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    fyi 644th Annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow

    green corner 645th annual Earth Day festival

    spotted 9Current staffers and readers spotted this around town

    contents april 2016vol. 26/no. 3

    City Sips 11Cocktail Craftspeople spill bar secrets

    food: Encuentro Latino 19Guatemalan cuisine comes to Ypsilantiby The Anonymous Eater

    music: Personal Poison 23Detroit MC Elxhis latest album, Lead Poison, is per-sonal and powerfulby M.F. DiBela

    theater: Irrational 28The artist and teacher tackles Ann Arbors water towerby Sandor Slomovits

    film: Residents 31Two local filmmakers try to break into the big timeby Heidi Philipsen

    art feature: Bill Burgard 33The artist and teacher tackles Ann Arbors water towerby Louis W. Meldman

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    1Sit down with Sava2EMUs T.R.I.B.E is taking over

    4 Q&A with Kickshaw Theatre5 54th Ann Arbor Film Fest

    3 Women-owned business in Washtenaw County

    Shedding light on sexual assaultTake Back the Nightby Zach Marburger


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    Lattes in the libraryWhat 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 fully-stocked store for library patrons.

    PowwowStarted 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 Womens Jingle Dress, Womens Fancy Shawl, Womens Traditional, Mens Grass Dance, Mens Fancy Dance and Mens Traditional, as well as drum circles and dance contests. The powwow will host a market, where some of the regions 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.

    Cafe for SaleFive 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 ClosingCraft 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-SharingAfter 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 FoodJust 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 VinologyThe 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. Elmos moves onSt. Elmos 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.


    Earth Day FestivalEarth Day is officially April 22, but just as every day should be Mothers Day, its 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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    Current staffers and readers spotted these happenings around town

    spottedn The Circle of Middle Aged LifeYou 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 de-scent, stood in a circle grasping each others arms, swaying from side to side in a fashion that resem-bled a mixture of tai chi, drunken camaraderie and self defense. I cant even begin to understand what it was that you were doing, but whatever it was, it made me uncomfortable from a distance. I wasnt sure if I wanted to call the police or join in. If it werent a Thursday afternoon and if I had several hours free I would have asked to partake in what-ever was fueling your enjoyment.

    n Beauty school drop out You were walking down Washington, near 4th, carrying the ultimate accessory, a retro bubbletop freestanding hair dryer. Im not even sure if that is the proper terminology to describe that piece of equipment, but you know what Im 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 youre 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.

    n 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 of-ficer led you out in cuffs, the other followed closely be-hind, 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 ca-reer. For what its worth I think you could probably shred on that cop in a head to head guitar battle.

    Send us your spotted suggestions on facebook or @ecurrent on twitter!

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    Take Back the Night hosts annual rally and marchby 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. Theres still a lot of denial that this [sexual assault] happens, said Pam. If we cant get people to acknowledge that this happens, were 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 communitys consciousness is what drives her, and the local chapter of Take Back the Night, to continue pushing.

    Rally and marchTake Back the Night is an international nonprofit

    organization that started in Europe before coming to the United States in the 1970s. The organizations goal is to end sexual assault and domestic violence. While the organization doesnt 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 years 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 chargeUM 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 UMs administration on their willingness to engage in

    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 administrations handling of sexual misconduct complaints on campus.

    We reached out to President Schlissel last year and he said we wouldnt be able to attend, said Parenti. This year,

    he said he wouldnt be able to make it but would find someone in the administration to attend. He never followed through with that promise.

    Still marchingThe university

    supports the work by our students and of other local organizations to ensure survivors participating in this event feel supported, said UM

    spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald when asked about the rally. As in previous years, members of the universitys 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 isnt 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 Swidlera 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 didnt even exist. So there is change thats happening. But its a slow process, and thats one thing that I think students appreciate, that were there to advocate for change.

    Take Back the Nights 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

    Shedding light on sexual assault


    Keynote speaker, Quinn Davis, is a SafeHouse advocate.

    Photo Credit: Thomas Ulch Photography

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    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.

    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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    Greg SmaleBeer Program Director

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    Ann Arbor might be know as Tree City in the spring, but we like it for a whole different reason its 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.


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    Why B-24s stands out?We stand out because we feature lots of Ypsilanti history. Its 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.

    Samantha EdwardsHead Barista


    Sage bartender advice?For faster service, sit near the register.

    Funniest thing thats ever happened?A man was lighting candles on a birthday cake here at the restaurant. While reaching to the candles across the cake, the guys shirt sleeve caught on fire!

    Most revealing drink order?Sex with an alligator.


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  • Blue Front701 Packard St.

    Sage advice from behind the counter?Ask for stuff! If youre looking for a specific beer, we can help you find it fast. If youre looking for something new, were happy to offer informed suggestions. Were good at doing things for people.

    Funniest thing thats 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. Were thinking about making t-shirts.

    Cant live without?Good people! We like to get to know people! Were lucky to have a handful of regulars who stop in to hang out. They dont always buy beer, and they dont have to - its just nice to have them around. / april 2016 13

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    The BeerGrotto303 S. Ashley St.

    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 dont know where the craft beer scene would be without them.

    What makes Otra Vez Special? Its unlike anything out there. Its a very good intro to a sour beer yet is very thirst quenching and refreshing.

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    Cant 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 wasnt 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 isnt really intended for that. He seemed to like it, but I still felt weird trying to boil the wine.

    Tios Mexican Caf401 E. Liberty St. #2

    Jeremy SeaverGeneral Manager

    Jamie KesslerAssistant GM


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    Take the stress out of Wedding Planning with our guide to some of the best options in Washtenaw County.For the bride and groom, a couple

    hundred decisions must be made to make sure the day runs smoothly. Finding a ring, proposing, picking a location, finding a cake, dealing with in-laws; and those are just the big decisions. It takes a toll. By the time the happy occasion actually rolls around, the sense of relief can be as palpable as the celebration.

    So let us serve as your best man, maid of honor; your wedding planner. Our

    Wedding Wishlist will walk you through some wonderful options in Washtenaw County that can

    help you plan your big day.

    Monique Sluymers2010 Hogback Rd., Suite

    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 youve 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 dont 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 wont 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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    Pippa Jayne205 E. Liberty

    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-on-one with you to create the perfect piece of jewelry to give, or add to your own collection.

    Abracadabra Jewelry Gem Gallery

    Urban JewelersMark Urban215 S. Main

    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. Theyve 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! Whats old is new!

    Whats a tip youd give to couples planning a wedding?

    Allow adequate time if you having the engagement ring and/or wedding bands either custom-made or special-ordered. One to two months is good...youll have enough to worry about at the last minute!

    What are the latest trend youve noticed in wedding jewelry?

    Were 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.

    What is a tip you would give to couples planning their wedding?

    I actually just got engaged myself, so Ill share the advice Im 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 dont 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.

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    Rula Bawardi 301 E. Liberty No.

    Tavolina, created by Savco Hospitality, is Ann Arbors most innovative catering and events solution, bringing the energy and refinement of Savas, 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 youve 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

    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, its about great food, great people and the love theyre celebrating.

