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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 8, 2018






 
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 8:15-9 a.m. 

"CVT": Better Living Fitness Center.

  community member   < less Better Living Fitness: Personal Training That Works

This total body class is made to get your heart rate up while strengthening your muscles in an interval timed format. Perfect for all fitness levels!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Emerging technologies of design and production have opened up new ways to engage with traditional practices of architectural drawing. The twenty-four experimental drawings commissioned for this exhibition explore the impact of such technologies on the relationship between code and drawing: how rules and constraints inform the ways architects document, analyze, represent, and design the built environment.
Each drawing engages with at least one of the below prompts that begin to expand the notion of code as it relates to architectural design and representation:
Code as generative constraint. Restrictive codes often govern what is permitted and what is prohibited. Examples of this include building codes, urban codes, zoning codes, accessibility codes, and energy codes. How can such constraints become generative, opening up opportunities for design and representation?
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/03/07/exhibition-view-drawing-codes-experimental-protocols-architectural-representation [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues. 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed. 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m., Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"A Thousand Cranes": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 8-10. This award-winning local children's theater presents its original drama based on the true story of Sadako, a young Japanese girl who was stricken with leukemia due to radiation poisoning 10 years after the bombing of Hiroshima. She believed, according to tradition, that if she could fold a thousand origami paper cranes she would get her wish--to recover from her illness. Geared toward kids age 8 & up. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $12; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Behavioral and Social Science: Real-World Applications": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Mar. 8-Apr. 12. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. Mar. 8: U-M political science professor Stuart Soroka on "Negativity in Democratic Politics."

Mar. 15: MSU economics professor Rachel Croson on "Behavioral Economics."

Mar. 22: U-M management professor Richard Bagozzi on "Looking into the Minds of Managers and Consumers."

Mar. 29 (9:30 a.m.): U-M internal medicine professor Jeff Kullgren on "The Why and How of Behavioral Economic Strategies to Promote Healthy Decisions."

Apr. 5 (10:30 a.m.): U-M public policy professor Kaitlin Raimi on "Motivated Reasoning about Climate Change."

Apr. 12: U-M computer science professor Ceren Budak on "Understanding Charitable Giving Decisions: New Evidence and Recommendations."
10-11:30 a.m. (except as noted ), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Family Storytime: Saline District Library.

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30-minute storytime program for kids age 2 & up, accompanied by a caregiver. Younger siblings welcome. Also, "Book Babies" (preregistration required, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 21 & 28 and Dec. 5) for kids under 2, accompanied by a caregiver (each baby needs an adult lap).
6:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Wed.-Fri.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). Space limited; preregistration recommended at hshv.org/littlepaws. 661-3575. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. 

"Body Rehab": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Prevents injuries by strengthening and elasticizing the most susceptible joints in your body. This class is performed using rehab exercises and stretches.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Creative Break": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 8, 9, 15, 22, & 29. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to take up a challenge TBA. Supplies provided.
Noon-1:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab (Mar. 8, 15, & 22, Mar. 9, 7-8:30 p.m.) & 4th-floor meeting rm. (Mar. 29). Free. 327-8301.


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Mar. 1: Detroit jazz vocalist Joan Belgrave. Mar. 8: Blues and boogie-woogie by pianist Mr. B and drummer Pete Siers. Mar. 15: Irish fiddle music by the Big Fun Trio. Mar. 22: U-M music majors. Mar. 29: Jazz pianist and vocalist Alvin Waddles.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. A current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey. Vegetarian lunch ($3/person, $5 for nonseniors) available at noon.
1-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 1:30-3 p.m. 

"Double Pocket Cards": USArtQuest.

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Jacqueline Hills loves loves loves making cards, and so will you!
The double pocket cards are fun because they allow you to send pictures, tags, and/or sentiments to others.
It's like a card and a gift in one! Plus this project is perfect for double-sided paper, especially the sheets where you love BOTH sides and can't decide which one to use because you don't want to cover one side up. With this design, you get to see BOTH sides of the paper.
For beginners to advanced; fee includes all materials.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $35. 734.562.2662. AskAnything@USArtQuest.com www.usartqeust.com [map]



 2-3 & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon. Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings. Note: Play days are also offered at the Malletts Creek (Tues. 10-11 a.m., & Thurs. 6:30-7:30 p.m.), Pittsfield (Wed., 11 a.m.-noon), Westgate (Thurs. 2-3 p.m.), and Traverwood (Fri. 10:30-11 a.m.).
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7;15 & 10:15 p.m. 

