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]
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]
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]
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. Contact@GamersOutreach.org. [map]
Every Sun. Local artists show how to make a lantern to carry in the FoolMoon processionals on Apr. 3. Materials provided. Refreshments.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Workantile, 118 S. Main. Free, donations accepted. WonderFoolProductions@gmail.com, 707-1099. [map]
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]
Postponed to date TBA: "48th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Ann Arbor Powwow": U-M and EMU Native American Student Associations.more >
Postponed to date TBA: "48th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Ann Arbor Powwow": U-M and EMU Native American Student Associations.< less
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]
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 EventBrite.com. Additional cost for practitioner sessions. EnlightenedSoulExpo.com. [map]
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 eventbrite.com; search for "caring bunny").
Briarwood Mall. Free admission, price of photos TBA. 769-9610. [map]
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]
(Nataliya Kharlamova, 2018). Documentary about a teenage girl in rural Russia struggling to keep her family together after her father's death. Russian, subtitles. Watch at aafilmfest.org
11 a.m., aafilmfest.org. Free.
Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. HAC-UltimateList@GoogleGroups.com, 846-9418.
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]
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
Local crafter Drew Hill shows how to crochet a small amigurumi bee as an introduction to this Japanese art of crocheting or knitting small stuffed toys. Previous crochet experience recommended.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Mar. 15, 18, 22, & 29. All invited to help prepare for the annual FestiFools parade on April 5. This year's theme, "Fossil Fools," celebrates Earth Day's 50th anniversary. Materials provided. Mar. 15: "Community Giant Puppet Build." Help make a big puppet for the parade. Mar. 18 & 22: "Make Your Own Puppet." Bring your own repurposed materials, if you like. Mar. 29: Make or add finishing touches to your own or the giant community puppet.
1-2:30 p.m. (Mar. 15 & 29), 6:30-8 p.m. (Mar. 18), 1-4 p.m. (Mar. 22), AADL Downtown Secret Lab (Mar. 15, 22, & 29), 1st fl. lobby (Mar. 22), & multipurpose rm. (Mar. 29), and Pittsfield (Mar. 18). Free. 327-4200. [map]
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]
Family concert by this veteran local acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits who recently celebrated their 70th birthdays. They offer sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about life's simple pleasures, performed on more than a dozen instruments.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (muto.umich.edu) and TheArk.org, & at the door. 761-1451. [map]
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]
(Carlos Conceição, 2019). Narrative film about a young man travelling through a post-disaster African landscape in search of his mother's ghost. Portuguese, subtitles. Watch at aafilmfest.org
1 p.m., aafilmfest.org. Free.
All invited to make a simple holder for pencils, makeup, toys, a tablet, or more.
AADL Malletts Creek.
Soprano Rayanne Dupuis and pianist Guy Livingston perform Poèmes libres de droits, a new song cycle by this Pulitzer-winning local composer, a U-M music professor emeritus whose music blurs the lines between cabaret, classical, musical theater, and country. The work is a setting of poems by the pioneering French modernist Guillaume Apollinaire.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com & at the door. 769-2999. [map]
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 Tickets.SMTD.umich.edu & the Michigan League Ticket Office, and at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 a2ct.org & at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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 EMUtix.com & at the door. 487-1220. [map]
Hike to look for signs of spring. Led by a WCPARC naturalist. Wear waterproof boots.
2-4 p.m., West Lake Preserve, 21598 Waterloo Rd, Chelsea. Free. 971-6337. [map]
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. email@example.com http:
All invited to discuss Arthur Conan Doyle's 1922 story in which a former American senator tasks Holmes to investigate the murder of his wife in order to clear his mistress of the crime.
Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. [map]
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]
MSU entomology grad student Gabriela Quinlan briefly discusses bees, followed by a group activity to make an attraction for bees for the Discovery Center prairie. Related materials provided to take home. Free.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted; preregistration required (space limited). $11 recreation passport required ($16 if purchased at the gate). 475-3170. [map]
Korean-language songs, stories, and crafts. For babies & preK (siblings welcome).
AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]
Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). email@example.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]
A chance for pets to take photos with the Easter Bunny. Pets must be on a leash or in a carrier and weigh less than 60 pounds.
6-7:30 p.m., Briarwood Mall. Free admission, price of photos TBA. 769-9610. [map]
Performances by singer-songwriters, who also tell the stories behind their songs.
