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Calendar of Events

Friday, March 1, 2019






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Master Kim Instructs Senior Student

Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [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. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/ [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 www.palmertonimages.com.
Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline. Free. bob@palmertonimages.com www.palmertonimages.com [map]



 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. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/61098-15033968.html [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 Mar. 5. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. except Mar. 6. 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.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Mar. 1 & 2. All invited to help maintain natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

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Mar. 1: Arbor Hills Nature Area (10 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Ashburnam off Kilburn Park Circle from Green Rd.) to remove invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn from this 6-acre park, one of the best spots in the city for tree frogs.

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Mar. 2: Furstenberg Nature Area (10 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller Rd. across from Huron High School) to remove invasives from this popular 38-acre park.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 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]


 10:30-11:30 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 Mar. 4. 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. (except Mar. 4), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 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]


 Noon  Free! 

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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Mar. 1, 8, 15, & 22. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [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. hmccausland@ntal.org http://www.ntal.org/events.html [map]



 3:15 & 8:10 p.m. 

"Capernaum": Michigan Theater.

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(Nadine Labaki, 2018). Drama about a Lebanese boy who sues his neglectful parents for the "crime" of giving him life. Arabic, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3:30, 6, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Green Book": State Theatre.

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(Peter Farrelly, 2018). Drama about an Italian American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour through the American south in the 1960s. Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). statetheatre.org, 668-TIME.


 3:45 p.m. 

"Cold War": State Theatre.

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Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018). B&W Romeo-and-Juliet story set in post-WWII Poland. Polish, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4 p.m. 

"Never Look Away": Michigan Theater.

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(Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2019). An artist is tormented by his childhood in Nazi Germany. German, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [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). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4:30, 7, & 9 p.m. 

"Greta": State Theatre.

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(Neil Jordan, 2019). Thriller about a young woman who befriends a lonely widow harboring a deadly agenda. ChloŽ Grace Moretz.
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.


 5:30 p.m. 

Uncle Gerry: Hand in Hand Music/Robinsongs for Kids.

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Music Together singer Gerry Dignan leads a program of singing and dancing for all ages. His repertoire includes world music, gospel, Spanish songs, folk, soft rock, and Irish music. Proceeds benefit The Generosity Project that teaches kids about volunteering.
5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Saline, 1200 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Tickets $20 per family in advance at uncle-gerry-in-ann-arbor.ticketleap.com. 429-3385. [map]



 5:45-7 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

  community member   < less an instructor coaches multiple students on the aerial silks

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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6 p.m. 

"Happy Hour Yin Yoga": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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Yin yoga is the perfect balance to our fast paced "yang-style" lives!

It is a slower, more meditative practice characterized by gentle postures held for several minutes. These postures are designed to release tension and gently stress the connective tissues that make up our joints.

We open the body as well as turn inward to cultivate an awareness of ourselves. Perfect for beginners!

This monthly workshop is Happy Hour priced at $5.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Rd, Dexter. $5. 7347260086. courtney@veraposeyoga veraposeyoga.com [map]



 6-7:15 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

  community member   < less an instructor coaches multiple students on the aerial silks

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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [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]



 6:30 p.m. 

"Free Solo": State Theatre.

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(E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2018). Documentary following the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
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.


 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Honey & Cheese": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Creamery retail manager Tessie Ives-Wilson discusses and offers taste samples of several different artisan cheeses paired with a variety of honeys. Bread and additional accompaniments provided.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change": Dexter Community Players.

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Mar. 1-3. Keshia Daisy Oliver directs this local theater company in a dinner theater production of Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts's musical comedy, a series of vignettes exploring romantic relationships from the dating scene to suburban married life. Cash bar on Fri. & Sat.
6:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 1:30 p.m. (Sun.), Columbus Hall, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Tickets $39 (seniors, $36) in advance only at dcp.yapsody.com. 726-0355. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kuungana African Drum and Dance Company: Chelsea First United Methodist Church Community Concert Series.

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This Flint-based ensemble performs West African dances and music. Also, a chance for audience members to play percussion instruments.
7 p.m., Chelsea First United Methodist Church, 128 Park St., Chelsea. Free. 475-8119. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students, including prose by Colin Shephard and poetry by Augusta Funk.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Fly Fishing Film Tour": Michigan Theater.

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An anthology of cutting-edge films aimed at both entertaining and educating outdoor enthusiasts.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $18 in advance at flyfilmtour.com & at the door; $15 at Schultz Outfitters (4 E. Cross, Ypsilanti). 668-TIME. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Peter Pan Jr.": Ann Arbor Christian School.

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Mar. 1 & 2. A junior version of Carolyn Leigh and Moose Charlap's 1954 Broadway musical, based on J.M. Barrie's popular children's novel about a magical boy who transports 3 English children to Never Never Land. The show's most memorable tunes include the exuberant "I'm Flying" and "I've Gotta Crow."
7 p.m. (Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), Whitmore Lake High School, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd. $8. 741-4948. [map]



 7:15-8:45 p.m. 

"Bluegrass Night": Ann Arbor Parks & Rec Funky Frosty Friday.

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All invited to skate to vintage & contemporary bluegrass records.
7:15-8:45 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 794-6234. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Dwayne Kennedy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 28 & Mar. 1-2. This Chicago comic is a ubiquitous presence on cable TV known for his piercing, keen-witted takes on a wide range of social, cultural, and geopolitical matters. 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. 

"Merrily We Roll Along": Runyonland Productions.

