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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Camp PAWS - Winter Break.

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Are you crazy about animals? Then come and join us for Camp PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving)! This animal-themed camp consists of five fun-filled days that will surely make your tail wag!
Camp PAWS will include:
visits from animal rescue groups
enrichment toy/treat making
daily visits with adoptable animals
humane education lessons
art, games and activities
Through our Camp PAWS program campers will learn how to care for and respect our animal friends. Designed to be both educational and fun, campers will engage in activities that will help to prepare them to become responsible and compassionate future pet owners!
Campers will be responsible for bringing their own lunches each day of camp. HSHV will provide a small snack in the afternoon.
Camp hours are from 9-4pm. After care is available from 4-5pm for an additional fee.. Pre-registration required.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $255. 734-661-3575. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Challenging yoga workout that links breath with movement to create a dynamic flow of postures. This class will move quickly and is best suited for those with a strong yoga practice. Drop in and multi-class package rates available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 26-Jan. 8. Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations. With live entertainment at 1 p.m. each day, including Yo-Yo Master Zeemo (Dec. 26 & 27), Dreamland Theater (Dec. 28 & 29), "Dan the Creature Man" (Dec. 30 & 31), "Drummunity" (Jan. 1 & 4), "The Music Lady" (Jan. 2 & 3, 11 a.m.), "Ron Loyd, the Bubble Man" (Jan. 5 & 6), and "Professor Ray's Everyday Science" experiments with vibrations (Jan. 7 & 8).
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Sat., except Dec. 31), noon-4 p.m. (Sun., except Jan. 1), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Dec. 31), & noon-5 p.m. (Jan. 1), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. 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. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. This class is included as part of the Better Living Fitness membership package, which ranges from $39.00 -- $99.00/month.
The drop-in, non-member rate is just $15, so give us a try!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 2-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Silly Stories for the New Year": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL storytellers present a program of funny folktales for kids in grades preK-3 and their families.
2-2:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Concerto Competition Finals: U-M School of Music.

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Jan. 4 & 5. Performances by undergraduate (Jan. 4) and graduate (Jan. 5) music students.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 4, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Manchester by the Sea": Michigan Theater.

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(Kenneth Lonergan, 2016). An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:15, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Jackie": Michigan Theater.

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(Pablo Larraín, 2016). Biopic that stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in the wake of JFK's assassination
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"La La Land": Michigan Theater.

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(Damien Chazelle, 2016). Musical comedy about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in L.A. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
All ages, fitness levels welcome.
This class is included in every Better Living Fitness Center membership, which start at just $39.99.
Non-member walk-in price just $15.
Better Living Fitness Center. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123.

 5:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi Pushing Hands: SUN SHEN.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm by SUN SHEN Head Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang. Please contact Alexis Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. [map]

 6-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

Family Matters: Dawn Farm.

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Dawn Farm Family Matters is a free, six-session education, skill-building and support group for family members, loved ones and friends of people with alcohol and other drug addiction (including family/friends of people struggling with addiction, in treatment, or in recovery from addiction, and people who are concerned about another person's substance use.) Topics repeat every six weeks and include, "Addiction 101," "Treatment and Twelve Steps," "Relapse and Recovery," "Communication," "Family dynamics," and "Boundaries." People can join the group at any phase in the cycle. The group provides an opportunity to learn about addiction and family dynamics, and share your experiences with others who understand. You are not alone!
Wednesdays, 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm. Does not meet on the day of or day before Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty Street. Free. 734-821-0216. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting (and Crocheting) Night: Brewed Awakenings Café.

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Every Wed. All adults invited to bring their current projects to work on.
6 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., suite M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Fri., except Jan. 1. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using modern constructed (Mon.), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), standard constructed (Thurs.), and booster draft (Fri. & Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri. & Sun.).
6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) & noon (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun. & Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Historical Presentation Night: Yankee Air Museum.

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January 4 at 6:30pm- A Dual Presentation featuring Donnaleen Lanktree and Michael Lechlitner
Our first dual presentation will feature two very different aspects to military support from WWII to modern times.
Our evening will begin at 6:30 pm with a history of aerial and photo reconnaissance in today's world. Michael Lechlitner, a Central Intelligence Agency intelligence officer is currently attending the United States Army War College Senior Service School in Carlisle Pennsylvania. Lechlitner will be explaining how photos can help the CIA with national security, natural disaster relief, and global disease awareness.
Then, at 7:30 pm, past National President of American Rosie the Riveter Association, Donnaleen Lanktree will share the Rosie the Riveter stories she has collected over the years. Stories that have been provided by original Rosies about the jobs they performed, their experiences in the workforce, and the lasting impact on today's society
Yankee Air Museum, 47884 D Street, Belleville. Free. 734-483-4030. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Calvary Community Game Night: Calvary United Methodist Church.

