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Calendar of Events

Sunday, May 6, 2018






 
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 7:45-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Hudson Mills Metropark Migrants": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS member Karen Markey leads a hike through the park to look for cuckoos, woodpeckers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and other spring migrants.
7:45-11 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Free. $10 vehicle entry fee. Washtenawaudubon.org. [map]


 7:45-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Hudson Mills Metropark Migrants": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS member Karen Markey leads a hike through the park to look for cuckoos, woodpeckers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and other spring migrants.
7:45-11 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Free. $10 vehicle entry fee. Washtenawaudubon.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]


 8:30-9:30 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]



 8:30 a.m. 

40th Annual Burns Park Run: Burns Park Elementary School PTO.

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Around 1,300 people ages 5-90 attend this popular family affair. This year's event offers 5-km and 10-km chip-timed races and a 5-km walk along beautiful tree-lined streets, as well as a half-mile kid-popular "fun run" ($5) around the park. Awards for overall male & female winners in both races, male & female masters, male & female grand masters, male & female top 3 per age group, all finishers in grades K-12 and the fun run, and the top 5 adult walkers. Proceeds benefit Burns Park PTO programs. T-shirts & running caps available.
8:30 a.m. (5-km run & walk), 8:40 a.m. (10-km run), & 10 a.m. (fun run), Burns Park, 1700 Wells. $27 (late registration after noon on May 4, $32) in advance at runsignup.com/Race/MI/AnnArbor/burnsparkrun. racedirectors@burnsparkrun.org. [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

39th Annual Show 'n' Shine Car Show: Ypsilanti Area Street Rods.

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Dozens of slick street rods, sleek muscle cars, and elegant antique autos. Also, muffler rapping contests (if there are enough participants), in which parked street rodders stomp on the gas to see whose engine is most deafening. Games, prizes, a DJ, food vendors, and a swap meet. No boom boxes, alcohol, bicycles, or animals. Preceded on May 5 by a kickoff party (3-6 p.m.) at Bobby McShane's Irish Pub in Belleville. Proceeds benefit a charity TBA.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Riverside Park near Depot Town, Ypsilanti. $2 donation ($20 to show a car). 485-7025, 787-0764.


 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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May 5, 6, 12, & 19. 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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May 5: Lakewood Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Lakewood Elementary School parking lot, 344 Gralake) to help remove invasive garlic mustard & dame's rocket.

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May 5: Dolph Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Wagner Rd. between Liberty & Jackson) to remove invasive species from this premier birding spot for spring migrants.

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May 5: Folkstone Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance at the north end of Folkstone Ct. off Larchmont from Green Rd., north of Glazier Way) to remove invasive plants from this mature oak-hickory forest.

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May 6: Oakridge Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, U-M parking lot, Glazier Way at Huron Pkwy.) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and other spring invasives in this fen and oak-hickory woods that harbors more than 100 native plant species.

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May 6: Furstenberg Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to help maintain native species in honor of National Public Gardens Day in the Native Garden and to pull invasive species in the park's oak-savanna.

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May 12: Sunset Brooks Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance on Sunset at Brooks) to remove invasives from this 8-acre oak-hickory woodland.

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May 12: Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance at Beechwood off of Sunset) to remove the stubbornly pervasive garlic mustard.

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May 12: Bluffs Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Sunset near Wildt) to remove invasive plants to improve the prairie ecosystem of the 39-acre park.

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May 19: "20th Annual Garlic Mustard Weed Out Day" (9 a.m.-noon) in several parks, including Huron Hills Golf Course Woods (meet at Hunting Valley off Provincial Dr.), White Oak Park (meet at the White Oak Dr. entrance, west off Newport), Hannah Nature Area (meet at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller), Black Pond Woods Nature Area (meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.), Huron Parkway Nature Area (meet at the park steward's house at 3470 Woodland Rd. off E. Huron River Dr.), and Argo Nature Area (meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.).

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 10 a.m. 

Running Start Workshops: Running Start.

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



 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. & Sun. (10-11 a.m.), except May 13, 20, & 27: All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. May 2: "Terrific Trees." May 6 & 9: "Secretive Salamanders." May 16: "Wondrous Wildflowers." May 23: "Squirrels."
LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon & 2:30-4 p.m. 

