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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 30, 2019

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 7:30 a.m.  Free! 

"GIve Kids a Smile Day 2019": University of Michigan GKAS Team.

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Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS) is an annual, student-run event, held at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where faculty, dental students and dental hygiene students provide FREE dental care for children ages 4-18 years old. Treatment offered includes cleanings, x-rays, fillings and simple extractions. In addition to the treatment offered, we strive to educate the families on how to maintain their oral health, through various family friendly activities. This year's event will be held on Saturday, March 30th, 2019.
GKAS is a day that the whole UM Dental community looks forward to. Last year 150 volunteers were able to serve 40 families from around southeast Michigan, with the help of our national and local sponsors. This year we hope to serve 80 families. Pre-register today by emailing us at or calling us at 989 787 0712
University of Michigan School of Dentistry, 1011 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 9897870712. [map]

 8:30 a.m. 

"Permission!": Nick Suino.

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Permission - The Event is about making sure you know the world approves of you and what you want to achieve. Youfll get powerful support for your dream of an authentic, fulfilling, spectacular life. You'll get frameworks for prioritizing your tactical stuff. But the real purpose of PERMISSION is for you to sort out your inside stuff - where you donft feel you have permission to thrive, to be alone, to love yourself, to leave your job, to compete at a high level, or to go live your true purpose. Getting those things dialed in with energy and joy is an incredible feeling, and it could change your life! Use Promo Code CRUSH2019 to save big on the entry fee!
Weber's Boutique Hotel, 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. $397. 734-720-0330. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Women and Wealth 2019": A New Path Financial.

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FREE Women's Educational Event - NOTHING WILL BE SOLD!
This fun and interactive event will offer something for women of all ages and levels of financial savvy. There will be door prizes and THERE WILL BE CHOCOLATE!
Many women don't take an active part in their financial lives because they are intimidated or don't know where to start. Worst case, they put off important decisions until it is too late to improve a vulnerable situation. Then life happens: a job change, a loved one gets sick, a child is born, or suddenly it seems retirement is around the corner. That little voice says, "I need to take charge." You have questions, we have answers!
Securities offered through Sigma Financial Corporation, member FINRA ( and SIPC ( Investment Advisory services offered through Sigma Planning Corporation, a Registered Investment Advisor. A New Path Financial, LLC is independent of Sigma Financial Corporation and Sigma Planning Corporation.
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48105. Free. 734.330.2266. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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

 9:30 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.

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"The Soldiers' Aid Society": Cobblestone Farm Association.

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In celebration of Women's History Month, we are partnering with the ladies of MLACWS to showcase the contributions of the Ann Arbor Soldiers' Aid Society during the Civil War. Stop by the farm to learn more about the women who donated money, time, and effort to help bring relief to the soldiers fighting on the front.
Tickets will be sold at the door. $2 for adults, $1 for seniors and children (3 and under are free), or $5 for a family. All proceeds are donated to Cobblestone Farm.
We'll see you there!
Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard Street. $2 Adults, $1 Seniors and children (3 and under free), or $5 per family. [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.-3 p.m.  Free! 

5th Annual U-M All-Day Sacred Harp Singing: U-M School of Music.

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All invited to join sessions of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a rousing form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Copies of the 1991 Denson Edition of The Sacred Harp available for use. Catered lunch.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Kevreson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

African Violet Sale: Michigan State African Violet Society.

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Show and sale of African violets, other flowering plants in the gesneriads family, and plants for fairy gardens and terrariums. Also, a hands-on African violet workshop (11 a.m.).
10 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking., 647-7600. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

African Violets: Michigan State African Violet Society.

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Display and Sale 10 am to 3:30 pm
African Violets and other Gesneriads, terrarium and fairy garden plants, supplies
Learn to start new plants from just a leaf cutting. Free class at 11:00 am
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 Dixboro Road. Free. [map]

 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

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

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

 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. A winter version of this very popular ride, where attendees decide on the destination based on weather conditions. Call ahead to confirm ride. A similar ride takes place at 1 p.m. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
Meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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

 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 

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

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Mar. 30 & 31. This gathering of Native Americans from throughout the Great Lakes area includes social dancing and demonstrations of different styles of Native American dance, including fancy, traditional, grass dress, and jingle dress. The big attractions are drum and dance contests in a variety of styles by children and adults accompanied by Native American drumming ensembles. Grand entries at noon & 7 p.m. on Sat. and at noon only on Sun. Also, 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. Daily admission: $10 (students with ID and seniors age 60 & over, $7; kids ages 6-12, $5) per day & $15 (students with ID and seniors age 60 & over, $10; kids ages 6-12, $7) weekend pass in advance and at the door. Kids 5 & under, free. Group rates available. 408-1581. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Free Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids! Big fun, FREE, open to 3, 4, & 5 yr. olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance. 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Saturday, March 30, 11:00 - 11:45. Register in advance at
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. [map]

 11 a.m.-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: "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]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Puzzle Palooza!": Dexter District Library.

