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Events in February 2023
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February 25, 2023
“Journey to the Sugarbush”: Hudson Mills Metropark.
Feb. 25 & 26. Maple tree tapping and a chance to see sap being made into syrup. Program takes place primarily outdoors and includes an off-trail walk. $5 (kids, $3). 10–11 a.m., 11 a.m.–noon, noon–1 p.m., or 1–2 p.m. Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3), preregistration required at bit.ly/hudsonmillsfeb2023 by 4 p.m. the day before the program. Metropark pass or $10 vehicle entry fee required. 426–8211.
“Save a Heart”: C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Congenital Heart Center Fundraiser.
"Science Forum Demos”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Feb. 5 & 11). Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demos for ages 5 & up. “Life: How Do We Find It?” (11 a.m.) features a re-creation of an experiment from the Mars Viking Landers expedition to show how scientists search for life on other planets. A Cow Eye Dissection (3 p.m.) explores how vision works in different animals and how to keep our eyes healthy. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory.
Every Mon.–Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Wed. 5–8 p.m.: Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game, free. Fri. 6:30–10 p.m.: Magic rotating draft, cost varies. Sat. noon–3 p.m.: Intro to Magic: The Gathering, free. Sat. 6–10 p.m.: Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players, free. Mon. 6:30–10 p.m.: Power Cards, $10. Tues. 6–9 p.m.: MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels, $5. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. email@example.com, 929–5877.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun., except Feb. 5 & 11. 30-minute tour of the museum exhibits and galleries, including Evolution: Life Through Time and artist Jim Cogswell’s Unseen Worlds installation. Also, an introduction to some current U-M biological sciences research projects. Noon & 2 p.m., MNH, 1105 North University. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
Saturday Public Hours: U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Liberty Research Annex and Gallery
Students and faculty collaborate on architecture research in the 19,000-square-foot Liberty Research Annex. Located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, this open-plan facility provides space for students and faculty to collaboratively take on full-scale material assemblies, installations, and group projects. Students and faculty engage in architectural research through the process of researching and making. Additionally, the facility contains a 3,000-square-foot exhibition gallery, which is open to the public and contributes to the vibrant downtown Ann Arbor arts scene. Public visitors are encouraged to interact with exhibits and learn about the latest in architectural research at Taubman College.305 W. Liberty Rd ,Ann Arbor. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org https://taubmancollege.umich.edu (734) 763-6518.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Every Fri.–Sun. & Feb. 20. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Sea Monsters (11:30 a.m.) follows a curious dolichorhynchops (an extinct species of marine reptile) as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history. The Sky Tonight (12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky, with tips on how to find the cardinal directions, constellations, and planets on your own. Mars: One Thousand One (1:30 p.m.) tells the story of what humans might face with the first manned journey to Mars. Also, at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 11, Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? looks at cosmic collisions across the solar system including the 6-mile-wide asteroid that hit the earth 66 million years ago. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. $8. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet.
$15 includes one toddler plus an accompanying adult. Children ages 5 and under only. / / Second Toddler (5 and under) $5
Every Friday from 10:00AM - 12:00PM*
Every Saturday from 9:00am-10:00am*
Toddler Time at Launch in Ann Arbor, MI is a great experience for kids 5 and under. Come jump with Mom or Dad without the big kids around! Improves strength and balance while minimizing strain on growing joints. Age-specific time to enjoy the entire park. Great way to socialize children and teach them how to work well with others.
*Excluding holidays and school vacation weeks
*Launch socks required and not included.
ALL Jumpers MUST wear Launch Safety Grip Socks. These socks may be purchased upon arrival for $3 a pair.
"How To Be An Enlightened Being -- the 37 Actions of a Bodhisattva"
The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva is a poetic text written by Tibetan Monk and Scholar Gyalse Tokme Zangpo in the 14th century. It outlines the practices that an enlightened being (Bodhisattva) engages in. For those of us who are not Bodhisattvas, the verses offer a lot of good advice for how to live a meaningful life. In person and over Zoom.734-678-7549.
"Mattress Fundraiser": Saline Marching Band and Orchestra
If you or someone you know is looking to replace a bed in your home, now is the time. Saline High School Marching Band & Orchestra are excited to announce they will be hosting a one-day Mattress Fundraiser on Saturday, February 25th, from 10am-5pm. For one day only, the Saline HS Cafeteria will be transformed into a mattress showroom. For information about the sale, go to https://bit.ly/beds4saline23.
There will be 25 different mattress styles on display in all sizes in styles for customers to try, priced below retail. Adjustable power bases, premium pillows, bed frames, and mattress protectors will be available as well. Brands like Simmons Beautyrest, come with full factory warranties, are made to order, and will be available 2-3 weeks after the fundraiser. Delivery is available. Best of all, the Marching Band & Orchestra benefit from every purchase.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
“Bowl for Kids’ Sake”: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County.
