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Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 11, 2018






 
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. (Mar. 4, 11, & 18); AADL Westgate (Mar. 25). [map]


 9 a.m.-3 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]


 9:30 & 10 a.m. 

"Shamrocks and Shenanigans 5K": Running Fit/Conor O'Neill's.

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4-lap 5-km race and walk that starts and finishes at Conor O'Neill's on Main Street. Also, a 1-km run for kids. Awards to male and female winners in each age division. Inside Conor O'Neill's following the race, face painting, bagpipers, Irish music and dancing, and more. Proceeds benefit Mott Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Center.
9:30 a.m. (kids 1-km) & 10 a.m. (5-km race & walk), Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $39 in advance at runshamrocks.com by Mar. 9, $45 day of race. Kids 1-km: $20 in advance at runshamrocks.com by Mar. 9, $25 day of race. 929-9022. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. & Sun., except Mar. 18 & 28. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Mar. 7 & 11: "Wiggly Worms." Mar. 14: "Who Lives on the Forest Floor?" Mar. 21 & 25: "What Do Animals Eat?"
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 per child (members' children, $4). 997-1553. [map]


 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]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Worship Service: Episcopal Church of the Incarnation.

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The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation is an open and inclusive community within the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. We're rooted in the Anglican tradition, nourished by contemplative practice, and committed to service and advocacy.
Our work together as a church is all about connecting lives, transforming faith, and working for justice.
Come as you are. Whoever you are. Wherever you are on your journey. We don't have a dress code. And we don't have any expectations or requirements about what you need to believe in order to be welcome here.
Our church community is a diverse one - in age, race, and family structure. We welcome non-traditional families, including single parent, adoptive, multi-racial, and families headed by same-sex couples.
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 3257 Lohr Rd. Free. 734-769-7900. http://incarnationannarbor.org/ [map]



 11 a.m. - 12 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]



 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Open Bicycle Repair / Winter Repair Workshop": Common Cycle.

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The Common Cycle Mobile Repair Stand goes indoors for winter! Hosted the first Sunday each month at the Adventure Leadership Rental Center.
Common Cycle volunteers range from from experienced mechanics to interested newbies, and we help all kinds of cyclists fix all kinds of bikes. The only requirement for getting help at the Repair Stand is that you be willing to get your hands dirty; assistance from the Mobile Repair Stand is free, but we welcome donations.
Feel free to drop in to borrow tools, seek maintenance advice or just mull over a winter project.
Adventure Leadership Rental Center (, 336 Hill St. Donation. ian@commoncycle.org https://www.commoncycle.org [map]



 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Technology and Ethics": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Yazaki electronics project manager Larry Engelhardt, of chapters 7 & 8 of Claremont School of Theology professor Philip Clayton's Religion and Science: The Basics.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]


 1, 3:30, 6, & 8:30 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.


 1-4 p.m  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.

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1-4 p.m., The Ark (except June 10), 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. cawolfe@umich.edu. 678-7549, 663-0262. [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]



 1-4 p.m. 

U-M Detroit Observatory.

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Half-hour docent-guided tours of photographs and artifacts in this restored 19th-century observatory museum. Also, a chance to pull the rope and rotate the telescope dome.
1-4 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. $5 suggested donation (U-M students, free). 764-3482. [map]


 1 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]



 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 1:15, 4, 5:45, & 8:45 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.


 1:30, 3:45, & 6:15 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.


 1:45 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.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Puzzle Therapy: Complete Package Care and Connection Meet up.

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Puzzles can be magically and magnetically appealing! Also, it is a strangely fun activity to do with other humans despite the relative lack of eye contact. Come work on a fascinating array of puzzles! We will be putting together puzzles with 500 pieces and UP! $2 suggested donation to cover the cost of our puzzles. 2pm-4pm March 11th.
Westgate Library Meeting Room B, 2503 Jackson Ave (In Westgate Shopping Center) Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. Donation. 678-948-7228. fitfundone@gmail.com Meetup.com [map]



 2 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]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Himmeli Style Metal Planters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grades 6 & up invited to make a geometric air plant hanger inspired by Finnish himmeli ornaments. Materials and air plant provided.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-8301.


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown training center. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Red Circle: Designing Japan in Contemporary Posters": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of 1980s Japanese graphic design posters that were meant to change Japan's global image. The tour also includes a new exhibit of work by the late-20th-century American graphic designer Paul Rand.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 2 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]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

Blue Water Ramblers: Ann Arbor District Library.

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The Grand Rapids folk duo of banjoist Jim Foerch and guitarist Bear Berends performs a wide range of traditional Great Lakes music, including lake shanties, lumberman ballads, union rallying cries, farmer's paeans, gospel music, and children's ditties.
3-4 p.m., AADL Downtown. Multipurpose rm. Free. 327-8301.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting rm. (Mar. 4, 11, & 18); AADL Westgate (Mar. 25). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"U-M Theatre Students Afternoon Musicale": First United Methodist Church.

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U-M musical theatre professor Cynthia Kortman Westphal directs her students in a revue-style variety show of popular show tunes.
3 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]


 3:30 & 9 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]


 3:45 & 9:45 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 p.m.  Free! 

Classical Concert by Local Orchestra group: Dexter Community Orchestra.

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Classical music presentation in March 2018:
Conductor: Anthony Elliott
Programs:
* Sergei Prokofiev - Lieutenant Kije Suite
* Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major
Christopher Harding - guest piano soloist
* Jean Sibelius - Symphony no. 2 in D major.
Free admission - donations are welcomed.
Dexter High School - Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker Rd., Dexter. Free. Donation. 734-726-0070. info@dextercommunityorchestra.org http://www.dextercommunityorchestra.org/concerts.html [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Community Orchestra.

