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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 28, 2014






 
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 8-11 p.m. 

"Drum Jam": Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio.

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All drummers invited; bring hand drums or borrow one from the studio. Beverages for sale.
8-11 p.m., Tree of Life, 6065 Sibley (east off N. Main), Chelsea. Free. 433-0697. [map]
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 10 a.m.-late evening 

52nd Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Mar. 25-30. The oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals in North America features 6 days of film screenings, panel discussions, and parties that culminate in screenings of the award-winning films on Mar. 30. The competition showcases new experimental and independent 16-mm, 35-mm, and digital films and videos in a wide range of genres.

Mar. 28: Talks on "Politics: Aesthetics: Action" and "Avant-garde as Kitsch: Experimental Film and Internet Video" (2435 North Quad, 105 S. State). FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "Jeremy Rigsby: God's Asshole and Other Ideas of the Previous Century" (12:30 p.m.). AAFF juror and Media City Film Festival (Windsor, ON) director Rigsby presents 9 films featured in past retrospectives at Media City. "From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf" (UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State). Documentary, captured on cell phone cameras, about sailors from the Kutch district in western India. FREE, 3 p.m. "Thom Andersen: Red Hollywood" (4 p.m.), a screening of NoŽl Burch and Andersen's recently re-edited 1996 documentary about the works of Communist directors who were blacklisted in Hollywood. Appearance by Andersen. "Penelope Spheeris: The Decline of Western Civilization I" (5 p.m.), a screening of Spheeris's cult documentary about the L.A. punk rock scene. Appearance by Spheeris.

Mar. 29: "What the Hell Was That?" (2435 North Quad, 105 S. State). Screening and discussion of several challenging experimental short films from this year's festival. FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "Films in Competition 5 (Ages 6+)" (11 a.m.). Documentary, animated, and narrative shorts geared toward kids age 6 & up. $5. "Films in Competition 6" (11 a.m.), experimental, documentary, and narrative films, including the Senegalese film Mille Soleils, which looks back at filmmaker Mati Diop's late uncle's 1972 Dakar cult film Touki Bouki. "Thom Andersen: Los Angeles Plays Itself" (12:30 p.m.), a newly reedited version of Andersen's 2003 masterpiece, a 3-hour documentary about how Los Angeles has been depicted in film. Andersen and critic and scholar Genevieve Yue discuss the film. "Films in Competition 7" (1 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, and animated films. "Films in Competition 8" (3 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, and animated films. "From Deep: Feature in Competition" (5 p.m.), Brett Kashmere's documentary about basketball and its shifting role in 20th-century American culture. "The Absent Stone (La Piedra Ausente): Feature in Competition" (5 p.m.), Sandra Rozental and Jesse Lerner's documentary about a massive carved stone that was moved to Mexico City in 1964, a move that sparked a rebellion that led to a military intervention. "Costa da Morte: Feature in Competition" (7 p.m.), Lois Patino's stunning 2013 landscape documentary about the Costa da Morte ("Coast of Death") region in Galicia, Spain. "Films in Competition 9" (7:15 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. "Manakamana" (9:15 p.m.), Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's film, shot inside a cable car that carries pilgrims and tourists to and from a mountaintop temple in Nepal, is a thrillingly mysterious cross between science fiction and ethonography. "Films in Competition 10" (9:30 p.m.), new experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. "Suburbia" (State Theater), Penelope Spheeris's 1984 film about suburban punks who run away from home. $6, midnight. Followed by an after party at LIVE (11 p.m.-2 a.m.).

Mar. 30: A stop action animation workshop (2435 North Quad, 105 S. State). FREE, 10 a.m.-noon. "It for Others: Film in Competition" (11 a.m.), Duncan Campbell's film that uses Chris Marker and Alain Resnais's 1953 film Les Statues Meurent aussi ("Statues also Die") to explore the ideas of cultural imperialism and commodity. Preceded by a screening of Les Statues Meurent aussi. "Thom Andersen: Reconvers„o" (1 p.m.), a screening of Andersen's 2012 film, a combination travelogue and architectural study, with Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Appearance by Andersen. "Films in Competition 11" (1:15 p.m.), new experimental and documentary films, featuring Deborah Stratman's Hacked Circuit, about sound artists at work on the Foley process of adding everyday ambient sounds to a film. "The Forgotten Space" (UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State), NoŽl Burch and Allan Sekula's documentary that follows a shipping container along the international supply chain. FREE, 2 p.m. "Purgatorio: Feature in Competition" (3:15 p.m.), Rodrigo Reyes's provocative film that reimagines the Mexico-U.S. border as a mythical place comparable to Dante's purgatory. "Award Program 1" (6 p.m.). "Award Program 2" (8:15 p.m.). Followed by an after party (10 p.m.-1 a.m.) at the Alley Bar.

