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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 3, 2018






 
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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. except July 4. 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. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 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 Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 10-10:30 a.m., 1-1:30 & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues. 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed. 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 25, Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Drop-In Owl Crafts": Dexter District Library.

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Craft activity for kids age 8 & under.
10-11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 26-Jan. 7. Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations. With live entertainment, including Yo-Yo Master Zeemo (Dec. 26 & 27 at 1 p.m.), Drummunity! drum circles (Dec. 28 & 29 at 1 p.m.), "Ron Loyd, the Bubble Man" (Dec. 30 & 31 at 1 p.m.), "Dan the Creature Man" (Jan. 1 & 5, 1-4 p.m.) and "The Music Lady" (Jan. 2-4, 11 a.m.).
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Sat., except Jan. 1), noon-4 p.m. (Sun., except Dec. 31), & noon-5 p.m. (Dec. 31 & Jan. 1), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon. except Jan. 1. Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings. Note: Play days are also offered at the Malletts Creek (Tues. 10-11 a.m., & Thurs. 6:30-7:30 p.m.), Pittsfield (Wed., 11 a.m.-noon), Westgate (Thurs. 2-3 p.m.), and Traverwood (Fri. 10:30-11 a.m.) branches.
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

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.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. except July 4. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

DIY Crafts & Movie: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 6-12 invited to work on craft projects while watching Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins' 2017 drama starring Gal Gadot as the iconic DC comics superhero. Pizza.
1-3 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 3:45, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": State Theatre.

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(Martin McDonagh, 2017). Darkly comic drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson.
State Theatre. 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.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Concerto Competition Finals: U-M School of Music.

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Jan. 3 & 4. Performances by undergrad (Jan. 3) and grad (Jan. 4) music students.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4, 7, & 10 p.m. 

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi": State Theatre.

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(Rian Johnson, 2017). The latest installment in George Lucas's iconic space opera. No complimentary passes, vouchers, or coupons will be allowed for the first 3 weeks. Member discounts apply.
State Theatre. 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.


 4, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
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]


 4:15, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Disaster Artist": State Theatre.

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(James Franco, 2017). Biopic about Tommy Wiseau, the writer/director behind The Room, the film often called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." James Franco, Seth Rogan, Alison Brie.
State Theatre. 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.


 4:15, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Darkest Hour": Michigan Theater.

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(Joe Wright, 2017). Biopic of Winston Churchill during the early dark days of WWII. Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas.
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]


 4:30, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Jane": Michigan Theater.

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(Brett Morgen, 2017). Documentary about legendary primate researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall. Score by Philip Glass.
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]


 4:30, 7:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": State Theatre.

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(Greta Gerwig, 2017). Critically acclaimed drama exploring the bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf.

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State Theatre. 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.


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. except July 4. Word freaks of all abilities invited to drop in to play this popular word game, using an updated word list. Bring your own set, if you like.
5-8 p.m., Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington. Free. 994-0084. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help available from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns available for sale.
5:30-7 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [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 Pastor Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6 p.m. 

"One Prayer Class": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Headshot of Samo Joanna Myers

The One Prayer is a dynamic self-management tool, custom designed for you, that you can take wherever you go and update as you learn and grow. This course is designed for anyone wanting a greater understanding of themselves, more focus in life, and more satisfaction. The One Prayer is about having a vision, following your heart, but is also very concrete and practical. Classes are held Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30pm. Contact Joanna Myers at joanna@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. 734-395-8486. joanna@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. except Jan. 1. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., casual) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, all invited to play the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive & booster draft), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]


 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Lyra (Aerial Hoop)": A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring, or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. Students will build the strength to mount and dismount the lyra unassisted, and gain mastery of fundamental lyra vocabulary, technique, and sequences. Each class also includes dynamic warm ups, stretching, and conditioning exercises designed to target specific strength and mobility for aerial arts. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7 p.m. 

"Yin/Restorative Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Wednesdays from 7-8pm
In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow the muscles to relax and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. Class is heated around 80 degrees.
Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha
Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $18. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [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. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by area singer-songwriters, who also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Dec. 6: Floyd King & the Bushwackers and Jan Krist & Jim Bizer. Double bill. The Bushwhackers is a trio that plays a mix of original songs, covers, & old-time spirituals that the Oxford (MI) Leader calls "high-voltage acoustic 'party gospel' music." Led by Floyd King, the stage persona of Dennis Kingsbury, the group also includes Jim Bizer and Maggie Ferguson. Detroit singer-songwriter Jan Krist is joined by Bizer, a fellow member of the Yellow Room Gang singer-songwriter collective for a set of urban folk music.

