Our intimate parent toddler play groups meet once/week for six weeks this fall/winter. This is a unique opportunity for children (12 to 36 months) and their special adult to spend quality time together playing, (including free play stations, a slide, rotating media table, gross motor movement activities, such as bubbles, parachute play, and musical instruments), working on simple art projects (including painting, stickers, stamps) and having a snack and drink. Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood development and experience teaching in preschools, and plan their age- appropriate lessons and themes to meet the needs and interests of the children.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $99/ 6 weeks. 734-973-1014. email@example.com www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
Nov. 14-16. Show and sale of gifts. Also, a book sale and swap (bring up to 3 books to swap, if you wish), and, on Nov. 14, a local quilter shows and discusses her holiday wall hanging and answers quilting questions (1-3 p.m.). Discounts for people who are part of a book club. Proceeds go to Ozone House.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Absolute Title, 2875 W. Liberty. Free admission. 769-3393. [map]
Every Thurs. (except Nov. 28), Oct. 24-Dec. 5. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and visiting speakers.
Oct. 24: Former U-M Institute of Gerontology director Richard Adelman discusses "Opera and Politics as Bedfellows."
Oct. 31: UMMA director Joseph Rosa on "The Art of Collecting: A Political Investment."
Nov. 7: U-M Dearborn English professor emeritus Lawrence Berkove on "The Two Faces of Mark Twain: Humor and Tragedy."
Nov. 14: U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society members present a lecture-demo on "Political Humor in Gilbert and Sullivan."
Nov. 21: U-M English and film professor emeritus Ira Konigsberg on "Making Fun of the Tragic: The Satire of Politics in Film."
Dec. 5: Cartoonist Jef Mallett, creator of the widely syndicated comic strip "Frazz, on "Laughing and Thinking."
10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]
Every Tues. & Thurs., except Nov. 28. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under. Themes include monkeys (Nov. 5 & 7), owls (Nov. 12 & 14), "Llama Llama" (Nov. 19 & 21), and "Harvest Time" (Nov. 26).
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
Ann Arbor-based Artrain and Arts at Michigan present Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity, a rich, reflective exhibition of works by 39 artists representing the vast cultural blend of modern American society at The Gallery at the Duderstadt Center on the University of Michigan's North Campus from November 7 - November 26. Gallery hours are 12:00 to 6:00 pm Sunday through Friday.
Special Infinite Mirror events are planned for Tuesday, November 12, 2013:
5:00 pm - Public Reception for Infinite Mirror: Images of American Identity with special guest Indira Frietas Johnson, exhibition artist, sculptor, cultural worker, peace activist and educator.
7:00 pm - Penny W. Stamps Special Lecture featuring Indira Frietas Johnson.
Penny W. Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Presented in association with the Stamps School of Art & Design and the River Gallery
The Gallery at the Duderstadt Center, North Campus, University of Michigan, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109. Free. 734.747.8300. firstname.lastname@example.org www.artrainusa.org [map]
Nov. 7: University of California-Santa Cruz Japanese professor emeritus Earl Jackson Jr. on "Cogito Ergo Proxy: Radical Doubt in Japanese Anime." Nov. 14: University of Chicago art history professor Chelsea Foxwell on "The Painting of Sadness?: The
Beginnings and Ends of Nihonga." Nov. 21: Dartmouth College government professor Yusaku Horiuchi on "America's Role in Making Japan's Economic Miracle."
Noon, 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-6307. [map]
Great meals deserve a great presentation. Our Sumptuous Table exhibit, which runs from October 18 to December 8, 2013, is a display of stylish handmade ceramic dinnerware by Yourist Studio Gallery Resident Artists and will include place settings and serving pieces designed to complement your good cooking and grace your table. So come feast your eyes on our dinnerware exhibit, with pieces perfect for our own home, for wedding presents, and as holiday gifts for family and friends. Artists' Reception will take place on Friday, October 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. email@example.com youristpottery.com [map]
Nov. 7: Children's classical violin recital. Nov. 14: Classical soprano art songs and arias by vocalists Sheena Law and Leslie Mason. Accompanist is Lydia Qiu. Nov. 21: Chamber music by the U-M Campus Symphony Woodwind Quintet.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
(Steve McQueen, 2013). Drama, based on Solomon Northrup's 1853 autobiography, about a free black man from upstate New York who is abducted and sold into slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch. A selection of classic Looney Tunes with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig et al.
