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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 4, 2017

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 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Great Lakes National Ocean Sciences Bowl: Michigan Sea Grant.

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High school students compete in quiz bowl-style rounds of questions about ocean and Great Lakes biology, chemistry, geology, physics, technology, history, and economics.
8 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M Dana Bldg., 440 Church. Free. 214-7204. [map]

 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 

End-of-Life Doula Training: Lifespan Doula Association.

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Taught by Merilynne Rush and Patty Brennan. Topics include the dying process, hands-on comfort measures, hospice and palliative care, doula scope of practice, active listening, self care, natural after death care, creating ritual. An end-of-life doula accompanies the dying person and their loved ones in the final days and weeks of life, providing resources, education and companionship for those who accept dying as a period of life, not just an abrupt ending. End-of-life doulas represent a new frontier in the doula profession, traditionally centered on birth and postpartum support, and are an outgrowth of recent cultural trends favoring natural death care. Designed for family members and friends of the dying, hospice and palliative care workers, midwives and doulas, clergy, therapists, life coaches, and anyone who wants to prepare for their own death. Not recommended for the recently bereaved.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $515 ($465 before 1/13). 734-395-9660. [map]

 9:30 a.m. & noon 

"Hot Chocolate": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids, accompanied by a parent, invited to learn about chocolate, make a cocoa-based sauce, see the cacao tree in the conservatory, and sip hot cocoa.
9:30-11 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per child; metered parking. Preregistration recommended at 647-7600. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Enrollment Open House: Triangle Cooperative Preschool.

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Looking for more than a typical preschool experience for your child? Consider joining the Triangle Cooperative Preschool community, where exceptional teachers and committed families create nurturing community that deeply enhances your child's learning experience. And, NEW this year: Triangle now offers an ON-SITE Sibling Care! Join us at our Open House to find out what Triangle is all about, meet the teachers and current families, and enjoy children's activities and refreshments. (Triangle is located in the First Presbyterian Church. Triangle has no religious affiliation.)
Triangle Cooperative Preschool, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-221-0905. [map]

 10 a.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 rate: $15 for non-members. OR Join Better Living Fitness Center for as little as $39.99 a month for at least four Full Body Fits every month. Other memberships, classes, and packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Saturday for Art": U-M Stamps School of Art & Design.

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Every Sat. All adults invited to make art in various styles. Activities TBA at
10 a.m.-noon, U-M Art + Architecture Bldg. (rm. 2062), 2000 Bonisteel. Free., 277-0544. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Hooded Scarf Crochet": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Self-taught local crochet artist Trudi Hagen shows how to crochet a hooded scarf.
10-11:30 a.m., AADL secret lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

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]

 10:30 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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Feb. 4 & 18. One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $16 to race ($8 to rent a car, if available). (517) 960-5252. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Feb. 4, 11, & 18. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M and visiting scholars. Feb. 4: "Topological Insulators: An Unexpected State of Matter." U-M physics professor Cagliyan Kurdak discusses this recently discovered state of matter that can be both electrically insulating and conducting. Feb. 11: Oklahoma State University math professor Henry Segerman discusses "3D Shadows: Casting Light on the Fourth Dimension." Feb. 18: "The Antiups and Antidowns of Life: Studying Antiquarks in Hydrogen and Carbon." U-M physics professor Christine Aidala discusses her research on the antimatter counterparts to subnuclear particles.
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser Hall (formerly the Dennison Bldg.), 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 11 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 drop in rate just $15; Better Living Fitness Center member drop in rate: $10. Packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 11 a.m. 

Children's Story Time: Literati Bookstore.

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Every Sat. A Literati staffer reads stories for kids of all ages.
11 a.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. 

"Make a Good Impression": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 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.) audiovisual exploration of the current night sky that includes a brief talk on how light that travels to Earth from far away-and the distant past-informs us about the Universe we live in today.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an exploration of deep space objects through the eyes of the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes, each of which operates in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Sunstruck (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about the composition and nature of the Sun and the various ways it affects the Earth.

Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]

 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chinese New Year Celebration: Briarwood Mall.

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Join Ann-Hua Chinese School of Ann Arbor at Briarwood Mall as they celebrate the Chinese New Year with free performances and programs!
Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle. Free. [map]


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. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

Lunar New Year: Ann Hua Chinese School.