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    EatW e d d i n g g u i d e

    of the way. Whether a relaxed outdoor barbecue, a rustic family-style dinner, or an internationally-inspired 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. Its not just a choice between a barn, backyard or a banquet hall any more. (Although, we still do those and theyre still a blast.) Couples are hosting at farmers 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!

    Whats a tip youd give to couples planning a wedding?

    Dont get bogged down by the details! Details certainly make up a beautiful wedding, but in the end it all works out and its 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.

    info@eatannarbor.com1906 Packard Street

    Ann Arbor, MI 48104




    Helen Harding1906 Packard

    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

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    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-in-law, and other family members opened Encuentro in December 2015. DePaz, inspired in part by Ypsilantis 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.

    Encuentro Latino RestaurantAuthentic Guatemalan cuisine in the heart of downtown Ypsilanti

    The Anonymous Eater

    Encuentro Latino Restaurant228 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm Saturday & Sunday


    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 DePazs specialties from his time at Mediterraneo, and we werent 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 (DePazs sister-in-law was our server). Theres no alcohol service, but we enjoyed an orange-mango Jarritos and Horchata to stay in the Central American spirit. Well definitely be back to try out the plantains, as well as the breakfast options For a taste of Guatemala, theres no better spot in Washtenaw County than Encuentro.


    Chef/owner DePaz brought a taste of his hometown to Ypsilanti

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    Strange SudsThe 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.

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    foodOngoingAnn Arbor Farmers Market8am-3pm/Saturdays. 315 Detroit St. 734-794-6255. a2gov.orgRight in the heart of Kerrytown, shoppers can find all their culi-nary needs from local farms, as well as craft vendors and other services.

    3 sundayIncredible Homemade Pizza5pm. $69. Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave., Ste 109. 734-531-0300. surlatable.comIn this fun, hands-on class, an instructor will walk participants through the steps of working with yeast and preparing dough from scratch.

    4 mondayTammys Tastings: Please Dont Tell7:30pm. $45. The Last Word, 301 W. Huron St. 734-276-3215. tammystastings.comIn this Drink the Book class, participants will sample a wide variety of cocktails from New York Citys bar PDT (Please Dont Tell) Cocktail Book like the bacon-infused Bentons Old Fashioned while talking about the bars influence.

    5 tuesdaySpice: The Variety of Life7pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreeKeegan C. Rodgers, Head Baker at the Peoples 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 Pro6:30pm. $59. Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave., Ste 109. 734-531-0300. surlatable.comBecome acquainted and adept with the most classic and important of chefs tools. cont. on page 22

    7 thursdayGrowing Hope Earth Day Celebration10am-2pm. WCC Student Center, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. 734-786-8401. FreeThe WCC Earth Day Celebra-tion is an educational event intended to provide an opportu-nity for the community to learn about and freely discuss ways in which we can live on this planet in a sustainable manner.

    9 saturdayHawaiian-Style Entertaining1pm. $69. Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave., Ste 109. 734-531-0300. surlatable.comCelebrate spring with an incredible island-themed party/class featuring the flavors of Hawaii.

    10 sundayHaabs Dining for DollarsAll Day. 18 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. 734-483-8200. ypsilibrary.orgCelebrate National Library Week and support the library by dining at Haabs. 10 percent of the cost of your meal will be donated to Ypsilanti District Library.

    Comparative Cupping1pm. $10. Zingermans Coffee, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-6060. zinger-manscoffee.comSample 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 intro-duction of the world of coffee.

    12 tuesdayIn Pursuit of Pepper7pm. $75. Zingermans Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave. 734-663-3663.

    Chocolate CityIt might be a bit of a drive, but its 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 deli-cious meal.

    13 wednesdaySpice-ology6:30pm. $35. Zingermans Deli, 422 Detroit St. 734-663-3354. zingermansdeli.comThe de Vienne family, on their special once a year visit from Quebec, will teach partici-pants more about spices in 90 minutes than most of us learn in a lifetime.

    Smart Plates: Lunchbox Inspiration7pm. Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-475-8732. FreeJoin Kate Gerwick and Court-ney Stinson of Savor Life Nutri-tion for some healthy, fresh, cost conscious lunch ideas.

    14 thursdayAround the World in 80 Days6pm. $55. Oakland Community College, 27055 Orchard Lake Rd. 248-522-3700. oaklandcc.eduOCCs award-winning Culinary


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    Studies Institute hosts the last themed dinner of the 2015-2016 season. Under the watch-ful eyes of chef instructors, CSI students research, plan, prepare and serve a five-course meal including wines specially selected to complement the meal.

    16 saturdayRaw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day2pm. $40. Zingermans Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-0500. zingermanscreamery.comRaw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day is an international celebra-tion of raw milk cheese and the individuals who bring it from the pasture to the plate.

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    20 wednesdayFood Allergy Center Spring Luncheon11:30am. $85. Knollwood Country Club, 5050 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield Township. 734-763-0866. facspringluncheon.orgProceeds 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.

    21 thursdayMichigan Wine Celebration6pm. $35. Zingermans Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-0500. zingermanscreamery.comSip samples of sparkling, red, and white wines for this event, while exploring the grape vari-etals grown in Michigans four federally recognized viticulture regions.

    Cocktail Class: The Green Fairy7pm. $75. Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. 734-619-8100. zingermanscornmanfarms.comDiscuss the history of absinthe (and the wormwood it con-tains) while crafting three clas-sic 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 saturdayBagels1pm. $55. Pratt Road Bakehouse, 4871 Pratt Rd. 734-663-6336. apm.activecommunities.comLearn the techniques to mix, proof, shape, boil and bake a New York Style bagel includ-ing classic toppings such as sesame and poppy seeds.

    24 sundayBrewing Methods1pm. $30. Zingermans Coffee, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-6060.

    Mushroom MadnessPresented 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. Theres 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.

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    19 tuesdayTaste of Detroit7pm. $59. Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Ave. 734-763-5796. bus.umich.eduMichigan 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 Execu-tive Learning and Conference Center is joining in this effort with the launch of the Taste of Detroit series, introducing the most creative local restaura-teurs.

    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 thursdayTea and Cheese6pm. $30. Zingermans Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. 734-929-0500. zingermanscreamery.comZingermans cheesemongers have teamed up with the Zingermans Coffee Co. to showcase specially selected teas from Rishi that pair most deliciously with an assortment of cheeses hand-picked by our cheesemongers.

    Savor Detroit6pm. $115-$125. Great Lakes Culinary Center, 24101 West 9 Mile Rd., Southfield. 248-691-1800. savordetroit.comCompanys 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 com-plete with thoughtfully selected wine pairings and dessert pre-pared by the evenings featured chef duo.

    29 fridaySecrets for Perfect Souffles11am. $69. Sur La Table, 3050 Washtenaw Ave., Ste 109. 734-531-0300. surlatable.comJoin this hands-on class and discover secrets for creating amazing sweet and savory souffls that rise to any occa-sion.

    30 saturdayMothers Day Brunch1pm-3pm. $50. Stone Coop Farm, 9615 Musch Rd. 810-599-2616. stonecoopfarm.comEach 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.

  • music

    E lzhi was never supposed to replace J Dilla (Rest In Power) when he de-parted 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 hip-hop splash with Fantastic: Vol. 2 (2000), powered by some J Dilla masterpieces.

