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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 19, 2020






 
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 8:30-10:30 a.m. 

7th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast: Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan.

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Please join us for the 7th Annual Fair Housing Breakfast, a benefit to support our mission of ending discrimination in housing and public accommodations and promoting accessible, integrated communities.
The Fair Housing Center of Southeast & Mid Michigan is pleased to announce that Lisa Rice, President and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) will be the guest speaker. NFHA is the nation's only national civil rights agency solely dedicated to eliminating all forms of housing discrimination.
Breakfast begins at 8:30 AM and our program begins promptly at 9 AM.
All are welcome to attend this event, which brings together housing professionals, advocates,educators, government officials, and other community members from across our eight-county service area. We are pleased to announce that the Breakfast has been approved for 1-hour non-legal elective CE credit by CE Marketplace for Real Estate professionals.
Thank you Gold Sponsors McKinley Inc and Washtenaw County OCED.
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor 48103. $50. 877-979-3247. info@fhcmichigan.org https://www.fhcmichigan.org/breakfast [map]



 9:30 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Preschool Storytime: On My Own": Saline District Library.

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Story time for age 3 and up, with or without a caregiver.
9:30 a.m., 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required at SalineLibrary.org, in person, or by phone. 429-5450. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Online Preschool Circle Time": May's Bilingual Preschool.

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Fun and interactive online preschool circle time to keep preschool-age children engaged for knowledge learning and social skill building.
It starts at 10:00 AM, Monday through Friday and is lead by a highly qualified early childhood education professional, May DeLosh (MEd in ECE).
Everyone is welcome!
URL: www.facebook.com/MaysChinesePreschool
Online. URL: www.facebook.com/MaysChinesePreschool, 3181 Packard St. Free. Online. 7347801529. maydelosh@gmail.com www.MaysChineseSchool.com [map]



 10 a.m.-noon (canceled)  Free! 

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

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


 10-11:30 a.m. (canceled) 

Canceled: "The Power of Art: Its Impact in SE MI": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Mar. 5), Feb. 20-Apr. 2. Series of 6 weekly lectures.

Feb. 20: U-M dance professor emeritus Peter Sparling on "The Dance of the Paint: Thoughts on an Interdisciplinary Practice."

Feb. 27: U-M museum of natural history project manager Lynne Friman on "The Art & Science of Creating a New Museum."

Mar. 12: U-M art professor Anne Mondro on "Beyond the Studio: Exploring How Artists work with Communities."

Mar. 19: Detroit-based artist Scott Hocking on "Site-Specific Installations and Photography Projects, Detroit & Beyond."

Mar. 26: WSU art history professor emerita Marion "Mame" Jackson on "Recalling the Past, Imagining the Future: Art and the Resurgence of Detroit."

Apr. 2: Detroit Institute of Arts Africa, Oceania, & Indigenous Americas department head Nii Quarcoopome on "From the Grove to the Gallery: A Personal Journey with African Art."
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $60 (members, $35) for 6-lecture series; memberships are $25 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 10-10:40 a.m. (canceled) 

Canceled: "Yoga for Kids!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A Super Fun Yoga Time (Pinckney) instructor leads grades preK-2 in some introductory poses.
AADL Westgate.


 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

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


 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: 25th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners: U-M Prison Creative Arts Project.

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March 18 - April 1, 2020
Sunday - Monday, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
April 1, 2020, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Duderstadt Center Gallery, University of Michigan North Campus, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is one of the largest exhibitions of art by incarcerated artists in the country. Each year, faculty, staff and students from the University of Michigan travel to correctional facilities across Michigan and select work for the exhibition while providing feedback and critique that strengthens artist's work and builds community around art making inside prisons.
The event is free and open to the public.
The 25th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Om of Medicine.
Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. pcapinfo@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/pcap/exhibits/annual-exhibition-of-art-by-michigan-prisoners.html#view=month [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. 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.
meet at Bird Hills parking lot, 1951 Newport. Free. 347-1259. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Nature's Artists": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Shawn Severance leads ages 2-4 (with caregiver) on a hike to play with sticks, rocks, & branches, and arrange them into beautiful patterns.
10 a.m., County Farm Park Pollinator Garden, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 10:30 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Family Story Time": Saline District Library.

