CONCERTS / EVENTS

Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theater Live: Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theater Live:  Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

Sunday, January 21 at 7:00 PM. High-Definition Broadcast from Moscow’s Vakhtangov Theater. Presented in partnership with UMS.

Anton Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece of dashed dreams, thwarted love, and eternal longing begins as Professor Serebryakov and his young wife, Elena, arrive at the family’s remote country estate that has been looked after by Sonya (the Professor’s daughter from his first marriage) and her Uncle Vanya (Voynitsky), the Professor’s brother-in-law. Vanya has sacrificed his life managing the estate for th

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PENNY STAMPS: Hito Steyerl

PENNY STAMPS: Hito Steyerl

Thursday, January 25 at 5:10 PM

Hito Steyerl’s prolific filmmaking and writing occupy a highly discursive position between the fields of art, philosophy, and politics and explore capitalism’s social, cultural, and financial imaginaries. Her films and lectures have increasingly addressed the presentational context of art, while her writing has circulated widely through publication in both academic and art journals. Her recent solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016); Museo Nacional Centro de

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Mozart Birthday Bash

Mozart Birthday Bash

Saturday, January 27 at 8:00 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

With a pre-concert lecture at 7:00 PM

Music will include:
Fellman Reflections on Mozart: Big Bend
Mozart Symphony No. 1
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Mozart Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”

Special Guest: Chad Burrow, basset clarinet

Cosponsor: Rebecca Horvath

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NJFK: Dragons Love Tacos

NJFK: Dragons Love Tacos

Sunday, January 28 at 1:30 PM. Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota.

Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues. Based on the book by Adam Rubin. (Best for grades K to 5.)

Tickets are $13 / $11 for Michigan Theater Members.

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PENNY STAMPS: Ebony G. Patterson

PENNY STAMPS: Ebony G. Patterson

Thursday, February 1 at 5:10 PM

In much of her work, Jamaican artist Ebony G. Patterson explores the use of feminine gendered adornment in the construct of urban masculinity, within the dancehall community and in popular culture. Patterson embellishes photographic tapestries by hand with beading, sequins, fabric, and jewelry — the resulting works are visually seductive, while revealing underlying questions about stereotyping, visibility, and race. Patterson’s solo exhibitions and projects have been shown internationally and in th

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Mike Birbiglia: The New One

Mike Birbiglia: The New One

Friday, February 2 at 7:00 PM. Presented by Live Nation.

Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times called Mike Birbiglia’s recent show Thank God For Jokes “the best night I’ve spent in a theater in a very long time.” In The New One the award-winning comedian approaches an entirely new subject in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Do not miss the new one. It may be the best one.

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Joe Biden

Joe Biden

Rescheduled for Monday, February 5, 2018at 7:00pm EST. All tickets purchased for the original show will be honored on the new date. Purchasers who would like to obtain a refund can do so from their original point of purchase.

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PENNY STAMPS: Stephen Burks

PENNY STAMPS: Stephen Burks

Thursday, February 8 at 5:10 PM

Stephen Burks believes in a pluralistic vision of design that is inclusive of all cultural perspectives. His ongoing Man Made project bridges the gap separating authentic developing-world production, industrial manufacturing, and contemporary design. Independently and through association with many nonprofit organizations, he has worked as a product development consultant throughout the globe. Through his New York studio, Stephen Burks Man Made, many of the world’s leading design-driven brands have co

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Stephen Sondheim’s Follies

Stephen Sondheim’s Follies

Sunday, February 11 at 7:00 PM. High-Definition Broadcasts from National Theatre, London. Presented in partnership with UMS.

Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs, and lie about themselves. This dazzling production features a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, with Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee, and Imelda Stanton starring as the magnificent Follies.

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PENNY STAMPS: Jaime Hayon

PENNY STAMPS: Jaime Hayon

Thursday, February 15 at 5:10 PM

Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. From his very first collections, Hayon has been at the forefront of a new wave that blurs the lines between art, decoration, and design, leading a renaissance in finely crafted, intricate objects within the context of contemporary design culture. After founding Hayon Studio in 2001, his wide client base has spanned diverse functions and mediums, including domestic furniture for b.d. barcelona, Cassina, Fritz Hansen, &Tradition, and M

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NJFK: Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE

NJFK: Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE

Sunday, February 18 at 3:00 PM. Presented in partnership with the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.

Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE leads you on a breathtaking tour that begins in prehistoric Australia. Meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaurs puppets presented in an entertaining and educational live theatrical performance created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia.

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Price is Right Live

Price is Right Live

Tuesday, February 20 at 7:30 PM.

Here it comes. Everyone’s favorite game show is on its way to you, along with the chance to win a share of the more than $10 million in cash and fabulous prizes we’ve given away!

Alongside our Celebrity Host, randomly-selected contestants play everyone’s favorite games like Plinko™, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel and even the fabulous Showcase. Lucky audience members can even win prizes right from their seat.

Generations of fans all across America have made The Price is Right Live™

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Ron White

Ron White

Saturday, February 24 at 7 PM. Presented by Live Nation.

Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from The Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon. Now as a chart-topping, Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron has established himself as a star in his own right. All four of his comedy albums charted #1 on the Billboard Comedy charts. He has sold over 14 million albums (solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour), been nominated for two Grammys, and since

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Ron White Late Show

Ron White Late Show

Late show just added! February 24, 2018 at 10 PM at the Michigan. Presented by Live Nation.

Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from The Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon. Now as a chart-topping, Grammy-nominated comedian and a feature film actor, Ron has established himself as a star in his own right. All four of his comedy albums charted #1 on the Billboard Comedy charts. He has sold over 14 million albums (solo and with the Blue Collar Comedy To

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Music of Harry Potter

Music of Harry Potter

Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

With Muggle Photobooth and Cocktails from 6:00- 7:30 PM

Journey through all the movie adventures of Harry Potter with these musical themes and more!

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Music of Harry Potter: Family Matinée

Music of Harry Potter: Family Matinée

Sunday, March 4 at 4:00 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

With pre-concert activities 2:30-3:30 PM featuring Magic Of Jonathon LaChance, Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, Instrument Petting Zoo, and Owls from the Leslie Science Center

Sponsored by Toyota

ALL Patrons MUST have a ticket to enter the event.

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PENNY STAMPS: Giorgia Lupi

PENNY STAMPS: Giorgia Lupi

Thursday, March 8 at 5:10 PM

Giorgia Lupi is an award-winning information designer, author, and co-founder of Accurat, a data-driven design firm where she serves as design director. She is also the co-author of Dear Data, an aspirational hand-drawn data visualization book. Lupi’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, where in 2017, she was commissioned to do an original site-specific art piece. Lupi has won numerous awards, including the “Lezioni di Design” Prize at Milan’s Design Week in 2016;

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“Weird Al” Yankovic: Ill-Advised Vanity Tour w/Guest Emo Philips

“Weird Al” Yankovic: Ill-Advised Vanity Tour w/Guest Emo Philips

Sunday, March 11 at 8 PM. Presented by Live Nation.

“Weird Al” Yankovic burst onto the scene over three decades ago and never looked back. For the first time in his storied career, the world’s foremost musical satirist and four-time Grammy-winner foregoes his usual high-octane, big-production show for an intimate evening of music, focusing on original (non-parody) songs from his 14-album catalog. After his 2016 world tour, including venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall, this is a rare opportunity to get

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Piedmont Blues: A Search For Salvation

Piedmont Blues: A  Search For Salvation

Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 PM. Presented by UMS.

