June 27-29. This charming country store housed in an old farmhouse opens its historic barns for this festival, which includes daily performances by a band TBA. Refreshments.
Times TBA, Dixboro General Store, 5206 Plymouth Rd., just east of Dixboro Rd. Free admission. 663-5558. [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. email@example.com sun-moon-yoga.com [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.
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]
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.
June 25-29. Carnival games and rides. Concessions.
5-11 p.m. (June 25), noon-11 p.m. (June 26-29), Pioneer High School parking lot, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Free admission (small charge for individual game & ride tickets); $5 minimum purchase for admittance after 9 p.m.; no admittance after 10 p.m. email@example.com. [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]
June 28 & 29. A weekend of historical reenactments, featuring a blacksmith festival, a Civil War encampment, and more. Also, guided tours of the 10-room farmhouse. On Sunday, activities to celebrate Log Cabin Day.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (June 28) & noon-5 p.m. (June 29), Waterloo Area Farm Museum, 9998 Waterloo-Munith Rd. (left off Clear Lake Rd. 5 miles north from I-94 exit 153), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (kids 5-12, $2; kids age 4 & under and members, free). (517) 596-2254. [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]
The Grand Rapids duo of banjoist Jim Foerch and guitarist Bear Berends perform a wide range of traditional Great Lakes music, including lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmer's paeans, gospel music and children's ditties. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, & a picnic lunch. Held indoors in case of rain.
1-2:30 p.m., Burns Park adjacent to Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free; donations accepted. 794-6250. [map]
This day of old-timey pioneer fun includes a tour of the 1880s log cabin and a chance to play games and do some chores the way they were done back in the day. Also, a chance to see the 1870s gristmill. Pioneer attire encouraged.
1-4 p.m., Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/static-trapeze-1/ [map]
This 2-year-old club plays baseball using 1860s-era rules against similar teams from around the state.
June 8 (2 p.m., Gordon Hall, Dexter-Pinckney Rd. at Island Lake Rd.): Chelsea Monitors. This game is part of Civil War Days (see listing).
June 14 (1 p.m.): Detroit Early Risers.
June 29 (1 p.m.): Flint Lumber City.
July 6 (2 p.m.): Bay City Independents.
July 20 (1 p.m.): TBA.
Aug. 9 (1 p.m.): Royal Oak Wahoos. This game is part of Dexter Daze (see listing).
Aug. 31 (2 p.m.): Northville Eclipse.
Sept. 7 (1 p.m.): Royal Oak Wahoos.
Sept. 27 (2 p.m., Webster Community Hall, corner of Farrell & Webster Church rds.): Chelsea Monitors. This game is part of Webster Fall Festival (see listing).
Various times, St. Joseph Catholic Church (except as noted), 6805 Mast at North Territorial, Dexter. Free. Facebook.com/unionbbc. [map]
First Steps Washtenaw instructor Monica Higman leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
Kids musician Aaron Nigel Smith helps kids in grades K-3 make their own instrument to bring to his Top of the Park show tonight (see listing below).
1-2 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
School of Intuitive Arts & Sciences cofounder Kathryn Andries, a U-M grad, discusses her new guide to self-understanding through palmistry, astrology, past lives, and other methods.
1 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
June 22 & 24: The Muppets Take Manhattan (Frank Oz, 1984). Musical comedy in which Kermit discovers why they say there's a broken heart for every light on Broadway. Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy.
June 29 & July 1: All about Eve (Joseph Mankiewicz, 1950). This multi-Oscar-winning film features Bette Davis in her greatest role as an aging Broadway diva who's clawed her way to the top, only to be threatened by a fan-turned-parasite. With Anne Baxter, George Sanders, and Celeste Holm, and a cameo by Marilyn Monroe.
July 6 & 8: A Hard Day's Night (Richard Lester, 1964). The Beatles' joyously exuberant film debut, a visually arresting, slapstick version of two typical days in their life. Features "Can't Buy Me Love," "And I Love Her," and other early Beatles songs.
July 13 & 15: A Day at the Races (Sam Wood, 1937). The Marx Brothers enter a horse in a steeplechase to win enough money to save from financial ruin a sanitarium where Groucho, a horse doctor illicitly employed as the director, has his eyes on one of the patients, a wealthy hypochondriac.
July 20 & 22: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977). Spellbinding classic about alien contact. Richard Dreyfuss.
July 27 & 29: Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939). The classic film musical based on L. Frank Baum's beloved children's fantasy. Judy Garland.
