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Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 5, 2018






 
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 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: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

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

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William Muschenheim Fellowship - Laida Aguirre
Laida Aguirre is an architectural designer and artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BA from Northeastern University and a Master of Architecture from California Polytechnic Pomona where she is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Architecture.
Walter B. Sanders Fellow - Steven Lauritano
Steven Lauritano is a theorist and historian of architecture and the visual arts. He earned his doctorate from Yale University in December 2016 and is currently completing a book project on Karl Friedrich Schinkel's conception of history, based on the Prussian designer's experimental work with antique remains.
Willard A. Oberdick Fellow - Brittany Utting
Brittany Utting holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University where she received the Sonia Albert Schimberg Prize as outstanding graduating woman and was awarded teaching fellowships under Peter Eisenman and Emmanuel Petit.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/04/04/exhibition-view-architecture-fellows [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.


 10 a.m. 

"AIReal Yoga": Ringstar Studio.

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AIReal Yoga is real yoga, in the air. Using an aerial silks-style hammock as its primary prop, students are able to explore deeper, more "honest" stretches, spine-lengthening inversions, and floating savasana. All levels of yogi are welcome at these intro-level classes. Elevate your practice!
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. 734-335-1625. mail@a2ringstar.com A2ringstar.com/Aireal-yoga [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).

Mon., 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue., 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed., 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Get ripped and have fun doing it! Come for a great workout or supplement your aerial training with this all levels conditioning class, which focuses on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for. Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 10:30 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]


 10:30 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 hshv.org/littlepaws. 661-3575. [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: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Apr. 5 & 12. Talks by visiting scholars. Apr. 5: "Dancing Ground Zeroes in Japan and the United States: Eiko & Koma's Transnational Choreographies of the Nuclear." Texas Woman's University dance professor Rosemary Candelario discusses these Japanese American choreographers whose works explore nuclear issues. Apr. 12: "Murakami Haruki: Whatever Works." Harvard University Japanese literature professor emeritus Jay Rubin discusses the challenges of translating Murakami's English-influenced works.
11:30 a.m., 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Apr. 5: Modern dance by the U-M Dance Department Freshman Touring Company. Apr. 12: Classical, folk, and popular music by the local trio San, Emily & Jacob. Apr. 19: Contemporary classical works by the Virginia-based duo of pianist Tracy Cowden and flutist Tabatha Easley. Apr. 26: Chamber music by ensembles from the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra.
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! 

10th Annual Conference on Spirituality and the Arts and Sciences: Concordia University.

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Afternoon of talks on this year's theme, "Investigating Identity." With a keynote speech by St. Louis University American studies professor (and Ann Arbor native) Benjamin Looker.
12:30 p.m., Concordia University, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [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 pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [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]


 2-3 & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tue., 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed., 11 a.m.-noon Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 4 & 6:45 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.


 4, 6:45, & 9:30 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.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Live. Laugh. Ruthlessly Critique All that Exists": U-M German Department.

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Talk by humorist and German scholar Eric Jarosinski, editor of @NeinQuarterly.
4 p.m., Osterman Common Room, 202 S. Thayer. Free. 936-3518. [map]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Pageturners: Saline District Library.

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All kids in grade 4 & up invited to discuss a book TBA.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:15, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Leaning Into the Wind": Michigan Theater.

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(Thomas Riedelsheimer, 2017). Sculptor/environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy and documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer reunite in this sequel to 2001's hit documentary Rivers and Tides.
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]


 4:30, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Flower": State Theatre.

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(Max Winkler, 2018). Darkly comic coming-of-age story about a teen girl who enlists her friends to entrap a high school teacher whom they believe to be a pedophile. Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott.
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.


 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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 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]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ruth Padel & Min Jin Lee: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Readings by these 2 writers. Padel is a British poet, novelist, and non-fiction writer known for her nature writing and for writing about music, science, Greece, and conservation. A Times Literary Supplement review describes her poetry as "Wallace Stevens hijacking Sylvia Plath with a dash of punk Sappho thrown in." Lee's 2017 novel, Pachinko, was a finalist for the National Book Award and tells the story of 4 generations of a poor Korean immigrant family's fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan. Signing. Preceded at 2 p.m. by a Q&A with Padel (1176 Angell Hall).
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]


 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Just for Kids: Explore the World of Olive Oil": Zingerman's.

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Staffers discuss types of olive oils from around the globe.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Zingerman's Next Door (upstairs), 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid. 663-3354. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Marketing 101: The Basics": Ann Arbor Area SCORE.

