All invited to compete in a sprint triathlon (800-meter swim, 14-mile bike race, and 5-mile run) or duathlon (14-mile bike race sandwiched between 2- and 5-mile runs). Also, a mini sprint tri (400-meter swim, 14-mile bike race, and 2-mile run). Awards. Followed by beer in a Grizzly Peak beer garden (age 21 & over only).
8 a.m. sharp, Halfmoon Lake Beach, Hankerd Rd. (1 3/4 miles north of North Territorial Rd.), Dexter Twp. $99. $12 discount for USA Triathlon members. Entry forms available at epicraces.com. $10 annual vehicle entry fee. 531-8747. [map]
A judged amateur riding event featuring kids and adults riding English, western, and halter styles. Concessions.
8 a.m.-about 7 p.m., Woodbine Farm, 9976 W. Liberty (east of M-52 between Parker & Guenther), Lima Twp. Free admission. spurhorseshow.com. [map]
Pancake and sausage breakfast and display of vintage planes and cars (bring one to show, if you wish). Also, a chance to try a helicopter flight (around $50). Aviation demo displays. Kids activities include an Awesome Bounce, pedal planes, and face painting.
8 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Airport Corporate Hangar (next to the tower), 801 Airport Dr. (off S. State just south of I-94). $5. eaa333.org, 730-0964. [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]
Sale of cards, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, monotypes, oils, encaustics, and collages by 25-30 members of this group of area artists. Rain or shine.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Silver Maples of Chelsea courtyard, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free admission. chelseapainters.com, 478-5416. [map]
June 7 & 8. A very popular annual sale held outdoors under a big tent. Includes a wide variety of functional and decorative ceramics made by more than 30 guild members. Also, a low-price kids sale table and a chance for kids to play with clay.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Potters Guild parking lot, 201 Hill. Free admission. 663-4970. [map]
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The Nichols Arboretum Peony Garden is the largest collection of heirloom herbaceous peonies in North America, with thousands of blooms in shades of white, pink, and red. Free admission. Note: Peony bloom season is weather dependent. Please visit our dedicated peony website for regular bloom updates: mbgna.umich.edu
university of Michigan Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. Free. 734-647-7600. http:
June 1 (9 a.m., Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot): "Zukey Lake Tavern Brunch Ride." Fast/moderate-paced 69-mile (945-4133) and slow-paced 40-mile rides to Zukey Lake Tavern in Pinckney for brunch.
June 8: (10 a.m., Saline municipal parking lot, Ann Arbor Rd. south of US-12, Saline): "Hathaway House Ride." Moderate-paced 65-mile ride (426-4989) to Blissfield for brunch at the historic Hathaway House restaurant.
June 15 (9 a.m., Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot): "Father's Day Democratic Ride." Pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
June 22: TBA.
June 29 (9 a.m., Monument Park Gazebo, Main St. & Baker Rd., Dexter): "Park Trail." Moderate-paced 45-mile (276-0240) and slow-paced 25-mile (971-0685) rides along the new Border-to-Border Trail from Dexter to Hudson Mills Metropark.
Various times & locations. Free. 904-6431.
June 7 & 8. Casting and fishing demos, sale of fishing equipment, a used gear trade, fly fishing lessons (10 a.m. both days; reservations required), and more.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (June 7) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 8), Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. Free admission. Team@SchultzOutfitters.com, 544-1761.
Preschool (10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.) and older (1:15-4:45 p.m.) gymnastics students showcase the skills they've learned throughout the school year.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. $9 (students & seniors, $7; gymnasts and kids age 5 & under, free) at the door. 971-1667. [map]
GO GREEN! BUY HANDMADE! Kick off your summer with us….a full house of LOCAL art and crafts with the most diverse selection of mediums in one location! Many artisans will make a special, one-time appearance; catch them while they're here. The Market will showcase artists who reduce, reuse, and upcycle to create their one-of-a-kind products. Need a gift for Dad? Shop early to find something he'll treasure forever.
Leslie Science Center will swoop into the Market with their predatory raptors. A special surprise (have you ever met a baby kangaroo?) can be found at The Creature Conservancy. Both organizations are committed to providing your family with the unique opporunity to meet exotic animals as part of an educational experience about conservancy.
Project Upcycle Ann Arbor, a new business in town that is offering "pay as you wish" for materials to make art with will be joining us. They will have a Make and Take craft for you to take part in being a "green" crafter by reus
Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St. email@example.com http:
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 846-9418.
