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Calendar of Events

Sunday, May 20, 2018






 
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 7:30 a.m. 

Ann Arbor Marathon: Epic Races.

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26.2-mile, 13.1-mile, 10-km, and 5-km chip-timed races on circuitous courses through city streets, along the river, and in Gallup Park. The 5-km, 10-km, and half-marathon events are open to walkers. All courses start outside U-M Stadium; maps available at theannarbormarathon.com. (The courses are closed to vehicular traffic until 1:30 p.m.) Awards.
7:30 a.m. (registration begins at 6 a.m.), S. Main at Keech, NW corner of U-M Stadium. Entry fees: $115 (marathon), $100 (half-marathon), $50 (10-km), & $45 (5-km) in advance by May 18 at theannarbormarathon.com, $125 (marathon), $105 (half-marathon), $55 (10-km), & $50 (5-km) on race weekend. 585-7101.


 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.-3 p.m. 

31st Annual Michigan Vintage Volkswagen Club Festival.

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Big display of around 400 of every sort of VW imaginable, from originals to race cars and trikes. This year's theme, "Life's a Beach, Just Bug Out," highlights dune buggies and features a hula presentation, volleyball, and a Volkswagen-themed display of art. Also, a large swap meet. Rain or shine. Preceded at noon on May 19 by a "Slow Slolom Course" for drivers (meet at the Maple St. parking lot across from the Freight Station in Depot Town, Ypsilanti).
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. $5 admission. Car entry fee: $15. Mvvc.net.


 9 a.m.-2 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 & 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Elijah-A Testament of Faith": First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor.

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Come and enjoy Mendelssohn - Elijah, OP.70
Sunday May20, 2018
9:30 AM Pt1 and 11:15 AM Pt2
First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 120 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. (734) 662-4536. [map]


 9:30 a.m.-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.

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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.

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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.

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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]


 10 a.m. 

"Free/Donation Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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This yoga class features our newest graduates of MTY. They will be teaching a Free/Donation Yoga class on Sundays from 10-11am. They will be alternating weeks, gaining experience teaching, and giving you exposure to these new teachers and their teaching styles. Please come to support them when you are able!
These classes are a combination of flow and holding postures. The studio will be heated between 80-85 degrees.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. 7347577213. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [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 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). annarborantiquesmarket@gmail.com, 678-0173. [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]


 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, with artist demos including a garden trellis made out of Michigan white oak (May 6, noon-3 p.m.) and a stringed folk instrument made from scrap materials (May 20, noon-3 p.m.). May 27 is Flower Day, with sales of flowers, plants, bulbs, seeds, and seedlings, as well as live music, food trucks, advice from master gardeners, and backyard beekeeping tips.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]


 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Bowling Pin Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot handguns at bowling pins and steel plates. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $5 per 20-shot round. 429-9561. [map]


 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.


 Noon-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Creativity & Making Expo": Ann Arbor District Library.

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(Formerly the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire.) A day of demos and hands-on activities with high-tech makers of all types, from soldering and sewing to roboticists, crafters, and artists working with technology.
Noon-5 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200.


 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 

"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $4.50 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]


 12:55 p.m. 

"Porco Rosso": Fathom Events.

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(Hayao Miyazaki, 1992). Dubbed (May 20 & 23) and subtitled (May 21 at Ann Arbor 20 only) screenings of this Studio Ghibli anime adventure set in 1930s Italy about a daredevil pilot cursed with a pig's head.
12:55 p.m. (May 20) & 7 p.m. (May 21 & 23), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $12 in advance at fathomevents.com/series/studio-ghibli-fest and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids and adults invited to play chess. Sets provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-5:30 p.m. 

"Living Well with Illness Workshop": Living Well with Illness.

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The Living Well With Illness Workshop is a half-day workshop for people with all types of chronic illnesses who want to gain perspective on the ways chronic illness has changed their lives and how they can improve their ability to adapt.
Living Well With Illness workshops help people discover a more personal meaning of illness through a 3-step process:
Telling their story to supportive individuals.
Acquiring a new understanding of the way stereotypes distort the experience of living with a chronic illness by taking time to reflect on these particular aspects of illness's impact.
Engaging with guided meditation, art, and writing (Open Studio Process) to access creative insights about the personal meaning of chronic illness.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, 114 S. Main St. $49. 814-673-1496. livingwellwithillness@aol.com https://livingwellwithillness.net/ [map]



 1-4 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. info@faadl.org www.faadl.org [map]


