2006 SUMMER EVENTS GUIDEWritten by Autumn Lee | | email@example.com
Fridays : It’s Friday
Local musicians Roman Griswold & the Dave Kuntz Band (blues, June 9), It’s Essential (jazz, June 16), Voodoo Libido (classic rhythm & blues, June 23) and Capsoul (melodic rock, June 30) perform as part of the It’s Friday series of adult and family programs. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays at the TMA, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.
Tuesdays : English Country Dancing
The Ann Arbor Council for Traditional Music and Dance features English country dancing to live music. No partner or experience necessary; all dances taught and prompted. Wear comfortable clothes and bring flat, non-slip shoes to change into (running shoes usually work well). First-timers advised to arrive at 7 p.m. 7-9:30 p.m. at Chapel Hill Clubhouse, 3350 Green Road (3/4 mile north of Plymouth Road), Ann Arbor, Mich. $6 adults, $5 students and free for children. (734) 665-7704 or www.aactmad.org/sa/tuesdayecd.html.
Thursdays : Scottish Country Dancing
Catherine Graham leads jigs, reels and strathspeys for intermediate Scottish country dancers. No partner necessary. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Barn at Gretchen’s House V, 2625 Traver Blvd., Ann Arbor, Mich. $4. (734) 769-4324 or (734) 426-0241.
Point of View
This pioneering PBS documentary series launches its 19th season. Individual shows are to premiere at 10 p.m. Tuesdays, but check local listings or www.pbs.org/pov for specific times and dates.
Through October : The Sundance Institute Art House Project
The Sundance Institute Art House Project is a national initiative that pairs the Institute and its film festival with select art house cinemas, including Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, Mich. Adults $8.50, students and seniors $6.75 and members $6. (734) 668-8397 or (734) 668-8463.
• “Roger & Me”: Director Michael Moore pursues GM chief Roger Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Mich., with his massive downsizing. 7:15 p.m. Sept. 14 and 6:15 p.m. Sept. 17.
• “The Upside of Anger”: When her husband unexpectedly disappears, a wife struggles to deal with his absence and her four daughters. 7:15 p.m. Sept. 21 and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24.
• “American Movie”: A documentary about a struggling Midwestern filmmaker who, trying to get his masterpiece off the ground, instead turns his attention to an abandoned 37-minute horror film that he began filming in 1990. 7:15 p.m. Sept. 28 and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 29.
• “Donnie Darko”: A troubled adolescent, with the help of various characters, including a 6 foot rabbit called Frank, slowly discovers the mysterious physical and metaphysical laws that govern his life and will lead to the destruction of the universe. 7:15 p.m. Oct. 5 and 4 p.m. Oct. 7.
• “Daughters of the Dust”: As an African-American family celebrates a last day of togetherness, the family’s matriarch tells stories of their African ancestors and the arrival of slaves on American shores. 7:15 p.m. Oct. 12 and 6 p.m. Oct. 15.
• “Maria Full of Grace”: A spirited 17-year old lives in a cramped house in Colombia and works in a rose plantation and is transported into the risky and ruthless world of international drug trafficking. 7:15 p.m. Oct. 19 and 4 p.m. Oct. 21.
• “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”: A man undergoes a sex change operation with botched results. Eventually “she” forms a band and becomes a singer, but falls in love with a young man who ends up stealing the superstardom she worked for. 7:15 p.m. Oct. 26 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
• “Clerks”: A convenience store clerk is besieged by customers ranging from the agitated to the insane, not to mention the clerk from the video store next door. 7:15 p.m. Nov. 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 5.
June 25-Oct. 1 : Gregory Barsamian: Time and Transformation
The artist’s kinetic sculptures illustrate the scientific principle of the persistence of vision, the phenomenon by which the human brain “fills in the blanks” between sequential images seen in rapid succession, creating an illusion of continuous motion. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the University of Michigan Museum of Art OFF/Site, 1301 S. University St., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 763-8662 or www.umich.edu/~umma/.
June 30-Sept. 24 : Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams’ precise images of the American West landscape have become iconic for both their subject matter and technical perfection. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at TMA, Gallery 18, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000, (800) 644-6862 or www.toledomuseum.org.
Lectures: Workshops: Readings
Mondays : Owens’ Community Writers’ Workshop
Area residents who enjoy writing short prose or poetry are invited to attend this informational workshop. 6-9 p.m. at Owens Community College, Bicentennial Hall, Room 153, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. (567) 661-7385 or (800) 466-9367, ext. 7385.
Sundays : Community Drumming
A drum circle is making and experiencing music, listening to others and yourself, working with new people and validating creativity. No experience necessary; hosted by members of ALMA Drum and Dance. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at ALMA Drum and Dance, Studio No. 227, Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. $5 donation requested. (419) 810-2800 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lectures : Tours : Workshops
Tuesdays and Saturdays : Tiffin Glass Museum
This historic museum features items produced at the Tiffin Glass Factory from 1889 to 1980. More than 500 pieces are on display. 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at the Tiffin Glass Museum, 25 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Donations. (419) 448-0200.
