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Events in March 2023
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March 14, 2023
“Sunrise Nature Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Mah-jongg: Pittsfield Township Senior Center.
“Lessons for the Ages: Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Introductory Psychology”: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.
Talk by U-M Psychology professor Shelly Schreier. Second in a series of 5 monthly lectures. 10–11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Preregistration required at olli-umich.org. $85 (members, $60) for the 5-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. Membership, $25 a year. 998–9351.
Online Meditation Drop-In: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
“2023 Washtenaw County Economic Outlook”: Washtenaw Economic Club Luncheon.
U-M economic forecasters Gabriel Ehrlich and Donald Grimes give this annual report on real wage growth, unemployment, job creation estimates, & other economic concerns. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $65 includes lunch. Preregistration required at wccnet.edu/business/economic-club, 477–8536.
“Deep in Thoughts Through Organ Music”: First Baptist Church Ad Libitum Concert Series.
The church’s organist Shin-Ae Chun performs a program that includes the Andante from Bach’s Organ Sonata IV, as well as works by 17th-century composer Girolamo Frescobaldi and 20th-century composers Herbert Howells, Max Reger, Maurice Duruflé, and Alec Rowley, along with hymn arrangements by various composers. Noon, First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. fbca2.org, 663–9376.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Thurs., Fri., & Tues. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.) or a 499er game for players with no more than 499 ACBL master points (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:45 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
Euchre: Pittsfield Township Senior Center.
“Sideways Glances: The Poetics of Queer Space in the Post-socialist Balkans”: U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
“Illustrations in Rare Books and Prints in Western Europe”: U-M Library Special Collections After Hours.
This open house offers a chance to view a selection of early rare books and prints from the library’s Special Collections Research Center containing images printed with woodcuts and copperplate engravings. Hot cocoa and cookies served. Curators on hand to answer questions. 4:30–5:30 p.m., Hatcher Library, 6th fl. Free. 936–2309.
U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies Lecture Series.
Mar. 14 & 28 (different times). Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Mar. 14: Griffith University (Queensland, Australia) government professor Lee Morgenbesser discusses how authoritarian regimes employ prominent citizens to validate flawed election returns in “The Rise of Imitation Election Observers.” Mar. 28: Weiser Center postdoc Ricarda Hammer discusses “The Racial Politics of Citizenship: Anticolonial Imaginaries and the Making of Political Modernity from Haiti.” 5–6:30 p.m. (Mar. 14) & noon–1:30 p.m. (Mar. 28), 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For livestream preregister at ii.umich.edu/wced. Free. 764–0351.
Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.
“Pi(e) & a Pint”: Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels Fundraiser.
Ypsi gamers Angel Vanas and Michael Patino appear in person to play a livestream game of Dungeons & Dragons. Attendees can play along by voting to determine the players’ next actions, and by donating to level-ups and supplies. Also, beginning at noon, a slice of sweet or savory pie and a locally crafted beer available for $14 to raise funds and celebrate Pi Day. 6–9 p.m., Corner Brewery, 720 Norris, Ypsilanti. e.givesmart.com/events/uuQ.
“Remote Great Lakes Islands Surveys”: Michigan Conservation Stewards.
“Showdown: Kale vs. Collards”: The Farm at Trinity Health Ann Arbor (formerly St. Joe’s).
Trinity Health Education coordinator Laura Meisler demonstrates recipes and compares the uses and benefits of these beneficial greens. 6–7:30 p.m., The Farm at Trinity Health Ann Arbor, 5557 McAuley Drive, Ypsilanti. $10. Preregistration required at stjoeshealth.org/classes. email@example.com.
Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet.
BattleTech: Classic: Sylvan Factory.
Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory.
Every Mon.-Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Wed. 5–8 p.m.: Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game, free. Fri. 6:30–10 p.m.: Magic rotating draft, cost varies. Sat. noon–3 p.m.: Intro to Magic: The Gathering, free. Sat. 6–10 p.m.: Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players, free. Mon. 6:30–10 p.m.: Power Cards, $10. Tues. 6–9 p.m.: MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels, $5. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. Various costs. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
“Food Literacy for All”: U-M Sustainable Food Systems Initiative.
