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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 23, 2014






 
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 9:30 a.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Kids and Creatures: The Creature Conservancy.

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This series of programs is designed especially for preschoolers (ages 2 - 5 years) and their parents. It runs every Thursday morning from 10 am - noon for six weeks, January 9th through February 13th. Your young one(s) will meet 2 - 3 amazing animals each week, including an armadillo, possum, kangaroo, wallaby, blue-tongued lizard, axolotl, fire salamander, giant tortoise, skunk, and many more! They will learn about each animal, play games, listen to stories and have fun with cool animal-themed crafts. Cost is $90 for one parent and one preschooler; additional preschoolers from the same family are $30 each. While space allows, late registrations are accepted at a pro-rated cost.
Limited to 15 preschoolers - register soon! www.thecreatureconservancy.org
The Creature Conservancy, 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $90. 734 929 9324. info@thecreatureconservancy.org (preferred contact) thecreatureconservancy.org [map]
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 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs. except May 8 & June 5. Activities, primarily for seniors, begin at 10 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($4), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar. An 11 a.m. Current Events discussion group led by Heather Dombey is followed at noon by a homemade dairy lunch ($3) and at 1 p.m. by a cultural or educational program.

June 12: Rabbi Peter Gluck, a longtime martial arts instructor, discusses "Chi as it Relates to Everyday Life."

June 19: Jewish Historical Society virtual tour committee chair Mike Kasky presents an illustrated talk on "Historic Jewish Detroit."

June 26: Ann Arbor Reconstructionist Congregation rabbi Michal Woll discusses "The Basics of Reconstructionist Judaism."

July 3: Fourth of July picnic. Food provided.

July 10: All invited to bring 1 or 2 items to share a story about for a program on "Creating an Oral History."

July 17: Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum exhibits director emeritus John Bowditch discusses "Music of the 1920s."

July 24: Recital by the 13-year-old Russian master cellist Alexey Solonovich.

July 31: Megan Sims leads an interactive demo of "Gentle Nia," a type of aerobic exercise.

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10 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"A Future for Michigan: Facing the Challenges, Embracing the Solutions": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Jan, 9-Feb. 13. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and visiting speakers. Jan. 9: U-M president emeritus James Duderstadt discusses "A Vision for Michigan's Third Century." Jan. 16: The Center for Michigan founder and president Phil Power on "The Center for Michigan: Provoking the Public's Agenda to Make Michigan a Better Place." Jan. 23: EMU education professor Barbara Bleyaert moderates a panel discussion wit Hamtramck High School principal and current and former students at the school on "Successful Schools=Successful Citizens: Lessons from Hamtramck High School." Jan. 30: Detroit Free Press reporter John Gallagher, author of Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City, on "Reimagining Detroit." Feb. 6: MSU economics professor Charles Ballard on "Michigan's Economy: Past, Present, and Future." Feb. 13: Randal Charlton, founder of the medical supply company Asterand and a former director of the WSU Research and Technology park who currently directs a nonprofit that helps 50+ adults pursue career changes, on "The Fun and Fear of Encore Careers: How Older Adults Can Help Themselves and the Michigan Economy."
10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"A View from the Piano Bench: Musical Musings from Bach to Free-Form Improvisation and Electronics": Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild.

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Lecture-demo by Bowling Green State University piano professor Thomas Rosenkranz, with selections from Bach's Goldberg Variations and Ablinger's Voices and Piano as well as improvisations based on North African folk songs and Beethoven's 7th symphony.
10 a.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 665-5346. [map]
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 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. 

"Owl's Winter": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 23-25. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's Owl at Home. Owl encounters strange bumps at the foot of his bed, is awakened by a noisy cricket, and wonders why the moon seems to follow him when he's out for a stroll. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for kids in grades Pre-K to 2. Also, "Meet the Owl," a presentation of a live owl by Leslie Science & Nature Center representatives after each show. The Jan. 25 performance includes hands-on activities in the lobby.
10 a.m. (Jan. 23 & 24), 1 p.m. (Jan. 23 & 24), & 11 a.m. (Jan. 25), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (youth and seniors, $8; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. Linda Zimmer reads stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

Better Backs Yoga.

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Release strain and tension on the back, neck and shoulders and strengthen the supporting muscles while releasing the hamstrings and supporting the knees and hips. This soothing practice is available to all levels and promotes immune function, mental acuity and overall well-being.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddler Time Out in a Good Way!": Nicola's Books.

