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Shedding light on sexual assault Take Back the Night by Zach Marburger

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44th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow

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45th annual Earth Day festival

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Cocktail Craftspeople spill bar secrets

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EMU’s T.R.I.B.E is taking over

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Q&A with Kickshaw Theatre

54th Ann Arbor Film Fest



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Earth Day is officially April 22, but just as every day should be Mother’s Day, it’s never too early to get in the spirit to save and celebrate Spaceship Earth. Join the Earthday Festival Planning Committee, the Clean Energy Coalition, and the Leslie Science and Nature Center as they celebrate a few days early with the 45th Annual Earth Day Festival. 40 locale environmental organizations will be there to pass out information. Presentations will continue throughout the day on topics like “Exploring Aquaponics,” “Energy Efficiency in Your Home,” and more. There will also be live entertainment (for kids and adults), animal displays, hikes through the Black Pond Woods and other hands-on activities. Learn how to make Earth Day more than just a once-a-year celebration by incorporating sustainable practices into your daily life. As always, the festival itself will be a zero waste event thanks to the work of Recycle Ann Arbor. Parking is in high demand, so get in the spirit of the event and bike or take the bus to the festival. Sunday, April 17. Noon-4pm. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. Free

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Started in 1972 by the group American Indians at the University of Michigan (AIUM) before the Native American Student Association (NASA) came formed in 1976, the 44th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow brings together Native American groups from across the Great Lakes region. There will be demonstrations of different styles of Native American dance, including Women’s Jingle Dress, Women’s Fancy Shawl, Women’s Traditional, Men’s Grass Dance, Men’s Fancy Dance and Men’s Traditional, as well as drum circles and dance contests. The powwow will host a market, where some of the region’s finest Native American artisans will sell traditional and modern work. In addition to learning about Native American culture and heritage, visitors will have the opportunity to join the dance circle alongside competing dancers. Weekend and family passes are available at a discounted rate. —ZM 10:30am-10:30pm/Saturday, April 2 and 10:30am-6pm/ Sunday, April 3. $10/general admission, $7/students with ID and seniors, $5/children 6-12. Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple Rd.



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 Lattes in the library What goes together better than coffee, and a good book? As part of the ongoing expansion of the Westgate Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library (2503 Jackson Ave.), local coffee shop Sweetwaters is opening a fullystocked store for library patrons.

 Cafe for Sale Five years after opening Cafe Ollie at 42 E. Cross St. in Ypsilanti, owners and operators Danielle Scherwin and Mark Teachout have put the Cafe up for sale. The new owners will get to enjoy the January renovations to the space.  Coffee Closing Craft coffee shop and tea room Elixir Vitae is closing its 117 E. Liberty St. location. The location at 326 Maynard St. will remain open.  Car-Sharing After a trial run at UM, General Motors has launched their car-sharing service, Maven, in Ann Arbor. There will be around 35 different cars available at 20 different locations throughout town.

 Italian Street Food Just off Central Campus comes a new dining option, Piada Italian Street Food. Inspired by the food carts in Italy, the restaurant, which will be located at 311 S. State St., will open its doors in April.  New look for Vinology The popular Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant got a makeover to celebrate ten years in business at 110 S. Main St. New flooring was put in and the kitchen received new equipment, in addition to other improvements in the dining area.  St. Elmo’s moves on St. Elmo’s T-shirts are moving on from their 220 S. Main St. location after almost 30 years, but not far. The new location will be just a few blocks away on Liberty St.


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Current staffers and readers spotted these happenings around town


The Circle of Middle Aged Life You and two other guys were near the back entrance to Hatcher Graduate Library on Central Campus. The three of you, middle-aged men of mixed descent, stood in a circle grasping each other’s arms, swaying from side to side in a fashion that resembled a mixture of tai chi, drunken camaraderie and self defense. I can’t even begin to understand what it was that you were doing, but whatever it was, it made me uncomfortable from a distance. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to call the police or join in. If it weren’t a Thursday afternoon and if I had several hours free I would have asked to partake in whatever was fueling your enjoyment.


Beauty school drop out You were walking down Washington, near 4th, carrying the ultimate accessory, a retro bubbletop freestanding hair dryer. I’m not even sure if that is the proper terminology to describe that piece of equipment, but you know what I’m talking about. I did a double take, thinking I misjudged what you were carrying. Sure enough you were strutting down the street like a hair messiah with a full on standing blow dryer. If you’re carrying that kind of firepower around on a Friday afternoon I can only assume that you looked better than Beyonce at the party that night.


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Copping some help It was spring break and campus was a ghost town, this made your perp walk out of the back entrance of Angell Hall visible from any vantage point on the Diag. One officer led you out in cuffs, the other followed closely behind, carrying your backpack and acoustic guitar. Sure you ended up in jail, but look on the bright side, you got a tax-payer subsidized roadie, in full uniform, to carry your gear. This is the highlight of your unglamorous busking career. For what it’s worth I think you could probably shred on that cop in a head to head guitar battle.

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Shedding light on sexual assault Take Back the Night hosts annual rally and march by Zach Marburger

Community Leaders for Take Back the Night Ann Arbor, Pam and Tom Swidler, know that sexual assault is not an easy subject to discuss, much less read about. “My husband and I have been doing this [march] for about eight years. There’s still a lot of denial that this [sexual assault] happens,” said Pam. “If we can’t get people to acknowledge that this happens, we’re never going to be able to stop it.” But as one of the driving forces behind the local chapter of Take Back the Night, and as a sexual assault survivor herself, bringing sexual assault out of the shadows and into the community’s consciousness is what drives her, and the local chapter of Take Back the Night, to continue pushing.

Rally and march

Take Back the Night is an international nonprofit organization that started in Europe before coming to the United States in the 1970s. The organization’s goal is to end sexual assault and domestic violence. While the organization doesn’t provide direct counseling services, it provides an outlet for women to share their experiences, and helps direct victims to the proper resources. Most importantly, Take Back the Night seeks to raise awareness and educate men and women about the issue of sexual violence. Their biggest event of the year is the annual rally and march, which begins at the UM Union Ballroom with speakers and performances before marching to the Diag and moving through UM campus and downtown. This year’s theme for the rally is “Expressions in Dance” and features performances from Body Rhythm Dance Theatre, Cadence and Lein Irish. The keynote speaker will be Quinn Davis, a Take Back the Night volunteer and SafeHouse advocate.

Students take charge

UM undergraduates serve as Student Leaders, which, according to Senior Student Leaders Cassie Schieltz and Audrey Parenti, allows young women to speak directly to the their peers. It also allows Take Back the Night to challenge UM’s administration on their willingness to engage in


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meaningful conversation about sexual assault on campus. UM revamped its sexual assault policy in 2013. But, in 2014, UM was the subject of a formal Title IX investigation by the Department of Education of the administration’s handling of sexual misconduct complaints on campus. “We reached out to President Schlissel last year and he said we wouldn’t be able to attend,” said Parenti. “This year, he said he wouldn’t be able to make it but would find someone in the administration to attend. He never followed through with that promise.”

Still marching

“The university supports the work by our students and of other local Keynote speaker, Quinn Davis, organizations to ensure survivors participating is a SafeHouse advocate. in this event feel supported,” said UM spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald when asked about the rally. “As in previous years, members of the university’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center plan to attend the event to support participants and share information about the available confidential resources for survivors.” Swidler noted that the issue isn’t so much a lack of university support as a general unawareness of just how prevalent sexual assault is in the community. She notes that a few years ago, the Take Back was lucky to get 50 participants. Last year, over 200 people showed up. “I feel as it grows, it will make more of an impact and the administration of the University will make it a higher priority,” said Swidler—a process that may be too slow for some activists, but one that is happening. “If you think about it, when I was going to college, something like this didn’t even exist. So there is change that’s happening. But it’s a slow process, and that’s one thing that I think students appreciate, that we’re there to advocate for change.” Take Back the Night’s annual rally and march will be held April 6 at 6:30pm at the University of Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 S. State St. For more information, visit




S P I S Ann Arbor might be know as “Tree City” in the spring, but we like it for a whole different reason — it’s time to get out and enjoy all the different brews the town has to offer. We talked with bartenders, beer mavericks, and alcohol experts to get their take on what they love about serving Ann Arbor. What Makes your bar special?

We started out with the sole mission to provide the best beer in the world to our customers. Now, we have an equal commitment to environmental sustainability and being a nourishing atmosphere for craft beer drinkers of all levels and backgrounds, not just beer nerds.

Greg Smale

Beer Program Director

Best thing About Griffin Claw Brewing?

Their attitude and willingness to experiment. They had a hilarious liquid response to last years Budweiser Super Bowl Ad and do fun beers like their BBA Pumpkin.

Latest Obsession?

Farm to bottle beers and beers I can shotgun.

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Samantha Edwards Head Barista

B-24’s Espresso Bar

217 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti 734-547-5143

Why B-24’s stands out?

We stand out because we feature lots of Ypsilanti history. It’s also in a beautiful location in the downtown area, right by the library.

Latest obsession?

Girl Scout Cookie Breve. Steamed half and half. Espresso, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and coconut. So good!

Strangest order?

Someone ordered a regular latte, then they wanted me to add 15 sugar packets to it. Also smoked salmon bagel with lox, shallot cream cheese, capers, tomatoes, peanut butter and jelly, and I once got an order for a bagel with only mayo on it.

Tierra Bartender REVEL & ROLL Sage bartender advice?

1950 S. Industrial Hwy. 734-665-4474

For faster service, sit near the register.

Funniest thing that’s ever happened?

A man was lighting candles on a birthday cake here at the restaurant. While reaching to the candles across the cake, the guy’s shirt sleeve caught on fire!

Most revealing drink order? Sex with an alligator.


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Jake Espinoza General Manager

Blue Front

701 Packard St. 734-929-4618

Sage advice from behind the counter?

Ask for stuff! If you’re looking for a specific beer, we can help you find it fast. If you’re looking for something new, we’re happy to offer informed suggestions. We’re good at doing things for people.

Funniest thing that’s ever happened?

In the few months after we opened, we had several people stop in and exclaim, “This place is classy as F&%#!” We loved it. We’re thinking about making t-shirts.

Can’t live without?

Good people! We like to get to know people! We’re lucky to have a handful of regulars who stop in to hang out. They don’t always buy beer, and they don’t have to - it’s just nice to have them around.

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Tio’s Mexican Café

Jeremy Seaver

401 E. Liberty St. #2 734-761-6650

General Manager

Can’t live without?

Do I have to choose one tequila? I guess if you pressed me I would say Corralejo Blanco, but Don Julio 1942 and Herradura Reposado are close, close seconds.

Strangest tip?

Strangest or best? Both really because the most memorable tip I ever got was an invitation to attend a holistic healing and raw food retreat complete with a voucher for a whole body massage. I am not a vegan by any stretch and I wasn’t sure if they intended me to take them up on it, but I did and I have to say it was a very cool experience.

Strangest order?

Someone once asked me for a hot glass of sangria. I know there are hot, spiced wine cocktails out there, but ours isn’t really intended for that. He seemed to like it, but I still felt weird trying to boil the wine.

Jamie Kessler Assistant GM

The Beer Grotto 303 S. Ashley St. 734-369-4212

What makes your bar special?

We rotate taps very frequently and encourage people to try a beer or two before they commit to a pint.

Best thing about Sierra Nevada Brewery?

They are one of the most consistent breweries out there. I don’t know where the craft beer scene would be without them.

What makes Otra Vez Special?

It’s unlike anything out there. It’s a very good intro to a sour beer yet is very thirst quenching and refreshing.


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2010 Hogback Rd., Suite 3 734-975-2500 The Brides Project is a bridal boutique...with a heart! Wedding dresses are donated to The Brides Project from all across the country. Some are “pre-loved” — donated by brides who want to see them dance another day. Many are donated directly from bridal salons or designers, so they are brand new! The best part is that the money raised from the sale of gowns supports families touched by cancer through the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. Our dedicated team of volunteer consultants are also part of what makes your TBP experience unique.





