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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 25, 2020

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

One-Day Amateur Radio Class: ARROW, U-M Amateur Radio Club.

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Description: Get your Technician Class amateur radio license in a day! Sponsored by ARROW and the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club (W8UM), you will learn everything that you need to get your Technician Class amateur (ham) radio license. The instructor is Dan Romanchik, KB6NU. Class will start promptly at 9:00 am and run until 3:30 pm, at which time the Technician Class license multiple choice exam will be given. Time is allotted for breaks; soda machine available, please bring your lunch or snacks. The class is open and free to all high school and college students with a valid student I.D. card. Registration fee for the general public is $25. Go to to register, or send $25 via PayPal to: Class size is limited, early registration is advised.
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Building, 1301 Beal Ave. $25. 734-930-6564. [map]

 9, 10, & 11 a.m. 

usic Classes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Eastern Michigan University Community Music Academy.

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These weekly classes will immerse young children (ages birth through 5 years) in a rich musical environment and provide a variety of experiences designed to expand musical understanding and skills in an active and playful way. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music (including use of props such as bean bags, scarves, and streamers), playing assorted small percussion instruments, pattern instruction, and imaginative musical play. Children attend with a parent/caregiver, who participates alongside the child.
Winter session begins January 25.
Classes for infants/toddlers are held on Saturdays at 9am (birth-18 mo.) and 10am (18 mo.-3 yr.).
Classes for preschool/kindergarten (3-5 yr.) are held on Saturdays at 11am.
Cost is $115 for 8 classes. Register by January 17 for an Early Bird Discount of $10 off!
See our website for more info and registration:
EMU Alexander Music Building (Rm. 213), Corner of Lowell and E Circle Dr, Ypsilanti. $115 for 8 classes. 734-657-6825.

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"A Habitat Ramble": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalists lead a hike to practice tree identification and look for animal signs. Dress for the weather.
10 a.m.-noon, Leonard Preserve, the end of Union St. north off Main west of M-52, Manchester. Free, preregistration required at $6 vehicle entry fee. 449-4437, ext. 203.

 10 a.m.-noon & 2-5 p.m. 

"White Tara Workshop": Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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WHITE TARA is the manifestation of the compassion and wisdom activities of the enlightened, often referred to as the feminine principle of Buddhahood. While Tara is loved and honored throughout the Buddhist world, you need not be Buddhist to participate in this workshop. White Tara meditation practice is particularly associated with healing and long life.
DEMO RINPOCHE went to Drepung Loseling Monastery in Mundgod at the age of five, and spent nearly 30 years in meditation, debate, memorization, philosophy, and composition under the Dalai Lama's direct supervision. Rinpoche received the highest monastic degree of Geshe Lharampa from Gelugpa University in India in 2011. He continued his studies at Gyume Tantric College of Higher Tibetan Studies in Dharamsala. He received his Master's Degree in Inter-Religious Engagement from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2018. Currently based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he serves as the Resident Spiritual Advisor at Jewel Heart.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. $60-$75. 7349943387. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"A Habitat Ramble": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A WCPARC naturalist leads a hike to learn how to identify Michigan tree species in the winter.
10 a.m.-noon, Leonard Preserve, the end of N. Union St. off Main west of M-52, Manchester. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 10 a.m. & noon 

"American Girl Tea Party": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All kids invited to bring an American Girl doll for a Wonderland-themed tea party with treats. Crafts and games. Dressy clothes or an outfit to match your doll encouraged. Also, a sale (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) of American Girl dolls, clothing, and accessories.
10-11:15 a.m. & noon-1:15 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. Cost TBA. 429-3502. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Animal Signs": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin leads ages 3-6 in a search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals.
Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Great Lakes Days": U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Jan. 25 & 26. Various Michigan water-related activities featuring a stream-table demo (showing water flow through different mediums), a talk (topic, TBA) by St. Clair-Detroit River Sturgeon for Tomorrow representative Jeremy Guc, and a reading by Deb Pilutti from her children's book, Old Rock (is not boring). For complete schedule, visit
U-M MNH, 1109 Geddes. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest Weekend: Science is for Everyone": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Accessible experiments and hands-on activities, with a focus on science pioneered by scientists of diverse backgrounds.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Admission $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. A winter version of this very popular ride, where attendees decide on the destination based on weather conditions. Call ahead to confirm ride. A similar ride takes place at 1 p.m. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
Meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. [map]

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Chinese Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An AADL storyteller tells stories and sings songs in Mandarin. Also, a Chinese-themed craft. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 327-4200. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. 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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Bixby Marionettes Workshop": Saline District Library.

