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Friday, April 5, 2019






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Master Kim Instructs Senior Student

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]



 10 a.m. 

"Weekend Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Apr. 5-7: "Jumanji" (Jake Kasdan, 2017). Action-adventure comedy about 4 teens who discover an old videogame console and get drawn into the game's jungle setting, becoming the adult avatars they chose. Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart.

Apr. 12-14: "Bumblebee" (Travis Knight, 2018). Sci-fi flick about a teen who discovers a battle-scarred Transformer that looks like a VW bug.

Apr. 19-21: "Peter Rabbit" (Will Gluck, 2018). Live action and computer animated comedy loosely based on Beatrix Potter's classic.

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10 a.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]


 10-10:30 a.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. 

Dollar Movies: Saline Area Senior Center.

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All seniors invited.

Mar. 15: Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer's 2018 biopic about Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury.

Mar. 29: Dumplin', Anne Fletcher's 2018 drama about the fat teen daughter of a former beauty queen.

Apr. 5: A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper's 2018 musical remake of the iconic 1937 tragedy.

Apr. 26: First Man, Damien Chazelle's 2018 biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong.

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10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
9 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 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. 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.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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Apr. 5 & 26. Docents give a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Clements building and collections.
11 a.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at myumi.ch/650X8. 764-2347. [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Apr. 5 & 12. Talks by visiting scholars.

Apr. 5: Northern Illinois University art history professor Catherine Raymond on "The Thousand-Year-Old Stolen Burmese Buddha Who Traveled the World and the Saga of Its Return."

Apr. 12: Max Planck Institute (Germany) anthropology professor Peter van der Veer on "German and Vietnamese Refugees: Interactions and Comparisons."

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11:30 a.m., 555 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]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri., except May 27. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Democratizing Finance": University of Michigan School of Social Work.

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Please join the University of Michigan School of Social Work's Learning Community on Poverty and Inequality and Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion for an event:
Democratizing Finance
Fri., April 5th from 2pm-4pm
School of Social Work Building #1840
Cliff Rosenthal will be speaking on his new book, Democratizing Finance: The Origins of the Community Development Financial Institution Movement. During a career spanning more than 30 years, Cliff authored the first concept paper for the establishment of the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund of the U.S. Treasury Department. He cofounded and for two decades was a leader of the national CDFI Coalition, and he served as a lead administrator at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Cliff will be joined by an esteemed moderator, Justin Hodge, and expert panelists, Zibei Chen and Laura Saunders, who will share broad insights. Light refreshments will be provided, followed by a book signing.
University of Michigan School of Social Work, Room #1840, 1080 S University. Free. 7347645547. tfriedli@umich.edu http://archive.ssw.umich.edu/forms/rsvp/?eventID=E3603 [map]



 3 & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Short Student Tours": UMMA.

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Apr. 5, 12, & 13. Student docents lead 15-minute tours of the museum organized around such themes as love and death, politics and humor, history, mythology, fashion, and more.
3 & 3:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 3 p.m. (Sat.), meet at the UMMA store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

"The Social History of Art: What Matters, Then and Now": U-M Art History Department.

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Symposium with talks by renowned art historians Thomas Crow and Darcy Grigsby. In honor of longtime U-M art history faculty Alexander Potts and Susan Siegfried.
3-6 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 3:35 & 8:45 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, 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, 6:30 & 9 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]


 4-7 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Saline Knights of Columbus.

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Baked tilapia, beer-battered fried cod, salad, fries, beverages, homemade cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and desserts.
4-7 p.m., St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin, Saline. $10 (seniors age 60 & over, $9; kids ages 6-12, $6; age 5 & under, free). 355-8277. [map]


 4 p.m. 

U-M Baseball.

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

Mar. 19: WMU. 4 p.m.

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

Mar. 30: MSU. 4 p.m.

Apr. 3: Toledo. 4 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

May 7: MSU. 6 p.m.

May 8: EMU. 6 p.m.

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


 4-7 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). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Wang Qinsong/Detroit/Beijing": UMMA.

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U-M Center for Chinese Studies fellow (and Wang's wife) Fang Zhang leads a tour of the current exhibit of Wang's large-scale photography inspired by his observations of the similarities between the effects of inequitable real estate development in Detroit, Highland Park, and Beijing.
4 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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 p.m. 

"Apollo 11": Michigan Theater.

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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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30-7 p.m. 

41st Annual Lenten Fish Fry: Old St. Patrick's Church.

