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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 23, 2020






 
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 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Social Watercolor: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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No prior experience necessary.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. Preregistration required. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Frog and Toad": Wild Swan Theater.

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Two of Arnold Lobel's most beloved characters, Frog and Toad, show how good friends help each other through thick and thin, cheering each other through the hard times, and celebrating life's joys. Join Frog and Toad as they greet spring, plant a garden, and share a basket of cookies. (Special activities provided by Leslie Science and Nature Center after the Saturday performance.)
Towsley Auditorium - Morris Lawrence Building - Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 - $12. 734-995-0530. wildswan@wildswantheater.org www.wildswantheater.org [map]



 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Social Media": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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6 weekly talks about the impact of social media.

Jan. 9: U-M information professor Clifford Lampe on "What We Know Now."

Jan. 16:U-M pediatrics professor Jenny Radesky on "Mobile Media and Parenting."

Jan. 23:U-M psychology professor Ethan Kross on "How Do Online Social Media Networks Influence People's Emotional Lives."

Jan. 30:U-M information professor Sarita Schoenebeck on "Restoring Justice to Targets of Online Harassment."

Feb. 6:MSU neuroscience professor Dar Meshi on "Why We Use Social Media: Evolution, Neuroscience, and Problematic Use."

Feb 13:U-M information professor Florian Schaub on "Is Technology Killing Privacy?"
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $55 (members, $10). Memberships $25/year. 998-9351. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The Indexical Print, curated by Andrew Thompson": U-M Residential College.

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Indexical art was defined as artworks whose physical and aesthetic manifestation was correlated and contingent upon specific conditions of the work's subject matter or, as more broadly described, 'the referent' of the work.
Featured in this exhibition are prints by Jay Fox, Ruth Koelewyn & Lee Marchalonis, 3D printed sculptures by Jason Ferguson, jacquard weaving from Cathryn Amidei, data visualizations by Jeffrey Lancaster and site-specific paintings from Ellen Rutt.
Opening reception Friday January 17th, 5-6:30pm
Refreshments will be served
Free and open to the public
Exhibit will be on display January 20 - February 14, Mondays-Fridays, 10am -5pm.
RC Art Gallery East Quadrangle, 701 UNIVERSITY AVE Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/70309-17566426.html [map]



 10 a.m. 

"Frog and Toad": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 22-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's humorous, compassionate stories about these animal friends. Frog and Toad celebrate life's joys together as they greet spring, share cookies, and plant a garden, showing how good friends help each other through thick and thin. 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. Suitable for grades preK-2.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and youth, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at WildSwanTheater.ThunderTix.com and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Hello, Red Fox!": WCPARC.

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Naturalist Shawn Severance leads ages 2-4 (with caregiver) on a hike to look for red animals and objects in nature.
10-11 a.m., County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. [map]


 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga for Kids!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A Super Fun Yoga Time (Pinckney) instructor leads kids in grades preK-2 in some introductory poses.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Jan. 9, 16, 23, & 30. Jan. 9: North Carolina State University Japanese studies visiting professor Levi McLaughlin on "Religion and Politics in Japan: Mapping a Shifting Terrain." Jan. 16: Boston University music professor Marié Abe on "Hired to Be Overheard: Resonances of Chindon-ya in Contemporary Japan." Chindon-ya are ostentatiously costumed Japanese street musicians who publicize a business by parading through neighborhood streets. Jan. 23: University of Tokyo international relations professor Ryo Sahashi on "China-Japan-US Trilateral Relationship on East Asia Order: History and Prospects." Jan. 30: Keio University (Tokyo) international politics professor Yuichi Hosoya on "Japan's Indo-Pacific Strategy in the US-China Rivalry."
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Gifts of Art Concert Series": U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Jan. 2: Old time piano music by Choctaw artist Jerry Perrine. Jan. 9: Plucky acoustic songs by bluegrass duo Huron Ridge. Jan. 16: MLK-inspired program of classical works by the Grosse Ile Quintet. Jan. 23: Blues & boogie-woogie by singer-pianist Mr. B and percussionist Pete Siers. Jan. 30: Show tunes and cabaret songs by The Two Tenors, the duo of Jeffrey Willets and Jay Kaplan.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-2787. [map]


 2 & 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon-Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed. 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 3:40 p.m. 

"Knives Out": Michigan Theater.

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(Rian Johnson, 2019). Drama about the investigation of the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. Chris Evans & Daniel Craig.
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.


 3:50, 6:30, & 9:10 p.m. 

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker": State Theater.

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The final battle commences between the surviving Resistance forces and the Order.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 4 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Uncut Gems": State Theater.

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(Josh & Benny Safdie, 2019). American crime thriller.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Digitizing Archives of Abolitionists: The Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society Papers": U-M Clements Library.

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U-M Clements manuscripts curator Cheney J. Schopieray discusses these documents and the digitization process that made them available in a new online archive.
4 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Free; preregistration requested at myumi.ch/erQW4. 764-2347. [map]


 4:10 & 6:45 p.m. 

"Jojo Rabbit": State Theater.

