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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 1, 2021

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight 

12th Annual Ride for Recovery: Dawn Farm Fundraiser.

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Apr. 25-May 25. Ride, run, walk, or roll from any location. Entry fee includes a race bib, event shirt, and a finisher medal.
All day, anywhere. $25 registration required at, 485-8725.

 All day  Free!  Online 

Tunde Olaniran: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.

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Apr. 30-May 10. Detroit video artist Oren Goldenberg directs a multimedia performance by Flint singer-songwriter Olaniran, a current UMS artist-in-residence, who describes their electronic pop music as "the lovechild of Prince, Kanye West, and Kraftwerk."
Available online all day April 30 through May 10 at Free. 764-2538.

 All day  Online 

"Virtual Movie Palace": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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New titles available all month online at for 48 after you start watching. Remainder May schedule online. $12 per film (for members, $10).

"Oscar Shorts" Screening of Oscar-nominated animated, documentary, and live action short films.

"This is Not a Burial, It's A Resurrection" (Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, 2020). Drama about an old woman in a small Lesotho village who prepares for her death, drawing from the respect of her community, traditions of her ancestors, and courage of her convictions. Southern Sotho, subtitles.

"The Man Who Sold His Skin" (Freida Lee Mock, 2021). (Kaouther Ben Hania, 2020). Drama about a young Syrian refugee who agrees to have his back tattooed by a sulfurous artist. Arabic, French, and Flemish; subtitles.

"The Mole Agent" (Maite Alberdi, 2020). Documentary, filmed with a hidden camera in decoy glasses, about a recent Chilean widower who responds to an ad to pose as a resident of a nursing home to see if he can find signs of suspected neglect. Spanish, subtitles.

"Slalom" (Charlène Favier, 2021). Drama about a young girl training as a professional skier under the guidance of a strict ex-champion. French, subtitles.
$6-$12 per film. Online at for 2-10 days after you start watching.

 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 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Rain, snow, or shine.
6 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]

 9 a.m.-noon 

Just Between Friends Sale.

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Apr. 29-May 2. Show and sale of maternity items, baby and children's clothes, toys, and baby gear.
Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free, but $3 "priority pass" allows you to cut the line if capacity is full and there is a wait. Preregistration required at [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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May 1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 22, & 23. 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.

May 1: Huron Parkway Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon) and Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m.).

May 2: Leslie Woods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon) and Argo Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

May 8: Brokaw Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon) and Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

May 15: Buttonbush Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon) and Oakwoods Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

May 16: Cedar Bend Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

May 22: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon) and Barton Nature Area (1-4 p.m.).

May 23: Black Pond Woods Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon) and Onder Park (1-4 p.m.).

Various times & locations; specific meeting spots identified after preregistration (required) at (click on "NAP Workdays"). Free. 794-6627.

 9 a.m.-noon or so  Free!  Online 

"The Fight for the Right to Organize: From the Wagner Act to the PRO Act": Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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Panel discussion featuring Huron Valley Area Labor Federation president Ian Robinson and others TBA on the growing gap between workers' legal right to organize and workplace realities. Also, congresswoman Debbie Dingell and local state representative Donna Lasinski give an update on federal and state happenings and Washtenaw County Commissioner Justin Hodges discusses recent initiatives from his office.
For URL see; available for on-demand viewing on YouTube (search "Washtenaw Dems"). Free. 883-8250.

 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.-7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Arbor Day Free Tree Giveaway": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations.

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Pick up a conifer seedling to plant.
For location see Preregistration required. Free.

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Heckuva Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a 3-mile hike through one of the most botanically rich areas in the county, featuring more than 260 species of wildflowers. Limited to 10 people; masks required.
Meet at Sharon Mills County Park, north lot, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. Free, but preregistration required at [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed. & Sat. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal plays tunes on this 17-bell chime.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Susan Hamady: The Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Show and sale of works by this local mixed-media painter.
Gutman Gallery, 118 N. 4th Ave. Free. [map]

 11-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Saturday Show": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers host a variety show for kids grades preK-5. This week's theme is "Backwards Day!"
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 Noon-3 p.m. 

"World Labyrinth Day: Labyrinth Walk": 7 Notes Natural Health.

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World Labyrinth Day is an international annual event founded by The Labyrinth Society (TLS) in 2009. This year, 7 Notes Natural Health is excited to host a labyrinth walk on our new 9 foot portable 3-circuit labyrinth on World Labyrinth Day. Individual appointments are available or family groups may come and walk the labyrinth together. 30 minute blocks of time will include:
- a brief centering activity with goal or intention setting.
- opportunity to walk the labyrinth, quietly meditate, or focus on setting a goal.
- live sound bath meditation by Rob Meyer-Kukan while you walk the labyrinth.
- a Random Act of Love care package to take home, including a finger labyrinth for at home labyrinth exploration.
Registration can be found on the website listed in this event.
COVID precautions are listed on the events page and will be in place during the entire event.
7 Notes Natural Health, 3830 Packard Road, Suite 120. $20 for individuals: $45 for families. 248-962-5475. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Arena Rock Seasonal Show": School of Rock Ann Arbor.

