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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 3, 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]

 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Horse Shows: Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan.

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May 1-5, 8-12, & 15-19. English riding and jumping competitions at the state level. Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn at Katz, Grass Lake. Free. (561) 723-6287. [map]

 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Rummage Sale: Dixboro United Methodist Church Fundraiser.

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May 2-4. Sale of adult and children's clothing, sporting goods, household items, books, movies, and more.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. (May 2 & 3) & 9 a.m.-noon (May 4), DUMC, 5221 Church Rd. Free admission. 665-5632. [map]

 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Charlotte's Web": Wild Swan Theater.

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Charlotte's Web is possibly the best loved of all American stories for children. It tells the touching story of a rare friendship between a little pig, Wilbur, and Charlotte, a most uncommon spider. The magical words that Charlotte spins in her web not only earn Wilbur a county fair blue ribbon and save his life, but inspire all of us to value what we can share with each other.
Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12-$15. 734-995-0530. [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. except May 27. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, May 29 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.

 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Charlotte's Web": Wild Swan Theater.

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May 1-5. This award-winning local children's theater presents Jeff Duncan's adaptation of E.B. White's beloved tale of a friendship between the young pig Wilbur and the remarkable spider who helps him win a blue ribbon at the fair and saves his life. Geared toward grades K-5. 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. (Wed.-Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $15 (kids & seniors, $12; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance at, by phone, 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 May 27. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (May 28 only) Malletts Creek.

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

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Traverwood, May 2 & 9; Malletts Creek, May 30.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except May 7, 14, 21, & 27), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.

 11 a.m. and 12:30 & 2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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May 3, 17, & 31. Docents give a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Clements building and collections.
11 a.m. and 12:30 & 2 p.m. (May 3) 11 a.m. only (May 17 & 31), Clements, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at 764-2347. [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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Every Fri. 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]

 3:20, 6:15, 7, 9:30 & 10 p.m. 

"Avengers: Endgame": State Theatre.

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Conclusion to Marvel Studios' 22-film arc known as the Infinity Saga.
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.

 3:40 & 7:25 p.m. 

"Family": State Theatre.

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(Laura Steinel, 2019). Comedy about a workaholic hedge fund exec who must save her 12-year-old niece from becoming a Juggalo.
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.

 4-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Grand Opening!": Revalue.

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We're delighted to invite you to join us for the Grand Opening of our new office and impact investment community space in the Hawkins House historic building at 220 W. Michigan Ave. in Downtown Ypsilanti! The A2Y Chamber will be here at 4:30pm for the ribbon cutting and special remarks will be at 6:00pm. This is a family-friendly event, so feel free to bring the kids. We've timed this launch to coincide with First Fridays Ypsilanti, so that you can enjoy our local art scene while you're downtown as well. Register at:
Revalue, 220 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Free. (888) 642-2728. [map]

 4, 7:05 & 10:35 p.m. 

"Her Smell": State Theatre.

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(Alex Ross Perry, 2019). Elisabeth Moss stars as a 90s punk-rocker struggling to recapture her creative edge.
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.

 4-7 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]

 4:15 & 9:55 p.m. 

"Woman at War": State Theatre.

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(Benedikt Erlingsson, 2019). A radical environmental activist plans one last attack before she adopts a child.
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.

 4:40, 7:30 & 9:25 p.m. 

"Amazing Grace": Michigan Theater.

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(Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2019). Documentary about Aretha Franklin's 2-day performance with a Baptist choir in L.A. in 1972.
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]

 4:50, 7 & 9:35 p.m. 

"The Chaperone": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Engler, 2019). Biopic about relationship between 1920s Hollywood starlet Louise Brooks and her teetotalling chaperone. Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson.
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]

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Garden: Pottery inspired by nature": Yourist Studio Gallery.

