All invited--from novices to experienced birders--to help take a census of breeding birds in this lovely wooded area between Dexter and Pinckney. The trails are hilly, and mosquitoes can be a problem, so come prepared.
7-11 a.m., meet at the top of the hill near the caretaker's house, about 1 mi. north of the entrance, Stinchfield Woods Rd. (west off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. about 1.5 mi. north of North Territorial). Free. To volunteer or for information, email Rachelle Sterling at firstname.lastname@example.org. 662-7575.
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. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
We would like to invite all families to honor that special father figure in their life and to enjoy a special day at Independence Lake. After a provided pancake breakfast at 9:00am, families will explore our park with a scavenger hunt. The fun doesn't end there, because each participant will be invited to spend the remainder of the day at Blue Heron Bay, our new spray park, for free. Pre-Registration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org, spaces limited.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Road, Whitmore Lake. $6. 734-449-4437. firstname.lastname@example.org parksonline.ewashtenaw.org [map]
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.
Pancake breakfast in celebration of Father's Day.
9-11 a.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennnings (north off North Territorial). $6 per person (includes vehicle entry fee); preregistration required. 449-4437. [map]
Every Sun. Pace and destination are determined by the assembled riders.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 904-6431. [map]
June 1: U-M humanities professor emeritus Ralph Loomis discusses "Favorite Readings from Lincoln Steffens' Autobiography."
June 15: Retired Montessori teacher Winifred Wylie discusses Richard M. Bucke's Cosmic Consciousness.
10 a.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, Suite C, 2401 Plymouth. Free. 971-8638. [map]
June 14 & 15. Show and sale of antiques and vintage items in various styles, including Americana, art deco, mission, mid-century modern, industrial, shabby chic, continental, and more. Deliveries available. Concessions. The June theme is "Garden Love."
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free; dads, free with a paid admission). email@example.com, (937) 875-0808. [map]
Every Sun. except July 6 & 13. Talk by Gelek Rimpoche, an incarnate lama from Tibet who lives in Ann Arbor.
10-11 a.m., Jewel Heart Center, 1129 Oak Valley Dr. (between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387. [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 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.
Display of a wide variety of roses and rose arrangements. Following morning judging, the show opens to the public. All amateur rose growers and arrangers are invited to compete ($3; entries accepted beginning at 8 a.m.), and this month's Rose Society meeting offers show tips for beginners (see 10 Tuesday listing).
Noon-4 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 277-0112. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to watch frogs, turtles, snakes, rabbits, and more as they hop, crawl, and slither in their homes. LSNC animals include both species native to the region and exotic animals that have been donated.
Noon-3 p.m. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [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/~goclub. [map]
Static trapeze, or fixed trapeze, is a circus art performed on the bars and ropes of a mainly stationary trapeze. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Static Trapeze. You will learn to get on and off the trapeze unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. Strength makes it seamless! This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$15 for a single class
$150 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. email@example.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-1/ [map]
Zingerman's Coffee staff discuss and offer taste samples of foods that go best with some of their coffees.
1-3 p.m., Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-6060. [map]
Members of the Dirty Sock Funtime Band (see Top of the Park listing below) show kids in grades K-3 how to write a song.
1-2 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [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]
Every Sun. except Mar. 2. All invited to try this interactive, free-form dance style that involves a rolling point of contact between two or more people through which dancers give and share weight. It is somewhere between tango, modern dance, aikido, wrestling, gymnastics, and none of the above, and usually takes place without music. People do contact improv in any combination of genders, and there are no steps. No partner required; beginners welcome. Followed by discussion and socializing.
2-4 p.m., Phoenix Center, 200 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5-$10 sliding scale based on ability to pay. 604-4416. [map]
Come practice your precision bow shooting at Open Archery, courtesy of Ring of Steel. Beginners and experienced archers alike are invited to take advantage of a short indoor range compete with catch nets and foam targets. Recurve bows are available for rent. $5 includes 6 arrows for use, or bring your own. Recurve bows only, with a draw weight of 45 lbs or less.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $5. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2ringstar.com [map]
Docent-led tour of the current traveling exhibition of Native American and First Nations art.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
June 12-15 & 18-21. Liz Greaves-Hoxsie directs local actors in NoŽl Coward's charming, witty comedy, set in the late 1920s, about 2 best friends who consecutively had an affair with the same man prior to getting married to their respective husbands. The action takes place over a weekend in which the lover-a dashing Frenchman-comes back to town while the 2 women's husbands are away on a golf trip. Stars Lisa Coveney, Liam Weeks, Walburga Zahn, Nathan Corliss, Heather Glidden, and Steven White.
8 p.m. (except June 15 & 18, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at showtix4u.com and by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
Screening of Joe Lovett's documentary about vision loss in the U.S. In conjunction with the current AADL exhibit Child in a Strange Country: Helen Keller and the History of Education for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired.
2-4 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
June 12-15 and 19-21. Trevor Maher directs local actors in Ted Hughes' translation of Jean Racine's severe 17th-century tragedy based on the Greek myth. The dying queen Phaedra falls in love with her stepson Hippolytus, who in turn is enamored of the forbidden beauty Aricia.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441, email@example.com. [map]
June 6-8 & 13-15. EMU drama professor Ken Stevens directs EMU drama students in A.R. Gurney's witty, endearing comedy about a couple whose 22-year-old marriage is in the doldrums when they adopt a stray dog that becomes the battleground for the tensions in their relationship. For audiences age 13 & up.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell at Jarvis), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (seniors age 60 & older, $12) in advance at the Convocation Center, the Student Center ticket office, the Quirk box office, and emutix.com; and at the door. 487-1221.
