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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 17, 2018






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Meet the Candidate": Jeff Irwin for State Senate.

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Come have a cup of coffee with Jeff and share what you'd like to see from your next State Senator!
RoosRoast Coffee, 1155 Rosewood St b, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. $0. 7348347152. jeffmirwin@gmail.com irwinforsenate.com [map]



 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Dexter Winter Marketplace.

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A farmers market with arts & crafts, jewelry, bread and baked goods, fresh produce, eggs, cheese, meats, and more. With live entertainment at 11 a.m. by by Turner Luce (Nov. 18), the area jazz-inflected Christian pop-folk ensemble From Grace (Dec. 9), Full Circles (Dec. 23), the veteran local band MacDonald Brothers (Jan. 6 & Feb. 3), Bruce & Bob (Jan. 20), the Pinckney Americana ensemble The Pontunes (Feb. 17), and the eclectic local duo Full Circles (Mar. 3).
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free admission. dexerwintermarketplace@gmail.com, 834-3229. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Feb. 10 & 17. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Feb. 10), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Feb. 17), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email. tgriffit@umich.edu, 647-8528. [map]


 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Don't Compromise Your Calling": Ann Arbor Aglow Lighthouse.

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Talk by club member Hortense Howard. Aglow is an international Christian organization. Refreshments.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. (248) 437-9277. [map]


 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Envisioning Current and Needed New Approaches to Public Safety": Public Citizens of Washtenaw.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by local activists, on problems with law enforcement recruitment, training, and pay structures. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 484-1628. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Coffee With Anuja": Anuja Rajendra For State Senate.

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Meet a candidate running for state senate in district 18! Share your thought and concerns for the district as well as ask any questions you might have.
Biggby Coffee in Ypsilanti, 1510 Washtenaw Avenue, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. miraak@umich.edu www.anujaforsenate.com facebook.com/anujaforsenate [map]


 10-11 a.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]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

32nd Annual Winter Fleece Fair: Spinner's Flock.

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A huge array of Michigan-grown fibers for spinning and felting and handspun yarns. Also, supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, and felting. Members offer demos throughout the day. Door prize.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer, Chelsea. Free admission. spinnersflock.com, 433-9089, 769-1657. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

48th Annual Train Show and Sale: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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Feb. 17 & 18. The Midwest's largest model railroad flea market draws model railroaders, collectors, and train buffs from all over to display, trade, and sell model railroad equipment and memorabilia. Also, a kids' zone, displays of model train operating layouts, clinics by model railroad club members, and a raffle. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $6 (kids age 9 & under, free with a paid adult). 426-0829. [map]


 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All parents invited to bring their kids, from infants to 5-year-olds, for a program of music and dancing presented by Kindermusik teacher Denise Owens.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to participate in this marksmanship competition using any military-style rifle. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
10 a.m.-noon (registration begins at 9 a.m.), TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $15 (members, $10). marks@comcast.net, 276-2514. [map]


 10:15 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:15 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $17 to race. (517) 290-7128. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

"Discovering Pastel Techniques": USArtQuest.

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Sue Craig teaches you new skills and techniques using pastels and pastel pencils on a variety of surfaces.
Materials provided.
Bring your own photos to copy or use teacher's examples.
Three different classes are offered on Saturdays in February (3rd, 17th & 24th) - register at $35 per each class or take all three classes for $90.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old Hwy US 12, Chelsea. $35. 734.562.2662. askanything@usartquest.com www.usartquest.com [map]



 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Feb. 3, 10, & 17. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Feb. 3: Physics and astronomy professor David Gerdes on "The Great American Eclipse of 2017." Feb. 10: Physics professor Mark Newman on "The Physics of Complex Systems." Feb. 17: Nuclear engineering professor Sara Pozzi on "Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation."
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon 

"Cardio & Core": Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
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.. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 11 a.m. 

"YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a FREE yoga class (with donations accepted).
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.


 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


 1, 4, 7, 7:30, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Black Panther": State Theatre.

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(Ryan Coogler, 2018). The much anticipated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o.
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.


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Bunraku Puppet Making for Kids": AADL Downtown Secret Lab.

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All kids in grades 3-8 invited to learn about this traditional Japanese puppet theater form and make some giant puppets that can be controlled by 3 people at once.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level). Free. 327-8301.


 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 & 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.


 1:30 p.m. 

"Muppets from Space": State Theatre.

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(Tim Hill, 1999). Gonzo discovers his extraterrestrial origins. Kids 12 & under free.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, free. Students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 1:30-3:15 p.m.  Free! 

"My Turn: A Sensory Friendly Sunday with Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra": My Turn.