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We've assembled a garden of earthy delights for our In the Garden show and sale running May 3-June 30.
Join us at our festive opening reception today, Friday, May 3, from 5-8 pm. Our celebration continues on Saturday, May 4, 10 am-6 pm. The show runs through June 30.
To welcome spring we have filled our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Yourist resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces to adorn your garden.
It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find a memorable gift for Mother's Day. From bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, vases, wind chimes, and even toad houses, you'll find a selection of charming ceramic pieces to enliven your garden this year.
Come join us in our garden of earthy delights and let's get growing!
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"The Science of Stress: What, Why, and How to Manage": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Join Mota Thai Yoga on Friday, May 3 from 6:30-8:30pm, for an informative and interactive discussion about anxiety.
Learn about the physiology of the stress response, the effects of stress on the mind and body, and long term approaches to wellness.
We will also discuss yoga as a healing modality, as well as movement, meditation, and the brain. Luiz will be joining the workshop to answer any questions. This is a good time to discuss the anatomy of the physical body and the anatomy of the brain on a deeper level.
Tea will be served and essential oils used. Yoga mats are provided for floor seating. Please dress comfortably and feel free to bring a cushion for extra comfort. There are a limited number of chairs available, if needed. Please request this when you RSVP. More information at
RSVP encouraged but not required. Register at
Suggested donation: $10 (Pay at the door or at
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. $10 suggested donation. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Date Night: Michigan Wine Edition": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers offer samples of several Michigan wines, with artisan cheeses, bread, and other accompaniments.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Springtime String Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for all grade 6-adult.
6:30-8 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [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]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Joey Blanco: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This Washington, D.C.-based rapper performs tracks from his new LP, Blanco Perico.
7-8 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Bug Pea Colours the Rainbow and Louise/The Bears": Spinning Dot Youth & Teen Company.

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May 3-5. Young local actors perform 2 new kid-friendly shows. Bug Pea is Lereko Mfono's play about honoring your culture and roots and learning to seek help. Louise/The Bears is about a girl who can see invisible bears, but her family doesn't believe her.
7 p.m. (May 3 & 4) & 2 p.m. (May 5), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Newmann Studio, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $11.25 (students, $6.25) in advance at 585-5134. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Gershwin on the Fringe of Fire": Concordia University.

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Detroit trumpeter Bill Lucas leads his jazz quintet in his new arrangements of George Gershwin tunes. A U-M music professor, Lucas has performed solo shows in popular jazz clubs in Colorado, and his arrangements for brass have been performed by several symphony orchestras.
7:30 p.m., Concordia University Kreft Center Recital Hall, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Mark Sweetman: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 3 & 4. Veteran Detroit-bred observational comic, a cross between a court jester and a philosophical humorist known for his dry wit and acerbic delivery. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Tibetan Singing Bowls Sacred Sound Bath: Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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Our Tibetan bowl sacred sound bath is partly a deeply relaxing experience, partly a healing sound therapy, and partly a beautiful immersive listening experience. We use Tibetan singing bowls, gongs, and other instruments to immerse our listeners in beautiful and healing sounds that relax and uplift!
We suggest a $20 donation at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Half of proceeds will go to Food Gatherers.
Ann Arbor KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, 614 Miner Street. Donation. $20. 800-599-9820. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

We Are Monsters!: Allen Kids Act.

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Come enjoy this Broadway-style musical presented by our 2nd through 5th graders. Tickets are only $5 per person and can be purchased at the door or reserved on-line at
Performance dates:
Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm
Allen Elementary School, 2560 Towner Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $5. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Brigadoon": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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This local professional theater company performs Lerner and Loewe's enduring 1947 romantic musical, the story of two Americans who stumble upon an enchanted village while hiking in Scotland. The town, Brigadoon, comes to life only one day in every hundred years, and this is a particularly eventful day--a wedding takes place, a disappointed suitor tries to wreak revenge on the whole town, and one of the Americans falls in love before the place vanishes into the mist. The show's many lovely, lilting tunes include "The Heather on the Hill," "It's Almost Like Being in Love," and the title song.
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. 

"Fame": Pioneer High School Theatre Guild.

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Apr. 27 & 28 and May 3-5. Students perform Steve Margoshes, Jose Fernandez, and Jacques Levy's musical, based on the 1980 film set at the celebrated NYC High School for the Performing Arts. Songs include "Hard Work," "I Want to Make Magic," "There She Goes," "Think of Meryl Streep," the popular title tune, and more.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium. $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, and PHS staff, $10) in advance at, 994-2191. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Hit and Misdemeanor": Huron High School Players.

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Apr. 27 and May 3 & 4. Students perform William Gleason's 1984 suspense comedy about 2 young women who play cops on a popular TV show. Though they hate each other off screen, they must team up to fight a real-life threat. Note: new dates & times.
3 p.m. (Apr. 27) & 7:30 p.m. (May 3 & 4), HHS, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $10 (students, seniors, and HHS staff, $8). 994-2040. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"John McCutcheon: Pete Seeger 100th Birthday Party": The Ark.

