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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 1, 2020

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 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Great Lakes National Ocean Sciences Bowl: Michigan Sea Grant.

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High school students compete in quiz bowl-style rounds of questions about ocean and Great Lakes biology, chemistry, geology, physics, technology, history, and economics.
8 a.m.-4 p.m., U-M School for Environment and Sustainability, 440 Church St. Free. 763-1530. [map]

 8:30-11 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m., & 3-6 p.m. 

9th Annual Ann Arbor City Dodgeball Tournament: Skyline High School Crew Team Fundraiser.

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Adults and kids grades 6 & up invited to form co-ed teams of 5 players (middle school) or 7-10 players (high school & adult) to compete in round-robin and elimination tournaments. Prizes for top teams in each of the 3 divisions (youth in grades 6-8, high school, and open adult), and awards for best costume in each division. All teams in high school and adult divisions must start at least 1 female. Food concessions.
8:30-11 a.m. (middle school), 11:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. (high school), & 3-6 p.m. (adult), Skyline, 2552 N. Maple. $100 (middle school, $50) per team; preregistration for teams required by 5 p.m. on Jan. 31 at [map]

 9 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Annual Winter Stonefly Search": Huron River Watershed Council.

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All invited to join a watershed-wide hunt for these elusive river insects, which are active only in winter when fish are sluggish. You will not go into the water; dress for the weather. Children must be with an adult.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. & 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (choose 1 session), meet at the NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free, preregistration required by Jan. 24 at 769-5123. [map]

 9:30 a.m.-noon.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Washtenaw County Democratic Party Program Committee.

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WCDP legislative programs committee vice chair Justin Hodge and other speakers TBA discusses the history of voter suppression in the U.S. and common tactics used today.
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center, 4135 Washtenaw Ave. Free, non-perishable food items requested for the WCDP food drive. 883-8250. [map]

 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Gluten Free WinterFest.

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Celiac-safe celebration with food and shopping vendors, exhibits of gluten free products, recorded music spun by a DJ, activities for kids, door prizes, & more.
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Washtenaw County Fairgrounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $10 (seniors & kids ages 6-12, $8; ages 5 & under, free) includes $5 food voucher. 504-8103. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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Dec. 5 & 19. One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Each racer can bring one guest spectator only. Masks required, Covid-19 screening at entrance, social distancing enforced. Onsite Nankin Hobby shop.
Racing starts at 10 a.m. (speedway opens at 8 a.m.), and goes until everyone is done. Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Free admission. $15 to race (additional entries, $10).

 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]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Winter Fireside Storytime": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Literacy advocate Natalie d'Aubermont Thompson reads winter-themed picture books TBA. Followed by a hike (weather permitting). Popcorn & warm tea. For families with kids ages 3-8 (siblings welcome).
Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at 971-6337. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  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. 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. 

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

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Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.):Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under ages 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Black Writers Matter": Ypsilanti District Library and YpsiWrites.

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This workshop series will examine voices of black writers. The workshop will conclude with an open mic. Students ages 11+ and all ability levels are encouraged to participate.
YDL-Michigan Ave, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1325. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids!": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids! Big fun, FREE, open to 3, 4, & 5 yr. olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance. 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Saturday, March 30, 11:00 - 11:45. Register in advance at
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. [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-5 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 764-2538.

 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Fairy Party": Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea.

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All invited to join fairy door creator Jonathan Wright in fairy-themed crafts, face painting, photo taking, & more. Also, fairy storybook reading (2-3 p.m.) Hot cocoa & cupcakes.
Noon-4 p.m., Sweetwaters, 123 W. Washington. Free. 769-2331. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Starting a Family Tree": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Genetic Genealogy Research genealogist Mary Henderson shows how to build a family tree & offers research tips.
AADL Downtown Training Center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Porgy and Bess": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast (Feb. 1) & rebroadcast (Feb. 5) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Gershwin's classic 1935 opera about Porgy, a black street beggar in Charleston, who attempts to liberate sweet Bess from addiction and an abusive lover. With bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue.
Note: Michigan Theater & Ann Arbor 20 on Sat. only. Tickets $22-$24. 12:55 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 6:30 p.m. (Wed.). [map]

 1 p.m., 2 p.m., & 3 p.m. 