What are the latest trend you’ve noticed with wedding dresses? One trend we see in our shop is the bride who wants to make their dress one-of-a-kind. They start with a beautiful, affordable dress from our shop and then make it their own by working with our fabulous seamstress to add sleeves, unique buttons or an heirloom piece of jewelry. Wherever that inspiration comes from, we love watching our dresses leave and come back to us as a totally new dress. They truly become as unique as the bride wearing them! What is a tip you would give to couples planning their wedding? Be mindful of your budget. You don’t need to break the bank to have a fabulous day! There are many ways that you can make your wedding spectacular for an affordable price. The Brides Project certainly does our part to help in that endeavor. Visit Pinterest for inspirational ideas to help get the planning started. Then, just relax and enjoy the ride. Things won’t be perfect, but that is okay! It will be a good dry-run for marriage, because that is not always going to be perfect either. Support one another, listen to one another and remember why you decided to do this in the first place: Love. It really is that simple!

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What are the latest trend you’ve noticed in wedding jewelry? We’re noticing a trend back to warmer metals, rose and yellow gold as well as a desire for one of a kind pieces with a more organic asymmetrical element.

Abracadabra Jewelry Gem Gallery Pippa Jayne

205 E. Liberty St. 734-994-4848 Since 1974 Abracadabra has been committed to carrying jewelry made from recycled metals, purchased at a local Ann Arbor refiner, along with conflict-free diamonds and ethically mined colored gemstones. Recycle, repair or replace your jewelry at Abracadabra, where we specialize in on-site repairs, appraisals, and custom jewelry designs. Featuring an exclusive selection from local artists and designer brands, alongside with custom Abra designs, this local gem will work one-onone with you to create the perfect piece of jewelry to give, or add to your own collection.

What is a tip you would give to couples planning their wedding? I actually just got engaged myself, so I’ll share the advice I’m telling myself — enjoy being engaged. Stop and remember these moments as they are all a special part of the journey. In regards to jewelry, plan ahead and don’t leave the rings that you will wear every day for the rest of your life to a small part of the planning. If you want a custom or designer piece these can take approximately 2-8 weeks.

Urban Jewelers Mark Urban

215 S. Main St. 734-761-8120 After 40-plus years of creating and designing custom jewelry, Mark and Cheryl Urban have seen significant changes in their business. When they opened in 1968, the average custom job took about 3 weeks to complete. Now, it may have to be done overnight, without sacrificing quality. They’ve gone from snail mail to e-mail and in advertising, from print ads to websites and mobile apps. However, the most recent change at Urban Jewelers is the trend toward lab-grown diamonds. Consumers are drawn to the fact that they are sustainable, environmentally friendly and conflict-free, issues that have occurred when it comes to mined diamonds. See the Pure-Grown diamonds and their collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry online. Current: What are the latest trends in wedding jewelry? Both yellow and rose golds are making a resurgence! What’s old is new! What’s a tip you’d give to couples planning a wedding? Allow adequate time if you having the engagement ring and/or wedding bands either custom-made or specialordered. One to two months is’ll have enough to worry about at the last minute!

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301 E. Liberty No. 200 734-669-3551 Tavolina, created by Savco Hospitality, is Ann Arbor’s most innovative catering and events solution, bringing the energy and refinement of Sava’s, Aventura, and Babo Market to you! Chiming wine glasses, shared moments of laughter, meaningful connections with family and friends; amazing things happen when people come together around a shared table. Tavolina staff — with over 15 years of experience in event planning and food service — have the expertise to help turn your wedding into the magical day of your dreams. Tavolina will work with couples to design a menu that suits their needs, and chefs will be on hand to ensure that the food is fresh and delicious. Tavolina services go far beyond menu design. Experts can help you find a venue, coordinate liquor choices, provide bartenders, rentals, and linens. Tavolina will also work to create custom themes, including entertainment and extras that will make your wedding unique and unforgettable. Together with Tavolina, your special day is sure to dazzle and leave you free to relax while knowing your guests are enchanted. What are the latest trends you’ve noticed? Couples have a much more sophisticated palate, and they want to have creative food at their wedding. They try to personalize it by bringing their family recipes and traditional foods, or ethnic food stations. Couples are looking for unique and crafty ways to incorporate their personality into every

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little detail. While cakes are great, passed desserts are an excellent way to get guests to move around and to make sure everyone gets a bite of something sweet while forging connections. What is a tip you would give to couples planning their wedding? Identify the things that you must have and start from there. In the end, it’s about great food, great people and the love they’re celebrating. Continued on page 18



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Helen Harding 1906 Packard St. 734-213-7011

Eat is committed to wholesome, imaginative, and thoughtfully prepared food along with personal service. We care about our farmers, food producers, neighbors, food, you and your guests. From developing original ideas to sweeping up the last crumb, we are with you every step

of the way. Whether a relaxed outdoor barbecue, a rustic family-style dinner, or an internationallyinspired stations meal, we deliver on your vision for a perfect day. What are the hottest trends when it comes to catering? It seems like people are really branching out in the types of locations. It’s not just a choice between a barn, backyard or a banquet hall any more. (Although, we still do those and they’re still a blast.) Couples are hosting at farmer’s markets, art galleries, and industrial spaces. On the food side of things, every year there is an increase in the number of guests with special diets. In 2015, we had vegan and/or gluten-free guests to accommodate at almost every wedding. I think it gets challenging for couples who feel like they want to please everyone from the children, to the grandparents, to the handful of vegan friends — not to mention to like and be proud of the food that is being served! What’s a tip you’d give to couples planning a wedding? Don’t get bogged down by the details! Details certainly make up a beautiful wedding, but in the end it all works out and it’s only one day — try to enjoy it. Also, be picky about your vendors. A good vendor team will allow you to really celebrate your wedding day.

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food Encuentro Latino Restaurant Authentic Guatemalan cuisine in the heart of downtown Ypsilanti The Anonymous Eater

Encuentro Latino Restaurant

228 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-483-1727. encuentro-latino-restaurant 10am-8pm Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm Saturday & Sunday

Plenty of patrons were bummed when The Wolverine Grill at 228 W. Michigan Ave. in Ypsilanti closed down after over 50 years in business. But disappointed eaters can take heart, a new restaurant from chef/owner Manuel DePaz has taken over the space, adding some Central American flair to the Ypsilanti food scene. After working at Mediterraneo in Ann Arbor for 13 years, DePaz — along with his wife, brother, sister-inlaw, and other family members — opened Encuentro in December 2015. DePaz, inspired in part by Ypsilanti’s thriving Guatemalan community (playfully nicknamed “Guatemalita” according to DePaz), serves up a mix of authentic Guatemalan food, Americanized dishes, and Mediterranean classics. Our group of three went on a quiet Thursday night. DePaz has kept The Wolverine Grill tables and counter space but spruced up the location with new paint and decorations from Guatemala lining the walls (as well as Telemundo soap operas on the television). We started with Crispy Chicken Tacos ($5.50), which were really more like taquitos, with a crunchy pickled coleslaw that paired well with the salted chicken. The tomato sauce, the real star of the dish, is prepared fresh by DePaz every day. From there we moved on to the Garnachas ($6.95), three small tortillas filled with ground beef, the same pickled cabbage and tomato sauce, and the Pupusas de Chicharron, thick tortillas filled with shredded pork and served with coleslaw. We finished the main course with the Churrascos, ($11.95), beef with rice, beans, avocado, scallions, tomato sauce and tortillas. The Garnachas were similar to tostadas and the perfect sharing size for three people, and the Pupusas had a wonderful filling that popped out of the stuffed tortillas with a satisfying squeeze of our forks.

The beef on the Churrascos were wonderfully seasoned, blended with the beans and veggies to cut the spice level. The tortillas that came with the Churrascos were different from the rest of the meal, fluffy, thick-cut, and clearly handmade. It would have be nice to have the fresh tortillas with all the dishes— we finished the Churrascos off with a fork, but more tortillas would have been welcome. For dessert, we chose the creme brulee, one of Chef DePaz’s specialties from his time at Mediterraneo, and we weren’t disappointed. The fresh vanilla beans inside the brulee added texture and a delicious twist on the standard classic. Service was fast and friendly and clearly lived up to the “family-style” label (DePaz’s sister-in-law was our server). There’s no alcohol service, but we enjoyed an orange-mango Jarritos and Horchata to stay in the Central American spirit. We’ll definitely be back to try out the plantains, as well as the breakfast options For a taste of Guatemala, there’s no better spot in Washtenaw County than Encuentro. Chef/owner DePaz brought a taste of his hometown to Ypsilanti

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The palates at ABC Brewpub are feeding customers something a little different for their April Foolishness tasting. Participants will have the opportunity to taste some strange concoctions like porters with pig head and old-time beers with an updated twist. As always, there will be paired appetizers and a door prize drawing. Thursday, April 14. 7pm. $25/advance, $30/day of. ABC Brewpub, 114 E. Washington St. 734-213-1393.

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8am-3pm/Saturdays. 315 Detroit St. 734-794-6255.

Right in the heart of Kerrytown, shoppers can find all their culinary needs from local farms, as well as craft vendors and other services.

3 sunday Incredible Homemade Pizza 5pm. $69. Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave., Ste 109. 734-531-0300.

In this fun, hands-on class, an instructor will walk participants through the steps of working with yeast and preparing dough from scratch.

4 monday Tammy’s Tastings: Please Don’t Tell

7:30pm. $45. The Last Word, 301 W. Huron St. 734-276-3215.

In this “Drink the Book” class, participants will sample a wide variety of cocktails from New York City’s bar PDT (Please Don’t Tell) Cocktail Book – like the bacon-infused Benton’s Old Fashioned – while talking about the bar’s influence.

5 tuesday Spice: The Variety of Life

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Keegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the People’s Food Co-op, will lead an interactive and lively talk on the history, processing, uses and chemical reactions of spices and herbs in baking.

Knife Skills Like a Pro

6:30pm. $59. Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave., Ste 109. 734-5310300.

Become acquainted and adept with the most classic and important of chef’s tools.

Growing Hope Earth Day Celebration

10am-2pm. WCC Student Center, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. 734-786-8401. Free

The WCC Earth Day Celebration is an educational event intended to provide an opportunity for the community to learn about and freely discuss ways in which we can live on this planet in a sustainable manner.

9 saturday Hawaiian-Style Entertaining

1pm. $69. Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave., Ste 109. 734-531-0300.

Celebrate spring with an incredible island-themed party/ class featuring the flavors of Hawaii.

10 sunday Haab’s Dining for Dollars All Day. 18 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-483-8200.

Celebrate National Library Week and support the library by dining at Haab’s. 10 percent of the cost of your meal will be donated to Ypsilanti District Library.

Comparative Cupping

1pm. $10. Zingerman’s Coffee, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-6060.

Sample coffees from Africa, Central and South Americas and the Asian Pacific. Taste and evaluate these coffees with the techniques and tools used by professional tasters. This is an eye-opening introduction of the world of coffee.

12 tuesday In Pursuit of Pepper

7pm. $75. Zingerman’s Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave. 734-663-3663.

Chocolate City

It might be a bit of a drive, but it’s so worth it. The Traverse City Chocolate Festival takes over the town and turns the history City Opera House into a celebration worthy of Willy Wonka. In addition to the businesses and vendors displaying you-know-what, there will be live music from singer-songwriter Jim Hawley, guest speakers and prize drawings every 15 minutes. Sunday, April 17. 1-3:30pm. City Opera House, 106 E. Front St., Traverse City. Roadhouse Chef Alex Young and Philippe de Vienne, master pepper trader for over thirty years, have put together a menu that features some of the finest peppercorns the world has to offer in one delicious meal.

13 wednesday Spice-ology

6:30pm. $35. Zingerman’s Deli, 422 Detroit St. 734-663-3354.

Smart Plates: Lunchbox Inspiration

7pm. Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-475-8732. Free

Join Kate Gerwick and Courtney Stinson of Savor Life Nutrition for some healthy, fresh, cost conscious lunch ideas.

14 thursday Around the World in 80 Days

The de Vienne family, on their special once a year visit from Quebec, will teach participants more about spices in 90 minutes than most of us learn in a lifetime.

6pm. $55. Oakland Community College, 27055 Orchard Lake Rd. 248-522-3700.

