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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 26, 2019






 
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 9:00 a.m.  Free! 

"Washtenaw Poor People's Campaign-Moral Fusion Summit: Challenging the Racial/Economic Caste System in Washtenaw County": Washtenaw County Poor People's Campaign.

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The Washtenaw Poor People's Campaign is creating an agenda for work in our county in 2019. To do this, we are inviting people who have been doing local justice work. We are inviting people who are active in a number of areas, including: Criminal Justice; Environmental Justice; Education (K-12); Housing; Employment/Wages; Immigration; Health, Healthcare, and Disability; Policing; LGBTQ Justice; Veterans Concerns. During the Summit, we will break into working groups to determine key, strategic actions to overcome the racial and economic barriers in each area that are keeping people trapped in poverty. Out of this work we hope to create a common agenda for the Poor People's Campaign, which will allow us to work together across our different concerns to create systemic change here in Washtenaw County. To participate in the specific working groups of your choice, we ask you to bring with you three ideas for overcoming barriers and creating a more just redistribution of resources.
Brown Chapel, AME Church, 1043 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. Donation. 248-496-4104. ppc.washtenaw@gmail.com https://www.icpj.org/blog/2018/moral-fusion-summit/ [map]



 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Stonefly Search: Huron River Watershed Council.

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These underwater creatures elude most predators by growing during the winter months when most fish are more sluggish. They live only in good quality streams so searching for them tells us about problems in the river and its streams. The reason that HRWC does stonefly searches is to use their presence to gauge the health of our streams.When you sign up to volunteer, you will join a small group of other volunteers to search a selected stretch of stream or River for stoneflies. You will be working with experienced researchers in the collection of stoneflies. They will also teach you how we determine the health of the stream or river you are visiting.
HRWC Office, 1100 N. Main. Free. 734-769-5123. jfrenzel@hrwc.org [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for!
This all levels conditioning class is perfect for new aerialists, or for experienced flyers as a supplement to your current training. 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.
Get ripped and have fun doing it! Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. 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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [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
purchase.
Each week, a different
panelist will educate
buyers on the many
areas of a successful
purchase, followed by
a question and answer
session
Ypsilanti Township Community Center, 2025 E. Clark Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-544-3800. averges@ytown.org www.ytown.org/registration [map]


 10 a.m. 

Collaborative Meetup at TinkerTech: TinkerTech.

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What's more fun than making things by yourself? Making things with others with whom you can share your skills and learn from. Our collaborative meetup is a six-hour tinkering session. You can come with a software, hardware, art, or music project in mind and recruit others to work with you, or you can simply show up and contribute to a project you find interesting.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $20. 734-707-8019. michael@tinkertech.io https://shop.tinkertech.io/products/tinkertech-collaborative-meetup [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
purchase.
Each week, a different
panelist will educate
buyers on the many
areas of a successful
purchase, followed by
a question and answer
session
Ypsilanti Township Community Center, 2025 E. Clark Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-544-3800. averges@ytown.org www.ytown.org/registration [map]



 10 a.m. 

"American Girl Tea Party": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All kids invited to bring an American Girl doll for a Wonderland-themed tea party with treats. Crafts and games. Dressy clothes or an outfit to match your doll encouraged. Also, a sale (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) of American Girl dolls, clothing, and accessories.
10-11:15 a.m. & noon-1:15 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. Cost TBA. 429-3502. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensory Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A "sensory friendly" event for kids ages 3-7 with developmental disabilities. Includes 20 minutes of interactive stories & movement, followed by 40 minutes of free play.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m. * noon-1 p.m. 

"Build a Bat House": Wild Birds Unlimited.

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Build a bat house that can be mounted on a tree or house. You will receive a book to take home to learn more about bats after the class is over, along with your completed house.
There are 2 class times to choose from: 10:30-11:30 or 12:00-1:00.
This class is best for kids 6-10 yrs old.
All children must have an adult partner.
Class size is limited so please call soon.
Wild Birds Unlimited, 2208 S. Main St. $10. 734-665-7427. wildbirdsa2@sbcglobal.net www.annarbor.wbu.com [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. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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


 11 a.m. 

