Live banjo concert
GRAYLING — Bluegrass banjo picker Barry “Tiger” Van Guilder will perform at the Crawford County Senior Center, 308 Lawndale.
The free concert will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 10. Donations will be accepted. The public is welcome and no reservations are required.
For details, call (989) 348-7123.
TRAVERSE CITY — Pine Hill Village Gardens is offering a series of free “Spring Fever Reliever” garden classes in April.
Classes meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 10, 17 and 24, and 11 a.m. Saturdays, April 13, 20 and 27 at Pine Hill, 1126 Carver Street behind Save A Lot. Topics are “Earth Friendly Veggie Gardening” April 10 and 13; “Gardening Apps for Everyone” April 17 and 20; and “Container Planting Planning” April 24 and 27.
Registration is requested to make sure enough materials are available; call 941-1808.
‘Spies in Petticoats’
BENZONIA — “Spies in Petticoats During the Civil War” will be presented Thursday, April 11, as part of the Benzonia Academy Lecture Series.
The program features the story of five women who spied for either the North or South during the Civil War. It will be presented by members of the Benzie Area Women’s History Project and commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The program starts at 4 p.m. at Mills Community House, 891 U.S. 31. Refreshments and music by the Song Spinners and Mary Anne Rivers will follow.
The program is free; a $5 donation is suggested. For details, visit www.benziemuseum.org.
LELAND — The Leelanau Community Cultural Center will sponsor a performance by student musicians in Interlochen Arts Academy’s newest music program.
The program allows young musicians to draw on a wide range of musical expertise at Interlochen to create their own personal style while developing skills in melody, harmony, arranging and lyric-writing.
IAA student singer/songwriters will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Old Art Building. Donations are appreciated; student admission is free. For details, visit www.oldartbuilding.com.
CADILLAC — An old-time country dance and square dance will include a free lesson and music by the Fonda Starr Band.
The dance will be hosted from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at 9116 E. 13th St., next to Kiley Chiropractic. Donations will be accepted and spectators are welcome.
CADILLAC — Grand Rapids-based indie-folk group The Crane Wives will perform Saturday, April 13, at the next Gopherwood Concert.
The performance starts at 8 p.m. at the Cadillac Elks Club, 122 S. Mitchell St. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and may be purchased at Toy Town. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults, $6 for students. Call Paul Brown, 846-8383, to learn more.
Back Porch music
CHARLEVOIX — Jon Ponder and friends from Ann Arbor will be the featured performers at the Saturday, April 13, Back Porch Music event.
Ponder will perform from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Charlevoix Senior Center building on Norwood Road. A circle jam session follows. The suggested donation is $5 to $10 at the door and proceeds go to the scheduled performer. For details, call 622-2944.
‘Take It From Top’
TRAVERSE CITY — Registration is open for “Take It From The Top,” a musical theater workshop for students to be held Aug. 6 through 9. Participants learn music, dance and theater from Broadway professionals and perform for an audience at the end of the workshop.
A Musical Theatre Workshop will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6-8 at the Old Town Playhouse, 148 E. Eighth St., and noon-4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., where the students will perform a free recital at 6 p.m. This workshop is for children ages 10 to 18. The cost is $275.
An Advanced Workshop for students ages 12 to 22 will focus on “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Participants will receive and read through the score and script. It will meet 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6-8 at the Old Town Playhouse, and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the City Opera House. A free recital will be presented at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $375. Auditions for this workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 14.
For details or to register, visit www.cityoperahouse.org.
CHARLEVOIX — The Charlevoix Public Library will host a day of educational talks featuring nationally known genealogical adventurer Megan Smolenyak.
Smolenyak is the author of six books and conducts forensic research for the Army, coroners, NCIS and the FBI. She also can be seen and heard on Good Morning America, the Today Show, the Early Show, CNN, PBS and NPR.
“Honoring Our Ancestors” will be held Saturday, April 27, at the library, 220 W. Clinton St. Morning sessions are at 10 and 11:15 a.m. Afternoon programs start at 1:30 and 2:45 p.m. The event is $50 for the full day and includes lunch; $25 for morning or afternoon sessions. Registration forms and details are available at the library or at http://tinyurl.com/b4rstqe.
Bidding to eat
HONG KONG — A rare chance to dine with world-famous Spanish restaurateur Ferran Adria sold at auction Wednesday for 180,000 Hong Kong dollars ($23,200).
Bidding started at HK$5,000 for the meal with Adria, often cited as the planet’s most talented and imaginative chef. His now-closed restaurant elBulli was rated the world’s best five times by British magazine The Restaurant.
An online bidder beat out four others at the Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong.
The winner gets the chance to dine with Adria and his brother in a restaurant in Barcelona and visit the premises of the elBulli restaurant, in Catalonia, Spain.
Another ticket to the dinner will be auctioned off April 26 in New York.
“Everybody knew there was just one chance to get this lot of spending time with the great chef Ferran Adria, in his hometown of Barcelona. And this will probably never happen again,” said Serena Sutcliffe, international head of wine at Sotheby’s.
After maintaining an exceptional Michelin three-star status for more than a decade, elBulli closed in July 2011.
Adria, who was in charge of the elBulli kitchen for 27 years, says the dinner offers a rare opportunity to discuss food and cooking ideas with him.
The proceeds of the auction will go to the elBulli Foundation, a project set up by Adria and business partner Juli Soler, which will turn the restaurant into an experimental center looking at the process of culinary innovation and creativity.