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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 12, 2018

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 7.30-9.30 p.m.  Free! 

A2 Jazz Fest Spring Series: Andrew Bishop's Prelude Theory.

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A2 JAZZ FEST presents Andrew Bishop's Prelude Theory which is a blast through Bishop's musical past with influences ranging from 1980s synth pop and Motown to Bach, Shostakovich and jazz. A self described "mid-life crisis" in musical form. Personnel: Andrew Bishop (reeds), Max Bowen (guitar), Jordan Anderson (piano), Jonathan Taylor (drums), and Tim Flood (bass).
No Cover.
Doors: 7 p.m.
Bishop is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, educator, and scholar comfortable in many musical idioms. He maintains an international career and serves as an Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Bishop's three recordings as a leader have received widespread acclaim from The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Chicago Reader, All Music Guide, the Detroit Free Press and others. As a composer and arranger he has received he has received over 30 he has received countless commissions, residencies etc.
LIVE Nightclub, 102 1st Street. Free. (734) 623-1443. [map]

 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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Discussions and activities.

Apr. 11 (7 p.m.): Grass Lake-based historic property renovator Wendy Chiodo discusses "Historic Gardens."

May 12 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.): Garage Sale. Club fundraiser. Donated items may be dropped off at the Depot on Thursday, May 10 from 3-8 p.m. or Friday, May 11 from 3-7 p.m.

June 13 (7 p.m., location TBA): "Garden Tour."Tour of club member Jodi Smolek's garden. Preregistration required.

July 11 (7 p.m.): "Garden Tours." Tour of a farm in Manchester.

Aug. 8 (7 p.m.): "Garden Tour." Tours at homes of members Carol Jackson and Mariette Purslow.

Sept. 12 (6:30 p.m.): Potluck & planning meeting at the Chelsea Train Depot. Guests welcome.

Various times, Chelsea Depot (except as noted), 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Free. [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 a.m. 

Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training: Kundalini Research Institute and A2 Kundalini Yoga.

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The Aquarian Teacher™ - Level 1 Teacher Training Program in
Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan®.
This allows you to become an instructor and gain a deep, experiential understanding of the core science of Kundalini Yoga. We each have a gift we are meant to use to elevate ourselves and the world. This training will support and serve your awakening to your Unique and Special Gift. You have probably noticed that with the Aquarian age, things are changing very quickly. Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of fast change, creating stability and grace no matter what.
In Level 1 you will become an Instructor and gain a deep understanding and experience of the core of the science of Kundalini Yoga. You will develop the skills to instruct students in Kundalini Yoga kriyas and meditations as taught by Yogi Bhajan. You will practice teaching Kundalini Yoga in a practicum setting and participate in early morning Sadhanas (spiritual practice).
Wu Style Tai Chi Academy, 4117 Jackson Rd. $3,450. 7342766520. [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]


"Become a Highly Paid Expert Who Speaks Professionally": National Speakers Association, Michigan Chapter.

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Accelerate Your Speaker Brand, Dominate Your Niche Market and Create Multiple Streams of Income
Discover how to accelerate your brand and expertise by positioning yourself as the go-to expert of choice in your niche market or industry. Debbie Allen shows how to dominate online and create multiple streams of income around your expertise using the amazing skill of professional speaking.
Learn how to magnify your value and gain high paying coaching or consulting clients. Increase your income dramatically by learning how to educate-to-sell effectively both online and at your own live events.
Learn How To:
Accelerate your business and personal brand as the go-to expert.
Stand out, get noticed, and gain more high-paying clients.
Create more sales with ease using the educate-to-sell formula.
Develop multiple streams of income around your expertise using the skill of professional speaking.
Lunch served
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $45 NSA-MI Member, $65 Non-Member Early Bird, $75 Non-Member. 734-707-8985. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Touch-a-Truck 2018": Washtenaw Success by 6.

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Free Family Fun! Come explore various community vehicles and learn about important organizations that serve families in Washtenaw County.
Ypsilanti Community High School, 2095 Packard, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

43rd Annual Allbreed Cat Show: Anthony Wayne Cat Fanciers.

