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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed.. Kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Feb. 5: "I Speak for the Trees." Feb. 12: "Clean Water, Clean World." Feb. 19: "The Earth & Me."Feb. 26: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."
Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Rd. Preregistration recommended. 997-1553. [map]

 11 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.

 11:30 a.m.  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]

 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]

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"How the Suffragists Changed Michigan": AAUW-Ann Arbor.

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Talk by Elizabeth Homer, former curator of the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame. Preceded at 11:30 a.m. by lunch ($15, reservations required).
12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. (844) 973-6287. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m. 

Ikebana International.

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An ikebana instructor leads a session of this Japanese style of flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20, preregistration required by Mar. 5 at 647-7600. [map]

 3 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]

 3:50 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 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)., 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Art Department Faculty Show": EMU University Art Gallery.

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Opening reception for this art exhibit. Exhibit runs Feb. 11-Mar. 6, Mon. & Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tues. & Wed. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
4:30-6:30 p.m., EMU Student Center, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0465. [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.

 5-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Hint: My Books Aren't Really about Sex and Drugs": U-M Copernicus Center for Polish Studies.

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Talk by Polish novelist and playwright Dorota Masłowska, whose work has been translated by U-M comparative literature professor Benjamin Paloff.
5-6:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 764-0351. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Climate and Affordable Housing Town Hallę: Climate & Housing Coalition, and UM Graduate Employees Union.

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Join us for a Climate & Housing Town Hall put on by the Climate and Housing Coalition and sponsored by the U-M Graduate Employees Union (GEO).

Learn about how GEO is fighting for the living conditions workers deserve: access to affordable housing, clean water and air, and a low-carbon transit system that does not force workers to choose between their wallet and their future.
At this pivotal moment in the fight against the climate crisis, it is critical that U-M invest in its workers and its community, not in the fossil fuels that are wreaking havoc on our planet.

Everyone - community members, students, staff, faculty, and laborers - is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about the campaign, how climate, housing and transit are inextricably linked, and how together, we can fight for the world and urban environment that we all deserve.

6 - 7:30pm Wednesday, Feb 19
Rackham Building, 4th Floor, 915 E. Washington St. Free. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Patient and Loved Ones Drop-In Group: Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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A combined group bringing together people diagnosed with cancer as well as family and friends.
Monthly, Third Wednesday of every month, 6 - 7:30 pm
Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, 2010 HOGBACK RD STE 3. Free. 7349752500. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Great Lakes": U-M Museum of Natural History Science Café.

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With U-M faculty TBA. Followed by discussion. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by hors d'oeuvres. Seating limited; arrive early.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m. 

"U.S. 2020 Census: Count Every Person. Once. In the Right Place": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute OLLI after 5.

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Talk by League of Women Voters member Margaret Leary.
Kellogg Eye Center auditorium, 1000 Wall St. $40 (members, $15) for a 5-lecture series; memberships are $25 a year. $5 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Swimming Through the Darkness": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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(Supriyo Se, 2018) Documentary about Kanai Chakraborty, a blind swimmer who successfully completed the world′s longest swimming competition in the Ganges River.
6:30-8:30 p.m., 455 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 615-4059. [map]

 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell & Tell: Brian Eno Smells": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning flavor and fragrance blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses, with smell samples, renowned ambient musician Eno's love for fragrant raw smells.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Climate Change Trivia Night": Citizens' Climate Lobby, Washtenaw Climate Reality & City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability.

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Join us at The Circ Bar to test your knowledge of climate themed trivia! Don't worry, it isn't all science stuff ... Come on your own or bring friends, break up the week, test your knowledge, and have a great time!
No cover or admission. All ages welcome. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Circ Bar. Feel free to stop by the venue beforehand for dinner, otherwise join us at 7pm to start Climate Trivia!
The Circ Bar, 210 South 1st Street. Free. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Anna Krushelnitskaya: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This local writer discusses Cold War Casual, her new collection of oral testimonies from Americans & Russians who lived through the Cold War. Signing.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various student ensembles.

Oct. 17: Fall Festival of Choirs. With choirs of kids in grades 5-12.

Oct. 19: Orchestra & Fiddle Club 23rd Annual Hometown Show.

Oct. 23: Echoes Concert with performances by the 6th-8th grade bands and the CHS Marching Band and color guard flag corps.

Oct. 29: Orchestra Halloween Concert.

