All invited-from novices to experienced birders-to help take a census of birds in Washtenaw County. Part of a 24-hour worldwide snapshot of populations of resident and migrant birds. Similar in structure to the WAS Christmas Bird Count: groups of volunteers are assigned specific areas to count. Feeder watchers also invited.
All day, throughout Washtenaw County. Free. To volunteer or for information, visit washtenawaudubon.org
Perennials, annuals, wildflowers, herbs, ornamental grasses, ferns, and more from members' gardens. Most plants are under $5. Enthusiastic expert gardeners on hand to answer questions. Proceeds go towards civic beautification and club scholarships and grants. Rain or shine.
8 a.m.-noon, Chelsea Fairgrounds, 20501 W. Old US-12, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-9748.
Discussions and activities.
Mar. 13: Detroit landscaper Jan Bills discusses "Gardening with Comfort, Ease, and Simplicity."
Apr. 10: Local master gardener Chris Lapinski discusses "Encouraging Gardeners to Make Their Gardens Pollinator Friendly."
May 11 (8 a.m.-4 p.m.): Garage Sale. Club fundraiser. Donated items accepted.
June 12 (7 p.m., location TBA): "Garden Tour." Preregistration required.
7 p.m., Chelsea Depot (except as noted), 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. $5 (members, free). 358-3851. [map]
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]
5-km run in which runners are showered with colored powder. Also, music, dancing, giveaways, and photo opportunities. Finisher's medals.
8 a.m., Riverside Park, Ypsilanti. $25-$50 (kids age 5 & under, $15) in advance at thecolorrun.com
WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a hike to look for birds. Wear waterproof boots. Bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have them.
8-10 a.m., Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester. Free. 971-6337.
Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
9 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]
It's important to provide regular, basic wellness services for your pets to protect them from unnecessary illnesses. That's why the Humane Society of Huron Valley Veterinary Clinic offers low-cost vaccinations, wellness testing, and prevention products for all public cats and dogs at our Low Cost Vaccination Clinics.*
Pricing for Low Cost Clinics:
Rabies & Distemper Combo - $25
Rabies ONLY - $15
Distemper ONLY - $15
Bordetella - $20 (dogs only)
Canine influenza - $15 (dogs only)
Feline Leukemia Vaccine - $20 (cats only - must provide proof of a negative test within the past month.)
FeLV/FIV Test - $30 (cats only)
Heartworm Test - $20 (dogs only)
24PetWatch Microchip ID - $25 (dogs) and $15 (cats)
Heartworm, flea and tick preventative offered at very low prices!
Please bring your dogs on a non-retractable leash and all cats must be in a carrier.
*Please call for appointment if your pet has had adverse reaction to previous vaccinations.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. 734-662-4365. firstname.lastname@example.org www.hshv.org
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. email@example.com [map]
Hundreds of beautiful cats, ranging from local house pets to exotic and rare purebreds representing over 25 breeds, compete for awards or regional and national points.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Sports Coliseum, Hill at Fifth Ave. Spectators $6 (students & seniors, $5; kids age 6 & under, free; families, $15) at the door. 434-8588.
Noncompetitive 5-km run for girls in grades 3-8 and parents, family members, teachers, and anyone else who wants to run with them. All finishers receive a medal. Also, a "Celebration Expo" (opens at 7 a.m.) with activities TBA.
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $28 in advance by May 3 at girlsontherunsemi.org, $30 after May 6. 712-5640. [map]
May 11 & 18. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (May 11), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (May 18), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. firstname.lastname@example.org, 647-8528. [map]
Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Our Southeastern Michigan organization covers 5 counties, including Washtenaw, Livingston, Lenawee, Monroe, and Jackson, and serves almost 2,000 girls from the 3rd through 8th grade. At the end of a 10 week after-school program, girls participate in a celebratory untimed 5K event and learn about goal accomplishment and making the seemingly impossible possible.
