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Nick Swardson: Taste It Tour

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Nick Swardson: Taste It Tour

Friday, September 19 at 8 PM. Presented by Live Nation. Tickets on at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000.  Nick Swardson is an American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and producer. Best known for his recurring role as Terry Bernadino in the comedy series “Reno 911!”, he’s also worked with Adam Sandler‘s Happy Madison Productions, and had his own  sketch comedy series on Comedy Central, “Nick Swardson’s Pretend...

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Rei Inamoto

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in events, Penny Stamps | Comments Off

Rei Inamoto

Thursday, September 25 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Art & Code Named in Creativity Magazine’s annual “Creativity 50” , and in Forbes Magazine’s Top 25 Most Creative People in Advertising, “Rei Inamoto is Chief Creative Officer of AKQA, an advertising agency with offices across the globe.  He is responsible for delivering creative solutions for clients such as Audi, Google, Nike and Xbox. In 2012, Rei was inducted into “The Hall of Achievement” by the American Advertising Federation, honoring...

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Pick a Card: A Burlesque Exploration of Tarot

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Pick a Card: A Burlesque Exploration of Tarot

Saturday, September 27 at 8 PM. Presented by Gala Delicious and Queens of Cups. Doors open at 7 PM. This burlesque variety show will share the occult myth and magic of Tarot, using various art forms to weave a multifaceted spectacle of fortune, titillation, and curiosity! Headlined by The Burlesque Hall of Fame’s 2010 Queen of Burlesque Roxi D’Lite and local favorites from The Tickled Fancy Burlesque Company. Tickets are $20-$50 and available at ticketweb.com. For more information,...

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Curious George

Posted by on May 30, 2014 in events, Not Just for Kids | Comments Off

Curious George

Sunday, September 28 at 1:30 PM. Sponsored by Kerrytown Market & Shops. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Individual tickets on sale now at ticketmater.com and at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor. Curious George, everyone’s favorite little monkey, can’t wait for All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day! But when Chef Pisghetti vows to never cook again, George is determined to get him back on track by entering him in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest. With every swing and flip, George takes the...

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Fred Tomaselli

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in events, Penny Stamps | Comments Off

Fred Tomaselli

Thursday, October 2 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Chronicles, Volume One Fred Tomaselli explores reality dislocation and the broken dreams of utopianism in colorful, complex works that utilize painting, photo collage, newsprint and unorthodox materials. Recently, he has had a solo show at the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth Texas and was included in the Adelaide International. In 2010, a 20-year survey of his work originated at the Aspen Art Museum, traveled to the Tang Teaching Museum and ended at the Brooklyn...

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Phil Gilbert

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Phil Gilbert

Thursday, October 9 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. At the Crossroads of Chaos and Calamity Phil Gilbert is an entrepreneur and self-proclaimed “startup guy”.  At IBM, his mission is grand: to transform one of the world’s most iconic companies – and the technologies it creates to power the systems of the world.  Phil was born in 1956, the same year that IBM’s Thomas Watson, Jr. hired the company’s first head of Design, Elliot Noyes. When Phil was ten, Watson declared...

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Made in the USA

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in events | Comments Off

Made in the USA

Saturday, October 11 at 8 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.  Brash and brassy. Raucous and rhythmic. Lyrical and lovely. This concert reflects the many facets of what makes American music …  American. The genius of American composition is celebrated in this concert – from Bernstein’s affirmative Chichester Psalms to a trip across our great USA with Michael Daugherty, to the accessibly jazzy American in Paris. Joan Kwuon, whom the NY Times describes as “fiery, intensely musical and impassioned,” made her...

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Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage

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Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage

Sunday, October 12 at 4 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.  Audiences will enjoy 23 excerpts of the master’s music played live on stage by the A2SO, including themes from The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni and the Marriage of Figaro. The music is magically woven into the drama as two actors recreate historical incidents from the composer’s life. This mesmerizing concert and story performance is 50 minutes long. Tickets will be available at...

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Gregory Porter

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in events | Comments Off

Gregory Porter

Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 PM. Presented by UMS. At the start of 2010, the buzz about Los Angeles-born, Brooklyn-based jazz and soul vocalist Gregory Porter was a strong, steady murmur, fueled by a growing crowd of fans. When Wynton Marsalis selected the then-unknown singer to perform a residency with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, people took notice. Now, just a few years later, NPR Music has hailed him as “the next great male jazz singer.” A disarmingly sincere performer with a groove that never quits, the Blue Note recording...

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An Evening with Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer

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An Evening with Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer

Thursday, October 16 at 8 PM. Presented by UMS. Bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile began performing together about a decade ago, a relationship built on mutual admiration and respect. Meyer has been called “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument” (New Yorker), while Thile has elevated his instrument from its origins as a relatively simple folk and bluegrass instrument to the sophistication and brilliance of the finest jazz improvisation and classical performance. The two...

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FoodCorps – Ian Cheney & Kurt Ellis

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FoodCorps – Ian Cheney & Kurt Ellis

Thursday, October 16 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. There’s corn in our hair? Adventures with food. Friends since college, Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney are the stars and co-creators of King Corn, the Peabody Award-winning documentary about their year growing one acre of corn and seeing it transformed into high fructose corn syrup and fast-fattened beef. After King Corn, Cheney and Ellis teamed up to create the Truck Farm film and education project, based on a whimsical farm-on-wheels planted in the back of a...

