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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, May 1, 2018






 
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 6 a.m.  Free! 

41st Annual May Day Celebration: Ann Arbor Morris.

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All invited to celebrate this traditional holiday with singing and boisterous traditional English dances.
6-7 a.m., U-M Nichols Arboretum (meet at the lookout above the main valley near Geddes Rd. gate). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1659.


 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Master Kim Instructs Senior Student

Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 8:15 a.m. 

"CVT": Better Living Fitness Center.

  community member   < less Better Living Fitness: Personal Training That Works

This total body class is made to get your heart rate up while strengthening your muscles in an interval timed format. Perfect for all fitness levels!
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.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"A2 Early Morning Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Pace & destination TBA.
9 a.m., meet at Bird Hills Park parking lot, 1900 Newport Rd Free. 996-8440. [map]


 9:30 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]


 10 a.m.-11 a.m.  Free! 

Playgroups for Babies: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except May 28. Downtown.

Tue. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon., 11-11:30 a.m. except May 28. Westgate.

Tue., 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed., 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. except June 19. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Silver Sneakers Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Better SilverSneakers Yoga helps you move your body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is used to perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement!
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 for SilverSneakers Ann Arbor members, $5/class for Better Living members who aren't SilverSneakers members/$10 walk in. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Voices Valiant (U-M School of Music).

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Every Tues. All age 50 & over invited to join this choir. No experience necessary.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Liberty School Band Room, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free for visitors ($112 per cycle membership dues). 936-2660. [map]


 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Adults Tuesday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Tues. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($3), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar, followed at 1 p.m. by mah-jongg, quilting, and other games & activities. Homemade buffet luncheon ($3) available at noon. All invited.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Story Time: Nicola's Books.

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In honor of Children's Book Week. Nicola's also sponsors a "Clifford Story Time" at 11 a.m. on May 5 with an appearance by the beloved Big Red Dog (parents encouraged to bring cameras).
Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Does Enhancing Individual Choice and Control Promote Freedom? Challenges in Contemporary Bioethics": U-M Bishop Lecture in Bioethics.

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Talk by University of California bioethics professor Barbara Koenig. Part of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine Research Colloquium (8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.).
11:15 a.m., Michigan League Henderson Rm. Free; preregistration requested at cbssm.med.umich.edu. kryanz@umich.edu. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

"Floral Design": Chelsea Senior Center.

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Chelsea Village Flowers owner Jenny Bollinger gives a hands-on demo on floral arranging. Materials provided, bring your own scissors or stem cutters, if you like.
12:30 p.m., CSC, 512 Washington, Chelsea. $30. 475-9242. [map]


 1:15-2:45 p.m. 

"Basics of Retirement Investing: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Here is an opportunity to learn the basics of investments including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and more. You will learn your personal risk tolerance and apply it to an asset allocation model. We will de-mystify the marČkets and learn how to create and re-balance a portfolio.
John Sepp is a veteran of the securities industry. He is employed by Parkland Securities, LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC. (Required regulatory disclosure, no products will be offered or sold at the class).
This study group for those 50 and over will be held on Tuesdays from May 1 to May 15.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $20. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]


 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, book study and TOEFL prep groups for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Anime Afternoons": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to watch new and classic anime shows. Sushi.
3 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 3:45, 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]


 4 p.m. 

"First Tuesday Lego Club": Dexter District Library.

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All kids age 4 and up invited to make Lego creations.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 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.


 4, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Lean on Pete": Michigan Theater.

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


 4:15 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.


 4:15, 7, & 9:30 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]


 4:30, 7:15, & 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]


 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.


 5:45 p.m. 

"Strength & Tone": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Are you looking to put on muscle or improve tone? Strength and Tone is the class for you! Become stronger, leaner and more toned in this fun 45 minutes strength training class.
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]


 6 p.m. 

2018 Annual Dinner: Friends in Deed Fundraiser.

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Dinner, drinks, silent auction, and entertainment TBA to benefit this nonprofit that helps low-income families with utilities, furniture, and cars.
6 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $75 (couples, $140) in advance at friendsindeedmi.org/dinner & by phone. 485-7658. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

K-2 Open House: Clonlara School.

  community member   < less Clonlara School's K-2 Open House

K-2 Open House, Tues., May 1, 6:00-7:30 PM. Meet our K-2 teacher and tour our school! Activities and snacks provided. Short presentation and Q&A at 6:15 PM. RSVP appreciated: www.clonlara.org/k-2
Clonlara's K-2 program builds on young students' curiosity for learning by emphasizing the importance of PLAY in addition to core academics. Everyday we bring enjoyment, wonder, and discovery into our classrooms to help our students build a strong foundation for lifelong learning.
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-769-4511. info@clonlara.org www.clonlara.org/k-2 [map]



 6 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.


 6 p.m. 

