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Calendar of Events

Friday, April 20, 2018






 
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


 10-10:30 a.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! 

"Dollar Drop-In Movies": Saline Area Senior Center.

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Mar. 16 and Apr. 6 & 20. All seniors invited to watch movies. Mar. 16: Victoria and Abdul, Stephen Frears' 2017 biopic about Queen Victoria and her friendship with a young Indian clerk. Apr. 6: Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen's 2011 romantic fantasy about a young writer who stumbles into the literary world of 1920s Paris. Apr. 20: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh's 2017 drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder.
10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [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]


 10:30-11 a.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.


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Movies at the Center": Chelsea Senior Center.

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A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

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Mar. 16: "The Quiet Man"(John Ford, 1952). A retired American boxer returns to the Irish village of his birth and falls in love with a fiery beauty. John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara.

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Mar. 23: "Dunkirk" (Christopher Nolan, 2017). WW2 thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold.

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Mar. 30: "The Longest Ride" (George Tillman, Jr., 2015). Drama (based on the Nicholas Sparks novel) about the ill-fated love affair between a rodeo bullrider and a college student.

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Apr. 6: "Thor: Ragnarok" (Taika Waititi, 2017). Sci-fi superhero flick about the Norse god's race against time to stop the destruction of his world.

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Apr. 13: "Sully" (Clint Eastwood, 2016). Biopic starring Tom Hanks as Chesley Sullenberger, the American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.

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Apr. 20: "Tommy's Honour" (Jason Connery, 2016). Biopic about the complicated relationship between the father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf in Victorian-era Scotland.

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Apr. 27: "The Greatest Showman" (Michael Gracy, 2017). Lavish musical inspired by the colorful life of P.T. Barnum. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron.

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May & Jun. schedule TBA at chelseaseniors.org.

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12:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Movies and refreshments for adults. Mar. 16: My Cousin Rachel, Roger Michell's 2017 period drama about a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious cousin, but then starts to fall for her. Rachel Weisz. Apr. 20: A United Kingdom, Amma Asante's 2016 biopic about the political and diplomatic problems surrounding Botswana king Seretse Khama's marriage to a British white woman in the 1940s. May 18: Goodbye Christopher Robin, Simon Curtis's 2017 biopic about A.A. Milne and his creation of Winnie the Pooh. June 15: TBA.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 3-5 p.m. 

"Picasso in Context: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50.

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Many of our most well-known artists, such as Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani in France, and Klee and Kirschner in Germany, drew inspiration from the art and artifacts of Africa.
Come join us for a 2-session exploration of the arts of Africa - the first a slideshow/lecture, the second, a trip to the University of Michigan's Museum of Art (UMMA) to view and discuss their wonderful Africa collection. A reminder that no food or drink is allowed in UMMA's galleries.
This study group for those 50 and over will be held on April 20 and April 27. (Note: different locations for each session). It will be led by instructor Helen Weingarten.
Turner Senior Resource Center on 4/20 and University of Michigan Museum of Art on April 27, 2401 Plymouth Road and 525 S. State St, respectively. $15. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]


 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 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.


 4 p.m. 

U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 16-18: Bowling Green. Home-opening 3-game series. 4 p.m. (Mar. 16), 2 p.m. (Mar. 17), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 18).

Mar. 21: WMU. 1 p.m.

MSU. 4 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 25).

Mar. 28: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30-Apr. 1: Delaware. (Mar. 30, 4 p.m.; Mar. 31 doubleheader, noon & 3 p.m.; & Apr. 1, 1 p.m. ).

Apr. 4: Toledo. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13-15: 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 13, 4 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 20-22 3-game series vs. Penn State. Apr. 20, 4 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.

May 1: EMU. 6 p.m.

May 11-13: 3-game series vs. Illinois. May 11, 6 p.m.; May 12, 2 p.m.; May 13, noon.
Various times (see listing), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets TBA. 764-0247.


 4 p.m. 

"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]


 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members and staff will be on hand to help fix things and offer advice. (Note: Repairs are not guaranteed.).
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. 222-4911. [map]


 4:15, 7:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Foxtrot": State Theatre.

