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Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 25, 2018






 
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. (Mar. 4, 11, & 18); AADL Westgate (Mar. 25). [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. & Sun., except Mar. 18 & 28. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Mar. 7 & 11: "Wiggly Worms." Mar. 14: "Who Lives on the Forest Floor?" Mar. 21 & 25: "What Do Animals Eat?"
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 per child (members' children, $4). 997-1553. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Luminary Workshops: WonderFool Productions.

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Every Sun., Mar. 4-Apr. 1. Local artists show how to make a lantern to carry in the FoolMoon processionals on Apr. 6. Materials provided. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Workantile, 118 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted ($10 suggested). wonderfoolproductions@gmail.com, 763-7550. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Worship Service: Episcopal Church of the Incarnation.

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The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation is an open and inclusive community within the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. We're rooted in the Anglican tradition, nourished by contemplative practice, and committed to service and advocacy.
Our work together as a church is all about connecting lives, transforming faith, and working for justice.
Come as you are. Whoever you are. Wherever you are on your journey. We don't have a dress code. And we don't have any expectations or requirements about what you need to believe in order to be welcome here.
Our church community is a diverse one - in age, race, and family structure. We welcome non-traditional families, including single parent, adoptive, multi-racial, and families headed by same-sex couples.
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 3257 Lohr Rd. Free. 734-769-7900. http://incarnationannarbor.org/ [map]



 Noon-2 p.m. 

Easter Egg Scramble: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Easter Egg hunt for kids age 12 & under. Also, a visit from Farmer John with his farm animals for kids to pet, and a chance to visit with the Easter Bunny.
Noon-2 p.m., park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $4 in advance, $6 at the gate. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 Noon-2 p.m. 

Easter Egg Scramble: Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Easter Egg hunt for kids age 12 & under. Also, a visit from Farmer John with his farm animals for kids to pet, and a chance to visit with the Easter Bunny.
Noon-2 p.m., Hudson Mills Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $6. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 Noon-6 p.m. 

"46th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Ann Arbor Powwow": U-M Native American Student Association.

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Mar. 24 & 25. This gathering of Native Americans from throughout the Great Lakes area includes social dancing and demonstrations of different styles of Native American dance, including fancy, traditional, grass dress, and jingle dress. The big attractions are drum and dance contests in a variety of styles by children and adults accompanied by Native American drumming ensembles. Grand entries at noon & 7 p.m. on Sat. and at noon only on Sun. Also, display and sale of traditional crafts and food.
10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. Daily admission: $10 (students with ID and seniors age 60 & over, $7; kids ages 6-12, $5) per day & $15 (students with ID and seniors age 60 & over, $10; kids ages 6-12, $7) weekend pass in advance and at the door. Kids 5 & under, free. Group rates available. http://powwow.umich.edu. 408-1581. [map]



 12:30 p.m. 

Hatha Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Sundays from 12:30-1:30pm. In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow for deep connective tissues to be gently stretched, and for your body to create internal heat. Class is heated between 85-95 degrees.
This class uses low/minimal lighting, allowing you to look inward, and be able to focus on your own yoga practice.
Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha. Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. $20 drop in (First class free). info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 1, 3:30, 6:30, & 8:30 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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(Armando Iannucci, 2017). Satire depicting the frantic power struggle that ensued after Stalin's death. Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buschemi.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 1 p.m. 

56th Ann Arbor Film Festival: Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest experimental and avant-garde film festival in North America. It runs for six days each March at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. The AAFF shows over 200 films from nearly 70 countries, offering approximately $20,000 in awards each year.
The 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival will be held March 20-25, 2018.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. $12 ; $8 for students and seniors. 734-995-5356. info@aafilmfest.org aafilmfest.org [map]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Gaming Tournaments: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 24: "Splatoon 2: Hyperlocal Splat Fest." For adults and teens in grades 6 & up.

Mar. 25: "Mario Kart." For all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th floor meeting rm. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Gemily: The Ark.

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Family concert by this trio that includes brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits of the nationally known local folk duo Gemini, and San's daughter, violinist and singer Emily Slomovits. They offer sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and sparkling originals about life's simple pleasures, all performed with a boisterous sense of fun on more than a dozen instruments.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Todd Boss: Nicola's Books.

