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Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 19, 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. [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.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"The Earth Wakes Up": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance leads a hike for kids ages 2-4, with a caregiver. Also, a spring wand craft.
10 a.m., County Farm Park Pollinator Garden, 2230 Platt. Preregistration required at 971-6337. [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 a.m.  Free! 

"Better Than 'Good': Rethinking Our Pedagogical Vocabulary to Create a Positive and Productive Learning Environment": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Talk by Oberlin Conservatory of Music piano pedagogy professor Andrea McAlister.
10 a.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-5346. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Faces of Addiction": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 19-May 24. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. Apr. 19: U-M psychiatry professor Kirk Brower on "Addiction: Definition, Causes, and Treatment Overview." Apr. 26: U-M surgery professor Jennifer Filip Waljee on "Opioids in America: The Role of Surgery." May 3: U-M anesthesiology professor Daniel Clauw on "Managing Chronic Pain Without Opioids." May 10: Washtenaw County Juvenile drug court treatment clinician Joshua Meisler on "Treating Court-Involved Adolescent Substance Users: Challenges and Opportunities." May 17: U-M Dearborn Criminology and Criminal Justice Program director Donald Shelton on "Criminal Sentencing and Casualties of the War on Drugs." May 24: recently retired Growth Works executive director Dale Yagiela on "Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment."
10-11:30 a.m., 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 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:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. [map]

 11:30 a.m.

11:30 am 

"Extreme Brand Makeover": Women's Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW).

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Want to strengthen or revitalize your personal brand? Attend this interactive workshop to learn how real women can enhance their online personal brand. Work together with other participants in small groups led by a member of Hoyden Creative Group and walk away with tips you can apply to enhance your own personal brand.
Real-time activities may include revised content, headshots, joining groups of interest, making new connections, posting articles, and more.
The workshop will conclude with each working group exchanging cards to build their own personal networks and watching the big reveal of the "Extreme Personal Brand Makeover".
Join us Thursday, April 19th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and leave with your own Personal Brand Makeover plan!
Mediterrano Restaurant, 2900 S. State St. $25. or $30. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Ypsilanti Town Band: Jewish Community Center 3rd Thursday @ the J.

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Jerry Robbins gives a brief talk on the history of American town bands before conducting members of this wind ensemble, in period costume, in a program of popular music, 1880-1920.
Noon-1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. Preregistration required. 971-0990. [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]

 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 or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Better Off Read Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss fiction and nonfiction books TBA.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Ikebana International.

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All invited to try Japanese flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens rm. 125, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20 materials fee; metered parking. Preregistration required.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to a "Recycling Party." Followed by socializing. Refreshments. Nursery care provided for preschoolers.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. (313) 815-0413. [map]

 1:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Books and Banter": Chelsea District Library.

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A member-led discussion of a different book each month. Book selections are made at each meeting. Books available at the check-out desk.
1:30-3 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 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.

 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)., 668-TIME.

 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)., 668-TIME.

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Art of Maps": U-M Clark Library.

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Display of artistic maps that include Elaine Wilson's paintings from Charting the Wolverine, "Europe as a Woman" from Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia, and more.
4-7 p.m., Clark Library, U-M Hatcher Grad Library 2nd floor, enter from the Diag. Free. 647-0646.

 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Caldecott Club: Saline District Library.

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Kids in kindergarten and 1st grade invited to listen to picture books, discuss the art and words, and vote for a favorite.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

All Star Readers: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 3-5 invited to discuss books. Also, snacks & games. Apr. 19: Lights, Camera, Cook! Charise Mericle Harper's illustrated novel about tween contestants in a TV junior chef competition. May 17: Upside-Down Magic, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins' novel about struggling magical kids who have to attend a special class to help them control their wonky magic.
4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America": U-M Library.

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Yale University law professor James Forman discusses his new book about the current U.S. mass incarceration crisis. Signing.
4:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

New Enterprise Forum Showcase Presentation and Panel: New Enterprise Forum.

