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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 2, 2017

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 7 a.m.  Free! 

BNI-Ann Arbor West weekly meeting: BNI Ann Arbor West chapter.

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The BNI Ann Arbor West Chapter meets every Thursday at 242 Community Church, 410 S Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, 48103 (behind Kroger). Meetings are held from 7-8:30 a.m. and visitors are welcome. For more information or a reservation to attend, please call Tom Wright at 734 678 1090.
242 Community Church, 410 S Maple Rd. Free. 734 678 1090. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Future of Transportation: Don't Turn in Your Car Keys Yet!": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. Jan. 5-Feb. 9. A series of 6 weekly lectures TBA by different U-M and guest scholars.

Jan. 5: Former GM vice-president of research, development, and planning Larry Burns, author of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Mobility for the 21st Century, discusses "Transforming Mobility: The Signal in the Noise."

Jan. 12: U-M Transportation Institute SMART managing director Susan Zielinski on "The New World of Transportation: Connected, Multi-Modal, and Information-Technology Enabled."

Jan. 19: U-M mechanical engineering professor Huei Peng on "Automated and Connected Vehicles: History, Development, M-City, an the Future."

Jan. 26: U-M electrical engineering and computer science professor and Toyota Research Institute autonomous driving development codirector Edwin Olsen on "Safety of Autonomus Vehicles: Technology and Policy."

Feb. 2: U-M urban planning professor Jonathan Levine on "Smart Policies, Smart Transportation: Impacts on Urban/Suburban/Rural Life."

Feb. 9: Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan CEO Michael Ford on "The Future of Mass Transit in Southeast Michigan: Where Do We Go from Here?."

10-11:30 a.m., Rave Cinema, 4100 Carpenter. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Winter Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (Jan. 5-Feb. 9. CDL youth librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6 accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Feb. 2: Folk singer-songwriter Matt Watroba. Feb. 9: Love songs by the Brad McNett Duo of jazz singer McNett and jazz guitarist Jake Reichbart. Feb. 16: Musical theater and cabaret by soprano Katharine Ball and accompanist Andrew Meagher. Feb. 23: Classical violin by U-M string students.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join our caregiver support group to learn, talk, and meet with others who are experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia firsthand. The group meets every 1st Thursday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Glacier Hills Retirement Community, The Manor, Conference Room A, 1200 Earhart Rd. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs. except Jan. 5 & 19. Cultural or educational program preceded at noon by a homemade dairy lunch ($4; seniors with reservations, $3).

Apr. 13: A speaker TBA discusses "826Michigan," the nonprofit that offers writing and tutoring programs for students, evening workshops for aspiring writers, and volunteer opportunities.

Apr. 20: Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County outreach & program coordinator Ayelet Shapiro and associate campaign director Max Glick present "Stories from Nahalal," a report on their trip to Israel with 9 local teens.

Apr. 27: A speaker TBA discusses the "Genealogical Society of Ann Arbor."

May 4: Elvisfest director Mary Decker discusses this annual event held in Ypsilanti every July, the largest Elvis festival in North America.

May 18: Local social worker Barry Schumer discusses "Finding Happiness at Any Age."

May 25: A chance to meet and learn about a Therapaws therapy dog.

1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 971-0990. [map]

 3:45, 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]

 3:45, 7:15, & 9:45 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]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"But Not the Loud Offensive Type: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the U-M During the Era of Jewish Admissions Quotas, 1925-1939": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Talk by U-M Judaic studies professor Karla Goldman.
4-5:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 936-2367. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"On the Shores of Japan's Post-War Left: An Intimate History": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Lecture by U-M history professor Leslie Pincus.
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]

 4:30 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!
Walk in non-member price: $15, OR join for as little as $39.99 a month for one Full Body Fit class a week.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 5 & 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"En Español Festival: Sounds of the Hispanosphere": U-M School of Music.

