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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 21, 2019






 
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 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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

U.S. Register of Copyrights: U-M Library.

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Q&A with the acting register of copyrights and director of the U.S. Copyright Office (Washington, D.C.) Karyn Temple Claggett.
10 a.m.-noon, 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 615-3194. [map]


 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]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Humor, Comedy, and Laughter, In Everyday Life and Beyond": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Feb. 14-Mar. 28 (except Mar. 7). A series of 6 weekly lectures. Feb. 14: U-M radiology professor David Fessell on "Improv and Humor: A Personal and Professional Story." Feb. 21: MSU Extension Health Instructors Terry Clark-Jones and Hanna Hotchkiss on "Laughter is Good Medicine: Mindful Laughter." Feb. 28: Detroit Free Press cartoonist Mike Thompson on "Political Cartooning in the Era of Trump." Mar. 14: EMU English lecturer Andre Peltier on "From Mad to Memes: The History of Humor in Sequential Art." Mar. 21: Maple Theater (Bloomfield) owner Jon Goldstein on "The History of Comedy in Film." Mar. 28: U-M musicology professor Charles Hiroshi Garrett on "Sounds Funny: Humor and American Music."
10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series, $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $20 a year. 998-9351. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Under the African Sky": Wild Swan Theater.

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Feb. 21-23. This award-winning local children's theater presents a series of African folktales. With drumming and other music. Geared toward kids ages 4-10. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and kids, $10; lap passes for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at wildswantheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]



 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tour the Tileworks": Motawi Tileworks.

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Every Tuesday at 1pm and Thursday at 11am, rain or shine, we offer a free tour of the Tileworks. You can browse our studio gallery, meet our staff, learn about our company history, and observe our tile-making process firsthand. Tours typically last 60-90 minutes and are best for ages 8 to adult. Reservations are not required, however please call ahead if your party consists of 10 or more.
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Drive. Free. 734-213-0017. tours@motawi.com https://www.motawi.com/pages/tour-the-tileworks [map]



 Noon-6 p.m. 

Book Shop Sale: Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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Friends Book Shop is having a sale!
Tuesday, February 19th-Friday, February 22nd: 1/2 off everything
Saturday, February 23rd-Sunday, February 24th: Everything 50 cents!
Friends Book Shop, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 7343027774. faadldirector@gmail.com faadl.org [map]



 Noon  Free! 

"Japan's Response to the U.S.-China Cold War": U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Lecture by Research Institute for Peace and Security (Japan) president Masashi Nishihara.
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Live music performances.

Feb. 7: Country music and more by Danirée, a trio led by Pacific Northwest singer-guitarist Daniel Goree.

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day songs by CutTime Simfonica, a Detroit classical string quartet with drums that plays adventurous new works blending Latin, tango, folk, rock, blues, country, soul, and hip-hop.

Feb. 21: Jazz and bossa nova by the Paul VornHagen Jazz Duo.

Feb. 28: The husband-and-wife duo of guitar virtuoso Elden Kelly and oboist Lani Kelly performs works from Song of the Nightingale, their new recording of Elden's originals and arrangements.

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12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Ikebana International.

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An ikebana instructor leads a session of this Japanese style of flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20. Preregistration required by Mar. 7 at a2ikebana@gmail.com. 647-7600. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Tea Party": International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to socialize with tea and treats at themed tables representing countries including England, India, Japan, Somalia, Vietnam, Syria, and Turkey. Child care available for kids 5 & under. IN has no political or religious affiliation.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. 662-5723. [map]


 2 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]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Chelsea Retirement Community, Crippen Building/805 W. Middle St., Chelsea. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc


 2:45, 5:30 & 8:15 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). statetheatre.org, 668-TIME.


 3, 6:15 & 8:35 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:15 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"LEGOs at the Library": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Calling all LEGO lovers, it's time to show off your skills and flex your creative muscles. All ages are welcome to come to the Library for some hands-on fun and build a masterpiece at our LEGO club. No registration is required for this FREE event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Art Exhibit Opening: Householdments, John DeHoog": U-M Residential College.

