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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 8, 2020

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 7 a.m.-11:30 p.m.  Free! 

47th Winter Carnival: Chelsea American Legion Post 31.

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Feb. 7-9. Three days of cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and other winter fun (weather permitting) at Cavanaugh Lake. Also, a euchre tournament (age 18 & older only; $10; prizes) on Fri. 7 p.m., dancing to a DJ TBA ($5) on Sat. 8-11:30 p.m., the weekend competitive ice fishing derby (weather permitting; adults, $10; kids, $5) on Fri. 1-8 p.m. & Sat. 7 a.m.-4 p.m., and in the upstairs hall on Sun. noon-2 p.m., a Kids Carnival with games (25 cents/ticket). Food available.
American Legion Hall, 1700 Ridge Rd., Chelsea. Free admission. 475-1964. [map]

 7 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Ice Fishing Derby: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to catch northern pike, bluegill, and crappie in this annual fishing derby. Prizes. Bring your own bait & equipment. No alcohol, ATVs, or snowmobiles. Weather permitting.
7 a.m.-5 p.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. $10 (ages 12 & under, $5) in advance at; $15 (kids, $10) day of the event.; 449-4337, ext. 201. [map]


2nd Saturday Traditional & Techno Contra Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Asheville (NC) caller Emily Abel leads contras to traditional music by the Illinois-based Mean Lids (7:30-9:30 p.m.) and techno music by Dr. Shadow (10 p.m.-midnight). No experience or partner needed. Wear loose fitting clothing and flat non-slip shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson. Also, Abel offers a free introduction to calling contras (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) and the Mean Lids offers a free introduction to playing music for contras (1-2:30 p.m.).
7:30-midnight, Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse. Pay what you can ($10 suggested). 945-1343. [map]

 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 

Annual Rummage Sale: Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

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Feb. 6-89. Sale of household goods, clothes, purses, jewelry, sporting goods, books, dishes, pots and pans, table linens, bed linens, curtains, pictures, lamps, and more.
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.), Columbus Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 426-5558. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Feb. 8 & 15. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids ages 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Feb. 8), 1610 Washington Hts. & Matthaei (Feb. 15), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free, metered parking; preregistration required at [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Dec. 14 & 15, Jan. 11 & 12, Feb. 8 & 9, Mar. 14 & 15. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions. Youth age 17 & under must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (members, $3; kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 605-0624. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Winter Wellness Workshop": Brecon Village, EHM Senior Solutions.

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Winter Wellness Workshop this coming Saturday, February 8th from 10am-2pm in our adult day center!
This is a great chance to explore what our adult day program has to offer. This is also a time to visit with resources like Huron Valley Ambulance, AAA-1B, Catholic Social Services, the Saline Area Senior Center, and the staff of Brecon Village.

We welcome you, your staff, friends, family, neighbors, and anyone who would like to have a free blood pressure reading or a free glucose check.

We will also be joined by members of the EHM Senior Solutions Wellness team who are great resources for living your best life! They will also be available to chat and assess things like balance and fall prevention.

Come see us anytime during 10am-2pm (details on the attached flyer). Please share with anyone who may be interested; and tell them we will have snacks!
Dottie Crim Adult Day Center, 101 Brecon Dr, Saline. Free. 7344291155. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Bag Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books & other items.
10 a.m.-noon, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 for a bag of books; 2nd bag free. 429-5450. [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.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"12th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza": Chelsea Businesses.

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Popular annual event during which more than 30 different businesses throughout Chelsea offer free chocolate tastings, sale prices on chocolate-themed merchandise, and family-oriented activities. Raffles.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Chelsea. Free. 475-3539.