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Join us Saturday, February 4th from 12- 4PM for our celebration of the Chinese New Year. Enjoy the activitieis and performances throughout the mall, including a dragon parade, traditional chinese dances, and various crafts and activities for children.
Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle. Free. (734) 769-9610. [map]

 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Ice Carving Festival": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to watch area college students compete in an ice-carving contest.
Noon-4 p.m., County Farm Park, Platt Rd. entrance. Free. 971-6355, ext. 211.

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

World Wetland Day: Ann Arbor Parks Department.

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All invited to help city parks natural area preservation staff restore the wetlands in Barton Nature Area by removing invasive shrubs. Wear pants and closed-toe shoes. Tools and know-how provided. Snacks.
1-3 p.m., meet in the Barton Dam parking lot off Huron River Dr., just north of Bird Rd. Free. 996-3266.

 1 & 3 p.m. 

Yo-Yo Master Zeemo: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Feb. 4 & 5. Performance by this local yo-yo whiz, who also uses other spinning toys such as hula hoops and tops in his routine.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Red Kangaroos": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view red kangaroos on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a cougar, prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

Climate Advocate Training: Citizens' Climate Lobby--Ann Arbor chapter.

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In this free workshop, participants will learn the background, philosophy and methodology of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL), as well as why our proposed Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation is a simple, transparent, effective and bipartisan solution. Find out how to speak powerfully to your elected officials, the media, and your community in order to inspire members of Congress to be leaders for a sustainable climate.
CCL is a leading voice in the national conversation on climate solutions. We are an effective, influential, grassroots organization advocating for federal legislation to put a price on carbon. CCL is a national, non-partisan organization with over 300 chapters throughout the US.
To RSVP, or for questions, send email to
Ann Arbor District Library - Freespace (3rd Floor), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. [map]

 2-8 p.m.  Free! 

DIY Zone Festival: The Neutral Zone.

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This festival features a demonstration of how to create a DIY electric skateboard (2 p.m.), electric go-kart racing (3:30 p.m.), a screening of films from a 24-hour teen film competition (5 p.m.), live music, refreshments, and a DJ. Also, a screening of Session Error, Rik Cordero's film about electric skateboarding.
2-8 p.m. (go-kart race registration starts at 1 p.m.), Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free admission. 214-9995. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Geometric Paper Wall Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to fold and cut geometric shapes from colorful paper to make a piece of wall art.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traver at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Guided Meditation for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant leads kids in grades 1-5 (with or without a parent) in a series of guided meditations. At the end of the session, kids have a chance to process the experience through artistic expression. Bring a blanket or pillow, if you like.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 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. Attendees asked to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

"Buhr Blitz": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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Public skating, with a family-oriented program of games and contests. Prizes. In case of inclement weather, the event is rescheduled for Feb. 25.
2:30-4:30 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). 971-3228. [map]

 2:30, 5, & 8 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: A performance by the U-M Early Music Ensemble (2:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits). Followed at 5 p.m. at the Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium (1226 Murfin) by a recital by U-M students of pianist Martin Katz and cellist Richard Aaron as well as a performance of songs in Spanish with cello accompaniment. The U-M Latin Jazz Ensemble performs at the festival's closing night celebration at 8 p.m. in the U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall (1100 Baits).
2:30, 5, & 8 p.m., different locations. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 3-8 p.m.  Free! 

Black History Month: Riverside Arts Center.

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3rd Annual Exhibit of local area African American artists sharing their art. This includes visual, literary and performance arts. Opening Art Reception is Friday, Feb 3 from 5-7pm.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. Free. Donation. 734-480-2787 [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Feb. 4 & 18. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood LIVE!": Mills Entertainment (Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just for Kids Series).

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National touring production of a live stage version of this animated PBS show featuring characters created by the late children's TV pioneer Fred Rogers. Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel hosts a high-spirited, laugh-filled interactive song-and-dance adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. Geared toward kids in grades preK-3.
3 & 6:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $$25-$75 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & all other Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]

 3-4 & 4-5 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Just Mercy": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson's bestselling memoir about one of his first cases, in which he go a man on death row exonerated for a murder he did not commit.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 4:15, 7, & 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]

 4:30 & 7:15 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]

 5 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 4: Armstrong State Exhibition game. 7 p.m.

Nov. 11: Howard 9 p.m.

Nov. 13: Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis Noon.

Nov. 26: Mount St. Mary's 7 p.m.

Nov. 30: Virginia Tech 7 p.m.

Dec. 3: Kennesaw State Afternoon or evening time TBA.

Dec. 6: Texas 9 p.m.

Dec. 13: Central Arkansas 9 p.m.

Dec. 17: Maryland-Eastern Shore 3 p.m.

