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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 9, 2019

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 7 a.m.  Free! 

"Run Broadway": Run Ann Arbor.

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All invited to run 2-10 miles on a 2-mile loop that starts at the top of Broadway, goes through part of North Campus, down Broadway to just before the bridge, and back up to the starting point.
7 a.m., meet at Panera, 1773 Plymouth Rd. Free. Registration available at [map]

 8 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: Bikram Yoga Ann Arbor.

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All invited to try yoga and other workouts, including Bikram yoga (8 a.m.), intermediate yoga (10 a.m.), QiGong (noon), and "Inferno Hot Pilates" (2 p.m.). Also, giveaways, balloons, snacks & drinks, and door prizes. Bring your own mat and towel, if you have them (some available for rent).
8 a.m.-6 p.m., Bikram Yoga Ann Arbor, 3227 Washtenaw. Free. 975-2922. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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

 9 a.m.-late afternoon 

"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 Free admission for spectators. 475-1145. [map]

 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness Meditation": Dexter District Library.

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Guided meditation followed by discussion.
9:30 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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. 

"Glaze-A-Tile Workshop, Morning Session": Motawi Tileworks.

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Attendees will learn the bulb glazing technique and glaze their very own Motawi tile. Expert instruction is provided by our Motawi bulb glazers and participants will have to the chance to learn about the Motawi process in a fun hands-on way!
These classes often feature tiles in unique colorways that cannot be purchased online or in our gallery. This is an excellent opportunity to put a personal touch on a Valentine's gift for a loved one!
**Disclaimer: This is highly detailed work, if you need reading glasses, you'll want to have them!**
Glazers will work with our 4x4 Freesia tile and 4x4 Tulip Bud tile in the Blue colorway.
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Drive. $110. 7342130017. [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.-noon 

"Tea Time": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult, invited to learn about tea time around the world and a make tea or cocoa to take home. Also, a chance to learn how to a make a healthy snack to accompany tea.
Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $10 per child; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Valentine's Cookies & Crafts: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Made with Love! Parents, bring your young ones and spend this fun morning filled with plenty of Valentine's Day inspired crafts and cookies. First, you and your child will be able to make the perfect craft to give to that special loved one. Then, you both will be able to design a tasty Valentine cookie to enjoy to celebrate your great work! Pre-registration by February 5.
Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation, 701 W. Ellsworth. $10. 734-822-2120. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Making Paper & Recycled Hearts": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to learn how recycled paper is made and then use some to make a valentine.
10 a.m.-noon, Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center. Free. 761-3186. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local yoga instructor Marlene McGrath shows expecting and new mothers some basic yoga moves. Babies welcome.
10-11 a.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Valentine Cookies & Crafts": Pittsfield Twp. Parks & Rec.

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All kids ages 4-10 & their caregiver invited to decorate cookies and make valentine-themed crafts.
10-11:30 a.m., Pittsfield Township Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth. $7 (nonresidents, $10). Preregister by Feb. 5. 822-2120. [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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Winter River Walk": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring.
10 a.m.-noon, Burns-Stokes Preserve, 2905 N. Zeeb, Dexter. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Motawi Tile Frame Workshop": Maker Works.

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Assemble a custom frame kit for your choice of a Motawi tile using the woodshop at Maker Works. A variety of Motawi's 4◊4 tiles will be available.
In this experience, you will:
- Choose from a selection of Michigan hardwoods
- Assemble the frame
- Use the ShopBot CNC router to add hardwood dovetailed keys in the back
- Sand, and apply a walnut oil finish
- Laser engrave a Celtic, Art Deco, Prairie, or Shaker motif (optional)
Maker Works staff will guide you each step of the way. It will take 30-40 minutes. Time slots are available beginning at 10:30am.
$122 includes your choice of Motawi tile, frame, laser engraving, and walnut oil finish.
Maker Works, 3675 Plaza Drive. $122. 734-222-4911. [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]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Feb. 9, 16, & 23. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M & visiting scholars. Feb. 9: U-M astronomy professor Edwin Bergin on "Constructing an Earth: Just Add Water." Feb. 16: Michigan Concussion Center director Steven Broglio on "Are Concussions the Downfall of Football?" Feb. 23: Oakland University physics professor Ilias Chois on "Searching for Dark Matter with Antimatter."
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Dog Storytime and Craft!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dog-themed storytime followed by a puppy puppet craft for kids in grades preK & K.
11 a.m.-noon, AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

