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Calendar of Events

Monday, August 5, 2019






 
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 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 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.-3 p.m. 

"Crazy About Animals Camp": Valerie Potsos.

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Learn about all your favorite animals, some new, exotic, and weird creatures as well! We will make a variety of animal crafts, including a few presents for our pets!
Dancer's Edge, 3115 Broad Street, Dexter. $245/Week. 734-424-2626. dextersdancersedge@yahoo.com [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. (except in Oct., 10 a.m.), meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 663-5060.


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to either Stockbridge, Grass Lake, Napoleon, Munith, or Pleasant Lake.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, 1101 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]


 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 

"Scavenger Hunt with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Drop-in scavenger hunt that includes interactions with adoptable cats. Popcorn.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $7/hour ($4/half hour). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Summer of Space!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Space-themed activities for kids of all ages. July's theme: "Race to the Moon!" August's theme: "Strange Worlds, Stranger Creatures!"
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. All events free (except as noted) with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Nature Play Pop-Ups": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Hands-on activities in the Gaffield Children's Garden for kids ages 3-7 (with caregiver).
10-11:30 a.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Downtown.

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

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield. (No playgroups at Pittsfield during the month of October due to site construction)

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

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


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

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


 Noon & 2 p.m.  Free! 

Public Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Daily. 30-minute tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (Noon Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., Sat. and Sun.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (2 p.m. Mon.-Fri., noon & 4 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Noon & 2 p.m. (daily) and 10 a.m. & 4 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 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 and poker that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 noon  Free! 

"Dexter B2B Trail Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. A 13-22 mile ride on the B2B trail from Dexter to Hudson Mills Metropark, with pace and destination determined by the riders.
Noon, meet at the B2B trail head by the Forest Lawn Cemetery, corner of Broad & Grand, Dexter. Free. 426-5116.


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Writing Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to read and discuss poetry, essays, fiction, and reminiscences they have written.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Mini Yarn Monsters": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Mushroom Fairy House": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grades K-5.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200.


 3:45, 7 & 10:10 p.m. 

"Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood": Michigan Theater.

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(Quentin Tarantino, 2019). A fading star and his stunt double try to revive their careers in 1969 Los Angeles.
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]


 4:15, 7, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Spider-Man: Far From Home": State Theatre.

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(Jon Watts, 2019). Superhero flick dealing with the fallout from the events in Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame.
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.


 4:15, 7:30 & 9:50 p.m. 

"Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love": Michigan Theater.

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(Nick Broomfield, 2019). Documentary about the relationship between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.
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]


 4:30 p.m. 

"The Last Black Man in San Francisco": State Theatre.

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(Joe Talbot, 2019). Drama about a young black man trying to reclaim family property amidst San Francisco's rapid gentrification.
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.


 4:45 p.m. 

"Wild Rose": State Theatre.

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(Tom Harper, 2019). Drama about a Glaswegian ex-con who reunites with her children and dreams of becoming a country singer in Nashville.
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, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Farewell": State Theatre.

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(Lulu Wang, 2019). Awkwafina stars in this dramatic comedy about a woman who returns to China after her grandmother's terminal cancer diagnosis.
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.


 5:45-7 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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 5:45 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with some stretching, and once the body warms up, begins to pick up the pace. You will work on a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $20 drop in (or package prices). info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [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 info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [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]


 7-10 p.m. 

Jazz with Keller/Kocher Quintet every Monday.

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Ann Arbor Jazz Heroes bassist Paul Keller and vibraphonist Cary Kocher lead their quintet featuring pianist Adam Mosley, guitarist Matt LoRusso, and drummer David Alvarez as they perform straight-ahead, energetic and entertaining swinging jazz every Monday throughout the summer at Zal Gaz Grotto from 7-10 PM.
The KKQ is happy to accommodate swing dancers with danceable jazz tempos, lots of melody and big beat. The KKQ also tips its hat to their muses George Shearing, Milt Jackson, Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton.
Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto - all reasonable priced. Air-conditioning. No steps, Plenty of safe, free parking. 18 and under enter free of charge.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10 at the door (under 18 enter FREE). 734-663-2102. www.paulkellerjazz.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

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.

Aug. 5: "Getting Unstuck: Practical Ways to Improve Your Life."

Aug. 12: "Why Are You So Hard on Yourself? Finding Your True Value."