This year we are having two 5K events to accommodate our numbers. These events are open to all community members. To learn more and to register, please go here:
Interested in volunteering? We could not carry out a successful event without a large number of volunteers. Please click here to learn more and to register to volunteer:
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek, Ypsilanti. $30. 734-712-5640. email@example.com https:
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.
All ages 12-adult invited to bike around several bird habitats, with frequent stops to look and listen for birds. Bring your own binoculars and bike, if you like.
9-11 a.m., park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $8 (bike rental, $20). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
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]
All invited to help weed rain gardens along Miller from Newport to Maple. Master gardeners are on hand to answer questions and discuss rain gardens in general. Bring work gloves and gardening tools labeled with your name, if you have them. Followed by cookies.
9:30-11:30 a.m., meet at 1916 Miller. Free. 222-6813.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
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. email@example.com http:
"What Galleries Expect from Artists; speaker Daniella Gobetti": Womens' Caucus for Art, Michigan Chapter.more >
"What Galleries Expect from Artists; speaker Daniella Gobetti": Womens' Caucus for Art, Michigan Chapter.< less
Artists and galleries need one another to make art known to the wider public. This talk will shed light on the dynamics that shape the relationships so artists can choose the right gallery, negotiate and build rapport for mutual success.
Speaker Daniella Gobetti is a photographer with an extensive background. www.danielagobbetti.com
Saturday, May 11th, 10am-12pm.
Ann Arbor Public Library 3rd fl.Freespace, 343 S.5th St. Free. free. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
"What the *!@% Are We Chanting? The Language of the Sadhanas We Read Every Week": Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.more >
"What the *!@% Are We Chanting? The Language of the Sadhanas We Read Every Week": Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.< less
Our teachers have encouraged us to do our practices in Tibetan, the language that has been used to transmit the practices to us through the lineage for centuries.
However the differences in language make it difficult to transmit the full benefit of the practices. Besides the difficulty of understanding the meaning of the words, the transliteration of the pronunciation cannot represent the true pronunciation, which actually involves elements that do not exist in English.
In this continuing series we discuss all aspects of the Tibetan language with a focus on the sadhana practices we do every week.
We will go through some of the texts we chant and look at the Tibetan words, how the letters are pronounced, and how the pronunciation is transliterated for our weekly practices. We will also look at the meaning of the words and how they fit together.
The class is free. Donations are accepted.
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner St., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. Donation. (734) 761-7495. annarborktc.org [map]
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]
All invited to tour the grounds at Waterloo Farm. Docents are on hand in the 10-room farmhouse to answer questions. Also, appearances by Civil War reenactors. Part of a larger event with free admission at several Jackson-area museums.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Chelsea. Free. (517) 596-2254. [map]
Native flowers, grasses, trees, and shrubs, all with Michigan native genotypes. Also, guided wildflower walks throughout the day led by park interpreters.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Free admission; $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]
May 11, 12, 18, & 19. Plant sales include a "Mother's Day Weekend Plant Sale" (May 11 & 12) of hanging baskets and container plants grown and designed by Matthaei staff and volunteers and a "Kitchen Favorites: Heirloom Vegetable and Herb Sale" (May 18 & 19) of plants grown by U-M Campus Farm volunteers. Also on May 11, a "Spring Artist Market" (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) features works by local artisans and crafters.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
Sale of gently used paperback and hard-cover books. Also, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and more. Fill a bag for $5.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., CDL basement, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-8732. [map]
Guided tour of the Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant, a complex of 2 facilities where the city treats on average some 14 million gallons a day of river and well water. Also, kids activities.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Ann Arbor Water Treatment Plant, 919 Sunset. Free. Preregistration required via email to email@example.com. 327-4200. [map]
May 11 & 12. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live lizards. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, a midday "Animal Naptime" lets the animals take a break.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]
WCPARC stewardship coordinator Katie Carlisle leads kids ages 7-12 in a hike to identify and remove invasive flowers. Wear long pants & sturdy shoes.
