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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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

 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 or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Healthy Aging: Sleeping Well from A to Zzz": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Talk by U-M Sleep Disorders Center psychiatry professor Leslie Swanson.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration recommended. 998-9353. [map]

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Dance Along, Sing Along": Chelsea District Library.

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Local music teacher "Mrs. Beth" Battey, co-organizer of the Cumberland Dance Week family dance camp, leads a program of songs, dances, and musical games for preschoolers age 2 & up. Followed by open playtime. Siblings welcome.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"From Rebels to Politicians: Explaining the Electoral Performance of Rebel Successor Parties with Evidence from the Balkans": U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.

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Talk by U-M Weiser Center postdoc Pellumb Kelmendi.
Noon-1:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0351. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Tea Talk": U-M Confucius Institute.

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U-M Confucius Institute associate director Xiwen Sheng discusses Chinese tea culture and introduces a variety of high quality Chinese teas.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Koessler Room. Free. 764-8888. [map]

 12:55 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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]

 3 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]

 4 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]

 4:15, 7:15, & 9:45 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]

 5:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi Pushing Hands: SUN SHEN.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm by SUN SHEN Head Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang. Please contact Alexis Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. [map]

 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ancient Climates, Future Climates-What Can the Deep Past Tell Us?": U-M Natural History Museum Science Café.

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Talks by U-M earth & environmental sciences professors Chris Poulsen and Nathan Sheldon. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by hors d'oeuvres.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 6-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

Family Matters: Dawn Farm.

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Dawn Farm Family Matters is a free, six-session education, skill-building and support group for family members, loved ones and friends of people with alcohol and other drug addiction (including family/friends of people struggling with addiction, in treatment, or in recovery from addiction, and people who are concerned about another person's substance use.) Topics repeat every six weeks and include, "Addiction 101," "Treatment and Twelve Steps," "Relapse and Recovery," "Communication," "Family dynamics," and "Boundaries." People can join the group at any phase in the cycle. The group provides an opportunity to learn about addiction and family dynamics, and share your experiences with others who understand. You are not alone!
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm. Does not meet on the day of or day before Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty Street. Free. 734-821-0216. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting (and Crocheting) Night: Brewed Awakenings Café.

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

 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using modern constructed (Mon.), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), standard constructed (Thurs.), and booster draft (Fri. & Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri. & Sun.).
6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) & noon (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun. & Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m., .  Free! 

"Letterpress Printing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on AADL platen letterpresses.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL secret lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group to talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia firsthand. The group offers support, education, problem solving, and guest speakers. The group meets every 4th Wednesday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital | Towsley Health Building, Community Services Entrance, 5361 McAuley Dr. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor West Group Run": Running Fit.

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

 6:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Bonsai Grafting Techniques": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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MSU Hidden Lake Gardens propagator Jon Genereaux demonstrates root cuttings and grafting techniques for woody material.
6:30-9 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Jewish Comics": Jewish Community Center.

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Popular local Jewish Cultural Society educator Larry Kuperman discusses why there are so many Jewish comics and offers some interesting observations about their lives.
6:30-8 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free; donations accepted. 971-0990. [map]

 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: Enflowering the Carnal": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses Fracas, a tuberose-based perfume created by the pioneering French Germaine Cellier for designer Robert Piguet in 1948.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle"

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Science on Screen": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Film screenings followed by talks by U-M science professors and area scientists.

Jan. 25: I Voted? (Jason Grant Smith, 2016). Nonpartisan documentary that examines the capture and counting of ballots in our elections-and the reliability of the results they produce. Followed by a talk by U-M Center for Computer Security and Society director J. Alex Haldeman.

Feb. 22: Concussion (Peter Landesman, 2015). Biopic about the Pittsburgh pathologist who uncovered the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play. Will Smith, Alex Baldwin, Albert Brooks. Followed by a talk by sports neurologist Jeffrey Kutcher.

Mar. 28: The Red Violin (Francois Girard, 1998).Magical, beautifully filmed tale about a haunted time-traveling violin, with a John Corigliano score. Followed by a talk by U-M Music School performing arts technology professor Sile O'Modhrian.

7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50) in advance at and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]

 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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

 7 p.m. 

