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Comedy, Storytelling, & Performance Art - Week of January 13, 2020

From standup to improv, and everything in between, comedy is flourishing in the auditoriums and clubs of Ann Arbor. And with the U-M's new Media Union, a growing number of multimedia performances are appearing on The Calendar.





 
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Wednesday


January 2020
 7:30 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Wed., except Dec. 18 & 25, and Jan. 1 Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


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Thursday


January 2020
 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Grown Folks Story Time: Winter Stinks!": Bookbound.

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Local writers Patti Smith, Ken MacGregor, and others tell original stories and twists on childhood favorites. Bring your own pillows and blankets, if you like. Snacks. Adults only.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth Rd., Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at AnnArbor.NerdNite.com) who give fun yet informative 20-minute talks about things that interest them--everything from time-traveling Vikings to the science of consciousness and the history of felines in movies.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Live, 102 S. First. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Andy Hendrickson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 16-18. NYC-based observational comic known for his wry sense of humor and engaging conversational delivery. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Improv by Finance Camp and other up-and-coming local troupes.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. PointlessBrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


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Friday


January 2020
 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Andy Hendrickson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 16-18. NYC-based observational comic known for his wry sense of humor and engaging conversational delivery. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Comedic improv by experienced local performers, including the resident League of Pointless Improvisers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Music of Great Hollywood Movies": Out Loud Chorus.

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Jan 17 & 18. New artistic director Dari DeWeese directs this chorus of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and their friends in a program of the popular songs from movies, including "Another Day of Sun" (La La Land), "Dancing Queen" (Mamma Mia), "Skyfall" (James Bond's Skyfall), "Gimme Some Lovin' (The Blues Brothers), & more. With pianists Nicholas Roehler & Michael McElvain, bassist Edie Herrold, and drummer Tamara Perkuhn.
WCC Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $15; unemployed or age 5 & under, free) in advance at OLConline.org; $15 at the door. 265-0740. [map]


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Saturday


January 2020
 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Andy Hendrickson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 16-18. NYC-based observational comic known for his wry sense of humor and engaging conversational delivery. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Heywood Banks: The Ark.

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Heywood Banks is the stage name of Howell native Stuart Mitchell, a very animated comedian known for his silly musical spoofs, goofy prop humor, and sight gags. Since adopting the nerdy, quietly psychotic Banks persona in the mid-80s, he has risen from regional favorite to national star.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (muto.umich.edu) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Comedic improv by experienced local performers, including the resident League of Pointless Improvisers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Music of Great Hollywood Movies": Out Loud Chorus.

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Jan 17 & 18. New artistic director Dari DeWeese directs this chorus of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and their friends in a program of the popular songs from movies, including "Another Day of Sun" (La La Land), "Dancing Queen" (Mamma Mia), "Skyfall" (James Bond's Skyfall), "Gimme Some Lovin' (The Blues Brothers), & more. With pianists Nicholas Roehler & Michael McElvain, bassist Edie Herrold, and drummer Tamara Perkuhn.
WCC Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $15; unemployed or age 5 & under, free) in advance at OLConline.org; $15 at the door. 265-0740. [map]


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Sunday


January 2020
 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Spanish Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local writer & teacher Consuelo Digón tells stories and sings songs in Spanish. For babies & preschoolers (siblings welcome).
AADL Downtown Youth Story Corner, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Isabella Mansfield: Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Reading by this Howell-based poet who writes about the gamut of human emotions in a spunky, cheerful, and tenacious style.
Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. Facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. PointlessBrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]






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