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Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 6, 2019

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 2 p.m. 

Canceled: U-M Softball.

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Mar. 14 & 15. The U-M, a perennial national power, opens its home season with a 3-game series. This month's schedule also includes a 3-game Big 10 series vs. Purdue (Mar. 20, 4 p.m., Mar. 21, 2 p.m. & Mar. 22, 1 p.m.) and games vs. WMU (Mar. 17, 4 p.m.) & Toledo (Mar. 24, 4 p.m.).
Alumni Field, 1114 S. State. Tickets TBA at & at the gate. 764-0247. [map]

 9-10 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Hudson Mills Activity Center.

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Nature-themed stories & crafts for ages 4-7.

Apr. 6: "Bouncing Bunnies."

May 4: "Spring Wildflowers."

June 1: "For the Birds."

July 6: "Beautiful Bugs."

Aug. 3: "Heard But Not Seen."
9-10 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per child. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Briggs Chamber Music Competition: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by student chamber music ensembles, including string quartets, piano trios, saxophone ensembles, percussion groups, and more.
9 a.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Sale of used books, CDs, DVDs, and more.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free admission. 426-4477. [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.  Free! 

"What's Up With the Green New Deal?": Washtenaw County Democratic Party Monthly Meeting.

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Hear from Representative Yousef Rabhi and Hudson Villeneuve of the Sunrise Movement at the monthly General Membership meeting of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party. Social hour begins at 9:30 AM and programming begins at 10:00 AM.
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave. Free. [map]

 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

Bird Center Volunteer Orientation: Bird Center of Washtenaw County Inc.

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The Bird Center is hosting a new volunteer orientation. We are seeking volunteers to help care for and feed wild baby birds and injured adults at our Ann Arbor location.
Gunder Myran Building at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Drive. Free. 7347619640. [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.

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

 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.-7 p.m.  Free! 

18th Annual Monroe Street Fair.

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Bash after-party with live music, along with performances by poet John Sinclair and other speakers TBA. Arts & crafts and T-shirt vendors. The "Hugest Legalization Victory Concert Ever" (noon-6 p.m.) includes the Detroit R&B-rock band Billy Davis Rhythm Machine Band, the Brighton singer-songwriter Syd Burnham, the Detroit reggae-ska band Leaving Lifted, the Flint blues-rock jam band Covert Operations, and rapper Zack and What Army.
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monroe between Tappan & Oakland. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Ukulele Club: Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 4-12 invited to try out ukuleles. Light refreshments. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Parents welcome to participate.
10-11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Super Seedlings": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids (with caregiver) are invited to learn about the life cycle of plants and plant some seeds to grow at home.
Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per kid; metered parking. Preregistration recommended., 647-7600. [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.  Free! 

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

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Apr. 6 & 13. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences by U-M and visiting scholars.

Apr. 6: "On the Shore of the Cosmic Ocean." NASA Science administrator Thomas Zurbuchen discusses the upcoming Solar Orbiter mission.

Apr. 13: U-M physics professor Ben Safdi discusses "Why Physicists in Search of Dark Matter Are Building the Most Sensitive Radios Ever Made."

10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

"Brick Bash 2019": Skyline High School Band Fundraiser.

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Apr. 6 & 7. This public Lego building party for all ages includes piles of Lego, Duplo, and Bionicle parts to play with. Also, a Duplo play area for young kids and displays of amazing models by Lego hobbyists from around the country. Sat. only: a performance by the Skyline Drumline (2 p.m.), followed by a percussion petting zoo. Sale of Lego products, custom sets, and jewelry. Concessions.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $5 (families, $20). [map]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Choice Alpines": North American Rock Garden Society.

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Dutch alpine expert Ger van den Beuken gives presentations on "The Cultivation and Propagation of the Genus Saxifraga" (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and "Cushion Plants" (1:30-3 p.m.).
11 a.m.-3 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Teen Advisory Group: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 7-12 invited to brainstorm about new programs, book selections, and volunteer opportunities. Pizza.
DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

STEAM at WCC - "Exploring the Biology of Disease": Washtenaw Community College.