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Join us for the opening of John DeHoog's Exhibition, Householdments. February 21, 4-6pm. Artist talk and Q&A at 4:30. Light refreshments will be served.
DeHoog's exhibit demonstrates his pleasure at working between the disciplines of sculpture and furniture and is influenced by makers from the around the world from Aleutian Island kayak makers to Japanese temple builders. Householdments challenges assumptions about stability, composition, and appropriateness while treating each object like a compositional puzzle to be solved. Most of the work is constructed in wood available from our local region thanks to the variety available but also due to the artist's sensitivity to the costs of transport and tropical deforestation.
Residential College Art Gallery, 701 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/61105-15034013.html [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

"A Fine Romance: A Cartographic Stroll Through the World's Most Romantic Cities": U-M Clark Library.

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Display of cities associated with love, from Paris and Florence to Buenos Aires and Quebec City.
4-7 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library 2nd floor, enter from the Diag. Free. 647-0646.


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play popular board games (list available at theloadeddie.com). "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). facebook.com/drinkblom. [map]


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Feb. 7, 14, & 21. Talks by visiting artists. Feb. 7: NYC-based DJ and poet Juliana Huxtable. Feb. 14: Syracuse performance artist and MacArthur "genius" Carrie Mae Weems on "A History of Violence, Heave." Weems performs her work Past Tense at the Power Center Feb. 15 & 16 (see listings). Feb. 21: Seattle-based film, animation, and installation artist Clyde Petersen on "Alternate Realities, Intentional Histories and Queer Survival: Building Your Own World in Dystopic Times."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

IMA Monthly Chapter Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Regional management accountants as well as C-level types meet for food, fellowship, and career enhancement. We are an award winning chapter of 200 accountants, financial managers, controllers and chief financial officers of local companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Our chapter is part of a global accounting association. Please feel free to check our website. In Michigan the address is annarbor.imanet.org/home, and the global IMA website is www.imanet.org.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3150 Boardwalk. $25. 734-222-6681. combsa@ewashtenaw.org annarbor.imanet.org/home [map]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question": U-M Author's Forum.

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U-M Afroamerican and African Studies professor Bénédicte Boisseron and U-M English professor Aliyah Khan discuss Boisseron's new book, which investigates the history of linking blackness with animality.
5:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-8994. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Tito and the Birds" State Theatre.

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(Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, & André Catoto, 2018). Animated story about a boy who must find his father in order to cure a pandemic. Portuguese, 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.


 6-8 p.m. 

"Water is Life" Photography Exhibit: Argus Museum & Ann Arbor Women Artists Association.

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Five artists from the Ann Arbor Women Artists used their cameras to capture images that show the diversity, beauty and wonder of water. The photographers, Fred Beutler, Travis Erby, Daniela Gobetti, Sophie Grillet, and Sally Silvennoinen, are showing their work at the Argus Museum. Please join us for the opening reception of "Water is Life" on Thursday, February 21, 6-8 pm. The Museum is located in the Argus I Building, 525 West William Street, Ann Arbor. The exhibit runs through May 10.
Argus Museum, Argus I Building. Donation. 734-769-0770. cchidester@onealconstruction.com http://washtenawhistory.org/index.php?section=sites&content=argus_museum



 6 p.m.  Free! 

8th Annual Shirley Verrett Awards Ceremony: U-M Women of Color in the Academy Project.

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Vocal performance TBA in honor of this year's award winner, U-M carillonneur Tiffany Ng. The award is named for the late internationally acclaimed opera singer Verrett, a U-M voice professor. Reception follows.
6 p.m., U-M Walgreen Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. Reservations requested at cew.umich.edu/events/save-the-date-8th-annual-shirley-verrett-award-ceremony. contactcew@umich.edu, 764-6360. [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Building Better Futures: Innovations in Equitable Development": U-M Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning.

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Keynote lecture for this Feb. 22 conference by Senseable City Laboratory (MIT) director Carlo Ratti.
6 p.m., Art + Archiecture Bldg. Commons, 2000 Bonisteel. Free. 764-1300. [map]


 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Huron High School Robotics Team Demo: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-8 invited to watch the Huron High robotics team demonstrate their robots. Q&A follows.
6:30-7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30-9 p.m. 

