Three days of cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter fun at Cavanaugh Lake. Also, a euchre tournament ($5 entry fee; prizes) on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., and a chili cook-off (1 p.m.) and dancing to classic and contemporary rock by the Manchester band Star 69 (8:30-11:30 p.m) on Feb. 8. The weekend competitive ice fishing derby (eeather permitting) runs 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. Refreshments, breakfasts, and lunches available. Raffle.
4 p.m.-midnight (Feb. 7), 7 a.m.-midnight (Feb. 8), & 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (Feb. 9), American Legion Hall, 1700 Ridge Rd. (off Cavanaugh Lake Rd. from Kalmbach Rd. north from I-94 exit 156), Chelsea. Free admission. To enter the chili cook-off, call Larry Doll at 260-1540. 475-1964. [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. firstname.lastname@example.org sun-moon-yoga.com [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]
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]
Release strain and tension on the back, neck and shoulders and strengthen the supporting muscles while releasing the hamstrings and supporting the knees and hips. This soothing practice is available to all levels and promotes immune function, mental acuity and overall well-being.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Join others who are recovering from or have recovered from religion and want to help others do the same. We are a group of people that know and understand what you are struggling with and can offer friendly social support in a non-threatening, understanding and relaxed atmosphere. We will share experiences and resources to help cope with and deal with problems related to leaving organized religion or living without any religion.
Whether you are thinking of leaving your religion, are already living religion free, or you just wish to support others, please come join us.
Participate in discussions, share your story, ask the questions that are on your mind, meet new people, make new friends and discover you're not alone in your search for secular beliefs.
Cost: Free, beverages and snacks are available for purchase.
Panera Bread, 777 North University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.cfimichigan.org/events/calendar/ [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.
Apr. 6, 13, & 27: Former NASA scientist and physics professor Michael Bodner presents "Quantum Leaps of Faith," a series of talk on the relationship between science and theology.
Apr. 20: Festive holiday potluck in the Founders Room.
May 4: "Worshipping God with Hands," a participatory presentation by First Presbyterian resident minister Kristin Riegel on the religious use of art, music, and dance.
May 11: "Jesus the Refugee," a talk by resident minister Lal Rodawla on the conditions of refugees around the world.
May 18: Showing of volume 5 of The Long Search, Ronald Eyre's 1977 BBC film series on world religions. In this episode, he visits Egypt to explore the experience of Islamic worship.
May 25: All invited for conversation.
11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church Curtis Room (except as noted), 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466, ext. 43. [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.
A rare chance to meet the people behind and take a guided tour to explore the inner workings of the 4 Ruthven museums--natural history, anthropology, paleontology, and zoology.
Noon-5 p.m., 2009 Ruthven Museums, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. Guided tour space limited; reservations recommended by calling 936-5834. 764-0478. [map]
Two workshops in February will offer an introduction to the Open Studio Process. If you were looking for an art class and a chance to express yourself join us for an energetic afternoon of making art with all materials provided in a supportive, safe atmosphere. Using drawing and other art materials we will combine art and writing to learn about ourselves and our art. Bring your imagination and curiosity. No experience necessary. Facilitators Idelle Hammond-Sass and Sue Webster McDonald
Burns Park Cultural Building. $59. 734-994-2300. firstname.lastname@example.org aareced.com
It's no secret that kids like to bake and this is a great way to work with your child to create tasty treats to share or just enjoy yourselves. This class is appropriately dedicated to the color pink and chocolate, of course! Pink-Frosted Brownies, Pink Smoothies, and Cranberry-Orange Scones (ok, sort of pink, but very grown up!). You'll make all three recipes in this fun Valentine's themed class. The smoothies are loaded with fruit, yogurt and honey. What we like about scones is the hands-on aspect - perfect for kids. The brownies need no explanation. We'll send home any leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and a recipe packet. Full participation. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult.
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Two 4-week reality based self defense classes will be offered at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. CKM is a reality-based self defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
Students will learn techniques for:
Knife Attacks and Hold-ups
Chokes & Grabs
The Basics Class is geared for beginners and will be taught at a pace appropriate for all abilities (ages 14 and over). The Challenge Class (ages 18 & over) will be for returning participants or individuals looking for a physically challenging, fast-paced environment. Workout attire is needed for both classes.
Preregistration is required.
