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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 23, 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]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Art & Craft Resale Show: USArtQuest.

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Mar. 23 & 24. Sale of gently used and new art & craft, sewing, and jewelry-making supplies and art studio tools and equipment.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.), USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US-12, Chelsea. Free admission. 562-2662. [map]

 9 a.m. 

"She Talks--Who Listens?": American Business Women's Association.

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Daylong seminar highlighted by a keynote address by Emmy-winning WDIV Local 4 News journalist Paula Tutman. Breakfast & lunch.
9 a.m. (8 a.m. registration & breakfast), St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall, 2260 E. Stadium. $49 in advance by Mar. 10 at; $59 after Mar. 10. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Easter Bunny Brunch": Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor.

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Come meet the Easter Bunny! This event will include swimming, a waffle bar, crafts and of course, photos with the Easter Bunny! Event cost is $10/child, no more than $30/family. Event registration is required, please give us a call at 734-864-5555 to register!
Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor, 2107 West Stadium Boulevard. $10 child no more than $30/family. 734-864-5555. [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]

 10:30-11 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]

 12:30 p.m. 

"The Tale of the Mischievous Bunny": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 21-24. This award-winning local children's theater company presents its original adaptation of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter's classic about a bunny who, despite his mother's warning, ventures into Mr. McGregor's garden. Geared toward kids in grades Pre-K to 2. 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. Note: All 10 a.m. shows are sold out.
10 a.m. (Mar. 21-23), 12:30 p.m. (Mar. 23), & 11 a.m. (Mar. 24), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $10; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 1 p.m. 

56th Ann Arbor Film Festival: Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the oldest experimental and avant-garde film festival in North America. It runs for six days each March at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. The AAFF shows over 200 films from nearly 70 countries, offering approximately $20,000 in awards each year.
The 56th Ann Arbor Film Festival will be held March 20-25, 2018.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. $12 ; $8 for students and seniors. 734-995-5356. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Vietnamese Spring Rolls": Chelsea Senior Center.

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Hands-on cooking demo with CSC director Trinh Pifer and members Jim & Mary Randolph.
1-3 p.m., CSC, 512 Washington, Chelsea. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required. 475-9242. [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]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Policing 'Free' Speech: The Language of DUI Arrests in the U.S. South": U-M Anthropology Department Colloquia Series.

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Talk by NYU anthropology professor Sonia Das.
3-5 p.m., 411 West Hall, 2085 South University. Free. 764-7274. [map]

 3:45, 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, 6:30, & 8:45 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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

 4-7 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Saline Knights of Columbus.

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

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Mohja Kahf: U-M Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies.

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This Syrian poet, a University of Arkansas comparative literature professor, performs works from Hagar Poems, her 2016 collection centered on the story of Hagar, Abraham, and Sarah--the ancestral feuding family of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 647-4143. [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 & 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]

 4:15, 6:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"A Wrinkle in Time": State Theatre.

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(Ava DuVernay, 2018). After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him in this much-anticipated adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved young adult novel.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 4:30, 6:45, & 9:30 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.

 4:30-7 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]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

After Hours Magic: The Gathering: Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this popular collectible card game. Snacks.
5-6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Music Ethel V. Curry Distinguished Lecture in Musicology.

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Mar. 22 & 23. Talks by University of North Carolina musicology professors Tim Carter and Annegret Fauser. Mar. 22: Carter on "Io conobbi la voce ch'adoro: Ventriloquizing Susanna in the Act IV Finale of Le nozze di Figaro." Mar. 23: Fauser on "Grooves of Empire: Internationalism, Imperialism, and Interwar Musicology."
5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Lecture: Janette Sadik-Khan: Taubman College of Architecture / Urban Planning.

