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Calendar of Events

Sunday, April 29, 2018






 
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 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 

38th Annual Classic Bicycle Show & Swap Meet.

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Show, swap, and sale featuring more than 10,000 classic, vintage, and collectible bikes. Awards for numerous categories, including the best bike from each decade 1930-1970. More than 250 vendors with bicycle parts, accessories, and memorabilia from every era. Door prizes, including at least 4 new collector bikes.
8 a.m.-3 p.m., Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $5 (kids age 9 & under, free). (248) 642-6639. [map]


 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 http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 10 a.m. 

"Free/Donation Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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This yoga class features our newest graduates of MTY. They will be teaching a Free/Donation Yoga class on Sundays from 10-11am. They will be alternating weeks, gaining experience teaching, and giving you exposure to these new teachers and their teaching styles. Please come to support them when you are able!
These classes are a combination of flow and holding postures. The studio will be heated between 80-85 degrees.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. 7347577213. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 10 a.m. - 10 p.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]



 10-11 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]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Lego Connection": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lego open play for kids in grades K-5 accompanied by an adult. Legos supplied.
10:30-11 a.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.-5 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]


 11 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]


 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. info@commoncycle.org www.commoncycle.org [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]


 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Bowling Pin Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot handguns at bowling pins and steel plates. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $5 per 20-shot round. 429-9561. [map]


 Noon-2 p.m. & 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Insect ID Day: Huron River Watershed Council.

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Identifying insects from the water ways can help us figure out what the water quality is within different sections of the Huron River Watershed.
Find out what kinds of bugs are in the Huron River. At ID day we separate bugs into groups that look-alike and then an expert will help you identify them. Once bugs are identified you can record the data and compare the results to last years and others. This identification process takes about two hours. (Each child must be accompanied by an adult.)
To sign up, click the link below.
Meet at the HRWC offices in the NEW Center, 1100 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, 48104. Free. Jason at jfrenzel@hrwc.org https://www.hrwc.org/volunteer/id-day/ [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Taubman College Commencement Ceremony 2018: The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Be present as the Dean, Program Chairs, and Faculty confer all Taubman College Bachelors, Masters, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
11:00am - Graduates should arrive to the steps of Hill Auditorium for a class photo
11:15am - Guests requiring disability seating may arrive early (please email Katee Cole if this applies to you or any of your guests)
11:30am - Doors open for guest seating
12:00pm - Graduate procession begins
2:00pm - Dean's Reception in Ingalls Mall (grove outside of Hill Auditorium)
TICKETS
Tickets are not required for the Taubman College ceremony on April 29.
PARKING
The gates to all structures on Central Campus will be open on Sunday, April 29. Parking enforcement to these structures will be suspended through Sunday evening. In addition, all University parking areas/surface lots on Central, North, and South Campuses will have suspended parking enforcement on Sunday, and guests will be welcome to park in any available unrestricted bl
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/04/29/taubman-college-commencement-ceremony-2018 [map]


 Noon-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]


 Noon 

"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]


 12:30 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). info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 12:45, 4, & 6:45 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]


 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 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]


 1-4 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]


 1-4 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.


 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]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Crochet Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of crochet with local crafter Beth Battey. No prior experience necessary. Materials provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [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]


 1-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"El Dia de los Niños y Libros": Ann Arbor District Library/Ypsilanti District Library.

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This family-oriented celebration of the traditional Latin American Children's Day features music, dancing, traditional treats, crafts, and more.
1-3:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. Free. 327-4200.


 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 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]


 1 p.m. 

"Kickstarter Success": Maker Works.

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Crowdfunding veteran Quentin Weir gives tips for successful crowdfunding campaigns.
1 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $5 (members, free). 222-4911. [map]


 1, 4:15, & 7 p.m. 

"Lean on Pete": Michigan Theater.

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(Andrew Haigh, 2018). Drama about a teenager who befriends an aging racehorse. Chloë 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]


 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 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. catherine@supportforgrowingfamilies.com www.SupportForGrowingFamilies.com [map]



 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Labyrinth": Fathom Events.

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Apr. 29 and May 1 & 2. (Jim Henson, 1986). Gothic fantasy that stars David Bowie as a goblin king who gives a teenager 13 hours to rescue her baby brother by solving a labyrinth full of Muppet monsters.
2 p.m. (Apr. 29) & 7 p.m. (May 1 & 2), Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. $11.50. 973-8424. [map]


 2pm - 4pm  Free! 

Insect ID Day: Huron River Watershed Council.

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Identifying insects from the water ways can help us figure out what the water quality is within different sections of the Huron River Watershed.
Find out what kinds of bugs are in the Huron River. At ID day we separate bugs into groups that look-alike and then an expert will help you identify them. Once bugs are identified you can record the data and compare the results to last years and others. This identification process takes about two hours. (Each child must be accompanied by an adult.)
To sign up, click the link below.
Meet at the HRWC offices in the NEW Center, 1100 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, 48104. Free. Jason at jfrenzel@hrwc.org https://www.hrwc.org/volunteer/id-day/ [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above": Ann Arbor District Library.