"Owl's Winter": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 24-26. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's Owl at Home. Owl encounters strange bumps at the foot of his bed, is awakened by a noisy cricket, and wonders why the moon seems to follow him when he's out for a stroll. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for kids in grades Pre-K to 2.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and youth, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org/ticket-pricing and, if available, at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. For kids ages 3-6 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 Noon 

Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]


 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Snow Much Fun!": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Family-friendly festival with crafts, a petting zoo, face painting, a campfire, treats, and free tube rentals for sledding.
Noon-3 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $3 admission (free vehicle admission). 484-9676, ext. 202. [map]


 1-2:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Korean Cinema NOW": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Screening of contemporary Korean films. Subtitles.

Jan. 12: "1987: When the Day Comes" (Joon-Hwan Jang, 2017). Political thriller based on a true story about the activism triggered by the 1987 death of a South Korean student.

Jan. 26: "Believer" (Lee Hae-young, 2018). Action film about a police detective who teams up with a gang member to catch a drug lord. Korean, subtitles.

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Michigan Theater. FREE. 764-1825. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Be the Change: Stories and Crafts for First Steps in Social Justice": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mindfulness instructor Grace Helms Kotre reads Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood's picture book My Two Blankets and leads a brief discussion of the refugee experience. Also, a craft activity. For kids in grades K-3.
1-2 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [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! 

"The Better Men Dialogue": First Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

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Panel discussion with local leaders on what it means to be a man in today's world and what the world needs from men. Discussion follows.
1-3:30 p.m., FUUC, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. hospadaruk@gmail.com. [map]


 1:30, 4, 7, & 9:25 p.m. 

"Stan & Ollie": Michigan Theater.

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(Jon S. Baird, 2018). Biopic about Laurel & Hardy's attempt to restart their comedy career by touring post-WWII Britain. John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Teen & Pre-Teen Aerial Silks (ages 11-17): A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to focus on the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching.
New students will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!

This is not a drop-in class, all students MUST please register via the Aviary website before arriving to the studio
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 1:45, 4:15, 7:30 & 9:15 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Chinese New Year's Celebration: Ann Arbor District Library/Ann-Hua School.

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A festive party to usher in the Year of the Pig with crafts, playing a Chinese Yaogu drum, a Chinese lion dance, and a calligraphy demonstration. Traditional treats provided.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 2:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Mindful De-Cluttering Workshop": Mindful City Ann Arbor/Simplicity Works Organizing.

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Mindful Decluttering Workshop
Did you know that decluttering and living mindfully both make the other easier? Create a personalized action plan for decluttering at this free workshop with Molly Boren, Certified Professional Organizer and founder of Simplicity Works Decluttering and Organizing in Ann Arbor, and Julie Woodward, MSW, Mindfulness Instructor and Life Coach, of Mindful City Ann Arbor. Space is limited, so email molly@sworganizing.com to reserve.
Ann Arbor District Library-Downtown, 343 S. Fifth St., 3rd Floor Freespace Meeting Room. Free. 734-657-6605. molly@sworganizing.com, sworganizing.com, mindfulcityannarbor.org [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. juggling.info@umich.edu, umich.edu/~juggle, 761-1115.


 2:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Snow White and the Dancing Dwarfs": Dexter Community Players Youth Theatre.

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Jan. 25-27. Students in grades K-12 perform Ken Jones, Christine Jones, and Jamey Strawn's musical based on the classic fairy tale. Note: Times & cost tentative.
6:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 at dextercommunityplayers.org. 726-0355. [map]


 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Past Life Exploration": Natalie Candela, PhD.

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Have you ever wondered if you lived before and if your past may have an impact on you present life? Past or parallel lives can leave lasting imprints on our present psyche. They affect our likes and dislikes, our beliefs, doubts, and fears, and highlight our interests and talents. Whether you are simply curious about the other lives you might have experienced or you want to clear away what's holding you back and tap into your undiscovered strengths, go on a profound journey of soul discovery and return with answers and a greater connection to the real You.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. $20. 810-701-5208. natalie@awakenedhypnosis.com AwakenedHypnosis.com [map]



 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 3 & 8 p.m. 

"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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 3:25, 6:40, 9 & 11:50 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). statetheatre.org, 668-TIME.


