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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 24, 2018

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 8 a.m. 

"International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
8 a.m.-6 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $20 per round ($10 per additional round). 429-9561. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"A Day of Silence and Meditation Practice, led by Carol Blotter": Michigan Friends Center.

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Each retreat is an opportunity to enjoy the quiet of the country while practicing sitting and walking meditation. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners will have break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in-between can practice and have their questions answered. These retreats are fundraisers for the benefit of Michigan Friends Center.
Carol Blotter's meditation practice draws from dual roots in Quaker and Buddhist traditions. She has taught since 1999, has led more than 40 retreats across the United States, and has taught over 50 classes in meditation to spiritual seekers, schools, universities and medical groups. She is a teacher for The Forest Way -- an organization dedicated to providing retreat opportunities conducive to spiritual growth that is both balanced and integrated.
Suggested donation $30 or as able. Pre-registration requested. Contact Carol at (734)475-0942 or to register.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea. Donation. $30. 734.475.1892. http// [map]

 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Bluebird Festival": Michigan Bluebird Society.

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Day-long series of lectures and exhibits related to the eastern bluebird's feeding and nesting habits. Sale of bluebird-friendly feeders and nesting boxes. Also, a kids' activity area with games and crafts. $10 lunch.
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 517-651-6717; [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Full-Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Small-Group personal training in a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine that is customized to your fitness level.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. [map]

 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

3rd Annual U-M All-Day Sacred Harp Singing: U-M School of Music.

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All invited to join morning and afternoon sessions of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a rousing form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Copies of the 1991 Denson Edition of The Sacred Harp available.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Kevreson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

African Violet Sale: Michigan State African Violet Society.

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Show and sale of African violets and other flowering plants in the gesneriads family. Also, a hands-on African violet workshop at 11:30 a.m.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking., 647-7600. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

African Violets - Display and Sale: Michigan State African Violet Society.

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African Violets, Gesneriads, Terrarium and Fairy Garden Plants - Display and Sale
10 am to 4 pm
Free growing skills workshop at 11 am
Learn to successfully grow these popular houseplants
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 Dixboro Rd. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 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]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Easter Egg Hunt: West Side United Methodist Church.

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Egg hunting, crafts, games, story time, treats and a special appearance and by the Easter Bunny! Have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Bring your own basket. Easter Egg hunt is for children 11 and under with adult accompaniment. Rain or Shine. Please arrive by 10am.
West Side United Methodist Church, 900 South Seventh Street. Free. 734.663.4164. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

YDL Guitar Club: Ypsilanti District Library.

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

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Basic Computer Concepts for Kids!": AADL Downtown Training Center.

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All kids in grades 4-7 invited to learn how to create puzzles, games, animations, & stories using the Scratch programming language. Members of the U-M Google Ignite student organization are on hand to assist.
10 a.m.-noon, AADL Downtown Training Center. Free. 327-8301.

 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. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 

"46th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Ann Arbor Powwow": U-M Native American Student Association.

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Mar. 24 & 25. This gathering of Native Americans from throughout the Great Lakes area includes social dancing and demonstrations of different styles of Native American dance, including fancy, traditional, grass dress, and jingle dress. The big attractions are drum and dance contests in a variety of styles by children and adults accompanied by Native American drumming ensembles. Grand entries at noon & 7 p.m. on Sat. and at noon only on Sun. Also, display and sale of traditional crafts and food.
10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. Daily admission: $10 (students with ID and seniors age 60 & over, $7; kids ages 6-12, $5) per day & $15 (students with ID and seniors age 60 & over, $10; kids ages 6-12, $7) weekend pass in advance and at the door. Kids 5 & under, free. Group rates available. 408-1581. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": AAHOM.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon 

"Cardio & Core": Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. [map]

 11 a.m. 

56AAFF Presents Almost All Ages: Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Ann Arbor Film Festival's traditional Saturday morning program for young people and families is back again this year! Programmed specifically with kids in mind, the films are content- and attention-span-appropriate for kids ages six and up.
Made possible with the support of:
State Street District
Presented with AAFF Community Partners:
Ann Arbor District Library
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
The Michigan Theater. $6. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"23rd Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners Artist Panel": U-M Prison Creative Arts Project.

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Artists from previous Prison Creative Arts Project exhibitions share their stories and answer questions about life as a prison artist. Moderated by U-M art and social work professor emeritus Janie Paul.
11 a.m., Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel. Free. 615-3204, 647-6771. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Celebrate Spring in the Garden": The Garden Mill Green Thumb Series.

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Talks and demonstrations on garden-related themes by Garden Mill staff and local master gardeners. Mar. 17: "Getting Into the Weeds." Garden Mill staff discuss how to identify and manage several common weeds. Mar. 24: "Reading Your Landscape." Michigan conservationist Susan Betz talks about how to create a garden that's both aesthetically and environmentally satisfying. Mar. 31: "Preserving Your Bounty." Local gardening aficionado Char Major shares ideas for produce preservation, including canning, freezing, and drying.
11 a.m.-noon, Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration recommended. 475-3539. [map]

 11 a.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]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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

 Noon  Free! 

