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March 29, 2023
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Mar. 27–31 (AAPS & YCS spring break). Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (11:30 a.m.) looks at cosmic collisions across the solar system including the 6-mile-wide asteroid that hit the earth 66 million years ago. The Sky Tonight (12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky, with tips on how to find the cardinal directions, constellations, and planets on your own. Living in Balance (1:30 p.m.) explores native Anishinaabe stories of constellations and moons. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. $8 at the door. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Coffee & Conversation: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Wednesday Workshops: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
This month: the 3-part workshop “Finding Senior Resources in Washtenaw County” (Mar. 1, 8, & 15), as well as “Intro to Hospice Services” (Mar. 22), and “Avoiding Tax Scams” (Mar. 29). 9:30 a.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Free. Preregistration requested by emailing email@example.com.
“Larry Cat in Space”: U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Mar. 19) and Mar. 27–31. 30-minute tour of the museum’s exhibits and galleries, as well as an introduction to some current U-M Biological Sciences research projects. 1 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & noon (Mar. 27–31), U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
U-M Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Noon Lecture Series.
Mar. 8 & 29. Talks by visiting scholars. Mar. 8: Miami University Russian and post-Soviet studies professor Neringa Klumbytė on “Ideologies of Sovereignty after Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: The Baltic Case.” Mar. 29: University of Minnesota cultural studies and comparative literature professor Alice Lovejoy on “Media for the ‘Modern Child’: Studying Children and Cinema during the Cold War.” Noon–1:20 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For livestream preregister at ii.umich.edu/crees. Free. 764–0351.
“Pokémon: Max Raid Party”: Ann Arbor District Library.
Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory.
Every Mon.-Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Wed. 5–8 p.m.: Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game, free. Fri. 6:30–10 p.m.: Magic rotating draft, cost varies. Sat. noon–3 p.m.: Intro to Magic: The Gathering, free. Sat. 6–10 p.m.: Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players, free. Mon. 6:30–10 p.m.: Power Cards, $10. Tues. 6–9 p.m.: MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels, $5. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. Various costs. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
“Re-Charged Home Electrification: New Funding and Opportunities for Electrifying Your Space”: Ann Arbor District Library/Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum.
A chance to learn about and discuss emerging ideas on how to achieve carbon neutrality within the energy sector. Third in a series of 4 monthly events, presented by the City of Ann Arbor, each with a focus on a different element of the city’s sustainability framework. 6–7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
“Bone Country”: Literati Bookstore.
Michigan poet Linda Nemec Foster discusses her new collection of prose poems that reflect on the world before Covid-19, exploring various foreign cities from the viewpoint of a distinct Midwestern sensibility, trying to make sense of a world on the brink of an unforeseen catastrophe. 6:30 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Mask required. Free. 585–5567.
Rhythm & Soul Wednesday: Gwenyth Hayes Trio: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Bassist and Vocalist Gwenyth Hayes’ hybrid reinterpretations give due respect to classic songs and soul covers from many genres and eras. They center around her sultry voice, groove-oriented bass lines and tight instrumental arrangements. Gwenyth’s sound appeals to diverse audiences and is meant to be reminiscent of many generations.314 S. Main St. ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com $15. email@example.com bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
“Beer Chorus (Line)”: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Sing-Along.
Hot Club Wednesday: Kelley Kimball & Djangophonique: North Star Lounge
Known for her warm, velvety tone, innate artistry, and radiant stage presence, Kelley Kimball is a versatile vocalist with a love for storytelling through song. A classically-trained operatic soprano-turned-chanteuse, Kelley has established herself as a vocal chameleon, bringing beauty, sass, and a little heat to concert halls and intimate clubs alike. $10 Cover.North Star Lounge, 301 N. Fifth Ave. ,Ann Arbor. $10. nstarlounge.com
Meditation & Discussion: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.
The Kid Laroi: EMU Gervin Center.
This 19-year-old Australian pop singer-songwriter and breathy emo rapper performs tracks from his Billboard 200 No. 1 mixtape F*ck Love, along with newly released songs from The First Time, his forthcoming debut album. Opener: Jeremy Zucker, an American pop singer-songwriter known for airy beats, a lush sound, and lyricism. 7 p.m., EMU Gervin Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. $30–$90 in advance at emutix.com and (if available) at the door.
Funky Rivertown Fest: Dirk Kroll Band and Billy Brandt and the Sugarees!: David Roof, Roof Top Arts
The Funky Rivertown Fest is a new, five-day festival in downtown Ypsilanti dedicated to original music. The carefully curated program includes many Detroit Music Award winners and nominees playing across a wide variety of genres.
Dirk Kroll's songs are influenced by early British pop-rock, blues, funk, ska, and elements of Americana. He holds several Detroit Music Award nominations, and was awarded the Outstanding Rock/Pop Songwriter Award for 2020 and 2021. The Dirk Kroll Band spans genres and features horns, keyboards, and blended vocal harmonies.
Billy Brandt is one of the most decorated, celebrated singer songwriters and band leaders in the Detroit Music scene. He is bringing down his rock outfit, the Sugarees, to play a set of moving, thoughtful and celebratory music to the hall. His sounds cover the rock side of Americana, nodding back to greats like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to the Band, and so much more.Riverside Arts Center, 76 N Huron Street ,Ypsilanti. Check out our whole lineup and buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/roof-top-arts-inc-60918876863 20. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.eventbrite.com/o/roof-top-arts-inc-60918876863 248.217.4165.
Jesse Blumberg & Martin Katz: Kerrytown Concert House.
RESCHEDULED FROM FEB.18. Baritone Blumberg, a U-M alum, is accompanied by U-M piano professor Katz in a program of art songs by Ivor Gurney, Gabriel Fauré, Florence Price, Hugo Wolf, Art Moore, Francis Poulenc, and Tom Cipullo. 7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Livestream also available. Tickets $29–$50 (students $19) in advance at kerrytownconcerthouse.com and (if available) at the door. Reservations recommended. 769–2999.
“Wednesday Night Swing”: Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association.
Every Wed. (except Mar. 1). Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Wear comfortable low-grip shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a free beginner lesson. 8–10 p.m., Michigan League 2nd fl., Vandenberg rm. Mask, full vaccination, and boosters required. $5 (SAA members, free). Swingannarbor.com.