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Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 1, 2017

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 7 a.m. 

"TRAIN to DXA2 Half Marathon": Run Ann Arbor.

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"Train" to DXA2 Half Marathon. A 12 week training program for the beginner or seasoned runner. Individualized schedules, mini clinics, yoga, and strength training classes, and great experienced coaches. Saturday morning long runs with "training pacers" in 5 pace groups from 8:00 pace to 12:00+ pace. Tuesday night workouts with hills or speed drills.
Ann Arbor Running Company, 2755 Oak Valley Rd. $110. 734-657-0214. [map]

 8 a.m.-9 p.m. 

Girl Power Invitational: Gym America Gymnastics.

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Mar. 31-Apr. 2. Young gymnasts from throughout Michigan and Ohio are featured in nonsanctioned pre-competitive and sanctioned early-competitive-level competitions.
5-9 p.m. (Fri.), 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $12 (seniors & students, $10; kids age 5 & under, free). 971-1667. [map]

 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m. 

The Macpodz Hash Bash After Party: The Macpodz.

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Performances by Thick as Thieves, Stormy Chromer, John Sinclair and the Macpodz celebrate Ann Arbor's unique liberation holiday, HASH BASH, on the first Saturday of April, 2017. Thick as Thieves will premiere tunes from their upcoming release, John Sinclair will orate his revolutionary free verse, Stormy Chromer will illustrate why they're the best up and coming improvisational rock n rollers, and the Macpodz will drive the psychedelic love-bus of imagination all night long!
Blind Pig, 208 S. 1st St. $!0. 734-765-1098. [map]

 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Kenjutsu seminar with Yahagi Kunikazu Sensei: Japanese Martial Arts Center.

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JMAC is ecstatic to host Yahagi Kunikazu Sensei, second soke of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu swordsmanship, for a 3 day seminar to be held in Ann Arbor, MI.
Yahagi Sensei began studying traditional Japanese martial arts (kendo) in elementary school. He went on to earn the rank of judo 2 DAN as a youth, and studied classical kodubo (ancient arts) for more than 30 years under the tutelage of Kawabata Terukata Sensei, 1st Ryushin Shouchi Ryu soke (grandmaster). Yahagi Sensei is the director of the Seiseikan Dojo in Tokyo. He currently holds an 8th DAN ranking in Kokusai Budoin Kobudo Hansi and 7th DAN in Kendo.
Training will be March 31, from 6-8pm and April 1-2 from 9:30am-4:30pm at JMAC.
Preregistration is required. Tickets can be purchased at Tickets are $195, with a discount available for JMAC, SMAA, and IMAF members.
Japanese Martial Arts Center, 2875 Boardwalk, Suite H. $195. (734) 720-0330. [map]

 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

22nd Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners.

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The Prison Creative Arts Project is proud to announce the dates for the upcoming 22nd Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. The exhibition will take place at Duderstadt Center Gallery from March 22 to April 5, 2017. This event is free and open to public.
Gallery Hours:
Sunday-Monday 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am- 7:00 pm
This sensational, nationally recognized show has grown to be one of the largest exhibitions of its kind, attracting over 3,000 visitors last year to view 614 works by 424 artists. Free and open to the public, PCAP's Annual Exhibition provides a gallery for visitors to engage with the ideas and images created by prisoners. Most pieces are offered for sale, with proceeds going directly to the artists.
U-M Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-647-6771. [map]

 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Easter Bunny: Briarwood Mall.

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Mar. 24-Apr. 15. A chance to visit the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 26 & Apr. 9 (6-7 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds. Also, "Caring Bunny" on Mar. 26 & Apr. 2 (9-11 a.m.) offers a subdued environment for kids with special needs (preregistration required at
11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood Mall. Free admission. 769-9610. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Long-Distance Backpacking: DIY Camp Stove: Robin Hills Farm.

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This 3-part series will take participants through the entire process of preparing for a long-distance backpacking trip. Classes will cover planning, equipment, logistics, making your own DIY camp stove, and the series will finish with a backpacking day trip (10 miles round trip) in the Waterloo Recreation Area.
Part 2: DIY Camp Stove
Using a few common waste materials and tools, you can create your very own ultra-lightweight camp stove. The workshop will go over the many different options of camp stoves and will finish with each participant creating his or her own camp stove to take home and use on future backpacking trips.
Tuition: $20 per person. Children 12 and older are half price with accompanying adult.
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $20. 7348348496. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Bee Foolish!": Ann Arbor Art Center.

