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Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Antiques Market.

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Apr. 21 & 22. Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from mid-century to industrial design to folk art and more. Deliveries available. Concessions.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free)., 678-0173. [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., 647-8528. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

River Roundup: Huron River Watershed Council.

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Join a small team of your friends, family, and other interesting volunteers. Collect samples of bugs and other creatures that live in our streams. These insects tell us how healthy the river system is, where the healthier areas are, and where we need to focus our restoration efforts.
Volunteers meet in Ann Arbor* and then trained volunteer leaders take you to two stream sites. At these sites, you help search through stones, leaves, and sediment to find the insects in their homes. Only trained volunteers go in the water. Dress to be in the field for a couple hours. You must register early to be assigned to a team.
Children are welcome to attend with an adult.
The NEW Center, then car pool to two streams in Livingston, Oakland, Wayne and/or Washtenaw Counties., 1100 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, 48104. Free. Jason at [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 9 a.m.-noon 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to compete in a 45-round match in various positions using slow and rapid fire. Bring your own military style rifle and ammunition.
9 a.m.-noon, TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $15 (members, $10)., 276-2514. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"River Roundup": Huron River Watershed Council.

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All invited to learn about and help collect macroinvertebrates--including insect larvae and other small creatures like crayfish--from Huron River tributaries as part of this popular annual Adopt-a-Stream event for measuring the river's health. Bring a bag lunch. Kids welcome if accompanied by an adult. Rain or shine.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., meet at the NEW Center (1100 N. Main) to carpool. Free. Preregistration required., 769-5123.

 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Orientation: Bird Center of Washtenaw County Inc.

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An introduction for new volunteers to learn about the many volunteer opportunities available with the Bird Center. We take in abandoned baby birds and injured birds, rehabilitate them and release them back into the wild. Our focus is on songbirds and some waterfowl.
Gunder Myran Building at Washtenaw Community College, East Huron River Drive. Free. 734-475-2245.

 10 a.m. 

2018 Tour of Remodeled Homes: NARI of Southeast Michigan.

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The 2018 Tour of Remodeled Homes, presented by NARI of Southeast Michigan, showcases 10 homes that have been remodeled throughout Ann Arbor and Plymouth. This event runs Saturday April 21st from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday April 22nd from 12pm to 6 pm.
Admission is $10 per person, with children five and under being free. Tickets are available at all 10 of the Tour of Remodeled Homes projects, tickets must be validated before entering, and are good for use on both days of the tour. Each ticket sale is accompanied by a complimentary tour guide, complete with project map. Online ticket sales are available at
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Southeast Michigan is a not-for-profit trade association committed exclusively to the service of the professional remodeling industry and its customers. For more information please visit and for a media interview please contact Tour Chair, Andi Harv
Plymouth & Ann Arbor, MI, 1416 Hartsough St. Plymouth, MI, Plymouth. $10. (734) 335-8831. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Invasive Plant Removal: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help clear invasive species from an oak-hickory forest.
10 a.m.-noon, Goodrich Preserve & Homer Woods, Dixboro ½-mile north of Plymouth. Free. 971-6337.

 10 a.m. 

Running Start Workshops: Running Start.

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Running Start is an engaging, mentor-led, workshop-based approach to equip youth with entrepreneurial skills to start a business. Over a series of four workshops, middle and high-school aged youth will come up with a business idea, test it, market it, and finally pitch it.
GO Where Meetings Matter, $199. 734-741-1134.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

YDL Guitar Club: Ypsilanti District Library.

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We teach each other songs, listen, collaborate and learn to play guitar, together. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own instrument, acoustic or electric. Ages 18+.
Ypsilanti District Library, Michigan Avenue Branch, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1386. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Big Green Egg Cookout": Downtown Home & Garden.

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DH&G staff show how to cook a selection of root vegetables and assorted meats on a Big Green Egg smoker and offer taste samples. Also, samples of some interesting condiments you can grow and prepare and suggestions for how to use them.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]

 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kindermusik teacher Denise Owens leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard Free. 327-4200. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"In Search of Salamanders": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS member Edwin Sanchez leads a fun morning walk turning over rocks and logs looking for various species of salamanders, including yellow-spotted, blue-spotted, red-backed, and northern four-toed salamanders, and eastern newts. Because you could end up handling salamanders, don't use any soaps, creams, or detergents on your hands this morning. Kids welcome.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., meet at Hudson Mills Metropark Oak Meadows Picnic Area parking lot, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. Free. $10 vehicle entry fee. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: paper engineering.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Feb. 24) & noon-4 p.m. (Feb. 25), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [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.

