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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 16, 2019






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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



 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Horse Shows: Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan.

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


 8-11 a.m.  Free! 

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

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


 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Bridge Tournament: Chelsea Senior Center.

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All 2-player teams play 40 hands of bridge; bring your own partner. Prizes.
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CSC, 512 Washington, Chelsea. $35 includes continental breakfast & lunch. 475-9242. [map]


 9-11 a.m.  Free! 

Daycroft School Open House Elementary Campus: Daycroft Office of Admissions.

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Come and explore what's happening at Daycroft School's elementary campus. Group tours start at 9 or 10am. Schedule a tour today by registering at admissions@daycroft.org. Check out our website at www.daycroft.org.
Daycroft School Elementary Campus, 1095 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 734-930-0333. admissions@daycroft.org www.daycroft.org [map]



 9 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

Student Day & Open House: Ann Arbor Welding Supply.

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Ann Arbor Welding Supply Annual Open House & Student Day
Ypsilanti, Michigan - Ann Arbor Welding Supply will be hosting an Annual Open House and Student Day, taking place on Thursday, May 16th and Friday, May 17th, 2019. Open to the Public and FREE.
We will be featuring industry vendors, product demonstrations, expert speakers, with food and refreshments in addition to door prizes.
Ann Arbor Welding Supply is proud to bring the Annual Open House & Student Day to Ypsilanti, Michigan for the third year in a row. Our Open House will be a great place for customers and students to network with other like-minded individuals in the industry. There will be speaking seminars from experienced welding industry professionals. Our store will also be hosting various welding competitions for a chance to win some fantastic door prizes.
Ann Arbor Welding Supply has the largest equipment display in the area and has been serving SE Michigan over 50 years.
Ann Arbor Welding Supply, 4811 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-219-6698. courtney@aaweldingsupply.com www.aaweldingsupply.com [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

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

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


 9 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Springtime Invitational Competition": Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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May 16-19. Skaters from beginners to seniors compete in freestyle, ice dance, pairs, and showcase categories.
9 a.m.-8 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), & 9 a.m.-noon (Sun.), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley. Free. 213-6768. [map]


 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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We've assembled a garden of earthy delights for our In the Garden show and sale running from May 3-June 30.
To welcome spring we've filled our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Yourist resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces to adorn your garden.
It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find memorable gifts. From bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, vases, wind chimes, and even toad houses, you'll find a selection of charming ceramic pieces to enliven your garden this year.
Come join us in our garden of earthy delights and let's get growing!
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com [map]



 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Paper Bag": Spinning Dot Theatre.

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Emily Levickas performs her show, geared toward ages 0-3, about a lunch break on a farm.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free; tickets available at a2tix.com/events/paper-bag-bouncing-dot-preview. 585-5134. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Future of Work: How Will Your Grandkids Make a Living?": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Rescheduled from January. May 16: WCC president & CEO Rose Bellanca on "Preparing Students for the Future of Work." May 30: Menlo Innovations CEO Rich Sheridan on "Build a Workplace People Love: Just Add Joy."
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series, $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $20 a year. 998-9351. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

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

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


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensation Stations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All toddlers ages 10 months-2 years invited to drop in to engage their senses by scooping, pouring, squeezing, and shaking a variety of materials.
10:30-11:15 a.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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


 11:30 a.m. 

"WXW: Art of Connecting": Women's Exchange of Washtenaw.

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Learn what it means and feels like to be seen, heard, and valued - even when there are opposing points of views. In this interactive, thought provoking workshop you will explore connecting with others beyond social media, meeting for coffee and networking events. We will delve into what it means and feels like to be seen, heard and valued even when there are opposing points of views.
You will walk away with useful life skills for your work and personal life.
Mediterrano Restaurant, 2900 S. State St. $25 if you register by May 9th $30.00 if you register after May 9th $35.00 if you do not register in advance and need pay at the door. marketing@wxwbusiness.com https://wxwbusiness.com/events/05_2019-connecting/ [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Trouble Sleeping? Don't Assume It's a Normal Part of Aging": Jewish Community Center 3rd Thursday @ the J.

