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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 29, 2019

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 9:30 a.m.-5:30 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.

 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 a.m.-noon 

"Just Deserts": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult, invited to learn about the biodiversity in deserts and make a desert garden with succulents to take home.
9:30 & 11:30 a.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $12 per child. Preregistration recommended. 647-7600. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Walkalong Gliders": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 3-12 invited to make a lightweight model aircraft that's kept aloft by drafts created by body movement.
10 a.m.-noon, AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 10:30 a.m.-6 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]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Elephant & Piggie Party": Dexter District Library.

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Calling all Elephant & Piggie fans in grades K through 3 - if you love the series by Mo Willems, this party is for you. First we'll read an Elephant & Piggie story and then we'll play silly games, make crafts, and have snacks. You will also have a chance to win a copy of the book An Elephant & Piggie Biggie. Dexter Community Schools are closed, stop by for some fun. Registration is not required.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free. 734-426-4477. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Elephant & Piggie Party": Dexter District Library.

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Librarians read stories from Mo Willems' popular series of picture books. Games, crafts, and snacks. For grades K-3.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Mar. 15 & 29. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Mar. 15: "On Filthy Nouns and Dirty Verbs: Translating Sex in Tagalog Missionary Linguistics" by U-M translation studies fellow Marlon James Sales.

Mar. 29: "Ashin Jinarakkhita and the Indonesian Buddhayana Movement." UC-Berkeley Center for Buddhist Studies fellow Jack Meng-Tat Chia discusses the first Indonesian-born Buddhist monk and his movement to combine aspects of Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism.

11:30 a.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0352. [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]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Lenten Organ Concert Series: American Guild of Organists.

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

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Movies at the Center": Chelsea Senior Center.

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


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


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


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


April-June schedule TBA at

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

 1 p.m.-midnight 

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 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]

 2, 4:30, 7:10 & 9:30 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]

 2-3:30 p.m. 

Tour of Maker Works: Session B: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Can you imagine a play space for adult hobbyists? It would be equipped with a jaw-dropping array of tools, machines, and supplies. You could learn and create with wood, metal, plastic, etc. There would be 3D printers, table saws, laser cutters, sewing machines, etc. And experts would be there to train you in how to use the equipment. Your family, friends, and neighbors would be amazed at what you create. This unique space exists right here in Ann Arbor.
And you can take a tour with OLLI! Space on the tour is limited to only 15 people, so register quickly. [Don't worry if you are put on a wait list…we can schedule additional tours]. Go to their website to learn more about Maker Works, and find a map to its location (Maker Works pennant flag flying outside).
This Study Group led by Josh Williams will meet Friday, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., March 29.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Drive (west of Costco). $10. 734-998-9351. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Pirate Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Pirate themed crafts & activities for kids in grades K-5.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 3 & 3:30 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, 6:45, 9:20 & 11:50 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.

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 4:10, 6:35, 9:10 & 11:40 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.

 4:20, 7 & 9:30 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.

 4:30, 7:10 & 9:25 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.

 4:30-7 p.m. 

Fish Fries: St. Mary Roman Catholic Church.

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

 4:30-7 p.m. 

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

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

 4:30-7 p.m. 

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

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

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"After Hours Magic: The Gathering": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this popular collectible card game. Food.
5-6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Zal Gaz Grotto.

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Cod loins, French fries or mac 'n' cheese, coleslaw, roll, coffee, and dessert. Cash bar.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium. $10 (kids age 6 & under, $6). 663-1202. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Aris Chalin Trio.

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

 7 p.m. 

Dance Mix 2019.

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Performances by several U-M dance groups.
7 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $10.

 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 & 11 p.m.  Free! 

"Roulette": U-M Basement Arts.

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Mar. 29 & 30. Kathleen Taylor directs U-M students in U-M theater student Kyle Prue's new drama about a serious couple who bet the survival of their relationship on a drinking game. With different endings for each performance decided by the actors.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Fri.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio One, 1226 Murfin. Free. [map]

 7:30 & 10 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]

 8 p.m. 