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(Samuel Maoz, 2017). A grieving couple tries to piece together the events that led up to their son's death at a remote military post. Hebrew, 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.


 4:15, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Oh Lucy!": Michigan Theater.

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(Atsuko Hirayanagi, 2018). Quirky comedy about a lonely Japanese woman whose life is changed after she enrolls in an unusual English class that requires her to wear a curly blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named "Lucy."
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]


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night"

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Hotel for Dogs, the 2009 live action family film about foster kids who house their dog and other strays at an abandoned hotel. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. [map]


 6 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.


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Night of 1,000 Fandoms": Chelsea District Library.

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All in grades 6-12 invited to a celebration of the experience of being a fan, with a variety of fandom-related games, crafts, and snacks. Costumes encouraged.
6-7:30 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Building Contemporaries: Art and Economies in Detroit": UMMA 2018 Doris Sloan Memorial Program.

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Panel discussion with Arts.Black online publication cofounder Taylor Aldridge, Creative Many (Detroit) creative industries director Cezanne Charles, The Platform (Detroit) chief innovation officer Everard Findlay, and Power House Productions (Detroit) cofounder Gina Reichert. Reception follows.
6:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Copper Wire Jewelry": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows teens in grades 6-adults how to make simple wire-wrapped jewelry using copper wire. Supplies provided.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:45 & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Leisure Seeker": Michigan Theater.

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


 7 p.m. 

Classical Bells: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Darlene Ebersole directs this acclaimed Detroit-area handbell ensemble whose performances are known for their interpretive flair, technical skill, and informal choreography, along with a dash of humor. The group's varied repertoire includes classical, inspirational, popular, and even ragtime and swing tunes. Proceeds benefit the church's Handbell Ensemble's upcoming pilgrimage to Europe.
7 p.m., St. Francis, 2250 E. Stadium. $10. 769-2550. [map]



 7 p.m. 

Classical Bells Concert.

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Let's go for a "Walk in the Park" with Classical Bells, Michigan's premiere handbell ensemble. This group of seasoned professionals, led by artistic director, Darlene Ebersole, has performed in concerts nationwide. They bring inspiration from a wide variety of musical genres including classical, jazz, inspirational, and swing. This concert will benefit the St. Francis of Assisi Handbell Ensemble for a planned pilgrimage to Europe. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Group and senior discounts available.
St. Francis of Assisi, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd. $10. SFAHandbellConcert@comcast.net http://stfrancisa2.com/handbellconcert [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Marcus Wicker: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This Ann Arbor native reads from his recent poetry collection, Silencer, which focuses on the politics of middle-class black respectability. "There is not a moment in this book when you are allowed to forget the complexities of a black man's life in America," notes writer Roxane Gay. "There is the quiet, ironic pleasure of life on a cul-de-sac juxtaposed with the tensions of always wondering when a police officer's gun or fists might get in the way of the black body."
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Exit Interview with Keith Taylor and Cody Walker": Literati Bookstore.

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In anticipation of his retirement, U-M creative writing professor and poet Taylor discusses his work with local poet Walker.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Hobbit": Explorers Homeschool Theatre Troupe.

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Apr. 20 & 21. Anna Valaskova directs an ensemble of homeschooled area high school students in this adaptation of Tolkien's beloved fantasy.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $10 (kids age 12 & under, $8; family $35) cash/check at the door only. 272-6497. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Furiously Happy": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to discuss Jenny Lawson's quirky bestselling memoir about living with mental illness. Hosted by Crazy Wisdom staff member Deb Flint.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [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]


 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. 

Bill Bynum & Co.: Green Wood Coffee House (First United Methodist Church).

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Bluegrass-based quartet led by award-winning Downriver singer-songwriter and guitarist Bynum, whose songs also draw on old-time, early country, gospel, and contemporary folk music. His band includes fiddler Hessie Mae Hasheian, dobro player Bill Arnold, and bassist Scott Kendall.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 & 10:30 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]


 8-11 p.m. 

