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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 4, 2019

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 8 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on last Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June-Sept. Also, every Wed., May-Oct., Wednesday Farmers Market (2-6 p.m., in the Chelsea State Bank parking lot, 1010 S. Main), with 18 local vendors.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402. [map]

 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Horse Shows: Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan.

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May 1-5, 8-12, & 15-19. English riding and jumping competitions at the state level. Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn at Katz, Grass Lake. Free. (561) 723-6287. [map]

 8:15 a.m., 8:30 a.m., & 9 a.m. 

"30th Annual Heart & Sole": St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea.

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5- and 10-km and 2-mile runs and a kids fun run (ages 10 & under) to benefit the hospital's Behavioral Health Services. Awards. Walkers welcome for the 5-km and 2-mile runs.
8:15 a.m. (kids fun run), 8:30 a.m. (5K & 10K), & 9 a.m. (2-mile), Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. $27 (kids age 13 & under, $15; fun run, $12) in advance by May 1 at; $30 (kids age 13 & under, $15; fun run, $12) on race day. 730-3020. [map]

 8:45 a.m.  Free! 

Group Ride: Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Dexter and Chelsea for those with some experinece. You can also join the ride at 9 a.m. at Forsythe Middle School (1655 Newport).
8:45 a.m., Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot. Free. 516-5840, 945-0613. [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.
8 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]

 9-10 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Hudson Mills Activity Center.

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

Apr. 6: "Bouncing Bunnies."

May 4: "Spring Wildflowers."

June 1: "For the Birds."

July 6: "Beautiful Bugs."

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

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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May 4 & 18. 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]

 9 a.m.-noon 

Rummage Sale: Dixboro United Methodist Church Fundraiser.

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May 2-4. Sale of adult and children's clothing, sporting goods, household items, books, movies, and more.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. (May 2 & 3) & 9 a.m.-noon (May 4), DUMC, 5221 Church Rd. Free admission. 665-5632. [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Used Bike Sale: Huron Music Association.

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Ann Arbor Huron High School Band is holding a used bicycle sale as a fundraiser for the band. At the sale will be used bicycles. The bicycles have been evaluated and repaired as needed by Common Cycle volunteers.
Ann Arbor Huron High School, 2727 Fuller Rd. Free. [map]

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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

 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, & 25. All invited to help maintain the 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.


May 4: Furstenberg Native Garden (9 a.m.-noon, meet meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to help park steward and master gardener Aunita Erskine get the garden ready for spring.


May 4: Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance on Sunset at Brooks) to remove invasives from this 8-acre oak-hickory woodland.


May 5: Maryfield Wildwood Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Linwood & Wilton) to remove exotic ornamental plants from this wooded ravine.


May 5: Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Arborview Blvd. entrance, just east of Wildwood) to remove exotic ornamental plants from this wooded ravine.


May 11: Lakewood Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Lakewood Elementary School parking lot off Gralake Ave.) to remove invasive species threatening the rich spread of native wildflowers.


May 11: Dolph Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Wagner Rd. between Liberty & Jackson) to remove non-native plants from premier birding spot.


May 12: Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Bird Rd. park entrance, west of Huron River Dr.) to remove garlic mustard and dame's rocket from the city's largest park.


May 18: "21st Annual Garlic Mustard Weed Out Day" (9 a.m.-noon) in several parks, including Argo Nature Area (meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.); Black Pond Woods Nature Area (meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.); Hannah Nature Area (meet at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller); Huron Hills Golf Course Woods (meet at Hunting Valley off Provincial Dr.); Huron Parkway Nature Area (meet at the park steward's house at 3470 Woodland Rd. off E. Huron River Dr.), and Leslie Woods Nature Area (meet at the entrance at the end of Upland north off Plymouth).


May 19: Fuller Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Island Park parking lot, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Ln.) to celebrate Huron River Day by removing invasive species threatening the river-adjacent floodplain forest.


May 25: Bluffs Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Main St., just north of Lakeshore Dr.) to remove garlic mustard to help restore the park's oak savanna.

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 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

DuMouchelles Antique Appraisal Clinic: Dexter Area Historical Museum Benefit.

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Certified appraisers from DuMouchelles Antiques (Detroit) offer verbal appraisals of 1-2 items you bring in. 15-minute sessions available.
9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Dexter Area Museum, 3443 Inverness, Dexter. $7 per appraised item. Appointment required. 424-9998 (appointment), 426-2519 (May 4 only). [map]

 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.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Garden: Pottery inspired by nature": Yourist Studio Gallery.

