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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 27, 2020

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 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "KidLitCon": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 27 & 28. Panel discussions with topics ranging from picture books, poetry, and social justice to graphic novels and families in fiction. Panelists include St. Catherine University (MN) education professor Dawn Quigley, Chinese-American illustrator & writer Arree Chung, & Chicago-based teens writer Jasmine Warga. For a complete schedule, see
AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 9-10 a.m (canceled) 

Canceled "Matwork Pilates": Saline Area Senior Center.

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Matwork Pilates uses techniques of Pilates and yoga for a well rounded workout. This class is low-impact and will challenge you from the ground up. Posture and stabilization are tested with stretching, low-impact movements and by focusing on your breathing for a more efficient you! Walk away feeling more toned, lengthened, and strong. Class is performed barefoot, standing, sitting and laying on a mat. Please bring your own yoga mat to class. Nonmembers are welcome for $5 extra. Open to anyone 45+.
Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple Rd, Saline. $42. 7344299274. [map]

 9 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Birding Walks: Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Mar. 8 & 27. All invited to join WAS members on leisurely winter walks in search of birds, with a focus on Mar. 27 on the American woodcock, a bird known for its unusual flying patterns during courtship. Also, at 9 a.m. on Mar. 22, an Ypsilanti birding walk at Ford Lake, beginning in the parking lot off of S. Grove St.
9 a.m. (Mar. 8) & 7:30 a.m. (Mar. 27), Barton Pond, meet in the parking lot off Huron River Dr. Free.

 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!
Online. URL:, 3181 Packard St. Free. Online. 7347801529. [map]

 10 a.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. & 12:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "The Tale of the Mischievous Bunny": Wild Swan Theater.

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This award-winning local children's theater company presents its original adaptation of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter's classic about a bunny who, despite his mother's warning, ventures into Mr. McGregor's garden. Geared towards grades preK-2.

All performances are interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.; Fri. 12:30 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (ages 60 & over and 18 & under, $10; ages 2 & under lap pass, $3) in advance at, by phone, & at the door. 995-0530. [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. (Canceled)  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! 

Online event: "Osbert Parker: New Adventures in Animation": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Mixed live-action and animated films by festival juror & artist Osbert Parker. Available to watch at
10 a.m., Free.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

The Clements Bookworm: A book circle for history lovers: U-M William L. Clements Library.

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Join Clements staff and supporters in a discussion about the books we're reading. Inspired by the traditional Clements Library researcher tea time, we invite you to pull up a chair at our [virtual] table. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy a snack while you watch our commentators in a live feed. Chime in with your comments and questions via the chat function. We look forward to hosting you!
When: Fridays, 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Where: Register at the website link. In your confirmation email, find the link "Click Here to Join" to enter the meeting.
Online Event. Free. Online.

 10:30 a.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.

 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.-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]

 Noon (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "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]

 Noon (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Mindfulness in the Museum": UMMA.

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Mar. 27 & 28. Docent Laura Seligman leads participants in personally engaging with one work of art for an extended period of time, followed by a reflection on the experience.
Noon (Fri.) and 3 p.m. (Sat.), UMMA (meet outside museum shop), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Online event: "Video Blues": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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(Emma Tusell, 2019). A reconstruction of the director's childhood in 1980s Spain, told through old family movies. Spanish, subtitles. Watch at
Noon, Free.

 Noon-12:30 p.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]

 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Lenten Organ Recital Series": American Guild of Organists.

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Every Fri. Concerts by AGO members and others on what local organist Timothy Huth calls "one of the finest organs in Ann Arbor."

Mar. 6: Naki Sung-Kripfgans, organist at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor

Friday, Mar. 13: Shin-Ae Chun, organist at First Baptist Church in Ann Arbor

Friday, Mar. 20: Timothy Huth, organist at First Congregational Church in Ann Arbor

Friday, Mar. 27: U-M Organ Department students
12:15 p.m.-1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. William. Free. 604-3205. [map]

 12:30-4:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., & Fri. Seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 12:30-1 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to join a group walk. Canceled for inclement weather.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1-3 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "The Relationship Between Science and Religion": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Through a guided group discussion, we will look at the relationship between religion (and belief in God) and science (and the scientific community). Are the two inherently in conflict? What ideas or events are responsible for the conflicts?
Can we better understand each other and listen to opposing viewpoints? How can those who have a passion for both faith and science reconcile the two? The Study Group led by Cathy Britton is held March 27 through May 1.
Bank of Ann Arbor, 2801 Plymouth Road. $40. 734-998-9351. [map]

 1 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Lethal Lunch Book Group: Saline District Library.

