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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 27, 2018

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 7 a.m. 

2018 Winter Running School: RUN ANN ARBOR.

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An 18 week training program for interested runners seeking to run a half or full marathon. Experience is not necessary. The school offers a training schedule and a group run every Saturday morning at 7am. Students will also be able to participate in the Tuesday night workouts with Parker Performance.
Training includes many benefits that can be viewed on the website:
Orientation begins on January 27th after a short run. The run starts at 7am and the orientation class will begin at 9am.
Ann Arbor Running Company, 2700 Oak Valley Drive. $119.99. 734-657-0214. [map]

 8 a.m. 

2018 Yoga Maya Teacher Training & Lifestyle Submersion.

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We are happy to announce the second year of the Yoga Maya Lifestyle Submersion Course and 200 Hour Teacher Training with expanded location.
The goal of the Yoga Maya School of Yoga is to transform your life through submerging in yoga practices, in a community of practitioners. Preparing you to teach yoga or to simply deepen your personal practice.
New or advanced students can enhance their practice by learning yogic techniques and practices informed by modern anatomy, Yoga Therapy and an Ayurvedic awareness of constitutional needs.
This program has a strong emphasis on uniting the ancient yogic anatomical sciences of subtle energy awareness, with modern western knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy.
Yoga Maya Center, 34 N. Washington., Ypsilanti. $2300 ($200 discount if you register by Oct. 15; $100 discount if you sign up with a friend). 734-436-1177. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

Aerial Boot Camp: A2 Aviary.

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Get ripped and have fun doing it! Come for a great workout or supplement your aerial training with this all levels conditioning class, which focuses on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for. Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via the included link before arriving for class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Chen Tai Chi Class: Ann Arbor Tai Chi.

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Introduction to Chen Tai Chi Chuan. Free all January. Warm-ups, stationary postures, kicks, silk-reeling. Working our way through a 72-movement Old Frame Long Form. Watch or participate.
Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main Street, 2nd floor. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Coffee with Michelle Deatrick, Democrat for State Senate: Michelle Deatrick for State Senate.

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Come with questions, concerns and ideas. It would be a pleasure to see you & a privilege to hear your thoughts on our most pressing issues--and the coffee's on me!
The Owl, Morning 'til Night, 9 West Main Street, Milan. Free. 734-478-1904. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Winter Science Series: Hudson Mills Activity Center.

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Programs for kids ages 8-12 presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Jan. 13: "The Astronomy of it All." Hands-on demonstration of why the earth has seasons. Craft activity follows.

Jan 27: "Aquatic Aces." Demonstration, with a live American toad, of how aquatic animals survive winter.

Feb. 10: "Love Birds." Demonstration of how birds survive cold temperatures. Also, a craft project to make a heart-shaped bird feeder ornament. Materials provided.

Feb. 24: "Mammal Marvels." Demonstration of how mammals survive cold temperatures. If there's snow on the ground, participants make cardboard snowshoes; if not, participants construct a miniature den in the woods to keep a cup of water from freezing.

10 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per child; $20 for series. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

YDL Guitar Club: Ypsilanti District Library.

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We teach each other songs, listen, collaborate and learn to play guitar, together. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own instrument, acoustic or electric. Ages 18+.
Ypsilanti District Library, Michigan Avenue Branch, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1386. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Zone": The Neutral Zone.

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Daylong series of activities for high schoolers, including engineering, environmental sustainability, robotics, music technology, app development, game design, and screen printing projects. Also, performances by teen musicians and DJs throughout the day.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free. 214-9995. [map]

 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Winterfest 2018": Saline Main Street.

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Daylong festival of indoor and outdoor winter activities, including an obstacle course, a family puzzle room, crafts, carnival games, broomball, street games, "Cold Butt Euchre," a shooting gallery, and more.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., downtown Saline. Free admission (small fee for some activities)., 316-2119.

 10am - 1pm 

No Boundaries: Needlepoint 2 day Workshop: USArtQuest.

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Connie Pickering Stover helps you take your needlepoint design to the next level by using your own hand-painted threads. Learn canvas gilding and "misty stitch" techniques. Connie guids you through the process of creating your own personal expression of needlepoint using the traditional stitches you're already comfortable with, along with out-of-the-box processes. Friendly, nurturing and playfull atmosphere.
Fee includes all materials.
This is a two-day workshop, meeting on Friday January 26th (10am - 2pm) and Saturday January 27th (10am - 1pm).
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea. 734-562-2662. [map]

 10:15 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:15 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $17 to race. (517) 290-7128. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  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]

 11 a.m.-noon 

"Acro Balance: Essentials of Acro': A2 Aviary.