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Various times, Michigan Theater (unless otherwise noted). Tickets: $95 (members, students, & seniors, $80) for the entire festival & $55 (members, students, & seniors, $45) for weekend passes in advance at aafilmfest.org, and $9 (students, seniors, & members, $7; midnight movies, $6) per evening show at the door. 995-5356. [map]
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 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. 

"Once upon a Time": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 27-29. This award-winning local children's theater presents a collection of children's classics that includes "Three Billy Goats Gruff" and "The Three Little Pigs." Suitable for kids in grades preK-2. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Note: The 10 a.m. performances are sold out.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m. (Mar. 27 & 28) and 11 a.m. (Mar. 29). Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids, $8; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530.
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Qulting for a Cause: Ann Arbor YMCA.

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Join us as we give back to the community! This free program invites volunteers of all ages and abilities to help create beautiful T-shirt quilts for those in need. Equipment and materials are provided.
The group meet in the Michigan Room from 11am to 12:30pm every Friday.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity please contact Jen Nicodemus at
734-661-8043 or
jnicodemus@annarborymca.org
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. jnicodemus@annarborymca.org http://www.annarborymca.org/quilting-cause.php [map]
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 Afternoon time TBA  Free! 

"One Year Anniversary Weekend": Literati Bookstore.

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Mar. 28-30. A weekend of readings to celebrate Literati's first year in business. For updated schedule, see literatibookstore.com. Mar. 30: readings by local poets Keith Taylor and Ray McDaniel. Updated schedule available at literatibookstore.com.
Times TBA, Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Rabbi Levy's Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. except Mar. 21 Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 Noon-8 p.m.  Free! 

"World Without Ice": U-M School of Music.

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Mar. 26-28. Recorded music by U-M music professors Michael Gould and Stephen Rush accompanies the amplified sound of eight dripping "ice drums," hung domes of ice that slowly melt in this installation that explores the beauty and pain of global warming. Also, a display of landscape photos of the Arctic by Henry Pollack.
Noon-8 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 12:15-12:45 p.m.  Free! 

Lunchtime Tour: UMMA.

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UMMA staff and student docents give a 30-minute tour based on a theme in the museum's collection.
12:15-12:45 p.m., meet at the UMMA information desk, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Intimate Strangers: Latin America, Spain, and the Middle East": U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

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Lectures by Universidad de Costa Rica political science professor Sergio Moya Mena, Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil) anthropology professor Paulo Pinto, and U-M Spanish professor Eric Calderwood.
1-5 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 647-4143. [map]
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 1:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Affordable Care Act 1:1": Chelsea District Library.

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Center for Family & Health regional lead ACA navigator Danielle Carpenter is on hand to offer personalized assistance understanding and applying for insurance under the new health care law.
1:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732, ext. 219. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Ice Cream Social and Talk with the Chairman of Ben & Jerry's: University of Michigan School of Information.

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Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Jeff Furman will describe the early days of the company in the 1980s and explain how a desire to give away ice cream and hold fun community celebrations evolved into a dynamic social mission, with actions that propelled Ben & Jerry's into being a leader in the field of socially responsible business.
Jeff Furman helped create the company's original business plan in a gas station in 1982 and became Chairman of the independent Board of Directors in 2010.
A free ice cream social featuring Ben & Jerry's ice cream follows the talk, where Furman will sign copies of the book Ice Cream Social: The Struggle for the Soul of Ben and Jerry's. All proceeds from the book sale go to charity.
Sponsored by the University of Michigan School of Information, with support from Innovate Blue, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at the School of Public Health, and the Ross School of Business.
Rackham Graduate School Auditorium, 915 E. Washington. Free. umsi.events@umich.edu umsi.info/benandjerry [map]
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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dog": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 4-7 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Saline Knights of Columbus.

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Every Fri., Mar. 7-Apr. 11. Baked tilapia, beer-battered fried cod, salad, fries, beverages, and homemade cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and desserts.
4-7 p.m., St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin Dr. (off Austin Rd. off W. Michigan Ave.), Saline. $10 (tentative; seniors age 60 & over, $9; kids age 12 & under, $6). 944-7790. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

U-M Baseball vs. Iowa.

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Mar. 28-30. The U-M opens its Big Ten season with a 4-game series that includes a Saturday doubleheader.
4 p.m. (Mar. 28), 2 p.m. (Mar. 29), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 30), Ray Fisher Stadium. $5 (youths age 12 & under, $3; U-M students, free). 764-0247.
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 4:30-7:30 p.m. 