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Talk by U-M psychiatry professor Donovan Maust and National Poll on Healthy Aging associate director Erica Solway.
Noon-1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. Preregistration required. 971-0990. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances and activities.

May 2: Classical dance by Ballet Chelsea.

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

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

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

May 30: Chamber music by Trio Cantabile.

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


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Well-Tempered Clavier on Harpsichord, Piano, and Organ": First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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Different location. Keyboardists Shin-Ae Chun, Gail Jennings, and Alice Van Wambeke perform preludes from Book 1 of Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier.
12:15 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 663-9376. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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



 1 p.m. 

Ikebana International.

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An ikebana instructor leads a session of this Japanese style of flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20; metered parking. Preregistration required by Mar. 7 at a2ikebana@gmail.com. 647-7600. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Build Your Own Pokémon Terrarium": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for all grade 6-adult.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2-3 p.m. & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Northfield Township Area Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. No registration is required for this FREE event. ​
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]


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

"Tolkien": State Theatre.

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Biopic about the renowned author's life.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:35, 3:45, 6, 7, 9:35 & 9:50 p.m. 

"Avengers: Endgame": State Theatre.

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Conclusion to Marvel Studios' 22-film arc known as the Infinity Saga.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15-9 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]


 4:30 p.m. 

"The Chaperone": Michigan Theater.

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


 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]


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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


 5-8 p.m. 

"Meals on Heels: Gatsby in the Garden": Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Fundraiser.

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Appetizers, beers, wine, live music by local bassist Rob Crozier's Event Jazz, wine and whiskey pulls, a silent auction of rare whiskeys, and food and floral demonstrations.
5-8 p.m., Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace, 16 S. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $90 in advance at a2tix.com/events/meals-on-heels. 487-9669. [map]
 


 5:30 p.m. 

IMA Monthly Chapter Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Regional management accountants as well as C-level types meet for food, fellowship, and career enhancement. We are an award winning chapter of 200 accountants, financial managers, controllers and chief financial officers of local companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Our chapter is part of a global accounting association. Please feel free to check our website. In Michigan the address is annarbor.imanet.org/home, and the global IMA website is www.imanet.org.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3150 Boardwalk. $25. 734-222-6681. combsa@ewashtenaw.org annarbor.imanet.org/home [map]



 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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

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The Sky Tonight (1:30 & 2:30 p.m., Mon.-Sun., 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Thurs., 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Sat.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Larry Cat in Space (3:30 p.m. daily) is the animated tale of a cat who stows away on a trip to the moon.

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

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


 5:30 p.m. 

"Vine & Dine": Ann Arbor Art Center Fundraiser.

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Cocktail reception followed at 7 p.m. by dinner at Zingerman's Greyline. With live hot club jazz by the Andrew Brown Quartet and an interactive painting demo by local artist Noah Kaplan. Live auction.
5:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Tickets $300 in advance only. annarborartcenter.org/vineanddine2019, 994-8004. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Art Auction, Fundraiser for Crafty Cat Rescue: Crafty Cat Rescue and Joseph Scott Galleries.

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Join us for an evening out and pick out some wonderful new artwork for your home or office!
This Art Auction is for the benefit of Crafty Cat Rescue, so come out and help the kitties and small animals!
Tickets are $20, and will be $25 at the door, so make sure to buy your tickets early!
Pieces provided by Joseph Scott Galleries include artists such as: Icart, Agam, Solorzano, Mattisse, Chagall, Miro, Haring, Dali, Rembrandt, Lichtenstein, Max, Shvaiko, Park, Warhol, Kandinsky, Maimon, Tarkay, Renoir, Pissarro, Calder, Monet, Degas, Banksy, Pino, Adams, Malkin and many more.
Hors D'oeuvres will be provided, and there will be a cash bar.
A portion of each auctioned item is donated to Crafty Cat Rescue (total amounts based on how many people attend), ticket costs go to Crafty Cat Rescue, proceeds of outside art sales go to Crafty Cat Rescue.
Washtenaw Golf Club, 2955 Packard St. Ypsilanti MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Donation. $20. 7347993562. fundraising@craftycatrescue.org https://www.facebook.com/events/781161098934923/ [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Crazy Horse's great nephew Floyd Clown is joined by South Dakota-based writer William Matson to discuss the 2016 book dictated to Matson by Clown and other Crazy Horse family representatives, a series of oral family histories which refute the historical consensus on the famous Lakota warrior.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adam Giannelli & Tommye Blount: Literati Bookstore.

