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FOMA Film: Force Majeure

Sat., April 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sun., April 19, 2-4 p.m.
phone 810-234-1695

A Golden Globe finalist for best foreign film, this unusual account of a Swedish family besieged by an avalanche in the French Alps is "both funny and sad, often in the same glance-averted instant" (according to the Chicago Tribune) and "an ice cold knockout" (Village Voice). $4 – $7
Flint Institute of Arts (map)
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone () -; () (FAX)
FOMA Film: Force Majeure

Jimmy Pardo

Sat., April 18, 8-9:30 & 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
phone 734-996-9080

Jimmy Pardo is highly regarded in the stand-up industry as a 'comic's comic' who's at the forefront of the multimedia movement, with his own podcast, TV & movie appearances and frequent use of video clips in his act. His podcast 'Never Not Funny' is the #2 paid podcast hosted by a comedian (second only to Ricky Gervais's). He has appeared on most major primetime talk shows, as well as sitcoms like 'Monk,' 'Becker' and 'That '70s Show.' He's one of the funniest acts to have crossed our stage--we feel bad for you if you miss him. $16 adv, $18 door
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Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase (map)
212 S. 4th Ave.
Downtown Ann Arbor
phone (734) 996-9080; (734) 665-8811 (FAX)
Jimmy Pardo


Sat., April 18, 8-10:15 p.m., Sun., April 19, 2-3:15 p.m., Thu., April 23, 8-10:15 p.m., Fri., April 24, 8-10:15 p.m., Sat., April 25, 8-10:15 p.m., Sun., April 26, 2-4:15 p.m., Thu., April 30, 8-10:15 p.m., Fri., May 1, 8-10:15 p.m., Sat., May 2, 8-10:15 p.m. and Sun., May 3, 2-4:15 p.m.
phone 248-541-6430

Hold on tight… this powerful, contemporary musical is an emotional roller coaster. Suburban wife and mother Diana is twisting down a track of mental illness and pathos. Family secrets, the ethics of modern psychiatry, and how individuals deal with grief are explored through the thrilling pop-rock score. Next to Normal, the 2010 Pulitzer winner for Drama, is described as “more than a feel-good musical; it is a feel-everything musical.” Sponsored by Vibe Credit Union. RATED PG-13 | No Late Seating Directed by Stephanie Samuel-Lucas $18 - $20
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Stagecrafters (map)
415 S. Lafayette
Greater Royal Oak Area
phone (248) 541-6430

The Plays the Thing

Sat., April 18, 8-10 p.m. and Sun., April 19, 2-4 p.m.
phone 734-971-2228

A2CT, in collaboration with Pass the Hat productions, presents a weekend of new works. The Play’s the Thing is a unique collaboration between playwrights and audience members which allows playwrights to hear their works read and to receive feedback from the audience. This year’s festival theme is April Showers Bring May Flowers. Free
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A2CT Studio Theater (map)
322 W. Ann St.
Greater Ann Arbor Area
phone (734) 971-2228 (FAX); (734)

Young Frankenstein

Sat., April 18, 8-10:30 p.m., Sun., April 19, 2-4:30 p.m., Fri., April 24, 8-10:30 p.m., Sat., April 25, 8-10:30 p.m. and Sun., April 26, 2-4:30 p.m.
phone 734-394-5300

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked side-kick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and Inga, a leggy lab assistant, Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds. $15-$18

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Village Theater at Cherry Hill (map)
50400 Cherry Hill Rd.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (734) 394-5300

Awesome 80's Prom

Fridays, Saturdays, 6-11 p.m. Continues through April 25

The Awesome 80s Prom is a blast-from-the-past party in the style of Tony 'n Tina's Wedding and The Donkey Show set at Wanaget High's Senior Prom in 1989. All your favorite characters from your favorite '80s movies are at THE PROM, from the Captain of the Football Team to the Asian Exchange Student, from the Geek to the hottie Head Cheerleader, and they're all competing for Prom King and Queen. And just like on "American Idol" the audience decides who wins! Come back in time and join the breakdance circle or just sit back and watch the '80s drama unfold. $25
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The Biddle Hall (map)
3239 Biddle Ave.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (734) 282-5230
Awesome 80's Prom

Realism in Oil

Fridays, 6:30 p.m. Continues through June 5
phone 734-994-8004

Learn to see and paint nuances of color, light, shadow, reflection and form. Once you have mastered this way of seeing, the mystery of painting will be yours to explore, and you will have the tools to tackle complex subject matter like glass, clouds and human beings. This course is also a great introduction to the luscious medium of oil paint, with its brilliant colors, richly textured, shiny surfaces and hundreds of years of history. This class meets every Friday from April 17th to June 5th from 6:30 to 9 pm. Register today.
Ann Arbor Art Center (map)
117 W. Liberty
Downtown Ann Arbor
phone (734) 994-8004
Realism in Oil