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All invited to work on jigsaw puzzles. Families welcome.
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Space limited; preregistration recommended. 426-4477. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

"Apollo 11": Michigan Theater.

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(Todd Miller, 2019). Documentary featuring never-before-seen footage of the first moon landing.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]


"Die Walküre": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast (Mar. 30) and rebroadcast (Apr. 3) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Wagner's opera about Wotan, the leader of the gods, and his willful warrior daughter, Brünnhilde. German, subtitles. Note: The Apr. 3 show is at Quality 16 and Ann Arbor 20 only.
Noon (Mar. 30) and 12:30 & 6:30 p.m. (Apr. 3), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $18-$25 in advance at and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds from the East to the West": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Chinese Swedish pianist (and U-M alum) Oliver Jia performs works by contemporary Chinese composers Chu Wang-Hua, Cui Shi-Guang, Dan Zhao-Yi, and Zhang Zhao.
Noon-2 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 764-8888. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

STEAM at WCC "Chemistry is Fun!": Washtenaw Community College.

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WCC Steam - Free Middle and High School Sessions
"Chemistry is Fun"
March 30, 1-4pm LA 150
Participants will try their hand at building chemical molecules, generating a calibration curve to determine the concentration of an unknown substance, measuring pH of solutions, and competing in a chemistry "quiz"! Facilitated by chemistry faculty, Tracy and Eric Schwab
Register online at
Crane Liberal Arts and Science Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Gymnastics vs. Nebraska.

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Last regular season home match.
1 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Free. 764-0247.

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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

 1-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The In Between: Quest for the Keystone": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers role play as inhabitants of the In Between, an alternate universe that's part of the library's interactive puzzle-solving game which began on Mar. 22. Participants are encouraged to interview the staffers to figure out how to solve the game before the solution is revealed at 3 p.m.
1-3:30 p.m. AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1:45, 4:30, 7:10 & 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.

 2, 4:20, 7 & 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)., 668-TIME.

 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.  Free! 

Minecraft Workshop: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing things with virtual blocks. Participants work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Red Round Globe Hot Burning": Bookbound.

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University of Toledo history professor Peter Linebaugh discusses his new book about resistance to the privatization of the commons over the last 200 years, told through the love story of Colonel Edward Marcus Despard, a revolutionary hanged for conspiracy to overthrow King George III, and his black Caribbean wife, who helped write his gallows speech. Signing. Light refreshments.
2-4 p.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Age of the Internet in Comic Books": UMMA.

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UMMA academic outreach manager David Choberka leads a discussion relating comic book themes to the art in the current exhibit, Art in the Age of the Internet. In conjunction with the UMMA/Vault of Midnight comic book club (see Mar. 10 listing).
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2:10, 4:40, 7:30 & 9:50 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.

 2:20, 4:50, 7:20 & 9:45 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.

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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

 2:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Afternoon": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to play board games, including Oregon Trail, Ticket to Ride, Yeti in My Spaghetti, Dominion, Sushi Go, Stratego, Grand Austria Hotel, Spaceteam, & more. Bring your own, if you wish.
2:30-5:30 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.

 3 p.m.  Free! 

K Michael Joseph & Mary Ann Kirt ~ Music Duo at Sweetwaters.

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'Live Music Saturdays' Hosted by Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea features two of Ann Arbor's most popular songwriters; Mary Ann Kirt and K Michael Joseph.
Mary Ann Kirt has been playing in local venues around town for some time, and has been compared vocally to greats like Carol King and Joni Mitchell. Her style is distinctively Indie-Folk played to the A2 market.
K Micheal Joseph, whose 2nd album 'Siren' has successfully climbed EIGHT GLOBAL Top 10 lists will heat things up for early spring with sultry lyrics and entendre suggestions that lead from seduction to love.
Both songwriters will be playing all original pieces during the two-hour set, which begins at 3pm.
Enter the world of K Michael Joseph Music at:
Mary Ann Kirt keeps in touch with fans from:…/
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington St. Free. (734) 218-3313. [map]

 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Glove Monsters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 3-adult invited to repurpose odd gloves into stuffed monsters with a few simple stitches. Materials provided, but bring leftover gloves if you have them.
3-4:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Low Brass Recital: EMU Music Department.

