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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 3, 2018






 
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 7 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

46th Winter Carnival: Chelsea American Legion Post 31.

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Two days of cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter fun (weather permitting) at Cavanaugh Lake. Also, a euchre tournament ($10 entry fee; prizes) on Fri. at 7 p.m., and live music TBA (7:30-11 p.m.) on Sat. The weekend competitive ice fishing derby (weather permitting) runs 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.). Refreshments, breakfasts, and lunches available. Raffle.
4 p.m.-midnight (Fri.) & 7 a.m.-midnight (Sat.), American Legion Hall, 1700 Ridge Rd. (off Cavanaugh Lake Rd. from Kalmbach Rd. north from I-94 exit 156), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-1964. [map]


 8 a.m.  Free! 

Free Practice ACT/SAT Exam: College Tutors.

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Practice makes (closer to) perfect! Take advantage of a free SAT or ACT test to evaluate where you are scoring, and learn how you can improve before the actual test. Please call or email to reserve a spot: spots are very limited! Unfortunately we cannot field walk-ins.
Test are offered in two locations:
Ann Arbor (3907 Jackson Rd)
Canton (Willowcreek Plaza at 42180 Ford Rd, ST# 302)
College Nannies + Tutors, 3907 Jackson Rd. Free. (734) 761-8393. hana.kamel@collegetutors.com https://www.collegenanniesandtutors.com/annarbormi [map]



 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Great Lakes National Ocean Sciences Bowl: Michigan Sea Grant.

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High school students compete in quiz bowl-style rounds of questions about ocean and Great Lakes biology, chemistry, geology, physics, technology, history, and economics.
8 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M Dana Bldg., 440 Church. Free. 763-1530. [map]


 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pathway to Intimacy:Intimacy with One's Higher Power through Intimacy with One's Self and with Others": Friends Lake Cooperative Community.

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Pathway to Intimacy: Intimacy with One's Higher Power through Intimacy with One's Self and with Others
This three-part program is a benefit for the Friends Lake Cooperative Community. Cost will be $120.00 (up front) for all three segments or $50.00 per individual segment; reduced rate available based on need; contact the program facilitator. Lunch is included in the price.
Community - Spiritual Development - Fundraiser - Personal Growth - Classes/Workshops
Part I: Intimacy with Self
9:00-4:00 Saturday, January 13
Intimacy defined through group discussion. Then there will be detailed opportunities for participants to engage in exercises that can begin to assist in an exploration of Self Intimacy. Debriefing of the day's experience with participants.
Part II. Intimacy with Others
9:00-4:00 Saturday, February 3
Definition of Intimacy reviewed. Then there will be instructed dyadic interactions between participants that will help participants begin to engage in Other Intimacy. Debr
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd., Chelsea. Cost will be $120.00 (up front) for all three segments or $50.00 per individual segment; reduced rate available based on need; contact the program facilitator. Lunch is included in the price.. susanflinders@gmail.com or 810-444-3274. susanflinders@gmail.com [map]


 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Becoming Digital Conference: The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Architecture is always becoming digital. To become digital is to exist in a digital world. It is an ontological state that tacitly recognizes pervasive technology, computational logic, and digital aesthetics as the background condition to everyday life. To become digital is to be situated in a context where everything from screen to stone exists as data and matter, where habits of mind forged within the digital environment are constantly transferred to the analog world. For architecture, this has signaled a profound paradigm shift that is largely complete and yet conspicuously unaccounted. Digital technology entered architectural discourse in a wave of futurist prognostication, heady formalist trajectories, and overt avant-garde agendas. Positivist rationales and a fervent belief in the intrinsic merits of technological progress reigned among the varied proponents of early digital architecture.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/02/03/becoming-digital-conference [map]



 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Dexter Winter Marketplace.

