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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 19, 2018

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 8 a.m.-9 p.m. 

"Shift Conference": Chase Great Enterprises.

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Calling all aspiring and established consultants, coaches, and speakers!
Chase Great Enterprises is hosting their second annual Shift Conference, which focuses on developing consultants, coaches, and speakers through personal enrichment and business development. This conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, 2018 at the Hyatt Place Ann Arbor (3223 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108).
Registered attendees will gain new, innovative business building strategies and tools to help enhance their coaching business. With 14 speakers and 8 essential workshops, Chase Great is confident attendees will see a shift in their life and business after.
For more information and to register, visit
Hyatt Place Ann Arbor, 3223 South State St. $149. [map]

 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Antiques Market.

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May 19 & 20. Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from mid-century to industrial design to folk art and more. Deliveries available. Concessions.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free)., 678-0173. [map]

 8 a.m. 

Annual Plant Sale: Saline Stone and Thistle Garden Club.

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Club members sell perennials, annuals, houseplants, and wildflowers from their own gardens. Master gardeners are on hand to answer gardening questions.
8-11 a.m., Saline District Library back parking lot, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 429-1107, 646-9408. [map]

 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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

 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Horse Shows: Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan.

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

 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"39th Annual Walk & Wag & Run": Huron Valley Humane Society Benefit.

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About 300 local dogs usually attend this fundraising 1-mile walk. Also, dog activities, such as bobbing for weenies and a "Pawparazzi" dress-up station, a 5-km run, kids activities, raffle, prizes, giveaways, and more. New this year, a performance by the Ultimate Air Dogs, who perform jumping stunts into a pool. Food available. Dogs must be good with other dogs and people, not in heat, and on a non-retractable leash.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $30 (walk) or $50 (run) registration fee. Registration required at 662-5585. [map]

 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Trinkle Marsh Preserve Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Faye Stoner leads a hike through marsh, woodland, and open field habitat to look for late migrating birds and early breeding birds.
8-10 a.m., Trinkle Marsh Preserve, Dancer Rd. just north of Trinkle Rd., Lima Twp. Free. 971-6337.

 8:15 a.m. 

"New York Beauty Simplified": Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Frog Hollow Designs (FL) owner Linda Hahn discusses her book that outlines her new technique for this classic quilt design. The program begins with a brief business meeting and usually ends with a member show-and-tell and sale of quilting supplies.
8:15 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). [map]

 8:45 a.m.  Free! 

Democratic Ride: Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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

 9 a.m.-noon 

"Baking with Tahini": BAKE! at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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Hop on the tahini train at Zingerman's hands on baking school BAKE! We've been experimenting in the kitchen with the latest culinary craze, tahini (rich sesame paste). And we're using a particularly great organic tahini we sourced from Turkey. In this class you'll bake tahini butter cookies, tahini banana bread made with Michigan wheat flour and black sesame seeds, and tahini and almond filled croissants with a carob drizzle. (Due to time constraints, we will provide you with already baked croissants to fill.) They'll add excitement and flavor to your baker's recipe box.
You'll leave BAKE! With our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, all the food you made in class and great coupons.
Sign up:
BAKE!, 3723 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $75. 734-761-7255. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Annual Plant Sale: Dexter Garden Club.

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Members sell a wide variety of perennials from their gardens.
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free admission. 417-8576. [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Dexter Green Day: Dexter Garden Club.

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Dexter Garden Club Plant Sale featuring perennials, native plants, grasses, ferns, ground covers, hosta and shrubs in Dexter Gazebo. Creekside School vegetable and annual herb plant sale, Monument Park. Michigan Dahlia Association, Michigan Regional Lily Society, Sierra Club, local vendors, gardening advice
Dexter Gazebo, Monument Park, Main Street, Dexter. 7346637046.

 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.-noon  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 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to compete in a 45-round match in various positions using slow and rapid fire. Bring your own military style rifle and ammunition.
9 a.m.-noon, TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $15 (members, $10)., 276-2514. [map]

 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]

 9:30 a.m. 

Motorcycle Charity Ride & Bike Blessing: Warriors and Caregivers United Fundraiser.

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A 2-hour motorcycle ride to benefit programs for combat veterans.
9:30 a.m., Old St. Patrick Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. $10 minimum donation per attendee. 660-7172. [map]

 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Reinventing the Wheel": Public Citizens of Washtenaw.