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All invited to play board games. Bring your own game if you wish, or use one provided. Snacks.
7 p.m., Calvary UMC, 1415 Miller at Newport. Free., 769-0869. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by area singer-songwriters, who also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Sept. 7: Misty Lyn and Matt Jones. Misty Lyn is a veteran local country-inflected folk-rock singer-songwriter with a warm, engaging vocal style. With her band, the Big Beautiful, she released an acclaimed 2013 CD, False Honey, a collection of songs exploring heartache and its aftermath. Jones is a a popular pop-folk singer-songwriter whose acclaimed 2012 CD, Half Poison, Half Pure, is a collection well-crafted, emotionally penetrating songs about dark times. He has a brand-new recording, The Deep Enders, that he describes as a "a Civil War-spun sprawler of an album I've been making since I picked up an instrument." The performers also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Oct. 5: Sarah McQuaid. Chicago-bred R&B-flavored alt-folk singer-songwriter whose latest CD, Walking into White, is a collection of songs inspired by the landscapes around St. Buryan in Cornwall, where she currently lives. Her repertoire or folk songs also includes such genuine antiquities as the 13th-century Provencal troubadour Cadenet's alba "S'Anc Fuy Belha Ni Prezada" and John Dowland's 1603 lute song "Can She Excuse My Wrongs." Opening act is Scott Fab, a veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter with an enchantingly expressive vocal style.

Nov. 2: Mark Stuart and Nathan Bell. Double bill. Stuart is a country-folk singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar virtuoso from central Tennessee who's been to town earlier as part of a duo with his wife, Stacey Earle. Bell is a veteran Nashville country-folk singer-songwriter known for his fresh, literate takes on a wide assortment of subjects from love, families, and war to muscle cars and factory towns. "Nathan writes from the perspective of the working man better than anyone I've ever encountered--and he does so with songs that speak with pure truth, without the swagger that too many artists attempt to pass off as blue-collar authenticity," says No Depression critic Larry Looney in his review of Bell's new CD, Blood like a River.

Dec. 7: Dick Siegel. This veteran local singer-songwriter is an immensely gifted and versatile composer whose songs offer all sorts of immediate musical and lyrical pleasures, both serious and comic, as well as a resonant staying power. His live repertoire features material from his nationally acclaimed 2002 CD A Little Pain Never Hurts, early hits like "Angelo's" and "When the Sumac Is on Fire"--one of the best songs about Michigan ever written--and new songs. Opening act is Joe Shields, a Grand Rapids cartoonist-turned-Americana singer-songwriter who was one of 6 winners at the prestigious 2016 Kerrville (Texas) New Folk competition.

Jan. 4: Anne Heaton. and Dave Rossiter. Double bill. Heaton is a NYC-based pop-folk singer-songwriter and pianist who cites Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, and the Indigo Girls as her main influences, and Rossiter is an Ann Arbor singer-songwriter and guitarist who fronts the classy noir-flavored alt-country band Hoodang.

Feb. 1: Shari Kane & Dave Steel and Eleanor Ellis. Double bill. Kane & Steele are a local husband-and-wife duo of acoustic guitar virtuosos whose repertoire includes both traditional and original blues, gospel, swing, and ragtime. They recently released the CD, Feels Like Home. Ellis is a veteran Louisiana-bred country blues singer and acoustic guitarist who lives in D.C.

Mar. 1: Sonia. Singer-songwriter Sonia Rutstein is the frontwoman of Disappear Fear, the popular Baltimore acoustic folk-rock ensemble whose music, ranging from passionate love songs to political ballads, is flavored with elements of country, blues, folk, and reggae. Opening act is Rough & Tumble, the Nashville folk-rock Americana duo of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler.

Apr. 5: Bill & Kate Isles and Lambert & Walz. Double bill. The Isles are a Stylistically versatile Duluth singer-songwriter duo, and Lambert & Walz is the Chicago-based duo of virtuoso flatpick guitarists Eric Lambert & Chris Walz whose bluegrass-based original songs also incorporate elements of blues, folk, and hard country.

May 3: "Songwriters in the Round." With 4 popular veteran area singer-songwriters, Jason Dennie, Chris Buhalis, Dave Boutette, and Bill Edwards.

7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Info: call Annie Capps at 330-5226. [map]

 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Will McEvoy's Third Coast Quartet: Old Town Tavern.

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Will McEvoy (bass)
Tim Haldeman and Marcus Elliot (saxes)
Jon Taylor (drums)
A recent transplant to SE Michigan by way of many years in NYC, McEvoy's new group eschews traditional forms, with pieces that are cartographic in scope. The music features moments of unison coordination as well as startling layers of improvisation and thematic material.
Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty Street (Corner of Liberty and South Ashley). Free admission. (734) 662-9291. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 4: Armstrong State Exhibition game. 7 p.m.

Nov. 11: Howard 9 p.m.

Nov. 13: Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis Noon.

Nov. 26: Mount St. Mary's 7 p.m.

Nov. 30: Virginia Tech 7 p.m.

Dec. 3: Kennesaw State Afternoon or evening time TBA.

Dec. 6: Texas 9 p.m.

Dec. 13: Central Arkansas 9 p.m.

Dec. 17: Maryland-Eastern Shore 3 p.m.

Dec. 22: Furman 7 p.m.

Jan. 4: Penn State 8:30 p.m.

Jan. 7: Maryland 3:15 p.m.

Jan. 14: Nebraska 2 p.m.

Jan. 21: Illinois 2:15 p.m.

Jan. 26: Indiana 9 p.m.

Feb. 4: Ohio State. 5 p.m.

Feb. 7: MSU. 9 p.m.

Feb. 16: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Feb. 25: Purdue. Time TBA.

Various times, Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at 764-0247. [map]

 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the free lesson at 8 p.m.). 945-8428. [map]

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