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Showcase Presenter: A presentation by a start-up that has been through New Enterprise Forum coaching. This gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. Come to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with resources who support the local start-up community.
Panel Topic: With over 30 years providing value to entrepreneurs, the NEF continues to bring to its Forum meetings the most relevant topics that are important to entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Join us to keep current on critical start-up issues, and meet our panel presenters.
Network: Meet other like-minded professionals who support entrepreneurialism, promoting innovation as a catalyst for a healthy Michigan economy.
Follow Us on LinkedIn:
SPARK Innovation Center, 330 E. Liberty, Lower Level. Free. [map]

 5:15 & 10 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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

 5:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Dinner Series: Indian Class": BAKE! at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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Let's make dinner together! You'll create stuffed paratha (flatbread), Dal Makhani (curried lentils) and coconut rice pudding. We'll also demonstrate cooking basmati rice and chutney. Everything in this class is vegetarian. Go home with dinner for four!
Sign up here:
BAKE!, 3723 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $100. 734-761-7255. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Monthly Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants Ann Arbor Chapter.

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We are regional management accountants as well as C-level types meeting for food, fellowship, and career enhancement. This is an award winning chapter of 200 accountants, financial managers, controllers and chief financial officers of local companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Our chapter is part of a global accounting association. Please feel free to check our website. In Michigan the address is, and the global IMA website is Don't forget that one of the biggest benefits is the opportunity to network with your peers in the financial professions.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3150 Boardwalk. $10 (pay for your own food). 734-222-6681. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Just for Kids: Explore the World of Spices": Zingerman's.

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Staffers discuss the culinary importance of their favorite spices.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Zingerman's Next Door (upstairs), 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid. 663-3354. [map]

 5:30 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"How Much Profit Does a Non-Profit Need?": Ann Arbor Area SCORE.

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Discussion topics include: Factors that Contribute to Success, What defines a non-profit, Funding, Basic steps for start-up, Organization, Incorporation and Primary documents, and Strategic planning.
Register at
NEW Center Office Building, 1100 North Main Street - Second floor. $10. [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:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. 734-747-0123. [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]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sushi and Jazz": Doug Horn Trio.

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Reedman Doug Horn is joined by Cary Kocher on Vibes and rotating bassists.
We play from 6:30-8:30PM every other Thursday, starting December 14th, 2017.
Nagomi Sushi, 1754 Plymouth Rd (north Campus). Free. 734-761-5800. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Beginning Crochet: Saline District Library.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 19-May 24. 6-week class that offers a chance to crochet a functional purse or a hat.
6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [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 p.m. 

"Vinegar 101": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Apr. 4 & 19. Zingerman's staff discuss and offer taste samples of a variety of vinegars.
6:30-8 p.m., Zingerman's Upstairs Next Door, 418 Detroit. $10. Reservations required. 663-3400. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle"

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mike @ Serendipity Books": Chelsea District Library.

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All adults invited to sign up for a 5-minute slot to showcase their poetry, prose, music, or comedy. All invited to listen.
7-8:30 p.m., Serendipity, 113 W. Middle, Chelsea. Free. Sign up by calling 475-8732, ext. 503. [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. [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. [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. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Water 101: City of Ann Arbor 2018 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion with representatives from local government and science fields about the lifecycle of city drinking water. Also, a video about extreme storms that have struck the city. Audience members also invited to participate in a Jeopardy-style water trivia game, with prizes.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bleeding-Heart Monkeys: Biopsychologists on Biologies and Behaviors": Nerd Nite Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor District Library).

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The April edition of this popular monthly event features fun yet informative talks, 18-21 minutes long, by 3 MSU Science Festival speakers TBA (at about how biology affects behavior, including that of the Ethiopian gelada or "bleeding-heart monkey," a grazing monkey with one of the most extensive primate vocal repertoires.
7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Live, 102 S. First. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-8:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness and Meditation for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant leads participants in a series of guided meditations. Bring a blanket or pillow, if you like.
7-8:15 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Beneath the Surface: The Line 5 Pipeline in the Great Lakes": Michigan Theater.