Dec. 11 & Feb. 19: Music Program. The Feb. program features music they performed at a district-wide festival.

Feb. 29: Co.C Showcase. Performance by the CHS Co.C show choir, along with choirs from several other Michigan high schools ($15; students, $10).

7 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer, Chelsea. Free. 475-4524. [map]

 7 - 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Meditation Sessions: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Jewel Heart Facilitators will provide basic guidance for using the breath as a point of focus in these concentrated meditation sessions.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734-994-3387. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Oct. 30: Northwood. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 8: WMU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 10: Bradley. 2 p.m.

Nov. 23: Notre Dame. Time TBA.

Dec. 1: Morgan State. Time TBA

Dec. 5: Syracuse. 9 p.m.

Dec. 8 Oakland. 2 p.m.

Dec. 14: Appalachian State. Time TBA.

Dec. 31: Penn State. 2 p.m.

Jan. 5: Michigan State. Noon.

Jan. 12: Maryland. Noon.

Jan. 26: Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Feb. 2: Iowa. Noon.

Feb. 6: Purdue. 6 p.m.

Feb. 13: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Mar. 1: Indiana. Time TBA.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"15th Annual African American Foodways Dinner": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Zingerman's head chef Bob Bennett & Thrillist food and acclaimed cookbook author Nicole Taylor host a dinner celebrating the African American Cultural and Historical Museum featuring recipes from Taylor's upbringing in Athens, GA. Menu highlights include smoked trout, deviled eggs, coffee rubbed short ribs, rutabaga gratin, and southern-style beans.
Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. $75 (beverages not included), preregistration required. Proceeds benefit Ypsilanti non-profit We the People Opportunity Center. 663-3663. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Climate Trivia": The Circ Bar.

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For age 21 & up.
Circ, 210 S. First. Price TBA. 277-3656. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Social Media Manipulation & the Election of 2020": Ann Arbor Area League of Women Voters Brews & Views.

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Panel discussion with U-M information professor Mark Ackerman and U-M political science professor Walter Mebane on 2020 election manipulation schemes.
Homes Brewery, 2321 Jackson Ave. Free, food & drink for sale. 272-3634. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Aisha Sabatini Sloan: Concordia University.

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Reading by this award-winning essayist, a U-M creative writing visiting professor whose work ranges from personal writing about race and current events to analysis of art, film, and pop culture.
7:30 p.m., Kreft Center Recital Hall, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Sef Gonzalez's 2019 book All About the Burger: A History of America's Favorite Sandwich.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]

 7:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Wind Ensemble Concert: Saline High School.

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EMU band director Michael Kaufman conducts SHS wind ensemble (Feb. 19) and the 9th grade wind ensemble & symphonic band (Feb. 20) in programs TBA.
7:30-8:30 p.m., SHS Auditorium, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Free. 401-4394. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Birding Northern California": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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WAS member Len Sander uses photos to discuss this popular birding destination. Preceded at 7:10 p.m. by snacks & socializing.
U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, metered parking. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems around themes TBA. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Attendees invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation., 707-1284. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"New Music Concert": University Philharmonia Orchestra (U-M School of Music).

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This ensemble of U-M music majors performs its annual concert of new works by student composers, with student conductors.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Rm. (Feb. 5), Michigan League Ballroom (Feb. 12) & Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Feb. 19 & 26). $5 (students & members, $4; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [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 & 11 a.m. and 1 & 6 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

Tues. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

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

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

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

 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]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. An experienced storyteller performs for ages 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 Noon-3 p.m 

Canceled: American Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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


Canceled: 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]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Letterpress Open Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed., except Apr. 1 All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp, AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 & 9:35 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]

 7-11 p.m. 

Canceled: Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 769-3994. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Canceled: "Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 8, 22, & 30. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 9-11:30 p.m. 

Canceled: Music Trivia: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Aguanko

Local Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble led by composer-percussionist Alberto Nacif. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Andrew Brown's Djangophonique

Vintage jazz in the style of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by a local quartet led by guitarist Andrew Brown. With guitarist Erik McIntyre, clarinetist Tyler Rondo, and bassist Jorian Olk- Szost. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Mash: Robert Johnson

Solo acoustic folk and blues by this Northville singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Old Town: Will Wood Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Wood. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: John Louis Good

Jackson singer and multi-instrumentalist who plays folk and country music on guitar, harmonica, kazoo, jaw harp, and bass. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. [venue info]


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