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Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 4, 2019






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow/moderate-paced ride, with destinations determined by the riders.
8 a.m., meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr. 996-8440.


 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Mar. 28-May 30. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.


 9:30 a.m.-noon 

"Appearance": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Beth Spencer will team up with Gina Thompson to explore issues related to reactions to changing appearance by women as they age. Together they will present some of the research about how women make decisions about their aging appearance: from make-up and hair dyeing to plastic surgery.
Beth created the OLLI Women and Aging class, while Gina, a medical skin care specialist in a plastic surgery clinic, has conducted research examining how and why women make the decisions they do.
Together they will lead a discussion about women feeling judged about their appearance, and about the decisions they make as they age. This Study Group will meet Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., April 4.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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DeHoog's exhibit demonstrates his pleasure at working between the disciplines of sculpture and furniture and is influenced by makers from the around the world from Aleutian Island kayak makers to Japanese temple builders. Householdments challenges assumptions about stability, composition, and appropriateness while treating each object like a compositional puzzle to be solved. Most of the work is constructed in wood available from our local region thanks to the variety available but also due to the artist's sensitivity to the costs of transport and tropical deforestation.
Residential College Art Gallery, 701 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/61098-15033968.html [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Changing Gender Roles": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 4-May 9. A series of 6 weekly lectures. Apr. 4: Retired First Unitarian Universalist Congregation minister Kenneth Phifer on "Eve and Her Sisters." Apr. 11: U-M sociology professor Karin Martin on "The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Gender Socialization in Early Childhood." Apr. 18: U-M economics professor Frank Stafford on "Changing Gender Economic Roles." Apr. 25: U-M pediatric endocrinology professor Daniel Shumer on "Current Topics in Gender Identity." May 2: EMU philosophy professor Peter Higgins on "Three Hypotheses for Explaining the So-Called Oppression of Men." May 9 (9:30 a.m.): U-M psychology and women's studies professor Abigail Stewart and U-M CRLT Theatre Program director Sara Armstrong on "Advancing Gender Equity: The Impact of Acting on Institutional Change Efforts."
10-11:30 a.m. (except as noted), 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. 

"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). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Understanding Your Credit": Saline District Library.

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Apr. 3 & 4. Talk by CP Federal Credit Union community education ambassador Sheila Everts. Part of "Money Smart Week" (Mar. 30-Apr. 6), a series of programs and information on financial literacy.
7 p.m. (Apr. 3) & 10:30 a.m. (Apr. 4), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Fragmentation of Belief": U-M Philosophy Department.

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City University of New York philosophy professor Eric Mandelbaum argues that the idea of unified belief systems is erroneous.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., 3222 Angell Hall. Free. 764-6285. [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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


 Noon  Free! 

"How Disasters Begin: The Little Ice Age of 14th-Century China and Data Collection in the Long Durée": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Max Planck Institute (Germany) Chinese history and sociology scholar Dagmar Schäfer discusses how Chinese historians and scientists since the 14th century have produced and used ideas about weather and disaster.
Noon-1 p.m., U-M Clark Library, Hatcher Grad Library 2nd floor, enter from the Diag. Free. 936-2354.


 Noon  Free! 

"The Consequences of Short-Time Work Schemes: Evidence from Japan": U-M Center for Japanese Studies Noon Lecture Series.

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Nihon University (Japan) economics professor Naomi Kodama discusses the Japanese government program meant to help companies avoid layoffs in a recession.
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. Performances by local entertainers.

Apr. 4: Chamber music by the U-M Blue Flute Choir.

Apr. 11: U-M Dance students from the first-year touring company.

Apr. 18: Broadway showtunes by San, Emily & Brian, a local trio of singer-songwriter San Slomovits, violinist-singer Emily Slomovits, and pianist Brian Brill.

Apr. 25: Singer-songwriter Camila Ballario.

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12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 12:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Tigers Opening Day": Saline District Library.

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All invited to watch the Detroit Tigers home opener and eat some classic ballpark fare.
12:30-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1 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 a 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.
Glacier Hills Retirement Community/The Manor, 1200 Earhart Rd. Free. 7343692716. aelliston@alz.org alz.org/mglc [map]



 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. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

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

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

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


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"After School Special": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All teens invited to learn a new hobby, like knitting, writing, or drawing, or bring an art/craft project to work on.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America's Heartland": U-M Science, Technology, and Society Program.