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Please join the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for a sensory-friendly performance on February 17!
1:30-2:20 PM- On Stage Touch Tour: Come experience how to play a trumpet, trombone, French horn or tuba! No prior experience required.
All ages welcome!
2:30-3:15 - Brass Quintet Performance
During this performance, audience members are welcome to make noise and move about, as needed.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Please visit myturncommunity.org for more information.
Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E Huron River Dr. Free. (734) 994-4801. Myturn@aahom.org myturncommunity.org [map]



 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Gratitude Steel Band: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Live reggae music by this local band.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 2 p.m. 

Music Benefit Recital: Dexter Community Orchestra.

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Winter Dreams 2
A chamber music benefit recital supporting the Dexter Community Orchestra's Youth Artist Competition.
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15. 734-769-2999. www.kerrytownconcerthouse.com [map]



 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Learn Calligraphy: Introduction to Versals and the Decorated Letter": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to learn to do calligraphy using an ornamental capitalized script found in medieval manuscripts. Materials provided.
2-4 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess Symposium": U-M Library.

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Feb. 16 & 17. Two days of talks by U-M and visiting scholars on the history and context of Porgy and Bess. In conjunction with a performance of the opera on Feb. 17 (see listing).
8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri.) & 2-5 p.m. (Sat.), 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]


 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 761-1115.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sat. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. If you have them, bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]


 3 & 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]


 3 & 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]


 3:30 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Phantom Thread": Michigan Theater.

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(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017). Drama starring Daniel Day Lewis as a dressmaker in 1950s London whose life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3:45 & 6:45 p.m. 

"Double Lover": State Theatre.

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(François Ozon, 2017). Drama about a young woman who becomes romantically involved with her psychotherapist, only to discover that he may have a secret life.
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.


 3:45, 6:15, & 10 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]


 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4:15 & 9:30 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30 & 7:15 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.


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Calvary Community Game Night: Calvary United Methodist Church.

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All invited to play board games. Bring your own game if you wish, or use one provided. Pizza.
5:30 p.m., Calvary UMC, 1415 Miller. Free. a2calvary.org, 769-0869. [map]


 6 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. 

Candlelight Dinner Concert with Brian Vander Ark: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Brian Vander Ark combines a smooth acoustic guitar with his inspiring lyrics to produce a sound that is highly unique. Brian may be best known as the lead singer and principal songwriter for The Verve Pipe. The band has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide and produced a string of hit singles, including the #1 song 'The Freshmen.' Since the success of 'The Freshmen', Brian has released 4 solo albums, 2 Verve Pipe children's album, and a 2 holiday CDs. The Verve Pipe released their 6th album "Overboard" in 2014. He has just released an additional album of songs written with actor/musician Jeff Daniels.
This will be a wonderful night of great music, dinner, our estate grown wines and hand crafted beer. This is an intimate, 42 seat venue, so reservations are required. Dinner menu: tba. $45 pp includes dinner and show. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $45 pp for dinner and show. 5175228167. dlbarber1@aol.com [map]



 6:30 p.m. 

Daddy-Daughter Dance: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Join us for our annual Daddy Daughter Dance at the Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center on February 17th, 2018. This is a fun and magical event for children of all ages. Take advantage of the opportunity to create lasting memories by participating in crafts, enjoying refreshments, dancing the night away, meeting a princess, getting your face painted and seeing the balloons drop at the end of the night! This will be a night you won't soon forget!
Registration begins December 15, 2017. Register online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw Ave. $20/couple, $5/each additional child. (734)971-6355 x0. dsk@ewashtenaw.org http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/parks_recreation/mlm/meri_lou_murray_home.html [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Daddy-Daughter Dance: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation.

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Dancing, crafts, face painting, a balloon drop, refreshments, & more.
6:30 p.m., Meri Lou Murray Rec Center, 2960 Washtenaw. $20 per couple ($5 per additional child) in advance at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 971-6355, ext. 0. [map]


 7 p.m. 

A2 Dhoom: Michigan Mazaa.

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Bollywood-fusion dance competition featuring 8 collegiate teams from around the country. Proceeds benefit The Hope Project, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of human trafficking and ameliorate its effects.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (balcony, $12, students, $10) at michiganmazaa.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone: (800) 745-3000. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"On the Town": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Feb. 15-18. Erin Palmer directs students in Leonard Bernstein, Adolph Green, and Betty Comden's energetic, witty 1944 musical about sailors on leave in New York. With an outdated guidebook in hand, Chip wants to go sightseeing, but Ozzie and Gabey have livelier fun in mind, and plunge into a citywide search for the lovely and elusive Miss Turnstile. The score includes "New York, New York," "Lonely Town," and "I Can Cook, Too."
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter High Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker Rd., Dexter. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only. palmere@dexterschools.org. [map]


 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

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No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.

