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Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 14, 2018






 
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 9-11 a.m. 

"Low Cost Pet Vaccine Clinic": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's important to provide regular, basic wellness services for your pets to protect them from unnecessary illnesses.That's why the Humane Society of Huron Valley Veterinary Clinic offers low-cost vaccinations, wellness testing, and prevention products for all public cats and dogs at our Low Cost Vaccination Clinics.*
Pricing for Low Cost Clinics:
Rabies & Distemper Combo - $25
Rabies ONLY - $15
Distemper ONLY - $15
Bordetella - $20 (dogs only)
Feline Leukemia Vaccine - $20 (cats only - must provide proof of a negative test within the past month.)
FeLV/FIV Test - $30 (cats only)
Heartworm Test - $20 (dogs only)
24PetWatch Microchip ID - $25 (dogs) and $15 (cats)
Heartworm, flea and tick preventative offered at very low prices!
You do not need an appointment to attend the HSHV Low Cost Vaccination Clinic. Please bring your dogs on a non-retractable leash and all cats must be in a carrier.
*Though our Low Cost Vaccination Clinics are appropriate for most dogs and cats,
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. 734-662-4365. clinic@hshv.org www.hshv.org/clinic [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Apr. 14 & 21. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Apr. 14), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Apr. 21), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]


 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Fiber Expo.

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Apr. 14 & 15. Show and sale of a variety of yarns, rug hooking kits, felted items, roving, and fiber art products and craft items. Sheep, goat, and alpaca shearing demonstrations. Classes. Also, breeders on hand with alpacas, goats, Angora rabbits, and other animals. Concessions. No dogs allowed.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $4 ($6 for both days; kids age 12 & under, free). fiberexpo.com, 546-0032. [map]


 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Process in Modern and Contemporary Islamic Art": U-M Art History Department.

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Talks by scholars, curators, and artists on time-based Islamic art forms, such as performance art and moving images, as well as how to conceptualize Islamic art.
9 a.m.-6 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-5400. [map]


 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Chelsea Spring Expo": Chelsea Senior Center.

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Family-oriented event showcasing goods and services by over 140 vendors, crafters, and nonprofits, along with kids activities TBA. Bake sale. Samples, door prizes.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., CSC, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-9242. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Apr. 14 & 15. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live salamanders and vernal pond life. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, a midday "Animal Naptime" break when the animals get tired.
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Open House! Day of Free classes": Imagine Fitness and Yoga.

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Join us for a day of FREE classes on Saturday 4/14 from 10am - 2pm!
Imagine Fitness and Yoga is a community oriented studio that is hosting a day of 10 FREE classes for everyone, including complete beginners. Choose between two classes every 1/2 hour. Classes will be 1/2 hour long, so that you can get the feel for a typical 1 hour class session. There will be 15 minutes in between classes to mingle, eat free nutritious snacks and to relax.
We strive to make everyone feel welcome in our studio and to eliminate gym intimidation. We focus on small class sizes that allows for personal attention from top instructors. Come out and join us on 4/14 to try something new - it's always a good time to learn something new! Visit our website to see the 10 class schedule on 4/14 and find what interests you!
Everyone welcome, including complete beginners. Come try something new! No sign up required. Bring a friend, or two! This is a time to find what feels good for your body, while having
Imagine Fitness and Yoga, 3100 West Liberty Rd. Free. 7346228119. imagine@imaginefitnessandyoga.com imaginefitnessandyoga.com [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

"See, Test, Treat": St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.

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Join us on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for See, Test & Treat. The event will be held in the Women's Health Center, on the campus of St. Joe's Ann Arbor.
We will provide free breast and cervical cancer screenings, and immediate follow-up for local women who are uninsured. Spots are limited and registration is required.
To see if you qualify and schedule your screening, call 734-712-7881.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Ann Arbor. Free. 734-712-7881. stjoeshealth.org/see-test-treat


 10 a.m. 