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(Po-lin Chi, 2013). Documentary chronicling the use of aerial photography in Taiwan to underscore the need for environmental reforms. After the screening, Sierra Club Michigan executive committee member Rita Mitchell and Ann Arbor City Councilman Jack Eaton outline local environmental initiatives.
2-4 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 2 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 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]




 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 purplerosetheatre.org 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. 

"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]


 2 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]


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



 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Wild Spring Bees": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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U-M ecology and evolutionary biology grad student Gordon Fitch leads a hike to learn about native bees and their adaptations for unpredictable spring weather.
2-4 p.m., County Farm Park Pollinator Garden, 2230 Platt. Free. 971-6337. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Whimsey": Dexter Community Band.

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Bill Gourley directs this 85-member volunteer ensemble in some famously whimsical pieces, including Tchaikovsky's Capriccio Italien, the "Jupiter" suite from Holst's The Planets, themes from such cartoons as The Simpsons and The Flintstones, and mambo hits from Tito Puente and Pablo Beltrán Ruiz.
3 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 426-2734. [map]


 3-5 p.m. 

"Yoga 101: Breath, Bandhas, Drishti": FitPoint Ann Arbor.

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First in a series of three workshops with Carter that is designed for those who seek to build a strong foundation for their yoga practice. The knowledge you will obtain in these workshops will empower you to attend any class with confidence in your own ability. It will enable you to safely modify or expand your practice according to your own personal needs.
FitPoint, 250 W Eisenhower Pkwy Suite 130. $40 Members/ $50 Non-Members. 734.531.9958. info@fitpointa2.com FitPointA2.com [map]



 3 p.m.  Free! 

"An Easter Concert": St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

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Lucia Campbell conducts the adult and children's choirs in works by Beethoven, Handel and Vivaldi. With pianist Charles Berofsky.
3 p.m., St. Thomas, 530 Elizabeth. Free, but donations accepted. 761-8606. [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, 6:15, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"White Rabbit": Nicola's Books.

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L.A. writer Caleb Roehrig discusses his new young adult thriller about 16-year-old Rufus, who begrudgingly joins forces with his ex-boyfriend to help Rufus's sister when she's suspected of murder. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 3:15 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.


 3:15 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Oh Lucy!": Michigan Theater.

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(Atsuko Hirayanagi, 2018). Quirky comedy about a lonely Japanese woman whose life is changed after she enrolls in an unusual English class that requires her to wear a curly blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named "Lucy."
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]


 3:30, 6, & 8:15 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.


 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). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m. 

Vincent York's Jazzistry: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local veteran alto saxophonist and clarinetist York leads an ensemble of area jazz musicians in a program of jazz classics to celebrate International Jazz Day. The program includes refreshing interpretations of standards as well as originals by the band. With pianist Michael Malis, trumpeter Ingrid Racine, bassist Josef Deas, and drummer Jesse Kramer.
4 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20 & $25 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [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 showclix.com/event/gruesome & at the door. 203-0556. [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. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [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 afcannarbor.com 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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 5 p.m. 

Chair Yoga: Yoga Jule.

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Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga for all. We adapt hatha yoga poses to be done in a chair. The class provides muscle building, stretching, balancing and inner peace. Each session last 60 minutes. The first class is only $5! Yoga mat is not required.
Yoga Jule, 10123 Willis Road, Willis, MI 48191, Belleville. $5-12. yogajula@ymail.com www.yogajule.com [map]



 5:45 & 8:45 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]


 6-7 p.m. 

"Restorative Yin Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Designed to be stress relieving and focus specifically on restorative breathing, this class will help you sleep better and improve your overall flexibility. Restorative Yoga at Better Living Fitness in Ann Arbor is a great way to ease out of the weekend.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 6 p.m. 

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. sarah.aami@gmail.com
6 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. sarah.aami@gmail.com. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Restorative/Yin Yoga: Yoga Jule.

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Suitable for all fitness levels. This is a very gentle, rebalancing class. A yin sequence of postures designed to quiet the mind, balance energies and bring harmony to the body/mind/spirit are practiced with or without the use of props. Simple meditation, pranayama (breath work) and deep relaxation are explored. This a 60 minute class.
Yoga Jule, 10123 Willis Road, Willis, MI 48191, Ypsilanti. $5-$12. yogajula@ymail.com yogajule.com [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Capital City Brass Band: Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

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Jim Otto directs this Jackson-based ensemble in an eclectic mix of marches, hymns, jazz, and show tunes.
7 p.m., FUMC, 128 Park, Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [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. sophiatango.com, 634-9629. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Jimmy Webb: The Ark.

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Celebrated singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by almost every pop singer of note for the past 40 years, including such iconic hits as "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Up, Up and Away," "MacArthur Park."
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $26-$46 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) 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. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [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]


 8-10 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

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

Bel-Mark Lanes: II-V-I Orchestra

Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late 1930s swing and 1940s R&B. 6-8 p.m. [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: Matt Watroba

A longtime former WDET host, Watroba is a popular folksinger whose repertoire features a blend of lyrical songs and poignant ballads, including several originals. He sings in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations. [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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