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Events in February 2023
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February 14, 2023
“D & D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory.
“Getting Dressed”: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.
Feb. 13–24: Online presentation for kids in grades preK–2. The U.K. dance company Second Hand Dance presents a series of 5 short, lively dance films in which everyday clothing is transformed into a celebration of individuality. With animations and an 80s-inspired soundtrack. Anytime from Feb. 13 until Feb. 24. For URL, go to ums.org/performance/getting-dressed, or preregister to be reminded. Free. 764–2538.
Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory.
Every Mon.–Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Wed. 5–8 p.m.: Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game, free. Fri. 6:30–10 p.m.: Magic rotating draft, cost varies. Sat. noon–3 p.m.: Intro to Magic: The Gathering, free. Sat. 6–10 p.m.: Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players, free. Mon. 6:30–10 p.m.: Power Cards, $10. Tues. 6–9 p.m.: MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels, $5. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. email@example.com, 929–5877.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
Every Mon.–Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Pittsfield), Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown & Malletts Creek), Wed. 10:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Thurs. 11 a.m. (Traverwood & Pittsfield), Fri. 1 p.m. (Westgate), and Tues., Feb. 21, 7-7:30 p.m. (Westgate).
“Sunrise Nature Hike”: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Naturalist Elle Bogle leads a hike to listen for the songs of birds, feel the textures of tree bark, find animal tracks, and appreciate the beauty in the heart of winter. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. 8:30–10 a.m., Park Lyndon North, 18801 North Territorial Rd., Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mah-jongg: Pittsfield Township Senior Center.
“Finding Catholics in Early America: Lessons From the Archives”: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.
Talk by U-M history professor Susan Juster. Second in a series of 5 monthly lectures. 10–11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Preregistration required at olli-umich.org. $85 (members, $60) for the 5-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. Membership, $25 a year. 998–9351.
Online Meditation Drop-In: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
“Love Is in the Air: Homeschool Valentine’s Day Program”: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Thurs., Fri., & Tues. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.) or a 499er game for players with no more than 499 ACBL master points (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:45 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
Euchre: Pittsfield Township Senior Center.
Dance Musicians Workshop Janie Rothfield and Allan Carr: Pittsfield Open Band
Join award-winning fiddle Janie Rothfield and husband Scottish Singer and Guitarist Allan Carr for a two hour workshop focused on rhythm, musicality, and playing for contra dancers. Open to ALL interested in playing contra dance music. No sheet music will be used. Sponsored by the Pittsfield Open Band.
Masks required; we will provide one if you need it.
“Love in the Stacks”: U-M Library Special Collections After Hours.
Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet.
BattleTech: Classic: Sylvan Factory.
Valentine’s Day Dinner & Show ft. Olivia Van Goor with James Hughes: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Join us for a Valentine’s Day celebration at Blue LLama Jazz Club! OLIVIA VAN GOOR is a young performer with an old soul influenced by swing and bebop jazz from the mid-20th century. Detroit-based jazz saxophonist JAMES HUGHES has over 20 years of professional experience covering a wide range of genres from jazz to rock and roll, from classical to soul.314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Dinner+Show at opentable.com $150. email@example.com bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
“Food Literacy for All”: U-M Sustainable Food Systems Initiative.
Every Tues. (except Feb. 28), Jan. 10–Apr. 4. Virtual lecture series. Feb. 7: Pastry chef Vanessa Parish and journalist Sunny Levine, a member of the Queer Food Foundation board of directors, discuss “The Intersections of Queer Food.” Feb. 14: Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance coordinating director Niaz Dorry on “A Revol-Ocean to Take Back Our Ocean and Sea-Based Foods” Feb. 21: Drexel University community health professor Ashley Gripper on “Urban Agriculture’s Impacts on Agency and Wellbeing in Philadelphia.” 6:30–8 p.m., for Zoom URL, preregister at sites.lsa.umich.edu/sustainablefoodsystems/foodliteracyforall. Free.
“A Vet in the Apiary”: Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.
Talk by Northville honeybee veterinarian Melissa Holahan, who raises goats and honeybees on her farm, Chubb E. Acres. 7–8:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Also livestream available at facebook.com/A2B2club. Free; metered parking.
