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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 9, 2018

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 7:00 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Demystifying End of Life Conversations, Practices & Planning: JFS of Washtenaw County and Thrive Counseling.

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3/9/2018 from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Breakfast & Registration at 8:00AM
Presented by Susan Sefansky, LMSW
This course provides an opportunity to explore issues surrounding one's own death, including understanding the business of death, funeral and rituals, and end of life conversations. Examining these components of death with enable participants to increase their comfort level in conversations with clients and become better advocates by understanding how the grief trajectory may be influenced by events that do or do not happen at the time of death.The course will show best practices when using both face-to-face and phone interpreters, as well as practical tips for ensuring confidentiality, accuracy, and that ethical standards are met.
Social Workers can earn 4 CEUs for this course. Course Approval #: 121517-02
Type of Admission
Student (non-CEU) - $15
General (non-student, non-CEU) - $36
LMSW (earning CEUs) - $55
StoryPoint Saline, 6230 S. State St, Saline. $15-$55. [map]

 9 a.m.-6 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:
Eastern Michigan University Porter Building, 955 West Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. [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. [map]

 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

P+ARG Biennial Graduate Student Conference: "Networks of Knowledge and Power": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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The 4th biennial graduate conference of the Planning and Architecture Research Group (P+ARG) of University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning engages the fields of architecture and planning, as well as neighboring fields from the humanities and social sciences.
Knowledge in architecture and planning moves. It moves through networks of power and capital, through corporate establishments, governmental alliances, international organizations, transnational social movements, and media and technology. These networks of power deconstruct and restructure forms and relations of production-emergent and old. They also produce new social and material assemblages within which spatial knowledge is constantly re-visited and re-organized. The resulting socio-technical formations ultimately reconfigure both the products of, and knowledge within, the fields of architecture, planning, and affiliated disciplines.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

"Passages: Mono Printing": USArtQuest.

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We all love the mysterious look of layering in our artwork, but how do you achieve it? The trick is build them gradually, obscuring and removing previous layers selectively. Work in multiples using acrylic paints, collage, and drawing media. Explore possibilities, try out different solutions to visual "problems", and develop confidence in design and color.
Instructor Lolly Mindell has studied with master artists Jane Davies and Carolyn Dube and brings her own sensibilities to art with her innate sense of encouragement to play and experience your art.
For beginner to advanced.
Fee includes all materials.
What to bring: your lunch or snack.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $75. 734.562.2662. [map]

 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). 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 a.m. & 12:30 p.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 and at the door. 995-0530. [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]

 10:30-11 a.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]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Lenten Organ Concert Series: American Guild of Organists.

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Every Fri., Feb. 23-Mar. 23. Concerts by AGO members and other organists.
12:15-1:15 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [map]

 12:30-1:30 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:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. [map]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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

 2-3:15 p.m.  Free! 

"America's Economic Future": U-M Ford School of Public Policy Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy Vandenberg Lecture.

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Talk by former U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
2-3:15 p.m., Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State at Hill. Free. 615-3893. [map]

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"How Should a Body Be?": U-M Library.

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Local writer and motivational speaker Bethany Meloche reads from her new memoir about growing up with a progressive degenerative disease inherited from her grandmother. Meloche is at the downtown AADL on Mar. 15 (see listing).
3 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"'Black' Power 'Beyond Belonging'": Noncitizen (Youth) Politics in (Post-) Migrant Berlin": U-M Anthropology Department Rappaport Lecture Series.

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Talk by U-M anthropology professor Damani Partridge.
3-5 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall (4th floor). Free. 764-7274.

 4-7 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Saline Knights of Columbus.

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Baked tilapia, beer-battered fried cod, salad, fries, beverages, homemade cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and desserts.
4-7 p.m., St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin Dr. (off Austin Rd. off W. Michigan Ave.), Saline. $10 (seniors age 60 & over, $9; kids ages 6-12, $6; age 5 & under, free). 355-8277. [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]

 4:15 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.

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)., 668-TIME.

 4:30, 7:15, & 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:30-7 p.m. 

