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April 12, 2024

“Dean’s Symposium”: U-M Ford School of Public Policy
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See 11 Thursday. Today’s panel discussions: “Communicating Climate Change: Policymakers, Advocates, and Public Opinion” (9 a.m.). With U-M public policy professor Kaitlin Raimi, U-M water environmental policy professor Mike Shribert, and Michigan Department of the Environment chief of staff Kara Cook. Racial Justice and Public Policy” (10:45 a.m.). With University of Chicago political science professor Cathy Cohen, Northwestern University communication professor E. Patrick Johnson, U-M health policy professor Paula Lantz, and U-M public policy professors Ann Chih Lin and Mo Torres. “The State of Democracy Around the World” (1 p.m.). With former deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, and U-M public policy professors Jenna Bednar and Kamissa Camara, a former chief of staff to the Malian president. American Democracy at the Crossroads” (3:15 p.m.). With Ford School dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes and former Georgia House of Representatives minority leader Stacey Abrams, a voting rights activist largely credited for the turnout boost that enabled President Biden to win Georgia in 2020. Ford school faculty, staff, and students may attend the Stacey Abrams event in person; members of the public are invited to register to watch the livestream.

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“Free College Week”: WCC
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Apr. 8–13. Presentations, via Zoom, by WCC instructors on automobile technology, broadcasting, entrepreneurship, computer technology, cooking, performing arts, financial planning, sustainability, and other topics. On April 13 only, on-campus tours with refreshments (noon4 p.m.), followed by an esports tournament (47 p.m.). Various times, online at wccnet.edu/events/free-college-week.php. Preregistration required. Free. fcw@wccnet.edu.

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Carillon Concert Series: U-M School of Music
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Every Mon.–Fri. (different locations). Performances by U-M carillon faculty and students. The carillons are open to visitors during the recitals; earplugs recommended. For a complete schedule see smtd.umich.edu/events. Noon, Burton Tower, 230 N. Ingalls & 1:20 p.m., Lurie Tower, 1230 Murfin, North Campus. Free. (734) 764–0583.

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U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater
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Every Fri.–Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. We Are Stars (11:30 a.m.) explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and our explosive origins, connecting life on Earth to the evolution of the universe. 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. Sea Monsters (1:30 p.m.) follows a curious dolichorhynchops (an extinct species of marine reptile) as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history. Various times, U-M MNH, 1105 North University. $8 at the door. Limited capacity. (734) 764–0478.

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Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet
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Every Tues., Wed., & Fri. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 35 miles along varying routes from different Fleet Feet locations. Rain or shine. 8 a.m. (Tues.), 5700 Jackson Rd., (734) 929–9022. Also, 6 p.m. (Wed.) & 8 a.m. (Fri.), 123 E. Liberty, (734) 769–5016. Free.

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"Rise and Shine Exercise": Pittsfield Township Senior Center
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"Rise and Shine Exercise": Pittsfield Township Senior Center
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Pittsfield Township Senior Center, 701 W. Ellsworth. bit.ly/pittsfield-seniors. (734) 8222120. Free (except as noted) in-person weekly activities. Check meeting status before coming.

Rise and Shine Exercise (Mon. & Fri. 910 a.m.).

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Just Between Friends Sale
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Apr. 10–13. Show and sale of used maternity items, baby and children’s clothes, toys, and baby gear. Prices drop Sat. at 3 p.m. Doors shut 30 minutes before closing. 9 a.m.–9 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs., tickets required), 9 a.m.–8 p.m. (Fri.), & 9 a.m.–9 p.m. (Sat.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Free, but a $3–$25 “priority pass” allows early bird access. Preregistration & tickets at jbfannarbor.ticketspice.com/spring24. [5x] [10 wed]

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Crafting: Pittsfield Township Senior Center
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Pittsfield Township Senior Center, 701 W. Ellsworth. bit.ly/pittsfield-seniors. (734) 8222120. Free (except as noted) in-person weekly activities. Check meeting status before coming.

Crafting (Fri. 1011:30 a.m.).

