Daylong series of talks on the impact technology advancements have had on museums. For full schedule, see ummsp.lsa.umich.edu
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater (4th floor). Free. 936-6678. [map]
Today is the deadline for area middle and high school students invited to submit an original short story. Winners announced on May 10. $250, $150, and $100 cash prizes for top 3 winners in 3 age divisions: grades 6-8, grades 9 & 10, and grades 11 & 12.
9 a.m.-9 p.m., AADL main library youth department or any of the 3 branches. Free. 327-8301.
Class meets Fridays, March 14 - April 25 No class on April 4.
There have been some extraordinary films about children that feature astonishing performances by young people. In addition to entertainment value, these films offer insights into child psychology and provide ways of understanding the attitudes of various cultures towards children. We will screen and then discuss six such films, one each week. The tentative list is: "Forbidden Games" (French, 1952); "Panther Panchali" (India, 1955); "Spirit of the Beehive" (Spanish, 1973); "Padre Padrone" (Italian, 1977); "My Life as a Dog" (Sweden, 1985); and "Children of Heaven" (Iran, 1998). The group will also discuss film techniques and the ways in which the various filmmakers create powerful portraits of children. Instructor: Ira Konigsberg
Clarion Hotel, 2900 Jackson. $35. 734-998-9351. email@example.com www.olli-umich.org [map]
Mar. 13-15. This award-winning local children's theater presents its stirring set of 4 tales about a Russian, a Dominican, a Vietnamese, and a Lebanese child who immigrate to America under different circumstances and over the course of several decades. Local acoustic guitar virtuoso David Mosher accompanies the show with songs by local singer-songwriter Laz Slomovits (of Gemini). Geared toward kids in grades 3-8. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available for blind audience members by prearrangement. Note: The Mar. 13 performance at 10 a.m. is sold out.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (Mar. 13 & 14) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 15), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids, $8; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
Every Tues.-Fri., Mar. 11-Apr. 25. Storytimes for "2s & 3s" accompanied by a caregiver (Wed. 9:30 a.m.), "On My Own," age 3 and up with or without a caregiver (Thurs. 10:30 a.m.), family story time (Tues. 6:30 p.m., Wed. & Fri. 10:30 a.m., and Thurs. 9:30 a.m.), and "Book Babies" for the under-2 set accompanied by a caregiver (Tues. 9:30 or 10:30 a.m.).
Various times, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required (except for family story time). 429-5450. [map]
Join us as we give back to the community! This free program invites volunteers of all ages and abilities to help create beautiful T-shirt quilts for those in need. Equipment and materials are provided.
The group meet in the Michigan Room from 11am to 12:30pm every Friday.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity please contact Jen Nicodemus at
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
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]
Mar. 14 & 21. Talks by visiting scholars. Mar. 14: University of Pittsburgh music professor Andrew Weintraub on "From Street Singer to President: Music, Politics, and Islam in Indonesia." Mar. 21: University of Malaya English professor Sharmani Gabriel on "Beyond Pluralism: Rethinking Race in Malaysia."
Noon-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0352. [map]
"Classicisms in the Black Atlantic: Classics in African Contexts": U-M Comparative Literature Department.more >
"Classicisms in the Black Atlantic: Classics in African Contexts": U-M Comparative Literature Department.< less
Mar. 14 & 15. Scholars from around the world discuss the uses made by writers, intellectuals, and political figures in Africa and the African diaspora of the traditions of Greek & Roman and African antiquity. Complete schedule TBA at lsa.umich.edu
Noon-7 p.m., Kelsey Museum Lecture Hall, 434 S. State. Free. 763-2351. [map]
Every Fri. except Mar. 21 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]
All kids ages 6-12 invited for an afternoon of stories, games, craft activities, and more.
1-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
All kids ages 6-12 invited for an afternoon of stories, games, craft activities, and more.
1-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
Center for Family & Health regional lead ACA navigator Danielle Carpenter is on hand to offer personalized assistance understanding and applying for insurance under the new health care law.
1:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra violinist David Lamse, AASO cellist Daniel Thomas, and AASO pianist Patrick Johnson perform Haydn's Gypsy Piano Trio, Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, and Debussy's Piano Trio in G major.
1:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10. 971-0990. [map]
"24th Annual Home, Garden, & Lifestyle Show": Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.more >
"24th Annual Home, Garden, & Lifestyle Show": Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.< less
Mar. 14-16. More than 100 area exhibitors show and demonstrate products and offer information on home improvement services. Concessions.
