What to do in Ann Arbor Thursday, Jan. 11: Corndaddy at The Ark, 'Of 72' exhibition and more

Corndaddy -- Jerry Hancock, Kevin Brown, Hugh Huntley, Jud Branam (Photo by Patrick Clancy)
Corndaddy -- Jerry Hancock, Kevin Brown, Hugh Huntley, Jud Branam (Photo by Patrick Clancy)

ANN ARBOR – Here are some of the events happening in Ann Arbor on Thursday about which we're most excited. Which ones do you plan to attend? What event should we cover in greater detail and why? Let us know in the comments below or email us at allaboutannarbor@wdiv.com.

Thursday, Jan. 11

Red Circle Exhibition - In the 1980s, Japan’s strong trade surplus and currency were causing friction and antagonism overseas. In response, three renowned Japanese artists -- Ikko Tanaka, Shigeo Fukuda, and Kazumasa Nagai -- took on the challenge of changing Japan’s global image through graphic design. These dazzling posters are a fascinating chapter in the history of Japan’s ongoing efforts to shape its identity in the post-World War II era. (8 a.m., UMMA) 

Future Former: An Exhibition of Alumni Work - This exhibition honors the creative work and careers of all Stamps School alumni, creates an aspirational connection between generations of U-M artists and designers and current Stamps students, and inspires reflection during the university’s Bicentennial year. (9 a.m., University of Michigan Penny Stamps) 

Of 72: An Exhibition by Ebony G. Patterson - Jamaican artist Ebony Patterson’s of 72 -- a mixed media work on fabric, with digital imagery, embroidery, rhinestones, trimmings, bandanas and floral appliques -- considers the 2010 “Tivoli Incursion” in Kingston, Jamaica, an armed conflict between the Shower Posse drug cartel and Jamaica's military and police that began as security forces began searching for major drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke, after the United States requested his extradition. (9 a.m., U-M Institute for the Humanities)

Outdoor play-based class for kids - At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free class, kids ages 18 months to 5 years will explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, create and play together. (10 a.m., Bandermer Park)   

Corndaddy 20th Anniversary Show - Celebrate two decades of Ann Arbor's own Americana, alt-country band, Corndaddy. Take it from the Detroit Free Presswhich wrote: "With a pure purpose and honest intent, Corndaddy makes refreshingly uncluttered country rock -- keenly aware of the genre's standard-bearers but not absorbed with imitation." (8 p.m., The Ark) 

Check out more Ann Arbor events on the A4 Community Calendar 

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