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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 16, 2019

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 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Polish Pottery Party": Downtown Home & Garden.

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Feb. 16 & 17. Representatives from European Designs (Westlake, OH) import company show and discuss Polish pottery. Samples of pierogi, sauerkraut, and pastries.
7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]

 8 p.m.-2 a.m.  Free! 

Life Like Ambient Weekend Night 2 @ Ziggy's.

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Life Like Presents the second of two days of sounds.
Land & Buildings rarely play out, but are coming together to celebrate their release of new album "Huron River Eclipse".
The New Me = Cirocco/Conzett tape derangement and real time decay.
Koltay builds solo modular synth architecture without scaffolding, sneaks into the construction site at dawn to smoke weed, look around.
Dominic and Fred Thomas play the soundtrack to "Gremlins 3" front to back.
This is a completely free event, so please stop by. All artists will have music for sale and would love to see you there!
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Local Food Summit: Slow Food Huron Valley.

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Daylong series of talks and workshops on how to build a more sustainable local food system. Also, virtual farm tours. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks by local chefs.
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., WCC Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $50 (sliding scale down to $15 available for those in need) in advance at [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 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 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Apple Showcase": MacTechnics.

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Rescheduled from Jan. 19. A Briarwood Apple Store staffer discusses and demonstrates new features of the latest Apple products. The program begins with a Q&A, 9-11 a.m., for Mac questions of any kind.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. [map]

 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Breaking Unrighteous Yokes of Bondage": Ann Arbor Aglow Lighthouse.

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Talk by Auburn Hills writer and speaker Tracy Ward. Refreshments.
9:30 a.m.-noon, 340 WCC Liberal Arts Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. (248) 437-9277. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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

 10:00 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.-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]

 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Kindermusik teacher Denise Owens leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a program of music and movement.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard Free. 327-4200. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Exploring Draper-Houston Preserve": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a hike through woods and open fields along the Saline River.
10 a.m.-noon, Draper-Houston Preserve, 578 Mooreville Rd., Milan. Free. 971-6337. [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]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Hora de Cuento": Nicola's Books.

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Bilingual storytime for preschoolers.
Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 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.  Free! 

"Surviving the Playground - A Free Class for Kids"

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Details: Rough housing, intimidation, and other 'social cruelties' can make the playground a scary place. We will be teaching simple skills that empower kids to feel happy and confident on the playground and in the neighborhood: the skills of emotional toughness, friend-making skills, and a little basic self-defense. Perfect for kids ages 5-10. When: Saturday, February 16, 11:00 to 11:45 Where: 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Admission: FREE! Register at:
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main Street. Free. 734-994-0333. [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., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Harry Potter Escape Room": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to hunt for themed clues and try to solve themed puzzles that lead to escape from a locked room in under 60 minutes. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m. (Sat.) & 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. (Sun.), CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

'African American Read-In": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Our African American Authors Book Discussion Group hosts a read-in featuring works by African American authors. Bring a favorite poem or passage, read one of ours, or just stop in and listen!
Presented by the African American Authors Book Discussion Group.
The Ypsilanti District Library-Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1377. [map]

 1-2 p.m. 

"Group Sound Healing Session": Krista Springer.

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Group sound healing session with certified vibrational sound healing practitioner & certified Hands On (IET) Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner Krista Springer. Come & join others here at the studio for a relaxing & restorative experience. Krista is a multi-eclectic instrumentalist, vocalist, composer/lyricist, & recording artist. Come & experience a multi-layering/weaving of various sounds & voice including instruments such as tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, gongs, drums flutes, kotamo, harp, voice, etc. The studio is located in the township of Ypsilanti & is a private studio. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED (804) 229-6448; limited to 25 in the group room. Directions to the studio will be provided upon registration. Please feel free to bring a yoga mat, pillow, and blanket. Chairs will be available for those who need them.
Private studio in the township of Ypsilanti 48197, Studio is located off of Textile Rd., Ypsilanti. $20. (804) 229-6448.

 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! 

"Little Forest": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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(Soon-rye Yim, 2018). Drama about a city woman who returns to her hometown in the country. Korean, subtitles.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]

 1:15 & 6:10 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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Brown v. Board of Education: The Legacy": The Ypsilanti District Library.

