Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Thursday October 30, 2014
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed

JAN

        1   2   3   4
  5   6   7   8   9  10  11
 12  13  14  15  16  17  18
 19  20  21  22  23  24  25
 26  27  28  29  30  31  
             

Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 18, 2014






 
Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 9 a.m. 

"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

  community member   < less Hygeia Center Logo

In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Fee: $175.00.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
Bookmark and Share

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

10th Annual Chess Tournament: Thurston Elementary School.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Low-key tournament for kids in grades K-8, with 4 sections based on age & skill level. Profits go to the Thurston PTO.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (experienced players) & 11-5 p.m. (beginning players), Thurston, 2300 Prairie (off Plymouth Rd. east of Huron Pkwy.). $10-$20. Space limited; preregistration required at ThurstonChess.com. diannal@umich.edu, 538-3303. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

27th Annual Antique Show: Saline Area Historical Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Juried show and sale of American furniture, folk art, postcards, quilts, tableware, kitchenware, pottery, linens, books, jewelry, and more from more than 40 dealers. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Liberty School, 7265 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $3. 944-0713, 429-3164. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 11 & 18. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Jan. 11), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Jan. 18), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 11 & 18. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Jan. 11), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Jan. 18), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 9:30-11 a.m. 

Toddler Beach Party!: Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor.

  community member   < less

It may be the middle of January, but who says we can't have a baby and toddler friendly beach party? Bring your little ones, ages 6 months to 3 years, to enjoy some summer fun in the middle of winter. We'll crank up the heat and enjoy playing with beach balls, water, and sand toys. We'll also make a beach-inspired craft and enjoy a snack together. Escape the winter blues with a dose of summer fun!
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. $10. 734-973-1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
Bookmark and Share

 9:45 a.m. 

Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Talk by local quilter Debbie Grifka. Followed at 11 a.m. by a member show & tell.
9:45 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). (248) 349-7322. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 10 a.m. 

Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - January 18, 2014: MHealthy.

  community member   < less Couple with baby

Baby Care Basics - Ann Arbor - January 18
This class, offered by the U-M Health System's MHealthy Health Education Resource Center, is designed to give you a complete head-to-toe look at how to care for your newborn. Topics include bathing, diapering, safety, and much more. We recommend taking this class at the beginning of your third trimester. Class meets 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, January 18 at the East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center; 4260 Plymouth Rd. Cost is $15 per person. For more information call 734-647-5645 or toll free at 1-800-433-6348. Registration is required at: http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/events.html
East Ann Arbor Health & Geriatric Center, 4260 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor 48109. $15. 734-647-5645. herc1@umich.edu http://hr.umich.edu/mhealthy/tools/education/herc/ [map]
Bookmark and Share

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Death Cafe.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush. Tea & Cake served.
10 a.m.-noon, Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. deathcafe.com, afterdeathhomecare.com. 395-9660. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Grange Junior Makers: Pittsfield Grange.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Kids, accompanied by an adult, invited to work on electronics, robotics, and woodworking projects. Today's project TBA.
10 a.m.-noon, Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 926-5079. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 10 a. m.  Free! 

Saturday Morning Border to Border Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. 22-mile ride, at various paces along the Border-to-Border Trail, from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti to decide where to eat lunch.
10 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Family Science: Dining on Dinos-Long Necks, Sharp Teeth, Club Tails, Killer Claws": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

U-M Natural History Museum staff explore what fossils can tell us about the lives and coping strategies of predators and their prey. For kids in grades K-5 accompanied by an adult.
10-11 a.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: Science of Toys": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 18-20. Hands-on physics activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Jan. 18 & 20) & noon-4 p.m. (Jan. 19), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 10:30 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Feb. 1 & 15 and Mar. 8. One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Awards for the top three finishers in each class. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $16 to race. (517) 960-5252. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Winter Fun for Kids": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 4 & 18. Programs led by Shawn Severance for kids ages 3-6. Jan. 4: "Let It Snow!" A chance to use magnifying glasses to explore the shape of snowflakes. Followed by a paper snowflake craft and a snack. If there's no snow, the program may be the same as the Jan. 18 program. Jan. 18: "Make a Winter Suncatcher." A hike followed by a chance to make a sun catcher out of materials found on the hike.
10:30 a.m.-noon, County Farm Park Field Operations Bldg., near the Platt Rd. entrance. Free; preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
Bookmark and Share

 10:45 a.m. 

