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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 16, 2018

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 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]

 10 a .m.-7 p.m. 

Annual Show: Michigan Gem and Mineral Society.

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The Michigan Gem & Mineral Society annual show at the Jackson County Fairgrounds American One Event Center, 200 W. Ganson St., Jackson, MI, presents, "It's All About the Geodes" on
March 16th, 17th, & 18th 2018
Fri 10am-7pm,
Sat 10am-6pm,
Sun 11am-5pm
Adults $4, Seniors $2, Students $1, 5 & Under free. Many activities for kids, over 20 dealers and demonstrators. Gems, minerals, fossils, beads, jewelry, raffle, exhibits, displays, lapidary supplies, door prize drawings, and 3 days of silent auctions.
American One Event Center, 200 W. Ganson St., Jackson, MI, 49202, Jackson. Adults $4, Seniors $2, Students $1, 5 & Under free.. (517) 522-3396. [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.  Free! 

"Dollar Drop-In Movies": Saline Area Senior Center.

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Mar. 16 and Apr. 6 & 20. All seniors invited to watch movies. Mar. 16: Victoria and Abdul, Stephen Frears' 2017 biopic about Queen Victoria and her friendship with a young Indian clerk. Apr. 6: Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen's 2011 romantic fantasy about a young writer who stumbles into the literary world of 1920s Paris. Apr. 20: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh's 2017 drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder.
10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [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 p.m.  Free! 

"Movies at the Center": Chelsea Senior Center.

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A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.


Mar. 16: "The Quiet Man"(John Ford, 1952). A retired American boxer returns to the Irish village of his birth and falls in love with a fiery beauty. John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara.


Mar. 23: "Dunkirk" (Christopher Nolan, 2017). WW2 thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold.


Mar. 30: "The Longest Ride" (George Tillman, Jr., 2015). Drama (based on the Nicholas Sparks novel) about the ill-fated love affair between a rodeo bullrider and a college student.


Apr. 6: "Thor: Ragnarok" (Taika Waititi, 2017). Sci-fi superhero flick about the Norse god's race against time to stop the destruction of his world.


Apr. 13: "Sully" (Clint Eastwood, 2016). Biopic starring Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger, the American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.


Apr. 20: "Tommy's Honour" (Jason Connery, 2016). Biopic about the complicated relationship between the father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf in Victorian-era Scotland.


Apr. 27: "The Greatest Showman" (Michael Gracy, 2017). Lavish musical inspired by the colorful life of P.T. Barnum. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron.


May & Jun. schedule TBA at

12:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [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 p.m. 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Movies and refreshments for adults. Mar. 16: My Cousin Rachel, Roger Michell's 2017 period drama about a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious cousin, but then starts to fall for her. Rachel Weisz. Apr. 20: A United Kingdom, Amma Asante's 2016 biopic about the political and diplomatic problems surrounding Botswana king Seretse Khama's marriage to a British white woman in the 1940s. May 18: Goodbye Christopher Robin, Simon Curtis's 2017 biopic about A.A. Milne and his creation of Winnie the Pooh. June 15: TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: Research Through Making": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Since its inception in 2009, Research Through Making enables faculty to engage in architecture research or creative projects that are predicated on making. Seed funding is competitively awarded annually for up to five projects. Faculty collaborate with students to produce projects that ultimately lead to a public exhibition in the Liberty Annex Gallery. Through the years as the projects have evolved, the research has broadened and many have gone on to win national awards (P/A Awards, R+D Awards, ACSA Awards, AIA awards, etc.) and be published, presented and exhibited through out the world. Research Through Making is one of the most innovative architecture research programs in the country, and provides important funding that allows students to work with faculty on innovative research projects and bring that knowledge back to the classroom and into their futures as designers.
Liberty Research Annex, 305 W. Liberty Street. Free. 734-764-1300. [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]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Life on the Swerve: Once Upon a Time Called Now!": U-M Classics Department/U-M Residential College.

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The San Francisco-based touring company Cultural Odyssey-actresses Rhodessa Jones & Felicia Scaggs accompanied by saxophonist Idris Ackamoor-use the narrative framework of Greek mythology to depict the struggles of an HIV-positive ex-inmate. Jones is the founder of the award-winning Medea Project, which brings performance workshops to incarcerated women and women living with HIV. Q&A with Jones after the performance. Also, 2 panels with Jones on Mar. 14, 12:10 & 5 p.m., Classical Studies Library, 435 S. State.
3:30 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 764-0360. [map]

 4, 7, & 9:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 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. 

U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 16-18: Bowling Green. Home-opening 3-game series. 4 p.m. (Mar. 16), 2 p.m. (Mar. 17), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 18).

Mar. 21: WMU. 1 p.m.

MSU. 4 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 25).

