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Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 27, 2019

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 7 a.m. 

"Yoga & Brunch": Yogando Retreats.

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60 minutes of YOGA led by Risa (Tiny Buddha Yoga) + delicious brunch (offered from Wilma's)
Ticket includes:
- Yoga class
- Vegetarian brunch (vegan options included)
- Extra special Yogando treats
Please, note:
- Bring your own yoga mat
- Give us any special dietary/allergy needs
- Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
wilma's, 403 East Washington Street. $45. 7348123594. [map]

 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $75 in advance at 429-9561. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"River Roundup": Huron River Watershed Council.

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Join a small team of your friends, family, and other interesting volunteers. Collect samples of bugs and other creatures that live in our streams. These insects tell us how healthy the river system is, where the healthier areas are, and where we need to focus our restoration efforts.
Volunteers meet in Ann Arbor and then trained volunteer leaders take you to two stream sites. At these sites, you help search through stones, leaves, and sediment to find the insects in their homes. Only trained volunteers go in the water. Dress to be in the field for a couple hours. You must register early to be assigned to a team.
Children are welcome to attend with an adult.
HRWC Office, 1100 N. Main. Free. 734-769-5123. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon 

Mom to Mom Sale: Chelsea MOPS.

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Chelsea MOPS annual Mom To Mom Sale. Table space available. Contact Aimee at for details. 50 tables of gently used children's items and a large item room. Strollers welcome.
Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St, Chelsea. $1. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 13, 14, 20, 27, & 28. All invited to help maintain natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.


Apr. 13: Berkshire Creek Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Warwick off Glenwood) to remove garlic mustard from the mature oak-hickory forest, whose native plant communities protect the waters of Malletts Creek.


Apr. 14: Folkstone Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the entrance at the north end of Folkstone Ct. off Larchmont from Green Rd., north of Glazier Way) to remove invasives from this small 3-acre park.


Apr. 20: Cedar Bend Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Island Park parking lot, 1450 Island Dr.)to remove dame's rocket while enjoying the migratory birds at this popular bird habitat.


Apr. 27: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to plant shrubs along Malletts Creek.


Apr. 27: The Ponds Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Emerald & Candlewick) to remove non-native plants from this small family-friendly park.


Apr. 28: White Oak Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the White Oak Dr. entrance, west off Newport) to remove garlic mustard, dame's rocket, and bittercress to make room for spring wildflowers.


Apr. 28: Molin Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Powell & Columbia) to remove invasives from this 7-acre linear park popular with beginning hikers.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. In warmer weather, hikes may go to the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]

 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"River Roundup": Huron River Watershed Council.

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All invited to learn about and help collect macroinvertebrates--including insect larvae and other small creatures like crayfish--from Huron River tributaries as part of this popular annual Adopt-a-Stream event for measuring the river's health. Bring a bag lunch. Kids (with caregiver) welcome. Rain or shine.
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (choose one), meet at the NEW Center (1100 N. Main) to carpool. Free. Preregistration required at, 769-5123.

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for!
This all levels conditioning class is perfect for new aerialists, or for experienced flyers as a supplement to your current training. 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.
Get ripped and have fun doing it! Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. 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]

 10 a.m. 

16th Annual Prayer Breakfast: Naomi Chapter #12, Order of Eastern Star.

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Join the officers and members of Naomi Chapter No. 12, Order of the Eastern Star for our 16th Annual Prayer Breakfast.
- Powerful prayers
- Student Stipend Award presentation
- "Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things" award presentation
- Meet and Greet newest member
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Kensington Hotel-
3500 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI
10 a.m.
Ticket donation is $30.
Tickets available from Cre Larkin at 734-368-2166 or
Cheri Pritchett at 734-276-6704 or any member of Naomi Chapter.
Kensington Hotel, 3500 S. State St. $30. 734-368-2166. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Friends at the Front Porch Spring Sale.

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Apr. 27 & 28. Juried show and sale of works by Michigan artists and crafters, including handwoven textiles, jewelry, ceramics, book arts, and more. Also, a chance to explore a weaving studio.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), 1219 Traver. Free admission. 662-7134. [map]

 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Use Bike Sale: Common Cycle.

