Step Across This Line: An Evening with Salman Rushdie, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Ticket Price: $20; tickets are free to MSU students, faculty and staff (free tickets must be picked up in advance of lecture from the Wharton Center box office). Author of “The Satanic Verses,” which was deemed sacrilegious by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeni. Wharton Center for Performing Arts, 1 Wharton Drive, East Lansing, 517-432-2000 or 1-800-942-7866, www.whartoncenter.com.
Putting a Human Face on Homosexuality, 7 – 9:30 p.m. Attendees will hear testimonials from gay and lesbian people and their families during this presentation. This is an excellent opportunity to meet ordinary people who happen to be gay. Snacks and refreshments provided by Blue Water Pride’s Board of Directors. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3201 Gratiot Road, Port Huron, 810-364-1080, email@example.com, www.gaybluewater.com.
Reclaim Your Health! A community conference on do-it-yourself health, 7 – 11 p.m. Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation, 3535 Cass Ave, Detroit, 313-310-3633, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.geocities.com/reclaimyourhealthdetroit.
Wellspring Alternative Dance Project presents Margie Gillis, through March 20, 8 – 9 p.m. Ms. Gillis, who is well known for her HIV/AIDS advocacy work, will present a workshop entitled “From the Inside Out” for persons affected by HIV/AIDS in partnership with CARES of Southwest Michigan. Reserve your tickets in advance. Admission is $17 for adults, $10 for students, and free for children ages 5 and younger. Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 204, Kalamazoo, 269-342-4354, www.wellspringdance.com.
101up Gallery grand opening, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Through March 20. Featured artist solo show – Matt Lewis: Recent Paintings. The 101up Gallery offers monthly shows with local and international guest artists. The 101up Gallery opens both days at 10 a.m. with a reception and entertainment by guitarist Nick Carlson on Friday at 6 p.m. and an “Artist’s Talk” on Saturday at 8 p.m. Gallery hours are: Tues.- Thurs. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. -6 p.m. 101up Gallery, 4470 Second Avenue, Detroit, 313-212-1201, www.101up.com.
Sir James Galway, flute, 8 – 10 p.m. This former principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic returns to Ann Arbor for his 12th UMS appearance and his first since 1999. His wife Jeanne, also an accomplished flutist, joins him for the program. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538, www.ums.org.
Prison City Bears: Wearin’ O’ the Fur Post-St. Patrick’s Day Party and Bar Night, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. The weather should be getting warmer, so comb out your fur and get it ready for spring. Dare to bare and get ready to show off your pelt. Contests and other surprises are in store for this evening as the Prison City Bears of Jackson, Michigan host another bar night at their home bar. Lenora’s Pub, 133 E. Washington, Jackson, 517 782 4484, email@example.com, www.prisonicitybears.org.
Big Bash 2005: Mystery at the Royal Park, 6 p.m. Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center proudly celebrates 16 years of service at its single largest fundraising event, The Big Bash. This ultimate “who done it” includes hors d’oeuvres, open bar, and an elegantly served meal. Support Affirmations’ work with the LGBT community – purchase a ticket for $135, or become a Detective ($500) and receive two event passes and join us early for a drink in the Conservatory with the Chief Inspector. Make your reservations today by phone or online. Royal Park Hotel, 600 East University, Rochester, 248-398-7105, Kat.LaTosch@GoAffirmations.org, www.goaffirmations.org/BigBash05.asp.
Financial and estate planning for unmarried couples, through March 20, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. This seminar is geared towards both single people and those in relationships. It will focus on legal and financial issues involved with a partnership/companionship and the protection of those assets. Space is limited. Coffee and rolls provided. The Network’s Community Room, 343 Atlas Avenue, SE, Grand Rapids, 616-974-2814, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Spirituality and Religion,’ topic of Affirmations Men’s Rap Group, 6 – 8 p.m. Whether it’s your own spirituality or religious beliefs, or those of our society or culture, how does that affect your life as a GLBT person? How does it affect your coming out process, meeting people, finding a partner? As many prepare for the Purim and Easter holidays, how do you feel? Share your thoughts or vent your concerns over informal and confidential conversation with the Men’s Discussion Group at Affirmations. We meet on Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. with fresh suggested topics posted each week. All Gay, Bi-Affectional, and Transgender men aged 18 and older are welcome. Please arrive by 6 p.m. or during break at 7 p.m. to hear opening introductions. Affirmations LGBT Community Center, 195 W. Nine Mile Rd. (1/2 block west of Woodward), Ferndale, 800-398-4297, MensRap6PM@hotmail.com, www.GoAffirmations.org.