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All invited to discuss murder mystery books. Mar. 27: Bruno, Chief of Police, Martin Walker's 2009 novel about a policeman in a small French town. Apr 24: Raven Black, Ann Cleeves' 2007 mystery about a killer on the loose in a small town. May 29: Track of the Cat, Nevada Barr's 1993 mystery about vanishing park rangers in West Texas.
1 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Online event: Films in Competition 7: Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Screenings of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. Today's program includes a story about fairies and gods, an investigation into the romanticization of sexual violence, and more. Watch at
2 p.m., Free.

 3-5 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "The Breakup 2.1: The Ten Year Update": U-M Anthropology Department Colloquia Series.

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Indiana University anthropology professor Ruth Hall discusses trends in undergraduate breakup practices over the past 10 years to extrapolate changes in social media usage.
411 West Hall, 550 East University. Free. 764-7274. [map]

 3-6 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled "Thomas Piketty: Capital & Ideology": U-M Center for Inequality Dynamics.

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French economist Thomas Piketty discusses his new book, Capital and Ideology, which challenges readers to revolutionize how they think about politics, ideology, and history. Piketty exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, presents a scathing critique of contemporary politics, and outlines a bold proposal for a new and fairer economic system.

Opening remarks by U-M President Mark Schlissel. Talk is followed by a panel, Q&A, and reception. Panelists: U-M philosophy professor Elizabeth Anderson and director of the Center for Inequality Dynamics Fabian Pfeffer. Signing.
3-6 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom. Free, preregistration requested at [map]

 3:30-5 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers invited to read one-on-one for 15 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 4-7 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Fish Fry: Saline Knights of Columbus.

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Baked tilapia, beer-battered fried cod, salad, fries, cheesy potatoes, broccoli salad, mac & cheese, desserts, and beverages
4-7 p.m., St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin, Saline. $10. 355-8277. [map]

 4-7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "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). (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 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]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Online event: "Films in Competition 8": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Screenings of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. Today's films explore subjects from dependency on pharmaceutical drugs to the struggles of raising a daughter. Watch at
4 p.m., Free.

 4:30 p.m. (canceled) 

Canceled: "Fish Fries": St. Mary Catholic Church, Manchesster.

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St. Mary Catholic Church served over 4500 dinners at its famous Lenten fish fries last year. Come and enjoy a delicious fish dinner each Friday in Lent (with the exception of Good Friday) from February 28 through April 3 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Center, 108 Madison Street (behind the Marathon gas station on Main Street in the Village of Manchester). The menu includes fried and baked Pacific cod, French fries, baked potatoes, spicy little potatoes, homemade macaroni and cheese, a huge salad bar, and delicious desserts. The popular drive-thru take-out is FAST. Just follow the signs to the back of St. Mary Parish Center. Prices range from $12 for adults for a dine-in, all-you-can-eat dinner, $11 for seniors, $10 for take-outs, and $6 for children ages 6 to 10. There is no charge for children five and under.
St. Mary Parish Center, 108 Madison Street, Manchester. $12. 734-428-8811. [map]

On March 15, 2020, Betty Cummings wrote:
March 20 and 27 fish fries canceled.

 4:30-7 p.m. (canceled) 

Canceled: 42nd Annual Lenten Fish Fry: Old St. Patrick's Church.

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Every Fri., Feb. 28-Apr. 3. Fried Alaskan pollack, choice of potato or macaroni & cheese, salad bar, and beverage. Desserts available for a nominal additional charge. Be prepared to stand in line, but the food is worth the wait.
4:30-7 p.m., Old St. Pat's parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. at Northfield Church. $9.50 (seniors, $8; ages 6-11, $6; ages 5 & under, free). 662-8141. [map]

 4:30-7 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Lenten Fish Fry: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Every Fri., Feb. 28-Apr. 3. Hand-battered fried cod, baked tilapia, mac and cheese, & a variety of side dishes. Fish sticks and grilled cheese for kids. Soda, desserts, & soup available.
4:30-7 p.m., St. Francis Parish Activities Center, 2250 E. Stadium. $10 (ages 62 & over, $9; kids, $6). 769-2550, ext. 0. [map]

 4:30-7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Fish Fry: Dexter Knights of Columbus.

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Baked tilapia, breaded cod, fried clam strips, green beans, grilled cheese sandwiches, French fries, baked potatoes, pasta with marinara, salad bar, homemade desserts. Salmon available Mar. 27 & Apr. 3.
4:30-7:30 p.m., Columbus Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. $12 (kids under 6, $8). Carry out ($11) available. 426-5558. [map]

 4:30-6 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "In Defense of Collateral Evidence: Refugees and Post-Partition IDs in Delhi": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Talk by Azim Premji University (Bengaluru, India) political science professor Tarangini Sriraman.
4:30-6 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 615-4059. [map]

 5-8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Lenten Fish Fry: St. Mary Chelsea Knights of Columbus.

