Apr. 6, 13, 19, & 27. Bike races for beginning and experienced racers-including new racers (9 a.m.), women (9:35 a.m.), and racers in categories 4 & 5 (10:20 a.m.), 3 & 4 (10:55 a.m.), and 1-4 (11:40 a.m.)-on a 1.4-mile loop on Varsity and Highland drives (just south of Ellsworth). Also, a race for youth ages 10-18 (1 p.m., $3). Preceded at 8 a.m. by a free clinic for new racers.
Various times, park behind Cayman Chemical Co., 1180 Ellsworth (just west of Stone School). $20 in advance; $25 on race day. Preregistration recommended at SpringTrainingSeries.com. 635-1341. [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]
Apr. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, & 26. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.
Apr. 5: Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Mitchell Middle school parking lot on Pittsview Dr. just off Lorraine) to help remove garlic mustard, dame's rock, and other invasive, or Dolph Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, parking lot on the east side of Wagner between Liberty & Jackson) to keep trails open by cutting back invasive shrubs.
Apr. 6: Black Pond Woods (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Leslie Science Center parking lot, 1831 Traver Rd.) to help remove garlic mustard and cut back invasive shrubs.
Apr. 12: Stapp Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the AADL Traverwood Branch parking lot, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.) to help improve the trails by removing garlic mustard, trimming back the overgrowth, and spreading wood chips, and Onder Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and other invasive plants.
Apr. 19: Wurster Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the cul-de-sac on Edgewood Pl. off W. Davis between Third St. & Fifth St.) to remove garlic mustard and spread woodchips on the trails. Bring a plastic sled to help with the woodchip hauling.
Apr. 26: Dolph Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, parking lot on the east side of Wagner between Liberty & Jackson) to keep trails open by cutting back invasive shrubs, or Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help plant native shrubs, and Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. from Bird Rd. via Newport Rd.) to help remove garlic mustard and other invasive species.
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.
Talks by Community Health Advocate Jennifer Green and registered nurse Michaela Brennan.
10 a.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, Suite C, 2401 Plymouth Rd. (Access from the east side of the building.) Free. 994-4473. [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]
Every Sun. A weekly program open to all single adults interested in contemporary Christian topics, new ideas, personal growth, and social and physical activities.
May 4: "Worshipping God with Hands," a participatory presentation by First Presbyterian resident minister Kristin Riegel on the religious use of art, music, and dance.
May 11: "Jesus the Refugee," a talk by resident minister Lal Rodawla on the conditions of refugees around the world.
May 18: Showing of volume 5 of The Long Search, Ronald Eyre's 1977 BBC film series on world religions. In this episode, he visits Egypt to explore the experience of Islamic worship.
May 25: All invited for conversation.
June 1: First Singles member Marcy Toon reviews Happiness in a Storm, Wendy Schlessel Harpham's self-help book based on her experiences as a survivor of chronic lymphoma.
June 8: Church's BBQ picnic on the Church grounds. Reservations required.
June 15: Marcy Toon reviews Giving It All Away: The Story of William W. Cook and His Michigan Law Quadrangle, retired U-M Law Library director Margaret Leary's book about the problems that jeopardized Cook's 1930 gift that financed the U-M law quad.
June 22: Screening of Art of Faith, a DVD documentary exploring outstanding examples of the art and architecture of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
June 29: Marcy Toon discusses the chapters on Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush, and Beth Moore in Were It Not for Grace: Stories from Women after God's Own Heart, Leslie Montgomery's collection of essay about 12 high-profile contemporary women.
11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church Curtis Room (except as noted), 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466, ext. 43. [map]
Apr. 4, 6, 13, & 27. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, usually with a different theme each week. Apr. 4: Opening day with live music. Apr. 6: "Beads and Metal and Color, Oh My!" Apr. 13: "Fiber Takes a Dozen Faces." Apr. 27: "The Mind's Eye Made Visible."
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [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.
Apr. 5 & 6. Museum staff give family-friendly physics demos.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Apr. 5) & noon-4 p.m. (Apr. 6), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Ann Arbor Friends Meeting (Quakers) Seekers Session. Introductory session open anyone to desiring to learn about Quakers. Attend any or all three sessions. 1-2 p.m. (following 11-12 meeting for worship) Quaker House, 1416 Hill St., Ann Arbor (734) 709-8748 for more information. Childcare will be provided. Topic: Presentation and discussion with Ann Arbor Friends Meeting members about the historical roots of Quaker practice, the variety of Quakerism throughout the world today, and how we practice our Quaker values.
