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Calendar of Events

Sunday, October 10, 2021

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 8 a.m.  Free! 

Cowgirl Blues- an exhibition of prints by Marjorie Gaber: Creal Microgallery.

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Creal Microgallery is pleased to present "Cowgirl Blues," an exhibition of risograph prints by Michigan-based illustrator and comic artist Marjorie Gaber. The works in this exhibition feature a character pulled from the Mythological American West- a contemplative pioneer, a rugged independent, and a fixture in Gaber's psyche-- the cowgirl.
According to Gaber, "Cowgirls have this strange magical air to them; like cowboys they have this association with rugged individualism and a kind of charismatic folksiness to them, but there's something special about the cowgirl. Something untouchable and aspirational, but vulnerable too." These prints, based on Gaber's comic illustrations, explore a range of ideas on the cowgirl identity in ways that are both playful and philosophical-- who is this mythological character and how does she succeed or fail at, well... at being?
Creal Microgallery, Creal Crescent. Free. 7187837837.

 9-10:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Watershed Discipleship": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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FUMC Wesley Foundation Chaplain Tim Kobler shares his experience at the recent Wesley Foundation Global Water Summit. Livestream available by contacting Debbie Houghton at 662-4536 (preferred) or
FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. Masks required. 662-4536. [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. Wake up your body and mind with slow flow and gentle stretches.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and take your belongings to your yoga space. You will be checked in at the door.
Choose an option to donate from $10-$20, or use a class package. Register on Eventbrite. on our website, or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. 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.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. $10-20 Donation. 7347577213. [map]

  10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Fiber Expo.

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Oct. 9 & 10. Show and sale of a variety of yarns and fiber art supplies, products, and crafting items. Demonstration classes. Also, breeders on hand with alpacas, sheep, and other animals. Concessions. No pets.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $4 ($6 for both days); kids age 12 & under, free. Cash only., (419) 825-1609. [map]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Pioneer Day: Waterloo Farm Museum.

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Docent-led tours of the farmhouse and outbuildings on this 19th-century homestead, with spinning, quilting, and weaving demos. Wagon rides, live music, outdoor games, a craft sale, and sales of farm goods, jams, preserves, apple butter, bean soup, molasses cookies from the wood-fired oven, and snacks.
Waterloo Farm Museum, 13493 Waterloo-Munith Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. $5 (seniors, $4; kids ages 5-12, $2). (517) 596-2254.

 10:45 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom or in Person. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free. Online. 7343270270. [map]

 11 a.m. 

19th Annual Dan Jilek 5K Fun Run/Walk.

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5-km race with awards for 3 top female and male runners and top 3 kids age 12 & under. Participant awards for all kids. Followed by a free picnic. Water & snacks. Proceeds benefit the Dan Jilek Memorial Fund that supports leadership and sports opportunities for young people.
Meet at the Gallup Park Maas Shelter, 3000 Fuller. $25 in advance at [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Online 

Annual Glass Pumpkin Fest: The Glass Academy.

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Online show and sale of glass pumpkins and livestream glass-blowing demos.
For URL purchase tickets ($30; if purchased in Sept., $20) at (313) 561-4527.

 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Blast Corn Maze.

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Every Fri.-Sun., Sept. 26-Nov. 7. A large corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails and 3 exits to allow for routes of various lengths. Also, a U-pick pumpkin patch, produce, craft sale, hayrides, duck races, pedal cars, a kids play area with a mountain of straw and a corn box, and more. Maps ($1) & food available.
5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sun.), 6175 Daly Rd. (half mile west of Zeeb), Dexter. $12 (kids ages 5-12, $9; age 4 & under, free) online only at [map]

