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March 10, 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.
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Every Fri.–Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Sea Monsters (11:30 a.m.) follows a curious dolichorhynchops (an extinct species of marine reptile) as she travels through the most dangerous oceans in history. The Sky Tonight (12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky, with tips on how to find the cardinal directions, constellations, and planets on your own. Mars: One Thousand One (1:30 p.m.) tells the story of what humans might face with the first manned journey to Mars. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. $8 at the door. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Rise and Shine Exercise: Pittsfield Township Senior Center.
Crafting: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Toddler Time: Launch Trampoline
$15 includes one toddler plus an accompanying adult. Children ages 5 and under only. / / Second Toddler (5 and under) $5
Every Friday from 10:00AM - 12:00PM*
Every Saturday from 9:00am-10:00am*
Toddler Time at Launch in Ann Arbor, MI is a great experience for kids 5 and under. Come jump with Mom or Dad without the big kids around! Improves strength and balance while minimizing strain on growing joints. Age-specific time to enjoy the entire park. Great way to socialize children and teach them how to work well with others.
*Excluding holidays and school vacation weeks
*Launch socks required and not included.
ALL Jumpers MUST wear Launch Safety Grip Socks. These socks may be purchased upon arrival for $3 a pair.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Coffee & Conversation: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
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.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
Trivia: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
U-M Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies Speaker Series.
Mar. 10, 17, 24, & 31. Talks by visiting scholars. Mar. 10: University of Arizona management professor Katina Sawyer on “Leader Inclusivity through the Lens of Marginalized Employees: Pathways to Combat Systemic Inequities.” Mar. 17: Northeastern University management professor Jamie Ladge on “Free to Be Me? Evolving Gender Expression and the Dynamic Interplay between Authenticity and the Desire to be Accepted at Work.” Mar. 24: Northern Illinois University organizational psychology professor Lisa Finkelstein on “Nobody Likes You When You’re 23: Our Quest to Understand Age Meta Stereotyping.” Mar. 31: Penn State University organizational psychology professor Alicia Grandey on “Hot Flashes at Work? The Disclosure Dilemma for Menopausal Women.” 1:30–3 p.m., 220 Ross Business School, 701 Tappan. For livestream see events.umich.edu/group/4231. Free. icos.umich.edu.
Lenten Fish Fry: St. Mary’s Manchester.
Every Fri., Feb. 24–Mar. 31. Drive-thru takeout orders of beer-battered fried cod, french fries, coleslaw, dinner roll, and a cookie. 3:30–7 p.m., St. Mary Parish Center, 108 Madison Street (behind the Marathon gas station, follow the signs for drive-thru), Manchester. $15 (cash or check only). Stmarymanchester.org.
“In the Aftermath of the Divine Winds: Religious Responses to the Mongol Threat and the Medieval Reimagining of Japan”: U-M Medieval and Early Modern Studies Department Spring Lecture.
Emily Frushour: Found Gallery Meet the Maker Pop-Up
Join us at Found to "meet the maker" Emily Frushour, watercolorist and founder of 37prime, an Ann Arbor native now living in Lansing whose creative practice is inspired by beloved local landmarks, places, lakes, and more. Learn about her practice as Emily demonstrates her watercolor techniques. Find a new work to bring home or purchase watercolor supplies to create your own artworks! Friday, March 10th from 4 to 7pm and Saturday, March 11th from 10am to 3pm.Found, 415 N 5th Ave. ,Ann Arbor. Free. 734-302-4060.
45th Annual Lenten Fish Fry: Old St. Patrick’s Church.
Every Fri., Feb. 24–Mar. 31. Inside dining or takeout orders include fried Alaskan pollock, salad bar, choice of potato or macaroni & cheese, and beverages. Desserts available for an extra charge. The food is worth the wait. 4:30–7 p.m., Old St. Pat’s parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. $15 (discounts for seniors and children). stpatricka2.org, 662–8141.