Quaker House, 1416 Hill Street. Free. (734) 709-8748. firstname.lastname@example.org www.annarborfriends.org [map]
All adults & teens in grade 6 & up invited to compete in a tournament playing this popular video game that blends roleplaying and strategy.
1-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Apr. 4-6. Young local actors perform Shakespeare's comic fantasia, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the more or less unfortunate mortals ensnared in their mischief.
7 p.m. (Apr. 4 & 5) & 1 p.m. (Apr. 5 & 6), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (kids age 11 & under and seniors, $6). www.ypsiyouththeatre.org, 985-1989. [map]
L.A.-based comic artist Joshua Hauke, creator of the popular Tales of the Brothers Three webcomic, discusses how he got his start turning his family into the stars of his own comic. Participants also work on their own comics; materials provided. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Apr. 5, 6, 26, & 27. Museum staff give family-friendly science demos. Apr. 5 & 6: "Mighty Motion" offers gravity, inertia, and air resistance experiments, including the chance to see a tray of eggs launched with a broom. Apr. 26 & 27: "Luminosity" features experiments with light, such as making a dill pickle light up.
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., and Apr. 7-11 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
The Little Star That Could (Sat. and Apr. 7-11, 12:30 p.m.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system.
MarsQuest (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.), narrated by Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, is about the history of the Red Planet and the reasons for our interest in it.
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. email@example.com www.supportforgrowingfamilies.com
Feb. 2: The Pleasure Garden (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926) Silent drama about a chorus girl engaged to an adventurer who begins to play around when her fiancé travels out of the country. 2 p.m.
Feb. 4: Murder! (Alfred Hitchcock, 1930) A man convinced of the innocence of a woman he helped convict or murder sets out to find the real killer. Herbert Marshall, Norah Baring. 7 p.m.
Feb. 9: The 39 Steps (Alfred Hitchcock, 1935) Vintage mystery-romantic comedy about an innocent man pulled into the orbit of a spy ring. Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll. 4 p.m.
Feb. 11: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1934) Hitchcock's original version of the thriller about criminals who kidnap a child to prevent her parents from revealing an assassination plot. Leslie Banks, Edna Best, Peter Lorre. 5 p.m.
Feb. 11: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Alfred Hitchcock, 1956) Remake of the 1934 thriller. James Stewart, Doris Day. 7 p.m.
Feb. 16: The Lodger (Alfred Hitchcock, 1926) A jealous detective accuses a lodger of murder. Ivor Novello, Malcolm Keen. 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 18: The Lady Vanishes (Alfred Hitchcock, 1938) Classic mystery-comedy about an old woman's baffling disappearance on a train that leads a young woman into a web of intrigue. Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave. 7 p.m.
Feb. 23: Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Gothic thriller about a na´ve young woman who marries an aristocratic widower. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders. 4 p.m.
Feb. 25: Foreign Correspondent (Alfred Hitchcock, 1940) Thriller about an American reporter who exposes enemy spies in Britain. Joel McCrea, Laraine Day, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders. 7 p.m.
Mar. 2: The Ring (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927). Recently restored print of this silent boxing melodrama. With live organ accompaniment. 4 p.m.
Mar. 4: Suspicion (Alfred Hitchcock, 1941). A wealthy, sheltered woman marries a charming ne'er-do-well she comes to suspect may be planning to kill her for her money Joan Fontaine, Cary Grant. 7 p.m.
Mar. 9: Saboteur (Alfred Hitchcock, 1942). Offbeat thriller about a munitions worker wrongly accused of sabotage and forced to go on the lam around the country. Script written in part by Dorothy Parker. 5 p.m.
Mar. 11: Shadow of a Doubt (Alfred Hitchcock, 1943). A lively teen grows to suspect that her beloved uncle may be a serial killer. Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotton. 7 p.m.
Mar. 16: Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944). When a ship of Americans and Britons is sunk by a missile from a German U-boat during WWII, the survivors must cope with the elements--and each other. Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix. 5 p.m.
Mar. 18: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945). The youthful new director of a posh mental asylum is not whom he claims to be. Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman. 7 p.m.
Mar. 23: Downhill (Alfred Hitchcock, 1927). Recently restored print of this silent melodrama about a boy whose life falls apart when he is expelled from school after he takes the blame for a friend's crime. With live organ accompaniment. 8 p.m.
Apr. 1: Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946). Thriller about a woman asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends n South America. Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant. 7 p.m.
Apr. 6: The Farmer's Wife (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). Newly restored silent drama about a rough-mannered widowed farmer in search of a new bride. With live organ accompaniment. 1:30 p.m.
Apr. 8: Rope (Alfred Hitchcock, 1948). A detective sets out to solve a prep-school murder that turns out to be a killing for thrills. James Stewart. 7 p.m.