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live decomposers (worms & friends). Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: On Saturday, animals take a midday break.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under ages 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Sweet Spot: Tea & Cocoa Party": U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Kids ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult, invited to learn how to host a tea party and make a tea-inspired craft and a tea blend to take home. Tea, cocoa, and cookies.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. $12 per child, metered parking. 647-7600. [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. 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.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Feb. 8, 15, & 22. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences. Feb. 8: U-M physics professor Dragan Huterer on "The Universe Caught Speeding: Dark Energy, Two Decades After." Feb. 15: U-M environmental science professor Brian Arbic on "Ocean Modeling: Big Computers, Big Science." Feb. 22: U-M physics professor Sharon C. Glotzer on "The Truth About Entropy."
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [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.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caller Workshop: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Caller Emily Abel teaches the basic of calling contra dances.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Drive. Free, donations accepted. 945-1343. [map]

 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Art Studio: Printing the World Around Us": UMMA.

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Local artist Sajeev Vadakoottu leads drawing and screenprinting inspired by the current exhibit of Inuit art, An Ordinary Day. Bring your own canvas bags or t-shirts. 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]

 11:30 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  Free! 

Ice Carving Festival: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Area college ice carving teams compete using flamethrowers, chainsaws, and other tools to shape large blocks of ice. Refreshments.
Noon, County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. 971-6337. [map]


U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 1: Saginaw Valley State. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 5: Appalachian State. 7 p.m.

Nov. 12: Creighton. 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 15: Elon. 7 p.m.

Nov. 22: Houston Baptist. 7 p.m.

Dec. 6: Iowa. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 14: Oregon. Noon.

Dec. 21: Presbyterian College. Noon.

Dec. 29: UMass Lowell. 2 p.m.

Jan. 9: Purdue. 7 p.m.

Jan. 22: Penn State. 7 p.m.

Jan. 25: Illinois. Noon.

Feb. 4: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Feb. 8: MSU. Noon.

Feb. 16: Indiana. 1 p.m.

Feb. 27: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Mar. 5: Nebraska. 6:30 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [map]

 1 p.m., 2 p.m., & 3 p.m. 

"Grossology": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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All invited to dissect a real cow eye and extract strawberry DNA.
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. 

Bløm Makers Series: Milk + Honey Decorating Workshop: Bløm Meadworks.

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Celebrate Valentine's Day with your pal or your significant other with this themed cookie and cupcake decorating workshop! Milk + Honey will provide full instruction on decorating heart-shaped cookies with royal icing techniques and cupcakes with buttercream versions of ever-trendy succulents. You'll take home one dozen of your own decorated cookies and half dozen succulent cupcakes. Price includes a 12oz pour of a Bløm Meadworks beverage.
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S 4th Ave Suite 110. $90. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Contra Music Workshop: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Illinois-based band The Mean Lids teaches the basics of contra dance music. All instruments and playing levels are welcome.
1-2:30 p.m. Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Drive. Free, donations accepted. 945-1343. [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 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Gymnastics vs. Illinois-Chicago & Northern Illinois.

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This month's schedule also includes meets vs. Oklahoma (Feb. 15, 1 p.m.) and Minnesota (Feb. 29, 1 p.m.).
Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Free. 764-0247.

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Feb. 2, 8, & 17. All invited to help maintain natural areas and remove invasive plants in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Feb. 2: Foxfire West Nature Area, meet at the park entrance on Birchwood Dr. in celebration of World Wetlands Day. Feb. 8: Furstenberg Nature Area, meet at the parking lot off Fuller Rd. Feb. 17: Gallup Park, meet at the park parking lot, just over the wooden bridge.
Various locations. Free. 794-6627.

 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Dark Figure of Crime": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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(Kim Tae-kyun, 2018). Psychological thriller about a detective and a killer who has confessed to multiple murders.Korean, subtitles.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Diddley Bow Guitar Building": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to make this one-string guitar common to the American South & West Africa.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Stewardship Saturday": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help cut invasive shrubs. Wear long pants & closed-toe shoes.
1-3 p.m., Parker Mill County Park, Geddes Rd. (just east of US-23). Free. 971-6337.

 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.

 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

"27th Annual Winter Walkabout": Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy.

