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Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 15, 2017






 
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Jan. 14 & 15. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]


 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination.

Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.

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10 a.m. & 1 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541 (10 a.m.), 994-5908 (1 p.m.). [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Cat Tales Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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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.
10:30 a.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd., ste. A1. $5 per child. 661-3575. [map]


 11 a.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!
Non-member drop in rate: $15. Memberships start at just $39.99/month and include four Full Body Fits per month -- other memberships & a wide variety of strength, cardio, & Yoga classes available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 11:15 a.m. 

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.


 Noon 

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]


 Noon or 4:30 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Nov. 3. WSU. Exhibition game. 7 p.m.

Nov. 13. Niagara. 3 p.m.

Nov. 18. Howard. 7 p.m.

Nov. 21. WMU. 7 p.m.

Dec. 13. Ohio. 7 p.m.

Dec. 17. Vermont. Noon.

Dec. 22. American. 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 28. Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Jan. 10. Indiana. 6 p.m.

Jan. 10. Minnesota. Noon or 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 25. Indiana. 7 p.m.

Feb. 5. Iowa. 2 p.m.

Feb. 12. Wisconsin. 2 p.m.

Feb. 19. MSU. 2 p.m.

Feb. 23. Nebraska. 2 p.m.

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Noon, Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids and adults invited to play chess. Sets provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Ready for Birth: Condensed Childbirth Class": Center for the Childbearing Year.

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This interactive, hands-on class is designed to accommodate the schedules of busy first-time parents who simply can't make it to the full six-week series. Perfect for couples seeking a Refresher Class for a second (or more!) baby as well. We'll review the process of labor and birth from start to finish. Emphasis is placed on natural approaches to pain management, support techniques and comfort measures (how partners can help), and tips for smoothing your recovery in the early weeks postpartum.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $175 per couple. 734-663-1523. patty@center4cby.com www.center4cby.com [map]



 1-5 p.m. 

Creature Encounters - Sloth!: The Creature Conservancy.

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The Creature Conservancy is featuring Poco, our sloth, during the month of January! See him for a special presentation on our Stone Stage each Saturday and Sunday - at 2:00pm and again at 4:00pm.
Our other animal ambassadors are also on display! Indoors and/or outdoors, you can see many species of animal, including kangaroos, prairie dogs, alligators, turkey vultures, macaws, snapping turtles, porcupines, muntjac, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and many more. Bring a snack and take a break at our indoor or outdoor picnic areas.
The main building is accessed by parking in the lot immediately off Ann Arbor-Saline Rd and following the guided signs to the entrance. The Creature Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.
The Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $6/child (2-12); $8/adult (13+); free (under 2). info@thecreatureconservancy.org http://thecreatureconservancy.org/visit-hours.html [map]



 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Jan. 14 & 15. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. This month's featured critters are mammals. Note: Saturday's program includes a midday "Animal Naptime" break.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Effective Communication Strategies to Use with Persons Experiencing Alzheimer's": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by Alzheimer's Association Michigan Great Lakes Chapter program coordinator Katie Peil.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Jan. 8, 15, & 22. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

Family Friendly Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Sept. 25: Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (Oskar Santos, 2013). Adventure film about twin brothers sent to summer school, who form a gang in resistance to the strict schoolmaster and have an exciting adventure by discovering a mysterious secret hidden in the school. Spanish, subtitles.

Oct. 9: The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987). Sweet, witty, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale swashbuckler about a farm girl kidnapped by a villainous prince who intends to make her his princess. Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn.

Oct. 22: Frankenweenie (Tim Burton, 2012). Stop-motion animated horror comedy, a parody of the classic 1931 Frankenstein film. 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 19: Follow That Bird (Ken Kwapis, 1985). Animated road movie starring Big Bird and featuring many other Sesame Street puppets and live actors. 11:30 a.m.

Jan. 15: The Peanuts Movie (Steve Martino, 2015). Animated adventure based on the venerable Charles M. Schulz comic in which Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life.

Feb. 12: Chicken Run (Nick Park, Peter Lord, 2000), Lively claymation comedy about a penful of chickens plotting an escape from a greedy farmer.

Mar. 5: March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, 2005). Mesmerizing documentary about the life cycle of the Antarctic emperor penguin. Kids under 12, free. 1:30 p.m.

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1:30 p.m. (except as noted), Michigan Theater (State Theater on Feb. 21 & Mar. 12). $10 (kids under 12, free; students, seniors, & veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]


 2 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 https://squareup.com/market/aa-musical-theater-works
CCC Stage, 1600 Pauline, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $25 & $50. 734-546-5087. MusicalTheaterWorks@gmail.com AnnArborMusicalTheaterWorks@gmail.com [map]



 2 p.m. 