June 6-8 (different times). This popular lively festival features Greek food and pastries, including insanely good loukoumathes (honey-dipped doughnut puffs), karithopita (walnut cakes), and other delicacies. Live Greek music and dancing. Also, popular church tours, a Hellenic cultural exhibit, raffles with a grand prize trip to Greece, and a sale of Greek souvenirs, jewelry, ceramics, and more.
11 a.m.-midnight (June 6 & 7) & noon-6 p.m. (June 8), St. Nicholas, 3109 Scio Church Rd. (park at nearby Knox Presbyterian Church on Wagner to get a shuttle to the festival). $3 (free for kids age 12 & under, for anyone arriving before 4 p.m. on Fri. and before 1 p.m. on Sat., & all day Sun.). annarborgreekfestival.org, 332-8200. [map]
June 7 & 8. Bubble activities and performances by Ron Lloyd, aka "The Bubble Man" (1 & 3 p.m.).
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (June 7) & noon-4 p.m. (June 8), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu
June 5-8. This 2nd annual Michigan Theater film festival features around 43 films screened over 4 days at 3 local venues (Michigan Theater, State Theater, the U-M Modern Languages Bldg.) and several Detroit venues (see cinetopiafestival.org for info about screenings in Detroit). The films include narrative feature-length films and documentaries that recently premiered at international festivals such as Sundance and Berlin as well as some older films.
At the Michigan Theater: An opening night party (5:30 p.m., $60 includes film screening) followed at 7:30 p.m. by 1982, Tommy Oliver's 2013 drama, set in 1980s Philadelphia, about a working-class father who's left to care for his young daughter when his drug addict wife disappears. Followed at 9:15 p.m. by a post-screening party in the foyer.
At the State Theater: "The Skeleton Twins" (Craig Johnson, 2013). SNL comedians Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader star as estranged twins who are reunited after one of them attempts suicide. 7:30 p.m.
At MLB: "Go for Sisters" (John Sayles, 2013). 2 high school friends meet twenty years later when one becomes the parole officer for the other.
At the Michigan Theater: "Northern Light" (Nick Bentgen, 2014). Documentary that follows 3 Sault Ste. Marie families as they prepare for the International 500, the largest and longest single-day snowmobile race in the world. 1 p.m. "Rich Hill" (Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo, 2014). Intimate documentary about 3 teen boys living in the impoverished town of Rich Hill, Missouri. 1:30 p.m. "Lilting" (Hong Khaou, 2013). When a young man dies, his Chinese mother and his English boyfriend try to overcome their inability to communicate and their dislike of each other in order to deal with their grief. English & Mandarin. 3:30 p.m. "Jingle Bell Rocks!" (Mitchell Kezin, 2013). Documentary about Christmas music and the director's passion for finding obscure Christmas tunes. 4 p.m. "Life Feels Good" (Maciej Pieprzyca, 2013). Drama about a kid with cerebral palsy who tries desperately to be understood, despite being labeled mentally disabled by experts. Polish, subtitles. 7 p.m. "Do the Right Thing." Private screening of Spike Lee's celebrated 1989 drama about race relations in a Brooklyn neighborhood. Danny Aiello, John Turturro, Spike Lee, Rosie Perez, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson. With an appearance by Lee. Note: This is a private screening, but those with a $1000 festival pass get a pair of tickets. 6 p.m. "The Congress" (Ari Folman, 2013). Surreal sci-fi allegory, part live action and part animation, about a movie studio that buys the rights to actress Robin Wright's body, digitizing it and casting the digitized version in various films. Stars Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm, & Paul Giamatti. 9:30 p.m. "White Shadow" (Noaz Deshe, 2013). Drama about the "albino hunting" trade, set in Tanzania, told through the eyes of an Albino boy on the run from witch doctors who want to use his body parts in their cures. Swahili, subtitles. 9:45 p.m. White Shadow is also shown June 8 at MLB 4 (see below).
At the State Theater: "Attila Marcel" (Sylvain Chomet, 2013). Fantastical tale of a 33-year-old man who's been mute since his parents' mysterious deaths when he was a child. Compared to Amélie, this is the first live-action feature film by Chomet, who directed the Oscar-nominated animated films The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist. French, subtitles. 2 p.m. Attila Marcel is also shown at the Michigan Theater June 7 (see below). "Bad Hair" (Mariana Randón, 2013). Poignant drama about a 9-year-old boy who dreams of being a singer and is obsessed with straightening his curly hair. Spanish, subtitles. 4:30 p.m. "Buzzard" (Joel Potrykus, 2014). Horror-drama about a small-time scam artist whose paranoia forces him to flee his hometown of Grand Rapids and hide out in Detroit. 6:45 p.m. "Wetlands" (David Wnendt, 2013). Adaptation of a best-selling German erotic novel about a teenage schoolgirl who rebels against her germ-averse mother with various sexual antics meant to disgust. 9 p.m. "Tom at the Farm" (Xavier Dolan, 2013). Creepy and compelling drama about a hipster who leaves the city to attend the funeral of his closeted partner and ends up trapped on a farm with his partner's despondent mother and bestial brother. French, subtitles. 11:30 p.m.