    Els 2008 studio debut, The Pref-ace, was impressive. Only a gifted storyteller and technical master would dare tackle Nass Illmatic, but backed by fellow Motowners, Will Sessions Band, Elmatic pays homage to a classic while creating a legacy of its own.

    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 re-lease, 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 didnt 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, (pro-duced by 14KT from Ypsilanti) thats 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 Ive always lacked in was the visual, I wanted to make sure the visuals were on point this time around.

    Lets 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 wasnt able to

    get this out right now, I wouldnt be able to transform and flip into different concepts. People know me for be-ing personal or just being a battle MC or whatever. Now Im back even better than ever, in rare form, doing what I do. Im 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. Theres 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, Ive been to Ann Arbor. I did a show at The Blind Pig. Ive done a gang of shows up there, actually. Theres a project I have called Witness My Growth that I did my release party up there. It was pretty dope.

    Lead Poison, Elzhis latest album, came out March 26. Find out more at For the complete interview,

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    Personal PoisonDetroit MC Elzhis latest album, Lead Poison, is personal and powerfulby M.F. DiBella

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    Mountain Goat MusicOriginally 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 bands history, is titled Beat the Champ (2015), and focuses on professional wrestling. Thanks to Darnielles skilled wordplay, the album doesnt limit its scope to whats between the ropes, but uses the theme as a jumping off point to explore childhood and how people present them-selves to the public. ZM

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

    OngoingAcoustic Tuesdays7pm. Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington St. 734-213-1393. FreeEvery Tuesday night Arbor Brewing Company will feature live music in their newly reno-vated space.

    1 fridayThe RFD Boys7:30pm. $10-$11. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgThe RFD Boys have been delighting Ann Arbor audiences since 1969 with their fabulous

    3 sundayLatino Music with Jose Olivera1pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. 734-482-4110. FreeLatino music performance featuring guitarist Jose Olivera to open the librarys Festival of Latino American Culture.

    Music From the Future7pm. $5-$25. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-761-1451. kerrytownconcerthouse.comEric 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 tuesdayThe Dandy Warhols8pm. $25. The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. 248-544-1991. themagicbag.comOriginally from Portland, the cult rock group has released ten albums to a still growing and adored fanbase.

    6 wednesdayThe Laws with Charlie Mosbrook6:30pm. $15. Historic Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. 734-475-0862. onthetrackschelsea.comOn The Tracks Songwriter Showcase. Its 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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    Tom Chapin8pm. $20. First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 1001 Green Rd. 734-662-4536. greenwoodcoffeehouse.orgIn 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

    Broadway and worked in film, television and radio. Chapins infectious songs, sterling musi-cianship and personal warmth shine, whether hes performing in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, fronting a symphony orchestra, or in an intimate coffeehouse.

    2 saturdayAni DiFranco8pm. $30-$55. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgPunk-funk-folks pathbreaking entrepreneur, feminist icon and singer-songwriter extraordi-naire. With over 20 studio albums to her credit, her music will be on display.

    Second Annual Hash Bash After Crash8pm. $10. Club Above, 215 N. Main St. 734-686-4012. hashbash.comAfter a great time spent celebrating come down to Ann Arbors Club Above to continue the fun all night long. With musical performances by Ascentient, Tek-Mazter and more.

    Vic Mensa and Lil Dicky8pm. $15-$45. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. 734-764-2538. ums.orgVic Mensa, an American hip hop recording artist from Chicago currently signed to Roc Nation. Lil Dicky or LD, is an American rapper and comedian.

    Chairlift9pm. $13/advance, $15/door. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555. blindpigmusic.comCritically acclaimed pop duo Chairlift has released new music in the form of the infi-nitely 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.

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    8 fridayJerusalem Quartet8pm. $26-$52. Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St. 734-764-2538. ums.orgPraised 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 sundayAn Evening with Molly Ringwald8pm. $37. Heinz C. Prechter Edu-cational & Performing Arts Center, 21000 Northline Rd., Taylor. 734-374-3200. wcccd.eduBroadway and Film star Molly Ringwald in a not-to-be-missed evening of jazz standards.

    George Winston concert7:30pm. $20-$50. Brighton Center for the Performing Arts, 7878 Brighton Rd., Brighton. 810-599-0491. brightonperformingarts.comRenowned pianist George Winston in a concert presented by St. Joseph Mercy Livings-ton, 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 Planets8pm. $15-$65. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. a2so.comA 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 mondayHeather Nova7:30pm. $20. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgHeather Nova emerged in the early 1990s. Her live shows have an intensity and unique-ness that have always created a buzz, with combinations like a cello plus distorted guitars. Heathers self-penned songs are raw and emotional, fre-quently injected with cool pop melodies-a combination that has often seen her fall through genre cracks.

    13 wednesdayKristin Rebecca with Kosi7pm. $10. The Yellow Barn, 416 N. Huron St. 734-358-3832. ouryellowbarn.comKristin 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 Chyme9pm. $8/advance, $10/door. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555. blindpigmusic.comThe 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 thursdayAmazin Blue7pm. Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St. 734-764-2538. amazinblue.orgUMs 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 Brass7:30pm. $10-$42. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. 734-764-2538. ums.orgNamed after a pub in Austria, where the former Vienna Con-servatory students spent many a night socializing and perform-ing at a monthly open mic, Mno-zil Brass beautifully combines fearless, world-class virtuosity and zany theatrical wit. This brass septet seamlessly blends original compositions with clas-sical favorites, jazz standards, and popular hits, presented with the groups iconic humor.

    15 fridayScott Ainsile8pm. $20. First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 1001 Green Rd. 734-662-4536. greenwoodcoffeehouse.orgArmed with a variety of instruments -- vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, 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 saturdayBavarian Radio Orchestra8pm. $12-$65. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave. 734-764-2538. ums.orgOf the three major orchestras based in Munich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is the most prominent and one of the most often-recorded ensembles in the world.

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    Great Big (Solo) SeaFresh 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 Seas retirement in 2013, Doyle has released two solo albums featur-ing a more upbeat and optimistic style. Hes 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.

    The Fab Faux8pm. $29.50-$85. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. michtheater.orgGet ready for the Beatles con-cert 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 Days Night to Let it Be.

    Ghost City Searchlight8pm. $10. The Yellow Barn, 416 N. Huron St. 734-358-3832. ouryellowbarn.comGhost City Searchlight plays original music inspired by traditional Celtic and American folk songs infused with raucous energy.

    17 sundayFuturistic & Devvon Terrell9pm. $14/advance, $16/door. Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. 734-996-8555. blindpigmusic.comGrowing 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 hasnt looked back since.

    20 wednesdayThe Arks Open Stage7:30pm. $2-$3. The Ark, 316 S. Main St. 734-761-1451. theark.orgSign up and play, or just enjoy local performers trying their hand.

    22 fridayJonathan Edwards8pm. $20. First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 1001 Green Rd. 734-662-4536. greenwoodcoffeehouse.orgDecades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply deliv-ers, 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 Worthingtons Arbor Composers Collective8pm. $5-$25. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-761-1451. kerrytownconcerthouse.comThe 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.

    23 saturdayThe Bad Plus Joshua Redman8pm. $18-$52. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. michtheater.orgRedmans melodic prowess blends seamlessly with the avant-garde populism of The Bad Plus, pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination.

