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Calendar of Events

Friday, April 6, 2018






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"2018 Dewey Lecture: Communities and Universities in Partnership": Edward Ginsberg Center.

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Featuring a Keynote Address by Charles Cross, University of Detroit Mercy
"Detroit Collaborative Design Center: Amplifying the Diminished Voice of Detroit's Urban Landscape"
And highlights from University of Michigan faculty leading community engaged research projects.
The Ginsberg Center's Dewey Lecture highlights the work of the scholar-activist whose civic engagement and research are intertwined, and recognizes the enduring legacy of philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey, who taught at U-M, and went on to found the New School for Social Research.
Breakfast provided, please rsvp
Rackham Building, Assembly Hall, 915 E Washington St. Free. jueck@umich.edu https://www.eventbrite.com/e/john-dewey-lecture-keynote-charles-cross-detroit-collaborative-design-center-amplifying-the-tickets-43360865516 [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! 

"Detroit Collaborative Design Center: Amplifying the Dimished Voice of Detroit's Urban Landscape": U-M Ginsberg Center 2018 Dewey Lecture.

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Talk by University of Detroit Mercy architecture professor Charles Cross. Breakfast.
9 a.m., Rakcham Assembly Hall. Free; preregistration required at Ginsberg.umich.edu/deweylecture. jueck@umich.edu.


 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"8th Annual Pakistan Conference: Movement, Migration, and Borders": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Daylong series of talks by visiting scholars, activists, journalists, and artists who challenge the image of radicalism and terrorism often associated with Pakistani immigrants.
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]


 10-10:30 a.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 a.m.  Free! 

"Dollar Drop-In Movies": Saline Area Senior Center.

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Mar. 16 and Apr. 6 & 20. All seniors invited to watch movies. Mar. 16: Victoria and Abdul, Stephen Frears' 2017 biopic about Queen Victoria and her friendship with a young Indian clerk. Apr. 6: Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen's 2011 romantic fantasy about a young writer who stumbles into the literary world of 1920s Paris. Apr. 20: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh's 2017 drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder.
10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 10 a.m. 

"Weekend Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Mar. 30-Apr. 1: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" (David Bowers, 2017). Comedy about a kid who derails his family's road trip in a scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

Apr. 6-8: "The Star" (Timothy Reckart, 2017). Animated retelling of the Christmas story from the perspective of a brave donkey and his animal friends.

Apr. 13-15: "Wonder" (Stephen Chbosky, 2017). Inspiring drama about a 5th grader with extreme facial differences who attends a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson.

Apr. 20-22: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about a meh emoji who rebels against the rule that emojis must have only one facial expression.

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10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 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]


 10:30-11 a.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.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Movies at the Center": Chelsea Senior Center.

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A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

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Mar. 16: "The Quiet Man"(John Ford, 1952). A retired American boxer returns to the Irish village of his birth and falls in love with a fiery beauty. John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara.

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Mar. 23: "Dunkirk" (Christopher Nolan, 2017). WW2 thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold.

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Mar. 30: "The Longest Ride" (George Tillman, Jr., 2015). Drama (based on the Nicholas Sparks novel) about the ill-fated love affair between a rodeo bullrider and a college student.

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Apr. 6: "Thor: Ragnarok" (Taika Waititi, 2017). Sci-fi superhero flick about the Norse god's race against time to stop the destruction of his world.

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Apr. 13: "Sully" (Clint Eastwood, 2016). Biopic starring Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger, the American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.

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Apr. 20: "Tommy's Honour" (Jason Connery, 2016). Biopic about the complicated relationship between the father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf in Victorian-era Scotland.

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Apr. 27: "The Greatest Showman" (Michael Gracy, 2017). Lavish musical inspired by the colorful life of P.T. Barnum. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron.

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May & Jun. schedule TBA at chelseaseniors.org.

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12:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1-4 p.m. 

"Baking with Tahini": BAKE! at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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Hop on the tahini train at Zingerman's hands on baking school BAKE! We've been experimenting in the kitchen with the latest culinary craze, tahini (rich sesame paste). And we're using a particularly great organic tahini we sourced from Turkey. In this class you'll bake tahini butter cookies, tahini banana bread made with Michigan wheat flour and black sesame seeds, and tahini and almond filled croissants with a carob drizzle. (Due to time constraints, we will provide you with already baked croissants to fill.) They'll add excitement and flavor to your baker's recipe box.
You'll leave BAKE! With our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, all the food you made in class and great coupons.
Sign up: https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/baking-tahini
BAKE!, 3723 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $75. 734-761-7255. https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/baking-tahini [map]



 1, 3:45, 6:30, 9:15 & 11:30 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.


 1:15 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]


 1:30 p.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]



 1:30, 2, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Isle of Dogs": State Theatre.

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(Wes Anderson, 2018). Stop-motion animated comedy set in near-future Japan about a boy searching for his lost dog.
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.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Against Pity: Articulating a Noncitizen Politics": U-M Anthropology Department Rappaport Lecture Series.

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Talk by U-M anthropology professor Damani Partridge.
3-5 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall (4th floor). Free. 764-7274.