Aug. 3 & 5: Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955). Classic drama of teen alienation. James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus.
Aug. 10 & 12: Godzilla (Ishiro Honda, 1954). The original Japanese version of this sci-fi horror classic about a mutant dinosaur resurrected by repeated nuclear tests in the Pacific.
Aug. 17 & 19: Lolita (Stanley Kubrick, 1962). Adaptation of Nabokov's unsettlingly comic novel about a middle-age professor smitten by a sexually precocious 14-year-old girl. James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, Peter Sellers.
Aug. 24 & 26: Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954). Classic film about a 16th-century village that hires professional tough guys to stave off marauding bandits. The inspiration for The Magnificent Seven. Japanese, subtitles.
Aug. 31 & Sept. 2: Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979). Classic satire about a man whose life parallels that of Jesus.
Sept. 1: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Enduring sentimental favorite about a pair of star-crossed lovers in Nazi-occupied North Africa during WW II. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman.
Sept. 7 & 9: Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994). Cult noir comedy about a couple of hit men. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman.
1:30 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. ( Mon. & Tues.), Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [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]
June 20, 27, & 29 (different programs). World-famous musicians and up-and-coming ensembles present 3 chamber concerts. June 20: Performers include pianists Frederic Chiu and Pei-Shan Lee, violinist Chen Yi, and the Israeli ensemble Ariel Quartet. Program: Bach's Partita no. 2 in C minor, Franck's Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, and Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat major. June 27: Performers include the San Francisco-based ensemble The Delphi Trio and the Los Angeles-based Calidore String Quartet. Program: Haydn's Piano Trio in C major, Beethoven's String Quartet no. 1 in F major, and the premiere of a new work by Iranian-American composer Sahba Aminikia. June 29: Performers include pianist and Minifest artistic director James Tocco, violinist Eric Pritchard, the former U-M music student saxophone ensemble Donald Sinta Quartet, and the San Francisco-based Telegraph Quartet. Program: Mozart's String Quartet no. 19 in C major, Strauss's Violin Sonata in E-flat major, David Biedenbender's Cerulean, and Suby Raman's Mirapakaya.
8 p.m. (June 20 & 27) & 2 p.m. (June 29), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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. email@example.com http://a2ringstar.com [map]
Youth Baseball/Softball Doubleheader - Fundraiser for Autism @ University of Michigan Alumni Field (Varsity Softball Stadium): Ann Arbor A's Travel Baseball.more >
Youth Baseball/Softball Doubleheader - Fundraiser for Autism @ University of Michigan Alumni Field (Varsity Softball Stadium): Ann Arbor A's Travel Baseball.< less
Please join us for an afternoon of youth baseball and softball to help raise money for autism @ University of Michigan Alumni Field (Varsity Softball Stadium).
100% of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Ann Arbor Public Schools Preschool and Family Center's Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program.
1:45pm - Pre-Game Ceremony to honor children with autism and their families
2pm - Boys Baseball
Ann Arbor A's 10u White v. Tri-City Lightning
4:30pm - Girls Softball
Michiana Cruisers 12u v. Midland Line Drive
General Admission Seating - All Tickets $5
University of Michigan Alumni Field (Varsity Softball Stadium), 1202 South State Street. Donation. $5. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
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. email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra-1/ [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: Hullabaloo (8:30 p.m.), the popular local ska and 80s-style pop quintet. Opening acts are Detroit folk and blues singer-songwriter Zander Michigan (5 p.m.), Detroit singer-songwriter and American Idol season 12 contestant Keri Lynn Roche (6 p.m.), and award-winning reggae kids performer Aaron Nigel Smith (7 p.m.). The musicians are followed at 11 p.m. by a screening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the 2012 adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein's classic fantasy.
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.
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]
Group reading and discussion of a Rudolf Steiner lecture TBA. Followed by light refreshments. All invited.
7-8:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. Preregistration required. 485-3764. [map]
All invited to lie down on mats while Leah Mitchell plays Tibetan singing bowls, instruments whose music is said to restore harmony and balance.
7 p.m., Himalayan Bazaar, 218 S. Main. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Preregistration required by June 27. email@example.com, 997-7229. thehimalayanbazaar.com. [map]
Raleigh (NC) quartet that joins traditional bluegrass with the tradition-extending music of the likes of John Hartford and the Band. The band has a brand-new CD, Tightrope, that Twangville reviewer Jeff McMahon praises for its "tight songcraft, harmonies, and musicianship."
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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]
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]
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]