Apr. 13: Strangers on a Train (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951). Classic thriller about a psychotic mother's boy with a Raymond Chandler screenplay. 1:30 p.m.
Apr. 15: Dial M for Murder (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Classic thriller about a man hoisted in the petard of his plot to murder his wife. Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Bob Cummings. 7 p.m.
Apr. 20: Easy Virtue (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). See review. Newly restored silent drama, adapted from the Noel Coward play, about a divorcée who hides her scandalous past from her new husband and family. With live organ accompaniment. 5 p.m.
Apr. 22: Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954). Stylish thriller-romance about a news photographer examining his neighbor's lives with binoculars and making a sordid discovery. James Stewart, Grace Kelly.7 p.m.
Apr. 27: The Trouble with Harry (Alfred Hitchcock, 1955). Trouble erupts in a small, quiet New England town when a man's body is found in the woods. Shirley MacLaine, John Forsythe, Edmund Gwenn. 4 p.m.
Apr. 29: The Wrong Man (Alfred Hitchcock, 1957). Offbeat film about a New York City jazz musician falsely accused of robbery. Henry Fonda, Vera Miles. 7 p.m.
May 4: Champagne (Alfred Hitchcock, 1928). Silent drama about a spoiled heiress who defies her father by running off to marry her lover. With live organ accompaniment. 5 p.m.
May 6: Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958).Haunting, dreamlike mystery thriller that stars James Stewart as a retired police detective who is afraid of heights. Kim Novak.7 p.m.
May 11: North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959). Classic thriller about an ad exec mistaken for a government agent who's relentlessly pursued halfway across the country. Cary Grant. Eva Marie Saint. 5 p.m.
May 13: Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960). Classic suspense thriller set in a motel run by a peculiar mama's boy. Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh. 5 p.m.
May 18: The Manxman (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929). Newly restored silent drama about lifelong friends on the Isle of Man, a fisherman and a lawyer, who are both attracted to the same woman. With live organ accompaniment. 4 p.m.
May 20: Family Plot (Alfred Hitchcock, 1976). Comedy-thriller about a con artist and her private investigator boyfriend who run into a couple of serial kidnappers. Barbara Harris, Bruce Dern, Karen Black. 5 p.m.
May 25: Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929). Newly restored silent thriller about a Scotland Yard detective who discovers that a murder he is investigating was committed by his girlfriend while defending herself from a rapist. With live organ accompaniment. 1:30 p.m.
May 27: The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963). Eerie thriller about hordes of bloodthirsty sparrows, gulls, and crows plaguing a small California town. Not for the squeamish. Stars Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy. 7 p.m.
Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike that involves some bushwhacking and a somewhat steep climb. Not appropriate for younger children.
2-4 p.m., Sharon Short Hills Preserve, Hashley Rd., from I-94 take M-52 south to Grass Lake Rd. west, Sharon Twp.
We're off to see the wizard - A show for the whole family!
Join the Pinckney Players are heading over the rainbow April 5 - 13, 2014
The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum
This timeless classic story of Dorothy and her trip to Oz will be brought to life once again on the beautiful Jane Tasch Theatre stage.
The Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theater, 2100 M-36, Pinckney. $14 Adults $12 kids & Seniors. 810-923-7705. Lynnwilde@hotmail.com http:
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]
30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. (Kerrytown). Free. 769-3115. [map]
Mar. 19, Mar. 23, 26, & 30; Apr. 2 & 6. Local yoga instructor Sue Whitmarsh leads a meditation followed by a 45-minute Slow Flow yoga practice.
2-3:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Wed.), CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
Apr. 3-6 & 10-13. U-M theatre professor Linda Goodrich directs U-M theatre students in Jose Rivera's 1993 Obie-winning magical realist drama about a young Latina woman, working as a copy editor for a Manhattan publisher but still living in the dangerous Bronx neighborhood in which she grew up, who finds herself in the middle of an apocalypse when a rebellion in heaven against a senile God spills over into the streets of NYC. "Rivera's play is angry, fearsome, fantastic, and poetically frenzied, without surrendering either its sanity or its mordant sense of humor," says the Village Voice. For mature audiences only.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
Local orchid growers demonstrate repotting and dividing orchids, as well as pest and disease control, watering, fertilizing, and other aspects of orchid growing. Also, orchid and supplies sale, show and tell, and a raffle.
