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Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 20, 2017

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 7:30-9:30 a.m.  Free! 

DFCU Financial Business Banking Seminar Series Event: Differentiating Yourself in Your Marketplace.

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Differentiating Yourself in Your Marketplace
Reach into your customers' world and stand out from your competitors. This seminar will focus on:
- Avoiding the commoditization trap and diffusion of innovation
- The underpinnings of a good marketing strategy and plan
- Messaging, return on investments, and digital platforms
Presenter: David Waymann of AdviCoach
DFCU Financial - Ann Arbor - Briarwood, 225 Briarwood Circle. Free. 877.332.8138. [map]

 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

5th Annual Group X for a Cure Leukemia/Lymphoma Silent Auction: Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Ann Arbor Team in Training.

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Silent auction for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Ann Arbor Team in Training!
Items on display 8:00 a.m. April 15 TO 1:00 p.m. April 22
Auction ends at 1:00 p.m., April 22
If you have something to donate to the silent auction, contact Vicki at
Funds from items donated and/or won are 100% tax deductible.
Powerhouse Gym Ypsilanti, 1326 Anna J. Stepp, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-645-9778. [map]

 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Mar. 30-May 25. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The African American Experience": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. Apr. 6-May 11. A series of 6 weekly lectures by U-M and guest scholars.

Apr. 6: WSU law professor Peter Hammer discusses "The 13th Amendment 150 Years Later."

Apr. 13: MSU teacher education professor Dorinda Carter Andrews on "#BlackYouthMatter: The Elusive Quest for Equitable Education in an Anti-Black Sociopolitical Climate."

Apr. 20: Authority Health CEO and American College of Healthcare Executives fellow Chris Allen on "My Journey from Hospital Administration to Population Health Management."

Apr. 27: ACLU of Michigan Racial Justice Project staff attorney Mark Fancher on "The African American Employment Experience: From Slavery to Unemployment and Discrimination."

May 4: Pulitzer Prize-winning Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Stephen Henderson on "Detroit-Area Housing and the Tuxedo Project: Transforming a Detroit Neighborhood."

May 11: U-M political science and Afroamerican & African studies professor Vincent Hutchings on "The Color of Our Skin and the Content of Our Politics: Exploring the Effects of Skin Tone on Policy Preferences among African Americans."

10-11:30 a.m., Rave Cinema, 4100 Carpenter. $50 (includes $20 membership) for the 6-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. Today's theme is "Animal Babies."
10:30 a.m., 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child. 661-3575. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

"Social Media Savvy 101": Women's Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW).

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Are you currently using social media to market yourself and your business, to get more customers, to make more money? If you are not, you could be losing out on many missed opportunities. Let Samantha West, Director of Communications at the Alzheimer's Association, teach you the tricks of the trade to ensure you are utilizing the best social media channels to increase your business.
What you will walk away with:
• Biggest questions about social media answered including:
• What social networks should I be on?
• How often should I post?
• What should I post about?
• How can I use social media to increase my business?
• Define your brand's attributes, "champions audience", and create a custom content strategy
• Learn how to optimize your profiles and posts for increased engagement
• Get tips & tools to help you fit social media into your busy life
WCC Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. $25. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

Jean Kilbourne: U-M Margaret Waterman Alumnae Town Hall Celebrity Lecture Series.

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Talk by this pioneering activist who is best known for the 1979 documentary Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women and its 1987, 2000, and 2010 sequels. Lunch.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom. $40 (members, free)., 417-0816. [map]

 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 & 1:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Apr. 3-7, 14, & 17-21. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight: Live Sky Talk (11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual exploration of the current night sky that includes a brief talk on how light that travels to Earth from far away-and the distant past-informs us about the Universe we live in today. Little Star That Could (12:30 p.m.) is about an average yellow star on a search for a planet of its own to warm who meets other stars on the way and learns about the solar system.
11:30 a.m. and 12:30 & 1:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians and dancers. Apr. 6: Modern dance by the U-M Dance Department Freshman Touring Company. Apr. 13: Vintage American pop song and dance by the lively octet Etcetera. Apr. 20: An eclectic program of classical music and popular tunes by the Grosse Ile Quintet. Apr. 27: Classical, folk, and popular music by the local trio San, Emily & Jacob.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spirituality Book Club: Temple Beth Emeth.

