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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 22, 2020






 
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 3:30 PM 

"Hatha Yoga": ArogyaVeda.

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Free class for first timers
Kindly RSVP. That is mandatory to confirm a seat. Enjoy 1 hour of Hatha Yoga class to improve your core strength and spinal health along with Pranayama. The class is taught at a brand new Yoga shaala in NE Ann Arbor in a serene location. You will feel energized and relaxed with this practice.
Drop ins are $15 and package of 5 classes is $60, when paid ahead no carryovers allowed.
ArogyaVeda Yoga Shaala, 2458 N Dixboro Rd. $15. 2487364633. arogya.veda.annarbor@gmail.com www.arogyaveda.org [map]


 8 a.m.-7 p.m.  Free! 

"6th Annual Polish Pottery Party": Downtown Home & Garden.

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Feb. 22 & 23. Display of a wide range of fine pottery. Also, European Designs (Westlake, OH) import company shows and discusses Polish pottery on Sat. only. Samples of pierogi & sauerkraut (Sat.) and Polish pastries (Sun.), while supplies last.
DH&G, 210 S. Ashley. Free. 662-8122. [map]


 8 a.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]


 8:50 a.m.  Free! 

"Lillie Parkrun 5k": Lillie Parkrun.

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Lillie parkrun is a free, weekly 5k event. We are very welcoming to walkers and joggers of all speeds! One of over 1500 parkruns worldwide, we are entirely volunteer-organized and strive to build a strong communitry of all who enjoy the outdoors.
The event takes place at Lillie Park, 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. We run every Saturday at 8am (May-Sept), 9am (Oct-April).
Register: https://www.parkrun.us/register/
Info: https://www.parkrun.us/lillie/
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/lillieparkrun/
parkrun is free, forever, for everyone. But please register before your first run! You only ever have to register with parkrun once and once you print off your barcode you have free entry to all parkruns worldwide. If you choose not to register or forget to bring your barcode, you can still run but do not get an official time.
We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!
Lillie park, Ann Arbor, 4365 Platt Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. lillie@parkrun.com https://www.parkrun.us/lillie/ [map]



 9:40 a.m. 

"Donation Morning Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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This class is a great way to begin your day. These classes are combining a little slow flow with more holding and stretching postures. The temperature of the studio is usually between 80-85 degrees.

We are located on Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.

There is a donation jar at the front of studio next to the sign in sheet. Please donate what you are able. Suggested donations $5-20.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. 7347577213. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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This an all-levels instructor-guided conditioning circuit class is perfect for new aerialists, experienced flyers as a supplement to their current training, or for any folx who are interested in a new and exciting way to exercise. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12-$105. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

The Winter Garden: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Shawn Severance discusses how insects overwinter in gardens, followed by a hike to look for signs of insects. Wildflower tea.
10 a.m.-noon, County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. 971-6337. [map]
 


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ages 5 & under (with caregiver) invited to a 45-minute program of music and movement led by Kindermusik dance teacher Denise Owens (Feb. 9, AADL Pittsfield) and Music Together teacher Dianne Dudley (Feb. 22, AADL Westgate).
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley (Feb. 9) & Westgate (Feb. 22) Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"DIY Animals Tracks Field Guide": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Interactive activity for grades K-5.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Ice Carving Extravaganza": Main Street Area Association.

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Feb. 21 & 22. Members of the U-M ice carving team chip huge blocks of ice into twinkling sculptures, which remain on display as long as the weather holds.
3-7 p.m. (Fri.) & 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), Main & Liberty. Free. MainStreetAnnArbor.org.


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: "Make It Float!"
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-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. & 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 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Summer Camp Expo": Briarwood mall.

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Info on summer camps for kids & teens.
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Briarwood. Free. 769-9610. . [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.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon": U-M Library.

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All invited to edit Wikipedia pages of women artists & activists of color, with a particular emphasis on women from Detroit and Michigan. Part of a global campaign to improve representation of women, feminism, and art on Wikipedia. Tutorials, assistance, and laptops available. Talk & live set by Detroit-based DJ Mother Cyborg.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division. Free, preregistration requested at umLib.us/wikiedit-register. 614-0357. [map]


 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a Donation YinYasa Yoga class (suggested donation $5-$20)
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Mota Thai Yoga is located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Harry Potter: Wizards unite": Briarwood mall.

