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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 11, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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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]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
9 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 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 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor District Library KinderConcerts: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Music comes alive in KinderConcerts - free 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 2- to 5-years old. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert - they'll dance and move while listening to the music. Then they'll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment. Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care leaders can introduce classical music to even the youngest listeners at your local libraries.
Sponsored by The Ray & Eleanor Cross Foundation, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Chelsea Community Foundation, Stephanie & David Pyne.
Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. 5th. Free. 734-994-8801. info@a2so.com a2so.com [map]



 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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

Mon., 11-11:30 a.m. 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.


 10-10:30 a.m. & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Kinder Concert": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Music for Little Folks director Gari Stein, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Elliott Ross, and pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult) in a program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Playgroups for Babies: Ann Arbor District Library.

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

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 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.


 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

JFS Caregiver Conversations Education & Support Group: Jewish Family Services of Washtnenaw County.

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JFS's Caregiver Conversations group has a new meeting time and structure! Now meeting the 2nd Friday of May, June, and August from 1-12:30pm. Caregivers benefit not only from peer support, but also from easy access to high-quality information and resources. The first 30-45 minutes of each group session will include a presentation by a local expert on a topic relevant to caregivers. The latter portion of the group time will be reserved for peer support and the sharing of resources, facilitated by JFS's Geriatric Services Manager, Julia-Kessler-Hollar, LMSW. We hope you will join JFS and your peers in learning together and supporting one another. Please RSVP or direct questions to Julia at juliak@jfsannarbor.org
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, 2245 S State St. Free. (734)769-0209. [map]


 Noon  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]


 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: St. Louis harpsichordist Charles Metz performs on a late-16th-century Italian virginal and University of Cincinnati organ professor Michael Unger plays the First Congregational Church's 1985 Karl Wilhelm organ. The program includes works by William Byrd, Bach, Schumann, and others, as well as a new work by composer Eric Malmquist that Metz commissioned. Preceded at noon by a performance by U-M carillon professor Tiffany Ng at Lurie Tower (1230 Murfin) and at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture about the Wilhelm organ.
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.


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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


 1:30 p.m. 

AIReal Yoga.

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AIReal Yoga is REAL yoga, in the air. Use a specialized hammock as a primary prop to enhance and elevate a traditional hatha practice.
AIReal Yoga I is for people who are new to aerial yoga, or who are new to "regular" ground-based yoga. This class will include exercises and stretches for arms, legs, back, hips, and is finished with an inversion before savasana in the air.
Partipants are always welcome to return to the earth to ground themselves in the case of dizziness or fatigue. No background in sports, athletics, circus, etc. required!
For a limited time, we're offering special pricing at only $10 per class!
Class sizes are extremely limited, please register in advance.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. diane@a2ringstar.com a2ringstar.com/aireal-yoga [map]



 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


 3:45, 6:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Racer and the Jailbird": State Theatre.

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(MichaŽl Schoenaerts, 2018). Tragic love story between a Belgian gangster and a young rich race car driver. French & Dutch, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4-8 p.m. 

Dollhouse & Miniatures Show: Three Blind Mice.

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May 11 & 12. Show and sale of dollhouses and the miniature furniture, books, plants, and other accessories used to decorate them.
4-8 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sat.), Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Rd. $5 (kids ages 5-15, $2). (513) 861-0704. [map]


 4 & 9:45 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]


 4, 6:45, & 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.


 4:15 & 10 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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

"Fridays After 5": UMMA.

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The museum is open late tonight, with curators discussing the current temporary exhibits. Also, activities.
5-8 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Zootopia (May 11) and Inside Out (May 25). Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. [map]


 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Scientist Spotlight": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Several U-M research scientists in a range of fields from anthropology and psychology to chemistry, natural resources, and the environment are stationed throughout the room with interactive activities focusing on their own current work. For example, visitors might look at miniature versions of an archaeological site to draw conclusions about the people who lived there. For upper elementary school students through adults.
5:30-7:30 p.m., U-M Palmer Commons Great Lakes Rm. (4th fl.), 100 Washtenaw. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive; Fri., 6:30 p.m., casual), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), and booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Swing Into Spring 2018: The Women's Center of Southeast Michigan.

