Things to do around Ann Arbor this week: Marshall Crenshaw,’Wonder’ author R.J. Palacio and more

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UMS presents Jerusalem String Quartet this week. (Photo by Felix Broede)

Marshall Crenshaw at The Ark. Lots of solid offerings at the Ark this week – including The Accidentals – but first up is Crenshaw, a Detroit native who got his first break playing John Lennon in a touring version of “Beatlemania!” in the late 1970s. Crenshaw soon emerged as one of the most talented rock ‘n’ roll singer-songwriters of his generation, and his recent work has won praise for its melodic subtlety and the grace of its many reflective ballads. He is backed by The Bottle Rockets, the pioneering alt-country and roots rock quartet. (The Bottle Rockets also play an opening set.) Tuesday at 8 p.m. at The Ark, 316 S. Main in Ann Arbor. Tickets cost $25, available in advance at,, and 734-763-TKTS.

Wild Swan Theater’s “Peter Rabbit.” Easter may be in our rearview, but this Beatrix Potter bunny tale is timeless. Ignoring his mom’s advice, Peter loses his little blue coat and plunges into a series of misadventures. With live fiddle score composed and performed by veteran local multi-instrumentalist David Mosher. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage “touch” tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. For kids in grades Pre-K-2. Thursday at 10 a.m.; Friday at 10 a.m. and noon; and Saturday at 11 a.m., at WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. in Ann Arbor. Tickets cost $12 (kids & seniors, $8; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance and at the door. Call 734-995-0530. Continue reading