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20 wednesday Food Allergy Center Spring Luncheon

11:30am. $85. Knollwood Country Club, 5050 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield Township. 734-763-0866.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the University of Michigan Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, providing comprehensive care, education and research to improve quality of life and ultimately find a cure for food allergies.

Mushroom Madness

Presented by Robin Hills Farm, Mushroom Day is a celebration of the fungus among us. Three different activities are scheduled throughout the day — an ID class, where students will learn how to identify wild mushrooms; a mushroom walk around the Robin Hills Farm property; and to end the day, a class about the basics of growing mushrooms at home. There’s also the chance that participants will find oysters and morels. Classes can be taken individually or as a group. Taught by Rachel Misfud. Saturday, April 9. 1-3pm/ID class, 3-5pm/Mushroom walk, 6-8pm/Grow your own mushrooms. $25/ID class, $15/Mushroom Walk, $10/Grow your own mushrooms. Robin Hills Farm, 20390 Stockbridge Chelsea Rd., Chelsea. 734-929-2423.

cont. from page 21 Studies Institute hosts the last themed dinner of the 20152016 season. Under the watchful eyes of chef instructors, CSI students research, plan, prepare and serve a five-course meal including wines specially selected to complement the meal.

16 saturday Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day

2pm. $40. Zingerman’s Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-0500.

Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day is an international celebration of raw milk cheese and the individuals who bring it from the pasture to the plate.

19 tuesday Taste of Detroit

7pm. $59. Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Ave. 734-763-5796.

Michigan Ross has been working very closely with Detroit entrepreneurship to foster a new era of growth for the Motor City. The Ross School of Business Executive Learning and Conference Center is joining in this effort with the launch of the Taste of Detroit series, introducing the most creative local restaurateurs.

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21 thursday Michigan Wine Celebration

6pm. $35. Zingerman’s Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-0500.

Sip samples of sparkling, red, and white wines for this event, while exploring the grape varietals grown in Michigan’s four federally recognized viticulture regions.

Cocktail Class: The Green Fairy

7pm. $75. Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. 734-619-8100.

Discuss the history of absinthe (and the wormwood it contains) while crafting three classic cocktails that were created around the previously-maligned spirit. The class includes instruction and discussion, three cocktails, tasty snacks prepared in the farmhouse kitchen, and recipes.

23 saturday Bagels

1pm. $55. Pratt Road Bakehouse, 4871 Pratt Rd. 734-663-6336. Learn the techniques to mix,

proof, shape, boil and bake a New York Style bagel including classic toppings such as sesame and poppy seeds.

24 sunday Brewing Methods

1pm. $30. Zingerman’s Coffee, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-6060.

Learn the keys to successful coffee brewing using a variety of brewing methods. Take a single coffee and brew it six to eight different ways, each producing a unique taste, and learn the proper proportions and technique for each.

28 thursday Tea and Cheese

6pm. $30. Zingerman’s Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-0500.

Zingerman’s cheesemongers have teamed up with the Zingerman’s Coffee Co. to showcase specially selected teas from Rishi that pair most deliciously with an assortment of cheeses hand-picked by our cheesemongers.

Savor Detroit

6pm. $115-$125. Great Lakes Culinary Center, 24101 West 9 Mile Rd., Southfield. 248-691-1800.

Company’s coming to dinner! For the first time, Hour Detroit is pairing up local chefs with guest stars from around the country for the ultimate culinary collaboration at Savor Detroit. Enjoy a five-course meal complete with thoughtfully selected wine pairings and dessert prepared by the evening’s featured chef duo.

29 friday Secrets for Perfect Souffles 11am. $69. Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave., Ste 109. 734-531-0300.

Join this hands-on class and discover secrets for creating amazing sweet and savory soufflĂŠs that rise to any occasion.

30 saturday Mother’s Day Brunch

1pm-3pm. $50. Stone Coop Farm, 9615 Musch Rd. 810-599-2616.

Each meal will include 4-5 courses. Coffee, tea, water and a non-alcoholic beverage will be included. Guests are welcome to bring another beverage of their choice.



lzhi was never supposed to replace J Dilla (Rest In Power) when he departed from Slum Village some time before the release of Trinity in 2002, but at the time he was the new member of a group that had made an across-wave hiphop splash with Fantastic: Vol. 2 (2000), powered by some J Dilla masterpieces. El’s 2008 studio debut, The Preface, was impressive. Only a gifted storyteller and technical master would dare tackle Nas’s Illmatic, but backed by fellow Motowners, Will Sessions Band, Elmatic pays homage to a classic while creating a legacy of its own.

Personal Poison Detroit MC Elzhi’s latest album, Lead Poison, is personal and powerful by M.F. DiBella

Elzhi is rooted in Detroit hip-hop, having cut his teeth at open-mics hosted by Proof at the legendary Hip-Hop Shop. His second true solo full-length release, Lead Poison, is over four years in the making.

Current: Talk about your transition from Elmatic to the Lead Poison project. Elzhi: I wanted to give people something real after

awhile, I mean, after Elmatic I was just in the studio recording. I was going through a few things and trying to act like everything was all good and just kinda recording. After awhile it just didn’t feel right. I kinda wanted to come from a personal standpoint, like, just getting things out of me. Almost using my music as an outlet, hence the title Lead Poison. I had a lot in me and it needed to come out. You released a video for “February,” (produced by 14KT from Ypsilanti) that’s some pure Michigan stuff right there. Any other videos in the works? We got some more videos in the works. I kinda wanted to approach this project in a whole different way to try to give it a chance to actually compete. One department I’ve always lacked in was the visual, I wanted to make sure the visuals were on point this time around. Let’s talk about some of the content on Lead Poison. The title, at first, seems like a dig at the Flint water crisis, but this project is very personal for you. Tell us a little more about what Lead Poison means to you. Some people were thinking I was talking about the Flint crisis, but I created that title before I even knew anything was going on out there. Like I say, it really was about me, really getting it out and being honest and truthful with the people who enjoy my music. If I wasn’t able to

get this out right now, I wouldn’t be able to transform and flip into different concepts. People know me for being personal or just being a battle MC or whatever. Now I’m back even better than ever, in rare form, doing what I do. I’m in the studio right now trying to knock out the next joint. Tell us about some of the Detroit artists you work with or some we should know about. I work with mad Detroit artists. Drey Skonie. Smitty Soul. Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, the usual suspects. Trick Trick. Other artists you listen to? I like that kid Saba, from Chicago. I like how he puts his songs together. There’s some young spitters out there. I like Chance (The Rapper), Kendrick Lamar. Obviously Nas is an influence. Anybody else you might want to throw out there? On the hip-hop side, Slick Rick, Kool G. Rap, Jay-Z, Rakim. On the movie level, Tarantino, Michel Gondry, David Fincher. On the rock level, Jimi Hendrix. Spent any time in Ann Arbor or Ypsi? Yeah, I’ve been to Ann Arbor. I did a show at The Blind Pig. I’ve done a gang of shows up there, actually. There’s a project I have called Witness My Growth that I did my release party up there. It was pretty dope. Lead Poison, Elzhi’s latest album, came out March 26. Find out more at For the complete interview, visit / april 2016   23

music Broadway and worked in film, television and radio. Chapin’s infectious songs, sterling musicianship and personal warmth shine, whether he’s performing in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, fronting a symphony orchestra, or in an intimate coffeehouse.

2 saturday Ani DiFranco

8pm. $30-$55. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Punk-funk-folk’s pathbreaking entrepreneur, feminist icon and singer-songwriter extraordinaire. With over 20 studio albums to her credit, her music will be on display.

Mountain Goat Music

Originally a solo project from author, songwriter, and singer John Darnielle, indie folk/rock group The Mountain Goats have slowly added new members — Peter Hughes, Jon Wurster, Matthew Douglas and more — as well as new music. Their latest album, the 15th in the band’s history, is titled Beat the Champ (2015), and focuses on professional wrestling. Thanks to Darnielle’s skilled wordplay, the album doesn’t limit its scope to what’s between the ropes, but uses the theme as a jumping off point to explore childhood and how people present themselves to the public. —ZM

Friday, April 8. 9pm. $22/advance, $25/day of. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555.


musicianship and sly, exquisitely timed humor. One of southeastern Michigan’s most durable musical ensembles, they’re very much a local tradition.

Acoustic Tuesdays

7pm. Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St. 734-213-1393. Free

Every Tuesday night Arbor Brewing Company will feature live music in their newly renovated space.

Tom Chapin

8pm. $20. First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 1001 Green Rd. 734-662-4536.

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In a career that spans 23 albums and includes three Grammy awards, Tom Chapin has covered a lot of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on

The RFD Boys

7:30pm. $10-$11. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

The RFD Boys have been delighting Ann Arbor audiences since 1969 with their fabulous

Second Annual Hash Bash After Crash

8pm. $10. Club Above, 215 N. Main St. 734-686-4012.

After a great time spent celebrating come down to Ann Arbor’s Club Above to continue the fun all night long. With musical performances by Ascentient, Tek-Mazter and more.

Vic Mensa and Lil Dicky 8pm. $15-$45. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. 734-764-2538.

Vic Mensa, an American hip hop recording artist from Chicago currently signed to Roc Nation. Lil Dicky or LD, is an American rapper and comedian.


9pm. $13/advance, $15/door. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555.

Critically acclaimed pop duo Chairlift has released new music in the form of the infinitely danceable “Ch-Ching.” The R&B laced, vibrating drum infused pop track serves as the first musical offering from their album Moth, released in January 2016 via Columbia Records.


3 sunday Latino Music with Jose Olivera

1pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. Free

Latino music performance featuring guitarist Jose Olivera to open the library’s Festival of Latino American Culture.

Music From the Future 7pm. $5-$25. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-761-1451.

Eric and Mary Ross perform. Eric performs on piano, guitar and synthesizer and is a master of the theremin, one of the first electronic instruments. While he performs, Mary will show video and computer generated images.

5 tuesday The Dandy Warhols

8pm. $25. The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. 248-544-1991.

Originally from Portland, the cult rock group has released ten albums to a still growing and adored fanbase.

6 wednesday The Laws with Charlie Mosbrook

6:30pm. $15. Historic Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. 734-475-0862.

On The Tracks Songwriter Showcase. It’s not surprising John and Michele Law kick off their sixth album Try Love with the line “I believe in love at first sight,” as the album marks The Laws’ 10 years and one million miles on the road as a couple.

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8pm. $26-$52. Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St. 734-764-2538.

Praised by BBC Music as an ensemble whose playing “has everything you could wish for — miraculously honed intonation and perfect ensemble matched by innate understanding,” the Jerusalem Quartet makes every concert a special event. Their confident energy and exquisite sensitivity have kept audiences on the edges of their seats since their UMS debut in 2005.

9 sunday An Evening with Molly Ringwald

8pm. $37. Heinz C. Prechter Educational & Performing Arts Center, 21000 Northline Rd., Taylor. 734-374-3200.

Broadway and Film star Molly Ringwald in a not-to-be-missed evening of jazz standards.

George Winston concert

7:30pm. $20-$50. Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, 7878 Brighton Rd., Brighton. 810-599-0491.

Renowned pianist George Winston in a concert presented by St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce, and 2 Stones Events. The event includes a non-perishable food drive for the Livingston County Hunger Council.

The Planets

8pm. $15-$65. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463.

A special feature from the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, an out-of-this-world NASA video footage of the planets will be projected on the screen over the orchestra.

11 monday Heather Nova

7:30pm. $20. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Heather Nova emerged in the early 1990s. Her live shows have an intensity and uniqueness that have always created a buzz, with combinations like a cello plus distorted guitars. Heather’s self-penned songs are raw and emotional, frequently injected with cool pop melodies-a combination that has often seen her fall through genre cracks.

13 wednesday Kristin Rebecca with Kosi 7pm. $10. The Yellow Barn, 416 N. Huron St. 734-358-3832.

Kristin Rebecca is a captivating performer who combines her powerful, angelic voice, unique guitar rhythms and rare harp

ability into a show unlike any other. Kosi is a New York City based singer/songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots.

The Appleseed Collective w/ Big Dudee Roo & Rick Chyme 9pm. $8/advance, $10/door. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555.