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Every Fri., Feb. 28-Apr. 3. Baked or fried Atlantic cod, baked potato, French fries or curly fries, salad bar, mac & cheese, grilled cheese sandwich, vegetarian soup, salad bar, beverage, & dessert. Raffle.
5-8 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. $11 (seniors 62 & older, $10; kids 6-11, $6; 5 & under, free). Carry out available. 475-7561. [map]

 5-6:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "After Hours Magic: The Gathering": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this popular collectible card game. Food.
5-6:30 p.m., Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required at, in person, or by phone. 429-5450. [map]

 5-9 p.m. (Canceled) 

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

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch the 2009 Japanese fantasy animation Ponyo (Mar. 13) and/or the 1993 drama movie Free Willy (Mar. 27), which tells the story of a boy who rescues a whale. Also, crafts and a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 5, 7:20, & 9:35 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Downhill": State Theater.

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(Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, 2020). A husband and wife reevaluate their lives after escaping an avalanche.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.

 6 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Teen STEAM Café: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Join us for interactive, lively discussions on STEM careers with professionals in various fields that you may have never heard about! Dinner and activities will also be incorporated into our TEEN ONLY Cafes!
YDL-Michigan Ave, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1329. [map]

 6 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: U-M Women's Lacrosse.

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Feb. 21: Louisville. 3 p.m.

Feb. 23: Colorado. Noon.

Feb. 29: Albany. Noon.

Mar. 15: Denver. 1 p.m.

Mar. 22: San Diego State. Noon.

Mar. 27: Ohio State. 6 p.m.

Apr. 9: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Apr. 25: Maryland. Noon.
Various times (see listing), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Online event: "Films in Competition 9: Animation": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Screenings of animated films. Tonight's program includes films about reflections and refractions of light, bones and tendons with their own agenda, and an exiled king. Watch at
6 p.m., Free.

 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Cheese Tasting: Fondue & Raclette": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of these Swiss melted cheese dishes.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45-$50, preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Tommye Blount: Literati Bookstore.

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This Detroit native reads from Fantasia for a Man in Blue, his debut poetry collection about desire and violence in the lives of queer black people. Signing.
7 p.m., 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Dance Mix 2020."

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Performances by various U-M student dance groups.
7 p.m., Power Center. $10.

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Quake": U-M Basement Arts.

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Mar. 27 & 28. U-M students perform Melanie Marnich's 2001 comedy about a young woman searching for the love of her life and the notorious serial killer who guides her through multiple relationships.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Sat.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin. Free. [map]

 7-9 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "So, You Want to Be a Beekeeper?": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Brief introduction to beekeeping.
7-9 p.m., Michigan Folk School at Staebler Farm County Park, 7734 Plymouth Rd. Free, preregistration required at 971-6337. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Tartuffe": EMU Theatre Department.

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Mar. 27-29 & Apr. 3-5. EMU theater professor Lee Stille directs EMU drama students in American poet Richard Wilbur's 1963 translation of Molière's savagely funny 1669 satire about a salacious scoundrel who masquerades as a holy man in order to seduce a man's daughter and con him out of his house. Also, a sensory-friendly performance (Mar. 29, 2 p.m.) for audiences sensitive to loud or bright events, and 2 wheelchair accessible performances (Mar. 28, 7 p.m. & Apr. 4, 2 p.m.).
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun. & Apr. 4), EMU Quirk Theater, 124 Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12) in advance at & at the door. 487-1220. [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)  Free! 

Canceled: "Old Fashioned": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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(Rik Swartzwelder, 2014). Rom-com. Discussion follows.
1129 Oak Valley Dr. 994-3387. [map]

 7 p.m. (Postponed)  Free! 

Postponed to date TBA: "Why I Fight": U-M Theatre Department.

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Mar. 26-29. U-M theater professors Gillian Eaton & Malcolm Tulip direct U-M drama students in their theatrical adaptation of James Munro Leaf's 2019 novelette exploring psychiatric treatment and the arts as paths to wellness. Followed by a panel discussion with health practitioners, U-M faculty, and creative artists, as well as those living with mental illness--all TBA. Moderated by U-M Prechter program director Melvin McInnis.
Keene Theater, 701 East University. Free. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Carmen Lynch: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 26-28. A Comedy Cellar regular, this young Spanish-American NYC-based comic has a dry sense of humor that she deploys on such matters as familial relationships, dating, and pets. Her monotone delivery is followed by a quick smile. 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. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Comedy Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Stand-up showcase featuring sets by Andrew Yang & other area comics, with jokes about everything from dating to mortality.
7:30 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free, donations suggested. [map]

 7:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "A Little Night Opera": EMU Music Department.

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Mar. 27 & 29. EMU voice professor Robert Peavler directs EMU opera students in their original opera based on songs and arias from an eclectic mix of operas, musicals, and pop hits.
EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-3827.