Ragtime rhythms, a unique finger-picking guitar style, and understated vocals are the hallmarks of the folk music style found in the Piedmont region, the area between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Appalachian Mountains covering central Georgia to central Virginia.
Jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton (who also holds down the piano chair in the Charles Lloyd Quartet) has captured the essence of this celebrated land, home to a unique culture and rapidly vanishing folkloric

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PENNY STAMPS: Chelsea Manning

PENNY STAMPS: Chelsea Manning

Thursday, March 15 at 5:10 PM

Chelsea Manning speaks on the social, technological, and economic ramifications of Artificial Intelligence, and on the practical applications of machine learning. She is an advocate of queer and transgender rights and government transparency. During her time as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, Manning publicly disclosed classifed documents that she felt revealed human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during her deployment in Iraq i

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Blue Cathedral

Blue Cathedral

Saturday, March 17 at 8:00 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

With pre-concert lecture at 7:00 PM

Music includes:
Higdon Blue Cathedral
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
Schumann Symphony No. 1 “Spring”

Special Guest: Orion Weiss, piano

Sponsor: Ray & Eleanor Cross Foundation

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PENNY STAMPS: Yvonne Rainer

PENNY STAMPS: Yvonne Rainer

Thursday, March 22 at 5:10 PM

Yvonne Rainer, one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater (1962), made a transition to filmmaking following a fifteen-year career as a choreographer/dancer (1960-1975). Her experimental feature-length films include Lives of Performers (1972), Privilege (1990), MURDER and murder (1996), and many others. Rainer returned to dance in 2000 via a commission from the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation (After Many a Summer Dies the Swan). Museum retrospectives of her work — including drawings, photos, films, no

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PENNY STAMPS: Brian Selznick

PENNY STAMPS: Brian Selznick

Thursday, March 29 at 5:10 PM

Brian Selznick has been making children’s books since 1991. His illustrated novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret won the 2008 Caldecott medal and was the basis for Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning movie Hugo. Wonderstruck, his 2011 follow up to The Invention of Hugo Cabret was made into a movie by celebrated filmmaker Todd Haynes with a screenplay by Selznick. The Marvels, the third book in a trilogy loosely connected to Hugo and Wonderstruck by themes of family and discovery, was published in 2016. Cel

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Tribute to the Jazz Epistles: Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya feat. Freddie Hendrix

Tribute to the Jazz Epistles: Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya feat. Freddie Hendrix

Friday, April 13 at 8:00 PM

Iconic South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim and his band Ekaya – with Freddie Hendrix in the trumpet chair – will present a concert program in tribute to The Jazz Epistles, South Africa’s first black jazz band, first recorded jazz group, and important contributors to modern jazz.

New arrangements of The Jazz Epistles original compositions from their 1959 recording, Jazz Epistle, Verse 1 will be woven into a beautiful concert program with Abdullah Ibrahim’s classic catalog. The

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Colin Stetson

Colin Stetson

Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 PM

Henryk Górecki’s iconic third symphony, often called “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs,” made a huge impact on listeners in the early 1990s and was a musical touchstone for virtuoso saxophonist Colin Stetson.
The original work’s three movements centered around three laments, each focused in some way about a child being taken away from a mother. Celebrated for the way he “demolishes clichés to unleash fresh, expected energies,” (Pitchfork) Stetson takes on the mammoth task of reimagining Gór

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An Evening with David Sedaris

An Evening with David Sedaris

Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 PM.

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, DAVID SEDARIS has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms & political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the author of the collections of personal essays Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Squirrel See

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The Fab Faux Performing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Fab Faux Performing Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8:00 PM. Presented in partnership with Live Nation.

Get ready for the Beatles concert that never happened – until now. The Fab Faux are to the Beatles what the Vienna Philharmonic is to Beethoven: the best interpreters in the business. Following their successes of the last six years, The Fab Faux will return to the Michigan Theater on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 8 PM to perform Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety, plus a set of other late era Beatles classics.

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NJFK: Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

NJFK: Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 PM. Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota.

One of Southeast Michigan’s most highly regarded cultural treasures returns with a fun-filled, empowering musical revue. (Suitable for all ages.)

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Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Sunday, May 6 at 7:00 PM. High-Definition Broadcasts from National Theatre, London. Presented in partnership with UMS.

Nicholas Hytner’s production thrusts the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral, and the chaos that explodes in its wake. Starring Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall) as Brutus; Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) as Cassius; David Calder (The Lost City of Z) as Caesar; and David Morrissey (Hangman, The Walking

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Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile

Saturday, June 9 at 7:30pm

Brandi M. Carlile is a Grammy-nominated American folk rock and Americana singer-songwriter.

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