The Appleseed Collective is a four-piece Americana band that has toured these United States since 2010, serving up songs new and old — barn-burners, old soul jazz, airy mood pieces, bluesy digressions — to crowds hungry for more.

14 thursday Amazin’ Blue

7pm. Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St. 734-764-2538.

UM’s oldest coed a cappella group performs their winter concert. The show will be full of pop, rock and jazz covers. Ticket pricing to be announced.

Mnozil Brass

7:30pm. $10-$42. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. 734-764-2538.

Named after a pub in Austria, where the former Vienna Conservatory students spent many a night socializing and performing at a monthly open mic, Mnozil Brass beautifully combines fearless, world-class virtuosity and zany theatrical wit. This brass septet seamlessly blends original compositions with classical favorites, jazz standards, and popular hits, presented with the group’s iconic humor.

15 friday Scott Ainsile

8pm. $20. First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 1001 Green Rd. 734-662-4536.

Armed with a variety of instruments -- vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a onestring, homemade diddley bow (cigar box guitar) -- and carefully chosen personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South, Ainslie explores the African and European roots of American music and culture, bringing the musical history of America alive.

16 saturday Bavarian Radio Orchestra

8pm. $12-$65. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. 734-764-2538.

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The Fab Faux

8pm. $29.50-$85. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463.

Get ready for the Beatles concert that never happened - until now. Following their successes of the last three years, The Fab Faux will return to the Michigan Theater to perform hit songs from The Beatles’ various films, from A Hard Day’s Night to Let it Be.

Ghost City Searchlight

8pm. $10. The Yellow Barn, 416 N. Huron St. 734-358-3832.

Ghost City Searchlight plays original music inspired by traditional Celtic and American folk songs infused with raucous energy.

17 sunday Futuristic & Devvon Terrell 9pm. $14/advance, $16/door. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555.

Growing up around music from his Father & two older brothers, it was inevitable that Futuristic would be a natural. He wrote his first raps at the age of six and hasn’t looked back since.

20 wednesday The Ark’s Open Stage

7:30pm. $2-$3. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Sign up and play, or just enjoy local performers trying their hand.

22 friday Jonathan Edwards

8pm. $20. First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 1001 Green Rd. 734-662-4536.

Decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

Derek Worthington’s Arbor Composers’ Collective 8pm. $5-$25. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-761-1451.

The ensemble imposes no stylistic restrictions, enabling the repertoire to range from structures for improvisation to through-composed works. In that way the ACC explores the sonic and methodological possibilities of the mid-sized ensemble.

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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

8pm. $18-$52. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463.

Redman’s melodic prowess blends seamlessly with the “avant-garde populism” of The Bad Plus, pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination.

24 sunday Paul Burch

2pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. 7 34-482-4110. Free

Paul Burch shares original and classic songs inspired by the American landscape.

28 thursday Simo

8pm. $10. The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. 248-544-1991.

This southern trio is out with a new LP that mixes improvisational jazz, down and dirty R&B, psychedelic and of course, southern rock.

29 friday

Great Big (Solo) Sea Fresh off an exhilarating set at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Gypsies are returning to Ann Arbor for another exciting performance. As the former lead singer of the beloved Canadian band Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle has been wowing audiences with his particular brand of Celtic and folk rock since the early 90s. Since Great Big Sea’s retirement in 2013, Doyle has released two solo albums featuring a more upbeat and optimistic style. He’s also becoming a best-selling author with his memoir, Where I belong, and has worked as an actor in feature film and television. —ZM

7:30pm Sunday, April 24. $25/general admission, $32/reserved, $50/gold circle. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451.

Dan Fogleberg music by Don Campbell

8pm. $20. First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 1001 Green Rd. 734-662-4536.

Don Campbell is a contemporary/country crossover and folk-rock singer/songwriter whose presentation of music supports the story in the song and welcomes the audience on board for the ride.

30 saturday Celebrate International Jazz Day with Vincent York’s Jazzistry

8pm. $10/student, $20/general admission. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-761-1451.

Join Vincent York, founder of the popular Jazzistry live music education program, for this year’s International Jazz Day performance. This will be an evening of musical reminiscence of his early career touring with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington.

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A math-inspired musical Theatre Nova presents the world premiere of a play about inspired mathematician and con-man Pythagoras by Sandor Slomovits

Opening April 22 and running through May 15, Theatre Nova will present the world premiere rock musical Irrational, the joint creation of playwright David Wells and composer R. MacKenzie Lewis. Wells will be familiar to local audiences from his plays, Brill and County Line, which ran at the now-defunct Performance Network Theatre in 2013 and 2014, while Lewis has composed, arranged and music directed for many local shows. His work has also been heard in a number of productions Off-Broadway and at the Kennedy Center. Irrational will be directed by Theatre Nova’s founder and artistic director, Carla Milarch, who has acted in and directed many plays and musicals at the Performance Network. Current sat down with all three of them to talk about Irrational. Lewis: The show is about the ancient Greek, Pythagoras who as legend goes, was a bit of a cult leader. He lured his followers in with the perfection of rational numbers and ratios. He collected their money and had a massive following. He was a rock star. This is where the fun comes in. Wells: Turns out that Pythagoras was not only a mathematician and philosopher, but he was also, I think, a bit of a con man. He led a fervent following of Pythagoreans who believed that divinity was found in ratios, i.e. rational numbers. When one of his Pythagoreans discovered irrational numbers, Pythagoras had the man killed in order to protect their world-view, or perhaps his fortune. Sounds like there might be resonances to today’s world, climate change deniers, intelligent design advocates.



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David Wells, playwright, (left) and R. MacKenzie Lewis, composer discuss details.

Wells: I definitely agree that there are present day parallels with science and religion. Part of what interested me about the story was thinking about the lengths that people will go to deny new information that conflicts with a way of thinking that they’ve invested themselves in. Milarch: I think it’s an especially topical piece this year, because, even though it’s light-hearted and fun, it also has this political edge that’s very relevant right now. The Pythagoreans are “the establishment” and no one questions what they do. You either fall in line or face the consequences. Until this young man comes along who says, “No, that’s not how the world works, your theory is flawed. It’s actually the rational that’s crazy!” He flips the entire world upside down. But there are consequences for speaking out against entrenched worldviews. He faces an incredible amount of cynicism from everyone around him about the world’s ability to be different. I think there are tremendous parallels to a lot of what’s going on in the current presidential race. Tell us about the music. Lewis: Most of the music is based in the rock genre but influenced by everything under the sun. There’s some 1970’s rock anthem feels, some hip hop influences, a little angsty punk, and a few Burt Bacharach moments, to name a few. I wasn’t trying to capture the sound of ancient Greece, but rather capture the feeling the characters are going through at any given moment. Runs Friday, April 22 through Sunday, May 15. Tickets are $20/non-members, Free/members. The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron St. 734-635-8450. / april 2016   29

theater New York Love Story

Directed by Wendy Wright and produced by Theresa Myers, Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park is playing at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. The performance centers around two newlyweds, Corie and Paul Bratter, who move into the top floor of a New York City Brownstone. The narrative follows the lovebirds over the course of four days, as the straight-laced Paul and the free-spirited Corie figure out how to live together while dealing with a meddlesome neighbor and an oppressive mother-inlaw. It all adds up to a groovy American love story in classic Simon style. Runs through April 21-24. —ZM

7:30pm Thursday, 8pm Friday and Saturday, 2pm Sunday. $11-$22. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, 322 W. Ann St. 734-971-0605.

1 thursday The Imaginary Invalid

7:30pm Thursdays, 8pm Fridays & Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. $12/students, $28/general admission. Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave. 734-764-2538.

The farcical tale of a hypochondriac who is willing to marry off his daughter to a physician to ensure himself a lifetime of medical treatments, the play is directed by Theatre Department faculty member Daniel Cantor. Runs through April 10.

4 monday National Theatre Live

7pm. $18-$22. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-764-2538.

As You Like It, Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind. With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation.

8 friday One man, Two Guvnors

7pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. $7-$15. Quirk Theater, 124 Quirk Hall., Ypsilanti. 734-487-1220.

A play by Richard Bean, directed by John Seibert, with musical direction by Howard Cass. A comedy about a man trying to keep his two bosses from learning of each other’s existence. Runs through April 17.

9 saturday Blood Wedding

7:30pm. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-647-7600. Free

Kate Mendeloff of the U-M Residential College directs, with students performing, Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1932 tragedy. Performance held in the conservatory at Matthaei. Also runs Sunday.

14 thursday Always, Patsy Cline

6:30pm Thursdays, 7:30pm Fridays, 2:30pm & 7:30pm Saturdays, 2:30pm Sundays. $18. The Encore Musical Theatre Company, 3126 Broad St., Dexter.

Based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship and Houston housewife, Louise Seger. In 1961 when Cline went to Houston for a show, Seger and her buddies arrived early and, by coincidence, met Cline who was traveling alone. The two women struck up a friendship that was to culminate in Cline spending the night at Seger’s house, and a friendship that



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lasted until Cline’s untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. Through May 8.

Gaps in the Fossil Record 3pm Wednesdays, 8pm Thursday & Friday, 3pm & 8pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday. $25-$43. Purple Rose Theatre Company, 137 Park St., Chelsea.

A World Premiere by Matt Letscher directed by Guy Sanville. Recipient of the 2015 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award!When Jane brings home the much older, soon-to-be father of her unborn child, Mom thinks that she’s kidding. What starts as a practical joke turns into a thoughtful exploration of what is passed down through the generations. Through May 28.

Guys and Dolls

7:30pm Thursday, 8pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Sunday. $12-$32. Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St. 734-647-3327.

A musical by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling, and Frank Loesser, directed by Mark Madama. Hilarity abounds as morality vies with love in the ultimate game of chance. Through Sunday.

20 wednesday Emerging Dance

8pm. Betty Pease Studio Theatre, 1310 N. University Ct. 734-763-5460. Free

UM Dance majors present projects of new choreography and works-in-progress. Free tickets available at front door one hour prior to show.

22 friday Laura

8pm Fridays & Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. $15. Barefoot Productions Theatre, 240 N. Main St., Plymouth. 734-404-6886.

Based on the novel by Vera Caspary. When Mark McPherson first falls in love with Laura, he knows he’s in love with a phantom—for Laura is dead, and he’s in charge of her murder investigation. From her portrait, her letters, her personal effects and from his contacts with the men who loved her, Mark has created an image of a woman tantalizingly alive and real. Through May 1.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

7pm Friday, 2pm Saturday. $15-$20. Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Rd., Chelsea. 734-475-3070.

Shakespeare’s comedy is brought to life by director Wendi DuBois and a group of young ballet dancers. Two performances, runs through Saturday.


Local filmmakers moving up Drew Williams and Steve Weed are working hard on their biggest film project to date by Heidi Philipsen


Willams (left) and Weed (right) hope their new film will be their big break Photo Credit: Banu Avci What do you hope this film will do for your careers in film?

