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.
Ann Arbor's own nationally renowned husband-and-wife duo of pianist (and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer) Bill Bolcom and mezzo-soprano Joan Morris are celebrated exponents of early American popular song, which they perform with the sparkle and enthusiasm of true aficionados. Today's program include's cabaret songs by Bolcom as well as classic and obscure gems by Irving Berlin, Geroge & Ira Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Kurt Weill, and others. Followed by a meet-the-artist lunch ($15).
10:30 a.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $17 (accompanying friend, $15; students with ID, $5). Lunch reservations required. Info: 930-0353. Reservations: 662-3279. [map]
Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at 3 AADL branches: Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard; Traverwood (Tues. 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.; and Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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]
All teens invited to make miniature weapon crafts, including a catapult and bow and arrow.
3-4 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [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.
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]
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]
Every Mon., Tues. Wed., & Fri. except Feb 25. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Tues. & Wed.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; & 1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]
This award-winning Wisconsin poet reads from his work. Lumberyard Magazine editor Jen Woods says, "He writes from the perspective of someone who lives a real life, with everyday interests and aspirations." Butler has held various jobs, including telemarketer, coffee roaster, meatpacker, innkeeper, and others. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
Panel discussion with Dawn Farms staff and U-M School of Public Health grad Lisa Anderson, author of The Lost Chapters, a memoir about her search for the truth about her late father's addictions.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Mar. 12: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.
Mar. 26: Reading by Christine Rhein, a widely published veteran local poet whose collection Wild Flight won the Walt McDonald Prize in Poetry. "This poet worked for many years as an automotive engineer. Her eye for detail, the rhythms and timing of her lines, the sureness and finesse of her prosody all reflect how she designs her poems as vehicles for her keen sense of paradox," says poet Molly Peacock. "Turning her eye toward science, technology, human relationships, love and war, she never merely describes a thing, but persuades us to a point of view that is subtle and sophisticated, sympathetic but challenging, funny and almost warm to the touch with each living moment."
Apr. 9: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.
Apr. 23: Reading by Oakland University literature and creative writing professor Ed Haworth Hoeppner, a widely published poet whose work is known for its ability to render the way our imagination shapes our identity, often in ways we don't control or recognize. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]
All invited to meet some current Arborwiki,org editors and help edit or create entries providing information about everything local birthday deals to local history.
7-9 p.m., AADL 3rd-floor freespace (Mat. 26), 343 S. Fifth Ave, & Arbor Brewing Company (Apr. 23), 114 E. Washington. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Taped broadcast of the National Theatre (London) live production of this stirring drama-adapted by playwright Nick Stafford from Michael Morpurgo's novel-about an English teenage boy and his beloved plough horse, shipped off from Devon to a French battlefield at the start of WWI. In addition to evocative set designs that segue from idyll to nightmare, the play features astounding life-size puppets, created by the South African Handspring Puppet Company, that bring the charging, snorting horses to life.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (Michigan Theater & UMS members, $18; students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538, (800) 221-1229. [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]
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]