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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 9, 2019






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 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]


 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Migration Walk in Nichols Arboretum": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Every Thurs., Mar. 28-May 30. All invited to join club members for a walk through the Arb to look for resident birds and early migrants, which begin arriving in earnest toward the end of April.
8-11 a.m., meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Riverview off Geddes. Free. 994-3569.


 8:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Reckless Ideas in Ecological Networks Symposium": UM - Center for the Study of Complex Systems.

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This is a one day seminar which will take place on the 10th Floor of Weiser Hall. The focus of the nine talks will be on ecological networks. There is a fantastic group of early career scientists from across the United States coming to talk about cutting edge research involving species interaction, evolvability, macrobiology, biogeography of ecological networks, etc.. The event is free and open to the public though registration is required if you will be there over the lunch period as lunch will be served to registrants.
This is the annual UM-Santa Fe Institute Symposium that was born out of an Santa Fe Institute working group.
Weiser Hall 10th Floor, 500 Church Street. Free. 734-763-3301. cscs@umich.edu lsa.umich.edu/cscs [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Gravel Roads Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. A slow/moderate-paced ride, with destinations determined by the riders.
8 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept.), meet at Barton Park off Huron River Dr. 996-8440.


 9:30 a.m. 

"Changing Gender Roles": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Apr. 4-May 9. A series of 6 weekly lectures. Apr. 4: Retired First Unitarian Universalist Congregation minister Kenneth Phifer on "Eve and Her Sisters." Apr. 11: U-M sociology professor Karin Martin on "The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Gender Socialization in Early Childhood." Apr. 18: U-M economics professor Frank Stafford on "Changing Gender Economic Roles." Apr. 25: U-M pediatric endocrinology professor Daniel Shumer on "Current Topics in Gender Identity." May 2: EMU philosophy professor Peter Higgins on "Three Hypotheses for Explaining the So-Called Oppression of Men." May 9 (9:30 a.m.): U-M psychology and women's studies professor Abigail Stewart and U-M CRLT Theatre Program director Sara Armstrong on "Advancing Gender Equity: The Impact of Acting on Institutional Change Efforts."
10-11:30 a.m. (except as noted), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series, $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $20 a year. 998-9351. [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 from May 3-June 30.
To welcome spring we've 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 memorable gifts. 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. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com [map]



 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Living A Digital Life - Objects, Environments, Power": Michigan Meetings.

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Everyone thinks they know what digital means. Digital technologies are so pervasive in the 21st century that it is difficult to find critical distance from the immersive new world of ubiquitous connectivity, social media feeds, smartphones, mobile apps, responsive design, algorithmic recommendation systems, and voice-controlled home shopping assistants. While the question "what is the digital?" is compelling, the more pressing question might instead be: what does it mean to be alive in the digital age?
Join us on May 9-10, as the 2019 Michigan Meeting, "Living a Digital Life: Objects, Environments, Power," brings together an interdisciplinary group of students, faculty, staff, and industry leaders, in order to critically engage the big issues, urgent consequences, and radical possibilities for grappling with the meaning of life in this era of digital ubiquity.
Rackham Building, 915 E. Washington Street. Free. 2019-michigan-meeting@umich.edu https://www.living-a-digital-life.com/ [map]


 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. except May 27. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, May 29 only, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

"Digital Inclusion: Dealing with the Digital Divide": Washtenaw Economic Club Luncheon.

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Join the Washtenaw Economic Club and keynote speaker Craig D'Agostini, Vice President of External Affairs for Comcast Corporation, in the Morris Lawrence Building on the WCC campus.
Purchase tickets or become an Washtenaw Economic Club member at wec.wccnet.edu.
D'Agostini's presentation is titled "Digital Inclusion: Dealing with the Digital Divide." A description:
"While technology plays an important role in our daily lives, across the globe a gap still remains between those individuals and communities that have access to Information Age tools and those who don't. Discover how fostering innovation, internships and small business incubators helps begin to bridge that gap."
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Drive Morris Lawrence Building #104. $77.50. (734) 677-5060. washtenaweconclub@wccnet.edu http://wec.wccnet.edu/ [map]



 Noon 

"Bridge To Healing - Self Care Grief Group": Still Waters Counseling.

