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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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 9:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 11-May 14. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues. 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed. 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 25, Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10 a.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

Santa: Briarwood.

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Daily through Dec. 24. All kids invited to meet Santa. On Dec. 3, "Caring Santa" offers "sensory friendly" visits with Santa for kids with special needs; held when the mall is closed (9:30-11 a.m.) to create a calmer environment. Dec. 10 is "Pet Photo Night" (6:30-7:30 p.m.); all invited to bring 4-legged, leashed, friendly pets that weigh less than 60 lbs. to have their photo taken with Santa. Note: Santa takes breaks 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 2-2:45 p.m. on Sundays.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), & 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.), Briarwood Von Maur court. Free (photos available for purchase). 769-9610. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"An Update on Health Care Reform: Where Does It Stand?": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Talk by U-M public policy professor Helen Levy. Fourth in a series of 10 monthly lectures.
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $65 (members, $45) for the 10-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Dec. 5 & 12. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Free sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. Dec. 5: University of British Columbia theater professor Siyuan Liu on "'Spoken Drama with a Strong Chinese Flavor': The Resurrection and Demise of Popular Spoken Drama in Shanghai in the 1950s & Early 1960s." Dec. 12: Duke University political science professor Melanie Manion on "The Geography of Political Self-Censorship in an Authoritarian State."
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Coloring for Adults": Saline District Library.

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All adults invited to color while listening to a book on CD. Materials provided.
1-2:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 7-8:30 p.m. (Wed.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, book study, and TOEFL prep groups for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Graduate Opera Workshop: U-M School of Music.

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U-M grad voice students present staged arias and scenes from Bizet's Carmen, Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, and Saint-SaŽns's Samson and Delilah.
3 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 3:30 p.m. 

"Novitiate": Michigan Theater.

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(Margaret Betts, 2017). Drama set in the late 50s & early 60s about a young novice nun caught between different factions that arise with the introduction of Vatican II.
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]

 3:45, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": State Theatre.

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(Martin McDonagh, 2017). Darkly comic drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson.
State Theatre. 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.

 4 p.m. 

1942 Films: State Theatre.

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Movies that played at the State the year it opened.


Dec. 8: "Anchors Aweigh," George Sidney's 1945 musical starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra as two sailors on leave. 7 p.m. "The Fleet's In" screening has been canceled due to a distribution issue. Tickets already purchased will be accepted for "Anchors Aweigh." For a refund, call 668-8397.

Dec. 9: "Saboteur" (Alfred Hitchcock, 1942). Thriller about a factory worker accused of sabotage and murder but who is actually the fall guy for a Nazi spy ring. Robert Cummings, Priscilla Lane. 7 p.m.

Dec. 10 & 13: "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Upbeat, toe-tapping biopic about Broadway showman George M. Cohan, highlighted by the songs "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "Over There." James Cagney. 7 p.m. (Dec. 10) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 13).

Dec. 11 & 12: "Woman of the Year" (George Stevens, 1942). The first rom-com starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn features a modern-day "taming of the shrew" plot where a sophisticated and independent foreign correspondent feuds with and eventually marries a crusty New York sportswriter. 7 p.m. (Dec. 11) & 4 p.m. (Dec. 12).

Various times, State Theatre. 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.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Supper Club: Chelsea Community Hospital LiveWell.

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All age 55 & over invited for a talk followed at 5 p.m. by supper.

Dec.-Feb. talks: TBA.

Mar. 13: Chelsea House Orchestra. This touring ensemble of some 2 dozen Chelsea High School students plays traditional Scottish and Irish jigs and reels, along with other folk-inspired music and even some rock 'n' roll.

4 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital dining room, 775 S. Main, Chelsea. $6. Preregistration required. 593-5793. [map]

 4:10, 6:50, & 9:25 p.m. 

"The Square": State Theatre.

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(Ruben Ostlund, 2017). Satirical drama about a curator at a contemporary art museum who experiences an existential crisis.

Dec. 8 showtimes are for members only.
State Theatre. 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.

 4:20, 7:10, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Disaster Artist": State Theatre.

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(James Franco, 2017). Biopic about Tommy Wiseau, the writer/director behind The Room, the film often called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." James Franco, Seth Rogan, Alison Brie.
State Theatre. 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.