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All invited to drop-in to make a bumblebee luminary to take to FoolMoon (Apr. 7) and FestiFools (Apr. 9).
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Free. 994-8004. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Knap-In": Michigan Flintknappers.

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Apr. 1 & 2. Michigan artisans demonstrate the ancient art of stone-age tool making.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Rod & Gun Club, 7103 Lingane Rd. (south off Waterloo Rd., west of Chelsea). Free. (810) 231-2314. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

Intro to Metal Sculpture: Maker Works.

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In this class, students will be introduced to metalworking. Using precut parts from the Plasma Cutter (demo included) we'll modify them with the Jump Shear and Corner Notcher. We'll take those parts to the Metal Brake and Spot Welder to further shape and connect them. You'll go home with a fantastic metal sculpture!
The cost is $75 for this two hour class. Ages 13 and up are welcome on their own. Ages 8-12 are welcome with adult. If the adult will be making a sculpture too, register and pay for all parties. If the adult is just assisting the child, only register the child. Please arrive 10 minutes early if this is your first time to Maker Works.
Please pre-register online or by phone.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $75. 734-222-4911. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

Junkyard Wars: Mousetrap Cars: Brain Monkeys.

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Brain Monkeys, the company that brings you Kids Robotics programs and Kids Maker Programs has teamed up with the local business The Scrap Box to bring you some fun and exciting workshops. Come drop off your kids and shop at The Scrap Box while they enjoy a fun and educational workshop.
In this workshop, kids will explore and learn how to build their very own mousetrap powered car. Learn about design and physics while building a functional mousetrap powered car that you get to take home with you.
Ages: 9+ (under 9 can be accompanied by an adult)
Length: 1.5 hours
Date: Saturday, April 1st
Time: 10:30-Noon
To register online, go to:
The Scrap Box, 581 State Circle. $35. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Apr. 1 & 8. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Apr. 1: U-M physics professor Ctirad Uher on "Thermoelectricity: Environmentally Friendly Power Generation." Apr. 8: "Hunting for Evidence of Galactic Cannibalism." U-M astronomy postdoc Sarah Loebman discusses evidence that suggests the Milky Way has destroyed neighboring dwarf galaxies.
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser Hall (formerly the Dennison Bldg.), 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]

 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Story Time: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. A Literati staffer reads stories for kids of all ages.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Cockroach Neuroscience": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Apr. 16, 29, & 30) through May 21. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demo exploring bug neurons and how they work to help the brain communicate with the rest of the body.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Protecting Elections: New Initiatives to Defend Michigan Elections": Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Panel discussion with Michigan Election Reform Alliance

statewide coordinator Jan BenDor and Washtenaw County clerk Larry Kestenbaum.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 3135 Washtenaw. Free. 249-8207. [map]

 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30. & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight: Live Sky Talk
(11:30 a.m. Sat., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual exploration of the current night sky that includes a brief talk on how light that travels to Earth from far away-and the distant past-informs us about the Universe we live in today.

Eclipse (12:30 p.m. Sat.) is the history and the astronomy related to total solar eclipses.

Back to the Moon for Good (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by Tim Allen, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized prize in history, to return robots to the Moon.

Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]

 11:45 a.m. 

Introduction to Assisted Stretching with Acupressure: Metta Bodywork Studio.

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Geared toward those who need bodywork and stretching but feel traditional yoga classes may not be right for them. Assistance by props and instructors.
Classes are Thai Bodywork, Restorative Yoga, and Thai Acupressure influenced to help relax, regain flexibilty and restore balance in the body.
*We are located down a flight of stairs. No elevator available.
Classes are one hour and are designed to give an idea of what our weekly classes provide.
New Students Only
Must schedule online in advance.
Limited space available
Metta Bodywork Studio, 1945 Pauline Suite D. Donation. 734-531-8259. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Tunnel": Michigan Theater/U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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(Seong-hun Kim, 2016). Dramatic thriller about a man who gets trapped in a collapsed tunnel while driving home. Korean, subtitles. Part of the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Korean Cinema NOW Series.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

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

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view Arthur the emu on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including kangaroos, prairie dogs, alligators, macaws, arctic foxes, porcupines, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1:15, 4:30, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Wilson": Michigan Theater.

