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Calendar of Events

Friday, September 20, 2019

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 9 a.m. 

"Toddler Time": Champion Gymnastics.

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Join us for Toddler Time
Monday: 9:00-10:00am
Tuesday: 9:00-10:00am & 1:00-2:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-12:00pm * your ONE hour begins when you arrive*
Thursday: 9:00-10:00am & 1:00-2:00pm
Friday: 9:00-10:00am
Have fun exploring and playing in our fun pits, bouncing on our 50' trampoline, play games and learn hand eye coordination, balance and more! There's always something to do at CGAA! Children 18 months or younger are FREE! All ages are welcome!
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Rd. $7/ child. 7342221810. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Welcoming Week 2019: Jewish Family Services.

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During this annual series of events, Washtenaw County as a Welcoming Community become part of a global movement to recognize the economic, social and cultural advantage of welcoming all people, regardless of origin of birth.
By participating in Welcoming Week, the following businesses recognize that being a welcoming community for all makes everyone stronger economically, socially, and culturally.
Please patronize these Welcoming Week businesses by downloading your own "I'm A Welcomer" packet and showing it to the staff!
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, 2245 South State Street, Ste 200. Free. 9895339357. [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)., 661-3575. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Daughters of Memory: Paintings and Poems on the Nine Muses": U-M Residential College.

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Daughters of Memory: Paintings and Poems on the Nine Muses is an interdisciplinary show of works by Cindy Sowers exploring the elusive sources for the ancient figures of the Muses, as well as the appropriation of these figures by different artists through the ages.
RC Art Gallery East Quadrangle, 701 East University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. (734) 763-0032. [map]

 10 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.

 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

"KinderConcert": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Music for Little Folks director Gari Stein, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra flutist Alaina Bercilla, and pianist Kathryn Goodson lead kids age 5 & under (accompanied by an adult) in a 30-minute program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
AADL Downtown Multipurpose Room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

"Matinee Movies": Saline Area Senior Center.

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Sept. 20: On the Basis of Sex, Mimi Leder's 2018 biopic about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Sept. 27: Vice, Adam McKay's comic 2018 Dick Cheney biopic starring Christian Bale.

Oct. 18: Isn't It Romantic, Todd Strauss-Schulson's 2019 rom-com fantasy starring Rebel Wilson as a jaded woman trapped in a romantic comedy.

Oct. 25: The Mule, Clint Eastwood's 2018 thriller about a 90-year-old veteran who becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel.

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $1. 429-9274. [map]

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Sensation Stations"

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All toddlers ages 18 months-3 years (with caregiver) invited to scoop, pour, squeeze, and shake a variety of materials.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Climate Strike!": Washtenaw County Climate Strike.

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On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will STRIKE all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.
Join the rest of Washtenaw County as we disrupt business as usual to stand up for our future.
11am WALKOUT to Ingalls Mall
11am - 12pm Tabling + Performances
12pm Rally
12:45pm Workshop Block 1
1:30pm Workshop Block 2
2:15pm Closing Performance
Attend workshops led by community members on the forefront of fighting for climate justice, conservation of biodiversity, sustainable agriculture, indigenous land tenure, and a green economy, and learn how you can get involved.
More information at:
Ingalls Mall, 881 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Fall Crafts for Preschoolers: Dexter District Library.

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For kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m.-noon, DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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Sept. 6, 15, & 20. Docents give a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Clements building and collections.
11 a.m. (all dates), 3 p.m. (Sept. 6), & 2:30 p.m. (Sept. 15), 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]

 12:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. (734) 747-0123. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Crafts: Saline District Library.

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All adults invited. Supplies provided. Crafts include "Hello Gourd-geous" wooden pumpkins (Sept. 20) & "Looking Glass" Halloween crystal balls (Oct. 7 & 18). The Oct. 18 craft is geared toward seniors.
7-8:30 p.m. (Mon. & Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Graffiti in Ancient Nubia and Beyond": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Nine speakers from around the world discuss graffiti as a historical devotional practice, the challenge of documenting and preserving ancient graffiti, and new archaeological discoveries in Sudan, Egypt, and Italy. Reception follows.
1-5 p.m., Kelsey, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304. [map]

 1:45, 4:15, 7, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Downton Abbey": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Michael Engler's 2019 film adaptation of the hugely popular PBS series about the the Crawley family and the servants who work for them in the English countryside in the early 20th century.
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]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Office Hours with Director Christina Olsen": UMMA.

