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Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 28, 2018

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 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

"Yoga with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. [map]

 9:30-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Book Chat": Friends of the Saline District Library.

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All adults invited to bring a favorite book and discuss what you like about it. A different genre TBA is specified each month.
9:30-10 a.m. SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 994-0625. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Jan. 10, 14, 17, 24, 28, & 31. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes.

Jan. 10 & 14: "Feathers & Wings."

Jan. 17: "Flying Home."

Jan. 24 & 28: "Chirp, Peep, Caw!"

Jan. 31: "Nests."

10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 per child (members' children, $4). 997-1553. [map]

 10:15-11:15 a.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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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.

 Noon-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: It's Not Magic, It's Science!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Jan. 27 & 28. Demonstration of magic tricks-such as writing with invisible ink and making water defy gravity-and explanations of the science behind them.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

Hatha Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Sundays from 12:30-1:30pm. In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow for deep connective tissues to be gently stretched, and for your body to create internal heat. Class is heated around 80-90 degrees.
This class uses low/minimal lighting, allowing you to look inward, and be able to focus on your own yoga practice.
Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha. Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. $20 drop in (First class free). [map]

 1 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]

 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]

 1-2 p.m.1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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.

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

 1-4 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]

 1:30 p.m. 

"Dragons Love Tacos": Theatreworks USA (Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just for Kids Series).

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This renowned NYC-based children's theater troupe returns to the Michigan Theater to present its musical based on Adam Rubin's best-selling kids book about the trouble that ensues after a dragon with a taco obsession accidentally eats spicy salsa. Recommended for theatergoers in grades K-3 & their families.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $13 (MTF members, $11) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & all other Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]

 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan's US-12 Heritage Trail: America's Second Federal Highway": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by Saline Area Historical Society members Susan Kosky and Gladys Saborio on the history of this 212-mile road, which was designated a national heritage trail due in part to their efforts. Followed by a DVD screening of popular national genealogy lecturer John Philip Colletta on "Your Ancestors in the County Courthouse."
1:30 & 3:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

A2SO Chamber Concert: Chelsea District Library Sonic Sunday.

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An Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra reed trio-oboist Timothy Michling, clarinetist Elliott Ross, & bassoonist Christian Green-performs an eclectic program of works from Baroque to the Jazz Age.
2-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell. Park in rear and use door to the community room. Front entrance is handicap accessible.
2-4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium. Free., 997-5388. [map]

 2 p.m. 

Introduction to Pilates Principles Workshop: FitPoint.

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Want to try Pilates or learn more about it?
Join Miranda for this introduction to Pilates principles workshop
$40 Members / $50 non-Members ***20% off through January 17th***
First Hour: What is Pilates?
- Answers to what makes Pilates different from other exercise systems
- Review of the 9 Pilates principles
- Introduction to applying the principles to exercises
Second Hour: Mat Pilates Class
- Integrate these principles into our practice
- Get 1-on-1 attention and corrections from Miranda
- Modifications for every exercise
Call, text, or email FitPoint for reservations.
$40 Members / $50 non-Members
20% off through January 17th
FitPoint, 250 W. Eisenhower Pkwy. $45 members, $50 non-members. 734-531-9958. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

Pilates Workshop with Miranda: FitPoint Ann Arbor.

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Come join us for an Introduction to Pilates Principals Workshop with Miranda! The workshop will include an information session on how to apply pilates principles to different exercises, followed by a mat pilates class. All fitness levels welcome, and invite you're friends! Call, text, or email to sign up. We look forward to seeing you!
FitPoint, 250 W.Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 130. $40 members/ $50 non-members. 734.531.9958. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Teen Spa Day: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Take a break after the busy holiday season and finals. Make lip gloss, sugar scrub, hair chalk, masks, and more. Hosted by the Teen Advisory.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Aftermath: Landscapes of Devastation": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of landscape photos of volcano eruptions, floods, massacres, uprisings, and nuclear explosions.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 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]

 2 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]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Geometric Paper Wall Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for all adults & teens in grade 6 & up. Material and guidance provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Guided Meditation for Young Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jan. 23 & 28. Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant leads kids (with or without a parent) in grades preK & K (Jan. 23) and grades 1-5 (Jan. 28) in a series of guided meditations. At the end of the session, kids have a chance to process the experience through artistic expression. Bring a blanket or pillow, if you like.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate (Jan. 23) & Traverwood (Jan. 28). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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 p.m.  Free! 

"Roamin' Riverbend": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a hike along the banks of the River Raisin to explore the winter landscape.
2-3:30 p.m., Riverbend Preserve meet at the Allen Rd. parking lot on Allen Rd. near the intersection with Clinton Rd., Clinton. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans": The Arcadia Mixture Sherlock Holmes Club.

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All invited to discuss Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes story in which Sherlock's reclusive brother Mycroft enlists Holmes and Watson to find the stolen plans for a secret submarine. Also, a quiz.
2-4 p.m., Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson. Free (buy your own food). [map]

 2 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]

 2-4 p.m. 

"Winter Orienteering": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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WNHA naturalists lead a hike to learn to find your way through the woods in winter. Compass provided, or bring your own.
2-4 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Let's discuss a vision for a better Michigan. Come with questions or concerns. Coffee's on me!
Biggby Coffee, 1510 Washtenaw Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-478-1904. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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 p.m.  Free! 

"Graphic Power: Promoting Japan Through Contemporary Posters": UMMA.

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U-M Asian art curator Natsu Oyobe discusses the current exhibit of 1980s & 90s works by Japanese graphic designers.
3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required by emailing (include program title & date in the subject line). 764-0395. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 4 p.m. 

Maxim Vengerov: University Musical Society.

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This former violin child prodigy was last in town nearly 20 years ago as a brilliant, brash wunderkind. Now 43, he remains one of the world's most in-demand soloists, celebrated for his charisma, virtuosity, and tone. Accompanied by pianist Roustem Saļtkoulov, he performs the Scherzo in C Minor from Brahms' F-A-E Sonata and his Sonata no. 3 in D Minor, Ravel's Violin Sonata no. 2 in G Major, Heinrich Ernst's Theme and Variations on 'The Last Rose of Summer,' and Paganini's Cantabile for Violin and Piano in D Major and his Variations on I Palpiti.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $12-$68 in advance at the Michigan League and, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Students for Pipes": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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Young church members present a recital of solo and ensemble works. Proceeds go toward a new church organ.
4 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free-will offering at the door. 663-0518. [map]

 4 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]

 4:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Kids: SUN SHEN.

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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]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
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.).

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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.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., 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.

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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."

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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]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Stage: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All performers invited to showcase their talents.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators). Email to sign up for an 8-minute spot. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Learning to Hear the Violin": U-M School of Music.

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Talk by local violin maker and MacArthur fellow Joseph Curtin. Note: Rescheduled from 4:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The Brennan Andes Trio

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

Bel-Mark Lanes: II-V-I Orchestra

Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late 1930s swing and 1940s R&B. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: San Fermin

Brooklyn-based 8-piece baroque pop ensemble led by the classically trained composer and multi-instrumentalist Ellis Ludwig-Leone and featuring former Ann Arborite Charlene Kay as lead vocalist. The band's music has been praised for its agile blend of compositional complexity, pop grandeur, and gritty rock energy. Opening act is Mikaela Davis, a trio led by Rochester (NY) folk-flavored pop-rock singer-songwriter and harpist Davis. Advance tickets: $15 ($18 at the door). [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: Friends with the Weather

New local ensemble fronted by the singer-songwriter trio of Seth Hendricks, Chris Good, and David Happ. [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

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


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