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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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 8 a.m.  Free! 

PR Power Hour: Defining and Keeping Your PR Resolutions: MPRG.

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MPRG, a Michigan-based public relations firm, has announced details about the upcoming PR Power Hour meet up. The event is intended to be an educational networking meeting for business professionals interested in learning about public relations strategy and tactics, and how specific opportunities or problems may be addressed through public relations. The presentation topic for the November meet up is 'Defining and Keeping Your PR Resolutions."
The event details are as follows:
When: Wednesday, January 22, 2014; 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Where: Espresso Royale, 214 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Cost: Free
Note: Regular and decaf drip coffee are included; Specialty drinks, pastries, etc. will be available for individual purchase.
The meeting will begin with 20 minutes of introductions and networking, followed by a 20-minute presentation. The last 20 minutes of the meeting will be reserved for a group-based learning session during which attendees can ask questions and have
Espresso Royale, 214 S. Main St. Free. 734-677-9970. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Loss of a Spouse or Partner Support Group: Arbor Hospice.

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Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit's programming.
This is an eight-week group held on Wednesdays (Jan. 22-March 12) from 10-11:30 a.m. and is open to any individual who has experienced the loss of a spouse or significant other.
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3109 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. Donation. 734-794-5127. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Preservation of Life Stories Through Video Recording-Part I--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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This session will introduce participants to a program developed at Arbor Hospice that can benefit people at any life stage. Elders and their families capture their life stories on video for future generations. Seniors, often in conversation with family members, review their lives, fill in knowledge gaps regarding family history, and offer their experiences and wisdom to children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. You will learn how to plan the session and ask questions that prompt conversations. Taught by Dennis Sparks.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $15. 734-998-9351. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

How a Health Insurance Company Successfully Uses Facebook Ads: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Here's the deal. Any company can throw money into Facebook ads and sponsored posts and say they increased likes or engagement. But what are you really buying? If less than 17% of people who like a Facebook page ever return then what is the ROI of the money you spent? In this case study you will learn how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan on a limited budget earned an 80% conversion rate on their Facebook Ads and increased their community growth by over 3000%.

Join us on the 22nd to hear more about what Dave Murray, Manager of Social Media at BCBSM, has to say!
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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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Redwood Curtain": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 16-Mar. 15. Stephanie Buck directs local actors in Lanford Wilson's drama about a young prodigy who's searching for her birth father when she encounters a homeless veteran living in a redwood forest in Northern California. Cast: Rainbow Dickerson, Alex Leydenfrost, Michelle Mountain.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Jan. 16-22 preview tickets: $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Jan. 22: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Performance Presentation in Korean Poetry: The Sijo": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Harvard University Korean literature professor David McCann discusses Korean 3-line sijo poems and recites some of his own.
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 764-1825. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The War on Poverty: A Retrospective": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Panel discussion--with U-M economics, political science, public policy, social work, and anthropology professors-on Martin Luther King Jr.'s critique of the War on Poverty in Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community.
4 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Cascading Waterfall: 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.
Joe's Crab Shack, 3020 Lohr Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $35. 734-277-9253. [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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 6:15 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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 6:15-7:30 p.m. 

Basic Hatha Flow Yoga Class: Sun Moon Yoga.

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This Wednesday evening yoga class releases tension from the body and mind and allows balance , focus and energy to naturally flow. Using a breath based blend of seated and standing postures, this "safety -first" class is beneficial and fun for beginning students to experienced yoga practitioners.
Instructor: Janine Polley RN, ERYT 500, Yoga Therapist
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W.Huron. $15 drop-in, only $12.90 per class with 10 class card purchase. 734-929-0274. [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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 6:45-9 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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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle".

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Wine Tasting: Winter Warmers.