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Phil Bloomer directs the EMU Jazz Ensemble and EMU euphonium, trombone, and tuba students in works TBA.
2-4 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-6842. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 5 p.m. 

Spaghetti Dinner: Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser.

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All-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with meat and vegetarian sauces, salad, garlic bread, beverages, and desserts.
5-7 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller at Newport. Tickets $8 (seniors, $7, kids ages 5-12, $5, kids age 4 & under, free)., 769-0869. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Perween Rahman: The Rebel Optimist": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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(Mahera Omar, 2016). Documentary about the late Pakistani social activist and her efforts to keep mafias from stealing water from the poor.
5 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

"Dancing Downtown": Satchel's BBQ.

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

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Fondue & Raclette": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Mar. 24 & 30. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of these Swiss melted cheese dishes.
1-3 (Mar. 24) & 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Mar. 30), Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. . [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

6th Anniversary Reading: Literati Bookstore.

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Literati booksellers past and present read from their poetry and prose in celebration of the store's 6th birthday.
7 p.m., 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 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]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"3rd Annual A Cappella City, USA Festival": Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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This showcase of local a cappella vocal groups features performances by 2 U-M ensembles-the Women's Glee Club, and Maize Mirchi-along with the Arbor Consort, the Stark Raving MADrigal Singers, Voices in Pop, Party Favors, and ensembles from the Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines and the Huron Valley Harmonizers.
7:30 p.m., Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard.Free; donations accepted. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Lisa Hilton: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This prolific West Coast jazz pianist performs original works from her 2018 album, Oasis. "She's able to mix classical impressionistic moods a la Debussy, but with a swinging pulse," says a Jazz Weekly review.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

Mr. Tasty Presents: Flavor of the Month.

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Flavor of the Month is a live monthly late night sketch comedy show written by and starring some of Michigan's most talented comedians.
Two shows! 8pm & 10pm. For the 8pm show, doors open at 7:30pm. For the 10pm show, doors open at 9:30pm.
Written and Performed by: Lauren Vemuri, Estar Cohen, Matthew Kiser, Rania Hannan, Jared Natzke, Beth Dutridge-Corp, Michael Baker
Riverside Off Center, 64 N. Huron St, Ypsilanti. $12. [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]

 8 p.m. 

"Wie ein Lied: Songs Without Words": Ensemble Florestan (Academy of Early Music).

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This trio of accomplished young musicians performs a program of Schubert and Beethoven's most "singable" chamber works, including Schubert's Grand Duo for Violin and Piano and Beethoven's renowned Piano Trio in B-flat Major ("Archduke"), both known for their lyricism. With guest violinist Aaron Berofsky, Baroque cellist and viola da gambist (and Michigan native) Eva Lymenstull, and pianist Shin Hwang, a Cornell University music grad student. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program by the musicians.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. $30 (seniors, $25; students, $10) in advance by Mar. 9 at; $5 more after Mar. 9. 228-4338. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Shawn Butzin

Country-rock Americana singer-songwriter from Traverse City with an acclaimed debut CD, Northern Trails. [venue info]

Bona Sera: Scritch Detroit

Dance party with DJs. [venue info]

Club Above: "Ectomorph."

Techno dance party with DJs & live musicians. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: The Strangers

Royal Oak rock trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: February Sky February Sky

Chicago-based duo of guitarist, banjoist, and dulcimer player Susan Urban, a singer-songwriter who writes story songs and humorous slice-of-life vignettes, and guitarist Phil Cooper, who sings original arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs. [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

Detroit-area pop dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

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

Rumpus Room: Harper & the Midwest Kind

Blues-rock band led by Peter Harper, a blues singer-songwriter from Australia, now transplanted to Grass Lake, who plays blues harp and didgeridoo. The band has an acclaimed CD on the Blind Pig label, Down to the Rhythm. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Mary Ann Kirt

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

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea: K Michael Joseph

Local singer-songwriter whose music is an acoustic blend of electropop, NUJazz, and electro-acoustic ambient music. Opener: Pop-folk and indie rock originals by local singer-guitarist [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: BDI Blues Band

Ypsilanti quintet, sometimes known as Blues Dog Inquisition, that plays hard-driving classic Chicago blues. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Andy Adamson Quintet Andy Adamson Quartet

Jazz originals by keyboardist Adamson in styles ranging from traditional to modern electric jazz, along with some free improvisation. With saxophonist Dan Bennett, acoustic and electric bassist Brennan Andes, trumpeter Ross Huff, and drummer John Taylor. The band has a new CD, First Light. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Sarah Swanson Band

Local ensemble led by singer-songwriter Swanson that plays soulful, anthemic indie rock. [venue info]


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