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Calendar of Events

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 8 a.m. 

Twinkie Run 5K: Ann Arbor Active Against ALS.

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Moved from April Fools' Day. 5-km timed run along the Huron River on a 2-loop course in Gallup Park. Twinkie medals for all finishers. Proceeds benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) research.
8 a.m., Gallup Park canoe livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. $20-$25 (prices increase incrementally after Mar. 31), (youth age 12 & under, $18-$22) in advance; $30 day of race. Twinkie T-shirts ($13) available. Preregistration: [map]

 8 a.m. 

Twinkie Run 5K for ALS: Active Against ALS.

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5K run for ALS in Ann Arbor's beautiful Gallup Park. Eat a Twinkie at the beginning and another in the middle of the course. Grilled Twinkies and more at the end of the race.
• All details and registration links at
• Regular registration (March 1st - March 31st): $20 adults; $18 youth
• Late online registration (April 1st - April 14th): $23 adults; $20 youth
• WAY LATE ONLINE registration (April 15th - April 21st): $25 adults; $22 youth
• RACE DAY registration - if not full! (April 22nd): $30
• Custom finisher medals for EVERY PARTICIPANT!
• 6:30am - 7:59am Race number pickup
• 8:00am RACE START
• Awards: Custom age group awards for adults and youth
• All net proceeds from the run will benefit research and projects aggressively seeking a cure or effective treatment for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).
Gallup Park Canoe Livery, 3000 Fuller Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $20. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Apr. 14, 21, 22, 28, & 29. 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.


Apr. 14: The Ponds Park (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Emerald & Candlewick) to help remove invasive garlic mustard.


Apr. 21: Cedar Bend Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the Island Park parking lot, 1450 Island Dr. off Maiden Ln.) to remove invasive dame's rocket and garlic mustard.


Apr. 22: Maryfield Wildwood Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Linwood & Wilton) to remove invasive plants to honor Earth Day.


Apr. 22: Miller Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at Arborview Blvd. entrance, just east of Wildwood) to celebrate Earth Day by removing invasive garlic mustard & dame's rocket.


Apr. 28: Mary Beth Doyle Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to plant shrubs along Mallets Creek to increase the native habitat of this 81-acre park.


Apr. 28: Molin Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Powell & Columbia.) to remove garlic mustard and other invasives.


Apr. 29: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet in the Marshall Nature Area parking lot off Dixboro Rd. north of Plymouth Rd.) to remove garlic mustard and other invasives.

Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.

 10 a.m. 

"Free/Donation Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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This yoga class features our newest graduates of MTY. They will be teaching a Free/Donation Yoga class on Sundays from 10-11am. They will be alternating weeks, gaining experience teaching, and giving you exposure to these new teachers and their teaching styles. Please come to support them when you are able!
These classes are a combination of flow and holding postures. The studio will be heated between 80-85 degrees.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. 7347577213. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Antiques Market.

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Apr. 21 & 22. Large show and sale of antiques in various styles from mid-century to industrial design to folk art and more. Deliveries available. Concessions.
8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. $6 (children age 12 & under accompanied by an adult, free)., 678-0173. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Robert Love Memorial Knap-In": Michigan Flintknappers.

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Michigan artisans demonstrate the ancient art of stone-age tool making.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Chelsea Rod & Gun Club, 7103 Lingane Rd., Chelsea. Free. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Weekend Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Mar. 30-Apr. 1: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" (David Bowers, 2017). Comedy about a kid who derails his family's road trip in a scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

Apr. 6-8: "The Star" (Timothy Reckart, 2017). Animated retelling of the Christmas story from the perspective of a brave donkey and his animal friends.

Apr. 13-15: "Wonder" (Stephen Chbosky, 2017). Inspiring drama about a 5th grader with extreme facial differences who attends a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson.

Apr. 20-22: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about a meh emoji who rebels against the rule that emojis must have only one facial expression.