"Death and Dying in the Tibetan Tradition": Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Choling.

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Lama Kathy Wesley of the Columbus, OH, KTC, will teach on how to prepare for death mindfully.
Classic Tibetan texts present the dying process as a journey of letting go, and of awakening the mind and heart. This workshop will cover Tibetan teachings on the phases of death; how to train one's mind in the preparation for death; and how to attend and offer comfort to those who are facing change, loss, death and grief. The program will include lectures, question and answer periods, and short sessions of meditation.
Lama Kathy has been teaching meditation and Buddhism for almost 40 years. She teaches frequently at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock, NY, as well as many other centers around the country. More information is available at her website, lamakathy.net.
Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Choling, 614 Miner St. Donation. $45/day. 734-678-7549. nburks.61053@yahoo.com annarborktc.org [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. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, with artist demos including a garden trellis made out of Michigan white oak (May 6, noon-3 p.m.) and a stringed folk instrument made from scrap materials (May 20, noon-3 p.m.). May 27 is Flower Day, with sales of flowers, plants, bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, as well as live music, food trucks, advice from master gardeners, and backyard beekeeping tips.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.


 Noon-2 p.m. 

"Comparative Cupping": Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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Zingerman's Coffee staff offer taste samples of coffees from around the world using the tools and techniques of professional tasters.
Noon-2 p.m., Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. Reservations required. 929-6060. [map]


 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Spring Fling": Cobblestone Farm Association.

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Tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse led by costumed volunteers, who depict mid-19th-century farm routines and preparations for spring, including butter churning, needlework, woodstove cooking, and some hands-on activities. Also, resident goats, sheep, ducks, and chickens. Visitors can also play lawn games like stilts and hoops. Today's festival is also a celebration of the Stone School Cooperative Preschool's 60th anniversary.
Noon-4 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard (next to Buhr Park). $2 families, $5; seniors, $1.50; kids, $1; kids age 3 & under and members, free). 794-7120. [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]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Passport 2 Pittsfield Open House": PIttsfield Charter Township.

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Passport 2 Pittsfield is a FREE, Open House event. Everyone is invited to park at one of six Township facilities (Twp. Hall, Public Safety, Utilities, Fire Station, Community/Senior Center) and hop onto an AAATA bus to visit the other buildings and participate in family friendly activities. The event is a day for fun, discovery and creation. "In keeping with our vision to promote a sense of community, Pittsfield has established a tradition of using the P2P event as a way to engage with and learn from our residents," noted Supervisor Mandy Grewal. Visitors will receive a P2P passport, which they can have stamped as they visit various FREE activities such as a Pop-Up Farmers Market, Recycled Box City, Rec City, Police Cars, Fire Trucks, Field Office Touch-A-Truck, and More!
6201 W. Michigan Ave Ann Arbor MI 48108. Free. 734-822-3135. info@pittsfield-mi.gov pittsfield-mi.gov [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; 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]


 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 p.m.  Free! 

World Laughter Day Celebration: Ann Arbor Laughs.

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An hour of outdoor laughing exercises preceding the nearby Water Hill Music Festival (2-6 p.m.). In celebration of this national day associated with the laughter yoga movement.
1 p.m., West Park band shell near N. Seventh St. & Miller. Free. diane82103@yahoo.com, 368-5237.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Cougar!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show Harper the Cougar on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, activities every half hour and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, giant tortoises, kangaroos, 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]


 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": AADL Westgate.

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First Steps Washtenaw instructor Monica Higman leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 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. (May 6), AADL Pittsfield (May 13 & 27), & AADL Westgate (May 20). [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Passport 2 Pittsfield": Pittsfield Township.

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Open houses at various Township buildings highlighted by family-friendly activities, including a pop-up Farmers Market, photo booth, and a chance to make a "Recycled Box City" at the Township Hall (6201 W. Michigan), "Touch-a-Truck" activities at the Utilities Field Office (4467 Concourse), scavenger hunt at Lillie Park (4365 Platt), and more. Refreshments & giveaways. See pittsfield-mi.gov/p2p for full list of locations and activities.
1-4 p.m., various locations. Free. 822-3134.


