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National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge

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National Theatre Live: A View from the Bridge

Sunday, August 30, 7:00 pm. Presented in partnership with UMS. High-Definition Broadcasts from the National Theatre, London.  Don’t miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong (The Imitation Game; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) in the Young Vic’s “magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold” production of A View from the Bridge – the Evening Standard, Guardian, and Independent‘s top theatre pick of 2014. The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn,...

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John Hiatt & The Combo and the Taj Mahal Trio

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John Hiatt & The Combo and the Taj Mahal Trio

Thursday, September 3 at 7:30 PM. Presented by the Ark. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Forty years into his recording career, John Hiatt has chosen to title his 22nd studio album, Terms of My Surrender. With his longtime guitarist Doug Lancio taking the producer reins, John Hiatt set out to bring the songs’ character (and characters) into intimate focus. There’s a close-up, patina-festooned bluesy quality tying the tales together. But it’s blues in the knotty backwoods sense, as if sprung from the...

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National Theatre Live: Man and Superman

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National Theatre Live: Man and Superman

Wednesday, September 16, 7:30 pm. Presented in partnership with UMS. High-Definition Broadcasts from the National Theatre, London.    Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List, Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of George Bernard Shaw‘s witty, provocative classic. Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride and, despite...

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Julian Schnabel

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Julian Schnabel

Thursday, September 17 at 5:10 PM.  Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Julian Schnabel In Dialogue with Peter Brandt Celebrated for a visual language that brings together unexpected materials and radically unconventional techniques, artist Julian Schnabel has been a pioneering, and controversial, figure since his first solo exhibition in 1979. His paintings, sculptures, and works on paper have been the subject of numerous exhibitions at museums worldwide, including the current exhibition of his work at the University of Michigan...

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Punch Brothers

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Punch Brothers

Wednesday, September 23 at 8 PM. Presented by Live Nation. Tickets $35, $30 and $25; limited Gold Circle seating $40. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 5 at 10 AM at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Punch Brothers’ latest album, the T Bone Burnett–produced The Phosphorescent Blues, addresses with straight-up poignancy and subversive humor the power and the pitfalls of our super-connected era. Digitally fueled isolation may be a theme, but this virtuosic acoustic quintet offers its warmest, most emotive and elegantly melodic...

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Suzanne Lee

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Suzanne Lee

Thursday, September 24 at 5:10 PM.  Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Biofabricate! The Future of Design Is Biology London-based Suzanne Lee is a fashion designer turned biological conjurer, an innovator who experiments with new materials and processes. Through her work with design and biology in the ‘living materials’ consultancy Biocouture, as founder and curator of the leading biodesign conference Biofabricate, and as Creative Director of Modern Meadow, a Brooklyn-based startup growing leather without killing animals,...

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Zanele Muholi

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Zanele Muholi

Thursday, October 1 at 5:10 PM.  Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. A photographer and self-proclaimed visual activist, Zanele Muholi explores black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex identities and politics in contemporary South Africa. For her series “Faces and Phases” (2006-11), Muholi created more than 200 portraits of South Africa’s lesbian community. The images challenge the stigma surrounding gays and lesbians in South Africa, debunk the common rhetoric that homosexuality is un-African, and address the...

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Dog Loves Books

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Dog Loves Books

Saturday, October 3 at 1:30 PM. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets also be available at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor. Louise Yates’ New York Times Best Seller comes to life in ArtsPower’s newest musical about the irresistible Dog who loves everything about books. In fact, he loves books SO much that he decides to open up his own bookstore. Once the store opens for business, no customers come. Dog is alone in his store. But, he soon...

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An Evening with Mark Knopfler and Band

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An Evening with Mark Knopfler and Band

Sunday, October 4 at 7:30 PM. Presented by Live Nation. Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Special offer! A CD copy of Mark Knopfler’s new album, Tracker, is included with every pair of tickets you order for this show. You will receive an email with instructions on how to receive your album following your purchase.  Legendary musician and songwriter Mark Knopfler will celebrate the release of his new record, Tracker, due March 17 on Verve Records, with a 36-city North...

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The Gloaming

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in events, UMS | Comments Off on The Gloaming

The Gloaming

Wednesday, October 7 at 7:30 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org. Evocative of the spare serenity of the Irish countryside, the music of The Gloaming is both deeply familiar and consistently surprising. The traditional Irish backgrounds of fiddle master Martin Hayes, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, and Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionáird anchor the group, with New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman, better known as a colleague of Antony and the Johnsons, The National, and Nico Muhly) and Chicago...

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Bill Maher

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Bill Maher

Sunday, October 11 at 7:30 PM. Presented by Live Nation. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 20 at ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.  Charge by phone at 800-745-3000. For the last 22 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last 12 years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 33 Emmy nominations. In October of 2008, this...