Gender-free Latin dance lesson and party, 8 – 11 p.m. One hour-long beginner-level class is followed by two hours of open dance. Always a great mix of people and music. No partner required. 8 – 9:00 p.m.: beginning salsa lesson. 9 – 11 p.m.: open dance. Music will include salsa, merengue, bachata, and a large dose of hip hop and reggaeton. Arbor Brewing Company Tap Room, 114 E. Washington St. Ann Arbor, 734-945-8428, info@danceRevolution.biz, www.danceRevolution.biz.
Reclaim Your Health! A community conference on do-it-yourself health, through March 20, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Workshops, discussions and networking on issues of the current healthcare system as well as hands-on skills that can be utilized to work within the current system and beginning skillls on alternative healing and preventive care. Workshops begin March 19 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and conclude March 20 from 10:15a.m.- 4p.m. Topics will include managing one’s own healthcare system, how to access free prescription drugs, HIV 101, transgender health and basic massage. $25 fee to attend the entire conference, although volunteer exchange and scholarships are available. Two free lunches and daycare are included in the event. Cass Corrdior Neighborhood Development Corporation, 3535 Cass Ave, Detroit, 313-310-3633, email@example.com, www.geocities.com/reclaimyourhealthdetroit.
BLISS! Bridal Fest 2005, Noon – 4 p.m. “The most Majestic wedding shows of the season.” Honeymoons and door prizes given away every hour. Enjoy strolling wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, the latest wedding gowns and many more wedding trends that will awe your mind! Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the door. To receive discounted admission fill out the Advance Reservations form or contact a representative by phone. Burton Manor, 27777 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, 888-254-7711, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.blissbridalfest.com.
Cathedral at Four all-Bach concert, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Cathedral Organist and Choirmaster Jeremy David Tarrant and Artist in Residence Janice Beck will present the final event this Lent, an all-Bach organ recital. Janice Beck, an internationally renowned concert organist, is the Cathedral’s Artist-in Residence. Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 313-831-5000, www.detroitcathedral.org.
Hepatitis A & B shots @ The Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ, 10 a.m. – Noon. The Allegan County Health Department will be offering free Hepatitis A & B shots. Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ, 56 Wall Street, Douglas, MI Douglas, 269-686-4520, email@example.com, www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/msm/index.htm.
Lenten choral concert, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Ars Nova will present the 2nd concert in their 15th anniversary season. The main work featured will be the Requiem by Maurice Durufle, accompanied by the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings and organist Joseph Rush. Mezzo-soprano Elsie Inselman and baritone Paul Max Tipton will be the soloists. Also on the program will be works by Brahms, Bach, Mendelssohn, Poulenc and others. First United Methodist Church, 320 W. Seventh St, Royal Oak, 248-414-7242, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arsnova-mi.org.
Free lecture with author Erik Marcus, through March 22, 7 – 9 p.m. Erik Marcus is the author of “Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating,” as well as the acclaimed new title, “Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money.” Join Erik as he discusses his most recent book and offers persuasive new arguments for vegetarianism. Faculty Room in McKenny Union at Eastern Michigan University, McKenny Union Hall, Ypsilanti, 734-487-3045, www.geocities.com/studentsforanimalrights.
Hepatitis A & B Shots @ The Douglas Dunes, 9 – 11 p.m. The Allegan County Health Department will be offering free Hepatitis A & B shots along with syphilis testing. Contact Chance Chadwick for more information. The Douglas Dunes Resort, 333 Blue Star Highway, Douglas, 269-686-4520, email@example.com, www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/msm/index.htm.
Free movie screening of ‘Peaceable Kingdom’, 7:30 – 9 p.m. An inspiring story of personal redemption, compassion, healing and hope, “Peaceable Kingdom” is described by many of its viewers as “a life changing experience.”, Halle Library Auditorium at Eastern Michigan University, 955 W. Circle Drive, Ypsilanti, 734-487-0020, www.geocities.com/studentsforanimalrights.
Maundy Thursday service, 7 – 9 p.m. The Maundy Thursday service is a reenactment of the Last Supper. Divine Peace Metropolitan Community Church, 5311 Sunnyside Drive, Clarkston, 248-618-1186, RevFluff@aol.com, Divinepeacemcc.org.
Mambo Madness Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O’Farrill, 8 – 9:30 p.m. Ticket Prices: $20-$35. This ferocious ensemble plays the music of Tito Puente, Machito, Mario Bauza and other Latin jazz greats. Wharton Center for Performing Arts, 1 Wharton Drive, East Lansing, 432-2000 or 1-800-948-7866, www.whartoncenter.com.