 4:30, 6:30, 7, 9:15, & 10 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": State Theatre.

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(Greta Gerwig, 2017). Critically acclaimed drama exploring the bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf.

State Theatre. 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.

 6-9 p.m. 

2nd Annual Holiday Gala: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.

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Presentation on mead by club members and a mead tasting ($15 includes 5 one-ounce pours). Silent auction.
6-9 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking., 647-7600. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

"A New Taste of the Old World": EMU Center for Jewish Studies.

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Brooklyn-based chefs Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, co-owners of the Gifilteria, a restaurant specializing in reimagined Ashkenazi cuisine (including their signature artisanal gefilte fish), host a meal showcasing the Eastern European Jewish food featured in their cookbook The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods. Alpern studied under the "queen of American Jewish cooking," U-M grad Joan Nathan. The menu includes root vegetable latkes with apple-pear sauce and an Ashkenazi-inspired version of kimchi, crispy chicken with tsimmes (an Ashkenazi root vegetable stew), and more. Vegetarian option available. Also, a candle-lighting ceremony to commemorate the 1st night of Hannukah.

6-9 p.m., EMU Student Center Ballroom B, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. $36. Preregistration required by Dec. 5. at 487-6692 or at [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Women: Huron River Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back. Geared especially, but not exclusively, for women new to riding.
6 p.m., meet at Barton Park on Huron River Dr. 276-0240.

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6-9 p.m., call for location. Free, $2 monthly dues., 945-3035.

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Museums of the Past into the Future: The Oriental Institute and the Kelsey Museum": U-M Museum Studies Program.

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Directors from the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology at the University of Michigan will discuss the histories of these archaeological museums and the future challenges that each will face.
University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State Street. Free. 734-936-6678. [map]

 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

A2SO Instrument Petting Zoo: Chelsea District Library.

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Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra volunteers display and discuss a variety of orchestral instruments for kids ages 2-5, who are invited to examine, touch, and try to play them.
6:30-7:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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]

 6:40 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Destined": State Theatre.

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(Quasim Basir, 2016). Drama about the parallel lives of 2 men-one an architect, the other a drug dealer-and how the smallest incident can be life changing. Showtimes on Dec. 8 are for members only.
State Theatre. 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.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Colossal": U-M English Department Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group.

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Screening of Nacho Vigalondo's 2016 action-comedy about an out-of-work party girl who comes to the realization that her actions are controlling a giant creature that is destroying Seoul. Anne Hathaway. Followed by discussion. Pizza.
7 p.m., 1180 U-M Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel at Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-2253. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. All age 18 & over invited to play. No partner needed. Cash prize for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill East, 3140 Packard. $5 entry fee; buy your own food. [map]

 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Holiday concert by this popular local men's barbershop chorus.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Go-Tech Meeting: Maker Works.

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Join us for this self-proclaimed "geek show-and-tell." Makers present their creations!
We have people interested in a wide scope of topics and endeavors. Programming, robots, machining, welding, artistic creations, metal casting, anything being built. Pretty much anything someone is "Making" is welcome at a Go-Tech meeting.
Also, if you have a problem with your project ask for help and the brain trust of Go-Tech will amaze you with solutions to difficulties you haven't even explored yet. This is an open group. All are welcome and especially young makers are encouraged to bring in a project to show off.
Second Tuesday of each month at 7pm.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 7342224911. frontdesk@maker-works [map]

 7 p.m. 

New Horizons Band Rehearsal.

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All musicians invited to join this 60-member senior band. Bring a band instrument. The Greenhorn Band for beginners (or those who haven't played in a long time or want to try new instruments) meets at 6 p.m.
7-9 p.m., Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 769-2613. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Dec. 10: Kent State. 2 p.m..

Dec. 12: North Florida. 7 p.m.

Dec. 16: Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. 2 p.m.

Dec. 21: Delaware State. 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 28: Penn State. 6 p.m.

Jan. 10: Indiana. 7 p.m.

Jan. 20: Illinois. 6 p.m.

Jan. 23: MSU. 7 p.m.

Feb. 1: Purdue. 8 p.m.