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A farmers market with arts & crafts, jewelry, bread and baked goods, fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meats, and more. With live entertainment at 11 a.m. by by Turner Luce (Nov. 18), the area jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace (Dec. 9), Full Circles (Dec. 23), the veteran local band MacDonald Brothers (Jan. 6 & Feb. 3), Bruce & Bob (Jan. 20), the Pinckney Americana ensemble The Pontunes (Feb. 17), and the eclectic local duo Full Circles (Mar. 3).
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. dexerwintermarketplace@gmail.com, 834-3229. [map]


 9:30-11 a.m. 

"Commit To Get Fit": The Dance Pavilion.

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Join instructor Melissa Munger for this 12-week fitness program and accomplish those New Year's resolutions to be a better and healthier you! Each week, class will be made up of a 60-min workout and 30-mins of self care training. Personal goals will be set individually with the instructor and success will be measurable! Pay for all 12-weeks, $200, and get two classes for free! Sign up is available today! Call (734) 369-9700 to register. All fitness levels and age groups welcome! First class in the series begins Saturday, February 3rd.
-Exercise & Healthy Habits for the gym and dinner plate
-Cardio
-Strength Training
-Improved Balance
-Flexibility Training
-Foam Rolling
-Understanding and Combating Body Imbalances
-Improved Posture
-Learn Home Exercises
-Self Care & Nutritional Concepts
The Dance Pavilion, 1918 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. $200. 734-369-9700. thedancepavilion@gmail.com www.thedancepavilion.com [map]



 10 a.m.-noon 

A2CT Junior Theatre Audition Workshop: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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A2CT will hold a workshop on auditioning for Junior Theatre productions on Saturday, February 3, from 10:00am to noon at the A2CT Studio, 322 West Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48104. As a part of Civic's theater education series, this workshop will cover all aspects of auditioning for Junior Theatre productions-both plays and musicals--and will include the opportunity for participants to experience a mock audition with feedback. The audition workshop is open to young actors in grades 3rd through 12th of all levels of experience. Those interested may register online at a2ct.org" target="_new">www.a2ct.org, or by calling the A2CT office at 734-971-2228. Additional information is available at a2ct.org.
Whether it's to sharpen skills or prepare to audition for the first time, this workshop will help all young actors in grades 3-12 increase their confidence, learn helpful hints, understand the audition process, and know what to expect.
Cost Member $20 and non-member $25.
A2CT Studio Theatre, 322 W. Ann St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $20 - $25. 734-971-2228. manager@a2ct.org www.http://www.a2ct.org [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Fireside Storytime: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Sit beside the indoor fireplace and enjoy refreshments, while reading winter books. Storytime with a naturalist at 10:30am, and 11:30am.
Registration begins December 15, 2017. Register online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free. Free w/ Vehicle Entry. (734)449-4437 x 201. pahlj@ewashtenaw.org http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/indpendence%20lake/infopages/special-events [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

WCDP General Meeting includes Forum with Gubernatorial Candidates: Washtenaw County Democratic Party.

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The Washtenaw County Democratic Party is hosting a forum with the Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Saturday, February 3rd, at 10:00 am during the programming part of the WCDP General Monthly Meeting.
Bill Cobbs, Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar, and Gretchen Whitmer have agreed to participate. Those in attendance will have the chance to propose questions for candidates.
PLEASE BRING A NON-PERSIHABLE FOOD ITEM TO BE DONATED TO A LOCAL FOOD BANK!
The monthly General Membership meeting of the Washtenaw County Democratic Party. Social hour begins at 9:30 AM and programming begins at 10:00 AM.
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave. Free. robbu123@gmail.com washtenawdems.org [map]



 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Ice Carving Extravaganza": Main Street Area Association.

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Feb. 2-4. Members of the U-M ice carving team chip huge blocks of ice on the sidewalks into twinkling sculptures, which remain on display as long as the weather holds.
3-7 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), & 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sun.), downtown. Free. mainstreetannarbor.org. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Metal Recycling & Making Music": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to design a musical instrument with reused and recycled materials.
10 a.m.-noon, AADL Westgate. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Mid-winter Hike": Hudson Mills Activity Center.

