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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 16, 2018






 
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 12:15 a.m., 4, 6:30, 7, 9:45, & 11:59 p.m. 

"Black Panther": State Theatre.

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(Ryan Coogler, 2018). The much anticipated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o.
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.


 12:30 a.m. & 4:15 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]


 12:45 a.m. & 3:30 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.


 6 a.m. 

TRX suspension training class: Imagine Fitness and Yoga.

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Rise and shine and join us in this fun, new class!
What is TRX?
Also known as suspension training, TRX provides a full-body workout using your own bodyweight. An apparatus with straps and handles is suspended to allow you to perform a variety of exercises from planks to lunges, pushups, and much more!
Who is TRX for?
TRX is for everyone! From beginners & seniors, to experienced runners, yogis and military.
What should I expect during a TRX circuit?
Expect a total body workout that develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. You are in control with how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise - because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance.
$20 drop in fee; or $20 for 2 weeks unlimited classes and gym use
Imagine Fitness and Yoga, 3100 West Liberty Rd. $20. 7346228119. imagine@imaginefitnessandyoga.com imaginefitnessandyoga.com [map]


 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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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]



 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Symposium": U-M Library.

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Feb. 16 & 17. Two days of talks by U-M and visiting scholars on the history and context of Porgy and Bess. In conjunction with a performance of the opera on Feb. 17 (see listing).
8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.) & 2-5 p.m. (Sat.), 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]


 8:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Re-Imagining the Historic House Museum": University of Michigan Museum Studies Program.

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Historic house museums are the most numerous and often, most conventional, U.S. museum type. This event brings together leaders who are transforming house museums to tell new stories and create new experiences. Morning presentations are open to the public; participants for the afternoon visit to Fair Lane Estate must pre-register.
UM Michigan League - Koessler Room, 911 North University. Free. 734-936-6678. ummsp@umich.edu http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/ [map]



 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: AADL Downtown.

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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., 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 Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": AADL Downtown.

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Every Mon. 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.).
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Advanced Mindfulness Workshop: Still Waters Counseling.

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This group allows you the opportunity to join others interested in advancing their knowledge, practice and daily application of mindfulness skills. Having a basic understanding of mindfulness, the desire to go further, and the willingness to commit to at least 15 minutes of daily meditation practice is needed in order to join this group. This group is led by Smita Nagpal, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and author of Mindfulness-Based Therapy published in The Healing Room: The Need for Psychotherapy (2017).
Space is limited, reserve your spot today!
River Room, Still Waters Counseling, 137 Keveling Dr., Saline MI 48176, Saline. $250. 7349443446. contact@still-waters-counseling.com www.still-waters-counseling.com [map]



 Noon  Free! 

"Ringing in the Lunar New Year": U-M School of Music.

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U-M carillonneur Tiffany Ng premieres U-M visiting composer Carolyn Chen's Southern vs. Northern Lion. The program also includes Lu Pei's Sunset * Flute * Drum, as well as Chinese, Korean, and Tibetan works.
Noon, Burton Tower. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 12:30-1:30 p.m. 

"Full-Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Small-Group personal training in a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine that is customized to your fitness level.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Dinosaur Camp!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activities and themed games for kids in grades K-5.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Germanic Languages & Literatures Winter Colloquium.

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Series of lectures by German scholars and writers. Feb. 2: MSU German professor Matthew Handelman discusses the work of Gershom Scholem, whose scholarship on Jewish mysticism had a vital impact on 20th century Zionism. Feb. 16: Dartmouth College German professor Petra McGillen discusses 19th-century German realist novelist & poet Theodor Fontane. Feb. 22: Reading from her work (in German) by Theodora Bauer, a fiction writer and essayist whose recent novel, Chikago, traces the lives of 3 protagonists fleeing post-WWI poverty in Austria.
2-4 p.m. (Feb. 2 & 16) & 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Feb. 22), Room 3308 Modern Languages Building, 812 E. Washington. Free. 764-8018. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Anthropology Department Lecture Series.

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Feb. 5 & 16. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 5: Santa Clara University anthropology professor Robin Nelson on "Making Do/Making Kin: Child Development, Caretaking Practice, & the Caribbean in the Global Market." Feb. 16: Sarah Lawrence College anthropology professor Robert Desjarlais on "An Ethos of Vigilance: On Sentience, Militarized Flâneurs, and Phantasms of Violence in Paris."
3 p.m., 411 West Hall, 1085 South University. Free. 764-7274. [map]


 3 p.m. 

U-M Women's Lacrosse.

