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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 11, 2018






 
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon. except Jan. 1. Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings. Note: Play days are also offered at the Malletts Creek (Tues. 10-11 a.m., & Thurs. 6:30-7:30 p.m.), Pittsfield (Wed., 11 a.m.-noon), Westgate (Thurs. 2-3 p.m.), and Traverwood (Fri. 10:30-11 a.m.) branches.
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 10 a.m.-noon 

GED Class Registration: Washtenaw Community College- Adult Transitions Pathway Program.

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We begin by helping you prepare to take the GED exam. Please note that a new passing score has been set which allows you to earn your GED faster.
The WCC program includes:
• Opportunities to earn GED testing vouchers
• Teacher-led instruction
• Integrated computer instruction
• Individual tutoring
• Personal and academic counseling
• Student mentors
• Day and evening classes at the WCC main campus and Ypsilanti locations
• Fast track to college enrollment and completion of the financial aid process
• Job readiness skills
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E.Huron River Drive. 734-677-5006. bafeldkamp@wccnet.edu https://www.facebook.com/WCCAdultTransitions/ [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10-11:30 a.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]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Architecture: Shaping Buildings, Shaping Us": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Jan. 25), Jan. 11-Feb. 22. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.

Jan. 11: U-M architecture professor Eric Hill on "Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America."

Jan. 18: Lawrence Technological University architecture professor Dale Allen Gyure on "The Architecture of Minoru Yamasaki," who designed the World Trade Center.

Feb. 1: Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research director Gregory Wittkopp on "Cranbrook's Architecture in Three Chapters."

Feb. 8: U-M architecture and urban planning professor Anya Sirota on "Other Ways of Doing Things: Architecture and Urban Activism."

Feb. 15: U-M urban design professor Geoffrey Thün on "Plausible Futures: Approaching Architecture and Design from a Complex Systems Perspective."

Feb. 22: Detroit Free Press journalist John Gallagher gives an "Update on the City of Detroit."

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10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Family Storytime: Saline District Library.

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30-minute storytime program for kids age 2 & up, accompanied by a caregiver. Younger siblings welcome. Also, "Book Babies" (preregistration required, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 21 & 28 and Dec. 5) for kids under 2, accompanied by a caregiver (each baby needs an adult lap).
6:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Wed.-Fri.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Every Thurs. Kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals.
10:30 a.m., 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). Space limited; preregistration recommended at hshv.org/littlepaws. 661-3575. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m. 

"Yoga Fundamentals": Imagine Fitness and Yoga.

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Come have FUN learning/improving FUNdamental positions of yoga. This class is a great way to learn the basic poses and postures of yoga. This class is great for beginning and intermediate level practitioners looking to establish good form, balance, and flow in their practice. Join us every Thursday at 11:00 a.m.!
$20 drop in fee; or $20 for 2 weeks unlimited class and gym use
Imagine Fitness and Yoga, 3100 West Liberty Rd. $20. 7346228119. imagine@imaginefitnessandyoga.com imaginefitnessandyoga.com [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"The Economy of Fear in 19th-Century Japan": U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Talk by Harvard University Japanese history professor David Howell.
11:30 a.m., 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Jan. 4: Old-time jazz, blues, and ragtime by pianist Jerry Perrine. Jan. 11: Jazz, swing, and pop by the Standard Time Trio. Jan. 18: Celtic fusion by Derzier, the duo of singer-flutist Kelly McDermott and multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier. Jan. 25: Classical music by the Karapetyan-Heaton Duo of violinists Henrik Karapetyan and Eliot Heaton, with pianist Sonya Belaya.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29 and Jan. 3. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation. Note: These groups are also offered at the Westgate (Thurs. except Dec. 21 & 28, 6-7:30), Traverwood (Mon. 7-8:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 & Tues. except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) branches.
6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. A current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey. Vegetarian lunch ($3/person, $5 for nonseniors) available at noon.
1-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 3:30, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Darkest Hour": Michigan Theater.

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(Joe Wright, 2017). Biopic of Winston Churchill during the early dark days of WWII. Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3:45 & 9:15 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 3:45, 7:30, & 10 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4, 7, & 10 p.m. 

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi": State Theatre.

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(Rian Johnson, 2017). The latest installment in George Lucas's iconic space opera. No complimentary passes, vouchers, or coupons will be allowed for the first 3 weeks. Member discounts apply.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"I, Tonya": State Theatre.

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(Craig Gillespie, 2017). Biopic about controversial ice skater Tonya Harding. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"On My Own Storytime": Saline District Library.

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Storytelling program for kids age 3 & up, with or without a caregiver. No younger siblings.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Super Stories Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades K-2 invited to read stories about "Trickster Tales" (Nov. 16), "Slimy & Scaly Stories" (Dec. 14), and "Snow & Ice" (Jan. 11). Crafts and snacks.
4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 4:30, 7:30, & 9:30 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.

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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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 5-7 & 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Electric Vehicles: City of Ann Arbor 2018 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion on the future of transportation with electric vehicle experts. Also, a "ride and drive" event sponsored by the Michigan Electric Auto Association, 5-7 p.m. on Library Lane.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose rm. (lower level). Free. 327-4555.