"U Move for Parents": Uniquely Moved LLC.

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Discover the diverse needs of the human body for movement. Experience the whole body movements we need to be and grow in our best health. Learn the why and the how of moving more and moving more of you.
Beth: " I love cultivating a movement lifestyle. Bringing more movement into our lives has created deeper bonds and more freedom for our family. After 350 plus hours of study becoming a Restorative Exercise Specialist I'm passionate about teaching biomechanics for everyday life."
We are all totally unique in how we move and how we have been moved. You embody your life. You can find me on social at Uniquely Moved.
Come move with me ! 1st workshop April 14th 10am-12pm
The U school, 3630 Plaza Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $37. beuniquelymoved@gmail.com http://theubuntuschool.org/programs/u-move/ [map]



 10 a.m.-noon 

"U Move for Parents": The U School.

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U Move offers a series of workshops, with Uniquely Moved instructor Beth Mount, that facilitate adults exploring and improving their natural human movements as a way to create more connection between themselves and children. Feel empowered to be movement leaders for your families and your classrooms.
- Beth is a Restorative Exercise Specialist certified by Nutritious Movement.
U Move for Parents - Discover the diverse needs of the human body for movement. Parents will examine the spaces we live in and learn how to bring more movement into their family life.
- Saturday, 4/14/18 10am-12pm
The U School, 3630 Plaza Dr. 5A and 6A. $37 (individuals) & $55 (partners). 7343689551. ryan@theubuntuschool.org http://theubuntuschool.org/programs/u-move/ [map]



 10 a.m.-noon 

Bag Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books & other items. Fill a bag for $5 and get a 2nd bag for free.
10 a.m.-noon, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 429-5450. [map]


 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Chelsea District Library.

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Sale of gently used paperback and hard-cover books. Also, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and more. Fill a bag for $5.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., CDL basement, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-8732. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Weekend Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Mar. 30-Apr. 1: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" (David Bowers, 2017). Comedy about a kid who derails his family's road trip in a scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

Apr. 6-8: "The Star" (Timothy Reckart, 2017). Animated retelling of the Christmas story from the perspective of a brave donkey and his animal friends.

Apr. 13-15: "Wonder" (Stephen Chbosky, 2017). Inspiring drama about a 5th grader with extreme facial differences who attends a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson.

Apr. 20-22: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about a meh emoji who rebels against the rule that emojis must have only one facial expression.

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10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Jim May: Chelsea District Library.

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This acclaimed Illinois-based storyteller reads from Trail Guide for a Crooked Heart: Stories and Reflections for Life's Journeys, his new collection of stories inspired by life on the Illinois prairie, where his family has lived since the 1840s. Signing. Also, at 1 p.m., May hosts a storytelling workshop.
10:30 a.m.-noon, CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Apr. 7 & 14. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Apr. 7: Physics Demonstration Laboratory staffers on "Saturday Morning Physics Lite: Now with 40% Less Facts." Apr. 14: "Entropy: from Bug to Feature." Physics professor Greg van Anders discusses how our understanding of entropy has changed over the centuries.
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: 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 a.m. 

"YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a FREE yoga class (with donations accepted).
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [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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Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Historic Tour of Downtown Home & Garden": Downtown Home & Garden Lecture Series.

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DH&G owner emeritus Mark Hodesh leads tours of his 110-year-old building, which contains the city's last horse stalls.
11 a.m.-noon, DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Stories in Spanish": AADL Malletts Creek.

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All kids in grades preK-3 invited to a program of Spanish language stories performed by teachers from language immersion preschool Manzanitas.
6-6:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200.


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. For kids ages 3-6 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
Meet at the UMMA store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Screen Printing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Modati Studios representatives show adults and teens grade 6 & up how to screen print. Materials provided; you can bring old clothes to print as well, if you like.
Noon-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.


 12:30 p.m. 

