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Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 28, 2018






 
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 8 a.m. 

"International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
8 a.m.-6 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [map]


 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.-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! 

Coffee With Anuja: Anuja Rajendra for State Senate.

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Meet a candidate running for state senate in district 18! Share your thoughts and concerns for the district as well as ask any questions you might have.
Mighty Good, 3010 Washtenaw Ave #111, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA. Free. miraak@umich.edu anujaforstatesenate.com [map]


 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Rummage Sale: Dixboro United Methodist Church Fundraiser.

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Apr. 26-28. Sale of adult and children's clothing, sporting goods, household items, books, movies, and more.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., DUMC, 5221 Church Rd. Free admission. 665-5632. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 14, 21, 22, 28, & 29. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

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Apr. 14: The Ponds Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Emerald & Candlewick) to help remove invasive garlic mustard.

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Apr. 21: Cedar Bend Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Island Park parking lot, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Ln.) to remove invasive dame's rocket and garlic mustard.

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Apr. 22: Maryfield Wildwood Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Linwood & Wilton) to remove invasive plants to honor Earth Day.

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Apr. 22: Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Arborview Blvd. entrance, just east of Wildwood) to celebrate Earth Day by removing invasive garlic mustard & dame's rocket.

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Apr. 28: Mary Beth Doyle Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to plant shrubs along Mallets Creek to increase the native habitat of this 81-acre park.

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Apr. 28: Molin Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Powell & Columbia.) to remove garlic mustard and other invasives.

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Apr. 29: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Marshall Nature Area parking lot off Dixboro Rd. north of Plymouth Rd.) to remove garlic mustard and other invasives.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

"Stock Portfolio Review Workshop": SE Michigan Chapter of BetterInvesting & Classic Strategy Investment Club of Ann Arbor.

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Have you ever wondered:
What you could do to make your stock portfolio better?
How well your portfolio is diversified?
What sectors you may be missing?
Which stocks/industries you should consider buying or selling?
Why you should consider selling a particular stock?
Ken Kavula, President of the BetterInvesting Mid-Michigan Chapter, and Mark Robertson from Manifest Investing will review up to five previously submitted BI club portfolios to answer questions like these.
This event is open to the public. BetterInvesting membership is not required to attend. BetterInvesting is a non-profit organization that has been serving investors since 1951.
Space is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended.
To register by April 18 online ($10) go to Eventbrite at: https://tinyurl.com/yaxvhndp.
Check Thursday, April 26, by emailing president@semich.betterinvesting.net to see if space is available for $15 (cash or check only) same day registration.
Turner Senior Resource Center (TSRC), 2401 Plymouth Rd. $10 if pre-registered; $15 (cash or check only) at door if space is available. president@semich.betterinvesting.net www.betterinvesting.org [map]


 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Miller Rain Gardens Spring Work Day"

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All invited to help weed rain gardens along Miller from Newport to Maple. Master gardeners are on hand to answer questions and discuss rain gardens in general. Bring work gloves and gardening tools labeled with your name, if you have them. Followed by cookies.
9:30-11:30 a.m., meet at 1916 Miller. Free. 730-9025.



 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. - 1 a.m.  Free! 

"Gamers for Giving": Gamers Outreach.

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Gamers Outreach is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides support to hospitalized children through video games.
The organization will hold its 10th annual Gamers for Giving fundraiser event at the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center on April 28th and 29th, bringing together hundreds of video gamers, streamers and esports pros for a LAN (Local Area Network) party with a goal of raising $350,000 that could double to $700,000 thanks to a sponsor-matching commitment from PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
Esports tournaments will take place throughout the weekend for PUBG, Overwatch, League of Legends, CS:GO, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Starcraft II, Halo 5, Call of Duty WWII, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Notable video game community members in attendance will be live streamers GoldGlove, MsVixen, VernNotice; and esports personalities Walshy, SirScoots, and Goldenboy.
Watch at twitch.tv/gamersoutreach.
Donate at fundraise.gamersoutreach.org
Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, 799 North Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti. Free. contact@gamersoutreach.org gamersforgiving.org [map]