Stepping Out

Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30-10 p.m. and Sundays, 4-6:30 p.m. Continues through April 26
phone 248-988-0098

“Stepping Out” a rollicking comedy about the attempts of some working class amateurs to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low-rent dance studio in North London. The show tells of “Mavis”, a former professional chorus girl who tries her hardest to teach a group of bumbling amateurs some terpsichorean skills for an upcoming recital. $10 ADV - $12 DOS
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Starting With Us

Fridays-Sundays, 8-10 p.m. Continues through April 26
phone 313-967-0599

It’s summer break, and a group of Detroit teens is looking forward to celebrating with parties, relaxing, and hanging out on Belle Isle. But when a menacing classmate intrudes in their lives, they find their summer is nothing like they’d expected - and they feel powerless to speak out. What happens when oppression simply goes too far? Can we really trust those in power to protect us? In a modern adaptation of Lope De Vega’s Fuente Ovejuna, the Matrix Teen Company has brought these questions to the stage. Talkbacks with the cast and audiences will occur after each performance. $8 - $12!school-of-theatre-productions/c5hb
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Matrix Theatre Company (map)
2730 Bagley St.
phone (313) 967-0999
Starting With Us

Tango Lesson and Milonga-Open Dance

Fridays, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
phone 586-254-0560

Enjoy a fun and easy Argentine Tango Lesson or Club Style Latin Lesson, stay for a dance with food and relaxed atmosphere with welcoming people. No partner needed. $10
Argentine Tango Detroit (map)
7758 Auburn
Greater Detroit Area
phone (586) 254-0560
Tango Lesson and Milonga-Open Dance

Octavia’s Brood

Sat., April 18, 4:30 p.m.

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, a recently published anthology that 2013 Kresge Artist Fellow Adrienne Maree Brown co-edited with Walidah Imarisha. Octavia Butler (1947-2006) crafted intense, transcendent fables which have as much to do with the future as with present and past. One of her best-known books, Kindred, tells of an African-American woman unexpectedly transported in time from California in 1976 to a plantation in the antebellum South. Entranced with sci-fi from an early age, Butler decided at 13 that she was going to make a living as a writer, despite her Aunt’s telling her, “Negroes can’t be writers.” Her work was imaginative writing, but firmly grounded in the world in which we live, and in the bodies and minds we inhabit, not only physically, but morally and spiritually. This book expands on her work and legacy. Free
The Garden Theater (map)
3929 Woodward Ave.
phone (313) 8320888 (FAX); (313)
Octavia’s Brood

Lightning Bolt

Sat., April 18, 8 p.m.

When Providence, R.I.’s art-noise kings Lightning Bolt perform with Metz opening up, it’s hard to emphasize enough how much you should be at this show. This might be one of the most brutal, fun, and brutally fun groups in existence. We’re talking Thee Oh Sees/Boredoms/Rush levels of super badassery here. They tend to set up on the ground wherever they play, and the audience morphs around them and is driven to ecstatic whirling frenzies. The two Brians (Chippendale on drums and vocals, and Gibson on bass) are geniuses, who’ve been doing this for 18 years. $12
The Loving Touch (map)
22634 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Ferndale
phone (248) 546-3644
Lightning Bolt

Marc Maron

Sat., April 18, 8 p.m.
phone 248-399-2980

It would seem that famed podcaster, stand-up comedian, and sitcom star Marc Maron can do no wrong. Well, except for interviewing musicians on his podcast, because he gets so fawning and weird that it’s hard not to be embarrassed for the guy (come on — Ty Segall has to tell him who the Fall are, and did he really start to cry just because Mark Kramer spoke back to him?) Maron remains one of the most compelling, funny people alive, and there’s a reason he makes the big bucks now. You never know just where you’re going to go with him, so it’s almost on par with seeing Stewart Lee or Louis C.K. (though one of them doesn’t need some kid to tell him who the Fall are, and the other could not give a fuck). $30
Royal Oak Music Theatre (map)
318 W. Fourth St.
Downtown Royal Oak
phone (248) 399-2980
Marc Maron

Free Heart Screening Event

Sat., April 18, 7-10 a.m.
phone 866-501-3627

This free “Healthy Heart Project” event occurs at both St. John Hospital and Medical Center and Providence Hospital. Each participant will receive an electrocardiogram, which is a non-invasive electrical recording of the heart, as well as a blood glucose test, blood pressure screening, body mass index and a one-on-one consultation with a medical professional about heart health. For more information call (866) 501-3627 toll free. Free

Mom to Mom Sale

Sat., April 18, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Find 74 tables of great deals on gently used maternity, baby, and children's items. 9am-12pm $1/8:30-9am $2

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