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Calendar of Events

Monday, March 12, 2018






 
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 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Emerging technologies of design and production have opened up new ways to engage with traditional practices of architectural drawing. The twenty-four experimental drawings commissioned for this exhibition explore the impact of such technologies on the relationship between code and drawing: how rules and constraints inform the ways architects document, analyze, represent, and design the built environment.
Each drawing engages with at least one of the below prompts that begin to expand the notion of code as it relates to architectural design and representation:
Code as generative constraint. Restrictive codes often govern what is permitted and what is prohibited. Examples of this include building codes, urban codes, zoning codes, accessibility codes, and energy codes. How can such constraints become generative, opening up opportunities for design and representation?
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/2018/03/07/exhibition-view-drawing-codes-experimental-protocols-architectural-representation [map]



 9 a.m. 

"Stretch & Strength Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Stretch and Strength Yoga: This is one of our yoga classes for beginners and enthusiasts alike! Stretch and Strength Yoga class at Better Living Fitness of Ann Arbor, will help you target specific areas of your body and work towards building strength and increasing flexibility. Our yoga leaders will help align your focus to form the proper poses and make sure your focus is on improving your overall fitness.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 22-Apr. 30. All women who can carry a tune, read music, and harmonize with a group are invited to join this independent local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com. 665-9271. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Silver Sneakers": Better Living Fitness Center.

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SilverSneakers allows you to move to the music thorugh a variety of exercises designed to increase strength, range of movement and activities for daily living.
Free for SilverSneakers Ann Arbor members, $5/class for Better Living members who aren't SilverSneakers members/$10 walk in.
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 for SilverSneakers Ann Arbor members, $5/class for Better Living members who aren't SilverSneakers members/$10 walk in. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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]


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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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]


 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 p.m.  Free! 

"So You'd Like to Lead a Writing Group?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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OLLI needs more leaders for its popular writing groups. Learn from Eleanor Linn about a few of the current groups, their focus, ground rules, role of the leader, and expectations for participants. This class will give you the opportunity to look at your own skills and interests and help you decide what kind of writing group you would most like to lead. Facilitating a writing group can be fun and immensely engaging. It usually provides strong social support for those involved, as regular writers work together on improving their skills and reflecting on important experiences in their lives.
This Study Group will meet on Monday March 12.There is no fee.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. Free. (734)-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1-3:30 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Writing Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to read and discuss poetry, essays, fiction, and reminiscences they have written.
1-3 p.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

McKinley Maintenance Technical Program Information Session: WCC/McKinley.

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Are you looking for a great career path in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area in the field of apartment building maintenance? Do you like working with your hands, take pride in your work, and thrive on variety? This could be just what you are looking for!
Join us for the McKinley Maintenance Technician Program Information Session on February 26th from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Attending this information session is the start of the application process and your new career.
During this 2-hour information session, you will learn about the "Day in the life of a Maintenance Pro". You will watch a video presentation, hear from a panel of experts in the field, and get a tour of a property. We will also share details on compensation and benefits and did we forget to mention the starting wage is $13.50 per hour?
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mckinley-maintenance-technician-program-information-session-tickets-43094400512
Glencoe Hills Apartments, 2201 Glencoe Hills Dr,. Free. 734-747-2936. https://www.amycelltalent.com/job-seeker-programs/mckinley-maintenance-technician-program/ [map]



 3-5 p.m. 

"Fake News, Facts, and Alternative Facts: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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These sessions are based on lectures offered through the UMich Teach-Out Series on the EdX platform. The course's learning goals, as described by the Teach-Out, are to 1) distinguish between "news" and other forms of information; 2) evaluate the credibility of information claims; 3) identify psychological and logical fallacies that influence how we interpret information; 4) critically examine a news story and identify how it was produced.
Participants will listen to lectures from UM professors and other experts, then engage in discussion facilitated by instructors Sigrid Hermon and Ann Tomlanovich. Additional materials and class exercises might be included.
This study group for those 50 and over will meet every other Monday from March 12 to April 23.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $25. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]


 4, 6:45, & 10 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.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Making Postcolonial Bodies": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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University of Massachusetts women, gender and sexuality studies professor Banu Subramaniam discusses how science and religion come together in contemporary Hindu nationalism.
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch, 435 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"A Wrinkle in Time": State Theatre.

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(Ava DuVernay, 2018). After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him in this much-anticipated adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved young adult novel.
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.


 4:30 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.


 4:45 & 6:45 p.m. 

"The Party": Michigan Theater.

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(Sally Potter, 2018). Dark comedy about a celebration that gradually unravels as secrets surface. Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson.
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]


 4:45, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Thoroughbreds": State Theatre.

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(Cory Finley, 2018). Satirical drama about 2 suburban teens who rekindle their unlikely friendship over a plan to kill one of their stepfathers. Anya Taylor-Joy, Olivia Cooke, Anton Yelchin.
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.


 5:30 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.. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 6:15 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]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Before We Vanish": State Theatre.

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(Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2018). Quirky sci-fi drama about the problems faced by 3 aliens who travel to Earth and take possession of human bodies while planning a mass invasion. Japanese, 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.


 6:30 p.m. 

