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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Art Exhibition: Householdments, John DeHoog: U-M Residential College.

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DeHoog's exhibit demonstrates his pleasure at working between the disciplines of sculpture and furniture and is influenced by makers from the around the world from Aleutian Island kayak makers to Japanese temple builders. Householdments challenges assumptions about stability, composition, and appropriateness while treating each object like a compositional puzzle to be solved. Most of the work is constructed in wood available from our local region thanks to the variety available but also due to the artist's sensitivity to the costs of transport and tropical deforestation.
Residential College Art Gallery, 701 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun.-Fri. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. 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.
10 a.m. (Sun.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), meet at the Barton Nature Trail parking lot (Mon.-Fri.), 1010 W. Huron River Dr. and Wheeler Park (Sun.), N. Fourth Ave. at Depot. Free. 649-9762 (Mon.-Fri.), 996-9122 (10 a.m. Sun.), & 347-1259 (1 p.m. Sun.). [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Humor, Comedy, and Laughter, In Everyday Life and Beyond": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Feb. 14-Mar. 28 (except Mar. 7). A series of 6 weekly lectures. Feb. 14: U-M radiology professor David Fessell on "Improv and Humor: A Personal and Professional Story." Feb. 21: MSU Extension Health Instructors Terry Clark-Jones and Hanna Hotchkiss on "Laughter is Good Medicine: Mindful Laughter." Feb. 28: Detroit Free Press cartoonist Mike Thompson on "Political Cartooning in the Era of Trump." Mar. 14: EMU English lecturer Andre Peltier on "From Mad to Memes: The History of Humor in Sequential Art." Mar. 21: Maple Theater (Bloomfield) owner Jon Goldstein on "The History of Comedy in Film." Mar. 28: U-M musicology professor Charles Hiroshi Garrett on "Sounds Funny: Humor and American Music."
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series, $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $20 a year. 998-9351. [map]

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Dance Along, Sing Along": Chelsea District Library.

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Local music teacher Beth Battey, co-organizer of the Cumberland Dance Week family dance camp, leads a program of songs, dances, and musical games for preschoolers age 2 & up. Followed by open playtime. Siblings welcome.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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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 Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free)., 661-3575. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Tour the Tileworks: Motawi Tileworks.

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Every Tuesday at 1pm and Thursday at 11am, rain or shine, we offer a free tour of the Tileworks. You can browse our studio gallery, meet our staff, learn about our company history, and observe our tile-making process firsthand. Tours typically last 60-90 minutes and are best for ages 8 to adult. Reservations are not required, however please call ahead if your party consists of 10 or more.
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Drive. Free. 734-213-0017. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Classics at WCC": Washtenaw Community College.

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Internationally acclaimed Korean violinist Sunmi Chang and Polish virtuoso pianist Kazimierz Brzozowski will present a special recital. Both Ms. Chang and Mr. Brzozowski have performed in festivals and with orchestras around the world. They will be performing creative works by composers Erwin Schulhoff, George Enescu, and Fritz Kreisler.
Morris Lawrence Building - Room 150
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Art on My Mind: Visual Politics": UMMA Book Club.

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Literati Bookstore creative program manager Gina Balibrera leads a discussion of bell hooks' 1995 book about identity politics in the art world.
Noon, UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"The Environment, Human Rights, and Immunity at the World Bank": U-M Environmental Law & Policy Program.

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Talk by American University law professor David Hunter.
Noon, 138 Hutchins Hall, 625 S. State. Free. 764-4705. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Live music performances. Mar. 7: Jazz by the local Janelle Reichman Trio. Mar. 14: St. Patrick's Day program of Irish music by the area Big Fun Trio. Mar. 21: Instrumental music by U-M music majors. Mar. 28: Chamber works by the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra Ensemble.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Music and Poetry": First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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Music for meditation by organist Shin-Ae Chun, pianist Ling-Ju Lai, and tenor Yongmin Kim, interspersed with recitations of poetry by e.e. cummings and Jane Kenyon. The music program includes Dudley Buck's adaptation of "The Last Rose of Summer" for organ, Liszt's "Lieberstraum," Schumann's "Cuckoo in Hiding," Bill Evans' "Peace Piece," and a musical setting of Korean poet Jung-Ju Seo's "This Azure Day."
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

Pi Day Fundraiser: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All invited to taste and judge pies submitted by community members.
1-3 p.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $10. 998-9353. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Bats in Michigan": Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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Leslie Science & Nature Center representative Brea Haywood shows and discusses live bats. Preceded at 11:30 a.m. by lunch ($15) and a club meeting.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration for program & lunch required at (click on "lunch payments" to make lunch reservations). 330-8521. [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 Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 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. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.