 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

Country Fair: Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Sept. 11-Oct. 31. A carnival atmosphere with a variety of family-oriented fall activities on this 6th-generation family farm. Wagon rides, a petting farm, a corn maze, a playground, and much more. Weekends only: a Noah's Ark inflatable, a giant slide, a bungee run, and more. Splattertown paintball shooting at targets, apple picking, and other activities available Sat. & Sun. for an extra charge. Cider and donuts available. No pets.
Wiard's Orchards, 5565 Merritt Rd. (east of Carpenter), Ypsilanti. Weekend admission: $22 (babies under 2, free). Weekday admission: $16 (babies, free). 390-9211. [map]

 11 a.m.  Online 

Slow Burn Vinyasa Flow: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Integrate breath and movement with this Slow Burn Vinyasa class. During this class, there will be a focus on alignment, strength and flexibility. Flow sequences involve holding certain postures to create internal heat, as you build muscle and stamina.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and place your belongings in the cubbies. You will be checked in at the door. Masks are not required, however if you feel more comfortable wearing one during class, feel free.
Register on our website or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. 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.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. Online. Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

Sunday Artisan Market.

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Every Sun. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Free admission. 913-9622. [map]

 11 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

"A2 Artoberfest": Guild of Artists & Artisans.

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Oct. 9 & 10. Juried art fair displaying the works of about 100 regional artists, ranging from jewelry and glass to ceramics and fiber. Related events include live musical entertainment and family-friendly art activities. Food & drink available.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.) & 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.), Downtown Ann Arbor on N. Fourth (between Huron & Kingsley) and Ann St. (between Main & Fifth). Free admission. Masks encouraged. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Sun. Talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"You Can Dance-Outside!": University Musical Society.

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Hardcore Detroit dance company founder Haleem "Stringz" Rasul demonstrates the basics of Detroit jit, a street-dance style. Suitable for all fitness levels.
11 a.m. (check-in from 10:30-10:55 a.m.), Olson Park Pavilion, 1505 Dhu Varren Rd. Free, but preregistration required at [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,


Regattas: U-M Sailing Club.

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Oct. 10 & 24. All invited to watch club members and others race. Oct. 10 (noon): Sunfish Regatta. With small, nimble sailing dinghies. Oct. 24 (9:30 a.m.): Bone Chiller Regatta. Features larger sailboats, also costumes and other family-friendly Halloween festivities.
Various times, Baseline Lake, 8010 Strawberry Lake Rd., left from Mast north of North Territorial, Dexter. Free., 426-4299. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

U-M Field Hockey.

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This month's schedule includes home games against Northwestern (Oct. 8, 6 p.m.), Louisville (Oct. 10, noon), Rutgers (Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m.), and Maryland (Oct. 24, 1 p.m.).
Ocker Field, 1202 S. State. Free. For mask requirements, see 764-0247. [map]

 Noon-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Self-Guided Fall Color & Sandhill Crane Tour": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Oct. 10-mid Nov. date TBA. Maps for the best fall color routes and crane viewing areas are available at the Discovery Center desk. Also, on-request showings of The Sandhill Crane Story.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tues.-Sat.) & noon-5 p.m. (Sun.), Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. Free; $17 vehicle entry fee required. 475-3170. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Out of the Darkness": American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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This fundraising walk event is organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Every dollar you raise through the Out of the Darkness Walks allows AFSP to invest in life-saving research, education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide. For more information, visit the AFSP's website!
Hudson Mills Metropark. Donation. (734) 789-0038.

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Youthful Spirits Class for Young People": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 1-4 p.m. 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Oct. 2: Dolph Park (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 475 South Wagner, and Fritz Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 1407 Russell Rd. Oct. 3: Braun Park (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 1400 Chalmers. Oct. 9: Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2800 Verle Rd. Oct. 10: Stapp Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 2518 Traverwood Dr. Oct. 16: Marshall Nature Area (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3330 N. Dixboro Rd. Oct. 17: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 1866 Newport Rd. Oct. 23: Kuebler Langford Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon), meet at 650 Beechwood Dr., and Miller Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 1518 Arborview Blvd. Oct. 24: Botsford Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3015 Miller. Oct. 30: Gallup Park (1-4 p.m.), meet at 3225 Gallup Park Rd.
Various times & locations; preregistration required at Free. 794-6627.

