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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 12, 2017

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 7 a.m.  Free! 

BNI-Ann Arbor West weekly meeting: BNI Ann Arbor West chapter.

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The BNI Ann Arbor West Chapter meets every Thursday at 242 Community Church, 410 S Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, 48103 (behind Kroger). Meetings are held from 7-8:30 a.m. and visitors are welcome. For more information or a reservation to attend, please call Tom Wright at 734 678 1090.
242 Community Church, 410 S Maple Rd. Free. 734 678 1090. [map]

 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]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Future of Transportation: Don't Turn in Your Car Keys Yet!": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. Jan. 5-Feb. 9. A series of 6 weekly lectures TBA by different U-M and guest scholars.

Jan. 5: Former GM vice-president of research, development, and planning Larry Burns, author of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Mobility for the 21st Century, discusses "Transforming Mobility: The Signal in the Noise."

Jan. 12: U-M Transportation Institute SMART managing director Susan Zielinski on "The New World of Transportation: Connected, Multi-Modal, and Information-Technology Enabled."

Jan. 19: U-M mechanical engineering professor Huei Peng on "Automated and Connected Vehicles: History, Development, M-City, an the Future."

Jan. 26: U-M electrical engineering and computer science professor and Toyota Research Institute autonomous driving development codirector Edwin Olsen on "Safety of Autonomus Vehicles: Technology and Policy."

Feb. 2: U-M urban planning professor Jonathan Levine on "Smart Policies, Smart Transportation: Impacts on Urban/Suburban/Rural Life."

Feb. 9: Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan CEO Michael Ford on "The Future of Mass Transit in Southeast Michigan: Where Do We Go from Here?."

10-11:30 a.m., Rave Cinema, 4100 Carpenter. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Jan. 12 & 26. Kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. The Humane Society also sponsors "Cat Tales Story Time" (Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.) at their new cat café, the Tiny Lions Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1).
10:30 a.m., 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child. 661-3575. [map]

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Winter Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (Jan. 5-Feb. 9. CDL youth librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6 accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians and a snowflake making workshop with longtime paper snowflake artist (and U-M physician) Thomas Clark (Jan. 5). Jan. 12: Flutist Melissa-Kay Grey and pianist Naki Kripfgans perform works inspired by bird songs, such as Messiaen's Le Merle Noir, Popp's Nightingale Serenade, and Shalumit Ran's Birds of Paradise. Jan. 19: Jazz piano by the Bob Sweet Trio. Jan. 26: Folk music by Harmony Bones.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m. 

Ikebana International.

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An ikebana instructor TBA leads a session of Japanese flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens rm. 125, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20 materials fee; metered parking. Preregistration required.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs. except Jan. 5 & 19. Cultural or educational program preceded at noon by a homemade dairy lunch ($4; seniors with reservations, $3).

Mar. 2: Go! Ice Cream (Ypsilanti) founder Rob Hess discusses his business that makes artisanal ice creams using local ingredients. Taste samples.

Mar. 9: Beth Israel Congregation rabbi Robert Dobrusin will discuss "Purim," as well as his new book, The Long Way Around.

Mar. 16: Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County outreach & program coordinator Ayelet Shapiro and JCC operations manager Rachael Hoffenblum host a hands-on cookie decorating session.

Mar. 23: A chance to meet and learn about a Therapaws therapy dog.

Mar. 30: A speaker TBA discusses the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives in Detroit.

Apr. 13: A speaker TBA discusses "826Michigan," the nonprofit that offers writing and tutoring programs for students, evening workshops for aspiring writers, and volunteer opportunities.

Apr. 20: Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County outreach & program coordinator Ayelet Shapiro and associate campaign director Max Glick present "Stories from Nahalal," a report on their trip to Israel with 9 local teens.

Apr. 27: A speaker TBA discusses the "Genealogical Society of Ann Arbor."

1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 971-0990. [map]

 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

Memoirs and Personal Essays: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This year-long course continues from the fall through the winter, and into the spring. We encourage each writer to find his/her subject and voice. We read our work aloud and discuss it, making constructive suggestions for improvement. The important thing is to write well enough to interest others and to convey our ideas clearly. Some people work on extended manuscripts, while others write shorter pieces. Participants may plan to publish their work, just share it with family and friends or keep it strictly private. Eleanor Linn is a published author. This class meets Thursday through June 15th.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $55. 734-998-9351. [map]

 4:30 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!
Walk in non-member price: $15, OR join for as little as $39.99 a month for one Full Body Fit class a week.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Robert Platt: Prosfuge": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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This international artist, a graduate from the Royal College of Art (UK), discusses his work, which includes, painting, architectural installation, and moving images.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Mary Szybist: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this Pennsylvania-born poet, a Lewis & Clark College (Oregon) English professor who won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2013 with her 2nd collection, Incarnadine. Szybist's "lovely musical touch is light and exact enough to catch the weight and grind of love," says poet Kay Ryan. "This is a hard paradox to master as she does."
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

 5:30 p.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, non-member rate: $15. Packages and discounts for Better Living Fitness Center members available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 Evening time TBA 

"One Piece Film: Gold": Fathom Events.

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Jan. 10, 12, & 17. (Hiroaki Miyamoto, 2016). Anime fantasy adventure.
Rave, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets TBA in advance at and at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 6-8 p.m. 

