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Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 11, 2018

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 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 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Dec. 9 & 10, Jan. 13 & 14, Feb. 10 & 11, Mar. 10 & 11. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (members, $3; kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 605-0624. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"My Turn: A Sensory Friendly Sunday at U-M Museum of Art": My Turn.

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Families affected by autism or other sensory-processing challenges are invited to attend a free, sensory friendly event at UMMA on Sunday, February 11, 10am-12pm.
Gallery activities will encourage exploration and discovery.
Children of all ages can wear costumes and dress like a king, make a mosaic, move magnets to form a face, and create a postcard. Sketching and writing materials will be available for children who enjoy those activities.
Sensory supports and a quiet room will be available for use.
Space is limited and registration is required!
Please visit for more information.
University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S State St. Free. (734) 764-0395. [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! 

Worship Service: Episcopal Church of the Incarnation.

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The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation is an open and inclusive community within the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. We're rooted in the Anglican tradition, nourished by contemplative practice, and committed to service and advocacy.
Our work together as a church is all about connecting lives, transforming faith, and working for justice.
Come as you are. Whoever you are. Wherever you are on your journey. We don't have a dress code. And we don't have any expectations or requirements about what you need to believe in order to be welcome here.
Our church community is a diverse one - in age, race, and family structure. We welcome non-traditional families, including single parent, adoptive, multi-racial, and families headed by same-sex couples.
Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 3257 Lohr Rd. Free. 734-769-7900. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon 

"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:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. [map]

 Noon-5 p.m. 

"Brick Bash 2018": Skyline High School Band Fundraiser.

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Feb. 10 & 11. This public Lego building party for all ages includes piles of Lego, Duplo, and Bionicle parts to play with. Also, a Duplo play area for young kids, displays of amazing models by Lego hobbyists from around the country, and, Saturday only, a performance by the Skyline Drumline (2 p.m.), followed by a percussion petting zoo. Sale of Lego products, custom sets, and jewelry. Concessions.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple. $5 (families, $20)., 637-9429. [map]

 12:01, 3, 5:45, 8:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 12:15 & 6 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.

 12:30 & 6:15 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]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Mazinger Z.": Fathom Events.

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Feb. 11 & 12. (Junji Shimizu, 2017). Anime about a giant robot that is created to stop the evil Dr. Hell from attacking Earth. Japanese, subtitles.
12:55 p.m. (Feb. 11) & 7 p.m. (Feb. 12), Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Hunt for the Yeti": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to hike through the park to look for "Eddie the Yeti." Prizes for best yeti photo. Crafts & snacks.
1 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek, Ypsilanti. $3. 484-9676, ext. 201. [map]

 1 & 9:15 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.

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

4th Annual Bike Summit: Bicycle Alliance of Washtenaw.

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Join area bicycle advocates and enthusiasts for the fourth annual Bike Summit. We'll gather to make Washtenaw County more bike friendly. Together we will celebrate progress and successes over the past year and design actionable solutions for the upcoming year around the themes of Community, Culture, Education, and Infrastructure.
Whether you want to get more involved in the local biking community, learn about area bike groups or organizations, or just meet other bike enthusiasts, we want you to join us!
Free and open to the public. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.
Please register on Eventbrite:
Menlo Innovations, 505 E Liberty St, LL500. Free. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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(Note: The June meeting has been moved to a U-M Music School Moore Bldg. (1100 Baits) location TBA.)

All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.

1-4 p.m., The Ark (except June 10), 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 663-0262. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Feb. 3, 11, & 19. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Feb. 3: Gallup Park (1-3 p.m., meet at the 1st parking lot after the wooden bridge at the main entrance) to celebrate World Wetland Day by removing invasive shrubs from a normally inaccessible wetland. Feb. 11: Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area (1-3 p.m., meet at the entrance on Turnberry Lane, off Packard) to remove invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle. Feb. 19: Foxfire West Park (1-3 p.m., meet at the park entrance on Birchwood Dr. off Dhu Varren) to remove honeysuckle and other invasive plants. Also, 7-8:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, a public discussion about the city's controlled ecological burn program is held at the Veterans Park meeting room, 2150 Jackson.
Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show 2 crested porcupines out of their cage on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, cougar feedings (1:30 & 4:30 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, Arctic foxes, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. in Feb. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. (Feb. 4, 11, & 18); AADL Mallets Creek (Feb. 25). Free. 327-8301.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

"Victorian Valentine Tea": Kempf House Museum.

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Feb. 10 & 11. An elegant traditional tea with a menu that includes both sweets and savories. With romantic piano music played on the Kempf family's 1877 Steinway. Period attire encouraged. This popular annual fundraiser usually sells out well in advance.
1:30 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. $25. Reservations required by Feb. 4. 994-4898. [map]

 1:45, 5:15, & 7:45 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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Natural Remedies and Herbal Agents Seminar": Ann Arbor Adventist Church.