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Feb. 16: Butler. 3 p.m.

Feb. 18: Canisius. 1 p.m.
Various times (see listing), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]


 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 3:45 & 6:45 p.m. 

"Double Lover": State Theatre.

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(François Ozon, 2017). Drama about a young woman who becomes romantically involved with her psychotherapist, only to discover that he may have a secret life.
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.


 4-7 p.m. 

Fish Fry: Saline Knights of Columbus.

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Menu TBA.
4-7 p.m., St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 910 Austin Dr. (off Austin Rd. off W. Michigan Ave.), Saline. $10. 355-8277. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Feb. 2 & 16. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 2: "Atmospheric Citizenship: Distributions of Life in the Wake of Delhi's Airpocalypse." Rutgers University geography professor Asher Ghertner discusses Delhi's pollution problem. Feb. 9: Shiv Nadar University (India) history professor Ajay Dandekar on "The Contours of Emerging Agrarian Crisis and Its Implications." Feb. 16: Azim Premji University (India) humanities professor S.V. Srinivas on "Reactive Viewing: Screens and Publics in 21st Century India."
4 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, and more. Maker Works members and staff will be on hand to help fix things and offer advice. (Note: Repairs are not guaranteed.).
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. 222-4911. [map]


 4, 6:45, & 9:30 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]


 4:15, 7, & 9:45 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]


 4:30 & 8:15 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Live Action"

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Screening of short films nominated for an Academy Award.
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]


 4:30-7 p.m. 

40th Annual Lenten Fish Fry: Old St. Patrick's Church.

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Every Fri., Feb. 16-Mar. 23. Fried Alaskan pollack, choice of potato or macaroni & cheese, salad bar, and beverage. Desserts available for a nominal additional charge. Be prepared to stand in line, but the food is worth the wait.
4:30-7 p.m., Old St. Pat's parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. at Northfield Church (3 miles north of Ann Arbor). $9.50 (seniors, $8; children 6-11, $6; children 5 & under, free). 662-8141. [map]


 4:30-7 p.m. 

Fish Fry: St. Mary Catholic Church Manchester.

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St. Mary Catholic Church's famous Lenten fish fries are back after a ten-year hiatus. Enjoy a delicious fish dinner each Friday in Lent (with the exception of Good Friday) from February 16 through March 23 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Center, 110 East Madison Street (behind the Marathon gas station on Main Street in the Village of Manchester). The menu will include fried and baked fish, French fries, baked and spicy little potatoes, a salad bar, and delicious desserts. New this year is a drive-thru take-out. Just follow the signs to the back of St. Mary Parish Center. Prices range from $10 for adults to $6 for children ages 6 to 10. Take-out and senior citizens are $9. There is no charge for children five and under.
St. Mary Parish Center, 110 East Madison Street, Manchester. Various. 7344287628. bettyc@umich.edu stmarymanchester.org [map]



 4:30-7 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Dinner: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Every Fri., Feb. 16-Mar. 23. Hand-battered fried cod, baked tilapia, mac & cheese, sautéed green beans, roasted red potatoes, French fries, salad bar, rolls with butter, and coffee & tea. Fish sticks and grilled cheese for kids. Soda, desserts, and tomato parmesan soup available.
4:30-7 p.m., St. Francis Parish Activities Center, 2250 E. Stadium. $10 (seniors age 62 & over, $9; kids, $6). 769-2550, ext. 0. [map]


 5-8 p.m. 

Lenten Fish Fry: St. Mary Chelsea Knights of Columbus.

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Every Fri., Feb. 16-Mar. 23.
5-8 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old US-12, Chelsea. $10. 475-7561. [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Fridays After 5": UMMA.

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The museum is open late tonight, with curators discussing the current temporary exhibits.
5-8 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Feb. 2 & 16. Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch movies, including the animated films Wreck It Ralph (Feb. 2) and Ratatouille (Feb. 16). Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chico MacMurtrie: UMMA/U-M School of Art & Design.

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This internationally renowned artist discusses his new project, Border Crossers, a collection of large-scale robotic sculptures that will eventually be transported and deployed at the U.S.-Mexico border. Preceded at 4:30 p.m. on the UMMA front lawn by a demo of a robot and autonomous vehicle made by U-M students.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

"Wine & Cheese Pairing": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly wines with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $35. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 6:30 & 10:15 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Animated": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short animated films nominated for an Academy Award.
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]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Friends and Music at Calvary": Calvary Presbyterian Church.