(Canceled) Mar. 29 (6 p.m., $20): Don White. This veteran singer-songwriter from Lynn, Massachusetts, writes sharp-witted songs about everyday life that blend pathos, humor, and biting satire, and his live shows feature a lot of impromptu storytelling and comedy. His fans include Christine Lavin and Livingston Taylor, and he's released 4 acclaimed CDs, including the recent Winning Streak. Preceded by a workshop ($35) from 2-4 p.m.
(Canceled) Apr. 1: The Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers. This midwestern duo of guitarist-fiddler-vocalist Nikki Grossman & guitarist-mandolinist-vocalist Joe Hart performs original songs that blend humor, heartache, and Americana honky-tonk. An fRoots writer describes their music as "enchanting harmonies…note-perfect old-time fiddle playing…to be devoured by those who love old-time acoustic country music." Opener: Marty Kohn, a veteran local acoustic folksinger and guitarist who specializes in funny songs.
May 13: "Songwriters in the Round." With veteran folk-rocker Scott Fab, Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter Audra Kubat, sultry-voiced country-rocker Julianne Ankley, and David Rossiter, frontman of the classy local alt-country ensemble Hoodang.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., except as noted, Chelsea Depot, 12 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation, except as noted. 330-5226. [map]
Formal dinner buffet, social dancing, & performances by local and internationally acclaimed dancers, featuring New Jersey-based American smooth & theatrical dancers Travis & Jamie Tuft and aerial acts by A2 Aviary students & instructors. The program begins with a dance lesson by NYC-based ballroom instructor Mayo Alanen. Proceeds benefit Make LemonAide Foundation for Cerebral Palsy. Hors d'oeuvres.
Michigan Union Ballroom. Price TBA (for updates, see TheGreatestFundraiserShow.com). (269) 744-5381. [map]
Stephen Rush conducts this music student ensemble in a performance of its original score for Fritz Lang's 1927 silent film Metropolis, accompanied by a screening of the film.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]
Mar. 15, 22, & 29. Lectures by veteran poet Glaysher. Mar. 15: "The Function of Criticism." Mar. 22: "The American Journey into Ulro." "Ulro" is the spiritual abyss in the mythology of the English poet William Blake. Mar. 29: "Poetry in the Nuclear Age."
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) in advance at a2tix.com and at the door. 660-4037. [map]
Every Tues. & Sun. All invited to compete in a pinball tournament of 6 games, followed by a playoff between those in the top half. Prizes.
7 p.m., Pinball Pete's, 1214 South University. $2 entry fee plus the cost of games (75 cents to $1 per game). 213-2502. [map]
Philadelphia folk-based acoustic roots music duo of 2 singer-fiddlers who met when their regular bands shared a stage, Brian Buchanan of Enter the Haggis and Rose Baldino of Burning Bridget Cleary. Their unpredictable repertoire includes all-violin versions of such songs as "Sweet Child o' Mine" and "Take on Me."
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [map]
All women, trans, & nonbinary people invited to play improv games, or just watch.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. (989) 455-4484. [map]
Mar. 29 & 30. Music student ensembles perform original compositions and jazz standards.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]
Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends
Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes.
Bel-Mark Lanes: II-V-I Orchestra
Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late 1930s swing and 1940s R&B. This month the focus is on the mid- 20th-century composer-saxophonist/clarinetist Oliver Nelson. 6-8 p.m.
Blind Pig: Jack Harlow
All ages admitted. Young Louisville hip-hop rapper. Opener: Guapdad4000, the stage name of hip-hop rapper James Delgado. $22-$80. 8 p.m.-midnight.
Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience
With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. Also, different guest musicians each week.
Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session
All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session.
Habitat Lounge: Rob Crozier Trio
Jazz originals and standards by this local ensemble led by bassist Rob Crozier.
Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."
A house band--trumpeter Ingrid Racine, keyboardist Michael Malis, bassist Josef Deas, & drummer Jesse Kramer--is joined by a different guest each week. Tonight:saxophonist Marcus Elliot.
Ypsi Alehouse: Phil McMillion
Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 7-9 p.m.
Ypsi Alehouse: The Parsnips
Ypsilanti pop-rock quartet.
Zal Gaz Grotto: "Swing Night"
Swing dancing with the J.D. 8, a local ensemble, led by tubaist Chris Smith, that plays compositions & arrangements by the late U-M music professor James Dapogny, a renowned early-jazz scholar-pianist.
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