Events calendar, April 21, 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 Champion 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.
> 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 21, UT Student Union, 2801 W. Bancroft St.
> Noon-6 April 21, Waterville American Legion, 8239 Route 64, Waterville.
> Noon-6 April 26, St. Peter Lutheran Church, 17877 Route 579, Martin.
> 1-6 p.m. April 26, Erie United Methodist Church, 1100 E. Samaria Road, Erie, Mich.
> 1-6 p.m. April 28, Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Road, Temperance, Mich.
> 3-8 p.m. April 28, Epworth United Methodist Church, 3077 Valleyview Dr.
> 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 30, Stadium View Apartments, 1700 Juniper Dr., Bowling Green.
> 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 1, Planned Pethood, Lucas County Recreation Center, 2901 Key St., 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.
> Reva-Kay Williams, research assistant professor of physics and astronomy, will explore “Astrophysical Black Holes and How Energy Is Extracted” April 22.
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.
> Chef’s Selections: April 23.
Cheers for Beers: Hops-heads 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.
> Czech Beers and Classic Pilsners: April 24-25.
No Limits lectures and concerts: This month’s topic is the Underground Railroad and Northwest Ohio’s Native Americans. 6:30 or 7 p.m. April 22, Browning Masonic Community, 8883 Browning Dr., Waterville. (419) 878-4055 or www.browningmasoniccommunity.org
Pedal to Petersburg: Bicyclists can take a 32-mile pedal with a halfway stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Helmets are required. 10 a.m. April 22 from Carr Park, Lewis Avenue, Temperance, Mich. (734) 847-8929 or www.hitoledo.org.
Ohio Genealogical Society conference: Topics for those just beginning to research their roots to those well into the branches are planned. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. April 22-24, SeaGate Convention Centre, 401 Jefferson Ave. $99-$168, plus $15 each for Thursday sessions. (419) 756-7294 or www.ogs.org/conference2010
Family and Child Abuse Prevention Center’s 10th Annual Spring Luncheon: This meal aims to raise awareness of family violence and funds for the center’s work. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 23, Gladieux Meadows, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd. $100. (419) 244-3053, ext. 221, or fcapc.org.
Dim Sum Cooking: These traditional dumplings were created for Chinese royalty and varied in texture and cooking style to satisfy varied tastes. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. April 23, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $20. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Using Hand Saws: Wood cutters, from classic panel saws and backsaws to Japanese saws will be demonstrated with discussion about the correct use and benefits of each. Noon-1 April 24, Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Hwy. (419) 389-0560 or www.woodcraft.com.
Nutritional Chinese cooking: Learn how sauces play their roles in Asian cuisine and create complex condiments out of simple elements. 6-8:30 p.m. April 24, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $20. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Mortise and Tenon Joints: Using hand tools to make these joins provides stability and saves money. Visitors can learn how to make them. 1:30-3 p.m. April 24, Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Hwy. (419) 389-0560 or www.woodcraft.com.
Luminations: This arts showcase raises money for Lourdes College’s scholarship program. Cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction, an appearance by former Miss America Susan Powell and performances by Toledo Ballet, Toledo Opera, Toledo Symphony and the Maxx Band. 6-11 p.m. April 24, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center. $125. Reservations: (419) 824-3751 or www.lourdes.edu/luminations.
The Andersons’ patio and garden show: Get help for problem areas, professional advice and see some yard demonstrations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 24 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25, 4701 Talmadge Road, (419) 473-3232; and 530 Illinois Ave., Maumee, (419) 891-2700.
Taste of the Nation: This black-tie optional event will feature entertainment, raffles and, of course, some tasty eats from guest chefs Andy Husbands and Celina Tio and the area’s participating eateries. 5-11 p.m. April 25, Fat Fish Blue, Levis Commons, 6140 Levis Commons Blvd., Perrysburg. $150. (419) 539-0266 or www.toledotaste.org.
RootsMagic workshop: The creator of the popular genealogy software, Bruce Buzbee, will offer tricks and tips for using the program. 1-4 p.m. April 25, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
Women’s Entrepreneurial Network trade show: learn what women are doing at this event, which will feature a silent auction to benefit local charities. 1-5 p.m. April 26, Parkway Place, 2592 Parkway Plaza, Maumee. (419) 254-6034 or www.wen-usa.com.
April Green Drinks: Christopher Strayer will talk about “natural building” using more basic materials, such as adobe and straw. 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 26, Glass City Cafe, 1107 Jackson St. www.greendrinks.org.
Glass City Singles dances: A poodle skirt parade will be held at this ’50s-style sock hop. 8:30 p.m.-midnight April 30, Gladieux Meadows, 4880 Heatherdowns Blvd. $7. (734) 856-8963 or www.toledosingles.com.
Advancing Awareness: Adults with Autism. Bittersweet Farms, devoted to helping those with this developmental disorder, will host this educational workshop. 8:45-11:30 a.m. April 30, Toledo Lucas County Main Library, 325 N. Michigan St. $10. (419) 875-6986, ext. 1241, or www.bittersweetfarms.org.
Insight/Out group course: This seminar helps participants “develop the courage, confidence and character to fulfill their potential.” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fridays, April 30-May 21, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $35. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Sharpening Discovery Center: Demonstrations of how to get the best blades will be offered in two parts. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. May 1, Woodcraft of Toledo, Woodcraft, 5311 Airport Hwy. (419) 389-0560 or www.woodcraft.com.
Care and Identification of Family Photographs: Hayes Center photographic guru will lead this class, focused on vintage photos. 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 1, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. $5-$10. Registration: (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
Introduction to Feng Shui: Adults can find inspiration in this ancient Eastern philosophy about harnessing life energy through harmony and balance in one’s surroundings. 2-3:30 p.m. May 1, Oregon Branch Library, 3340 Dustin Road, Oregon. (419) 259-5250 or www.toledolibrary.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.
> Bead a Butterfly, Bead a Bee: Boxer Mohammad Ali @@ one of the subjects in our Gordon Parks exhibition @@ was said to “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Create insect-shaped beads. 7-9 p.m. April 23, Libbey Court.
> Glass bead workshop: Participants will make glass beads using a torch and soft glass. Noon-4 April 24. $75. Register: (419) 254-5080. www.toledomuseum.org.
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.
> “Impressionism & Post Impressionism”: Prints by artists such as Manet, Gauguin, Degas, van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec will be featured in selections of UT art history students. April 23-June 20, Hitchcock Gallery.
