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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 25, 2017






 
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 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Dexter Winter Marketplace.

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A farmers market with arts & crafts, jewelry, bread and baked goods, fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meats, and more. With live entertainment at 11 a.m. by the area jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace (Mar. 25), the longtime local band the MacDonald Brothers (Apr. 8), and Nucleus 2 (Apr. 22), a reunion of the early 80s Dexter rock band Nucleus.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. dexerwintermarketplace@gmail.com, 834-3229. [map]


 9:30 a.m. 

"Ready for Birth: Condensed Childbirth Class": Center for the Childbearing Year.

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This interactive, hands-on class is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy first-time parents who simply can't make it to the full six-week series. Perfect for couples seeking a Refresher Class for a second (or more!) baby as well. We'll review the process of labor and birth from start to finish. Emphasis is placed on natural approaches to pain management, support techniques and comfort measures (how partners can help), and tips for smoothing your recovery in the early weeks postpartum.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $175 per couple. 734-663-1523. patty@center4cby.com www.center4cby.com [map]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Book Sale by the BAG!!: Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library is holding a 2-day Bag Sale. Saturday, February 25, 10-4 and Sunday, February 26 1-4. Held in the downtown library on Fifth Avenue, lower level,in the multipurpose room. Books in all categories priced BY the BAG! Regular brown grocery bags: $5; smaller bags: $4. Your own bag (e.g., large Ikea bags ) will be priced at the checkout desk. Want one book only? Pay half price.
The Book Shop on the ground floor is open with normal prices.
For more information, call 734-302-7774.
Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South Fifth Avenue. Free. melaniebaldwin89@gmail.com www.faadl.org [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Estate Planning Workshop: Legacy Law Center - Terrence A. Bertram, PLLC.

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At Legacy Law Center, we help families plan for the future, realize their goals and protect themselves and their loved ones. We bring the latest techniques and advanced planning available to give you answers to difficult questions as well as peace of mind.
At this FREE workshop we will discuss the following, and answer your questions:
*Do I need a Will, a Trust, or neither?
*How to Protect my assets from Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Costs.
*How to protect my children if my spouse remarries.
*How my most important asset mistakenly ends up in Probate.
*How to protect my family from poor financial decisions, creditors, and divorce.
*Why my current Will, Trust or Estate Plan may not work the way I expect.
*How the Supreme Court recently changed the rules for my IRAs, and my financial planner doesn't know.
**Seating is limited***
This workshop fills up fast, so reserve your seat now!
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. (734) 995-2383. info@elderlawannarbor.com http://www.elderlawannarbor.com [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 facebook.com/SaturdayForArt.
10 a.m.-noon, U-M Art + Architecture Bldg. (rm. 2062), 2000 Bonisteel. Free. saturdayforart@umich.edu, 277-0544. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

"Gardening with Heirloom Varieties": 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 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Feb. 25 & 26. All invited to try a hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: paper engineering.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [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. 

"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. 

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! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. except Dec. 24. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [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.-6 p.m. 

"Brick Bash 2017": Skyline High School Band Fundraiser.

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Feb. 25 & 26. This public LEGO building party for all ages includes piles of LEGO, Duplo, and Bionicle parts to play with. Also, a performance by the Skyline Drumline (2 p.m. Sat.), a percussion petting zoo (Sat. only), a Duplo play area for young kids, and displays of amazing models by LEGO hobbyists from around the country. Sale of LEGO jewelry, custom sets, and publications. Concessions.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $5 (families, $20). BrickBash.com, 637-9429. [map]


 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

"Chelsea Festival of Tables": Chelsea Senior Center Benefit.

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All seniors invited for a lunch featuring food from local growers and producers. The lunch tables have been festively decorated with different themes by various local groups, with a prize for the best decoration. A benefit for the CSC.
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea. $20 in advance only. 475-9242. [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.  Free! 

"March for Babies Kick-Off Event": March of Dimes.

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Kick-off event for the 2017 march for babies 5K walk. Meet and greet, light snacks, and Team Captain materials available.
Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5305 Elliott Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. 7344187738. LRevere@marchofdimes.org www.marchforbabies.org [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.

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


 Afternoon or evening time TBA. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 4: Armstrong State Exhibition game. 7 p.m.

Nov. 11: Howard 9 p.m.

Nov. 13: Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis Noon.

Nov. 26: Mount St. Mary's 7 p.m.

Nov. 30: Virginia Tech 7 p.m.

Dec. 3: Kennesaw State Afternoon or evening time TBA.

Dec. 6: Texas 9 p.m.

Dec. 13: Central Arkansas 9 p.m.

Dec. 17: Maryland-Eastern Shore 3 p.m.

Dec. 22: Furman 7 p.m.

Jan. 4: Penn State 8:30 p.m.

Jan. 7: Maryland 3:15 p.m.

Jan. 14: Nebraska 2 p.m.

