Events Calendar, March 31, 2010Written by Whitney Meschke | | email@example.com
Events are subject to change.
MOSTLY FOR ADULTS
Parents should determine appropriateness for children
Wildwood Manor House tours: Built in the 1930s in the Georgian Colonial style, the Manor House was the estate of the Stranahans, the patriarch of which co-founded the Chhampion Spark Plug Co. Tours at quarter after and quarter till the hour noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
Blood drives: The Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross will hold several drives this month. Starred drives indicate appointments are preferred. For more information or opportunities to donate, call (800) 448-3543.
> Noon-6 April 5, Solomon Lutheran Church, 305 W. Main St., Woodville.
> 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 7, Flower Hospital, 5200 Harroun Road, Sylvania.
> 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 9, Lutheran Village at Wolfcreek, 2001 Perrysburg-Holland Road, Holland.
> 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 10, Cass Road Baptist Church, 1400 Cass Road, Maumee.
Toledo Farmers’ Market: Find it fresh and local at this outdoor station, which has been around for 178 years. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 525 Market St. (419) 255-6765 or www.toledofarmersmarket.org.
Andersons wine tastings: In the mood for something a little grape? See what’s new and tasty. 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, 3725 Williston Road, Northwood, (419) 698-8400; 6-8 p.m. Thursdays, 4701 Talmadge Road, (419) 473-3232; 5-7 p.m. Thursdays, 530 Illinois Ave., Maumee, (419) 891-2700. Nominal fees apply.
Eberly Center Brown Bag Seminars: A series of lunchtime conversations and presentations about topics of interest to women and others. 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at UT’s Catherine S. Eberly Center for Women, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Tucker Hall Room 180, off Campus Road. (419) 530-8570.
> UT interim dean of students Michele Martinez will discuss “Latinos in Higher Education” April 1.
> “Retention Does Not Equal Satisfaction: An Examination of Involvement Factors Among Students of Color” will be discussed by UT Equity and Diversity Assistant Vice President Shanda L. Gore April 8.
“A Nation of Watchdogs: Citizen Journalists and Traditional Journalists.” The Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief Michael Miller, “Glass City Jungle” blogger Lisa Renee Ward and and blogger and former public official Maggie Thurber will be panelists at UT’s 11th Annual First Amendment Freedom Forum. 7 p.m. April 1, UT Law Center auditorium, West Towerview Boulevard and West Rocket Drive, 2801 W. Bancroft St.
Landscape Design for Wildlife: This five-part series will introduce the elements of landscape design and allow participants to plan for their properties, incorporating native plants and wildlife stations. 6:30 p.m. April 1, Metroparks Hall, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. $65. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Toledo Has Talent: Leigh Ashley will host this dance and vocal competition, rife with giveaways and surprise performances. 2-5 p.m. April 3, Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. $10. (419) 244-2787, (800) 838-3006 or www.collingwoodartscenter.org.
Turning Found Wood: An instructor will demonstrate use wood found in the yard, driftwood, etc, for creative projects. 1-2:30 p.m. April 3, Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Hwy. (419) 389-0560 or www.woodcraft.com.
Wine by the Glass Pavilion: Visitors can try four wines and appetizers and check out the TMA hot shop. 7-9:30 p.m. Fridays, 2445 Monroe St. $20. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
> New French Discoveries: April 9.
Glass City Singles dances: Dancers are invited to don their best Easter bonnets for this dance. 8:30 p.m.-midnight April 9, Gladieux Meadows, 4880 Heatherdowns Blvd. $7. (734) 856-8963 or www.toledosingles.com.
“A Call to Arms”: Randy Brown, president of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Commission, will detail the site’s history and plans for its future. 7 p.m. April 6, Side Cut Metropark, Riverview parking lot, 1025 River Road, Maumee. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
“A Landscape Primer” lecture: Landscape Design & Container Gardens. Gardeners can get the dirt on green topics. 6:30-9 p.m. April 8, Toledo Botanical Garden Conference Center, 5403 Elmer Dr. $15 per session. Reservations: (419) 578-6783.
Summer bulbs and perennial gardens clinic: Nancy Robinson will give gardeners tips on low-maintenance plantings, old favorites and new hybrids. 6:30 p.m. April 8, the Andersons, 530 Illinois Ave., Maumee. (419) 891-2700.
“Playing Ball with Legends”: James Irwin will discuss the career of Don Lund, from Ebbets Field to the University of Michigan, detailed in his biography. Noon April 10, Barnes & Noble, 4940 Monroe St. (419) 472-6164.
Aromatherapy: Learn how to use essential oils to promote health and wellness. 2-3 p.m. April 10, Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Road, Oregon. (419) 259-5250 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Vineyard Adventure: Best of the West. Sample a world of fine wines, grab some appetizers and enjoy entertainment. 7-9 p.m. April 10, Toledo Zoo Great Hall, 2700 Broadway. $40. (419) 385-5721, ext. 3092, or toledozoo.org.
Outdoor Projects: Review what needs to be considered for yard or patio projects. 1-2 p.m. April 10, Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Hwy. (419) 389-0560 or www.woodcraft.com.
Using Hand Planes: Learn about how to use these smoothing and shaping tools during demonstrations. 2-3 p.m. April 10, Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Hwy. (419) 389-0560 or www.woodcraft.com.
Cheers for Beers: Lager lovers can try up to eight brews from each weekend’s theme. 1-4 p.m., the Andersons, 4701 Talmadge Road. Sample fees apply. (419) 473-3232.
> Beers of the Far East: April 10-11.
Las Vegas Day: The Polish Community of Toledo brings Sin City east for games, dinner and an auction to benefit the group’s mission of perpetuating Polish culture and traditions. 1 p.m. April 11, Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 4227 Bellevue Road. Tickets: Ski’s Restaurant, 5834 Monroe St., Sylvania; Fix-It Shop, 1801 W. Sylvania Ave.; Tim Paluszak Insurance, 701 Conant St., Maumee; or (419) 356-1181. www.polishcommunity.org.
ART & EXHIBITIONS
The Bead Goes On: The TMA hopes to collect 10,000 hand-made beads made by the public in a various media to create a curtain to be displayed at the museum. Entries will be accepted through October. 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org/PDF/BGOProspectus.pdf.
> Whistler Watercolors on Wooden Beads: Using the Whistler exhibition for inspiration, decorate wooden beads with watercolors. 2-4 p.m. April 11, Libbey Court.
Toledo Museum of Art exhibitions: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 Sundays, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
> “Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks.” A pioneer in multiple art forms, Parks’ lens work will be highlighted, offering a “cross section of the human experience.” Through April 25, Canaday Gallery.
> TMA High School Art Council: The work of 30 students from 15 schools will be represented. Through April 25, Community Galleries.
> Quest for Fire Studios: The participating artists “create iconoclastic images of soul and thought while using diverse methods and media.” Through May 2, Community Galleries.
> “Mexico’s Toledo”: The works of Francisco Toledo, a contemporary Latino printmaker, “are records of things and beings in dreamlike scenarios, both menacing and playful, full of pattern and movement.” Through May 9, Gallery 18.
> “Whistler: Influences, Friends and the Not-So-Friendly.” The work of James Abbott McNeill Whistler will be exhibited within the context of his contemporaries, influences, friends and enemies. Through May 30, Works on Paper galleries.
Detroit Institute of Art exhibitions: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Regular admission: $4-$8; special exhibition prices include general admission. (313) 833-7900.