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All invited to join a discussion of local transportation innovations with representatives from the Ann Arbor Autonomous Vehicle Group, the Age of Mobility, and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1628. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Get ripped and have fun doing it! Come for a great workout or supplement your aerial training with this all levels conditioning class, which focuses on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for. Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [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.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"May Sale Special Books": Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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The traditional May sale of Special Books, high quality, special interest, hard to find.
Saturday May 19 from 10-4; Sunday May 20 from 1-4.
At the District Library Downtown. In the Multipurpose Room, lower level.
The Book Shop on the entrance level will be open concurrently. Families welcome. Friends of AADL members may shop 30 minutes before the general public
Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S Ffith Ave Ann Arbor 48104. Free. 734 332 7774. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Invasive Plant Removal: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help weed invasive species and witness the spring wildflowers.
10 a.m.-noon, Kosch Headwaters Preserve, 3268 N. Prospect, Ypsilanti. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Perennial Plant Sale: St. Joseph Parish.

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Sale of Michigan hardy perennials, shrubs, and trees.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., 6805 Mast Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

YDL Guitar Club: Ypsilanti District Library.

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We teach each other songs, listen, collaborate and learn to play guitar, together. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own instrument, acoustic or electric. Ages 18+.
Ypsilanti District Library, Michigan Avenue Branch, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1386. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Fiesta de la Familia!": Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Playschool.

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Arts and crafts, activities, songs, games, and more, led by Spanish-speaking teachers and community members. Food available.
10 a.m.-noon, Buhr Park, 2751 Packard. Free., 975-9104. [map]

 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

"Kitchen Favorites Sale": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum Fundraiser.

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May 19 & 20. A sale of heirloom vegetables and herbs grown by U-M students. Proceeds benefit the U-M Sustainable Food Program and Campus Farm.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Picnic Pops": Pioneer High School.

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An all-day outdoor musical bonanza of performances by local middle and high school bands and orchestras. Carnival games & prizes. Hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, and ice cream available. Indoors if raining. Limited seating provided; bring something to sit on if you wish.
10 a.m.-5:45 p.m., PHS, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Free admission. 996-3210. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensory Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A "sensory friendly" event for kids ages 3-7 with developmental disabilities. Includes 20 minutes of interactive stories & movement, followed by 40 minutes of free play.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"West Side Neighborhood Art Hop."

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The homes and studios of several west-side artists are open for a show and sale of their art and craft items. Live music at some venues.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., venues and map available at Free admission. 757-3717.

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Stewardship Day": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kids ages 7-12 invited to learn to identify and to help remove invasive species. Gloves provided.
Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner, Scio Twp. Preregistration required at 971-6337.

 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. 

"YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Coffee with Michelle Deatrick, State Senate Candidate: Friends of Michelle Deatrick.

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Have some coffee and share your thoughts on how we can improve our community and state! I'm running for Michigan State Senate because I believe that working together, we can achieve a bold progressive vision for our state: clean air and water, great public schools that our children love, an economy that works for everyone, big money out of politics, and a single-payer healthcare system.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and concerns, and I hope to earn your vote in the August 7th primary. Coffee is on me!
Black Diesel Coffee, 1423 E Stadium Blvd. Free. 734-707-8486. [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.  Free! 

Teen Advisory Group: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 8-12 invited to learn how to help the DDL teen librarian choose new books, plan programs, and decorate the Teen Zone. Pizza.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Sensory Storytime": Chelsea District Library.

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A "sensory friendly" event for kids ages 3-7 with developmental disabilities. Includes visuals, rhythmic preschool-level stories, and sensory activities. Siblings welcome.
11 a.m.-noon, CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. [map]

 noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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May 14 & 19. All grade 6-adult invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. All welcome to bring their own sewing machine. On May 14, local sewing expert Amber Adams-Fall demonstrates how to sew with stretch ribbon, and on May 19, she shows how to make a rice pack heating pad.
7-8:30 p.m. (May 14) & noon-3 p.m. (May 19), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Building My Own Gyrocopters - a discussion with John Anderson": Maker Works.