$40 per 4-week session for JCC members
$50 per session non-members
Classes run every Sunday from Feb 9 through March 2nd. The Basics Class is 1-2:15, and the Challenge Class is 2:30-3:45
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $40-$50. (734) 971-0990. email@example.com www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. 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.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [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. 12), "Meals with Megafauna: Sabertooth Cats, Dire Wolves, Mastodons, and Man" (Feb. 9), and "Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the Balance" (Mar. 9). For kids ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.
1 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0480. [map]
Family concert by this veteran dance-rock band, led by West Michigan singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark, whose 2009 family album, the helpfully titled A Family Album, was nominated for a Nickelodeon Parents Connect award. It features energetic guitar-based tunes on such topics as breakfast cereal and getting up in the morning.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (MTF members, $12) in advance at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [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]
This husband-and-wife duo of jazz singer-pianist Comstock and pop and jazz singer Fasano-winners of the 2010 New York Nightlife Award-are joined by local guitarist Randy Napoleon in a program of popular songs by American composers Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen.
2 & 4 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$35 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Information is from Receiving Love, Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved by Dr. Harville Hendrix. What gets in your way of graciously receiving love - appreciations, encouragement, compliments, admiration, etc?
Take a survey to assess your receiving love quotient.
While FREE, please call or e-mail to register
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 734-424-2797. firstname.lastname@example.org www.therapy4couples.com [map]
All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
2-5 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 761-1451. [map]
Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen (except as noted).
Feb. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Wolves: Past, Present, and Future." Naturalist and wolf advocate Dorothy McLeer presents a program on the comeback of wolves in Michigan, the issues that arise when people live near wolves, and what the future holds for wolves. Preregistration requested.
Mar. 22 (2-4 p.m.): "Spring Terrarium." Participants make a small, display-worthy ecosystem. Bring a glass container with a lid, between a quart and a gallon in size.
Mar. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Harbinger Hike." A hike along Discovery Center trails to look signs of awakening animals, early sprouts, and perhaps a few unorthodox blooms.
Apr. 8 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Animal Tracks." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn about animal track patterns, practice the art of tracking, and make a plaster cast track to take home.
Apr. 9 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Geocaching & Orienteering" All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn the basics of using a GPS unit and reading a compass, then try it on the trail. Participants should bring a few cheap trinkets to trade in geocaches.
Apr. 10 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Pizza Plant Magic." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn what plant parts we eat, and start a pizza garden to take home.
Apr. 19 (noon and 1, 2, & 3 p.m.): "Geocache Egg Hunt." All invited to learn to use a GPS unit and follow clues to hunt for prizes. GPS units provided, or bring your own.
Apr. 25 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.): "Arbor Day Treats." All invited to learn how to measure tree height, figure out how old a tree is, and identify some trees without their leaves. Also, treats made from trees. Prizes.
May 3 (2-4 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All age 7 & up invited to learn basic archery skills. Equipment provided.
May 10: (2-4 p.m.): "Seed Paper Cards for Mom." Using recycled paper and wildflower seeds, participants make a Mother's Day card that can be planted to grow wildflowers.
May 24 (9 a.m.): "Birding and Breakfast." All invited for a light breakfast followed by a birding hike in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.
June 7 (10 a.m.-noon, Green Lake Campground Trail parking lot, west off M-52 between Waterloo Rd. & N. Territorial): "National Trails Day 3 Park Hike." All invited to join a 2.5-mile hike along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail that connects 2 State Recreation Areas to Washtenaw County's Park Lyndon North.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
Jan. 12 (2-4 p.m.): "Winter Orienteering." A hike to learn to find your way through the woods in winter. Compass provided, or bring your own.
Jan. 19 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Native Americans." Naturalist Endeavors (Columbiaville) owner Randy Baker gives a family-friendly presentation about the daily lives of the farmers and hunter-gatherers who inhabited Michigan before European settlers arrived.
Jan. 26 (2-3 p.m.): "Live Animals Encountered." Animals Encountered animal handler Larry Grudt presents a hands-on introduction to the adaptations that enable a variety of animals to survive in their different environments.
Feb. 9 (2-3 p.m.): "Circle of Life." Binder Park Zoomobile (Battle Creek) naturalists display a variety of live animals from Africa and discuss how all living things are connected.
Feb. 15 (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mill Lake parking lot, follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd., north off I-94 exit 157): "Family Ice Fishing and Bonfire." All invited to watch an ice-fishing demo or try it yourself. Also, an area cleared for skating. Followed by a bonfire with hot cocoa and marshmallows to roast. Weather permitting.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make a Minecraft-inspired cotton tote bag. Supplies provided.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]
Docent-guided tour of the current exhibit of traditional photographs of trees juxtaposed with uniquely manipulated photos.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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]
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]
Slide-illustrated talk by a club member on rambling roses and the historical importance of roses for Valentine's Day. Q&A and refreshments.
