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Monday, February 17, 2020






 
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Mathematics for Those Who Hate Arithmetic": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Did you hate math at school? Did it consist of rote learning, sheer drudgery, and application of procedures and formulas you did not understand? Did you solve quadratic equations or simultaneous equations or trigonometry by the "miracle method"- plug in the formula given you, and the right answer miraculously appears?
Welcome to the "real" mathematics; there are "aha" moments, challenges to logical thinking, and an appreciation of beautiful logical structure. We do real mathematics requiring only the simplest minimal background, and show some applications to real life. The Study Group led by Fred Beutler will be held Monday February 17.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

"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]


 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Weekly Meeting: The U-M Club of Ann Arbor.

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Every Mon. All invited to talk sports with other enthusiasts, and listen to featured U-M sports coaches recap the season. Also, a Weber's catered lunch available ($10.75; seniors, $10.25).
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $5 for nonmembers, up to 2 weeks; free for members ($60 annual membership dues). 239-3428. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 13-Apr. 20 All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com; 665-9271. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool ArtStart": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon-Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed. 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Coworking: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 17 & 26. All individuals or small groups invited to work in this quiet space outfitted with high-speed internet.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Feb. 17) & noon-3 p.m. (Feb. 26), AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon-3 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy and poker that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 12:30-3:30 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2). 794-6250. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free! 

Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to join a group walk. Canceled for inclement weather.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 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.


 4 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Documentary": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short documentaries 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"ToxiCity: Practices of Living Anthropogenic Seas": U-M Science, Technology, & Society.

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University of Pennsylvania anthropology professor Nikhil Anand discusses social and natural changes along Mumbai's coastline.
3100 U-M North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 763-2066. [map]


 4:10 p.m. 

"Little Women": Michigan Theater.

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(Greta Gerwing, 2019). Period drama about 4 sisters coming of age in America in the aftermath of the civil war.
Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15 & 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 5-6 p.m. 

"Street Dance": A2 Aviary.

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In this fast pace rhythmic class, students will learn body control and techniques as they learn street dance styles such as popping, tutting, waving, animation and beginner breaking (break-dance). Beginners will gain the foundation they need to grow, while more advanced students will find the challenge of personal style, foundation refinement, choreography, and battling.
Each class begins with a 15 minute warm-up, please bring clean sneakers/tennis shoes. It is strongly recommended that students are able to lift their arms over heads. Class size is limited, all students must register via the included link to be guaranteed a spot in class. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Feb. 4, 6, 13, 17, & 20. Talks by visiting artists. Feb. 4: Performance of silent film scores & more by SQRL, the NYC-based rock duo of filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and multi-instrumentalist Carter Logan. Feb. 6: New media and video game artist Angela Washko, a Carnegie Mellon art professor, on "Tactical Embodiment." Feb. 13: Chicago-based visual artists Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez, both members of the design team for the Barack Obama Presidential Center Museum, on "Liminal Practice(s)." Feb. 17: Multimedia artist & writer Courtney McClellan, whose courtroom-themed installation is on display at UMMA, on "Observer vs. Witness." Feb. 20: Composer David Lang on "Music and Bad Manners."
5:10 p.m. (except Feb. 4, 7 p.m., & Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m.), Michigan Theater (except Feb. 17, UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State). Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:45 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga--unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with some stretching, and once the body warms up, begins to pick up the pace. You will work on a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $20 drop in (or package prices). info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 6-8 p.m. 

Euchre: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All invited to play.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2). 794-6250. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Nei-Gong Class: Sun Shen.

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The SUN SHEN Nei-Gong System is a comprehensive system of meditation practices to build awareness and ability to harness and cultivate your own energy system and mind. With these practices you will learn how to increase your energy, balance your energy system, increase your energy flow and relaxation, and experience greater pleasure. This class is great for anyone who would like to enhance their health, their energy healing skills, mental calm and focus, and capacity for experiencing pleasure and happiness. Classes are held Mondays, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Linoleum Carving": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to carve an image onto a 3x4 linoleum block and use it to print on a coaster or card. Bring an idea or example of your intended imagery. No experience necessary. Materials provided.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a 3-8 mile run along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session (every Tues. 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson Rd.). Snacks. Snow or shine.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty & 8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd; call for holiday hours. Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Tues., Thurs. & Jackson Rd, Sat. run). [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Stitches & Knots: Drop-In Knitting and Crochet": Saline District Library.

