Apr. 8-18. Prerecorded performance from the Church of St. Peter in Zurich, Switzerland by one of the best pianists of his generation, Schiff is known for a polished style that combines a joyous sparkle with an intuitive discernment that teases out musical details other pianists miss. "Among current piano titans, Sir András Schiff is the Zen master," says a San Jose Mercury News review. "He is both utterly relaxed and absolutely awake … Listening to Schiff play is like looking into a running stream and seeing all the colorful, round pebbles beneath the water." Program: Bach's Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue and Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor and No. 26 in E-flat major, and Schumann's Arabeske in C major.
Available anytime from 7:30 p.m. Apr. 8 through Apr. 18. Online at ums.org
New titles available this month online for 2-10 days after you start watching. Remainder of April schedule online at MichTheater.org
"Made in Bangladesh" (Rubaiyat Hossain, 2019). Documentary about textile workers fighting for employee rights.
"Martha: A Picture Story" (Selina Miles, 2020). Documentary about the celebrated American photojournalist Martha Cooper, best known for her 1970s & 80s graffiti and street images.
"Collective" (Alexander Nanau, 2020). Documentary about a small group of journalists and activists investigating political corruption in Romania.
"Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba" (Mika Kaurismäki, 2011). Documentarty about the late South African singer and crusader against apartheid.
"Her Name is Chef" (Peter Ferriero, 2020). Documentary about changing gender roles in the restaurant industry told through the stories of 6 women chefs.
Online at MichTheater.org
(Bora Kim, 2018). Coming-of-age tale set in 1994 Seoul about a lonely, awkward teenager struggling to figure out who she is. Available for on-demand viewing 72 hours after you start watching. Korean, subtitles.
For URL, make a customer account at bit.ly
Apr. 16-18. U-M sophomore Sam Aupperlee directs students in a virtual production, prerecorded over Zoom, of Moisés Kaufman's 2000 docudrama featuring townspeople's reactions to the 1998 murder of a gay University of Wyoming student in Laramie (WY).
Available for on-demand viewing Apr. 16, 7 p.m. through Apr. 18 at midnight, online at Facebook.com
Apr. 11-18. U-M music grad Akari Komura presents her thesis project, a site-specific sound installation featuring wind chimes and wooden disks accompanied by written instructions encouraging meditative breathing and awareness of the wind and the rest of nature. Also, from 2-3 p.m. on April 11 and 18 only, 10 student and alumni musicians perform Komura's original acoustic composition while strolling the green. Bring a blanket or chair, if you'd like. Mask required.
Thurston Nature Center, 2398 Yorktown Dr. Free. email@example.com. [map]
Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain, snow, or shine.
6 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]
Two talks, each followed by a Q&A. Socializing. With The Writing Pad (Georgia) CEO Deborah Johnson-Blake on "6 Effective Strategies to E.N.G.A.G.E. to Stay in the Game," and Florida-based professional development trainer Maria Martinez on "5 Lessons on How to Develop and Nurture the Leader in You."
For URL preregister by Apr. 15 at tinyurl.com
Apr. 11, 17, 18, 22, 24, & 25. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.
Apr. 11 (1-4 p.m.): Folkstone Park.
Apr. 17 (9 a.m.-noon): Berkshire Creek Nature Area.
Apr. 18 (9 a.m.-noon): Lakewood Nature Area.
Apr. 22 (1-3 p.m.): Celebrate Earth Day at Furstenberg Nature Area.
Apr. 24 (various times): Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), and Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).
Apr. 25 (1-5 p.m.): Celebrate Global Youth Service Day at Marshall Nature Area.