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We've assembled a garden of earthy delights for our In the Garden show and sale running May 3-June 30.
Our festive opening celebration continues today, Saturday, May 4, 10 am-6 pm. The show runs through June 30.
To welcome spring we have filled our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Yourist resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces to adorn your garden.
It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find a memorable gift for Mother's Day. From bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, vases, wind chimes, and even toad houses, you'll find a selection of charming ceramic pieces to enliven your garden this year.
Come join us in our garden of earthy delights and let's get growing!
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Motawi Spring Mega Sale": Motawi Tileworks.

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Saturday, May 4th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• Great deals on overruns, 2nds, prototypes, and discontinued tile
• Make-a-tile - SPECIAL NOTE -Due to the extreme popularity of this activity, a nominal fee will be charged: $5.00 for the first tile (per person) and $10.00 each tile thereafter.
• Tile-making demonstrations
• Door prizes
• Complimentary refreshments - i.e. crazy amounts of popcorn
• Special sale of art created by Motawi employees
• The good juju you love and expect from the great folks at Motawi!
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Drive. Free. 734.213.0017. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

2019 Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Festival: Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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May 4 & 5. Jugglers of all ability levels invited to join jugglers from around Michigan and beyond for free-form juggling and workshops. Events include games, open juggling, lessons, a sale of juggling items, and more. Note: Attendees age 17 & under must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. New this year: The festival is followed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday by a juggling show ($10) at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds (5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.).
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Wide World Sports Center, 2140 Oak Valley Dr. $5 (kids age 12 & under, free with an adult)., (248) 990-8084. [map]

 10 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

Free Comic Book Day: Vault of Midnight.

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But once a year, on the first Saturday in May, Vault of Midnight joins forces with local comic shops worldwide to offer free comic books to the masses. On this glorious day, christened FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, free comic books rain down from the heavens into the hands of THOUSANDS of eagerly awaiting fans and unsuspecting bystanders alike. We aim to spread the word about everything the comic book medium has to offer by sharing our favorite titles in an approachable and risk-free way.
On top of our regularly-scheduled, absolutely-free comic books, our FCBD celebration will also include trivia & giveaways, afternoon live tunes from The Vicissitones, and an EXTRA free comic book for anyone in cosplay!
Vault of Midnight, 219 S Main St. Free. 734-998-1413. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Ukulele Club: Dexter District Library.

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

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Free Comic Book Day": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to pick up a free comic book.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Magnetic Metal Mother's Day Gifts": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All-ages craft project with recycled magnets. Also, a talk on how metals are recycled and sorted at the city Materials Recovery Facility.
10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center. Free. 761-3186. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Explorers: Water in Our World": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kelsey Dehring leads kids ages 5 & 6 on a hike through wetlands. Wear boots you can get wet.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Webster Twp. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at 971-6337. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Spring Tile Extravaganza": Motawi Tileworks.

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May 4 & 5. Tile-making and glazing demos, discounts on tiles, and more. Founder Nawal Motawi is on hand 11 a.m.-noon to sign tiles. Also, a chance to make a tile (Sun. only, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $5, materials provided). Snacks & door prizes.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Dr. Free admission. 213-0017. [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. 

"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.  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. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demos. "Fantastic Fluids" (11 a.m.) explores the basics of fluid dynamics. Participants learn how wind creates waves and test the surface tension of different liquids. The cow's eye dissection (3 p.m.) explores how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes. For ages 5+.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos led by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (Sat. & Sun. times TBA) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display.
3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [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]

 Noon  Free! 

Teen Advisory Group: Dexter District Library.

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

 1 & 3:30 p.m. 

We Are Monsters!: Allen Kids Act.

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Come enjoy this Broadway-style musical presented by our 2nd through 5th graders. Tickets are only $5 per person and can be purchased at the door or reserved on-line at
Performance dates:
Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm
Allen Elementary School, 2560 Towner Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $5. [map]

 1 & 4 p.m. 

"Batman": Fathom Events.

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(Tim Burton, 1989). The Michael Keaton Batman with Jack Nicholson as the Joker.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and at the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the binturongs, aka bearcats (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a Shire horse, Arctic fox, reticulated python, and cougar, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including an emu, a bald eagle, a sloth, 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]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Painted Rock Photo Holder": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for all grade 1-adult.
1-2 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Spring Fling Color Walk": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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A 1-mile walk on the nature trail with 5 stations set up where participants are doused with colored powder. T-shirts provided.
1-3 p.m., park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $6. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Star Wars Fest": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to celebrate International Star Wars Day with themed crafts, games, and activities. Costumes encouraged.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. & Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

Butterfly Survey Kickoff & Training: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation.

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A chance to learn about the city's upcoming annual survey of the 80 species of butterflies native to the area. Also, a training session (preregistration required by May 2) for volunteers to help with the survey. No experience necessary.
1:30-4 p.m., NAP Office, 3875 E. Huron River Dr. Free.; 794-6627. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Charlotte's Web": Wild Swan Theater.

