mile (944-0730) and slow-paced 37-mile (996-9461) rides to hunt for strawberries with a lunch stop in Dexter.
Aug. 25 (8 a.m.): "Jackson Parlour Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 100 mile ride (995-2944) to Jackson to visit one of the most popular ice cream parlors in southeastern Michigan. The return includes a ride through the Civil War Muster in Cascades Park.
Sept. 1 (9 a.m.): "Democratic Ride." A ride whose pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
Sept. 8 (9 a.m.): "Hathaway House Ride." Fast-paced 90-mile ride (426-4989) to Blissfield for brunch at the historic Hathaway House restaurant.
Sept. 15 (9 a.m.): "Zukey Lake Tavern Brunch Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 69-mile ride (476-4944) to Zukey Lake Tavern in Pinckney for brunch.
Sept. 22 & 29: TBA.
Various times, meet at Wheeler Park (except as noted), N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
All invited to help city staff maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.
Sept. 8: Marshall Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot on Dixboro just north of Plymouth) and Sugarbush Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance near the tennis courts on Rumsey St. at the north end of Georgetown Blvd. off Plymouth) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle. Also a walk through Sugarbush to look for its special features, including blue ash and pawpaw trees.
Sept. 15: Hannah Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Sept. 21 : Sunset-Brooks Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Sunset Rd. at the end of Brooks St.) to clear trails and spread woodchips in this oak-hickory woodland, and Hollywood Park (9 a.m.-noon, Sequoia Pkwy. near the intersection of Archwood Dr.) and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Westwood north of Arborview) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Sept. 28: Greenview Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, across from Barnard Rd. on Greenview Rd. off Scio Church Rd. west of S. Seventh St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails and Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Oct. 6: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle west off Platt south of Packard) to remove invasive shrubs and help improve the trails, and Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Bird Rd. entrance) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle.
Oct. 12: Wurster Park (9 a.m.-noon, entrance at the cul-de-sac on Edgewood Pl. off W. Davis between Third St. & Fifth St.) to remove invasive shrubs and spread woodchips on the trails, and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Arborview entrance, just east of Wildwood) to help clear trails and spread woodchips.
Oct. 13: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Beechwood entrance off Sunset just north of M-14) to collect seeds and learn how to identify native plants in the seed-bearing stage of their growth cycle.
Oct. 26: Dicken Woods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Dicken Dr. off S. Maple) to help remove invasive buckthorn, plant perennials, and work on trail maintenance, and Molin Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Powell Rd. from Columbia Ave. east of Kimberly from Packard just west of Eisenhower) to remove invasive shrubs.
Various times & locations. Free. 996-3266.
Sept. 6-8. This community institution, one of the largest book sales in in the country, offers CDs, DVDs, videos, and thousands of books sorted by subject and sold at feeding-frenzy prices starting at $1. Half price on Sept. 7 and $8 a bag (bags provided) on Sept. 8.
10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sept. 6 & 7) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sept. 8), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free admission. 973-6287. [map]
Talk by Third Ward city councilman Stephen Kunselman.
10 a.m., Burns Park Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 971-8638. [map]
This bustling, lively festival--the largest 1-day book festival in Michigan--celebrates books and bookmaking with a huge variety of demonstrations, talks, panel discussions, signings, displays, and sale tables by local bookstores, booksellers, and publishers. Also, a "Book-a-palooza" used book sale in Braun Ct. (11 a.m.-6 p.m.).
In the main tent: Presentation of the Community Book Award to West Side Book Shop owner Jay Platt (11 a.m.). Journalist and writer Brett Callwood moderates "Michigan Narratives: From Motown to Iggy Pop" (noon), a panel discussion with Mary Wells biographer Peter Benjaminson and Detroit Rock City author Steve Miller. Road & Track magazine editor Larry Webster moderates "Michigan Narratives: Automobiles and the Industry" (1 p.m.), a panel discussion with former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz, Chrysler's Turbine Car author Steve Lehto, and American Icon author Bryce Hoffman. Michigan Radio reporter Jennifer Guerra moderates "Michigan Narratives: Vanishing Cities" (2 p.m.), a panel discussion on the changing urban cityscape in Michigan, with urban history writers Gordon Young, John Gallagher, June Thomas, and Edward McClelland. Local poet V.V. Ganeshananthan moderates "Michigan Narratives: Cherchez la Femme" (3 p.m.), a panel discussion on a woman's point of view in fiction with area writers Bonnie Jo Campbell, Natalie Bakopoulos, and Susan Ramsey. Signal-Return (Detroit) letterpress studio project manager Ryan Schirmang discusses "The Detroit Printing Scene" (4 p.m.).