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An Evening With Patti Smith

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An Evening With Patti Smith

Monday, October 12 at 7 PM at the Michigan. Presented by Nicola’s Books. Tickets available beginning Friday, August 7 at 10 AM at Nicola’s Books, Ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. Charge by phone 800-745-3000. Legendary multi-platform artist Patti Smith will make an exclusive Michigan appearance at the historic Michigan Theater, where she will read excerpts from her new memoir, M Train, lead an audience Q&A, and sign books. Ms. Smith has said of M Train (Knopf; October 6, 2015), “It’s a roadmap to my...

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Anna Sui

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in events, Penny Stamps | Comments Off on Anna Sui

Anna Sui

Thursday, October 8 at 5:10 PM.  Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. World of Anna Sui Born in Detroit, fashion design legend Anna Sui is known for her bohemian and retro fashion looks. Her brand includes clothing, shoes, cosmetics, eyewear, accessories, and a line of fragrances, all sold through her free-standing stores and distributors in over 50 countries around the world.   Anna Sui was named one of the “Top 5 Fashion Icons of the Decade” and in 2009 earned the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award from the...

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John Luther Adams

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John Luther Adams

Thursday, October 15 at 5:10 PM.  Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. John Luther Adams has been called “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker). His symphonic work Become Ocean was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music and the 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Contemporary Classical Composition”. Columbia University has honored Adams with the William Schuman Award “to recognize the lifetime achievement of an American composer whose works have been widely performed and...

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RSC in HD: Shakespeare’s Othello

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RSC in HD: Shakespeare’s Othello

Sunday, October 18 at 7pm. Presented in partnership with UMS. Tickets on sale at ums.org.  RSC Live in HD is a program of high-definition broadcasts captured live and screened at cinemas around the world from Shakespeare’s home town. Othello is the greatest general of his age. A fearsome warrior, loving husband and revered defender of Venice against its enemies. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own, men driven by prejudice and jealousy to destroy him. As they plot in the shadows, Othello realises too...

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Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya

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Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya

Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org. Nelson Mandela has referred to Abdullah Ibrahim as “South Africa’s Mozart,” and few would disagree. Born in 1934 in Cape Town, Abdullah Ibrahim was influenced as a child by spiritual hymns, traditional African music, carnival and minstrel music, and American jazz, swing, and boogie woogie. He earned the nickname “Dollar” from American soldiers for his spirited efforts to buy American LPs, which could be found for one dollar. The nickname stuck,...

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Sonya Clark

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Sonya Clark

Thursday, October 22 at 5:10 PM.  Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Hair to There: Weaving Tales with Textiles. Through her multi-material approach, Sonya Clark addresses issues of race, identity, and heritage.  The varied objects she crafts reflect a design sensibility inspired by the rhythmic improvisation of the rich textile and hair traditions of African Diaspora.  Clark is the recipient of several awards, including 2014 Grand Jurors ArtPrize, 2011 United States Artist Fellowship, and a Pollock Krasner Award. ...

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An Evening with David Sedaris

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An Evening with David Sedaris

Monday October 26 at 7:30 PM. Presented by Michigan Radio. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com Books on sale now and at the event, courtesy of  With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as...

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Signe Baumane

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Signe Baumane

Thursday, October 29 at 5:10 PM.  Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Sex, Madness and Dentists Since 1998, Latvian independent animator Signe Baumane has made 15 controversial animated shorts on the subjects of sex, underage pregnancy, dentists, veterinarians and madness.   In 2014, she released her first feature-length animated film, Rocks In My Pockets, an autobiographical work that explores the depression that has haunted three generations of women in her family.   Baumane’s films have been screened at film festivals...

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Patricia Urquiola

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Patricia Urquiola

Thursday, November 5 at 5:10 PM.  Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Spanish by birth and Italian by choice, architect and designer Patricia Urguiola creates work that is unconventional, emphatic, and experimental, blending humanist sensibilities and technical expertise.  Since opening her own studio in 2001, Urguiola has alternated product design for major international companies with architecture projects for private homes, hotels and show rooms.  Urquiola’s work has earned numerous design awards, including the...

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Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40

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Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40

Sunday, November 8 at 4 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org. Winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years. Born in 1941, his musical education includes formal studies and countless nights on the hottest stages in Cuba as the pianist with his legendary father, Bebo Valdés, his orchestra Sabor de Cuba, and also the seminal Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna....

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Arlo Guthrie

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Arlo Guthrie

Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM. Presented by the Ark. Tickets available beginning Friday, June 26 at 10 AM at Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster charge by phone at 800.845.3000. ALICE’S RESTAURANT 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR! This show is a break from his normal solo appearance and will feature a band including Terry Hall (drums), Bobby Sweet (guitar, vocals), Darren Todd (guitar) and his son, Abe Guthrie (keyboards). Along with “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” the tour will feature songs pulled from all studio albums in...

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Maira Kalman

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Maira Kalman

Thursday, November 12 at 5:10 PM.  Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Illustrator, author and designer Maira Kalman is renowned for her unique commentaries on politics and contemporary life. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker Magazine,  Kalman also wrote the illustrated blogs “The Principles of Uncertainty” and “The Pursuit of Happiness” for The New York Times. Kalman’s books include My Favorite Things, Ah-Ha To Zig-Zag, Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey, 13 WORDS, a collaboration with Lemony...

