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Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 7, 2018






 
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 12:01 & 12:30 a.m. & 1:30, 2, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 9:30, & 10 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.


 12:15 a.m. & 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.


 3:00 PM  Free! 

Take CON Out of Contraception: Fight to Protect Birth Control: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

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Join us (and Sen. Rebekah Warren & Rep. Donna Lasinski) as we highlight the recently introduced Contraceptive Access bill package, intended make birth control fully accessible to all women.
Introduced to the legislature last month, neither the House or Senate are giving the bill package a hearing - it's time for this to end. Find out how to make your voices heard as we fight to protect access to contraception!
Scio Township Hall, 827 N Zeeb Rd. Free. (330) 703-6647. ethan.schmitt@ppmi.org [map]


 8 a.m.  Free! 

Free Practice ACT/SAT Exam: College Tutors.

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Practice makes (closer to) perfect! Take advantage of a free SAT or ACT test to evaluate where you are scoring, and learn how you can improve before the actual test. Please call or email to reserve a spot: spots are very limited! Unfortunately we cannot field walk-ins.
Test are offered in two locations:
Ann Arbor (3907 Jackson Rd)
Canton (Willowcreek Plaza at 42180 Ford Rd, ST# 302)
College Nannies + Tutors, 3907 Jackson Rd. Free. (734) 761-8393. hana.kamel@collegetutors.com https://www.collegenanniesandtutors.com/annarbormi [map]



 8-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Nichols Arboretum Early Migrants": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS member Karen Markey leads a walk to look for yellow-bellied sapsuckers, white-throated sparrows, winter wrens, fox sparrows, blue-headed vireos, ruby- and golden-crowned kinglets, and brown creepers.
8-10:30 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259 (May 5), 347-1259 (May 12), 994-6340 (May 19), 223-6042 (May 26). [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Sale of used books, CDs, DVDs, and more.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free admission. 426-4477. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

Briggs Chamber Music Competition: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by student chamber music ensembles. Note: limited seating; early arrival recommended.
9 a.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 9 a.m. 

Dexter Co-Op Preschool Mom2Mom Sale: Dexter Cooperative Preschool.

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Children's Clothing, Gear, Toys & More!
Peace Lutheran Gym & Classrooms
8260 Jackson Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
$2 Admission to Shop
Strollers are welcome!
Saturday, April 7th
9am to 1pm
Peace Lutheran Church (Gym & Classrooms), 8260 Jackson Rd. Ann Arbor, MI. $2. 734-223-5486. sarah.hannich@gmail.com https://www.dextercoop.com/ [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Wolverine 7s": U-M Women's Rugby.

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The U-M women host teams from MSU, Notre Dame, Indiana, Purdue, and Penn State in a round-robin tournament using a streamlined version of the game, with each team competing with 7 players instead of the usual 15. Today's winner heads to the College 7s National Championships in May.
9 a.m., Mitchell Field. Free. www.umwrfc.com.


 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Art & Gaming Symposium 2018: U-M Library.

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Daylong series of talks and panel discussions on how to create art through games and how to view games as art. Highlighted by a keynote speech by DePaul University game development professor Brian Schrank (10 a.m.) and a talk at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library on "How to Break Into the Game Industry" by Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center director Drew Davidson.
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery (enter from the Diag). Free, but preregistration required at bit.ly/um-art-gaming-reg. superman@umich.edu, 615-7158. [map]


 10-11 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 a.m.- 3 p.m. 

Amanda Murphy: BERNINA Dealer, Ann Arbor Sewing Center.

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BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that Ann Arbor Sewing Center, a BERNINA Dealer in Ann Arbor, Mich., will be hosting nationally-recognized quilter, author, fabric designer and BERNINA expert, Amanda Murphy on Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. until
3 p.m. at Weber's Inn located at 3050 Jackson Road in Ann Arbor. Guests will have an opportunity to spend the whole day with Amanda, who will discuss the features of BERNINA's Q20 Longarm Quilting machine; talk about the quilting industry and where she gets her inspiration to quilt; share tips on how to prepare and quilt a quilt top on a sewing machine and walk you through her design process that will help guests take their quilting skills to the next level. Additionally, Amanda will have a trunk show and conduct a book signing during the event. The ticket cost is $69 and includes lunch and a special gift. Due to limited space, interested guests must pre-regis
Ann Arbor Sewing Center, 5235 Jackson Road. $69. 734/761-3094. www.annarborsewing.com [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Jocelyn Benson, Democratic candidate for the position of Michigan Secretary of State, will speak about voter rights protection, reliable and secure elections, effective and efficient Secretary of State offices, and other issues at the Washtenaw County Democratic Party monthly meeting on Saturday, April 7, at 10:00 am. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. The presentation will take place at the Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor. Social hour begins at 9:30 AM and programming begins promptly at 10:00 AM.
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave,. Free. (330) 703-6647. robbu123@gmail.com http://washtenawdems.org/ [map]



 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

YDL Guitar Club: Ypsilanti District Library.