36th Annual Lenten Fish Fry: Old St. Patrick's Church.

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Every Fri., Mar. 7-Apr. 11. Fried Alaskan pollack, choice of potato or macaroni & cheese, salad bar, and beverage. Desserts available for a nominal additional charge. Beer & wine available for donation. Be prepared to stand in line, but the food is worth the wait.
4:30-7:30 p.m., Old St. Pat's parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. at Northfield Church (3 miles north of Ann Arbor). $9 (seniors, $8; children 5-11, $6; children 4 & under, free). oldstpatrick-annarbor.com 662-8141. [map]
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 5-7:30 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Dinner: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Mar. 5 & every Fri. Mar. 7-Apr. 11. Fried cod, baked tilapia, homemade mac & cheese, green beans, roasted red potatoes, French fries, salad bar, rolls with butter, and beverages. Fish sticks and grilled cheese available for kids. Homemade clam chowder & desserts ($2 each).
5-7:30 p.m., St. Francis Parish Activities Center, 2250 E. Stadium. $10 (seniors age 62 & over, $9; kids age 6-11, $5; kids age 5 & under, free). 769-2550. [map]
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 5-8 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Fry: St. Mary Chelsea Knights of Columbus.

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Every Fri., Mar. 7-Apr. 11.
5-8 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. $10. 475-7561. [map]
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 5:15 p.m.  Free! 

Lenten Organ Concert Series: American Guild of Organists.

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Every Fri. in March & Apr. 11. Concerts by AGO members and their students.
5:15 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [map]
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 5:30-7 p.m. 

Bread & Soup Supper: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

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Mar. 14, 21, & 28. Proceeds benefit Children Waiting Everywhere, an organization that helps kids in Uganda, Kenya, and Sri Lanka.
5:30-7 p.m., St. Thomas Parish Hall, 530 Elizabeth. Freewill donation. 761-8606, ext. 2602. [map]
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 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

Free Yoga Class: The Yoga Space.

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A free one hour yoga class for anyone who is interested. No pre-registration is necessary and all equipment is provided. The class will introduce basic standing and sitting poses and include a guided relaxation. It will be taught by a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr, #1 48103. Free. 734-622-9600. sue@yogaspaceannarbor.com www.yogaspaceannarbor.com [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Rock Your Marriage A2: New Life Church and a collaboration of local churches and business.

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Life has a way of overwhelming a marriage. Whether you are married or planning to get married, happily married or dealing with some junk - no matter where you are in your relationship - this conference will strengthen your marriage and give you great hope for your future together.
Speakers Dave & Ann Wilson believe that when it comes to marriage and parenting, what you don't know can hurt you. This nationally-known duo shares their unique blend of wisdom, humor, and practical advice at workshops and conferences across the country. As keynote speakers, they're known for their no-holds-barred look at marriage and family issues, with practical tips on love, life & relationships. Dave has served as chaplain for the Detroit Lions since 1985.
More Info, Video, & Registration: http://RockYourMarriageA2.com/
New Life Church, 1541 Washtenaw Ave. $25-50. jason.bennett@nlcweb.org RockYourMarriageA2.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

CURTAIN UP!: The musicians of Zal Gaz Grotto.

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Friday, March 28, 2014 Ann Arbor, MI
CURTAIN UP! is a jazz benefit fund-raiser to help the musicians of Zal Gaz Grotto pay for their beautiful new black stage curtain.
Performing tonight from 7 till 10 PM will be 25 of the jazz musicians who perform regularly at Zal Gaz Grotto. Come enjoy this rare jazz spectacle.
Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band will play a set of Dixieland and Traditional Jazz @ 7 PM. Erin Morris will play tuba on some tunes and dance in her Josephine Baker- inspired style. The Paul Keller Orchestra featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo will perform at set at 8:10 PM and there will be an All Star Zal Jazz Jam Session at 9:15 PM.
Admission is $20. Extra donations are welcome. We're trying to raise $1,800. Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard (between Liberty and Pauline) on the west side of Ann Arbor.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $20. 734/663-1202. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

D.J. MacHale: Nicola's Books.

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This best-selling children's writer, author of the popular Pendragon series, discusses Storm, the 2nd novel in his Sylo Chronicles young adult series set in a post-apocalyptic Maine. In this installment, a group of friends has escaped war-torn Pemberwick Island and finally made it back to Portland, but it's not the town they remember. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Film and Discussion: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Film screenings followed by discussion.

