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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 27, 2019






 
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 8:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Institute Symposium: Sephardic Identities, Medieval and Early Modern": University of Michigan Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Before the contemporary period, the Jews of Sepharad (Iberia) were regularly depicted-and regularly depicted themselves-as part of a unique and exclusive group, more distinguished than the Jews of other lands. What are the origins of this traditional claim to Sephardic exceptionalism? How were traditional claims enhanced or altered by the decline in Jewish-Christian relations in the Christian kingdoms of Iberia in the later Middle Ages and by the eventual expulsion of the Sephardim, first from the Spanish kingdoms in 1492 and then from Portugal in 1496? "Sephardic Identities: Medieval and Early Modern" looks at Sephardic myths of identity from a diachronic perspective, bringing together papers both on the origins of Sephardic exceptionalism within medieval Sephardic communities themselves and on the evolution of such notions under pressure from forced conversion and inquisition, expulsion and diaspora, and ghettoization and emancipation.
Rackham Graduate School, Assembly Hall, 915 E. Washington St. Free. 7347639047. judaicstudies@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/judaic/news-events/all-events.detail.html/57437-14193508.html [map]



 8:45 a.m.-6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Sephardic Identities, Medieval and Early Modern": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Symposium.

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Mar. 27 & 28. 2-day series of talks by U-M and visiting scholars on Sephardic myths of identity and how they were influenced by a heritage of forced conversion and inquisition, expulsion and diaspora, and ghettoization and emancipation.
8:45 a.m.-6:45 p.m., Rackham. Free. 763-9047.


 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.  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]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  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.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Drop In Volunteering: SCRAP Box Ann Arbor.

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Volunteer Wednesdays at SCRAP!
Volunteers help us inspire creative reuse, and make materials available to the community. Volunteers assist with a variety of sorting, organizing, and creative projects while engaging with other creative reuse minded folks.
Volunteers are valued part of the SCRAP family. Help us continue our work to inspire reuse culture!
#volunteerpowered #weloveourvolunteers
Ages 14 and up. Younger volunteers must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers who complete a 3 hour shift receive a day of discount on reuse materials. Email info@scrapbox.org for more info!
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. Free. 7342185620. claire@scrapbox.org scrapbox.org [map]



 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs., except May 27. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [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-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Noon Lectures.

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Mar. 13 & 27. Bring a bag lunch, if you like. Mar. 13: University of Kansas Slavic languages and literatures professor Vitaly Chernetsky on "The Language Politics of Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema: From Unreflective Confusion to Strategic Multilingualism." Mar. 27: University of Texas population health postdoc Chelsi West Ohueri on "Romani and Egyptian Belonging in Albania."
Noon-1:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Story of Willow Run and Rosie the Riveter": Kempf House Museum Noon Lecture Series.

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Talk by retired Pioneer High School history teacher Claire Dahl, who volunteers as a "Tribute Rosie" at the Yankee Air Museum.
Noon-1 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free (donations appreciated). 994-4898. [map]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Brown Bag Organ Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit) liturgical music director Stephanie Nofar-Kelly.
12:15 p.m., U-M School of Public Health Community Room, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Film Screening @ the J": Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Mar. 6: "Yentl" (Barbra Streisand, 1983). Streisand stars as a Jewish girl who poses as a boy to enter religious training.

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Mar. 13: "RBG" (Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018). Documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Mar. 20: "For Your Consideration" (Christopher Guest, 2006). Comedy about 3 actors whose film-in-progress, Home for Purim, could be up for an Oscar.

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Mar. 27: "Funny Girl" (William Wyler, 1968). Barbra Streisand stars in her Oscar-winning film debut as Fanny Brice, the rags-to-riches 1920s comedienne with a tragic private life.

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12:30-2 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. 971-0990. [map]


 12:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Fun": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. All invited to play board games from the Senior Center's collection.
12:30-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. 794-6250. [map]


 1-11 p.m. 

57th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Mar. 26-31. The oldest and one of the most prestigious avant-garde film festivals in North America features 6 days of film screenings, panel discussions, and parties that culminate in screenings of the award-winning films on Mar. 31. The competition showcases new experimental and independent 16-mm, 35-mm, and digital films and videos in a wide range of genres. Also, "Off the Screen" round table discussions, exhibits, and parties (see aafilmfest.org for full schedule).

