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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 2, 2018

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 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]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Exhibition on view: Cloud/Bank: The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Cloud/Bank is a temporary installation designed for Exhibit Columbus, a 2017 exhibition and conference in Columbus, Indiana, by Architecture Lecturer Michael (Mick) Kennedy and a team of Taubman College M.Arch. students: Bob Allsop, Sophie Anstreicher, Scott Chriss, Chiao-Chun Chung, Julia Dallas, Kelly Gregory, Karl Heckman, Rachael Henry, Troy Huckendubler, Onur Kamburoglu, Panquat Kyesmu, Jenny Lee, Sarah Munchow, Kelsey Reynolds, Dan Smith, Tyler Whitney, Paco Wu, Shujie Xie, Jon Yates, and Yunsen Zhong. The project's goal is to embody and communicate the historic legacy of the distributed networks of design and fabrication of both industry and agriculture in the Great Lakes / Midwest Region.
Cloud/Bank features advanced manufacturing techniques in architectural design that are unique to Taubman College. The students worked on parts of the project at the College's FABLab.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: AADL Downtown.

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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., 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 Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": AADL Downtown.

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Every Mon. 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.).
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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San Francisco-based comics artist Paul Mavrides discusses his work.
Noon-1 p.m., AADL Multipurpose rm. Free. 327-8301.

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. except Sept. 3. 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]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Germanic Languages & Literatures Winter Colloquium.

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Series of lectures by German scholars and writers. Feb. 2: MSU German professor Matthew Handelman discusses the work of Gershom Scholem, whose scholarship on Jewish mysticism had a vital impact on 20th century Zionism. Feb. 16: Dartmouth College German professor Petra McGillen discusses 19th-century German realist novelist & poet Theodor Fontane. Feb. 22: Reading from her work (in German) by Theodora Bauer, a fiction writer and essayist whose recent novel, Chikago, traces the lives of 3 protagonists fleeing post-WWI poverty in Austria.
2-4 p.m. (Feb. 2 & 16) & 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Feb. 22), Room 3308 Modern Languages Building, 812 E. Washington. Free. 764-8018. [map]

 2:30 & 8 p.m. 

"Beau Monde: An Anthology in Black Movement": PURe Dance Ensemble.

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Feb. 1-3. Gina Danene Thompson directs this local dance company of more than 40 members in her new choreography that draws on influences such as Katherine Dunham and Martha Graham and blends modern, break dancing, jazz, jive, ballet, hip-hop, and Congolese dance.
8 p.m. (Feb. 1-3) & 2:30 p.m. (Feb. 2 & 3), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (kids age 12 & under, $8) in advance at (313) 828-0945. [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]

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Ice Carving Extravaganza": Main Street Area Association.

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Feb. 2-4. Members of the U-M ice carving team chip huge blocks of ice on the sidewalks into twinkling sculptures, which remain on display as long as the weather holds.
3-7 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), & 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sun.), downtown. Free. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Refutation": U-M Philosophy Department.

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University of Chicago philosophy professor Agnes Callard discusses the nature and uses of this basic philosophical practice.
3-5 p.m., Tanner Library, Angell Hall. Free. 764-6285. [map]

 3:45, 6:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Insult": State Theatre.

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(Ziad Doueiri, 2017). Drama about social tensions that threaten to spiral out of control when a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee face off in court. Arabic, 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 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

46th Winter Carnival: Chelsea American Legion Post 31.

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Two days of cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter fun (weather permitting) at Cavanaugh Lake. Also, a euchre tournament ($10 entry fee; prizes) on Fri. at 7 p.m., and live music TBA (7:30-11 p.m.) on Sat. The weekend competitive ice fishing derby (weather permitting) runs 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.). Refreshments, breakfasts, and lunches available. Raffle.
4 p.m.-midnight (Fri.) & 7 a.m.-midnight (Sat.), American Legion Hall, 1700 Ridge Rd. (off Cavanaugh Lake Rd. from Kalmbach Rd. north from I-94 exit 156), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-1964. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies Lecture Series.

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Feb. 2 & 16. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 2: "Atmospheric Citizenship: Distributions of Life in the Wake of Delhi's Airpocalypse." Rutgers University geography professor Asher Ghertner discusses Delhi's pollution problem. Feb. 9: Shiv Nadar University (India) history professor Ajay Dandekar on "The Contours of Emerging Agrarian Crisis and Its Implications." Feb. 16: Azim Premji University (India) humanities professor S.V. Srinivas on "Reactive Viewing: Screens and Publics in 21st Century India."
4 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [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 & 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]

 4:15 & 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:15, 7:30, & 9:30 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]

 4:30 & 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]

 5-9 p.m. 

