On the calendar Earth Day fell on April 22, but there’s still time to make it to Ann Arbor’s 41st Annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, May 1 at Washtenaw Community College. Celebrate the natural world and learn about ways to work for its preservation with over 60 environmental exhibitors. There’s fun and entertainment for the whole family with music from Renee Stokely and his cigar box guitars, WCC student songwriters, and Joe Reilly. Experience “A Walk In the Woods” with a WCC instructor, and see live raptors from the Leslie Science and Nature Center. Ron Loyd, the Bubbleman, dazzles the kids with his soapy creations. Food will be on hand from Silvio’s Organic Pizza, Pilar’s Catering and People’s Food Co-op. And if you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, you can bike all the way to the festival on the adjacent Border to Border Trail. It’s an afternoon with a wealth of fun and information for all. Free. 12-4pm. 4800 E. Huron River Dr.
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An elite black pianist tours the segregated south with a white roughneck chauffeur. Green Book combines two crowd-pleasing formulas—the road movie and the true story—with two stellar lead actors, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Mortensen plays Tony Lip, a white, working class second-generation Italian-American from the Bronx who works as a nightclub bouncer. Ali plays
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