 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

38th Annual Huron River Day: Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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This popular festival features lots of family-oriented nature activities, including a children's tent with art and science activities and a performance by Aviary Circus, the enviro-challenge game, hands-on stormwater demonstrations using squirt guns with Oakland County-based educators the Dirt Doctors, a Leslie Science & Nature Center live animal program, a river exhibit, a Butterfly House, and a chance to fish, dip for river bugs, and more. Live music by Charlie Reischl and Neutral Zone teens, local environmental singer-songwriter Joe Reilly, and Hullabaloo, a veteran local 9-piece collective whose upbeat, energetic music draws on ska, jazz, funk, punk and Latin influences. $5 canoe and kayak rentals. Food concessions include Shimmy Shack, EJ's Gourmet Street Cuisine, Pilar's Tamales, and more. Also, tours of the Pioneer Grist Mill in Parker Mill County Park (Geddes Rd. just east of US-23). Ride your bike to the festival, and receive a free boat rental.
1-5 p.m., Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Rd. (both sides of Huron Pkwy.). Free admission. 794-6240. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Pet Loss Support Group: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's never easy to lose a pet, and when you consider them, as we do, a member of the family, the loss can be difficult and extremely sad.
HSHV and Blue Dog Counseling have partnered to provide a support group on preparing for and dealing with the loss of a pet.
Colleen O'Brien, founder of Blue Dog Counseling, is an expert at developing creative therapeutic interventions to support individuals, couples, families, and other groups. Her personal commitment to animal welfare, her own experience as a devoted pet owner, and a passion for supporting people led her to create Blue Dog Counseling. Côlleen is dedicated to providing a safe, open, and creative space for discussion. A place where you can take time for yourself.
Group is held monthly in the HSHV conference room.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. Donations accepted. colleen@bluedogcounseling.com www.hshv.org/events [map]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Tour: Kempf House Museum.

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Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, named for the family of German American musicians who occupied it circa 1900.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [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! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. (May 6), AADL Pittsfield (May 13 & 27), & AADL Westgate (May 20). [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 a2ct.org, the A2CT office (322 W. Ann), by phone, & at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Inspiring Children to Genealogy": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by Ionia County Genealogical Society board member Lori Fox. Followed by a discussion forum led by GSWC members titled "There Are No Dumb Questions in Genealogy."
1:30 & 3:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Picnic in the Park": Washtenaw County Historical Society.

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Please join us for a meal of ham and chicken, salads, sides, dessert and drinks - followed by a very short WCHS Annual Meeting and elections. Enjoy the afternoon at the park, exploring over 3.5 miles of walking trails that wind through 127 acres of rolling meadows and shady woodlands, gardens, and art.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt Rd,. Free. 7346802128. wchs-1000@ameritech.net [map]


 2 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

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All kids, accompanied by an adult, invited for contra and square dancing with live music. With caller Drake Meadow.
2-4 p.m., Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $12 per family. 769-1052, 274-0773. [map]


 2 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]


 2 & 3:30 p.m. 

Waterloo Natural History Association.

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May 6 & 20. May 6 (2 p.m.): "Strange Creatures of the Spring Pond." WNHA staff introduce participants to the little-known creatures living in spring ponds, including damselflies and diving beetles. Creatures are observed in special "pour-a-ponds" on the outdoor deck. May 20 (2 & 3:30 p.m.): "Creature Feature." Little Creatures (Royal Oak) owner Dan Briere, aka "Dan the Creature Man," displays and discusses live exotic animals.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]


 2 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]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Canning 101: Rhubarb Jam": Saline District Library.

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Local Mother's Kitchen blogger Cynthia shows and discusses how to make jam.
2 p.m., SDL grounds (near the Wild Bird Discovery sculpture), 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 2 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 chapter.brownpapertickets.com, (800) 838-3006, and at the door. Info: 973-3264.


 2 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 muto.umich.edu & the Michigan Union, and (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Coping with Grief": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Detroit writer Ron Gries discusses Through Death to Life, his book of emotional, Christian-based reflections upon his wife's terminal illness.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Downtown Saline Eats & Beats Restaurant Week": Saline Main Street.

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Block party with tastings of food from downtown restaurants, live music by Marshall (MI) teenage blues-rock guitarist Jake Kershaw, and kids activities. Kicks off a week of prix fixe menus at downtown restaurants (see salinemainstreet.org for list).
2-5 p.m., S. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free (food tickets, $1 each). 316-2119, 717-7406.


 2 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]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown training center. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Unrecorded: Reimagining Artist Identities in Africa": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of African artwork that challenges the historical notion, perpetuated by exhibits of African art by "unknown" or "anonymous" artists, that African artists have broad cultural styles and collective identities rather than individual creativity.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 3-4:30 p.m. 

"FitTalks with Cassy: How to Read Food Labels": FitPoint Ann Arbor.

