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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 28, 2019

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 9 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. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Art Marketing": Ann Arbor SCORE.

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Are you tired of showing at art fairs and events - bored stiff as the hours pass, smiling at so many gawkers, talking to the interested, but not committed - and then closing on fewer pieces than anticipated? If you are, then do something about it! Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and Michigan SCORE Director Steve Feinman, formerly of New Orleans, present a fun interactive workshop that will give you proven tips that will help your creative work find a warm and cherished home.
Sign up at
NEW Center Building, 1100 N. Main Street. $10. [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.  Free! 

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

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

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun.-Fri. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m. (Sun.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), meet at the Barton Nature Trail parking lot (Mon.-Fri.), 1010 W. Huron River Dr. and Wheeler Park (Sun.), N. Fourth Ave. at Depot. Free. 649-9762 (Mon.-Fri.), 996-9122 (10 a.m. Sun.), & 347-1259 (1 p.m. Sun.). [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

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

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

 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 

"46th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Ann Arbor Powwow": U-M Native American Student Association.

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Mar. 28 & 29. Gathering of Native Americans from throughout the Great Lakes area with social dancing and demonstrations of different styles of Native American dance, including fancy, traditional, grass dress, and jingle dress. Dance contests in a variety of styles, featuring children and adults accompanied by Native American drumming ensembles. Grand entries on Sat. at noon & 7 p.m. and on Sun. at noon only. Display and sale of traditional crafts and food.
10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $10 (students/ seniors, $7; kids ages 6-12, $5) per day; $15 (students/seniors, $10; kids, $7) weekend pass; ages 5 & under and U-M students, free; group rates available. Tickets available at the door only. 408-1581. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

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

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free)., 661-3575. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Tour the Tileworks: Motawi Tileworks.

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

 11:30 a.m. 

"2019 Washtenaw County Economic Outlook": Washtenaw Economic Club Luncheon.

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U-M economists Gabriel Ehrlich and Donald Grimes give this annual report on real wage growth, unemployment, job creation estimates, and other economic concerns.
11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $77.50. Preregistration available at 677-5060. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Reconfiguring the Box: Stan Lai on Creativity: U-M Center for Chinese Studies Distinguished Speaker Series.

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Chinese playwright and director Stan Lei is joined by U-M music composition professor Bright Sheng to discuss new innovations in theatrical staging.
Noon, 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Abenomics: Escape from the Lost Two Decades of Japan": U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Columbia University international and public affairs professor Takatoshi Ito discusses Japanese prime minister Abe's economic 2012-2013 economic policies that helped lift Japan out of a long period of stagnation and deflation.
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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

 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 for full schedule).

Today: 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.).

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 $12 (students, seniors, & members, $8) per show at the door. 995-5356. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Mission to Mars!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Space-themed crafts & activities for kids in grades K-5.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200.

 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 4. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

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

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Makerspace": Dexter District Library.

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Grades K-8 invited to do crafts and building challenges. Materials provided.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cool Careers in Writing": Washtenaw Community College Arts and Sciences Division.

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Want to turn your passion for writing into an income stream? Learn about the possibilities from a panel of professional writers in fields like the law, creative writing, technical writing, advocacy & journalism! Learn about managing the business end, too, from the director of The Entrepreneurship Center at WCC!
Our panel includes:
• Teaching of Writing & EMU programs in Written Communications
• Writing Your Novel & Getting It Published - Marzé Scott
• Writing in the Practice of Law - Kimberly Jones
• Writing in Journalism - Matt Durr
• Technical Writing - Adrienne Haywood
• Writing: Taking Care of Business - Kristin Gapske
Snacks and beverages will be served!
No registration required
The event will be in The Crane Liberal Arts Building - Room 375
Washtenaw Community College Crane Liberal Arts Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 7349733300. [map]

 3:40 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]

 4 & 9:20 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.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"A Close Look at Vues D'Optique": U-M Clements Library.

