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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 23, 2019

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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Ask a Tax Pro/Double-Check Prior Year Returns": Liberty Tax Service.

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On Saturday, February 23 (9am-1pm) and Sunday, February 24 (12pm-4pm), we'll be hosting one of our favorite events, "Ask a Tax Pro."
This FREE event (that's free, -no money involved whatsoever) allows you to ask any tax question of our team of industry veterans. Also, we'll answer a common question, "Does the government owe me money?" You'd be surprised how often the answer is, actually, "yes." Again, this is free of charge, and we love doing it. No fees involved with any question. We're doing it to showcase our skills and service, hopefully knocking your socks off enough where you work with us on your taxes this year. Sound good?
Liberty Tax Service, 2449 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI. 48103
(734) 436-8731,
Liberty Tax Service, 2449 W Stadium Blvd. Free. (734) 436-8731. [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.-4 p.m. 

Flea Market: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Feb. 23 & 24. Huge assortment of antiques, collectibles, jewelry, art, books, housewares, linens, tools, and more.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free admission; all items half off on Sun. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for!
This all levels conditioning class is perfect for new aerialists, or for experienced flyers as a supplement to your current training. 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.
Get ripped and have fun doing it! Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. 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.-4 p.m. 

"Collaborative Meetup": TinkerTech.

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What's more fun than making things by yourself? Making things with others with whom you can share your skills and learn from. Our collaborative meetup is a six-hour tinkering session, followed by dinner and socializing at one of our fine, downtown Ypsilanti eateries. You can come with software, hardware, art, or music project in mind and recruit others to work with you, or you can simply show up and contribute to a project you find interesting.
Things to know:
We recommend bringing your own laptop, but if you don't have one, don't worry, we'll have a computer for you.
All inventory and materials are 15% off during this event.
If you haven't had a chance to take our laser or 3D printer checkout classes, you'll have an opportunity to do so the day of the event (normal fees will apply).
This event is free for TinkerTech members and $20 for non-members.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $20. 734-707-8019. [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 a.m.-5 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]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensory Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A "sensory friendly" event for kids ages 3-7 with developmental disabilities. Includes 20 minutes of interactive stories & movement, followed by 40 minutes of free play.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [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.
10 a.m., 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.  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]

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [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.-1:30 p.m. 

"8th Annual Chelsea Festival of Tables": Chelsea Senior Center Fundraiser.

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All seniors invited for a lunch featuring food from local growers and producers. The lunch tables have been decorated with different themes by various local groups, with a prize for the best decoration. Friday preview from 5-7 p.m. for $1.
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 14200 Old US-12, Chelsea. Cost $25 in advance (no tickets at the door). 475-9242. [map]

 11 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 and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 1-2:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Trivia Fundraiser: Pioneer High School Bands.

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All invited to form or join a team of 6-8 to compete in trivia games for prizes. Silent auction and refreshments.
1-4 p.m., PHS Cafeteria, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $20 per person; $150 for a table of 8. Reservations recommended at [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a cougar, red tailed boa, armadillo, and tegu, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Gaming Tournaments": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 23 & 24. Video game tournaments. Feb. 23: "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate." For adults and teens grade 6 & up. Feb. 24: "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe." For all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Repeated Pattern Screen Printing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Detroit-based screenprinter Shayla Johnson shows all grade 6-adult how to use paper stencils to create a repeatable pattern on white fabric. Materials provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2-4 p.m. 

"Kaleidoscope Sticker Art Make & Take Workshop": Unicorn Feed & Supply.

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Drop in to the new Unicorn Workshop Studio for a fun sticker project and refreshments! Choose from a variety of Mrs. Grossman sticker kit themes: Fairy Garden, Butterflies, Candy Shoppe, From the Heart, Dog Daze, Purr-fect, Into the Woods, and Over the Rainbow. A staff member will be on hand to help you turn these adorable stickers into a beautiful work of art to take home and frame. Workshop seats 12 at a time, first come first seated! $5
Unicorn Feed & Supply, 114 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $5. 734-961-8610. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Kinetic Sandbox!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-5 invited for free play with the modeling toy Kinetic Sand. Molds provided.
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! 

