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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 10, 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]


 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Not Another Big Data Conference": Criteo.

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With a growing number of high-paying technology jobs in the Midwest, there's never been a greater need for Ann Arbor's first ever big data conference. There is no vendor marketing at Not Another Big Data Conference, which is hyper-focused on engineers solving problems and sharing their resolutions with others. Across 12 hours of developer talks and workshops, speakers from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, RXA, Groundspeed, TD Ameritrade, Amazon and Criteo will explore topics ranging from "Building a Machine Learning Feature Data Platform" to "Fixing the Big Data Development Cycle with SQL."
Local developers are encouraged to attend Not Another Big Data Conference, and join the discussion on data, AI and large-scale recommendation systems along with 14 academic and industry speakers. It is free to attend.
Bob and Betty Beyster Computer Science Building, 2260 Hayward St. Free. 9177469554. wilsker@havasformula.com [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.-5:30 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.  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.


 10-10:30 a.m. & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Kinder Concert": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Music for Little Folks director Gari Stein, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra saxophonist Tim McAllister, and pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver) in a program of storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m. 

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

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


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 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.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 Noon-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Character Driven: Conversations Celebrating Filmmaker Nancy Savoca": U-M Library.

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May 10 & 11. Two days of film screenings and talks to celebrate the opening of the U-M archive of works by Savoca, whose films include her Sundance-winning debut True Love (1989), If These Walls Could Talk (1996), and others.

Friday: An intro talk (noon) is followed by a panel discussion on "How She Got It Made: The Challenges of Financing Specialty Films & Indie Productions" (12:30 p.m.), "True Love and Household Miracles: A Conversation with Director Nancy Savoca" (2:15 p.m.), a ribbon cutting ceremony (4 p.m.), and a screening of Savoca's unsual 1993 comic drama Household Saints (6 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium A).

Saturday: Film screenings at the Michigan Theater of Savoca's 2003 undocumented immigrant drama Dirt (12:30 p.m.) and her 1991 period drama Dogfight (1:30 p.m.). Followed by Q&A with Savoca. The Dirt screening is followed by a panel discussion on "Bringing a Multitude of Voices to the Screen: Savoca's Diversity Explored."

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Noon-8 p.m. (Fri.) & 12:30-3 p.m. (Sat.), 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery (except as noted), enter from the Diag. phallman@umich.edu, 615-0445. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]


 2-4 p.m. 

"University of Michigan Museum of Art Offsite": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Take a virtual tour of the University of Michigan's Museum of Art (UMMA). Sometimes it is difficult to get to the museum and this class will allow you to visit it from the comfort of an OLLI classroom. A slide show presentation and discussion of the highlights within the different galleries will be presented by Helen Weingarten, a docent of the museum and a lover of art.
This Study Group will meet Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm from May 10th through May 17th.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C. $15. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 3:30 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]


 3:30, 4, 7:15, 7:30, 10:05 & 10:35 p.m. 

"Tolkien": State Theatre.

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Biopic about the renowned author's life.
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.


 3:35, 3:45, 6, 7, 9:35 & 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:40 & 8:40 p.m. 

"Amazing Grace": Michigan Theater.

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


 4-8 p.m. 

Dollhouse & Miniatures Show: Three Blind Mice.

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May 10 & 11. Show and sale of dollhouses and the miniature furniture, books, plants, and other accessories used to decorate them.
4-8 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sat.), Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Rd. $5 (kids ages 5-15, $2). (513) 861-0704. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch the animated films How to Train Your Dragon (May 24) and Tarzan (June 7). Also, crafts and a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

Cinetopia International Film Festival.

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May 10-19. This 8th annual festival features dozens of films-many of which are Michigan premieres-screened over 10 days at the Michigan Theater, State Theater, and U-M Angell Hall, as well as several Detroit venues (see cinetopiafestival.org for those). Includes narrative feature-length films and documentaries that recently premiered at international festivals such as Sundance and Berlin.