Basic Yoga.

  community member   < less

This balanced practice uses traditional yoga posture and breath techniques to cultivate a balance of strength without tension, and calm clarity of mind and supports the immune, digestive and cardio-vascular systems, promotes healthy joints, and slows the aging process. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Bookmark and Share

 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. 15-minute story time geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. Also, after storytime on Jan. 11, a chance to meet and take pictures with Elephant and Piggie from Mo Willems' children's book series.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"2nd Annual Taste of Health: Let Food Transform How You Feel": Aprill Wellness Center.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less Taste of Health

Talks and demonstrations on food-related issues, comedy improv skits, healthy food samples, raffles, and more. Proceeds benefit the Grass Lake Sanctuary.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., Aprill Wellness Center, 107 Aprill Dr. $7 in advance at tasteofhealthGLS.org; $10 at the door. 531-9570. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Owls: Birds of Prey": U-M Natural History Museum.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. & Sun., Jan. 11-Feb. 23. 20-minute interactive demo exploring the lives of owls and their role in the food chain.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

U-M student docents and UMMA staffers read stories related to the art on display. Followed by an art activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m., UMMA (meet at the information desk), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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. Impact Earth (Sat. 12:30 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. The Cowboy Astronomer (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about a cowboy who has spent a lifetime studying the night sky and listening to star legends.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 Noon  Free! 

Chess Tournament for Grades 1 to 12: Dexter District Library.

  community member   < less

Local chess teacher Rob Drake will host this tournament at the Library from noon to 4:00 p.m. with sections for USCF rated and unrated players. To register, contact Rob directly at: rmdrake.umich.edu@gmail.com
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter, Michigan 48130, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. cjurich@dexter.lib.mi.us www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
Bookmark and Share

 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 Noon-2 p.m. 

Learn to Solder!: All Hands Active.

  community member   < less

Have a desire to solder, but don't know how?
We can help!
We've got the soldering irons, staff, and experience to teach you the good stuff.
You will leave All Hands Active with proof of your new found ability to accurately melt metal, an official MakeShed Badge (Easy!), or a PenguiCon Badge (Difficult!). Yours to keep! It changes colors! It pulses!
**We also have Holiday kits to solder for $10 more. Not hard, but will make sure that you leave this class knowing how to solder well**
You are more than welcome to stick around after class to practice more, ask questions, etc. If you have something you would like to solder, bring it along!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty. Donation. $10 (MakeShed Badge) or $25 (PenguiCon Badge). (734) 707-8242. AllHandsActive@gmail.com AllHandsActive.com [map]
Bookmark and Share

 Noon 

U-M Women's Basketball vs. Illinois.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less


Noon, Crisler Center, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8. 764-0247.
Bookmark and Share

 1 p.m. 

Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players: The Ark.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Family concert by this acclaimed ensemble led by Roberts, a Minneapolis indie rock singer-songwriter turned Montessori preschool teacher. The band has been a big hit everywhere from Symphony Space in New York to Lollapalooza, and its CD Not Naptime was named by Parents' Choice to its list of the 25 best kids CDs of the past 25 years.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $12.50 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 1-5 p.m. 

Knife-Axe-Saw Skills: Nature Learning Community.

  community member   < less

Learn how to sharpen, care for, and effectively use the woodsman's most common tools safely and with confidence. Find out how to select which tool is best for you, and also to discern what is not needed. Several projects will be done using these tools, so feel free to bring your own pet tools (if not, tools will be provided).
Sunward Cohousing Community Common House, 424 Little Lake Drive. $40. 12 and under are half-priced (must be accompanied by a parent). 734-531-8330. naturelearningcommunity@gmail.com naturelearningcommunity.org [map]
Bookmark and Share

 1:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Springtime in Istanbul: Plants of Turkey and Cyprus": North American Rock Garden Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Longtime club member Bill Brown discusses spring flora of Turkey and Cyprus, with an emphasis on plants that do well in Michigan.
1:30-3 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. reznicek@umich.edu. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Berlin Fire": Michigan Theater/U-M Center for Korean Studies.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

(Ryoo Seung-wan, 2013). A South Korean intelligence agent comes across an unidentifiable secret agent in Berlin and gets embroiled in a vast international conspiracy when he tries to ID the secret agent. Korean, subtitles.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 2-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Kids' Sushi-Making!.