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Making your own herbal remedies at home is easier than you think. Come see us demonstrate how to:
- Use herbal remedies for combating stress
- Learn how herbs can replace supplements
- Combine herbs for increasing energy
- Use herbs to aid sleep
- Discover how herbs can reduce pain & inflammation
And much more!!!
Meeting will be held in the FreeSpace in the Ann Arbor District Library
About the presenter:
Lee Wellard was a graduate from the Institute of Medical Ministry at Wildwood Lifestyle Center & Hospital. He was a teacher of applied physiology and nutrition. Lee also served as Wildwood's Health Emphasis coordinator and traveled extensively across the United States lecturing to many locations on health related topics & has done multiple health programs on TV networks & radio & also contributes health publications for the Health & Healing Journal. Lee has been trained as a Health Practitioner in Natural remedies, a Master Herbalist, & currently completing his PhD in Na
Ann Arbor District Library FreeSpace, 343 S 5th Ave, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. Free. [map]

 2 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Nutshell: Chelsea District Library Sonic Sunday.

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Traditional Celtic music infused with influences from various other musical traditions by this local ensemble known for its rich and varied instrumental textures and stirring solo and harmony vocals. With lead vocalist and bodhrán player Linda Teaman, fiddler-vocalist Susie Lorand, guitarists Glenn Simon and John Lloyd, and flutist and sitarist Tom Voiles.
2-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults & teens in grades 9 & up invited to discuss Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi's acclaimed novel exploring the damaging effects of the slave trade on 7 generations of a family split between the U.S. and Ghana's Gold Coast.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m. 

Winter Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Feb. 4: Geologist Larry Bean explains how glaciers moved across the state in "Why Does Michigan Look Like a Mitten?"

Feb. 11: Wild World Zoo (Jackson) owner Brendan Finerty presents an interactive animal program in "A World of Animals."

Feb. 18: DNR wildlife biologist Kristin Wildman presents "Michigan's Rattler," a hands-on introduction to the Massasauga rattlesnake, with tips on what to do if you encounter it in the wild.

Feb. 25: "Build Your Own Telescope" with local astronomy buff Meg Gower. Additional $8 fee for materials.
2-3:30 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]

 2 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]

 2 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]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Glove Monsters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for adults and teens in grades 6 & up repurposing odd gloves into stuffed monsters with a few simple stitches. Materials provided, but bring leftover gloves if you have them.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. All kids in grades 3-8 invited to try out this popular computer game that involves constructing things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown training center. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Red Circle: Designing Japan in Contemporary Posters": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of 1980s Japanese graphic design posters that were meant to change Japan's global image. The exhibit also includes works by Paul Rand, a graphic designer who created the IBM THINK promotional campaign that turned the letters of its logo into pictures.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 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.

 2:15, 5, & 7:30 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]

 2:30 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 726-0355. [map]

 3 p.m. 

2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off: Michigan Ability Partners.

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All invited to sample chili and vote on a favorite. Live music by local singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas. Silent auction, raffle, & cash bar.
3-6 p.m., National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, 3025 Boardwalk. $20 admission (includes 2 drink tokens). To enter a chili-making team, email 975-6880. [map]

 3-3:45 p.m.  Free! 

Randy Kaplan: AADL Westgate.

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An interactive program of old-time blues, vintage jazz, and pop ballads intermixed with comedic storytelling by this nationally renowned singer-guitarist, a U-M grad best known for his "not-JUST-for-kids" CDs. For kids in grades preK-5.
3-3:45 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting rm. (Feb. 4, 11, & 18); AADL Mallets Creek (Feb. 25). Free. 327-8301. [map]

 3 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]

 3 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, 994-2040. [map]

 3:20 & 8:45 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.

 3:45 & 9 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.

 4 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"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 and (if available) at the door. 769-2999. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"This Is My Beloved Son: A Festival of Hymns": Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival.

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Organist Michael Burkhardt, an internationally known hymn festival director, leads the Ypsilanti First Presbyterian Church chancel choir and audience members in hymns that celebrate Epiphany and the Transfiguration, in styles ranging from African American spirituals and German chorales to Taizé, Tanzanian, Israeli, and Welsh traditions. Reception follows.
4 p.m., First Presbyterian, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Free. 482-1525. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Kids: Sun Shen.

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From the slow Tai-Chi Form, which activates balance and calm, to playful Pushing Hands, which gives kids a safe, gentle outlet to explore themselves, to meditation techniques which they can use in the classroom and at home, this class invites kids to learn about themselves, and introduces them to skills that will bring them a lifetime of happiness! Available for children from 5 to 17 years old. Classes are held Sundays, 4:30 - 5:30pm.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70 / month, $21 / drop in. 734-845-9786. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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

 5-8 p.m. 

Sunday Evening Rhythm Club: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings (P.O.R.K.).