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Playgroups for Babies: AADL
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Every Mon.–Wed. & Fri. (different times): Fifteen minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs led by AADL staffers, followed by a short open playtime. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings. Malletts Creek (Mon. 10:30 a.m.), Traverwood (Tues. 11 a.m.), Westgate (Wed. 10:30 a.m.), and Downtown (Fri. 10:30 a.m.). Free.

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“Investigate Labs”: U-M Museum of Natural History
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Every Tues.–Sun. All age 6 & up invited into the museum’s Nature Lab and Micro Worlds Lab to use scientific tools and museum specimens to answer questions and solve problems. On Apr. 20 & 21, the topic is “Microinvertebrate Mania,” which explores river health in celebration of Earth Day. Schedule subject to change. 11 a.m.–3 p.m., U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Free. (734) 764–0478.

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“Arias and Songs”: First Baptist Church Ad Libitum Concert Series
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Local lyric soprano Sonja Srinivasan, accompanied by pianist Mariah Boucher, performs arias by Mozart, Dvořák, Puccini, and others. Noon, First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington (handicap access on Washington entrance). Free. fbca2.org, (734) 663–9376.

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Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops
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Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops
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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime’s numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome. Noon–12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30–11 a.m. (Sat.). Kerrytown Market. Free. ofglobal@aol.com.

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Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
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Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
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U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Weekly activities. Free (except as noted). Preregistration required for some events. For Zoom links see calendar at tinyurl.com/a2-turner-cal. (734) 998–9353, michmed.org/tswp, tswp.info@umich.edu.

Tai Chi (Mon., Wed., & Fri. noon–12:30 p.m. via Zoom).

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"Walking Off the Pounds": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
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U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Weekly activities. Free (except as noted). Preregistration required for some events. For Zoom links see calendar at tinyurl.com/a2-turner-cal. (734) 998–9353, michmed.org/tswp, tswp.info@umich.edu.

Walking Off the Pounds (Mon., Wed., & Fri. 12:30–1 p.m. via Zoom).

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Bridge: Pittsfield Township Senior Center
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Pittsfield Township Senior Center, 701 W. Ellsworth. bit.ly/pittsfield-seniors. (734) 8222120. Free (except as noted) in-person weekly activities. Check meeting status before coming.

Bridge (Mon. & Fri. 12:30–3:30 p.m.).

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Coral Reef Tank Visit: U-M Museum of Natural History
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Every Wed. & Fri. (except Apr. 17). U-M biology professor Jim Bardwell leads a 30-minute tour of his lab’s large coral reef tank featuring many species of coral, anemone, and fish. Age 6 and up. 12:30 p.m., U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Free. Limited capacity. Same-day sign-up at the welcome desk. (734) 764–0478.

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“Solo Aging Storytelling”: Limelight
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Apr. 2, 5, 9, 12, 19, & 25. Workshops to help seniors craft and tell their stories to perform at “Solo Acts: A Solo Aging Symposium and Theatrical Performance” on May 10. 12:302 p.m. (Apr. 2, 9, & 25). Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. & 12:30 p.m. (Apr. 5, 12, & 19), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. Preregistration required at limelightlive.org, by emailing decky@limelightlive.org, or by calling (313) 4890189.

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Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program
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U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Weekly activities. Free (except as noted). Preregistration required for some events. For Zoom links see calendar at tinyurl.com/a2-turner-cal. (734) 998–9353, michmed.org/tswp, tswp.info@umich.edu.

Bridge (Tues. & Fri. 1–4 p.m. in person), call if interested.

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Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club
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Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.) and a 499er game (Thurs.) for players with no more than 499 ACBL master points. 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:45 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $8 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email ronmeade@comcast.net beforehand.

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Preschool Storytimes: AADL
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Every Mon.–Fri. (different times): Half-hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Pittsfield (Mon. 10:30 a.m. & Thurs. 11 a.m.), Downtown (Tues. 11 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Tues. 11 a.m. & Wed. 10:30 a.m.), Traverwood (Thurs. 11 a.m.), and Westgate (Fri. 1 p.m.). Free.