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WCC Steam - Free Middle and High School Sessions
"Exploring the Biology of Disease"
April 6, 1-4pm, LA 201
Let's explore the biology of infectious diseases like ebola, influenza, and genetic diseases like sickle cell anemia and cancer. We will use hands-on modeling and simulations to explore some ways that diseases are spread, how the effect patients, and how they are treated and cured. Facilitated by life science faculty, Tamara Tucker
Register online at
Crane Liberal Arts and Science Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a sloth (2 & 4 p.m.) and a cougar (4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a cane toad, red-tailed boa, armadillo, and tegu, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including an emu, 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. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Crochet Lab: Amigurumi Jellyfish": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Drew Hill shows all grade 6-adult how to crochet a small amigurumi jellyfish as an introduction to this Japanese art of crocheting or knitting small stuffed toys. Supplies provided. Some crochet experience recommended.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Feminist Icon Cross-Stitch": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to stitch patterns from Anna Fleiss and Lauren Mancuso's book. Materials provided; all skill levels welcome.
1-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Natural Egg Dyeing": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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All-ages egg dyeing event with natural dyes. Bring your own hard-boiled eggs.
10-11:30 a.m. (Mar. 26 & Apr. 2) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Apr. 6), park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $4. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"How's it Hanging? - Art Marketing": Ann Arbor SCORE.

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Are you tired of showing at art fairs and events - bored stiff as the hours pass, smiling at so many gawkers, talking to the interested, but not committed - and then closing on fewer pieces than anticipated? If you are, then do something about it! Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and Michigan SCORE Director Steve Feinman, formerly of New Orleans, present a fun interactive workshop that will give you proven tips that will help your creative work find a warm and cherished home.
Register at
Plymouth District Library, 223 S. Main Street, Plymouth. Free. [map]

 1:50, 4:30, 7:10 & 9:45 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.

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Celebrate Spring Party": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Spring-themed stories, crafts, and snacks for kids in grades preK & K.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led themed tours of the museum, including "Highlights of the Kelsey" (Apr. 6), "Special Exhibition: Ancient Color" (Apr. 13), "Newberry Hall and the Tiffany Window" (Apr. 20, preregistration required by emailing, and a kid-friendly tour.
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2:10 & 7:20 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, 7:30 & 9:50 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.

 2:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

"National Letter Writing Month Party": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to write letters. Stationery, envelopes, pens, markers, & stickers provided.
2:30-4 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 3 p.m. 

5th Annual Kid Fest: First Steps Benefit.

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Family concert, with sing-alongs, by local singer-songwriter Joe Reilly, whose playful songs draw on blues, Native American, and other traditional American idioms and address ecological and spiritual themes. The program begins with kids activities and a silent auction of kid-friendly items. Drawings for prizes (tickets 4 for $5).
3 p.m. (concert begins at 4 p.m.), Forsythe Middle School Auditorium, 1655 Newport Rd. $12 (kids ages 2-17, $8; families, $40) in advance at, 994-2300, ext. 53186. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Irish Traditional Jam Session: Seitz's Tavern.

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All acoustic musicians invited to play traditional Irish music. Spectators welcome.
3-5 p.m., 110 W. Middle St., Chelsea. Free. 475-7475. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Apr. 6 & 20. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3 & 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. [map]

 3:30, 6 & 8:45 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"A Gift of Song": Threshold Singers.

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This local choir performs an eclectic program ranging from lullabies, rounds, and chants to hymns from various cultures and spiritual traditions. Attendees are asked to arrive a little before the start time.
3:30-5 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. Free. 531-7960. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Zumba for Kids & Parents": FitPoint.

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Let's move and get some energy out with awesome music. Learn new Zumba moves while having fun! Laurel, our certified Zumba teacher, makes this class super fun and exciting for both kids and parents!
FitPoint, 250 W.Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 130. First class free. 5412219652. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Born a Crime": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Trevor Noah's memoir about growing up the son of a white father and a black mother in apartheid South Africa.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Philadelphia-based graphic novelist Box Brown reads from his new graphic history of U.S. cannabis legislation. Book sale & signing.
4-5:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 4 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]

 4:40 p.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]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Piano Duo Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by students of jazz professor Andy Milne. Program TBA. Featured pianists: Jordan Anderson, Eric Banitt, Eli Bucheit, Brendon Davis, Kameron Johnson, Alexis Lombre Lombre, and Sam Ross.
5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Arab Heritage Month": U-M Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs.