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All invited to bring a fiber art project to work on.
6:30-8:30 p.m., SDL Brecon Rm., 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 6:45 p.m. 

"Parasite: Black & White": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2019). Satirical black comedy thriller. Korean, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Gardening Talks: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Nov. 18: Designs by Nature (Laingsburg, MI) owner Vern Stephens on "Native Plants."

Jan. 20: A2 Green Clean owner Kristi Ann Keith on "Green Clean for the Home."

Feb. 17: Saline Parks & Rec secretary Jody Roberts on "The Green Thumb Award Program."

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6:45 p.m., Evangelical Homes of Michigan Community Room, 440 W. Russell, Saline. Free. 429-1107. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Siddhartha": Interfaith Round Table.

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Herman Hesse's masterpiece, "Siddhartha" is a novel that explores the son of a wealthy family who develops a more spiritually based life during the time of the first Buddha. In a time when Americans are questioning the value of materialism, vital issues will be explored by no more than eight participants in a three-week study. The book study will be on a series of Monday nights (7pm-8:30pm) February 3, 10 and 17. The site will be at the home of Dwight L. Wilson, Co-Director of the Interfaith Round Table (1115 Baldwin Avenue, Ann Arbor). Please email dwightlwilson@hotmail.com to RSVP. Free.
Personal Home, 1115 Baldwin Avenue. Free. dwightlwilson@hotmail.com www.irtwc.org [map]



 7-8 p.m. 

"What's in Store? Eating and Cooking With the Seasons": Argus Farm Stop.

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Talk by Registered Dietitian and Argus employee Mary Balog. Plus a tour of winter produce available at Argus and a cooking demo.
7-8 p.m., Argus Farm Stop, 1200 Packard. Tickets $25 (students, buy one get one free) at the door. 997-5448. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities invited to work on their projects together and learn about guild activities. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by socializing.
West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. 7th St. Free to visitors ($52 annual dues). 994-4385. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Jewel Heart Readers.

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Enjoy lively discussion of dharma related book selections monthly. Open to All
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 7349943387. annarbor@jewelheart.org https://www.jewelheart.org/chapters/ann-arbor/ [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Café Shapiro": U-M Library.

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Feb. 10, 11, 17, 18, & 20. U-M students, nominated by their instructors, read their poems and short stories. Light refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m., U-M Shapiro Undergrad Library Lobby (enter from the Diag). Free. 764-0400.


 7 p.m. 

"Jojo Rabbit": State Theater.

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(Taika Waititi, 2019). Audacious anti-hate satire about a young boy in Hitler's army who finds out his mother's hiding a Jewish girl between the walls of their home. Scarlett Johansson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 7:15 & 9:20 p.m. 

"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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

3100 U-M North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 763-2066.

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John Dorsey directs this music student ensemble in a program of works by Chris Carmean, Kevin Lepper, Rolando Morales-Matos, Astor Piazzolla, and John Psathas.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0330.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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All invited to a panel discussion by club members of how to assemble a stamp or postal history exhibit. Also, a mini stamp auction.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free. arbor@provide.net, 761-5859. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Hie-Yon Choi: U-M School of Music.

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This world-renowned Korean pianist performs a program TBA.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Percussion Ensemble Concert: EMU Music Department.

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John Dorsey directs this music student ensemble in a program of works by Chris Carmean, Kevin Lepper, Rolando Morales-Matos, Astor Piazzolla, and John Psathas.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0330.


 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 274-0773. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue": Michigan Theater.

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(Miki Dezaki, 2019). Documentary exploring the controversy surrounding the issue of rhe women & girls forced into sex slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before and during WWII. Post-film director Q&A.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"White-tailed Deer and Michigan Plant Communities: Two Decades of Observations and Reflections": Michigan Botanical Club.

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Talk by local ecological consultant and writer Jacqueline Corteau.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9:35 p.m. 

"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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Habitat Lounge: Omar Aragones

Detroit electronic R&B and soul singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]

 
 


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