Aug. 19: "Faith and Science: Discoveries from the Scientist Who Led the Human Genome Project."

Aug. 26: "Making Life's Toughest Decisions."

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7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Organ Recital Series: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

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Every Mon. Organ recitals by Michigan musicians. Reception follows. Today: recent U-M organ grad Jim Renfer.
7 p.m., St. Francis, 2250 E. Stadium. Free. 769-2550. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Summer Carillon Concert Series: U-M School of Music.

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Family-friendly concerts by Belgian carillonneur Jan Verheyen & Brussels conservatory guitar student Cedric Honings.
7 p.m., Burton Tower. Free. tiffng@umich.edu, facebook.com/umcarillon. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"26th Annual Summer Sings": UMS Choral Union.

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June 24, July 15, & Aug. 5. All singers welcome to join this venerable local chorus and guest conductors for read-throughs of favorite choral works. Participants practice the more difficult parts of each night's piece and, after a break, sing it in its entirety, with regional professionals singing the solos. No auditions required; music provided (or bring your own, if you have it). Refreshments.

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June 24: UMS Choral Union music director Scott Hanoian conducts Duruflé's Requiem.

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July 25: Oakland University choral activities director Michael Mitchell conducts Haydn's Mass in C Major ("Paukenmesse").

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Aug. 5: U-M choral activities director Eugene Rogers conducts Mozart's Requiem.

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7 p.m., Hill Auditorium (June 24) and U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin (July 15 & Aug. 5). $5 at the door only. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. 763-8997. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Writing Short Stories and Flash Fiction": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal are joined by Michigan author Harry R. Campion to discuss ways to write and market short stories. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Aug. 19.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Flint Fights Back: Environmental Justice and Democracy in the Flint Water Crisis": Literati Bookstore.

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Kettering University (Flint) social science professor Benjamin Pauli discusses his new book about the Flint Water Crisis and the intersection of science and democracy. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What the Eyes Don't See": Ann Arbor District Library.

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WDET Detroit Today host Stephen Henderson leads a discussion, with state senator Jeff Irwin and Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith, of Flint pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha's book about her work in discovering the elevated lead levels in Flint drinking water.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:10 & 9:55 p.m. 

"Late Night": State Theatre.

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(Nisha Ganatra, 2019). Comedy starring Emma Thompson as a late-night talk show host who diversifies her all-male writers room.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 7:10 & 9:40 p.m. 

"Yesterday": Michigan Theater.

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(Danny Boyle, 2019). A struggling musician wakes up in an alternate reality where he's the only person who's heard of the Beatles.
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]


 7:20 p.m. 

"Echo in the Canyon": State Theatre.

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(Andrew Slater, 2019). Documentary about the historic music scene in L.A.'s Laurel Canyon.
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.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Stark Raving MADrigal Singers.

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Every Wed. (July) & every Mon. (Aug.) Singers of all abilities invited to join in singing madrigals and other Elizabethan part songs in a casual, sociable setting in a private home.
7:30- 10 p.m., location TBA via srms2020@outlook.com. Free. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

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., location TBA west of Dexter. Free. 395-7782, 274-0773.


 8 p.m. 

Sam Burchfield and Cicada Rhythm.

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Double bill. Sam Burchfield is a Georgia folk-soul singer-songwriter who leads his band in catchy originals that showcase his smooth voice and lyrical depth. Cicada Rhythm is the Georgia folk duo of fingerpicking guitarist Dave Kirslis and Juilliard trained double bassist and singer-songwriter Andrea DeMarcus. "There is a subtle Southern groove to Cicada Rhythm's often airy, summery style," says an American Songwriter critic.
The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and theark.org, and at the door. 761-1451. [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]


 9:25 p.m. 

"Midsommar": State Theatre.

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(Ari Aster, 2019). Horror film about a couple who travel to an isolated Swedish village for a famous midsummer festival.
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:

 

Brewed Awakenings Cafe: Open Mike

The weekly lineup features mostly acoustic musicians, but performers of all sorts are invited. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Roe Bickley Kramer Trio

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: Keller/Kocher Quintet

Top-notch local mainstream jazz ensemble led by bassist Paul Keller and vibes player Cary Kocher. With pianist Adam Mosley, guitarist Matt LoRusso and drummer David Alvarez. [venue info]

 
 


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