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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 22, 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]

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"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.

 8 a.m.  Free! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at parkrun.US/lillie. [map]

 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

Winter Birding: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a morning bird walk. All levels of birders welcome. Bring your own binoculars.
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free, but $6 vehicle entry fee. Preregistration required at (capacity limited to 12). [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 run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m. & 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Winter Stonefly Search": Huron River Watershed Council.

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Event changed to invitation-only to keep numbers down during recent Covid spike. Register to be notified of future events. Annual watershed-wide hunt, with experienced researchers, for these elusive river insects, which are active only in winter when fish are sluggish. 769-5123.

 10 a.m.-noon. 

"Neighborhood Nature Day": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance shows how to identify and control invasive species in the winter.
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $6 vehicle entry fee. 484-9676, ext. 202. Free. Preregistration required at [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 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]

 12:45 p.m.  Free! 

Exhibition & Open Skate: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Performances by the club's synchronized skating teams, the Hockettes, followed by a Learn to Skate open skate.
12:45 (exhibition), 1:40-2:05 p.m. (open skate), Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 213-6768. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Jan. 9, 17, & 22. All invited to help remove invasive plants in city parks. Bring water and wear a mask, long pants, closed-toe shoes, & work gloves, and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. All minors should be accompanied by a caregiver. Jan. 8: Leslie Woods Nature Area. Meet at the park entrance, north end of Upland Dr., north of Plymouth Rd. Jan. 17: Barton Nature Area MLK Day of Service. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Dr. Jan. 22: Kuebler Langford Nature Area. Meet at the park entrance on Beechwood Dr., north of Sunset Rd.
Various locations. Free, preregistration required at 794-6627.

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Critters and Climate Change: What Animals are Telling Us About Our Environment": WCC Super STEAM Saturday.

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"Virtually hands-on" program led by David Wooten exploring what certain animals are telling us about climate change-and about adaptation.
For URL see Free.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Open Hours: All Hands Active.

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Every Sat. All invited to drop in to learn about and use tools, or even just share a project you are working on. Livestream available at
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free; donations welcome.

 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Jan. 15 & 22. Docent-led tours of the museum. Jan. 15: "Tiny Objects, Big Stories." Virtual tour highlighting small items in the museum's collection. Jan. 22: In-person look at "Hidden Treasures of the Kelsey."
For URL (Jan. 15) see, & Kelsey Museum (Jan. 22), 434 S. State. Free. Masks required. 764-9304.

 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Field Botany": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike across the fields looking for animal signs and dried seed heads.
Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $6 vehicle entry fee. 484-9676, ext. 202. Free. Preregistration required at [map]

 3-6 p.m. 

"Tracking a Snowman": Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Ages 3-6 (accompanied by an adult) invited on a walk in search of a snowman (weather permitting) and/or signs of other animals. Afterward, kids can build and decorate their own snowman.
Park activity center, 8801 N. Territorial Rd., Dexter. Preregistration required. $5 (adults free). $10 vehicle entry fee., 426-8211. [map]

 3 & 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]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids Open Mic": Oz's Music Environment.

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All kids invited to sing songs, make music, tell jokes, and more.
Oz's Music, 1920 Packard. Free. Masks required. 662-8283. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Everyday Electrification: A Pathway to Kicking Fossil Fuels in Your Home": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations.

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Online presentation kicking off the A2ZERO Sustainability Series covers the basics (i.e. "what is electrification?") and then goes into the specifics of how to achieve full electrification. Participants are guided in mapping a pathway to electrifying their own homes.

 6-7:50 p.m. 

"DJ Skate": Arctic Coliseum.

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $8 (includes skate & rental). 433-4444. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Art + Sound": 7 Notes Natural Health.

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Sound - Relaxation and meditative states have been shown to increase the threshold for emotional response. Like other kinds of meditation, Sound Therapy can help us be more internally aware and more present in the moment allowing us to connect with our surroundings.
Art - Self-expression through art can relieve stress and boost overall happiness in other aspects of our lives. It stimulates thought as one draws on their own emotions. The sense of sight and touch are stimulated and active in the creative process.
Join us for an amazing experience as we listen to Singing Bowls and create a unique work of art.
Rob and Kaili will be your guides for this unique experience. Rob is a Licensed Massage and Sound Therapist and the owner of 7 Notes Natural Health. Kaili is the Creative Director and co-owner of Whitepine Studios.
Tickets can be purchased at:
Whitepine Studios, 141 E. Michigan Avenue, Suite B, Saline. $35. 248-962-5475. [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. 

"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]

 7:15-9 p.m. 

"Kids Mewvie Night": Tiny Lions.

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All ages 5-11 invited to cuddle up to cats and snack on popcorn and juice while watching a family-friendly movie. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow, if you wish. Kids only.
Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. $10 per kid. Preregistration recommended at Call 661-3564 for movie selection. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Comedy Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Stand-up showcase featuring sets by Andrew Yang & other area comics, with jokes about everything from dating to mortality.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. $25 preregistration fee for parties of 2-6 (which can be used towards drinks during the event), required in advance at Masks & proof of vaccination required. 548-9729. [map]

 7:30 & 10 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. 

"Love is Love (Story)": Out Loud Chorus.

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Jan 22 & 23. New artistic director Saleel Menon directs this chorus of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and their friends in a program of love songs TBA. With pianist Mahour Arbabian, bassist Edie Herrold, and drummer Tamara Perkuhn.
8 p.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun), Michigan League Ballroom. $18 (students & seniors, $15; unemployed or age 5 & under, free) in advance at, $20 at the door. 265-0740. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Mozart & Shostakovich": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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University of Wisconsin music professor Oriol Sans, a candidate for new A2SO music director, directs the A2SO and soloists Arthur Greene and Christopher Harding in Mozart's lyrical, exuberant Concerto No. 10 for Two Pianos. Also, Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, a tour de force that appealed to both the public and government officials in a time of rigorous Soviet censorship, and Grażyna Bacewicz's explosive symphonic Overture, composed during the German occupation of Poland.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $20-$80 in advance at & the A2SO office (35 Research Dr., ste. 100), and (if available) at the door. 994-4801. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Young Lions Collective": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Contemporary jazz vocalist, and pianist Emma Aboukasm performs jazz standards and originals.
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]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: The RFD Boys

Authentic bluegrass by these longtime local favorites who have appeared in numerous festivals and on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Their shows blend top-notch musicianship with funny between-songs dialogue. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019 by adding a new guitarist-mandolinist, Dan Roehrig, and releasing the album Still Delivering. $11 at the door only. [venue info]

Blind Pig: The Third Son

The stage name of Detroit hip-hop singer-songwriter and rapper Larry Borum III. Openers: Detroit-area hip-hop artists Dango Forlaine, Ronnie Alpha, Rose Thornberry, LRNX, Junii, and Rah God. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Brandon Rose & Soul Therapy

Ensemble led by the young Detroit jazz bassist Rose, a recent MSU grad. [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]

Mash: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Mash: Scott Martin

Canton alt-country-rock singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Canceled: Sweet Melissa

High-energy local dance quintet fronted by Georgia-bred vocalist Melissa Bruzzano whose music blends rock, funk, urban, Americana, and other genres. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Spark Spark

Local quintet fronted by vocalist Robin Grant that plays mostly uptempo, danceable covers. With guitarists John Rasmussen & Joshua Killom, bassist Cy Klone, and drummer Jim Weyman. [venue info]


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