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Hundreds of beautiful cats, ranging from local house pets to exotic and rare purebreds representing over 25 breeds, compete for awards or regional and national points.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M Sports Coliseum, Hill at Fifth Ave. Spectators $6 (students & seniors, $5; kids age 6 & under, free; families, $15) at the door. 434-8588.

 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Auditions for 2018-19 Season: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale invites boys (with unchanged voices) and girls, ages 9-16, to audition for membership in their outstanding choirs! Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 12 and Saturday, June 9, at the NEW Center, 1100 N. Main St., Ann Arbor. Sign up for an easy and relaxed 10-minute audition appointment held privately between the singer and conductor; no preparation required.
Learn more about us and auditions at, or contact our office at: / 734-996-4404. Scholarships are available. Youth Chorale has provided excellent vocal training, exciting performance opportunities, and FUN for 31 years - perfect for children who love to sing!
The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale is a non-profit that exists to enrich the artistic lives of children, their families, and the community through choral music performance.
NEW Center, 1100 N Main St. Free. (734) 996-4404. [map]

 9-10 a.m.  Free! 

Coffee with Michelle Deatrick, State Senate Candidate: Michelle Deatrick for State Senate.

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Join Michelle for coffee and conversation! Michelle Deatrick is a progressive activist and Vice Chair of the County Commission, running to be your next State Senator.
B-24's Espresso Bar, 217 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-674-0429. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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May 12 & 19. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (May 12), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (May 19), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9 a.m. & 1 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. [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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.).

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"10th Annual Touch a Truck": Washtenaw Success by 6/Washtenaw Great Start Parent Coalition.

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All kids invited to view and touch trucks, including a fire engine, a school bus, a tractor, and more. Also, information booths on local early childhood programs. Last year's event included over 30 vehicles.
Ypsilanti Community High School, 2095 Packard, Ypsilanti. Free. 994-8100, ext. 2177. [map]

 9:30 a.m.

to 2:00 PM 

"Youth Dance Day': Pure Existence.

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Youth Dance Day is an event dedicated to providing artistic opportunities to youth in the local community. Our mission is to make dance accessible to all kids, regardless of experience and/or socioeconomic status.
Youth Dance Day begins at 9am with a creative movement class for ages 5-9years old. In this course, students will explore movement within their bodies using rhythm, music, and exercises to cultivate creativity and expression.
For ages 10+, we will engage in 3 separate classes, each one hour in length, to explore different styles of dance including ballet (10a-11a), modern/improvisation (11a-12p), and jazz (12:30p-1:30p)!
Participants will be given a 30minute break for lunch, so be sure to pack something if you are staying for all three classes.
Ypsilanti Township Community Center, 2025 Clark Road, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Antique Appraisal Day: DuMouchelles Art Gallery.

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All invited to bring 1-3 antiques to be appraised. 15-minute appointments available.
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Dexter Area Museum, 3443 Inverness, Dexter. $7 donation requested per item. Reservations: 424-9998. 426-2519. [map]

 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Youth Dance Day": Pure Existence Dance Company.

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Youth ages 5-18 invited to try out jazz, ballet, modern, and improvisational dance styles.
Ypsilanti Community Center, 2025 E. Clark Rd., Ypsilanti. Free; preregistration recommended at [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Apple Scouts Family Hike": Apple Playschools.

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Families invited for a guided nature walk.
10-11:30 a.m., Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Hts. $5 per family. [map]

 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. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Motawi Tile Frame Workshop": Maker Works & Motawi Tileworks.

