Bring your budding artists to Lamaze for a fun drop in arts and crafts hour! You bring your little one ages 0-5. Lamaze will provide art supplies, craft ideas, and space to be creative. Parents and other caregivers supervise and socialize Why get messy at home when you can get messy at Lamaze?
$5 per child
Coffee and healthy snacks offered for $1
Every Friday from 10-11:30
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $5 per child. 734-973-1014. firstname.lastname@example.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
Join us as we give back to the community! This free program invites volunteers of all ages and abilities to help create beautiful T-shirt quilts for those in need. Equipment and materials are provided.
The group meet in the Michigan Room from 11am to 12:30pm every Friday.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity please contact Jen Nicodemus at
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. email@example.com http://www.annarborymca.org/quilting-cause.php [map]
Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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.
10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.) & noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
"Dr. Martin Luther King's Vision, Social Transformation, and Contemporary Latina/o Arts": U-M American Culture Department.more >
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Panel discussion by U-M faculty, including theater professors Anita Gonzalez and Ashley Lucas, music professor Jonathan Ovalle, and Romance languages & literatures professor Nilo Couret. Lunch provided.
Noon-1:30 p.m., 3512 Haven Hall. 505 S. State. Free. 647-9535. [map]
Every Fri. except Mar. 21 Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
Every Fri. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn. A chance for seniors to watch a movie with their grandkids. Popcorn.
Feb. 21: My Fellow Americans (Peter Segal, 1996). Two feuding ex-presidents are forced to work together when their lives are both threatened by the corrupt current president. Jack Lemmon, James garner, Dan Aykroyd.
Feb. 28: The Butler (Lee Daniels, 2013). Historical drama about the 34-year tenure of a White House butler. Oprah Winfrey, Forrest Whitaker, John Cusack.
Mar. 7: The Little Princess (Walter Lang, 1939). Loose adaptation of the Franses Hodgson Burnett stars Shirley Temple in her last major success as a child star.
Mar. 14: Roxanne (Fred Schepisi, 1987). Adaptation of Rostand's Curano de Bergerac stars Steve Martin as a big-nosed Colorado fireman.
Mar. 21: The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952). Oscar-winning romantic comedy-dramma about a retired American boxer who returns to his Irish homeland to reclaim his family farm falls in live with a spirited young woman. John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara.
Mar. 28: Big (Penny Marshall, 1988). A 12-year-old boy who wishes he were big wakes up in in a 30-year-old man's body and is hired by a toy store, where he develops a crush for an older woman. Apr.-June schedule TBA at chelseaseniors.org. .
12:30 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]
Every Mon., Tues. Wed., & Fri. except Feb 25. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Tues. & Wed.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; & 1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]
Three days of cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter fun at Cavanaugh Lake. Also, a euchre tournament ($5 entry fee; prizes) on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., and a chili cook-off (1 p.m.) and dancing to classic and contemporary rock by the Manchester band Star 69 (8:30-11:30 p.m) on Feb. 8. The weekend competitive ice fishing derby (eeather permitting) runs 7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 8 and 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. Refreshments, breakfasts, and lunches available. Raffle.
4 p.m.-midnight (Feb. 7), 7 a.m.-midnight (Feb. 8), & 7 a.m.-3 p.m. (Feb. 9), American Legion Hall, 1700 Ridge Rd. (off Cavanaugh Lake Rd. from Kalmbach Rd. north from I-94 exit 156), Chelsea. Free admission. To enter the chili cook-off, call Larry Doll at 260-1540. 475-1964. [map]
Lecture by U-M Asian languages & cultures professor Emily Wilcox, with demonstrations by members of the Beijing Dance Academy.
4-7 p.m., Pierpont Commons, corner of Bonisteel and Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-8888.
Daily. Texas hold 'em and blackjack for players of all levels. Also, hold 'em tournaments at 7 p.m. Wed., Fri., & Sat. Free dinner, 5-6 p.m., and other nightly specials. Net proceeds donated to a different charity each week.
