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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Preschool Storytime: Book Babies": Saline District Library.

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Story time for kids under 2 with a caregiver.
9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required at, in person, or by phone. 429-5450. [map]

 9:30 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 a.m.-noon (canceled) 

Canceled: Social Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservation required.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 10 & 11 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. (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 a.m.-noon (Canceled) 

Canceled: "OLLI Dialog: The Use of Medieval Mythology in Current Political Culture and Propaganda": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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Speaker Professor Martin Shichtman studies the ways by which medieval symbols have been embraced by political movements to represent uncorrupted purity. What's different about recent evocations of knightly signage is their visibility on the Internet where they have become weaponized to attract members and demean enemies.
The goal of the lecture is first to discuss symbols in the medieval period. The professor will then discuss how such symbols have resurfaced in the Nazi era and in the contemporary environment to serve the political and propaganda goals of various movements.
Dr. Martin B. Shichtman is Director of the Center for Jewish Studies and Professor of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. He has been a fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial and at Brandeis University's Schusterman Institute for Israel Studies. Dr. Shichtman is widely published the recipient of EMU's Distinguished Faculty Award and Alumni Assn. Award for Teaching Excellence.
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. $10. 7349989351. [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]

 10:30 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Toddler Story Time: Dexter District Library.

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30-minute storytelling programs with songs, puppets, finger plays, crafts, and other activities, for toddlers ages 18 months-3 years with a caregiver.
10:30 a.m., 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [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: "Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except June 9, and Apr. 11. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]

 11:30 a.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Preschool Story Time: Dexter District Library.

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30-minute storytelling programs with songs, puppets, finger plays, crafts, and other activities. For preschoolers ages 3-5 years.
11:30 a.m., 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Noon Lectures: U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.

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Mar. 10: UCLA contemporary Chinese culture studies professor Michael Berry on "Land of Ghosts: Rediscovering King Hu's Legend of the Mountain."

Mar. 17: U-M visiting political science professor Iza Ding on "Liberalism, Nationalism, and Paths out of Reforms: A Comparison of Late-Qing China and 19th Century Germany."

Mar. 24: Reed College anthropology professor Charlene Makley on "Oral History and Fugitive (Non)presence: The Afterlives of the Tenth Panchen Lama in China's Tibet."

Mar. 31: U-M LRCCS postdoctoral fellow Wen Yu on "Constructing a China: Nationalism and Culture in Modern History."
110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Adventure Time & Pizza": Dexter District Library.

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Teens in grades 5-12 invited to watch episodes of Adventure Time & do related crafts. Pizza lunch.
1-2:30 p.m., Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free, preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 2-3 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Craft Tube Monster": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for grades preK-3.
AADL Traverwood. Free.

 2-3 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Mermaid Party!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mermaid-themed crafts and music for kids in grades 1-5.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 2-2:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Puppet Show!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL storytellers present a puppet show for grades preK-3.
Downtown Multipurpose Rm.327-4200.

 4-5 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Painted Rock Cactus": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to paint a thorny friend onto a rock.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free.

 6-8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Sewing, Linoleum, Block Carving, & Laser Engraving Open Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Two hours of open access to various AADL machines & tools.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200.

 6-9 p.m. (Canceled) 

Postponed: "Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap tips.
Call for location. $2 monthly dues., 945-3035.

 6 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Turn the Page: The Bob Seger Story": Dexter District Library.

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Writer & musician Edward Balian discusses his new book about the career of this Ann Arbor-bred rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter.
6 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free, preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 6:30 p.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]

 6:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Trivia Night: Saline District Library.

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Teams and individuals welcome. Pizza, drinks, & dessert. Prizes.
6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free, preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: U-M Sustainable Food Systems Initiative.

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Mar. 10, 17, & 31. A series of lectures on food-related topics. Mar. 10: Soul Fire (NY) community farm cofounder Leah Penniman on "Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty." Mar. 17: Journalist Maryn McKenna on "Meat, Antibiotics, and the Power of Consumer Pressure." Her 2015 TED Talk "What do we do when antibiotics don't work anymore?" has been viewed 1.8 million times and translated into 34 languages. Mar. 31: University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food policy and Obesity director Marlene Schwartz on "Promoting Wellness Through the Charitable Food Systems."
Angell Hall Auditorium B. Free. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "International Transgender Day of Visibility": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion on difficulties & potential steps-forward in the trans community with local cartoonist Carta Monir, U-M grad student activist Vidhya Aravind, and local transgender woman Renée Cymry.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

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

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Canceled. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. $8 suggested donation (students, $4; ages 13 & under with caregiver, free). 665-7704. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Faith A. Pennick: Literati Bookstore.

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This LA-based filmmaker & writer reads from D'Angelo's Voodoo, her new book about neo-soul singer-songwriter D'Angelo's 2000 album.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. Men invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($214 annual dues). Newcomers should call in advance, 796-7467. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Melissa Storm: Nicola's Books.

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This bestselling fiction writer reads from The Sunday Potluck Club, her new feel-good novel about a group of women supporting each other after losing loved ones to cancer.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate. Free. 662-0600.

 7-9 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: New Horizons Band Rehearsal.

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Every Tues. All musicians invited to join this 60-member senior band. Bring a band instrument. Beginners welcome.
7-9 p.m., Liberty School band room, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. 276-6285. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "It Can Happen Here": Antisemitism, Gender, and the American Past: U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies 30th Belin Lecture:.

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Pamela Nadell, American University
30th David W. Belin Lecture in American Jewish Affairs
In 1942, an anonymous "Jewess," looking across the ocean, wrote "It Can Happen Here." Her cri de coeur, published in a New York women's magazine, pled with its readers to bring to an end to the "ever-increasing prejudice" she and her family faced. With antisemitism rising today at home and abroad, American University Professor Pamela Nadell, author of the award-winning America's Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today, discusses American Jewish women in the past facing antisemitism, how it affected their lives, and how they responded.
Palmer Commons, Forum Hall, 100 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 7347639047. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "The Kit House in America": U-M Library.

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Talk by Andrew and Wendy Mutch. They were owners of a 1926 Sears Hamilton (Novi) and are now working to preserve similar vintage prefabricated homes around Michigan.
7-8:30 p.m., U-M Clark Library, Hatcher Grad Library 2nd floor (enter from the Diag). Free. 647-0646.

 7 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. Open to all ages 18 & over. No partner needed. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd places.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Pinball League: Pinball Pete's.

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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]

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Presidential Power: How Much Power Does the President Really Have?": Ford Presidential Library.

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Talk by Harvard business and government professor Roger B. Porter.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]

 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism": U-M Digital Studies Institute.

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Harvard University business professor emerita Shoshana Zuboff discusses her 2018 book about the development of big tech companies like Google & Amazon. Signing.
Rackham Auditorium. Free. 764-3356. [map]

 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "The Mindfulness Movement": Michigan Theater.

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(Robert Beemer, 2020). Documentary.
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: "Open Stage Showcase": The Ark.

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Selected performers TBA from the past year of Ark Open Stages.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $10 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble founded by the late saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: "Groovy Tuesday"

Folk & blues Americana by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Mike Steele & Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]


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