Sept. 26: Room to Breathe (Russell Long, 2013). Documentary about struggling San Francisco students who are transformed after they learn mindfulness techniques.

Oct. 24: The Lost World of Tibet (Emma Hindley, 2007). BBC documentary includes rare footage of "Old Tibet" as it follows the story of Tibet through the life of the 14th (and current) Dalai Lama, from early childhood and through his escape to India in 1959.

Nov. 21: The American Rimpoche (Nikki Appino, 2014). Documentary about Jew heart founder Gelek Rompoche, featuring interviews with Philip Glass, Donald Lopez, Robert Thurman, Richard Gere and many more.

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7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.
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 7 p.m. 

Honk Jr.: Ann Arbor Open School.

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Ann Arbor Open School presents Honk Jr! Please come see an amazing cast of students from grade K-8 perform the musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling.
Mack School, 920 Miller Avenue. aaohonkjr@gmail.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including poet Marcelo H. Castillo and fiction writer Chris McCormick.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Matthew Frantz: The Yellow Barn.

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Performance by this Chicago-based singer-songwriter who describes his music as soulful, honest, and gritty.
7 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $5 (Yellow Card or Pink Punch Card holders, free). ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Randazzo Dance Company.

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Mar. 28-30. Professional and student dancers perform works to live music by internationally recognized Finnish-born cellist Katri Ervamaa and award-winning local jazz pianist Rick Roe. Emcee is Curt Waugh. The program is highlighted by Bach's Ballet Suite in C and the Sole Full of Rhythm tap ensemble performance of its show "Wingin' It."
7 p.m. (Mar. 28 & 29), 4 p.m. (Mar. 29), & 2 p.m. (Mar. 30), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 in advance at randazzodancecompany.com; $22 at the door. 477-9350. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Randazzo Dance Company.

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Mar. 28-30. Professional and student dancers perform works to live music by internationally recognized Finnish-born cellist Katri Ervamaa and award-winning local jazz pianist Rick Roe. Emcee is Curt Waugh. The program is highlighted by Bach's Ballet Suite in C and the Sole Full of Rhythm tap ensemble performance of its show "Wingin' It."
7 p.m. (Mar. 28 & 29), 4 p.m. (Mar. 29), & 2 p.m. (Mar. 30), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 in advance at randazzodancecompany.com; $20 at the door. 477-9350. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The American Art Tile Movement and Motawi Tileworks": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Motawi Tileworks (Ann Arbor) founder Nawal Motawi and Tile Heritage Foundation president Joseph Taylor.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Sacred Satsang and Grace Blessings": Center of Light.

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"Satsang" is a Sanskrit word (sat = true, sang = company) meaning "the company of the highest truth". Mother Clare Watts from Santa Fe will hold this Satsang, being available for your questions about the spiritual path to meditation and everything in between! In addition we will be having Grace Blessings. Grace Blessings are an opportunity to receive a blessing from a Master Teacher and experience the movement of the healing divine energy within your being. Be ready to experience Light, Love and Life!
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $35. 734-330-5048. annarbor@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

The Moanin' Frogs: Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

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This Ann Arbor saxophone sextet specializes in a repertoire of fox trots, rags, character pieces, and waltzes characteristic of early 20th Century vaudeville and burlesque shows, along with original compositions and arrangements and works by U-M music school modern rag masters William Bolcom, William Albright, and Stephen Rush.
7:30 p.m., FUMC, 128 Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Sustainable Movie": WCC.

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Screening of Beyond the Light Switch, a documentary about the pros and cons of various energy technologies, from carbon capture to fracking to nuclear, solar, and wind. Note: The dinner originally scheduled to accompany this film has been cancelled.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 922-5568. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Thru the Fairy Door!": Thurston Community Players.

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Mar. 27-29. Thurston Elementary School students, parents, and friends present the school's 40th annual original musica. This year's show is set during the Ann Arbor Art Fair and concerns a group of teens who lose an important ring through a fairy door. With some help from The Beetles, Katydid Perry, and other 6-legged friends, they're able to save the day.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 27 & 28) & 7 p.m. (Mar. 29), Clague Middle School auditorium, 2616 Nixon. Tickets $10 (kids age 17 & under, $5; kids age 2 & under, free) at the door only. thurstonplayers@gmail.com. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Dobbins-Krahnke-Weed Trio: Kerrytown Concert House Jazz Master Series.