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30-minute documentary produced by Detroit Public Television. Discussion follows with representatives from the Great Lakes Now Bureau, Wolfpack, and the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board.
7:15 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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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. 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., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Aloha Party Meeting": Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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All age 21 & over invited to learn about the club's upcoming warm weather activities. Followed by dancing to music spun by a DJ. Refreshments. Hawaiian- or spring-themed shirts encouraged.
7:30-10:30 p.m. Cobblestone Farm Barn, 2781 Packard. $5 (members, free). [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Arcadia": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Apr. 19-22. Melissa Freilich directs local actors in Tom Stoppard's critically acclaimed 1993 drama, a witty, challenging comedy-fantasy in which two groups of people--one living in the early 19th century, one in the present--alternately inhabit the same room in an English country manor. The first group includes a 13-year-old female prodigy and some of the leading poets and scholars of the day. In the second group is a couple of literary historians bent on uncovering events which took place in the house nearly 200 years before. They scour old manuscripts and artifacts for clues--often misinterpreting them. Over the course of the play, the characters explore Newtonian physics, chaos theory, Romantic poetry, and the perils of history itself, eventually coming together in the final scene for a remarkable denouement. Cast: Brittany Batell, Laura Lilly Cotten, Chris Grimm, Elijah Hatcher-Kay, Greg Kovas, Theo Polley, Sara Rose, Rob Roy, Russ Schwartz, Kate Umstatter, Elizabeth Wagner, and David Widmayer.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; Thurs., $17; students, $11 on any day) in advance at & at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Cold Blood": Charleroi Danses (University Musical Society).

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Apr. 19-21. Two members of this Belgian company, Michèle Anne De Mey and Jaco van Dormael, perform its "finger ballet" exploring a series of deaths and the lives that led up to them, with a mixture of comic and poetic commentary. The performers' hands portray the main characters, moving with precision around exquisite miniature sets in a performance that is projected onto a large screen. "Thomas Gunzig's tender, quirky script intertwines the sequences, as they flit between dream and reality, and guides us through the heroine's many deaths and resurrections, while a delightful mix of nostalgia and humor underlies the whole show," says a Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (Belgium) review. Artist Q&A on Apr. 19 only.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), Power Center. Tickets $28-$54 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Frontier Arms Race: The Story of the Cannons from the Detroit River": Michigan Archaeological Society.

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Talk by Detroit Historical Society consulting maritime archaeologist Dan Harrison.
7:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 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, 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. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Gary Gulman: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 19-21. This Massachusetts comic, a former finalist in the NBC show Last Comic Standing and star of the HBO miniseries Tourgasm, specializes in irreverently hilarious observations about everyday life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $14 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Sierra Hull: The Ark.

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Young bluegrass-based singer-songwriter and mandolin virtuoso from Tennessee who made her Grand Ol' Opry debut at age 11 as the guest of Alison Krauss.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and the, 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 & at the door. 203-0556. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Into the Woods": Concordia University.

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Apr. 19-22. Students perform Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical, a darkly comic reworking of several Grimm fairy tales. The show features one of Sondheim's most eclectic scores, ranging in style from jazz to vaudeville to rhapsodic ballads and operatic duets and trios.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $14 (students & seniors, $8). 995-7357. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Kissing the Witch": Ubiquitous Theater.

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Apr. 19-21. Margaret Smith directs local actors in Emma Donoghue's theatrical adaptation of her book, Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins. A collection of European folk tales, it draws connections between marginalization, terror of and gratitude for witches, and their roles as both scapegoats and messengers to the gods. Cast: Leah Peterson, Fiona Dupuis Carey, Sisi Reid, and D. Yarrow Halstead.
8 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 in advance; $12 at the door. [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 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 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 and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 9:15 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)., 668-TIME. [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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 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)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Bell's Atlas

Highly regarded Oakland (CA) self-styled "Afro-soul" R&B quintet. "Eminently chill and sexy in equal measure but with out of this world complexity and musical sophistication," enthuses an Afropunk reviewer. Opening acts are Fell Runner, an L.A. experimental rock band whose music draws on West African rhythms and melodies, and Madelyn Grant, a young ultry-voiced soul and R&B singer-songwriter from Detroit whose influences range from Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye to Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. $8 ($10 at the door). [venue info]

Café Verde: Laz & Friends

Local folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Laz Slomovits, half of the nationally known local folk duo Gemini, is joined by some of his musical friends. [venue info]

Club Above: MEMCO

Techno DJs. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Open Mike

All performers invited; sign-up begins at 8 p.m. Hosted by singer-songwriter Adam Labeaux. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike

All hip-hop artists invited to perform. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Slice

Veteran East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones 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: 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]

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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