 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Medication Take Back"

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Community opioid and medication take-back events provide a safe process for disposing of unused medications while protecting our communities, children and environment.
The Michigan OPEN Spring Take Back Event day is scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 10-2pm. 26 sites in 16 counties across the state will host community take back events.
Washtenaw County Events:
Michigan OPEN events -
U-M and Ann Arbor Police Dept- St Francis Catholic School parking lot (2270 E Stadium, Ann Arbor)
U-M, Washtenaw County Sheriff and New West Willow Neighborhood Association- West Willow Community Resource Center (2067 Tyler Rd, Ypsilanti)
U-M and Chelsea Police Dept - Chelsea Retirement Community (805 W Middle Street, Chelsea)
Other Michigan OPEN events around the state - http://michigan-open.org/safe-drug-disposal/organizing-an-opioid-take-back-event/spring-2018-locations/
DEA events - https://takebackday.dea.gov/
St Francis Catholic School parking lot, 2270 E Stadium Blvd. Free. 734-998-0455. krisbenn@umich.edu http://michigan-open.org/safe-drug-disposal/organizing-an-opioid-take-back-event/spring-2018-locations/ [map]



 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

6th Annual Enlightened Soul Expo: Enlightened Soul Center.

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Apr. 28 & 29. Practitioners from around the Midwest offer psychic, channeled, tarot, and angel card readings, intuitive drawings, astrological charts, and more at this event formerly known as the Holistic Psychic Expo. Free talks on "An Introduction to Feeling Energy Fields" (Sat., 12:30 p.m.), "Flower Essences: Nature's Powerful Healing Gift (Sat., 3:30 p.m.), "The History of Use of Magic/Healing Wands," (Sun. 1 p.m.), & "An Introduction to Meditation" (Sun. 2:30 p.m.). Also, Gallery Readings (11 a.m., 2 & 5 p.m. Sat.; 11:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. Sun.) by various mediums. Vendors with holistic and metaphysical products. Light snacks for sale.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-5 pm. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $11 daily admission, $16 weekend pass. Additional cost for practitioner sessions. 358-0218; holisticpsychicexpo.com. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Document Shredding Day: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Free shredding! Bring up to three copy-paper boxes or grocery bags of documents per person. The event will end at 1pm or earlier if the truck becomes full.
Binders and large binder clips must be removed; staples, paper clips, and rubber bands are OK. Limited to residents of the City of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township, and Superior Township. Donations will be accepted to the Friends of the Ypsilanti District Library to help offset the cost.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. Donation. 734-482-4110 x1377. ggainsley@ypsilibrary.org https://www.ypsilibrary.org/event/document-shredding-day-2/ [map]



 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Friends at the Front Porch Spring Sale.

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Apr. 28 & 29. Juried show and sale of works by Michigan artists and crafters, including handwoven and marbled textiles, jewelry, ceramic dinnerware, book arts, and woodworking. With an emphasis on collaborative works.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), 1219 Traver. Free admission 662-7134. [map]


 10 a.m. 

Running Start Workshops: Running Start.

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Running Start is an engaging, mentor-led, workshop-based approach to equip youth with entrepreneurial skills to start a business. Over a series of four workshops, middle and high-school aged youth will come up with a business idea, test it, market it, and finally pitch it.
GO Where Meetings Matter, https://www.running-start.biz/enroll-now-1/. $199. 734-741-1134. debra@running-start.biz www.running-start.biz



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: Math Mayhem": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Apr. 28 & 29. Hands-on math activities, including giant 3-D puzzles, a chance to walk through a piece of paper, and more.
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Wildflower Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike along the banks of the Saline River.
10 a.m.-noon, Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve, 578 Mooreville Rd., Milan. Free. 971-6337. [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. 