Jan. 21: Illinois 2:15 p.m.

Jan. 26: Indiana 9 p.m.

Feb. 4: Ohio State. 5 p.m.

Feb. 7: MSU. 9 p.m.

Feb. 16: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Feb. 25: Purdue. Time TBA.

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Various times, Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at mgoblue.com/tickets. 764-0247. [map]


 Noon 

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  Free! 

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

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


 12:55 p.m. 

"Rusalka": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Dvořák's tragic opera based on Czech fairy tales about a water nymph who falls in love with a human prince. Stars Kristine Opolais in the role that first garnered her international acclaim.
12:55 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 (Quality 16) & $25 (Rave) in advance at fathomevents.com/event/event/rusalka-live. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave).


 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]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Weave a T-Shirt Rug": Chelsea District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows teens ages 12-17 how to use a no-sew weaving technique to start a round or oval run or placemat. Supplies provided.
1-4 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [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]


 2 p.m. 

U-M Men's Gymnastics.

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Dec. 11. Maize 'n' Blue Intrasquad. The U-M men's gymnastics team, a perennial national power that has won 3 NCAA national championships in the past 6 years, prepares for the 2017 season with an intrasquad meet. 3 p.m.

Feb. 25. California. 2 p.m.

Mar. 11. Illinois and Stanford. 2 p.m.

Mar. 25. Illinois-Chicago. 4 p.m.

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Various times, Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Free. 764-0247.


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Understanding Owls: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Owls from the Leslie Science Center will engage and delight you! Learn about classification, conservation and survival through observation of live birds, then dissect owl pellets for more hands-on learning fun.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110. ggainsley@ypsilibrary.org http://ems.ypsilibrary.org/mastercalendar/ [map]



 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Mardi Gras Masks": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-5 invited to decorate a mask with sequins, feathers, and other stuff.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [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. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 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 http://riversidearts.org [map]



 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Smart Love": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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


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


 4:45, 7:10, & 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5, 7:25, & 9:25 p.m. 

"I Am Not Your Negro": Michigan Theater.

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(Raoul Peck, 2016). Documentary that uses the late James Baldwin's unfinished novel to tell the story of race in America. Narration by Samuel L. Jackson.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5 p.m. 

Annual Fundraising Banquet: Washtenaw County Pheasants Forever.

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Tentative. Buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, and raffles.
5 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $85 (includes 1-year membership) in advance only. Add-on spouse tickets, $30. Reservations required. washtenawpf.org. [map]


 5-7 p.m. 

Spaghetti Dinner: Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser.

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All-you-can-eat spaghetti with meat or vegetarian sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverages, and desserts.
5-7 p.m., Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller. Tickets $8 (seniors, $7; kids ages 5-12, $5; age 4 & under, free). a2calvary.org, 936-0444. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"4th Annual Crab Feed and Weber's Buffet": His Eye is on the Sparrow Fundraiser.

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All You Can Eat Crab Feed and buffet at Weber's Inn.
It is a fundraiser for His Eye is on the Sparrow -
His Eye is on the Sparrow is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization formed in 2005.
We provide quality supported living arrangements for adults with developmental disabilities characterized by:
- A secure and loving environment
- A Christian, family-like setting
- Planned person centered recreation/ work activities
- Daily life skills training opportunities
Live Auction, Lottery Tree,
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $90. fundraising@hiseyeisonthesparrow.org http://www.hiseyeisonthesparrow.org/ [map]



 6:30 p.m. 

Candlelight Dinner Concert with Ian Stewart & the House Band: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Our favorite Welshman is back - and this time, he's bringing along bass player, Dan Bickell, and drummer, Chris Bracey! This will be an extra special night. It will be Ian, "electrified", supported by 2 great musicians. **Just 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must.** This show is filling up fast, so get your reservations in now! On the menu: Seafood Pasta or Roasted Beef Tenderloin. Both entrees served with salad and bread. *Special dietary needs can be accommodated. Call for info/requests. Our estate grown wines will be available by the glass or bottle, and our hand-crafted beer will be available by the pint or "shortie" (10 oz.). $35 per person includes dinner and show.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35 pp for dinner and show. 517-522-8167. dlbarber1@aol.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]



 7 p.m. 

Man Eating Lion EP Release Party: Man Eating Lion & Eternally Nocturnal.

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Man Eating Lion is celebrating the release of our brand new EP Swine, Scissors & Twine. Sponsored by Eternally Nocturnal.
Lineup:
Man Eating Lion
https://www.facebook.com/maneatinglion/
American Arson
https://www.facebook.com/americanarson/
Heart At War
https://www.facebook.com/heartatwarband/
Truman
https://www.facebook.com/TrumanMusic1/
Doors at 7pm
$10 Cover
Crossroads Pub
517 W. Cross St.
Ypsilanti, MI
Crossroads Pub, 517 W Cross St, Ypsilanti. $10. 7349858887. maneatinglionmusic@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/events/351216748604712/ [map]



 7:30-10 p.m. 