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Drop-in family story time. For age 2 & up with a caregiver.
Tues. 6:30 p.m. & Wed.-Fri. 10:30 a.m., 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 10:30 a.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Little Paws Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, a tour of the adoptable cat area, and a dog meet and greet. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10:30 a.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 662-5585. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Apr. 30, May 21, & June 11. 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]


 10:30-11:15 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

"Dance Along, Sing Along!": Chelsea District Library.

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Local music teacher Beth Battey, co-organizer of the Cumberland Dance Week family dance camp, leads a program of songs, dances, and musical games for preschoolers age 2 & up. Followed by open playtime. Siblings welcome.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11:30 a.m. 

"2020 Washtenaw County Economic Outlook": Washtenaw Economic Club Luncheon.

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U-M economists Gabriel Ehrlich and Donald Grimes give this annual report on real wage growth, unemployment, job creation estimates, & other economic concerns.
11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $60 includes lunch. 477-8536. [map]



 Noon (canceled) 

Canceled: Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2). 794-6250. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Live music performances. Mar. 5: Jazz by the local Ingrid Racine Trio. Mar. 12: St. Patrick's Day program of Irish music by the area Big Fun Trio. Mar. 19: Instrumental music by U-M music majors. Mar. 26: Chamber works by the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra Ensemble.
Noon-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-2787. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Brain Plasticity Ukulele Collective: Jewish Community Center.

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Led by veteran English singer-guitarist Mike Brooks, this collective is comprised of a dozen or so musicians of various ages and levels of expertise. Instruments include ukuleles, guitar, flute, percussion, trumpet, accordion, bass and melodica.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. 971-0990. [map]


 12:15 p.m. (Postponed)  Free! 

(Postponed to date TBA) "Bach Celebration": First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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Area musicians meditate on the Baroque virtuoso's 335th birthday with an all-Bach program that includes the Fugue in E-Flat major, Toccata in C minor, Violin Sonata in E minor, "Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe" from Cantata 147, his setting of the Lutheran hymn "Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr," and the cantata "Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir." With organist Alice Van Wambeke, pianist Ling-Ju Lai, violinist Phoebe Gelzer-Govatos, continuo organist (and First Baptist music director) Shin-Ae Chun, & the church's Early Music Singers. Refreshments.
517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Better Off Read Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss a fiction or nonfiction book TBA.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free, preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Exchange Party": International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to swap books, toys, and other small household items in a casual setting. Child care available for ages 5 & under.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. International-Neighbors.org. [map]


 1:30-3 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Wise Guys": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. Conversation group for men.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Watercolors with Katherine: Saline Area Senior Center.

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You'll be surprised at how easy instructor Katherine Downie makes watercolors. Each session will focus on one or two projects. Contact the senior center for a shopping list. Nonmembers are welcome for $5 extra. Open to anyone 45+.
Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple Rd, Saline. $44. 7344299274. kenyonm@salineschools.org salineseniors.org [map]



 2-3:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Baking Whole Grain Breads": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Lecture-demo by Turner volunteer Jim Frenza.
2401 Plymouth Rd. Free, preregistration required. 998-9353. [map]


 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled Baby Playgroups: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (various times): Hour-long program for ages 24 months & under (with caregiver) of 15 minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs followed by open play. No older siblings, please.
AADL Downtown, Mon. 10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Tues. 10 a.m. & Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Pittsfield, Wed. 11 a.m. Traverwood, Fri. (except Mar. 6) 10:30 a.m. Westgate, Thurs. (except Mar. 26) 2 p.m. Free. 327-4200.


 4 p.m. 

"Parasite: Black & White": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2019). Satirical black comedy thriller. Korean, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 4:15, 7:!5, & 9 p.m. 

"Emma": Michigan Theater.

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(Autumn de Wilde, 2020). Film adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved comedy.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:20, 6:45, & 9:25 p.m. 

"Portrait of a Lady on Fire": State Theater.

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(Céline Sciamma, 2020). Romantic drama about a French painter commissioned to do a wedding portrait of young woman without her knowing. French, subtitles.
Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 4:30 & 7 p.m. 