May 10:

At the Michigan Theater: An opening night party includes food & drinks. 5:30 p.m. "Before You Know It." (Hannah Pearl Utt, 2019). Comedy about 2 sisters who discover that their mother, believed dead, is starring in a soap opera. 8 p.m.

May 11:

At the State Theatre: "Styx" (Wolfgang Fischer, 2018). Thriller about a physician on a sailing trip whose tranquility is upended when she comes across a sinking ship of refugees. English & German, subtitles. 1 p.m. "Man Made" (T Cooper, 2018). Documentary about a bodybuilding competition for trans men. 1:15 p.m. "The Farewell" (Lulu Wang, 2019). After learning their beloved matriarch has terminal cancer, a Chinese American family opts not to tell her, but plans to gather at a wedding and family reunion back in China. English & Mandarin, subtitles. 3:30 p.m. "Making Montgomery Clift" (Robert Anderson Clift, 2018). Documentary about the silver screen star, made by his nephew, that questions narratives describing Clift as self-destructive and tormented. 4 p.m. "The Third Wife (Nguoi Vo Ba)" (Ash Mayfair, 2018). A 14-year-old is married off to a wealthy landowner in 19th-century rural Vietnam. Vietnamese, subtitles. 6 p.m. "Midnight Traveler" (Hassan Fazili, 2019). Documentary about the director's escape from the Taliban after they assassinated the subject of his previous documentary, Peace. Arabic, English, Turkish, & Bulgarian; subtitles. 6:15 p.m. "Funan" (Denis Do, 2019). Animation set in 1975 Cambodia about a young woman separated from her child by the Khmer Rouge. French, subtitles. 8:30 p.m. "Killing God (Matar a Dios)" (Caye Casas, 2017). Dark comedy about a homeless man who crashes a dinner party claiming to be God and announces that humanity will perish at dawn with the exception of 2 survivors who will be chosen by the dinner guests. Spanish, subtitles. 8:45 p.m.

At Angell Hall: "Well Groomed" (Rebecca Stern, 2019). Competitive dog grooming documentary. 1:30 p.m. "Yomeddine" (A.B. Shawky, 2018). A man leaves an Egyptian leper colony in search of his long-lost family. Arabic, subtitles. 3:45 p.m. "Wild Rose" (Tom Harper, 2019). Fresh out of jail, a Glaswegian woman with 2 young kids aspires to country stardom in Nashville. 6:30 p.m. "The Sharks (Los Tiburones)" (Lucía Garibaldi, 2019). A lonely teenager comes of age in a beach town rattled by rumors of sharks. Spanish, subtitles. 9 p.m.

At the Michigan Theater: "Secretopia." Film TBA. 4:15 p.m. "Framing John DeLorean" (Don Argott & Sheena M. Joyce, 2019). Documentary about the controversial automaker. 7 p.m. "Midnight in Paris" (Roni Moore & James Blagden, 2019). Documentary that follows Flint teens in the lead-up to their senior prom. 10:15 p.m.

May 12:

At the Michigan Theater: "Best of the Fest: Children's Film Festival Seattle 2019." Family-friendly shorts. FREE for kids 12 & under, 12:15 p.m. "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool" (Stanley Nelson, 2019). Documentary with never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos of the mercurial jazz legend. 2:30 p.m. "93Queen." (Paula Eiselt, 2018). Documentary about Ezras Nashim, the 1st all-female Hasidic EMT service, which operates in Brooklyn, servicing the largest enclave of Hasidic Jews in the U.S. 5 p.m. "Welcome to Commie High" (Donald Harrison, 2019). Documentary about Ann Arbor's alternative high school. 6:30 p.m. "Budapest Noir." (╔va Gárdos, 2018). Murder mystery set in 1936, just before Hungary became fascist. Hungarian, subtitles. 8 p.m.

