Live broadcast (Mar. 15) and taped re-broadcast (Mar. 19) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Massenet's sublime operatic adaptation of Goethe's tragic romance, The Sorrows of Young Werther, a revolutionary Bildungsroman that helped inaugurate European Romanticism. Stars 2 of the greatest contemporary opera luminaries, tenor Jonas Kaufmann and lyric mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča.
12:55-4:10 p.m. (Mar. 15) & 6:30-9:45 p.m. (Mar. 19), Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at gqti.com
"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.more >
"Birth & the First Three Months: A Childbirth and Newborn Care Class": Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.< less
In this highly rated childbirth and newborn class, you will learn:
*When to go to the hospital or call your midwife.
*What to do at home during early labor.
*How to help labor go well and decrease the necessity for C-section and other interventions, including tips for how to do this with or without an epidural.
*Many different techniques for coping with contractions.
*How to support and help laboring women.
*How to gather information from your doctor or midwife in order to make informed decisions about routine proceedures, interventions and pain control.
*Tips to prepare for and ease postpartum recovery.
*Women's health after birth.
*Early infant attachment.
* Understanding newborn cues and states of awareness; tips to reduce crying and better understand your baby.
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (there will be a 2 hour break for lunch)
Instructor: Deb Rhizal
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $175. 734-769-6100. email@example.com www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
Mar. 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 (Mar. 8), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Mar. 15), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. firstname.lastname@example.org, 647-8528. [map]
Mar. 15 & 16. Young gymnasts from throughout Michigan and Ohio are featured in nonsanctioned pre-competitive and sanctioned early-competitive-level competitions.
All day, Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. $10 (seniors & kids, $5; kids age 4 & under, free; 2-day pass, $17). 971-1667. [map]
It is time for HVPOM's HUGE department store style Mom 2 Mom Sale! We have clothes, toys, shoes, books, games, strollers, bouncers, baby care items, and more! Strollers are welcome. Cash only.
Woodland Meadows School, 350 Woodland Meadows Dr., Saline. $2. email@example.com www.hvpom.org [map]
A "U Play Pop-Up" is a mobile play-lab experience that "pops up" around the Ann Arbor area for families with children in early childhood. This play-lab experience aims to foster creativity, imagination, and inquiry for children through happy, healthy, and inspired play.
What is a "play-lab"?
A play environment that is intentionally designed for children to experiment with their creativity, imagination, and inquiry.
What age is the U Play Pop-Up for?
The play-lab experiences are designed for children ages 3-6 years old. However, this family friendly event is welcoming to all ages.
Zen Sensory Table (with supporting take home science project)
Engineering & Construction
Culinary Play Experience (Snack)
Art Creations & Inventions
Scheduled Performance at 10:30am
Storytelling by Laura Pershin Raynor - Youth Services Librarian at the AADL (Our favorite local storyteller!)
More info: http:
Summers-Knoll School, 2203 Platt Rd. $5. firstname.lastname@example.org www.theubuntuschool.com [map]
It's been a tough winter, but spring is almost here! Bring your little one (6 months to 3 years) to Lamaze to celebrate the arrival of spring. We'll have a number of activities celebrating growth and renewal. Together we will read a book, enjoy a snack, and weather permitting, even venture outside to see if we can see any signs of spring. Each child will also have the opportunity to decorate a small seedling pot to take home. A fun morning for toddlers and caregivers alike!
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $10 per child. 734-358-3376. email@example.com www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
Talk by group leaders Carolyn Allen and Delynne Ledbetter. Continental breakfast.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 971-4545. [map]
March 2014 is Mars Madness at the Yankee Air Museum. Admission is FREE!
Come join us from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM March 1st, March 8th, March 15th, March 22nd.
10 years and 3 missions later, the Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity Rovers continue to amaze us as they transmit the latest photographs, videos, and data they have collected from the Red Planet.
Bring your family and friends and delve into our new Exploration Station Exhibit featuring the Planet Mars! Challenge yourself and see if you can master our robotics course and build a mars habitat or try and land a Mars Rover on the bull's-eye without running out of fuel! Themed activities will also take place during scheduled times throughout the day. Admission is FREE! We hope to see you on the Red Planet.
To Find Out More About The Mars Exhibit call 734-483-4030
Yankee Air Museum, 47884 D Street, Belleville, MI 48111, Canton. Free. 7344834030. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Every Sat. 22-mile ride, at various paces along the Border-to-Border Trail, from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti to decide where to eat lunch.
