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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 7:00 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Thurs., Mar. 29-May 24. 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.

 8:15-9 a.m. 

CVT: Better Living Fitness Center.

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This total body class is made to get your heart rate up while strengthening your muscles in an interval timed format. Perfect for all fitness levels!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. [map]

 8:30 a.m. 

5th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast Event with Guest Speaker Richard Rothstein: Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan.

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We are delighted to announce that Richard Rothstein, research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, will be the guest speaker at our Breakfast. Mr. Rothstein is the author of the acclaimed new book, "The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America."
Breakfast begins at 8:30 AM and our program begins promptly at 9 AM and includes the FHC Board of Director Award presentation, Mr. Rothstein's talk and Q & A, and a book signing with our guest speaker. This year's FHC Board of Director Award will be given to Anthony Darrington, a Pastor and carpenter who volunteered his time to build a ramp for an FHC client who uses a wheelchair.
Tickets are available now. If you would you like to check your membership status or become a member now, please call 1-877-979-FAIR or email Kristen at
Weber's Inn, 1050 Jackson Road. $50 - $75. 877-979-3247. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less-traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.

 9:30 a.m. 

"Behavioral and Social Science: Real-World Applications": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Mar. 8-Apr. 12. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. Mar. 8: U-M political science professor Stuart Soroka on "Negativity in Democratic Politics."

Mar. 15: MSU economics professor Rachel Croson on "Behavioral Economics."

Mar. 22: U-M management professor Richard Bagozzi on "Looking into the Minds of Managers and Consumers."

Mar. 29 (9:30 a.m.): U-M internal medicine professor Jeff Kullgren on "The Why and How of Behavioral Economic Strategies to Promote Healthy Decisions."

Apr. 5 (10:30 a.m.): U-M public policy professor Kaitlin Raimi on "Motivated Reasoning about Climate Change."

Apr. 12: U-M computer science professor Ceren Budak on "Understanding Charitable Giving Decisions: New Evidence and Recommendations."
10-11:30 a.m. (except as noted ), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]

 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues. 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed. 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m., Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Thrift Shop: Students Helping Honduras at the University of Michigan.

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Come out to the Michigan Union Thursday AND Friday at 10-4pm to support education in Honduras! Students Helping Honduras is hosting a thrift shop where we will sell donated clothing, shoes, accessories, and succulents for super cheap. All proceeds go directly towards building schools in Honduras!
The Michigan Union, 530 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. $2, $3, $5. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"School of Inner Cultivation and Healing": SUN SHEN.

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Tai-Chi Master Sang Kim is teaching the SUN SHEN Internal Cultivation and Healing System in an intimate hands-on format. This System is an integrated approach which incorporates Spiritual Counseling, Tai-Chi and energy cultivation and healing to resolve physical, emotional and spiritual problems. Students have the opportunity to be professionally certified in this comprehensive, effective healing modality. More importantly, this class is designed to support life changing personal transformations. Students report more passion and peace from resolving issues in their schedules, relationships, and more. Weekly support from the community of students, and giving and receiving healing work provides an incubator for growth. The influence of this lineage Healing System is vast and deep. Course enrollment is offered on an ongoing basis. Course schedule: Thursdays 10:30-12:30pm and Fridays 3:15-5:30pm. Please contact Pastor Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or for more information
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $300/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

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

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). Space limited; preregistration recommended at 661-3575. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Sign Language Storytelling Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to learn how to sign all of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Also, make a caterpillar storybook.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-8301.

 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

"2018 Washtenaw County Economic Outlook": Washtenaw Economic Club.

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University of Michigan economists Gabriel Ehrlich and Donald Grimes will present the annual Economic Outlook for Washtenaw County. This annual information-packed report provides the data needed to make important decisions for business, industry, education and economic development.
These are a few of the topics to be covered:
* A breakdown of jobs by industry to show where specific growth and losses are expected
* Estimates on job creation for the next three years
* Real wage growth in the county
* The national economy's impact on our area
* Unemployment statistics
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. $77.50. 734-677-5060. [map]

 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. 

