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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 28, 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. (Canceled)  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]

 8 a.m.  Free! 

Online event: "Films in Competition 10: Almost All Ages (Ages 6+)": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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A program of family-friendly films about an unusual antiques dealer, an enchanted fish, a piece of tofu that goes on a journey, and more. Watch at
8 a.m., Free.

 9 a.m.-4:15 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 a.m.-4 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Flea Market: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Mar. 28 & 29. Huge assortment of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, art, books, housewares, linens, tools, & more. On Sun. only, all items half off.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), 1830 Washtenaw. Free admission. 662-3279. [map]

 10-11 a.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled "Retro Butterfly Pendant Necklaces": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for teens & adults.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 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. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Gamers for Giving 2020": Gamers Outreach.

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Mar. 28 & 29. Thirty-six-hour video game bash with several tournaments. A benefit for Gamers Outreach, a charity that creates portable video game carts for children's hospitals.
10 a.m. Sat.-10 p.m. Sun., EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. Free for spectators; sold out for participants. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot around barricades at targets in a simulated self-defense scenario. Bring your own pistol and ammunition.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $25 per round. 645-3267. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: "Stomp Rockets."
Mar. 28 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) & 29 (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.-4 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Chill Chair Makeathon": Maker Works.

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All invited to help construct these comfy chairs with pull-down blinds for kids who frequently find their senses overwhelmed.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., 3765 Plaza Dr. Free, preregistration required at 222-4911. [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.-6 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: 8th Annual Spring Enlightened Soul Expo: Enlightened Soul Center.

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Mar. 28 & 29. Practitioners from around the Midwest offer psychic, channeled, tarot, and angel card readings, intuitive drawings, astrological charts, & more. Also, free talks on topics TBA and gallery readings by various mediums. Vendors with holistic and metaphysical products. Light snacks for sale.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $11 daily admission (college students, $8; teens, $5; ages 11 & under, free) & $16 weekend pass. Preregistration (with $1-$2 discounts) available at Additional cost for practitioner sessions. [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.-noon (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Ecology Center.

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All invited to pick up trash and make a magnet with an image of the center's mascot, Reco the Raccoon.
Gallup Park, meet at the park meeting rm. across from the canoe livery, 3000 Fuller. Free, preregistration requested at 369-9277.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Online event: "Films in Competition 11": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Screenings of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. Today's films feature invasive weeds, a hiking journey, & more. Watch at
10 a.m., Free.

 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 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Postponed) 

Postponed to date TBA: "48th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Ann Arbor Powwow": U-M and EMU Native American Student Associations.

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Mar. 28 & 29. Gathering of Native Americans from throughout the Great Lakes area with social dancing and demonstrations of different styles of Native American dance, including fancy, traditional, grass dress, and jingle dress. Dance contests in a variety of styles, featuring children and adults accompanied by Native American drumming ensembles. Grand entries on Sat. at noon & 7 p.m. and on Sun. at noon only. Display and sale of traditional crafts and food.
Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $10 (students/ seniors, $7; kids ages 6-12, $5) per day; $15 (students/seniors, $10; kids, $7) weekend pass; ages 5 & under and U-M students, free; group rates available. Tickets available at the door only. 408-1581. [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]

 11 a.m.-noon (canceled)  Free! 

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

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Local Arabic teacher and storyteller Heba Abdelaal tells stories and sings songs in Arabic. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley (Feb. 29) & AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower (Mar. 28). Free. 327-4200. [map]

 11 a.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]

 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]

 11:30 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]

 Noon-3 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Ancient Storytelling": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Canceled. Kid-friendly stories from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Near East, plus related activities & crafts and a chance to view current exhibits.
Noon-3 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 Noon  Free! 

Online event: "Films in Competition 12": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Screenings of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. Today's films feature a spirit living in an abandoned house, the closing of a beloved diner, and more. Watch at
Noon, Free.

 1-2 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Coloring Party: Mulan!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades K-5 invited to usher in Disney's new live-action fantasy film Mulan.
AADL Traverwood.

 1-4 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 28 & 29. Video game tournaments. Mar. 28: "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate." Mar. 29: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe."
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. 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]

 1:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Dungeons and Dragons": Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this popular fantasy roleplaying game. Food.
1:30 p.m., Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required at, in person, or by phone. 429-5450. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled "Bookmark Bonanza": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All ages craft.
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. 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]

 2-3 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Senior Recital: EMU Music Department.

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EMU senior and French horn player Briana Foreman plays a program of works by Mozart, Rossini, and Sinigaglia.
EMU Alexander Recital Hall, Lowell at E. Circle Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. (517) 290-0721.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Online event: "Home In the Woods": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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(Brandon Wilson, 2018). An immersive portrait of a forest from different perspectives and scales. Watch at
2 p.m., Free.

 2:30-5:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Board Game Afternoon": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to play board games, including Oregon Trail, Ticket to Ride, Yeti in My Spaghetti, Dominion, Sushi Go, Stratego, Grand Austria Hotel, Space Team, & more. Bring your own game, if you wish.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 3 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.