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All invited for snacks, warm drinks, and socializing, followed at 2 p.m. by a drive 1 mile south for a leisurely 90-minute walk through the 424-acre LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve. No pets. Dress for the weather.
Superior Township Hall, 3040 N. Prospect at Cherry Hill, Superior Twp. Free., 484-6565. [map]

 1:30 p.m. 

"Victorian Valentine Tea": Kempf House Museum.

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Feb. 8 & 9. An elegant traditional tea with a menu that includes both sweets and savories. With romantic piano music played on the Kempf family's 1877 Steinway. Period attire encouraged. This popular annual fundraiser usually sells out well in advance.
Kempf House, 312 S. Division. $30 (members, $25), cash/check only; preregistration required by Feb. 3. 994-4898. [map]

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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Frog Prince": Ypsilanti District Library.

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After a spell is cast turning a stuck-up prince into a frog, his only hope of being saved is a spoiled princess who is dealing with her own problems. Can they help each other learn the value of friendship or are they doomed to their slimy ways? Bring the whole family to this fun afternoon of live theatre with actors from the Black and Brown Theatre.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1340. [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]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Debbie Taylor: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This U-M Women in Science & Engineering assistant director reads from Over in Motown!, her picture book about musical genres and rhythms of Motown-era Detroit. Also, a simple craft for kids. Signing.
AADL Malletts Creek, 3090 E. Eisenhower. 327-4200. [map]

 2-8 p.m.  Free! 

Gaming: Lucky's Market.

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All invited to drop in and play games. Bring your own, or play what others provide.
Lucky's Market, 1919 S. Industrial. Free. 368-9137. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploration of Music through Visual Arts": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Members of U-M student-run Michigan Pops Orchestra present a lecture-demo on the form, texture, shape, and color of music.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper Plate Heart Yarn Craft": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft for grades preK-3.
AADL Westgate. 327-4200.

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Queer & Trans Artists of Color": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Talks by University of California art professor micha cárdenas and Detroit-based multimedia artist Darryl DeAngelo Terrell. Followed by a reading from Philadelphia activist Nia King's book of interviews, Queer & Trans Artists of Color: vol. two.
2-4 p.m., Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division. Free, preregistration required at 936-0671. [map]

 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 p.m. & 7 p.m. 

"The Drowsy Chaperone": Young People's Theater.

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Feb. 5-9. Young local actors perform Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison's 2006 Tony-winning musical about a fictional 1928 musical that comes to life in a Broadway fanatic's living room. This hilarious play within a play, about a showgirl who's marrying an oil tycoon, is crammed with every cliché, gag, and gimmick of Jazz Age musicals.
7 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), YPT Blackbox Theatre, 331 Metty Dr. ste. 2. Tickets $15 in advance at & (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]

 2 & 8 p.m. 

"White Feminist": University Musical Society.

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Feb. 3-9. Alice Yorke directs Lee Minora in Minora's one-woman satire of mainstream liberal feminism based on her talk show Becky's Time. Minora plays a vain talk show host who rattles off a series of senseless apologies, purchasing habits, and moment-altering declarations that make her a prominent voice in new wave feminism. One reporter calls it a "wonderfully crafted and very convincing embodiment of the problematic and harmful 'white feminist.'" Followed by an audience discussion, and on Feb. 3 only, a Q&A with Minora & Yorke.
7:30 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), 11:30 a.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), and 6 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Duderstadt Center video studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. Tickets $35-$45 (students, $12-$20), in advance at, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. 

"Beau Monde: An Anthology of Black Dance in America": PURe Dance Ensemble.

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Feb. 7 & 8. Gina Danene Thompson directs this local company of more than 50 dancers in her choreography, which blends modern, break dancing, jazz, swing, ballet, hip-hop, and Congolese dance. Also, performances by local Congolese dance company Bichini Bia Congo, Detroit breakdancing crew Hardcore Detroit, and others. This year's show is interactive and begins in the Riverside Arts Center gallery.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sat.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $8) in advance at (search for "pure dance ensemble") and at the door. (313) 828-0945. [map]

 3-4:30 p.m. 

