Ann Arbor Weather:
Monday June 25, 2018
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed


    1   2   3   4   5   6
  7   8   9  10  11  12  13
 14  15  16  17  18  19  20
 21  22  23  24  25  26  27
 28  29  30  31      

Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 10, 10:35, & 11:10 a.m. 

"Ruff": Spinning Dot Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Local actor Tyler Calhoun performs Spinning Dot associate artistic director Kelly Fielder's 30-minute, interactive one-woman show about a dog and a stranded sailor's magical adventure. With audience participation. Geared toward kids age 5 & under.
10, 10:35, & 11:10 a.m., Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse, 307 N River St., Ypsilanti. Donation ($10 per adult & $5 per child suggested). 585-5134. [map]

 9:15 a.m. 

"Adventures Down the Rabbit Hole": Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Talk by Raspberry Rabbits (Wilmington, NC) quilt shop owner Michelle May. Also, sale of patterns and supplies. The program begins with a brief business meeting.
9:15 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. $10 (members, free).

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Migration Madness": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Kids ages 5-12 & their families invited to explore bird habitats and behavior by making migratory maps and interacting with the center's raptors to learn how to identify different species.
10-11:30 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. Tickets $8 (members, $7) per person & $30 (members, $25) per family. Preregistration required at or 997-1553. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Monster Ann Arbor Record & CD Collector's Show": Rerun Records.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Popular fair with more than 50 dealers from a half dozen states selling rare and collectible used records and CDs, as well as hard-to-find new releases. Includes every popular music genre, along with rock music books, rock videos, posters, and assorted popular culture memorabilia. Food and beverages for sale. Patrons may bring in a small number of records to sell.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $3 admission (children age 10 & under, free). For information or to reserve a dealer table, contact Rod Branham at 604-2540. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free., 846-9418.


U-M Men's Basketball.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Dec. 9: UCLA. Noon.

Dec. 21: Alabama A&M. 9 p.m.

Dec. 30: Jacksonville. 6 p.m.

Jan. 6: Illinois. Noon.

Jan. 9: Purdue. Noon.

Jan. 15: Maryland. 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 21: Rutgers. Noon.

Feb. 3: Minnesota. 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 14: Iowa. 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: Ohio State. 1 p.m.
12:30 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m. 

"Brewing Methods": Zingerman's Coffee Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Zingerman's Coffee Co. staff demonstrate and discuss 6-8 different ways to brew coffee, from filter drip to syphon pot.
Noon-2 p.m., Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-6060. [map]

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"12th Annual Worst Day of the Year Ride": Wheels in Motion Cycle and Fitness.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to join rides of 40, 20, 16, and 12 miles around Ann Arbor. Also, an "Abominable Snow Man" mountain bike ride, dependent on trail conditions. All rides end at Conor O'Neill's (attended bike parking). Hot soup, prizes, and giveaways. Helmets required.
12:30 p.m. (40-mile ride), 1 p.m. (20-mile ride & mountain bike ride), 1:30 p.m. (16-mile ride), & 2 p.m. (12-mile ride), meet at the Farmers Market in Kerrytown. Reservations requested at Free. 971-2121. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Romeo and Juliet": Fathom Events.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Live broadcast from Moscow of the Bolshoi Ballet production of former Bolshoi artistic director Alexei Ratmansky's detailed, dramatically urgent ballet adapted from Shakespeare's romantic tragedy for Profofiev's cinematic score.
12:55 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $17 in advance at and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic!": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All kids and adults invited to play chess. Sets provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

"Newborn Know-How Crash Course": Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

  community member   < less

Babies don't come with instructions, so we designed a crash course full of information and demonstrations to prepare for newborn care. This is your opportunity to spend time together focusing on your baby. Not the birth, or what to register for, but what life will really be like with your new bundle. Topics covered include: feeding (including how to get breastfeeding off to a good start), swaddling, diapering, holding, bathing, cord care, safe sleep, and general health and safety. You will have the opportunity to meet other parents and to learn more about local parenting resources.
Cost includes mom and partner.
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium Blvd. $65. 734-221-0158. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Dementia Care Workshop: Miriam Levy Vincent, LLC.

  community member   < less

This 3 hour workshop is based on the work of Teepa Snow, internationally recognized dementia care educator. The workshop will explore differences between 'normal' and 'not normal' aging and provide practical information to help navigate some of the difficulties care partners encounter. Facilitated by Miriam Levy Vincent, a certified independent trainer for this approach. $40, limited space, pre-registration preferred. or 972-1074 (call or text) for more information.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, Main St. $40. 974-972-1074.