"Holistic Health + Eco Pop Up": Ann Arbor School of Massage, Herbal & Natural Medicine.

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Naturopaths, herbalists, and AASM interns discuss food medicine and herbal therapeutics and offer samples of reflexology, Iridology sessions, and herbal consults.
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., AASM, 6276 Jackson Rd., ste. B. Free admission. 769-7794. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Ice Carving Festival: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Area college ice carving teams compete using flamethrowers, chainsaws, and other tools to shape large blocks of ice. Refreshments.
Noon, County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. 971-6355, ext. 0. [map]

 12:45-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. We are working to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (, a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions. Newcomers are welcome to come at 12:30 for a brief overview.
Ann Arbor District Library - 3rd floor Freespace room, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free. [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]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Lego Coloring Party": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kids in grades K-5 invited to celebrate the release of the new Lego movie by listening to music and coloring Lego scenes.
1-2 p.m., AADL Traverwood, Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [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! 

"The Fortress": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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(Dong-hyuk Hwang, 2017). A Korean king and his court take refuge in the mountains during the 1636 Manchu invasion. Korean, subtitles.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Uchiwa Fans": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make a traditional Japanese paper fan to celebrate Foundation Day, which commemorates the 660 B.C. founding of Japan.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1:30 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Roma": Michigan Theater.

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

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Art Explorations: Frida Kahlo": The Ypsilanti District Library.

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Make Frida Kahlo style self portraits with local art honor society students under the guidance of art instructor Belen Pilaftsidis. Have your art exhibited at the Family Read event at Riverside Art Center on March 18. (Ages 7-14).
The Ypsilanti District Library- Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734 482-4110 x1340. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

"DIY Valentine Tea Party": Unicorn Feed & Supply.

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Join us in our brand new Unicorn Workshop Studio space for a fun crafty tea party, where we will create handmade Valentines! Enjoy a nice cuppa and a craft buffet of inspiration! Each valentine-crafting kit includes: a giant Mrs. Grossman classic heart sticker, a set of 3 prismatic heart stickers, a full sheet of Darice valentine stickers, and full access to our crafty art buffet full of cardstock, doilies, envelopes, heart paper punches, and everything you needs to create adorable handmade valentines! Feel free to shop the amazing sticker collection that we have in-store to create a customized look all your own! $10/person, limited to first 12 registrants.
Unicorn Feed & Supply, 114 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $10. 734-961-8610. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Glaze-A-Tile Workshop, Afternoon Session": Motawi Tileworks.

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Attendees will learn the bulb glazing technique and glaze their very own Motawi tile. Expert instruction is provided by our Motawi bulb glazers and participants will have to the chance to learn about the Motawi process in a fun hands-on way!
These classes often feature tiles in unique colorways that cannot be purchased online or in our gallery. This is an excellent opportunity to put a personal touch on a Valentine's gift for a loved one! Our afternoon session features an intermediate level tile. This class is for you if:
You are comfortable with fine detail work like knitting, needlepoint, cake decorating, painting, drawing or have some ceramics experience.
You have participated in a Glaze-a-Tile workshop before.
**Disclaimer: This is highly detailed work, if you need reading glasses, you'll want to have them!**
Glazers will work with our 4x8 Lovebirds tile in the Blue colorway.
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Drive. $110. 7342130017. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Walking Through Grief": Arbor Hospice.