U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series.
Mar. 10, 24, & 31. Talks by visiting scholars. Mar. 10: University of Washington Urdu professor Jennifer Dubrow discusses, via Zoom, a 1948 collection of vignettes and poems on the everyday violence of the India-Pakistan partition in “The Prose Poetry of Partition: Saadat Hasan Manto’s Siyah Hashiye (Black Margins) and Formal Experimentation.” Mar. 24: University of Maryland history professor Mircea Raianu discusses “Tata: The Global Corporation That Built Indian Capitalism.” Mar. 31 (9 a.m.–5 p.m.): Pakistan Conference, panel discussions and talks explore “The Country and the City in Pakistan.” 4:30–6 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For URL, go to bit.ly/UM-CSAS-lectures. Free. 764–0448.
U-M Softball vs. Georgia Southern.
Mar. 10 & 11. The U-M, a perennial national power, opens its home season with a 2-game series. This month’s schedule also includes a 2-game series vs. Kent State (Mar. 11, 1:30 p.m. & Mar. 12, 2 p.m.), and single games vs. Bowling Green (Mar. 15, 4:30 p.m.) & Oakland (Mar. 29, 4:30 p.m.). 4:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Alumni Field, 1114 S. State. Tickets (price TBA) at mGOblue.com/tickets & at the gate. 764–0247.
“An Evening of Cheese & Mead”: Bløm Meadworks Makers Series.
“Lantern Lit Trail”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Self-guided hike along about 1 mile of lantern-lit trail through the winter woods, followed by a campfire, s’mores, and hot cocoa. Dog walkers welcome. 6–8:30 p.m. (check in at the Beach Center Pavilion by 7:30 p.m.), Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $10 per household (up to 4 people), plus $6 (nonresidents, $10) vehicle entry fee. Preregistration (one per household) required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. Registration # IL431310.
BLØM MAKERS SERIES: An Evening of cheese & mead w/Boss Mouse Cheese: Bløm Meadworks
Join us for a four-course flight of a match made in heaven: Bløm meads and ciders with Michigan-made Boss Mouse Cheese. Cheesemaker Sue Kurta will be in the house to guide you through 4 delicious pairings, while she teaches us all about cheese, cheese history and everything cheese!
Tickets include: Four cheese + beverage pairings plus a whole lotta cheese knowledge. Sue will also bring additional cheese for purchase!100 S 4th Ave Suite 110 ,Ann Arbor. https://www.drinkblom.com/events/2020/2/22/makers-series-an-evening-of-cheese-amp-mead-dyt6a $40. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.drinkblom.com/events 7345489729.
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. email@example.com, 929–5877.
“Creatures of the Night”: Open Hours for Adults”: The Creature Conservancy.
“I Am”: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.
(Tom Shadyac, 2010). Documentary film in which the filmmaker travels the world to interview several prominent philosophers, spiritual leaders, and scientists about what’s wrong with the contemporary world and what can be done to remedy it. Discussion follows. 7 p.m. FREE. 994-3387. Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr.).
“Other Worlds: A Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club”: Booksweet.
All invited to discuss Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories, a collection, edited by Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin, of new and classic short stories of the magical Djinn. 7 p.m., Booksweet, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Mask policy follows CDC guidelines. Free; preregistration required at bit.ly/djinnbooksweet. 369–4345.
“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.
“The Little Mermaid”: Chelsea Area Players Jr.
Mar. 10–12. Alex Moore directs young actors in grades 3–8 in Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, and Doug Wright’s musical based on the Disney’s 1989 film adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale about a mermaid who falls in love with a human. 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Washington St. Education Center, 500 Washington St., Chelsea. $10 (cash only) at Chelsea Hometown Pharmacy and at the door.
Battle of the Bands: The Neutral Zone.