 1 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Pet Loss Support Group: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

  community member   < less Paw in hand - Pet loss

It's never easy to lose a pet, and when you consider them, as we do, a member of the family, the loss can be difficult and extremely sad.
HSHV and Blue Dog Counseling have partnered to provide a support group on preparing for and dealing with the loss of a pet.
Colleen O'Brien, founder of Blue Dog Counseling, is an expert at developing creative therapeutic interventions to support individuals, couples, families, and other groups. Her personal commitment to animal welfare, her own experience as a devoted pet owner, and a passion for supporting people led her to create Blue Dog Counseling. Côlleen is dedicated to providing a safe, open, and creative space for discussion. A place where you can take time for yourself.
Group is held monthly in the HSHV conference room.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. Donations accepted. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show Poco the sloth out of his cage on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, cougar feedings at 1:30 & 4:30 p.m. and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, Arctic foxes, and more.
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! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 14, 21, & 28. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown meeting rm. (Jan. 14 & 21); AADL Pittsfield (Jan. 28). Free. 327-8301.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Woody Plant ID in Winter": Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to join a walk through Bird Hills Nature Area to learn how to identify leafless trees by twigs, bark, and habitat. Dress in layers and wear shoes appropriate for potentially slick trails. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.
1-3 p.m., meet in the Barton Dam parking lot, Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 794-6627. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Red Circle: Designing Japan in Contemporary Posters": UMMA.

  community member   < less

Guided tour of the current exhibit. In the 1980s, Japan's strong trade surplus and currency were causing friction and antagonism overseas. In response, three renowned Japanese artists took on the challenge of changing Japan's global image through graphic design. Their eye-catching designs often incorporated familiar traditional symbols and motifs, notably the iconic red circle against a white background of Japan's national flag, from which this exhibition gains it name, Red Circle: Designing Japan in Contemporary Posters. Paul Rand also crafted memorable graphic design in the second half of the twentieth century. Rand was celebrated for crafting the brand identities of such American corporate icons as ABC, IBM, UPS, and Westinghouse. This installation features the poster Rand created as part of IBM's THINK promotional campaign, a rebus which transforms the letters of IBM's logo into pictures. Join Docents as they introduce and connect these two exciting exhibitions focusing on graphic design.
UMMA, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734.764.0395. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

For kids, accompanied by an adult. Followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa.

Nov. 19: Marlin Whitaker and Miriam Meisler call with live music by Donna Baird and Bill Belote.

Dec. 17: Marlin Whitaker and Miriam Meisler call with live music by Donna Baird and Bill Belote.

Jan. 21: Drake Meadow calls with live music by Donna Baird and Betsy Foote.

Feb. 18: Marlin Whitaker calls with live music by Donna Baird and Betsy Beckerman.

2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Apple Blossoms": Comic Opera Guild.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 20 & 21. COG founder Tom Petiet directs this veteran local company in a concert production of Fritz Kreisler and Victor Jacobi's popular 1919 operetta that originally included up-and-comer Fred Astaire. A young couple is forced to get married, but their determination not to fall in love with each other is tested when they attend a masked ball. Accompanied by a 16-member chorus conducted by David Troiano. This production is expected to yield the first ever complete recording of the show. Cast: Amanda Xydis, Kate Moss, Noelle Jacquez, Anne Bauman, Claire Agresta, Carly LaForest, Shannon Watts, Darius Gillard, Geoff Kelm, Bob Douglas, Shawn Slivinski, and George Valenta.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Freewill donation. 973-3264. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Flint": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 18-Mar. 10. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' heartfelt drama about 2 Flint couples struggling to hold onto their faith in the American Dream while they endure the diminished prospects of their once prosperous city. Stars Cassaundra Freeman, Lynch Travis, Rhiannon Ragland, & David Benndena.
3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & Feb. 2 & 23), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 2-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Friends in Song and Story": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Family-friendly program featuring AADL storyteller Laura Pershin Raynor and Gemily, the combination of Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits of the acoustic duo Gemini and San's daughter Emily.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose rm. (lower level). Free. 327-4555. [map]

 2-3 p.m. 