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Clements curators Clayton Lewis and Jakob Dopp discuss these 18th-century prints designed to be viewed with a zograscope, a device that made them appear 3-dimensional.
4 p.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at 764-2347. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Credence, Circumstantial Evidence, and (Alternative) Facts in Aristotle's Natural Sciences": U-M Philosophy Department.

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Talk by University of North Carolina philosophy professor Mariska Leunissen.
4-6 p.m., 1171 Angell Hall. Free. 764-6285. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Diaspora as Counter Response: Human Rights Stories and Violence Against Women": U-M Donia Human Rights Center.

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U-M African studies professor Amal Hassan Fadlalla discusses how Western narratives about Sudanese women as "victims" and "survivors" hardened existing gender and class divisions in Sudan.
4-5:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-8482. [map]

 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Painted Rock Cactus": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 1-adult invited to paint a rock to look like a cactus.
4-5 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 4:15, 6:30 & 9:45 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.

 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30, 7:20, 9:30 & 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.

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Evening time TBA 

"Women in Jazz" Blue LLama Jazz Club.

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Tentative. Performances by local all-female jazz bands.
Time TBA, 314 S. Main. Tickets TBA. 531-6188. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Optics & Photonics Industry Spotlight": AAOSA & OSUM.

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Featuring Dr. Marc D. Himel. Join us for the talk, local industry spotlights, networking and educational displays. 6pm - 9pm. dining/banquet hall of Building 18 in the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC). RSVP and more information at
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), 2800 Plymouth Rd Building 18. Free. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Beyond Solidarity: Dignity, Power, and the Politics of Knowledge Production": U-M Prison Creative Arts Project.

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Talk by Arizona State University justice and social inquiry professor Alan Eladio Gómez. In conjunction with the annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners.
6 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel. Free. 647-6771. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"NEA Big Read Celebration": The Neutral Zone.

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Performance by Chicago poet Kush Thompson in celebration of the Neutral Zone's month-long series of events exploring Claudia Rankine's 2014 book, Citizen: An American Lyric (see Mar. 7 "NEA Big Read" listing). Also, a reading by local teens of their poetic responses to Citizen and a display of collages inspired by the book (see "Citizen Collage Self-Portrait Workshop" on Mar. 14). Geared toward grade 9-adult. Sales of Citizen and Thompson's books.
6-8 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 214-9995.

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap tips.
For meeting location call or preregister at $2 monthly dues. 945-3035.

 6:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

8th Annual EcoJustice and Activism Conference: Eastern Michigan University.

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Members of the public are invited to join activists, students, and scholars for a series of presentations and panels addressing current social and environmental injustices. "Disrupting Empire: Education and Activism for a Decolonized World" explores the historically colonizing forces of global economic and cultural empires. This will include discussions related to the historical processes of displacement and dispossession of communities and land, as well as the ways education and activism can disrupt these forces. Events begin Thursday evening, with additional featured events on Friday and Saturday. For free registration, visit the conference website at
Eastern Michigan University Porter Building, W. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-487-2755.

 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.
Cambrian Assisted Living, 333 N. Occidental Hwy., Tecumseh. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Musical Coding with Sonic Pi": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to learn how to code in a program that creates electronic music on the Raspberry Pi, a small single-board computer.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bookkeeping 101 for Your Small Business": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Learn the basics of bookkeeping for your small business from CPA Kim Laughton.
The Ypsilanti District Library- Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1377. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Beach Bum": State Theatre.

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(Harmony Korine, 2019). Stoner comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Game materials provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Erin Hahn: Nicola's Books.

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This local writer reads from and discusses You'd Be Mine, her debut romance novel about the relationship between a sweet country music heiress and a country superstar with a bad boy image who convinces her to join his tour. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 7 p.m. 

Gabriel Iglesias: EMU Convocation Center.

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Performance by this LA-based stand-up comic, known as "Fluffy" because of his catchphrase, "I'm not fat, I'm fluffy." In addition to his anecdotes about everyday life as a fat man, he's also known for his observational humor about Mexican American culture. He has a new Netflix special, One Show Fits All.
7 p.m., EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. $25-$80 in advance at and at the door. 487-2282. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 12 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$25 covers the workbook for the entire 12 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd. Donation. $25. 734-761-5669. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bright Lights and Windows: A Look Behind the Curtain of Dutch Sex Work": U-M Dutch & Flemish Studies 23rd Annual De Vries-Van der Kooy Memorial Lecture.

