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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 5, 2018






 
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 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on last Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June-Sept. Also, every Wed., May-Oct., The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital (2-6 p.m., hospital overflow parking area adjacent to the U-M Family Practice building, near the South Campus entrance off Old US-12), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.


 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Horse Shows: Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan.

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May 2-6, 9-13, & 16-20. English riding and jumping competitions at the state level. Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn at Katz, Grass Lake. Free. (561) 723-6287. [map]


 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Birding with eBird": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kelsey Dehring gives an indoor presentation on birding with the eBird mobile app. Followed by a hike to look for birds.
8-10 a.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337. [map]


 8:30 a.m.  Free! 

General Membership Meeting/Food Drive: Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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The Washtenaw County Democratic Party is hosting a forum with the Democratic Senate candidates in State Senate District 18 (Eastern Washtenaw County, including Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, and Milan) on Saturday, May 5th, at 8:30 am.
PLEASE BRING A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM TO BE DONATED TO A LOCAL FOOD BANK!
SOCIAL HOUR BEGINS AT 8:30 AM AND PROGRAMMING BEGINS AT 9:00 AM. PLEASE NOTE THE EARLIER STARTING TIIME!
Those in attendance will have the chance to propose questions for candidates. Hear from:
Michelle Deatrick
Jeff Irwin
Matthew Miller
Anuja Rajendra
CITIZEN'S CLIMATE LOBBY
In the last half hour of the meeting there will be a presentation by the Ann Arbor chapter of the Citizen's Climate Lobby on the Citizen Climate Lobby's carbon fee and dividend proposal at the national level.
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave. Free. (330) 703-6647. robbu123@gmail.com http://www.washtenawdems.org/calendar/wcdp-general-memb-mtg-food-drive/ [map]


 8:45 a.m.  Free! 

Democratic Ride: Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Low-key 20-mile ride to Dexter and back for new and experienced riders. A group of more experienced riders may go 50-70 miles. You can also join the ride at 9 a.m. at Forsythe Middle School (1655 Newport).
8:45 a.m., Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot. Free. 516-5840, 945-0613. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259 (May 5), 347-1259 (May 12), 994-6340 (May 19), 223-6042 (May 26). [map]


 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Sale of used books, CDs, DVDs, and more.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free admission. 426-4477. [map]


 9 a.m. 

Detroit Aviation and Airline Collectibles Show.

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The 3rd Annual Detroit Aviation and Airline Collectibles Show is presented and hosted by Yankee Air Museum at its Willow Run Airport Hangar on Saturday May 5, 2018. There will be aircraft on display, including the Museum's newest acquisition, a Lockheed Warning Star spy plane. There will be dealers selling cool models, airline memorabilia, patches, books and much, much, more. The event costs $5,00 and runs from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Free Museum shuttle and admission.
Yankee Air Museum is also having its volunteer Bomber Buffing Party at this same location and site. Get up close and personal with the World War Two B-17 and B-25 Bombers and spend some time polishing their aluminum skin to a high gloss. It's family fun for everyone. No cost to volunteer for Bomber Buffing.
Yankee Air Museum's Hangar 1 location is 801 Kirk Profit Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48198. Plenty of free parking.
Willow Run Airport Hangar 1, 801 Kirk Profit Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan, Ypsilanti. $5. 734-483-4030 ext. 233. dave.callanan@yankeeairmuseum.org www.yankeeairmuseum.org [map]



 9 a.m. 

First Aid for the Soul - Women's Conference.

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Denae Huffman and Lynda Willms from Clarksville, TN to present "Freedom Tools" practical tools for spiritual health. "Freedom Tools" can help with identifying and removing obstacles in your relationship with God, healing for spiritual and emotional wounds, recognizing and removing beliefs that keep you stuck. Often our wounds are deep and can be the root causes of life's toughest problems.
The event is open to all women, ages 18 and over.
Register for the event at: www.tinyurl.com/mfmwc
Or Call the church at 734-439-2414
Milan Free Methodist Church, 950 Arkona, Milan. $20 - $25. 734-439-2414. office@milanfreemethodist.com www.milanfreemethodist.com [map]


 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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May 5, 6, 12, & 19. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

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May 5: Lakewood Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Lakewood Elementary School parking lot, 344 Gralake) to help remove invasive garlic mustard & dame's rocket.

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May 5: Dolph Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Wagner Rd. between Liberty & Jackson) to remove invasive species from this premier birding spot for spring migrants.

