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Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 20, 2019

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 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Antiques Market.

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Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from mid-century to industrial design to folk art and more. Delivery available. Concessions.
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free)., 678-0173. [map]

 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Day.

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What is a CSA, and which is right for you? The crux of the CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture, is that the consumer purchases a share of a particular farm's harvest upfront for the season, to be picked up regularly, and becomes a member of that farm. All of our vendors offering CSAs will be at market with information about what makes their program unique.
Ann Arbor Farmers Market, 315 Detroit Street. Free. 734.794.6255. [map]

 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Birding at Koenn": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists Kelsey Dehring and Faye Stoner lead a hike to look for early spring birds. Bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have them.
8-10 a.m., Herman Koenn Preserve, 2200 Hayes, Chelsea. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

Funkwagon Dani Darling & Jeremiah Mack and Shark Attack @Ziggy's.

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The funkmob and the first lady of neo soul. Get together to bring down the house with Jeremiah Mack and Shark Attack. AND VERY SPECIAL GUEST
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave. Donation. dontaions encourgaed for artists. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Apr. 13 & 20. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Apr. 13), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Apr. 20), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Escape Velocity": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to try an escape room, which accommodates 10 people at a time who have 30 minutes to solve an extended logic problem related to a disabled spaceship that's falling into a black hole. Three escape rooms run continuously.
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm., multipurpose rm., and Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Privacy, Safe Surfing, Blocking Ads": MacTechnics.

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Group members discuss useful resources for securing online privacy and how to use them. The program begins with a Q&A, 9-11 a.m., for Mac questions of any kind.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. [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]

 9:45 a.m. (tentative)  Free! 

26th Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Chelsea Kiwanis.

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With more than 2,500 hidden candy-filled plastic eggs, including a few that harbor special prizes. Prizes in 3 age divisions (age 3 & under, ages 4-7, age 8 & up). Also, photos with the Easter bunny.
9:45 a.m. (tentative), Chelsea Retirement Community, 805 W. Middle (west of Main), Chelsea. Free. 475-9701. [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.  Free! 

"Washtenaw County Water Security Consensus Conference": ESPA at the University of Michigan.

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In the past few years there have been repeated challenges in providing safe water to all current and future Michigan residents. These challenges have drawn the attention of policy makers and experts, but a critical component of the discussion on improving water security must be the values and perspectives of impacted community members. The consensus conference provides an opportunity for Washtenaw County residents to come together to learn about water security issues and provide their perspectives to policy makers. To better understand how to ensure water security for our county and state, we must look to those who will be most impacted-the community members themselves. We need your voice and perspective! If you live in Washtenaw County and are interested in contributing to the discussion around water security, please consider applying to be a community representative! Representatives will receive meals, transportation costs and a $15/hour stipend for their time.
Ann Arbor District Library: Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. [map]

 10a.m.-5 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. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Easter Egg Hunt: Vineyard Church.

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Egg hunt, inflatables, pony rides, face painting, and a petting zoo. Breakfast.
Vineyard, 2275 Platt. Free. 477-9135. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Easter Egg Hunt: Our Savior Lutheran Church - Chelsea, MI.

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All are welcome to join us for a free Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, beginning at 10:00. We will gather together to here the Easter story, split up into 4 age groups, and search for over 1,000 Easter Eggs. All children, infants through elementary school, are invited to take part in the hunt. For more information, call 734-475-1404 or e-mail
Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1515 S. Main St., Chelsea. Free. 7344751404. [map]

 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Youth Dance Day: Pure Existence Dance.

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Youth Dance Day is a unique one-day dance intensive open to youth ages 5-18 in the community and will offer classes including the basics of jazz, ballet, modern, and improvisational movement. The event will go from 10 am to 2:30 pm, but plan on arriving 15 minutes early to sign in. Also make sure to pack a lunch, as a 30 minute break will be allotted.
Youth Dance Day is hosted by non-profit dance company, Pure Existence, who aims to make dance accessible to ALL kids, regardless of experience or socioeconomic status.
Youth Dance Day teaches participants that dance can be a healthy outlet for self-expression. In a crafted atmosphere of acceptance and safety, staff encourage students to explore the dance space independently and with peers. Space is limited, early registration is strongly encouraged. Sign up today and reserve your spot for only $5!
P&P Dance Centre, 329 Industrial Park Drive, Belleville. $5. 517-474-0454. [map]

 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Youth Dance day: Pure Existence.

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Youth Dance Day is an event dedicated to providing artistic opportunities to youth in the local community. Our mission is to make dance accessible to ALL kids, regardless of experience and/or socioeconomic status. Youth Dance Day teaches participants that dance can be a healthy outlet for self-expression. In a crafted atmosphere of acceptance and safety, Youth Dance Day staff encourages students to explore the dance space independently and with peers.

