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Calendar of Events

Monday, April 2, 2018






 
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 9 a.m. 

"Stretch & Strength Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Stretch and Strength Yoga: This is one of our yoga classes for beginners and enthusiasts alike! Stretch and Strength Yoga class at Better Living Fitness of Ann Arbor, will help you target specific areas of your body and work towards building strength and increasing flexibility. Our yoga leaders will help align your focus to form the proper poses and make sure your focus is on improving your overall fitness.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 9:30-11 a.m. 

"Computerized Investing: Using Morningstar Data and Actively Managed Funds: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Index funds do not always win. There are managed funds that beat the indexes, but how do you find them, research them, and compare them?
We will show you how to use Morningstar and other resources to answer these and other questions about actively managed funds while you explore how to integrate them into your portfolio. Time permitting, we will explore other web-based investment tools and investing in individual stocks.
Dale Bradenburg is a retired research professor and Bob Shaw is a director and current President of the SE Michigan Chapter of Better Investing. This study group for those 50 and over will be held on Mondays from April 2 to April 30.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $30. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]


 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 22-Apr. 30. All women who can carry a tune, read music, and harmonize with a group are invited to join this independent local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com. 665-9271. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Silver Sneakers": Better Living Fitness Center.

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SilverSneakers allows you to move to the music thorugh a variety of exercises designed to increase strength, range of movement and activities for daily living.
Free for SilverSneakers Ann Arbor members, $5/class for Better Living members who aren't SilverSneakers members/$10 walk in.
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 for SilverSneakers Ann Arbor members, $5/class for Better Living members who aren't SilverSneakers members/$10 walk in. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon., 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

Tue., 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed., 11 a.m.-noon Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon., 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue., 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed., 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 Noon-3 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 12:30-4 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Closed July 4. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1-4 p.m. 

"Hercule Poirot Through the Years: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot is one of the most distinctive characters in detective mystery fiction. His portrayal in film provides an actor with a considerable challenge in conveying the character. Few have been ambitious enough to try.
We'll watch 4 actors portray this character in films based on 3 of Christie's novels, including a rarely seen adaptation from Japan. George Ferrell is a retired instructor, and Christie and detective mystery fiction fan, who has been researching the history of Christie on film. Last fall he led the study group on Miss Marple films.
This study group for those 50 and over will be held on Mondays from April 2 to April 30.
UM North Campus Research Complex Building 10 Auditorium, 2800 Plymouth Road. $30. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Writing Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to read and discuss poetry, essays, fiction, and reminiscences they have written.
1-3 p.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 3-5 p.m. 

"Artisan Chocolates - A Tasting: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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During the last 10 years this country has seen the emergence of several artisan chocolate manufacturers. While some of these are generally available in stores, there are others that are very highly rated but not widely marketed.
This tasting will focus on several of these artisans, comparing them to more familiar brand names.
This study group for those 50 and over will be held on April 2, led by instructor Sydney Kaufman.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $10. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Why Does the Modern Human Skull Look the Way It Does?": U-M Anthropology Department Colloquia Series.

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Talk by University of California-Davis evolutionary anthropology professor Tim Weaver.
3-5 p.m., 411 West Hall, 550 East University. Free. 764-7274. [map]


 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"First Monday Lego Club": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 5-11 invited to participate in a collaborative building activity, followed by free play.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 3:45, 6:45, & 9:45 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 p.m. 

"A Fantastic Woman": State Theatre.

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(Sebastián Lelio, 2017). A transgender waitress/nightclub singer fights for social acceptance after the unexpected death of her boyfriend. Spanish, subtitles. Winner of this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4, 7, & 9:30 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.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"How to Become Good Neighbors: Educational and Cultural Relations Between the U-M and Brazil (1938-1945)": U-M Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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Talk by Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Rio de Janeiro) science and health history professor Simone Kropf.
4 p.m., 555 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 763-0553. [map]


 4:15, 7:15, & 9:15 p.m. 

"A Wrinkle in Time": State Theatre.

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(Ava DuVernay, 2018). After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him in this much-anticipated adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved young adult novel.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15, 6:30, & 9 p.m. 

"Leaning Into the Wind": Michigan Theater.

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(Thomas Riedelsheimer, 2017). Sculptor/environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy and documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer reunite in this sequel to 2001's hit documentary Rivers and Tides.
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, 7:30, & 10 p.m. 

"Flower": State Theatre.

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(Max Winkler, 2018). Darkly comic coming-of-age story about a teen girl who enlists her friends to entrap a high school teacher whom they believe to be a pedophile. Zoey Deutch, Adam Scott.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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(Armando Iannucci, 2017). Satire depicting the frantic power struggle that ensued after Stalin's death. Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buschemi.
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]


 5:00 p.m.  Free! 

