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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 10, 2018






 
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 8:30 a.m. 

CONNECT & ACT 2018: Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice.

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One day, one place to come together to shine light on the connections between social justice issues and to help you take action right now.join this full-day, all-age, public community
experience and come away inspired and educated
The experienced facilitators will focus on a few central themes including Criminal Justice, the Environment, the Immigration Crisis, the Poor People's Campaign, and Strengthening our Democracy.Break-out sessions will offer opportunity to everybody. Each session will connect participants to the content and to each other. They'll also include calls to action focused on the powerful work ICPJ is steering with partner individuals and organizations in our local community.
The day will include intentional networking time and space, as well as great food (by Joyful Treats Catering) and great local music.
Public Welcome AND 8th-12th grade students are FREE, but still need to register.
Where: Ypsilanti High School, 2095 Packard St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197., Ypsilanti. 0-$55. (734)663-1870. info@icpj.org connectandact2018.eventbrite.com [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: ecojusticeconference.weebly.com
Eastern Michigan University Porter Building, 955 West Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. rmarsha8@emich.edu ecojusticeconference.weebly.com [map]



 9-11 a.m. 

"Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's important to provide regular, basic wellness services for your pets to protect them from unnecessary illnesses.That's why the Humane Society of Huron Valley Veterinary Clinic offers low-cost vaccinations, wellness testing, and prevention products for all public cats and dogs at our Low Cost Vaccination Clinics.*
Pricing for Low Cost Clinics:
Rabies & Distemper Combo - $25
Rabies ONLY - $15
Distemper ONLY - $15
Bordetella - $20 (dogs only)
Feline Leukemia Vaccine - $20 (cats only - must provide proof of a negative test within the past month.)
FeLV/FIV Test - $30 (cats only)
Heartworm Test - $20 (dogs only)
24PetWatch Microchip ID - $25 (dogs) and $15 (cats)
Heartworm, flea and tick preventative offered at very low prices!
You do not need an appointment to attend the HSHV Low Cost Vaccination Clinic. Please bring your dogs on a non-retractable leash and all cats must be in a carrier.
*Though our Low Cost Vaccination Clinics are appropriate for most dogs and cats,
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. 734-662-4365. clinic@hshv.org www.hshv.org/clinic [map]



 9am-2pm 

"Spectacle: How to Put Showbiz Into Your Biz Onstage": National Speakers Association, Michigan Chapter.

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Your speech's words are interesting. But what exciting happens onstage or onscreen during your speech? The answer should not be nothing. In this example-packed extremely interactive show & tell session, NSA President Brian Walter with Extreme Meetings will reveal formats for creating the kind of "spectacle" showbiz-like experiences that audiences love and remember!
In SPECTACLE you will discover how to…
Create custom game shows
Bring audience member into the act
Make client executives heroes
Quiz audience members
Poll audience members
Interview audience members
Make things fly indoors
Perform an in-meeting flash mob with glowsticks
Lunch served
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $45 NSA-MI Member, $65 Non-Member Early Bird, $75 Non-Member. 734-707-8985. info@nsamichigan.org http://nsamichigan.org/product/march-10-2018/ [map]



 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Dec. 9 & 10, Jan. 13 & 14, Feb. 10 & 11, Mar. 10 & 11. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (members, $3; kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 605-0624. [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. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/03/09/parg-biennial-graduate-student-conference-networks-knowledge-and-power [map]


 9:30 & 11 a.m. 

"Fairy Door Workshop": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids make a fairy door to take home. Parents & guardians welcome to participate.
9:30 & 11 a.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $12. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]


 10-11 a.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]



 10 a.m.-noon 

Book Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books & other items.
10 a.m.-noon, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 for a bag of books; 2nd bag free. 429-5450. [map]


 10 a.m. 

Dexter Community Education SPRING Craft and Vendor Show.

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Join us for a fabulous craft and vendor event in beautiful Dexter MI. Over 90 participants with something for everyone. Spring decor, your favorite direct sales vendors, one of a kind crafts and yummies. Visit with the Easter Bunny from 12:30-2:00 $2 admission for adults, kids free! Lunch available for purchase, handicap accessible, ample parking.
Creekside Intermediate School, 2615 Baker Rd, Dexter. $2/ kids free. 734-424-4180. staeblerp@dexterschools.org https://www.facebook.com/dextercraftandvendorshows/ [map]



 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Luminary Workshops: WonderFool Productions.

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Every Sun., Mar. 4-Apr. 1. Local artists show how to make a lantern to carry in the FoolMoon processionals on Apr. 6. Materials provided. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Workantile, 118 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted ($10 suggested). wonderfoolproductions@gmail.com, 763-7550. [map]


 10 a.m. 

Running Start Workshops: Running Start.