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Jan. 2, 9, & 23. Michigan Theater sponsorship director Drew Waller leads a picture book storytime.
11:30 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Jan. 23 & 30. Talks by visiting scholars. Jan. 23: CJS visiting scholar Mariko Okada on "Kyomai and Postwar Japan: Construction of Cultural Memory in Kyoto." Jan. 30: National Museum of Ethnology (Osaka) representative Kojiro Hirose on
Noon-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB/International Institute, 1080 South University. Free. 764-6307. [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.
http://marcinvisuals.com/photography.php
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. marcins@umich.edu www.marcinvisuals.com [map]
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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Jan. 21 & 23 (choose one). All invited to discuss Alan Lew's Be Still and Get Going: A Jewish Meditation Practice for Real Life.
7-8 p.m. (Jan. 21) & noon-1 p.m. (Jan. 23), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances and activities. Jan. 2: Snowflake Making Workshop. Jan. 9: Classical pianist Jin Hwa Lee. Jan. 16: U-M music majors. Jan. 23: Folk-rock trio Souls Alike. Jan. 30: Acoustic world music by Hiroya Tsukamoto.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

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

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Class meets first & third Thursdays, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15. Facilitated by Stu Simon and Leo Shedden.

We will discuss eight critical issues facing the U.S. this year. A course briefing book provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue. The topics are: Defense Technology, Israel, Turkey, Islamic awakening, Energy Independence, Food/Climate, China's foreign policy and U.S. Trade Policy. Briefing book will be available for pick up at the OLLI office.

Genesis of Ann Arbor (Temple Beth Emeth/St. Clare's Church), 2309 Packard. $63 (includes course briefing book). 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Horizons Band: Saline Senior Center.

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Every Tues. & Thurs., except Dec. 19-Jan. 6. Bring a band instrument. Beginners are asked to call ahead to set up lessons.
7-8:30 p.m. (Tues.) and 1-2:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 429-1742. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Crafty Card Creations": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to learn how to use Iris Card folding techniques to make a greeting card.
1-3 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 2-8 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIV Testing: S3 Safe Sex Store and HIV/AIDS Resource Center.

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Free HIV testing is available at S3 Safe Sex Store every Thursday until 8:00 p.m.
Testing is performed by HARC staff.
Walk-ins welcome, or call to schedule an appointment. Test takes approximately 20 minutes.
S3 Safe Sex Store, 1209 South University. Free. 734-741-1434. info@bak-inc.com www.s3safesexstore.com [map]
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 2-4 p.m. 

Particle Physics for the Non-Scientist--OLLI Study Group (50+): Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M.

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Class meets Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. January 23 - April 10
We will cover the particles of modern physics from a non-specialist point of view. We will view two 30 minute lectures, each followed by 20 minutes for answering questions and discussion. The study group leader, Dick Chase, worked 27 years as an industrial physicist for Ford Motor Company and taught physics from community college to the graduate level.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Boulevard. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Follow the Science-To bleed or not to bleed, that is the question: U-M Life Sciences Institute.

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Precise control of the blood-clotting system is essential for maintenance of the circulation in all higher animals. Deficient blood-clotting can lead to fatal bleeding following even a minor injury. Overactive clotting and unwanted blood clots can lead to heart attacks and strokes. In David Ginsburg's lab in the LSI, researchers study families with genetic blood-clotting disorders to understand precisely how the body regulates clots and to work toward new medicines to treat irregularities in the system.
Forum Hall, Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw. Free. laurajw@umich.edu www.lsi.umich.edu/events/public-lecture-series [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Can a Plantation Be Fair? Fair Trade and Darjeeling Tea Production": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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U-M anthropology professor Sarah Besky discusses her book.
4-5:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Conversations on Europe": U-M Center for European Studies.

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Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Jan. 9: U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki discusses "'With One Color, We Cannot See': Building Pluralism through Jewishness in Contemporary Poland."

Jan. 23: Georgetown University history professor Mustafa Aksakal discusses "A Global Islamic Revolution? The Jihad Declaration of November 1914 Reconsidered."

Feb. 20: Manhattan Community College political science professor Peter Bratis discusses "Civilization Gone Awry: Culture, Capitalism, and Conflict in Contemporary Europe."

Mar. 20: Indiana University history professor Michelle Moyd discusses "Centering a Sideshow: World War One in German East Africa as Local Experience."

Apr. 3: Binghamton University anthropology professor Douglas Holmes discusses "Public Currency: The Creation of a Monetary Regime."

Apr. 17: European University Institute visiting scholar Jean-Thomas Arrighi discusses "In Varietate Concordia? The Accommodation of National and Immigration-Induced Pluralism in 'Contemporary Europe.'"

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4 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 647-2743. [map]
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 4:45-5:45 p.m. 

