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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.,

P.O. Box 7694, AA 48107

Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre

Produces The Nutcracker at the Power Center in Dec. and a spring showcase performance.,

548 Church [map]

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.,,

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.,

322 W. Ann [map]

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.,

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.,

Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw [map]

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.,

220 E. Huron, Suite 470 [map]

Arbor Opera Theater

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

P. O. Box 8055, AA 48107

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.

Carriage House Theatre

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

541 Third [map]

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.

114 S. Main [map]

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.,

220 Sunset [map]
(847) 651-7397

Encore Musical Theatre Company

Professional musical theater productions feature Broadway performers and local talent.

3126 Broad Street, Dexter [map]

Green Wood Coffee House

Folk and acoustic music on many Fri. nights, Sept.-May.

1001 Green (First United Methodist Church) [map]

Kerrytown Concert House

Classical, jazz, experimental, and cabaret music.,

415 N. Fourth Ave [map]

Kreft Arts Program

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

Concordia University Arts, 4090 Geddes [map]

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.,

603 E. Liberty [map]

One Pause Poetry

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


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.,

120 E. Huron [map]

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.,

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.,

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.

Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington [map]

U-M Basement Arts

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

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.,


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.

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

Michigan Union, 530 S. State [map]


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.

Burton Memorial Tower, 881 North University [map]

Washtenaw Community College Performing Arts Department

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

4800 E. Huron River Dr [map]

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.,

P.O. Box 970047, Ypsilanti 48197

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.,


Zal Gaz Grotto

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

2070 W. Stadium [map]

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