Various times, Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50) in advance at ticket web.com and at the door. michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
William Aitken: "Last Impossible Loves: Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice": University of Michigan-Departments of German and Comparative Literature and the Cohn Fund in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures.more >
William Aitken: "Last Impossible Loves: Luchino Visconti's Death in Venice": University of Michigan-Departments of German and Comparative Literature and the Cohn Fund in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures.< less
William Aitken will give a presentation on his work.
Will Aitken's novels include the recently published My Life Burning in the Moonlight, Realia, A Visit Home and Terre Haute. His work has appeared in Paris Review, Threepenny Review, Globe & Mail, National Post, Brick Magazine, MacLean's and enRoute.
His non-fiction book, Luchino Visconti: «Death in Venice», an analysis of the Italian director's controversial film masterpiece, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in November, 2011.
A writer-broadcaster in radio and television. Aitken has worked as a film and visual arts critic for the CBC, the BBC and NPR.
In collaboration with poet Anne Carson he directed Decreation, her spoken-word opera, in London, Berlin, and Montreal. Aitken also wrote the screenplay for the feature film, Rowing Through (Shochiku Studio, Tokyo). A MacLean-Hunter Fellow in Arts Journalism, Aitken has acted as guest curator at the Harvard Film Archive. He teaches cinema at Dawson College.
University of Michigan German Conference Room, 3rd Floor MLB, 812 E. Washington St., 3106 MLB. Free. 734.764.8018. http:
"The Birth of Militarism in the Age of Revolutions": U-M Center for European Studies Conversations on Europe.more >
"The Birth of Militarism in the Age of Revolutions": U-M Center for European Studies Conversations on Europe.< less
Talk by Princeton University history professor David Bell
4-6 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 647-2743. [map]
Nov. 14 & Dec. 12. Book discussion group for kids in grades K-4. Nov. 14: Never Race a Runaway Pumpkin, from Katherine Applegate's popular Roscoe Riley Rules series, about Roscoe's efforts to win a prize by guessing the weight of a giant pumpkin. Dec. 12: The Family Under the Bridge, Natalie Savage Carlson's book about an old Parisian whose quiet home under a bridge is disrupted by the arrival of a homeless family with three children.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
This New Yorker staff writer and author of the bestselling book Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace, delivers a talk about Wallace.
5:10 p.m., 3222 Angell Hall. Free. 764-6330, firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
Nov. 7, 14, & 21. Talks by visiting artists. Nov. 7: "Visualizing Data." Talk by award-winning designer Lisa Strausfeld who designs interactive data projects. Nov. 14: "Alternative Futures with Design." Talk by Sputniko!, an MIT Media Lab professor whose work explores technology, feminism, and pop culture. Nov. 21: Talk by Antony Gormley, a sculptor whose work investigates the relationship of the human body to space, nature, and the cosmos.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
Join us for an evening of decadent cake pops. You will learn step-by-step how to mix, roll, dip, and stick cake pops. You will leave with two dozen cake pops and the recipes and knowledge to make many more. Great for chocolate lovers!
Sweet Heather Anne, 920 N Main Street. $80. 734-913-2025. email@example.com www.sweetheatheranne.com [map]
Nov. 14 & 15. Series of talks by internationally acclaimed and award-winning journalists, bloggers, activists, cinematographers, photographers, writers, and art historians on the visual arts and other expressive media associated with recent uprisings in the Middle East. The event kicks off tonight with a keynote address is by CNN foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty.
5:30 p.m. (Nov. 14) & 9 a.m. (Nov. 15), UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
This workshop lead by Gregory Kalemkerian, MD at
University of Michigan Cancer Center will cover the latest treatments for lung cancer. Expert panelists will also discuss side effects, side-effect management, and tools to overcome the social and emotional challenges of the diagnosis. We hope to answer many of your questions about lung cancer to help you (or your loved one) manage the disease more successfully.
Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor, 2010 Hogback Rd Suite 3. Free. 734-975-2500. cancersupportannarbor.org [map]
Willow Books National Literature Festival poetry competition grand prize winner Angela Narciso Torres reads from Blood Orange, her new collection of poems that "move with the fluid assurance of a dancer, and sing with enviable lyric grace," according to poet Daniel Tobin. Signing. The program begins with an open mike for poets.
6 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
Screening of Joshua Tucker's 2103 documentary about an indigenous population of Dillingham, Alaska, whose traditional hunting and fishing economy is threatened by a proposed gold, copper, and molybdenum mine. Followed by a discussion with director Tucker and producer Giovanna Marcantonio.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more.
Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $12. (734) 726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
With a talk by Cranbrook Institute of Science geologist John Zawiskie and live music by local environmental singer-songwriter Joe Reilly. Also, highlights of SMLC's 25 years of land conservation. Silent auction. Hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine.
6:30 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. $50. Reservations required. 484-6565. [map]
On-going self defense classes using Commando Krav Maga (CKM) tactical techniques. CKM is a reality-based self-defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
The techniques are simple to learn and easy to remember during times of stress:
- Gun disarming
- Knife attacks
- Knife hold-ups
- Chokes & Grabs
- Ground survival
- Hand-to-hand combat
- Attack Psychology
Multiple classes are offered each week and private lessons are available.
Every Mon 730-9pm, Tue 7-8:30pm and Thur 7-830pm. Check our website calendar for class updates!
The instructor, Mike Trester, is a level 6 certified Commando Krav Maga instructor with 23-plus years of law enforcement experience, including over 18 years on the Special Weapons And Tactical team. He is one of 9 CKM instructors holding a level 6 or higher in the United States.
Commando Krav Maga Chelsea, 14495 N Territorial Rd, Chelsea. Monthly fee $60. 734-904-5003. email@example.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
Underwater explorer David Trotter, author of Fury of the Great Lakes, discusses his 35 years exploring and documenting Great Lakes shipwrecks.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Readings by multiple Pushcart Prize-winning poet and National Book Award finalist Kim Addonizio and up-and-coming performance poetry star Aaron Samuels. Also, readings by local high school poets and U-M student poets.
7 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $10 (students, $5) in advance, $12 (students $7) at the door. 223-7443. [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. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
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. email@example.com http:
Nov. 14-17. John Hill directs young local actors in Don Fleming's adaptation of Jonathan Swift's satire about an 18th-century gentleman whose travels introduce him to many strange peoples, from the tiny Lilliputians to the gigantic Brobdingnagians.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 14-16) & 1 p.m. (Nov. 16 & 17), WCC College Theatre, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $8 (kids, $5) in advance and at the door. 971-2228. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Jan. 5, and Nov. 27. Carla Milarch directs Jerry Herman and Larry Alford's Tony-winning 1985 musical, a cabaret-style revue with large-scale production numbers, tap dancing, and a bit of drag showcasing songs from Herman's musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, and others. Stars Naz Edwards.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Nov. 27), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 30 & Dec. 14), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Nov. 14), $24 & $26 (Nov. 15 & 17), $30 & $32 (Nov. 16), and $22 & $24 (Nov. 21). Nov. 22 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Nov. 22: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $34 & $36 (Fri. & Sun.), $27 & $29 (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]
Nov. 14-17. U-M opera professor Robert Swedberg directs U-M opera students in Rossini's ever popular comic opera. The ardent Count Almaviva loves the beautiful Rosina, but Rosina's crochety old guardian wants to marry the girl himself. With the help of Figaro, the wily town barber, the young lovers are eventually united. A masterpiece of the bel canto repertory, the opera abounds with familiar melodies, including the famous overture, Rosina's aria "Una voce poco fa," and Figaro's aria "Largo al factotum." Performed in Italian, with English surtitles. Clinton Smith conducts the University Symphony Orchestra.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses.
Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography.
Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$25 per student
Six student maximum
Drop in students are welcome, but registering online will guarantee you a spot in the class!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd. $25. (734) 726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Local acoustic folk-rock singer-songwriter known for his distinctive tenor, unconventional guitar work, and clever, emotionally resonant lyrics. Opening act is Betsy King, a young local pop-folk singer-songwriter who writes moody, thoughtful piano ballads.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 7-22. This local theater company presents Tim Henning's new dark comedy, a modern retelling of Jekyll and Hyde in which Jekyll is a bitter out-of-work Hollywood actor whose closest confidante has begun to notice strange and violent happenings surrounding him. Cast: Larry Rusinsky, Cyd Heed, Tony Putman, Randolph Fitzpatrick, Eric Bloch, Paul Bianchi, David Kleitch, and Ari Litman-Weinberg. Note: The Nov. 23 performance has been cancelled.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 6 p.m. (Sun.), Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $15 (students with ID and seniors, $12). 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]
(Greg "Freddy" Camalier, 2013). Documentary about the founder of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, where songs such as "Brown Sugar" and "When a Man Loves a Woman" were recorded.
Michigan Theater. $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). See michtheater.org for full schedule. 668-TIME. [map]