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Calendar of Events

Friday, April 19, 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. & 1 p.m. 

Champion Gymnastics Toddler Time: Champion Gymnastics.

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Join us for Toddler Time Monday - Friday 9:00-10:00am and Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:00pm. Have fun exploring and playing in our fun pits, bouncing on our 50' trampoline, play games and learn hand eye coordination, balance and more! There's always something to do at CGAA! Children 18 months or younger are FREE! All ages are welcome!
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Rd. $7/ child. 7342221810. coachalexys@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]


 9 a.m. 

Earth Day Party: Ypsilanti Cooperative Preschool.

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Join us for an Earth Day Party. Crafts and snacks at 9am followed by an animal presentation by the Creature Conservancy at 10am.
First Baptist Church, 1110 W. Cross Street, Ypsilanti. $5 per child (babies free). shaunaebuss@gmail.com http://ypsicoop.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]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Democracy, Dictatorship and Development: In What Ways Does the Type of Political Regime Matter?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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Jonathan Hanson is a lecturer in statistics for public policy at the Ford School. As a specialist in comparative political economy and political development, he examines the ways in which, and the channels through which, political institutions affect economic performance and human development. In his recent projects, he has explored whether democracy and state capacity complement or substitute for each other when it comes to improving human development, why authoritarian regimes vary significantly in economic and social outcomes, how the spatial distribution of ethnic group populations interacts with political institutions to affect the supply of public services, and how to measure state capacity.
Dr. Hanson holds an MA in economics and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.
Washtenaw Community College, Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. $10 Day Pass - $25 five lecture series (see the web site). 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu. https://www.olli-umich.org/ [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! 

"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 a.m. 

"Just for Younger Kids: Storytime Tasting": Zingerman's Deli.

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Kids 2-5 (with caregiver) invited to listen to a food-themed story. Snack provided. Caregivers must stay with their child.
10:30-11 a.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $10 per child for storytime, additional $15 for tastings. Reservations required at events.zingermanscommunity.com. 663-3354.


 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.


 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]


 Noon-6 p.m. 

Easter Bake Sale: New Grace Apostolic Temple.

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Our annual Easter Bake sale has a wide variety of home-made baked goods for your holiday gathering. Rolls, cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more. Save the baking to us.
New Grace Apostolic Temple, 2898 Packard Rd. Free admission. 734-477-6888. www.newgrace.org [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]


 1-3 p.m. 

"21 Lessons for the 21st Century: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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What are today's greatest challenges and most important choices? How do we maintain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching? What will the future workplace look like? Yuval Harari, author of the subject book, has a unique ability to make sense of where we have come from and where we are going. We will discuss many pressing issues, including problems associated with liberal democracy, nationalism, immigration, religion, and the educational and economic response to automation. The author invites us to consider values, meaning, and personal engagement in a world full of noise and uncertainty by presenting complex contemporary challenges in 21 clear and accessible lessons. Each aims to stimulate further thinking and help us participate in some major conversations of our time.
These sessions will be led by Instructors Gail Hubbard and Ron Frisch. The Study Group meets on Fridays from 1-3 p.m., from April 19-May 17.
University Commons, 817 Asa Gray Drive. $30. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1-3 p.m. 

"Caravans, Cultures, and Chinggis Khan along the Silk Route": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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The Silk Route is a collection of pathways that together, link China to Vienna, Istanbul, Baghdad, and India across the Inner Asian steppe and desert. During our meetings, participants will discuss the Silk Route as a cultural conduit, on the one hand, as the source of empire and technologies on the other, and participants will look at specific examples of cultural dissemination.
The Silk Route has provided some of the most engaging and best-written volumes of travel literature. There will be no required readings, but students may enjoy Owen Lattimore's The Desert Road to Turkestan, from 1928, or the Franciscan William of Rubruck's account of his journey to Karakorum in 1255, where he found a Parisian goldsmith preparing a soft drink dispenser for the Khan.
This Study Group led by Rudi Lindner will meet Fridays, 1:00 -3:00 p.m., April 19 - May 10.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C. $25. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

Adult & Senior Crafts: Saline District Library.

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All adults invited; afternoon sessions geared toward age 60 & up. Supplies provided. Crafts include book-inspired paper orbs (Mar. 20), decorated clocks (Mar. 22), dream catchers (Apr. 1 & 19), photo cubes (Apr. 17), and button art (May 6 & 17).
7-8:30 p.m. (Mon. & Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m. 

"'Cartoon Boy' and Other Stories of Children in Play Therapy: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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In this course, you will read six stories of children who have lived through life events (illness, divorce, etc.) that hindered their development. The psychotherapy process involved primarily play, and opened up a new "playground" where these stressed inside feelings emerged. The feelings were lived out, and gradually new ways to cope were found. These stories have two aims: 1) To provide insight to the reader into these events, and 2) To model the play process so that a parent, relative, or close adult may use this healing process when circumstances permit.
Mr. Chethik is an Emeritus Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Michigan.
These sessions will meet on Fridays from 1-2:30 p.m. and run from April 19 through May 24.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $35. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Pet Toys": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All in grades K-8 invited to make fleece toys for dogs and feather toys for cats.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Muffins-N-Movies": Dexter District Library.

