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Calendar of Events

Friday, September 22, 2017

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 8:30 a.m. 

DONA Birth Doula Workshop: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Join us for a professional training that blends a deep appreciation for the miraculous physiology of women's bodies with a practical approach to the challenges of giving birth in a fear-based culture. How can we guide the birthing mother and her partner out of fear to strength and empowerment? Hands-on three-day training teaches practical support skills and fulfills two professional certification requirements for birth doulas through DONA International.
In this hands-on training, we will practice:support techniques for normal birth; how to troubleshoot common challenges; how to best facilitate informed choices; centering techniques, acupressure, massage and use of the rebozo; comfort measures and natural approaches to pain management; communication and advocacy skills for navigating the medical setting effectively; movement and positioning to support physiologic birth; and more!
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $535.00 / $485.00 Early Registration. 734-663-1523. [map]

 8:30 a.m.  Free! 

Entrepalooza 2017: The University of Michigan.

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Entrepalooza 2017 will focus on the nuts and bolts of entrepreneurship - what does it really take to start a business? While a bold idea, unflagging determination and patient financial backers are all crucial to successful start-ups, entrepreneurs must also focus on less dramatic aspects of running a company. From the start, entrepreneurs must think about their approach to partnering, financing, marketing, hiring and operating. Entrepalooza 2017 will introduce budding entrepreneurs to the personal implications and practical aspects of being an entrepreneur - identifying, starting and running a business.
The Michigan League, 911 N University Ave. Free. [map]

 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: A Place in the Shade: Selected Projects by Charles Correa": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Charles Correa (1930-2015) is arguably the most influential architect to have worked in modern India. Born in India and educated in the U.S., Correa earned a B. Arch. at the University of Michigan in 1953 and went on to receive his M.Arch. at MIT.
Over a prolific career spanning six decades, Charles Correa's architecture, urban design, planning, and writings inspired generations, adapting the international language of modernism to the Indian context.. This exhibition, organized by Nondita Correa Mehrotra, the director of the Charles Correa Foundation, explores the breadth of his built work, through highlighting thirteen selected projects. Professor Craig Borum designed the exhibition. The exhibition accompanies the inaugural Charles Correa International Lecture, an annual lecture by an emerging architect engaged with global architecture and activism. The lecture will promote cultural understanding through design practice and discourse.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 9 a.m. 

Golf Outing: Michigan Firehouse Museum & Education Center.

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Join us at Eagle Crest Resort for a golf outing in support of the Michigan Firehouse Museum & Education Center. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast, lunch on the course, dinner buffet, prizes, and games including a hole-in-one contest to win $10,000 toward a 2-year lease on a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited sponsored by Cueter Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. Register today to secure your spot.
Eagle Crest Resort, 1275 S Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $90/golfer $360/foursome. 734-547-0663. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.

 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

"In Transit": Ann Arbor Art Center/Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.

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Through Sept. 30. 70 works by current WCC students and alums. In conjunction with a mobile exhibit of artwork by WCC students on the interiors of TheRide's 100 buses and the exterior of 4 buses.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Free. 994-8004. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Drop-In Fall Preschool Crafts: Dexter District Library.

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Kids age 6 & under invited to make seasonal crafts.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"A Delicate Relationship: The United States and Burma/Myanmar Since 1945": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies Noon Lecture.

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Talk by Northern Illinois University history professor Kenton Clymer. Bring a bag lunch, if you like
Noon-1 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall (formerly Dennison), 500 Church. Free. 764-0352. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn: Book Discussion": League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

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All invited to discuss Richard Rothstein's acclaimed new book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Lunch available ($6), or bring a bag lunch.
Noon-2 p.m., Cedars of Dexter Clubhouse, 411 Cedars Ln. (off Katherine Way south from Island Lake Rd.), Dexter. Free. 792-9702. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

"Movies at the Center": Chelsea Senior Center.

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Popcorn provided.

Sept. 1: "Lion" (Garth Davis, 2016). A 30-year-old man sets out to find his lost family who he last saw as a 5-year-old in India.

Sept. 8: "Titanic" (James Cameron, 1997). A free-spirited 1st class passenger falls in love with a poor artist aboard the ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Sept. 15: "The Pianist" (Roman Polanski, 2002). A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Sept. 22: "Moonlight" (Barry Jenkins, 2016). Drama about a young black man who struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough Miami neighborhood.