40th Annual Lenten Fish Fry: Old St. Patrick's Church.

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Every Fri., Feb. 16-Mar. 23. Fried Alaskan pollack, choice of potato or macaroni & cheese, salad bar, and beverage. Desserts available for a nominal additional charge. Be prepared to stand in line, but the food is worth the wait.
4:30-7 p.m., Old St. Pat's parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. at Northfield Church (3 miles north of Ann Arbor). $9.50 (seniors, $8; children 6-11, $6; children 5 & under, free). 662-8141. [map]

 4:30-7 p.m. 

Fish Fry: St. Mary Catholic Church Manchester.

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St. Mary Catholic Church's famous Lenten fish fries are back after a ten-year hiatus. Enjoy a delicious fish dinner each Friday in Lent (with the exception of Good Friday) from February 16 through March 23 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Center, 110 East Madison Street (behind the Marathon gas station on Main Street in the Village of Manchester). The menu will include fried and baked fish, French fries, baked and spicy little potatoes, a salad bar, and delicious desserts. New this year is a drive-thru take-out. Just follow the signs to the back of St. Mary Parish Center. Prices range from $10 for adults to $6 for children ages 6 to 10. Take-out and senior citizens are $9. There is no charge for children five and under.
St. Mary Parish Center, 110 East Madison Street, Manchester. Various. 7344287628. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Dexter Knights of Columbus.

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Every Fri. through Mar. 23. Pan-fried cod, baked tilapia, fried clam strips, baked salmon, and sides.
4:30-7:30 p.m., KofC Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. $11 (kids age 5 & under, $7; drive-thru & carry out, $10). 426-5558. [map]

 4:30-7 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Dinner: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Every Fri., Feb. 16-Mar. 23. Hand-battered fried cod, baked tilapia, mac & cheese, sautéed green beans, roasted red potatoes, French fries, salad bar, rolls with butter, and coffee & tea. Fish sticks and grilled cheese for kids. Soda, desserts, and tomato parmesan soup available.
4:30-7 p.m., St. Francis Parish Activities Center, 2250 E. Stadium. $10 (seniors age 62 & over, $9; kids, $6). 769-2550, ext. 0. [map]

 4:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:45 & 6:45 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:45, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Thoroughbreds": State Theatre.

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(Cory Finley, 2018). Satirical drama about 2 suburban teens who rekindle their unlikely friendship over a plan to kill one of their stepfathers. Anya Taylor-Joy, Olivia Cooke, Anton Yelchin.
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)., 668-TIME.

 5-8 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Fry: St. Mary Chelsea Knights of Columbus.

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Every Fri., Feb. 16-Mar. 23.
5-8 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. $10. 475-7561. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Think Japan, Act Global: Japanese Graphic Design in the Postwar Period": UMMA.

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Panel discussion, in conjunction with the current UMMA Red Circle exhibit, with exhibit curator Natsu Oyobe and U-M art professor Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo.
5:30-7 p.m., UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. Space limited; first come, first seated. 764-0395. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

P+ARG Conference Keynote: Kazys Varnelis: The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Kazys Varnelis is a historian, maker of architecture, and artist.
He holds a PhD in the History of Architecture and Urban Development from Cornell University. He is Director of the Network Architecture Lab and co-founder of AUDC, entities that are both think tanks and practices, conducting research, producing publications, and exhibitions. With AUDC he has published Blue Monday: Absurd Realities and Natural Histories (2007) and exhibited at High Desert Test Sites and other venues. With the Network Architecture Lab, he has edited the Infrastructural City. Networked Ecologies in Los Angeles and Networked Publics (both in 2008) and exhibited at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania as well as the New Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Netlab is currently undertaking a major solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania, to open in July.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Before We Vanish": State Theatre.

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(Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2018). Quirky sci-fi drama about the problems faced by 3 aliens who travel to Earth and take possession of human bodies while planning a mass invasion. Japanese, subtitles.
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)., 668-TIME.

 6:30 p.m. 