Haley Heynderickx: The Ark.

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Young Portland (OR) pop-folk singer-songwriter with a haunting voice who recently released her debut CD, <>I Need to Start a Garden.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Novo Amor: The Ark.

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Stage name of Welsh pop-folk singer-songwriter Ali John Meredith-Lacey. Opener: Gia Margaret, a Chicago bedroom pop singer-songwriter
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 - 9.30 p.m. 

Teiku: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Teiku was conceived by Jonathan Taylor and Josh Harlow as means of transmitting our families' ancestral Passover melodies. After many collaborative arranging sessions they developed a modular song cycle to reframe these incredible songs within a creative music context.
The excitement of improvisation lies in its uncertainty and potential for infinite possibilities, and the name itself refers to the collective feeling of discovery that improvising musicians know well: creating cohesive textural environments in real time that are felt so viscerally but cannot be expressed with words. They aim to situate traditional cultural melodies and traditional spirituality in a forward-looking context, in order to blend conscious cultivated practice with a larger collective cultural unconscious.
Josh Harlow, piano
Jon Taylor, drums
Aliya Ultan, cello
Will Mcevoy, bass
Peter Formanek, saxophone and clarinet
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. 4th Ave. $10 to $15. (734) 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Tim Flood, Andrew Bishop, David Alvarez: Dolores.

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Live creative jazz
Dolores, 6 S. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-904-9402. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"63rd Annual Best Concert Ever": U-M Friars.

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This U-M Men's Glee Club octet, a self-styled "crack squad of super crooners," performs a lighthearted program appropriate for all ages.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $10 (students, $5)., [map]

 8 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]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Farragut North": U-M Residential College Players.

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Mar. 29 & 30. RC student Aria Davis directs RC students in Beau Willimon's 2008 play, loosely based on Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, about a young press secretary who gets tied up in the murky world of politics.
8 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free; donations welcome. 763-0176. [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. 

"Now. Here. This.": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Mar. 29-31 & Apr. 5-7. Aaron Wade directs local actors in Hunter Bell, Susan Blackwell, and Jeff Bowen's 2012 musical about 4 friends who go on a journey through time, space, and relationships as they take in the exhibits at a natural history museum. The New York Times calls it "endearingly goofy." Cast: Zoe Van Slooten, Emily Courcy, Zachary James Morgan, Joshua R. Smith.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. Tickets $15. 971-2228. [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. 

"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]

 9 p.m.-midnight 

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

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


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Acoustic Ash

Stage name of Utica-based folk singer-songwriter Ash Harris, who cites Tracy Chapman, k.d. lang, and Sarah McLachlan as influences. [venue info]

Circ Bar: Camila Ballario

Local classically trained pop singer-songwriter whose music blends elements of pop, folk, rock, jazz, and country. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Mike Gentry

Local pop-folk singer-songwriter whom longtime Guitar Player editor Jas Obrecht praises as "brilliant at coffeehouse-approved acoustic music, blistering hard rock, and most styles in between." [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Habitat Lounge: SpaceCat

Versatile pop, rock, & soul dance band from Clawson fronted by singer-guitarist Steve Reid and singer-keyboardist Breanna Byrnes. [venue info]

Live: The Macpodz The Macpodz

Immensely popular veteran local jam band that plays an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Dave Menzo photo by Myra Klarman

This local singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. [venue info]

Mash: The Invasion The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer-guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike.

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

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Isosceles Isosceles

Versatile local acoustic trio that plays a mix of jazz, swing, country, pop, and folk. With vocalist Shekinah Errington, bassist Tim Berla, and guitarist Jim Cooney. The band has a recent CD, Tricycle. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Eric Moore

Veteran local singer-songwriter known for his playfully ironic lyrics and jazz- and blues-inflected fingerstyle guitar playing. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: 4Peace4 4Peace4

Postbop jazz by this ensemble led by local guitarist Carl Michel. With vocalist Chris McCall, saxophonist Paul VornHagen, and bassist Keith Malinowski. [venue info]


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