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February 16, 2023
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”: Michigan Theater.
Opens Feb. 16: (Peyton Reed, 2023). Marvel Comic superhero film, sequel to 2 previous Ant-Man movies about a former petty criminal able to increase his strength while shrinking or growing in scale. Paul Rudd. 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.
“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.
"Making a Muni: Where Will We Find the Power?": Ann Arbor for Public Power
Re: Renewables & Efficiency, Brandie Ekren, Executive Director of Traverse City Light & Power, George Stojic of Red Cedar LLC, formerly worked with Lansing Power & Light and Matthew Cason of Democratize ComEd.Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_q5r6pOaFTZS0eMMQc__xLA Free. calendar@A2P2.org annarborpublicpower.org 734-272-5194.
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).
“Plastics and the Carbon Age: Environmental and Health Impacts”: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Lecture Series.
Every Thurs. Jan. 12–Feb. 16. Series of weekly lectures by resource recycling experts and U-M faculty on the environmental and health impacts of plastics. Feb. 16: Recycle Ann Arbor consultant Alex Danovitch on “What Role Can Recycling and Municipal Strategies Play in the Plastics Crisis? A Community Impact-Focused Discussion.” 10–11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Preregistration required at olli-umich.org. $61 (members, $36) for the 6-lecture series. $10 per lecture for members. Membership, $25 a year. 998–9351.
“Little Paws Story Time”: HSHV.
Every Thurs. (10:30–11:30 a.m.): Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2–5, accompanied by an adult. $5 (babies under age 1, free). HSHV. $5 per kid. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661–3575.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.
Every Thurs. Virtual and in-person talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 16 (via Zoom): University of Cambridge anthropology professor Daniel White on “Technically Well: Machine Models for Emotional Health Beyond the Human.” Noon–1:30 p.m., Rm. 1010 (Feb. 2) & Rm. 110 (Feb. 23) Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For URL preregister at events.umich.edu/group/1003. Free. 764–6307.
“Intro to Archery: Seniors”: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.
“International Neighbors Day”: International Neighbors.
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.
All invited to learn about and practice this Japanese style of flower arranging. Floral materials provided, bring your own container and tools. 1–2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. $20. Space limited; preregistration required at email@example.com. Metered parking. More info at ikebanaannarbor.org.
Wise Guys: Conversations for Men: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
“Human Error”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Feb. 3–Mar. 18. Lynch Travis directs the Michigan premiere of Ohio-based playwright Eric Pfeffinger’s political comedy about a liberal couple trying to start a family whose fertilized embryo is accidentally implanted in the uterus of a small-government-supporting NRA cardholder. Cast: Henrí Franklin, Alex Leydenfrost, Kristin Shields, Kevin Theis, and Meghan VanArsdalen. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat., except Feb. 9), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $21–$52 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.
“Reviving Old Desires: The Rubaiyat, the Victorian Underworld, and the Mass Market for the Orient”: U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.
Alberto Rios: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.
This award-winning Arizona-based poet reads from and discusses his work. Rios draws on his cross-cultural upbringing as the son of a Mexican father and an English mother growing up on the U.S.-Mexico border to explore issues of language, poverty, and inequality. Followed by a Q&A. Also, tomorrow Rios gives a free talk on “The Sociology of Possibility” (10–11 a.m., 3222 Angell Hall). 5:30–6:30 p.m., UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Livestream available for both programs at tinyurl.com/ZellWriters. Free, but capacity limited. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole Marroquin: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.
This Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist and researcher discusses her work on histories of minority youth and women’s leadership in the struggle for justice. Her latest project explores rebellions in Chicago Public Schools from 1968 to 1980, when students, parents, and teachers from Black and Latino communities participated in boycotts and walkouts in protest of school segregation and inequality. 5:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 936–0671.
“Repairsday Thursday”: All Hands Active.
Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. 6–8 p.m., All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty, ste. 225. Livestream available at MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free; donations welcome. Mask recommended. info@AllHandsActive.org.
Ellen Rowe Trio: Blue LLama Jazz Club
ELLEN ROWE, jazz pianist and composer, is currently Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan. Winner of the Hartford, CT Advocate Readers’ Poll for Best Acoustic Jazz, she has performed at jazz clubs and on concert series throughout the U.S., as well as touring in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Ireland, Poland, South Africa and Australia.314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com $15. email@example.com bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
“Einstein: A Graphic Biography”: Schuler Books (formerly Nicola’s).