5 p.m.-2 a.m., Heidelberg (3rd floor), 215 N. Main. $10-$500 buy-in to play poker, $2-$20 per-hand blackjack, $40 buy-in for hold 'em tournaments. 834-2237. [map]
great place to relax and enjoy the games of chance. I would recommend to all....
With screenings of the 30-minute planetarium show Star Talk (5:30, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.) about what you can see in the current night sky, a reading of Paul & Henrietta Strickland's Dinosaur Roar! (6 & 7 p.m.) with images from the book projected on the planetarium dome, and a 30-minute dinosaur tour (7 & 8 p.m.). Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Space limited for each event.
5-9 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $3. 764-0478. [map]
Curious about aerial, but don't know where to start? Try a bit of everything at this all levels 1.5 hour aerial sampler platter! Students will get an overview of the basics of Aerial Silks, Lyra (Aerial Hoop), and Static Trapeze as well as ample time to play on each apparatus. Who wants to try it all
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25. 734-726-0353. firstname.lastname@example.org a2aviary.com [map]
Knowing how to administer infant CPR and pediatric first aid is important in any type of situation, whether it's a life-threatening choking situation or just a simple scratch on the arm.
Participants learn infant CPR through classroom work and skills demonstrations in this one-time class taught by an American Heart Association-trained instructor. Class is not limited to expectant parents only - many grandparents and caregivers have benefited from the instruction, as well. Our three-hour class focuses solely on infant CPR and pediatric first aid.
Class fee includes mom and partner also babies in arms (non-crawlers) are welcome. If an additional caregiver would like to attend, the cost is $25/ additional person. Please call the office at 734.973.1014 before registering to add the additional family members.
Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor, 2855 Boardwalk. $85. 734-973-1014. email@example.com www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
Yoga can be used to help rest, restore and rejuvenate yourself. The poses done in this class help you learn about underlying tension and stress so that you can begin to let go. Many of the poses are done in a supportive manner (lying over a bolster to help open the chest for instance). At the end of class you should feel quiet, rested and recovered from the work week and ready for the weekend. For students with at least a session of Iyengar yoga. Please pre-register.
The Yoga Sapce, 180 Little Lake Dr #1, 48103. $20. 734-622-9600. firstname.lastname@example.org www.yogaspaceannarbor.com [map]
Sauerkraut, pork, spätzle, mashed potatoes, veggies, and homemade pies.
6-7:30 p.m., Bethlehem UCC, 423 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $12 (kids age 10 & under, $5) in advance & at the door. 665-6149. [map]
Join us for an evening of miniature art-making and collaboration at our Artist Trading Card Workshop! What are Artist Trading Cards?
ARTIST TRADING CARDS are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ X 3 ½ inch or 64 X 89 mm card stock. They are originals, small editions and, most importantly, self-produced... anybody can make them, and they can be made out of almost anything!
We will paint, collage, stamp, sticker, draw and ink a set of 10-12 ATCs, with the option of trading our artwork at the end of the evening! ATCs are fun for both adults and kids...bring your friends for a fun night of art and socializing! We will meet the first Friday of every month, and have a new theme each month! Drop-in class fee: $5/student
To learn more about ATCs and the ATC culture, and to see a gallery of other artist's work, have a look at these websites:
FLY Children's Art Center, 40 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5. (734)218-2145. email@example.com www.flyartcenter.org [map]
All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]
Cuddle Party is a 3 1/2 hour workshop experience where participants engage in communication exercises, explore touch in a non-sexual space, experience personal exploration and intimacy, and have fun with like minded friends from the community.
Participants ability to connect with and develop greater trust in others is emphasized during the self-affirming group exchanges of Cuddle Party, and personal care is a cornerstone.
We will learn about voicing YES and NO decisions without guilt, shame or fear.
