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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 14, 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. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Love Letters & Romance in the Archives": U-M Clements Library.

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Display of valentines, letters, courtship guides, and other materials showing how Americans expressed love in the past.
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Clements, 909 South University. Free, preregistration requested at 764-2347. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Politics of Carbon": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Talk by U-M political science professor Barry Rabe. Second in a series of 5 monthly lectures exploring the impact of climate change on our lives and the planet.
Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $60 (members, $35) for 5-lecture series; memberships are $25 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m. 

"Valentine's Storytime Tasting": Zingerman's Delicatessen Just for Younger Kids.

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Ages 2-5 invited to listen to Zingerman's staffers read Lillian Hoban's 1998 picture book Silly Tilly's Valentine and learn how to taste Valentine sweet treats like an expert.
418 Detroit St. $10 per kid includes tastings; parents welcome to lurk for free. Preregistration required. 663-3354. [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 764-2347. [map]

 Noon-12:30 p.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]

 Noon  Free! 

Pilates Class: Club Pilates Washtenaw.

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Come join us this month for a FREE Intro class. Have you heard from your friends about Pilates, maybe you have read about it or just looking for a new fitness routine. Our intro class is a 30 minute session that will jump start your fitness journey and get you back on track to tone and strengthen your body!
We have a few different times you can pick from this month! Looking for something during the afternoon? Join us Tuesday at 12:30 pm, Wednesday at 11:30 am, Friday at 12 pm or Saturday at 1 pm. Maybe you are a night person? Join us on Tuesday at 7:30 pm.
Give a call to the studio today at 734-887-1938 and we can help you find the perfect time and day for you! But hurry now, $0 enrollment is going on and it wont last long!!
Club Pilates Washtenaw, 3370 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 734-887-1938. [map]

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Douglass Day Celebration": U-M Library.

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All invited to view Frederick Douglass works on display from U-M Special Collections Library and help electronically transcribe selected work by civil rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell. Also, a panel discussion with 3 experts TBA on black women's activism. Snacks & birthday cake.
2-4 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-0400.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Colloquia Series: U-M Department of Anthropology.

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Talk by Tufts University biology & anthropology professor Zarin Machanda on a topic TBA.
West Hall rm. 411, 1085 South University. Free. 764-7274.

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Cultural Property and the Question of Repatriation": U-M College of Literature, Science & the Arts Inaugural Lecture.

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U-M history of art professor Daniel Herwitz reads from his essay on the controversial topic of returning European & American museum objects to their sites of origin.
Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 763-2351. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

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

 4:25 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.

 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Islam and the Lessons of Pakistan's History": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Talk by Princeton University religion professor Muhammad Qasim Zaman.
4:30-6 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 615-4059. [map]

 4:35, 7:10, & 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.

 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Love is Here to Stay!" Northside Community Church.

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All invited to this multi-genre open mic. Drum set, piano, and organ available to use, if you like. Also, a local pianist TBA available to accompany or improvise with you.
NCC, 929 Barton. Free. 662-6351. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"The Curse Of The Hopeless Diamond--Dinner Theater"

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Looking for a fun night out? Put on your detective hat and join us for dinner at Whispering Pines Golf Course this February! Pinckney Players is proud to present The Curse of the Hopeless Diamond where YOU can help our zany detectives figure out WHODUNIT! Ticket price includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and a hilarious, audience-participation murder mystery show.

Friday, February 14, 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Sunday, February 23, 2020

FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SHOWS (February 14, 15 and 22)
Venue/Cash Bar opens at 6:00 pm
Buffet dinner at 6:30 pm
Show starts at 7:30 pm

Venue/Cash Bar opens at 12:30 pm
Buffet dinner at 1:00 pm
Show starts at 2:00 pm

General Admission ticket price: $35 can be purchased by visiting (tickets on sale January 13, 2020)

If you would like to reserve a table of 8 for $30/ticket, please contact Ann
Whispering Pines Golf Course, Pinckney. $35.

 6 p.m. 

Partner Yoga Workshop: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Join MTY for a special partner yoga workshop on Friday, February 14 from 6:00-7:30pm. This workshop will help to deepen and expand your yoga practice. Partner yoga poses will help your muscles relax and stretch, while your partner's resistance will help your limbs stay in the pose. You will share poses, movement, and breath with your partner as you work together to try new poses and experience familiar poses in different ways.
This workshop will begin with a slow flow, transition to partner yoga, and then end in meditation. For all levels and experience. Bring a friend, family member, partner, or come by yourself and partner with someone at the studio.
Class will be heated to around 85 degrees.
$25 for 1 person or $35 for 2 people. Pay at the door, on our website at, or on Mindbody.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. $25. [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]

 6:45 & 9:25 p.m. 

"Parasite: Color": State Theater.

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

 7 p.m. 

"Titanic" Michigan Theater.

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(James Cameron, 1997). Romantic thriller about fateful maiden voyage of the heralded ocean liner that helped usher in the 20th-century. MTF members, free.
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.

 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. 

"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.

 7-9 p.m. 