Afternoon Waltz Session: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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An afternoon of waltzes with music TBA.
3-4:30 p.m. Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Pay what you can ($5 suggested). 945-1343. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

Mike Bloomberg 2020 Ann Arbor Office Opening: Mike Bloomberg 2020.

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Ann Arbor office opening with special guest Dhani Jones, former NFL linebacker, Michigan Wolverine national champion and three time All-Big Ten honoree, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
Mike Bloomberg 2020 Ann Arbor Office, 217 S. 4th Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. (810) 305-3012. [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]

 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

"Chakra Therapy Meditation": Ann Arbor Yoga and Meditation School.

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

 4 & 9:20 p.m. 

"1917": State Theater.

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(Sam Mendes, 2019). World War I action involving 2 British soldiers, an impossible task, and a race against time.
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 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:20 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 & 9:40 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.

 Evening time TBA 

25th Annual Daddy Daughter Valentine Dance: Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All girls, accompanied by a dad (or other adult male), invited for dancing to music spun by a DJ. Photos, balloon drop, prizes, and light refreshments. Note: These dances usually sell out.
Time TBA, Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $30 ($40 day of dance) in advance only at, 429-3502. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Joy in Diversity: Spiritual Unity & Grace Through Honoring Our First Nation": First United Methodist Global Music Weekend.

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Dinner of Native American cuisine catered by Shalifoe Native Foods, followed at 7:30 p.m. by a concert with performances by Spirits Rising, the singer-songwriter duo of Powhatan Alice Sun & Cherokee Joe Reilly, and the All Nations Dancers, an Anishinaabe dance ensemble led by Ray Cadotte. Also, a display of Native American paintings, artwork, & crafts.
FUMC, 120 S. State. $15 (students, $8; family, $40; ages 4 & under, free). 662-4536. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"35th Annual Winter Gala": Washtenaw Community College.

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A 1920's inspired party with dinner, a dueling piano bar, and a dance lounge. Fundraiser for the WCC Student Emergency Fund.
6:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $200 (VIP, $275). Preregistration required by Jan. 27 at 973-3665. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Save a Heart Roar Into the 20s": C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Congenital Heart Center Fundraiser.

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Strolling tastings of 100 wines from around the world, as well as microbrews and food from local restaurants and caterers.
6:30 p.m., Marriott Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $75 in advance & $90 at the door., [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Swaranjali": Michigan Sahana.

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This U-M student group presents a night of various types of Indian classical music and dance.
Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom, 530 S. State. Free. [map]

 6:45 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Weathering With You": State Theater.

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(Makoto Shinkai, 2020). Animated romantic fantasy about a young city boy who befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather. Japanese, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.

 7 p.m. 

"Color Out of Space": State Theater.

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(Richard Stanley, 2020). Sci-fi about a mutant extraterrestrial organism that infects the minds and bodies of a family of famers, transforming their rural life into a technicolor nightmare.
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. 

"8th Annual Creature Courtship": The Creature Conservancy.

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Feb. 7, 8, & 14. Ages 21 & over invited for wine, beer, & hors d'oeuvres, followed by a presentation with live animals on methods of seduction and reproduction in the animal kingdom.
7 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $35, preregistration required at 929-9324. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Addams Family": Huron High School Players.

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Huron students perform Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice's 2010 musical based on the ghoulish characters in Charles Addams' long-running single-panel cartoon series. The plot concerns the troubles that ensue when daughter Wednesday announces her intention to marry a normal boyfriend.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), HHS Ingram Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $15 (students, staff, & seniors, $10) in advance at and at the door. 994-2040. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Fiddler on the Roof": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Elizabeth Champion directs students in Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick's beloved, heartwarming musical, based on stories by celebrated Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, about life in a small Russian Jewish community around 1900. The popular score's many familiar songs include "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "To Life."
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker at Shield, Dexter. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only. 424-4240. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"North Star": EMU Theatre Department.