Good Friday Service, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Good Friday services are the most solemn of the Christian year. Join MCC-Windsor as we end our Lenten journey at the cross. MCC-Windsor meets at Westminster United Church in Windsor ON, moments from the bridge or tunnel. MCC-Windsor at Westminster United Church, 1680 Dougall Ave. Windsor, 519-977-6897, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.mccwindsor.ca.
Good Friday Service, 7 – 9 p.m. Good Friday service is about the crucifixion of Christ. Divine Peace Metropolitan Community Church, 5311 Sunnyside Drive, Clarkston, 248-618-1186, RevFluff@aol.com, Divinepeacemcc.org.
The Michigan lesbian and Gay Comedy Fest, Sponsored by The Triangle Foundation – five national comedians come to Michigan! Shows at 6 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door if available. Tickets available online and at Chosen Books in Royal Oak, A Woman’s Prerogative in Ferndale, Just4Us Bookstore in Ferndale or Common Language Bookstore in Ann Arbor. Past shows have sold out so get your tickets early! Tickets available online and at Chosen Books in Royal Oak, A Woman’s Prerogative in Ferndale, Just4Us Bookstore in Ferndale or Common Language Bookstore in Ann Arbor. See our web site for more information. Dearborn Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. Dearborn, 313-537-3323, ext. 103, www.comedyfest.org.
LezReadA2 to discuss ‘Dyke Drama: Your Guide to Getting Out Alive’ at Common Language, 4 – 5 p.m. Any lesbian experiencing more than her fair share of drama will appreciate the comic relief mixed with the practical advice of this laugh-a-page self-help book. Includes true testimonials of the worst dyke drama imaginable! Common Language book bar, 317 Braun Court, next to Aut Bar, Ann Arbor, 734-663-0036, KimLombardini@yahoo.com, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LezReadA2/.
Lunafest film festival, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The Lunafest is a film festival showcasing women-made films covering topics ranging from women’s health, cultural diversity, body image, sexuality, and sirituality. Proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Fund, a national nonprofit dedicated to identifying and eliminating the environmental causes of breast cancer. Tickets are $8.00 for students and $10.00 for the general public and may be purchased at the door. In additon to the films, there will be a silent auction and cash bar. For more information visit our web site or call Diane or Iris. The Temple Club, 500 E. Grand River, Lansing, 734-255-0766 or 517-688-4064, www.templeclub.com, lunabar.com.
, 6 – 8 p.m. How can you tell if your pet is gay? Is it genetic, or something they learned living with you? Would you treat your “gay pet” any differently? Join us for informal conversation at the Men’s Discussion Group at Affirmations. We meet Saturdays from 6-8 p.m. with fresh suggested topics posted each week. Please try to arrive by 6 p.m. or during break at 7 p.m. to hear opening introductions. All Gay, Bi-Affectional, and Transgender men aged 18 and older are welcome, but please, leave your pets at home. From 8-10:30 p.m. tonight, join us for our Purim/Easter/Spring party! Affirmations LGBT Community Center, 195 W. Nine Mile Road (1/2 block west of Woodward), Ferndale, 800-398-4297, MensRap6PM@hotmail.com, www.GoAffirmations.org.
Purim/Easter/Spring holiday party with Affirmations Men’s Rap Group !, 8 – 10:30 p.m. Spring is March 20, Purim begins March 24th, and Easter is March 27th – celebrate the holidays with Affirmations Men’s Discussion Group! Following our regular conversation from 6-8 p.m. join us for a continued evening of fun and prizes. Please bring: 1.Two wrapped presents from the $1 Store, 2. a mask or bonnet for the masquerade, 3. a photo or replica of your favorite “covered basket” (interpret that any way you want…) to be voted on, and 4. a festive dish to share. Please also bring a canned or boxed food to be donated to Wellness House. All Gay, Bi-Affectional, and Transgender men aged 18 and older are invited. Affirmations LGBT Community Center, 195 W. Nine Mile Road (1/2 block west of Woodward), Ferndale, 800-398-4297, MensRap6PM@hotmail.com, www.GoAffirmations.org.
Easter services, through 3/27/2005, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Join us for Easter Sunday services! Divine Peace Metropolitan Community Church, 5311 Sunnyside Drive, Clarkston, 248-618-1186, RevFluff@aol.com, Divinepeacemcc.org.
‘Little Shop of Horrors’, through April 3, 7:30 – 10 p.m. Tickets: $25-$55. Through April 3. “Little Shop Of Horrors” is the musical comedy masterpiece about a loser, the girl he loves, and the man-eating plant that is about to change their lives forever. Wharton Center for Performing Arts, 1 Wharton Drive, East Lansing, 517-432-2000, www.whartoncenter.com.