Every Thurs., Mar. 26-May 28. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.
Fun and interactive online preschool circle time to keep preschool-age children engaged for knowledge learning and social skill building.
It starts at 10:00 AM, Monday through Friday and is lead by a highly qualified early childhood education professional, May DeLosh (MEd in ECE).
Everyone is welcome!
Online. URL: www.facebook.com
Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]
Every Thurs. (except Mar. 5), Feb. 20-Apr. 2. Series of 6 weekly lectures.
Feb. 20: U-M dance professor emeritus Peter Sparling on "The Dance of the Paint: Thoughts on an Interdisciplinary Practice."
Feb. 27: U-M museum of natural history project manager Lynne Friman on "The Art & Science of Creating a New Museum."
Mar. 12: U-M art professor Anne Mondro on "Beyond the Studio: Exploring How Artists work with Communities."
Mar. 19: Detroit-based artist Scott Hocking on "Site-Specific Installations and Photography Projects, Detroit & Beyond."
Mar. 26: WSU art history professor emerita Marion "Mame" Jackson on "Recalling the Past, Imagining the Future: Art and the Resurgence of Detroit."
Apr. 2: Detroit Institute of Arts Africa, Oceania, & Indigenous Americas department head Nii Quarcoopome on "From the Grove to the Gallery: A Personal Journey with African Art."
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $60 (members, $35) for 6-lecture series; memberships are $25 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]
Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.
Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).
Tues. 10 a.m. (Downtown).
Wed. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).
Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).
Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.
This award-winning local children's theater company presents its original adaptation of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter's classic about a bunny who, despite his mother's warning, ventures into Mr. McGregor's garden. Geared towards grades preK-2.
All performances are interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.; Fri. 12:30 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (ages 60 & over and 18 & under, $10; ages 2 & under lap pass, $3) in advance at WildSwanTheater.org, by phone, & at the door. 995-0530. [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. email@example.com https:
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 Mon.-Fri. 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.
meet at Bird Hills parking lot, 1951 Newport. Free. 347-1259. [map]
Drop-in family story time. For age 2 & up with a caregiver.
Tues. 6:30 p.m. & Wed.-Fri. 10:30 a.m., 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
Stories, crafts, finger plays, a tour of the adoptable cat area, and a dog meet and greet. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10:30 a.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 662-5585. [map]
30-minute storytelling program with songs, puppets, finger plays, crafts, and other activities.
10:30 a.m., 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
Every Thurs., except Apr. 30, May 21, & June 11. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
Every Thurs. Live music performances. Mar. 5: Jazz by the local Ingrid Racine Trio. Mar. 12: St. Patrick's Day program of Irish music by the area Big Fun Trio. Mar. 19: Instrumental music by U-M music majors. Mar. 26: Chamber works by the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra Ensemble.
Noon-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-2787. [map]
Mar. 12 & 26. Talks by visiting academics. Mar. 12: University of Tokyo economics professor Tetsuji Okazaki on "Transition to a Modern Regime and Change in Plant Lifecycles: A Natural Experiment from Meiji Japan." Mar. 26: University of Hong Kong gender studies professor Grace Ting on "Queer Writing x Asia: Japanese, Taiwanese, and Asian American Literary Worlds."
Noon-1:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 764-6307. [map]
Canceled: "Orientalism and Monotheism: Renan on Judaism and Islam": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.more >
Canceled: "Orientalism and Monotheism: Renan on Judaism and Islam": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.< less
Guy G. Stroumsa, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Throughout the nineteenth century, the birth of what one may call philologia orientalis and the discovery of the linguistic similarities between Sanskrit and European languages radically transformed the perception of the East, much weakening the idea of a family relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The case of Ernest Renan (1823-1892) is here emblematic. The lecture will survey Renan's conception of Judaism and Islam, through his invention of the category of "Semitic religions." We shall reflect on its consequences on the study of monotheism among historians of religions, as well as on the development of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the last decades of the century.
Thayer Building, Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St. Free. 7347639047. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Every Thurs. Conversation group for men.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [map]
You'll be surprised at how easy instructor Katherine Downie makes watercolors. Each session will focus on one or two projects. Contact the senior center for a shopping list. Nonmembers are welcome for $5 extra. Open to anyone 45+.
Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple Rd, Saline. $44. 7344299274. email@example.com salineseniors.org [map]
Bring your own craft to work on.
2401 Plymouth. Free. 998-9353. [map]
Canceled: "Muslims in the Digital Age: Podcasting & Illustration with Misha Euceph and Emmen Ahmed": U-M Global Islamic Studies Center.more >
Canceled: "Muslims in the Digital Age: Podcasting & Illustration with Misha Euceph and Emmen Ahmed": U-M Global Islamic Studies Center.< less
Pakistani Americans Euceph, host of the acclaimed podcast Tell Them, I Am, and portrait artist Ahmed discuss how Muslims are defined and how they define themselves in the digital age.
MMA multipurpose rm. Free, preregistration required at bbit.ly/ummadigitalage. 615-9558.
Every Thurs. All invited to bring broken electronics, furniture, toys, etc. Members and volunteers will perform repairs and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
5-7 p.m., All Hands Active, 225 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free. AllHandsActive.org. [map]
Mar. 12, 19, & 26. Talks by visiting artists. Mar. 12: Environmentalist Alex Dehgan, founder of conservation-oriented tech startup Conservation X Lab, on "Hacking in the 6th Extinction." Mar. 19: Criminal justice reform activist Shaka Senghor on "Writing My Wrongs." Mar. 26: Filmmaker and animator Martha Colburn on her handmade aesthetic, "Rip it Up."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]
Reading by this poet, a Virginia Commonwealth University English professor whose 2019 collection The River Twice explores themes of impermanence and change. A Publishers Weekly reviewer notes that Graber's "fresh and wild" style comes from a merging of "the distant past and the urgent present." Signing.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [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]
Every Mon.-Fri. (various times): Hour-long program for ages 24 months & under (with caregiver) of 15 minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs followed by open play. No older siblings, please.
AADL Downtown, Mon. 10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Tues. 10 a.m. & Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Pittsfield, Wed. 11 a.m. Traverwood, Fri. (except Mar. 6) 10:30 a.m. Westgate, Thurs. (except Mar. 26) 2 p.m. Free. 327-4200.
All invited to learn the basics of vector graphic software Inkscape and make custom 2-D & 3-D shapes.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Discussing the efforts of many mystics over millennia to impart insights from different perspectives. Bring your ideas and questions.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd, Ste 1, 48108. Donation. 7343270270. [map]
Canceled: "The Escape Line: How Ordinary Heroes of Dutch-Paris Resisted the Nazi Occupations of Western Europe": Ann Arbor District Library.more >
Canceled: "The Escape Line: How Ordinary Heroes of Dutch-Paris Resisted the Nazi Occupations of Western Europe": Ann Arbor District Library.< less
Area historian Megan Koreman discusses her 2019 book. Signing.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
All invited to discuss books in a highly social atmosphere. Mar. 26: The Story of Doctor Dolittle, Hugh Lofting's classic 1920 children's book about a physician who can talk to animals. Apr. 30: The Call of the Wild, Jack London's 1903 story about a sled dog in Alaska. Book selections available in advance at the Dexter District Library (3255 Alpine).
7 p.m., Beer Grotto, 8059 Main, Dexter. Free admission, beer for sale. Mpabreyer@gmail.com. [map]
Every Thurs. Certified ESL instructor Linda Stegmeyer leads a conversational meetup for speakers of English as a second language.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters Plymouth Green, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]
All invited to discuss books by or about women. Mar. 26: Giver of the Stars, Jojo Moyes' 2018 novel about a group of women who deliver books for a travelling library in Depression-era America. Apr. 30: The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi's acclaimed graphic memoir about the Iranian Revolution. May 28: Song of a Captive Bird, Jasmin Darznik's 2018 novel inspired by the life of trailblazing Iranian woman poet Forough Farrokhzad.
7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free, preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]
Performances by various high school student ensembles.
Canceled: Mar. 14 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.): State Band and Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Festival.
Mar. 26: Jazz Band Concert.
Apr. 29: Band, Orchestra, & Choir Concerto Concert.
May 19: Band & Orchestra Concert.
CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. 433-2201. [map]
Second in a series of 3 concerts by The Brandenburg Project, an ensemble of CMS students that plays Bach's Brandenburg Concertos on period instruments using historic techniques. Program: Concertos nos. 4 & 5.
7 p.m., Ypsilanti Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (ages 12 & under, free) in advance at CMSa2.org
Talk by Michigan resident Mariya Fogarasi, who lived in Budapest for 6 years.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
All invited to discuss this collection of new & old essays on fatherhood, Irish heritage, funeral rites, and loss by the popular and critically acclaimed Milford poet, essayist, and undertaker Thomas Lynch.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
"Silent" explores the life of silent movie star Fatty Arbuckle and his not one, not two, but three murder trials. Based on a true story about Hollywood's first scandal, this dark comedy explores "celebrity treatment" as well as the circumstantial evidence that made Arbuckle a suspect in the first place.
Walgreen Drama Center - Acting for the Camera Studio, 1226 Murfin Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Mar. 26-29. U-M theater professors Gillian Eaton & Malcolm Tulip direct U-M drama students in their theatrical adaptation of James Munro Leaf's 2019 novelette exploring psychiatric treatment and the arts as paths to wellness. Followed by a panel discussion with health practitioners, U-M faculty, and creative artists, as well as those living with mental illness--all TBA. Moderated by U-M Prechter program director Melvin McInnis.
Keene Theater, 701 East University. Free. 764-2538. [map]
Mar. 26-28. A Comedy Cellar regular, this young Spanish-American NYC-based comic has a dry sense of humor that she deploys on such matters as familial relationships, dating, and pets. Her monotone delivery is followed by a quick smile. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
Mar. 26-29. U-M voice professor Grant Preisser directs U-M opera & music students in Johann Strauss II's classic 1874 comic operetta. The fast-paced comedy of errors concerns a lavish masked ball at which white lies, disguise, and lust run rampant. Filled with broad comedy and Strauss's melodious, lilting waltzes (including the famous "Laughing Song"), Die Fledermaus has reigned as one of the most popular works in the operetta repertoire for some 130 years. With the University Philharmonia Orchestra.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), and 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $13) in advance at Tickets.SMTD.umich.edu & the Michigan League Ticket Office, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Alexandru Mihail directs experimental jazz singer & dancer Jen Shyu, a U-M artist in residence, in her multilingual, multimedia performance-art piece that weaves together music, monologue, and video production to explore expectation, ambition, longing, and love in her life.
U-M Duderstadt Center video studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. Free. 936-2777. [map]
Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com
Every Thurs. Dance instructor Cheryl Feit and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dances to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week. Wear soft-soled shoes.
7:30-9:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]
Jazz professor Dennis Wilson conducts music students in jazz works TBA.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]
Lansing singer-songwriter Sygit (rhymes with "dig it") carries forward influences from Gillian Welch, Patty Griffin, Bonnie Raitt, and Lucinda Williams. She has a new album, It's About Time, produced by Jack White bassist Dominic John Davis.
8 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]
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. email@example.com http:
Blind Pig: Kayla Drange
Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter. Openers: the Detroit-area alt-rock quartet Maudlin, the Detroit-area postpunk rock trio Fly Parade, the Detroit rock 'n' roll quartet Ixsontra, and the Detroit progressive rock quintet Territorial Chant. $10.
Blue LLama: Alex Levine Trio
Originals & standards by this ensemble led by Brooklyn (NY) guitarist Levine, a U-M jazz studies grad. With guest musician Marcus Elliott, a highly regarded young Detroit saxophonist.
Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker
Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire.
Detroit St. Filling Station: Mr. B
Traditional boogie-woogie and blues, along with some originals, by this internationally renowned veteran local pianist.
Earle: Jake Reichbart
Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute.
Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson
Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio.
Last Word: The Pherotones
A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier.
Mash: Dave Menzo
This local singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. Photo: Myra Klarman.
Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"
All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m.
Tap Room: Electric Open Mike
Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer-guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited.
Ypsi Alehouse: Smokey Grey
Versatile American roots music trio. 7-9 p.m.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Blue Rays Trio
Eclectic blues-based trio with bassist Ralph McKee, guitarist Peter Holland, and harmonica player Tim Douthit.
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