Oct. & Nov. schedule TBA at
12:30 p.m. Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free; donations accepted. 475-9242. [map]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

Full-Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Energetic strength-training session including cardio subsets and work on balance and posture. $15 walk-in; included with most Better Living memberships. For all ages, and customized to suit your abilities.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon. except Oct. 9), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Future Needs...Something Blue": U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Exhibition. Could anyone have foreseen the technical, social, and conceptual issues that have confronted the University of Michigan since its founding 200 years ago, or the challenges it has faced in the last 100, 50, or even five years? In the marshaling of knowledge and expertise, the greatest achievement of the University lies not in its continuity, but in its ability to address the unforeseen. Drawing on the student work from the Taubaum College Architecture Program, "The Future Needs…Something Blue" addresses an idea of the future that lies not in the answers to questions we now know, but in possibilities we are only now beginning to imagine. Sited at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning's Liberty Research Annex, the display is simultaneously shop window, gallery, and salon. Organized around a series of emergent themes it is an interactional space in which to view (in perspective, parallax, parallel, and contrast) the multiple points of view that constitute the future.
Liberty Research Annex, 305 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 3-8 p.m.  Free! 

RASA Festival Visual Arts Exhibition.

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Rasa is a festival centered on the theme of South Asia to take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the Fall of 2017. This exhibit will partner with that event and display works by artists from South Asia, or works that have been inspired by the subcontinent.
First Friday Opening Reception at Riverside Arts Center Gallery
Rasa Exhibition from 5-8PM
This special evening will include a reception for our artists who explore the theme of "Rasa" and there will be a ritual floor painting demonstration by Meena Khasnabis at 7 pm
-Free Henna Painting
-Special India inspired flavor at Go Ice Cream & Ma Lou's Chicken
-For more info on featured artists and other Rasa Festival events in Ann Arbor and Ypsi, visit
Riverside Arts Center, Ypsilanti. Free.

 4, 7, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Rebel in the Rye": Michigan Theater.

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(Danny Strong, 2017). Biopic of reclusive J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye.
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, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Lady Macbeth": Michigan Theater.

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(William Oldroyd, 2016). Sold into marriage, a young 19th-century English woman starts a risky affair with a worker on her husband's estate.
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]

 4:30, 7:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Menashe": Michigan Theater.

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(Joshua Z. Weinstein, 2017). Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. Yiddish, 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]

 5-11 p.m.  Free! 

13th Annual Oktoberfest: Saline Main Street.

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Sept. 22 & 23. This old-fashioned Oktoberfest kicks off with the annual "Tapping of the Golden Keg" and features a beer garden with German brews and traditional German food. Tonight: live music by the popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band Your Generation in Concert (8-11 p.m.; $5 admission for those age 21 & over; age 20 & under, free).
5-11 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Saline. Free (except as noted)., 316-2119. [map]

 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Visualizing the Social": U-M History of Art Symposium.

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Sept. 22 & 23. Panel discussions with international art history scholars on the ways visual art and media have been engaged with various historic moments, such as the Revolutions of 1848, the Paris Commune of 1871, and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.
5-7 p.m. (Fri.) & 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-5400. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

Autumnal Equinox Celebration: Michigan Friends Center.

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Potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass; table setting & beverage provided), followed by a bonfire with singing, storytelling, and discussion. Bring a favorite verse, story, song, or bit of seasonal lore to share. Bring a flashlight, wear long sleeves, and dress for the weather.
6-9 p.m., Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd. (off Oakridge from Waterloo Rd. west of M-52), Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-0942. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Beer & Cheese Pairing": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of a wide range of top-shelf beers with beer-friendly artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $35. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Einstein on the Beach": UMMA/University Musical Society.

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Outdoor screening of a 2012 UMS performance of director Robert Wilson and composer Philip Glass's critically acclaimed avant-garde 1976 opera, hailed as a 20th-century artistic masterpiece, that consists of 4 interconnected acts that eschew traditional narrative and musical structures. The staging juxtaposes images of Einstein--as a violinist and the father of nuclear energy--with dances choreographed by Lucinda Childs. The music, composed for synthesizers, woodwinds, and choral and solo voice, is based on a repeating cycle that gradually adds and subtracts harmonies and rhythms. Revived twice since its 1976 premiere, Einstein was hailed by a New York Times critic as "like nothing I had ever encountered … some dark star whose effects we can only feel" and "an experience to cherish for a lifetime."
6:30 p.m., UMMA front lawn, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Spinning Dot Theatre presents "This Girl Laughs..." at Riverside Arts Center: Spinning Dot Theatre in partnership with Riverside Arts Center.

