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Calendar of Events

Monday, May 14, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Master Kim Instructs Senior Student

Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

Ypsilanti District Library KinderConcert: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Music comes alive in KinderConcerts - free 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 2- to 5-years old. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert - they'll dance and move while listening to the music. Then they'll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment. Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care leaders can introduce classical music to even the youngest listeners at your local libraries.
Sponsored by The Ray & Eleanor Cross Foundation, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Chelsea Community Foundation, Stephanie & David Pyne.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-994-8801. info@a2so.com a2so.com [map]



 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Playgroups for Babies: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except May 28. Downtown.

Tue. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 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).

Mon., 11-11:30 a.m. except May 28. Westgate.

Tue., 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed., 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 Noon-3 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]


 12:30-4 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [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! 

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, 4, & 7 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.

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Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes.

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May 10: "Scandal in Ivansk" (David Blumenfeld & Ami Drozd, 2017). Documentary about the national scandal that erupts when the commemorative plaque commissioned during the restoration of a Jewish cemetery includes the word "collaborator" to describe the Polish people who aided the Nazis and benefitted from the Jewish genocide. Polish, subtitles. Discussion follows with U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki. 5 p.m. "Maktub" (Oded Raz, 2017). Dramatic comedy about 2 mob enforcers who survive a terrorist attack and dedicate their lives to fulfilling prayers left at the Western Wall. Yiddish, subtitles. 8 p.m.

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May 13: "Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel" (Seth Kramer, Daniel Miller, & Jeremy Newberger, 2018). Documentary following Jewish MLB players who had never been to Israel as they represent Israel in its 1st appearance at the World Baseball Classic. Discussion follows with Sports Talk 1050 WTKA program manager Ira Weintraub. 4 p.m. "Cuba's Forgotten Jewels" (Robin Truesdale & Judy Kreith, 2017). Documentary about the Jews from Antwerp who escaped the Nazis by setting up diamond polishing factories in Cuba, one of the few countries accepting Jewish refugees. Pre-screening lecture-demo at 7:30 p.m. with local composer Aron Kaufman, who talks about his song that's featured in the film's soundtrack and is joined by other musicians to perform it. 7:45 p.m.

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May 14: "Shelter" (Eran Riklis, 2017). Thriller about a Mossad agent who becomes close to the Lebanese informant she's assigned to protect. Hebrew & Arabic, subtitles. 2 p.m. "Death in the Terminal" (Tali Shemesh & Asaf Sudry, 2016). Rashomon-style documentary about the 2015 Beer Sheva bus terminal terror attack told from the POV of 6 different eyewitnesses. Hebrew, subtitles. 4 p.m. "GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II" (Lisa Ades, 2017). Documentary about the wartime experiences of some of the 550,000 Jewish American men & women who served during the war. Discussion follows with U-M history professor Deborah Dash Moore, author of GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation. 7 p.m.

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May 15: "The History of Love" (Radu Mihaileanu, 2016). The repercussions of a doomed love affair between 2 young Polish Jews separated by WWII play out over the course of a lifetime. Based on the novel by Nicole Krauss. 2 p.m. "Keep the Change" (Rachel Israel, 2017). Rom-com about a man in denial about his autism forced to attend an autism support group, where he meets an irritatingly cheerful woman. Both lead actors have autism. 5 p.m. "1945" (Ferenc Török, 2017). B&W drama about the paranoia that ensues after 2 Orthodox Jews enter a small Hungarian town in denial about the mass deportation of its Jewish citizens. Hungarian, subtitles. 8 p.m.

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May 16: "Vitch" (Sigal Bujman, 2017). Documentary about Eddie Vitch, a Polish Jewish mime who performed for the Nazi elite throughout the war, a choice that continues to haunt his family. 2 p.m. "Shorts." A program of short films: The Chop (Lewis Rose, 2015) is a comedy about an unemployed kosher butcher who pretends to be Muslim for a job at a halal shop. The Gravedigger's Daughter (Shira Gabay, 2017) is a drama about a gravedigger whose sons refuse to grant his request that 1 of them follow in his footsteps. Wendy's Shabbat (Rachel Myers, 2017) is a documentary about California senior citizens who celebrate Shabbat at a fast food joint. The Outer Circle (Adam Baroukh, 2017) is a drama about a man who wants his Iraqi family to approve of his conversion to Judaism and his Jewish fiancée. Mr. Bernstein (Francine Zuckerman, 2016) is a drama about a woman who meets the man who changed her father's life at a "displaced persons" camp after WWII. 5 p.m. "Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana" (Gabrielle Zilkha, 2016). Documentary about a small community in rural Ghana that discovers that the religion they've been practicing for centuries is Judaism. 8 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Michigan Theater. Tickets (except as noted) $10 (students with ID, $5) in advance and at the door. 971-0990. [map]


 2:30, 6:15, & 8:15 p.m. 

"RBG": Michigan Theater.

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(Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018). Documentary on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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]


 3-8 p.m. 

"Autism Day @ AirTime Trampoline Ann Arbor": Michigan Autism Partnership.

