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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 3, 2018






 
Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 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 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Horse Shows: Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan.

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May 2-6, 9-13, & 16-20. English riding and jumping competitions at the state level. Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn at Katz, Grass Lake. Free. (561) 723-6287. [map]


 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Mar. 29-May 24. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.


 8:15-9 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! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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A slow/moderate-paced ride, down Newport to Huron River Dr. and up Maple to destinations determined by the riders.
9 a.m., Bird Hills parking lot, 1951 Newport, 996-8440. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less-traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.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.


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Faces of Addiction": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 19-May 24. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. Apr. 19: U-M psychiatry professor Kirk Brower on "Addiction: Definition, Causes, and Treatment Overview." Apr. 26: U-M surgery professor Jennifer Filip Waljee on "Opioids in America: The Role of Surgery." May 3: U-M anesthesiology professor Daniel Clauw on "Managing Chronic Pain Without Opioids." May 10: Washtenaw County Juvenile drug court treatment clinician Joshua Meisler on "Treating Court-Involved Adolescent Substance Users: Challenges and Opportunities." May 17: U-M Dearborn Criminology and Criminal Justice Program director Donald Shelton on "Criminal Sentencing and Casualties of the War on Drugs." May 24: recently retired Growth Works executive director Dale Yagiela on "Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment."
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"School of Inner Cultivation and Healing": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Students Practice SUN SHEN Healing System

Tai-Chi Master Sang Kim is teaching the SUN SHEN Internal Cultivation and Healing System in an intimate hands-on format. This System is an integrated approach which incorporates Spiritual Counseling, Tai-Chi and energy cultivation and healing to resolve physical, emotional and spiritual problems. Students have the opportunity to be professionally certified in this comprehensive, effective healing modality. More importantly, this class is designed to support life changing personal transformations. Students report more passion and peace from resolving issues in their schedules, relationships, and more. Weekly support from the community of students, and giving and receiving healing work provides an incubator for growth. The influence of this lineage Healing System is vast and deep. Course enrollment is offered on an ongoing basis. Course schedule: Thursdays 10:30-12:30pm and Fridays 3:15-5:30pm. Please contact Pastor Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or pastorneuhau@sunshen.org for more information
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $300/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). Space limited; preregistration recommended at hshv.org/littlepaws. 661-3575. [map]


 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. 

"Body Rehab": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Prevents injuries by strengthening and elasticizing the most susceptible joints in your body. This class is performed using rehab exercises and stretches.
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]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. May 3: Gypsy jazz by the local guitar duo Harrington-Brown. May 10: Piano jazz by the Bob Sweet Trio. May 17: Paper Petaler (Dearborn) owner Marie Otto leads attendees in a paper succulent craft activity. May 24: Chamber music by U-M Life Sciences Orchestra ensembles. May 31: Local singer-songwriter Mary Collins.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Story Time: Domino's Petting Farm.

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Farm staffers read stories to kids ages 1-5, accompanied by a parent.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Farm, 3001 Earhart Rd. All events free with admission ($6; seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. A current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey. Vegetarian lunch ($3/person, $5 for nonseniors) available at noon.
1-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.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.


 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"How to set the digital strategy for your small business": Fierce Digital, LLC.

  community member   < less Fierce Digital, LLC

Website user experience, email campaigns, social media interactions, marketplace sales, online advertising - all the components of your digital strategy must work together to minimize your spend, increase your ROI and create better visibility for your brand in your target market. In this consultant led workshop, we will learn about and create a marketing strategy for your business to help you get more revenue. The meetup will be held in the community room of the Bank of Ann Arbor. Please bring your laptop. Meeting structure as follows:
2:30-3:30 PM Digital strategy staples and common mistakes
3:30-4:30 PM application of this strategy for your business - workshop
YOU MUST register here to attend: https://fiercedigital.net/small-business-classes
Bank of Ann Arbor, 2601 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Free. Preregistration required. 734-239-3425. rita@fiercedigital.net https://fiercedigital.net/small-business-classes [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, 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. ChloŽ 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]


 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

"Mixed Aerial Apparatus for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to explore the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Class is divided into two groups (ages 8-12 and 13-17) with an instructor leading each group. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. New students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!
This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to class
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [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.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Nailing the Pitch: The Keys to Presence": Ann Arbor Area SCORE.

