(Jean-Marc Vallée, 2013). Drama about a Texas electrician who battles Big Pharma after being diagnosed with HIV in 1986. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto.
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]
(Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2012). A Saudi girl signs up for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise money for a bike she wants. Arabic, subtitles.
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]
Sale of Haiti rum cakes, handmade items from the Philippines and Russia, artisan silver jewelry from Nicaragua, carved olive wood from Israel/Palestine, and more. Also, sale of fair trade items from Ten Thousand Villages. Door prize.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Nov. 23) & 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (Nov. 24), First Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 1432 Washtenaw. Free admission. 995-0281. [map]
Nov. 23 & 24. A wide variety of handcrafted items by Third World artisans. SERRV is an ecumenical nonprofit marketing organization designed to provide a major alternative sales outlet for artisans in economically developing areas of the world. Includes jewelry, carved wood & ceramic animals, creches, baskets, boxes, desk accessories, scarves, dolls, silver and brass items.
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church (use back entrance), 1501 W. Liberty. Free admission. 663-0362. [map]
Nov. 3: "Manchester-Sharon Hollow Ride." Fast-paced 60-mile ride (996-9461) to Manchester for a hearty breakfast. Also, a 40-mile ride to the same destination leaves at 10 a.m. from the municipal parking lot on Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of US-12) in Saline.
Nov. 10: "Hills of Ann Arbor Ride." Tentative. Fast-, moderate-, and slow-paced rides, 22-44 miles, over some of the city's toughest hills. Each route is made up of 3 to 5 loops, so you can easily drop out if you get worn out. This ride is held only if a ride leader can be recruited.
Nov. 17: "Milan Breakfast Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 40-mile and slow-paced 30-mile rides (604-3351) to Milan for breakfast.
Nov. 24: "Amy's Democratic Ride." Fast-, moderate-, and slow-paced rides (276-0240) where ride leader Kathleen Donahoe decides to go.
9 a.m. (Nov. 3) & 10 a.m. (Nov. 10, 17, & 24), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
Every Sun. Talk by Gelek Rimpoche, an incarnate lama from Tibet who lives in Ann Arbor.
10-11 a.m., Jewel Heart Center, 1129 Oak Valley Dr. (between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387. [map]
Family-oriented program featuring candle lighting, singing & dancing, bounce houses, games, and a Hanukkah Shop where-for a nominal cost--kids can purchase gifts for family and friends. Lots and lots of latkes. All invited.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 975-9872. [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 Tues. & Wed. (except holidays). Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at 3 AADL branches: Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard; Traverwood (Tues. 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.; and Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Start your Sunday morning with gentle yoga & meditation. Sura will guide you through stretches to warm up the body for sitting meditation. Meditation is 20 minutes with some guidance.
Ann Arbor College of Martial Arts, 1952 S. Industrial. $64 for 8 weeks. 310.663.1662. firstname.lastname@example.org a2cma.com [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.
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. 23 & 24. Show and sale of clothing, jewelry, art glass, and more by nationally known artists Carol Furtado, Idelle Hammond-Sass, and Annette Baron. Refreshments.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Nov. 23) & noon-4 p.m. (Nov. 24), 505 Lakeview Ave. (off Liberty east of Wagner). Free admission. 663-7114, 741-4441. [map]
Sometimes a cookbook isn't the only place to get a great recipe. If you live around people who love to cook, share, and eat, then consider yourself lucky! I happen to be one of those people and am able to share some wonderful recipes from my friends. Full participation. On the menu is a Jon's Pull-Apart Rolls. This bread is buttery and dense, which is why we love it, and it goes so well with Carlene's Chickpea Chili (vegetarian optional). A meal is never complete in my neighborhood without Susanna's Fennel Vinaigrette over Mixed Greens. And of course, for the sweet tooth we have Nikki's Best Brownie Bars. Looking forward to cooking and sharing with you in our kitchen. Full participation. This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [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]
Video game tournaments.
Oct. 26 (1-5 p.m.): Smash Kart. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
Oct. 27 (1-4): Wii Sports Resort Team Tourney. For all ages.
Nov. 23 (1-4 p.m.): Wii Sports Resort. For adults and kids in grade K & up.
Nov. 24 (1-4 p.m.): Mario Kart. For all ages.
Various times, AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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, 709 Packard. $5 (Tues., free; Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
Sept. 8, 22, & 29; Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27; Nov. 3 & 10. Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, named for the family of German American musicians who occupied it at the turn of the 19th century.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [map]
"Land Conservation Achievements in Washtenaw and Surrounding Counties": Ann Arbor Friends Sustainability Series.more >
"Land Conservation Achievements in Washtenaw and Surrounding Counties": Ann Arbor Friends Sustainability Series.< less
Talk by land conservation and preservation consultant and former Washtenaw Land Trust director Barry Lonik.