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Apr. 18 & 20. TBE cantor emerita Annie Rose leads a discussion of The Journey Home, Lawrence Hoffman's 2003 book about various aspects of Jewish life and worship.
7:30 p.m. (Apr. 18) & 12:30 p.m. (Apr. 20), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. Preregistration requested by emailing 665-4744. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Breakfasts from Around the World": International Neighbors.

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Club members showcase breakfasts from their home countries for sampling. Also, a "folk fashion show" featuring traditional costumes from several countries around the world. All area women invited. Socializing, refreshments. Child care available for kids 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. (313) 815-0413. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs. except Jan. 5 & 19. Cultural or educational program preceded at noon by a homemade dairy lunch ($4; seniors with reservations, $3).

Apr. 13: A speaker TBA discusses "826Michigan," the nonprofit that offers writing and tutoring programs for students, evening workshops for aspiring writers, and volunteer opportunities.

Apr. 20: Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County outreach & program coordinator Ayelet Shapiro and associate campaign director Max Glick present "Stories from Nahalal," a report on their trip to Israel with 9 local teens.

Apr. 27: A speaker TBA discusses the "Genealogical Society of Ann Arbor."

May 4: Elvisfest director Mary Decker discusses this annual event held in Ypsilanti every July, the largest Elvis festival in North America.

May 18: Local social worker Barry Schumer discusses "Finding Happiness at Any Age."

May 25: A chance to meet and learn about a Therapaws therapy dog.

1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 971-0990. [map]

 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Books and Banter": Chelsea District Library.

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A CDL librarian leads a discussion of a different book each month.

Jan. 19: Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood's best-selling novel based on a 19th-century murder case in which a servant was convicted of murdering her employer and his housekeeper/mistress.

Feb. 16: Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's study of the sorts of women who make history and the ways they do it.

Mar. 16: The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri's quirky, bittersweet portrait of a 2nd-generation Indian immigrant in America.

Apr. 20: Elsewhere, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo's memoir, a hilarious, bittersweet account of his lifelong bond with his high-strung, spirited mother-and the small upstate New York town she spent her life trying to escape.

May 18: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer's novel about a precocious young boy--inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, and pacifist--who searches the 5 boroughs of New York for the lock that fits a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Nov. 16: Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout's 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in a hardscrabble community on the Maine coast, about a junior high math teacher and her family and friends.

1:30-2:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group to talk and meet with others who are experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia firsthand. The group offers support, education, problem solving, and guest speakers. The group meets every 3rd Thursday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Chelsea Retirement Community | Crippen Building, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 3-8 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Docent Exhibit: Riverside Arts Center.

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The 13th Annual Docent Volunteer Exhibit in the RAC Gallery.
This annual exhibit is by all the artist volunteers who help keep the doors open to the public.
Exhibit dates: Apr 7-29, 2017
Artist Reception: Apr 7, 5-7pm during the First Fridays Ypsilanti Art Walk.
Gallery Hours: Thu-Sat 3-8pm and Sun 1:30-4pm
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-480-2787. [map]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nicholas Delbanco: U-M Hopwood Awards Ceremony.

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Lecture by this longtime U-M English professor, a Guggenheim fellow and prolific author. His talk highlights the annual ceremony recognizing the winners of the prestigious U-M contest for graduate and undergraduate poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing.
3:30 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-6296. [map]

 4, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"After the Storm": Michigan Theater.

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(Hirokazu Koreeda, 2016). After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to pay child support and reconnect with his son and ex-wife. Japanese, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

Let's Play! - Board Games & Puzzles with Maps: University of Michigan Library.