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Jan. 29-Feb. 4 (different times & locations). Concerts, lectures, and master classes that celebrate music and musicians who blend Western classical traditions with those from Hispanic-Latino culture. Today: lecture by composer Ricardo Lorenz (5 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin), whose works have been praised for their fiery orchestrations, harmonic sophistication, and rhythmic vitality. Followed at 8:30 p.m. in the U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre (1100 Baits) by a recital by the international Khemia Ensemble, with members from Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S. The group is dedicated to performing works by living composers.
5 & 8:30 p.m., different locations. Free. 615-3204.

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Wonder + Skepticism": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Olin College (MA) design professor Sara Hendren discusses her work on adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Speak So They Listen!: Ann Arbor Association for Talent Development.

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Captivating today's audiences takes planning and skill. In this Speak So They Listen workshop, you will instantly learn it's more than just what you say that will mesmerize your audience!
By the end of this 60 minute Speak So They Listen workshop, you will learn and practice how to captivate your audience by:
1. Guiding them to focus on 4 areas
2. Speaking with credible & approachable patterns
3. Practicing non-verbal maneuvers of confident speakers
4. Achieving better outcomes when delivering bad news"
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI. Chapter members = $20 Student members = $15 Non-member guests = $40. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tom Sleigh: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this highly acclaimed and widely anthologized Brooklyn-based poet whose work has been praised by poet Seamus Heaney for "the way it refuses to cut emotional corners and yet achieves a sense of lyric absolution." His 2015 collection, Station Zed, draws on his experience as a journalist on tours of Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, and Libya.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Challenging yoga workout that links breath with movement to create a dynamic flow of postures. This class will move quickly and is best suited for those with a strong yoga practice.
Drop in, non-member rate: $15. Packages and discounts for Better Living Fitness Center members available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Fri. 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 p.m.  Free! 

CyberSafety for Parents: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Worried about what your kids are seeing online? How do you recognize the signs of cyberbullying? The Cyber Safety Coordinator from the Washtenaw Area Council for Children will address these topics and more at this parent seminar. Mature topics will be discussed so children are not permitted to attend.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 6:30-8:15 p.m.  Free! 

Tin Pan Alley and Early Jazz: Front Porch Swing.

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Acoustic trio playing Tin Pan Alley and early jazz and blues on piano, cello, guitar, banjo and ukulele. 6:30 to 8:00.
Silvio's Organic Pizza, 715 North University. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Loss of Parent: Arbor Hospice.

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Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after the person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care offers a supportive caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to support the nonprofit's programming. All programs are limited to 10 participants and registration is required.
For more information, please contact Cindy Palmer @ 734-794-5177 or
Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care Office, 2366 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734.794.5177. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m.-close (usually midnight), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Euchre Night: Out Loud Chorus Fund-Raiser.

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All invited to compete in a euchre tournament. No partner necessary; cash prizes for overall winner and loser.
7-9 p.m., Bona Sera, 200 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. $10. 973-6084, 663-0036. [map]

 7-8 p.m. 

Tango 101: Robin Hills Farm.

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Argentine Tango is a beautiful vehicle for expression and connection. In "Tango 101," Sophia and José will teach the fundamentals of Argentine Tango, giving students the tools to connect with their partners, to walk with both grace and intensity, as well as to improvise to the music.
This class is open to all levels- no partner or experience necessary! Tuition: $50 per person (for 6-week course).
Rough syllabus for 'Tango 101':
1st week (Jan 5th) - Walking and Connection
2nd week (Jan 12th) - How to Do 'Back Ochos'
3rd week (Jan 19th) - Forward/Back Ochos
4th week (Jan 26th) - The Cross
5th week (Feb 2nd) - Ocho Cortado
6th week (Feb 9th) - Turns to the Right
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $50. 7348348496. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Printing: The Printrbot": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff show adults and kids in grade 6 & up how use the Printrbot 3-D printer.
7-8:30 p.m. (Thurs.) & 10-11:30 a.m. (Sat), AADL secret lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"World Wide Opals": Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Talk by club member Ben Gray.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]

 7:30 & 9:35 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]

 7:30 p.m. 

Bruckner Orchester Linz: University Musical Society.

