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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 8:15 a.m. 

"Integrating Tradition with Modern Design": Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild.

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Talk by Cincinnati quilter Heather Jones. The program begins with a business meeting.
8:15 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 (members, free). [map]

 9-11 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., & 3:30-6 p.m. 

9th Annual Ann Arbor City Dodgeball Tournament: Skyline High School Crew Team Fundraiser.

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All adults and kids in grade 6 & up invited to form co-ed teams of 5 players (middle school) or 7-10 players (high school & adult) to compete in round-robin and elimination tournaments. Prizes for top teams in each of 3 divisions (youth in grades 6-8, high school, and open adult), and awards for best costume in each division. All teams in high school and adult divisions must start at least 2 females. Food & beverage concessions.
9-11 a.m. (youth), 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. (high school), & 3:30-6 p.m. (adult), Skyline, 2552 N. Maple Rd. $100 (youth, $50) per team. Preregistration for teams (limited to 20 middle school, 30 high school & adult teams) required by 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 at [map]

 9 a.m. 

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

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Jan. 12 & 19. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Jan. 12), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Jan. 19), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Jan. 5 & 19. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and intermediate/advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $12 (students with ID, $8) includes lesson; $5 for dance only. [map]

 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"The Right Time": Ann Arbor Aglow Lighthouse.

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DVD screening of a talk by Christian writer and speaker Graham Cooke. Refreshments.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. (248) 437-9277. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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This an all-levels instructor-guided conditioning circuit class is perfect for new aerialists, experienced flyers as a supplement to their current training, or for any folx who are interested in a new and exciting way to exercise. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Home Buyers Workshop": Charter Township of Ypsilanti.

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A four-week course to
help educate anyone
considering a home
Each week, a different
panelist will educate
buyers on the many
areas of a successful
purchase, followed by
a question and answer
Ypsilanti Township Community Center, 2025 E. Clark Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-544-3800. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Home Buyers Workshop: Charter Township of Ypsilanti.

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A four-week course to
help educate anyone
considering a home
Each week, a different
panelist will educate
buyers on the many
areas of a successful
purchase, followed by
a question and answer
Ypsilanti Township Community Center, 2025 E. Clark Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-544-3800. [map]

 10 a.m.-midnight  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10 a.m.-midnight (registration 8-9:30 a.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $17 to race. (517) 290-7128. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Saturday Recycling Crafts: Ecology Center.

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Individuals and families can drop in for a FREE 30 to 60-minute activity. Pre-registration is encouraged, especially for groups of 5+. Please pre-register by emailing to assure adequate staffing and supplies are on-hand.
Jan. 19th - Making Mini Musical Mechanisms
Some items are too small to put in our recycle bins and can get lost or end up in our waterways. Brighten the dark winter days with a bit of music by designing mini musical instruments with those smaller materials that can be reused.
Ann Arbor District Library, Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Veterans For Peace Monthly Meeting: Veterans For Peace Chapter 83.

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The next Washtenaw County Veterans For Peace Chapter meeting will be held Saturday, January 19th, 10am, at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation building. The meeting is open to anyone interested in peace and justice issues, with a special invitation to military veterans.
First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road. Free. 734-487-9058. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Frozen Forest Frolic": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring.
10 a.m.-noon, Whitmore Lake Preserve, 1551 7 Mile Rd., Whitmore Lake. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Making Mini Musical Mechanisms": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to make small musical instruments out of recycled items.
10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch. Free. 761-3186. . [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

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

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All invited to try a hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: towers.
AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Hora de Cuento: Story Time": Nicola's Books.

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Spanish story time for young kids.
10:30 a.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Surviving the Playground - A Free Class for Kids": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Details: Rough housing, intimidation, and other 'social cruelties' can make the playground a scary place.
We will be teaching simple skills that empower kids to feel happy and confident on the playground and in the neighborhood: the skills of emotional toughness, friend-making skills, and a little basic self-defense. Perfect for kids ages 5-10.
When: Saturday, January 19, 11:00 to 11:45
Where: 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor.
Admission: FREE! Register at:
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. [map]

 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Gem Gallery Annual Vault Sale: Abracadabra Jewelry.