10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. beginning Apr. 8. Juried market that features local handmade arts and crafts, usually with a different theme each week. Free balloons for kids on opening day. Apr. 22: Earth Day. The market features reused, reusable, earth-friendly, and organic items, and Fairview Studios owner Joan Hutchinson demonstrates how to make a wheel of life out of feathers and a circle of vines.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]


2018 Tour of Remodeled Homes: NARI of Southeast Michigan.

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The 2018 Tour of Remodeled Homes, presented by NARI of Southeast Michigan, showcases 10 homes that have been remodeled throughout Ann Arbor and Plymouth. This event runs Saturday April 21st from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday April 22nd from 12pm to 6 pm.
Admission is $10 per person, with children five and under being free. Tickets are available at all 10 of the Tour of Remodeled Homes projects, tickets must be validated before entering, and are good for use on both days of the tour. Each ticket sale is accompanied by a complimentary tour guide, complete with project map. Online ticket sales are available at
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) of Southeast Michigan is a not-for-profit trade association committed exclusively to the service of the professional remodeling industry and its customers. For more information please visit and for a media interview please contact Tour Chair, Andi Harv
Plymouth & Ann Arbor, MI, 1416 Hartsough St. Plymouth, MI, Plymouth. $10. (734) 335-8831. [map]

 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day Festival: City of Ann Arbor.

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This family-oriented event features live raptors and amphibians & reptiles, hands-on craft activities, guided hikes to Black Pond, green building and commuting displays, and more. Also, exhibits by more than 40 local environmental, nonprofit, and governmental organizations, and educational presentations on a variety of sustainability topics, including a performance of environmental songs and stories by local singer-songwriter Joe Reilly (2:30 p.m.). Also, all encouraged to come dressed as their favorite animal to join an "All Species Parade" (2:15 p.m.). Face painting. Light concession refreshments from Shimmy Shack, Ray's Red Hots, and Hero or Villain food trucks. All encouraged to ride bikes to the festival.
Noon-4 p.m., Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. Free. 794-6627. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m. 

"Brewing Methods": Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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Zingerman's Coffee Co. staff demonstrate and discuss 6-8 different ways to brew coffee, from filter drip to syphon pot.
Noon-2 p.m., Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-6060. [map]

 Noon-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: paper engineering.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Feb. 24) & noon-4 p.m. (Feb. 25), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


"Trap Shoot": Tri-County Sportsmen's League.

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All invited to shoot at launched targets. Bring your own gun and ammunition.
Noon-3 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon, Saline. $4.50 (members, $4) for a 25-target round. 429-9561. [map]

 12:01, 2:45, 5:45, & 8:45 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)., 668-TIME.

 12:15, 12:45, 3, 3:30, 6, 6:30, 8:15, & 9 p.m. 

"Isle of Dogs": State Theatre.

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(Wes Anderson, 2018). Stop-motion animated comedy set in near-future Japan about a boy searching for his lost dog.
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, 3:15, 6:15, & 8:30 p.m. 

"Foxtrot": State Theatre.

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(Samuel Maoz, 2017). A grieving couple tries to piece together the events that led up to their son's death at a remote military post. Hebrew, 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.

 12:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Seekers Series: Information about Ann Arbor Quakers": Ann Arbor Friends Meeting.

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Informal gathering to provide information to those interested in knowing more about Quakers (The Society of Friends). The topic for April 8th is "Quakers: Who Are We?" For April 22nd, 2 speakers will discuss their process of becoming "Attender to Member". Light refreshments provided. We will meet in the living room of Quaker House. Feel free to ask anyone there for its location.
Quaker House, 1420 Hill Street. Free. open to the public. 734 761-7435. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"The Cat Returns": Fathom Events.

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Apr. 22, 23, & 25. (Hiroyuki Morita, 2002). Studio Ghibli anime about a schoolgirl who befriends a cat that turns out to be a magical prince who wants her to marry him and live in the Kingdom of Cats. Dubbed (Apr. 22 & 25) and subtitled (Apr. 23).
12:55 p.m. (Arp. 22) & 7 p.m. (Apr. 23 & 25), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). $12 in advance at and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Tour: Kempf House Museum.