> “Detroit Experiences”: Dozens of black-and-white photographs taken by Robert Frank for his 1958 book “The Americans” will be on display through July 3.
13th Annual Youth Art Show: Work by area students will be on display in March. Noon-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through March 31, Toledo Heights Branch Library, 423 Shasta Dr. (419) 259-5220 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Toledo School for the Arts Midyear Art Exhibition: Faculty and students will put their best on display. Through April 1, 333 14th St. (419) 246-8732 or www.ts4arts.org.
“The Power of Women!” Women’s History Month will be celebrated with this exhibition of visual artworks. The opening reception will feature spoken word performances, a cash bar and light fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 2, Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 244-2787 or www.collingwoodartscenter.org.
“with technical assistance”: John Ahearn, Janel Dziesinski and Meghan Walton, teaching assistants at Adrian College, will exhibit their work. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through April 3, Flatlanders Art Galleries, 11993 E. U.S. 223, Blissfield, Mich. (517) 486-4591 or www.flatlandersculpture.com.
“Absolut Europa”: Original prints by some of Europe’s most iconic 20th-century artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through April 3, River House Arts, 115 W. Front St., Perrysburg. (419) 874-8900 or river-house-arts.com.
“Travelogue”: The center’s director of photography, Art Weber, will display some of the best shots from his travels. Noon-5 p.m. weekends and during special events, through April 4, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700.
“The Wilds”: “One of the largest and most innovative wildlife conservation centers in the world,” the Wilds is located on nearly 10,000 acres in southeast and contains rare and endangered species from around the world. Noon-5 p.m. weekends and during special events, through April 4, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700.
“Raptors”: Photographers share their images of birds of prey. Noon-5 p.m. weekends and during special events, through April 4, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700.
“Outdoor Writers of America Association Annual Photography Contest Winners”: This professional group of communicators will display its best landscapes and wildlife shots. Noon-5 p.m. weekends and during special events, through April 4, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700.
“Adorning Glory”: Kimberly Arden’s works will comprise 20 North Gallery’s first all-jewelry exhibition. Noon-4 Wednesdays-Fridays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays through April 24, 18 N. Clair St. (419) 241-2400.
10th Annual Connect to Creativity Teen Art Show: Youth Art Month means displays of work by local teens will be displayed in the Wintergarden and Promenade of the Main Library. Noon-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays; 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through April 24, 325 N. Michigan St. Students can call (419) 418-2252 to participate.
“Switch Hitters III”: Was it a challenge? Laziness? Something else? Viewers can decide upon viewing these works designed by one artist then constructed by another. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through April 25, Flatlanders Art Galleries, 11993 E. U.S. 223, Blissfield, Mich. (517) 486-4591 or www.flatlandersculpture.com.
“Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller.” This touring exhibition explores the problem-solving process employed at the west Michigan-based furniture company. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through April 25, Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Mich. $11-$14; $5 parking. (313) 982-6001, (800) 835-5237 or www.thehenryford.org.
“Leslie Adams: Recent Drawings.” This artist concentrates on portraits and murals, inspired by classical methods and paying tribute to the Old Masters.10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through April 25, Flatlanders Art Galleries, 11993 E. U.S. 223, Blissfield, Mich. (517) 486-4591 or www.flatlandersculpture.com.
“Design in Progress”: The Henry Ford Museum will “celebrate the world of design, from the magnificent to the mundane, from things that startle us to things we barely notice.” 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through April 25, Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Mich. $11-$14; $5 parking. (313) 982-6001, (800) 835-5237 or www.thehenryford.org.
Bachelor of fine arts exhibition: Art students will display work geared toward receiving their degrees. Reception, 6-9 p.m. April 2; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays through April 25, UT’s Center for the Visual Arts, 620 Grove Place. (419) 530-8300 or www.utoledo.edu/as/art.
“University Authors and Artists”: The works of nearly 200 UT faculty will be featured. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through April 30, Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, UT’s Carlson Library, 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 530-2170.
“Barton, Makar & Weiss”: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, through April 30, Parkwood Gallery, 1838 Parkwood Ave. Suite 120. (419) 254-2787 or www.acgt.org.
Janelle Lorenzen: This PRIZM Creative Community member will display samples of her high dynamic range and infrared photography. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays through April 30, Huntington Bank Three Meadows office, 1001 Sandusky St., Perrysburg. (419) 872-8730 or www.myprizm.com.
2010 Spring Art Show: Artwork was submitted in February to be displayed in this show. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays when classes are in session through May 7, UT’s Catherine S. Eberly Center for Women, 2801 W. Bancroft St., Tucker Hall Room 180, off Campus Road. (419) 530-8570 or www.utoledo.edu/centers/eberly.
Year for Priests traveling art show: Artists young and old from across the Diocese of Toledo’s 19 counties submitted work in a range of media pertaining to the “Year for Priests” theme. (419) 244-6711 or www.toledodiocese.org.
> Through April 6 and May 29, Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 244-9575, ext. 149, or www.rosarycathedral.org.
> April 9-11, St. Mary Catholic Community, 715 Jefferson Ave., Defiance. (419) 782-2776 or www.stmarydefiance.org.
> April 16-18, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 331 E. Second St., Delphos. (419) 695-4050 or www.delphosstjohnparish.org.
> April 24-25, St. Wendelin High School, 533 N. Countryline St., Fostoria (419) 435-8144 or www.stwendelin.org.
> April 28-30, Central Catholic High School, 2550 Cherry St. (419) 259-2848 or www.centralcatholic.org.
> May 1-2, Our Lady of Consolation Basilica, 315 Clay St., Carey. (419) 396-1523 or www.olcshrine.com.
> May 7-9, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, 750 Bright Road, Findlay. (419) 422-2646 or www.findlaystmichael.org.
> May 14-16, St. Peter Parish, 104 W. First St., Mansfield. (419) 524-2572 or www.mansfieldstpeters.org.
> May 21-23, Holy Angels Catholic Church, 428 Tiffin Ave., Sandusky. (419) 625-3698 or www.holyangelssandusky.org.
“Croquet: A Sport Story.” The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center claims to have the most comprehensive collection of hoops-and-mallet materials in the world. Visitors can check out the clubs and pegs during this exhibit. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 Sundays through Aug. 1, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
TMA tours: Get the inside scoop on what’s new, interesting and artful during docent-led tours. Most start from Libbey Court, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
> The Crucifixion: 6 and 6:30 p.m. April 2.
> The Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony. 2 and 3 p.m. April 3.
> Storytime tours: 2 p.m. April 4; 1 p.m. April 11.
> A Lasting Impression: 6 and 6:30 p.m. April 9, Glass Pavilion.
> The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed. 2 and 3 p.m. April 10.
> Tour and Tea: 2 p.m. April 11.
Art Hours: Would-be glass artists now can reserve spots in the TMA’s hour-long studio sessions. Glass Pavilion hot shop, 2445 Monroe St. $25. Reservations start the Tuesday before the class: (419) 254-5771, ext. 7448. toledomuseum.org.
> Flowers: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. April 2 and 9; 2 and 4 p.m. April 3.
> Pendants: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. April 9.
Young Artist’s Club: Students in grades one through six can take part in this drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking and computer art group. 2-3 p.m. April 10 and 24, Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St. Registration: (419) 259-5310 or www.toledolibrary.org.
“Minimal Editions: Independent Poetry and Artists’ Books.” Items from Lucas County Poet Laureate Joel Lipman’s personal collection, including matchbook-sized works to collectors’ cards by R. Crumb, will be on display. Noon-8:30 Mondays-Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, April 1-May 29, Toledo Lucas County Main Library humanities department, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or toledolibrary.org.