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The Women's Center is celebrating its 18th year! Join us for a fabulous evening of dinner, live music, silent and live auctions, wine and jewelry pulls at our annual fundraiser. All proceeds support the vital services we provide to the community. We promote self-determination for women and families through professional services that build confidence, strengthen connections and create positive change. Tickets and sponsorships are available on our website.
Weber's Inn, 3959 Jackson Road. $125 (table of 10, $900). Corporate sponsorships available.. heidialward@live.com https://womenscentersemi.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/2018SwingIntoSpring/tabid/942789/Default.aspx [map]


 6 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.


 6 p.m. 

"Swing into Spring": Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan Fundraiser.

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A strolling dinner and dancing to live music by veteran local big band II-V-I Orchestra. Also, silent and live auctions, jewelry and wine pulls, and remarks by Women's Center interns Andrea Dewey and Rose Benjamin.
6-9:30 p.m., Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson. $125 (table for 10, $900) in advance at womenscentersemi.org/events-2/. 973-6779. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Wine & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly wines with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Girls On The Run 5k: Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan.

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The Girls On The Run 5k is a celebration of and for the girls who are completing our 10-week session of Girls On The Run and Heart & Sole programs. Our 5k is a non-competitive event that will bring a smile to your face! We encourage friends, family, and community members to register and walk, run, or skip to the finish line! Your registration fees as a community participant support our council scholarship program, which provides financial assistance for program fees to families who demonstrate financial need.
For 2018 we will be hosting a 3-event series to accommodate our growing number of girls and community participants.
Rolling Hills Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $28. (734) 712-5640. latoya@girlsontherunsemi.org https://www.girlsontherunsemi.org/ [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Movie for Adults": Dexter District Library.

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Apr. 13, May 11, & June 8. All adults invited. Apr. 13: Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan's 2017 drama about the evacuation of Allied soldiers in WWII France. May 11: 13 Minutes, Oliver Hirschbiegel's 2015 biopic about Georg Elser's 1939 attempt to assassinate Hitler. German, subtitles. June 8: TBA.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Girls on the Run 5K": Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan.

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Noncompetitive 5-km run for girls in grades 3-8 and parents, family members, teachers, and anyone else who wants to run with them. All finishers receive a medal. Also, a "Celebration Expo" (4:30-8 p.m.) with activities TBA.
6:30 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $28 May 6 at girlsontherunsemi.org, $30 after May 6. 712-5640. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

John U. Bacon: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This well-known local sportswriter and bestselling author reads from his latest book, The Best of Bacon: Select Cuts, a collection of old & new sports essays.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Sarah D'Angelo & the Klino Quartet: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This veteran local jazz vocalist performs Medicine Man, a set of songs she calls her "jazz autobiography." With bassist Michael Palazzolo, pianist Kevin Grenier, and drummer Jesse Kramer.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 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.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. pvc_a2@email.com a2pvc.org [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Randy Napoleon Quartet: Concordia University.

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Jazz standards and originals by this quartet led by Ann Arbor native Napoleon, an MSU jazz guitar professor who's toured with Benny Green and Michael Bublé and been praised as spectacular by guitarist George Benson.
7:30 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Center Recital Hall, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [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. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Screening of family-friendly movies and snuggles with adoptable cats. May 11: Babe, the charming 1995 tale of an orphaned pig adopted by an odd farmer who grows attached to him. May 25: Finding Dory, the 2016 animated underwater adventure (a sequel to Finding Nemo). Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10 in advance at tinylions.org/mewvienights. 661-3575. [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]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"One Life Beautiful": Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Christopher Heidenreich directs this popular 80-piece band in a program celebrating women and women composers, highlighted by contemporary band composer Julie Giroux's One Life Beautiful. With flute soloist Jessica Cech and guest conductor Courtney Snyder. Refreshments.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 252-9221. [map]


 8-11 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Pittsburgh caller Gaye Fifer leads dances to live music by Josh Burdick, Susie Lorand, and Steve Schneider. For experienced dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Hari Kondabolu: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 11 & 12. Local debut of this former immigrants rights activist who's described by the New York Times as "one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today." A former writer for FX's Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, he's a regular on NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! 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. 

