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Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 12, 2018






 
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 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Mar. 29-May 24. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.


 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

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

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William Muschenheim Fellowship - Laida Aguirre
Laida Aguirre is an architectural designer and artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BA from Northeastern University and a Master of Architecture from California Polytechnic Pomona where she is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Architecture.
Walter B. Sanders Fellow - Steven Lauritano
Steven Lauritano is a theorist and historian of architecture and the visual arts. He earned his doctorate from Yale University in December 2016 and is currently completing a book project on Karl Friedrich Schinkel's conception of history, based on the Prussian designer's experimental work with antique remains.
Willard A. Oberdick Fellow - Brittany Utting
Brittany Utting holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University where she received the Sonia Albert Schimberg Prize as outstanding graduating woman and was awarded teaching fellowships under Peter Eisenman and Emmanuel Petit.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/04/04/exhibition-view-architecture-fellows [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less-traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.


 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Library Camp 2018: An Unconference": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to join hour-long sessions (with one or more beginning at 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. and 2 & 3 p.m.) for free-ranging discussions about libraries and library technology. Preregistration requested at aadl.org/libcamp18
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"AIReal Yoga": Ringstar Studio.

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AIReal Yoga is real yoga, in the air. Using an aerial silks-style hammock as its primary prop, students are able to explore deeper, more "honest" stretches, spine-lengthening inversions, and floating savasana. All levels of yogi are welcome at these intro-level classes. Elevate your practice!
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. 734-335-1625. mail@a2ringstar.com A2ringstar.com/Aireal-yoga [map]



 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day 2018 Celebration: Washtenaw Community College.

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In celebration of Earth Day, information about a diverse array of solutions to today's environmental challenges will be presented by local non-profit, business, and government organizations and WCC departments:

Greening Your Ride - Learn how to cut your expenses and your commuting carbon with bicycles, hybrid bicycles (free test rides!), electric cars, hybrid cars, busing and walking.
Sustainable Communities - Build a resilient community, make friends and influence congressmen, grow a community garden, solarize your home, support your local economy with farmers markets.
Healthy Food & Lifestyle Choices - Learn many ways to keep yourself, your family and your community healthy by growing your own food, choosing a healthy diet, exercising, and quitting your fossil fuel addiction.
Our Amazing Earth -Prevent nature deficit disorder, enjoy the outdoors, understand the science behind the intricate balance of nature, protect the Great Lakes, help green our campus, find a green career.
Student Center, 4800 East Huron River Drive. Free. petty@wccnet.edu. http://sustainable.wccnet.edu [map]



 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day 2018 Celebration: WCC.

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Local nonprofits and businesses host information booths on green transportation, sustainable communities, growing your own food, green careers, and more.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., WCC Student Center, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. petty@wccnet.edu. [map]


 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 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).

Mon., 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue., 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed., 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Behavioral and Social Science: Real-World Applications": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Mar. 8-Apr. 12. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. Mar. 8: U-M political science professor Stuart Soroka on "Negativity in Democratic Politics."

Mar. 15: MSU economics professor Rachel Croson on "Behavioral Economics."

Mar. 22: U-M management professor Richard Bagozzi on "Looking into the Minds of Managers and Consumers."

Mar. 29 (9:30 a.m.): U-M internal medicine professor Jeff Kullgren on "The Why and How of Behavioral Economic Strategies to Promote Healthy Decisions."

Apr. 5 (10:30 a.m.): U-M public policy professor Kaitlin Raimi on "Motivated Reasoning about Climate Change."

Apr. 12: U-M computer science professor Ceren Budak on "Understanding Charitable Giving Decisions: New Evidence and Recommendations."
10-11:30 a.m. (except as noted ), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). Space limited; preregistration recommended at hshv.org/littlepaws. 661-3575. [map]


 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. 