All invited for 2-hours of bowling to help raise money to support the local branch of this national youth mentoring program. Bowlers of all levels welcome; business, family, and school teams encouraged. Prizes. 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Revel & Roll, 1950 S. Industrial. $35 minimum in pledges at the door includes bowling & shoe rental. 236-9715.
“Brick Bash 2023”: Skyline High School Band Fundraiser.
Feb. 25 & 26. Public LEGO building party with a DUPLO play area for young kids and displays of models by LEGO hobbyists from around the country. Also, Gaylord father and son Tim and Zach Croll, 2021 contestants on Fox’s LEGO Masters TV show, in attendance all weekend. Sat. only: a performance by the Skyline Drumline (2 p.m.). Sale of LEGO products, custom sets, and publications. Concessions. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline, 2552 N. Maple. $5 (family, $20). brickbash.com, 637–9429.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
Free Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids: Keith Hafner's Karate
Ann Arbor Parents: Join us for an exciting, FREE Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids on Saturday, February 11th, from 11:30 to 12:00! Open to 4-8 year olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance!
Sign up here (It's FREE!): https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--bJiXJg214 S. Main ,Ann Arbor. https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--bJiXJg Free. email@example.com www.karateisgoodforyou.com 734-994-0333.
“Coffee Flavor Wheel”: Bløm Meadworks Makers Series.
Vertex Coffee Roasters owner Kara Huckabone discusses the 5 basic tastes, palate literacy, and the roles that flavors play in coffee. Followed by a tasting. Noon–1:30 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. $35 includes a bag of coffee and a ceramic Bløm mug. Preregistration required at drinkblom.com/events/2023-makers-series-vertex. 548–9729.
BLØM MAKERS SERIES: Coffee Flavor Wheel Tasting w/Vertex: Bløm Meadworks
Join Vertex Coffee Roasters in a Palate Exploration Class. Kara, owner of Vertex, will lead a workshop to explore the five basic tastes, palate literacy, and the roles that flavors play in coffee. We will be tasting some foods and multiple different coffees. All tasting will be gluten free, vegan, and nut free.
Ticket includes: class instruction, a bag of your choice of coffee, and a 15oz ceramic Bløm mug!100 S 4th Ave Suite 110 ,Ann Arbor. https://www.drinkblom.com/events/2023-makers-series-vertex $35. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.drinkblom.com/events 7345489729.
“Critters Up Close!”: Ann Arbor Hands On Museum.
Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival: Ann Arbor District Library.
“Beauty and the Beast”: Burns Park Players.
Feb. 23–26. Burns Park elementary school students, parents, and friends perform this 1994 Disney musical, based on the 1991 animated film adaptation of the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. The story concerns an unkind prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert into his true human form, the Beast must learn to love a bright, beautiful young lady who he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle. The score includes the popular songs “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast.” 7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Michigan Theater. Tickets $20–$25 (students, $15) in advance at burnsparkplayers.org & at the door. 763–8587.
Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.
Open Hours: All Hands Active.
“Human Error”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Feb. 3–Mar. 18. Lynch Travis directs the Michigan premiere of Ohio-based playwright Eric Pfeffinger’s political comedy about a liberal couple trying to start a family whose fertilized embryo is accidentally implanted in the uterus of a small-government-supporting NRA cardholder. Cast: Henrí Franklin, Alex Leydenfrost, Kristin Shields, Kevin Theis, and Meghan VanArsdalen. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat., except Feb. 9), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $21–$52 in advance at PurpleRoseTheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433–7673.
“Once on This Island”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company.
Every Thurs.–Sun., Feb. 23–Mar. 12. Natalie Kaye Clater directs this local professional theater company in a production of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 1990 Calypso-flavored coming-of-age 1-act pop-rock musical about a rich boy and the peasant girl who rescues him from peril. Adapted from Rosa Guy’s 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl, a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The Little Mermaid. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore Maas Main Stage, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $54 (seniors & youth under 18, $52) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $20 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268–6200.
“The Language Archive”: Theatre Nova.
Every Fri.–Sun., Feb. 3–26. Carla Milarch directs this Michigan premiere of Julia Cho’s whimsical 2010 romantic comedy about a man obsessed with documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures even as his own capacity to communicate, along with his marriage, is deteriorating. 2 p.m. (Sun.), 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Mask & proof of vaccination required. Tickets $22 ($10 for kids under 17) in advance at theatre-nova.ticketleap.com and (if available) at the door. 635–8450.
Annual Fundraising Banquet: Washtenaw County Pheasants Forever.
“Improv Jam”: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Civic Improv.
Feb. 18 & 25. All invited to perform improv (sign-up on arrival), or just to watch. No experience necessary. Followed (8–9:30 p.m.) by “An Evening of Improv” ($15 at the door only) featuring local and regional guest troupes. 6–7:30 p.m. Civic Theatre, 322 W. Ann. Free. CivicImprov@gmail.com, CivicImprov.org.