2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [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 and display of vintage turn-of-the-century Valentines.
1:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Kempf House, 312 S. Division. $25 (members, $20). 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 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]
HSDC artistic director Colette Kenville directs this new local company of dancers ages 10-18 in the premiere of her ballet adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a young girl who courageously sets out to free her friend, who has been kidnapped by the beautiful but sinister Snow Queen. The 15 HSDC dancers are joined by guest star Jaclyn Borrow, a U-M Flint dance student, and several members of the U-M student ballet and lyrical dance troupe SALTO.
3 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $15 (seniors & students, $10) in advance and at the door. 302-3502. [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]
All invited to discuss 2 mysteries set in France. Cara Black's Murder in the Marais concerns a tech investigator who unwittingly gets involved in solving a violent hate crime in Paris's historic Jewish quarter. Fred Vargas's Seeking Whom He May Devour is about a small Alps community where villagers suspect a loner of tearing the throat out of their sheep.
3:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
Feb. 2: The Pleasure Garden (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926) Silent drama about a chorus girl engaged to an adventurer who begins to play around when her fiancé travels out of the country. 2 p.m.
Feb. 4: Murder! (Alfred Hitchcock, 1930) A man convinced of the innocence of a woman he helped convict or murder sets out to find the real killer. Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring. 7 p.m.
Feb. 9: The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935) Vintage mystery-romantic comedy about an innocent man pulled into the orbit of a spy ring. Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll. 4 p.m.
Feb. 11: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934) Hitchcock's original version of the thriller about criminals who kidnap a child to prevent her parents from revealing an assassination plot. Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre. 5 p.m.
Feb. 11: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956) Remake of the 1934 thriller. James Stewart, Doris Day. 7 p.m.
Feb. 16: The Lodger (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926) A jealous detective accuses a lodger of murder. Ivor Novello, Malcolm Keen. 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 18: The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938) Classic mystery-comedy about an old woman's baffling disappearance on a train that leads a young woman into a web of intrigue. Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave. 7 p.m.
Feb. 23: Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Gothic thriller about a na´ve young woman who marries an aristocratic widower. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders. 4 p.m.
Feb. 25: Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Thriller about an American reporter who exposes enemy spies in Britain. Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders. 7 p.m.
Mar. 2: The Ring (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927). Recently restored print of this silent boxing melodrama. With live organ accompaniment. 4 p.m.
Mar. 4: Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941). A wealthy, sheltered woman marries a charming ne'er-do-well she comes to suspect may be planning to kill her for her money Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant. 7 p.m.
Mar. 9: Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock, 1942). Offbeat thriller about a munitions worker wrongly accused of sabotage and forced to go on the lam around the country. Script written in part by Dorothy Parker. 5 p.m.
Mar. 11: Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943). A lively teen grows to suspect that her beloved uncle may be a serial killer. Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotton. 7 p.m.
Mar. 16: Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944). When a ship of Americans and Britons is sunk by a missile from a German U-boat during WWII, the survivors must cope with the elements--and each other. Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix. 5 p.m.
Mar. 18: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945). The youthful new director of a posh mental asylum is not whom he claims to be. Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman. 7 p.m.
Mar. 23: Downhill (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927). Recently restored print of this silent melodrama about a boy whose life falls apart when he is expelled from school after he takes the blame for a friend's crime. With live organ accompaniment. 8 p.m.
Apr. 1: Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946). Thriller about a woman asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends n South America. Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant. 7 p.m.
Apr. 6: The Farmer's Wife (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). Newly restored silent drama about a rough-mannered widowed farmer in search of a new bride. With live organ accompaniment. 1:30 p.m.
Apr. 8: Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948). A detective sets out to solve a prep-school murder that turns out to be a killing for thrills. James Stewart. 7 p.m.
Apr. 13: Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951). Classic thriller about a psychotic mother's boy with a Raymond Chandler screenplay. 1:30 p.m.
Apr. 15: Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Classic thriller about a man hoisted in the petard of his plot to murder his wife. Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Bob Cummings. 7 p.m.
Apr. 20: Easy Virtue (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). See review. Newly restored silent drama, adapted from the Noel Coward play, about a divorcée who hides her scandalous past from her new husband and family. With live organ accompaniment. 5 p.m.
Apr. 22: Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Stylish thriller-romance about a news photographer examining his neighbor's lives with binoculars and making a sordid discovery. James Stewart, Grace Kelly.7 p.m.