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 or www.dia.org.
> “Detroit Experiences”: Over 60 rare black and white photographs taken by Robert Frank for his 1958 book “The Americans” will be on display through July 3.
> “Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present.” “This exhibition explores the artistic consequences of the variations and dynamics of cultural exchanges between Africans and Europeans over 500 years.” Through Aug. 8.
“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 or www.20northgallery.net.
“Storybook Stars”: The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum loaned children’s book illustrations from award-winning artists to Owens Community College’s Findlay campus for this display. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through April 22, Campus Library Gallery, Education Center Room 176, 3200 Bright Road, Findlay. (567) 429-3088, (800) 466-9367, ext. 3088, or www.owens.edu/arts/gallery_findlay.html.
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. 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.
Dennis Herbster: This photographer’s work will be on display and for sale.
6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays through April 30, Georgette’s Grounds & Gifts, 311 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 891-8886 or www.georgettes.org.
“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.
Seventh Annual Student Exhibition: A juried exhibition of the best student work produced in Owens art classes. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through May 1, Walter E. Terhune Gallery, Owens Community College, 30335 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. (567) 661-2721 or www.owens.edu.
Photo Arts Club exhibit: The club’s annual photography contest winners and entries will be on display. 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.
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.
Toledo School for the Arts senior art exhibition: The creative school’s students will display their finest work in this showcase. Opening reception: 6 p.m. April 20; exhibition: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays through May 21, 333 14th St. (419) 246-8732, ext. 2, or www.ts4arts.org.
“Toledo Talent Thrives”: To celebrate National Library Week, artwork by students from Longfellow Elementary School will be displayed. Noon-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays through May 28, Reynolds Corners Branch Library, 4833 Dorr St. (419) 259-5303 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 through May 29, Toledo Lucas County Main Library humanities department, 325 N. Michigan St. (419) 259-5207 or toledolibrary.org.
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.
> 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.
> May 29, Our Lady Queen of The Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 244-9575, ext. 149, or www.rosarycathedral.org.
“Yesterday & Today”: Fifteen artists and an array of media will be displayed. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and noon-4 Saturdays through June 5, Space 237, 237 N. Michigan St. (419) 255-5117 or www.space237.com.
“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.
> Just Ahead: 6 and 6:30 p.m. April 23.
> The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath. 2 and 3 p.m. April 24.
> Storytime tours: 2 p.m. April 25.
> Van Gogh: “Houses at Auvers.” 6 and 6:30 p.m. April 30.
> Whistler exhibition: 2 and 3 p.m. May 1.
> Family Time tour: 2 p.m. May 2.
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 23 and 30; 2 and 4 p.m. April 24; 4 and 5 p.m. May 1.
> Beads: 6, 7 and 8 p.m. April 23.
Nature Shoot: Mid-Spring Wildflowers. Art Weber and Bob Jacksy will lead photographers in search midspring’s wildflowers. 6 p.m. April 22, Buehner Center porch, Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, 4139 Girdham Road off Route 2, Swanton. $15. Reservations: (419) 407-9700. metroparkstoledo.com.
Local glass artists: Matt Paskiet. Workers in silicon-based media will be spotlighted. 7-10 p.m. April 23, TMA Glass Pavilion hot shop, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
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 24, Locke Branch Library, 703 Miami St. Registration: (419) 259-5310 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Seascape With Lighthouse: Channel your inner Bob Ross to create a painting of a lighthouse in the sunset. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 24, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $50. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Sandcasting: Families are invited to try molding molten glass. Youths 14 and older, with accompanying adults, are welcome. 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. April 25, Glass Pavilion flameworking studio, TMA, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 254-5771, ext. 7448, or toledomuseum.org.
Oak Openings Photo Primer: The wet sand prairies of the Oak Openings Region are among the rarest habitats on earth. Join nature photographers Art Weber and Bob Jacksy as they explore these special wet areas at one of their best times of year, along the way they’ll help you capture these special scenes in photographs. 6:30 p.m. April 29, Irwin Prairie State Nature Preserve, Bancroft Street across from Secor Metropark. $15. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Two Curators, Two Monkeys, Two Centuries: TMA officials will discuss discuss similarities between a newly acquired 17th century Dutch painting by Melchior d’Hondecoeter and a micromosaic snuffbox by Giacomo Raffaelli from a century later. 7:30 p.m. April 30, Libbey Court, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
Landscape Oil Painting: Painters of any skill level (ages 14 to adult) will get step-by-step instruction in creating an oil work of art. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 1, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $35. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
Hands-on Printmaking: All ages can use traditional and nontraditional techniques inspired by the “Mexico’s Toledo” exhibition. 2-4 p.m. May 2, TMA’s Libbey Court, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
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: Fruits and vegetables: “Tops and Bottoms” by Janet Stevens, through April 25.
> Astronomy Day: Explore the daytime sky with the Toledo Astronomical Association. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 24. A field trip to Olander Park in Sylvania is planned at a time to be determined for study of the night sky, too.
> Plants: The Green Machines. Local biology students will educate visitors, using interactive activities, about Earth Day. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 25, Science Studio.
Butterfly House: The home to hundreds of flittery, fluttery creatures that capture hearts and imaginations is open. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 Sundays, May 1-Sept. 30, 11455 Obee Road, Whitehouse. $5.50-$7. (419) 877-2733 or www.butterfly-house.com.
Library Geocaching: In honor of National Library Week, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library will hold a geocaching treasure hunt. Find a geocache hidden in any member library before April 30 and be entered to win a handheld GPS unit. (419) 259-5207 or www.toledolibrary.org.
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.
> Impressionism: April 22.
> Carousel Horses: April 25, 27, 29.
> Children’s Day Kites: May 2, 4 and 6.
“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 2 p.m. April 21.
> 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.
Fun Fridays: Integration Yoga Studio promises a new kind of happy hour with short classes on a variety of topics. 4633 W. Bancroft St. (419) 266-9642 or www.integrationyogastudio.com.
> Line dancing: 6-7:15 p.m. April 23, $15.
> Yoga Play-Shop: 6-7:15 p.m. April 30, $15.
“Our Planet”: A look at how Earth interacts with the sun and moon. 1 p.m. April 24, UT’s Ritter Planetarium, 2801 W. Bancroft St. $5-$6. (419) 530-4037, (419) 530-2650 or www.rpbo.utoledo.edu.
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.
> Butterflies: April 25.