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PAST OR NEW PARTICIPANTS WILL ENGAGE IN SELF-CARE, LEARN ABOUT SUPPORT & RESOURCES FOR ADULTS SUFFERING LOSS. THE FACILITATOR AUTHORED WHAT CAN I SAY WHEN WORDS ESCAPE ME~ BEING PRESENT IN TIMES OF SORROW. THE GROUP RUNS FOR 8 WEEKLY SESSIONS, THURSDAYS AT NOON, STARTING ON MAY 9, 2019. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT, CALL STILL WATERS COUNSELING AT (734) 944-3446.
Still Waters Counseling, 137 Keveling Dr. Saline MI 48176, Saline. Varies - Many Insurances Accepted. (734) 944-3446. contact@still-waters-counseling.com www.still-waters-counseling.com [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs., except Sept. 2. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"Contemporary Issues Discussion: New Motherhood": U-M Clements Library.

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All invited to discuss an 1831 letter from the library's collection, from Maria Bradford to her mother, detailing the birth of her first child and seeking advice. Attendees invited to tell their own stories of new motherhood. Lunch.
Noon-1 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Free; preregistration required by May 7 at myumi.ch/Lqoje or by phone. Copies of the letter provided after registration. 647-0864. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"UMMA Book Club: Art, Ideas, & Politics": UMMA.

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All invited to discuss Ninth Street Women, Mary Gabriel's new book about 20th-century Modernist artists Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler. The current UMMA exhibit Abstraction, Color, and Politics in the Early 1970s includes a work by Frankenthaler.
Noon, UMMA Taubman II Gallery, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances and activities.

May 2: Classical dance by Ballet Chelsea.

May 9: Cincinnati musician Shelley Graff leads attendees in group singing and shows how to harmonize. Beginners welcome.

May 16: World music by percussionist Mike List and bassist Dave Sharp.

May 23: Journal making workshop with music by guitarist Jake Reichbart.

May 30: Chamber music by Trio Cantabile.

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12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. All invited to join a current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey.
1-2 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except May 27. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (May 28 only) Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Traverwood, May 2 & 9; Malletts Creek, May 30.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except May 7, 14, 21, & 27), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 3:20, 6:15, 7, & 9:30 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
3:30-5 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 3:40, 7:25 & 10 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4, 7:05 & 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15 & 9:55 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30 & 7 p.m. 

"Ask Dr. Ruth": Michigan Theater.

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(Ryan White, 2019). Documentary about sex therapist Ruth Westheimer.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:45 & 7:10 p.m. 

"Amazing Grace": Michigan Theater.

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


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play popular board games (list available at theloadeddie.com). "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). facebook.com/drinkblom. [map]


 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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


 6 p.m. 

"Marketing 101: The Basics": Ann Arbor Area SCORE.

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What will be your pricing and/or promotion strategy? Does your product or service have future potential to grow? How will you find customers?
From conducting marketing research to identifying your competitive edge, your target customers and your marketing channels, this workshop walks you through the marketing basics you need to know to start your business. We'll discuss:
- Market Research
- Product and services description
- Target markets
- Competition
- Pricing strategy
- Branding
- Marketing strategy
- Marketing Messages
Register at https://annarborarea.score.org/event/marketing-101-basics
NEW Center Office Building, 1100 North Main Street - Second floor. $10. annarborscore@scorevolunteer.org annarborarea.score.org [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Cambrian Senior Living, 52365 10 Mile Road, South Lyon. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Savor the Journey": Arbor Hospice Fundraiser.