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May 5: Folkstone Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance at the north end of Folkstone Ct. off Larchmont from Green Rd., north of Glazier Way) to remove invasive plants from this mature oak-hickory forest.

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May 6: Oakridge Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, U-M parking lot, Glazier Way at Huron Pkwy.) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and other spring invasives in this fen and oak-hickory woods that harbors more than 100 native plant species.

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May 6: Furstenberg Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to help maintain native species in honor of National Public Gardens Day in the Native Garden and to pull invasive species in the park's oak-savanna.

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May 12: Sunset Brooks Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance on Sunset at Brooks) to remove invasives from this 8-acre oak-hickory woodland.

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May 12: Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance at Beechwood off of Sunset) to remove the stubbornly pervasive garlic mustard.

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May 12: Bluffs Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance on Sunset near Wildt) to remove invasive plants to improve the prairie ecosystem of the 39-acre park.

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May 19: "20th Annual Garlic Mustard Weed Out Day" (9 a.m.-noon) in several parks, including Huron Hills Golf Course Woods (meet at Hunting Valley off Provincial Dr.), White Oak Park (meet at the White Oak Dr. entrance, west off Newport), Hannah Nature Area (meet at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller), Black Pond Woods Nature Area (meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.), Huron Parkway Nature Area (meet at the park steward's house at 3470 Woodland Rd. off E. Huron River Dr.), and Argo Nature Area (meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.).

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Garden - Pottery Inspired by Nature": Yourist Studio Gallery.

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To welcome spring we are filling our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Yourist resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces to adorn your garden. It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find a memorable gift for Mother's Day. From bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, vases, wind chimes, and even toad houses, you'll find a selection of charming ceramic pieces to enliven your garden this year.
Come join us in our garden of earthy delights and let's get growing!
Opening Reception
Friday, May 4
5:00 to 8:00 pm
And the celebration continues on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am-6 pm. The show runs through June 18.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition: U-M School of Music.

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Semi-finals (May 4) and finals (May 5) of this prestigious international chamber music competition. Winners perform at the Grand Prize Gala Concert May 6 (see listing).
10 a.m., U-M Moore Bldg., 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 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. jmorgan@ypsilibrary.org ypsilibrary.org/events [map]



 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Free Comic Book Day": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to pick up a free comic book.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Spring Mega Sale": Motawi Tileworks.

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Tile-making demos, discounts on tiles, a show & sale of art made by Motawi staffers, and more. Also, a chance to make a tile (materials provided). Popcorn. Games & prizes for those waiting in line.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Dr. (north of Jackson Rd. between Staebler & Baker). Free admission. 734-213-0017. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon & 2:30-4 p.m. 

"Death and Dying in the Tibetan Tradition": Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Choling.

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Lama Kathy Wesley of the Columbus, OH, KTC, will teach on how to prepare for death mindfully.
Classic Tibetan texts present the dying process as a journey of letting go, and of awakening the mind and heart. This workshop will cover Tibetan teachings on the phases of death; how to train one's mind in the preparation for death; and how to attend and offer comfort to those who are facing change, loss, death and grief. The program will include lectures, question and answer periods, and short sessions of meditation.
Lama Kathy has been teaching meditation and Buddhism for almost 40 years. She teaches frequently at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra in Woodstock, NY, as well as many other centers around the country. More information is available at her website, lamakathy.net.
Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Choling, 614 Miner St. Donation. $45/day. 734-678-7549. nburks.61053@yahoo.com annarborktc.org [map]



 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Purple Rose Concert Reading Series": Chelsea District Library.

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Purple Rose Theatre artistic director Guy Sanville directs Purple Rose actors in readings, usually from new scripts being considered for production. Followed by a discussion with the audience. Apr. 7: Purple Rose actor/director Lauren Knox Mounsey's new play A Walk Around the Table. May 5: Jeff Daniels' as-yet-untitled comedy.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Scio Woods Preserve Hike: Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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All invited to join a moderately paced 3-mile hike featuring woodlands, hills, and a stream.
10:30 a.m.-noon, meet at the trailhead, north side of Scio Church Rd. just west of Wagner. Free. 277-4610.