 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Portraits of Luther, from Lucas Cranach to Today": U-M Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

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Talk by Oxford history professor Lyndal Roper.
3-5 p.m., 1014 Tisch. Free. 763-2066. [map]


 3:45, 6:30, & 9:15 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]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination": U-M Library.

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Journalist and activist Herb Boyd discusses his new book, this year's Great Migration Read, that covers such figures in Detroit history as abolitionist William Lambert, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, the city's first black mayor Coleman Young, and others.
4-6:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]


 4, 6:30, & 8 p.m. 

"The Leisure Seeker": Michigan Theater.

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(Paolo Virtzž, 2018). Comedic drama starring Helen Mirren & Donald Sutherland as a roadtripping couple traveling from Boston to Key West in an RV they call "the Leisure Seeker."
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]


 4:15, 6:45, & 9 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Musical Border-Crossing Projects Along the Silk Road: Different Imaginaries, Different Grooves": U-M Confucius Institute.

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University of London ethnomusicology professor Rachel Harris on musical life in China's Muslim borderlands. Reception follows.
4:30 p.m., Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway). Free. 764-8888. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night"

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Apr. 6 & 20. Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch The Incredibles (Apr. 6) and Bolt (Apr. 20). Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. [map]


 5:45 p.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]



 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. 

Charity Euchre Tournament: Euchre Change a Life.

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Single-elimination tournament with a consolation bracket. Prizes. Food & drink available. Quarters are collected each time a team gets euchred, and the bounty goes home with the winning team (bring a few quarters). Proceeds benefit Haitian children.
6 p.m. sharp (check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.), 242 Community Center, 648 S. Wagner. $10 donation. Preregistration required by Apr. 2 at facebook.com/EuchreChangeALife. euchrechangealife@gmail.com. [map]


 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., casual) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, all invited to play the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
1 p.m. (Sun.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Robert j. Swanson Memorial Lecture: Gregg Pasquarelli (SHOP Architects): The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Gregg Pasquarelli AIA Principal, SHoP Architects Since the formation of the studio, SHoP has modeled a new way forward with its unconventional approach to design. At the heart of the firm's method is a willingness to question accepted patterns of practice, coupled with the courage to expand, where necessary, beyond the architect's traditional roles. As a founding Principal, Gregg Pasquarelli has been at the center of this collaborative practice for nearly twenty years-leading teams in design, master planning, and real estate development. He has a thorough familiarity working in complex, urban contexts to create dynamic projects that transform their communities. Gregg has served as lead partner on many of the firm's most prominent projects, including the Porter House, the Barclays Center, two miles on the East River Waterfront, 111 West 57th Street, the American Copper Buildings and Pier 17. His current work includes Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.
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/2018/04/06/robert-j-swanson-memorial-lecture-gregg-pasquarelli-shop-architects [map]



 6-8 p.m. 

"Tea & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly hot teas with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $35. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Russell Brakefield: Literati Bookstore.

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This University of Denver writing professor (and U-M creative writing grad) reads from Field Recordings, his new collection of poems that use folk music to explore the landscapes and histories of Michigan and the themes of family, art, and masculinity. Inspired by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, the collection is highlighted by a long poem that follows Lomax's 1938 journey through Michigan collecting music for the Library of Congress. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Detroit '67": EMU Theatre Department.

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Apr. 6-8 & 12-15. EMU theatre professor Wallace Bridges directs EMU drama students in U-M theatre alum Dominique Morisseau's award-winning 2014 drama about race and family set during the 1967 riot. A pair of African American siblings run a basement speakeasy to make ends meet, but their disagreement over a shared inheritance explodes when a white woman stumbles into their bar. "More than a gimmick or a metaphor, Detroit '67 effectively captures a community coming to grips with its history and its future," writes the Detroit Free Press.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (seniors & students, $12) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.


 7 p.m. 

"Gimble Presents: Gisney Channel": U-M Gimble.

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This student a cappella ensemble performs Kimbra's "Call Me," Royce Wood Junior's "Clanky Love," Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing," John Legend's "I Know Better," The Beatles' "Oh! Darling," Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man," and more.
7 p.m., 1324 U-M East Hall, 530 Church. $10. gimble@umich.edu, (406) 948-1034. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Wet Hot American Drummers": U-M Groove.

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This U-M student percussion-and-dance ensemble performs high-energy percussion using traditional and nontraditional instruments (trash cans, propane tanks, toothbrushes, and more).
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 (students, $5) in advance ticketmaster.com, and (if available) at the door. (800) 745-3000. [map]


 7:45 p.m.  Free! 

8th Annual FoolMoon: Wonderfool Productions.

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This outdoor festival features a vast array of huge, quirky, and beautiful handmade illuminated sculptures. Also, interactive installations, laser shows, a beer tent, dance performances, and music spun by DJs. Food available. All invited to join one of 3 large processions of shimmering handmade luminaries that leave at 7:45 p.m. and proceed from the U-M Museum of Art lawn, Kerrytown, and the Slauson Middle School parking lot to join the festivities on Washington. This year's theme is "FISHtaFOOLS."
Dusk-midnight, Washington west of Main. Free. wonderfoolproductions.org, 763-7550.