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All adults and teens with special needs invited for singing, dancing, and other activities. Caregivers welcome. Food.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2727 Fernwood. Free. Preregistration requested. specialneeds@calvarya2.com, 971-3121. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Down With Love! Jazz at Zal Gaz Grotto"

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Jazz At Zal Gaz Grotto: Down With Love!
Vocalist/clarinetist Sarah D'Angelo, string bassist Paul Keller, pianist Duncan McMillan, and saxist Steve Wood welcome special guests drummer Zach Adleman and saxophonist Jack Brandfield to Zal Gaz Grotto for this special post-Valentine's Day concert dedicated to the Love Lorn. Special sad songs include The End Of A Love Affair, I'm Through With Love, The Thrill Is Gone, and Born To Be Blue. Two tenor saxpohones and clarinet will make for great 3-part jazz harmony.
Don't be fooled into thinking that this will be a low-energy, woe-is-me, kind of night; Team Keller will thoroughly swing your blues away with a blast of entertaining and exciting jazz! In honor of this event and our special guests, Keller has composed a new tune called Zach And Jack - in the style of Zoot and Al.
Good food and drinks available at Zal Gaz Grotto. Plenty of safe, free parking. No steps. $10 at the door pays the band. Under 18 enter free.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10 at the door (under 18 enter free). 734/663-1202. [map]



 7-8 p.m. 

7-Week Ballroom Program for Beginners: The Dance Pavilion.

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A new year means trying new things, being adventurous and making new friends. If you have always wanted to learn how to dance, but didn't know where to start, this is the program for you! Join instructor Izabela Jaworska, and learn the basics to American style Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing and more! No experience or partner necessary! Pre-registration is required, limited space available. Please call (734) 369-9700 to register today! Only $84 per person for all 7-weeks!
The Dance Pavilion, 1918 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. $84. 734-369-9700. thedancepavilion@gmail.com www.thedancepavilion.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Alejandro Acierto: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this contrabass clarinetist, an MSU artist-in-residence.
7 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Davis Technology Studio, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Jeff Kass: Literati Bookstore.

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This veteran local poet and Pioneer High English teacher reads from and discusses Takedown, his debut novel set in Ann Arbor. When a grad student dies in a fire, the police officer investigating his death uncovers a string of related murders that expose the dark side of education reform. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by 2 U-M creative writing grad students, including fiction writer Laura Preston and poet Lea Xue.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Lantern-Lit Ski & Snowshoe": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Fri. except Feb. 9. All invited to walk or (conditions permitting) ski or snowshoe half-mile lantern-lit loops. Fire available to warm up between laps. A few pairs of snowshoes available to borrow.
7-9 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd. Chelsea. Free. $16 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"On the Town": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Feb. 15-18. Erin Palmer directs students in Leonard Bernstein, Adolph Green, and Betty Comden's energetic, witty 1944 musical about sailors on leave in New York. With an outdated guidebook in hand, Chip wants to go sightseeing, but Ozzie and Gabey have livelier fun in mind, and plunge into a citywide search for the lovely and elusive Miss Turnstile. The score includes "New York, New York," "Lonely Town," and "I Can Cook, Too."
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter High Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker Rd., Dexter. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only. palmere@dexterschools.org. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Walk with Me": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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(Marc Francis & Max Pugh, 2017). Documentary filmed over 3 years about a community of Zen Buddhist monks and nuns who have given up all their possessions and adopted a life of chastity to practice the art of mindfulness. Discussion follows.
7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.


 7:15 & 9:15 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.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Kirtan.

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All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Formosa Quartet: EMU Department of Music.

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This string quartet, winner of the 2006 Amadeus Prize, concludes a week-long EMU residency with a performance of Schubert's String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (Quartettsatz), Dvorak's "American" Quartet No. 12 in F Major, and Beethoven's Quartet No. 3.
7:30-9:30 p.m., EMU Honors College, 511 W. Forest, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-4380. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to discuss lifestyle coach Kerri Richardson's new book. Hosted by Crazy Wisdom staff member Deb Flint.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Enter the Haggis: The Ark.

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Popular Toronto quintet whose music is a rousing, raucous blend of Scottish and Canadian Celtic music with rock, bluegrass, Caribbean, and world music. Instrumentation includes fiddle, bagpipes, tin whistle, guitars, keyboards, and drums.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Kira Soltanovich: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 16 & 17. This hyperanimated Ukraine-born, San Francisco-bred comic, a former regular on the Oxygen channel's Girls Behaving Badly, specializes in loopy, absurdist autobiographical fictions that include a lot of social and cultural satire. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Scott St. John: U-M School of Music.

