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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 10, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Master Kim Instructs Senior Student

Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 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]


 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Mar. 29-May 24. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.


 8:15-9 a.m. 

"CVT": Better Living Fitness Center.

  community member   < less Better Living Fitness: Personal Training That Works

This total body class is made to get your heart rate up while strengthening your muscles in an interval timed format. Perfect for all fitness levels!
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.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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A slow/moderate-paced ride, down Newport to Huron River Dr. and up Maple to destinations determined by the riders.
9 a.m., Bird Hills parking lot, 1951 Newport, 996-8440. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less-traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 846-0604.


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Love a Park Day & Nature Walk": Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office/GIVE 365.

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Water Resources Commissioner's staffers lead a walk to discuss the importance of rain gardens. Also, a chance to remove spring invasives and practice plant identification. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes that can get dirty and bring a water bottle. Tools, gloves, and water provided.
9 a.m.-noon, West Park, meet at the Chapin St. parking lot. Free. 222-6813.



 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.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon., 11-11:30 a.m. except May 28. Westgate.

Tue., 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed., 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 10-11:30 a.m. 

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

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Every Thurs., Apr. 19-May 24. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers. Apr. 19: U-M psychiatry professor Kirk Brower on "Addiction: Definition, Causes, and Treatment Overview." Apr. 26: U-M surgery professor Jennifer Filip Waljee on "Opioids in America: The Role of Surgery." May 3: U-M anesthesiology professor Daniel Clauw on "Managing Chronic Pain Without Opioids." May 10: Washtenaw County Juvenile drug court treatment clinician Joshua Meisler on "Treating Court-Involved Adolescent Substance Users: Challenges and Opportunities." May 17: U-M Dearborn Criminology and Criminal Justice Program director Donald Shelton on "Criminal Sentencing and Casualties of the War on Drugs." May 24: recently retired Growth Works executive director Dale Yagiela on "Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment."
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). Space limited; preregistration recommended at hshv.org/littlepaws. 661-3575. [map]


 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. 

"Body Rehab": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Prevents injuries by strengthening and elasticizing the most susceptible joints in your body. This class is performed using rehab exercises and stretches.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: 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]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Closed July 4. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 Noon & 8 p.m.  Free! 

Historical Keyboard Society of North America.

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May 9-12. Four days of concerts showcasing harpsichord, carillon, and other keyboard instruments. Tonight: An "All-Beethoven Concert" features the Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, late lieder, and the Violin Sonata no. 9 ("Kreutzer") on period instruments. Performers include Korean pianist Jun-Hee Han, University of Missouri piano professor Janice Wenger, tenor (and University of Missouri music professor) Steven Tharp, NYC pianist Cullan Bryant, and University of Denver violin professor Jeri Jorgensen. Preceded at noon by a performance by U-M carillon students at Lurie Tower (noon, 1230 Murfin) and at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture by University of Illinois music professor emeritus Kenneth Drake on his 1816 Broadwood piano. U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits.
7:30 p.m. (Wed.), noon (Thurs. & Fri.), & 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), First Congregational Church (Wed. and 8 p.m. Fri.) & various U-M locations (see above). Free. 764-0583, 662-1679.


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. May 3: Gypsy jazz by the local guitar duo Harrington-Brown. May 10: Piano jazz by the Bob Sweet Trio. May 17: Paper Petaler (Dearborn) owner Marie Otto leads attendees in a paper succulent craft activity. May 24: Chamber music by U-M Life Sciences Orchestra ensembles. May 31: Local singer-songwriter Mary Collins.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Shin-Ae Chun: First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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This First Baptist keyboardist performs harpsichord music by Bach and Handel. Today's program: J.S. Bach's Toccatas in D major and in D minor and Handel's Suite in G minor and Fantasia in C major.
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Animal Presentation: Domino's Petting Farm.

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Farm staffers show and discuss their animals.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Petting Farm Pole Barn, 3001 Earhart Rd. (north off Plymouth). $6 regular admission (seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Mah-jongg: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local mah-jongg expert Stuart Baggaley shows how to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards.
1-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. A current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey. Vegetarian lunch ($3/person, $5 for nonseniors) available at noon.
1-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Playgroups for Babies: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except May 28. Downtown.