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Contact Cathy Hing for more information at 734-794-5127.
The death of a loved one can bring on many reactions, including a desire to isolate yourself, or a lack of motivation to take part in physical activity. This is a monthly social group which will take place in various parks in the Ann Arbor area. This is an opportunity for grievers to socialize while getting fresh air and exercise. All activity levels are welcome and individuals can walk at their own pace.
Various Ann Arbor PArks. Free. 734-794-5127.

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Open Meditation: KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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Join us for open meditation from 2-3 this afternoon. Nonsectarian, with no chanting or prayers-just quiet sitting meditation with a brief stretch break halfway through.
KTC Ann Arbor, 614 Miner St. Ann Arbor MI 48103. Free. Donations accepted.. 734-678-7549. [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.

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Valentine's Day Cards": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for kids in grades preK-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice juggling. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 3 & 11:20 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.

 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. [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]

 3:10, 5:40 & 8:30 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, 7, 9:30 & 11:45 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)., 668-TIME.

 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. 

"Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Healing"

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This Guided Deep Relaxation, Meditation and Healing 2-Day Seminar is for beginners and pros. Learn ways to truly relax and enhance your well-being. Internationally Certified Yoga Therapist and Meditation Master Ema Stefanova, is an expert in the field.
AIKIDO (Huron Valley Aikido), 1904 Federal Blvd. $199. 7346657801. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 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]

 4:30 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]

 4:30 & 8:15 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Live Action"

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Screening of short films nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:45 & 7:15 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]

 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"How Home Happens": Ann Arbor Real Estate Associates.

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ANN ARBOR SENIOR CENTER, 1320 Baldwin Ann Arbor MI 48104. Free. 7343954990. [map]

 5 p.m. 

"Parents' Night Out: Pal-entine Party!": Studio 3 Performing Arts Center


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Have Valentine's Day plans? Why should grown-ups have all the fun? Bring your kiddos to our Pal-entine Party so you can ALL have an awesome Valentine's Day! Drop off your party goers and enjoy your evening guilt free! Dinner is included and will be served to all attendees! February 9th from 5:00-7:30pm
Studio 3 Performing Arts Center, 6885 Jackson Rd. Ste 100. $15. [map]

 5-7 p.m. 

Lemurian Sisterhood Sacred Circle: Lemurian Sisterhood Global and Awakened Hypnosis.

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Lemurian Sisterhood is a community of women that come together to remember their Divine Feminine essence, recognize their true potential, and bring balance and healing to the planet. The original sisterhood was practiced throughout Lemuria (according to Kryon), and today's sacred circles are grounded in the teachings of Pleiadian mothers and are meant to help us access the wisdom of our Lemurian ancestors. Meetings are held once a month. There is no membership. Those interested in creating a sacred space of honoring and learning are welcome.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. $20. 810-701-5208. [map]

 5:50 & 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)., 668-TIME.

 6 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.

 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]

 6:30 & 10:15 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Animated": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short animated films nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Save A Heart Masquerade": C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Center.

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The annual Save A Heart event will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9. at the University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex., Building 18, 2800 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI.
Funds raised will help advance education and research opportunities in the field and also provide much needed financial relief and support to patients and families who are facing life-threatening congenital heart conditions.
The event includes a strolling food tasting from some of the best-known local restaurants, as well as a large selection of wine from around the world. This year's presenting sponsors include Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub, Running Fit and Plum Market.
Tickets are $75 in advance and $90 at the door. They may be purchased in advance at Sponsorships are also available.
University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex, Building 18, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Ann Arbor, MI. $75 in advance, $90 at the door.

 6:30 p.m. 

Jill Jack Acoustic Trio: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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The ever-so-talented, multi-award winning Jill Jack is back! Come out and have a listen to your favorite Jill Jack tunes and the stories behind them with the Jill Jack Acoustic Trio.
Jill Jack's magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She's been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she's won over 40 Detroit Music Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter.
In this candlelit, intimate venue of just 42 seats, you'll experience Jill's show like never before and you'll be treated to the Jill Jack Acoustic Trio for a very special evening.
Reservations are a must. Call us at 517-522-8167 to reserve your seats. Just $40 pp for dinner and show.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $40. 517-522-8167. [map]

 7-11 p.m . 

