CONCERTS / EVENTS

Nigel Poor

Nigel Poor

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Nigel Poor is a fine art photographer, a professor at California State University, Sacramento, and a member of the Bay Area photo collective Library Candy. She explores the troubling questions of how to document life and what is worthy of preservation. Poor’s early work captured the various commonplace ways that individuals leave their marks on the world, including fingerprints, stains, human hair, and dryer lint.

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NPHC Step Show 2018

NPHC Step Show 2018

Saturday, March 30 at 7:30pm

The University of Michigan National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is the governing organization for the culturally and historically African American fraternities and sororities on campus. Rooted in Pan-African culture, and adopted by Black Greek-Letter Organizations in the mid-1900s, is the tradition of stepping. Stepping is a form of percussive dance where performers (or in this case, students) use their feet, hands, and bodies to create rhythms, and partner it with singing, chanting, and calls. Black frate

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An Evening With They Might Be Giants

An Evening With They Might Be Giants

Wednesday, October 24 at 8:00 PM.

They Might Be Giants is dedicated to making each performance a high-volume celebration of their original music. It’s always spontaneous and occasionally ribald (That means just for adults, everybody! No kids admitted!), and now for the first time, they’re on a full tour with show-stopping trumpet genius Curt Ramm (Nile Rogers, Bruce Springsteen). They Might Be Giants’ 80-city world tour includes the US, Canada, and Europe, with an eye for more far-flung territories in the new year.read more

Alice Rawsthorn

Alice Rawsthorn

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic and the author of the critically acclaimed books Design as an Attitude and Hello World: Where Design Meets Life. Her weekly design column for The New York Times was syndicated worldwide for more than a decade. Rawsthorn speaks about design at major global events including TED Conferences and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Born in Manchester and based in London, Rawsthorn is chair of the boards of trustees at

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A2SO: Mahler 9 (Symphony No. 9 in D Major)

A2SO: Mahler 9 (Symphony No. 9 in D Major)

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

Featuring a 7pm pre-concert lecture!

Sublime. Deeply personal. Melodies that convey the love of Nature, pastoral calm, and stillness. And through it all, the ever-present heartbeat of the master composer, Gustav Mahler, prevails. A magnificent journey for your heart and soul.

Tickets available at a2so.com beginning Wednesday, August 1.

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NT Live: Frankenstein

NT Live: Frankenstein

Plays October 28 at 7:00 PM. An encore presentation of a performance originally broadcast live from the National Theatre in London. Presented in partnership with UMS; tickets available at UMS.org.

Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London, this thrilling sold-out production became an international sensation. It returns to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s most famous novel.

Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumber

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Whose Live Anyway?

Whose Live Anyway?

Monday, October 29, 2018 at 8 PM

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will leave you gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Audience participation is key to the show so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage! WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? showcases some of the improv games made famous on the long-running TV show as well as some exciting new on

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Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour Pres. by Pull-Ups® Training Pants!

Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour Pres. by Pull-Ups® Training Pants!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 6 PM

Are you ready to DANCE?!? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour Presented by Pull-Ups® Training Pants! is an ALL NEW interactive live concert experience. Sing and dance along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters. Kids of all ages and their families are all invited to the biggest dance party around!

The Disney Junior Dance Party features: – Live appearances by Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Vampirina, Elena of Avalor, Sofia the First, and Doc McStuffins! – Magical o

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Bob Kramer

Bob Kramer

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Bob Kramer is a master bladesmith, widely considered to be the greatest American knifesmith working today, and will share his relentless quest to forge the perfect knife. His love of the knife as functional form famously began when he worked as a cook at Four Seasons Olympic Hotel in Seattle when he was an oceanography student at the University of Washington. Kramer went on to become a graduate of the American Bladesmith Society in Arkansas, where he received s

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Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine

Friday, November 2 at 8:00 PM.

beast epic. n. 1. A long, usually allegorical verse narrative in which the characters are animals with human feelings and motives. 2. A Grammy-nominated album by the band Iron & Wine.