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Running Start is an engaging, mentor-led, workshop-based approach to equip youth with entrepreneurial skills to start a business. Over a series of four workshops, middle and high-school aged youth will come up with a business idea, test it, market it, and finally pitch it.
GO Where Meetings Matter, https://www.running-start.biz/enroll-now-1/. $199. 734-741-1134. debra@running-start.biz www.running-start.biz



 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

YDL Guitar Club: Ypsilanti District Library.

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We teach each other songs, listen, collaborate and learn to play guitar, together. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own instrument, acoustic or electric. Ages 18+.
Ypsilanti District Library, Michigan Avenue Branch, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1386. jmorgan@ypsilibrary.org ypsilibrary.org/events [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Exploring Brauer": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a hike to look at various habitats in the Brauer Preserve.
10 a.m.-noon, Brauer, Parker Rd. just south of Waters Rd., Freedom Twp. Free. 971-6337.


 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 3-24. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Old-Time Maple Sugar Festival": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Screening of the film Maple Sugar Farmer, display of antique syrup-making equipment from the Waterloo Farm Museum, and guided walks with WNHA naturalists to learn how sap is collected and boiled down to make syrup.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), 17030 Bush Rd. Chelsea. Free. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]


 10:30 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.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Stitch an Inchie": USArtQuest.

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For everyone addicted to thread work, beginners to advanced, Connie Pickering Stover will show you how to break rules to create your own art pieces.
Learn to needlepoint using gorgeous hand-painted threads! These are not ordinary threads, they're what makes your needlepoint truly one-of-a-kind. Whether you're a needlepoint newbie, or have some experience, Connie will guide you through the process of creating with panache! You'll want to frame this piece when complete, and Connie will show you how to do that, too!
For beginners and beyond - as long as you know just one stitch, be it cross stitch, needlepoint, crewel, etc., this is for you.
Class fee includes all materials. Frame available for purchase.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $35. 734.562.2662. AskAnything@USArtQuest.com www.usartqeust.com [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Mar. 10, 17, & 24. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M & visiting scholars. Mar. 10: U-M physics professor Vanessa Sih on "Spins, Magnetism, and Computers." Mar. 17: "Using Physics to Fish for Cells." Akadeum Life Sciences CEO Brandon McNaughton discusses how physics is being used to separate cells for biological research, drug development, and disease testing. Mar. 24: U-M physics professor Chrisy Xiyu Du on "Sound, Shapes, and Photosynthesis: Physics is Everywhere."
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": AAHOM.

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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.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon 

"Cardio & Core": Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
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]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

The Garden Mill Green Thumb Series.

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Talks and demonstrations on garden-related themes by Garden Mill staff and local master gardeners.

Mar. 3: "Seed Starting." Talk by Garden Mill owner Jennifer Fairfield.

Mar. 10: "What's Bugging Your Garden." Garden Mill staff share tips for how to identify common beneficial & harmful insects.

Mar. 17: "Getting Into the Weeds." Garden Mill staff discuss how to identify and manage several common weeds.

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11 a.m.-noon, Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Space limited; preregistration recommended. 475-3539. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Voices Valiant: U-M School of Music Faculty Recital.

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This local senior choir presents a program of traditional and modern choral works.
11 a.m., U-M Walgreen Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


 12:45-2:45pm  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Citizens' Climate Lobby - Ann Arbor chapter.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions.
Ann Arbor District Library - 3rd floor Freespace room, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free. annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org http://annarborccl.org [map]



 12:55 p.m. 

"Semiramide": Fathom Events.

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Mar. 10 & 14. Broadcast (Mar. 10) & rebroadcast (Mar. 14) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Rossini's 1823 bel canto masterpiece about the murderous queen of Babylon that musicologist Rodolfo Celletti calls "the last opera of the great Baroque tradition: the most beautiful, the most imaginative, possibly the most complete." Stars Angela Meade and Elizabeth DeShong, with Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green. Italian, subtitles.
12:55-4:45 p.m. (Mar. 10) & 1 & 6:30 p.m. (Mar. 14), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 (seniors, $17; students, $14) in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 1, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 1 & 3:30 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. AllenKidsAct@gmail.com http://allenkidsact.weebly.com/ [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Community Cats Training Class: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Be an advocate for feral cats!
In this FREE class, you will learn why HSHV believes that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) helps reduce the number of free roaming cats, lowers stray intake and euthanasia and creates better, less hostile environments for our community cats. You'll also learn how you can help -- and we need you! RSVP requested.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. marketing@hshv.org http://www.hshv.org/site/PageNavigator/services/Cat_Management.html [map]


 1-10 p.m. 

Threads All Arts Festival: Threads Organization.