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Guided tours of this restored 19th-century Greek Revival home, named for the family of German American musicians who occupied it circa 1900.
1-4 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free; donations accepted. 994-4898. [map]

 1 p.m. 

U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 16-18: Bowling Green. Home-opening 3-game series. 4 p.m. (Mar. 16), 2 p.m. (Mar. 17), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 18).

Mar. 21: WMU. 1 p.m.

MSU. 4 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 25).

Mar. 28: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30-Apr. 1: Delaware. (Mar. 30, 4 p.m.; Mar. 31 doubleheader, noon & 3 p.m.; & Apr. 1, 1 p.m. ).

Apr. 4: Toledo. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13-15: 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 13, 4 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 20-22 3-game series vs. Penn State. Apr. 20, 4 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.

May 1: EMU. 6 p.m.

May 11-13: 3-game series vs. Illinois. May 11, 6 p.m.; May 12, 2 p.m.; May 13, noon.
Various times (see listing), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets TBA. 764-0247.

 1 p.m. 

U-M Softball.

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Mar. 21: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30, 31, & Apr. 1: 3-game Big 10 series vs. Purdue. Mar. 30, 4 p.m., Mar. 31, 2 p.m. & Apr. 1, 1 p.m.

Apr. 4: EMU. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13, 14, & 15: 3-game series vs. Rutgers. Apr. 13, 6 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, noon.

Apr. 20, 21, & 22 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 20, 6 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.

May 1: WMU. 6 p.m.

May 4-6: 3-game series vs. Ohio State. May 4, 6 p.m.; May 5, 1 p.m.; May 6, 6 p.m.
Various times, see listing. Alumni Field, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each; U-M students, faculty, & staff, free). 764-0247.

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Kangaroos!": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show Maybelline and Tulip the kangaroos 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, giant tortoises, an Arctic fox, 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]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Detroit Unleaded": Ann Arbor District Library.

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(Rola Nashef, 2013). Boy-meets-girl comedy about a young Lebanese American man who has to run his family's Detroit gas station after his father's death. Q&A with the director.
1-3 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200.

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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. (Apr. 8, 15, & 22); AADL Traverwood (Apr. 29). Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. beginning Apr. 8. 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. 

"Hand in Hand Parenting Starter Class": Catherine Fischer, Certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor.

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This six-week class led by Certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor Catherine Fischer will help you to reduce stress in your family and help you better understand how children's emotions work.
You will learn new ways to respond to tantrums, how to set limits effectively with both warmth and firmness and new ways to connect with your children through play.
Parents have found these tools helpful with aggression, whining, power struggles, bedwetting, sleep problems, shyness and helping children with specific fears, as well as increasing the parents' own confidence and enjoyment of their children and of parenting.
The class fee includes a manual and a set of "Listening to Children" booklets for each class member or couple.
Great Oak Cohousing, 500 Little Lake Drive. $210 per person or $335 per couple.. 734-395-5244. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

The Mosaic Singers: Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just for Kids Series.

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This octet from the award-winning Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit performs a rousing family-oriented program of vocal music that ranges from Motown to Mozart and from Broadway tunes to Bach.
Mozart and from Broadway tunes to Bach. 1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $13 (MTF members, $11) in advance at Nicola's Books in Westgate &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]

 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Demystifying Michigan Court Records": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by Archives of Michigan archivist Jessica Harden. Followed by a presentation by club president Marcia McCrary on "Ypsilanti Court Records."
1:30 & 3:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"The Devil's Music": Theatre NOVA.

