Every Sat. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's and Pierce's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m. (Apr., May, Sept., & Oct.), 8 a.m. (June-Aug.), & 10 a.m. (Nov.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St.. Free. 8 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 996-9461 (June 7), 665-3961 (June 14), 994-6340 (June 21), 426-4989 (June 28), 663-5060 (July 5), 274-6350 (July 19), 546-1047 (July 26). 649-9762. 649-9762. [map]
The Bird Center of Washtenaw County, Inc. will be hosting a new volunteer orientation on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 9:00am-12:00pm in Room 319 of the Gunder Myran building (also houses the library) at Washtenaw Community College.
We are seeking volunteers to help care for and feed wild baby birds and injured adults at our Ann Arbor, MI location
There is a $5 registration fee that will be collected at the door.
Room 319 of Gunder Myran Building (Washtenaw Community College)), 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $5.00. Georgette: (734) 475-2245. firstname.lastname@example.org www.birdcenterwashtenaw.org [map]
Apr. 12 & 19. 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 (Apr. 12), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Apr. 19), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. email@example.com, 647-8528. [map]
Apr. 12 & 13. A wide variety of handcrafted items by Third World artisans. SERRV is an ecumenical nonprofit marketing organization designed to provide a major alternative sales outlet for artisans in economically developing areas of the world. Includes jewelry, carved wood & ceramic animals, creches, baskets, boxes, desk accessories, scarves, dolls, silver and brass items.
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church (use back entrance), 1501 W. Liberty. Free admission. 663-0362. [map]
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Apr. 10-12. Teams from 64 high schools bring their homemade robots, ranging from gangly Rube Goldberg contraptions to sleek predatory machines, to battle one another in contests culminating with the exciting finals on Saturday afternoon.
3:30-7 p.m. (Apr. 10), 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (Apr. 11 & 12), EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt (north off Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. Free. firstinmichigan.org. [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.
Every Sat., Apr.-Oct. Fast/moderate-paced ride, 40-100 miles, on low-traffic roads in Washtenaw, Jackson, Livingston, and Ingham counties. Brunch stop.
9 a.m., meet in front of Zou Zou's, 101 N. Main at Middle, Chelsea. Free. 645-1205, 645-5696, 478-0424, 646-1507, 678-8297. [map]
Outside, at the Apiary in the Discovery Garden at Leslie, Meghan Milbrath, in this third class of the series, will discuss the different types of bees, their biology and anatomical adaptations. The focus will be on the natural cycle of the colony over the season. Then, weather permitting, we will check the hives at Leslie and learn how to do a first check of over-wintered hives and how to get them ready for the upcoming season. Rain date: Sunday, April 13th. Class is limited to those who have already paid for the full course, though drop-ins are permitted, with fees of $10.00 ($15.00 per couple), payable in cash at the door.
Apiary, Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver, 1831 Traver Rd.. Ann Arbor. $10. 734-996-3169. firstname.lastname@example.org www.projectgrowgardens.org [map]
Show and sale of African violets, streptocarpus, and other gesneriads, with experts on hand to answer questions. Also, a talk at 11:30 a.m. on how to grow African violets.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. LynnAllen0413@comcast.net, 647-7600. [map]
Apr. 12 & 13. Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from Americana to Art Deco. Deliveries available. Concessions. No pets.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free). 662-0496, ext. 207. [map]
Apr. 5 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) "Growing the Perfect Lawn" (9 a.m.),a talk (with Q&A) by DH&G owner Mark Hodesh on growing and caring for an organic lawn, and "Organic Gardening Basics & Developing Healthy Soil" (10 a.m.), a talk by Organically Done (Franklin, MI) CEO Rick Weller.
Apr. 12 (10 a.m.-noon): "Take Back Your Garden." Plantskydd dealer Julia Hofley discusses how to use this organic repellant to keep deer, rabbits, & other critters from browsing your garden.
Apr. 26 (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.): "Historic Tour of Downtown Home & Garden." DH&G Owner Mark Hodesh leads tours of his more than century-old building, which contains the city's last horse stalls.
Various times, DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]
This yin yoga series is designed to reduce the emotional and physical stress and discomfort associated with chronic pain conditions. This is a gentle, slow moving class; appropriate for beginners and those interested in increasing vitality and immunity while developing self-healing practices. Seated mostly on the floor and utilizing bolsters and props, slow intrinsic movements promote healing and offer the opportunity to relax deeply and completely. Our small class size allows for individualized instruction in a warm and supportive environment. Healing music and meditation are incorporated into each session.