In Kerrytown Concert House: Announcement of 2013 Book Cover Contest winners (11 a.m.). Children's writer and illustrator Ruth McNally Barshaw leads a panel discussion on "Picture Books from Inception to Publication" (noon), with children's writers Shutta Crum and Nancy Shaw and illustrator David Catrow. Detroit Noir editor E.J. Olsen facilitates "Family Ties" (1:15 p.m.), a conversation about the importance of family connections in writing, with mystery writers Julia Keller and William Kent Krueger. Keller's books are set in Applachia; Krueger's in Minnesota. Mystery writer Alyse Carlson facilitates "A Mysterious Sense of Place" (2:30 p.m.), a conversation among Cara Black, who writes mysteries set in Paris; Erin Hart (Ireland), and Libby Fisher Hellmann (Chicago). Local fiction writer Jeremiah Chamberlin facilitates "The Literary, the Supernatural, and the Strange" (3:45 p.m.), a conversation between novelists Benjamin Percy and Matt Bell, whose newest books-Red Moon and In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, respectively-were two of the most anticipated novels of 2013.
Upstairs at Hollander's: Florence G. Wallace Conservation Laboratory (Lansing) collections conservator Eric Alstrom discusses "Michigan Book Artists" (noon). Local bookmaker Vicki Hayes Engling gives a slide-illustrated talk on "Book Structures for Elementary School Teachers" (1 p.m.), with a hands-on activity. Local artist Ruth Bardenstein gives an illustrated talk on "Experimental Typography in Book Arts" (2 p.m.). Calligrapher Scott Wettlaufer discusses "Image & Letter: The Changing Face of Book Content" (3 p.m.).
In the Children's Storybook Corner: Heather O'Neal, co-owner of the Himalayan Bazaar on Main, tells true and fictional tales from Nepal (noon-12:30 p.m.). Local writer Shanda Trent reads her new children's book, Farmer's Market Day (12:30 p.m.). Award-winning children's writer Deborah Diesen, author of The Pout Pout Fish, reads and leads a sing-along (1 p.m.). "ABCs with Mother Goose" (2 p.m.) is a 30-minute program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose. Ann Arbor District Library storyteller Laura Pershin Raynor tells "Animal Tales" (3 p.m.) and leads a stick puppet craft activity.
Outdoors in the Farmers Market: Book-related craft activities for kids (noon-2 p.m.), a kids drawing workshop (2 p.m.) with Ellie McDoodle books author and illustrator Ruth McNally, and book-making workshops (1, 2, & 3 p.m.).
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown Concert House, and Hollander's in Kerrytown. Free admission. 669-0451. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field (Fuller Rd.) or just west of Fuller pool. Free. email@example.com, 846-9418.
Roast pork dinner with beans, coleslaw, coffee, dessert, & more. A magician & other live entertainment. Proceeds benefit local veterans in need.
Noon-4 p.m., VFW Post, 3230 S. Wagner Rd. (about 3 miles south of Jackson). $10 (kids ages 6-12, $5; kids age 5 & under, free) in advance and at the gate. 864-2819, 475-8753. [map]
Sept. 7 & 8. A chance to sample the various water sports the club offers, including sailing and windsurfing. Bring a bathing suit, change of clothes, towel, sunblock, and sunglasses.
9 a.m.-sunset (Sept. 7) & noon-sunset (Sept. 8), 8010 Strawberry Lake Road (left from Mast off North Territorial), Dexter. Free. 426-4299. [map]
This is the 11 annual pig roast which is a fund raiser to help support the local veterans. The Vietnan Vets help support veterans in need and provide Christmas gifts to all Veterans in the Veterans Hospital during the Christmas Holidays
VFW 423 Hall, 3230 South Wagner rd. Ann Arbor, Mi. $10 adult $5 children. Don Miller 734-864-2819 or Al Dyer 734-475-8753. Millerdon5@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org VVA310.org [map]
Sept. 7 & 8. Museum staff lead hands-on activities for preschoolers.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sept. 7) & noon-4 p.m. (Sept. 8), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Join us for this 6-week introductory course designed for modern-day mystics. Classes include teachings on the inner spiritual path, meditation, soul, light, prayer and blessing. Classes offered on an ongoing rolling basis, join us when you can.
Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (N. Main just before Hwy, on left). Free. 734-330-5048. email@example.com http:
Live music, children's pony rides, hayrides, a petting zoo, farm tours, and other activities. Live and silent auctions and a sale of gifts. Food available. Also, a ceremony to honor the Dawn Farm cofounders. Proceeds benefit Dawn Farm.
1-6 p.m., Dawn Farm, 6633 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 485-8725. [map]
Every Sun. & Thurs. 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. umich.edu
A day of events to celebrate the River District (Northside/Lower Town) area:
1-3 pm Bike tour of historic highlights--meet (on bike) at Argo Canoe Livery park shelter
3-5 pm Garden tours (search "River Hop" at Eventbrite.com for locations)
5-8 pm Beckley Park Potluck Picnic--corner of Argo and Chandler
Rain date Sunday Sept. 15th.