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This year marks the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. This Black History Month talk will be an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of Brown v. Board in the flow of United States history, the challenges presented by the case, and the promises yet to be realized. Presented by Professor Ronald C Woods, J.D. Professor, Department of Africology and African American Studies at Eastern Michigan University. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Ypsilanti District Library- Michigan Ave. Branch, 229 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1325. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Craft Tube Monster": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grades preK-2.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.

 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.

 2:30 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Live Music Saturday at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea": Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea.

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'LIVE MUSIC Saturdays' at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea features 2 of Ann Arbor's most popular songwriters; K Michael Joseph and Mary Ann Kirt.
K MICHAEL JOSEPH, whose love ballads are now grabbing air time on indie stations across the U.S. and the UK will heat things up on this Valentine's Day weekend.
Playing on acoustic guitar, keyboards and flute, Michael's seductive textures make him the most uniquely individual musician in Ann Arbor!
Michael will be celebrating the release of his album, 'Siren' to iTunes.
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MARY ANN KIRT joins Michael at Sweetwaters. She has been playing in local venues around town for some time, and has been compared vocally to greats like Carol King & Joni Mitchell!
Her style is distinctively Indie-Alternative and Folk, played artfully with guitar accompaniment.
Both songwriters will be playing all original pieces.
K Michael Joseph Music
Mary Ann Kirt
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington St. Free. (734) 769-2331. [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]

 3:30 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]

 3:45, 6:30 & 9:15 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.

 4, 7:15 & 9:35 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.

 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]

 4:15 p.m. 

"If Beale Street Could Talk": State Theatre.

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

 4:30 & 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]

 6 p.m. 

Fasching Dinner/Dance: Greater Beneficial Union Chapter 630.

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Traditional German dinner (sauerbraten, spätzle, red cabbage, tossed salad, and bread), followed by dancing to traditional German music by the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn house band Linda Lee & the Golden-Aires. Raffle and costume contest with prizes. Coffee, cake, beer, wine, and pop. Fasching is the German equivalent of Mardi Gras.
6-11 p.m., Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $30. Reservations required by Feb. 1 via phone call to Klaus Kummer at 913-9371 or Marianne Rauer at 954-0057. [map]

 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]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Daddy-Daughter Dance: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Girls, accompanied by their dad (or grandfather, uncle, or other man), invited for dancing, face painting, crafts, a balloon drop, and more. Refreshments.
Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw. $20 per couple ($5 for each additional child). Preregistration required at or at the Rec Center. 971-6355, ext. 0. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Cancelled-- "Murakami by the Sea": U-M Theatre & Dance Studio Production.

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Note: This production has been cancelled. Feb. 14-17. Tzveta Kassabova directs U-M students in a dance/theater piece inspired by contemporary Japanese writer Haruki Murakami's short stories exploring alienation in modern life.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Newman Studio, 1226 Murfin. Free. 763-5460. [map]

 7 p.m. 

A2 Dhoom: Michigan Mazaa.

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Bollywood-fusion dance competition featuring 8 collegiate teams from around the country. Proceeds benefit The Hope Project, a Michigan-based nonprofit organization working to raise awareness of human trafficking and ameliorate its effects.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $12-15 (students, $10) at [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. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caryl Churchill Festival: U-M Theatre Department/U-M Residential College Drama Concentration.

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Feb. 14, 16, 22, & 23 (different programs). U-M students and faculty perform staged readings of works by this acclaimed English playwright in honor of her 80th birthday. Today: U-M drama students in 2 different Residential College drama classes direct and perform Love and Information, Churchill's 2012 play about relationships in the digital age presented as an evolving mosaic of more than 50 fragmented and superficially unconnected scenes. The U-M theater department also performs Love and Information (see 21 Thursday listing).
7:30 p.m., Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Tracy Smith: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 14-16. Canadian stand-up comic, a frequently featured performer on cable TV, who's known for her sharply written, bittersweet observations about the travails and absurdities of the relations between the sexes on the "mean streets of Singletown." Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $14 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Zion Lutheran Church Concert Series.

