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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 18, 2019

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 7:45-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Hudson Mills Metropark Migrants": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS member Karen Markey leads a hike through the park to look for cuckoos, woodpeckers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and other spring migrants.
7:45-11 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Free. $10 vehicle entry fee. [map]

 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Antiques Market.

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May 18 & 19. Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from mid-century to industrial design to folk art and more. Deliveries available. Concessions.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free)., 678-0173. [map]

 8-11 a.m. 

Annual Plant Sale: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Club members sell perennials, annuals, houseplants, and wildflowers from their own gardens. Master gardeners are on hand to answer gardening questions.
8-11 a.m., Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 429-1107, 646-9408. [map]

 8 a.m.-1 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]

 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 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"40th Annual Walk & Wag & Run": Huron Valley Humane Society Benefit.

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About 300 local dogs usually attend this fundraising 1-mile walk. Also, dog activities, a 5-km run, a 1-mile kids dash (for ages 4-10), kids activities, raffle, prizes, giveaways, and more. Food available. Dogs must be good with other dogs and people, vaccinated, not in heat, and on a non-retractable leash.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $50 suggested fundraising minimum. Registration required at 662-5585. [map]

 8:15 a.m. 

"Do It for the Process": Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Michigan quilter Lynn Carson Harris shows and discusses her work. The program begins with a brief business meeting and usually ends with a member show-and-tell and sale of quilting supplies.
8:15 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). [map]

 8:45 a.m.  Free! 

Group Ride: Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Dexter and Chelsea for those with some experinece. You can also join the ride at 9 a.m. at Forsythe Middle School (1655 Newport).
8:45 a.m., Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot. Free. 516-5840, 945-0613. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"A Day of Silence and Meditation Practice, led by Carol Blotter": Michigan Friends Center.

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Each retreat is an opportunity to enjoy the quiet of the country while practicing sitting and walking meditation. This day is appropriate for anyone interested in meditation: beginners will have break-out instruction; experienced meditators can be in silence all day; those in-between can practice and have their questions answered. These retreats are fundraisers for the benefit of Michigan Friends Center.
Contact Carol at (734)475-0942 or to register.
Carol Blotter's meditation practice draws from dual roots in the Quaker and Buddhist traditions. Since 1999, she has led more than 40 retreats across the United States and has taught over 50 classes in meditation to spiritual seekers, schools, universities and medical groups. She teaches for The Forest Way which is dedicated to providing retreat opportunities conducive to balanced and integrated spiritual growth.
Suggested donation $30 or as able. Pre-registration requested; contact Carol Blotter at 475-0942.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea, Michigan 48118, Chelsea. Donation. $30 or as able. 734.475.1892. http// [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat., Apr.-Nov. Beginner-friendly slow-paced (22 miles) and moderate/fast-paced (30-100 miles) round-trip rides to Dexter, Chelsea, and beyond, with stops at the Dexter Bakery or Zou Zou's in Chelsea. A very popular ride. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
8 a.m. (9 a.m. in Sept.), meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. 347-1259. [map]

 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Dexter Green Day": Dexter Garden Club.

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Featuring three plant sales--Dexter Garden Club's perennials, native plants, grasses and shrubs sale, Creekside School's vegetable & herb plant sale at downtown's Monument Park and St Joseph's Church plant sale at 6805 Mast Rd. Dexter Mill,3515 Mill St, will host the Michigan Dahlia Society. Local vendors and groups will be at the downtown Monument park, including beekeepers with honey for sale. City of Dexter's Farmer's Market will be open at 3233 Alpine.
Monument Park, Main Street, Dexter. Free.

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Aikido Youth Community Day-Class: Huron Valley Aikikai-Youth Program.

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Looking for a fun activity for your child that can also improve their coordination, concentration, and confidence. How about aikido? Aikido is not like other martial arts because it is not taught as a sport, there are no competitions. Children work together with their instructors in order to achieve their goals. Our dojo is conveniently located on Ann Arbor's west side (at the intersection with Stadium Blvd.), directly behind the US Post Office and across the street from Big George's. Easy access to I-94, M-14 and downtown Ann Arbor and served by AAATA Buses (routes 8 and 12).Come join us for our open house on Saturday, May 18th from 9-10 am. It's free to all children ages 5-12. Check out our website to reserve your spot. What are you waiting for?
Huron Valley Aikikai, 1904 Federal Blvd. Free. 734-761-6012. [map]

 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Annual Plant Sale: Dexter Garden Club.