At the State Theater: "To Dust" (Shawn Snyder, 2019). Dark comedy about a Hasidic cantor who, after his wife's untimely death, becomes obsessed with how her body will decay. 12:30 p.m. "To the Stars" (Martha Stephens, 2019). Coming-of-age drama, set in 1960s Oklahoma, about a misfit teen who finds solace in a friendship with the enigmatic new girl. 12:45 p.m. "Time Trial" (Finlay Pretsell, 2018). Documentary about professional cycling. 3:15 p.m. "The Witch Hunters (Zlogonje)" (Rasko Miljkovic, 2018). Adventure-comedy about a 10-year-old with cerebral palsy who lives mostly in his imagination. 3:45 p.m. "Crossing Beyond" (Yi Seung-jun, 2018). Documentary following athletes at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Korean & English, subtitles. 6 p.m. "Them That Follow" (Britt Poulton & Dan Madison Savage, 2019). Drama, set in Appalachia, that revolves around a Pentecostal sect that uses venomous snakes during worship services. 9 p.m. "Jules of Light and Dark" (Daniel Laabs, 2018). Coming-of-age story about a lesbian teen couple who total their car in Texas, and are rescued by a stoic divorced oil worker. 9:15 p.m.

At Angell Hall: "One Child Nation" (Nanfu Wang & Jialing Zhang, 2019). Documentary about China's one-child policy, a population control measure that was brutally enforced from 1979 to 2015. 1:15 p.m. "A Polar Year (Une Année Polaire)" (Samuel Collardey, 2018). Documentary about a Danish schoolteacher who moves to rural Greenland. Danish & Tunumiisut, subtitles. 3:30 p.m. "Amateurs (Amatörer)" (Gabriela Pichler, 2018). Comedy about the residents of a small Swedish town fighting over the privilege of making a commercial for the town. Swedish & other languages, subtitles. 8:45 p.m.

May 13:

At the Michigan Theater: "The Unorthodox." (Eliran Malka, 2018). Historical dramedy set in 1980s Israel about a disenfranchised Sephardic man who forms an ultra-Orthodox political party to challenge the Ashkenazi establishment. 2 p.m. "Why the Jews?" (John Curtin, 2017). Documentary exploring the possible reasons for Jewish social, scientific, and artistic accomplishments. 6:45 p.m. "Kinshasa Makambo" (Dieudo Hamadi, 2018). Documentary about the resistance to Congolese president Joseph Kabila's 2015 bid to extend his rule by changing the country's constitution. Lingala & French, subtitles. 8:15 p.m.

At the State Theater: "Leto" (Kirill Serebrennikov, 2018). Biopic about Soviet singer-songwriter Viktor Tsoi and the underground rock culture of 1980s Leningrad. Russian, subtitles. 3:15 p.m.

"Cold Case Hammarskjöld" (Mads Brügger, 2019). Documentary that attempts to uncover the truth behind the death of U.N. secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld, whose plane mysteriously crashed in 1961. French, Swedish, Bemba, & Danish; subtitles. 4 p.m. "Secretopia." Film TBA. 6:45 & 9:15 p.m. "To the Stars." See May 12 listing, above. 7 p.m.

May 14:

At the Michigan Theater: "The Samuel Project." (Marc Fusco, 2018). An outcast teen makes his isolated grandfather the subject of a school art project, inadvertently uncovering a secret past. 5 p.m. "The Ancient Law (Das Alte Gesetz)" (Ewald André Dupont, 1923). Restored silent film about a rabbi's son who gets swept up in the glamorous world of acting. Renowned Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and pianist Donald Sosin perform their new score live. 7:30 p.m.

At the State Theater: "The Map to Paradise" (Danielle Ryan & James Sherwood, 2019). Documentary about the global movement to protect oceans from climate change. 4 p.m. "Styx." (Wolfgang Fischer, 2018). Thriller about a physician on a sailing trip whose tranquility is upended when she comes across a sinking ship of refugees. English & German, subtitles. 4:30 p.m. "Fiction & Other Realities" (Bobby Choy & Steve Lee, 2019). Comic drama about an aspiring Korean American musician who goes on a journey of self-discovery to Korea. English & Korean, subtitles. 6:15 p.m. "Well Groomed." (Rebecca Stern, 2019). Competitive dog grooming documentary. 7 p.m. "Health Undocumented (Salud Sin Papeles)" (Juan Freitez, 2018). Documentary about a Phoenix health clinic serving undocumented immigrants. English & Spanish, subtitles. 9 p.m. "Fonotune: An Electric Fairytale" (FINT, 2018). Sci-fi flick about a lone drifter on the road to a rock concert in a world where an apocalypse is on the horizon. Japanese, subtitles. 9:15 p.m.