"Zingerman's Food Tours Dinner Series": Zingerman's Greyline.

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Taste of Hungary (Budapest) food tour owner Gábor Bánfalvi discusses Hungarian wines and hosts a meal inspired by Hungary's most famous chef, the late American-based restaurateur George Lang.
6:30-9 p.m., Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $85. Reservations required. 663-3400. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly series of fun, informative talks on everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla. Speakers TBA at annarbor.nerdnite.com.

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7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), LIVE, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Game materials provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this 90 minute class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. You will also learn how to set up and break down the X-Poles, so that you will be able to use them when you are cleared for open gym.
Please wear shorts (feel free to bring layers to stay warm) and avoid wearing lotion or jewelry to this class.
All genders are welcome in every class at the Aviary. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Southeast Michigan Woodworkers Meeting: Maker Works.

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Gather, share, learn, and enjoy with other woodworkers. More info at http://semiww.org/
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/southeast-michigan-woodworkers-meeting [map]


 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Nov. 1: Findlay. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 9: Mount St. Mary's. 7 p.m.

Nov. 19: Detroit Mercy. 7 p.m.

Dec. 6: Long Island. 7 p.m.

Dec. 15: Morgan State. 11 a.m.

Dec. 21: Southern. Noon.

Dec. 31: Minnesota. 2 p.m.

Jan. 8: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Jan. 20: OSU. 3 p.m.

Jan. 27: MSU. 2 p.m.

Jan. 31: Iowa. 6 p.m.

Feb. 7: Nebraska. 7 p.m.

Feb. 14: Indiana. 7 p.m.

Feb. 21: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Mar. 3: Wisconsin. 2 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Café Shapiro": U-M Library.

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Feb. 11, 12, 18, 19, & 21. U-M students, nominated by their instructors, read their poems and short stories. Light refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m., U-M Shapiro Undergrad Library Lobby, 919 South University. Free. 764-7493. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Faith and Struggle in the Lives of Four African Americans": Nicola's Books.

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University of Kansas African American studies professor Randal Jelks discusses his new book about the religious convictions of jazz singer Ethel Waters, jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams, political activist Eldridge Cleaver, and iconic boxer Muhammad Ali. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"From Syria to Michigan: 100 Years of Arab Americans": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M Dearborn history professor Hani Bawardi discusses the history of Middle Eastern migration to Michigan.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Hard Love Province": Literati Bookstore Poetry Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Marilyn Chin's 2015 collection of erotic elegies that blend ancient Chinese forms with contemporary American pop culture.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"S'Mores Indoors": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to make an indoor version of this traditional campfire treat.
7-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Dan Grueter: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 21-23. Fast-rising young Ohio-bred comic, a frequent guest on late-night TV who's known for his wry, quick-witted, and very funny observational humor. 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! 

Eduardo Monteiro: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this Brazilian pianist, who gained international recognition after winning the 1989 Cologne International Piano Competition. Program. TBA.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

International Contemporary Ensemble: University Musical Society.

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This acclaimed New York-based contemporary classical music ensemble performs ICE members Phyllis Chen and Nathan Davis' In Plain Air, a 4-movement work that employs a variety of instruments, including bells, horns, and music boxes, to explore the relationship of air to the creation of music. "Instruments, including electronics, initially appeared singly, often producing breathy sounds on their instruments," says a Broad Street Review (Philadelphia) review. "[T]he breathing sounds evolved into a richer tone, moving eventually to a massive block of sound. The conventional idea of 'melody' yielded to a focus on rhythmic interest and creative exploration of sonority." Accompanied by U-M organ professor James Kibbie and U-M carillonneur Tiffany Ng.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $35 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Kitty Donohoe: The Ark.

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This Irish-American singer-songwriter from Detroit is known for her bell-like soprano--an instrument that has been described as "rich, flexible, soaring, and haunting"--and her grittily realistic, bluesy original songs. In its review of her latest CD Northern Border, Sing Out! calls her "one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric."
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Love and Information": U-M Theatre Department.