"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.  Free! 

"Pitch Hit & Run": Pittsfield Charter Township Parks & Recreation.

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Participants compete in either the Baseball Division or Softball Division and have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition including Locals, Sectionals, Team Championships and the National Finals during MLB All-Star Week.
The PITCH portion will test how accurately a competitor can throw strikes to a designated "Strike Zone" target from a designated distance.
The HIT portion will test ability to hit from a stationary batting tee.
The RUN portion will measure speed
Pre-registration is required by April 27. Birth Certificate is required.
Ages: 7-14 Boys and Girls
Montibeller Park, 4305 Ellsworth Road Ann Arbor MI 48108. Free. 734-822-2120. info@pittsfield-mi.gov pittsfield-mi.gov/recreation [map]


 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! 

Movies for Kids: Dexter District Library.

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All kids, accompanied by a caregiver, invited to watch animated films. Mar. 27: "Coco," Lee Unkrich's 2017 film about a boy who's accidentally transported to the land of the dead. Apr. 28: "Ferdinand," Carlos Saldanha's 2017 film based on the classic children's book about a lovable bull.
1 p.m. (Mar.) & 11 a.m. (Apr.), 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.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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In celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, with treats, giveaways, and surprises throughout the day.
11 a.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 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]



 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]


 12:55 p.m. 

"Cendrillon": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast (Apr. 28) and rebroadcast (May 2) of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Massenet's sumptuous take on the Cinderella story. Stars Joyce DiDonato.
12:55 p.m. (Apr. 28) and 1 & 6:30 p.m. (May 2), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20). [map]


 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"10th Annual Midwest Literary Walk": Chelsea District Library.

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A walk to various Chelsea locations to hear readings by different writers. Detroit-born Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson, an ordained Baptist minister, reads from Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America, which made several "best of the year" lists in 2017. Kentucky-based poet Ada Limón's Bright Dead Things was a 2015 National Book Award finalist, and her forthcoming (in August) The Carrying is one of NPR's "most anticipated books of 2018." NYC-based Will Schwalbe reads from Books for Living, his new book about the power of books to shape lives.
1-5 p.m., various downtown locations, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732.


 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]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Gaming Tournaments: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Apr. 28: "Ultra Street Fighter II." For adults and teens in grades 6 & up. Apr. 29: "Mario Kart." For all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [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. 

"The Witchin' Well": Spinning Dot Theater.

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Apr. 27-29. Matthew Elijah and Emily Slomovits direct young local actors in an all-ages production of Irish playwright Joe Brennan's play about a brother and sister who happen upon a wish-granting well. When the brother wishes his sister away, he must brave fantastical beasts, giants, and the wicked witch to bring his sister back. Following an intermission, Spinning Dot's teen apprentices perform and … then he looked at me, L.A. playwright Jose Casas' new play about bullying and gun violence in a middle school. Appropriate for kids age 12 & up.
7 p.m. (Apr. 27) & 1 p.m. (Apr. 28 & 29), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Newman Studio, 1226 Murfin. $10 (kids, $5) suggested donation. 585-5134. [map]


 1:30-5:30 p.m. 

"Fabulous French Baguettes Class": BAKE! at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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Learn Zingerman's Bakehouse's traditional French baguette recipe in one of our best classes for new bakers. Most commercial bread labeled "baguette" bears no resemblance to the traditional French bread that Parisian bakers first developed around 1920. When a law went into effect forbidding them from starting to work before 4 a.m., they began baking the long thin loaves that are synonymous with French baking today. We teach you to make the traditional French baguette recipe-starting with a flavorful poolish, hand rolling your dough, and ending with a very crisp crust surrounding a soft, holey interior. Imagine serving breakfast to out-of-town guests and bringing out a perfect baguette that they swear must have been airlifted from Paris.
You'll leave BAKE! with our French baguette recipe, the knowledge to recreate it at home, four French baguettes you made in class, dough to bake later and great coupons.
BAKE!, 3723 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $100. 734-761-7255. https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/french-baguette-recipe [map]



 1:30, 4, 4:15, 7:15, 7:30, & 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.