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This Austrian orchestra performs works by composers whose pieces explore the experience of Africans and African Americans, such as Africa Sings, Alexander Zemlinsky's 1929 work that features poetry by Langston Hughes and other Harlem Renaissance writers. The program also includes Ifé: Three Yoruba Songs, Philip Glass's recent collaboration with the Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, who performs with the orchestra tonight. "The power of Kidjo's unflappable voice, the range of her emotional expression, the stellar, genre-bending musicians who back her, and the infectious, activist energy that courses through her songs all transcend any native tongue," says an NPR Music review. The program also includes Morton Gould's arrangement of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Suite and Duke Ellington's Black, Brown, and Beige Suite. With baritone Martin Achrainer.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$65 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. 255-5310. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Faculty Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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A collage concert of U-M faculty performances by saxophonist Andrew Bishop, trumpeter William Campbell, soprano Caroline Helton, harpist Joan Holland, baritone Stephen Lusmann, cellist Nathaniel Pierce, violinist Stephen Shipps, dancer Tzveta Kassabova, bass-baritone Daniel Washington, and pianists Kathryn Goodson, Martin Katz, Ellen Rowe, and Paul Schoenfeld.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Moving Pictures": U-M Dance Company.

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Feb. 2-5. U-M dance students perform excerpts from Quarry by guest artist Meredith Monk, the celebrated experimental choreographer and composer-vocalist whose known for the inventive, often revelatory ways she blends voice and movement. Quarry, an award-winning 1976 work exploring human extremes during wartime, Also, U-M dance alumni Xan Burley and Alex Springer, and by U-M dance professors Missy Beck, Amy Chavasse, Bill DeYoung, Jessica Fogel, Biza Sompa, Peter Sparling, Sandra Torijano, Amy West, and Robin Wilson.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Sing Happy!": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Feb. 2, 3, 7-9, & 14-16. Thalia Schramm directs local singer-actresses in local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis cabaret-style revue showcasing the songs of the Broadway team of Kander and Ebb. The show is a sequence of songs and medleys from Chicago, Cabaret, and many other Kander & Ebb musicals, both famous and obscure, arranged so as to throw into relief their exploration of the mysteries of life and love. Performers are Sarah Stevens Briggs, Lindsay Frischmuth, Elizabeth Jaffe, and Kristin McSweeney.
7:30 p.m. (dinner seatings start at 6 p.m.) & (Mar. 3 only) 9:15 p.m. (dinner seating starts at 7:30 p.m.), Conor O'Neill's Celtic Room, 318 S. Main. Seating limited. Tickets $10 ($20 includes dinner entree) in advance at and (if available) at the door. 926-5346. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Dan Grueter: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 2-4. Fast-rising young Ohio-bred comic, a frequent guest on late-night TV who's known for his wry, quick-witted, and very funny observational humor. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 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]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]

 8 p.m. 

Nessa: The Ark.

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Jazz-Celtic fusion with elements of pop, folk, and chamber music by this local led by singer-flutist Kelly McDermott, with bassist and didgeridoo player Rob Crozier, fiddler and keyboardist Luke Panning, guitarist Dan Palmer, drummer David Zwolinski, and percussionist Mike List Tonight the band unveils its Imbolc Suite, a musical celebration of Imbolc, or St. Brigid's Day, a traditional marker of the onset of spring that in some non-Celtic circles has taken the form of Groundhog Day.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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]


Nightspots Listings:


Conor O'Neill's: Mossy Moran

Traditional singer from Ireland. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Stiletto Fire

Windsor pop-rock dance band fronted by vocalist Kerri Brown and guitarist Jeff Fab. [venue info]

Mash: Brett Mitchell & the Giant Ghost

Midland pop-rock band led by Mitchell, a singer-songwriter and drummer whom Grand Rapids Press music critic John Sinkevics calls "the new millennium's version of Marshall Crenshaw." [venue info]

Rush Street: Los Gatos Los Gatos

Popular local Latin jazz quintet led by drummer Pete Siers that specializes in the old-school music of Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, and Joe Cuba. The band has amassed a large following among both jazz aficionados and salsa dancers. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]


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