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(Taika Waititi, 2019). Audacious anti-hate satire about a young boy in Hitler's army who finds out his mother's hiding a Jewish girl between the walls of their home. Scarlett Johansson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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All invited to play popular board games (list available at theloadeddie.com). "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). 548-9729. [map]


 5 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. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Jan. 16, 23, & 30. Talks by visiting artists. Today: "Abstract Meditations on the Grid and Humanity." Talk by multimedia artist Cullen Washington, whose large-scale, abstract installations are currently on display at the UMMA.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rion Amilcar Scott: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this author of 2 short story collections, Insurrections and the recent The World Doesn't Require You, both set in a fictional American town founded by the leaders of the nation's only successful slave uprising. Featuring elements of magical realism and a good deal of humor, these stories blend genres to explore religion, violence, and love. Preceded at 3 p.m. by a Q&A.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State (Q&A, 1176 Angell Hall, 435 S. State). Free. 764-6330. [map]


 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 6-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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Every Thurs.. All invited to bring knitting projects to work on.
6:30 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]


  6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Lab: Design & Printing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basic functions of parametric CAD--i.e., solid-modeling computer-aided-design--and design an object to 3D print.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


  6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell & Tell: Sacred Scents Across Abrahamic Traditions": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning flavor and fragrance blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses, with smell samples, sacred scents common to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Luke Geddes: Literati Bookstore.

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This Ohio fiction writer reads from Heart of Junk, his forthcoming novel about an eclectic group of Kansas antique merchants who become implicated in the kidnapping of a local toddler who's a beauty pageant star. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Blind Eyes Opened": Fathom Events.

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(Ken Cooper, 2020). Christian documentary about the U.S. sex trafficking indutry, highlighted by survivors' stories.
Quality 16, 3686 Jackson & Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $14-$16.25. [map]


 7 & 9:50 p.m. 

"Parasite: Color": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2019). Satirical black comedy thriller. Korean, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Telling the Truth about the Liberal Arts: Histories and Futures": U-M Bentley Historical Library.

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Talk by Bentley director Terrence J. McDonald.
7 p.m., Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Ave. Free. 764-3639. [map]


 7:15 p.m. 

"63 Up": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Apted, 2019). Documentary exploring the lives of Brits from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
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.


 7:30 p.m. 

Brad Wenzel: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 23-25. L.A.-based comic whose stage persona is a relatable guy who occasionally abruptly detours into surrealism. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Improv by Finance Camp and other up-and-coming local troupes.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. PointlessBrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Believers Are But Brothers": University Musical Society.

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Jan. 22-25. Kirsty Housley co-directs Javaad Alipoor in his play, based on real life, about men, politics, and the Internet. It follows the journeys to radicalization of 3 disaffected men whose lives are woven together in an online maze of extremism, anonymity, and hate speech. Using interactive text-alerts and live, digital projections, Alipoor offers the audience what Time Out calls "a window into the frightening virtual world." On Jan. 22 only, a Q&A follows. Recommended for ages 16 & older.
U-M Walgreen Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $35-$40 (students, $12-$20) in advance at Tickets.UMS.org, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Ugetsu": Michigan Theater.

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(Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953). Eerie ghost story set in 16th-century Japan. Japanese, subtitles.
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.


 8 p.m. 

Nessa: The Ark.

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Singer-flutist Kelly McDermott leads this local band in jazz-Celtic fusion with elements of pop, folk, and chamber music, and African, Caribbean, and Eastern flavors.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Roadsigns": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 16-Mar. 14. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' new play, a lyrical drama about a young poet who, as he embarks on his own life's journey, encounters a rich gallery of characters on the margins of life who are each following a dream, or hoping to bump into one. Cast: David Bendena, Tom Whalen, Richard McWilliams, Rusty Mewha, Ruth Crawford, K. Edmonds, Kristin Shields, and Caitlin Cavanaugh.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat. & Nov. 29), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $32 (Wed.), $28 (Thurs.), $42 (Fri. eve.), $43 (weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance (beginning Dec. 9) at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Canceled: Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

Canceled: "Little Paws Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, a tour of the adoptable cat area, and a dog meet and greet. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10:30 a.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 662-5585. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Apr. 30, May 21, & June 11. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 Noon 

Canceled: Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2). 794-6250. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled 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). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

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

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

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


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Adult VR Adventure": Chelsea District Library.

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All adults invited to try out the library's virtual reality headsets, including Lenovo Mirage and Sony PlayStation.
CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free, preregistration required (space limited). 475-8732. [map]


 8-9:30 p.m. 

Canceled: Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs. Dance instructor Cheryl Feit and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dances to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week. Wear soft-soled shoes.
7:30-9:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Conor O'Neill's: Devyn Mitchell

Plymouth pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Twenty TwentyFour

Toledo ensemble whose music is an eclectic, danceable mix of jazz, funk, R&B, soul, and rock. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network."

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: The Blue Rays Trio

Eclectic blues-based trio with bassist Ralph McKee, guitarist Peter Holland, and harmonica player Tim Douthit. [venue info]

 
 


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