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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 26, 2018

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 7 to 9 p.m. 

Dan Bennett/Justin Walter/Tim Flood/Nick Collins: Ann Arbor Distilling Company.

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Jazz quartet of Dan Bennett (sax), Justin Walter (trumpet), Tim Flood (bass) and Nick Collins (drums) will be featured.
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Ann Arbor Distilling Company, 220 Felch St. [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 or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"No Boundaries: Needlepoint 2 day Workshop": USArtQuest.

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Connie Pickering Stover helps you take your needlepoint design to the next level by using your own hand-painted threads. Learn canvas gilding and "misty stitch" techniques. Connie guids you through the process of creating your own personal expression of needlepoint using the traditional stitches you're already comfortable with, along with out-of-the-box processes. Friendly, nurturing and playfull atmosphere.
Fee includes all materials.
This is a two-day workshop, meeting on Friday January 26th (10am - 2pm) and Saturday January 27th (10am - 1pm).
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea. $335. 734-562-2662. [map]

 10-10:30 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. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Frog and Toad": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 25-27. This award-winning local children's theater company performs its play based on Arnold Lobel's beloved stories about 2 friends who help each other through thick and thin. In this version, Frog and Toad greet spring, plant a garden, and share a basket of cookies. Appropriate for kids in grades pre-K to 2. Note: The Thursday and Friday morning shows are sold out. Also, on Saturday only, Leslie Science and Nature Center representatives lead activities.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $9.60; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: It's Not Magic, It's Science!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Jan. 27 & 28. Demonstration of magic tricks-such as writing with invisible ink and making water defy gravity-and explanations of the science behind them.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [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]

 10:30-11 a.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]

 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Jan. 19 & 26. Talks by visiting scholars. Jan. 19: "#Refuse to Forget, #Remember 65: Millennials and Affective Engagement with New Order Violence." MSU anthropology professor Elizabeth Drexler discusses millennials' responses to unresolved cases of authoritarian violence during Indonesia's New Order (1966-1998). Jan. 26: Macalester College (St. Paul) religious studies professor Erik Davis on "Past Lives Present, Tense: Past Life Memory in Contemporary Cambodia."
Noon, 555 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-0352. [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]

 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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Rescuing Endangered Government Information": Special Libraries Association.

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Rescuing Endangered Government Information: Where Are We After One Year?
Justin Schell, Director of the Shapiro Design Lab at the University of Michigan Libraries and one of the organizers of last year's Ann Arbor Data Rescue Event, will talk about the availability of government information since the start of the Trump Administration and the efforts taken to protect, preserve and maintain access to it.
Univ of Michigan - Ross School of Business R1210, 701 Tappan St. Free. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Movie & Popcorn for Kids: Dexter District Library.

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Nov. 22: Captain Underpants, the 2017 animated DreamWorks film adapted from Dav Pilkey's series of books about the spoof superhero.

Jan. 26: The Lego Ninjago Movie, the 2017 animated film about a group of high-school Lego figurines who are also ninja warriors who save their city from a supervillain.

2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 2:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Trans Health Activism in Detroit: Moving Forward Together": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Ruth Ellis Center medical and behavioral health staff and members of the community it serves discuss the work of this Detroit agency that serves LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and residential instability.
2:10-4 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. Free. (586) 292-2738. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Cattle/Beef: Health, Development, and Self-Devouring Growth in Botswana": U-M Anthropology Department.

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NYU anthropology professor Julie Livingston discusses the interplay between the health of cattle and that of their human caretakers in Botswana.
3-5 p.m., 411 West Hall, 550 East University. Free. 764-7274. [map]

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4, 7, & 10 p.m. 

"Call Me By Your Name": State Theatre.

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(Luca Guadagnino, 2017). Romance set in 1983 Italy about a 17-year-old boy who begins a relationship with his father's male research assistant. Screenplay by James Ivory from the André Aciman novel. Italian, French, & German; subtitles.
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.

 4:15, 6:45, & 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:15, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Phantom Thread": Michigan Theater.

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(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017). Drama starring Daniel Day Lewis as a dressmaker in 1950s London whose life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman.
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]

 4:30 & 7:15 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.

 4:45 p.m. 

"The Final Year": State Theatre.

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(Greg Barker, 2017). Documentary about Obama's last year in office.
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.

 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Jan. 5 & 26. Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch animal-themed movies, including the animated films Home (Jan. 5) and Up (Jan. 26). Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill (south off Plymouth east of Dixboro). $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required., 661-3575. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

Beer & Cheese Pairing: Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Creamery retail manager Tessie Ives-Wilson discusses and offers taste samples of cheeses that pair well with a wide range of beer styles. Bread & other accompaniments provided.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $35. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. except Jan. 1. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., casual) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, all invited to play the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive & booster draft), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

41st Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival: The Ark.

