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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 22, 2019






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Islamic Peace Studies Conference: Spirituality and Harmony in Islam": Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies.

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Daylong series of talks by U-M and visiting scholars.
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Weiser Hall rm. TBA, 500 Church. Free. 647-4143. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Consumer Protection in an Age of Uncertainty": University of Michigan Center on Finance, Law & Policy.

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This two-day conference will explore the status of consumer financial protection as it affects American borrowers, investors, small business owners and those planning for retirement. Rich Cordray, founding director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Rohit Chopra, commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, will serve as keynote speakers.
More than two dozen speakers will include researchers, policymakers, rule-enforcers, and consumer advocates -- with disproportionate numbers of speakers who have testified before Congress, organized coalitions, litigated class actions, and created new entities to protect consumers. If you have ever applied for a mortgage, refinanced a student loan, or used an app to send money to someone, this conference will cover something that directly affects you.
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Annenberg Auditorium, 735 South State Street. Free. 7347634687. cbaer@umich.edu http://financelawpolicy.umich.edu/consumer-protection-age-uncertainty [map]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Mindfulness of Breath Sutra": Jewel Heart.

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HH Drikung Kyabgon, the 37th throne holder of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism has graciously accepted our invitation to visit Jewel Heart in Ann Arbor.
Drikung Rinpoche will teach on the Anapanasmriti Sutra, the Sutra on the Mindfulness of Breathing. Taught by the Buddha himself and carried on in all Buddhist traditions to this day, mindfulness of breath, while no doubt one of the foundational meditation techniques, is a profound practice in its own right.
Being anchored on the breath allows us to observe the state of our mind, our emotions and physical sensations on many levels. Meditation on the breath is the basis for many other meditation techniques, such as Tong Len (Giving and Taking on the Breath) and also balances the subtle energies in the body in preparation for Vajrayana practices. No one is turned away due to financial considerations.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Donation. $75 suggested. 7349943387. annarbor@jewelheart.org https://www.jewelheart.org/events/hh-drikung-kyabgon-2019/ [map]


 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.  Free! 

24th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners: U-M Prison Creative Arts Project.

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The exhibition highlights the work of 574 artists from 26 correctional facilities in Michigan. It features 670 paintings, sculptures and three-dimensional works, and a diversity of both artists and artistic choices. Artists range in age from 18 to 80, men and women from across the state with diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. There is a broad array of subject matter, including landscapes, portraits, prison scenes, and political statements. Of the 2,215 works submitted, 670 were selected for the exhibit. Bring your smartphone and headphones to enjoy a 35 minute self-guided audio tour of the exhibit.
Presented with support from U-M Residential College, U-M School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, U-M Stamps School of Art and Design, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 73464766771. www.prisonarts.org [map]



 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Art & Craft Resale Show: USArtQuest.

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Mar. 22 & 23. Sale of gently used and new art & craft, sewing, and jewelry-making supplies and art studio tools and equipment.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.), USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US-12, Chelsea. Free admission. 562-2662. [map]


 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. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/61098-15033968.html [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 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Jack and the Beanstalk": Wild Swan Theater.

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Mar. 20-23. This award-winning local children's theater presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's humorous adaptation of the classic story featuring a clever boy, his magic beans, and a silly giant, in a production geared toward kids ages 3-9. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Wed.-Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (children & seniors, $10; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Lessons Learned from HomeShare." U-M Housing Bureau for Seniors Lecture Series/Dexter District Library.

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Michigan Medicine representatives discuss home sharing options for seniors.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.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.


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensation Stations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All toddlers ages 18 months-3 years invited to drop in to engage their senses by scooping, pouring, squeezing, and shaking a variety of materials.
10:30-11:15 a.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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Mar. 8 & 22. Docents give a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Clements building and collections.
11 a.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at myumi.ch/650X8. 764-2347. [map]


 Noon  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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Mar. 1, 8, 15, & 22. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Lenten Organ Concert Series: American Guild of Organists.

