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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 11, 2017

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 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 

13th Annual Ice Fishing Derby: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kids and adults invited to catch northern pike, blue gill, bass, and crappie in this annual fishing derby. Prizes for "Longest Northern Pike" and "Longest Pan Fish." Bring your own bait. No alcohol, ATVs, or snowmobiles. Lunch included with registration fee. Weather permitting. 

7 a.m.-5 p.m., Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Webster Twp. $10 (kids 12 & under, $5) in advance; $15 (kids, $10) at the gate. Free vehicle admission.; 449-4437, ext. 203. [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. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Feb. 11 & 18. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Feb. 11), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Feb. 18), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Feb. 11 & 12. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (members, $3; kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 605-0624. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Book Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books & other items.
10 a.m.-noon, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 for a bag of books; 2nd bag free. 429-5450. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. All ages & fitness levels welcome!
Walk-in rate: $15 for non-members. OR Join Better Living Fitness Center for as little as $39.99 a month for at least four Full Body Fits every month. Other memberships, classes, and packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Stone School Cooperative Preschool Open House: Stone School Cooperative Preschool.

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Stone School Cooperative Preschool is hosting a Preschool Open House 10AM-12PM. Openings in both morning and afternoon classes. Great opportunity to bring your preschool aged child to meet the amazing teachers, see the awesome facility and enjoy some time learning more about how this CO-OP works. Our class schedule is: 3's 9:10AM-11:30 AM T/Th, 3/4's 12:50PM-3:20 PM T/Th, 4's AM 9:10-12:00 M/W/F, and 4's PM 1:00PM-3:30 M/W/F.
Please bring your checkbook a $45 application fee is due when you decide to register for a class.
Street parking available in the neighborhood across the street, a path will bring you to the Packard light to cross at the crosswalk.
Stone School Cooperative Preschool, 2811 Stone School Road. Free. (734)971-4280. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Feb. 11 & 12. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. This month's featured critters are "worms & friends." Note: Saturday's program includes a midday "Animal Naptime" break.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Growing Tomatoes and Chilis: Secrets to Success": Project Grow.

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Talk by Project Grow instructor Royer Held.
10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. Space limited; preregistration requested. 996-3169. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Purple Rose Concert Reading": Chelsea District Library.

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Purple Rose Theatre artistic director Guy Sanville directs Purple Rose actors in readings from new scripts being considered for production. Followed by a discussion with the audience.

Feb. 11: TBA.

Apr. 22: TBA.

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room (except as noted), 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 10:30 a.m. 

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

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

 11-12noon  Free! 

"Peacemaking: The Role of Music in Transforming the Spirit": First Congregational Church.

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Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra and Dr. Tim Huth will speak on the topic of the role of music in peacemaking. This is the fifth presentation in the 2017-2018 Contemporary Issues presentation series at First Congregational Church.
First Congregational Church, 608 E. William St. Free. 662-1679. [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.
Friday, February 10 - Sunday, February 12th
MIX Ypsilanti - 130 W. Michigan Avenue
MIX Ypsilanti, 130 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-961-8704. [map]

 11 a.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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

 11 a.m. 

Children's Story Time: Literati Bookstore.

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

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Sat., except Feb. 4. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 11 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 & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Art Studio: Creatures in the Collections": UMMA.

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Local artist Lilik Aprilianto leads families with kids age 6 and up in art projects inspired by the animals and creatures in the museum's collections.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., UMMA Multipurpose Rm., 525 S. State. Free, but preregistration required by emailing (include date and title of program in the subject line and indicate which session and how many children and adults are in your group). 764-0395. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. 

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

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

 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) audiovisual exploration of the current night sky that includes a brief talk on how light that travels to Earth from far away-and the distant past-informs us about the Universe we live in today.

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

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

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


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m. 

Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card: Dark Oak Bindery.

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In this class, we will learn simple folded structures, as well as easy pop-up techniques. Participants will then be set free to create a Valentine's - or any kind of - card using any combination of these. Participants will go home with one pop-up card, and an array of easy techniques and samples to integrate into all future DIY pursuits.
Ann Arbor Maker Works, 3765 PLAZA DRIVE, ANN ARBOR, MI 48108. $35. 734.358.6198. [map]

 12:45-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Citizens' Climate Lobby Ann Arbor chapter.

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Learn how you can make a difference on global warming. CCL's mission is to create the political will for a livable world. We train and support volunteers to reclaim their democracy and engage elected officials and the media to generate the political will for solutions that will stabilize the Earth's climate. Our focus is to build support for federal legislation to place a steadily increasing fee on fossil fuels in which all of the revenue is returned directly to households. Our monthly meetings feature a teleconference call with the national organization (which starts promptly at 1pm), followed by discussion of local actions.
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor - Saline Rd. Free. [map]

 1 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. , ,
Tiny Buddha Space, 213 S. State St. Free. 734.678.7976. , , [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Women's Lacrosse.

