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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 3, 2014






 
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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays: Let It Snow!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Family-friendly hands-on activities.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Fri., except Jan. 1) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun. & Jan. 1), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 & 1:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. (except Dec. 7) and Dec. 27. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (Sat. & Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 & 3 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. & Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 & 3 1:30 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Season of Light (Sat. & Sun. and Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 & 3, 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show that explores how telescopes work and what they can do.

Impact Earth (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show, narrated by astronaut Tom Jones, about meteors, meteorites, asteroids, and comets and the dangers they can pose to life on Earth.

Note: Impact Earth is shown several times on Dec. 7 as part of "Comet Discovery Day" (see listing).

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

Camera Club--OLLI (50+) Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets the first Friday of the month February - April and is facilitated by Bev Chethik and Jon Stinson.
Sharing and viewing photos of people, places and things is what brings Camera Club members together. We explore new ways to shoot, frame and use our photos. We experience the beauty and excitement of traveling throughout the world through the eyes of other members. In short, we inspire each other to take photos and to expand our horizons. This class meets once per month.

Turner Senior Resource Center & Bank of Ann Arbor, 2401 Plymouth Rd & 2649 Plymouth. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 2-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Storytelling and Songs: New Year Nonsense": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local storyteller Laura Pershin Raynor and guitarist Rosalie Koenig present a program of ridiculous riddles and silly songs and stories for kids in grades K-3.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. at William. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Oz the Great and Powerful: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Join us at 3pm in the community meeting room at the Whittaker Rd. branch for a free showing of Oz the Great and Powerful.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 ext. 1340. beedon@ypsilibrary.org [map]
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 3:45, 6:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Nebraska": Michigan Theater.

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(Alexander Payne, 2013). An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son to claim a million-dollar sweepstakes prize.
Times TBA at michtheater.org, Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
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 4-6:30 p.m. 

ACT Prep - Small Group Class: Raszer Sharp Tutoring.

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RST Learning Studio is offering another ACT prep class to prepare for the in-school MME!
~ What makes our class different?
We max out at 10 students, so we can determine the needs of our group and modify homework and individual assignments accordingly. We use proven techniques for success, and we keep in close contact with our students, tailoring our instruction to meet their goals.
~ What does the class cover?
Our students spend 8 weeks learning content and strategy. Besides helping students understand test questions, budget their time, and prioritize, we also teach and review math, science, English and reading concepts. We explain what the test covers and how to tackle it.
~ Isn't it too early?
Nope! The earlier a junior begins ACT prep, the better. Starting now allows more time to pinpoint goals, set a course, and see results before spring. Not only does it help to experience the test multiple times, it also shows colleges that you're serious about improving your scores.
RST Learning Studio, 412 Longshore Drive. $750. 734-786-2666. admin@rststudio.org raszersharp.org [map]
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 4, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Saving Mr. Banks": Michigan Theater.

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(John Lee Hancock, 2013). Dramatic biopic about Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers' difficult childhood and relationship with Walt Disney. Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks.
Times TBA at michtheater.org (unless otherwise noted), Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
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 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Fun Friday": U-M Natural History Museum.

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With screenings of the 30-minute planetarium show Star Talk (5:30, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.) about what you can see in the current night sky, a reading of astronaut Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (6 & 7 p.m.) with images from the book projected on the planetarium dome, and 30-minute dinosaur tours (7 & 8 p.m.).
5-9 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free admission. Planetarium shows are $3. 764-0478. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri., except Jan. 1. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using standard constructed (Fri.), modern constructed (Thurs.), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 6:30-9 p.m. 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, wine and challah, and discussion on a theme TBA. Children welcome.
6:30-9 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10 (family, $25). Reservations required at jewishculturalsociety.org. 975-9872. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]
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 7:15-8:45 p.m. 

"Rockabilly Night": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Funky Frosty Friday.

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All invited to skate to early rock 'n' roll records.
7:15-8:45 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 761-7240. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Bill Bushart: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 2-4. This Michigan native, named Best Comic in Detroit in 2010 by the Metro Times, specializes in wild, raunchy, politically incorrect, often hilariously demented stories and one-liners about everyday life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $6 (Thurs.) & $10 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $8 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Jerry's Girls": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Nov. 28), Nov. 14-Jan. 5, and Nov. 27. Carla Milarch directs Jerry Herman and Larry Alford's Tony-winning 1985 musical, a cabaret-style revue with large-scale production numbers, tap dancing, and a bit of drag showcasing songs from Herman's musicals, including Hello Dolly!, Mame, La Cage aux Folles, Mack and Mabel, and others. Stars Naz Edwards.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Nov. 27), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Nov. 30 & Dec. 14), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Nov. 14), $24 & $26 (Nov. 15 & 17), $30 & $32 (Nov. 16), and $22 & $24 (Nov. 21). Nov. 22 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Nov. 22: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $34 & $36 (Fri. & Sun.), $27 & $29 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]
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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]
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