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Maker veteran John Anderson will share the design and fabrication processes he uses to create his own single-seater flying machines, including building his own framing and machining components. A passion for flying first led John to the Air Force and then on to the creation of several gyrocopters. (free to Maker Works members, $5 non-members)
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $5. 734-222-4911. [map]

 1-2:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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

 1 & 7 p.m. 

"Cinderella": Young People's Theater.

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May 18-20. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in Rodgers and Hammerstein's humorous, warm-hearted musical version of the classic tale. Songs include "Impossible," "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?," "Ten Minutes Ago," and others.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 18 & under, $10) in advance at & the Michigan Union, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [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]

 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Robinsongs for Kids director Robin Robinson presents a program of music and movement for babies through 5-year-olds, accompanied by an adult.
1-1:40 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1 & 3:30 p.m. 

"Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play!": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Junior Theatre.

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May 18-20. Andrea Klooster directs young local actors in Mo Willems and Deborah Wicks La Puma's 2017 musical based on Willems' beloved characters, the bespectacled elephant, Gerald, and his rambunctious best friend, Piggie. When the 2 pals are invited to a party hosted by 3 singing squirrels, Gerald worries something could go wrong that would end their friendship.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.) and 1 & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $10 (kids, $8) in advance at, the A2CT office (322 W. Ann), by phone, & at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Royal Wedding Watch Party": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to watch the rebroadcast of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's wedding. Prizes for best royal-inspired outfits. English tea and cakes served.
1-5 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Voices Valiant Choir Concert.

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This local senior choir performs a contemporary rendition of Bach's Coffee Cantata, J.S. (not P.D.Q.) Bach's mini comic opera, along with songs celebrating Latin American music and sing-alongs.
2 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 936-2660. [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]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Batteries": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to learn how to make a working battery from pocket change.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 2:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. [map]

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 3:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Buddha's Birthday Celebration": Zen Buddhist Temple.

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May 19 & 20 (different programs). The most festive occasion of the Buddhist year.


May 19: "The Practice of Zen Cooking" (3:30 p.m.). Screening of an episode of Netflix's Chef's Table focusing on a 60-year-old Zen Buddhist nun who prepares vegan meals for the Baekyangsa Temple south of Seoul. Discussion follows with University of Kansas Japanese cultural history professor Eric Rath, whose recent book, Japan's Cuisines: Food, Place, and Identity, was named a 2017 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice. An Evening Celebration (6 p.m.) includes a buffet with vegetarian hors d'oeuvres, entrées, and dessert, followed by a program of musical entertainment TBA.


May 20: The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with meditation. At 10 a.m., the traditional "Bathing of Baby Buddha" with sweet tea. At noon, a blessing service for youth (pre-registration required). At 4 p.m., an "Introduction to Meditation" and a reprise of the 10 a.m. service, including the "Bathing of the Baby Buddha" and a children's celebratory service. At 7:30 p.m., chanting and lighting of traditional lotus lanterns, along with scriptural readings by representatives from other area Buddhist groups.

3:30-8:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Sun.), Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard at Wells. All events are free, except Evening Celebration (adults, $20; students, $10; family, $40). Tickets available in advance and at the door. 761-6520. [map]

 3:45, 6:15, & 8:45 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, 6:45, & 9:15 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.

 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, 7:30, & 9:45 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:15, 7, & 9:30 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:15, 7, & 9:45 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.

 4:30, 7:30, & 10 p.m. 

"A Quiet Place": State Theatre.

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Tense post-apocalyptic horror film about a family forced to live in silence to avoid monsters with sensitive hearing. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt.
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.

 4:30, 6:30, & 9 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6-11 p.m. 

May Dinner/Dance: Greater Beneficial Union.

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Dinner to celebrate the club's 94th anniversary, with chicken cordon bleu, German potato salad, green beans, and tossed salad. Cake, champagne, coffee, beer, wine, and pop. Followed by dancing to traditional German music by the Rhinelander Band. Also, sing-alongs, a raffle, and crowning of a "May Queen."
6-11 p.m., Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $30. Reservations required by May 16. 913-9371, 954-0057. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"2018 Bid to Build": Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser.

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Seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and live jazz by the local QB Trio.
6-9 p.m., U-M North Campus Research Complex Bldg. 18, 2800 Plymouth. Tickets $75 ($750 for 2 tables of 6) in advance at 677-1558. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

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Peter Baker calls to live music TBA. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 476-4650. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Student Productions: Pioneer High School Theater Guild.