It’s my hope that it will get us on the map a little, you know? Get it into some festivals, get it in front of an audience. Sometimes it only takes one person to give you that ticket over the bridge. And we just want to be able to keep making movies because it’s what we love to do.

here comes a point in every artist’s journey, when the skip down the lane of amateurish endeavors in the world of creative What have you learned from expression arrives at a fork your past films NOT to do in in the road: Do I continue this film production? What creating as an amateurish will you repeat? hobby, or set my sights on Williams and Weed are still working on With filmmaking, it’s a cona professional career? casting. Here are the characters they have stant learning curve. My available (actors take note!): main focus being cinematogFilmmakers Drew Wilraphy, I’m always critiquing liams (who lives and works Leo — The younger brother of Max. Leo grew up in the my work from past shoots. in Ann Arbor) and Steve city. Life was hard and he had to fend for himself. Max wasn’t around and their father had his own demons. Leo gets ‘Next time I’ll do this, beWeed (who lives in Deinto trouble, but nothing he can’t handle until the end, when cause that happened this troit) are currently taking he’s in too deep. His main objective is to once again believe time,’ and vice versa. It’s their first steps towards that life could be better. about making mistakes and following their dreams of learning from them. One professional celluloid stoLeo’s Look — Leo should be mid-to-late twenties. thing I know we will repeat rytelling with their short Should be able to look like Max’s younger brother (one year is our desire to make every film Residents — a story apart). Leo should have darker hair with dark features (fashot the way we want it. Not about two brothers and cial hair, eyebrows). Leo’s look will be rugged and roughly to settle for something when their search for utopia maintained. if you just wait 20 minutes in Detroit. Having made Leo’s Emotions — Able to act with high emotion. for light to be right, or whatshort films for local comTimes when he says he is ok he truly is not. ever. Just making the best petitions and winning top film possible. prizes, “We figured that Leo’s Girlfriend — Mid to late twenties. Young and we were on to something Where do you want to be in beautiful. She loves Leo and knows his troubles. She respects and and should pursue making five years? Ten? is loyal to Leo. She is unsure of Max’s intentions. movies as more than just a I guess in five years I’d like hobby,” said Residents cinto be running a studio/proematographer Williams. duction company while continuing to make movies. Just creating, and helping other Current caught up with the Ann Arbor/Detroit based people take their visions and turn them into a reality. Ten filmmakers-by-day, bartenders-by-night to find out more years? Hell, can’t say I wouldn’t mind strolling across that about their forth-coming production dates, and inquire stage to give an Oscar speech (laughs). whether they need any help with casting – so you actors, near and far, get your film audition technique tweaked! What’s the plan once the film is complete? We want to be able to submit to as many festivals as our Current: What is it that you want to say bank account allows. I know Steve and I have also diswith Residents as creatives? cussed arranging a screening of some kind. I know some Williams: As creatives, what I’d say is that with the right people over at The Michigan Theater, so maybe something vision, anything is possible. Residents, from my perspeccould happen there. tive, is a story about confronting demons, which is someTo contribute to the making of Residents, visit Indiegogo. thing that I can relate to. Saying that, I feel it’s a necessity com and search for Residents - Independent Film. For to shed (or at least attempt to) any bad “mojo” from your casting questions, email past in order to see a brighter future.

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Series. A secret military project called “Akira” endangers NeoTokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a psychopath. Now, only the gang and two kids can save the city from total annihilation.

9 saturday Blue Sky Bones

7:10pm. Angell Hall, 435 State St. 734-764-6285. Free

Cui Jian, one of China’s first rock stars, makes his feature debut with a story about history, family, music and politics.

13 wednesday Blueberry Soup

6pm. Angell Hall, 435 State St. 734-764-6285. Free

Easter Rising

During Easter week in 1916, as the United Kingdom was in the middle of World War I, armed insurrectionists seeking an independent Ireland rose up and stormed various British-held locations throughout the Emerald Isle. The occupation lasted only a week, but provided a spark that smoldered for the next century. In remembrance of the rebellion, the History Department at the University of Michigan has partnered with the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies to present a screening of the documentary, 1916 The Irish Rebellion. A discussion will follow the screening and feature the film’s producers and writer, as well as Thomas Bartlett, Professor Emeritus at the University of Aberdeen. Open to the public. —ZM

6pm Tuesday, April 5. Hutchins Hall, 625 S. State St. 734-764-6305. Free


Thrifty Ticket Tuesday

Tuesdays. $7. Goodrich Quality 16, 3686 Jackson Rd. 734-623-7469.

GQT is giving audiences a reason to love movies on Tuesdays. No special identification required. $7 tickets, some exceptions apply.

2 saturday Cart

2pm. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. Free

Part of the Korean Cinema NOW series. Part social critique and inspiring tale, employees of a Korean market get laid off.



4 monday Buena Vista Social Club 6:30pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd. 734-482-4110. Free

Ry Cooder traveled to Havana in order to bring musicians together. The result is a film of triumphant performances of extraordinary music, resurrecting the musicians’ careers.

6 wednesday Akira

7pm. $8-$10. State Theater, 233 S. State St. 734-761-8667.

Part of the CineManga Film

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This is an extraordinary documentary about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008.

Space Battleship Yamato 7pm. $8-$10. State Theater, 233 S. State St. 734-761-8667.

Part of the CineManga Film Series. It’s 2199, where the crew of the Space Battleship Yamato set out on a journey to the planet Iskandar to acquire a device that can potentially heal the war-ravaged Earth.

16 saturday All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

3pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

In 1999, Tower Records made $1 billion. In 2006, the company filed for bankruptcy. What went wrong? Find out the inside story of this music industry powerhouse with this acclaimed 2015 documentary.

19 tuesday Documentary: The Great Detroit

6:30pm. Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St. Dexter. 734-426-4477. Free

This documentary explores the positive aspects of Detroit. With over 55 interviews, The Great

Detroit covers more than 300 years of history in the region. Writer and director Brogdon will present the film and take questions after the showing.

21 thursday Wild and Scenic Film Festival

6:30pm. $8-$10. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463.

Hosted through a unique partnership between six locally based organizations focused on the environment and nature.

22 friday Motor City Nightmares

5pm/Friday, 10am/Saturday, 11am/ Sunday. $15-$25/day passes. Novi Sheraton, 21111 Haggerty Rd., Novi. 734-674-1030.

Horror Expo and Film Festival featuring celebrity appearances, a lineup of movies, shopping and discussion panels. Special passes are available for purchase. Runs through April 24.

23 saturday Mulholland Drive

11:59pm. $8. State Theater, 233 S. State St. 734-761-8667.

A woman is left with amnesia after a car crash. She wanders the streets of LA before taking refuge in an apartment where she is discovered by Betty. Together, the two attempt to solve the mystery of Rita’s true identity.

24 sunday Three Stooges Shorts

1:30pm. $8-$10. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463.

The Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and comedy act of the mid–20th century, best known for their slapstick short films, six of which are presented here.


Bill Burgard is making his mark As the winner of the Ann Arbor “Art in the Sky” contest, Burgard continues to make the city beautiful by Louis W. Meldman Bill Burgard calls himself a “freelance illustrator and designer.” That’s true, but it’s so understated as to be misleading. Bill Burgard is a force of nature in Ann Arbor’s art world. He lectures at The University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art and Design, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1979 and joined the faculty in 1993. He was hired to teach illustration, but is now a sought after core drawing instructor. Burgard teaches courses on observational skills and on technical skills (Note to all Stamps students: seek out Bill Burgard. Note to all Stamps parents: tell your kids).

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Burgard recently won the Ann Arbor “Art in the Sky” public art contest to design the 500,000 gallon steel tank water tower on Manchester Road when it is painted this summer. You may not have noticed it but you’ve seen the tower a million times, just south of the split of Washtenaw Avenue and Stadium Boulevard. Keep an eye on it starting in June and behold a sky-mural as it comes to life. The Matisse-like design imagines the Huron River, the primary source of Ann Arbor’s drinking water, including images of swans, cranes, woodpeckers, hawks and many bluegill fish. It will be realized in teals, purples and greens, with black and white highlights, and is destined to become a major Ann Arbor landmark. “I’m really excited and proud of it,” Burgard told me. “I live nearby and it was important to me to have a say as a part of the community.” You may not have noticed but you’ve seen Burgard’s work before. For twelve years he was the art director of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, in charge of both indoor and outdoor venues. He also participated in the Ann Arbor Painted program, painting the bus depot on Huron in a style reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s Night Hawks late-night diner scene. He is involved in charitable causes, donating work for projects such as last year’s (and 20th annual) Prison Creative Arts Project, which brings art and creativity to Michigan’s prisoners and exhibits the best in show each year at the Slusser Gallery in the Stamps building. Burgard has also worked with

Sleeping Bear Press, Ann Arbor’s beloved publisher of children’s books.

World-class artist

Burgard makes his big bucks doing commissions for major corporations. Starbucks, Sports Illustrated, and University of Michigan Health System, where his largescale mixed-media wall displays, comprising typography, illustration and three-dimensional materials, are on permanent public display in both the medical school and the hospital. Burgard has become increasingly called on to execute portraiture, commissioned to honor major donors and researchers who have achieved internationally recognized excellence (five alone in the Department of Gastroenterology). The portraits reflect each individual’s projects and contributions to the field. The portrait of Thomas Wang, M.D., Ph.D., for example, celebrates his work in confocal and multiphoton endomicroscopy. I don’t know what the hell that is either, but as a work of art the portrait is enthralling. Each portrait is painted in oil on a gessoed wood panel, a centuries-old technique. The narrative illustrations are in mixed media on paper. The final assembly of images using Illustrator and Photoshop is realized on heavyweight archival paper. In 2010 Bill became an associate artist (not illustrator) for the United States Mint, and has created commemorative coins honoring Helen Taft (First Lady to President William Howard Taft, 1909-1913), and the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner. The United States mint employs only the best and brightest, which brings us to the age-old question of the difference between art and illustration. As George Orwell pointed out in 1946, “In certain kinds of writing, particularly art criticism, it is normal to come across long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning.” Is Norman Rockwell’s work illustration while Jackson Pollock’s is art? I suppose when art critics are paid by the word, it is only natural for them to go on talking. William Bergard is an artist, and we’re lucky to have him around. / april 2016   33



A Walk in the World

10am Monday, 9am Tuesday-Saturday, noon Sunday. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

This exhibit provides a glimpse of the rich and varied artwork created at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor. Through April 14.

Art Now: Photography 2016

Portrait Series

An acclaimed artist and Professor of painting at Renmin University in Beijing, Xu Weixin’s work always expresses his interest in the human condition and establishes an emotional connection. Now on display on the second floor of the University of Michigan Museum of Art are two parts of his powerful Monumental Portraits Series: Miner Portraits and Chinese Historical Figures: 1966-1976. The subjects for the first part of the series depicts coal mine workers that face harsh conditions in contemporary China. The second part of the series shows portraits of men and women who lived through one of the most turbulent times in Chinese history — the Cultural Revolution, when communist and Maoist ideology took firm hold of China’s political structure. These single-person portraits invite audiences to look past, or even ignore, accepted historical and political narratives and connect with the subjects on a human level. Runs through Saturday, May 28. —ZM

11am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday, Noon-5pm Sunday. $10/suggested donation. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395.

10am Monday-Saturday, noon Sunday. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. 734-994-8004. Free

Each year, the AAAC presents a media-focused exhibition as part of the series. This year the focus will be on innovative photography. Through May 14.

5 tuesday Using Art to Disrupt the Criminal Justice System 12:30pm. UM Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer St. 734-936-3518. Free

Presented as part of a campus wide collaboration with the Prison Creative Arts Project and visiting photographer and activist Mark Strandquist.

6 wednesday Colored Pencil

9am-noon. $95. Two Twelve Arts Center, 216 W. Michigan Ave. 734-944-2787.

Students will learn colored pencil application and should anticipate work outside the classroom in order to complete the project. Runs Wednesdays through April 27.

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Hand Drawn Animation Classes

6:30-9pm. $240. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. 734-994-8004.

Learn how to turn drawings into animations. No experience required. Runs Thursdays through June 2.

17 sunday Early British Photographs Guided Tour

2pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. Free

The first half-century of British photography charts the journey of a new medium with distinct expressive and artistic potentials.

20 wednesday Layers, Layers, Layers

9:30am-Noon. $65. Two Twelve Arts Center, 216 W. Michigan Ave. 734-944-2787.

Students will learn several different techniques for creating layers on a canvas for mixed media. Terms and supplies will be defined and demonstrated and then students will have an opportunity to use these techniques on canvas. Also runs April 27 at 6:30pm.

The library provides the material, all participants have to do is bring the talent, or at least some inspiration. A landscape model will be offered. Registration required.

2pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. Free


14 thursday

Join cartoonist Matt Feazell for an AADL sponsored Minicomic Workshop.

10 sunday

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An evening of coloring for adults and music designed to set a Zen mood. The AADL will provide all the supplies, plus coloring pages.

Beginning Watercolor

Albert Kahn: Under Construction Guided Tour


7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Make a Minicomic Workshop

6pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. Free

local. unique. handmade.

13 wednesday Zen and the Art of Coloring for Adults

Shot by an array of professional photographers, this exhibit focuses on the remarkable archive of photographs from the Highland Park Ford Plant to the Willow Run Bomber Plant. These documentary images show buildings as they grew on site.

11 monday Digital Painting

6:30-9pm. $240. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. 734-994-8004.

