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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 11, 2014






 
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 9 a.m. 

2nd Saturday Exhale! Yoga.

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Awaken yourself to the deepest breath of your life. Breath, gentle flow and restorative poses open the heart, mind and body.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio. $15. 734-929-0274. webguru@annarboryoga.com
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Jan. 11 & 18. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Jan. 11), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Jan. 18), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Jan. 11 & 18. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Jan. 11), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Jan. 18), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Goddess Flow: Yoga in Honor of the Divine Feminine: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Hygeia Center for Healing Arts invites you to honor your divine female energy in this vinyasa style yoga class that celebrates the Goddess within and around us. Each week, we will move through six posture flows accompanied by music dedicated to the Goddess. Posture flows will be repeated throughout the session so that each yogini can increase her awareness of breath, movement, and body thus moving deeper into her core essence which is divine in nature. Class is held in a warm, supportive environment with inspirational readings, meditation, relaxation and time for reflection incorporated. Some previous yoga experience is recommended. Come celebrate, share and delight in yourself and the Goddess through yoga!
Goddess Flow Yoga class meets on the second Saturday of the month from 9:00-10:15 am.
Class is limited to 10 participants. Please register to reserve your space.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. welcome@hygeiacenter.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Introductory Class: Fun and Learning Music Studio.

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Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call sandrat@childrensmusicacademy.org or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. sandratracey@funandlearningmusicstudio.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

KinderConcert!: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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KinderConcert is a free, 30-minute concert designed especially for children 6 years and younger. Members of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra join child movement expert Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. This fun, interactive learning environment allows children the opportunity to enjoy music while encouraging learning and creativity. Registration is not required - everyone is welcome!
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter, Michigan 48130, Dexter. Free. 743-426-4477. cjurich@dexter.lib.mi.us www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 10 a. m.  Free! 

Saturday Morning Border to Border Ride: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. 22-mile ride, at various paces along the Border-to-Border Trail, from Ann Arbor Ypsilanti to decide where to eat lunch.
10 a.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541. [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"Bag of Books Sale": Friends of Saline District Library.

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Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8. Fill a bag for $5. Second bag is free.
10 a.m.-noon, Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 944-0625. [map]
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 10 & 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Robot Recycling Craft": Ann Arbor Solid Waste Department.

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All invited to make a robot or other character using colorful scraps. Followed by guided tours of the city's recycling and trash processing center.
10 & 11:30 a.m., Materials Recovery Facility, 4120 Platt Rd. Free. 994-2807. [map]
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 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 10:45 a.m. 

Basic Yoga.

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This balanced practice uses traditional yoga posture and breath techniques to cultivate a balance of strength without tension, and calm clarity of mind and supports the immune, digestive and cardio-vascular systems, promotes healthy joints, and slows the aging process. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.

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Group tours of the warehouse, with displays of both historical and CTBC bears. Also, display of antique toys in the Chelsea Toy Museum.
11 a.m. and 1 & 3 p.m., CTBC Warehouse, 400 N. Main, Chelsea. Free. 433-5499. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. 15-minute story time geared toward very young children.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under. Also, after storytime on Jan. 11, a chance to meet and take pictures with Elephant and Piggie from Mo Willems' children's book series.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Owls: Birds of Prey": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Jan. 11-Feb. 23. 20-minute interactive demo exploring the lives of owls and their role in the food chain.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Impact Earth (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth. The Cowboy Astronomer (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about a cowboy who has spent a lifetime studying the night sky and listening to star legends.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $5 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Percussion Ensembles Concert: Chelsea District Library.

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The Chelsea High School percussion ensembles perform the classical pieces in their program for the upcoming state Solo & Ensemble Festival.
1-2 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Jan. 11 & 12. Leslie Science and Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities.
1-4 p.m., AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $11 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Predators and Prey: The Eternal Struggle": Chelsea District Library Science Saturday.

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U-M Natural History Museum staff present a series of programs exploring the different strategies predators and their prey have evolved to cope with each other. Monthly topics include "Dining on Dinos: Long Necks, Sharp Teeth, Club Tails, Killer Claws" (Jan. 11), "Meals with Megafauna: Sabertooth Cats, Dire Wolves, Mastodons, and Man" (Feb. 8), and "Present Day Predators and Prey: Maintaining the Balance" (Mar. 8). For kids ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.
1-2 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 1:45, 4:30, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"August: Osage County": Michigan Theater.

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(John Wells, 2013). Adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy about the painful reunion of the far-flung members of a dysfunctional family in response to its patriarch's mysterious disappearance.
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME, michtheater.org. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Cold Eyes": Michigan Theater/U-M Center for Korean Studies.

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(Jo Eui-seok & Kim Byeong-seo, 2013). A policewoman tries to track down the leader of an armed criminal organization. Korean, subtitles.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]
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 2 & 8 p.m. 

"Ancestral Voices": Emergent Arts.