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All invited to play this interactive augmented reality phone game, with special real-life displays and chances to take photos.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Briarwood. Free. 769-9610. [map]


 11 a.m. 

"Under the African Sky": Wild Swan Theater.

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A delightful collection of African tales performed through storytelling, acting, dancing, and drumming. Colorful costumes, masks, and traditional music will delight and teach our young fans, with lots of opportunities for audience participation! (Special activities provided by Riverside Art Center's FLY Creativity Lab after the Saturday performance.)
Towsley Auditorium - Morris Lawrence Building - Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 - $12. 734-995-0530. wildswan@wildswantheater.org www.wildswantheater.org [map]



 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Zombies 2": Briarwood Mall.

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Family-friendly activities related to the new Disney Channel original movie Zombies 2, including photo opportunities and a chance to make a DIY Zombies 2-themed sling bag.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Briarwood. Free. 769-9610. [map]


 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

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 a.m.-6 p.m. 

"Brick Bash 2020": Skyline High School Band Fundraiser.

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Feb. 22 & 23. Public Lego building party with a Duplo play area for young kids and displays of models by Lego hobbyists from around the country. Sat. only: a performance by the Skyline Drumline (2 p.m.). Sale of Lego products, custom sets, and publications. Concessions.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.), Skyline, 2552 N. Maple. $5 (family, $20). BrickBash.com, 637-9429. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Nature Explorers: The Mighty Chickadee": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Naturalist Kelsey Dehring teaches kids ages 5 & 6 (with caregiver) about how these hardy birds survive the winter.
11 a.m.-noon, County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 11 a.m. 

"Under the African Sky": Wild Swan Theater.

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This award-winning local children's theater presents a series of African folktales. With drumming and other music. Geared toward kids ages 4-10. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River. Tickets $12 (seniors ages 60 & over and kids, $10; lap passes for kids ages 2 & under, $3) in advance at WildSwanTheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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A U-M student docent reads a story related to art on display. Followed by a short craft activity. For ages 3-6 with caregiver. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m.-noon., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

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]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

STEAM Workshop for Parents and Kids: Northfield Township Area Library.

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Take your weekends full steam ahead with our weekly workshop where kids collaborate with peers and parents to problem solve, experiment, and create! For ages 6 to 14 (children aged 6 to 8 need a parent with them). Space is limited, so registration is required for this event.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [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.

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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.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 noon, 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

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, 2, & 3 p.m. 

"Slime Time!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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All invited to make slime and learn about the different states of matter.
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. 

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. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Lacrosse.

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Feb. 18: Canisius. 4 p.m.

Feb. 22: Merrimack. 1 p.m.

Feb. 29: St. Johns. 3 p.m..

Mar. 11: Marquette. 4 p.m.

Apr. 5: Maryland. Noon.

Apr. 10: Rutgers. 7 p.m.
Various times (see listing), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Retro Computing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local amateur computer historian James Kruth shows how to operate an 8-bit computer and use basic programming language to make a small game. No experience required.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Battle of Jangsari": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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(Kwak Kyung-taek, 2019). Action-war film that follows the true story of student soldiers deployed during the Korean War. Korean, subtitles.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Library Lab: STEMfest": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Spotlight scientists from the University of Michigan visit the library to share the latest research at hands-on stations kids and families can explore!
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1340. jodi@ypsilibrary.org ypsilibrary.org [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). SophiaTango.com, 634-9629. [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.


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Scientist Spotlight": U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Several U-M research scientists in a range of fields from anthropology and psychology to chemistry, natural resources, & the environment are stationed throughout the library with interactive activities focusing on their current work. For example, visitors might look at miniature versions of an archaeological site to draw conclusions about people who lived there. In conjunction with YDL's STEMfest.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5557 Whittaker, Ypsilanti. Free. 764-0480. [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Roots of Hip Hop Music": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by EMU urban education grad student Victoria Shields.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus": Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences (Michigan Theater Not Just for Kids Series).

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Jerry Whiddon directs this Washington, D.C.-based touring group in Mo Willems' new musical adaptation of his children's picture book about a pigeon who wants to drive a bus. Geared towards grades preK-3.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $20 (meet & greet, $35) in advance at MichTheater.org & at the door. 668-8397. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]


 3-5 p.m. 