May 15:

At the State Theatre: "Making Montgomery Clift." (Robert Anderson Clift, 2018). Documentary about the silver screen star, made by his nephew, that questions narratives describing Clift as self-destructive and tormented. 3:30 p.m. "Cassandro, the Exotico!" (Marie Losier, 2019). Documentary about a drag queen lucha libre (pro wrestling) star. 3:45 p.m. "Mapplethorpe" (Ondi Timoner, 2018). Biopic about controversial 20th-century photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. 5:45 p.m. "Midnight Traveler." (Hassan Fazili, 2019). Documentary about the director's escape from the Taliban after they assassinated the subject of his previous documentary, Peace. Arabic, English, Turkish, & Bulgarian; subtitles. 6:15 p.m. "Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am" (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2019). Documentary about the acclaimed novelist. 8:30 p.m. "Complicity (Kazenoki Wa Koto No Youni)" (Kei Chikaura, 2019). An undocumented Chinese immigrant in Japan poses as someone else to get a job at a soba restaurant. Japanese & Mandarin, subtitles. 8:45 p.m.

May 16:

At the Michigan Theater: "Mr. Jimmy" (Peter Michael Dowd, 2019). Documentary about a Japanese Jimmy Page tribute artist. Japanese, subtitles. 4:15 p.m. "Jewish Shorts Program." See Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival listing (above) for full description of films. 5 p.m. "An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy" (Dianne Fukami, 2018). Documentary about the Asian American politician who spent part of his childhood in a WWII internment camp. Followed by a panel discussion with Mineta and the filmmakers, Debra Nakatomi and Dianne Fukami, moderated by Detroit Public TV's Bill Kubota. 7 p.m. "The Last Suit (El ┌ltimo Traje)." (Pablo Solarz, 2018). Dramedy about an aging tailor who journeys from Buenos Aires to Poland to deliver a suit to a childhood friend who saved his life during the Nazi occupation. Spanish, subtitles. 8 p.m.

May 17:

At Angell Hall: "Our Time Machine" (Yang Sun & S. Leo Chiang, 2019). Documentary about Chinese conceptual artist Maleonn's theater project, a time-travel adventure told with human-sized puppets. Mandarin, subtitles. 3 p.m. "The Final Adventure of Kaktus Kid (Poslednja Avantura Kaktus Bate)" (Dorde Markovic, 2018). Documentary about a WWII-era comics artist who made anti-communist propaganda for the Nazis. Serbian, subtitles. 5:45 p.m. "After So Many Days" (Jim Hanft & Samantha Yonack, 2019). Self-directed documentary following this husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duo as they play one show every day for a year. 8 p.m. "In Fabric" (Peter Strickland, 2019). Horror-comedy about a cursed red gown. 10:15 p.m.

May 18:

At Angell Hall: "Best of the Fest: Children's Film Festival Seattle 2019."Family-friendly shorts. FREE for kids 12 & under, 12:30 p.m. "The Infamous Future" (Richard Butterworth, 2019). Documentary about a Bronx boys' school. 2:45 p.m. "Man Made." Documentary about a bodybuilding competition for trans men. 5 p.m. "To Dust." Dark comedy about a Hasidic cantor who, after his wife's untimely death, becomes obsessed with how her body will decay. 7:15 p.m.

May 19:

At Angell Hall: "Cold Case Hammarskjöld." (Mads Brügger, 2019). Documentary that attempts to uncover the truth behind the death of U.N. secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld, whose plane mysteriously crashed in 1961. French, Swedish, Bemba, & Danish; subtitles. 11:15 a.m.

