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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 31, 2020






 
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 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]



 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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Docents give a behind-the-scenes look at the historic Clements building and collections.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free, preregistration requested at clements.umich.edu. 764-2347. [map]


 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Swimming & Diving.

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Jan. 11. Indiana. Women's team, 11 a.m.; Men's team, 2 p.m.

Jan. 31. MSU. Men's & women's full team meet, 5 p.m.
Canham Natatorium, 500 E. Hoover. Free. 764-0247. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.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]


 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Earth & Environmental Sciences Department Smith Lecture Series.

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Jan. 10, 17, & 31. Talks by visiting scholars. Jan. 10: University of Massachusetts geology professor Michele Cooke, "What Can Little Faults Tell Us About Big Earthquakes?" Jan. 17: Michigan State geology professor Allen McNamara, "Understanding Large-Scale Mantle Convection." Jan. 31: Purdue planetary sciences professor Brandon Johnson, "Formation of Multiring Basins." These basins are the most common type of impact crater on the moon.
3:30 p.m., 1100 North University Building rm. 1528. Free. 764-1435. [map]


 3:45 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Little Women": Michigan Theater.

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(Greta Gerwing, 2019). Period drama about 4 sisters coming of age in America in the aftermath of the civil war.
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.


 4 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4-9 p.m. 

"As Far As My Fingertips Take Me": U-M Institute for the Humanities (University Musical Society).

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Jan. 24-Feb. 2, except Jan. 27. Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury curates this 10-minute interactive performance art piece in which each ticketholder has a one-on-one tactile interaction with street artist and Palestinian refugee Basel Zaraa. Equipped with a headset playing a prerecorded audio piece, participants stretch their arm through a hole in a wall while listening to Zaraa recount his family's history of dispersion and endless search for home. On the other side of the wall, Zaraa takes a black marker to the participant's fingertips, palm, and forearm, redrawing his and other refugees' journey. The aim is to break through the punditry of the 24-hour news cycle and its attendant apathy in order to awaken empathy through touch.
4-9 p.m. (Jan. 24 & 28-31) & noon-5 p.m. (Feb. 1 & 2), Jan 25 & 26 times TBA; every 15 minutes on the quarter. U-M Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer. Tickets $25-$30 in advance at tickets.UMS.org. 764-2538.


 4-7 p.m. 

"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]


 4:10 & 9:10 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.


 4:20 & 6:40 p.m. 

"Clemency": State Theater.

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(Chinonye Chukwu, 2019). Death row executer must confront the psychological and emotional demons that her job creates.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Design & Production Portfolio Review Exhibition": U-M School of Music, Theater, and Dance.

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Opening reception for this exhibit of "behind the scenes" work from U-M music school productions by student stage managers, technicians, and scene, costume, and lighting designers. Exhibit runs Feb. 3-Feb. 14, Mon.-Fri., noon-6 p.m.
4:30 p.m., U-M Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel. Free. 764-0583. [map]


 4:30 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Thinking About Politics in South Asian Studies": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Talk by Simon Fraser University international studies professor emeritus John Harriss.
4:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall. Free. 615-4059. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

43rd Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival: The Ark.

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Jan. 31 & Feb. 1 (different programs). A major highlight of the local musical year, with established and rising stars representing a wide spectrum of vernacular musical idioms. Tonight's headliner is the collaborative combo of indie Americana rock band Calexico and Iron & Wine, the stage name of North Carolina-based singer-songwriter Samuel Beam. Their 2019 album, Years to Burn, combines Beam's soulful, delicate vocals and melancholic lyrics exploring the passage of time and the nature of love. Also: Ingrid Michaelson, a popular New York pop-folk singer-songwriter with a crystalline voice and a talent for writing songs that pair sunny melodies with melancholic lyrics. The Lone Bellow, a Brooklyn-based country-soul trio that sets songs of heartache and tribulation to music driven by swelling 3-part vocal harmonies and group choruses. Cedric Burnside, an acclaimed blues singer-songwriter & electric guitarist who got his start as the drummer in the band of his grandfather, Mississippi hill country blues icon R.L. Burnside. Rainbow Girls, a Bay Area trio that combines emotive guitar work with poignant lyrics about love, self-reflection, and social justice. Elliott BROOD, an Ontario folk-rock and alt-country trio known for its raw, energetic shows. Veteran pop-folk singer-songwriter Willy Porter emcees.
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $45-$110 per night or $80-$200 for both, in advance at the Michigan League Underground, the Ark box office, and TheArk.org, and (if available) at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Danish Hygge Cozy Winter": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults invited to sit by a virtual fireplace with warm drinks, sweet treats, & mellow music and work on jigsaw puzzles or do whatever else gets you in the spirit of hygge, a Danish term for cozy contentment. Also, a local crafter Beth Battey is on hand to help with crochet or knitting projects.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Celtic Heartbeat": U-M Léim Irish Dance.