"Body Rehab": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Prevents injuries by strengthening and elasticizing the most susceptible joints in your body. This class is performed using rehab exercises and stretches.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Apr. 5 & 12. Talks by visiting scholars. Apr. 5: "Dancing Ground Zeroes in Japan and the United States: Eiko & Koma's Transnational Choreographies of the Nuclear." Texas Woman's University dance professor Rosemary Candelario discusses these Japanese American choreographers whose works explore nuclear issues. Apr. 12: "Murakami Haruki: Whatever Works." Harvard University Japanese literature professor emeritus Jay Rubin discusses the challenges of translating Murakami's English-influenced works.
11:30 a.m., 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Apr. 5: Modern dance by the U-M Dance Department Freshman Touring Company. Apr. 12: Classical, folk, and popular music by the local trio San, Emily & Jacob. Apr. 19: Contemporary classical works by the Virginia-based duo of pianist Tracy Cowden and flutist Tabatha Easley. Apr. 26: Chamber music by ensembles from the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Animal Presentation: Domino's Petting Farm.

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Farm staffers show and discuss their animals.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm Pole Barn, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 1, 3:45, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Black Panther": State Theatre.

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(Ryan Coogler, 2018). The much anticipated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1:15 & 6:30 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 1:30, 2, 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 9:30 & 10 p.m. 

"Isle of Dogs": State Theatre.

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(Wes Anderson, 2018). Stop-motion animated comedy set in near-future Japan about a boy searching for his lost dog.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 2-3 & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tue., 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed., 11 a.m.-noon Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 2:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Composition Class Showing": U-M Dance Department.

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U-M dance majors present performances based on their studies of choreography this semester.
2:10 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). Free. 763-5460. [map]


 4-9 p.m. 

"Ladies Night Out": Saline Main Street.

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Downtown shops give special offers and discounts to women.
4-9 p.m. (tentative), downtown Saline. Free admission. 316-2119.


 4 & 7 p.m. 

"The Leisure Seeker": Michigan Theater.

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(Paolo Virtzě, 2018). Comedic drama starring Helen Mirren & Donald Sutherland as a roadtripping couple traveling from Boston to Key West in an RV they call "the Leisure Seeker."
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Flower": State Theatre.

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(Max Winkler, 2018). Darkly comic coming-of-age story about a teen girl who enlists her friends to entrap a high school teacher whom they believe to be a pedophile. Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15, 7:15, & 9:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Chapter Champs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades 1-4.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Super Stories Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades K-2 invited for story time. Crafts and snacks. Themes include "Spring Stories" (Apr. 12) and Dan Santat books (May 10).
4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Animation & Video Projects: U-M School of Art & Design.

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Screening of films by U-M art students.
5 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [map]


 5:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Fabulous French Baguettes Class": BAKE! at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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Learn Zingerman's Bakehouse's traditional French baguette recipe in one of our best classes for new bakers. Most commercial bread labeled "baguette" bears no resemblance to the traditional French bread that Parisian bakers first developed around 1920. When a law went into effect forbidding them from starting to work before 4 a.m., they began baking the long thin loaves that are synonymous with French baking today. We teach you to make the traditional French baguette recipe-starting with a flavorful poolish, hand rolling your dough, and ending with a very crisp crust surrounding a soft, holey interior. Imagine serving breakfast to out-of-town guests and bringing out a perfect baguette that they swear must have been airlifted from Paris.
You'll leave BAKE! with our French baguette recipe, the knowledge to recreate it at home, four French baguettes you made in class, dough to bake later and great coupons.
BAKE!, 3723 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $100. 734-761-7255. https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/french-baguette-recipe [map]



 6-7 p.m. 

"Vinyasa Flow Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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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: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bedtime Battles": Chelsea District Library.

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Social worker Katelyn Reed discusses causes of and solutions for kids' problem behaviors at bedtime.
6-7 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Gravel Grinder": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads to various destinations. Bring a cross, mountain, or hybrid bike. Headlights & taillights necessary for early spring rides.
6:15 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Electronics Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Teens in grade 6-adults invited to learn how to work with small motors.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Lion King JR.": Center Stage Productions.

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Save the dates and invite your family and friends! Come see Disney's "The Lion King JR." performed by kids from South Arbor Charter Academy. Only $10 at the door. (Presented by Center Stage Productions.)
Saline Middle School, 7190 N Maple Rd. $10. 7345760718. csptheatreypsi@gmail.com http://www.centerstagedrama.org/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Bible Study: Church of the Nazarene.