10 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541. [map]
"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]
"Community Forum: For Kinders through Teens, What Self-Directed Learning Can Do for Your Family": Acorn Glen Center for Self-Directed Learning.more >
"Community Forum: For Kinders through Teens, What Self-Directed Learning Can Do for Your Family": Acorn Glen Center for Self-Directed Learning.< less
All invited to join a discussion about K-12 education and the AGCSDL that is slated to open in September 2015. Kids welcome. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [map]
Mar. 8 & 15. All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to make a fairy garden to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per child (includes materials); metered parking. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]
Stories and various nature activities for kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver).
Sept. 20: Reading of Lois Elhert's Nuts to You! After the reading, the kids learn about different ways to watch squirrels and other animals that visit their yard.
Oct.18: Reading of Jennifer Ward's Forest Bright Forest Night. After the reading, the kids learn about animals that are active at night.
Nov. 15: Reading of Peggy Christian's If You Find a Rock. After the reading, the kids explore the LSNC trails to see how many kinds of rock they can find.
Dec. 20: Reading of Carrie Pearson's A Warm Winter Tale. The reading is followed by games and activities to help keep warm.
10-11 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $3 per child. 997-1553. [map]
"Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the Balance": U-M Natural History Museum/Ann Arbor District Library.more >
"Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the Balance": U-M Natural History Museum/Ann Arbor District Library.< less
U-M Natural History Museum staff present the last in a series of 3 monthly programs exploring the different strategies predators and their prey have evolved to cope with each other.
10-11 a.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 764-0480, 327-8301. [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]
Mar. 15, 22, & 29. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M and visiting scholars. Mar. 15: U-M physics professor Sarah Veatch on "Cell Membranes: Using Physics to Function." Mar. 22: U-M chemistry and biophysics professor Nils Walter on "The Origin of Life: Chemistry as the Driver of Our Evolution." Mar. 29: Johns Hopkins University physics and astronomy professor David E. Kaplan on "Particles and the Nature of All Things."
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. Also, on Mar. 15 only, the Huron Valley Humane Society brings adoptable pets to a storytime that includes activities, crafts, and a chance to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog. The Mar. 15 storytime is geared toward kids ages 2-5.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. 20-minute interactive demo exploring the biology and behavior of snakes, including sanajeh, the 11-foot snake that lived during the Cretaceous and ate baby dinosaurs.
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]
Have a desire to solder, but don't know how?
We can help!
We've got the soldering irons, staff, and experience to teach you the good stuff.
You will leave All Hands Active with proof of your new found ability to accurately melt metal, an official MakeShed Badge (Easy!), or a PenguiCon Badge (Difficult!). Yours to keep! It changes colors! It pulses!
**We also have Holiday kits to solder for $10 more. Not hard, but will make sure that you leave this class knowing how to solder well**
You are more than welcome to stick around after class to practice more, ask questions, etc. If you have something you would like to solder, bring it along!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty. Donation. $10 (MakeShed Badge) or $25 (PenguiCon Badge). (734) 707-8242. AllHandsActive@gmail.com AllHandsActive.com [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org barcrawls.com [map]
David Clipner, the Wildlife Curator and Chief Naturalist for Leslie Science and Nature Center will be on hand to answer questions and provide a wonderful experience suitable for all ages. Come and see the live birds of prey between 12:00 and 3:00
Wild Birds Unlimited, 2208 S. Main St. Free. 734-665-7427. email@example.com annarbor.wbu.com [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]
You have a fire lit - now what? This class will look at ways to ignite a fire at various technology levels, as well as ways to effectively use our greatest invention for heat, light, and cooking. The ins and outs of firewood and various ways to lay a fire will be covered. Learn to diagnose problems with fires when saying "white rabbit" doesn't work!
Sunward Cohousing Community in the Forest, 424 Little Lake Drive. $40. 12 and under are half-priced (must be accompanied by a parent). 734-531-8830. firstname.lastname@example.org naturelearningcommunity.org [map]
Mar. 15, 16, 22, & 23. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Mar. 15 & 16: "Air Apparent" includes experiments with air pressure, from crushing a can to levitating objects. Mar. 22 & 23: "Good Vibes" features sound experiments, including the chance to see a flame extinguished by sound.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [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]
Mar. 15 & 22. Families with kids ages 6-12 invited to make art projects inspired by the geometric patterns and colors found in the current exhibit, Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art.
2-4 p.m., UMMA Multipurpose Room, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required at annarborartcenter.org. 764-0395. [map]
A Common Language staffer reads Detroit native Michelle E. Brown's children's book about a puppy in search of a home. Hot cocoa, coloring activity, and 20% off children's books.
2 p.m., Common Language, 317 Braun Ct. Free. 663-0036. [map]
May 3 & 17. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 994-9307. [map]
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]
Celebration of the release of this annual collection of creative writing by Michigan prisoners, with readings from the book by contributors' friends and family members and a Q&A with PCAP volunteers and staff. Refreshments.