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AirTime Trampoline Ann Arbor invites individuals with Autism and their loved ones to jump on in for some fun to round up Autism Awareness Month! AirTime will turn down the music, and remove the extra distractions for the comfort of our guests.
Time: 3:00pm-8:00pm
Snacks will be provided. Additional donations accepted.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Michigan Autism Partnership.
AirTime Trampoline. $5 per hr. 248-949-9101. ajacobs@airtimetrampoline.com http://airtimetrampoline.com/locations/ann-arbor-mi/



 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Monday": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 8-12 invited to try out this computer game that involves building things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 3:45, 6:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Racer and the Jailbird": State Theatre.

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(MichaŽl Schoenaerts, 2018). Tragic love story between a Belgian gangster and a young rich race car driver. French & Dutch, 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, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Isle of Dogs": State Theatre.

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(Wes Anderson, 2018). Stop-motion animated comedy set in near-future Japan about a boy searching for his lost dog.
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.


 4:15 & 10 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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(Armando Iannucci, 2017). Satire depicting the frantic power struggle that ensued after Stalin's death. Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buschemi.
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, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Tully": State Theatre.

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(Jason Reitman, 2018). Diablo Cody-penned comedy about an overwhelmed suburban mother of 3 (Charlize Theron) who forms an unexpected bond with the nanny hired for her by her wealthy brother.
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. 

Basic Tai-Chi Class: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Practicing the Basic Tai-Chi Form

In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [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]


 6:30-8 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. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive; Fri., 6:30 p.m., casual), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), and booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fantasy Fashions: A Trunk Show of Historic Styles": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Dexter vintage ball gown designer Helen Welford discusses her artistic journey from vintage weaving to creating complex historical costumes. The program begins with socializing and displays 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! 

Julia Fine: Literati Bookstore.

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This Chicago writer reads from What Should Be Wild, her darkly funny debut novel about a young woman who must venture into the woods to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for millennia. "The poise and skill with which the story unfolds is an undeniable pleasure," says a Kirkus review, calling it "an old-fashioned book with contemporary resonances." Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon., except May 28. All invited to join conversations on various topics led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each discussion begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. May 7: "Where Is God when Life Gets Tough?" May 14: "In the News." May 21: "God and Gays: An Hour of Civil Conversation." Note: The May 28 meeting has been canceled.
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"General Henry Baxter of Michigan": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Talk by CMU history professor Jay Martin.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. Education Center Exhibition Rm., 5305 Elliott Dr. Free. (517) 750-2741. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Inflammation": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture on managing inflammation without prescription medication by Rochester Hills-based physician Nishath Hakim, owner of Prosperity Heath, which integrates primary care with holistic medicine.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Monday Night Civilized Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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A leisurely 12 or 18 mile ride to Dexter Dairy Queen and back.
7 p.m., meet at 610 Brierwood Ct. Free. 945-4133.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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May 14 & 19. All grade 6-adult invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. All welcome to bring their own sewing machine. On May 14, local sewing expert Amber Adams-Fall demonstrates how to sew with stretch ribbon, and on May 19, she shows how to make a rice pack heating pad.
7-8:30 p.m. (May 14) & noon-3 p.m. (May 19), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Somewhere in Time" Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss history and occasional historical fiction books TBA.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"You Were Never Really Here": State Theatre.

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(Lynne Ramsay, 2018). Thriller about a veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who tracks missing girls and stumbles upon a dangerous conspiracy.
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.


 7:15 p.m. 

AIReal Yoga.

  community member   < less AIReal Yoga Class

AIReal Yoga is REAL yoga, in the air. Use a specialized hammock as a primary prop to enhance and elevate a traditional hatha practice.
AIReal Yoga I is for people who are new to aerial yoga, or who are new to "regular" ground-based yoga. This class will include exercises and stretches for arms, legs, back, hips, and is finished with an inversion before savasana in the air.
Partipants are always welcome to return to the earth to ground themselves in the case of dizziness or fatigue. No background in sports, athletics, circus, etc. required!
For a limited time, we're offering special pricing at only $10 per class!
Class sizes are extremely limited, please register in advance.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. diane@a2ringstar.com a2ringstar.com/aireal-yoga [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon., except Memorial Day. 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. 

Donald Sinta Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M saxophone professor Sinta leads this quartet, 1st-place winners in the winds division of the 2017 M-Prize U-M chamber music competition, in a variety of works TBA for saxophone quartet. Members include Dan Graser, Zach Stern, Joe Girard, and Danny Hawthorne-Foss. Concert has been postponed. Call KCH with questions.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Kat Edmonson: The Ark.

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An Austin-based pop-jazz singer-songwriter who is often compared to fellow Texan Norah Jones, Edmonson has released 3 critically acclaimed CDs that have been hits on the jazz charts, but her widest exposure came performing a duet with Lyle Lovett on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and singing with Asleep at the Wheel on one of the final Letterman episodes. "She's got an authentic, almost old-time jazz quality about her," says Lovett. She comes to town with a new CD, Old Fashioned Gal. Opener: Matt Munisteri, a Brooklyn-bred jazz-folk singer-songwriter and guitarist.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery: Jay Frydenlund

Local singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

Brewed Awakenings Cafe: Open Mike

The weekly lineup features mostly acoustic musicians, but performers of all sorts are invited. [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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