Nov. 18: Peter Baker calls to live music by the Stout-Hearted String Band.

Dec. 16: Peter Baker and Martha vander Kolk call to music by Brad Battey & Debbie Jackson.

Jan. 20: Marlin Whitaker calls to music by the Time Travelers.

Feb. 17: TBA.

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7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 476-4650. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Peter Baker calls to music by the Time Travelers. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 476-4650. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess": University Musical Society.

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Jerry Blackstone directs the U-M symphony orchestra, the Our Own Thing Chorale, and professional opera singers in a production of the Gershwins' renowned 1935 opera about the complex romantic relationship between disabled beggar Porgy and Bess, a "kept woman." After her lover kills a man and is in turned killed by Porgy, Bess flees to start a new life in NYC, and Porgy follows her. Tonight marks the first performance of the scholarly edition of the opera. Favorites in the score include "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin'," "My Man's Gone Now," "Summertime," and "It Ain't Necessarily So." Stars Morris Robinson and Talise Trevigne. With Norman Garrett, Chauncey Packer, Janai Brugger, Reginald Smith, Jr., Karen Slack, and Rehanna Thelwell. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a talk with U-M Afroamerican studies professor Naomi André and opera editor Jessica Getman. On Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., a post-performance discussion with the Porgy and Bess Symposium planning committee at the U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$80 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

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

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All age 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.), Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $15. Preregistration available at tinylions.org/trivia. 661-3575. [map]


 8 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]


 8 p.m. 

Brandy Clark: The Ark.

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Clark is a veteran multi-Grammy winning songwriter whose darkly humorous songs about variously defeated individuals have been recorded by everyone from Reba McEntire and LeAnn Grimes to Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert. Her own 2016 CD, Big Day in a Small Town, reached #8 on the country charts.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Kira Soltanovich: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 16 & 17. This hyperanimated Ukraine-born, San Francisco-bred comic, a former regular on the Oxygen channel's Girls Behaving Badly, specializes in loopy, absurdist autobiographical fictions that include a lot of social and cultural satire. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $15 reserved seating in advance, $17 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Feb. 3 & 17. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Room. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~matc. [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 p.m. 

"Or,": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 15-Mar. 4. Suzi Regan directs this professional theater company in Liz Duffy Adams' inventive 2009 neo-restoration comedy based on the life of the pioneering 1660s female playwright Aphra Behn. Desperate to get out of the spy trade, Behn has a shot at producing a play at one of the only 2 London companies-if she can finish by morning, despite interruptions from several love interests.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport. Tickets $25 (students, $10) in advance at kickshawtheatre.org & at the door. 203-0556. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Last Days of Judas Iscariot": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Feb. 15-18. U-M musical theatre professor Vincent Cardinal directs U-M musical theatre students in Stephen Guirgis's 2005 comic fantasia about Judas's trial in purgatory interwoven with flashbacks to scenes from his early life. With their own questionable agendas, both the prosecution and defense cross-examine a wide array of witnesses from Mother Teresa and Freud to Pontius Pilate and Satan. Guirgis has "a fierce and questing mind that refuses to settle for glib answers, a gift for identifying with life's losers and an unforced eloquence that finds the poetry in low-down street talk," says New York Times critic Ben Brantley.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $20 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office or at smtd.umich.edu, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Love Hangover": Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Double bill featuring real-life couples exploring different manifestations of love. Plain Jane Glory is the Muskegon husband-and-wife bluegrass-flavored Americana duo Michael and Laura Boxer. Olivia Millerschin, a young ethereal-voiced Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter acclaimed for her catchy melodies and smart, earnest lyrics, is joined by trombonist-singer James Pyne.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door. 316-7919. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"You for Me for You": U-M Theatre Department.

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Feb. 15-18. U-M theatre professor Priscilla Lindsay directs U-M theatre students in award-winning playwright Mia Chung's magic realist drama about 2 North Korean sisters escaping to America. The Washingtonian reviewer says, "Chung's real-world-inspired fable both dazzles and repels, revealing the ugliness buried in both very different cultures."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office or tickets.stmtd.umich.edu, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 9 p.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Feb. 3 & 17. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8). Facebook.com/A2DanceRevolution. [map]


 10:15 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": State Theatre.

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(Greta Gerwig, 2017). Critically acclaimed drama exploring the bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf.

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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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Club Above: B-Side Beatles

Local Beatles tribute band. Opening acts are the rockabilly-oriented and Elvis tribute artists Shay Allen and Colin Dexter. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: The Alligators

Detroit R&B and blues band. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Chateau

Veteran pop dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Dan Orcutt

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Paul Rhodes

Acoustic jazz and classic rock by this local pianist. [venue info]

 
 


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