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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 20, 2017

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 9:30 a.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
Non-member walk in rate: $15. Member walk-in rate: $10. Packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 (members, $10) drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Winter Hikes: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Dec. 10 (2-4 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial): "Wild Nuts." A nature hike to learn some of the edible wild nut trees of the Eastern hardwood forest and how to make hickory nut milk, staple winter food of the Anishinaabe people, over the fire.

Jan. 20: (10 a.m.-noon, Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial): "Winter Marsh Walk." WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a trek to the park's cordgrass marsh to explore how the wetland changes in winter and look for signs of mink and coyote.

Jan. 21 (1-3 p.m.) & Feb. 24 (10 a.m.-noon)., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial: "Snowshoe Clinic." REI snowshoe specialists are on hand to educate those interested about snowshoes. Followed by a snowshoe hike led by WCPARC naturalists. A limited number of showshoe pairs available to borrow; preregistration required at

Feb. 3: (7-9 p.m., Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester). 'Superb Owl Hike." WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a night time stroll through the woods to look for owls and other nocturnal creatures and to observe winter constellations.

Feb. 25 (2-4 p.m., Baker Woods Preserve, Trinkle Rd. east off Dancer north from Jackson Rd.): "Late Winter Hike." WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a hike through woods and meadows to look for any common flora and fauna enjoying the last bit of winter before spring's arrival.

Different times & locations. Free. $6 vehicle entry fee at Independence Lake. 971-6337.

 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Owl's Winter": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 19-21. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's Owl at Home. Owl encounters strange bumps at the foot of his bed, is awakened by a noisy cricket, and wonders why the moon seems to follow him when he's out for a stroll. 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. Suitable for kids in grades Pre-K to 2.
10 a.m. (Jan. 19 & 20), 12:30 p.m. (Jan. 20), & 11 a.m. (Jan. 21), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (youth and seniors, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. 

"Computerized Investing: Stocks - Selection and Evaluation": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This course is designed to explore active stock investing strategies using your computer. Which stock (or group of stocks) is most likely to meet your objectives? A prerequisite for this course is to have taken Computerized Investing 101 or be an active stock investor. We will utilize various sources of information such as Value Line, Morningstar, Better Investing, S&P and other stock related websites. We do not intend to cover basic investing questions. Bob Shaw, a retired airline pilot, and Dale Brandenburg, formerly a research professor, are active investors with each having more than 15 years of investing experience. This class meets Monday through March 3rd.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $40. 734-998-9351. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. All ages & fitness levels welcome!
Non-member drop in rate is just $15, or become a Better Living Fitness Center member for at little as $39.99/month for four Full Body Fit classes a month. Other memberships also available so you have more opportunities to get fit and have fun with us!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Writing a Novel": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This course is for anyone who wants to write a novel. It doesn't matter if you're zero or a hundred pages into your first draft -- everyone is welcome. We'll be reading several novels as a class as well as workshopping chapters of your novels-in-progress. Writing a novel is lonely work, and our class will give you the encouragement and moral support to keep writing. Allie Tova Hirsch is a novelist and recent graduate of the Helen Zell MFA Program at the University of Michigan. This class meets Fridays through April 14th.
Bank of Ann Arbor, 2601 Plymouth Road. $45. 734-998-9351. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"A Socialist Peace? Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country": U-M Anthropology Department Rappaport Lecture Series.

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U-M anthropology professor Mike McGovern presents a series of lectures exploring why the socialist Republic of Guinea has eluded the sort of violent civil conflict that have plagued all 6 of its neighbors.

Jan. 20: "Understanding the Absence of War."

Feb. 17: "Resentment: The Seeds of Violence Sown."

Mar. 10: "Nuvanuita: Ethnic Cleansing Planned Then Averted."

Mar. 31: "The Afterlife of a Socialist Habitus."

3 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall (4th floor). Free. 764-7274.

 3-7 p.m. 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members and staff will be on hand to help fix things and offer advice. (Note: Repairs are not guaranteed.)
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. 222-4911. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Justice and Tolerance in Islamic Thought: Maududi's Al-Jihad fil Islam": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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King's College (London) politics professor Humeira Iqtidar discusses the work of 20th-century Islamist philosopher Maududi.
4-6 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 615-4059. [map]

 4 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Manchester by the Sea": Michigan Theater.

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(Kenneth Lonergan, 2016). An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Jackie": Michigan Theater.

