L4B - The Michigan Daily Weekend Mazine -Thursday, March 27, 1997
The Michigan Daily Weekend M
A weekly list of who's
where, what's happening and
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See Friday. Mich. 4:45, 7:00 and 9:15
The Producers (1968) The first feature film
from the king of parody Mel Brooks features a
struggling Broadway producer who looks to an
accountant for a get-rich-quick scheme. Mich.
My Knees Were Jumping (1995) A documen-
tary about the efforts of British Jews and
Quakers to rescue 9,000 children from
Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland
in Kindertransports. The film's creator,
Melissa Hacker, will give a presentation fol-
lovwjg the showing. Mich. 7 p.m.
The Line King (1996) Oscar-nominated
documentary of Al Hirschfeld, who dedicat-
ed more than 70 years of his life as a cari-
caturist for The New York Times. Mich.
19 Wheels Grand Rapids party-rockers. With
Domestic Problems. Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m. Call
Push Down & Turn Four rockers straight
outta Indianapolis. Rick's. 9:30 p.m. Call 996-
University Gamelan Ensemble Indonesian
music presented by the School of Music's
Gamelan Ensemble, focusing on the
Yogyanesse style of music. The show draws
upon the repertoire of F.X. Widaryanto.
Rackham Auditorium. 8 p.m. Free. 764-0594.
The Marriage of Figaro Mozart's classic
opera follows Count Almaviva and his
attempts to reclaim his sexual rights over his
wife's chambermaid during late-18th century
Europe. Presented by the School of Music's
Opera Theater. Mendelssohn Theater. 8 p.m.
$7 for students. 764-0450.
La Ronde As they move through 10 scenes,
characters try to connect through themes of
lust or love, trust or tryst. Arena Theater. 7
p.m. Free. 764-6800.
Fic in Reading Fiction writer Jane Barnes
reads as part of the University's Visiting
Writers Series. Rackham Amphitheatre. 5
Poetry Reading Native American poet Duane
Niatum reads from his latest work, "Songs
frori the Storyteller's Stone." Shaman Drum.
8 p.m. Free.
Kolya (1996) Academy Award winner for Best
Foreign Film about Frantisek Louka, who is
left to care for his estranged lover's 6-year-old
son, Kolya, when she returns to her native
Russia. A Czech film with English subtitles.
Mich. 7 p.m.
Heaven Can't Wait (1995) A Chinese film
mocking the gullibility of the public and the
big business antics that sell false ideas. In
Cantonese with Chinese and English subti-
tles. Free. Angell Aud A. 8 p.m.
Cecilia Bartoli The acclaimed Italian mezzo-
soprano returns to Ann Arbor for her third spe-
cial engagement. Program includes works of
Vivaldi and Pergolesi. Hill. $20-$60. 8 p.m.
Foster Kids East Lansing
9:30 p.m. Call 996-2747.
cover band. Rick's.
Acoustic Junction Hippie
Blind Pig. 9:30 p.m. $10.
Brother Rabbit Local frat rock. Rick's. 9:30
p.m. Call 996-2747.
Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise With
guests Swishbelly and Chris Moore. 7th
House. 8 p.m. Call (810) 335-8100.
Getaway Cruiser Ann Arbor band playing in
support of their recent major-label release.
With Ten Second Dynasty and Penfold. Blind
Pig. 9:30 p.m. Call 99-MUSIC.
Sick Of It All With guests Snapcase and
A.F.I. St. Andrew's Hall. 7 p.m. Call 961-
The Marriage of Figaro See Thursday. 8 p.m.
Joe Howard, caretaker of the Nichols Arboretum, walks along one of its many paths.
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La Ronde See Thursday. 7 p.m.
Thrush Hermit Sloan-like band plays with
guest Inch. The Shelter. 6 p.m. 961-MELT.
U.R.B.S. and The Left Side Third Wave benefit
concert at the Halfway Inn in the basement of
East Quad (enter on Church Street). 9:30 p.m.
The Marriage of Figaro See Thursday. 8 p.m.
