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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 10, 2017






 
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 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]



 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 

"Out of the Blue: Freedom from the Real Causes of Depression": The Journey.

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Feb. 10-12. Are you stressed, traumatized, overwhelmed? Is life dull, empty, shut down? Are you pulling away from favored activities and relationships? Is your job performance suffering? Have you had significant changes in eating and sleeping?
You don't have to be diagnosed with depression to experience its many causes and symptoms. But there are healthy solutions. This 3-day workshop explains and provides fundamental healing from what depression is and is not. You will experience and learn powerful skills that will unlock your body's grip on depression and patterns of ill-health at the cellular level. Clear the consciousness that has put these patterns into place, and with this shift, positively impact your life and those around you. Return to yourself.
Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. $495 (discounts available). Suzanne 734-904-4952. http://thejourneyna.com/seminars-schedule/out-of-the-blue/ [map]


 9:30 a.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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



 10 a.m.  Free! 

Bookworm Club: Saline Area Senior Center.

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All seniors invited to discuss novels. Jan. 13: The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty's novel about a woman who reads an earth-shattering letter from her husband that she was not meant to read until after his death. Feb. 10: The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah's epic tale of women in WWII France. Mar. 10: Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee's posthumously published novel, a follow-up to To Kill a Mockingbird.
10 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.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 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Qur'an Plus: Holy Scripture and Its Creative Expressions": U-M Islamic Studies Program.

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Talks by University of Toronto Islamic studies professor Walid Saleh, University of Strasbourg Islamic art history professor Nourane Ben Azzouna, and Yale University religious studies professor Travis Zadeh.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., 806 U-M Hatcher Library, enter from the Diag. Free. 936-2777. . [map]


 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

2017 Krista Larson Trunk Show: MIX Ypsilanti.

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2017 Krista Larson Trunk Show
Friday, February 10 - Sunday, February 12th
MIX Ypsilanti is hosting a Show for one of our most sought-after designers. During this event, Krista Larson's 2017 Spring line will be featured. Each cut from her line will be on-hand for you to see and then select in your personal choice of fabric, a feature that sets Krista Larson clothing apart from others. This is a unique opportunity to be personally involved in your wardrobe selection for Spring. We invite you to place orders for Spring, or choose pieces from our fabulous selection of in-stock Krista Larson designs.
Krista has been producing her line for over 20 years. Originally from Southern California, she now employs a small group of very detail oriented employees in her rural southern New Hampshire studio.
For FREE REGISTRATION email mixonmichigan@comcast.net
Friday, February 10 - Sunday, February 12th
MIX Ypsilanti - 130 W. Michigan Avenue
MIX Ypsilanti, 130 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-961-8704. mixonmichigan@comcast.net https://www.facebook.com/events/373738696328721/ [map]



 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Mindfulness for Adults Group: Still Waters Counseling.

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This unique experiential group will begin with gentle movement and ease into basic mindfulness practices such as awareness of breath, grounding through senses, and complete body relaxation. During the course of the sessions, other practices will be introduced that lend themselves to staying in the moment, and from there, learning to focus on positives as well as allowing joy into our lives. Experiential practiced will be mixed with new scientific information behind these practices, and lively discussion about applying them in the challenges of daily life. Classes are facilitated by Smita Nagpal, Ph.D.
Still Waters Counseling, 137 Keveling Dr. Saline MI 48176, Saline. 7349443446. contact@still-waters-counseling.com www.still-waters-counseling.com [map]


 Noon 

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  Free! 

Prevent and Prevail: an Open Exchange of Ideas about Sex, Drugs, Empowerment, and Prevention from STDs & HIV.: Dedicated to Make a Change.

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All teens invited to join a discussion about sex, drugs, empowerment, and prevention from STDs & HIV. Prevent & Prevail is a program created by youth for youth. The goal of Prevent & Prevail is to give a comprehensive sex and drug education. The discussions are in a safe, confidential, fun, and all inclusive environment. We believe Teens need to Just say KNOW.
Clubhouse, 104 South Huron #1, Ypsilanti. Free. 734 358 1402. gail@dedicatedtomakeachange.com www.dedicatedtomakeachange.com [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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



 1-3:30 p.m. 

"Birds of Spring Series: Blue": USArtQuest.