"Luisa Miller": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast (Apr. 14) and rebroadcast (Apr. 18) of the Metropolitan Opera production of this rarely performed Verdi tragedy that centers on a father's love for his daughter who is put in an impossible position by the 2 rivals for her affection. Stars Plácido Domingo. Italian, subtitles.
12:30 p.m. (Apr. 14) and 1 & 6:30 p.m. (Apr. 18), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20). [map]


 12:45-2:45pm  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Citizens' Climate Lobby - Ann Arbor chapter.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions.
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. annarbor@citizensclimatelobby.org http://annarborccl.org [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. 

Annual Dahlia Tuber Sale: Michigan Dahlia Association.

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Sale of dahlia tubers. Also, a video on growing and caring for dahlias and free dahlia handouts.
1-3 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 429-5796. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 14, 21, 22, 28, & 29. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

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Apr. 14: The Ponds Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Emerald & Candlewick) to help remove invasive garlic mustard.

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Apr. 21: Cedar Bend Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Island Park parking lot, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Ln.) to remove invasive dame's rocket and garlic mustard.

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Apr. 22: Maryfield Wildwood Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Linwood & Wilton) to remove invasive plants to honor Earth Day.

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Apr. 22: Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Arborview Blvd. entrance, just east of Wildwood) to celebrate Earth Day by removing invasive garlic mustard & dame's rocket.

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Apr. 28: Mary Beth Doyle Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to plant shrubs along Mallets Creek to increase the native habitat of this 81-acre park.

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Apr. 28: Molin Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Powell & Columbia.) to remove garlic mustard and other invasives.

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Apr. 29: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Marshall Nature Area parking lot off Dixboro Rd. north of Plymouth Rd.) to remove garlic mustard and other invasives.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Kangaroos!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show Maybelline and Tulip the kangaroos 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, 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]


 1:15 & 4:15 p.m. 

"Loveless": State Theatre.

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(Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2017). Drama about a couple going through a bitter divorce who must team up to find their missing son. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Russian, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 1:30-5:30 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]



 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 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]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Community Orchestra Chamber Concert: Dexter District Library.

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Members of this volunteer ensemble perform chamber works in small groups on cello, piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, voice, brass, and strings.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 2 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.


 2 p.m. 

U-M Softball.

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Mar. 21: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30, 31, & Apr. 1: 3-game Big 10 series vs. Purdue. Mar. 30, 4 p.m., Mar. 31, 2 p.m. & Apr. 1, 1 p.m.

Apr. 4: EMU. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13, 14, & 15: 3-game series vs. Rutgers. Apr. 13, 6 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, noon.

Apr. 20, 21, & 22 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 20, 6 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.

May 1: WMU. 6 p.m.

May 4-6: 3-game series vs. Ohio State. May 4, 6 p.m.; May 5, 1 p.m.; May 6, 6 p.m.
Various times, see listing. Alumni Field, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each; U-M students, faculty, & staff, free). 764-0247.


 2 & 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]


 2 & 8 p.m. 

"The Wolves": U-M Rude Mechanicals.

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Apr. 13 & 14. Martin McGuire directs fellow students in Sarah DeLappe's acclaimed 2016 play about teen girls on a suburban soccer team. "The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play," says New York Times critic Ben Brantley.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $7) in advance at muto.umich.edu & at the door. 763-1107, Facebook.com/umrudes. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"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]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Jellyfish Friendship Bracelets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-8 invited to weave these classic bracelets using a round cardboard wheel.
3-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.


 3 & 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]


 3 & 7 p.m. 

"The Leisure Seeker": Michigan Theater.

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(Paolo Virtzì, 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]


 3:15, 6:45, & 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 p.m. 