Marcus Elliot Quintet: Blue LLama Jazz Club
MARCUS ELLIOT is a saxophonist, composer, improviser, and educator based in Detroit, Michigan. His compositions and improvisations have been described by the New York Times as “convincing and confident, evolved in touch and tone…”, and the Detroit Free Press has said, “Marcus Elliot represents next generation of jazz”.314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Light Fare+Libations or Dinner+Show at opentable.com $35–85. email@example.com bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
“Inspiration Gala”: Trail’s Edge Camp.
Dancing to the Gatsby Gang Jazz Band, a Sacramento-based ensemble that plays 1920s and 1930s jazz standards. Hors d’oeuvres and open bar. Silent auction to raise money for this camp for ventilator-dependent children. Valet parking. 7–11 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom. Tickets $150/person at trailsedgecamp.org.
"As You Like It": The Jeweler's Players
Feb 24-26. Students of St. Augustine's Homeschool Enrichment Program present Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy centered on a noblewoman who must disguise herself as a man in order to win the world’s respect. With its deft counterpointing of multiple plots, its extravagance of word and wit, and its canny assault upon the various socially sanctioned ways in which people inflict themselves upon one another, "As You Like It" is arguably the greatest comic drama in English. It is certainly one of the most entertaining. 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Whitmore Lake High School Auditorium, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd. Tickets $8 (students, $5; families, $30) at the door. thejewelersplayers.com
“Cats and Kids”: HSHV.
All kids ages 6–11 invited to spend time making crafts, playing games, and engaging in other fun activities while interacting with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and craft supplies provided. No adults. Tiny Lions Center. (ste. A1). $15. Preregistration recommended at bit.ly/catsandkids2022. 661–3575.
J.B. Ball: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Feb. 23–25. This Tampa-based comic sweetens his edginess with playful, clever charm, bringing out the humor on all sides of topics like mask-wearing, pop stars as role models, and more. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $20 ($15 Thurs.) reserved seating in advance at aacomedy.com before 5 p.m. the night of the show; $22 ($17 Thurs.) general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“Mardi Gras Masked Ball” Annual Rent Party: Jazzistry.
Dancing to this local jazz history ensemble led by saxophonist and clarinetist Vincent York. With trumpeter John Douglas, pianist Taslimah Bey, guitarist Ron English, vocalist Joan York, trombonist Ron Kischuk, bassist Rob Bickley, and drummer Jesse Kramer. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction. A fundraiser for Jazzistry’s K-12 educational programs. 7:30 p.m., EMU Student Center Grand Ballroom, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Mask and booster encouraged. Tickets $50 in advance at a2tix.com, $55 at the door. 761–6024.
“The Mousetrap”: P.T.D. Productions.
Wed.–Sun., Feb. 23–March 4. Veronica Long directs local actors in Agatha Christie's intricate 1952 murder mystery thriller about newlyweds who transform their inherited English manor house into an inn. On opening day, amid rumors of a murderer at large, the inn's somewhat questionable guests become snowbound, and after an unexpected discovery begin eyeing each other fearfully. "One of the most skillfully written murder mysteries ever produced," notes the New York Times. Cast includes Mei-Lin Wong, Gavin Allen, Sam Johnson, Jan Romans, Larry Rusinsky, Eƶra Korycinski, Avery Koenig, and Russ Schwartz. 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun. & Wed.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $20 (students, seniors, & active military, $15) in advance at ptdproductions.com and at the door. 483–7345.
36th Annual Storytelling Festival: The Ark.
Feb. 24–26 (different programs; the Feb. 26 family show is listed with the Kids events).
Tonight: Performances by Bill Harley, a Massachusetts songwriter and storyteller with an off-center point of view whose stories paint vibrant and hilarious pictures of school and family life, and Sheila Arnold, a veteran Virginia storyteller who specializes in bringing to life figures from American history. Emcee is Chelsea-based fiction writer and playwright Steve Daut, whose storytelling style draws on his experience as a magician and comic. 8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Mask required if, per the Washtenaw County Health Department, the county is at a high community level for Covid-19. Tickets $10 on Fri., $30 on Sat., & $15 (kids, $10) on Sun. in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763–TKTS.
8-Ball Movie Night.
facebook.com/8ballmovienight. Formerly known as the Burnout Society. All age 21 and older are invited to watch 2 films each night, with trivia at intermission. Prizes. FREE. 8 Ball Saloon (201 S. First St.). Sundown or 9 p.m.(ish).
Feb. 5: Love, murder, and magic double feature, starting with “Death Becomes Her” (Robert Zemeckis, 1992), a satirical black comedy starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as rivals for the same man, played by Bruce Willis. They drink a magic potion that has unpleasant side effects. Followed by “The Love Witch” (Anna Biller, 2016), a comedy horror film about a modern-day witch who uses magic to cause men to fall in love with her, with disastrous results.