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Resume Review Session
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Resume Review Session: CEW+
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Pressed for time? Looking for brief and targeted resume support? Drop in to the CEW+ resume review session to elevate your materials as you navigate your job search journey! Upon arrival, attendees will sign up for a 15-minute slot with a CEW+ counselor for resume review and feedback. Registration is required.

Presenter: Esaú Delgado, Counseling Intern. Esaú earned his BA in Sociology and Social Work from U-M and is currently in the Master of Social Work program. Esaú’s work experience includes mentorship of first-generation college students and students of color at the University of Michigan. At CEW+, he provides career and education counseling.

CEW+, 330 E. Liberty Street ,Ann Arbor. https://www.cew.umich.edu/events/cew-resume-review-session/ Free. sarkeo@umich.edu https://www.cew.umich.edu 734-764-6360.

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“Sweet Malida: Memories of a Bene Israel Woman”: Booksweet Bookstore Book Launch
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Local writer Zilka Joseph is joined by fellow local writers Alise Alousi & Frances Kai-Hwa Wang to discuss her new book, a collection of moving and informative poems that reflect her Jewish Indian roots and her experiences in Eastern and Western cultures. 3–4 p.m., Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Preregistration requested at shopbooksweet.com. Free. (734) 929–4112.

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“Pets and Pajamas Movie Night”: HSHV
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“Pets and Pajamas Movie Night”: HSHV
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Apr. 12 (5:30–8:30 p.m.): All kids ages 6–11 invited to watch an animal-themed movie and interact with adoptable pets. Cheese pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Call for movie selection. HSHV. $35 each child. Preregistration required at hshv.org/event-calendar, humaneed@hshv.org, (734) 661–3564.

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Tony Pinnell: Argus Farm Stop Packard
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Tony Pinnell: Argus Farm Stop Packard
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Versatile Missouri singer-guitarist with country-rock roots who plays an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, indie pop-folk, and world music covers. 5:30–7:30 p.m., Argus Farm Stop, 1200 Packard. Free; food & drink for sale. Donations welcome. argusfarmstop.com/events-1. (734) 997–5448.

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“D&D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory
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Every Tues. & Fri. All age 12 & up invited to play Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing games. 6–10 p.m. (Tues.) & 6–9 p.m. (Fri.), Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. Preregistration recommended. info@sylvanfactory.com.

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U-M Softball
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Game vs. CMU. This month’s home schedule also includes 3-game series vs. Iowa (Apr. 12, 6 p.m.; Apr. 13, 2 p.m.; Apr. 14, 1 p.m.) and Nebraska (Apr. 19, 7 p.m.; Apr. 20, 2 p.m.; Apr. 21, 1 p.m.), and a single game vs. MSU (Apr. 16, 7 p.m.). 6 p.m., Alumni Field, 1114 S. State. Tickets $6-10 at mgoblue.com/tickets & at the gate. (734) 764–0247.

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“A Tribute to Coldplay and Imagine Dragons”: Kalkaska String Quartet Fever Candlelight Concerts
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This Detroit-based ensemble presents a candlelight concert of instrumental arrangements of music by these 2 rock bands. Members are violist Nathaniel Cornell, cellist Wesley Hornpetrie, and violinists Meg Rohrer & Emelyn Bashour. Age 8 & up. 6:30 & 8:45 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. $37–$58 per show. Preregistration required at feverup.com/en/ann-arbor/candlelight.

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“Deliciously Plant-Based—Made Easy”: Ann Arbor District Library
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“Deliciously Plant-Based—Made Easy”: Ann Arbor District Library
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Live vegan cooking demonstration by local personal chef and lifestyle coach Vicki Brett-Gach. 6:30–7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm. Free. (734) 3274200.

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“TriviaTime! with Katie and Abbie: Avatar the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra”: Ann Arbor District Library
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“TriviaTime! with Katie and Abbie: Avatar the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra”: Ann Arbor District Library
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Adults and kids age 6 & up invited to answer trivia questions about these popular animated fantasy TV series. Prizes. 6:30-7:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 Eisenhower. Free. (734) 327–4200.