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Theatre NOVA presents the Michigan premiere of this hit Off-Broadway musical celebration of the legendary Bessie Smith, whose life was as large and outrageous as her talent. The Devil's Music re- imagines Bessie's final electrifying evening after she and her band are turned away by a whites-only theatre. This is a musical celebration not to be missed, packed with a trove of Bessie's all-time hits-songs like "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues," and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." Featuring K Edmonds and Brian Buckner.Directed by Lynch Travis.
The production team includes Forrest Hejkal (scenic design), Daniel C. Walker (lighting) and Michelle Resnick (stage manager).
Tickets are $25, and Theatre NOVA continues its commitment to make theatre accessible by offering pay-what-you-can tickets for those who need them. For tickets, visit, call 734-635-8450 (Tuesdays through Fridays from noon until 3 p.m.), or buy them in person at the box office one hour before showti
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron St. $25, Pay-What-You-Can ticket available. 734-635-8450. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell.
2-4 p.m., AADL Downtown 3rd-floor freespace rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free., 997-5388. [map]

 2 p.m. 

CURTAINS, the Big Broadway Musical Comedy Whodunit.

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Nominated for eight Tony Awards, this hilarious musical comedy is a show-within-a-show. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on opening night, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Now the cops have the whole theater on lockdown, and Detective Frank Cioffi must sort out the clues, including scheming understudies, financially motivated producers, and feuding songwriters to solve the crime. But, as you know, the show must go on!!
This show is a perfect way to escape for a few hours of fun and laughter with your family, friends, co-workers, or group.
Curtains, from the creators of "Cabaret" and "Chicago", is directed by Lynn Wilde and produced by Ann Langford and features a talented cast from all over Livingston County. With many brand new faces and a number of your favorites, this is a show you are sure to enjoy!
Order tickets at For further information, call the Pinckney Players hotline at 810-206-5911 or visit us at
Jane Tasch Performing Arts Theater, 2100 W Michigan 36, Pinckney, MI 48169, Pinckney. $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors (additional $2.00 at door). 810-206-5911. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Kathleen Kelly: U-M School of Music.

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Piano concert by this U-M opera coach who has performed internationally as a recital pianist.
2 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Rock Art: Saline District Library.

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Salt Valley Arts instructor Stacey Harper shows how to paint skulls, mandalas, and more on found rocks.
2-3:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m. 

Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Mar. 25 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Close Encounters with Animals." Science Alive (Grand Rapids) members display some live animals and discuss the ways they use trickery, mimicry, camouflage, and other adaptations to survive.


Apr. 7 (8-9:30 p.m.): "Night of the Amphibians." WNHA naturalist Tom Hodgson discusses and displays live frogs, toads, and salamanders and leads a night walk to a nearby spring pond to look and listen for them. Bring a flashlight, dress for the weather, and be prepared to get your feet wet.


Apr. 15: "Spring Waterfowl Tour." WNHA naturalist Gary Siegrist leads a trek to spot migrating ducks, geese, and other water birds. Bring your own binoculars or spotting scopes, and dress for the weather.


Apr. 22: "Edible Plants Foraging Walk." Will Forage for Food founder Rachel Misfud leads a walk to look for edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms.


Apr. 29: "Uncommon Creatures." Creature Conservancy representatives display and discuss a sloth, an armadillo, an anteater, and other unusual animals not found in Michigan.

2-3:30 p.m. (except as noted), Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"All About the Trio": Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M jazz piano professor Ellen Rowe leads her trio in one of her popular lecture-concerts. With bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Arcadia": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Apr. 19-22. Melissa Freilich directs local actors in Tom Stoppard's critically acclaimed 1993 drama, a witty, challenging comedy-fantasy in which two groups of people--one living in the early 19th century, one in the present--alternately inhabit the same room in an English country manor. The first group includes a 13-year-old female prodigy and some of the leading poets and scholars of the day. In the second group is a couple of literary historians bent on uncovering events which took place in the house nearly 200 years before. They scour old manuscripts and artifacts for clues--often misinterpreting them. Over the course of the play, the characters explore Newtonian physics, chaos theory, Romantic poetry, and the perils of history itself, eventually coming together in the final scene for a remarkable denouement. Cast: Brittany Batell, Laura Lilly Cotten, Chris Grimm, Elijah Hatcher-Kay, Greg Kovas, Theo Polley, Sara Rose, Rob Roy, Russ Schwartz, Kate Umstatter, Elizabeth Wagner, and David Widmayer.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; Thurs., $17; students, $11 on any day) in advance at & at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Exercising the Eye: The Gertrude Kasle Collection": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of 1960s & 1970s avant-garde paintings, works on paper, and sculptures from the collection of this pioneering Detroit female gallery owner.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"In the Heights": Pioneer High School Theater Guild.

