Ann Arbor Community Events and Entertainment for February

February has arrived and there is something for everyone here in Ann Arbor. Take a look at a few of the events happening around town this month!

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February 07, 2013

11th annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event

This year’s event focuses on the 2013 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads book selection “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Colorblindness: by Michelle Alexander and will also explore this year’s theme ‘Understanding Race.’ The keynote speaker for the evening will be one of America’s most influential civil rights attorneys Connie Rice, Co-Director for the Advancement Project, Los Angeles and renowned for her unconventional approaches to tackling problems of inequity and exclusion. Rice has received more than 50 major awards for her leadership of diverse coalitions, and her nontraditional approaches to litigating major cases involving police misconduct, employment discrimination and fair public resource allocation.

Towsley Auditorium at WCC
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When: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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February 10, 2013

Whoo’s Your Valentine?

Whoo is your valentine this year? The LSNC Barn Owl of course! His perfectly beautiful heart shaped face will inspire the artist in everyone as we make our own valentines to share with loved ones.

Leslie Science and Nature Center
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When: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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February 14, 2013

Tracy Smith

Having made the treacherous climb towards the “sexual peak”, Tracy Smith has honed a hilarious insight, perfect for navigating through the regrets and choices in the mean streets of “Singletown.” With a personality just sweet enough to offset the bitter truth she serves up, Tracy’s sharply written, on target material offers a perspective sure to make men and women laugh out loud.

Tracy’s television credits include a half hour for “Comedy Central Presents,” “Late Fridays” on NBC, “Premium Blend,” “Friday Night” and “Shorties Watchin’ Shorties” on Comedy Central, as well as “The Best of the Fest” on HBO Comedy. She had a one hour special on Canadian television’s Comedy Channel (yes, even comedy has an exchange rate). She’s also been on A & E’s “Evening at the Improv” and “Girls Night Out” as well as “The Wayne Brady Show,” “The Freedom of Speech Comedy Show” and radio’s “The Bob & Tom Show.” She is fast becoming a respected voice in stand up comedy and was selected by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the “Ten Comics to Watch.” Bring your Mom, your spouse, sweetie, significant other, baby’s mama, or whoever, and have riotous night of laughter this Valentine’s Weekend at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase
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When: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
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February 15, 2013

Kids Night In Mini-camp

We are pleased to offer a Kids Night In mini-camp experience for the first time on Friday, February 15. Kids get a night of structured science play and some quiet late night activities, while parents have a night out on the town! Parents can drop their children off at the Museum of Natural History for a fun evening of science activities, demonstrations, experiments and more. The program runs from 6 to 10 p.m., with pizza provided from 6 to 7 pm.

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
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When: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
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February 20, 2013

Folktales and Fantasy

Children and their parents invited to hear folktales about some of the plants at Matthaei Botanical Gardens and create their own story collage and legend about a favorite conservatory plant. Camp Winter-Break programs provide nature-based activities during the local school winter break.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens
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When: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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February 24, 2013

Jason Marsalis Vibe Quartet

Jason Marsalis, vibraphone: From a tender young age it was clear that JASON MARSALIS had what it took to be great. Jason is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and Ellis comprise New Orleans’s venerable first family of jazz.?Jason is well known for his prodigal drumming. Working with the Ellis Marsalis trio as well as the Marcus Roberts trio, he has fine tuned his playing in two of the most demanding settings in modern jazz. However, with the release of 2008′s “Music Update,” listeners are now recognizing Jason for his unique sound on the vibraphones.??Since 2000, Jason has been a mainstay on the New Orleans scene as a bandleader from the vibraphone chair. These groups have performed at Snug Harbor, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Jazz Playhouse, and The Satchmo Summerfest.??Jason has also appeared at jazz venues through the US and Canada, and has toured Europe on the summer festival scene. His playing is unique; drawing from a wide range of influences, Jason performs original music as well as many hidden gems in the jazz literature and beyond.

As a drummer, Marsalis collaborates frequently with his brothers Delfeayo and Branford, in addition to Marcus Roberts and Ellis Marsalis. When he is not filling the drum chairs in these groups, Jason performs as a vibraphonist with artists such as Shannon Powell, John Ellis, Roland Guerin, Irvin Mayfield, and many others as well as leading his own quartet.

Kerrytown Concert House
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When: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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February 28, 2013

Auditions for Anne of Green Gables

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre’s Junior Theatre will be holding auditions for the children’s play, Anne of Green Gables, adapted and directed by Jacqueline Courteau. All auditions take place at A2CT’s rehearsal studio at 322 W. Ann St.

In this charming original adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, from the beloved book by Lucy Maud Montgomery, spunky redhead Anne Shirley, an orphan, is adopted by an elderly brother and sister. Anne learns the ways of their farm and the Cuthberts learn what it’s like to raise a spirited, loving child.

Anne of Green Gables has roles for 16-18 young actors in GRADES 4-12. Those auditioning should arrive at the beginning of one of the regular audition dates and should plan to stay the whole time. Auditions will consist of a mix of theater games and cold readings from the script.

Those auditioning need to attend only one of the regular audition sessions, but should be available for callbacks. Rehearsals for Anne of Green Gables will be Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4-6pm and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. Production dates are May 18-19, 2013, at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre
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When: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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Above was a sampling of the activities occurring in our community during the month of February. Please be sure to check out one of the many events being held during the month and have a good time!

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