    24 sundayPaul Burch 2pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. 7 34-482-4110. FreePaul Burch shares original and classic songs inspired by the American landscape.

    28 thursdaySimo 8pm. $10. The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. 248-544-1991. themagicbag.comThis southern trio is out with a new LP that mixes improvisa-tional jazz, down and dirty R&B, psychedelic and of course, southern rock.

    29 fridayDan Fogleberg music by Don Campbell8pm. $20. First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, 1001 Green Rd. 734-662-4536. greenwoodcoffeehouse.orgDon Campbell is a contem-porary/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 saturdayCelebrate International Jazz Day with Vincent Yorks Jazzistry8pm. $10/student, $20/general admis-sion. Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. 734-761-1451. kerrytownconcerthouse.comJoin Vincent York, founder of the popular Jazzistry live music education program, for this years 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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    Opening April 22 and running through May 15, Theatre Nova will present the world premiere rock musical Irra-tional, 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 The-atre 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 Novas 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 mas-sive following. He was a rock star. This is where the fun comes in.

    Wells: Turns out that Pythagoras was not only a math-ematician 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. ratio-nal 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 todays world, climate change deniers, intelligent design advocates.

    Wells: I definitely agree that there are present day paral-lels with science and religion. Part of what interested me about the story was thinking about the lengths that peo-ple will go to deny new information that conflicts with a way of thinking that theyve invested themselves in.

    Milarch: I think its an especially topical piece this year, because, even though its light-hearted and fun, it also

    has this political edge thats 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, thats not how the world works, your theory is flawed. Its actually the rational thats crazy! He flips

    the entire world upside down. But there are consequences for speaking out against entrenched

    worldviews. He faces an incredible amount of cyni-cism from everyone around him about the worlds ability to be different. I think there are tremendous parallels to a lot of whats 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. Theres some 1970s rock anthem feels, some hip hop influences, a little angsty punk, and a few Burt Bacharach moments, to name a few. I wasnt trying to capture the sound of an-cient 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.

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    theater 1 thursdayThe Imaginary Invalid7:30pm Thursdays, 8pm Fridays & Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. $12/stu-dents, $28/general admission. Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave. 734-764-2538. music.umich.eduThe farcical tale of a hypochon-driac 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 mondayNational Theatre Live7pm. $18-$22. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-764-2538. michtheater.orgAs You Like It, Shakespeares 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 be-hind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation.

    8 fridayOne man, Two Guvnors7pm Thursdays-Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. $7-$15. Quirk Theater, 124 Quirk Hall., Ypsilanti. 734-487-1220. emich.eduA 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 learn-ing of each others existence. Runs through April 17.

    9 saturdayBlood Wedding7:30pm. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-647-7600. FreeKate Mendeloff of the U-M Residential College directs, with students performing, Federico Garcia Lorcas 1932 tragedy. Performance held in the con-servatory at Matthaei. Also runs Sunday.

    14 thursdayAlways, Patsy Cline6:30pm Thursdays, 7:30pm Fridays, 2:30pm & 7:30pm Saturdays, 2:30pm Sundays. $18. The Encore Musical Theatre Company, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. theencoretheatre.orgBased on the true story of Patsy Clines 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 Segers house, and a friendship that

    lasted until Clines untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. Through May 8.

    Gaps in the Fossil Record3pm Wednesdays, 8pm Thursday & Friday, 3pm & 8pm Saturday, 2pm Sunday. $25-$43. Purple Rose Theatre Company, 137 Park St., Chelsea. purplerosetheatre.orgA 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 shes 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 Dolls7:30pm Thursday, 8pm Friday & Sat-urday, 2pm Sunday. $12-$32. Power Center for the Performing Arts, 121 Fletcher St. 734-647-3327. music.umich.eduA 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 wednesdayEmerging Dance8pm. Betty Pease Studio Theatre, 1310 N. University Ct. 734-763-5460. FreeUM Dance majors present proj-ects of new choreography and works-in-progress. Free tickets available at front door one hour prior to show.

    22 fridayLaura8pm Fridays & Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. $15. Barefoot Productions Theatre, 240 N. Main St., Plymouth. 734-404-6886. justgobarefoot.comBased on the novel by Vera Caspary. When Mark McPher-son first falls in love with Laura, he knows hes in love with a phantomfor Laura is dead, and hes 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 Nights Dream7pm Friday, 2pm Saturday. $15-$20. Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Rd., Chelsea. 734-475-3070. balletchelsea.orgShakespeares comedy is brought to life by director Wendi DuBois and a group of young ballet dancers. Two performanc-es, runs through Saturday.

    New York Love StoryDirected by Wendy Wright and produced by Theresa Myers, Neil Simons Barefoot in the Park is playing at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre. The performance centers around two newly-weds, 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 meddle-some neighbor and an oppressive mother-in-law. 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.

  • What do you hope this film will do for your careers in film?Its 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 audi-ence. 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 its what we love to do.

    What have you learned from your past films NOT to do in this film production? What will you repeat?With filmmaking, its a con-stant learning curve. My main focus being cinematog-raphy, Im always critiquing my work from past shoots. Next time Ill do this, be-cause that happened this time, and vice versa. Its about making mistakes and learning from them. One thing I know we will repeat is our desire to make every shot the way we want it. Not to settle for something when if you just wait 20 minutes for light to be right, or what-ever. Just making the best film possible.

    Where do you want to be in five years? Ten? I guess in five years Id like to be running a studio/pro-duction company while con-

    tinuing to make movies. Just creating, and helping other people take their visions and turn them into a reality. Ten years? Hell, cant say I wouldnt mind strolling across that stage to give an Oscar speech (laughs).

    Whats the plan once the film is complete?We want to be able to submit to as many festivals as our bank account allows. I know Steve and I have also dis-cussed arranging a screening of some kind. I know some people over at The Michigan Theater, so maybe something could happen there.

    To contribute to the making of Residents, visit and search for Residents - Independent Film. For casting questions, email

    There comes a point in every artists journey, when the skip down the lane of amateurish endeavors in the world of creative expression arrives at a fork in the road: Do I continue creating as an amateurish hobby, or set my sights on a professional career?

    Filmmakers Drew Wil-liams (who lives and works in Ann Arbor) and Steve Weed (who lives in De-troit) are currently taking their first steps towards following their dreams of professional celluloid sto-rytelling with their short film Residents a story about two brothers and their search for utopia in Detroit. Having made short films for local com-petitions and winning top prizes, We figured that we were on to something and should pursue making movies as more than just a hobby, said Residents cin-ematographer Williams.

    Current caught up with the Ann Arbor/Detroit based filmmakers-by-day, bartenders-by-night to find out more about their forth-coming production dates, and inquire whether they need any help with casting so you actors, near and far, get your film audition technique tweaked!

    Current: What is it that you want to say with Residents as creatives?

    Williams: As creatives, what Id say is that with the right vision, anything is possible. Residents, from my perspec-tive, is a story about confronting demons, which is some-thing that I can relate to. Saying that, I feel its a necessity to shed (or at least attempt to) any bad mojo from your past in order to see a brighter future.

