Join us for a fun-filled day of competition and prizes! Catch Northern Pike, Blue Gill, Bass and Crappie. Gift cards and other prizes for winners of the "Longest Northern Pike" & "Longest Pan fish". Bring your own bait. No alcohol, ATV's or snowmobiles.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Road, Whitmore Lake. $5-$10. (734)449-4437 ex 203. email@example.com parks.ewashtenaw.org [map]
Kids and adults can compete in 2 divisions. Prizes for "Longest Northern Pike" and "Longest Pan Fish." Bring your own bait. No alcohol, ATVs, or snowmobiles.
7 a.m.-5 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Webster Twp. $10 (kids 12 & under, $5), includes park entry fee. 449-4437, ext. 203. [map]
Feb. 8 & 15. 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 (Feb. 8), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Feb. 15), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. firstname.lastname@example.org, 647-8528. [map]
About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
Bring your baby or toddler (ages 6 months to 3 years) to our fun Valentine's Day Ball! Your child will have the opportunity to make a valentine for that special someone in their life (even if it is just mom or dad:)), read a book about the holiday, sing and dance to Valentine's Day themed music, and eat a Valentine's themed snack. You'll also have time to enjoy some free play and Valentine's themed activities. This is a great way to introduce your child to Valentine's Day in a safe and friendly environment.
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 per child. 734-973-1014. email@example.com www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
Are you looking for a wonderful cooperative preschool for 2014-2015? Come to our Open House to learn more about Ann Arbor Nursery! Bring your child to tour the school, meet our award-winning teacher, and receive input from parents of current students. Onsite parking is available. For more information or to schedule a tour and discover more about our 3-year-old class and 4-year-old class, call 734-769-7966, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our web site: www.a2preschool.org
Some of the features that make our school so special include:
-Experienced, award-winning teacher
-Supportive parenting community
-Beautiful classrooms and playground
-No fundraising requirement
-M-W-F classes for 3s and 4s
-Convenient downtown location with parking
First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-769-7966. email@example.com www.a2preschool.org [map]
Feb. 1 & 8. Indoor and outdoor activities, storytime, and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [map]
Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8. Fill a bag for $5. Second bag is free.
10 a.m.-noon, Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 944-0625. [map]
Feb. 8 & 9. Thirty-six-hour video game event, with tournaments including Call of Duty, Halo, Killer Instinct, StarCraft 2, and League of Legends. A benefit for Gamers Outreach, a charity that creates portable video game carts for kids at children's hospitals.
10 a.m. Feb. 8-10 p.m. Feb. 9, EMU Student Center Ballroom, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. $25 (all tournaments except Killer Instinct, $20). Preregistration required at gamersforgiving.org. [map]
Several local professional musicians perform a program of classical music tailored to appeal to youth ages 7-12 and their parents. With violinists Gabe Bolkosky and Alicia Doudna, cellist Andrea Yun, and pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng.
10 a.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
Live In A Smarter Home
Your home should be comfortable year-round, keep you supplied with high-quality air, and waste as little energy and water as possible. Attend this free, fun, and informative seminar to discover just how well your home is currently performing, and what you can do to make it even smarter. You'll learn:
Common home performance deficiencies and how they can contribute to your discomfort, high energy bills, and poor health
Smart home upgrades - what people are doing right here in Southeast Michigan to make their homes smarter, safer, and more comfortable
How to take the first steps to living in a smarter home
Register now - space is limited.
To register, please visit: http:
Meadowlark, 3250 W. Liberty Rd. Ann Arbor, MI, 48103. Free. 734-332-1500. firstname.lastname@example.org www.meadowlarkbuilders.com [map]
Feb. 8, 15, & 22. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M and visiting scholars. Feb. 8: "Powering Cosmic Processes by Star Light." U-M astronomy professor Sally Oey discusses the power of ultraviolet radiation from massive stars. Feb. 15: "Where the Solar Wind Blows." U-M atmospheric sciences professor Susan Lepri discusses the gaseous wind from the sun and how it influences objects in the solar system. Feb. 22: "Sculpting the Universe." Ohio State University astronomy professor David Weinberg discusses his collaboration with artist Josia McElheny on the design of cosmologically inspired sculptures that represent the history of the expanding universe.