 3 p.m. (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]

 4-5:15 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "A Gift of Song": Threshold Singers.

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Canceled. This local choir performs a soothing program of lullabies, rounds, chants, and hymns from various cultures and spiritual traditions. Attendees are asked to arrive a little before the start time.
4-5:15 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. Free. 531-7960. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Online event: "Films in Competition 13": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Screenings of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. The films include stories about the release of an imprisoned woman, collective hypnosis, & more. Watch at
4 p.m., Free.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Online event: "Films in Competition 14": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Screenings of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. Tonight's films explore the loss of a mother, a spider in a dark basement, & more. Watch at
6 p.m., Free.

 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Cheese & Cider Pairing": Zingerman's Creamery.

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

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Drones, Weights, & Ashley's Date": Graeme Shields.

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This Cincinnati-based organist, founder of the Vital Organ Project, performs Ann Arbor-born composer Robert Ashley's The Entrance and works by contemporary composers George Crumb, Beth Anderson, & Richard Felciano, along with an original composition. Followed by an interactive talk (8 p.m.).

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Tambour from "amalgam" (2018/2019) by Graeme Shields (b.1992)

Xenoglossia (2017) by Benjamin R. Fuhrman (b.1982)

Tower of Power (1973) by Beth Anderson (b.1950)

Premonition (2012) by Jocelyn Morlock (b.1969)

*winner of the VOP 2019 Call for Scores

God of the Expanding Universe (1971) by Richard Felciano (b.1930)

The Entrance (1966) by Robert Ashley (1930-2014)

Pastoral Drone (1982) by George Crumb (b.1929)
7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 608 E. Williams. Free; donations accepted. 360-0998. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Into the Ruins of Modernity": Apollo's Troupe.

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Mar. 13, 20, & 28. This local theater company performs a stage adaptation of veteran poet Frederick Glaysher's 1999 collection about the terrors of the 20th century, the pain that people inflict on each other, and, ultimately, our deeper capacities for cooperation and peace.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at and at the door. 660-4037. [map]

 7 p.m. & 11 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 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)  Free! 

Canceled: "emPOWER": We Are Queens.

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This women student dance troupe performs original choreography exploring themes of collective & individual empowerment.
U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. Free. 763-5460. [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 p.m. (Canceled)(Postponed)  Free! 

Canceled: "4th Annual, USA Festival": Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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This showcase of local a cappella vocal groups features performances by the Boychoir of Ann Arbor, the Huron Valley Harmonizers barbershop chorus, U-M Jewish student ensemble Kol HaKavod, the Fabulous Silvertones (formerly The Generation Gap), the Out Loud Chorus quartet Queertet, & the award-winning Harmonizers quartet Chordiology. Followed by an open mic.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. Free, donations accepted. [map]

 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Blacksmith Shop Concert.: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization.

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Live music. Mar. 28: CutTime Simfonica. Classical and symphonic music TBA by this string & percussion ensemble of Detroit Symphony Orchestra members. Apr. 25: Working Class Tuba Quartet. Joyous brass selections TBA performed by this local ensemble of trombonist George Thompson and tuba players Vincent Humphrey, William Pemberton, & Michigan Chamber Brass director Michael Grant. May 30: The Raisin Pickers. Old-time jug band dance music, western swing, and newgrass by this Manchester-based string quintet.
7:30 p.m., Blacksmith Shop, 324 E. Main, Manchester. Tickets $20 in advance at 223-6876. [map]

 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Blacksmith Shop Concerts: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization.

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Acoustic shows by local musicians. Samples of local food and drink provided.

Sept. 28: The Smoking Dandies. Quartet that plays 1920s-40s jazz and swing, including music by Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, and others.

Oct. 26: Chelsea Chamber Players. Classical music ensemble of violinist & violist Ian Cumming, violinist Nathan Peters, violist David Schultz, cellist Sara Cumming, and bassist Jed Fritzemeier.

Nov. 23: Royal Garden Trio. Led by guitarist Brian Delaney, this Ann Arbor trio plays early jazz standards and Hot Club-style gypsy jazz. With cellist Michael Karoub and clarinetist and tenor guitarist Tom Bogardus. Jan. 25: Abigail Stauffer. Local singer-songwriter with a rich, resonant alto voice who's known for her piercing, emotionally direct pop-folk and pop-rock songs. She's accompanied by Dave the Cellist, a stage name of jazz cellist Dave Haughey.

Feb. 22: Ara Tapouzian. Traditional Armenian music by this Detroit musician who plays the kanun, a Middle Eastern lap harp/zither with over 76 strings, along with a variety of percussion instruments.

Mar.28, Apr. 25, & May 30 shows TBA.

7:30 p.m., Blacksmith Shop, 324 E. Main, Manchester. $18. 223-6876. [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) 

Canceled: CutTime Simfonica: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization Blacksmith Shop Concert.

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This string & percussion ensemble of Detroit Symphony Orchestra members performs a program TBA.
7:30 p.m., 324 E. Main, Manchester. $18. 223-6876. [map]

 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Caractères de la danse": Les Délices (Academy of Early Music).