> Beams ‘n Bulbs: May 2.
Earth Day Storytime: Kids 4-12 can listen to stories and ideas on how to take better care of the planet. 4-5 p.m. April 21, Kent Branch Library, 3101 Collingwood Blvd. (419) 259-5283 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Earth Week at Lourdes College: Learn more about our home and issues facing the environment. 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. (800) 878-3210, (419) 517-8897 or www.lourdes.edu.
> Environmental Club waste audit presentation: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 21, Welcome Center, McAlear Hall.
> Earth-aware Art Show & Auction: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 22, McAlear Hall.
> Eco-friendly meals: April 23, Sylvania Franciscan Academy, Sisters of St. Francis and the Rosary Care Center.
Mystical Garden Stake: Teens can get in the mood for spring by creating a piece of outdoor decoration. 4-5 p.m. April 22, Waterville Branch Library, 800 Michigan Ave., Waterville. (419) 878-3055 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Lessons of “The Lorax”: Homeschoolers can celebrate Earth Day with a special reading of Dr. Seuss’ story. A recycled craft and naturalist-led walk are planned, too. 1 p.m. April 22, Side Cut Metropark Lamb Center, 1025 River Road, Maumee. $5. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Night in the Museum: With flashlights and docent guides, visitors can see what the TMA is like when the lights go out. 10 p.m. April 23, from the Herrick Lobby off the Grove Place entrance. 2445 Monroe St. $10. Registration: (419) 254-5771, ext. 7448. toledomuseum.org.
“Women in Astronomy”: Learn about the contributions women have made to the study of the stars. 7:30 p.m. April 23 and 30, UT’s Ritter Planetarium, 2801 W. Bancroft St. $5-$6. (419) 530-4037, (419) 530-2650 or www.rpbo.utoledo.edu.
Louie’s 7th Birthday: The big little guy will get elephant-appropriate gifts and goodies and draw the name of a lucky child who will win free Fisher-Price toys for a year. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 24, Toledo Zoo, 2700 Broadway. $8-$11. (419) 385-4040 or toledozoo.org.
Oreo Day: Smaller pets available for adoption at the Toledo Area Humane Society will get the spotlight with demos and discussions about guinea pigs, rabbits, mice, gerbils, rats, ferrets and more. 1-4 p.m. April 24, Toledo Area Humane Society, 1920 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee. (419) 891-0705 or www.toledohumanesociety.com.
Mom 2 Mom sale: Mothers will pass along their kids’ gently used clothing, toys, furniture and more at this Parent-Teacher Organization fundraiser. 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 24, Jackman Road Elementary School, 8008 Jackman Road, Temperance, Mich. $1. firstname.lastname@example.org.
20th Annual Kids Trout Derby: Kids 15 and younger, with adult accompaniment, can get a feel for the reel. Door prizes and a raffle are planned, too. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 24, Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., Sylvania. $5 parking. (419) 882-8313 or www.olanderpark.com.
Fractals: Visitors can learn about these infinitely complex repeating patterns found in endless variety in nature, yet capable of being represented by simple algebraic equations. 7:30 p.m. April 24 and May 8, 15 and 22, Appold Planetarium, McAlear Hall, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. $3-$4. (419) 517-8897 or www.lourdes.edu/appold.
Metropark Mutts: Howl & Prowl. Friendly foxhounds, shepherds with their shots and labs on leashes (and other breeds that meet those qualifications) are invited to bring their owners for a nighttime walk. 8 p.m. April 25, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 4830 W. Central Ave. $5. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Toledo Baby Child & Family Expo: Expectant parents and families with children of all ages can take part in or just watch the Diaper Dash, “Cutie Patootie” photo contest and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 25, Westfield Franklin Park, 5001 Monroe St. (419) 309-4834 or toledobaby.com.
Stamped Cards and Papercrafts: Participants will make cards for Mother’s Day, children’s birthdays and more using bright colors and a variety of techniques, plus floral and butterfly images. 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 26, 577 Foundation, 577 E. Front St., Perrysburg. $20. Registration: (419) 874-4174 or www.577foundation.org.
100 Years of Girl Scouting: Archivists of the Maumee Valley Girl Scout Council will share a collection of items from scouting in the Toledo area. 10 a.m. April 27, Wildwood Preserve Metropark Manor House, 5100 W. Central Ave. (419) 407-9700 or metroparkstoledo.com.
34th Annual Quilt Fair: More than 400 items created from bits and scraps of colorful, patterned fabric will be on display. Music, demonstrations and vendors are also in store. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27-May 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 2, Sauder Village, 22611 Route 2, Archbold. $6.50-$12.50. (800) 590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
Toledo-Lucas County Public Library book sale: Gently used books, CDs, DVDs, videos and more will be up for grabs. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28-30, Main Library’s Classics Gift Shop, 325 Michigan St. (419) 259-5358 or www.toledolibrary.org.
A Mystery Party: The details of this event are … mysterious. 4-5 p.m. April 29, South Branch Library, 1736 Broadway. (419) 259-5395 or www.toledolibrary.org.
Underground Railroad Lantern Tour: Experience one of the most dangerous and thrilling eras in American history. The Underground Railroad and Toledo’s critical role in fighting slavery come to life when you meet characters from the 19th century on this lantern lit evening walk. 7:30 p.m. May 1, Harroun Park, Main Street opposite St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sylvania. $5. Reservations: (419) 407-9700 or reservations.metroparkstoledo.com.
Field Trip to the Moon: Visitors can learn about our nearest space neighbor, its phases, travels and look. 1 p.m. May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, UT’s Ritter Planetarium, 2801 W. Bancroft St. $5-$6. (419) 530-4037, (419) 530-2650 or www.rpbo.utoledo.edu.
Butterfly House opening day: The facility is home to hundreds of flittery, fluttery creatures that capture hearts and imaginations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 Sundays, May 1-Sept. 30, 11455 Obee Road, Whitehouse. $5.50-$7; moms can get $1 off admission May 8-9 when accompanied by their kids. (419) 877-2733 or www.butterfly-house.com.
Toledo Zoo’s Cinco de Mayo celebration: These festivities honor Mexican culture with food, music and dancing from El Corazon de Mexico Folklorico and Ballet Folklorico Imagenes Mexicanas. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 2, 2700 Broadway. $8-$11. (419) 385-4040 or toledozoo.org.
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 Debut”: 7 p.m. April 27, Ground Level Coffeehouse, 2636 W. Central Ave.
