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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, May 15, 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]



 7:30 a.m. 

Midwest Growth Capital Symposium.

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2019 marks the 38th anniversary of the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium, formerly known as the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium and the longest running university-based venture fair of its kind! MGCS showcases Midwest companies that are seeking seed, series A, and series B rounds of funding. The conference is known for attracting top-tier investors from across the U.S. More than 550 attendees are expected, including founders of early-stage companies that span the Life Sciences and Technology sectors, angel investors, VCs and technology transfer professionals from several dozen top-ranked Midwest Universities. Stay connected, find resources and see what keeps attendees coming back year after year - join us in Ann Arbor May 14-15, 2019!
Mariott Resort at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $225+. 734-615-4424. mnickson@umich.edu http://www.michigan-gcs.com/ [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.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads. Call if it's raining or the temperatures are below 50.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, 10101 Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 663-5060. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
8 a.m., Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.


 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]



 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  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.


 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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


 Noon  Free! 

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]


 12:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Fun": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. All invited to play board games from the Senior Center's collection.
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. 794-6250. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Remember Their Names: Family History Narratives": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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The course will focus on use of interviews, archival materials, and memories to develop narrative portraits of family members. This Study Group will meet Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., May 15 - May 22.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C. $15. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Dialogues des Carmélites": Fathom Events.

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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.).
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) Tickets $18-$25 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

"A Rare Find: The Discovery of the Rough Sketch of the King's Domain at Detroit, 1790 - OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Curator of Maps Brian Leigh Dunnigan will share the serendipitous acquisition of a depicted plan of Detroit in 1790 by Captain David William Smith. This unknown, rare map of Detroit provides early history, six years before the British troops made way for the United States troops. This map hand-drawn and hand-colored by Smith is a wonderful addition to the existing stellar map collection at the Clements.
This session will meet on Wednesday, May 15, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Clements Library, 909 South University Avenue. $10. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Chelsea Retirement Community, Crippen Building/805 W. Middle St., Chelsea. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc


 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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


 2:30 & 5:15 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]


 3 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]


 3 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]


 3:30-9 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." (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.

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 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.

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]


 3:35, 7:30 & 10 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.


 3:50, 6 & 9:35 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.


 4:30 p.m. 

"Crafty Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Kids in grades 3-5 invited for an animal-themed craft and a chance to play with cats and learn how to care for animals.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson ste. A1. $10 per kid; parents who want to stay, $5. 661-3575. [map]


 4:45 & 7:15 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]


 5 p.m. 

17th annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction: Children's Trust Fund.

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The Children's Trust Fund is hosting the 17th annual Pam Posthumus Signature auction event on Wednesday, May 15 at the MSU Breslin Center. The Children's Trust Fund is Michigan's only independent, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Join us for a brilliant evening of great music, sparkling conversation, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and lively bidding at the annual Pam Posthumus Signature Auction event. For more information and tickets, please visit https://e.givesmart.com/events/ciZ/.
The Breslin Center (MSU Campus), 534 Birch Rd. $150. 5179995137. alicia@m3group.biz https://e.givesmart.com/events/ciZ/ [map]


 5 & 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" (Éva 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]


 5:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi Pushing Hands": Sun Shen.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm by SUN SHEN Head Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang. Please contact Pastor Neuhaus at (734) 531-8796 or info@sunshen.org for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6 p.m. 

"One Prayer Class": Sun Shen.

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The One Prayer is a dynamic self-management tool, custom designed for you, that you can take wherever you go and update as you learn and grow. It includes a system of journaling techniques, life organization, and mapping your purpose and trajectory. This course is designed for anyone wanting a greater understanding of themselves, more focus in life, and more satisfaction; itʻs about following your heart and vision in concrete and practical ways. Classes are held Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30pm. Contact Samo Joanna Myers at samomyers@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. 734-395-8486. samomyers@sunshen.org sunshen.org/ [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

Gardening Talks: Dexter District Library.

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Talks by English Gardens representatives. May 1: Herbs. May 15: "Container Gardening Made Easy." June 6: "Success with Perennials."
6 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. and July 27 & Aug. 31. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp (except July 27, 1-5 p.m.), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out & rough-cut patterns for sale.
6-7:30 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"24th Annual Dining for Dollars": Unified.

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Dinner, dessert, a silent auction, and raffles. Proceeds benefit Unified (formerly the HIV/AIDS Resource Center).
6 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Tickets $135 in advance at miunified.org/Events/Special-Events or by phone. 572-9355. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Why Women Stopped Baking": BAKE! with Zing.

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Yale University Women and Gender Studies lecturer Maria Trumpler discusses the history of home bread baking and how changes in flour, leavening, ovens, and uses for bread contributed to its decline. A light meal is served.
6-8 p.m., ZingTrain, 3728 Plaza Dr. $40. 761-7255. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Free Estate Planning Workshop": Legacy Law Center.

