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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 2, 2019

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 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Great Lakes National Ocean Sciences Bowl: Michigan Sea Grant.

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High school students compete in quiz bowl-style rounds of questions about ocean and Great Lakes biology, chemistry, geology, physics, technology, history, and economics.
8 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M Dana Bldg., 440 Church. Free. 763-1530. [map]

 9 a.m. 

"Building Your Business Website and Using Social Media Effectively": Ann Arbor SCORE.

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Topics covered include: Choosing the right social media platforms Developing your social media marketing strategy Using social media to brand your business Choosing the right platforms to advertise on Developing an effective campaign Choosing the right audience Setting a budget Business websites for beginners Pizza will be served for lunch!
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Register at:
NEW Center Building, 1100 N. Main Street. $10. [map]

 9-10 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Hudson Mills Activity Center.

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Programs for kids ages 4-7.

Jan. 5: "Busy Beaver." Story about how Michigan's largest rodent changed the course of the Huron River. Craft activity follows.

Feb. 2: "Animals in Winter." Story of how animals survive winter, with accompanying craft.

Mar. 2: "At Grandpa's Sugar Bush." Reading of Margaret Carney's book about a boy making maple syrup the old-fashioned way with his grandfather. Tour of Hudson Mills' syrup-making operation follows.
9-10 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 per child. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Feb. 2 & 16. 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]

 9-9:45, 10-10:45, & 11-11:45 a.m. 

Music Classes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Eastern Michigan University Community Music Academy.

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These weekly classes will immerse young children (ages birth through 5 years) in a rich musical environment and provide a variety of experiences designed to expand musical understanding and skills in an active and playful way. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music (including use of props such as bean bags, scarves, and streamers), playing assorted small percussion instruments, pattern instruction, and imaginative musical play. Children attend with a parent/caregiver, who participates alongside the child.
Winter session begins January 28.
Classes for infants/toddlers are held on Mondays at 5:15pm (birth-3 yr.), Saturdays at 9am (birth-18 mo.), and Saturdays at 10am (18 mo.-3 yr.).
Classes for preschool/kindergarten (3-5 yr.) are held on Mondays at 6:15pm and Saturdays at 11am.
Cost is $115 for 8 classes. Register by January 14 for an Early Bird Discount of $10 off!
See our website for more info and registration:
Alexander Music Building, EMU, 213 Alexander Music Building, EMU, Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti. $115/8 classes. 7344876935. [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]

 10:00 a.m.  Free! 

"Bob Palmerton Pastels - Landscape Paintings Exhibit": Saline District Library.

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The Saline District Library is hosting an exhibit of landscape pastels by Bob Palmerton. The exhibit runs through Friday, March 29th. Bob's pastel paintings feature scenes from local and international settings, national and state parks, and much more. Bob's work can be viewed online at
Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline. Free. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Reuse Valentines": SCRAP Box Ann Arbor.

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Join us February 2nd & 9th for Reuse Valentines!
Get your hands on a TON of materials to create the perfect SCRAPpy Valentines. Shape punches, loads of paper and collage materials, glitter, glue, stickers, markers, pens, and so much more.
$5 per crafter. Drop in any time 10am - 5pm. Make & Take collage pack included to continue the fun at home!
Parents must accompany children under 14.
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. Donation. $5. 7349940012. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

3rd Annual 24-Hour Film Challenge: The Neutral Zone.

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All high schoolers invited to write, shoot, and edit a short film within 24 hours. Local filmmakers offer workshops for guidance. $500 grand prize. T-shirts, food.
10 a.m. Feb. 2-noon Feb. 3, Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free. 214-9995. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Circles Volunteer Orientation: Friends In Deed.

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At our Volunteer Information Session you will:
-Learn about local poverty and how it affects our community,
-Meet Allies and participants to hear how Circles has impacted them personally,
-Find out how YOU can best use your time and talents in the Circles program!
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4205 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 7344857658. [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. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. A winter version of this very popular ride, where attendees decide on the destination based on weather conditions. Call ahead to confirm ride. A similar ride takes place at 1 p.m. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
Meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [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! 