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": State Theatre.

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(Martin McDonagh, 2017). Darkly comic drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson.
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.


 3:30 p.m. 

"Phantom Thread": Michigan Theater.

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(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017). Drama starring Daniel Day Lewis as a dressmaker in 1950s London whose life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3:45, 7:30, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Party": Michigan Theater.

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(Sally Potter, 2018). Dark comedy about a celebration that gradually unravels as secrets surface. Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson.
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, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Black Panther": State Theatre.

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(Ryan Coogler, 2018). The much anticipated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o.
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! 

"Challenges Facing the Labor Movement: An Organizer's Perspective": U-M Program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

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Talk by longtime labor activist Jon Grossman. Topics include the role of leadership in democratic organizations, how workers should confront industries that need to change, and others.
4 p.m., Michigan League Michigan Room. Free. 764-6285. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Mar. 8 & 9. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Mar. 8: U-M women's history professor Dena Goodman on "Biography and History: Building a Successful Life in the Wake of the French Revolution." Mar. 9: Villanova University public history professor Jason Steinhauer on "The Future of (Public) History."
4 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fake News in the 2016 Election": U-M Communication and Media Speaker Series.

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Talk by Dartmouth College government professor Brendan Nyhan, who spent 2 years as a postdoc at U-M.
4-5:30 p.m., 2435 North Quad. Free. 764-0420. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Leaking Subject: Arab Culture in the Digital Age": U-M Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies.

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Lecture by Dartmouth College Middle Eastern studies professor Tarek El-Ariss.
4 p.m., 1022 Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 647-4143. [map]


 4:15 & 10 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": State Theatre.

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(Greta Gerwig, 2017). Critically acclaimed drama exploring the bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf.

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State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"On My Own Storytime": Saline District Library.

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Storytelling program for kids age 3 & up, with or without a caregiver. No younger siblings.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:30 & 4:45 p.m. 

"I, Tonya": State Theatre.

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(Craig Gillespie, 2017). Biopic about controversial ice skater Tonya Harding. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.
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 p.m.  Free! 

A2CT Junior Theatre Auditions for Elephant and Piggie's "We are in a Play!": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's Junior Theatre program announces auditions for its spring musical, Elephant and Piggie's "We Are In A Play!" with Book and Lyrics by Mo Willems and Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, directed by Andrea Klooster. Auditions take place Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8, from 4:30-6:30 PM. Callbacks are scheduled for Saturday, March 10. All auditions and callbacks are at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio, 322 West Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Rehearsals for this production will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 PM, and Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Performances are May 18-20, 2018, at the Arthur Miller Theatre. please visit www.a2ct.org or contact the A2CT office at 734-971-2228.
Auditions are open to young actors currently in grades 4-12. No pre-registration is required. Actors should plan to arrive a few minutes early to fill out forms, and plan to stay for the duration of the audition.
A2CT Studio Theatre, 322 W. Ann St. 48104. Free. 734-971-2228. manager@a2ct.org http://www.a2ct.org/junior-theatre/junior-theatre-auditions [map]


 5-6 p.m. 

"Full-Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Small-Group personal training in a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine that is customized to your fitness level.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Mar. 8, 15, 22, & 29. Talks by visiting artists. Mar. 8: Award-winning information designer Giogia Lupi gives a talk on "Data Humanism." Mar. 15: Chelsea Manning. See Mar. 15 listing. Mar. 22: Yvonne Rainer (see Ann Arbor Film Fest listing on Mar. 22). Mar. 29: Caldecott-winning children's writer Brian Selznick, author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, gives a talk titled "Struck with Wonder."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

"Vinyasa Flow Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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In Vinyasa flow, you will be focusing on linking your breath with movement in order to create a dynamic flow of postures. Are you experienced or looking for a challenge, Vinyasa Flow may be the class for you! (This is not one of our Yoga classes for beginners).
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

2018 Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Semifinals: The Neutral Zone.

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Readings by teen poets from Washtenaw County battling for a spot at the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam finals on Apr. 12. Other semifinals are held at Washtenaw International High School (Mar. 15, 6 p.m.) and Pioneer High School (Mar. 16, 6 p.m.).
6 p.m., Huron High School, 2727 Fuller. Free. 214-9995. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Art Show and K-12 Open House: Clonlara School.

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COME GET INSPIRED!
Meet our talented student artists; learn about our Campus, Off-Campus, and Online Programs; and tour our school. RSVP appreciated: www.clonlara.org/artshow
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett. Free. 734-769-4511. info@clonlara.org www.clonlara.org [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"7th Annual EcoJustice and Activism Conference": Eastern Michigan University.