2-8 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (kids age 12 & under, free). 996-0100. [map]
Cuban book artist Rolando Estévez discusses the role of handmade books in Cuba and elsewhere.
3-5 p.m., 100 Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
LSNC volunteers feed and answer questions about the center's red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and other resident raptors, who may come out of their enclosures to eat.
3-4 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]
All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
Every Fri., Mar. 7-Apr. 11. Baked tilapia, beer-battered fried cod, salad, fries, beverages, and homemade cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and desserts.
4-7 p.m., St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin Dr. (off Austin Rd. off W. Michigan Ave.), Saline. $10 (tentative; seniors age 60 & over, $9; kids age 12 & under, $6). 944-7790. [map]
New Delhi artist Nilima Sheikh discusses her Kashmir-influenced works that are currently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago. Sheikh uses traditional painting methods to create images of an often tragic and ruthless reality.
4-5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
Every Fri., Mar. 7-Apr. 11. Fried Alaskan pollack, choice of potato or macaroni & cheese, salad bar, and beverage. Desserts available for a nominal additional charge. Beer & wine available for donation. Be prepared to stand in line, but the food is worth the wait.
4:30-7:30 p.m., Old St. Pat's parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. at Northfield Church (3 miles north of Ann Arbor). $9 (seniors, $8; children 5-11, $6; children 4 & under, free). oldstpatrick-annarbor.com 662-8141. [map]
Mar. 5 & every Fri. Mar. 7-Apr. 11. Fried cod, baked tilapia, homemade mac & cheese, green beans, roasted red potatoes, French fries, salad bar, rolls with butter, and beverages. Fish sticks and grilled cheese available for kids. Homemade clam chowder & desserts ($2 each).
5-7:30 p.m., St. Francis Parish Activities Center, 2250 E. Stadium. $10 (seniors age 62 & over, $9; kids age 6-11, $5; kids age 5 & under, free). 769-2550. [map]
It's time to get shamrocked! Join us for St. Patrick's Day weekend bar crawls 3/14-3/17. Register for one day or all three at BarCrawls.com.
Bar Louie, 401 E Liberty St. $10+. 212-255-4223. email@example.com barcrawls.com [map]
Every Fri. in March & Apr. 11. Concerts by AGO members and their students.
5:15 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [map]
Mar. 14, 21, & 28. Proceeds benefit Children Waiting Everywhere, an organization that helps kids in Uganda, Kenya, and Sri Lanka.
5:30-7 p.m., St. Thomas Parish Hall, 530 Elizabeth. Freewill donation. 761-8606, ext. 2602. [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]
Mar. 13-16. (The Mar. 16 show is sold out.) Nancy Heusel directs dessert (Mar. 13) and dinner (Mar. 14-16) theater productions of Philip King's popular 1944 comedy, a fast-paced farce of mistaken identities set in a rural English vicarage. Cast: Jim Nissen, Lesli Weston, Steve Jones, Barbara Mackey King, Chris Bickley, Lindsey Ford Dean, Joe Medrano, Norm Richert, Roger King, and Jim Kane. Part of the proceeds goes to U-M scholarships.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 6:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sun.), Michigan League Hussey Room. Dessert & show tickets $35 (students, $17) and dinner & show tickets $65, in advance only at the Michigan Theater Ticket Office (mutotix.com). 763-TKTS. [map]
Award-winning pianist and organist Aaron Tan presents a free concert of solo piano music as part of the Steinway Campaign of the EMU School of Music. Repertoire ranges from Renaissance England to 20th century America. Highlights include the late F Major sonata by Mozart, which demonstrates his prowess as a master of polyphony through his joyous and effervescent style; Samuel Barber's "Excursions", in which various rhythmic and melodic motifs are explored through four recognizable American popular music idioms; and Robert Schumann's Toccata in C, which has become notorious through the legend that attempting to master the piece caused permanent injury to the composer's hand.
Eastern Michigan University Alexander Music Building (Recital Hall), East Circle Drive (Alexander Music Building), Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted. 734-565-9971. firstname.lastname@example.org www.AaronTan.org
Mar. 14 & 15. This 12-member all-female student company presents an energetic, varied program of original dances that range from lyrical jazz to hip-hop and tap. Although the students aren't dance majors, Impact's quality of dance is quite high.
