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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor's Economic Status and Future": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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Lecture by Mayor Hieftje. The program begins with lunch.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $30. Reservations required by Nov. 15. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Real Life Experiences and Connections to Brands: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Benjamin Bator is a founding partner of Texts From Last Night, a popular website that features text messages people send to each other. Since leaving law school to run TFLN full time, Ben has gained an incredible amount of experience conceptualizing, launching and running this site.

Ben will talk a bit about adventure and how real-life experiences foster deeper connections to brands, activities, and each other.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. [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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 Noon-6 p.m.  Free! 

People of the River - Photography/Video Exhibit: UM Latin American and Caribbean Studies, College of Engineering, UM Library.

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People of the River
Photography and Video Exhibit
Marcin Szczepanski, Senior Multimedia Producer, Michigan Engineering
People of the River captures the life of so called ribeirinhos (river people) that inhabit the Pantanal region in Brazil. Pantanal, located roughly in the center of South America, is one of the largest wetlands in the world, with a wonderfully diverse ecosystem.
The author portrays the changing nature of life in Pantanal and how its residents cope with the environmental, social and economic challenges around them. The exhibit also documents the work of Pantanal Partnership, the collaboration of U-M students with Pantanal's residents and schools that aims to provide healthy water and renewable energy to the area by building water filters, bio-digesters and wind turbines.
Where: Duderstadt Center Gallery on North Campus, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
When: January 8-25, 2014
Opening: 4 PM. Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Duderstadt Center Gallery, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd. Free. 215 900 9826. [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Empowerment Drumming": U-M Turner Geriatrics Center.

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All seniors invited to join music and health consultant Dianne Baker for drumming to relieve stress, improve your mood, and meet new people. Drums provided.
1-2 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 3-4:30 p.m. 

Current Events, Section 2--OLLI (50+) Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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This class meets Wednesdays, January 15 - August 20, and is taught by Joan Innes and Joy Rome.

This discussion group is for people interested in what's happening at the local, national, and global level. All opinions receive a courteous hearing. No materials or special expertise required. Just bring an open mind and a good sense of humor.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $40. 734-998-9351. [map]
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 3:45, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"August: Osage County": Michigan Theater.

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(John Wells, 2013). Adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy about the painful reunion of the far-flung members of a dysfunctional family in response to its patriarch's mysterious disappearance.
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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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing Borders, or Creating Conflicts in the Caucasus?": U-M Armenian Studies Program.

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Talk by U-M history lecturer Arsene Saparov
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-0622. [map]
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 4 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, 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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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade": U-M Author's Forum Series.

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U-M history professor Gabrielle Hecht and U-M anthropology professor Elizabeth Roberts discuss Hecht's new book.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Library, enter from the Diag. Free. 615-5783. [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 p.m. 

Snow Perch: Wine and Canvas Ann Arbor.

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Come unleash your inner Picasso with Wine and Canvas, Ann Arbor's new trendiest night out! We are a painting class with cocktails! Sign up at and choose Ann Arbor for your location. Seating is limited and absolutely no experience is necessary. At the end of the evening, you will have made some new friends and go home with your very own 16x20 masterpiece! $35 includes 16x20 canvas, paint, brushes and a local artist to guide you through your very own painting. Check our website for locations and times.
The Quarter Bistro & Tavern, 300 South Maple, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $35. 734-277-9253. [map]
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 6-6:35 p.m.  Free! 

Synchronized Team Skating Exhibition: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Exhibition by local teams preparing to compete at the Midwestern Sectional Synchronized Skating Championships.
6-6:35 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley. Free. 213-6768. [map]
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 6:15 p.m. 

Basic Flow Yoga.

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Playfully and Progressively balance your body and clear your mind with this energizing, moderate flowing mindful practice. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Active Body Challenge: Empowered Wellness.

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Join us in 10-weeks of community fitness and nutrition training! 4 prize Ca$h prize categories, and lots of exciting growth! Become lean & fit the natural way. Open to ALL fitness levels! This is a body positive environment.
3830 Packard Rd, Suite 150, Ann Arbor, Mi, 3830 Packard Rd, Suite 150, Ann Arbor, Mi. $35. 734-845-9540. [map]
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Wide World of Whole Grains.

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Whole Grains are all the craze and guess what? They're here to stay! Eating a diet rich in whole grains is part of a healthy lifestyle. Come out and join us while we teach you how to properly cook specific fiber-rich whole grains to gain the maximum nutrient benefits they offer. In class, we will focus on amaranth, farro, millet, quinoa, bulgur, and spelt - where they come from, and how to make them taste amazing! Full participation. Menu: Amaranth and Quinoa "popcorn"; Butternut Squash and Farro Risotto; Millet Pilaf with Caramelized Onion and Wild Mushroom Ragout atop Braised Kale; Red Radish and Parsley Tabouli with Bulgur Wheat; Hand-Rolled Spelt Crackers served with Herbed White Bean Hummus. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 6:45-9 p.m. 