DeVine Preserve, 6110 W. Liberty. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]
All grade 8-adult invited to make and use a pinhole camera. Followed at 2 p.m. by photo developing in the Secret Lab.
10 a.m.-noon, AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
A "sensory friendly" event for kids ages 3-7 with developmental disabilities. Includes 20 minutes of interactive stories & movement, followed by 40 minutes of free play.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]
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]
Tastings of dandelion chai and "muscle repair tea." Also, a chance to view and learn about medicinal herbs and to tour the healing arts studio and apothecary space and learn about the services they offer.
AASM, 6276 Jackson Rd., ste. B. Free. naturopathicschoolofannarbor.net, 769-7794. [map]
Every Thurs., Sat., & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.
The Sky Tonight (5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Thurs.; 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.
The Cosmic Recipe: Setting the Periodic Table (10:30 a.m. Sat. & Sun.) explores how the Big Bang and the stars created elements we interact with every day, including carbon, calcium, and silicon.
Expedition Reef (3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) provides an up-close look at the beauty and diversity of life in a coral reef threatened by climate change.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. 764-0478. [map]
Talk by Gaia Center for Herbal Studies founder Mary Light. Followed 11 a.m.-3 p.m. by an open house (see listing below).
10:30 a.m., AASM, 6276 Jackson Rd., ste. B. Free. naturopathicschoolofannarbor.net, 769-7794. [map]
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]
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]
All grade 6-adult invited to make a small display shelf out of popsicle sticks.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Every Wed., Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos led by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (11 a.m. Wed. and 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display.
11 a.m. (Wed.) and 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
Join us at the Gallup Canoe Livery for a live auction of used and damaged boats including aluminum canoes and two-person and oneperson kayaks.
Gallup Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Road. 734.794.6240. firstname.lastname@example.org a2gov.org
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]
Identifying insects from the water ways can help us figure out what the water quality is within different sections of the Huron River Watershed.
Find out what kinds of bugs are in the Huron River. At ID day we separate bugs into groups that look-alike and then an expert will help you identify them. Once bugs are identified you can record the data and compare the results to last years and others. This identification process takes about two hours. (Each child must be accompanied by an adult.)
To sign up, click the link below.
Meet at the HRWC offices in the NEW Center, 1100 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, 48104. Free. Jason at email@example.com https:
Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Poulenc's 1956 opera inspired by the true story of French nuns who refused to renounce their vocation during the Reign of Terror. French, subtitles. The show is rebroadcast May 15 at Ann Arbor 20 (1 & 6:30 p.m.).
Noon, Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $18-$25 in advance at fathomevents.com
All invited to help identify the macroinvertebrates gleaned during the Apr. 27 "River Roundup." Kids welcome (each child must be accompanied by an adult).
Noon-2 p.m. & 2-4 p.m. (choose one session), NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Preregistration required by May 9 at hrwc.org
Music for Little Folks director Gari Stein, an Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra member TBA, and pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids age 5 & under (accompanied by an adult) in a 30-minute program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
Noon-12:30, CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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.
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, 615-0445. [map]
(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]
Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. We are working to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (energyinnovationact.org), a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions. Newcomers are welcome to come at 12:30 for a brief overview.
Ann Arbor District Library - 3rd floor Freespace room, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free. email@example.com http:
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.
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.
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.
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." (Éva 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Último 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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
Kids in grades K-5 invited to color characters from the latest movie based on the immensely popular media franchise that began as a videogame revolving around hundreds of fictional species.
1-2 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]
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]
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
All invited to help remove invasive plants and view wildflowers. Be prepared for hiking and off-trail work.
1-4 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve, 4000 Scio Church. Free. 971-6337. [map]
All invited to learn how to craft a story about a community. In conjunction with the AADL exhibit Exiled to Motown: Japanese Americans in Detroit.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Japanese tea ceremony in conjunction with The Six Senses of Buddhism, the current exhibit that explores the nature and history of objects used in Buddhist practice. Followed at 3 p.m. by a discussion of the exhibit by curator Susan Dine (preregistration required at umma.umich.edu
1:30 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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.