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Members sell a wide variety of hard-to-find perennials and native plants from their gardens as well as annuals, vegetables, and flowering shrubs. Master gardeners on hand to answer questions.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (or until sold out), Monument Park gazebo, downtown Dexter. Free admission. 253-2727. [map]

 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Auditions for 2019-2020 Ann Arbor Youth Chorale: First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor.

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The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale invites boys (with unchanged voices) and girls, ages 9-16, to audition for membership in their outstanding choirs! Auditions will be held on Saturday, May 18 and Saturday, June 8. Auditionees need attend one of the audition dates. Sign up for an easy and relaxed 10-minute audition appointment held privately between the singer and conductor; no preparation required. Visit for more information or contact our office at: / 734-996-4404. Scholarships are available.
Youth Chorale has provided excellent vocal training, exciting performance opportunities, and FUN for 32 years - perfect for children who love to sing! Performance highlights from 2018 include performances with the Ann Arbor Symphony and UMS Choral Union in historic Hill Auditorium. 2019 plans include performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in Orchestra Hall!
First Baptist Church, 517 E Washington St. Free. 7349964404. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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May 11 & 18. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (May 11), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (May 18), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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May 4 & 18. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8) includes lesson; $5 for dance only. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Perennial Plant Sale: St. Joseph Parish.

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Sale of Michigan hardy perennials, shrubs, and trees.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., 6805 Mast Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 426-8483. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Plant Sale: St. Joseph Church, Dexter.

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Wide variety of Michigan hardy plants for sale. Most are $1-5!
Herbs, perennials, shrubs, edibles, and more!
St. Joseph Church Pavilion, 6805 Mast Rd., Dexter. Free admission. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, & 25. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.


May 4: Furstenberg Native Garden (9 a.m.-noon, meet meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to help park steward and master gardener Aunita Erskine get the garden ready for spring.


May 4: Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance on Sunset at Brooks) to remove invasives from this 8-acre oak-hickory woodland.


May 5: Maryfield Wildwood Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Linwood & Wilton) to remove exotic ornamental plants from this wooded ravine.


May 5: Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Arborview Blvd. entrance, just east of Wildwood) to remove exotic ornamental plants from this wooded ravine.


May 11: Lakewood Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Lakewood Elementary School parking lot off Gralake Ave.) to remove invasive species threatening the rich spread of native wildflowers.


May 11: Dolph Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Wagner Rd. between Liberty & Jackson) to remove non-native plants from premier birding spot.


May 12: Bird Hills Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Bird Rd. park entrance, west of Huron River Dr.) to remove garlic mustard and dame's rocket from the city's largest park.


May 18: "21st Annual Garlic Mustard Weed Out Day" (9 a.m.-noon) in several parks, including Argo Nature Area (meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.); Black Pond Woods Nature Area (meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.); Hannah Nature Area (meet at the end of Bath St., west of Seventh between Huron and Miller); Huron Hills Golf Course Woods (meet at Hunting Valley off Provincial Dr.); Huron Parkway Nature Area (meet at the park steward's house at 3470 Woodland Rd. off E. Huron River Dr.), and Leslie Woods Nature Area (meet at the entrance at the end of Upland north off Plymouth).


May 19: Fuller Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Island Park parking lot, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Ln.) to celebrate Huron River Day by removing invasive species threatening the river-adjacent floodplain forest.


May 25: Bluffs Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off Main St., just north of Lakeshore Dr.) to remove garlic mustard to help restore the park's oak savanna.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Online Safety": MacTechnics.

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Michigan Attorney General consumer protection instructor Justine Bykowski discusses how to protect your devices, money, and personal info while online. The program includes a Q&A (9-10 a.m. & 11 a.m.-1 p.m.) for Mac questions of any kind.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. [map]

 9 a.m.-6 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]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Urban Hike & Sustainable Art": Fjallraven.

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Every Sat. All invited to walk through downtown to Eberwhite Woods and back. In warmer weather, hikes may go to the Huron River or the Arb. Followed at 10 a.m. by family-friendly art projects. Coffee & donuts.
9 a.m., Fjallraven, 213 S. Main. Free. 585-5628. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for!
This all levels conditioning class is perfect for new aerialists, or for experienced flyers as a supplement to your current training. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Get ripped and have fun doing it! Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Fiesta de la Familia": Apple Playschools- Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Playschool.

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Join Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Playschool's family fun event! Learn about different cultures authentically through crafts, songs, games, food, and activities led by Spanish-speaking teachers and community members. Free admission, with items available for purchase.
Buhr Park. Free. 734-975-9104.

