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Calendar of Events

Monday, September 25, 2017

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.

Call if temperatures are below 50 degrees.
9 a.m., meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 717-7567 , 663-5060.

 10 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

"In Transit": Ann Arbor Art Center/Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.

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Through Sept. 30. 70 works by current WCC students and alums. In conjunction with a mobile exhibit of artwork by WCC students on the interiors of TheRide's 100 buses and the exterior of 4 buses.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Free. 994-8004. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Stretch & Strength Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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This class targets specific areas to build strength, increase flexibility and improve your overall fitness. Special focus is given to alignment and proper from in the poses. Great for beginners! $20 walk-in rate; also included with some Better Living Fitness Center memberships.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $20. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 22-Apr. 30. All women who can carry a tune, read music, and harmonize with a group are invited to join this independent local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). 665-9271. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Wild Swan Theater Season Auditions: Wild Swan Theater.

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Wild Swan is a professional, non-equity theater company that produces and performs productions geared for family audiences. The company gives 175 performances a year in its home base of Ann Arbor and on tour throughout the state. We are seeking actors for roles in four productions: our original version of the classic "Little Women" (performance dates December 7 - 10, 2017), a beautiful play which tells the story of a young Japanese girl's experience after the bombing of Hiroshima, "A Thousand Cranes" (performance dates March 8 - 10, 2018), our touring production "A Honey Pot of Pooh Stories" (performance dates March 12 - 17, 2018 + touring dates), and our original musical version of "The Wizard of Oz" (performance dates May 2 - 6, 2018), as well as positions with our touring company. We are especially interested in culturally diverse casting with all of our productions. Please call or email to set up an appointment.
Wild Swan Theater Studio, 6175 Jackson Rd. Free. 734-995-0530. [map]

 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool ArtStart": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Siblings welcome.
10-10:30 a.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon. Play group for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings. Note: Play groups are also offered at 3 AADL branches: Malletts Creek (Tues., 10-11 a.m. & Thurs., 6:30-7:30 p.m.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard; Pittsfield (Wed., except May 17, 11 a.m.-noon), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; Westgate (Thurs. 2-3 p.m.), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson; and Traverwood (Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m.) 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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]

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Feminism and the Biological Sciences": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Talks by visiting scholars on "Stress and Strain: Using Experimental Methods to Understand Physiological Mechanisms Linking Masculinity Ideals to Men's Health" (12:30 p.m. sharp), "The Odd Couple: Grappling with Sex/Gender Considerations in Experimental Biomedical Research" (1:30 p.m.), and "Can a Cell Have a Sex? Biological and Social Ontologies of Sex" (2:30 p.m.). Followed by a roundtable discussion.
12:30-4 p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall. Free. 764-9537.

 1-2:30 & 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon. except Oct. 9), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 1-3:30 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]

 1-3:30 p.m. 

Splash: Basic Watercolor Class: USArtQuest.

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Make this the year you learn to paint in watercolor! Avoid frustration by learning from an artist with over 20 years experience: someone who has made all the mistakes, learned from them, & still loves watercolor with a passion.
Class #1 - Get familiar with the three things needed to do watercolor: paint, paper,& brushes. Everything you ever wanted to know about how to get started. You'll have a chance to get the feel of things so you can later build your own watercolor kit, bag or studio.
For returning painters, it'll be a refresher course & a look at new tools and techniques.
Class #2 - Practice, practice, practice! You'll learn how watercolor does what it does by playing around with it.
Class #3 - How to make a painting: learn simple composition & perspective; paint many small paintings to learn from before you go big; learn to correct mistakes.
Fee includes all materials.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $90. 734.562.2662. AskAnything@USArtQuest .com [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]

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Future Needs...Something Blue": U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Exhibition. Could anyone have foreseen the technical, social, and conceptual issues that have confronted the University of Michigan since its founding 200 years ago, or the challenges it has faced in the last 100, 50, or even five years? In the marshaling of knowledge and expertise, the greatest achievement of the University lies not in its continuity, but in its ability to address the unforeseen. Drawing on the student work from the Taubaum College Architecture Program, "The Future Needs…Something Blue" addresses an idea of the future that lies not in the answers to questions we now know, but in possibilities we are only now beginning to imagine. Sited at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning's Liberty Research Annex, the display is simultaneously shop window, gallery, and salon. Organized around a series of emergent themes it is an interactional space in which to view (in perspective, parallax, parallel, and contrast) the multiple points of view that constitute the future.
Liberty Research Annex, 305 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 3:45, 7, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Rebel in the Rye": Michigan Theater.

