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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 24, 2018

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 8 a.m.-9 p.m. 

Wolverine Classic: Gym America.

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Feb. 23-25. Nearly 1,000 women gymnasts compete in this national-level competition. Complete schedule available at
5-9 p.m. (Fri.) & 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Admission $12 at the door. 971-1667. [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. [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:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

AAFF Poster Release Party: Ann Arbor Film Festival.

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AAFF is hosting a Poster Release party at the Ann Arbor Art Center on February 24, from 10AM-12PM. Coffee and baked goods (find out which sponsors are donating from Leslie) will be provided. Pick up a poster, meet AAFF staff and volunteers and be among the first to watch the 56th festival's trailers. It is a also a perfect time to renew your membership!
The event will be held in the second floor gallery at AAAC, 117 W Liberty, during the Art Now: Drawing exhibition. This annual show features a different medium each year. More information on the show here:
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W Liberty. Free. (734) 995-5356. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Coffee with Michelle Deatrick, Candidate for State Senate District 18: Friends of Michelle Deatrick.

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I'd love to talk over coffee and hear your thoughts on how we can improve our community and state. I'm the Vice Chair of the County Board of Commissioners, and I'm running for Michigan State Senate because I believe that working together, we can achieve a bold progressive vision for our state: clean air and water, great public schools that our children love, an economy that works for everyone, big money out of politics, and a single-payer healthcare system.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and concerns, and I hope to earn your vote in the August 7th primary. Coffee is on me!
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W Washington St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. Free. 5674551122. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Running Start Workshops: Running Start.

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Running Start is an engaging, mentor-led, workshop-based approach to equip youth with entrepreneurial skills to start a business. Over a series of four workshops, middle and high-school aged youth will come up with a business idea, test it, market it, and finally pitch it.
GO Where Meetings Matter, $199. 734-741-1134.

 10 a.m. 

Winter Science Series: Hudson Mills Activity Center.

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Programs for kids ages 8-12 presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Jan. 13: "The Astronomy of it All." Hands-on demonstration of why the earth has seasons. Craft activity follows.

Jan 27: "Aquatic Aces." Demonstration, with a live American toad, of how aquatic animals survive winter.

Feb. 10: "Love Birds." Demonstration of how birds survive cold temperatures. Also, a craft project to make a heart-shaped bird feeder ornament. Materials provided.

Feb. 24: "Mammal Marvels." Demonstration of how mammals survive cold temperatures. If there's snow on the ground, participants make cardboard snowshoes; if not, participants construct a miniature den in the woods to keep a cup of water from freezing.

10 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per child; $20 for series. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

YDL Guitar Club: Ypsilanti District Library.

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We teach each other songs, listen, collaborate and learn to play guitar, together. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own instrument, acoustic or electric. Ages 18+.
Ypsilanti District Library, Michigan Avenue Branch, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1386. [map]

 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.-midnight 

"Dawn Dance Weekend": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Feb. 23-25. A weekend of contra, English, square, and couple dancing to live music. Around 400 people expected to dance or just listen to the many fine musicians. Features caller Rick Mohr with the veteran Boston-area contra band Latter Day Lizards and English dance caller Susan Kevra with the northern Pennsylvania trio Alchemy.
8 p.m.-midnight (Fri. & Sat.), 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Sat.), & 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Kreft Center, 4090 Geddes. $22 per dance (weekend pass, $85). 658-8228. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Michigan Mammals": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Nature program for kids ages 7-12.
10 a.m.-noon, Rolling Hills County Park Lodge, 7660 Stony Creek, Ypsilanti. Free; preregistration required at 971-6337. [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. [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:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. [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. [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.

 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

"Chelsea Festival of Tables": Chelsea Senior Center Benefit.

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All seniors invited for a lunch featuring food from local growers and producers. The lunch tables have been festively decorated with different themes by various local groups, with a prize for the best decoration. A benefit for the CSC.
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea. Cost TBA. 475-9242. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Paper Plate Ocean Creatures": AADL Traverwood.