Film Book Club: “The Bridge of San Luis Rey.” Thornton Wilder’s novel, Monroe County’s 2010 Big Read, about a tragedy investigated by the church has been adapted for film three times. Attendees are asked to either read the book or watch the film for discussion at this meeting. 7-9 p.m. April 22, Bedford Branch Library, 8575 Jackman Road, Temperance, Mich. Registration: (734) 847-6747.
“Mr. Wong, Detective”: Boris Karloff stars as an Asian detective on the trail of a murderer. 2 p.m. April 25, Collingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. $4-$5. (419) 244-2787 or www.collingwoodartscenter.org.
Film/video student showcase: Our annual celebration of representative student work from all levels of film/video production classes. 7:30-10 p.m. April 30, Center for Performing Arts Lab Theatre, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive, 801 W. Bancroft St. $3 donation. (419) 530-2452 or www.utoledo.edu/as/theatrefilm.
The 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.
> Nathan Cogan: April 22.
> The Bridges: April 23.
> The Bridges: April 24 (The Blarney Bullpen)
> 2 Dudes and a Chick: April 24
> Kyle White: April 29.
> Chris Shutters Band: April 30.
> Kentucky Chrome: May 1.
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.
> Joe Woods Band: April 22 and 24.
> Gin Bunny: April 23.
> River’s Edge: April 29.
> See Alice: April 30.
> Bush League: May 1.
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.
> Tom Harms: 8-11 p.m. April 23.
> UT Classical Guitar Ensemble: 8-11 p.m. April 24.
> Criss Sayre: 8-10 p.m. April 30.
> Bill & Jane: 8-11 p.m. May 1.
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.
> The Gipsy Kings: 9 p.m. April 23, $29.
> Thunder from Down Under: 9 p.m. May 1, $10.
Degage Jazz Cafe: Signature drinks, plus live local jazz performers. 301 River Road, Maumee. $5 Tuesdays-Thursdays. (419) 794-8205 or www.degagejazzcafe.com.
> Joe Sneider: Tuesdays.
> Gene Parker & Friends: Wednesdays.
> Tim Whalen: Thursdays.
> Matt Gozzard: April 22.
> Paul Vornhagen: April 23-24.
> Ben Jansson: April 30-May 1.
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: April 21.
> NBC Band: April 22.
> City Limit Sundown: April 23-24.
> Nathan Cogan: April 28-29.
> Velvet Jones: April 30-May 1.
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.
> East River Drive: 9:30 p.m. April 23-24, $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.
> Joe Buck, Larry Love & the Revolvers, the Infernal Names, Tres Negros: 9 p.m. April 23.
> Gene the Werewolf, Extra! Extra!, Man Down: 9 p.m. April 24.
> The World We Knew, Hundredth, Continuance, a Textbook Tragedy, Not Without a Fight, Heart of Gold: 6 p.m. April 27.
> Frank & Jesse, The Wildfire, The Faux Pas: 9 p.m. April 28.
> We Are the Union, Such Gold, the Fight Within, the Red Scare: 9 p.m. May 1.
> I Am Abomination, Larry Love, Goodbye Blue Skies, the Infernal Names, Lame-O: 9 p.m. May 2, free.
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.
> Steven Mullan: 7 p.m. April 21.
> Wicked Magic Show with Dorian Strange: 7 p.m. April 23.
> Philip Fox: April 24.
> “Flash Dance Publicity Stunt”: April 25.
> “The Debut”: 7 p.m. April 27.
> Anniversary party: April 30.
> Old State Line: 8 p.m. May 1.
Headliners: All ages, all genres are welcome. 4500 N. Detroit Ave. Ticket prices vary between $5 and $15, unless noted otherwise. (419) 269-4500 or www.headlinerstoledo.com.
> Against Me, Dead to Me, Moneybrother: 7 p.m. April 23.
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.
> Logan Wells and Tim Tucker: April 23-24.
> Jackpot: 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 Jelinger Trio: 6 p.m. April 22.
> Soul Project: April 23.
> Skip Turner Band: April 24.
> Quick Trio: 6 p.m. April 29.
> Tom Turner & Slowburn: April 30.
> Swamp Kings: May 1.
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.
> Monday Program: 9 p.m. April 22.
> Sugar Glyder: 9 p.m. April 23.
> Detroit Cobras, Joey and the Traitors, Faux Paus: 9 p.m. April 24, $10.
> Bleu Ox: 9 p.m. April 29.
> Peregrine: 9 p.m. April 30.
> Adrays, Northern Spy: 9 p.m. May 1.
Murphy’s Place: Jazz @@ straight, smooth, bebop or traditional @@ all kinds are played here. 151 Water St. (419) 241-7732 or www.murphysplacejazz.com.
> St. John’s Jesuit High School Jazz Band: 8 p.m. April 22, $5.
> Ellie Martin: 9 p.m. April 23, $6.
> Glenda McFarlin: 9 p.m. April 24, $8.
> Toledo School for the Arts: 7 p.m. April 29, $6.
> Nicole Heitger: 9 p.m. May 1, $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.
> Midnight Special: 7:30 p.m. April 23, $5.
> Third Eye Blind: 8 p.m. April 28, $25.
> Red White & Crue, Poison’d: 7:30 p.m. April 30, $7.
Ottawa Tavern: Casual meals with weekend entertainment. 1815 Adams St. (419) 725-5483 or www.otavern.com.
> We Love You, Flamtronic: 10 p.m. April 23.
> APB: 10 p.m. April 24.
> Wilbur Shaw: 10 p.m. April 30.
> Team Nate: 10 p.m. May 1.
Pizza Papalis: Get slices with a topping of entertainment. 519 Monroe St. (419) 244-7722 or www.pizzapapalis.com.
> Kyle White: 7 p.m. April 22.
> Boffo: 8 p.m. April 23.
> Freak Ender: 8 p.m. April 24.
> Dave Carpenter: 7 p.m. April 29.
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.
> Wilburshaw: April 22, 29-30.
> Kentucky Chrome: April 23.
> Whitey Morgan and the 78′s: April 24.
> Andrew Ellis and the Setting Sons: May 1.
> Brittney Riley Band: May 2.
Yeeha’s: 3150 Navarre Ave., Oregon. (419) 691-8880 or www.yeehas.com.
> Big Ticket: April 23.
> Lights Out party: April 24.
> Halfway to Halloween costume party: April 30.