Wallenberg Studio Lecture: Gabriella Gomez-Mont: The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the experimental arm / creative think tank of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. The Lab is a place to reflect about all things city and to explore other social scripts and urban futures for the largest megalopolis in the western hemisphere, working across diverse areas, such as urban creativity, mobility, governance, civic tech, public space, etc. In addition, the Lab searches to create links between civil society and government, constantly shifting shape to accommodate multidisciplinary collaborations, insisting on the importance of political and public imagination in the execution of its experiments.
Besides her fascination with all things city, Gabriella is also a journalist, visual artist, a director of documentary films, as well as a creative advisor to several cities, universities and companies. She has been awarded several international recognitions for her work in different fields.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/04/02/wallenberg-studio-lecture-gabriella-gomez-mont [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

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

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Small-Group personal training in a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine that is customized to your fitness level.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness!: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Learning from Detroit: A Riverfront for All": U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Panel discussion with Detroit city planners and real estate experts.
6 p.m., Art & Architecture Bldg. Auditorium, 2000 Bonisteel. Free. 764-1300. [map]


 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Aikido Community Day Class: Huron Valley Aikikai.

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Ever wanted to try a martial art? You are invited to a free beginner's class on Monday, February 5th from 7-8pm, ages 13 and up. Aikido focuses on using the attacker's force against themselves. Aikido cultivates calmness, awareness, and fitness. Pair aikido with another fitness practice, or practice to start one. Aikido trains the whole person every day! Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. For more details check out our website.
Huron Valley Aikikai, 1904 Federal Blvd. (Behind the post office). Free. 734-761-6012. hvaikikai@gmail.com www.hv-aikido.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations on various topics led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each discussion begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Apr. 2: "The Struggle to Forgive." Apr. 9: "In the News." Apr. 16: "How to Live Before You Die." Apr. 23: "Emergency: Make Room for God." Apr. 30: "Pass or Fail: The State of Education."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Simon Jacobs: Literati Bookstore.

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This New York City writer reads from Palaces, his debut novel about a young couple forced out of their living space who find themselves the only passengers on a commuter train. At the last stop, they discover an abandoned community. As they piece together the mystery of everyone's sudden disappearance, they confront the violence and buried memories of their past. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Adult Craft Night": Saline District Library.

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Apr. 2 & May 7. All adults invited. Apr. 2: "Mug Shot: Sharpie Mugs," a chance to decorate mugs with paint pens. May 7: "So Charming: Wine Charms," a chance to make charms to decorate wine glasses.
7-8:30 p.m. SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: From Inspiration to Poem": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Neutral Zone literary arts director and award-winning local slam poet Molly Raynor discusses writing poetry from initial idea through final revisions. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Apr 16.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Kagemusha": U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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(Akira Kurosawa, 1980). Drama about a petty thief who's hired as a warlord's double. Japanese, subtitles.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50. 668-TIME. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Perennial Herbs": Herb Study Group.

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Club president Madolyn Kaminski discusses the historical and contemporary uses of perennial herbs.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Pocket Piano Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Teens in grade 6-adults invited to try out the AADL's collection of simple synthesizers that are less than 10 inches long.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Apr. 2, 16, & 30. All grade 6-adult invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. All welcome to bring their own sewing machine. On Apr. 2, local sewing expert Amber Adams-Fall demonstrates staystitching techniques, and on Apr. 30, she shows basic hemming techniques. On Apr. 16, Made by Rae owner Rae Hoekstra demonstrates seam finishing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Large Ensemble Meeting: Ann Arbor Recorder Society.

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All beginning and advanced players of the recorder and other early instruments invited. Directed by viol teacher and early music specialist Janet Cannon. Music provided; bring your own music stand.
7:30-9 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free to visitors ($35 annual dues). (914) 236-6123. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon., except Memorial Day. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Fa_ulty Showcase": U-M School of Music.

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U-M music professors perform a program in honor of April Fools Day.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Peter & Will Anderson: Kerrytown Concert House.

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These twin brothers--both clarinet and saxophone virtuosos--are known for their unique takes on classic jazz, often highlighting their closeness by trading woodwind parts mid-song. Their most recent album, Déją Vu, intersperses elegant interpretations of standards with originals in the same spirit. Tonight, they're joined by French guitarist Felix Lemerle in a program that includes Ellington and Gershwin standards, along with New Orleans jazz, Brazilian bossa novas, and some originals.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Terra Lightfoot: The Ark.

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Acclaimed young Canadian roots music singer-songwriter whose music draws on blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll. She is currently showcasing material from her recent CD, New Mistakes.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and the ark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Best F(r)iends": Fathom Events.

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(Justin McGregor, 2018). Dark comedy about a lonely mortician who is sucked into a wild misadventure when he teams up with a young drifter. Tommy Wiseau, Greg Sestero.
8 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). $12. fathomevents.com, 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Brewed Awakenings Cafe: Open Mike

The weekly lineup features mostly acoustic musicians, but performers of all sorts are invited. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Mechial White

Dexter ambient smooth jazz musician and DJ, aka The Groovematist. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Bickley/Kramer/Roe

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]

 
 


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