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(Pablo Larraín, 2016). Biopic that stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in the wake of JFK's assassination
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"La La Land": Michigan Theater.

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(Damien Chazelle, 2016). Musical comedy about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in L.A. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Fri., except Jan. 1. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using modern constructed (Mon.), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), standard constructed (Thurs.), and booster draft (Fri. & Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri. & Sun.).
6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) & noon (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun. & Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

"In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) Pre-Show Discussion": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Join director Melissa Freilich for a pre-show discussion of Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's production of Sarah Ruhl's Tony Award-nominated play. Funny and poignant, In the Next Room concerns nineteenth century treatment of "hysteria." The New York Times calls Ruhl "one of the most gifted and adventurous American playwrights to emerge in recent years." The discussion, which will focus on an aspect of dramaturgy, directorial choices or stage design, will allow you to engage more deeply in the show. Tickets are $17. You will pay for your ticket at the pre-show discussion.
Arthur Miller Theater, 1226 Murfin Avenue. $10. 734-998-9351. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Fireside Fun": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, and swap stories. If you like, bring camping chairs and the rest of the s'mores fixings (marshmallows provided).
6:30-8 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 997-1553. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friends and Music at Calvary": Calvary Presbyterian Church.

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All adults and teens with special needs invited for singing, dancing, and activities. Caregivers welcome. Food.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2727 Fernwood. Free. Preregistration requested., 971-3121. [map]

 6:45 p.m. 

"Seasons": Michigan Theater.

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(Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud, 2015). Sweeping nature documentary that follows animals through 4 seasons, with historical info about the seasons from the Ice Age to today. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Brand New Testament": Michigan Theater.

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(Jaco Van Dormael, 2015). Comic fantasy about God living in Brussels with his daughter. French & German, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Harlem Globetrotters: EMU Convocation Center.

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The Globetrotters, currently celebrating their 91st anniversary, bring their legendary blend of basketball wizardry and antic comedy to EMU for an exhibition game.
7 p.m., EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt (north off Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. $20-$262 in advance at the EMU Convocation Center ( and at the door. 487-2282. 487-2282. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Family Mew-vie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Screening of Secret Life of Pets, the 2016 animated film about a terrier whose life is upended when his owner takes in a stray. Also, a chance to snuggle with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish.
7-9 p.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $7. 661-3575. [map]

 7 & 9:30 p.m. 

"FutureStars 2016": Pioneer High School.

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Jan. 20, 21, & 28 (different programs). AAPS high school students perform 4 different talent shows. The judges and the audience determine the winners, who compete in the Jan. 28 finale. This is a very popular show. Note: The 9:30 p.m. shows are open only to students. Tonight: "Song and Dance" (7 p.m.) & "Love You/Hate You" (9:30 p.m.).
7 & 9:30 p.m. (Jan. 20 & 21) & 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 28), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets $10 on Jan. 20 & 21 & $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, $10) on Jan. 28 in advance at and at the door., 994-2191. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Penguin Awareness Day": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-5 invited to do a penguin-related craft or coloring activity.
7-8 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Poems of Spirit and Nature Together": Michigan Friends Center.

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U-M natural resources adjunct professor Richard Tucker leads a discussion of poems by Mary Oliver, Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, and other writers whose work finds spiritual renewal in nature. All invited to bring favorite poems. Refreshments.
7 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clarks Lake Rd. (off Waterloo Rd. west of M-52), Chelsea. Free; donations welcome. 475-1892. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Advanced Study Group: Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

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Dec. 9 & 23, Jan. 6 & 20 All invited to join an ongoing discussion of the Anthroposophic Press collection Esoteric Development: Selected Lectures and Writings from the work of Rudolf Steiner. . Familiarity with Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
7:30-9 p.m., location TBA. Free. 944-4903.

 7:30 p.m. 

"You're A Wanderer Just Like Me": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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Recital by U-M flute professor Amy Porter, who is accompanied by fellow U-M music faculty and other local musicians. The program is a collage ranging from Bach's Prelude to Cello Suite V performed in unison with cellist Viktor Huls and a work TBA for alto flute to a vocal work performed with fellow parishioner Jonathan Gardner and U-M dance department composer Stephen Rush's "Taming the Wild Ox," a piece based on Zen meditation and improvisation. A fundraiser to help pay for the building and installation of a new organ for the church.
7:30 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. $20 in advance & at the door. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Ben Creed: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 19-21. New York City monologist known for his high-energy, dynamic performing style and his quick-witted, wise-guy perspectives on a variety of topics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Legendary Wings.