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This acclaimed Minneapolis poet reads from Tough Luck, his new collection of what poet Tony Hoagland calls "freighted, swiftly moving poems" that is highlighted by a poem about the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis that collapsed and killed 13 people.
1 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 1 p.m. 

U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 16-18: Bowling Green. Home-opening 3-game series. 4 p.m. (Mar. 16), 2 p.m. (Mar. 17), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 18).

Mar. 21: WMU. 1 p.m.

MSU. 4 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 25).

Mar. 28: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30-Apr. 1: Delaware. (Mar. 30, 4 p.m.; Mar. 31 doubleheader, noon & 3 p.m.; & Apr. 1, 1 p.m. ).

Apr. 4: Toledo. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13-15: 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 13, 4 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 20-22 3-game series vs. Penn State. Apr. 20, 4 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.

May 1: EMU. 6 p.m.

May 11-13: 3-game series vs. Illinois. May 11, 6 p.m.; May 12, 2 p.m.; May 13, noon.
Various times (see listing), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets TBA. 764-0247.


 1 p.m. 

U-M Women's Lacrosse.

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Mar. 5: Stony Brook. 5 p.m.

Mar. 17: Ohio State. Noon.

Mar. 25: Detroit Mercy. 1 p.m.

Mar. 31: Maryland. 3 p.m.

Apr. 8: Johns Hopkins. Noon.

Apr. 21: East Carolina. 3 p.m.
Various times (see listing), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"American Dahlia Society New Introductions": Michigan Dahlia Association.

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A video on growing and caring for dahlias and free dahlia-care handouts. Followed by an auction of club members' dahlia tubers.
1-3:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 429-5796. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show Arthur the emu on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, cougar feedings (1:30 & 4:30 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Festifools Workshops": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 18, 25, & 31. All ages invited to help the AADL prepare for the annual FestiFools parade on April 8. Materials provided. Mar. 18: "Community Big Fish Building." Help make a giant fish puppet in which AADL staff will march. Mar. 25: "Costume Making." Make a purple, blue, and green ocean-themed costume to wear while marching as part of a school of AADL fish. Mar. 31: "Instrument Making." Make ocean-themed percussion instruments to play while marching as part of the AADL school of ocean life.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Multipurpose rm. Free. 327-8301.


 1:15, 4:15, & 7:15 p.m. 

"A Wrinkle in Time": State Theatre.

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(Ava DuVernay, 2018). After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him in this much-anticipated adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved young adult novel.
State Theatre. 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 1:30, 4:30, & 7:30 p.m. 

"Black Panther": State Theatre.

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(Ryan Coogler, 2018). The much anticipated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o.
State Theatre. 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 1:30 p.m. 

"Hand in Hand Parenting Starter Class": Catherine Fischer, Certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor.

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This six-week class led by Certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor Catherine Fischer will help you to reduce stress in your family and help you better understand how children's emotions work.
You will learn new ways to respond to tantrums, how to set limits effectively with both warmth and firmness and new ways to connect with your children through play.
Parents have found these tools helpful with aggression, whining, power struggles, bedwetting, sleep problems, shyness and helping children with specific fears, as well as increasing the parents' own confidence and enjoyment of their children and of parenting.
The class fee includes a manual and a set of "Listening to Children" booklets for each class member or couple.
Great Oak Cohousing, 500 Little Lake Drive. $210 per person or $335 per couple.. 734-395-5244. catherine@supportforgrowingfamilies.com www.SupportForGrowingFamilies.com [map]



 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Genealogy Research at the WMU Archives": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by WMU history librarian Sharon Carlson. Followed by a presentation by Michigan Genealogical Council president Katherine Willson on "Using Facebook in Genealogy."
1:30 & 3:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]


 1:45 & 4:45 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 2, 5, & 8 p.m. 

"A Fantastic Woman": State Theatre.

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(Sebastián Lelio, 2017). A transgender waitress/nightclub singer fights for social acceptance after the unexpected death of her boyfriend. Spanish, subtitles. Winner of this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
State Theatre. 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 2-3:30 p.m. 

Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Mar. 4: "Spiders & Their Kin." EMU biology professor Cara Shillington displays live spiders, scorpions, and other invertebrates. She also discusses poisonous spiders in Michigan, where they hang out, and how to avoid them. Mar. 25: "Close Encounters with Animals." Science Alive (Grand Rapids) members display some live animals and discuss the ways they use trickery, mimicry, camouflage, and other adaptations to survive.
2-3:30 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m. 

Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Mar. 25 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Close Encounters with Animals." Science Alive (Grand Rapids) members display some live animals and discuss the ways they use trickery, mimicry, camouflage, and other adaptations to survive.

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Apr. 7 (8-9:30 p.m.): "Night of the Amphibians." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson discusses and displays live frogs, toads, and salamanders and leads a night walk to a nearby spring pond to look and listen for them. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather, and be prepared to get your feet wet.

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Apr. 15: "Spring Waterfowl Tour." WNHA naturalist Gary Siegrist leads a trek to spot migrating ducks, geese, and other water birds. Bring your own binoculars or spotting scopes, and dress for the weather.

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Apr. 22: "Edible Plants Foraging Walk." Will Forage for Food founder Rachel Misfud leads a walk to look for edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms.

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Apr. 29: "Uncommon Creatures." Creature Conservancy representatives display and discuss a sloth, an armadillo, an anteater, and other unusual animals not found in Michigan.

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2-3:30 p.m. (except as noted), Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"All About the Trio": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in one of her popular lecture-concerts. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Exercising the Eye: The Gertrude Kasle Collection": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of 1960s & 1970s avant-garde paintings, works on paper, and sculptures from the collection of this pioneering Detroit female gallery owner.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown training center. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Marriage of Figaro": U-M Opera Theatre.

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Mar. 22-25. U-M Philharmonia Orchestra director Martin Katz directs U-M opera and music students in Mozart's popular opera buffa noted for its stirring, lovely melodies. Bored by his wife, Count Almaviva eyes her maid Susanna, who is engaged to his valet Figaro. When the count decides to exercise his feudal rights, he sends Figaro, Susanna, and others into frenzied attempts to thwart his lecherous scheme.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 22), 8 p.m. (Mar. 23 & 24), & 2 p.m. (Mar. 25), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $12) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]



 3 p.m.  Free! 

Jason Phoebe Rusch: Nicola's Books.

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This queer Chicago writer (and U-M writing grad) reads from Dualities, his debut poetry collection that explores gender and patriarchy from the perspective of a man who grew up socialized as a girl and is still misidentified as a woman. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting rm. (Mar. 4, 11, & 18); AADL Westgate (Mar. 25). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"In Conversation: Media, Memory, and Disaster in Aftermath: Landscapes of Devastation": UMMA.

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UMMA photography curatorial intern Sean Kramer discusses this current photography exhibit.
3-4 p.m., UMMA Photography Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing": U-M Prison Creative Arts Project.

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Readings by writers featured in the 10th annual edition of Prison Creative Arts Project magazine that features work by incarcerated and formerly incarcerated writers.
4 p.m., Pierpont Commons East Room. Free. 615-3204, 647-6771.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Music for Brass with Strings Attached": Michigan Chamber Players.

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U-M trumpet professor William Campbell leads an ensemble of music faculty in a varied program of chamber music. With horn player Adam Unsworth, trombonist David Jackson, and tubaist Fritz Kaenzig.
4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Kids: Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Gift of Song": Ann Arbor Threshold Choir.

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This local choir performs a relaxing program ranging from lullabies, rounds, and chants to hymns from various cultures and spiritual traditions. Attendees are asked to arrive a little before the start time.
4:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 531-7960. [map]


 5 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. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 5 p.m. 

Cocktail Class: Fortify Me: Tammy's Tastings.

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Vermouth is way more than just an in-joke for the ultra-dry martini crowd. And sherry remains one of the hottest trends in modern cocktails. Fortified wines like these are indispensable classic cocktail ingredients and can liven up any cocktail with their complex flavor profiles. In this class you'll taste and learn about vermouth, sherry, and other styles of fortified wine, as well as use them to craft an assortment of delicious cocktails. Classes are hands-on with lots of tasting opportunities.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron. $45. 734-276-3215. tammylc@tammystastings.com http://www.tammystastings.com/events/cocktail-class-fortify-me/ [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

"Restorative Yin Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Designed to be stress relieving and focus specifically on restorative breathing, this class will help you sleep better and improve your overall flexibility. Restorative Yoga at Better Living Fitness in Ann Arbor is a great way to ease out of the weekend.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 6 p.m. 