Note: The Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers still has a few remaining spots for beginning and intermediate beekeeping classes. If there is room, students can join a little late. To enroll, go to a2b2club.org/about-bee-school.
“Annual Creature Courtship”: The Creature Conservancy.
Feb. 10, 11, & 14. Frank but fun presentation on methods of seduction and reproduction in the animal kingdom. Conservancy staffers also show off some live animals, including a black swan, African crested porcupine, and more. Adults only. 7–9 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. $45 includes small bites and alcoholic beverages. Preregistration required at TheCreatureConservancy.org. 929–9324.
“Bluegrass Jam Circle”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
“Capture the Flag”: All Hands Active.
“Wild and Native Flowers”: Dexter Garden Club.
"Secret Clay Society Valentines Day Edition": Curiouser Clay
Secret clay projects, in secret locations! Be our valentine and register for this "blind box" experience and be treated to a secret clay project not available in regular workshop programming, in a special location, with additional secret goodies! NOTHING is revealed until the day of the workshop! This edition will take place in the Chelsea area!Chelsea, MI ,Chelsea, MI. For tickets, preregister at curiouserclay.com/shop#!/Secret-Clay-Society-2-14/p/521413022/category=0 $79.00. firstname.lastname@example.org curiouserclay.com 734-272-8615.
Appalachian Traditional Music Concert
Based in Staunton, VA, award-winning fiddler Janie Rothfield and husband Scottish singer and guitarist Allan Carr have been playing and recording their own unique blend of Celtic and Appalachian style traditional music and their own original compositions for over 40 years. Great singing, hot instrumentals with humorous interactions between Janie and Allan -- always a whole lot of fun!
Sponsored by Pittsfield Open Band.
Masks required; we will provide one if you need it.
$15 donation suggested. First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.
Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught; no partner or experience needed. Bring flat, clean-soled, nonslip shoes (running shoes okay) and your own water bottle. First-timers are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. 7–9:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Mask required. Suggested donation: $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with caregiver, free). aactmad.org/english-country, 665–7704.
Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.
All age 21 & over invited to discuss The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa’s 1994 dystopian novel about a young writer and her editor working to save the memory of everyday objects taken away by their society’s authoritarian regime. 7–9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. For questions, virtual access: FantasySF@umich.edu.
Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Pub Sing: Ann Arbor Morris.
Virtual Trivia Night: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.
“Sally”: Comic Opera Guild.
Screening of a filmed performance of a 2010 stage production by this ensemble of area singers and instrumentalists of Jerome Kern’s 1921 musical comedy, a rags-to-riches story about a poor dishwasher. Features the song “Look for the Silver Lining,” one of Kern’s biggest hits. Food and drink available. 7:30 p.m., The Venue, 1919 South Industrial. $10 (age 18 & under, $5) in advance at a2tix.com and at the door. comicoperaguild.org, 973–3264.
"Some LIke It Hot": Michigan Theater.
Feb. 14: “Some Like It Hot” (Billy Wilder, 1959). Celebrated screwball comedy about 2 male musicians who witness a gangland massacre and try to flee disguised as members of an all-girl band. Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe. 7:30 p.m., tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
Open Mic Comedy Night: The Club Above.
“Love at the 4-1-5”: Kerrytown Concert House.
Variety show of songs, skits, and poetry featuring some of Ann Arbor’s favorite performing couples, including pianist Tyler Driskill & vocalist Emily Rogers-Driskill; vocalist Deanna Relyea & bass clarinetist Piotr Michalowski; vocalists Kathy & Curt Waugh; vocalists Robert Peavler & Kristin Hoffman-Peavler; Will Myers & Dana Sutton-Myers; Joe & vocalist Roxy Diederich; and vocalist Monica Swartout-Bebow, & poet John Bebow. Refreshments. 8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Livestream also available. Tickets $35–$55 (students $24) in advance at kerrytownconcerthouse.com and (if available) at the door include a glass of champagne and a selection of sweets. Reservations recommended. 769–2999.