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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. 926-8863. [map]

 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]

 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

"Vinyasa Flow Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Better Living Fitness of Ann Arbor has designed this class to be a challenging yoga workout! In Vinyasa flow, you will be focusing on linking your breath with movement in order to create a dynamic flow of postures. Are you experienced or looking for a challenge, Vinyasa Flow may be the class for you! (This is not one of our Yoga classes for beginners).
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; $20 walk-in. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Book Arts: Specialty Books I": USArtQuest.

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Book artist Lorenzo Cristaudo will help you make a tunnel book that displays cut-out artwork in three dimensions, and an origami fold book (squash book) that opens into a three-page fold-out display of artwork, phtos, and/or writings.
All materials are included, but participants are encouraged to bring photographs, printed or reproduced materials, or other moments to personalize their finished work.
This is a two day class and meets on both March 21st and 28th.
Bring a sack lunch.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea. $335. 734.582.2662. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Specialty Books I": USArtQuest.

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Join book artist Lorenzo Cristaudo in this TWO DAY class (March 21 and 28).
Lorenzo will lead you in learning to make a tunnel book that displays cut-out artwork in three dimensions, and an origami fold book (squash book) that opens into a three-page fold-out display of artwork, photos, and/or writings.
What to bring: if you wish, bring photographs, printed or reproduced materials, or other mementoes to enhance their finished works. Also to bring: your lunch or snack, if desired.
All art materials included.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $65. 734.562.2662. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Women and Aging through Literature and Reflective Writing: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Essays, fiction, poems, and memoir excerpts written by women about aging will be used in this study group as prompts for reflective writing. This is not a creative writing class, but an opportunity to reflect more deeply about what aging means to us as women.
Following a discussion, members write during class and voluntarily share their writing with the group. Sample prompts might include: Write about a fear you have about growing older or describe a strength or positive attribute that has emerged in you as you've grown older.
Beth Spencer is a geriatric social worker, avid reader, and writer with decades of teaching experience. This study group for those 50 and over will be held on Wednesdays from March 28 to April 25.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Boulevard. $30. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.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]

 11 a.m.-noon  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]

 11:30 a.m. 

"The Mind's Influence on Our Health and Happiness": U-M Margaret Waterman Alumnae Town Hall Celebrity Lecture Series.

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Amherst College psychology professor Catherine Sanderson, aka the Professor of Happiness, discusses her research on how personality and social variables influence health-related behaviors.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom. $45 (members, free)., 417-0816. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Nyeema Harris, "Biodiversity in Urban Spaces: Exploring How Carnivores Live in Detroit": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what's going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship.
Lunch is included, please bring a drink.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Anime & Crafts for Teens: Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 6-12 invited to watch anime episodes and work on crafts. Asian snacks.
1-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. except July 4. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [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]

 3:45, 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.

 3:45 p.m. 

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": State Theatre.

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(Martin McDonagh, 2017). Darkly comic drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 4, 5, & 8 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 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 p.m.  Free! 

"From Bits to Qubits: A Quantum Leap for Computers": U-M Physics Department Ford Distinguished Lecture.

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University of Wisconsin physics professor Susan Coppersmith discusses the challenges of building a large-scale quantum computer.
4 p.m., U-M Business School Auditorium, 701 Tappan. Free. 763-2588. [map]

 4, 6:30, & 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, 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.

 4:30 p.m. 

"Aerial Silks for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to focus on the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching.
New students will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!
This is not a drop-in class, all students MUST please register via the Aviary website before arriving to the studio
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. [map]

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. Word freaks of all abilities invited to drop in to play this popular word game, using an updated word list. Bring your own set, if you like.
5-8 p.m., Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington. Free. 994-0084. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet": U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery.

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Curator-led tour of the current exhibit that showcases early editions of Jane Austen's works and materials that illustrate her historical moment.
5 p.m., 100 Hatcher Grad Library Gallery Audubon Rm., enter from the Diag. Free. 936-2309. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

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

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Small-group personal training: a full body strength training, cardio, and flexibility routing 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.. 734-747-0123. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi Pushing Hands: Sun Shen.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm by SUN SHEN Head Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang. Please contact Pastor Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters": U-M Author's Forum.

