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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 18, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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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]


 9am 

2018 Native Plant Sale: Washtenaw County Conservation District (WCCD).

  community member   < less 2018 Spring Native Plant Sale

On Friday, May 18, WCCD will hold its annual Spring Native Plant Sale. The public is invited to attend - this year's sale will feature a large variety of native flowers, including an assortment of daylilies, grasses and other flowers. Native plants are beneficial for attracting pollinators, planting rain gardens, conserving water, and preserving local ecosystems.
The WCCD is a local agency of state government - our mission is to assist landowners with, and provide leadership in, the conservation, management and wise use of natural resources of Washtenaw County. Purchases from the Spring Native Plant Sale will support the conservation work of the WCCD.
HOW: All orders must be placed by Friday, April 27. Orders can be placed in person at the district office, by mail, or online. A full catalogue of available plants is featured on the WCCD website. For more information about the sale, contact Megan DeLeeuw at megan.deleeuw@macd.org or visit http://bit.ly/NativePlantSale2018.
Conservation District Office, 7203 Jackson Road. Free admission. (734) 761-6721 ext. 5. megan.deleeuw@macd.org https://www.washtenawcd.org/2018-native-plant-sale-info.html [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 9 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Springtime Invitational Competition": Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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May 17-20. Skaters from beginners to seniors compete in freestyle, ice dance, pairs, and showcase categories.
9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sun.), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley. Free. 213-6768. [map]


 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  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]



 10-10:30 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.


 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Get ripped and have fun doing it! Come for a great workout or supplement your aerial training with this all levels conditioning class, which focuses on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for. Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 10:30-11 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.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

AIReal Yoga.

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AIReal Yoga is REAL yoga, in the air. Use a specialized hammock as a primary prop to enhance and elevate a traditional hatha practice.
AIReal Yoga I is for people who are new to aerial yoga, or who are new to "regular" ground-based yoga. This class will include exercises and stretches for arms, legs, back, hips, and is finished with an inversion before savasana in the air.
Partipants are always welcome to return to the earth to ground themselves in the case of dizziness or fatigue. No background in sports, athletics, circus, etc. required!
For a limited time, we're offering special pricing at only $10 per class!
Class sizes are extremely limited, please register in advance.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. diane@a2ringstar.com a2ringstar.com/aireal-yoga [map]



 2 p.m. 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Movies and refreshments for adults. Mar. 16: My Cousin Rachel, Roger Michell's 2017 period drama about a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious cousin, but then starts to fall for her. Rachel Weisz. Apr. 20: A United Kingdom, Amma Asante's 2016 biopic about the political and diplomatic problems surrounding Botswana king Seretse Khama's marriage to a British white woman in the 1940s. May 18: Goodbye Christopher Robin, Simon Curtis's 2017 biopic about A.A. Milne and his creation of Winnie the Pooh. June 15: TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 3:45, 6:15, & 8:45 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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


 4, 6:45, & 9:15 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, whatever. Maker Works members and staff are on hand to help fix things and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]


 4, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"RBG": Michigan Theater.

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(Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018). Documentary on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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, 7, & 9:45 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, 7:30, & 10 p.m. 

"A Quiet Place": State Theatre.

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Tense post-apocalyptic horror film about a family forced to live in silence to avoid monsters with sensitive hearing. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt.
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, 6:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Pope Francis: A Man of His Word": Michigan Theater.

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(Wim Wenders, 2018). Documentary about Pope Francis's work on social and environmental reform.
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]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ladies Night: Main Street Area Association.

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Join the fun in downtown Ann Arbor on Friday, May 18th!
Sales will be offered throughout the day, but from 5-9pm participating retailers roll out the red carpet with special offers, discounts, snacks, goody bags, raffles and more!
Main Street Area. Free. sandra@mainstreetannarbor.org http://mainstreetannarbor.org/



 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Ladies Night: Main Street Area Association.

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Downtown businesses offer discounts, snacks, goody bags, raffles, and other deals for women. For an updated list of participating businesses, see mainstreetannarbor.org.
5-9 p.m., downtown. Free. 668-7112.