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May 19 & 20. Pioneer High School students perform several of their original short plays.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Pioneer High School Little Theater, 601 W. Stadium. $7 at the door only. 994-2120. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"30th Annual Spring Concert": Measure for Measure.

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Steve Lorenz conducts this lively 90-member local men's chorus in works TBA. Also, a guest performance by the Detroit Brazeal Dennard Chorale.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12) in advance and at the door. 649-7664. [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]

 7:30-10 p.m. 

"One Voice: Time Travelers": Chelsea High School Company C.

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Steve Hinz directs this Chelsea High School show choir in a cabaret-style song & dance revue featuring solo, small group, and ensemble performances in a program exploring the theme of time traveling.
7:30-10 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $12 (students & seniors, $10) reserved seating in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door. 433-2201. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Shakespeare at Pointless: The Brewery of Errors": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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May 18 & 19. Local actors play a drinking game while performing a 60-minute version of The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identity. Also, they've only rehearsed once. Followed at 10 p.m. both nights by Shakespearean improv ($12), a one-act improvised play in the style of Shakespeare.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Chamber Fest Finale: Shostakovich Octet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Performance of Charles Ives' Piano Trio by the Koinonia Trio, Debussy's Sonata for Violin and Piano by violinist Christine Harada Li and pianist Ji-Hyang Gwak, Kodály's Duo for Violin and Cello by violinist Arianna Dotto and cellist Nathaniel Pierce, and Shostakovich's Two Pieces for String Octet with violinists Christine Harada Li, Arianna Dotto, Christina Adams, and Sungho Jung, violists Joachim Angster and Rita Wang, and cellists Leo Singer and Nathaniel Pierce.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Elizabeth Cook: The Ark.

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An acclaimed country singer-songwriter who regularly performs on the Grand Ole Opry, Cook is best known for her 2007 hit single "Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be a Woman." Opening act is Caleb Caudle, a highly regarded North Carolina Americana country singer-songwriter.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Mike Paramore: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 18 & 19. Local debut of this Columbus-based comic whose stage persona is pleasantly befuddled by life's oddities. The 2017 winner of Laugh Fest's "Best in the Midwest," he has a new CD, The Things We Tell Ourselves. 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. 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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

"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, (800) 838-3006, and at the door. Info: 973-3264.

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [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 p.m.  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-12:30 a.m. or as long as the sky remains clear, Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Sam Corbin

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Scott Morgan

First local appearance in several years by this veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter who has been battling liver disease. Morgan got his start in the 60s as frontman of the Rationals, a legendary local band that specialized in a brand of R&B-drenched rock 'n' soul that's both harder and raunchier than that of fellow Detroiter Mitch Ryder. Tonight he's celebrating the re-release of the Rationals eponymous 1970 LP. Openers: Stomp Rockets, the latest of several great local garage-rock bands led by the charismatic vocalist Dan Mulholland, and Mohair Sweets, an R&B band led by singer-guitarist Colin Bryce. $8-$11. [venue info]

Bona Sera: Guilty Pleasures Burlesque

Local burlesque and comedy troupe. Age 21 & over. $15. 9 p.m. [venue info]

Bridgewater Tavern: Dani Jamerson Band

Country & country-rock band led by Sherwood (MI) singer-songwriter and guitarist Jamerson. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: The Blackjack Band

Classic rock band from Westland. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. [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 Groove Council The Groove Council

Veteran Detroit 9-piecehorn-fired R&B dance band fronted by the high-powered vocals of Kathleen Murray. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: FreeLance

Local dance rock cover band whose repertoire ranges from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to AC/DC and Guns & Roses to Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Corndaddy

Local alt-country band led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast. Opener: Sarah Swanson Band, a local ensemble led by singer-songwriter Swanson that plats soulful, anthemic indie rock. Photo: Mike Bialek. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Luti & Judy Insley

Milford singer-songwriter and guitarist Luti Erbeznik sings in a voice that's been compared to Nick Drake and whose music blends American folk, rock, and pop forms with the rhythms and colorings of the music of his native Yugoslavia. He is joined by veteran Oakland County pop-folk singer-songwriter Insley. [venue info]


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