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Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish leads a walk to spot local wildlife, and possibly witness the stonefly mating.
10 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Sweet Things": Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids, accompanied by a parent, make a chocolate treat flavored with natural ingredients.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per kid. Preregistration recommended. 657-7600. [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. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

"Discovering Pastel Techniques": USArtQuest.

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Sue Craig teaches you new skills and techniques using pastels and pastel pencils on a variety of surfaces.
Materials provided.
Bring your own photos to copy or use teacher's examples.
Three different classes are offered on Saturdays in February (3rd, 17th & 24th) - register at $35 per each class or take all three classes for $90.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old Hwy US 12, Chelsea. $35. 734.562.2662. askanything@usartquest.com www.usartquest.com [map]



 10:30 & 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Winter Fireside Story Time": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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For kids ages 3-8, accompanied by an adult. Refreshments.
10:30 & 11:30 a.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee. 449-4437, ext. 201. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Feb. 3, 10, & 17. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Feb. 3: Physics and astronomy professor David Gerdes on "The Great American Eclipse of 2017." Feb. 10: Physics professor Mark Newman on "The Physics of Complex Systems." Feb. 17: Nuclear engineering professor Sara Pozzi on "Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation."
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [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.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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


 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. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 Noon 

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]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Gymnastics vs. Ohio State.

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1 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Free. 764-0247.


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Feb. 3, 11, & 19. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Feb. 3: Gallup Park (1-3 p.m., meet at the 1st parking lot after the wooden bridge at the main entrance) to celebrate World Wetland Day by removing invasive shrubs from a normally inaccessible wetland. Feb. 11: Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (1-3 p.m., meet at the entrance on Turnberry Lane, off Packard) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle. Feb. 19: Foxfire West Park (1-3 p.m., meet at the park entrance on Birchwood Dr. off Dhu Varren) to remove honeysuckle and other invasive plants. Also, 7-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, a public discussion about the city's controlled ecological burn program is held at the Veterans Park meeting room, 2150 Jackson.
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1 & 3 p.m. 

Yo-Yo Master Zeemo: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Feb. 3 & 4. Performance by this local yo-yo whiz, who also uses other spinning toys such as hula-hoops and tops in his routine.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 1, 4, 7, & 10 p.m. 

"Call Me By Your Name": State Theatre.

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(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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show 2 crested porcupines out of their cage on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, cougar feedings (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 p.m.  Free! 

"The World of Us": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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(Yoon Ga-eun, 2016). An introverted 11-year-old makes friends with the new kid but differences in background drive them apart. Korean, subtitles.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]


 1:15, 4:15, & 9:45 p.m 

"Lady Bird": State Theatre.

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

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State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Post": Michigan Theater.

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(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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 1:45, 4, 7, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Phantom Thread": Michigan Theater.

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(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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Chinese New Year's Celebration: Ann Arbor District Library/Ann-Hua School.

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A festive party to usher in the Year of the Dog with crafts, playing a Chinese Yaogu drum, a Chinese lion dance, and children's folk dance performances. Traditional treats provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown lobby. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Tropical Earring Organizer: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for grade 6-adult. Materials provided for a tropical-themed organizer.
2-4 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fabulous Folktales Storytime": AADL Downtown.

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AADL librarians share West African folktales for kids in preK-grade 3.
2-2:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Flower Fun": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for grade 6-adult.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-3:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Grooming a Generation": Chelsea District Library/Silver Maples Retirement Community.

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(Andy Sacks, 2017). Documentary about the Ypsilanti barbers whose innovative youth literacy program offers kids a $2 refund if they read to the barber during the haircut. Followed by Q&A with director Sacks.
2-3:15 p.m., Silver Maples, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 761-1115.