1-2:30 p.m., Friends Meeting House, 1415 Hill St. Free. 239-3199. [map]
Silent Auction and Movie The Blind Side Benefit to Help Ben Sayer Regain Health and Be Cancer-Free: Family, Friends and Loved Ones of Ben, Carrie, Logan and Paige Sayer.more >
Silent Auction and Movie The Blind Side Benefit to Help Ben Sayer Regain Health and Be Cancer-Free: Family, Friends and Loved Ones of Ben, Carrie, Logan and Paige Sayer.< less
My husband has cancer. Ben has always put family first. He works from home so our family can be together. I am a self-employed drama coach for high school students. We have a modest income that covers usual expenses.
But we cannot bear the weight of these enormous hospital bills alone. Like millions of other Americans, our health insurance coverage begins January 1. Treatment cannot be delayed. It could mean the difference between life and death.
Please help us save Ben's life. Together we can create a miracle.
The silent auction has a huge variety of items! Examples:
-autographed UM football helmet
-backstage pass to Mojo in the Morning on radio 95.5
-original jewelry and art
-private lesson from professional pool player
The Blind Side is John Lee Hancock's 2009 adaptation of Michael Lewis's book about an impoverished African American teen adopted by a suburban Tennessee family who develops into one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football.
Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian. Donation. $10. email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org www.carriesayer.com [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.
Impact Earth (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets, and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
"The Boy Governor: Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.more >
"The Boy Governor: Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.< less
Local historian and journalist Don Faber discusses his new book about Michigan's first and youngest governor. Followed by a panel discussion with club members on heir experience in using on-line genealogy trees.
1:30-3 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off E. Huron River Dr. at Clark Rd.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to try this interactive, free-form dance style that involves a rolling point of contact between two or more people through which dancers give and share weight. It is somewhere between tango, modern dance, aikido, wrestling, gymnastics, and none of the above, and usually takes place without music. People do contact improv in any combination of genders, and there are no steps. No partner required; beginners welcome. Followed by discussion and socializing.
2-4 p.m., Phoenix Center, 200 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5-$10 sliding scale based on ability to pay. 604-4416. [map]
Joseph Gramley and Jonathan Ovalle direct this music student ensemble in 20th- and 21st-century works, including Brett Dietz's Sharpened Stick, Jennifer Higdon's Splendid Wood, Michael Udow's Timbrack Quartet, Christopher Rouse's Ogoun Badgris, Joan Tower's DNA, John Luther Adams' …and bells remembered, and Dwayne Rice's Septet.
2 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Nov. 21-24. Jayme Kelmigian directs young local actors in Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan's upbeat, Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in Depression-era New York, the plot follows the adventures of the plucky Annie and her faithful sidekick pup Sandy as they escape an orphanage run by the despicable Miss Hannigan and eventually find a home with the millionaire Daddy Warbucks, rubbing elbows with FDR along the way. Songs include "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover," "Hard-Knock Life," and "Easy Street."
7 p.m. (Nov. 21-23), 1 p.m. (Nov. 23), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (students age 18 & under & seniors age 65 & older, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, muto.umich.edu, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]
Nov. 21-24. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in award-winning young San Francisco-based playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's exuberantly comic exploration of the mythology of the American Dream that chronicles the highly unusual life of a man's lifelong quest to become a "Great Man." Playwright Nachtrieb is on hand after the Nov. 23 performance for a Q&A with the audience. Stars Milo Tucker-Meyer and an ensemble of more than 40 performers who enliven the evocation of a wild contemporary American landscape with original music, interpretive dance, and absurdist comedy.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $12 (students, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2025. [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. 22-24. Students present Jonathan Larson's Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1996 musical, based on Puccini's La Boheme,e about an impoverished community of artists in the East Village living under the shadow of AIDS. It features an inventive rock score with intricate choral work and dexterous lyrics.
8 p.m. (Nov. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Power Center. Tickets $13 (students with ID, $7) in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Nov. 22-24 and Dec. 5-8. EMU drama professor Christine Tanner directs EMU drama students in Barbara Robinson's comedy about a family of hooligans who take over the Sunday school Christmas pageant. Joseph and the Wise Men get in a fight, Mary runs away with the baby, and as the miscreants lie, steal, and smoke cigars, the pageant descends into a state of raucous hilarity that harbors a heart-warming denouement. A family-oriented production for theatergoers age 6 & up.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-1221.