MAS FiNA: April 23-24, Joe’s Walnut Bar, 46 E. Center St., Petersburg, Mich. (734) 279-2099. April 30-May 1, Wild Hog Saloon, 1260 W. Alexis Road. (419) 269-0303.
“St. John Passion”: Perrysburg’s Symphony and Chorale will perform this work, written by Bach for Good Friday vespers in 1724. 7 p.m. April 23, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1 Trinity Plaza; 3 p.m. April 25, First United Methodist Church, 200 W. 2nd St., Perrysburg. $8-$10. www.perrysburgsymphonychorale.org.
Bluegrass Breakfast: The Glass City Cafe will celebrate its first anniversary with a performance by Blowing Grains. (If you tell the band happy anniversary, you may get a free CD!) 10 a.m. April 24, 1107 Jackson St. (419) 241-4519 or www.glasscitycafe.com.
The Music of John Williams: Creator of some of Hollywood’s most memorable soundtracks, Williams’ work will be performed by the Toledo Symphony. 8 p.m. April 24, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $21-$60. (419) 246-8000, (800) 348-1253 or www.toledosymphony.com.
Toledo Choral Society spring outreach: Learn more about this vocal group, led by Sam Szor, or see if it would be a good fit for your talents. 3 p.m. April 25, Epiphany Lutheran Church, 915 N. Reynolds Road. (419) 467-2240 or www.toledochoralsociety.org.
UT concerts: The university’s music students will perform the pieces they’ve been perfecting. (419) 530-2452.
> Choral concert: 3 p.m. April 25, Center for Performing Arts recital hall, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. www.utoledo.edu/as/music.
> Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble concerts: 8 p.m. April 28, Doermann Theater, University Hall, 2801 W. Bancroft St. www.utoledo.edu/bands.
Percussion Bash: Area drummers will join beats with Toledo School for the Arts musicians. 7 p.m. April 27, Maumee Indoor Theater, 601 Conant St., Maumee. (419) 897-8902 or www.greateasterntheatres.com/maumeehome.asp.
Festival of the Lively Arts: International cuisine, drama, music, poetry and the visual arts will be celebrated at Central Catholic High School’s spring open house. 5 p.m. April 29, 2550 Cherry St. (419) 255-2280.
Toledo Opera Outreach concert: Selections from “The Magic Flute.” Will be performed. 2 p.m. May 2, Way Public Library, 101 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg. (419) 874-3135 or www.waylibrary.info.
TMA Great Performances: The Maumee Community Band will play “wind band” compositions by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger and John Philip Sousa. 2 p.m. May 2, Great Gallery, 2445 Monroe St. (419) 255-8000 or toledomuseum.org.
“In Glory and Honor” concert: Lourdes College will recognize servicemen and -women at the school’s spring choral performance, which will cover a variety of musical genres. 7 p.m. May 2, Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center, Lourdes College, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania. (419) 824-3999 or www.franciscancenter.org.
Toledo Symphony Chamber Series: Orchestra members will perform intimate works for smaller groups of musicians, such as Copland’s Clarinet Sextet and Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du soldat.” 7 p.m. May 2, Toledo Club’s Centennial Room, 235 14th St. $28-$35. (419) 246-8000.
Harness horse racing: Sundays feature dollar deals for admission, programs, hot dogs and sodas. Post times are 6 p.m. on Saturdays, 5 on Sundays through Oct. 24. Raceway Park, 5700 Telegraph Road. $2.50. (419) 476-7751 or www.racewayparktoledo.com.
“Practically a Golf Tournament”: It’s the 22nd year for this miniature golf tourney, which benefits the Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio. 5-8 p.m. April 22, noon-6 April 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 24, Westfield Franklin Park food court, 5001 Monroe St. $40-$100 a foursome. (419) 867-5950 or www.epilepsycenter.org.
Toledo Mud Hens home games: Major-league baseball skills at minor league prices. Tickets from $7. Fifth Third Field, 406 Washington St. (419) 725-4367 or www.mudhens.com.
> Columbus Clippers: 6:30 p.m. April 22 (Earth Day); 7 p.m. April 23 (deaf awareness night); 6 p.m. April 24 (agriculture night).
> Syracuse Chiefs: 6:30 p.m. April 27-29, 7 p.m. April 30.
> Charlotte Knights: 7 p.m. May 1; 2 p.m. May 2; 6:30 p.m. May 3-4.
Easter Seals tennis tournament: Women are invited to “serve a purpose” and raise funds for this organization devoted to helping those with disabilities and special needs. 7:30-10 p.m. April 23, Shadow Valley Tennis Club, 1661 S. Holland-Sylvania Road, Maumee. $35. (419) 535-5750 or noh.easterseals.com.
Glass City Marathon: A qualifier for the Boston Marathon, this event also features a half-marathon, 5K, 1-mile kids’ run and a five-person relay. 5:30 a.m. April 25, University Parks Trail, starting from Stadium Drive on the UT Bancroft campus. $10-$90. (419) 360-3709 or toledoroadrunners.org.
Spiegel Grove Squires vintage baseball: This team, based at Fremont’s Hayes Presidential Center, plays the national pastime using 1860s rules, historically accurate equipment and uniforms. Spiegel Grove, Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. (419) 332-2081, (800) 998-7737 or www.rbhayes.org.
> Season opener vs. Wyandotte Ghost Riders: 2 p.m. April 25, Harrison Smith Park, East Wyandot Avenue, Upper Sandusky.
> Vs. Wyandotte (Mich.) Stars: 2 p.m. May 1, Memorial Park, 20th and Grove streets, Wyandotte, Mich.
Smucker’s Stars on Ice: Sasha Cohen, Evan Lysacek, Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto and others will make traveling on ice artistic rather than spasmodic. 7 p.m. April 27, Lucas County Arena, 500 Jefferson Ave. $25-$130. (419) 321-5007, (419) 474-1333 or www.lucascountyarena.com.
ARCA racing: Sportsman, figure eights, four-cylinder. 3 p.m. April 30, Toledo Speedway, 5639 Benore Road. $3-$18. (419) 727-1100 or www.toledospeedway.com.
Great Black Swamp Frogs vintage base ball: Sylvania’s boys of summers past play in the 1800 style. www.sev.org/GBSFrogs/index.htm.
> Vs. Wood County Infirmary Inmates: 1 p.m. May 2, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave.