 5:30-9 p.m. 

"Shift Conference": Chase Great Enterprises.

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Calling all aspiring and established consultants, coaches, and speakers!
Chase Great Enterprises is hosting their second annual Shift Conference, which focuses on developing consultants, coaches, and speakers through personal enrichment and business development. This conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, 2018 at the Hyatt Place Ann Arbor (3223 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108).
Registered attendees will gain new, innovative business building strategies and tools to help enhance their coaching business. With 14 speakers and 8 essential workshops, Chase Great is confident attendees will see a shift in their life and business after.
For more information and to register, visit chasegreatshift.com.
Hyatt Place Ann Arbor, 3223 South State St. $149. shift@chasegreatenterprises.com. shift@chasegreatenterprises.com www.chasegreatshift.com [map]



 6-10 p.m. 

"Doughnuts 2.0 Class": BAKE! at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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Dear doughnut lovers, we created a new collection of dynamite doughnut recipes! You'll make classic apple fritters and heavenly Zingerman's Bakehouse ricotta cheese filled doughnuts. We'll also demonstrate a devilish chocolate cake doughnut.
You'll leave BAKE! with our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, all the doughnuts you made in class and great coupons.
Sign up: https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/doughnuts-20
BAKE!, 3723 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $125. 734-761-7255. https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/doughnuts-20 [map]



 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Bird Walk: Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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City ornithologist Juliet Berger leads a bird identification walk through Gallup Park and Furstenberg Nature Area. Bring binoculars, if you have them.
6-8 p.m., meet at Gallup Park Canoe Livery dock, 3000 Fuller Rd. (west side of Huron Pkwy.). Free. Preregistration required. 794-6627. [map]


 6 & 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]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Cheese 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Creamery retail manager Tessie Ives-Wilson discusses and offers taste samples of the 7 major varieties of cheese. Bread & other accompaniments provided.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Friends of the AADL 65th Anniversary Celebration: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talks by current Friends board president Pat McDonald and former board member Fred Mayer. Live music by harpist Deborah Gabrion. Also, a display of photos that highlights the history of the organization. Refreshments.
6:30-8 p.m., AADL Downtown 2nd floor. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friends and Music at Calvary": Calvary Presbyterian Church.

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Adults and teens with special needs invited for singing, dancing, and other activities. Caregivers welcome. Food.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2727 Fernwood. Free. Preregistration requested. specialneeds@calvarya2.com, 971-3121. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Paint and Pour Fundraising Event": Zion Lutheran Church.

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Friday, May 18th - 7pm at Zion Lutheran Church.
Paint and Pour Fundraising Event to support the Uganda Mission Team.
Tickets are $35 each and include: Food, drinks, games, changes to win some excellent prizes. All your painting supplies and instruction to create a wonderful painting.
For tickets contact: Pastor Vicky Lovell @ VLovell@zlc-aa.org, call 734-994-4455 or stop in the church office today to reserve your spot.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty St. $35. 734-994-4455. VLovell@zlc-aa.org [map]



 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Youth Poet Laureate Commencement Performance: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Readings by the five finalists in the library's 3rd annual Youth Poet Laureate contest. The finalists were chosen by a panel of local poets, some of whom are on hand tonight to announce the winner, whose debut collection will be published by the Neutral Zone's Red Beard Press. Also, last year's Ann Arbor Youth Poet Laureate, Zaphra Stupple, reads from their new book, There Will Still Be the Body.
7-9 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Read & Feed Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 6-12 invited to come prepared for a trivia quiz (with prizes) on a different book each month. Pizza. Mar. 23: The Thief, the first in Megan Whalen Turner's fantasy series about a thief tasked with finding a magical object for a king. Apr. 27: Steelheart, the first in Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series set in a future dystopia where a young man seeks revenge against superhuman oppressors. May 18: Kingdom Keepers, the first in Ridley Pearson's Disney after Dark series about 5 teens training as theme park guides who find themselves pitted against rogue Disney villains.
7-8 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Therapeutic Music Training: Music for Healing & Transition Program.