Today: "Happiness Is a Warm Projector." Juror Bryan Konefsky shows his films about the discomfort of being a U.S. citizen-consumer. FREE, 1 p.m. Last Days in Chinatown, Nicole Macdonald's documentary (in competition) about Detroit's Cass Corridor. 5 p.m. "Films in Competition 2" explores everything from cosmic and subatomic realms depicted as everyday objects to altered perception after a heart transplant. 5:15 p.m. Ethnographic Frictions features films challenging ethnography and anthropology conventions. 7 p.m. "Films in Competition 3" includes a drone view of wolves, America's first circus elephant, & more. 7:15 p.m. Closing Time, Nicole Vögele's documentary (in competition) about a couple running an all-night diner in Taipei. 9 p.m. "Films in Competition 4" is highlighted by live film performances exploring shadowy and fragile audiovisual worlds and unseen biological processes. 9:15 p.m.

Mar. 28: Festival juror Stacey Steers shows her surrealist animation. FREE, 1 p.m. Meow Wolf. Santa Fe art collective members Chris Cloud and Morgan Capps discuss their fantastical work. Part of the U-M Penny Stamps Speaker Series. FREE, 5:10 p.m. Found Sounds: A Retrospective of Barbara Meter's Avant-Garde Films features Meter's feminist and activist documentaries. 7 p.m. "Films in Competition 5: Out Night" features experimental shorts with LGBTQ themes. 7:15 p.m. Wonders Wander, Shu Lea Cheang's 4-episode fictional web series (in competition), set in Madrid, about refugees, migrants, transfeminism, sustainable living, & more. 9 p.m. "Films in Competition 6" explores a near-death experience, the Finnish countryside, a historic black barbershop, & more. 9:15 p.m.

Mar. 29: Festival juror Akosua Adoma Owusu shows her documentary and experimental shorts about the collision of identities experienced by immigrants in the U.S. FREE, 1 p.m. Becoming Myself, 9 shorts about coming to terms with oneself and aspirations of greatness. 5 p.m. "Films in Competition 7" includes a months-long dialogue between a woman and a prisoner, a distant future, the son of a Mexican shaman, & more. 5:15 p.m. Caballerango, Juan Pablo González's documentary (in competition) about a young man's disappearance from a Mexican village. 7 p.m. "Films in Competition 8" explores subjects from a crying baby to a poltergeist semaphore. 7:15 p.m. Two A.M., Loretta Fahrenholz's fantasy (in competition), set in a future telepathic police state, about a woman pitted against her family of overbearing mind-readers. 9 p.m. "Films in Competition 9: Animation" includes animated shorts about a family visiting a funeral home, the magnetic sun, a train ride across Canada, anthropomorphic ducks and a pet robot at an amusement park, & more. 9:15 p.m. Meow Wolf: Origin Story, Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller's documentary about this anarchic art collective (see Mar. 28), which gained the support of Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin and grew into a multimillion-dollar corporation. Midnight.

Mar. 30: "Films in Competition 10: Almost All Ages (Ages 6+)," a program of family-friendly films that explore everything from freshwater ecosystems to true love. $6, 11 a.m. <3, LNZ Arturo's "60-minute selfie" (in competition) about coming of age during a tech revolution. 1 p.m. "Films in Competition 11" features a story from the 1992-93 Abkhazian War, a Belgian missionary who falls for a Rwandan girl, & more. 1:15 p.m. Remnants of a Dream, shorts about black experiences, from ancestral struggles to contemporary paths of healing. 3 p.m. "Films in Competition 12" explores machine consciousness, hyper-personalized ads, dark stairways, & more. 3:15 p.m. Nothing or Everything, Gyeol Kim's drama (in competition) where past and present overlap as 2 heartbroken women climb a mountain. 5 p.m. My Friend the Polish Girl, Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek's drama (in competition) about a rich amateur director making a film about an erratic, unemployed actress. 5:15 p.m. Looking in the Mirror, I See Me-Early Women's Video Art from the Video Data Bank, a program of 1960s and 70s shorts by women. 7 p.m. "Films in Competition 13" features a ghost, a search for a bathroom, a collection of spam emails, show dogs, & more. 7:15 p.m. Wada's World: Wrestling with Existence, a retrospective of films by Japanese animator Wada Atsushi, who animates simple pen drawings. 9 p.m. "Films in Competition 14" explores a labyrinth, a watery spiral world, ant civilizations, the legitimization of sexual violence, & more. 9:15 p.m.