2-5 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. Metered parking. 647-7600, firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
See review. Every Wed.-Sun. (except Apr. 20), Apr. 3-May 24. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of several short comedies that explore the nature of love, loss, revenge, and renewal. Includes plays by Jeff Daniels, David MacGregor, Carey Crim, and others. Note: adult language and content.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Apr. 3-10 preview tickets$22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Apr. 10: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
EMU theater instructor Meriah Sage directs EMU drama students in Christopher Sergel's 1990 stage adaptation of Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a lawyer in a small Depression-era southern town who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids age 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282. [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]
"Best Bike Rides Detroit and Ann Arbor: Great Recreation Rides in Southeast Michigan": Nicola's Books.more >
"Best Bike Rides Detroit and Ann Arbor: Great Recreation Rides in Southeast Michigan": Nicola's Books.< less
Local writer Rob Pulcifer discusses his new book that details 40 recreation rides between 5 and 35 miles. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how scientists use DNA to aid in conservation of species and to find information about evolutionary history. Participants extract DNA from a whole banana. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Apr. 5 & 6. COG cofounder Tom Petiet directs this veteran local company in his original musical comedy, with music by Offenbach, a hilarious spoof of gender conventions set in a remote kingdom, where a young man, raised as a girl, and a young girl, raised as a boy, meet and fall in love. The work is adapted from Offenbach's opéra bouffe L'Ile de Tulipatan, and the music is also drawn from 8 other Offenbach operettas. This production features fully staged principals, along with dancers and a backup chorus. Stars coloratura soprano Kiersten Birondo, tenor Aaron McCoy-Jacobs, and Hillsdale College adjunct voice professor Cynthian Knight, along with COG veterans Jeffrey Willets and Pat & Tom Petiet.
8 p.m. (Apr. 5) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 6), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $20 (seniors, $17; WCC students, faculty, & staff, free) in advance at comicoperaguild.org and at the door. 973-3264. [map]
Ann Marie Koukios directs the FUMC Chancel Choir and the Ann Arbor Cantata Singers, accompanied by the Michigan Sinfonietta, in a program of settings of the psalms in a variety of styles, historical periods, and cultures, including some that incorporate congregational participation. The program concludes with Bernstein's famous Chichester Psalms for soloists, chorus, and orchestra. Reception follows.
3 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. $15 suggested donation. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
A gigantic public art parade down Main Street featuring magnificent, huge, bizarre, papier-m-é puppets. This year's theme is "WishFool Thinking." To participate, email email@example.com.
4-5 p.m., Main between William and Washington. Free. wonderfoolproductions.org, 763-7550. [map]
Beth Everett conducts 2 music student choirs, the Chamber Choir and University Choir, and 2 EMU voice professors, soprano MeeAe Nam and baritone Robert Peavler, in Brahms' beloved choral masterpiece.
4 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0280.
Every Mon. Fast-, moderate-, and slow-paced training ride, 18-24 miles, along country roads west of town.
5 p.m. (Apr. & Oct.), 5:30 p.m. (May), & 6 p.m. (June-Sept.), meet at Pine Cross Ln. east off Parker Rd. (between Jackson & Liberty), Scio Twp. Free. 426-5116. [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 firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm. 717-1569. [map]
Depressed or anxious moods cloud the joy of experiencing ourselves as perfect and whole. With or without a diagnosis heal with breath work, yoga postures and imagery to balance moods and awaken inner joy. Certified Teacher.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Debut performance by The Pakasa Trio, the EMU music faculty ensemble of clarinetist Sandra Jackson, cellist Kate Blaha, and pianist Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra. The program includes Brahms' Trio in A minor, Rachmaninoff's Sonata for Piano and Cello, and the young American composer Carson Cooman's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.
7:15 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 662-4466. [map]
Traditional American music by an ensemble led by the duo of fiddler Ungar and guitarist Mason, best known from their frequent guest appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. Their repertoire includes a wide range of traditional and vintage American songs, along with many striking originals cut from traditional cloth. Ungar is best known for his "Ashokan Farewell," the haunting theme from the Grammy-winning soundtrack to Ken Burns's The Civil War. Their 1997 debut, A Lover's Waltz, tells the story of a courtship and marriage through original songs mixed with an Irish air, a Cajun two-step, and a Fats Waller tune. Other members of the band are Jay's daughter, fiddler Ruth Ungar, and Ruth's husband, banjoist Mike Merenda-both members of the Boston folk string trio the Mammals.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
The Latin Jazz Ensemble, the Creative Arts Orchestra, the Chamber Jazz Ensemble, faculty ensembles, and other music student jazz combos perform works by U-M students, faculty, and others.
7:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $16 (students with ID, $10) in advance at the Michigan League Ticket Office and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Every Sun. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Challis's comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. Refreshments.
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 suggested donation. emergentarts.com. [map]