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Feb. 11: James Madison. 1 p.m.

Feb. 18: Notre Dame. 1 p.m.

Feb. 24: San Diego State. 5 p.m.

Mar. 10: High Point. 5 p.m.

Mar. 12: Canisius. 1 p.m.

Mar. 15: Detroit. 5 p.m.

Mar. 23: Northwestern. 5 p.m.

Mar. 26: Winthrop. 1 p.m.

Apr. 4: Niagara. 5 p.m.

Apr. 13: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Apr. 30: Penn State. 11 a.m.

Various times, Oosterbaan Field House (Feb.), Hoover at S. State, & U-M Stadium (Mar. & Apr.). Free. 764-0247.

 1-5 p.m. 

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

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

 1:15-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"24th Annual Winter Walkabout": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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All invited for snacks, warm drinks, and socializing, followed at 2 p.m. by a drive 1 mile south for a leisurely 90-minute walk through the 424-acre LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve to look for animal tracks and enjoy the winter landscape. Dress for the weather. Postponed to Feb. 12 in case of inclement weather: check or
1:15 p.m., Superior Township Hall, 3040 N. Prospect at Cherry Hill, Superior Twp. For the walk only, park on Vreeland just east of Prospect. Free; donations accepted. 484-6565. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

Victorian Valentine Tea: Kempf House Museum.

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Feb. 11 & 12. An elegant traditional tea with a menu that includes both sweets and savories. With romantic piano music played on the Kempf family's 1877 Steinway. Period attire welcome. This popular annual fundraiser usually sells out well in advance.
1:30-3 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. $25. Reservations (available beginning Jan. 2) required by Feb. 5. 994-4898. [map]

 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Essay Writing": Chelsea District Library.

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WCC creative writing instructor Frances Kai-Hwa Wang introduces teens in grades 8-12 to essay writing. Bring a notebook & pen.
1:30-3:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free; preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 2 & 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.

 2 & 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.

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Learn Calligraphy: Introduction to Versals and the Decorated Letter: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to learn to do calligraphy using an ornamental capitalized script found in medieval manuscripts. Materials provided.
2-4 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Valentine Card & Decoration": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All ages invited to make a heart-themed ornament or card using scrapbook paper and old books.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pull Toy Design & Build": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 11 & 18. All adults and youth in grade 1 & up invited to attend this 2-session program to work with members of the U-M Global Design Lab to make a customized pull toy
2-3:30 p.m., AADL secret lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

"Splash Days": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of pool games and contests. Prizes.
2-4 p.m., Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. $5 (youth age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Attendees asked to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

Valentines Couples Massage Workshop: Peace, Love, and Happy Feet.

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Partners will be led through a hands on experience of Thai Massage movements and techniques, with an emphasis on creating a caring, restoring, and relaxing experience for both partners. Enjoy the benefits of giving and receiving compassionate touch through the workshop, and leave with an easy sequence you can replicate at home.
Thai Massage works on the premise that energy streams, or meridians, exist within the body. Through the application of pressure to key points along those energy lines. Thai Massage helps to remove energetic blocks. Partners will move each other through a sequence of facilitated stretches and compression techniques resulting in both a physical and energetic opening, allowing for a freer flow of energy.
No Yoga or massage experience is necessary. Come as a couple or with a friend.
Peace, Love, and Happy Feet, 1945 Pauline Suite D. $25. 734-531-8259. [map]

 2:40, 5:45, 8:45, & 11:30 p.m. 

"La La Land": Michigan Theater.

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

 3-8 p.m.  Free! 

Black History Month: Riverside Arts Center.

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

 4 p.m. 

EMU University Choir: Zion Lutheran Church Concert Series.

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Brandon Johnson directs this student choir in a program of diverse works TBA. Dessert reception follows.
4 p.m., Zion Sanctuary, 1501 W. Liberty. Freewill offering for the choir's music scholarships and tour. 994-4455. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Lacrosse.

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Jan. 21: Marquette & Denison. Exhibition. 1 p.m.

Feb. 11: Lafayette. 4 p.m.

Mar. 11: Penn. 1 p.m.

Mar. 25: Maryland-Baltimore County. 1 p.m.

Apr. 8: Rutgers. 1 p.m.

Apr. 15: Ohio State. 1 p.m.

Apr. 30: Penn State. 1 p.m.