 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 p.m. 

Dead Horses: The Ark.

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Up-and-coming Oshkosh (WI) folk trio, fronted by guitarist Sarah Vos, a singer-songwriter whose engaging coming-of-age story songs are set to music that draws imaginatively on old-time, gospel, and bluegrass idioms.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Jim Lauderdale: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Acclaimed country singer-songwriter whose songs typically offer an intoxicating blend of Bakersfield backbeat, mountain ache, and edgy romanticism. His songs have provided hits for the likes of George Strait and Vince Gill. Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance at greenwoodcoffeehouse.org and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 & 10:30 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. 

Shari Kane and Dave Steele & the Midwest Territory Band: Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Double bill. Kane & Steele are a local husband-and-wife duo of acoustic guitar virtuosos whose repertoire includes both traditional and original blues, gospel, swing, and ragtime. The Midwest Territory Band is a local self-styled "jug-band jazz" trio led by blues-oriented vocalist and guitar virtuoso Rollie Tussing. With bassist Serge van der Voo and percussionist Jim Carey.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door. 316-7919. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"A Tribute to Martin Luther King Following the 50th Anniversary of His Assassination: Apr. 4, 1968": U-M Symphony Band.

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Michael Haithcock conducts this ensemble of music majors in U-M composition professor emeritus (and Pulitzer Prize winner) William Bolcom's Liberty Enlightening the World, Kenneth Singleton's arrangement of Charles Ives' Give Me Jesus, Himes' Amazing Grace, Oskar Morawetz's Memorial to Martin Luther King with cellist Anthony Elliott, Joseph Schwantner's New Morning for the World ("Daybreak of Freedom") with narrator Daniel Washington, and Omar Thomas's Of Our New Day Begun. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a discussion of the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 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. 

"As One": ∆PEX Contemporary Performance.

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Apr. 6 & 7. U-M opera coach Kathleen Kelly directs soprano Jennifer Cresswell and baritone Jonathan Lasch in Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed's chamber opera that tells the story of a transgender woman's path to self-acceptance as she moves from high school quarterback to female filmmaker.
8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$35 (students, $10) in advance & at the door. Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Coffeehouse Theatre: Words and Songs": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Apr. 6 & 7. A program of poetry and music presented by NTG actors R. Darrow Bernick, Lark Haunert, Maegan Murphy, Emily Rogers, & Craig VanKempen, and NTG executive director Kristin Danko. With pianist Charles Worth.
8 p.m. (Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), GO! Ice Cream, 10 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $7 at ntgcoffeehouse.brownpapertickets.com and at the door. ntgypsi.org. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Improv: Draw Duo/Draw Trio": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Performance by a guest improv troupe TBA. Followed by performances by members of the League of Pointless Improvisers, in groups of 2 or 3 (assigned by the audience), and "water form," Pointless' own long-form improv style.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Materia Obscura": U-M Dance Department MFA Thesis Concert.

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Apr. 6 & 7. U-M dance MFA candidate Fabiola Torralba performs her work exploring the transience of bodies.
8 p.m. U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. Free. 763-5460. [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]



 8-9:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Woodcock Walk": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS members Juliet Berger and Jessica Adamczyk lead a walk through the Barton Nature Area to look for the American woodcock (aka timberdoodle), known for zig-zagging courtship flights. Wear good walking shoes and dress warmly; bring a small flashlight.
8-9:15 p.m., meet on the dam side of the Barton footbridge. (Park in the Barton Dam lot on Huron River Dr. across from Bird Rd.) Free. 973-3155.


 9 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


 9 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Road. Free. No cover charge.. 734-994-8433. ladyofthelanes@belmarklanes.com belmarklanes.com [map]



 9 p.m. 

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

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Nick Small

Versatile local young singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Jay Frydenlund

Chirp singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers

Lansing pop-funk and soul quartet led by singer-songwriter Hertler. $15 ($20 week of show, $25 at the door). [venue info]

Café Verde: Anne Erlewine

Local pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Club Above: Loaded White Guns

Local classic rock and punk old-school cover band. Opening acts are Screaming Cam, a local electronic music performance artist, and Lawn Care, a local rock 'n' roll quartet. A benefit for the U-M Rugby Club city team. . [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: J. Washburn Gardner

Ypsilanti pop-folk singer-songwriter and classically trained tenor. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Chateau

Veteran pop dance band. [venue info]

Live: FUBAR FUBAR

6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Everly Brothers, the Yardbirds, and Dylan to priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or" and The Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup." 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Reeds & Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of singer and harmonica player Michael May and guitarist Jimmy Alter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Terraplanes The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Tim Prosser

A mix of folk and pop covers and originals by this local singer- mandolinist, who is joined by guest musicians TBA. [venue info]

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea: Johanna Baumann

U-M student singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Tap Room: "First Friday."

With The Dirty News, a Detroit old-school rock 'n' roll band, and The Gruesome Twosome, a misnamed Ypsilanti garage trio that describes its brand of rock 'n' roll psychobilly tantalizingly as "Link Wray meets The Sonics with vocals by Lux Interior." 9 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Mike Ball

Local pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

 
 


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