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Saline Arts and Culture Committee vice chair John Anderson discusses this legacy of beloved late Saline puppeteer Meredith Bixby, then shows kids in grades 3-5 (10:30 a.m.) and 6-8 (1 p.m.) how to make their own marionette.
SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.), except Dec. 24., Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St., $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439.

 11 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. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Science Forum Demos: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Jan. 4 & 5. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "How to Become a Fossil" (11 a.m.). Participants handle real fossils while learning how they form and how fossil casts are made. "Life: How Do We Find It?" (3 p.m.). Participants learn about what kinds of planets might support life.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. 

"Family Art Studio: Imaginary Places": UMMA.

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Local artist Susan Clinthorne leads a session of abstract painting inspired by Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, and paintings on display in UMMA's Collection Ensemble. For kids age 6 & up, accompanied by an adult.
11 a.m. & 2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required at 764-0395. [map]

 11 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 and (if available) at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 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.


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.


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


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

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

 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Organizational Fair to Support Individuals Experiencing Food or Housing Insecurities": Ypsi Gathering Space.

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A fair of organizations that serve individuals experiencing housing and food insecurity will take place on January 25th from noon to four (see attachment). A variety of opportunities to volunteer and engage will be available.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N Huron, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 Noon  Free!  Online 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Livestream only from Crisler Center.

Jan. 3: Northwestern.

Jan. 6: Minnesota.

Jan. 12: Wisconsin.

Jan. 19: Maryland.

Jan. 30: Indiana.

Feb. 6: Michigan State.

Feb. 11: Illinois.

Feb. 18: Rutgers.

Mar. 4: Iowa.
Time TBA, online at Free. 764-0247.

 noon-3 p.m. 

"Snow Much Fun!": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Family-friendly festival with crafts, a petting zoo, face painting, treats, a sledding hill, and ice bowling.

Register online at
Noon-3 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $5 per person (free vehicle entry). 484-9676, ext. 202. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to create embossed designs on aluminum foil and swim in an indoor pool (1-5 p.m.; adults, $5; youth age 17 & under and seniors, $4). Materials provided.
Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. Free, preregistration requested at; register a week or more in advance to receive 1 free family admission. 369-9277. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Lily Talmers: UMMA Pop Up.

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Performance by this U-M student, a pop-folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist inspired by 60s music.
1-2 p.m., UMMA. Free. 764-0395.

 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Cheese Tasting: Fondue & Raclette": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Jan. 10 & 25. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of these Swiss melted cheese dishes.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45-$50. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Paint Party! Winter Fox": Chelsea District Library.

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The Painted Owl (Grass Lake) art studio owner Bethany Stone shows kids in grades K-2 (with caregiver) how to paint a winter scene with a fox. Materials provided; wear an old shirt or apron, if you like.
CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea.Free. 475-8732. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"So You Want to be a Beekeeper?": Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.

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Talk by beekeeper and A2B2 instructor Dave Pearce.
1 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, metered parking. [map]

 1:30, 4, & 7 p.m. 

"Song of Names": Michigan Theater.

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(François Girard, 2019). Drama about a Polish child violin prodigy whose disappearance remains unsolved for 40 years, until his old friend gets a clue.
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.

 2-3 p.m. 

Argentine Tango Practice: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Sat. Tango dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded at 1 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
2-3 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (free with lesson)., 634-9629. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

R. Douglas Wright: U-M School of Music.

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This Minnesota Orchestra trombonist performs a program TBA.
2 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Chinese New Year Celebration": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A festive party to usher in the Year of the Rat with crafting & a calligraphy demonstration. Also, students from the AnnHua Chinese School present a Lion Dance and a traditional Yao Gu Drum performance.
AADL Downtown 1st fl., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 & 7 p.m. 

"James & the Giant Peach": Dexter Community Players Youth Theatre.

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Jan. 24-26. Deric Prieskorn & Joy Gee direct young actors in grades K-12 in Ken Jones, Christine Jones, and Jamey Strawn's U-M grads Benj Pasek & Justin Paul's 2010 musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel, a version of which Encore Musical Theater presents beginning Feb. 28 (see listing).
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 at 726-0355. [map]

  2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Themed docent-led tours of the museum. Today, a tour of current exhibit "Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile."
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2:30 p.m. 

"Mindful Decluttering 6 -Week Course": Simplicity Works Organizing and Mindful Awakenings Wellness Coaching.