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This student dance ensemble performs soft- & hard-shoe Irish dances full of high kicks and fancy footwork.
7 p.m., Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $10 (students, $5). Irish.Dance.Leim@gmail.com. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Lantern-Lit Ski and Snowshoe": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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All invited to walk or (conditions permitting) ski or snowshoe half-mile lantern-lit loops. Fire available to warm up between laps. A few pairs of snowshoes available to borrow
7-9 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. Free. Space limited; preregistration required. $11 recreation passport required ($16 if purchased at the gate). 475-3170. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Joe DeVito: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 30 & 31 and Feb. 1. Popular NYC comic whose act is a fast-paced blend of mordantly irreverent observational one-liners with self-deprecating storytelling about male-female relationships, his Italian American family, and current events. He was one of the principal writers for Morgan Spurlock's satirical documentary Super Size Me. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Symphony Band Chamber Winds: U-M School of Music.

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Richard Frey directs this ensemble of U-M music majors in Carl Orff's Kleines Konzert, Walter Hartley's Double Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Tube, William Albright's Introduction, Passacaglia, and Rondo Capriccioso, Shuying Li's The Last Hive Mind, and Charles Gounod's Petite Symphony.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Scenes": U-M Residential College Players.

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Jan. 31 & Feb. 1 RC students direct and perform this popular semiannual 90-minute program of short scenes on a variety of topics and in a variety of styles, many written by RC students.
8 p.m., RC Keene Theater, East Quad, 701 East University. Pay what you can. 647-4354. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Apple Season": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 31- Feb. 23. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere of Oregon-based playwright E. M. Lewis's family drama about a woman's tangled past that resurfaces after her father dies. Stars Alysia Kolascz, Matthew Swift, & Jeremy Kucharek.
Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $22 in advance at Artful.Ly/Theatre-Nova and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription": Half Straddle (University Musical Society).

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Jan. 29- Feb. 1. NYC-based experimental playwright Tina Satter directs this verbatim staging of the transcript that occured on June 3, 2017 when a fleet of FBI agents showed up unannounced at the home of a 25-year-old former intelligence specialist with the improbable name of Reality Winner. She was charged with leaking a single classified document about Russian election hacking. Dramatically precise, the transcript notes every sigh, stray sound, and offhand remark ("Oh, she's a big girl," Unknown Male tells Winner about her dieting cat). With musician Sanae Yamada's disorienting synth-based score.
Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $35-$40 (students, $12-$20), in advance at tickets.UMS.org, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv with This is a Quiz": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Jan. 10, 24, & 31. Performance by this resident improv group. Followed by the League of Pointless Improvisers performing "water form," its original long-form style of improv. Show preceded by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at PointlessBrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [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]


 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 a2tix.com. 769-2999. [map]
 


 9 p.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students and AACTMAD members, $4). (847) 757-0942. [map]


 9:30 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.


 9:30 p.m. 

"The Rocky Horror Picture Show": Michigan Theater.

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(Dick Sharman, 1975). Cult classic musical about a fresh-scrubbed pair who find themselves the guests of a transsexual transvestite Transylvanian.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.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.


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., & Fri. Seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Winnie Karpov

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B-Side: "Battle of the Bands"

Local teen bands in all genres compete. 8 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Cory Wong

All ages admitted to the early show. Minneapolis funk-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, currently a member of the popular funk band Vulfpeck. Opener: Scott Mulvahill, a Houston-bred Americana singer-songwriter who got his start as the bassist in Ricky Scaggs' Kentucky Thunder. $22.50-25. 7 & 11 p.m. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Soul Message Band

Soulful jazz by this Chicago trio led by the celebrated Hammond B3 organist Chris Foreman. $10-$30. 7 & 9 p.m. [venue info]

Canterbury House: Moodswing

Covers & originals by this 7-piece U-M student funk/hip-hop ensemble. 9-11 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Richard Delcamp Duet

Duo led by local singer-songwriter & banjoist Rick Delcamp, a member of the popular local roots music sextet Bird into Bear. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: George Heritier

Oak Park acoustic Americana singer-songwriter who specializes in songs about living in Michigan. He has a recent CD, In My Element. [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: Hoodang Hoodang

Local ensemble led by singer-songwriter and guitarist David Rossiter that plays wry, pungent alt-country whose musical roots range from English murder ballads and roadhouse blues to various modes of hardcore country and on its new CD Blue Yodel, a generous helping of insinuating country-rock. [venue info]

Mash: Reeds 'n' Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of singer and harmonica player Michael May and guitarist David Roof. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer-guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Donya Kiana

Local singer-songwriter who specializes in darkly brooding ballads inspired by traditional English and Irish themes. Opener: Billy King, a veteran local roots-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: James Henes

Local alternative rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: John Remmers

Local ragtime pianist. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo. Tonight the band is celebrating its 31st anniversary. $10 (age 17 & under, free). 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Bob Marshall

Veteran Americana singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist with a rich, resonant baritone. He is accompanied by dobro player Dave Falk. [venue info]

 
 


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