The 16th annual Senior Living & Housing Awareness Week kicks off with a day of talks exploring a variety of housing issues for seniors. Also, more than 60 exhibits by senior housing and care providers. For a complete schedule of workshops (preregistration) and open houses May 2-10 at senior housing communities around the county, see med.umich.edu/seniors/events.
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron. Free. 998-9336. [map]
Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
10 a.m. (Apr.) & 9 a.m.(May-July), meet in the back parking lot across the wooden bridge, Bandemer Park, Barton Dr. at Whitmore Lake Dr. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
Bring your budding artists to Lamaze for a fun drop in arts and crafts hour! You bring your little one ages 0-5. Lamaze will provide art supplies, craft ideas, and space to be creative. Parents and other caregivers supervise and socialize Why get messy at home when you can get messy at Lamaze?
$5 per child
Coffee and healthy snacks offered for $1
Every Friday from 10-11:30
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
We are excited to open for the season May 2nd and Waterloo recreation. We offer horseback trail rides for ages 6 to 106 on weekends/ Fridays and Saturdays 10 am till dusk and Sundays 10 am till 4:00.
Come see Michigan like nature intended, from the back of a horse. Nothing will be more relaxing this season.
Please call or email for reservations.
Waterloo Recreation Stables, 12891 Trist Road, Grass Lake, 49240. $35 per one hour ride.. 734-637-4457. email@example.com www.horsenaroundstablesatwaterloo.com [map]
May 1-4. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's nonmusical adaptation of Frank Baum's classic tale of Dorothy's journey to the Emerald City. Geared toward kids in grades K-5. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available for blind audience members by prearrangement. Note: The 10 a.m. performances are sold out.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (May 1 & 2) & 2 p.m. (May 3 & 4), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (kids, $10; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
Curious about aerial, but don't know where to start? Try a bit of everything at this 1.5 hour semi-private aerial sampler! With a maximum class size of four students per instructor, participants will get an overview of the basics of Aerial Silks, Lyra (Aerial Hoop), and Static Trapeze, as well as ample time to play on each apparatus. Who wants to try it all?
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $35. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-sampler/ [map]
Every Fri. except July 4 & 25 A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.
May 23: Gifted Hands: Ben Carson (Thomas Carter, 2009). Biopic about the renowned African American neurosurgeon.
May 30: Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, 1944). Hilarious adaptation of Joseph Kesselring's stage comedy. Cary Grant.
June 6: 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957). Suspenseful drama about a jury as it deliberates its verdict in a murder trial. Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb.
June 13: Hachi: A Dog's Tale (Lasse" Hallström, 2009). Drama about a college professor's bond with an abandoned dog he talks home. Richard Gere.
June 20: The Big Year (David Frankel, 2011). Comedy about 3 birders who try to set the world record by holding a year-long bird-spotting competition. Stave Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson.
June 27: Saving Mr. Banks (John Lee Hancock, 2013). Dramatic biopic about Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers' difficult childhood and her subsequent relationship with Walt Disney. Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks.
July 11: Gifted Hands: Ben Carson(Thomas Carter, 2009). Biopic about the renowned African American neurosurgeon, a Detroit native and U-M Medical School grad who has pioneered recent advances in the treatment of pediatric brain tumors and facial deformities.
July 18: The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski, 2013). Imaginatively ebullient action-movie adaptation of the vintage radio and TV western. Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner.
12:30 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]
Every Fri. Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
12:30-1:30 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
Center for Family & Health regional lead ACA navigator Danielle Carpenter is on hand to offer personalized assistance understanding and applying for insurance under the new health care law.
1:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]
A public talk by visiting dharma teacher and scholar Dr. Rita Lopon Gross on Friday, May 2, from 2 to 4pm. Internationally known for her innovative work on gender and religion, Dr. Gross is known as a warm, humorous, non-sectarian, and very clear teacher.
Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard St. Donation. (734) 761-6520. AnnArbor@ZenBuddhistTemple.org www.zenbuddhisttemple.org [map]
All kids ages 6-11 invited to read for 15-minutes or more to an adult or teen volunteer trained to encourage young readers.
2-3:30 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
This Saline High and U-M grad-author of the popular young adult series Gilda Joyce: Psychic Investigator-discusses her new children's sci-fi book series Iggy Loomis, Superkid in Training, about a boy whose annoying younger brother develops super powers. Pizza. Signing.
