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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. 926-8863. [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]

 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]

 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

"Vinyasa Flow Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Better Living Fitness of Ann Arbor has designed this class to be a challenging yoga workout! In Vinyasa flow, you will be focusing on linking your breath with movement in order to create a dynamic flow of postures. Are you experienced or looking for a challenge, Vinyasa Flow may be the class for you! (This is not one of our Yoga classes for beginners).
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.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]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. & Sun. except Feb. 18. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes.

Feb. 7 & 11: "The Lorax."

Feb. 14: "Bee & Me."

Feb. 21 & 25: "Big Earth, Little Me."

Feb. 28: "We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers."

10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 per child (members' children, $4). 997-1553. [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]

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Dance Along, Sing Along": Chelsea District Library.

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Local music teacher Beth Battey, co-organizer of the Cumberland Dance Week family dance camp, leads a program of songs, dances, and musical games for preschoolers age 2 & up. Followed by open playtime. Siblings welcome.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  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! 

"On 'Bad' Chinese Food: Reflections on Sweet-and-Sour Pork": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Talk by U-M Chinese studies professor Miranda Brown.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Koessler rm. Free. 764-8888. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. except July 4. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

Jewelry Making: Upcycled Memory Jewelry: USArtQuest.

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Upcycle a special piece of jewelry by making a memory broach or pendant. Bring along your favorite "onsie" earring, special buttons, broken pins or broaches, or a necklace once belonging to Mom, Grandma or a BFF.
Don't have a piece to use? We'll have "new to you" pieces you can use plus a few fun stories to help you create all new memories.
Fee includes all materials.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea. $35. 734.562.2662. [map]

 3 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]

 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Animals Above and Below the Snow": Chelsea District Library.

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Talk by Waterloo Recreation Area park interpreter Katie McGlashen discusses how to identify different animal tracks in the snow, and how different animals forage and nest in the winter. Also, an animal track craft activity. For kids ages 6-11.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 3:45 & 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.

 3:45, 6:45, & 9:30 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, 6:45, & 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.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Lower Ed in the Digital Society": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Event Postponed Until Further Notice. Virginia Commonwealth University sociology professor Tressie McMillan Cottom, discusses the increasing inequality in higher education. Reception follows.
4-5:30 p.m., Prechter Lab, U-M School of Education, 610 E. University. Free. 764-3490. [map]

 4:15, 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:15 & 9:45 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.

 4:30 p.m. 

"Aerial Silks for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to focus on the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching.
New students will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!
This is not a drop-in class, all students MUST please register via the Aviary website before arriving to the studio
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. [map]

 4:30-6 p.m. 

"Yoga + Basic Mindfulness Workshop": Still Waters Counseling.

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This 7-week class offers a unique blend of yoga, mindfulness, self-compassion, loving-kindness, and other experiential tools to enhance your holistic wellness. Participants will engage in yoga exercises for the first half of the session and then learn other wellness tools. It is designed to support individuals build self-care modalities and resilience to work through everyday challenges, leaving them with a refreshed mind and body. This group is led by counselor and yoga instructor Mansi Brat, Ph.D, LLPC, RYT.
When: 7 Wednesdays, from February 7th to March 21st, 2018 from 4:30-6:00pm
Space is limited, reserve your spot today!
Lotus Room, Still Waters Counseling, 137 Keveling Dr. Saline MI 48176, Saline. $210. 7349443446. [map]

 4:30 & 9:15 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.

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. Word freaks of all abilities invited to drop in to play this popular word game, using an updated word list. Bring your own set, if you like.
5-8 p.m., Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington. Free. 994-0084. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Full-Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Small-group personal training: a full body strength training, cardio, and flexibility routing customized to your fitness level!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help available from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns available for sale.
5:30-7 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi Pushing Hands: Sun Shen.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm by SUN SHEN Head Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang. Please contact Pastor Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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New York-based singer and performer (and U-M grad) Joseph Keckler, who's known for his 3-plus-octave operatic voice, reads from his new memoir, a collection of essays that explore everything from corners of downtown NYC, where he made his name performing his songs and plays, to the time he spent in the Midwest.
5:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"One Prayer Class": Sun Shen.

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The One Prayer is a dynamic self-management tool, custom designed for you, that you can take wherever you go and update as you learn and grow. This course is designed for anyone wanting a greater understanding of themselves, more focus in life, and more satisfaction. The One Prayer is about having a vision, following your heart, but is also very concrete and practical. Classes are held Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30pm. Contact Joanna Myers at or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. 734-395-8486. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Show Me the Money - Financing Your Business": Ann Arbor Area SCORE.