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This is an all-level class for everyone interested in learning more about Partner Acrobatics and Partner Balancing. In Acro, we play with good alignment and momentum to let the "base" balance and move a partner (flyer). There will be material appropriate to all comfort levels, with new students learning basic poses and flows while experienced students build to more challenging poses and transitions. You do not need to bring a partner or any previous experience to enjoy it!

We will begin with warm-up exercises and progress through fundamental poses that are just begging to be linked together in interesting ways! It's a fun, low-stress, and safe environment to improve fitness, balance, and communication. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
The Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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

 11 a.m. 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 11 a.m. 

YinYasa Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a FREE yoga class (with donations accepted).
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Frog and Toad": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 25-27. This award-winning local children's theater company performs its play based on Arnold Lobel's beloved stories about 2 friends who help each other through thick and thin. In this version, Frog and Toad greet spring, plant a garden, and share a basket of cookies. Appropriate for kids in grades pre-K to 2. Note: The Thursday and Friday morning shows are sold out. Also, on Saturday only, Leslie Science and Nature Center representatives lead activities.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $9.60; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Popsicle Stick Paper Dolls": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for kids in grades K-5. Supplies provided.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Science Fun with FEMMES": Ann Arbor District Library.

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This U-M student group (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science) presents a program of hands-on activities for kids in grades 2-6.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. For kids ages 3-6 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m.-noon, meet at the UMMA store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Tosca": The Metropolitan Opera (Fathom Events).

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Live broadcast (Jan. 27) & rebroadcast (Jan. 31) of the Met's production of Puccini's impassioned opera, a melodrama about a diva who kills for love. It features some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias. Italian, subtitles.
12:55 p.m. (Jan. 27) & 1 & 6:30 p.m. (Jan. 31), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 (Quality 16) & $25 & $27 (Ann Arbor 20) in advance at & at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).

 1-2:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Film Series.

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Jan. 13, 20, & 27. Screenings of contemporary Korean films. Korean, subtitles.

Jan. 13: "A Taxi Driver" (Hun Jang, 2017). Historical drama about a widowed father and taxi driver who takes a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising.

Jan. 20: "On the Beach at Night Alone" (Sang-soo Hong, 2017). Drama about an actor pondering her relationship with a married man that's seen as a reflection of an affair between Hong and star Kim Min-hee.

Jan. 27: "Anarchist from Colony" (Joon-ik Lee, 2017). Biopic about Park Yeol, founder of the anarchist organization Black Wave, who attempted to assassinate Japanese crown prince Hirohito during the Japanese colonial period.

1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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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]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jan. 27 & 28. Video game tournaments. Jan. 27: "Ultra Street Fighter II." For adults and teens grades 6 & up. Jan. 28: "Mario Kart." For all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Birds of Winter": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a birding hike for youth ages 7-12, followed by making a birdfeeder to take home. Bring binoculars if you have them; some available to borrow.
1-3 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings (north off North Territorial), Dexter. Free; preregistration required at 971-6337. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

"Snow Much Fun!": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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An afternoon of family-friendly winter activities, including a petting zoo, face painting, cross-country skiing, and sledding. Followed by a craft in the Lodge and hot chocolate by a campfire.
1-4 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $5. Preregistration available at 484-9676, ext. 201. [map]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Street Ink Drop-In": Ann Arbor Art Center.

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All invited to design future manhole covers for the city and submit designs to the Art Center's contest. All ages welcome; kids must be accompanied by an adult.
1-5 p.m., Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Free. 994-8004. [map]

 2 & 8 p.m. 

"Us/Them": BRONKS Theater Company (University Musical Society).

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Jan. 24-28. This Brussels-based children's theater company presents writer-director Carly Wijs' children's theater piece dramatizing a 2004 siege when Chechen rebels captured a Russian elementary school and for 2 days held hostage more than 1,000 parents, teachers, and children, more than 300 of whom died before it was over. Although not the most promising premise for young audiences, the show was a hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the festival's reviewer David Kettle says that "to call it kids' theater is really doing it a disservice-Us/Them's theatrical inventiveness and refusal to sugarcoat its tough themes make it a provocative show for any age."
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]

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 2:30 p.m. 

Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17: A2 Aviary.

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This 1-hour all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the included link before arriving to class.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. [map]

 2:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Afternoon": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to play board games in the AADL collection, including Oregon Trail, Ticket to Ride, Yeti in My Spaghetti, Dominion, Sushi Go, Stratego, Grand Austria Hotel, Space Team, & more. Bring your own, if you wish.
2:30-5:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Flint": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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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]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Third Annual Luminary Walk: The Farm at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

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Are you looking for a fun outdoor activity to shake off the winter blues? Join us for the Luminary Walk held at The Farm on the campus of St. Joe's Ann Arbor. This magical evening features two miles of candle lit trails, family friendly activities, wellness goal-setting and live music. Invite your friends and family, and celebrate winter with us!
The Farm at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 5557 MacAuley Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-712-4667. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:30 & 5:30 p.m. 