5-6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
This well-known North Korean refugee and activist gives a talk. The Everyone's Free Club at Washtenaw International High School is hosting a fundraising dinner to help raise money to save North Korean refugees and set them up in a supportive school in South Korea. At the dinner, which costs $10 per person or $30 per family of four (and all money raised goes to the Everyone's Free Organization), there will be Korean food, entertainment, and a special guest of honor. Shin Don-Hyuk, one of the only people to be born in and escape from a North Korean work camp, will be attending the dinner and giving a short talk. It is really a once in a lifetime opportunity for people in southeast Michigan to meet and hear from someone who has really experienced some of the horrors in North Korea.
Washtenaw International High School, 510 Emerick Street, Ypsilanti. $10. email@example.com http://www.everyonesfree.com/ [map]
Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Global Street Food menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Menu: Middle Eastern Falafal with Tomato, Pickle, Toum, and Cabbage; Vietnamese Fresh Rolls with Spicy Dipping Sauce; Mexican Street Corn with Lime, Cilantro, and Queso Fresco; Thai Green Papaya Salad with Steamed Sticky Rice; Indian Coconut Curry Caramel Corn. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]
(Ritesh Batra, 2013). A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunch delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man. Irrfan Khan. Hindi & English, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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). michtheater.org; 668-TIME. [map]
High school students perform Shakespeare's the Tempest--amazing sets and costumes. Dr. Russell has done a fantastic job with his students over many years of performing Shakespeare.
Whitmore Lake high school. $5 (families, $25). 810-225-8741. firstname.lastname@example.org
This best-selling writer reads from The Serpent of Venice, his new comic novel inspired by Shakespeare's Othello and The Merchant of Venice and Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado." The plot concerns 3 prominent Venetians who scheme to rid themselves of an obnoxious envoy from Britain. Novelist Carl Hiaasen calls Moore "one of the cleverest, naughtiest writers alive." Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
All invited to watch as many as 20 3-member teams representing local organizations, nonprofits, and businesses vie for a trophy. (All encouraged to enter a team.) Emcee is U-M drama professor Malcolm Tulip. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and music by the Community High Jazz Band.
7 p.m., Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $40 in advance only by emailing email@example.com or by phone; $50 at the door. 995-6816. [map]
"Child In A Strange Country: Helen Keller And The History Of Education For People Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired": Ann Arbor District Library.more >
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A May 2 opening reception for this AADL exhibit (May 2-June 23) features welcoming remarks by AADL director Josie Parker and Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (Louisville) director Michael Hudson, who also gives a talk on the exhibit in the AADL multipurpose room at 2 p.m. on May 4. The May 2 reception also includes music by harpist Deborah Gabrion and refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m. (Apr. 2) & 2-3:30 p.m. (Apr. 4), AADL 3rd floor, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
May 2-4. Henry Russell directs a cast of area homeschooled teens in Shakespeare's culminating work, a visionary romance set on a magical island ruled by the enigmatic but benevolent sorcerer Prospero and his beautiful daughter Miranda. Prospero is in fact the exiled duke of Milan, who conjures a storm that shipwrecks his old enemies upon his island. The Tempest is filled with verse and song (including the famous "Full fathom five") and contains some of Shakespeare's most gorgeously haunting poetry. With original incidental music by Dan Heffernan.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Whitmore Lake High School, 8877 Whitmore Lake Rd. $5 (family, $25) in advance via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and at the door. 239-3476. [map]
Storytelling showcase for adults and teens with some of the top performers in North America. This year's featured storyteller is Antonio Rocha, a Portland (ME)-based storyteller from Brazil who uses mime in his highly imaginative shows. Also, on May 1 at 10 a.m., the Assembly Church (141 E. Michigan Ave.) hosts "Stories for Seniors" with storytellers Judy Gail Krasnow and Carrie Sue Ayvar. On May 3 only, the Jackson District Library (244 W. Michigan Ave.) hosts storytelling workshops (cost TBA) by children's storyteller Judy Sima and Rocha (8:45-10:45 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), and there is a family storytelling matinee (Jackson Symphony Orchestra Hall, 215 W. Michigan Ave.) at 2 p.m.
7:30 p.m., Jackson High School, 544 Wildwood, Jackson. Free, but donations accepted. (517) 499-2290. [map]
Apr. 25-27 and May 2 & 4. Ryan Vasquez directs students in Jonathan Larson's Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1996 musical, based on Puccini's La Bohème, about an impoverished community of artists in the East Village living under the shadow of AIDS. It features an inventive rock score with intricate choral work and dexterous lyrics.