All teens and their families invited to this annual contest featuring performances by teen acts, including the bands Wicked Cricket & The Kid Brothers, soloist Mark Zhu, and others. Prizes include studio time, press, and professional photos. 7–11 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free. 214-9995.
Bluegrass Friday: Pontiac Trail Blazers: North Star Lounge
Hailing from the Ann Arbor area, the Pontiac Trail Blazers have been the house bluegrass band for Detroit Street Filling Station since 2017. They are often joined by a bevy of special guests and focus on the beautiful harmonies and acoustic prowess that are unique to their Bluegrass roots. With a deep repertoire of traditional standards, originals, and unique covers, the Trail Blazers will keep you guessing with unexpected tunes and arrangements every week.
$10 Cover.North Star Lounge, 301 N. Fifth Ave. ,Ann Arbor. $10. nstarlounge.com
Eleanor Catton: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
This award-winning author of the international bestseller The Luminaries discusses (via Zoom) her hotly anticipated new novel, Birnam Wood, a gripping psychological thriller about a rogue New Zealand guerilla gardening collective occupying an abandoned farm and an enigmatic American billionaire who wants the land to build his end-times bunker. 7 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2023-03. Free. 585–5567.
Sole Full of Rhythm Fundraiser.
Mar. 10 & 11. A benefit for this local youth dance ensemble features talks, dance demos, excerpts from new repertoire, improvisational games, and live music by the group’s musical director, veteran local jazz pianist Rick Roe. 7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sat.), Randazzo Dance, 4569 Washtenaw. Preregistration required; email firstname.lastname@example.org. $25 suggested donation.
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.
“If We Are Brave Enough To See It”: EMU Choir Home Tour Concert.
Brandon Johnson directs this music student ensemble in a concert structured around the themes of “The Hill We Climb,” Amanda Gorman’s poem written for President Biden’s inauguration. The program features a wide variety of choral music from the Renaissance to 2023, including works by Abbie Betinis, Reena Esmail, Ruthie Foster, Giovanni Palestrina, Claudio Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, and others. 7:30–9:30 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. 487–0280.
“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.
“Son of Monarchs”: Michigan Theater.
Mar. 10: (Alexis Gambis, 2020). Drama about a Mexican biologist living in New York who returns to his hometown in the monarch butterfly forests of Michoacán. The journey sparks a personal and spiritual metamorphosis. Spanish & English, subtitles. Followed by discussion with U-M Ecology and Evolutionary Biology professor André Green II. Part of the Michigan Theater “Science on Screen Series.” 7:30 p.m. Film screenings every Wed.–Sun. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
“Wine, Women, & Song XXI: Coming of Age”: Kerrytown Concert House.
PERFORMANCE RESCHEDULED FROM FRIDAY, MAR. 3.
Mar. 4 & 10. Popular annual show, with local female vocalists TBA presenting musical numbers about friendship, irreverence, fun, and dressing up. Piano accompanist is R. MacKenzie Lewis. 7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Livestream available at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Tickets $29–$80 in advance online and (if available) at the door. 769–2999.
“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.
Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.
Mar. 10, 17, & 23 (different times). All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members. 8–10 p.m. (Mar. 10) & 9–11 p.m. (Mar. 17 & 23), 3118 Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764–3440.
Symphony Band: U-M Music School.
Michael Haithcock leads this music student ensemble in a program highlighted by a premiere performance of recent U-M composition grad Gala Flagello’s concerto The Bird-While featuring the acclaimed Boston-based string and winds quartet Hub New Music. Also, local Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom’s Circus Overture, contemporary American composer Scott Lindroth’s haunting and harmonically rich Passages, Percy Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, and U-M alum Evan Hause’s Tango Variations. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a brief talk. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615–3204.
Riverside Swings: Riverside Arts Center.
“Twilight: New Moon”: State Theatre.
Mar. 10: (Chris Weitz, 2009). Romantic fantasy vampire film; the second installment in the Twilight Saga film series. 9:30 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.