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Apr. 21, 22, & 27-29. Students perform Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes's musical about 3 days in the life of people living in NYC's Hispanic-American Washington Heights neighborhood. The score draws on hip-hop, salsa, and merengue.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $15 (seniors age 65 & over and students, $10) in advance at and at the door.; 994-2120, ext. 38527. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Into the Woods": Concordia University.

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Apr. 19-22. Students perform Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical, a darkly comic reworking of several Grimm fairy tales. The show features one of Sondheim's most eclectic scores, ranging in style from jazz to vaudeville to rhapsodic ballads and operatic duets and trios.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theater, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $14 (students & seniors, $8). 995-7357. [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]

 2-2:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Reading Without Walls Craft Activity": AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner.

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Multicultural games and craft activities for kids in grades 1-5.
2-2:40 p.m., AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner. Free. 327-4200.

 2 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 29-May 26. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of David MacGregor's drama that imagines the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the as-yet-undiscovered artistic genius Vincent van Gogh. Dr. Watson and Irene Adler join Sherlock in uncovering the audacious crime. Note: adult language & content. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Tom Whalen, Rusty Mewha, and Caitlin Cavannaugh.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & 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 p.m. 

"The 39 Steps": Brass Tacks Ensemble.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Apr. 20-29. Ethan Gibney directs this local troupe in Patrick Barlow's 2005 farce, a spoof of Hitchcock's 1935 mistaken-identity thriller, set in London, featuring a bored-with-life playboy who unexpectedly finds himself involved in risky espionage. The action is an almost continuous series of quick-changes, as 4 actors play a multitude of parts. Cast: Daniel Bizer-Cox, Isaac Ellis, Dory Mead, & Maegan Murphy.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Children's Creative Center, 1600 Pauline. Tickets $15 (students with ID, $5) in advance via email to and by calling 926-5376, and at the door. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 30-Apr. 29. Lynch Travis directs the Michigan premiere of Angelo Parra's hit 2001 Off-Broadway musical about this "Empress of the Blues" set on the eve of her death in 1937. Rebuffed by a "Whites Only" establishment, she takes the stage at a gin joint and shares stories from her life and career. Features 13 of Smith's most famous songs, including "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues," and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." Stars K Edmonds.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets are $20 or pay what you can afford, in advance at and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 2:15 & 4:45 p.m. 

"The Leisure Seeker": Michigan Theater.

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(Paolo Virtzě, 2018). Comedic drama starring Helen Mirren & Donald Sutherland as a roadtripping couple traveling from Boston to Key West in an RV they call "the Leisure Seeker."
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, 5:15, & 8 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 2:30 p.m. 

"Shrek": Skyline High School.

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Apr. 14 & 15 & 20-22. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori's musical, based on the 2001 film, an appealingly subversive fairy tale about a kindhearted but misanthropic green ogre who's charged with rescuing a princess. The score is an eclectic mix of pop-flavored melodies that range from the jaunty "Travel Song" to the gutsy duet "I Got You Beat." Cast: Luke Renken, Amanda Wilhoit, Jennie Rupp, Savanna Cowley, Matt Rupp, Caleb Hemstra, Marina Dauer, Gabe Hill, Daniel Kennedy, Lydia Hall, Alex Tistle, Lilly Knopp, Makayla Franklin, Heavyn Dyer-Jones, Elena Schroeder, Nate Fison, Andrew Lafferty, Lauryn Perkins, Sophie Reznick, Clare de Vries, Makayla Klein, Ally Lawson, Dan Kennedy, Chloe Durkee, Jalen Steudle, Tessa Wilson, Hannah Connell, Grand Hoover, Evie Glaves, Laila Krugman, Mack Lieberman, Aiva Zoldan.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sat. Apr. 21 & Sun.), Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at & at the door. 994-6515. [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. (Apr. 8, 15, & 22); AADL Traverwood (Apr. 29). Free. 327-4200. [map]

 3:30 p.m. 