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Assemble a custom frame for your choice of a 4" x 4" Motawi tile using the woodshop at Maker Works. In this experience, you will:
1. Choose from a selection of Michigan hardwoods
2. Assemble the frame
3. Use the ShopBot CNC router to add hardwood dovetailed keys in the back
4. Sand, and apply a walnut oil finish
5. Optionally laser engrave a Celtic, Art Deco, Prairie, or Shaker Motif.
Maker Works staff will guide you each step of the way. It will take 20-30 minutes. Slots available from 10:30AM to 12:30PM. Call or visit to register.
$122 includes frame, your choice of a selection of Motawi tiles, laser engraving, and walnut oil finish
Note: If you already have a 4"x4" Motawi tile you'd like to use, please bring it with you to class and use the coupon code "haveatile" when you register, which will give you a discount of $40.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $122. 734-222-4911. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

10th Annual Farm Festival: Braun & Helmer.

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A tractor & engine show, toy show, large flea market, kids pedal pull, tractor pull, trade show, live auction, and more. Lunch available. Bake sale.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free admission; donations accepted. 368-1733. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

2018 Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Festival: Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Jugglers of all ability levels invited to join jugglers from around Michigan and beyond for free-form juggling and workshops. Events include games, open juggling, lessons, a sale of juggling items, and more. Note: Attendees age 17 & under must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wide World Sports Center, 2140 Oak Valley Dr. $5 (kids age 12 & under, free with an adult)., (248) 990-8084. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Bag Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books & other items. Fill a bag for $5 and get a 2nd bag for free.
10 a.m.-noon, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 429-5450. [map]

 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

Chelsea District Library KinderConcert: 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.
Chelsea District Library, 221 S Main St, Chelsea. Free. 734-994-8801. [map]

 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

Dexter District Library KinderConcert: 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.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St, Dexter. Free. 734-994-8801. [map]

 10 a.m.-3 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]

 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Mother's Day Plant Sale: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum Fundraiser.

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May 12 & 13. Show and sale of colorful hanging baskets and container plants grown and designed by Matthaei staff and volunteers. Also, a "Spring Artist Market" (May 12 only, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) with a show and sale of textiles, ceramics, jewelry, art, and more.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 10:00 AM 

Running Start Workshops: Running Start.

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

 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Chelsea District Library.

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Sale of gently used paperback and hard-cover books. Also, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and more. Fill a bag for $5.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., CDL basement, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-8732. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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July 14 & 15. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. This month's featured critters are lizards. Note: Saturday's program includes a midday "Animal Naptime" break.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"KinderConcert": Dexter District Library.

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Music for Little Folks director Gari Stein and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids age 5 & under (accompanied by an adult) in a 30-minute program of storytelling, dancing to live music, and an introduction to orchestra instruments.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Recycled Robot": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to design and make robots with discarded electrical and electronic devices, so-called "e-waste" that cannot be put in curbside recycling.
10 a.m.-noon, AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [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.-1 p.m.  Free! 

International Neighbors.

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All area families invited to a potluck celebrating the club's 60th anniversary with a brief program on the history and mission of this 1,500-member organization of local women organized to welcome women from other countries during their stays in Ann Arbor. Activities for kids include face painting and making balloon animals.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., 242 Community Center, 648 S. Wagner. Free. (313) 815-0413. [map]

 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Kite Flying Day: Pittsfield Charter Township Parks & Recreation.

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Go fly a KITE at Montibeller Park! Fun for the entire family! Kids under 10 years old receive a FREE kite kit (some assembly required) or bring your own kite. Fly it at the park or take it home to keep! Hope for a nice, moderately windy day!
Montibeller Park, 4305 Ellsworth Road Ann Arbor MI 48108. Free. 734-822-2120. [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.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Kite Flying Day": Pittsfield Charter Township Parks & Rec.

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All invited to participate in some family-friendly kite flying. Kids 9 & under get a free kite.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Montibeller Park, 4305 Ellsworth. Free. 822-2120. [map]

 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Rabbit Tales!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Rabbit-themed storytime for kids in grades preK-3.
11-11:30 a.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 12:45-2:45pm  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Citizens' Climate Lobby - Ann Arbor chapter.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions.
Ann Arbor District Library - 3rd floor Freespace room, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