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Wonderful, wonderful jazz group led by Dan Bennett
Daniel Woodward Bennett (sax)
Tim Haldeman (sax)
Justin Walter (trumpet)
Charlie Sutherland (guitar)
Josef Deas (bass)
Adam Shead (drums)
Rush Street, 314 South Main. Tip Jar to Show Appreciation and Support for Awesome Music and Wonderful Musicians. (734) 531-6187. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Robbie Fulks: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Talented Chicago-based alt-country singer-songwriter whose music is an offbeat yet affecting blend of traditional country, early rock 'n' roll, and new wave 80s pop. "In his best moments, Fulks sounds like the wiseass bastard son of Roger Miller," says Rolling Stone, and theNew York Times describes his lyrical sensibility as "sort of country meets David Lynch." Fulks has a new CD, Upland Stories, a collection of story songs based in the upland areas of Virginia and North Carolina where he grew up, including a couple songs written from the perspective of journalist James Agee during his seminal 1936 visit to the Depression-era South. Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Come on In; Come On Out - Safe and Sound with Out Loud": Out Loud Chorus.

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Jan. 20 & 21. Paul Haebig directs this chorus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in a program of songs exploring the ideas of safety and finding a home, including "Come to My Garden," "Rather Be," "Somewhere Only We Know," "Earth Song," "Would You Harbor Me," and more.
8 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $15 (students, $12; unemployed people & kids under 4, free) in advance at & Common Language Books and from Out Loud members, $18 at the door. 265-0740. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Jan. 19-22. Melissa Freilich directs local actors in Sarah Ruhl's 2010 Tony-nominated comedy about Victorian gender roles and female sexuality. A physician finds success when he begins to treat his female patients' "hysteria" with the recently invented vibrator, but when his young wife breaks into his office to try the device for herself, erotic and emotional chaos erupts.

Cast: Liana Abela, Ellen Blanchard, Greg Kovacs, Maegan Murphy, Amanda Photenhauer, and Rob Roy.
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 19), 8 p.m. (Jan. 20 & 21), & 2 p.m. (Jan. 22), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; Thurs., $17; students, $11 for any performance) in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"On Behalf of Nature": Meredith Monk (University Musical Society).

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This award-winning experimental composer-vocalist, choreographer, and filmmaker is joined by her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble in her new music-theater work, a poetic meditation on our intimate connection to the natural world and the fragility of its ecology. Drawing inspiration from climate change writers and researchers, On Behalf of Nature is "a rapturous new work," says a Los Angeles Times review. "Some of the finest music Monk has yet written." Preceded at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby by a talk on the program and followed by a Q&A with the artists.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $26-$44 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats" is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Popcorn Falls": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 20-Feb 12. Daniel Walker directs Michigan playwright James Hindman's new play, a wacky backstage comedy about the mishaps and mayhem of putting on a play. Set in Popcorn Falls, a small American town whose only claim to fame--its namesake waterfall--has dried up. Now bankrupt, its last chance is a large grant contingent on town producing a play in a week. Led by the Mayor and the local handyman, the enterprising townsfolk try to rise to the challenge. Stars Jeff Priskorn and Jonathan Jones, who play 15 roles between them.
8 p.m. (Thurs.- Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Spring Awakening": Dexter Community Players.

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Jan. 20-22 & 27-29. Keshia Daisy Oliver directs local actors in Stephen Sater and Duncan Sheik's new musical based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 drama about a group of German adolescents whose sexual awakening is warped and thwarted by bourgeois adult society. The score is a mix of alt-rock and folk-rock. Cast: Matthew Wallace, Laura Chodoroff, Christopher Joseph, Jessica Miorelli, Emma Clayton, George Micah Woods, Elliot Berg, Joseph Straub, Julia Janda, Kyra Pazan, Brandon Cave, and Angela Elowsky.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $20 in advance at, 726-0355. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Warm Up Winter with Beaver Island's Best": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Performances by jazz and classical musicians who have performed at the Baroque on Beaver Island Festival and the Beaver Island Jazz Weekend. Musicians include pianist Terry Lower, bassist Paul Keller, drummer Pete Siers, and others TBA. Proceeds benefit the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $10). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]

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