Many people today are seeking a 'spiritual life' or 'spirituality.' What does a spiritual life entail? How can one come to know if they are making progress in spiritual development? What is the goal of spiritual practices and a spiritual life? Join Mother Clare Watts from Santa Fe as she opens the doors of perception to reveal the path from where you are now spiritually, to the heights you have the potential to grow into. Beginning with guided meditation, breakfast and sharing, then the workshop. Includes lunch.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $50. 734-330-5048. firstname.lastname@example.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
Life has a way of overwhelming a marriage. Whether you are married or planning to get married, happily married or dealing with some junk - no matter where you are in your relationship - this conference will strengthen your marriage and give you great hope for your future together.
Speakers Dave & Ann Wilson believe that when it comes to marriage and parenting, what you don't know can hurt you. This nationally-known duo shares their unique blend of wisdom, humor, and practical advice at workshops and conferences across the country. As keynote speakers, they're known for their no-holds-barred look at marriage and family issues, with practical tips on love, life & relationships. Dave has served as chaplain for the Detroit Lions since 1985.
More Info, Video, & Registration: http:
New Life Church, 1541 Washtenaw Ave. $25-50. email@example.com RockYourMarriageA2.com [map]
A 4 hour workshop introducing participants to the concept of resiliency and the science of forgiveness. The focus is on helping individuals to recognize and tap into their own strength, and to learn ways to move past grudges and make peace with life's hurts. The material is based on Dr. Fred Luskin's Stanford Forgiveness Project as described in his book, Forgive For Good, and also incorporates aspects of The New Science of Resiliency from Harvard's Mind-Body Benson Henry Institute.
DALINDA REESE, MD, MTS, is a holistic physician, a Lev Shomea (Listening Heart) trained Spiritual Director, and most importantly is a fellow human being. Bio includes: U-M med school; a Masters of Theological Studies at Univ of Waterloo; and Forgiveness training at the Forgive for Good Center for Forgiveness Education. A former anesthesiologist, Dr. Reese is fond of saying she is "still in the business of waking people up!"
ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Sunward Cohousing, Common House, 424 Little Lake Dr, Ann Arbor, 48103. $18-$54 sliding scale. 734-763-2177. ForGivingLife@sunward.org http:
Mar. 29 & 30. Antiques, collectibles, jewelry, art, books, housewares, CDs, vintage linens, holiday items, and more. The Boutique Chocolat offers homemade cookies, cakes, candies, and other chocolate treats.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mar. 29) & noon-4 p.m. (Mar. 30), AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. Free admission. All items half off on Sun. 662-3279. [map]
Mar. 25-30. The oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals in North America features 6 days of film screenings, panel discussions, and parties that culminate in screenings of the award-winning films on Mar. 30. The competition showcases new experimental and independent 16-mm, 35-mm, and digital films and videos in a wide range of genres.
Mar. 29: "What the Hell Was That?" (2435 North Quad, 105 S. State). Screening and discussion of several challenging experimental short films from this year's festival. FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "Films in Competition 5 (Ages 6+)" (11 a.m.). Documentary, animated, and narrative shorts geared toward kids age 6 & up. $5. "Films in Competition 6" (11 a.m.), experimental, documentary, and narrative films, including the Senegalese film Mille Soleils, which looks back at filmmaker Mati Diop's late uncle's 1972 Dakar cult film Touki Bouki. "Thom Andersen: Los Angeles Plays Itself" (12:30 p.m.), a newly reedited version of Andersen's 2003 masterpiece, a 3-hour documentary about how Los Angeles has been depicted in film. Andersen and critic and scholar Genevieve Yue discuss the film. "Films in Competition 7" (1 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, and animated films. "Films in Competition 8" (3 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, and animated films. "From Deep: Feature in Competition" (5 p.m.), Brett Kashmere's documentary about basketball and its shifting role in 20th-century American culture. "The Absent Stone (La Piedra Ausente): Feature in Competition" (5 p.m.), Sandra Rozental and Jesse Lerner's documentary about a massive carved stone that was moved to Mexico City in 1964, a move that sparked a rebellion that led to a military intervention. "Costa da Morte: Feature in Competition" (7 p.m.), Lois Patino's stunning 2013 landscape documentary about the Costa da Morte ("Coast of Death") region in Galicia, Spain. "Films in Competition 9" (7:15 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. "Manakamana" (9:15 p.m.), Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's film, shot inside a cable car that carries pilgrims and tourists to and from a mountaintop temple in Nepal, is a thrillingly mysterious cross between science fiction and ethonography. "Films in Competition 10" (9:30 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. "Suburbia" (State Theater), Penelope Spheeris's 1984 film about suburban punks who run away from home. $6, midnight. Followed by an after party at LIVE (11 p.m.-2 a.m.).