Beast Epic is the sixth proper full-length record from Iron & Wine and was released (Aug 2017) after a four-year gap to critical acclaim. The album was nominated for Best Americana record at the 2018 Grammy Awards and was included on many year-end lists.

Iron & Wine is the musical project of

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Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie

Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Arlo Guthrie – “Alice’s Restaurant” – Back By Popular Demand Tour. Featuring Sarah Lee Guthrie.

Presented by The Ark and The Michigan Theater.

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The Ann Arbor Concert Band Presents: Music in G!

The Ann Arbor Concert Band Presents: Music in G!

Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 PM

The Ann Arbor Concert Band begins its 40th concert season in grand fashion under the direction of James Nissen, now in his 16th year, presenting “Music in G!”, featuring Grainger’s masterpiece “Lincolnshire Posy”, his resonant “Irish Tune from County Derry”, Gould’s dynamic “American Salute”, Grundman’s fanciful “American Folk Rhapsody”, Gillingham’s majestic “Council Oak”, and more! Concert highlight: a 50/50 raffle where the winner will conduct the band performing a Sous

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NT Live: King Lear

NT Live: King Lear

Plays November 4 at 7:00 PM. Broadcast live in HD from the National Theatre in London. Presented in partnership with UMS. Tickets available at UMS.org.

The Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of King Lear received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this “nuanced and powerful” (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving, and shocking play.

Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written,

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Adam Devine – Weird Life Tour 2018

Adam Devine – Weird Life Tour 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018 at 8 PM

Adam Devine is best known as the star and co-creator of Comedy Central’s hit show WORKAHOLICS, for which he was named one of THR’s Top 50 Showrunners and ran for 7 seasons. He was also seen recurring as Manny’s ‘manny’ on the award-winning hit ABC series MODERN FAMILY. Adam can next be seen on the new HBO show, THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES starring alongside Danny McBride and John Goodman.

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Hetain Patel

Hetain Patel

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Hetain Patel is a conceptually driven British artist and performer who explores themes of identity and freedom with an attentive eye toward casting the widest net possible through the use of digital technologies, media, and YouTube. Humor, choreography, and pop-culture references are hallmarks of Patel’s work. Recent projects include commissions for Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London; performances at the Royal Opera House in London; and bu

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A2SO: Four Seasons

A2SO: Four Seasons

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

Featuring a 7pm pre-concert lecture!

Vivaldi “Autumn” & “Winter” from The Four Seasons
with Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Piazzolla “Spring” & “Summer” from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
with Rachel Barton Pine
Bartók Romanian Folk Dances
Haydn Symphony No. 90 in C major
New Composition by U-M Composer, Jessica Hunt

World-famous violinist Rachel Barton Pine shows us that 2 Vivaldi Four Sea

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Hello Sunshine x Together Live

Hello Sunshine x Together Live

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 7 PM

Hello Sunshine x Together Live is a touring live event coming to Ann Arbor, MI. At this two-hour evening event, our speakers will share their authentic stories, sing songs, and make you laugh (often through tears). Come join us as Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, Cameron Esposito, Priya Parker, and MILCK share their raw, hilarious, vulnerable, authentic stories.

This is Together Live’s third year on the road, and we are partnering with Hello Sunshine, founded by Reese Witherspoon. As partners, we

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The Yellow Ticket

The Yellow Ticket

Plays Monday, November 12 at 7:00 PM. Presented in partnership with the JCC of Ann Arbor. Sponsored by the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. Seats are reserved; please purchase early.

Klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals (founder of the Klezmatic) and pianist Marilyn Lerner perform live-on-stage Svigals’ award-winning score to the acclaimed 1918 Pola Negri silent-era film The Yellow Ticket. Set in in Tsarist era, when sex work (prostitution) was legal and regulated. For Eastern Eu

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Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham

Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Lindsey Buckingham is widely considered one of the greatest living guitar players and songwriters of our time. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 3 time GRAMMY winner, Buckingham is best known as the producer, guitarist, vocalist and chief songwriter for Fleetwood Mac and as a widely celebrated solo artist.