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It may be winter, but we know you're thinking spring!
So is Tammy Burke, a folk artist who is dreaming of spring birds & their houses.
Class fee includes all materials.
If you've never thought yourself to be artistic, this class is for you.
Suitable for ages 12 and above.
To register: phone, go online, or stop by.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $35. 800-766-0728. AskAnything@USArtQuest.com www.USArtQuest.com [map]



 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 1-3:30 p.m. 

Paper Heart Decor: USArtQuest.

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Enjoy a relaxing afternoon creating this beautiful paper heart wreath. This home décor project is perfect for all types of holidays and events. Also get ideas for other shapes and color schemes. The possibilities are endless!
Doris Galvin teaches.
Fee includes all materials.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $35. (800) 766-0728. AskAnything@USArtQuest.com USArtQuest.com [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. 

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

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


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Valentine Science Fun Day": Anchors Unlimited Science Fun.

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Hands-on activities relating to the heart. Also, a chance to help assemble Valentine goodie bags for an area nonprofit.
3:30-4:30 p.m., Orange Leaf, 2613 Plymouth Rd. Free. Reservations requested at captain@anchorsciencefun.com. [map]


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
Various times, CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"La La Land": Michigan Theater.

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


 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"The Art and Science of Healing: From Antiquity to the Renaissance": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Curator Pablo Alvarez discusses the current exhibit of archaeological artifacts, papyri, medieval manuscripts, and early printed books (see Galleries). Followed by a reception at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, which houses part of the exhibit.
4:30-6 p.m., 100 Hatcher Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 936-2311. [map]


 4:45 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Animated": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short animated films nominated for an Academy Award.
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]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

Alfred L. Edwards (ALE) Annual Conference: Black Business Student Association.

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The Black Business Student Association at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business invites you to attend the 41st Annual Alfred L. Edwards Conference and Celebration. Michigan Ross' longest-running conference will kickoff on Friday, Feb. 10, with Susan L. Taylor as the 2017 William K. McInally Memorial Lecture keynote speaker. Taylor is the former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine and the Founder/CEO of CARES National Mentoring Movement. This year's conference theme is "Breakthrough to Excellence: Investing in You and Your Community." The ALE Conference includes various sessions/workshops that focus on the issues, challenges and opportunities encountered by underrepresented minorities in the business world. The keynote address will be in Ross' Robertson Auditorium and is free and open to the public. To register, click on the link below.
Robertson Auditorium (Ross School of Business), 701 Tappan Street. Free. 7347643022. brmsmith@umich.edu http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ross-bbsa-annual-alfred-l-edwards-ale-conference-and-celebration-tickets-29960062353 [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Free Willy, Simon Wincer's 1993 film about a boy who tries to free a beloved killer whale from an aquarium. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill (south off Plymouth east of Dixboro). $35 ($15 for additional children). Preregistration required. hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 5:30-6:45 p.m. 

Hula Hoop Foundations: A2 Aviary.

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Learn the foundational moves so important to hoop dance, hoop fitness and circus hooping. All levels are welcome; this class is fabulous for beginner students and a wonderful way for more experienced hoopers to reclaim on the body hooping, tighten up the basics and sweat!
No hoop? No problem! Pre-made dance hoops and lightweight polypros will be available for purchase. All participants must register at www.facebook.com/TheAnnArborAviary/events/ to be guaranteed a place in class.
The Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.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]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Niceland Art Opening: Local Artists: Dylan Strzynski, Helen Gotlib & Lavinia Hanachuic.

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Join us for a midwinter art show, Niceland.
One weekend only!
Opening reception Friday, Feb 10th 6-9pm, more hanging out with the artists Saturday 1pm-9pm & Sunday 1pm-4pm
Featuring recent works by local artist Dylan Strzynski, Helen Gotlib & Lavinia Hanachiuc.
At the Tiny Buddha Space above Totoro on S. State Street in downtown Ann Arbor, MI.
www.helengotlib.com , www.dylanstrzynski.com , www.almapottery.etsy.com
Tiny Buddha Space, 213 S. State St. Free. 734.678.7976. helengotlib@gmail.com www.helengotlib.com , www.dylanstrzynski.com , www.almapottery.etsy.com [map]



 6 p.m. 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Dinner Theater: Pinckeny Players.

