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6th Annual Ragtime Extravaganza

6th Annual Ragtime Extravaganza

Saturday, January 21 at 8 PM at the Michigan.

Mark your calendars for another one-of-a-kind evening of ragtime, vaudeville and burlesque! The 2017 Extravaganza will feature another outstanding lineup of talent showcasing the golden age of American entertainment. Joining the River Raisin Ragtime Revue on stage are: vocal quartet Three Men and A Tenor; bass-baritone Daniel Washington, Professor of Voice at the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance; Miss Miranda, a top burlesque dancer and film star from London; James Dapogny, respected

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Ann Arbor Concert Band: Kaleidoscope

Ann Arbor Concert Band: Kaleidoscope

Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 PM.

Concert selections include:

Alexander From Tropic to Tropic

Hanson Symphony No. 2, 3rd movement “Romantic”

Bach Prelude and Fugue in G Minor

Nissen Sanctuary

Camphousen A Dakota Rhapsody

Holsinger Liturgical Dances

Bach Prelude and Fugue in D Minor

Sousa The Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Tickets $10 adults, $5 seniors/students; free for children under 12. Tickets curr

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PENNY STAMPS: Hank Willis Thomas

PENNY STAMPS: Hank Willis Thomas

Thursday, January 26 at 5:10 PM. Presented by the Penny W. Stamps School of Design.

Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, the International Center of Photography, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and Studio Museum in Harlem. Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, and th

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Chinese New Year Gala 2017

Chinese New Year Gala 2017

Saturday, January 28 at 7:00 PM.

Performance groups, musicians, singers, dancers, and comedians across ages and cultural backgrounds will bring you an amazing festival performance to celebrate the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rooster. Featuring both English and Chinese Emcee speeches, the show will provide English subtitles throughout as well.

Advance tickets $12 general admission, $16 VIP; general admission tickets $15 at the door.

For more information, visit “CSSA at UMICH” on Facebook or “UM_CSSA&

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PENNY STAMPS: Sara Hendren

PENNY STAMPS: Sara Hendren

Thursday, February 2 at 5:10 PM. Free and open to the public.

Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and professor based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She makes material art and design works, writes, and lectures on adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas. Hendren’s work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at MoMA (NYC). Her writing and design work have been featured in The Boston Globe, The Atlantic Tech, FastCo

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NJFK: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!

NJFK: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!

Saturday, February 4 at 3:00 PM at the Michigan.

Special Ticket Prices Apply! Tickets are $35 and $25, based on proximity to stage; there is no member price for this show. Limited Meet & Greet tickets also available–see sidebar for details. Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just for Kids Series Presented by Toyota.

The award-winning animated show from PBS Kids comes to life with this live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises that will war

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NJFK: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! Evening Show

NJFK: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! Evening Show

Saturday, February 4 at 6:30 PM at the Michigan.

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Special Ticket Prices Apply! Tickets are $35 and $25, based on proximity to stage; there is no member price for this show. Limited Meet & Greet tickets also available. Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just for Kids Series Presented by Toyota.

The award-winning animated show from PBS Kids comes to life with this live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises that will warm the hear

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PENNY STAMPS: Jonathan Barnbrook

PENNY STAMPS: Jonathan Barnbrook

Thursday, February 9 at 5:10 PM. Free and open to the public.

Jonathan Barnbrook is probably best known for his design collaborations with David Bowie, having created the covers for his last four albums, including the final and current Grammy-nominated Blackstar. In addition to album covers and packaging, his work encompasses a wide range of areas including activism and cultural design. He is known for his collaborations with the anti-advertising collective Adbusters, the Occupy movement, Banksy, and Damien Hirst. His font ‘Mason’

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Michigan Mazaa presents A2 DHOOM 2017

Michigan Mazaa presents A2 DHOOM 2017

Michigan Mazaa’s largest fundraiser and event is A2 Dhoom, a nationally-acclaimed Bollywood-Fusion dance competition. Teams from across the nation come to Ann Arbor, MI to compete for the title of A2 Dhoom Champion. Through music and dance, Mazaa aims to raise awareness about human trafficking, and raise money for charities that combat the issue.

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Jelly and George: Aaron Diehl & Cecile McLorin Salvant

Jelly and George: Aaron Diehl & Cecile McLorin Salvant

Sunday February 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM.

Timeless classics are elevated by modern masters when gifted jazz pianist and arranger Aaron Diehl and 26-year-old vocalist extraordinaire Cécile McLorin Salvant join forces to revisit and revitalize the works of George Gershwin and Jelly Roll Morton.
Combining lesser-known pieces with new arrangements, this project celebrates the past while tracing a musical lineage that spans a century. Aaron Diehl, a leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries, was the 2014 Monterey Jazz F

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Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 8:00 PM.