"Read and Look: Temple Cat": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Kids ages 4-8, accompanied by an adult, invited for a kid-friendly tour of the museum's Egyptian exhibits. Also, a reading of Andrew Clements' picture book, Temple Cat.
Kelsey, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]

 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. [map]

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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

 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Past Life Exploration": Natalie Candela, PhD.

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Have you ever wondered if you lived before and if your past may have an impact on you present life? Past or parallel lives can leave lasting imprints on our present psyche. They affect our likes and dislikes, our beliefs, doubts, and fears, and highlight our interests and talents. Whether you are simply curious about the other lives you might have experienced or you want to clear away what's holding you back and tap into your undiscovered strengths, go on a profound journey of soul discovery and return with answers and a greater connection to the real You.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. $20. 810-701-5208. [map]

 3, 5, 7, & 10:30 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: the 2017 play Escaped Alone (3 p.m.),a brisk 55-minute surrealist set piece in which 4 British women share tea in a tranquil garden and discuss the end of the world. Also: The 1979 play Cloud Nine (7 p.m.), a racy, merrily merciless spoof of the moral pretensions of imperial Britain. Set in colonial Africa in 1880, the first act is a nonstop flurry of sexual liaisons involving a British functionary, his wife, his son and daughter, an explorer, a woman dressed in a riding habit, and an all-knowing black servant. The second act is set in 1980s London (though the characters have aged a mere 25 years) and blends farce and pathos in a surprising denouement. The 2009 play Seven Jewish Children (10:30 p.m.) is a 10-minute drama where 7 unnamed characters discuss how to teach their children about complex events in Jewish history, from the Holocaust to the creation of Israel to violence in Gaza. Also today, U-M theater studies professor Leigh Woods gives a lecture on "Caryl Churchill at 80" (5 p.m.) at Mendelssohn Theatre.
Various times, U-M Walgreen Drama Center Newman Studio, 1226 Murfin. Free. 764-5350. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Finger Snakes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 1-5 invited to learn the basics of finger knitting to make a bicolor snake.
3-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [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]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Soapmaking 101": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local soapmaker Stephanie Hawkes demonstrates how to make soap at home and offers tips on safety and fixing mistakes. Attendees receive soap to take home.
3-5 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 3-5 p.m. 

"Tea & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of several pairings of cheese-friendly hot teas with delicious artisan cheeses. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
3-5 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. . [map]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Youth Making Change in Ypsi": The Ypsilanti District Library.

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Hear from young people who are making a difference right now in our community. Join the Teen Advisory for a youth panel discussion that will include the Ypsi/Ann Arbor Youth Citizens of the Year from 2017 and 2018. Ask questions and learn how you can make positive change too, on your own or as a member of one of the many organizations serving Ypsi teens who will have representatives on hand before and after the panel discussion.
The Ypsilanti District Library- Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734 482-4110 x1340. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 4 p.m. 

"Peg + Cat": Bay Area Children's Theatre (Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just for Kids Series).

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National touring production of a live stage version of this award-winning animated PBS show about a spirited girl and her pleasantly curmudgeonly cat who use math to solve everyday problems. Recommended for families with kids in grades preK-1.
4 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $25-$50 in advance at and Nicola's Books (Westgate shopping center). [map]

 5 p.m. 

Annual Fundraising Banquet: Washtenaw County Pheasants Forever.

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Buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, and raffles.
5 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Tickets $85 (tentative; includes 1-year membership). Reservations required at, 646-5710. [map]

 5-10 p.m. 

"Parents Night Out: Hands-On Museum": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Kids ages 7-12 invited to learn how simple machines work and then build a machine to solve a tricky problem at the Hands-On Museum. Panera PB&J or turkey sandwich and a late-night popcorn snack.
5-10 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $30 (Members, $25) per child. Registration required by noon on Feb. 20. Special drop-off information provided after registration. 997-1553. [map]

 6 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]

 6-9 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Read Snack and Chat: Lucky Broken Girl": The Ypsilanti District Library.

