If you would like to learn how to play the guitar, our new teacher George Hinman is offering a FREE class on Saturday August 31st from 10am to 11am at our studio on Jackson Road. Prospective students will be taught the parts of the guitar, an introduction to note reading and tablature, and will have songs to take home with them. You do not need to bring an instrument to this class. We have 7 spaces available. Call 734-417-1167 or email email@example.com to reserve your space today.
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road. Free. 734-417-1167. firstname.lastname@example.org [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]
Class meets Fridays, September 20, 2013 - August 29, 2014 .
Each week, writers will bring to class their short stories, novels, poems, magazine articles or memoirs. Fellow writers will offer friendly and appreciative criticism on all aspects of writing. Participants are asked to provide typed copies to share with the group. Joy Rome was a senior lecturer in communications studies at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $70 (thru August). 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org www.olli-umich.org [map]
Sept. 20 & 21. The U-M plays matches on Sept. 20 against Marshall (11:30 a.m.) and Maryland (7:30 p.m.) and on Sept. 21 against Ohio (7 p.m.).
11:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. (Sept. 20) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 21), Cliff Keen Varsity Arena, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8 (seniors & youth, $5). 764-0247.
Four-person "Florida" scramble with a shotgun start. (In a scramble, each player hits every shot from the spot of the best ball of their foursome, so lousy golfers don't have to worry about hurting their team. In the "Florida" variation, the person with the best shot sits out the next turn.)
11 a.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.), Polo Fields Golf & Country Club, 5200 Polo Fields Dr. at Zeeb Rd. (1 mile south of I-94). $150. 821-2208. [map]
Are you looking for a quiet place where you can relax deeply and de-stress? Give yourself an hour to let go and return balance with the use of guided sound healing, breath and imagery; your body will thank you! No experience with sound healing necessary.
Fridays 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Six week session from 9/13 - 10/18.
Amy Koch, PT is a Certified Sound Healer and has lead groups in chanting, toning and sonic prayer. She also teaches meditation and breath awareness as part of her holistic healing practice.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. Fifth Ave. $60 for 6 weeks (drop-in, $12). 734-769-6100. email@example.com www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
An afternoon of entertainment, cultural activities, and information about Jewish life in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. The event's title derives from the Rosh Hashanah custom of dipping an apple in honey and saying a prayer for a sweet new year. Outside, under a huge tent, displays from local and national Jewish organizations and sale of Judaica gift items and food from various local Jewish organizations, along with Israeli foods and kosher baked goods from Detroit bakeries. Also, apples for tasting and carving. Children's activities include face painting, inflatable slides and jumpers, clowns and jugglers, and hands-on Judaic activities including a chance to make your own shofar.
Noon-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (household, $15). Reservations requested. 971-0990. [map]
Class meets Fridays, September 20 - November 15.
We will read and discuss three masterpieces of short fiction: Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", Bantam Classic ISBN 0-553-21214; Herman Melville's "Billy Budd, Sailor", Bantam Classic ISBN 0-553-21274-5; and Thomas Mann's "Death In Venice", tr. J. Neugroschel, Bantam Classic ISBN 978-0-14- 118173-8. The chief focus will be on appreciating the works as great pieces of literature, with deep insights into human character and moral dilemmas. Please be sure to obtain the specific editions listed above. Neil Flax is Associate Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at UM-Dearborn.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. $40. 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org www.olli-umich.org [map]
"Ann Arbor in Russian Literature: Revisiting the Carl R. Proffer and Ardis Legacies": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies.more >
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Sept. 20-21. A symposium exploring the legacy of Ardis Publishing, an Ann Arbor-based published founded in 1971 by Carl Proffer and his wife Ellendea that became the largest publishing house devoted to Russian literature outside the Soviet Union. The program includes a panel discussion on Sept. 20 with U-M and visiting scholars on "Ardis Publishers and the Russian Literary Canon" and, on Sept. 21, a session titled "Ann Arbor on the Map of Russian Literature: A Tribute to Carl R. Proffer" that features a series of talks by historians, critics, and writers from around the world and a concluding roundtable with former Ardis editors and translators.