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Common Cycle, Ann Arbor's non-profit bicycle co-op, will hold a spring used bicycle sale at their workshop at 416 W. Huron St. #11 in Ann Arbor.
The sale will include operating used bikes, some incomplete bike projects, bike parts and bike accessories including a few bicycle utility trailers.
Bicycles are available from $20 to $200. All have been evaluated and repaired, as needed, by Common Cycle volunteer mechanics.
Proceeds will go to fund Common Cycle's education and refugee bicycle programs.
Common Cycle is an all volunteer, non-profit that has been in operating since 2010. Now operating at their physical location Common Cycle offers classes, open workshops, Women/Trans/Femme events and other events throughout the year. Common Cycle supplies bicycles to established social service agencies for their clients in need.
Common Cycle workshop, 416 W. Huron St. #11. Free. [map]

 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Music Together teacher Dianne Dudley leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and dancing.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Math Mayhem": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Hands-on math activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & Noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Planting Your Vegetable Garden": Project Grow.

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Project Grow gardener Marcella Trautmann discusses how to prepare beds for planting, amending the soil, staking methods and materials, row covers, and weed prevention.
10 a.m.-noon, Project Grow Community Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Tickets $5 at 996-3169. [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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Every Thurs., Sat., & Sun., beginning Apr. 18. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.


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


The Cosmic Recipe: Setting the Periodic Table (10:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) explores how the Big Bang and the stars created elements we interact with every day, including carbon, calcium, and silicon.


Expedition Reef (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) provides an up-close look at the beauty and diversity of life in a coral reef threatened by climate change.

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

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a Donation YinYasa Yoga class (suggested donation $5-$20)
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Mota Thai Yoga is located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Free Self-Defense Workshop for Adults.

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Free Adult Self-Defense Workshop: The 3 Self-Defense Techniques Everybody Should Know. Easy to learn self-defense techniques for beginners. Finally - the peace of mind you deserve!
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. [map]

 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Art Studio: Painting with Paper": UMMA.

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Families with kids age 6 & up invited to make art inspired by the current exhibit of collage art by Mark Bradford. Local artist Susan Clinthorne is on hand to help.
11 a.m. & 2 p.m. (choose one), UMMA, 525 S. State. Preregistration required at 764-0395. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Artist Spring Open House: Nicole Ardis.

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Local jewelry designer Nicole Ardis will be opening her studio for a Spring Sample Sale on Friday, April 26 7-10pm, and Saturday, April 27 12-4pm. Nicole specializes in exquisitely designed and artisan made sterling-silver and precious/semi-precious gemstone jewelry, many with surprising touches of other materials such as leather and Venetian glass. While Nicole has been designing jewelry for the Sundance Catalog for over ten years, this open-house will highlight pieces from her own line, most of which are one-of-a-kind. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings will be available at a variety of price points. Join her and her team for this unique shopping opportunity!
Nicole Ardis Studio, 212 E Huron, Ste 2, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104. Free. 7343580242. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"11th Annual Midwest Literary Walk": Chelsea District Library.

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Readings by 3 writers at different Chelsea locations. The lineup includes celebrated L.A.-based Chicano writer Luis Rodriguez (2:30 p.m., Chelsea Depot), this year's Chelsea District Library Artist-in-Residence, National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee (1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 121 E. Middle), whose sprawling family epic Pachinko an NPR reviewer calls "the kind of book that can open your eyes and fill them with tears at the same time," and Anissa Gray, whose debut novel, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, is a family drama about 3 sisters, one of whom is arrested along with her socially prominent husband.
1-5 p.m., various downtown locations, Chelsea. Free.

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a sloth (2 & 4 p.m.) and a cougar (4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a cane toad, red-tailed boa, armadillo, and tegu, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including an emu, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Crocheted Beaded Edge Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to crochet a decorative edging using thread and beads. Crochet experience required. Materials provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Apr. 27 & 28. Video game tournaments. Apr. 27: "Splatoon 2: Hyper Local Splatfest." For adults and teens grade 6 & up. Apr. 28: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe." For all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Macrame Plant Hangers': Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for all grade 6-adult. Materials provided. No prior experience required.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 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.

 2 p.m. 

U-M Softball.

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


Mar. 19: WMU. 4 p.m.


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


Apr. 3: Toledo. 4 p.m.


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


Apr. 23: MSU.


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

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

 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! 

"Llamas!": Nicola's Books.

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A staffer reads from Anna Dewdney's popular Llama Llama picture book series. Also, a Llama Llama cardboard cutout (bring a camera to get photos).
Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Pippin": Horizon Performing Arts.