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On the quest for funding or closing the big one? You need more then technical knowledge--you need presence and bearing. This workshop discusses and helps you put into practice the essential elements of presence and bearing, the importance of your brand, passion, body language, and demonstrating you are the message and living it!
Register at
https://annarborarea.score.org/event/nailing-pitch-keys-presence
Ann Arbor Public Library Downtown, 343 South Fifth Ave. - third floor. Free. annarborscore@scorevolunteer.org https://annarborarea.score.org [map]



 6-7 p.m. 

"Vinyasa Flow Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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In Vinyasa flow, you will be focusing on linking your breath with movement in order to create a dynamic flow of postures. Are you experienced or looking for a challenge, Vinyasa Flow may be the class for you! (This is not one of our Yoga classes for beginners).
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. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 6 p.m. 

"PJ Masks: Time to Be a Hero": EMU Convocation Center.

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Live stage version of this Disney Junior cartoon about 3 normal 7-year-olds who become masked crime-fighting superheroes at night.
EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. $29-$99 in advance at emutix.com and at the door. 487-2282. [map]


 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Social Anxiety in Teens": Chelsea District Library.

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Talk by Thriving Minds Family Services clinical psychologist Aimee Kotrba.
6-7 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Gravel Grinder": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Slow/moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads to various destinations. Bring a cross, mountain, or hybrid bike. Headlights & taillights necessary for early spring rides.
6:15 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Exotic Zoo": Saline District Library.

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Display of a live kangaroo, a lemur, a giant tortoise, and other exotic animals. For kids age 3 & up, accompanied by an adult.
6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

  community member   < less multiple smiling students climb multiple poles

Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids & Guns: Prevention Strategies": St. James Episcopal Church Coffee & Conversation.

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Talk by U-M public health professor Marc Zimmerman and U-M emergency medicine professor Patrick Carter. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing. Light refreshments. Q&A.
7 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 3279 Broad St., Dexter. Free. 426-8247. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Bible Study: Church of the Nazarene.

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This is an on-going Adult Bible Study. We are comparing the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Why did Matthew describe an event one way while Luke described it a little differently? Come join us each or any Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Brewed Awakenings Cafe, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. (734) 429-3703. fleming6175@frontier.com [map]


 7 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.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Class: Sun Shen.

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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.  Free! 

Emily Strelow: Literati Bookstore.

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This local writer and naturalist, born and raised in Oregon, reads from The Wild Birds, her debut novel that revolves around 3 characters: a 19th-century girl who disguises herself as a boy and works as a lighthouse keeper's assistant on the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco, a 20th-century nomad who scours the Sierras for a refuge, and a present-day teen living with her hardscrabble mother in small-town Oregon. Signing. Strelow also offers an intro to birding in Michigan on May 17 (see listing).
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 12 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$20 covers the workbook for the entire 12 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, 48103. $20. 734-761-5669. frontdesk@knoxannarbor.org https://knoxannarbor.org/home/grow-connect/care/grief-support/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Froghaven Lapidary (South Lyon) owner David Grimes discusses faceting and lapidary materials.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Terrarium Workshop: University Flower Shop.

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Bring the outside in at our upcoming terrarium workshop! Easy to care for, these make great gifts! Workshop admission includes 6 succulents, stones, soil, moss, guided instruction and light refreshments. Bring your own vessel or we'll provide one. Recommended container size: 6x6"
UFS is located at 7 Nickels Arcade Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Please note there is free street parking available after 6pm and paid parking available in the garage off Maynard St.
At UFS, we strive to be a welcoming, safe and inclusive space for all. Unfortunetly, due to the historical design of Nickel's Arcade, our restroom is not wheelchair accessible. Please contact us via mailing@uniflowershop.com or (734) 665-6037 if we can make your experience more comfortable. We will do our best to accommodate you!
University Flower Shop, 7 Nickels Arcade. $40-$60. (734) 665-6037. mailing@uniflowershop.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/terrarium-workshop-tickets-43941301616 [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to the History of Taiwan": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by local Michigan Taiwanese American Organization member Amy Seetoo.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m. 