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Vanderbilt University social scientist and psychologist Jonathan Metzl reads from his new book examining the interplay of racial identity and health.
3-4:30 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 763-2066. [map]


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. No registration is required for this FREE event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 4, 6:40 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Captain Marvel": State Theatre.

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(Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, 2019). Superhero origin story. Brie Larson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Lecture Series.

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Apr. 4 & 18. Talks by visiting scholars.

Apr. 4: Harvard University history of science professor Elizabeth Lunbeck on "Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the Authoritarian's Allure: 1939, 2019."

Apr. 18: "The Hoof of Destiny." University of Georgia history professor Jamie Kreiner discusses Western early Medieval thoughts on pigs and their perceived agency.

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4 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]


 4:15, 7 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Us": State Theatre.

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(Jordan Peele, 2019). Horror film about a family terrorized by doppelgängers.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:25, 7:05 & 9:25 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30 & 7:10 p.m. 

"Gloria Bell": Michigan Theater.

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(Sebastián Lelio, 2019). Shot-for-shot remake of Lelio's 2013 film about a middle-aged divorcee who balances family life with nightclub outings. Julianne Moore, John Turturro.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:35, 7:10 & 9:30 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:45 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Transit": Michigan Theater.

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(Christian Petzold, 2019). Drama about a man who unexpectedly encounters the wife of the dead writer whose identity he assumed after fleeing Nazi-occupied France. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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This bestselling U.S. history and culture writer discusses her work, which has covered everything from presidents and their assassins to utopian dreamers and pop music. Her 2015 book, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, is an acclaimed irreverent account of George Washington's decorated general.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Banquet: Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass) followed by "Choosing Material for Making Beautiful Cabochons," a talk by Ed Oiler on these polished gemstones, often used in jewelry.
6 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m. (8 a.m., Sat.), 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), The Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs), and 5700 Jackson (Sat.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), 929-9022 (Thurs. & Sat). [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring Motors": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to build a simple motor that can be controlled by computer code. Supplies provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Adult Crafter's Guild: Hand Lettering": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Learn simple and creative hand lettering techniques with artist Jennifer Helner as your guide.
Register: 734-482-4110 x1377 or online.
The Ypsilanti District Library-Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1377. info@ypsilibrary.org https://www.ypsilibrary.org/event/adult-crafters-guild-hand-lettering/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Master Your Student Loan Debt": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Learn about options for managing loans through repayment, consolidation, refinancing, and forgiveness with Mark Munzenberger of the UM Credit Union.
The Ypsilanti District Library- Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1377. info@ypsilibrary.org https://www.ypsilibrary.org/event/master-your-student-load-debt/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Net a Job: Employment Resources Online": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Learn about job-hunting resources available at the Library and online. Register at 734-482-4110 x1377 or online. Basic PC, keyboard, and mouse skills required.
The Ypsilanti District Library-Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1377. info@ypsilibrary.org https://www.ypsilibrary.org/event/net-job-employment-resources-online/ [map]


 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. umich.edu/~goclub. [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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [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. frontdesk@knoxannarbor.org https://knoxannarbor.org/home/grow-connect/care/grief-support/ [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Book Folding": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to fold the pages of a book into a word or picture. Books and patterns provided, but bring your own, if you like.
7-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"National Poetry Month diVERSE Voices Celebration": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Readings and performances by local poets of color, including Jasmine An, Aldo Leopoldo Girard, Marlin Jenkins, Leslie McGraw, Saleem Peeradina, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, and Cozine Welch.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Aftermath": Michigan Theater.

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(James Kent, 2019). Drama about a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German who previously owned the house.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Derek Richards: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 4-6. A Detroit native who now lives in Florida, Richards is known for his fast-paced stream of sarcastic, often hysterically livid observations about everything from phone solicitors and computers to Taco Bell and the experience of dating an exotic dancer. 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! 

Oboe Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Students of oboe professor Nancy Ambrose King perform works by Martinu, Saint-SaŽns, Bach, Dutilleux, contemporary Japanese composer Makoto Shinohara, and contemporary and 20th-century composers, including Antal Doráti, Eugène Goossens, John Harbison, and Thea Musgrave.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Flint": U-M Theatre Department.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 4-14. Dexter Singleton directs drama students in U-M theater professor José Casas's new drama based on interviews with people affected by the Flint water crisis.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office or at smtd.umich.edu, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Mad as a Hatter": Roustabout Theatre Troupe.

