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March 5, 2023
“Casablanca”: Fathom Events.
Mar. 5 & 8: (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Classic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as a pair of star-crossed lovers during WWII. 1 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Sun., Emagine only & Wed.). 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.
“Science Forum Demos”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Every Sat. & Sun. (except Mar. 19). Hands-on 20-minute family-oriented demos for ages 5 & up. “Life: How Do We Find It?” (11 a.m.) features a re-creation of an experiment from the Mars Viking Landers expedition to show how scientists search for life on other planets. “Shedding Light on Magnets” (3 p.m.) explores magnetism, magnetic fields, and what magnets have to do with cell phones. 11 a.m. & 3 p.m., U-M MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764–0478.
“Thomas & Friends: The Mystery of Lookout Mountain”: Fathom Events.
Mar. 4 & 5: (Campbell Bryer & Sean V. Jeffrey, 2022). The latest installment of the Thomas the Tank Engine animated series about anthropomorphic train engines who set off to figure out the secrets of an old mine. 1 p.m. (both theaters) & 3 p.m. (Emagine only). 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.
Salamander Survey Kickoff/Frog and Toad Survey Kickoff: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation.
Square and Folk Dance: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
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.
“Journey to the Sugarbush”: Hudson Mills Metropark.
Every Sat. & Sun., Mar. 4–19. Maple tree tapping and a visit to the evaporator to see sap being made into syrup. Program takes place primarily outdoors. Followed by a picnic pancake breakfast (preorder only). $6 (family meal $26). Hourly 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Hudson Mills activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (kids, $3, children under 2, free), preregistration required at bit.ly/hudsonmillsmar2023 by 4 p.m. the day before the program. Metroparks pass or $10 vehicle entry fee required. 426–8211.
“Sensation Stations”: AADL Westgate.
“Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times”: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.
Every Sun. Livestream talks by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by discussion. All invited to attend either online or in person to watch together. Once a month, Demo Rinpoche presents a story from the Jataka Tales (300 BC–400 AD) concerning the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form. The Mar. 5 topic is “The Great Monkey,” a tale about benefiting others. 11 a.m., Jewel Heart, 1129 Oak Valley Dr. Also via Zoom; for URL preregister at jewelheart.org/jataka-tales. Free. 994–3387.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
2023 Ann Arbor Party and Events Showcase: Ann Arbor Jewish Community Center
The Ann Arbor Party and Events Showcase is a one-stop shop for all of your party and event planning needs! In collaboration with the Showcase are Staci Kennedy, founder of event planning business Who’s Got the Time?, and Yael Zoldan, owner-operator of event design studio Designs that Matter. Both operating out of Ann Arbor, Kennedy and Zoldan bring their expertise and professional relationships together to create a wonderful expo for the community at large.2935 Birch Hollow Rd. ,Ann Arbor. Free. (734) 971-0990.
“Critter House Open Hours”: Leslie Science & Nature Center.
Transgender Day of Visibility Zine Project: Ann Arbor District Library.
“Creature Encounters”: The Creature Conservancy.
Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off some animals native to Australia, including the dingo, bearded dragon, and side-necked turtle (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a zookeeper display of a carpet python (3 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy’s other animals, including a reindeer, bald eagle, macaws, and more. 1–5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $13 (kids ages 2–12, $11; under age 2, free) at the door; $1 discount for advance purchase at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929–9324.
“D & D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory.
“Historic Earhart Manor Tour”: Concordia University Ann Arbor Guild.
Docent-led tour of this 1935 English-style country manor, currently home to Concordia administration, built by former local gasoline baron Harry Earhart. It features secret panels and hidden passageways linking rooms and floors, a room once used solely for arranging flowers, and rooms so spacious that a former closet is now a top Concordia administrator’s office. 1 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes Rd. $10; preregistration required. Mask required. ConcordiaGuild@cuaa.edu, 995–7509.
2023 Washtenaw County CSA Fair: Ann Arbor District Library.
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.
“Big Hero 6”: Michigan Theater.
Mar. 5: (Don Hall, Chris Williams, 2014). Disney computer-animated superhero film set in the future and loosely based on the Marvel comics of the same name. 1:30 p.m. FREE for kids 12 and under. 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.
“A Tribute to Cole Porter”: Ellen Rowe’s All About the Trio (Kerrytown Concert House).
