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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 17, 2018






 
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 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! 

"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.
10 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 846-0504.


 9 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Springtime Invitational Competition": Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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May 17-20. Skaters from beginners to seniors compete in freestyle, ice dance, pairs, and showcase categories.
9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sun.), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley. Free. 213-6768. [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. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [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 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Hello Spring": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kids ages 2-4, accompanied by a caregiver, invited to hike through the forest to gather treasures to make a spring shadow box.
10 a.m., County Farm Park. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337.


 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. 

"WXW - It's Not Me, It's You - Changing Defensive Communication™": Women's Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW).

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We all know defensiveness when someone acts defensive towards us - and when we are defensive with others. It can be hard to see past defensiveness and know how to navigate it. Come learn all about defensive communication - why we do it, what we can do instead, and how to move ourselves and others beyond a defensive communication climate.
Join us Thursday, May 17th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and leave prepared for more positive communication!
Mediterrano Restaurant, 2900 S. State St. $25-$30. 734.678.7831. marketing@wxwbusiness.com http://wxwbusiness.com/its-not-me-its-you-changing-defensive-communication/ [map]



 Noon-2 p.m. 

"Brewing Methods": Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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Zingerman's Coffee Co. staff demonstrate and discuss 6-8 different ways to brew coffee, from filter drip to syphon pot.
Noon-2 p.m., Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-6060. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Street Art from Around the World": Jewish Community Center 3rd Thursday @ the J.

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Photo-illustrated talk by U-M pathology professor emeritus Bruce Friedman, an avid photographer whose global street art photos are displayed in the Amster Gallery this month.
Noon-1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. Preregistration required. 971-0990. [map]


 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]


 12:30 p.m. 

Story Time: Domino's Petting Farm.

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Farm staffers read stories to kids ages 1-5, accompanied by a parent.
12:30 p.m., Domino's Farm, 3001 Earhart Rd. All events free with admission ($6; seniors, $5.40; kids age 23 months & under, free). 998-0182. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Better Off Read Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss fiction and nonfiction books TBA.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. All invited to join a current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey.
1-2 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 1:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Books and Banter": Chelsea District Library.

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A member-led discussion of a different book each month. Book selections are made at each meeting. Books available at the check-out desk.
1:30-3 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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 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]


 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 3:45, 7:30, & 9:45 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]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Bouquet's Expedition Against the Ohio Indians in 1764": U-M Clements Library.

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Former Fort Ligonier director Martin West discusses William Smith's 1765 book that tells the dramatic story of the forced repatriation of prisoners and adoptees of Ohio Country Indians at the end of Pontiac's War.
4 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-2347. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Chapter Champs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion group for kids in grades 1-4.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:15 & 10 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.


 4:30, 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! 

All Star Readers: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 3-5 invited to discuss books. Also, snacks & games. Apr. 19: Lights, Camera, Cook! Charise Mericle Harper's illustrated novel about tween contestants in a TV junior chef competition. May 17: Upside-Down Magic, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins' novel about struggling magical kids who have to attend a special class to help them control their wonky magic.
4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"New Enterprise Forum Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit": New Enterprise Forum.

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Showcase Presenter: A presentation by a start-up that has been through New Enterprise Forum coaching. This gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. Come to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with resources who support the local start-up community.
Pitch Pit: Three entrepreneurs each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a kinder version of television's "Shark Tank." Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged while Power Point slides are not permitted. The judges determine the cash prize winner. Join in the fun, and support innovations for change.
Network: Meet other like-minded professionals who support entrepreneurialism, promoting innovation as a catalyst for a healthy Michigan economy.
SPARK Innovation Center, 330 E. Liberty, Lower Level. Free. info@NewEnterpriseForum.org www.NewEnterpriseForum.org [map]


 5:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Dinner Series: Indian Class": BAKE! at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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Let's make dinner together! You'll create stuffed paratha (flatbread), Dal Makhani (curried lentils) and coconut rice pudding. We'll also demonstrate cooking basmati rice and chutney. Everything in this class is vegetarian. Go home with dinner for four!
Sign up here: https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/dinner-series-indian
BAKE!, 3723 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $100. 734-761-7255. https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/dinner-series-indian [map]



 5:30 p.m. 

Monthly Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants Ann Arbor Chapter.

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We are regional management accountants as well as C-level types meeting for food, fellowship, and career enhancement. This is an award winning chapter of 200 accountants, financial managers, controllers and chief financial officers of local companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Our chapter is part of a global accounting association. Please feel free to check our website. In Michigan the address is www.imamichigan.org/annarbor, and the global IMA website is www.imanet.org. Don't forget that one of the biggest benefits is the opportunity to network with your peers in the financial professions.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3150 Boardwalk. $10 (pay for your own food). 734-222-6681. angelacombsima@yahoo.com http://www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/index.html [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

"Vine & Dine": Ann Arbor Art Center Fundraiser.

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Cocktail reception and a silent art auction. Followed at 7 p.m. by dinner at Zingerman's Greyline, with live jazz by a duo of pianist Cliff Monear and bassist Paul Keller and a painting demo by local artist Noah Kaplan. Live auction.
5:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Tickets $300 (table of 8, $2,000) in advance only. annarborartcenter.org/vine-and-dine-2018, 994-8004. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Why most people get business planning wrong": Ann Arbor Area SCORE.

