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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 18, 2017

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 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.-1 p.m. 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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Bring your own gun and ammunition. The club also sponsors a "trap shoot" ($4.50) every Sun. (noon-3 p.m.) except Dec. 25.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $15. 429-9561, 276-2514. [map]

 9:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Becoming a Game Changer": Ann Arbor Aglow Lighthouse.

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Talk by local Aglow leaders. Refreshments. Aglow is an international Christian organization.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. (248) 437-9277. [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.  Free! 

Homeowners Tax Class: Hinton Real Estate Group.

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> Preparing your own tax return or hiring a tax preparer
> Tips on hiring a tax preparer
> Standard deduction versus itemized deductions
> Most common itemized deductions
> Other deductions (Above the line deductions)
> Identity theft and IRS tax scams issues (What are they and what can you do)
Hinton Real Estate Group, 36 N Washington, Ypsilanti. Free. 810-360-5887. [map]

 10 a.m. 

School of Rock Ann Arbor Presents Recording Seminar With Lance!.

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Ever wondered about recording your own music but didn't know where to start?
Here is you answer. We will be hosting a seminar with studio owner and engineer Lance Zechinato to answer your questions. He will be providing a crash course on options available to beginners so no previous experience is necessary. The event will be free and open to all school friends and family.
February 18th, 10 AM - 11:30AM . This will be a limited event so please RSVP by February 15th.
School of Rock Ann Arbor. 734-686-3333.

 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. & 8 p.m.-midnight 

"Dawn Dance Weekend": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Feb. 17-19. A weekend of contra, English, square, and couple dancing to live music, with around 400 people expected to dance or just listen to the many fine musicians. This year's headliners: Caller Adina Gordon with the Vermont contra band The Figments and English dance caller Melissa Running with music by fiddler Earl Gaddis & pianist Karen Axelrod.
8 p.m.-midnight (Feb. 17 & 18), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Feb. 18), & 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Feb. 19), Ypsilanti High School, 2095 Packard, Ypsilanti. $20-$25 for individual dances; weekend pass, $85. 658-8228. [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! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"A Beary Sweet Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL librarian Amanda Schott presents a storytelling program for kids in grades preK-2.
10:30-11 a.m. p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Peeps": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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A short interactive performance, drama activities, and a craft centered on the theme of love. For kids in grades pre-K to 5, accompanied by a parent.
10:30 a.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. $7 per child ($5 for each additional child; free for adults). (989) 455-4484. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 10:30 a.m. 

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

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

 11 a.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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

 11 a.m. 

Children's Story Time: Literati Bookstore.

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

 11 a.m.  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. & 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]

 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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U-M student docents and UMMA staffers read stories related to the current exhibit Protecting Wisdom: Tibetan Book Covers from the MacLean Collection. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m.-noon, UMMA (meet in front of the museum store), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: PhysicsPalooza": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Feb. 18 & 19. U-M physics students give demonstrations and lead hands on activities that illustrate motion, inertia, electricity, and other topics.
Noon-4 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Seoul Station": Michigan Theater.

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(Sang-ho Yeon, 2016). Animated horror film about a zombie apocalypse in downtown Seoul. Korean, subtitles. Part of the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies "Korean Cinema NOW" series.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free., 668-TIME. [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, 6:15, & 9 p.m. 

"Paterson": Michigan Theater.

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(Jim Jarmusch, 2016). Comic drama about the triumphs and defeats of daily life.
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]

 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

Citizens Climate Change Rally: Environment Michigan.

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We want to harness the momentum that has been building up in the community following the recent actions that the Trump Administration and Congress have taken which threaten our environment and climate. After the Rally there will be "action stations" for people to take part in: writing letters to our representatives and making phone calls to our Senators - urging them to stand up against environmental attacks that threaten our public health and our future.
The March will begin in downtown Ann Arbor outside the Federal building (corner of 5th & Liberty) at 1:30. The march will occur on a route along sidewalks, ending at UofM's Diag at around 3pm with a Rally. The Rally will begin with music, followed by a really wonderful group of speakers. This event is free and open to all. Bring your signs! This event is free and open to all. Bring your signs! This march is open to the whole family: children and pets too!
SPEAKERS include: Mayor Chris Taylor, Rep. Yousef Rabhi and Debbie Dingell
Outside of the Federal Building, downtown Ann Arbor, Corner of 5th and Liberty. Free.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Let it Snow: Ypsilanti District Library.