734 Saturdays: February Edition @ Ziggy's: Northern Threat Entertainment.

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Northern Threat Entertainment presents 734 Saturdays: February Edition! We host this event every second Saturday of the month to give the artist in the local community a platform to present their music or art. The open mic sign up starts at 7pm and we start the night at 8pm. If you are ever interested in signing up to be a featured artist then email us at and send us info about yourself. You will have to opportunity to make money as well as showcasing your talent. We hope to keep this momentum of talent spreading so do not hesitate to get into contact with us.
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $5. [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 929-9324. [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, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1221.

 7:30 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Maeve Devlin calls to music by the Golden Griffon Stringtet. No experience or partner needed. Wear loose fitting clothing and flat non-slip shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. $11 (members, $10; age 29 & under, $5; free for 1st-timers and for those who bring a 1st-time dancer). 945-1343. [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.  Free! 

New Moon Party: Blom Meadworks.

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Celebrate the beginning of the new year and the new moon with a fresh start, fresh music from Mercury Salad Sandwich and freshly brewed, handcrafted mead. Mercury Salad Sandwich has a simple approach to music: write tunes that make people groove. 'The sammich' plays many styles, from acoustic funk to jazzy swing, to twangy rock. Always tasteful, with top-notch players.
Blom Meadworks, 100 South Fourth Street. Free. 734-548-9729. [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 994-2120. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

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

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Age 12 & up invited to color while interacting with adoptable cats. Snacks, soda, and coloring supplies provided.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Preregistration recommended at 661-3575. [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. 

"Valentine's Ragtime Ball": Grand Traditions Vintage Dance.

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Enjoy dancing to the wonderful music of the Ragtime era. The dances from 1900 to 1920 are easy to learn and all levels of dancers are welcome. Music will be provided by the Huron Valley Serenaders.
Period dress is encouraged but not required. Includes dance lessons at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Preregistration is preferred.
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 West Stadium Boulevard. $30. 734-769-0041. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Aaron Berofsky, Christopher Harding, & Yeojin Kim: U-M School of Music.

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Violinist Berofsky and pianist Harding--both U-M music professors--are joined by cellist Kim in Haydn's Piano Trio in A Major and Shostakovich's Piano Trio in E Minor. Harding and Kim also perform George Rochberg's Ricordanza.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. (postponed) 

Cheryl Wheeler: The Ark.

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Postponed from Feb. 9 to Mar. 5. This versatile veteran singer-songwriter is known for her hauntingly pure voice, biting sense of humor, and alternately poignant and whimsical songs about human relationships and everyday life. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Suzy Bogguss, Nanci Griffith, Maura O'Connell, and Bette Midler. Opening act is Kenny White, a New York City singer-songwriter and pianist who writes frank, funny, sophisticated songs in various genres, including classical, jazz, 60s rock, and country, and who often joins Wheeler on stage. PhotoL Cathleen Joyce.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: University Musical Society.

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Founded in 1936 as the Palestine Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic has since become one of the world's leading orchestras-its reputation enhanced by the great Zubin Mehta's service as conductor for more than 40 years. Under Mehta, the orchestra has developed a distinctive, robust sound, and its performances are famous for their passion and emotional power. Tonight is Mehta's final local appearance with the orchestra before retirement. Program: 20th-century Hungarian-Israeli composer ÷dön Pártos's Concertino for String Orchestra, Schubert's Symphony no. 3 in D Major, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 6 in B minor ("Pathétique").
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $30-$175 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Mustard's Retreat: The Ark.