 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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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]


 2:30 & 8 p.m. 

"Beau Monde: An Anthology in Black Movement": PURe Dance Ensemble.

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Feb. 1-3. Gina Danene Thompson directs this local dance company of more than 40 members in her new choreography that draws on influences such as Katherine Dunham and Martha Graham and blends modern, break dancing, jazz, jive, ballet, hip-hop, and Congolese dance.
8 p.m. (Feb. 1-3) & 2:30 p.m. (Feb. 2 & 3), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (kids age 12 & under, $8) in advance at a2tix.com/events/beau-monde-an-anthology-in-black-movement. (313) 828-0945. [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]


 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sat. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. If you have them, bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Million Dollar Quartet": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 1-25, and Feb. 21 This professional theater company performs Floyd Mutrux & Colin Escott's 2010 Tony-nominated Broadway musical recreation of the legendary December 4, 1956 Sun Records recording session with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 3-4 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
3-4 p.m., Oz's, 1920 Packard. $15 per family. 662-8283. [map]


 3:30 p.m. 

Chinese New Year Celebration: Ann Arbor Chinese Center of Michigan.

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A festive party to usher in the Year of the Dog with Chinese games (3:30-5 p.m.), dinner (5-6:30 p.m.), and performances (6:30-8:30 p.m.), including a Chinese lion dance, Chinese yo-yo stunts, kung fu demonstrations, stories, songs, skits, a performance by the AACCOM erhu class, and Taiwanese music by the Ann Arbor Chinese Traditional Music Ensemble.
3:30-8:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Dinner tickets $10-$14 (tentative); nominal charge for games, crafts, and snacks. Aaccom.org. [map]


 3:45, 6:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Insult": State Theatre.

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(Ziad Doueiri, 2017). Drama about social tensions that threaten to spiral out of control when a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee face off in court. Arabic, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Homegoing": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Yaa Gyasi's novel, this year's Washenaw Reads selection, about the damaging effects of the slave trade on 7 generations of a family.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 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). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4:15, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Faces Places": Michigan Theater.

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Oscar-nominated documentary following famous French New Wave director Agnès Varda and street photographer JR as they travel around France with a portable photo booth, creating murals of individuals and places they encounter. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30 & 9:15 p.m. 

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

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(Martin McDonagh, 2017). Darkly comic drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Becoming Digital Conference Keynote: Mark Jarzombek: The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Jarzombek works on a wide range of topics - both historical and theoretical - from the 12th century to the modern era. He is one of the country's leading advocates for global history and has published several books and articles on that topic, including the ground-breaking textbook entitled A Global History of Architecture (Wiley Press, 2006) with co-author Vikramaditya Prakash and with the noted illustrator Francis D.K. Ching. He is the sole author of Architecture of First Societies: A Global Perspective (Wiley Press, 2013), which is a sensitive synthesis of first society architecture through time and includes custom-made drawings, maps and photographs. The book builds on the latest research in archeological and anthropological knowledge while at the same time challenging some of their received perspectives.
Jarzombek is currently working on a book that interrogates the digital/global imaginaries that shape our lives.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/02/03/becoming-digital-conference-keynote-mark-jarzombek [map]


 6-11 p.m. 

Fasching Dinner/Dance: Greater Beneficial Union Chapter 630.

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Traditional German dinner (sauerbraten, spätzle, red cabbage, tossed salad, and bread), followed by dancing to traditional German music by the popular Enzian Band. Raffle and costume contest with prizes. Coffee, cake, beer, wine, and pop. Fasching is the German equivalent of Mardi Gras.
6-11 p.m., Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $30. Reservations required by Feb. 1 via phone call to Klaus Kummer at 913-9371 or Marianne Rauer at 954-0057. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Candlelight Dinner Concert with Ian Stewart & the House Band: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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This is going to be a very special night indeed! Ian Stewart is a fantastic guitarist and vocalist, all on his own. On THIS night, he will be joined by bass player, Dan Bickell and drummer, Chris Bracey. This will be a full band sound and Ian will be "electrified", supported by 2 great musicians.
There are only 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats. $35 per person includes dinner and show. Dinner menu: Sockeye Salmon with Black Pepper & Smoked Sugar Marinade or Roasted Cornish Hen. Both entrees served with salad and bread. *Special dietary needs can be accommodated. Call for info/requests. Our estate grown wines will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $35 pp for dinner and show. 5175228167. dlbarber1@aol.com www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]