"A2CT Workshop: Physical Characterization": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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A2CT workshop on physical characterization for actors Saturday,5/12/18,from 1-4 PM at the A2CT Studio, 322 West Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104. This workshop is open to those in high school and up. Those interested may register online at or by calling the A2CT office at 734-971-2228. Additional information on workshops and A2CT membership is available at Your Characters to Life! Physical Characterization for Actors, will be led by Gerry Dzuiblinski,the Director of Theatre at Concordia University, Ann Arbor. He holds an MA in Directing from the Antioch University MacGregor School, and has studied physical storytelling with James Gouseff and classical mime technique with Marcel Marceau.
Participants in this workshop will explore finding a character, and creating postures, gait, and gestures for that characterization.Participants are asked to bring a specific role they wish to physicalize, and to wear movement clothing and flexible soft-soled shoes.
A2CT Studio Theatre, 322 W. Ann St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. member $25, non-member $30. 734-971-2228. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Princess Ball: Princess Pros Entertainment LLC.

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Meet your favorite princesses at our gorgeous venue, then Inn at St. John's, for 1.5hrs of princess fun!
Enjoy a live interactive show by the princesses that will keep your little one laughing, clapping, and singing along! We'll sing their favorite songs, teach princess etiquette and princess dances to perform with the princesses!
Then, we'll open up the dance floor for dancing - thanks to our professional DJ! Dance with the princesses, join in a princess parade, games, and more!
While at the ball, be sure to create a craft as a keepsake - and get your face painted free with your ticket!
Our Princess Ball will be filled with love, laughter and lots of hugs!
VIP Option: Experience the ball in VIP style! Arrive at 12:15pm!
These tickets are your BACKSTAGE PASS!
VIP is a 45 minute private meet & greet with the princesses before the ball!
Let us doll your little one up before the ball with glitter, eyeshadow, a princess hairdo and a royal tiara for each child. Limited t
The Inn at St. John's, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, MI 48170 US, Plymouth. $45. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Blindfolded Lego Challenge": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All in grades 3-8 invited to build with Legos while wearing blindfolds or glasses that simulate various visual impairments.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [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]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Superhero Mother's Day Gift": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All in grades K-5 invited to use provided craft supplies to decorate a Hershey's chocolate bar to look like their mother.
1-2 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. 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 and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [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.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Polymer Clay Ring Dish: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to make a dish to store jewelry and other small items. Materials provided.
3-5 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200.

 3:45, 6:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Racer and the Jailbird": State Theatre.

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(Michaël 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)., 668-TIME.

 4 & 9 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 4, 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)., 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)., 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)., 668-TIME.

 6 p.m. 

Canceled--Roller Derby Doubleheader: Ann Arbor Derby Dimes.

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This event has been canceled.
6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $12 in advance at; $15 at the door (kids age 11 & under, free with paying adult). [map]

 6 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Scottish Ball: Tartan and Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Catered dinner followed by Scottish country dancing to live music by Susie Lorand, Josh Burdick, and Matt McCoy.
6-11:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. $50. Reservations required by email or phone., 274-0773. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Restorative Sound Bath: Sky Green Yoga & Energy in Motion.

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Let your heart, body, mind and spirit recuperate with a restorative sound bath.
This service will help to realign your energy flow as you hold yoga poses, bringing peace back into your life and stretching your body.
This service will combine Reiki, restorative yoga and a crystal bowl sound bath.
Crystal bowl Sound Bath provided by John at Energy in Motion:
It is a 90 minute service that cost $25/person. A great pre-Mother's Day gift.
Space is limited to 15 participants. Please reserve your spot by emailing Kip at
Yoga Jule, 10123 Willis Road, Willis 48191, Ypsilanti. $25. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Laughing for a Cause": Ann Arbor Women's Group.

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All-ages standup by NYC-based comic Bill Boronkay, a former TV sportscaster whose sets revolve around self-deprecating stories about his former career and relationships. Opening act is Ohio comic Dan Brown. The program begins with a talk by a speaker in a 12-step recovery program. Proceeds benefit A2WG's women's recovery events.
7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. $15 in advance at; $20 at the door. Free child care available upon request for kids age 11 & under. 666-9332. [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)., 668-TIME.