Miracle League of Northwest Ohio Run/Walk: This 5K run/2K walk will raise money so kids and adults of all abilities can play Miracle League baseball. 9 a.m. May 2, Swan Creek Preserve Metropark, Glendale Avenue entrance. $15-$50. mlnwo.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. $8-$15 (unless noted otherwise). (419) 867-9041 or www.connxtionscomedyclub.com.
> P.J. Butland: 8 p.m. April 21-22.
> Mike Epps: 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 23-24; 7 p.m. April 25. $30.
> The Disgruntled Clown: 8 p.m. April 28-29; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 30.
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.
> Hunkamania: 7:30 p.m. April 21, $10.
> Donger’s Comedy Showcase: 8 p.m. April 22, $5.
> Sheryl Underwood: 8 and 10:45 p.m. April 23; 7 and 9:45 p.m. and midnight April 24, $27.
> Tony Rock: 7:30 p.m. April 29; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 30; 7 and 10 p.m. May 1; and 7:30 p.m. May 2, $14-$19.
Authors! Authors! Carl Weber. This writer brings the entrepreneurial spirit to literature: He owns bookstores and is a publisher, in addition to putting pen to paper, an enterprise that alone has made him one of the top creators of African-American fiction. 7 p.m. April 21, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $10. (419) 259-5266 or toledolibrary.org.
Cultural Odyssey: “The Medea Project.” This touring ensemble creates and fosters original work by artists of all cultures. The project, subtitled “Theater for Incarcerated Women,” aims to reduce repeat offenses using an arts-based approach. 2801 W. Bancroft St. (419) 530-4061, www.utoledo.edu/as/lst/ or www.culturalodyssey.org/medea/.
> Lecture: The founders will perform and explain excerpts from the Odyssey’s award-winning shows. Noon-1:30 p.m. April 21, UT’s Law Center auditorium, West Towerview Boulevard and West Rocket Drive.
> Performance: “Re-Imagining Medea: Songs from the Urban Jungle,” 7-9 p.m. April 22, Valentine Theatre’s Studio A, 400 N. Superior St.
“Creation/Doomsday”: This work is drawn from the medieval cycle of biblical plays performed regularly in the English town of Chester and is given a contemporary twist with modern technique. 7:30 p.m. April 21-24; and 2 p.m. April 25, UT’s Center for Performing Arts Center Theatre, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive. $9-$13. (419) 530-2375 or www.utoledo.edu/as/theatrefilm.
Reader’s Theater: Toledo School for the Arts Thespian Society will present this dramatic showcase. 7 p.m. April 23, TSA’s Attic Theater, 333 14th St. $3-$5. (419) 246-8732, ext. 217, or www.ts4arts.org.
“Auntie Mame”: An stuffy orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt, who’s determined to breathe some life into the youngster. 8 p.m. April 23-24, 29-30 and May 1; 2:30 p.m. April 25 and May 2, Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St. $5-$18. (419) 243-9277 or www.toledorep.org.
“Murder at the Orient Express”: When the richest man in town goes to a Chinese diner to find out who’s been sending threatening notes, he ends up with a chopstick to the heart. 8 p.m. April 23-24 and April 30-May 1; and 2 p.m. April 25, Genoa Civic Theatre, 509-1/2 Main St., Genoa. $7-$10. (419) 855-3103 or www.genoacivictheatre.org.
“Don’t Hug Me”: A bar owner and his wife, as well as his waitress and her husband, are on opposite ends of their respective tugs-of-war. When a karaoke machine salesman enters the tavern, things come to a head in this Oregon Community Theatre production. 8 p.m. April 23-24 and April 30-May 1; and 3 p.m. May 2, Fassett Auditorium, 3025 Starr Ave., Oregon. $10-$12. (419) 691-1398 or www.oregoncommunitytheatre.org.
“Arsenic & Old Lace”: Two elderly sisters help homeless, lonely men meet their great reward … but their poisonous mission is discovered by their nephew. 8 p.m. April 29-May 1 and May 6-8; and 5 p.m. May 2, Fort Findlay Playhouse, 300 W. Sandusky St., Findlay. $12. (419) 422-4624 or www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org.
UT Opera Workshop: A performance of opera favorites, led by UT piano instructor, Robert Ballinger. 8 p.m. April 30, UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. (419) 530-2452 or www.utoledo.edu/as/music.
“Doin’ Time at the Alamo”: Across the street from a Texas prison, the Alamo motel gets a lot of business from women waiting to see their incarcerated men and is the site of some unlikely bonding. 7:30 p.m. April 30, May 1 and 8; and 2 p.m. May 9, Ritz Theatre, 20 S. Washington St., Tiffin. $7-$11. (419) 448-8544 or www.ritztheatre.org.
Theater student showcase: Representative student work from all levels of theater production classes will be highlighted. 7:30 p.m. May 1, Center for Performing Arts Studio Theatre, Tower View Boulevard and West Campus Drive, 801 W. Bancroft St. $3 donation. (419) 530-2452 or www.utoledo.edu/as/theatrefilm.
“L’Elisir D’Amore”: A young farmer courts an oblivious wealthy neighbor to no avail until enlisting the help of a quack and his love potion in this Toledo Opera production. 7:30 p.m. May 1 and 7, 2 p.m. May 9, Valentine Theatre, 400 N. Superior St. $50-$95. (419) 255-7464, (866) 860-9048 or www.toledoopera.org.
Bill Cosby: America’s favorite everything @@ dad, comedian, Jell-O pitchman @@ will talk about aging, marriage and health. 3:30 and 7 p.m. May 2, Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. $36.50-$72. (419) 381-8851 or www.stranahantheater.com.
BOWLING GREEN and surrounding area
BGSU concerts: The university’s ensembles will wrap up the academic year with a series of performances. 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.
> Percussion Ensemble. 8 p.m. April 21, Kobacker Hall.
> World Percussion Night. 8 p.m. April 22, Kobacker Hall.
> A Cappella Choir and Collegiate Chorale. 8 p.m. April 23, Kobacker Hall.
> Creative Arts Program and Collegiate Chorale Renaissance Festival. 11 a.m. April 24, Bryan Recital Hall; $2 donation.
> Ensemble dal niente. 8 p.m. April 24, Bryan Recital Hall.
> Bowling Green Philharmonia. 3 p.m. April 25, Kobacker Hall; $7-$10.
> Lab School Concert: Saint Patrick’s Band. 7 p.m. April 29, Kobacker Hall.
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.
> Exit 179: 7:30 p.m. April 23, $1-$3.
> Olman Piedra: 7 p.m. April 27, free.