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Charlotte's Web is possibly the best loved of all American stories for children. It tells the touching story of a rare friendship between a little pig, Wilbur, and Charlotte, a most uncommon spider. The magical words that Charlotte spins in her web not only earn Wilbur a county fair blue ribbon and save his life, but inspire all of us to value what we can share with each other.
Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12-$15. 734-995-0530. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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May 4 & 25. With Bad Kitty books (May 4, includes a visit from Bad Kitty) and books about pandas (May 25).
2 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 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. 

"Charlotte's Web": Wild Swan Theater.

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May 1-5. This award-winning local children's theater presents Jeff Duncan's adaptation of E.B. White's beloved tale of a friendship between the young pig Wilbur and the remarkable spider who helps him win a blue ribbon at the fair and saves his life. Geared toward grades K-5. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Wed.-Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (kids & seniors, $12; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at, by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"North Coast Modular Collective: Show & Tell": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to show or get help with any modular synthesizer components they've designed and built. Also, a jam session; feel free to bring your synth. Signups at
2-5 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. Docent-led themed tours of the museum, including "Our Favorite Things" (May 4), "Artifact Exploration: Toys and Games" (May 11), "Archaeology" (May 18), and a kid-friendly tour (May 25).
2 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2 p.m. 

"Songs of a Young Man": Boychoir of Ann Arbor Young Men's Ensemble Spring Concert.

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John Boonenberg directs this chorus of boys ages 13-18 in a diverse range of music in the male choral tradition, including classical choral works, solos, duets, a cappella, and barbershop. The program is highlighted by Richard Burchard's 2016 "Dedication," a hauntingly beautiful setting of the poem Mark Twain chose to mark his daughter's grave. The program also includes Neil Ginsberg's jazz arrangement of the John Henry folk song "This Old Hammer," Richard Nance's setting of poems from A.E. Houseman's A Shropshire Lad, contemporary Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi's "Pseudo-Yoik," and the barbershop favorite "We're the Men of the Boychoir Chorus."
2 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 420 W. Liberty. Suggested donation. 663-5377. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Thrift Store 2.0": The Neutral Zone Fundraiser.

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Sale of thrift store items curated by local teens.
2-6 p.m., Neutral Zone B-Side, 310 E. Washington. Free admission. 214-9995. [map]

 2:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Mindful Decluttering Workshop": Simplicity Works Organizing and Mindful City Ann Arbor.

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Join workshop leaders Molly Boren, Certified Professional Organizer« and founder of Simplicity Works Organizing in Ann Arbor, and Julie Woodward, Mindfulness Instructor and Coach, MSW, and cofounder of Mindful City Ann Arbor, and learn to create your personalized action plan for decluttering.
In this fun and practical workshop, Molly will demonstrate how to set up a sorting station and will share best practices for getting started and for following through on your decluttering projects. Participants will create a plan for sorting and letting go of un-needed objects as a first step toward creating a more pleasant, useful, and organized space. Julie will share simple mindfulness tools to center and support participants in approaching decluttering with more ease and enjoyment.
Please register in advance via eventbrite:
Ann Arbor District Library, downtown, Freespace Room, 343 S. Fifith. Free. 734-657-6605., [map]

 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]

 3-5 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]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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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]

 3-4 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]

 3:15, 6:15, 7, 9 & 9:50 p.m. 

"Avengers: Endgame": State Theatre.

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Conclusion to Marvel Studios' 22-film arc known as the Infinity Saga.
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.

 3:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Woman at War": State Theatre.

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(Benedikt Erlingsson, 2019). A radical environmental activist plans one last attack before she adopts a child.
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.

 3:45 & 10:35 p.m. 

"Her Smell": State Theatre.

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(Alex Ross Perry, 2019). Elisabeth Moss stars as a 90s punk-rocker struggling to recapture her creative edge.
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 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Family": State Theatre.

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(Laura Steinel, 2019). Comedy about a workaholic hedge fund exec who must save her 12-year-old niece from becoming a Juggalo.
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. 

32nd Annual Spring Concert: Ann Arbor Youth Chorale.

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Shayla Powell and Bonnie Kidd direct the AAYC descant and concert choirs of talented young local singers ages 9-16 in a program of seasonal works TBA.
4 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (seniors age 65 & over and youth age 17 & under, $5) in advance from a chorale member & at the door. 996-4404. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Black": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's 2018 collection of dystopian futuristic short stories that confront racism and cultural unrest.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 4-7 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]

 4:30 p.m. 