Glass Olympics: Faculty and staff from colleges and universities across the country come together in a friendly competition and demonstration of glassblowing skills. 7-10 p.m. April 2, TMA’s Glass Pavilion, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
Watercoloring: Beginners can learn how to draw and paint using these ethereal paints. 6-9 p.m. April 6, 13 and 27 and May 4, 11 and 25, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $60. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Early Spring Wildflowers Nature Shoot: Photographers will search out beginning blooms. 6 p.m. April 8, Swan Creek Preserve Metropark, Glendale Avenue parking lot. $15. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Local glass artists: Les Robertson. Workers in silicon-based media will be spotlighted. 7-10 p.m. April 9, TMA Glass Pavilion hot shop, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
Photo Arts Club exhibit: The club’s annual photography contest winners and entries will be on display. Opening reception, 5 p.m. April 9; exhibition, Noon-5 p.m. weekends and during special events through May 2, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
Meet Me at TMA: African art. The museum and Alzheimer’s Association Northwest Ohio Chapter offer this pilot program, giving gallery peeks to those with mild memory loss and their companions. 1:30-2:30 p.m. April 10, from the museum’s Classic Court, 2445 Monroe St. Registration: (419) 537-1999.
Intergenerational Art Workshop: Beverly Domalski, a retired Toledo Public Schools art teacher, will help participants create holiday ornaments, papier mache, sculptures, multimedia collages and other projects. 10 a.m.-noon April 10, 17 and 24, Room 10, Mother Adelaide Hall, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $47. Registration: (419) 824-3707 or www.lourdes.edu.
Naturalist’s Camera Club of Toledo: “Nature’s Nursery Center for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation.” Speakers, instruction and refreshments are the norm at these programs. 2 p.m. April 11, National Center for Nature Photography, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
Frogtown Froggy Museum: More than 300 amphibians are on display, as well as a “ribbit-ticklin’” activity room. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays, 136 N. Summit St., Suite 1A. Donations. (419) 944-8806 or www.frogtownfroggymuseum.webs.com.
Imagination Station: This children’s science museum handles some hefty topics in a manner appealing to the entire family. Visitors can take part in the Big Draw, which allows them to contribute to a 4-by-8-foot community artwork by drawing their favorite cartoons. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 Sundays, Summit and Adams streets. $6.50-$8.50. (419) 244-2674 or imaginationstationtoledo.org.
Upcoming and ongoing programming
> “Animation”: Some of the Cartoon Network’s favorite characters will give visitors a peek inside the world of animation. Through May 2.
> “Wise About Eyes”: This exhibit is designed to educate kids (and adults) about ways to keep their eyes healthy and safe. Through June 27.
> Science Story Times: Trained team members will read an interactive story to children in the Little KIDSPACE Science Studio and help them make a related project to take home. Upcoming topics: Spring showers: “Kevin Discovers Spring” by Liesbet Slegers, through April 4; seed’s needs: “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle, April 6-11.
Saturday Chess Players: Players 12 and younger of any skill level can practice basic moves and learn some advanced strategy. 9-11 a.m. through May 29, children’s library, Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 Michigan St. (419) 259-5207.
TMA Family Center programs: Hands-on art activities for children. Story time tours are offered so young visitors and their adult partners can see art related to the week’s theme (2 p.m. Sundays). Noon-5:30 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.
> Landscape: April 1.
> Egg Carton Art: April 4, 6 and 8.
> Insect Art: April 11.
Dr. Seuss Day: Stories, movies and surprises will mark the birthday of the father of the Lorax, Horton and the Cat in the Hat. 3:45-4:30 p.m. April 1, Children’s Program Room, Heatherdowns Branch Library, 3265 Glanzman Road. (419) 259-5270 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Books with Appeal: Teens can get tips for picking perfect books for reading assignments. 4-5 p.m. April 1, Toledo Lucas County Main Library teen department, 325 N. Michigan St. Registration: (419) 259-5207 or www.toledolibrary.org.
It’s Art! Kindergarteners through fourth-graders can discover what they like to draw best. 4-5 p.m. April 1, South Branch Library general space, 1736 Broadway. (419) 259-5395 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Babysitting clinics: Potential au pairs and kiddie watchdogs 11 and older will learn how to handle emergencies, first aid and the unruliest of youngsters in this six-hour American Red Cross course. $30 registration. www.toledolibrary.org.
> 1-4 p.m. April 1-2, Meeting Room A, Waterville Branch Library, 800 Michigan Ave., Waterville. (419) 878-3055.
> 1-4 p.m. April 6-7, Meeting Room B, Washington Branch Library, 5560 Harvest Lane. (419) 259-5330.
“Journey on the Underground Railroad”: The Way Public Library is an epicenter for a discussion about the early days of abolition and Ohio’s role in transporting slaves to freedom. A series of events are scheduled this month to cover the topic. 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 874-3135 or www.waylibrary.info.
> “Beyond the River” by Ohio author Ann Hagedorn was chosen for a community read. Discussions about the book will be held at 7 p.m. April 1 and 19; 10 a.m. April 7; and 2 p.m. April 21.
> Hagedorn will speak about the book at 7 p.m. April 15.
> Lourdes College history department chairman Mary Stockwell will speak about the Underground Railroad in Ohio at 2 p.m. April 18.
> Local historian Judy Justus will talk on the evolution of the Underground Railroad as it moved into Ohio. 7 p.m. April 20.
> Patrick Johnson of the Metroparks of the Toledo Area will lead first- through fourth-graders in a hands-on program about the Underground Railroad in northwest Ohio. 4:30 p.m. April 22.
Tea in the Solarium: Welcome spring with tea, sandwiches and desserts with a view of Wildwood’s Shipman garden. Noon-3 April 2, Wildwood Preserve Metropark’s manor house, 5100 W. Central Ave. $7. Prepaid reservations available, but not required: (419) 490-1302. metroparkstoledo.com
Hawaiian luau: Kids 11-14 are invited to do their best hula, make flower leis and grass skirts and try some tropical treats. 2-4 p.m. April 2, Way Public Library Youth Activity Room, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 874-3135 or www.waylibrary.info.
Fun Fridays: Integration Yoga Studio promises a new kind of happy hour with short classes on a variety of topics. 4633 W. Bancroft St. $10 a day. (419) 266-9642 or www.integrationyogastudio.com.
> Adult African Dance with ALMA Dance & Drum: 6-7:15 p.m. April 2.
> Belly Dancing for Every Woman: 6-7:15 p.m. April 9.
Lil Timbers Kids Klub: Youngsters can get spring into the season with a bounce house, obstacle course, balloon animal artist and face-painter 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 3, grass pad opposite Red Robin, Shops at Fallen Timbers (vacant space next to PF Chang’s if raining), 3100 Main St., Maumee. (419) 878-6255 or www.theshopsatfallentimbers.com.
“Our Planet”: A look at how Earth interacts with the sun and moon. 1 p.m. April 3, 10, 17 and 24, UT’s Ritter Planetarium, 2801 W. Bancroft St. $5-$6. (419) 530-4037, (419) 530-2650 or www.rpbo.utoledo.edu.