"Live from Michigan: Reptiles & Amphibians": Waterloo Natural History Association.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Representatives from Nature Discovery (Williamston) present a variety of native reptiles and amphibians, some of which can be handled by participants.
2-3 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot, Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sun. All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown training center. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 2, 5, & 8 p.m. 

"Phantom Thread": Michigan Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017). Drama starring Daniel Day Lewis as a dressmaker in 1950s London whose life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman.
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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Red Circle: Designing Japan in Contemporary Posters": UMMA.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of 1980s Japanese graphic design posters that were meant to change Japan's global image. The exhibit also includes works by Paul Rand, a graphic designer who created the IBM THINK promotional campaign that turned the letters of its logo into pictures.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Underground Railroad Game": Ars Nova (University Musical Society).

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 17-21. Philadelphia-based writer-performers Jennifer Kidwell & Scott Sheppard star as 5th grade teachers whose interactive unit on the Civil War involves a "capture the slave" role-playing game that spirals out of control. Acclaimed for its ability to engage and discomfit audiences, this drama recently won an Obie for best new American theater work. "The chirpy satire of a curriculum that blithely turns historical horror into a playful contest is spot on," notes the New Yorker review. "It's wildly entertaining."
7:30 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Walgreen Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $35-$40 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 2:15 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

(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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 2:30, 5:15, & 8:15 p.m. 

"The Post": Michigan Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

(Steven Spielberg, 2017). Historical drama about the attempt by the Nixon administration to prevent the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which pushes the country's first female publisher of a nationally prominent newspaper and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalism and government. Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks.
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]

 3 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Performs Back-to-Back Concert with Chelsea High Orchestras: Chelsea High School.

  community member   < less Concertmaster Aaron Berofsky

Back-to-back concert with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra (A2SO) and the Chelsea High School (CHS) music department -
the program will begin with full orchestral music performances by the Chelsea High School Orchestras, including wind and percussion players from the CHS band program. Following an intermission, the A2SO will take the stage under the direction of Maestro Arie Lipsky. Featured soloist will be acclaimed violinist Aaron Berofsky.
In preparation for this second annual concert, principal musicians from A2SO mentored instrument sectionals. Maestro Lipsky provided CHS with two clinics and he will conduct one piece with each high school orchestra during the concert.
Chelsea High School, 740 North Freer Road, Chelsea. $12/adults; $8/students & seniors. 734-475-7166. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Tom Grace: Nicola's Books.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

This bestselling novelist reads from Undeniable, the 6th thriller in his series about a former Navy SEAL who this time investigates a high-level paternity scam that involves his own father. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 3 p.m. 

"Beethoven & Brahms: Tragedy & Triumph": Ann Arbor Camerata (First United Methodist Church Music & Arts Downtown Series).

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

U-M conducting grad student Jotaro Nakano directs this local chamber orchestra in Beethoven's Overture to Egmont, Goethe's play about the arrest and execution of a Flemish aristocrat during the Spanish Inquisition, and Brahm's Symphony no. 1 in C Minor, dubbed "Beethoven's 10th" for its melodic similarities to the Ode to Joy.
3 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. Donation. 662-4536. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 14, 21, & 28. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown meeting rm. (Jan. 14 & 21); AADL Pittsfield (Jan. 28). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Hot from the Oven: Zingerman's Bakehouse Cookbook!": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor/Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Zingerman's Bakehouse co-owners Frank Carollo and Amy Emberling discuss their new cookbook, which features 65 of their most popular recipes.
3-5 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Life Sciences Orchestra.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Chelsea Gallo conducts this ensemble of musicians from the U-M medical and life sciences staff in works by Weber, Beethoven, and Shostakovich. Preceded at 3:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program by Gallo.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 4, 7, & 10 p.m. 