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]
Members of the local long-form improv group Work Friends show all in grades 9-12 the basics of improv comedy.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
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.
Every Sat. except May 4. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather. The club hosts its annual Juggling Arts Festival May 4 & 5.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org, umich.edu
(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]
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]
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]
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
May 11 & 12 (different programs). The most festive occasion of the Buddhist year.
May 11: "Women in Buddhism" (3:30 p.m.). A panel of women TBA share their perspectives on Buddhism. An Evening Celebration (6 p.m.) includes a buffet with vegetarian hors d'oeuvres, entrées, and dessert, followed by a program of musical entertainment TBA.
May 12: The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with meditation. At 10 a.m., the traditional "Bathing of Baby Buddha" with sweet tea. At noon, a blessing service for youth (pre-registration required). At 4 p.m., an "Introduction to Meditation." At 7:30 p.m., chanting and lighting of traditional lotus lanterns, along with scriptural readings by representatives from other area Buddhist groups.
3:30-8:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Sun.), Zen Buddhist Temple, 1214 Packard at Wells. All events are free, except Evening Celebration (adults, $20; students, $10; family, $40). Tickets available in advance and at the door. 761-6520. [map]
Steve Lorenz conducts this lively 90-member local men's chorus in Americana works, folk songs, spirituals, and audience favorites.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at measure-for-measure.org, by phone, and at the door. 649-7664. [map]
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This Zen priest and chef, author of The Tassajara Bread Book, reads from The Most Important Point, his new collection of 50 brief essays adapted from his sermons.
5-7 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. (818) 681-5553. [map]
All-ages music festival with a beer garden. Headliner is the Denver funk, Afrobeat, and jazz septet The Motet. The songs on their new album, Death or Devotion, "glisten with a bright studio sheen, sounding straight out of the late seventies disco/funk/soul heyday," says a Glide Magazine review. Also, the Brighton bluesy, funky folk-rock singer-songwriter & guitarist Syd Burnham and the popular local inventive country-rock band The Ragbirds.
5-11 p.m., Maynard at William. Free admission. 646-1500.
The ever-so-talented, multi-award winning Jill Jack is back! Come out and have a listen to your favorite Jill Jack tunes and the stories behind them. Jill Jack's magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She's been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she's won over 40 Detroit Music Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Much of this provincial success is due to her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting. In this candlelit, intimate venue of just 42 seats, you'll experience Jill's show like never before.
Reservations are a must. Call us at 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats. Just $35 pp for dinner and show. Menu: Roasted Cornish Hen or Barramundi in Lemon Butter
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com www.jilljack.com [map]
The St Paul Brass and Organ will be in Concert!
We will be Honoring
1)Our Organist with over 45 years of Music Ministry; Dr. Thomas Strode and
2)The memory of Kathryn Klintworth who lead the St Paul Brass for over 25 years.
The concert will be Saturday evening May 11th in the sanctuary of St Paul Church at 6:30 PM
Program of spiritual music, classical music and special music arranged by our own personal Hollywood arranger Paul Klintworth in the music we call "Hollywood meets Martin Luther"
St Paul Lutheran Church, 420 West Liberty. Free. 313-506-4808. firstname.lastname@example.org [map]
Ballroom dancing to recorded music. No partner necessary. The program begins with a lesson for beginners.
7-9 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth. $5 at the door only. 822-2117. [map]
WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike through richly flowered woods to hear spring peepers calling at sunset.