Mar. 31: "Off the Screen: What the Hell Was That?" Panel discussion, moderated by U-M film professor Daniel Herbert, on films screened during the festival. 2435 U-M North Quad. FREE, 10 a.m. vulture, Philip Hoffman's film (in competition), a detailed study of farm animals and surrounding flora. Opener: Chicago spoken-word performance artist Fulla Abdul-Jabbar. 1 p.m. "Films in Competition 15" explores Arctic climate change, an underground construction site, and light, time, and decayed film. 1:15 p.m. how we live--messages to the family, Gustav Deutsch's documentary mashup (in competition) of home movies and other footage. 3 p.m. "Films in Competition 16" features a wise old elephant, audio appropriated from teen YouTube videos, an intense relationship between 2 magical tweens, & more. 3:15 p.m. Performances by the all-female drumline Bitch, Thunder! (5:30 p.m. & other times TBA). Award Screening 1 (6 p.m.). Award Screening 2 (8 p.m.).

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Michigan Theater (except as noted). Tickets: $100 (members, students, & seniors, $85) for the entire festival (including the opening night reception) & $60 (members, students, & seniors, $50) for weekend passes in advance at aafilmfest.org. $12 (students, seniors, & members, $8) per show at the door. 995-5356. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Crochet Bracelets": Dexter District Library.

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Craft for grades 5-12.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Glow-in-the-Dark Play Sand": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make glow-in-the-dark play sand with paint and epsom salts.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Life in the Next Frontier": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M Natural History museum staffers present family-friendly hands-on activity stations exploring how animals adapt to cities and how humans adapt to conditions in space.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Secret Codes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to learn how to make and crack simple analog and digital codes.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3:35 & 6:25 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]


 3:45, 6:35 & 9:35 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.


 3:55, 6:45 & 9:15 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.


 4 p.m. 

U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 15-17: Manhattan College. Home-opening 4-game series. 4 p.m. (Mar. 15), 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (Mar. 16), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 17).

Mar. 19: WMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 26 & 27: San Jose State. 4 p.m. (Mar. 26 & 27).

Mar. 30: MSU. 4 p.m.

Apr. 3: Toledo. 4 p.m.

Apr. 5-7: Minnesota. 3-game series (Apr. 5, 4 p.m.; Apr. 6, 2 p.m.; Apr. 7, 1 p.m.).

Apr. 9 & 10: Indiana State. Apr. 9 & 10, 4 p.m.

Apr. 17: Bowling Green. 4 p.m.

Apr. 19-21: Northwestern. 3-game series (Apr. 19, 3:30 p.m.; Apr. 20, 2 p.m.; Apr. 21, 1 p.m.).

Apr. 26-28: Rutgers. 3-game series (Apr. 26, 6 p.m.; Apr. 27, 2 p.m.; Apr. 28, 1 p.m.).

May 7: MSU. 6 p.m.

May 8: EMU. 6 p.m.

May 10-12: Indiana. 3-game series (May 10, 8 p.m., and May 11 & 12, 2 p.m.).
Various times (see listing), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets $6 & $8. 764-0247.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"General Relativity: Creator and Killer of Galaxies": U-M Physics Department Ford Distinguished Lecture.

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Talk by UC-Santa Cruz astronomy and astrophysics professor emerita Sandra Faber.
4 p.m., U-M Ross Business School Robertson Auditorium, 701 Tappan. Free. 764-4437. [map]


 4:15, 6:50 & 9:10 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]


 4:15, 7, 9:25 & 9:45 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.


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Citizen: An American Lyric": The Neutral Zone Book Club.

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Every Mon.-Wed. All teens invited to discuss Claudia Rankine's celebrated 2014 book, a genre-bending blend of poetry and criticism exploring racism in American life. In conjunction with the "NEA Big Read" (see Mar. 7 listing).
5-6:30 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free. 214-9995. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) and Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshops": National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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People living with chronic diseases and their caregivers can learn to manage long-term health challenges in two no-cost workshops. PATH (Personal Action toward Health) provides skills and tools to help anyone with long term health problems, such as high blood pressure, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, cancer, kidney disease, arthritis, or other diseases. Powerful Tools for Caregivers provides coping strategies for anyone who is a family caregiver. The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) and the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living have partnered to make these programs accessible to persons with disabilities and their caregivers. The six-week classes run concurrently so that someone with a chronic disease and their caregiver can attend at the same time.
Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 3941 Research Park Drive. Free. 7342229800. PATHprograms@nkfm.org nkfm.org [map]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Colonialism and Spatial Histories of Migration": U-M Institute for the Humanities Jean Yokes Woodhead Lecture.

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Brown University architecture and urban historian Itohan Osayimwese discusses the persistence of colonialist ideas of land ownership in Barbados.
5:30 p.m., Rackham West Conference Room. Free. 936-3518.


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. and May 25. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp (except May 25, 1-5 p.m.), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out & rough-cut patterns for sale.
6-7:30 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Mushrooms in Michigan: A Seasonal Guide": Dexter District Library.

