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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 15, 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.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"As You Like It": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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U-M theater professor Malcolm Tulip directs musical theater students in an expressionist adaption of Shakespeare's pastoral comedy, a high-spirited exploration of the requirements of justice between lovers, brothers, friends, and rivals.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., available through May 19 online at (search "School of Music, Theatre & Dance"). Free.

 All day  Online 

"Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones and D-Main in the Waters": Michigan Theater Foundation Virtual Movie Palace.

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(Rosalynde LeBlanc, Tom Hurwitz, 2021). Online screening of this documentary that explores the making and legacy of D-Man in the Waters, a memorial dance for a former Bill T. Jones Dance company member that died from AIDS. Available for 48 after you start watching.
Online at $12 per film (for members, $10).

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"Don Pasquale": U-M Voice Department/University Symphony Orchestra.

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U-M opera lecturer Abbigail Coté directs musical theater students in a modern adaptation of Donizetti's 1842 boisterous comic opera about the miserly Don Pasquale and his nephew, Ernesto, vying for a crafty young woman. A small chamber orchestra conducted by U-M voice professor Kirk Severtson accompanies. Prerecorded in the Power Center over two successive nights, each featuring a different cast. Both casts' performances will be available to view simultaneously.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., available through May 21 online at (search "School of Music, Theatre & Dance"). Free.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Online 

"Heart Walk & 5K Run": American Heart Association Fundraiser.

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Noncompetitive walks of 1 and 3 miles to raise funds for heart disease research and education.
All day, any location. Fee TBA; for updates, see (586) 214-5124.

 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

"The Motherf**ker with the Hat": Rude Mechanicals.

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May 14-16. U-M student Sierra Miliziano directs fellow students in acclaimed playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis's raw, gritty 2011 drama about love, fidelity, and misplaced clothing. Prerecorded earlier this year, in-person on U-M campus.
Available for on-demand viewing all day May 14 through May 16, for URL see (search "Rude Mechanicals"). Free.

 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]

 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Annual Plant Sale & Dexter Green Day: Dexter Garden Club.

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Show and sale of a wide variety of hard-to-find perennials and native plants, as well as annuals, trees, and flowering shrubs. Master gardeners on hand to answer questions. Bring a wagon or box to hold your plants, if you'd like.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. (or until sold out), Monument Park gazebo, Dexter. Free admission. 673-9100. [map]

 9 a.m.-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Bloom Fest": Main Street Area Association.

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Samples and deals at various downtown restaurants and shops. See for a complete schedule.
9 a.m.-10 p.m., downtown. Free admission. [map]

 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]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Hike: Explore the Forest Floor": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Sean Severance leads a hike for kids ages 2-5 to learn about and collect many of the 6-legged, 8-legged, and no-legged critters that shred and decompose our woods. Program limited to 10 hikers; social distancing and masks required.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt Rd. Preregistration required for all age 2 & over at (search Activity #831003). Free. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

River Walk: Ann Arbor Parks Department.

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Self-guided 1.4-mile hike with 2 river crossings along a bend in the Huron River through Island Park, Cedar Bend Naturerea, and Fuller Park. Masks & social distancing required.
Meet at welcome table in Island Park (1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Lane) anytime between 10 & 11 a.m. Free., 794-6230.

 10-10:45 a.m.  Online 

"42nd Annual Walk & Wag": Humane Society of Huron Valley Benefit.

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Closing ceremony for this year's virtual program which encourages people to run or walk a 5k anywhere, anytime before May 15. Includes a short performance by Erin Zindle, the fiery fiddling frontwoman of the classy local progressive country-rock band the Ragbirds, along with a meet-and-greet with celebrity spokesdog and the chance to hear shelter stories from Humane Society staffers. Prizes.
For URL preregister by May 15 online at $39 fundraising minimum (enter code "Observer" to get 25 percent off); kids age 16 & under, free. 662-5585.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Family Nature Adventures: Water in Our World": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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May 12 & 15. WCPARC naturalists lead a family-oriented hike through a marsh and discuss how plants and animals (even humans) benefit from water and show how to make a mini watershed system in the sand. Limited to 10 people; masks required.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free, but preregistration required for all age 2 & over at [map]

 10 & 11 a.m. and noon 

"Young Outdoor Explorers: Stream Search": Hudson Mills Metropark.

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Ages 3-6 invited to explore the teeming life in a small stream using nets and magnifiers. Water shoes and masks required, and a towel and spare change of clothes recommended.
Park rapids view picnic area, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per kid; preregistration required by May 14, 4 p.m. 426-8211. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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U-M carillon students Kevin Lieberman, Deanna Shih, Abigail Findley, and Jenna Moon play a variety of tunes on this 17-bell chime. Preceded by a brief introduction.
Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. [map]

 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 

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

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Guy Sanville directs a livestreamed reading of Chicago-based playwright Alvaro Saar Rios's play about an inept son, his jealous brother, and their estranged sister who try to run the family brewery after the sudden death of their father. Post-performance talkback with the cast.
For URL preregister at Free. 475-8732.

