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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 22, 2019

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 8 p.m.-2 a.m. 

Vice Album Release Party.

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The highly anticipated album release party for Juanye's upcoming Project is now HERE! Friday, February 22nd meet us at Ziggy's for snacks, drinks, games, and good vibes to celebrate Juanyes upcoming release, "VICE." Available on ALL MAJOR platforms February 22nd!
PERFORMANCES BY: Asaka The Renegade, BornBandz, Dre Dav, Drew Denton, FELLIEXSITH, Gwopo Blu, J-Classic, Medallion Life, Sigidy, Sos Up, Stat Lo, YB
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. dontaions encourgaed for artists. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Building Better Futures: Innovations in Equitable Development: The University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning presents.

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Cities have made a remarkable comeback, however large swaths of their populations are being left behind. Developers, lenders, advocates, and policy makers work to mitigate these disparities by creating innovative solutions and opportunity through equitable development. Now more than ever, new approaches are required to make cities places where individuals and families can thrive.
In Building Better Futures: Innovations in Equitable Development, U-M Taubman College will convene experts at the forefront of designing, financing, developing and promoting better buildings, better outcomes and better futures for all across race, income, age, ability, household type and geography. This conference will examine the ground-breaking policy mechanisms design innovations, and financial incentives that connect communities, build wealth, and create frameworks to promote equity across demographics.
Art + Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069. Free. [map]

 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Champion Gymnastics Session 3: Champion Gymnastics.

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

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Daylong series of talks by experts in design, financing, and development of new buildings. Preceded on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. by a keynote lecture by Senseable City Laboratory (MIT) director Carlo Ratti.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Art + Archiecture Bldg. Commons, 2000 Bonisteel. Free. 764-1300. [map]

 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Movement-Based Learning": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local Brain Gym instructor Katy Held leads participants in an introduction to the Brain Gym system, which claims to use simple movements to "wake up" the brain without stress or injury. For all ages.
9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (choose 1 session), AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [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]

 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Art Exhibition: Householdments, John DeHoog: U-M Residential College.

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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. [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 a.m. & 12:30 p.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 and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 11 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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

 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"The Return to Authoritarianism in Cambodia": U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

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Talk by Northern Illinois University political science professor Kheang Un.
11:30 a.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0352. [map]


Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Come to the Northfield Township Area Library every Friday for a storytime designed to promote early literacy. Little Listeners is for ages 0 to 6-years-old. Enjoy a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 7344490066. [map]

 2-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Stories Never Told: Yemen's Crises & Renaissance": U-M Global Islamic Studies Center/U-M Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies.

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A traveling exhibition of visual art and poetry created by Yemeni artists in response to the Yemeni crisis. At 7 p.m., local Yemeni American (and U-M grad) Hanan Ali Yahya, the exhibit curator, shows and discusses a program of short films. Followed by Q&A.
2-7 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free, but RSVP required at 615-9558. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Anthropology Colloquia Series.

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Feb. 15, 20, & 22. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 15: Oberlin College (Ohio) anthropology professor Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway on "Figure (of Personhood) Drawing: Pictorial Representations of Signing and Signers in Nepal." Feb. 20: Concordia University grad student Cherry Smiley, a Nlaka'pamux and Diné nations member, on "Telling Stories About Male Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada." Feb. 22: University of Texas linguistic anthropologist Anthony Webster on "Linguistic Relativity with an Attitude: Navajo Place-Names and the Public Sphere."
3 p.m., 411 West Hall, 1085 South University (except Feb. 20, 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State). Free. 764-7274. [map]

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Ice Carving Extravaganza": Main Street Area Association.

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Feb. 22 & 23. Members of the U-M ice carving team chip huge blocks of ice into twinkling sculptures, which remain on display as long as the weather holds. Note: Times are tentative.
3-7 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), downtown. Free. [map]

 3 & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Short and Snappy Tours": UMMA.

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

 4-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Lotus Gardenscapes & Greenstreet Tree Service Jobs Fairs": Lotus Gardenscapes.