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.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Women": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back.
6 p.m., meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-0240.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Tuesday Evening Birders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Tues. WAS members lead evening walks at various local birding sites. Bring binoculars and (if you have one) a scope.
6 p.m., usually carpool from the Miller Rd. Park & Ride off M-14 ( the Plymouth Rd. Park & Ride on May 15). Free. Anyone under 18 not accompanied by an adult relative or legal guardian must have a completed parental consent form (available at tinyurl.com/y9c34xl6). 668-2513.


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6-9 p.m., call for location. Free, $2 monthly dues. meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/, 945-3035.


 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Ten Spices Tasting": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Marika de Vienne, general manager of the Montreal-based tea and spice company ╔pices de Cru, discusses the history and offers taste samples of fennel, cumin, the Ethiopian spice mix berbere, and 7 other spices.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's, 422 Detroit St. $40. 663-3400. [map]


 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]


 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Class: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Practicing the Basic Tai-Chi Form

In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. Open to all age 18 & over. No partner needed. Cash prize for 1st-3rd places.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. kari.thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). singwithus.org 612-7580. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Weike Wang: Literati Bookstore.

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This NYC writer (who earned a chemistry degree from Harvard) reads from Chemistry, her 2017 semiautobiographical debut novel about a Chinese American chemistry grad student wracked with ambivalence. "Chemistry starts as a charming confection and then proceeds to add on layers of emotional depth and complexity with every page," says writer Ann Patchett. The reading is followed by a discussion between Wang and local writer Lillian Li. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Community Sing": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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June 5 & 19. All invited to join this bi-monthly gathering to sing songs from the various branches of American folk music.
7-8:30 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. 794-6250. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do": Dawn Farm.

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"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a FREE, ongoing 2-part series presented on the 1st (part 1) and 2nd (part 2) Tuesdays of October, November, and January - June. Part 1 provides information on how to understand and recognize adolescent substance use. Part 2 has break-out sessions for adults on effective strategies to help when adolescent substance use is suspected, and for teens to explore the personal effects of substance use. Part 2 ends for adults and teens with a talk by a young person in recovery. The series is presented by Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services, and co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, WISD/LESA Health Educators' Learning Network (supporting and advocating for Whole School, Whole Community, and the Whole Child Approach-WSCC,) St. Joseph Mercy Greenbrook Recovery Center and the Ann Arbor Public Schools. The series is inclusive of parents/guardians, teens, other family members, professionals and students - all are welcome. Registration is not required.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Exhibition Room classroom, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://dawnfarm.org/programs/teens-using-drugs [map]



 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Reading Glasses Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss books by contemporary writers, including quirky fiction and strange but true nonfiction. Copies of the books available at the CDL.

Apr. 3: Born a Crime, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah's memoir of growing up in South Africa during and immediately after apartheid.

May 1: The Other Einstein, Marie Benedict's novel about Einstein's unhappy 1st marriage to Serbian mathematician Mileva Marić told from her POV.

Jun. 5: TBA.
7:30-9 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, ste. 100, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Readers Group: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion, in Spanish, of El T˙nel, Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato's 1948 novel about a painter obsessed with a married woman.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7:30-9 p.m. 

The Moth Storyslam: Michigan Radio.

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May 1 & 15. Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Each month 10 storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on the monthly theme. May themes: "Falling" (May 1) & "Hair" (May 15). The 3-person judging teams are recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Space limited, so it's smart to arrive early.
7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6 p.m.), Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $8. 764-5118. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Spiritual Impact of Agriculture and the Social Life": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Panel discussion about this form of sustainable farming based on Rudolf Steiner's teachings with 3 members of the Community Farm of Ann Arbor: Petar Simic, Aquillon, and Marly Spieser-Schneider.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497, (517) 927-3696. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 p.m. 

The Suffers: The Ark.

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Houston-based 10-piece R&B, soul, and rock 'n' soul band. "With its buttery horn arrangements, funky guitar licks, and lead singer Kam Franklin's bubbly vocals, Make Some Room … sounds like it stepped straight out of the 70s soul-pop movement that produced Honey Cone," says Entertainment Weekly in its review of the band's debut CD.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Opera on Tap.

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Local singers perform arias and art songs that address this month's theme, "Even Divas Have Mothers."
8:30-10 p.m. (seating begins at 6:30 p.m.), Sidetrack Bar & Grill, 56 E. Cross, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted (buy your own food). Reservations required (call between 10 a.m. & 8 p.m.). 483-5230. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: The Happy Fits

New Jersey indie rock trio. Openers: the local rock quartet The Kelseys, the local funk-rock quintet After Hours Radio, and Fangs & Twang, an Ypsilanti trio from Black Jake & the Carnies that plays twangy, high-energy country rock, with songs about vampires, mummies, and other fantastical creatures. $5-$8. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Open Mike Talent Night."

Open mike for musicians, poets, storytellers, and other performers. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. Photo: Myra Klarman. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Songwriters Open Mike"

All songwriters invited. Hosted by Jim Novak. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh-minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. His latest CD, Big Car Town, is a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

 
 


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