CSC's Amazing Race: Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor (CSC) will host its Tenth Annual Amazing Race on April 14th, 2018.
We hope you'll join us!
One of CSC's largest yearly fundraisers, the Amazing Race is an family friendly Ann Arbor-based driving scavenger hunt, where teams of four people solve clues, hunt for hidden locations and landmarks throughout town, and compete to be the first team to complete the course. It's a great adventure that is fun for all ages!
The race begins at Atria Business Park on Hogback Road at 4:00 pm. A post-race party at 7:00 includes refreshments, food, entertainment and prizes. Last year's event was SOLD OUT! Get your tickets today.
All proceeds remain local at the CSC of Greater Ann Arbor and are used to provide free cancer support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer, including loved ones and children. For more information about the Amazing Race, contact the Cancer Support Community at 734-975-2500 or erin@cancersupportannarbor.o
Atria Park Business Center, 2008 Hogback Rd. $50. 7379752500. erin@cancersupportannarbor.org a2amazingrace.com [map]



 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m. 

"The Amazing Race": Cancer Support Community Fundraiser.

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All invited to form (or join) teams of 4 to compete in this scavenger hunt throughout town. Followed by a post-race party with refreshments, entertainment, and prizes.
4 p.m., Atria Park Business Center, 2008 Hogback. $50 per person in advance at a2tix.com/events/cancer-support-communitys-amazing-race. cancersupportannarbor.org, 975-2500. [map]
 


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook": Nicola's Books.

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Several Detroit writers discuss their contributions to this essay collection about Detroit neighborhoods, edited by Detroit native Aaron Foley, author of How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass. Signing.
4 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 4:30 & 5:45 p.m. 

"Tool Zoo": Maker Works.

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Members lead a tour of the shop and demonstrate tools, including a 3-D printer, a pewter casting machine, a laser cutter, a wood engraver, and a plasma steel cutter. Demo pieces available to take home. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.
4:30 & 5:45 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $5 (family, $8). Preregistration required at maker-works.com/classes/tool-zoo-tour. 222-4911. [map]


 5 & 7:30 p.m. 

2018 Italian Film Festival USA.

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The U-M is one of several host sites for the Detroit-area sojourn of this annual festival.

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Apr. 13: Short Film Program. Screening of 7 short films, after which the audience votes to select the best. 7 p.m.

Apr. 14: "Worldly Girl" (Marco Danieli, 2016). A sheltered young Jehovah's Witness finds herself ostracized after she falls in love with a man outside her faith. 5 p.m.

Apr. 14: "The Sense of Beauty"(Valerio Jalongo, 2017). Documentary exploring the beauty revealed by the work of quantum physicists at CERN, in Geneva. 7:30 p.m.

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Various times (see listing), Lorch Hall Askwith Auditorium (611 Tappan). Free. Italianfilmfests.org/detroit.html.


 6 p.m. 

"Swing Into Spring, Featuring the Ypsi Food Awards": Growing Hope.

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Growing Hope is delighted to announce "Swing Into Spring" - featuring the third annual Ypsilanti Food Awards - on Saturday, April 14th. This fundraising event will support our Ypsilanti Farmers Markets and celebrate local food achievements, including our market vendors and the great diversity of local independent food businesses. We'll highlight the positive economic impact of food entrepreneurs during a spectacular evening of delicious food, drink, and music - culminating in an awards ceremony for success stories and local heroes in Ypsi's food world.
Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace, 16 S. Washington St, Ypsilanti. $50. kristen@growinghope.net www.growinghope.net [map]


 6 p.m. 

6th Annual Jazz Night: Dexter Rotary.

