Fred Hersch Ensemble: Leaves of Grass, 8 – 10 p.m. Leaves of Grass features a stellar international ensemble of today’s finest improvising musicians, including some of New York’s most versatile and distinctive jazz musicians. Lydia Mendehlsson Theatre, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538, www.ums.org.
Robert LePage’s Far Side of the Moon, 8 – 9:30 p.m. Through March 13. What starts with the imagination of a 12-year-old boy stranded in a laundromat leads to a world of overwhelming experiences. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538, www.ums.org.
Detroit Area Womyn’s Network social gathering, 6:30 – 9 p.m. DAWN is a social group for professional women 30+. Join us to dine and socialize in the addition to the Pronto! bar. This month we will be having an L Word raffle (DVD set, T-shirts, posters, etc.). See website for details. This is our last Thursday gathering until Oct. 2005. Pronto!, 608 S. Washington, Royal Oak, [email protected], www.geocities.com/detroitwomyn.
PFLAG Jackson movie night –, 7 – 9 p.m. Immanual Lutheran Church, 1505 West Michigan, Jackson, 517-745-1130, [email protected]
Confront the Shadow: Women’s self defense with a padded attacker, Noon – 5:30 p.m. Suitable for the courageous beginner or the woman with self-defense training, this class offers the opportunity to strike full-force blows to a black-belt male who is completely padded. This class empowers women by offering the opportunity to confront their worst fears in a supportive atmosphere. Mejishi Martial Arts, 247 W. 9 Mile, Ferndale, 248-542-5371, [email protected], www.mejishi.250x.com.
Oslo Philharmonic, 8 – 10 p.m. The Oslo Philharmonic returns for its first visit in 11 years with new music director Andre Previn. Previn conducts a varied program that includes his violin concerto. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538, www.ums.org.
The Whiting presents The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, 8 – 11 p.m. $25-45 per person. Tickets are available at The Ticket Center at The Whiting by phone. You’ll be taken back by The Jimmy Dorsey orchestra, directed by Jim Miller and featuring vocalist Nancy Knorr. The Whiting, 1241 East Kearsley, Flint, 888-823-6837, www.TheWhiting.com.
Margie Adam concert In Traverse City, 7:30 – 11 p.m. Advance tickets on sale now and available at The Bookie Joint, 120 S. Union St., Traverse City. By mail: send SASE with check payable to “THIRD LEVEL” and “Margie Adam Concert” on memo line to: Friends North, Attention: Margie Adam Concert, PO Box 562, Traverse City MI 49685-0562. Price: sliding scale $30 to $20. A portion of the proceeds go to Windfire LGBTQ Youth Group. Sponsored by Project-YES, Welcoming Congregation Committee of UUCGT, Third Level Crisis Center, and Friends North of Michigan. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse, 6726 Center Road (M-37) on Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, 231-275-3311.
S.A.V.E! ONE Self-Defense Class, 8 a.m. – Noon. This internationally acclaimed program teaches how to be aware of your surroundings, how to avoid and deter a potential attacker and if necessary, how to physically protect yourself. The program is free to all participants ages 10 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Registration is required. St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 21120 Benjamin, St. Clair Shores, 586-775-0023, [email protected], www.savetraining.com.
‘Would You Be On ‘Fear Factor’?,’ Topic of Affirmations Men’s Rap Group. Wear green!, 6 – 8 p.m. Would you jump from a speeding vehicle to another? Drink a maggot shake? How about lay in a vat filled with live spiders and snakes? Hey, it’s just another day on “Fear Factor.” And what do you think about those folks who will do that and more for the money? Share your dares over informal conversation with the Men’s Discussion Group at Affirmations. We meet 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. for opening introductions, and wear green for St. Patrick’s Day! Affirmations LGBT Community Center, 195 W. Nine Mile Rd. (1/2 block west of Woodward), Ferndale, 800-398-4297, [email protected], www.GoAffirmations.org.
Crossroads Chapter Anniversary Dinner, 7 p.m. Come celebrate Crossroads’ 27th anniversary with dinner and dancing. Call Dawn for more information or tickets. $35. Crossroads Chapter is a transgender social support group. DeCarlo’s Banquet Hall, 6015 E. 10 Mile, Warren, 586-775-6063, [email protected], www.crossroadsmi.com.
St. Patrick’s Day party, 7 – 10 p.m. Food, music & games; $5.00 per person. Call for more information. Divine Peace Metropolitan Community Church, 5311 Sunnyside Dr., Clarkston, 248-618-1186, [email protected], divinepeacemcc.org.
Bliss! Bridal Fest 2005, Noon – 4 p.m. “The most Majestic wedding shows of the season.” Meet vendors and view exhibits from every facet of wedding planning, relax during a pamper session or enjoy a soothing makeover while listening to mini-seminars hosted by preferred experts. Enjoy strolling wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, the latest wedding gowns and many more wedding trends that will awe your mind! Win fabulous prizes, see live fashion shows, hair shows and much, much more. 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. Canterbury Castle, 2369 Joslyn Court, Lake Orion, 888-254-7711, [email protected], www.blissbridalfest.com.