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Feb. 21-24. U-M theater lecturer Gillian Eaton directs U-M drama students in Caryl Churchill's 2012 play comprised of 57 vignettes featuring more than 100 nameless characters in various scenarios that explore the effects of endless streams of data on personal and romantic relationships. In conjunction with the Caryl Churchill Festival (see Feb. 14, 16, 22 & 23 listings).
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $12) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [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 Exonerated": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Feb. 21-24. . Geoff Packard directs musical theater students in a staged reading of Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank's acclaimed 2002 drama about the real-life experiences of 6 different people convicted of murder who were later exonerated after varying lengths of imprisonment. (Yes, musical theater students: they're working on their acting skills.)
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $20 (students, $12) at the Michigan League Box Office in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 8 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.


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 p.m.-midnight 

The Seven Sages (Legend of Zelda cover band) + DJ Tweak: Ziggy's.

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On the 33rd anniversary of the release of the very first Legend of Zelda game, witness the awakening of the Seven Sages.
(And have an epic dance party.)
The Seven Sages is a brand new five-piece band dedicated to playing the music of the Legend of Zelda series. They are:
Kirsten Carey - guitar
Andrew Hintzen - keyboard
Neal Anderson - EWI / trumpet
Jon Hammonds - bass
Jonathan Taylor - drums
DJ Tweak!, aka James Chance (not to be confused with the Contortions guy), specializes in deep cuts of J-Core and video game music unknown to mere mortals.
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. dontaions encourgaed for artists. media@ziggysypsi.com https://www.facebook.com/events/292656788114634/ [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Chamber Music for Percussion": U-M School of Music.

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The Percunova Percussion Duo of U-M percussion professor Jonathan Ovalle and NYC-based percussionist Neeraj Mehta are joined by U-M trumpet professor William Campbell in Jim Stephenson's Vignettes for Trumpet and Percussion, originals and improvisations, and works by Andrea Mazzariello, Liteti, and Tomer Yariv.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [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 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. 

"The Miss Firecracker Contest": PTD Productions.

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Feb. 21-24, 27, & 28 and Mar. 1 & 2. Susan Morris directs local actors in Beth Henley's bittersweet comedy about Carnelle, a misfit girl in a small southern town who's determined to redeem her tarnished reputation by winning a beauty pageant. Her efforts are complicated by the arrival of her cousin Delmount, just out of a mental institution, and his sister Elain, a former Miss Firecracker winner. Cast: Laura Bird, Stacy Buck, Sun Cruscial, Samantha Edwards, Cindy Franklin, Mary Hopper, and Wyatt Woodside.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Wed. & Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at a2tix.com/organizations/ptd-productions, by phone, & at the door. 483-7345. [map]


 8:25 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: The Movement

Hip-hop-flavored reggae-rock quintet from Columbia (SC). Openers: KBong, a Honolulu reggae/hip-hop singer-songwriter and guitarist, and Leaving Lifted, a Macomb Country reggae- funk trio. $12 ($15 at the door). [venue info]

Club Above: Hullabaloo Hullabaloo

Veteran local 9-piece collective whose upbeat, energetic music draws on ska, jazz, funk, punk, and Latin influences. Openers: Zoofunkyou, a blues-inflected psychedelic funk quartet from Chicago, and Biomassive, a Traverse City electronic jam band that plays originals and covers of the Grateful Dead. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Bluegrass & Beer Thursday."

The local Pontiac Trailblazers, a bluegrass quartet led by bassist Ryan Shea, performs a set and then hosts a jam session during a 2nd set. Bring your instrument. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Mash: The Urban Legend Trio

Soul-based music by this Toledo ensemble whose music also draws on elements of blues, funk, R&B, and jazz. [venue info]

Sweetwaters Plymouth Green: "Live Jazz."

With U-M music student ensembles TBA. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: McLaughlin's Alley

Detroit Irish-tinged pop-rock quintet fronted by sibling singer- songwriters Tina and Maureen Paraventi. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. Hosted by Boutette & Kristi Davis. [venue info]

 
 


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