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Founded by Handel & Haydn Society (Boston) baroque oboist Debra Nagy, this quartet is known for programs the New York Times calls "thematically concise, richly expressive, and featuring composers few people have heard of." Tonight's program of French Baroque music written for dancing includes Rebel's Caractères de la Danse, a scene from Rameau's Pigmalion, solo suites for oboe and viol by Philidor and Marais, and the earthy, rollicking dances of Boismortier's Ballets de Village. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program by the musicians.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. $30 (seniors, $25; students, $10) in advance by Mar. 20 at; $5 more after Mar. 9. 228-4338. [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 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: Billy King: Rancho Tranquilico.

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House concert. Pop-folk with roots-rock and country swing flavors by this talented veteran local singer-songwriter-guitarist. BYOB and a small folding chair. Water & cookies available.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), 11300 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $20 in advance at & (if available) at the door., 223-2321. [map]

 8 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: University Lowbrow Astronomers.

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A chance to join local astronomy buffs for a look at the sky through instruments. Participants encouraged to bring their own telescopes. Visitors must turn off all electronic equipment (car radios, transmitters, phones, etc.) at the observatory entrance. Canceled if sky is overcast at sunset or if the weather is extremely inclement. If in doubt, call 975-3248 after 4 p.m. day of event.
Sunset-12:30 a.m. or as long as the sky remains clear, Peach Mountain Observatory, North Territorial Rd. (about 1 1⁄4 miles west of Hudson Mills Metropark), Dexter. Free. 975-3248.

 8-11 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "9th Annual Melt into Spring English Country Dance Ball": Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Philadelphia caller Joanna Reiner leads dances to live music by Debbie Jackson, Earl Gaddis, and Matt McCoy. Preceded at 1 p.m. by dancing practice ($14; free with ball admission). Also, at 6 p.m., a catered dinner ($28; reservations required by Mar. 19).
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. $38 in advance at & $42 at the door. 717-8253. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Online event: "Dream Journal 2016-2019": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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(Jon Rafman, 2019). An experimental film made with amateur 3D modeling software, based on the artist's dreams and meant to portray the effects of information overload on our minds. Watch at
8 p.m., Free.

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Online event: "Sound and Image": Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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Online afterparty celebration of today's Film Festival screenings. With live music by musicians from the Blue Llama Jazz Club. Join at
8 p.m., Free.

 11:59 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "The Host": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2006). A monster emerges from Seoul's Han

River and begins attacking people.
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.: Matt Gabriel

Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Eagle Crest: Postponed: George Bedard & the Kingpins

Postponed to some future date TBA. Superfine honky-tonk dance tunes from swing to vintage blues, country, rockabilly, and early rock 'n' roll classics, with some memorable originals penned by guitar genius Bedard. With drummer Rich Dishman and bassist Randy Tessier. Bedard's tasty 2011 all-instrumental CD, Pickin' Apart the Past, includes "Minor Swing '65," Bedard's surf-music adaptation of a Django Reinhardt tune, and he has a new live CD, Further On, a collection of vintage and original blues that's highlighted by a show-stopping rendition of "Hawaiian Boogie." [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Olllam

This virtuosic transatlantic trio of Belfast-born uilleann piper John McSherry, a founding member of the legendary traditional Irish band Lúnasa, and 2 members of the former local Irish-worldbeat fusion band Millish--multi-instrumentalist Tyler Duncan and percussionist Michael Shimmin- is known for lush, trance-like instrumentals it calls "neo-acoustic Celtic post-rock … somewhere between Radiohead and Planxty." $25. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Sasha Masakowski

Traditional New Orleans jazz with a contemporary edge led by this widely acclaimed young New Orleans-bred vocalist. She is accompanied by her father, the renowned jazz guitarist Steve Masakowski, and her brother, bassist Martin Masakowski. $20-$40 7 & 9 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Bird into Bear

Highly regarded local acoustic roots-music folk- rock sextet, formerly known as Dragon Wagon, that calls its music "bluegrass folk-rock with a touch of Irish whiskey." [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: Chateau

Veteran pop dance band. [venue info]

Inverness Inn: Wicked Hipsters

Michigan rock 'n' roll band. 8 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Slowfoot

Old-school Detroit rock 'n' roll and blues-rock by this Waterford quintet. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: The Cool Birds

Ypsilanti old-time country, roots rock, and Americana band led by singer-guitarist Milan Seth. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Barker & Broski

Local proto-punk rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter duo of Michael Snyder-Barker and Chris Broski. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: John Remmers

Local ragtime pianist. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Spark Spark

Local quintet fronted by vocalist Robin Grant that plays mostly uptempo, danceable covers. With guitarists John Rasmussen & Joshua Killom, bassist Cy Klone, and drummer Jim Weyman. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Scissor Now!

Local sax-driven postpunk drum 'n' bass trio. Openers TBA. 8 p.m.- midnight. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Billy Brandt

Rootsy, country-flavored psychedelic folk-rock by this veteran Detroit singer-songwriter. He is accompanied by dobro player Dave Falk. [venue info]


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