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From the earliest memories of our childhood, many of us can remember hearing the phrase "no two snowflakes are alike". This discovery was made in the small town of Jericho, Vermont by Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley (1865-1931).
We will watch a short film about Snowflake Bentley, see some of his fantastic photographs and then we'll make a beautiful snowflake that you can take home.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You're Not): A Parents' Guide for Kids 3 to 23": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular personal finance journalist Beth Kobliner, a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, discusses her book. Signing.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [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 p.m. 

"Winter Dreams": Dexter Community Orchestra.

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DCO chamber music ensembles perform Joaquín Turina's Piano Trio no. 2 in B Minor, Louis-Claude Daquin's La Joyeuse, Leo Delibes's Flower Duet, Haydn's Trio no. 1 in C Major, Paul de Wailly's Aubade, the premiere of Jonathan Peters' String Quartet no. 1 in E Minor, Samuel Scheidt's Canzona Bergamasca, Malcolm Arnold's Quintet, and Fats Waller's Ain't Misbehavin'. Proceeds benefit the DCO's Youth Artist Competition.
2 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15. Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [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.

 3-8 p.m.  Free! 

Black History Month: Riverside Arts Center.

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

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 3:45 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)., 668-TIME. [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]

 6-11 p.m. 

Fasching Dinner/Dance: Greater Beneficial Union Chapter 630.

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Traditional German dinner (sauerbraten, spätzle, red cabbage, tossed salad, and bread), followed by dancing to traditional German music by the popular Rhinelander Band. Raffle and costume contest with prizes. Coffee, cake, beer, wine, and pop. Fasching is the German equivalent of Mardi Gras.
6-11 p.m., Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $25. Reservations required by Feb. 16 via phone call to Klaus Kummer at 913-9371 or Marianne Rauer at 954-0057. [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]

 6:30 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

A2 Dhoom: Michigan Mazaa.

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Bollywood-fusion dance competition featuring 8 collegiate teams from around the country. Proceeds benefit The Hope Project, a Michigan-based non-profit organization working to raise awareness of human trafficking and ameliorate its effects.
6:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $12 & $15 in advance at and all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone: (800) 745-3000. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Daddy Daughter Dance: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Girls, accompanied by a dad, grandfather, uncle, or other man, invited for dancing to recorded music. Light refreshments and a souvenir.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw. $20 per couple ($5 for each additional child). Preregistration required at or at the Rec Center. 971-6355. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Dark Beer & Dark Chocolate": Zingerman's.

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Zingerman's beer aficionado Beth Vandergrift discusses and offers taste samples of a variety of dark craft beers, from robust porters to full-bodied stouts, paired with dark chocolates from artisan makers.
7-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $35. Reservations recommended. 663-3400. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Disney's Newsies": Fathom Events.

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Feb. 16, 18, & 22. Broadcast of the Pantages Theatre (Hollywood) production of Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein's Broadway show based on the 1992 musical film, which was inspired by the New York City Newsboys Strike of 1899. With the original Broadway cast. The Tony-winning score includes "Seize the Day" and "King of New York."
7 p.m. (Feb. 16 & 22), 12:55 p.m. (Feb. 18), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 (Quality 16) & $19 (Rave) in advance at 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave). [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Elevation: New Neights in the Concert Hall": SMTD@UMMA.

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U-M music professor Andrew Jennings and student chamber music ensembles perform works by composers who position music as high art even as it reaches beyond traditional aesthetic boundaries, such as works that legitimize pop music practices and speech and other nonmusical sounds. In conjuction with the current exhibit, The Aesthetic Movement in America: Artists of the Photo-Secession.
7 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3204. [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.

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Martin Katz & Stephen Lancaster: U-M School of Music.

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U-M piano professor Katz and University of Notre Dame voice professor and baritone Lancaster perform a diverse program of works in four languages and various styles, including Fauré's Songs of Venice, Butterworth's "Shropshire Lad," Schumann's "Liederkreis," and works by Tchaikovsky and Gershwin.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Shane Torres: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 16-18. Texas-bred stand-up comic, self-described as a "Native American Meatloaf impersonator," who is known for the disarmingly casual style with which he delivers jokes about plasma centers, getting fired from Kinko's, and other quotidian indignities. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity": Ping Chong + Company (University Musical Society).

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This New York City-based theater company was founded in 1975 by internationally recognized multidisciplinary artist Chong, who grew up in NYC's Chinatown. This interview-based production, part of Chong's 25-year Undesirable Elements series, explores the experiences of young Muslim New Yorkers who came of age post-9/11 in a time of increasing Islamophobia. The perspectives range from observant Muslims and those who converted to Islam to those who were raised Muslim and have since left the faith and those who identify as secular or culturally Muslim. Followed by a Q&A with the artists.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $25-$40 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.

 8 p.m. 

"Facing Off: Dueling Harpsichords": Zweikampf (Academy of Early Music).