> Friday Night Jazz: Ki Allen, plus Damen Cook, Gene Parker, Jeff Halsey. 8:30 p.m. April 30. $20-$35.
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.
> Comedy Classics and Musical Moments: Films starring Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang/Little Rascals and Charley Chase will be shown, along with musical shorts featuring Ethel Merman, Ruth Etting and Ohio native Joe E. Brown. 3 p.m. April 25.
Grumpy Dave’s Comedy Nights: This venue offers weekly humor-fests (maybe to make up for the crankiness). Above the Easy Street Cafe, 104 S. Main St., Bowling Green. $3-$5. www.grumpydavespub.com.
> Matt Truman & Friends: 9 p.m. April 22, $3-$4.
> Amateur comedy competition: 8 p.m. April 23, $5.
> Dave Dyer, J.J. Johnson: April 27.
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.
> Loud & Local: April 21, 28.
> Suns of Sam, Glory to Judge: April 22.
> April 23: Joe Baker Band, 7 p.m.; the Holland Account, 10:30.
> Mobile Deathcamp, Vivain Banks, Death to It’s Toll: 7 p.m. April 25.
> Red Wanting Blue: April 29.
> Matt Truman Ego Trip: April 30.
> Limelightz: May 1.
Wood County Historical Center & Museum: Check out this rural jewel’s new exhibits and tour the museum and buildings to see blacksmith forge demonstrations and historic equipment. 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.
> “Between Fences” Smithsonian exhibit: The exhibit looks at fences, both physical and figurative, and its representation as a division of race, culture or class.
John Barnes: This artist will display his watercolors. 1-4 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, 4-7 p.m. Fridays through April 30, Arts in Common Gallery, South Main School, 437 S. Main St., Bowling Green. www.artsincommon.org.
Morels and More: April showers bring fungi. Learn how to identify some mushrooms and then search for them. 6:30-8 p.m. April 21, Slippery Elm Trail, Rudolph Savanna, 10330 Rudolph Road, Rudolph. Register: (419) 661-1697, (800) 321-1897 or reservations.woodcountyparkdistrict.org.
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition II: Work by Betsy Cavalier, Dan Chudzinski, Tommy Frank, Natalie Nirdlinger and Michael Yager will be shown. Opening reception: 7-9 p.m. April 23; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (plus 6-9 p.m. Thursdays) and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, April 24-May 4, Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman galleries, BGSU Fine Arts Center, between Ridge and Wooster streets, Bowling Green. (419) 372-8525 or art.bgsu.edu/galleries.
“Cheaper by the Dozen”: An efficiency expert and his wife deal with daily life with 12 kids in this play. 8 p.m. April 23-24 and 2 p.m. April 25, Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville. $5-$8. (419) 287-3274, (877) 287-4848 or www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.
Breakfast with the Natives: Dine and tour the Wood County Park District native seed nursery and greenhouse for a sneak peek at the plants that will be available during May’s Friends Plant Sale.10-11 a.m. April 24, J.C. Reuthinger Preserve greenhouse, 30928 Oregon Road, Perrysburg. Register: (419) 661-1697, (800) 321-1897 or reservations.woodcountyparkdistrict.org.
Art Walk/Downtown Walking Tour: Local artists will display and sell art in more than 20 downtown merchant locations. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 24, downtown Bowling Green. www.downtownbgohio.org.
Progressive Spring Tea: Glass artist Pat Rollins will be the highlight of this traveling feast. Noon and 1 April 25, Calico, Sage & Thyme, 115 Clay St., Bowling Green, (419) 352-5417; Beeker’s General Store, 226 E. Front St., Pemberville, (419) 287-3274; and Summer Kitchen Interiors, 4702 W. U.S. Route 6, Helena, (419) 638-4205. $10. RSVP to any of the stores. calicosageandthyme.com, beekersgeneralstore.com or www.summerkitcheninteriors.com.
“Lonely Are the Brave”: Jack Burns (Kirk Douglas) rides out of the dusty Old West and into the gleaming New West where traditional boundaries, such as mountains and rivers, are replaced by barbed wire fences and the interstate highway system. A “film-n-chat” presentation of the Wood County Historical Museum. 6-9 p.m. April 22, Cla-Zel Theater, 127 N. Main St., Bowling Green. (419) 352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
Bike & Lunch: A moderate 25-mide along the Slippery Elm Trail from Bowling Green with a stop to eat. From Walmart parking lot at South Main Street and Gypsy Lane, Bowling Green. 10 a.m. April 29, (419) 352-5608 or www.hitoledo.org.
Rick Prater and the Midnight Travelers: A concert of fast-paced fiddling and pickin’. 7:30 p.m. May 1, Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St., Pemberville. $10. (419) 287-3274, (877) 287-4848 or www.pembervilleoperahouse.org.
Black Swamp Budget Tour: Bicyclists can discover the Black Swamp through routes of 20 to 60 miles. 9 a.m. May 1 from Woodland Mall, Route 25, Bowling Green. $3. (419) 243-7680 or www.hitoledo.org.
NE Ohio Bird Show: If you’re interested in parrots, macaws and other avians, this show could be for you. A variety of birds, cages, toys, seed and miscellaneous used bird items will be on display and for sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 2, Woodland Mall, 1234 N. Main St., Bowling Green. www.neohiobirdshow.com.
Infirmary Inmates Vintage Base Ball: Based at the Wood County Historical Center & Museum, this team calls Bowling Green’s Wintergarden Park, South Wintergarden Road, its home field. (419) 352-0967 or www.woodcountyhistory.org.
> Vs. Great Black Swamp Frogs: 1 p.m. May 2, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, 5100 W. Central Ave.
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.
> Tom Foss: 8 p.m. April 22; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 23-24.
> Jef Brannan: 8 p.m. April 29; 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 30-May 1.
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.
> Martin Sexton, Ryan Montbleau Band: 7 and 9:30 p.m. April 21, $30.
> BeauSoleil with Michael Doucet: 8 p.m. April 23, $25.
> Nervous But Excited. Joshua Davis: 8 p.m. April 24, $15.
> The Infamous Stringdusters: 7:30 p.m. April 25, $15.
> Chris Pureka: 8 p.m. April 26, $11.50.
> Matt Jones: 8 p.m. April 27, free.
> Eliza Gilkyson: 8 p.m. April 28, $15.
> Jonatha Brooke: 8 p.m. April 29, $22.50.
