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C'mon, peeps, off the couch: Time for some January fun

Linda Lombardini

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Jan 29 4 minutes read

Ann Arbor Restaurant Week

Jan. 14–19
All over Ann Arbor!
See the website for all the info

If you've been in Ann Arbor at all, you know how wonderful our food is. Some say it's "next to Chicago" for fabulousness. Huh! We say it's NYC level. And during Restaurant Week, you'll savor and save on the meals you order. This brilliant event gives us diners discounts on meals and makes it easy and fun to try new places and tastes. 

On the beautifully well-organized website, you can find all the participating restaurants. Open their boxes and get the whole scoop on how to have a blast and a super meal.

You don't need tickets. You do need to make a reservation.

Words of advice: Be sure to call soon. My added advice: Call asap.

Special mention: Our neighbor, fave vegan restaurant Detroit Filling Station, now has entertainment that adds to the pizzazz of outrageously delicious vegan meals. It's not technically part of Restaurant Week, but we recommend it highly. (734) 224-2161, [email protected], next to and just south of the Ann Arbor Farmers' Market.

Ann Arbor Folk Festival

Jan. 26 & 27
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, A2
(734) 761-1800

for folkie-acoustic-roots  music lovers! 

John Prine, Aimee Mann, Lori McKenna! These are just a few of the headliners over these two nights. This much-loved festival is a benefit for The Ark and "features well-known acts along with musicians on the rise." It's always crowded with loud, friendly, happy people. 

Words of advice: Get your tickets asap! They're pricy, yes, and so well worth it.


  • By phone: (734) 763-TKTS
  • In person at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, 530 S. State, A2
    or The Ark box office, 326 S. Main, A2
  • Online at 
  • Cost:
    • Single night: $42.50 and $60
    • Series Tickets (both nights): $75 and $110


Wine, Women, and Song XVI

Jan. 26-28, Feb. 2 & 3
Kerrytown Concert House
415 N. Fourth Ave., A2
(734) 769-2999
[email protected]

"We're pulling out all the stops (and wine bottle corks!) again this year to celebrate the 16th year of this beloved KCH tradition! Enjoyed annually by sold-out audiences comprised of both women AND men, Wine, Women and Song features the musical talents of local female celebrity artists from the classical, jazz and cabaret genres."

—Kerrytown Concert House

Words of advice: Make your reservation now! The WW&S tickets sell out fast! Here's the online reservation page. You can also call.

If you're looking for a wide, wild array of events in the city, the best place to find them is in the Ann Arbor Observer's Events Calendar. 

Here's an old saying I just made up: "If it ain't in the Observer, it ain't happening." 

January Events from The Observer

The Calendar - January 12, 2018

The Calendar - January 12, 2018...

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All of January's events from the Ann Arbor Observer

The Ark's 31st Annual Storytelling Festival

For adults: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24
For kids: 1 p.m. Feb. 25

316 S. Main
(734) 761-1800
[email protected],

Michigan storytellers are featured this year: Barbara Schutzgruber; Ann Arbor's own Patti Smith and Jane Fink, and Steve Daut. Enjoy this video from a previous festival at The Ark:

Jeff Doyle-Storyteller. The Bear Necessities

Recorded Live at the Howell Opera House in 2011...

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