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Join activists, students, and scholars for a series of presentations, panels, and workshops addressing current social and environmental injustices. This event is free.
This conference is organized to engage activists, educators, students, and scholars in deep and meaningful discussion around what we can do together to address and organize actions aimed at eliminating current social and environmental injustices occurring in our local, national, and international communities.
This year's theme, "Practicing Affection in a Culture of Slow Violence" explores how care and affection inspires us into action when confronted by the suffering of others, both humans and the more than human. This means recognizing those forms of violence that are slow, taking place over indeterminate time and space, often hidden, and not necessarily spectacular but which are most destructive to life on this planet in the long term.
For more information: ecojusticeconference.weebly.com
Eastern Michigan University Porter Building, 955 West Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. rmarsha8@emich.edu ecojusticeconference.weebly.com [map]



 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sushi and Jazz": Doug Horn Trio.

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Reedman Doug Horn is joined by Cary Kocher on Vibes and rotating bassists.
We play from 6:30-8:30PM every other Thursday, starting December 14th, 2017.
Nagomi Sushi, 1754 Plymouth Rd (north Campus). Free. 734-761-5800. www.nagomiannarbor.com/northcampus/ [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"From Amos to Heschel and Beyond": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies 28th David Belin Lecture.

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American Jewish World Service president Ruth Messinger discusses what she calls "social justice Judaism."
6:30 p.m., Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw. Free. 763-9047. [map]



 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Noche de Cienca/Science Night": AADL Downtown Secret Lab.

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All kids in grades K-4 invited for some hands-on science and engineering activities. Sponsored by U-M Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and Proyecto Avance: Latino Mentoring Association.
6:30-7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301.


 7 & 9:45 p.m. 

"A Wrinkle in Time": State Theatre.

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(Ava DuVernay, 2018). After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him in this much-anticipated adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved young adult novel.
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.


 7 p.m. 

"Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool": Michigan Theater.

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(Paul McGuigan, 2017). Biopic about the May-December romance between a young English actor and Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame. Jamie Bell, Annette Bening.
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]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Thursday Jazz & Cocktail Happy Hour: Cultivate Coffee and Tap House.

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Thursday Jazz & Cocktail Happy Hour 7-10pm. Rotating artists in residence to perform jazz at Cultivate Coffee and Tap House. $2 off craft cocktails during jazz. No cover charge.
Cultivate Coffee and Tap House, 307 N River St, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-249-8993. www.cultivateypsi.com [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Basic Cake Decorating": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers hosts a hands-on exploration of a variety of frostings and how to make them, including how to use basic decorating equipment. Participants also make a basic American buttercream to use in practicing with a piping bag. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th floor meeting rm. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Civic Life in Ann Arbor": City of Ann Arbor 2018 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion with representatives from local government and social media experts on what it means to be an engaged citizen in a sustainable community in the social media age. Moderated by CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Hamlet": Fathom Events.

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Taped re-broadcast of the National Theatre (London) 2015 production of Shakespeare's masterful tragedy about the tormented Prince of Denmark, whose quest to avenge his father's murder leads to the deaths of almost everyone close to him. The play remains resonant for its rich, abundant poetry and its penetrating explorations of the psychology of love and betrayal and the disparities between thought and action. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch.
7-10:30 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $17 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 7 p.m. 

"Moon Over Buffalo": Friends of the Michigan League Dinner Theater.

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Mar. 8-10. Nancy Heusel directs dessert (Thurs.) and dinner (Fri.-Sun) theater productions theater production of Ken Ludwig's 1995 madcap farce about a washed-up B-movie acting couple touring the 50s theatrical circuit. They get an unexpected last stab at stardom when they learn that a major director plans to attend one of their performances, but everything that could go wrong does. The cast includes Trent Collier, Leslie Weston,Barbara Mackey-King, Christina McKim, Chris Watson, Danielle Augsburger, Pelham Barron, Norm Richert. Part of the proceeds goes to U-M scholarships.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 6:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), Michigan League Henderson Rm. Dessert & show tickets $35 (students, $17) and dinner & show tickets $65, in advance only at the Michigan Theater Ticket Office. 763-TKTS. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Ypsilanti poet Stephanie Heit reads from The Color She Gave Gravity, her 2017 collection that explores connections between women. The program begins with an open mike for poets, who are welcome to read their own work or a favorite poem by another writer.
7 p.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Night": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members host a storytelling program. Audience members are encouraged to bring a 5-minute story to tell.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Kids of Amandla Street": Spinning Dot Theatre.