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Jazz standards and originals by the Randy Napoleon Jazz Band, led by Ann Arbor native Napoleon, an MSU jazz guitar professor who's toured with Benny Green and Michael Bublé and been praised by guitarist George Benson. Proceeds fund Rotary scholarships.
6 p.m., Plumbers & Pipefitters Hall (UA Local 790), 7920 Jackson Rd., Dexter. Tickets $75 (includes strolling buffet & beer or wine). facebook.com/dexter.rotary.club. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Candlelight Dinner Concert with Hines Drive": Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Hines Drive consists of 3 members of Salem Witchcraft, one of Michigan's most successful rock bands of the 70's & 80's. Considered by many to be Michigan's top bar band at that time, they were also playing many concert dates with bands like Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Aerosmith, and many others. They went their separate ways to raise families and get "real" jobs but always remained close friends. They re-united to form an acoustic rock band called "Hines Drive", currently performing at some of Southeast Michigan's finest establishments. Moe, Jim and Mark never disappoint - this is going to be a great night! Only 42 seats, so reservations are a must. Menu: tba. Both entrees served with salad and bread. *Special dietary needs can be accommodated. Call for info/requests. Our estate grown wines and hand-crafted beer available throughout the evening.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35 pp for dinner and show. 5175228167. dlbarber1@aol.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]



 7 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Pioneer Booster Bash": Pioneer Athletic Booster Club.

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The Ann Arbor Pioneer Athletics Booster Club is a non-profit, parent-run volunteer organization that is dedicated to promoting student athletic development and fitness at Pioneer High School.
On April 14, we will be hosting our annual Booster Fundraising Bash. The Booster Bash features amazing items donated by each athletic team, plus food and an open bar. Proceeds benefit all Pioneer sports teams and facilities. Come support our student athletes and coaches!
Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard Street. Donation. $60 per person. @AAPioneerSports https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ann-arbor-pioneer-booster-bash-2018-tickets-43622772888?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

27th Annual Smithee Awards: U-M Smith-Ka-Teers.

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This celebration of bad films features screenings of 5 clips of commercial feature films in each of 19 categories, including "Most Ludicrous Premise," "Worst Science," "Cutting Butter with a Chainsaw," "Let's Up the Rating to R," "Alas, Poor Yorick," "Inane Dialogue," "Deus ex Machina," and more. Past entries include the likes of Seedpeople, Leech Woman, Nailgun Massacre, The Clones of Bruce Lee, and Narcotic Justice. Audience members vote on the "winners." Films can have been released in any year, as long as they haven't been previously nominated for a Smithee. Unhealthy snacks. For mature audiences.
7 p.m.-midnight, 1800 Chemistry Bldg., 930 North University. Free. AmyTheEvitable@gmail.com, smitheeawards.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Hometown Show: Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic.

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Bluegrass and high-energy American folk by this renowned touring student fiddle ensemble. Guest headliner is Irish master fiddler Kevin Burke, considered one of the greatest living Irish fiddlers. He replaces the previous guest headliner, Kittel & Co., a contemporary string quintet led by local fiddle virtuoso Jeremy Kittel. Kittel recently broke his arm.
7 p.m., Saline High School Auditorium, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $15 (students, $10) in advance at eventbrite.com & at teh door. info@salinefiddlers.com; (866) 257-5333, ext. 2. [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. 

"The Eternity of Song: Boychoir of Ann Arbor.

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John Boonenberg directs this chorus of boys ages 8-18 in a program showcasing the universal connection to nature in a diverse range of music in the male choral tradition. The program includes Stephen Paulus's "Sing Creations Music On," Brahms' "O schöne Nacht," Braeden Ayres' "Journeyman's Song," and "Gøta" by Peder Karlsson, a founding member of the Swedish a cappella ensemble The Real Group. Its program also includes William Mathias's "Let the People Praise Thee, O God," Jens Klimek's "O Nata Lux," Mendelssohn's iconic "Verleih' uns Frieden (Grant us Thy peace)," and Alice Parker's beloved setting of "Hark! I Hear the Harps Eternal," as well as pieces by Piazzolla, Bartók, Vaughan Williams, Copland, and Andrea Ramsey. The Young Men's Ensemble (those ages 13-18 with changing and changed voices) is featured in a set of folk songs, Norman Lubhoff's arrangement of the English sea shanty "A-Roving" and the South African "Tshotsholoza" and "Senzeni Na," and the Preparatory Choir (ages 8-10) performs a set of nature-themed works TBA. A portion of the proceeds donated to the Family Learning Institute, which provides math & literacy tutoring for students in grades 2-6.
7 p.m., Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner. $5 suggested donation. 663-5377. [map]


 7:15 & 10:15 p.m. 