2-5 p.m. (Sept. 20), Michigan League Koessler Room, & 1-6 p.m. (Sept. 21), Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-0351. [map]
Sept. 20 & 21. Scholars from around the U.S. and the UK discuss a range of ways in which the notion of the example of classical Rome as flawed has affected its legacy. Lecture topics range from "The Roman Empire and the Error of Civilization" and "Romans into (Elite) Frenchmen: Michel de Montaigne's Revision of Cicero on the Politics of Friendship" to "The Pleasures and Punishments of Roman Excess: Elagabalus at the Court of Early Cinema." For a complete schedule, see lsa.umich.edu
2-6 p.m. (Sept. 20) & 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sept. 21), 3222 Angell Hall. Free. 936-6099. [map]
Sept. 6: U-M art history professor Nachiket Chanchani on "Figures of Speech: Picturing Poetry in Fifteenth-Century Gujarat." Sept. 17: Institute of Economic Growth (India) sociology professor Amita Baviskar on "Good to Eat, Good to Think: India's Changing Food Cultures." Sept. 20: Amherst College anthropology professor Nusrat Chowdhury on "Revealing Powers: Money, Morality, and Politics in Bangladesh."
4 p.m., 1636 International Institute (except Sept. 17, room 1644), SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]
"Drawing Boundaries: How National History-Writing in China, Japan, and Korea Influences Contemporary Interstate Relations": U-M Confucius Institute.more >
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Talk by University of Pittsburgh history professor Evelyn Rawski, a former president of the Association for Asian Studies.
4 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room. Free. 936-6099. [map]
Every Mon.-Sat. & game days (Sept. 7 & 14). The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows.
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sept. 2), 4:45-6:15 p.m. (all other Mon.-Fri.), 1-3 p.m. (Sept. 7 game day), & 7:30-9:30 a.m. (Sept. 14 game day), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]
Giveaways and live music to celebrate the store's 10th anniversary begin tonight with a happy hour that includes live music by veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist Dave Boutette. Also, chilled shrimp and other appetizers. Beer available. On Sept. 21, a "Free Slider Saturday" includes sliders, chips, and live music by the local Americana guitar-and-vocal duo Dark Eyed Molly (3-5 p.m.). On Sept. 22, the store gives away slices of birthday cake (noon-4 p.m.), and on Sept. 24, a chance to win a $100 gift card.
5-8 p.m. (Sept. 20), 3-5 p.m. (Sept. 21), & noon-4 p.m. (Sept. 22), Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw. Free. 975-4500. [map]
Giveaways and activities to celebrate the store's 5th anniversary begin tonight with a "Spa Night" that includes samples, massages, and more. On Sept. 21, the store gives away slices of birthday cake (2-4 p.m.) and on Sept. 22, the store hosts a local vendor fair (noon-4 p.m.).
5-8 p.m. (Sept. 20), 2-4 p.m. (Sept. 21), & noon-4 p.m. (Sept. 22), Whole Foods, corner of Eisenhower & Ann ArborČ-Saline Rd. Free. 997-7500. [map]
Sept. 6, 20, & 27. Lectures by U-M and visiting scholars. Sept. 6: U-M musicology professor Stefano Mengozzi on "Sacred Words in Ordinary Sounds: Revisiting Musical Humanism." Sept. 20: University of California-Berkeley ethnomusicology professor Jocelyne Guilbault on "Performing Selective Cosmopolitanism." Sept. 27: Tufts University music professor David Locke on "Listening to African Traditional Music."
5 p.m., 506 Burton Tower. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 20-Nov. 3. Possibly Washtenaw County's most baffling corn maze, this vegetable labyrinth features over 8 miles of paths that form 2 intricate designs precision-cut with Farm Works software and a GPS unit. This year's "farmyard" theme features a maze shaped like a tractor and one shaped like a barn. New this year, a "Kidz CORNer," with barrel train rides, straw mounds, pumpkin bowling, and more. Also, beginning Oct. 4, an all-ages haunted corn maze every Fri. & Sat. (dark-10 p.m.). Take a flashlight if coming after dark. Adjacent to Wasem's Orchards.