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Performances by adult and student rock bands. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Noon, School of Rock lawn, 6101 Jackson. Free. 686-3333. [map]

 Noon  Online 

"Trial by Jury" and "Cox and Box": U-M Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

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Apr. 30-May 2. This popular local troupe premiers 2 one-act comic operas, prerecorded and edited into a film. Lori Gould directs Trial by Jury (1875), Gilbert & Sullivan's earliest surviving collaboration. The plot, a lampoon of a breach-of-promise trial, is one of Gilbert's zaniest and most biting satires. Subtitled A Dramatic Cantata in One Act, it contains not a word of spoken dialogue, but its score features some of Sullivan's best operatic parodies, including a marvelous spoof of Handel. Adellyn Geenen directs Cox and Box, a musical adaptation of John Maddison Morton's immensely popular Victorian farce about a conniving landlord who rents an apartment to 2 different tenants, one who works days and one who works nights-and both of whom are also unwittingly engaged to the same woman. Although it formed part of the D'Oyly Carte Company's regular repertoire, Cox and Box (1866) is not a Gilbert & Sullivan collaboration. F. C. Burnham, later the editor of Punch, wrote the script to go with a Sullivan score that sparkles with an exuberance and freshness evocative of English music halls.
On-demand viewing starts at noon and is available for 12 hours, for URL see Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $10; household of 4 or less, $15; group viewing of 4 or more, $20.

 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]

 1-2:30 & 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including Tulip the kangaroo, dingoes, blue tongued skink, and a bearded dragon. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including an albino alligator, and binturongs. Masks required.
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]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Spring Color Walk": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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A 1-mile walk on the nature trail. Participants are doused with colored powder along the way. T-shirts. Staggered start times to enforce social distancing; masks required.
Park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $7. Preregistration required by Apr. 30, 4 p.m. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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May 1, 8, 15, & 22. Livestream docent-led themed tours. Q&A.

May 1: "Egyptian Burial Practices and the Afterlife."

May 8: "Animals in the Ancient World."

May 15: "Goddesses of the Kelsey Museum."

May 22: "A Brief History of Ancient Egypt in 6 Objects."

For URL see Free. 764-9304.

 3 & 7 p.m. 

"Walking With Herb": Fathom Events.

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(Ross Kagan Marks, 2021). Chosen by God, an unremarkable man competes in a world championship golf tournament. Masks required at all times except when eating concessions.
3 p.m. (Sat. only) and 7 p.m. (Sat. at Emagine only and Mon.). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500). [map]

 4:10 & 7:10 p.m. 

"Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street": State Theatre.

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(Marilyn Agrelo, 2021). Documentary featuring interviews with the producers, artists, writers, and teachers who created Sesame Street.
Movie tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 4:20 & 7:20 p.m. 

"Together Together": State Theater.

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(Nikole Beckwith, 2021). Lighthearted drama about a young loner hired as the gestational surrogate for a single man in his 40s.
Movie tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train": State Theatre.

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(Haruo Sotozaki, 2021). Anime adventure about a boy on a quest to fight demons after they brutally murder his family and turned his sister into one of them. Japanese, subtitles and dubbed (different showings).
Movie tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door.

 4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Saturday Slam!/Open Mic!": Northside Community Church.

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Every Sat., except May 29 Socially distanced performances by various local musicians, featuring U-M music, theater, and dance students, NCC resident musicians, and others TBA. Open windows for cross ventilation, so dress warmly. Masks required.
4:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:20 p.m.), Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free, but preregistration required by leaving a voice or text message at 649-7948 or emailing [map]

 7-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

TriviaTime!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sat. & Wed. Local sisters Katie and Abbie throw out themed questions for anyone to answer in the YouTube chat box.
Online at Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Online 

"Ties That Bind: A Trio of One-Acts": EMU Theatre Department.

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Apr. 23-25 & 30 and May 1 & 2. EMU theatre arts professor Pirooz Aghssa directs EMU students in recorded productions of 3 short dramas by playwrights from marginalized communities. Maria Irene Fornes's Drowning (1980s) is an adaptation of the Chekhov story on rejection, Doug Wright's On Facebook (2013) is about a politicized online conversation on gay marriage, and Matthew Lopez's The Sentinels (2020) is about 3 widows of men who died in the 9/11 attacks.
For URL & tickets ($10) see 487-1220.

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum & Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Drumming led by percussionist Curtis Glatter and undirected free-form dancing. Bring your own drum or borrow a sanitized drum from the center. No experience necessary. Masks required; capacity limited to six people.
Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd, ste. 1. $5 suggested donation. Preregistration required by emailing or calling 972-6098. [map]

 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Funny Four Team": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 30 & May 1. Four Detroit-area comic headliners with ranging styles. Bill Hildebrandt is known for his clever, good-natured, often surprising topical and observational humor, Sal Demilio draws much of his material from his experiences growing up in an Italian American family, Jef Brannan is a fast-paced, good-natured performer who mixes song parodies with lots of raunchy one-liners, jokes, and jabs at his audience, and Bob Phillips is a contributing writer to Funny or Die who blends together observational, topical, and political humor. 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]

 8 p.m.  Online 

Season Finale with Perry So: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Boston-based So, a former Hong Kong Philharmonic conductor, leads string and percussion chamber ensembles from the orchestra in Beethoven's Grosse Fuge, Bartók's Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta, and Heinrich Biber's Battaglia. Prerecorded in the Michigan Theater.
On-demand viewing available through June 30. For URL and tickets ($50) see 994-4801.


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Blue LLama: Organissimo

Lansing jam-oriented jazz trio led by Hammond B3 organist Jim Alfredson. According to Jazzweek, the band "stretches the boundaries of the traditional organ trio with bits of funk, blues, Latin, groove, and New Orleans influences." With With guitarist Larry Barris and drummer Randy Marsh. $70. 5:30 & 8:30 p.m. [venue info]


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