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Calendar of Events

Friday, April 12, 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]



 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Library Camp 2019: An Unconference": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to join hour-long sessions (with one or more beginning at 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. and 2 & 3 p.m.) for free-ranging discussions about libraries and library technology. Preregistration requested at aadl.org/libcamp19
9 a.m.-5 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [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.  Free! 

"In Pieces": Saline Area Senior Center Bookworm Club.

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All seniors invited to discuss Sally Field's 2018 memoir.
10-11:15 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration and $15 annual membership required. 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.


 11:30 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. 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, 6, & 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Grief Week": GrieveWell.

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Apr. 9-12. This series of grief-related events kicks off with New York writer (and cofounder of the bereavement website Modern Loss) Rebecca Soffer (Apr. 9; 7 p.m.; Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington) reading from her new book, Modern Loss: Candid Conversations About Grief. Beginners Welcome. The book draws on submissions to the website from such writers as rocker Amanda Palmer, Girls writer and comic Yassir Lester, CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter, and others. Q&A. Signing. Other events include the grief processing workshop "The Birdhouse Project" (Apr. 10, 7 p.m., $25, Red Cross Bldg., preregistration required at bit.ly/2BlYemn), a "Yupo Painting Workshop" (Apr. 11, 6 p.m., $35, 4844 Jackson Rd. ste. 100), an artmaking "Open Studio Workshop" (Apr. 12, 2-4 p.m., $25, 4484 Jackson Rd. ste. 100), a "Grief Art Walk" (Apr. 12, 6 p.m., free, meet at Literati) to view the Grief Week exhibit of art at downtown businesses, and "Tea and Conversations about Grief" (Apr. 12, 8:30 p.m., free, TeaHaus, 204 N. Fourth Ave.).
Various times & locations. Free (except as noted). 975-0238.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Afrofuturist Challenges to Humanism: The Fiction of Sharon Dodua Otoo": U-M German Department.

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Talk by University of North Carolina German professor Priscilla Layne.
3-5 p.m., 3308 MLB, 812 E. Washington. Free. 764-8018. [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]


 3:45, 6:45 & 9:20 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 & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Hummingbird Project": State Theatre.

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(Kim Nguyen, 2019). Thriller about 2 high-frequency traders who take on their old boss in a high-stakes fiber-optic cable deal.
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.


 4-7 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]


 4-7 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! 

"Film's Mise-en-Scène as Labor's Social Space": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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University of Southern California film professor Priya Jaikumar discusses the ways Bollywood film backgrounds represent India's political and economic landscape.
4 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]


 4:15, 7 & 9:35 p.m. 

"The Public": Michigan Theater.

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(Emilio Estevez, 2019). Drama about the political and social fallout that happens when homeless people stage a sit-in as a pretext to stay in a public library overnight during an arctic blast.
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]


 4:15, 6:50 & 9:25 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. 

"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]


 4:25, 7:05 & 9:35 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.


 4:30-7 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]



 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]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Apr. 12 & 26. Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch the animated film The Good Dinosaur (Apr. 12) and the live-action dog adventure Homeward Bound (Apr. 26). Also, crafts and a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [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! 

Julia Henshaw: Bookbound.

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This Northfield Twp.-based writer, a Virginia native, reads from and discusses Real Good Stories, her new memoir in essays about her life and extensive travels. It revolves around such characters as a Detroit murderer, a Buddhist nun in Hong Kong, Eleanor Roosevelt, a racist minister, and the wet nurse of a baby bear. Light refreshments. Signing.
6 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"TasteFest": Michigan Ability Partners Fundraiser.

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Strolling buffet with food from area restaurants. With live jazz by the local band Five Miles More. Live and silent auctions. Cash bar.
6-9 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $45 in advance at mapagency.org; $50 at the door. 975-6880. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Actions and Perspectives on Anxiety": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Join us for an evening of coming together to share the ways that anxiety and anxious thinking can impact our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. This facilitated, interactive dialogue is co-hosted by Debora Collins, Limited License Psychologist of Ann Arbor's Aim and Intent Psychotherapy and Wellness Clinic, and Courtney Keating, RN and Registered Yoga Teacher. Unaddressed anxiety can undermine us, but it can be difficult to know how to challenge our unhelpful behaviors and patterns of thought. We will share cognitive-reframing tools for anxiety reduction, strategies to improve communication, and ways to make the most out of self-care in order to live a satisfying, meaningful life.
This event takes place at a serene and welcoming venue. Yoga mats are provided for floor seating. Please dress comfortably and feel free to bring a cushion for extra comfort. There are a limited number of chairs available, if needed. Please request this when you RSVP at www.motathaiyoga.com.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. Donation. $10 Suggested Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Movie for Adults": Dexter District Library.