2nd Annual Silent Auction & Chorale Cabaret: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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Members of this group of talented young local singers perform a variety show and dance numbers, and the entire AAYC performs choral works TBA. Silent auction. Proceeds benefit AAYC.
6:30-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free admission. 996-4404. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chorale Cabaret and Silent Auction!: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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Ann Arbor Youth Chorale (AAYC) presents their 2nd annual Silent Auction and Chorale Cabaret fundraiser! 6:30 to 8:30 pm at First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, 517 E. Washington St. All are welcome; no admittance charged.
The evening features a fun variety show by Youth Chorale members, plus several en masse choir numbers. Exciting, unique silent auction items centered on local sports, museums, food, salon treatments, artwork, theater, music and more!
AAYC is a non-profit organization that has provided high-quality choral training and concerts to boys and girls ages 9-16 since 1987. Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit AAYC directly and ensure continued choral offerings to youth in our communities. Visit for more information about this and other upcoming events.
First Baptist Church, 517 E Washington St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. (734) 996-4404. [map]

 6:30 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]

 6:45 & 10 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)., 668-TIME.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Moriel Rotham-Zecher: Literati Bookstore.

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This Ohio-based American-Israeli writer reads from Sadness Is a White Bird, his debut novel about a young man preparing to serve in the Israeli army while trying to reconcile his close relationship to 2 Palestinian siblings with his deeply ingrained loyalty to family and country. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stamped Leather Bracelets: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for adults and teens in grades 6 & up. Materials provided.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Lacrosse.

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Mar. 3: Siena. Noon.

Mar. 9: Air Force. 7 p.m.

Mar. 17: Marquette. 3 p.m.

Mar. 31 Maryland. Noon.

Apr. 21: Johns Hopkins. Noon.
Various times (see listing above), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"56 Feet on the Floor": Sole Full of Rhythm.

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Mar. 9-11. This local dance company performs tap and jazz choreography by Sara Randazzo, Paula Skimin, and Roya Panahi to Thelonious Monk music played live by pianists Rick Roe and Tyler Driskill, cellist Katri Ervamaa, trumpeter Mark Kirschenmann, guitarist Curt Waugh, and vocalist Kathy Waugh. With audience participation.
7 p.m. (Mar. 9 & 10), 4 p.m. (Mar. 10), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 11), Randazzo Dance Studio, 4569 Washtenaw. Tickets $15. Space limited; reservations recommended., 477-9350. [map]

 7-8:30 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.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Never Remember: Searching for Stalin's Gulags in Putin's Russia": U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.

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Talks by Russian American journalist Masha Gessen and NYC-based photographer Misha Friedman. Gessen's recent book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, won the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Friedman's latest projects deal with Russian corruption and the tuberculosis epidemic in the former Soviet Union.
7-9 p.m., 1010 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [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 Riverside Arts Center (76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti) on Mar. 10.
7 p.m., EMU Honors College, 511 W. Forest, Ypsilanti. $10 (kids, $5) suggested donation. [map]

 7:15 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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

 7:15 p.m. 

Sundance Film Festival.

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Official 2018 Sundance Festival screening and world premiere of a film TBA.
7:15 p.m., Michigan Theater. $15 (MTF members, $12). or call 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"School House Rock, Jr. Live!": AllenKidsAct.

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AllenKidsAct is the new theatre troupe for Allen's 1st-5th Graders. Students perform a Broadway-style musical.
​Our first production is Schoolhouse Rock, Jr. Live!
Performance dates are March 9, 2018 at 7:30pm and March 10, 2018 at 1:00 & 3:30pm
Performances will last approximately 60 minutes.
Allen Elementary School, 2560 Towner. $5. 7349047195. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Fabula Rasa": Ellipsis Theatre Company.

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Mar. 9 & 10. Forrest Hejkal directs this local company in a Ellipsis Theatre founder Joanna Hastings' 2005 surreal comedy, a revision of a dance-theater piece about a famous choreographer who loses his jacket, his wife, his gender, and even his species on his journey through death and deification. Cast: Zehra Berkman, Joanna Hastings, Scott Screws, & Adam Weakley.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 9 p.m. (Sat.), Bona Sera Underground, 200 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti.Tickets $10 in advance at and via email to, and at the door. 635-8450. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions.