Youth Aerial Silk at Ringstar: Ringstar Studio.

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Aerial Silks are an exciting and beautiful circus art involving two long fabric "ribbons" which a performer does tricks in. Also known as aerial dance, this art is a great way to develop strength, coordination, flexibility, spatial awareness, and confidence. Kids in grades 6-12 are welcome to attend this series of after school classes designed specifically for young people. Younger people are welcome to observe a class to see if they're ready. No experience necessary!
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. diane@a2ringstar.com http://a2ringstar.com [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Eduardo C. Corral: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Poetry reading by this NYC-based poet whose debut poetry collection, Slow Lightning, won the prestigious 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Corral explores aspects of both gay and Chicano identity through poems that are praised for their sensuous images, technicolor portrayal of the Southwestern culture and landscape, and seamless blend of English and Spanish.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Jan. 16, 23, & 30. Talks by visiting artists. Jan. 16: "Antimonuments and Subsculptures." Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer discusses his interactive installations that combine robotics, computer surveillance, light, and shadow. Jan. 23: Architect and designer Michael Graves discusses his work, which veered from bare and unadorned Modernism in the 1970s and eventually created playful, iconic household items as well as working on projects such as the expansion of the DIA. Jan. 30: "Transforming Our Cities Through Art and Design." Artist Candy Chang discusses her Before I Die project, a public art project that began on an abandoned house in New Orleans and sparked some 400 other projects in various cities and countries.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]
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 5:15-6:45 p.m. 

Therapeutic Yoga Class: Sun Moon Yoga.

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Thursday Therapeutic Yoga classes. 5:15pm-6:45pm.
Allow your body to become a more comfortable place to live. Find relief from aches, pains and stiffness. Great for back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia and all around soothing stress relief, this breath based gentle Hatha yoga class is designed so anyone and everyone can participate. Drop-in any Thursday .
Instructor: Janine Polley RN, RYT500, Yoga Therapist.
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W.Huron. $15 class drop/in, $12.90/w/10-class-card purchase. 734-9290274. Jdpolley@comcast.net Www.sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 6-7 p.m. 

Beginning Aerial Silks at Ringstar: Ringstar Studio.

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This class will explore basic techniques and poses of aerial silk with an emphasis on strength, flexibility, and body awareness. Geared toward absolute and near beginners, we will work our way from the ground up exploring the many possibilities of dance and fitness with regard to this popular circus art. Classes may also include some work on aerial hammock, the silk's" sister" art.
Participants should come dressed in clothing that hugs the skin and covers knees, hips, and underarms. Silks are practiced barefoot, so please make sure you have clean feet! Please, no lotions or perfumes.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. diane@a2ringstar.com http://a2ringstar.com [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 p.m. 

NNA2: Origami, Museum Birds, and Music Composition: Nerd Nite Ann Arbor.

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This month, you can look forward to the fascinating uses of museum bird collections, some of the most amazing origami you've ever seen, and styles of music composition. More info at http://annarbor.nerdnite.com
When: January 23rd, 2013, doors at 630pm, talks at 7pm!
Where: LIVE, 102 S First St, Ann Arbor
Moola: $5
Tickets: At the door or http://birds-music-origami.eventbrite.com
LIVE, 102 S First St, Ann Arbor. $5. nerdnitea2@gmail.com http://annarbor.nerdnite.com [map]
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 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

Hula Hoop: A2 Aviary.

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Hoop Dance is a cardio based workout that uses many different muscles of the body. It challenges both the mind and body while you learn moves that require skill, balance, and technique. "Hooping" is fun and challenging and will leave you wanting more. Please wear comfortable clothing and of course bring your hoop. There will be a limited number of hoops available for those who don't have one.
$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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/hula-hoop/ [map]
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 6:45-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"American Promise": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Screening of Joe Brewster & Michele Stephenson's intimate, provocative 2013 documentary, recorded over 12 years, about the experiences of 2 middle-class African American boys who in a prestigious, historically white private K-12 school on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Winner of the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
6:45-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [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! 

Loss of a Child 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 Thursdays (Jan. 23-March 13) from 7-8:30 p.m. and is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a child of any age.
Washtenaw Community College, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48104. Free. Donation. 734-794-5460. mschultz@arborhospice.org www.arborhospice.org [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Spirited Yoga.

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Energize your body while creating balanced strength and awakening flexibility. This breath-based flowing vinyasa class uses traditional yogasana and pranayama techniques to stoke your inner fire, burn impurities, and unleash freedom and joy.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball vs. Ohio State.