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Every business needs a plan. It is a risk management tool, a tool to make you think, a tool to help you avoid mistakes, and a tool that defines the elements essential to success and how they relate to each other. Using the Business Model Canvas, you can define the logic of your business visually on a single page using 9 key building blocks. We will discuss:
- Key Partners
- Key Activities
- Key Resources
- Value Proposition
- Customer Relationships
- Channels
- Customer Segments
- Cost Structure
- Revenue Stream
Register at
https://annarborarea.score.org/event/why-most-people-get-business-planning-wrong
NEW Center Office Building, 1100 North Main Street - Second floor. $10. annarborscore@scorevolunteer.org https://annarborarea.score.org [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 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon.-Wed., except Dec. 24 & 25. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 5700 Jackson (Tues.), and 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues.), 548-6299 (Wed.). [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]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Beginner's Course in Meditation": Michigan Meditation Meetup.

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This is a 4-week course in the Sahaja method of meditation intended for a complete beginner. Each week we will cover a different aspect of meditation: Self-Realization, Energy System, Self-Awareness and Self-Improvement. All classes start with instruction and are followed by a 20-minute guided meditation. Sessions are held in a classroom setting with chairs. If attendees prefer to sit on the floor, they are welcome to bring a mat. This is a free event, but registration is required at meetup.com/meditation-michigan/
Washtenaw Community College. Free. vic@meditatewith.us meetup.com/meditation-michigan/



 7 p.m. 

"Intro to Floral Design": University Flower Shop.

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This beginners workshop will revolve around bright springtime blooms from Forget Me Not Farm in Ottawa Lake, MI. In a container of your choosing, design a lush table centerpiece full of tulips, hyacinth, daffodils, rice flower, hydrangea, and more! Under the guidance of UFS owner and lead designer, Dani Vignos, you'll learn the basic principles of floral design, how to prolong the vase life of your flowers, and the tools necessary to create a floral arrangement - all while working with the freshest local ingredients. Participants will leave the workshop with their arrangement and the knowledge to replicate the experience at home. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is BYOC - bring your own container! For this workshop, we recommend containers 5" high and 5" wide at the mouth.
University Flower Shop is located at 7 Nickels Arcade Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Please note there is free street parking available after 6pm and paid parking available in the garage off Maynard St.
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University Flower Shop, 7 Nickels Arcade. $50. (734) 665-6037. mailing@uniflowershop.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-floral-design-tickets-43749936237 [map]



 7 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]


 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]


 7-9 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. 

"Lives Well Lived": U-M Health System Big Hearts for Seniors Benefit.

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Screening of Sky Bergman's 2018 documentary celebrating the wit and wisdom of 40 adults ages 75-100, who share their secrets and insights to a meaningful life. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by Golden Years Troupe, a dance company made up of Chinese American seniors. Emcee is local Acoustic Café syndicated radio show host Rob Reinhart.
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.), Michigan Theater. $15 ($60 includes VIP reception) in advance at med.umich.edu/geriatrics/BHS/ and at the door. 995-9350. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Macbeth": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast of a National Theatre (London) production of Shakespeare's intense tragedy, the bloody tale of a Scottish lord and his ambitious wife. Stars Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff.
7 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $17 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 7 p.m. 

"Take Flight with the Wild Birds of Michigan": Literati Bookstore Local Learning Series.

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Local writer and naturalist Emily Strelow, who reads from her debut novel, The Wild Birds, on May 3, tonight offers an intro to birding in Michigan. Q&A.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. $10. Preregistration required at literatibookstore.com/local-learning-literati. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing: Nail Art": Chelsea District Library.

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Teens in grades 6-12 invited to use provided nail polish, jewels, sequins, & glitter.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Guitar Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This trio of local guitarists Alex Anest, Evan Veasey, and Adam Kahana performs improvisations as well as works by Oliver Nelson, Marc Johnson, Ellen Rowe, Pat Metheny, and Ernie Krivda. Tonight it celebrates the release of its debut album, Tides.
7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [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. 

"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]


 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Pope Francis: A Man of His Word": Michigan Theater.

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(Wim Wenders, 2018). Documentary about Pope Francis's work on social and environmental reform.
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]


 8 p.m. 

Lissie: The Ark.

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Country-flavored folk-rock with an anthemic drive by this singer-songwriter from Rock Island (IL) who featured in one of the episode-ending live performances of Twin Peaks: The Return. She comes to town with a brand-new CD, Castles. Opener: Van William, a California folk-rock singer-songwriter.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 (VIP, $95) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


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"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]



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"Chapter & Worse": Comic Opera Guild.

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May 17-20. COG founder Tom Petiet directs this veteran local company in a revival of his erudite 1986 musical parody of a dweeby librarian who falls into a coma because of his inability to woo a pretty girl. His subsequent dreams, set everywhere from Shakespearean England to prehistoric Africa, continue to show his lack of romantic prowess. The score features Petiet's lyrics set to favorite melodies by Offenbach, Sullivan, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, and Verdi. Petiet stars with Matt Grace, Shannon Watts, Beth Mitchell, Pat Petiet, Robert Skylis, Alexandra Kzeski, Geoff Kelm, and Jean Rowan. This production is being filmed for Detroit Public Television.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $5-$10 (Thurs.), $20 (seniors, $17; students, $10) Fri.-Sun. in advance at chapter.brownpapertickets.com, (800) 838-3006, and at the door. Info: 973-3264.


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"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Wed., except Dec. 18 & 25, and Jan. 1 Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


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"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]
 




 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Kaj Althaus & Hotel Arch

Local indie rock quintet Openers: Isaac Castor, a local hip- hop MC formerly known as Gameboi, and Lu Fuki & the Divine Providence, a Detroit Afro-jazz funk sextet. $5-$8. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Open Mike

All performers invited; sign-up begins at 8 p.m. Hosted by singer- songwriter Adam Labeaux. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike

All hip-hop artists invited. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Slice

Veteran East Lansing pop dance quartet. [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: Barelyon

Soulful pop-rock by this Detroit duo. [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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