P&P Dance Centre, 329 Industrial Park Dr., Belleville. $5. 5174740454. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to compete in a 45-round match in various positions using slow and rapid fire. Bring your own military-style rifle and ammunition.
10 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 9 a.m.), TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $15 (members, $10)., 883-1655. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Plantskydd": Downtown Home & Garden.

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Plantskydd representative Julia Hofley, a Bloomfield Hills gardener, leads a public discussion of this organic animal repellent.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Spring Eggstravaganza": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids invited to bring a basket or bag and set off on a scavenger egg hunt through LSNC trails, one for older and one for younger kids. Prizes. Also, a chance to learn about the LSNC animals that lay eggs and what their eggs look like and see the LSNC birds of prey up close. $8 per child. Preregistration required by Apr. 12.
10 a.m.-noon, LSNC, 1831 Traver. $8 per child. 997-1553. [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 & 11:30 a.m. & 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Daily, except July 4. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.


The Sky Tonight (1:30 & 2:30 p.m., Mon.-Sun., 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Thurs., 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an exploration of the current night sky.


Larry Cat in Space (3:30 p.m. daily) is the animated tale of a cat who stows away on a trip to the moon.


Dynamic Earth (10:30 a.m. Sat.) traces a trail of energy from the Sun through the Earth's atmosphere and into the biosphere.

Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. 764-0478. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Designing a Medicine Garden": Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine.

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Talk by Gaia Center for Herbal Studies founder Mary Light. Followed 11 a.m.-3 p.m. by an open house (see listing below).
10:30 a.m., AASM, 6276 Jackson Rd., ste. B. Free., 769-7794. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Purple Rose Concert Reading Series": Chelsea District Library.

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Purple Rose Theatre artistic director Guy Sanville directs Purple Rose actors in readings, usually from new scripts being considered for production. Apr. 20: Paint, Purple Rose resident artist Carey Crim's new dramedy about 5 moms whose carefully cultivated facades crumble at a "paint and sip" event. May 18: TBA. Followed by a discussion.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- YDL Superior": Black Men Read.

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Join us on the third Saturday of each month at YDL Superior for storytelling and crafts!
Black Men Read is an homage to the history of storytelling among African people. All families are invited and encouraged to attend. Stories and activities will be geared for children K-5
Ypsilanti District Library- Superior Branch, 8795 Macarthur Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine.

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Tastings of dandelion chai and "muscle repair tea." Also, a chance to view and learn about medicinal herbs and to tour the healing arts studio and apothecary space and learn about the services they offer.
AASM, 6276 Jackson Rd., ste. B. Free., 769-7794. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Botanical Terminology: A Look at Words We Can Use to Describe Flower and Plant Parts": Great Lakes Judging Society (Orchids).

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Talk by accredited orchid judge Dave Miller. Followed at 1 p.m. by orchid judging.
11 a.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. (269) 979-7974. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Mo Willems Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Librarians read stories from Mo Willems' popular series of picture books. Also, Elephant and Piggie-themed crafts. For grades preK-3.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Pilgrim's Progress": Fathom Events.

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Animated adaptation of John Bunyan's 17th-century Christian allegory.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $11.50 in advance at and at the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20). [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Egg Hunt at Eberwhite!": Treasuring Christ Church.

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RAIN OR SHINE // You are invited to join our community Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20 from 1-3 pm indoors at Eberwhite Elementary. We will be providing egg hunts for kids of all ages, games, and face painting. Admission is free. Don't forget your basket!
*This is not a school event. This event is open to the public.
Hosted by Treasuring Christ Church,
Eberwhite Elementary, 800 Soule Blvd Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 919-671-0707. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Congolese Dance Class Showing": U-M Dance Department.

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Demonstration of Congolese dances (with live drumming) performed by students in U-M dance lecturer Jean-Claude "Biza" Sompa's courses.
1 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. Free. 763-5460. [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]

 2 p.m. 

Canceled: U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 13-15: Home-opening 4-game series for a U-M team that was runner-up in the 2019 College World Series. This month's schedule also includes a Big 10-opening 3-game series vs. Purdue (Mar. 20, 4 p.m.; Mar. 21, 2 p.m.; Mar. 22, 1 p.m.), a single game vs. WMU (Mar. 25, 4 p.m.), and a 3-game series vs. Nevada (Mar. 27, 4 p.m.; Mar. 28, 2 p.m.; Mar. 29, 1 p.m.).
4 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. (Sat.), and 1 p.m. (Sun.), Ray Fisher Stadium, 1114 S. State. Tickets TBA at & at the gate. 764-0247. [map]

 2 & 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 and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [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 & 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 and at the door; $5 student rush tickets at the door only., 647-8436. [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]

 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.

