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Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 26, 2017






 
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 10 a.m. 

A2QUA Sunday Morning Swim: Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics.

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A2QUA, Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics, is MI's first gay & lesbian swim team. For over 20 years, we've been swimming in MI and providing a safe, friendly place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, & questioning swimmers (and their friends!) to meet, socialize, & exercise.
The team is made up of gay, lesbian, & straight competitive and recreational swimmers at all levels, from state champions to dog paddlers, from their 20s to their 70s. We welcome gays, lesbians, bisexuals, & their friends of all ages & abilities. Our team includes all levels of swimmers, from beginning fitness swimmers to very competitive. Swimmers from all over Michigan, not just Ann Arbor, swim with us.
Our practices are organized so that everyone can find a comfortable or challenging place to
swim. If you can swim a single length without calling 911, there's a place for you in practice.
Our practices are written to accommodate all levels of swimmers - very fast to just beginning.
1st Swim Free, $8 t
Winter - Mack Indoor Pool, Summer - Fuller Pool, 715 Brooks St. or 1519 Fuller Rd. Donation. $8. 7346579960. emailme0617@Yahoo.com www.a2qua.com or www.facebook.com/groups/A2QUA/ [map]


 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination.

Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.

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10 a.m. & 1 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541 (10 a.m.), 994-5908 (1 p.m.). [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and a Heart of the Middle East": Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Sandy Tolan's award-winning novel about a friendship that develops between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man.
10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. RSVP requested at info@jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]


 Noon 

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]


 Noon-5 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]


 Noon-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]


 1-4 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]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Mario Kart Tournament: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Video game tournament for players of all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL meeting room (4th floor), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics vs. Southern Utah.

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1 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at mgoblue.com/tickets/gmw-index.html. 764-0247. [map]


 1 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]


 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]



 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Lego Connection": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lego open play for kids in grades K-5 accompanied by an adult. Legos supplied.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Live Action"

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


 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

st"Grandma Was Adopted? Using Adoption Resources and DNA Testing to Build the Family Tree": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by Next of Kin (Lansing) genetic research company owner Bethany Waterbury. Followed by a talk by club member Omer Jean Winborn on "African-American Churches in Washtenaw County."
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from E. Huron River Dr.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]


 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]


 1:45, 4:15, & 7:30 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]


 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Amends Making & Forgiveness, Why It's So Important": Carole Kirby.

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Safety and trust are the foundation of any good relationship, whether with our partner, family member, or friend. Human beings hurt each other inadvertently. When there has been any degree of wrongdoing or non-loving action from the slightest hurtful comment to a more serious betrayal, the relationship is jeopardized.
Making amends is about the restoration of goodwill and connection, emotionally, physically, and synergistically. Making amends is also a means by which we can forgive ourselves for some wrongdoing.
This workshop, led by Carol Kirby (LMSW), will provide information and ideas about the importance of amends making and getting to forgiveness.
FREE however, please call to register.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor. Free. Preregistration required. 734-369-2016. carole.kirby777@gmail.com www.therapy4couples.com [map]


 2, 4:30, & 7 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]


 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Amends Making & Forgiveness, Why It's So Important: Carole Kirby, lmsw.

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Safety & trust are the foundation of any good relationship, whether with your partner, family member, or friend. Human beings hurt each other inadvertently. When there has been any degree of wrongdoing or non-loving action from the slightest hurtful comment to a more serioius betrayal, the relationship is jeopardized. Making amends is about the restoration of goodwill and connection. This workshop will provide informaton & ideas about the importance of amends making & getting to forgiveness.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 South Main St. Free. 734-369-2016. carole777@aol.com therapy4couples.com [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell.
2-4 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Freespace (3rd floor), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 971-5763. [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]


 2-3 p.m. 

Winter Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Jan. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Creature Feature" Little Creatures Co. (Royal Oak) owner Dan Briere, aka "Dan the Creature Man," displays and discusses live exotic animals.

Jan. 29 (2-4 p.m.): "Winter Orienteering." A hike to learn to find your way through the woods in winter. Compass provided, or bring your own.

Feb. 5 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Skins, Scat, and Skulls." Presentation and demonstration walk by naturalist Dave Szczygiel, with specimens from his collection of Michigan animal skulls and skins, on how various creatures use their specialized body parts and how to recognize animal signs in the wild.

Feb. 12 (2-3 p.m.): "Bats of the World." Representatives from the Organization for Bat Conservation display and discuss the habits and vulnerabilities of live bats from around the world, including some with a nearly 3-foot wingspan.

Feb. 26 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Bears." WNHA naturalists discuss the biology, habits, and distribution of Michigan's black bears, as well as the DNR efforts to maintain a healthy black population and what people need to do to live in harmony with them.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted. Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.


 2 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]



 2 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]


 2 p.m. 

"SEMJA Celebrates Louis Smith": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local students and colleagues of the trumpeter Louis Smith, who passed away last August, perform several of Smith's compositions. With guitarist Randy Napoleon, trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, pianist Rick Roe, bassist Paul Keller, and drummer Sean Dobbins. Proceeds benefit the Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association Louis Smith scholarship fund.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors-Part 1: Figuration": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit commemorating U-M's bicentennial that includes works by Christo, Jean Dubuffet, Georgia O'Keeffe, Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun, and others.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 3 p.m. 

Ypsilanti Town Band: First United Methodist Church Green Wood Chamber Music Series.

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Jerry Robbins conducts this 20-piece wind ensemble in a program of popular music, 1880-1920, in period costume. Reception follows.
3 p.m., FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Italian Vacation": Dexter Community Band.

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Bill Gourley conducts this 85-member volunteer ensemble in performances of Puccini's "O mio babbino caro" and the postwar Italian pop song "Volare" with gust soprano Abbey Jensen. Also, "Pines of the Appian Way" from Respighi 's The Pines of Rome, Yo Goto's arrangement of Luigi Denza's Funiculi-funicula Rhapsody, the Prelude to Act I of Verdi's La Traviata, and Franco Cesarini's Poema Alpestre.
3 p.m., Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, Dexter High School, 2200 N. Parker, Dexter. Free. 426-2734. [map]


 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]


 4-7 p.m. 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Gretchen's House, 1580 Dhu Varren. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m.-close (usually midnight), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Open Stage: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All performers invited to showcase their talents.
7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators). Email info@pointlessbrew.com to sign up for a 10-15 minute spot. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam"

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An open jam for musicians of all ages & levels of ability to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, & blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by Ann Arbor veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 3rd Sunday is for songwriters to try out new songs and get critiques as desired. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at www.Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam/. 998-9353. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Music of Independent Minyanim": Beth Israel Congregation.

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Congregation Sons of Israel (New York) cantor Jeffrey Shiovitz discusses and demonstrates a new style of highly participatory synagogue music that is popular in minyanim (small Jewish congregations).
7-8:30 p.m., Beth Israel, 2000 Washtenaw. Free. 665-9897. [map]


 7 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]


 7:30 p.m. 

Royal Wood and Diana Chittester: The Ark.

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Double bill. Wood is an Acclaimed Canadian pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his finely crafted songs, and Cleveland native Chittester is an indie folk-rock singer-songwriter notable for her virtuosic percussive, multi-part acoustic guitar playing.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzmeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Old Town: Darrin James

Blues-inflected folk-rock by this local singer-songwriter whose new CD, Strange Storm, is a collection of songs responding to the contemporary climate of constant violence, blatant greed, religious hypocrisy, and political chaos. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Will Mefford

Improvisations on jazz standards by this local pianist. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]

 
 


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