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to South America (2 & 4 p.m.), including the sloth, boa constrictor, cane toad, and the 3-banded armadillo. Also, an alligator feeding (3 p.m., weather permitting) and the chance to see the conservancy's other animals.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; under age 2, free) in advance at; at the door, $11 (kids ages 2-12, $9; under age 2, free). Masks required. 929-9324. [map]

 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

10th Anniversary Open House: Maker Works.

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Demonstrations of workshop tools, including 3-D printers, a CNC plasma cutter, a ShopBot CNC router, and lasers. Also, a display of items made by members. Masks required.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]

 2-5 p.m. 

New Date: 10th Anniversary Open House: Maker Works.

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Demonstrations of workshop tools, including 3-D printers, a CNC plasma cutter, a ShopBot CNC router, and lasers. Also, a display of items made by members. Masks required.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 222-4911. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Cohousing Tours: Touchstone Cohousing.

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Sunday Tours of Ann Arbor's 3 cohousing communities have begun again! Cohousing creates a community of friends who work, share, learn, grow and play together. Our neighborhood feels like home to all who want to live and visit here. It is a comfortable space that supports both individual expression and shared experiences. The Ann Arbor area is unique in the US for having 3 cohousing communities. Tour all three condominium communities, Sunward, Great Oak, and Touchstone, and you'll get an idea of what it's all about.
Touchstone Common House, 560 Little Lake Drive. Free. 734-274-9110. [map]

 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Game Playtesting: Michigame Design Lab.

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All invited to try out new games from local board and card game designers and provide feedback.
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free, but proof of vaccination required. 548-9729. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Nora: A Doll's House": U-M Theatre Department.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 30-Oct. 10. Malcolm Tulip directs Stef Smith's 2019 adaptation of the once controversial Henrik Ibsen play about a middle-aged housewife's struggles for financial and emotional independence. In this retelling, the title character is split into 3 separate iterations living in different time periods. As they embark upon parallel paths, each is confronted by their respective eras' shifting cultural expectations for women.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 on sale starting Sept. 2 (students with ID, $13) in advance at 764-2538. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Smokey Joe's Cafe": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 23-Oct. 10. This local professional company performs this hit 1996 Broadway musical revue that features 39 Lieber & Stoller songs, from "Charlie Brown" and "Poison Ivy" to "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" to "There Goes My Baby" and "Stand by Me."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun. matinee), Encore, 7714 Ann Arbor St, Dexter. Tickets (price TBA) in advance at 268-6200. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"The Lifespan of a Fact": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Sept. 17-Oct. 10. Carla Milarch directs the Michigan premiere of NYC playwrights Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell's 2019 briskly entertaining comedy about a fact-checker for a renowned essayist who finds himself in an all-out battle with the writer pitting factual truth vs. creative license. Based on a book by the same name that documents years of dickering over intentional and unintentional inaccuracies in John D'Agata's 2010 essay, "What Happens There," the play is praised by a Variety critic to have "terrifically funny dialogue...The debate at the heart of this play," the critics adds, "transcends comedy and demands serious attention." Cast: Andrew Huff, Justin Montgomery, and Diane Hill. Proof of vaccination required.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $22 in advance at and at the door. 635-8450, [map]

 2 p.m. 

"The Wild Party": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Oct. 7-10 & 14-17. New York-based director/choreographer MiMi Scardulla and musical director Jason DeBord helm Andrew Lippa's Obie-winning off-Broadway musical about a young couple who decide to throw the party-to-end-all-parties in their Manhattan apartment. Originally set in the 1920s as a steamy prohibition tale, this production takes place in the contemporary world of gossipy socialites.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $33-$39 in advance at Masks required. 764-2538. [map]

  3 p.m. 