Jan. 3: Drew Nelson. This Grand Rapids-based Americana roots-rock singer-songwriter recently released Tilt-a-Whirl, a CD that drew praise from AllMusic reviewer James Allen for its thoughtful lyrics. Opening act is Mike Vial, the Ann Arbor pop-rock singer-songwriter.

Feb. 7: Taller Than They Appear and the Hackwells. Double bill. Taller than They Appear is a quartet of veteran area singer-songwriters--Jere Stormer, Bobby Pennock, Sigrid Christiansen, and Lauren Crane--who accompany each other with soulful vocal harmonies and on an eclectic array of instruments, from bells, bongos, woodblocks, washboards and whistles to guitars, violins, and ukuleles. The Hackwells are a local acoustic trio, formerly known as Gather Round, whose original ballads draw on pop-rock, retro-country, and Americana influences.

Mar. 7: Timothy Monger and Julianne Ankley. Double bill. Monger is the engaging local pop-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist from the Great Lakes Myth Society whose pop-rock Americana fuses high lonesome tunes with evocative tales drawn from ordinary life. Allmusic.com calls his 2004 debut CD, Summer Cherry Ghosts, "a sweetly nostalgic song cycle, filled with sketches of places and people he's loved, memories he treasures--in short, the ghosts of summers past." He has just released his 3rd CD, Amber Lantern. Ankley is the sultry-voiced country-rock singer-songwriter whose CD Vivid won a 2012 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Recording.
7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Info: call Annie Capps at 330-5226. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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Rescheduled from Dec. All invited to join a discussion of Bibliomysteries: Stories of Crime in the World of Books and Bookstores, a new collection of stories by top mystery writers commissioned and edited by The Mysterious Bookshop (NYC) owner Otto Penzler.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass with Thunderwude: Chelsea Alehouse Brewery.

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Join us for an evening of lively Bluegrass with Thunderwude!
Jason Dennie, Wesley Fritzemeier, and Tommy Reifel come together to deliver intricate original compositions, bluegrass standards, and current billboard hits.
Thunderwude has been performing at the Alehouse every Wednesday night for 4 years!
Chelsea Alehouse Brewery, 420 North Main Street, Chelsea. Free. Honor Cover - 100% to musicians. claire.tyra@chelseaalehouse.com chelseaalehouse.com [map]



 8-10 p.m. 

Jazz Night at Old Town Tavern with CPE Trio+plus.

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CPE Trio+plus is sure to delight. Come and hear "originals, arrangements, and even original arrangements."
CPE = Nick Collins (drums) + Jeff Pedraz (bass)+ Matt Endahl (Rhodes)
Special guests appearing in the second set: Justin Walter (trumpet) and Daniel Woodward Bennett (tenor saxophone).
No Cover
Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty (corner of South Ashley). No Cover. 734-662-9291. https://www.facebook.com/events/184373388968992/ [map]



 8 p.m. 

The Slocan Ramblers: The Ark.

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Highly regarded young Candian bluegrass quartet known for their blend of lightning fast, devilishly intricate ensemble playing and fiercely driving vocals racing ahead of the music. Its repertoire blends originals with vintage material from traditional song like "Groundhog" and "Rambling Sailor" to Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty" and the Delmore Brothers' "Mississippi Shore."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8-11 p.m.  Free! 

Wired Wednesdays: The Detroit Street Filling Station.

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Ann Arbor's very own progressive bluegrass and swing project, Wire In The Wood, will be playing at the Detroit Street Filling Station every Wednesday starting January, 3rd 2018 from 8pm-11pm. This is an all-out inclusive jam, so if you play an instrument bring it with your appetites! Full kitchen and drink specials til 12a. See you there!
Inquiries taken to thelunchrooma2@gmail.com
The Detroit Street Filling Station, 300 Detroit Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. Donation. dvdsmn10@gmail.com. dvdsmn10@gmail.com thelunchrooma2.com [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Wine, Women, and Song XVI": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 26-28 and Feb. 2 & 3. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers. With pianist Tyler Driskill. Singers include Laurie Atwood, Linda Beaupre, Sue Booth, Roxy Diederich, Shelley MacMillan, Deanna Relyea, Monica Swartout-Bebow, Lisa Tucker-Gray, and Kathy Waugh. Monica Swartout-Bebow directs. Wine is served. This popular event usually sells out.
8 p.m. (except Jan. 28, 4 p.m.), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50. Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9 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 flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Jan. 3, 10, & 17) & Michigan Union Pendleton Rm. (Jan. 24 & 31). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [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 trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul-infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Old Town: CPE Trio CPE Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by drummer Collins, with bassist Jeff Pedras and Fender Rhodes electric pianist Matt Endahl. The 2nd set features guest appearances by trumpeter Justin Walter and tenor saxophonist Dan Bennett. [venue info]

 
 


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