Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980.
Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
10 a.m. (Apr., Oct., & Nov.), 9 a.m. (May, June & Sept.), & 8 a.m. (July & Aug.) Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.
Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All seniors age 55 & over invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) and ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., $3 (members, $2) on Mon. 794-6250. [map]
Mar. 12: U-M Stearns Collection acting curator Chris Dempsey and educational outreach coordinator Carol Stepanchuk discuss "The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments: A U of M Treasure."
Mar. 19: Retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal on "Adventures and Misadventures of a G-Man in Ann Arbor."
Mar. 26: Local historian Susan Nenadic presents "Seeing the Elephants," a talk on the surprising roles of women in the Civil War-as soldiers and as spies.
Apr. 2: "The Melodies of the Mind," a talk by Local psychoanalyst and classical pianist Julie Jaffee on the similarities between music and psychoanalysis.
Apr. 9: Retired Ann Arbor Public Schools music teacher Dan Long discusses "Conductor Elizabeth A.H. Green: A Woman in a Man's World."
Apr. 16: Nawal Motawi presents an autobiographical talk on "The Story Behind Motawi Tileworks."
Apr. 23: "Motown on the Menominee," a talk by Ford Presidential Library audiovisual archivist Kenneth Hafeli on how Ford Motor Co. became an important presence in the UP.
Apr. 30: "Living the American Dream," a talk by linguist and Vietnam vet Paulo Juarez Pereira about his decision to leave his native Brazil and his circuitous journey to become an American citizen.
Noon-1 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Admission $2 (Kempf House members, $1). 994-4898. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., Apr. 3-May 24, except Apr. 20. 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]
Daily. Texas hold 'em and blackjack for players of all levels. Also, hold 'em tournaments at 7 p.m. Wed., Fri., & Sat. Free dinner, 5-6 p.m., and other nightly specials. Net proceeds donated to a different charity each week.
5 p.m.-2 a.m., Heidelberg (3rd floor), 215 N. Main. $10-$500 buy-in to play poker, $2-$20 per-hand blackjack, $40 buy-in for hold 'em tournaments. 834-2237. [map]
great place to relax and enjoy the games of chance. I would recommend to all....
Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 37th year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
6 p.m. (May-Sept.) & 5:30 p.m. (Apr. & Oct.) sharp, meet at at Paladin (formerly Sweepster) parking lot, 2800 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]
Every Tues. Apr.-Oct. 20-mile ride, at various paces, through Milan to the area around Britton-Macon.
5:30 p.m., meet at Saline municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd. south of US-12, Saline. Free. 747-1862.
Local farmers show off their bunnies, followed by a family-oriented Easter story time for kids ages 3-7.
6-7 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
Every Wed. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes, from one of 2 Running Fit locations on the edge of town. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson. Free. 929-9022. [map]
Film screenings followed by talks by U-M science professors.
Jan. 15: Kinsey (Bill Condon, 2004). Acclaimed biopic of pioneering American sex researcher Alfred Kinsey. Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell. Followed by a talk by sexologist Sandra Cole, a retired U-M physical medicine clinical professor who is a senior member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, and Counselors and Therapists.
Feb. 12: Sunshine (Danny Boyle, 2007). Sci-fi thriller about a group of 8 astronauts who try to reach a dying sun to reignite the fire needed to save life on Earth/ Followed by a talk by U-M atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences professor Justin Kasper on extreme environments from the surface of the sun to the outer edges of the solar system, and the impact of space weather on society.
Mar. 31: Particle Fever (Mark Levinson, 2013). Documentary thriller that follows the experiences of 6 scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider in search of a theoretical subatomic particle. Followed by a talk by a U-M physics professor TBA.
Apr. 16: Steel Magnolias (Herbert Ross, 1989). Adaptation of Robert Harling's popular drama set in a home-based beauty parlor in Chinquapin, Louisiana, celebrates the strength of 6 humorous and individualistic women who share light moments and pull together when tragedy strikes in the form of the death of one of them dies of complications from diabetes. Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine. Followed by a talk by a U-M research scientist on advances in diabetes research and treatment.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50) in advance at ticketweb.com and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]
Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline at Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 623-8050. [map]
Bi-weekly SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance Class: Caryn Simon (Apprentice guide to Eugene Hedlund of SheddingSkins).more >
Bi-weekly SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance Class: Caryn Simon (Apprentice guide to Eugene Hedlund of SheddingSkins).< less
SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance is a dynamic movement practice of being in your body that ignites creativity, connection, and community. This practice facilitates deep and unending explorations, moving the dancer beyond self-imposed limitations and isolation into new depths of creativity and connection. Each rhythm is interpreted by individuals in a uniquely personal way, opening them to a new sense of freedom and possibility that is both surprising and healing, exhilarating as well as deeply restorative. When we practice SheddingSkins: Ecstatic Dance, we learn to creatively express aggressiveness and vulnerability, emotions and anxieties, edges and ecstasies. It reconnects us to cycles of birth & death and hooks us into humanity and the spirit of all living things. Within the group context we create connection and community and hone our instincts and our intuitions. We are made up of all walks of life - every culture, religion, race, gender, age and sexual preference are welcome.