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What will be your pricing and/or promotion strategy? Does your product or service have future potential to grow? How will you find customers?
From conducting marketing research to identifying your competitive edge, your target customers and your marketing channels, this workshop walks you through the marketing basics you need to know to start your business. We'll discuss:
- Market Research
- Product and services description
- Target markets
- Competition
- Pricing strategy
- Branding
- Marketing strategy
- Marketing Messages
NEW Center Office Building, 1100 North Main Street - Second floor. $10. annarborscore@scorevolunteer.org annarborarea.score.org [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Marketing 101: The Basics": Ann Arbor Area SCORE.

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What will be your pricing and/or promotion strategy? Does your product or service have future potential to grow? How will you find customers?
From conducting marketing research to identifying your competitive edge, your target customers and your marketing channels, this workshop walks you through the marketing basics you need to know to start your business. We'll discuss:
- Market Research
- Product and services description
- Target markets
- Competition
- Pricing strategy
- Branding
- Marketing strategy
- Marketing Messages
Register at https://annarborarea.score.org/event/marketing-101-basics
NEW Center Office Building, 1100 North Main Street - Second floor. $10. annarborscore@scorevolunteer.org annarborarea.score.org [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: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

Working Age Social Group: Arbor Hospice.

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The Working Age Dinner Group is a social group for those who have lost a spouse or partner and would like to share a meal together at an Ann Arbor restaurant. This group is targeted at those who are still working age. Please contact us for more information. Each member is responsible for the cost of their own meal. Contact Cindy Palmer at 734.794.5177 for more information.
Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit's programming. Registration is required.
Various Ann Arbor Restaurants. Free. 734-794-5177. arborhospice.org


 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! 

"Saline Stitches": Tina Ferraro.

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Weekly Meetup for a variety of needle crafts - knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, hand sewing/quilting, etc.
Brewed Awakenings, 7025 East Michigan Ave, Saline. Free. ferrarofamily@comcast.net. ferrarofamily@comcast.net [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sushi and Jazz": Doug Horn Trio.

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Reedman Doug Horn is joined by Cary Kocher on Vibes and rotating bassists.
We play from 6:30-8:30PM every other Thursday, starting December 14th, 2017.
Nagomi Sushi, 1754 Plymouth Rd (north Campus). Free. 734-761-5800. www.nagomiannarbor.com/northcampus/ [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]


 6:45-7:45 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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"7 Surprising Ways to Save Money Online"

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Rick Broida, author of the popular CNET blog, The Cheapskate, will share the secrets of saving money on just about everything you buy online, and raffle prizes at the end of the program.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1377. ggainsley@ypsilibrary.org http://www.ypsilibrary.org/events [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. fleming6175@frontier.com [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.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [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 pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 12 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$20 covers the workbook for the entire 12 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, 48103. $20. 734-761-5669. frontdesk@knoxannarbor.org https://knoxannarbor.org/home/grow-connect/care/grief-support/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan History Lectures: Dexter District Library.

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Apr. 5 and May 9 & 16. Slide-illustrated talks. Q&A. Apr. 5: "Carnegie Libraries in Michigan." Detroit historian Paul Vachon discusses Andrew Carnegie's life and the 61 public libraries he funded in Michigan. May 9: "Forgotten Detroit." Vachon tells several lesser-known stories from Detroit's history. May 16: "Grand River Avenue: From Detroit to Lake Michigan." Local historians Jon Milan and Gail Offen discuss the history of this highway that began as a Native American trail.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Eating You Alive": Fathom Events.

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(Paul David Kennamer Jr., 2018). Documentary about Americans' dysfunctional relationship with food.
7 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). $12. fathomevents.com, 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Grown Folks Story Time: Springtime! Bunnies, Flowers & Books!": Bookbound.

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Local writer Patti Smith hosts a story time for adults that, she warns, may include "profanity, wry humor, and pseudo-intellectual banter." Readers include Darryl Mickens, Yodit Mesfin Johnson, Ken MacGregor, David Pratt, and Meredith Bruckner. Light refreshments.
7 p.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Kit Homes of Ann Arbor: An Historical Tour": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Andrew & Wendy Mutch, owners of a 1926 Sears Hamilton located in Novi. They have identified many kit houses in Ann Arbor and are still looking for more.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Take Back the Night": U-M Students Against Rape/Michigan Takes Back the Night.

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This annual rally to demonstrate against rape features remarks by mayor Chris Taylor and Michigan Women's Foundation COO Peg Tallet and a performance by 2014 American Idol runner-up Jena Irene Asciutto. Followed by a march through downtown. Rain or shine.
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Michigan Union Ballroom. Free. tbtnannarbor.org. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing: Chocolate Making": Chelsea District Library.