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Longtime local favorites Michael Hough and David Tamulevich perform both traditional songs and original pieces that alternate between Hough's sometimes spellbinding, sometimes humorous narrative ballads, and Tamulevich's poignant lyrical songs. According to songwriter Garnet Rogers, Mustard's Retreat "represents everything that is best about folk music. Their songs have entered the lexicon of anonymous folk songs." Both Hough and Tamulevich are accomplished guitarists, and they also play banjo, mandolin, flute, autoharp, harmonica, and tin whistle.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

San and Emily Slomovits with Brian Brill: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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Veteran folk singer-songwriter San Slomovits is joined by his daughter, violinist Emily Slomovits, and Emmy-winning local composer-pianist Brian Brill to perform songs from Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, and Follies.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 327-0270. [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 & by phone, and at the door. 995-7537. [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 & 10:30 p.m. 

"Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind": UnTheatre Co.

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Feb. 9, 16, & 17. This Detroit theater company performs short plays written by its members, with the order of the plays chosen by dice rolled by audience members. In celebration of Black History Month.
8 & 10:30 p.m. (Feb. 9), 8 & 11 p.m. (Feb. 16), and 6 p.m. (Feb. 17), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (except Feb. 16 late show, $30). [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Tribute to Ron Brooks": Kerrytown Concert House Jazz Masters Series.

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This veteran local straight-ahead jazz trio of drummer Sean Dobbins, pianist Rick Rowe, and bassist Kurt Krahnke is joined by bassist Brooks in celebration of his career, which has included stints with the Contemporary Jazz Quintet, Mixed Bag, and leading the house rhythm section at his former jazz club, the Bird of Paradise, for nearly 19 years.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$35 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Valentine's Ragtime Trot": Grand Traditions Vintage Dance Academy.

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Dances that were popular from 1900 to the 1920s, with live music by the Huron Valley Serenaders. Period attire encouraged. Preceded at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by dance lessons.
8-11 p.m., Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $30. Preregistration requested at 769-0041. [map]

 8:45 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.

 11:59 p.m. 

"Midnights at the State Theatre."

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


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)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Matt Gabriel

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

Blind Pig: "Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems."

Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, directors of the award-winning documentary Dirty Country, cohost a screening of the latest in their popular series of compilations from their impressive collection of strange, outrageous, hilarious, and profoundly stupid videos, along with highlights from an infamous cable access show (Dancing with Frank Pacholski) and an update on Phueher & Pickett's fake strongmen act Chop & Steele. $14 in advance at and at the door. 9-10:30 p.m. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "Friends with Benefits Dance Party"

Dance Party with a DJ. Proceeds benefit a charity TBA. [venue info]

Canterbury House: "Tribute to Nancy Wilson"

Jazz vocalist Justin Showell, a U-M musical theater student, leads a quintet in arrangements of Nancy Wilson songs. Followed by a jam session. With trumpeter Josie Ala, pianist Cole Abod, bassist Mohan Ritsema, and drummer Eliza Salem. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville John Churchville

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

Dreamland Theater: "Soap Opera."

Variety show with several Ypsilanti performers in a program of skits, comedy, poetry, dance, performance art and music that bills itself as a "night of sinister secrets, passionate feuds, and villainous alter egos." [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: Bobby Murray Band

R&B band led by singer-guitarist Murray, who was the regular guitarist in Etta James' band. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dan Rafferty Band

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

Mash: Jason Dean

Local singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Chris Canas Band

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

Rumpus Room: Fangs and Twang

Ypsilanti trio featuring 3 members of Black Jake & the Carnies-guitarist Andy Benes, bassist Joe Bertoletti, and drummer Billy LaLonde-that plays twangy, high-energy country rock, with songs about vampires, mummies, and other mythical creatures. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Newport Blues

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

Ziggy's: 734 Saturdays

Open mike, along with a featured performer TBA. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Summerland and Ed Dupas

An evening of song-swapping with Summerland, the stage name of Oklahoma singer-songwriter Nadia Piotrowsky, and Dupas, a local country-folk Americana singer-songwriter whose influences range from Springsteen to Steve Earle. [venue info]


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