Contact Caryn with questions and to register 734-646-1351
Residential Home, 2301 Arrowwood Trl, Ann Arbor 48105. $15-$30 sliding scale donation. 734-646-1351. firstname.lastname@example.org http://thedoctorstv.com/videolib/init/6154 [map]
Short films by various directors.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
This award-winning local pianist and organist performs works from Renaissance England to 20th-century America. The program is highlighted by Mozart's joyous and effervescent Sonata in F major, Samuel Barber's Excursions, and Schumann's exceptionally difficult Toccata in C major, which Schumann is believed to have injured his hands trying to master. Proceeds benefit the Boychoir of Ann Arbor. The program also includes works by Orlando Gibbons, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, and Debussy.
7 p.m., King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2685 Packard. Free, but donations accepted. aarontan.org. [map]
Ann Arbor Derby Dimes are proud to present the second annual local, all-inclusive speed dating extravaganza, happening Friday, February 7 at Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (Corner Brewery). No discrimination on gender or orientation and fun for all, whether you're searching for a casual courtship, friendship or an everlasting valentine.
Cool, huh? To be part of the fun, pre-register by January 31 for $20, or show up at the door for $25.
Your registration fee gets you a drink ticket and access to a round robin date forum, 'Date a Derby Dime' auction, and A2D2 meet & greet. Register here: http://a2derbydimes.org/ann-arbor-derby-dimes-speed-dating-registration
- Official website listing (http://a2derbydimes.org/events-calendar/2014/2/7/ann-arbor-derby-dimes-present-a-night-of-speed-dating)
- Register for the event (http://a2derbydimes.org/ann-arbor-derby-dimes-speed-dating-registration)
- RSVP on Facebook (http://on.fb.me/1eE672m)
Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (Corner Brewery), 720 Norris St, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198, Ypsilanti. $20-25. email@example.com http://a2derbydimes.org/events-calendar/2014/2/7/ann-arbor-derby-dimes-present-a-night-of-speed-dating [map]
Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including poet John Buckley and fiction writer Blair Austin.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]
Programs presented by WRA park interpreter Katie McGlashen (except as noted).
Feb. 23 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan Wolves: Past, Present, and Future." Naturalist and wolf advocate Dorothy McLeer presents a program on the comeback of wolves in Michigan, the issues that arise when people live near wolves, and what the future holds for wolves. Preregistration requested.
Mar. 22 (2-4 p.m.): "Spring Terrarium." Participants make a small, display-worthy ecosystem. Bring a glass container with a lid, between a quart and a gallon in size.
Mar. 29 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Harbinger Hike." A hike along Discovery Center trails to look signs of awakening animals, early sprouts, and perhaps a few unorthodox blooms.
Apr. 8 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Animal Tracks." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn about animal track patterns, practice the art of tracking, and make a plaster cast track to take home.
Apr. 9 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Geocaching & Orienteering" All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn the basics of using a GPS unit and reading a compass, then try it on the trail. Participants should bring a few cheap trinkets to trade in geocaches.
Apr. 10 (10 a.m. & 2 p.m.): "Spring Break: Pizza Plant Magic." All kids in grades K-6 invited to learn what plant parts we eat, and start a pizza garden to take home.
Apr. 19 (noon and 1, 2, & 3 p.m.): "Geocache Egg Hunt." All invited to learn to use a GPS unit and follow clues to hunt for prizes. GPS units provided, or bring your own.
Apr. 25 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.): "Arbor Day Treats." All invited to learn how to measure tree height, figure out how old a tree is, and identify some trees without their leaves. Also, treats made from trees. Prizes.
May 3 (2-4 p.m.): "Arrows Away." All age 7 & up invited to learn basic archery skills. Equipment provided.
May 10: (2-4 p.m.): "Seed Paper Cards for Mom." Using recycled paper and wildflower seeds, participants make a Mother's Day card that can be planted to grow wildflowers.
May 24 (9 a.m.): "Birding and Breakfast." All invited for a light breakfast followed by a birding hike in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.
