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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 8, 2019






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Annual Rummage Sale: Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

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Feb. 7-9. Sale of household goods, clothes, purses, jewelry, sporting goods, books, dishes, pots and pans, table linens, bed linens, curtains, pictures, lamps, and more.
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.), Columbus Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 426-5558. [map]


 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Champion Gymnastics Session 3: Champion Gymnastics.

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Champion Gymnastics offers a year-round recreational program comprised of six 8-week long sessions. We take enrollment daily, so there is never a need to wait until the next session begins to enroll in all the fun! With a variety of age appropriate classes, we're sure to find the perfect day and time to suit your busy schedule. We are also happy to offer one, no-obligation trial class to new students so your child can be sure to find the right fit for their age and skill level. Be sure to register for your trial to ensure class space and availability.
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Road. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/ [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 www.palmertonimages.com.
Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline. Free. bob@palmertonimages.com www.palmertonimages.com [map]



 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Feb. 26 Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 25. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun.-Fri. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. 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.
10 a.m. (Sun.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), meet at the Barton Nature Trail parking lot (Mon.-Fri.), 1010 W. Huron River Dr. and Wheeler Park (Sun.), N. Fourth Ave. at Depot. Free. 649-9762 (Mon.-Fri.), 996-9122 (10 a.m. Sun.), & 347-1259 (1 p.m. Sun.). [map]


 10:30-11 a.m. 

"Just for Younger Kids: Storytime Tasting": Zingerman's Deli.

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Kids 2-5 invited to listen to a food-themed story. Snack provided. Caregivers must stay with their child.
10:30-11 a.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid (caregivers, free). Space limited; reservations required at events.zingermanscommunity.com. 663-3354.


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. (except Feb. 25) Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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Feb. 8 & 22. Docents give a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Clements building and collections.
11 a.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free; preregistration available at myumi.ch/650X8. 647-0864. [map]


 Noon 

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]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 2-7 p.m. 

"Curling Fest": Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

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All invited to watch and participate in this all-day curling tournament celebrating this team sport nicknamed "the roaring game" for the rumbling sound the 44-lb. granite stone makes as it slides across the ice. Spectators welcome to watch for free in a heated tent with live music. Pizza, ice cream, hot dogs, beer, and hot cocoa available. In case of warm weather, competitors will play Fowling (it rhymes with "bowling"), a football-bowling hybrid game where teams compete to knock down their opponents' set of 10 bowling pins at a 48-foot distance with a full-size regulation football. Curling lessons on the hour on Fri. (2-7 p.m.) and Sun. (10 a.m.-noon.).
9 a.m.-late afternoon, Chelsea Lanes, 1180 S. Main, Chelsea. Tickets $120 for a 4-person curling team (lessons, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Free admission for spectators. 475-1145. [map]


 2:50 & 7:45 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]


 3 & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Short and Snappy Tours": UMMA.

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Every Fri. Student docents lead 15-minute tours of the museum around various themes, such as love and death, politics and humor, history, mythology, fashion, or other concepts.
3 & 3:30 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 3:30 & 9:10 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 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4 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.


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen VR Adventure": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to try out the library's collection of virtual reality systems, including Google Daydream & Lenovo Mirage.
4-5:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 4:45, 7:15 & 9:20 p.m. 

"Cold War": State Theatre.

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Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018). B&W Romeo-and-Juliet story set in post-WWII Poland. Polish, 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Feb. 8 & 22. Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch the animated films My Neighbor Totoro (Feb. 8) and A Goofy Movie (Feb. 22). Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]


 5:05 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]


 Evening time TBA 

24th Annual Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance: Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All girls, accompanied by a dad (or other adult male), invited for dancing to music spun by a DJ. Photos, balloon drop, prizes, and light refreshments. Note: These dances usually sell out.
Time TBA, Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. Cost TBA. cityofsaline.org/parks, 429-3502. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Aris Chalin Trio.

