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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 23, 2019

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 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 

18th Annual MichComp Ballroom Dance Competition: U-M Ballroom Dance Team.

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College ballroom dance teams from around the country compete.
8 a.m.-8 p.m., Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $10 (students and kids under 17, free). [map]

 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $75 in advance at 429-9561. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. In warmer weather, hikes may go to the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]

 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Women Together: Be You, Your Best You!": American Business Women's Association.

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Daylong series of talks geared toward women on such issues as stress, relationships, and eating. Highlighted by a talk by Motawi Tileworks founder Nawal Motawi.
9 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Parish Hall, 2260 E. Stadium. $49 in advance by Mar. 8; $59 after Mar. 8. [map]

 9:30 a.m.-noon 

"Drikung Phowa Chenmo and Amitayus Longevity Empowerment": Jewel Heart.

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THE GREAT DRIKUNG PHOWA, DRIKUNG PHOWA CHENMO, is known as the jag tshug ma or The Standing Blade of Grass. The jag tshug ma is a terma teaching of Guru Padmasambhava, and has been practiced in an unbroken Drikung Kagyu lineage until the present.Phowa practice allows one to transfer one's consciousness to Dewachen, the pure land of Buddha Amitabha, at death. It is a powerful practice that is considered an essential part of vajrayana practice, and is a practice that is entirely appropriate for practitioners of all levels of experience.
This is a very precious opportunity to receive the empowerment for this rare and very special practice, especially from an extraordinary and highly realized lama as His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche.No one is turned away due to financial considerations.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Donation. $75 suggested. 7349943387. [map]

 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. 

"Faerie Doors": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids ages 4-12, accompanied by an adult, invited to make a fairy door to take home.
9:30 & 11:30 a.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $12 per child. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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This an all-levels instructor-guided conditioning circuit class is perfect for new aerialists, experienced flyers as a supplement to their current training, or for any folx who are interested in a new and exciting way to exercise. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 10 a.m.- 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. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

7th Annual Spring Enlightened Soul Expo: Enlightened Soul Center.

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Mar. 23 & 24. Practitioners from around the Midwest offer psychic, channeled, tarot, and angel card readings, intuitive drawings, astrological charts, and more at this event formerly known as the Holistic Psychic Expo. Free talks on "Why We Get Sick" (Sat., noon), "Sensing Energy & Seeing Auras" (Sat., 4:30 p.m.), "Transmission Meditation in the Age of Aquarius," (Sun. 11:30 a.m.), & "Reconnecting Spiritual DNA to Physical DNA" (Sun. 2:30 p.m.). Also, gallery readings (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 % 3 p.m. Sat.; 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m. Sun.) by various mediums. Vendors with holistic and metaphysical products. Light snacks for sale.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $11 daily admission, (college students, $8, teens, $5, kids under 12, free), $16 weekend pass. Additional cost for practitioner sessions. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 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. Sat-10 p.m. Sun. 

"Gamers for Giving 2019": Gamers Outreach.

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Mar. 23 & 24. Thirty-six-hour video game event, with several tournaments. A benefit for Gamers Outreach, a charity that creates portable video game carts for kids at children's hospitals.
10 a.m. Sat.-10 p.m. Sun., EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. $20-$160 (spectators, free). Preregistration required at [map]

 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Maple Sugaring: A Journey to the Sugar Bush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 2-31. Naturalist Mark Irish discusses the history of maple sugaring and lead a hike to a stand of maple trees to see how they are tapped, followed by a trip to an evaporator to learn how sap is turned into syrup. Also, a pancake and sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
10 & 11 a.m. and noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Planning Your Vegetable Garden": Project Grow Community Gardens.

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Experienced gardener Marcella Trautmann gives tips to beginning vegetable gardeners.
10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Dr. Tickets $5 in advance at 996-3169. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: "Spheres and Slides"
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. A winter version of this very popular ride, where attendees decide on the destination based on weather conditions. Call ahead to confirm ride. A similar ride takes place at 1 p.m. 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.
Meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Mar. 16, 23, & 30. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences by U-M scholars. Mar. 16: Physics professor Myron Campbell on "Rare Events in the Short Happy Lives of Muons and Kaons." Mar. 23: Physics grad students Lu Chen, Rory Fitzpatrick, and Noah Weaverdyck on "From Tiny to Huge and Something in Between: Exploring the Universe of Neutrinos, Magnets, and Galaxies." Mar. 30: Professor Thomas Schwarz on "Update on Physics from the Large Hadron Collider."
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- Blackstone Bookstore": Black Men Read.

