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Calendar of Events

Monday, April 1, 2019

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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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 or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.

Call if temperatures are below 45 degrees.
9 a.m., meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 663-5060.

 9:30-11 a.m. 

"Computerized Investing: Stocks - Selection and Evaluation": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This course is designed to explore active stock investing strategies using your computer. Which stock (or group of stocks) is most likely to meet your objectives? A prerequisite for this course is to have taken either Computerized Investing class or be an active stock investor.
We will utilize various sources of information such as Value Line, Morningstar, Better Investing, S&P, and other stock related websites. We do not intend to cover basic investing questions. Dale Brandenburg is a retired research professor and Bob Shaw is a director and current Vice-President of the SE Michigan Chapter of Better Investing. This Study Group will meet Mondays, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., April 1 - May 6. There is no class on April 8
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C. $35. 734-998-9351. [map]

 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.  Free! 

24th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners: U-M Prison Creative Arts Project.

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The exhibition highlights the work of 574 artists from 26 correctional facilities in Michigan. It features 670 paintings, sculptures and three-dimensional works, and a diversity of both artists and artistic choices. Artists range in age from 18 to 80, men and women from across the state with diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. There is a broad array of subject matter, including landscapes, portraits, prison scenes, and political statements. Of the 2,215 works submitted, 670 were selected for the exhibit. Bring your smartphone and headphones to enjoy a 35 minute self-guided audio tour of the exhibit.
Presented with support from U-M Residential College, U-M School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, U-M Stamps School of Art and Design, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 73464766771. [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. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 14-Apr. 22. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. Its spring concert is Apr. 26.
10-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join).; 665-9271. [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. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

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

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

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

 11-11:30 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. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 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.

 Noon-3 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 12:30-4 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs., except July 4. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [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]

 1-3 p.m. 

"The Fifth Risk": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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"What are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works?" This is a key question posed by Michael Lewis, the author of the title book about the current administration's appointees.
Throughout many government departments, top level jobs are unfilled and many people picked to lead are uninformed about the purposes and operation of their organizations. Author Michael Lewis investigated several Federal agencies and describes looming disasters that could occur because of mismanagement and under-funding.
We will read the book and discuss the issues. Please read through p.32 for the first session. This Study Group will meet Mondays April 1st through April 29th at 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C. $30. 734-998-9351. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Whitman": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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An expeditious survey of Whitman's career as a poet. We'll observe the daring effervescence of Song of Myself, the stateliness of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, the poetic daring of The Sleepers and Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, the Calamus love poems, the Civil War poems, and later efforts by the "good grey poet." Though Professor Emeritus McIntosh thinks of Whitman as a great poet, he's also aware of his blatant nationalism and other shortcomings.
Readings will be from the 1855 Leaves of Grass and another, more complete edition. This Study Group led by Jim McIntosh will meet Mondays, 1:00 -3:00 p.m., April 1-April 29.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, RM 7/8, 2309 Packard Street. $30. 734-998-9351. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Movie & Popcorn for Kids": Dexter District Library.

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Screening of family-friendly movies.

Apr. 1 (1 p.m.): Mary Poppins Returns, Rob Marshall's 2018 sequel, set in 1930s London, about a new generation of Banks children in need of a practically perfect nanny.

May 24 (11 a.m.): The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Mike Mitchell's new animated sequel about a Lego world battling invaders from outer space. 1 p.m. (Apr.) & 11 a.m. (May).

DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 3:15-5 p.m. 

"Ovid's Metamorphosis": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Together we will read, interpret, and discuss a selection of myths from the classical poet Ovid. Class time will be devoted to group discussion. All readings will be in English translation, no knowledge of Latin is expected or required.
Participants will need to acquire a text copy of the poem; the Alan Mandelbaum translation (in paperback) is strongly recommended and is available on Amazon. We will discuss core themes of the text such as love, revenge, virtue, the interaction between gods and humans, and, of course, transformation.
Margo Kolenda-Mason, instructor, is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Language and Literature Department at the University of Michigan, where she researches medieval and renaissance English literature. This Study Group will meet Mondays, 3:15 - 5:00 p.m., April 1 - May 20.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C. $40. 734-998-9351. [map]

 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"First Monday Lego Club": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 5-11 invited to participate in a collaborative building activity, followed by free play.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Understanding How the Brain Processes Music Through the Bach Trio Sonatas": U-M School of Music.

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U-M organ students demonstrate how the Frieze Memorial Organ is used to create "big data" files for studying live performances. Also, U-M math professor Daniel Forger and U-M organ professor James Kibbie are joined by their students in a discussion of their data project.
3:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 4, 6:40 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Captain Marvel": State Theatre.

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(Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, 2019). Superhero origin story. Brie Larson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Soul Survivals: Black Music and the Language of Resilience": U-M American Culture Department Betty Ch'maj Lecture.

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University of Massachusetts (Amherst) English professor Emily Lordi compares the political engagement of soul musicians in the Black Power era and 21st century.
4-5:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 763-1460. [map]

 4:15, 7 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Us": State Theatre.