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Teens in grades 6-12 invited to make candy using provided silicone molds and chocolate.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Yoga with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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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. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [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. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

String Quartet Recital: U-M School of Music.

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U-M music students perform works TBA. Other string quartet recitals this month: Apr. 7 at 8 p.m. (both at U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits), Apr. 9 at 6:45 p.m. (Stamps Auditorium), and Apr. 14 at 8 p.m. (Stearns Bldg. Cady Rm., 2005 Baits).
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [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 smtd.umich.edu, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Devil's Music": Theatre NOVA.

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Theatre NOVA presents the Michigan premiere of this hit Off-Broadway musical celebration of the legendary Bessie Smith, whose life was as large and outrageous as her talent. The Devil's Music re- imagines Bessie's final electrifying evening after she and her band are turned away by a whites-only theatre. This is a musical celebration not to be missed, packed with a trove of Bessie's all-time hits-songs like "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues," and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." Featuring K Edmonds and Brian Buckner.Directed by Lynch Travis.
The production team includes Forrest Hejkal (scenic design), Daniel C. Walker (lighting) and Michelle Resnick (stage manager).
Tickets are $25, and Theatre NOVA continues its commitment to make theatre accessible by offering pay-what-you-can tickets for those who need them. For tickets, visit TheatreNOVA.org, call 734-635-8450 (Tuesdays through Fridays from noon until 3 p.m.), or buy them in person at the box office one hour before showti
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron St. $25, Pay-What-You-Can ticket available. 734-635-8450. a2theatrenova@gmail.com http://www.theatrenova.org [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. 

Joe List: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 5-7. Known for his worrywart persona and cerebral, often self-deprecating observational humor, this NYC-based comic has twice appeared on Conan and opened for Louis C.K. during his 2016 international tour. He has a forthcoming special on the Netflix show The Standups. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

U-M Jazz Showcase: The Ark.

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Ensembles of U-M jazz faculty, students, and alumni present a tribute to the late Detroit jazz pianist (and U-M music professor) Geri Allen.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15-$20 (students, $5) in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Matt & Ben": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Apr. 5-7, 12-14, & 19 & 20. Allison Megroet and Allyson Miko star in Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers' 2003 Off-Broadway comedy spoofing the relationship between Matt Damon and Ben Affleck when both were struggling actors.
8 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Tickets $12-$25 in advance at pennyseats.org and (if available) at the door. 926-5346. [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 purplerosetheatre.org 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. 

"The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 30-Apr. 29. Lynch Travis directs the Michigan premiere of Angelo Parra's hit 2001 Off-Broadway musical about this "Empress of the Blues" set on the eve of her death in 1937. Rebuffed by a "Whites Only" establishment, she takes the stage at a gin joint and shares stories from her life and career. Features 13 of Smith's most famous songs, including "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues," and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." Stars K Edmonds.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets are $20 or pay what you can afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]



 9:30 p.m. 

"And Now For Something Completely Different" Film Series: Michigan Theater.

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Apr. 5: "Monty Python & the Holy Grail" (Terry Gilliam, 1975). Those wacky Brits present their skewed version of the legend of King Arthur and his knights. 9:30 p.m.

Apr. 12: "Monty Python's Life of Brian." (Terry Jones, 1979). Monty Python parody on the life of Christ. 9:30 p.m.

Apr. 19: "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl" (Terry Hughes and Ian MacNaughton, 1982). Video of the Monty Python crew performing classic and original sketches performed live at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982. 9:30 p.m.

Apr. 26: "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" (Terry Jones, 1983). Outrageous, bawdy comedy spoofing every stage of human existence. 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: In Tall Buildings

Dense, textured avant-rock by an ensemble led by Chicago singer- songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Erik Hall, a former Ann Arborite who was a member of several prominent local bands, including Nomo, Saturday Looks Good to Me, and His Name Is Alive. Opening acts are Oren Levin, a local pop-folk singer-songwriter, and Nadim Azzam, a pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter whose new EP, Here's To Changes Vol. 1, is a collection of songs about love and loneliness he wrote as a troubled teen. $8. [venue info]

Café Verde: Blair Miller

Traverse City Delta blues singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Dickie D

Solo performance by local banjoist Rick Delcamp, a member of the popular local roots music sextet Dragon Wagon. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Slice

Veteran East Lansing pop dance quartet. [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]

Live: Andy Adamson Quintet Andy Adamson

Jazz originals by keyboardist Adamson in styles ranging from traditional to modern electric jazz, along with some free improvisation. With saxophonist Dan Bennett, acoustic and electric bassist Brennan Andes, trumpeter Ross Huff, and drummer John Taylor.The band has a new CD, First Light. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Where's John?

Toledo rock quartet. [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]

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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