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Preschool-aged kids invited to make jellyfish, sharks, and seahorses out of felt, stickers, yarn, and other materials.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]


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]

 Noon-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Screen Printing Demo": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Modati Studios representatives show adults and teens grade 6 & up how to screen print. Participants print a design to take home, and you can bring old t-shirts or fabric to print as well, if you like.
Noon-3 p.m., AADL Downtown secret lab. Free. 327-8301.

 12:30 p.m. 

"La Bohème": Fathom Events.

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Broadcast (Feb. 24) & rebroadcast (Feb. 28) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini's beloved opera about the love between a fatally ill girl and an impoverished poet in 1830s Paris. Italian, subtitles. The Feb. 28 show is at Ann Arbor 20 only.
12:30 p.m. (Feb. 24) and 1 & 6:30 p.m. (Feb. 28), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $27 in advance at and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20). [map]

 1, 4, 7, 7:30, 9:45, & 10:15 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)., 668-TIME.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Breakthrough Coaching Open House! Complimentary Life Coaching Sessions"

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You're on the verge of a breakthrough, but you've been holding back. You know there's more to life than how you're living, but you don't know where to start.
I can help you:
* Clarify your vision
* Identify blind spots
* Troubleshoot challenges as they arise
* Build in the support you need to anchor sustainable change
I work with undercover superheroes who feel they've been holding back and want to unleash their power and creativity. Are you ready?
Sign up for a complimentary 45-minute Breakthrough Coaching session (in person or on the phone) Wednesday 2/21 through Saturday 2/24!
For more information on Breakthrough Coaching, visit Call (734) 707-7477 or email evaneuhaus18 AT to register.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. Free. (734) 707-7477. evaneuhaus AT [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Woodcarving & Tool Sharpening Demo by Mike Kapetan": Maker Works.

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Master woodcarver and sculptor Mike Kapetan will demonstrate the properties of wood as they relate to carving, basic techniques of carving, and methods for sharpening carving tools to razor-edge keenness. For more info, please see our recent blog post at (free to Maker Works members, $5 non-members)
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. 734-222-4911. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Workshop: Living Well with Illness.

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Living Well with Illness workshops help people discover a more personal meaning of illness through a 3-step process:
telling their story in a supportive environment,
identifying unhelpful stereotypes,
and responding creatively to the challenges of their illness.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tearoom, 114 S. Main St. Donation. $20. 8146731496. [map]

 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]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Rocket League: Full Throttle Soccer": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and kids in grade 6 & up invited to assemble a 4-person team to play this video game featuring a version of soccer played in high-powered vehicles.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th floor meeting rm. Free. 327-8301.

 1:15, 7:15, & 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 1:45 & 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)., 668-TIME.

 2 & 7:30 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]

 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.,, 761-1115.

 3-11 p.m. 

Chad Tough Fundraiser at The Beer Grotto: The Beer Grotto.

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The Beer Grotto is hosing a fundraiser Feb. 23-25 with proceeds going to the Chad Tough Foundation. Attendees can bid on silent auction items, buy 50-50 raffle tickets, and will get a discount on "Chad Tough" specific beers, with 100% of the proceeds from those taps going to the organization.
The Beer Grotto, 303 S. Ashley Street. Free admission. 734-395-7198. [map]

 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 & 8 p.m. 

"Flint": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 18-Mar. 10. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' heartfelt drama about 2 Flint couples struggling to hold onto their faith in the American Dream while they endure the diminished prospects of their once prosperous city. Stars Cassaundra Freeman, Lynch Travis, Rhiannon Ragland, & David Benndena.
3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & Feb. 2 & 23), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 3:45 & 6:45 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": State Theatre.

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

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

 4-7 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)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:15 p.m. 

"I, Tonya": State Theatre.

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(Craig Gillespie, 2017). Biopic about controversial ice skater Tonya Harding. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 4:30 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.

 4:30 & 5:30 p.m. 

"Tool Zoo": Maker Works.