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This local trio of pianist Tad Weed, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and drummer Sean Dobbins performs a program of music honoring Detroit jazz trumpeter Johnny Trudell.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Joe DeVito: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 27-29. Popular New York City comic whose act is a fast-paced blend of mordantly irreverent observational one-liners with self-deprecating storytelling about male-female relationships, his Italian American family, or current events. He was one of the principal writers for Morgan Spurlock's satirical documentary Supersize Me. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Rosenberg Scholar-in-Residence Weekend: Beth Israel Congregation.

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Mar. 28 & 29. Jewish Theological Seminary Hebrew Bible and Its Interpretation chair Robert Harris gives lectures on Biblical texts. Mar. 28: "Reading In and Reading Out: Different Paths, One Bible," a talk on the possible conflicts between the historical "original" meaning of biblical texts and the rabbinic practice and theology that developed from them, as well as the conflict today between historical-critical scholarship of the Bible and Jewish tradition. Mar. 29: "Did Moses Write the Five Books of Moses?" (1 p.m.), a talk on biblical passages that seem to suggest post-Mosaic authorship of the books of Moses. "Christians and Jews Read Scripture" (7:30 p.m.), a talk on the similarities and differences between Jewish and Christian medieval biblical study.
8 p.m. (Mar. 28) and 1 & 7:30 p.m. (Mar. 29), Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw. Free. 665-9897. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this music student ensemble in evocative and colorful works, including Enescu's haunting Prelude in Unison, Prokofiev's vibrant Piano Concerto in D-flat major-with undergrad concerto competition winner Andrew Wang-and Rimsky-Korsakov's vivid Scheherazade. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Willie Nile: The Ark.

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Veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter whom Uncut dubbed "a one-man Clash" and whose fans include Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Bono, and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. The music on his new CD, American Ride, ranges from anthemic rock 'n' roll swagger to romantic balladry blues-based rockabilly.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Confessions of the Easter Bunny": Emergent Arts.

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Mar. 26-30 and Apr. 3-6. Local actors present a staged reading of local playwright Tim Henning's new play about the Easter Bunny. Jaded and tired from centuries of producing Easter eggs and suffering from an addiction to exotic greens, he seeks meaning and a new sense of purpose.
8 p.m., (Mar. 26 & Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mix Studio Theater, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (seniors & students, $10) in advance at emergentarts.com, & at the door. 985-0875. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Magic Flute": U-M Opera Theatre Department.

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Mar. 27-30. U-M theatre professor Kay Walker Castaldo directs U-M opera students in Mozart's beloved "opera fantaisie." At once a love story, a whimsical comedy, and an adventure filled with sinister deceptions, The Magic Flute is above all an unsurpassed celebration, by turns jubilant and unsettlingly haunting, of the power of music. Sung in German, English supertitles; the dialogue is in English. Martin Katz conducts the U-M Symphony Orchestra.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theater. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Venus in Fur": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Apr. 11), Feb. 27-Apr. 13. See review. Jennifer Graham directs Maggie Meyer & Sebastian Gerstner in David Ives' 2011 Tony-nominated 2-person comic drama about a writer grumbling about the caliber of actresses who have auditioned for his adaptation of Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novel Venus in Furs, when he is waylaid by a latecomer who seems even less promising than her predecessors. But when she convinces him to read through his play with her, she exhibits a strange mastery of the material, and the lines between art and reality gradually dissolve as she engages him in an increasingly serious battle for domination.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Mar. 15 & 29), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Feb. 27), $22 (Feb. 28 and Mar. 2 & 6), and $30 (Mar. 1). Mar. 7 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Mar. 7: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

"Welcome English Dance": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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NYC caller Gene Murrow leads English country dances to live music by Susie Lorand, Susan Lazar, and Cynthia Shaw. In conjunction with the "Melt into Spring English Country Dance Ball" (see Mar. 29 listing).
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10 in advance with ball registration; $12 at the door. 674-0951. [map]
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 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Mar. 14 & 28. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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 10:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Doing White Nights".

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Doing White Nights is an original play written by, produced, and starring University of Michigan students.
The play tells the story of two best friends from college, Mike and Aaron. On a major road trip their car breaks down in an Ohio cornfield. Mike, recently released from the mental hospital, has run out of his medication. Out in the cold with no food, help, or medicine, Mike begins to struggle with his inner demons in ways he has never had to before. He relives the pivotal episodes in his life that brought him to this point. Aaron, a devoted best friend who believes in Mike, tries to stay positive while struggling with his feelings toward Mike. These two story lines build to a climax in which the bonds of friendship and love that tie young men together are tested to their limit.
Doing White Nights combines elements of theatre, improvisational comedy, music, and dance.
The Yellow Barn, 416 West Huron Street. Free. 818-469-6570. axelrad@umich.edu [map]
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