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Every Thurs. & Fri. beginning Sept. 12. All invited to chat with the UMMA director about recent exhibits and ideas for the museum.
Noon-1 p.m. (Thurs.) & 3-4 p.m. (Fri.), UMMA Living Room, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 3:40, 6:30, & 9:45 p.m. 

"IT Chapter Two": State Theatre.

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(Andy Muschetti, 2019). Horror sequel set 27 years after the original, where a group of misfit kids battle a killer supernatural clown.
Various times, 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]

 3:50 & 9:35 p.m. 

"The Goldfinch": State Theatre.

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(John Crowley, 2019). Adaptation of the Donna Tarot novel about a boy is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Various times. 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 & 10:15 p.m. 

"Ad Astra": State Theatre.

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(James Gray, 2019). Adventure film about a space explorer on a mission to recover his missing father's prior expedition. Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8., 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]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Fix-It Friday": Maker Works.

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All invited to bring anything that needs fixing-chairs, sweaters, radios, whatever. Maker Works members and staff on hand to help and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
4-6 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]

 4:10 & 9:55 p.m. 

"Brittany Runs a Marathon": State Theatre.

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(Paul Downs Colaizzo, 2019). Comedy about a woman who takes control of her life by training for a marathon.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8., 668-TIME.

 4:30, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice": State Theater.

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(Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, 2019). Documentary about the iconic pop-rock singer.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.

 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. beginning Sept. 4. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours.
4:45 p.m., Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582.

 5-11 p.m.  Free! 

15th Annual Oktoberfest: Saline Main Street.

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Sept. 20 & 21. This old-fashioned Oktoberfest kicks off with the annual "Tapping of the Golden Keg" and features a beer garden with German brews and traditional German food. Bake sale. Note: No pets after 5 p.m. Tonight: live music by the popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock dance band Your Generation (8 p.m.).
5-11 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.), downtown Saline. Free ($5 admission after 5 p.m. for those age 21 & over)., 316-2119. [map]

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Ukrainian Famine: What We Know Now and Why It Matters": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies 60th Anniversary Lecture.

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Washington Post foreign policy columnist and London School of Economics professor Anne Applebaum reads from Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine, her 2017 book that examines the famine that was the result of Stalin's 1929 agricultural collectivization policy, which forced millions of peasants onto collective farms. An estimated 3 million Ukrainians died, and Applebaum argues that they were deliberately murdered by the state.
5:30-7 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Peace Pole Dedication & Open House: Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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Verapose Yoga & Meditation House in Dexter announces the planting of a Peace Pole and public dedication, ceremony and celebration to symbolize their commitment and contribution toward contributing to greater peace on earth. The public is invited to join in this dedication and celebration towards global peace.
"A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth. Each Peace Pole bears the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in different languages on each of its four or six sides. There are tens of thousands of Peace Poles in nearly every country in the world dedicated as monuments to peace." ~The Peace Pole Project
The ceremony and dedication will be lead by Leigh Ann Phillips-Knope, MA, RYT.
Verapose Yoga & Meditation House, 3173 Baker Road, Dexter. Free. 734.358.1744. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Big Foot, Small Print Trail Run": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A 3.1-mile trail run (or walk) along a scenic course. Also, a 1-mile kids fun run. Leashed dogs welcome. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Huron Valley.
6 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Dexter. $20 (kids, $5) in advance by Sept. 19 at; $25 (kids, $10) at the gate. $6 vehicle entry fee. 449-4437. [map]

 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"International Peace Pole Dedication": Verapose Yoga & Meditation House.

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A ceremony led by Roots of Change co-director Leigh Ann Phillips-Knope. Mini-yoga classes & demos, refreshments, and prizes.
6-9 p.m., Verapose, 3173 Baker, Dexter. Free. 358-1744. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Boots, Brews & BBQ": Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Fundraiser.

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BBQ dinner and dancing to live folk-rock by the Bob Skon Trio. Also, a horse meet-and-greet and art auction. Beer & wine. Age 21 & over only.
6:30 p.m., TRI barn, 3425 E. Morgan Rd. Tickets $125 in advance at 677-0303. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Meditative Drawing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn drawing patterns and techniques for mindful doodling.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 & 8 p.m. 