 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]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Cheese 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Discussion & tastings of the 7 major varieties of cheese, with bread and other accompaniments.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 4, 6:50 & 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.

 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! 

"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]

 4:15, 6:45 & 9:15 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:20, 7:30 & 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:30, 7 & 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Yoga for Beginners": Isha Foundation.

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All invited to try simple yoga postures.
4:30-6 p.m., AADL Downtown Branch freespace, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. (313) 451-4742. [map]

 4:40 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.

 4:45, 7:30 & 9:40 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Passover Second Night Seder: Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for a secular Seder, written by JCS members, focusing on the continual need to work for freedom around the world. Bring a kosher-for-Passover, nut-free dish to pass for a vegetarian potluck.
6 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Donation. Reservations required at 975-9872. [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]

 7:20 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)., 668-TIME.

 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Megan Wilson calls to music by Golden Griffon Stringtet. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring clean, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (Grange members, $7; students with ID, $5). 476-4650. [map]

 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]

 8 p.m. 

Alexis Lombre Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jazz trio led by this 22-year-old U-M piano student whose 2017 debut album, Southside Sounds, is a tribute to her upbringing on Chicago's South Side. She's already a veteran band leader and sidewoman, performing regularly at major jazz festivals since 2013. Her music is inspired by the soulful sounds of Art Blakey & his Jazz Messengers.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Stormy Chromer w/ Pajamas & Earth Radio.

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A night of live music featuring Stormy Chromer, a Southeast Michigan based band pioneering a new style of improvisational rock; Pajamas, a Southeast Michigan based trio creating a unique blend of improvisational rock, funk and fusion; and Earth Radio, a West Michigan based progressive soul quintet making their Ann Arbor debut.
Doors @ 8 PM / $10
The Blind Pig, 208 S 1st St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. $10. (734) 996-8555. [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. 

"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.
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.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [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, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [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]

 10 p.m. 

"The Cornetto Trilogy": State Theatre.

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Apr. 13: "Shaun of the Dead" (Edgar Wright, 2004). Zombie invasion comedy. 10 p.m.

Apr. 20: "Hot Fuzz" (Edgar Wright, 2007). Cop thriller parody. 10 p.m.

Apr. 27: "The World's End" (Edgar Wright, 2013). Apocalyptic comedy set about 40-something men on a pub crawl. 10 p.m.
10 p.m., State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8). 668-TIME.


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Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: An Dro

Grand Rapids Celtic-based worldbeat trio of fiddler Michele Venegas, percussionist Carolyn Koebel, and Jim Spalink on bouzouki, hurdy- gurdy, and Celtic harp. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Stormy Chromer

Local progressive jam-rock quartet. Openers: Pajamas, a local pop-rock jam trio, and Earth Radio, a Grand Rapids progressive soul quintet. $10. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Paul Keller Quintet

Mainstream jazz by this local ensemble led by veteran bassist Keller. [venue info]

Club Above: Goodbye Sleep

Local post-emo indie rock quartet. Openers: Former Critics, a Chesterfield (MI) emo pop-punk quartet, and other bands TBA. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Natiw

Roots-oriented Americana singer-songwriter from Canton. [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: First Call

Detroit R&B dance sextet. [venue info]

Mash: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter, a former Ragbirds guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Dave Menzo Band

Ensemble led by local pop-rock singer-songwriter Menzo. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: John Heath

Georgia-bred local blues-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: T-Bone Paxton

A mix of classic jazz and blues by an ensemble fronted by this Detroit trombonist-vocalist. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Cellar Cats Cellar Cats

An eclectic mix of rock 'n' roll, Motown, blues, soul, R&B, progressive rock, and swing by this ensemble of veteran local musicians fronted by singer-flutist Patty O'Connor. With guitarist and harmonica player Myron Grant, guitarist Kip Godwin, keyboardist Mark Wight, bassist Terry Gordinier, drummer John Marion, and Charles Dayringer on congas, clarinet, and sax. A benefit for SafeHouse. 10 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Funkwagon

Gospel-charged funk-rock by this septet that splits its time between Detroit and Burlington (VT). Openers: Dani Darling, a jazz- inflected pop-soul singer-songwriter, and Jeremiah Mack & the Shark Attack, an Ypsilanti acoustic rock trio. 8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Brown & Falk

Originals and offbeat covers in an eclectic mix of styles from bluegrass and blues to folk and jazz by the veteran duo of singer- guitarists Rick Brown and Jack Falk. [venue info]


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