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There are certain red wines that just want to accommodate themselves next to you, cuddle you, and make you warm and happy at the same time. These wines are perfect wines for the cold evenings already upon us. I can think of the reds of the southern Rhone made mostly with Grenache and other grapes blended into them, the hearty wines of Spain--particularly areas like Priorat or Montsant, the undeservedly dreaded Zinfandel bottles from California, the behemoth Malbec wines from Argentina, the muscular Shiraz blends from Australia, or the stunning reds from Puglia or Basilicata in the southern lands of Italy. All these wines are what I'd like to call Winter Warmers; and what better time to have a taste of these magnificent examples than right in the heart of January. Join me for some hearty fun and find out which one you might pair with your next lamb stew or pot roast. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $45/person. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 


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All robotics hobbyists invited to work on and discuss robots.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd north of Ellsworth). Free. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball vs. Iowa.

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7 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at 764-0247.
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Michigan Theater: Ann Arbor's Home for Fine Film and the Performing Arts Since 1928": Bookbound.

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EMU film professor emeritus Henry Aldridge discusses his new book exploring the history of this Ann Arbor landmark.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [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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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Latitude and the Magnetic Earth: The True Story of Queen Elizabeth's Most Distinguished Man of Science, Stephen Pumfrey's book about William Gilbert, the royal physician to Elizabeth I.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Meditation and Healing: New 5 week Meditation Class: Center of Light, Ann Arbor.

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NEW: 5-week series begins: Wednesday,January 22nd
This series artfully balances Mindfulness and Spiritual principles. Good for beginners or experienced practitioners of meditation or spirituality. All faiths and spiritual practices are honored and welcome in this amazing series.
$30 FOR EARLY REGISTRATION - Write " preregistering" in the RSVP
Classes build on each other and therefore cannot be taken individually.
The series must be paid for at the 1st class.
Class 1 January 22nd
Foundations of Mindfulness
Class 2 January 29th
Mindfulness and Acceptance-
Releasing the Vital Force
Class 3 February 5th
Presence with the Divine Energy
Class 4 February 12th
Listening Within
Class 5 February 19th
Visualization and Healing
I look forward to sharing this experience with you. Please contact me if you have any questions. If your GPS has trouble, try Ann Arbor Annuity Exchange, as we are just up and across the street, behind the farmhouse.
Center of Light, Ann Arbor. $40. 510 710 9000.
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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. 

"Henry Ford: His Life and Times": Salem Area Historical Society.

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Talk by Henry Ford Heritage Association member Russell Doré.
7:30 p.m., Salem Township Hall, 9600 Six Mile Rd., Salem. $2 (members, free). (248) 437-6651. [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.  Free! 

Horn Studio Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Freshman horn students of Adam Unsworth and Bryan Kennedy perform works for horn as well as piano and horn quartet.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The Honeycutters: The Ark.

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Country roots music with a sharp-witted contemporary edginess by this Asheville-based band led by Amanda Anne Platt, a singer-songwriter who cites Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty as major influences. "I can see a day when her name is mentioned alongside Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier and Gillian Welch," says The Real Southern. "She's just that good."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Linsanity": U-M Taiwanese Student Association.

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Screening of Evan Jackson Leong's 2013 documentary about the meteoric rise of Asian American basketball player Jermy Lin with the New York Knicks in 2012.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. $10 in advance (beginning Dec. 19) at The screening takes place only if enough advance tickets are sold. 668-TIME. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Screen Play": Emergent Arts.

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Jan. 22-26. Local actors perform A.R. Gurney's 2005 comedy that sets Casablanca in 2015, when the U.S. is governed by a dictatorship of right-wing religious fanatics. The action takes place in Nick's bar in Buffalo, which has become a way station for liberal Americans who are trying to cross the border to Canada.
8 p.m. (Jan. 22-25) & 2 p.m. (Jan. 25 & 26), Mix Studio Theatre, 8 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Tickets $12 (students and seniors with ID, $10; $4 discount for preshow dining at Haab's restaurant) in advance at and at the door. 985-0875. [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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