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During the 1920s and early 1930s, early jazz veteran Jelly Roll Morton and younger modernist Duke Ellington both used this band's 10-piece instrumentation, keeping the free-wheeling rhythm of New Orleans jazz and mixing it with smooth, pre-Swing big-band arranging. PORK offers this early big-band music and many period pop standards by songwriters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin and others, evoking a particularly rich musical era. Pianist James Dapogny and tubaist/trombonist Chris Smith lead this dance-friendly jazz band.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. 734/663-1202. or [map]

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

Community Classes: Second Sundays Under The Pavilion.

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Every Second Sunday of the month from 5:30-7:00 pm, The Dance Pavilion will be hosting FREE Community Classes! We believe that dance and fitness should be available to everyone in our community, so we invite you to come on down and try something new once a month - at no charge. Each month will feature one dance class and one fitness class.Tips to the teachers will be accepted, but never expected!
January 14th -- Salsa & Pilates
February 11th -- Waltz & Stretch and Release
More classes schedules coming soon!
Please call for more information (734) 369-9700!
All ages and levels, no experience required!
No registration required, see you every Second Sunday!
The Dance Pavilion, 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-369-9700. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

"Coloring with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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All age 12 & up invited to color while interacting with adoptable cats. Snacks, soda, and coloring supplies provided.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Preregistration recommended at 661-3575. [map]

 6-7 p.m. 

"Restorative Yin Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Designed to be stress relieving and focus specifically on restorative breathing, this class will help you sleep better and improve your overall flexibility. Restorative Yoga at Better Living Fitness in Ann Arbor is a great way to ease out of the weekend.
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. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Free. Email to confirm or check 717-1569. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Euchre Tournament: Fraser's Pub.

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Every Sun. All invited to play 5 euchre games of 12 hands each. No partner necessary.
6 p.m., Fraser's Pub, 2045 Packard. $5. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Feb. 11 & 25. Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by local veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday of each month features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming. Also, on Feb. 18, there is a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at 998-9353. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Community Sing": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All invited to join this monthly gathering to sing songs from the various branches of American folk music.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5. 794-6250. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Follies": University Musical Society.

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Taped broadcast of the acclaimed National Theatre (London) production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 musical about the reunion of follies showgirls in a vintage vaudeville theater, where they are haunted by the ghosts of their former lives. "Directed in a remarkable musical theater debut by Dominic Cooke, whose experience in the American repertoire includes banner revivals of Arthur Miller and August Wilson, Follies is here revealed afresh to be considerably more than the sum of its ravishing melodic parts. The beauty comes embedded in-intermingled with-the bleak," writes the New York Times reviewer. Favorites in the score include "I'm Still Here," "Broadway Baby," "Too Many Mornings," "Losing My Mind," and "Could I Leave You?"
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $18-$22 in advance at, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Kitty Donohoe: The Ark.

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This Irish-American singer-songwriter from Detroit is known for her bell-like soprano--an instrument that has been described as "rich, flexible, soaring, and haunting"--and her grittily realistic, bluesy original songs. In its review of her latest CD Northern Border, Sing Out! calls her "one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric."
7:30 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]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"8 Pointless Minutes: A Long Form Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to form groups to perform an 8-minute improv sketch. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun. except Feb. 25. Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Feb. 4 & 11) & Pendleton Room (Feb. 18), $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Cape Breton Fiddle Night": Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Fiddlers Katie McNally and Rachel Reeds and pianist Neil Pearlman are frequent collaborators at the Canadian American Club, the hub of the Boston's Cape Breton community. McNally was dubbed "the new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA" by The Living Tradition, a Southern California nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of traditional music and dance. Michigan native Reeds, the 2013 New England Regional Scottish Fiddle champion, has just released her first album, Sparkjoy. Pearlman's keyboard skills have drawn praise from Celtic music commentators from BBC Scotland to WGBH, but most memorably from Cape Breton fiddle legend Jerry Holland, who likened Pearlman's hands during a performance to "watching two spiders on crack."
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 ($10 for Saline Fiddlers members) at the door. 316-7919. [map]


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Blind Pig: Magic Giant

Los Angeles Americana pop band that plays infectious sing-alongs and tunes that blend folk instruments with big drums and dance rhythms. Opening act is The Brevet, a southern California alternative rock quartet. Advance tickets: $12 ($15 at the door). 7:30-11 p.m. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: "Song Circle"

All invited to drop in to play their work or just listen. Hosted by veteran singer-songwriter Annie Capps. 2-5 p.m. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzemeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Old Town: Ralston Bowles

Acclaimed Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose songs are known for their nervy, biting wit. "Ralston Bowles's music is a puckish satire on the mores of contemporary society--a droll spoof aimed at the head and the heart," says WYCE-FM (Grand Rapids) station manager Michael Packer. "He's the Cheshire Cat of the folksters, slyly romping in an unpredictable wonderland." [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]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]


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