At MLB: "The Great Flood" (Bill Morrison, 2012). Documentary, with no dialogue, about American roots music and the 1927 flood of the Mississippi River that contributed to the Great Migration of displaced workers fleeing north to Chicago and Detroit and bringing the Delta blues with them. 5 p.m. "Watchers of the Sky" (Edet Belzberg, 2014). Documentary about ethnic cleansing and Raphael Lemkin, the human rights activist who coined the term genocide. 5:15 p.m. "Silver City" (John Sayles, 2004). Political satire about a dim-witted gubernatorial candidate who reels in the dead body of an undocumented worker while filming a campaign ad meant to show off his fishing skills. Chris Cooper, Darryl Hannah, Kris Kristofferson, Thora Birch, Maria Bello, Richard Dreyfuss, and Danny Huston. 8 p.m. "The Better Angels" (A.J. Edwards, 2014). Stunning black-and-white Terrence Malick-esque drama that chronicles Abraham Lincoln's early years. 8 p.m.
At the Michigan Theater: "Finding Mr. Right" (Xiao Lu Xue, 2013). Rom-com about a young Chinese woman who comes to Seattle to deliver her wealthy lover's child in an illegal "maternity mansion" and must eventually choose between a lonely upscale life and a modest existence defined by love. Mandarin & English, subtitles. Noon. Finding Mr. Right is also shown at MLB June 8 (see below). "UMMAH Among Friends" (Cüneyt Kaya, 2013). A world-weary undercover cop in Berlin is welcomed into a Muslim community and witnesses the racial profiling of his new friends. German, Turkish, & Arabic; subtitles. 2 p.m. "Life Feels Good." See June 6 listing above. 2:30 p.m. "Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound" (Marlon Johnson, Denis Scholl, & Chad Tingle; 2014). Documentary about the burgeoning soul scene in Miami in the mid-1960s. 4:30 p.m. "The Case Against 8" (Ben Cotner & Ryan White, 2013). Documentary about California's case to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage. 4:45 p.m. "Hellion" (Kat Candler, 2014). Heartbreaking drama about a motocross-obsessed teen whose antics contribute to Child Protective Services taking his brother away to live with an aunt. Juliette Lewis. 7 p.m. "To Be Takei" (Jennifer Kroot & Bill Weber, 21014). Documentary about George Takei, the immensely popular 76-year-old actor-turned-activist who is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek. 7:30 p.m. "Obvious Child" (Gillian Robespierre, 2014). Drama about a popular Brooklyn comedian whose perfect world goes topsy-turvy when her two-timing boyfriend dumps her. 9:30 p.m. "Attila Marcel." See June 6 listing above. 9:45 p.m.
At the State Theater: "OJ: The Musical" (Jeff Rosenberg, 2013). Comedy about an Ohio performer who makes it big in New York City and returns home to recruit friends and set up funds for his musical adaptation of Othello, based on the O.J. Simpson murder trial. 2 p.m. OJ: The Musical also shows June 8 (see below). "Paris or Perish" (Reem Kherici, 2014). Comedy about a Moroccan fashionista living in Paris who's deported back to North Africa to her less-than-glam family when her visa expires. French, subtitles. 4:30 p.m. Paris or Perish also shows June 8 (see below). "Coherence" (James Ward Byrkit, 2013). Cryptic sci-fi mystery about party guests who are discussing the significance of a comet that's passing near earth when Internet and phone service go out and glass begins to inexplicably shatter. 7:15 p.m. "The Dog" (Allison Berg & François Keraudren, 2013). Documentary about the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon. 9:30 p.m. "R100" (Hitoshi Matsumoto, 2013). Twisted dramatic comedy about a bored man who spices up his life at a bondage club. His world is threatened when sex workers start to insinuate themselves into his daily life. 11:30 p.m.
