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Comedy, Storytelling, & Performance Art - Week of March 23, 2020

From standup to improv, and everything in between, comedy is flourishing in the auditoriums and clubs of Ann Arbor. And with the U-M's new Media Union, a growing number of multimedia performances are appearing on The Calendar.





 
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Tuesday


March 2020
 5 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Witness Lab": UMMA.

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Interactive courtroom installation hosting performances and talks. Mar. 11 & 18: U-M law professor Leonard Niehoff on "Salem Witch Trials." Mar. 13: Greenhills Middle School drama students put Shakespeare characters on trial in the mock trial "Romeo vs. The City of Verona." Mar. 24: Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack on "Supreme Court 101." Mar. 25: U-M law professors Margaret Connors and Timothy Connors, a Washtenaw County judge, on "Performance in Trial Advocacy."
5 p.m. (except Mar. 13, 1:30 p.m.), UMMA. Free, preregistration required for Mar. 24 talk only at UMMA.umich.edu. 764-0395.


 7-8:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Skazat! Poetry Series at Sweetwaters.

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Reading by U-M Ford School writing instructor Molly Spencer, whose 2019 debut poetry collection, If the House, has been praised for bearing the weight of both the everyday and the metaphoric. Preceded by an open mic.
Sweetwaters, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663. [map]


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Wednesday


March 2020
 5 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Witness Lab": UMMA.

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Interactive courtroom installation hosting performances and talks. Mar. 11 & 18: U-M law professor Leonard Niehoff on "Salem Witch Trials." Mar. 13: Greenhills Middle School drama students put Shakespeare characters on trial in the mock trial "Romeo vs. The City of Verona." Mar. 24: Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack on "Supreme Court 101." Mar. 25: U-M law professors Margaret Connors and Timothy Connors, a Washtenaw County judge, on "Performance in Trial Advocacy."
5 p.m. (except Mar. 13, 1:30 p.m.), UMMA. Free, preregistration required for Mar. 24 talk only at UMMA.umich.edu. 764-0395.


 7-8:45 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Reading by Wayne County Community College literature professor Esperanza Cintrón, a Detroit native whose most recent work, Shades: Detroit Love Stories, is a collection of interconnected stories examining the choices individuals make in order to cope in a changing urban landscape. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mic.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 8, 22, & 30. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


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Thursday


March 2020
 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Carmen Lynch: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 26-28. A Comedy Cellar regular, this young Spanish-American NYC-based comic has a dry sense of humor that she deploys on such matters as familial relationships, dating, and pets. Her monotone delivery is followed by a quick smile. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Zero Grasses": U-M Center for World Performances.

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Alexandru Mihail directs experimental jazz singer & dancer Jen Shyu, a U-M artist in residence, in her multilingual, multimedia performance-art piece that weaves together music, monologue, and video production to explore expectation, ambition, longing, and love in her life.
U-M Duderstadt Center video studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. Free. 936-2777. [map]


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Friday


March 2020
 7:30 & 10 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Carmen Lynch: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 26-28. A Comedy Cellar regular, this young Spanish-American NYC-based comic has a dry sense of humor that she deploys on such matters as familial relationships, dating, and pets. Her monotone delivery is followed by a quick smile. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Comedy Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Stand-up showcase featuring sets by Andrew Yang & other area comics, with jokes about everything from dating to mortality.
7:30 p.m., Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free, donations suggested. Facebook.com/BlomComedy. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Fri. & Sat., except Mar. 7. Comedic improv by the resident League of Pointless Improvisers & other experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). (989) 455-4484. [map]


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Saturday


March 2020
 11 a.m.-noon (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Arabic Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local Arabic teacher and storyteller Heba Abdelaal tells stories and sings songs in Arabic. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley (Feb. 29) & AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower (Mar. 28). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. (Canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "emPOWER": We Are Queens.

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This women student dance troupe performs original choreography exploring themes of collective & individual empowerment.
U-M Dance Bldg. Betty Pease Studio, 1310 North University Ct. Free. 763-5460. [map]


 7:30 p.m. (Canceled)(Postponed)  Free! 

Canceled: "4th Annual, USA Festival": Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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This showcase of local a cappella vocal groups features performances by the Boychoir of Ann Arbor, the Huron Valley Harmonizers barbershop chorus, U-M Jewish student ensemble Kol HaKavod, the Fabulous Silvertones (formerly The Generation Gap), the Out Loud Chorus quartet Queertet, & the award-winning Harmonizers quartet Chordiology. Followed by an open mic.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. Free, donations accepted. aCappellaCityUSA.com. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Carmen Lynch: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 26-28. A Comedy Cellar regular, this young Spanish-American NYC-based comic has a dry sense of humor that she deploys on such matters as familial relationships, dating, and pets. Her monotone delivery is followed by a quick smile. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: "Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Fri. & Sat., except Mar. 7. Comedic improv by the resident League of Pointless Improvisers & other experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). (989) 455-4484. [map]


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Sunday


March 2020
 7:30 p.m. (Canceled) 

Canceled: Women's Improv Jam: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All women, trans, & nonbinary people invited to play improv games, or just watch.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. (989) 455-4484. [map]






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