 2:10, 4:30 & 8 p.m. 

"Captain Marvel": State Theatre.

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(Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, 2019). Superhero origin story. Brie Larson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 2:30 p.m. 

"Free Solo": State Theatre.

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(E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2018). Documentary following the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 2:30 & 7:45 p.m. 

"Greta": State Theatre.

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(Neil Jordan, 2019). Thriller about a young woman who befriends a lonely widow harboring a deadly agenda. ChloŽ Grace Moretz.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 2:45 p.m. 

"Never Look Away": Michigan Theater.

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(Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2019). An artist is tormented by his childhood in Nazi Germany. German, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3, 5:45 & 8:45 p.m. 

"Everybody Knows": Michigan Theater.

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(Asghar Farhadi, 2019). Thriller about woman whose daughter is abducted at a family wedding. Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem. Spanish, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"After School Special": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 14 & 21. All teens invited to learn a new hobby, like knitting, writing, or drawing, or bring an art/craft project to work on.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. . [map]

 3:15, 6, & 8:15 p.m. 

"Apollo 11": Michigan Theater.

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(Todd Miller, 2019). Documentary featuring never-before-seen footage of the first moon landing.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Air Platforms Needed by the U.S. Air Force in the 21st Century": U-M Aerospace Engineering Chair's Distinguished Lecture.

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Talk by USAF Structural Sciences Center (Ohio) director Ravinder Chona.
4-5:30 p.m., FXB Boeing Lecture Hall, 1320 Beal. Free. 764-3310. [map]

 4:45 & 7:15 p.m. 

"Green Book": State Theatre.

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(Peter Farrelly, 2018). Drama about an Italian American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour through the American south in the 1960s. Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 5 p.m. 

"The Favourite": State Theatre.

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(Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018). Period drama set in 18th-century England about 2 women competing for the affection of the eccentric and sickly Queen Anne. Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Unrigging the System": U-M Communication Studies Marsh Lecture.

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Talk by U-M visiting journalism professor Robert Yoon about the role of news organizations in restoring public faith in presidential elections. Yoon was formerly CNN's Director of Political Research. A reception precedes the talk at 4 p.m.
5 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall. Free. 764-0420.

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play popular board games (list available at "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"No Victory Without Optimism: Advancing Climate Action in 2019 and Beyond": U-M School for the Environment and Sustainability Wege Lecture on Sustainability/U-M Erb Institute.

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Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres, discusses the 2015 Paris Agreement, which she helped negotiate, and strategies for meeting the challenges of climate change.
5 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free, but tickets required at 763-9925. [map]

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Mar. 14, 21, & 28. Talks by visiting artists.

Mar. 14: "Mapplethorpe in Performance." Talk by composer Bryce Dessner and librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle, who created Triptych (Eyes of One Another) (see Mar. 15 listing), a show celebrating Mapplethorpe's photography.

Mar. 21: MacArthur "genius" award-winning theater director Peter Sellars gives a talk on "Art as Moral Action."

Mar. 28: "Ann Arbor Film Festival: Image Makers." Talk by filmmakers whose work is part of the AAFF (see listing above).

5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Marilyn Chin: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this prominent poet, a Hong Kong native who grew up in Oregon. Her poetry, noted for its intensity, revolves around her experiences as an Asian American and feminist. Her 2018 collection, A Portrait of the Self as Nation, "delivers a wealth of riches: jokes and puns; poems as blues songs, mythic allegories, or letters; poems in translation and poems influenced by received forms (such as her 'Chinese American quatrains' and 'Sonnetnese' poem)," says an Academy of American Poets review. Signing.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Show Me the Money - Financing Your Business": Ann Arbor SCORE.

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From SBA Loans to crown funding, entrepreneurs want to know how to raise capital to start or grow their business. Led by a SCORE financial expert, this workshop will take you through the basics of where to look for capital, how to prepare to ask for funding and more!
Topics covered include:
- SBA Loan Programs
- Microloans
- Alternative Financing
- Loan Terms and Conditions
- The 5 Components of Credit Worthiness
- SCORE Resources
Sign up at
NEW Center Building, 1100 N. Main Street. $10. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Cambrian Senior Living, 52365 10 Mile Road, South Lyon. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

The Living Earth Show: U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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This San Francisco-based guitar-percussion duo is joined by members of the U-M Percussion Ensemble and Navajo experimental musician Raven Chacon in performances (6, 6:30, & 7:30 p.m.) of a 15-minute portion of Tremble Staves, Chacon's work-in-progress featuring water as a percussion instrument, as well as antlers & other non-traditional percussion instruments, electro-acoustic noises, and field recordings of traditional Navajo music. Artist talk at 7 p.m.
6-8 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. Limited space; reservations requested at 763-0032. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Citizen Collage Self-Portrait Workshop": The Neutral Zone.

