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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 21, 2020

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 10, 11 a.m., & noon (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Journey to the Sugarbush": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Tap into a maple tree. $5 (kids, $3). Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake, sausage, & maple syrup breakfast. $6 (kids, $4).
Park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Free, preregistration required; $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Girl Power Invitational: Gym America Gymnastics.

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Mar. 20-22. Young gymnasts from throughout Michigan & Ohio in nonsanctioned pre-competitive and sanctioned early-competitive-level meets.
5-9 p.m. (Fri.), 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $10 (students, $5; age 5 & under, free). 971-1667. [map]

 8 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Snow or shine.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]

 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Postponed) 

(Postponed to June date TBA): "30th Annual Home, Garden, & Lifestyle Show": Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Mar. 21 & 22. More than 150 area exhibitors show and demonstrate products and offer information on home improvement services. Concessions.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (ages 12 & under, free) cash only. 996-0100. [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Dexter Winter Marketplace.

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Indoor farmers market with arts & crafts, jewelry, bread and baked goods, fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meats, and more. Live music TBA.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Free admission., 834-3229. [map]

 9:15 a.m. 

Ann P. Shaw: Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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This Washington-based quilter discusses fabric choice and the effect of printed fabrics on a quilt's style. Followed by a sewing session to make quilts for local domestic violence shelter SafeHouse; bring your sewing machine, if you like. The program begins with a business meeting.
9:15 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). [map]

 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Mar. 22 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. & Sun. The 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.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 996-9122 (10 a.m.) & 347-1259 (1 p.m.). [map]

 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. [map]

 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Easter Bunny: Briarwood Mall.

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A chance to take photos with the Easter Bunny. Pet photos with the bunny Mar. 29 & Apr. 5 (6-7:30 p.m.). Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds. Also, "Caring Bunny" on Mar. 22 & Apr. 5 (9-10:30 a.m.) offers a subdued environment for kids with special needs (preregistration required at; search for "caring bunny").
Briarwood Mall. Free admission, price of photos TBA. 769-9610. [map]

 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Orchid Festival: Ann Arbor Orchid Society.

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Mar. 21 & 22. Show and sale of thousands of tropical and hardy orchids, orchid-growing supplies, & related items. Also, talks and demos by local orchid growers.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free admission; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Teddy Bear Clinic": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Mar. 21 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) & 22 (noon-4 p.m.) Activities to teach how the body works and explore the science behind medical procedures using teddy bears.
Mar. 21 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) & 22 (noon-4 p.m.), Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & ages 23 months & under, free). 995-9439.

 10 a.m.-noon (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "How Much is the U.S. War System Costing You?": Public Citizens of Washtenaw.

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All invited to join a discussion with state Senator Gary Peters' staffer Chris Matus, and other speakers TBA. Preceded at 9:45 a.m. by coffee & socializing.
U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1628. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Seed Swap: Project Grow/Downtown Home & Garden.

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All invited to exchange saved vegetable, flower, heirloom, or other seeds. Also, socializing.
DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free admission. 662-8122. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to compete in a 20- or 45-round match in various positions using slow and rapid fire. Bring your own military-style rifle and ammunition.
10 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 9 a.m.), TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $15 (members, $10). 883-1655. [map]

 10:30-11:30 a.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Chinese Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 7 & 21. An AADL storyteller tells stories and sings songs in Mandarin. Also, a Chinese-themed craft. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner (Mar. 7) & Malletts Creek (Mar. 21). Free. 327-4200.

 10:30 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Mar. 14, 21, & 28. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences. Mar. 14: U-M physics professor Alec Thomas on new laser technologies. Mar. 21: U-M astrophysics professor Ann Parsons on the latest NASA mission to explore Saturn's largest moon, Titan. Mar. 28: U-M environmental science professor emeritus Henry Pollack on "Climate Change in the Arctic: The Situation on the Northern Front."
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 764-4437. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-3:30 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.


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.


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


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

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

 10:30 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

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

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Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.). Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared towards ages 3-6 (siblings welcome).
Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.), Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & ages 23 months & under, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10:30-11 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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
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 served.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]

 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Health Empowerment Yoga Workshop": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Jennifer Lenders will be sharing her 15 years of experience as a Professional Yoga Therapist and meditation teacher.
Movements will include time on the yoga mat, possibly some seated/standing positions. Lots of modifications provided. Workshop may be done from a chair as well. May be helpful for those experiencing physical, mental or emotional stress. Always check with your healthcare professionals before beginning a new program.
Please bring a yoga mat, pillow/blanket, and water
space is limited.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd, Ste 1, 48108. $25. 734-776-2554. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"The Greatness of Women": U-M Alumnae Council.