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U-M modern Hebrew and Jewish culture professor Maya Barzilai and U-M Armenian studies program director Kathryn Babayan discuss Barzilai's book about golem narratives in various cultural and historical contexts.
5:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Maize Collective Speaker Series": UMMA.

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Mar. 14, 21, & 28. A series of panel discussions on topics related to the music industry. Q&A. Mar. 14: Panelists TBA on studio musicians. Mar. 21: El Club (Detroit) music booker Virginia Benson and others on booking and promoting artists. Mar. 28: Photographers Doug Coombe, Brian Rozman, and Taylor Ohryn on concert and event photography.
5:30-7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"One Prayer Class": Sun Shen.

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The One Prayer is a dynamic self-management tool, custom designed for you, that you can take wherever you go and update as you learn and grow. This course is designed for anyone wanting a greater understanding of themselves, more focus in life, and more satisfaction. The One Prayer is about having a vision, following your heart, but is also very concrete and practical. Classes are held Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30pm. Contact Joanna Myers at or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. 734-395-8486. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

The Dinner Diners Social Group: Arbor Hospice.

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The Dinner Diners is a social group for those who have lost a spouse or partner and would like to share a meal together at an Ann Arbor restaurant. Please contact us for more information. Each member is responsible for the cost of their own meal. Contact Cindy Palmer at 734.794.5177 for more information.
Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit's programming. Registration is required.
Various Ann Arbor Restaurants. Free. 734-794-5177.

 6 p.m  Free! 

"The Crash Reel": Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers.

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(Lucy Walker, 2013). Documentary about a snowboarder who struggles with substance abuse after suffering a traumatic brain injury while training for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
6 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. or call 668-TIME. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"The Lizzie Bennet Diaries": U-M Library.

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U-M English grad student Anne Charlotte Mecklenburg shows several mini-episodes of this web series inspired by Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Discussion follows.
6 p.m., 2160 U-M Shapiro Undergraduate Library, 919 South University. Free. 936-2309. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bonsai Styling of a Deciduous Tree": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Lecture-demo by Dogwood Studios (NC) owner Tyler Sherrod.
6:30-9 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Love is Alternatives to Inside Out": U-M Residential College.

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12 former inmates perform their new original play exploring alternatives to mass incarceration.
6:30-8 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"The Best of 36 Years with Ari": Zingerman's Deli.

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Mar. 14 & 28. Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig shares memories and offers taste samples of some of his favorite Zingerman's products.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Deli, 422 Detroit St. $60. 663-3400. [map]

 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Lyra (Aerial Hoop)": A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring, or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. Students will build the strength to mount and dismount the lyra unassisted, and gain mastery of fundamental lyra vocabulary, technique, and sequences. Each class also includes dynamic warm ups, stretching, and conditioning exercises designed to target specific strength and mobility for aerial arts. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"A World of Health : Connecting People, Place, and Planet": Michigan Friends Center.

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A healthy environment is essential for human health and well being. This six-session discussion course helps participants explore the connections between the health of our communities and the health of our planet. You also learn about the limitations of the current medical model and the places where our personal health intersects with the environment-from our food and homes, to our communities and society. Together, we will discover actions that promote good health and in turn, promote a healthier environment.
Each session is based on a set of readings from the NWEI course book, with rotating facilitation by course participants. This course is hosted by Michigan Friends Center and offered in partnership with ICPJ and Transition Town Chelsea.
For registration information, check our website at
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea. Donation. Sliding-scale fee of $30, $45, or $60 (as able) to cover book and other course costs; pre-registration required.. 734.475.1892. http// [map]

 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 769-3994. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sam Sax & Franny Choi: Literati Bookstore.

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These 2 queer poets read from their work. Sax is a Jewish poet whose award-winning 2017 collection, Madness, explores the links between desire, addiction, and mental health. Choi is a Korean American poet whose 2017 chapbook, Death By Sex Machine, is populated with fem-surrogate cyborgs that explore the boundary between human and machine. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Take Courage Art Show: Take Courage Project.