 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Printing": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to learn how to make 3-D printable models using Tinkercad by Autodesk, a 3-D modeling program. Participants can also sign up for time slots to print the objects they design. Additional sessions on Apr. 7 & May 5 at 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
3:30 & 5:30 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free; preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": AAHOM.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon 

"Cardio & Core": Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Clifford Story Time": Nicola's Books.

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Story time with an appearance by the beloved Big Red Dog. Parents encouraged to bring cameras.
Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 11 a.m. 

"YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 

Cinco de Mayo Street Festival: Tios Mexican Café.

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Street fair with a margarita and food tent all day. Entertainment includes flamenco dancing by Compañeros de Flamenco (1-2:30 p.m.), salsa and Latin jazz by a downsized version of Los Gatos that goes by Gruppo Cinco (4-6 p.m.), the Afro-Cuban jazz band Tumbao Bravo (7-9 p.m.). Also, face painting (3-6 p.m.), and a petting zoo (4-6 p.m.).
11 a.m.-2 a.m., Liberty St. between Thompson & Division. Free admission. 761-6650.


 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.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: City of Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant.

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Guided tour every 20 minutes of the city's water treatment plant. Also, kids' activities, exhibits on the Huron River Watershed, and live music by local environmental singer-songwriter Joe Reilly. Refreshments.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Water Treatment Plant, 919 Sunset. Free. 794-6426. [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. & 2 p.m. 

"Family Art Studio: Sunprints": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the museum. Followed by a chance to make sunprints inspired by the art. Local artist Adrian Deva leads. For families with kids age 6 & up.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-4 p.m. (choose one session), UMMA, 525 S. State. Preregistration required at https://conta.cc/2GvAlNV. 764-0395. [map]


 11 a.m. 

"Heart Walk & 5K Run": American Heart Association Fundraiser.

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Noncompetitive walks of 1 and 3 miles to raise funds for heart disease research and education. Pets welcome.
11 a.m. (check-in begins at 9 a.m.), EMU Rynearson Stadium, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. Free to walk (pledges encouraged). Preregistration available at washtenawheartwalk.org. (248) 767-6846. [map]


 1-2:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 1 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.


 1 p.m. 

Wool Painting / Needle Felting Class: Maker Works.

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Learn how to make a needle felted landscape. This class is great for complete beginners or those who have tried other types of needle felting but want to learn how to make felted pictures and flat motifs.
Go home with a finished and framed landscape and confidence to try out other needle felting projects.
We will be using sharp felting needles during the class. Kids ages 10-12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Teens are welcome to attend by themselves. ($60 members, $65 non-members) Preregistration is required - call or reserve online at http://maker-works.com/wool-painting-needle-felting-class/.
Elizabeth Whitton is a fiber artist based in Ann Arbor who learned to knit, spin, dye, crochet, sew, and felt just for fun, and then turned her love of wool into two thriving online businesses called Felted Sky Studio and Oh So Fleeting. A self-taught needle felter, she has a knack for designing beautiful small projects that she has made into kits suitable for beginners.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $65. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com maker-works.com [map]



 1, 4, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Back to Burgundy": Michigan Theater.

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(Cédric Klapisch, 2018). Family drama about 3 adult siblings who must reconnect to save the family vineyard. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

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

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show Harper the Cougar on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, activities every half hour and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, giant tortoises, kangaroos, 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 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Mind Over Matter": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Science demonstrations and experiments involving different states of matter.
1 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1:15, 4:15, & 7:15 p.m. 

"Itzhak": Michigan Theater.

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(Alison Chernick, 2017). Documentary about the life of Itzhak Perlman, the world's foremost violin virtuoso.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 1:30 & 6:45 p.m. 

"Lean on Pete": Michigan Theater.

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(Andrew Haigh, 2018). Drama about a teenager who befriends an aging racehorse. ChloŽ Sevigny, Steve Buscemi.
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]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Walking Through Grief Support Group: Arbor Hospice.

