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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. 926-8863. [map]

 10 a.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 and multi-class package rates available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Adult Coloring for Relaxation & Meditation": Dexter District Library.

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All adults invited to color. Supplies provided or bring your own.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration requested. 426-4477, ext. 120. [map]


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]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Mapping the Chinese Novel": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Talk by University of Utah Chinese literature & culture professor Margaret B. Wan.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Koessler Room. Free. 764-8888. [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. This class is included as part of the Better Living Fitness membership package, which ranges from $39.00 -- $99.00/month.
The drop-in, non-member rate is just $15, so give us a try!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 4, 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]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Improvisation as Cross-Cultural Collaborative Gateway: Report from Korea": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Lecture by U-M jazz professor Edward Sarath.
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 764-1825. [map]

 4:15, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Neruda": Michigan Theater.

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(Pablo Larraín, 2016). Biopic set in the 1940s about an inspector who hunts down the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who became a fugitive in his own country for joining the Communist Party. Spanish & 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]

 4:30 & 7 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]

 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Global Graffiti": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Roundtable discussion with Greek street artists Olga Alexopoulou and Cacao Rocks, along with U-M art history professor Christianne Gruber, U-M modern Greek professor Artemis Leontis, and U-M Institute for the Humanities curator Amanda Krugliak.
4:30-6 p.m., Institute for the Humanities Common Room, 202 S. Thayer, Free. 936-3518. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

6th Annual Shirley Verrett Awards Ceremony: U-M Center for the Education of Women.

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Performances by mezzo-soprano (and U-M voice grad student) Olivia Johnson and U-M piano grad student Cesar Canon in honor of this year's award winner, Anita Gonzalez, head of the U-M Global Theatre and Ethnic Studies minor. Also, a theater or dance performance TBA. The award is named for the late internationally acclaimed opera singer Verrett, also a U-M voice professor. Reception follows.
5 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. Reservations requested at, 764-6360. [map]

 5, 6, 7, & 8 p.m.  Free! 

Sexpertise 2017: Sexperteam | University Health Service.

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Sexpertise is a three-day conference from February 7th to 9th, 2017. It engages students, faculty, and community practitioners in discussion and learning about sexuality and relationships. Through a diverse group of sessions, we'll explore topics of interest to the U-M student community including pleasure, culture, wellness, relationships, and more! All events are free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required, and you are invited to attend one, a few, or all sessions!
6:30 - 7:30 PM: Pleasure: Giving and Receiving​
7:30 - 8:30 PM: Transgender Sexual Health Disparities
8:30 - 9:30 PM: Sexy Supplies
5:00 - 6:00 PM: Sex Around the World
6:00 - 7:00 PM: deSTIgmatize!
7:00 - 8:00 PM: We Are Who We Are: Sexualities, Gender, and Attractionalities
8:00 - 9:00 PM: Ins and Outs of Kink
5:00 - 6:00 PM: Make It Click
6:00 - 7:00 PM: Rape Culture 101
7:00 - 8:30 PM: Sexcapade: A S
Michigan Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-647-4659. [map]

 5:30 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.
This class is included in every Better Living Fitness Center membership, which start at just $39.99.
Non-member walk-in price just $15.
Better Living Fitness Center. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Metal Detecting Club: AAMDC.

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Looking for like minds who love history, relics, treasure, or just talking about it. In and around Michigan, Great Lakes area, Ohio River Valley, and elsewhere. Come meet the 2nd Thursday of the Month at the Denny's on the corner of Washtenaw and Huron at 6pm. Until we get a better meeting place this will be primary location. We can discuss equipment, permissions, legal boundaries, and much more. All ages, color, gender, creed, and values are welcome. Email, text, or call me for more info.
Second Thursday of the month (this one will be June 8th) at 6pm.
Denny's, Washtenaw and Huron Pkwy. Free. 502-232-5991.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting (and Crocheting) Night: Brewed Awakenings Café.

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Every Wed. All adults invited to bring their current projects to work on.
6 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., suite M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [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]

 6-7:30 p.m. 

"Noodlin' and Doodlin': A Michigan Musical Journey": Ann Arbor City Club Dine & Discover.

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U-M Michigan Musical Heritage Project director Lester Monts discusses his efforts to capture the state's folk, ethnic, and immigrant music traditions on film. Dinner.
6-7:30 p.m., City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $33 (members, $28) includes dinner. Reservations required by Feb. 3. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]

 6:30-7:45 p.m.  Free! 

Designing Medicine Gardens: The Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts.

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Master Herbalist Mary Light discusses herbal medicine garden design for urban and country areas, small to large. Learn to easily grow sustainable medicinal herbs for all body systems and evaluate cultivation services, quality, and preparation. Class Dates: Dec. 7th, Jan 25th, Feb. 8th, Mar. 8th, and April 5th. All Wednesday night classes from 6:30pm-7:45pm. Location: Gaia Center for Herbal Studies (The Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts) 7920 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI. Phone: (734) 769-7794.
Gaia Center for Herbal Studies, 7920 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI. Free. (734)7697794. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m. 

U Family - Mindful Parents (Winter Intro Course): The U School.