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In the words of Roald Dahl, "life is more fun if you play games." Join us as we roll the dice and highlight the maps of board games and puzzles. Drawing from our diverse collections we will feature maps that were used as the foundation of a variety of games. We will build railroad lines around the world, travel the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon, hunt for Carmen Sandiego, explore the solar system, and build hotels on Boardwalk. If you have your own favorite map game, feel free to bring it along. Remember, when you pass go, collect $200!
Third Thursday is a monthly open house that highlights items in the Stephen S. Clark Library's vast collection. These fun, thematic events are open to everyone, offering the community a look at some of our favorite maps and other materials.
Stephen S. Clark Library, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, 913 S. University Avenue. 734-764-0410. [map]

 4:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Personal Shopper": Michigan Theater.

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(Olivier Assayas, 2016). Ghost story and psychological thriller about a personal shopper in Paris who's waiting for a sign from her dead brother. Kristen Stewart.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Kedi": Michigan Theater.

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(Ceyda Torun, 2016). Documentary about Istanbul from the perspective of the city's cats.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5:30 p. m. 

Monthly Fellowship, Dinner & Continuing Education: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Monthly membership meeting of regional management accountants as well as C-level types meeting for food, fellowship, and career enhancement. This is an award winning chapter of 200 accountants, financial managers, controllers and chief financial officers of local companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Our chapter is part of a global accounting association. Please feel free to check our website. In Michigan the address is, and the global IMA website is Don't forget that one of the biggest benefits is the opportunity to network with your peers in the financial professions.
Carlyle Grill, 3660 Jackson Rd. approx $25. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Breastfeeding Basics for Birth Doulas: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Join us for a professional workshop taught by lactation educator extraordinaire Barbara Robertson. Learn the very latest in evidence-based breastfeeding support from an expert lactation consultant and breastfeeding educator. This class will enhance the doula's ability to assist breastfeeding mothers immediately post-birth and in the early days postpartum. Barbara's enthusiasm for all things breastfeeding is contagious! Topics include: a new look at breast anatomy and physiology; importance of skin-to-skin contact; newborn self-attachment at the breast; a new view of positions and latch-on; getting off to the best start possible; how to know baby is getting enough/not getting enough breastmilk; and when to make a referral. This class fulfills a professional certification requirement for doulas.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $80.00 / $65.00 Early Registration. 734-663-1523. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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

 6-9 p.m. 

"FWIW: Trivia for Cheaters": 826michigan Fundraiser.

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All invited to form teams to play trivia. Teams raise money in advance of the competition that they can then use to "buy" cheats during the game. Spectators welcome. With an appearance by Ann Arbor native Alex Goldman, host of the hit podcast Reply All.
6-9 p.m., Pretzel Bell, 226 S. Main. $826 minimum donation per team; $10 for spectators. Preregistration for teams required at 761-3463. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Waterloo Ride": Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Thurs. Fast-paced ride of 35-60 miles, depending on weather and daylight. Helmet, road bike, and lights required. The ride picks up additional riders at 6:15 p.m. at Forsythe Middle School (1655 Newport).
6 p.m., Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot. Free. (248) 568-6369. [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Business Workshop: "Facebook Business Page Basics": Ann Arbor SCORE.

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Establishing your business presence on Facebook by creating your business page. Learn how to create and set up with the right information. What to post, how to schedule and tools to help you be more efficient.
Pre-registration required. $10
Sponsored by Ann Arbor SCORE--a volunteer non-prifit that provides free business counseling, mentoring, resources, and support at any business life cycle stage.
Go to to register for this workshop or to schedule a free business counseling session.
New Center Bldg., 1100 N. Main St. $10. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Foot Health Workshop: Move Wellness.

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A free event with integrative physical therapist Taire M. Thie, DPT, PT to unravel how to shop for shoes for your feet and Elaine Economou, PMA CPT for some simple exercises that you can do to keep your feet mobile and strong.
Move Wellness, 3780 Jackson Road, Suite K. Free. 734-761-2306. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Intro to Python: Girl Develop It - Ann Arbor chapter.