At MLB: "Lone Star" (John Sayles, 1996). Western film noir about a Texas sheriff trying to uncover a long-buried mystery in his small town. Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey. 2 p.m. "Borgman" (Alex van Warmerdam, 2013). Dark suburban fable about a vagrant who enters the lives of an arrogant aristocratic family and turns their lives into a psychological nightmare. Dutch & English, subtitles. 2:15 p.m. "The Sublime and Beautiful" (Blake Robbins, 2014). When tragedy strikes a family in suburban Kansas, the patriarch who once had it all has to reprioritize his life. The Sublime and Beautiful is also shown June 8 (see below). "A Touch of Sin" (Zhangke Jia, 2013). Drama inspired by 4 true stories of people who become victims of a society that regards them as little more than cogs in the capitalist wheel. 5 p.m. A Touch of Sin also plays June 8 (see below). "No Clue" (Carl Bessai, 2013). Inspired by the attention of a sexy femme fatale, a novelty salesman tries to help her find her brother but ends up stumbling from one life-or-death situation to another. 7:45 p.m. "The Congress." See June 6 listing above. 8 p.m.
At the Michigan Theater: "Borgman." See June 7 listing above. 1 p.m. "War Story" (Mark Jackson, 2014). Drama about a war photographer with PTSD who sequesters herself in a Sicilian hotel after her terrifying experiences in Libya. Catherine Keener, Ben Kingsley. 1:15 p.m. "Detroit Voices Contest Winners." Screening of the top entries from the festival's Detroit Voices Short Film Competition. 3:30 p.m. "Rock the Casbah" (Yariv Horowitz, 2012). Drama set in the Gaza Strip in 1989 about Israeli soldiers who watch over Arabs in the occupied territories. Hebrew, subtitles. 4 p.m.
At the State Theater: "Obvious Child." See June 7 listing above. 3:15 p.m. "A Touch of Sin." See June 7 listing above. 5:30 p.m. "Consideration" (Amy Butler, 2014). Drama about a struggling young lawyer with massive student loan debt who resorts to selling herself on a "sugar daddy" dating website to a wealthy retiree. 8 p.m.
At MLB: "A Story of Children and Film" (Mark Cousins, 2013). Cinematic odyssey that compiles clips from 53 films to create a portrait of childhood in cinema. 2 p.m. "The Sublime and the Beautiful." See June 7 listing above. 2:15 p.m. "Memphis" (Tim Sutton, 2014). Drama about a strange and talented singer who drifts through Memphis in an effort to ignite a creative spark that will get him back on track. 5 p.m. "UMMAH Among Friends." See June 7 listing above. 5:15 p.m. "Finding Mr. Right." See June 7 listing above. 7:45 p.m. "White Shadow." See June 6 listing above. 8 p.m.
Various locations. Tickets $12 (Michigan Theater members, $9; festival passes, $75-$1000); book of 4 tickets, $40 (members, $30) in advance at ticketweb.com and the Michigan Theater, and at the door. cinetopiafestival.org. [map]
Friends near and far...With heavy hearts full of grateful memories we will gather in Ann Arbor to celebrate the life of Evan O'Connor. Evan loved nature, the Huron river, music, and UofM sports, and we will honor his spirit with a very casual memorial in the Arboretum at 1pm on Sunday, June 8th.
We will meet at the Washington Heights entrance at 12:45pm (The Peony Garden), and walk to the Riverfront for the memorial. A map can be found here: http:
Family and friends are welcome to come with a memory to share, or simply pay their respects and sign the guest book.
Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Heights. Free. email@example.com http:
This Puppy Up! Walk will raise money for the 2 Million Dogs organization. 2 Million Dogs donates funds for cancer research, and they hold the Puppy Up! Walks all over the United States. It is a 2 mile walk through Gallup Park on June 8th at 1pm. There will be goody bags, t-shirts, prizes, and much more! You can register early at puppyupannarbor.kintera.org, or you can register on the day of the event. Registration at Gallup Park will start at 11am. Start a team, join a team, or walk on your own, but feel free to bring your 4-legged friends to walk, too! For more information, go to puppyupannarbor.kintera.org, or call 734-929-4071.
Gallup Park, 2970 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $20. 734-929-4071. firstname.lastname@example.org puppyupkintera.org [map]
Half-hour docent-guided tours of photographs and artifacts in this restored 19th-century observatory museum. Also, a chance to pull the rope and rotate the telescope dome.
1-4 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. $5 suggested donation (U-M students, free). 764-3482. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. in June. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
Solar System Live (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the planets in our solar system (including dwarf planet Pluto), along with a short star talk to point out where the currently visible planets are found in the night sky.