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Jan. 26 & 27 (different programs). A major highlight of the local musical year, with established and rising stars representing a wide spectrum of vernacular musical idioms. Tonight's headliner is Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, the alt-country quintet led by Alabama singer-songwriter Isbell, a former member of the Drive-By Truckers whose 2017 CD, The Nashville Sound, has been praised by Rolling Stone for its boldness and ace songwriting that revolves around compelling characters and is influenced by everything from the current cultural divide to Isbell's young daughter. Also appearing: JJ Grey & Mofro, the highly regarded Florida band that plays a down-home, soulful hybrid of blues, country, funk, and rock. Stephen Kellogg, the popular Massachusetts singer-songwriter known for his impassioned, radio-friendly Americana-tinged pop-rock. Dead Horses, an up-and-coming Oshkosh (WI) folk trio, fronted by guitarist Sarah Vos, a singer-songwriter whose engaging coming-of-age story songs are set to music that draws imaginatively on old-time, gospel, and bluegrass idioms. Lori McKenna, the acclaimed roots-pop singer-songwriter from Soughton (MA) who's praised by Boston Globe critic Scott Alarik for "a startlingly deep, resonant, and cracklingly emotional singing voice." Chastity Brown, an acclaimed Minneapolis Americana singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whom the Billings Gazette calls "a banjo-playing soul singer, a harmonica-blowing gospel belter, a piano-pounding blues woman." Emcee both nights is Joe Pug, the highly regarded young Chicago-based folk-rock singer-songwriter whose best songs manage to blend Springsteen's conversational, musing Everyman with Dylan's gnomic parables.
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $42.50-$200 per night or $75-$360 for both, in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 6:30 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.

 6:45 & 9:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kathy Edgren and Jennifer Burd: Literati Bookstore.

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These 2 local poets read from their new books. Former Ann Arbor city councilwoman Edgren reads from The Grain Beneath the Gloss, a collection of poems exploring the realities that keep themselves secret within appearances, and Burd reads from Day's Late Blue, her new collection of poems that explore relationships with nature, family, and others.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. [map]

 7-10 p.m. 

Paul Keller Orchestra 29th Birthday Celebration.

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Ann Arbor's beloved 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra celebrates their 29th birthday with a special and rare weekend performance at their home Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor from 7-10 PM on Friday, January 26, 2018.
Since 1988, string bassist, composer, arranger and jazz raconteur Paul Keller has expertly led his big band to great heights of musicality and popular achievement. Keller's bandmates are among some of the best jazzers in the USA including Paul Finkbeiner, Pete Siers, Keith Kaminski and Sarah D'Angelo.
Come enjoy; be a part of the excitement and happiness as PKO's recognizes their remarkable accomplishment with a joyful night of swinging and thrilling big band jazz!
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. Cover charge. 734/663-1202. [map]

 7-10 p.m 

Paul Keller Orchestra's 29th Birthday Celebration.

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Ann Arbor's beloved 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra celebrates their 29th birthday with a special and rare weekend performance at their home Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor from 7-10 PM THIS Friday, January 26, 2018.
Since 1988, string bassist, composer, arranger and jazz raconteur Paul Keller has expertly led his big band to great heights of musical achievement and popular acclaim. They've enjoyed long and happy residencies at various Ann Arbor venues - first at the Bird of Paradise (13 years), then the Firefly Club (10 years), the Keystone Underground (1 year) and now Zal Gaz Grotto (5 years)! That's over 1450 Monday night big band gigs!
On this special evening, Sarah D'Angelo will sing and play clarinet with the band. PKO will perform a bunch of fun and familiar classic big band charts as well as several new Paul Keller compositions - including his latest opus: Mondays With Mary Ann - for PKO's super-fan Mary Ann Trainor.
Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto. Free parking! No steps
Zal Gaz Grotto. $10 at the door (under 18 enter free). 734/663-1202.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Read & Feed Teen Book Club: Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for youth in grades 6-12. Pizza. Trivia games for prizes.

Nov. 17: Legend, Marie Lu's young adult suspense novel set in a fictitious breakaway republic in what is now the American West.

Dec. 15: Trapped, Michael Northrop's thriller about a blizzard that traps 7 teens in their school with no electricity or heat.

Jan. 26: Ice Dogs, Terry Lynn Johnson's survival tale about a 14-year-old dogsled racer who loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs.

7-8 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Being Peace": Huron River Sangha.

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All invited to sing songs that promote mindfulness. Also, a guided meditation and performances by classical pianist Betsy McCabe and local singer-songwriters Joe Reilly and Allison Radell, with percussionist Jamie Rusling. Bring a meditation cushion, blanket, and teacup or travel mug.
7-9:30 p.m., Friends meeting House, 1420 Hill. Donation. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Out of the Silence: A Narrated Concert to Honor Black Classical Musicians of the Past": U-M School of Music/UMMA.