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"This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing" is back for an exciting arts venue and coffee house tour!
A wondrous play by award winning playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing, directed by Jenny Koppera, brings to life through word, music and movement the heart-felt and glorious adventures of three girls - who were sisters - who were triplets.
"We may be great out here. Or freeze out here. We may fall down to our knees out here. The only thing we cannot do…Is go back. And that's okay - life is not for going back."
This Girl Laughs... tour stops!
Saturday, Sept. 23 @ Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, 10:30am
Sunday, Sept. 24 @ Argus Farm Stop, 6:30pm
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Donation. Suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for children.. 7345855134. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Family Mew-vie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Screening of How to Train Your Dragon, an animated fantasy adventure set in a mythical Viking world. Also, a chance to snuggle with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. Note: This event usually sells out.
7-9 p.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Preregistration recommended at 661-3575. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Little Fires Everywhere": Literati Bookstore.

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Cambridge (MA)-based writer (and U-M grad) Celeste Ng, a Pushcart Prize winner, is joined by U-M Zell Writers' Program director Douglas Trevor in a discussion of her new novel about a suburban Cleveland family that's upended when the mother becomes obsessed with trying to uncover the secrets of the single mother who rents a house from them. Novelist Peter Ho Davies calls it "a dazzling protean work-a comedy of manners that doubles as a social novel and reads like a thriller." Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. 255-5310. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Interconnected: Connecting with Spiritual Life in the 21st Century": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Karme Ling retreat center (Woodstock NY) lama (and former Ann Arborite) Tsultrim Gyaltsen discusses the new book by the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
7:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Jazz at the Manor: Sean Dobbins & Friends": Concordia University.

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Local drummer and composer Dobbins leads a group of local musicians in an outdoor jazz concert.
7:30 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor South Lawn, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Acoustic Eidolon: The Ark.

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Acclaimed Boulder-based husband-and-wife duo of cellist Hannah Alkire and Joe Scott, who plays a custom-built double-necked guitar-banjo combination he calls a guitjo. Their music blends Celtic, American folk, world music, and Latin influences. A benefit for Mott Children's Hospital.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $20. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Rob Crozier Ensemble: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Ensemble led by bassist Crozier, a local jazz mainstay. With Tumbao Bravo saxophonist Paul Vornhagen, pianist Brian Brill, guitarist Rodney Rich, and drummer David Alvarez.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this ensemble of music majors in Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, which Brahms called "a very boisterous potpourri of student drinking songs." The program also includes Alban Berg's Violin Concerto with U-M Concerto Competition winner Stuart Carlson and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the repertoire.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [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]

 9 p.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Campus Chapel, 1236 Washtenaw Ct. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: RJ Blues Band

Northville band led by singer-guitarist Robert Johnson that plays blues-rock originals and traditional blues. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Get Up Kids

Kansas City alt-rock quintet that was a major player in the mid-90s emo scene. After a 4-year hiatus, the band reunited in 2008, eventually releasing the acclaimed 2011 album There Are Rules. Opening act is the Chicago self- styled "geekmo" trio Pet Symmetry. $20 in advance ($25 at the door). All ages. 7 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Undesirable People

Late show. Detroit emo pop-punk quartet that walks a fine line between catchy and caustic, mixing elements of new wave and noisy arena rock into their songs. Opening acts are local pop-rock duo Fallow Land and Seaholm, a local indie rock band. FREE. 10 p.m. [venue info]

Blue Nile: Louis Johnson

Jazz standards and New Ethiopian jazz by this local pianist and saxophonist. On Saturdays he is joined by bassist Will Austin and other friends TBA. [venue info]

Brewed Awakenings Cafe: Alvorada & Friends

Local Brazilian, Latin, and jazz duo Alvorada is joined by musical friends. Every 2nd Friday is "Buenos Duos" night with a guest duo, and every 4th Friday is "World Music Cafe" with other world music performers. [venue info]

Club Above: "Pop Punk Night"

With pop-punk bands TBA. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: George Heritier

Oak Park acoustic Americana singer-songwriter who specializes in songs about living in Michigan. He has a recent CD, In My Element. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Soulstice

Hard-driving horn-fueled funk dance band from East Lansing. [venue info]

Live: Mystery Hillbillies

Honky-tonk, rockabilly, Western swing, and vintage country band from Winston-Salem (NC), fronted by singer-guitarist (and Michigan native) Michelle Belanger. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

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

Mash: 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]

Rush Street: Dan Bennett Quintet

Local jazz quintet led by saxophonist Bennett. With saxophonist Tim Haldeman, trumpeter Justin Walter, and others TBA. [venue info]

Session Room: Naked Ace

Local 11-piece rock, blues, and soul cover band. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: The Randaliers

A diverse mix of covers by this local duo of chanteuse Vicki Dischler and guitarist C. Russell. [venue info]


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