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Strolling dinner and a chance to walk on the field at Michigan Stadium and tour the locker room. Also, hand massages, a music therapy demonstration, and a chance to meet Arbor Hospice's therapy dog. Open bar.
6-9 p.m., Roth Stadium Club, 1201 S. Main. Tickets $125 in advance at arborhospice.org/donate/stj. jvindici@arborhospice.org, 794-5542. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m. (8 a.m., Sat.), 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), The Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs), and 5700 Jackson (Sat.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), 929-9022 (Thurs. & Sat). [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Wild Kratts Live 2.0: Activate Creature Power!": Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just for Kids Series.

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May 8 & 9. Theatrical stage show based on the hugely popular PBS TV series hosted by Martin & Chris Kratt that interweaves live action and animated stories to educate kids about animals and their world and practical ways to help sustain the diversity of life.
6:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $31.50-51.50 in advance at ticketmaster.com & all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Game materials provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Anne O'Brien Carelli & Brigit Young: Literati Bookstore.

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These New York writers discuss their new YA novels. Carelli's Skylark and Wallcreeper is about a young woman in NYC whose search for a lost Montblanc pen reveals her grandmother's past as a member of the French Resistance. Young's Worth a Thousand Words is about a girl, left with painful injuries from a car accident, who hides behind her camera and has a knack for finding lost things. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this 90 minute class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. You will also learn how to set up and break down the X-Poles, so that you will be able to use them when you are cleared for open gym.
Please wear shorts (feel free to bring layers to stay warm) and avoid wearing lotion or jewelry to this class.
All genders are welcome in every class at the Aviary. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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It hurts when someone close to you dies. Find help at GriefShare.
Class runs 12 weeks but anyone can join at anytime.
$25 covers the workbook for the entire 12 weeks. Scholarships are available.
Knox Presbyterian Church, 2065 S. Wagner Rd. Donation. $25. 734-761-5669. frontdesk@knoxannarbor.org https://knoxannarbor.org/home/grow-connect/care/grief-support/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Southeast Michigan Woodworkers Meeting: Maker Works.

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Gather, share, learn, and enjoy with other woodworkers. More info at http://semiww.org/
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/southeast-michigan-woodworkers-meeting [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Chonda Pierce: Unashamed": Fathom Events.

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May 7 & 9. Broadcast of this Christian comic, aka "The Queen of Clean," who interviews Christian rock band Newsboys frontman Michael Tait, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and other evangelical leaders.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $14 in advance at fathomevents.com/events & at the door. 973-8424. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Grassroots Music Festival": The Third Place Concert Series.

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May 8-11. Performances by U-M students, local musicians, andothers from across the Midwes in genres from jazz and classical to folk and electronic. Performers TBA. May 8: Show at 7:30 p.m. (TeaHaus, 204 N. Fourth Ave.). May 9: Show at 7 p.m. (Braun Ct., Kerrytown). May 10: Show at 8 p.m. (Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave.). May 11: Shows at 3 p.m. (location TBA), 5 p.m. (Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave.), 7 p.m. (Argus Farm Stop, 325 W. Liberty), and 9 p.m. (Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron). Followed by an after party.
Various times & locations. Small charge TBA (festival passes available) in advance at facebook.com/TheThirdPlace ConcertSeries.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Hands of Love: Rumi and the Tradition of Ecstatic Sufi Poetry": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by U-M Islamic studies grad student Ali Hussain.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Iran by Bicycle": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local bicycle touring enthusiast Stefan Koehler gives a slide-illustrated talk about his bike trip through parts of northwestern Iran.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Little Shop of Horrors": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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May 9-12. Erin Palmer directs students in Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's campy 1982 musical black comedy about a carnivorous plant that grows to ferocious proportions.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter Community Schools Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. $15 (students & seniors, $10); cash or check only. 424-4240. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Readings by local poets Jannet Cannon, Doug Smith, and other members of the Tornado Wine Poetry Circle. The program begins with an open mike for poets to read their own work or a favorite poem by another writer.
7 p.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including Finance Camp and others.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Brigadoon": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sing Your Way Home": Ypsilanti Community Choir.

