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Events in March 2023
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March 8, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Tiny Tails Story Time”: HSHV.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Museum of Natural History.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
U-M Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Noon Lecture Series.
Mar. 8 & 29. Talks by visiting scholars. Mar. 8: Miami University Russian and post-Soviet studies professor Neringa Klumbytė on “Ideologies of Sovereignty after Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: The Baltic Case.” Mar. 29: University of Minnesota cultural studies and comparative literature professor Alice Lovejoy on “Media for the ‘Modern Child’: Studying Children and Cinema during the Cold War.” Noon–1:20 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For livestream preregister at ii.umich.edu/crees. Free. 764–0351.
Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
“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.
“How Ignition and Target Gain > 1 Was Achieved in Inertial Fusion”: U-M Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory inertial confinement fusion program chief scientist Omar Hurricane discusses his team’s 2022 breakthrough experiment that demonstrated the theoretical possibility of fusion power. 3:30–4:30 p.m., 3213 Lurie Engineering Center, 1221 Beal, North Campus. For livestream see bit.ly/mipsetalks. Free. 647–0197.
U-M Baseball vs. Oakland.
Home opener. This month’s home schedule also includes single games vs. Akron (Mar. 21, 4 p.m.) & CMU (Mar. 28, 4 p.m.), as well as 3-game series vs. Bradley (Mar. 17, 4 p.m.; Mar. 18, 2 p.m.; Mar. 19, 1 p.m.) and Penn State (Mar. 24, 4 p.m.; Mar. 25, 2 p.m.; Mar. 26, 1 p.m.). 4 p.m. Ray Fisher Stadium, 1114 S. State. Tickets (price TBA) at mGOblue.com/tickets & at the gate. 764–0247.
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.
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.
“Degenerate Dinnerware: Shape and Decoration”: Ann Arbor District Library/International Museum of Dinnerware Design.
“Habitat Rehabilitation & Community Engagement Through Goatscaping”: Wild Ones.
“An Evening of Poetry and Written Word”: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle.
“Prevention Starts with All”: Washtenaw Families Against Narcotics.
Former NBA basketball player Chris Herren discusses how drug addiction unraveled his playing career, his road to recovery, as well as the larger issues of gateway drugs, prescription drug use, vaping, and the responsibility of drug prevention. Followed by a “community talk” led by a panel of U-M professors and health specialists. 7–9 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free; advance registration required at michtheater.org/events.
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.
Channeled Spiritual Talk and Discussion: Deep Spring Center.
Hot Club Wednesday: Djangophonique: North Star Lounge
Djangophonique is a virtuosic, instrumentally driven quartet led by guitar player Andrew Brown. With over a decade of national touring experience, Brown is no stranger to the stage and delivers every performance with personality and enigmatic charm. 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. The result is a sound that’s unmistakable to fans of the music, and alluring to the uninitiated—a sound that can bring the lively energy of a parisian dance hall to the quietest listening room or captivate a buzzing festival audience with a shimmering ballad. With respect for the tradition and a fearless creativity that bends the conventions of the style, Djangophonique is keeping the Hot Club revival alive and well.
$10 CoverNorth Star Lounge, 301 N. Fifth Ave. ,Ann Arbor. nstarlounge.com $10. nstarlounge.com
Meditation & Discussion: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.
Oscars Preview: State Theatre/Ann Arbor District Library.
“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.