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Talk by Former Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club president Phil Tedeschi.
6 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 6:30 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.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5361 McAuley Dr. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [map]


 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Read-Along Dog": Saline District Library.

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Kids in grades 1-4 invited to read to Vedder and Summer, registered Therapaws reading dogs.
6:30-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 2-3 p.m. (Sun.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: Haute Skank-An Olfactory Menagerie of Animalics in Perfumery": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning flavor and fragrance blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses and offers smell samples of typical "animalics," the recently coined word signaling the trendiness of animal-derived and animal-like fragrances, which are thought to add depth, sensuality, and warmth to a scent. Tonight's animalics include musk & civet, and plant-based animalics like black currant bud & cumin.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness Class: Deepening Awareness": Jewel Heart.

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Becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations through meditation opens the door to understanding the nature of our mind and how it influences our experience. Instructors will provide light guidance and practice meditation sessions.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 7349943387. annarbor@jewelheart.org https://www.jewelheart.org/chapters/ann-arbor/ [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"What Michigan Residents Really Care About": OLLI after 5 (U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

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Talk by the Center for Michigan Public Engagement Director Alexandra Schmidt.
7-8:30 p.m., Kellogg Eye Center, 1000 Wall St. $10. 998-9351. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

An Evening of Poetry and the Written Word: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series.

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Featured Readers:
Keith Taylor has authored or edited 17 books and chapbooks, his most recent being Ecstatic Destinations. His latest poetry collection, The Bird-while, won the Bronze medal for the Foreword/Indies Poetry Book of the Year. His poems, stories, reviews, essays and translations have appeared widely in North America and Europe.
Lyn Coffin, author of 30+ books, was Assistant Editor of Michigan Quarterly Review lifetimes ago. Last year she lectured at the Bodleian Library and the Frankfurt Book Fair. La Vida Verde, her latest book, was favorably reviewed in Spanish newspapers. She's a great admirer of Keith Taylor and his work.
All writers welcome to read their own or other favorite poetry or short fiction afterward at open mic. Hosted by Joe Kelty, Ed Morin, and Dave Jibson
see our blog at Facebook/Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series
Crazy Wisdomn Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Free. Free. 7346652757. info@crazywisdom.net www.crazywisdom.net [map]


 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Feminist Book Club: Literati Bookstore.

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All invited to discuss The Lost Children, Valeria Luiselli's new novel told in several voices about a family road trip upended by tension between the parents and an immigration crisis at the southwestern U.S. border where they're headed.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sitting Meditation Followed by Discussion: Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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Join us for a silent sitting meditation every Wednesday at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion. Basic meditation instruction can be provided upon request. There is no cost; donations are welcome.
KTC Ann Arbor, 614 Miner St. Ann Arbor MI 48103. Free. Donations accepted. 734-678-7549. annarborktc.org [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

What Michigan Residents Really Want: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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If you were a member of the Michigan State Legislature, wouldn't you really want to know what your constituents thought? The Center for Michigan has the answers. The Center works to identify citizen priorities for the state legislature and amplify resident voices straight to Lansing.
In 2018, the Center's public engagement team spoke with 8,000 residents at 173 events across the state. Personnel from the Center, led by Alexandra Schmidt, the Public Engagement Director, have been sharing results with our Legislature. Now you can hear too. Ms. Schmidt focuses on discerning how state policy impacts residents' daily lives and amplifying those experiences to achieve stronger public discourse. She holds a bachelor's degree with high honors and distinction in Urban Studies from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Center for Michigan in 2017, she worked with HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the Big 10 Network, TBS, and Comedy Central.
Kellogg Eye Center, 1000 Wall Street. $10, OLLI membership not required. Open to the Public. 7349989351. olli.info@umich.edu https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Reading by popular local poet Keith Taylor, a recently retired U-M creative writing professor and Observer contributor. His latest book, Ecstatic Destinations, is a collection of joyous, often wry observations of his neighbors, chance encounters, the history of his own backyard, the incessant traffic, and other aspects of life in Ann Arbor. Also, a reading by Seattle-based writer and translator Lyn Coffin, a U-M alum whose most recent book, Standing on Earth, is the first English-language translation of contemporary Iranian poet Mohsen Emadi. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.
7-8:45 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Color Away": Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Wed. All adults invited to color. Supplies provided.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Southeast Michigan graphic artist Jeff Morrison discusses his new book of photos and artist anecdotes.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Ballet Preljocaj: University Musical Society.

