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March 9, 2023
“Cabaret”: Community High School Ensemble Theatre.
Mar. 9–12. Emily Wilson-Tobin directs CHS students in a school-friendly version of this 1966 musical centered on a love triangle and the hedonistic nightlife of a 1929 Berlin club that serves as a metaphor for the desperate distractions of a poverty-stricken people headed towards the disaster of Nazism. It’s adapted from John Van Druten’s 1951 play I Am a Camera, itself based on Christopher Isherwood’s semi-autobiographical novel Goodbye to Berlin (1939) which drew from his experiences in the Weimar Republic and his friendship with cabaret singer Jean Ross. Music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), CHS Craft Theater, N. Fifth Ave. at Detroit St. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15) in advance only at ShowTix4u.com.
“Trends in Public Education: Challenges, Potential Solutions and Future Directions”: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Lecture Series.
Every Thurs. Feb. 23–Apr. 6 (except Mar. 2). A series of talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Mar. 9: Education Trust-Midwest founder Amber Arellano on “Beyond the Pandemic: Making Michigan a Top 10 Education State.” Mar. 16: TBA. Mar. 23: Michigan health and nutrition services director Diane Golzynski on “Creating the Magic of Belonging in Schools: Health, Safety, and Wellness Strategies to Support Learning.” Mar. 30: TBA. April 6: EMU College of Education dean Ryan Evely Gildersleeve on “Education for the Anthropocene, or How Schools, Colleges, and Universities Get to Change in Service to Community.” 10–11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Preregistration required at olli-umich.org. $61 (members, $36) for the 6-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. Membership, $25 a year. 998–9351.
“Little Paws Story Time”: HSHV.
Every Thurs. except Mar. 30 (10:30–11:30 a.m.): Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult. $5 (babies under age 1, free). HSHV. $5 per kid. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com, 661–3575.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
“Hollywood Screwball Comedy 1934-1945”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
University of Tours (France) English and cinema professor Grégoire Halbout joins film critic A. S. Hamrah to discuss (via Zoom) his new book, a comprehensive overview of the origins of screwball comedy and the basis of its appeal to American audiences. Noon, for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2023-03. Free. 585–5567.
U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.
Mar. 9, 23, & 30. Talks by visiting scholars. Mar. 9: University of Tokyo (Japan) economic history professor Tetsuji Okazaki on “Designing Wartime Economic Controls: Productivity and Firm Dynamics in the Japanese Cotton-Spinning Industry, 1937–1939.” Mar. 23: University of Texas Japanese studies professor Patti Maclachlan on “Betting on the Farm: Institutional Change in Japanese Agriculture.” Mar. 30: University of Pittsburgh East Asian language and literature professor Elizabeth Oyler discusses traditional Japanese theater in “Fields of Memory: Movement and Stasis in the Noh Play Ohara gokō.” Noon–1:30 p.m., rm. 1010 (Mar. 9 & 30) & rm. 110 (Mar. 23) Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For livestream URL preregister at events.umich.edu/group/1003. Free. 764–6307.
“The Artful Garden”: Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.
Master native plant gardener Carol Gagliardi, a former Ann Arbor Garden Walk exhibitor, discusses how to incorporate native plants artistically into gardens. 12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave., Livestream available. $5 (members, free). Preregister by Mar. 1 at bit.ly/artfulGagliardi.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com beforehand.
Wise Guys: Conversations for Men: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
“Human Error”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Feb. 3–Mar. 18. Lynch Travis directs the Michigan premiere of Ohio-based playwright Eric Pfeffinger’s political comedy about a liberal couple trying to start a family whose fertilized embryo is accidentally implanted in the uterus of a small-government-supporting NRA cardholder. Cast: Henrí Franklin, Alex Leydenfrost, Kristin Shields, Kevin Theis, and Meghan VanArsdalen. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat., except Feb. 9), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $21–$52 in advance at PurpleRoseTheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433–7673.
Salon Series: Catch Us While You Can.
