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Calendar of Events

Saturday, April 17, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

András Schiff: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Apr. 8-18. Prerecorded performance from the Church of St. Peter in Zurich, Switzerland by one of the best pianists of his generation, Schiff is known for a polished style that combines a joyous sparkle with an intuitive discernment that teases out musical details other pianists miss. "Among current piano titans, Sir András Schiff is the Zen master," says a San Jose Mercury News review. "He is both utterly relaxed and absolutely awake … Listening to Schiff play is like looking into a running stream and seeing all the colorful, round pebbles beneath the water." Program: Bach's Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue and Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor and No. 26 in E-flat major, and Schumann's Arabeske in C major.
Available anytime from 7:30 p.m. Apr. 8 through Apr. 18. Online at Free. 764-2538.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"House of Hummingbird": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies "Korean Cinema NOW."

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(Bora Kim, 2018). Coming-of-age tale set in 1994 Seoul about a lonely, awkward teenager struggling to figure out who she is. Available for on-demand viewing 72 hours after you start watching. Korean, subtitles.
For URL, make a customer account at, then visit the "Korean Cinema Now" tab for rental options.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Laramie Project": U-M Basement Arts.

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Apr. 16-18. U-M sophomore Sam Aupperlee directs students in a virtual production, prerecorded over Zoom, of Moisés Kaufman's 2000 docudrama featuring townspeople's reactions to the 1998 murder of a gay University of Wyoming student in Laramie (WY).
Available for on-demand viewing Apr. 16, 7 p.m. through Apr. 18 at midnight, online at Free.

 7 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Breathe with the Wind: Sound Ceremonies": U-M Music School.

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Apr. 11-18. U-M music grad Akari Komura presents her thesis project, a site-specific sound installation featuring wind chimes and wooden disks accompanied by written instructions encouraging meditative breathing and awareness of the wind and the rest of nature. Also, from 2-3 p.m. on April 11 and 18 only, 10 student and alumni musicians perform Komura's original acoustic composition while strolling the green. Bring a blanket or chair, if you'd like. Mask required.
Thurston Nature Center, 2398 Yorktown Dr. Free. [map]

 8 a.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]

 8:45-11:45 a.m.  Online 

"Women Together 2021: Engaged, Energized, and Empowered": American Business Women's Association.

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Two talks, each followed by a Q&A. Socializing. With The Writing Pad (Georgia) CEO Deborah Johnson-Blake on "6 Effective Strategies to E.N.G.A.G.E. to Stay in the Game," and Florida-based professional development trainer Maria Martinez on "5 Lessons on How to Develop and Nurture the Leader in You."
For URL preregister by Apr. 15 at $29 per person.

 9 a.m.-noon 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 11, 17, 18, 22, 24, & 25. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver.

Apr. 11 (1-4 p.m.): Folkstone Park.

Apr. 17 (9 a.m.-noon): Berkshire Creek Nature Area.

Apr. 18 (9 a.m.-noon): Lakewood Nature Area.

Apr. 22 (1-3 p.m.): Celebrate Earth Day at Furstenberg Nature Area.

Apr. 24 (various times): Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), Bluffs Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), and Sunset Brooks Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

Apr. 25 (1-5 p.m.): Celebrate Global Youth Service Day at Marshall Nature Area.

Various locations. Free, but preregistration required at (click on "NAP Workdays"). 794-6627.

 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Classic French Macarons - Bake-Along Online Class": Rec & Ed.

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Remove the mystery of one of the world's most amazing pastries as Chef Natalie teaches you the skills and insider tips you need to make the best macarons at home! First, you will work on correct measurements, making the perfect meringue, folding and 'macaronage' techniques, as well as piping and baking. Then, you will make two simple, but delicious fillings to celebrate Spring. This is a virtual bake-along class, which means you are baking along with Chef Natalie, and will be able to have questions answered in real time. Only one registration is needed per household - additional members of your household may participate at no cost! Ingredient list will be emailed one week prior to class. Natalie Marble is a chef and culinary instructor celebrating 20 years of experience, she attended culinary school in Washington, D.C., worked for a James Beard Award winning chef, and was the founder of Ann Arbor Cooks. Go to to register.
Online. Online. $49. 734-994-2300.

 10 a.m. 

"Sign Language for Families": Early Childhood Division Rec & Ed, First Steps.