Dec. 22: Furman 7 p.m.

Jan. 4: Penn State 8:30 p.m.

Jan. 7: Maryland 3:15 p.m.

Jan. 14: Nebraska 2 p.m.

Jan. 21: Illinois 2:15 p.m.

Jan. 26: Indiana 9 p.m.

Feb. 4: Ohio State. 5 p.m.

Feb. 7: MSU. 9 p.m.

Feb. 16: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Feb. 25: Purdue. Time TBA.

Various times, Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at 764-0247. [map]

 5-10 p.m. 

"Parents' Night Out: Whooooo's There": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Parents invited to leave their kids ages 6-12 to meet LSNC's resident owls and learn how they fly, hunt, and survive. Pizza & carrots dinner and an evening popcorn snack. Activities are as much outdoors as possible, so dress for the weather.
5-10 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $30 (Members, $25) per child. Preregistration required by Feb. 1. 997-1533. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Emily Acri: U-M School of Music.

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This U-M violin masters candidate performs Mozart's Violin Sonata in G Major, Dohnányi's Serenade for String Trio, Prokofiev's Violin Sonata no. 1 in F Minor, and De Sarasate's Navarra Danza Espagnola.
6 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Billy Kirst at Brewed Awakenings.

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Singer/songwriter Billy Kirst of Wire in the Wood will bring his signature upbeat, syncopated guitar style and infectious and deliciously crafted songs to Brewed Awakenings in Saline. Tonight he will be performing songs written by Paul Simon as well has his originals.
Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Suite M, Saline. Free. (734)681-0078. [map]

 7 p.m. 

29th Annual "Big Rack Night"

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Tentative. This annual contest for white-tailed deer hunters attracts around 400 people. The top award winners in the firearms, archery, muzzle loading, ladies, and youth divisions are invited to go onstage, display their antlers, and swap hunting stories. Also, talks by guest speakers with unusual or outstanding racks. Additional overall prize for "biggest rack" (number, size, and mass of points on the 2 horns). Light dinner for sale.
7 p.m. (doors open 5 p.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free admission. 439-7919. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Cabin Fever Film Festival: Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

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Unique, independent short films from Michigan and beyond! Experience the magic, originality, and gifted imagination of cinematic creations by local artists. Movie-going experience is complete with popcorn and refreshments.
The Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $10. 517.423.6617. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Lantern-Lit Ski & Snowshoe": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Sat., Jan. 14-Feb. 18. All invited to ski or snowshoe (snow conditions permitting) or walk half-mile lantern-lit loops. Fire available to warm up between laps. A few pairs of snowshoes available to borrow.
7-9 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum and Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
7:30-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: The Ark.

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Most Americans discovered Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Paul Simon's 1986 Graceland album, but this celebrated black South African male a cappella chorus has been around since 1958, when it was founded by lead tenor Joseph Shabalala as the Durban Choir. The group is the prime exponent of "isicathamiya," the indigenous music of rural black workers in South African cities. At once celebratory and mournful, this music fashions an exhilarating fusion of playful, antic craftiness and somber, haunting spirituality, and is accompanied with mesmerizing effect by equally intricate dance movements.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $45 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Oct. 2. Windsor. Exhibition game.

Oct. 7 & 8. Union College. The Saturday game is at 5 p.m.

Oct. 21 & 22. Michigan Tech.

Nov. 11 & 12. Boston University. The Saturday game is at 5 p.m.

Nov. 18. Team USA under 18 . Exhibition game vs. the older of the 2 Plymouth-based USA Hockey national team development teams.

Nov. 25 & 26. Lake Superior State.

Dec. 9 & 10. Wisconsin.

Jan. 20. MSU. 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 3 & 4. Ohio State.

Feb. 11. MSU.

Mar. 3 & 4. Minnesota. 6:30 p.m. (Mar. 3) & 8:30 p.m. (Mar. 4).

Mar. 10 & 11. Penn State.

7:30 p.m. (except at noted), Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State at McKinley. Ticket price TBA at 764-0247. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Shrek the Musical": Burns Park Players.

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Feb. 3, 4, 10, & 11. Burns Park Elementary School students, parents, and friends perform David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori's musical, based on the 2001 film, an appealingly subversive fairy tale about a kindhearted but misanthropic green ogre who's charged with rescuing a princess. The score is an eclectic mix of pop-flavored melodies that range from the jaunty "Travel Song" to the gutsy duet "I Got You Beat."
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 3, 4, & 10) & 4 p.m. (Feb. 11), Tappan Middle School, 2251 E. Stadium. Tickets $15 (patron seats, $30) in advance at and (if available) at the door. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Fantasticks": Huron High School Players.