"2017 Annual Rent Party": Jazzistry.

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Dancing to this local educational jazz history ensemble that's led by saxophonist and clarinetist Vincent York, which tonight is joined by the Sun Messengers, a popular and versatile 10-piece Detroit ensemble that plays everything from Latin and African dance music to blues and rock. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. A fundraiser for Jazzistry's award-winning K-12 educational programs.
7:30-10 p.m., EMU Student Center Grand Ballroom, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. $40 (students, $20) in advance, $50 (students, $25) at the door. 761-6024. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"30th Annual Storytelling Festival": The Ark.

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Feb. 25 & 26 (different programs). Performances for adults (Sat.) & families (Sun.) by 3 top storytellers from around the country.Bill Harley is a Massachusetts songwriter and storyteller with an off-center point of view whose stories paint vibrant and hilarious pictures of growing up, schooling, and family life. Best known locally in his guise as a pop-folk singer-songwriter, Don White is a veteran storyteller and humorist from Lynn (MA) who was a featured performer at the 2015 National Storytelling Festival. Bil Lepp is a a Charleston (WV) storyteller with a flair for spinning humorously outrageous tall tales about everyday life who got his start when he won the 1990 West Virginia Liars Contest.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 (Sat.) & $10 (Sun. family concert) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"I'll Be Seeing You": New Roads Productions.

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Feb. 24-26. David Kiley and Brian Buckner direct local actors in Kiley's new play, based on his book Writing the War, that tells the story of the relationship between a WWII war correspondent and his fiancée on the Homefront. The actions spans from Pearl Harbor to V-E Day and includes WWII photos and live music. With keyboardist Buckner. Cast: Natalie Rose SEvick, John DeMerell, Marlene Inman, Robby Griswold, Kiley, and Buckner.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 24 & 25) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 26), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. $20 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at brownpapertickets.com/event/2792973 and at the door. encoremediasales@gmail.com, 276-7183. [map]



 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Bil Dwyer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 9-11.Veteran Midwestern stand-up comic who specializes in hip, sardonic takes on marriage, kids, and family life. A ubiquitous presence on cable TV, he also has a recurring role on Hot in Cleveland. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 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. 

"Love, Loss and What I Wore": PTD Productions.

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Feb. 23-26 & Mar. 1-4. Jan Carpman directs local actors in Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's witty, moving play based on Ilene Beckerman's bestselling 1995 book. Comprised of monologues and ensemble scenes, the play revolves around candid observations of contemporary women as they reflect on memories, frustrations, and aspirations associated with their wardrobes. Cast: Wendy Ascione-Juska, Briana Bower, Mary Higgins, Marie Jones, Daisy Mull, and Laura Sanders.
8 p.m. (Feb. 23-25 & Mar. 2-4) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 26 & Mar. 1), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 483-7345. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 8 p.m. 

"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 sketchualhealing.brownpapertickets.com/

and at the door. 657-2337.
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 8 p.m. (canceled) 

"Twelfth Night": Ellipsis Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 2-12. (The shows originally scheduled for the last week of February were canceled due to illness.) Ellipsis founder Joanna Hastings directs this local company in a contemporary take on Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identities and misplaced affections. Twin refugees separated in a shipwreck find themselves stranded on the shore off New York City, each thinking that the other has drowned. The story explores the power of love--sibling love, romantic love, love between friends, love that develops between strangers--and particularly how love breaks down boundaries between people from different walks of life. Cast: Mark Isler, Scott Screws, Darius Franklin, Mouse Courtois, Breon Canady, Andaiye Spencer, Todd Sheets, Eric Bloch, Krystle Dellihue, Karl Sikkenga, Steven Weed, Jamie Jee.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at theatrenova.org and via email to ellipsistheatreboxoffice@gmal.com, and at the door. Pay-what-you-can admission available on Thurs. & Sun. 635-8450. [map]


 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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


 9 p.m.  Free! 

Millennium Club Reopens!: Circus/Millennium/Cavern Clubs.

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Join us for the grand reopening of Millennium Club, just in time for Mardi Gras! Toast your friends with one of our Johnny Vegas or Cinnamon Toast Crunch shots! Millennium is located at 210 S. 1st Street just under Circus and down the street from the Blind Pig. In the past few years, Millennium has mostly been open for large events and parties, but we're now reopened every Friday and Saturday night. 21+ get in FREE after 9PM, grab one of our signature drinks of the evening like "The Laura" - Crown Royal Apple and Ginger Ale or "The Poison Ivy" - Cinnamon Schnapps and Kahlua
Millennium Club, 210 S. 1st Street. Free. CavernClubAnnArbor@gmail.com [map]



 9:35 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Animated": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short animated films nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]





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