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Have you ever seen six pence? How about maw sit sit?
After 45 years in business, our Vault is overflowing with rare treasures. For one weekend only, we are opening the Vault and offering for sale vintage jewels, spectacular gemstones, and unusual precious objects. Take advantage of this golden opportunity to start your own collection of one of a kind gems!
Abracadabra Jewelry/Gem Gallery, 205 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-994-4848. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Teen Advisory Group: Dexter District Library.

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All youth in grades 7-12 invited to brainstorm about new programs, book selections, and volunteer opportunities. Pizza.
DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Science for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Representatives from Cayman Chemical show kids in grades K-5 how to make a magic mirror or lava lamp.
Noon-2 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4200. [map]

 12:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Make a Kitty Castle": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-5 accompanied by an adult invited to make a cardboard box into a cat lounge.
12:30-2:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-2 p.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.


Dec. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Indoor talk on birding basics followed by a guided walk. Experienced birders welcome to join at 11 a.m. for the walk. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. For ages 10 & up. $8 ($4 walk only).


Jan. 19 (1-2 p.m.): "Brisk Winter Walk." A guided tour through the winter woods to see some animals that come out to forage during the relatively warm time of day. $5.


Feb. 3 (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." All-ages guided hike to find some birds, who are often quite active in winter as they are in constant search of food. $5. Dress for the weather, and bring binoculars and a hot drink, if you like. .

Feb. 17 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.): "Winter Sports Demo Day." All ages 12 & up invited to try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fat-tire biking, and other outdoor winter sports. Representatives from local shops on hand to answer questions. Free.

Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Various fees. Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off Poco the sloth (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a cougar, red tailed boa, armadillo, and tegu, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including African crested porcupines, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing in the Galleries": UMMA.

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All invited to make drawings inspired by the museum collections. Materials provided.
1 p.m., meet at the UMMA Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 1:30, 5:15 & 8 p.m. 

"On the Basis of Sex": Michigan Theater.

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(Mimi Leder, 2018). Biopic about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her fight for equal rights. Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Trials, Triumphs, and Tragedies of Benedict's Garden": North American Rock Garden Society.

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Indiana nursery owner Esther Benedict discusses the varied uses of small plants in modern gardening.
1:30-3 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

Comic Book Workshop: SCRAP Box Ann Arbor.

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Interested in Comics? Ever wanted to make your own? Have you already started and need some help?
Bring your work and ask as many questions as you need to help get your comics where they need to be! SCRAP will provide you all the creative reuse materials you need.
We will use this time to work on any ideas, basic cartooning techniques, merchandise your work for the public, etc.
This workshop is hosted by our very own KAM KOMICS!
$12 Donation to SCRAP for this awesome workshop. All donations to SCRAP help fuel our Education programs and keep useful materials out of the waste stream.
Ages 6 & up
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. $12. [map]

 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Apple Showcase": MacTechnics/Ann Arbor District Library.

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A Briarwood Apple Store staffer discusses and demonstrates new features of the latest Apple products.
2-5 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Broadcast Bootcamp": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to learn some basics of radio reporting, including news & feature writing, interviewing skills, microphone technique, and audio production.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm. & Conference Room A, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. .

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Meditation for Beginners": Isha Foundation.

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A certified Isha Kriya meditation instructor discusses and leads a session of this simple guided meditation of 12-18 minutes.
2-3 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood Dr. Free. (313) 451-4742. [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 & 7:45 p.m. 

"Bathtubs Over Broadway": Michigan Theater.

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(Dava Whisenant, 2018). Documentary about a late night comedy writer whose record-collecting hobby takes a bizarre turn after he discovers "industrial musicals," musical theater pieces produced by corporations for sales meetings & conventions.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

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

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All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Korean Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Korean-language songs, stories, and crafts. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Never Not Once": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 17-Mar. 16. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Michigan playwright Carey Crim's drama about a biology major who brings her boyfriend home to meet her 2 moms and tells them she's hired a private detective to help her find her biological father. Cast: Casaundra Freeman, Michelle Mountain, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Jeremy Kucharek, and Rusty Mewha.
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]

 3:30, 6:30 & 9 p.m. 