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This Canadian violinist is joined by U-M music professors in Dvorak's Piano Quintet and Brahms' String Quintet in G Major. With pianist Katherine Collier, violist Yizhak Schotten, cellist Anthony Elliott, and violinists Stephen Shipps and Andrew Jennings.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The Juggernaut Jug Band: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Traditional jug band music by this acclaimed quartet from Louisville, the birthplace of jug bands. A mixture of classic jazz, ragtime, and blues, jug band music is a swaggering party music, full of high spirits and sexual humor, performed by a modified string band that includes kazoos and other wind instruments, washboard, and, of course, a stoneware jug, an instrument from which a good musician can coax a surprisingly lyrical, hauntingly reverberant sound. Juggernaut has been featured on both the Today Show and the Dr. Demento radio show, and the material on its latest CD, You Mean We Get Paid for This?, ranges from the Mississippi Sheiks' blues standard "Sittin' on Top of the World" to Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance." Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [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. 

"Edges": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Feb. 8, 11, & 14-16.-The Feb. 9 performance was canceled due to the snow. Laura Sagolla directs local singer-actors in this song-cycle written and performed by Tony award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul during their sophomore year at U-M in 2005. Performers are Logan Balcom, Kasey Donnelly, Brendan Kelly, Emily Manuell, Kristin McSweeney, and Matt Pecek.
8 p.m. (4 p.m. Feb. 11), Kerrytown Concert House, $15 in advance at kerrytownconcerthouse.com and (if available) at the door. 769-2999. [map]


 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]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Improv: Draw Duo/Draw Trio": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Feb. 16 & 23. Performance by a guest improv troupe TBA. Followed by performances by members of the League of Pointless Improvisers, in groups assigned by the audience, and "water form," a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 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]


 8 p.m. 

"Or,": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 15-Mar. 4. Suzi Regan directs this professional theater company in Liz Duffy Adams' inventive 2009 neo-restoration comedy based on the life of the pioneering 1660s female playwright Aphra Behn. Desperate to get out of the spy trade, Behn has a shot at producing a play at one of the only 2 London companies-if she can finish by morning, despite interruptions from several love interests.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport. Tickets $25 (students, $10) in advance at kickshawtheatre.org & at the door. 203-0556. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Last Days of Judas Iscariot": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Feb. 15-18. U-M musical theatre professor Vincent Cardinal directs U-M musical theatre students in Stephen Guirgis's 2005 comic fantasia about Judas's trial in purgatory interwoven with flashbacks to scenes from his early life. With their own questionable agendas, both the prosecution and defense cross-examine a wide array of witnesses from Mother Teresa and Freud to Pontius Pilate and Satan. Guirgis has "a fierce and questing mind that refuses to settle for glib answers, a gift for identifying with life's losers and an unforced eloquence that finds the poetry in low-down street talk," says New York Times critic Ben Brantley.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $20 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office or at smtd.umich.edu, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"You for Me for You": U-M Theatre Department.

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Feb. 15-18. U-M theatre professor Priscilla Lindsay directs U-M theatre students in award-winning playwright Mia Chung's magic realist drama about 2 North Korean sisters escaping to America. The Washingtonian reviewer says, "Chung's real-world-inspired fable both dazzles and repels, revealing the ugliness buried in both very different cultures."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office or tickets.stmtd.umich.edu, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 8:30 p.m. 

"Valentine's Day Comedy": Global Renourish Organization Fundraiser.

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Stand-up comedy by Detroit comic Harry Artin, who has been on Last Comic Standing. Snacks.
8:30 p.m., Common Cup, 1511 Washtenaw. Donation. 327-6914. [map]


 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]


 9:30 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.


 10 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Harrington Brown

Local guitar duo of Michael Harrington and Appleseed Collective frontman Andrew Brown. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Jere Stormer

Urban folk originals and covers by this singer-songwriter from Ferndale. [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]

Habitat Lounge: Killer Flamingos Killer Flamingos

Rock 'n' roll covers and originals by this popular veteran band from Dearborn. [venue info]

Live: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer- guitarist David Roof. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Terraplanes The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Paul Rhodes

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: "Down With Love!" "Down With Love!"

Vocalist-clarinetist Sarah D'Angelo, string bassist Paul Keller, pianist Duncan McMillan, and saxist Steve Wood are joined by drummer Zach Adleman and saxophonist Jack Brandfield a post-Valentine's concert dedicated to the Love Lorn. Special sad songs include "The End Of A Love Affair," "Miss Otis Regrets," "Frankie & Johnny," "Lush Life," and "Sophisticated Lady. " $10. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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