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(Danny Strong, 2017). Biopic of reclusive J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4, 7:15, & 9:15 p.m. 

"I am the Blues": Michigan Theater.

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(Daniel Cross, 2015). Documentary tour of juke joints and other Mississippi Delta venues of the legendary "Chitlin' Circuit," with performances by blues musicians now in their 80s.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:15 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Lady Macbeth": Michigan Theater.

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(William Oldroyd, 2016). Sold into marriage, a young 19th-century English woman starts a risky affair with a worker on her husband's estate.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. and Sept. 9 & 16. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours. Also, on Sept. 9 & 16 (game days), a Drumline Step Show on the front steps of Revelli Hall (10:30 a.m., 350 E. Hoover).
10:30 a.m. (Sept. 4), 4:45 (all other Mon.-Thurs. dates), 7 a.m. (Sept. 9 & 16 game days), Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582. [map]

 5:15 & 6:15 p.m. 

Music Classes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Eastern Michigan University Community Music Academy.

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These weekly classes will immerse young children (ages birth through 5 years) in a rich musical environment and provide a variety of experiences designed to expand musical understanding and skills in an active and playful way. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music (including use of props such as bean bags, scarves, and streamers), playing assorted small percussion instruments, pattern instruction, and imaginative musical play. Children attend with a parent/caregiver, who participates alongside the child.
Fall session begins September 23.
Classes for infants/toddlers are held on Mondays at 5:15pm (birth-3 yr.), Saturdays at 9am (birth-18 mo.), and Saturdays at 10am (18 mo.-3 yr.).
Classes for preschool/kindergarten (3-5 yr.) are held on Mondays at 6:15pm and Saturdays at 11am.
Cost is $100 for 7 classes. Register by September 15 for an Early Bird Discount of $10 off!
See our website for more info and registration:
Alexander Music Building, Eastern Michigan University, corner of Lowell & Jarvis, Ypsilanti. $100. 734-487-6935.

 5:30 p.m. 

Full-Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body Fit: Energetic strength-training session including cardio subsets and work on balance and posture. $15 walk-in; included with most Better Living memberships. For all ages, and customized to suit your abilities.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. $15. (734) 442-2419. [map]

 6-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"The Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genetics and Newborn Screening": Dissonance Event Series.

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Advances in prenatal screening and genetic manipulation have the potential to all but eliminate birth defects and genetic disorders. For example, prenatal genetic testing in Iceland has almost completely erased incidents of down's syndrome in newborns. This has led to growing concerns over creating designer babies, hyperbole about the potential for a new era of eugenics, and broader questions about whether science is outstripping societal or ethical norms in regards to human genetic diversity.
Join Joselin Linder, author of "The Family Gene", and Jodyn Platt, assistant professor in the U-M Medical School in a panel discussion about the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics and newborn screening. The conversation will be moderated by Kayte Spector-Bagdady, assistant professor in the U-M Medical School and chief of the research ethics service in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine.
Vandenberg Room, Michigan League, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Knits & Crochets.

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All invited for informal socializing and to share tips while working on their projects.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room (if available), 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. To confirm location, contact Mary Budzinski at or 846-3826. [map]

 6:30 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 the loss in a supportive, caring and non-judgmental environment. Call Margie Martin to register 734.769.5821.
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.
Hospice Office, 555 Briarwood Cr., Ste. 140, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. 3135675092. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Donut Dolly: An American Red Cross Girl's War in Vietnam": Dexter District Library.