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Janette Sadik-Khan was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation from 2007-2013 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, leading one of the most sweeping revitalizations of the city's streets in a half-century.
During her tenure, New York City added nearly 400 miles of bike lanes and the first parking-protected bike paths in North America. The department she led set in motion more than 60 plazas across the city, including the historic plazas that shut Broadway through Times Square, sparking economic recovery throughout the area. She worked with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to launch the city's first six rapid bus lines and oversaw hundreds of intersection and street redesigns that contributed to the city's record-low traffic fatalities. Sadik-Khan oversaw the 2013 launch of Citi Bike, the nation's largest bike share system, which to date has been used more than 22 million times and is doubling in size to 12,000 bikes.
Art + Architecture Building, A. Alfred Taubman Wing Commons, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd. Free. (734) 764-1300. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Betrayal and Irony: Native American Survivance and the Subversion of Ethnology": U-M American Culture Department Robert F. Berkhofer Jr. Lecture.

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Talk by scholar-poet Gerald Vizenor, a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation. Author of more than 20 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, he coined the term "survivance" in his 1999 book Manifest Manners: Narratives on Postindian Survivance, where he explains "survivance is an active sense of presence, the continuance of native stories, not a mere reaction, or a survivable name. Native survivance stories are renunciations of dominance, tragedy and victimry." Reception follows.
6:30-9 p.m., UMMA Apse. Free. 763-1460. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Dandelion Chocolate Tasting & Book Signing": Zingerman's Deli.

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Greg D'Alesandre, self-described "chocolate sourcer" for Dandelion Chocolate (San Francisco), talks about his new cookbook, Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S'More. Chocolate samples.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Deli, 422 Detroit St. $30. 663-3400. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Lone Wolf and Cub" Film Series.

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Mar. 20: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance" (Kenji Misumi, 1972). Adaptation of Kazuo Koike's manga series about a wandering assassin for hire who seeks vengeance for his wife's murder while accompanied by his young son. 1st of 6 films in the series, all shown this week. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m..

Mar. 21: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx" (Kenji Misumi, 1972). This 2nd installment finds the assassin for hire trailed by female ninjas hired to kill him as he tries to assassinate a clan traitor protected by 3 killers known as the Gods of Death. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m..

Mar. 22: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril" (Kenji Misumi, 1972). In this 3rd installment, the assassin is ready to kill an alluringly tattooed female assassin, but an old enemy from his past threatens his son's life. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m..

Mar. 23: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades" (Kenji Misumi, 1972). In this 4th installment, the assassin volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m..

Mar. 24: "Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons" (Kenji Misumi, 1973). In this 5th installment, 5 swordsmen hire the assassin, and when each is defeated, more of his mission is revealed, which is to save a clan's honor by killing its royal family. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m..

Mar. 25: "Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell" (Kenji Misumi, 1974). This last installment depicts the final conflict between the assassin and the Yagyu clan. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

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

 7 p.m. 

"Peter and the Starcatcher": Chelsea High School Theatre Guild.

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Paige Conway directs CHS students in Rick Ellice's whimsical 2011 Tony-winning adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's popular children's novel that creates a backstory for Peter Pan. A resourceful preteen saves an orphan after his ship is attacked by pirates while on a secret mission to convey a trunk full of starstuff to the imaginary Kingdom of Rundoon.
7 p.m., Chelsea High School Drama Room (rm. 502), 740 N. Freer. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10); $12 (students & seniors, $8) if purchased in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy. [map]

 7-8 p.m. 

Family Night Out: Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor.

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Join us Friday, March 16 for a special Family Night Out to celebrate the Colors of the Rainbow! We will have snacks, games, goodies, and more!
Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor, 2107 West Stadium Boulevard. $5/person no more than $15/family. 734-864-5555. [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 Callie Collins and poet Clare Hogan.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Read & Feed Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 6-12 invited to come prepared for a trivia quiz (with prizes) on a different book each month. Pizza. Mar. 23: The Thief, the first in Megan Whalen Turner's fantasy series about a thief tasked with finding a magical object for a king. Apr. 27: Steelheart, the first in Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series set in a future dystopia where a young man seeks revenge against superhuman oppressors. May 18: Kingdom Keepers, the first in Ridley Pearson's Disney after Dark series about 5 teens training as theme park guides who find themselves pitted against rogue Disney villains.
7-8 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Coppélia": Ballet Chelsea.