 6:45 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"East and West: A Recital of Vocal Music with Piano": U-M Confucius Institute.

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WSU medical researcher Jie Wang, a professionally-trained soprano, and WSU otolaryngology professor Jinsheng Zhang, a professionally-trained tenor, present a program of Chinese and European opera songs. Piano accompaniment by Dizhou Zhao.
7-9 p.m., U-M Walgreen Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 764-8888. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Superb Owl Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a hike to search for nocturnal creatures.
Leonard Preserve, meet at the dead end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester.


 7 p.m. 

"The Trojan Women": EMU Theater Department.

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Feb. 2-4 & 8-11. EMU theater professor Jennifer Graham directs EMU drama students in Ellen McLaughlin's contemporary adaptation of Euripides' ancient antiwar tragedy highlighting the cost of war on women. "Faithful to Euripides primarily in that it presents successive panels of drama rather than an integrated modern dramatic whole, McLaughlin's linguistically fluid, poetical howl of anguish succeeds largely because-at just under an hour-it's so tightly wound," notes a Variety review.
7 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (seniors & students, $12) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.


 7:15 p.m. 

"I, Tonya": State Theatre.

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(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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum and Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a drum circle led by percussionist Curtis Glatter. Bring a drum or use one provided.
7:30-9 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 480-1219. . [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson for beginners.

Nov. 4: Ed Vincent calls to music by the Homegrown Contraband from Flint. Also, all musicians invited to jam with the band 4-6 p.m. in preparation for tonight's dance.

Dec. 2: Maeve Devlin calls to music by Hotline Strings.

Jan. 6: Drake Meadow calling to Twas Brillig and the Mazel Toves.

Feb. 3: TBA.

Mar. 3: TBA.

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7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 646-4835, 769-1052. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Stephen Loftus calls to live music by the Stout Hearted String Band. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 646-4835, 769-1052. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Nov. 2 & 3: Ferris State. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 & 11: Minnesota. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 24 & 25: Ohio State. 6:30 p.m. (Nov. 24) & 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 25)

Jan. 5: Notre Dame. 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 19 & 20: Penn State. 8 p.m. (Jan. 19) & 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 20)

Feb. 2 & 3: Wisconsin. 7:30 p.m. both nights.

Feb. 18: Notre Dame. 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 23 & 24: Arizona State. 7:30 p.m. both nights.
Various times, Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $15-$40 at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764-0247. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Kiss Me, Kate": Burns Park Players.

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Feb. 2, 3, 9, & 10. Burns Park Elementary School students, parents, and friends perform Cole Porter's witty musical comedy about two bickering exes who play the warring lovers Kate and Petruchio in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The score features such well-known songs as "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Too Darn Hot," and the saucy "Always True to You in My Fashion."
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 2, 3, & 9) & 4 p.m. (Feb. 10), Tappan Middle School, 2251 E. Stadium. Tickets $15 (patron seats, $30) in advance at showtix4u.com and (if available) at the door. burnsparkplayers.org. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra: University Musical Society.