Dwayne Gill: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Observational humorist from Lansing named "funniest cop in America." Openers: area comics Drew Fralick, JR Williams, Billy Hoffman, Julie Lyons, and Chris Young. Proceeds go to the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a charity supporting the Special Olympics.
4:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 212 S. Fourth Ave. $20 in advance at and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

Ele's Place Derby Day Soiree: Ele's Place.

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Event to Benefit the Grieving Children and Teens of Ele's Place Ann Arbor
Community members are invited to partake in an evening of Southern Flair and Fare to celebrate the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 4th, 2019. Post time will be at four thirty in the afternoon at the historic . Guests are encouraged to don their derby attire, such as big hats for the ladies and bow ties for the gentlemen.
Earhart Manor at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, 1250 Horseshoe Cir, 207. $200. 734-761-1799. [map]

 4:40, 7:30 & 9:25 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]

 4:50, 7 & 9:35 p.m. 

"The Chaperone": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Engler, 2019). Biopic about relationship between 1920s Hollywood starlet Louise Brooks and her teetotalling chaperone. Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Youth and Junior Cycling": Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Group ride for youth ages 9-18. Practice, exercises, and games for those new to cycling.
5 p.m., Forsythe Middle School south parking lot, 1655 Newport. Free. 328-1735. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

"Bid to Build": Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser.

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Seated dinner and live & silent auctions. Live music by local jazz band QB Trio.
6-9 p.m., U-M North Campus Research Complex Bldg. 18, 2800 Plymouth. Tickets $75 in advance at 677-1558. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Showboat on the French Riviera": First United Methodist Church Dinner Show Fundraiser.

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The FUMC vocal staff present a program of favorites from musicals, operas, and French cafés, from "Old Man River" and "Moon River" to "Quando m'en vo" from La Bohème. The show is accompanied by a meal prepared by The Standard Bistro chef Alex Young.
6 p.m., FUMC social hall, 120 S. State. Ticket prices TBA. 662-4536, ext. 25. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Bug Pea Colours the Rainbow and Louise/The Bears": Spinning Dot Youth & Teen Company.

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May 3-5. Young local actors perform 2 new kid-friendly shows. Bug Pea is Lereko Mfono's play about honoring your culture and roots and learning to seek help. Louise/The Bears is about a girl who can see invisible bears, but her family doesn't believe her.
7 p.m. (May 3 & 4) & 2 p.m. (May 5), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Newmann Studio, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $11.25 (students, $6.25) in advance at 585-5134. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum and Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
7:30-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

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

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Traverse City caller Pat Hoekje leads to music by the Pearl Street String Band. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a beginner lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $12 (members, $11; students, $7). 274-0773. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Mark Sweetman: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 3 & 4. Veteran Detroit-bred observational comic, a cross between a court jester and a philosophical humorist known for his dry wit and acerbic delivery. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 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. 

"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]

 8 p.m. 

Lucius: The Ark.

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Sold out.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Stone Sound Collective: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Percussionist Mark Stone leads this new Detroit ensemble in his eclectic compositions inspired by jazz, classical Indian, African, and classical European music. The group combines the saxophone and cello with various African and Indian percussion instruments.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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 & 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.

 9 p.m. 

Canelo vs. Jacobs: Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of the Middleweight World Championship boxing match.
9 p.m., Emagine, 1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Tickets $20 in advance at & at the door. 316-5500. [map]

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Comedy Show: Om of Medicine.

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


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Ryan Racine

Veteran local alt-country honky-tonk and rockabilly singer- songwriter. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Gayelynn McKinney & McKinfolk

Jazz ensemble led by veteran Detroit jazz drummer McKinney. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "PoptART."

Drag show. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Scottie Alexander

Brighton singer-pianist who plays pop-rock covers by everyone from Elton John and Lionel Richie to Matchbox Twenty and Kings of Leon. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Robin Monterosso

Twangy Americana with blues and soul flavors by this Metro Detroit singer-songwriter who at age 47 recently released her first CD, What I Didn't Say. [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: 50 Amp Fuse

Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band. [venue info]

Lo-Fi: Little Traps/Loose Koozies

Double bill. Little Traps is a local folk-rock ensemble fronted by singer-songwriter Nick Bertsos, and Loose Koozies is a Detroit self- styled "slacker country-rock" quartet. [venue info]

Mash: Reeds 'n' Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of singer and harmonica player Michael May and guitarist David Roof. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Scott Martin Band

Canton alt-country-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Martin. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Rise Again

Local Americana band. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: "Cuatro de Mayo Party."

Dancing to Tumbao Bravo, a veteran local Afro-Cuban jazz band led by multi-instrumental reeds player Paul VornHagen, 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Chris Dupont & Rin Tarsy

These 2 local singer-songwriters are joined by cellist Christina Furtado. 5:30-8 p.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: DJ 45's Funkin' 45th

Dance party with DJ 45. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Spark

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


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