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Feb. 7-9 & 13-16. EMU drama professor Wallace Bridges directs EMU drama students in Gloria Bond Clunie's 1998 drama set in 1960s North Carolina. It's about a young African American girl searching for her space to shine despite what those around her say.
EMU Sponberg Theatre, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12; kids ages 6-12, $7) in advance at, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1220.

 7 p.m. 

"Valentines Ballroom Dance Night": Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music in a variety of genres. No partner necessary. The program begins with a beginner swing dance lesson led by area dance instructor Sue Bareis.
Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth Rd. $5 at the door only. 822-2120. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m.  Free! 

Ben Creed: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 6-8. NYC monologist known for his high-energy, dynamic performing style and his quick-witted, wise-guy perspectives on a variety of topics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Dance Manchester: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization.

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Mardi Gras dance with live music by Creole du Nord, a popular Manchester quartet that plays traditional Creole & Cajun music.
7:30 p.m., Blacksmith Shop, 324 E. Main, Manchester. $10 suggested donation. 223-6876. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m. 

Gemini: Michigan Friends Center Winterfest.

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The popular Ann Arbor acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits performs "From Broadway, With Love," a program of songs from popular musicals such as "Edelweiss" (The Sound of Music),(The Fantasticks).
Ann Arbor Friends Meeting House, 1420 Hill St. Pay what you can (adults, $15; family, $25 suggested donation). 475-1892. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Our Town": Pioneer High School Theatre Guild.

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Feb. 6-9. Pioneer students perform Thornton Wilder's perennially popular Pulitzer Prize-winning portrait of an early 20th century small town. The 3 acts examine "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death" with graceful simplicity and deep humanity.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PHS Little Theater, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $10 in advance at and at the door. 994-2120. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"U-M Jazz Festival": U-M School of Music.

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Ellen Rowe directs the U-M Jazz Ensemble in jazz compositions TBA by the celebrated postwar bebop trumpeter Clifford Brown. With 4 guest musicians: Count Basie Orchestra trumpeter Scotty Barnhart, pianist Andy Milne, bassist Ralph Armstrong, and drummer Sean Dobbins. Also, a performance by the U-M Jazz Lab Ensemble (4:10 p.m.) with guest bassist Paul Keller and reeds player (and CMU jazz studies professor) Rob Smith, and a panel discussion on "Clifford Brown: The Man and Music" (1:10 p.m.), with Rob Smith, Scotty Barnhart, and U-M music professor Ed Sarath.
7:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium (Jazz lab and discussion, U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin). Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Katie Geddes: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704.

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This popular local folk singer performs folk, country-folk, and gospel tunes, along with songs by such contemporary songwriters as John Prine, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Michael Nesmith, and Lennon & McCartney.
Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd, ste. 1. Tickets $8 (2 for $15). 327-0270. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Mustard's Retreat: The Ark.

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According to songwriter Garnet Rogers, Ann Arbor duo Mustard's Retreat "represents everything that is best about folk music. Their songs have entered the lexicon of anonymous folk songs." With the relocation of Michael Hough to Arizona, cofounder David Tamulevich is rejoined by Libby Glover, an original member of Mustard's Retreat when it started out as a trio in the 1970s. Songwriter and Minnesota concert promoter Glen Elvig opens.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Allman Betts Band: The Ark.

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Blues and blues-rock band fronted by singer-songwriter-guitarists Devon Allman and Duane Betts, sons of Southern blues-rock icons Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts. Openers: JD Simo, a Chicago-bred, Nashville-based psychedelic blues rock singer-songwriter, and Jackson Stokes, a blues singer-songwriter from St. Louis.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35-$75 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Valentine's Ragtime Ball: Grand Traditions Vintage Dance.

