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Events in March 2023
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March 15, 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.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
“The Argus Farm Stop Story”: Ann Arbor City Club Lunch and Learn.
Talk by Bill Brinkerhoff and Kathy Sample, who started Argus Farm Stop in 2013 as an experiment for a new model of farmer’s market. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $31 (members, $28); includes lunch, preregistration required by Mar. 10. AnnArborCityClub.org, 662–3279, ext. 1.
“Jejueo: Korea’s Hidden Language”: U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Weekly Meeting: Rotary Club of Ann Arbor.
“A2SC Trivia Live!”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
“Historic Postcard Archives Blitz”: U-M Clements Library.
“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.
“The Place of Greek Paleography in the Cultural and Literary History of Byzantium”: U-M Library Special Collections.
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.
“Caring Canines: The Wonderful Work of Therapy Dogs”: Evenings with OLLI (U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).
Die Cutter Open Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.
“Everything I Never Wanted to Know”: Literati Bookstore.
Latin Jazz Wednesday: Salsa Night Ft. Armando Vega & 313 Orchestra with Náli
Join us for a fabulous evening at Blue LLama Jazz Club for Salsa Night! This unique experience includes great food, drinks, dancing, and a live Latin band, ARMANDO VEGA & 313 ORCHESTRA! We welcome all dancing experience levels and will have a salsa instructor, NÁLI, present if you’d like her to walk you through a few steps before jumping into the mix!
“A2 Retro Tech Meetup”: All Hands Active.
“Curious About Quakers?”: Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.
“Tenacious Beasts: Wildlife Recoveries That Change How We Think about Animals”: Schuler Books (formerly Nicola’s) Virtual Event.
Essayist and University of Montana environmental philosophy professor Christopher Preston discusses (via Zoom) his new book, an inspiring look at wildlife species that are defying the odds and teaching important lessons about how to share a planet. 7 p.m., for URL preregister at tenaciousbeasts-schulerbooks.eventbrite.com. Free. 662–0600.
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.
Hot Club Wednesday: Djangophonique: North Star Lounge
Djangophonique is a virtuosic, instrumentally driven quartet led by guitar player Andrew Brown. 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.
Meditation & Discussion: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.
“Eyes Up Here”: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Performances by 5 of the best women comedians in the Detroit area: Detroit native Tiffany “T. Barb” Barber, Argentine-born stand-up comic and singer Camila Ballario, Motor City Comedy Festival producer Kara Coraci, frequent emcee and “woman of a certain age” Anne Duke, and Melanie Hearn, who has toured nationally and opened for Mike Bonner. Alcohol is served. 7:15–8:45 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $15 in advance at aacomedy.com; $17 at the door. 996–9080.
“Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: Local Transportation Systems”: Temple Beth Emeth.
“Rejoice”: U-M Concert Band.
Richard Frey & John Pasquale conduct this music student ensemble in a program of uplifting band music, including Sousa’s “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine,” Pulitzer-winning American composer Jennifer Higdon’s soaring “Mysterium,” up-and-coming African American composer Katahj Copley’s Serenade for Wind Nonet, the late MSU composition professor H. Owen Reed’s innovative 1949 Mexican folk song symphony La Fiesta Mexicana and Ecstatic Waters, contemporary American composer Steven Bryant’s 2008 symphony for wind ensemble and electronics. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615–3204.
“Wednesday Night Swing”: Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association.
Every Wed. (except Mar. 1). Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Wear comfortable low-grip shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a free beginner lesson. 8–10 p.m., Michigan League 2nd fl., Vandenberg rm. Mask, full vaccination, and boosters required. $5 (SAA members, free). Swingannarbor.com.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Live Nation.
An ensemble led by this blues guitar virtuoso known for his flamboyant, high-voltage live shows. A self-taught child prodigy, Shepherd has been playing professionally since his teens, where he gained fame for his spot-on covers of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and has gone on to open shows for The Rolling Stones, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, and others. 8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $30 & up (almost sold out as of mid February) at bit.ly/kennywayneshepherdmar15 and at reseller sites. 668–8397.