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Feb. 28 & Mar. 1. Megumi Nakamura directs U-M musical theater students in this bittersweet 1981 Stephen Sondheim musical. The story begins in 1980 with 3 old friends who are separated and disillusioned, and travels back to the 50s when the pals were brimming with excitement and enthusiasm. Songs include "Old Friends," "Not a Day Goes By," and "Our Time." With live orchestra accompaniment. Ann Morrison and other members of the original Broadway cast are on hand for a talkback on opening night.
7:30 p.m., Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $16 & $25 (students, $12) in advance at runyonland.ticketleap.com (704) 778-2144. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Shrek: The Musical": Saline High School Drama Club.

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Mar. 1-3. Kristen Glatz directs Saline High students in David Lindsay-Abaire and Jeanine Tesori's musical, based on the 2001 film, an appealingly subversive fairy tale about a kindhearted but misanthropic green ogre who's charged with rescuing a princess. The score is an eclectic mix of pop-flavored melodies that range from the jaunty "Travel Song" to the gutsy duet "I Got You Beat."
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets TBA. 401-4644. [map]


 8-9:30 p.m. 

"From Bach to Bebop": Great Lakes Performing Artists Association.

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New Mexico singer Jessica Victoria performs a program of works exploring the history of vocal improvisation.
8 p.m., Stone Chalet, 1917 Washtenaw. Tickets $10 in advance at a2tix.com. 417-7223. [map]
 


 8 p.m. 

"Roma": Michigan Theater.

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


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Musician K. Michael Joseph: Ypsi Alehouse.

  community member   < less Musician K Michael Joseph Entertains this Friday Night

K. Michael Joseph, Ann Arbor musician will entertain the Friday night crowd with his songs of love and seduction, while celebrating the release of his second album, "Siren".
A Top 10 artist this month on the global indie radio station network, "Radio Indie Alliance", Michael's original song 'Compel Me' (both albums recorded at Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor) is receiving radio play time across the U.S., and in the UK, Netherlands, and Europe.
Friday night's set list will include the love song lament 'Driftwood', with the refrain:

"Someday you'll remember me
and a smile will cross your face.
Someday you'll remember me
It will seem so out of place…"
Michael is a 40-year resident of Ann Arbor who is an exciting change-maker on the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti music scene, known for the mature themes of his romantic songs.
The instrumentation of this solo musician includes a Roland keyboard, acoustic guitar, and flute.
Ypsi Alehouse, 124 Pearl St., Ste. 100, Ypsilanti. Free. (724) 218-3313. MichaelJ@kMichaelJoseph.com www.mjannarbor.com. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Stephen Bishop: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This acclaimed folk and soft-rock singer-songwriter shot to the top of the charts in the 70s with the hit "On and On," and penned hits for Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, and others. He also has a cameo as an aspiring folk singer in the 1978 film Animal House and wrote the theme for the 1982 film Tootsie. His 2016 album, Blueprint, is a collection of songs he demoed earlier in his career.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $20 in advance at eventbrite.com and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Dispatches from the Dumb Decade": Neighborhood Theatre Group.

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Mar. 1-3 & 8-10. Kristin Ann Danko directs local playwright A.M. Dean's fast-paced pop-rock musical following a student journalist at the dawn of "fake news." Cast: Marisa Dluge, Jess Feathers, Kylista Geiger, Eric Hohnke, Alice Kepchar, Maegan Murphy, Paul Popa, Mike Sandusky, Angela VanKempen, and Craig VanKempen.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), MarketPlace Hall, 16 S. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 at dispatchesmusical.brownpapertickets.com; $15 at the door. ntgypsi.org. [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 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by This Is a Quiz (Fri.) and experienced local performers (Sat.) who take suggestions from the audience. Also, "water form," a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless. Note: Friday includes an opening set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [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]


 8:45 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.


 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]


 9:25 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Joanna Ransdell

Ypsilanti pop-folk singer-songwriter, the frontwoman of the acoustic ensemble Joanna & the Jaywalkers. She is accompanied by one of her band members, cellist Anthony Marchese. [venue info]

B-Side: "Working Title."

Live acoustic indie bands & chill wave DJs TBA, along with a workspace for screenprinting and other art activities. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Dirty News

Detroit rock quintet. Openers: the Ypsilanti progressive blues-rock quartet Strange Flavors, the local rock, blues, and funk quintet Act Casual, and the Detroit rock 'n' roll quintet The Lucid Furs. $7. [venue info]

Club Above: "Bridging the Gap."

With local R&B and hip-hop acts TBA. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: George Heritier

Oak Park acoustic Americana singer-songwriter who specializes in songs about living in Michigan. He has a recent CD, In My Element. [venue info]

Dreamland Theater: Kristianna

Ypsilanti R&B and soul singer-songwriter. No cover. 8 p.m.-midnight. [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]

Live: FUBAR FUBAR

6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup" and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or." 6:30-9 p.m. [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]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Peter Lynch

This Cajun fiddler from the local band Sel de Terre leads an ensemble of musicians TBA [venue info]

Sweetwaters Plymouth Green: "Talent Night."

Open mike for all performers. [venue info]

Tap Room: "First Friday."

With blues-rock covers and originals by the Tecumseh trio The Mighty Rhythm Bandits and jazz & blues originals by Blue Lines, the duo of vocalist Ira McDonald, who plays guitar and piano, and harmonica player Fred Crandal [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: K Michael Joseph

Local singer-songwriter whose music is an acoustic blend of electropop, nu jazz, and ambient music. Also, an eclectic mix of covers. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Stout Hearted String Band

Local old-time music quintet. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Katon & Perkins

Blues and blues-rock by the veteran local duo of singer-guitarist Michael Katon and bassist Todd Perkins. [venue info]

 
 


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