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Mar. 9 & 23.Screening of family-friendly movies, including Pete's Dragon (Mar. 9) and The Lion King (Mar. 23), and snuggles with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10 in advance at 661-3575. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Philadelphia Story": Greenhills School.

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Mar. 9-11. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs upper school students in Philip Barry's brilliant, rapid-fire comedy that was immortalized in the 1940 Katharine Hepburn film about a willful, self-centered society girl who wreaks havoc on her family when she leaves her husband for another man.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 9 & 10) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 11), Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. $10 (students, $5). 769-4010. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Mar. 9 & 23. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m. (Mar. 9) & 9-11 p.m. (Mar. 23), 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]

 8 & 10:30 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. 

"Borderline": Company Wang Ramirez (University Musical Society).

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Mar. 9 & 10. Korean-German dancer Honji Wang and French-Spanish dancer Sébastien Ramirez star in their acclaimed work that combines hip-hop with German Expressionism. The 6 performers are hooked up to an aerial rigging system, and the nuanced choreography functions as a visual metaphor for flight, struggle, freedom, and constraint.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $26-$48 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.

 8 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, by phone, & at the door. 971-2228. [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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Improv: Draw Duo/Draw Trio": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. Performance by a guest improv troupe TBA. Followed by performances by members of the League of Pointless Improvisers, in groups of 2 or 3 (assigned by the audience), and "water form," a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Through the Looking Glass": U-M Symphony Band.

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Michael Haithcock and guest conductor (and U-M band director emeritus) H. Robert Reynolds lead the band in Pulitzer Prize-winning U-M composition professor emeritus William Bolcom's 1st Symphony for Band. Also, Copland's Emblems, Massenet's Ballet Music from Le Cid, contemporary Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra's Fandangos, and L.A.-based contemporary American composer Larry Tuttle's Across the Divide. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a discussion of the program with Bolcom, Reynolds, and Haithcock.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 & 11 p.m.  Free! 

"Venus in Fur": U-M Basement Arts.

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Mar. 9 & 10. Lillian Cole directs students in David Ives' 2011 Tony-nominated 2-person comic drama about a writer grumbling over the caliber of actresses who have auditioned for his adaptation of Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novel Venus in Furs, when he is waylaid by a latecomer who seems even less promising than her predecessors. When she convinces him to read through his play with her, she exhibits a strange mastery of the material--and the lines between art and reality gradually dissolve as she engages him in an increasingly serious battle for domination.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 11 p.m. (Fri.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio One, 1226 Murfin. Free. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

"Submission": Michigan Theater.

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(Richard Levine, 2018). Drama about a middle-aged author teaching college writing who takes a keen interest in a talented female student. Stanley Tucci, Kyra Sedgwick, Addison Timlin.
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]

 8:45 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

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

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

 9:15 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)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Nick Small

Versatile local young singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Jacob Sigman

Toledo folk-rock singer-songwriter. Opening acts are The Kelseys, a local rock quartet, and Johanna Baumann, a U-M student electronic musician. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "Friends with Benefits Dance Party"

Dance Party with a DJ. Proceeds benefit a charity TBA. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Jeff Karoub Jeff Karoub

Acoustic folk-pop story songs by this Dearborn-based singer- songwriter who accompanies himself on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. [venue info]

Dreamland Theater: "Thrown."

Showcase of hip-hop and R&B by members of the Detroit-Ypsilanti collective T.R.I.B.E. A tribute to the group's recently deceased founding member Zuu. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Greyline: Corndaddy Corndaddy

Local alt-country band led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dan Rafferty Band

Popular 8-piece Detroit pop dance band. [venue info]

Live: "Velvet Underground Tribute."

With an ad hoc ensemble led by local jazz bassist Dave Sharp and featuring guitarist Mike Boyd and Alex Anest, drummer Chuck Mauk, and vocalist Lucciana Costa. 6:30- 9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Terraplanes

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

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Jim Smith

Local country-folk singer-songwriter whose influences include Gordon Lightfoot and James Taylor. [venue info]


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