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From SBA Loans to crown funding, entrepreneurs want to know how to raise capital to start or grow their business. Led by a SCORE financial expert, this workshop will take you through the basics of where to look for capital, how to prepare to ask for funding and more!
Topics covered include:
- SBA Loan Programs
- Microloans
- Alternative Financing
- Loan Terms and Conditions
- The 5 Components of Credit
- SCORE Resources
Ann Arbor Public Library Downtown, 343 South Fifth Ave. - third floor. Free. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

"Winter Seed Sowing": Community Enrichment at Washtenaw Community College.

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Learn how to start hardy seedlings outdoors in winter. Mimic Mother Nature to sow outside, without needing indoor space, grow lights or heat mats. You'll discover how to convert everyday household items into containers, what soils and seeds to use, and how to care for the containers and seedlings.
Class is held at WCC through Community Enrichment-- you do not need to be or enroll as a WCC student to attend this class!
Register at or 734-677-5060.
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr., Technical and Industrial Building, Rm. TI 116. $39 / free for Washtenaw County residents age 65+. 734-677-5060. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. except Feb. 21. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m. 

"Honey 101": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Zingerman's staff discuss and offer taste samples of single flower honeys.
6-7:30 p.m., Zingerman's Next Door (upstairs), 422 Detroit St. $10. 663-3354. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [map]

 6:30 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]

 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Lyra (Aerial Hoop)": A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring, or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. Students will build the strength to mount and dismount the lyra unassisted, and gain mastery of fundamental lyra vocabulary, technique, and sequences. Each class also includes dynamic warm ups, stretching, and conditioning exercises designed to target specific strength and mobility for aerial arts. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Yin/Restorative Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Wednesdays from 7-8pm
In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow the muscles to relax and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. Class is heated around 80 degrees.
Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha
Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $18. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

A Carbon "Price is Right": Harnessing the market to drive down carbon emission: League of Women Voters of Ann Arbor Area and UM School for Environment and Sustainability and UM Energy Institute and CCL and AADL.

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Pricing carbon is viewed by economists left, right and center as the simplest and most effective way to reduce carbon emissions. Momentum is growing: Carbon fee and dividend (CFD) and cap and trade policies are currently used, or are planned, in many parts of the world. How do they work? How might they affect the poor, and our economy in general? Panel discussion with Dr. Knute Nadelhoffer (Moderator), Dr. Barry Rabe and Dr. Sam Stolper of the University of Michigan and Dr. Lisa Del Buono of the Citizens Climate Lobby.
Ann Arbor District Library Downtown, 343 S. 5th Ave, Ann Arbor. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Jane Austen Book Club: Nicola's Books.

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Feb. 7 & 21. All invited to discuss Austen's books and spin-offs of them with U-M scholars and librarians. Feb. 7: Longbourn, Jo Baker's 2013 reimagining of Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the servants in the story. Feb. 21: Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld's 2016 contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice.
7 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 936-2309.

 7-9 p.m. 

On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by area singer-songwriters, who also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Dec. 6: Floyd King & the Bushwackers and Jan Krist & Jim Bizer. Double bill. The Bushwhackers is a trio that plays a mix of original songs, covers, & old-time spirituals that the Oxford (MI) Leader calls "high-voltage acoustic 'party gospel' music." Led by Floyd King, the stage persona of Dennis Kingsbury, the group also includes Jim Bizer and Maggie Ferguson. Detroit singer-songwriter Jan Krist is joined by Bizer, a fellow member of the Yellow Room Gang singer-songwriter collective for a set of urban folk music.

Jan. 3: Drew Nelson. This Grand Rapids-based Americana roots-rock singer-songwriter recently released Tilt-a-Whirl, a CD that drew praise from AllMusic reviewer James Allen for its thoughtful lyrics. Opening act is Mike Vial, the Ann Arbor pop-rock singer-songwriter.

Feb. 7: Taller Than They Appear and the Hackwells. Double bill. Taller than They Appear is a quartet of veteran area singer-songwriters--Jere Stormer, Bobby Pennock, Sigrid Christiansen, and Lauren Crane--who accompany each other with soulful vocal harmonies and on an eclectic array of instruments, from bells, bongos, woodblocks, washboards and whistles to guitars, violins, and ukuleles. The Hackwells are a local acoustic trio, formerly known as Gather Round, whose original ballads draw on pop-rock, retro-country, and Americana influences.

