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Calendar of Events

Sunday, April 15, 2018

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 8:30-9:30 a.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
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Fiber Expo.

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Apr. 14 & 15. Show and sale of a variety of yarns, rug hooking kits, felted items, roving, and fiber art products and craft items. Sheep, goat, and alpaca shearing demonstrations. Classes. Also, breeders on hand with alpacas, goats, Angora rabbits, and other animals. Concessions. No dogs allowed.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $4 ($6 for both days; kids age 12 & under, free)., 546-0032. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Apr. 4: "Eggstravagant Eggs." Apr. 11 & 15: "Sensing Spring." Apr. 18: "Windy Weather." Apr. 25 & 29: "Garden Playtime."
LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [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.

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

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Worship Service: Episcopal Church of the Incarnation.

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

 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Mobile Repair Stand: Common Cycle.

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Common Cycle's main activity from April-October is our Mobile Repair Stand. The MRS is a portable bike workshop that we haul to the Farmers Market in Kerrytown alongside the Sunday Artisan Market. The Mobile Repair Stand is open from 11 AM-3PM each Sunday, and is volunteer-run.
Volunteers at the MRS range from experienced mechanics to interested newbies, and we help all kinds of cyclists fix all kinds of bikes. The only requirement for getting help at the Repair Stand is that you be willing to get your hands dirty; assistance from the Mobile Repair Stand is free, but donations are welcome.
Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. beginning Apr. 8. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, usually with a different theme each week. Free balloons for kids on opening day. Apr. 22: Earth Day. The market features reused, reusable, earth-friendly, and organic items, and Fairview Studios owner Joan Hutchinson demonstrates how to make a wheel of life out of feathers and a circle of vines.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Apr. 14 & 15. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live salamanders and vernal pond life. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, a midday "Animal Naptime" break when the animals get tired.
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


U-M Softball.

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Mar. 21: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30, 31, & Apr. 1: 3-game Big 10 series vs. Purdue. Mar. 30, 4 p.m., Mar. 31, 2 p.m. & Apr. 1, 1 p.m.

Apr. 4: EMU. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13, 14, & 15: 3-game series vs. Rutgers. Apr. 13, 6 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, noon.

Apr. 20, 21, & 22 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 20, 6 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.

May 1: WMU. 6 p.m.

May 4-6: 3-game series vs. Ohio State. May 4, 6 p.m.; May 5, 1 p.m.; May 6, 6 p.m.
Various times, see listing. Alumni Field, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each; U-M students, faculty, & staff, free). 764-0247.


"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $4.50 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]

 12:15 p.m. 

"Loveless": State Theatre.

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(Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2017). Drama about a couple going through a bitter divorce who must team up to find their missing son. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Russian, subtitles.
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)., 668-TIME.

 12:30 p.m. 

Hatha Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Sundays from 12:30-1:30pm. In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow for deep connective tissues to be gently stretched, and for your body to create internal heat. Class is heated around 80-90 degrees.
This class uses low/minimal lighting, allowing you to look inward, and be able to focus on your own yoga practice.
Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha. Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. $20 drop in (First class free). [map]

 12:30, 1, 3, 3:30, 6, 6:30, 8:30, & 9 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)., 668-TIME.

 12:45, 3:45, 5:45, & 8:45 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)., 668-TIME.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids and adults invited to play chess. Sets provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1 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]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Pet Loss Support Group: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's never easy to lose a pet, and when you consider them, as we do, a member of the family, the loss can be difficult and extremely sad.
HSHV and Blue Dog Counseling have partnered to provide a support group on preparing for and dealing with the loss of a pet.
Colleen O'Brien, founder of Blue Dog Counseling, is an expert at developing creative therapeutic interventions to support individuals, couples, families, and other groups. Her personal commitment to animal welfare, her own experience as a devoted pet owner, and a passion for supporting people led her to create Blue Dog Counseling. Côlleen is dedicated to providing a safe, open, and creative space for discussion. A place where you can take time for yourself.
Group is held monthly in the HSHV conference room.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. Donations accepted. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Tour: Kempf House Museum.