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Empower your baby or toddler to communicate more effectively, expressing their joys and needs more clearly and with decreased frustration. Limited only by the comparatively slower development of speech, babies have the cognitive-memory capacity to communicate language as early as 6 months of age, and the gross-motor skills and hand-eye coordination to sign. Giving your child a means to communicate reduces misunderstandings and crying, prevents tantrums and eliminates the need to guess what your child is trying to tell you. Baby signers reap the benefits from signing beyond babyhood, including advanced language development, higher self-esteem, feeling confident in their ability to communicate and the comfort of forming deep familial bonds. In this outdoor class, learn a library of baby signs as well as methods for teaching and encouraging communication with your baby through sign discussions, observations, songs and play alongside other families.
Windemere Park, 3725 Windemere Dr. Ann Arbor 48105. $99. 734 994 2300 X 0. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Preschool Hike: Wake Up Spring": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, invited to look for signs of spring using a wand with color ribbons. Led by naturalist Shawn Severance. Masks required.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free, but preregistration required for all age 2 & over on (search activity #831003). [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Spring Egg Hunt": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Families invited to learn about local bird species and how to identify their eggs. Then set off on a scavenger egg hunt. At the end of the hunt, eggs are exchanged for candy. Social distancing and masks required.
Independence Lake County Park beach center pavilion, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $5 per household of 4 people or less, preregistration required at (search activity #IL461100). 971-6337. [map]

 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Young Outdoor Explorer's: Sounds of Spring": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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A park naturalist leads a short hike for kids ages 3-6 to listen for signs of spring. Masks required.
$5 per person, Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Preregistration required by Apr. 16, 4 p.m online at 426-8211.

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Death Cafe.

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All invited to join a frank conversation (via Zoom) about death. Hosted by The Dying Year owner Merilynne Rush, Diana Cramer and Rachel Briggs.
For URL email Merilynne at Free.

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Deadline": The Purple Rose Theatre Company/Chelsea District Library.

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Guy Sanville directs a virtual reading of Marcia Kash & Douglas E. Hughes' comedy thriller about 2 playwrights who unintentionally enter into the world of a script they're trying to finish. With David Bendena, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Brian Letscher, Rusty Mewha, Michelle Mountain, and Rhiannon Ragland. Post-performance talkback with the cast.
For URL preregister at Free. 475-8732.

 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Common Cycle Used Bike Sale: Clark E McCall.

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Common Cycle, the Ann Arbor Bicycle Co-op, will hold a used bike and parts sale on Saturday, April 17 from 11am-2pm. There will be about 120 bikes for sale. The bikes have been repaired and tuned up as needed so they are ready to ride. Prices for most adult bikes range from $40 to $250. There will be some childrens bikes, too.
The money from the sale will be used to fund Common Cycles operations such as classes, workshops and the bicycles they provide at no cost to local service organizations such as Jewish Family Services, Washtenaw Refugee Welcome, Offender Success program, etc.
The sale will be April 17, 2021 from 11am-2pm at the Common Cycle office, 416 W. Huron St., #11 Ann Arbor, a block from the AA YMCA. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.
Covid safety practices will be used. A limited number of people will be allowed to view bikes at any one time so there may be some waiting to browse bikes.
Car parking is available at the city parking lot at First and Huron St.
Common Cycle, 416 W. Huron St. #11. Free. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Linda Klenczar: Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Show and sale of works by this area artist who's known for her pastel landscapes.
Gutman Gallery, 118 N. 4th Ave. Free. [map]

 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Apple Race Equity and Justice Initiative": MacTechnics.

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MacTechnics Apple systems trainer Christopher Anderson discusses Apple's business model, and MacTechnics education VP Fred Seitz offers "Expanded Demos" on various Apple apps, including Mac-Emoji Menu+, Video Duke, Downie, and more. Mac questions of any kind welcome.
For URL email Free.


'Meadows Lash Training & Education": The Brow Bar.

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Ally Meadows will be offering lash extension classes at the Brow Bar for classic and volume lashes, as well as lash lifting. She will also offer hourly consultations for lash artists on whatever they want to learn.
Call to book
The Brow Bar, 207 E Ann St. Hourly private classes $150/hr. 734-834-2070. [map]

 Time TBA  Free! 