Restorative Yoga for Chronic Pain and Illness meets Saturday mornings from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.
Fee: $100 for 5 Weeks
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $100. 734-769-6100. email@example.com www.hygeiacenter.org [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]
Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.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]
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]
Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
When: April 12th & 19th 12:00pm
Where: 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Welcome to another exciting volunteer season with Project Grow! We are having our first orientation on Saturday and then another on the following Saturday. If you are new to Project Grow, please join us at noon. If you are a prior volunteer, please feel free to join us at 12:30pm for the first workday in our Discovery Gardens at The Leslie Science and Nature Center.
Please be prepared to get dirty, and bring gloves if you have them! We will start with an intro to Project Grow and a tour of our site at LSNC including the Compost Education Center. We have much work to do before The Earth Day Festival on April 27th, where thousands join LSNC for a day of education, entertainment, and outdoor fun. Project Grow will be performing beekeeping and composting demonstrations, so it is important that our gardens are clean and presentable.
We are using our new volunteer calendar for these events, once you vis
Leslie Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. email@example.com www.projectgrowgardens.org [map]
WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike for kids and adults to look at critters that live in spring meltwater. Wear boots.
2-3:30 p.m., Miller-Smith Preserve, Parker Rd. dead-end at Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Lima Twp. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
We've taken some popular go to dishes and changed them up a bit. Sriracha Mac'n'Cheese with Bacon. Easy to find in any grocery store, Sriracha is made in America and is a great hot sauce to stock in your fridge. Chocolate Brownies stuffed with Caramel & White Chocolate, a delicious layered confection that starts with an "Oooo" and ends with a "Mmmmm". We'll send home any leftovers (feel free to send a container) and a recipe packet. This class is for kids ages 8 and up. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $50/child. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
Key topics include: 1) Recognizing and avoiding identity theft, 2) Knowing how thieves steal from you and what they do with your identity. 3) Protecting yourself. 4) What to do if you are a victim. Sponsored by the Michigan Attorney General's Office Senior Brigade, this valuable program is open to anyone! Light refreshments will be served. Registration is requested - please call 734-439-1240 or email.
Milan Public Library, 151 Wabash St., Milan. Free. 734-439-1240. firstname.lastname@example.org www.milanlibrary.org [map]
A Common Language staffer reads Lesléa Newman's children's book about a boy who's excited to be ring bearer when his two moms get married. Hot cocoa and cookies and a coloring activity.
2 p.m., Common Language, 317 Braun Ct. Free. 663-0036. [map]
All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make their own throw pillow using fleece and fiberfill stuffing. Materials provided.
2-4 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Local crafter Dawn Henry shows adults and teens in grade 6 & up how to make paper.
2-4 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
Apr. 10-13. Thomas Cilluffo directs this accomplished town-and-gown company in Gilbert and Sullivan's 1889 comic operetta about 2 handsome gondoliers whose romances with Venetian peasant girls are interrupted when a misunderstanding makes them kings for a day. Accidental bigamy, an arranged royal marriage, and switched-at-birth babies add twists to the lighthearted satire.
8 p.m. (Apr. 10-12) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 12 & 13), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $20 (seniors age 65 & over, $18; students with ID, $10) in advance at umgass.org, and at the door. (800) 838-3006. [map]
Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [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]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr 10-May 4. Paul Hopper directs this local professional company in Larry Shue's witty Obie-winning farce about a shy Englishman who goes on a fishing vacation in rural Georgia and pretends to be from an exotic, unspecified foreign country and to speak no English. However, the locals all begin to confide in the mysterious stranger, unleashing a blackly hilarious series of events involving the devious local minister, his redneck associate, and even the Ku Klux Klan. Cast: Adrian Diffey, Fran Potasnik, Lori Pelham, Jess Alexander, Kathryn Mahard, Elliott Styles.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun., & Apr. 17), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors age 60 & older, $30; youth age 17 & under and groups of 10 or more, $28) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. Tickets are $6 less for Thurs. & all matinees. 268-6200. [map]
Apr. 12 & 13. RC drama instructor Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in Tennessee Williams' drama, an adaptation of the classical Greek myth, about a young musician who comes to a small southern town, where he draws the attentions of middle-aged woman with a dying husband. According to Williams himself, beneath the "familiar surface" of "the tale of a wild-spirited boy who wanders into a conventional community of the South and creates the commotion of a fox in a chicken coop," Orpheus Descending "is a play about unanswered questions that haunt the hearts of people and the difference between continuing to ask them…and the acceptance of prescribed answers that are not answers at all."