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Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, named for the family of German American musicians who occupied it circa 1900.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [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]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. (Apr. 8, 15, & 22); AADL Traverwood (Apr. 29). Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. beginning Apr. 8. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

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

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

 1:30 p.m. 

"Swanapalooza!": Wild Swan Theater Benefit.

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A family-friendly concert of performances by Gemily, the popular acoustic folk trio that includes brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits of the nationally known local folk duo Gemini and San's daughter, violinist and singer Emily Slomovits, and The Chenille Sisters, the nationally renowned local Andrews Sisters-style vocal trio known for their breathtakingly precise and resonant vocal harmonies and eclectic repertoire. Emcee is award-winning storyteller Laura Pershin Raynor.
1:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 (4-pack, $50) in advance at & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 2 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, 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. [map]

 2 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

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All kids, accompanied by an adult, invited for contra and square dancing with live music. With caller Drake Meadow.
2-4 p.m., Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $12 per family. 769-1052, 274-0773. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m. 

Waterloo Natural History Association.

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


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.


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.


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.


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

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

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Aftermath: Landscapes of Devastation": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of landscape photos of volcano eruptions, floods, massacres, uprisings, and nuclear explosions.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Congolese Class Showing": U-M Dance Department.

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Demonstration of Congolese dances (with live drumming) performed by students in U-M dance lecturer Jean-Claude "Biza" Sompa's courses.
2 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). Free. 763-5460. [map]

 2 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.

 2 p.m. 

"Iolanthe or, the Peer and the Peri": U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

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Apr. 12-15. Greg Hassold directs this accomplished local town-and-gown company in Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera about a fairy who's been banished from fairyland for marrying a mortal. Her shepherd son wants to marry a popular young woman who has many noblemen suitors, but when the young woman sees him hugging his mother, she gets the wrong idea and sets off a confrontation between the House of Lords and the fairies. Cast includes Anastasia Koorn, David Andrews, Lori Gould, John Fioravanti, Megan Maloney, William Fishwick, Lee Vahlsing, Benjamin Powell, Carly LaForest, Alexandra Kzeski, and Christina Certo. Musical direction by Thomas Burton.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 North University. Tickets $22 & $25 (seniors, $20 & $22; students, $10 & $12) in advance at and at the door., (800) 838-3006. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids Electronics Lab: Brushbots": AADL Downtown Secret Lab.

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Kids in grades K-5 invited to make a small robot using a toothbrush and simple electronics supplies. Materials provided.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 2 p.m. 

"Me and My Girl": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Apr. 12-15. U-M musical theatre professor Catherine Walker directs U-M musical theatre students in British composer Noel Gay's charming 1937 musical, with an updated 1984 libretto by comedian Stephen Fry and director Mike Ockrent, about an unsophisticated Cockney who, after discovering he's the long-lost Earl of Hereford, must choose between high society and his girl, a fishmonger's assistant. "It has humor, music, dancing, charm, wit, and a deft expertise that takes your heart away," The New York Post asserts. Favorites in the score include "The Sun Has Got His Hat On," "Leaning on a Lamp-post," "The Lambeth Walk," and the title song.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $28-$34 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office or at, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

 2 p.m. 

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

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 29-May 26. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of David MacGregor's drama that imagines the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the as-yet-undiscovered artistic genius Vincent van Gogh. Dr. Watson and Irene Adler join Sherlock in uncovering the audacious crime. Note: adult language & content. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Tom Whalen, Rusty Mewha, and Caitlin Cavannaugh.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 2 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 and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Baseball.

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

Mar. 21: WMU. 1 p.m.

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

Mar. 28: CMU. 4 p.m.

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

Apr. 4: Toledo. 4 p.m.

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

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

May 1: EMU. 6 p.m.

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

 2:30 p.m. 

"Shrek": Skyline High School.