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The death of a loved one can bring on many reactions, including a desire to isolate yourself, or a lack of motivation to take part in physical activity. This is a monthly social group which will take place in various parks in the Ann Arbor Area. This is an opportunity for grievers to socialize while getting fresh air and exercise. All activity levels are welcome and individuals can walk at their own pace. Contact Karma Basha at 734.794.5106 for more information.
Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit's programming. Registration is required.
Various Ann Arbor Parks. Free. 734-794-5106. arborhospice.org


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Zac Gorman: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This Detroit cartoonist reads from Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain, his debut novel for middle-grade readers. Illustrated by Sam Bosma, it's the story of Thisby, a gamekeeper for the Black Mountain Dungeon, who gets roped into saving Princess Iphigenia. Publishers Weekly calls the book "a fast-paced, high-stakes adventure" in which "clever Thisby and forceful Iphigenia make a delightfully odd pairing." Signing.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Big Fish": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Thalia Schramm directs this professional theater company in Andrew Lippa and John August's 2013 Broadway musical based on Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel by way of the 2003 Tim Burton film adaptation that August scripted. A man explores the truths behind his father's tall tales of encountering a witch, a giant, a mermaid, and the love of his life. The score draws on the idioms of both Broadway and country music. Stars David Moan, Emmi Bills, and Billy Eric Robinson.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Soctopus": AADL Malletts Creek.

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Craft project for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Herbal Sachets Gift Making": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Dawn Henry helps all grade 6-adult to make sachets with lavender, rose, chamomile, marigold, mint, or jasmine. Materials provided.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led tours of the museum revolving around themes of ancient writing (May 5), death and the afterlife (May 12), and "Hey Good Lookin'" (May 19), which features artifacts related to beauty. Also, a tour of the current exhibit Excavating Archaeology @ U-M: 1817-2017 (May 26).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.


 2-4 p.m. 

"Spices & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Marika de Vienne, general manager of the Montreal-based tea and spice company …pices de Cru, discusses and offers taste samples of several pairings of different spices with artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
2-4 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Paint Along with Bob Ross": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 9-adult invited to paint along to an episode of Bob Ross's iconic 1980s PBS TV show, The Joy of Painting. Materials provided, but wear an old shirt or apron, if you like. No prior experience required.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301.


 2 p.m. 

"The Wizard of Oz": Wild Swan Theater.

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May 2 & 4-6. This award-winning local children's theater company presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's adaptation of Frank Baum's ever popular fantasy about a young girl's roundabout journey to her heart's desire. With live music written and performed by local keyboard virtuoso Brian Buckner. Geared toward kids age 6 & up.
10 a.m. (May 2 & 4), 12:30 p.m. (May 4), & 2 p.m. (May 5 & 6), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $12; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Time for a De-Clutter": Saline District Library.

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Talk by professional organizer Soo Porter.
2 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. except May 12. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather. The club hosts a Juggling Arts Festival on May 12 (see listing).
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 761-1115.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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May 5 & 19. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]


 3-4 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"There's Music in the Air": Westminster Presbyterian Church.

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Representatives from Howell Nature Center present "Animal Acoustics," an interactive program with live animals exploring how animals use vocalizations for survival. Also, performance by the popular acoustic folk music duo Gemini. Refreshments.
1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. 761-9320. [map]


 3:45 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Final Portait": Michigan Theater.

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(Stanley Tucci, 2017). Biopic about the unlikely friendship between Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti and American art enthusiast James Lord, who sits for a portrait with Giacometti and learns about the beauty, frustration, and chaos of the artistic process. Armie Hammer, Geoffrey Rush.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3:45 & 6:30 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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


 4 p.m. 

31st Annual Spring Concert: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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The AAYC descant and concert choirs of talented young local singers ages 9-16 perform works TBA. Followed by light refreshments.
4 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (kids, students, & seniors, $5). 996-4404. [map]


 4 p.m. 

Derby Day Soirée: Ele's Place - Ann Arbor.

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An evening of Southern Flair and Fare, the Derby Day Soirée is an event centered around the 144th Kentucky Derby on May 5th. Post time will be at 4 p.m. Fitting to the theme of the evening, the location is at the historic Earhart Manor at Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Guests are encouraged to don their derby attire; ladies, big hats and gentlemen, bow ties.
The afternoon includes pre-derby coverage and friendly mock wagering leading up to the actual "Run for the Roses"; mint juleps, bourbon tasting, the official Hat Parade, silent auction, wine pull and derby inspired fare. Derby Soirée afterglow party begins at 7:30 pm. Guests will dance the night away as Ann Arbor is introduced to "Silent Derby Disco"! All to benefit Ele's Place Ann Arbor, a non-profit community-based organization with a mission dedicated to creating awareness of and support for grieving children, teens & their families.
Earhart Manor at Concordia University, 4090 Geddes Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Donation. $200. 734-929-6640. sbodner@elesplace.org www.elesplace.org [map]



 4-5:30 p.m. 