"Cheese & Wine Pairing": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's staffers discuss and offer taste samples of wine paired with artisan cheeses. Ages 21 & up.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45, preregistration required. 929-0500. [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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 3:30 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]


 3:45 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.


 4-7 p.m. 

"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]


 4:25 & 6:45 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.


 4:30 p.m. 

"Bløm Makers Series: An Evening of Cheese & Mead": Bløm Meadworks.

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Join us for a four-course flight of a match made in heaven: Bløm meads and ciders with Michigan-made Boss Mouse Cheese. Cheesemaker Sue Kurta will be in the house to guide you through 4 delicious pairings, while she teaches us all about cheese, cheese history and everything cheese!

Tickets include four cheese + beverage pairings plus a whole lotta cheese knowledge. Sue will also bring additional cheese for purchase!
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S 4th Ave Suite 110. $32. hello@drinkblom.com http://www.drinkblom.com/events/2020/2/22/makers-series-an-evening-of-cheese-amp-mead [map]



 4:45 & 7:05 p.m. 

"Olympic Dreams": State Theater.

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(Jeremy Teicher, 2020). Drama about a budding romance that takes place in the Olympic athletes village.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 5, 7:20, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Downhill": State Theater.

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(Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, 2020). A husband and wife reevaluate their lives after escaping an avalanche.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 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.

Dates:
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

FOR SUNDAY MATINEE (February 23)
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 www.pinckneyplayers.com (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. amy.goble@yahoo.com. amy.goble@yahoo.com www.pinckneyplayers.com



 6:45 & 9:25 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]


 7 p.m. 

"Xanadu": Tappan Players Middle School Musical.

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Come and see this Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you. Xanadu follows the journey of a magical Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time....the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it's 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation, and chaos abounds. You'll want to keep the music in your head and Xanadu in your heart...forever!
You can purchase your tickets at this link: https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/37161
Tappan Middle School Auditorium, 2251 E. Stadium Boulevard. $15 adults $10 children/seniors. 734 649 6046. a2tappanplayers@gmail.com https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/37161 [map]



 7-11 p.m. 

Casino Royale Fundraiser: Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic.

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Roulette, craps, blackjack, and more, plus a silent auction, hors d'ouevres, and a cash bar. Live music by the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic. Casino attire encouraged; prizes for the best spy gear.
7-11 p.m., Tri-County Sportsmen's League, 8640 Moon Rd., Saline. Tickets $25 in advance at bit.ly/30657Dl & $30 at the door. 257-5333. [map]



 7 p.m. 

Euchre Tourney: Webster Township Historical Society.

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No partner necessary. Prizes for top 3 overall winners. Refreshments.
7 p.m., Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church, Dexter. $10. 368-0887. [map]


 7-10 p.m. 

Pioneer Bands Trivia Fundraiser: Pioneer Band Association.

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Pioneer Bands Trivia Fundraiser will feature family feud style trivia questions, munchies, and a silent auction! All proceeds from this event will be used to support the talented, young musicians in the Ann Arbor Pioneer Band program.
Pioneer High School Cafeteria, 601 W. Stadium Blvd. $10/students and $20/adults. 734-904-3565. aapbafundraiser@gmail.com aapioneerbands.org [map]



 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Town Square: Stories That Unfold in Public Places": UMMA & Radio Campfire.

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All invited to gather & listen to this curated program of prerecorded audio stories on the theme of "public space."
7-8 p.m., UMMA Taubman Gallery, 525 S. State St. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Ara Topouzian: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization Blacksmith Shop Concert.

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Traditional Armenian music by this Detroit musician who plays the kanun, a Middle Eastern lap harp/zither with over 76 strings, along with a variety of percussion instruments.
7:30 p.m., Blacksmith Shop, 324 E. Main, Manchester. $18. 223-6876. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Blacksmith Shop Concerts: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization.

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Acoustic shows by local musicians. Samples of local food and drink provided.

Sept. 28: The Smoking Dandies. Quartet that plays 1920s-40s jazz and swing, including music by Django Reinhardt, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, and others.

Oct. 26: Chelsea Chamber Players. Classical music ensemble of violinist & violist Ian Cumming, violinist Nathan Peters, violist David Schultz, cellist Sara Cumming, and bassist Jed Fritzemeier.