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This campus-wide series of events includes a talk on "Arab Masculinity & Mental Health Concerns" (Apr. 3; 5 p.m.; 1322 School of Education, 610 East University Ave.), a Grand Bazaar (Apr. 6; 5-7 p.m.; Palmer Commons Great Lakes Rm., 100 Washtenaw), an Arab Folk Dancing workshop (Apr. 10; 4 p.m.; Michigan League Vandenberg Rm.), a screening of the film Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (Apr. 11; 7:30 p.m.; 2435 North Quad), a "Fundraising Dinner for Yemen" (Apr. 17; 6 p.m.; Rackham Assembly Hall; tickets TBA), and more.
Various times & locations. Free (except as noted)., 763-9044.

 5:45 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6 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]

 7 p.m. 

Nuriyye Husynova & Lale Memmedova.

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Performance by these two Baku instrumentalists and singers.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $30 & $50 (VIP, $80) in advance at, (810) 545-8186. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Percussion Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Jonathan Ovalle directs percussion students in works TBA.
7 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [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, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Night Visions": Washtenaw Chorale.

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Alex Cave directs this 50-member local choir in works by René Clausen, Stephen Chatman, Randall Thompson, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers & Hart, and others.
7 p.m., Genesis, 2309 Packard. Free; donations accepted. 996-8867. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Pops Braves the Elements": Michigan Pops Orchestra.

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Rotem Weinberg and Tal Benatar direct this playful 100-member ensemble, the only student-run orchestra on campus, in Stravinsky's The Firebird, Strauss's Thunder and Lightning Polka, Disney works, the Pokémon theme, and more. The show is augmented by vocal performances, stage antics, and special effects. Also, MPO concerto competition winner Eugenia Cho performs Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E Minor.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 (students, $5) in advance at & at the door; Ann Arbor public school and daycare students and seniors age 65 & over, free at the door., 668-8463. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Alice In Wonderland": Pinckney Players.

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Come follow Alice down the rabbit hole where adventure and madness await! Pinckney Players is proud to present their junior production of Alice In Wonderland. April 6 and April 13 at 7:30 and April 7 and April 14 at 2:00 pm. Please visit or call 810-206-5911 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theatre, 2100 E. M-36, Pinckney, MI 48169, Pinckney. $10-$14. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Martha Vander Kolk calls to live music by Mick Gavin & friends. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 769-1052, 274-0773. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

1st Saturday Drum & Dance Jam: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Composer-percussionist Curtis Glatter leads a session of drumming and dancing. All invited.
7:30 p.m., Interfaith Center, 704 Airport. $5 suggested donation. 972-6098. [map]

 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. Théâtre 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, the Michigan League, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Bacchae": U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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Apr. 6 & 7. U-M drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs RC students in Jaclyn Dudek's translation of Euripides' classical tragedy. It tells of the catastrophe that results when King Pentheus bans the worship of a new god, Bacchus, in his city. The young god leads all the women of Thebes to the mountains to frolic and dance with wild animals, and is avenged when his followers (including Pentheus's own mother) tear the king to pieces.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens Conservatory, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, but limited seating. Metered parking. 647-4354. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Blaubart - Hoffnung der Frauen": U-M Residential College German Program Deutsches Theater.

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In this sometimes dark, sometimes hilarious play by contemporary German playwright Dea Loher, you'll meet Heinrich Blaubart (Blaubart means Blue Beard), who bears some resemblance to Blue Beard from the French fairy tale by the same name, who kills his wives when they disobey him and enter the forbidden chamber of his castle. Like the original Blue Beard, Heinrich Blaubart brings death to women he meets. Unlike the original Blue Beard, though, he doesn't seek to do so; in fact, his fear of relationships makes him try to avoid women. Presented in German by U-M students. Surtitles will make it possible for even non-German speakers to follow the action on stage. Directed by Janet Hegman Shier.
Keene Theater, East Quadrangle, 701 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Donation. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Boneshaker: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Free jazz trio led by Mars Williams, a Chicago saxophonist who's played with Billy Idol, the Psychedelic Furs, and the NRG Ensemble. "It's full-throttle free jazz," says a Free Jazz Collective review. "You feel your fists clench and your face contort while listening to it." With bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $25 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

U-M Women's Glee Club: U-M School of Music.