    Local filmmakers moving upDrew Williams and Steve Weed are working hard on their biggest film project to dateby Heidi Philipsen

    Photo Credit: Banu Avci

    Willams (left) and Weed (right) hope their new film will be their big break

    Casting NeedsWilliams and Weed are still working on casting. Here are the characters they have available (actors take note!):Leo The younger brother of Max. Leo grew up in the city. Life was hard and he had to fend for himself. Max wasnt around and their father had his own demons. Leo gets into trouble, but nothing he cant handle until the end, when hes in too deep. His main objective is to once again believe that life could be better.

    Leos Look Leo should be mid-to-late twenties. Should be able to look like Maxs younger brother (one year apart). Leo should have darker hair with dark features (fa-cial hair, eyebrows). Leos look will be rugged and roughly maintained.

    Leos Emotions Able to act with high emotion. Times when he says he is ok he truly is not.

    Leos Girlfriend Mid to late twenties. Young and beautiful. She loves Leo and knows his troubles. She respects and is loyal to Leo. She is unsure of Maxs intentions. / april 2016 31


  • OngoingThrifty Ticket TuesdayTuesdays. $7. Goodrich Quality 16, 3686 Jackson Rd. 734-623-7469. goodrichqualitytheaters.comGQT is giving audiences a reason to love movies on Tuesdays. No special identifica-tion required. $7 tickets, some exceptions apply.

    2 saturdayCart2pm. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. FreePart of the Korean Cinema NOW series. Part social critique and inspiring tale, employees of a Korean market get laid off.

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

    21 thursdayWild and Scenic Film Festival6:30pm. $8-$10. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. michtheater.orgHosted through a unique partnership between six locally based organizations focused on the environment and nature.

    22 fridayMotor City Nightmares5pm/Friday, 10am/Saturday, 11am/Sunday. $15-$25/day passes. Novi Sheraton, 21111 Haggerty Rd., Novi. 734-674-1030. motorcitynightmares.comHorror Expo and Film Festival featuring celebrity appearances, a lineup of movies, shopping and discussion panels. Special passes are available for pur-chase. Runs through April 24.

    23 saturdayMulholland Drive11:59pm. $8. State Theater, 233 S. State St. 734-761-8667. michtheater.orgA 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 Ritas true identity.

    24 sundayThree Stooges Shorts1:30pm. $8-$10. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. michtheater.orgThe Three Stooges were an American vaudeville and com-edy act of the mid20th century, best known for their slapstick short films, six of which are presented here.

    Easter RisingDuring Easter week in 1916, as the United King-dom 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 last-ed only a week, but provided a spark that smol-dered for the next century. In remembrance of the rebellion, the History Department at the University of Michigan has partnered with the Eisenberg In-stitute for Historical Studies to present a screening of the documentary, 1916 The Irish Rebellion. A discussion will follow the screening and feature the films producers and writer, as well as Thomas Bartlett, Professor Emeritus at the University of Ab-erdeen. Open to the public. ZM

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

    4 mondayBuena Vista Social Club6:30pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd. 734-482-4110. FreeRy Cooder traveled to Havana in order to bring musicians together. The result is a film of triumphant performances of extraordinary music, resurrect-ing the musicians careers.

    6 wednesdayAkira7pm. $8-$10. State Theater, 233 S. State St. 734-761-8667. michtheater.orgPart of the CineManga Film

    Series. A secret military project called Akira endangers Neo-Tokyo 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 saturdayBlue Sky Bones7:10pm. Angell Hall, 435 State St. 734-764-6285. FreeCui Jian, one of Chinas first rock stars, makes his feature debut with a story about history, family, music and politics.

    13 wednesdayBlueberry Soup6pm. Angell Hall, 435 State St. 734-764-6285. FreeThis is an extraordinary docu-mentary about the constitutional change in Iceland following the financial crisis of 2008.

    Space Battleship Yamato7pm. $8-$10. State Theater, 233 S. State St. 734-761-8667. michtheater.orgPart of the CineManga Film Series. Its 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 saturdayAll Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records3pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreeIn 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 power-house with this acclaimed 2015 documentary.

    19 tuesdayDocumentary: The Great Detroit6:30pm. Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St. Dexter. 734-426-4477. FreeThis documentary explores the positive aspects of Detroit. With over 55 interviews, The Great

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  • Sleeping Bear Press, Ann Arbors beloved publisher of childrens books.

    World-class artistBurgard makes his big bucks doing commissions for major corporations. Starbucks, Sports Illustrated, and University of Michigan Health System, where his large-scale mixed-media wall displays, comprising typogra-phy, 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 do-nors and researchers who have achieved internationally recognized excellence (five alone in the Department of Gastroenterology). The portraits reflect each individuals 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 dont 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 Pho-toshop is realized on heavyweight archival paper.

    In 2010 Bill became an associate artist (not illustrator) for the United States Mint, and has created commemora-tive coins honoring Helen Taft (First Lady to President William Howard Taft, 1909-1913), and the 200th anni-versary 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 Rockwells work illustration while Jackson Pollocks is art? I sup-pose when art critics are paid by the word, it is only natural for them to go on talking. William Bergard is an artist, and were lucky to have him around. / april 2016 33


    Bill Burgard calls himself a freelance illustrator and designer. Thats true, but its so understated as to be misleading. Bill Burgard is a force of nature in Ann Ar-bors art world. He lectures at The University of Michi-gans 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).

    Art in the SkyBurgard 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 youve seen the tower a million times, just south of the split of Washt-enaw 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 Arbors drinking water, includ-ing 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.

    Im 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 youve seen Burgards 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 Hoppers Night Hawks late-night diner scene. He is involved in charita-ble causes, donating work for projects such as last years (and 20th annual) Prison Creative Arts Project, which brings art and creativity to Michigans prisoners and ex-hibits the best in show each year at the Slusser Gallery in the Stamps building. Burgard has also worked with

    Bill Burgard is making his markAs the winner of the Ann Arbor Art in the Skycontest, Burgard continues to make the city beautifulby Louis W. Meldman

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    art OngoingA Walk in the World10am Monday, 9am Tuesday-Satur-day, noon Sunday. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreeThis 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 201610am Monday-Saturday, noon Sunday. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. 734-994-8004. FreeEach year, the AAAC presents a media-focused exhibition as part of the series. This year the focus will be on innovative pho-tography. Through May 14.

    5 tuesdayUsing Art to Disrupt the Criminal Justice System12:30pm. UM Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer St. 734-936-3518. FreePresented as part of a campus wide collaboration with the Prison Creative Arts Project and visiting photographer and activist Mark Strandquist.

    6 wednesdayColored Pencil9am-noon. $95. Two Twelve Arts Center, 216 W. Michigan Ave. 734-944-2787. twotwelvearts.orgStudents will learn colored pencil application and should anticipate work outside the classroom in order to complete the project. Runs Wednesdays through April 27.

    8 FridayMake a Minicomic Workshop6pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. FreeJoin cartoonist Matt Feazell for an AADL sponsored Minicomic Workshop.

    10 sundayAlbert Kahn: Under Con-struction Guided Tour2pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. FreeShot by an array of professional photographers, this exhibit focuses on the remarkable ar-chive 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 mondayDigital Painting6:30-9pm. $240. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. 734-994-8004. annarborartcenter.orgA comprehensive course in digital painting that will focus on developing skills and techniques using Adobe Photoshop. Runs Mondays through June 6.