"Best of Friends": Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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EMU symphony orchestra conductor Kevin Miller guest conducts this volunteer community orchestra. Program: Sibelius' Finlandia and "Valse Triste" from his Kuolema, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, and Franck's Symphony in D minor.
3:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12 (seniors age 65 & older, students with ID, & kids under age 12, $6; family, $30) in advance at and at the door. 507-1451. [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 Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 p.m. 

Murray Perahia: University Musical Society.

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Perihia show canceled due to illness. Grammy-award winner Emanuel Ax performs in his place. A world-renowned pianist, he's known for his unsurpassed virtuosity and graceful temperament. Tonight's program: Mozart's Piano Sonata in F major, Liszt's Three Sonnets of Petrarch, J.S. Bach's Partita for Keyboard No. 5 in G major, and Beethoven's Andante favori in F major and Piano Sonata in C major ("Waldstein").
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17-$90 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 4 p.m. 

"Gruesome Playground Injuries": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Apr. 12-29. Lynn Lammers directs this professional local theater company in Rajiv Joseph's 2011 Off-Broadway play, an unconventional love story that follows a relationship over 30 years, from the couple's initial meeting in their elementary school nurse's office. Note: adult language & content.
8 p.m., (Thurs.-Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), trustArt Studios, 7885 Jackson, ste. 1. Tickets $25 (students, $10; Apr. 12, pay what you can) in advance at & at the door. 203-0556. [map]

 4-6 p.m. 

"Voices of Children: Be the Change": Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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Performances in celebration of Earth Day by the children's choirs from 4 local congregations, the Hindu Chinmaya Mission, Temple Beth Emeth, St. Clare's Episcopal Church, and The First Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
4-6 p.m., Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. Donation. 649-0107. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Earth Day Sing Along!.

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Join us in the wooded sanctuary of Green Wood to celebrate Earth Day - we'll sing love songs to Mother Earth, Mother Nature, and all her creatures. Bring your VOICES, and instruments too - chords and lyrics to these nature songs will be projected on-screen - so come join the Earth Jam Band! Led by Lori Fithian, Jean Chorazyczewki and friends.
Green Wood Church (FUMC) 1001 Green Road. Free. 734-426-7818.

 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. 

"Cocktail Class: Secrets of Single Maltz': Tammy's Tastings.

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Scotch was the original cult whiskey, and still commands a passionate following. In this tasting-focused class you'll explore different styles of Scotch, from butterscotch-y Speysides to peaty Islays and a bunch of things in between. Note that while we will make a few cocktails, you will mostly be sampling Scotch on its own.
Your booking includes light snacks (pretzels, nuts). The Last Word is closed during the class, so no food service is available. The class includes a combination of history and stories, technique instruction, and hands-on making of cocktails. Plus sampling, of course! Total consumption is equivalent to 1.5-2 cocktails per person over the 90 minute class.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron St. $45. 734-276-3215. [map]

 5 & 7:45 p.m. 

"Oh Lucy!": Michigan Theater.

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(Atsuko Hirayanagi, 2018). Quirky comedy about a lonely Japanese woman whose life is changed after she enrolls in an unusual English class that requires her to wear a curly blonde wig and take on an American alter ego named "Lucy."
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.  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 p.m. 

Boychoir of Ann Arbor Young Men's Ensemble Spring Concert.

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This chorus of boys ages 13-18 directed by John Boonenberg presents a program showcasing a diverse range of music in the male choral tradition, including classical choral works, solos, duets, a cappella, and barbershop.
5 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 420 W. Liberty. Suggested donation. 663-5377. [map]

 5 p.m. 