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Aris Chalin Trio featuring Jonah Eichner (bass), Noah Greenberg (drums) and Aris Chalin (keyboard). This group plays beautiful Jazz standards.
Dessous, 312 S. Main Street. Free. No Cover. (734) 222-0202 [map]



 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Hand Embroidery: Mini Hoops": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to sew and frame a mini embroidery piece for use as a keychain, necklace, or brooch. Sewing skills helpful but not necessary. Materials provided, but bring your own project (less than 1-inch square), if you'd like.
6-8 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:20 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.


 6:30 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.


 7 p.m. 

"Free Solo": State Theatre.

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(E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2018). Documentary following the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
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.


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Telephon9: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Performance by this Detroit-based electropop trio of brothers (Chris Call, Jair Alexander, and Adari Perkins) who fuse analog sounds with modern electronic dance beats.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M J. Edgar Edwards Reading Series.

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Readings by 1st-year poetry and fiction MFA students, including Annesha Sengupta, Kassy Lee, Carl Lavigne, and Jennifer Huang.
7 p.m., Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"7th Annual Creature Courtship": The Creature Conservancy.

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Feb. 8, 9, 14, & 15. All age 21 & over invited for wine, beer, and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a presentation, with live animals, on methods of seduction and reproduction in the animal kingdom.
7 p.m. sharp, Creature Conservancy, 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $35. Reservations required at thecreatureconservancy.org/creature-courtship-1. 929-9324. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Decoupage Boxes & Vases": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to use old maps or magazine pictures to decorate a keepsake box or vase. Bring paper items like cards, pictures, or newspapers, if you like.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Lantern-Lit Ski & Snowshoe": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Fri., Jan. 11-Feb. 8. All invited to walk or (conditions permitting) ski or snowshoe half-mile lantern-lit loops. Fire available to warm up between laps. A few pairs of snowshoes available to borrow.
7-9 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 recreation passport required ($16 if purchased at the gate). 475-3170. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Oliver!": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Feb. 8-10, 15, & 16. Elizabeth Champion directs students in Lionel Bart's popular musical adaptation of Dickens's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphaned boy who falls in with a band of pickpockets in Victorian London. The score includes many popular hits, including "Where Is Love?," "Food, Glorious Food," "As Long As He Needs Me," and the title tune.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker at Shield, Dexter. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only. 424-4240. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Sweat": EMU Theatre Department.

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Feb. 8-10 & 14-17. Pirooz Aghssa directs EMU drama students in Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer-winning 2015 play about the crises of the working-class residents of Reading (PA) leading up to the 2008 Great Recession. The play is "a moral, passionate and richly articulated cri de coeur from one of America's leading African-American playwrights aimed squarely at the ongoing inability of her hate-spewing white brothers and sisters to accurately locate the cause of their problems," says a Chicago Tribune review.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theatre, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12; kids under 18, $7) in advance at emutix.com, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221.


 7:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Megan Wilson, Susie Lorand, and Robert Messer call to music by Debbie Jackson, Josh Burdick, and Lorand. For experienced dancers.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse (off S. State across from the airport). $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Madeleine Albright: Michigan Theater/Nicola's Books.

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This former Secretary of State discusses Fascism, her new book about current threats to U.S. democracy. Followed by Q&A.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35-$65 (includes a copy of the book) in advance at michtheater.org. 662-0600. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Nathan Timmel: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 7-9. Stand-up comic from L.A. known for his edgy observational humor about marriage and family 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.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Oct. 6: Vermont. Time TBA.

Oct. 7: Waterloo. Exhibition game. Time TBA.

Oct. 12: Team USA under 18. Exhibition game. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 26 & 27: St. Lawrence. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 9 & 10: Notre Dame. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 23 & 24: Wisconsin. 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 1: MSU. 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 7 & 8: Minnesota. 8 p.m.

Jan. 8: Merrimack. 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 24: Penn State. 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8: MSU. 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 & 23: Ohio State. 6:30 p.m. (Feb. 22) & 6 p.m. (Feb. 23).
Various times (see listing), Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $10-$40 at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764-0247. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Pioneer High School Theatre Guild.