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Join a lively and transforming course of study for instrumentalists and vocalists to become a Certified Music Practitioner (CMP). CMPs are employed in many different types of healthcare facilities to provide live, therapeutic music at the bedside for ill or dying patients. For complete schedule and detailed class descriptions visit: www.mhtp.org or contact Area Coordinator Emily Olson with questions: mhtpmicoordinator@gmail.com.
University of Michigan Health System. $175 application fee; $2550 tuition & materials; payment plans and discounts available.. 734.395.2696. mhtpmicoordinator@gmail.com www.mhtp.org



 7 p.m. 

"Cinderella": Young People's Theater.

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May 18-20. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in Rodgers and Hammerstein's humorous, warm-hearted musical version of the classic tale. Songs include "Impossible," "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?," "Ten Minutes Ago," and others.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at muto.umich.edu & the Michigan Union, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Iatrogenesis: Essays on Becoming a Physician": Literati Bookstore.

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U-M med students read from their contributions to this new collection about the sometimes unforgiving journey of medical training.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to try kirtan, an ancient yogic spiritual practice that involves singing and chanting. Accompanied by live music on tabla, harmonium, cello, violin, and finger cymbals. The program ends with silent meditation and homemade chai.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 665-0849. [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. 

"Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play!": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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May 18-20. Andrea Klooster directs young local actors in Mo Willems and Deborah Wicks La Puma's 2017 musical based on Willems' beloved characters, the bespectacled elephant, Gerald, and his rambunctious best friend, Piggie. When the 2 pals are invited to a party hosted by 3 singing squirrels, Gerald worries something could go wrong that would end their friendship.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.) and 1 & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $10 (kids, $8) in advance at a2ct.org, the A2CT office (322 W. Ann), by phone, & at the door. 971-2228. [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]


 7:30-10 p.m. 

"One Voice: Time Travelers": Chelsea High School Company C.

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Steve Hinz directs this Chelsea High School show choir in a cabaret-style song & dance revue featuring solo, small group, and ensemble performances in a program exploring the theme of time traveling.
7:30-10 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $12 (students & seniors, $10) reserved seating in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door. 433-2201. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Shakespeare at Pointless: The Brewery of Errors": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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May 18 & 19. Local actors play a drinking game while performing a 60-minute version of The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identity. Also, they've only rehearsed once. Followed at 10 p.m. both nights by Shakespearean improv ($12), a one-act improvised play in the style of Shakespeare.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"The World as You Dream It": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to discuss John Perkins' book about how South American shamanic healing practices can be used to save the planet. Hosted by Crazy Wisdom owner Bill Zirinsky.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Mike Paramore: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 18 & 19. Local debut of this Columbus-based comic whose stage persona is pleasantly befuddled by life's oddities. The 2017 winner of Laugh Fest's "Best in the Midwest," he has a new CD, The Things We Tell Ourselves. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Phil DeGreg Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Warm, bracing, hard-swinging hard bop and postbop by this trio led by University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music piano professor DeGreg. Its repertoire ranges from standards to obscure gems and originals. With 2 local stars, bassist Paul Keller and drummer John Taylor.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Rhiannon Giddens: The Ark.

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This versatile Americana songster, the widely heralded leader of the African American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, sings with a piercingly resonant voice. Her latest album, Freedom Highway, is a collection of mostly original songs based on 19th-century slave narratives, the Civil Rights movement, and African American experiences from the 20th century to today. Pitchfork praises her songwriting for its "striking interpersonal drama and emotional depth." Opening act is Jake Blount & Tatiana Hargreaves, a D.C.-area old-time string duo specializing in traditional African American and Native American music.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $30-$55 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8-11 p.m. 

Rock n Roll at the Grotto: acute phase.