Tue. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
2-3:30 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 3:45, 6:30, & 9 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, 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 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]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Pageturners: Saline District Library.

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All kids in grade 4 & up invited to discuss a book TBA.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:15, 7, & 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.


 4:30-5:30 p.m. 

"Mixed Aerial Apparatus for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to explore the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Class is divided into two groups (ages 8-12 and 13-17) with an instructor leading each group. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. New students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!
This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to class
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 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.


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Super Stories Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades K-2 invited for story time. Crafts and snacks. Themes include "Spring Stories" (Apr. 12) and Dan Santat books (May 10).
4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"RBG": Michigan Theater.

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(Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018). Documentary on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5 & 8 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.

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Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes.

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May 10: "Scandal in Ivansk" (David Blumenfeld & Ami Drozd, 2017). Documentary about the national scandal that erupts when the commemorative plaque commissioned during the restoration of a Jewish cemetery includes the word "collaborator" to describe the Polish people who aided the Nazis and benefitted from the Jewish genocide. Polish, subtitles. Discussion follows with U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki. 5 p.m. "Maktub" (Oded Raz, 2017). Dramatic comedy about 2 mob enforcers who survive a terrorist attack and dedicate their lives to fulfilling prayers left at the Western Wall. Yiddish, subtitles. 8 p.m.

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May 13: "Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel" (Seth Kramer, Daniel Miller, & Jeremy Newberger, 2018). Documentary following Jewish MLB players who had never been to Israel as they represent Israel in its 1st appearance at the World Baseball Classic. Discussion follows with Sports Talk 1050 WTKA program manager Ira Weintraub. 4 p.m. "Cuba's Forgotten Jewels" (Robin Truesdale & Judy Kreith, 2017). Documentary about the Jews from Antwerp who escaped the Nazis by setting up diamond polishing factories in Cuba, one of the few countries accepting Jewish refugees. Pre-screening lecture-demo at 7:30 p.m. with local composer Aron Kaufman, who talks about his song that's featured in the film's soundtrack and is joined by other musicians to perform it. 7:45 p.m.

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May 14: "Shelter" (Eran Riklis, 2017). Thriller about a Mossad agent who becomes close to the Lebanese informant she's assigned to protect. Hebrew & Arabic, subtitles. 2 p.m. "Death in the Terminal" (Tali Shemesh & Asaf Sudry, 2016). Rashomon-style documentary about the 2015 Beer Sheva bus terminal terror attack told from the POV of 6 different eyewitnesses. Hebrew, subtitles. 4 p.m. "GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II" (Lisa Ades, 2017). Documentary about the wartime experiences of some of the 550,000 Jewish American men & women who served during the war. Discussion follows with U-M history professor Deborah Dash Moore, author of GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation. 7 p.m.

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May 15: "The History of Love" (Radu Mihaileanu, 2016). The repercussions of a doomed love affair between 2 young Polish Jews separated by WWII play out over the course of a lifetime. Based on the novel by Nicole Krauss. 2 p.m. "Keep the Change" (Rachel Israel, 2017). Rom-com about a man in denial about his autism forced to attend an autism support group, where he meets an irritatingly cheerful woman. Both lead actors have autism. 5 p.m. "1945" (Ferenc Török, 2017). B&W drama about the paranoia that ensues after 2 Orthodox Jews enter a small Hungarian town in denial about the mass deportation of its Jewish citizens. Hungarian, subtitles. 8 p.m.