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The Michigan Pops Orchestra presents The Reign of Pops

Sunday, November 18 at 7:00 PM

“The Reign of Pops” is guaranteed to thrill music lovers of all ages, including selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake finale, Prince of Egypt, and a slew of Disney’s finest. Michigan Pops is putting together a dynamic and engaging show utilizing a unique combination of special effects, vocal performers, multimedia, and stage antics.

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John Butler Trio +

John Butler Trio +

Tuesday, November 27 at 7:30 PM.

Revered for their brilliant live performances and superb musicianship, the John Butler Trio are one of Australia’s most successful bands of the current era on the world stage. 2018 sees the expansion of the Trio to a five-piece in the form of JOHN BUTLER TRIO+.

Presented by The Ark and ann arbor’s 107one. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com.

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Lina Iris Viktor

Lina Iris Viktor

Part of the Penny Stamps Speaker Series. Free to the public!

Lina Iris Viktor is a British-Liberian conceptual artist whose work centers around the age-old practice of gilding with 24-karat gold to call into question the nature of time and being. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, Viktor weaves together many disparate materials, uniting contemporary and ancient modes of making including photography, performance, installation, and abstract painting. In recent years she has focused on creating increasingly dark canvas

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Rosie Revere, Engineer

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Sunday, December 2 at 1:30 PM. Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just for Kids Live Performing Arts Series presented by Toyota.
Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams, Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture, and Ada Twist’s curiosity can drive her teacher crazy. A fun new Theatreworks USA musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focu

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Melissa Etheridge – The Holiday Show

Melissa Etheridge – The Holiday Show

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 8 PM

Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great female icons. Her critically acclaimed eponymous debut album was certified double platinum.

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The Beach Boys – Reason for the Season Christmas Tour

The Beach Boys – Reason for the Season Christmas Tour

Thursday, December 6 2018 at 7:30 PM

Presented by Live Nation.

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Charles Lloyd & The Marvels wsg Lucinda Williams

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels wsg Lucinda Williams

December 8 at 8:00 PM. Presented by UMS; Tickets available at UMS.org.

“[Charles] Lloyd is the rare jazz artist whose every appearance qualifies as an event…” (New York Times)

Lloyd has recently put together a new band, The Marvels, featuring Bill Frisell on guitar and pedal steel guitar master Greg Leisz alongside his longtime collaborators Eric Harland (drums) and Reuben Rogers (bass). First elected “Jazz Artist of the Year” by Downbeat over 50 years ago and recently named an NEA Jazz Master, Lloyd is admired

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NT Live: The Madness of King George

NT Live: The Madness of King George

December 9 at 7:00 PM. Broadcast Live in HD from the National Theater, London. Presented in partnership with UMS.

Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett, this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.

The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Upstairs Downstairs).

It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world.

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The Nutcracker 2018

The Nutcracker 2018

Saturday, December 15 at 6:30 PM. Presented by the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet and the Michigan Classical Ballet

A must-see holiday event for the entire family! Join Clara on her magical journey through the enchanting Land of Snow to the Kingdom of the Sweets. With an impressive cast of Michigan’s talented ballet students, joined by international professional ballet dancers as guest artists, the Nutcracker is a wonderful holiday tradition to be enjoyed by all ages.

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The Bolshoi Theater Live in HD: The Nutcracker

The Bolshoi Theater Live in HD: The Nutcracker

Plays December 23 at 2:00 PM at the Michigan. Presented in partnership with UMS. Broadcast Live in HD.

A holiday tradition for the whole family, The Nutcracker sweeps the Bolshoi stage for two hours of enchantment and magic.