"Tool Zoo": Maker Works.

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Dec. 30 and Jan. 13 & 27. Shop members lead a tour of the shop and demonstrate tools, including a 3-D printer, a pewter casting machine, a laser cutter, a wood engraver, and a plasma steel cutter. Examples to take home. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.
4:30 & 5:30 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $5 (family, $8). Preregistration required at 222-4911. [map]

 5-10 p.m. 

"Parents Night Out: Flight School": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Kids in grades K-6 invited to investigate the center's raptors to discover the principles of flight in order to build their own flying machine. Also, a Panera PB&J or turkey sandwich and a late-night popcorn snack. Activities held outdoors as much as possible, so kids should come dressed for the weather.
5-10 p.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $30 (members, $25) per child. 997-1553. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

41st Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival: The Ark.

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Jan. 26 & 27 (different programs). A major highlight of the local musical year, with established and rising stars representing a wide spectrum of vernacular musical idioms. Tonight's headliner is John Prine, the legendary singer-songwriter whose music has undergone a number of changes since he first appeared on the scene more than 40 years ago, from folk to rock to country to Sun Records-style rockabilly to the blues-based songs on his Grammy-winning 1991 LP, The Missing Years, and folksy storytelling on his 2006 CD, Fair & Square. But underneath all these mutations, Prine has persisted as an always arresting, often luminous chronicler of the inner life of provincial America, its joys and sorrows, its ecstasies and absurdities, its romance and tedium. He's also an engagingly charismatic performer who sings in a voice that's as flat and tangy as his native Midwestern landscape. Also appearing: veteran pop-rock singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, who specializes in spare, sharply incised snapshots of human relationships in varying states of disrepair. Mountain Heart, the bluegrass ensemble that won the 1999 International Bluegrass Association Emerging Artist of the Year Award. Birds of Chicago, the Americana ensemble led by singer-songwriters JT Nero of the Chicago rock 'n' soul band JT Nero & the Clouds and Allison Russell of the Canadian urban folk band Po' Girl. The Cactus Blossoms, the Everly Brothers-style duo of brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey whose performance of their song "Mississippi" was a musical highlight of Twin Peaks: The Return. The soulful Albion Americana band The War and Treaty. Emcee both nights is Joe Pug, the highly regarded young Chicago-based folk-rock singer-songwriter whose best songs manage to blend Springsteen's conversational, musing Everyman with Dylan's gnomic parables.
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $42.50-$200 per night or $75-$360 for both, in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Candlelight Dinner Concert with Herbie Russ: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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If you watched the last season of America's Got Talent you got to see just how awesome Herbie Russ is! And, he is coming home to perform at Lone Oak on this date!! His amazing skills on the sax, coupled with an incredibly soulful voice make for a combination of epic proportions. He has the growl of Joe Cocker and the soul of Ray Charles. This show is a "do not miss".
There are only 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats. $40 per person includes dinner and show. Menu: Roasted Cornish Hen or Shrimp Scampi. Both entrees served with salad and bread. *Special dietary needs can be accommodated, call for info/requests.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $40 for dinner and show. 5175228167. [map]

 7 p.m. 

20th Annual Hometown Concert: Chelsea House Orchestra.

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This ensemble of 26 Chelsea High School students plays traditional Scottish and Irish jigs and reels, along with other folk-inspired music and even some rock 'n' roll. Also, an afterglow to visit with current and past CHO musicians.
7 p.m., Chelsea High School Auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and, at the door. 475-1957. . [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Here Is Real Magic": Literati Bookstore.

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Veteran professional magician Nate Staniforth reads from and discusses his memoir tracing his career from burnout to his rediscovery of the rejuvenating power of wonder during a trip to India where he was taken in by a three-thousand-year-old clan of street magicians.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"FutureStars 2018": Pioneer High School.

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Jan. 19, 20, & 27 (different programs). AAPS high school students perform 4 different talent shows. The judges and the audience determine the winners, who compete in the Jan. 27 finale. This is a very popular show. Note: The 9:30 p.m. shows are open only to students.
7 & 9:30 p.m. (Jan. 19 & 20) & 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 27), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets $10 on Jan. 19 & 20 & $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, $10) on Jan. 27 in advance at and at the door., 994-2191. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Mozart Birthday Bash: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Fellman Reflections on Mozart: Big Bend
Mozart Symphony No. 1
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Mozart Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"
Special Guest: Chad Burrow, basset horn
Cosponsor: Rebecca Horvath
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street. $18-$70. 734-994-8801. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Russian Renaissance: University Musical Society.