6 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.), U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free, but limited seating. Reservations recommended at 647-7600. Info: 647-4354. [map]
Apr. 12, 14, & 15 (different programs). Three-day retrospective to mark the 25th Anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Student Movement. Apr. 12 (6-9 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium A): Screening of The Gate of Heavenly Peace (Richard Gordon & Carman Hinton, 1995), a meticulously detailed 3-hour documentary about the 1989 Tianenmen Square protests, followed by student-led discussion. Apr. 14 (7 p.m. UMMA Stern Auditorium): Poetry reading by Yang Lian, an influential Chinese experimental poet regarded as one of the most representative voices of contemporary Chinese literature. Apr. 15 (6-8 p.m., UMMA Stern Auditorium): Panel discussion on "The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting: Tiananmen 25 Years On," with NPR Beijing correspondent Louisa Lim, University of California-Irvine historyprofessor Jeff Wasserstorm, and U-M history professor Wang Zheng.
Various times & locations. Free. 764-6308.
The top 10 qualifiers from the weekly slams over the past several months compete for a spot on the team that will represent Ann Arbor in the National Poetry Slam held in Oakland (CA) in August. The program begins with a tribute to the late Matt Ernst, the last slam master of the original incarnation of the Ann Arbor Poetry Slam, and the 2nd round of the 4-round Slam-Off are followed by a reading by Marc Smith, the Chicago poet who invented the poetry slam in 1984. Also, readings by a different youth poet to open each half of the competition and Smith's reading.
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. $10 (students, $7) in advance at a2poetry.com, $15 at the door. 985-0736. [map]
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://www.pinckneyplayers.com [map]
Apr. 10-12. Elliot Cruz directs students in Jason Sherman's wildly theatrical, often humorous drama about a youthful Orson Welles's fabled 1937 New York production of Marc Blitzstein's controversial pro-union musical, The Cradle Will Rock. Stripped of federal funding because of his show's left-wing bias, and embargoed by both the actors' and musicians' unions, Welles improvised, marching his company--and its audience--through the streets to another theater, where his cast, banned from the stage, performed the show from the house. Sherman's script interweaves this public story with scenes that reveal the assorted demons and ambitions, romantic histories and artistic rivalries, that fuel the principals' work in the theater.
7 p.m. (Apr. 10-12) & 11 p.m. (Apr. 11), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [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.
Grand Standard Time
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Adam Smith returns to his hometown for one Special Engagement in a 'Not to be Missed" performance with vocalist Amy Johnson and Hans Nelson on piano. This power-house vocal duo sing volumes of hits from the timeless songs of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and so many more.
Grand Standard Time takes you on a journey, with each chapter a part of the road map of their American Songbook of great music. Grand Standard Time features music from the eras of Tin Pan Alley, Songs of the South, Romance to the hits of Motown, the Blues and Rock & Roll.
Grand Standard Time has performed around the US and comes to the TCA for one performance only.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by phone, online, or in person. Tickets can also be purchased at the door starting 1 hour prior to event time.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts
400 N. Maumee St.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, Tecumseh. $10. 517.423.6617. email@example.com http://www.thetca.org/performances/events.htm
Ballroom dancing to recorded music from the last several decades. Singles and couples invited. Refreshments. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
8-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Recreation Hall, S. State at Ellsworth. $10. 822-2120.
Detroit singer-songwriter and folksinger with a progressive, socially conscious point of view who who intersperses songs with stories and humor
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]
Apr. 10-12. A regular on the popular Bob and Tom Show radio program, this stand-up comic from western Massachusetts is known for her casually hilarious blend of the commonplace and the absurd in tales about everything from going to the Laundromat to coping with an alligator in her apartment. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
This popular men's chorus performs a program highlighted by new compositions by Daniel Elder and Julio Morales. Other works include David Conte's "Elegy for Matthew," Bryon Adams' "Passerby," Karen P. Thomas's "Alnight by the Rose," George Finzi's "Thou didst delight my eyes," Stephen Chatman's "In Flanders Fields," Miles Ramsey's "Red River Valley," and Hawaiian favorites.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15 & $20 (students, $5) in advance at muto.umich.edu. firstname.lastname@example.org, 763-TKTS. [map]
Mar. 8 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.): "Maple Sugar Festival." Following a screening of the film Maple Sugar Farmer, WNHA naturalists explains do-it-yourself maple syrup-making techniques and lead a short walk to show how to identify maple syrup trees and demonstrate tree-tapping techniques. Also a pancake breakfast with maple syrup ($6), 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the American Legion Post 31, 1700 Ridge Rd.