"The Lego Movie": State Theatre.

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(Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, 2014) Computer animated adventure comedy about an ordinary LEGO construction worker thought to be the prophesied "Special" who's recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant.
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).

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Michael Dickman: Literati Bookstore.

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This acclaimed Princeton-based poet reads from Days & Days, his new collection that touches on parenthood, childhood, local natural habitats, graffiti culture, roses, and romance. "Sharp, spare lines bring forward otherwise-missed moments in our common experiences," says poet Raśl Niño. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, Las Drogas, Warlock's Grave: Ziggy's.

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This show is packed with local rock legends Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, Las Drogas, and Warlock's Grave!
Come join us on Friday, September 20 at the hippest new venue in downtown Ypsilanti, Ziggy's!
EARLY SHOW: doors at 7pm
Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor - Detroit Psych rock
"If you like the idea of an unholy cross between Brian Jonestown Massacre, the MC5, and the Doors at their horror-movie scariest, this band is gonna make you very happy". - RVAMAG.COM
Las Drogas - Ypsilanti swamp garage-a-billy
"The evil genius of Carl Perkins and The Cramps soaked in PBR with a shot of cocaine gives you a taste of Las Drogas. Rockabilly fashion draped in "I don't give a fuck" punk sensibilities... twitching and shaking all over." - Life In Michigan blog (Chuck Marshall)
Warlock's Grave - Garage/Psych Rock
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, Ypsilanti. 5. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Music from East and West": Rasa Festival (Ann Arbor District Library).

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Panel discussion about the differences between Indian and western music traditions by musicians TBA. Short concert follows.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Honeyland": State Theatre.

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(Tamara Kotevska & Ljubo Stefanov, 2019). Documentary about beekeeping in the mountains of Macedonia.
Various times, 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]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Sean Patton: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Sept. 20 & 21. This New Orleans-bred actor-comedian is known for his irreverent, politically incorrect, but affectionate stories exploring the incorrigible comedy of human behavior. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 & 10 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $14 reserved seating in advance, $16 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Eating the Sun": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to discuss Ella Frances Sanders' 2019 "book of small musings" exploring scientific concepts by deliberately eschewing scientific language in favor of poetic images and whimsical drawings. Hosted by Crazy Wisdom staff member Deb Flint.
7:30-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions.

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Screening of the 1994 animated Disney classic The Lion King. Also, snuggles with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10 in advance at 661-3575. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Fun Home": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 12-Oct. 13. This local professional theater company performs Jeanine Tesori and (Ann Arbor native) Lisa Kron's 2013 Broadway musical based on Alison Bechdel's poignant graphic memoir about growing up in a funeral home, the discovery of her sexuality, and her relationship with her closeted gay father. The music "has the interrogative restlessness of thought in pursuit of certainty, and the ambivalent mix of anger and affection that pervades our relationships with our nearest and dearest," says New York Times critic Ben Brantley. "There's a delicate dissonance in the multiple-part songs, which are all the more affecting for their implicit yearning for harmony."
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]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

"Live Music From: Emma McDermott": Unity Vibration.

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Emma McDermott is a singer/songwriter from Ann Arbor Michigan. She recently studied at Columbia College in Chicago as part of the contemporary and urban popular music program, and had the opportunity to write and perform with guest artists Cory Henry and Ivan Neville. She is currently working on a solo album in the Ann Arbor area and is hoping to expand her network as an artist while taking a break from school.
Unity Vibration Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Canceled: "Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 8, 22, & 30. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

David Roth: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Humorous, refreshingly down-to-earth originals by this highly regarded singer-songwriter from Chicago who has been described as a blend of James Taylor and Dan Fogelberg, injected with the humor of Tom Paxton and David Letterman. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Christine Lavin to Tom Chapin, and his repertoire tonight showcases songs from his new album, Last Day on This Earth.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Dweezil Zappa: Live Nation.

