Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival: In past years, this has been a sleeper hit event, so whether you’re a full-on boat nerd, or a person just getting her sea legs, consider checking out this daylong series of 1-hour presentations on Great Lakes maritime history and shipwrecks, along with diving topics.
(For a complete schedule, see greatlakesshipwreckfestival.org.) March 4 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. in Ann Arbor. Tickets cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Kids 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult, but the kids’ admission is free.
Druid presents “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” One of Ireland’s premier professional theater companies, Druid, last came to Ann Arbor (courtesy of UMS) in 2011, offering up an unforgettable production of Martin McDonagh's “The Cripple of Inishmaan.” This time, Druid will present yet another McDonagh dark comedy. The subversive “Beauty Queen of Leenane” is set in an economically depressed Irish village in the early 1990s, and the story’s focus is a vicious war of wills between a manipulative mother and her plain, lonely, 40-year-old daughter. The mother is played by Marie Mullin, who won a Tony Award as the daughter in the 1996 Broadway production. (An artist Q&A follows the Mar. 9 performance.) March 9 at 7:30 p.m., and March 10-11 at 8 p.m. at the Power Center, 121 Fletcher in Ann Arbor. Tickets cost $32-$60, available in advance at ums.org or 734-764-2538.
Shamrocks & Shenanigans. It’s Ann Arbor’s annual runnin’ of the green! Consider running this popular annual four lap 5K race and walk that starts and finishes at Conor O'Neill's on Main Street (with a 1K run available for kids). Following the race, inside Conor O’Neill’s, there will be face painting, bagpipers, Irish music and dancing, and more. Proceeds benefit Mott Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Center. March 12 at 9:30 a.m. (kids dash), 9:15 a.m. (kids 1K), and 10 a.m. (5K race & walk), Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Registration costs $39 in advance at runshamrocks.com (by March 10), $45 on the day of race. The Kids’ 1K costs $20 in advance at runshamrocks.com (by March 10), $25 day of race.
55th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival. The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, founded by former U-M art professor George Manupelli in 1963. The six-day juried festival presents dozens of programs, with more than 200 films (including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works) in competition from all over the world. March 21-26 at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor (with additional screenings on U-M’s campus). Visit aafilmfest.org for a complete schedule. Most screenings cost $12, but Festival Passes ($100) and Weekend Passes ($60) are also available, and if you wish to attend the opening night reception before this year’s first screening, the cost is $50.
Authors in Chelsea. Three well-known young adult writers read from their work, including Jennifer Jacobson (author of the Andy Shane series), Gordon Korman (best-selling author of more than 80 books, from the humorous Slacker to the adventurous Everest and Island trilogies), and Lynda Mullaly Hunt (author of the award-winning debut novel One for the Murphys and the best-selling Fish in a Tree). March 22 from 6:30-8 p.m., Washington Street Education Center, 500 Washington in Chelsea. Free.
Lake Street Dive, with opener Joey Dosik (presented by The Ark)
Tickets cost $35-$40
Encore Musical Theatre Company
Tickets cost $20 (youth and seniors $15)
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (presented by UMS)
Tickets cost $12-$60
Michigan League Ballroom
Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (presented by UMS)
UMS Choral Union and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Tickets cost $12-$36
1:30 and 4 p.m.
Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center
Registration costs $42-$47
Snarky Puppy (presented by UMS)
Tickets cost $30-$60
Betroffenheit: Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre (presented by UMS)
Tickets cost $26-$46
Steve Reich @ 80: Music for 18 Musicians (presented by UMS)
Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion
Tickets cost $12-$60
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
Tickets cost $15-$67
Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of of the Barbershop Harmony Society
Genesis of Ann Arbor
8 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $25-$42
University Opera Theatre
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
7:30, 8, and 2 p.m.
Tickets cost $22-$28
March 24-April 16
“Clutter” by Brian Cox
Tickets cost $20 (or pay-what-you-can)
Mitsuko Uchida, piano (presented by UMS)
Tickets cost $12-$75
Takacs Quartet: Beethoven Quartet Cycle (presented by UMS)
8 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Tickets cost $28-$56
DakhaBrakha (presented by UMS)
Tickets cost $24-$48
March 30-April 1
“The Encounter” (presented by UMS)
7:30, 8, and 8 p.m.
Tickets cost $36-$75