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Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory
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Every Mon.–Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering (MTG). Mon. (6:30–10 p.m.): Power Cards. $10. Tues. (6:30–10 p.m.): MTG Pauper. A fun and fast format for all skill levels. $5. Wed. (5–9 p.m.): Casual Commander. The most popular form of the game. Free. Wed. (6:30 p.m.): MTG Standard. Play with competitive tournament rules. $10. Fri. (6:30–10 p.m.): Magic rotating draft. Cost varies. Sat. (6–10 p.m.): Commander Pods. For casual groups of 4 players. Free. Various times, Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. Various costs. info@sylvanfactory.com.

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“Carol Doda Topless at the Condor”: State Theatre
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“Carol Doda Topless at the Condor”: State Theatre
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Film screenings every Wed.–Sun. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see michtheater.org.

Apr. 12: “Carol Doda Topless at the Condor” (Marlo McKenzie & Jonathan Parker, 2024). Documentary about the first exotic dancer to gain notoriety for topless performances in the U.S., in 1964 San Francisco. A live burlesque performance (without nudity) by local performers precedes the screening. 7 p.m.

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“Clue: On Stage”: Skyline High School Theater
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“Clue: On Stage”: Skyline High School Theater
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Apr. 12–14. Skyline students present the high school edition of Sandy Rustin’s whodunit murder mystery/comedy, based on the board game about Miss Scarlet, Mr. Mustard, and Mr. Green, et al. 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), SHS Auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $15 (students, $10) in advance only at skylinehstheatre.org/cart. (734) 994–6515. skylinehstheatre@gmail.com.

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“Creatures Unleashed”: The Creature Conservancy
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“Creatures Unleashed”: The Creature Conservancy
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Apr. 12 & 19. Age 18 & up invited to meet animals off leash, including a cougar, a white-necked raven, a muntjac deer, a dingo, and a wolf hybrid. The presentation of these animals begins at 7:30 p.m. Also, the chance to see the conservancy’s other animals. 7–9 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $25 in advance at thecreatureconservancy.org. Preregistration required. (734) 929–9324.

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“Cyrano de Bergerac”: EMU Theatre Department
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Apr. 12–14. EMU drama professor John Seibert directs EMU drama students in British playwright Martin Crimp’s 2019 translation of Rostand’s 1897 play, a radically new adaptation in which the main character uses raps and rhymes to help another man win the heart of his one true love. Suggested for mature audiences. 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), EMU Legacy Theatre, 1030 E Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Tickets $7-$20 in advance at emich.ludus.com & at the door. (734) 487–1220.

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Brad Williams: Michigan Theater
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This Southern California comic specializes in comic storytelling from his perspective as a person with dwarfism. He’s appeared on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and many other shows. 7 & 10:15 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $29.50–$275 in advance at ticketmaster.com and (if available) at the door). (734) 662-0600.  

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Andy Erikson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
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Andy Erikson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
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Apr. 11-13. Minnesota-based comedian with a giggly, effervescent stage persona, obsessed with cats and unicorns. She rose to national prominence in 2015 as one of the 5 finalists on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and had a 4-episode stint on Fox’s Scream Queens. Opening act TBA. Alcohol served. 7:15 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $21 (Thurs., $16) at aacomedy.com and (if available) at the door. (734) 996–9080.

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“Company”: Dexter Community Players
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Apr. 11–14. Marianne Elliott directs local actors in George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s brassy, earthy 1970 musical comedy about an exorbitantly uncommitted Manhattan bachelor and his mostly married friends. The Tony-winning score includes such hit songs as “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Being Alive,” “The Little Things You Do Together,” “Side by Side by Side,” and the title song. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sun.), HOMES Campus, 112 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor. Tickets $25 (seniors & students, $20) in advance at dextercommunityplayers.org & at the door. (734) 726–0355.