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”: Kids can play the “Cheese Touch” game or win “Mom Bucks” at this party. 2-2:45 p.m. April 5, Reynolds Corners Branch Library, 4833 Dorr St. (419) 259-5303 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Toledo Area Humane Society spring camp: Kids 7-10 who like animals can tour the TAHS facility, participate in scavenger hunts and crafts, make dog treats and cat toys and play games. For ages. 10 a.m.-noon April 5-7, Toledo Area Humane Society, 1920 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. $50. Registration: (419) 482-7106 or www.toledoareahumanesociety.org.
Start! Walking Day: The American Heart Association is urging people to make walking a habit, starting with events on April 7. (419) 740-6172 or www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3073449.
> 9 a.m., Westfield Franklin Park food court, 5001 Monroe St.
> Noon, Maritz Research, 1920 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee; Town Center at Levis Commons, 3201 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg; Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee.
> 5:30 p.m., Fallen Timbers trail, Side Cut Metropark, 1025 River Road, Maumee.
Advanced Bird Study: Visitors will hone their visual and auditory identification skills. 7 p.m. April 8, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. $5. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
“Dance, Dance Revolution”: Kids can get into the groove for this event. 4-5 p.m. April 8, South Branch Library, 1736 Broadway. (419) 259-5395 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Market Bag: Participants will make their own reusable fabric bags to shop with. 6-8 p.m. April 8, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $15. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Unveiling Africa: Food, dance, fashion and drama will spotlight the culture and heritage of Africa. Sponsored by UT’s African People’s Association. 6-9 p.m. April 9, Student Union Ingman Room, West Centennial Drive, 2801 W. Bancroft St. $7-$10. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaming tournament: Kids 11-14 can test their “Dance Dance Revolution,” “Guitar Hero” and “MarioKart” skills against their peers. 2-4 p.m. April 9, Way Public Library Youth Activity Room, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. Registration: (419) 874-3135 or wayteens.blogspot.com.
So You Want to Be a Rock Star: Teen “Rock Band” virtuosos can compete in an elimination tournament. 1-4 p.m. April 9-10, Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. Registration: (419) 259-5207 or toledolibrary.org.
Radio Control Model Show: Weak Signals hobby group is sponsoring this expo, dedicate to aircraft, boats and cars of a smaller, but proportional, size. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 9-10 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 11, SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. $8. (419) 826-0444 or www.toledoshow.com.
Handmade Wool Felt Quilt Block: Beginning felt makers and quilters will learn how to make soft squares. 9 a.m.-noon April 10, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $50. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Summer Camp Fair 2010: Help kids ditch daytime TV for enriching experiences. Local organizations will offer peeks at their camp Toledo Area Parent Summer Camp Fair will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 10, Westfield Franklin Park food court, 5001 Monroe St. (419) 244-9859.
Hearthside cooking class: If you thought working with an oven was hard, try cooking over open flames using 1812-era tools. You won’t take those microwave dinners for granted any more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 10, Fort Meigs State Memorial, 29100 W. River Road, Perrysburg. $30. Reservations: (800) 283-8916.
Bird Hike: “Bird lovers will enjoy these monthly outings to explore” the winged world. Binoculars and bird guides welcome. 8:30 a.m. April 10, Secor Metropark, 10000 W. Central Ave., Berkey. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
Trail Detectives: Kids 9-12 can help solve mysteries, following the trail of clues to the answers. 2 p.m. April 10, Oak Openings Preserve Metropark Buehner Center porch, 4139 Girdham Road off Route 2, Swanton. $3. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Sunday Sampler: Visitors can try a different experience each week. 2 p.m. (unless noted), Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
> Trailblazers: North American Naturalists. 2 p.m. April 11.
Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Film Series: UT’s Asian Studies Institute is starting the API heritage party a little early; the official celebration starts in May. 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 530-4677 or utoledo.edu.
> “The Joy Luck Club”: 4:30 p.m. March 31, Room 1040, Field House, West Centennial Drive.
> “Gran Torino” or “Whale Rider”: Noon April 14, Student Union television lounge, West Centennial Drive.
> “Chinese Places and Their Legends”: Noon April 20, Student Union television lounge, West Centennial Drive.
> “The Debut”: 7 p.m. April 27, Ground Level Coffeehouse, 2636 W. Central Ave.
Film FOCUS independent film festival: The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has been spotlighting smaller films for 10 years now with this series. The films are unrated; organizers suggest them for adults only. 6:15 p.m. Mondays through April 12, Toledo-Lucas County Main Library’s McMaster Center, 325 Michigan St. (419) 259-5285 or toledolibrary.org.
> “The Window”: Awaiting a visit from his estranged son, a man recalls his life; April 5.
“Freaks”: A trapeze artist plans to marry the side-show leader, but his friends discover she’s gold-digging in this cult classic, sponsored by UT’s Disability Studies Program. 6:30 p.m. April 6, Field House lecture hall (Room 2100), West Centennial Drive, 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 530-7245.
“Sitting Pretty”: Robert Young and Maureen O’Hara star with Clifton Webb who plays the fussy, sharp-tongued Mr. Belvedere, a babysitter in a gossip-laden town. 10 a.m. April 8, Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 874-3135 or www.waylibrary.info.
Bob Fosse Retrospective: UT will present five films by the noted choreographer. 7:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts Lab Theatre, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. $3 donation. (419) 530-2375.
> “Star 80”: This movie centers on murdered Playboy centerfold Dorothy Stratten and the men who wanted to make her a star. April 9.
“Half Past Autumn”: This Gordon Parks retrospective also serves as a brief social history of America. 7:30 p.m. April 9, TMA’s Little Theater, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”: This film features some of the greatest comedians of all time. 2 p.m. April 11, Ritz Theatre, 20 S. Washington St., Tiffin. $3. (419) 448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org.
Blarney Irish Pub: Catch local acts while taking in the pub’s modern Irish and American fare. 601 Monroe St. (419) 418-2339 or www.theblarneyirishpub.com.
> Rick Whited: April 1.
> Jeff Stewart & the 25s: April 2.
> Kentucky Chrome: April 3.
> Mud Hens’ opening day, featuring Jeff Stewart, Mas Fina: April 8.
> Mas Fina: April 9.
> Resonant Soul: April 10.
Bronze Boar: Be sure to check out this Warehouse District tavern’s namesake, overhead near the entrance. 20 S. Huron St. (419) 244-2627 or www.bronzeboar.com.
> Brandon Duke: Wednesdays.
> River’s Edge: April 1.
> Coosters: April 2.
> Bush League: April 3.
> Polka Floyd: April 8.
> Chris Shutters: April 9.
> Crucial 420: April 10.
Brooklyn’s Daily Grind: Coffee and music, what more can one want? If a snack is the answer, this is your spot. 723 Airport Hwy., Holland. (419) 724-1433 or www.brooklynscafe.com.
> Acoustic Jam: 8-11 p.m. April 1.
> Josh Whitney: 8-11 p.m. April 2.
> Jamie Combs: 8-11 p.m. April 3.
> Troy Moore & Joe Howe: 8-11 p.m. April 10.
Caesars Windsor: If you have your passport, consider hopping the Detroit River for this casino’s entertainment offerings. Ticket prices, in Canadian dollars, are for the cheapest seats; attendees must be 19 or older. Caesars Windsor Colosseum, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor, Ontario. (800) 991-7777 or www.caesarswindsor.com.
> “Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding”: 7 p.m. April 2, $75.
> The Sounds of Motown: 2 and 8 p.m. April 8, $15.
> Don Rickles: 9 p.m. April 10, $25.
Degage Jazz Cafe: Signature drinks, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 Tuesdays-Thursdays. (419) 794-8205 or www.degagejazzcafe.com.