"Body Rehab": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Prevents injuries by strengthening and elasticizing the most susceptible joints in your body. This class is performed using rehab exercises and stretches.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

"2018 Washtenaw County Economic Outlook": Washtenaw Economic Club Luncheon.

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U-M economists Gabriel Ehrlich and Donald Grimes give this annual report on real wage growth, unemployment, job creation estimates, and other economic concerns.
11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $77.50. Preregistration available at 677-5060. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Break": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 8, 9, 15, 22, & 29. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to take up a challenge TBA. Supplies provided.
Noon-1:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab (Mar. 8, 15, & 22, Mar. 9, 7-8:30 p.m.) & 4th-floor meeting rm. (Mar. 29). Free. 327-8301.

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Mar. 1: Detroit jazz vocalist Joan Belgrave. Mar. 8: Blues and boogie-woogie by pianist Mr. B and drummer Pete Siers. Mar. 15: Irish fiddle music by the Big Fun Trio. Mar. 22: U-M music majors. Mar. 29: Jazz pianist and vocalist Alvin Waddles.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": SUN SHEN.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Dog Man Party: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades K-2 invited for games, snacks, and chances to win a copy of Dog Man and Cat Kid, the latest book in Dav Pilkey's popular series.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. A current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey. Vegetarian lunch ($3/person, $5 for nonseniors) available at noon.
1-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Library Space Camp": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Space-themed activities and crafts for kids in grades K-5.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-8301.

 2-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Ypsilanti Area B2B Trail Public Engagement": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) is seeking public input for the remainder of the Border-to-Border (B2B) in the City of Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township. The meeting will be exclusively in open house format (no formal presentation), with people able to arrive and depart at their leisure. Staff will be present for conversation. The project area is between US 23 and the Washtenaw-Wayne county border at Rawsonville Road. While mostly complete, a few gaps in the trail still remain. This planning process seeks to find preferred alignments for the gaps, as well as identify opportunities for improvements to existing trail.
Tues. March 27 at SPARK East; Thurs. March 29 at Ypsilanti-Whittaker Library, Community Room, Ypsilanti. Free.

 2-3 & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon. Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings. Note: Play days are also offered at the Malletts Creek (Tues. 10-11 a.m., & Thurs. 6:30-7:30 p.m.), Pittsfield (Wed., 11 a.m.-noon), Westgate (Thurs. 2-3 p.m.), and Traverwood (Fri. 10:30-11 a.m.).
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: Research Through Making": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Since its inception in 2009, Research Through Making enables faculty to engage in architecture research or creative projects that are predicated on making. Seed funding is competitively awarded annually for up to five projects. Faculty collaborate with students to produce projects that ultimately lead to a public exhibition in the Liberty Annex Gallery. Through the years as the projects have evolved, the research has broadened and many have gone on to win national awards (P/A Awards, R+D Awards, ACSA Awards, AIA awards, etc.) and be published, presented and exhibited through out the world. Research Through Making is one of the most innovative architecture research programs in the country, and provides important funding that allows students to work with faculty on innovative research projects and bring that knowledge back to the classroom and into their futures as designers.
Liberty Research Annex, 305 W. Liberty Street. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Voices from the Abyss: Twenty Years of Journalism with the Angolite Magazine": U-M Prison Creative Arts Project.

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Talk by freelance journalist Kerry Myers, whose reporting on the death penalty during his tenure as editor of the Louisiana State Penitentiary news magazine won a 2007 Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award.
4 p.m., Pierpont Commons East Room. Free. 615-3204, 647-6771.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide": U-M Human Rights Center Distinguished Lecture.

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Talk by Emory University African American Studies professor Carol Anderson.
4-5:30 p.m., Stern Auditorium, UMMA. Free. 615-8482. [map]

 4:15-5 p.m.  Free! 

Caldecott Club: Saline District Library.