"Owl Do I Love Thee": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Couples age 18 & up invited to learn about the mating habits of the LSNC raptors and go on a candle-lit walk to read romantic poems posted at various points on the trail. Also, board games and art projects. Beverages and desserts provided.
Cobblestone Farms, 2781 Packard. $30 (members, $25) per couple. Preregistration required by Feb. 12 at or 997-1553. [map]

 7 p.m. & 11 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Awakening": U-M Basement Arts.

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Feb. 14 & 15. U-M students perform Frank Wedekind's seminal 1891 drama about a group of German adolescents whose sexual awakening is warped and thwarted by bourgeois adult society.
7 p.m. (Feb. 14 & 15) & 11 p.m. (Feb. 14), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin. Free. [map]

 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Megan Wilson, Susie Lorand, and Robert Messer call to music by Debbie Jackson, Josh Burdick, Susie Lorand, and Matt McCoy. For experienced dancers.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse (off S. State across from the airport). $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Tina Giori: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 13-15. A former schoolteacher, this NYC comic is known for her rapid-fire, sharp-witted observational humor directed at the state of American culture. "Achieving what often eludes many less adept comediennes, her set was wickedly sarcastic and edgy without coming across as negative, angry, or just plain mean," says the Long Island Voice.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $14 (Thurs.) & $18 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán: University Musical Society.

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Renowned modern mariachi band with a history that dates back to the 1890s. Its repertoire blends traditional mariachi music with new, innovative pieces that engage audiences, often eliciting spontaneous gritos (sing-alongs).
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $21-$61 (students, $12-$20) in advance at, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Will Wood's Renewal Axis & Slap Happy.

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Slap Happy is a new project created by Seattle-born, Lansing-based guitarist Kammy Yedor. This is a four-person group of guitar, piano, bass, and drums whose goal is to honor the tradition of jazz guitar quarters such as that of Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, and Joe Pass while forging new ground. All four members are students at Michigan State University with one overarching goal. And that is to make music that makes people dance. Opening for Slap Happy will be saxophonist Will Wood's Renewal Axis feat feat Jordan Anderson (piano), Aidan Cafferty (bass), Jesse Kramer (drums).
Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. Donation. $5 (students)-$10 (general). 734.665.0606. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"An Evening of Sam Cooke": Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A showcase of this pioneer soul singer's music by his youngest daughter, Carla Cooke, a composer-vocalist whose style, like her father's, ranges across gospel, R&B, soul, and pop genres.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Tickets $20 in advance at and at the door. 665-8558. [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. 

"Hansel and Gretel": Comic Opera Guild.

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Feb. 14-16. COG member Claudia Wier directs this veteran local company in COG founder Thomas Petiet's adaptation of Humperdinck's classic opera based off the Grimm fairy tale. In this version, set in 1983, a brother and sister are lured into an ostentatious inner-city home by a Mercedes owning witch. Cast: Olivia Ericsson, Amanda Williams, Leslie Naeve, Chris Grapentine, Jamie Sharp, Cecilia Kowara, & Karen Albert.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students, $12) available at 973-3264. [map]

 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. 

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

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Feb. 7, 14, 21, & 28. Performance by resident group This is a Quiz. Followed by the League of Pointless Improvisers performing "water form," a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless. 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 & at the door. (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 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]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Small Acts": U-M Residential College Players.

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Feb. 14-15. RC students direct & perform in this annual showcase featuring 5-10 student written & published monologues & songs.
East Quad Keene Theater, 701 East University. Pay what you can. 647-4354. [map]

 9 p.m. 

Valentine's Day Cabaret: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Performances by local cabaret and musical theater artists TBA, accompanied by pianist Tyler Driskil. Refreshments and desserts; table seating.
9 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $40-$75 (students, $10) in advance at and (if available) at the door. 769-2999. [map]

 9:45 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.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. 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 Bird Hills parking lot, 1951 Newport. Free. 347-1259. [map]

 4:30 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]

 7:20 & 10 p.m. 

Canceled: "Oscar Shorts: Animations": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short animated 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]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Zion I

Socially conscious hip-hop by this veteran Oakland (CA) rapper. $15 ($20 at the door). [venue info]

Blue LLama: Nicole New Nicole New

An eclectic mix of jazz with pop and R&B flavors by an ensemble fronted by this Detroit vocalist known for her rich tone, sensitive soulfulness, and rhythmic phrasing. $125-$200 includes a 4-course dinner. 7 & 9 p.m. [venue info]

Canterbury House: Slap Happy

Jazz guitar quartet in the tradition of the likes of Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, and Joe Pass by this ensemble of MSU music students led by guitarist Kammy Yedor. 8:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Isaac Ryder

Neo-soul & funk band from Flint, led by Ryder, the stage name of South Haven singer-songwriter Joel Rydecki. [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: FreeLance

Local dance rock cover band whose repertoire ranges from Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to AC/DC and Guns & Roses to Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: "Singer-Songwriter Spotlight"

With performers TBA. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Elizabeth Royce

Rock, folk, blues, and country classics by this local torch singer and pianist. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Spontaneous Jammers

New local classic rock 'n' roll dance band. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Medicine Men

This local quartet plays danceable 60s-80s rock covers from the Doors to the Allman Brothers to Lynyrd Skynyrd. [venue info]


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