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This Moscow-based ensemble, winner of the 2017 M-Prize chamber music competition, presents a program of self-described "world music with a Russian soul" performed on iconic instruments of traditional Russian music: the balalaika and contrabasso balalaika, the domra (a lute believed to be the forerunner of the balalaika), and the button accordion.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $24-$42 in advance at the Michigan League and, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Stewart Huff: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 25-27. Local debut of this Atlanta-based comic who rose to national prominence telling the story about donating sperm to his sister's wife. His new show, "Sense Ain't Common," is a self-described bit of "hillbilly philosophy" where Huff explores the persecution of free thinkers from antiquity to today. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Timothy Monger and Gifts or Creatures: Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Double bill. Monger is an 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. AV Club music critic Erik Adams praises the "lush chamber-pop arrangements and general air of yearning" in Monger's latest solo album, Amber Lantern. Gifts or Creatures is the Lansing husband-and-wife Americana duo of Brandon and Bethany Foote, who write songs about everything from life in the UP to Harry Houdini and the biblical Samson. Their latest album, Fair Mitten (New Songs of the Historic Great Lakes Basin), was released in September.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door. 316-7919. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"(I Could Go on Singing) Over the Rainbow": University Musical Society.

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Jan. 26-Feb. 3. Glasgow-based performance artist FK Alexander sings along with a distorted recording of Judy Garland's last performance of her iconic song, over and over again for 65 minutes, singing directly to volunteers from the audience. The Guardian (UK) describes it as "an intimate, interactive live experience … desperate, moving, distressing, and beautiful too." Sustained loud noise and strobe effects. Ear plugs provided. Alexander is accompanied live by the Glasgow-based noise band Okishima Island Tourist Association. Cushion seating on floor; chairs available.
7:30 p.m. (8 p.m. Fri & Sat.), U-M Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division. Tickets $30 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Constellations": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 26-Feb. 18. Carla Milarch directs Megan VanArsdale and Forrest Hejkal in this critically-acclaimed 2-actor play by British playwright Nick Payne about the universe of different possible romantic trajectories between a Cambridge University astrophysicist and a beekeeper in a sequence inspired by the notion from string theory that phenomena manifest themselves according to shifting tensions in their components. "Brainy stuff, this string theory, but the play is a simple and often graceful demonstration of this premise," enthuses the Guardian (U.K.) review.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Mozart Birthday Bash": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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AASO music director Arie Lipsky conducts the orchestra and guest musicians in a program celebrating Mozart's 262nd birthday. Program: The premiere of U-M composition grad student Katie Fellman's Reflections on Mozart: Big Bend, as well as Mozart's Symphony no. 1, Symphony no. 41 (Jupiter), and Clarinet Concerto with guest clarinetist Chad Burrow. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program with Lipsky, Fellman, and Burrow.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $18-$70 (student, senior, and group discounts available) in advance at the AASO office (220 E. Huron, ste. 470), at, and at the door. 994-4801. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [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., 769-2999. [map]

 9 p.m. 

The Macpodz: The Blind Pig.

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It's time again to dance away your winter blues with jamband crushers the Macpodz. Progenitors of "alien exhaust jazz," the band welcomes bluesman Luke Winslow King and neoprog up and comers Chirp for a dynamic showbill sure to rouse and comfort all at once. with special guests Luke Winslow King and Chirp
The Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. $10. 7345855950. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The George and Laura Duo The George and Laura Duo

Funky soul and R&B by the duo of vocalist Laura Rain and her husband, guitarist George Friend. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Macpodz

Immensely popular veteran local jam band that plays an invigorating mix of R&B, soul, rock, and hard jazz it calls "disco bebop." Opening act is Luke Winslow-King, a Cadillac-bred Americana singer- songwriter and guitarist who currently lives in New Orleans, Winslow- King specializes in a style of prewar pop music steeped in blues and jazz, along with originals in the same vein. [venue info]

Club Above: "Drew Denton Presents."

DJs play hip-hop and electronic dance music. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Me & Joe Smith

Detroit funkabilly duo. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Judith Banker

Veteran local singer-songwriter and guitarist who recently released the CD Devils Never Cry. Banker is joined tonight by Scott Fab, a veteran Ferndale folk-rock singer-songwriter with an enchantingly expressive vocal style, and Ed Dupas, a local country-folk Americana singer-songwriter whose influences range from Springsteen to Steve Earle. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: Steve Nardella Rock 'n' Roll Trio Steve Nardella

Ann Arbor's most passionate and compelling roots-rocker performs fiercely cathartic, blues-drenched reworkings of rock 'n' roll and rockabilly classics and obscure gems, along with some authentic Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker blues. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: The Front Men

Detroit vintage-rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Mash: Rick Straub

Acoustic covers of singer-songwriter pop-folk and folk-rock by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Paul Rhodes

Acoustic jazz and classic rock by this local pianist. [venue info]


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