Set Free Tour--Big Daddy Weave with We Are Messengers and Zach Williams: Transparent Productions.

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Big Daddy Weave takes the road again on their Set Free tour, accompanied by We Are Messengers and Zach Williams. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and concert begins at 7:00 PM. For tickets and more information, visit:
Connection Church, 3855 S Sheldon Rd, Canton. $18-$50. 7145458900. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

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

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May 24: Readings by Joliet Junior College English professor Bill Yarrow,, a widely published poet who edits the Blue Fifth Review, and Zilka Joseph,, a local poet known for her vividly figured explorations of the natural world whose latest collection is Sharp Blue Search of Flame. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

June 14: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

June 28: Reading by Siena Heights University English professor Saleem Peeradina, a Chelsea-based poet who recently published Final Cut and Heart's Beast: New and Selected Poems.

July 12: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share.

July 26: Reading by Richard Solomon, a prominent local developmental pediatrician who is also a widely published, prize-winning poet. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

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

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Controlled Ecological Burn Public Meeting": Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation.

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A chance to find out about the nature and purpose of the ecological burns the city conducts in city parks on weekdays throughout the spring and fall. The city holds a training session (preregistration required by Feb. 21 by calling 794-6627 or email to at Leslie Science & Nature Center at noon on Feb. 23 for volunteers to help with the burns.
7-8:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. 794-6627. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Havresc: Stand on Courage": U-M Armenian Studies Program.

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Screening of David Ritter's 2016 documentary about Armenian and Assyrian Christian Iraqis and the village they have formed on the edge of ISIS controlled territory.
7-9 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-0622. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Martin Bandyke's Moving Pictures: A Preview of the 89th Oscars": Ann Arbor District Library.

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107.1-FM morning host Bandyke is joined by Concentrate managing editor (and frequent Observer contributor) Patrick Dunn to discuss and show clips of who should and who will win 2017 Oscars. Q&A.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7:30 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]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss The Wavewatcher's Companion, Gavin Pretor-Pinney's book, illustrated by David Rooney, about undulations all around us, from ocean waves to microwaves to the wavelike movement of food through the digestive tract.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Home Country": U-M School of Music.

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Multiple award-winning international concert pianist Kotaro Fukuma performs solo piano pieces that relate to the composers' native countries. The program includes works by Grieg, Chopin, Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Ginastera, and Skelton.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Rudolf Steiner's The Karma of Vocation, a cycle of ten 1916 lectures given in Dornach, Switzerland.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Janelle Reichman Quartet.

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Janelle Reichman (saxophonist) invites you to enjoy a Night of Jazz with three incredible musicians: Paul Finkbeiner on trumpet, Nick Collins on drums, and Ben Rolston on bass. You'll be treated to many of her compositions as well as some jazz standards.
Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty Street (Corner of Liberty and South Ashley). No Cover. (734) 662-9291. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards: The Ark.

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Ensemble led by Boston singer-songwriter Cortese, a former winner of the New England Scottish fiddling championship whose shows feature an energetic mix of fiddling, song, and step dancing. Her songs weave elements of jazz, pop, and Irish and American traditional music. Boston Globe music critic Scott Alarik calls her music "a captivating, frisky mix of traditional grace and modern sophistication."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Christopher Kendall conducts this ensemble of music majors in 2 colorful and exciting works by Swiss-born French composer Arthur Honneger. Also, a performance by a 2017 U-M Concerto Competition winner. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Vanessa Carlton: The Ark.

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Popular Nashville-based pop singer-songwriter and pianist known for her melancholic ballads and sweetly wistful vocal style. Opening act is Tristen, a Chicago-bred, Nashville-based pop singer-songwriter whose music is known for its mix of catchy melodies and sly lyrics.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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

 9:30 p.m. 

"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:


Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo

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

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde Thunderwüde

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Mash: Barelyon

Soulful pop-rock by this Detroit duo. [venue info]

Old Town: Janelle Reichman Quartet

Ensemble led by NYC-based jazz clarinetist-saxophonist Reichman, an Ann Arbor native who, according to a Jazz Improv review, "seems to defy logic and possibility in her speed, dexterity, and musicianship." With trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, drummer Nick Collins, and bassist Ben Rolston. [venue info]


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