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Salt Lake City poet Gianelli and Novi poet Blount read from their debut collections. Giannelli's Tremulous Hinge imagines a constantly shifting, metaphoric world where words are forms of consolation. Blount's What We Are Not For blends biography, fairy tale, and history to explore masculinity. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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


 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Fendrick & Peck.

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Americana originals by Madeline Fendrick and Brian Peck, a Minnesota-based husband-and-wife duo whose gentle harmonies and introspective lyrics are inspired by northern landscapes. Note: Held outdoors.
7 p.m., outdoors at the corner of Norwood & Whitewood. Free; donations accepted. 747-1670.


 7-9 p.m. 

Grief Support Group: Knox Presbyterian Church.

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


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"A Piglet Named Mercy": Nicola's Books.

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Chris Van Dusen reads from Kate DiCamillo's picture book, which he illustrated. Pajamas encouraged.
Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Bath Bombs": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to make hard-packed mixtures of dry ingredients that effervesce when wet, releasing scent, bubbles, and color in the bath. Materials provided.
7-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:15 & 9:15 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]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 7:30 p.m. 

"Brigadoon": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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


 7:30 p.m. 

"Saga of Tanya the Evil": Fathom Events.

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(Yutaka Uemura, 2019). Anime about a little girl on the front lines of war who commands her squad with a lisping voice.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 973-8424. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Aron Kaufman & the Dream Ensemble: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local percussionist Kaufman leads an ensemble of local jazz mainstays in works from Firefly's Dream, a new album of music he's been composing over the last 30 years. With saxophonist/flutist Paul VornHagen, guitarist Sam Clark, trumpeter Brandon Cooper, bassist Jeff Dalton, and percussionist Olman Piedra.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$25 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 8 p.m. 

"All My Sons": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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


 8 p.m. 

"For Pete's Sake: Seeger Birthday Tribute": The Ark.

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This annual celebration of the legacy of the late folk legend features in-the-round performances, with lots of sing-alongs and between-songs stories. Performers TBA; the lineup is usually an all-star group of veteran local musicians. A benefit for the Ark.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Morning's at Seven": PTD Productions.

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


 8 p.m. 

"Trending Now": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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



 
 
 

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Blind Pig: Luke Winslow-King

Cadillac-bred Americana singer-songwriter and guitarist who currently lives in New Orleans, Winslow-King specializes in a style of prewar pop music steeped in blues and jazz, along with originals in the same vein. $10 ($12 at the door). [venue info]

Circ Bar: "Dance Party"

With different DJs TBA each week. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Dave Menzo Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. Photo: Myra Klarman, [venue info]

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

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

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike.

All hip-hop artists invited. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

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

Mash: The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers

High-energy Appalachian bluegrass by this Pittsburgh-based quintet of musicians who hail from mountain towns of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland. Their music draws on old-time, jamgrass, rockabilly, and swing. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network."

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

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

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

Whitmore Lanes & Lounge: Open Mike

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

Ziggy's: The Dove & The Wolf

Paris/Philadelphia-based dream pop duo. Openers: Michelle Blades, a Paris-based pop band led by Panamanian singer- songwriter Blades, and shuttershop, an Ypsilanti duo of Frontier Ruckus members. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Blue Rays Trio

Eclectic blues-based trio with bassist Ralph McKee, guitarist Peter Holland, and harmonica player Tim Douthit. [venue info]

 
 


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