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U-M music students are joined by bass-baritone (and U-M music professor emeritus) Willis Patterson, harpist Patricia Terry-Ross, and storyteller (and U-M Afroamerican and African program associate) Elizabeth James in works by William Grant Still, Florence Price, Harry Freeman, Harry T. Burleigh, Margaret Bonds, and others.
7 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Simple Elegant Earrings": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for adults & teens in grades 8 & up using beads and wire.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Stewart Huff: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 25-27. Local debut of this Atlanta-based comic who rose to national prominence telling the story about donating sperm to his sister's wife. His new show, "Sense Ain't Common," is a self-described bit of "hillbilly philosophy" where Huff explores the persecution of free thinkers from antiquity to today. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Symphony Band Chamber Winds: U-M School of Music.

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This ensemble of U-M music students performs Sedlak's arrangement of Rossini's Barber of Seville Overture, Carl Henning's Out in the Sun, David Gillingham's Serenade for Winds and Percussion, Rob Smith's Catalytic Concerto, and 3 Stravinsky works: Pastoral, Concertino, and Elegy for JFK.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"(I Could Go on Singing) Over the Rainbow": University Musical Society.

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Jan. 26-Feb. 3. Glasgow-based performance artist FK Alexander sings along with a distorted recording of Judy Garland's last performance of her iconic song, over and over again for 65 minutes, singing directly to volunteers from the audience. The Guardian (UK) describes it as "an intimate, interactive live experience … desperate, moving, distressing, and beautiful too." Sustained loud noise and strobe effects. Ear plugs provided. Alexander is accompanied live by the Glasgow-based noise band Okishima Island Tourist Association. Cushion seating on floor; chairs available.
7:30 p.m. (8 p.m. Fri & Sat.), U-M Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division. Tickets $30 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Constellations": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 26-Feb. 18. Carla Milarch directs Megan VanArsdale and Forrest Hejkal in this critically-acclaimed 2-actor play by British playwright Nick Payne about the universe of different possible romantic trajectories between a Cambridge University astrophysicist and a beekeeper in a sequence inspired by the notion from string theory that phenomena manifest themselves according to shifting tensions in their components. "Brainy stuff, this string theory, but the play is a simple and often graceful demonstration of this premise," enthuses the Guardian (U.K.) review.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Cue This": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. through Feb. 9. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs a one-act improvised show guided by the "Genre Wheel" (spun by an audience member) and audience selections for sound and lighting cues.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Flint": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 18-Mar. 10. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' heartfelt drama about 2 Flint couples struggling to hold onto their faith in the American Dream while they endure the diminished prospects of their once prosperous city. Stars Cassaundra Freeman, Lynch Travis, Rhiannon Ragland, & David Benndena.
3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & Feb. 2 & 23), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Us/Them": BRONKS Theater Company (University Musical Society).

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Jan. 24-28. This Brussels-based children's theater company presents writer-director Carly Wijs' children's theater piece dramatizing a 2004 siege when Chechen rebels captured a Russian elementary school and for 2 days held hostage more than 1,000 parents, teachers, and children, more than 300 of whom died before it was over. Although not the most promising premise for young audiences, the show was a hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the festival's reviewer David Kettle says that "to call it kids' theater is really doing it a disservice-Us/Them's theatrical inventiveness and refusal to sugarcoat its tough themes make it a provocative show for any age."
7:30 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), U-M Walgreen Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $35-$40 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Wine, Women, and Song XVI": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 26-28 and Feb. 2 & 3. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers. With pianist Tyler Driskill. Singers include Laurie Atwood, Linda Beaupre, Sue Booth, Roxy Diederich, Shelley MacMillan, Deanna Relyea, Monica Swartout-Bebow, Lisa Tucker-Gray, and Kathy Waugh. Monica Swartout-Bebow directs. Wine is served. This popular event usually sells out.
8 p.m. (except Jan. 28, 4 p.m.), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50. Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson. Note: New location.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]

 9:15 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 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.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Cedars

Local jazz ensemble led by tenor saxophonist-composer Dan Bennett. [venue info]

Club Above: "Apollo Booking Showcase."

With area indie rock and emo bands TBA. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: The Nerk Twins

Beatles covers by the Ferndale duo of Mike Wilhelm and Greg Sumner. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: The Front Men

Detroit vintage-rock band. [venue info]

Live: Drivin' Sideways

Veteran local band fueled by Pontiac Pete Ferguson's alternately soulful and ornery vocals. Their country-based repertoire still features lots of classic honky-tonk, but they also cover everyone from Chuck Berry and Johnny Burnette to the Beatles and James Brown. With guitarist Tyler Stipe, bassist Pat Prouty, drummer Mark Newbound, and keyboardist Jim King. 6:30-9 p.m. [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. Tonight the band is celebrating its 29th anniversary. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]


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