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(Craig Johnson, 2017). Comedy that stars Woody Harrelson as a lonely, neurotic man who reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 1:30, 7, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Raw": Michigan Theater.

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(Julia Ducournau, 2016). Horror film about a young vegetarian who undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school. 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

String Quartet Recital: U-M School of Music.

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U-M string students perform works by Mozart, Debussy, and Britten. The music school also hosts other string quartet recitals on Apr. 3 & 4 (see listings).
2 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 2 p.m. 

U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 17 (4 p.m.), Mar. 18 (noon & 3 p.m.), Mar. 19 (1 p.m.): Northern Illinois.

Mar. 22 (4 p.m.): WMU.

Mar. 28 (4 p.m.): Toledo.

Mar. 29 (4 p.m.): CMU.

Mar. 31 (4 p.m.), Apr. 1 (2 p.m.), Apr. 2 (1 p.m.): Penn State.

Apr. 4 (7 p.m.): Notre Dame.

Apr. 7 (4 p.m.), Apr. 8 (2 p.m.), Apr. 9 (1 p.m.): Illinois.

Apr. 11 (4 p.m.): EMU.

Apr. 13 (4 p.m.), Apr. 14 (4 p.m.), Apr. 15 (2 p.m.): Oklahoma.

Apr. 21 (6 p.m.), Apr. 22 (2 p.m.), Apr. 23 (1 p.m.): Indiana.

May 5 (6 p.m.), May 6 (2 p.m.), May 7 (4 p.m.): Ohio State.

May 9 (6 p.m.): CMU.

May 16 (6 p.m.): EMU.

May 19 (6 p.m.): MSU.

Various times, Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets $7 & $8 (youth & seniors, $5; U-M students, faculty, & staff and kids under age 5, free). 764-0247. 764-0247.

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Watercolor Agate": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to paint an image of an agate.
2-3 p.m. p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Attendees asked to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Strung Together: Ann Arbor Camerata.

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A side-by-side concert in which local, high-school music students will perform with Camerata musicians, live cast with commentary and interviews by Classical Music Network.
Conducted by Jotaro Nakano and Victor Minke Huls.
Free concert | Tax-Deductible Donations welcome
Live-stream at
Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard St. Free. Donation. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Apr. 1 & 15. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Vino Veritas": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every. Wed.-Sun., Mar. 23-May 27. Rhiannon Ragland directs a revival of Livonia playwright David MacGregor's edgy 2008 comedy about 2 dull suburban couples spending Halloween with a bottle of ceremonial South American wine made from the skins of tree frogs. As the characters become less inhibited, the play becomes "a kind of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on drugs," says Observer critic Sally Mitani, in her review of the debut run. Cast: Kate Thomsen, David Bendena, Aphrodite Nikolovski, and Alex Leydenfrost.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Metalogue: What Is a Bell?": U-M School of Music.

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University of New Mexico anthropology professor emeritus Steven Feld gives the keynote address for the 2017 Carillon Symposium. His lecture, which draws on theoretical concepts of Michel Foucault and Mikhail Bakhtin, was inspired by conversations he had with his daughter about carillon music.
4 p.m., U-M North Quad Erlicher Rm., 105 S. State. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 4:15 & 7:15 p.m. 

"Kedi": Michigan Theater.

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(Ceyda Torun, 2016). Documentary about Istanbul from the perspective of the city's cats.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:45 p.m. 

"I Am Not Your Negro": Michigan Theater.

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(Raoul Peck, 2016). Documentary that uses the late James Baldwin's unfinished novel to tell the story of race in America. Narration by Samuel L. Jackson.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 Evening time TBA 

U-M Maize Mirchi.

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This student a cappella ensemble performs a mix of Hindi music and American pop and alternative songs.
Time TBA, Angell Hall Auditorium A. Cost TBA at [map]

 7-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Megan Wilson calls English country dances (7 p.m.) & contras (8 p.m.) to live music by Debbie Jackson, Steve Schneider, and Marty Somberg. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-soled shoes.
7-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $12 (members, $11; students, $7). [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Creative Writing Grads: Literati Bookstore.

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U-M creative writing students who are about to graduate read from their work.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 & 8 p.m. 