"Zentangle: Peace Flags": Saline District Library.

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Salt Valley Arts representative Daniele O'Brien shows how to do this drawing technique to decorate a Tibetan-style peace flag.
Noon-2:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 12:01, 3:30, 5:45, & 8:15 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Day": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Families invited to explore the museum. This year's theme is "Ancient Egypt," and includes activities such as mummifying a Barbie doll, virtual visits to Egypt using Google Cardboard, an Egyptian crown craft, and more. Kid-friendly tours of the exhibit begin at 1, 2, & 3 p.m.
12:30-3:30 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 1 p.m. 

56AAFF: The Big House Premiere: Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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"Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the prototypical college town: a small city with a huge research university, a tradition of political radicalism, and the largest stadium in the United States. The stadium could hold the entire population of Ann Arbor. Fans affectionately call it "The Big House." This direct cinema documentary eschews gridiron grandeur to look closely at the labor-from the cooks to the snipers-that goes into hosting 100,000 people. Shot against the backdrop of the 2016 election, it portrays everything but the game."
Directed by Terri Sarris, Markus Nornes, Kazuhiro Soda.
The Michigan Theater. $12 general admission, and $8 for students, AAFF members, and seniors.. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Training: Huron River Watershed Council.

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Enjoy being outdoors while measuring the quality of local rivers and streams during spring and summer! Learn how to collect water samples, measure stream flow, and sample runoff from rain storms. No prior experience needed. Participants must attend an orientation session.
To sign up, follow the link to the website page.
The NEW Center, 1100 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, 48104. Free. Stevi at [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Community Cats Training Class: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Gaming Tournaments: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 24: "Splatoon 2: Hyperlocal Splat Fest." For adults and teens in grades 6 & up.

Mar. 25: "Mario Kart." For all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th floor meeting rm. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Gymnastics.

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Mar. 24: Penn State. 1 p.m.

Mar. 31: Illinois-Chicago. 2 p.m.
Various times, see listing. Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Free. 764-0247.

 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]

 1:30 p.m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 2, 4:30, 9, & 11:30 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.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Laura Joh Rowland and Nancy Herriman: Aunt Agatha's.

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These 2 popular historical mystery writers discuss their new books. U-M grad Rowland's A Mortal Likeness, is the 2nd in her series about Victorian photographer Sarah Bain, who has set up as a private detective after solving the Jack the Ripper case. Ohio writer Herriman launches a new series with Searcher of the Dead, set in the Elizabethan English countryside to which London herbalist Bess Ellyott has retreated after her husband's murder. Signings.
2 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]

 2 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]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Paint Along with Bob Ross": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 9-adult invited to paint along to an episode of Bob Ross's iconic 1980s PBS TV show, The Joy of Painting. Materials provided, but wear an old shirt or apron, if you like. No prior experience required.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301.

 2:15, 5, 8, & 11 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.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

2018 Competition Recital: U-M Friends of Opera.

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Performances by the Anna Chapekis Award for Graduate Students, soprano Goitsemang Lehobye, and the Friends of Opera Undergraduate Award, baritone Samuel Kidd.
3:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-2538. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Jeff Kass: Nicola's Books.

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This veteran local poet and Pioneer High English teacher reads from and discusses Takedown, his recent debut novel set in Ann Arbor. When a grad student dies in a fire, the police officer investigating his death uncovers a string of related murders that expose the dark side of education reform. Signing.
4 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Little Stones": Ann Arbor District Library.

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(Sophia Kruz, 2017). Documentary about 4 women from around the world who use art to empower women and girls. Followed by a Q&A with the director.
4-6 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-8301.

 4:15, 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.

 5:15, 8:15, & 11:15 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]

 6 p.m. 

"Rising Phoenix Awards": The Intentional Living Collective.

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This is the annual gathering of the Rising Phoenix Collective at which we will recognize the twelve 2017 finalists, hear their stories, and celebrate the "Spirit of the Rising Phoenix" in all of us.
The annual Rising Phoenix Awards - a program from the nonprofit Intentional Living Collective based in Ann Arbor, MI - is in its fifth year. In 2017 everyone across Southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio was eligible to be nominated, and the twelve finalists all have very inspiring stories to share. The Rising Phoenix Collective is an inclusive community of hope, and it includes everyone associated with the Rising Phoenix Awards program including current and past nominees, the people that nominated and supported them, current and past program sponsors, current and past evaluators, the current and past RPA staff team members, and everyone that supports using hope and story to inspire others that are dealing with difficult life transitions. Visit for more info.
Weber's Hotel & Restaurant, 3050 Jackson Rd. 0-$75. 734-680-6660. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Cheese 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Discussion & tastings of the 7 major varieties of cheese, with bread and other accompaniments.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [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. 

Bob Sweet Quartet Spring Equinox Celebration: Bob Sweet Quartet.