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Who will be the top S-P-E-L-L-E-R? Follow six adolescents on their journey to the National Spelling Bee as they spell their way through hilarious music and poignant stories of their home life. Do you have the skills to go toe-to-toe against them? Six spellers enter; one speller leaves, join us to find out who will win bragging rights! At least the losers get a juice box.
Performance Dates:
February 10th, 11th & 18th
Doors Open/Happy Hour: 6:00PM
Dinner: 6:30PM
Show: 7:30PM
February 19th
Doors Open/Happy Hour: 12:30PM
Dinner: 1:00PM
Show: 2:00PM
Ticket Prices:
$36 each, on SeatYourself .biz
Includes dinner, dessert and the show!
The Location:
Whispering Pines Golf Club
2500 Whispering Pines Dr.
Pinckney, MI 48169
Whispering Pines Golf Club, 2500 Whispering Pines Dr., Pinckney. $35. 734-878-1368. pinckneyplayers@gmail.com http://www.pinckneyplayers.com/current-season.html [map]



 6-8 p.m. 

What does it take to become a Real Estate investor?: Koncenter Coaching & Consulting.

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This is our February Edition of a Series of events called "Money Making for Small Businesses". If you have ever thought about acquiring real estate as an additional means of income, this event will help you look at the "big" picture and get your questions about acquiring real estate answered. We will also have a mortgage lender in the room, and SCORE, a non-profit association that provides free mentoring for small businesses and entrepreneurs to discuss the accounting and tax aspects of real estate. This is an intimate forum for Latinos and the community in general to advance in their life and businesses. Spots are limited, to sign up visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1288349891187452/ or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-does-it-take-to-become-a-real-estate-investor-tickets-30493537993?aff=es2
Charles Reinhart Company, 2452 E Stadium Blvd. $10 early bird, $15 at the door. coach@koncentercoaching.com. coach@koncentercoaching.com https://www.facebook.com/events/1288349891187452/ [map]



 6:30-10 p.m. 

"9th Annual Artini": Ann Arbor Art Center Fundraiser.

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All age 21 & over invited to visit 11 downtown restaurants and bars to taste martinis created for the occasion and vote on a favorite. This event usually sells out.
6:30-10 p.m., begins at the Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $55 in advance at annarborartcenter.org/artini. 994-8004. [map]


 6:45 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Live Action"

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Screening of short films nominated for an Academy Award.
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]


 7-8 p.m. 

Goldfish Swim School -- Valentine's Day Family Swim: Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor.

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Join us for a Valentine's Day Family Swim at Goldfish Swim School! Celebrate love and friendship by swimming, making valentines, and decorating cookies. There will also be a fun raffle prize. Don't forget to take a picture at the photo booth before you leave.
Cost: $5 per person no more than $15 per family
Goldfish Swim School Ann Arbor, 2107 W. Stadium Blvd. 734-864-5555. swimannarbor@goldfishss.com https://annarbor.goldfishswimschool.com/ [map]



 7-8:30 p.m. 

Jumping Through Hoops!: A2 Aviary.

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Explore how jump-throughs and tosses can create exciting movement and flow as you transition through different planes and levels, all while moving your hoop on, off and around the body. Learn to connect with your hoop in new ways and add pizzazz to your routine and playtime. Some hoop experience is preferred, but all levels are welcome in this workshop.
No hoop? No problem! Pre-made dance hoops and lightweight polypros will be available for purchase.
Please register via www.facebook.com/events/739081186256438/ to guarantee your spot in class!
The Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. pvc_a2@email.com a2pvc.org [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 p.m. 

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Feb. 10-12, 17, & 18. Erin Palmer directs students in Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Linda Woolverton's musical version of the classic love story between a lovely maiden and a loathsome beast who must earn a maiden's love before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. The popular score includes "Belle," "Be Our Guest," and the title song.
7 p.m. (except Feb. 12, 2 & 7 p.m.), Dexter High Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker Rd., Dexter. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only. palmere@dexterschools.org. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Eat, Drink, & Bid Merrily": Pioneer High School Band Association Gala.