 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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May 5 & 6. Science demonstrations and experiments involving spinning things.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Spring Fling Color Walk": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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A walk on the nature trail with 5 stations set up for participants to douse themselves in colored powder. T-shirts provided.
1-3 p.m., Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $6 (Preregistration required). $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

8th Annual Water Hill Music Fest.

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This neighborhood music festival, which draws thousands of visitors, features performances by more than 100 local musicians on front porches and in yards and driveways in the Water Hill neighborhood-so called because of its water-themed street names (Spring, Fountain, and Brooks). The musicians perform in various genres from classical to jazz to rock and past festivals have included everyone from veteran local singer-songwriter Dick Siegel to amateur family bands and young musicians. This year's musicians include a quintet led by veteran local singer-songwriter Khalid Hanifi, the vintage jazz band Front Porch Swing, Bach School Performers, melodic rock trio Jake Riley & the Social Workers, the Nintendoland Family Band (who play their own arrangements of video game music), the 10-piece alt-rock ensemble the Anabaptist Bestiary Band, and many others (full lineup TBA at waterhill.org). Programs available on the day of the event from volunteers on foot.
2-6 p.m., Water Hill neighborhood north of Miller bounded by Brooks, Sunset, and the train tracks. Free. info@waterhill.org.


 2 p.m. 

Waterloo Natural History Association.

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May 6 & 20. May 6 (2 p.m.): "Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond." WNHA staff introduce participants to the little-known creatures living in spring ponds, including damselflies and diving beetles. Creatures are observed in special "pour-a-ponds" on the outdoor deck. May 20 (2 & 3:30 p.m.): "Creature Feature." Little Creatures (Royal Oak) owner Dan Briere, aka "Dan the Creature Man," displays and discusses live exotic animals.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"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.  Free! 

"Excavating Archaeology @ U-M: 1817-2017": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Curators Terry Wilfong and Carla Sinopoli lead a tour of the current exhibit exploring the history of archaeology and museums at the U-M for the past 200 years.
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.


 2 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]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Kerry Tales: Daffy-Down-Dilly and Mother Goose": Kerrytown Shops.

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30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-3115. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Mother's Day Card": Ann Arbor District Library.

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For kids in grades preK-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 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]


 2-5 p.m. 

"Recipe for Humanity": Jewish Family Services 25th Anniversary Celebration.

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University Musical Society president emeritus Kenneth Fischer emcees a program honoring community leaders, past JFS board members, and local rabbis, which includes a talk by Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society president Mark Hetfield and a performance by local performance poet Decky Alexander. Strolling reception follows with food from Agave Tequila Bar, Amanda's Kitchen, Haifa Falafel, The Blue Nile, Zingerman's, El Harissa Market Café, Siri's, Ginger Deli, The Heidelberg, Morgan & York, and Schakolad. Also, an opportunity to participate in Israeli dancing, a performance by Neil Alexander's Klezmer Fusion Band, and an artist bazaar.
2-5 p.m., U-M Biomedical Science, 109 Zina Pitcher Place. Tickets $125 (includes valet service). Pre-registration requested. jfsannarbor.org/25th-anniversary. 769-0209 ext. 353. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Red Circle: Designing Japan in Contemporary Posters": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of 1980s Japanese graphic design posters that were meant to change Japan's global image.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Has Sprung at Springhill": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy/Superior Land Conservancy.

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All invited to join a hike of about a mile to enjoy spring wildflowers. Preceded at 1:15 p.m. by socializing. Refreshments. No pets. Be prepared for variable weather and muddy trails.
2-3:30 p.m., meet at 3345 Berry Rd., Superior Twp. Free. 482-5957.


 2 p.m. 

"Symphonic Broadway": Ann Arbor Concert Band.

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James Nissen directs this local volunteer ensemble in Gershwin's An American in Paris, the Rondo from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major with AACB Young Artist Competition winner Annie Li, selections from Wicked and Chicago, Bernstein's Three Dance Episodes and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Weber's Phantom of the Opera, Barker's Jerome Robbins' Broadway and his medley of songs from That's Entertainment!, and Hamlisch's A Chorus Line Spectacular.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (seniors & students, $5; kids age 11 & under, free) in advance at aaband.org and at the door. 478-7515. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Wizard of Oz": Wild Swan Theater.