Various locations. Free, but preregistration required at Secure.Rec1.com
Remove the mystery of one of the world's most amazing pastries as Chef Natalie teaches you the skills and insider tips you need to make the best macarons at home! First, you will work on correct measurements, making the perfect meringue, folding and 'macaronage' techniques, as well as piping and baking. Then, you will make two simple, but delicious fillings to celebrate Spring. This is a virtual bake-along class, which means you are baking along with Chef Natalie, and will be able to have questions answered in real time. Only one registration is needed per household - additional members of your household may participate at no cost! Ingredient list will be emailed one week prior to class. Natalie Marble is a chef and culinary instructor celebrating 20 years of experience, she attended culinary school in Washington, D.C., worked for a James Beard Award winning chef, and was the founder of Ann Arbor Cooks. Go to bit.ly
Online. Online. $49. 734-994-2300. firstname.lastname@example.org www.aarecedonline.com
Empower your baby or toddler to communicate more effectively, expressing their joys and needs more clearly and with decreased frustration. Limited only by the comparatively slower development of speech, babies have the cognitive-memory capacity to communicate language as early as 6 months of age, and the gross-motor skills and hand-eye coordination to sign. Giving your child a means to communicate reduces misunderstandings and crying, prevents tantrums and eliminates the need to guess what your child is trying to tell you. Baby signers reap the benefits from signing beyond babyhood, including advanced language development, higher self-esteem, feeling confident in their ability to communicate and the comfort of forming deep familial bonds. In this outdoor class, learn a library of baby signs as well as methods for teaching and encouraging communication with your baby through sign discussions, observations, songs and play alongside other families.
Windemere Park, 3725 Windemere Dr. Ann Arbor 48105. $99. 734 994 2300 X 0. email@example.com https:
Preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, invited to look for signs of spring using a wand with color ribbons. Led by naturalist Shawn Severance. Masks required.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free, but preregistration required for all age 2 & over on ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (search activity #831003). firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
Families invited to learn about local bird species and how to identify their eggs. Then set off on a scavenger egg hunt. At the end of the hunt, eggs are exchanged for candy. Social distancing and masks required.
Independence Lake County Park beach center pavilion, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $5 per household of 4 people or less, preregistration required at ParksOnline@eWashtenaw.org (search activity #IL461100). 971-6337. [map]
A park naturalist leads a short hike for kids ages 3-6 to listen for signs of spring. Masks required.
$5 per person, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Preregistration required by Apr. 16, 4 p.m online at MetroParks.com. 426-8211.
Guy Sanville directs a virtual reading of Marcia Kash & Douglas E. Hughes' comedy thriller about 2 playwrights who unintentionally enter into the world of a script they're trying to finish. With David Bendena, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Brian Letscher, Rusty Mewha, Michelle Mountain, and Rhiannon Ragland. Post-performance talkback with the cast.
For URL preregister at bit.ly
Common Cycle, the Ann Arbor Bicycle Co-op, will hold a used bike and parts sale on Saturday, April 17 from 11am-2pm. There will be about 120 bikes for sale. The bikes have been repaired and tuned up as needed so they are ready to ride. Prices for most adult bikes range from $40 to $250. There will be some childrens bikes, too.
The money from the sale will be used to fund Common Cycles operations such as classes, workshops and the bicycles they provide at no cost to local service organizations such as Jewish Family Services, Washtenaw Refugee Welcome, Offender Success program, etc.
The sale will be April 17, 2021 from 11am-2pm at the Common Cycle office, 416 W. Huron St., #11 Ann Arbor, a block from the AA YMCA. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.
Covid safety practices will be used. A limited number of people will be allowed to view bikes at any one time so there may be some waiting to browse bikes.
Car parking is available at the city parking lot at First and Huron St.
Common Cycle, 416 W. Huron St. #11. Free. email@example.com [map]
MacTechnics Apple systems trainer Christopher Anderson discusses Apple's business model, and MacTechnics education VP Fred Seitz offers "Expanded Demos" on various Apple apps, including Mac-Emoji Menu+, Video Duke, Downie, and more. Mac questions of any kind welcome.
For URL email Contact@MacTechnics.org. Free. MacTechnics.org.
Ally Meadows will be offering lash extension classes at the Brow Bar for classic and volume lashes, as well as lash lifting. She will also offer hourly consultations for lash artists on whatever they want to learn.