Mar. 30: A stop action animation workshop (2435 North Quad, 105 S. State). FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "It for Others: Film in Competition" (11 a.m.), Duncan Campbell's film that uses Chris Marker and Alain Resnais's 1953 film Les Statues Meurent aussi ("Statues also Die") to explore the ideas of cultural imperialism and commodity. Preceded by a screening of Les Statues Meurent aussi. "Thom Andersen: Reconvers„o" (1 p.m.), a screening of Andersen's 2012 film, a combination travelogue and architectural study, with Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Appearance by Andersen. "Films in Competition 11" (1:15 p.m.), new experimental and documentary films, featuring Deborah Stratman's Hacked Circuit, about sound artists at work on the Foley process of adding everyday ambient sounds to a film. "The Forgotten Space" (UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State), NoŽl Burch and Allan Sekula's documentary that follows a shipping container along the international supply chain. FREE, 2 p.m. "Purgatorio: Feature in Competition" (3:15 p.m.), Rodrigo Reyes's provocative film that reimagines the Mexico-U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante's purgatory. "Award Program 1" (6 p.m.). "Award Program 2" (8:15 p.m.). Followed by an after party (10 p.m.-1 a.m.) at the Alley Bar.
Various times, Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted). Tickets: $95 (members, students, & seniors, $80) for the entire festival & $55 (members, students, & seniors, $45) for weekend passes in advance at aafilmfest.org, and $9 (students, seniors, & members, $7; midnight movies, $6) per evening show at the door. 995-5356. [map]
Learn to massage your baby with infant massage! Infant massage is a great way for you to spend some quality time bonding with your baby and learning your baby's cues. Infant massage is a valuable bonding tool for both mom and dad and is beneficial for both parent and baby. Such benefits can include:
>Parent-child bonding and attachment.
>Learning to communicate with your
>Improved sleep patterns
>Development of neural connections.
>Improved circulation, respiration and digestion.
>Relief from gas, constipation and colic.
>Assist mothers experiencing postpartum depression work through the depression
In Part 1, you will learn massage strokes for the legs, feet, stomach, and chest.
In Part 2, you will learn massage strokes for the arms, hands, face, and back.
Questions are welcomed throughout the class. The learning atmosphere is relaxed and will allow for practice and review of strokes as needed.
Infant massage is ideal for infants who are n
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $125. 734-973-1014. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
You're invited to come together and play with other families in the area who are interested in Natural Family Living. Please join us for some playtime and casual conversation/networking with other parents.
Green Apple Garden Playschool, 2664 Miller. Free. 734-369-8248. email@example.com appleplayschools.org [map]
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]
It's time for "The Biggest Event for the Smallest Science!" We are partnering with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE Net) and local organizations to bring you a fantastic weekend of nanoscience! We will explore capillary action and non-Newtonian fluids, investigate new nano products and materials, and imagine what society might be like if we all wore invisibility cloaks! Activities are included in admission and run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 12-4 p.m. on Sunday.
Ann Arbor Hands-On Musuem, 220 E. Ann St. Event activities are included with Museum admission at no additional charge. Admission to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is free for members and children under 2 years old, and $11 for ages two and up.. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com [map]
Every Sat. & Sun., Feb. 28-Mar. 22. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($5; kids, $3.50), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Note: Programs originally scheduled for the last weekend in Feb. and the 1st weekend in March had to be scheduled because the weather was too cold for the sap to run.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
An opportunity to play and listen to harpsichords. Informal lessons. Recitals by U-M music professor Edward Parmentier and others.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2058 U-M Music School, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [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. firstname.lastname@example.org sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
This public LEGO building party for all ages includes piles of LEGO, Duplo, and Bionicle parts to play with. Also, a performance by the Skyline Drumline (2 p.m.), a percussion petting zoo, stop-motion animated LEGO videos, and displays of amazing models by LEGO hobbyists from around the country. Sale of LEGO jewelry, custom sets, and publications.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $5 (families, $20). 474-2722. [map]
Talks and demonstrations on garden-related themes by Garden Mill staff and local master gardeners.
Mar. 1: "Tree Pruning." Tips on proper pruning techniques and when (& when not) and how much to prune.
Mar. 8: "Adventurous Vegetable Gardening." Tips on how to grow tomatillos, parsnips, rutabagas, and other unusual garden vegetables and herbs.