Marbin With Nadim Azzam.

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MARBIN is a progressive jazz-rock band based in Chicago, IL, with a unique story that stands out in today's music world. With a do-it-yourself approach, Marbin started touring extensively in 2011, bringing their original instrumental music to every part of the United States. Through word of mouth, Marbin has gained tens of thousands of devoted fans all over the world, and has sold tens of thousands of albums.
Nadim Azzam is an acoustic hip-hop/singer-songwriter backed a funk-rock Jazz-Pop trio. Hailing from Ann Arbor, Nadim has toured nationally with Matisyahu and performed all over Michigan.
That's right. Two awesome bands with two awesome saxophone players in one night!
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $10 advance; $15 door. media@ziggysypsi.com https://www.facebook.com/events/1913943802268675/ [map]



 8 p.m. 

Susan Werner: The Ark.

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Talented singer-songwriter known for a jazz-inspired, classically trained vocal style she describes as "pop illiterate," Werner writes incisive, vividly imagined songs in a variety of moods. Her recent CDs include The Gospel Truth, a collection of songs surveying contemporary attitudes toward the church, ranging from neotraditional bluegrass gospel and hand-clapping rousers to sharply observed comic songs to an up-tempo call-and-response number wondering whether there's a God at all. Her latest CD, Eight Unnecessary Songs, is a collection of testy satires directed at everything from cosmetic surgery to global warming that she describes as "at turns facile, petty and uncharitable."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Tom Chapin: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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The younger brother of the late Harry Chapin, Tom Chapin is a veteran folk-style songwriter known for his observant, playful story-songs and emotionally direct ballads.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

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

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


 8 p.m. 

"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. 

"Talk to Me, Baby": Out Loud Chorus.

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May 11 & 12. Scott Walters directs this chorus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their friends in a program featuring "Make Them Hear You" from Ragtime, Madonna's "Express Yourself," Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence," and other songs about communication. With accompaniment by bassist Edie Herrold, percussionist Tamara Perkuhn, and pianist Josh Marzan.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $15; kids under 4 & the unemployed, free) in advance at Common Language Books, olconline.org, & from Out Loud members; $20 at the door. 265-0740. [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 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 p.m.-1 a.m. 

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

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


 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Alex Anest

Local jazz guitarist. [venue info]

B-Side: "Indie Rock Show."

With the local bands Rosewood, The Left Lanes, and The Day Dream Project. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Hillbilly Knife Fight

Horn-fired postpunk metal-rock by this suburban Detroit sextet. Openers: Weeping Prophet, the Ypsilanti psych-stoner metal drum 'n' bass duo Bubak, and the local stoner rock trio Electric Huldra. $7-$10. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "Friends with Benefits Dance Party"

Dance party with DJ Selina Style, a burlesque show by Luna Legare, and a screening of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show (movie starts at 8:30 p.m.). Costumes encouraged. Doors open at 8 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: Man Eating Lion and Foreveratlast

Double bill. Man Eating Lion is a progressive alternative quartet, and Foreveratlast is an Indianapolis postpunk rock trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Mark Jewett

Local Americana pop-rock singer- songwriter who recently released the CD Love Has No Heart of Its Own, Opener: Amy Petty, a Saginaw-based pop-folk singer-songwriter known for her evocative songs on emotionally intimate themes. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Live: Lady Sunshine & the X Band Lady Sunshine

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. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Rick Straub

Acoustic covers of singer-songwriter pop-folk and folk-rock by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

 
 


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