> Brian Lang: Tuesdays.
> Gene Parker: Wednesdays.
The Distillery: Karaoke is offered Tuesdays, but paid entertainers rock out Wednesdays-Saturdays. 4311 Heatherdowns Blvd. (419) 382-1444 or www.thedistilleryonline.com.
> Tony & Lyle: March 31.
> The Bridges: April 1-3.
> Dave Carpenter: April 7.
> Nathan Cogan: April 8.
> Good Stuff Maynard: April 9-10.
Fat Fish Blue: Serving blues and similar sounds, as well as bayou-style grub. Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or fatfishfunnybonetoledo.com.
> Kristine Jackson: 9:30 p.m. April 2, $7.
> Tom Turner & Slow Burn: 9:30 p.m. April 3, $7.
> East River Drive: April 9-10, $7.
Frankie’s: Toledo’s venue for rock. Tickets vary between $5 and $14, unless noted. 308 Main St. (419) 693-5300 or www.FrankiesInnerCity.com.
> Kelly & Picciuto, WEe, the Matt Truman Ego Trip, the Infernal Names, Criss: 9 p.m. April 1, free.
> Killola, Sick of Sarah: 9 p.m. April 3.
> Holiday Parade, Goot, Backseat Goodbye, a Letter to You, the Icarus Account, Miles Before Sleep: 5 p.m. April 5.
> First Kiss Denial, Ocean of Deceit, the Fritz, Pink Toast: 5 p.m. April 9.
> Henry & June, Danny Kroha, Mark Porkchop Holder: 9 p.m. April 10.
Ground Level Coffeehouse: Mix your beans with some music for an eclectic brew. Open mic on Monday nights. 2636 W. Central Ave. (419) 671-6272 or www.groundleveltoledo.com.
> Jazz jam session: 7 p.m. April 7.
J. Patrick’s Restaurant & Pub: Live entertainment after 9:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Holiday Inn French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg. (419) 874-3111 or www.hifq.com.
> Jackpot Band: April 2-3, 9-10.
> That Allie Girl: April 16-17.
> Logan Wells and Tim Tucker: April 23-24.
> Jackpot Band: April 30-May 1, May 7-8.
Manhattan’s: This “slice of the Big Apple” in the Glass City puts on a show for the weekends. 1516 Adams St. (419) 243-6675 or www.manhattanstoledo.com.
> John Connally: 7 p.m. March 31.
> Tom & Kyle Turner: 6 p.m. April 1.
> Vytas & His Electric Outfit: April 2.
> Jeff Williams Group: April 3.
> Easter brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 4.
> Quick Trio: 6 p.m. April 8.
> Frostbite: April 9.
> It’s Essential: April 10.
Mickey Finn’s: A variety of sounds to wash your drinks down with. Open mic nights (no cover), 8 p.m. Wednesdays. 602 Lagrange St. $5-$7 cover. (419) 246-3466 or www.mickeyfinnspub.com.
> John Savage: 9 p.m. April 1.
> Bike Tuff, Tons of Fun, City Yards: 9 p.m. April 2.
> JWC, Minglewood Laborcamp: 9 p.m. April 8.
> J.T. and the Clouds: 9 p.m. April 9.
> 60 Second Crush: 9 p.m. April 10.
Murphy’s Place: Jazz @@ straight, smooth, bebop or traditional @@ all kinds are played here. 151 Water St. (419) 241-7732 or www.murphysplacejazz.com.
> Vocalists’ show: 9 p.m. April 2, $6.
> Glenda McFarlin: 9 p.m. April 3, $8.
Omni: This Toledo club is a venue for music (and music lovers) of all types. 2567 W. Bancroft St. (419) 535-6664 or omnimidwest.com.
> Stranglehold (Ted Nugent tribute), Puppetshow (Rush tribute): 7:30 p.m. April 9, $7.
Ottawa Tavern: Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com.
> HotChaCha, Fangs Out: 10 p.m. April 2.
> Monolithic Cloud Parade, Carradine: 10 p.m. April 3.
> Soldierside: 10 p.m. April 9.
> Ornery Little Darlings, Fangs Out: 10 p.m. April 10.
Pizza Papalis: Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-8165 or www.pizzapapalis.com.
> Jason Hudson: 7 p.m. April 1.
> Jeremy Wheeler: April 2.
> Jeff Stewart: April 3.
> Mud Hens opening day: Kyle White, 1-5 p.m. April 8; Gin Bunny, 5-midnight.
> Gin Bunny: April 9-10.
> Jeff Stewart: April 3, 15.
> Brynn & Emma: April 16-17.
> Kyle White: April 22.
> Boffo: April 23-24.
The Village Idiot: Tunes combined with pizza and booze, some would say it’s a perfect combination. 309 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 893-7281 or www.villageidiotmaumee.com.
> 5 Neat Guys: Wednesdays.
> Mark Mikel: Friday afternoons and Tuesday nights.
> The Bob Rex Band: Sunday afternoons.
> The MacPodz: April 1.
> Mojo Flow, Stretch Lefty: April 2.
> One Under: April 3.
> Theo Katzman Band: April 8.
> Soundhound: April 9.
> Hullaballo: April 10.
Stations of the Cross: The community is invited to take a symbolic walk with Christ on the Via Dolorosa, with accompaniment by the Canterbury Choir, for Good Friday. 7 p.m. April 2, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1 Trinity Plaza. (419) 246-8732 or www.trinitytoledo.org.
Club Friday: Quartet Bernadette. Some of the city’s most talented performers entertain museum-goers during TMA’s It’s Friday events. 6:30-9:30 p.m. April 2, Cloister, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
Mas Fina: April 2-3, Michigan Tavern, 1680 Smith Road, Temperance, Mich. (734) 847-6105.
Ralph Stanley II: You could call him a bluegrass legacy, with his inheritance an education learned at his father’s side; with Marion Blue. 7 p.m. April 3, Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., Maumee. $15. (419) 897-8902 or www.glasscityopry.com.
UT Latin Jazz & Vocalstra Concert: Rhythmic beats meet vocalese. 8 p.m. April 5, UT’s Center for Performing Arts recital hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. $3-$5. (419) 530-2452 or www.utoledo.edu/as/music
Scholars of a Different Note: DMA Trio. This concert series features BGSU vocal and instrumental music students. 7:30 p.m. April 6, Wildwood Preserve Metropark Manor House, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
UT Festival of New Music: The latest music for choral and orchestral media will be explored and celebrated in this annual event. 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 530-2452 or www.utoledo.edu/as/music.
> Chorale, Wind, Orchestra: 8 p.m. April 6, Doermann Theatre, University Hall.
> New Music Ensemble: 8 p.m. April 7, Center for Performing Arts recital hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive.
> Guest composer Paul Schoenfield: Meet the composer reception, 7 p.m. April 8; concert, 8, Center for Performing Arts recital hall.
> Electronic music performance: 8 p.m. April 9, Center for Performing Arts recital hall.
Toledo Elvis Festival: Robert Rosencrantz, Leo Days, Phillip Bauer, Jordan Ter Doest, Nick Gutierrez and the Roustabout Show Band will pay tribute to the King. To benefit Honorflight Northwest Ohio. 2 p.m. April 10, Civic Centre Promenade, 237 S. Erie St. $20-$50. (419) 727-5847, (419) 343-5157 or www.elvissweetspirit.com.