At the Michigan Theater: "The Legacies Project." Short films made by area high school and college students based on their interviews with local senior citizens. FREE, noon. "Autonomy" (Alex Horowitz, 2019). Documentary about self-driving cars, produced by Ann Arbor-based Car and Driver magazine and hosted by New Yorker staff writer Malcolm Gladwell. Followed by a Q&A with the director and a closing night party at Mcity (4:30 p.m., $50). 2 p.m.

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Different locations. Tickets $15 (Michigan Theater members, $12; 4-pack, $45; festival passes, $50-$300) in advance at cinetopiafestival.org and the Michigan Theater, and at the door. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Swing Into Spring": The Women's Center of Southeast Michigan.

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Join us for a strolling dinner, orchestra music, live and silent auctions, wine and jewelry pulls and of course, dancing at our annual gala fundraiser.
We at the Women's Center have been hosting this event for most of our 18 years and it significantly impacts our ability to serve the community. Ticket and auction item sales make it possible for women in crisis to get affordable help from a therapist, job coach, financial adviser, or family law attorney. Clients pay on a sliding scale down to $0.
Help us welcome the season with a fabulous evening out which supports women and families in our community.
The Kensington Hotel, 3500 S. State Street. $125 pp or $1000 for table of 10. 734.973.6779. https://womenscentersemi.org/ [map]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"How to Dance at Prom Without Looking Awkward": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Footnotes Ballroom Company owner Ashleigh DeWeese leads participants in 3 basic dance styles. For grades 9-12.
6-7:30 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Swing into Spring": Women's Center of Southeastern Michigan Fundraiser.

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A strolling dinner and dancing to live music by veteran local big band II-V-I Orchestra. Also, silent and live auctions and jewelry and wine pulls. Wine & beer.
6-9:30 p.m., Kensington Hotel, 3500 S. State. $125 in advance at womenscentersemi.org/events-2/. 973-6779. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese, Wine, & Chocolate": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers from Zingerman's Creamery and Candy Manufactory discuss and offer taste samples of wines paired with artisan cheeses and chocolates. Bread and additional accompaniments.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night Movie for Adults": Dexter District Library.

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All adults invited. Apr. 12: Bohemian Rhapsody, Bryan Singer's 2018 biopic about Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury. May 10: Instant Family, Sean Anders' 2018 comic drama about a couple fostering 3 kids.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Meditative Drawing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn drawing patterns and techniques for mindful doodling taken from Kass Hall's book Zentangle Untangled.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"A Craftsman's Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning": Literati Bookstore.

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Detroit writer Eric Georges, owner of Voodoo Choppers and host of the public TV show A Craftsman's Legacy, discusses his new collection of stories about calligraphers, potters, stone carvers, and other crafters he's interviewed. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [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]


 7:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Pittsburgh caller Gaye Fifer leads to music by Debbie Jackson, Josh Burdick, and Susan Lazar. For experienced dancers.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse (off S. State across from the airport). $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Andy Erikson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 10 & 11. Local debut of this Minnesota-based comedian whose giggly, effervescent stage persona is obsessed with cats and unicorns. She rose to national prominence in 2015 as one of the 5 finalists on NBC's Last Comic Standing, and she had a 4-episode stint on Fox's Scream Queens. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $14 reserved seating in advance, $16 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Claudia Schmidt: Webster UCC Music Series.

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This Traverse City vocalist, a longtime local favorite with both folk and jazz audiences, is known for her strikingly luminous, warmly ingratiating voice.
7:30 p.m., Webster United Church of Christ, 5484 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. Tickets $15 cash/check at the door only. 426-5115. [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. 

"Disney's Aladdin Jr.": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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May 10-12. Denyse Clayton directs young local actors in Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Chad Beguelin's musical based on the popular 1992 animated film (and 2014 Broadway show) about a poor young man who finds a magic lamp that holds a wish-granting genie. The Alan Menken score includes such favorites as "One Jump Ahead," "Friend Like Me," and "A Whole New World." Stars Maximilian Ascani, Lana Smith, Jeremy Klooster, Jacob Wing, Ian Weintraub, Poppy Magee, Caden Martel, Elsa Weber, and Tessa Hanrath.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.) and 1 & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $10 (kids, $8) in advance at a2ct.org/tickets, by phone, & at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.