 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. [map]

 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

Spring Plant Sales: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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May 11, 12, 18, & 19. Plant sales include a "Mother's Day Weekend Plant Sale" (May 11 & 12) of hanging baskets and container plants grown and designed by Matthaei staff and volunteers and a "Kitchen Favorites: Heirloom Vegetable and Herb Sale" (May 18 & 19) of plants grown by U-M Campus Farm volunteers. Also on May 11, a "Spring Artist Market" (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) features works by local artisans and crafters.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Picnic Pops": Pioneer High School.

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An all-day outdoor musical bonanza of performances by local middle and high school bands and orchestras. Carnival games & prizes. Hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, and ice cream available. Indoors if raining. Limited seating provided; bring something to sit on if you wish.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., PHS, 601 W. Stadium at S. Main. Free admission; small charge for game and food tickets. 996-3210. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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May 18 & 19. Hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: "Paper Engineering."
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  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]

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]

 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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


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.


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.


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

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

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Purple Rose Concert Reading Series": Chelsea District Library.

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Purple Rose Theatre artistic director Guy Sanville directs Purple Rose actors in readings, usually from new scripts being considered for production. Apr. 20: Paint, Purple Rose resident artist Carey Crim's new dramedy about 5 moms whose carefully cultivated facades crumble at a "paint and sip" event. May 18: TBA. Followed by a discussion.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"BMR Kids Club- YDL Superior": Black Men Read.

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Join us on the third Saturday of each month at YDL Superior for storytelling and crafts!
Black Men Read is an homage to the history of storytelling among African people. All families are invited and encouraged to attend. Stories and activities will be geared for children K-5
Ypsilanti District Library- Superior Branch, 8795 Macarthur Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

2019 Gardening and DIY Fest: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Representatives from U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Project Grow, and other area organizations are on hand to introduce an array of basic gardening skills, including composting, vermiculture, and container gardening, as well as how to keep backyard bees, chickens, and goats. In the Secret Lab, Drop-In DIY where participants can plant a mini herb garden to take home, watch a screen printing demo with Modati Studios representatives, and more (1-4 p.m.).


Also, an afternoon series of talks: In the multipurpose room, Gail Caird on "Backyard Chickens" (Noon-12:45 p.m.), Nature and Nurture Seeds horticulturist Erica Kempter on "Growing Organic Vegetables" (1-1:45 p.m.), local beekeeper Rebecca Wittekindt on "Beekeeping Basics" (2-2:45 p.m.), Traverse City-based local food marketing agency Taste the Local Difference representative Kelly Wilson on "Engaging the Local Food System: From Farmers Markets to Growing Your Own" (3-3:45 p.m.), and American Indian Health & Family Services of Southeastern Michigan Sacred Roots project director Shiloh Maples on "Returning to Ourselves: Mending Relationships to Land, Kin, and Self" (4-5 p.m.).


In the 4th-floor meeting room, Fresh Forage owners Samuel Boyce and Andrew Sereno on "Grow Your Own Microgreens" (Noon-12:45 p.m.), Massachusetts-based wildlife artist and educator Clare Walker Leslie on "How to Start a Nature Journal" (1-2:30 p.m.), West Michigan-based mushroom enthusiast Suede Mobley on "Mushroom Foraging 101" (3-3:45 p.m.), and Starr Valley Farms owner Jesse Raudenbush discusses the Red Wiggler composting worm in "Vermiculture" (4-5 p.m.).

11 a.m.-5 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m.-2 pm  Free! 

Free Canine Massage Session at PetPeople Ann Arbor: PetMassage Ltd.

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Come join us and Jonathan Rudinger (founder and instructor at the PetMassage Institute) as he does mini sessions of canine massages on your dog at for FREE!
Jonathan began his massage career in 1982 and is a medically trained licensed human massage therapist and registered nurse. For over 20 years, Jonathan has devoted his life to developing and perfecting the practice of canine massage. Learn how PetMassage can help your dog. Jonathan's books will be available to purchase.
PetPeople, 3330 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 800-779-1001. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demos. "Fantastic Fluids" (11 a.m.) explores the basics of fluid dynamics. Participants learn how wind creates waves and test the surface tension of different liquids. The cow's eye dissection (3 p.m.) explores how a cow's eye works and its similarities and differences from human eyes. For ages 5+.
11 a.m. & 3 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.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-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Bushcraft Workshop": Fjallraven Ann Arbor.