A comprehensive course in digital painting that will focus on developing skills and techniques using Adobe Photoshop. Runs Mondays through June 6.

6:30pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 Michigan Ave. 734-482-4110. Free

23 saturday Making African Masks

11am. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. Free

Local artist and long-time UMMA docent Susan Clinthorne will lead participants on an exploration of the gallery followed by a hands-on workshop. Registration is required.

30 saturday Stenciled Watercolors

3pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. 734-327-4200. Free

Don’t worry about art skills, instructors will teach new artists how to create an amazing frame-worthy piece.

lit Receiving the Shore

Recreating Michigan’s four seasons in a multi-sensory collaboration by Tami Sacketts

Poetry and music go together perfectly in Receiving the Shore


obert Frost once said that, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and that thought has found words.” If that thought included music and song you would have an incredible collaboration of poetry by Jennifer Burd with musical settings by Laszlo Slomovits entitled Receiving the Shore. Although putting poetry to song is nothing new — Robert Burns infamous Auld Lang Syne was a Scottish poem later put to music — Jennifer and Laszlo’s combined creative talents are a unique yet nostalgic journey that reminds us of the forgotten art of the folk song.

Although the pair have written many poems together, several of which have been published in journals, this is their first book/CD. Prior to Receiving the Shore, the pair’s collaborative works have appeared in a children’s play I Can Hear the Sun, as well as workshops and live performances where Burd reads and Slomovits creates music spontaneously. Through various musical instruments such as the pennywhistle or the Native American flute, Laszlo is able to create an auditory experience that meshes seamlessly with Burd’s prose or poetry.

Jennifer Burd

Their latest collaboration is a compilation of poems that explore Michigan’s four seasons through sight and sound. Readers are introduced to each season through a series of Haikus, a Japanese form of poetry that employs highly evocative allusions and comparisons and sets the tone for the longer, more traditional poems. Burd’s expressive descriptions of nature, set to Slomovits’ fervent notes, means readers truly hear the sound of rain in “Rain Is” or the promise of winter with “In Winter.” Every poem brings forth a thought, an emotion or a memory. Listening to “Solstice Hymn” and it’s easy to feel the stillness and hear the birds in the trees while tracing the cold stone on the grave markers in the cemetery. Each of the poems sends readers on a magical voyage that will take them back to a warm summer’s day, a cricket’s song, the leaves in autumn or the rushing of the shore. Receiving the Shore is a colorful journey of days gone by and promises of days yet to come. Join Burd and Slomovits for a reading and book signing 3pm Sunday, April 24 at Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. in the Westgate Shopping Center. 734-662-0600. For more about Poetry into song go to;

Burd is a native born Michigander who moved to Seattle but later returned to her roots in Ann Arbor. In her poem “Winter Day” she describes a “1920’s dairy barn, shuttered and still, standing, braced and beamed, its builders never believing they’d be gone.” The barn itself sits on property where Burd was living until a year ago, in an apartment in an older house with a lovely view of the barn. Seeing that old barn brought back stories she had heard of her great, great, great, great grandfather who lived near Ann Arbor in the 1800s and was a farmer. Inspiration hit and the poem was born.

Laszlo Slomovits

Hungarian born Laszlo Slomovits was raised in a musical family. His father was a synagogue cantor and he, and his twin brother, served as his father’s two-boy choir. Slomovits credits everything he learned about singing to his father. At age 7 he learned to play the violin and then became well versed in other instruments including the slide guitar, mandolin, panpipes and various types of folk percussion.

Receiving the Shore

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Local Reads Ongoing

Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series

7pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. 734-665-2757. Free

Hosted by Joe Kelty and Ed Morin on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Featured readers and open mics. 4 monday

Desiree Cooper

7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567.

Beyond America

Four of the most respected names in journalism today will be on hand for Beyond America: The Case for Foreign News, presented by the UM Knight Wallace Fellows. David Greene, host of NPR’s “Morning Edition” and former foreign and White House correspondent moderates the discussion concerning journalism’s importance outside of U.S. borders. Also part of the panel: CNN host Christiane Amanpour, the network’s senior international correspondent; Dean Baquet, executive editor of the The New York Times and former editor of the Los Angeles Times; and John Harris, co-founder and editor-in-chief of POLITICO. This event will be live-streamed at the Knight Wallace Fellows website.

4:30pm-6pm. Friday, April 15. Rackham Graduate School, 915 Washington St. 734-998-7666. Free

In this heart-wrenching collection, Know the Mother, Cooper reveals that gender and race are often unanticipated interlopers in family life. 5 tuesday

Keep Me Posted

7pm. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. Free

A reading from author Liz Beazley. Two sisters share the surprising highs and cringe-worthy lows of social media fame, when their most private thoughts become incredibly public in this fresh and funny debut novel. 6 wednesday

Saadia Faruqui

7pm. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. Free

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her book Brick Walls: Tales of Hope and Courage from Pakistan is a heartwarming collection of short stories filled with larger-than-life characters and the seemingly impossible challenges they face.

Women’s Hebrew Poetry on American Shores

7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567. Free

A roundtable discussion, in conjunction with the Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, to mark the publication of Women’s Hebrew Poetry on American Shores: Poems by Anne Kleiman and Annabelle Farmelant.

Diana Burney

7pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. 734-665-2757. Free

Free author event that will include an overview of Burney’s book, situations that create auric weaknesses, ways to increase vibrations and spiritual protection. 7 thursday

Bryan Burrough

7pm. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. Free

Bryan Burrough is a special correspondent at Vanity Fair magazine and the author of six books, including the No. 1 New York Times Best-Seller Barbarians at the Gate and his latest, Days of Rage.



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Emerging Writers Workshop: Publishing Options Ann Arbor District Library, 3333 Traverwood Dr. 734-327-4200. Free

Things are changing in the book world, and writers have more places than ever to publish their work. In this workshop, Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will discuss the difference between traditional and self-publishing and examine the benefits and drawbacks of each path. 15 friday

National Library Week: Author Mardi Jo Link

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Mardi will discuss her memoirs, Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm and The Drummond Girls, as well as some of her new projects and the craft of writing. 21 thursday

Michael Delp, Zikea Joseph and M.L. Liebler 7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567. Free

Literati welcomes in three talented authors from Wayne State University Press’s Made in Michigan series.

Books and Banter

1:30pm. Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-475-8732. Free

Join book club leader Julia Strimer for a friendly and lively discussion of each month’s selection. Books will be available. This month’s selection is Euphoria by Lily King. 26 tuesday

Feminist Book Club

7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567. Free

For April’s meeting, participants will discuss Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. Mention the book club for a 15 percent discount. 27 wednesday

Mystery Lovers Book Club

2pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd. 734-482-4110. Free

Mystery lovers will discuss a different title each month. This month’s selection is The Sherlockian, by Graham Moore. 30 saturday

Midwest Literary Walk

1pm-5pm. Historic Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St. 734-475-8732. Free

An annual literary event the last Saturday in April aimed at highlighting the power of literature and poetry in everyday life. Reading events take place at a range of venues in downtown Chelsea, Michigan. The readings are intimate, giving attendees a chance to interact with the authors. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Rudland (center) with team memebers Jake Rosen (left) and Boyzzz Khumalo (right)

Mighty Oaks taking root The AFC Ann Arbor Mighty Oaks are making a name for soccer in Ann Arbor by Zach Marburger It can be difficult, living in Ann Arbor, to find sporting events outside the orbit of University of Michigan athletics. But despite playing their home matches in the shadow of The Big House, the AFC Ann Arbor Mighty Oaks are making a point of getting high-quality soccer that isn’t affiliated with the Wolverines to local fans starved for another team to cheer on. Founded in 2014 by a group of locals with a desire to see soccer flourish in Ann Arbor, the club has big plans for 2016. Heading into just their second season, the team has joined the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), where they’ll compete in the Midwest Region. The NPSL is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation and competes in the fourth division of the United States soccer pyramid.

Building the roster

While their players are semi-professional or amateurs, the step up to the NPSL means that the quality of play is improving according to Sporting Director and Head Coach Eric Rudland, as the team cobbles together a roster of players from around the world. “Our roster is comprised of ex-professionals, guys who have played in the MLS who are now local guys,” said Rudland. “We’ll have college players playing for us in the offseason, and we’ll have international players coming in who want to use our program as a stepping stone.” AFC Ann Arbor also provides unique opportunities for players, who may have slipped through the scouting cracks, to get noticed, chances that occur with a team just now forming a real identity.

“Because our season is only 12 weeks, it’s hard to develop a player over the course of three months. What I like to do is identify players that have maybe flown under the radar or maybe had a couple hard knocks and may have missed an opportunity to sign a pro contract,” said Rudland. “My hope is that I can identify those players, have them come in with us and give them that platform to have success. I just think there are so many good players out there that for whatever reason, they all just don’t get their crack.”

Coaching experience

Rudland’s unique background makes him ideally suited for building a roster from scratch. Rudland coached in Europe for Crewe Alexandra FC (part of the English Championship Division) and at Spring Arbor University, an NAIA school. Most recently, he coached Lansing United in their first two years of NPSL competition to a MidWest Regional Title and a chance to compete in the NPSL National Semi-finals. In his second go-around at helping a team get off the ground, Rudland would love to see this team compete for a conference and regional championship. Just as important is seeing the growth of the game in Ann Arbor and neighboring communities. “There’s no other country in the world where the top level of soccer is growing the way it is (here). Just in Michigan, there were two teams four years ago, three teams three years ago, and now all of a sudden we’ll have six teams in Michigan (in the NPSL),” said Rudland. “From a community standpoint, from an overall soccer standpoint, it’s fantastic.”

AFC Ann Arbor will play a friendly against Northwood University’s Men’s Soccer Team Saturday, April 23 at 7pm before kicking off their regular season Friday, April 29 at 7pm against Oakland County FC. All home matches are at Hollway Field at Pioneer High School. For tickets and more information, visit / april 2016  37

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Michigan Voters Mobilizing to Join Free Weed States by Ken Wachsberger

Washtenaw County is packed with education, art, music and culture. Factor in our community’s open embrace of marijuana-— this month, Ann Arbor hosts the 45th Hash Bash, where thousands will celebrate marijuana culture— and it becomes a haven for progressive ideas and movements. Not only are our community’s dispensaries, glass shops, and grow stores part of a nationwide shift toward marijuana law reform, but they contribute to our community in a vibrant and immediate way. Current Magazine’s new monthly Patient Guide, or if you’re a recreational hopeful, the “Patience Guide”, highlights the local people and businesses cultivating our area’s marijuana scene, sharing news, ideas, and events. Find our complete coverage online at They say there’s a presidential election coming up in November but Michigan marijuana supporters have another issue on their minds: a proposal by MI Legalize to free the former “evil weed.” It’s the last proposal standing among at least three that were all “pro-weed” but in fact offered highly differing visions of the post-prohibition era. The MI Legalize ballot proposal, currently in the signature-gathering phase, will remove all criminal penalties for distribution, cultivation, and possession of marijuana with the exception of sale to unauthorized minors. No other proposal will liberate marijuana to fulfill its medical and economic potential. Think: the Vote Yes plan. Groups working behind the scenes are trying to influence House bills 4209, 4210, and 4827, a carefully orchestrated three-pronged attack on the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (which legalized medical marijuana as it is today) and the caregiver community that prepared it. Taken together, the three bills create a


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system that inserts the government between providers and patients in matters affecting growth, production, and sale of medical marijuana. While these bills would legalize provisioning centers and concentrates and edible forms of cannabis, the proposed system would place onerous, expensive, and restrictive licensing and tracking requirements on growers, processors, and dispensaries. These bills, which have been described as “heinous” by MI Legalize advocates, have already passed in the House and are waiting to be debated in the Senate. But here’s the good news: No action is expected during a presidential election year, allowing attention of activists to remain focused on passing the MI Legalize proposal. Michigan won’t be the first state to legalize marijuana but, according to attorney Allison Ireton, co-chair of Women Grow-Southeast Michigan chapter, the other states have won legality through corporate ballot initiatives. Vermont is expected to become the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislature. Michigan’s is the only grassroots campaign. But to win, community help is needed. According to Jeff Hank, executive director of the MI Legalize campaign, “Please tell people we have to hit it hard petitioning— 85 days at the most— and they can be paid if they sign up with the campaign to petition. We need all hands on deck to help us win. We have about 250,000 total signatures now-- and we want to collect another 100,000 ASAP. All true cannabis lovers will get 1,000 signatures or send some cash if they want Michigan to be free.” To volunteer, email To learn more, visit Ken Wachsberger is an author, member of the National Writers Union, and editor of the Bloom Blog. / april 2016   39

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Meet your Budtender Bill McMahon Ann Arbor Wellness Collective 321 E. Liberty St. (734) 929-2602 |

What’s you favorite product? Edibles because of their longer lasting effects. Specifically the Sativa Oatmeal Raisin Cookie.