Apr. 27: The Trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955). Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man's body is found in the woods. Shirley MacLaine, John Forsythe, Edmund Gwenn. 4 p.m.
Apr. 29: The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock, 1957). Offbeat film about a New York City jazz musician falsely accused of robbery. Henry Fonda, Vera Miles. 7 p.m.
May 4: Champagne (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). Silent drama about a spoiled heiress who defies her father by running off to marry her lover. With live organ accompaniment. 5 p.m.
May 6: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958).Haunting, dreamlike mystery thriller that stars James Stewart as a retired police detective who is afraid of heights. Kim Novak.7 p.m.
May 11: North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959). Classic thriller about an ad exec mistaken for a government agent who's relentlessly pursued halfway across the country. Cary Grant. Eva Marie Saint. 5 p.m.
May 13: Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960). Classic suspense thriller set in a motel run by a peculiar mama's boy. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh. 5 p.m.
May 18: The Manxman (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929). Newly restored silent drama about lifelong friends on the Isle of Man, a fisherman and a lawyer, who are both attracted to the same woman. With live organ accompaniment. 4 p.m.
May 20: Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock, 1976). Comedy-thriller about a con artist and her private investigator boyfriend who run into a couple of serial kidnappers. Barbara Harris, Bruce Dern, Karen Black. 5 p.m.
May 25: Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929). Newly restored silent thriller about a Scotland Yard detective who discovers that a murder he is investigating was committed by his girlfriend while defending herself from a rapist. With live organ accompaniment. 1:30 p.m.
May 27: The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963). Eerie thriller about hordes of bloodthirsty sparrows, gulls, and crows plaguing a small California town. Not for the squeamish. Stars Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy. 7 p.m.
Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $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). 668-TIME. [map]
Show of 10 ice sculptures based on themes and characters from The Wizard of Oz as well as ice sculpting demonstrations by Ice Dreams (Plymouth) sculptors. Beverages. In celebration of Glacier Hills' 40th anniversary.
4-7 p.m., Glacier Hills Manor, 1200 Earhart. Free. 929-6782. [map]
All invited to join a discussion of Piper Kerman's memoir that inspired the HBO show about a straight-laced upper-middle-class woman who gets sent to prison for delivering a suitcase of drug money when she was 10 years younger.
4:30-6 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
This polished local opera company presents a program of opera, operetta, and musical theater love songs.
5:30 p.m., Mercy's Restaurant, 300 S. Thayer, Bell Tower Hotel. Tickets $25 (food not included) in advance & at the door. arboropera.com, 996-3729. [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]
Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class combines belly dance movements with traditional fitness training to build your strength, stability, and balance. Class begins with conditioning and cardio, then continues on to the fundamental muscle isolations used in belly dance. The goal of this series is to build confident body posture and presentation as a foundation for movement though deep core strengthening, joint mobility, and isometrics.
The class is an excellent warm up for Belly Dance Technique and choreography, which immediately follows.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12 - $75. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/belly-dance-1/ [map]
Depressed or anxious moods cloud the joy of experiencing ourselves as perfect and whole. With or without a diagnosis heal with breath work, yoga postures and imagery to balance moods and awaken inner joy. Certified Teacher.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Led by Coral Rose of Unveiled Belly Dance and the Lunatic Vagabonds, this class drills your dance fundamentals and teaches choreography both traditional and not so much. Class begins with structured sequences of basic moves to hone your form, then moves on to teaching choreography for a full routine. Over the seven week series, each step will be broken down and practiced until you have a finished number, and choreography for the course will change every two series. Students enrolled in the full series are invited to perform at LIFT OFF!
The Belly Dance Conditioning class immediately preceding is an excellent warm up for this class.
$15 for a single class
$90 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $15 - $75. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/belly-dance-2/ [map]
U-M music students conduct the orchestra in works written by students of Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, Paul Schoenfield, and Erik Santos.
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Taped broadcast of the London-based Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare's searing tragedy about political manipulation and revenge. Directed by Josie Rourke, the play traces the rise and fall of the Roman general Coriolanus-played by film actor Tom Hiddleston-who returns home from war a hero but must flee into exile after his enemies turn popular opinion against him.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (Michigan Theater & UMS members, $18; students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538, (800) 221-1229. [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.. 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 (Michigan League Ballroom on Apr. 20, Michigan League Vandenberg Room on Mar. 23, & Michigan Union Pendleton Room on Apr. 6 & May 4). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]
Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Challis's comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman.
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 suggested donation. emergentarts.com. [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]