 7:30 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Pittsburgh caller Gaye Fifer leads dances to live music by Luke Panning, Judi Morningstar, and Bob Hubbach. Wear loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $11 (members, $10; age 29 & under, $5)., 769-2133. [map]

 7:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. (tentative) 

"24-Hour Theatre": Community High School Ensemble Theater Fundraiser.

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Community High students present a program of 6 original short plays written yesterday and rehearsed overnight at the school.
7:30 & 9 p.m. (tentative), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets TBA in advance at and at the door. 994-2021. [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 635-8450. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

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

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

 8 p.m. 

Chris Smither: The Ark.

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This veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter, best known for 2 songs Bonnie Raitt has made her own, "I Feel the Same" and "Love You like a Man," is also a wonderfully lyrical and expressive guitarist (Raitt calls him "my Eric Clapton") and an intense, enrapturing singer whose voice ranges from growling undertones to a keening falsetto. He recently released the career-spanning retrospective CD Still on the Levee.
8 p.m. p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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.  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: Harpsichordists TBA perform contemporary harpsichord works from Historical Keyboard Society composition competitions. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program. 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.

 8 p.m. 

Julianne Ankley and Gary Hannan: Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Double bill.Ankley is the sultry-voiced country-rock singer-songwriter who won the 2016 Detroit Music Awards Outstanding Country Songwriter. Songwriter Hannan has written for some top country artists, including "Back When I Knew It All" for Montgomery Gentry, and "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" for Joe Nichols. His 2017 debut, Songs from the Battlefield, addresses issues facing soldiers returning home from combat. Both performers also offer insights into some of their songs.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door. 316-7919. [map]

  8 p.m. 

RFD Boys: The Ark.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have a new guitarist-mandolinist, Dan Roehrig, and they recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a new album, Still Delivering.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 at the door only. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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; $12 at the door. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 8 p.m. 

"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,, & 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 & 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. [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)., 668-TIME. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Harrington Brown

Local gypsy swing guitar duo of Michael Harrington and Appleseed Collective frontman Andrew Brown. [venue info]

B-Side: "The Transformation."

With an assortment of rappers, comedians, and poets, along with a dance battle and a live band. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Disaster Relief

New local all-star funk band that tonight celebrates the release of its debut CD. With trumpeter Ross Huff, keyboardist & guitarist Darrin James, and saxophonists Dan Bennett, Tim Haldeman, and Molly Jones fronting a rhythm section of bassist Brennan Andes and drummer Rob Avsharian. Opener: Jive Colossus, a local 9- piece Afro-Caribbean funk-rock dance band.. $10-$13. [venue info]

Club Above: "Reaper of All Bass."

With heavy bass and dubstep musicians D3V from Tampa and EldestRhyme from East Lansing. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Me & Joe Smith

Detroit funkabilly duo. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Latini

Acoustic rock-based originals by this popular veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter. His new CD, The Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good, is a collection of soul-infused R&B 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: The Switchbacks The Switchbacks

Local hard-rocking country and blues quintet fronted by vocalist Janet Benson. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

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

Live: Andrew Bishop's Prelude Theory Andrew Bishop's Prelude Theory

A2 Jazz Fest Spring Series features a blast through reeds player Bishop's musical past with influences ranging from 1980s synth pop and Motown to Bach, Shostakovich and jazz. With Max Bowen (guitar), Jordan Anderson (piano), Jonathan Taylor (drums), and Tim Flood (bass). 7-9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

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

Mash: The Chris Canas Band

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

Rumpus Room: Harper & the Midwest Kind

Blues-rock band led by Peter Harper, a blues singer-songwriter from Australia, now transplanted to Grass Lake, who plays blues harp and didgeridoo. The band has an acclaimed CD on the Blind Pig label, Down to the Rhythm. [venue info]

Tap Room: Boylesque

Drag show. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Dick Siegel

This veteran local singer-songwriter is an immensely gifted and versatile composer whose songs offer all sorts of immediate musical and lyrical pleasures, both serious and comic, as well as a resonant staying power. [venue info]


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