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Meet other kids and families who have read this season's book pick Lucky Broken Girl, and join in the conversation facilitated by Youth Librarian Kristel. Snacks too!
The Ypsilanti District Library- Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734 482-4110 x1340. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Junior Naturalist: Owl Moon Night Hike": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance leads kids ages 7-12 on a hike to call for owls. Also, a reading of Jane Yolen's picture book Owl Moon, a chance to dissect an owl pellet, and info on how owls use their senses at night. Warm wilderness tea.
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek, Ypsilanti. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at 971-6337. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various high school student ensembles.

Dec. 12 & Feb. 20: Band & Orchestra Concert. For the Feb. program, the ensembles play music they performed at a district-wide festival.

Feb. 23: Company C Showcase. Performance by the Chelsea High School show choir, along with Skyline High Skyline Blues, Battle Creek Lakeview High School Spartanaires, and the Greenville High School Village Green Singers. $15 (students & seniors, $10) at
7 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free (except as noted) 433-2201. [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. 

Gemini: Michigan Friends Center Winterfest.

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The popular Ann Arbor acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits performs "Music of the 60s," with original songs and covers of 60s favorites in a benefit for the Friends Center.
7:30 p.m., Ann Arbor Friends Meeting House, 1420 Hill St. Tickets TBA in advance at and at the door. 475-1892. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"32nd Annual Storytelling Festival": The Ark.

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Feb. 23 & 24 (different programs). Performances for adults (Sat.) & families (Sun.) by 3 top storytellers from around the country. Headliner is Hand Christian Andersen Storytelling Center (NYC) director Laura Simms, an internationally celebrated veteran storyteller whose repertoire includes both traditional tales and personal narratives. Also, playwright and performance artist Edgar Oliver, a celebrated NYC raconteur best known for his mesmerizing one-man show about his childhood in Savannah with his songster and his mentally ill mother, and Ivory D. Williams, a veteran Detroit storyteller known for his engaging, interactive renditions of traditional African and African American tales.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 (Sat.) & $10 (Sun. family concert) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Birthday Dance Fundraiser"

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Peter Baker, Martha Vander Kolk, Ruth Scodel, and others call contra, English, and Scottish dances to live music by Debbie Jackson, Brad Battey, and Steve Schneider. A birthday celebration for Grange and AACTMAD members Scodel and Joan Hellmann. Proceeds benefit the Camp Cavell Conservancy on Lake Huron.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free, but donations accepted. 274-0773, 769-1052. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

"2019 Annual Rent Party": Jazzistry.

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Dancing to this local educational jazz history ensemble that's led by saxophonist and clarinetist Vincent York. Tonight, they're joined by RJ Spangler's Mardi Gras Band, a New Orleans-style jazz band led by veteran Detroit drummer Spangler. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. A fundraiser for Jazzistry's award-winning K-12 educational programs.
8-10 p.m., EMU Student Center Grand Ballroom, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. $45 in advance, $50 at the door. 761-6024. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Amours Contrariées--Tragic Loves: Cantatas of Clérambault & Rameau": Les Bostonades (Academy of Early Music).

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Acclaimed harpsichordist and continuo player Akiko Enoki leads this Boston period-instrument ensemble in works by these 2 French Baroque composers, including Rameau's L'Impatience ("Impatience") and Clérambault's Orphée ("Orpheus) and Pirame et Tisbé ("Pyramus and Thisbe"). With tenor Zachary Wilder, flutist Teddie Hwang, violinist and violist Sarah Darling, and viola da gambist Emily Walhout. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture on the program by the artists. The musicians also give a free lecture on "Politics in Early 18th Century French Chamber Music: Music of Gervais, Montéclair, and Couperin" at 11 a.m. at the U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall (1100 Baits).
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $30 (seniors, $25; students, $10) in advance at and Bookbound (1729 Plymouth); $35 (seniors, $30; students, $15) at the door. 228-4338. [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. 