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

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Feb. 2 & 16. Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch movies, including the animated films Wreck It Ralph (Feb. 2) and Ratatouille (Feb. 16). Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Becoming Digital Conference Keynote: Christiane Paul: The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Christiane Paul has written extensively on new media arts, lectured internationally on art and technology and is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation's 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art. Her recent books are A Companion to Digital Art (Wiley Blackwell, 2016); Digital Art (Thames and Hudson, 3rd revised edition, 2015) Context Providers - Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts (Intellect, 2011; Chinese edition, 2012), co-edited with Margot Lovejoy and Victoria Vesna; and New Media in the White Cube and Beyond (UC Press, 2008). As Adjunct Curator of Digital Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art, she curated several exhibitions-including Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools (2011), Profiling (2007), Data Dynamics (2001) and the net art selection for the 2002 Whitney Biennial-and is responsible for artport, the Whitney Museum's website devoted to Internet art. Other recent curatorial work includes Little Sister (is watching you, too) (Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NYC, 2015).
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"After-Hours Murder Mystery": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to solve an 80s-themed murder mystery. Wear your best 80s outfit, if you like.
6-7:30 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine rituals and challah. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at 975-9872. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Hygge": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 2 & 23. All invited to cozy up to a virtual fireplace with warm drinks & sweet treats, and mellow music, and work on a knitting or crocheting project with local crafter Beth Battey, play Scrabble, or quietly read.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 6:45 p.m. 

"All or Nothin'": Ann Arbor African American Cultural and Historical Museum.

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Feb. 2 & 4 (different locations). Screening of Charles Campbell's 2016 drama about 28 slaves who escaped from Boone County (KY) in 1853. Q&A with the director follows.
6:45 p.m. (Feb. 2) & 1 p.m. (Feb. 4), WCC Towsley Auditorium (Feb. 2), 4800 E. Huron River Dr. and Michigan Theater (Feb. 4). $10 suggested donation. 761-1717. [map]

 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)., 668-TIME.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Small Fish": WSF Productions.

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Screening of this short film, a fable about people seeking help in hard times. Also, screenings of 2 other short films and behind-the-scenes footage for all 3 films by this new Ypsilanti production company of EMU grads and students.
7 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted. [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. [map]

 7-11 p.m. 

African Beats w/KAMBA NANE (from Kenya) + RAKA: Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet.

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Vocalist and Nyatiti Master Kamba Nane from Nairboi, Kenya, with the RAKA ensemble featuring nyatiti, bass and percussion, featuring Dave Sharp on Bass, and Abbas Camara and Lamine Souma on percussion. Kamba Nana will perform traditional Luo songs from East Africa, and play the 8-stringed nyatiti, a distant relative to the lyre.
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. (734) 221-3961. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by 2 U-M creative writing grad students, fiction writers Graham Cotten and Wickham Richmond.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Mike Birbiglia: Live Nation.

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Popular, critically acclaimed New York-based comic, a gifted storyteller who specializes in often painfully awkward autobiographical tales that he mines for their absurdist potencies and relates with an understated tall-tale drollery. He first gained attention for stories about a sleep disorder he has that gets him into hilarious-sometimes dangerous-situations that he turned into Sleepwalk with Me, an award-winning off-Broadway hit and subsequent film. His current show, "Thank God for Jokes," is an anthology of stories exploring the way jokes can get you into trouble.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $37.50 at & 800-745-3000. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Across the Waves": Literati Bookstore.

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U-M communication studies professor Derek Vaillant discusses his new book about U.S.-France radio broadcasting from 1931-1974. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Lantern-Lit Ski & Snowshoe": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Fri. except Feb. 9. All invited to walk or (conditions permitting) ski or snowshoe half-mile lantern-lit loops. Fire available to warm up between laps. A few pairs of snowshoes available to borrow.
7-9 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd. Chelsea. Free. $16 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"The Trojan Women": EMU Theater Department.

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Feb. 2-4 & 8-11. EMU theater professor Jennifer Graham directs EMU drama students in Ellen McLaughlin's contemporary adaptation of Euripides' ancient antiwar tragedy highlighting the cost of war on women. "Faithful to Euripides primarily in that it presents successive panels of drama rather than an integrated modern dramatic whole, McLaughlin's linguistically fluid, poetical howl of anguish succeeds largely because-at just under an hour-it's so tightly wound," notes a Variety review.
7 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (seniors & students, $12) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.

 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.

 7:15-8:45 p.m. 

"Reggae Night": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Funky Frosty Friday.

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All invited to skate to reggae beats.
7:15-8:45 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 794-6234. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Nov. 2 & 3: Ferris State. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 & 11: Minnesota. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 24 & 25: Ohio State. 6:30 p.m. (Nov. 24) & 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 25)

Jan. 5: Notre Dame. 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 19 & 20: Penn State. 8 p.m. (Jan. 19) & 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 20)

Feb. 2 & 3: Wisconsin. 7:30 p.m. both nights.

Feb. 18: Notre Dame. 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 23 & 24: Arizona State. 7:30 p.m. both nights.
Various times, Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $15-$40 at 764-0247. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Kiss Me, Kate": Burns Park Players.