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Every Fri., Mar. 8-Apr. 12. Fried Alaskan pollack, choice of potato or macaroni & cheese, salad bar, and beverage. Desserts available for a nominal additional charge. Be prepared to stand in line, but the food is worth the wait.
4:30-7 p.m., Old St. Pat's parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. at Northfield Church. $9.50 (seniors, $8; children 6-11, $6; children 5 & under, free). 662-8141. [map]


 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. bettyc@umich.edu https://stmarymanchester.org [map]


 4:30-7:30 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Dexter Knights of Columbus.

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Pan-fried cod, baked tilapia, fried clam strips, baked salmon, grilled cheese, and sides. Raffle.
4:30-7:30 p.m., KofC Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. $12(kids age 5 & under, $8; drive-thru & carry out, $11). 426-5558. [map]


 4:30 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. bettyc@umich.edu stmarymanchester.org [map]



 4:35, 7:05 & 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 5-8 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Fry: St. Mary Chelsea Knights of Columbus.

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Every Fri., Mar. 8-Apr. 12.

Baked or fried Atlantic cod, potato, mac & cheese, grilled cheese sandwich, soup, salad bar, beverage, & dessert.
5-8 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. $11 (seniors 62 & older, $10; kids 6-11, $6; 5 & under, free). 475-7561. [map]


 5 p.m. 

U-M Softball.

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Mar. 16 & 17: Kent State. 2 & 4 p.m. (Mar. 16) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 17).

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Mar. 19: WMU. 4 p.m.

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Mar. 22, 23, & 24: Nebraska. 4 p.m. (Mar. 22), 2 p.m. (Mar. 23), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 24).

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Apr. 3: Toledo. 4 p.m.

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Apr. 5-7: Indiana. Apr. 5, 5 p.m.; Apr. 6, 2 p.m.; Apr. 7, 1 p.m.

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Apr. 23: MSU.

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Apr. 26-28: Penn State. Apr. 26, 6 p.m.; Apr. 27, 2 p.m.; Apr. 28, 1 p.m.

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Various times, see listing. Alumni Field, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each; U-M students, faculty, & staff, free). 764-0247.


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Suit and Tie": Artemisia Vocal Trio (U-M School of Music).

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This all-female Chicago trio, praised by Vocal Arts Chicago for "sincerity, wit, and mind-blowing technique," performs its immersive stage show that explores gender in music and culture, with songs from around the world and humorous accompanying narrative.
5:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 5:45-7 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

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If you are new to the aerial arts, this is the class for you!
Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics, static trapeze, and lyra, all in this 75 minute class for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
This intro level class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic skill on all apparatus, including ascent/descent, mount/dismount, foot locks, coming to seated and standing on the bar, and hollow body position. It should be repeated until your instructor clears you for beginning level classes.
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]



 6-7:15 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

  community member   < less an instructor coaches multiple students on the aerial silks

If you are new to the aerial arts, this is the class for you!
Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics, static trapeze, and lyra, all in this 75 minute class for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
This intro level class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic skill on all apparatus, including ascent/descent, mount/dismount, foot locks, coming to seated and standing on the bar, and hollow body position. It should be repeated until your instructor clears you for beginning level classes.
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]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"J. Robert F. Swanson Lecture: Shohei Shigematsu": The University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Shohei Shigematsu is a Partner at OMA and the Director of the New York office. He has been a driving force behind many of OMA's projects, leading the firm's diverse portfolio in the Americas for the past decade. With an emphasis on maximum specificity and process-oriented design, Sho provides design leadership and direction across the company for projects from their conceptual onset to completed construction.
Sho is responsible for cultural projects across North America, including Milstein Hall, an extension to the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University; a new museum for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; and the Faena Forum, a multi-purpose venue in Miami Beach. Sho's cultural projects currently in progress include a museum expansion for the New Museum in New York City.
A design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Sho has lectured at TED and Wired Japan conference, and at universities throughout the world.
A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069. Free. 734-764-1300. TaubmanCollegeCommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2019/04/05/j-robert-f-swanson-lecture-shohei-shigematsu [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]



 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Night of the Living Word": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 4-adult invited to create experimental poems using words, images, and sounds.
6-8 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese & Spring Fruits/Preserves": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's staffers discuss and offer samples of artisan cheeses paired with fresh fruits and Michigan preserves. Bread and additional accompaniments.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Tahereh Mafi: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This Santa Monica-based YA writer reads from Defy Me, the latest in her Shatter Me dystopian thriller series. She also discusses YA fiction with Chicago YA author Caleb Roehrig.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

The Happiness Boys: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This duo of local musical theater veterans David Owens and Don Devine perform songs and stories from the first half of the 20th century.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Bohemian Rhapsody" Sing-Along: Michigan Theater.