 1:45 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Foxtrot": State Theatre.

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(Samuel Maoz, 2017). A grieving couple tries to piece together the events that led up to their son's death at a remote military post. Hebrew, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Balloon Yo-yo": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Big Fish": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Thalia Schramm directs this professional theater company in Andrew Lippa and John August's 2013 Broadway musical based on Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel by way of the 2003 Tim Burton film adaptation that August scripted. A man explores the truths behind his father's tall tales of encountering a witch, a giant, a mermaid, and the love of his life. The score draws on the idioms of both Broadway and country music. Stars David Moan, Emmi Bills, and Billy Eric Robinson.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Falsettos": Horizon Performing Arts.

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Apr. 26-29. Reilly Conlin directs local actors in William Finn and James Lapine's 1992 Tony-winning musical, a mixture of comedy and pathos exploring changes in the tenor of gay life brought about by the arrival of AIDS. The play is actually a melding of two earlier works: "March of the Falsettos," a 1981 farce about a merry-go-round of relationships begun when a man leaves his wife and son for a male lover, and "Falsettoland," a 1991 play about the lives of the same group of characters when one of the men is diagnosed with AIDS.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $15 in advance at horizon.booktix.com & at the door. 544-8703. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Living the Kingdom of Heaven Within Us": First Church of Christ, Scientist.

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Talk by José de Dios Mata, a Christian Science healing practitioner and teacher who divides his time between Badajoz, Spain and St. Louis, IL.
2 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 662-1694.


 2, 4:30, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"You Were Never Really Here": State Theatre.

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(Lynne Ramsay, 2018). Thriller about a veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who tracks missing girls and stumbles upon a dangerous conspiracy.
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.


 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]


 3-5 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 & 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]


 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! 

"The Book of Ann Arbor": Nicola's Books.

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Ann Arbor District Library communications & marketing manager Richard Retyi discusses and reads from his book, a collection of 41 stories highlighting colorful moments in local history that's one of the inaugural releases of the AADL Fifth Avenue Press. Part of Independent Bookstore Day, which features treats, giveaways, and surprises throughout the day.
4 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 5-10 p.m. 

"Parents Night Out: Stories of the Sky": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Kids in grades K-6 invited to learn the science behind telescopes while studying constellations and planets. PB&J or turkey sandwich and a popcorn snack. Activities held outdoors as much as possible, so kids should come dressed for the weather.
5-10 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $30 (members, $25) per child. Preregistration required for dinner by noon on Apr. 25. 997-1553. [map]


 5 p.m. 

"Strung Together in Hope": Community Music School of Ann Arbor.

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Young local musicians are joined by the Ann Arbor Camerata in a program highlighted by Thomas Tallis's Spem in Alium, a 40-part Renaissance motet centered around the theme of hope. Also, works by Bach, Vivaldi, and Samuel Coleridge Taylor. The program begins with an English tea including scones, quiche, English sandwiches, sweets, and more.
5 p.m. (concert begins at 7 p.m.), St. Andrew's Parish Hall, 306 Division. $125 (VIP seating, $150) in advance at https://donate.keela.co/community-music-school-of-ann-arbor/april-28th-reception. Concert only, $20 (students, $10) in advance at https://donate.keela.co/community-music-school-of-ann-arbor/concert-ann-arbor-camerata. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Candlelight Dinner Concert with Jill Jack": Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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This will be an up close and personal evening with Detroit's own Jill Jack! Jill Jack's magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She's been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she's won 40 Detroit Music Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Much of this provincial success is due to her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting. It's simply called connecting, and it's the bounty of a true songwriter open to all of life: her own defeats, victories, hopes dashed, dreams fulfilled, her muse, her loneliness, her misplaced love and her romantic successes. Just 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. $35 per person includes dinner and show.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35 pp for dinner and show. 5175228167. dlbarber1@aol.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]



 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Knits & Crochets.

