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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 28, 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]


 10-11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

David Haynes: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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This fiction writer reads from and discusses his work, which includes 7 novels, 5 books for young readers, and an upcoming collection of short stories. Haynes frequently draws from his 15 years teaching in inner-city schools to explore gender, race, and generational conflicts. Followed by a Q&A. Also, tomorrow Haynes gives a free talk on "Writing Across Boundaries of Race, Culture, and Class: Considerations, Cautionary Tales, and Advice" (10-11 a.m., 3222 Angell Hall).
UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Livestream available for both programs at tinyurl.com/ZellWriters. Free, but capacity limited. Masks required. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 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. ofGlobal@aol.com. [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 bpatton@a2gov.org 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 info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Reducing Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence": League of Women Voters of Washtenaw County Lunch & Learn.

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Talk by sexual violence survivor Nicole Beverly, founder of The Enough Initiative.
Preregister at bit.ly/lwvwccalendar or facebook.com/LWVWashtenaw.


 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 info.tswp@umich.edu 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 bpatton@a2gov.org 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 info.tswp@umich.edu 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, info.tswp@umich.edu. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre: Turner Senior Wellness Center.

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2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 4:30-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Jan. 7 & 28. Talks (via Zoom) by national scholars. Jan. 7: Stanford University art history professor Usha Iyer on "Bombay Cinema and the Caribbean: Rhythmic Flows and Cultural Migrations Across Creolized Geographies." Jan. 28: "Spatializing Islam During the Early Cold War," a talk by MSU English professor Cara Cilano on the emergence of the Pakistani state.
For URL see events.umich.edu/group/3273. Free. csas@umich.edu.


 5:30-9 p.m. 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Jan 14 & 28 All ages 5-11 invited to watch an animal-themed movie and interact with adoptable pets. Vegetarian dinner (often pizza). Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 (additional children, $15). Call 661-3575 for movie selection. [map]


 6:30-9 p.m. 

"Euchre Change a Life!"

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Five-game euchre tournament. Sign up with a partner, or get paired with one by the organizers. Prizes. Proceeds benefit Haitian Emmanuel Christian School children in 3 locations.
2|42 Community Center Ann Arbor, 648 S. Wagner Rd. $10 donation per player in advance by Nov. 3 at Facebook.com/EuchreChangeALife; $20 at the door. EuchreChangeALife@gmail.com. [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 tinyurl.com/WebsterSeries. Free. Masks required. lmmorrow@umich.edu, 764-6330.


 7:00-7:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

StoryFest Family Fun Concert: Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild.

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Online storytelling concert by guild members Glen Model, Judy Sima, and Beverly Black for children age 4 and older and their families. Children's storyteller Kathleen Wright MCs.
Join Zoom Meeting

a2schools.zoom.us/j/403120199.


 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 youngpeoplestheater.com and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 222-4006. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Ty Boeh: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 28-29. Fast-paced comic whose cerebral style is both witty and silly. 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 etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show, $17 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Amateur Hour Comedy: U-M Student Comedy Club.

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Showcase of material the club's 10 or so comics have been working on.
8 p.m. Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron St. Free. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Karen Walwyn: U-M School of Music.

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This New York-based composer-pianist, the first female African American to receive the Steinway Artist Award, performs a program TBA.
Walgreen Drama Center 1226 Murfin. Free. Masks required. 764-0594. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Arabic to English": Theatre Nova.

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Thurs.-Sun, Jan. 28-Feb. 20. Carla Milarch directs the pandemic-delayed premiere of David Wells' 2020 drama about a high-stakes immigration case in which an Arab American interpreter, engaged to a white American lawyer, falls in love with her fiance's Arab American client. Escalating emotions and her need to choose between the prospect of a storybook American life and her desire to define her own identity complicate the already ticklish task of translation.
8 p.m. (Thurs., Fri., Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Tickets $22 in advance at theatre-nova.ticketleap.com & at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 48 hours). 635-8450. [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 PurpleRoseTheatre.org 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.). TheDancePavilion.com, 369-9700. [map]


 10 p.m. 

"Fight Club": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of David Fincher's 1999 allegorical drama starring Edward Norton & Brad Pitt.
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 MichTheater.org. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 6:30 p.m.(canceled) 

Canceled: 45th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival: The Ark.

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Jan. 28 & 29 (different programs). A major highlight of the local musical year, with established and rising stars representing a wide spectrum of vernacular musical idioms. Tonight's headliner is Glen Hansard, the beloved Irish folk-rock singer-songwriter of The Frames and The Swell Season, who first garnered wide attention in the 1991 film The Commitments and has since earned a reputation as a high-energy crowd-pleaser. Another festival highlight, The Punch Brothers, is a quintet of acoustic string virtuosos led by mandolinist Chris Thile that performs a brand of bluegrass-based music that the New York Times puts "at the frontier of an emerging style of what might be called country-classical chamber music." The band just released its 6th album, Hell on Church Street. Also: Pop-folk Americana singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham, whose Grammy-nominated debut, Who Are You Now, demonstrates a talent for Joni-Mitchell-style open tunings, tight funk grooves, and complex rhythms. The Ghost of Paul Revere is a rural Maine quartet that uses traditional bluegrass instrumentation to make an original music that's been dubbed "holler-folk" for the way it draws on the rich tradition of field hollers, with call-and-response melodies, sing-along hooks, and densely layered harmonies. San Antonio-bred Latin-folk singer-songwriter Gina Chavez is a 2015 Austin Musician of the Year who sings in English and Spanish and whose passionate, deeply personal songs draw on a diverse array of musical idioms from cumbia and bossa nova to swing and alternative rock. Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kyshona is a former music therapist known for her soulful vocals, socially conscious lyrics, and versatile songwriting that draws on folk, rock, and R&B influences. Bluegrass Situation called her 2020 album Listen, "prescient" in its attunement to the zeitgeist. Emcee is Sara Watkins, a singer-songwriter and fiddler best known as a former member of the popular San Diego bluegrass trio Nickel Creek.
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $45-$225 per night & $80-$400 for both nights in advance at the Michigan League Underground, the Ark box office, & TheArk.org, and (if available) at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Cancelled Event: "Wine, Women & Song 20th Anniversary Series-Part 1: Twenty Years, But Who's Counting?" To be rescheduled in spring of 2022.: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 28 & 30. Vocalists Linda Beaupré, January Provenzola, Monica Swartout-Bebow, and Kathy Waugh celebrate a 20-year run of annual shows with musical numbers about friendship, irreverence, fun, and dressing-up. First in a series, that runs through the summer, of cabaret shows featuring small break-out groups from Wine, Women, & Song's full 12-member cast.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Livestream available at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Tickets $15-$75 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:

 

Blind Pig: Chris Gethard

All ages admitted. Cerebral, genuinely funny NYC-based actor-comedian, whose strongly improvisational style and penchant for often oddball byplay with his audience reflects the influence of the likes of Howard Stern, Andy Kaufman, and David Letterman. The host of the Earwolf podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, Gethard is also the author of books on NYC ghost stories & urban legends and a collection of biographical stories that's been featured on This American Life. $20-$30 Proof of COVID vaccination (at least 2 weeks prior to the show) required. 7 & 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 & 9 p.m.). [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: The Dang Deluge

Local psychedelic rock band featuring vocalist Janet Benson. [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: Jason Dean

Local 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]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Shoot the Messenger

Versatile honky-tonk band led by singer-bassist Chris Goerke. The band's huge repertoire includes blues, country, rockabilly, rock 'n' roll, and R&B. With singer-guitarist Steve Newhouse and singer- drummer Tom Twiss. [venue info]

 
 


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