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This is an on-going Adult Bible Study. We are comparing the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Why did Matthew describe an event one way while Luke described it a little differently? Come join us each or any Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Brewed Awakenings Cafe, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. (734) 429-3703. fleming6175@frontier.com [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Breeding Bird Survey Kickoff/Turtle Steward Kickoff: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation.

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A chance to learn about the city's upcoming annual survey of breeding bird populations in town. There are also training sessions (preregistration required by Apr. 9) for volunteers to help with the survey. Also, on Apr. 21, a similar kickoff for the "Turtle Stewards" program (10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin) to learn how to monitor and help maintain the 6 turtle species that live and nest in the city. Preregistration required for that training session by Apr. 19.
7-9 p.m., Natural Area Preservation Office, 3875 E. Huron River Dr. Free. nap@a2gov.org; 794-6627. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 12 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$20 covers the workbook for the entire 12 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, 48103. $20. 734-761-5669. frontdesk@knoxannarbor.org https://knoxannarbor.org/home/grow-connect/care/grief-support/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Margaret Rhee & Jasmine An: Literati Bookstore.

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Readings by these 2 poets. SUNY Buffalo media studies professor Rhee reads from Love, Robot, a collection of love poems that explore liaisons between humans and machines in a sci-fi world. Thailand-based queer poet An, a Midwest native, reads from Naming the No-Name Woman, which mythologizes her experiences as a Chinese-American woman with various overlapping identities. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Tom Sharpe: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Rock, progressive, and world music by this classically trained pianist and renowned percussionist who's best known for as the drummer for Mannheim Steamroller.
7 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 482-4110, ext. 1377. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Tom Sharpe In Concert: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Best known as the drummer of Mannheim Steamroller, Sharpe is a classically trained pianist and renowned percussionist. His solo performance is an orchestral blend of rock, progressive, and world music. Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.
Towsley Auditorium Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. 734-482-4110 x 1377. drummond@ypsilibrary.org www.ypsilibrary.org/events [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Behind the Curtains: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by U-M music theory professor Walter Everett, author of the widely acclaimed The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology. In conjunction with the April 21 Fab Faux performance of Sgt. Pepper at the Michigan Theater.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Detroit '67": EMU Theatre Department.

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Apr. 6-8 & 12-15. EMU theatre professor Wallace Bridges directs EMU drama students in U-M theatre alum Dominique Morisseau's award-winning 2014 drama about race and family set during the 1967 riot. A pair of African American siblings run a basement speakeasy to make ends meet, but their disagreement over a shared inheritance explodes when a white woman stumbles into their bar. "More than a gimmick or a metaphor, Detroit '67 effectively captures a community coming to grips with its history and its future," writes the Detroit Free Press.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (seniors & students, $12) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Poets invited to read their own work along with a favorite poem by another writer. In celebration of National Poetry Month. Tea & light refreshments.
7 p.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Songs of Vienna": U-M German Department.

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Undergrads enrolled in German 336 ("German in Song") present an eclectic program of classical, folk, cabaret, and pop songs by Viennese musicians from Haydn, Mozart, & Schubert, Falco and rapper/poet Yasmo.
7-8 p.m., MLB Auditorium 3, 812 E. Washington. Free. 764-8018. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Night": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members host a storytelling program. Audience members are encouraged to bring a 5-minute story to tell.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Amendment": Fathom Events.

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2018 biopic about Brooks Douglass, who became Oklahoma's youngest state senator when his parents' murder prompted him to advocate for victims' rights. Followed by a broadcast panel discussion with Douglass, lead actor Mike Vogel, and others.
7 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). $12. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Me and My Girl": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Apr. 12-15. U-M musical theatre professor Catherine Walker directs U-M musical theatre students in British composer Noel Gay's charming 1937 musical, with an updated 1984 libretto by comedian Stephen Fry and director Mike Ockrent, about an unsophisticated Cockney who, after discovering he's the long-lost Earl of Hereford, must choose between high society and his girl, a fishmonger's assistant. "It has humor, music, dancing, charm, wit, and a deft expertise that takes your heart away," The New York Post asserts. Favorites in the score include "The Sun Has Got His Hat On," "Leaning on a Lamp-post," "The Lambeth Walk," and the title song.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $28-$34 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office or at smtd.umich.edu, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Metaphysics and Emotional Intelligence": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room.