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Learning programming fundamentals in a language you can use to build web sites, program robots, visualize data, run servers and make art. Explore the basic components of a programming language - data types, functions, conditional statements and loops. It's a mixture of lecture and practice with the class working through problems together. Students will leave the workshop with several tested tutorials to work through on their own.
Duo Security, 123 N. Ashley st., Suite #200. $100. 734-968-4832. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle"

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at who give fun yet informative talks, 18-21 minutes long, about things that interest them, everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla.

7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Live, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]

 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m.-close (usually midnight), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Harpsichord Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Students of U-M harpsichord professor Joseph Gascho perform works by Bach as well as composers he admired and copied, including Buxtehude, Jan Adam Reincken, Pachelbel, and others.
7 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Mike @ Serendipity Books": Chelsea District Library.

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All adults invited to sign up for a 5-minute slot to showcase their poetry, prose, music, or comedy. All invited to listen.
7-8:30 p.m., Serendipity, 113 W. Middle, Chelsea. Free. Sign up by calling 475-8732, ext. 503. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Poetry Book Club: Literati Bookstore.

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All invited to discuss Bright Dead Things, Ada Limón's 2015 collection that uncovers symbols and strangeness in the everyday.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington, Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Zilka Joseph & M.L. Liebler: Bookbound.

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Local award-winning poet Joseph and internationally known Detroit poet Liebler read from their 2016 collections. Josephs' Sharp Blue Search of Flame is a collection of dark and brooding poems that reflect her Jewish Indian roots and her personal experiences living in Eastern and Western cultures. Liebler's I Want to Be Once is a collection of hard-hitting poems-part autobiography, part commentary-that address current events. Signing.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Feather Brained: My Bumbling Quest to Become a Birder and Find a Rare Bird on My Own": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lowell (MI) writer Bob Tarte, author of the acclaimed Enslaved by Ducks, discusses his new memoir.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL secret lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Into the Wild": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Apr. 16), Apr. 13-May 7. This professional theater company performs Niko Tsakalakos and Janet Allard's new musical-currently being developed for Broadway-based on the true story of Christopher Johnson McCandless, a young man from a well-to-do family who gave his savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley in 1992. Four months later, his body was found by a moose hunter.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $26 (seniors, $24; youth & groups of 10 or more, $22) on Thurs.; $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Fri. & Sat. eve. $28 (seniors, $26; youth & groups of 10 or more, $24) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Tundra Trials": Nicola's Books.

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Massachusetts-based writer (and U-M grad) Monica Tesler reads from her new young adult novel, the 2nd in her Bounders adventure series. In this installment, cadets who are in training for a covert alien war visit a remote planet to compete in a grueling pod race across a frigid landscape. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Colossal": Michigan Theater.

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(Nacho Vigalondo, 2016). Comedic sci-fi flick about a woman who discovers that her personal mental breakdown is causing a giant alien monster to wreak havoc on earth. Anne Hathaway.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. 255-5310. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Introduction to Assisted Stretching with Acupressure: Metta Bodywork Studio.

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Geared toward those who need bodywork and stretching but feel traditional yoga classes may not be right for them. Assistance by props and instructors.
Classes are Thai Bodywork, Restorative Yoga, and Thai Acupressure influenced to help relax, regain flexibilty and restore balance in the body.
*We are located down a flight of stairs. No elevator available.
Classes are one hour and are designed to give an idea of what our weekly classes provide.
New Students Only
Must schedule online in advance.
Limited space available
Metta Bodywork Studio, 1945 Pauline Suite D. Donation. 734-531-8259. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Life Sciences Orchestra.