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The BMR Kids Club is back at Black Stone Bookstore!! We are hosting our children's story hour on the fourth Saturday, every other month, at 11am, stop by Black Stone Bookstore and Cultural Center in Ypsilanti, MI with your K-5 grade youth for our Kids Club!
BMR (Black Men Read) is an homage to the history of the storytelling among African people. We have gathered a group of committed men who are available to read to children in school and at area bookstores. Black Men Read is a bridge- a tool for community connection between our beloved children and the pillars of our communites. All families are invited and encouraged to attend
Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center, 214 Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.

 11 a.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 and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Family Day! | Ancient Color.

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Explore . . .
The ways Romans used color in fabric, painting, and sculpture
Discover . . .
What it feels like to paint on plaster instead of paper
Create . . .
Your own print using natural earth pigments
The Kelsey Museum and the Family Day event are free and open to the public. Engaging, hands-on activities take place in Newberry Hall. Kid-friendly tours of the special exhibition "Ancient Color" will take place at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 PM.
For more information, please call 734-647-4167 or visit
Visit the exhibition website: http://exhibitions.kelsey
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State Street. Free. FREE. 7346474167. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

"Packard Health Kids Run": Epic Races.

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400-meter (age 12 & under) & 200-meter (age 8 & under) runs in anticipation of the upcoming Ann Arbor Marathon (see 24 Sunday Events listing). Bibs, hats, and finisher's medals.
242 Community Center, 648 Wagner. $10 in advance at 585-7101. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Men's Lacrosse.

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Feb. 3: Pennsylvania. 1 p.m. Exhibition game.

Feb. 19: Drexel. 3 p.m.

Mar. 19: Notre Dame. 4 p.m.

Mar. 23: Delaware. Noon.

Mar. 30: Johns Hopkins. 3 p.m.

Apr. 13: Penn State. Noon.

Apr. 26: Ohio State. 6 p.m.
Various times (see listing), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]

 12:40, 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 12:50, 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)., 668-TIME.

 1, 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)., 668-TIME.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Orientation": Huron River Watershed Council.

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Enjoy being outdoors while measuring the quality of local rivers and streams in Southeast Michigan! Get outside, meet new people, help protect our region's home waters, and collect vital information for Michigan's premier volunteer water chemistry and flow monitoring program. Learn how to collect water samples, measure stream flow, and sample runoff from rain storms. No prior experience needed.
Registration will open in fall 2018. Please contact Andrea Paine at for more info.
HRWC Office, 1100 N. Main. Free. [map]

 1, 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)., 668-TIME.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Mother and Daughter STEAM Day: Washtenaw Community College.

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WCC Steam - Free Middle and High School Sessions
"Mother and Daughter STEAM Day"
March 23, 1-4pm, LA 150
This free session will include hands-on activities such as building tabletop hovercrafts, hydraulic cranes, UV beads and whale band-aids to introduce participants to STEAM career opportunities. Facilitated by life science faculty, Susan Dentel
Register online at
Crane Liberal Arts and Science Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Open House: The Ypsilanti District Library.

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Is your little one ready to start preschool in the fall? Meet representatives from different preschools in the area, including several free preschool programs.
Ypsilanti District Library-Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734 482-4110 x1340. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a kangaroo (2 & 4 p.m.) and an emu (3 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a black swan and blue-tongued skink, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a cougar, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more. 1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing in the Galleries": UMMA.

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All invited to make drawings inspired by the museum collections. Materials provided.
1 p.m., meet at the UMMA Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"I Can Speak": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Korea NOW Film Series.

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Screening of Hyeon-Seok Kim's 2017 comic drama about the relationship between a young civil servant and the elderly woman who annoys him with daily complaints. Korean, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]

 1:30, 4:15, 7 & 9:25 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 1:45, 4, 7:10 & 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 2 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).