6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 1-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 1-6 p.m. (Sun.), 6270 Judd Rd. (left off McCrone/Stoney Creek east off the US-23 Willis Rd. exit). $7 (kids ages 5-11, $6) per maze; $12 (kids, $10) for both. talladayfarms.com 645-1791. [map]
A Special Event at Ann Arbor Cooks! Instead of making your usual weekend restaurant reservations, join us for a different experience -- an interactive evening where we do the cooking right in front of you with the area's finest local ingredients -- sourced from our local farms and markets. You get to relax, socialize with fellow foodies, and watch as we prepare and serve your entire meal. Throughout the evening you will be at arms length of the chef and interaction is highly encouraged! You will receive a recipe packet to take home with you detailing the evening's entire menu. So come yourself, with a friend, or a group for a great evening of food, conversation, and so much more...*Proceeds from our Chef's Table Dinners will go to a scholarship fund at Ann Arbor Cooks for children in need to attend our Kids' Summer Cooking Camps. *BYOB - You are welcome to bring wine to enjoy with your meal. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Have you been wanting to learn how to crochet? With winter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to learn! Join us to learn the basics of crocheting, where you will learn to make a cute winter hat...no experience necessary! Class tuition is $15 per student, per session or $25 for both, all materials and tools are provided! 9/20 - Session 1: Learning to crochet/increasing 9/27 - Session 2: Decreasing Registration is required for these classes, and space will be limited to the first 10 students registering. Register at flyartcenter.org
FLY Children's Art Center Studio, 40 N Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $15/$25. email@example.com flyartcenter.org [map]
All kids in grades 6-12 invited to discuss books, eat pizza, and play trivia. Prizes. Sept. 20: Peter and the Starcatchers is Dave Barry's novel that tells Peter Pan's backstory. Oct. 18: Ender's Game is Orson Scott Card's futuristic novel about a world government that trains young military geniuses to battle against aliens.
7-8 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]
All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]
Back by popular demand, Dragon Wagon Band puts pure fun into every performance. Their music genre is often described as "Bluegrass folk-rock with a shot of Irish Whiskey." Dragon Wagon mixes a blazing fiddle, banjo, guitar with a mandolin, bass and a hot set of drums to create the most infectious toe-tapping band anywhere around.
Tickets $15 adult $13 senior/youth
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St. Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $13 - $15. 517.423.6617. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Aug. 9 & 23, Sept. 6 & 20. All invited to join an ongoing discussion of the late U-M physics professor emeritus Ernst Katz's Core Anthroposophy. Familiarity with Rudolf Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes. Free. 944-4903. [map]
Screening of Oles Sanin's 2014 drama about an American boy and a blind minstrel are thrown together by fate amidst the turbulence of mid-1930s Soviet Ukraine. The Ukrainian entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Ukrainian, Russian, & English; subtitles. Followed by a discussion with director Sanin and the film's star Anton Greene.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater, Michigan Theater. Free. 663-0351. [map]
Sept. 20 & 21. The Duke University-based interdisciplinary group Slippage: Performance|Culture|Technology teams with U-M dance students to create a show exploring the connections between performance and emergent technologies in the service of theatrical storytelling. . Also, Slippage artistic director, Duke University African and African American studies professor Thomas DeFrantz, discusses tonight's show in a talk titled "Performing Queer African American Histories" (Sept. 16, 5 p.m., location TBA.
7:30 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. Free. 763-5461. [map]
All invited to show and discuss slides, digital photos, and/or videos of their summer adventures.
7:30 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church lower level blue classroom, 306 N. Division ("just up the hill from the Amtrak station"). Free. 996-8345, 971-8329. [map]
Sept. 20-22. Elisabeth Frankel directs U-M theater student Samantha Rehr in their theatrical adaptation of Frank's diary.