"Vice": State Theatre.

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(Adam McKay, 2018). Biopic about former Vice President Dick Cheney. Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cardboard Cat Castles": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grade 6-adult invited to turn a cardboard box into a cat lounge. Boxes, sisal rope, and decorating supplies provided.
3:30-5:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 3:40, 6:20, & 9 p.m. 

"Green Book": State Theatre.

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(Peter Farrelly, 2018). Drama about an Italian American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour through the American south in the 1960s. Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 3:50 p.m. 

"At Eternity's Gate": Michigan Theater.

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(Julian Schnabel, 2018). Willem Defoe stars in this Vincent van Gogh biopic.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4, 6:50 & 9:10 p.m. 

"If Beale Street Could Talk": State Theatre.

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(Barry Jenkins, 2018). Romantic drama about a pregnant woman whose fiancé is falsely accused of a crime.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

4th Annual Luminary Walk: The Farm at St. Joe's.

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All invited to walk along 2 miles of trails lit by luminaries. Also, live music, bonfires, kids crafts, and a story corner.
4-7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Farm, 5301 McAuley Dr., Ypsilanti. Free. Preregistration available at 712-5164. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"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]

 4:30 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Roma": Michigan Theater.

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(Alfonso Cuarón, 2018). B&W drama about a young domestic worker employed by a middle-class family in Mexico City during the political turmoil of the 1970s. Spanish, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:45 p.m. 

"Mary Queen of Scots": Michigan Theater.

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(Josie Rourke, 2018). Biopic about Mary, Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.
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]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Season Opener with Herbie Russ!": Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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The holiday season will be over, rest up and give yourself a treat of a great night out!
If you watched America's Got Talent last year, you got to see just how awesome Herbie Russ is. And, he's coming home to Lone Oak for our 2019 season opener! His amazing skills on the sax, coupled with an incredibly soulful voice make for a combination of epic proportions. He has the growl of Joe Cocker and the soul of Ray Charles. This show is a "do not miss".
There are only 42 seats in this intimate venue, so reservations are a must. Call 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats. $40 per person includes dinner and show. MENU:TBA
Both entrees served with salad and bread. *Special dietary needs can be accommodated, call for info/requests.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $40 for dinner and show. 517-522-8167. [map]

 6:40 p.m. 

"The World Before Your Feet": State Theatre.

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(Jeremy Workman, 2018). Documentary about Matt Green, who's spent over 6 years walking all of the 8000+ miles of NYC streets.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 7 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Future Stars": Pioneer High School Theatre Guild.

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The most popular talent show in Michigan - FutureStars - is back! Come watch talented teens from ALL Ann Arbor public schools light up the big Schreiber stage with their amazing singing, dancing, breaking, rapping, and instrumental performances. The top three acts from each of the preliminary shows, as critiqued by a special panel of judges and voted on by the audience, will go on to the Finals to compete for the title of "FutureStar 2019".
As always the show will also feature staged skits by our talented emcees and songs performed by our up-and-coming underclassmen - the "Rising Stars"!
Pioneer High School Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $10-$15. [map]

 7 p.m. 

35th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Dinner Ball: National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women.

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Dinner followed by dancing to music spun by a DJ. Evening attire. Also, a keynote address by social justice activist Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende on "Wakanda: A Dream of Unity and Prosperity." Proceeds benefit a NANBPW scholarship fund and community service projects.
7-11 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, 3200 Boardwalk. Tickets $65 in advance at 717-7215. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Evolution: 67th Annual Faculty and Guest Artist Choreography Concert": EMU Dance Program.