 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

"1300 Marketplace."

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Show and sale of handmade jewelry, bath and body products, & candles and other home decorations by 20 area vendors.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) and noon-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood Mall, JC Penny court. Free admission. [map]

 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Affinity: Professional Creative Suite": MacTechnics.

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MacTechnics secretary Keith McConnelly, an avid photographer, demonstrates how to use this new image-editing software for users of all levels. Mac questions of any kind welcome.
For URL email Free.

 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! 

"Birding Basics": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring offers a hands-on intro to the basics of identifying birds based on habitat, markings, and sounds. She also discusses what to look for in a good pair of binoculars, which are provided. Limited to 10 beginner birders.
Meet at Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free, but $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Bonus Stewardship Saturday": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help remove invasive species to improve the habitat for native plants and animals. Be prepared for light hiking and off-trail working; no prior experience or tools necessary. Social distancing and face coverings required.
Weatherbee Woods Preserve, 8740 Warren Rd., Superior Twp. Free, but preregistration required at [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 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]

 1-2 p.m.  Online 

"Meet the Maker: Daphnis and Chloe Tea and Herb Tasting": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Evangelia Koutsovoulou, founder of the small-batch herb and spice shop Daphnis and Chloe (Greece), discusses her company and its products with Deli managing partner Grace Singleton and Deli tea buyer Jackson Konwinski. At-home tasting kit ($25) available.
For URL preregister at $15 per person. 663-3354.

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Baseball.

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The season's schedule includes 3-game home series livestream only from Ray Fisher Stadium.

Apr. 9-11 Ohio State.

Apr. 23-25: Rutgers.

May 14-16: Indiana.

May 21-23: Maryland.

Various times, online at Free. 764-0247.

 2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Virtual Caricature Drawing Workshop by Alex Thomas: Dexter District Library.

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Learn to draw fun caricatures of some of your favorite characters led by a puppet instructor! Whether you are just beginning or more advanced, this workshop will teach you the tips, tricks, and techniques of caricature drawing! Registration is required on the Dexter District Library website. Participants will be emailed a Zoom link prior to May 15.
Dexter District Library, Dexter. Free. Online. 734-426-4477.

 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.

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Power of Flowers Mindfulness Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Mindful City Ann Arbor cofounder Julie Woodward leads a walking-meditation hike while WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle discusses a bit of the surrounding botany. Limited to 10 people; masks required.
Park Lyndon South, North Territorial 15 miles west of US-23. Free, but preregistration required at

 2:30 & 5 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.

 4:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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June 12 & 19. Socially distanced casual performances by various local musicians, including U-M music, theater, and dance students, NCC resident musicians, and others. Open windows for cross ventilation, so dress accordingly. Masks required.
4:30 p.m. (doors open at 4:20 p.m.), Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Free. 649-7948, [map]

 Evening times TBA 

Films at the Michigan Theater Foundation.

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In-person screenings every Sat., Sun., and Tues. at the Michigan Theater and every Fri.-Sun. at the State Theatre. For complete, updated schedule, see Masks required; reduced capacity. Concessions closed during screenings, but a small take-home popcorn is available post-film.
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.

 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Josh Adams: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 14 & 15. Adams is a nationally touring Detroit comedian known for his clever observational humor who's won the prestigious Showtime at the Apollo competition during the 2nd season of BET's Apollo Live. "There are not too many people who can take a scary, embarrassing, or awkward moment in their lives and make it funny quite like Josh Adams," says comic Paolo Busignani. 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.  Online 

"Working": Community Ensemble Theatre.

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Quinn Strassel directs Community High students in a prerecorded production of Gordon Greenberg's 2012 reworking of Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso's 1977 Broadway musical, adapted from Studs Terkel's book, a chronicle of a day in the life of 26 typical American workers. Cast: Sadie Barber, Dé Barney, Cecelia Brush, Oliver Campeau, Mali Chappell-Lakin, Henry Connor, Lucas Connor, Lila Fetter, Matthew Gallego-Strasma, Leyla Gultekin, Eliahna Heimann, Bruno Hohn, Jeremy Klooster, Ebie Lamb, Jasmine Lowenstein, Nadya Matish, Ana Morgan, Matthew Neal, Evan Rago, John Reed, Gabe Semrau, Lily Sickman-Garner, Rin Simmons, Claire Steigelman, Ethan Steiner, Sadie Todd, and Jasmine Williams.
For URL and tickets (adults, $10; students, $8; households, $20), see

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 7-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Canceled: "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.


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Organissimo

Veteran Lansing jam-oriented jazz ensemble led by Hammond B3 organist Jim Alfredson.$125 ( includes dinner) in advance at 6- 11 p.m. [venue info]


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