Business Workshop: "Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?": Ann Arbor SCORE.

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Entrepreneurs have the idea, energy and commitment to focus on starting a business. But there are some fundamental up-front steps to take to avoid wasting your time and energy to get the business up and running.
This workshop takes you through the early steps that pave the way to a solid business plan and fewer surprises down the road.
Topics covered include:
- Testing your business idea
- Creating a simple business plan
- Legal structures for your business
- Building a successful team
- Financial funding of your business
- SCORE Resources

Join future entrepreneurs as SCORE mentors guide you through the journey of starting your own business.
New Center Building, 1100 N. Main St. $10. [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]

 6:30 p.m. 

"A Taste of Italy": Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

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Cornman Farms executive chef Kieron Hales is joined by Italian artisanal food exporter and tour guide Gioacchino Passalacqua to host a multi-course meal with wine pairings featuring a menu that combines imported Italian foods with Cornman Farms' winter produce.
6:30 p.m., Cornman Farms, 8540 Island Lake Rd., Dexter. $125. Reservations required. 619-8100. [map]

 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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs., except. Jan. 1. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m.-close (usually midnight), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Form: SUN SHEN.

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In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, and Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. [map]

 7-8 p.m. 

Tango 101: Robin Hills Farm.

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Argentine Tango is a beautiful vehicle for expression and connection. In "Tango 101," Sophia and José will teach the fundamentals of Argentine Tango, giving students the tools to connect with their partners, to walk with both grace and intensity, as well as to improvise to the music.
This class is open to all levels- no partner or experience necessary! Tuition: $50 per person (for 6-week course).
Rough syllabus for 'Tango 101':
1st week (Jan 5th) - Walking and Connection
2nd week (Jan 12th) - How to Do 'Back Ochos'
3rd week (Jan 19th) - Forward/Back Ochos
4th week (Jan 26th) - The Cross
5th week (Feb 2nd) - Ocho Cortado
6th week (Feb 9th) - Turns to the Right
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $50. 7348348496. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening with Colson Whitehead": U-M LS&A Bicentennial Theme Semester.

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Rescheduled from Jan. 13. Reading by this respected, bestselling NYC-based novelist and essayist whose candid and witty works deal with issues of race, class, and consumerism. His most recent novel, The Underground Railroad, won the National Book Award. It imagines the Underground Railroad as a physical network of tracks and tunnels beneath Southern soil. A New York Times review calls it a "potent, almost hallucinatory novel … It possesses the chilling matter-of-fact power of the slave narratives collected by the Federal Writers' Project in the 1930s, with echoes of Toni Morrison's Beloved, Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, and brush strokes borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges, Franz Kafka and Jonathan Swift." Signing. Part of the "Symposium 1817" (see listing above).
7-9 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Free. 615-7400. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"City of Ann Arbor 2017 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Green Your Home DIY":: Ann Arbor District Library.

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The 1st in a series of 4 monthly forums with city staff and other panelists discuss programs and offer tips to make your home more eco-friendly. Panelists and topics: Geostellar founder and CEO David Levine on installing solar energy in your home, Washtenaw County housing programs supervisor Aaron Kraft on weatherizing your home, Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner master rain gardener Roger Moon on building rain gardens and installing rain barrels, and Growing Hope founder and executive director Amanda Edmonds on growing your own food. Moderated by city councilman Chip Smith.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Night": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Storytellers Guild members present a program of old tales and personal stories for grownups.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free; donations accepted., 665-2757. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Idiot-Syncrasy": Igor and Moreno (University Musical Society).

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Jan. 12-14. London-based dancers Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas perform their work that explores togetherness and solitude and incorporates jumping, singing (including a Sardinian folk song), and actions that require perseverance and create a sense of empowerment. Today's performance is preceded at 7 p.m. by a talk about the program and followed by a Q&A with the artists. "Idiot-Syncrasy is a warm, fabulous and funny show, but it also makes us vividly and unsettlingly aware of the altered states that we and the dancers can undergo during the course of a performance," says a Guardian review.
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 12) & 8 p.m. (Jan. 13 & 14), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $35 & $40 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Love Story, the Musical": Ann Arbor Musical Theater Works.

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Jan. 5-8 & 12-15. Musical LOVE STORY, smash London West End hit musical, Michigan premier. 9-member cast and 4 piece orchestra, based on the Erich Segal novel and movie of the same name from the 60's about a young couple that meet in college and meet obstacles in their love relationship, including ultimately a fatal illness. 8 Performances. The Jan 12th performance is a benefit for the UM Mott Children's Hospital Leukemia Research programs.
Tickets at
CCC Stage, 1600 Pauline, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $25 & $50. 734-546-5087. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Sweet Water Warblers: The Ark.

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A trio of young Michigan singer-songwriters-May Erlewine, Rachael Davis, and Lindsay Lou Rilko-perform their songs alone and together. Erlewine is a big-voiced singer-songwriter from Big Rapids who writes thoughtful, richly emotional country-flavored songs, Davis is a velvet-voiced Cadillac native whose influences range from Ella Fitzgerald to Patty Griffin, and Rilko is the frontwoman of the acclaimed Lansing swing-flavored bluegrass band Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8:30-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Social: Footnotes Ballroom Company.

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Jan. 12 & 26. Ballroom dancing to recorded music.
8:30-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $5. 926-0107. [map]

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