7:30 p.m. (Apr. 25 & 26 and May 2) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 27 & May 4), PHS, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, and PHS staff, $10) in advance at showtix4u.com. ptguild.org. [map]
Remainder of run canceled as of May 22. Julia Glander directs Shakespeare's history play, a masterful portrait of evil whose fratricidal protagonist savagely hacks his way to the throne, in a radically re-imagined production that explores themes of gender, power, and governance in the setting of a distant yet ominous future. Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch stars as Richard. The cast also includes Brian Sage, John Seibert, Lynnae Lehfeldt, Drew Parker, Joanna Bronson, Terry Heck, Logan Ricket, Justin Dietzel, and Alysia Kolascz.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (May 10 & 24), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Apr. 24), $22 (Apr. 25 & 27 and May 1), and $30 (Apr. 26). May 2 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After May 2: $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]
May 1-3. This polished Grand Rapids comic, a contributing writer to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, features his unexpected takes on everything from marriage and raising kids to current events and ear hair. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $7 (Thurs.) & $10 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
This veteran singer-songwriter from Lynn, Massachusetts, a Green Wood favorite, writes sharp-witted songs about everyday life that blend pathos, humor, and biting satire, and his live shows feature a lot of impromptu storytelling and comedy. His fans include Christine Lavin and Livingston Taylor, and he's released 4 acclaimed CDs, including the recent Winning Streak. A big hit in earlier Green Wood appearances.
8 p.m., FUMC, Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $17 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
This up-and-coming Brazilian pianist fuses conservatory jazz with popular and traditional Brazilian music into a unique style balancing elegance and delicacy of touch with driving, joyous rhythms. Tonight's solo program features Fernandes's original compositions and works by Villa-Lobos and Antonio Carolos Jobim.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Highly regarded folkie singer-songwriter from Milwaukee who is known for his complex guitar work, expressively playful vocals, and dark, vividly rendered lyrics. Acoustic Guitar called his 2004 CD Kitchen Radio a "moody, jazz-inflected" collection that is "engaging, down to earth, and utterly original." Tonight he celebrates the release of his new CD, Silver Ladder.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $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]
Performance by this veteran local jazz pianist who is known for his command of a wide range of styles, from blues and bebop to funk and avant-garde.
8 p.m., Webster Church, Webster Church Rd. at Farrell (between Joy & North Territorial), Webster Twp. $20 suggested donation. 426-5115.
This ensemble of leading female early musicians from Michigan performs works written for the original Concerto delle Donne, a 16th-century ensemble of highly trained female musicians. The program includes works by Monteverdi, Marenzio, Gesualdo, Aleotti, Cozzolani, and others. Musicians include vocalists Jennifer Ellis Kampani, Deborah Friauff, and Lorna Young Hildebrandt and instrumentalists Kiri Tollaksen, Debra Lonergan, and Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $25 (members, $22; students, $5) in advance at AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org, Nicola's Books (2513 Jackson), & by phone, and at the door. 478-6421.
Apr 17-20, 25, & 26 and May 2 & 3 (different locations). Isaac Ellis directs this local ensemble in his adaptation of Pedro Calderon de la Barca's 17th-century Spanish Baroque masterpiece, a philosophical allegory about the human condition. The action revolves around a fictional prince of Poland, who is imprisoned as an infant by his father, the king, in response to a dire astrological prophecy. When the king has a change of heart and frees his son, the prince goes on a rampage, and the king imprisons him again, persuading him that his short-lived freedom was all a dream. Jeff Miller, David Widmayer, Lauren Megan McCarthy, Joseph McDonald, Mouse Courtois, Stevert Davenport, Jessica Feathers, Cydney Heed, and Jenna Hinton.
8 p.m., Riverside Arts Center (Apr. 17-20), 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio (Apr. 25 & 26 and May 2 & 3), 322 W. Ann. Tickets $15 (students, $5) in advance via email to BTEreservations@gmail.com and at the door. 904-7049. [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]
May 1-3. Brian Cox directs local actors in this collection of 12 monologues, each written by different local writer, that revolve around 2 alarming incidents in the history of a small town: the disappearance of a baby and a deadly fire. Cast: David Galido, Pat Collins, Mary Elizabeth Parker, David Angus, Margie Bovie, Peter Knox, Ann Stofflet, Holly Kreag, Linnae Caurdy, Kelly Rose Voigt, Marc Holland, Denene Pollock, Bob Galardi.
8 p.m., The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 in advance at fromaroundhereproductions.org; $15 at the door. 944-2787. [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]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]