7 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets TBA in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and at the door. muto.umich.edu, 763-TKTS. [map]
Glen Morningstar calls to music by Judi Morningstar, Brad Battey, and Susie Lorand. For experienced dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. email@example.com, (248) 288-4737. [map]
Double bill. A talented young Cuban pianist, Rodriguez is known for his riveting, virtuosic fusion of Latin music, classical, and jazz, an extraordinarily inventive sound he developed in his teens while simultaneously performing in street bands and studying at the prestigious University of Arts of Cuba. His performance at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival led to a meeting with the legendary musician Quincy Jones, who produced Rodriguez's debut album, Sounds of Space. Rodriguez's new working trio includes bassist Peter Slavov and drummer Henry Cole. The Pedrito Martinez Group, founded in 2007 by New York-based percussionist and vocalist Martinez-blends Cuban folklore and Latin jazz with timba, gospel, dance, pop, and classical music to create vibrant and irresistible grooves. "Pedrito Martinez is a giant of hand percussion," says an NPR reviewer. "His masterful, elegant, and spiritual engagement with the instruments he plays lies at the heart of this one-of-a-kind quartet's sound." His group includes the celebrated Cuban pianist-vocalist-dancer Ariacne Trujillo, bassist Alvaro Benavides, and bongo player Jhair Sala.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. $20-$48, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Philadelphia singer-songwriter whose music blends roots folk and country musical forms with socially conscious lyrics known for their disarming blend of clear-eyed honesty and humor.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
Mar. 13-15. This L.A. comic is known for his sardonic stories about everyday life and his biting social commentary. 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]
Local ensemble led by percussionist Stone that plays music inspired by Indian Carnatic and Hindustani music, American jazz, African mbira and marimba music, and European concert music.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 665-0606. [map]
Michael Haithcock and U-M music grad student Dustin Barr conduct this music student ensemble in iconic compositions by Mozart, Copland, Karl L. King, and Sousa as well as works by U-M composers, including the late Russell Peck and current grad student Patrick Harlin. With virtuosic tenor sax soloist James Houlik. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program with Harlin, Houlik, and Haithcock.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Double bill. The Sandy Tar String Band is an Ohio-based old-time and bluegrass band. Kavazabava is a Mount Pleasant Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy band that plays Eastern European folk music.
8 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $10 (Yellow Card or Pink Punch Card holders, free). ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
Mar. 6-9 & 13-15. Mark F. Batell directs local actors in Bruce Graham's drama about the relationship between 2 death row inmates, one an arrogant intellectual and the other a young, naïve, and psychotic racist. Based on the real-life story of Texas death row inmate James Beathard. Cast: Carl Hanna, Rick Katon, Jenna Hinton, Mary Hopper.
8 p.m. (except Mar. 9, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at ptdproductions.com and by phone or email. firstname.lastname@example.org, 483-7345. [map]
This play by Chicago Shakespearian actor-director David Blixt explores the intimate details of Caesar's friendship with Brutus on the night before Caesar's assassination. With John Seibert and Robert Kauzlaric. Followed by a reception with Blixt.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $30 general admission (students, $15). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Mar. 13-16. Kevin Gilmartin directs local actors in Craig Lucas's wildly inventive comedy about a woman who goes on the lam after her husband graciously informs her on Christmas Eve that he's hired a hit man to kill her. She joins up with a couple of oddball characters, wins $100,000 on a TV game show, and begins a series of hilarious escapades. Cast: Carrie Jay Sayer, David Widmayer, Erick Bloch, Aubrey Donnell, Chris Grimm, Alexandria Strother, Brian Greco, Katie Parzych, Emma Kennedy, Trevor Maher, Jeff Miller, Zach Damon, Chris Potter.
8 p.m. (Mar. 13-15) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 16), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [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]
Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Apr. 11), Feb. 27-Apr. 13. See review. Jennifer Graham directs Maggie Meyer & Sebastian Gerstner in David Ives' 2011 Tony-nominated 2-person comic drama about a writer grumbling about the caliber of actresses who have auditioned for his adaptation of Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novel Venus in Furs, when he is waylaid by a latecomer who seems even less promising than her predecessors. But when she convinces him to read through his play with her, she exhibits a strange mastery of the material, and the lines between art and reality gradually dissolve as she engages him in an increasingly serious battle for domination.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Mar. 15 & 29), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Feb. 27), $22 (Feb. 28 and Mar. 2 & 6), and $30 (Mar. 1). Mar. 7 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Mar. 7: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (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]
Reduce stress and tension and regain peace, health, youthful vibrancy and mental alertness. Studies show that stress decreases immune function, reduces memory and mental acuity and accelerates the aging process. Set aside this time for yourself and enjoy pure, un-interrupted restful relaxation. This is the best investment you will make all week.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Mar. 14 & 28. 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.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.< less
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]