"Scream": Fathom Events.

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(Wes Craven, 1996) A young woman is stalked by a killer in this sly, self-mocking horror film.
Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 3:30 p.m. 

Season Opener: Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in a program highlighted by Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 and the Overture to Schubert's Rosamunde. Also, arrangements by the string, brass, and woodwind sections.
Lincoln High School Performing Arts Center, 7425 Willis Rd., Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (students, seniors, & children 12 and under, $6; family of 4, $30) in advance at and at the door. For Covid precautions, see [map]

 5-8 p.m. 

Chefs in the Garden Dinner Series: Growing Hope Fundraiser.

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Sept. 12 & 26 and Oct. 10. Dinner prepared by local chefs and served in the hoophouse. The program begins with appetizers, cocktails, and live music by local pop-folk singer-songwriter Matt Jones and others TBA.
Growing Hope, 922 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti. Tickets $125 in advance at, 786-8401. [map]

 5:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. Game materials provided.
5:30-9 p.m. (Sun.) & 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Bill's Beer Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Online 

Channeled Spiritual Discussion Group: Deep Spring Center.

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All invited to discuss (via Zoom) their metaphysical questions with others with similar interests. The evening is led by Aaron, a "being of light" channeled by Barbara Brodsky who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices, including Vipassana and Pure Awareness meditation. Q&A.
For URL preregister at $10-$30 suggested donation. 477-5848,

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Passport as Home: Comfort in Rootlessness": Jewish Community Center.

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U-M political science professor Andrei Markovits is joined in conversation (via Zoom) with Bryn Mawr College sociology professor David Karen to discuss Markovits's new memoir.
For URL email Free. 971-0990.

 7:30 p.m. 

"Night Terrors": Wiard's Orchards.

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Every Fri.-Sun. Six different recently refurbished scary attractions-a haunted hayride, alien clowns, the Asylum, and more-bristling with over 115 costumed monsters. Refreshments available. Recommended for age 12 & up.
Wiard's Orchards, Inc., 5565 Merritt Rd, Ypsilanti. $18 for access to one attraction (multi-area passes, $39.99 & $49.99) in advance only. 734-482-7744. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

"Christian Royce Presents The Black Costanza": Dreamland Theater.

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Comedy show headlined by Chicago-based comic Royce, an Ypsilanti native who bills himself as someone able to maintain "his suburban innocence while using that perspective to tackle real world issues." Opened by area comics Dan Thomas and Felicity Blue, and hosted by Ann Arbor artist Sonny Dulphi. Adult content; suitable for ages 21 & up only.
8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.), Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Masks required. $10 in advance on and (search "The Black Costanza") and at the door. [map]

 10 p.m.  Free! 

Burnout Society Film Club: 8 Ball Movie Night.

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Patio screening of 2 films each night, with trivia at intermission. 21 & up only. Tonight: "Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter" (Brian Clemens, 1974). A debonair supernatural expert and his assistant meet their match when they come across a town where vampires have been siphoning off the vitality of young women. "The Lost Boys" (Joel Schumacher, 1987). Horror comedy about 2 Arizona brothers who move to California, where they find themselves at war with a gang of teen vampires.
8 Ball Saloon, 208 S. First. Starts at 10 p.m. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: The David Bromberg Quintet

One of the Ark's longest standing and biggest attractions, this veteran folkie a brilliant entertainer whose style draws on blues, country, early jazz, and even classical music, and his repertoire includes offbeat, often wryly ironic originals and highly personal interpretations of traditional material. Tonight he performs with his band, with whom he recorded his brand-new CD, Big Road. $35. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Palm Grease

Local jazz-funk fusion ensemble with saxophonist Bobby Streng, guitarist Kris Kurzawa, bassist Damon Warmack, and drummer Jesse Kramer. [venue info]


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