Mar. 15: "Rain Gardens." Discussion of the benefits of rain gardens, how to design your own, and what plants are best to use in them.
Mar. 22: "Michigan Wildflowers." Tips on where to findbeautiful plants in the wild and when to look for them.
Mar. 29: "Divide and Conquer (or Transplant)." Tips on what to do with plants that have outgrown their current homes.
11 a.m.-noon, Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration recommended. 475-3539. [map]
Mar. 27-29. This award-winning local children's theater presents a collection of children's classics that includes "Three Billy Goats Gruff" and "The Three Little Pigs." Suitable for kids in grades preK-2. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Note: The 10 a.m. performances are sold out.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m. (Mar. 27 & 28) and 11 a.m. (Mar. 29). Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids, $8; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530.
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]
Mar. 28-30. A weekend of readings to celebrate Literati's first year in business. For updated schedule, see literatibookstore.com. Mar. 30: readings by local poets Keith Taylor and Ray McDaniel. Updated schedule available at literatibookstore.com.
Times TBA, Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
The party will be decked out with champagne & dessert, makeovers, mini-facials and treatments. Deluxe sample bags will be given away to the first 100 attendees.
Bluemercury Ann Arbor, 3070 Washtenaw Avenue Suite 103. Free. (734) 477-9000. email@example.com www.bluemercury.com [map]
School of Rock, the international leader in performance-based music education with more than 135 locations in eight countries, is celebrating the opening of its newest location in Ann Arbor. By inspiring the world to rock on stage and in life, School of Rock transforms the lives of kids and adults through music. Music programs are designed to create a supportive environment where music students of all skill levels are comfortable yet challenged at every turn.
Although music schools in the area are plentiful, School of Rock Ann Arbor is a completely different concept, as it offers the students the chance to play at live venues on a regular basis. The performance-based concept gives musicians the opportunity to practice and perform in a group setting, which encourages team building fundamentals and helps performers move beyond the printed page to musical awareness and understanding.
School of Rock is bringing the ULTIMATE music experience to Ann Arbor!
School of Rock Ann Arbor, 6101 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-686-3333. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
The University of Michigan would like to invite the public to attend the Social Justice Art Festival Saturday, March 29, from 12:00-5:00 pm at the University of Michigan's School of Social Work. The address is 1080 South University Avenue. Admission is free.
The goal of the festival is to examine the role of art in advancing social justice issues as well as to invite the public to reflect on the question "What makes a socially just community or neighborhood?" The festival will include a wide and diverse range of art and artists to ensure that as many perspectives as possible are represented.
Art work (any medium) is still being accepted on a rolling basis until March 14. Please complete the Artist application on our website.
For more information, go to http:
University of Michigan School of Social Work, 1080 South University Avenue. Free. 260 312 6807. email@example.com http:
When you participate in Bowl for Kids' Sake, you have the power to Start Something for a child today. Every dollar raised from Bowl for Kids' Sake is used to carry out the work of carefully matching children with caring adult mentors and providing ongoing support to the child, volunteer mentor and child's family.
Colonial Lanes, 1950 S. Industrial. Donation. $75. 734-975-0933. firstname.lastname@example.org www.a2bowlforkidssake.org [map]
Mar. 28 & 29. Jewish Theological Seminary Hebrew Bible and Its Interpretation chair Robert Harris gives lectures on Biblical texts. Mar. 28: "Reading In and Reading Out: Different Paths, One Bible," a talk on the possible conflicts between the historical "original" meaning of biblical texts and the rabbinic practice and theology that developed from them, as well as the conflict today between historical-critical scholarship of the Bible and Jewish tradition. Mar. 29: "Did Moses Write the Five Books of Moses?" (1 p.m.), a talk on biblical passages that seem to suggest post-Mosaic authorship of the books of Moses. "Christians and Jews Read Scripture" (7:30 p.m.), a talk on the similarities and differences between Jewish and Christian medieval biblical study.
8 p.m. (Mar. 28) and 1 & 7:30 p.m. (Mar. 29), Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw. Free. 665-9897. [map]
Guided tours of the nation's first hospital farm, which includes 3 hoophouses and a staff community garden site and provides patient therapy opportunities, a weekly farmers' market, and some food for patient meals and local food banks. Tea and refreshments.
1-4 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5555 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti. Free; preregistration required by Mar. 24. email@example.com, 712-4667. [map]
Screening of an American Dahlia Society video. Also, auction of tubers.
1:30-4 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. 429-5796. [map]
The Phoenix Center in Ann Arbor, MI is hosting the 2nd Annual
Dance 4 HOPE Dance-a-thon for Encouraging Words Inc.