Various times, Oosterbaan Field House (Jan. & Feb.), Hoover at S. State, & U-M Stadium (Mar. & Apr.). Free. 764-0247.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"A Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God": Concordia University.

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Concordia theology professor Ted Hopkins discusses Samuel Wells's book, an impassioned ecumenical proposal for re-envisioning Christianity's approach to social engagement.
4 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor Living Room, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Free. 995-7537. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 4 p.m. 

"Shrek the Musical": Burns Park Players.

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

 5 p.m. 

Heart in Our February Yoga Workshop.

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This workshop will be dedicated to one hour of an introduction to Heartful Meditation™ and one hour of learning the importance of back bend yoga postures and the correct alignment for maximum benefit.
FitPoint, 250 W Eisenhower Pkwy Suite 130. $40 Members/ $45 Non-Members. 734.531.9958. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

PAL-entine Party: Parents Night Out!: Studio 3 Performing Arts Center.

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Parent's Night Out - Kids Night of Fun!!
February 11th 5:30-8:30pm
Our annual PAL-entine party is a world of fun for everyone! Parent's get a night to themselves, and kids have a blast at Studio 3 PAC! What is included?
*A "Fancy" Dinner of choice (Heart PB&J or Pizza)
*Fun, Themed Crafts
*Themed Games, Activities, and Prizes
*Dress-Up Station
*And More! Fun for all ages!
*Only $25 for the first child, and $15 for each sibling
Studio 3 PAC, 6885 Jackson Rd. $25. 734-424-9705. [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. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"21st Annual Hearts for the Arts": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Fundraiser.

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Champagne reception, formal dinner, and live and silent auctions.
6 p.m., Barton Hills Country Club. Tickets $175 ($250 Symphony Sweetheart tickets include special recognition, extra treats, and admission to a future event TBA) in advance at 994-4801.

 7 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Night: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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The evening begins with an intro to swing dance steps for beginners or those wanting to polish old skills.
The 'Dance' follows the lesson. 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Led by Sue Bareis.
$5/person at the door
Pittsfield Twp. Community/Senior Center, 701 W. Ellsworth Rd. $5. 734-822-2120. [map]

 7-10 p.m. 

Go Red Soiree: American Heart Association.

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This event will be open to the public and is a fundraising social dance party for the American Heart Association. The evening will include: speeches from survivors, a salsa dance lesson, professional and amateur dance performances, a silent auction from local businesses including, but not limited to, the Polo Fields Golf, Triathlon entries, Interior design and Massage.
"Heart-Healthy" hors d'oeuvres will be donated by Angel Food Catering and Coconut Chicken will be donated by Aubree's. It is only $10 to attend with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association. In order to promote an active lifestyle through dancing, The Dance Pavilion will be also be offering exclusive discounts on private lessons during the event.
The Dance Pavilion, 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. $10 donation. 734-369-9700. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 7-9 p.m. 

"Owl Do I Love Thee": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All couples ages 18 & older invited for chocolate-covered strawberries, gourmet cheese, and a tasty beverage, followed by a lantern-lit poetry walk to the LSNC raptor enclosures to view the resident owls up close.
7-9 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $25 per couple. Preregistration required by Feb. 8. 997-1533. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Run Broadway": Run Ann Arbor.

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All invited to run 4 or 10 miles on a 2-mile loop that starts at the top of Broadway, goes through part of North Campus, down Broadway to just before the bridge and back up to the starting point.
7 p.m., meet at Panera, 1773 Plymouth Rd. Free. Registration available at [map]

 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Maeve Devlin, Rick Szumski, and Tom Alderman call to music by Debbie Jackson, Brad Battey, and Steve Schneider. Beginners welcome; all dances taught. Wear loose fitting clothing and flat non-slip shoes (running shoes OK). Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $11 (members, $10; age 29 & under, $5). 665-7704. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Bicentennial Jazz Festival: U-M School of Music.

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The newly created student and faculty U-M Bicentennial Jazz Orchestra performs a program highlighted by the premiere of a new work by U-M trombone professor Dennis Wilson. With saxophonist Andrew Bishop, cellist Anthony Elliott, trumpeter Bill Lucas, guitarist Miles Okazaki, percussionist Jonathan Ovalle, and flugelhornist Ed Sarath. Preceded at 1:10 p.m. in the U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium (1226 Murfin) by a free panel discussion on "Lionel Hampton: the Man and Music" with Dennis Wilson and well-known jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton. Hampton was a jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader, and actor who worked with greats such as Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker.
7:30 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $28 (students, $12) in advance at, at the Michigan League, or by phone. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Oct. 2. Windsor. Exhibition game.

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

Oct. 21 & 22. Michigan Tech.

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

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

Nov. 25 & 26. Lake Superior State.