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Anthony Elliott conducts this volunteer ensemble in Prokofiev's 1933 Lieutenant Kijé Suite, a celebrated and influential film score that has inspired at least 2 pop songs: the late Greg Lake's 1975 hit "I Believe in Father Christmas" and Sting's 1985 Cold War protest "Russians." Also, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with guest pianist Christopher Harding, and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2 in D Major.
4 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker (south off Shield from Baker Rd.), Dexter. Free. 355-0725. [map]


 4 p.m. 

Elias Quartet: University Musical Society.

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This English string quartet, best known for its ambitious project to record all Beethoven string quartets, now explores his legacy in Schubert's Quartettsatz in C minor and Death and the Maiden and Dvorak's Quartet in E-flat major.
4 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $24-$46 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"Bach for Pipes": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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U-M flute professor Amy Porter is joined by cellist Victor Huls and keyboardist Joseph Gascho to perform all of J.S. Bach's flute sonatas. Proceeds go toward a new church organ.
4 p.m., St. Andrew's 306 N. Division. $20 (students, $10) at the door. 663-0518.


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Hidden Moon, the 2nd in James Church's Inspector O series set in Korea, and The Investigation, J.M. Lee's murder mystery set in a Japanese POW camp in WWII.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Kids: Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 5 p.m. 

"Cocktail Class: Drink Me, I'm Irish!": Tammy's Tastings.

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In honor of St Patrick's Day we'll be exploring cocktails with ingredients from Ireland (and I don't mean green beer). You'll sample Irish Whiskey and understand what makes it different from bourbon or Scotch, and use it in cocktails along with other Irish ingredients, including Bailey's Irish Cream and Guinness Stout. Classes are hands-on, with lots of tasting opportunities.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $45. 734-276-3215. tammylc@tammystastings.com http://www.tammystastings.com/events/cocktail-class-drink-me-im-irish-2/ [map]


 5 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]


 5 & 8 p.m. 

"Boys, Boys, Boys! A Gay Cabaret": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Gay U-M musical theatre juniors & seniors perform numbers originally written for female characters in major musicals to highlight the continuing lack of nuanced queer representation in the arts.
5 & 8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $5. Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 5:30 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.


 5:30 p.m. 

"Coloring with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All age 12 & up invited to color while interacting with adoptable cats. Snacks, soda, and coloring supplies provided.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Preregistration recommended at tinylions.org/coloringwithcats. 661-3575. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Jazz + Film: Avant Garde Film & Live Jazz": A2 Jazz Fest and Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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The A2 JAZZ FEST and ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL present an evening of JAZZ+FILM, featuring Avant Garde film selections with live improvised music from the Tim Haldeman Quartet. Personnel: Jesse Kramer (drums), Dave Sharp (bass), Daniel Woodward Bennett (sax) and Tim Haldeman (sax).
FREE
Hathaway's Hideaway, 310 South Ashley Street. Free. (734) 649-3207. https://www.facebook.com/events/414149415707749/ [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

"Restorative Yin Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Designed to be stress relieving and focus specifically on restorative breathing, this class will help you sleep better and improve your overall flexibility. Restorative Yoga at Better Living Fitness in Ann Arbor is a great way to ease out of the weekend.
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. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 6 p.m. 

Euchre Tournament: Fraser's Pub.

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Every Sun. All invited to play 5 euchre games of 12 hands each. No partner necessary.
6 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. sarah.aami@gmail.com. [map]


 6:15 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]


 6:30 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 7 p.m. 

Milonga: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Sun. Tango dance party. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a lesson ($5; free for dance attendees).
7-10 p.m., Agave Tequila Bar, 211 N. Main. $10. sophiatango.com, 634-9629. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Mar. 11 & 25. Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by local veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, on Mar. 18, there is a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 998-9353. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

California Guitar Trio: The Ark.

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The trio of Bert Lams, Paul Richards, and Hideyo Moriya first got together as members of Robert Fripp's League of Crafty Guitarists and struck out on their own in 1991, when they began playing in California clubs and coffeehouses. Known for its stunning virtuosity and sly sense of humor, the trio plays a brand of progressive acoustic music that fuses classical, jazz, blues, country, rock, and even surf styles. In addition to several originals, its repertoire ranges from an adaptation of a Bach lute prelude and a virtuoso cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" to a medley of the Western standard "Ghost Riders in the Sky" and the Doors' "Riders on the Storm." .
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and the ark.org; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"8 Pointless Minutes: A Long Form Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to form groups to perform an 8-minute improv sketch. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun. except Mar. 4. Various locations. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Mar. 11 & 25) & Pendleton Room (Mar. 18), $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Weird Al" Yankovic: Live Nation.

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This musical satirist, best known for dead-on musical spoofs of pop hits like "Smells Like Nirvana" and "Amish Paradise," presents the "Ill-Advised Vanity Tour," which focuses on his original, non-parody songs. In contrast to his usual high energy, over-the-top performances, Yankovic says this tour is "something very informal and low-key … kind of an Unplugged/Storytellers vibe." Opening act is longtime local favorite Emo Phillips, the audaciously eccentric, freakishly cerebral comic's comic who appeared as the clumsy shop teacher with Yankovic in his 1989 cult classic UHF.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35.50-$79.50 in advance at michtheater.com & ticketmaster.com, and at the door. 800-745-3000. [map]


 8:15 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

Jazz band led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: EventJazz

Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show, led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Harrington Brown

Local guitar duo of Michael Harrington and Appleseed Collective frontman Andrew Brown. [venue info]

Old Town: Mike Latini

Patterson (NY) singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]

 
 


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