Annual Benefit Banquet: Chinese American Society of Ann Arbor.

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All-you-can-eat buffet, live entertainment, and door prizes. Proceeds support Jean Ledwith King Women's Center of Southeast Michigan.
6 p.m., Asia City Restaurant, 2905 Washtenaw, Ypsilanti. $30 in advance (kids, $20); $35 at the door. hdeng08@gmail.com, 883-5595. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Euchre Tournament: Fraser's Pub.

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Every Sun. All invited to play 5 euchre games of 12 hands each. No partner necessary.
6 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. sarah.aami@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Lone Wolf and Cub" Film Series.

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Mar. 20: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance" (Kenji Misumi, 1972). Adaptation of Kazuo Koike's manga series about a wandering assassin for hire who seeks vengeance for his wife's murder while accompanied by his young son. 1st of 6 films in the series, all shown this week. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m..

Mar. 21: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx" (Kenji Misumi, 1972). This 2nd installment finds the assassin for hire trailed by female ninjas hired to kill him as he tries to assassinate a clan traitor protected by 3 killers known as the Gods of Death. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m..

Mar. 22: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril" (Kenji Misumi, 1972). In this 3rd installment, the assassin is ready to kill an alluringly tattooed female assassin, but an old enemy from his past threatens his son's life. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m..

Mar. 23: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades" (Kenji Misumi, 1972). In this 4th installment, the assassin volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m..

Mar. 24: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons" (Kenji Misumi, 1973). In this 5th installment, 5 swordsmen hire the assassin, and when each is defeated, more of his mission is revealed, which is to save a clan's honor by killing its royal family. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m..

Mar. 25: "Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell" (Kenji Misumi, 1974). This last installment depicts the final conflict between the assassin and the Yagyu clan. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

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7 p.m., State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 7 p.m. 

Milonga: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Sun. Tango dance party. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a lesson ($5; free for dance attendees).
7-10 p.m., Agave Tequila Bar, 211 N. Main. $10. sophiatango.com, 634-9629. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Mar. 11 & 25. Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by local veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, on Mar. 18, there is a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 998-9353. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chamber Jazz Ensembles: U-M School of Music.

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Mar. 25 & 26. Performances by various U-M music student jazz combos.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 25) & 8 p.m. (Mar. 26), U-M Walgreen Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Stage: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All performers invited to showcase their talents.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. Email info@pointlessbrew.com to sign up for an 8-minute spot. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun. except Mar. 4. Various locations. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Mar. 11 & 25) & Pendleton Room (Mar. 18), $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]


 8 p.m. 

We Banjo 3: The Ark.

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Mar.24 & 25. All-star quartet from Galway whose music is a virtuosic, revelatory blend of traditional Irish music with American old-time music and bluegrass that foregrounds traditional melodies with modern rhythms. Irish Times critic Siobhan Long praises their latest CD Gather the Good for its "finely calibrated repertoire," with "David Howley's title song anchoring the collection in a panoramic sweep of optimism." "Enda Scahill's 'It's Hard to Be 3' is another standout." Long adds. "Contemplative and unhurried, it lets the banjo breathe free, untethered from the headlong rush towards oblivion that can hold lesser players in thrall. All in all, a deliciously bearable lightness of being." Opening act is Talisk, a young traditional music trio from Glasgow that recently won the BBC Young Folk Award.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]




 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

Jazz band led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Bel-Mark Lanes: II-V-I Orchestra

Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late 1930s swing and 1940s R&B. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Parkway & Columbia

Atmospheric, melodic indie rock by this Brighton quintet. Opening acts are the Cleveland rock quartet Runaway Brother, the Akron postpunk indie rock quartet Curtail, and Rella, the stage name of folk-rock singer-songwriter Clare Frachey. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Old Town: Chris Buhalis Chris Buhalis

A popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh- minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. His latestt CD , Big Car Town, is a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]

 
 


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