Mar. 16 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Rattler." DNR wildlife biologist Kristin Bissell displays a live massasauga rattlesnake and discusses its biology, habitat, and behaviors.
Mar. 23 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Build Your Own Telescope." Local astronomy buff Meg Gower helps participants make their own telescope. Materials fee: $8.
Mar. 30 (2-3 p.m.): "Live from Australia." Representatives from the local Creature Conservancy display and discuss some of their collection of wild animals from Australia, including a kangaroo, a wallaby, and a kookaburra.
Apr. 6 (2-3 p.m.): "Life in a Beehive." Beekeeper Jane Levy presents a hands-on introduction to how bees work together to build a hive and make honey. Kids have a chance to wear a beekeeper's suit. Aimed at adults & youth age 6 & up.
Apr. 12 (8-9:30 p.m.): "Night of the Amphibians." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson discusses and displays live frogs, toads, and salamanders and leads a night walk to a nearby spring pond to look and listen for them. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather, and be prepared to get your feet wet.
May 3 (10 a.m. and 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.): "Faerie House." All invited to design and construct a fairie or gnome home using a large array of natural materials. Kids must be accompanied by a parent. Space limited; preregistration required. $10.
May 11 (1:30-3 p.m.): "Incredible Edibles." WNHA wild foods expert Tom Jameson leads a 90-minute hike to learn about edible wild plants available locally and then prepares some wild food dishes (with recipes) to sample.
May 18 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Mammals." Howell Nature Center Wild Wonders Wildlife Park staff display and discuss the characteristics of several of its Michigan wild mammals.
June 1 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Rockhound Basics." Geologist Larry Bean leads rockhounds to a closed gravel pit to learn about rocks and minerals you can find there and what they reveal about ancient Michigan.
June 8 (2-3 p.m.): "Nature's Tank: The Turtle." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson shows some live turtles and discusses their biology and life cycles, and what to do when you encounter them in the wild.
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.
Apr. 11, 12, 18, & 19. Area improv troupes perform scenes, games, and monologues inspired by audience suggestions. Troupes include Harem of Harlem and Gun Shot (Apr. 11), Handsome Babies and Jet Ski Wedding (Apr. 12), Hexagonal Knife Fight and No Country for Carl Sagan (Apr. 18), and One Quarter Bruce (Apr. 19).
8 p.m., Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $8 in advance at emergentarts.com and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
Apr. 10-12. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance BFA candidates Lisa Chippi, Lynsey Colden, Ashley Manci, KT Maviglia, Samantha Parisi-Esteves, and Kelli Yapp.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Dance Studio, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). $7 at the door only. Doors open at 7 p.m. 763-5460. [map]
Michael Gurevich directs performing arts technology students in new and classic minimalist works by Steve Reich, La Monte Young, Gurevich, Philip Glass, and others.
8 p.m., U-M Stearns Bldg. Cady Room, 2005 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [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]
Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra in an all-Brahms program, including the dashing Academic Overture, Bright Sheng's haunting arrangement of Brahms' Intermezzo in A major, the massive Double Concerto with violinist (and 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition winner) Itamar Zorman and 2008 Naumburg International Cello Competition winner David Requiro, and the beloved Symphony no. 1.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $12-$60 (discounts for students & seniors) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, suite 470), at a2so.com, and at the door. 994-4801. [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]
July 19: Batman (Tim Burton, 1989). Landmark revival of the classic comic book superhero. Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger.
Aug. 16: Pink Floyd: The Wall Grim film musical adapted from the 1979 rock LP, a heavily symbolic mix of animation with live action that traces the decline of a self-destructive rock star.
Sept. 6: The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998). Beloved comedy starring Jeff Bridges as an L.A. slacker who's commissioned by a namesake to ransom the latter's kidnapped trophy wife. John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore.
Sept, 20: Space Jam (Joe Pytka, 1996) Comedy-fantasy in which basketball star Michael Jordan teams up with Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters to defeat an alien basketball team.
Midnight, State Theater. Tickets $7. 761-8667.