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Come see local band, acute phase, on Friday, May 18th at Zal Gaz Grotto 8-11pm. Bring your friends! Sit & listen, sing along, & dance to some classic rock and original tunes! $5.00 cover (kids get in free), full bar, kitchen open until 10pm. Come out & support live music! We'd love to see you there!
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W Stadium Blvd. $5 cover (kids free). stacie@devilspaw.com https://www.facebook.com/acutephase/ [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Can I Help You?": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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May 10-12 & 17-19. Kristin Ann Danko directs this Ypsilanti troupe's original sketch-comedy musical. Cast: A.M. Dean, Marisa Dluge, Alice Kepchar, Angela VanKempen, and Craig VanKempen. Pianist Charles Worth performs A.M. Dean's score. Note: Not appropriate for children.
8 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students, $7) at canihelpyou.brownpapertickets.com; $12 at the door. ntgypsi.org. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Chapter & Worse": Comic Opera Guild.

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May 17-20. COG founder Tom Petiet directs this veteran local company in a revival of his erudite 1986 musical parody of a dweeby librarian who falls into a coma because of his inability to woo a pretty girl. His subsequent dreams, set everywhere from Shakespearean England to prehistoric Africa, continue to show his lack of romantic prowess. The score features Petiet's lyrics set to favorite melodies by Offenbach, Sullivan, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Verdi. Petiet stars with Matt Grace, Shannon Watts, Beth Mitchell, Pat Petiet, Robert Skylis, Alexandra Kzeski, Geoff Kelm, and Jean Rowan. This production is being filmed for Detroit Public Television.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $5-$10 (Thurs.), $20 (seniors, $17; students, $10) Fri.-Sun. in advance at chapter.brownpapertickets.com, (800) 838-3006, and at the door. Info: 973-3264.


 8 p.m. 

"Minute to Win It": Kickshaw Theatre Fundraiser.

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All age 21 & over invited to play a fast-paced game to win prizes. Also, appetizers, drinks, and live music by Jenn & Tonic, a local band that plays pop covers from the last 30 years.
8-11 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Tickets $50 in advance at kickshawtheatre.org. 203-0556. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Crucible": PTD Productions.

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May 10-13 & 16-19. Liz Greaves-Hoxsie directs local actors in Arthur Miller's 1953 drama about the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692. The action centers on a love triangle, in which an underage servant's relationship with a married man positions her both as a powerless victim in a patriarchal theocracy and as a charismatic force that upends the community. Appearing at the height of the McCarthy era, the play was seen in its time as a thinly veiled indictment of senator Joseph McCarthy and his followers, but its enduring popularity suggests it touches on irrationalities endemic to American culture. Cast: Karen Amore, Wendy Ascione-Juska, Deena Baty, Mala Chakraborty, Marilyn Darling, Krystle Dellihue, Cindy Franklin, Jeff Hackett, Marie Jones, Elisha Kranz, Ryan McGriff, Nicholas Megahan, K.C. Palmateer, Chris Potter, Michaela Sheridan, Darzay Starling, Kathie Sullivan, and Gwenyth Thomas-Darling.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun. & Wed.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students, seniors, & active military personnel, $12; Thurs., pay what you can; group discounts available) in advance at a2tix.com/organizations/ptd-productions & by phone. 483-7345. [map]




 9 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Road. Free. No cover charge.. 734-994-8433. ladyofthelanes@belmarklanes.com belmarklanes.com [map]



 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Shannon Lee & the Backeddies.

Ypsilanti Americana-country trio led by singer-songwriter Lee, a vocalist with the local pop dance band Hullabaloo. [venue info]

B-Side: "Hip-Hop Show."

With local MCs Jacent, Hundo, BDGAF, and Stan III, and a live DJ. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Ghost Light Ghost Light

Philadelphia-based 5-piece jam band. $12 ($18 at the door). 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

DJ with an eclectic mix of music. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Amy Dixon-Kolar

Chicago pop-folk singer-songwriter best known for her 2009 YouTube hit "Rosa Sat-A Song for Barack Obama." [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Live: The Terraplanes The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

Mash: Darwin Mamassian

Brighton pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nadim Azzam Nadim Azzam

Local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter whose new EP, Here's To Changes Vol. 1, is a collection of songs about love and loneliness he wrote as a troubled teen. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Brotha James

80s-style pop-rock with an inspirational edge by Elk Rapids one-man band Jeremy Reisig. Opener: These R Trees. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: acute phase acute phase

Local quartet that plays classic rock and 60s pop. $5 (kids, free). 8- 11 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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