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March 28, 2023
U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
Mar. 27–31 (AAPS & YCS spring break). Three different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (11:30 a.m.) looks at cosmic collisions across the solar system including the 6-mile-wide asteroid that hit the earth 66 million years ago. 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. Living in Balance (1:30 p.m.) explores native Anishinaabe stories of constellations and moons. Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. $8 at the door. Limited capacity. 764–0478.
Mah-jongg: Pittsfield Township Senior Center.
Online Meditation Drop-In: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
“Larry Cat in Space”: U-M Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dome Theater.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
Ambassador Julianne Smith: U-M Ford School of Public Policy Vandenberg Lecture.
Museum Highlight Tours: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Mar. 19) and Mar. 27–31. 30-minute tour of the museum’s exhibits and galleries, as well as an introduction to some current U-M Biological Sciences research projects. 1 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & noon (Mar. 27–31), U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Free. Limited capacity. Sign up at the welcome desk. 764–0478.
Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.
Mar. 7, 21, & 28. Talks by visiting scholars. Sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. Mar. 7: Columbia University urban planning professor Weiping Wu on “China Urbanizing: Impacts and Transitions.” Mar. 21: University of California history professor Michael Nylan discusses a 3rd-century BCE collection of Chinese philosophical writings in “Xunzi and Aristotle on Freedom.” Mar. 28: Indiana University East Asian languages and cultures professor Ethan Michelson on “Decoupling: Gender Injustice in China’s Divorce Courts.” Noon–1 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For livestream, preregister at ii.umich.edu/lrccs. Free. 764–6308.
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.
“Snake & Salamander Spotlight”: U-M Natural History Museum.
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.
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. email@example.com, 929–5877.
“Blunt Instruments”: Literati Bookstore.
U-M American culture professor Kristin Hass discusses her new book, a field guide to the memorials, museums, and practices that commemorate white supremacy in the U.S, and how they are designed to maintain structures of inequality. 6:30 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Mask required. Free. 585–5567.
“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.
“Bluegrass Jam Circle”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
“Capture the Flag”: All Hands Active.
“Santiago: The Camino Within”: Fathom Events.
Mar. 28: (Ahava Productions, 2023). Documentary that follows pilgrims walking the route to the burial place of St. James at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. 7 p.m. 973–8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316–5500 (Emagine). Tickets $11.50–$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline), different times.
Adam Falkner: Skazat! Poetry Series.
Online reading by this Brooklyn-based poet, whose first full-length collection, The Willies, tells the dueling stories of an alcoholic father and his queer son “coming into the truth” through sharp and vulnerable snapshots and an urgent, humorous, and humane voice. Preceded by an open mic. 7–8:30 p.m., for URL preregister at Facebook.com/Skazat. Free. 223–3165.
LGBTQ Night: Dani Darling & Na Bonsai: North Star Lounge
Dani Darling is an imaginative singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer, and bandleader, it’s no wonder she’s also a self-proclaimed “music nerd.” With a sound that has evolved from jazzy lo-fi grooves to lush, layered funk and soul, Darling continues to ascend as one of Michigan’s brightest stars with ambient live shows, regular airtime on WDET, and TV performances (“Live in the D”). Her most recent effort is an EP called The Future, debuted on the cover of the Detroit Metro Times to critical acclaim and earned her a Detroit Music Award nomination for best R&B Recording.
Detroit-based singer Na Bonsai focuses her emotions into song lyrics and physical art forms. She focuses primarily on an R&B sound but is open to wherever her songwriting takes her.
$15 CoverNorth Star Lounge, 301 N. Fifth Ave. ,Ann Arbor. $15. nstarlounge.com
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
Voices in Harmony.
Funky Rivertown Fest: Roof Top Arts
The Funky Rivertown Fest is a new, five-day festival in downtown Ypsilanti dedicated to original music. The carefully curated program includes many Detroit Music Award winners and nominees playing across a wide variety of genres.
The first evening of the Funky Rivertown Fest will feature 2 groups of 4 singer-songwriters selected from the absolute best in Michigan!
- Mike Ward
- Jo Serrapere
- Dan Hall
- Stuart Benbow
- Kandy Fredrick
- Morris Paul Lippens
- Chris McGorey
- Mark Jewett
Check out the complete festival lineup and buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/roof-top-arts-inc-60918876863Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron Street ,Ypsilanti. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/roof-top-arts-inc-60918876863 20. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.eventbrite.com/o/roof-top-arts-inc-60918876863 248.217.4165.
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 email@example.com. 812–6375 (Tues.).