    13 wednesdayZen and the Art of Color-ing for Adults7pm. Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreeAn evening of coloring for adults and music designed to set a Zen mood. The AADL will provide all the supplies, plus coloring pages.

    14 thursdayHand Drawn Animation Classes6:30-9pm. $240. Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St. 734-994-8004. annarborartcenter.orgLearn how to turn drawings into animations. No experience required. Runs Thursdays through June 2.

    17 sundayEarly British Photographs Guided Tour2pm. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. FreeThe first half-century of British photography charts the journey of a new medium with distinct expressive and artistic potentials.

    20 wednesdayLayers, Layers, Layers9:30am-Noon. $65. Two Twelve Arts Center, 216 W. Michigan Ave. 734-944-2787. twotwelvearts.orgStudents will learn several dif-ferent 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.

    Beginning Watercolor6:30pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 Michigan Ave. 734-482-4110. FreeThe library provides the mate-rial, all participants have to do is bring the talent, or at least some inspiration. A landscape model will be offered. Registration required.

    23 saturdayMaking African Masks11am. UMMA, 525 S. State St. 734-764-0395. FreeLocal artist and long-time UMMA docent Susan Clinthorne will lead participants on an exploration of the gallery followed by a hands-on work-shop. Registration is required.

    30 saturdayStenciled Watercolors3pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. 734-327-4200. FreeDont worry about art skills, instructors will teach new art-ists how to create an amazing frame-worthy piece.

    Portrait SeriesAn acclaimed artist and Professor of painting at Renmin University in Beijing, Xu Weixins work always expresses his interest in the human con-dition and establishes an emotional connection. Now on display on the second floor of the Univer-sity 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 se-ries shows portraits of men and women who lived through one of the most turbulent times in Chinese history the Cultural Revolution, when commu-nist and Maoist ideology took firm hold of Chinas political structure. These single-person portraits in-vite audiences to look past, or even ignore, accept-ed historical and political narratives and connect with the subjects on a human level. Runs through Saturday, May 28. ZM

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    Although the pair have written many poems together, sev-eral of which have been published in journals, this is their first book/CD. Prior to Receiving the Shore, the pairs col-laborative works have appeared in a childrens play I Can Hear the Sun, as well as workshops and live performances where Burd reads and Slomovits creates music spontane-ously. 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 Burds prose or poetry.

    Receiving the ShoreTheir latest collaboration is a compilation of poems that explore Michigans 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. Burds expressive de-scriptions 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 its 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 summers day, a crickets song, the leaves in au-tumn 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 Nicolas Books, 2513 Jackson Ave.

    in the Westgate Shopping Center. 734-662-0600. For more about Poetry into song go to;

    R 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 Laszlos combined creative talents are a unique yet nostalgic journey that re-minds us of the forgotten art of the folk song.

    Jennifer BurdBurd 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 1920s dairy barn, shuttered and still, standing, braced and beamed, its builders never believing theyd 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 SlomovitsHungarian born Laszlo Slomovits was raised in a musical family. His father was a synagogue cantor and he, and his twin brother, served as his fathers two-boy choir. Slomov-its 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, man-dolin, panpipes and various types of folk percussion.


    Receiving the ShoreRecreating Michigans four seasons in a multi-sensory collaborationby Tami Sacketts

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    Poetry and music go together perfectly in Receiving the Shore

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    LocaL ReadsOngoingCrazy Wisdom Poetry Series7pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. 734-665-2757. FreeHosted by Joe Kelty and Ed Morin on the second and fourth Wednes-days of each month. Featured readers and open mics.

    4 mondayDesiree Cooper7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567. literatibookstore.comIn this heart-wrenching collection, Know the Mother, Cooper reveals that gender and race are often unanticipated interlopers in family life.

    5 tuesdayKeep Me Posted7pm. Nicolas Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. FreeA 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 wednesdaySaadia Faruqui7pm. Nicolas Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. FreeSaadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her book Brick Walls: Tales of Hope and Courage from Pakistan is a heartwarming col-lection of short stories filled with larger-than-life characters and the seemingly impossible challenges they face.

    Womens Hebrew Poetry on American Shores7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Wash-ington St. 734-585-5567. FreeA roundtable discussion, in conjunction with the Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, to mark the publication of Womens Hebrew Poetry on American Shores: Poems by Anne Kleiman and Annabelle Farmelant.

    Diana Burney7pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. 734-665-2757. FreeFree author event that will include an overview of Burneys book, situations that create auric weaknesses, ways to increase vibrations and spiritual protection.

    7 thursdayBryan Burrough7pm. Nicolas Books, 2513 Jackson Ave. 734-662-0600. FreeBryan 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.

    Emerging Writers Workshop: Publishing OptionsAnn Arbor District Library, 3333 Traverwood Dr. 734-327-4200. FreeThings 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 fridayNational Library Week: Author Mardi Jo Link7pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreeMardi 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 thursdayMichael Delp, Zikea Joseph and M.L. Liebler7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567. FreeLiterati welcomes in three talented authors from Wayne State University Presss Made in Michigan series.

    Books and Banter1:30pm. Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-475-8732. FreeJoin book club leader Julia Strimer for a friendly and lively discussion of each months selec-tion. Books will be available. This months selection is Euphoria by Lily King.

    26 tuesdayFeminist Book Club7pm. Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. 734-585-5567. FreeFor Aprils meeting, participants will discuss Mona Awads 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl. Mention the book club for a 15 percent discount.

    27 wednesdayMystery Lovers Book Club2pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd. 734-482-4110. FreeMystery lovers will discuss a different title each month. This months selection is The Sherlockian, by Graham Moore.

    30 saturdayMidwest Literary Walk1pm-5pm. Historic Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson St. 734-475-8732. Free An annual literary event the last Saturday in April aimed at high-lighting the power of literature and poetry in everyday life. Read-ing events take place at a range of venues in downtown Chelsea, Michigan. The readings are inti-mate, giving attendees a chance to interact with the authors. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

    Beyond AmericaFour 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 NPRs Morn-ing edition and former foreign and White House correspondent moderates the discussion concerning journalisms importance outside of U.s. borders. also part of the panel: cNN host christiane amanpour, the networks 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 Fel-lows website.

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

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    It can be difficult, living in Ann Arbor, to find sporting events outside the orbit of University of Michigan athlet-ics. 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 isnt af-filiated with the Wolverines to local fans starved for an-other team to cheer on.

    Founded in 2014 by a group of locals with a desire to see soccer flourish in Ann Ar-bor, the club has big plans for 2016. Head-ing into just their second season, the team has joined the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), where theyll compete in the Midwest Region. The NPSL is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation and competes in the fourth di-vision of the United States soccer pyramid.

    Building the rosterWhile 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. Well have college players playing for us in the offseason, and well 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, its hard to de-velop 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 plat-form to have success. I just think there are so

    many good players out there that for whatever reason, they all just dont get their crack.

    Coaching experienceRudlands 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 impor-tant is seeing the growth of the game in Ann Arbor and neighboring communities.

    Theres no other country in the world where the top level of soccer is growing the way it is (here). Just in Mich-igan, there were two teams four years ago, three teams three years ago, and now all of a sudden well have six teams in Michigan (in the NPSL), said Rudland. From a community standpoint, from an overall soccer standpoint, its fantastic.