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“Frog Calling Night Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission
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“Frog Calling Night Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission
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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads hikes to identify frogs and toads by their calls. 7:30–8:30 p.m. & 8:45–9:45 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center Pavilion, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $10 per household of 4 people or less (plus vehicle entry fee), preregistration required at bit.ly/wcprc2024 (activity #IL461100). shonerj@washtenaw.org or sigdaj@washtenaw.org, (734) 971–6337.

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“I’m Not Rappaport”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company
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“I’m Not Rappaport”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company
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Every Wed.–Sun., Apr. 11–21. Vincent J. Cardinal directs this local professional company in Herb Gardner’s Tony Awardwinning 1985 comedy/drama about 2 elderly men who meet and talk on a bench in New York’s Central Park, determined to thwart various attempts to put them out to pasture. Stars 3 cast members of the 1980s TV series The Love Boat: Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, and Jill Whelan. 3 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Encore Maas Main Stage, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $41.50–$57.50 (youth under 18, $31.50) in advance at theencoretheatre.org (with $3.50 fee) and (if available) at the door. (734) 268–6200.

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Takács Quartet: University Musical Society
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Founded in Hungary in 1975, this world-renowned Boulder-based ensemble—a UMS crowd favorite—is known for its warmth, eloquence, and discipline, and for the ease with which it masters demanding pieces. Violinists Edward Dusinberre and Harumi Rhodes, violist Richard O’Neill, and cellist András Fejér are “four of the best string alchemists on the planet,” writes a Chicago Tribune reviewer. Tonight, they perform a program inspired by the natural world, opening with Haydn’s Sunrise Quartet and closing with Beethoven’s String Quartet no. 8 in E minor, the 2nd of his 3 Razumovsky quartets, which was partly inspired by his contemplation of the starry sky. In between, the quartet performs Flow, a new work by Los Angeles composer Nokuthula Endo Ngwenyama co-commissioned by UMS and eight other presenters. Ngwenyama’s work has been called by Gramophone “solidly shaped music of bold mesmerizing character.” 7:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $30 (students, $12–$20), in advance at tickets.ums.org, the Michigan League box office, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. (734) 764–2538.

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“Woodcock Walk”: Washtenaw Audubon Society
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“Woodcock Walk”: Washtenaw Audubon Society
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Apr. 5 & 12. WAS and Natural Area Preservation members lead a walk through the Furstenberg Nature Area to look for the American woodcock (aka timberdoodle), known for zig zagging courtship flights. Wear good walking shoes and dress warmly; bring a flashlight. 7:45-9:30 p.m., Furstenberg Nature Area, 2626 Fuller Rd. Free, registration required at tinyurl.com/woodcockwas. washtenawaudubon.org.

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“The Antichrist Cometh”: Purple Rose Theatre Company
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“The Antichrist Cometh”: Purple Rose Theatre Company
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Every Wed.–Sun., Mar. 22–May 5 (except Mar. 31). Rhiannon Ragland directs the premiere of Livonia playwright David MacGregor’s comedy about a happily married man who discovers that he might be the Antichrist. Will he be able to attend a small dinner party, or will the event usher in the Apocalypse? Contains adult subject matter and language. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30–$48 in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. (734) 433–7673.

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“The Cherry Orchard”: U-M Theatre Department
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“The Cherry Orchard”: U-M Theatre Department
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Every Thurs.–Sun., Apr. 4–14. Daniel Cantor directs drama students in Chekhov’s classic 1903 drama, a wryly ironic tragicomedy, about an aristocratic Russian family who resist selling their beloved but obsolete cherry orchard in order to save their estate from bankruptcy. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $30 (students, $13) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu & and at the door. (734) 764–0583.

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“the ripple, the wave that carried me home”: Theatre Nova
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“the ripple, the wave that carried me home”: Theatre Nova
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Every Thurs.–Sun., Mar. 22–Apr. 14. Lynch Travis directs the Michigan premiere of Tony-nominated playwright Christina Anderson’s drama about the adult daughter of civil rights activists trying to make peace with a childhood upended by her parents’ fight to integrate swimming pools in 1960s Kansas. The Chicago Sun Times reviewer said it “resonates with primal force.” 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Mask & proof of vaccination required. Tickets $28 (kids under 17, $10) in advance at theatre-nova.ticketleap.com and (if available) at the door. (734) 635–8450.