Spring Concert: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale!: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale presents their 31st Annual Spring Concert on Saturday, May 5th at Bethlehem United Church of Christ! Come be delighted by the sounds of tunes performed by the Chorale's two distinguished youth choirs - the Descant Choir and Concert Choir. Children range in age from 9-16.

Tickets available at the door: $10 adult; $5 for youth, students, and seniors. Cash or check preferred.
Doors open at 3:30 pm. Concert begins at 4:00pm. Join us for light refreshments in the Fellowship Hall after the concert...and get to know this wonderful Ann Arbor non-profit!
Contact 734-996-4404 or aaycadmin@annarboryouthchorale.org for more information.
Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $10 adult (18+), $5 youth and seniors (65+). (734) 996-4404. aaycadmin@annarboryouthchorale.com http://annarboryouthchorale.org/ [map]



 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Dentist Chair": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Brooklynn Nicole's suspenseful novel about a respected dentist in a tight-knit community whose immoral actions sow chaos and doubt throughout town.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 4, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"You Were Never Really Here": State Theatre.

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(Lynne Ramsay, 2018). Thriller about a veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who tracks missing girls and stumbles upon a dangerous conspiracy.
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, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Isle of Dogs": State Theatre.

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


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Tully": State Theatre.

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(Jason Reitman, 2018). Diablo Cody-penned comedy about an overwhelmed suburban mother of 3 (Charlize Theron) who forms an unexpected bond with the nanny hired for her by her wealthy brother.
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.


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Fly Trap": Riverside Arts Center.

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FLY Trap is Riverside Arts Center's Spring Fundraising in support of youth art programming. Event is free and open to the public (suggested donation of $10.) . Come enjoy an evening of music, dance, puppets, karaoke, sticky ideas, delicious food, cash bar, and more. The more activities you participate in, the more chances you have to win one of our community gift baskets, overflowing with treasures from all over Ypsilanti. All ages are welcome. Get caught up in what Ypsilanti has to offer!
Riverside Arts Center, 76 North Huron Street, Ypsilanti. Free. Donation. 734-480-2787. ariel@riversidearts.org https://www.facebook.com/events/106904030140692/ [map]



 5 p.m. 

Community Music School Celebration Showcase: Community Music School of Ann Arbor.

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The School celebrates Spring with ALL of the School's ensembles including the New Horizons Senior Strings Orchestra, Jazz combos, Youth Chamber, The Brandenburg Project, Youth Brass, Youth Wind and the Percussion Ensemble.
Join us for music and fun!
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard Street. Donation. Donations accepted.. cmsa2operations@gmail.com www.cmsa2.org [map]



 5 p.m. 

"Celebration Showcase": Community Music School of Ann Arbor.

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Performances by all CMSAA ensembles, including the New Horizons Senior Strings Orchestra, jazz combos, the Brandenburg Project, the Percussion Ensemble, and youth chamber, brass, and wind ensembles.
5 p.m., Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. Donation. cmsa2operations@gmail.com, 213-2000. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Showboat on the French Riviera": First United Methodist Church Dinner Show Fundraiser.

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The FUMC vocal staff present a program of favorites from musicals, operas, and French cafés, from "Old Man River" and "Moon River" to "Quando m'en vo" from La Bohème. The show is accompanied by a meal prepared by former Zingerman's Roadhouse chef Alex Young, who just opened The Standard Bistro & Larder, a French restaurant on Jackson Rd.
6 p.m., FUMC social hall, 120 S. State. Ticket prices TBA. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Bluegrass Bash": Dexter Senior Center Fundraiser.

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Dinner buffet by Westside Barbeque. Followed by authentic bluegrass by the RFD Boys, longtime local favorites whose shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. Local guitar wiz George Bedard sits in on a few songs. Cash bar.
6:30 p.m., Columbus Hall, 8665 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Tickets $50 & $75 in advance at the senior center (7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter) & by phone. 426-7737. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Much Ado About Nothing": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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May 3-6. Elizabeth Champion directs students in Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple's love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. The play is best known for its charged sexual banter and for the penetrating wit and often dark cast of its humor.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter Community Schools Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. $12 (students & seniors, $10). 424-4240. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum and Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
7:30-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Laurie Pietravalle calls to music by the Rhythm Billies. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson for beginners.
7:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 646-4835, 274-0773. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Sketch Comedy Revue: Greenhills School Voodoo Theater Company.