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Harpsichordists Stephen Gamboa and Faythe Vollrath, finalists in the Early Music America's first Baroque performance competition in 2012, perform virtuoso works, including Alessandro Scarlatti's thrilling and demanding variations on the Follia, Krebs' Concerto in A minor for two harpsichords, and a harpsichord arrangement of Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violins. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. $25 (seniors, $22; students, $10) in advance at, at Bookbound (1729 Plymouth Rd.), and at the door. 478-6421. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play": U-M Theatre Department.

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Feb. 16-19. U-M theatre professor Daniel Cantor directs U-M drama students in Anne Washburn's 2012 dark comedy, set after a global catastrophe in the near future, about a group of survivors who reach for comfort by recreating an episode of The Simpsons that in the process of continuous re-enactments over the course of nearly a century blossoms into a full-blown myth. "That single Simpsons episode becomes a treasure-laden bridge, both to the past and into the future," says New York Times critic Ben Brantley. "And in tracing a story's hold on the imaginations of different generations, the play is likely to make you think back--way back--to narratives that survive today from millenniums ago."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Michigan League. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Mr. B's Annual Birthday Bounce": Kerrytown Concert House.

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World-renowned local blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun celebrates his birthday in this popular annual concert. An exuberant, powerful performer whose repertoire includes both boogie-woogie and blues classics and originals in the same mold, Mr. B has performed and recorded with world-class artists such as the late drummer J.C. Heard and Detroit percussionist Roy Brooks. With bassist Kurt Krahnke and drummer Leonard King.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $10). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [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. 

"Sketchual Healing": Neighborhood Theater Group.

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Feb. 16-18, 24, & 25. Kristin Anne Danko directs this local theater company in an evening of original comedy sketches about love and relationships. Cast: Marisa Dluge, Daniel Ghastin, Brittney Nobles, Angela VanKempen, and Craig VanKempen. Live music by the company's house band. Short opening act by NTG company member Chris Jakob.
8 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $10 (students, $5) in advance at

and at the door. 657-2337.

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Love Hangover": The Ark.

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This annual benefit for the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church breakfast program for the homeless features several acts perform sets highlighted by a post-Valentine's day array of love songs in all their guises, from romantic love to unrequited love to jealous love to murder. The lineup: The Flutter and Wow is a Detroit acoustic psychedelic Americana band with an alt-country edge fronted by singer-songwriters Tasha and Brian Lord. The Whiskey Charmers is a classy Detroit neo-honky-tonk duo featuring singer-guitarists Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa, who bill their music as "electric heartbreak on the rocks." Plain Jane Glory is the Muskegon husband-and-wife bluegrass-flavored Americana duo Michael and Laura Boxer. Lisa Tucker Gray, the daughter of St. Andrew's breakfast organizer Svea Gray, is a former lounge singer who is now a priest at St. John's Episcopal Church in Plymouth.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Winter's Tale": U-M Musical Theatre Studio.

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Feb.16-19. Malcolm Tulip directs U-M musical theater students in Shakespeare's dark romance about a king whose insane jealousy leads him to banish his wife and child. He pays dearly for his rash actions but after a long period of repentance is joyfully reunited with his family. This play is filled with classic fairy-tale motifs, including a romance between a prince and a commoner and a statue that magically comes to life. (Yes, musical theater students: they're working on their acting skills.)
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $18 (students, $12) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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

 9:15 p.m. 

"Julieta": Michigan Theater.

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(Pedro Almodóvar, 2016). After running into an old friend of her estranged daughter, a brokenhearted woman reflects on her life. Spanish, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Jive Colossus

Local 9-piece ensemble with a killer horn section fronted by vocalist Shelly Catlan that plays Afro-Caribbean, funk, rock, and blues dance music. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Twin Peaks

Chicago rock 'n' roll quintet. Opening act is Post Animal, a Chicago psychedelic rock 'n' roll sextet. Advance tickets: $18. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Switchbacks The Switchbacks

Local hard-rocking country and blues quintet fronted by vocalist Janet Benson. 9-11 p.m. [venue info]

Club Above: "Midwest Emo & Postpunk Showcase."

With bands TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Damien McCarthy

Traditional Irish music by this singer-guitarist from Ireland. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: February Sky

Chicago-based duo of guitarist, banjoist, and dulcimer player Susan Urban, a singer-songwriter who writes story songs and humorous slice-of-life vignettes, and guitarist Phil Cooper, who sings original arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: The Terraplanes The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Persuasion

Versatile Detroit R&B dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by Canas, a blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist. [venue info]

Tap Room: Boylesque

Drag show. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]


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