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May 2 & 4-6. This award-winning local children's theater company presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's adaptation of Frank Baum's ever popular fantasy about a young girl's roundabout journey to her heart's desire. With live music written and performed by local keyboard virtuoso Brian Buckner. Geared toward kids age 6 & up.
10 a.m. (May 2 & 4), 12:30 p.m. (May 4), & 2 p.m. (May 5 & 6), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $12; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Birds, Birding, and Bird Conservation in Peru": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Talk by birding guide Gunnar Engblom, an expert on Peruvian birds.
2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]


 3-5 p.m. 

"Ansana 101: Alignment Based Postures": FitPoint Ann Arbor.

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Second 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]



 3-5 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 Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. (May 6), AADL Pittsfield (May 13 & 27), & AADL Westgate (May 20). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3 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]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Magazine Strip Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 9-adult invited to make a colorful silhouette image to hang on the wall using old magazines and book pages.
3-4 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Outside In: A Walking Tour of Cosmogonic Tattoos": UMMA.

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U-M art & design professor Jim Cogswell leads a walking tour of his window installations at UMMA and the U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
3-4 p.m., UMMA Commons, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 3:15 & 5:45 p.m. 

"Itzhak": Michigan Theater.

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(Alison Chernick, 2017). Documentary about the life of Itzhak Perlman, the world's foremost violin virtuoso.
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]


 3:45 & 6:30 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Community Orchestra.

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Anthony Elliott directs this volunteer ensemble in Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and the "Hungarian March" from Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust. Also, Yoav Hayut, the winner of the orchestra's annual youth concerto competition, is featured in a performance of Khachaturian's Violin Concerto. Informal reception follows.
4 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south off Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. Free. 726-0070. [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

M-Prize Grand Prize Gala Concert: U-M School of Music.

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First-place ensembles in strings, winds, and open divisions compete for the $100,000 grand prize in this prestigious international chamber music competition.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4, 6:45, & 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.


 4:15, 7, 9, & 9:30 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.


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Tully": State Theatre.

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(Jason Reitman, 2018). Diablo Cody-penned comedy about an overwhelmed suburban mother of 3 (Charlize Theron) who forms an unexpected bond with the nanny hired for her by her wealthy brother.
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.


 4:30 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.  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]


 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 p.m. 

The 6th Ann Arbor Youth Chinese Culture Talent Contest: Initiated by Ann Hua Chinese School & The Confucius Institute. Sponsored by Ann Hua Association, Chinese School Association in Michigan and Chinese Association of Great Detroit.

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The competition is open to all young people under the age of 18. All acts must be related to Chinese culture and will be grouped into five categories: dance, vocal music, instrumental music, speech, and others (acrobatics, folk arts, martial arts, etc.).
Registration link can be found at https://goo.gl/forms/VzjrMWb2d9iQ7xcz1.
The registration deadline is April 22nd (Sunday), 2018.
The registration fee is $10 per act + $5 per actor/actress.
All acts must attend auditions, either by sending videos to the Organizing Committee or attending the live audition on May 6th (Sunday), 2018 at Concordia University Recital Hall. Videos can be submitted as a CD (mail to Talent Show, PO Box 130212, Ann Arbor, MI 48113) or YouTube link (email to annarborchinesetalentshow@gmail.com)
The final contest will take place on June 3rd, 2018 at Washtenaw Community College Towsley Auditorium. Only the acts that pass the auditions can attend the final contest. All final performers get rewards.
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $10 per act + $5 per actor/actress. annarborchinesetalentshow@gmail.com https://www.annhua.org [map]



 5:30 p.m. 

"Coloring with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All age 12 & up invited to color while interacting with adoptable cats. Snacks, soda, and coloring supplies provided.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Preregistration recommended at tinylions.org/coloringwithcats. 661-3575. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Suicide Prevention Lifesavers Gala": National Alliance on Mental Illness Washtenaw County.