"Neptune Frost": State Theatre.
Feb. 16: (Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman, 2022). Afrofuturist punk musical about a group of escaped Burundian coltan miners who form an anticolonialist computer hacker collective and attempt a takeover of the authoritarian regime. Swahili & other African languages, French, & English; subtitles. Part of the 2023 U-M Humanities Afrofutures (see 1 Wednesday Events listing). 7 p.m. Free. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
The Timbre of Cedar: Concordia University.
Weekly Trivia: Bløm Meadworks
Free live trivia every Thursday with Sporcle Live! Two one-hour-long games, every Thursday (7pm & 8pm) with a $15 gift card for first place and a $10 gift card for second place. No limit to group size - come by yourself or with a team! Great tunes, awesome host + lots of seasonal meads, ciders and beers.Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. ,Ann Arbor. Free admission. 734-548-9729.
Kira Soltanovich: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Feb. 16–18. A former regular on Oxygen’s comedy reality show Girls Behaving Badly, this hyper-animated Ukraine-born, San Francisco-bred comic specializes in loopy, absurdist autobiographical fictions that deliver lots of social and cultural satire. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $20 ($15 Thurs.) reserved seating in advance at aacomedy.com before 5 p.m. the night of the show; $22 ($17 Thurs.) general admission at the door. 996–9080.
“Bonnets: How Ladies of Good Standing are Induced to Murder”: U-M Theatre Department.
Feb. 16–19. Priscilla Lindsay directs drama majors in American playwright Jen Silverman’s 2020 absurdist and campy exploration of love and violence. The plot subverts the historic illustrations of well-behaved women, jumping between the 17th- and 19th-century in France, England, and Salem (MA) to tell the story of 3 young women driven by patriarchal power to commit murder in a variety of ways. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. $27–$34 in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu and at the door. 764–2538.
“Moby Dick! The Musical”: Ann Arbor Musical Theater Works.
Thurs.–Sun., Feb. 9–19. Ron Baumanis directs local actors in this high-camp 1990 West End (London) hit about a theatrical adaptation of Melville’s Moby-Dick by an all-girls school staged in a swimming pool to hilarious effect. With a pop-rock score and book by Robert Longden and Hereward Kaye. Adult material; ages 13 years and up only. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sun.), Children’s Creative Center stage, 1600 Pauline St. Tickets $25 at annarbormusicaltheaterworks.com 546–5087.
“The Importance of Being Earnest”: U-M Musical Theatre Studio.
Feb. 16–19. Vincent Cardinal directs U-M musical theater students as they work on their acting skills in Oscar Wilde’s deliciously irreverent comedy of manners, a late Victorian classic whose strongest attraction is Wilde’s wonderfully etched epigrammatic language. The story concerns a foundling who must establish his bona fides to the satisfaction of his prospective mother-in-law, London’s leading social dragon, who is not about to allow her daughter to marry a nobody. 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $23 in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu and at the door.
Every Thurs. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered. 7–9 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pub Quiz: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub.
Yoga with Cats: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Every Thurs. & Sun. Humane Society education reps introduce all ages to the basics of hatha-style yoga. Also, interact with adoptable cats. Dress prepared to work out. Suitable for age 12 & up, all 16 & under must be accompanied by adult. 7:30–8:30 p.m. (Thurs.) & 8:30–9:30 a.m. (Sun.), Tiny Lions, ste. A1, 5245 Jackson Rd., $10. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, email@example.com, 661–3575. [5x] [2 Thurs]
“Psalms, Hymns, and Spirituals: The Music of Stacey V. Gibbs”: U-M Chamber & University Choirs.
Eugene Rogers & Mark Stover, along with guest conductors, lead these music student choral ensembles in a program of music by Gibbs, a prolific Detroit composer best known for his arrangements of traditional African American spirituals. Also, guest performances by the Detroit-based Madrigal Chorale, as well as the Pioneer High School, Wayne State University, and Oakland University choirs. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615–3204.
Every Thurs. and 2nd & 4th Tues. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the A2 Stammtisch (8 p.m. Thurs.) and the German Speakers Round Table (7:30 p.m. Tues., Feb. 7 & 21). Various times, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. Preregistration for Thurs. A2 Stammtisch requested at firstname.lastname@example.org. 812–6375 (Tues.).