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Mar. 8-10 Jenny Anne Koppera directs local actors of all ages in South African playwright Lereko Mfono's play about 4 South African youth who try to change the world and live full lives in spite of the racism, fear, and potential violence that surrounds them. Followed by discussion with Mfono. The show is also performed at EMU Honors College (511 W. Forest, Ypsilanti) on Mar. 9 and Riverside Arts Center (76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti) on Mar. 10.
7 p.m., The Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. $10 (kids, $5) suggested donation. spinningdot.org. [map]


 7:15 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Live Action"

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Screening of short films nominated for an Academy Award.
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]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"First Date": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Mar. 8-11. Aaron Wade directs local actors in Austin Winsberg, Alan Zachary, and Michael Weiner's 2014 Broadway musical comedy about a blind date, set to a pop-rock score, with the voices in the couple's heads come to life. Cast: Sarah Mazurek, Drew Benson, Kimberly Lock, Sarah Sweeter, Tina Paraventi, Jessica Dodson Terlep, Wil Lewis III, Wynton Doty, and Eric VanWasshnova.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $26 (seniors age 60 & over, $23; Thurs., $20; students, $14) in advance at a2ct.org/tickets, by phone, & at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
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]


 8 p.m. 

"Music for Mott": The Ark.

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A benefit for Mott Children's Hospital featuring an ensemble of U-M music faculty and alums recruited and led by Stuart Carlson, a U-M violin and composition student who was born weighing 1 lb., 13 oz. in Mott Hospital in 1996. With pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng, cellist Anthony Elliott, fiddler-mandolinists Grant Flick and Brad Phillips, violinist Stephen Shipps, and bassist Jacob Warren. Emcee is Miss Michigan Heather Hendrick, the U-M M-Prize program director.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20-$75 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 p.m. 

Joe Pug: The Ark.

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Highly regarded young Chicago-based folk-rock singer-songwriter whose music draws on a variety of influences from John Prine to the late alt-country songwriter Walter Hyatt and whose best songs manage to blend Springsteen's conversational, musing Everyman with Dylan's gnomic parables.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Michael Harrison: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 8-10. Local debut of this NYC-based comic, a native of the Saskatchewan prairies, known for his clean observational comedy and charming, laconic delivery. In addition to his standup, he's made appearances on TV shows as varied as Queer As Folk, MTV's Video on Trial, and NBC's The Bridge. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Flint": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 18-Mar. 10. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' heartfelt drama about 2 Flint couples struggling to hold onto their faith in the American Dream while they endure the diminished prospects of their once prosperous city. Stars Cassaundra Freeman, Lynch Travis, Rhiannon Ragland, & David Benndena.
3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & Feb. 2 & 23), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 9:15 p.m. 

"The Post": Michigan Theater.

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(Steven Spielberg, 2017). Historical drama about the attempt by the Nixon administration to prevent the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which pushes the country's first female publisher of a nationally prominent newspaper and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalism and government. Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 9:30 p.m. 

"Ferrell Child: The Films of Will Ferrell Film Series": Michigan Theater.

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Mar. 1: "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (Adam McKay, 2004). Will Ferrell is perfectly hilarious as a perfectly coiffed local TV news airhead. 9:30 p.m.

Mar. 8: "Step Brothers" (Adam McKay, 2008). 2 aimless middle-aged men still living at home are forced against their will to cohabitate when their parents marry. 9:30 p.m.

Mar. 15: "Zoolander" (Ben Stiller, 2001). Comedy about a washed-up, addle-brained male fashion model hoodwinked into assassinating the prime minister of Malaysia. 9:30 p.m.

Mar. 29: "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (Adam McKay, 2006). Satirical send-up of NASCAR culture. 9:30 p.m.

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Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Kaj Althaus & Hotel Arch

Local alternative rock quintet. Opening acts are 3 other U-M student bands, the blues-rock band Kanem X & the May Moons, the funk-soul sextet Soul Pizza, and the jam band Dove Punch. [venue info]

Café Verde: Maggie Hasspacher

Detroit singer-songwriter and acoustic bassist whose music draws on classical, jazz, and folk idioms. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute.. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Slice

East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers

Pittsburgh acoustic Americana quintet whose music draws on old- time, bluegrass, country, jazz, rockabilly and swing to create an original brand of tight, high-energy string band music. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

 
 


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