The members of Lake Street Dive—named after an avenue of seedy bars in guitarist and trumpeter Michael “McDuck” Olson’s native Minneapolis—met in 2004 as students at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music. Powerhouse singer Rachael Price fronts the quartet while bassist Bridget Kearney and drummer Michael Calabrese comprise the rhythm section.

Lake Street Dive’s major label debut, Side Pony, was released in February 2016. A side pony, for Lake Street Dive, is really a metap

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PENNY STAMPS: Andrew Logan

PENNY STAMPS: Andrew Logan

Thursday, March 9 at 5:10 PM.

Andrew Logan’s work spans the fields of sculpture, theater, pageants, jewelry, and interior design. As a scene-maker Logan is the mastermind behind London’s long-running Alternative Miss World pageant. A celebration of transformation, creative free-reign, and the ordinary turned extraordinary, the pageant features a countercultural parade of freaks, fops, show offs, and drag queens. From his early fame amongst London’s fashionable and artistic crowd, who have variously dubbed him ‘Faberge for the

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NJFK: Pete the Cat

NJFK: Pete the Cat

Sunday, March 12 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan.

When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners – and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up.

Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just for Kids Series Presented by Toyota.

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PENNY STAMPS: Saya Woofalk

PENNY STAMPS: Saya Woofalk

Thursday, March 16 at 5:10 PM.

According to The Huffington Post, Saya Woolfalk “doesn’t create artworks, she creates worlds.” A New York-based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine societies and manufacture immersive, multimedia environments, Woolfalk’s work is highly narrative in nature. Daughter of a Japanese mother and an African American father, Woolfalk explores themes of ambiguity, difference, and cooperation. Her work is highly collaborative, and her captivating installations include projects with d

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A2SO: Firebird

A2SO: Firebird

Saturday, March 18 at 8:00 at the Michigan.

Schachter Freylekhe Tanzen
Grieg Piano Concerto
Debussy Nocturnes
Stravinsky Firebird Suite

special guests
Anton Nel
UMS Choral Union Women

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PENNY STAMPS: New Negress Film Society

PENNY STAMPS: New Negress Film Society

Thursday, March 23 at 5:10 PM.

Originally formed to create community in an industry where black female voices and stories are often suppressed, the New Negress Film Society (NNFS) is a collective of five filmmakers — Frances Bodomo, Ja’Tovia Gary, Kumi James, Stefani Saintonge, and Chanelle Aponte Pearson — who are dedicated to exhibiting, supporting, and raising consciousness around work by marginalized filmmakers. The group’s primary focus is on works and perspectives that break boundaries in film — both politically and a

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DakhaBrakha

DakhaBrakha

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Drones and beats, crimson beads, and towering black lambswool hats all serve as a striking backdrop for an unexpected, refreshingly novel vision of Eastern European roots music.

This hit Ukrainian folk-punk quartet stirs up a mesmerizing sound that melds traditional Ukrainian folk music, African grooves, Eastern colors, and a contemporary, trans-national sensibility that the band calls “ethno-chaos.” With one foot in the urban avant-garde and the other in Ukrainian village culture, Dakh

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A2SO: Peter and the Wolf

A2SO: Peter and the Wolf

Sunday, April 9 at 4:00 PM at the Michigan.

pre-concert activities: 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Platypus Theatre brings Prokofiev’s masterpiece to life with spirited choreography, colorful sets and larger-than-life masks.

Featuring:

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 (4th movement)
Schumann: “Traumerei” from Kinderszenen
Grieg: “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Beethoven: Prometheus Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: Fl

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King Sunny Adé

King Sunny Adé

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8 PM.

Since the evolution of jùjú music in Nigeria in the 1930s, no one has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Adé.
As a singer, composer, and guitarist, this pioneer of modern world music has succeeded in taking Nigerian social music to international heights. Adé formed his first band in 1967 and has been in the limelight in Nigeria ever since. Singing in his native Yorùbá language, Adé went on to define the terms “Afropop” and “World Beat” and to open the door to the

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The Fab Faux Perform Abbey Road

The Fab Faux Perform Abbey Road

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 22, 2017 at 8 PM to perform Abbey Road in its entirety, plus a set of other late era Beatles classics.

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NJFK: Anne of Green Gables

NJFK: Anne of Green Gables

Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan.

Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novels, this heartwarming musical follows vivacious orphan Anne on her unlikely journey to find the family she’s always wanted.

Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just for Kids Series Presented by Toyota.

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Vulfpeck

Vulfpeck

Friday, May 12 at 8:30 PM.

Vulfpeck is an American rhythm section based in Los Angeles. Originally studio musicians at Vulf Records, Jack Stratton, Theo Katzman, Woody Goss & Joe Dart went independent in 2011.

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NT Live: Hedda Gabler

NT Live: Hedda Gabler

Plays Sunday, May 21 at 7:00 PM.

“I’ve no talent for life.”

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece.

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