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Jan. 18-20. EMU dance students perform an eclectic mix of genres, from ballet and modern to musical theater and jazz dance, by faculty and guest choreographers, including U-M dance lecturer Jillian Hopper, Ballet Chelsea artistic director Wendi DuBois, Florida-based dancer/choreographer Levi Marsman, Brighton Dance Festival founder-director Kathy King, Detroit-based dancer/choreographer Kristi Faulkner, and EMU dance professors Sherry Jerome Wilkinson and Phil Simmons. Program: Wilkinson presents the "Black Swan Pas de Deux" dance from her classical choreography for Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Simmons presents a Fosse-inspired musical theater piece set to Elvis' "A Little Less Conversation" from his 1968 musical comedy Live a Little, Love a Little. Hopper's work is a modern piece she describes as "a surrealist's impression of fun and confusion." DuBois's re-membering explores how identity is constructed through memories. Marsman's high-energy, fast-moving Swarm addresses mass school shootings. King's contemporary jazz piece Hop, Twirl, Swing, Shake pays homage to the energy of 1950s swing dance clubs. Faulkner's Party of One addresses the crisis of 450,000 homeless LGBTQ youth in America.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students with ID, $8) in advance at and at the door. 487-2282. . [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Wild Irish Roses": U-M Léim Irish Dance.

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This student dance ensemble performs soft- and hard-shoe Irish dances full of high kicks and fancy footwork.
7 p.m., Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $10 (students, $5). [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Maeve Devlin calls to live music by Big Fun. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring clean, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (Grange members, $7; students with ID, $5). 476-4650. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Rodney Laney: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 17-19. New Jersey-bred stand-up comic and actor who specializes in wry observational humor about assorted features of contemporary life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. . [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

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

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

 8 p.m. 

André Mehmari: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This talented Brazilian pianist-composer is internationally known for his lyrical, dynamic performances of jazz, classical, and Brazilian popular music. He's packed the house at KCH on previous tours. Tonight he's joined by double bassist Neymar Dias and drummer Sérgio Reze.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$25 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. .

 8 p.m. 

Annual Collage Concert: U-M School of Music.

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U-M music students perform an hour of nonstop music in a wide range of contrasting styles. Classical, jazz, big band, vocal, and pop ensembles and soloists segue rapidly from one idiom to the next. One of the music school's most popular events.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $28 & $34 (students with ID, $12), in advance at, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Arlo McKinley: The Ark.

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Soulful Americana folk-rock by this Cincinnati singer-songwriter.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $10 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Be Careful Be Safe @ Ziggy's.

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When Be Careful Be Safe released in October, I never had the chance to do an official release party due to scheduling with Beats And Brews, so let's bring in the new year right with my friends The Dirty News and Speak Mahogany! In addition, I will have my friends from Honey Monsoon and LEGND joining me on my set to make this a completely unforgettable performance. On Jan 19th, make sure to come out to Ziggy's in Ypsilanti as we bring in the new year with some amazing music at one of the best performance spots in the city.
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $10 cover. [map]

 8-11 p.m.  Free! 

Jazz Jam Session at The Elks.

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Drummer Jim Zamberlan hosts a jam session that welcomes professional musicians and serious amateurs. This event is monthly and is typically held on a Saturday late in the month. Serious amateurs and professionals are welcome. House band: House band: Glenn Dong (guitar), Peter Throm (electric bass) and Jim Zamberlan (drums).
No Cover.
Bar is cash (no credit card facility).
Elks Pratt Lodge, 220 Sunset Road. Free. (734) 761-7172. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Jan. 5 & 19. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. The club also hosts practicas ($5) on Mondays (8-11:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.) that include one-on-one work and open dancing.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $10 (members, $5). [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Gurl Groups and Boi Bands": Out Loud Chorus.

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Jan. 18 & 19. Paul Clark directs this chorus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in a program of songs performed by all-male and all-female groups, including En Vogue, the Beatles, Destiny's Child, Backstreet Boys, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. With pianist Nicholas Roehler, guitarist Colette Jacobsen, bassist Edie Herrold, and percussionist Tamara Perkuhn.
8 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $18 (students & seniors, $15; unemployed people & kids under 6, free) in advance at, $20 at the door. . [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Imitation and Homage": Diderot String Quartet (Academy of Early Music).