Feb. 8: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Feb. 22: Maryland. 6 p.m.
7 p.m., Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Bluegrass Meetup": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Dec. 12 & 26. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass and bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental., 794-6250. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Grief 101: What to Expect When Grieving": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Arbor Hospice representatives offer advice for coping with the loss of a loved one.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Italian Special Dinner": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Italian importer Rolando Beramendi hosts a meal featuring Italian fare featured in his first cookbook, Autentico: Cooking Italian, the Authentic Way. The menu features new harvest Tennuta di Capezzana olive oil, and includes spaghetti with caramelized zucchini, fish with sundried tomatoes & caperberries, and olive oil cake.
7-9 p.m., Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. $75. Reservations required. 663-3663. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m. 

"Jolly Cocktails": Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

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Zingerman's staffer Beth Vandergrift discusses the history of holiday cocktails in colonial America and offers taste samples as she shows how to prepare 3 of them: one beer-based, one rum-based, and an original made with sparkling wine and whiskey-based Cherry Bounce, one of George Washington's favorite tipples. The evening concludes with eggnog based on Washington's personal recipe. With appetizers. Recipes available.
7-9:30 p.m., Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $75. Reservations required. 619-8100. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Holiday Concert: Saline High School.

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The Saline High Symphonic Bands and Symphony Orchestra perform seasonal works.
7:30-9 p.m., SHS, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Free. 401-4216. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"A Classic Christmas/A Not-So-Silent Night": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Encore regulars Olivia Hernandez and David Moan sing favorite Christmas tunes, with some Yuletide silliness mixed in. Pianist is Tyler Driskill
7:30 p.m., Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. $25 in advance at and at the door. 268-6200. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet": Huron Valley Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope's book.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-1157. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Electronic Chamber Music Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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An evening of experimental chamber music with electronic sounds, visuals, and lighting, devised collaboratively by music school student composers, technologists, and performers.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Chip Davis Technology Studio, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]

 8 p.m. 

Todd Rundgren: Live Nation.

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This veteran singer-songwriter is a pop chameleon who got his start in the late 60s as a British Invasion acolyte and has since been making playful, quirkily cerebral music in a dizzying array of styles, from progressive rock and synthesizer-based soul to neo-Tin Pan Alley pop. Tonight's program, "An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren," features works from his latest album, White Knight, which a Pitchfork review describes as "classic Rundgren: weird, charming, and dotted with his favorite kind of jokes-the kind that only he's in on." Rundgren's band includes legendary drummer Prairie Prince, guitarist Jesse Gress, bassist Kasim Sulton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes, and jazz percussionist/vibraphonist Gregg Bendian.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $30-$75 (VIP tickets, $175) in advance at &, and at the door. 800-745-3000. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this ensemble of music majors in the world premiere of Paul Brantley's The Royal Revolver, a concertino for cello featuring the renowned Knights cellist Eric Jacobsen. Also, Rossini's 2017 Overture to La Gazza Ladra written in 1817 and Respighi's 1928 Roman Festivals, a colorful and cinematic work notable for its Circus Maximus trumpet fanfares, evening mandolin serenade, and raucous celebration of Epiphany in Rome's Piazza Navona. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a conversation on the program by Kiesler and Brantley.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"German Poetry and Music": Chamber Music Michigan.

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This local chamber music ensemble performs Brahms' Violin Sonata no. 1 in G Major and Beethoven's Violin Sonata no. 10 in G Major.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North. [map]

 9:30 p.m. 

Tango Tuesday: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Argentine Tango Class 9:30pm-10:30pm $10
Open Practice 10:30pm-11:30pm $5 or free with class
no partner necessary. absolute beginners and drop-ins welcome.
SOMA: Studio of Movement Arts, 218 N 4th Ave. $10. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Open Mike

All musicians and other performers invited. 8 p.m. [venue info]

Dreamland Theater: John Wiese

L.A. experimental ambient noise musician. Opening acts are Sky Thing, a Fort Wayne electro-acoustic minimalist rock ensemble, and the Ypsilanti art-rock garage sextet Electric Blanket. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh- minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. He recently released his first CD in 18 years, Big Car Town, a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble led by saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]


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