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Spend an evening helping us reach 3,000 more students, teachers, and parents. The Suicide Prevention Lifesavers Gala is not only a beautiful evening on Portage Lake, but an opportunity to witness the huge impact your contributions bring to our many programs throughout the Washtenaw County community. Guests will also enjoy a variety of hot and cold appetizers, wine, beer, and dessert items along with the opportunity to participate in a silent auction in support of our mental health awareness programs.
Tickets are $100 each. Sponsorships are also available. Please see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nami-washtenaw-county-lifesavers-gala-tickets-44230203730 for details.
Portage Yacht Club, 8930 Dexter-Pinckney Road, Pinckney. $100. 734-994-6611. office@namiwc.org http://www.namiwc.org [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm or check meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Morris-Dancing. 717-1569. [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. [map]


 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. 

"Back to Burgundy": Michigan Theater.

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(Cédric Klapisch, 2018). Family drama about 3 adult siblings who must reconnect to save the family vineyard. French, subtitles.
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]


 6:30 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]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Frog Songs Sunset Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance leads a hike to identify frogs and toads by their calls.
6:30 p.m., Miller-Smith Preserve, Parker Rd. dead-end at Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Lima Twp. Free. 971-6337.


 7 p.m. 

Anthony Zick and Simon Mermelstein: Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Ann Arbor native Zick recently received his MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University and was one of the featured writers in HBO's Brave New Voices documentary series. "He cultivated a style that was at once simple and unadorned in its language, but also layered and transcendental in meaning," says his former writing teacher, Pioneer High English teacher Jeff Kass. The poetry of 2-time Pushcart Prize nominee Mermelstein is marked by a self-deprecating sense of humor that's by turns intellectual and playful. His most recent book is The Continuing Adventures of Orthomax: Now with Bombastic Pentameter!
7 p.m. Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry. [map]


 7 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 p.m. 

"Julius Caesar": University Musical Society.

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Broadcast of a Bridge Theatre (London) modern-dress production of Shakespeare's early tragedy exploring the savage ironies that shape political conflict that begins at a pro-Caesar rally with his supporters sporting red baseball caps. "The attractions of populism and the failure of dismayed liberals to understand its appeal are potently pervasive in this production," notes the Independent (UK) review.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (MTF members, $18) in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

The Elders: The Ark.

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Celtic-influenced roots-rock by this acclaimed Kansas City ensemble that's fronted by Ian Byrne, a charismatic Irishman from County Wicklow. "The key to the band's success is in its flawless blending of the Celtic storytelling tradition with contemporary instrumentation and, perhaps more importantly, their ability to write original songs that sound as timeless and authentic as the ancient jigs and reels that have inspired them," says Paste Magazine reviewer Brian Baker.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, 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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May 6 & 20. 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]


 4:-8 pm  Free! 

"In the Garden - Pottery Inspired by Nature": Yourist Studio Gallery.

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To welcome spring we are filling our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Yourist resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces to adorn your garden. It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find a memorable gift for Mother's Day. From bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, vases, wind chimes, and even toad houses, you'll find a selection of charming ceramic pieces to enliven your garden this year.
Come join us in our garden of earthy delights and let's get growing!
Opening Reception
Friday, May 4
5:00 to 8:00 pm
And the celebration continues on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am-6 pm. The show runs through June 18.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [map]



 8 p.m. 

Vanguard Reed Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This group of current U-M students and recent grads, who took 2nd place at the 2017 Briggs Chamber Music Competition, perform Ton der Doest's Circusmuziek, Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, Marc Mellits' Splinter, MSU piano professor David Biedenbender's Refraction, Nico Muhly's Look for Me, and Rob Deemer's Gallimaufry. Members: oboist Sagar Anupindi, clarinet Joey Velez, saxophonist Sean Meyers, bass clarinetist Danny Mui, and bassoonist Joseph Swift.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets TBA. Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8:45 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]


 9 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [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

Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show, led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Whiskey Charmers

Classy Detroit neo-honky-tonk duo featuring singer- guitarists Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa, who bill their music as "electric heartbreak on the rocks." The band has a new CD, The Valley, that TJ Music critic Brian Rock calls a "moody, atmospheric soundscape that plays like the soundtrack to a film noir/spaghetti western mashup … simultaneously foreboding and alluring." [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project  Heather Schwartz

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]

Rumpus Room: The Crane Wives The Crane Wives

Grand Rapids Americana folk-rock quintet fronted by the soulful singer-songwriter duo of guitarists Emilee Petersmark and Kate Pillsbury. Opener TBA. Photo: Adrian Wylie. [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]

 
 


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