 3:45, 6:10 & 9:15 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:55, 6:20, 9:25 & 11:40 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 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). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4:30 & 6:30 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

42nd Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival: The Ark.

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Jan. 25 & 26 (different programs). A major highlight of the local musical year, with established and rising stars representing a wide spectrum of vernacular musical idioms. Tonight's headliner is acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle. He specializes in lush, piano-based neocabaret pop ballads that he sings in what a Rolling Stone reviewer calls a "rough-silk voice, which sounds like a worn, inebriated diva sweeping down a staircase." His sophisticated, eclectic chamber pop songs push the boundaries of traditional song structures. Also appearing: I'm With Her, the female supergroup of Nickel Creek fiddler Sara Watkins, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumental prodigy Sarah Jarosz, and honey-voiced pop-folk singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan, the former vocalist of the Boston-area neo-bluegrass outfit Crooked Still. Around before Hillary Clinton's campaign slogan, they are known for their vocal harmonies that "create a mesmeric blend that seems, even live, to operate as a single, multi-piped instrument," says a Guardian review. Joan Osborne's Dylanology, a Bob Dylan tribute band led by veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter Osborne, who rose to stardom in 1995 with her hit recording of Eric Bazilian's "One of Us." Tonight her band includes Jackie Green, the acclaimed Sacramento singer-songwriter with a distinctive poetic touch whose facility with folk, blues, and honky-tonk idioms and attitudes has provoked comparisons to Dylan and Tom Waits. Pokey LaFarge, the St. Louis-based American roots music singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist whose songs draw inventively on early jazz, string ragtime, country blues, Appalachian balladry, Western swing, and even vaudeville. He sings in a pinched, resonating register that recalls Emmett Miller and other old-time minstrel show stars. AHI (pronounced "eye"), the Toronto-based alt-soul singer-songwriter who "possesses a smooth, inviting voice reminiscent of Seal and fuses a strong pop sensibility to a positive, non-threatening political message," says a PopMatters review. The RFD Boys, longtime local favorites who play authentic bluegrass and blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. Emcee is Peter Mulvey, the highly regarded folkie singer-songwriter from Milwaukee who is known for his complex guitar work, expressively playful vocals, and dark, vividly rendered lyrics.
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $42.50-$100 per night or $75-$180 for both, in advance at the Michigan League Underground and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Frozen": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Dive-In Movie.

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All invited to float in Mack Pool for a family-oriented screening of the 2013 Disney film loosely adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen."
6:30-8:30 p.m., Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. $4 (families, $15). 794-6237. . [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Câu Chuyện Xa Lạ (Write Your Story)": U-M Vietnamese Student Association Cultural Night.

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U-M students perform traditional and modern Vietnamese dances, music, and theater. This year's show tells the story of a young Vietnamese-American writer who learns the importance of telling his own story. Proceeds benefit Children of Vietnam.
7 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $5 in advance at the Posting Wall in Mason Hall Jan. 22-25 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). $10 (students, $8) at the door. umichvsaboard@umich.edu. [map]


 7:30 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. juliehroberts@comcast.net https://a2ptguild.org [map]
 



 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Andy Sandford: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 24-26. Local debut of this NYC-based stand-up comic who rose to national prominence after his role playing himself on Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He's "a skillful linguist who carefully plays with pitch, tone, and timing to spice up his jokes," notes a Creative Loafing (Atlanta) reviewer. 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.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. . [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Ensemble Flame.

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Performance by this viola da gamba duo of NYC-based musician Arnie Tanimoto (see Jan. 18 listing), the 1st to ever major in the instrument at Juilliard, and local composer-musician Eric Tinkerhess.
8 p.m., Friends Meeting House, 1420 Hill. Free. (517) 899-3730. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"ink": Camille A. Brown & Dancers: (University Musical Society).

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Renowned choreographer Brown leads her New York City dance company in the finale of her trilogy made up of 6 sections, mostly solos and duets, exploring black experiences of romance, brotherhood, spirituality, and the female body. "They all share a silky, emollient quality of movement, punctuated by volatile bursts," writes a Washington Post reviewer. "[Brown's] intimate approach is best appreciated at close range, so the eye can follow her dancers' exquisite joint-by-joint control, and the faint shifts in body language from, say, tension to seduction to confusion." Q&A follows.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $30-$52 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.