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Feb. 7-10. Pioneer students perform Shakespeare's popular comic romance about the misadventures of a group of mortals who wander unwittingly into a power struggle between the king and the queen of the fairies.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PHS Little Theater, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $10 (seniors age 65 & over and students, $8) in advance at a2tix.com. 994-2120. [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]


 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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 7:30 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 burnsparkplayers.org/tickets and (if available) at the door. 646-4800, (313) 573-5675. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Feb. 8 & 22. All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Good Little Giants: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This New York-based folk-pop Christian duo blends banjo, dobro, and upright bass with synth and electric guitars to produce original music in the style of Mumford and Sons and the Avett Brothers. Their most recent album is Arrows.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $15 in advance at eventbrite.com and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 p.m. 

RFD Boys: The Ark.

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Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They have several recordings, including Live and Unrehearsed, a 1994 Ark performance.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $11 at the door only. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Complex Rhythms": U-M Dance Company.

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Feb. 7-10. U-M dance students perform works by guest and faculty choreographers. The program is highlighted by a restaging of Shelter, the 1988 work about homelessness and disenfranchisement by Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. The New York Times calls it "a powerful incantation against the evils of obliviousness and neglect." Also, a new work by Harge Dance Stories (Detroit) artistic director (and U-M grad) Jennifer Harge focuses on the intersection of movement, African American culture, and the history of protest. U-M dance professor Bill DeYoung celebrates the Leonard Bernstein centenary with his new work set to Bernstein's 1955 Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs. U-M dance professor Robin Wilson premieres a new work inspired by anticipation of her upcoming trip to Cuba.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $30 & $24 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Hamlet": Concordia University.

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Feb. 8-10 & 15-17. Concordia students perform Shakespeare's tragedy about the tormented Prince of Denmark, whose quest to avenge his father's murder leads to the deaths of almost everyone close to him. The play remains resonant for its rich, abundant poetry and its penetrating explorations of the psychology of love and betrayal and the disparities between thought and action.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Kreft Center Black Box Theatre, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at cuaa.edu/kreftarts & by phone, and at the door. 995-7537. [map]


 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]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Scene After Scene": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. Comedic improv by experienced local performers who take suggestions from the audience. Also, "water form," a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless. Opener: guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"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 theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Transformations": U-M Symphony Band.

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Michael Haithcock conducts this ensemble of music majors in the premiere of Paul Dooley's Horn Concerto with soloist Adam Unsworth, David Maslanka's uplifting Symphony no. 8, and Holst's English folk song-inspired Second Suite in F Major. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Variations on Mi Patria": Julia Siciliano (Kerrytown Concert House).

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This up-and-coming pianist plays works associated with her 2 current homes, Ann Arbor and the Basque region of Spain. The program includes pieces and arrangements by her former teacher, U-M piano professor Logan Skelton, as well as works by Ravel and some lesser-known Basque composers.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
 


 9 p.m.-midnight 

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

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]


 9:30 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:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Tim Monger

Engaging veteran local singer-songwriter-guitarist whose pop-rock Americana fuses high lonesome tunes with evocative tales drawn from ordinary life. Monger has a CD, Summer Cherry Ghosts, that Allmusic.com calls "a sweetly nostalgic song cycle, filled with sketches of places and people he's loved, memories he treasures--in short, the ghosts of summers past." [venue info]

Blind Pig: Exmag

Nationally acclaimed Brooklyn-based electronic dance trio whose music blends elements of funk, hip-hop, and jazz. $15 ($18 at the door). [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bobby Pennock

Plymouth folk-rock singer-songwriter whose style draws its influences from Paul Simon and Harry Chapin, with a helping of the Beatles thrown in for zest. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Habitat Lounge: Dan Rafferty Band

Popular 8-piece Detroit pop dance band. [venue info]

Live: Lady Sunshine & the X Band Lady Sunshine

Popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. The band's latest CD is Big Sexee. 6:30-9 p.m. [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]

Mash: Matt Gabriel

Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike.

All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Jim Smith

Local country-folk singer-songwriter whose influences include Gordon Lightfoot and James Taylor. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Russ Kendrick Martin

Jackson-area acoustic blues singer-songwriter. [venue info]

 
 


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