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Apr. 26-28. Connor Rhoades directs local actors in Stephen Schwartz's 1972 Broadway hit, a pop-rock musical about the son of King Charlemagne, a hapless klutz who seeks the meaning of life through exploits in war, sex, and politics. The show's better-known songs include "Magic to Do," "No Time at All," and "Simple Joys."
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $15 in advance at & at the door. 544-8703. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Polymer Clay Key Caps": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to make a decorative cover to distinguish a particular key on a ring.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Read and Look": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Kids ages 4-8 (with caregiver) invited to tour the museum. Also, a reading of Susan Verde's picture book, The Museum.
Kelsey, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]

 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. [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.

 2:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Afternoon": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to play board games, including Oregon Trail, Ticket to Ride, Yeti in My Spaghetti, Dominion, Sushi Go, Stratego, Grand Austria Hotel, Spaceteam, & more. Bring your own, if you wish.
2:30-5:30 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [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 p.m. 

"Bride + 1": Michigan Theater.

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(Christina Morales Hemenway, 2019). Rom-com short starring local filmmaker Hemenway as a 39-year-old never-married Latina who sends out "save the date" cards to lure in prospective grooms. 3 p.m.

Followed at 5 p.m. by a VIP reception at Sava's restaurant ($54 in advance at
3 p.m, Michigan Theater. $13., 668-TIME. [map]

 3 p.m. 

"Hit and Misdemeanor": Huron High School Players.

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Apr. 27 and May 3 & 4. Students perform William Gleason's 1984 suspense comedy about 2 young women who play cops on a popular TV show. Though they hate each other off screen, they must team up to fight a real-life threat. Note: new dates & times.
3 p.m. (Apr. 27) & 7:30 p.m. (May 3 & 4), HHS, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $10 (students, seniors, and HHS staff, $8). 994-2040. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Tea & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly hot teas with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. . [map]

 4 p.m. 

"The Amazing Race": Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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The Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor (CSC) will host its 11th Annual Amazing Race on April 27, 2019.
One of CSC's largest yearly fundraisers, the Amazing Race is a family friendly Ann Arbor-based driving scavenger hunt, where teams of four people solve clues, hunt for hidden locations and landmarks throughout town, and compete to be the first team to complete the course. It's a great adventure that is fun for all ages!
All proceeds remain local at the CSC of Greater Ann Arbor and are used to provide free cancer support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer, including loved ones and children. For more information about the Amazing Race, contact the Cancer Support Community at 734-975-2500 or
Cancer Support Community. 734-975-2500.

 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. 

Red Shoe Company: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local chamber ensemble dedicated to postmodernist and avant-garde works led by violinist Teagan Faran. Program: Tonia Ko's Breath, Contained, Annea Lockwood's bayou-bourne (for Pauline), John Cage's Radio Music, Pauline Oliveros's Quintessential, and two duos: a Red Shoe Company Original Duo, and a Free Improv duo.
4 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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 p.m. 

"The Amazing Race": Cancer Support Community Fundraiser.

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All invited to form (or join) teams of 4 to compete in this scavenger hunt throughout town. Followed at 7 p.m. by a post-race party with refreshments, entertainment, and prizes.
4 p.m., Atria Park Business Center, 2008 Hogback. $50 per person in advance at, 975-2500. [map]

 5 p.m. 

"Bride+1 VIP MI Cast & Crew Reception": Dancingstar Productions.

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Bride+1 is a romantic comedy about a 39 year old Latina who has never been married but wants kids, sends out a "save the date" notice for her wedding to all her loved ones even though she has no groom- yet. She figures if she builds it, he will come!
Local filmmaker, Christina Morales Hemenway, stars in this hilarious romantic comedy with a fabulous cast you'll recognize from Will&Grace, Independence Day and Academy Award winning Green Book.
Wear your favorite tux, wedding dress or tackiest bridesmaid's dress, drink, dance and be merry with the MI cast and crew of Bride+1 after the advanced screening at the Michigan Theater:
There will be gourmet food, music from the soundtrack, a cash bar and of course wedding cake!
Only 50, $50 VIP tickets will be available!
Sava's, 216 S. State Street Ann Arbor MI 48104. $50. 734-623-2233. [map]

 5-10 p.m. 

