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Events in February 2023
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The Connatural Exhibition features the work of Ann Arbor artist, Cathy Barry and explores the intersection of art, science, and design. On display Saturday, January 7 through Sunday, April 30, 2023.
Artist Statement: Nature is the big umbrella of what inspires and has always informed my work. Systems in nature – forms and shapes that repeat themselves – and the juxtapositions of manmade forms next to natural areas have long been subjects that draw my interest. I progressed from landscape painting to aerial views, and then astronaut photography from deep space. My most recent work focuses on collecting and referencing biological sources and patterns found in nature. My current practice reflects my urgent concern for the planet. What began as an effort to stop using petroleum-based products, led to making pigments from plants. I am extracting colors from local sources – in the backyard or the grocery store – including buckthorn, cattail, turmeric root, forsythia, beets, mulberry, yellow and purple onion skins. I am experimenting with inlay work of painted paper, traditionally used to create jewelry, furniture, and textiles. I am creating motifs and abstract compositions by cutting shapes from my plant-based paintings, fitting them together and assembling them. Most recently, I have begun to cut and inlay leaves, using the natural colors and markings to create pattern, line and form in my images. I have even been collaborating with leaf miners, using the trails they have left behind as linear elements! I am very excited about this new direction.Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro ,Ann Arbor. https://mbgna.umich.edu/event/cathy-barry-connatural-exhibition/ (734) 647-7600.
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.
Every Mon.–Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Pittsfield), Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown & Malletts Creek), Wed. 10:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Thurs. 11 a.m. (Traverwood & Pittsfield), Fri. 1 p.m. (Westgate), and Tues., Feb. 21, 7-7:30 p.m. (Westgate).
Every Mon., Jan. 23–Apr. 24. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women’s chorus to sing an eclectic program including classical, folk, Broadway, pop, and jazz. Ben Gaughran directs; Joshua Marzan accompanies. Concert on Apr. 28. 10–11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com, 665–9271.
Feb. 13 & 27. All invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines (or bring your own if you wish). No experience necessary. Also, sewing instructor Rae Hoekstra shows how to make knit neckbands (Feb. 13) and crafter Amber Adams-Fall demonstrates top stitching (Feb. 27). 6–7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327–4200.
Feb. 6, 15, 21, & 27. Brian Boesch and Terry Mills host a live radio broadcast from inside the Pretzel Bell with popular U-M men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard and U-M women's coach Kim Barnes Arico. 7 p.m., Pretzel Bell, 226 S. Main. Seating limited. Free admission, but must order food & drinks to sit. bit.ly/insideMIbasket.
Poet & novelist Jessica Barksdale Inclán joins fellow novelist Darien Hsu Gee to discuss (via Zoom) her new book, a heartbreaking novel told from alternating points of view about a woman coming to terms with her history of sexual abuse and with her shattered family. 7 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2023-02. Free. 585–5567.
Feb. 18 & 27: (Orson Welles, 1941). The story of the rise and fall of a dashing, imperious newspaper mogul who finds that no amount of wealth and power can buy him happiness. A perennial nominee as the best film of all time. 7 p.m. (Sat.) & 7:30 p.m. (Mon.). Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.