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We teach each other songs, listen, collaborate and learn to play guitar, together. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own instrument, acoustic or electric. Ages 18+.
Ypsilanti District Library, Michigan Avenue Branch, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1386. jmorgan@ypsilibrary.org ypsilibrary.org/events [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Compost Up Close & Planting Pots": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All-ages craft project to make-and-take your own compostable pot, complete with native plant seedling. Also, tips on how to compost.
10 a.m.-noon, County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. 761-3186. [map]


 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Plantskydd": Downtown Home & Garden.

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Plantskydd representative Julia Hofley, a Bloomfield Hills gardener, leads a public discussion of this organic animal repellent.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

"Super Seeds!": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to dissect flowers, fruits, and seeds and explore how seeds are made. Edible seed samples & seed pots to take home.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $8 per child; metered parking. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]


 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 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Purple Rose Concert Reading Series": Chelsea District Library.

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Purple Rose Theatre artistic director Guy Sanville directs Purple Rose actors in readings, usually from new scripts being considered for production. Followed by a discussion with the audience. Apr. 7: Purple Rose actor/director Lauren Knox Mounsey's new play A Walk Around the Table. May 5: Jeff Daniels' as-yet-untitled comedy.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  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]


 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Printing": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to learn how to make 3-D printable models using Tinkercad by Autodesk, a 3-D modeling program. Participants can also sign up for time slots to print the objects they design. Additional sessions on Apr. 7 & May 5 at 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
3:30 & 5:30 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free; preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Apr. 7 & 14. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Apr. 7: Physics Demonstration Laboratory staffers on "Saturday Morning Physics Lite: Now with 40% Less Facts." Apr. 14: "Entropy: from Bug to Feature." Physics professor Greg van Anders discusses how our understanding of entropy has changed over the centuries.
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": AAHOM.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon 

"Cardio & Core": Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
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 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

17th Annual Monroe Street Fair.

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Hash Bash after party with live music, along with poet Lori Beth Coolidge, MI Legalize board member Jamie Lowell, and other speakers TBA. Arts & crafts and T-shirt vendors. Bands include the Detroit psychedelic metal-rock trio Lavamoth, the rock 'n' roll band Chicken Nugget & the KFL, and others TBA.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monroe between Tappan & Oakland. Free. info@monroestreetfair.com, facebook.com/monroestreetfairhashbashfestival.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Make & Take Crafts: Dexter District Library.

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For all ages (except as noted). Apr. 7: "No-Sew T-Shirt to Tote Bag." Bring your own shirt, or use one provided. For youth in grades 5-12. Apr. 21: spring crafts. May 5: Mother's Day crafts.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 11 a.m. 

YinYasa Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a FREE yoga class (with donations accepted).
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Royal Princess Ball": Kensington Hotel.

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Singing, dancing, and photo opportunities with Cinderella, Beauty, a mermaid princess, and the Ice Queen.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Kensington, 3500 S. State. Tickets $35 in advance only. 761-1799. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [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.


 1-2:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Kangaroos!": The Creature Conservancy.

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


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Jane": U-M Center for Korean Studies.

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(Cho Hyun-hoon, 2016). A runaway gets to know a transgender woman and joins her group of misfits. Korean, subtitles.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [map]


 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science: ChemMystery": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Apr. 7 & 8. Interactive chemistry demos and experiments.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Write On!" Short Story Contest Awards Celebration: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Detroit children's book writer Jack Cheng, author of See You in the Cosmos, discusses the art of writing and presents awards to the winners of the AADL short story contest for 3rd-5th graders.
1-2 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1:15, 4, 6:30, & 9:15 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]


 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]


 1:30-5:30 p.m. 

"Fondant Fundementals": BAKE! at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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Ever wonder how those smooth fancy fondant-covered cakes are made? What exactly IS fondant anyway? In this class at Zingerman's hands on baking school, BAKE! we take you through the steps of making your own fondant that actually tastes good. That's right, fresh hand-made fondant from scratch! We'll show you the basic techniques for coloring, shaping and cutting out fondant. Then you'll split, fill, cover and decorate your own cake to take home. The next time there's a birthday in your house, you'll know how to make a cake that will leave everyone asking "How did you DO that?!"
You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, a 6" cake you decorated in class, fondant to use later and great coupons.
To sign up for class please visit the BAKE! site: https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/fondant-fondamentals
BAKE!, 3723 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $125. 734-761-7255. https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/fondant-fondamentals [map]



 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Splash Day": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of pool games and contests. Prizes.
1:30-3:30 p.m., Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. $5 (youth age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Walking Through Grief Support Group: Arbor Hospice.

