Tap into a maple tree. $5 (kids, $3). Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake, sausage, & maple syrup breakfast. $6 (kids, $4).
Park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Free, preregistration required; $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
Mar. 8 & 27. All invited to join WAS members on leisurely winter walks in search of birds, with a focus on Mar. 27 on the American woodcock, a bird known for its unusual flying patterns during courtship. Also, at 9 a.m. on Mar. 22, an Ypsilanti birding walk at Ford Lake, beginning in the parking lot off of S. Grove St.
9 a.m. (Mar. 8) & 7:30 a.m. (Mar. 27), Barton Pond, meet in the parking lot off Huron River Dr. Free. WashtenawAudubon.org.
Mar. 20-22. Young gymnasts from throughout Michigan & Ohio in nonsanctioned pre-competitive and sanctioned early-competitive-level meets.
5-9 p.m. (Fri.), 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $10 (students, $5; age 5 & under, free). 971-1667. [map]
26.2-mile, 13.1-mile, 10k, and 5k chip-timed races on circuitous courses through city streets, along the river, and in Gallup Park. The 5k, 10k, and half-marathon events are open to walkers. All courses start outside U-M Stadium. Courses closed to vehicular traffic until 1:30 p.m. Awards. Preceded on Mar. 21 by a kids run.
8 a.m., S. Main at Keech, NW corner of U-M Stadium. $37-$220 in advance at EpicRaces.com; price increase TBA after Feb. 29. 585-7101.
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Mar. 21 & 22. More than 150 area exhibitors show and demonstrate products and offer information on home improvement services. Concessions.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (ages 12 & under, free) cash only. 996-0100. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 996-9122 (10 a.m.) & 347-1259 (1 p.m.). [map]
Every Sun. Local artists show how to make a lantern to carry in the FoolMoon processionals on Apr. 3. Materials provided. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Workantile, 118 S. Main. Free, donations accepted. WonderFoolProductions@gmail.com, 707-1099. [map]
Mar. 21 & 22. Show and sale of thousands of tropical and hardy orchids, orchid-growing supplies, & related items. Also, talks and demos by local orchid growers.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
U-M women science faculty & students TBA discuss their current research and lead hands-on activities. Also, youth craft & storytime, and a performance of Wild Swan Theater's original drama, Coding to the Moon (limited seating, so reserve seats early).
MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0480. [map]
Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., & Mar. 30 & 31 Three all-ages audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (every hour on the half-hour: Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Mar. 30 & 31, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). An exploration of the current night sky.
"Cosmic Colors" (Sat. & Sun. 10:30 a.m.). An examination of the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.
"Two Small Pieces of Glass" (Sat. & Sun. 3:30 p.m.). Shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.
Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]
A chance to take photos with the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 29 & Apr. 5 (6-7:30 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds. Also, "Caring Bunny" on Mar. 22 & Apr. 5 (9-10:30 a.m.) offers a subdued environment for kids with special needs (preregistration required at eventbrite.com; search for "caring bunny").
Briarwood Mall. Free admission, price of photos TBA. 769-9610. [map]
Every Sat. & Sun. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "Out of the Water & Back Again: A Whale's Tale" (11 a.m.). Handle real fossils while learning about the evolutionary process. Also, make a fossil casts of an ancient tooth. "Home Sweet H.O.M.E.S.: Exploring the Great Lakes" (3 p.m.). Learn about the past, present, and future of Michigan's water source.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [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 (or occasionally across the street). Free. HAC-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com, 846-9418.
Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (11:30 a.m.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals.
11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Mar. 1, 8, & 22. EMU film studies professor emeritus Henry Aldridge examines various common filmmaking techniques. Followed by a film screening. Feb. 23"Mise-en-Scene," with Michael Curtiz's 1942 Casablanca. Mar. 1"Sound," with Buster Keaton's 1920s silent films One Week & The Cameraman. Michigan Theater head organist Andrew Rodgers accompanies. Mar. 8: "Editing," with Peter Howitt's 1998 comic drama Sliding Doors. Mar. 22: "Narrative Structure," with Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 dreamlike thriller Vertigo.