The 3 Self-Defense Techniques Everybody Should Know.

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Free Adult Self-Defense Workshop: The 3 Self-Defense Techniques Everybody Should Know. Easy to learn self-defense techniques for beginners. Finally - the peace of mind you deserve!
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. [map]

 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Art Studio: Fantastical Realities": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of Proof: The Ryoichi Excavations, the current exhibit of Patrick Nagatani's photographs of staged archaeological excavations made to look like modern cars have been found at ancient sites. Followed by a chance to make your own fantastical collages. Local artist Adrian Deva is on hand to help. For families with kids age 6 & up.
UMMA, 525 S. State. Free; Preregistration required at 764-0395. [map]

 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Mouse Tales!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mouse-themed storytime and craft activity for kids in grades preK-3.
11-11:30 a.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Only a Day": Spinning Dot Theatre.

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Jenny Anne Koppera and Kelly Joyce Field direct local actors in Martin Baltscheit's all-ages play about a fox and a wild boar who set out to help a mayfly make the most of her brief life. With music, songs, and movement.
11 a.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $11.25 (kids, $6.25) in advance at 585-5134. [map]


U-M Women's Basketball.

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Oct. 30: Northwood. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 8: WMU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 10: Bradley. 2 p.m.

Nov. 23: Notre Dame. Time TBA.

Dec. 1: Morgan State. Time TBA

Dec. 5: Syracuse. 9 p.m.

Dec. 8 Oakland. 2 p.m.

Dec. 14: Appalachian State. Time TBA.

Dec. 31: Penn State. 2 p.m.

Jan. 5: Michigan State. Noon.

Jan. 12: Maryland. Noon.

Jan. 26: Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Feb. 2: Iowa. Noon.

Feb. 6: Purdue. 6 p.m.

Feb. 13: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Mar. 1: Indiana. Time TBA.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Processing Community Day": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to learn Processing, a JavaScript program which teaches coding using animation. Local coders on hand to answer questions.
Noon-4 p.m. AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Carmen": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast (Feb. 2) and rebroadcast (Feb. 6 & 9) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Richard Eyre's mesmerizing staging of Bizet's popular opera, a steamy melodrama, set in Seville around 1820, about the fiery Gypsy temptress Carmen. A hot-tempered young army corporal falls victim to her charms, but when she falls for a bullfighter, the corporal's jealousy takes a violent turn. The score's famous arias include "The Flower Song," the "Toreador's Song," and the habanera "Love is a rebellious bird." Note: The Feb. 6 show is Quality 16 and Ann Arbor 20 only; the Feb. 9 show is at Ann Arbor 20 only.
12:55 p.m. (Feb. 2 & 9), 1 p.m. (Feb. 6) & 6:30 p.m. (Feb. 6 at Ann Arbor 20 only). Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $18-$27 in advance at and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine). [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the African crested porcupine (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 a sloth, 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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Feb. 2 & 9. 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]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"PomPomPalooza": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to learn how to make and use pompoms, including a technique for how to make 6 at once.
1-4 p.m. AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Next to Normal": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 31-Feb. 24. This local professional theater company performs Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Pulitzer- and Tony-winning 2008 rock musical about a suburban family coping with crisis and mental illness. The New York Times calls it "a feel-everything musical, which asks you, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts." The score's "rock 'n' roll jaggedness and vitality" shift "from dainty music-box lyricism to twanging country-western heartbreak," with songs such as "My Psychopharmacologist and I" and "Didn't I See This Movie?"
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led themed tours of the museum, including "Collectors and Collections of the Kelsey Museum" (Feb. 2), "Pompeii and the Bay of Naples" (Feb. 9), "All About Amphoras" (Feb. 16), and a kid-friendly tour (Feb. 23).
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Age of the Internet in Comic Books": UMMA.

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UMMA academic outreach manager David Choberka leads a discussion relating comic book themes to the art in the current exhibit, Art in the Age of the Internet. In conjunction with the UMMA/Vault of Midnight comic book club (see Feb. 17 listing).
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2:05, 4:45 & 7:45 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]

 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.

