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Comedy, Storytelling, & Performance Art - Week of January 8, 2018

From standup to improv, and everything in between, comedy is flourishing in the auditoriums and clubs of Ann Arbor. And with the U-M's new Media Union, a growing number of multimedia performances are appearing on The Calendar.





 
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Monday


January 2018
 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Little-Known Stories in American History, Part 2": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to listen to local storyteller Jim Glenn relate odd tidbits of U.S. history, 1830-1900.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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Wednesday


January 2018
 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Jan. 10, 14, 17, 24, 28, & 31. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes.

Jan. 10 & 14: "Feathers & Wings."

Jan. 17: "Flying Home."

Jan. 24 & 28: "Chirp, Peep, Caw!"

Jan. 31: "Nests."

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


 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


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Thursday


January 2018
 8 p.m. 

Brian Scolaro: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 11-13. Local debut of this L.A.-based actor-comic, known for his stints on TBS's Sullivan and Son and Fox's Stacked. He delivers laconic observations about matters ranging from the plethora of early-morning urban noises to the indignities of being fat in a culture obsessed with thinness. 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]


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Friday


January 2018
 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Brian Scolaro: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 11-13. Local debut of this L.A.-based actor-comic, known for his stints on TBS's Sullivan and Son and Fox's Stacked. He delivers laconic observations about matters ranging from the plethora of early-morning urban noises to the indignities of being fat in a culture obsessed with thinness. 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. 

Urban Bush Women: University Musical Society.

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This NYC-based dance company, described by the New York Times as "committed, triple-threat performers who dance, sing, and act with a sometimes searing sense of truthfulness," performs Hair & Other Stories, a work that infuses elements of the histories, cultures, and spiritual traditions of the African Diaspora into contemporary dance and music to interrogate race, gender, and economic inequality through the lens of physical appearance, including the cultural significance of African American women's hair. Q&A.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $26-$52 in advance at the Michigan League and ums.org, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Cue This": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. through Feb. 9. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs a one-act improvised show guided by the "Genre Wheel" (spun by an audience member) and audience selections for sound and lighting cues.
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]



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Saturday


January 2018
 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Ball Fun!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows how to make a felt ball using cotton roving, soap, and water. Supplies provided. For all ages.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Brian Scolaro: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 11-13. Local debut of this L.A.-based actor-comic, known for his stints on TBS's Sullivan and Son and Fox's Stacked. He delivers laconic observations about matters ranging from the plethora of early-morning urban noises to the indignities of being fat in a culture obsessed with thinness. 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 & 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]


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Sunday


January 2018
 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Jan. 10, 14, 17, 24, 28, & 31. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes.

Jan. 10 & 14: "Feathers & Wings."

Jan. 17: "Flying Home."

Jan. 24 & 28: "Chirp, Peep, Caw!"

Jan. 31: "Nests."

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


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Healing Justice, Waging Love: Remembering MLK and Ourselves": The Long Hairz Collective (U-M MLK Symposium).

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An evening of song, spoken word, and hip-hop with this ensemble of artist-activists from the Black and Native American communities. Tonight's performers are hip-hop MCs Brian Babb (aka Peace be Free) and Will See, and Native American singer-songwriters Annie Humphrey, Joe Reilly, and Allison Radell.
7-9 p.m., U-M Residential College Keene Theater, East Quad, 701 East University. 764-5517. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"8 Pointless Minutes: A Long Form Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to form groups to perform an 8-minute improv sketch. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]






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