Saturday March 29th, 2-6pm
Join in the fun with 4 hours of some of the greatest swingin, hoppin, and jiving dance music with a variety of genres and dance styles!
All proceeds go to Encouraging Words to help children in severe poverty around the world receive education and care.
Ways to get involved:
DANCE! - cover is $7 at the door
REGISTER! - Become a Sponsored Dancer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or messaging us on Facebook to receiving a donations form and raise money for every hour you dance!
SPONSOR! - Donate to the cause by sponsoring one of our sponsored dancers who are committing to dance till they drop all for kids in need around the world.
You can donate by contact us or by visiting www.encouragingwordsasia.com
The Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main St. $7. 336-260-0903. email@example.com https:
This veteran local mystery writer discusses Don't Look for Me, the 24th in his popular and critically acclaimed series featuring the exploits of the hard-boiled Detroit private eye Amos Walker. Signing.
2 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [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.
Shawn Severance leads a hike for kids ages 4-7, accompanied by an adult.
2-3:30 p.m., County Farm Park, Medford Rd. entrance. Free. Preregistration required. firstname.lastname@example.org, 971-6337, ext. 335.
All kids ages 6-11 accompanied by a caregiver invited to a hands-on workshop led by a U-M Museum of Natural History staff member.
3-4 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [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]
25 year old demonologist and paranormal researcher, Samantha Harris, gives a chapter reading, personal experiences, and signing of her new book "Fighting Malevolent Spirits: A Demonologist's Darkest Encounters". Harris has worked with renowned demonologist Lorraine Warren (The Conjuring) and has studied metaphysics for over 14 years.
Barnes & Noble, Huron Village 3235 Washtenaw Ave Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-973-0846. email@example.com http:
Mar. 28-30. Professional and student dancers perform works to live music by internationally recognized Finnish-born cellist Katri Ervamaa and award-winning local jazz pianist Rick Roe. Emcee is Curt Waugh. The program is highlighted by Bach's Ballet Suite in C and the Sole Full of Rhythm tap ensemble performance of its show "Wingin' It."
7 p.m. (Mar. 28 & 29), 4 p.m. (Mar. 29), & 2 p.m. (Mar. 30), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 in advance at randazzodancecompany.com; $22 at the door. 477-9350. [map]
Mar. 28-30. Professional and student dancers perform works to live music by internationally recognized Finnish-born cellist Katri Ervamaa and award-winning local jazz pianist Rick Roe. Emcee is Curt Waugh. The program is highlighted by Bach's Ballet Suite in C and the Sole Full of Rhythm tap ensemble performance of its show "Wingin' It."
7 p.m. (Mar. 28 & 29), 4 p.m. (Mar. 29), & 2 p.m. (Mar. 30), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 in advance at randazzodancecompany.com; $20 at the door. 477-9350. [map]
Rotary Club Ann Arbor North (RCAAN) Annual Fundraiser
Theme & Title: GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD (1920-1950)
Date/Time: March 29th at 6:00pm
Location: Holiday Inn North (address: 3600 Plymouth Rd,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (734) 769-9800
Come dressed for the party, and try to make it through the paparazzi! Join us for a fun evening party with plenty of style and pomp reminiscent of the Hollywood Golden Age.
RAFFLE TICKETS & PRIZES
Entry Price at door: $50
Raffle Tickets: $20/ticket, 300 total to be sold and that's it. = 1 in 300 shot!
1st Prize: $1,500
Silent Auction till 11:00 PM
Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Donation. $50. (734) 604-5031. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
All kids in grades K-5 invited for a pizza dinner and dessert, games, craft activities, and a screening of a movie TBA.
6:30-10 p.m., JCC gym, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $15 (members, $10), $13 (members, $8) for additional siblings. Reservations required. 971-0990. [map]
This lively show features student performances of traditional and modern Persian dances, poetry, music, a comedy performance by Eslam Shams, and more. Followed by a party at the Cavern Club.
7 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $10-$15 (students, $5-$10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office. Persians@umich.edu, 763-TKTS. [map]
CHS curricular music ensemble and the 3 extracurricular ensembles-Chelsea House Orchestra, the CHS Jazz Band, and Company C-along with selected soloists and small ensembles.