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Every Fri., Mar. 8-Apr. 12. Concerts by AGO members and others on what local organist Timothy Huth calls "one of the finest organs in Ann Arbor."
12:15-1:15 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [map]


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Movies at the Center": Chelsea Senior Center.

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A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.

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Mar. 15: "The Commitments" (Alan Parker, 1991). Dramatic comedy about an unemployed Dubliner trying to start a soul band.

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Mar. 22: "Ready Player One" (Steven Spielberg, 2018). Adaptation of Ernest Cline's futuristic novel about a man who lives primarily in a virtual Utopia.

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Mar. 29: "The Straight Story" (David Lynch, 1999). Drama based on a true story about an elderly man who takes a long journey on a riding lawn mower to mend his relationship with his estranged brother.

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April-June schedule TBA at chelseaseniors.org.

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12:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Come to the Northfield Township Area Library every Friday for a storytime designed to promote early literacy. Little Listeners is for ages 0 to 6-years-old. Enjoy a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

Adult & Senior Crafts: Saline District Library.

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All adults invited; afternoon sessions geared toward age 60 & up. Supplies provided. Crafts include book-inspired paper orbs (Mar. 20), decorated clocks (Mar. 22), dream catchers (Apr. 1 & 19), photo cubes (Apr. 17), and button art (May 6 & 17).
7-8:30 p.m. (Mon. & Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Living a Digital Life": UMMA.

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Afternoon of talks by visiting digital studies scholars. Followed by a tour of the current exhibit Art in the Age of the Internet. For full schedule, see https://www.umma.umich.edu/events/4858/living-digital-life-winter-symposium-environments.
2-6 p.m., UMMA Multipurpose Rm., 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The War on Sex": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Editors David Halperin and Trevor Hoppe are joined by U-M psychology and women's studies professor Sara McClelland and U-M law professor J.J. Prescott in a discussion of Halperin and Hoppe's new collection of essays on stigmatized sexual behavior and the legal and social ways it is punished.
2 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]


 3:30 & 6:20 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3:40, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Birds of Passage (Pajaros de Verano)": State Theatre.

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(Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, 2019). Multigenerational thriller focusing on the effects of the Colombian drug trade from the point of view of an indigenous family.
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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:50, 6:45 & 9:40 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4, 7, 9:20, & 10 p.m. 

"Us": State Theatre.

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(Jordan Peele, 2019). Horror film about a family terrorized by doppelgängers.
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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

Film screening:"Beyond Fordlandia: An Environmental Account of Henry Ford's Aventures in the Amazon": U-M Residential College Program in Social Theory and Practice.

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Written, directed and produced by Marcos Colón, Beyond Fordlândia (2017, 75 min) presents an environmental account of Henry Ford's Amazon experience decades after its failure. The story addressed by the film begins in 1927, when the Ford Motor Company attempted to establish rubber plantations on the Tapajós River, a primary tributary of the Amazon. This film addresses the recent transition from failed rubber to successful soybean cultivation for export, and its implication for land usage.
"Beyond Fordlandia" will be shown at 4pm. Discussion with filmmaker Marcos Colón will follow.
Refreshments will be served. Presented by U-M Residential College Program in Social Theory and Practice and the Brazil Initiative at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
East Quadrangle Classroom 1405, 701 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/62051-15282556.html [map]



 4-7 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Saline Knights of Columbus.

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Baked tilapia, beer-battered fried cod, salad, fries, beverages, homemade cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and desserts.
4-7 p.m., St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin, Saline. $10 (seniors age 60 & over, $9; kids ages 6-12, $6; age 5 & under, free). 355-8277. [map]


 4 p.m. 

U-M Softball.

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Mar. 16 & 17: Kent State. 2 & 4 p.m. (Mar. 16) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 17).

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Mar. 19: WMU. 4 p.m.

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Mar. 22, 23, & 24: Nebraska. 4 p.m. (Mar. 22), 2 p.m. (Mar. 23), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 24).