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All invited for informal socializing and to share tips while working on their projects.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room (if available), 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. To confirm location, contact Mary Budzinski at marybudz@me.com or 846-3826. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Coming Home: A Night of Storytelling to Open Hearts & Minds": Zen Buddhist Temple of Ann Arbor.

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All invited for an evening of live storytelling by Zen Buddhist seminary student Gakwang Robby Griswold, local poet-storyteller Jill Halpern, Chicago Zen Buddhist Temple children's service leader Sandong Kurt Iselt, U-M history professor Eric C. Rath, and social justice advocates Lori Watanabe Saginaw and Roopal Shah. Refreshments. Program opens with a performance by master drummer Sai Michael Weiss. Fundraiser for construction of a new building for the Zen Buddhist community.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard at Wells. Tickets $10-$50 by phone. 761-6520. [map]


 6:45 & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

A2 Jazz Fest Spring Series: Tim Flood Quartet wsg So Fly Zone: LIVE Night Club.

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The first concert in the A2 JAZZ FEST 2018 Spring Series will feature the Tim Flood Quartet with Justin Walter (trumpet), Tim Haldeman (saxophone), Nick Collins (drums) and Tim Flood (acoustic bass).
Opening group from Community High: "So Fly Zone"featuring Jake Lee (trumpet), Danny Freiband (guitar), Aris Chalin (piano), Harry Croley (bass) and Mason Cox (drums).
LIVE Nightclub, 102 South 1st Avenue. Free. (734) 623-1443. [map]



 7 p.m. 

"Steel Magnolias": Dexter Community Players.

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Apr. 27-29. Dick Danner directs local actors in a dinner theater production of Robert Harling's loving and beloved portrait of eccentricity in the small-town South. Set in a home-based beauty parlor in Chinquapin, Louisiana, the play celebrates the strength of 6 humorous and individualistic women who share light moments and pull together when tragedy strikes.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Columbus Hall, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Tickets $39 (students & seniors, $36); includes dinner, dessert, & beverages. Reservations required. dextercommunityplayers.org, 726-0355. [map]


 7:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Lean on Pete": Michigan Theater.

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(Andrew Haigh, 2018). Drama about a teenager who befriends an aging racehorse. Chloė Sevigny, Steve Buscemi.
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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"A Night of Comedy": Zal Gaz Grotto.

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Standup by comics Melanie Hearn, Samantha Rager, Bret Hayden, Cory Barnes, and Steve Hansen. Host is David Otis Van.
7:30 p.m., Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium. $10 admission. (313) 790-9046. [map]



On March 31, 2018, eric bettner wrote:
A night of laughs and entertainment by area comics supporting Ann Arbors Zal Gaz Grotto Club. Full service bar. The kitchen will be featuring our Monday night menu.


 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Final Portait": Michigan Theater.

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(Stanley Tucci, 2017). Biopic about the unlikely friendship between Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti and American art enthusiast James Lord, who sits for a portrait with Giacometti and learns about the beauty, frustration, and chaos of the artistic process. Armie Hammer, Geoffrey Rush.
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]


 7:30 p.m. 

Unveiled Dance.

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Family-friendly performance by this local belly dance company. Also, live music by the local Out Loud Chorus and Detroit psychedelic bluegrass trio The Clapsaddles. Proceeds benefit Growing Hope.
7:30 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Tickets $10 suggested donation. unveiled.company@gmail.com, 972-4670. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"In the Heights": Pioneer High School Theater Guild.

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Apr. 21, 22, & 27-29. Students perform Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes's musical about 3 days in the life of people living in NYC's Hispanic-American Washington Heights neighborhood. The score draws on hip-hop, salsa, and merengue.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com and at the door. ptguild.org; 994-2120, ext. 38527. [map]




 7:30 p.m. 