La Ronde See Thursday. 7 p.m.
The Four Best Plays You've Never Seen Four
short one-acts presented by RC students.
Plays are original pieces by students Ben
Graham and Ian Lawler, except one which was
written by professional New York playwright
David Ives. East Quad Auditorium. $3 for stu-
dents. 8 p.m.
Cecilia Bartoli Autograph Session Opera
singer signs copies of her newest CD.
Borders Books and Music. 6:30-9 p.m.
Poetry Reading Ursula Duba reads from her
first book of poems, "Tales from a Child of the
Enemy." Hillel, 1429 Hill St. 7:30 p.m. Free.
(A reception for Duba will be held at 4 p.m. at
The Four Best Plays You've Never Seen See
Friday. 8 p.m.
See Friday. Mich. 5:30 and 7:45
eyond the Hill and amid the real
hills, a quiet battle is going on.
Right now, winter is winning.
Trees lay felled by ice, and sled
and ski tracks criss-cross the
But as the silver maple buds and the fetterbush
pokes out of its winter hibernation, spring is wag-
ing a counteroffense.
"As you look up the silver trunk of the tree, you
see little bits of red," said Inger Schultz, the devel-
opment officer for Nichols Arboretum.
The bursts of red from the silver maple are part
of the early bloom season in the Arb, which will
peak in mid-April and May. It is then that the char-
acteristic explosion of wildflowers and blooming
trees will dot the landscape.
"It's a quiet space - a quiet space of green in
the middle of the city," Schultz said.
A serene place nestled near University Hospitals
and North Campus, the Arb was founded in 1907
when alumni Esther and Walter Nichols donated
27.5 acres to the University. The landscape was
designed by University alumnus O.C. Simonds,
founder of the SNRE landscape architecture
Today, the Arb is a 123-acre patch of green with
entrances on Geddes Road and behind Mary
Markley Residence Hall. The terrain includes the
Huron River, wetlands, wooded glens and a 20-
"You could really start anywhere and probably
get lost, but probably have fun doing it," said
Andrea Urbiel, aN SNRE and Art junior. "I always
find new places I've never been before, but the
prairie is one of my favorites"
Urbiel spent last summer compiling a history of
the Arb based on interviews and memories from
people who have visited for more than 40 years.
"It's their stories and the story of me getting
their stories," she said.
Urbiel is currently working on getting the book,
titled "Oral Histories of Nichols Arboretum," pub-
"They're mostly stories people could have told
me about now," she said. "They went after classes,
they went with a girl."
But the Arb is more than a place to walk a dog,
take a run or sit by the river. It is more than a river
that babbles and birds that sing.
"It's not just a park - it's a living museum,"
The Arb's landscape, designed for visual quali-
ty, sets it apart from parks as does the wide variety
"Each individual plant there has its own histo-
ry," Schultz said. The Japanese Umbrella-pine, for
example, was brought from Japan to
Massachusetts by a Harvard botanist. After sitting
in a greenhouse for more than a year, the tree was
planted with the hopes that it would survive a New
England winter. When it did, cuttings were mailed
across the country to other arboreta, including
More than 64 species throughout the Arb are
marked with diamonds, and more than 500 trees
and shrubs are labeled. The collection includes
trees from around Michigan, the United States and
"What it does is bring the world closer to us,"
Schultz said. "It's alive - it changes every day."
Several SNRE classes have labs in the Arb,
along with some other University classes that take
field trips there. Tours of the Arb are given on the
third Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. beginning at
the peony garden.April's tour, to kick off Arbor
Week, will take special notice of the international
collection of trees.
Also currently in bloom now are skunk cabbage,
which Schultz describes as "hideous little things."
The plants generate their own heat to melt the
snow around them and attract flies and beetles
with an odor resembling a skunk.
Blooming times are available on the Arb's Web
Pushkings Boston indie-rock scenesters.
Green Room. 10 p.m.
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WeekendiMagazine Photo Editor: Margaret Myers.
Soprano Cecilia Bartoli signs CDs Friday and performs Saturday..
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