Stars to Starfish (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.), is an animated show that compares the exploration of outer space with the exploration of the Earth's oceans.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in a lecture-concert. With bassist Paul Keller, drummer Pete Siers, and guest vocalist Sunny Wilkinson.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
May 21 & every Thurs.-Sat. through June 8. Paul Bianchi directs local actors in Russell Davis's drama about a young man in a state mental hospital who's gradually drawn back into life by a friend from his past. "Subtle and unsentimental…the play has a sensitive awareness of the renewable vitality within an interrupted relationship," says a New York Times review. Cast: Zach Damon, Megan Shiplett, and Susan Morris.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (seniors & students with ID, $10; $4 discount for dining at Haab's on the day of the show) in advance at emergentarts.com, and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
June 5-8. Brodie Brockie directs local actors in Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's perennial favorite, a darkly funny mock-Faustian musical about a nerdy clerk toiling in a skid row flower shop who makes the fatal decision to adopt an ill-tempered carnivorous plant. Stars Dan Clair, Amanda Burch, Mark Bernstein, Jared Hoffert, Matthew Kurzyniec, Rob Roy, Charlotte Prenevost, Jennifer Burks, and Linzi Bokor.
8 p.m. (June 5-7) & 2 p.m. (June 8), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $25 (seniors age 60 & over, $22; students, $13; Thurs., $19) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]
This festive barbecue blowout fundraiser features food, fun, and entertainment for all ages. Grilled sausages, chicken, and vegetables, plus salads and desserts. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Beer and wine available. Live music includes the local rockabilly, blues, rock 'n' roll, and honky-tonk band George Bedard & the Kingpins, the country-inflected folk-rock band Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful, and Saline self-described "rustic pop" singer-songwriter duo Jake & Mary. Also, kids activities, free massages, a photo booth, and a silent auction. Rain or shine.
3-8 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $50 in advance at foodgatherers.org; $60 at the gate (children ages 3-13, $10; under age 3, free). 761-2796. [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]
Every Sat. & Sun. except May 23 & 24. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Exhibit Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Every Sun, June 8-July 20. 26-mile ride, at various paces, along roads west and north of town.
3 p.m., meet at 5972 Rollingwood Drive west off Zeeb Rd, south of Jackson Rd. Free. (248) 505-7067.
All invited to discuss The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Galbraith's mystery about a private eye (and Afghanistan war vet and amputee) who investigates a supermodel's suicide.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]
All invited to join a discussion of Justin Spring's biography of the 20th-century professor who left academia to become a tattoo artist and homosexual porn writer known as Phil Sparrow.
4:30-6 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
Boychoir founder Tom Strode and assistant director Alex Sutton conduct a varied program of joyous choral music. The performing choir (ages 9-18) presents a program highlighted by award-winning Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo's moving and beautiful "The Ground" and Piazzolla's "Libertango," a rhythmically exciting work that combines elements of traditional Argentinian tango and jazz. Also, music by Brahms, Parry, Mendelssohn, and Schubert. The preparatory choir (ages 8-10) performs a program TBA, and the Young Men's Ensemble (ages 13-18) presents a program that ranges from folk melodies to Elizabeth Alexander's setting of the Zimbabwean proverb "If you can walk, you can dance."
5 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 420 W. Liberty. Free; donations accepted. 663-5377. [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., outside at the U-M campus between Rackham and North Quad. Free. Email email@example.com to confirm. 717-1569.
Every Thurs-Sun., June 5-22. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production of Shakespeare's pastoral comedy centered on a noblewoman who must disguise herself as a man in order to win the world's respect. Set in the Forest of Arden, where a duke and his court are living in exile, the play features deft counterpointing of multiple plots, a swirl of romances, an extravagance of wit, and a canny assault upon the various socially sanctioned ways in which people inflict themselves upon one another. The action moves from spot to spot within the Arb, and director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on; dress for the weather. Note: Space limited; come early. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m., but the line for tickets starts forming at 4:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (students with ID & youth age 17 & under, $10; seniors age 62 & older, $17; Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; kids under age 5, free) at the gate only. Limited number of golf carts available; first come, first served. 647-7600.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
Performance by this ensemble of some of the musicians from around the world who have contributed to Playing for Change, a video project that began when producers Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono traveled around the world asking musicians to add their voices and instruments to a video recording of the soul classic "Stand by Me" that became a YouTube phenomenon. They have since produced similar collaborative videos for several other songs.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & at theark.org. and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
May 4, 18, & 25 and every Sun. in June. Performances by aspiring and experienced comics from former Tonight Show staff writer Challis's comedy dojo. Emcee is Mark Sweetman. Refreshments.
8 p.m., The Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 suggested donation. emergentarts.com, 985-0875. [map]