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]
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]
WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike to learn how carnivorous animals survive the winter if they're not hibernating.
County Farm Park, 2230 Platt Rd. Free. Preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org (registration #821002). [map]
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]
Volunteer Info Session to learn more about becoming a Big in our community based program, attend one of our weekly virtual Information Sessions.
Online. Free. Online. Jasmine.Edwards@bbbswashtenaw.org www.wcbbbs.org
Live broadcast of a Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's tragic opera about an evil duke who seduces his jester Rigoletto's beautiful daughter. Director Bartlett Sher has placed this new production in 1920s Europe, with Art Deco sets and costumes.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424), Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline, 316-5500). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door.
Talk by EMU African American studies professor emeritus Ronald Woods.
U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration required at bit.ly
Cuban-born writer Ruth Behar, a U-M anthropology professor, discusses (via Zoom) her new children's book, a poignant story about a young girl and her aging aunt exploring their mixed Sephardic Jewish and Cuban heritage.
For URL see literatibookstore.com
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 MeetUp.com
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free; donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.
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]
Contestants compete in talent, responses to on-stage questions, evening wear, and swimsuit categories. The winner goes to the 2022 Miss Michigan Pageant. Also, the Miss Washtenaw County's Outstanding Teen Pageant.
Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Rd., misswashtenawcounty.com. Tickets $20 (kids ages 2-12, $10; kids age 1 & under, free) at the door only. 383-3119. [map]
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]
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]
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, civicimprov.org. [map]
U-M jazz piano professor Rowe leads her ensemble in "Momentum: Portraits of Women in Motion" a program of music inspired by great women of the last 50 years including Michelle Obama, Billie Jean King, runner Gunhild Swanson, and civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer.
Walgreen Drama Center 1226 Murfin. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]
Performing both separately and together, Imani Winds, a veteran NYC-based wind quintet known for its adventurous programming, and the Catalyst Quartet, a string quartet comprised of Sphinx Competition laureates & alumni, join forces in this program of 4 commissioned works inspired by both historic and contemporary pathways of immigration. The program is highlighted by former Catalyst Quartet violinist Jessie Montgomery's Sergeant McCauley, a work about the Great Migration, inspired by her grandfather's experiences, that brings together spirituals and work songs. Also, V Coleman's arrangement of late 20th-century Cuban percussionist-bandleader Ramón Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue," early 20th-century symphonic composer Florence Price's Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint, and contemporary Puerto Rican classical composer Roberto Sierra's Concierto de Cámera.
Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $26-53 (students $12-20), in advance at tickets.ums.org, at the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid-19 PCR test) required. 764-2538. [map]
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]
Canceled and Postponed Events:
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 14-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient Emmylou Harris, a country-folk legend with a plaintively beautiful soprano voice whose varied repertoire ranges from classic country love songs and tasteful contemporary covers to eloquent and forthright original songs. 40 years into her career, Harris still wields a powerful and haunting vocal instrument, but her music has always been about the songs. Also: Patty Griffin is a highly regarded roots-music singer-songwriter from Maine who employs bluesy alto vocals and an emotively melodic guitar style to present her elegant, deeply poetic songs, which are personal in unexpected ways. The Oshima Brothers are a Maine-based roots-pop duo whose music fuses joyful, richly harmonic pop-folk songwriting from one brother with production, engineering, filmmaking, and multi-instrumentalism from the other. The Sweet Water Warblers is a trio of 3 well-known Michigan female singer-songwriters-Lindsay Lou Rilko, May Erlewine, and Rachael Davis-whose collaboration has produced a body of compelling original songs featuring close vocal harmonies and seamlessly interwoven instrumental work. Lauded as one of the "12 Black Artists Shaping Country Music's future" by USA Today, Baltimore native Brittney Spencer is an imaginative singer-songwriter with a robust fan base whose recent single "Sober and Skinny" garnered praise from the New York Times and Rolling Stone. Jared Deck is a young alt-country singer-songwriter from Oklahoma whose musical skills were honed over six years as a pianist in a Black church. He uses his powerful voice to tell twang-infused stories of working-class Middle America. 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]
Blind Pig: Dixon's Violin
Avant-garde improvisations by a former DSO violinist who goes by the name of Dixon's Violin. He performs on a five-string electric violin and a looping system. Openers: Jesse Clayton, a jazz-rock fusion ensemble led by this Macpodz keyboardist, and Dave Menzo, a local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. $10.
Blue LLama: Soul Message Band
Soulful jazz by this Chicago trio led by the celebrated Hammond B3 organist Chris Foreman. 6 & 8:30 p.m.
Club Above: "MEMCO: Impulse"
Electronic music dance night with DJs spinning techno, house, drum & bass, and more..
Club Above: Latin Night
DJ dance party.
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.
Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz
Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier.
Mash: Chris Canas Band
Detroit blues band fronted by blues vocalist and virtuoso guitarist Canas.
Mash: Mia Green
Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m.
Ypsi Alehouse: Wake Up Jamie
Ypsilanti acoustic indie pop-rock trio.
Zal Gaz Grotto: The Terraplanes
Local band led by singer-guitarist Jerry Mack that plays a mix of houserocking blues, uptown swing, soulful R&B, and roots rock.
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