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We're so excited to invite you to Threads All Arts Festival, which kicks off Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 1 PM and runs until Sunday, March 11th, 2018 at 10 PM at Ypsilanti's Historic Freighthouse. This second iteration of the festival involves over 130 artists with a connection to the southeastern Michigan area. We welcome all ages, kids under 12 get in free!
Artists were selected for quality and artistic diversity from a free and open submission process. The lineup includes live music and dance performances, film, poetry, and a gallery of visual and installation art. Performances will vary in style, averaging 20 to 30 minutes, and will be presented back-to-back on two stages within the Freighthouse. Check out our website for the full schedule.
Sign up to be a volunteer and receive festival pass and T-shirt on us!
Threads is a certified local food event and will serve amazing eats by El Harissa, Pilar's Tamales and Veg-O-Rama, and drinks by Corner Brewery and Stovetop Roas
Ypsilanti Historic Freighthouse, 100 Market Place, Ypsilanti, MI 48198, Ypsilanti. $8-$40. 3058074650. info@threadsfestival.com threadsfestival.com [map]



 1 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 wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show Arthur the emu on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, cougar feedings (1:30 & 4:30 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids' Coding Hour!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 3-8 invited to build apps in BitsBox, a system that teaches kids to code. More experienced coders can bring their own project in their preferred coding language. Computers provided. No experience necessary.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown training center. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 1-4 p.m. 

"Splash Day": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of pool games and contests. Prizes.
1:30-3:30 p.m., Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. $5 (youth age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]


 1:15, 4, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 1:15 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]


 1:30 p.m. 

"Ghibli for Kids" Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Mar. 3: "My Neighbor Totoro" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988). Anime tale about 2 girls who move to the Japanese countryside and befriend strange and delightful nature spirits. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 10: "Kiki's Delivery Service" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989). Coming-of-age anime about a teen witch trying to find her place in the world. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 17: "Howl's Moving Castle" (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004). Anime love story about an 18-year-old girl cursed into an old woman's body and a wizard who can see through the curse. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 24: "Spirited Away" (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001). Oscar-winning anime fantasy about a young girl who discovers a secret world of strange spirits and sorcery. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 31: "Ponyo" (Hayao Miyazaki, 2008). Anime fantasy about a young boy who develops a relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human after falling in love with him. 1:30 p.m.

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1:30 p.m., State Theatre. $10 (kids under 12, free; students, seniors, & veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50).


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Chain Mail Bracelets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows adults and teens in grades 6 & up how to make a simple chain mail twist bracelet using links & pliers. Supplies provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Come and Meet Those Dancing Feet: Tap in Hollywood and Broadway": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture-demo by veteran local tap dance teacher and dance historian Susan Filipiak, the owner of Swing City Dance.
2:30-4 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 3 & 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]


 4 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 p.m.  Free! 

John Fedchock: U-M School of Music Jazz Trombone Symposium.

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A performance by this renowned jazz trombonist, a former member of the Woody Herman Orchestra, who is joined today by the U-M Jazz Trombone Quintet. The daylong symposium also includes a free performance at 2 p.m. by the U-M Jazz Ensemble, the U-M Jazz Trombone Quintet, and Ann Arbor Trombones.
4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4 & 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. solefullofrhythm@me.com, 477-9350. [map]



 4:15 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15 & 6:45 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). michtheater.org, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]


 6:15 p.m. 

Family Date Night: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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The Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center is proud to present our second annual Family Date Night on March 10th, from 6:15pm - 8:30pm!
Join us for a night of fun, filled with crafts, karaoke, refreshments, and a movie screening of Sing!
Pre-registration is required for this event. Register online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org!
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw Ave. $5/person. 734-971-6355. dsk@ewashtenaw.org https://parksonline.ewashtenaw.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/SPLASH.html [map]


 6:30 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [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]


 7 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.


 7-11 p.m. 

734 Saturdays : March Edition!.

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The Second Saturday of every month Northern Threat Entertainment is here to bring you a night filled with incredible talent, good vibes, and community building!
We partner with local artists (mainly from the 734, but all are welcome!) in order to provide a space to nurture emerging acts and OG's as well--doesn't matter if its your first show or you 100th, if you're striving to become better at what you do, we wanna work with ya!!
OPEN MIC from 7:30-8:30---artists come with your USB Drives ready or an acoustic instrument! We also welcome comedy and poetry
(WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR TRACK. USBS ONLY)
Our Guest DJ for this month is local footwork/ hip-hop producer DJ FLP
Featured Artists are:
Adam Luther
Scumbag Fred
Soultry
Whacha Callem
Blac.God.Almighty
Money Mob
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $5. 734-221-3961. https://www.facebook.com/events/830177850502514/ [map]



 7 p.m. 

Justin Nozuka: Good Old War.

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Justin Nozuka live at Blind Pig on March 10th.
Blind Pig, 208 South 1st Street. $20. josh@glassnotemusic.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. 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.
Sunset-12:30 a.m. or as long as the sky remains clear, Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.