  community member   < less Ann Arbor Cooks Logo

This impressive, healthy, and delicious food can be served as an appetizer or made into a meal. Loaded with technique and good ingredients, each student works on their own to create and roll the sushi. We want kids to succeed in the kitchen, so it's practice, practice, and practice some more. We have lots of vegetables to choose from and some shrimp, "krab", and sushi grade salmon to design your own personal sushi. The menu is Sushi. We'll send home any leftovers (feel free to send a container) and a recipe packet. Full participation. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
This class is a kids-only class and is for ages 8 and up.
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $50/child. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Bookmark and Share

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Hair Pin Fun": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All teens in grade 6 & up make some customized pins.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Kodu with Kito": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Local educator Kito presents a hands-on introduction for kids in grades 2-5 to Kodu, a computer programming language designed for creating games.
2-4 p.m., AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Fundamentals of Plot": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Local sci-fi writer Margaret Yang discusses how to structure a novel or shorter work and helps participants make a 5-sentence blueprint for a story. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
Bookmark and Share

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

May 3 & 17. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Redwood Curtain": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 16-Mar. 15. Stephanie Buck directs local actors in Lanford Wilson's drama about a young prodigy who's searching for her birth father when she encounters a homeless veteran living in a redwood forest in Northern California. Cast: Rainbow Dickerson, Alex Leydenfrost, Michelle Mountain.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Jan. 16-22 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Jan. 22: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 6-11 p.m. 

30th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Dinner Ball: National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Dinner followed by dancing to live music by the local band Notorious. Evening attire. Proceeds benefit a NANBPW scholarship fund and community service projects.
6-11 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, 3200 Boardwalk. Tickets $55 in advance only from a member or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 2807, Ann Arbor, 48106. 996-9528. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 7 p.m. 

Team USA Under-18 vs. Waterloo.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

The older of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national team development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
7 p.m., 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]
Bookmark and Share

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

U-M J. Edgar Edwards Reading Series.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Readings by 1st-year MFA students, including fiction writer Inez Tan and poet Lorraine Coulter.
7-9 p.m., Michigan League Henderson Room. Free. 764-6330. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 7 p.m. 

"5th Annual Quiz Night": Beth Israel Congregation.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All adults and high school students invited to form (or join) teams of up to 10 to compete in a multimedia trivia contest that includes written puzzles. Dessert.
7 p.m., Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw. $10 (high school students, $5). 665-9897. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 7 & 9:30 p.m. 

"FutureStars 2014": Pioneer High School.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 17, 18, & 25 (different programs). AAPS high school students perform 4 different talent shows. The judges and the audience determine the winners in each of the 4 categories, who compete in the Jan. 25 finale. This is a very popular show. The 9:30 p.m. shows are open only to students. Tonight: "Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 100" (7 p.m.) and "My Tunes Now" (9:30 p.m., students only admitted).
7 & 9:30 p.m. (Jan. 17 & 18) & 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 25), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets $10 on Jan. 17 & 18; $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, & PHS staff, $10) on Jan. 25 in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-2191, ptguild.org. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 7:30-11:30 p.m. 

"Bizarre Dance": The Yellow Barn.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

A wacky open mike in which participants are given 45 seconds to 5 minutes to do anything from storytelling to an abs workout to trying to sell a bike.
7:30 p.m.-midnight (Dec.) & 7:30-11:30 p.m. (Jan.), Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $5 (Yellow Card holders, free). ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 8-11 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Callers and bands TBA. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded by a lesson at 7:30 p.m.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10. 426-0241. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 8 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

No partner needed. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner lesson. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (members, $7). 426-0241. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Aaron Berofsky & Edward Parmentier: U-M School of Music.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Performance by violinist Berofsky and harpsichordist Parmentier, both U-M professors. Program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 8 p.m. 

Dragon Wagon: The Ark.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less Dragon Wagon

Highly regarded local acoustic roots-music sextet that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $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]
Bookmark and Share

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Kira Soltanovich: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less Kira Soltanovich

Jan. 16-18. This hyperanimated Ukraine-born, San Francisco-bred comic, a former regular on the Oxygen channel's Girls Behaving Badly, specializes in loopy, absurdist autobiographical fictions that include a lot of social and cultural satire. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 8 p.m. 