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Apr. 3: Toledo. 4 p.m.

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Apr. 5-7: Indiana. Apr. 5, 5 p.m.; Apr. 6, 2 p.m.; Apr. 7, 1 p.m.

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Apr. 23: MSU.

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Apr. 26-28: Penn State. Apr. 26, 6 p.m.; Apr. 27, 2 p.m.; Apr. 28, 1 p.m.

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Various times, see listing. Alumni Field, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each; U-M students, faculty, & staff, free). 764-0247.


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4:15, 7 & 9:15 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30, 6:45 & 9:05 p.m. 

"Gloria Bell": Michigan Theater.

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(Sebastián Lelio, 2019). Shot-for-shot remake of Lelio's 2013 film about a middle-aged divorcee who balances family life with nightclub outings. Julianne Moore, John Turturro.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30-7 p.m. 

41st Annual Lenten Fish Fry: Old St. Patrick's Church.

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Every Fri., Mar. 8-Apr. 12. Fried Alaskan pollack, choice of potato or macaroni & cheese, salad bar, and beverage. Desserts available for a nominal additional charge. Be prepared to stand in line, but the food is worth the wait.
4:30-7 p.m., Old St. Pat's parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. at Northfield Church. $9.50 (seniors, $8; children 6-11, $6; children 5 & under, free). 662-8141. [map]


 4:30-7 p.m. 

Fish Fries: St. Mary Roman Catholic Church.

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St. Mary Catholic Church's famous Lenten fish fries served over 4000 last year and they are back again this year. Enjoy a delicious fish dinner each Friday in Lent (with the exception of Good Friday) from March 8 through April 12 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Center, 110 Madison Street (behind the Marathon gas station on Main Street in the Village of Manchester). The menu includes fried and baked fish, French fries, baked potatoes, spicy little potatoes, macaroni and cheese, a big salad bar, and delicious desserts. The popular drive-thru take-out is FAST. Just follow the signs to the back of St. Mary Parish Center. Prices range from $11 for adults for a dine-in, all-you-can-eat dinner to $6 for children ages 6 to 10. Take-out and senior citizens are $10. There is no charge for children five and under.
Lenten Fish Fries at St. Mary, Manchester, are unbeatable!
St. Mary Parish Center, 110 Madison Street, Manchester. Range $6 to $11. 734-428-8811. bettyc@umich.edu https://stmarymanchester.org [map]


 4:30-7:30 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Dexter Knights of Columbus.

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Pan-fried cod, baked tilapia, fried clam strips, baked salmon, grilled cheese, and sides. Raffle.
4:30-7:30 p.m., KofC Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. $12(kids age 5 & under, $8; drive-thru & carry out, $11). 426-5558. [map]


 4:30-7 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Dinner: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Every Fri., Mar. 8-Apr. 12. Hand-battered fried cod, baked tilapia, mac & cheese, sautéed green beans, roasted red potatoes, French fries, salad bar, rolls with butter, and coffee & tea. Fish sticks and grilled cheese for kids. Soda, desserts, & tomato parmesan soup available.
4:30-7 p.m., St. Francis Parish Activities Center, 2250 E. Stadium. $10 (seniors age 62 & over, $9; kids, $6). 769-2550, ext. 0. [map]


 4:30-7 p.m. 

St. Mary Manchester Fish Fries 2019: St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Manchester.

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St. Mary Catholic Church's famous Lenten fish fries served over 4000 last year and they are back again this year. Enjoy a delicious fish dinner each Friday in Lent (with the exception of Good Friday) from March 8 through April 12 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Center, 110 Madison Street (behind the Marathon gas station on Main Street in the Village of Manchester). The menu includes fried and baked fish, French fries, baked potatoes, spicy little potatoes, macaroni and cheese, a big salad bar, and delicious desserts. The popular drive-thru take-out is FAST. Just follow the signs to the back of St. Mary Parish Center. Prices range from $11 for adults for a dine-in, all-you-can-eat dinner to $6 for children ages 6 to 10. Take-out and senior citizens are $10. There is no charge for children five and under.
Lenten Fish Fries at St. Mary, Manchester, are unbeatable!
St. Mary Parish Center, 110 Madison Street, Manchester. Range $6 to $11 depending on age. 734-428-8811. bettyc@umich.edu stmarymanchester.org [map]



 5-8 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Fry: St. Mary Chelsea Knights of Columbus.