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

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Vernal Pools": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kids ages 7-12 invited to go on a hike to explore seasonal wetlands called vernal pools using dip nets to sample mud and dark water. Wear waterproof boots that can get muddy.
10:30 a.m., Miller-Smith Preserve, Parker Rd. dead-end at Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Lima Twp. Free. Preregistration required at 971-6337.

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase. Cancelled July 21 due to Art Fair.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [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:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. [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. [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! 

Make & Take Crafts: Dexter District Library.

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For all ages (except as noted). Apr. 7: "No-Sew T-Shirt to Tote Bag." Bring your own shirt, or use one provided. For youth in grades 5-12. Apr. 21: spring crafts. May 5: Mother's Day crafts.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [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.  Free! 

Teen Advisory Group: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 8-12 invited to learn how to help the DDL teen librarian choose new books, plan programs, and decorate the Teen Zone. Pizza.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"11th Annual Record Store Day": Ann Arbor District Library.

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The AADL celebrates national Record Store Day with a pop-up record fair featuring vendors with used records and music-related gear in the lobby and a DJ in the garden. Also, at 2 p.m., veteran local singer-songwriter Matt Jones shares some of his favorite recordings from The River Street Anthology, his archival project "to create a musical map of Michigan" by traveling around the state and recording local musicians. His work will be preserved at the Archives of Michigan in Lansing.
11 a.m.-5 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Pleione Orchid Growing": Great Lakes Judging (Orchids).

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Student orchid judge Sandra Dixon discusses these easy-to-grow, cold-tolerant orchids from China, Nepal, Tibet, and Taiwan.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. 647-7600. [map]


U-M Men's Lacrosse.

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Mar. 3: Siena. Noon.

Mar. 9: Air Force. 7 p.m.

Mar. 17: Marquette. 3 p.m.

Mar. 31 Maryland. Noon.

Apr. 21: Johns Hopkins. Noon.
Various times (see listing above), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [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)., 668-TIME.

 1 p.m. 

The Day Before Earth Day: Michigan Friends Center.

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This year's Earth Day program will be held the day before. The designated theme is eliminating single-use plastic.
Fun, hands-on activities for kids and adults are offered. Reuse and remake with common plastic materials while keeping them out of the environment, and take home something useful.
Along with the hands-on activities will be a short presentation from Richard Tucker about how the issue of plastics wastes is being handled in other places around the world. Free, with donations cheerfully accepted.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea. Donation. Donations welcome.. 734.475.1892. http// [map]

 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 p.m.  Free! 

"The Battleship Island": U-M Center for Korean Studies.

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(Seung-wan Ryoo, 2017). Drama about the little-known history of Hashima Island, where Koreans were forced by Japanese colonial rulers to mine for coal. Korean & Japanese, subtitles.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"The Day Before Earth Day": Michigan Friends Center.

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Talk about global plastic recycling practices by U-M natural resources professor Richard Tucker. Also, family-friendly craft activities repurposing household plastics.
1 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd., Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-0942. [map]

 1:15, 4, 6:30, & 8:45 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 1:30, 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)., 668-TIME.

 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.

 2-4 p.m. 

"Celebrating Traditional Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of raw milk cheeses in honor of Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
2-4 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $35. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Reading Without Walls": Ann Arbor District Library.

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2016 MacArthur "Genius" grant winning Chinese American graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, author of the prize-winning American Born Chinese and The Eternal Smile, discusses the importance of reading literature written by minorities. The AADL presents a "Reading Without Walls" kids' craft activity on Apr. 22.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Meeting": Ebony Road Players.

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This Grand Rapids theater company performs 2 scenes from Jeff Stetson's play that imagines a meeting between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
2 p.m., Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 2:30 & 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 & at the door. 994-6515. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sat. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. If you have them, bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3 p.m. 

U-M Women's Lacrosse.

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Mar. 5: Stony Brook. 5 p.m.

Mar. 17: Ohio State. Noon.

Mar. 25: Detroit Mercy. 1 p.m.

Mar. 31: Maryland. 3 p.m.