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All adults invited. Apr. 12: Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer's 2018 biopic about Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury. May 10: Instant Family, Sean Anders' 2018 comic drama about a couple fostering 3 kids.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Webcast from KTD: Loving-Kindness and Compassion": Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, the Abbot of our parent monastery Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, and the founder of Ann Arbor KTC, will give teachings at KTD on loving-kindness and compassion which are fundamental to the genuine practice of Buddhism.
We will be viewing the teachings by live webcast as a group at Ann Arbor KTC.
There is also an opportunity to submit questions for Khenpo Rinpoche.
More information about the teaching is available on the KTD events calendar.
The webcast schedule is:
FRIDAY:
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
SATURDAY:
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
SUNDAY:
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Free, donations welcome.
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner Street. Free. Donations accepted.. 734-678-7549. maxwellsmith1793@gmail.com annarborktc.org [map]



 7 p.m. 

"Angels: Back to the 80s": U-M Angels on Call.

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This U-M a cappella ensemble performs an eclectic mix of Broadway and pop tunes, including James Blake's "Retrograde," Sinatra's "Come Fly with Me," Vulfpeck's "Animal Spirits," a medley of Billie Eilish's "Ocean Eyes" and "Lovely," Saint Motel's "Cold Cold Man," and more.
7 p.m., 1324 East Hall, 530 Church. $7 (students, $5) angelsoncall.um@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Laughing for a Cause": Ann Arbor Women's Group.

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All-ages standup by Billy Ray Bauer and Kate Brindle. Bauer is a dynamic Detroit jokester who uses a fine repertoire of voices and dialects to tell fresh, lively stories, often drawn from his experiences as the father of 4 boys. Brindle is a Dexter-bred comic whose silly and sarcastic observational humor revolves around everyday occurrences and her family. The program begins with a talk by a speaker in a 12-step recovery program. Proceeds benefit A2WG's women's recovery events. Concessions & 50/50 raffle.
7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. $15 in advance at A2womensgroup.org; $20 at the door. Free child care available upon request for kids age 11 & under. 666-9332. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Loving-Kindness and Compassion": Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Choling.

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Talk by Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery (Woodstock, N.Y.) abbot Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.
7 p.m., KTC, 614 Miner. Free. 678-7549. [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 p.m. 

"The Bach(g)elor": U-M Gimble A Cappella.

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This student ensemble performs its own arrangements of Shawn Mendes' "Lost in Japan," Hozier's "Work Song," Billie Eilish's "When the Party's Over," and more.
7 p.m., 140 Lorch Hall, 611 Tappan. $10 (students, $7). gimbleacappella.com. [map]


 7:15 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Robert Messer, Linda Hanson, and Ray Bantle lead to music by Judi Morningstar, Martha Stokely, and guest musicians Catherine Panning and fiddler-keyboardist Luke Panning. For experienced dancers.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse (off S. State across from the airport). $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Jimmy Pardo: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 12 & 13. A frequent guest on late-night TV who is regularly featured on Conan, this West Coast comic is known for his engaging personality, expressive face, improv skills, playfully challenging sparring with his audience, and hilarious railings on all things moronic, including himself. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $16 reserved seating in advance, $18 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Michael Lewin: U-M School of Music.

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This internationally acclaimed concert pianist performs works by Gottschalk and Beethoven.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Groove.

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High-energy performance by this U-M student percussion-and-dance ensemble, which uses both traditional and nontraditional instruments (trash cans, propane tanks, toothbrushes, and more).
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Michigan Theater. Tickets $8 (students, $5) in advance at ticketmaster.com, and (if available) at the door. (800) 745-3000. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"A Call for Revolution": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Crazy Wisdom owner Bill Zirinsky, of the Dalai Lama's 2017 manifesto.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Handel's Semele": University Musical Society.