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Every Fri., Mar. 8-Apr. 12.

Baked or fried Atlantic cod, potato, mac & cheese, grilled cheese sandwich, soup, salad bar, beverage, & dessert.
5-8 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. $11 (seniors 62 & older, $10; kids 6-11, $6; 5 & under, free). 475-7561. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Mar. 8 & 22. Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch the animated films Horton Hears a Who (Mar. 8) and Ponyo (Mar. 22). Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]


 5:45-7 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

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If you are new to the aerial arts, this is the class for you!
Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics, static trapeze, and lyra, all in this 75 minute class for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
This intro level class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic skill on all apparatus, including ascent/descent, mount/dismount, foot locks, coming to seated and standing on the bar, and hollow body position. It should be repeated until your instructor clears you for beginning level classes.
Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6-7:15 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

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If you are new to the aerial arts, this is the class for you!
Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics, static trapeze, and lyra, all in this 75 minute class for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
This intro level class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic skill on all apparatus, including ascent/descent, mount/dismount, foot locks, coming to seated and standing on the bar, and hollow body position. It should be repeated until your instructor clears you for beginning level classes.
Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Aris Chalin Trio.

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Aris Chalin Trio featuring Jonah Eichner (bass), Noah Greenberg (drums) and Aris Chalin (keyboard). This group plays beautiful Jazz standards.
Dessous, 312 S. Main Street. Free. No Cover. (734) 222-0202 [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

Magic: The Gathering: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 6-12 invited to play this popular collectible card game. Basic knowledge of the rules required. Pizza & prizes. Prompt arrival requested.
6-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Art Songs by African Diaspora Composers": U-M School of Music.

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U-M voice students perform contemporary spirituals, art songs, and operatic repertoire. With pianist Kathryn Goodson.
6 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Rm. 2058, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Yanan": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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(Mae Caralde, 2013). Documentary about Ka Yanan, a Philippine revolutionary who died during an encounter with government troops in 2012. Q&A with filmmaker.
6 p.m., 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-0352. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Anxiety Discussion: Reclaim Control, Confidence, and Peace of Mind": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Join us for an interactive dialogue at this welcoming space to find out how to take back control from anxious thinking.
Co-hosted by Debora Collins, Limited License Psychologist of Ann Arbor's Aim and Intent Psychotherapy and Wellness clinic and Courtney Keating, RN and Registered Yoga Teacher. Discussion surrounding mindset shifts necessary to ease the effects of anxiety in your life. Unaddressed anxiety can cause serious physical degredation over time, as well as unsettled emotional regulation and difficulty in relationships. We are coming together to discuss evidence-based holistic strategies for living your best life! See just how little is needed to face your worry head-on and experience Peace Of Mind!
More information at: http://aimandintent.com or http://www.motathaiyoga.com
RSVP encouraged but not required
Suggested Donation: $10 (Pay at the door or at http://www.motathaiyoga.com)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. $10. motathaiyoga@yahoo.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 7 p.m. 

"Vernal Equinox Practice W/ Yoga Nidra": Danielle Poisson.

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The spring equinox is the time when day and night are in perfect balance and harmony.
Join us for an uplifting, gentle practice to bring balance to all the layers of your being.
We'll end with a Nidra: a relaxing guided meditation designed to bring balance to the mind and restoration to the body.
We hope you'll join us for this special practice!
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Rd, Dexter. $25. 7347260086. courtney@veraposeyoga.com veraposeyoga.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Poetry and prose readings by U-M creative writing grad students Katarina Bishop and Thea Chacamaty.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"A People's Mini-History of the Industrial Food System": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by Our Kitchen Table (Grand Rapids) social justice nonprofit representative Stelle Slootmaker.
7-8:30 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. Free. 994-4589. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"After Emily": Literati Bookstore.