Apr. 8: Johns Hopkins. Noon.

Apr. 21: East Carolina. 3 p.m.
Various times (see listing), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]

 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 3:45 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)., 668-TIME. [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)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4, 4:30, 7, 7:30, 9:15, & 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.

 6:15 & 8:45 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Candlelight Dinner Concert with Doug Decker & Tony Fields": Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Doug and Tony are favorites at Lone Oak and they bring down the house every time they play here. This will be a fantastic night of jazz, blues, Motown, funk, and some "old school" R & B. Battle Creek native Tony Fields possesses smooth, soulful vocals and a commanding physical presence that draws the audience to him. Combine this with Doug Decker's outstanding mastery of the keyboards, and great vocal skills as well...and you will soon see why they are an "audience favorite". When Doug & Tony are here, it's a party! There are only 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats. Just $35 per person for dinner and show. Our fine, estate grown wines are available by the glass or bottle. Menu: tba. **Special dietary needs can be accommodated-call for info/requests.** Have a listen to Doug and Tony at this youtube link:
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35 pp for dinner and show. 5175228167. [map]

 7 p.m. 

6th Annual Red Shoe Affair: Ronald McDonald House Charities Fundraiser.

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Strolling dinner, live and silent auctions, and tours of the locker room, tunnel, and playing field at Michigan Stadium. Followed by an afterglow with live music by Midwest Dueling Pianos.
7-11 p.m., Roth Stadium Club, 1201 S. Main. Tickets $225 in advance only at or by phone. 998-6531. [map]

 7 p.m. 

AFC Ann Arbor.

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This local minor league soccer team--nicknamed the Mighty Oaks--opens its 4th season, and its 3rd as a member of Great Lakes West Conference of the National Premier Soccer League, with a nonleague match on April 15 vs. Carpathia, (5 p.m., Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple), a United premier Soccer League team from Sterling Heights. The April home schedule also includes nonleague matches vs Saginaw Valley State University (Apr. 21, 7 p.m., Huron High School, 2727 Fuller) and Force FC (Apr. 29, 5 p.m., Saline High School, 1300 Campus Parkway).
Various times & locations. $8 (kids, $5) at and at the gate. Group discounts available. 408-1627.

 7 p.m. 

Collage Concert: Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

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Performances by CFUMC vocal and bell choirs. Youth mission trip fundraiser.
7 p.m., FUMC, 128 Park, Chelsea. Free, but goodwill donations encouraged. 475-8119. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Salto Dance Company.

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This U-M student dance troupe performs classical and contemporary ballet.
7 p.m., Mendelssohn Theater (tentative). $10 (students, $8; kids age 11 & under, free). (517) 993-7025.

 7 p.m. 

Salto Dance Company.

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This U-M student dance troupe performs classical and contemporary ballet.
7 p.m., Mendelssohn Theater, 911 North University. $10 (students, $8; kids age 11 & under, free). (517) 993-7025. [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 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

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Peter Baker calls to live music TBA. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 476-4650. [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 For further information, call the Pinckney Players hotline at 810-206-5911 or visit us at
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. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"In the Heights": Pioneer High School Theater Guild.

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Apr. 21, 22, & 27-29. Students perform Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes's musical about 3 days in the life of people living in NYC's Hispanic-American Washington Heights neighborhood. The score draws on hip-hop, salsa, and merengue.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and students, $10) in advance at and at the door.; 994-2120, ext. 38527. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Mr. B's Blues & Boogie Celebration": The Ark.

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Ann Arbor's own world-renowned blues pianist, Mark "Mr. B" Braun, hosts his 20th annual celebration of blues and jazz piano featuring 3 stellar guest pianists TBA.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $27.50 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Tell-Tale Farce": Huron High School Players.

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Apr. 21, 22, 28, & 29. Students perform Don Zolidis's 2014 comedy that imagines Edgar Allan Poe's mailman posing as Poe to woo the niece of a wealthy dowager who's commissioned Poe to write her a poem. Cast: Samuel Klinich, Kenton Bennet-Wahlman, Miguel Cisneros, Aidan Davis, Ian Masson, Claire Brinley, Kaye Hoffmeyer, Mary Collins, and Lucy Brabbs.
7:30 p.m., Huron High Ingram Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $8 (tentative)., 994-2040. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Trivia with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All age 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.), Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $15. Preregistration available at 661-3575. [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, 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. 

