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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 9, 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 pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Rummage Sale: Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

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Feb. 8-10.. Sale of household goods, clothing, purses, jewelry, sporting goods, books, dishes, pots and pans, table linens, bed linens, curtains, pictures, lamps, and more.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 8:30 a.m.-noon (Sat.), Columbus Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 426-5558. [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. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/02/01/exhibition-view-cloudbank [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 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"History of Chinese Food in America": U-M Confucius Institute Conference.

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Talks by food historians and chefs.
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Michigan League Michigan rm. Free. 764-8888. [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]


 12:30-1:30 p.m. 

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

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Small-Group personal training in a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine that is customized to your fitness level.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 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]


 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). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [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, 6:45, & 9:30 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15, 7, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Post": Michigan Theater.

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(Steven Spielberg, 2017). Historical drama about the attempt by the Nixon administration to prevent the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which pushes the country's first female publisher of a nationally prominent newspaper and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalism and government. Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:20 & 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.

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State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30 & 8:15 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Live Action"

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Screening of short films nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:45 & 10 p.m. 

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

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(Martin McDonagh, 2017). Darkly comic drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Music in Batoni's Portrait of Giacinta Orsini": U-M School of Music.

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Musicologist John Rice discusses the piece of music featured in Pompeo Batoni's 18th-century portrait of a young noblewoman leaning on a harpsichord and holding a lyre. Rice discovered that the piece resting on the music stand in the painting is a cantata by Antonio Aurisicchio, co-written with the young woman. The lecture is followed by a performance of selections from the cantata by a U-M student chamber ensemble.
5 p.m., 2038 Moore Bldg., 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 5:15 p.m. 

The Wealthy Place Seminar: Awaken Ministries.

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Learn powerful strategies and unfailing Kingdom principles that will help you to create wealth. This seminar is designed to be an accelerated time of learning, growing, and receiving an impartation for wealth.
If you're tired of living paycheck to paycheck and are looking for ways to create new wealth, then come on-team up with Dave Williams and our millionaire mentors for a terrific opportunity to receive step-by-step motivation.
You'll discover…
- How to attract wealth…and stop pursuing it
- How to avoid five big hindrances to wealth creation
- The philosophy and biblical perspective of wealth
- The three golden rules of success in any business
- The practical side of genuine wealth
- How to recognize the poverty spirit and get rid of it
Eastern Michigan University Honors College, 511 W Forest Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. $159-$169. 517-731-0000. awakenourcites@gmail.com https://davewilliams.com/the-wealthy-place/ [map]



 6-8 p.m. 

"Cheeses to Melt For: Fondue & Raclette": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Creamery staff discusses and offers taste samples of different varieties of fondue and raclette, another popular Swiss melted cheese dish.
6-8 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $35. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland": Dexter Community Players Youth Theatre.

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Feb. 10 & 11. Samantha Kempf directs young local actors in Tim Kelly's lighthearted, slightly modernized adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy about the little girl who falls into a fantastic world of bizarre, endearing creatures such as the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Turtle, and the March Hare.
6:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 at dextercommunityplayers.org. 726-0355. [map]


 6:30 & 10:15 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Animated": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short animated films nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Vegan Potluck: Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Bring a vegan dish to pass that serves at least 8 and your own plate, cup, silverware, and serving utensils.
6:30 p.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill. Free ($10 donation for those who don't bring food; kids, free). Space limited; reservations recommended at hshv.org/potluck. 661-3575. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"10th Annual Artini": Ann Arbor Art Center Fundraiser.

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Sold out.
6:30-10 p.m., begins at the Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $55 in advance at annarborartcenter.org/artini. 994-8004. [map]


 7 & 10:15 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 7-8 p.m. 

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

  community member   < less Beginner Ballroom Classes

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



 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

ArtsX UMMA presents: UNDEFINED: University of Michigan Museum of Art.

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This program is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.
In today's fractured environment where our identities are too often framed in ways that divide us, ArtsX UMMA: UNDEFINED is an evening of student performance that aims to reject divisive categorization, emphasize the fluidity of the human experience, and view our differences and similarities as cause for celebration.
Performances include dance, music, spoken word, and a variety of mixed media and digital arts. Artists include Anthony Coffee, Spencer Haney, Olivia Johnson, Alex Kime, Hannah Marcus, Maddy Joss & Johnny Matthews, Augie Lessins & Daniel Kumapayi, Red Shoe Company, Nichole Reehorst, and more!
Join us for this special evening hosted by the UMMA Student Engagement Council, in partnership with Arts at Michigan, the Michigan Community Scholars Program, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs.
University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI, 48109. Free. 734.764.0395. http://umma.umich.edu/events/4306/artsx-umma-presents-undefined [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stamped Leather Bracelets: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for adults and teens in grades 6 & up. Materials provided.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"6th Annual Creature Courtship": The Creature Conservancy.

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Feb. 9, 10, & 14. All age 21 & over invited for wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a presentation, with live animals, on methods of seduction and reproduction in the animal kingdom.
7 p.m. sharp, Creature Conservancy, 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $35. Reservations required at thecreatureconservancy.org/upcoming-events.html. 929-9324. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"A Field of Foundlings": Literati Bookstore.