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Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes.

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May 10: "Before You Know It" (Hannah Pearl Utt, 2019). Comedy about 2 sisters who discover that their mother, believed dead, is starring in a soap opera. 8 p.m.

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May 12: "To Dust" (Shawn Snyder, 2018). Dark comedy about a Hasidic cantor who, after his wife's untimely death, becomes obsessed with how her body will decay. 12:30 p.m., State Theatre. "93Queen" (Paula Eiselt, 2018). Documentary about Ezras Nashim, the 1st all-female Hasidic EMT service, which operates in Brooklyn, servicing the largest enclave of Hasidic Jews in the U.S. 5 p.m. "Budapest Noir" (╔va Gárdos, 2018). Murder mystery set in 1936, just before Hungary became fascist. Hungarian, subtitles. 8 p.m.

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May 13: "The Unorthodox" (Eliran Malka, 2018). Historical dramedy set in 1980s Israel about a disenfranchised Sephardic man who forms an ultra-Orthodox political party to challenge the Ashkenazi establishment. 2 p.m. "Why the Jews" (John Curtin, 2017). Documentary exploring the possible reasons for Jewish social, scientific, and artistic accomplishments. 6:45 p.m.

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May 14: "The Samuel Project" (Marc Fusco, 2018). An outcast teen makes his isolated grandfather the subject of a school art project, inadvertently uncovering a secret past. 5 p.m. "The Ancient Law" (Rachel Israel, 2017). Ewald André Dupont, 1923). Restored silent film about a rabbi's son who gets swept up in the glamorous world of acting. Renowned Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and pianist Donald Sosin perform their new score live. 7:30 p.m.

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May 15: "Remember Baghdad" (Fiona Murphy, 2017). Documentary about the collapse of Jewish life in Baghdad after the 1948 creation of the State of Israel. Arabic & Hebrew, subtitles. Q&A follows with U-M Modern Hebrew Language lecturer Levana Aronson, whose family is profiled in the film. 5 p.m. "Shoelaces" (Jacob Goldwasser, 2018). Drama about a special-needs man who fights for his right to donate his kidney to his ailing father. Hebrew, subtitles. 8 p.m.

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May 16: "Shorts." A program of short films: An Average Story (Yaniv Segalovich, 2016) is a comedy about the unlikely events that occur after a man learns that he's the most average man who's ever lived. Boxes (Jeremy Borison, 2018) is a drama about a grandmother trying to hide her pre-Holocaust life from her granddaughter, who grapples with coming out to her grandmother. Death Metal Grandma (Leah Galant, 2018) is a documentary about Inge Ginsberg, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor who reinvents herself as a death metal singer on America's Got Talent. She and her husband previously wrote music for Nat King Cole, Doris Day, and Dean Martin. Gefilte (Rachel Fleit, 2018) is a documentary tracking the months-long annual preparation of gefilte fish for the massive Seder hosted by the Hermelin family of metro Detroit. A Thousand Kisses (Richard Goldgewicht, 2018) is an animated film based on the love letters exchanged by a young couple separated onto different hemispheres by a 1933 Nazi immigration crackdown. A Night at the Garden (Marshall Curry, 2018) is the Oscar-nominated documentary about the 1939 rally in Madison Square Garden where 20,000 Americans gathered to celebrate the rise of Nazism. 5 p.m. "The Last Suit" (Pablo Solarz, 2018). Dramedy about an aging tailor who journeys from Buenos Aires to Poland to deliver a suit to a childhood friend who saved his life during the Nazi occupation. Spanish, subtitles. 8 p.m.

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Various times (see listing), Michigan Theater (except as noted). Tickets $15 (MTF members, $12) in advance and at the door. 971-0990. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Mary Gauthier: Green Wood Coffee House (First United Methodist Church).

