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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 4, 2018






 
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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Horse Shows: Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan.

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May 2-6, 9-13, & 16-20. English riding and jumping competitions at the state level. Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn at Katz, Grass Lake. Free. (561) 723-6287. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition: U-M School of Music.

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Semi-finals (May 4) and finals (May 5) of this prestigious international chamber music competition. Winners perform at the Grand Prize Gala Concert May 6 (see listing).
10 a.m., U-M Moore Bldg., 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 10-10:30 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. except May 28. 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.


 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"The Wizard of Oz": Wild Swan Theater.

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May 2 & 4-6. This award-winning local children's theater company presents local playwright Jeff Duncan's adaptation of Frank Baum's ever popular fantasy about a young girl's roundabout journey to her heart's desire. With live music written and performed by local keyboard virtuoso Brian Buckner. Geared toward kids age 6 & up.
10 a.m. (May 2 & 4), 12:30 p.m. (May 4), & 2 p.m. (May 5 & 6), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $12; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 10:30-11 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. except May 28. 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.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Dinner Series: Indian Class": BAKE! at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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Let's make dinner together! You'll create stuffed paratha (flatbread), Dal Makhani (curried lentils) and coconut rice pudding. We'll also demonstrate cooking basmati rice and chutney. Everything in this class is vegetarian. Go home with dinner for four!
Sign up here: https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/dinner-series-indian
BAKE!, 3723 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $100. 734-761-7255. https://www.bakewithzing.com/class/dinner-series-indian [map]



 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 3:30 p.m. 

"Itzhak": Michigan Theater.

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(Alison Chernick, 2017). Documentary about the life of Itzhak Perlman, the world's foremost violin virtuoso.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Star Wars Day Fun": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited for a family-oriented celebration of International Star Wars Day featuring Star Wars Legos, craft activities, a costume contest with prizes, snacks, and a visit from Rebel Legion and 501st Legion characters.
3:30-5:30 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 3:45 & 6:30 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]


 3:45 & 6:15 p.m. 

"Back to Burgundy": Michigan Theater.

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(Cédric Klapisch, 2018). Family drama about 3 adult siblings who must reconnect to save the family vineyard. French, subtitles.
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, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"You Were Never Really Here": State Theatre.

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(Lynne Ramsay, 2018). Thriller about a veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who tracks missing girls and stumbles upon a dangerous conspiracy.
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, 7, 9, & 9:30 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Tully": State Theatre.

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(Jason Reitman, 2018). Diablo Cody-penned comedy about an overwhelmed suburban mother of 3 (Charlize Theron) who forms an unexpected bond with the nanny hired for her by her wealthy brother.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Garden - Pottery Inspired by Nature": Yourist Studio Gallery.

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To welcome spring we are filling our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Yourist resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces to adorn your garden. It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find a memorable gift for Mother's Day. From bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, vases, wind chimes, and even toad houses, you'll find a selection of charming ceramic pieces to enliven your garden this year.
Come join us in our garden of earthy delights and let's get growing!
Opening Reception
Friday, May 4
5:00 to 8:00 pm
And the celebration continues on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am-6 pm. The show runs through June 18.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [map]



 6 p.m. 

First Aid for the Soul - Women's Conference.

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Denae Huffman and Lynda Willms from Clarksville, TN to present "Freedom Tools" practical tools for spiritual health. "Freedom Tools" can help with identifying and removing obstacles in your relationship with God, healing for spiritual and emotional wounds, recognizing and removing beliefs that keep you stuck. Often our wounds are deep and can be the root causes of life's toughest problems.
The event is open to all women, ages 18 and over.
Register for the event at: www.tinyurl.com/mfmwc
Or Call the church at 734-439-2414
Milan Free Methodist Church, 950 Arkona, Milan. $20 - $25. 734-439-2414. office@milanfreemethodist.com www.milanfreemethodist.com [map]


 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive; Fri., 6:30 p.m., casual), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), and booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Thursday Northeast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 15-25 miles, through some of the area's hillier terrain.
6:30 p.m., Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297, 971-2121. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"The Son of Bigfoot": Michigan Theater.

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(Jérémie Degruson & Ben Stassen, 2018). Animated comedy about a teen boy who discovers that his missing father is Bigfoot. One Night Only.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7 p.m. 

13th Annual Spelling Bee: Family Learning Institute Fundraiser.

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All invited to watch 3-member teams representing local organizations, nonprofits, and businesses vie for a trophy. (All encouraged to enter a team.) Emcee is U-M University and Development events manager Amanda Bynum. Drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and music by the Community High Jazz Band. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a silent auction.
7 p.m., Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $50 in advance at familylearninginstitute.org/2018-spelling-bee. sharine@familylearninginstitute.org, 995-6816. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"2nd Annual Burnsie Benefit Concert": The Neutral Zone.

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Live music and poetry, craft activities, vendors, and comfort food related to the experience and needs of teens of color. In memory of Laura Burns, a member of the Neutral Zone's Students Educating Each other about Diversity (SEED) group who passed away last year.
7-10 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. $5 suggested donation. 214-9995. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Easy String Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 8-adult invited to make a simple geometric design with colored thread.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Much Ado About Nothing": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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May 3-6. Elizabeth Champion directs students in Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple's love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. The play is best known for its charged sexual banter and for the penetrating wit and often dark cast of its humor.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter Community Schools Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. $12 (students & seniors, $10). 424-4240. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Sketch Comedy Revue: Greenhills School Voodoo Theater Company.

