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Sunday, January 26, 2014






 
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 9 a.m. 

Basic Yoga.

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This balanced practice uses traditional yoga posture and breath techniques to cultivate a balance of strength without tension, and calm clarity of mind and supports the immune, digestive and cardio-vascular systems, promotes healthy joints, and slows the aging process. Open to all experience levels.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 

Authentically You: Tranquil Being Healing Massage and Pregnancey Arts Center.

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Authentically You January 25-26th, 2014 10am-5pm $295.00
Becoming the greatest version of YOU is the most important gift you can give to the world. Using Intentional Creativity, you will be guided in a step-by-step painting process using the feminine image for self healing, self expression, and self nurturing; gathering your own unique internal imagery, symbol, & story to be consecrated onto canvas. This opens space that was held within to allow for newness to come forth. This process allows anyone to paint. All supplies are included. Call to reserve.
Tranquil Being, 320 Miller Ave. Suite 185. $295. 734-761-8753. www.tranquilbeing.com [map]
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 10:30 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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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free. hac-ultimatelist@googlegroups.com, 846-9418.
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 Noon-4 p.m.  Free! 

"8th Annual Worst Day of the Year Ride": Wheels in Motion Cycle and Fitness.

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All invited to join rides of 40 miles, 20 miles, 12 miles, and 6 miles around Ann Arbor. Also, an "Abominable Snow Man" mountain bike ride, dependent on trail conditions. All rides end up at Arbor Brewing Company. Hot soup, prizes, and giveaways.
Noon (40-mile ride), 1 p.m. (20-mile ride & mountain bike ride), 2 p.m. (12-mile ride), & 2:30 p.m. (6-mile ride), meet at the Farmers Market, Detroit St. at N. Fifth Ave. Reservations requested at wheelsinmotion.us. Free. 971-2121.
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 1-6 p.m.  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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 1 & 2:30 p.m. 

Commando Krav Maga (CKM) 4-week Self Defense Courses: Commando Krav Maga Chelsea.

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Two 4-week reality based self defense classes will be offered at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor. CKM is a reality-based self defense system utilized by Israeli Special Forces. Students learn the techniques needed to survive violent or aggressive encounters. The primary goal is survival.
Preregistration is required. $40 per 4-week session for JCC member, $50 per session non-member. Sign up for both classes and save $20
Students will learn techniques for:
Gun Disarming
Knife Attacks and Hold-ups
Chokes & Grabs
Ground Survival
Hand-to-Hand Combat
The Basics Class is geared for beginners and will be taught at a pace appropriate for all abilities (ages 14 and over). The Challenge Class (18 & over) will be for returning participants or individuals looking for a physically challenging, fast-paced environment. Workout attire is needed for both classes
Classes run Jan 12, 19, 26, and Feb 2. The Basics Class is 1-2:15, and the Challenge Class is 2:30-3:45
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $40-$50 for 4-week session/per class. (734) 971-0990. karenfreedland@jccfed.org www.commandokravmagachelsea.com [map]
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 1 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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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"5th Annual Preschool Expo": Ann Arbor District Library/Child Care Network/U-M Work/Life Resource Center.

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Representatives from area preschools are on hand to answer questions from parents of prospective preschoolers.
1-4 p.m., Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw (across from Palmer Field). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor's Transit Service Challenge": Ann Arbor Friends Meeting Sustainability Forum.

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City Councilman Chuck Warpehoski discusses local transit issues with a focus on social and environmental justice.
1 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. Free. 663-5842. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid Celebration": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 4-7 invited for a program of activities inspired by Jeff Kinney's popular series of young adult novels, including a cheese toss, cookie decorating, ad "Zoo-Wee-Mama" cartoon writing.
1-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Jan. 12, 19, & 26. Docents lead tours of the UMMA collection, with themes based on their interests.
1 p.m. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

"Falconry Masters": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Local falconers display their birds, discuss what's involved in preparing for a hunt, and explain how this traditional practice has been carried into the 21st century.
1-3 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver. $8 (family, $30). 997-1553. [map]
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Sock Knitting Machines": Michigan Crankers.