Every Thurs. & Sun. A different lineup of activities each time, from readings, concerts, and show & sale of artworks to informal jam sessions and other impromptu events. This month’s highlights: Mar. 12: Informal jam session. Mar. 16: Cigar Box Guitar and Panjo Jam led by Mike Mouradian using his hand-made 3-string electric cigar box guitars, his banjos made from pans, along with dulcimer and ukulele played by gallery artists TBA. Mar. 19: Staged reading of well-known local playwright Jay Stielstra’s newest play, O’ Say Can You See, a look into the convoluted characters, politics and intrigue leading up to the Civil War. Mar 30: Live auction of selected artworks from the collection of the recently deceased & beloved local arts patron Barbara Kramer. 4–5 p.m. (Thurs.) & noon–2 p.m. (Sun.), A Makeshift Gallery, 407 E. Liberty. Free admission. Cheryldawdy.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheech Marin: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.
This actor, director, writer, musician, and humanitarian discusses his career in entertainment as well as his work as a preeminent advocate for Chicano art. A counterculture icon, he is best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent, satirical comedy duo Cheech & Chong, which found commercial and cultural success in the 1970s and 80s with their stand-up routines, albums, and feature films. Over the past 30 years Marin has also assembled what is now arguably the finest private collection of Chicano art, one which has been featured in over a dozen exhibitions at museums across the U.S. and now serves as the core of the newly opened Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside (California) Art Museum. 5:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 936–0671.
“D & D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory.
“Repairsday Thursday”: All Hands Active.
Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. 6–8 p.m., All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty, ste. 225. Mask recommended. Online participation available at MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free; donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.
Ellie Martin Quartet
ELLIE MARTIN is a highly respected vocalist, composer, educator, and jazz studies scholar who performs a wide variety of repertoire from Brazilian music, American Songbook, Bebop, as well as her original compositions. She was the featured vocalist with the National Arab Orchestra in San Antonio, Texas, and has performed alongside jazz luminaries Geri Allen, Terri Lynne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, and the New York Voices.734-372-3200.
“A Library for All: U-M, Google, and the Importance of a Copy”: U-M Bentley Historical Library Making Michigan Series.
Panel discussion on the age-old dream of a universal library and how library digitization by U-M and other institutions helped pave the way for the now well-established digital archives, used by citizens, scholars, and students from around the world. Panelists include: retired U-M libraries dean Paul Courant, former U-M digital library services associate director Wendy Pradt Lougee, digital library support nonprofit Lyrasis CEO John Wilkin, and Roger C. Schonfeld, author of Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization. 7–9 p.m., Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann. Preregistration required at detroitobservatory.umich.edu. Free. 764–3482.
“Royal Blood”: Schuler Books (formerly Nicola’s).
Internationally bestselling middle-grade writer Aimée Carter, a U-M grad, discusses her new thriller, the first in a series about a 17-year-old American girl who is secretly the illegitimate daughter of the King of England. Signing. 7 p.m. Schuler Books, 2513 Jackson Rd., Westgate shopping center. Preregistration required at royalblood-aimeecarter.eventbrite.com. Free. 662–0600.
“Shrek the Musical”: Greenhills School Department of Fine and Performing Arts.
Mar. 9–11. Gary Lehman directs Greenhills High School students in Jeanine Tesori and David Lindsay-Abaire’s amiable 2008 musical, based on the 2001 animated film, about Shrek, an ogre who endures ridicule and banishment for his appearance but after many adventures, finds confidence, purpose, and true love. The serviceable score includes Neil Diamond’s 1966 hit (for the Monkees) “I’m a Believer.” 7 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), 840 Greenhills Dr. Free. 769–4010.
"Young People: Solar Energy and the Inflation Reduction Act": Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association Region
William Lawrence, co-founder and former national partnerships director of the Sunrise Movement, will present on Zoom
7-8 p.m. Register in advance at
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Every Thurs. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered. 7–9 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA, email@example.com.