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Kids in kindergarten and 1st grade invited to listen to picture books, discuss the art and words, and vote for a favorite.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

"Mixed Aerial Apparatus for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to explore the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Class is divided into two groups (ages 8-12 and 13-17) with an instructor leading each group. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. New students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!
This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to class
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. [map]

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Mar. 8, 15, 22, & 29. Talks by visiting artists. Mar. 8: Award-winning information designer Giogia Lupi gives a talk on "Data Humanism." Mar. 15: Chelsea Manning. See Mar. 15 listing. Mar. 22: Yvonne Rainer (see Ann Arbor Film Fest listing on Mar. 22). Mar. 29: Caldecott-winning children's writer Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, gives a talk titled "Struck with Wonder."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 6-7 p.m. 

"Vinyasa Flow Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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In Vinyasa flow, you will be focusing on linking your breath with movement in order to create a dynamic flow of postures. Are you experienced or looking for a challenge, Vinyasa Flow may be the class for you! (This is not one of our Yoga classes for beginners).
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. 734-747-0123. [map]

 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Gravel Grinder": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Slow/moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads to various destinations. Bring a cross, mountain, or hybrid bike. Headlights & taillights necessary for early spring rides.
6:15 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Lost and Found Cat": Chelsea District Library.

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Ypsilanti children's writer Amy Shrodes reads from her picture book, co-written with Doug Kuntz, based on her experience traveling to Greece to help with the refugee crisis, where she ended up helping a cat reunite with his family. All ages welcome. Craft activity after the reading.
6:30-7:30 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Bible Study: Church of the Nazarene.

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This is an on-going Adult Bible Study. We are comparing the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Why did Matthew describe an event one way while Luke described it a little differently? Come join us each or any Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Brewed Awakenings Cafe, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. (734) 429-3703. [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. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Class: SUN SHEN.

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In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Punched Tissue Paper Fans: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for grade 6-adult.
7-8 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-8301.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Tarfia Faizullah: Literati Bookstore.

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This U-M creative writing professor, a Pushcart Prize-winning writer, reads from Registers of Illuminated Villages, her new collection of poems that explore violence, war, and loss in various forms and voices, from elegies and outcries to self-portraits and larger-scale confrontations with discrimination, family, and memory. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Basic Knife Skills": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers presents a lively interactive talk on techniques and how to properly use, store, and care for high-quality knives. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Little-Known Stories in American History, Part 3": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to listen to local storyteller Jim Glenn relate odd tidbits of U.S. history, 1900-1960.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Paperbacks from Hell": Ann Arbor District Library.

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NYC-based writer Grady Hendrix reads from his humorous history on the horror paperback boom of the 1970s and 80s, which calls a "gorgeous, lurid deep-dive into horror's heyday and a must-read for any self-respecting horror fan." Hendrix's 1st novel, Horrorstör, a comic-horror tale about a haunted IKEA store, was one of NPR's best books of 2014.
7-9 p.m., Live, 102 S. First. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Women in Film: Our Time is Now": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Discussion about the state of women in the film industry with panelists TBA.
7-8 p.m., AADL Multipurpose rm. Free. 327-8301.

 7:00 pm  Free! 


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Race and gender discussion by international jazz artist and WCC artist-in-residence
Marion Hayden.
Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 East Huron River Drive. Free. Free. 734-677-5295. [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.  Free! 

HUB Music: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this Boston-based quartet of self-styled "young intrepids" whose repertoire explores the diverse palette of 21st-century sounds. Instrumentation includes flute, clarinet, violin, and cello. The Boston Globe calls their performances "elegant and exacting." Program TBA.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Angels in America: Millennium Approaches": U-M Theatre Department.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 29-Apr. 8. U-M theatre professor Daniel Cantor directs U-M drama students in the first half of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1991 2-play series that can fairly be said to have redefined modern American theater. Subtitled "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," Angels in America is an ambitious, sprawling, fantastic spectacle examining Reagan-era politics, religion, the AIDS plague, and the timeless questions of love, courage, and death. The drama centers around one HIV-positive man, his friends and loved ones, and the various presences who haunt him, including angelic messengers and the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office or at, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Snapshots: Stories of Life": Pencilpoint.