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Julie Skadsem directs this student choir in Stephen Foster's "Under the Willow," Gwyneth Walker's "Crossing the Bar," Clara Schumann's "Lorelei," WGC assistant conductor Joseph Kemper's "Innana," and more. Also, performances by the club's Bi-Annual Alumnae Choir and the adventurous all-female Chicago vocal trio Artemisia (see Mar. 5 listing).
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. $15 (students, $5). 615-3204. [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 & at the door. 763-1107, [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Der Kaiser von Atlantis": U-M Opera Theatre Third Show.

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Apr. 6 & 7. Matthew Ozawa and Timothy Cheek direct 7 U-M voice grad students and a student chamber ensemble in Viktor Ullmann's one-act satiric opera, composed with librettist Peter Kien while both were imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. A mad, murderous emperor's autocratic policies infuriate Death, who decides to refuse to serve him until the emperor agrees to die himself. The opera's thinly veiled political allegory stirred a near revolt in the camp, and shortly thereafter the composer, his family, and the entire cast and orchestra were deported to Auschwitz, where Ullmann was executed. Preceded at 7 p.m. in Watkins Lecture Hall by a lecture on Ullmann and the music of the Holocaust.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 764-2538. [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, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"I Got to Keep Moving": Balance.

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This Detroit jazz duo of pianist Michael Malis and saxophonist Marcus Elliot is joined by drummer Gerald Cleaver in their original music inspired by this 2018 collection of short stories by Detroit writer Bill Harris. With readings from Harris's book, which follows an African Americans community from enslavement on an Alabama plantation in the 1830s to the Midwest in the early 20th century.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Kevreson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free., 615-3204. [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 & 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, 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 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.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

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

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

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Comedy Show: Om of Medicine.

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Monthly stand-up comedy show. Snacks & beverages.
Om of Medicine, 111 S. Main. Free. 369-8255. Free. [map]

 9 p.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Apr. 6 & 20. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8) includes lesson; $5 for dance only. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Beartrap

Southeast Michigan jazz fusion quintet. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Laith Al-Saadi

This popular local singer-guitarist rocketed to national prominence in 2016 with a 4th-place finish on NBC's The Voice. His latest CD, Real, a collection of songs drawing on blues, country, gospel, and roots rock, was recorded in L.A. with an all-star cast of session legends, including saxophonist Tom Scott, drummer Jim Keltner, and bassist Leland Sklar. $25. 8-9:30 p.m. & 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Ellis Marsalis Quintet.

The father of reigning jazz masters Wynton and Branford (and 2 other musical children), Ellis Marsalis is New Orleans's premier jazz pianist. Known for a solid touch and impeccable technique, Marsalis plays with intensity rather than flash, in a style evoking gospel and blues. $50-$60. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: "Hash Bash Aftercrash."

With DJs [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Dan Hazlett

Detroit-area singer-songwriter and guitarist who plays blues-, R&B-, folk-, and jazz-influenced originals on topics that range from the outlandish to the sublime. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: Jimmy McCarty & Mystery Train Jimmy McCarty & Mystery Train

Popular rockabilly and roots-rock band led by veteran Detroit guitarist McCarty. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: FreeLance

Local dance rock cover band whose repertoire ranges from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to AC/DC and Guns & Roses to Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. [venue info]

Lo-Fi: Hydropark and Human Skull

Double bill of local Krautrock-influenced rock band Hydropark and area punk-rock trio Human Skull. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

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

Ypsi Alehouse: Poor Player

Detroit Americana alt-country quartet. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: John Natiw

Roots-oriented Americana singer-songwriter from Canton. [venue info]


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