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
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. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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]
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.
Cosmic Colors (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual journey across the entire electromagnetic spectrum that explores the reasons for color, the nature of X-rays, and more.
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]
Join us at St. Paul Lutheran School for our spring OPEN HOUSES on Saturday, February 8, 12:00 - 3:00 pm and Saturday, March 22, 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Come tour our beautiful campus, meet our caring and highly qualified teachers, speak with parents, and learn what St. Paul School has to offer. No appointment is necessary.
St. Paul is a preschool through 8th grade Christian school that offers an outstanding academic experience and a solid foundation for faith learning. We pride ourselves on providing an extraordinary education while being one of the most affordable private schools in the Ann Arbor area. Our programs include fine arts, athletics, technology education, and foreign language study. We hold MANS and NLSA accreditations, and our students receive top scores on state and national assessments. St. Paul offers half- and full-day kindergarten, international admissions, and extended care to fit the needs of your child and family. We want your family to become part of our family!
St. Paul Lutheran School, 495 Earhart. Free. 734-665-0604. firstname.lastname@example.org school.stpaulannarbor.org [map]
Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Dvořák's tragic opera based on Czech fairy tales about a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince. Director Michael Mayer has placed this new production in 1960 Las Vegas. Renee Fleming stars in one of her signature roles, with Piotr Beczala and Dolora Zajick. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. The broadcast is reprised on tape on Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
12:55-5 p.m. (Feb. 8) & 6:30-10:30 p.m. (Feb. 12), Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at gqti.com
Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.
Jan. 24 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "Chillin' at the Mills." A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $3 ($7.50 includes lunch).
Feb. 7 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures.
Apr. 18 (10 a.m.): "Vernal Pond Day." All invited to explore life teeming in one of the short-lived vernal ponds that dries up in the spring heat.
May 10 (9 & 11 a.m.): "Mother's Day Wildflower Walk." A hike to look for spring wildflowers. Also, pancake brunch brunch ($8; kids ages 2-11, $5; kids under 2, free) available at 10 a.m.
June 6 (10 a.m.): "Huron River Ecosystem." Prepare to get wet on a hike along the river to learn about the large and small inhabitants of its ecosystem.
June 7 (10 a.m.): "Amazing Amphibians." Display and discussion of live specimens of frogs, toads, and salamanders, followed by a hike to a pond to look for amphibians heading home from their breeding grounds.
Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3) except as noted. Preregistration required. $7 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
Presented by park naturalists Jennifer Hollenbeck or Raejean Uehline.
Dec. 7: (8 a.m.): "Winter Hike." A hike for the woods to what animal life is sticking around for the winter.
Dec. 15 (10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.): "Santa Central." Kids invited to visit with Santa, play reindeer games, and enjoy a hayride. Snack. $6 per child (adults, $3; kids under age 1, free) in advance only.
Dec. 26: (8 a.m.): "Day after Christmas Hike." A hike to explore winter animal life in the park.
Jan. 25 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.): "Chillin' at the Mills." A variety of winter activities, including (weather permitting) cross-country skiing, Klondike racing and dog sledding demos, and more. Afterward, an indoor craft activity and hot chocolate. $2 ($6 includes lunch).
Feb. 1: (noon): "Kids Craft Day." All kids invited to bring a T-shirt or canvas shopping bag to stamp or paint with a nature-themed designs. $3 per item.
Feb. 8: (1 p.m.): "Day after Christmas Hike." A hike to see how animal life is weathering the winter.