The Yelow Barn, 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. $15 (half price for Yellow Barn members). 734-646-1351. email@example.com www.ouryellowbarn.com [map]
All invited to share their spiritual and metaphysical questions with others with similar interests. The evening is led by Aaron, a "being of light" channeled by Barbara Brodsky, who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices. Q&A. Also, socializing.
7-9:30 p.m., Deep Spring Center, 3820 Packard, suite 280. Free, but donations are accepted. 477-5848. [map]
Feb. 18: Moanin' Frogs. Innovative U-M grad student saxophone ensemble that performs fox trots, rags, character pieces, and waltzes characteristic of early 20th Century burlesque and vaudeville shows, along with some originals and other works by modern composers.
Mar. 18: River Raisin Ragtime Revue Back Row. Dixieland jazz by this ensemble from the popular local ragtime band.
Apr. 16: Three Men and a Tenor. This high-energy a cappella quartet of MSU alums Chuck Colby, Mark Stiles, Paul Felch, and Glenn Williams (he's the tenor) performs everything from originals to Gregorian chant, barbershop, contemporary pop, and rap. This show is held at the Washington Street Education Center (500 Washington); tickets are not required, but donations accepted to help fund the 2014-1015 Kaleidoscope season.
May 20: James Dapogny Quartet. Vintage pop and jazz standards, along with lesser known tunes from the 1920s and 30s, by this local ensemble led by U-M music professor Dapogny, a renowned early-jazz pianist.
7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free to seniors, but tickets (available at the Chelsea Senior Center) required. First come, first seated at the door (if available). 475-4111. [map]
The Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club will hold a regular monthly meeting Wednesday, April 16 at the R.E.I. Store meeting room, 970 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor. The time is 7 P.M. Come join us for fun, fitness and friendship. Visit Facebook.com/Washtenaw Wanderers or ava.org for more information.
R.E.I. Store meeting room, 970 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, Mi. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Northville writer Teresa K. Irish discusses her collection of her father's nearly 1,000 letters written during his 38 months of service in Europe in WWII. Signing.
7-8 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
Apr. 14-19. A series of rehearsed staged readings of plays by student playwrights.
Apr. 14: Karly Thomas's delicious family drama Imbalanced.
Apr. 15: Drew Ariana's My Experimental Phase, a drama set in late 90s Manhattan, about a poetry-loving twentysomething who, after coming out as gay, experiences a whirlwind of changes in his life ranging from crumbling relationships to surprising new ones.
Apr. 16: Alex Madda's Quality of Life, a drama about a strong-willed girl stricken with the decision to choose between a crippling lifestyle and no life at all when an expected biopsy produces dark results.
Apr. 17: : Moe Koltun's I Deal World, a drama about an intelligent but naive aspiring college basketball player, arrested and charged with cocaine dealing, who must keep his dream of college alive despite his impending court case, abusive uncle, and abandoning mother.
Apr. 18: Clare Brennan's Darling, My Devoted, a drama about 2 couples in neighboring apartments struggle with failing economies, family plans, and pestering friends as they navigate their way into adulthood.
Apr, 19: Stuart Richardson's Istanbul, of religion and the plasticity of identity set at an ambiable family dinner that quickly turns sour when a recently betrothed man reveals his wedding plans to his parents, and Milena Westarb's Everybody Needs Roses (7 p.m.), a drama about a young girl's self-discoveries as she tries to find her way back together after tragedy.
7 p.m. (Apr. 14-19) & 3 p.m. (Apr. 19), Walgreen Drama Center Studio Two, 1226 Murfin. Free. 764-5350. [map]
Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Rudolf Steiner's How to Know Higher Worlds.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 485-3764. [map]
Slide-illustrated talk by U-M Museum of Natural History avian specimen perparator Aspen Ellis about her summer internship with the National Audubon Society Project Puffin on islands off the coast of Maine.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 677-3275. [map]
Unveil your inner Gumby! Allow your body to release and open safely and naturally. Aggressively stretching the body in unnatural levels of heat or without proper awareness invites injury. Enjoy patient deep release with appropriate modifications under the guidance of a skilled and knowledgeable teacher. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]