Community Crafts Night: The Yellow Barn.

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Jan. 8, 15, & 22. All invited to bring crafting projects to work on. Also, a chance to see local crafter Kate Daum-Bost spin wool into yarn.
6:45-9 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $3-$5 sliding scale. [map]
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 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline at Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 623-8050. [map]
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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Health Talks: Nutritional Healing Center of Ann Arbor.

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Jan. 9: Nutritionist Kerry Cradit on "New Year, New You!" Jan. 15: Chiropractor Amanda Childress on "Lick the Sugar Habit." Jan. 23: Health practitioner Connie Kelly-Saur on "Beat the Blues."
7-8 p.m., NHCAA, 3610 W. Liberty. Free. 302-7575. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

January meeting of Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club: Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club.

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There is a regular monthly meeting of the Washtenaw Wanderers Walking Club on
Wednesday, January 15 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the R.E.I. Store,
970 Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor.
Come join us for fun, fitness and friendship.
For more information contact American Volkssport Association ( or find us on
R.E.I. Store, 970 W. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, Mi. Free. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Can Urban Planning Build Agency in Marginalized Communities?": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Panel discussion with Urban League of Detroit president and CEO Charles Anderson and other Detroit community leaders and social justice advocates. Also, a performance by poet and activist Jessica Care Moore. Reception follows.
7-9 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room. Free. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Home Buying 101": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Reinhart Realtors broker Melissa Van Dam and Flagstar Bank mortgage loan officer Carrie Aeschliman.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Burlesque 1: A2 Aviary.

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Have you ever wanted to be a mermaid? How about a unicorn? Luna will teach you how, and so much more in this intro to burlesque technique and group choreography class! Dance for fun, dance for exercise. This class will include a jazz-based warmup to get your body ready to move and exercises to teach you the theory and technique of burlesque. We will then work on choreographed routines to build confidence and style for stage and for life! All students enrolled in the full seven week session will have the opportunity to perform their group routine at LIFT OFF< our student showcase.
$12 for a single class
$75 for a 7 week session
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $12-$75. 734-726-0353. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Colin Stetson: University Musical Society.

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Jan. 15 & 16. This Ann Arbor-born, Montreal-based avant-garde saxophonist and multi-reedist is widely recognized for his mastery of the circular breathing technique, enabling him to play powerfully for long periods and produce a densely polyphonic sound that blends a range of styles, from free jazz to metal to post-punk to pop. "Stetson demolishes clichés to unleash fresh, unexpected energies. It's like being inside an enormous brass tunnel full of windy byways and slamming valves, at once exhilarating and frightening," writes a Pitchfork reviewer. In addition to releasing three critically acclaimed solo albums, Stetson has performed, toured, or recorded with dozens of artists, including The Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Tom Waits, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, and Angelique Kidjo. Opening act is Chicago-based avant-garde trumpeter Justin Walter, whose electronic valve instrument is a hybrid trumpet and analog synthesizer.
7:30 p.m., Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. $30 general admission, in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Hasia Diner's Hungering for America: Italian, Irish, and Jewish Foodways in the Age of Migration.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Women Dancing Freedom: Hygeia Center for Healing Arts.

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Dancing Freedom is a free-form movement practice that supports healthy intimacy, full expression, loving boundaries, emotional coherency, and spiritual awakening for individuals and whole communities. Dancing Freedom classes can spark or deepen health, happiness, and freedom in any stage of life. Open to female bodied/identified peoples age 13 and up. New 6-week session begins January 15th. Wednesdays 7:30 -9:30 pm. Fee: $90 for full session or $17 for a single class (space permitting). Fee assistance available.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $90/ 6 weeks, $17 SIngle Class. 734-769-6100. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Connecting Habitats and Hemispheres: The Biology and Conservation of Migratory Shorebirds": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Slide-illustrated talk by Cornell University ecology and evolutionary biology professor Andy Johnson.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 677-3275. [map]
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 7:45 p.m. 

Yoga for Stiff People.

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Unveil your inner Gumby! Allow your body to release and open safely and naturally. Aggressively stretching the body in unnatural levels of heat or without proper awareness invites injury. Enjoy patient deep release with appropriate modifications under the guidance of a skilled and knowledgeable teacher. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Deadly Gentlemen: The Ark.

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Boston acoustic quintet led by songwriter-banjoist Greg Liszt of the neo-bluegrass ensemble Crooked Still whose music is a vibrant, beguilingly melodic, bluegrass-based brand of rootsy pop-rock. The band recently released its Rounder debut, Roll Me, Tumble Me.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $13 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson. Followed at 11 p.m. by "Late Night @ Silvio's" swing dancing (see Nightspots).
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenburg Room, $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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