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Join us in celebrating our 30th year of dancing to popular music from 1900 through the 1920s. The dances are easy to do and all levels of dancers are welcome; the pre-ball workshops will get you ready to enjoy the evening.
Hot renditions of this lively music will be provided by the Huron Valley Serenaders.
Period costumes are encouraged but not required. Admission includes dance lessons at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm. Pre-registration is preferred.
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 West Stadium Boulevard. $30. 734-769-0041. [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. 

"Latin Xpressions": U-M Dance Department.

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Feb. 6-9. U-M dance students perform a program of group & solo works by guest choreographers featuring ballet, modern flamenco, & experimental styles that explore the Latin experience. Also, U-M dance lecturer Jillian Hopper directs U-M dance majors in short interludes set to classic and popular Latin American music. Guest choreographers: DeNada Dance Theatre (UK) founder Carlos Pons Guerra, Northwestern University dance director Joel Valentin-Martinez, & Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre (Miami) artistic director Rosie Herrera.
Power Center. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $13) in advance at, the Michigan League, by phone, & at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Feb. 8, 15, 22, & 29. 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. 

"Proof": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Fri.-Sun., Feb. 7-16. Alex Duncan directs local actors in David Auburn's 2000 Pulitzer-winning drama about love and reconciliation. The play follows a woman, her sister, and an unexpected suitor who appears after their mathematician father's death. Stars Hannah Stoloff, Sara Long, Emmett Mix, and Daniel Dye.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. Tickets $16.50 in advance at and, if available, at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 8-11 p.m. 

"Valentine's Ragtime Trot": Grand Traditions Vintage Dance Academy.

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Dances that were popular from 1900 to the 1920s, with live music by the Huron Valley Serenaders. Period attire encouraged. Preceded at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. by dance lessons.
8-11 p.m., Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $30, preregistration requested at 769-0041. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Canceled: Used Book Sale: Friends of the Chelsea District Library.

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Sale of gently used paperback and hard-cover books. Also, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and more. Fill a bag for $5.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., CDL basement, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free admission. 475-8732. [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]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Monthly Meeting: Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. We are working to build support for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (, a fair and effective policy to reduce GHG emissions. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions. Newcomers are welcome to come at 12:30 for a brief overview.
Ann Arbor District Library (downtown) - 3rd floor Freespace Room, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free., [map]

 1:15, 7, & 9:25 p.m. 

Canceled: "Oscar Shorts: Live Action"

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Screening of short films nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [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:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Jake Maltby

Local singer-songwriter. [venue info]

B-Side: "Bold Connection."

Showcase of local teen women musicians in various genres, including hip-hop, avant-garde, pop, rock, and singer-songwriter. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Ma Baker

Local funk-rock quartet. Openers: Sleezy Hamilton, an Ypsilanti electronic dance musician, and Scüter, a local electronic downtempo dance musician. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Joan Belgrave Quartet

Jazz standards and love songs by renowned Detroit jazz vocalist Belgrave, an Ann Arbor native who has performed everything from soul and R&B to rock and blues. "Belgrave's voice is so soothing and sexy, she could give a pit bull goose bumps," says Metro Times critic Charles Latimer. $15-$35. 7 & 9 p.m. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bob Skon Trio

Folk-rock covers and originals by this trio led by Skon, a local singer- songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Andy Adamson Andy Adamson Quintet

Jazz originals by keyboardist Adamson in styles ranging from traditional to modern electric jazz, along with some free improvisation. [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: Dan Rafferty Band

Popular 8-piece Detroit pop dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Chris Canas Band

Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Stormy Chromer

Local progressive jam-rock quartet. Opener: TJ Zindle & the Powerlines, a dynamic local rock 'n' roll band led by Ragbirds guitarist Zindle. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Mixed Nuts

Acoustic covers and originals by this Chelsea trio. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Sweet Melissa

High-energy local dance quintet fronted by Georgia-bred vocalist Melissa Bruzzano whose music blends rock, funk, urban, Americana, and other genres. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]


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