"Parents Night Out: Stories of the Sky": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All in grades K-6 invited to learn the science behind telescopes while studying constellations and planets. Also, a Panera PB&J or turkey sandwich and a late-night popcorn snack. Activities held outdoors as much as possible, so kids should come dressed for the weather.
5-10 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $30 (members, $25) per child. Registration required by noon on Apr. 24. 997-1553. [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]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Lift Off: Lodestar": A2 Aviary.

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A lodestar a star that is used to guide the course of a ship. A guiding light, role model, model, luminary, a principle that always influences or directs your actions.
What sets someone's course in life? Is it another person? A hero, a peer? A place? An experience? A dream? All of the above? Join us for an unforgettable night of aerial and acrobatic performance as our talented students take us on an exploration what guides and influences them.
$10 in advance via Brown Paper Tickets (
Doors at 6:30pm
Show begins at 7pm sharp
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $10-15. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

13th Annual Chelsea Bands Mardi Gras Fundraiser.

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Music on 3 stages performed by student musicians in grades 5-12. Silent auction. Food available.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer Dr., Chelsea. Tickets $5 (families, $20) at the door. 433-2201. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Salto Dance Company.

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This U-M student dance troupe performs classical and contemporary ballet.
7 p.m., Mendelssohn Theater, 911 North University. $10 (students, $8; kids age 11 & under, free). [map]

 7 & 8:45 p.m. 

"Just Desserts: 24 Hour Theatre": Community High School Ensemble Theater Fundraiser.

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Community High students present a program of 6 original short plays written yesterday and rehearsed overnight at the school.
7 & 8:45 p.m., Community High School Craft Theater, 401 N. Division. (Parking available in the lot behind the school, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St.) $15 in advance at and at the door. 994-2021. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Music of Sacred Spaces": Riverfolk Music & Arts Organization.

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The Boychoir of Ann Arbor and the Brandenburg Project of the Community Music School of Ann Arbor perform excerpts of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and the final chorale from Bach Cantata 147, "Jesu, bleibet meine Freude."
7:30 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 210 W. Main, Manchester. Free. 663-5377. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Sketch Comedy Revue: Greenhills School Voodoo Theater Company.

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Apr. 26 & 27. Greenhills students present comedy sketches they've written and produced.
7:30 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Tickets $5. 769-4010. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Tommy Ryman: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 25-27. Debut local performance by this Minneapolis-based comic, named by Paste Magazine as one of "12 Great Stand-Up Comedians from the Midwest." He talks with affable whimsy about such things as growing up with hippie parents, dealing with the antics of his rescue dog, and the perils of planning a marriage proposal. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Fame": Pioneer High School Theatre Guild.

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Apr. 27 & 28 and May 3-5. Students perform Steve Margoshes, Jose Fernandez, and Jacques Levy's musical, based on the 1980 film set at the celebrated NYC High School for the Performing Arts. Songs include "Hard Work," "I Want to Make Magic," "There She Goes," "Think of Meryl Streep," the popular title tune, and more.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, and PHS staff, $10) in advance at, 994-2191. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Mr. B's Blues and Boogie Celebration": The Ark.

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Ann Arbor's own world-renowned blues pianist, Mark "Mr. B" Braun, hosts his 22nd annual celebration of blues and jazz piano featuring celebrated Detroit boogie-woogie pianist Bob Seely, Italian swing pianist Luca Filastro, and French boogie-woogie pianist Philippe LeJeune.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 (students, $20) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Trivia with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All age 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $15. Preregistration available at 661-3575. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Beethoven 9: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Saturday, April 27th. 8 p.m. Hill Auditorium. 7:00 p.m. pre-concert lecture.
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor with Jacqueline Echols, Freda Herseth, Scott Piper, Stephen West, and UMS Choral Union
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major.
"Shocking! A chorus and soloists in a finale? It's just never done!" Ah, but Ludwig van Beethoven was a revolutionary. He didn't let that stop him from composing what may be the most glorious - and most downloaded and Spotified - piece of music ever written. Symphony No. 9 speaks to our higher ideas and a message of joy, sung by a finely matched quartet of soloists who you'll long remember. It's a perfect pairing with Shostakovich's homage to Beethoven. Without chorus or soloists, Shostakovich fills his work with hidden messages that intrigue listeners even today.
Hill Auditorium, 825 N University Ave. $20-$72 for Single Tickets. 7349944801. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Eric Moore: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Club 704 Coffeehouse.