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All invited to meet several members of this group of Chelsea fiber artists, learn about the history of their antique hand-crank sock-knitting machines, and watch them make socks, mittens, scarves, and other items made of yarn. The antiques are all 80-100 years old, although 2 new dealers are now making these machines.
1-4 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free 546-3413. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Stinchfield Woods Ski/Hike": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Guest hike leader Barry Lonik leads a 5-mile ski or hike (depending on trail conditions) through the woods.
1 p.m., meet at Zingerman's Roadhouse (2501 Jackson Rd.) to carpool. Free. 665-0248.
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 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Impact Earth (Sat. 12:30 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. The Cowboy Astronomer (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about a cowboy who has spent a lifetime studying the night sky and listening to star legends.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 1:30 p.m. 

"Michigan Polar Bears of WWI": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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U-M Bentley Historical Library archivist Karen Jania these Michigan soldiers who remained fighting in northern Russia long after the November 11 armistice. Followed by a talk by club member Sharon Brevoort on "Using Chronologies and Timelines."
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off E. Huron River Dr. at Clark Rd.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]
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 2-5 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Family Dining: Classic Comforts.

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This is our attempt to get you to slow down a little and gather around the table to enjoy a meal with your junior chef! A traditional Sunday supper is what you can expect when you drop off your child for this class. A combination of some less familiar root vegetables including parsnips & rutabaga along with some common ones will fill this Winter Beef Pot Pie. We'll teach them how to make pie crust from scratch, as well as peeling and cutting all the vegetables. In my opinion, few winter meals are complete without Rustic Applesauce - and we'll use local apples to make this warm cinnamon sauce. To end the meal on a sweet note, we'll whip up Chocolate Crispy Chewies - an upgrade on rice crispy treats! The fourth course is up to you, but we think a nap may be in order... it is Sunday after all! These classes are for children ages 8 and up and are 3 hours long, with the last half hour designated for eating. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/per 1 child participant and up to 2 family members. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell.
2-4 p.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-5763.
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Jan. 12 (2-4 p.m.): "Winter Orienteering." A hike to learn to find your way through the woods in winter. Compass provided, or bring your own.

Jan. 19 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Native Americans." Naturalist Endeavors (Columbiaville) owner Randy Baker gives a family-friendly presentation about the daily lives of the farmers and hunter-gatherers who inhabited Michigan before European settlers arrived.

Jan. 26 (2-3 p.m.): "Live Animals Encountered." Animals Encountered animal handler Larry Grudt presents a hands-on introduction to the adaptations that enable a variety of animals to survive in their different environments.

Feb. 9 (2-3 p.m.): "Circle of Life." Binder Park Zoomobile (Battle Creek) naturalists display a variety of live animals from Africa and discuss how all living things are connected.

Feb. 15 (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mill Lake parking lot, follow the signs from the north end of Pierce Rd., north off I-94 exit 157): "Family Ice Fishing and Bonfire." All invited to watch an ice-fishing demo or try it yourself. Also, an area cleared for skating. Followed by a bonfire with hot cocoa and marshmallows to roast. Weather permitting.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
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 2 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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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Flip Your Field: Photography from the Collection": UMMA.

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Jan. 12 & 26. Docent-guided tour of the new exhibit of traditional photographs of trees juxtaposed with uniquely manipulated photos.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

"Irrational": EMU Theatre Department.

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Jan. 24-26. Local composer R. MacKenzie Lewis directs a world premiere staged reading of his and playwright David Wells' musical about the ancient Greek mathematician-mystic whose religious cult, erected on the premise that divinity is found in the harmony of ratios, is thrown into crisis when one of his followers discovers irrational numbers.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $7 in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Once upon a Winter's Day": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Family-oriented program of stories and craft activities for kids in grades preK-5. Hot chocolate.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 2 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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 2 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 emergentarts.com and at the door. 985-0875. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

Ypsilanti Town Band: First United Methodist Church Green Wood Chamber Music Series.