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Talk by Dutch social worker Bernice Severin.
7 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Room. Free. 764-5370. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy": Fathom Events.

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Documentary, produced by Ross, that includes footage of her massive 1983 Central Park concert.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and at the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 7 & 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring the Complexities of Jazz Funk": U-M Dance Department MFA Thesis Concert.

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Mar. 28 & 29. A concert of new works choreographed by U-M dance MFA candidate LJ Foust, who performs with 20 other dancers.
7 & 8:30 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Video Studio, 2281 Bonisteel, North Campus. Free. 763-5460. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Feisty Women Book Club": Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss books by or about women. Mar. 28: Michelle Obama's 2018 memoir, Becoming. Apr. 25: Girl Waits with Gun, Amy Stewart's 2015 novel based on the true story of one of the first female deputy sheriffs. May 30: Jane Sherron De Hart's 2018 biography, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life.
7 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Free; preregistration required., 429-5450. [map]

 7:10 p.m. 

"The Mustang": State Theatre.

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(Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, 2019). Drama about a convict whose rehabilitation program involves horse training.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 7:30 p.m. 

Geechy Guy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 28-30. A co-winner with Kids in the Hall of the 1992 Comedy Artist of the Year award, this gangly monologist is known for his oddball observations and bizarre sense of humor. He also holds the Guinness World Record for most jokes told in an hour (676). Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including Finance Camp and others.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Alcina": U-M Opera Theatre.

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Mar. 28-31. Grant Preisser directs U-M students in Handel's 1735 magical opera, an adaptation of an episode from the Italian Renaissance poet Ludovico Ariosto's popular epic poem Orlando Furioso. The latest conquest of Alcina, a sorceress who lures heroes to her enchanted island, must choose between sensuality and duty when his wife, disguised as a man, arrives to retrieve him. Jealousy, heartache, and revenge abound as Alcina's sister becomes attracted to the disguised woman, which in turn makes her own lover jealous. The music is notable for its beautiful, challenging melodies that require virtuosic vocal skills. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $24-$30 (students with ID, $12) in advance at, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Facing the Future of American Judaism": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Union for Reform Judaism president Rick Jacobs is joined by several prominent local Jewish leaders in a panel discussion moderated by TBE rabbi Josh Whinston. Reception follows.
7:30 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free., 665-4744. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Lab Ensemble & U-M Jazz Trombone Quintet: U-M School of Music.

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Dennis Wilson directs jazz students in works TBA.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [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 p.m. 

"The Ding Dongs or What Is the Penalty in Portugal?": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 28-Apr. 14. Lynn Lammers directs this local professional theater company in Brenda Withers' 2011 comedy-thriller about a suburbanite who finds himself the victim of a surreal home invasion when a sweet-faced couple that shows up on his doorstep ends up waging a battle over indigenous rights in his living room. Recommended for age 14 & up. Cast: Casaundra Freeman, Dan Helmer, and Dan Johnson. Note:The Apr. 6 show includes a talkback with Withers.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), trustArt Studios, 7885 Jackson Rd. Tickets $25 (students, $10; Mar. 28, pay what you can) in advance at & at the door. 203-0556. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 8 p.m. 

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

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Apr. 8, 22, & 30. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Andrea Doria

Riverview jazz-inflected pop-rock quartet. Openers: the local indie rock band Seaholm, the the Detroit indie rock band] Read the Sun, and the Ypsilanti metal-inflected pop-punk quartet Tequila Deer. $7-$10. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Jay Frydenlund

Local singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

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

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

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzmeier. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Sweetwaters Plymouth Green: "Live Jazz."

With U-M music student ensembles TBA. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Smokey Grey

Versatile American roots music trio. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. Hosted by Rollie Tussing. [venue info]


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