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Michigan International Festival

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Michigan International Festival

Saturday, October 18th at 5 PM. Presented by Rotary Ann Arbor West and Co-sponsored by Saline Rotary and Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North. The Rotary Clubs of Ann Arbor West, Saline and Ann Arbor North invite all ages to embrace diversity by attending this multicultural community event. Enjoy lively performances, a food bazaar featuring international foods from various local restaurants, a silent auction, wine pull and a special guest speaker. Everyone is invited to this entertaining, family-friendly charity event. Please come join us to...

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Random International

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in events, Penny Stamps | Comments Off

Random International

Thursday, October 23 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Founded by Stuart Wood, Flo Ortkrass and Hannes Koch in 2005, Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental creative practice. Taking science as a means to develop a new material vocabulary, their work invites consideration of the man/machine relationship through explorations of behavior and natural phenomena — with the viewer an active participant. Rain Room, the work for which the studio is best known, was exhibited at MoMA following its...

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The Price of Life Invitational

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The Price of Life Invitational

Friday, October 24, 7:00 PM. Free admission. Presented by the UM InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. The Price of Life Invitational is a diverse coalition of over 30 organizations mobilizing people in the fight against human trafficking- one of the most tragic leading global issues of our day. The campaign runs from October 19-24th. The Finale Event at the Michigan Theater will include inspirational speakers, human trafficking experts, a concert, and a chance to respond and join the fight against human trafficking. For more information...

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Ryoji Ikeda

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Ryoji Ikeda

Thursday, October 30 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist, Ryoji Ikeda orchestrates sound, visuals, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations. Ikeda’s projects include ‘datamatics’ using the moving image, sculpture, sound and new media to explore our perception of the data that permeates our world; and ‘spectra’ a large-scale installations employing intense white light as a sculptural...

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Inta Ruka

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Inta Ruka

Thursday, November 6 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. For more than two decades, Latvian photographer Inta Ruka has photographed the people of Latvia to provide an undisguised view on the current state of flux in Latvia since its integration into the European Union.  From 1984 to 2000, she photographed primarily in the rural area of Balvi and, later on, increasingly in the capital of Riga. In the series “People I happened to meet”, she strikes up conversations with unknown people in order to ask them...

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Anab Jain, Superflux

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Anab Jain, Superflux

Thursday, November 13 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Design for Anxious Times.  Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker and founder of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which she runs in partnership with Jon Ardern. Through their work and approach, Anab helps shapes the studio’s vision as a new kind of design practice — one that is responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.  Jain wants designers to adopt new roles as sense-makers, translators and agent...

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Tchaikovsky & Friends

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in events | Comments Off

Tchaikovsky & Friends

Saturday, November 15 at 8 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.  Warm the November chill with an evening of gorgeous melodies. Sit back and enjoy Rossini’s delightful “Overture to La scala di seta” which reveals an explosion of sound, and Schumann’s majestic homage to Bach in his “Rhenish” Symphony. We welcome back by popular demand pianist Anton Nel to put his exquisite signature on Tchaikovsky’s most well-known Romantic piano concerto. Anton Nel’s playing will take your breath away. His deft combination of...

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Françoise Mouly

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Françoise Mouly

Thursday, November 20 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. In Love with Art …and Comics Since 1993, when Françoise Mouly joined The New Yorker as art editor, she has been responsible for over 1,000 of the magazine’s signature covers, many of which were chosen by The American Society of Magazine Editors as ‘best cover of the year’. She is also the Publisher and Editorial Director of TOON Books, an imprint of comics and visual narratives for young readers. And she founded and coedited (with collaborator...

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Seth Ellis

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in events, Penny Stamps | Comments Off

Seth Ellis

Thursday, December 4 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Holding Place Seth Ellis is an artist, and designer. He makes site-specific narratives that explore the stories inherent in material culture, place, and everyday objects. His work utilizes the mass-manufactured artifacts of Modernist industrial society as the loci of installations combining multimedia experience design, local history, and storytelling to trace the webs that connect local communities across time and space. Ellis’ work has shown in galleries,...

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Junie B. Jones

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in events, Not Just for Kids | Comments Off

Junie B. Jones

Saturday, December 6 at 1:30 PM. Sponsored by Clonlara School. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Individual show tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com and at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor. The incomparable Junie B. Jones is back! Featuring new tales from her books First Grader (at Last!), Boss of Lunch, and One-Man Band, Junie B. meets new friends, helps the cafeteria lady, and puts on a half-time show. She says, “This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It’s got loads of funny...

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Skippyjon Jones

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in events, Not Just for Kids | Comments Off

Skippyjon Jones

Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 1:30 PM. Sponsored by Biggby Coffee [Liberty St. and Washtenaw Ave.] Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Individual show tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com and at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor. Skippyjon Jones is a kitten whose alter ego is Skippito Friskito, the greatest chihuahua sword fighter in old Mexico! But when the local pack of puppies is terrorized by a gigantic bee, will Skippyjon be a ‘fraidy-cat or the top dog? Based on the beloved kids’ book series,...