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May 4 & 5. Greenhills students present comedy sketches they've written and produced.
7:30 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Tickets $5. 769-4010. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Big Fish": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Thalia Schramm directs this professional theater company in Andrew Lippa and John August's 2013 Broadway musical based on Daniel Wallace's 1998 novel by way of the 2003 Tim Burton film adaptation that August scripted. A man explores the truths behind his father's tall tales of encountering a witch, a giant, a mermaid, and the love of his life. The score draws on the idioms of both Broadway and country music. Stars David Moan, Emmi Bills, and Billy Eric Robinson.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cultivating an Awakened Mind in Life and Death": Karma Thegsum Choling.

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Talk by Columbus (OH) KTC resident lama Kathy Wesley.
7:30 p.m., KTC, 614 Miner. Free. 678-7549. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Happy Birthday Dear Alice": Mind the Gap Lux.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., May 3-20. Experienced area actors perform prominent Irish playwright Bernard Farrell's touching 1997 comedy about Alice and Jimmy, good friends who've lived next to each other for decades in their small Irish village. When Alice's adult children want to put her in a nursing home, the 2 old friends engage in a hilarious battle of wills with the young people. Suitable for adults and older children. Stars Mind the Gap cofounders Adrian Diffey and Fran Potasnik, along with Ellen Finch, Eric Niece, Steve White, and Hannah Niece. The group, based in Luxembourg before relocating to Michigan in 2013, has also performed the play in Europe.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $18 (students, $12) in advance at artful.ly/theatre-nova/store/events. 635-8450. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Telling Tales Out of School": Student Advocacy Center Fundraiser.

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Storytelling by Flint spoken word artist Ramone Williams, teacher and social worker Teresa Bassett, Pioneer high grad Charles Bassett-Kennedy, Student Advocacy Center executive director Peri Stone-Palmquist, EMU applied theater professor Jessica "Decky" Alexander, Lincoln High (Ypsilanti) student Max McNally, EMU social work major Brittney Barros, and Pioneer High senior Marquan Kane. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $25 (students with ID, $10) in advance at brownpapertickets.com. 482-0489. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Ben Moore: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 4 & 5. A regular guest on the syndicated Bob and Tom radio show, this Midwestern comic is known for his punchy, well-crafted jokes about a wide range of topical and cultural matters. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Don White: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This veteran singer-songwriter from Lynn, Massachusetts, a Green Wood favorite, writes sharp-witted songs about everyday life that blend pathos, humor, and biting satire, and his live shows feature a lot of impromptu storytelling and comedy. His fans include Christine Lavin and Livingston Taylor, and he's released 4 acclaimed CDs, including the recent Winning Streak.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $20 in advance and at the door. 662-4536, 665-8558. [map]


 8 p.m. 

H. Jon Benjamin: Nicola's Books.

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This comedian and voice actor--known for his deep-voiced characters on the hit TV shows Archer and Bob's Burgers--discusses Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir, his new humorous book that chronicles his own failures in an effort to make us feel better about our own. Signing.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $34.50 (includes a copy of the book; premium seating and position in signing line, $49.50) in advance at ticketmaster.com. 662-0600. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Stephen Shipps & Liz Ames: Kerrytown Concert House.

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U-M violin professor Shipps is joined by pianist Ames to celebrate the 80th birthday of U-M composition professor emeritus (and Pulitzer Prize winner) William Bolcom with a performance of all his violin sonatas.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The Mammals and Seth Bernard: The Ark.

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Double bill. The Mammals is a Hudson Valley folk-rock string quintet led by Michael Merenda and Ruth Ungar, and Bernard is a Lake City native known for his clever, funny, and candidly insightful folk-, rock-, and jazz-based songs about his life.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Breaking (the) News": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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The League of Pointless Improvisers performs comedic improv inspired by today's news headlines as well as "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. The program begins with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. except Nov. 27 Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [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. ladyofthelanes@belmarklanes.com belmarklanes.com [map]



 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]


 9:30 p.m. 

"Lean on Pete": Michigan Theater.

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(Andrew Haigh, 2018). Drama about a teenager who befriends an aging racehorse. ChloŽ Sevigny, Steve Buscemi.
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]


 9:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Dave Sharp Worlds Duo

World music-based jazz by local bassist Sharp and another musician TBA [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Anders Orange

Local progressive rock duo of twin brothers Chris and Nick Brandon. Openers: Touch the Clouds, a veteran Detroit DIY rock quartet, and The Mezzanine, a Detroit postpunk classic rock and metal band. $10. [venue info]

Café Verde: Monte Pride

Lansing pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Club Above: Crimson Eyed Orchestra

Local alternative psychedelic rock trio that tonight celebrates the release of its debut CD, First. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Rochelle Clark and Michelle Held Rochelle Clark

Chelsea singer-songwriter who's half of the Americana duo The Potter's Field. [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]

Habitat Lounge: Killer Flamingos Killer Flamingos

Rock 'n' roll covers and originals by this popular veteran band from Dearborn. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Sonic Freeway

Versatile Detroit-area 6-piece dance band whose repertoire includes Motown and classic and country-rock. [venue info]

 
 


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