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A Louisiana native currently living in Boston who is often compared to Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams, Gauthier specializes in vividly detailed, sharply observed songs about people on the edge that one critic has dubbed "country noir." She's also known for the luminous purity of her singing. Her latest CD, Trouble and Love, is a collection of songs inspired by experiences of grief that she calls a "record about getting to a new normal--it's a transformation record." Opener: Jaimee Harris, an up-and-coming Austin-based Americana singer-songwriter whose debut album, Red Rescue, is garnering effusive comparisons to Patty Griffin and Ryan Adams.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $20 in advance at eventbrite.com and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Nora Jane Struthers: The Ark.

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Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter, a former high school English teacher whose story songs draw on old-time, bluegrass, and folk ballad traditions. She has a forthcoming album.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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 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.


 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. 

"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.


 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]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 8 p.m. 

"Trending Now": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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May 10-12 & 16-19. Kristin Ann Danko directs this Ypsilanti troupe's original sketch-comedy show on fads, fashions, and fandoms across decades. Cast: A.M. Dean, Kylista Geiger, Tom Hett, Eric Hohnke, and Alice Kepchar.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Back Office Studio, 13 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 online at ntgypsi.org, $12 at the door. [map]


 9 p.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]


 10 p.m. 

Ernie Clark&Mag. Bastards/The Hellbound Drifters/Black Cat Bone @ Ziggy's.

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Ernie Clark & the Magnificent Bastards -
Who are Ernie Clark & the Magnificent Bastards? Four gringos locos making noise in a basement somewhere in the greater Grand Rapids area what sounds like country-ish music with broad strokes of punk, blues, gospel and a hint of spaghetti western Tex-Mex. The hottest old fashioned, All-American hillbilly rock 'n' roll band you haven't yet heard.
https://www.facebook.com/ernieclarkdos, https://www.reverbnation.com/ernieclarkthemagnificentbastards
The Hellbound Drifters -
Roots country inspired psychedelic rock & roll quartet from Bay City, Michigan playing original music and classic covers.
https://www.facebook.com/hellbounddrifters
Black Cat Bone -
Black Cat Bone utilizes bottleneck guitar, harmonica, and drums to deliver their nihilistic version of the American music experience. Delivering songs about God, the Devil, and the lost and lonely souls in between.
https://www.facebook.com/BlackCatBoneGrandRapids/
https://blackcatbo
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $5. media@ziggysypsi.com https://www.facebook.com/events/279365806064269/ [map]




 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Harrington Brown

Local guitar duo of Michael Harrington and Appleseed Collective frontman Andrew Brown. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Nicholas Payton Trio

Ensemble led by heralded jazz trumpeter Payton. $40-$50. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: Dead Hit

Local psychedelic jam-rock band. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Anthony Paparelli

1990s to contemporary acoustic rock covers by this singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Davey O

Veteran Americana singer-songwriter from Buffalo who sings poetically charged introspective songs. [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: FreeLance

Local dance rock cover band whose repertoire ranges from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to AC/DC and Guns & Roses to Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. [venue info]

Mash: Crossfire Blues Band

Detroit-area blues and blues-rock quartet. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Gabriel

Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

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

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Steve Rich

Local singer-guitarist who performs a mix of originals and traditional music. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Barker & Broski

Local proto-punk rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter duo of Michael Snyder-Barker and Chris Broski. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Ernie Clark & the Magnificent Bastards

Grand Rapids postpunk alt-country quartet. Openers: The Hellhound Drifters, a Bay City country-inflected psychedelic rock 'n' roll quartet, and Black Cat Bone, the stage name of Grand Rapids Americana blues singer-songwriter Scott Warren. 10 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Joel Palmer & Dan Hazlett

Double bill of veteran Detroit singer-songwriters. Palmer is a singer- guitarist whose repertoire includes vintage and original blues, swing, and folk-style tunes, and Hazlett lays blues-, R&B-, folk-, and jazz- influenced originals on topics that range from the outlandish to the sublime. [venue info]

 
 


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