"Egg-Pollo Moon Lander": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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"Egg drop challenge"-style workshop. All invited to build a "moon lander" and see if it protects an egg from a long fall.
1, 2, & 3 p.m., Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. $6 (members, $4) plus $12.50 regular admission (members & kids under ages 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Library Lab: STEM Stations": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Join F.E.M.M.E.S from the University of Michigan for engaging, hands-on STEM activities presented in a fun, exploratory environment.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1340. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

DIY Bath Bombs: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make hard-packed mixtures of dry ingredients that effervesce when wet, releasing essential oils, scent, bubbles, and color to bathwater. Materials provided.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 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]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of animals TBA and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; ages 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Kids Ice Fishing Clinic": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hands-on clinic for kids ages 5-12. Information about winter fishing, safety practices, and types of fish, and the chance to make a fish identification and log book. Bait and equipment provided. Preregistration required at
1-3 p.m, Independence Lake County Park Beach Center, 3200 Jennings. $5 per kid; includes vehicle entrance fee. 449-4437 ext. 201. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Kim-Gun": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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(Kang Sang-woo, 2019). Documentary about the search to uncover the identity of an unknown soldier captured in a photograph of the 1980 pro-democracy Gwangju Uprising in South Korea. Korean, subtitles.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]

 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Professor Ray's Everyday Science: Chem Mystery": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Demonstrations and activities that explore everyday chemistry.
1 & 3 p.m., Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under ages 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 1 & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Stranger Things Escape Room": Chelsea District Library.

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All ages 13 & up invited to hunt for clues and try to solve puzzles that lead to escape from a locked room within 45 minutes.
1 & 2 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free, preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"The Living Oral History Project": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Showing of filmed interviews from the African American Cultural & Historical Museum's Living Oral History project, which records the experiences of area black residents throughout the 20th century. Also, maps available of local African American history sites.
AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Online 

"Short Course in Mindful Self-Compassion": Mindfulness with Paulette.

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Mindfulness and self-compassion may be the most important skills you will ever learn! Discover ways to manage stress and anxiety and work with difficult emotions in daily life, needed now more than ever. to register or for more info.
This one-hour online class meets on Zoom 6 Mondays, Feb 8-Mar 15, 1-2 p.m. EDT.
Free Introductory Session is Feb 1, 1-2 p.m.
Course cost is $150 (Compassionately discounted during COVID-19);
$100 for repeat participants.
Online. Online. $150.

 2 p.m. 

"Bløm Makers Series: Easy Winter Preservation with Chef Ji Hye Kim": Bløm Meadworks.

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During this two-hour workshop, Chef Ji Hye Kim of Miss Kim will teach participants 3 easy ways to preserve winter vegetables! This will be a hands-on class; everyone will be making and tasting each dish along with the perfect Bløm Meadworks pairing!

Every participant will take home recipe cards including a master brine recipe for quick pickles, finished sauce to easily start your own quick kimchi at home, and ready-to-eat Koryo carrot salad. We encourage everyone to bring their own containers to take home the sauce + carrot salad, but we will also have jars for sale on site for $5.
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S 4th Ave, Suite 110. $45. [map]

 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 (with lesson, free)., 634-9629. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Women Authors: Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Panel discussion with local women authors TBA. Signing. Refreshments.
2-4 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"PomPomPalooza": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make crafts with small colorful woolen balls.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Sat. Docent-led themed tours of the museum. Feb. 1: "Ancient Writing." Feb. 8: "Read and Look: Tickle Tut's Toes," suitable for all ages. Feb. 15: "Rome Through the Eyes of Its Emperors." Feb. 22: "Graffiti as Devotion Along the Nile." Feb. 29: "Fakes, Forgeries, and Really Good Replicas."
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

"Buhr Blitz": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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Public skating, with a family-oriented program of games and contests. Prizes.
3:30 -5:30 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available. 794-6234. . [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]

 3-4 & 4-5 p.m. 

"Strum & Drum": Oz's Music Environment.

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Families invited to get on stage to sing and make music on a variety of instruments. Also, at 4 p.m., a free Kids Open Stage.
Oz's, 1920 Packard. $20 per family (free for first timers). 662-8283. [map]

 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

"Complete Yoga and Meditation Stress Management": Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation School.

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AIKIDO bldg., 1904 Federal Blvd. Ann Arbor, 48103. $199. 7346657801. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Kindred": In Good Company African American Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Octavia Butler's 1979 novel about a 20th-century black woman who is transported in time to the antebellum South.
4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 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)., 668-TIME.

 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)., 668-TIME.

 6:30 p.m. 