 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.
7 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $10 (kids, $5) suggested donation. spinningdot.org. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Columbus caller Frank Buschelmann leads to live music by Luke Panning and Debbie Jackson. Wear loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson for beginners.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. $11 (members, $10; age 29 & under, $5). fjkarsch@umich.edu, 769-2133. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Richard Shindell: The Ark.

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A former bandmate of John Gorka in the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band, Shindell is a veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter who burst onto the national scene in 1992 with Sparrow's Point, a widely acclaimed LP that included "Kenworth of My Dreams," a song Ramblin' Jack Elliott has called one of the best truck songs he's ever heard. "Like Bruce Springsteen and Lucinda Williams, he dwells on big, often difficult moments in the lives of ordinary people. By staying with them even as he flies into metaphor, he maintains equanimity," says New York Times music critic Ann Powers.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office, the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"8th Annual That Brown Show": Michigan Sahana.

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Indian classical music and dance performances by various U-M student ensembles, including both Hindustani and Carnatic musicians, and performers of many different styles of Indian classical dance. Performing groups include Michigan Bhangra Team, Michigan Raas Team, Taal, Izzat, Maya, Maize Mirchi, Michigan Manzil, and Michigan Sahana.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. $12 & $15 (students, $10) in advance at michigansahana.com and at the door. (586) 215-1177. [map]


 7:30 & 9 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 theatrenova.org and via email to ellipsistheatreboxoffice@gmail.com, and at the door. 635-8450. [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.  Free! 

Aaron Berofsky: U-M School of Music Faculty Recital.

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This U-M violin professor is joined by pianist (and U-M grad) Ellen Hwangbo, an internationally acclaimed performer known for her expressive power and passion, in a program highlighted by Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Straight-ahead jazz with world music influences by an ensemble led by this popular local bassist. With violinist Henrik Karapetyan, oud player Igor Houwat, and drummer Mike List.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]



 8-10 p.m. 

Harmony Bones: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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The local ensemble of musicians Laz Slomovits, Jeanne Mackey, Eric Fithian, Tom Voiles, and Linda Teaman performs songs, rounds, and chants with rich vocal harmonies and an array of instruments, including guitar, mandolin, flute, pennywhistle, fiddle, banjo, percussion, sitar. The ensemble's name comes from an acupuncture point that harmonizes imbalances.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Mary Gauthier: Green Wood Coffee House (First United Methodist Church).

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A Louisiana native currently living in Boston who is often compared to Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams, Gauthier specializes in vividly detailed, sharply observed songs about people on the edge that one critic has dubbed "country noir." She's also known for the luminous purity of her singing. Her latest CD, Trouble and Love, is a collection of songs inspired by experiences of grief that she calls a "record about getting to a new normal--it's a transformation record."
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance at greenwoodcoffeehouse.org and at the door. 665-8558. [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 ums.org, 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 a2ct.org/tickets, by phone, & at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 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. umichbasementarts.com. [map]


 8:45 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.


 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. ladyofthelanes@belmarklanes.com belmarklanes.com [map]



 9 p.m. 

"Call Me By Your Name": State Theatre.

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(Luca Guadagnino, 2017). Romance set in 1983 Italy about a 17-year-old boy who begins a relationship with his father's male research assistant. Screenplay by James Ivory from the André Aciman novel. Italian, French, & German; 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 10:15 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.

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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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Jordan Smith

Solo performance by this lead guitarist for the Burlington (VT) funk- rock band Funkwagon. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Justin Nozuka and Good Old War

All ages admitted. Double bill. Nozuka is a Canadian American acoustic singer-songwriter whose music blends rock, folk, and soul, and Good Old War is a Philadephia trio that plays catchy, musically refined folk-rock with flawless vocal harmonies that, according to allmusic.com, "manages to sound like the Flaming Lips fronted by Paul Simon." Opening act is River Matthews, an English folk-rock singer-songwriter. Advance tickets: $20. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Club Above: "Indie Rock Night."

With bands TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: "St. Practice Day."

This daylong celebration features Irish ceili dancers, bagpipers and a traditional Irish music ensemble, along with Shaun Garth Walker (see above) and Brother Crow, a Detroit-area duo that plays traditional Irish songs of drinking and rebellion, accompanied on a wide array of instruments. 2 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: February Sky February Sky

Chicago-based duo of guitarist, banjoist, and dulcimer player Susan Urban, a singer-songwriter who writes story songs and humorous slice-of-life vignettes, and guitarist Phil Cooper, who sings original arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: Bobby Murray Band

R&B band led by singer-guitarist Murray, who was the regular guitarist in Etta James' band. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dan Rafferty Band

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

Mash: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

 
 


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