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Appetizers and craft beer, improv by GoComedy (Ferndale), and dancing to live music by the popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band Your Generation. Also, a live auction, music by the Pioneer Jazz Band, and a short interview of band directors David Leach and Nancy Waring, who are celebrating a combined 40 years at PHS.
7 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50. Pat.blackwell@icloud.com, (248) 496-4572. [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Neutral Zone Open Mic Night": Literati Bookstore.

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All poets, storytellers, short story writers, and spoken word artists age 19 & under invited to read their work.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Zen & the Art of Coloring": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults invited to see if they can attain a meditative state of mind by coloring pages from an assortment of coloring books, including Joanna Basford's popular Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest, and Lost Ocean coloring books. Supplies provided. Refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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With live music by Childgrove. Callers TBA. For experienced dancers.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [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 showtix4u.com and (if available) at the door. burnsparkplayers.org. [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. Huronplayers.weebly.com, 994-2040. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Andy Adamson Quartet.

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Andy Adamson Quartet W/Daniel Woodward Bennett (sax), Brennan Duncan Andes (bass) and Jonathan Taylor (drums).
Rush Street, 314 South Main Street. Tip Jar in Effect. (734) 531-6187 [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Budapest Festival Orchestra: University Musical Society.

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This internationally acclaimed orchestra, founded in 1983 by conductor Iván Fischer, is known for vigorous, spirited performances that are also intelligent and sensitive to detail. Tonight acclaimed pianist Richard Goode joins the orchestra in Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 4 in G Major after performing the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with the ensemble in a "truly revolutionary" recording, according to the New Yorker. The program also includes Beethoven's 9th Symphony, with its rapturous choral finale performed by the UMS Choral Union and Beethoven's Symphony no. 1 in C Major. Preceded by a prelude dinner (cost TBA, reservations required by calling 764-8489).
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $18-$94 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

EMU Wind Symphony: EMU Music Department.

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Mary Schneider directs this music student ensemble in a program TBA.
8 p.m., Pease Auditorium, EMU campus, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.


 8 p.m. 

Low Lily: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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The acoustic trio of guitarist Liz Simmons, fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger, and guitarist-mandolinist Flynn Cohen performs a repertoire of traditional music and original songs and instrumental music that draw on a wide range of traditional styles, from bluegrass, to Irish, Scottish, New England, and old-time Appalachian.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids age 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]



 8 & 10:30 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. 

Pokey LaFarge: The Ark.

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St. Louis-based American roots music singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist whose songs draw inventively on early jazz, string ragtime, country blues, Appalachian balladry, Western swing, and even vaudeville. He sings in a pinched, resonating register that recalls Emmett Miller and other old-time minstrel show stars. He comes to town with a new 6-piece band and a new CD, Something in the Water, which features both covers of tunes by Tampa Red and Big Bill Broonzy and songs that set lyrics about matters that are both contemporary and timeless to the music of various pre-WWII idioms.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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. 

"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]


 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.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Popcorn Falls": Theatre Nova.

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


 8 p.m. 

"Soave Soirée": Kerrytown Concert House.

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World-renowned accordion and bandoneon virtuoso Peter Soave, a longtime KCH favorite, is joined by Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings musicians in Aldemaro Romero's Fuga con Pajarillo, Prokofiev's Quintet op. 39, Piazzolla's Escualo and Flora's Fame, Bach's Sicilienne and Sinfonia from Cantata no. 29, and Claude Bolling's Sentimentale. With violinist Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy, violist James VanValkenburg, bassist Kevin Brown, clarinetist Laurence Liberson, and musicians TBA.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Dangerous Experiment": U-M Residential College.

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Feb. 10-12. U-M students Emma McGlashen and Sophia Kaufman direct McGlashen's new play about the 1st generation of women to be educated alongside the men at the U-M in the year 1871. The action, often comic, follows 5 women, each based on a composite of 2 actual women in that first class of 34, as they cope with opposition from university faculty and Ann Arbor locals and a range of reactions from the male students. The play offers a look into the classrooms of early university years, what everyday life was in late 19th century Ann Arbor, as well as the academic and personal lives of students. McGlashen's script began as research project with fellow student Catherine Audette and RC drama teacher Kate Mendeloff.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [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. https://www.facebook.com/AvalonCafeAndKitchen/ [map]


 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

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

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





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