"Call Me By Your Name": State Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

(Luca Guadagnino, 2017). Romance set in 1983 Italy about a 17-year-old boy who begins a relationship with his father's male research assistant. Screenplay by James Ivory from the André Aciman novel. Italian, French, & German; subtitles.
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)., 668-TIME.

 4:15, 7:15, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": State Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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

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)., 668-TIME.

 4:30, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"I, Tonya": State Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

(Craig Gillespie, 2017). Biopic about controversial ice skater Tonya Harding. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.
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)., 668-TIME.

 4:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Kids: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Kids Practicing Pushing Hands

From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. 734-845-9786. [map]

 4:45 p.m. 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

(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)., 668-TIME.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. [map]

 5-8 p.m. 

Sunday Evening Rhythm Club: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings (P.O.R.K.).

  community member   < less

During the 1920s and early 1930s, early jazz veteran Jelly Roll Morton and younger modernist Duke Ellington both used this band's 10-piece instrumentation, keeping the free-wheeling rhythm of New Orleans jazz and mixing it with smooth, pre-Swing big-band arranging. PORK offers this early big-band music and many period pop standards by songwriters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin and others, evoking a particularly rich musical era. Pianist James Dapogny and tubaist/trombonist Chris Smith lead this dance-friendly jazz band.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. 734/663-1202. or [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email to confirm or check 717-1569. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Euchre Tournament: Fraser's Pub.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Sun. All invited to play 5 euchre games of 12 hands. No partner necessary.
6 p.m., Fraser's Pub, 2045 Packard. $5. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 14, 21, & 28. Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by local veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, on Jan. 21, songwriters can try out their new work and get critiques.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at 998-9353. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Uncle Vanya": University Musical Society.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Taped broadcast of the Vakhtangov Theater (Moscow) production of this Chekhov masterpiece, a richly varied ensemble piece about the search for happiness--from love, achievement, or nature--at various stages of life. The Independent (U.K.) praises director Rimas Tuminas's "sparsely junky non-naturalistic design" for highlighting "a kind of Expressionist slapstick that's calculated to show how listless despair and manic hilarity can be flip-sides of the same coin." Russian, subtitles.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $18-$22 in advance at, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Jared Deck & the Travelers: The Ark.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less Jared Deck

Deck is a young Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma with a working-class point of view whose influences range from Springsteen and John Mellencamp to Alejandro Escovedo and Tom Russell. Deck is a young
7:30 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 7 & 21. All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Final Year": State Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

(Greg Barker, 2017). Documentary about Obama's last year in office.
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)., 668-TIME.

 9:45 p.m. 

"The Disaster Artist": State Theatre.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

(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)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The Brennan Andes Trio

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Celtic Jam Session

All musicians invited to join a biweekly jam session. 2-4 p.m. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier 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]

Habitat Lounge: EventJazz

Jazz originals and standards by different piano-based trios and quartets each show, led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Myron Grant & Friends.

Ensemble led by veteran local singer-guitarist Grant with a wide- ranging string band repertoire similar to that of Grant's popular early 80s country swing and bluegrass-based jazz band Footloose. With fiddler Paul Winder, singer-guitarist Morgan Humecky, and bassist Rob Nuhn. [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]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings 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]


You might also like:

Community Services - Senior Services
The Janitor Anatomist
For half a century, Gregor Nagele did whatever needed doing at the U-M med school.
James Thomas Mann
Henry Thoreau, Train-window Botanist, by Tim Athan
Photo: Balfour Ann Arbor Groundbreaking
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
Leslie Sobel
Artist and environmental activist
Dawn Wolfe
Emily Strelow
The world talks back.
Keith Taylor
Music around Every Corner
How Chelsea created a world-class music scene.
Steve Daut
Library Rush Hour
Storytellers cause traffic tie-ups.
Davi Napoleon
Buy tickets to local events at
A visitor's guide to Ann Arbor