Every Wed.-Sun. (except June 26), June 12-Aug. 30. Michelle Mountain directs professional actors in Tony-winning playwright Joe DiPietro's heartwarming 2008 comedy about an opera-loving widower named Ralph who falls for a woman at a dog park and pursues her in spite of her reluctance to start a relationship. As Ralph's romance blossoms, his acerbic sister (and roommate) gets in the way. Cast: Andrew Buckshaw, Ryan Dooley, Franette Liebow, Priscilla Lindsay, and Will Young. Note: The July 11 & Aug. 8 performances include a talkback.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. June 12-19 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Sat. & Sun. matinees & Fri. eve.), & 28 (Sat. eve.). After June 19: Tickets $18.50 (July 11 & Aug. 8 only), $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Sat. & Sun. matinees & Fri. eve.), & $42 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
An artistic discipline in its own right, aerial hammock is similar to aerial silks, except the fabric hangs in a loop creating a hammock-like apparatus. It provides new and experienced students alike with skills transferable to silks, trapeze, and lyra. Students in this class will learn a variety of dynamic and lyrical progressions while focusing on strength, fluidity, and choreography.
$150 for a seven week series
$25 for a single class
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25 - $150. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/aerial-hammock-1/ [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. except July 5 & 6. 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]
The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. email@example.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra-1/ [map]
(Fred Schepisi, 2013). Rom-com about a flamboyant English teacher and a stoic art teacher whose rivalry at an upscale prep school culminates in a competition decided by the students. Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche.
Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $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). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
Cruel Valentine is Chicago's Own Community Chest. Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, she has made herself at home in the Windy City. A life long singer, actor, dancer and artist, Valentine began performing the art of burlesque in 2007. Since then, she has spent the past several years performing her way across the nation. She is an independent performer, producer and teacher of burlesque, as well as partners in crime with Sauda Namir, forming the online store Suadela Intimates, your go-to for custom pasties, vintage pin up couture and other titillating burlesque accessories. With extensive experience in theatre, music and dance, she is a triple threat and then some, fusing multiple styles in her performances. A dedicated story teller, Cruel Valentine is never afraid to go there, or to make a mess with her art.
Burlesque Hip Hop Fusion
5:00 - 6:30pm
Flexibility and Body Control for Burlesque
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Burlesque Master Class
8:30pm - 10:00pm
$20 for one class, $55 for all
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $20 -$55. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/burlesque-all-night-with-cruel-valentine/ [map]
Every Tues.-Sun., June 13-July 6. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent and other activities TBA. Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: The Macpodz (8:30 p.m.), the immensely popular guitar-less local jam band that plays an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." Opening acts are the young Detroit singer-songwriter Olivia Millerschin (5 p.m.), the folk-rock duo The Understorey (6 p.m.), and the popular NYC-based kiddie rock group the Dirty Sock Funtime Band (7 p.m.). The musicians are followed at 10 p.m. by a screening of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, based on the 1st in J.K. Rowling's wildly popular series of young adult novels.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free, but donations accepted. 994-5999.
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]
Taped broadcast of the Royal Shakespeare Company Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon production of Shakespeare's popular historical play about a king who must defend the crown he stole, and his son who must assume his new royal role.
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]
Chamber blues ensemble led by Siegel, the blues harmonica genius who helped spark the blues revival of the 60s and early 70s as cofounder of the Siegel-Schwall Band. His chamber blues ensemble got its start in 1966 when conductor Seiji Ozawa invited the Siegel-Schwall Band to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The instrumentation includes a string quartet, an East Indian tabla, blues harmonica, and piano, along with occasional vocals, which tonight are taken by Marcy Levy (aka Marcella Detroit), a veteran Detroit blues-rock vocalist with a striking soprano voice. A former member of Bob Seger's and Eric Clapton's bands (she cowrote "Lay Down Sally" with Clapton), she is probably best known as a member of Shakespear's Sister in the early 90s.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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]
Several callers TBA lead familiar favorites to live music by Childgrove. For experienced dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. email@example.com, (248) 288-4737. [map]
Every Sun. All poets invited to compete in a poetry slam judged by a randomly chosen panel from the audience. The program begins with a brief poetry open mike and (usually) a short set by a featured poet.
8-11 p.m. (sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m.), Silvio's, 715 North University. $5 suggested donation. 985-0736. [map]
Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom (Aug. 3, 17, 24, & 31) & Pendleton Room (July 13 & 20) and Michigan League Ballroom (Aug. 10). $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]
This alt-rock band from Sacramento rose to fame in the 90s and early aughts with hits such as "The Distance," "Sheep Go to Heaven," and "Short Skirt/Long Jacket." The band is known for lead singer John McCrea's witty lyrics and recognizable deadpan voice as well as its genre-blending use of trumpet solos in pop songs. Opening act is Wanda Jackson, the legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist who's been called the first lady of rockabilly. Her 2012 album Unfinished Business shows "she still has the goods," says All Music Guide reviewer Mark Deming. "She's got spunk and attitude to spare."
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $40-$60 in advance at tickets.a2sf.org, the Michigan Ticket Office, & by phone. 764-2538. [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]