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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 9, 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. http://a2bni.com/ [map]


 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at alexis@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. 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).
1-3:30 p.m. (Mon.) & 10-11:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Senior Center (Sept.), 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Drum Me a Story": Wild Swan Theater.

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Feb. 9-11. This award-winning local children's theater presents its original collection of African trickster folk tales, including "Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock" and "How the Turtle Got Its Shell." In celebration of African American History Month. 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 K-4.
10 a.m. (Feb. 9 & 10), 12:30 p.m. (Feb. 10), & 11 a.m. (Feb. 11), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $8) in advance at wildswantheater.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [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?."



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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 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Feb. 9 & 23. Kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. The Humane Society also sponsors "Cat Tales Story Time" (Feb. 12, 10:30 a.m.) at their new cat café, the Tiny Lions Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1).
10:30 a.m., 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child. 661-3575. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensation Stations": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All toddlers ages 18 months-3 years invited to drop in to engage their senses by scooping, pouring, squeezing, and shaking a variety of materials.
10:30-11:15 a.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [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]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Coffee Break Concert Series: First Baptist Church.

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University of Idaho piano professor Rajung Yang, an award-winning concert pianist who did her graduate work at the U-M, performs Bach's Partita no. 2, George Crumb's A Little Suite for Christmas, the 20th-century piano virtuoso Earl Wild's transcription of Gershwin's "Embraceable You," and contemporary Ukrainian composer Nicolai Kapsutin's Variations. Refreshments.
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]


 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Wings & Things: Photographing Birds & Butterflies": Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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Talk by local nature photographers Bob and Jorga Feldman, regular Observer "Outside" contributors.
12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. annarborfarmandgarden.org@gmail.com, 330-8521. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m. 

Ikebana International.

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An ikebana instructor TBA leads a session of Japanese flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens rm. 125, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20 materials fee; metered parking. Preregistration required. a2ikebana@gmail.com.


 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.

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



 3-7 p.m. 

Pittsfield Township Indoor Farmers Market: Pittsfield Charter Township.

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Shop for seasonal produce, locally produced food and artisan goods. Free activities available for all ages. Bridge Cards accepted.
Thursdays, Feb 9, March 9 & April 13, 3-7 PM
Visit our website for more details: www.pittsfield-mi.gov/farmersmarket
Like us on Facebook for updates: Facebook.com/pittsfieldtwpfarmersmarket
Pittsfield Township Administration Building, 6201 W. Michigan Avenue Ann Arbor Mi 48108. Free admission. 734-822-2121. info@pittsfield-mi.gov www.pittsfield-mi.gov [map]



 3:30, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3:45 & 9:35 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [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. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 5, 6, & 7 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!
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
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
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
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
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9
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. sexualhealth@umich.edu https://uhs.umich.edu/sexpertise [map]



 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"What You Want Is Not What You Need": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Talk by Jonathan Barnbrook, a designer who's best known for his collaborations with David Bowie, creating covers for Bowie's last 4 albums.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [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. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 6-8 p.m. 

Business Workshop: "How to Network": Ann Arbor SCORE.

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Networking can be a big part of starting a new business, getting referrals, and/or gaining and attracting new clients.
In this workshop, you will learn what networking is, the reasons why networking is important, how to prepare to network, places to network, networking dos and dont's, and more!
Join future entrepreneurs as SCORE mentors guide you through the journey of starting your own business.
Pre-registration required: www.annarborscore.com
Sponsored by SCORE-a volunteer non-profit that provides free business counseling, mentoring, resources, and support to business at any life cycle stage. Go to www.annarborscore.com to schedule a free mentoring session.
Note: If a workshop is cancelled you will be contacted by phone and your workshop fee will be refunded.
New Center Building, 1100 N. Main St. $10. annarborscore@scorevolunteer.com www.annarborscore.com [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]


 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [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 cpalmer@arborhospice.org.
Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care Office, 2366 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734.794.5177. cpalmer@arborhospice.org www.arborhospice.org [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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Form: SUN SHEN.

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In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, and Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at alexis@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [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. ben.w@robinhillsfarm.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tango-101-tickets-28809491966 [map]



 7 p.m. 

"A Raisin in the Sun": EMU Theatre 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 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.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"City of Ann Arbor 2017 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Driverless Vehicles Coming Down the Pike": Ann Arbor District Library.