Sage budtender advice? Testing. There is no excuse for exposing yourself to medicine that has not been tested for quality and safety. Also less is more. You can always medicate a little more, however if you over due it from the start, your potential for a bad time goes way up.

What do you do when your not budtending? I spend most of my time at home with my family, although I do enjoy a good concert. I also really enjoy photography.

How did you get into the business? After deciding to treat myself with cannabis instead of prescriptions, I sought out other like minded individuals at a convention. It was very right place, right time.

Favorite local munchies? Breakfast at Afternoon Delight is always delicious.

What’s one misconception people have about working with MMJ? As cliche as is sound, people think we just sit around and get high all day.

How long have you been a Budtender? Four years

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SCORE’s Terry Grover on what makes his organization the best bet for small businesses By Tim Malik Many people have the dream of running their own successful company. With popular TV shows like “Shark Tank,” more and more individuals are exploring the idea of how create their own business. One of the main obstacles for entrepreneurs is how to get started. The lack of knowledge is enough to steer many people away from their dream. Luckily, there’s a great resource available right in Ann Arbor to ease your fears, boost your knowledge, and get you started on the right path to success. That resource is made up of hard working volunteers who have years of great business experience under their belts, and make up the organization that is simply known as SCORE. Current talked with the Terry Grover (SCORE Assistant District Director for the state of Michigan Region) at The NEW Center Building in Ann Arbor, on how SCORE can help you start a small business. SCORE stands for “Service Core of Retired Executives” or “Service Core of Real Experience,” as Grover likes to say. Established in 1964 as a subset of the Small Business Administration, SCORE has 400 chapters and 14,000 volunteers throughout the country that mentor about 300,000 small businesses each year. The mission of SCORE is to mentor and counsel small business and entrepreneurs. “We help with anything to do with starting and running a small business,” said Grover. SCORE Ann Arbor The Ann Arbor chapter of SCORE has 22 mentors available to help entrepreneurs and small businesses. “We have a full toolbox of mentoring capabilities to serve anyone seeking guidance. Attorneys, CPA’s, Bankers, CEO’s, and Large Scale Managers are some of our mentors,” said Grover. “All of our sessions are confidential one-on-one, and there is never a charge or a limitation on visits.” In addition to offering one-on-one sessions with a client, Grover states that SCORE, “offers workshops related to all aspects of business.” Some of the topics covered in SCORE workshops include Website and Social Media, Accounting, Financials, Marketing, and Business Planning. Many of the workshops are free, although some have a small charge. One success story Grover talked about a client he has been working with who provides polygraph services. “She first came to see me when she was in the startup phase of her business. We helped her create a great website. After months of business mentoring to develop a strong business plan, she has a thriving business. She recently was awarded a five year contract with the state of Michigan. The client is very thankful to SCORE for helping her achieve her goals.” Reaching out to the community Score is expanding its reach into the community with the goal of increasing brand recognition, so more people are aware of all the resources that are available to them. “We’re reaching out to college classrooms, the mayor office, and business leaders,” said Grover. “We want to include things like agriculture, cottage industries, and have a broader range of potential clients.”

Grover and SCORE tackle business solutions head-on Grover highlighted a recent partnership as an example of his organization’s expanded outreach; “We are going to offer a workshop series at Washtenaw Community College for their Culinary Arts Program. The plan is to advise new chefs on how to start their own business, whether that’s opening their own restaurant, food truck, or food cart.” Words of Wisdom I asked Grover what his advice would be to anyone who plans on being an entrepreneur and starting a business. “Come see us first before you make any bad business decisions,” he said. “We’ll get you on the right track, and there is no cost to you. We are here, and we’re available to help you!” Go to and book an appointment. SCORE does request that you book the appointment through the website. Mentoring sessions are available Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm. Ann Arbor SCORE is located inside the NEW Center Building, 1100 N. Main St., Suite 109. / april 2016   41

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Comedy Jamm

8pm. $5. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 212 S. Fourth Ave. 734-996-9080.

Every Wednesday, the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase brings in 12 comedians from the greater Detroit area, some newbies and some beginners.

Tarot/Psychic Readings

5:30pm. $1.50/per minute. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. 734-665-2757.

Anyone is able to drop-in to get a evaluation from Kathy Bloch. No appointment is necessary.

1 friday Michigan and the Civil War 10am-6pm. Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-4758732. Free

Michigan’s contribution to the Civil War often gets overlooked because no battles were fought on state soil. Come explore what Michigan residents did during the Civil War in this exhibit.

Gary Gulman

8pm/Thursday, 8pm and 10:30pm/Friday and Saturday. $12-$16. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 212 S. Fourth Ave. 734-996-9080.

Ann Arbor audiences have probably seen Gary Gulman all over late night television, as well as HBO. But what he does best is live comedy, and audiences have a chance to see one of comedy’s most popular performers around today.

2 saturday Hidden Worlds: LargeScale Ceramic Pollen Structures

8:30am-4:30pm. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-647-7600. Free

Stamps School of Art and Design Professor Susan Crowell’s exhibit of grains of pollen rendered in fired, painted, and glazed ceramic reveals the hidden beauty and importance of these little-seen plant structures. Runs through May 8.

Handmade Bags

11am. $50. Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52., Chelsea. 517-914-1052.

Make a new bag for summer! Learn basic knotting, twining and twisting techniques as you create your own bag from natural fibers. During the first class, Rachel Mifsud will demonstrate the patterns. Also runs Saturday, April 16.

3 sunday Latino/a Cultural Festival 1:30pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd. 734-482-4110. Free

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Years of History series ends in an event celebrating Latino/a cultural heritage. Enjoy food, music, and a community performance led by a giant folk puppet from the Matrix Theatre Company.

6 wednesday A Rose is a Rose

7pm. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-936-8803. Free

A presentation by Ann Arbor Garden Club members that focuses on planting and — the hardest part — keeping roses alive.


8pm/Wednesdays. $50/six week class. Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52., Chelsea. 517-914-1052.

Argentine Tango is a beautiful vehicle for expression and connection. In “Tango 101,” Sophia and José will teach the fundamentals of Argentine Tango, giving students the tools to connect with their partners, to walk with both grace and intensity, as well as to improvise to the music. Runs through April 27.

7 thursday Renny Ramakers: Design+Desires

5:10pm. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. Free

Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Art historian turned curator turned environmental trendsetter, Renny Ramakers is co-founder and creative director of Amsterdambased design company Droog, where she initiates projects, curates exhibitions, and stretches the borders of design thinking.

Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Looking to the Future

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

A think tank of local stakeholders including representatives from community organizations, staff from both the City of Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County will join the public to discuss local sustainability efforts and challenges in our community. Each program will include a series of short presentations followed by a question and answer session.

9 saturday Raptor Feeding

3pm. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. Free

Join LSNC raptor staff every second Saturday of the month for dinner time. During this hour, see staff prepare scrumptious raptor food for the wild owls, hawks and eagles — and, yes, that does mean dead mice and rats!

10 sunday Puppy Possibilities

3pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Author Kathleen Goodman shares her dog-training secrets. Her book will be available for purchase at the event.

Racial Film/Discussion

2pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave. 734-482-4110. Free

Join a community conversation about Race and Racism moderated by La’Ron Williams.

12 tuesday Rain Gardens and How to Create Them

7:30pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Learn how to begin and sustain a rain garden, including design ideas, the best plants to use, and care and keeping of the garden. Rain gardens prevent rainwater from causing erosion and reaching the sewer system to become wastewater and instead capture it to be kept within the ecosystem.

13 wednesday The Best Beatles Album of All Time: A Hards Days Night

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Some of the Beatles’ most famous songs can be found on “A Hard Day’s Night”. Join local freelance journalist and musicologist Jim Leonard as he discusses the album.

14 thursday Story Night

7pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. 734-6652757. Free

Come hear stories for grownups from members of the Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild. Desserts, teas and other snacks will be available.

16 saturday Ecology Series

1pm. $15/per person, $25/per family. Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52., Chelsea. 517-914-1052.

Take a two-hour hike in search of frogs, toads, and salamanders. Learn to identify common species of amphibians found in Michigan, as well as listen to and learn several frog calls. Led by Sean Zera.

17 sunday Fireside Fun

6:30pm. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. Free

There’s nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. Bring camp chairs and plenty of marshmallows!

19 tuesday The Moth StorySLAM: Romance

6pm/doors, 7:30pm/start. $10. Circus, 210 S. First St. 734-913-8890.

Prepare a five-minute story about love, good or bad. Romeos and femme fatales, first dates and final dates. Flirting with disaster or seducing that dream guy or gal. The bro-mance, the girl crush and infatuation with ideas or places also welcome.

20 wednesday Smell and Tell: The Essence of Seduction

6:30pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Aroma speaks to memory and emotion more powerfully than any other sense. This is particularly true for musk perfumes. At this Smell and Tell, explore an enchanting range of musk perfumes that are deliberate expressions of memory and desire. We will also delve into the mystery of musk as a singular ingredient that traveled along the Silk Route and bridged aroma cultures in its wake.

Ypsilanti as an AfricanAmerican City

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Take a look at the reality of racism in the city and how Ypsilanti’s confident and wellorganized black community responded. Learn about the context of Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow and Michigan’s World War II-era Civil Rights Movement with Ypsilanti historian Matt Siegfried.

21 thursday $2 a Day

7pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. 734-665-2757. Free

Luke Schaefer, co-author of $2 a Day, talks about the face of poverty in America and what it’s like to survive on almost nothing.

26 tuesday Ancestry Aficionados

10am. Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-475-8732. Free

Spend some time digging into the library’s online genealogy resources, such as Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest,, and our own Expert volunteers will be on hand to offer advice and guidance for next steps.

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road trip Best of Detroit music

Nashville, New York, and that’s it — those are the only other cities in the country that can match Detroit’s vibrant musical legacy, a history that is still being written. Celebrate the latest chapter of the Detroit music scene at the 2016 Detroit Music Awards. The awards are decided by local musicians and industry insiders from Southeast Michigan. Categories include: Folk/Acoustic, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Country, Classical, Rock/Pop, R&B and Hip-hop, Electronic and World. Nominees must have some connection to the greater Detroit orbit, which extends from the Ohio border north to Flint and Ann Arbor to Lake St. Clair. Famous names like Eminem, Kid Rock, Smokey Robinson and more have appeared in the past. Check out which music legends will be in attendance this year, and which up and comers will join their ranks in the future. —ZM April 29, 6pm/door, 7pm/show. $20/general admission. The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-961-5451. collaborating with people whose racial/ethnic backgrounds and experiences differ from our own, and offer the example of intergroup dialogue as an effective practice for accomplishing it.

28 thursday Geoff Tate

8pm/Thursday, 8pm and 10:30pm/Friday and Saturday. $9-$14. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 212 S. Fourth Ave. 734-996-9080.

29 friday Law Day Legal Help

10am. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave. 734-482-4110. Free

In celebration of Law Day USA, the Washtenaw County Bar Association’s New Lawyers Section is sponsoring “No Fees Day.” Get 20 minutes of free legal advice. Walk-ins welcome if time allows.

One of the rising stars in Midwest Comedy, Tate has been featured on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and has a soon to be released film due out this summer.