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Jan. 11, 18, & 25. Talks by visiting artists. Jan. 11: "The Flavor Genome." NYC-based conceptual artist Anicka Yi discusses her installations that often use fragrance to create visceral sensory experiences. Jan. 18: Jamaican-born poet and playwright Claudia Rankine and Emerson College artist-in-residence P. Carl discuss "Theater Matters: Activism, Imagination, Citizenship." Jan. 25: German filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl discusses her work, which explores capitalism from the perspectives of art, philosophy, and politics.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chen Tai Chi Class: Ann Arbor Tai Chi.

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Introduction to Chen Tai Chi Chuan. Free all January. Warm-ups, stationary postures, kicks, silk-reeling. Working our way through a 72-movement Old Frame Long Form. Watch or participate.
Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main Street, 2nd floor. Free. annarbortaichi@gmail.com annarbortaichi.com [map]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29 and Jan. 3. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation. Note: These groups are also offered at the Westgate (Thurs. except Dec. 21 & 28, 6-7:30), Traverwood (Mon. 7-8:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 & Tues. except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) branches.
6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"The Other Detroit": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Panel discussion on what can be done to assure that Detroit's largely black neighborhoods share in the economic revival that's currently confined to the downtown Woodward corridor. Panelists TBA.
6-8 p.m., 2104 U-M Art & Architecture, 2000 Bonisteel. Free. 763-6518. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

3-D Printing Demo: Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff show adults and kids in grade 6 & up how to use the Printrbot 3-D printer.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301.


 6:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

BOWLING - Thursdays with Thrivent: Ann Arbor Group - Thrivent Financial.

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You are invited to Thursdays with Thrivent. Join us at our "lane-side lounge" for a few games, drinks and pizza. A great couples night out!
Thursdays with Thrivent is a monthly opportunity to meet the Ann Arbor Group of Thrivent Financial. All are welcome. Our members are also invited to come and bring a referral. We keep these events intimate and free, so space is limited. RSVP today!
AnnArborGroup@Thrivent.com 734-369-3178
*No Products Will Be Sold At This Event
Revel and Roll, 1950 S Industrial Hwy. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-369-3178. AnnArborGroup@thrivent.com connect.thrivent.com/ann-arbor-group/ [map]



 7-8 p.m. 

7-Week Ballroom Program for Beginners: The Dance Pavilion.

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A new year means trying new things, being adventurous and making new friends. If you have always wanted to learn how to dance, but didn't know where to start, this is the program for you! Join instructor Izabela Jaworska, and learn the basics to American style Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing and more! No experience or partner necessary! Pre-registration is required, limited space available. Please call (734) 369-9700 to register today! Only $84 per person for all 7-weeks!
The Dance Pavilion, 1918 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. $84. 734-369-9700. thedancepavilion@gmail.com www.thedancepavilion.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

String Preparatory Academy Faculty Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Young string musicians and their instructors perform traditional string repertoire.
7 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception": Fathom Events.

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(Gary Bates, 2018). Documentary exploring UFO sightings and reported alien abductions.
7 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). $14 in advance at fathomevents.com and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Rebellious Mourning": Literati Bookstore.

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Grassroots social and political activist Cindy Milstein, author of Anarchism and Its Aspirations, and writer Jeff Clark discuss this book that Milstein edited and Clark contributed to. It's a collection of essays that explore the power of grieving to effect social transformation.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:15 & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Post": Michigan Theater.

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(Steven Spielberg, 2017). Historical drama about the attempt by the Nixon administration to prevent the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which pushes the country's first female publisher of a nationally prominent newspaper and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalism and government. Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Explorers Club": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Jan. 11-14. Brodie Brockie directs local actors in Nell Benjamin's 2014 farcical comedy about a group of eccentric explorers in Victorian London who try to protect their club from being infiltrated by a woman. Cast: Adam Peterson, Jared Hoffert, Ann Stoner, Jimmy Dee Arnold, Tom Underwood, Christopher Tiffany, Charles Sutherland, Larry Rusinsky, and Pat Johnson.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; Thurs., $17; students, $11 on any day) in advance at a2ct.org, by phone, and at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Brian Scolaro: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 11-13. Local debut of this L.A.-based actor-comic, known for his stints on TBS's Sullivan and Son and Fox's Stacked. He delivers laconic observations about matters ranging from the plethora of early-morning urban noises to the indignities of being fat in a culture obsessed with thinness. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Corndaddy: The Ark.

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Local alt-country band, tonight celebrating its 20th anniversary, led by singer-songwriters Kevin Brown and Jud Branam, whose music filters early 70s country-rock through the influences of bluegrass, power pop, and British Invasion bombast.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [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. 

Peter Formanek and Josh Harlow: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Ypsilanti-based pianist Harlow is joined by saxophonist Formanek (son of acclaimed bassist Michael Formanek) for an evening of free jazz.
8 p.m. $15-$30 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Normal Park

Ypsilanti punk quartet. Opening acts are the Birmingham indie rock quintet Been Stellar, the Detroit lo-fi indie rock band Ness Lake, and the local pop-folk singer-guitarist Lilly Talmers. [venue info]

Café Verde: Monte Pride

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: The George and Laura Duo The George and Laura Duo

Funky soul and R&B by the duo of vocalist Laura Rain and her husband, guitarist George Friend. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Slice

East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzmeier. [venue info]

Mash: The Social Bandits

Funkified reggae-rock quintet from Commerce Twp. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

 
 


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