    Mighty Oaks taking rootThe AFC Ann Arbor Mighty Oaks are making a name for soccer in Ann Arborby Zach Marburger

    AFC Ann Arbor will play a friendly against Northwood Universitys Mens 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

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

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    patient guide

    Washtenaw County is packed with education, art, music and culture. Factor in our communitys 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 communitys 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 Magazines new monthly Patient Guide, or if youre a recreational hopeful, the Patience Guide, highlights the local people and businesses cultivating our areas marijuana scene, sharing news, ideas, and events. Find our complete coverage online at

    They say theres 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.

    Its 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

    Michigan Voters Mobilizing to Join Free Weed Statesby Ken Wachsberger

    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 heres 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 wont 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. Michigans 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.

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    patient guide

    How long have you been a Budtender? Four years

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    person of interest

    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, theres 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 ArborThe 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, CPAs, Bankers, CEOs, 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 storyGrover 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 communityScore 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. Were 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.

    The best kept secret in businessSCOREs Terry Grover on what makes his organization the best bet for small businessesBy Tim Malik

    Grover highlighted a recent partnership as an example of his organizations 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 thats opening their own restaurant, food truck, or food cart.

    Words of WisdomI 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. Well get you on the right track, and there is no cost to you. We are here, and were 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.

    Grover and SCORE tackle business solutions head-on

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    everything elseOngoingComedy Jamm8pm. $5. Ann Arbor Comedy Show-case, 212 S. Fourth Ave. 734-996-9080. aacomedy.comEvery Wednesday, the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase brings in 12 comedians from the greater Detroit area, some newbies and some beginners.

    Tarot/Psychic Readings5:30pm. $1.50/per minute. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. 734-665-2757. crazy-wisdom.netAnyone is able to drop-in to get a evaluation from Kathy Bloch. No appointment is necessary.

    1 fridayMichigan and the Civil War10am-6pm. Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-475-8732. FreeMichigans contribution to the Civil War often gets over-looked because no battles were fought on state soil. Come explore what Michigan residents did during the Civil War in this exhibit.

    Gary Gulman8pm/Thursday, 8pm and 10:30pm/Fri-day and Saturday. $12-$16. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 212 S. Fourth Ave. 734-996-9080. aacomedy.comAnn 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 audi-ences have a chance to see one of comedys most popular performers around today.

    2 saturdayHidden Worlds: Large-Scale Ceramic Pollen Structures8:30am-4:30pm. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-647-7600. FreeStamps School of Art and Design Professor Susan Crow-ells exhibit of grains of pollen rendered in fired, painted, and glazed ceramic reveals the hidden beauty and importance of these little-seen plant struc-tures. Runs through May 8.

    Handmade Bags11am. $50. Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52., Chelsea. 517-914-1052. robin-hillsfarm.comMake 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 dem-onstrate the patterns. Also runs Saturday, April 16.

    3 sundayLatino/a Cultural Festival1:30pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd. 734-482-4110. FreeYDLs Latino Americans: 500

    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 wednesdayA Rose is a Rose7pm. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-936-8803. FreeA presentation by Ann Arbor Garden Club members that focuses on planting and the hardest part keeping roses alive.

    Tango8pm/Wednesdays. $50/six week class. Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52., Chel-sea. 517-914-1052. robinhillsfarm.comArgentine Tango is a beauti-ful vehicle for expression and connection. In Tango 101, Sophia and Jos 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 thursdayRenny Ramakers: Design+Desires5:10pm. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. 734-668-8463. FreePart of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Art historian turned curator turned envi-ronmental trendsetter, Renny Ramakers is co-founder and creative director of Amsterdam-based design company Droog, where she initiates projects, cu-rates exhibitions, and stretches the borders of design thinking.

    Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Looking to the Future7pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreeA think tank of local stakehold-ers 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 fol-lowed by a question and answer session.

    9 saturdayRaptor Feeding3pm. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. FreeJoin 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!

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    everything elseroad trip

    Best of Detroit musicNashville, New York, and thats it those are the only other cities in the country that can match Detroits 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.

    Searchable lists updated daily at

    10 sundayPuppy Possibilities3pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreeAuthor Kathleen Goodman shares her dog-training secrets. Her book will be available for purchase at the event.

    Racial Film/Discussion2pm. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave. 734-482-4110. FreeJoin a community conversation about Race and Racism moder-ated by LaRon Williams.

    12 tuesdayRain Gardens and How to Create Them7:30pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreeLearn 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 wednesdayThe Best Beatles Album of All Time: A Hards Days Night7pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreeSome of the Beatles most famous songs can be found on A Hard Days Night. Join local freelance journalist and musicologist Jim Leonard as he discusses the album.

    14 thursdayStory Night7pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. 734-665-2757. FreeCome hear stories for grown-ups from members of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. Des-serts, teas and other snacks will be available.

    16 saturdayEcology Series1pm. $15/per person, $25/per family. Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52., Chel-sea. 517-914-1052. robinhillsfarm.comTake a two-hour hike in search of frogs, toads, and salaman-ders. 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 sundayFireside Fun6:30pm. Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. 734-997-1553. FreeTheres nothing quite as relaxing as sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and swapping stories. Bring camp chairs and plenty of marshmal-lows!

    19 tuesdayThe Moth StorySLAM: Romance6pm/doors, 7:30pm/start. $10. Circus, 210 S. First St. 734-913-8890. themoth.orgPrepare a five-minute story about love, good or bad. Ro-meos and femme fatales, first dates and final dates. Flirting with disaster or seduc-ing that dream guy or gal. The bro-mance, the girl crush and infatuation with ideas or places also welcome.

    20 wednesdaySmell and Tell: The Essence of Seduction6:30pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreeAroma speaks to memory and emotion more powerfully than any other sense. This is particu-larly 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 African-American City7pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreeTake a look at the reality of racism in the city and how Ypsilantis confident and well-organized black community responded. Learn about the context of Reconstruction, the rise of Jim Crow and Michigans World War II-era Civil Rights Movement with Ypsilanti histo-rian Matt Siegfried.

    21 thursday$2 a Day7pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. 734-665-2757. FreeLuke Schaefer, co-author of $2 a Day, talks about the face of pov-erty in America and what its like to survive on almost nothing.

    26 tuesdayAncestry Aficionados10am. Chelsea District Library, 221 S. Main St., Chelsea. 734-475-8732. FreeSpend some time digging into the librarys online genealogy resources, such as Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest,, and our own Ex-pert volunteers will be on hand to offer advice and guidance for next steps.

    Crossing Racial and So-cial Divides7pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreeIn this presentation, Dr. Patricia Gurin will describe the challeng-es society faces in talking and

    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 accom-plishing it.

    28 thursdayGeoff Tate8pm/Thursday, 8pm and 10:30pm/Fri-day and Saturday. $9-$14. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 212 S. Fourth Ave. 734-996-9080. aacomedy.comOne of the rising stars in Mid-west 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.

    29 fridayLaw Day Legal Help10am. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave. 734-482-4110. FreeIn celebration of Law Day USA, the Washtenaw County Bar Associations New Lawyers Section is sponsoring No Fees Day. Get 20 minutes of free legal advice. Walk-ins welcome if time allows.