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A professional organizer and a life coach will help you complete a home decluttering project with hands-on skills and a mindful approach.
About this Event
Has a home decluttering project been stuck on your to-do list?
Would you like to work through it with the support of a professional organizer and a coach-without the expense of one-on-one sessions?
Are you curious about how a mindful approach can help you declutter with more calm, clarity, and lasting results?
Three 90-minute group classes: Jan 25, Feb 8, and Feb 22
*Preregistration required by Jan 15
2 hours of one-on-one coaching
Membership in private Facebook group and ongoing support via text or email
Molly Boren, Certified Professional Organizer® and founder of Simplicity Works Decluttering and Organizing Services
Julie Woodward, MSW, Life Coach and founder of Mindful Awakenings; Mindfulness Instructor and cofounder of Mindful City Ann Arbor
Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Drive, Ann Arbor, 48105. $275. 734-657-6605. [map]

 3 & 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 3:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 & 9:25 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)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Hope of Abstraction and the Possibilities of the Public Square": UMMA.

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Conversation between NYC-based multimedia artist Cullen Washington and UMMA curator Vera Grant. Grant curates the current exhibit of Washington's abstract multimedia installations, which explore the artistic, spiritual, and political importance of public space. Refreshments.
4-5:30 p.m., UMMA Taubman Gallery 1, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 4:10, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Les Misérables": State Theater.

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(Ladj Ly, 2020). Premiere of this drama, inspired by the 2005 Parisian riots, about an anti-crime squad overwhelmed by simmering neighborhood tension & violence. French, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.

 5 p.m. 

College Night: Michigan Gospel Chorale.

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Gospel music performed by students from U-M, EMU, WMU, and MSU.
5 p.m., Second Baptist Church, 850 Red Oak Rd. Free; donations accepted. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Life Off: Rebirth": A2 Aviary.

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It's a brand new year and a very happy birthday for the Ann Arbor Aviary! We've adopted January as our "rebirthday" because that is when we reopened the studio doors at our Boardwalk location in 2017. We are celebrating with joyful and jubilant acts, bright enough to beat back the winter weariness! Join us for an unforgettable night of aerial and acrobatic performances from our talented students, amazing instructors, and special guest performers. There will be hats and cake! =)
$10 in advance via included link, $15 CASH ONLY at the door. Advanced tickets strongly recommended as we often sell out!
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $10-$15. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Candlelight Dinner Concert with Brad Phillips: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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We are ecstatic to welcome Brad back to Lone Oak! For more than 15 years Brad Phillips has served as a sideman for some of Michigan's most prevalent singer/songwriter acts. He is most known for his appearances with Jeff Daniels, The Verve Pipe and the Celtic-fusion super-group, Millish. He has also appeared with May Erlewine, Joshua Davis and played violin for Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Pat Metheny and Iggy Pop & the Stooges. Brad is a master on the violin, mandolin, dobro, guitar and more. Brad's solo show is an eclectic retrospective of his life in the arts as a sideman, while exploring his own creative voice with original instrumentals and songs that delve deeply into his rich and diverse history in the music scene at home in Michigan, across the country and abroad. Come experience an evening of heart felt acoustic music with one of Michigan's best-kept musical secrets. Just 42 seats. Reservations a must. Ticket includes dinner and show. Call for menu.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $30. 5175228167. [map]

 6:45 & 9:35 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)., 668-TIME.

 6:50 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)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 7 p.m. 

"Đêm Việt Nam": U-M Vietnamese Student Association Cultural Night.

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U-M students perform traditional and modern Vietnamese dance, music, and theater. Proceeds benefit Messengers of Love, which serves poor & orphaned Vietnamese children.
7 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $8 in advance at the Posting Wall in Mason Hall, Jan. 13-17 & 20-24 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), and at the door.

 7 p.m. 

Euchre Tourney: Webster Township Historical Society.

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No partner necessary. Prizes for top 3 overall winners. Refreshments.
7 p.m., Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church, Dexter. $10. 368-0887. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Falsettos": U-M Basement Arts.

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Jan. 24 & 25. Julianna Garber and Sydney Prince direct U-M students in James Lapine and William Finn's 1992 Tony-winning musical, a mixture of comedy and pathos exploring changes brought about by the arrival of AIDS. The play is a meld of 2 earlier works: March of the Falsettos, a 1981 farce about a merry-go-round of relationships begun when a man leaves his wife and son for a male lover, and Falsettoland, a 1991 play about the lives of the same group of characters when one of the men is diagnosed with AIDS.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Fri.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Newman Studio, 1226 Murfin. Free. [map]

 7:30 & 10 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 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. 

"FutureStars 2019": Pioneer High School.

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Jan. 17, 18, & 25 (different programs). AAPS high school students sing, dance, rap, and more in this multi-day variety talent show. A panel of judges and the audience determine the winners, who compete in the Jan. 25 finale. All ages welcome. This is a very popular show.
7:30 p.m., PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, $10) in advance at 994-2120. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Minnesota Orchestra: University Musical Society.