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May 4 & 5. Greenhills students present comedy sketches they've written and produced.
7:30 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Tickets $5. 769-4010. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Happy Birthday Dear Alice": Mind the Gap Lux.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., May 3-20. Experienced area actors perform prominent Irish playwright Bernard Farrell's touching 1997 comedy about Alice and Jimmy, good friends who've lived next to each other for decades in their small Irish village. When Alice's adult children want to put her in a nursing home, the 2 old friends engage in a hilarious battle of wills with the young people. Suitable for adults and older children. Stars Mind the Gap cofounders Adrian Diffey and Fran Potasnik, along with Ellen Finch, Eric Niece, Steve White, and Hannah Niece. The group, based in Luxembourg before relocating to Michigan in 2013, has also performed the play in Europe.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $18 (students, $12) in advance at artful.ly/theatre-nova/store/events. 635-8450. [map]


 8p.m.-2 a.m. 

"African Dance Party: Great Live Music + DJMaxx"

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Dave Sharp of Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet and Dj Maxx Makau met when Nyatiti Stories/ Onyango Kamba Nane performed at Ziggy's back in February and as they say, the rest is History! Come dance the night away to some Funky and eclectic African tunes performed LIVE by RAKA! If you've heard of Benga, High-Life, Makossa,and other Africa sounds, you do not wanna miss this!!
Dj Maxx Makau will take over after RAKA's performance.
100% African Dance Music"
Cover: $5
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $5. 734) 221-3961. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Akropolis Reed Quintet and YAK: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This local neoclassical chamber ensemble and the Detroit industrial folk trio YAK present a program of experimental classical music, performing both separately and together. Akropolis is clarinetist Kari Landry, oboist Timothy Gocklin, saxophonist Matt Landry, bass clarinetist Andrew Koeppe, and bassoonist Ryan Reynolds; and YAK includes violinist Yuri Popowycz, cymbalist/moog player Zac Brunell, and electronics manipulator Jonah Raduns-Silverstein.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Ben Moore: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 4 & 5. A regular guest on the syndicated Bob and Tom radio show, this Midwestern comic is known for his punchy, well-crafted jokes about a wide range of topical and cultural matters. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Brandon Bonine: The Ark.

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Brandon Bonine. Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter whose music also draws on elements of R&B and country. Tonight he celebrates the release of his debut CD. Opener: Lily MacPhee, a Detroit singer-songwriter.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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May 5 & 19. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. The club also hosts practicas every Monday (8-11:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., $5) that include one-on-one work and open dancing.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~matc. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 9 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Road. Free. No cover charge.. 734-994-8433. ladyofthelanes@belmarklanes.com belmarklanes.com [map]



 9:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Anthony Retka

Detroit indie pop-rock singer-songwriter. Opener: Mike Galbraith, a Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Dirty News

Detroit rock quintet. Openers: the local funk-rock septet Liquid Thickness, the local 9-piece Afro-Caribbean funk-rock dance band Jive Colossus, and the local jazz-rock trio Honey Monsoon. $7-$10. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "PoptART."

Drag show. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Davey O.

Veteran Americana singer-songwriter from Buffalo who sings poetically charged, introspective songs. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: Jimmy McCarty & Mystery Train

Popular rockabilly and roots-rock band led by veteran Detroit guitarist McCarty. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Persuasion

Versatile Detroit R&B dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Rock Jones

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

Mash: Zander Michigan

The stage name of Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Zander Melidis. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Dirty Deville Dirty Deville

Local jam-oriented psychedelic prog-rock quartet. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Cellar Cats Cellar Cats

An eclectic mix of rock 'n' roll, Motown, blues, soul, R&B, progressive rock, and swing by this ensemble of veteran local musicians fronted by singer-flutist Patty O'Connor. With guitarist and harmonica player Myron Grant, guitarist Kip Godwin, keyboardist Mark Wight, bassist Terry Gordinier, drummer John Marion, and Charles Dayringer on congas, clarinet, and sax. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Kathy Wieland & Angela Predhomme

Singer-songwriter duo. Wieland, who accompanies herself on autoharp, guitar, and banjo, is known for her witty, thoughtful originals about women's lives. Predhomme is a Detroit-area singer- songwriter whose influences range from Motown and the Beatles to Sarah McLachlan and Norah Jones. [venue info]

 
 


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