 7:40 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Oscar Shorts: Live Action"

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Screening of short 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]

 8 p.m. (canceled) 

Canceled James Galway: University Musical Society.

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Celebrated 80-year-old Belfast-born flutist whose superb technical skill and animated stage presence have earned him the nickname "the man with the golden flute." Galway is accompanied tonight in some works by his NYC-born wife, flutist Jeanne Galway. Piano accompanist is Michael McHale. Program: Francis Poulenc's Sonata for Flute and Piano, Gabriel Fauré's Fantaisie, Chaminade's Concertino, Franz Doppler's Andante and Rondo, Gossec's Tambourin, Marin Marais's Le Basque, Hamilton Harty's In Ireland, Fantasy, D. Overton's Four Irish Folk Songs, Pietro Morlacchi's Il Pastore Svizzero, and Franz & Karl Doppler's Rigoletto Fantasy.
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $15-$91 (students, $12-$20) in advance at, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: RFD Boys: The Ark.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have a new guitarist-mandolinist, Dan Roehrig, and they recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a new album, Still Delivering. Photo: Andy Rogers.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 at the door only. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Die Fledermaus": U-M Opera Theatre.

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Mar. 26-29. U-M voice professor Grant Preisser directs U-M opera & music students in Johann Strauss II's classic 1874 comic operetta. The fast-paced comedy of errors concerns a lavish masked ball at which white lies, disguise, and lust run rampant. Filled with broad comedy and Strauss's melodious, lilting waltzes (including the famous "Laughing Song"), Die Fledermaus has reigned as one of the most popular works in the operetta repertoire for some 130 years. With the University Philharmonia Orchestra.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), and 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $13) in advance at & the Michigan League Ticket Office, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Fri.-Sun., Mar. 27-Apr. 5. David Widmayer directs local actors in Anne Washburn's 2012 dark comedy about the evolution of pop culture into mythology. The play is set in a post-apocalyptic world where survivors' memories of an episode of The Simpsons become the basis for new forms of performance.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. Tickets $16.50 in advance at & at the door. 971-2228. [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]

 8-11:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Welcome English Dance": Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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English country dancing with Philadelphia caller Joanna Reiner and live music by Earl Gaddis, Debbie Jackson, and Matt McCoy. Part of "Melt into Spring" (see 28 Saturday listing).
8-11:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. $16. 717-8253. [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: Stephen Bishop: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This acclaimed pop-folk and soft-rock singer-songwriter shot to the top of the charts in the 70s with the hit "On and On," and penned hits for Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, & others. He also had a cameo as an aspiring folk singer in the 1978 film Animal House and wrote the theme for the 1982 film Tootsie.
FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Tickets $20 in advance at and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Online event: "A Concise History of American Progress": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Online afterparty celebration of today's Film Festival screenings. Join at
8 p.m., Free.

 9 p.m.-midnight (Canceled) 

Canceled: "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 & AACTMAD members, $4). (847) 757-0942. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Tim Monger

Engaging veteran local singer-songwriter-guitarist whose pop-rock Americana fuses high lonesome tunes with evocative tales drawn from ordinary life. Monger has a CD, Summer Cherry Ghosts, that calls "a sweetly nostalgic song cycle, filled with sketches of places and people he's loved, memories he treasures--in short, the ghosts of summers past." [venue info]

Blue LLama: Straight Ahead

Mainstream bebop and contemporary jazz by this highly regarded almost all-female Detroit quintet led by bassist Marion Hayden. With pianist Alina Morr, drummer Gayelynn McKinney, vocalist Kimberly Wright, and saxophonist Yancyy. $10-$30. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Adam Labeaux & the Cloudbuilders Adam Labeaux

Energetic folk-rock & soul band fronted by former Ragbirds guitarist Labeaux. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bill Edwards Bill Edwards

Veteran local country singer-songwriter whose songs have been covered by the likes of Lee Roy Parnell and T. Graham Brown. His collaboration with former Ann Arborite Whit Hill, "What'd I Do," was featured in the HBO series True Blood. [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: Chateau

Veteran pop dance band. [venue info]

Live: The Stomp Rockets The Stomp Rockets

Garage-rock quartet led by vocalist Dan Mulholland, the former leader of the Watusis, the Vibratrons, and several other great local rock 'n' roll bands. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Dave Solo

Originals and covers by this local singer-guitarist. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Dead Lennies

Lansing semi-acoustic trio that says their music sounds like "G. Love and Special Sauce knocked boots with The Misfits after a Beatles concert. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Working Girls

Detroit classic rock band. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Joel Palmer & Friends

Ensemble led by Palmer, a veteran Detroit singer-guitarist whose repertoire includes vintage and original blues, swing, and folk-style tunes. [venue info]


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