Mar. 7: Timothy Monger and Julianne Ankley. Double bill. Monger is the engaging local pop-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist from the Great Lakes Myth Society whose pop-rock Americana fuses high lonesome tunes with evocative tales drawn from ordinary life. calls his 2004 debut CD, Summer Cherry Ghosts, "a sweetly nostalgic song cycle, filled with sketches of places and people he's loved, memories he treasures--in short, the ghosts of summers past." He has just released his 3rd CD, Amber Lantern. Ankley is the sultry-voiced country-rock singer-songwriter whose CD Vivid won a 2012 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Recording.
7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Info: call Annie Capps at 330-5226. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Carbon 'Price is Right': Harnessing the Market to Drive Down Carbon Emissions: Ann Arbor District Library/League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

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Panel discussion with U-M public policy and environmental economy professors, as well as a representative from the Citizens' Climate Lobby. Moderated by U-M ecology professor Knute Nadelhoffer.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Creating and Running Great Ann Arbor Restaurants": OLLI after 5 (U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute).

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Talk by local restaurateur Adam Baru, creator of Mani Osteria, Isalita, and Mikette.
7-8:30 p.m., Kellogg Eye Center, 1000 Wall St. $10. 998-9351. [map]

 7:15 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.

 7:30 p.m. 

Full Metal Jokers: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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This local comedy company presents a stand-up showcase headlined by Robert Jenkins, a Detroit comic and lawyer who tells irreverent jokes with a disarming delivery. Also, performances by area comics Dan Thomas and Felicity Blue. Note: adult content.
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. $10., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Full Metal Jokers presents: Comedy and Craft Beer.

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Come to Pointless Brewery & Theater to see standup comedy performed on stage and to drink craft beer brewed on site! Performers have incredibly unique material and style but all are guaranteed to get you laughing. Beer styles vary and have included Ales, IPAs, Stouts, Wheats, Saisons, and whatever else the master brewer can dream up.
Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
Doors at 7:00 pm, Show at 7:30 pm
- Adult Content Advisory -
Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $10. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Giacomo Scinardo: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this Italian classical pianist who's best known for his acclaimed recording of the complete piano music of Mussorgsky.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion of Anders Rydell's The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Cosmosophy, a collection of Steiner's lectures.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]

 8 p.m. 

10 String Symphony and Mark Lavengood: The Ark.

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Chamber bluegrass double bill. The Nashville-based duo 10 String Symphony is made up of fiddler-vocalists Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer whose vibrant, tightly woven music has been described by the Bluegrass Situation as "aggressive, almost discordant, Celtic and dare I say punky string-chording experimentations." Best known as a former member of Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Lavengood is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumental virtuoso who is currently focusing on the dobro. He has a brand-new CD, We've Come Along, and tonight he performs with his band.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Harry Allen Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This acclaimed New York City-based jazz tenor saxophonist is joined by Chicago guitarist Andy Brown and 2 local favorites, bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers. A Jazz Journal review calls him "rich and satisfying when he's balladeering, mind blowing when he's cooking."
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Inspirations": U-M Concert Band.

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Courtney Snyder and Andrea Brown conduct this ensemble of music majors in Bernstein's Candide Overture, McTee's Timepiece, Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium, Vaughan Williams' Folk Song Suite, Françaix's Sept Danses, U-M music lecturer Roshanne Etezady's Shoutout, and local Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom's Graceful Ghost and "Machine" from Symphony no. 5.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]

 9 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Feb. 7, 14, & 21. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Feb. 14 is a Valentine's dance.
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Rm. (Feb. 7 & 21). Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Feb. 14). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]

 9:15 p.m. 

"Faces Places": Michigan Theater.

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Oscar-nominated documentary following famous French New Wave director Agnès Varda and street photographer JR as they travel around France with a portable photo booth, creating murals of individuals and places they encounter. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]


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Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo

This local singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His new 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]

Blind Pig: These Are Trees

Milan alternative rock quartet. Opening acts are Drum & Bass Connection, a Saline duo whose music blends rock, blues, jazz, funk, and reggae, and Conspicuous Bystanders, a Lansing rock 'n' roll quartet. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and George Merkel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Bluegrass Wednesday."

The local progressive bluegrass string quartet Wire in the Wood performs a set and then hosts a jam session during a 2nd set. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Mash: Rick Straub

Acoustic covers of singer-songwriter pop-folk and folk-rock by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Old Town: Jesse Kramer Trio

Jazz trio led by drummer Kramer. With saxophonist Bobby Streng and bassist Damon Warmack. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]


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