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A sing-along to the 2018 Freddie Mercury biopic musical that won a Best Actor Oscar.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Clue": Chelsea High School Theatre Guild.

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CHS theater director Paige Conway directs students in Jonathan Lynn's 1985 comic whodunit based on the murder mystery game set in a Victorian mansion.
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Washington Street Education Center Auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. $10 (students, $5) at the door only. 475-4524. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Much Ado About Nothing": EMU Theatre Department.

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Apr. 5-7 & 11-14. EMU drama professor Lee Stille directs EMU drama students in Shakespeare's high-spirited, sharp-tongued comedy about 2 pairs of young lovers. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple's love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. The play is best known for its charged sexual banter and for the penetrating wit and often dark cast of its humor.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theatre, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12; kids under 18, $7) in advance at emutix.com, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221.


 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Native Theater in the 21st Century: Piercing the Invisibility and Restoring Our Humanity": U-M American Culture Department Robert F. Berkhofer Jr. Lecture.

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Talk by Oklahoma-based Cherokee playwright and lawyer Mary Kathryn Nagle. Her 2018 play, Sovereignty, is about a lawyer working to overturn the 1976 U.S. Supreme Court decision that disallows an Indian nation from bringing criminal charges against any non-Indian who commits a crime on tribal lands. Reception follows.
7-10 p.m., Palmer Commons Great Lakes Rm. Free. 763-1460. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"U-M English Sub-Concentration Reading": Literati Bookstore.

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Readings by 7 creative writing undergrads working on book-length manuscripts.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:10 & 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 7:30 & 10 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. 

"Julius Caesar": University Musical Society.

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Apr. 5 & 6. Théātre National de Bretagne (France) director Arthur Nauzyciel directs American Repertory Theater actors in his radical adaptation of Shakespeare's early tragedy exploring tyranny, revolution, and civil war that converts the action into a dream by Brutus's slave boy, Lucius. Numerous critics note the production's highly stylized art house aesthetic. "Think David Lynch ambiguity, Richard Kelly's surreal style, Kennedy-era fashion and the monochromes and cigarettes of TV's Mad Men and you have some idea of this cold and oh-so-cool dreamscape," says a Variety review.
7:30 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $34-$75 in advance at ums.org, the Michigan League, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

9th Annual FoolMoon: Wonderfool Productions.

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This outdoor festival features a vast array of huge, quirky, and beautiful handmade illuminated sculptures. Also, interactive installations, laser shows, a beer tent, dance performances, and music spun by DJs. Food available. This year's theme is "FOOLin'-a-Round." All invited to join one of 3 processions of shimmering handmade luminaries that leave around 7:45 p.m. and proceed from the U-M Museum of Art lawn, Arbor Brewing Company, and Braun Ct. to join the festivities in the Farmers Market.
7-10 p.m., Farmers Market. Free. wonderfoolproductions.org, 763-7550. [map]


 8 p.m. 

John Flynn: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Philadelphia singer-songwriter whose music blends roots, folk, and country musical forms with socially conscious lyrics known for their disarming blend of clear-eyed honesty and humor.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $15 in advance at eventbrite.com and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Peter Mulvey: The Ark.

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Highly regarded folkie singer-songwriter from Milwaukee who is known for his complex guitar work, expressively playful vocals, and dark, vividly rendered lyrics. Fool's Errand is his new short, contemplative album marked by literary references and "ruminative lyrics that come off primarily as self-talk to nurture a wounded soul," says a Shepherd Express review.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Experimental, eclectic, melodic jazz quintet led by Chicago saxophonist-flutist Maxwell. A Chicago Tribune review notes their "compositions built on unexpected chord progressions, stop-start rhythms and other quirky devices that continually caught listeners off guard."
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 8 p.m. 

Willie Nile: The Ark.

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Veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter whom Uncut dubbed "a one-man Clash" and whose fans include Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Bono, and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. The music on his new CD, Children of Paradise, is a highly acclaimed collection of politically charged originals ranging from gritty rock and garage-punk to electric folk-rock.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"A Streetcar Named Desire": U-M Rude Mechanicals.