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Performance by the EMU Choir. Program TBA.
7:30 p.m., Zion Sanctuary, 1501 W. Liberty. Freewill offering for the choir. 994-4455. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

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

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

 8 p.m. 

Joe Policastro Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This Chicago group, led by bassist Policastro, brings an eclectic jazz/funk/rock sensibility to pop standards. Their latest album, Nothing Here Belongs, includes both originals and their arrangements of songs by Bruce Springsteen, the Talking Heads, and Santo & Johnny. With guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Patrick Avery.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [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 p.m. 

San, Emily, & Jacob: Johnny's Speakeasy.

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Annual Valentine's show by this local folk trio of songwriter-guitarist San Slomovits (half of the popular, nationally known local duo Gemini), his violinist daughter Emily Slomovits, and bassist Jacob Warren. Their repertoire includes folk, klezmer, jazz, classical music, Broadway showtunes, and more.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), Johnny's Speakeasy, shuttle available from Maple Village Plum Market. $19.10 in advance only at

 8 p.m. 

The Ben Daniels Band: The Ark.

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Artful, dynamic rock 'n' roll by this Chelsea quintet led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Daniels, whose influences range from Robert Johnson to Dylan to Jack White.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and the, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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 p.m. 

"Past Tense": University Musical Society.

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Feb. 15 & 16. NYC-based artist (and MacArthur "genius" award winner) Carrie Mae Weems stars in her new performance piece, in which she and 4 other readers (representing a Greek chorus) recite portions of Sophocles' tragedy Antigone intermixed with witness statements from police killings in front of screens showing videos of black men being killed by police officers.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $34-$60 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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

 8 p.m. 

"The 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 Love Hangover": Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Annual concert inviting musicians and audiences to eschew the greeting card qualities of Valentine's Day. This year's performer is the Jill Jack Acoustic Trio, led by the veteran sultry-voiced Detroit folk-rock singer-songwriter whose music draws freely on jazz and country flavors.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. $15 at the door only. 316-7919. [map]

 8 & 11 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. 

"War Requiem": University Musical Society.

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Performance of Benjamin Britten's perennially popular 1962 setting of the Requiem, which intersperses the WWI poetry of Wilfred Owen with the traditional Latin texts. With the UMS Choral Union, the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, and baritone Stephen Powell.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $12-$36 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8:30 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]

 9 p.m. 

"Vice": State Theatre.

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

 9:25 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.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Kameryn & Galen

Jazz by the Detroit duo of vocalist Kameryn Ogden and keyboardist Galen Bundy. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Laith Al-Saadi Trio

An eclectic mix of roots Americana, classic rock, and blues, including many originals, by a jazz-tinged, jam-oriented trio led by local singer- guitarist Al-Saadi, recently featured on The Voice. His 2016 CD, Real, a collection of songs drawing on blues, country, gospel, and roots rock, was recorded in L.A. with an all-star cast of session legends, and he recently released a 4-song EP of Jimi Hendrix covers. $25. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. [venue info]

Bona Sera: Guilty Pleasures Burlesque

Local burlesque and comedy troupe. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Terry Birkett

Longtime Livonia Americana guitarist and songwriter. Tonight he is joined by various musical friends TBA. [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: Billy Davis Rhythm Machine

R&B and blues ensemble led by legendary R&B singer-songwriter and guitarist Davis, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who cowrote and played lead guitar on Hank Ballard & the Midnighters' original 1959 recording of "The Twist." Jackie Wilson's original lead guitarist, Davis was also Jimi Hendrix's first guitar tutor. Opening act is Wunderkid. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Scott Martin Band

Canton alt-country-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Martin. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: James Henes

Local alternative rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Unkle Lay Lee's Moonshine All-Stars

An eclectic mix of music in various genres by this Milan strings & more quintet. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Marcus Shelton

An eclectic mix of rock covers by this singer-pianist, an opera singer recently transplanted to Michigan from the Pacific Northwest. Opener: Noah Bizer, a young local singer-songwriter whose new album is a collection of songs inspired by his travels in Europe and Central America. [venue info]


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