"The Tell-Tale Farce": Huron High School Players.

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Apr. 21, 22, 28, & 29. Students perform Don Zolidis's 2014 comedy that imagines Edgar Allan Poe's mailman posing as Poe to woo the niece of a wealthy dowager who's commissioned Poe to write her a poem. Cast: Samuel Klinich, Kenton Bennet-Wahlman, Miguel Cisneros, Aidan Davis, Ian Masson, Claire Brinley, Kaye Hoffmeyer, Mary Collins, and Lucy Brabbs.
7:30 p.m., Huron High Ingram Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $8 (tentative). huronplayerstheater@gmail.com, 994-2040. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Danilo Brito & Joćo Luiz: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Mandolinist Brito is known for his performances of choro, the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music. Luiz is a member of the Brasil Guitar Duo, known internationally for its performances of European classical and Brazilian music. Together they present a program that examines the evolution of postcolonial Brazilian music that includes some works composed for this tour.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Heywood Banks: The Ark.

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Heywood Banks is the stage name of Howell native Stuart Mitchell, a very animated comedian known for his silly musical spoofs, goofy prop humor, and sight gags. Since adopting the nerdy, quietly psychotic Banks persona in the mid-80s, he has risen from a regional favorite to a national star. A longtime local favorite--he even played a few shows at Rick's American Cafe before becoming a Thanksgiving weekend mainstay at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Matt McClowry: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 26-28. This Dearborn native is known for his self-deprecating autobiographical observational humor made piquant by an undercurrent of Jobian bewilderment. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"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 showclix.com/event/gruesome & at the door. 203-0556. [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 39 Steps": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Apr. 20-29. Ethan Gibney directs this local troupe in Patrick Barlow's 2005 farce, a spoof of Hitchcock's 1935 mistaken-identity thriller, set in London, featuring a bored-with-life playboy who unexpectedly finds himself involved in risky espionage. The action is an almost continuous series of quick-changes, as 4 actors play a multitude of parts. Cast: Daniel Bizer-Cox, Isaac Ellis, Dory Mead, & Maegan Murphy.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline. Tickets $15 (students with ID, $5) in advance via email to BTEreservations@gmail.com and by calling 926-5376, and at the door. btensemble.org. [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]




 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Dacia Bridges

German R&B-favored pop-rock singer-songwriter who's currently a Kalamazoo Valley CC student. With percussionist Carolyn Koebel. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Nadim Azzam

Local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter whose new EP, Here's To Changes Vol. 1, is a collection of songs about love and loneliness he wrote as a troubled teen. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Painted Shapes

Detroit indie rock band. Opening acts are The Pandys, a Detroit-area postpunk rock 'n' roll band, and Windan Waves, the stage name of local singer-songwriter Matthew Modlinski. $7 (age 20 & under, $10). [venue info]

Club Above: "Indie Rock Showcase."

Bands TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Charlie Mosbrook

Popular Cleveland pop-folk singer-songwriter who accompanies himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo, and assorted other instruments. [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: The Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by Canas, a young blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Persuasion

Versatile Detroit R&B dance band. [venue info]

Live: A2 Jazz Fest Spring Series A2 Jazz Fest Spring Series

The 1st concert in the A2 Jazz Fest Spring Series features the Tim Flood Quartet with Justin Walter (trumpet), Tim Haldeman (saxophone), Nick Collins (drums) and Tim Flood (acoustic bass). Opening: the Community High ensemble So Fly Zone, featuring Jake Lee (trumpet), Danny Freiband (guitar), Aris Chalin (piano), Harry Croley (bass) and Mason Cox (drums). [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

Local pop-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Invasion The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer-guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Tracy Kash & Pat Shanley

Jazz standards by the Detroit duo of vocalist Kash and guitarist Shanley. [venue info]

 
 


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