 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Beau Monde: An Anthology of Black Dance in America": PURe Dance Ensemble.

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Feb. 1 & 2. Gina Danene Thompson directs this local company of more than 40 dancers, including 3 guest professional dancers from California, in her choreography, drawing on such influences as Katherine Dunham and Martha Graham, that blends modern, break dancing, jazz, swing, ballet, hip-hop, and Congolese dance. This year's show is highlighted by a large Dixieland production number.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sat.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $8) in advance at (search for "pure dance ensemble"). (313) 828-0945. [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 & 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]

 3:15, 6:15 & 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.

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Raising Powerful Kids": The Ypsilanti District Library.

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Yodit Mesfin Johnson will be joined by Jason Gold, Founding Advocate of Gold Standard Advocates, for this two part program. Parents will learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences and the science of building resilience in kids to improve their health and well being. Kids will hear a read aloud with stories of resilient kids coordinated by Tamara Tucker-Ibarisha of Black Men Read, and do a craft that challenges them to think about the power that they have to be change agents in their world. Everyone is invited to stay to watch the Ruby Bridges movie together and talk about Ruby's resilience. Co-hosted by Black Men Read.
The Ypsilanti District Library- Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734 482-4110 x1340. [map]

 3:30 & 9:10 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.

 3:45 & 9:20 p.m. 

"Shoplifters": State Theatre.

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(Hirokazu Koreeda, 2018). Drama about a family whose decision to make ends meet by shoplifting comes under scrutiny after they adopt a young girl. Japanese, subtitles.
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, 6:45 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Destroyer": State Theatre.

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(Karyn Kusama, 2018). Drama that follows the moral & existential crises of an LAPD detective after a case from her youth comes back to haunt her. Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany.
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 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Gymnastics vs. OSU.

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4 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Free. 764-0247.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Butterfly Arising": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Landis Lain's novel about a young mother attending MSU who finds a friend in a former Marine.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 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 p.m. 

"The Little Mermaid": Burns Park Players.

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Feb. 1, 2, 8, & 9. Burns Park Elementary School students, parents, and friends perform Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Glenn Slater, and Doug Wright's musical, based on the 1989 Disney film, about a mermaid who falls in love with a human. The score includes Menken-Ashman film favorites such as "Under the Sea" and "Part of Your World" as well as new numbers.
7:30 p.m. (Fri.) & 4 p.m. (Sat.), Tappan Middle School, 2251 E. Stadium. Tickets $15 (prime seats with reserved parking, $30) in advance at and (if available) at the door. 646-4800, (313) 573-5675. [map]

 4:15, 6:45 & 9:25 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]

 4:25, 7 & 9:15 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Connecting Communities: Wang Qingsong in Detroit and Beijing": UMMA.

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Chinese artist Wang discusses the current exhibit of his work, a large-scale photograph that features 70 volunteers from U-M and Detroit. It was inspired by Wang's observations of the similarities between the effects of inequitable real estate development in Detroit, Highland Park, and Beijing. The exhibit also includes protest banners created by Michigan residents in collaboration with Wang. Followed by light refreshments and a chance to view the exhibit.
4:30-6 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"23rd Annual Hearts for the Arts": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Fundraiser.

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Champagne reception, formal dinner, and live and silent auctions. Raffles.
6 p.m., Barton Hills Country Club. Tickets $185 & $250 in advance only by Jan. 22., 994-4801.

 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Downtown": Satchel's BBQ.

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Every Sat. All invited to dance to recorded music. Families welcome. The Feb. 2 theme is Motown.
6-9 p.m., Satchel's, 221 W. Liberty. Free. 929-4240. [map]

 6:25 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.

 6:35 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.

 7:30 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Megan Wilson calls to music by Brad Battey & friends. All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring clean shoes.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $11 (members, $10; students, $6). 769-1052, 274-0773. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Nick Gaza: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 31 & Feb. 1-2. A veteran guest performer in TV sitcoms, Gaza is a very funny and playfully irreverent stand-up comic who bills himself as "The Laziest Working Man in Show Business," sometimes even performing in PJs. 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]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Little Shop of Horrors": Huron High School Players.