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Michigan writer Joann Puffer Kotcher discusses her book about the 12 months she spent as a "Donut Dolly," serving soldiers in the Vietnam War. Q&A, book sale, and signing.
6:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration requested. 426-4477. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"PKO Roars Back To Life": Zal Gaz Grotto.

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PKO ROARS BACK TO LIFE! THIS Monday, September 18, 2017
After an 8-week breather, the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra returns to their home - Zal Gaz Grotto - for EVERY Monday night big band action. Sarah Barnes D'Angelo will sing and play clarinet. PKO's special guest band is Battle Creek Swingtet, who will play a 30 minute set on PKO's break. Tonight, PKO celebrates the start of their 29th season bringing great big band jazz to Ann Arbor's music-loving community.
Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto - all reasonably priced. Plenty of safe, FREE parking! No steps. $10 cover charge pays the 15 musicians. Under 18 enter FREE. Oh yeah, don't forget about the great big band jazz performed by your local jazz heroes! Come celebrate music, friendship and PKO's 29 season!
Showtime is 7-10 PM.
Zal Gaz Grotto is located at 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard (between Liberty and Pauline) on the west side of Ann Arbor. Call 734/663-2102.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10 at the door (under 18 enter FREE). 734-663-1202. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Folk Song Sing-Along.

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All invited to join a family-oriented recreational sing-along of folk songs. Bring your guitars, ukuleles, and other instruments if you'd like to jam along as well. Lyrics and chords are projected on a screen for singers and strummers. Led by Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski.
7 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 426-7818. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Members Night: Out Loud Chorus.

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Sept. 18 & 25. Beginning to advanced singers invited to join the weekly rehearsal of this chorus of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their friends. No sight reading skills or audition are required. Concert in January. Snacks.
7-9:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium. Free. 265-0470. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Robin Sloan: Literati Bookstore.

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This San Francisco-based Michigan-bred novelist, author of the bestselling Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, discusses Sourdough, his new lighthearted novel about a software engineer who stumbles into the world of baking and discovers a secret market that aims to fuse food and technology. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Living a Writer's Life": Ann Arbor District Library.

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On Sept. 11, local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal discuss how to set up a realistic writing schedule and maintain it in the face of writer's block and other obstacles. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traver at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Is the News Fake and the Facts Alternative? Why People Hear What They Want to Hear and How to Effectively Bridge the Divide": U-M Psychology Community Talk.

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U-M psychology professor Allison Earl discusses how biases influence the ways an individual processes information.
7 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind": Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX.

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(Hayao Miyazaki, 1984). Dubbed (Sept. 24) and subtitled (Sept. 25) screenings of this classic anime about a young princess trying to save her country from war and environmental devastation.
12:55 p.m. (Sept. 24) & 7 p.m. (Sept. 25), 4100 Carpenter. Cost TBA. 973-8424. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Restorative Justice/ Returning Citizens": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local American Friends Service Committee staff host a panel discussion on restorative justice and mass incarceration which includes a video showcasing successful outcomes of advocacy & prison reform. Panelists TBA.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Menashe": Michigan Theater.

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(Joshua Z. Weinstein, 2017). Within Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community, a widower battles for custody of his son. Yiddish, subtitles.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Wed. Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Sept. 11, 18, & 25. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome. The 6 weekly dances beginning Sept. 12 are particularly beginner-friendly.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Tony Lucca & Derik Hultquist.

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Double bill. Pontiac-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lucca, a former Mouseketeer, is best known for coming in 3rd place on the 2nd season of The Voice in 2012. Since then he's released a self-titled album of sincere pop-rock originals. Hultquist is a Nashville rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter whose latest album, Southern Iron, revolves around the themes of reflection, anticipation, and stillness.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $15. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Oriol Sans directs this ensemble of music majors in Mendelssohn's captivating Scottish Symphony, a piece that begins with somber tones and moves to folky sections and magical textures leading to a triumphant ending. The program also includes Malcolm Arnold's Tam O'Shanter Overture and Thomas Adès's dances from Powder Her Face. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [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: Dede Alder

Local indie pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. [venue info]

Brewed Awakenings Cafe: Open Mike

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [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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