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Take Courage is a local community-focused project focused on defining and developing courageous people through community events, awareness-based projects, and informational resources. For the official launch of this project, we are hosting an art show to bring people together to enjoy community, coffee, and art. Join us at Electric Eye Cafe from 7-9:00PM to see what local artists have to exhibit! There will be an open mic session starting at 7:30PM. Please feel free to reach out to us for further information!
Electric Eye Cafe, 811 N. Main St. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Toastmasters Meeting: Sweetwaters Toastmasters Meeting.

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Toastmasters is an international group devoted to helping each other grow in our abilities to give speeches. The Sweetwaters Toastmasters Club meets twice monthly. We are a fun and friendly group! Toastmasters also helps you develop leadership skills if you wish to do that. Come as many times as you want for free, and decide later if you want to join. In the meantime, come make new friends and have fun!
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea on Washington Street, 123 West Washington Street. Free. 323-286-3999. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Watercolor Succulents: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All ages grade 6-adult invited to paint pictures of cacti to learn watercolor painting techniques.
7-8 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-8301.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Detroit poet Dawn McDuffie reads from her new chapbook, Happenstance and Miracles, which explores hidden aspects of Detroit. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Economics and the Presidency": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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Precision Economics (Washington, D.C.) founder Brian Becker explains measures of the economy, especially the misery index, and discusses how President Ford presided over the most dramatic decline in the misery index ever seen at that time. Reception follows.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Inflammation": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture on managing inflammation without prescription medication by Rochester Hills-based physician Nishath Hakim, owner of Prosperity Heath, which integrates primary care with holistic medicine.
7-8 p.m., AADL Multipurpose Rm. Free. 327-8301.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Permaculture Series: The Mysterious Realm of Soil": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by PFC outreach coordinator David Hall.
7 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required by phone or email., 994-4589. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Rize": Michigan Theater.

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(David LaChapelle, 2005). Documentary chronicling the rise of a dance movement begun in South Central L.A. by Tommy "The Clown" Johnson in the aftermath of the Rodney King riots. Originally called "clowning," it became known as krumping. Q&A with U-M dance professor Robin Wilson, a founding member of NYC dance company Urban Bush Women.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss The Lagoon: How Aristotle Invented Science, Armand Marie Leroi's 2015 book about Aristotle's sojourn on the island of Lesbos, spent writing biological observations.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.

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The Arbor Consort, the official madrigal singing group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival, is having open rehearsals for singers of all voice types interested in joining the group. Interested singers can come any Wednesday in March or April to learn more about us. Members will go on different weekends, August 18-Sept 30, to sing in small a cappella ensembles at the Michigan Renaissance Festival .
Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Avenue. Free. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Cosmosophy, a collection of Steiner's lectures.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Snapshots: Stories of Life": Pencilpoint.

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Mar. 28 & 29. This local theater group presents a program in which "ordinary people share the extraordinary stories behind special photographs."
7:30 p.m., Bona Sera, 200 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 in advance by emailing, and at the door. 340-6335. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Aqua Fitness": South Lyon Recreation Authority.

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Exercise in chest-high water to improve cardiovascular system, strength, flexibility, balance, and overall Heath. All fitness levels welcome. Every Mon and Wed evening 8 - 9 p.m at South Lyon High School pool on Pontiac Trail in South Lyon. Can pay as you go as "drop in" for $8. Best exercise one can do that addresses every muscle group and with minimal impact
South Lyon High School, Pontiac Trail, South Lyon. $8.

 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (members & students, $2). 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Wind Schamber Music": U-M School of Music.

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Ensembles of U-M wind students perform quintets by Carl Nielsen and Paul Taffanel and other chamber works TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]

 9 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. Photo: Myra Klarman [venue info]

Blind Pig: "Made in Michigan Music Fest."

With Lexj, Kyndall Mitchell, Emily Courcy, Vonte Harris, Tracyfatz, Cap, White Noize, Homeboi, Ashtray, Meeks, Pinnable, Major, Caleb J., Virg, C. Note, and other bands TBA. $10 ($15 at the door). [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Jazz Manouche."

Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1030s Parisian swing by the local quartet of guitarist Andrew Brown and Michael Harrington, bassist Ryan Shea, and violinist Jordan Adema. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute.. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul-infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Old Town: Andrew Bishop Trio

Jazz compositions and improvisations by an ensemble led by veteran local reeds player Bishop, a U-M music professor. [venue info]


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