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Jan. 13 & 27 and Feb. 24. Shop members lead a tour of the shop and demonstrate tools, including a 3-D printer, a pewter casting machine, a laser cutter, a wood engraver, and a plasma steel cutter. Examples to take home. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.
4:30 & 5:30 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $5 (family, $8). Preregistration required at 222-4911. [map]

 5 & 8:15 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]

 5 p.m. 

Annual Fundraising Banquet: Washtenaw County Pheasants Forever.

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Buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, and raffles.
5 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $85 (tentative; includes 1-year membership). Reservations required at, 646-5710. [map]

 5:15 & 8:30 p.m. 

"Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool": Michigan Theater.

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(Paul McGuigan, 2017). Biopic about the May-December romance between a young English actor and Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame. Jamie Bell, Annette Bening.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"22nd Annual Hearts for the Arts": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Fundraiser.

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Champagne reception, formal dinner, and live and silent auctions.
6 p.m., Barton Hills Country Club. Tickets $185 & $250 in advance at 994-4801.

 6:30 p.m. 

"Laith Al-Saadi at Lone Oak!"": Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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We are excited to announce that Ann Arbor's own Laith Al-Saadi will be returning to Lone Oak! In 2016, Laith Al-Saadi won America's hearts and a spot in the finale of NBC's "The Voice." Now he's poised to bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences around the nation and the world. Laith Al-Saadi has always had the perfect combination of Midwestern hustle and incredible musical chops - honed at the University of Michigan school of music in his hometown of Ann Arbor, and on stages across the country working with legends like Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Gregg Allman and B.B. King. This is going to be one spectacular night! Dinner menu: tba. Both entrees served with salad and bread. Only 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a MUST. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seat. $90 per person for dinner and s
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $90 pp for dinner and show. 5175228167. [map]

 7 & 10 p.m. 

Ron White: Live Nation.

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Best known as a member of Jeff Foxworthy's "Blue Collar Comedy Tour," this veteran Texas stand-up comic is known for a point of view that's politically incorrect in both the red and the blue states and for a cigar-chomping, scotch-drinking, flamboyantly disreputable onstage persona that masks a razor-sharp wit and unflappably sweet temper. He has released 4 chart-topping CDs, including A Little Unprofessional, which was nominated for a 2014 Grammy.
7 & 10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $49.75-$248.75 in advance at and all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Gabe Bolkosky presents Solo Bach: Riverfolk Music and Arts Org.

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Pre-Concert Master Class 5pm-6pm featuring pre-selected area string students. Concert begins at 7:30pm
Gabriel Bolkosky has performed and taught across the United States and abroad. He performs a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary works, collaborating with different artists from many genres of music making. Over the last decade, Gabe has founded and directed the music festival, PhoenixPhest with the intent of creating an environment open to all levels and ages of musicians, creating a more holistic musical experience without sacrificing quality. Gabe's performances have focused in the areas of contemporary music, jazz and tango as well as traditional classical music.
This performance and masterclass are generously sponsored by Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Arts Alliance, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates.
The Blacksmith Shop, 324 E. Main St, Manchester. $15. 734-223-6876. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

"17th Annual Rent Party": Vincent York's Jazzistry.

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Dancing to live music by the Sun Messengers, a popular and versatile 8-piece Detroit ensemble that plays everything from Latin and African dance music to blues and rock. Also, a performance by saxophonist and clarinetist Vincent York, who leads the Jazz All-Stars, including bassist Josef Deas, drummer Jesse Kramer, pianist Michael Malis, and trumpeter Ingrid Racine. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. A fundraiser for Jazzistry's award-winning K-12 educational programs.
7:30-10:30 p.m., EMU Student Center Grand Ballroom, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. $45 in advance, $50 at the door. 761-6024. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"2nd Annual A Cappella City, USA Festival": Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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This showcase of local a cappella vocal groups features performances by 2 college ensembles-the EMU Evergreen, and the U-M Maize Mirchi-along with the Ann Arbor Women's Chamber Chorus, the Stark Raving MADrigal Singers, and ensembles from the Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines and the Huron Valley Harmonizers.
7:30 p.m., Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. Free. 796-7467. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"31st Annual Storytelling Festival": The Ark.