"Walking in this World: Expanding The Artist's Way process as suggested by Julia Cameron": Mary Ledvina, MOT, LMT.

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Do you want to slow down and refill your creative well? Do you want to gather inspiration and undertake deep self-care while you generate art?
Ease the difficulty of living a creative life by experiencing the shared faith and companionship of Walking in this World teachings.
Excavate and clarify your creative dreams through Julia Cameron's proven creative unblocking techniques. Use the support of your creative collaborators to make your dreams manifest.
"Walking in this World is intended to demystify the obstacles commonly found on the creative path. It addresses issues common not only to beginners but to those much further on the creative road." -Julia Cameron
Previous experience with The Artist's Way is not required.
Mary Ledvina is a writer, artist, healer and teacher. She loves teaching The Artist's Way, writing and art journaling. Her work has been published in Art Journaling Magazine, Paragraph and Seeding the Snow.
Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm, March 12th - June 4th (skip April 2)
Location TBA, Whitmore Lake. $330 (Before Feb. 26th: $270). 646-9161. maryledvina@earthlink.net maryledvina.com



 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Living On Support Group: Arbor Hospice.

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A series of ongoing groups where grief and loss topics are addressed as they arise, depending on the interests of those attending the group. The focus of these groups is to express feelings and experiences related to loss in a supportive, caring and non-judgmental environment. Contact Margie Martin at 734.769.5821 to register.
Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit's programming. Registration is required.
Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 734-769-5821. arborhospice.org [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Shibori with Indigo and Natural Dyes": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Illustrated talk by internationally known artist Ana Lisa Hedstrom. The program begins with socializing and a display of members' work.
6:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church Piper Hall (lower level, enter on the east side of the building and take elevator down), 1501 W. Liberty. Free. annarborfiberarts@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations on various topics led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each discussion begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Mar. 5: "You've Got a Problem: Your One-Hour Guide to Making Better Decisions." Mar. 12: "In the News: A Topic on a Current News Item." Mar. 19: "Dangerous Food: Is Your Supermarket Killing You?" Mar. 26: "Do Good Dogs Go to Heaven? Questions about Animals and the Afterlife."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Andrews Railroad Raid": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Talk by Toledo optometrist and amateur Civil War historian Bob Goulding.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. Education Center Exhibition Rm., 5305 Elliott Dr. Free. (517) 750-2741. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"When Breath Becomes Air": Literati Bookstore.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Mott Children's Hospital employees, of neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi's acclaimed memoir about his experience as a lung cancer patient.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Representative Donna Lasinski Presents Engaging in Civil Discourse i.e., We have got to talk!': Reclaim Our American Democracy (ROAD).

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ROAD is a local nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to "getting big money out of politics." The task at hand requires strong broad based cross partisan support. No matter what your political position is, the ability of big corporations and the very wealthy to interfere in our basic democratic processes must be challenged and overcome. "We the people" must learn to communicate and cooperate. Representative Lasinski's presentation teaches communication skills that gets results. Here is an opportunity to get past frustration to mutual communication and action. This presentation has received rave reviews. All are welcome.
Pittsfield Township Administration Building Auditorium, 6201 Michigan Ave, 48108. Free. reclaim.democracy@yahoo.com Facebook:ReclaimOurAmericanDemocracyROAD [map]



 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Wed. Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Aqua Fitness": South Lyon Recreation Authority.

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Exercise in chest-high water to improve cardiovascular system, strength, flexibility, balance, and overall Heath. All fitness levels welcome. Every Mon and Wed evening 8 - 9 p.m at South Lyon High School pool on Pontiac Trail in South Lyon. Can pay as you go as "drop in" for $8. Best exercise one can do that addresses every muscle group and with minimal impact
South Lyon High School, Pontiac Trail, South Lyon. $8. katrina63@yahoo.com


 8 p.m. 

Brett Dennen: The Ark.

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Popular young folk-rock singer-songwriter from central California whose songs on a range of social and personal themes blend the lithe, vaguely melancholy melodicism of Paul Simon and James Taylor with Dylanesque verbal pirouettes. Opening act is Australian pop-rock singer-songwriter Dean Lewis.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $35-$99 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9 p.m.  Free! 

"Viewing Night": U-M Detroit Observatory.

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Mar. 12, 19, & 26. All invited to peer at the night sky through antique telescopes. The Observatory dome can be opened only during mild, dry weather, so check dept.astro.lsa.umich.edu/detroit.php after 5 p.m. to see if the event has been canceled.
9 p.m., U-M Detroit Observatory, 1398 E. Ann at Observatory. Free. 764-3482. [map]


 9:15 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.


 9:15 p.m. 

"Submission": Michigan Theater.

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(Richard Levine, 2018). Drama about a middle-aged author teaching college writing who takes a keen interest in a talented female student. Stanley Tucci, Kyra Sedgwick, Addison Timlin.
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]


 9:30 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery: Wire in the Wood

Local acoustic string quartet led by singer-songwriter Billy Kirst that describes its music as a "prog-bluegrass locomotive pulling a lonesome alt-folk boxcar and a swinging Hot-Club caboose." With mandolinist Michael Spaly, fiddler Jordan Adema, and bassist Ryan Shea. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Bickley/Kramer/Roe

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]

 
 


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