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Come by Fjällräven Ann Arbor located at 213 S. Main St. on Saturday May 18th and May 25th from 12:00pm-6:00pm to see some hands-on bushcraft activities with Kevin Dean of Tawodi Nature School.
Fjallraven Ann Arbor, 213 South Main Street. Free. 7345855628. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 12:30-8 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 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.

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

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the binturongs, aka bearcats (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a Shire horse, Arctic fox, reticulated python, and cougar, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including an emu, a bald eagle, a sloth, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1 & 7 p.m. 

"Newsies": Young People's Theater.

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May 17-19. Caroline Huntoon directs young local actors in Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein's Broadway show based on the 1992 musical film, inspired by the NYC Newsboys Strike of 1899. The Tony-winning score includes "Seize the Day" and "King of New York."
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $15 (age 18 & under and 65 & over, $10) in advance at, the Michigan League Underground (911 North University), and (if available) at the door. 763-8587. [map]

 1-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Youth Art Fair": Ann Arbor District Library.

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May 18 & 21. All youth in grades 4-12 invited to submit artwork to be included in a juried Kids Art Fair at the Townie Street Party on July 16. Bring samples of your work and be prepared to talk to judges.
1-3:30 p.m. (May 18) & 5-7 p.m. (May 21), AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Weeds to Herbs"_Learning TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) : May's Bilingual Preschool.

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We think that everyone should be responsible for protecting our Mother Nature. This event is designed to be a mind-opener for people to turn trash into treasure in a fun and educational way. We have invited a certified Chinese pharmacist to lead us in this event.
Date: Saturday, 5/18/2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
May's Bilingual Preschool (3181 Packard St, Ann Arbor, MI 48108)
1. Looking for weeds/herbs in our playground, maybe also in nearby parks
2. Learning about their medical benefits
3. Cooking some salad or tea with them
4. Enjoying
5. Exploring more Chinese medicines bought from a Chinese store
6. Children playing and parents networking
Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP through our contract page at:
See you then :-)
May's Bilingual Preschool, 3181 Packard St. Free. [map]

 2 & 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 and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led themed tours of the museum, including "Our Favorite Things" (May 4), "Artifact Exploration: Toys and Games" (May 11), "Archaeology" (May 18), and a kid-friendly tour (May 25).
2 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Irish Traditional Jam Session: Seitz's Tavern.

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All acoustic musicians invited to play traditional Irish music. Spectators welcome.
3-5 p.m., 110 W. Middle St., Chelsea. Free. 475-7475. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3 & 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. [map]

 3:55, 7 & 9:45 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)., 668-TIME.

 4, 7:15 & 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)., 668-TIME.

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:25 p.m. 

"The Chaperone": Michigan Theater.

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

 4:35, 7:30 & 9:20 p.m. 

"Wild Nights with Emily": Michigan Theater.

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(Madeleine Olnek, 2019). Rom-com about the romance between Emily Dickinson and her sister-in-law.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:45, 7, & 9:10 p.m. 

"Red Joan": Michigan Theater.

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(Trevor Nunn, 2019). Judy Dench stars as Joan Stanley, who is exposed in her 80s as the KGB's longest-serving British spy. Based on a true story.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Youth and Junior Cycling": Ann Arbor Velo Club.

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Every Sat. Group ride for youth ages 9-18. Practice, exercises, and games for those new to cycling.
5 p.m., Forsythe Middle School south parking lot, 1655 Newport. Free. 328-1735. [map]

 5 p.m. 

"Ypsi Food Fight": Growing Hope Fundraiser.

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Tastings of food from 6 local restaurants. Judges vote for a favorite after a blind tasting. Attendees invited to vote as well.
5-8 p.m., Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace, 16 S. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $75 in advance at 786-8401. [map]

 6 p.m. 

May Dinner/Dance: Greater Beneficial Union.

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Dinner to celebrate the club's 95th anniversary, with chicken cordon bleu, German potato salad, green beans, and tossed salad. Cake, champagne, coffee, beer, wine, and pop. Followed by dancing to traditional German music by the Toledo Encore Band. Also, sing-alongs, a raffle, and crowning of a "May Queen."
6-11 p.m., Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium. $30. Reservations required by May 16. 913-9371, 954-0057. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Roller Derby Doubleheader: Ann Arbor Roller Derby.

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Two roller derby bouts featuring local teams, including Ann Arbor Bruising Company vs. Flint Roller Derby and the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Vigilantes vs. Tri-City Roller Derby. Kids activities. Alcoholic drinks available.
6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $10 in advance; $12-$15 at the door. Kids age 11 & under, free with paying adult (limit 2 kids per adult). [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Thornetta Davis is Back at Lone Oak!": Lone Oak Vineyard.

