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ACTI Square Dance Parties

Provides professional dance callers & instructors, portable sound systems, and recorded or live music for private dance parties at your location. Specializing in "one-nighter" parties, dance clubs, and hoedowns, no prior dance experience necessary to quickly learn how to dance a mix of western, line, round, contra, and/or square dances in one evening. Fraternity & sorority parties, company & church events, wedding receptions, family groups, clubs, outings, fairs, and fund raisers are all welcome. .

(734) 332-1000

Academy of Early Music

Presents a full concert season celebrating music from the Middle Ages to the Classical Era. Features ensembles from around the world who specialize in period-instrument performance. Also, lectures and outreach events with series artists.,

(734) 228-4338

Ann Arbor Civic Band

Community band performs Wed. in June and July at the West Park band shell. New members welcome.,,

Bill Gourley, director, (734) 429-5301

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre

Full season of shows, both musicals and plays, from Broadway and Off Broadway, as well as children's theater and camps, and intimate studio productions. Workshops on acting, playwriting, and various aspects of production.,

322 W. Ann [map]
(734) 971-2228

Ann Arbor Concert Band

Founded 1978. Symphonic wind ensemble performs new compositions and classic band literature in 2 p.m. Sun. concerts at the Michigan Theater Nov.- May. See website for concert dates. Email to set up an audition.,

(734) 478-7515

Ann Arbor Society for Musical Arts

Presents a series of 6 concerts on Wednesday mornings in the fall and spring at the Ann Arbor City Club. Sponsors the SMA Rosalie Edwards Youth Music Competition and SMA Collegiate Youth Artist Competition annually.,

Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw [map]
(734) 930-0353

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

The 87th (2015-16) season of this professional orchestra includes concerts at the Michigan Theater and Hill Auditorium Sept.- Apr., a family-friendly Holiday Concert on Dec. 9, 2017, youth concerts, daytime chamber concerts and school performances. Taste of Music program brings summertime concerts to farmers markets. Free KinderConcerts at Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Dexter, Chelsea libraries encourage dancing and moving to the music. Informative and fun lectures before each Sat. classical performance, and "Instrument Petting Zoos" before family concerts.,

35 Research Dr. #100 [map]
(734) 994-4801

Ann Arbor in Concert

Produces musicals in a concert format. Productions feature a large orchestra, principal actors, and a choral/dance ensemble.,

3588 Plymouth Rd, #384 [map]
(734) 786-3868

Arbor Opera Theater

Professional opera company featuring national emerging professional singers. Full operatic productions, educational programs, recitals, and cabaret.,

Concerts in the Park

Free family concerts in this east-side park from late June-Aug. All concerts Sundays at 3 p.m. 2017 dates: July 30: Gemini Brothers; Aug.6: Playin' Chicken; Aug. 13: John E. Lawrence and the Power Band Motown Jazz; Aug. 20: Cadillac Cowboys., (734) 794-6000 ext. 42570,

Burns Park
(734) 794-6250

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room

Live music (usually acoustic) every Fri. & Sat. night. Lectures and workshops, poetry/writers series, author events, ​book discussions, storytelling​, fairy teas for children, drop-in tarot and intuitive readings, and other events.,

114 S. Main [map]
(734) 665-2757

Emergent Arts

Resident theater company performing plays, music, standup, spoken word, and various entertainments throughout the year. Pre-professional acting company, all ages may audition. Performances held at various venues; check the website for show details.,

(734) 985-0875

Encore Musical Theatre Company

Professional musical theater productions feature Broadway performers and local talent.

3126 Broad St., Dexter [map]
(734) 268-6200

Green Wood Coffee House

Folk and acoustic music on many Fri. nights. Shows at 8 p.m., doors at 7:30 p.m. Sept.-May.

1001 Green (First United Methodist Church) [map]
(734) 665-8558

Kerrytown Chime

Second floor in the Kerrytown Market and Shops. Everyone welcome to play this 17-bell chime; more than 100 songs written out by number to choose from. Free. Open Wed. & Fri., noon - 12:30 p.m., Sat., 10:30 - 11 a.m., other times with advance reservation.,

407 N. Fifth [map]
Heather O'Neal, (734) 369-3107

Kerrytown Concert House

An intimate 110-seat performing arts venue and visual arts gallery in a historic home, offering performances in classical, jazz, experimental, and cabaret music, and theater.,

415 N. Fourth Ave. [map]
(734) 769-2999

Kickshaw Theatre

Professional, nonprofit theater company presenting "plays that represent humanity in all its complexity and multitudes.",

(734) 203-0556

Kreft Arts Program

Theater, musical and dance concerts, art exhibits, and lectures by international artists and Concordia students and faculty.