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Feb. 1-3 & 8-10. Jeffrey String directs Huron students in Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's campy musical black comedy about a carnivorous plant that grows to ferocious proportions. A nerdy store clerk adopts an unusual plant and fondly names it "Audrey" after the object of his unrequited affections. Initially it seems to bring him good fortune, but as the plant thrives, it grows more and more bloodthirsty, driving its owner to murder. Inspired by a low-budget Roger Corman 1960 comedy-horror flick, the show was an off-Broadway hit in the early 1980s and became a musical film in 1986.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), HHS Ingram Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $15 (students, staff, & seniors, $13). 994-2040. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Dead Horses and The Brother Brothers: The Ark.

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Double bill. Dead Horses is an up-and-coming Oshkosh (WI) folk trio fronted by guitarist Sarah Vos, a singer-songwriter whose engaging coming-of-age story songs are set to music that draws imaginatively on old-time, gospel, and bluegrass idioms. The Brother Brothers is a Brooklyn-based pop-folk duo of twin brothers Adam and Davis Moss. "They approach their poignant and often charming songs with an almost startling sense of ease," says Sarah Jarosz, "and the tight harmonies are enough to send shivers down anyone's spine."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.-midnight 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Feb. 2 & 16. 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 Ballroom. $10 (members, $5). [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. 

"The How and the Why": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 1-24. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere of Sarah Treem's cerebral 2011 drama, based on the work of real-life biologist Margie Profet, about 2 brilliant female evolutionary biologists who clash over a potentially revolutionary theory of why humans menstruate. Their fight spins out into intergenerational conflicts about science, feminism, and family. A New York Times reviewer praises it as "a smart, densely textured work about men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny." Stars Diane Hill and Sayre Fox.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $22 (kids, $10) or pay what you can in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Voice of the Viol: All in a Garden Green": Parthenia (Academy of Early Music).

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This esteemed New York early music quartet performs works by William Byrd, Tobias Hume, Anthony Holborne, and John Dowland. With treble violist Rosamund Morley, tenor violist Lawrence Lipnik, and bass violists Beverly Au and Mary Springfels. 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 at and Bookbound (1729 Plymouth); $35 (seniors, $30; students, $15) at the door. 228-4338. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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Video compilation of archival performances from this KCH tradition, featuring jazz, classical, and cabaret songs that showcase noted local singers.
Online at Free. [map]

 9-11 p.m.  Free! 

Comedy Night: Om of Medicine.

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Stand-up by local comics TBA.
9-11 p.m., Om of Medicine, 111 S. Main. Free. 369-8255. [map]

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Comedy Show: Om of Medicine.

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Monthly stand-up comedy show. Snacks & beverages.
Om of Medicine, 111 S. Main. Free. 369-8255. Free. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Darrin James Band

Blues-inflected folk-rock by this local singer-songwriter whose new CD, Strange Storm, is a collection of songs responding to the contemporary climate of constant violence, blatant greed, religious hypocrisy, and political chaos. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The North 41

Chicago funk-rock jam quintet. Opener: Act Casual, a local rock, blues, and funk quintet. $10. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Randy Brock Group

Detroit blues trio. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Rootstand

Local band whose music blends bluegrass, blues, reggae, and Celtic folk idioms and instrumentation. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Angela Predhomme

Detroit-area singer-songwriter whose influences range from Motown and the Beatles to Sarah McLachlan and Norah Jones. [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 Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Mash: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Weekend Comeback

Pop-rock, Motown, and country party band. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Donya Kiana & Company

Ensemble led by Kiana, a local singer-songwriter who specializes in darkly brooding ballads inspired by traditional English and Irish themes. Opener: Monte Pride, a Lansing pop-folk singer- songwriter. [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: StickMan

Saline acoustic rock quo of singer-ukulele payer Jennifer Judge Hensel and bassist Mark Hensel. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Michael Smith & Friends

Ensemble led by singer-guitarist Smith, the frontman of the veteran local country band Cadillac Cowboys. [venue info]


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