3:30 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room. Free, but donations accepted. PCAPlitreview2014@gmail.com. [map]
Chinese cultural performance by this area troupe. All-you-can-eat buffet. Proceeds benefit SafeHouse.
6 p.m., Asia City Restaurant, 2905 Washtenaw. $25. Reservations required. 332-0390, 646-7800. [map]
Bollywood dance competition-the 1st ever in Michigan--featuring 8 collegiate teams from around the country. Proceeds benefit the Love146, a nonprofit that cares for survivors of child sexual exploitation.
6:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $12 & $15 in advance at michiganmazaa.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone: (800) 745-3000. [map]
Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun IRISH PUB menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Irish Rarebit of Rye Toasts with Pickled Apples and Beet Garnish; Salmon en Pappillote with Leeks and Lemon in a Hard Cider Cream Sauce; Sticky Carrots with Whiskey-Ginger Glaze; 'Champ' or Herb Laden Whipped Potatoes; Chocolate Stout Ice Cream with Whiskey Salted Caramel Sauce. 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]
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]
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:
Eight a cappella ensembles compete for the chance to move on to the national finals.
7 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $25 (students, $20) in advance at ticketalternative.com. Varsityvocals.com. [map]
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]
Young country singer-songwriter from Arkansas who has had 2 chart-topping hits, "Small Town USA" and "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away." Opening acts are Randy Houser, a best-selling country singer-songwriter from Mississippi who co-wrote one of Moore's hits, and Josh Thompson, a Wisconsin country singer-songwriter who had a recent hit with "Cold Beer with Your Name on It."
7 p.m. (door open at 56 p.m.), EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt (north off Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. $27.75-$44.75 in advance at the EMU Convocation Center and at emutix.com, and at the door. 487-2282. [map]
Double bill. The Accidentals are the acclaimed nationally touring Traverse City folk duo of multi-instrumentalists (and high school seniors) Katie Larson and Savannah Buist. Bennett is the Grand Rapids folk trio of guitarist and vocalist Josiah Gentry, accordionist-pianist-vocalist Nicholas James, and violinist-mandolinist-vocalist Nick Rolls. Proceeds benefit Food Gatherers.
7 p.m., Grace Ann Arbor, 2803 Boardwalk (north off Eisenhower between State & Industrial). Tickets $12 in advance at muto.umich.edu; $15 at the door. (231) 409-2003. [map]
Mar. 14 & 15. See review. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff members present this popular annual program, for adults (Mar. 14) & all ages (Mar. 15), that include hikes through Black Pond Woods and presentations with live owls to learn how ears, eyes, and feathers help owls survive in the night.
7-9 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Preregistration required. $8 (family, $30). 997-1553. [map]
WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to the wetlands and back to listen for night sounds, learn about frogs and owls, look for the moon, and discuss seasonal changes. Followed by snacks & hot drinks around the fire.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Park Lyndon North, North Territorial Rd. (1 mile east of M-52), Chelsea. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
Robin Warner and Peter Baker call to live music by Big Fun. No partner needed. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner lesson. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $10 (members, $7). 426-0241. [map]
Heywood Banks is the stage name of Howell native Stuart Mitchell, a very animated comedian known for his silly musical spoofs, goofy prop humor, and sight gags. Since adopting the nerdy, quietly psychotic Banks persona in the mid-80s, he has risen from a regional favorite to a national star. A longtime local favorite--he even played a few shows at Rick's American Cafe before becoming a Thanksgiving weekend mainstay at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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]
Music and dance performances that represent Azerbaijani, Turkish, Persian, Kurdish, and (possibly) Albanian culture. In celebration of Nowruz, the New Year holiday principally observed in Iran but also in Central and South Asia, Caucasus, Northwestern China, the Crimea, and the Balkans.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan League Grand Ballroom. Tickets $15 & $25; donations accepted. Cash only. (947) 282-0629 (firstname.lastname@example.org), (248) 284-3046 (email@example.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]
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]
Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]
Founded in 1936 as the Palestine Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic has since become one of the world's leading orchestras-its reputation enhanced by the great Zubin Mehta's service as conductor for over 40 years. Under Mehta, the orchestra has developed a distinctive, robust sound, and its performances are famous for their passion and emotional power. Tonight they perform Bruckner's epic Symphony no. 8 in C minor, acclaimed for its monumental passages and Wagnerian sonorities. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a prelude dinner (Rackham building, 4th floor, $75) with a lecture by U-M art history professor Daniel Herwitz about the artist and history of the performed work.
8:45 p.m., Hill Auditorium. $16-$100, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Mar. 1 & 15 (tentative). High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons. See facebook.com
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5 ($8 includes lesson). (313) 808-0358. [map]