42nd 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 show is headlined by a solo acoustic set by Nathaniel Rateliff, a Denver folk-rock singer-songwriter whose pensive country-oriented music has drawn comparisons to M Ward and Johnny Cash. Also appearing: Mandolin Orange, a North Carolina bluegrass-based roots music duo of mandolinist Andrew Marlin and fiddler-guitarist Emily Frantz. Bettye LaVette, a veteran Detroit R&B and soul singer with a tough, feisty, passionate vocal style. Rolling Stone's Joe Levy calls her 2018 album of Bob Dylan covers "remarkable" and "full of grit, brass, and soul." Molly Tuttle, a young bluegrass singer-songwriter who American Songwriter critic Paul Zollo says "sings with the gentle authority of Gillian Welch, yet plays astoundingly fleet flat-picking guitar like Chet Atkins on superdrive." John Moreland, an alt-country Americana singer-songwriter from Tulsa known for his sparsely acoustic style and lyrics about heartbreak, loneliness, and love. Cold Tone Harvest, the Plymouth acoustic roots music trio with rich baritone vocals and poetic lyrics. Emcee is veteran pop-folk singer-songwriter Willy Porter.
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 (if available) at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Genesis Concert Series: Temple Beth Emeth.

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Live music by up-and-coming local artists TBA, accompanied by the Temple Beth Emeth and St. Clare's Episcopal Church adult choirs.
7 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Beethoven's Early Piano Sonatas on Period Instruments: U-M School of Music.

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U-M piano professor Matthew Bengston and music students Sheila Victoria Pietono and Forrest Howell each perform one of the Three Sonatas op. 31 on a 5-octave Viennese-style piano. With commentary by musicology professor Steven Whiting.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [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 before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Drum & Dance Jam": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a group drumming session led by certified drum circle facilitator Don Allen. Also, undirected freeform dancing, if you wish. No experience required.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd, ste. 1. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions.

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Screening of 1995 animated comedy A Goofy Movie. 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.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1, $10 in advance at 661-3530. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Binkow Grant Recipient Chamber Music Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by student ensembles TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Student Composers' Concert: U-M School of Music.

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Original works by U-M music students.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 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 & 10 p.m. 

"Forte Factory": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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This Pointless musical improv team improvises a one-act musical inspired by a conversation with the audience.
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 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, at 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]

 8 p.m. 

"Winter Céilí": Stony Lake Brewing Acoustic Routes Concert.

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A night of Celtic music and dance with Liz Carroll, a celebrated Irish American fiddler known for what one reviewer called "quicksilver lines" who was named 2000 Traditional Musician of the Year by the Irish Echo. She is joined by step dancer Nic Gareiss and Celtic harpist Maeve Gilchrist. They play original compositions, along with some traditional pieces.
8 p.m., Stony Lake Brewing, 447 E. Michigan Ave., Saline. Tickets $20 in advance at (search for "Acoustic Routes"). 316-7919. [map]

 9:30 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.

 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)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 9:50 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:

 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Canceled: Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Sale of used books. Prices range from 25 cents to $2.
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St., Dexter. Free admission. 426-4477. [map]

 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Science Forum Demos: U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "Out of the Water & Back Again: A Whale's Tale" (11 a.m.). Handle real fossils while learning about the evolutionary process. Also, make a fossil casts of an ancient tooth. "Home Sweet H.O.M.E.S.: Exploring the Great Lakes" (3 p.m.). Learn about the past, present, and future of Michigan's water source.
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]

 noon, 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]

 4-7 p.m. 

Canceled: "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, beer for sale. (989) 455-4484. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: "Purple Rain"

An all-star band led by veteran local bassist Jamie Register performs the entirety of Prince's landmark 1984 album. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Ramona Collins Quartet

Soulful jazz & blues by an ensemble led by veteran Toledo vocalist Collins. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Mike Ward

Veteran Detroit folk-rock singer-songwriter whose influences range from the Clancy Brothers to Dylan, Prine, and Springsteen. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Flea Circus

Duo of 2 veteran stars of the local music scene, boogie woogie & blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun and drummer Pete Siers. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: 50 Amp Fuse

Popular Detroit 70s and 80s classic rock band. [venue info]

Mash: Broken Fuzz

Detroit-area rock quartet. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Funkwagon

Gospel-infused funk-rock by this Burlington (VT) band now based in Detroit. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: The Terraplanes

Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock. [venue info]

Ziggy's: Spark Spark

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

Zou Zou's Cafe: Bill Edwards Bill Edwards

Local country singer-songwriter, 1989 winner of the Billboard Country Songwriting Contest, whose songs have been covered by the likes of Lee Roy Parnell and T. Graham Brown. His collaboration with former Ann Arborite Whit Hill, "What's I Do," was featured in the HBO series True Blood. [venue info]


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