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Harpsichordist Harry Bicket leads London-based Baroque ensemble The English Concert and a cast of accomplished singers in Handel's oratorio based on the Greek myth of Semele, the woman whose tryst with Zeus resulted in the birth of Dionysus.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$70 in advance at ums.org, the Michigan League, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

A Night at Sherzer Observatory: MSU Science Festival.

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Visitors will enjoy a scenic overview of Eastern Michigan University's Ypsilanti campus, while observing a variety of objects above using a mix of high tech telescopes and guided by our enthusiastic staff.
Sherzer Observatory, Sherzer Observatory, Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 487-3033. scifest@msu.edu https://sciencefestival.msu.edu/Event/View/1125



 8 p.m.  Free! 

Contemporary Directions Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Oriol Sans conducts this adventurous ensemble of music majors in the suite from Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat and contemporary Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen's Catch and Release, a work meant to accompany L'Histoire. Also, British Composer Anna Clyne's 1987 and Jennifer Higdon's Zaka, which critic Rob Barnett calls "a fantastic sprint full of irresistible Stravinskian energy."
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Don Campbell: Green Wood Coffee House (First United Methodist Church).

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Veteran Portland (ME) country-flavored folk-rock singer-songwriter whose influences range from the Celtic and Canadian Maritimes music of his family to Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, the Beatles, and novelist Stephen King. Tonight he performs material from his 23-song collection Kites to Fly: Celebrating the Music of Dan Fogelberg.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $20 in advance at eventbrite.com and at the door. 665-8558. [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. 

"Becoming Untethered": U-M Dance Department BFA Thesis Concert.

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Apr. 11-13. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance majors Celina Lindland, Grace Nagelvoort, Sheli Ruffer, and Audrey Vogelsang.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Dance Studio, 1310 North University Ct. $7 at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. 763-5460. [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. 

"Little Women": Concordia University.

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Apr. 11-14. Concordia students perform Allan Knee, Jason Howland, and Mindi Dickstein's 2005 musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel about 4 sisters growing up in Concord (MA) during the Civil War. The score is inspired by period waltzes, polkas, and quadrilles.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theatre, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $14 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at cuaa.edu/kreftarts. 995-7537. [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 & 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. 

"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]


 8 p.m. 

"Tribute to Tad Weed": Kerrytown Concert House Jazz Masters Series.

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This veteran local straight-ahead jazz trio of drummer Sean Dobbins, pianist Rick Rowe, and bassist Kurt Krahnke in celebration of Tad Weed, the popular local jazz piano veteran who died last August.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$35 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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]


 9:25 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Alex Mendenall

Lansing soul-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

B-Side: "Indie Rock Show."

With 4 local teen bands, the indie rock trio The Present Company, the upbeat pop-rock quintet The Left Lanes, an ensemble led by indie pop-folk singer-songwriter Hazel Byers, and the middle school all-female pop-rock cover band Sonic Flashback. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Jacob Sigman

Toledo folk-rock singer-songwriter. Openers: The Kelseys, a local rock quartet, and Saomi Nofia, a local electro-pop singer-songwriter, $9-$12. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Ensemble led by prominent postbop saxophonist Coltrane, the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. $45-$55. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Circ Bar: Camila Ballario Camila Ballario

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

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Ed Dupas

Local country-folk Americana singer-songwriter whose influences range from Springsteen to Steve Earle. Opener: Audra Kubat, a veteran Detroit Music Award-winning pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Habitat Lounge: Persuasion

Versatile Detroit R&B dance band. [venue info]

Live: The Stomp Rockets The Stomp Rockets

Garage-rock quartet led by vocalist Dan Mulholland, the former leader of the Watusis, the Vibratrons, and several other great local rock 'n' roll bands. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Detroit's Own Soul Purpose Detroit's Own Soul Purpose

An eclectic mix of genres from funk and blues-rock to hard country by this Westland quintet fronted by vocalist Carol Holmes. [venue info]

Mash: The George and Laura Duo The George and Laura Duo

Funky soul and R&B by the duo of vocalist Laura Rain and her husband, guitarist George Friend. 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]

Ypsi Alehouse: John Louis Good

Jackson singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays folk and country music on guitar, harmonica, kazoo, jaw harp, and bass. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Chef Chris Cookin' Up the Blues

An evening of postpunk downhome blues by a duo led by veteran local vocalist and blues harpist Chef Chris Sirvinskis. [venue info]

 
 


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