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May 16: "Vitch" (Sigal Bujman, 2017). Documentary about Eddie Vitch, a Polish Jewish mime who performed for the Nazi elite throughout the war, a choice that continues to haunt his family. 2 p.m. "Shorts." A program of short films: The Chop (Lewis Rose, 2015) is a comedy about an unemployed kosher butcher who pretends to be Muslim for a job at a halal shop. The Gravedigger's Daughter (Shira Gabay, 2017) is a drama about a gravedigger whose sons refuse to grant his request that 1 of them follow in his footsteps. Wendy's Shabbat (Rachel Myers, 2017) is a documentary about California senior citizens who celebrate Shabbat at a fast food joint. The Outer Circle (Adam Baroukh, 2017) is a drama about a man who wants his Iraqi family to approve of his conversion to Judaism and his Jewish fiancée. Mr. Bernstein (Francine Zuckerman, 2016) is a drama about a woman who meets the man who changed her father's life at a "displaced persons" camp after WWII. 5 p.m. "Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana" (Gabrielle Zilkha, 2016). Documentary about a small community in rural Ghana that discovers that the religion they've been practicing for centuries is Judaism. 8 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Michigan Theater. Tickets (except as noted) $10 (students with ID, $5) in advance and at the door. 971-0990. [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

"Vinyasa Flow Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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In Vinyasa flow, you will be focusing on linking your breath with movement in order to create a dynamic flow of postures. Are you experienced or looking for a challenge, Vinyasa Flow may be the class for you! (This is not one of our Yoga classes for beginners).
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

Working Age Social Group: Arbor Hospice.

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The Working Age Dinner Group is a social group for those who have lost a spouse or partner and would like to share a meal together at an Ann Arbor restaurant. This group is targeted at those who are still working age. Please contact us for more information. Each member is responsible for the cost of their own meal. Contact Cindy Palmer at 734.794.5177 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 Restaurants. Free. 734-794-5177. arborhospice.org


 6-9 p.m. 

"Savor the Journey": Arbor Hospice Fundraiser.

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Strolling dinner, open bar, and a chance to walk on the field at Michigan Stadium. Also, Arbor Hospice representatives discuss their work.
6-9 p.m., Roth Stadium Club, 1201 S. Main. Tickets $125 in advance at arborhospice.org/donate/stj. jvindici@arborhospice.org, 794-5542. [map]


 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Gravel Grinder": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 25-55 miles, on dirt roads to various destinations. Bring a cross, mountain, or hybrid bike. Headlights & taillights necessary for early spring rides.
6:15 p.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Pints & Poses: Late Spring Edition"

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Pints & Poses is back: Add the "Spring" to your Step! Join us for an hour-long, all-levels Vinyasa flow & toast Spring with a great Wolverine Brew pint as a chaser. This event is fun, casual, and will give you a medium intensity workout. Appropriate for begininners & beyond. Tickets are $20.
Class is taught by Robin Schultz-Purves, owner of Yoga Rising and a local yoga instructor who has led every Pints & Poses class at Wolverine!
https://www.eventbrite.com/edit?eid=44938460144
Wolverine State Brewing Company, 2019 West Stadium Boulevard. $20. robinsp@umich.edu yogarising.fit [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"U-M Careers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A U-M human resources specialist discusses how to search and apply for U-M jobs.
6:30-8 p.m., AADL Downtown training center. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Southeast Michigan Woodworkers Meeting: Maker Works.

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Gather, share, learn, and enjoy with other woodworkers. More info at http://semiww.org/
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com maker-works.com [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Bible Study: Church of the Nazarene.

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This is an on-going Adult Bible Study. We are comparing the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Why did Matthew describe an event one way while Luke described it a little differently? Come join us each or any Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Brewed Awakenings Cafe, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free. (734) 429-3703. fleming6175@frontier.com [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Class: Sun Shen.

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In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 12 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$20 covers the workbook for the entire 12 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor, 48103. $20. 734-761-5669. frontdesk@knoxannarbor.org https://knoxannarbor.org/home/grow-connect/care/grief-support/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Jenny Milchman: Aunt Agatha's.