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Apr. 14 & 15 & 20-22. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori's musical, based on the 2001 film, an appealingly subversive fairy tale about a kindhearted but misanthropic green ogre who's charged with rescuing a princess. The score is an eclectic mix of pop-flavored melodies that range from the jaunty "Travel Song" to the gutsy duet "I Got You Beat." Cast: Luke Renken, Amanda Wilhoit, Jennie Rupp, Savanna Cowley, Matt Rupp, Caleb Hemstra, Marina Dauer, Gabe Hill, Daniel Kennedy, Lydia Hall, Alex Tistle, Lilly Knopp, Makayla Franklin, Heavyn Dyer-Jones, Elena Schroeder, Nate Fison, Andrew Lafferty, Lauryn Perkins, Sophie Reznick, Clare de Vries, Makayla Klein, Ally Lawson, Dan Kennedy, Chloe Durkee, Jalen Steudle, Tessa Wilson, Hannah Connell, Grand Hoover, Evie Glaves, Laila Krugman, Mack Lieberman, Aiva Zoldan.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sat. Apr. 21 & Sun.), Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at & at the door. 994-6515. [map]

 2:45 & 8:30 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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

 3-4:30 p.m. 

"FitTalks with Cassy: Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs": FitPoint Ann Arbor.

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Come to the second talk in a series of three health talks given by FitPoint's registered dietitian, Cassy. The 1.5 hour session will include a presentation with time for questions and answers. There will also be a raffle drawing for a free private session with Cassy.
FitPoint, 250 W Eisenhower Pkwy Suite 130. $20. 734.531.9958. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Margaret Carney: Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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This Ann Arbor Dinnerware Museum director discusses Well of the Sea, the acclaimed mid-20th century Chicago seafood restaurant.
3-5 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: Islamic Center of Ann Arbor: Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor.

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Islamic center of Ann Arbor invites you to Open House on April 15, Sunday, 3:00-7: 00 PM. Tour the Mosque, Meet and learn from your Muslim neighbors, Taste delicious food from around the world, Decorate your hands with henna, have your names written in Arabic calligraphy, Try on a beautiful scarf.
Islamic Center of Ann Arbor, 2301 PLYMOUTH RD. Free. 734-665-6772. [map]

 3 p.m. 

Ypsilanti Town Band & David Vaughn: First United Methodist Church Chamber Music Series.

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Jerry Robbins conducts this 20-piece wind ensemble in a program of popular music, 1880-1920, in period costume. Today, they're joined by local gospel singer and FUMC music director David Vaughan. Reception follows.
3 p.m., FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting rm. (Apr. 8, 15, & 22); AADL Traverwood (Apr. 29). Free. 327-4200. [map]

 3, 5:45, & 8:15 p.m. 

"The Leisure Seeker": Michigan Theater.

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(Paolo Virtzì, 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3:15 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Borg vs. McEnroe": State Theatre.

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(Janus Metz, 2018). Biopic about the legendary tennis rivalry between the disciplined Björn Borg and voltile John McEnroe. Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason.
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)., 668-TIME.

 4 p.m. 

Alex Harding & Lucian Ban: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Free jazz by the duo of baritone saxophonist Harding and Romanian American pianist Ban, longtime collaborators. "Harding's bluesy, church-steeped baritone sax is the logical heir to Hamiet Bluiett's, while Ban's tasteful, reflective piano playing combines the elegance and technical precision of the European classical tradition with wide-ranging musical interests and a passion for improvisation," enthuses an AllAboutJazz reviewer.
4 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, free). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Gruesome Playground Injuries": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 12-29. Lynn Lammers directs this professional local theater company in Rajiv Joseph's 2011 Off-Broadway play, an unconventional love story that follows a relationship over 30 years, from the couple's initial meeting in their elementary school nurse's office. Note: adult language & content.
8 p.m., (Thurs.-Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), trustArt Studios, 7885 Jackson, ste. 1. Tickets $25 (students, $10; Apr. 12, pay what you can) in advance at & at the door. 203-0556. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"L'Orfeo": Apollo's Fire (University Musical Society).

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Jeannette Sorrell conducts this critically acclaimed Cleveland Baroque orchestra in a performance of one of the earliest operas, Monteverdi's 1607 interpretation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth. NPR World of Opera host Lisa Simeone locates Orfeo's modern appeal in the way it manages "to present the straightforward words of its characters, and express the anguished, chaotic emotions behind those words - both at the same time, and with remarkable clarity and insight." With Karim Sulayman as Orfeo and Erica Schuller as Eurydice. This production is "semi-staged," with a full musical production-including period dancers-but no set design. Italian, supertitles.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$65 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Kids: Sun Shen.