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Mar. 26 & 27. One of Europe's most prominent dance companies performs avant-garde French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj's La Fresque (The Painting on the Wall), an arresting adaptation of the 18th-century Chinese fairy tale about a man who falls in love with a woman in a painting and is able to enter her world. After years of happiness, he's chased out of the painting and learns that only a few minutes have passed in reality. Set to a score of 80s-style electronica, the choreography is "pleasing and tasteful, although more lyrical than is often the case [with Preljocaj's work]," says a seeingdance.com review. "There are multiple stylistic references including court dance, Chinese dance, ballet, Cunningham, and his own contemporary touches. Masks hint at German expressionism."
7:30 p.m. (Tues. & Wed.), Power Center. Tickets $34-$66 in advance at the Michigan League Box Office & ums.org, and (if available) at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538 or (800) 221-1229. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Robert Buderi's 1996 book, The Invention That Changed the World: How a Small Group of Radar Pioneers Won the Second World War and Launched a Technological Revolution.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Wed. Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dances to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week. Wear soft-soled shoes.
7:30-9:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.

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Every Wed. All singers invited to rehearse with this semi-professional a cappella ensemble that performs Renaissance and Victorian-era music in period costumes. The Arbor Consort is the official madrigal group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Tonight's rehearsal is particularly geared towards newcomers.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller. Free. president@thearborconsort.org. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Steiner's 1904 introduction to anthroposophy, How to Know Higher Worlds.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Enter the Haggis: The Ark.

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Popular Toronto quintet whose music is a rousing, raucous blend of Scottish and Canadian Celtic music with rock, bluegrass, Caribbean, and world music. Instrumentation includes fiddle, bagpipes, tin whistle, guitars, keyboards, and drums.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8-10 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems around themes TBA. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Attendees invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. onepausepoetry.org, 707-1284. [map]


 8 p.m. 

William Bolcom & Logan Skelton: Kerrytown Concert House.

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These acclaimed local pianists perform Robert Schumann's complete Album for the Young.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$20 in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Christmas in March": Concordia University Choirs.

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Natalie Downs directs the Concordia Women's Chorale and Brian Altevogt directs the Concordia Choir, the Concordia Men's Chorus, and the Concordia chamber choir Arborsong in works from Concordia's forthcoming Christmas recording, including Frank Ferko's "Two Irish Christmas Carols" and songs by Jan Sandström, Steve Heitzeg, and Kim Arnesson.
8 p.m., Concordia Chapel of the Holy Trinity, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7483. [map]


 8:30-9:45 p.m. 

Waite Aukerman Bundy South.

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Two of the area's finest young jazz musicians, pianist Galen Bundy and percussionist Travis Aukerman collaborate with vocalist and songwriter Michael Waite and bassist Harry South in a one-night event this Wednesday. 8:30 - 9:45pm
Expect to hear Michael's artfully-crafted songs along with interpretations from the American and Brazilian songbook
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. (734) 221-3961. https://www.facebook.com/events/795511914168206/ [map]



 8:30 p.m. 

"Mystic Nights at the Grotto": Zal Gaz Grotto.

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Detroit certified consulting hypnotist Misha Tuesday, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, performs his one-man show, a self-described "blend of trickery, subtle psychology, and genuine intuition" to conjure an illusion of telepathy and clairvoyance. Audience participation.
8:30 p.m., Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium. Tickets $10 in advance at mishatuesday.wellattended.com & at the door. 506-0650. [map]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. beginning Mar. 13. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Mar. 13 & 20) & Ballroom (Mar. 27). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Aut Bar: Marsha Gayle & Debbie Fogel

Duo of veteran Detroit jazz & blues vocalists. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Deals Gone Slack

Ensemble featuring members of the popular NYC ska and rocksteady band the Slackers. Openers: 7 Chakraz, a veteran local alternative rock band, and J. Navarro & the Traitors, a Detroit ska & reggae septet $10. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and George Merkel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Detroit Street Hot Club

Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by the local quartet of guitarists Andrew Brown and Michael Harrington, bassist Ryan Shea, and violinist Tyler Rindo. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul-infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Mash: Sugartips Acoustic Sugartips Acoustic

Acoustic postpunk rock cover duo from suburban Detroit. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Waite Aukerman Bundy South Waite Aukerman Bundy South

Two of the area's finest young jazz musicians, pianist Galen Bundy and percussionist Travis Aukerman collaborate with vocalist and songwriter Michael Waite and bassist Harry South in performances of Waite's artfully-crafted songs, along with interpretations from the American and Brazilian songbooks. 8:30-9:45 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Pete Bullard & the Zou Animals

Blues, swing, and rockabilly by an ensemble led by veteran local guitarist Bullard. [venue info]

 
 


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