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Apr. 5-7. Students perform Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning tragedy about Blanche DuBois, an emotionally fragile southern belle who moves into a squalid New Orleans tenement with her sister and brutish brother-in-law. One of Williams' most famous plays, Streetcar offers a definitive treatment of one of his most obsessive themes--the psychological destruction of a self-deluded central character full of aristocratic pretensions and unable to cope with the brute realities of life.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $7) in advance at muto.umich.edu & at the door. 763-1107, Facebook.com/umrudes. [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. 

"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]


 8 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]


 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. 

"Murder Ballad": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Every Fri.-Sun. (except Apr. 13), Apr. 5-21. Matt Pecek directs Juliana Nash and Julia Jordan's deliberately lurid 2013 rock musical that culminates in murder after a woman reconnects with her bad boy ex-boyfriend when she feels stifled by her safe, boring marriage. Although it's a noirish thriller, it's also "an unusually thoughtful foray into the effects of being a parent on a couple's relationship," says a Guardian (U.K.) reviewer.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Hathaway's Hideaway, 310 S. Ashley. Tickets $12 in advance at pennyseats.org and $15 (if available) at the door. 926-5346. [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.), the League of Pointless Improvisers (Fri. & Sat.), and other troupes. Also, "water form" (Fri. only) a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless. Note: The Fri. show opens with a 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 pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Time" U-M Symphony Band.

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Michael Haithcock and H. Robert Reynolds conduct this ensemble of music majors in a program highlighted by a performance with the adventurous Grammy-nominated New York wind quintet Imani Winds of Jeff Scott's Baile Si Quiere (Dance If You Want to). The program also includes Robert Kurka's WWI-inspired Good Soldier Schweik Suite, U-M alum Warren Benson's The Passing Bell, and John Williams' Five Themes from Star Wars. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a discussion of the program with Haithcock and Imani Winds.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [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]


 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Apr. 5 & 19. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
9-11 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]


 9 p.m. 

"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.: Shannon Lee & Eric Moore

Double bill. Lee is a versatile Ypsilanti Americana country-folk singer- songwriter best known as a vocalist with Hullabaloo, and Moore is a singer-songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist whose music draws on blues, folk balladry, and folk-rock. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Macpodz

Immensely popular local jam band that plays an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." $10. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Joey DeFrancesco Joey DeFrancesco

Ensemble led by this veteran jazz star from Philadelphia who's widely recognized as the best of the current generation of jazz organists. Note: New Orleans Jazz icon Ellis Marsalis was originally scheduled to perform, but he is currently unable to travel for health reasons. Ticket prices TBA. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: "Bridging the Gap."

With local R&B and hip-hop acts TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Anthony Paparelli

1990s to contemporary acoustic rock covers by this singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Jeff Karoub Jeff Karoub

Acoustic folk-pop story songs by this Dearborn-based singer- songwriter who accompanies himself on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle. [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]

Greyline: "Headbanger's Ball."

Headliner is Black Note Graffiti, a local progressive metal and alt-rock quintet. Openers: The Sneeks, a Detroit rock 'n' roll party band, and Max Warchausky, an acoustic singer- songwriter from Evanston know for his pop-folk story songs. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: 50 Amp Fuse

Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band. [venue info]

Live: FUBAR FUBAR

6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Its repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to Barbara Lewis' "Hello Stanger," the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup," Count Five's "Psychotic Reaction," and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or." 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Fangs & Twang

Ypsilanti trio from Black Jake & the Carnies that plays twangy, high- energy country rock, with songs about vampires, mummies, and other fantastical creatures. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Gabriel

Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. 6-9 p.m. [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]

Sweetwaters Plymouth Green: "Talent Night."

Open mike for all performers. [venue info]

Tap Room: "First Friday."

The Dirty News, a Detroit rock quintet., and Las Drogas, an Ypsilanti band that plays loud, raucous, melodic, bluesy, surf-guitar psychobilly 9 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Pearl Street String Band

Versatile acoustic quartet whose repertoire includes traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and airs from Irish, French-Canadian, New England and Southern/Old-Time sources, and more. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Bodacious Bellydancers

Local bellydance troupe. 7:30-10:30 p.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Towner

Local alt-rock quartet. Openers: the indie rock quartet Goldblum, the Kalamazoo postpunk Americana quartet Jake Simmons & the Little Ghosts, and the Kalamazoo electro-pop quartet Katy Needs a Life. 9 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: The Rough & Tumble

Nashville folk-rock Americana duo of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler. [venue info]

 
 


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