Mar. 19: WMU. 4 p.m.


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


Apr. 3: Toledo. 4 p.m.


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


Apr. 23: MSU.


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

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.

 2-4 p.m. 

"Junior Naturalist: Color Crazy": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kelsey Dehring leads a nature program for kids ages 7-12.
Whitmore Lake Preserve, 1551 7 Mile Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free; preregistration required at 971-6337. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"My Story Craft Quilt": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade K-adult invited to make a paper quilt square to add to a community project that will be displayed in the downtown AADL youth area.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 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.

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Past Life Exploration": Natalie Candela, PhD.

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Have you ever wondered if you lived before and if your past may have an impact on you present life? Past or parallel lives can leave lasting imprints on our present psyche. They affect our likes and dislikes, our beliefs, doubts, and fears, and highlight our interests and talents. Whether you are simply curious about the other lives you might have experienced or you want to clear away what's holding you back and tap into your undiscovered strengths, go on a profound journey of soul discovery and return with answers and a greater connection to the real You.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. $20. 810-701-5208. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Cheese Style Series: Smoked": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's staffers discuss and offer taste samples of grilled & smoked cheeses from around the world. Bread & additional accompaniments.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Short Student Tours": UMMA.

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Mar. 15, 23, & 29. Student docents lead 15-minute tours of the museum around various themes, such as love and death, politics and humor, history, mythology, fashion, or other concepts.
3 & 3:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat.), UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

"The Wedding Guest": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Winterbottom, 2019). Globetrotting hostage thriller.
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]

 4:30 -7 p.m. 

Sauerkraut Dinner: Our Savior Lutheran Church - Chelsea, MI.

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Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea hosts their annual Sauerkraut Dinner on March 23, 2019. The meal will be served from 4:30-7:00 and will include homemade knoeffles, sausage, pork, rolls, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade applesauce, and pie. Tickets are $11 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-10, and free for children age 4 and under. Take-out meals are also available from 4:00-5:00 pm. To reserve your spot, please call 734-475-1404, or e-mail
Our Savior Lutheran Church, 349 Elm St, Chelsea. $11. 734-475-1404. [map]

 5-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Phoebe Darqueling: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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This Germany-based American writer reads from her new urban fantasy novel, No Rest for the Wicked, and her new steampunk YA novel, Riftmaker. She also hosts a steampunk trivia game at Arbor Brewing Company (8 p.m., 114 E. Washington). Prizes.
5-7:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

"Dancing Downtown": Satchel's BBQ.

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Every Sat. All invited to dance to recorded music. Families welcome.
6-9 p.m., Satchel's, 221 W. Liberty. Free. 929-4240. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Live from the Library": U-M School of Music.

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Moved from March 22. Chamber music students perform works from the U-M Stellfeld Collection on Baroque instruments from the U-M Stearns Collection. Program: works by Marcello, Purcell, Rameau, and Vivaldi.
6 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Music Library, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Candlelight Dinner Concert with Brad Phillips: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Brad Phillips was here in January with a solo show and really wowed the sold out house! We so excited to announce a second show with Brad here at Lone Oak.Brad is a maestro on the violin, mandolin, guitar and more! For more than 15 years, Brad Phillips has served as a sideman for some of Michigan's most prevalent singer/songwriter acts. He is most known for his appearances with Jeff Daniels, The Verve Pipe, and the Celtic-fusion super-group Millish. He has also appeared with May Erlewine, Joshua Davis and played violin for Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Pat Metheny, and Iggy Pop and the Stooges. Brad's solo show is an eclectic retrospective of his life in the arts as a sideman, while exploring his own creative voice with original instrumentals and songs which delve deeply into his rich and diverse history in the music scene at home in Michigan, across the country, and abroad. $25 includes dinner and show. Reservations a must. Just 42 seats in this intimate venue.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $25. 517-522-8167. [map]

 7 & 9:30 p.m. 

Mathias Eick Quintet: Blue Llama Jazz Club.