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Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based troupe of young dancers ages 8-18 in a production of her choreography of Léo Delibes' comic ballet, based on 2 E.T.A. Hoffman stories: "The Sandman" and "The Doll." A village youth falls in love with a life-sized dancing doll made by an eccentric inventor. This listing includes updated dates, times, and ticket prices. Disregard the information in the print edition.
7 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $20 (seniors age 60 & over, $15; students, $15) in advance at and at the door. 475-3070. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Ender's Game": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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(Gavin Hood, 2013). Screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi novel about a gifted boy sent to a military academy in space to prepare for a future alien invasion. Discussion follows.
7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Left Hand of Darkness": Literati Book Club.

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All invited to discuss this groundbreaking 1965 gender-bending sci-fi classic by the recently deceased Ursula K. Le Guin.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions.

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

 8 & 10:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ben Creed: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 22-24. NYC monologist known for his high-energy, dynamic performing style and his quick-witted, wise-guy perspectives on a variety of topics. 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.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Cavatina Duo: Great Lakes Performing Artists Association/Stone Chalet Event Center.

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The internationally acclaimed husband-and-wife duo of Spanish flutist Eugenia Moliner and Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic presents a varied program of chamber music from Baroque to contemporary, along with some pieces inspired by native folk traditions. American Record Guide calls the duo "consummate virtuosos [whose] liquid, dramatic, and highly expressive sensitivities soar with lyricism and infectious rhythms."
8-9:30 p.m., Stone Chalet, 1917 Washtenaw. Tickets $15-$25 (students, $5) in advance at and at the door. 417-7223. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Chastity Brown: The Ark.

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Acclaimed Minneapolis-based Americana singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who cites James Baldwin and Carson McCullers as prime influences. The Billings Gazette calls her "a banjo-playing soul singer, a harmonica-blowing gospel belter, a piano-pounding blues woman."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8-11:30 p.m. 

Heart of the Ghost + Says Things.

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"Heart of the Ghost is an improvisational unit from the Baltimore/Washington area. Comprised of Jarrett Gilgore (Alto Saxophone), Luke Stewart (Double Bass) and Ian McColm (Drums), this group is the culmination of years of encircling orbits. Collectively encompassing a massive variety of interests and collaborators and themselves known players in the circles of improvised music, these three find common ground within their individual vocabularies: an aim to deconstruct and reshape canonized creative tropes into a new & stunning language. Says Things is an electroacoustic duo consisting of Derek Worthington on trumpet and laptop, and Jon Taylor on drums and percussion. The pared down instrumentation allows space for electronic explorations of timbre and texture, taking the sound of the acoustic instruments to the breaking point."
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. $7 (all go to the musicians). (734) 221-3961. [map]

 8 p.m. 

John Ford Coley: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Veteran country-rock and country-pop singer best known as one half of the 70s duo England Dan and John Ford Coley.
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 and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Joo Won Park & WSU Electronic Music Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this ensemble of WSU music students led by Park, a music technology professor whose music draws its inspiration from swamps, skyscrapers, his 2 sons, and other soundscapes surrounding him. Preceded at 3 p.m. by a talk by Park on "Electronic Music Craftsmanship."
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Chip Davis Technology Studio, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Nederlands Dans Theater: University Musical Society.

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Mar. 23 & 24. Directed by NDT artistic director Paul Lightfoot, this Netherlands-based dance company combines classical ballet techniques with contemporary and avant-garde styles in a mix described by the Los Angeles Times as "ballet line and virtuosity fused with modern dance weight and power." Lightfoot and NDT resident choreographer Sol León's Shoot the Moon (with a Philip Glass score) depicts 3 love stories deteriorating in a revolving set of 3 rooms, and their Singulière Odyssée is set to a score by post-minimalist British composer Max Richter. Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite's The Statement depicts 2 men and 2 women in a boardroom conflict. The New York Times calls it "a prescient reflection of our political moment that shifts from satirical to more gravely chilling." Artist Q&A after Friday's performance.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $35-$65 in advance at, by phone, and (if ava.

 8 p.m.  Free! 