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MINDFUL PARENTS - The goal of this program is to help grown-ups become more mindfully aware especially when in the presence of children (who learn a lot from the subtleties about us). There are two bottom lines: 1: A solid mindfulness practice makes us happier. 2: When we are happier, our children tend to be happier and healthier too. In this eight session course, we will begin with core practices and focus on how to get your practice off to the best possible start. We will learn specific applications geared towards parenting challenges, and how you can share mindfulness practice with your family. By the end of eight sessions, you will focus and adjust your attention in real time to adapt and respond to life in a more optimal way. This class is for beginners, but people with previous mindfulness practice are welcome and will also benefit!
WINTER MP INTRO DATES & TIMES: 6:30pm-8pm on 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29
The U School, 3630 Plaza Dr. 5A & 6A. $104/indiv, $156/couple. 734-368-9551. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor West Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Wed. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson. Free. 929-9022. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Basic Knife Skills": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers discusses knife safety, key knife cuts, and how to properly use, store, and care for high quality knives. Participants practice some basic cuts used in cooking.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 769-3994. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Jahng Shin Concert Choir: First Presbyterian Church.

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This top-notch college choir from the Presbyterian University & Theological Seminary (Seoul) performs a varied program ranging from Bach to spirituals.
7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free. 662-4466. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"A Raisin in the Sun": EMU Theater Department.

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Feb. 8-12. EMU theater professor Wallace Bridges directs EMU drama students in Lorraine Hansberry's landmark 1959 social protest drama, the first play by an African-American woman ever produced on Broadway. The story of a southside Chicago family's struggle for cultural identity and fulfillment, the action centers around the family's conflicting desires for spending a $10,000 life insurance payment they receive after the father's death. The play's abundant humor grows out of the tension between their mutual love and their divergent views of the future, and their struggles provide a context for exploring several larger cultural, class, and generational issues within African-American society and for demonstrating the resilient strength of family bonds. Recommended for audiences age 13 & up.
7 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.

 7-9 p.m. 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Oct. 11: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

Oct. 25: Readings by Diane DeCillis, Detroit native whose award-winning 1st book of poems, Strings Attached, was described by Gargoyle Magazine (Washington, D.C.) editor Richard Peabody as a collection of "warm, philosophical poems [which] explore a cultural and emotional terrain similar to the work of Naomi Shihab Nye." Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

Nov. 8: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

Nov. 29: Reading by Zilka Joseph, a local poet whose work is notable for its vividly figured explorations of the natural world. Her latest book, Sharp Blue Search of Flame, is a collection of dark, brooding poems that reflect her Jewish Indian roots and her personal experiences living in Eastern and Western cultures. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Blues Jam": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to play, learn, and/or listen to blues and roots music.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. 794-6250. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Legacy Land Conservancy": Jewish Community Center.

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New Legacy Land Conservancy executive director Doug Koop discusses this nonprofit, Michigan's 1st local land trust when it was founded in 1971, that works to protect forests, prairies, farms, wetlands, and
7-8:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 971-0990. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Rise Again Community Sing-Along": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to join a sing-along, led by Jeanne Mackey, of some of the 1,200 songs in various genres from the Rise Again Songbook, a new edition of the popular Rise Up Singing group singing songbook compiled by Annie Patterson and Ann Arbor native Peter Blood.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $5 suggested donation. 665-2757. [map]

 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"History of the Ann Arbor Food Co-op": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Local writer Patti Smith discusses what she learned while working on her new book about the People's Food Co-op. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass).
7:15 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley). Free. 761-6172, 330-3244. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by group member Greg Applegate, of The Roaring Nineties, Joseph Stiglitz's book that traces late 1990s economic problems to policy decisions made during Bill Clinton's presidency.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 484-3613. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Rudolf Steiner's The Spiritual Hierarchies, a cycle of ten 1909 lectures given in Düsseldorf.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [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. 

Alex Anest Jazz Trio.

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This week the featured group is the Alex Anest Trio with Alex Anest (guitar), Dave Sharp (bass) and Jesse Kramer (drums).
Note that at Old Town Tavern, there's great jazz every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m.
Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty Street (Corner of Liberty and South Ashley). No Cover. (734) 662-9291. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Calidore String Quartet: U-M School of Music.

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This L.A.-based ensemble, winner of the 2016 M-Prize Competition (the first annual U-M chamber music competition), performs Haydn's String Quartet no. 3 ("Bird"), Caroline Shaw's Entr'acte, Dvorak's String Quartet no. 12 ("American"), and Brahms' Piano Quintet.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Timothy Monger: The Ark.

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Engaging local pop-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist from the Great Lakes Myth Society whose pop-rock Americana fuses high lonesome tunes with evocative tales drawn from ordinary life. calls his 2004 debut CD, Summer Cherry Ghosts, " a sweetly nostalgic song cycle, filled with sketches of places and people he's loved, memories he treasures--in short, the ghosts of summers past." He has just released his 3rd CD, Amber Mountain.
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.  Free! 

"Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow": U-M Concert Band (U-M School of Music).

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Courtney Snyder and Stephen Meyer conduct this student band in everything from 18th-century classical works to contemporary works, including Schmitt's Selamlik, Fauré's Chant Funéraire, "Beneath" from Shapiro's Immersion-a work that includes recorded aquatic sounds-Prangcharoen's Fata Morgana, "Allegro con spirit" from Hummel's Octet-Partita in E-flat, and Mackey's Aurora Awakes, an optimistic and rousing work inspired by the goddess of the dawn.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (except Feb. 15, Michigan Union Pendleton Rm.). $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [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:


Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo

This local singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His new CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde Thunderwüde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea quartet of guitarists Jason Dennie and George Merkel, multi- instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier, and bassist Tommy Reifel. [venue info]

Mash: Reeds & Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of singer and harmonica player Michael May and guitarist Jimmy Alter. [venue info]

Old Town: Alex Anest Trio

Jazz ensemble led by local guitarist Anest. With bassist Dave Sharp and drummer Jesse Kramer. [venue info]


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