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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 31, 2014






 
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 10 a.m. 

EnhanceFitness Exercise: YMCA.

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A WHOLE LOT OF FUN!
Now there's a low-cost fitness program designed for older adults just like you. Introducing EnhanceFitness, a lively and interactive hour-long class filled with variety.
A WHOLE LOT OF VARIETY
This fitness class is different from the start because it is based on scientific research and input from older adults like you. The result is a fun and lively program that works!
EnhanceFitness combines the three key components of fitness: strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular conditioning.
Our one-hour class meets two times a week and is attended by older adults interested in improving their life through exercise. Expect a casual atmosphere and an energetic, certified instructor. Classes begin with a warm-up period, followed by work with light soft-weights, and finish with a cool-down session. Interaction among participants is always encouraged-it's another benefit of the class!
St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 120 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. $2/class. 734-661-8043. jnicodemus@annarborymca.org www.annarborymca.org [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Qulting for a Cause: Ann Arbor YMCA.

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Join us as we give back to the community! This free program invites volunteers of all ages and abilities to help create beautiful T-shirt quilts for those in need. Equipment and materials are provided.
The group meet in the Michigan Room from 11am to 12:30pm every Friday.
For more information about this volunteer opportunity please contact Jen Nicodemus at
734-661-8043 or
jnicodemus@annarborymca.org
Ann Arbor YMCA, 400 W Washington St. Free. 734-661-8043. jnicodemus@annarborymca.org http://www.annarborymca.org/quilting-cause.php [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-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Rabbi Levy's Lunch and Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Every Fri. except Jan. 3. Rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion about the intersection between religion and science. Bring a bag lunch.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Singing Like a Nightingale": U-M School of Music.

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Vancouver International Song Institute faculty member Sharon Krebs gives a lecture on the 19th-century custom of referring to singers as nightingales.
2:30 p.m., U-M Music School Room 2038, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 4:15, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Invisible Woman": Michigan Theater.

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(Ralph Fiennes, 2013). Biopic about Charles Dickens' secret young lover. Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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 4:35 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Oscar-Nominated Short Films: Animated": Michigan Theater.

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Short films by various directors.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Resurrection Symphony? Why Venezuela's Sistema Won't Save Classical Music": U-M School of Music.

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UCLA musicology professor Robert Fink discusses Venezuela's system of publicly funded youth orchestras.
5 p.m., 506 Burton Tower. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 6-7 p.m  Free! 

Free Yoga Class: The Yoga Space.

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A free one hour yoga class for anyone who is interested. No pre-registration is necessary and all equipment is provided. The class will introduce basic standing and sitting poses and include a guided relaxation. It will be taught by a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr, #1 48103. Free. 734-622-9600. sue@yogaspaceannarbor.com www.yogaspaceannarbor.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 p.m. 

Stache Bash: MSV.

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The Chop House presents
Stache Bash
Strolling Wine Tasting
Friday, January 31, 2014
6pm
Bring out your winter 'stache to a strolling wine tasting featuring small bites and Cabernet wines.
Stache Contest
with prizes for…
Best Original Stache
Most Creative Stache
& More…
Space for this event is limited and will sell out quickly. Reserve your space today!
(888) 456-3463 (DINE)
Reservations are required.
Credit card is required for the reservation.
$39.95 per person, tax and gratuity included
http://thechophouseannarbor.com/special-events/
Chop House Ann Arbor, 322 S. Main St. 888-456-3463. info@msventures.net [map]
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 6:30-10 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! Date Night: That's Amore!.

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Back by popular demand! Bring your special someone and have some fun in the kitchen cooking up this fun Homemade Pizza menu! And please feel free to bring a bottle of wine to enjoy with your meal. Full participation. Menu: Classic Crisp Caesar Salad with Homemade Garlic Croutons and Shaved Parmesan; White Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella, Ricotta Cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Lots of Fresh Garlic and Fresh Arugula-Basil Salad served on Top; Red Pizza with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto, Fresh Goat Cheese, Sliced Olives and Shaved Fennel & Red Onion with a Balsamic Reduction Drizzle; Homemade Pistachio Gelato. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $150/pair. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey vs. Wisconsin: Jan. 31 & Feb. 1..

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6:30 p.m., Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State at McKinley. Ticket price TBA at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764-0247. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action": Michigan Theater.

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Short films by various directors.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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). michtheater.org. 668-TIME. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Darius Rucker: EMU Convocation Center.

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The former frontman of the popular 90s folk-rock quartet Hootie & the Blowfish, Rucker has transformed himself into a best-selling country-pop singer who recently became a member of the venerable Grand Ol' Opry. His touring repertoire showcases material from his latest CD, True Believers, which has spawned 2 hit singles, the title song and a cover of Old Crow Medicine Show's "Wagon Wheel." Opening act is The Eli Young Band, a young Texas country band best known for its #1 hits "Crazy Girl" and "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" that was recently nominated for Vocal Group of the Year in the upcoming CMA Awards, and David Nail, a country singer-songwriter from Missouri who scored his first #1 hit in 2012 with "Let It Rain."
7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt (north off Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. Tickets $25-$59.50 in advance at the EMU Convocation Center (emutix.com), and at the door. 487-2282. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Film and Discussion: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Film screenings followed by discussion.