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University of Michigan Women and Friends:
The Alumnae Council is CELEBRATING the GREATNESS of WOMEN!
• The 150th Anniversary of Women's Admittance to the University of Michigan!
• The 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage!
• The 75th Anniversary of Henderson House-All Women's Coop.
Our featured Speaker will be Dr.Patricia Magle Jones, former Henderson House Resident,Julia Emmanuel Scholarship Recipient and current member of the Margaret Waterman Alumnae Group of Ann Arbor. The Topic of her Speech is:
"From Kent State to Streaking-Living at Henderson House During the 1970's"
You will also have an opportunity to tour Henderson House following the luncheon.
Please RSVP by March 9, 2020
$30 for a delicious hot lunch (4 choices)
Register Online at
Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Avenue. $30 for a delicious hot lunch (4 choices). [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Science Forum Demos: U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "Out of the Water & Back Again: A Whale's Tale" (11 a.m.). Handle real fossils while learning about the evolutionary process. Also, make a fossil casts of an ancient tooth. "Home Sweet H.O.M.E.S.: Exploring the Great Lakes" (3 p.m.). Learn about the past, present, and future of Michigan's water source.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11 a.m. 

Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players: The Ark.

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Family concert by this acclaimed ensemble led by Roberts, a Minneapolis indie rock singer-songwriter turned Montessori preschool teacher. The band's 2002 CD Not Naptime was named by Parents' Choice as one of the 25 best kids CDs of the past 25 years.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, & at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Pete the Cat's Perfect Pizza Party: Nicola's Books.

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Read-aloud of this rhyming picture book, plus a Pete the Cat character meet-and-greet. Pizza.
11 a.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. This month's theme: Canada. For ages 3-6 with caregiver. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m.-noon, UMMA, 525 S. State. Free, preregistration required at 764-0395. [map]

 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (11:30 a.m.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals.
11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

"Packard Health Kids Run": Epic Races.

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400-meter (age 12 & under) & 200-meter (age 8 & under) runs in anticipation of the upcoming Ann Arbor Marathon on Mar. 22.
11:30 a.m., 2|42 Community Center, 648 Wagner. $10 in advance at; $20 day of race. 585-7101. [map]

 12:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Jazz Piano Duos: U-M School of Music.

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Piano students of professor Andy Milne perform a mix of jazz standards.
12:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Dino Dana: The Movie": Fathom Events.

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(J. J. Johnson, 2020). Adventure about a 10-year-old who tries to find out where all the dinosaurs went.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Chemistry and Flow Monitoring": Huron River Watershed Council.

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Enjoy being outdoors while measuring the quality of local rivers and creeks! Learn how to collect water samples, measure stream flow, and record water chemistry measurements. No prior experience needed. Volunteers are expected to commit to at least 8 sampling trips during the growing season (April through September). During each sampling trip, volunteers spend two hours in the field on average.
NEW Center, 1100 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor. Free. [map]

 1-5 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Mini-Role Playing Game Fest": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to try tabletop RPG, including Dungeons and Dragons, Night Witches, & more. Also, a drop-in workshop to paint your own miniature. No experience necessary.
AADL Downtown lobby & Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-5 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off a kangaroo (2 & 4 p.m.) and other Australian animals. Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a cougar, a bald eagle, an Arctic fox, & more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Hand Papermaking and Paper Crafts Presentation: Maker Works.

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Join Irene Wei at Maker Works to talk about various Western and Eastern methods of hand papermaking and paper crafts. Irene will talk about the history of paper production as well as demonstrate how to make sheets of handmade paper and paper thread. The event is open to all; Maker Works members can attend free of charge, there is a $5 fee for non-members
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Drive. $5. 734-222-4911. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Gymnastics vs. Nebraska.

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Last regular season home match.
1 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Free. 764-0247.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Mar. 1, 7, & 21. All invited to help maintain natural areas and remove invasive plants in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All participants must obtain a release form in advance; all minors must be with caregiver. Mar. 1: Black Pond Woods. Meet at Tibbits Ct. off Pontiac Tr. Mar. 7: Barton Nature Area. Meet at the parking lot off Huron River Dr. Mar. 21: Hannah Nature Area. Meet at the park entrance at the end of Bath St.
Various locations. Free. 794-6627.