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Local artist and poet Anika Love shows participants how to make a collage and write an artist statement inspired by social justice and identity themes in Claudia Rankine's celebrated 2014 book, Citizen: An American Lyric (see Mar. 7 "NEA Big Read" listing). For grade 6-adult.
6-8 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 214-9995.

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spring Open House: Father Gabriel Richard High School.

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Join us to learn more about our distinctive program of academic excellence, intentional discipleship, creativity, and sportsmanship at our Spring Open House on Thursday, March 14 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Visit the school and see what sets us apart. Meet our outstanding faculty and learn why 86% of our students earn a 3 or higher on AP exams, why our average ACT score is 6 points above the national average and how we pursue greatness in all we do. Visit: to learn more.
Father Gabriel Richard High School, 4333 Whitehall Dr. Free. 734-662-0496. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m. (8 a.m., Sat.), 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), The Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs), and 5700 Jackson (Sat.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), 929-9022 (Thurs. & Sat). [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"The Moses Controversy": Fathom Events.

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(Timothy Mahoney, 2019). Christian documentary seeking evidence that Moses wrote the first books of the Bible.
Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and at the door. 623-7469. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"U-M Careers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A U-M human resources specialist discusses how to search and apply for U-M jobs.
6:30-8 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"HIV Then and Now": The Ypsilanti District Library.

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HIV/AIDS has come a long way since the days of Ryan White. We'll hear a personal story about living with HIV along with the most current facts about prevention, transmission, and treatment from UNIFIED. Unified HIV Health and Beyond's (UHHB) work is rooted in the history of our fight against HIV. UHHB advances prevention, access to health care, community research and advocacy.
The Ypsilanti District Library- Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110. [map]

 7 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. Game materials provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this 90 minute class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. You will also learn how to set up and break down the X-Poles, so that you will be able to use them when you are cleared for open gym.
Please wear shorts (feel free to bring layers to stay warm) and avoid wearing lotion or jewelry to this class.
All genders are welcome in every class at the Aviary. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Halle Butler: Literati Bookstore.

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This Chicago-based novelist reads from and discusses The New Me, her new novel about a 30-year-old misanthrope in the thrall of American consumer culture who realizes how hollow her dreams have become. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Michael Ferro & R.J. Fox: Nicola's Books.

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These 2 local writers discuss their work. Title 13 is Ferro's recent debut novel about an alcoholic bureaucrat who struggles with mounting paranoia, his relationships with concerned family members, his dying grandmother, and a budding office romance. Awaiting Identification is Fox's 2018 novel, set against the backdrop of a Devil's Night party in Detroit, about 5 disparate characters whose paths cross en route to their respective demises. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 7 p.m. 

"Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel": Fathom Events.

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(Tomonori Sudou, 2019). Part 2 ("lost butterfly") of this anime about an epic battle over the Holy Grail.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Jewish Feminisms/American Visions": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Feminist activists from the 1960s to today discuss the role of Jewish identity in second wave American feminism. Also, a screening of Changing the World, Lilly Rivlin's 2017 documentary about the career of veteran activist Heather Booth, who is in attendance, and a performance by klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals.
7-9:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-9537. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Poets invited to read their own work, or a favorite poem by another writer, on the theme of love. Also, a reading by local poet David Jibson.
7 p.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
7-8:30 p.m., Interfaith Center, 704 Airport. Free. 646-7405. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Story Night": Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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Guild members host a lively program of stories for grownups. Tellers include Jane Fink, Beverly Black, Mike Cox, and Laura Hayes. Story Nights are now quarterly; the next one is Jan. 28.
For online meeting URL preregister at Free. 665-2757.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Stroke Prevention and Care": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Michigan Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center director Mollie McDermott.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Harmony of Art & Science": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local entomologist Zohair Mohsen, an avid photographer, discusses his artistic process. In conjunction with the current exhibit, Nature Abstract (see Galleries listing).
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Views of the Ottoman Empire: Discovering the Visual Record in Motion": U-M Armenian Studies Program Haidostian Lecture.

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Variety film critic Jay Weissberg discusses short films about people and locations in Armenia and Turkey made after WWI by Western studios.
7-9 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 763-0622. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"A Super Campy Musical": The Thurston Players' 45th Annual Production.