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Roberto Kalb directs this ensemble of musicians from the U-M medical and life sciences staff in works by Italian composers, including Respighi's Pines of Rome and others TBA. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a lecture on the program by Kalb.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Morning's at Seven": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Apr. 20-23. Thom Johnson U-M grad Paul Osborn's gentle comedy about family life in small-town 1930s America. Four sisters, 3 of them married, live out their lives next to each other in a small Midwestern town. Beneath this placid surface, tension surrounds family problems, including one sister's husband's "spells," another's husband's rigid rules, the incipient visit of one sister's son with his new fiancée, and a noisy live-in spinster sister who holds a household hostage with a decades-old secret. Cast: Ellen Finch, Theo Polley, Susie Berneis, Barbara Mackey King, Charles Sutherland, Laurie Atwood, Larry Rusinsky, Melissa Stewart, and Jay Fischer.
7:30 p.m. (Apr. 20), 8 p.m. (Apr. 21 & 22), & 2 p.m. (Apr. 23), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; Thurs., $17; students, $11) in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Test Batch": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Performances by new local improv groups.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. $5., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Archaeological Implications of Modern Saltmaking at Nexquipayac, Mexico": Michigan Archaeological Society.

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U-M anthropology and Latin American archaeology professor emeritus Jeff Parsons discusses his 1988 ethnographic study of the rapidly disappearing Mexican craft of salt making.
7:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 8 p.m. 

Canceled--"Curtain Up": Saline Area Players.

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Apr. 20 & 21. This production has been canceled.
8 p.m., Saline High School Black Box Theater, 1300 Campus Way, Saline. $5 suggested donation., [map]

 8 p.m. 

Mary Mack: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 20-22. Popular young folk humorist from rural Wisconsin who describes her act as a cross between Gilda Radner and Prairie Home Companion. A former music teacher and polka bandleader with an endearingly odd stage persona and a childlike sing-song voice, she likes to pepper her droll storytelling with mandolin sing-alongs and other off-kilter musical surprises. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Will Kimbrough & Brigitte DeMeyer: The Ark.

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The Nashville-based duo of Kimbrough, a veteran Alabama-bred singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose influences range from Jimmy Buffett to New Orleans funk, and DeMeyer, a veteran blues-and-gospel-influenced country singer whom Morton Report columnist Bill Bentley says "combines the soft beauty of Emmylou Harris with the more rough and tumble take of Lucinda Williams." They recently released their first album as a duo, Mockingbird Soul.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Dance Artists Show": U-M Dance Department.

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An evening of original choreography in a mix of styles, by several U-M dance majors.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg. Studio A, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). Free. 763-5460. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Vino Veritas": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every. Wed.-Sun., Mar. 23-May 27. Rhiannon Ragland directs a revival of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's edgy 2008 comedy about 2 dull suburban couples spending Halloween with a bottle of ceremonial South American wine made from the skins of tree frogs. As the characters become less inhibited, the play becomes "a kind of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on drugs," says Observer critic Sally Mitani, in her review of the debut run. Cast: Kate Thomsen, David Bendena, Aphrodite Nikolovski, and Alex Leydenfrost.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The Youngest

This up-and-coming Chicago-based rock quartet plays from their new album, See It Through, which they recorded with Wilco keyboardist Pat Sansone. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Laith Al-Saadi

Soulful acoustic rock and blues covers and originals by this local singer-guitarist who delivered a scorching set at the 2015 Ann Arbor Folk Festival before rocketing to national prominence with a 4th- place finish in the recently completed season of NBC's The Voice. His latest CD, Real, a collection of songs drawing on blues, country, gospel, and roots rock, was recorded in L.A. with an all-star cast of session legends, including saxophonist Tom Scott, drummer Jim Keltner, and bassist Leland Sklar. Advance tickets: $20 ($25 at the door). 7:30 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: Zoetic Bass Collective

This group of 7 DJs from Michigan, Ohio, Colorado, and Oregon plays psychedelic, bass, and electronic dance music, with some live instrumentation. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter, a former Ragbirds guitarist. He recently released the CD Itch. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. [venue info]

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike

All hip-hop artists invited to perform. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul- infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. [venue info]

Rush Street: Los Gatos

Popular local Latin jazz quintet led by drummer Pete Siers that specializes in the old-school music of Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, and Joe Cuba. The band has amassed a large following among both jazz aficionados and salsa dancers. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]


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