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Norwegian composer-trumpeter Eick leads his band in works from his new album, Ravensburg. All About Jazz calls it "deeply atmospheric": "Eick's compositions have an overall darkness about them though their sophistication and accents, the punctuation of bass and percussion, makes for a highly listenable blend of emotions."
7 & 9:30 p.m., Blue Llama, 314 S. Main. $30 & $40 in advance at 531-6188. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Russian Five": Michigan Theater.

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(Joshua Riehl, 2018). Dcoumentary about the Russians who played for the Detroit Red Wings in the late 80s and into the 90s.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Charlie King & Annie Patterson: Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice Fundraiser.

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East Coast singer-songwriter King, who composes in the populist tradition of Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs, is widely regarded as one of the finest contemporary topical songwriters. (Pete Seeger called him "one of the most brilliant and agile singers and songwriters I know of.") Veteran Massachusetts songwriter Patterson, an accomplished folk performer and jazz vocalist, co-wrote the popular song books Rise Up Singing and Rise Again. Her repertoire ranges from Americana, folk, and gospel to country and jazz. King and Patterson have a brand-new album, Step by Step.
7:30 p.m., Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence. $20 (students & those with low income, $10; $50 sponsor tickets include a CD) in advance at, 476-3399. [map]

 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, by phone, & at the door (cash or check only). 546-8584. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Michigan Rattlers: The Ark.

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Countrified rock 'n' roll by this critically acclaimed Petoskey trio, currently based in L.A., that cites AC/DC, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, and Creedence Clearwater Revival as influences.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8-11:30 p.m. 

"8th Annual Melt into Spring English Country Dance Ball": Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Ohio caller Beverly Francis leads dances to live music by Debbie Jackson, Earl Gaddis, and Matt McCoy. Most dances taught. Preceded 1-3:30 p.m. by a workshop led by Francis ($13; free with ball admission) and, time TBA preceding the ball, a catered dinner ($28; reservations required by Mar. 14).
8-11:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. $37 in advance at; $42 at the door. 717-8253. [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, 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, 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 & 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 973-3264. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Escaping Pavement Escaping Pavement

Ferndale acoustic singer-songwriter duo of multi-instrumental string players Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz who describe their songs as "Americana wildflowers amongst blades of bluegrass." [venue info]

B-Side: "Athena's Mix of Hip-Hop and R&B."

With local and Detroit-area performers. [venue info]

Bona Sera: Guilty Pleasures Burlesque

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

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Mark Jewett

Double bill. Jewett is a Detroit-area Americana pop-rock singer- songwriter whose latest CD is Love Has No Heart of Its Own. Joe Cartoon is the stage name of Joe Shields, a Grand Rapids cartoonist-turned-Americana singer-songwriter who was one of 6 winners at the prestigious 2016 Kerrville (Texas) New Folk competition. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "New OrelansJazz Night."

With Detroit Street Hot Club, the local vintage jazz quartet of guitarists Andrew Brown and Michael Harrington, bassist Ryan Shea, and violinist Tyler Rindo. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: George Bedard & the Kingpins

Superfine honky-tonk dance tunes from swing to vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, with some memorable originals penned by guitar genius Bedard. With drummer Rich Dishman and bassist Randy Tessier. Bedard's tasty 2011 all-instrumental CD, Pickin' Apart the Past, includes "Minor Swing '65," Bedard's surf-music adaptation of a Django Reinhardt tune, and he has a new live CD, Further On, a collection of vintage and original blues that's highlighted by a show-stopping rendition of "Hawaiian Boogie." [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Persuasion

Versatile Detroit R&B dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Jason Dean

Local singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Scott Martin Band

Canton alt-country-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Martin. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Jake Riley & the Social Workers

Local quartet that plays melodic rock 'n' roll. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea: Mary Ann Kirt

Pop-folk and indie rock originals by this local singer-guitarist. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Folk Laureates

Local acoustic ensemble that plays folk, vintage pop, parodies, and some originals. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Rhythm Machines

A mix of classic rock, soul, funk, R&B, and jazz fusion by this local sextet. Fronted by vocalists Shannon Lee and Patty O'Connor, with guitarists Kip Godwin and Terry Gordinier, bassist Kim French, and drummer John Marion. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Davey O.

Veteran Americana singer-songwriter from Buffalo who sings poetically charged, introspective songs. [venue info]


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