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Crowned "Detroit's Queen of the Blues" in 2015, Thornetta Davis a multi-talented International Singer and Songwriter from Detroit, is the winner of over 30 Detroit Music Awards. Thornetta has been exciting and wowing audiences all over the world. Her voice is strong, commanding, melodic and smooth. She tells her stories with incredible delivery and leaves her audiences wanting more. In 2018 Thornetta was in Paris to accept the 2017 award from L'Academie Du Jazz for "Prix Blues Album" for her album titled "Honest Woman". This is a do not miss show. Just 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats. $50 pp for dinner and show. Menu: TBA Our estate grown wines and hand crafted beer will be available all evening.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $50. [map]

 7:10 & 9:35 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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With live music. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring clean, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (Grange members, $7; students with ID, $5). 476-4650. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

J-L Cauvin: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 17 & 18. Local debut of this NYC-based comic, a former Bronx assistant DA whose observational comedy covers a mix of sports and politics, with an emphasis on America's problems with race (Cauvin is biracial). Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Student Productions: Pioneer High School Theater Guild.

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May 18 & 19. Pioneer High School students perform several short plays that they've written, directed, and designed.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Pioneer High School Little Theater, 601 W. Stadium. $7 at the door only. 994-2120. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Tales of Hoffmann": Arbor Opera Theater.

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May 17-19. This polished local opera company performs a shortened version of Daniel Brylow's new English adaptation of Jacques Offenbach's 1881 opera fantasy, based on the German Romantic E.T.A. Hoffmann's fables about his search for true love. The score includes some of Offenbach's most memorable melodies, including the "Doll Song" and the Venetian Barcarolle.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $15-$32 (students, $10 & $15) in advance at 707-1021. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Kevin Burke: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Performance by this Sligo-style Irish master fiddler, considered one of the greatest living Irish fiddlers. He became internationally famous in the mid-70s with the Bothy Band, often described as "the Beatles of Irish music." His music is expressive and intense, and he regales audiences with between-songs anecdotes.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door. 316-7919. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Lucy Kaplansky: The Ark.

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This acclaimed singer-songwriter, a former clinical psychologist, is known for her strong, supple voice and her wryly engaging blues- and country-flavored ballads. "Kaplansky's voice has a tender, vulnerable, confessional quality, and she consistently uses it to her advantage in neatly tailored acoustic settings," says Washington Post reviewer Mike Joyce. Her 2018 album Everyday Street revolves around nature themes.
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, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

"Full Moon Walk": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Flower Moon. Bring a flashlight.
8-10 p.m., park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [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, by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [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, $12 at the door. [map]

 8:50 p.m.  Free! 

"Full Moon Campfire": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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Family-oriented campfire in one of the largest conservancy-owned nature preserves in southeast Michigan. Bring campfire refreshments and lawn chairs; locally cut firewood appreciated. No pets. Gates open at 7:50 p.m.
8 p.m., LeFurge Woods, 2252 N. Prospect Rd. (1/2 mile north of Geddes), Superior Twp. Free. 484-6565. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Sam Corbin

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter whose influences include Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. [venue info]

Blind Pig: "Maydaze."

With Jackson singer-songwriter Man & Moon, the Sterling Heights pop band Weeknight Motion, the area blues-rock duo Red Brick Road, the Saline rock band Idiobliss, the pop band Anomaly, local pop-soul singer-songwriter Denae, and local singer-songwriter J Donahey. $10 ($12 at the door). [venue info]

Blue Llama: Mike Reed's People Places & Things

Jazz ensemble led by veteran jazz drummer Reed. $15-$25. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: Eerie Point

Toledo indie rock quintet. Openers: Dark Serenity, a local hard-rock trio, and Red Baron, a suburban Detroit rock 'n' roll quartet. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Live: Ransom Jones The Breakers

Veteran local classic rock party band, formerly known as the Breakers, that plays 60s-80s covers. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer- guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Deadicated

Detroit psychedelic jam band that specializes in the music of the Grateful Dead and its circle. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Unkle Lay Lee's Moonshine All-Stars

An eclectic mix of music in various genres by this Milan strings & more quintet. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Wake Up Jamie

Ypsilanti acoustic indie pop-rock trio. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Paul's Big Radio

Rootsy country-pop band led by local singer-songwriter Paul Lippens. [venue info]


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