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March 3, 2023
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.
“World Wildlife Day: Homeschool Wildlife Appreciation Program”: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.
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.
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.
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.
“Full Moon Hike”: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.
All invited to take a full moon hike with a township naturalist along the Lillie Park trail loop to listen for the sounds of owls, foxes, and other animals. A roaring fire and hot cocoa follow. 6–7 p.m., $12 (residents, $7), Lillie Park South pavilion 3, 4365 Platt Rd. Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov. 822–2120.
“TriviaTime! with Katie and Abbie: Stranger Things”: Ann Arbor District Library.
BLØM MAKERS SERIES: Spring Bouquet Arranging w/University Flower Shop: Bløm Meadworks
Join us for University Flower Shop’s Spring Florals Arranging Class at Bløm Meadworks! Design an organically styled arrangement in a vase with a seasonal mix of colorful blooms. This introductory course presents basic design principles and tools used in modern floral design while exploring concepts of color theory.
Please bring a 4"x4" or 5"x5" vessel to bring home your bouquet (or something close to those dimensions that you have around your home!). UFS will have extras available for purchase during the class.
Ticket includes: class instruction, flowers, a 12oz pour of mead/cider (N/A options available)100 S 4th Ave Suite 110 ,Ann Arbor. https://www.drinkblom.com/events/2023-makers-series-ufs $85. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.drinkblom.com/events 7345489729.
First Friday Shabbat: Jewish Cultural Society.
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.
“First Fridays: Open Hours for Adults”: The Creature Conservancy.
All age 18 & up invited to see a display of animals native to Australia, including the dingo, bearded dragon, side-necked turtle, and carpet python. Also, a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals, including a reindeer, bald eagle, macaws, and more. 7–9 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $12 in advance at thecreatureconservancy.org, $13 at the door. 929–9324.
Bluegrass Friday: Pontiac Trail Blazers Ft. Mark Lavengood:: North Star Lounge
Mark Lavengood is a walking, talking ray of sunshine. His resonant energy and sparkling smile light up every stage, every studio, every room, RV and embrace he enters. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Lavengood specializes in dobro & steel guitar, both of which he's played for over a decade, while also being well-versed in guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, drums, and a variety of percussion instruments.North Star Lounge, 301 N. Fifth Ave. ,Ann Arbor. $10. nstarlounge.com
CANCELLED: “In White America”: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Community Read.
All invited to read a part in (or just watch) Martin Duberman’s 1963 documentary play that chronicles the history of race relations in the U.S., beginning with the slave trade and ending with the Civil Rights era. Parts assigned on the day of the reading; participants are encouraged to preregister. 7 p.m., A2CT, 322 W. Ann. $10 to perform or watch in advance at a2ct.org, by phone, & at the door. 971–2228.
Game Night: Sweetwaters Cafe Downtown.
Mar. 3, 17 & 31. All invited to play any type of tabletop game, including board games, role-playing, and card games. Bring your own game, or use one provided. 7–9 p.m., Sweetwaters back room, 123 W. Washington St. Free, but food & drink purchases required for table use. Preregistration requested at meetup.com/aagame (space limited).
Ran Barnaclo: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Mar. 2, 3, & 4. Cincinnati comic known for his masterfully descriptive storytelling, crowd work, and improvised riffs. Preceded by 2 opening acts TBA. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $18 (Thurs., $13) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $20 (Thurs., $15) general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“Lee’s Grand Tiki”: Neighborhood Theatre Group.
Mar. 3–5. Meg McNamee directs a staged reading of local playwright Greg Pizzino’s new comedy about a man who borrows $20,000 from a former criminal associate to save his family’s tiki bar. The associate has his own ideas for the place. 7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Back Office Studio, 13 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 suggested donation at the door. NTGypsi.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.
RESCHEDULED: “Wine, Women, & Song XXI: Coming of Age”: Kerrytown Concert House.
MAR. 3 PERFORMANCE RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY, MAR. 10.
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.
“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.
Regina Spektor: Live Nation.
Originally scheduled for last fall; previously purchased tickets honored. Russian-born, Bronx-bred anti-folk singer-songwriter, a critical darling with a devoted cult following known for quirkily personal, cannily literate story songs which she sings in an arresting vocal style that’s at once intimate and exaggerated, accompanying herself on guitar or piano. 8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $235 and up on reseller sites via michtheater.org/events. 662–0600.
“Treetown Comedy Festival”: The Blind Pig.
See 2 Thursday. Tonight: Beth Stelling, An L.A.-based, Ohio-bred actress-comic whose act deftly blends silly, surprise-packed stories with cutting social outrage. Her 2020 HBO special Girl Daddy was deemed “best debut special of the year” by the New York Times reviewer, who called it “a virtuosic performance, conversational while dense with jokes.” Opening acts TBA. 9 p.m.–1 a.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.).