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Internationally renowned music director Osmo Vänskä directs his symphony in a program of compelling interpretations of music by the iconic Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, including his choral melodrama Snöfrid (with the UMS Choral Union & narrator Sassa Åkervall), Violin Concerto in D Minor (with Finnish-American violinist Elina Vähälä), and Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major.
Hill Auditorium, 825 North University. Tickets $14-$70 (students, $12-$20) in advance at, at the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The David Mayfield Parade Show: The Ark.

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Americana folk-rock band fronted by Mayfield, a bluegrass-bred singer-songwriter known for his lively, sometimes comical live performances, including those as emcee at the 2016 Ann Arbor Folk Festival. Mayfield's new quartet lineup, featuring fiddle, banjo, and bass, gets back to his bluegrass roots.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

The Play's the Thing: New Play Festival: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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The Play's the Thing 2020 features area playwrights, including Brian Cox, Hank Greenspan, Jill Halpern, Maureen Paraventi, Kate Umstatter, as well as others. From the poignancy of the Warsaw ghettos to a comedy about the afterlife, each script offers a fresh perspective on topics both timely and timeless. Cydney Marie directs 10-minute plays on Friday at 8pm. Maegan Murphy directs full-length play by Annika Andersson on Saturday at 8pm. Sallie Love directs a series of short plays, on Sunday at 2pm. The festival is a unique collaboration between playwrights, actors and audience members. Local actors bring the scripts to life allowing playwrights to hear their work performed, often for the first time. Following the readings, audience members, actors and the director share feedback with the playwright to facilitate the play's development. All shows are performed as concert readings, scripts in hand. Tickets are free and available at the door. Donations welcomed.
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, 322 W. Ann St. Free. 734-971-2228. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Comedic improv by experienced local performers, including the resident League of Pointless Improvisers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 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, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Wine, Women, and Song: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way…": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 24-26, & 31 and Feb. 1. Monica Swartout-Bebow directs local woman singers in an elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs. With pianist Tyler Driskill. Singers include Laurie Atwood, Linda Beaupré, Sue Booth, Carolyn Burnstein, Roxy Diederich, Shelley MacMillan, Gayle Martin, January Provenzola, Deanna Relyea, Emily Rogers-Driskill, Susan Shipman, Lisa Tucker-Gray, and Kathy Waugh. Wine is served. This popular event usually sells out.
8 p.m. (except Jan. 26, 4 p.m.), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $25-$75 (students, $15) in advance at 769-2999. [map]

 9:45 p.m. 

"Fantastic Fungi": Michigan Theater.

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(Louis Schwartzberg, 2019). Documentary featuring fungi's capacity to heal, sustain, and regenerate life on Earth.
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.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m., noon, and 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

Canceled: U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Mar. 22 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (11:30 a.m.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals.
11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Tim Monger

Engaging veteran local singer-songwriter-guitarist whose pop-rock Americana fuses high lonesome tunes with evocative tales drawn from ordinary life. Monger has a CD, Summer Cherry Ghosts, that calls "a sweetly nostalgic song cycle, filled with sketches of places and people he's loved, memories he treasures--in short, the ghosts of summers past." [venue info]

Blue Llama: Cheikh Lo

Ensemble led by this Senegalese singer whose music is an original blend of reggae, Afrobeat, the Senegalese dance music mbalax, and Congolese soukous, the shimmering, sometimes ecstatic blend of traditional African music and dance pop. $40-$60. 7 & 9 p.m. [venue info]

Canterbury House: Joe Thomas

Ensemble led by this U-M jazz studies student, a vocalist-trombonist. With Cole Abod (keys), Mohan Ritsema (bass), Eliza Salem (drums), and Aaron Snyder (tenor sax). 8-10:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Kayla Drange

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

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: The Good Things

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]

Habitat Lounge: Persuasion

Versatile Detroit R&B dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

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

Mash: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Charlie Millard Band

Americana folk-rock band from northern Michigan led by Millard, a singer-songwriter whose influences range from Dylan & Van Morrison to Rufus Wainwright. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Jeremy Skidmore

Area singer-songwriter who also covers songs by everyone from the Stones and John Mellencamp to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: FasterTaxi

Howell postpunk Americana blues-rock duo. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Wake Up Jamie

Ypsilanti acoustic indie pop-rock trio. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Spark Spark

Local quartet fronted by vocalist Robin Grant that plays mostly uptempo, dandeable covers. With guitarists John Rasmussen & Joshua Killom, bassist Cy Klone, and drummer Jim Weyman. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Mark Dvorak

Veteran Chicago folk singer, a former member of Weavermania with a warm, engaging stage manner who accompanies himself on guitar and banjo. His large repertoire includes traditional songs, material by Steve Goodman and other earlier Chicago folksingers, and originals. [venue info]


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