Nov. 22-24. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs Upper School students in Bertolt Brecht's parable based on an ancient Chinese fable. A peasant girl rescues her kingdom's abandoned infant heir during a revolution in a mythical country in the Caucasus mountains. When the child's birth mother reasserts her claim to the boy in order to regain her lands and power, a judge applies a Solomon-like test to determine the true mother.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 24), Greenhills School, 850 Greenhills Dr. $12 (students & seniors, $10). 205-4098. [map]
Nov. 21-24. This award-winning local children's theater presents Russia's most famous folktale, with dancing and music. In the course of a perilous journey to recover the elusive Firebird and save his family's kingdom, young Prince Ivan must overcome the horrible witch Baba Yaga, Nurl the Gnome, Sistchik the Snake King, and the ogre Koschey the Deathless. Live balalaika music by local musicians David Mosher and Nan Nelson. Suitable for kids ages 4 & over. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), 12:30 p.m. (Nov. 21 & 22), & 2 p.m. (Nov. 23 & 24), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (youth and seniors, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [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]
Nov. 21-24. U-M theater professor Priscilla Lindsay directs U-M drama students in Allison Horsley's translation of Chekhov's intricate, incisive psychological close-up of the lives and loves of three high-minded young women trapped in a turn-of-the-century Russian provincial village. The play is an exquisite blend of comic and dark elements--Chekhov claimed he had written a "vaudeville." Without a single star or heroic figure, it is one of the first ensemble pieces written for the stage. This production uses an adaptation of the standard text, by former Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director (and U-M grad) Libby Appel, that includes elements of Chekhov's original writing that had been either changed or excised by others.
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 $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
Wizard of Oz
Presented by Tecumseh Youth Theatre
November 22-24, 2013
Friday 7:30 pm
Saturday 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday 3 pm
The Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion help Dorothy find her way home in this beloved musical presented by Tecumseh Youth Theatre. Enjoy the cast of TYT as they follow the yellow brick road to Oz.
Tickets $8 Adult, $6 Senior & Youth
Purchase tickets at Tecumseh Center for the Arts in person, by phone 517.423.6617, or online at www.thetca.org
Learn more about the Tecumseh Youth Theatre (TYT) visit their web site at www.tecumsehyouththeatre.com
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh. $6 adult, $8 senior & youth. 517.423.6617. email@example.com http://www.thetca.org [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 1 & 7), Nov. 2-Dec. 22. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo that involves making a comet, observing its changes, and exploring the methods scientists use to identify the "ingredients" of objects in space.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sat. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 21-Dec. 22. Barbara Cullen directs this 2004 musical, adapted from the 1954 film, about 2 nightclub performers who help an old army pal try to make his winter resort popular. The Irving Berlin score features "Blue Skies," "Count Your Blessings," "How Deep Is the Ocean," ad the iconic title song. Cast: Jess Alexander, Darcy Link, Jennifer Bachman, and Tim Brayman.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Dec. 5), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Thurs. eve.: $26 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $24; groups of 10 or more, $22; Nov. 21 preview only, $18); Fri. & Sat. eve.: $32 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $29; groups of 10 or more, $26); Thurs., Sat. & Sun. matinee: $28 (seniors age 55 & older and youth age 17 & under, $25; groups of 10 or more, $24). Tickets available in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets available at the door only 1 hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]
Butoh is the collective name for a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or inspired movement. Its preoccupation is with adaptation; each dance grows up out of the fault lines in human cultures that bring our societies again and again into conflict, devastation, and alienation from the natural world. It typically involves organic, playful and dark imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments or situations, with a slow hyper-controlled motion. There is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all. Its origins have been attributed to Japan. No dance, performance, or stage history needed for this art form!
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor MI. $15. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/butoh/ [map]
Drop in and enjoy playing with your little one(s) (ages 6 months - 3 years welcome) in our cheerful safe play space. We will have lots of toys for all ages to play with. There's a slide, kitchen, ride-on toys and tons of other options. We'll even be bringing in the swings and Jump-a-roo for the little ones.
This is an open play session. Parents/caregivers supervise and socialize. Bring a friend, bring the kids and let them play while you get a chance to chat or meet new friends while you are here. We will have free coffee for the grown-ups, and there are healthy snacks available for a small suggested donation. You are welcome to bring your own snacks for your family (no peanuts/ peanut products please).
If you are bringing more than one child to play, please call our office at (734)973-1014 to pre-register or plan to pay at the door. Credit, checks and cash accepted.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. email@example.com www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
Nov. 23 & 24. The younger of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
7 p.m. (Nov. 23) & 3:30 p.m. (Nov. 24), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]
The musically adventurous Brooklyn-based string quartet Brooklyn Rider, whose members are also part of the Silk Road Ensemble, is joined by the legendary banjo virtuoso Fleck in a performance of "Night Flight Over Water," Fleck's newly composed quintet for banjo and string quartet, as well as other classical works. Fleck, winner of fourteen Grammy Awards, is known for his innovative work with his instrument and his encyclopedic knowledge of various musical traditions, both evident on his recently released album The Imposter, which includes the complex work "Night Flight Over Water." The interplay between Fleck and the members of Brooklyn Rider-violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords, and cellist Eric Jacobsen-allows for "a unique exploration of the classical quintet form, as Fleck seeks to explore not only the possibilities for his own instrument as interloper and collaborator, but also a tonal and harmonic inquiry at once playful and sophisticated," writes an All Music reviewer.