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The 2nd in a series of 4 monthly forums features a discussion of the coming "driverless" vehicle revolution and what it will mean for the Ann Arbor region. Panelists: U-M Mobility Transformation Center director Huei Peng, Michigan Department of Transportation director Kirk Steudle, an American Center for Mobility representative TBA, and Frank Spambati, marketing & product innovation director with the Robert Bosch LLC automotive technology company. Q&A.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Noises Off": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 2-19. Professional actors perform Michael Frayn's popular comedy, which the New York Post called "the funniest farce ever written," about the hilarious misadventures of an acting troupe on tour with an awful British sex farce called Nothing On. The action features a backstage view of rehearsals and performances sabotaged by bloated egos, petty jealousies, furtive romances, and other distractions.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $26 (seniors, $24; youth & groups of 10 or more, $22) on Thurs.; $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Fri. & Sat. eve. $28 (seniors, $26; youth & groups of 10 or more, $24) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Chicago writer Cole Lavalais reads from Summer of the Cicadas, her debut novel about a fragile young woman who tries to leave behind her summer stay at a mental hospital by escaping to a small black college in the South. When a family mystery begins to erupt, her mental stability dissipates. Signing. The program begins with an open mike for poets, who are welcome to read their own work or a favorite poem by another writer.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Orchestra Night": Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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This gala concert features more than 1,000 student performers in orchestras from all Ann Arbor middle and Skyline, Huron, and Pioneer high schools. The program includes Shostakovich's Symphony no. 10, the newly commissioned Being Time by U-M composer Evan Chambers, the 2 final movements of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture, and others.
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 994-2314. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Night": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Storytellers Guild members present a program of old tales and personal stories for grownups.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free; donations accepted. annarborstorytelling.org, facebook.com/annarborstorytellers. 665-2757. [map]


 7:30 & 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs. (except Nov. 23, Dec. 22 & 29), 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. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 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 violists Matthew Albert and Yizhak Schotten, saxophonists Andrew Bishop and Timothy McAllister, pianists Amy I-Lin Cheng and Arthur Greene, drummer Michael Gould, trombonist David Jackson, soprano Carmen Pelton, flutist Amy Porter, bass-baritone Stephen West, violinists Tammy Chang and Heewon Uhm, and cellist Ha Young Kim.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Ensemble: EMU Music Department.

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Donald Babcock directs this music student ensemble in a program TBA.
4 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.


 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 pennyseats.org/box-office and (if available) at the door. 926-5346. [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. 

Maija DiGrigorio: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 9-11. Young NYC comic known for her edgy, politically incorrect blend of storytelling and observational humor about dating, relationships, heritage, politics, culture and more. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Orpheus Singers: U-M School of Music.

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Jerry Blackstone and conducting grad students conduct this student choir in Bach cantatas, including "Jesu der du meine Seele," "Gottes Zeit ist de allerbeste Zeit," and "Ich Hatte viel Bekümmernis."
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin (North Campus). Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Shakespeare, You Sexy Beast: Roustabout Theatre Troupe.

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This curated night of theatre will be a montage - of sorts - of Shakespeare's bawdiest, sexiest, naughtiest, and most romantic scenes and sonnets. This is sure to be a fantastic way to celebrate Valentine's season!
From the traditional audience favorites like "Romeo and Juliet" to unexpected excerpts from histories or even tragedies ("Richard III," "Hamlet"), this event will include excerpts and lines from about twenty of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, and feature over FORTY characters...all of which will be performed by our amazing cast of four actors. It will be a whirlwind event that gets more and more risqué as the evening progresses, and will be fun for all audiences, regardless of relationship status!
Co-directed by Roustabout's Artistic Director Joey Albright and Managing Director Anna Simmons. Featuring Jaclynn Cherry, Annie Dilworth, David Galido, and Will Myers.
Thursday, February 9th - Saturday, February 11th at YES [Ypsi Experimental Space]. Enter through the
yes [ypsi experimental space], 8 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $18-$22. (734) 681-0112. info@roustabouttheatre.com roustabouttheatre.com [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 theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Smart Love": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 19-Mar. 4. Guy Sanville directs local actors in the world premiere of EMU football assistant coach (and U-M football player) Brian Letscher's dark comedy about a brilliant young man struggling with his father's sudden death and the revelation that his parents' marriage wasn't everything he was led to believe. The play explores the implications and possible ramifications of artificial intelligence and science in general. Cast: David Bendena, Sarab Kamoo, Wayne David Parker, Jim Porterfield.
3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul-infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Mash: Laura Rain & the Caesars Laura Rain & the Caesars

An intense fusion of funk, soul, and blues by this Detroit quintet fronted by vocalist Rain. [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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