"The Times of Bill Cunningham": Michigan Theater.

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(Mark Bozek, 2018). Documentary featuring segments of a 6-hour 1994 interview with the iconic street photographer and fashion historian Cunningham.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30, 7 & 9:15 p.m.. 

"Wendy": State Theater.

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(Benh Zeitlin, 2020). Drama loosely based off of Peter Pan.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

All Star Readers: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 3 & 4 invited to discuss The 100-Year-Old Secret, Tracy Barrett's 2010 novel about two kids who inherit Sherlock Holmes' book of unsolved mysteries. Snacks. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Preregistration required.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free, preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tween Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 5 & 6 invited to discuss books & answer trivia questions for prizes. Mar. 19: The Not So Boring Letters of Private Nobody, Matthew Landis's 2018 novel about a trio of 7th-graders who discover the secrets of a Civil War soldier while working on a school project. Apr. 16: The Unteachables, Gordon Korman's 2019 book about a class of misfits. May 21: Restart, Gordon Korman's 2017 novel about a kid who loses his memory after hitting his head.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free, preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Jojo Rabbit": State Theater.

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(Taika Waititi, 2019). Audacious anti-hate satire about a young boy in Hitler's army who finds out his mother's hiding a Jewish girl between the walls of their home. Scarlett Johansson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Art Explorations": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Look at the work of a different artist each month and then make art!
March: Frida Kahlo and shadow boxes;
April: Otomi designs and tile painting.
YDL-Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Road. Free. 734 482-4110 x1340. https://www.ypsilibrary.org/event/art-explorations-2/ [map]


 5-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Of Victims and Villains: The Targeting of Muslim Women": U-M Women's Studies Vivian R. Shaw Lecture.

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Talk by Rana Elmir, deputy director of the ACLU of Michigan. Exploring her identity as an immigrant Muslim woman on the front lines of civil rights and liberties in Michigan, Elmir will examine the Islamophobia industry and its attacks on Muslim women.
5-6:30 p.m., Palmer Commons Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 615-6613. [map]


 5-9 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thursday. 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, food & drink for sale. 548-9729. [map]


 5-7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to bring broken electronics, furniture, toys, etc. Members and volunteers will perform repairs and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
5-7 p.m., All Hands Active, 225 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free. AllHandsActive.org. [map]


 5:10 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Mar. 12, 19, & 26. Talks by visiting artists. Mar. 12: Environmentalist Alex Dehgan, founder of conservation-oriented tech startup Conservation X Lab, on "Hacking in the 6th Extinction." Mar. 19: Criminal justice reform activist Shaka Senghor on "Writing My Wrongs." Mar. 26: Filmmaker and animator Martha Colburn on her handmade aesthetic, "Rip it Up."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., & Mar. 30 & 31 Three all-ages audiovisual planetarium shows.

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The Sky Tonight (every hour on the half-hour: Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Mar. 30 & 31, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). An exploration of the current night sky.

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"Cosmic Colors" (Sat. & Sun. 10:30 a.m.). An examination of the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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"Two Small Pieces of Glass" (Sat. & Sun. 3:30 p.m.). Shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Jenny Zhang: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this poet and fiction writer, whose 2017 story collection Sour Heart, which centers on immigrants from China and Taiwan, examines the ways in which family and history influence people. The New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino calls it a "feminist bildungsroman [that] depicts a collective coming of age." Signing.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

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

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Regional management accountants as well as C-level types meet for food, fellowship, continuing education, and career enhancement. We are an award winning chapter of 200 accountants, financial managers, controllers and chief financial officers of local companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Our chapter is part of a global accounting association. Please feel free to check our website. In Michigan the address is annarbor.imanet.org/home and www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/events.html. The global IMA website is www.imanet.org.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3150 Boardwalk. $10 + cash menu. Angela Combs 734-222-6681. bcable.rsvp@gmail.com https://annarbor.imanet.org/home?ssopc=1 [map]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"No Debate About It: Keeping Voters Center Stage in Presidential Debates": U-M Communication & Media Department Howard Marsh Lecture.