Cathedral at Four concert and stations of the Cross, 4 – 6 p.m. The Music at the Cathedral concert series presents organist Susan DeKam of Ann Arbor. Suggested donation for the concert is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $25 for families. Following the concert there will be a “Biblical Stations of the Cross” with work by artists from the College for Creative Studies. Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, 313-831-5000, www.detroitcathedral.org.
PFLAG Detroit monthly meeting, 2 – 5 p.m. This month’s meeting will feature the HIV/AIDS support group Higher Ground. Please join us on an empowering journey for those living with HIV/AIDS, along with their family and friends, as we explore how to live longer, happier, and more productive lives. As always, PFLAG Detroit welcomes everyone, whether member or non-member, and all GLBTI folks, families and friends. Lutheran Church of the Master, 3333 Coolidge, Troy, 248-656-2875, [email protected], www.pflagdetroit.org.
HTJ!2005 General Planning Meeting, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Every third Tuesday of the month, please join in the planning of the Midwest’s oldest black same-gender-loving pride celebration. In 2005, Detroit’s Hotter Than July celebrates ten years of nurturing and empowering community. All welcome. MPowerment Offices, 743 Beaubien, Suite 400 (Above Nikki’s Pizza), Downtown Detroit, Detroit, 313-864-7743, [email protected], www.hotterthanjuly.com.
GLBT Dinner Club in Windsor, 6:30 – 9 p.m. We meet once a month at various restaurants in Windsor every third Tuesday of the month all year long. The restaurant location changes every month. To get monthly information just sign up to our email. Note it is a .ca address not a .com address. All are welcome. Email for location, Windsor, [email protected]
Enhancing sexual health while reducing your risk!, 6 – 8 p.m. We meet both as a group and individually about the most prevalent topics related to living with HIV infection. We will discuss the psychosocial and environmental aspects of decision making as they relate to promoting productive relationship and sexual health. Although it may appear to be a support group, it is actually a guided approach to taking a look at the factors affecting MSMs who are infected with HIV. For more information contact Kali Lindsey at AIDS Partnership Michigan. University Square, 2751 E. Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, 313-446-9829, [email protected]
Juilliard String Quartet, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Ticket Price: $26. The Juilliard String Quartet is one of the most recognized chamber music groups of its time. Wharton Center for Performing Arts, 1 Wharton Drive, East Lansing, 432-2000 or 1-800-942-7866, www.whartoncenter.com.
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, 432-2000 or 1-800-942-7866, www.whartoncenter.com.
Putting a Human Face on Homosexuality, 7 – 9:30 p.m. In an effort to help reduce fear of those who are different from ourselves and to better understand the experiences, expectations and spirituality of gay and lesbian people and their families, PFLAG Detroit and Blue Water Pride of Port Huron are sponsoring a presentation called “Putting a Human Face on Homosexuality.” 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 protected], www.gaybluewater.com.
Reclaim your health!! A community conference on do-it-yourself health, through March 20, 7 – 11 p.m. The Detroit Health Collective is sponsoring a weekend of trainings, workshops and discussions on Do-It-Yourself health. Friday night is the kickoff with keynote speaker Maureen Taylor talking about access to the healthcare system. She will speak at 7 p.m. with a social with coffee and cake afterword. At 9 p.m. there will be a dance party and old time music ho-down. Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation, 3535 Cass Ave, Detroit, 313-310-3633, [email protected]
Wellspring Alternative Dance Project presents Margie Gillis, through March 20, 8 – 9 p.m. Through March 20. Ms. Gillis has toured extensively throughout North and South America, as well as Europe, India and the Middle East. Not only will Ms. Gillis perform for the community, she will present a week-long residency. In addition, 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. Tickets are on sale now and will sell quickly, so reserve your tickets in advance. Admission is only $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.
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. Order tickets through HARC and proceeds will go to the HIV/AIDS agency. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave, Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538 OR HARC at 734-572-9355, 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. Bears and their fans will be coming from all over the Great Lakes area to party and get ready for spring. Lenora’s Pub, 133 E. Washington, Jackson, 517 782 4484, [email protected], 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 year’s event-goers are in for a thrilling night of intrigue within the dark mahogany walls of the Royal Park Hotel, witnessing the largest-scale murder mystery dinner Detroit has ever seen! 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, [email protected], www.goaffirmations.org/BigBash05.asp.
Financial and estate planning for unmarried couples, through March 20, 10 a.m. – Noon 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, [email protected]
‘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, [email protected], 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, [email protected], www.danceRevolution.biz.
panal discussion on transgender health, 4 – 5 p.m. Panel participants are Rachael Crandall, executive director of Transgender Michigan, and Mindy Beecher. This discussion is in conjunction with “Reclaim Your Health! A Do-It-Yourself health fair”. This particular panal is free and open to the public. Idle Kids Books and Records, 3535 Cass Ave, Detroit, 313-310-3633, [email protected], www.geocities.com/reclaimyourhealthdetroit.
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. 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 at the Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ. (Corner of Spring & Wall)in Douglas. Douglas Congregational United Church of Christ, 56 Wall Street, Douglas, 269-686-4520, [email protected], www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/msm/index.htm.
Free lecture with author Erik Marcus, 7 – 9 p.m. Erik Marcus is one of America’s leading writers about animal agriculture. 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.