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Feb. 24 & 25 (different programs). Performances for adults (Sat.) & families (Sun.) by 3 top storytellers from around the state. Headliner is Jeff Doyle, a nationally known Brighton storyteller who produces the annual Howell Opera House Scary Story Festival in October. Also, Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members Barbara Schutzgruber, Patti Smith, Jane Fink, and Steve Daut, who also serves as emcee.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 (Sat.) & $10 (Sun. family concert) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

L.A. Hardy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 22-24. L.A. comic known for his sardonic stories about everyday life and his biting social commentary. 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. 

"Cryptic": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Feb. 23-25. Marisa Dluge directs the world premiere of local playwright A.M. Dean's comedy about a member of the fictional Huron Valley Cryptozoology Club who is determined to prove monsters exist. Cast: Kylista Geiger, Mimi Keebler, Lauren Megan McCarthy, Greg Pizzino, Inney Prakash, and Craig VanKempen.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Bona Sera Underground, 200 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students, $5) and at the door. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Disgraced": PTD Productions.

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Feb. 22-24, 25, & 28 and Mar. 1-3. Joe York directs local actors in Ayad Akhtar's 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning comic drama exploring questions of identity and reinvention. A seemingly happy corporate lawyer and his wife invite another biracial couple to dinner, where a friendly conversation escalates into something damaging. Cast: Lisa Coveney, Ryan McGriff, Angelicia Morton, Neel Vaidya, and Brandon Waldenmayer.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun. & Wed.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at & by phone. 483-7345. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Les Nations: High Baroque Trio Sonatas": Academy of Early Music.

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The New York early music quartet The Sebastians, who have been praised by the New York Times as "sharp-edged and engaging," performs Couperin's Les Nations, their signature rendition of Vivaldi's Folia, and trio sonatas by Corelli, Boyce, and Handel. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program by the musicians.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. $30 (seniors, $25; students, $10) in advance by Feb. 16 at; $5 more after Feb. 16. 228-4338. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Mr. B's Annual Birthday Bounce": Kerrytown Concert House.

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World-renowned local blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun celebrates his birthday in this popular annual concert. An exuberant, powerful performer whose repertoire includes both boogie-woogie and blues classics and originals in the same mold, Mr. B has performed and recorded with world-class artists such as the late drummer J.C. Heard and Detroit percussionist Roy Brooks. With guest artists TBA.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $10). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [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 & 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.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Nathanael Romero // Submerser (Album Release!) at Ziggy's.

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Come to the legendary Ziggy's for a great night of nontraditional music!
SUBMERSER - psychedelic/jazz/rock keys-and-drums duo, kicking off their tour, featuring Ziggy's regular Josh Harlow (keyboard) and Chicago's own Emerson Hunton (drums)
NATHANAEL ROMERO - Ypsi's own! Singer, guitarist, and all around fabulous person.
There will be cassette tapes and download codes for sale!
Suggested Donation: $7
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. $7. 734-221-3961. [map]

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Road. Free. No cover charge.. 734-994-8433. [map]


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Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Nadim Azzam

Local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter whose new EP, Here's To Changes Vol. 1, is a collection of songs about love and loneliness he wrote as a troubled teen. [venue info]

Blind Pig: That 1 Guy

The stage name of Mike Silverman, a Las Vegas-based classically trained bassist who has created his own instrument, the Magic Pipe, which his website describes as a "system of electronically wired steel plumbing, shaped somewhat like a harp, with a thick bass string wired from top to bottom and a hole that billows smoke during the climax of his live shows." Advance tickets, $15. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Beverly Meyer

Singer-songwriter with a rich, soulful voice whose emotionally engaging songs draw on blues, jazz, folk, and pop idioms. [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 Terraplanes The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: 50 Amp Fuse

Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

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

Mash: The Invasion The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer-guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Tap Room: "Boylesque"

Drag show. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Switchbacks The Switchbacks

Local hard-rocking country and blues quintet fronted by vocalist Janet Benson. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]


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