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Tufts University Center for Interdisciplinary Studies director Julie Dobrow discusses her new biography of the 2 women most responsible for the posthumous publication of Emily Dickinson's work: Mabel Loomis Todd and her daughter, Millicent Todd Bingham. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Elemental: A Collection of Creative Nonfiction": Nicola's Books.

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Editor Anne-Marie Oomen discusses this new collection of 23 essays that revolve around Michigan and the Great Lakes ecology upon which many Michiganders build their livelihood. Topics range from working construction in northern Michigan to observing snow in different iterations throughout a life to trying to grapple with death. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Boy at the Edge of Everything": EMU Theatre for the Young.

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Mark Isler directs EMU drama students in Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer's 45-minute play about a 12-year-old whose overscheduled life has him dreaming of a place where he's not pressured to do anything. A series of humorously fantastical events send him on a time-traveling trek across space. Recommended for grades 4-8. Also, on Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Quirk Theatre, "Dramatopia!" ($5 includes pizza lunch), a series of arts activities and interactive drama for kids in grades 4-8 that includes a Q&A with actors after the matinee.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Free; donations accepted at the door. 487-1220.


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Gary Gulman: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 21-23. This Massachusetts comic, a former finalist in the NBC show Last Comic Standing and star of the HBO miniseries Tourgasm, specializes in irreverently hilarious observations about everyday life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $14 (Thurs.) & $18 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Scrambled": Saline Area Players.

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Mar. 21-23. Mary Rumman directs local actors in Pat Cook's heartwarming comedy about romances and dramas at a small-town cafe.
7:30 p.m., The 5th Corner, 211 Willis, Saline. Tickets $16 in advance at salineareaplayers.org, by phone, & at the door (cash or check only). 546-8584. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Red Shoe Company": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local new music ensemble led by violinist Teagan Faran.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]


 8 - 11.59 p.m. 

Harmonica Shah, Howard Glazer & Friends ~ A Night of Blues from the Heart of Detroit.

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Harmonica Shah and Howard Glazer hit the Ziggy's stage for a night of Blues from the heart of Deep Detroit. NO COVER, although donations for the musicians are highly encouraged.
Read bio at: https://www.facebook.com/events/636483603460357/
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. (734) 221-3961. [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

Joel Schoenhals: EMU Music Department.

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This EMU piano professor performs the 2nd of 2 Chopin concerts. Program: 24 Preludes and Sonata no. 3 in B minor.
8 p.m., Pease Auditorium, EMU campus, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.


 8 p.m. 

John Ford Coley: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Veteran country-rock and country-pop singer best known as one half of the 70s duo England Dan and John Ford Coley.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $20 in advance at eventbrite.com and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Matthew Bengtson: U-M School of Music.

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This U-M piano professoris joined by violinists Christina Adams and Alyssa Campbell, violist Elizabeth Boyce, and cellist Leo Singer in works by C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, and Mozart.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Randy Rainbow: Live Nation.

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This pink-spectacled comedian, called "the best thing about the 2016 GOP race" by Dan Savage, became an overnight viral internet sensation with "Braggadocious," his parody of Trump's performance in the 1st 2016 presidential debate, set to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." He's since cranked out many political spoofs and Broadway song parodies, and he's a frequent guest commentator on VH1.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35.50-$47.50 in advance at Ticketmaster.com. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Saajtak: U-M School of Music.

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This Detroit-based art-rock band performs Chimeric States, Simon Alexander-Adams' new electronic chamber work that includes audio-reactive light projections. Q&A.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Chip Davis Technology Studio, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Sean McConnell: The Ark.