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Movies with refreshments for adults.

Mar. 15: Brooklyn, John Crowley's 2015 drama about a young Irish immigrant who navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn.

Apr. 19: Green Book, Peter Farrelly's 2018 drama about an Italian American bouncer who drives an African American classical pianist on a tour through the South in the 1960s.

May 17: Mary Queen of Scots, Josie Rourke's 2018 drama about the rivalry between Mary and Queen Elizabeth I.

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2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Tiny Window Greenhouse": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-3 invited to learn how use a plastic bag and some framing materials to make a small greenhouse to tape to a window in their home.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. (Apr. 19), & AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy (Apr. 20). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3:30-5 p.m. 

"Becoming Invisible on the Internet": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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Any time that we use computers/smartphones/tablets, our privacy could be compromised. This study group for those 50 and over will use televised presentations of professionals describing how to manage these important gateways to our personal data.
The topics covered will be (1) creating, remembering, and managing safe passwords, (2) managing emails including recognition of malicious, phishing, and other false mail, plus how to use encrypted emails, (3) safe invisible browsing of the Internet.
Instructor Sidney Kaufman will lead these 90 minutes sessions on Mondays from April 19 through May 3.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $20. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu. https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



 3:30 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, 7:10 & 9:45 p.m. 

"High Life": State Theatre.

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(Clare Denis & Jean-Pol Fargeau, 2019). Moody sci-fi thriller about a man and his infant daughter, seemingly the sole survivors on a spaceship that had been transporting death-row inmates, until they mysteriously disappeared.
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.  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! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, whatever. Maker Works members and staff on hand to help and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]


 4:10, 6:45 & 9:25 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.


 4:20 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 & 7:30 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]


 4:30, 6:50 & 9:40 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.


 4:45, 7 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Amazing Grace": Michigan Theater.

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(Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2019). Documentary about Aretha Franklin's 2-day performance with a Baptist choir in L.A. in 1972.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Family Food Tasting: Explore the World of Spices": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Zingerman's staffers share the histories of their favorite spices. Tastings.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs, 422 Detroit St. Tickets $10 per participant; registration required at events.zingermanscommunity.com. 663-3354. [map]


 5:45-7 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]



 6-7:15 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. 

"Euchre Change a Life!"

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Five-game euchre tournament. Prizes. Food & drink available; bring a snack to share, if you wish. Quarters are collected each time a team gets euchred. Proceeds benefit Haitian children. Bring a snack to share; some food and drinks available.
6 p.m. sharp (check-in 5:15-5:45 p.m.), 2|42 Community Center, 648 S. Wagner. $10 donation in advance at facebook.com/EuchreChangeALife; $20 at the door. euchrechangealife@gmail.com. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Spices & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Philippe de Vienne, owner of the Montreal tea and spice company Épices de Cru, discusses and offers taste samples of several pairings of different spices with artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Myofascial Release - Relax & Roll": Verapose Yoga.

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Start your weekend with self-care through massage. This workshop is designed to reduce pain, improve mobility, and keep tension at bay utilizing rubber balls and simple effective massage techniques. You will receive your own set of tune-up balls to bring home to maintain a self-care routine for whole body health and happiness.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Rd, Dexter. $40. 7347260086. veraposeyoga@gmail.com veraposeyoga.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Good Friday Tenebrae Service: Calvary Presbyterian Church.

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Tenebrae service follows Christ's steps from his betrayal at the Last Supper through his arrest, trial, crucifixion, and burial. The nature of this service is somber and introspective, looking at the emotion as well as the story of the last days of Christ's earthly ministry.
Calvary Presbyterian Chuch, 2727 Fernwood Ave. Free. 7349713121. calvarya2@gmail.com www.calvarya2.com [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sue William Silverman: Literati Bookstore.

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This Vermont College writing instructor reads from If the Girl Never Learns, her new collection of poems that revolve around a survivor of trauma who would do anything to save her soul. Also, readings by Michigan poets Marc Sheehan, Elizabeth Schmuhl, and Keith Taylor. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Quick Breads": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers shows how to make quick breads with everything from bananas and zucchini to peaches, pears, and blueberries. Recipes. For grade 6-adult.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sustainable Printing in the Age of the Anthropocene": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by U-M art student Olivia Arau-McSweeney.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Yes, Mom, It's Just Like Pitch Perfect": U-M Amazin' Blue.

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This U-M student a cappella ensemble performs pop songs. With performances by other U-M student groups during intermission.
7 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. $7 (students, $5). ab.biz@umich.edu. [map]


 7:25 & 9:35 p.m. 