"Here's to You, Here's to Me": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 16-Apr. 2. Lynn Lammers directs this professional local theater company in its original 30-minute show that incorporates stories, songs, and dance to celebrate the ritual of toasting.
7 & 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 5 & 6 p.m. (Sun.), Club Above the Heidelberg (Thurs.-Sat.), 215 N. Main, & Arbor Brewing Company (Sun., except Apr. 2 at Sabor Latino, 211 N. Main), 114 E. Washington. Tickets $10 (attendees also required to purchase one beverage) in advance at and (if available) at the door. 203-0556. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Spring Awakening": EMU Theater Department.

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Mar. 31 and Apr. 1, 2, & 6-9. EMU theater professor Pirooz Aghssa directs EMU drama students in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Tony-winning 2007 rock musical, a brutally honest depiction of teen angst, rebellion, and budding sexual passion adapted from Frank Wedekind's 1891 drama about a group of German adolescents whose sexual awakening is warped and thwarted by bourgeois adult society. One of the seminal works of modern theater, Wedekind's play was banned as pornographic and not produced in full until the 1960s. "The soaring, velvet melancholy of Sheik's music . . . provides the perfect musical idiom to articulate the story's teen angst," says Variety.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids age 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum and Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
7:30-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Charlie King: Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Fundraiser.

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This East Coast singer-songwriter, who composes in the populist tradition of Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs, is widely regarded as one of the finest contemporary topical songwriters. (Pete Seeger called him "one of the most brilliant and agile singers and songwriters I know of.") King's songs, about the problems, triumphs, absurdities, and deeper aspirations of common people's lives, are distinguished by a rich humor and pathos, and his storytelling genius shows up both in his lyrics and in his between-songs monologues. King has a brand-new CD, Life & Love, Tears & Laughter.
7:30 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence. $20 ($50 sponsor tickets include a CD) in advance at, 476-3399. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Danilo Brito: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This mandolinist has been awarded Brazil's highest prize for instrumental music, and he's noted for his virtuosity and deep intimacy with the Brazilian choro music he plays. Though choro means "cry," it is often more bright than blue and incorporates syncopation, counterpoint, and improvisation.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

David Dyer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 30 & 31, and Apr. 1. This polished Grand Rapids comic, a contributing writer to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, features his unexpected takes on everything from marriage and raising kids to current events and ear hair. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Michael Fabiano & Martin Katz: University Musical Society.

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Tenor Fabiano, a U-M grad who's won the prestigious Richard Tucker Award and Beverly Sills Artist Award, has been called a young Pavarotti and is noted for his vibrant voice and emotional commitment to his various opera roles. Tonight he's joined by U-M piano professor Katz in a program TBA. Preceded by a prelude dinner ($75) with remarks by U-M voice professor emeritus George Shirley.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $16-$60 in advance at, the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. Dinner reservations: 764-8489. Info/tickets: 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Rabbit Wilde: The Ark.

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Folk-rock string quartet from Northwestern Washington whose music blends foot-stomping front-porch Americana with a variety of urban pop, electronic, and orchestral flavors. The varied instrumentation includes banjo, ukulele, guitar, cello, harmonica, accordion keyboards, and percussion.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments, including the Peach Mountain Observatory's huge, 24-inch McMath telescope. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Program canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Various evening times, Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.

On August 4, 2013, Christie wrote:
I've always wondered what was hidden behind that mysterious gate on North Territorial. I learned a lot last night from all of the hobbyist and professional astronomers who brought out their big telescopes to look at the "double-double" (two double stars of Lyra), Saturn (with the ring and all), globular and open clusters, and three other galaxies. Thank you to everyone for being so willing to share what you know and to show off your technology!

 8 p.m. 

"Clutter": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 24-Apr. 16. Diane Hill directs local playwright Brian Cox's brand-new play, a theatrical tragicomedy about sex and marriage. As a middle-ageman sits at a desk, sifting through the relics of his failed marriage and attempting to piece together some understanding of where things went wrong, he recalls, relives, and reinterprets his life with the assistance of 2 actors who play younger versions of himself and his wife. Cast: Phil Powers, Tory Matsos, Artun Kircali.
8 p.m. (Thurs.- Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"I Have Found: A Journey Through Song with Jessica Grové": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Broadway star Grové (the wife of Encore cofounder Dan Cooney) stars in the world premiere of her autobiographical one-woman cabaret show that traces her career from her New York debut at age 14 when she starred as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz to her 15-year Broadway stint in shows such as Les Misérables, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sunday in the Park with George, and A Little Night Music. The program includes songs such as Sondheim's "What More Do I Need," "Over the Rainbow," and Peggy Lee's "I'm a Woman," as well as originals and lesser known works.
8 p.m., Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets TBA in advance at 268-6200. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Loveless in Lakewood": U-M Residential College Players.

