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Posted on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 : 5:51 a.m.

What's happening around Ann Arbor, March 15-21: Our picks & your votes

By Chrysta Cherrie

Check out our picks for the best in visual art, music, family fun, theater, film and more this week, and then vote on the event that interests you most.

• Ongoing

St. Patrick's Day events: St. Patrick's Day is Wednesday, March 17 but festive events are happening throughout the week. | listings for St. Patrick's Day events

• Monday, March 15 Members of the Takács "Quartet": The ensemble has re-imagined their program to include duets and trios for violin, viola, and cello by Mozart, Kodály, and Beethoven. At Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington Street, at 8 p.m. | story

• Monday, March 15-Saturday, March 20 Green Week: A week of environmentally beneficial events by GREEN: Gathering Resources to Educate about our Environment and Nature. At various locations on the Eastern Michigan University campus. | Dates and times

• Monday, March 15-Saturday, March 20 Playfest 10: a series of staged readings of new, in-development plays. At Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin Avenue on the University of Michigan campus. | Dates and times

• Tuesday, March 16 The Orpheum grand opening: The Neutral Zone unveils its new teen-run recording studio with an event featuring guest speaker Martin Bandyke, Morning host on WQKL 107.1 FM, a special performance by teen band Sole Transit, studio tours, and refreshments. At The Neutral Zone, 310 East Washington Street, at 4 p.m. | More info | story

• Tuesday, March 16 Graphic Novels Panel with Jim Ottaviani, Phoebe Gloeckner and Eric Rabkin: MLibrary hosts a graphic novels panel of authors and experts discussing current projects and contemporary trends, moderated by David Carter of the U-M Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. At Shapiro Undergraduate Library, 919 South University Avenue, at 7 p.m. | More info

• Wednesday, March 17 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: One of the country's top jazz ensembles, led by Wynton Marsalis, performs its new "Portrait in Seven Shades" suite, plus some old favorites. At Hill Auditorium, 825 North University Avenue, at 8 p.m. | More info | story | Related event: Discussion about Wynton Marsalis on Tuesday

• Thursday, March 18 "Roger & Me" with special guest Michael Moore: A free screening of "Roger & Me" (1989), which documented Flint native Michael Moore's attempts to talk with then-GM CEO Roger Smith about the local effects of downsizing and plant closings, followed by a Q&A with Moore. At Angell Hall, 435 South State Street, at 7 p.m. | More info | story

• Thursday, March 18 Grant-Lee Phillips: Former frontman of Grant Lee Buffalo matches gorgeous, powerful lyrics to agile 12-string guitar playing. At The Ark, 316 South Main Street, at 8 p.m. | More info

• Thursday, March 18-Friday, March 19 March Madness Against Blindness: Annual fundraiser benefiting glaucoma research at Kellogg. At Damon's Grill, 3150 Boardwalk Drive. | Dates and times

• Thursday, March 18-Sunday, March 21 "Will Build to Suit": Barbara Melnik Carson, Paula Doe, Cre Fuller, Karen Gallup, Alvey Jones, Joan Painter Jones, Julie Renfro and Mike Sivak see how to give new life to the old and cast-off. At Riverside Arts Center, 76 North Huron Street. | Dates and times | story

• Saturday, March 20 Danza-Palooza: People Dancing and friends will perform fun works influenced by world cultures, plus dance workshops for the whole family. At Performance Network, 120 East Huron Street; workshops at 11 a.m., performance at 1 p.m. | More info

• Saturday, March 20-Sunday, March 21 Annual flea market: Jewelry, linens, books, art, house-wares, kitchen-wares, purses, puzzles, sporting goods, garden goods, collectibles, antiques, electronics and more for sale, plus an appraisal fair on Saturday. At the Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Avenue. | Dates and times



Mon, Mar 15, 2010 : 7:42 p.m.

I agree with redhead74. The City Club Flea Market is the best place to get great buys. It's the first flea market of the season and it's awesome. I never miss it. I'm looking forward to checking out the appraisal. You can't go wrong if Schmidt's Antiques is going to be there. First class!

Chrysta Cherrie

Mon, Mar 15, 2010 : 7:14 p.m.

Good call on Randy Weston. Hoping to make it to the show myself. Here's our event listing for it:


Mon, Mar 15, 2010 : 6:57 p.m.

Randy Weston!


Mon, Mar 15, 2010 : 8:03 a.m.

I love the City Club Flea Market! Looking forward to lots of great deals. I especially like browsing the books and jewelry.