"Waiting for Godot": U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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Apr. 17 & 18. U-M drama lecturers Kate Mendeloff and Martin Walsh codirects RC students in Samuel Beckett's Modernist classic, a tragicomic requiem about 2 lost souls and old friends patiently awaiting the arrival of the mysterious Godot. The characters resort alternately to vaudevillian slapstick and theological introspection in an effort to fill up the interminable vacancy of their lives. Some scenes are performed live and some remotely. If a live audience is able to be accommodated, masks & social distancing required.
Time and online location TBA. Free. 647-4354.

 12:30 p.m.  Online 

"Yoga Sticks and Clicks": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Now that the weather is starting to warm up, join Mota Thai Yoga outside at West Park for Yoga Sticks and Clicks every Saturday from 12:30-1:30pm (weather permitting). This hybrid class is a combination of yoga, cardio drumming, and pound. Bring a yoga mat and a water bottle and (optional) ball and bucket and/or drum sticks.
There is a parking lot at 215 Chapin St, or street parking is available on N 7th St between Miller Ave and Huron St. The class will take place next to the amphitheater.
Hope to see you there! Pre-register at Questions? Email us at
West Park, 215 Chapin St. Online. Donation. $10-$20. [map]

 1 & 3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Softball.

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April's home schedule includes 4-game series livestream only from Alumni Field.

Apr. 16-18: Maryland, 4 p.m. (Fri.), 1 & 3 p.m. (Sat.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.)

Apr. 23-25: Northwestern, 6 p.m. (Fri.), 1 & 3 p.m. (Sat.), & noon (Sun.).

May 14 & 16: Rutgers. 4 p.m. (Fri.), 2:30 & 5 p.m. (Sat.), and 12:30 p.m. (Sun.).

Online at 764-0247.

 1-2:30 p.m. & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to Africa (June) and North America (July). Guests invited to view other animals on display, including macaws, sloths, and more. Also, an alligator feeding demo at 3 p.m.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Michigan Quarterly Review Spring 2021": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Several writers discuss and/or read from their contributions to the new MQR issue. Q&A.
Online at Free, but donations accepted. 585-5567.

 7-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Deer Resistant Gardening": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Talk by Sandy Baker, a Humane Society of the U.S. consultant often referred to as "The Deer Doctor." Q&A.
For URL see Free. 661-3575.

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Sweet Delilah Swim Club (formerly Dixie Swim Club)": Pinckney Players Theatre Group.

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The Sweet Delilah Swim Club
(formerly Dixie Swim Club)
Written by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten
Everyone involved in The Sweet Delilah Swim Club cares deeply about the health and safety of our audience, cast, and crew. We will follow all restrictions currently in effect for the performances, and our ticket purchasing system is configured to assign seats following social distance guidelines. Rest assured your return to the theater will be stress-free and fun!
Return to the theater with this hilarious and touching show featuring five southern women whose friendships began on their college swim team and who meet every summer for a reunion at the same beach cottage in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The show focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years.
Ticket Info
Purchase socially distanced tickets online at Seat Yourself:
Jane Tasch Theater for the Performing Arts, 2130 E M-36 Pinckney, MI 48169, Pinckney. $12-$14. 734-702-7722. [map]

 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

David Dyer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 16 & 17. This polished Grand Rapids comic, a contributing writer to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, offers unexpected takes on everything from marriage and raising kids to current events and ear hair. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Masks required, except when eating or drinking.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and 9:30 p.m. (Sat. only), 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door (capacity reduced)., 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Stephen Kellogg: The Ark.

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7:30 p.m., for livestream URL see Free. 761-1451.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (,, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Cécile McLorin Salvant and Kurt Elling: University Musical Society.

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Two modern jazz giants perform in a double-bill event at the Michigan Theater. Kurt Elling brings his quartet, and Salvant appears with her own ensemble for separate sets - and perhaps a collaborative finale.
Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $12-$60. 734-764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Ordinary Elephant: The Ark.

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Husband-and-wife Americana roots-music singer-songwriter duo that cites Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, and Anais Mitchell as influences. "Hand-in-glove harmonies surprise the listener with focused intensity and musical mastery," says Mary Gauthier. PopMatters critic Ed Whitelock calls their 2019 album Honest "one of the best folk duo records I have heard in years."
8 p.m., for URL and tickets ($15 per person, $25 per household), see 761-1451.


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Kris Kurzawa Quartet

Local quartet guitarist Kurzawa that plays jazz, soul, and avant-funk covers and originals. $125 (in advance only at includes 7 & 8:30 p.m.sets and a 7-course dinner; $10 (available at includes livestream access only to 8:30 p.m. show. 6-10 p.m. [venue info]


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