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Guitarist Frank Zappa's son Dweezil leads an ensemble of young musicians in a live performance of Hot Rats, Frank's 1969 album that AllAboutJazz calls "one of jazz-rock's foundation fusion records" and that Q Magazine (U.K.) ranked 13th in its "40 Cosmic Rock Albums" list. Dweezil won the 2009 Grammy for "Best Rock Instrumental Performance" for his cover of "Peaches en Regalia," the album's 1st song.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $25-$90 in advance at & all Ticketmaster outlets, & at the door. (800) 745-3000. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Keller/Kocher Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Bassist Paul Keller and vibraphonist Cary Kocher lead their quintet in a program of works by jazz pianist George Shearing. With pianist Adam Mosley, guitarist Matt LoRusso, and drummer David Alvarez.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this ensemble of music majors in a program highlighted by Prokofiev's virtuosic Piano Concerto no. 3, with U-M Concerto Competition winner Xiaoya Liu. Also, Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture and Ravel's arrangement of Mussorgsky's colorful Pictures at an Exhibition. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program (tentative).
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Admissions": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 20-Oct. 13. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere of NYC playwright Joshua Harmon's 2018 satire about a progressive white couple whose proud legacy of diversifying the mostly white boarding school at which they work is challenged when their high-achieving son doesn't get in to Yale, while his quarter-black best friend, with worse grades, does. An exploration of the hypocrisy of liberals who want to promote diversity without giving up any power or privilege, the play is praised by a New York Times critic as "an extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire-of the left, by the left, for the left-for today." Cast: Joe Bailey, Sarah Burcon, Diane Hill, Jeremy Kucharek, and Cynthia Szczesny.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $22 or pay what you can afford, in advance at and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Movies on Maynard": Cinetopia Film Festival/State Street District.

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Outdoor screening of The Lego Movie, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller's 2014 computer animated adventure-comedy about an ordinary LEGO construction worker thought to be the prophesied "Special" who will stop an evil tyrant. Bring chairs and blankets. The program begins with circus performers.
8 p.m., Maynard. Free. 668-8397.

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local groups, including Pointless's resident company the League of Pointless Improvisers. The Sept. 13, 20, & 27 shows feature sets by This Is a Quiz.
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]

 8:30 p.m. 

"Glow-in-the-Park 5K": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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5-km nighttime run through lit trails. T-shirts ($7) and glow items (cost TBA) available.
8:30 p.m. (registration begins at 6:30 p.m.), Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $15. 484-9676, ext. 0. [map]

 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, blues, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
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:


Blue Llama: "Ann Arbor Jazz Festival."

A 3-day showcase with a focus on Michigan-based jazz. Tonight: Headliner (8:30 p.m.): Theo Croker, a nationally acclaimed experimental jazz trumpeter whose music incorporates elements of hip-hop, funk, soul, R&B, and pop. Openers: Ron Brooks Quartet (7 p.m.) and Jordan Anderson Quartet 5:30 p.m.). [venue info]

Club Above: MEMCO

Techno DJs. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Chirp

Local jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Terry Birkett

Longtime Livonia Americana guitarist and songwriter. Tonight he is joined by various musical friends TBA. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Royal Garden Trio

Local trio led by guitarist Brian Delaney that plays early jazz standards and Hot Club-style gypsy jazz. With cellist Michael Karoub and clarinetist and tenor guitarist Tom Bogardus. [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]

Habitat Lounge: Atomic Radio

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

Live: Spark

Local pop-rock quartet fronted by vocalist Robin Grant. With guitarist John Rasmussen, bassist Cy Clone, and drummer Jim Weyman. 6:30- 9:30 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Dan Orcutt

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

Mash: Detroit's Own Soul Purpose Detroit's Own Soul Purpose

An eclectic mix of genres from funk and blues-rock to hard country by this Westland quintet fronted by vocalist Carol Holmes. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike

All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 7-11 p.m. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Chuck Swanagan

Local Americana folk-rock singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Malty Taskers Jug Band Malty Taskers Jug Band

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: Andy Adamson Quintet Andy Adamson Quartet

Jazz originals by keyboardist Adamson in styles ranging from traditional to modern electric jazz, along with some free improvisation. With saxophonist Dan Bennett, acoustic and electric bassist Brennan Andes, trumpeter Ross Huff, and drummer John Taylor. The band has a new CD, First Light. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor

Local psychedelic-blues garage quartet. Opener: Las Drogas, an Ypsilanti band that plays loud, raucous, melodic, bluesy, surf-guitar psychobilly. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Billy Brandt

Rootsy, country-flavored psychedelic folk-rock by this veteran Detroit singer-songwriter. He is accompanied by dobro player Dave Falk. [venue info]


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