June 7 (10 a.m.-noon, Green Lake Campground Trail parking lot, west off M-52 between Waterloo Rd. & N. Territorial): "National Trails Day 3 Park Hike." All invited to join a 2.5-mile hike along the Waterloo-Pinckney Trail that connects 2 State Recreation Areas to Washtenaw County's Park Lyndon North.
Various times, Eddy Discovery Center (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
All invited to wear cowboy or cowgirl hats and skate to country & Western music.
7:15-8:45 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 761-7240. [map]
Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 7, & 8. Burns Park Elementary School students, parents, and friends perform Jerry Herman's long-running musical about a charismatic, opportunistic woman out to make a quick buck. Complications arise when she tries to play matchmaker to the wealthy Horace Vandergelder. The score includes such memorable songs as "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "It Only Takes a Moment," and the title tune. These shows almost always sell out, so get tickets early.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 & 7) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 8), Tappan Middle School auditorium, 2251 E. Stadium at Brockman. Tickets $15 (Patron tickets, $30) in advance at showtix4u.com and (if available) at the door. burnsparkplayers.org. [map]
Feb. 7-9. Jeffrey Stringer directs students in Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved 1959 musical about a sprightly tyro nun who becomes a governess to a widowed navy captain's seven children. When the captain's pro-Nazi fiancee tries to oust her, the ensuing spat bears unexpected results. Highlights of the popular score include "So Long, Farewell," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," "My Favorite Things," and the poignant "Edelweiss."
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 7 & 8) & 3 p.m. (Feb. 9), HHS Meyers Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $15 (students, seniors, & HHS staff, $10) in advance at showtix4u.com. 994-2096. [map]
Any story, tale, or legend illuminates some aspect of humanity. Fictional characters can speak volumes about the strengths of loyalty, bravery, and love. As their tale unfolds, characters can grow into the embodiment of hope, honor, and redemption, or they can demonstrate the downfalls of pride and greed. Through a realistic portrayal of human strengths and weaknesses, characters are able to come alive and even touch our own lives. Stories have the power to bring people together and give strangers something in common allowing them to become close friends. It is because of this that I enjoy creating fan art as a way to express the individuality of a variety of characters and explore the defining traits that make them memorable. All of the pieces in the show are digital paintings. The process begins with a white, blank canvas in Adobe Photoshop, and from there the painting is created using brushstrokes. Music provided by UM School of Music piano student Katie Brill.
Common Cup Coffeehouse, 1511 Washtenaw. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. email@example.com [map]
Feb. 7 & 21. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
Feb. 6-8. Acclaimed French Canadian comic known for his hilarious character performances, including a popular autobiographical routine about his German father. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
This powerful and versatile South Korean jazz drummer celebrates the release of her debut album, Mischka. With South Korean pianist John Nam, local saxophonist Diego Rivera, and a bassist TBA.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Longtime local favorites Michael Hough and David Tamulevich perform both traditional songs and original pieces that alternate between Hough's sometimes spellbinding, sometimes humorous narrative ballads, and Tamulevich's poignant lyrical songs. According to songwriter Garnet Rogers, Mustard's Retreat "represents everything that is best about folk music. Their songs have entered the lexicon of anonymous folk songs." Both Hough and Tamulevich are accomplished guitarists, and they also play banjo, mandolin, flute, autoharp, harmonica, and tin whistle.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $16 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
Local husband-and-wife duo of acoustic guitar virtuosos whose repertoire includes both traditional and original blues, gospel, swing, and ragtime. Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $12 (kids age 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]
Michael Haithcock conducts this music student ensemble in works that each blend something old with something borrowed and something new. Program: Druckman's Engram, the Introduction and Allegro from Strauss's Symphony in E-flat major (Happy Workshop), Penman's The Pilgrimage of Fire and Earth, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program by U-M percussion professor Joseph Gramley and Haithcock.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
Feb. 7 & 8. RC students direct and perform this popular semiannual 90-minute program of short scenes on a variety of topics and in a variety of styles, many written by RC students.