The Science & Politics of Cannabis: Martin Lee Returns to Ann Arbor: UM Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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Martin A. Lee is the director of Project CBD (, an educational nonprofit that focuses on cannabis science and therapeutics.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Martin's public lecture will focus on the current scientific and political landscape of hemp, cannabis and the game-changing emergence of CBD.
Martin is the author of four books, most recently "Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific."
The American Botanical Council gave Smoke Signals its James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award. Historian Douglas Brinkley said of Smoke Signals: "Every American should read this landmark book." Lee is also a cofounder of the media research group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting). His books have been translated into French, Spanish, Czech, Chinese and Russian. His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Harper's, Rolling Stone, Salon, Daily Beast, New Statesman, Le Monde Diplom
Rackham Amphitheater, 915 E. Washington St. Free. [map]

 8-9 p.m.  Free! 

Theater Performance: U-M Residential College.

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Drama students from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina State University present a program of short theatrical pieces, dance, and music as part of a cultural exchange program led by U-M drama professor Ashley Lucas.
8-9 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Bach/Brahms Project Cycle 2": EMU Music Department.

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EMU piano professor Joel Schoenhals presents the last in a 2-year, 4-concert series of concerts featuring the Bach partitas and Brahms character pieces. Program: Bach's Partita no. 6 and Brahms' Six Pieces and Four Pieces.
8 p.m., Pease Auditorium, EMU campus, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.

 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 & 11 p.m.  Free! 

"The Death of Abbie Hoffman": U-M Basement Arts.

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Mar. 23 & 24. Zoha Bharwani directs students in Rana Bose's 1991 play, a take on Indian playwright Badal Sircar's influential Procession (Michhil), a political drama about the search for a new society based on equality.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 11 p.m. (Fri.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio One, 1226 Murfin. Free. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Marriage of Figaro": U-M Opera Theatre.

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Mar. 22-25. U-M Philharmonia Orchestra director Martin Katz directs U-M opera and music students in Mozart's popular opera buffa noted for its stirring, lovely melodies. Bored by his wife, Count Almaviva eyes her maid Susanna, who is engaged to his valet Figaro. When the count decides to exercise his feudal rights, he sends Figaro, Susanna, and others into frenzied attempts to thwart his lecherous scheme.
7:30 p.m. (Mar. 22), 8 p.m. (Mar. 23 & 24), & 2 p.m. (Mar. 25), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $12) in advance at, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

"The Science and Politics of Cannabis": U-M Students for Sensible Drug Policy/Crazy Wisdom Bookstore.

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Talk by Project CBD director Martin Lee, an award-winning investigative journalist and leftist activist (and U-M grad) whose most recent book, Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana, received the American Botanical Council award for excellence.
8-10 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. [map]

 9 p.m. 

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

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

 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]


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Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Isaac Ryder Band

Neo-soul & funk band from Flint, led by Ryder, the stage name of South Haven singer-songwriter Joel Rydecki. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Neal Anderson Duo

Local jazz duo led by trumpeter Anderson. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Electric Six

Energetic, irreverent guitar-based rock by this widely acclaimed Detroit quintet whose music has been described as a "bizarre genetic splicing of punk, new wave, disco, and arena rock." Opening act is Northern Faces, a New York State pop-rock trio that recently released its debut CD. Advance tickets: $15. [venue info]

Club Above: Ann Arbor Film Festival Afterparty

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Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Ghost City Searchlight Ghost City Searchlight

Dearborn postpunk quartet whose music draws on Celtic and American folk idioms. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Greyline: Sons of Ditches Sons of Ditches

Americana, alt-country, and roots rock quartet from Wixom. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: The Front Men

Detroit vintage-rock band. [venue info]

Live: Jive Colossus

Local 9-piece ensemble with a killer horn section fronted by vocalist Shelly Catalan that plays Afro-Caribbean, funk, rock, and blues dance music. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Sonic Freeway

Versatile Detroit-area 6-piece dance band whose repertoire includes Motown and classic and country-rock. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Tim Prosser

A mix of folk and pop covers and originals by this local singer-mandolinist. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Mike Vial & Mike Gentry

Duo of local folk singer-songwriters. [venue info]


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