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Calendar of Events

Thursday, May 23, 2019






 
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 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.


 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.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Backyard Fairies": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance leads kids ages 2-4 (with caregiver) on a hike to look for traces of fairy magic in the gardens, fields, and woods of County Farm Park.
Meet at the Pollinator Garden at County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [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 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. 

Orin Grossman: U-M Margaret Waterman Alumnae Town Hall Celebrity Lecture Series.

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Talk by this Fairfield University (Connecticut) visual and performing arts professor, an expert on George Gershwin and interpreter of American and European music.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $45 (members, free). jill@thefairchilds.net, 417-0816. [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]


 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]


 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.


 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Farmers Market: Pittsfield Township Farmers Market.

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Support your local farmer, food producer, and maker by shopping at the Pittsfield Township Farmers Market! The Pittsfield Township Farmers Market includes Live music, Kids Activities, Cooking Demonstrations, and more. The full up to date schedule of activities will be posted to our website: www.pittsfield-mi.gov/farmersmarket and available via social media: https://www.facebook.com/pittsfieldtwpfarmersmarket. Bridge Cards and Double Up Food Bucks accepted. See you at the Market! Market Day mobile: 734.881.7195
Prairie Park, 6201 W. Michigan Ave. Free. 734-822-2121. farmersmarket@pittsfield-mi.gov http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/farmersmarket [map]



 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]


 3:55, 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). statetheatrea2.org, 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 7:10 & 9:30 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:45 & 9:40 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [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]


 5:30 & 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]


 6 p.m. 

"Dear Grampaw" art exhibit: Argus Museum.

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Join us for the exhibit opening of "Dear Grampaw" at the Argus Museum, Thursday, May 23rd, 6-8:30 pm. The encaustic photo collages, created by Matthew Provost, explores his "grandfather's rites of passage and first-hand experience of the Vietnam War". The artwork, which incorporates his grandfather's photos, letters and journals found after his passing, tells the story of war on a personal level. Through his work, Provoast began to know, and understand, his grandfather in a different light - as a young man thrown into traumatic situations - and how those experiences changed is life. Provoast, a graduate of Kendall College of Art & Design, Kendall College of Art & Design, is devoted to the medium of "storying" and archiving memory, as well as the artistic reflection of history, through close family ties.
The exhibit is available for viewing 9-5, M-F, through August 9th. The Argus Museum is located on the second floor of the Argus I Building, 525 West William Street in Ann Arbor.
Argus Museum, 525 West William Street. Donation. cchidester@onealconstruction.com washtenawhistory.org [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America Before Independence": U-M Clements Library.

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University of Virginia history professor S. Max Edelson discusses his 2017 book about British maps envisioning schemes of colonial development and control in America.
6 p.m., U-M Business School Robertson Auditorium, 701 Tappan. Free. Preregistration requested at myumi.ch/6k1wR. 647-0864. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Care to Laugh": U of M Big Hearts for Seniors.

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The film Care to Laugh follows Jesus Trejo, a rising star in the comedy world who is pursuing his dream of success while caring for his aging parents and taking over the his father's landscaping business to keep the family afloat. An only child, Jesus becomes his parents' sole caregiver. Transforming adversity into comedy, he uses his life experience as material for his routine.
Presented by U of M Big Hearts for Seniors, to raise money for non-profit programs of Michigan Medicine that serve older adults in our community. Silent Auction 6:15 pm; Entertainment 6:30 pm; Film 7:00 pm
http://www.med.umich.edu/geriatrics/BHS/
Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty St. Donation. $20. 248.762.6134. http://www.med.umich.edu/geriatrics/BHS/ [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Cambrian Assisted Living, 333 N. Occidental Hwy., Tecumseh. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Euchre Tournament: Young Professional Alzheimer's Advocates of Washtenaw County Fundraiser.

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Prizes. Appetizers, cash bar, prize drawing, and more.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $40 suggested donation. swest@alz.org. [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 p.m.  Free! 

"Detroit: An Illustrated Timeline": Dexter District Library.

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Detroit writer Paul Vachon discusses his brand-new book about the history of Detroit that touches on its establishment as an 18th-century French outpost, its fall to the British in the War of 1812, its history of slavery, its rich architectural heritage, and more.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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]



 7-9 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! 

"The Word for Woman Is Wilderness": Literati Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Abi Andrews' new novel told from the perspective of an English teenager traveling to Alaska to document the ways men are allowed to express rugged individualism more than women. The narrative is interwoven with facts, images, maps, and anecdotes on subjects ranging from the moon landings to Thoreau.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Biggest Little Farm": Michigan Theater.

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(John Chester, 2019). A documentarian chronicles his family's work to develop a sustainable farm outside L.A.
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. 

"The Cold Blue": Fathom Events.

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(William Wyler, 2018). Premiere of this WWII documentary that features recently discovered color footage that Wyler shot while accompanying B-17 pilots on combat missions.
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blue Llama: Nomad: Grant Green Project

All-star local jazz ensemble plays the entirety of 20th- century composer-guitarist Grant Green's 1965 LP Idle Moments. [venue info]

Circ Bar: "Dance Party"

With different DJs TBA each week. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Dickie D

Solo performance by local banjoist Rick Delcamp, a member of the popular local roots music sextet Dragon Wagon. [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]

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: Dave Menzo

This local 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. 6-9 p.m. Photo: Myra Klarman. [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]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. Hosted by Rochelle Clark. [venue info]

 
 


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