"Borg vs. McEnroe": State Theatre.

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(Janus Metz, 2018). Biopic about the legendary tennis rivalry between the disciplined Björn Borg and voltile John McEnroe. Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason.
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.


 7:30 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Maeve Devlin calls to music by the Stout Hearted String Band & other musicians. Wear loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. $11 (members, $10; age 29 & under, $5). fjkarsch@umich.edu, 769-2133. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m. 

Collage Concert: Chelsea High School Music Boosters Fundraiser.

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An evening of nonstop music by all 6 CHS curricular music ensembles and the 3 extracurricular ensembles-Chelsea House Orchestra, the CHS Jazz Band, and Company C-along with selected soloists and small ensembles.
7:30-9 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $10 (students & seniors age 60 & older, $5; kids 6 & under, free) in advance at Chelsea Hometown Pharmacy and at the door. 433-2201. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

CURTAINS, the Big Broadway Musical Comedy Whodunit.

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Nominated for eight Tony Awards, this hilarious musical comedy is a show-within-a-show. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on opening night, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Now the cops have the whole theater on lockdown, and Detective Frank Cioffi must sort out the clues, including scheming understudies, financially motivated producers, and feuding songwriters to solve the crime. But, as you know, the show must go on!!
This show is a perfect way to escape for a few hours of fun and laughter with your family, friends, co-workers, or group.
Curtains, from the creators of "Cabaret" and "Chicago", is directed by Lynn Wilde and produced by Ann Langford and features a talented cast from all over Livingston County. With many brand new faces and a number of your favorites, this is a show you are sure to enjoy!
Order tickets at pinckneyplayers.seatyourself.biz. For further information, call the Pinckney Players hotline at 810-206-5911 or visit us at www.pinckneyplayers.com
Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theater, 2100 W Michigan 36, Pinckney, MI 48169, Pinckney. $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors (additional $2.00 at door). 810-206-5911. pinckneyplayers@gmail.com http://www.pinckneyplayers.com/ [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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Shrek": Skyline High School.

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Apr. 14 & 15 & 20-22. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori's musical, based on the 2001 film, an appealingly subversive fairy tale about a kindhearted but misanthropic green ogre who's charged with rescuing a princess. The score is an eclectic mix of pop-flavored melodies that range from the jaunty "Travel Song" to the gutsy duet "I Got You Beat." Cast: Luke Renken, Amanda Wilhoit, Jennie Rupp, Savanna Cowley, Matt Rupp, Caleb Hemstra, Marina Dauer, Gabe Hill, Daniel Kennedy, Lydia Hall, Alex Tistle, Lilly Knopp, Makayla Franklin, Heavyn Dyer-Jones, Elena Schroeder, Nate Fison, Andrew Lafferty, Lauryn Perkins, Sophie Reznick, Clare de Vries, Makayla Klein, Ally Lawson, Dan Kennedy, Chloe Durkee, Jalen Steudle, Tessa Wilson, Hannah Connell, Grand Hoover, Evie Glaves, Laila Krugman, Mack Lieberman, Aiva Zoldan.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sat. Apr. 21 & Sun.), Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com & at the door. 994-6515. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Woodcock Sky Dance": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Bolda leads a hike to watch male woodcocks perform their elaborate routine to attract females.
7:30 p.m., Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester. Free. 971-6337.


 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. 

Colin Stetson: University Musical Society.

