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Events in March 2023
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March 1, 2023
Coffee & Conversation: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Wednesday Workshops: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
This month: the 3-part workshop “Finding Senior Resources in Washtenaw County” (Mar. 1, 8, & 15), as well as “Intro to Hospice Services” (Mar. 22), and “Avoiding Tax Scams” (Mar. 29). 9:30 a.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Free. Preregistration requested by emailing email@example.com.
“Healthy Living”: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
Society for Musical Arts.
Performances by winners of the society’s recent Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition for 13-to-18-year-olds. Followed by a meet-the-artists lunch ($15). 10:30 a.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $17 (accompanying friend, $15; groups of 4 or more, $10 each; students with ID, $5) in advance at AnnArborSMA.org and at the door. Lunch reservations required by calling 995–4417.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
“A2SC Trivia Live!”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
“The Mousetrap”: P.T.D. Productions.
Wed.–Sun., Feb. 23–March 4. Veronica Long directs local actors in Agatha Christie's intricate 1952 murder mystery thriller about newlyweds who transform their inherited English manor house into an inn. On opening day, amid rumors of a murderer at large, the inn's somewhat questionable guests become snowbound, and after an unexpected discovery begin eyeing each other fearfully. "One of the most skillfully written murder mysteries ever produced," notes the New York Times. Cast includes Mei-Lin Wong, Gavin Allen, Sam Johnson, Jan Romans, Larry Rusinsky, Eƶra Korycinski, Avery Koenig, and Russ Schwartz. 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun. & Wed.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $20 (students, seniors, & active military, $15) in advance at ptdproductions.com and at the door. 483–7345.
“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.
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.
Guided Walks: Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Mar. 1, 8, & 15. Walks organized around different themes, including “Nature Story” (Mar. 1), “Biome Deep Dive” (Mar. 8), & “Magic in the Moment” (Mar. 15). People of all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult) invited to explore the conservatory (or the grounds if weather permits) with a guide. Arrival 15 minutes before start time recommended. 5:30–6:30 p.m., Lobby, Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free; metered parking. bit.ly/matthaeiwalks, 647–7600.
“Folk Song Jam Along'': Ann Arbor District Library.
Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski lead this family-friendly sing-along. Lyrics and chords are projected so all can sing and/or play together to a selection from over 350 familiar folk and pop songs. Participants welcome to bring their own acoustic instruments. 6 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Free. 327–4200.
“Curious About Quakers?”: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”: Skyline High School Theater.
Feb. 28 & Mar. 1. Skyline students direct fellow students in their own adaptation of the 1974 Roald Dahl story about the clever Mr. Fox and his daring attempts to outwit three cruel and dim-witted farmers and steal their livestock. The appealing story has been adapted into an opera (1998), a Wes Anderson movie (2009), and musical (2016). 7 p.m., SHS Experimental Theater, 2552 N. Maple Rd. Tickets $5 in advance only at showtix4u.com.
“Pizza & Comedy”: Cottage Inn.
Performances by 3 Detroit-area comics. Headliner Andy Beningo is known for his clean observational humor about everyday life. Openers are quick-witted veteran Chris Young and Danielle Bentzley, who’s known for her dry delivery. 7–8 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Cottage Inn, 512 E. William. Admission: $20 ($30 for 2; $60 for 4) plus a 2-drink minimum. Tickets available in advance at originalcottageinn.com and at the door.
“Slime: A Natural History”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
Science journalist Susanne Wedlich joins Atlas Obscura staff writer Jessica Leigh Hester to discuss (via Zoom) her new book, a tour of all things slimy, from sci-fi monsters to the biochemical compounds that compose the building blocks of life, along the way showing why without this unsavory, viscous, semi-liquid substance, life itself would be impossible. 7 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2023-03. Free. 585–5567.
Ann Arbor Bridge Club.
Every Wed. (except Mar. 29). All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Bring a partner if you can, or call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early if you can’t. 7–10:30 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park in the designated spaces in the lot on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 945–6021.
Anne Heaton: On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.
Heaton, originally from NYC, is a Milwaukee-based pop-folk singer-songwriter and pianist who cites Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, and the Indigo Girls as her main influences. The Washington Post has called her songs by turns “tender, barbed, and spiritual.” Opener: Detroit-based lyric-driven singer-songwriter Mike Ward. 7–9 p.m. (doors 6:30), Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. $20 suggested donation at the door. 330–5226.
Hot Club Wednesday: Djangophonique: North Star Lounge
Djangophonique is a virtuosic, instrumentally driven quartet led by guitar player Andrew Brown. With over a decade of national touring experience, Brown is no stranger to the stage and delivers every performance with personality and enigmatic charm. A true disciple of the style, Brown has spent countless hours immersing himself in the language of Django Reinhardt’s jazz manouche, and he’s joined on stage by bandmates that match his skill and passion for the material. The result is a sound that’s unmistakable to fans of the music, and alluring to the uninitiated—a sound that can bring the lively energy of a parisian dance hall to the quietest listening room or captivate a buzzing festival audience with a shimmering ballad. With respect for the tradition and a fearless creativity that bends the conventions of the style, Djangophonique is keeping the Hot Club revival alive and well.
$10 CoverNorth Star Lounge, 301 N, Fifth Ave. ,Ann Arbor. $10. nstarlounge.com
Meditation & Discussion: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.
“Comedy Rumble”: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Fast-paced competition with 30 comics performing for 90 seconds each, eventually whittled down to one winner as judged by L.A.-based comic Brad Wenzel. The show closes with a set by Ryan Goodcase, a Bay Area stand-up known for dry delivery of smartly whimsical observational humor. In 2019 he became the youngest person to win the World Series of Comedy. Hosted by local comic Bret Hayden. Kickoff show for the Treetown Comedy Festival (see 2 Thursday listing). 7:15 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 in advance at aacomedy.com & treetowncomedy.com/full-schedule, and at the door. 996–9080.