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Jan. 8-12. Local actors perform A.R. Gurney's comic drama about a rich WASP family living in Buffalo in the 1930s and 40s. The play is performed in the style of readers' theater, with the cast reading from scripts while seated on a bare stage.
8 p.m. (Jan. 8-11) & 2 p.m. (Jan. 11 & 12), Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (students and seniors with ID, $10; $4 discount for preshow dining at Haab's restaurant) in advance at emergentarts.com and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
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 2 & 8 p.m. 

"Bullet Catch": University Musical Society.

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Jan. 7-12. Award-winning Scottish playwright, performer, and director Rob Drummond stars in this darkly humorous theatrical magic show exploring the history of the notorious trick "bullet catch," an illusion in which a magician appears to catch a bullet fired directly at him. The show features levitation, games of chance, mind-reading, and storytelling, as Drummond-who wrote and co-directs the show with David Overend-relates the true story of William Henderson, a magician who died attempting the bullet catch trick in 1912. In the show's finale, an audience member is invited to perform the trick by firing the gun at Drummond. "Drummond's conjuring skills are genuine and very impressive but his ability to make a profound philosophical meditation into a hugely entertaining magic show is cleverer still because it is so subtly done," writes a Herald (UK) reviewer.
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 7-9), 8 p.m. (Jan. 10 & 11), and 2 p.m. (Jan. 11 & 12), Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. $40 (Jan. 7-9) & $50 (Jan. 10-12) general admission, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Upcycled Notebooks": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All teens in grades 6-12 invited to make a small notebook and learn what they can do with a stash of paper that's been used on one side.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]
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 4:45, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Nebraska": Michigan Theater.

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(Alexander Payne, 2013). An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.
Times TBA at michtheater.org, Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Date Night: Chinese Takeout.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Chinese Takeout menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Julienne Vegetable Spring Rolls with Citrus Hoisin Dipping Sauce; Chinese Healing Hot and Sour Soup with Crispy Fried Noodle Garnish; Crisp Chinese Five-Spice Calamari atop Spicy Bean Thread Noodle Salad with Grapefruit and Cilantro; Matcha Ice Cream with Crystallized Ginger. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to recorded music. No partner needed; beginners welcome. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3). 709-8748. [map]
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 7:15-9 p.m. 

"DJ Skate".

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Skating to Top 40 music.
7:15-9 p.m. (6-8:50 p.m. on Dec. 31), Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $5 (children 14 & under, $3) admission, $3 skate rental. 433-4444. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance.

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Mark Hillegonds calls to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. No partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (students, $5). 408-1829, 649-6426. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance.

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Mark Hillegonds calls to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. No partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (students, $5). 408-1829, 649-6426. [map]
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 8-10:30 p.m. 

Ballroom Dancing Night: Pittsfield Township Parks and Recreation Department.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music from the last several decades. Singles and couples invited. Refreshments. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
8-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Twp. Recreation Hall, S. State at Ellsworth. $10. 822-2120.
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 8 p.m. 

Jill Jack: The Ark.

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Sultry-voiced Detroit folk-rock singer-songwriter whose music also draws freely on jazz and country flavors. Her 2005 CD Moon and the Morning After won a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Folk Recording. She appears tonight with her band for her annual birthday show. Opening act is Melissa Greener, a Nashville-based self-styled "emo-folk crooner." "Blessed with a glorious, outsized, and utterly distinctive voice, Greener is an accomplished guitarist and an arresting songwriter," says Acoustic Guitar magazine reviewer Celine Keating. "The music is strikingly original and impressively varied, featuring strong, catchy melodies in strange and brooding voicings."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8-10 p.m. 

Katie Geddes: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Folk, country-folk, and gospel tunes, along with songs by such contemporary songwriters as John Prine, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Michael Nesmith, and Lennon & McCartney, by this popular local folksinger who sings in a clear, strong voice. Her recent CD We Are Each Other's Angels has been getting airplay around the world.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Marc Ryan: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 9-11. Local debut of this popular actor-comedian who hosted the BBQ special Smoked on Destination America and co-hosts Marc and Todd's Crazy Clips on the Outdoor Channel. His act blends incisive observational humor with comic tales about the experiences that have taken him from small-town Louisiana to L.A. to pursue a career in entertainment. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Pocket Vinyl: The Yellow Barn.

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New London, CT, pianist-vocalist Eric Stevenson plays self-described "piano slam rock" while a painter creates a work of art on stage that will be auctioned off at the end of the show. Opening act is Jim Cherewick & the Wicker Chairs, a local band led by folk-rock singer-songwriter Cherewick.
8 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $10 (Yellow Card or Pink Punch Card holders, free). ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Dreamland Theater.

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Oct. 19 & 26 and Nov. 2, 9, 16, & 30. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents Dreamland owner Naia Venturi's adaptation, with both Venturi's marionettes and Patrick Elkins' shadow puppets, of Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasy about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the mortals snared in their mischief. With a score by Andrew Bruce Mitchell II. This project was initiated when the Dreamland puppets were used in Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P.: The Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian, a nominee for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St. Ypsilanti. $10 at the door only. 657-2337. [map]
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