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This Ann Arbor-born, Montreal-based avant-jazz saxophonist and clarinetist returns to town with "Sorrow: A Reimagining of Górecki's Third Symphony." A Pitchfork review compares Stetson's treatment of the Polish composer's popular 1976 symphony to the way the works of post-rock bands like Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You! Black Emperor "go for the emotional jugular," adding, "This is instrumental music that embraces its undying capacity for uplift, that shakes off distinctions between bathos and pathos, between mawkish and grave, as it blasts upward." Stetson is joined by a 12-member ensemble, including his sister Megan, a soprano, and others playing electric guitars, synthesizers, drums, strings, and woodwinds. On Apr. 13, Stetson relates his experiences adapting Górecki's iconic work for contemporary audiences (5:30-7 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits).
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $20-$44 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Fruit Bats and Vetiver: The Ark.

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Double bill. Fruit Bats is Chicago-based indie pop-rock singer-songwriter Eric D. Johnson, and Vetiver is the San Francisco indie pop-rock singer-songwriter Andy Cabic.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 & 10:30 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.  Free! 

String Quartet Recital: U-M School of Music.

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U-M music students perform works TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Stearns Bldg. Cady Rm., 2005 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [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.  Free! 

"Celebrating 30 Years: Jerry Blackstone and Friends": U-M Chamber Choir.

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This student choir performs a program in honor of its longtime conductor, including new works by William Brehm and U-M composition professor Michael Daugherty, Wilmington's Alleluia, Eriks Esenvald's "Trinity Te Deum" and "Only in sleep," the Introit and Kyrie from Duruflé's Requiem, the Gloria from Kodaly's Missa Brevis, and Thompson's Alleluia. The program ends with Brahms' "Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen" and "Parry, I was glad," sung by the choir and any former student of Blackstone's who wishes to join them (rehearsal for the works begins at 6:45 p.m. on stage).
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

"Find Your Voice and Speak Your Truth!": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Veteran local jazz vocalist Marlena Studer and local motivational speaker and singer-songwriter Eleni Kelakos present a program of motivational music and spoken word pieces.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [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. 

"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. 

"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]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Apr. 28 and May 5, 12, & 26. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [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]



 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-12:30 a.m. or as long as the sky remains clear, Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.


 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. ladyofthelanes@belmarklanes.com belmarklanes.com [map]



 9:30 p.m. 

"Finding Your Feet": Michigan Theater.

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(Richard Loncraine, 2017). British comedy about a snobbish wife forced to live with her poor bohemian sister after discovering her husband is having an affair with her best friend. Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley.
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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Mohan Ritsema

A variety of jazz styles from bop to modern by an ensemble led by U- M music student bassist Ritsema. [venue info]

Bel-Mark Lanes: Naked Ace

Local 11-piece classic rock, blues, and soul cover band. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Cory Wong

Minneapolis funk-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, currently a member of the popular funk band Vulfpeck, who has a forthcoming debut CD, Cory Wong & the Green Screen Band. Opening act is Antwuan Stanley, a local R&B singer-songwriter. $15 ($20 at the door). [venue info]

Club Above: Act Casual

Local rock, blues, and funk quintet. Opening act is Bees Trees, a Youngstown (OH) quintet that plays a mix of funk, roots rock, reggae, jazz, and blues. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Corndaddy

Local alt-country band led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Finan & Sharon Tse

Singer-songwriter duo. Finan is a Canton singer-songwriter who writes country-tinged folk-pop, and Tse a young singer-songwriter whose repertoire ranges from confessional folk-pop to jazz- inflected songs. [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: Laura Rain & the Caesars Laura Rain & the Caesars

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

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Mash: Detroit's Own Soul Purpose Detroit’s Own Soul Purpose

An eclectic mix of genres from funk and blues-rock to hard country by this Westland quintet fronted by vocalist Carol Holmes. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

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

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Paul Rhodes

Acoustic jazz and classic rock by this local pianist. [venue info]

 
 


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