7:30 p.m. (Sept. 20 & 21), 11 p.m. (Sept. 21), & 2 p.m. (Sept. 22), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
Sept. 18-21. Simon McBurney directs members of the award-winning London-based theater company Complicite and Tokyo's Setagaya Public Theater in a play adapted from a short story by influential 20th century Japanese writer Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. Set in 19th century Japan, it tells the dark and violent love story between a blind musician-a beautiful yet domineering woman who's mastered the shamisen, a stringed instrument-and her devoted servant-lover. The production draws from noh and kabuki stage technique, and also creates evocative effects of darkness and ambiguity through puppetry, mime, black backgrounds illuminated by candles, and two narrators. Performed in Japanese, with English supertitles.
7:30 p.m. (Sept. 18 & 19) and 8 p.m. (Sept. 20 & 21), Power Center. $18-$60 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
Waltz, cha cha, rumba, swing, tango, and other ballroom dancing to recorded music. Bring food or drinks to share, and wear pajamas. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
8-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 ($15 includes lesson; those with September birthdays, free). 644-1485. [map]
Led by bassist Sharp, this local jazz ensemble plays a mix of jazz, world music, and funk. Tonight they celebrate the release of their latest album, Worlds. With pianist Gary Schunk, saxophonists Chris Kaercher and Dan Bennett, guitarist Elden Kelly, drummer Bill Higgins, tabla player and percussionist John Churchville, tabla player Jay Antani, and flugelhorn player Ross Huff.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Chicago singer-songwriter and pianist best known as the djembe player in the soul-inflected acoustic country-rock quartet Down the Line. His own music draws on influences from James Taylor and Tom Petty to Bon Iver and Fountains of Wayne. He is accompanied by Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen of the Chicago indie rock band Dolly Varden, a husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duo known for their warm vocal interplay who also perform a set on their own tonight.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Sept. 20 & 21. This Detroit-area African American comic is known for his crisp, clever, slightly twisted topical commentary and for his high-spirited, often whimsical performing style. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty. $10 reserved seating in advance, $12 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
"Journey the Ancient Seas: Early Music of the Mediterranean": Alba Consort (Academy of Early Music).more >
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This New York City-based quartet performs early Mediterranean secular music on traditional instruments. Their programs feature improvisation as well as vocal works highlighted by Gerzairlian Grib's "chameleon adaptation to the style of a song, from ethereal white sounds to chesty robustness," says a recent review. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture about the program.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $25 (members & seniors, $22; students, $5) in advance at AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org & Nicola's Books (2513 Jackson), & by phone, and at the door. 528-1838. [map]
Sept. 19-22 & 25-28. Laura Bird directs local actors in Ken Ludwig's comedy of errors about opening night at the fictitious Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The star, a world-famous tenor known as "Il Stupendo," arrives too late to rehearse and then passes out and is taken for dead. Another singer is persuaded to pose as him, but trouble starts when Il Stupendo comes to and tries to reclaim his role. Stars Brooks Hoste, Dennis Platte, Dick Ward, Marie Jones, Drew Benson, Mary Hopper, and Mary Francheschi.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sept. 22 & 25), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at showtix4u.com & by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
Sept. 19 & 20. A variety show that features storytelling, songs, and standup comedy by Julie Lyons, Bob Obst, Ace Armstrong, and others. Note: not suitable for children.
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $8. emergentarts.com, 985-0875. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 19-Dec. 14, except Nov. 28. Local actors present a revival of Jeff Daniels' acclaimed 1993 comedy about a Midwestern flight attendant who is having a midlife crisis complicated by memories of his dead father and the fact that his wife wants him to have a vasectomy. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Stephanie Buck, David Bendena, Michael Brian Ogden, Drew Parker, Rusty Mewha, Nathan Eyde, and Rhiannon Ragland.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Sept. 19-25 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Sept. 25: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Danc.more >
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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]