Chair Yoga: Yoga Jule.

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Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga for all. We adapt hatha yoga poses to be done in a chair. The class provides muscle building, stretching, balancing and inner peace. Each session last 60 minutes. The first class is only $5! Yoga mat is not required.
Yoga Jule, 10123 Willis Road, Willis, MI 48191, Belleville. $5-12. [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. 

Euchre Tournament.

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Every Sun. All invited to play 5 euchre games of 12 hands each. No partner necessary. 6 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5.
6 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Restorative/Yin Yoga: Yoga Jule.

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Suitable for all fitness levels. This is a very gentle, rebalancing class. A yin sequence of postures designed to quiet the mind, balance energies and bring harmony to the body/mind/spirit are practiced with or without the use of props. Simple meditation, pranayama (breath work) and deep relaxation are explored. This a 60 minute class.
Yoga Jule, 10123 Willis Road, Willis, MI 48191, Ypsilanti. $5-$12. [map]

 7-10 p.m. 

Milonga: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Sun. Tango dance party. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a lesson ($5; free for dance attendees).
7-10 p.m., Agave Tequila Bar, 211 N. Main. $10., 634-9629. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Apr. 8 & 22. 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 Apr. 15, there is a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques.
7-9 p.m., Great Oak Cohousing commons area, 500 Little Lake Dr. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at 998-9353. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike": Ann Arbor District Library Pub Reading Series.

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Members of Ypsilanti-based PencilPoint TheatreWorks present a staged reading of Christopher Durang's 2012 Tony Award-winning farce about 2 middle-aged siblings whose peaceful rural life is interrupted when their actress sister comes home with a boytoy and a desire to sell the family home. It's a "sunny play about gloomy people," writes a New York Times reviewer. For adults 21+.
7 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free (buy your own food & beer). 327-4200. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Stage: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All performers invited to showcase their talents.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. Email to sign up for an 8-minute spot. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Finding Your Feet": Michigan Theater.

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(Richard Loncraine, 2017). British comedy about a snobbish wife forced to live with her poor bohemian sister after discovering her husband is having an affair with her best friend. Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley.
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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Tell-Tale Farce": Huron High School Players.

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Apr. 21, 22, 28, & 29. Students perform Don Zolidis's 2014 comedy that imagines Edgar Allan Poe's mailman posing as Poe to woo the niece of a wealthy dowager who's commissioned Poe to write her a poem. Cast: Samuel Klinich, Kenton Bennet-Wahlman, Miguel Cisneros, Aidan Davis, Ian Masson, Claire Brinley, Kaye Hoffmeyer, Mary Collins, and Lucy Brabbs.
7:30 p.m., Huron High Ingram Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $8 (tentative)., 994-2040. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Every Sun. except Apr. 1. 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 Pendleton Room (Apr. 8 & 22) Rogel Ballroom (Apr. 15 & 29), $5 ($10 includes lessons). 763-6984. [map]

 8 p.m. 

John Gorka: The Ark.

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Acclaimed by Rolling Stone as the "preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk movement," Gorka pens intimate, conversational songs and ballads that overflow with vividly imagined details and a sly, probing sense of humor. Gorka's 2007 CD, Writing in the Margins, includes a revelatory cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Snows Don't Fall," along with a number of his own contemplative elegies on personal and political themes, and he has a brand-new CD, Bright Side of Down, a collection of what the Associated Press calls "wry, slice-of-life observations reminiscent of Lyle Lovett and John Prine." Opening act is Cliff Eberhardt, a veteran New York City-based urban troubadour who blends rock, blues, and folk traditions in spare, lean, haiku-like songs that offer alternately shattering and haunting glimpses of an inner world.
8p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and the, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brennan Andes & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by Macpodz bassist Andes. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

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

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Local jazz ensemble led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Michel Waite

Singer-songwriter from Marquette who writes finely crafted songs about love, friendship, bad habits, and the good life. [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]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble led by saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]


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