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Talk by U-M journalism professor Robert Yoon. Preceded at 4 p.m. by a reception at Michigan League Concourse.
Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. Free. 764-0420. [map]


 6-8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Felt Succulents": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All ages craft to celebrate the spring equinox.
AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "3-D Lab: Design & Printing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basic functions of Autodesk Fusion 360-a collaboration platform for solid-modeling computer-aided-design-and design an object to 3-D print.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Parasite: Color": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2019). Satirical black comedy thriller. Korean, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 7-8:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Carbon Neutrality in the Resource Sector": City of Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to discuss, with local sustainability experts TBA, how to mitigate the resources--including goods, services, and materials--consumed by Ann Arbor institutions, businesses, & residents.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200, 794-6430 ext. 45568. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Nerd Nite": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at AnnArbor.NerdNite.com) who give fun yet informative 20-minute talks about things that interest them--everything from the ubiquity of artists to the science of healing.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Live, 102 S. First. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled "'Hail!'-Harmony and Dissonance in the University of Michigan's Campus Songs": U-M Bentley Historical Library.

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Join musicologist Mark Clague of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance as he explores the traditional college songs of the University of Michigan -- as reflective of school spirit, aspirations of U-M students, campus life, and often the prejudices and biases of the times in which they were composed. The talk will include musical performance. This lecture is part of a series on the history of the University of Michigan sponsored by the Bentley Historical Library.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue. Free. (734) 358-5625. gdkrenz@umich.edu https://bentley.umich.edu/news-events/news/a-new-lecture-series-exploring-u-m-history/ [map]



 7-9 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: English Language Speakers Meetup: Sound Expressions.

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Every Thurs. Certified ESL instructor Linda Stegmeyer leads a conversational meetup for speakers of English as a second language.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters Plymouth Green, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Busy Bee Book Club: Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss a monthly theme; no assigned book. Mar. 19: "Favorite nonfiction book." Apr. 16: "Least favorite book." May 21: "What are you reading right now?"
7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free, preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Scifi/Fantasy Book Club: Nicola's Books.

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Former Ypsilanti librarian Deborah Day leads a discussion of Elantris, Brandon Sanderson's 2005 fantasy novel about a cursed city.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate. Free. 662-0600.


 7-9 p.m. 

Vernal Equinox Celebration: Michigan Friends Center.

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All invited for a multigenerational program of singing, storytelling, and discussion to celebrate the birth of spring with a bonfire (weather permitting). Bring a verse, story, song, or bit of seasonal lore to share. Dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight. Potluck at 5:30 p.m.
7-9 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clarks Lake Rd., Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-1892. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Leveraging Nutritional Science to Optimize Soldier Health and Performance": EMU George Liepa Sigma Xi Lecture.

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Talk by U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine nutritional physiologist Stefan Pasiakos. Dessert reception follows.
EMU Student Center Auditorium, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0042. [map]


 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

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Crafts and activities for teens.

Mar. 19: "Breakfast for Dinner." Eat breakfast favorites.

Apr. 2: "Cricut Vinyl Crafts." Use the CDL's new Cricut machine to make decals and iron-on transfers. Come with designs in mind, if you like.

Apr. 16: "Pringles Taste Test." Taste a variety of Pringles flavors, such as Shrimp Cocktail.

May 7: "Cloud Slime." Make and play with a soft & fluffy slime.

May 21: "Sundae Bar." Prepare your own sundae.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Traveling Tales & Other Stuff": Dexter District Library.

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Members of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild tell stories about the weird & surprising things that happen when traveling.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free, preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. [map]


 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: West Side Story: Father Gabriel Richard High School.

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FGRHS Drama Club proudly presents West Side Story
Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Soundheim Original Direction and Choreography by Jerome Roberts
Directed and Choreographed by Anne Kolackowski-Magee Music Direction by David Yule
All performances will be at Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
Whitmore Lake High School Auditorium, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189. $5. 734-662-0496. communications@fgrhs.org fgrhs.org/drama [map]



 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "The Tempest": Community High School Ensemble Theatre.