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Apr. 4-7, 11-13, & 18-20. Joey Albright directs this Southeast Michigan theater company in the world premiere of L.A.-based playwright Michael Alan Herman's play that revolves around Theophilus Carter, a London tailor whose friend, Lewis Carroll, uses him as inspiration for the Mad Hatter in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The show explores the burden of nostalgia, the whimsy of madness, and the power of play. Tonight's show includes a talk-back with the playwright.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Ypsilanti Experimental Space (YES), 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $24 (seniors, $22; students, $15) in advance at roustabout.brownpapertickets.com & by phone, and at the door. 681-0112. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"SMTD@UMMA: Freedom and Discovery": U-M School of Music/UMMA.

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Eugene Rogers directs the U-M Chamber Choir in a program highlighted by the premiere of Minneapolis composer Jocelyn Hagen's The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, which includes projected images. The adventurous Grammy-nominated New York wind quintet Imani Winds joins the choir in Imani Winds member Jeff Scott's arrangement of American Spirituals. Also, Eric Whitacre's Leonardo and His Flying Machine and Lee Hoiby's Last Letter Home.
7:30 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Symphony for Our World": National Geographic.

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Vancouver conductor Kevin Zakresky leads a live orchestra and choir of local musicians in this 90-minute 5-part composition, created by Bleeding Fingers Music composers, set to sweeping National Geographic footage of seas, coastlines, mountains, skies, and more.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $20-$75 in advance at ticketmaster.com and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

Trombone Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Students of trombone professor David Jackson perform solo arrangements of works by Paul Hindemith, Jacques Castérède, Jan Koetsier, Kazimierz Serocki, and Zygmunt Stojowski.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"All My Sons": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Apr. 4-June 1. Guy Sanville directs Arthur Miller's 1947 play, a dramatic indictment of American big business told through the story of a family torn apart by lies and fraud. The central character is Joe Keller, a factory owner who prospered during WWII by manufacturing military airplane parts. Haunted by a dark secret, he evades prison, pinning the blame for his crime on his business partner, but tragedy comes home in the form of his 3 sons--one reported missing in action, one a returned veteran who believes in his father, and the embittered middle son who knows the truth. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Michelle Mountain, Ryan Black, Caitlin Cavannaugh, David Bendena, Tom Whalen, Susan Craves, Rusty Mewha, and Lauren Knox.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. [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 theatrenova.org, or pay what you can at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Peter Madcat Ruth 70th Birthday Bash": The Ark.

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This veteran local harmonica wizard and multi-instrumentalist is joined by several of his musical friends in a program of blues, roots music, folk, jazz, and world music. With harmonica player Howard Levy, pianist Chris Brubeck, drummer Josh Davis, blues harmonica genius Corky Siegel, guitar virtuoso Shari Kane, singer-songwriters Seth Bernard and Rachel Davis, singer-guitarist Drew Howard, percussionist Michael Shimmin, bassist-vocalist Mark Schrock, versatile session musician Dominic Davis, singer/multi-instrumentalist William Apostol, and guitarist Joel Brown. Emcee is WEMU DJ Michael Jewett.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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 kickshawtheatre.org & at the door. 203-0556. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blue Llama: Kenji Lee Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Lee, whose repertoire includes Lee originals along with music by Chick Corea, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Cedar Walton, and others. [venue info]

Circ Bar: "Dance Party."

With different DJs TBA each week. [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

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 Fritzemeier. Photo: Mark Bialek. [venue info]

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [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]

Ziggy's: "Michael G. Nastos Birthday Party."

Veteran local jazz broadcaster & journalist Nastos celebrates his birthday with a jam session featuring a host of local and Detroit-area jazz luminaries, including Ken Kozora, Tim Flood, Bob Sweet, Emma Aboukasm, John Churchville, Alberto Nacif, Aron Kaufman, Carl Michel, Chas Dayringer, Reggie Canty, Mark Lipson, Ralph McKee and others TBA. With opening sets by the Paul Vornhagen Trio and vintage jazz pianist Jerry Perrine. No cover. [venue info]

 
 


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