Mar. 28: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30-Apr. 1: Delaware. (Mar. 30, 4 p.m.; Mar. 31 doubleheader, noon & 3 p.m.; & Apr. 1, 1 p.m. ).

Apr. 4: Toledo. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13-15: 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 13, 4 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 20-22 3-game series vs. Penn State. Apr. 20, 4 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.

May 1: EMU. 6 p.m.

May 11-13: 3-game series vs. Illinois. May 11, 6 p.m.; May 12, 2 p.m.; May 13, noon.
Various times (see listing), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets TBA. 764-0247.

 4:15, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"A Fantastic Woman": State Theatre.

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(Sebastián Lelio, 2017). A transgender waitress/nightclub singer fights for social acceptance after the unexpected death of her boyfriend. Spanish, subtitles. Winner of this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
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.

 4:15 & 7 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.

 4:30, 7:15, & 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.

 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, 7:15, & 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:45, 7:30, 9:45 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 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch animated movies, including The Incredibles (Mar. 2) and Bolt (Mar. 16). Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at [map]

 5-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"VegWeek at the University of Michigan": Michigan Animal Respect Society, UM Dining, Planet Blue, UM Sustainable Food Program, and The Campus Farm.

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VegWeek is a week dedicated to animals, the environment, and health. From March 12-16, the Michigan Animal Respect Society (MARS), in partnership with Michigan Dining, the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP), the Campus Farm at the University of Michigan, and Planet Blue, will be hosting a 5-day series of events surrounding the ethical, environmental, and health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.
There will be talks by Dr. Will Tuttle (author of The World Peace Diet), Dr. Joel Kahn (cardiologist and best-selling author), Dan McKernan (founder and executive director of Barn Sanctuary), Marc Ramirez (former UM football player), and a professor panel with University of Michigan professors.
At each event there will be food offerings including a banquet dinner on Friday!
Visit the website below to find the program!
Samuel T. Dana Building: Room 1040, 440 Church St. Free. [map]

 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]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Readings by teen poets from Washtenaw County battling for a spot at the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam finals on Apr. 12.
6 p.m., Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium. Free. 214-9995. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Christian School Benefit Auction: Washtenaw Christian Academy.

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Be sure to buy your tickets to our Annual Benefit Auction which will be on Friday, March 16 at 6 pm. Tickets are $35 and include access to our large Silent Auction, live music entertainment, a catered sit-down dinner, Dessert Dash and a Live Auction led by David Helmer. Funds raised benefit Washtenaw Christian Academy's students and teachers. Call or email to buy your tickets.
Washtenaw Christian Academy, 7200 Moon Road, Saline. Donation. $35. (734) 429-7733. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Beer & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly beers with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $35. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Singing in Exile": U-M Armenian Studies Program.

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(Turi Finocchiaro and Nathalie Rossetti, 2015). Documentary following an Armenian liturgical singing master who takes a group of young European actors to the home of Armenian liturgy, in Turkey.
6:30 p.m., 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 763-0622. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Erin Adair-Hodges & Jenny Molberg: Literati Bookstore.

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These 2 poets read from their latest collections. University of Toledo creative writing visiting professor Adair-Hodges reads from her darkly humorous 2017 debut, Let's All Die Happy, and University of Central Missouri English professor Molberg reads from her imaginative and intimate 2017 debut, Marvels of the Invisible. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by 2 U-M creative writing grad students, fiction writer Nell David and poet Franny Choi.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Anything Goes": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theater.

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Young local actors perform Cole Porter's delightful Depression-era musical set aboard a sumptuous Art Deco luxury liner en route from New York to London that pokes merry fun at the moral hypocrisy of 1930s high society. Despite its satirical edge, the heart of the play is its musical score, which features some of Porter's brightest music and most impishly sophisticated lyrics. It abounds in songs that have become popular standards, including the title song, "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "It's Delovely," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," and many more.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Washington Street Education Center Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Holes": EMU Theatre of the Young.

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EMU theater professor Christine Tanner directs EMU drama students in Louis Sachar's 90-minute stage adaptation of his Newbery-winning book about an outcast kid sentenced to dig mysterious holes in a juvenile detention camp in the Texas desert. For ages 10 & up.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.); 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $7 in advance and at the door. 487-2282. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Madagascar: A Musical Adventure Jr.": Ann Arbor Christian School.

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Mar. 16 & 17. Musical version of the popular animated film about Central Park Zoo animals who escape to explore the world.
7 p.m. (Mar. 16) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 17), Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd. $7 in advance at 741-4948. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"UMMA After Hours": UMMA.