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7 p.m., Crisler Center, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8. 764-0247.
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 7:30 p.m. 

Meditation and Power: Consciously Applying the Energetic Laws of the Universe: Center of Light.

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Your heart and mind are incredibly powerful forces for transforming your life. The universe responds to your thoughts, feelings and beliefs in predictable and controllable ways. When you learn to understand and apply the laws of the spiritual and energetic world- your whole life will change. But don't just believe it- experience it for yourself!
This amazing series will teach you to recognize and apply the fundamental energetic and spiritual laws that govern the world around you. You will leave each class with simple and practical exercises that will change your life. Every exercise will bring you closer to knowing your own creative power. This class is simple enough for beginners and deep enough to provide new insights to long-term practitioners.

Jan 9th - Introduction Class; Jan 23rd - The Law of Manifestation; Jan 30th - The Light; Feb 6th - Essential Purpose; Feb 13th - Essential Nature; Feb 20th - The Path.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. $40 for the series, $30 if pre-registered. 734-330-5048. annarbor@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"County Line": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 16-Feb. 16. David Wolber directs the world premiere of David Wells' whimsical coming-of-age comedy, set in rural Kansas, about a 17-year-old girl, abandoned by her mother, who is entrusted to a foster parent who runs a truck stop when her lovable but irresponsible father is sent to state prison. Stars Alissa Nordmoe, Phil Powers, Julia Glander, and Emilio Rodriguez.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Jan. 25 & Feb. 15), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Jan. 16), $24 & $26 (Jan. 17 & 19), $30 & $32 (Jan. 18), and $22 & $24 (Jan. 23). Jan. 24 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Jan. 24: $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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 7:45-8:45 p.m. 

Lyra 1: A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. This class is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of Lyra. You will learn to get on and off the apparatus unassisted, as well as seated and under the bar poses. This is also an excellent conditioning class for established aerialists looking to hone their transitions and perfect their technique, without focusing on choreography. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - not to mention bruises in unusual places…!
$12 for a single class
$75 for a seven week series
A2 Aviary, 4720 S. State Rd, Ann Arbor, MI. $25-$150. 734-726-0353. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/offerings/lyra-1/ [map]
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 8 p.m. 

James Hill: The Ark.

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Canadian ukulele virtuoso--"the Wayne Gretzky of ukulele"--whose repertoire ranges from traditional Hawaiian music to bluegrass, jazz, and classical music. James Beloff, author of The Ukulele: A Visual History, calls his music "a glimpse into the future of the ukulele." Hill's latest CD, Man With a Love Song, also evinces a major a advance in his prowess and scope as a songwriter, with songs ranging from soulful big-band jazz and barrelhouse-bluegrass to impeccable barbershop and spoken-word-and-junkyard-percussion.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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Peter Berman: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 23-25. Now based in L.A., this U-M grad is a high-energy performer known for his keen sense of the bizarre realities that lurk beneath the surface of everyday life. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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"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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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"S Is for Screendance: (and Shakespeare, Strauss, Stravinsky...)": U-M Dance Department.

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U-M dance professor Peter Sparling screens a program of 4 new and recent works created specifically for video to represent a culmination of his 40-year career. He Was Locked in a Race Against Time tracks a man's turbulent journey across 4 lives through 4 distinct inner and outer landscapes. It is set to the original 4-hand piano arrangement of Straninsky's Le Sacre de Printemps, performed on screen by U-M danc professor Christian Mejias-Mecca and Susquehanna University music professor Ilya Blinov. Set to Richard Strauss's dramatic orchestral score Death and Transfiguration, Sparling's Last Man at Willow Run is an elegiac tone poem, for in the Willow Run Bomber Plant just before its demolition, in which a lone dancer maps the cavernous spaces of the abandoned plant. The Death of St. Narcissus is a dance setting of the Benjamin Britten's musical setting, sung by tenor Nicholas Phan, of T.S. Eliot's homoerotic mash-up of a St. Sebastian-like martyr and the doomed figure from Greek mythology. Six Sonnets is a series of solos, duets, and trios set to U-M English professor emeritus Ralph Williams' reading of 6 of Shakespeare's sonnets against a background of evocative drawings and paintings by U-M art professor emeritus Vince Castagnacci.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits Dr. (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 763-5460. [map]
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"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 emergentarts.com and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
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Yoga for Deep Relaxation.

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Reduce stress and tension and regain peace, health, youthful vibrancy and mental alertness. Studies show that stress decreases immune function, reduces memory and mental acuity and accelerates the aging process. Set aside this time for yourself and enjoy pure, un-interrupted restful relaxation. This is the best investment you will make all week.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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