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

 5 p.m. 

AFC Ann Arbor.

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This local minor league soccer team--nicknamed the Mighty Oaks--opens its 4th season, and its 3rd as a member of Great Lakes West Conference of the National Premier Soccer League, with a nonleague match on April 15 vs. Carpathia, (5 p.m., Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple), a United premier Soccer League team from Sterling Heights. The April home schedule also includes nonleague matches vs Saginaw Valley State University (Apr. 21, 7 p.m., Huron High School, 2727 Fuller) and Force FC (Apr. 29, 5 p.m., Saline High School, 1300 Campus Parkway).
Various times & locations. $8 (kids, $5) at and at the gate. Group discounts available. 408-1627.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. [map]

 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Water Safety Coalition Kick-Off: Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor.

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What: Ann Arbor Water Safety Coalition Kick-Off
When: Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor, 2107 West Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Details: Please join us for the Ann Arbor Water Safety Coalition Kick Off event on Sunday, April 15th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor.
We are halfway to summer and know that families are getting ready to be in the water! Great Lakes Surf and Rescue, Safe Kids Huron Valley, and Goldfish Swim School will be presenting water safety tips to help keep your family safe this summer!
The Ann Arbor Water Safety Coalition (AAWSC) was founded to make Ann Arbor the best water safety city in America. We aim to do this through community outreach, presentations, events, and providing free water safety information.
For more information, please visit:
Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor, 2107 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. 7348645555. [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:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Euchre Tournament.

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

 6 p.m. 

"Finding Your Feet": Michigan Theater.

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(Richard Loncraine, 2017). British comedy about a snobbish wife forced to live with her poor bohemian sister after discovering her husband is having an affair with her best friend. Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and the rest of the s'mores fixings (marshmallows provided).
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Joe Harris: Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Currently getting his teacher education PhD at MSU, Harris was the 2005 Rustbelt Poetry Slam individual champion, and frequently publishes, performs, and teaches poetry. Preceded by a poetry open mike.
7 p.m. Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. [map]

 7-10 p.m. 

Milonga: Sophia & El Kronox.

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

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Apr. 8 & 22. Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by local veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, on Apr. 15, there is a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques.
7-9 p.m., Great Oak Cohousing commons area, 500 Little Lake Dr. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at 998-9353. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival": Michigan Theater.

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(Various directors, 2017). The best mountain and outdoor adventure films from the 2016 edition of the famous 3-day festival held every November in Banff, Alberta. Sponsored by U-M Adventure Leadership.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (students, $12) in advance at, $17 (students, $15) at the door. 764-3967. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Rodney Crowell: The Ark.

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Crowell is a veteran country and country-rock singer-songwriter who first gained attention in the 70s as a guitarist and principal songwriter in Emmylou Harris's band, and in the 80s he wrote hits for several country-pop performers, including Crystal Gayle and the Oak Ridge Boys. His 1988 CD Diamonds & Dirt, a collection of songs featuring Crowell's characteristic blend of amiable charm and lurking menace, spawned 5 hit singles, but his recent recordings--from the starkly autobiographical 2001 CD The Houston Kid and the ambitiously philosophical 2003 collection Fate's Right Hand to the recent Close Ties--are widely regarded as the best work of his career.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $40 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and the, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Apr. 1, 15, & 29. All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun. except Apr. 1. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room (Apr. 8 & 22) Rogel Ballroom (Apr. 15 & 29), $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

"The Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead": Fathom Events.

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Screening of the season finale of the immensely popular Walking Dead zombie series. Followed by a the season premiere of its spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead.
8:30 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). $10 & $11.50. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

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

Blind Pig: AJJ

Phoenix lo-fi postpunk folk-rock quartet. Opening acts are Rick Johnson Rock and Roll Machine, a Muskegon electro-punk musician, and Complainer, a Detroit-area noise rock punk band. $15 ($17 at the door). 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

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

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Local jazz ensemble led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Heather Styka

Highly-regarded young pop-folk singer-songwriter from Chicago whose engagingly melodic, stylishly literate songs have provoked comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

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

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

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

Zou Zou's Cafe: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble led by saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]


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