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Nashville singer-songwriter whose vivid story songs have been recorded by everyone from Meatloaf to Buddy Miller. Opener: Caleb Elliott, a Lafayette (LA) singer-songwriter and cellist.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at theark.org & at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Tom Sharpe: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Oswego-based drummer and composer, best known as the drummer for Mannheim Steamroller, performs a solo version of his 2014 symphony, Lifting the World. Instead of using recorded tracks, Sharpe switches between keyboards, percussion, and other instruments. "I have one hand playing keyboard and one hand playing drums and my feet are doing something different," Sharpe says.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]
 


 8 p.m. 

"Legally Blonde: The Musical": U-M MUSKET.

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Mar. 22-24. Bruna D'Avila directs U-M students in Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin's Broadway musical, based on the popular 2001 movie, about a bubble-headed sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $10 (students, $7) in advance at ummusket.org/buy-tickets, at the Michigan League, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Mazel Tov, John Lennon": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 21-Apr. 21. Carla Milarch directs the world premiere of David Wells' 2-man drama based on the 1972 attempt by the Nixon administration to deport John Lennon and Yoko Ono because of their political activism. An unlikely and comical friendship unfolds between the ex-Beatle and his lawyer, a preeminent immigration attorney who'd never heard of him. Stars Forrest Hejkal and Phil Powers.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets $22 (kids, $10) in advance at theatrenova.org, or pay what you can at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by This Is a Quiz (Fri.) and experienced local performers (Sat.) who take suggestions from the audience. Also, "water form," a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless. Note: Friday includes an opening set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The 39 Steps": U-M Residential College Players.

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Mar. 22 & 23. RC student Sam Allen directs RC students in Patrick Barlow's 2005 spoof of Hitchcock's 1935 mistaken-identity thriller, a farce set in London about a bored-with-life playboy who unexpectedly finds himself involved in risky espionage. The action is an almost continuous series of quick-changes, as 4 actors play a multitude of parts.
8 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free; donations welcome. 763-0176. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Talent Agent": Comic Opera Guild.

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Mar. 22-24. Claudia Wier directs this veteran local company in a modern English-language adaptation of Il Maestro di Musica (The Music Master), Giovanni Pergolesi's 1731 comic opera, about a voice coach who pretends dissatisfaction with his star student's progress to keep her close to him. When a talent agent offers her a role in a new musical, the voice coach has to admit his feelings or risk losing her.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $15; students, $10) at a2tix.com. 973-3264. [map]
 


 8-11 p.m. 

"Welcome English Dance": Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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English country dancing with Ohio caller Beverly Francis and live music. Part of "Melt into Spring" (see Mar. 23 listing).
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. $15. 717-8253. [map]


 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]


 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Anderson, Hammonds, & Tripathy Trio

Local jazz trio led by Neal Anderson, the Rhyta Musik trumpeter whose compositions pay melodic homage to Lee Morgan and Roy Hargrove while establishing a wistful, sometimes playful, but distinctive voice of his own. With bassist John Hammonds and drummer Cory Tripathy. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Michelle O'Neil

Saginaw-based pop-folk singer-songwriter. [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]

Habitat Lounge: 50 Amp Fuse

Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band. [venue info]

Live: Hullabaloo

Veteran local 9-piece collective whose upbeat, energetic music draws on ska, jazz, funk, punk, and Latin influences. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: David Roof

Local blues-rock singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Mash: Fangs & Twang

Ypsilanti trio from Black Jake & the Carnies that plays twangy, high- energy country rock, with songs about vampires, mummies, and other fantastical creatures. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike.

All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: John Heath

Georgia-bred local blues-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Blue Light Band

Local roadhouse blues, rock, & country quartet fronted by singer- guitarist Vicki Dischler. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Mark Dvorak

Veteran Chicago folk singer, a former member of Weavermania with a warm, engaging stage manner who accompanies himself on guitar and banjo. His large repertoire includes traditional songs, material by Steve Goodman and other earlier Chicago folksingers, and originals. [venue info]

 
 


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