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Come celebrate the spring equinox with this extraordinary assemblage of musicians. I know, it's four days after the equinox, but who wants to celebrate on a Tuesday? Saturday night at Zal Gaz Grotto is where it's at.
Andrew Bishop, saxophones
Kurt Krahnke, bass
Bob Sweet, drums
Tad Weed, piano
You don't want to miss this.
$10 cover charge
Food and drink available for purchase.
[Photo credit: Jeff Dunn]
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W Stadium Blvd. $10. (734) 663-1202. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Jane Fink & Friends: The Encore Musical Theatre Company Summer Program Fundraiser.

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An evening of storytelling by local storytellers Fink and Susanna Zoumbaris, as well as Chelsea fiction writer and playwright Steve Daut. Also, Encore casting director Thalia Schramm sings a few songs with some of the Encore's summer campers.
7:30 p.m., Encore, 3126 Broad, Dexter. Tickets $25. 268-6200. [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]

 8-11 p.m. 

Jazz Jam Session at the Elks.

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Musicians (professionals and serious amateurs) and Jazz fans are invited to a jam session at the Elks Pratt Lodge. House band: Trio of Jim Zamberlan (drums) Peter Throm (bass) and Glenn Dong (guitar). The goal of session organizer Jim Zamberlan is to create a community where this can be a monthly event.
Note: 21 & over at this establishment.
Elks Pratt Lodge, 220 Sunset. No Cover. (734) 761-7172. [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. 

U-M G-Men.

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This all-male student a cappella group performs Blink-182's "Miss You," Walk the Moon's "Anna Sun," Bon Iver's "22 (Over Soon)," and other pop songs.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. $10 ($5) in advance by emailing $12 (students, $7) at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

We Banjo 3: The Ark.

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Mar.24 & 25. All-star quartet from Galway whose music is a virtuosic, revelatory blend of traditional Irish music with American old-time music and bluegrass that foregrounds traditional melodies with modern rhythms. Irish Times critic Siobhan Long praises their latest CD Gather the Good for its "finely calibrated repertoire," with "David Howley's title song anchoring the collection in a panoramic sweep of optimism." "Enda Scahill's 'It's Hard to Be 3' is another standout." Long adds. "Contemplative and unhurried, it lets the banjo breathe free, untethered from the headlong rush towards oblivion that can hold lesser players in thrall. All in all, a deliciously bearable lightness of being." Opening act is Talisk, a young traditional music trio from Glasgow that recently won the BBC Young Folk Award.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. (canceled) 

"Intruder About-Turn: A Star Trek Puppet Show": Dreamland Theater.

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Mar. 17 & 31 and Apr. 7 & 14. The Mar. 24 performance has been canceled. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe performs Jess Rowland's puppet show based on "Turnabout Intruder," a Star Trek original series episode, about an ancient alien technology that causes Captain Kirk to switch bodies with an old flame.
8 p.m. (all dates) & 3 p.m. (Apr. 7 & 14), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington. $10 or pay what you can. 657-2337. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 8 p.m. 

"Sorellanza!": U-M Women's Glee Club.

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Julie Skadsem conducts the choir in sacred works they'll be performing in Italy this May. The program also includes several spirituals as well as Joan Szymko's "Everything She Touches" and Libby Larson's "The Womanly Song of God." With pianist Annie Jeng, who performs some solo classical and modern piano works.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. $15 (students, $5). 615-3204. [map]

 8 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]

 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]

 11:59 p.m. 

Blade Runner: State Theatre.

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(Ridley Scott, 1982). Renowned sci fi cult classic about a former cop who battles a group of mutinous androids in a dark, decaying L.A. circa 2019. Harrison Ford.
State Theatre. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $8)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Rochelle Clark

Chelsea singer-songwriter who's half of the Americana duo The Potter's Field. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Harrington Brown

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

Blind Pig: Jamie Register & the Damn Thang

Self-styled "Neckbreakinhipsoufunk" by this ensemble led by NYC- based, Ann Arbor-bred bassist Register. [venue info]

Bona Sera: Guilty Pleasures Burlesque

Local burlesque and comedy troupe. Age 21 & over. $15. 9 p.m. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bill Edwards Bill Edwards

Veteran local country singer-songwriter whose songs have been covered by the likes of Lee Roy Parnell and T. Graham Brown. His collaboration with former Ann Arborite Whit Hill, "What'd I Do," was featured in the HBO series True Blood. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Guy Hollerin's: "Booker Plays Hooker."

A tribute to boogie-blues icon John Lee Hooker by an ensemble led by Muruga Booker, a renowned percussionist who has played with the likes of George Clinton, Jerry Garcia, and Weather Report. With R&B guitar legend Billy Davis. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: The Front Men

Detroit vintage-rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Jason Dean

Local singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: M-22

Chelsea classic rock band. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: K Michael Joseph

This local singer-guitarist performs an eclectic array of covers from Badfinger to the Cowboy Junkies and Smashing Pumpkins, along with a few originals. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Bob Sweet Quartet Bob Sweet Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by veteran local drummer Sweet, an original member of the Sun Messengers. With reeds player Andrew Bishop, pianist Tad Weed, and bassist Kurt Krahnke. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Shari Kane & Dave Steele

Local husband-and-wife duo of acoustic guitar virtuosos whose repertoire includes both traditional and original blues, gospel, swing, and ragtime. [venue info]


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