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There's something sinister afoot at Camp Ker-Pow-Pow, the most popular summer camp destination for generations of superhero kids.
What happened to head counselor General Benevolent? Why is Captain Nefarious collecting all those strange blue rocks? Can a group of campers foil her plot with less-than-impressive superpowers? Is that mysterious talking mirror really here to help? And what is the deal with those strange-looking creatures who speak only in rhyme?
Find out at this year's Thurston Play: A Super Campy Musical-and don't forget the bug spray!
Clague Middle School Auditorium, 2616 Nixon Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. Adults - $10, Students K-12 -$5. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Climax": State Theatre.

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(Gaspar Noé, 2019). An all-night party turns into a collective nightmare when drinks are spiked with LSD.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

63rd Annual Concerto Concert: Pioneer High School.

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Performances by the PHS Symphony Orchestra, the PHS a cappella choir, and student soloists, including violinists John Yang and Danniell Hu, vocalist Mia Galbraith, oboist Daniel Hirshbein, saxophonist Dabao Zhang, and cellist Alon Hayut.
7:30 p.m., PHS, 601 W. Stadium. Free. 994-2189, ext. 3. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Jeff Shaw: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 14-16. This stand-up comic from Cleveland, a former greeting card writer, is known for his biting, refreshingly bright observational humor and his flair for verbal gymnastics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [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 Finance Camp and others.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"A Super Campy Musical": Thurston Community Players.

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Mar. 14-16. Thurston Elementary School students, parents, and friends present the school's 45th annual original musical, this one set at Camp Ker-Pow-Pow, a summer camp for superhero kids.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), Clague Middle School auditorium, 2616 Nixon. Tickets $10 (students, $5) in advance at & at the door. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Disaster!": Community High School Ensemble Theater.

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Mar. 14-17. Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's 2016 musical spoof of 70s disaster films, loosely based on The Poseidon Adventure. The score features such 70s hits as "Torn Between Two Lovers," "Feelings," and "Hot Stuff."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $9) in advance at and at the door. 994-2025. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Mar. 14-17. Cassie Mann directs local actors in Christopher Durang's 2012 Tony Award-winning farce about 2 middle-aged siblings whose peaceful rural life is interrupted when their actress sister comes home with a boytoy and a desire to sell the family home. The New York Times calls it a "sunny play about gloomy people" and "a loving rejection of pretty much everything Chekhov stands for." Cast: Thom Johnson, Ellen Finch, Denyse Clayton, John Harrison, Aliahna Porter, and Ann Stoner.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $25 (seniors age 60 & over, $22; students, $12; Thurs. at the box office only, pay what you can) in advance at, by phone, & at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas: The Ark.

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The duo of veteran Scottish fiddler Fraser and young American cellist Haas plays everything from achingly beautiful airs to wild and joyous dance pieces. "With cello adroitly underpinning with bowed drones or pizzicato one minute then joining violin in soaring unison the next and vice versa, there's never a dull moment … the duo's rapport having reached nigh telepathic level," says Rhythms (Australia) magazine critic Tony Hillier in his review of the duo's 2015 CD, Abundance.
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 p.m.  Free! 

Concordia Wind & String Ensembles: Concordia University.

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These student ensembles perform chamber works by Vivaldi and Bach, Gounod's Petite Symphony, and works for concert band by Sousa, Bernstein, Persichetti, and Grainger.
8 p.m., Concordia Kreft Center Black Box Theatre, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7232. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Never Not Once": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 17-Mar. 16. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Michigan playwright Carey Crim's drama about a biology major who brings her boyfriend home to meet her 2 moms and tells them she's hired a private detective to help her find her biological father. Cast: Casaundra Freeman, Michelle Mountain, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Jeremy Kucharek, and Rusty Mewha.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

"Capernaum": Michigan Theater.

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(Nadine Labaki, 2018). Drama about a Lebanese boy who sues his neglectful parents for the "crime" of giving him life. Arabic, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 8 p.m. 

Canceled: "Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 8, 22, & 30. 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]


Nightspots Listings:


Detroit St. Filling Station: "Bluegrass & Beer Thursday."

The local Pontiac Trailblazers, a bluegrass quartet led by bassist Ryan Shea, performs a set and then hosts a jam session during a 2nd set. Bring your instrument. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [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: The Urban Legend Trio

Soul-based music by this Toledo ensemble whose music also draws on elements of blues, funk, R&B, and jazz. [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]

Sweetwaters Plymouth Green: "Live Jazz."

With U-M music student ensembles TBA. [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]

Ypsi Alehouse: Jim Smith

Local country-folk singer-songwriter whose influences include Gordon Lightfoot and James Taylor. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. Hosted by Sam Corbin. [venue info]


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