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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 24, 2019






 
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 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.  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.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Cancelled--Military Memorabilia Display: VFW Graf-O'Hara Post 423 Open House and Military Memorabilia Display.

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May 24-27. This event has been cancelled.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., VFW Post 423, 3230 S. Wagner Rd. Free. (517) 740-2199. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.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.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Movie & Popcorn for Kids": Dexter District Library.

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Screening of family-friendly movies.

Apr. 1 (1 p.m.): Mary Poppins Returns, Rob Marshall's 2018 sequel, set in 1930s London, about a new generation of Banks children in need of a practically perfect nanny.

May 24 (11 a.m.): The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Mike Mitchell's new animated sequel about a Lego world battling invaders from outer space. 1 p.m. (Apr.) & 11 a.m. (May).

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DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"A Brief History of Icons": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Christianity spread by the spoken and written word and by pictures. Jesus' followers went out into the Roman Empire to tell stories of his life. For two hundred years, scribes recorded their tales.
Literate Apostles like Paul wrote letters that belong among the world's great literature. Unknown artists painted portraits, stories, symbols, and signs. This course traces the evolution of Christian art focusing on Eastern Christian churches. We will include a field trip to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church to view newly installed icons.
Mike Kapetan, instructor, has created art for churches of all denominations, synagogues, and Buddhist temples.
This Study Group will meet Fridays, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., May 24 - June 14.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C. $25. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4:45, 7:30 & 9:35 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]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch the animated films How to Train Your Dragon (May 24) and Tarzan (June 7). Also, crafts and a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Women's AFC Ann Arbor.

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Inaugural season of the local women's semi-pro soccer team.

May 17: Grand Rapids. 6 p.m.

May 24: Lansing United. 6 p.m.

June 2: Michigan Legends. 5 p.m.

June 8: Indiana Union. 6 p.m.

June 22: Detroit Sun. 3 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Concordia University, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $10 (kids, $7) at afcannarbor.com and at the gate. Group discounts available. 408-1627. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Friday Night A.I.": U-M Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

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U-M computer scientists discuss the latest news in artificial intelligence.
6 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Gelato 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Discussion & samples of the creamery's many flavors of gelato and sorbet.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $35. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Clayton Eshleman: Literati Bookstore.

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This National Book Award-winning writer, translator, and poet (and EMU English professor emeritus) reads from Pollen Aria, his brand-new collection of mostly new poems. Eshleman's poetry has been described as witty and abrasive and revolves around myth, psychology, archaeology, and surrealism. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Matt Holt: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 24 & 25. Local debut of this Frankenmuth-based comic, whose laidback, conversational comedy centers on his experiences as the youngest of 8 kids and as someone twice divorced. 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]


 8 p.m. 

Manuel Valera Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Grammy-nominated, NYC-based Cuban pianist and composer Valera leads his trio in refreshing takes on Cuban music as well as interpretations of jazz standards and his own compositions, drawing on straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, and R&B. Valera has "a gift for creating grooves that invite stellar solo flights from his collaborators and the nerve to romance a melody when it suits him," says a Billboard review.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$30 (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. 

"Kill Move Paradise": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., May 24-June 16. Diane Hill directs the Michigan premiere of Philadelphia playwright James Ijames's 2017 award-winning drama about 4 African American men who struggle to understand the circumstances of their deaths while stuck in a cosmic waiting room. It's "a singularly affecting contribution to a niche genre of theatre that often comes across as labored and contrived," says a New York Times review. "It radiates an urgent and hypnotic theatrical energy." Starring Miles Bond, Dan Johnson, Jonathan Jones, and Dez Walker.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets are $22 or pay what you can afford, in advance at theatrenova.org and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [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 pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 9 p.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: John Natiw

Roots-oriented Americana singer-songwriter from Canton. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Ralph Peterson & the Messenger Legacy Band

Art Blakey tribute band led by drummer Peterson, a former longtime member of Blakey's Jazz Messengers. The band has a brand-new CD, Legacy: Alive Vol. 6 at The Side Door. $30-$40. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Corndaddy Corndaddy

Local alt-country band led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast. [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]

Habitat Lounge: Killer Flamingos Killer Flamingos

Rock 'n' roll covers and originals by this popular, veteran band from Dearborn. Cover, dancing. In the Millennium Club. [venue info]

Live: The Rhythm Machines

A mix of classic rock, soul, funk, R&B, and jazz fusion by this veteran Detroit-area quartet whose repertoire includes interpretive covers of everyone from Jimi Hendrix and Stanley Clarke to James Brown and Curtis Mayfield. With guitarists Julius O'Steen and Terry Gordinier, bassist Ben Piner, drummer John Marion. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: David Roof

Local blues-rock singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Bluescasters

High energy blues-infused rock'n'roll quartet. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Chuck Swanagan

Local Americana folk-rock singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Songwriters Showcase

Performers TBA. 5-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: "Pathway to Pasture."

With the local jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet Chirp, the local funk-rock quartet,Ma Baker, and the local funk-rock septet Liquid Thickness. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

 
 


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