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“Tidal Sirens.”: U-M Dance Department Senior Performance
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“Tidal Sirens.”: U-M Dance Department Senior Performance
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Apr. 11–13. Dance majors present their original choreography. Kali Hightower’s Terms and Conditions explores how society’s view is shaped and often distorted by phone and TV screens. Caitlyn Wade’s Rage Rage evokes a hypothetical desolate planet which houses recently deceased mythological humans. Joelie Havey is inspired by the story of her grandparents’ current mental and physical challenges. 8 p.m., Dance Building, 1000 Baits, North Campus. Free. (734) 764–0583.

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Symphony Band: U-M Music School
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This music student ensemble is joined by the innovative Chicago-based contemporary music chamber sextet Eighth Blackbird in a performance of contemporary Vietnamese American composer Viet Cuong’s Vital Sines, a concerto that employs repetition of several musical sequences to create an overarching structure resembling a sine wave. The program concludes with a 90th birthday tribute to retired U-M bands director H. Robert Reynolds, who joins the band to conduct a set of music by Percy Grainger. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a brief talk. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. (734) 764–0583.

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U-M Baseball
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Game vs. EMU. This month’s home schedule also includes single games vs. WMU (Apr. 9, 4 p.m.), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Apr 10, 4 p.m.), & Kent State (Apr. 30, 4 p.m.); as well as 3-game series vs. Minnesota (Apr. 12, 8 p.m.; Apr. 13, 2 p.m.; Apr. 14, 1 p.m.), Ohio State (Apr. 19, 6 p.m.; Apr. 20, 2 p.m.; Apr. 21, 1 p.m.), & Long Beach State (Apr. 26, 6 p.m.; Apr. 27, 2 p.m.; Apr. 28, 1 p.m.). 4 p.m. Ray Fisher Stadium, 1114 S. State. Tickets (price TBA) at mgoblue.com/tickets & at the gate. (734) 764–0247.

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“A Tribute to Coldplay and Imagine Dragons”: Kalkaska String Quartet Fever Candlelight Concerts
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“A Tribute to Coldplay and Imagine Dragons”: Kalkaska String Quartet Fever Candlelight Concerts
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This Detroit-based ensemble presents a candlelight concert of instrumental arrangements of music by these 2 rock bands. Members are violist Nathaniel Cornell, cellist Wesley Hornpetrie, and violinists Meg Rohrer & Emelyn Bashour. Age 8 & up. 6:30 & 8:45 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. $37–$58 per show. Preregistration required at feverup.com/en/ann-arbor/candlelight.

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“Frog Calling Night Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission
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“Frog Calling Night Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission
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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads hikes to identify frogs and toads by their calls. 7:30–8:30 p.m. & 8:45–9:45 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center Pavilion, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $10 per household of 4 people or less (plus vehicle entry fee), preregistration required at bit.ly/wcprc2024 (activity #IL461100). shonerj@washtenaw.org or sigdaj@washtenaw.org, (734) 971–6337.

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Riverside Swings: Riverside Arts Center
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Riverside Swings: Riverside Arts Center
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Every Fri. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience needed. Wear comfortable low-grip/tread shoes. Preceded by hour-long lessons at 7 and 8 p.m. The first Friday of each month is free. 9–11 p.m., RAC, 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti. $5 (students, $4). riversidearts.org/riverside-swings. 

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“Step Brothers”: State Theatre
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“Step Brothers”: State Theatre
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Film screenings every Wed.–Sun. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see michtheater.org.

Apr. 12 & 18: “Step Brothers” (Adam McKay, 2008). Two aimless middle-aged men still living at home are forced against their will to cohabitate when their parents marry. Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly. 9:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.).

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Brad Williams: Michigan Theater
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This Southern California comic specializes in comic storytelling from his perspective as a person with dwarfism. He’s appeared on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and many other shows. 7 & 10:15 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $29.50–$275 in advance at ticketmaster.com and (if available) at the door). (734) 662-0600.  

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