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Ash Baskets & Ash Borers": U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Sarah Homminga of the Bay Mills Indian Community & Josh Homminga of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians lead a hands-on demo on how to weave a Native American black ash basket. Also, U.S. Forest Service representative Toby Petrice discusses ash forests and the invasive emerald ash borer that is changing ash ecosystems.
MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0480. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Hand Papermaking & Paper Crafts": Maker Works.

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Local paper maker Irene Wei discusses the history of papermaking and teaches how to make handmade paper.
1-3 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free, preregistration required at 222-4911. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"My Name is Kim Bok-Dong": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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(Won-geun Song, 2019). Documentary about this human rights activist, who dedicated her life to raising awareness about the Japanese use of Korean women as sexual slaves during WW II.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

"Apple Showcase": MacTechnics.

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Canceled. Apple systems & Final Cut Pro certified trainer Chris Anderson discusses the latest Apple devices & software. Also, from 3:30-5 p.m., an open meeting of this local computer users group, with a talk on Wi-Fi reception techniques by VP of education Fred Seitz.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Read Tamalada": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Make your own Mexican style tamales with a variety off fillings as part of our Family Read The First Rule of Punk!
YDL-Whittaker, 5577 Whittaker Road. Free. 734 482-4110 x1340. skillian@ypsilibrary.or [map]

 2-5 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Crocheted Beaded Edge": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity led by local crafter Beth Battey.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2-3 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Argentine Tango Practice: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Canceled. Tango dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded at 1 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
2-3 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (with lesson, free)., 634-9629. [map]

 2 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 13-15: Home-opening 4-game series for a U-M team that was runner-up in the 2019 College World Series. This month's schedule also includes a Big 10-opening 3-game series vs. Purdue (Mar. 20, 4 p.m.; Mar. 21, 2 p.m.; Mar. 22, 1 p.m.), a single game vs. WMU (Mar. 25, 4 p.m.), and a 3-game series vs. Nevada (Mar. 27, 4 p.m.; Mar. 28, 2 p.m.; Mar. 29, 1 p.m.).
4 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. (Sat.), and 1 p.m. (Sun.), Ray Fisher Stadium, 1114 S. State. Tickets TBA at & at the gate. 764-0247. [map]

 2 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: U-M Softball.

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Mar. 14 & 15. The U-M, a perennial national power, opens its home season with a 3-game series. This month's schedule also includes a 3-game Big 10 series vs. Purdue (Mar. 20, 4 p.m., Mar. 21, 2 p.m. & Mar. 22, 1 p.m.) and games vs. WMU (Mar. 17, 4 p.m.) & Toledo (Mar. 24, 4 p.m.).
Alumni Field, 1114 S. State. Tickets TBA at & at the gate. 764-0247. [map]

 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 

"9 to 5, The Musical": Greenhills School.

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Mar. 20 & 21. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs high school students in Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick's 2009 musical, based on the 1980 film, about 3 female employees who find a way to turn the tables on their sexist, egotistical boss. Parton's score includes 1970s-style dance numbers like the title song, country songs like "Backwoods Barbie" and "Cowgirl's Revenge," goofy show tunes like "Potion Notion," & more.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), 840 Greenhills Dr. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10). 769-4010. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"And Then…This Happened!": EMU Theatre for the Young.

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Mar. 20 & 21. EMU MFA drama student Heather Utsler-Smith directs EMU students in her theatrical adaptation of works by local kids grades 3-5 that tell of magical adventures and unexpected happenings. Suitable for ages 5 & up.
EMU Honors College, 511 W. Forest, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Mar. 14 & 21. Docent-led themed tours of the museum. Mar. 14: Kid-friendly tour of the Roman exhibits, beginning with a reading of the picture book G is For Gladiator. Mar. 21: "Graffiti as Devotion Along the Nile."
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 3-5:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Go Like The Wind International Festival: Go Like The Wind Montessori School.

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An international festival showcasing K-6th grade students' work. Student talent show to begin at 4:00pm. Multicultural food and acitivities specifically designed for infant - 6th grade learners. All are welcome to learn, play and experience the Go Like the Wind Montessori community!
Enter through doors located on SE side (near Go Like The Wind Banner). Follow Signs to Gymnasium. Free parking available.
Go Like the Wind Montessori School, 8845 Main Street, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-747-7422. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: 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]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Cheese & Wine Pairing": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's staffers discuss and offer taste samples of wine paired with artisan cheeses. Ages 21 & up.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45, preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"First Steps Kids Fest": First Steps/Ann Arbor PTO Fundraiser.