Feb. 15 (11 a.m.): "Live! Birds of Prey." Howell Nature Center representatives present a program on birds of prey that includes displays of live hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures. $5 (kids, $3).
Various times, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3) unless otherwise noted. Preregistration required. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
Popular local chocolatier Nancy Biehn of Sweet Gem Confections shows how to prepare a dipping chocolate and offers tips on preparing fine chocolates at home. Participants can dip a berry or truffle to eat.
1-4 p.m., Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
U-M Natural History Museum staff present a series of programs exploring the different strategies predators and their prey have evolved to cope with each other. Monthly topics include "Dining on Dinos: Long Necks, Sharp Teeth, Club Tails, Killer Claws" (Jan. 11), "Meals with Megafauna: Sabertooth Cats, Dire Wolves, Mastodons, and Man" (Feb. 8), and "Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the Balance" (Mar. 8). For kids ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.
1-2 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
AAUW members and U-M engineering students read a math education story and lead related and engaging math activities for kids in grades K-3.
Feb. 1: Matthew Elligott's delightful math-education story The Lion's Share and activities exploring fractions.
Feb. 8: Jacqueline Briggs Martin's 1999 Caldecott Medal-winning Snowflake Bentley and activities exploring hexagons.
Feb. 15: Amy Axelrod's Pigs on a Blanket and activities exploring time.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Games (1:15-2:45 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m.), performances by Ann Arbor Chinese School students (3-6 p.m.), and dinner (6-9 p.m.) to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Raffle.
1:15-9 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Cost TBA. email@example.com. [map]
Valentine's Day craft activity for adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 7, & 8. Burns Park Elementary School students, parents, and friends perform Jerry Herman's long-running musical about a charismatic, opportunistic woman out to make a quick buck. Complications arise when she tries to play matchmaker to the wealthy Horace Vandergelder. The score includes such memorable songs as "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "It Only Takes a Moment," and the title tune. These shows almost always sell out, so get tickets early.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 & 7) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 8), Tappan Middle School auditorium, 2251 E. Stadium at Brockman. Tickets $15 (Patron tickets, $30) in advance at showtix4u.com and (if available) at the door. burnsparkplayers.org. [map]
All adults and kids age 13 & older invited to learn the history of Korean folk painting and try the techniques.
2-4 p.m., UMMA Multipurpose Room, 525 S. State. $5 (includes materials). Preregistration required at annarborartcenter.org or by phone. 994-8004. [map]
Feb. 8 & 9. An elegant traditional tea with a menu that includes both sweets and savories. With romantic piano music played on the Kempf family's 1877 Steinway. Display of turn-of-the-century Valentines. All welcome to come in period attire. This popular annual fundraiser usually sells out well in advance.
1:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Kempf House, 312 S. Division. $25. Reservations required. 994-4898. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 6-Mar. 2. This local professional company performs Lionel Bart's popular musical adaptation of Dickens's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphaned boy who falls in with a band of pickpockets in Victorian London. The score includes many popular hits, including "Where Is Love?" "Food, Glorious Food," "As Long As He Needs Me," and the title tune. Cast: Alejandro Cantu, Ben Chambers, Tobin Hissong, Mahalia Greenway, Andrew Gorney, David Kiley, Christine Purchis, William Fowle, & Sara Catheryn Wolf.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun. & Feb. 27), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors age 60 & older, $30; youge age 17 & under and groups of 10 or more, $28) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [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]
Short films by various directors.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
Dennis Wilson directs the U-M Jazz Lab Ensemble in works TBA. With saxophonist Lisa Hittle and trumpeter Leonard Foy.
4:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Mardi Gras menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Louisiana Fried Sweet Potatoes with Sugar and Salt; Andouille Sausage and Chicken Creole Gumbo with Okra and Steamed Rice; Fried Shrimp Po'Boys with Remoulade, Shredded Lettuce, Pickles, and Tomato on Crusty French Baguette; Bananas Foster with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor 2nd Annual Red Shoe Affair: Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor presented by the Southeastern Michigan McDonalds Operators Association.more >
Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor 2nd Annual Red Shoe Affair: Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor presented by the Southeastern Michigan McDonalds Operators Association.< less
A special evening of cocktails, entertainment and hope...red shoes encouraged!
On Saturday, Feb. 8, the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor will host its 2nd annual Red Shoe Affair presented by the Southeastern Michigan McDonald's Operators Association. The event, now the new signature fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for both of the Ronald McDonald Houses of Ann Arbor, which provide a "home away from home" to families with children requiring essential and critical medial care. Held at the Jack Roth Stadium Club located inside the University of Michigan Football Stadium, the event begins at 6:30 p.m., and features a strolling dinner, cocktails, auctions and entertainment. Tickets are $150 per person and include an exclusive tour of the University of Michigan Wolverines' locker room, tunnel and playing field. Guests are encouraged to wear fun, festive cocktail attire, as well as red shoes.
Jack Roth Stadium Club, University of Michigan Football Stadium, 1201 S. Main St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $150 per ticket. Melissa Bauernfeind at (734) 994-4442. firstname.lastname@example.org www.rmh-annarbor.org [map]
Fancy chocolate treats from local chocolate makers, along with savory appetizers, wine, and beer. Also, live music by Brian Delaney's Butterscotch Dandies and silent and live auctions.
6:30 p.m., Lake Forest Golf Club, 3100 W. Ellsworth. Tickets $60 & $125. wildswantheater.org, 995-0530. [map]
When: Saturdays, 6-7pm Feb-March Who: ALL FOLKS ages 6 and up welcome...adults, too! ;) Come play!! (students under 10 should be accompanied by an adult) What: Exploratory drop-in art class featuring a new medium each week Cost: $7 drop-in/class* (*plus material fee, depending upon medium) or $50 pre-registered for entire semester (includes all material fees) 2/1: Drawing 2/8: Wire Sculpture* (add $5 material fee) 2/15: Sharpie Art* (add $3 material fee) 2/22: Wax resist watercolors 3/1: Collage/Stamp Art 3/8: Oil pastels 3/15: Tissue paper art* (add $2 material fee) 3/22: Painting Groups of 4 or more must pre-register to be ensured a space! Have a party of 15 or more? Ask us about hosting a private class just for your group!
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $7. email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
When: Saturdays, 6-7pm Feb-March Who: ALL FOLKS ages 6 and up welcome...adults, too! ;) Come play!! (students under 10 should be accompanied by an adult) What: Exploratory drop-in art class featuring a new medium each week Cost: $7 drop-in/class* (*plus material fee, depending upon medium) or $50 pre-registered for entire semester (includes all material fees) 2/1: Drawing 2/8: Wire Sculpture* (add $5 material fee) 2/15: Wax resist watercolors 2/22: Sharpie Art* (add $3 material fee) 3/1: Collage/Stamp Art 3/8: Oil pastels 3/15: Tissue paper art* (add $2 material fee) 3/22: Painting Groups of 4 or more must pre-register to be ensured a space! Have a party of 15 or more? Ask us about hosting a private class just for your group!
Fly Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $7/student. 734-218-2145. email@example.com http:
Dancing to recorded music. No partner needed; beginners welcome. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3). 709-8748. [map]
U-M students perform traditional and modern Vietnamese dances, music, and theater. Proceeds benefit the humanitarian organization Children of Vietnam.
7 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $5 in advance. $10 (students, $8) at the door. firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
DuPage College (Chicago) choral director composer Lee Kesselman, an award-winning composer-arranger, directs the FUMC chancel choir and instrumental ensembles in a spiritual travelogue with music from faiths and philosophies around the world, with an emphasis on the Middle East. Reception follows. The concert is preceded, 5-7 p.m., by an International Boutique, with sale of artworks and crafts from Ten Thousand Villages, and at 6 p.m. by an International Dinner ($15; students, $8; family, $40; kids under 5, free) prepared by Zingerman's Roadhouse chef Alex Young.