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Mar. 31 & Apr. 1. RC students present RC student Clare Higgins' drama, a character study about a young woman with an unflappable but unearned self-confidence who has to come to terms with her own weaknesses when she begins to build the first relationship she's ever had.
8 p.m., Keene Theater, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Much Ado About Nothing": U-M Rude Mechanicals.

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Mar. 31-Apr. 2. U-M students perform 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.
8 p.m. (Mar. 31 & Apr. 1) & 2 p.m. (Apr. 2), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $7) in advance [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats" is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Encounter": Complicite (University Musical Society).

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Mar. 30 & 31 and Apr. 1. Complicite (London) theater company cofounder Simon McBurney performs his unique one-man show that traces photographer Loren McIntyre's transformative 1969 encounter with the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. The production uses cutting edge 3-D audio to create an immersive experience that simulates an intimate, shifting world of sound in the Amazon rainforest. McBurney performs an array of characters, from McIntyre to tribesmen to his 5-year-old daughter, who occasionally interrupts him for a bedtime story while he's working on this play (it's meta like that-with McBurney doing behind-the-scenes work out in front), and the show probes profound questions such as whether consciousness is possible without memory and whether language can exist without words. New York Times critic Ben Brantley calls the show "astonishing" in a review of its recent Broadway run. "Surely, no production on Broadway has ever thrown the doors of perception open as widely as The Encounter." Note: Audience members must wear the provided headphones throughout the performance (accommodations available for those who are hard of hearing).
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 30) & 8 p.m. (Mar. 31 & Apr. 1), Power Center. Tickets $36-$75 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.

 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Acoustic Night at Avalon Cafe and Kitchen presents Josh and Jordan.

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Join us April 1 from 8:39 - 11:30 p.m. for a night of live entertainment provided by Josh and Jordan.
Avalon Cafe and Kitchen, 120 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. (734) 263-2996. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Apr. 1 & 15. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8). [map]

 9:30 p.m. 

"Donnie Darko": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Jake Gyllenhalal stars in Richard Kelly's 2001 psychological thriller about a hallucinating teen.
9:30 p.m., 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)., 668-TIME. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: RJ Spangler Trio & Tbone Paxton RJ Spangler Trio & Tbone Paxton

A mix of classic jazz and blues by this Detroit trio led by drummer Spangler, with trombonist-vocalist Paxton. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Josh & Jordan Josh & Jordan

Local progressive folk-pop duo of singer-songwriter and guitarist Josh Brady and electric violinist Jordan Adema. [venue info]

B-Side: Stef Chura

This Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter performs material from her new CD, Messes. Opening acts are young local indie pop-folk singer-songwriter Mary Collins, teen indie rock band The Present Company, and Ypsilanti ambient post-punk quintet Wraiths. [venue info]

Blind Pig: 46th Annual Hash Bash

Headliner is The Macpodz, an immensely popular local jam band that plays an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." Opening acts are Saginaw jam band Thick as Thieves, Ann Arbor countercultural icon John Sinclair, a longtime New Orleans resident who performs his blues- and jazz-steeped poetry to the accompaniment of the Blues Scholars jazz ensemble, and Stormy Chromer, a local progressive jam-rock quartet. Also, an appearance by Hiawatha Bailey, lead vocalist of the longtime local punk band Cult Heroes. Advance tickets: $10. [venue info]

Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. On Saturdays he is joined by bassist Will Austin and other friends TBA. [venue info]

Club Above: "Hash Bash Afterparty"

Dance party with bass and electronic dance music DJs TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: David Gerald

Detroit blues guitarist and singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Dan Hazlett Dan Hazlett

This Detroit-area singer-songwriter and guitarist plays an eclectic mix of blues-, R&B-, folk-, and jazz-influenced originals on topics that range from the outlandish to the sublime. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring pianist Gil Scott Chapman, bassist Russell Tessier, and drummer Robert Warren. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: The Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Jerry Ross Band

7-piece Detroit show band. [venue info]

Mash: Detroit's Own Soul Purpose

An eclectic mix of genres from funk and blues-rock to hard country by this Westland quintet fronted by vocalist Carol Holmes. [venue info]

Mash: Rick Straub

Acoustic covers of singer-songwriter pop-folk and folk-rock by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]


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