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Mar. 28 & 29. This local theater group presents a program in which "ordinary people share the extraordinary stories behind special photographs."
7:30 p.m., Bona Sera, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 in advance by emailing, and at the door. 340-6335. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Creative Arts Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Mark Kirschenmann directs this adventurous music student ensemble in improvisations.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Field Report: The Ark.

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Highly regarded Milwaukee indie folk-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Nolan Porterfield, who cites Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell as prime influences on his self-consciously literate character sketches and story songs. Opening act is Campdogzz, a self-styled "country-ish" folk-rock quintet from Chicago fronted by the haunted vocals of songwriter Jess Price.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]

 8 p.m. 

Steve Gillespie: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 29-31. Local debut of this LA-based comic known for his pushy onstage persona and caustic social commentary. He had a well-received debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 2016, and his latest project is a podcast with his girlfriend, Under Our Covers, where they discuss kink, psychedelics, and their fringe lifestyle. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"hallow hollow": U-M Dance Department MFA Thesis Concert.

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Mar. 29 & 30. A concert of new works choreographed by U-M dance MFA candidate Al Evangelista.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel, North Campus. Free. 763-5460. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 29-May 26. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of David MacGregor's drama that imagines the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the as-yet-undiscovered artistic genius Vincent van Gogh. Dr. Watson and Irene Adler join Sherlock in uncovering the audacious crime. Note: adult language & content. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Tom Whalen, Rusty Mewha, and Caitlin Cavannaugh.
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. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Elements": U-M Arts Chorale.

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Jessica Allen and Thomas Burton direct this choir of nonmusic majors in a diverse program of works that take their inspiration from fire, earth, wind, water, and love.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 9:30 p.m. 

"Ferrell Child: The Films of Will Ferrell Film Series": Michigan Theater.

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Mar. 1: "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (Adam McKay, 2004). Will Ferrell is perfectly hilarious as a perfectly coiffed local TV news airhead. 9:30 p.m.

Mar. 8: "Step Brothers" (Adam McKay, 2008). 2 aimless middle-aged men still living at home are forced against their will to cohabitate when their parents marry. 9:30 p.m.

Mar. 15: "Zoolander" (Ben Stiller, 2001). Comedy about a washed-up, addle-brained male fashion model hoodwinked into assassinating the prime minister of Malaysia. 9:30 p.m.

Mar. 29: "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (Adam McKay, 2006). Satirical send-up of NASCAR culture. 9:30 p.m.

Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 11:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Mar. 15 & 29. Talks by visiting scholars. Mar. 15: Hokkaido (Japan) University modern Japanese studies professor Emma Cook on "Embodied Memory and Affective Imagination: Experiencing Food Allergies in Contemporary Japan." Mar. 29: University of Heidelberg (Germany) research fellow Anna Andreeva on "Childbirth and the Arts of Judgment in Medieval Japan."
11:30 a.m., 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]


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Café Verde: Mike Gentry

Local pop-folk singer-songwriter whom longtime Guitar Player editor Jas Obrecht calls "brilliant at coffeehouse-approved acoustic music, blistering hard rock, and most styles in between." [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Acoustic Ash

Stage name of Utica-based folk singer-songwriter Ash Harris, who cites Tracy Chapman, k.d. lang, and Sarah McLachlan as influences. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute.. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils Jennifer Westwood & the Handsome Devils

Self-styled "hill country outlaw swamp music" by this Detroit band led by Westwood, a versatile Detroit Music Award- winning singer-songwriter who formerly fronted the retro outlaw honky-tonk band Waycross Georgia Farmboys. The band's influences range from R.L. Burnside and the Drive-By Truckers to Loretta Lynn and Lucinda Williams. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

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