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This Pittsburgh native has been a human jukebox in dive bars and a songsmith on festival stages. He takes his singing cues from blue-eyed soul masters like Van Morrison and John Martyn while pursuing songwriting inspired by the likes of Paul Simon and fingerstyle guitar work in the vein of Leo Kottke and Bert Jansch.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Martha Graham Dance Company: University Musical Society.

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Apr. 26 & 27 (different programs). Founded in 1926 and arguably the world's most celebrated modern dance company, this troupe pairs Graham classics with new works by contemporary choreographers. Tonight: Graham's Diversion of Angels, a 1948 piece inspired by the bold colors of a Kandinsky painting and Ekstasis, a contemporary reimagining of a lost Graham solo. Pam Tanowitz's Untitled (Souvenir), set to music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, incorporates elements from 2 Graham dances: The Legend of Judith and Dark Meadow. Graham's 1944 work Herodiade centers on a woman about to make a momentous decision. Annie-B Parson's wry I used to love you is based on Graham's 1941 comic ballet, Punch and the Judy.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $30-$75 in advance at, the Michigan League, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Beethoven 9/Shostakovich 9": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Arie Lipsky directs the symphony in Beethoven's 9th Symphony. The rapturous choral finale ("Ode to Joy") is performed with the UMS Choral Union and soloists Jacqueline Echols, Freda Herseth, Scott Piper, and Stephen West. The program also includes Shostakovich's 9th Symphony. Pressured by the Soviet regime to write a grand and glorious symphony, Shostakovich quietly rebelled with his reserved 9th, which is marked by beautiful lyricism and poise. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $20-$72 in advance at & the AASO Office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994-4801. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Dance Artists Show": U-M Dance Department.

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An evening of original choreography in a mix of styles by several U-M dance majors.
8 p.m., U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. (off Observatory). Free. 763-5460. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Fahrenheit 451": Ann Arbor Civic Theater.

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Apr. 25-28. David Widmayer directs local actors in Ray Bradbury's theatrical adaptation of his classic novel, set in a dystopian near-future where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. Cast: Bridgit Cook, Jacquie Jones, Joshua Kay, Veronica Long, Matthew Miller, Maegan Murphy, Cyrina Ostgaard, Luc Robinson, Chris Grimm, Megan Shiplett, Tom Underwood, Elizabeth Wagner, and Laura Yakas.
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 $25 (seniors, $22; students, $12; Thurs. at the door only, pay what you can) in advance at & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by This Is a Quiz (Fri.), the League of Pointless Improvisers (Fri. & Sat.), and other troupes. Also, "water form" (Fri. only) a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-12:30 a.m. or as long as the sky remains clear, Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.

 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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Blue Llama: Ron Brooks Quartet

Ensemble led by veteran local bassist (and former Bird of Paradise owner) Brooks. [venue info]

Canterbury House: GirlNoise

All-woman local chamber ensemble specializing in new classical music. Opener: Front Porch, a U-M-based new music ensemble. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. [venue info]

Dreamland Theater: Shizik

Opener: Phil Gayle. [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: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

Local pop-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Bluescasters

Veteran local quartet that plays intense, low-down blues and blues- rock. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Tumbao Bravo

Veteran local Cuban jazz sextet led by saxophonist and flutist Paul VornHagen and percussionist Alberto Nacif. [venue info]

Session Room: Jay Frydenlund

Local singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Mary Ann Kirt

Pop-folk and indie rock originals by this local singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Spark

Local pop-rock quartet fronted by vocalist Robin Grant. With guitarist John Rasmussen, bassist Cy Clone, and drummer Jim Weyman. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Fangs & Twang

Ypsilanti trio from Black Jake & the Carnies that plays twangy, high- energy country rock, with songs about vampires, mummies, and other fantastical creatures. Openers: Jim Roll Band, a local band led by this nationally prominent local singer-songwriter known for his barbed alt-country-flavored folk-rock ballads and love songs, and Child Sleep, an Ypsilanti 90s-style garage pop quartet 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Dave Boutette

Veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist whose genial songs about the small ups and downs of ordinary life draw on a range of influences from Chuck Berry to Bob Dylan to Paul Westerberg. He performs with his wife, singer Kristi Davis, a former Radio City Rockette. [venue info]


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