4 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. $24-$56, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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. firstname.lastname@example.org youristpottery.com [map]
Paul Pement directs this concert adaptation of the story about a 12-year-old named Christoph who grows impatient with the ruckus and uproar caused by his mom's eccentric, prickly upstairs boarder, Ludwig van Beethoven. Christoph fires off complaining letters to his music-loving uncle, whose tolerant replies eventually help the boy develop a friendship with the stormy composer. Professional actors create the play's range of characters on a simple set behind which the AASO members, led by Arie Lipsky, play snippets of the composer's overtures, sonatas, and symphonies, which are interspersed with the action. Geared toward kids age 6 & up.
4 p.m., Michigan Theater. $12 (kids, $8) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, suite 470), at a2so.com, and at the door. 994-4801. [map]
Nov. 22 & 24 (different locations). Ann Marie Koukios conducts this polished semiprofessional local ensemble in sacred choral music composed for different hours of the day. The program includes works by Schubert and Mendelssohn as well as contemporary composers Frank Desby and Bonia Shur. The Nov. 24 concert includes live accompaniment by the Michigan Sinfonietta Ensemble.
7:30 p.m. (Nov. 22) & 4 p.m. (Nov. 24), First United Methodist Church (Nov. 22), 1200 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline and St. Paul Lutheran Church (Nov 24), 420 W. Liberty. $15 (students & seniors, $12; kids age 18 & under, free) in advance at a2cantatasingers.org, and at the door. 996-8867. [map]
Daily. Texas hold 'em and blackjack for players of all levels. Also, hold 'em tournaments at 7 p.m. Wed., Fri., & Sat. Free dinner, 5-6 p.m., and other nightly specials. Net proceeds donated to a different charity each week.
5 p.m.-2 a.m., Heidelberg (3rd floor), 215 N. Main. $10-$500 buy-in to play poker, $2-$20 per-hand blackjack, $40 buy-in for hold 'em tournaments. 834-2237. [map]
great place to relax and enjoy the games of chance. I would recommend to all....
Jacobsen Woolen directs this U-M music student chamber orchestra in Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik annd Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence.
5:30 p.m. p.m., First Baptist Church, 512 E. Huron. Free. 663-9376. [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., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email email@example.com to confirm. 717-1569. [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hurts-so-good-bellydance-conditioning/ [map]
Music, readings, and meditations by local representatives from many faith traditions. All encouraged to donate nonperishable food or money for those in need. Refreshments.
7-8 p.m., Firs Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 424-1535, 662-3654. [map]
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. email@example.com http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belly_dance [map]
Jerry Blackstone conducts this music student ensemble in Vaughan Williams' "O clap your hands," Britten's Festival Te Deum, Mealor's Ubi Caritas, Bolcom's "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day," Howell's Magnificat et Nunc dimittis, MacMillan's Cantos Sagrados, and Johnson's arrangement of "Soon ah will done, I wanna die easy."
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Oct. 13 & 27, Nov. 10 & 24. All singers, acoustic & electric guitarists, bassists, mandolinists, banjoists, ukulele players, percussionists, keyboardists, and other musicians invited to join organizer Michael Niemi to play folk, rock, country, or original tunes. Bring a music stand and copies of sheet music. Listeners welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). Preregistration required for musicians at meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 794-6250. [map]
Gypsy-flavored acoustic swing by this quartet led by the Bridgeport (CT) husband-and-wife duo of Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni. The band is know for its theatrical, fun-filled live shows in which the audience is invited to clap, stomp, and sing along. Opening act is Dustbowl Revival, a Venice (CA) Americana roots music collective whose music blends bluegrass, jug band music, and western swing.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 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]
Every Sun.All poets invited to compete in a poetry slam judged by a randomly chosen panel from the audience. Participants compete for points to qualify for an April 5 Slam-Off to determine the team that will represent Ann Arbor held in the National Poetry Slam on Oakland (CA) next August. The program begins with a brief poetry open mike and (usually) a short set by a featured poet.
8-11 p.m. (sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m.), Silvio's, 715 North University. $5 suggested donation. 985-0736. [map]
Every Sun through Dec. 22. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Pendleton Room on Dec. 15). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]