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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 21, 2022

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 All day. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Fri.-Sun.(except Jan. 1) & Jan. 17. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. The Sky Tonight (Fri.-Sun., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.; Jan 17, 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 & 2:15 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Fri.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.; Jan. 17, noon and 1:30 & 3 p.m.) explores the impact of an asteroid 66 million years ago, with footage from the first iridium layer found in Gubbio, Italy. Includes a brief star talk. Little Star that Could (Jan. 17, noon, 10:30 a.m.) tells the story of an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Suitable for all ages 3-8. Includes a brief star talk. Big Astronomy (Fri.-Sun., 1:30 p.m.) focuses on 3 of the world's largest observatories in Chile's rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert. Includes an abbreviated star talk.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]

 All day.  Online 

"Sermon": Davóne Tines & The Philadelphia Orchestra (University Musical Society Digital Presentation).

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Jan. 14-24. Bass-baritone Tines, accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs this program that intersperses readings with 3 songs, all on social justice themes. The music is highlighted by "You Want the Truth, but You Don't Want to Know" from Anthony Davis's opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, a role Tines will perform at Michigan Opera Theatre in May. Also, "Vigil," a song dedicated to the memory of Breonna Taylor that Tines co-wrote with Igee Dieudonné, and "Shake the Heavens" from John Adams' Nativity oratorio El Niño. This free online presentation is in anticipation of the Philadelphia Orchestra's upcoming UMS concerts in March.
Anytime from Jan 14 until Jan. 24. For URL, go to, or preregister to be reminded. Free. 764-2538.

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Eileen Southern and The Music of Black Americans: A Celebratory Roundtable": U-M School of Music.

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Virtual panel discussion with U-M Afroamerican and African studies professor Naomi André, U-M history professor Kira Thurman, and 3 U-M music professors-Antonio Cuyler, Charles Garrett, and Marc Hannaford.
For URL preregister at Free.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Vanguard": U-M Clements Library Bookworm.

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Historian Martha S. Jones discusses her 2020 book "Vanguard," showing how African American women defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot, and wielded political power to secure the equality and dignity of all persons. From the earliest days of the republic to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and beyond, black women-Maria Stewart, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Fannie Lou Hamer, and more-were the vanguard of women's rights, calling on America to realize its best ideals. Register at
Online via Zoom. Free. Online.

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. [map]

 Noon-3 p.m. 

Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy and poker that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). Masks required. For more information email or call 794-6250. [map]

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. 30 min. lesson (online and in-person) focusing on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome.
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [map]

 TBA.  Free! 

Scrabble: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to play. Available if there is sufficient interest; call ahead.
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [map]

 12:30-4 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. Non-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Bring a partner, or get paired up when you arrive. Beginners welcome.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $3 (members, $2). For more information, including URLs for virtual events, email or call 794-6250. Masks required. [map]

 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Walking Off the Pounds.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. Guided steps to walk in place. Online and in person (beginning Sept. 8).
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Tues. & Fri. if there is sufficient interest; call ahead.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 1-4 p.m. or so. 

Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Partners required on Fridays only. If you plan to come without a partner on Tuesday or Thursday, email beforehand. Refreshments available.
Games start at 1-4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:50 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. Masks required. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre: Turner Senior Wellness Center.

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2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Online 

"Reading Women's Lives (Memoirs): New Edition!": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This study group will be online. This is a new edition of the 2020-2021 women's memoirs class. Each month instructor Beth Spencer will send out ahead of class three excerpts from memoirs that speak to a particular theme.
Although not a writing class, participants will be expected to write a brief response to a theme-focused trigger question ahead of class. Readings will be discussed by the whole group, followed by small group discussions of writing. Possible themes include overcoming challenges; relationship with food; immigrant experiences.
Beth Spencer is a retired geriatric social worker with 25 years of university teaching experience and several years of leading OLLI classes. This study group will meet Friday January 21, February 18, March 18 and April 22.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $30. 7349989351.

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Owl Calling Hike & Campfire": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a brief walk to call for resident owls followed by a campfire as twilight descends.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt Rd. Meet at Medford Pavilion. Free. Preregistration required at [map]

 6:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night.: The Tech Brewery.

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Jan. 7 & 21. All invited to play any type of tabletop game, including board games, role playing, and card games. Bring your own game, or use one provided. Bring your own snacks and beverages, as wel
The Tech Brewery, 1327 Jones Dr., ste. #106. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Jan. 21 & 28. U-M creative writing grad students read their work. Jan 21: Molly Gott (fiction) & Caroline Harper New (poetry). Jan. 28: Abigail McFee (poetry) & Eva Warrick (fiction).
UMMA Stern Auditorium. Livestream available at Free. Masks required., 764-6330.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Peace Generator: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us in creating Peace for our planet. Meditate, chant, set intentions Held at The Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth. Free, but donations appreciated.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free. Online. 734-327-0270. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"70th Annual Faculty and Guest Artist Choreography Concert": EMU Dance Department.

