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Comedy, Storytelling, & Performance Art - Week of January 20, 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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Monday


January 2020
 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Whose Dream is This?": The Guild Poetry Showcase.

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Brace yourself for an elegant ensemble of poetry highlighting the life, legacy, and activism of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will address the contemporary perception of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech and raise thought-provoking questions about how our society measures against King's vision.
From performing for TEDx and the Detroit Pistons to Oxford and the Motown Museum, the award-winning poets of The Guild have assembled their talents to curate a poetry showcase that will be sure to inspire, challenge, and engage audiences of all backgrounds. The performance will feature Michigan-based poets including Justin Gordon, Candace Jackson, Mikhaella Norwood, Mariah Smith, Darius Simpson, Mercedes Pergande, Alex Kime, and actor Kate Mendeloff.
Keene Theater, 701 E University Ave. Free. 2693645576. iamwilliamroyster@gmail.com theguildpoets.com [map]



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Wednesday


January 2020
 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Reading by renowned Arab American poet Khaled Mattawa, a U-M creative writing professor whose latest collection, Mare Nostrum, conjures a pointed, incantatory account of the refugee experience in the Mediterranean. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


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Thursday


January 2020
 7:30 p.m. 

Brad Wenzel: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 23-25. L.A.-based comic whose stage persona is a relatable guy who occasionally abruptly detours into surrealism. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (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
 4-9 p.m. 

"As Far As My Fingertips Take Me": U-M Institute for the Humanities (University Musical Society).

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Jan. 24-Feb. 2, except Jan. 27. Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury curates this 10-minute interactive performance art piece in which each ticketholder has a one-on-one tactile interaction with street artist and Palestinian refugee Basel Zaraa. Equipped with a headset playing a prerecorded audio piece, participants stretch their arm through a hole in a wall while listening to Zaraa recount his family's history of dispersion and endless search for home. On the other side of the wall, Zaraa takes a black marker to the participant's fingertips, palm, and forearm, redrawing his and other refugees' journey. The aim is to break through the punditry of the 24-hour news cycle and its attendant apathy in order to awaken empathy through touch.
4-9 p.m. (Jan. 24 & 28-31) & noon-5 p.m. (Feb. 1 & 2), Jan 25 & 26 times TBA; every 15 minutes on the quarter. U-M Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer. Tickets $25-$30 in advance at tickets.UMS.org. 764-2538.


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Brad Wenzel: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 23-25. L.A.-based comic whose stage persona is a relatable guy who occasionally abruptly detours into surrealism. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv with This is a Quiz": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Jan. 10, 24, & 31. Performance by this resident improv group. Followed by the League of Pointless Improvisers performing "water form," its original long-form style of improv. Show preceded by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at PointlessBrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


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Saturday


January 2020
 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Brad Wenzel: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 23-25. L.A.-based comic whose stage persona is a relatable guy who occasionally abruptly detours into surrealism. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (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]


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Sunday


January 2020
 7:30 p.m. 

Open Stage: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All performers invited to showcase their talents.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. Sign up for an 8-minute spot at PointlessBrew.com. (989) 455-4484. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

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Tuesday


January 2020
 7:30-9 p.m. 

Canceled:The Moth StorySLAM: Michigan Radio.

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Open mic storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Ten storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on an assigned topic-judged by a 3-person team recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Seating limited; arrive early.

2020 topics:

Jan. 7: Beg Borrow Steal.

Jan 21: Beauty.

Feb. 5: Revolution.

Fev. 18: Cold.

Mar. 3: Celebration.

Mar. 17: Co-Habitation.

Canceled Apr. 13: Idols.

Canceled Apr. 21: Illusions.

Canceled May. 5: Dedication.

Canceled May. 19: Do-Over.

Jun. 9: Deadlines.

Jun. 23: Enthusiasm.
7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), The Blind Pig, 208 S. First. Tickets $15 general admission in advance only at TheMoth.org beginning a week before each event. 764-5118. [map]


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Wednesday


January 2020
 7:30 p.m. 

Canceled: "Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Apr. 8, 22, & 30. 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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