Michigan Theater. $20 per session (members, $15). 668-8397. [map]
March 18 - April 1, 2020
Sunday - Monday, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
April 1, 2020, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Duderstadt Center Gallery, University of Michigan North Campus, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
The Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is one of the largest exhibitions of art by incarcerated artists in the country. Each year, faculty, staff and students from the University of Michigan travel to correctional facilities across Michigan and select work for the exhibition while providing feedback and critique that strengthens artist's work and builds community around art making inside prisons.
The event is free and open to the public.
The 25th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Om of Medicine.
Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Mar. 21 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) & 22 (noon-4 p.m.) Activities to teach how the body works and explore the science behind medical procedures using teddy bears.
Mar. 21 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) & 22 (noon-4 p.m.), Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & ages 23 months & under, free). 995-9439.
Feb. 21: Louisville. 3 p.m.
Feb. 23: Colorado. Noon.
Feb. 29: Albany. Noon.
Mar. 15: Denver. 1 p.m.
Mar. 22: San Diego State. Noon.
Mar. 27: Ohio State. 6 p.m.
Apr. 9: Northwestern. 7 p.m.
Apr. 25: Maryland. Noon.
Various times (see listing), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]
Ages 5 & under (with caregiver) invited to a 45-minute program of music and movement led by First Steps Washtenaw instructor Monica Higman (Mar. 8) and RobinSongs instructor Robin Robinson (Mar. 22).
AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.
Mar. 15, 18, 22, & 29. All invited to help prepare for the annual FestiFools parade on April 5. This year's theme, "Fossil Fools," celebrates Earth Day's 50th anniversary. Materials provided. Mar. 15: "Community Giant Puppet Build." Help make a big puppet for the parade. Mar. 18 & 22: "Make Your Own Puppet." Bring your own repurposed materials, if you like. Mar. 29: Make or add finishing touches to your own or the giant community puppet.
1-2:30 p.m. (Mar. 15 & 29), 6:30-8 p.m. (Mar. 18), 1-4 p.m. (Mar. 22), AADL Downtown Secret Lab (Mar. 15, 22, & 29), 1st fl. lobby (Mar. 22), & multipurpose rm. (Mar. 29), and Pittsfield (Mar. 18). Free. 327-4200. [map]
This EMU flute major performs Bach's Sonata in E minor, Sigfrid Karg-Elert's Sonata Appassionata, Franz Doppler's Concerto for 2 flutes, K.W. Korngold Marietta's "Lied," and the acclaimed young Portuguese composer-flutist Adriana Ferreira's intense, flowing Chant de Linos.
EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0294.
Mar. 13-15: Home-opening 4-game series for a U-M team that was runner-up in the 2019 College World Series. This month's schedule also includes a Big 10-opening 3-game series vs. Purdue (Mar. 20, 4 p.m.; Mar. 21, 2 p.m.; Mar. 22, 1 p.m.), a single game vs. WMU (Mar. 25, 4 p.m.), and a 3-game series vs. Nevada (Mar. 27, 4 p.m.; Mar. 28, 2 p.m.; Mar. 29, 1 p.m.).
4 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. (Sat.), and 1 p.m. (Sun.), Ray Fisher Stadium, 1114 S. State. Tickets TBA at mGOblue.com
Mar. 14 & 15. The U-M, a perennial national power, opens its home season with a 3-game series. This month's schedule also includes a 3-game Big 10 series vs. Purdue (Mar. 20, 4 p.m., Mar. 21, 2 p.m. & Mar. 22, 1 p.m.) and games vs. WMU (Mar. 17, 4 p.m.) & Toledo (Mar. 24, 4 p.m.).