Jaribu Shahid and Josh Harlow Duo.

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Ziggy's presents Jaribu Shahid (bassist) with Josh Harlow (keyboard). Expect improvisational bliss!
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jaribu-shahid-and-josh-harlow-at-ziggys-tickets-44671430451?aff=es2. (734) 221-3961. https://www.facebook.com/events/1236487579816766/ [map]


 8 p.m. 

Mountain Heart.

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Winner of the 1999 International Bluegrass Association Emerging Artist of the Year Award, this bluegrass-based Americana ensemble blends traditional and progressive styles with the energy of Southern rock. Its 2005 CD, The Journey, is a collection of traditional southern gospel tunes, and its 2006 CD, Wide Open, blends originals with songs by well-known country and bluegrass songwriters. The band's 2010 CD, Road That Never Ends, was recorded live at the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8-11 p.m. 

She-Bop Spring Fling!.

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She-Bop will be performing at Zal Gaz Grotto with a lineup of great music that will put some spring in your dance step!
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W Stadium Blvd. Donation. laurie.lounsbury@gmail.com shebopa2.com [map]



 8 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 a2ct.org & at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Breaking (the) News": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Apr. 13, 20, & 27. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs comedic improv inspired by today's news headlines as well as "water form," Pointless' own long-form improv style. The program begins with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 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 ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.


 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. 

"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]


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"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. bit.ly/kissingthewitch. [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]


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"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]


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"The 39 Steps": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Apr. 20-29. Ethan Gibney directs this local troupe in Patrick Barlow's 2005 farce, a spoof of Hitchcock's 1935 mistaken-identity thriller, set in London, featuring a bored-with-life playboy who unexpectedly finds himself involved in risky espionage. The action is an almost continuous series of quick-changes, as 4 actors play a multitude of parts. Cast: Daniel Bizer-Cox, Isaac Ellis, Dory Mead, & Maegan Murphy.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline. Tickets $15 (students with ID, $5) in advance via email to BTEreservations@gmail.com and by calling 926-5376, and at the door. btensemble.org. [map]


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"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]



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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]



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"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Taylor Kropp

Anthemic guitar-driven rock by this Nashville-based singer- songwriter. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Post Animal

Chicago psychedelic rock 'n' roll quintet that is celebrating the release today of its latest recording, When I Think Of You in a Castle. Advance tickets: $12. [venue info]

Club Above: "Fight Night After Party."

DJs play R&B dance music. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: George Heritier

Oak Park acoustic Americana singer-songwriter who specializes in songs about living in Michigan. He has a recent CD, In My Element. [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]

Habitat Lounge: Ani Band Ani Band

Detroit septet fronted by vocalist Ani Patterson that plays a varied mix of Top 40, Motown, R&B, funk, and rock dance music. [venue info]

Live: The Rhythm Machines

A mix of classic rock, soul, funk, R&B, and jazz fusion by this veteran Detroit-area quartet whose repertoire includes interpretive covers of everyone from Jimi Hendrix and Stanley Clarke to James Brown and Curtis Mayfield. With guitarists Julius O'Steen and Terry Gordinier, bassist Ben Piner, drummer John Marion. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Darwin Mamassian

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

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Isosceles Isosceles

Versatile local acoustic trio that plays a mix of jazz, swing, country, pop, and folk. With vocalist Shekinah Errington, bassist Tim Berla, and guitarist Jim Cooney. The band has a recent CD, Tricycle. [venue info]

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea: Chey Halliwell

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: "She-Bop Spring Fling." She-Bop

She-Bop is a local girl-group-style trio of lead vocalist Elizabeth Royce, singer-guitarist Laurie Lounsbury, and singer-French hornist Morgan Lamonica. With With guitarist Johnny Rasmussen, bassist Al Kalaf, and drummer Kinks Heiss. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Dan Hazlett

This Detroit-area singer-songwriter and guitarist plays blues-, R&B-, folk-, and jazz-influenced originals on topics that range from the outlandish to the sublime. [venue info]

 
 


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