4090 Geddes, Concordia University Arts [map]
(734) 995-4612

Michigan Theater

Ann Arbor's 1920s movie palace. A nonprofit center for fine film and the performing arts, open 365 days a year, featuring the Cinetopia International Film Festival, Not Just For Kids professional live theater series, Young Filmmaker's Camp, three summer week sessions for age 11-17, Summer Classics film series, and Legends of Rock and Roll concert series, as well as films daily (see Films). Membership: $35/year and up.,

603 E. Liberty [map]
(734) 668-8397

One Pause Poetry

Poetry readings and author conversations with local and national poets. Apr.-Oct. Primarily at Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. and White Lotus Farms, 7217 W. Liberty. Also bi-weekly (Wed. 8-10 p.m.) poetry salon at Argus Farmstop, 325 W. Liberty. All events are free, accessible, and open to the public.,

Purple Rose Theatre Company

Professional company, founded by actor Jeff Daniels, presenting 25 years of "world-class, original American theatre.",

137 Park, Chelsea [map]
(734) 433-7782. Tickets: (734) 433-7673 or on website

The Arbor Consort

Semi-professional, a cappella group sings Renaissance and Victorian-era music in period costumes for festivals, private parties, and community events. Performs daily at the Michigan Renaissance Festival.,

The Penny Seats Theatre Company

Low-cost shows at the West Park band shell in summer and indoor shows at various venues in winter. Dramas and comedies, musicals and original adaptations, classics and works by up-and-coming playwrights--as well as cabaret shows, acting classes and improv evenings.,

215 Chapin (West Park) [map]
(734) 926-5346

Theatre Nova

Dedicated to producing new plays year-round and fostering Michigan's new playwright voices. The season includes six mainstage productions, (including a children's show), and the Michigan Playwrights' Festival, featuring staged readings of new works in development. Also offers Build a Play classes for youth throughout the school year and a summer camp. Pay-what-you-can tickets to all shows.,

410 W. Huron (previously the Yellow Barn) [map]
(734) 635-8450

U-M Basement Arts

Free student theater series featuring classical, contemporary, and original works at the Walgreen Drama Center, North Campus.

1226 Murfin [map]

U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series

Hosts emerging and established fiction writers, poets, essayists, and critics weekly. Most readings at U-M Museum of Art's Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Q&A sessions in Hopwood Room, 435 S. State, rm. 1176. All events free and open to the public.

(734) 615-3710

U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance

The school's faculty and students present hundreds of concerts every year, including solo and ensemble concerts, theater, musical theater, and dance. Performances, usually free, at various campus locations.

1100 Baits [map]
(734) 764-0583. Michigan League ticket office: (734) 764-2538

U-M University Activities Center

An umbrella organization for more than a dozen U-M student organizations, including: Amazin' Blue (co-ed a cappella ensemble), Big Ticket Productions (annual concert), ComCo (comedy improv troupe), GROOVE (musical performance using traditional and nontraditional instruments), Impact Dance (jazz and lyrical/contemporary dance group), Michigan Pops Orchestra, MUSKET (musical theater company), The Rude Mechanicals (theater group), Photonix (glowsticking), Every Three Weekly (satirical newspaper), RhythM (tap ensemble), M-Agination Films (student produced films), M-Flicks (free on-campus movie screenings), and Michigan Academic Competitions (quiz bowl). Links to all group websites from

Michigan Union, 530 S. State [map]
(734) 763-1107


The Choral Union Series and the Chamber Arts Series , as well as nine other series, feature top international orchestras, chamber ensembles, and classical soloists. Other events -- including jazz, world music, theater, contemporary events, and dance -- are offered in Hill Auditorium, the Power Center, Rackham Auditorium, and elsewhere. Dozens of free educational events also offered.

Burton Memorial Tower, 881 North University [map]
(734) 764-2538

Washtenaw Community College Performing Arts Department

Instruction and performance opportunities in drama, acting, & acting improvisation, classical to modern dance, yoga, and music recording technology, jazz/world, popular and classical music.

4800 E. Huron River Dr. [map]
(734) 677-5090

Wild Swan Theater

Professional adult troupe performs family-oriented theater. Productions are usually based on original scripts adapted from classic and contemporary children's literature. Performances in Towsley Auditorium at Washtenaw Community College. Special services for hearing-impaired and visually-impaired patrons.,

6175 Jackson [map]
(734) 995-0530

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