All Amadeus: The Toledo Symphony’s Mozart & More series concludes with the composer’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and Symphony No. 39. 7:30 p.m. April 10, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $29-$33. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or www.toledosymphony.com.
Chamber Music Toledo: The Tecumseh Piano Trio will perform works by Haydn, Shostakovich and more. 3 p.m. April 11, First Presbyterian Church of Maumee, 200 E. Broadway, Maumee. $1-$15. (419) 246-8000 or www.chambermusictoledo.org.
TMA Faculty Artist Series: La Belle Musique de France. Instructors, professors and students from UT will perform music from operas. 3 p.m. April 11, Great Gallery, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
Glass City Rollers: Toledo’s flat-track roller derby team will take on the Steel City Derby Demons B-Unit from Pittsburgh. 7 p.m. April 3, SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. $11. (419) 255-3300 or www.glasscityrollers.com.
Walk MS: Get out your sneakers and support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It could improve your health and that of those with the neuromuscular disease. 8 a.m. April 11, UT Health Education Building, on Stadium Drive, 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 897-9533 or www.nationalmssociety.org/oho.
Hop to It: Kids can get in a word with the Big Bunny at this photo opportunity. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through April 3, Westfield Franklin Park food court, 5001 Monroe St. $20-$49. (419) 473-3317 or westfield.com/franklinpark.
Bunny Storytime: Kids 4-12 can hop in for bunny stories and crafts to take home. 4-5 p.m. March 31, Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 259-5283 or www.toledolibrary.org.
“Come, Touch the Robe”: This Easter musical details the meaning Christ had for those who were with him during his last days on Earth. 7 p.m. April 2, Garden Park Christian Church, 8605 Salisbury Road, Monclova. (419) 868-7700 or www.gardenpark.org.
Animal Egg Hunt: The Easter Bunny will stop at the zoo on Good Friday, leaving special treats for the zoo animals to find. 10:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. April 2, Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway. $8-$11. (419) 385-4040 or toledozoo.org.
“The Spring Skies Over Toledo”: Amateur star-gazers can learn what they’re looking at in this program about constellations, planets and associated mythologies. 7:30 p.m. April 2, 9 and 16, UT’s Ritter Planetarium, 2801 W. Bancroft St. $5-$6. (419) 530-4037, (419) 530-2650 or www.rpbo.utoledo.edu.
Springtime Geocache Egg Hunt: The traditional springtime search goes high-tech. Finishers will be rewarded. 1-3 p.m. April 3, Buehner Center porch, Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, 4139 Girdham Road off Route 2, Swanton. $3. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Easter Egg Roll: Kids 3-10 who bring three hard-boiled, colored eggs can participate in this White House holiday tradition started by President Rutherford B. Hayes. An egg-decorating contest, balloons and visits with the Easter bunny are planned, too. 2-3:30 p.m. April 3, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
Breakfast with the Bunny: Live music and giveaways, plus pancakes with Peter Cottontail. 8:30 and 10 a.m. April 3, Granite City, Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St., Maumee. $7. (419) 878-6255 or www.theshopsatfallentimbers.com.
Springtacular kids’ event: Stories, music and crafts and a spring parade. 11 a.m. April 3, Borders, 5001 Monroe St. (Sylvania Avenue side of Westfield Franklin Park). (419) 474-3704.
Easter egg hunt: 2 p.m. April 3, The Andersons, 3725 Williston Road, Northwood, (419) 698-8400.
Easter Bunny Breakfast/Lunch & Hayride: Kids can dine with King Coney, then take a hayride with him to his egg patch, where finds will be rewarded. Farm animals will be available for petting, too. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 3, Country Lane Tree Farm, 3525 N. Bolander Road, Genoa. $7-$8. (419) 461-1298 or countrylanetreefarm.com.
Library Egg Hunt: Children can share stories and songs and do the traditional seasonal search. 10-10:30 a.m. (ages 2-3) and 10:45-11:15 a.m. (ages 4-5) April 3, Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Road, Oregon. Tickets, available March 27, are required. (419) 259-5250.
Easter egg hunt: 11 a.m.-noon April 4, Armory Church, 3319 Nebraska Ave. (419) 537-9736 or www.thearmorychurch.org.
Murder Mystery Dinner Train: The Cheatum brothers must deal with their haunted inheritance in “Ded & Breakfast.” 7-10 p.m. Saturdays, Blissfield Old Road Dinner Train’s depot, 301 E. Adrian St., Blissfield, Mich. $70. (888) 467-2451 or www.murdermysterytrain.com.
Connxtions Comedy Club: Comedians bring their best yuks for your amusement. 5319 Heatherdowns Blvd. $10-$15 (unless noted otherwise). (419) 867-9041 or www.connxtionscomedyclub.com.
> The Stagebenders: 8 p.m. March 31-April 1; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 2-3; 7 p.m. April 4.
> Mike Lukas: 8 p.m. April 7-8; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 9-10; 7 p.m. April 11.
Funny Bone: Some of the nation’s best comics offer their best schtick on this local stage. 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. (419) 931-3474 or www.funnybonefatfishtoledo.com.
> Alex Ortiz: 7 p.m. March 31; 7 p.m. April 1; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 2; 7 and 10 p.m. April 3, $14-$16.
> Chili’s Comedy Dojo graduation show: 7:30 p.m. April 7. $5.
> Larry Reeb: 7 p.m. April 8 and 11; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 9; 7 and 10 p.m. April 10, $12-$14.
“Wicked”: This alternate tale of what happened in Oz details the lives of two witches (and friends) with different agendas. 8 p.m. March 31, April 6-10 and 13-17; 2 p.m. April 1, 10-11, 17-18; and 7:30 p.m. April 11 and 18, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $40-$125. (419) 381-8851, (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Dance-O-Rama: Toledo School for the Arts students will dance for dough (and fun) during this fifth annual fundraiser. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 1, SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. (419) 246-8732, ext. 217, or www.ts4arts.org.
“And the Winner Is …”: Mitch Albom wrote this play about a narcissistic movie star who dies the night before the Oscar ceremony. Determined to know if he wins, he bargains to return to Earth for the big night. 7:30 p.m. April 8-10 and 3 p.m. April 11, Owens Community College Center for Fine and Performing Arts, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. $10-$12. (567) 661-2787, (800) 466-9367, ext. 2787, or www.owens.edu/arts/.
“Creation/Doomsday”: UT’s theater department will present an excerpt from a collection of biblical stories written in rhyming verse and performed in the town of Chester, England, between the 14th and 16th centuries. 7-7:30 p.m. April 9, TMA Cloister, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
Festival of One Acts: The Lourdes College Drama Society will produce a handful of short plays, including “1-900-Desperate,” “The Tooth Hurts” and “Name That Neurotoxin.” 7 p.m. April 9-10 and 2 p.m. April 11, Ebeid Student Center, Delp Hall, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $5. (419) 517-8881 or www.lourdes.edu/dramasociety.
Liza and Judy, Together Again: Suzanne Goulet and Denise Rose bring as Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland, respectively, back to life in this two-woman cabaret. 7:30 p.m. April 10, Ritz Theatre, 20 S. Washington St., Tiffin. $10-$40. (419) 448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org.
BOWLING GREEN and surrounding area
Cla-Zel Theater: This venue has been rocking BGSU students (and others) for years. 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 353-5000 or www.clazel.net.
> Stacy Mitchhart: 7 p.m. April 9, $8-$10.
> Werkadosio: Papadosio and The Werks: 11 p.m. April 9, $10-$12.