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This critically acclaimed ensemble, currently quartet-in-residence at the Washington National Cathedral, performs little-known French composer Hyacinthe Jadin's String Trio no. 1 in E-flat Major, Mozart's String Quartet no. 19 in C Major ("Dissonance"), and Haydn's String Quartet in D Major. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program by the artists.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $30 (seniors, $25; students, $10) in advance by Jan. 11 at and Bookbound (1729 Plymouth); $35 (seniors, $30; students, $15) at the door. 228-4338. [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 p.m. 

"Songwriters in the Round": Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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With Ypsilanti pop-folk singer-songwriter Sam Corbin, veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter and electric guitarist Annie Capps, Detroit-based Americana pop-rock singer-songwriter Mark Jewett, and Saginaw-based pop-folk singer-songwriter Amy Petty.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door only. 316-7919. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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

 8 p.m. 

"The Great Tamer": University Musical Society.

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Jan 18 & 19. Greek choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou directs a group of 10 dancers in this dance theater work, which uses Greek mythology, classical art, and avant-garde theater to explore the historical echoes of the tragedies and absurdities of modern life. "Those with a taste for existential melancholy will thrill to the aeonic sweep of Papaioannou's vision," writes a Guardian (U.K.) reviewer. Note: show contains full-frontal nudity.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $34-$60 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. .

 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bull Halsey and Mercury Salad Sandwich: Rumpus Room.

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Saturday January 19th
Bull Halsey + Mercury Salad Sandwich
"One listen to Bull Halsey throws the rock-n-roll mind into reverse, to a time when young British kids like The
Yardbirds, The Animals, and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers were teaching other Brits (and Americans) how much the Delta blues had an impact on rock music. This isn't today disposable garage-rock re-hash, this is a textbook from Music Appreciation, and class is in session."
Mercury Salad Sandwich has a simple approach to music: write tunes that make people groove. "The sammich"; plays many styles, from acoustic funk to jazzy swing, to folk rock. Never too loud, always tasteful. Kyle Kipp and Ozzie Andrews, both of Black Jake and the Carnies, are currently laying the foundation of bass and drums. Meanwhile, Kurt Bonnell draws from influences like Warren Haynes while bending the notes on his guitar, and Brooke Ratliff sings and adds some finger-style guitar.
The Rumpus Room, 510 North Main, Chelsea. Free. 734-433-9797. [map]

 9:30 p.m. 

"The Favourite": State Theatre.

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(Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018). Period drama set in 18th-century England about 2 women competing for the affection of the eccentric and sickly Queen Anne. Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.


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B-Side: "Get LowKey."

A mix of acoustic music and poetry. Proceeds benefit LIVE on Washington, the Neutral Zone's annual outdoor teen music & arts festival which returns in June. [venue info]

Bel-Mark Lanes: Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band. 8:30-11:30 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Cory Wong

Minneapolis funk-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, currently a member of the popular funk band Vulfpeck. $20. [venue info]

Bona Sera: Guilty Pleasures Burlesque

Local burlesque and comedy troupe. Age 21 & over. $15. 9 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. [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]

Elks Lodge: Jazz Jam Session

Al musician invited. 8-11 pm. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: Saints of Soul

Detroit R&B, soul, and funk septet fronted by vocalist Sorilbran Stone. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: FreeLance

Local dance rock cover band whose repertoire ranges from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to AC/DC and Guns & Roses to Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. [venue info]

Mash: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk 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]

Rumpus Room: Bull Halsey

Popular Chelsea blues-based garage band. Opener: Mercury Salad Sandwich, a local roots music quartet led by singer- songwriter Brooke Ratliff and guitarist Kurt Bonnell that describes its music as "acoustafunk with some bluegrass thrown in." No cover. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Bob Skon

Folk-rock covers and originals by this local singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Malty Taskers Jug Band

Old-time music from blues and country to hokum. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: "Sky Foundation Benefit."

A fundraiser for this nonprofit that promoted pancreatic cancer awareness. With The Newport Blues Band, a local electric blues and blues-rock sextet, and The Spontaneous Jammers, a new local rock 'n' roll band. $5. 7-11 p.m. [venue info]


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