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(Jordan Peele, 2019). Horror film about a family terrorized by doppelgängers.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 4:20, 6:50 & 9:20 p.m. 

"Gloria Bell": Michigan Theater.

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(Sebastián Lelio, 2019). Shot-for-shot remake of Lelio's 2013 film about a middle-aged divorcee who balances family life with nightclub outings. Julianne Moore, John Turturro.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:25, 7:05, & 9:25 p.m. 

"The Beach Bum": State Theatre.

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(Harmony Korine, 2019). Stoner comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 4:30, 7, & 9:10 p.m. 

"Transit": Michigan Theater.

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(Christian Petzold, 2019). Drama about a man who unexpectedly encounters the wife of the dead writer whose identity he assumed after fleeing Nazi-occupied France. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:35, 7:10 & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Mustang": State Theatre.

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(Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, 2019). Drama about a convict whose rehabilitation program involves horse training.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Flute Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Flute chamber works and solos by graduating flute students.
5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 6-7:15 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": 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]

 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

Gerry Fialka: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room Salon.

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This L.A.-based media ecologist leads a discussion of philosophy, politics, and the arts.
6-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Nei-Gong Class: Sun Shen.

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The SUN SHEN Nei-Gong System is a comprehensive system of meditation practices to build awareness and ability to harness and cultivate your own energy system and mind. With these practices you will learn how to increase your energy, balance your energy system, increase your energy flow and relaxation, and experience greater pleasure. This class is great for anyone who would like to enhance their health, their energy healing skills, mental calm and focus, and capacity for experiencing pleasure and happiness. Classes are held Monday at 6pm. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. (734) 531-8796. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Twinkie Run 5K: Ann Arbor Active Against ALS.

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5-km timed run along the Huron River on a 2-loop course in Gallup Park, with Twinkie eating stations at the beginning and middle of the course. Twinkie medals for all finishers. Proceeds benefit ALS research. Post-race grilled Twinkies and chocolate. Also, a homemade Twinkie contest.
6:30 p.m., Gallup Park canoe livery, 3000 Fuller Rd. $23-$25 (youth age 12 & under, $20-$22) in advance; $30 day of race. Twinkie T-shirts ($13) available. Preregistration: [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m. (8 a.m., Sat.), 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), The Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs), and 5700 Jackson (Sat.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), 929-9022 (Thurs. & Sat). [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult & Senior Crafts: Saline District Library.

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All adults invited; afternoon sessions geared toward age 60 & up. Supplies provided. Crafts include book-inspired paper orbs (Mar. 20), decorated clocks (Mar. 22), dream catchers (Apr. 1 & 19), photo cubes (Apr. 17), and button art (May 6 & 17).
7-8:30 p.m. (Mon. & Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required., 429-5450. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each session begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Apr. 1: "Breaking the Cycle of Sexual Abuse: One Brave Woman's Story." Apr. 8: "Intimacy Anorexia: The Dark Secret That's Killing Marriages." Apr. 15: "How to Spot a Liar: Secrets from a Former FBI Agent." Apr. 22: "Who Was Jesus Really? A Good Man or Something Else?" Apr. 29: "The Heroin Addiction Next Door."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"April Fools with a Con Artist": Chelsea District Library.

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Southfield mayor Kenson Siver reads from An Uncommon Criminal, his 2016 biography of his English-born great-grandfather Edwin Turner Osbaldeston, a successful scam artist who died in 1929.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration requested. 475-8732. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Genetic Genealogy: Discrepancies in Your Family Tree": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local genealogist Mary Henderson discusses the different DNA tests used to detect and solve potential discrepancies in family trees.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Jeff Tweedy: The Ark.

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Pioneering roots-rock/alt-country singer-songwriter who founded Wilco in 1995 after the demise of his seminal alt-country band Uncle Tupelo. His music has managed to absorb an invigorating range of rock, pop, folk, and even R&B stylings into an alternately rousing and haunting country-rock pulse. His new album, WARM, is his first collection of solo originals. Pitchfork calls it "a moral guidebook from a songwriter who sings with such compassion that even his simplest advice ('Don't forget to brush your teeth') can make your eyes well up." Opener: Buck Meek, a Texas country singer-songwriter with a self-described repertoire of "outlaw ballads and quotidian fairy tales."
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $40 & $55 in advance at, MUTO at the Michigan League Underground (911 North University), and (if available) at the door. 761-1800. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Large Ensemble Meeting: Ann Arbor Recorder Society.

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All beginning and advanced players of the recorder and other early instruments invited. Directed by viol teacher and early music specialist Janet Cannon. Music provided; bring your own music stand.
7:30-9 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free to visitors ($40 yearly dues for those who join). 274-9463. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 274-0773. [map]

 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Hot Dad

All ages admitted. Local comical and satirical pop-punk singer-songwriter. Openers: Prairie Clamor, the stage name of offbeat experimental powerpop singer-songwriter Will Bjorndal, and Kid Cooper Levy, a singer-songwriter who identifies himself as "like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits had a baby, and they tried to kill it, but it wouldn't die." $10 ($12 at the door). 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cat Canyon

Veteran Detroit roots-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Roe Bickley Trio

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]


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