Jan. 23-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's Owl at Home. Owl encounters strange bumps at the foot of his bed, is awakened by a noisy cricket, and wonders why the moon seems to follow him when he's out for a stroll. 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. Suitable for kids in grades Pre-K to 2. Also, "Meet the Owl," a presentation of a live owl by Leslie Science & Nature Center representatives after each show. The Jan. 25 performance includes hands-on activities in the lobby.
10 a.m. (Jan. 23 & 24), 1 p.m. (Jan. 23 & 24), & 11 a.m. (Jan. 25), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (youth and seniors, $8; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
Howell Nature Center Presents "Creatures of the Night": Dexter District Library & Howell Nature Center.more >
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Live nocturnal wild animal program for ages 4 and up. Registration is not required.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter, Michigan 48130, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. firstname.lastname@example.org www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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]
Every Fri. except Jan. 3. Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri., except Jan. 1. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
All teens ages 12-18 invited to a performance of Murder in the Library, an interactive murder mystery in which the audience helps determine the plot.
6-9 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
We gather together around a crackling fire inside a hand-built shelter in the woods. We craft, we sing, we share stories, we learn new skills, we share tea and soup, we celebrate the beauty of nature and explore the themes of women's lives. Limit 6 people. Directions to the shelter given upon registration.
Sunward Cohousing Community in the Forest, 424 Little Lake Drive. $20/session. 734-531-8330. email@example.com naturelearningcommunity.org [map]
Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including poet David Hornibrook and fiction writer Mindy Misener.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
Jan. 24-26. Local composer R. MacKenzie Lewis directs a world premiere staged reading of his and playwright David Wells' musical about the ancient Greek mathematician-mystic whose religious cult, erected on the premise that divinity is found in the harmony of ratios, is thrown into crisis when one of his followers discovers irrational numbers.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $7 in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
Banish the winter doldrums, and satisfy that resolution to learn a new skill at the same time...join us at the FLY studio every Friday, and learn to knit!
Each week in this four-week session we will explore a new technique, each building on the next, with a new project being started each class. Class tuition is $20 per student per class or all 4 for $75. Supplies are provided for all classes, as well as a "how-to" instruction reminder. Flight Instructor is Katie Whitehouse, who has been teaching knitting to others for over 10 years. Classes are suitable for folks ages 8 and up. Register at www.flyartcenter.org!
January 10, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 1: Casting on/Knit stitch - Make a Dishcloth!
January 17, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 2: Casting off/Purl stitch - Make a Ribbed Scarf!
January 24, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 3: Increasing/Decreasing - Make a Rosette or a Diagonal Stitch Cozy!
January 31, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 4: Knitting in the Round - Make a Hat!
Learn more about FLY and s
FLY Creativity Lab, 40 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. $20. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com www.flyartcenter.org [map]
Jan. 7 & 24. Screening of part 1 (Jan. 7) and part 2 (Jan. 24) of this documentary about 20th-century nonviolent resistance movements against entrenched regimes and military forces
7 p.m. (Jan. 7) & 8 p.m. (Jan. 24), Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. (off N. Main). Free. 330-5048. [map]
A Force More Powerful, narrated by Ben Kingsley, explores how popular movements battled entrenched regimes and military forces with unconventional weapons like boycotts, strikes, and demonstrations. Acts of civil resistance helped subvert the operations of government, and direct intervention in the form of sit-ins, nonviolent sabotage, and blockades frustrated many rulers' efforts to suppress people. The historical results were massive: tyrants toppled, governments overthrown, occupying armies impeded, and political systems shattered. Entire societies were transformed, suddenly or gradually, as nonviolent resistance destroyed the ability of corrupt systems to control events.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Free. 734-330-5048. firstname.lastname@example.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
Jan. 10 & 24. 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.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
Desserts and dancing to live music by Shaun Garth Walker. Also, a champagne toast. Proceeds benefit an art mural in the Mott Children's Hospital ER.
8-11 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Tickets $35 in advance at xideltagamma.myevent.com
Tecumseh-based Americana singer-songwriter trio whose repertoire blends folksy country and rock 'n' roll originals with covers by everyone from Dylan and Roy Orbison to John Figerty and Waylon Jennings. With guitarist Beau Buchanan, percussionist Michael Snyder-Barker, and guitarist and mandolinist Bill Connors.
8 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $10 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]
Jan. 23-25. Now based in L.A., this U-M grad is a high-energy performer known for his keen sense of the bizarre realities that lurk beneath the surface of everyday life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
The host of WDET's Blues from the Lowlands and an ordained Baptist minister, Jones is an excellent singer and guitarist, with a huge repertoire that draws on Delta, Texas, Chicago, and other blues traditions.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $12 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
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]
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]
Jan. 22-26. Local actors perform A.R. Gurney's 2005 comedy that sets Casablanca in 2015, when the U.S. is governed by a dictatorship of right-wing religious fanatics. The action takes place in Nick's bar in Buffalo, which has become a way station for liberal Americans who are trying to cross the border to Canada.
8 p.m. (Jan. 22-25) & 2 p.m. (Jan. 25 & 26), Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (students and seniors with ID, $10; $4 discount for preshow dining at Haab's restaurant) in advance at emergentarts.com and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
Jan. 24-26 & 31 and Feb. 1. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers, accompanied by pianist Jerry DePuit. Singers include Sue Booth, Carolyn Burnstein, Wendy Bloom, Shelley MacMillan, Lisa Gray, Roxy Diederich, Deanna Relyea, Susan Shipman, Monica Swartout-Bebow, and Kathy Waugh. Wine is served.
8 p.m. (Jan. 24, 25, & 31 and Feb. 1) and 4 p.m. (Jan. 26), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.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]