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Lotus Gardenscapes and Greenstreet Tree Service Jobs Open Houses: Friday, February 22, 4:00 - 6:30 and Friday, March 15, 4:00 - 6:30
Ann Arbor's premiere design build landscape & tree service company is hosting an open house Friday, February 22 (4:00 - 6:30) and Friday, March 15 (4:00-6:30). We are looking for crew and supervisors for our horticulture, hardscape, carpentry and equipment operator teams. Come meet with our creative award-winning designers, horticulturalists and builders! To apply now:
We believe in quality work, quality people and quality living and so we build a quality team with: Above average wages, monthly bonus, simple IRA with company match, health insurance, training & education support, creative work, Ann Arbor area, company fun days & paid holidays
Lotus Gardenscapes, 1885 Baker Road, Dexter. Free. (734) 426-6600 x203. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 5-9 p.m. 

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

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

 6 p.m. 

"Anxiety Buster Community Discussion": Mota Thai Yoga.

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In this workshop, we will show you how to take care of your wellbeing.

Answering questions such as:
What does anxiety look like in my life?
Can I pass anxiety to my family?
What are practical changes I can make immediately?
What can I do in different situations to help manage my anxiety?
What is mindfulness anyway? Why does it matter?

Yoga mats will be provided for seating. Feel free to bring your own cushion or pillow from home. Limited chair seating for those who require it. (Please request this if needed at

Suggested $5 donation.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. Donation. Suggested $5 donation. [map]

 6-7:15 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Fabric": A2 Aviary.

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If you are new to the aerial arts, this is the class for you!
Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics, static trapeze, and lyra, all in this 75 minute class for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
This intro level class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic skill on all apparatus, including ascent/descent, mount/dismount, foot locks, coming to seated and standing on the bar, and hollow body position. It should be repeated until your instructor clears you for beginning level classes.
Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Aris Chalin Trio.

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

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Magic: The Gathering: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 6-12 invited to play this popular collectible card game. Basic knowledge of the rules required. Pizza & prizes.
6-8:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Oct. 6: Vermont. Time TBA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 6:30 p.m. 

University of Michigan Polar Plunge 2019: Michigan Law Enforcement Torch Run and University of Michigan.

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Take the "Plunge", benefitting Special Olympics Michigan, on Friday, February 22, "Under the Lights" at the Big House.
Polar Plunges are a Law Enforcement Torch Run event. One of the largest fundraisers for Special Olympics globally.
By participating in this Polar Plunge you are helping to raise funds for nearly 27,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics Michigan. A year round program offering sports for those with intellectual disabilities with the ultimate goal of helping persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.
Registration begins at 6:30 then Parade of Costumes down the tunnel will begin at 8:00. Awards and After Splash Party immediately following the Plunge.
Plunge individually or as a group!
Register to Plunge or support/donate a Plunger at:
"Register at".
University of Michigan Stadium, 1201 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Donation. Heather Fox - 989-773-3229. [map]

 6:30-10 p.m. 

"Artini 2019": Ann Arbor Art Center Fundraiser.

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All age 21 & over invited to visit several downtown restaurants and bars to taste martinis created for the occasion.
6:30-10 p.m., begins at the Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. $65 in advance at 994-8004. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese Style Series: Blue": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's staffers discuss and offer taste samples of blue cheeses from around the globe, with tasty pairings.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cozy Coasters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Chilean textile artist Karen Barbé shows participants different weaving techniques and color schemes for making the coasters featured in her book, Colour Confident Stitching. For all ages.
6:30-8:30 p.m., 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"And Then They Came for Us": First United Methodist Church.

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Screening of Abby Ginzberg's 2017 documentary linking the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII to recent proposals for a Muslim registry and travel ban.
7 p.m., 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]

 7 & 9 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. Tonight: Top Girls (7 p.m.), the groundbreaking 1982 indictment of Thatcherism and the idea that women's professional success hinges on their mimicry of "masculine" behavior. Following the female head of a London employment agency, the play underlines the social and emotional costs women pay to move up the corporate ladder. Also, 1994 play The Skriker (9 p.m.), a 90-minute hallucinogenic fairy tale about a shapeshifting, doom-wreaking fairy who befriends, manipulates, seduces, and entraps 2 teen moms, one pregnant and one who's killed her own baby.
7 & 9 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Newman Studio, 1226 Murfin. Free. 764-5350. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Rachel DeWoskin: Literati Bookstore.