> Down the Line: 8 p.m. April 30, $15.
> Lucciana Costa: 8 p.m. May 1, $12.50.
> Claire Lynch Band: 7:30 p.m. May 2, $15.
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.
> Err …, the Wulfs, Sharky & the Habit, Puberty: 9:30 p.m. April 21.
> Against Me, Dead to Me, Moneybrother: 7 p.m. April 22.
> The Antlers, Phantogram: 9 p.m. April 23.
> Carbon Leaf, Alex Band, Timothy Monger: 8 p.m. April 24.
> Eoto: 9 p.m. April 27.
> Ink Blot, Tokyo Sexwhale, Clocklife, Blackbird Smile: 9:30 p.m. April 28.
> Farewell Republic: 9:30 p.m. April 29.
> Raj Mahal, Station DJs, Bill Jax, Dick Jones: 9:30 p.m. April 30.
> Frontier Ruckus, Matt Jones, Alexander Silver: 9:30 p.m. May 1.
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.
> “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.
> “Children of Dust”: Author Ali Eteraz talks about his book, a memoir revealing Islamic fundamentalism and madrassa life in rural Pakistan. Noon-2 April 21, 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.
> Indian cuisine: Christmas in April. Noon April 21.
> New York-style pizza at home: 1 p.m. April 25.
> Stuffed eggplant and herbed polenta: Noon April 28.
> A Mother’s Day lunch menu: 1 p.m. May 2.
Kerrytown Concert House: This venue focuses on classical, jazz and opera artists and music. 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. $5-$25. (734) 769-2999 or www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com.
> Existential Pilot: 9:30 p.m. April 24.
> Yeyi: Adam Rudolph and Ralph Jones. 7:30 p.m. April 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.
> Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra presents Musical Portraits: 8 p.m. April 24, $6-$49. www.a2so.com.
> “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.” 1:30 p.m. April 25, kids 12 and younger free.
> Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival: 8 p.m. April 25 and 1:30, 5 and 8 p.m. April 26-29, $10-$75. www.jccannarbor.org.
> Mark Knopfler: 7:30 p.m. April 27, $69.50-$145. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Midnight Movies: This late-night flick series takes a turn for the dark. Midnight, State Theater, 233 S. State St., Ann Arbor, Mich. $7-$9. (734) 761-8667 or www.michtheater.org/state.php.
> “House”: April 23-24.
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.
> “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 Bakehouse classes: Get flour fever with these fans of the organic, the local, the freshly made. 3177 Plaza Dr., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 761-7255 or bakewithzing.com.
> American Cookies: 5:30-9:30 p.m. April 27, $100.
> Flat Breads: 5:30-9:30 p.m. April 28, $100.
> Bakin’ with Bacon: 5:30-9:30 p.m. April 29, $125.
> Cin-ful Cinnamon Rolls: 1-5 p.m. April 30, $125.
> Timeless Torte: Cardinal Slice. 1-5 p.m. May 1, $100.
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).
“Potential!” An annual juried exhibition of high school artists using any medium. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5:30 Sundays through May 9, Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 994-8004 or annarborartcenter.org.
Denim Day: Painted and decorated blue jeans will be displayed to raise awareness about sexual assault. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5:30 Sundays through April 30, Ann Arbor Art Center Spotlight Gallery, 117 W. Liberty Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 994-8004 or annarborartcenter.org.
“Little Shop of Horrors”: A floral shop assistant discovers an unusual (and carnivorous) plant in this musical. 8 p.m. April 22-24 and April 29-May 1; 2 p.m. April 25 and May 2 and 9; 3 p.m. May 1, Performance Network, 120 E. Huron, Ann Arbor, Mich. $10-$44. (734) 663-0681 or www.performancenetwork.org.
“Taste of the Season” parties: Performance Network Theatre plans 15 theater-themed fiestas to raise money for its children’s shows, “pay what you can” performances and free tickets for area organizations. (734) 663-0681 or www.performancenetwork.org.
> Enchanted April: 6 p.m. April 21, Vinology’s cellar room, 110 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, Mich. $60.
> Traditional Ethiopian Royal Feast: 6 p.m. April 22, Blue Nile, 221 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Mich. $125.
> Shakespeare in New Orleans: 4-6:30 p.m. April 24, Quarter Bistro, 300 S. Maple Road, Ann Arbor, Mich. $125.
> Drinking the Grapes of Wrath: 10 p.m. April 24, $35. Call for location.
> The Baker’s Wife Provencal Picnic: 2-5 p.m. April 25, $50. Call for location.
> Drama of Japanese Prints and Theatre of Cuisine: 5:30 p.m. April 25; Japanese print viewing; 6:30 p.m., dinner, $250. Call for location.
“Our Town”: Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about Grover’s Corners, a small town whose residents reflect universal dreams and longings. 8 p.m. April 21-23, 29-30, May 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 25 and 27-28; 3 and 8 p.m. April 24, 28, May 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29; 2 p.m. May 2, 9, 16 and 23; Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea, Mich. $20-$38. (734) 433-7673 or www.purplerosetheatre.org.
“Charlotte’s Web”: A spider and a pig form a unique friendship in this E.B. White tale. 12:30 p.m. April 29-30, 2 p.m. May 1-2, Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, Mich. $8-$12. (734) 995-0530 or wildswantheater.org.
Kristen Letts Kovak: This artist’s work explores how paint can articulate the abstract nature of our perceptions. Reception, 6-8 p.m. May 14; exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5:30 Sundays, May 1-15, Ann Arbor Art Center Spotlight Gallery, 117 W. Liberty Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. (734) 994-8004 or annarborartcenter.org.
Fireside Festival of New Works: Four Michigan playwrights will have their fresh-from-the-printer works produced. Performance Network, 120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, Mich. $10 each. (734) 663-0681 or www.performancenetwork.org.
> “Date of Admission” by Chuck O’Connor: A man is admitted to a psychiatric hospital after his young son is kidnapped. Jack 8 p.m. May 2.
> “One-Sided Conversations” by Kim Carney: Halves of separate conversations form an overlapping and surprising dialogue. 8 p.m. May 3.
> “The Sunday Punch” by L. Ramsay-Detherage: A son realizes that his crotchety father is to blame for his marital troubles and decides the only solution is sock him. 8 p.m. May 4.
> “Gaps in the Fossil Record” by Matt Letscher: When a woman brings home the much-older father of her unborn child, her mother thinks she’s kidding. 8 p.m. May 5.