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Mar. 13-15 & 19, 20, & 22. Quinn Strassel directs CHS students & beloved literature teacher Judith DeWoskin in Shakespeare's visionary romance about a magical island ruled by an enigmatic sorcerer and her beautiful daughter. The Tempest is filled with verse and song--this production features new arrangements of "Full fathom five" & "Come unto these yellow sands" by CHS jazz students--and it contains some of Shakespeare's most gorgeously haunting poetry.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs., Fri., & Sat.), 1 p.m. (Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), CHS Craft Theater, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $9) in advance at ShowTix4u.com & at the door. 994-2025. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m (Canceled) 

Canceled: Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs. Dance instructor Cheryl Feit and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dances to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week. Wear soft-soled shoes.
7:30-9:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Eddie Ifft: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 19-21. An energetic young Pittsburgh-bred comic who has been featured in his own Comedy Central special, Ifft is known for his quick-witted, irreverently caustic observational humor, usually aimed at contemporary mores and popular culture. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"It's About Time": Thurston Community Players.

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Mar. 19-21. Thurston Elementary School students, parents, and friends present the school's 46th annual original musical, which is set in the Arb and features time travel, Shakespeare, and mysterious earthquakes.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 7 p.m. (Sat.), Clague Middle School auditorium, 2616 Nixon. Tickets $10 (students, $5) in advance at ThurstonPlayers.org & at the door. ThurstonPlayers@gmail.com. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Nobody Knows": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Hirokazu Koreeda, 2004). Harrowing, emotionally resonant drama, based on a true story, about 4 children left to fend for themselves in a Tokyo apartment for half a year when their mother abandons them. Japanese, subtitles. Sponsored by the U-M Center for Japanese Studies.
7:30 p.m., 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) in advance at MichTheater.org and at the door. 668-8397. [map]


 8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Conducting Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Graduate conducting students direct music student ensembles in Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, Bach's Suite No. 2 for orchestra, Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks, & Ibert's Divertissement.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Creative Arts Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Mark Kirschenmann directs this adventurous music student ensemble in contemporary improvisations.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Trombone Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Brian Vander Ark: The Ark.

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This West Michigan songwriter, the raspy-voiced lead singer of the popular dance-rock band the Verve Pipe, is known for his earnest, reflective, engagingly melodic explorations of themes of family, love, and loss.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Living in the la"/"Migrare": U-M Dance Department MFA Concert.

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Mar. 19 & 20. U-M dance grad students Alexandria Davis & Mario Vircha present their original works exploring, respectively, socioeconomic success for modern black women and cultural dissolution & dispersal.
U-M Duderstadt Center video studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. Free. 763-5460. [map]


 9:35 p.m. 

"Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band": State Theater.

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(Daniel Roher, 2020). Documentary about the Robertson's young life and friendship with 4 other men who would become his band mates.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 9:45 p.m. 

"Greed": State Theater.

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(Michael Winterbottom, 2020). Comedy about a billionaire, who's career is giving out, trying to save his reputation.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Deals Gone Slack

Ensemble featuring members of the popular NYC ska and rocksteady band the Slackers. Opener: Solid Eights, a local ska & rocksteady trio. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Vincent York Quartet

Ensemble led by this veteran local alto saxophonist and flutist. $10- $30. 7 & 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Jay Frydenlund

Local singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Hosted by local fiddler Emily Slomovits. Signup begins at 7:30 p.m. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Mr. B

Traditional boogie-woogie and blues, along with some originals, by this internationally renowned veteran local pianist. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike

All hip-hop artists invited. [venue info]

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike

All hip-hop artists invited [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

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

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [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]

Rumpus Room: Escaping Pavement Escaping Pavement

Ferndale acoustic singer-songwriter duo of multi-instrumental string players Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz who describe their songs as "Americana wildflowers amongst blades of bluegrass." Opener: Adrian + Meredith, a Nashville-based, Michigan-bred husband-and-wife Americana duo whose music blends an old-timey twang and the frenetic bounce of early swing with rock 'n' roll attitude. [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]

Ypsi Alehouse: Cyrano Jones

Local psychedelic blues-rock trio. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Pete Bullard & the Zou Animals

Blues, swing, and rockabilly by an ensemble led by veteran local guitarist Bullard. [venue info]

 
 


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