Alumni Field, 1114 S. State. Tickets TBA at mGOblue.com
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a kangaroo (2 & 4 p.m.) and other Australian animals. Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a cougar, a bald eagle, an Arctic fox, & more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]
Screening of short animated films nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
FGRHS Drama Club proudly presents West Side Story
Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Soundheim Original Direction and Choreography by Jerome Roberts
Directed and Choreographed by Anne Kolackowski-Magee Music Direction by David Yule
All performances will be at Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
Whitmore Lake High School Auditorium, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189. $5. 734-662-0496. email@example.com fgrhs.org
Local crafter Beth Battey shows how to make simple wire-wrapped jewelry.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Talk by local historian Susan Nenadic, author of A Purse of Her Own: Occupations of Women in the 19th-Century.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.
U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads a local trio in one of her popular lecture-concerts, featuring the music of the Canadian "Maharaja of the Keyboard" Oscar Peterson. With bassist Paul Keller, drummer Pete Siers, and U-M jazz student & pianist Brendon Davis.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. 769-2999. [map]
March 20 - April 12, 2020
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.
In a high-stakes immigration case, an Arab American man is accused of fraudulent marriage to gain a visa, and deportation will send him back to a life-threatening situation. When his interpreter, a young Arab American woman, receives a marriage proposal from his White American lawyer, she is caught between the image of a storybook American life, her feelings for the defendant, and her need to define her own identity, leaving it up to her which words to translate and which to leave unspoken. Directed by Carla Milarch. Featuring Robbie Abdelhoq, Aya Aziz, and Jeremy Kucharek.
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron. $22. 7346358450. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read for 15 minutes to registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required at SalineLibrary.org, in person, or by phone. 429-5450. [map]
Docent-led tour of this exhibit of large-scale, abstract collages that explore the importance of public spaces.
2 p.m., UMMA Forum, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
Mar. 13-15 & 19, 20, & 22. Quinn Strassel directs CHS students & beloved literature teacher Judith DeWoskin in Shakespeare's visionary romance about a magical island ruled by an enigmatic sorcerer and her beautiful daughter. The Tempest is filled with verse and song--this production features new arrangements of "Full fathom five" & "Come unto these yellow sands" by CHS jazz students--and it contains some of Shakespeare's most gorgeously haunting poetry.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs., Fri., & Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), CHS Craft Theater, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $9) in advance at ShowTix4u.com & at the door. 994-2025. [map]
Mar. 20-22. Vincent Ford Jr. directs U-M students in William Brown's 1975 musical, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz in the context of modern African American culture that features rock, gospel, and soul music.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $11 (students, $7) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (muto.umich.edu) and by phone; $14 (students, $10) at the door. 763-8587. [map]
Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based troupe of young dancers and the Jackson Dance Company in original choreography set to works by Gershwin, including Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, & Concerto in F. With vocalists Michael Wecht & Jessica Wood, and pianist Megan Emberton. Choreographers: DuBois, Alyssa Alger, and Ballet Chelsea faculty members Aja Brandmeier, Carrie Schotte, & Annie Spellman.
Chelsea High School Auditorium, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. Tickets $20 (students, kids, & seniors age 60 & older, $15) in advance at BalletChelsea.org
Area botanist and photographer Bob Smith displays his collection of wildflower photos.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted; preregistration required (space limited). $11 recreation passport required ($16 if purchased at the gate). 475-3170. [map]
Local writer & teacher Consuelo Digón tells stories and sings songs in Spanish. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Traverwood Free. 327-4200.
Jerry Robbins conducts this 20-piece wind ensemble in a program of popular music from 1880-1920, in period costume. Reception follows.
3 p.m., FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Freewill offering. 662-4536. [map]
Young local actors perform Joe DiPietro's 2005 jukebox musical, loosely based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, about a guitar-playing man who shakes up a 1950s small town. Featuring classic Elvis songs.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Washington Street Education Center auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10 in advance at ChelseaAreaPlayers.org & at the door. ChelseaAreaPlayers@gmail.com. [map]
Courtney McClellan, whose installation Witness Lab is currently on display at UMMA, discusses the act of witnessing and her motivations for creating the piece.
3 p.m., UMMA. Free, preregistration required at UMMA.umich.edu. 764-0395.
All invited to join a discussion of Peter Frost's translation of Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk's 2002 novel about a mid-19th century Inuit family in northern Quebec coping with the arrival of white settlers.