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Mozart Birthday Bash

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Mozart Birthday Bash

Saturday, January 31 at 8 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.  His name, one word, says it all. Mozart is a virtuoso composer in every genre –   symphonies, concertos, opera, sacred song, background music – and tonight we celebrate with a tasting of all those specialties. One of your A2SO’s own, Principal Oboist Timothy Michling, dazzles in Mozart’s only oboe concerto, one of the hallmarks of the literature. Its deft melding of playful and wistful melodies will make this one of your favorites. Your A2SO strings...

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The Campbell Brothers perform John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

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The Campbell Brothers perform John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8 PM. Presented by UMS. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s seminal recording “A Love Supreme”. He presented it as a spiritual declaration that his musical devotion had become intertwined with his religious faith. To mark the anniversary, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts commissioned the Campbell Brothers, whose unique sacred steel gospel music was created in African-American churches, to revisit the work on their signature slide guitars and with particular attention to its...

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Mike + The Mechanics

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in events, live events | Comments Off

Mike + The Mechanics

Saturday, March 14, 2015. Presented by Live Nation. Tickets on sale Friday at 10 AM at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Even inside Genesis, Mike Rutherford’s forte has always been his melodic songwriting. With the successful side project Mike & the Mechanics, the artist managed to find a further way to express himself working with other composers and different teams. Since 1985, Mechanics became a brand in their own, releasing seven albums, selling more than 10 million records, launching...

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Click, Clack, Moo

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Click, Clack, Moo

Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 1:30 PM.  Sponsored by Kerrytown Market & Shops. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Individual show tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com and at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor. When Farmer Brown declares his farm a “tech-free zone,” the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No laptop means no milk and no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Find out in this hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical about negotiation...

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Absolut Russian

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in events | Comments Off

Absolut Russian

Saturday, March 21 at 8 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.  Why do we love Russian music? Is it the Romantic melodies that every listener can access? The raw emotion that moves us to tears? The way it comforts our unquiet hearts and souls? Whatever your reasons, this concert presents the triumphs, exhilaration, and jubilation that is the epitome of Russian music. Savor Borodin’s Prince Igor, performed as it was originally composed with chorus, and recognize the source for Stranger in Paradise. Tchaikovsky brings the...

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Disney In Concert: Magical Music from the Movies

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in events | Comments Off

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 4 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Magical music from the movies will transport the young and young-at-heart on a musical journey. Share in the magic of Disney with your family and friends, or come solo and discover anew why these timeless motion picture scores continue to enchant us all. Tickets will be available at...

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Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits

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Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits

Friday, April 17, 2015, at 8 PM. Presented by UMS.  Zimbabwe’s Afropop legend Oliver Mtukudzi is gifted with a deep and gutsy voice plus a talent for writing songs that reflect on the daily life and struggles of his people. “Tuku” began performing in 1977 and has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond, all the while incorporating elements of different musical traditions. A member of Zimbabwe’s Korekore tribe, he incorporates South Africa mbaqanga, Zimbabwean pop, and traditional kateke drumming into his music. Recently...

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Fly Guy and Other Stories

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in events, Not Just for Kids | Comments Off

Fly Guy and Other Stories

Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 1:30 PM. Sponsored by Sponsored by Blue Care Network and Domino’s Pizza. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Individual show tickets on sale now at ticketmaster.com and at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor. A chock-full musical revue featuring a wide variety of contemporary and classic children’s book favorites, including Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl, Diary of a Worm, Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores, Kitten’s First Full Moon, Lilly’s Big...

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Anna Deavere Smith

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Anna Deavere Smith

Thursday, September 11 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. An award-winning actress, playwright, and teacher, Anna Deavere Smith uses her singular brand of theatre to highlight issues of community, character, and diversity in America. Based on her recent one-woman show Let Me Down Easy, this lecture/performance will combine stories of her creative journey with insights into the fragility and resilience of the human body and spirit. Smith has appeared in the films Philadelphia, An American President, The Human Stain,...

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Pussy Riot/Zona Prava

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Pussy Riot/Zona Prava

Thursday, September 18 at 5:10 PM. Part of the UM Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Punk Prayer Founding members of the art collective Pussy Riot and Zona Prava, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina are Russian conceptual artists and political activists. In August 2012, following an anti-Putin performance in Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, they were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. In March 2014 they opened the Mordovia office of Zona Prava, their newly created prisoners’ rights NGO. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina are Lennon...

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Rubber Soul & Magical Mystery Tour performed by the Fab Faux

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in events | Comments Off

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8 PM. Following their  successes in 2011, 12, 13  and 14, The Fab Faux will return to the Michigan Theater! This time they will perform both Rubber Soul AND Magical Mystery Tour in their entirety. The concert will include the rockers, the ballads, and everything in between. The group includes outstanding New York studio musicians – and lifelong Beatles fans - Will Lee (bassist in David Letterman’s band), Jimmy Vivino (guitarist and music director of Conan O’Brien’s band),...

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