7 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $5 (family, $20) at the door only. 433-2201. [map]
Mar. 27-29. Thurston Elementary School students, parents, and friends present the school's 40th annual original musica. This year's show is set during the Ann Arbor Art Fair and concerns a group of teens who lose an important ring through a fairy door. With some help from The Beetles, Katydid Perry, and other 6-legged friends, they're able to save the day.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 27 & 28) & 7 p.m. (Mar. 29), Clague Middle School auditorium, 2616 Nixon. Tickets $10 (kids age 17 & under, $5; kids age 2 & under, free) at the door only. email@example.com. [map]
Mar. 27 & 29 (different programs & locations). This Juilliard-trained Haitian violinist is joined by his daughter, violist Victoria Joseph, and his son, pianist Bradley Joseph, in 2 concerts to raise money to help provide music education for children of low-income families who attend the New Victorian School in Port-au-Prince and to creating a state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center there.
Mar. 27: The Josephs perform Shostakovich's The Gadfly,3 violin duets, and 2 of Romel Joseph's arrangements of Haitian folk songs.
Mar. 29: The Josephs are joined by pianist Renee Robbins, cellist Margaret Weiss, and violinist Cecilia Johnson, in a program of chamber music by Mozart, Brahms, and Mendelssohn.
7 p.m. (Mar. 27), Ann Arbor District Library multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave, & 7:30 p.m. (Mar. 29), Northside Community Church. 929 Barton. Free; $10 donation encouraged. 327-4555 (Mar. 27), 761-5324 (Mar. 29). [map]
Solo performance by this West Michigan singer-songwriter, the raspy-voiced lead singer of the popular mid-1990s dance-rock band Verve Pipe. His 2006 CD Angel, Put Your Face On and his recent eponymous CD are collections of earnest, reflective, characteristically melodic explorations of the themes of family, love, and loss. Opening act is self-styled "jazz-tinged urban folk soul" singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, the daughter of the late Harry Chapin.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Mar. 27-29. Popular New York City comic whose act is a fast-paced blend of mordantly irreverent observational one-liners with self-deprecating storytelling about male-female relationships, his Italian American family, or current events. He was one of the principal writers for Morgan Spurlock's satirical documentary Supersize Me. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Goshen College (Indiana) violin professor Soroka and U-M piano professor Greene perform works by Ukrainian composers including Mykola Lysenko. Proceeds benefit victims of the current Ukrainian civil conflict.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $25 general admission. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments, including the Peach Mountain Observatory's huge, 24-inch McMath telescope. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Program canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-11 p.m. or later (as long as the sky remains clear), Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.
I've always wondered what was hidden behind that mysterious gate on North Territorial. I learned a lot last night from all of the hobbyist and professional astronomers who brought out their big telescopes to look at the "double-double" (two double stars of Lyra), Saturn (with the ring and all), globular and open clusters, and three other galaxies. Thank you to everyone for being so willing to share what you know and to show off your technology!
Mar. 26-30 and Apr. 3-6. Local actors present a staged reading of local playwright Tim Henning's new play about the Easter Bunny. Jaded and tired from centuries of producing Easter eggs and suffering from an addiction to exotic greens, he seeks meaning and a new sense of purpose.
8 p.m., (Mar. 26 & Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (seniors & students, $10) in advance at emergentarts.com, & at the door. 985-0875. [map]
NYC caller Gene Murrow leads English country dances to live music by Susie Lorand, Susan Lazar, and Cynthia Shaw. Catered dinner. Preceded 1-4 p.m. by a practice session ($10).
8-11:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $70 (includes practice session, meal, and Mar. 28 dance), $30 (ball only); $40 (ball & afternoon practice). 674-0951. [map]
Mar. 27-30. U-M theatre professor Kay Walker Castaldo directs U-M opera students in Mozart's beloved "opera fantaisie." At once a love story, a whimsical comedy, and an adventure filled with sinister deceptions, The Magic Flute is above all an unsurpassed celebration, by turns jubilant and unsettlingly haunting, of the power of music. Sung in German, English supertitles; the dialogue is in English. Martin Katz conducts the U-M Symphony Orchestra.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theater. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
Doing White Nights is an original play written by, produced, and starring University of Michigan students.
The play tells the story of two best friends from college, Mike and Aaron. On a major road trip their car breaks down in an Ohio cornfield. Mike, recently released from the mental hospital, has run out of his medication. Out in the cold with no food, help, or medicine, Mike begins to struggle with his inner demons in ways he has never had to before. He relives the pivotal episodes in his life that brought him to this point. Aaron, a devoted best friend who believes in Mike, tries to stay positive while struggling with his feelings toward Mike. These two story lines build to a climax in which the bonds of friendship and love that tie young men together are tested to their limit.
Doing White Nights combines elements of theatre, improvisational comedy, music, and dance.
The Yellow Barn, 416 West Huron Street. Free. 818-469-6570. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]