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Jerry Robbins conducts this 20-piece wind ensemble in a program of popular music, 1880-1920, in period costume. Reception follows.
3 p.m., FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
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 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Encounters with Islamic Art": UMMA.

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Talk by U-M Islamic art professor Christiane Gruber. In conjunction with the current exhibition, Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art.
3-4:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Owls: Birds of Prey": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun., Jan. 11-Feb. 23. 20-minute interactive demo exploring the lives of owls and their role in the food chain.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

Dennis Matsuev: University Musical Society.

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This fiery Russian pianist, "perhaps … the new Horowitz" according to a London Times review, is noted for his bravura blend of strength and ease and has stirred audiences worldwide with his deeply felt performances. Tonight's program features Haydn's Sonata in E-flat major, Schumann's Carnaval, Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G minor and Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, and Tchaikovsky's Dumka and Meditation.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. $10-$60, in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

"Michigan Native Animals": The Creature Conservancy.

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Families with kids age 6 & up invited to meet and learn about an opossum, a skunk, a coyote, a wild turkey, a black rat snake, and other animals.
4 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 per person. Preregistration required at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929-9324. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

"Smyrna: the Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City 1900-1922": U-M Classics Department.

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Screening of Maria Iliou's acclaimed 2012 documentary exploring the destruction of the cosmopolitan character of this ancient city in western Anatolia during the era of the emergence of modern Turkey.
4 p.m., location TBA. Free. 764-0360.
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 4 p.m. 

"Wine, Women, and Song XII": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 24-26 & 31 and Feb. 1. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers, accompanied by pianist Jerry DePuit. Singers include Sue Booth, Carolyn Burnstein, Wendy Bloom, Shelley MacMillan, Lisa Gray, Roxy Diederich, Deanna Relyea, Susan Shipman, Monica Swartout-Bebow, and Kathy Waugh. Wine is served.
8 p.m. (Jan. 24, 25, & 31 and Feb. 1) and 4 p.m. (Jan. 26), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569. [map]
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 6:45 p.m. 

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression.

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Depressed or anxious moods cloud the joy of experiencing ourselves as perfect and whole. With or without a diagnosis heal with breath work, yoga postures and imagery to balance moods and awaken inner joy. Certified Teacher.
Sun Moon Yoga Studio, 404 W. Huron St. $15. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Chamber Players: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by U-M music professors. Clarinetist Chad Burrow, cellist Horacio Contreras, and pianist Martin Katz perform Brahms' Clarinet Trio in A minor; violinist Aaron Berofsky, violist Yizhak Schotten, cellist Anthony Elliot, clarinetist Daniel Gilbert, hornist Adam Unsworth, and pianist Katherine Collier perform Dohnanyi's Sextet; and a quartet of Unsworth, Gilbert, double bassist Diana Gannett, and percussionist Jonathan Ovalle perform a work TBA.
7 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Answer This!": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Michael & Christopher Farah, 2010). Drama made and set in Ann Arbor in the world of competitive bar trivia, where a group of frustrated academics finally get a shot at beer, women, and nerdy redemption when its members enter the most important contest of their lives...the First Annual Ann Arbor Trivia Tournament. Christopher Gorham, Arielle Kebbel, Nelson Franklin, Chris Parnell, and U-M English professor Ralph Williams. The directors are on hand for a Q&A about their new Discovery Channel project, currently filming in Detroit. Proceeds benefit Food Gatherers.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50) in advance at ticketweb.com and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Poetry Slam.

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Every Sun.All poets invited to compete in a poetry slam judged by a randomly chosen panel from the audience. Participants compete for points to qualify for an April 5 Slam-Off to determine the team that will represent Ann Arbor held in the National Poetry Slam on Oakland (CA) next August. The program begins with a brief poetry open mike and (usually) a short set by a featured poet.
8-11 p.m. (sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m.), Silvio's, 715 North University. $5 suggested donation. 985-0736. [map]
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