7:30 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
Feb. 7-9. Jeffrey Stringer directs students in Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved 1959 musical about a sprightly tyro nun who becomes a governess to a widowed navy captain's seven children. When the captain's pro-Nazi fiancee tries to oust her, the ensuing spat bears unexpected results. Highlights of the popular score include "So Long, Farewell," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "My Favorite Things," and the poignant "Edelweiss."
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 7 & 8) & 3 p.m. (Feb. 9), HHS Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $15 (students, seniors, & HHS staff, $10) in advance at showtix4u.com. 994-2096. [map]
Feb. 6-8. Acclaimed French Canadian comic known for his hilarious character performances, including a popular autobiographical routine about his German father. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Performance by the legendary jazz saxophonist Jimmy "Little Bird" Heath who's accompanied by U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe and U-M percussion professor Michael Gould. Also, a performance by the U-M Jazz Ensemble.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
This acclaimed Cleveland-based klezmer band led by clarinetist (and U-M grad) Bert Stratton is known for its blend of ensemble virtuosity and wacky humor rooted in a 50s Borscht Belt ethos, with a repertoire ranging from traditional material to "Gentile on My Mind" and "Meshugeneh Mambo," and its latest CD, Klezmer Guy, features the likes of "Yiddishe Blues (DJ Paradiddle remix)." Tonight's show includes a shtickmeister, a klezmer dancer who leads the audience in dancing.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
"All on a Winter's Night with Harmony Bones": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.more >
"All on a Winter's Night with Harmony Bones": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.< less
Local singer-guitarist Jeanne Mackey is joined by her musical friends Laz Slomovits, Tom Voiles, and Linda Teaman, for an evening of musical reflections on the season with rich harmonies and an array of instruments. The ad hoc ensemble's name, Harmony Bones, comes from an acupuncture point that harmonizes imbalances.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [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]
Feb. 6-9. U-M dance students perform works by guest artist Andrea Miller, founder of Gallim Dance, a NYC-based company acclaimed by the New York Times for its "voluptuously polyglot choreography" and by New York Press for its "delicious strangeness, fierce aggression, and raw beauty." Miller presents her Pupil Suite, a work for 14 dancers characterized by wildly quirky and demanding movement as it shifts through a series of vignettes evoking everything from the possibility of intimacy to the madness of the imagination and the joy of movement. It is set to music by the Israeli band Balkan Beat Box. Also, works by U-M dance professors Melissa Beck, Bill De Young, and Peter Sparling. Beck's Beautiful Wreck, set to Mahler's Symphony no. 5 in C minor, is a work for 12 dancers that explores the metaphorical and physical connection between bridges and water, and De Young's Unbearable Lightness is a group work set to a live performance of Israeli composer Matti Kovler's similarly titled work for 7 basses that was in turn inspired by the Milan Kundera novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Sparling debuts Vox Femina (Girl Talk), a work for 19 dancers set to a range of vocal music from Handel to the Stovall Sisters (a 70s Southern gospel funk girl group) to NYC R&B icon Laura Nyro. The dancing is framed by 2 projection screens of highly kinetic video imagery.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
World-renowned local blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun celebrates his birthday in this popular annual concert. An exuberant, powerful performer whose repertoire includes both boogie-woogie and blues classics and originals in the same mold, Mr. B has performed and recorded with world-class artists such as the late drummer J.C. Heard and Detroit percussionist Roy Brooks.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Various dances that were popular from 1900 to the 1920s, with live music by the Huron Valley Serenaders. Period attire encouraged. Preceded at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. by dance lessons.
8-11 p.m., Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. $30 (includes lessons). Preregistration requested at vintagedance.com. 769-0041. [map]