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]
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]
Our premier, comprehensive childbirth class is designed for pregnant women and their partners who prefer a more condensed format. This in-depth, interactive 6-hour series meets either all-day Saturday or two consecutive Sunday afternoons or two consecutive Monday nights. The series covers a wide range of topics in-depth based on Lamaze International's Six Healthy Birth Practices, including:
•the various stages of labor, birth, and early postpartum;;
•relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor and delivery;
•partner's role with laboring mom;
•pain management options and birth interventions; hospital procedures, and Cesarean birth.
All of our childbirth educators are highly trained, active in the birth community and are Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE).
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. $190. 734.973.1014. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
Every Sun. Local artists show how to make a lantern to carry in the FoolMoon processionals on Apr. 4. Materials provided.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Workantile, 118 S. Main. $10 suggested donation. 763-7550. [map]
Ophir Crafts is sponsoring an Afghan Block Contest during February and March. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2014. Blocks may be either knit or crocheted, and no larger than 8"x12". Categories for judging are Lace, Color Work, and Cables, with separate winners for knit and crochet. There will also be a Best of Show winner. One skein of yarn must be purchased from Ophir Crafts store. Please see our website for additional guidelines and information.
Ophir Crafts Store, Westgate Mall, 2507 Jackson Ave. Free. 734-794-7777. email@example.com www.ophircrafts.com [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. firstname.lastname@example.org sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Family-oriented program of arts & craft activities, games, singing, dancing, and a Purim play. Treats include pizza and hamantaschen. Children encouraged to come in costume for a parade. Also, all invited to attend a JCC Preschool class at 10 a.m. to learn about Purim.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free admission; nominal cost for food and games. 975-9872. [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]
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., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. email@example.com, 846-9418.
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]
Irish tunes and American roots music by this local folk trio led by Betsy Beckerman on hammered dulcimer, banjo, and tin whistle. With violinist Paul Winder and guitarist Sara Melton Keller.
1-2:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 (seniors age 60 & older, $4; members & kids under 12 with adult, free). Preregistration recommended. 794-6250. [map]
All teens in grades 6-12 invited to design and build a robot to enter in a LEGO wrestling competition to see who can build the most devastating robot. Prizes.
1-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]
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]
Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Strategies for the Emotional Challenges of Parenting: Catherine Fischer, Support For Growing Families LLC.more >
Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Strategies for the Emotional Challenges of Parenting: Catherine Fischer, Support For Growing Families LLC.< less
Six week class for parents of young children that teaches stress-reducing parenting tools to help you:
Understand children's emotions
Know what to do when children "lose it" (or you do!)
Unlock secrets of successful limit setting
Support close sibling relationships
Lessen exhaustion, confusion and guilt
Nurture yourself and your connection to your children
Enjoy your parenting more!
Catherine Fischer, MA is a mother, birth and postpartum doula and former elementary teacher. She has over 10 years' experience using and teaching the skills and strategies of the "Listening to Children" series from Hand in Hand Parenting. She loves supporting parents and respects and appreciates the hard work parents do to love their children well.
See website for more details and registration information.
Great Oak Cohousing Common House, 503 Little Lake Drive. $150 + $30 materials fee. 7343955544. firstname.lastname@example.org www.supportforgrowingfamilies.com
"The Teacher from the Black Lagoon & Other Story Books": Theatreworks USA (Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just for Kids Series).more >
"The Teacher from the Black Lagoon & Other Story Books": Theatreworks USA (Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just for Kids Series).< less
This renowned New York City-based children's theater troupe returns to the Michigan Theater to present its new musical revue based on favorite contemporary children's books, including Mike Thaler & Jared Lee's story about a boy who faces his comically horrific fears about his new teachers. Also, Dav Pilkey's Dogzilla, Jeremy Tankard's Grumpy Bird, Jan Klassen's I Want My Hat Back, Kevin Henkes' Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Rob Scotton's Love Splat, Splat the Cat, and the Aesop fable The Grasshopper and the Ant. Geared toward kids in grades K-4.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (MTF members, $12) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & all other Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
Mar. 1 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Why Does Michigan Look Like a Mitten?" Michigan Department of Environmental Quality geologist Larry Bean discusses the geological forces that have shaped Michigan in the past 2 billion years.
Mar. 8 (2-3 p.m.): "What's for Lunch?" Potter Park Zoo (Lansing) staff bring a variety of live animals to demonstrate amazing strategies they have for catching food and for avoiding becoming dinner themselves.
Mar. 21 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.): "Old Time Maple Sugar Festival." Screening of the film Maple Sugar Farmer, display of antique syrup-making equipment from the Waterloo Farm Museum, and guided walks with WNHA naturalists to learn various methods of collecting sap and how it is boiled down to make syrup. Also a pancake breakfast with maple syrup ($6), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Chelsea Alehouse.
Mar. 28 (2-3 p.m.): "Wildlife from Around the World." Naturalist Endeavors (Columbiaville) owner Randy Baker shows a variety of animals and discusses their lifestyles and habitats.
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) except as noted. The Maple Sugar Festival is free. Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
Docent-guided tour of the current exhibit of traditional photographs of trees juxtaposed with variously manipulated photos.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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 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]
This local neoclassical chamber ensemble presents music by living composers featured on its brand-new CD, Unraveled. With clarinetist Kari Dion, oboist Timothy Goklin, saxophonist Matt Landry, bass clarinetist Andrew Koeppe, and bassoonist Ryan Reynolds. Reception follows.
3 p.m., FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
This U-M School of Public Health innovation and social entrepreneurship director discusses On Purpose, his new graphic memoir-equal parts self-help guide, college lecture, confessional, and time-travel adventure-that chronicles the difficulties he faced after his daughter died of a rare heart disease. Signing.
3 p.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]
Museum director Joseph Rosa and curators Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins discuss the current exhibit of ceramics, textiles, paintings, tile panels, architectural elements, photographs, and drawings by Islamic artists from tobacco heiress Duke's extensive collection.
3-4:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
U-M classics professor David Potter discusses this 1999 book he coauthored that includes his translation of Hadrian's letters that document a reorganization of the festival cycle.
4-6 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6250. [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 naïve 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]
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]
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]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Join us for a 1/2 hour of laughing for no reason except to your health. Laughter yoga uses exercises to simply laugh, stretch and breathe for positive well-being. Laughter circle plays off everyone attending so we need your joyous spirit. Set yourself in a positive happy state to conquer the week ahead. We'll laugh weekly from 7:00-7:30pm on Sunday nights at the Yellow Barn, 416 West Huron, Ann Arbor, MI. Suggested $5 donation to the Yellow Barn.
The Yellow Barn, 416 West Huron. Donation. 734-368-5237. email@example.com [map]
NYC drummer-composer and Grammy Award-nominee Wilson, known for his swinging rhythms and contagious effervescence, leads his tightly knit quartet in program of originals and jazz standards. "As stylist and rhythm-maker, Wilson lives in that magical Astaire comfort zone of gravity-defying freedom, irrepressible invention and perfection," says an NPR reviewer.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Acclaimed singer-songwriter and dynamic performer from northern Indiana whose songs explore the nourishments of the spirit in everyday life with a gritty realism and soft-spoken charm. A stylish singer with a dark, smoky alto, she uses a honky-tonk drawl and a bluesy purr to give her songs a seasoned toughness and a seductive sensuality that's tempered by her Quaker roots. No Depression calls the music on her 2013 CD Before & After "delicate yet strong, with a voice rich with warmth and deep with soul."
7:30 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]
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]