Faculty Artist Series: BGSU’s instructors, professors and musicians perform. Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.
> Faculty Scholar Series. 8 p.m. March 31.
Gish Film Theater: Named in memory of Dorothy and Lillian Gish, this theater hosts screenings of international and arthouse movies and matinees of popular films of the past. BGSU’s Hanna Hall, East Wooster Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-4474 or www.bgsu.edu/gish.
> “After the End of the World”: The world of an ethnic melting pot is disrupted by political changes. 7:30 p.m. April 1.
> “The Outlaw”: This Western, directed by Howard Hughes and starring Jane Russell, takes on the legend of Billy the Kid. 3 p.m. April 4.
> “Sita Sings the Blues”: Animation, film genres, eras, jazz music and more are combined in this revision of the Eastern story of Prince Rama and his faithful wife Sita as their love is tested. 7:30 p.m. April 6.
Howard’s Club H: Bowling Green comes alive at this venue for rock and more. 210 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 352-3195 or www.howardsclubh.com.
> G.C.C., Vocal Response Unit, Years of Resistance, Wretches, Catatrophic Manifestation: March 31.
> April Fool’s Show, featuring Straight to the Withdrawal, Divine Lemons, Killbot Zero, Resonant Soul: April 1.
> Straight to the Withdrawal, Resonant Soul, Downtown Brown, Extra! Extra!, Crotchet Catpause: April 2.
> Limelightz: April 3.
> Dog Lords, Black Mac, the Wobblies: April 7.
> Simple 7 Speed, the Moment, Every You, the Summer Highlight, Kids in the Making, Vocal Response Unit: April 8.
> Lightweight Slams, Drenalin, I Phonic: April 9.
> Rod’s Collision: April 10.
> She Dances benefit: 4-8 p.m. April 11.
BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition: Art students’ culminating work will be displayed. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (plus 6-9 p.m. Thursdays) and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through April 3, Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries, BGSU School of Art, between Ridge and Wooster streets, and Bowen-Thompson Student Union Gallery, Ridge Street and North College Drive, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8525 or art.bgsu.edu/galleries.
BGSU guest artists: Violinist Spyros Gikontis and pianist Vasile Beluska, guest artists from Ionian University in Corfu, Greece, will present free recitals featuring works by Dinos Konstandinides, Alkis Baltsa and more. 8 p.m. April 3, Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.
Melissa Fraterrigo: This BGSU creative writing graduate and winner of the Tartt First Fiction Award and Sam Adams/Zoetrope All-Story Short Fiction Contest will read from her fiction. 7:30 p.m. April 1, Prout Chapel, off Thurston Avenue, BGSU, Bowling Green. (419) 372-7543 or www.bgsu.edu/departments/english.
“The Wright Way to Fly”: A multimedia show about how Ohio’s native brothers invented the airplane. 8 p.m. April 2, BGSU Planetarium, Room 112, Physical Sciences Lab Building, near North College Drive and East Merry Avenue, Bowling Green. $1. (419) 372-8666 or physics.bgsu.edu/planetarium.
John Barnes: This artist will display his watercolors. Reception: 5-7 p.m. April 2; exhibition: 1-4 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, 4-7 p.m. Fridays, April 2-30, Arts in Common Gallery, South Main School, 437 S. Main St., Bowling Green. www.artsincommon.org.
Wood County Historical Center & Museum spring opening: Check out this rural jewel’s new exhibits, including the local version of the Smithsonian’s “Between Fences” show about community boundaries, and tour the museum and buildings to see blacksmith forge demonstrations and historic equipment. Open at 1 p.m. April 3; regular hours, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 1-4 p.m. weekends (closed holidays), Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13360 County Home Road, Bowling Green. $1-$4. (419) 352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Ning Yu: This BGSU guest artist will perform works by Debussy and more on the piano. 2 p.m. April 3, Bryan Recital Hall, BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.
Early Music Ensemble: This group will be directed by Dr. Mary Natvig. 8 p.m. April 6, Bryan Recital Hall, BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.
New Music Ensemble: Kenneth Thompson will direct this group, which focuses on current works. 8 p.m. April 7, Kobacker Hall, BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.
A Day with Morton Feldman: This tribute will feature concerts and presentations about the music of one of the 20th century’s most influential composers. 2:30 p.m. April 10, Bryan Recital Hall; 8 p.m. April 10, Kobacker Hall, both in BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/music/MACCM.
“Between Fences”: A program about fences and boundaries within communities will be followed by peek at the Smithsonian traveling exhibit of the same name and tea. 2 p.m. April 8, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13360 County Home Road, Bowling Green. $3-$12. Reservations: (419) 352-0967. www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Brown Bag Music Series: Digest with the aid of musical accompaniment, provided by the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department and the BGSU College of Musical Arts. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. April 9, Simpson Building, 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green. www.bgohio.org.
“Between Fences” Smithsonian exhibit: The exhibit looks at fences, both physical and figurative, and its representation as a division of race, culture or class. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 1-4 p.m. weekends (closed holidays), April 9-May 7, Wood County Historical Center & Museum, 13360 County Home Road, Bowling Green. $4 donation. (419) 352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Elixir: This band “re-invents music of 1800s America into unique arrangements.” 7:30 p.m. April 10, Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville. $10. (419) 287-3274, (877) 287-4848 or www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.
“The Coronation of Poppea”: The Bowling Green Opera Theater will present Monteverdi’s work about an ambitious courtesan. 3 p.m. April 11, Bryan Recital Hall, BGSU’s Moore Musical Arts Center, Willard Drive and Ridge Street, Bowling Green. $9-$12. (419) 372-8171, (800) 589-2224, (419) 372-8888 or www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music.
ANN ARBOR and surrounding area
Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase: Humor, wit and the funny arts are practiced here. 314 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, Mich. $8-$14. (734) 996-9080 or www.aacomedy.com.
> Chili Challis: 8 p.m. April 1; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 2-3.
> Moshe Kasher: 8 p.m. April 8; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 9-10.
The Ark: This small venue offers a showcase for lesser-known acts, as well as folk, bluegrass and acoustic acts. 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 761-1451, (734) 761-1800 or www.theark.org.
> Bitch: 8 p.m. March 31, $15.
> California Guitar Trio: 8 p.m. April 1, $25.
> Steppin’ in It, Rachael Davis: 8 p.m. April 2, $15.
> The RFD Boys: 8 p.m. April 3, $ 11.
> Steve Poltz: 8 p.m. April 5, $12.50.
> Leon Redbone: 8 p.m. April 6, $25.
> The Low Anthem: 8 p.m. April 7, $13.50.
> Patty Larkin: 8 p.m. April 8, $20.
> Mason Jennings: 8 p.m. April 9, $25.
> Mr. B’s Piano Celebration with Bob Seeley: 7:30 p.m. April 10-11, $25.
Blind Pig: A variety of rock, soul, pop and alternative acts perform at this bar. 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor, Mich. $3-$20. (734) 996-8555 or blindpigmusic.com.
> Jedi Mind Tricks, MC Kadence, Chill Will: 9:30 p.m. March 31.
> One.Be.Lo: 9:30 p.m. April 1.
> Ann Arbor Soul Club, Robert Wells, Brad Hales: 9:30 p.m. April 2.
> The Macpodz, Laith al-Saadi, John Sinclair, Papadosio, Tree City, Abigail Stauffer and Wolfie Geske: 8 p.m. April 3.
> Japandroids, Bear in Heaven: 9 p.m. April 5.