Dec. 9 & 10. Wisconsin.

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

Feb. 3 & 4. Ohio State.

Feb. 11. MSU.

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

Mar. 10 & 11. Penn State.

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

 7:30 p.m. 

"A Korean Sori Festival": First United Methodist Church.

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The FUMC adult and youth choirs and vocal staff are joined by the First Presbyterian Korean Choir of Detroit for a program of sacred and secular Korean music, including works by visiting Korean scholar-composer HyoWon Woo. Accompanists are organist Naki Sung Kripfgans and pianist Mi-Eun Kim. The concert is preceded by an "International Boutique" (5-7 p.m.) with displays of Korean art and an authentic Korean Dinner (6 p.m.). Dinner tickets are $15 (students, $8; family, $40; kids under 5, free).
7:30 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Fruit: A Literary Reclamation for the Unseen": Literati Bookstore.

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Readings by writers representing marginalized voices. Discussion.
7:30-9 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Fantasticks": Huron High School Players.

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

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Jose Chafer Mompo: Concordia University.

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This Spanish trumpet virtuoso performs music from his latest CD, Textures, an award-winning collection of original compositions.
8 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Center for the Arts Recital Hall, 4090 Geddes at Earhart. Free. 995-7537. [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. 

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. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Spirit Singing Band: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Local musicians Kath Weider-Roos, Lori Fithian, Sam Clark, Aron Kaufman, and Stephen Morris are joined by the audience for a night of meditation, improvisation, poetry and trance chant on the subject of love.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [map]

 8:00 p.m. 

Valentine's Ragtime Trot: Grand Traditions Vintage Dance.

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Enjoy dancing to the wonderful music of the Ragtime era. The dances from 1900 to 1920 are easy to learn and all levels of dancers are welcome. Music will be provided by the Huron Valley Serenaders. Period dress is encouraged but not required. (For details, visit our Web site.) Includes dance lessons at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 West Stadium Boulevard. $30.00. 734-769-0041. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats" is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Popcorn Falls": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 20-Feb 12. Daniel Walker directs Michigan playwright James Hindman's new play, a wacky backstage comedy about the mishaps and mayhem of putting on a play. Set in Popcorn Falls, a small American town whose only claim to fame--its namesake waterfall--has dried up. Now bankrupt, its last chance is a large grant contingent on town producing a play in a week. Led by the Mayor and the local handyman, the enterprising townsfolk try to rise to the challenge. Stars Jeff Priskorn and Jonathan Jones, who play 15 roles between them.
8 p.m. (Thurs.- Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 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 p.m.  Free! 

"ÜBERSETZT: Culture and Language in Translation": U-M School of Music.

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U-M opera coach and pianist Kathleen Kelly is joined by U-M music grad students, including mezzo-soprano Micaela Aldridge, tenor Thomas Cilluffo, soprano Martha Guth, and baritone Luke Randall, and U-M piano professor Matthew Thompson, in a program that pairs Schumann's Spanisches Liederspiel, which was based on popular Spanish poetry, with David Hanlon's Texanische Liebeslider, which was inspired by the experience of the Central Texas German dialect speakers.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 

"Three Clubs, Two Hearts, One Valentine's Swing Dance": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Swing dances to live music by Philadelphia jazz and swing band Chelsea Reed & the Fair Weather Five. Followed midnight-2 a.m. by blues dancing to music spun by a DJ. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free lesson.
9 p.m.-2 a.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (across S. State from the Airport). $10 (students, $8). 417-9857. [map]


Midnight Movie: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Feb. 11: The Room (Tommy Wiseau, 2003). Dark comedy--a critically reviled ("the Citizen Kane of bad movies") cult favorite--about a successful banker who's about to be married until he finds out the horrible truth about his fiancée.

Midnight, Michigan Theater. Tickets $8. 761-8667. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Delta Twins

Farmington soul-inflected blues-rock quartet. [venue info]

B-Side: "Get L.O.W."

Valentine-themed dance party with a DJ. Proceeds benefit LIVE on Washington, the Neutral Zone's annual outdoor teen music & arts festival which returns in June. Admission for high school students (with ID) only. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Bang!

Valentine's Day edition of the popular dance party with this local DJ collective that plays garage and 70s rock. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. Tonight Churchville and his guests, who include members of the local Indian music group Sumkali, celebrate the 100th of his monthly Crazy Wisdom performances. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: The Groove Council

Veteran Detroit 9-piecehorn-fired R&B dance band fronted by the high-powered vocals of Kathleen Murray. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Mainstreet Soul

Classic Motown by this Detroit band. [venue info]

Mash: Dan Orcutt

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]


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