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The museum is open late tonight, with curators discussing the current temporary exhibits. Also, live music by Ypsilanti jazz-funk fusion band Impulse. Light refreshments.
7-10 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to try kirtan, an ancient yogic spiritual practice that involves singing and chanting. Accompanied by live music on tabla, harmonium, cello, violin, and finger cymbals. The program ends with silent meditation and homemade chai.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 665-0849. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lama Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Choling.

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This Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (Woodstock, New York) Tibetan Buddhist monastery teacher gives a talk on "Buddha Nature."
7:30 p.m., Karma Thegsum Choling, 614 Miner. Free. 678-7549. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Paralleled Dissonance: Pure Existence Dance Company.

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Created, directed, and choreographed by Jodie Randolph, Paralleled Dissonance is an evening-length work developed in collaboration with Pure Existence dancers and original score by Andrew Harness. The work explores the undeniable tensions in our world through the subject of interpersonal conflict. Innate opposition becomes the source of investigation, offering a deep reflection of the polarity within ourselves. Our complicated need for human connection is countered by the wars that ensue between nations, between people, and ultimately within. A contrast between the individual versus the collective questions the boundary between self and other.
Question & Answer session immediately following performance!
2|42 Community Church, 648 S Wagner Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $20. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Higher and Higher: The Incredible Automotive Balloon Spectacular of 1910": Thurston Community Players.

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Mar. 15-17. Thurston Elementary School students, parents, and friends present the school's 44th annual original musical.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), Clague Middle School auditorium, 2616 Nixon. Tickets $10 (students, $5) in advance at & at the door. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Inherit the Wind": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Mar. 15-18. Forrest Hejkal directs Community High students in Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee's charged 1955 drama exploring threats to intellectual freedom represented by the notorious 1925 Scopes "Monkey Trial," in which Clarence Darrow defended (and William Jennings Bryan prosecuted) a Tennessee schoolteacher arrested for teaching the theory of evolution. Cast: Chloe Kurihara, Jeremy Klooster, Lily Gechter, Max Klarman, Ian Loomis, Evan Rago, Ellen Reed, Noah Pike, Maddie Jelic, Sophia Waldburger, Simon Cassell-Kelley, Mali Chappell-Lakin, Olivia Weinert, Erin Simmons, Basil Rutkowski, Isabel Perry, Ryan Klooster, Aris Chalin, Bree Linton, Karenna Collins-Thompson, Noah Greenberg, Rowan Tucker-Meyer, Phoebe Bolz, Lily Sickman-Garner, Ryan Klobucar, Bao Polkowski.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at and at the door. 994-2025. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Paralleled Dissonance": Pure Existence Dance Company.

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Jodie Randolph directs this local dance company in her new evening-length work that explores tensions, from wars between nations to interpersonal conflict to inner turmoil. Set to an original score by Michigan composer Andrew Harness. Q&A follows.
7:30 p.m., 2|42 Community Church, 648 Wagner. $20. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"The Art of Communicating": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to discuss Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hahn's book. Hosted by Crazy Wisdom owner Bill Zirinsky.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 8-11 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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New Hampshire caller David Millstone leads to live music by Debbie Jackson, Earl Gaddis, and Matt McCoy. For experienced dancers. Part of the "Melt Into Spring" weekend (see Mar. 17).
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $12. (248) 288-4737. [map]

 8-11 p.m. 

Ben Rosenblum (Jazz Pianist) with opening performance by Grant Flick/Jacob Warren Duo.

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"Award-winning jazz pianist, composer and accordionist Ben Rosenblum has been described as "mature beyond his years," (Jon Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility), and as an "impressive talent" (C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz), who "caresses [the music] with the reverence it merits" (Bob Doerschuk, Downbeat Magazine). Ben is based primarily in New York City, and is a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard program (in 2016). His original music combines his extensive knowledge of the history of jazz with a free-wheeling, modern melodic sensibility and powerful narrative approach to the piano. His profound passion for jazz, swing and world music genres finds expression in his unique fusion of harmonic and rhythmic elements from a wide array of sources, and gives rise to a signature compositional sound and style at once iconoclastic and deeply rooted in such figures as Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly." (Read more at
Opening act: Grant Flick/Jacob Warren Duo
Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron Street. $10 (general)/$5 (students & seniors). (734) 665-0606. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Janelle Reichman Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Straight-ahead jazz by this local clarinetist & saxophonist, who is joined tonight by trumpeter Ingrid Racine, bassist Jeff Pedraz, pianist Scott Gwinnell, and drummer Nick Collins.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Joel Mabus: Green Wood Coffee House (First United Methodist Church).

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Veteran Michigan guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle virtuoso, who is also an excellent songwriter known for his trenchant humor and eclectic "folkabilly" style. "Mabus is everything a modern string player should be--versatile, innovative, tasty, and funny," says Martin Keller of the Twin Cities Reader. Mabus' 2017 album, Different Hymnals, is a blues/folk/Americana-infused exploration of faith.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance at and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Karen Rontowski: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 15-17. A regular on the popular Bob and Tom Show radio program, this stand-up comic from western Massachusetts is known for her casually hilarious blend of the commonplace and the absurd in tales of her experience as a paranormal investigator, tarot and reiki master. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Stephen Kellogg: The Ark.