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At this FREE workshop we will discuss the following, and answer your questions:
Do I need a Will, a Trust, or neither? How do I avoid probate?
How to Protect my assets from Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Costs that can exceed $10,000 per month.
Learn how to preserve your savings for your children if your surviving spouse remarries.
Avoid having your most important asset mistakenly end up in Probate.
Protecting my family from poor financial decisions, creditors, and your children's ex-spouses.
Why my current Will, Trust or Estate Plan may not work the way I expect.
Why putting property in your children's names may be a mistake.
This workshop fills up fast, so reserve your seat now.
Call for reservations today.
734.995.2383 or email info@elderlawannarbor.com
Attend this event and receive a Free, no obligation, private consultation with one of Legacy Law Center's Attorneys in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor District Library (Westgate Branch), 2503 Jackson Ave (In Westgate Shopping Center), Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-995-2383. info@elderlawannarbor.com www.elderlawannarbor.com [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
EHM Senior Solutions/Brecon Village, 101 Brecon Dr., Saline. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [map]


 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Quilling with Katherine Downie": Saline District Library.

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This local artist shows how to make art by rolling, shaping, and gluing strips of paper. Supplies provided.
6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. Salinelibrary.org, 429-5450. [map]


 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: Fleurs Hypnotique et Fleurs Exotique": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning flavor and fragrance blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses and offers smell samples of gardenia, jasmine, orange blossom, tuberose, and ylang ylang.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Meditation"

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Meditation is an important tool on the spiritual path, helping to develop focus, stability, insight and understanding. In addition to more commonly known concentration methods, we will also experience analytical and visualization meditations on various topics. Led by Jewel Heart Instructor Supa Corner.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. 7349943387. annarborregistration@jewelheart.org https://www.jewelheart.org/chapters/ann-arbor/ [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Sitting Meditation Followed by Discussion": Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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Join us for a silent sitting meditation every Wednesday at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion. Basic meditation instruction is provided. There is no cost; donations are welcome.
KTC Ann Arbor, 614 Miner St. Ann Arbor MI 48103. Free. Donations accepted. 734-678-7549. annarborktc.org [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"What Would a Green New Deal Look Like in Michigan?": Ward 3/4 Issues and Action- WCDP.

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Ward 3/4 Issues and Action invites you to hear from
John Barrie-Appropriate Technology in Guatemala & Detroit
Matthew Grocoff-Veridian at County Farm
and a speaker TBD on Climate Action at Michigan/Sunrise
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Boulevard. Free. jtcancan@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/Ward-34-Issues-Action-2258879957704597/ [map]



 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Color Away": Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Wed. All adults invited to color. Supplies provided.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Girls Group: Changing the Destiny of Young Women in Our Community": OLLI after 5 (U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

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Talk by Sue Schooner, executive director of the local leadership nonprofit Girls Group.
7-8:30 p.m., Kellogg Eye Center, 1000 Wall St. $10. 998-9351. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Inspired Blending": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local aromatherapist Margo Hertzfeld.
7-8:30 p.m., PFC Café, 216 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 994-4589. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Social Work and Other Myths"

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Local poet Douglas Smith reads from his new chapbook that explores his time as a community organizer in Detroit in the 1980s. "These poems beseech us to identify with the humanity in the desperate, the afflicted, the abandoned, the evicted and the exiled," says Michigan playwright Brian Cox. "Smith is a poet who creates an awareness that burrows into you and changes how you see." Signing. The program begins with an open mic for poets.
7 p.m., Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-1555. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water's Edge": Literati Bookstore Eco Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by local poet Alison Swan, of Susan Hand Shetterly's 2018 book.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Ritz and Escoffier, Luke Barr's 2018 book about the partnership between hotelier César Ritz and chef Auguste Escoffier, who created the luxurious Savoy hotel and restaurant in London at the turn of the 20th century.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Saving the Endangered Manatee": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Talk by U-M biology lecturer Katherine LaCommare.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems around various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Nonmembers also invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. onepausepoetry.org, 707-1284. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Rose Cousins: The Ark.

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Pop-folk singer-songwriter from Nova Scotia known for her achingly candid, elegantly understated lyrics and richly nuanced vocals.
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]


 8:30 p.m. 

"Mystic Nights at the Grotto": Zal Gaz Grotto.

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Detroit certified consulting hypnotist Misha Tuesday, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, performs his one-man show, a self-described "blend of trickery, subtle psychology, and genuine intuition" to conjure an illusion of telepathy and clairvoyance. Audience participation.
8:30 p.m., Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium. Tickets $10 in advance at mishatuesday.wellattended.com & at the door. 506-0650. [map]


 9 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blue Llama: "Thelonious Monk & Coleman Hawkins Screening"

Jazz film screenings. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwude Thunderwude

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and George Merkel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Detroit Street Hot Club

Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by the local quartet of guitarists Andrew Brown and Michael Harrington, bassist Ryan Shea, and violinist Tyler Rindo. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul-infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Mash: David Roof

Local blues-rock singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Old Town: Brad Billmaier Trio

Jazz ensemble led by this local drummer. With keyboardist Kenton Davey and bassist Johannes Ronquillo. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Neal Anderson Quintet

Local jazz ensemble led by Neal Anderson, the Rhyta Musik trumpeter whose compositions pay melodic homage to Lee Morgan and Roy Hargrove while establishing a wistful, sometimes playful, but distinctive voice of his own. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Rupert Wates

Ballads and story songs in a range of styles by this veteran London- born troubadour. [venue info]

 
 


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