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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 31, 2018






 
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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. 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.

  community member   < less Master Kim Instructs Senior Student

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. 

"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."

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


 10am - 2pm 

Book Arts 1: USArtQuest.

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Suitable for all skill levels, beginner to advanced.
Learn 3 styles of bookbinding: non-adhesive, adhesive, and sewn binding.
Bind an accordian fold book, construct a wallet-fold book with pockets, and make a "dos a dos" style with 2 groups of folded signatures.
All 3 styles can be used to create a small book usitable for drawing, journaling, or saving memorabilia or photos.
What to bring: if you choose, a few small photos, printed or reproduced materials, or other momentos. OK to bring a sack lumch.
All other book materials provided.
Note: this i a two day clss: January 24th and 31st.
USArtQuest, 18650 Wesy Old US Hy 12, Chelsea. $65. 734.562.2662. askanything@usartquest.com www.usartquest.com [map]



 10am - 2pm 

Book Arts 1: USArtQuest.

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Suitable for all skill levels, beginner to advanced.
Learn 3 styles of bookbinding: non-adhesive, adhesive, and sewn binding.
Bind an accordian fold book, construct a wallet-fold book with pockets, and make a "dos a dos" style with 2 groups of folded signatures.
All 3 styles can be used to create a small book suitable for drawing, journaling, or saving memorabilia or photos.
What to bring: if you choose, a few small photos, printed or reproduced materials, or other momentos. OK to bring a sack lumch.
All other book materials provided.
Note: this is a two day clss: January 24th and 31st.
USArtQuest, 18650 Wesy Old US Hy 12, Chelsea. $65. 734.562.2662. askanything@usartquest.com www.usartquest.com [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Family Storytime: Saline District Library.

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30-minute storytime program for kids age 2 & up, accompanied by a caregiver. Younger siblings welcome. Also, "Book Babies" (preregistration required, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 21 & 28 and Dec. 5) for kids under 2, accompanied by a caregiver (each baby needs an adult lap).
6:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Wed.-Fri.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [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]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lectures: U-M Confucius Institute.

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Jan 17: "Exploring Parallel Engagements in the Contemporary Chinese Art World." Talk by art historian Zhang Fang.

Jan. 31: "Things Endure While We Face Away: Tao Yuanming on Being Himself." Lecture about this reclusive poet by Indiana University religious studies professor Michael Ing.
12-1 p.m., Michigan League Koessler Rm. Free. 936-6099. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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


 1 & 6:30 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 fathomevents.com/events/met1718-tosca & at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 3 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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Beyond the Wall: The Human Toll of Border Crossings": U-M Wallace House Livingston Lectures.

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Talk by Seattle-based freelance journalist Brooke Jarvis and U-M anthropology professor Jason De León.
4-5:30 p.m., Weill Hall Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 998-7666. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

Aerial Silks for Ages 8-17: A2 Aviary.

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This 1-hour class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to explore the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. 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. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet": U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery.

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Curator-led tour of the current exhibit that showcases early editions of Jane Austen's works and materials that illustrate her historical moment.
4:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Library Gallery Audubon Rm., enter from the Diag. Free. 936-2309. [map]


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. 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]


 5:45-6:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Aerial Hammock": A2 Aviary.

  community member   < less a smiling student holds themselves aloft on a teal fabric hammock

Aerial Hammock (also known as aerial sling), is a single loop of fabric hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This course is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of the Aerial Hammock. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - and gain a few bruises in unusual places…! Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]



 6 p.m. 

"One Prayer Class": SUN SHEN.

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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]



 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29 and Jan. 3. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation. Note: These groups are also offered at the Westgate (Thurs. except Dec. 21 & 28, 6-7:30), Traverwood (Mon. 7-8:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 & Tues. except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) branches.
6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 6-9 p.m. 

Four Week Lamaze Childbirth Education Class: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Our four week childbirth class is our most comprehensive childbirth education option. This class meets on four Wednesdays from 6-9 pm. We are proud to partner with UM and offer this class at the Family Center at Von Voigtlander Hospital. This class is taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and covers a wide range of topics including: anatomy of late pregnancy, signs of labor, stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor, common medical interventions, pain relief options, newborn procedures, and the early postpartum period. The emphasis is on informed decision making and working with your healthcare provider to create a birth plan that is right for you and your family.
Class meets January 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st.
Cost includes mom and partner.
UM Von Voigtlander- Family Center, 1540 East Medical Center Drive. $210. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [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]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [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 included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [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 p.m.  Free! 

"Autumn": Literati Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Ali Smith's 2016 novel, set in contemporary England, about a long friendship between a thirtysomething woman and an elderly man.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Ringed by Fire: The Siege of Khe Sanh": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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Retired colonel Richard Camp recounts his experience serving in Vietnam during the Tet offensive. Reception follows.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Whereas": Literati Bookstore Poetry Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Oglala Lakota poet Layli Long Soldier's new collection.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Janai Brugger: University Musical Society.

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This U-M alumna, winner of the prestigious Operalia competition, is a Metropolitan Opera rising star hailed by Opera News for her "supple, beautifully shaded lyric soprano." Accompanist is U-M piano professor Martin Katz. Program: works by Schubert, Richard Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, and contemporary American opera composer Lee Hoiby.
7:30 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $25-$40 in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 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 ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Love & Its Meaning in the World, a collection of themed lectures by Steiner.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"They, Themself, and Schmerm": University Musical Society.

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Jan. 31-Feb. 3. This one-person stand-up show by NYC-based transgender actor/activist Becca Blackwell-who uses the personal pronouns they/them-is an alternately disturbing and funny tale of Blackwell's struggles with their religious Midwestern family, abuse, and gender identity. A schmerm is "a schmear of gender," Blackwell says. "It's basically the sound that people make as they try to figure my gender out." Discussions about transgender issues typically revolve around issues of whether society should accommodate trans individuals, but Blackwell inverts that expectation by accommodating the audience within their own experiences, says the Portland Mercury (OR) reviewer, who "expected Blackwell to attempt to summarize their trans experience but instead, Blackwell opens their story up until we the audience can fit inside with them."
7:30 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.) & 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), U-M Walgreen Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Women's Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All women, trans, and non-binary folks invited to perform (or just watch) short-form improv skits.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Donation. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Jan. 17 & 31 and Feb. 21. Reading and discussion of several poems around the themes of dreams (Jan. 17), occasions (Jan. 31), and dogs (Feb. 21). Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Attendees invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. onepausepoetry.org, 707-1284. [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. 

"An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October": The Ark.

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Solo performance by the frontman of the Houston rock band whose music is known for its searchingly intimate explorations of his many personal battles. His current tour, a blend of spoken word and acoustic music, features excerpts from Open Book Winter Album, his 2017 collection of songs he wrote under the moniker 5591. The album also includes some Blue October songs and new originals. His show at the Ark last year sold out.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $32 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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.  Free! 

"New Music Concert": University Philharmonia Orchestra.

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This ensemble of U-M music majors performs its annual concert of new works by student composers, with student conductors.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [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]

Mash: 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]

Old Town: Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet

World music-based jazz by this ensemble led by local bassist Sharp. [venue info]

 
 


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