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Popular Massachusetts singer-songwriter known for his impassioned, radio-friendly Americana-tinged pop-rock. "Stephen is a classic songwriter with a thoroughly modern approach: literate, melodic, passionate, and fresh," says Rosanne Cash.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $24 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (,, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

The Obertones: West Side United Methodist Church.

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Founded in 1984, the Obertones represent the finest in collegiate men's a cappella music. Spurred by the parallel energies of Oberlin's liberal-arts creativity and renowned-conservatory-style musicality, they quickly forged their own sound in the acappellasphere, filled with powerful solos blended into intricate harmonies in innovative, original arrangements. The Obertones' mission, over thirty years later, remains the same: to deliver their signature sound to audiences far and wide in fun-filled performances overflowing with contagious energy. Their quest to share their love of singing has taken them from coast to coast, south and north; from busking on the streets of New York to major festival stages in Washington, DC, to a live stream of over 100,000 viewers and everywhere in between. They have also been featured on HBO's Girls and Netflix's Bojack Horseman! For more information/videos of the group check out their website,, Facebook page and their Youtube chan
West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. 7th Street. Free. (734) 663-4164. [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. 

"In the Heights": U-M MUSKET.

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Mar. 16-18. Bruna D'Avila directs U-M students in Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes' musical about 3 days in the life of people living in NYC's Latinx Washington Heights neighborhood. The score draws on hip-hop, salsa, and merengue.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $10 (students, $7) in advance at, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Tributes": U-M Concert Band.

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Courtney Snyder and guest conductor John Pasquale direct this ensemble of music majors in a program highlighted by a performance of USC music professor Frank Ticheli's new flute concerto, Silver Lining, with U-M flute professor Amy Porter. Also, contemporary composer Brian Balmages' Fanfare Canzonique, Dello Joio's Fantasies on a Theme by Haydn, Grainger's "Colonial Song," William Schuman's George Washington Bridge, Barber's "Commando March," and Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Jesters.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [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]

 9:30 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)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Abigail Stauffer

This local singer-songwriter, who currently splits her time between Ann Arbor and San Diego, is known for her piercing, emotionally direct pop-folk and pop-rock songs that she sings in a rich, resonant alto voice. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Jay Frydenlund

Local singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

Bona Sera: It(')s About Time.

The lounge is transformed into an interactive space with music, performance and visual art, movement, and dance exploring the concept of time. [venue info]

Canterbury House: Ben Rosenblum Trio

Rosenblum is a highly regarded young NYC jazz composer pianist whose music, rooted in the tradition of Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, blends extensive knowledge of jazz history with a free-wheeling melodic sensibility and a powerful narrative drive. Tonight he showcases material from his acclaimed debut CD. With bassist Marty Jaffe and drummer Ben Zweig. Opening act TBA. $10 (students & seniors, $5). 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: Act Casual

Local rock, blues, and funk quintet Opening act is Chirp, a local jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Irish Knights

A host of local bands cover a wide array of Irish music, from Van Morrison to U2 to the Cranberries. Performers include the October Babies, Adam Plomaritas, Dede & the Dreamers, Adam Labeaux & the Cloudbuilders, members of Back Forty, Porthole, Shannon Lee & Peter Smith, The Yunger Dryaas, Coty Lynn & Andrew, Dickie D., Paul's Big Radio, James Henes, and Mike Gentry. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Arlo Aldo Arlo Aldo

Americana alt-folk quintet from Pittsburgh. [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]

Habitat Lounge: Persuasion

Versatile Detroit R&B dance band. [venue info]

Live: Cellar Cats Cellar Cats

An eclectic mix of rock 'n' roll, Motown, blues, soul, R&B, progressive rock, and swing by this ensemble of veteran local musicians fronted by singer-flutist Patty O'Connor. With guitarist and harmonica player Myron Grant, guitarist Kip Godwin, keyboardist Mark Wight, bassist Terry Gordinier, drummer John Marion, and Charles Dayringer on congas, clarinet, and sax. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Laura Rain & the Caesars Laura Rain & the Caesars

An intense fusion of funk, soul, and blues by this Detroit quintet fronted by vocalist Rain. [venue info]

Mash: William Boley

A mix of pop, folk, and rock by this versatile Plymouth singer- guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea: Dani Darling Dani Darling

Local jazz-inflected pop-soul singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Allison Downey.

Veteran award-winning Kalamazoo acoustic folk-rock singer- songwriter. [venue info]


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