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Crossing Racial and Social Divides

7pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

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health events Ongoing

AA Meditation Meeting

Mondays. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea room, 114 S. Main St. 734-665-2757. Free

A2 on the move

Perfect for men, women and kids of all fitness levels, the annual Ann Arbor Marathon gives everyone an opportunity to lace up and hit the streets. The track winds its way through some of Ann Arbor’s most well-known landmarks, starting at University of Michigan Stadium, winding through the UM campus before finishing downtown. Full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K options are available. Full and half marathon runners will also get to glide alongside the Huron and run past Nichols Arboretum. For kids 14 and under, there is a 100 meter kid’s dash that takes place on Main St. Runners who can’t make the date but still want to participate can take part in a virtual half marathon by running or walking 13.1 miles and uploading their story to the Ann Arbor Marathon facebook page. Prior to the event on Saturday, the Health and Wellness Expo takes place at the University of Michigan Indoor Track. —ZM 7:30am-2pm. , Sunday, April 3. 1201 S. Main St. 734-531-8747.

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Free Community Crossfit

Catching your breath

13 wednesday

6pm. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-936-8803. Free

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9:30am. $20. Elsie Earl Studios, 1900 Manchester Rd. 734-646-6633.

11am. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave. 734-482-4110. Free

The Healing Power of Nature through the eyes of African American Quilters

16 saturday

Every culture has found ways to restore body, mind, and spirit in nature In this exhibit, African-American quilters from the Great Lakes region interpret how plants, gardens, and nature are embedded in cultural awareness and expressions of health. Runs through April 24.

An introduction to mindful meditation for those new to meditation and those who want to continue practice. Cushions and chairs provided.

Free community workout. Attendees will perform a challenging but low-impact workout to learn how CrossFit promotes fitness and wellness. Beginning yoga for adults

Relaxed environment for community members looking to learn yoga.

10am-4:30pm. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-647-7600. Free

Managing Stress with Eden Energy Medicine with Marin Perusek and Jeannine Myers

1pm. $20. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea room, 114 S. Main St. 517-4141220.

Learn powerful, simple exercise to release built-up stress and reprogram the way the body responds to stress.

9am. UM N. Campus Research Complex, 2800 Plymouth Rd. 734-998-7071. Free

Breast cancer survivors, caregivers and members of the general public concerned about breast cancer and risk reduction are welcome to attend the fourth annual Breast Cancer Summit. Experts from the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center will speak on topics including breast cancer screening, treatment, research, survivorship, advocacy, genetic risk, and prevention. Event will include

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Welcoming environment for adults looking to learn about pilates. Taught by former Olympic diver Chris Sholtis.

10am. Saturdays. Huron River CrossFit, 4477 Jackson Rd. 734-436-4267. Free

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Pilates: Beginning Adult

9am. $20. Elsie Earl Studios, 1900 Manchester Rd. 734-646-6633.

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12 tuesday

This is a closed discussion meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. The format is twenty minutes of silent meditation followed by a discussion of the Eleventh Step. It is open to everyone who has a desire to stop drinking.

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take home tote bag, complimentary lunch and beverages and raffle prizes.

A free monthly program for caregivers of adults with memory loss. Designed for learning skills for continued health and well-being. Open Meditation

Ypsilanti Open Meditation is offering weekly drop-in guided meditation every Friday. Mindful Meditation

1pm. $30. Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry, 3820 Packard Rd., Ste 280. 734-477-5848.

19 tuesday

Herbs and Pain with Linda Diane Feldt

7pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea room, 114 S. Main St. 734-212-0010. Free

This workshop explores what works and what doesn’t work with herbal pain relief.

23 saturday

Relaxation Station featuring Therapy Dogs

2pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. 734-327-4200. Free

Want to pet a therapy dog from Therapaws? Come and enjoy some stress-free crafts and snacks to feel more relaxed and ready to take on whatever challenges lay ahead. Biking Northern Michigan 3pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. Free

Packed with funny stories, cycling tips, history and dining recommendations, this event will have audience members ready to ride one of the top cycling destinations in the world.

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© Copyright 2016 Rob Brezsny GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If I had to decide what natural phenomenon you most closely resemble right now, I’d consider comparing you to a warm, restless breeze or a busily playful dolphin. But my first choice would be the mushrooms known as *Schizophyllum commune.* They’re highly adaptable: able to go dormant when the weather’s dry and spring to life when rain comes. They really get around, too, making their homes on every continent except Antarctica. But the main reason I’d link you with them is that they come in over 28,000 different sexes. Their versatility is unprecedented. APRIL FOOL! I exaggerated a bit. It’s true that these days you’re polymorphous and multifaceted and wellrounded. But you’re probably not capable of expressing 28,000 varieties of anything. CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Whatever it is you’re seeking won’t come in the form you’re expecting,” warns Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. If that’s true, why bother? Why expend all your precious yearning if the net result won’t even satisfy your yearning?! That’s why I advise you to ABANDON YOUR BELOVED PLANS! Save your energy for trivial wishes. That way you won’t be disappointed when they are fulfilled in unanticipated ways. APRIL FOOL! I was messing with you. It’s true that what you want won’t arrive in the form you’re expecting. But I bet the result will be even better than what you expected. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You’re due to make a pilgrimage, aren’t you? It might be time to shave your head, sell your possessions, and head out on a long trek to a holy place where you can get back in touch with what the hell you’re doing here on this planet. APRIL FOOL! I was kidding about the head-shaving and possessions-dumping. On the other hand, there might be value in embarking on a less melodramatic pilgrimage. I think you’re ready to seek radical bliss of a higher order -- and get back in touch with what the hell you’re doing here on this planet. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Are you ready to fight the monster? Do you have the courage and strength and stamina and guile to overcome the ugly beast that’s blocking the path to the treasure? If not, turn around and head back to your comfort zone until you’re better prepared. APRIL FOOL! I lied. There is a monster, but it’s not the literal embodiment of a beastly adversary. Rather, it’s inside you. It’s an unripe part of yourself that needs to be taught and tamed and cared for. Until you develop a better relationship with it, it will just keep testing you. (P.S. Now would be a good time to develop a better relationship with it.)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Your advice for the near future comes from poet Stephen Dunn. “If the Devil sits down,” he says, “offer companionship, tell her you’ve always admired her magnificent, false moves.” I think that’s an excellent plan, Libra! Maybe you’ll even be lucky enough to make the acquaintance of many different devils with a wide variety of magnificent, false moves. APRIL FOOL! I lied. In fact, I think you should avoid contact with all devils, no matter how enticing they might be. Now is a key time to surround yourself with positive influences. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In 1841, a British medical journal prescribed the following remedy for the common cold: “Nail a hat on the wall near the foot of your bed, then retire to that bed, and drink spirits until you see two hats.” My expert astrological analysis reveals that this treatment is likely to cure not just the sniffles, but also any other discomforts you’re suffering from, whether physical or emotional or spiritual. So I hope you own a hat, hammer, and nails. APRIL FOOL! I lied. The method I suggested probably won’t help alleviate what ails you. But here’s a strategy that might: Get rid of anything that’s superfluous, rotten, outdated, or burdensome. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): To begin your oracle, I’ll borrow the words of author Ray Bradbury: “May you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days, and out of that love, remake a world.” I have reason to believe that this optimistic projection has a good chance of coming true for you. Imagine it, Sagittarius: daily swoons of delight and rapture from now until the year 2071. APRIL FOOL! I lied, sort of. It would be foolish to predict that you’ll be giddy with amorous feelings nonstop for the next 54 years and 10 months. On the other hand, I don’t think it’s unrealistic for you to expect a lot of that sweet stuff over the course of the next three weeks. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): “I am tired of being brave,” groaned Anne Sexton in one of her poems. “I’m sick of following my dreams,” moaned comedian Mitch Hedberg, adding, “I’m just going to ask my dreams where they’re going and hook up with them later.” In my opinion, Capricorn, you have every right to unleash grumbles similar to Hedberg’s and Sexton’s. APRIL FOOL! The advice I just gave you is only half-correct. It’s true that you need and deserve a respite from your earnest struggles. Now is indeed a good time to take a break so you can recharge your spiritual batteries. But don’t you dare feel sorry for yourself.

TAURUS April 20-May 20

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “People only get really interesting when they start to rattle the bars of their cages,” says philosopher Alain de Botton. If that’s true, Taurus, you must be on the verge of becoming very interesting. Metaphorically speaking, you’re not just rattling the bars of your cage. You’re also smacking your tin cup against the bars and trying to saw through them with your plastic knife. APRIL FOOL! I lied. You’re not literally in a prison cell. And I got a bit carried away with the metaphor. But there is a grain of truth to what I said. You are getting close to breaking free of at least some of your mind-forged manacles. And it’s making you more attractive and intriguing. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1991, hikers in the Italian Alps discovered the wellpreserved corpse of a Bronze Age hunter. Buried in the frigid terrain, the man who came to be known as Otzi the Iceman had been there for 5,000 years. Soon the museum that claimed his body began receiving inquiries from women who wanted to be impregnated with Otzi’s sperm. I think this is an apt metaphor for you, Aquarius. Consider the possibility that you might benefit from being fertilized by an influence from long ago. APRIL FOOL! I was just messing with you. It’s true you can generate good mojo by engaging with inspirational influences from the past. But I’d never urge you to be guided by a vulgar metaphor related to Otzi’s sperm. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Caligula was an eccentric Roman emperor who had a physical resemblance to a goat. He was sensitive about it. That’s why he made it illegal for anyone to refer to goats in his company. I mention this, Pisces, because I’d like to propose a list of words you should forbid to be used in your presence during the coming weeks: “money,” “cash,” “finances,” “loot,” “savings,” or “investments.” Why? Because I’m afraid it would be distracting, even confusing or embarrassing, for you to think about these sore subjects right now. APRIL FOOL! I lied. The truth is, now is a perfect time for you to be focused on getting richer quicker. ARIES (March 21-April 19): According to my astrological analysis, you would benefit profoundly from taking a ride in a jet fighter plane 70,000 feet above the earth. In fact, I think you really need to experience weightlessness as you soar faster than the speed of sound. Luckily, there’s an organization, MiGFlug (, that can provide you with this healing thrill. (I just hope you can afford the $18,000 price tag.) APRIL FOOL! I do in fact think you should treat yourself to unprecedented thrills and transcendent adventures. But I bet you can accomplish that without being quite so extravagant. Homework: What conditions would you need to feel like you were living in paradise? Testify: / april 2016   45

FREEGAN’S MENU Across 1. Pitchers of beer? 4. Union led by Richard Trumka 10. ‘80s pop metal one-hit wonders ___ Nova 14. Rizzo on “The Muppets” 15. Breastbones 16. Bottled water brand 17. Entrée on the freegan’s menu? 19. With 56-Across, what all the theme answers are? 20. [“Sigh”] 21. Group that might be assembling C.V.’s: Abbr. 22. Spoken 23. Side dish on the freegan’s menu? 27. “So ___” 28. Partake of this puzzle’s theme 29. Reset numbers 30. Wiggle, as a butt? 32. “The Thin Man” star 33. ___ Reade 35. “___ hoping!” 37. Side dish on the freegan’s menu? 39. Morning meeting snack 40. One of the Seven Duffs at Duff Gardens 41. Frat.’s neighbor 42. Grp. with three anthems: “The Bonnie Blue Flag,” “God Save the South” and “Dixie” 44. Green land? 45. “You’re oversharing!” 48. Win in ___ (breeze to victory) 50. Topping on the freegan’s menu? 53. Sports org. with the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award 54. Last year’s three-l 55. Make 56. See 19-Across 57. Dessert on the freegan’s menu? 61. Business memo’s heading 62. See 33-Down 63. Mac platform 64. Oft-shed item 65. Shells and elbows 66. Arm band?

Down 1. Asteroids home 2. Showy violet 3. Al Franken’s “SNL” motivational speaker Smalley 4. “Fire away” 5. Charity stripe shots: Abbr. 6. Allow 7. Gradual increase, in mus. 8. How Russia ranks #1 9. Common golf course trees 10. Pear variety 11. Given a wreath 12. Whizzes 13. Big name in sunglasses 18. Oklahoma City setting: Abbr. 24. Taunt to the visiting team 25. Some Comedy Central specials 26. Actress Skye 27. Beat but good 31. One with something for everybody 33. With 62-Across, “Cocoon” Oscar winner 34. Time keepers?: Abbr. 36. Singer LaMontagne 37. Afghanistan caves where the Taliban is suspected to be based

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