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Talk by Kalamazoo-based holistic practitioner Gary Weidman. May 25 topic: "The Universe works perfectly. There is nothing wrong and everything happens as it should."
7:30-9 p.m., 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Murder for Dummies": Saline Area Players.

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Apr. 12-14. Wendy Sielaff directs local actors in Pat Cook's comedy about a henpecked man who tries to poison his wife's tea. When someone else drinks the tea, chaos ensues. Cast: Jerry Doty, Mary Rumman, Ann Marie Mann, Patti Ringe, Kelly Wade, Kyle Newmeyer, Kevin Myers, and Amelia Yunker.
7:30 p.m., 5th Corner, 211 Willis, Saline. Tickets $16 (kids age 12 & under, $12) in advance at salineareaplayers.org. 355-8898. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"M-agination Film Festival": University Activities Center.

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Screening of films written, directed, filmed, and edited by U-M students.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Devil's Music": Theatre NOVA.

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Theatre NOVA presents the Michigan premiere of this hit Off-Broadway musical celebration of the legendary Bessie Smith, whose life was as large and outrageous as her talent. The Devil's Music re- imagines Bessie's final electrifying evening after she and her band are turned away by a whites-only theatre. This is a musical celebration not to be missed, packed with a trove of Bessie's all-time hits-songs like "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues," and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." Featuring K Edmonds and Brian Buckner.Directed by Lynch Travis.
The production team includes Forrest Hejkal (scenic design), Daniel C. Walker (lighting) and Michelle Resnick (stage manager).
Tickets are $25, and Theatre NOVA continues its commitment to make theatre accessible by offering pay-what-you-can tickets for those who need them. For tickets, visit TheatreNOVA.org, call 734-635-8450 (Tuesdays through Fridays from noon until 3 p.m.), or buy them in person at the box office one hour before showti
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron St. $25, Pay-What-You-Can ticket available. 734-635-8450. a2theatrenova@gmail.com http://www.theatrenova.org [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

Campus Band Chamber Ensembles: U-M School of Music.

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Grad students conduct a percussion ensemble, a clarinet choir, a trumpet ensemble, a low brass ensemble, a flute duet, and saxophone quartets. Program TBA. Note: Limited seating; early arrival recommended.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Hughes/Smith/Yao Sextet.

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Hear the Hughes/Smith/Yao sextet ahead of their new recording of original compositions and arrangements.
James Hughes - Saxophones
Jimmy Smith - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
John Yao - Trombone
Corey Kendrick- Piano
Jeff Pedraz - Bass
Nick Collins - Drums
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 221-3961. https://www.facebook.com/events/423590648063497/ [map]


 8 p.m. 

Mike Stanley: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 12-14. Chicago-based observational comic, originally from the Detroit area, who is known for his snappy, energetic delivery and a sharp wit that's alternately impudent and poetically suggestive. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 (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. 

New West Guitar Group: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This L.A.-based acoustic and electric guitar trio plays jazzy originals that, according to Acoustic Guitar magazine, range from "chamber-like elegance and fragile introspection to exhilarating swing and gritty blues."
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

U-M Dance Department BFA Thesis Concert.

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Apr. 12-14. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by U-M BFA candidates Julia Dooley, Melanie Holt, Monica Miller, Abigail Worth, and Meredith Ziegelmeyer.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Dance Studio, 1310 North University Ct. $7 at the door only. Doors open at 7 p.m. 763-5460. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Willie Nile: The Ark.