Nov. 23: Royal Garden Trio. Led by guitarist Brian Delaney, this Ann Arbor trio plays early jazz standards and Hot Club-style gypsy jazz. With cellist Michael Karoub and clarinetist and tenor guitarist Tom Bogardus. Jan. 25: Abigail Stauffer. Local singer-songwriter with a rich, resonant alto voice who's known for her piercing, emotionally direct pop-folk and pop-rock songs. She's accompanied by Dave the Cellist, a stage name of jazz cellist Dave Haughey.

Feb. 22: Ara Tapouzian. Traditional Armenian music by this Detroit musician who plays the kanun, a Middle Eastern lap harp/zither with over 76 strings, along with a variety of percussion instruments.

Mar.28, Apr. 25, & May 30 shows TBA.

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7:30 p.m., Blacksmith Shop, 324 E. Main, Manchester. $18. 223-6876. [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

Dance Manchester: Riverfolk Music and Arts Organization.

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Various styles of dancing with live music.

Dec. 14: Corn Potato String Band. Contra & square dancing to live music by this Detroit trio whose repertoire of traditional Appalachian folk music ranges from ballads and Southern gospel to "hoe-downs" and country rags.

Feb. 8: Creole du Nord. Mardi Gras dance with live music by this popular Manchester quartet that plays traditional Creole & Cajun music.

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7:30 p.m., Blacksmith Shop, 324 E. Main, Manchester. $10 suggested donation. 223-6876. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

John Roy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 20-22. This L.A.-based comic, 2003 winner of CBS Star Search, is a frequent performer on network and cable TV. A self-described "fully-grown man who looks like a 12-year-old dressed for recess," his laid-back but incisive observations on contemporary culture, childhood, racial tolerance, and the media are punctuated by energetic character voices, clever dialogue, and the occasional bit of singing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"33rd Annual Storytelling Festival": The Ark.

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Feb. 22 & 23 (different programs). Performances for adults (Sat.) & families (Sun.) by 3 top storytellers from around the country. Headliner is Antonio Rocha, a Brazilian native now living in Maine whose performances blend folktales, mime, and social justice stories based on his experiences as an immigrant. Also, Anne Rutherford & Norm Brecke, a veteran storytelling duo from the Pacific Northwest whose repertoires include a wide assortment of folktales and lots of humor, and Barbara Schutzgruber, an award-winning local storyteller who specializes in folktales, ballads, and personal stories of resilience. Emcee is Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild president Steve Daut.
7:30 p.m. (Sat.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 (Sat.) & $10 (Sun.) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & TheArk.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8-11 p.m. 

Annual Rent Party: Jazzistry.

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Dancing to this local educational jazz history ensemble that's led by saxophonist and clarinetist Vincent York. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar. A fundraiser for Jazzistry's award-winning K-12 educational programs.
EMU Student Center Grand Ballroom, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Tickets $45 in advance at a2tix.com & $55 at the door. 761-6024. [map]
 


 8 p.m. 

Dorrance Dance: University Musical Society.

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Feb. 21 & 22. Led by former STOMP member and 2015 MacArthur "Genius" award-winner Michelle Dorrance, this New York City tap dance company performs 3 of her creative choreographed explorations of footwork-- Myelination, Jungle Blues, & Three to One--on its own floor, which it travels with to ensure that each performance meets its exacting standards. On Feb. 21 only, a post-show artist Q&A.
Power Center. Tickets $39-$66 (students, $12-$20) in advance at Tickets.UMS.org, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. (Canceled) 

Duo Belder Kimura: Academy of Early Music.

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CANCELED. Due to unforeseen immigration complications, the Duo Belder Kimura concert scheduled for February 22 has been canceled. For more information, see www.AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org or call 734-228-4338.




Japanese Baroque violinist Rie Kimura and Dutch harpsichordist & fortepianist Pieter-Jan Belder, a duo widely acclaimed for its recording of C.P.E. Bach's complete violin sonatas, present "Brilliant Violin Sonatas from the Baroque," a program featuring sonatas by Corelli, Scarlatti, and J.S. Bach. Preceded at 7:15 by a lecture by the artists.
8 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Tickets $30 (seniors, $25; students, $10) in advance by Feb. 14 at AcademyOfEarlyMusic.org and Bookbound (1729 Plymouth); $35 (seniors, $30; students, $15) at the door. 228-4338. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Freshman Horn Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Music students perform works TBA for horn & piano and horn ensemble.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Acoustic Beatles": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Local swing quintet Accidentally Hip is joined by local soul & blues singer-songwriter Adam Plomaritas and other guest musicians TBA to perform acoustic versions of the Beatles' greatest hits.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at A2tix.com and at the door. 769-2999. [map]
 


 8 p.m. 