"Mary": Comic Opera Guild.

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Feb. 23 & 24. COG founder Tom Petiet directs this veteran local company in a concert production of Louis Hirsch's 1920 operetta with a Cinderella storyline featuring a young secretary who falls in love with her employer's son, an eligible bachelor who wants to create prefab homes for the working class. The piece features the hit song "The Love Nest," later used by George Burns and Gracie Allen as the theme for their radio and TV shows. This production is expected to yield the first ever complete recording of the show. Cast: Anna Valcour, Serafina Belletini, Pat Petiet, Braun Oldenkamp, Nate Louisignau, Natan Zamansky, Bob Douglas, & James Wessel Walker.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Concordia University Kreft Center Auditorium, 4090 Geddes. Tickets $18 (seniors, $15; students, $10) at 973-3264. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Mr. B's Annual Birthday Bounce": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Popular annual concert by world-renowned local blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun, an exuberant, powerful performer whose repertoire includes both boogie-woogie and blues classics and originals in the same mold. With guest artists TBA.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$45 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Red Eye Theater": U-M Residential College Players.

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RC students present 2 original plays that they conceived, wrote, and rehearsed within the past 24 hours.
8 p.m., East Quad Keene Theater, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [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]

 11:59 p.m. 

"Midnights at the State Theatre."

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


Jan. 25: "Baby Driver" After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. 9:30 p.m.

Jan. 26: "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" (Edgar Wright, 2010). Action-comedy-fantasy about a guy who must defeat his new girlfriend's 7 evil exes to win her heart. Midnight.

Feb. 8: "Monty Python and the Holy Grail Sing-Along." A sing-along to Terry Gilliam's 1975 film about King Arthur and his knights' search for the fabled Grail. 9:30 p.m.

Feb. 9: "Shrek" (Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, 2001). Animated classic featuring a whimsical Beauty-and-the-Beast-style tale of a genial green ogre who falls for a canny princess. Midnight.

Feb. 22: The Princess Bride" (Rob Reiner, 1987). Sweet, witty, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale about a farm girl kidnapped by a villainous ruler who intends to make her his princess. Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn. 9:30 p.m.

Feb. 23: "Spaceballs" (Mel Brooks, 1987) Manic, pun-filled Star Wars parody starring Mel Brooks, John Candy, Bill Pullman, and Rick Moranis. Midnight.
State Theatre. Tickets $8 (MTF members, $7.50)., 668-TIME.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Jay Frydenlund

Local singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Kikagaku Moyo

Japanese psychedelic folk-rock quintet. Opener: Art Feynman, an experimental psychedelic singer-songwriter from California. $12 ($15 at the door). [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Screaming Heathens

Toledo quartet that plays rootsy bluegrass-oriented arrangements of Top 40 hits. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bill Edwards Bill Edwards

Veteran local country singer-songwriter whose songs have been covered by the likes of Lee Roy Parnell and T. Graham Brown. His collaboration with former Ann Arborite Whit Hill, "What'd I Do," was featured in the HBO series True Blood. [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: The Switchbacks The Switchbacks

Local hard-rocking country and blues quintet fronted by vocalist Janet Benson. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Atomic Radio

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

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

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

Rumpus Room: Botala

A mix of traditional Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music with soul-house and Afrobeat by DJ Greg Vadnais, who provides live percussion. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Mary Ann Kirt

Pop-folk and indie rock originals by this local singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Fountain Street Collection

Local blues-rock jam band. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Malty Taskers Jug Band Malty Taskers Jug Band

Old-time music from blues and country to hokum. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Jen Cass & the The Lucky Nows

Bluesy Americana roots-rock by an ensemble led by veteran Detroit singer-songwriter Cass. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Jen Cass & the The Lucky Nows

Bluesy Americana roots-rock by an ensemble led by veteran Detroit singer-songwriter Jen Cass. [venue info]


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