Thursdays and Sundays : University of Michigan Museum of Art guided tours
Tours of exhibitions at the museum are conducted by docents. 7 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor, Mich. Free. (734) 763-8662 or www.umich.edu/~umma/.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays : TMA public tours
Tours of exhibitions and works from the collection are given by museum docents. 7 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1 and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 and 3 p.m. Sunday at the TMA, 2445 Monroe St. Free. (419) 255-8000, (800) 644-6862 or www.toledomuseum.org.
Ohio Fun Family Attractions Along I-75
This interstate has some of the best family-friendly attractions to be found, from top-notch science museums to world-class zoos. The following are Ohio highlights from Daryl and Jacqueline Westfield’s “Parents’ Survival Guide to I-75: Over 101 Fun Family Stops between Detroit & Orlando.” Prices are for a family of four.
• Toledo COSI: Ride in a hydraulic motion simulator, build a bridge and test its strength, try virtual volleyball and rock climbing, or check out some optical illusions and the mesmerizing perpetual motion ball display. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday; COSI is a mile east of I-75 exit 202A (heading south) or 201B (heading north); $32. (800) 334-2674 or www.cositoledo.org/.
• Toledo Zoo: Rated as one of the top 10 zoos in the country by a leading children’s magazine. Enjoy more than 700 species of animals, including Nile hippos up close at the Hippoquarium; zebras, impala, giraffes and ostriches roam the plains of the Africa exhibit. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through the summer, the zoo is three miles southwest of I-75 exit 201A. $40. (419) 385-5721 or www.toledozoo.org/
• Boonshoft Museum of Discovery: A science museum where kids can float objects at a water table, climb a tree house, view native Ohio animals and learn about planets. Other activities include shopping in the grocery store, taking care of ailing stuffed toys at the animal hospital, recycling trash and touching starfish and sea anemones in the tidal pool touch tank. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday; the museum is 1.5 miles west of I-75 exit 57B in Dayton. $35. (937) 275-7431 or www.boonshoftmuseum.org/
• National Museum of the U.S. Air Force: This is the largest and oldest aviation museum in the world, with approximately 17 acres of exhibits. It features nearly 350 authentic aircraft and missiles, plus thousands of personal artifacts, documents, photographs and mementos of Air Force history from the early 1900s to the present. Highlights include the first permanent display of a B-2 stealth bomber and a collection of presidential aircraft. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; the museum is five miles east of I-75 exit 54C in Dayton. Free (donations are appreciated); $21 for the IMAX movie. (937) 255-3286 or www.wpafb.af.mil/museum
• Cincinnati Museum Center: The Union Terminal was built in 1933 as a train station is now a National Historic Landmark that contains three top-notch museums – the CINergy Children’s Museum, where kids can be a construction worker, hone their throwing and catching skills in the ball area, splash in the water play zone, pretend to shop and tend to “sick” animals; in the Museum of Natural History & Science, walk though a glacier from the last ice age, trade fossils and shells, and learn about garbage and recycling; and the Cincinnati History Museum, which includes a replica of the Cincinnati riverfront in the middle 1800s and a depiction of Cincinnati’s role in World War II. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; a half mile west of I-75 exit 2A (heading south) or 1G (heading north) in Cincinnati. All-museum passes are about $50. (800) 733-2077 or www.cincymuseum.org/
• Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: The second oldest zoo in the United States, it includes elephants, polar bears, reptiles, gorillas, insects and manatees, as well as a children’s zoo and 3,000 species of plants. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; two miles east of I-75 exit 6 in Cincinnati. $50; rides are additional. (800) 944-4776 or www.cincyzoo.org/
Tuesdays : Drawing Classes
Project ABC (Arts Bridging Culture) offers drawing classes for children 7-13. The program is for children with all levels of drawing skills. 4-5:30 p.m. at Monroe Street United Methodist Church, Family Arts Lab, 3613 Monroe St. $3; registration required. (419) 480-0222.
Tuesdays and Thursday : The Family Arts Lab
Project ABC (Arts Bridging Culture) presents this lab geared toward children 3-5 and their parents or caregivers. Professional teaching artists begin the lab by reading a children’s book and then base visual and performing arts activities on the book. 10-11:30 a.m. at Monroe Street United Methodist Church, Family Arts Lab, 3613 Monroe St. Free; registration required. (419) 480-0222.
Wednesdays : Owens’ High School Writers’ Workshop
Area high school students who enjoy writing short prose or poetry are invited to attend this informational workshop. 6-8 p.m. at Owens Community College, College Hall, Room 176, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. (567) 661-7385 or (800) 466-9367, ext. 7385.
Sept. 19 and 26 : Side Cut Explorer
Board the 12-passenger, wheelchair-accessible tram for a ride along the Maumee River and canal towpath. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, May through October, at Side Cut Metropark, Riverview parking lot, 1025 River Road, Maumee. www.metroparkstoledo.com/metroparks.
Compiled and edited by Michael Nitschke, Whitney Meschke and Annie Tita.