"Apple Season": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 31- Feb. 23. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere of Oregon-based playwright E. M. Lewis's family drama about a woman's tangled past that resurfaces after her father dies. Stars Alysia Kolascz, Matthew Swift, & Jeremy Kucharek.
Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $22 in advance at Artful.Ly/Theatre-Nova and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"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.  Free! 

"Red Eye Theater": U-M Residential College Players.

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RC students present 2 original plays that they conceived, wrote, and rehearsed within the past 24 hours.
East Quad Keene Theater, 701 East University. Pay what you can. 647-4354. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Sonnets, Soliloquies, and Soul": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Feb. 20-23NYU Tisch School for the Arts drama professor (and former U-M Broadway artist in residence) Michael McElroy directs U-M musical theatre students in his new musical revue, an adaptation of various Shakespeare works reimagined through African American musical idioms such as soul, gospel, jazz, and funk.
U-M Walgreen Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $20 (students, $13) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Yerma" U-M Theatre Department.

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Feb. 20-23. U-M theater professor Malcolm Tulip directs U-M drama students in Federico García Lorca's 1934 drama, which García Lorca called a "tragic poem," about a young Spanish woman, married to please her family, who seeks advice from the town's elders when she is unable to produce a child.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $13) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 9:25 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.


 9:30 p.m. 

"Princess Mononoke": Michigan Theater.

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(Hayao Miyazaki, 1997). Ecologicaly-minded, densely plotted animated epic, loosely based on Japanese mythology, about Iron Age man vs. nature. Mature audiences. Japanese, subtitles.
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. 

"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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Brett Mitchell

Midland alt-pop-rock singer-songwriter whom Grand Rapids Press music critic John Sinkevics calls "the new millennium's version of Marshall Crenshaw." [venue info]

Banfield's: Salmagundi Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Motown/Memphis soul tribute band. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Allie Taylor & Friends

Jazz ensemble led by violinist Taylor, a U-M music grad student who is a 3-time winner of Downbeat Student Music Awards in the jazz vocal and pop/rock/blues categories. 11 p.m. [venue info]

Blue LLama: PD9 Sun Ra Band

A tribute to Sun Ra by this side project of the Detroit Music Award- winning Planet D Nonet, a a self-styled "space-age swing band" led by veteran drummer RJ Spangler and trumpeter James O'Donnell. $10-$30. 7 & 9 p.m. [venue info]

Canterbury House: Dwelling

Solo project of local percussionist Jacob Rogers. 8 p.m. [venue info]

Canterbury House: Vaguely Yiddish

Klezmer standards and offbeat originals by this local ensemble. Billed as a belated bat mitzvah party for 24-year-old Zoe Cutler, the evening ends with a dance party featuring mid-2000s music. All encouraged to wear their best middle-school outfits. 8:30 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Shaun Garth Walker

Local singer-guitarist with an eclectic, wide-ranging repertoire. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Eric Moore

Veteran local singer-songwriter known for his playfully ironic lyrics and jazz- and blues-inflected fingerstyle guitar playing. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Doug Brown

Americana covers & originals in an array of genres by this veteran local singer-keyboardist who has played with everyone from Chuck Berry & Koko Taylor to the Four Tops. [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: Persuasion

Versatile Detroit R&B dance band. [venue info]

Mash: Mike Vial

Local folk-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Scott Martin Band

Canton alt-country-rock quartet led by singer- songwriter Martin. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Mo' Easy

Local band whose music is rooted in the blues, jazz, pop, rock, and funk of postwar New Orleans, especially Professor Longhair. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Sterling G Project

Local jazz-funk ensemble led by keyboardist Sterling G. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Barker & Broski

Local proto-punk rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter duo of Michael Snyder-Barker and Chris Broski. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Robin Grant Project

Local folk-rock ensemble led by vocalist Grant. [venue info]

 
 


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