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Come to the final talk in a series of three health talks given by FitPoint's registered dietitian, Cassy. The 1.5 hour session will include a presentation with time for questions and answers. There will also be a raffle drawing for a free private session with Cassy.
FitPoint, 250 W Eisenhower Pkwy Suite 130. $20. 734.531.9958. fitpointa2@gmail.com FitPointA2.com [map]



 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Laura Bien: Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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This Ypsilanti writer and historian (a former Observer calendar editor) discusses "Farm Meals Mentioned in Ypsilanti Farm Diaries."
3-5 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. (May 6), AADL Pittsfield (May 13 & 27), & AADL Westgate (May 20). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Celebration: Living Composers in Bloom": Washtenaw Chorale.

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Alex Cave directs this 50-member local choir in contemporary works by Eric Whitacre, Daniel Elder, Gerald Custer, Daniel Schreiner, and others.
3 p.m., Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. Free. 996-8867. [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). michtheater.org, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Choral Evensong": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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The St. Andrews choirs perform Herbert Howells' 1944 Collegium Regale and "Veni Sancte Spiritus" from Morten Lauridsen's 1997 collection of sacred settings, Lux Aeterna.
4 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518. [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). michtheater.org, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"RBG": Michigan Theater.

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


 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 7, & 9:15 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]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to discuss 2 thrillers: Elly Griffiths' The Outcast Dead and Karin Slaughter's Fallen.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Kids: Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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


 5 p.m. 

Chair Yoga: Yoga Jule.

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Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga for all. We adapt hatha yoga poses to be done in a chair. The class provides muscle building, stretching, balancing and inner peace. Each session last 60 minutes. The first class is only $5! Yoga mat is not required.
Yoga Jule, 10123 Willis Road, Willis, MI 48191, Belleville. $5-12. yogajula@ymail.com www.yogajule.com [map]



 5-8 p.m. 

Sunday Evening Rhythm Club: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings (P.O.R.K.).

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During the 1920s and early 1930s, early jazz veteran Jelly Roll Morton and younger modernist Duke Ellington both used this band's 10-piece instrumentation, keeping the free-wheeling rhythm of New Orleans jazz and mixing it with smooth, pre-Swing big-band arranging. PORK offers this early big-band music and many period pop standards by songwriters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin and others, evoking a particularly rich musical era. Pianist James Dapogny and tubaist/trombonist Chris Smith lead this dance-friendly jazz band.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. 734/663-1202. cdsmith68@gmail.com or jdapogny@umich.edu [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Taste of Saline": Saline Main Street.

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Tastings of food from local restaurants at stations throughout downtown Saline. With live music TBA and a showcase of work by local artists.
6-9 p.m. (tentative), downtown Saline. Tickets TBA at salinemainstreet.org. 316-2119, 717-7406.


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm or check meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Morris-Dancing. 717-1569. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Euchre Tournament.

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Every Sun. All invited to play 5 euchre games of 12 hands each. No partner necessary.
6 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. sarah.aami@gmail.com. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Restorative/Yin Yoga: Yoga Jule.

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Suitable for all fitness levels. This is a very gentle, rebalancing class. A yin sequence of postures designed to quiet the mind, balance energies and bring harmony to the body/mind/spirit are practiced with or without the use of props. Simple meditation, pranayama (breath work) and deep relaxation are explored. This a 60 minute class.
Yoga Jule, 10123 Willis Road, Willis, MI 48191, Ypsilanti. $5-$12. yogajula@ymail.com yogajule.com [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and the rest of the s'mores fixings (marshmallows provided).
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Milonga: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Sun. Tango dance party. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a lesson ($5; free for dance attendees).
7-10 p.m., Agave Tequila Bar, 211 N. Main. $10. sophiatango.com, 634-9629. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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May 13 & 27. Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by local veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, on May 20, there is a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques.
7-9 p.m., Great Oak Cohousing Common House, 500 Little Lake Dr. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 998-9353. [map]


 7:15 p.m. 

AIReal Yoga.

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



 7:30 p.m. 

Steppin' in It: The Ark.

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Versatile Lansing Americana string quartet that is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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May 6 & 20. All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Rose Cousins: The Ark.

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Pop-folk singer-songwriter from Nova Scotia known for her achingly candid, elegantly understated lyrics and richly nuanced vocals.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 iin advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: EventJazz

Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show, led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Kevin & the Glen Levens Kevin & the Glen Levens

Local quartet whose eclectic repertoire ranges from traditional Irish music to rockabilly, bluegrass, novelty songs, and roots- rock originals. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project  Heather Schwartz

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]

 
 


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