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Veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter whom Uncut dubbed "a one-man Clash" and whose fans include Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Bono, and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. The music on his new CD, American Ride, ranges from anthemic rock 'n' roll swagger to romantic balladry blues-based rockabilly, rockabilly, and and Nile has a brand-new CD, Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Gruesome Playground Injuries": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 12-29. Lynn Lammers directs this professional local theater company in Rajiv Joseph's 2011 Off-Broadway play, an unconventional love story that follows a relationship over 30 years, from the couple's initial meeting in their elementary school nurse's office. Note: adult language & content.
8 p.m., (Thurs.-Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), trustArt Studios, 7885 Jackson, ste. 1. Tickets $25 (students, $10; Apr. 12, pay what you can) in advance at showclix.com/event/gruesome & at the door. 203-0556. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Iolanthe or, the Peer and the Peri": U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

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Apr. 12-15. Greg Hassold directs this accomplished local town-and-gown company in Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera about a fairy who's been banished from fairyland for marrying a mortal. Her shepherd son wants to marry a popular young woman who has many noblemen suitors, but when the young woman sees him hugging his mother, she gets the wrong idea and sets off a confrontation between the House of Lords and the fairies. Cast includes Anastasia Koorn, David Andrews, Lori Gould, John Fioravanti, Megan Maloney, William Fishwick, Lee Vahlsing, Benjamin Powell, Carly LaForest, Alexandra Kzeski, and Christina Certo. Musical direction by Thomas Burton.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 North University. Tickets $22 & $25 (seniors, $20 & $22; students, $10 & $12) in advance at umgass.brownpapertickets.com and at the door. umgassexec@umich.edu, (800) 838-3006. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Matt & Ben": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Apr. 5-7, 12-14, & 19 & 20. Allison Megroet and Allyson Miko star in Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers' 2003 Off-Broadway comedy spoofing the relationship between Matt Damon and Ben Affleck when both were struggling actors.
8 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Tickets $12-$25 in advance at pennyseats.org and (if available) at the door. 926-5346. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 29-May 26. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of David MacGregor's drama that imagines the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the as-yet-undiscovered artistic genius Vincent van Gogh. Dr. Watson and Irene Adler join Sherlock in uncovering the audacious crime. Note: adult language & content. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Tom Whalen, Rusty Mewha, and Caitlin Cavannaugh.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 30-Apr. 29. Lynch Travis directs the Michigan premiere of Angelo Parra's hit 2001 Off-Broadway musical about this "Empress of the Blues" set on the eve of her death in 1937. Rebuffed by a "Whites Only" establishment, she takes the stage at a gin joint and shares stories from her life and career. Features 13 of Smith's most famous songs, including "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues," and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." Stars K Edmonds.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets are $20 or pay what you can afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]



 9:30 p.m. 

"And Now For Something Completely Different" Film Series: Michigan Theater.

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Apr. 5: "Monty Python & the Holy Grail" (Terry Gilliam, 1975). Those wacky Brits present their skewed version of the legend of King Arthur and his knights. 9:30 p.m.

Apr. 12: "Monty Python's Life of Brian." (Terry Jones, 1979). Monty Python parody on the life of Christ. 9:30 p.m.

Apr. 19: "Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl" (Terry Hughes and Ian MacNaughton, 1982). Video of the Monty Python crew performing classic and original sketches performed live at the Hollywood Bowl in 1982. 9:30 p.m.

Apr. 26: "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life" (Terry Jones, 1983). Outrageous, bawdy comedy spoofing every stage of human existence. 9:30 p.m.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 10 p.m.  Free! 

Ellery Eskelin: U-M School of Music.

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This veteran NYC-based jazz saxophonist performs iconoclastic improvisations. "Eskelin is a romantic avant-gardist … centering his sound in a sentimental bohemia," says All About Jazz critic Mark Corroto in a glowing review of Eskelin's 2016 trio recording, Live.
10 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: The Slackers

Ska and rocksteady by this veteran New York City band that fleshes out its sound with everything from the traditional horns to pedal steel guitar and violin. "The Slackers are perhaps the best and the brightest of American ska to date; they reinvent their sound with each album, keeping the music fresh, alive, and relevant," says All Music Guide reviewer Margaret Crandall. Opening acts are J Navarro & the Traitors, a Detroit ska & reggae septet, and Dirty Notion, an Ypsilanti ska-punk band. $15 ($18 at the door). [venue info]

Café Verde: Monte Pride

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Common Cup: Jason Dean

Local singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Rock Jones

Detroit roots rock, classic country, and blues quintet. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

 
 


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