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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 13, 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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 10-11:30 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. & 1 p.m. 

"Under the African Sky": Wild Swan Theater.

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Feb. 12 & 13. This award-winning local children's theater presents a series of African folktales. With drumming and other music. 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. Appropriate for kids in grades pre-K-3. Note: All shows sold out except 1 p.m. performance on Feb. 12.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids, $8; lap pass for kids age 2 & under, $3) in advance 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. except Feb. 18 & 20. 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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 Noon  Free! 

"Take a Journey With President Lincoln": Cooley Law School.

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Cooley Law School adjunct professor and Michigan 35th District Court Judge Ron Lowe will trade his robe for a stovepipe hat as he plays the role of Abraham Lincoln in a presentation titled, "Take a Journey with President Lincoln." Lowe is a lifetime member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters and has been a professional storyteller for nearly 30 years.
The presentation will take those in attendance on a journey through Lincoln's childhood, early adulthood and practice of law. These are periods of Lincoln's life not normally covered in school or explored in popular culture. Lowe will illuminate Lincoln's humor, unveil interesting and little-known facts about Lincoln and give some practical advice regarding the practice of law.
The event is free and open to the public.
Cooley Law School's Ann Arbor campus auditorium, 3475 Plymouth Rd. Free. 616-776-3511. lecceadone@seyferthpr.com [map]
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 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Climate Action Workshop": WCC.

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Feb. 6, 13, & 20. Talks by WCC renewable energy professor Dale Petty. Feb. 6: "Getting Out of Hot Water" includes tips on how to reduce the carbon footprint of your hot water, home heating and cooling, and household waste. Feb. 13: "Re-Energizing Your Life" includes tips on how to reduce the carbon footprint of your electricity, transportation, and food. Feb. 20: "Pass It On!" Discussion of how to create your own plan for environmental activisim.
Noon-2 p.m., 151 WCC Technical Industrial Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. petty@wccnet.edu. [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Feb. 6: "Musical Jazz History" by Chaz & Friends. Feb. 13: Vintage American pop by the octet Etcetera. Feb. 20: West African kora (lute-like instrument) music by Senegalese musician Djely Mady Kouyate. Feb. 27: International jazz by the local Dave Sharp World Jazz Trio.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to lean to use colorful paper to make gift boxes, flowers, toys, animals, and other crafts. Refreshments. The club's meetings are aimed at women from other countries living in Ann Arbor and local women interested in other cultures. Nursery care provided for preschoolers
1-2:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church social hall, 1500 Scio Church Rd. Free. international-neighbors.org. 995-1645. [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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 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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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Poverty in Southeast Michigan": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Panel discussion with U-M social work professor Sandra Danziger, U-M public policy researcher Kristin Seefeldt, and U-M sociology professor Sarah Burgard.
3:30-5 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 4:30-6 p.m. 

Language and Literacy: Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild.

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Workshop with nationally known storyteller Donna Washington explores 30 years of research linking language and literacy and discusses ways to increase a youngster's aptitude in both. Using activities from finger games to beginning stories, we will look at ways of using familiar tales in the classroom and library to enhance vocabulary and improve a student's chances of becoming a solid reader.
Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 S. Wagner Rd. $15. 734-971-5763. FransDotir@aol.com www.annarborstorytelling.org [map]
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 4:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dungeons & Dragons": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. All teens and adults invited to play this popular role-playing game.
4:30-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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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 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Crafting Night: Ophir Crafts Store.

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Every Thurs. All crafters invited to bring projects to work on.
5-8 p.m., Ophir Crafts Store, 2507 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 794-7777. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Marianne Boruch: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Poetry reading by this respected American poet, a writing professor at Purdue University, who has published eight collections of poetry, including The Book of Hours, winner of the prestigious 2013 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for $100,000. The collection's poems are noted for their rich detailing of nature's ruthless beauty and sharp ruminations on war, history, saints, godlessness, and the nature of poetry itself.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330, mslevad@umich.edu. [map]
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 5:10 p.m. 

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

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Feb. 6, 13, & 20. Talks by visiting artists. Feb. 6: Degenerate Art Ensemble, a Seattle-based collective whose work is inspired by punk, comics, cinema, nightpares, and fairytales. Feb. 13: Internationally renowned poster artist Luba Lukova. Feb. 20: South African technology journalist Toby Shapshak and tech innovator Erik Hersman.
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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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Adoptive Family Support Meeting and Adopted Youth Club: Post Adoption Resource Center.

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The Post Adoption Resource Center invites you to an Adoptive Family Support Meeting. Come have dinner with other families who have adopted. There is support for your kids too! Childcare is provided. After dinner we'll split into two separate discussion groups.
Share your challenges, ideas, and support and in exchange…Be supported by others!
PLEASE RSVP TO JENNIFER PEDLEY AT (734)794-2894 OR JENNIFER_PEDLEY@JUDSONCENTER.ORG.
Judson Center Washtenaw Regional Office, 3840 Packard Rd., Ste. 170, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. 734-794-2894. Jennifer_Pedley@judsoncenter.org www.parc-judson.org [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. 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.).
1 p.m. (Sun.) & 6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mike & Share": Bookbound.

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Area minister and poet Deborah Mitchell reads from her upbeat inspirational poetry. Signing. The program begins with an open mike for poets.
6 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Screening of Cliff Bestall's acclaimed 1999 PBS documentary.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 6:30-9 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Cooks! 6 + 6 Wine and Cheese.