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The death of a loved one can bring on many reactions, including a desire to isolate yourself, or a lack of motivation to take part in physical activity. This is a monthly social group which will take place in various parks in the Ann Arbor Area. This is an opportunity for grievers to socialize while getting fresh air and exercise. All activity levels are welcome and individuals can walk at their own pace. Contact Karma Basha at 734.794.5106 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 Parks. Free. 734-794-5106. arborhospice.org


 2 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]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Creating and Maintaining a Series Character": Aunt Agatha's/Ann Arbor District Library.

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Aunt Agatha's owner Robin Wengas leads a discussion about writing a mystery series with writers Loren Estleman, author of the popular long-running series about Detroit PI Amos Walker, and Denise Swanson, whose recent Tart of Darkness is the 1st of her new Chef-to-Go series.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200.


 2:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This 1-hour all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Take CON Out of Contraception: Fight to Protect Birth Control": Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan.

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Join us (and Sen. Rebekah Warren & Rep. Donna Lasinski) as we highlight the recently introduced Contraceptive Access bill package, intended make birth control fully accessible to all women.
Introduced to the legislature last month, neither the House or Senate are giving the bill package a hearing - it's time for this to end. Find out how to make your voices heard as we fight to protect access to contraception!
Scio Township Hall, 827 N Zeeb Rd. Free. (330) 703-6647. ethan.schmitt@ppmi.org [map]



 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sat. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. If you have them, bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Intruder About-Turn: A Star Trek Puppet Show": Dreamland Theater.

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Mar. 17 & 31 and Apr. 7 & 14. The Mar. 24 performance has been canceled. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe performs Jess Rowland's puppet show based on "Turnabout Intruder," a Star Trek original series episode, about an ancient alien technology that causes Captain Kirk to switch bodies with an old flame.
8 p.m. (all dates) & 3 p.m. (Apr. 7 & 14), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington. $10 or pay what you can. 657-2337. [map]


 3 & 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]


 3-4 & 4-5 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]


 3:45, 6:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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(Armando Iannucci, 2017). Satire depicting the frantic power struggle that ensued after Stalin's death. Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buschemi.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Songs in English-With and Without Voice": U-M School of Music.

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Performances by U-M students of voice professor Martin Katz and cello professor Richard Aaron.
4 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"D & D Black Card Member Fit Clinic": D & D Bicycles and Hockey.

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RSVP to the Facebook event. Limited spots available. This event is for D&D BLACK Card Members and their guests only.
Come join us for a D&D Fit night! Learn the impact importance of a properly fitted bicycle and see the professional equipment and tools D&D has on hand to make your ride as efficient and comfortable as possible. Book your private fit the night of the event for a special discount! Food and beverages provided.
D & D Bicycles, 3780 Jackson Road STE. J. Free. ddoffice1977@gmail.com https://ddbicyclesandhockey.com/ [map]



 5 p.m. 

Spaghetti Dinner: Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser.

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All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with meat and vegetarian sauces, salad, garlic bread, beverages, and desserts.
5-7 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller at Newport. Tickets $8 (seniors, $7, kids ages 5-12, $5, kids age 4 & under, free). a2calvary.org, 769-0869. [map]


 Evening time TBA 

"Spring Fling": Saline American Legion.

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Dancing to live classic rock, country, Motown, and R&B by the Grass Lake band Step Aside.
Time TBA, Saline American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. Cost TBA. 429-7310. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Candlelight Dinner Concert with Ian Stewart & the House Band": Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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This is going to be a very special night indeed! Ian Stewart is a fantastic guitarist and vocalist, all on his own. On THIS night, he will be joined by bass player, Dan Bickell and drummer, Chris Bracey. This will be a full band sound and Ian will be "electrified", supported by 2 great musicians. There are only 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats. $35 per person includes dinner and show. Dinner menu: tba. Both entrees served with salad and bread. *Special dietary needs can be accommodated. Call for info/requests. Our estate grown wines will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35 pp for dinner and show. 5175228167. dlbarber1@aol.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]



 7-10 p.m. 

"Bird Center Flyaway VIII": Bird Center of Washtenaw County.

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Fundraising evening for the Bird Center of Washtenaw County to include small plates, a silent auction and the enjoyment of the Leslie Science and Nature Center grounds. Proceeds are to support the day-to-day operations of the Center to help abandoned baby birds and injured birds. We rehabilitate mostly songbirds and some waterfowl with the mission of returning them to the wild, as well as educating the public.
Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road. $65 donation per person. birdcenterA2@gmail.com. birdcenterA2@gmail.com www.birdcenterwashtenaw.org [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Camino Real": U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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Apr. 7 & 8. U-M drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in Tennessee Williams' one-act play about an American ex-prizefighter who arrives in an unnamed South or Central American town and meets a variety of surreal characters from history, myth, and literature over the course of 10 hallucinatory scenes.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, but limited seating. Metered parking. 647-4354. [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. 

