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Arts Series

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. info@academyofearlymusic.org, academyofearlymusic.org

P.O. Box 7694, AA 48107
734-528-1838


Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre

Produces The Nutcracker at the Power Center in Dec. and a spring showcase performance. aabt.cas@gmail.com, annarborballettheatre.org

548 Church [map]
734-668-1001


Ann Arbor Civic Band

Community band performs Wed. in June and in July at the West Park band shell, and at other events. New members welcome. billgourley@comcast.net, info@annarborcivicband.org, annarborcivicband.org


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 a children's theater and camps, and intimate studio productions. Workshops on acting, playwriting, and various aspects of production. manager@a2ct.org, a2ct.org

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


Ann Arbor Concert Band

Symphonic wind ensemble performs new compositions and classic band literature in 2 p.m. Sun. concerts at the Michigan Theater in Jan., Mar., & May. Auditions in Aug. See website for concert dates. contactus@aaband.org, aaband.org

P.O. Box 1843, AA 48106
(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. fischer709@comcast.net, annarborsma.org

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


Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

The 85th (2013-14) season of this professional orchestra includes concerts at the Michigan Theater and Hill Auditorium Sept.- Apr., a family-friendly Holiday Concert on Dec. 13, 3 family concerts, and daytime chamber concerts and ensembles for schoolchildren. Free Kinderconcerts at Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Dexter libraries. Informative and fun lectures before each Sat. performance, "Instrument Petting Zoos" before family concerts. info@a2so.com, a2so.com

220 E. Huron, Suite 470 [map]
734-994-4801


Arbor Opera Theater

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

P. O. Box 8055, AA 48107
734-332-9063


Blackbird Theatre

Presents original works and new interpretations of classic plays, including Shakespeare West, a summer-long outdoor theater festival in West Park. Offers youth and adult acting classes. blackbirdtheatre.org




Carriage House Theatre

Small summer community theatre presenting plays in an antique venue. Also hosts local and regional bands. contact@carriagehousetheatre.org, carriagehousetheatre.org

541 Third [map]
734-546-6441


Crazy Wisdom Tea Room

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

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


Elks Neighborhood Kitchen

Live jazz, blues, or funk by local bands on Thurs., Fri., & Sat. 5-10 p.m., music starts around 6 p.m. Ribs, fried chicken, and fried catfish. kevinatelks@gmail.com, facebook.com/ElksKitchen

220 Sunset [map]
(847) 651-7397


Encore Musical Theatre Company

Professional musical theater productions feature Broadway performers and local talent. theencoretheatre.org

3126 Broad Street, Dexter [map]
734-268-6200


Green Wood Coffee House

Folk and acoustic music on many Fri. nights, Sept.-May. fumc-a2.org/coffee_house.cfm

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


Kerrytown Concert House

Classical, jazz, experimental, and cabaret music. kch@kerrytown.com, kerrytownconcerthouse.com

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


Kreft Arts Program

Theater, musical and dance concerts, lectures and discussions, and art exhibits.

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


Michigan Theater

Ann Arbor's non-profit center for fine film and the performing arts, featuring the Cinetopia International Film Festival, Not Just For Kids professional live theater series, Summer Classics film series, and Legends of Rock and Roll concert series. Membership: $35/year and up. info@michtheater.org, michtheater.org

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


One Pause Poetry

Poetry readings and author conversations with local and national poets. April-Oct.. primarily held at White Lotus Farms, 7217 W. Liberty. info@onepausepoetry.org, onepausepoetry.org


734-604-0090


Performance Network Theatre

New plays; reinvented classics; musicals; and world premiers in an intimate theatre. Also runs Children's Theatre, summer workshops, new play festivals, and acting classes. info@performancenetwork.org, performancenetwork.org

120 E. Huron [map]
734-663-0681


Purple Rose Theatre Company

Founded by actor Jeff Daniels, this company produces 4 plays a year, with an emphasis on developing new scripts and featuring the work of local theater professionals. tickets@purplerosetheatre.org, purplerosetheatre.org

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


The Ark

This 400-seat club presents a wide range of folk and roots music by local, national, and international performers. feedback@theark.org, theark.org

316 S. Main [map]
Tickets: 734-763-8587. Event hotline: 734-761-1451. Office: 734-761-1800


The B-Side

All-ages 400-person concert venue in teen center features local and touring bands, usually weekends. thebsidevenue.com

Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington [map]
734-214-9995


U-M Basement Arts

Free student theater series featuring classical, contemporary, and original works at the Walgreen Drama Center, North Campus, basement.info@umich.edu, basementarts.org




U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series

Hosts emerging and established fiction writers, poets, essayists, and critics weekly. Most readings held 5:10 p.m. in the U-M Museum of Art's Helmut Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. All events free and open to the public. mslevad@umich.edu, lsa.umich.edu/English/grad/mfa/mfaeve.asp


734-764-6330


U-M School of Music, Theater & 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. music.umich.edu

1100 Baits [map]
Event hotline: 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), and The Rude Mechanicals (theater group). Links to all group websites from umuac.org

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


UMS

The Choral Union Series and the Chamber Arts Series feature top international orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists. Other events-including jazz, world music, theater, and dance-are offered in Hill Auditorium, the Power Center, Rackham Auditorium, and elsewhere. ums.org

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


Washtenaw Community College Performing Arts Department

Classes, showcases, and events in theater, dance, and music. wccnet.edu

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


Washtenaw Community Concert Band

Community players offer regular free concerts in the Washtenaw and Ypsilanti area. Performances include a 4th of July patriotic concert in a Ypsilanti park and the Ypsilanti Heritage Festival in August. wccband@wccband.org, ypsicommband.org

P.O. Box 970047, Ypsilanti 48197
734-252-9221


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. wildswan@wildswantheater.org, wildswantheater.org


734-995-0530


Zal Gaz Grotto

Masonic social club has live jazz Tues. 5:30 p.m. zalgaz.org

2070 W. Stadium [map]
734-663-1202



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