7-9 p.m., Weatherbee Woods Preserve, 8740 Warren Rd., Superior Twp. Free. 971-6337. [map]
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]
Pittsburgh caller Gaye Fifer leads to music by Big Fun. No experience or partner needed. Wear loose fitting clothing and flat non-slip shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. $11 (members, $10; age 29 & under, $5). 945-1343. [map]
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]
Age 12 & up invited to play with adoptable cats and color. Supplies provided. Snacks & soda.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Preregistration recommended at tinylions.org
This veteran local folk musician is joined by several musician friends to perform the 7th annual concert dedicated to the memory of his late wife, flutist Helen Slomovits. The program includes Helen's songs, along with original and traditional music in both folk and classical styles. With Laz's twin brother San on guitar and vocals and his niece Emily on fiddle, along with harpist Laurel Federbush, keyboardist Alaura Massaro, singer-guitarist Jeanne Mackey, singer-percussionists Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski, and bassist Eric Fithian. Proceeds benefit the Friends Lake Cooperative Community in Chelsea, which supports nature preservation, and the local family-oriented homeless shelter, Alpha House.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [map]
This Russian-born Germany-based jazz composer-pianist "is octopus-like in his dominance of the keyboard," notes a doobeedoobeedoo.info reviewer, who also observes in his music a "dichotomy between gentle, often gorgeous lyricism and thundering torrents of deconstruction."
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$25 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
A talented singer-songwriter known for a jazz-inspired, classically trained vocal style she describes as "pop illiterate," Werner writes incisive, vividly imagined songs in a variety of moods. She has a brand-new album, NOLA: Susan Werner Goes to New Orleans. With local trombonist Chris Smith.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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]
Critically acclaimed Beatles tribute band, a quintet of top NYC session musicians, bolstered by horn and string sections, that specializes in later works never performed live by the Beatles. Calling them "the greatest Beatles cover band--without the wigs," Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke says that "the Faux invigorate the artistry of even the Beatles' most intricate studio masterpieces with top chops and Beatlemaniac glee." Tonight the band, returning to town for the 7th consecutive year, performs the so-called "White Album" in its entirety.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $49.50-$85 in advance at Ticketmaster.com & all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
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
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]
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]
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Myra
Fusion of folk, jazz, Celtic, and world music.
Blind Pig: Disaster Relief
Local all-star ensemble led by guitarist-keyboardist Darrin James whose music mixes elements of funk, jazz, Afrobeat, rock, and blues. With trumpeter Ross Huff and saxophonists Dan Bennett, Tim Haldeman, and Molly Jones fronting a rhythm section of bassist Brennan Andes and drummer Rob Avsharian. Opener: Liquid Monk, a Detroit funk-rock jam quintet. $10.
Blue Llama: Nicholas Payton Trio
Ensemble led by heralded jazz trumpeter Payton. $40-$50. 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Bona Sera: "Friends with Benefits Love Thrust Dance Party"
Dance party with DJ Selina S. Tyle. A benefit for Ypsi Pride. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
Club Above: Wax Kings!
House & techno DJ collective.
Conor O'Neill's: Bird into Bear
Highly regarded local acoustic roots-music folk-rock sextet, formerly known as Dragon Wagon, that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey."
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Jo Serrapere
Gifted veteran local singer-songwriter known for her spare, haunting ballads and blues and her sinewy, commanding vocals. Her latest CD, Dollar Store Nation, is rooted in the unselfconscious genre- hopping across rock 'n 'roll, country, folk, and honky-tonk boundaries exemplified by the likes of Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline.
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.
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.
Mash: The Chris Canas Band
Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas.
Session Room: Delta Twins -- Cancelled
Cancelled due to poor weather forecast.
Ypsi Alehouse: Eric Moore
Veteran local singer-songwriter known for his playfully ironic lyrics and jazz- and blues-inflected fingerstyle guitar playing. 8-10 p.m.
Ypsi Alehouse: Malty Taskers Jug Band
Old-time music from blues and country to hokum. 5-7 p.m.
Ziggy's: 734 Saturdays
Open mike, along with a featured performer TBA. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. 8-11 p.m.
Zou Zou's Cafe: LeLe XO
Alt-pop singer-songwriter from Sterling Heights debuted at #33 on the iTunes Alternative charts.
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