"Once Upon a Pops": Michigan Pops Orchestra.

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Rotem Weinberg and Tal Benatar direct this playful 100-member ensemble, the only student-run orchestra on campus, in music from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, the Disney films Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The program also includes Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, with soloist (and MPO Concerto Competition winner) Katie Sesi.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $8 (students, $5; seniors age 65 & over, public school students, and local daycare kids, free) in advance at ticketmaster.com & at the door. michiganpops.org, 668-8463. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Struck and Plucked: Adventures in Music of the Philippines": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Performance of Filipino music by the string ensemble Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla and the Pakaraguian Kulintang Ensemble, which performs gong-chime music and dance.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0352. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum and Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
7:30-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Rick Szumski calls to music by Brad Battey & friends. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson for beginners.
7:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 646-4835, 769-1052. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Real Angels of Ann Arbor": Angels on Call.

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This U-M a cappella ensemble performs a reality TV-themed concert of pop, indie, alternative, and Broadway tunes.
7:30 p.m., MLB Auditorium 4, 812 Washington. $7 (students, $5). angelsoncallum@gmail.com. [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 p.m. 

Birds of Chicago: The Ark.

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Chicago Americana folk-rock duo duo of singer-songwriters JT Nero and Allison Russell whose richly poetic songs blend elements of stark folk balladry and gospel fervor. Opening act is Steelism, the versatile, adventurous Nashville-based instrumental duo of guitarist Jeremy Fetzer and pedal steel guitarist Spencer Cullum whose music draws inspiration both from movie composers like Ennio Morricone and 60s instrumental ensembles like the Ventures and the M.G.s.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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.  Free! 

Percussion Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Apr. 7 & 8. Program TBA. Note: limited seating; early arrival recommended.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 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. 9 at 6:45 p.m. (Stamps Auditorium) and Apr. 14 at 8 p.m. (Stearns Bldg. Cady Rm., 2005 Baits).
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8-9:30 p.m. 

Waterloo Natural History Association.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 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. 

"Echoes": U-M Men's Glee Club.

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Eugene Rogers directs the choir for the last time in Britten's "Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard," Rollo Dilworth's "Harriet Tubman," Andrea Ramsey's "Requiescat," and the premiere of a new work, "Out of the Cradle."
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15 & $20 (students, $5) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu & at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers": U-M Opera Program.

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Apr. 7 & 8. U-M opera and music students present 17th-century French composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier's rarely performed 2-act chamber opera about Orpheus's descent into the Underworld to save his wife Eurydice. French; supertitles.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [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 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Apr. 28 and May 5, 12, & 26. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [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 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.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Apr. 7 & 21. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8). Facebook.com/A2DanceRevolution. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Harrington Brown

Local gypsy swing guitar duo of Michael Harrington and Appleseed Collective frontman Andrew Brown. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: U-M Music School

Performance by U-M piano students. [venue info]

Blind Pig: 47th Annual Hash Bash

Headliner is Laith Al-Saadi, a popular local singer-guitarist who rocketed to national prominence in 2016 with a 4th-place finish on NBC's The Voice. His latest CD, Real, spawned 4 Top-10 iTunes singles, and Guitar World magazine compares him to "Danny Gatton and Buddy Guy at their best. His jazz-tinged, jam- oriented music draws on an eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals. Opening act is The Macpodz, an immensely popular local jam band that plays an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." $25. [venue info]

Club Above: "Hash Bash Aftercrash."

DJs play electronic dance music. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Plan B

Detroit classic rock cover band. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Dan Hazlett

This Detroit-area singer-songwriter and guitarist plays blues-, R&B-, folk-, and jazz-influenced originals on topics that range from the outlandish to the sublime. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: Steve Nardella Rock 'n' Roll Trio Steve Nardella

Ann Arbor's most passionate and compelling roots-rocker performs fiercely cathartic, blues-drenched reworkings of rock 'n' roll and rockabilly classics and obscure gems, along with some authentic Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker blues. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Killer Flamingos

Rock 'n' roll covers and originals by this popular, veteran band from Dearborn. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Rick Straub

Acoustic covers of singer-songwriter pop-folk and folk-rock by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: The Randaliers The Randaliers

A diverse mix of familiar and lesser-known rock, blues, alt-country and R&B covers by this local trio of chanteuse Vicki Dischler and guitarists C. Russell and Phil Campbell. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: John Finan & Sharon Tse

Singer-songwriter duo. Finan is a Canton singer-songwriter who writes country-tinged folk-pop, and Tse is a young singer-songwriter whose repertoire ranges from confessional folk-pop to jazz-inflected songs. [venue info]

 
 


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