Piano Bar For A Cause: Wolverine Street Medicine Fundraiser Ft. Douglas Brown:: North Star Lounge
Douglas Brown is a multi-talented eclectic artist. His roots are in Blues, R&B, Jazz, Rock, and Folk. Douglas has played with acts local, national, and international. He has played with artists as varied as Chuck Berry, North Star (a band consisting of members of Smokey Robinson's backup band), The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Tommy Bolin, Norma Bell, Spyder Turner, The Garfield Blues Band, Koko Taylor, Dennis Coffey, jazz great Cameron Brown, free jazz artist Faruk Z Bey, and Detroit's Sun Messengers. This evening will be a fundraiser for Wolverine Street Medicine.North Star Lounge, 301 N. Fifth Ave. ,Ann Arbor. $10. nstarlounge.com
The Naghash Ensemble of Armenia: U-M Center for World Performance Studies.
Armenian American composer-pianist John Hodian leads this ensemble in a program of original pieces based on texts by the 15th-century Armenian mystic poet-priest Mkrtich Naghash. The music combines the earthy spirituality of Armenian folk song with the procedures of new classical music and the energy of rock ’n’ roll. Fronted by a trio of brilliant female vocalists, the ensemble also includes some of Armenia’s finest instrumentalists on duduk (double reed flute), oud (fretless lute), hand drums, and piano. 7 p.m., U-M Residential College Keene Theater, 701 E. University. Free. 678–0427.
Weekly Trivia: Bløm Meadworks
Free live trivia every Thursday with Sporcle Live! Two one-hour-long games, every Thursday (7pm & 8pm) with a $15 gift card for first place and a $10 gift card for second place. No limit to group size - come by yourself or with a team! Great tunes, awesome host + lots of seasonal meads, ciders and beers.Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. ,Ann Arbor. Free admission. 734-548-9729.
“Tony Takitani”: State Theatre.
Mar. 9: (Jun Ichikawa, 2004). Drama based on a Haruki Murakami story about the neglected son of a jazz musician, his career in advertising, and his marriage to a shopping addict. Ichikawa captures a mood of modern spiritual isolation in this everyman tale. Japanese, subtitles. 7:15 p.m. Film screenings every Tues. & Thurs.–Sun. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8; matinee $7.50) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
Dulcé Sloan: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Mar. 9–11. This hot observational comic has confidence to spare and a strong point of view. A correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show since 2017, she was named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 Comedians You Need to Know Right Now, and her Comedy Central special was included in the New York Times best-of-comedy roundup. Preceded by 2 opening acts TBA. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $25 (Thurs., $20) reserved seating in advance at etix.com and general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“Around the World in 80 Minutes”: Washtenaw Community Concert Band.
William Perrine conducts this 70-member ensemble in selections that circle the globe, including music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Camille Saint-Saëns, Amir Molookpour, Aakash Mittal, Chen Yi, Percy Grainger, and others. 7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River. Free. WCCband.org.
“Once on This Island”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company.
Every Thurs.–Sun., Feb. 23–Mar. 12. Natalie Kaye Clater directs this local professional theater company in a production of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 1990 calypso-flavored coming-of-age 1-act pop-rock musical about a rich boy and the peasant girl who rescues him from peril. Adapted from Rosa Guy’s 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl, a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The Little Mermaid. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore Maas Main Stage, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $54 (seniors & youth under 18, $52) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $20 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268–6200.
“Once on This Island”: The Encore Musical Theatre Company.
Every Thurs.–Sun., Feb. 23–Mar. 12. Natalie Kaye Clater directs this local professional theater company in a production of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s 1990 Calypso-flavored coming-of-age 1-act pop-rock musical about a rich boy and the peasant girl who rescues him from peril. Adapted from Rosa Guy’s 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl, a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale The Little Mermaid. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore Maas Main Stage, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $54 (seniors & youth under 18, $52) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $20 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268–6200.
General Meeting: Ann Arbor Ski Club.
Winter Concert: EMU Symphony Orchestra.
This music student ensemble performs Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and the premiere of Memphis-based composer Evan Erickson’s Two Pieces in Minimalism. Also, student trumpeter Adriano Liberato Estraiotto plays Carl Höhne’s “Slavische Fantasie.” 7:30–9:30 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. 487–4143.
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.).