Kronos Quartet: University Musical Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 17 & 18 (different programs). Tonight's program focuses on themes of war and politics in music and is highlighted by the Suite from Dirty Wars, a multipart work including arrangements of the contemporary Iraqi folk song "Oh Mother, the Handsome Man Tortures Me" and the Palestinian collective Ramallah Underground's "Tashweesh," as well original compositions by Harrington. Also, U-M alum David Little's "Agency," and U-M music professor Michael Daugherty's Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover, a darkly political work that blends sounds of machine guns and patriotic songs with recorded statements from controversial FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
8 p.m., Power Center. $20-$50, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
Bookmark and Share

 8 p.m. 

Kronos Quartet: University Musical Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 17 & 18 (different programs). Tonight's program focuses on themes of war and politics in music and is highlighted by the Suite from Dirty Wars, a multipart work including arrangements of the contemporary Iraqi folk song "Oh Mother, the Handsome Man Tortures Me" and the Palestinian collective Ramallah Underground's "Tashweesh," as well original compositions by Harrington. Also, U-M alum David Little's "Agency," and U-M music professor Michael Daugherty's Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover, a darkly political work that blends sounds of machine guns and patriotic songs with recorded statements from controversial FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
8 p.m., Power Center. $20-$50, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
Bookmark and Share

 8 p.m. 

"62nd Annual Faculty and Guest Artist Choreography Concert": EMU Dance Program.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 17-19. EMU dance students perform works in "Visions" an eclectic mix of genres from ballet and modern dance to jazz and hip-hop by Youth Dance Theatre of Michigan artistic director Wendi DuBois, Detroit Dance Collective co-founder Barbara Selinger, Michigan Dance Project assistant creative director Travis Staton-Marrero, Oakland University dance professors Ali Woerner and Thayer Junotz, and local choreographers Kathy King and Laura Zimmerman, along with EMU dance professor P hil Simmons and undergrad dance majors Chloe Ray and Lisa Wissing.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students with ID, $8) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
Bookmark and Share

 8 p.m. 

"County Line": Performance Network Professional Season.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 16-Feb. 16. David Wolber directs the world premiere of David Wells' whimsical coming-of-age comedy, set in rural Kansas, about a 17-year-old girl, abandoned by her mother, who is entrusted to a foster parent who runs a truck stop when her lovable but irresponsible father is sent to state prison. Stars Alissa Nordmoe, Phil Powers, Julia Glander, and Emilio Rodriguez.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Jan. 25 & Feb. 15), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Jan. 16), $24 & $26 (Jan. 17 & 19), $30 & $32 (Jan. 18), and $22 & $24 (Jan. 23). Jan. 24 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Jan. 24: $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]
Bookmark and Share

 8 p.m. 

"Dinner and a Movie": Out Loud Chorus.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 17 & 18. Paul Haebig directs this chorus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in a program of songs about food and music from the movies, from "Chili Con Carne" and "Shoo Fly Pie & Apple Pan Dowdy," "The Time Warp," "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)," "Miss Celie's Blues." With accompaniment by an ensemble featuring pianist Annie Jeng, bassist Edie Herrold, percussionist Tamara Perkuhn.
8 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $15 (students, $12; unemployed people & kids under 4, free) in advance at olconline.org & Common Language Books and from Out Loud members, $18 at the door. 265-0740. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 8 p.m. 

"Ragtime Extravaganza!": River Raisin Ragtime Revue.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

This Tecumseh-based ragtime orchestra is joined by the renowned local American popular song cabaret duo William Bolcom & Joan Morris, jazz pianist James Dapogny, former "A Prairie Home Companion" house pianist Butch Thompson, NYC burlesque dancer Mimi Mischief, local magician and juggler Zeemo the Magnificent, the local Moanin' Frogs saxophone sextet, Third Coast Kings lead singer Sean Ike, and the local jazz dance quartet Erin Morris & the Ragdolls for an old-fashioned burlesque show. U-M theater department head John Neville-Andrews emcees. Preceded at noon by a 45-minute free children's concert in the lobby, with performances by the Moanin' Frogs and Zeemo.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $44.65 & $71.35 in advance at ticketmaster.com. ragtimeband.org, (517) 673-2597. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]
Bookmark and Share

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Serious about Salsa" Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 4 & 18. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5 ($8 includes lesson). (313) 808-0358. [map]
Bookmark and Share



Esquire Interiors Ann Arbor MI
Top of the Lamp, Ann Arbor's locally owned lighting specialty store.