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Ariel Toews-Ricotta conducts the choir in an eclectic program of works from the Revolutionary War to the 20th century. With pianist Maria Cimarelli. Preconcert and intermission live jazz by the Brian Delaney Quartet.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free, but donations accepted. 481-9285. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage: The Ark.

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This English folk duo showcases the talents of singer Sanders, who has been praised for the purity of her voice and her ability to interpret, with keen sensitivity, everything from love songs to murder ballads. The duo's 2018 album Awake is a collection of covers and originals inspired by the tarot.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8-11 p.m. 

Submerser//Josef Deas at Ziggy's.

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"Chicago keys and drums duo Submerser returns to Ziggy's for a night, splitting a bill with the fabulous Josef Deas. Submerser is psych jazz, influenced by unsettling dreams, Ursula LeGuin's science fiction, and the spiritually questing music of Alice Coltrane." Personnel: Josh Harlow (keyboard) and Emerson Hunton (drums). On Josef Deas, saxophonist Marcus Elliot says, "Josef is just one of those vital connectors - everybody who's played jazz in Southeast Michigan knows him."
Learn about Josh Harlow at https://www.joshharlow.com/
Learn about Emerson Hunton at http://emersonhunton.com/about
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $10. (734) 221-3961. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"All My Sons": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Apr. 4-June 1. Guy Sanville directs Arthur Miller's 1947 play, a dramatic indictment of American big business told through the story of a family torn apart by lies and fraud. The central character is Joe Keller, a factory owner who prospered during WWII by manufacturing military airplane parts. Haunted by a dark secret, he evades prison, pinning the blame for his crime on his business partner, but tragedy comes home in the form of his 3 sons--one reported missing in action, one a returned veteran who believes in his father, and the embittered middle son who knows the truth. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Michelle Mountain, Ryan Black, Caitlin Cavannaugh, David Bendena, Tom Whalen, Susan Craves, Rusty Mewha, and Lauren Knox.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Morning's at Seven": PTD Productions.

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May 9-12 & 15-18. Alice Fell directs local actors in U-M grad Paul Osborn's gentle 1939 comedy about family life in small-town 1930s America. Four sisters, 3 of them married, live out their lives next to each other in a small Midwestern town. Beneath this placid surface, tension surrounds family problems, including one sister's husband's "spells," another's husband's rigid rules, the incipient visit of one sister's son with his new fiancée, and a noisy live-in spinster sister who holds a household hostage with a decades-old secret. Cast: Erica Dutton, Connie Jo Ferguson, Gayle Grier, Sanders Hamson, Andy Jentzen, Marie Jones, Aimee Jo McVay, Steve Shelton, and Joe York.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun. & Wed.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at a2tix.com/organizations/ptd-productions, by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]


 9:25 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Overdrive Orchestra

Detroit stoner rock quintet. Opener: Gasoline Gypsies, a Detroit rock 'n' roll quartet. $8-$11. [venue info]

Blue Nile: Outrospectives

An all-star Detroit jazz ensemble led by guitarist Elden Kelly performs the music of East Lansing composer Gregg Hill. [venue info]

Circ Bar: "Dance Party"

With different DJs TBA each week. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Bluegrass & Beer Thursday"

The local Pontiac Trailblazers, a bluegrass quartet led by bassist Ryan Shea, performs a set and then hosts a jam session during a 2nd set. Bring your instrument. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network."

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

Whitmore Lanes & Lounge: Open Mike

Hosted by area singer-songwriter Mark Vashon. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: McLaughlin's Alley

Detroit Irish-tinged pop-rock quintet fronted by sibling singer- songwriters Tina and Maureen Paraventi. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Blu-Ray

New local rock band. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. Hosted by Rollie Tussing. [venue info]

 
 


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