May 30: Zen (Banmei Takahashi, 2011). Absorbing portrait of Eihei Dogen, the 13th-century Japanese priest regarded as the founder of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism.

June 27: Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (Johanna Demetrekos, 2011). Documentary about the arrival of Tibetan Buddhism in America told through the story of this controversial teacher.

July 25: Tulku (Gesar Mukpo, 2010). Documentary about the experiences of 5 young Western men who were identified in childhood as a tulku, a reincarnated Tibetan Buddhiist master.

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7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics vs. MSU.

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7 p.m., Crisler Center. $7 (youth & seniors, $5). 764-0247.
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 7:30 p.m. 

Friday Knitting at FLY: Knitting 101: FLY Children's Art Center.

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Banish the winter doldrums, and satisfy that resolution to learn a new skill at the same time...join us at the FLY studio every Friday, and learn to knit!
Each week in this four-week session we will explore a new technique, each building on the next, with a new project being started each class. Class tuition is $20 per student per class or all 4 for $75. Supplies are provided for all classes, as well as a "how-to" instruction reminder. Flight Instructor is Katie Whitehouse, who has been teaching knitting to others for over 10 years. Classes are suitable for folks ages 8 and up. Register at www.flyartcenter.org!
January 10, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 1: Casting on/Knit stitch - Make a Dishcloth!
January 17, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 2: Casting off/Purl stitch - Make a Ribbed Scarf!
January 24, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 3: Increasing/Decreasing - Make a Rosette or a Diagonal Stitch Cozy!
January 31, 7:30pm - Knitting/week 4: Knitting in the Round - Make a Hat!
Learn more about FLY and s
FLY Creativity Lab, 40 N Huron St, Ypsilanti. $20. info@flyartcenter.org. info@flyartcenter.org www.flyartcenter.org [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Mystical Satsung and Blessings: Center of Light.

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This is a special time to be alive - the New Age is upon us and change is in the air. Don't you want to focus on connection rather than isolation? How will you build your connections and communities? Are they strong and resilient multicultural and interfaith networks, or suffering from boundaries and limits? Join us as we host Mother Clare Watts from Santa Fe, NM for a special weekend intensive. Mother Clare is a Christian Master Teacher (equivalent of a Guru in Eastern traditions) with a powerful and beautiful vision of our future as one family. Come ask all your questions and learn what to expect and how to prepare. $35 suggested donation for Friday evening, Full Weekend Intensive $135 includes Guided Meditations, Sacraments, Classes, and brunch Saturday and Sunday.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Hello Dolly!": Burns Park Players.

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Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 7, & 8. Burns Park Elementary School students, parents, and friends perform Jerry Herman's long-running musical about a charismatic, opportunistic woman out to make a quick buck. Complications arise when she tries to play matchmaker to the wealthy Horace Vandergelder. The score includes such memorable songs as "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "It Only Takes a Moment," and the title tune. These shows almost always sell out, so get tickets early.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 & 7) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 8), Tappan Middle School auditorium, 2251 E. Stadium at Brockman. Tickets $15 (Patron tickets, $30) in advance at showtix4u.com and (if available) at the door. burnsparkplayers.org. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Sean Patton: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 30 & 31 and Feb. 1. Local debut of this New Orleans-bred actor-comedian who's known for his irreverent, politically incorrect, but affectionate stories exploring the incorrigible comedy of human behavior. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Sundance Film Festival USA: Michigan Theater.

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Official 2014 Sundance Festival screening and world premiere of Infinitely Polar Bear (Maya Forbes, 2014), a drama about a manic-depressive mess of a father tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their 2 young spirited daughters. Zoe Zaldana, Mark Ruffalo, Keir Dullea. Followed by a Q&A with cast and crew members TBA.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. $15 in advance at Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
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 8 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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 8 p.m. 

"Next to Normal": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Jan. 30-Feb. 2. Ron Baumanis directs local actors in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Pulitzer- and Tony-winning rock musical about a suburban family coping with crisis and mental illness. The New York Times calls it "a feel-everything musical, which asks you, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts." The score's "rock 'n' roll jaggedness and vitality" shift "from dainty music-box lyricism to twanging country-western heartbreak," with songs such as "My Psychopharmacologist and I" and "Didn't I See This Movie?" Cast: Aynsley Martindale, Michael Smith, Kailey Schneemann, Samuel Plumb, Tyler Smith, & Michael Joseph.
8 p.m. (Jan. 30-Feb. 1) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 2), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $25 (seniors age 60 & over, $22; students, $13; Thurs., $19) in advance at a2ct.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]
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 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 purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Andalusian Guitar": U-M School of Music/UMMA.

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Celebrated local guitarist Matthew Ardizzone performs Andalusian compositions that explore the cultural legacy of the Islamic presence in Spain.
8 p.m., UMMA Apse. Free. 764-0594.
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 8 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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 8:30-11 p.m. 

The Willow Music Collective: The Yellow Barn.

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Performance by this Seattle-based progressive rock collective that includes musicians, composers, electronic artists, dancers, and visual artists. The program is highlighted by Elliot Cooper Cole's Hanuman's Leap, a work abased on the Hindu epic Ramayana. Reception follows.
8:30-11 p.m., Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. $5-$8 (Yellow Card & Pink Punch Card holders, free) sliding scale. ouryellowbarn.com. [map]
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 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. 

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

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