"The Brink": State Theatre.

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(Alison Klayman, 2019). Documentary about Steve Bannon's global attempts to stoke nationalism.
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. 

Andy Beningo: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 18-20. Michigan stand-up comic known for his clean observational humor about such matters as Chinese restaurants, life as a college student, and his short-lived stint as a middle school teacher. Precede
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. 

"Brigadoon": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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This local professional theater company performs Lerner and Loewe's enduring 1947 romantic musical, the story of two Americans who stumble upon an enchanted village while hiking in Scotland. The town, Brigadoon, comes to life only one day in every hundred years, and this is a particularly eventful day--a wedding takes place, a disappointed suitor tries to wreak revenge on the whole town, and one of the Americans falls in love before the place vanishes into the mist. The show's many lovely, lilting tunes include "The Heather on the Hill," "It's Almost Like Being in Love," and the title song.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Screening of the 2015 animation Inside Out. Also, snuggles with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Ave., ste. A1. $10 in advance at tinylions.org/mewvienights. 661-3575. [map]


 8 p.m. 

AHI: The Ark.

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Stage name of Canadian alt-soul singer-songwriter Ahkinoah Habah Izarh, who "fuses a strong pop sensibility to a positive, non-threatening political message," says a PopMatters review of his acclaimed sophomore album, In Our Time.
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. 

The Otto Parts Band and Michigan Rugby Football Club Fundraiser.

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Proceeds from this 2nd Annual event support the Michigan Rugby Football Club of Ann Arbor. The venue includes breakout performances by The Otto Parts Band, Screaming Cam and The Butt Boys. Otto Parts is an unpretentious rock and punk cover band featuring crowd pleasing hits by the Ramones, Electric Six, AC/DC, KISS, Elvis Hitler, Iggy Pop, DEVO and more similar genre. Screaming Cam is a one man performance spectacle, guaranteed to entertain with electronic music experience and piercing lyrics. Butt Boys is making a return appearance at the Club Above. Butt Boys is an engaging rock band with crafty original tunes, intriguing lyrics, and restyled well-known covers.
Club Above, 215 N Main St Ann Arbor, Michigan. $5 cover. 734-972-7521. briezim@yahoo.com [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. 

"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. 

"once removed": U-M Dance Department BFA Thesis Concert.

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Apr. 18-20. A concert of new solo and group works choreographed by U-M dance majors Micky Esteban, Emily Song, Izzi Wayner, and Kiara Williams.
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. 763-5460. [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. 

"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Apr. 18-21. U-M musical theatre professor Vincent Cardinal directs musical theater students in Stephen Sondheim's Tony-winning musical dark comedy, a tale of thwarted love, social injustice, and vengeance about a deranged London barber who kills his customers and has them served up in meat pies. The operatic score ranges from a haunting choral narrative to dazzlingly melodic arias and duets.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $28-$34 (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. 

"The Gondoliers": U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

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Apr. 18-21. This accomplished town-and-gown company performs Gilbert and Sullivan's 1889 comic operetta about 2 handsome gondoliers whose romances with Venetian peasant girls are interrupted when a misunderstanding makes them kings for a day. Accidental bigamy, an arranged royal marriage, and switched-at-birth babies add twists to the lighthearted satire.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, 911 North University. Tickets $22 & $25 (seniors, $20 & $22; students, $10 & $12) in advance at umgass.org and at the door; $5 student rush tickets at the door only. umgassexec@umich.edu, 647-8436. [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.: Sam Corbin

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Girlpool

L.A. postpunk folk-rock ensemble. Opener: Hatchie, an Australian dream pop singer-songwriter. $16 ($18 at the door). [venue info]

Blue Llama: Apratim Majumdar  Apratim Majumdar

Internationally renowned classical Indian sarod virtuoso from Kolkata. $20-$30. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: Otto Parts

Local classic punk-rock & psychobilly cover band. Openers: Screaming Cam, a local electronic music performance artist, and Lawn Car, a local rock 'n' roll quartet. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Jay Frydenlund

Chirp singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [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: Killer Flamingos Killer Flamingos

Rock 'n' roll covers and originals by this popular veteran band from Dearborn. [venue info]

Live: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer- guitarist David Roof. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Ava Burnham

New York-based pop-folk singer-songwriter. [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]

Mash: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer- guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: James Henes

Local alternative rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Phillip, Rod, & Linden

Local Americana rock 'n' roll trio. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Switchbacks The Switchbacks

Local hard-rocking country and blues quintet fronted by vocalist Janet Benson. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Doogatron

Local techno ensemble. Openers: the Livonia futuristic electropop band East of Awake, the electro-pop band Lucid Machine, and the Romulus rock band Nuntheless. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Melissa May & Brian Coonan

Acoustic folk-rock covers and originals by this Bay City duo. [venue info]

 
 


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