Lecture-demo by U-M jazz piano professor Rowe, who explores some of Cole Porter’s best-loved pieces, including “Love for Sale,” “Everything I Love,” “Begin the Beguine,” and “I Love You,” and discusses why jazz players have chosen so many of them to use as vehicles for improvisation. Her trio includes bassist Paul Keller and drummer Peter Siers. 2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $29–$50 (students, $19) in advance at KerrytownConcertHouse.com and at the door. 769–2999.
“Blippi: The Wonderful World Tour”: EMU Gervin Center.
Mar. 5 (2 p.m.): Nationally touring production of this live stage show, suitable for kids ages 2–7, that’s based on children’s entertainer Stevin John’s YouTube alias “Blippi,” a friendly energetic character known for his signature blue-and-orange outfit that he wears while discussing educational topics such as what makes different cities unique and special, and more. EMU Gervin Center, 799 N. Hewitt, Ypsilanti. Tickets $25–$65 ($50 extra for a photo of your child with Blippi) in advance at emutix.com and (if available) at the door.
“Herps! Michigan’s Amphibians and Reptiles”: Waterloo Natural History Association.
Nature Discovery (Williamston) representatives show and discuss native snakes and turtles, some of which can be handled by participants. 2–3 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required by calling 475–3170. $12 ($17 at the gate) recreation passport required.
“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.
“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.
“Remembering Wholeness: Darshan with The Mother”: Deep Spring Center.
“Gotta Dance”: Dexter Community Band.
Bill Gourley directs this 85-member volunteer ensemble in a program of dance music. Selections include Alfred Reed’s Armenian Dances, Part 1, Jerry Bock’s Symphonic Dances from Fiddler on the Roof, Johann Strauss’s “Annen Polka,” Sousa’s La Reine de la Mer, a big band tribute, and Arthur Sullivan’s Pineapple Poll, a patchwork of tunes from the Savoy Operas that, according to arranger Charles Mackerras, “pass by so quickly as to bewilder even Sullivan experts.” 3 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 426–2734.
“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.
Family Purim Festivities: Temple Beth Emeth.
International Folk Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.
Traditional Eastern European and Middle Eastern circle and line dancing to recorded music. No experience or partner needed. Wear loose-fitting clothing and clean, flat, non-slip shoes. Beginners welcome. Preceded at 2 p.m. by a lesson. 3–5 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Well-fitted mask required. Pay what you can; $5 suggested. 709–8748.
BLØM MAKERS SERIES: Tart Class w/Ellen's Fine Goods: Bløm Meadworks
Learn how to make and fill your own modern French tartlets! Ellie, owner of Ellen’s Fine Goods, will cover the basics of tart making, from the delicate shortcrust shell to the decadent fillings and fancy garnishes. Each guest will receive a box with one large classic 6" almond shortcrust tart shell, and (6) mini tartlet shells.
Ellen will go over creating a flavor profile, and building and decorating the larger tartlet. Guests will have time to fill and decorate their mini tartlets with various fillings and toppings, including dried citrus, berries and fresh edible flowers.
Recipes are included.
Ticket includes: class instruction, ingredients, recipes, and a 12oz pour of Bløm mead or cider (N/A options available)!100 S 4th Ave Suite 110 ,Ann Arbor. https://www.drinkblom.com/events/2023-makers-series-efg $75. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.drinkblom.com/events 7345489729.
P.O.R.K. - Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings: Zal Gaz Grotto
10-piece early big band led by Chris Smith, specializing in music of the 1920s and 30s. Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Duke Ellington and other jazz legends are prominent in their repertoire. For listening or dancing.2070 W. Stadium Blvd ,Ann Arbor. $10 cash at the door. email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/porkjazz 248-446-0403.
P.O.R.K. - Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings: Zal Gaz Grotto
10-piece early big band led by Chris Smith, specializing in music of the 1920s and 30s. Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Duke Ellington and other jazz legends are prominent in their repertoire. For listening or dancing.2070 W. Stadium Blvd ,Ann Arbor. cash at the door $10. firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.facebook.com/porkjazz 248-446-0403.
Ann Arbor Go Club.
Ann Arbor Morris.
“Inside Michigan Basketball”: WTKA (1050 AM)/ WXYT (1270 AM).
Every Sun. Brian Boesch and Terry Mills host a live radio broadcast from inside the Pretzel Bell with popular U-M men’s basketball coach Juwan Howard and U-M women's coach Kim Barnes Arico. 7 p.m., Pretzel Bell, 226 S. Main. Seating limited. Free admission, but must order food & drinks to sit. bit.ly/insideMIbasket.