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Calendar of Events

Saturday, May 22, 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 

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

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U-M theater professor José Casas's playwriting students direct fellow students in their original works.
On-demand viewing starts at 8 p.m., available through May 26 online at (search "School of Music, Theatre & Dance"). 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.-noon  Free! 

"A Happy Little Tree Planting": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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May 22 & 25. All invited to help plant saplings with WCPARC stewardship manager Allison Kreuger. Dress for off-trail work and muddy conditions. Masks required.
Sharon Mills County Park, 5701 Sharon Hollow Rd. Free, but preregistration required at [map]

 9:15 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Quilt Day: Minimal Design, Maximum Impact": The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Talk by Washington-based quilter and graphic designer David Owen Hastings, followed by a Q&A. Also, all invited to bring their quilting projects for a show-and-tell. The program begins with a brief business meeting.
For URL see $10 (members, free). 646-4835.

 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., noon, & 2 p.m. 

"Spring Wildflower Guided Hike": Northfield Township Land Preservation Committee.

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Washtenaw County Parks naturalist Shawn Severance (10 a.m.) and Northfield Township Land Preservation Committee members (noon) lead 90-minute family-friendly hikes, and Severance leads a 2-hour hike for adults (2 p.m.) to look for spring wildflowers in a 250-acre natural area in Northfield Township. Masks & social distancing required. Bring your own water & snacks; no dogs & no restrooms on site.
10 a.m., noon, & 2 p.m., Whitmore Lake Preserve, 2000 Maple Hill Park Dr.,

Whitmore Lake. Overflow parking available on Nollar Rd. Free. Space limited; preregistration required at

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

Dexter-Huron Metropark Hike: Ann Arbor Parks Department.

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A Huron-Clinton Metroparks interpreter leads a hike to learn about floodplains and wildflowers. Masks & social distancing required.
10-11 a.m., meet at the Dexter-Huron Metropark parking lot, Huron River Dr. about 1/2 mile east of Mast Rd. Free. Preregistration required by email ( or phone (810-277-2757, ext. 6422)., 794-6230.

 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]

 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,  Free!  Online 

Butterfly Survey Kickoff & Training: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation.: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation.

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A chance to learn about the city's upcoming annual survey of the 80 species of butterflies native to the area. No experience necessary.
For URL preregister by May 19 at online at or call 794-6627. Free.

 Noon-6:50 p.m. 

"What Feels Real: Art in the Time of Impossible Disconnect": The Hosting/StudioStudio.

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Display of various works in all mediums responding to virtual realities, the disappearance of shared standards for truth, and other everyday incongruities by artists from Michigan, California, Tennessee, Canada, and the U.K. Also, on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. only, two performances ($40): a 30-minute dance performance by local Mary Spieser-Schneider's dance group nowyouseeme that features 3-4 masked amorphous costumed dancers highlighting body language, and a short-film screening of L.A.-based writer and Ben Kujawski's drama Do You Think Jesus Like Hard Boiled Eggs? Fifty-minute viewing sessions with 20 people in the gallery at a time. Face masks required.
StudioStudio, 1946 Packard St. $25 per person (kids under age 3, free). [map]

 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 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]

 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.

 4-8 p.m. 

"Mayfly": Leslie Science & Nature Center/Ann Arbor Hands On Museum Fundraiser.

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Presentations by LSNC educators and a chance to view LSNC's birds of prey and Critter House animals close up. Food from Pilar's Tamales available. Also, a livestream event from 7-8 p.m. for those who are unable to join in person.
4-8 p.m.; staggering groups of up to 10 adults & 5 children ages 18 & under every 15 minutes. $1,000 per group. Preregistration required at, 205-9553. [map]

 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]

 5 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.

 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 p.m.  Online 

"Annie Jr.": Huron High School Players.

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May 20-23. Claire Federhofer directs students in a prerecorded production of Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Thomas Meehan's upbeat Tony Award-winning 1976 musical comedy inspired by the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Set in Depression-era New York, the plot follows the adventures of the plucky Annie and her faithful sidekick pup Sandy as they escape an orphanage run by the despicable Miss Hannigan and eventually find a home with the millionaire Daddy Warbucks, rubbing elbows with FDR along the way. Songs include "Tomorrow," "We'd Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover," "It's the Hard Knock Life," and "Easy Street." Cast: Marisa Redding, Maya Liu, Lily Pinksy, Katie Temple, Eva Reed, Alex Haris, Stevie Dumitrascu, Maddie Tai, Takima Banks, Giselle Gomez, and Maxine Wilkins.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), for URL and tickets ($8; for students, staff, and AAPS families, $6) see

 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

Ben Moore: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 21 & 22. A regular guest on the syndicated Bob and Tom radio show, this Midwestern comic is known for his punchy, well-crafted jokes about a wide range of topical and cultural matters. 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 

Joe Reilly: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization Blacksmith Shop Concerts.

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Performance by this local singer-songwriter, whose playful songs draw on blues, Native American, and other traditional American idioms and address ecological and spiritual themes.
For URL and tickets ($0-$100 sliding scale), see

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Alisa Amador: The Ark Family Room Series.

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Boston-bred folk-rock singer-songwriter who got her start singing backup vocals in her parents' Latin American music band Sol y Canto. Her own music incorporates Latin, jazz, blues, and soul flavors into a basic folk-rock recipe. Veteran Boston folkie Vance Gilbert describes her as ""Shawn Colvin meets Joni Mitchell Has Lunch With Amy Winehouse meets Suzanne Vega add Diana Krall in a quiet unassuming never loud package even singing in Spanish and French." Photo: Robert Torres.
8 p.m., for livestream URL see Free, donations appreciated. 761-1451.

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Godspell": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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May 21-27. Broadway actor Telly Leung directs U-M musical theater students in a modern adaptation of John Michael Telebak's perennially popular 1971 musical based on the Gospel of Matthew. Telebak's Jesus is a clownlike character who inspires his followers, a band of downtrodden homeless characters, through entertaining parables that show them how God works in everyday life.
8 p.m., for URL, preregistration required at Free.

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: Curtis Taylor Quartet

Straight-ahead jazz featuring both standards and originals by this straight-ahead jazz ensemble led by Carter, a trumpeter known for his lyrical, seductively melodic improvisational style. $140 (includes dinner) in advance at quartet#tickets. Livestream access to the 8:30 p.m. show $15 in advance at 6-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Harry Kiniption Band

Howell rock band also known as HFK. [venue info]


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