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Jan. 21 & 22. EMU dance majors perform a mixed repertoire of new ballet, modern, contemporary, and funkateer works by Detroit-based choreographers Joori Jung, Barbara Selinger, Ronald Ford, and Miryam Johnson. Choreography by EMU dance professor Sherry Wilkinson rounds out the evening.
EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place,

Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students, $8) in advance at and at the door. 487-2282.

 7 p.m. 

"Celtic Caras": U-M Léim Irish Dance.

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This student dance ensemble performs soft- and hard-shoe Irish dances full of high kicks and fancy footwork.
Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. $10 (students, $5) in advance (beginning Jan. 15) at Mason Hall (419 S State) & by emailing, and at the door. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Spongebob the Musical": Young People's Theater.

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Jan. 20-23 & Jan. 27-30. Caroline Huntoon directs local young actors in this critically acclaimed musical about a happy-go-lucky sponge who lives in a pineapple on the ocean floor. Based on a Nickelodeon cartoon, it garnered 12 Tony nominations when it opened in 2018. An all-star roster supplied original songs, among them Steven Tyler, the Flaming Lips, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, and Sara Bareilles.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.). YPT Blackbox Theater, 331 Metty Dr., ste. 3. Tickets $15 in advance at and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 222-4006. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Tracey MacDonald: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 21-22. Canadian comic known for her alternatingly acerbic and self-deprecating observational humor about her life in L.A. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $15 reserved seating in advance at before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $17 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Anna Deavere Smith: Fragility and Resilience": University of Michigan Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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An award-winning actress, playwright, and teacher, Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Based on her recent one-woman show Let Me Down Easy, this lecture/​performance will combine stories of her creative journey with insights into the fragility and resilience of the human body and spirit.
Smith has appeared in the films Philadelphia, An American President, The Human Stain, and Rent, and in television on The Practice, The West Wing, and currently, Nurse Jackie. The founder and director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, she teaches at New York University.
Original event co-presented with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender in celebration of its then 20th Anniversary and with support from the U‑M Office of Research, the School of Public Health, the Department of Theatre & Drama, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Program in Sexual Rights and Reproduc
Online - Streaming at and on YouTube. Free. Online.

 8-10 p.m. 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. Masks required. 764-3440. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Bare Two Hands & The Insufferables: Civic Improv.

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Jan 8, 21, & 29. Debut performances by the company's first 2 improv troupes. Followed by an opportunity for audience members to take part in short-form improv games.
8 p.m. performance, 10 p.m. open improv jam. $15, available at the door only. Ann Arbor Civic Theater (A2CT) Studio, 322 W. Ann Street. Mask and proof of vaccination required. 846-2492, [map]

 8 p.m. 

"In Times Like These: An Evening of Song": Kerrytown Concert House.

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New Orleans-born Ann Arbor-based baritone Dorian Hall and local pianist Tyler Driskill explore themes of love, joy, sorrow, and hope through works by Ravel, Fauré, and Brahms, as well as early Italian and African American compositions.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Livestream available at Tickets $10-$45 in advance online and at the door. Tickets are being sold at 60% capacity. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Under Ceege": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun, Jan. 20-Feb. 27. Lynch Travis directs the world premiere of award-inning Inkster playwright Jeffry Chastang's drama set in an aging Detroit housing project, where a 71-year-old lifelong resident bumps heads with her 49-year-old son named Ceege as they gamble on change, each other, and the daily lottery. Cast: Sandra Love Aldridge & Jonathan West.
3 p.m. (Wed., Thu., Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $25-51 in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 8:30-10:30 p.m. 

Social Dance: The Dance Pavilion.

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Every Tues. & Fri. Ballroom dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded from 8-8:30 p.m. by practice (Tues.) or a group lesson (Fri.). Bottled water & chips provided.
8:30-9:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Fri.), 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. $12 (Tues.) & $15 (Fri.)., 369-9700. [map]

 10 p.m. 

"The Shining": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 psychological horror classic. Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. For updated schedule, see [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Ma Baker

Local funk-rock quartet. Openers: Chachuba, a local electro- pop dance band, and Violet Sol, a local self-styled "soulful music collective." $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Kris Kurzawa Quartet

Local quartet led by guitarist Kurzawa that plays jazz, soul, and avant-funk covers and originals. [venue info]

Club Above: Latin Night

DJ dance party. [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: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Live: Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Motown/Memphis soul tribute band featuring vocalist Sheila Rhodes. [venue info]

Lo-Fi: Charles Trees & Friends.

Local hip-hop MC Trees is joined by other musicians TBA. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nick Orr

Local singer-songwriter & guitarist, a member of the funk-rock jam quartet Pajamas. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Twenty TwentyFour

Toledo ensemble whose music is an eclectic, danceable mix of jazz, funk, R&B, soul, and rock. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: K Michael Joseph

Local singer-songwriter whose music is an acoustic blend of electropop, nu jazz, and ambient music. Also, an eclectic mix of covers. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Rock Jones

Local band led by the father-son rhythm section of singers Larry and Brian Genoa that plays vintage electric blues and rock 'n' roll dance jams. [venue info]


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