3-4 p.m., UMMA Eleanor Noyes Crumpacker Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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.
124 W. Summit, ste. F. $5-$10, or pay what you can. (248) 505-4674, (313) 585-2598. [map]
Four of the symphony orchestra's principals -violinist Frank Huang, violinist Sheryl Staples, violist Cynthia Phelps, and cellist Carter Brey-perform Haydn's quartet in D-minor & Shostakovich's quartet in E-flat major. Anne-Marie McDermott, a pianist hailed for her poetic, emotive style, joins the ensemble for Dvořák's Piano Quintet no. 2 in A-major.
Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $41-$76 (students, $12-$20) in advance at Tickets.UMS.org, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). email@example.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]
Mar. 8 & 22 Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. All acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, a session for songwriters (Mar. 15, Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr.) to try out new work and get feedback.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free; preregistration required at Meetup.com
Screening of the live broadcast of the National Theatre (London) production of Noël Coward's witty comedy about an aging heartthrob actor eager to set off on a tour of Africa when he is waylaid by his ex-wife, lawyer, secretary, butler, & business partners, along with an admirer and a recent one-night stand. Andrew Scott.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (students, $12-$20), in advance at Tickets.UMS.org, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. [map]
Mar. 15, 22, & 29. Lectures by veteran poet Glaysher. Mar. 15: "The Function of Criticism." Mar. 22: "The American Journey into Ulro." "Ulro" is the spiritual abyss in the mythology of the English poet William Blake. Mar. 29: "Poetry in the Nuclear Age."
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at a2tix.com and at the door. 660-4037. [map]
(Julia Reichert & Steven Bogna, 2019). Documentary about a Chinese billionaire who opens a new factory in post-industrial Ohio. The Chinese & American workers learn from each other.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
Every Tues. & Sun. All invited to compete in a pinball tournament of 6 games, followed by a playoff between those in the top half. Prizes.
7 p.m., Pinball Pete's, 1214 South University. $2 entry fee plus the cost of games (75 cents to $1 per game). 213-2502. [map]
Dance Performances by U-M dance groups that explore social issues. With the diverse woman-centered Ambiance Dance Team, the Middle Eastern & North African style Arabesque Dance Troupe, the Iraqi Student Association, & the Queer Artist Collective.
7 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
Music professor Fritz Kaenzig directs euphonium and tuba majors in chamber and large ensemble works. After 31 years of directing, this is Kaenzig's final performance with the group.
7:30 p.m. U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]
This Russian flutist performs Baroque music TBA.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]
An acclaimed singer-songwriter from Asheville, North Carolina, Wilcox is a Cleveland native with a laid-back singing style whose songs, alternately yearning and plaintive, are known for their emotional force and intimacy, for their canny blend of pop and folk aesthetics, and for an occasional deeply philosophical bent. He's also a dynamic guitarist who favors offbeat tunings. Stephen Holden of the New York Times writes that he "sings with a mellow fluency that suggests a hybrid of [James] Taylor and Kenny Rankin, but he has better enunciation than either."
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends
Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes.
Blind Pig: Riff Raff
All ages admitted. Self-styled "hip-pop" by this underground rapper from Houston who first gained attention through YouTube that showcased his slapstick and performance art as well as verbal talents. $20-$23.
Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience
With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. Also, different guest musicians each week.
Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session
All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session.
Habitat Lounge: Rob Crozier Trio
Jazz originals and standards by this local ensemble led by bassist Rob Crozier.
Old Town: The Glen Leven Band
Local quartet whose eclectic repertoire ranges from traditional Irish music to rockabilly, bluegrass, novelty songs, and roots- rock originals.
Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."
A house band--trumpeter Ingrid Racine, keyboardist Michael Malis, bassist Josef Deas, & drummer Jesse Kramer--is joined by vocalist Heather Black.
Zal Gaz Grotto: "Swing Night"
Swing dancing with the Royal Garden Trio , a trio led by guitarist Brian Delaney that plays early jazz standards and Hot Club- style gypsy jazz.
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