Every Tues. (except Feb. 28), Jan. 10–Apr. 4. Mostly virtual lecture series (Mar. 14 is in person). Mar. 7: Baltimore-area farmer Aleya Fraser on “Food Sovereignty and Chocolate.” Mar. 14: Ten U-M faculty from various disciplines give 5-minute talks related to food and/or agriculture in “Fast Food for Thought.” In-person location TBA. Mar. 21: Climate Justice Alliance co-executive director Ozawa Bineshi Albert on “Community Food Systems for Climate Justice.” Mar. 28: University of California-Santa Barbara environmental studies professor Liz Carlisle and American bison producer Latrice Tatsey on “Healing Grounds: Climate, Justice, and the Deep Roots of Regenerative Farming.” 6:30–8 p.m., for Zoom URL, preregister at sites.lsa.umich.edu/sustainablefoodsystems/foodliteracyforall. Free.
“This Other Eden”: Literati Bookstore Cultura Book Club.
All adults invited to discuss Paul Harding’s new novel, based on a true story, about the descendants of a former slave and his Irish wife who made a home for themselves on an isolated island off the coast of Maine that became one of the first racially integrated towns in the Northeast. 6:30 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Reservation required at literatibookstore.com/event/2023-03. Free. 585–5567.
“Biodynamic Urban Beekeeping”: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.
Urban Bee (Oakland County) owner Bradley Gladstone discusses biodynamic beekeeping, and how Southeast Michigan beekeepers can grow their interest in beekeeping as vocation and as avocation. Q&A for new beekeepers at 6:30 p.m. 7–9 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Also livestream available at facebook.com/A2B2club. Free; metered parking. A2B2club@gmail.com.
“Bluegrass Jam Circle”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
“Capture the Flag”: All Hands Active.
“Marvelous”: Schuler Books (formerly Nicola’s).
Traverse City-based writer Molly Greeley discusses her new historical novel, a retelling of the touching true story said to have influenced the modern form of the Beauty and the Beast legend, about a teenage beauty betrothed to a disfigured yet cultured court attendant to Catherine de’ Medici. Signing. 7 p.m. Schuler Books, 2513 Jackson Rd., Westgate shopping center. Free. Preregistration required at mollygreeley-schulerbooks.eventbrite.com. Free. 662–0600.
Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.
All age 21 & over invited to discuss Far Sector, N.K. Jemisin’s 2019 graphic novel, a spinoff of the Green Lantern comics about a newly elected protector charged with keeping the peace in a sprawling metropolis of 20 billion people. 7–9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. For questions, virtual access: FantasySF@umich.edu.
LGBTQ Night: Trivia with Tory Sparks: North Star Lounge
LGBTQ Trivia!North Star Lounge, 301 N. Fifth Ave. ,Ann Arbor. $10. nstarlounge.com
Pub Sing: Ann Arbor Morris.
Voices in Harmony.
“All Things Equal: The Life and Trials of Ruth Bader Ginsburg”: Michigan Theater.
Michelle Azar stars in this touring production of Tony-winning playwright Rupert Holmes’ one-woman show portraying Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (“the notorious RBG”) reflecting on her life and her philosophy. 7:30–9 p.m. Michigan Theater. Tickets $49–$69 in advance at michtheater.org/events and at the door. 668–8397.
“Fen, Bog, and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis”: Huron Valley Sierra Club Book Club.
All invited to discuss Pulitzer-Prize-winning writer Annie Proulx’s 2022 short narrative of the impact of wetland destruction on climate. 7:30 p.m., via Zoom. For URL, preregister by emailing email@example.com. http://meetup.com/Sierra-Club-Huron-Valley. Free. 971-1157.
“The Grand Duchess”: Comic Opera Guild.
Screening of a filmed performance of a 2012 stage production by this ensemble of area singers and instrumentalists of Offenbach’s 1867 operetta, a satire of militarism. A tyrannical and lovelorn duchess promotes a handsome private far above his station, infuriating his general. Food and drink available. 7:30 p.m., The Venue, 1919 South Industrial. $10 (age 18 & under, $5) in advance at a2tix.com and at the door. comicoperaguild.org, 973–3264.
Every Thurs. and 2nd & 4th Tues. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the A2 Stammtisch (8 p.m. Thurs.) and the German Speakers Round Table (7:30 p.m. Tues., Mar. 7 & 21). Various times, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. Preregistration for Thurs. A2 Stammtisch requested at firstname.lastname@example.org. 812–6375 (Tues.).