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Performance by Joe Reilly, the popular local singer-songwriter who writes playful, family-friendly songs on a wide range of environmental and spiritual themes.
Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport. $8 (adults, $15). 994-4949, [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Reuse Collage Buttons": SCRAP Creative Reuse.

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Dig through our bins of donated materials to create mini-collages on pin-back buttons! Decorate them, draw on them, and wear your Creative Reuse creations home! Event runs from 4 PM to 6 PM, March 21st.
Use SCRAP's vast inventory of material to help, cut down on community waste while having fun creating wonderful pieces of art.
SCRAP Creative Reuse, 4567 Washtenaw Ave. $7. 7348004137. [map]

 4-7 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "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, beer for sale. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:15 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "American Factory": Michigan Theater.

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(Julia Reichert & Steven Bogna, 2019). Documentary about a Chinese billionaire who opens a new factory in post-industrial Ohio. The Chinese & American workers learn from each other.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6-7:50 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "DJ Skate": Arctic Coliseum.

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $8 (includes skate & rental). 433-4444. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Through the Other End of the Looking Glass": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room.

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Apr. 4 & 18. Local amateur philosopher G. Arthur Weidman discusses metaphysics & emotional intelligence.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 6:30pm-10pm  Free! 

Family Game Night: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Your and your favorite people are invited to an evening's board and card gaming. There'll be a good selection of games ready and waiting- bring your favorites from home if you like.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd, Ste 1, 48108. Free. 734-327-0270. [map]

 6:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Game Night": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited. Bring your own games, or play one of the games provided.
Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd., ste. 1. Free. 646-7405. [map]

 6:45 & 9:45 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Oscar Shorts: Animations": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short animated films nominated for an Academy Award.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "The Parliament of Poets": Apollo's Troupe.

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Mar. 14, 21, & 27. This local theater company performs a stage adaptation of veteran poet Frederick Glaysher's 2012 epic poem in which Apollo summons the ancient and modern poets of all nations to the moon to fashion a new vision of universal life.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at and at the door. 660-4037. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "All Shook Up": Chelsea Area Players Youth Theatre.

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Young local actors perform Joe DiPietro's 2005 jukebox musical, loosely based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, about a guitar-playing man who shakes up a 1950s small town. Featuring classic Elvis songs.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Washington Street Education Center auditorium, 500 Washington, Chelsea. Tickets $10 in advance at & at the door. [map]

 7 p.m. (Postponed) 

Postponed to date TBA: "Gershwin!": Ballet Chelsea.

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Wendi DuBois directs this Chelsea-based troupe of young dancers and the Jackson Dance Company in original choreography set to works by Gershwin, including Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, & Concerto in F. With vocalists Michael Wecht & Jessica Wood, and pianist Megan Emberton. Choreographers: DuBois, Alyssa Alger, and Ballet Chelsea faculty members Aja Brandmeier, Carrie Schotte, & Annie Spellman.
Chelsea High School Auditorium, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. Tickets $20 (students, kids, & seniors age 60 & older, $15) in advance at; $25 at the door. 475-3070. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Artemisia Vocal Trio: Women of Temple Beth Emeth.

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Women of TBE presents this Chicago-based vocal trio. They are known for their vast repertoire of vocal styles, which range from Appalachian folk to Tushetian highlander cries to Cuban dance music.

More information:
7 p.m., TBE Sanctuary. Tickets $20 in advance at or at the door. $36 for patrons, whose names will be added to the program if tickets are bought by Mar. 18th.

 7 p.m. 

Hometown Show: Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic.

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Bluegrass and high-energy American folk by this renowned touring student fiddle ensemble. Guest headliner is the duo of Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser & California-based cellist Natalie Haas, who play everything from achingly beautiful airs to wild and joyous dance pieces.
7 p.m., Saline High School Auditorium, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $15 (students, $10) in advance at & at the door., (866) 257-5333. [map]

  7 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Mar. 7 & 21. 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.
7 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students, $8) includes lesson; $5 for dance only. [map]

 7 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 & at the door. [map]

 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.  Free! 

"Pretty Theft": U-M Basement Arts.

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Mar. 20 & 21. U-M students perform Adam Szymkowicz's 2001 coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl who travels across the country after her father's death and befriends a shoplifting "bad girl," an autistic savant, & a mysterious thief.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Sat.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin. Free. [map]

 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: 3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Canceled. Martha Vander Kolk calls to music by Pearl Street String Band. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring clean, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a brief lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Pay what you can ($10 suggested). 476-4650. [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. [map]

 7:30 & 10 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 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. 