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Guster

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Guster

Wednesday, November 18 at 8 PM at the Michigan. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com beginning Friday, July 31 at 10 AM as well as all Ticketmaster outlets. Order by phone at 800-745-3000. Since forming at Tufts University in 1992, Guster has become one of the leading indie/alternative bands, releasing seven critically acclaimed albums in 20 years, starting with Parachute in 1995. Evermotion (to be released on their own Ocho Mule label through Nettwerk Records) is the follow-up to 2010’s Easy Wonderful, which earned the band its...

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Prem Krishnamurthy

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Prem Krishnamurthy

Thursday, November 19 at 5:10 PM.  Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Prem Krishnamurthy is a founding principal of the award-winning design studio Project Projects and the director/curator of the critically-acclaimed multidisciplinary exhibition space P!. In addition to working on commissions with Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Harvard University, The Jewish Museum, MoMA, RISD Museum, SALT, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery, he...

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Karen Finley

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Karen Finley

Thursday, November 19 at 5:10 PM.  Part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. Written in Sand Karen Finley is a New York-based performance artist, musician and poet, whose raw and transgressive work on sexuality and disenfranchizement has provoked controversy and debate for over three decades.  Finley came to prominence in 1990, when she and three other artists became known as the “N.E.A. Four” when their National Endownment for the Arts grants were revoked after Congressional passage of a “decency clause.” Her performances have...

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Ariel, Zoey & Eli

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in events, Not Just for Kids | Comments Off on Ariel, Zoey & Eli

Ariel, Zoey & Eli

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 1:30 PM. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets also available at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor. Emmy Nominees Ariel, Zoey & Eli (AZE) have spent most of their young lives performing either on stage or in front of the camera. With two national television shows, their focus has always been on music, empowering their peers and enjoying those they meet along the way. This special concert will include their favorite songs,...

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RSC in HD: Shakespeare’s Henry V

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RSC in HD: Shakespeare’s Henry V

Sunday, December 13 at 7PM. Presented in partnership with UMS. Tickets on sale at ums.org.  RSC Live is a program of high-definition broadcasts captured live and screened at cinemas around the world from Shakespeare’s home town. Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people. Laying claim to parts of France and following an insult from the French Dauphin, Henry gathers his troops and prepares for a war that he hopes...

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Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton

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Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 7:30 pm. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org. By any measure of talent and accomplishment, Lisa Fischer is a superstar. Yet, if you do not know her name, it’s likely because she has spent the past 20 years as a backup singer for the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti, and countless others. Her name may not be on the marquee, but she doesn’t care. Her astonishing range, spot-on intonation, mastery of the stage, and infectious sweet smile make her the go-to singer for the likes of Tina Turner,...

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Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School

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Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1:30 PM. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets also available at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor. Now that JUNIE B. JONES has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B....

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The Triplets of Belleville

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The Triplets of Belleville

Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org. A decade after it was first brought to the screen, Benoît Charest revives the music of the Oscar-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville with a remarkable cast of musicians in this silent movie-live concert event. Kidnapped by mysterious, square-shouldered henchmen, a Tour de France cyclist named Champion is spirited across the ocean to the teeming metropolis of Belleville. His near-sighted grandmother and faithful dog follow his trail and are taken...

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Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move

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Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move

Sunday, April 10 at 1:30. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available at Nicola’s Books. Alexander has just found out that his family is moving to a new town and that he must leave all his friends and schoolmates behind. How can he bear to leave the place he loves and the life he has there? Join Alexander as he learns that home is “where your family is” and that change can be exciting. (recommended for grades K – 4. Produced by...

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Zafir: Musical Winds from North Africa to Andalucía

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Zafir: Musical Winds from North Africa to Andalucía

Friday, April 15, 2016, 8 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org. Simon Shaheen brings to life the Arab music of Al-Andalus and blends it with the ubiquitous art of flamenco in Zafir, a program of instrumental and vocal music and dance that renews a relationship with music from a thousand years ago. Zafir explores the commonalities of music born in the cultural centers of Iraq and Syria that blew like the wind (zafir) across the waters of the Mediterranean to Al-Andalus, where it blended with elements of Spanish music,...

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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

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The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at tickets.ums.org. On paper, the partnership of Joshua Redman and the Bad Plus seems unlikely. The saxophonist was embraced by the jazz mainstream on the release of 1994’s Moodswing, and he’s been both a critical and commercial favorite ever since. The Bad Plus, by contrast, have courted controversy since the release of their 2003 major label debut, These Are the Vistas. But when Joshua Redman joined the idiosyncratic trio as a special guest a few years back, a...

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Seussical

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Seussical

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:30 PM. Part of the Benard L. Maas Not Just For Kids Series presented by Toyota. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets also available at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor. “Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Adapted from the Broadway version, this adaptation especially for young audiences features thirteen actors and enhanced production values. Seussical is TheatreworksUSA’ biggest show ever! The...

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