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U-M Slavic languages grad student Grace Mahoney reads, in English and Ukrainian, from her recently published bilingual edition of Ukrainian poet Iryna Starovoyt's collection that explores "the curse and virtue of forgetting" as it relates to dark moments in 20th-century history.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [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. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 7:30 p.m. 

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

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Robert Messer, Susie Lorand, and others lead to music by Steve Schneider, Josh Burdick, and Susie Lorand. For experienced dancers.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meet & Greet: Professional Volunteer Corps.

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The Professional Volunteer Corps holds its monthly meeting, social, and orientation for new members on the second Friday of every month. PVC welcomes singles 25 or older who would like to help out local non-profits and have some fun while you're at it. We schedule 2-3 volunteer opportunities and 2-3 social events each month. Participation is flexible. You are welcome to attend and check us out! Check out our web site for directions or more information.
NEW Center, 1100 North Main St. Free. pvc_a2@email.com a2pvc.org [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions.

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Feb. 9 & 23. Screening of family-friendly animated movies, including Toy Story (Feb. 9) and Despicable Me (Feb. 23), and snuggles with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1). $10 in advance at tinylions.org/mewvienights. 661-3575.


 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 showtix4u.com and (if available) at the door. burnsparkplayers.org. [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Music and Influence of Eugène Ysa˙e": U-M School of Music.

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U-M violin professor Stephen Shipps and U-M piano professor Martin Katz perform a program celebrating the 20th-century Belgian composer known as the "King of the Violin." Program: Pasquali's Ysa˙e Sonata, Ysa˙e's Poème Elegiaque and Reve d'Enfant, Ysa˙e's arrangement of a Chopin waltz, Bloch's BaalShem Suite, and Chausson's Poème.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Pajama Game": Huron High School Players.

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Feb. 9-11. Jeffrey Stringer directs students in George Abbott, Richard Bissell, Richard Adler, and Jerry Ross's lively musical about labor woes and budding romance in the Sleep-Tite pajama factory. Songs include "Steam Heat," "Hey There," and "Hernando's Hideaway." The 1954 musical won a 2006 Tony Award for Best Revival. Cast: Samuel Klinich, Radu Dumitrascu, Alex Miteza, Miguel Cisneros, Kaye Hoffmeyer, Arun Bhattacharya, Caroline Bromberg, Will Panitch, Claire Brinley, Allison Choe, Sophie Wolfe, Mary Collins, and Brendan Howard.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Huron High Auditorium, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $13) in advance at showtix4u.com. Huronplayers.weebly.com, 994-2040. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Andy Woodhull: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 8-10. This up-and-coming Chicago-bred comic is known for his provokingly off-kilter perspectives on familiar realities. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]


 8 p.m. (postponed) 

Cheryl Wheeler: The Ark.

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Postponed from Feb. 9 to Mar. 5. This versatile veteran singer-songwriter is known for her hauntingly pure voice, biting sense of humor, and alternately poignant and whimsical songs about human relationships and everyday life. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Suzy Bogguss, Nanci Griffith, Maura O'Connell, and Bette Midler. Opening act is Kenny White, a New York City singer-songwriter and pianist who writes frank, funny, sophisticated songs in various genres, including classical, jazz, 60s rock, and country.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at theark.org & at the door. 761-1451. [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

Painting: Common Cup.

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Local artist April Embury gives a hands-on painting demo. Supplies provided.
8 p.m., Common Cup, 1511 Washtenaw. Free. 327-6914. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Robbie Fulks: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Talented Chicago-based alt-country singer-songwriter whose music is an offbeat yet affecting blend of traditional country, early rock 'n' roll, and new wave 80s pop. The New York Times describes his lyrical sensibility as "sort of country meets David Lynch." His latest album, Upland Stories, is a collection of story songs based in the upland areas of Virginia and North Carolina where he grew up. Desserts & coffee available.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 (kids 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [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 theatrenova.org 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 pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Dekagon: A concert of works by Professor Anıl Çamcı": U-M School of Music.

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U-M performing arts technology professor Çamcı premieres a new work and performs his electronic works from the past decade.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Davis Technology Studio, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. (canceled) 

"Edges": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Feb. 8, 11, & 14-16.-The Feb. 9 performance was canceled due to the snow. Laura Sagolla directs local singer-actors in this song-cycle written and performed by Tony award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul during their sophomore year at U-M in 2005. Performers are Logan Balcom, Kasey Donnelly, Brendan Kelly, Emily Manuell, Kristin McSweeney, and Matt Pecek.
8 p.m. (4 p.m. Feb. 11), Kerrytown Concert House, $15 in advance at kerrytownconcerthouse.com and (if available) at the door. 769-2999. [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 purplerosetheatre.org 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. 

"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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Club Above: Liquid Thickness

Local funk-rock septet. Opening acts are Speak Mahogany, a local jazz-inflected neo-soul hip-hop ensemble, and Paddlebots, a high-energy Michigan progressive soul-pop duo. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Phil McMillion

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. [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: FreeLance

Local dance rock cover band whose repertoire ranges from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to AC/DC and Guns & Roses to Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. [venue info]

Live: Mike Smith & the Cadillac Cowboys

Veteran local country band, led by singer-guitarist Smith, whose repertoire includes classic country, western swing, and boogie- woogie. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Jason Dean

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

Mash: Rock Jones

Local quintet that plays Detroit rock 'n' soul. [venue info]

 
 


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