"Trivia with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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Ages 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (ages 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd., ste. A1. $15, preregistration available at 661-3575. [map]

 8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Performing Arts Technology Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Presentations of new compositions, research, sound art, and performances by U-M performing arts technology students.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. (canceled) 

Canceled Samuel Kidd: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This award-winning baritone, an Ann Arbor native, performs Winterreise, Schubert's celebrated song cycle about a lovesick young man on a harrowing winter journey. With pianist Bernard Tan.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at and at the door. 769-2999. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Fri. & Sat., except Mar. 7. Comedic improv by the resident League of Pointless Improvisers & other experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Arabic to English": Theatre NOVA.

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March 20 - April 12, 2020
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.
In a high-stakes immigration case, an Arab American man is accused of fraudulent marriage to gain a visa, and deportation will send him back to a life-threatening situation. When his interpreter, a young Arab American woman, receives a marriage proposal from his White American lawyer, she is caught between the image of a storybook American life, her feelings for the defendant, and her need to define her own identity, leaving it up to her which words to translate and which to leave unspoken. Directed by Carla Milarch. Featuring Robbie Abdelhoq, Aya Aziz, and Jeremy Kucharek.
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron. $22. 7346358450. [map]

 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "The Wiz": U-M MUSKET.

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Mar. 20-22. Vincent Ford Jr. directs U-M students in William Brown's 1975 musical, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz in the context of modern African American culture that features rock, gospel, and soul music.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $11 (students, $7) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and by phone; $14 (students, $10) at the door. 763-8587. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Rainbow Girls: The Ark.

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This Sonoma County (CA) trio, combining idealistic lyrics, crack guitar work, and startling vocal harmonies, was a breakout hit at the 2020 Ann Arbor Folk Festival. A Glide reviewer calls them "a gang of sweet angels punching you in the heart." Its latest, Give the People What They Want, includes covers of music from Leiber & Stoller to Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, and was recorded in a single day.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"West Side Story": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Performance highlighting Latino contributions to classical music. Guest musician is Detroit-based jazz saxophonist James Carter. Program: Mexican composer Diana Syrse's Colección de Realidades, Puerto Rican Roberto Sierra's Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra, and Mexican composer Arturo Márquez's popular Danzón No. 2, which is inspired by danzón, a Cuban-born dance form prominent in the folklore of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Also, Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $20-$75 in advance at & the A2SO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and at the door. 994-4801. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

"The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged": U-M Residential College Players.

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Mar. 20 & 21. Lauren Burke directs fellow RC students in the Reduced Shakespeare Company's acclaimed 97-minute transformation of Shakespeare's 37 plays into a fast-paced, hilarious, and outrageously irreverent blend of Marx Brothers-style absurdity and Three Stooges slapstick.
East Quad Keene Theater, 701 East University. $5 or pay what you can. (609) 694-4926. [map]

 11:59 p.m. 

"Snowpiercer": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2013). Post-apocalyptic thriller set on a train.
Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Lilly MacPhee Lilly MacPhee

Yearning, ethereal folk-rock by this Detroit indie singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Blind Pig: "2020 Summer Camp: On the Road Tour"

A series of local acts TBA audition for a spot at #SCamp20, a Memorial Day weekend festival held in Chillicothe (IL). $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Greg Ward's Rogue Parade

Quintet led by Ward, a highly regarded Chicago alto saxophonist who recently released the CD Stomping Off from Greenwood. $15- $35. 7 & 9 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Ki5

Local electronic musician whose songs blend dynamic vocals with beatboxing. [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: Persuasion

Versatile Detroit R&B dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

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

Mash: The Scott Martin Band

Canton alt-country-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Martin. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Deadicated

Detroit psychedelic jam band that specializes in the music of the Grateful Dead and its circle. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Sterling G Project

Local jazz-funk ensemble led by keyboardist Sterling G. [venue info]

Tap Room: "Boylesque"

Drag show. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: BDI Blues Band

Ypsilanti quintet, sometimes known as Blues Dog Inquisition, that plays hard-driving classic Chicago blues. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Wake Up Jamie

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: Canceled: She-Bop Canceled

Local girl-group-style trio of singer-guitarist Laurie Lounsbury, singer-French hornist Morgan Lamonica, and a new lead vocalist TBA. With guitarist Johnny Rasmussen, bassist Al Kalaf, and drummer Kinks Heiss. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Otter River

Local outlaw & classic country sextet. 6-11 p.m. [venue info]


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