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Former Detroit Symphony Orchestra director Neeme Järvi leads this ensemble in its UMS debut in a celebration of Estonian composers. The program includes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with accompaniment by the celebrated pianist (and 1998 UMS Distinguished Artist Award winner) Garrick Ohlsson, and Eduard Tubin's Symphony No. 5 in B Minor, composed in 1946 immediately after the composer's flight to Sweden following the Soviet takeover of Estonia. The program begins with Heino Eller's "Homeland Tune," the unofficial Estonian national anthem.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$80 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Feb. 3 & 17. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~matc. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Mustard's Retreat: The Ark.

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Longtime local favorites Michael Hough and David Tamulevich perform both traditional songs and original pieces that alternate between Hough's sometimes spellbinding, sometimes humorous narrative ballads, and Tamulevich's poignant lyrical songs. According to songwriter Garnet Rogers, Mustard's Retreat "represents everything that is best about folk music. Their songs have entered the lexicon of anonymous folk songs." Both Hough and Tamulevich are accomplished guitarists, and they also play banjo, mandolin, flute, autoharp, harmonica, and tin whistle.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Nore Davis: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 1-3. This fast-rising young African American comic is known for his fresh, edgy observational humor addressing family, racial, and political themes. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [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 ums.org, 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 theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Dancing Globally": U-M Dance Company.

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Feb. 1-4. U-M dance students perform works by guest and faculty choreographers. Excerpts of 3 works by Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company artistic director Ohad Naharin- Kyr (1990), Mabul (1992), and Decadance (2014)-showcase Gaga, a movement style that emphasizes delicate gestures and clarity of form. Acclaimed NYC-based choreographer Shannon Gillen, known for works combining an almost daredevil physicality with raw emotionality, debuts an untitled work commissioned for this show. U-M dance professor Sandra Torijano performs a work inspired by Costa Rican novelist José León Sánchez's bestselling The Island of Lonely Men, and fellow U-M dance professor Missy Beck debuts a piece that plays with the idea of coordinated movements between individual animals when moving in large groups, as with a murmuration of swallows.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $30 & $24 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [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.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 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]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Yemanya, Queen of the Sea": Fana Community Arts.

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Celebration of this Yoruban goddess commemorated in Brazil on Feb. 2. Family craft activities. With performances by local poet-storyteller Jill Halpern, Brazilian/Latin jazz duo Alvorada, and other artists TBA. Attendees encouraged to wear ocean/beach costumes including merpeople, sea creatures, and sailors. Also, audience members can volunteer to participate in a dramatic reading of the Yemanya myth. Party snacks provided.
8 p.m., Gallup Park Meeting Room, 3000 Fuller. Free. micdunkn@yahoo.com. [map]



On January 28, 2018, M. Innes wrote:
JUST TO CLARIFY : This event is ON SAT FEB 3, even though the official celebration day in Brazil is Feb 2.


 9 p.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Feb. 3 & 17. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8). Facebook.com/A2DanceRevolution. [map]



 
 
 

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Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Neal Anderson

Local jazz trumpeter. [venue info]

Blind Pig: "Decompress."

A closing night celebration of the University Musical Society "No Safety Net" festival, with performances by the Detroit-based Seraphine Collective of feminist musicians and artists and other artists featured over the course of the 3-week festival. [venue info]

Club Above: Zombie Mañana

Chicago psychedelic rock quartet. Opening acts are Act Casual, a local rock, blues, and funk quintet and Honey Monsoon, an Ypsilanti jazz-rock trio. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Barbarossa Brothers

Saginaw bayou-inflected Americana trio that cites Levon Helm as its main influence. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Eastward Bound

Duo of Luti Erbeznik and John Finan. Erbeznik is a Milford singer-songwriter and guitarist who sings in a voice that's been compared to Nick Drake and whose music blends American folk, rock, and pop forms with the rhythms and colorings of the music of his native Yugoslavia. Finan is a Canton singer-songwriter who writes country-tinged folk-pop. [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: Jimmy McCarty & Mystery Train Jimmy McCarty & Mystery Train

Popular rockabilly and roots-rock band led by veteran Detroit guitarist McCarty. [venue info]

Mash: Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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