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll magically comes to life and transforms into a prince. Soon joined by her other toys, Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy, unforgettable adventure. The Nutcracker invites audiences of all ages on a magical journey through a world of enchantment, c

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Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!: King for a Day

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!: King for a Day

Sunday, January 13 at 3:00 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just For Kids Live Performing Arts Series presented by Toyota.
The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-NEW show for 2017-2019! The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. Now, your favorite characters are hopping back on board Trolley and coming to your town with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE: KING FO

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Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras

February 20 at 7:30 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at UMS.org.

The Los Angeles Times describes Las Cafeteras as a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia, and rock…live, they’re magnetic.”

Born and raised east of Los Angeles, the six-piece band is remixing roots music and telling modern-day stories. They create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message, a mix-and-match of styles and sources that deliver socially conscious lyrics in both English and

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Peg + Cat – LIVE!

Peg + Cat – LIVE!

Saturday, February 23 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just for Kids Live Performing Arts Series presented by Toyota.
Based on the Emmy-winning PBS Kids show PEG + CAT (produced by The Fred Rogers Company and 9 Story Entertainment), this totally awesome musical features wild comedy, countless favorite songs from the show, and Peg’s super coolest pal Ramone! When Peg’s Mom asks Peg and Cat to mail some really important letters they come face to face with a really big dog. Really Big Problem! To so

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A2SO: Scottish Fantasy

A2SO: Scottish Fantasy

Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

Featuring a 7pm pre-concert lecture!

Maxwell Davies An Orkney Wedding, With Sunrise
with Timothy Michling, bagpipes
Bruch Scottish Fantasy with Aaron Berofsky, violin
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A minor “Scottish”

Combine your soft spot for all things Scotland with the dash provided by your A2SO, and you’ll have an evening of delights. Concertmaster Aaron Berofsky weaves his always elegant-silky sound, and Principal Oboe

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A2SO Pops: The Music of Harry Potter / Saturday Evening

Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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A2SO Pops: The Music of Harry Potter / Sunday Family Matinee

A2SO Pops: The Music of Harry Potter / Sunday Family Matinee

Sunday, March 17 at 4:00 PM. Presented by the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

Pre-concert activities 2:30-3:30 pm

Instrument Petting Zoo

ALL patrons (including little ones) MUST have a ticket to enter the event.

Come in your favorite Harry Potter costume! Ollivander has been hard at work crafting wands — have one pick you at the preconcert activities. There will be a myriad of real instruments for youngsters to try in the Michigan Theater lobby before the concert at the Instrument Petting Zoo.

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Amos Lee

Amos Lee

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM

With MY NEW MOON, his seventh album, Amos Lee reaches into experiences of hope, hopelessness, loss, and renewal. The result is the most wide-ranging musical effort of his career, a set of songs that examines issues of mortality, survival, connection, and celebration in ways that are both deeply personal and profoundly universal.

Presented by The Ark and ann arbor’s 107one.

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Junie B. Jones

Junie B. Jones

Sunday, April 7 at 1:30 PM at the Michigan. Part of the Benard L. Maas Foundation Not Just for Kids Live Performing Arts Series Presented by Toyota.
Dear first-grade journal,

Hooray, hooray! TheatreworksUSA is making a musical (that is a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing, I believe). And what do you know! It’s all about me, Junie B. Jones! This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It’s got loads of funny songs, and it’s based on a bunch of books this lady, Barbara Park, wrote about me and th

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Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant & Christian Sands

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant & Christian Sands

April 14 at 4:00 PM. Presented by UMS. Tickets available at UMS.org.

“If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three — Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald — it is this virtuoso.” (New York Times)

A young jazz star with an old soul and the hottest voice in American jazz right now, Cécile McLorin Salvant grew up in Miami, the daughter of a French mother and Haitian father. In 2010, she took time off from her studies as a French law major with a promising career in Baroque opera to audition for t

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The Fab Faux

The Fab Faux

Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan

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. The Fab Faux will return to the Michigan Theater on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 8 PM to perform The Beatles’ 1968 self titled album, otherwise known as THE WHITE ALBUM.

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