Call to book
The Brow Bar, 207 E Ann St. Hourly private classes $150/hr. 734-834-2070. www.meilingwest.com [map]
Apr. 17 & 18. U-M drama lecturers Kate Mendeloff and Martin Walsh codirects RC students in Samuel Beckett's Modernist classic, a tragicomic requiem about 2 lost souls and old friends patiently awaiting the arrival of the mysterious Godot. The characters resort alternately to vaudevillian slapstick and theological introspection in an effort to fill up the interminable vacancy of their lives. Some scenes are performed live and some remotely. If a live audience is able to be accommodated, masks & social distancing required.
Time and online location TBA. Free. 647-4354.
Now that the weather is starting to warm up, join Mota Thai Yoga outside at West Park for Yoga Sticks and Clicks every Saturday from 12:30-1:30pm (weather permitting). This hybrid class is a combination of yoga, cardio drumming, and pound. Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle and (optional) ball and bucket and/or drum sticks.
There is a parking lot at 215 Chapin St, or street parking is available on N 7th St between Miller Ave and Huron St. The class will take place next to the amphitheater.
Hope to see you there! Pre-register at www.motathaiyoga.com. Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Park, 215 Chapin St. Online. Donation. $10-$20. email@example.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]
April's home schedule includes 4-game series livestream only from Alumni Field.
Apr. 16-18: Maryland, 4 p.m. (Fri.), 1 & 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.)
Apr. 23-25: Northwestern, 6 p.m. (Fri.), 1 & 3 p.m. (Sat.), & noon (Sun.).
Online at mGOblue.com
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including Tulip the kangaroo, dingoes, blue tongued skink, and a bearded dragon. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including an albino alligator, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]
Every Sat., Mar. 20-Apr. 24. Socially distanced, in-person performances by various local musicians, featuring U-M music, theater, and dance students, NCC resident musicians, and others TBA. Open windows for cross ventilation, so dress warmly.
4:30-5:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:15 p.m.), Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free. Preregistration required by leaving a voice message at 649-7948 or emailing NorthsideCommunityA2@gmail.com. [map]
In-person screenings every Fri.-Sun. at the Michigan and State Theaters, though not necessarily at both on all days. For complete, updated schedule, see MichTheater.org. Masks required; reduced capacity. Concessions closed during in-person screenings; take-home concessions available every Tues., 5-7 p.m.
Movie tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.
Several writers discuss and/or read from their contributions to the new MQR issue. Q&A.
Online at LiteratiBookstore.com.
Talk by Sandy Baker, a Humane Society of the U.S. consultant often referred to as "The Deer Doctor." Q&A.
For URL see TicketTailor.com
The Sweet Delilah Swim Club
(formerly Dixie Swim Club)
Written by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten
COVID SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT
Everyone involved in The Sweet Delilah Swim Club cares deeply about the health and safety of our audience, cast, and crew. We will follow all restrictions currently in effect for the performances, and our ticket purchasing system is configured to assign seats following social distance guidelines. Rest assured your return to the theater will be stress-free and fun!
Return to the theater with this hilarious and touching show featuring five southern women whose friendships began on their college swim team and who meet every summer for a reunion at the same beach cottage in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The show focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years.
Purchase socially distanced tickets online at Seat Yourself: https:
Jane Tasch Theater for the Performing Arts, 2130 E M-36 Pinckney, MI 48169, Pinckney. $12-$14. 734-702-7722. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Apr. 16 & 17. This polished Grand Rapids comic, a contributing writer to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, offers unexpected takes on everything from marriage and raising kids to current events and ear hair. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced). aaComedy.com, 996-9080. [map]
Two modern jazz giants perform in a double-bill event at the Michigan Theater. Kurt Elling brings his quartet, and Salvant appears with her own ensemble for separate sets - and perhaps a collaborative finale.
Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $12-$60. 734-764-2538. email@example.com https:
Husband-and-wife Americana roots-music singer-songwriter duo that cites Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, and Anais Mitchell as influences. "Hand-in-glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused intensity and musical mastery," says Mary Gauthier. PopMatters critic Ed Whitelock calls their 2019 album Honest "one of the best folk duo records I have heard in years."
8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($15 per person, $25 per household), see crowdcast.io
Blue LLama: Kris Kurzawa Quartet
Local quartet guitarist Kurzawa that plays jazz, soul, and avant-funk covers and originals. $125 (in advance only at bluellamaclub.com
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