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Hammered dulcimer virtuoso John McCutcheon, a big favorite with local audiences, performs works from To Everyone in All the World: A Celebration of Pete Seeger, his new collection of Seeger covers.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"K Michael Joseph Unsweetened": Triple Goddess Tasting Rm, Unity Vibration Brewing Co.

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K. Michael Joseph, Top10 'Radio Indie Alliance' singing sensation, will return to Unity Vibrations Brewing Company after celebrating a month of European radio playtime and fanbase building.
Specializing in torch Ballads, Love songs and SynthPop, this multi-talented musician and singer is enthusiastically looking forward to your being at the most popular gathering spot in Ypsi -- The Triple Goddess Tasting Room of Unity Vibration Brewing Company.
Look for K. Michael Joseph Music on iTunes, Spotify, and Soundcloud under
album titles, "Compel Me" and "Siren"
Unity Vibration Brewing Company, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. (734_ 218-3313. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Caleb Curtis & Marta Sánchez: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jazz originals and standards by the duo of saxophonist Curtis, an Ann Arbor native who's become a fixture on the NYC jazz scene, and Madrid-born jazz pianist Sánchez, whose intricate compositions Downbeat Magazine praised for their "lyricism, warmth and strong sense of storytelling."
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$20 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"All My Sons": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Apr. 4-June 1. Guy Sanville directs Arthur Miller's 1947 play, a dramatic indictment of American big business told through the story of a family torn apart by lies and fraud. The central character is Joe Keller, a factory owner who prospered during WWII by manufacturing military airplane parts. Haunted by a dark secret, he evades prison, pinning the blame for his crime on his business partner, but tragedy comes home in the form of his 3 sons--one reported missing in action, one a returned veteran who believes in his father, and the embittered middle son who knows the truth. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Michelle Mountain, Ryan Black, Caitlin Cavannaugh, David Bendena, Tom Whalen, Susan Craves, Rusty Mewha, and Lauren Knox.
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. [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.), the League of Pointless Improvisers (Fri. & Sat.), and other troupes. Also, "water form" (Fri. only) a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless. Note: The Fri. show opens with a 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 & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 9 p.m. 

"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]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: RAKA

Local African fusion ensemble led by bassist Dave Sharp. With guitarist Pete Larson and percussionist Mike List. [venue info]

B-Side: "Fashocase"

Hip-hop showcase by local teens. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Lushh

WMU student electronic hip-hop-oriented jazz-soul fusion quintet. Openers: the Grand Rapids progressive soul quintet Earth Radio, the local funk-rock septet Liquid Thickness, and the southeast Michigan avant-jazz quintet Beartrap. $10. [venue info]

Blue Llama: U-M Jazz Program Showcase

Performances by ensembles of U-M jazz faculty, students, and alumni. [venue info]

Club Above: "Bridging the Gap."

With local R&B and hip-hop acts TBA. Preceded at 8 p.m. by "Heads over Heal Burlesque Show." [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Adam Labeaux & the Cloudbuilders

Energetic folk-rock & soul band fronted by former Ragbirds guitarist Labeaux. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Phillip, Rod, & Linden

Local trio of singer-songwriters Philip McMillion, Rod Johnson, and Linden Thoburn that plays an eclectic mix of originals that draw on folk-pop, and country influences. [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]


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]

Mash: Laura Rain & the Caesars Laura Rain & the Caesars

An intense fusion of funk, soul, and blues by this Detroit quintet fronted by vocalist Rain. [venue info]

Mash: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 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]

Sweetwaters Plymouth Green: "Talent Night."

Open mike for all performers. [venue info]

Tap Room: "First Friday."

With Desoto Drive, a Detroit heartland rock quintet, and Popular Creeps, a Detroit postpunk rock 'n' roll quartet. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Britney Stoney

Detroit soul singer-songwriter. Openers: Tanager, an Ypsilanti indie pop-rock trio, and Fat Angry Hens, an Ypsilanti all-female postpunk politicized rock quartet. [venue info]

Ziggy's: First Fridays Quintet

Local jazz ensemble with trumpeter Ingrid Racine, bassist Andy Peck, saxophonist Mark Kieme, keyboardist Mark Pappas, and percussionist Scott Kretzer. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Kitty Donohoe

This Irish-American singer-songwriter from Detroit is known for her bell-like soprano--an instrument that has been described as "rich, flexible, soaring, and haunting"--and her grittily realistic, bluesy original songs. Sing Out! calls her "one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric." [venue info]


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