 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.). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]
 


 8 p.m. 

"Wine, Women, and Song: Does Anybody Have a Map?": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 25-27 and Feb. 1 & 2. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers. With pianist Tyler Driskill. Singers include Laurie Atwood, Linda Beaupré, Sue Booth, Carolyn Burnstein, Roxy Diederich, Shelley MacMillan, Deanna Relyea, Emily Rogers, Susan Shipman, Monica Swartout-Bebow, Lisa Tucker-Gray, and Kathy Waugh. With special guest dancer January Provenzola. Swartout-Bebow directs. Wine is served. This popular event usually sells out.
8 p.m. (except Jan. 27, 4 p.m.), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$70 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. . [map]
 


 8:45 & 11:30 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 10 p.m. 

Wax Kings Presents Dj Psycho at Ziggy's.

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Wax Kings Presents Dj Psycho with Prophet Ecks and Dj Instar.
Venue: Ziggy's
Time: 10 pm to 2 am
Cover: $5 Before Midnight $10 After.- 18+
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. $5 before midnight; $10 after. media@ziggysypsi.com https://www.facebook.com/events/507125743126225/ [map]



 11:59 p.m. 

"Midnights at the State Theatre."

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Friday shows at 9:30 p.m. Saturday shows at midnight.

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Jan. 25: "Baby Driver" After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. 9:30 p.m.

Jan. 26: "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (Edgar Wright, 2010). Action-comedy-fantasy about a guy who must defeat his new girlfriend's 7 evil exes to win her heart. Midnight.

Feb. 8: "Monty Python and the Holy Grail Sing-Along." A sing-along to Terry Gilliam's 1975 film about King Arthur and his knights' search for the fabled Grail. 9:30 p.m.

Feb. 9: "Shrek" (Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, 2001). Animated classic featuring a whimsical Beauty-and-the-Beast-style tale of a genial green ogre who falls for a canny princess. Midnight.

Feb. 22: The Princess Bride" (Rob Reiner, 1987). Sweet, witty, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale about a farm girl kidnapped by a villainous ruler who intends to make her his princess. Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn. 9:30 p.m.

Feb. 23: "Spaceballs" (Mel Brooks, 1987) Manic, pun-filled Star Wars parody starring Mel Brooks, John Candy, Bill Pullman, and Rick Moranis. Midnight.
State Theatre. Tickets $8 (MTF members, $7.50). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Seven Chakra

Local hip-hop ensemble. Openers: the Birmingham hip-hop duo Kolorblind, Vic Ruggiero, TPG, and Katy Shay [venue info]

Bona Sera: Scritch Detroit

Dance party with DJs. [venue info]

Circ Bar: Camila Ballario Camila Ballario

Local classically trained pop singer-songwriter whose music blends elements of pop, folk, rock, jazz, and country . 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Darin Francis

Southfield singer-songwriter whose songs are known for their blend of dark themes and warm melodies. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: The Terraplanes The Terraplanes

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

Habitat Lounge: 50 Amp Fuse

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

Mash: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter, a former Ragbirds guitarist. [venue info]

Mash: Detroit's Own Soul Purpose Detroit's Own Soul Purpose

An eclectic mix of genres from funk and blues-rock to hard country by this Westland quintet fronted by vocalist Carol Holmes. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: J. Magee & the Crossed Lines

Local bluegrass-oriented folk-rock ensemble led by singer- songwriter and guitarist Magee. Opener: The Jim Roll Band, a local band led by Roll, a nationally prominent local singer- songwriter known for his barbed alt-country-flavored folk-rock ballads and love songs. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Mary Ann Kirt

Pop-folk and indie rock originals by this local singer-guitarist. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Rise Again

Local Americana band. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Newport Blues Band.

Local electric blues and blues-rock quintet. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Switchbacks The Switchbacks

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

Zou Zou's Cafe: Jen Sygit

Lansing singer-songwriter and guitarist known for her bluesy lyrics, down-home music, and sultry vocals. Tonight she is joined by guitarist Sam Corbin to celebrate the release of her 4th CD, It's About Time. [venue info]

 
 


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