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Simone Jenkins of Morgan & York is pleased to present 6+6 Wine and Cheese: What wine goes with cheese? If you have ever asked yourself that question, this is the class for you! Come and taste 6 different cheeses and the wine we pair with them and find out why they match and why they don't. You could be convinced by some out there that there are "rules" to cheese and wine pairing - not in our book! Our approach is all about exploring the flavors and understanding the seasonality of the cheese and how that impacts the wines you can serve with them. Register online up to 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $60/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Love and Respect" Relationship Seminar: Ann Arbor Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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Would you like to learn the secrets of understanding and communicating with the opposite sex? Do you want to improve your relationships? Come to the "Love and Respect" relationship seminar for singles and couples, presented by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is an internationally known public speaker on the topic of male-female relationships. Based on over three decades of counseling as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Eggerichs and his wife Sarah developed the "Love and Respect Conference", which they present to live audiences around the country. This seminar will be 4 nights of their presentations on DVD with interactive discussion time. A special banquet meal for participants will conclude the seminar on Valentine's Day.
Ann Arbor Adventist Elementary School, 2796 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Free. Optional Workbook $8. (989) 965-4861. [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.
1-6 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m.-midnight (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. 417-5547. [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. Nebraska.

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7 p.m., Crisler Center, S. State at Hoover. $7 & $8. 764-0247.
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Hop Heads": Arbor Brewing Company Beer Tasting.

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A chance to sample and learn about some 2 dozen "hop bombs"-beers with an unusually heavy hop-content. Also, a drawing for beer-related prizes. The price of admission includes unlimited beer sampling and a German appetizer buffet.
7-9 p.m., Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E. Washington. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 213-1393. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Monthly Brew Tea Series": TeaHaus.

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Feb. 11 & 13. TeaHaus staffers lead tastings of 3 teas, paired with a treat made by the TeaHaus pastry chef.
10 a.m. (Feb. 11) & 7 p.m. (Feb. 13), TeaHaus, 204 N. Fourth Ave. $15. Reservations required. 622-0460. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Oliver!": Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 6-Mar. 2. This local professional company performs Lionel Bart's popular musical adaptation of Dickens's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphaned boy who falls in with a band of pickpockets in Victorian London. The score includes many popular hits, including "Where Is Love?" "Food, Glorious Food," "As Long As He Needs Me," and the title tune. Cast: Alejandro Cantu, Ben Chambers, Tobin Hissong, Mahalia Greenway, Andrew Gorney, David Kiley, Christine Purchis, William Fowle, & Sara Catheryn Wolf.
7 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 3 p.m. (Sat., Sun. & Feb. 27), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors age 60 & older, $30; youge age 17 & under and groups of 10 or more, $28) in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. 268-6200. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"The Shape of Things": EMU Theatre Department.

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Feb. 12-16. EMU theater professor Terry Heck Seibert directs EMU drama students in Neil LaBute's dark romantic comedy about 2 college students who fall hard for each other when they meet in an art museum--a fast-paced study in infatuation, manipulation, the porous boundaries of art and reality. Recommended for mature audiences.
9 p.m. (Wed.), 7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282. [map]
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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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 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Hindustani Classical Music": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Performance by the duo of Rabindra Bharati University (Kolkata) instrumental music professor Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, a world-renowned sitar player known for his exceptional spontaneity, and Pandit Samir Chatterjee, an All India Radio tabla player. Also, on Feb. 14 Bandopadhyay gives a talk on "Improvisation on the Sitar: Traditional Knowledge and Free Expression" (5-6:30 p.m., 506 Burton Tower).
7:30-9:30 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 936-2777. [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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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"You Can Dance": Ann Arbor Y/University Musical Society.

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Feb. 13 & 23. Dancers lead a workshop in their company or group's movement style. Age 13 & up. Feb. 13: Dancers from the all-male French theater troupe Compagnie Kafig, whose style blends hip-hop and urban dance with capoeira, mime, and gymnastics. Feb. 23: Experimental dance artists Jennifer Monson and DD Dorvillier.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 13; sign-up begins at 6:45 p.m) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 23; sign-up begins at 1:15 p.m.), YMCA, 400 W. Washington. Free; studio capacity limited. 996-9622, 764-2538. [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.  Free! 

EMU Wind Symphony: EMU Music Department.

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Mary Schneider directs this music student ensemble in a program TBA.
8 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Faculty Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Program TBA.
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. 

Tina Giorgi: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 13-15. A former schoolteacher, this NYC comic is known for her rapid-fire, sharp-witted observational humor directed at the state of American culture. "Achieving what often eludes many less adept comediennes, her set was wickedly sarcastic and edgy without coming across as negative, angry, or just plain mean," says the Long Island Voice. 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. 

"My Folky Valentine": The Ark.

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In-the-round performances by local singer-songwriters Annie and Rod Capps and other Midwestern ensembles with performing couples, including the Ontario "Gram Parsons marries Alison Krauss" duo The Laws and the Virginia songwriting duo Wild Ponies.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 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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 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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 8:15 p.m. 

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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 9:30 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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 9:30 p.m. 

"Peter Brook: The Tightrope": Michigan Theater.

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(Simon Brook, 2012). Documentary, filmed with hidden cameras, about veteran theater director Peter Brook.
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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