Avanti Guitar Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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. This Chicago-based acoustic guitar trio has an eclectic repertoire ranging from the Baroque to contemporary, including commissioned pieces and an occasional rock-pop or jazz tune. Members include Jason Deroche, Wesley Hixson, and Julie, Goldberg, named "guitarist of the year" by Classical Guitar Alive.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $10). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [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. 

Jazz Jam Session at the Elks.

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This monthly session welcomes serious amateurs, professional musicians and friends of Jazz.
Elks Pratt Lodge, 220 Sunset. (734) 761-7172. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Fab Faux: Live Nation.

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Critically acclaimed Beatles tribute band, a quintet of top NYC session musicians, bolstered by horn and string sections, that specializes in later works never performed live by the Beatles. Calling them "the greatest Beatles cover band--without the wigs," Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke says that "the Faux invigorate the artistry of even the Beatles' most intricate studio masterpieces with top chops and Beatlemaniac glee." Tonight the band, returning to town for the 6th consecutive year, performs the complete Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and a 2nd set of other late-era Beatles classics.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $29-$85 in advance at & all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [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 & at the door. 971-2228. [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, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Dance Artists Show": U-M Dance Department.

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An evening of original choreography in a mix of styles by several U-M dance majors.
8 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). Free. 763-5460. [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 & 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.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"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 and by calling 926-5376, and at the door. [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]

 8 p.m. 

"Verdi Requiem": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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The orchestra is joined by the UMS Choral Union in Verdi's urgent, dramatic Requiem, whose "Lacrimosa" section, one of the most challenging passages in the classical repertoire, taxes the soloists' skills with extremely difficult modulations. Soloists are acclaimed soprano Indra Thomas, mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, tenor Sean Panikkar, and bass-baritone Gary Relyea. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18-$70 in advance at, by phone, & at the door. 994-4801. [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. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Apr. 7 & 21. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8). [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Alex Anest & Eric Nachtrab

Local jazz duo of guitarist Anest and bassist Nachtrab. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Hot Club of Ann Arbor

Local collective that plays gyspy jazz and early 20th-century hot jazz. [venue info]

Blind Pig: "Chromes Sparks x Machinedrun"

Double bill. Chrome Sparks is the stage name of Jeremy Malvin, a Brooklyn-based electronic musician whose music has been described as "form-shifting beats [that] seem to resonate with spaced-out chillers and hyperactive party kids alike." and Machinedrun is the stage name of Travis Stewart, an L.A. experimental psychedelic electronic musician. Opening act is Ela Minus, a Brooklyn- based dream-pop synth musician. Advance tickets: $20 ($22 at the door). [venue info]

Bridgewater Tavern: Dani Jamerson Band

Country & country-rock band led by Sherwood (MI) singer-songwriter and guitarist Jamerson. [venue info]

Club Above: Hullabaloo

Veteran local 9-piece collective whose upbeat, energetic music draws on ska, jazz, funk, punk, and Latin influences. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: "20th Anniversary Party."

With bands TBA. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. [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]

Elks Lodge: Jazz Jam Session

Al musician invited. 8-11 pm. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: Lady Sunshine & the X Band Lady Sunshine & the X Band

Popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. The band's latest CD is Big Sexee. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Killer Flamingos Killer Flamingos

Rock 'n' roll covers and originals by this popular veteran band from Dearborn. [venue info]

Mash: Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Mash: The George and Laura Duo The George and Laura Duo

Funky soul and R&B by the duo of vocalist Laura Rain and her husband, guitarist George Friend. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: J. Washburn Gardner

Ypsilanti pop-folk singer-songwriter and classically trained tenor. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: RJ Spangler & Tbone Paxton RJ Spangler & Tbone Paxton

Veteran Detroit drummer Spangler and trombonist-vocalist Paxton lead a band of area musicians in swing, modern jazz, and swinging blues. With saxophonists Dan Bennett and Goode Wyche III, percussionist Akunda Hollis, guitarist Matt LoRusso, and bassist Jeff Cuny. $10. 2:30-5 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Drew Howard

Traditional folk and bluegrass tunes on guitar and dobro by this veteran local virtuoso, a mainstay of several top local bands, from the Watusis to Hoodang, for the past 3 decades. [venue info]


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