"Much Ado About Nothing": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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May 3-6. Elizabeth Champion directs students in Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple's love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. The play is best known for its charged sexual banter and for the penetrating wit and often dark cast of its humor.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter Community Schools Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. $12 (students & seniors, $10). 424-4240. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing: Glitter Slime": Chelsea District Library.

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Craft project for teens in grades 6-12.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"West African Kora Music": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Asheville-based musician Sean Gaskell performs traditional West African music on the kora, a 21-string harp he encountered on visits to Gambia.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Writing Your Story Through (Ice Cream!) Flavors": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ypsilanti-based Go! Ice Cream owners Rob Hess and Lara Zielin discuss the inspiration behind their ice cream flavors and help participants tell their own food memoir using flavors. Participants also make their own ice cream creation.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 7:30-8:30 p.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]



 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Happy Birthday Dear Alice": Mind the Gap Lux.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., May 3-20. Experienced area actors perform prominent Irish playwright Bernard Farrell's touching 1997 comedy about Alice and Jimmy, good friends who've lived next to each other for decades in their small Irish village. When Alice's adult children want to put her in a nursing home, the 2 old friends engage in a hilarious battle of wills with the young people. Suitable for adults and older children. Stars Mind the Gap cofounders Adrian Diffey and Fran Potasnik, along with Ellen Finch, Eric Niece, Steve White, and Hannah Niece. The group, based in Luxembourg before relocating to Michigan in 2013, has also performed the play in Europe.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $18 (students, $12) in advance at artful.ly/theatre-nova/store/events. 635-8450. [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. 

Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller's Parlour Game: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Led by folk, rock, and jazz fiddle virtuoso Scheinman and energetic NYC-based drummer Miller, this quartet presents a program of original ballads and swing-infused pieces. With pianist Carmen Staaf and bassist Tony Scherr.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Tom Rush: The Ark.

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One of the seminal figures of the 60s folk boom, Rush made his mark as a convincing interpreter of other people's songs. His 1966 Elektra LP Take a Little Walk with Me was a key step in bridging the gap between folk and rock, with its revelatory covers of rock 'n' roll classics by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Buddy Holly. His next album, The Circle Game, introduced such previously unknown songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor, as well as superb originals like "No Regrets." Apart from his unimpeachable taste in material, Rush's main strength is his distinctive blues-derived vocal style, a ruggedly elegiac New Hampshire tenor that manages to project at once an inconsolable sense of loss and a resilient sense of humor. He recently released Voices, his 1st collection of all originals.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]



 
 
 

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Blind Pig: Caitlyn Smith Caitlyn Smith

Acclaimed young Minnesota-bred, Nashville-based Americana pop- rock singer-songwriter who's written hits for everyone from Meghan Trainor & John Legend to Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton. She recently released her debut Cd, Starfire. Opener: Andrea Davidson, a young pop singer-songwriter from Louisville. $12 ($18 at the door). [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Dickie D

Solo performance by local banjoist Rick Delcamp, a member of the popular local roots music sextet Dragon Wagon. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Slice

Veteran East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Live: Andy Adamson Quintet Andy Adamson Quintet

Jazz originals by keyboardist Adamson in styles ranging from traditional to modern electric jazz, along with some free improvisation. With saxophonist Dan Bennett, acoustic and electric bassist Brennan Andes, trumpeter Ross Huff, and drummer John Taylor. The band has a new CD, First Light. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Live: FUBAR FUBAR

6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup" and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or." 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Kari Holmes Band

Contemporary country-pop, along with classic country covers, by a band led by Nashville-based, Detroit-bred singer-songwriter Holmes. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

 
 


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