Locations indicated above. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org
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]
Local comics artist and graphic novelist Jay P. Fosgitt discusses his forthcoming all-ages comic book Bodie Troll, with an emphasis on its inspirations, its plot and characters, and its connection to common folktale and mythological themes. Participants also work on their own comics; materials provided. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Naturalist Catherine Marquardt leads a walk through a wet meadow to identify native fall wildflowers. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle.
1-3 p.m., Reichert Nature Preserve, 11950 Dexter-Pinckney Rd., Pinckney. $15 (members, $10). Preregistration required at stewardshipnetwork.org
(Woody Allen, 2013). A life crisis leads a woman to reconnect with her sister in San Francisco. Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin.
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]
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.
Hands-on introduction by All Hands Active staff for adults and teens in grade 6 & up. Participants can experiment using Trimble Sketchup.
2-4 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Sept. 5-8. Rachel Francisco directs local actors 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 Anthony Provenzola, Michael Smith, January Provenzola, Katy Kujala, Dustin Lolli, Robby Griswold, Kimmy Hay, Chris Shewchenko, Trisha Fountain, Audrey Waugh, and Landon Brimacombe.
8 p.m. (Sept. 5-7) & 2 p.m. (Sept. 8), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $25 (seniors age 60 & over, $22; students, $13; Thurs., $19) in advance at a2ct.org, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 8-Sept. 8, and Sept. 14 & 15. David Magidson directs the Michigan premiere of Aaron Posner's drama adapted from Chaim Potok's 1972 novel about a boy growing up in a sheltered Hasidic community in 1950s Brooklyn, who discovers he has a prodigious talent as an artist. Immersing himself in an art form steeped in Christian imagery, he produces a masterwork, The Brooklyn Crucifixions, that he hesitates to exhibit since it may bring shame on his family and community. Stars Mitchell Koory, Naz Edwards, & Loren Bass. The Sept. 1 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. (Aug. 24 & Sept. 7), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Aug. 8), $22 (Aug. 9, 11, & 15), and $30 (Aug. 10). Aug. 16 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Aug. 16: $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]
Every Sun., except Sept. 1. 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.
2 & 3 p.m., Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
Every Sat. & Sun. beginning Sept. 7. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists search for life on other planets.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
All adults and teens in grade 9 & up invited to try out the recently developed Oculus Rift head-mounted virtual reality display. In anticipation of a multi-day Oculus Rift hackathon at the library in October.
3-5 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
An exhibit of Thom Bohnert's drawings and sculpture opens at Yourist Studio Gallery on Tuesday, August 27 and runs through Friday, October 4, 2013, with an artist's reception on Friday, September 13, 2013 from 5 to 8 pm.
Bohnert brings a unique blend of engineering, poetry, and whimsy to his art, often combining wire armature, wet-looking clay fragments, and surfaces that reflect his deep understanding of clay and glaze chemistry. His evocative, archaeological forms challenge viewers to expand their thinking about the possibilities of clay as medium. Bohnert received an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1971 and has taught drawing and ceramics at Mott Community College in Flint for the past 40 years. His work is widely exhibited and published. Please visit youristpottery.com for gallery hours.
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. email@example.com youristpottery.com [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.
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.
This class combines bellydance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability and balance. Don't worry, the burning is normal.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. email@example.com http:
This class will drill your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography to music from traditional to Macklemore. Coral Rose of Unveiled Bellydance and Lunatic Vagabonds will teach you to bellydance to anything on your playlist!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $15. (734) 726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Sept. 8 & 10. Tape-delayed live broadcast of a West End production of this new play by British playwright and film writer Peter Morgan, writer of the movies The Queen and Frost/Nixon. The play, directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry, imagines the weekly private meetings at Buckingham Palace between Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and the Prime Minister, from Churchill to Cameron, through a series of non-chronological vignettes. According to an Independent (UK) reviewer, Mirren "rises to the daunting technical challenge with a quite uncannily fluid lightness of touch as she shifts back and forth on an age-spectrum of six decades."
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (Michigan Theater & UMS members, $18; students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229. [map]
Acoustic Celtic-rock quintet from Richmond, Virginia. A Performing Songwriter critic calls the band's 2007 CD, Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat, "four easy steps to rock 'n' roll bliss." The band's new CD, Indian Summer Revisited, is a re-recording of its 2004 Vanguard debut. Opening act is Daniel Champagne, a highly regarded young Australian roots-music singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music has been praised for its emotive lyricism and melodic sweetness.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]