Call them neo-Vaudeville or alternative folk, but Blanche’s style deserves a label of its own. They performed two years ago at Hill Auditorium with Wilco and will return to Ann Arbor tomorrow night at the University Club in the Michigan Union at 9 p.m. Dan John Miller’s strident voice is punctuated by the vocal and instrumental accompaniment of wife Tracee. Blanche recently released What This Town Needs with new extended play. Tickets are $7 to $15.


If you’re looking for an easy-ride comedy skit with dirty one-liners, Allyn Ball’s standup routine isn’t for you. Ball has been seen on Showtime, Comedy Central and MTV, to name a few. His “Punk Rock Grown Up?” leaves the staple jokes at home and promises to be a clean, original show unlike any other (fun for the whole family, no doubt). He will appear at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase tonight through Saturday. Tickets are $8 to $13.


Established in 2000 by five University students, Leim Irish has since become the largest Irish dance group on campus. Saturday night their winter performance, “Emerald Nights,” will open at 7:30 p.m. at The Michigan Theater. The original choreography is set to traditional and nontraditional Irish music, in addition to pop music to add a more modern flair. The group’s costumes were designed by member Lauren Berry. Tickets are $8 or $5 with student ID.


A winner of the Rencontres Film Festival’s audience award for best documentary, “Encounter Point” tells the personal stories of Israelis and Palestinians overcoming tragedy and devoting themselves to global peace. The acclaimed film has received rave reviews from the Village Voice, the Jerusalem Post and New York Times and others. “Encounter Point” will be showing tonight at The Michigan Theater at 7:15 p.m.

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