8 p.m., RC Keene Theater, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 16-Feb. 16. David Wolber directs the world premiere of David Wells' whimsical coming-of-age comedy, set in rural Kansas, about a 17-year-old girl, abandoned by her mother, who is entrusted to a foster parent who runs a truck stop when her lovable but irresponsible father is sent to state prison. Stars Alissa Nordmoe, Phil Powers, Julia Glander, and Emilio Rodriguez.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Jan. 25 & Feb. 15), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Jan. 16), $24 & $26 (Jan. 17 & 19), $30 & $32 (Jan. 18), and $22 & $24 (Jan. 23). Jan. 24 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Jan. 24: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $34 & $36 (Fri. & Sun.), $27 & $29 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
Feb. 6-9. U-M dance students perform works by guest artist Andrea Miller, founder of Gallim Dance, a NYC-based company acclaimed by the New York Times for its "voluptuously polyglot choreography" and by New York Press for its "delicious strangeness, fierce aggression, and raw beauty." Miller presents her Pupil Suite, a work for 14 dancers characterized by wildly quirky and demanding movement as it shifts through a series of vignettes evoking everything from the possibility of intimacy to the madness of the imagination and the joy of movement. It is set to music by the Israeli band Balkan Beat Box. Also, works by U-M dance professors Melissa Beck, Bill De Young, and Peter Sparling. Beck's Beautiful Wreck, set to Mahler's Symphony no. 5 in C minor, is a work for 12 dancers that explores the metaphorical and physical connection between bridges and water, and De Young's Unbearable Lightness is a group work set to a live performance of Israeli composer Matti Kovler's similarly titled work for 7 basses that was in turn inspired by the Milan Kundera novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Sparling debuts Vox Femina (Girl Talk), a work for 19 dancers set to a range of vocal music from Handel to the Stovall Sisters (a 70s Southern gospel funk girl group) to NYC R&B icon Laura Nyro. The dancing is framed by 2 projection screens of highly kinetic video imagery.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 6-Mar. 2. This local professional company performs Lionel Bart's popular musical adaptation of Dickens's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphaned boy who falls in with a band of pickpockets in Victorian London. The score includes many popular hits, including "Where Is Love?" "Food, Glorious Food," "As Long As He Needs Me," and the title tune. Cast: Alejandro Cantu, Ben Chambers, Tobin Hissong, Mahalia Greenway, Andrew Gorney, David Kiley, Christine Purchis, William Fowle, & Sara Catheryn Wolf.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun. & Feb. 27), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors age 60 & older, $30; youge age 17 & under and groups of 10 or more, $28) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
Two of Mali's most esteemed and original musicians, ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate and Paris-based singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, unite for a concert celebrating their West African musical heritage. A virtuoso picker and musical visionary, Kouyate has transformed the sound and playing of the ngoni-a traditional West African lute akin to the banjo-through electric solos blending West African music with the style and storytelling aspects of American blues. His backing band, Ngoni Ba, features four ngoni players, including his sons Moustafa and Mamadou, who create pointillist modal grooves highlighted by vocals from Kouyate's wife, Amy Sacko. Raised in southern Mali, Diawara originally moved to France to study acting but instead learned guitar and in 2011 released a critically acclaimed debut album, Fatou, mixing jazz, pop, and funk with the sounds of Wassoulou, a song style credited as an African ancestor of American blues. "Enchanting and blissful. Her well-crafted songs are often light and breezy, but her soulful voice brings a bluesy depth and potency that can stop you in your tracks," writes a Time reviewer.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. $20-$50, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 16-Mar. 15. Stephanie Buck directs local actors in Lanford Wilson's drama about a young prodigy who's searching for her birth father when she encounters a homeless veteran living in a redwood forest in Northern California. Cast: Rainbow Dickerson, Alex Leydenfrost, Michelle Mountain.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Jan. 16-22 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Jan. 22: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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Feb. 7, 14, & 28. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]