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    OngoingAA Meditation MeetingMondays. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea room, 114 S. Main St. 734-665-2757. FreeThis is a closed discussion meeting of Alcoholics Anony-mous. 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.

    Free Community Crossfit10am. Saturdays. Huron River CrossFit, 4477 Jackson Rd. 734-436-4267. FreeFree community workout. Attendees will perform a challenging but low-impact workout to learn how CrossFit promotes fitness and wellness.

    1 fridayBeginning yoga for adults9:30am. $20. Elsie Earl Studios, 1900 Manchester Rd. 734-646-6633. environment for com-munity members looking to learn yoga.

    The Healing Power of Nature through the eyes of African American Quilters10am-4:30pm. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-647-7600. FreeEvery culture has found ways to restore body, mind, and spirit in nature In this ex-hibit, African-American quilters from the Great Lakes region interpret how plants, gardens, and nature are embedded in cultural awareness and expres-sions of health. Runs through April 24.

    2 saturdayManaging Stress with Eden Energy Medicine with Marin Perusek and Jeannine Myers1pm. $20. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea room, 114 S. Main St. 517-414-1220. crazywisdom.netLearn powerful, simple exer-cise to release built-up stress and reprogram the way the body responds to stress.

    9 saturdayThe Breast Cancer Summit9am. UM N. Campus Research Com-plex, 2800 Plymouth Rd. 734-998-7071. FreeBreast cancer survivors, caregivers and members of the general public concerned about breast cancer and risk reduc-tion 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, treat-ment, research, survivorship, advocacy, genetic risk, and prevention. Event will include

    take home tote bag, compli-mentary lunch and beverages and raffle prizes.

    12 tuesdayPilates: Beginning Adult9am. $20. Elsie Earl Studios, 1900 Manchester Rd. 734-646-6633. environment for adults looking to learn about pilates. Taught by former Olym-pic diver Chris Sholtis.

    13 wednesdayCatching your breath6pm. Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. 734-936-8803. FreeA free monthly program for caregivers of adults with memory loss. Designed for learning skills for continued health and well-being.

    15 fridayOpen Meditation11am. Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave. 734-482-4110. FreeYpsilanti Open Meditation is offering weekly drop-in guided meditation every Friday.

    16 saturdayMindful Meditation1pm. $30. Deep Spring Center for Meditation and Spiritual Inquiry, 3820 Packard Rd., Ste 280. 734-477-5848. deepspring.orgAn introduction to mindful meditation for those new to meditation and those who want to continue practice. Cushions and chairs provided.

    19 tuesdayHerbs and Pain with Linda Diane Feldt7pm. Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea room, 114 S. Main St. 734-212-0010. FreeThis workshop explores what works and what doesnt work with herbal pain relief.

    23 saturdayRelaxation Station featuring Therapy Dogs2pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. 734-327-4200. FreeWant 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 Michigan3pm. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 734-327-4200. FreePacked with funny stories, cycling tips, history and dining recommendations, this event will have audience members ready to ride one of the top cy-cling destinations in the world.

    A2 on the movePerfect 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 Arbors 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 kids dash that takes place on Main St. Runners who cant 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 will astrology

    GEMINI (May 21-June 20): If I had to de-cide what natural phenomenon you most closely resemble right now, Id 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.* Theyre highly adaptable: able to go dormant when the weathers 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 Id link you with them is that they come in over 28,000 different sexes. Their versatility is unprecedented. APRIL FOOL! I exagger-ated a bit. Its true that these days youre polymorphous and multifaceted and well-rounded. But youre probably not capable of expressing 28,000 varieties of anything.

    CANCER (June 21-July 22): Whatever it is youre seeking wont come in the form youre expecting, warns Japanese nov-elist Haruki Murakami. If thats true, why bother? Why expend all your precious yearning if the net result wont even satisfy your yearning?! Thats why I advise you to ABANDON YOUR BELOVED PLANS! Save your energy for trivial wishes. That way you wont be disappointed when they are fulfilled in unanticipated ways. APRIL FOOL! I was messing with you. Its true that what you want wont arrive in the form youre expecting. But I bet the result will be even better than what you expected.

    LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Youre due to make a pilgrimage, arent 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 youre 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 pilgrim-age. I think youre ready to seek radical bliss of a higher order -- and get back in touch with what the hell youre doing here on this planet.

    VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Are you ready to fight the monster? Do you have the cour-age and strength and stamina and guile to overcome the ugly beast thats blocking the path to the treasure? If not, turn around and head back to your comfort zone until youre better prepared. APRIL FOOL! I lied. There is a monster, but its not the literal embodiment of a beastly adversary. Rath-er, its inside you. Its an unripe part of your-self that needs to be taught and tamed and cared for. Until you develop a better rela-tionship 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 youve always admired her magnificent, false moves. I think thats an excellent plan, Libra! Maybe youll even be lucky enough to make the acquaintance of many differ-ent devils with a wide variety of magnifi-cent, 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 Brit-ish medical journal prescribed the follow-ing 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 astro-logical analysis reveals that this treatment is likely to cure not just the sniffles, but also any other discomforts youre suffer-ing 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 wont help alleviate what ails you. But heres a strategy that might: Get rid of anything thats superflu-ous, rotten, outdated, or burdensome.

    SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): To begin your oracle, Ill borrow the words of au-thor 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 rea-son to believe that this optimistic projec-tion 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 youll be giddy with amorous feelings nonstop for the next 54 years and 10 months. On the other hand, I dont think its 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. Im sick of following my dreams, moaned comedian Mitch Hedberg, adding, Im just going to ask my dreams where theyre going and hook up with them later. In my opinion, Capricorn, you have every right to unleash grumbles similar to Hedbergs and Sextons. APRIL FOOL! The advice I just gave you is only half-correct. Its true that you need and deserve a respite from your earnest strug-gles. Now is indeed a good time to take a break so you can recharge your spiritual batteries. But dont you dare feel sorry for yourself.

    AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In 1991, hik-ers in the Italian Alps discovered the well-preserved 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 muse-um that claimed his body began receiving inquiries from women who wanted to be impregnated with Otzis sperm. I think this is an apt metaphor for you, Aquarius. Con-sider the possibility that you might benefit from being fertilized by an influence from long ago. APRIL FOOL! I was just messing with you. Its true you can generate good mojo by engaging with inspirational influ-ences from the past. But Id never urge you to be guided by a vulgar metaphor related to Otzis sperm.

    PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Caligula was an eccentric Roman emperor who had a phys-ical resemblance to a goat. He was sensi-tive about it. Thats why he made it illegal for anyone to refer to goats in his company. I mention this, Pisces, because Id like to propose a list of words you should forbid to be used in your presence during the com-ing weeks: money, cash, finances, loot, savings, or investments. Why? Because Im 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 get-ting 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 weight-lessness as you soar faster than the speed of sound. Luckily, theres 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 para-dise? Testify:

    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 thats true, Taurus, you must be on the verge of becoming very interest-ing. Metaphorically speaking, youre not just rattling the bars of your cage. Youre also smacking your tin cup against the bars and trying to saw through them with your plastic knife. APRIL FOOL! I lied. Youre 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 break-ing free of at least some of your mind-forged manacles. And its making you more attrac-tive and intriguing.

    TAURUSApril 20-May 20

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