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This 2013 Mary Higgins Clark Award winner discusses Wicked River, her new thriller about newlyweds on an isolated backcountry honeymoon that acclaimed mystery writer Lee Child calls "partly a who-is-my-husband-really story, partly a horror-in-the-wilderness story, and partly a Manhattan-family-drama story, all rolled up in elegantly propulsive prose."
7 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Planetary scientists Alan Stern and David Grinspoon discuss their new book about the 2015 New Horizons space probe to Pluto that Stern led. Publishers Weekly calls it "a future classic of popular science, full of twists and turns and unexpected heroes." Signing.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 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]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Poet Valerie Wallace, communications director for the University of Chicago's Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life project, reads from House of McQueen, her award-winning debut collection inspired by iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen. "Wallace's broadly imaginative use of language moves from airy and silken to richly textured, dense as damask," says poet Vievee Francis. Signing. The program begins with an open mike for poets, who are welcome to read their own work or a favorite poem by another writer.
7 p.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Night": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members host a storytelling program. Audience members are encouraged to bring a 5-minute story to tell.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spring Concert: Ypsilanti Community Choir.

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Ariel Toews-Ricotta conducts the choir in "Follow the Drinking Gourd," "When the Saints Go Marching In," "America, the Beautiful," "My Lord, What a Morning," and more. With pianist Maria Cimarelli. Emcee is Destination Ann Arbor marketing VP Chad Wiebesick. Preconcert and intermission live jazz by the Brian Delaney Quartet.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free, but donations accepted. 481-9285. [map]


 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]


 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]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 p.m. 

Glen Phillips: The Ark.

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The former lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Phillips is an alt-pop singer-songwriter known for writing guitar-propelled anthems that blend a winning melodicism with an introspective, sometimes wry thoughtfulness. Allmusic.com describes his music as "a quiet storm that dutifully blends Cat Stevens' confident huskiness and Jackson Browne's weary but warm observer of all things broken."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Khalid Hanifi Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Classy, bewitching Beatlesque postpunk powerpop originals by this veteran local singer-songwriter who made his name as a frontman of such fabled local bands as Map of the World and Kiss Me Screaming. With guitarist Peter Kharchenko, pianist Grace Mauk, bassist Johannes Ronquillo, and drummer Chuck Mauk.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25. Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Can I Help You?": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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May 10-12 & 17-19. Kristin Ann Danko directs this Ypsilanti troupe's original sketch-comedy musical. Cast: A.M. Dean, Marisa Dluge, Alice Kepchar, Angela VanKempen, and Craig VanKempen. Pianist Charles Worth performs A.M. Dean's score. Note: Not appropriate for children.
8 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students, $7) at canihelpyou.brownpapertickets.com; $12 at the door. ntgypsi.org. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Crucible": PTD Productions.

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May 10-13 & 16-19. Liz Greaves-Hoxsie directs local actors in Arthur Miller's 1953 drama about the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692. The action centers on a love triangle, in which an underage servant's relationship with a married man positions her both as a powerless victim in a patriarchal theocracy and as a charismatic force that upends the community. Appearing at the height of the McCarthy era, the play was seen in its time as a thinly veiled indictment of senator Joseph McCarthy and his followers, but its enduring popularity suggests it touches on irrationalities endemic to American culture. Cast: Karen Amore, Wendy Ascione-Juska, Deena Baty, Mala Chakraborty, Marilyn Darling, Krystle Dellihue, Cindy Franklin, Jeff Hackett, Marie Jones, Elisha Kranz, Ryan McGriff, Nicholas Megahan, K.C. Palmateer, Chris Potter, Michaela Sheridan, Darzay Starling, Kathie Sullivan, and Gwenyth Thomas-Darling.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun. & Wed.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students, seniors, & active military personnel, $12; Thurs., pay what you can; group discounts available) in advance at a2tix.com/organizations/ptd-productions & by phone. 483-7345. [map]
 



 9:15 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Bob Schneider

An Ypsilanti native who was raised in Munich and is now based in Austin, this veteran husky-voiced roots-rock singer-songwriter is a former member of the Ugly Americans who mixes strains of folk, country, and pop into edgy but personable songs about alienation and loss. His 2010 CD Lovely Creatures won 8 Austin Music Awards, including Song of the Year for his hit single "40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)." Opener: Mobley, an Austin R&B singer- songwriter. $17 ($20 at the door). [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: James Henes

Local alternative rock band led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Henes. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Laura Rain & the Caesars Laura Rain & the Caesars

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

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

 
 


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