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This Chicago writer, an Ann Arbor native who spent her twenties in China as the unlikely star of a nighttime soap opera that inspired her bestselling memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing, reads from Someday We Will Fly, her new young adult novel. Set in 1940, it follows a Jewish family that flees Warsaw for Shanghai, one of the few places in the word that would accept Jews without visas. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"That We Walk": Ann Arbor District Library.

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New local dance company IS/LAND performs its improvisational collaborative work informed by its members' Asian and Asian American identities. "Once the three women begin moving in earnest, it's with a delicate hand and smooth, low-to-the ground vocabulary," says a Chicago Tribune review. "One might think of tai chi, or martial arts as influences, but the roots … are firmly planted in contemporary dance as well."
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7:30 & 10 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. 

"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]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Three Sisters": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Sara Rademacher directs members of the Michigan-based Anishinaabe Theatre Exchange in Native American playwright Carolyn Dunn's new tragicomedy about 3 estranged sisters who must deal with interpersonal tensions and family secrets when they return to the reservation at the behest of a dying aunt. Also, Dunn gives a free talk about the show on Feb. 18 (4:30 p.m., 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State), and ATE members present a free panel discussion on Feb. 19 on domestic violence and suicide on Native American reservations (6 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits).
7:30 p.m., East Quad Keene Theater, 701 East University. Free. 763-0032. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 8 p.m. 

Jared Deck & the Travelers: The Ark.

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Deck is a young alt-country Americana singer-songwriter from Oklahoma with a working-class point of view whose influences range from Springsteen and John Mellencamp to Alejandro Escovedo and Tom Russell. His song "The American Dream" recently won first place in the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Competition. He performs tonight with his band.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 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.), Power Center. 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]

 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]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Portrait of the Future: A Tribute to Black Artists": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Mezzo-contralto Rehanna Thelwell leads U-M students and alumni in an evening of poetry and songs by black artists.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Scene After Scene": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 8 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. 

"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 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, by phone, & at the door. 483-7345. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Play's the Thing": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Feb. 22-24 (different programs). Local actors read one-act (Fri.), full-length (Sat.), and 10-minute (Sun.) plays TBA by local playwrights. Followed by audience feedback.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), A2CT Studio Theater, 322 W. Ann. Free. 971-2228. [map]

 9 p.m.-midnight 

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

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

 9:30 p.m. 

"Midnights at the State Theatre."

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


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.: Washtenaw County Divorcees

Old-time string band of local singer-guitarists Kyle Rhodes, Greta Van Doren, and Hannah Lewis. [venue info]

Blind Pig: That 1 Guy

The stage name of Mike Silverman, a Las Vegas-based classically trained bassist who has created his own instrument, the Magic Pipe, which his website describes as a "system of electronically wired steel plumbing, shaped somewhat like a harp, with a thick bass string wired from top to bottom and a hole that billows smoke during the climax of his live shows." $15. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Club Above: Liquid Thickness Liquid Thickness

Local funk-rock sextet. Opener: Violet Sol, a Local self- styled "soulful music collective." [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Rochelle Clark Rochelle Clark

Chelsea singer-songwriter who's half of the Americana duo The Potter's Field. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

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

Habitat Lounge: Atomic Radio

Detroit quartet that plays 70s-90s rock and pop favorites. [venue info]

Live: Drivin' Sideways

Veteran local band fueled by Pontiac Pete Ferguson's alternately soulful and ornery vocals. Their country-based repertoire still features lots of classic honky-tonk, but they also cover everyone from Chuck Berry and Johnny Burnette to the Beatles and James Brown. With guitarist Tyler Stipe, bassist Pat Prouty, drummer Mark Newbound, and keyboardist Jim King. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The George and Laura Duo The George and Laura Duo

Funky soul and R&B by the duo of vocalist Laura Rain and her husband, guitarist George Friend. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer-guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike.

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

Ypsi Alehouse: Trembling Earth

Manchester-based blues-inflected folk-rock jam band. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Andy Adamson Quintet Andy Adamson Quintet

Jazz originals by keyboardist Adamson in styles ranging from traditional to modern electric jazz, along with some free improvisation. With saxophonist Dan Bennett, acoustic and electric bassist Brennan Andes, trumpeter Ross Huff, and drummer John Taylor. The band has a new CD, First Light. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]


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