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Feb. 2, 3, 9, & 10. Burns Park Elementary School students, parents, and friends perform Cole Porter's witty musical comedy about two bickering exes who play the warring lovers Kate and Petruchio in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The score features such well-known songs as "Another Op'nin', Another Show," "Too Darn Hot," and the saucy "Always True to You in My Fashion."
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 2, 3, & 9) & 4 p.m. (Feb. 10), Tappan Middle School, 2251 E. Stadium. Tickets $15 (patron seats, $30) in advance at and (if available) at the door. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Nore Davis: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 1-3. This fast-rising young African American comic is known for his fresh, edgy observational humor addressing family, racial, and political themes. 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. 

Sideline: The Ark.

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Bluegrass quintet composed of veteran North Carolina-based session musicians and sidemen who came together to make music rooted in the progressive styles of the 1980s & 1990s.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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. 

"8980: Book of Travelers": University Musical Society.

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Acclaimed singer-songwriter and pianist Gabriel Kahane performs a song cycle of character studies he composed after criss-crossing America in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election on a 2-week, 8,980-mile "listening tour," talking to fellow travelers in Amtrak dining cars. The results "drift between stand-alone pop tunes and music-theater exposition," according to the New York Times review.
8 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $30-$45 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.

 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. 

"Dancing Globally": U-M Dance Company.

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Feb. 1-4. U-M dance students perform works by guest and faculty choreographers. Excerpts of 3 works by Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company artistic director Ohad Naharin- Kyr (1990), Mabul (1992), and Decadance (2014)-showcase Gaga, a movement style that emphasizes delicate gestures and clarity of form. Acclaimed NYC-based choreographer Shannon Gillen, known for works combining an almost daredevil physicality with raw emotionality, debuts an untitled work commissioned for this show. U-M dance professor Sandra Torijano performs a work inspired by Costa Rican novelist José León Sánchez's bestselling The Island of Lonely Men, and fellow U-M dance professor Missy Beck debuts a piece that plays with the idea of coordinated movements between individual animals when moving in large groups, as with a murmuration of swallows.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $30 & $24 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [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. 

"Game Night for Aruna 5K": Common Cup.

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All invited to play games. Prizes. Also, a chance to register for the Mar. 31 Aruna 5-km race that raises money for the fight against sex trafficking.
8 p.m., Common Cup, 1511 Washtenaw. Free admission. 327-6914. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Million Dollar Quartet": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 1-25, and Feb. 21 This professional theater company performs Floyd Mutrux & Colin Escott's 2010 Tony-nominated Broadway musical recreation of the legendary December 4, 1956 Sun Records recording session with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"They, Themself, and Schmerm": University Musical Society.

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Jan. 31-Feb. 3. This one-person stand-up show by NYC-based transgender actor/activist Becca Blackwell-who uses the personal pronouns they/them-is an alternately disturbing and funny tale of Blackwell's struggles with their religious Midwestern family, abuse, and gender identity. A schmerm is "a schmear of gender," Blackwell says. "It's basically the sound that people make as they try to figure my gender out." Discussions about transgender issues typically revolve around issues of whether society should accommodate trans individuals, but Blackwell inverts that expectation by accommodating the audience within their own experiences, says the Portland Mercury (OR) reviewer, who "expected Blackwell to attempt to summarize their trans experience but instead, Blackwell opens their story up until we the audience can fit inside with them."
7:30 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.) & 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), U-M Walgreen Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Time and Place": U-M Symphony Band.

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Michael Haithcock and Elliott Tackitt conduct this ensemble of music majors in Strauss's Suite in B, contemporary Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen's Chakra, Revueltas's Sensymaya, U-M performing arts technology lecturer Paul Dooley's Coast of Dreams with trumpeter Bill Campbell, local Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom's "Song for Band," and Ives' "Country Band March." Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a discussion of the program with Dooley, Haithcock, and members of the band.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [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.
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]


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Blind Pig: Shredders

Minneapolis hip-hop quartet. Opening act is Astronautalis, an indie country/hip-hop MC from Florida who once said his ambition is to "be the Van Morrison of this rap shit." Advance tickets: $20. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "Ypsi Pride."

Dance part & drag show. [venue info]

Club Above: "Gyp$y."

DJs with hip-hop and electronic dance music. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Jen Cass & the The Lucky Nows

Bluesy Americana roots-rock by an ensemble led by veteran Detroit singer-songwriter Jen Cass. [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]

Mash: Darwin Mamassian

Brighton folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Steve Nardella Rock 'n' Roll Trio Steve Nardella Rock íní Roll Trio

Ann Arbor's most passionate and compelling roots-rocker performs fiercely cathartic, blues-drenched reworkings of rock 'n' roll and rockabilly classics and obscure gems, along with some authentic Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker blues. [venue info]

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea: Simon Mermelstein

Performance by this widely published local poet, a 2-time Pushcart Prize nominee whose work is marked by a self-deprecating sense of humor that is by turns intellectual and playful. [venue info]

Tap Room: Dirty Deville Dirty Deville.

Local psychedelic prog-rock quartet. Opening acts are Parker Projection, a Ypsilanti math rock trio, and Human Skull, a local punk-rock trio. [venue info]


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