> The Bivbergs, Amateur Anthropologists, Heartbreak Dallas & the Unfaithfuls: 9:30 p.m. April 7.
> Mission of Burma, Chapstik: 9:30 p.m. April 8.
> Groove Spoon, Bodytalk: 9 p.m. April 9.
> Boombox, Jeremiah the Bullfrog: 9 p.m. April 10.
Elbow Room: This college-town hot spot features garage rockers, indie bands and musicians of all kinds. 6 S. Washington, Ypsilanti. (734) 483-6374 or www.ypsielbow.com.
> Nathan K, Morseville Bridge, Chris Bathgate: 10 p.m. April 2, $5.
> The Apex Predator, Idol and the Whip, Hellen Keller: 10 p.m. April 3, $5.
> Todd Osborn: 10 p.m. April 4 and 11, free.
> Laith al-Saadi: 10:30 p.m. April 5, free.
> The Juliets, Ornery Little Darlings, Gun Lake: 10 p.m. April 9, $5.
> Drunken Barn Dance, Greg McIntosh: 10 p.m. April 10, $5.
Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library exhibitions and events: The University of Michigan’s primary research collection for the humanities and social sciences hosts a variety of artwork, speeches and displays. 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 1-7 p.m. Sundays, 913 S. University St., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 615-5783 or www.lib.umich.edu.
> “A History of the Bible From Ancient Papyri to King James”: This exhibit follows the word of God from its written start to the 1611 version. Through March 31, Audubon Room.
> “The Ghost Army”: Learn about this Army unit, consisting many of inflatable tanks and sound effects completed its June 1944 mission in Normandy without firing a shot. Through May 4, Room 100/Gallery.
> Sukhee Ryu reading: This Korea Foundation Creative Arts fellow will read from her short story collection. 4-5 p.m. March 31, Gallery/Room 100.
> “A World Without Ice”: Authors Henry Pollack and Richard Rood will discuss their book about the why ice matters. 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 14, Gallery/Room 100.
Hollander’s cooking classes: Traditionally thought of as a paper source, the owners have recently started making culinary offerings as well. Kerrytown Shops, 410 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. $15, unless otherwise noted. (734) 741-7531 or www.hollanders.com.
> Asparagus with proscuitto and spinach pie: 1 p.m. March 31.
> Brussels bistro cooking: Noon April 7.
> Wine-poached pears: 1 p.m. April 11.
Kerrytown Concert House: This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com.
> Adam Unsworth: 8 p.m. April 2, $5-$25.
> Susan Chastain: 7 and 9 p.m. April 3, $10-$30.
> Ryan Fogg: 8 p.m. April 5, $5-$25.
> Mad About Chamber Music: 8 p.m. April 6, free.
> Loop 2.4.3: 8 p.m. April 10, $5-$25.
> Gebhard Ullmann Clarinet Trio: 7:30 p.m. April 11, $5-$25.
Michigan Theater: This Ann Arbor cinematic epicenter shows arthouse fare, mainstream movies and special attractions, as well as hosts concerts and other performances. 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, Mich. $7-$12.50, unless noted otherwise. (734) 768-8397, (734) 668-8463 or www.michtheater.org.
> “Concrete, Steel & Paint”: A prison art class collaborates with crime victims of crime to design a mural, and their views on punishment and forgiveness collide. 7 p.m. March 31.
> “Killing Me Loudly: On the Abdication of the ‘King’ of Instruments.” Grammy-nominated virtuoso organist Cameron Carpenter: 5 p.m. April 1, free.
> Cheech & Chong @@ Get It Legal: 8 p.m. April 3, $39.50-$49.50.
> “Avenue Q”: 7:30 p.m. April 5, $25-$65. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
> “Kind of a Big Deal”: 7 p.m. April 6, free. www.umuac.org/m-aginationfilms/
> Broken Social Scene: 7:30 p.m. April 7, $24-$27. (734) 763-8587 or www.ticketmaster.com.
> “From Design to Design Thinking” by Tim Brown: 5 p.m. April 8, free.
> Bust a Groove: 7:30 p.m. April 9, $5-$8. (734) 763-1107 or www.umuac.org.
> “New Muslim Cool”: 2 p.m. April 10, free. (734) 764-0350 or www.ii.umich.edu/cmenas/.
> Baaba Maal, NOMO: 8 p.m. April 10, $18-$42. (734) 764-2538 or www.ums.org.
> Banff Mountain Film Festival: 7 p.m. April 11, $10-$15 adults. (734) 763-8587, www.ticketmaster.com or www.recsports.umich.edu/outdooradv/.
University of Michigan Museum of Art: This museum has the largest collection of Asian art in Michigan. 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 763-8662 or www.umma.umich.edu.
> “UMMA Projects: Cory Arcangel.” This artist gained acclaim for reworking obsolete video game systems, and his techniques have grown to encompass imagery and sound from popular culture. Through April 11.
> “Tradition Transformed: Chang Ku-nien, Master Painter of the 20th Century.” This artist was a practitioner of the ancient style of Chinese painting. Through April 18.
> “An Economy of Means: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection.” This exhibit showcases one ordinary couple’s devotion to the aesthetic. The reference library and postal service employee devoted half of their income to their collection, which includes conceptual and minimal art. Through May 2.
Zingerman’s Creamery: Tours are offered regularly and classes cover a variety of dairy topics. 3723 Plaza Dr., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 929-0500 or www.zingermanscreamery.com.
> Mozzarella class: Learn how to make fresh pizza cheese from milk or curd. Noon-2 Saturdays through May, $45.
> Tours: Cheesemaker and managing partner John Loomis explains how the creamery makes artisan cheeses and old-fashioned Italian ice cream. 2 p.m. Sundays, $5 (attendees will receive $5 coupons to spend in the Cheese Shop).
“WSG Invites Family and Friends”: This exhibition focused on 16 artists, who then each asked a creative friend to also display their works. Noon-10 April 1-3, WSG Gallery, 306 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 761-2287 or www.wsg-art.com.
The Healing Garden: Spring pops out at this interactive display that features the scents, colors, textures and forms of the world’s seasonal rebirth. Visitors can learn about the benefits of exercise, meditation and close contact with nature. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays-Sundays through April 4, UM Matthaei Botanical Gardens conservatory, 1800 N. Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, Mich. $2-$5. (734) 647-7600 or www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg/.
“About Face”: A baker’s dozen of artists present an exhibition of portraits of friends, family and community members who posed in street clothes or period costumes, with a variety of interpretations. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through April 10, Side Door Gallery, inside the Dexter Picture Frame Co., 8063 Main St., Dexter, Mich. (734) 426-1581 or www.thesidedoorgallery.com.
“Little Shop of Horrors”: A floral shop assistant discovers an unusual (and carnivorous) plant in this musical. 8 p.m. April 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and April 29-May 1; 2 p.m. April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2 and 9; 3 p.m. April 17 and May 1, Performance Network, 120 E. Huron, Ann Arbor, Mich. $10-$44. (734) 663-0681 or www.performancenetwork.org.
“Jesus Christ Superstar”: A new prophet, with his rapid rise to acclaim, has his haters in this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. 7 p.m. April 1, 8; 8 p.m. April 2, 9, 16; 3 and 8 p.m. April 3, 10, 17; 3 and 7 p.m. April 15; 3 p.m. April 11 and 18, Encore Musical Theatre Company, 3126 Broad St., Dexter, Mich. $32-$38. (734) 268-6200 or www.theencoretheatre.org.