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Feb. 3-5 & 10-12. Jeffrey Stringer directs students in Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's bewitching 1960 musical comedy that enjoyed a 42-year run on Broadway. It's a simple fable, whimsical and bittersweet, about 2 neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love. The show's many memorable tunes include "Try to Remember," "Plant a Radish," "Soon It's Gonna Rain," and "They Were You." Cast: Leo Tunkle, Hannah Schweitzer, Mitchell Salley, Ian Masson, Anna Austin, Rebecca Galler, and Radu Dumitrascu.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Huron High New Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only., 994-2040. [map]

 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Steve Loftus calls to live music by the Stout Hearted String Band. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass) and a silent auction (bring a gift item to donate).
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., just south of Oak Valley Dr. $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 769-1052. [map]

 8 & 10:30 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 p.m. 

RFD Boys: The Ark.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have several recordings, including Live and Unrehearsed, a 1994 Ark performance.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 at the door only. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Shari Kane & Dave Steele: Mangiamo Italian Grill Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Local husband-and-wife duo of acoustic guitar virtuosos whose repertoire includes both traditional and original blues, gospel, swing, and ragtime. They recently released the CD, Feels Like Home. Opening act is Eleanor Ellis, a veteran Louisiana-bred country blues singer and acoustic guitarist who lives in D.C.
8 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Scenes": U-M Residential College Players.

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Feb. 3 & 4. 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]

 8 p.m. 

"Baroque Sonatas from Venice and Vienna": ACRONYM (Academy of Early Music).

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This 12-member early music ensemble performs sonatas by Johann Rosenmüller, Antonio Bertali, Giovanni Valentini, Johann Philipp Krieger, and Johann Pezel on viols, violas, violins, and plucked string instruments. In a review of their 2015 album of Valentini works, a Gramophone,/i> writer praises their "expertise, enthusiasm, and an almost tactile sense of timbre." Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. $25 (seniors, $22; students, $10) in advance at, at Bookbound (1729 Plymouth Rd.), and at the door. 478-6421. [map]

 8 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]

 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. 

"Wine, Women, and Song XV": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3 & 4. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers. With pianist Tyler Driskill. Singers include Linda Beaupre, Sue Booth, Carolyn Burnstein, Roxy Diederich, Shelley MacMillan, Deanna Relyea, Monica Swartout-Bebow, and Kathy Waugh. Founder Wendy Bloom directs. Wine is served. This popular event usually sells out.
8 p.m. (except Jan. 29, 4 p.m.), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50. Reservations recommended. kerrytownconcerthouse, 769-2999. [map]

 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Acoustic Night at Avalon Cafe and Kitchen: Avalon Cafe and Kitchen.

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Feb. 4 - Jay Fry, an Ann Arbor native with a Modern Folk feel.
Feb. 10 - Daniel Ackerman, guitar and vocals.
Feb. 11 - Evan Haywood and Issac Levine.
Feb. 17 - Daniel Ackerman, guitar and vocals.
Feb. 18 - Charlie and Friends, string bass and slam poetry.
Feb. 24 - Daniel Ackerman, guitar and vocals.
Feb. 25 - Charlie and Rebecca and Friends, string bass, vocals and Uke.
March 4 - Jay Fry, an Ann arbor native with a Modern Folk feel.
Avalon Cafe and Kitchen, 120 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. (734) 263-2996. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Feb. 4 & 18. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8). [map]

 9:30 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]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Syd Burnham

Bluesy, funky folk-rock originals by this young singer-songwriter and guitarist from Brighton. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Syd Burnham Sydney Burnham

Bluesy, funky folk-rock originals by this young singer-songwriter and guitarist from Brighton. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Joshua & Jeremy Sprague

An eclectic mix of rock covers by these local brothers. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John D. Lamb

Veteran Detroit blues, rock, and R&B singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: Jimmy McCarty & Mystery Train

Popular rockabilly and roots-rock band led by veteran Detroit guitarist McCarty. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Chateau

Veteran pop dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Session Room: Rootstand

Popular local band whose music blends bluegrass, blues, reggae, and Celtic folk idioms and instrumentation. Opening act is Sweet Melissa, a high-energy local dance quintet fronted by Georgia- bred vocalist Melissa Bruzzano whose music blends rock, funk, urban, Americana, and other genres. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]


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