2017 Canton One Acts Festival: TLC Productions.

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Enjoy four original one act plays from throughout the U.S. and one original musical, all for $15! TLC Productions is proud to offer three performances of innovative theatre works, featuring mystery, comedy, drama and music. Jan. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. Performances in intimate setting of the Biltmore Studio of the Village Theater at Cherry Hill in Canton and featuring actors from throughout metro Detroit. Tickets available online at tlcprod.wordpress.com, cantonvillagetheater.org or at the door.
Village Theater at Cherry Hill Canton, 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton. $15. 7349268527. info@tlcproductions.org www.cantonvillagetheater.org [map]


 2 p.m. 

65th Annual Faculty and Guest Artist Choreography Concert: EMU Dance Program.

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Jan. 13-15. EMU dance students perform an eclectic mix of genres from ballet and modern to musical theatre and jazz dance by faculty and guest choreographers, including Ballet Chelsea artistic director Wendi DuBois, Brighton Dance Festival founder-director Kathy King, EMU dance major Patrick McCrae, EMU grad April Pipe, Boy Friday (NYC) artistic director (and EMU alumnus) Erik Abbott-Main, Hardcore Detroit dance company director Haleem "Stringz" Rasul, EMU dance professors Joanna McNamara, Sherry Jerome Wilkinson, and Phil Simmons. Program: DuBois' Wind is a contemporary ballet, inspired by Emily Dickinson's "To All the Sounds Dispatched Abroad," with a Phillip Glass score, and King's Light, an ode to Prince, is a work for 7 dancers featuring with vibrant movement, passion, and athleticism. McCrae's Family, Unconditional? Is an exploration of intra-familial anger and frustration set to music by Icelandic electronica composer Ólafur Arnalds. Pipe's Head in Cloud & Digital Trails is an exploration of our digital doppelgängers that was inspired by her surprise in learning that GoogleMaps has detailed records of her daily travels going back to 2011, and Abbott-Main's FLOAT is a group work, set to music by the hip-hop duo Luniz, for 8 post-apocalyptic dancers marching to 'Make the Future Great Again.' Rasul presents Work, a dance showcasing Detroit Jit, a street dance form, usually performed to techno music, known for its attention for its lightening-quick footwork and deep connection to Detroit history and culture. It is set to a score by Deteoit jazz fusion composer Javonntte Garrett. McNamara's Detroit Meta is a screen dance with a Howard Cass score celebrating the urban landscape of Detroit, and Wilkinson presents the Fairy dance and pas de deux from her classical ballet choreography for Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream. Simmons presents "Mein Herr" (aka "the chair dance), a signature Bob Fosse work from Cabaret.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students with ID, $8) in advance at emutix.com and at the door. 487-2282. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea High School Percussion Ensembles: Chelsea District Library Sonic Sunday.

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CHS percussion ensembles perform the program of classical music they will compete with in the state Solo & Ensemble Festival.
2-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

EMU Honors Band: EMU Music Department.

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Performance by this ensemble of top high school musicians from around the state, along with EMU music students. Program TBA.
2 p.m., Pease Auditorium, EMU campus, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.


 2-4 p.m. 

Family Dance: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Marlin Whitaker and Miriam Meisler call to live music by Donna Baird and Janet Goldwasser. For kids, accompanied by an adult. Followed by Grange-baked cookies and cocoa.
2-4 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). $12 per family (members, free). 769-1052. [map]


 2 -4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Understanding Introverts & Extroverts & How They Make the World "Go-round": Carole Kirby, lmsw.

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We will examine the rise of the "extroverted ideal" in the 20th century & its far reaching effects. Learn about the advantages & potential of introversion & of being quiet in a noisy world. Get tips as parents & tachers for working with children who are introverted or seen as socially awkward & isolated. Discover how these differences may play out in your primary relationship. Carole will share information from Susan Cain's book, Quiet, The Power of Introvers in a World That Can't Stop Talking as well as from her own life experience & her expereince as a therapist.
While FREE, please call or e-mail to register
Crazy Wisdome Bookstore, 114 South Main St. Free. 734-369-2016. carole777@aol.com therapy4couples.com [map]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Computer Skills": Ann Arbor District Library.

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GameStart staff present hands-on introductions to various computer skills. For kids in grades 3-8 (except as noted).

June 4: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

June 11: "Unity 2D." Learn to design a platformer video game with animated sprites and other characters.

June 18: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

June 25: "3-D Video Game Design." Learn to design your own video game using the Unity Development Kit.

July 9: "CodeMage Beginnings." Learn how use Python coding techniques to code a "spell" for Minecraft.

July 16: "Roblox Studio." Learn how to combine elements of art, design, math, and physics to make your own video game.

July 23: ""Minecraft Resource Pack Creation." Learn how to change Minecraft visuals and alter the textures of mobs, blocks, and your game character.

July 30: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

Aug. 6: "Unity 2D. Top-Down" Learn to design a RPG-style video game complete with animated sprites.

Aug. 13: "CodeMage Beginnings." Learn how use Python coding techniques to code a "spell" for Minecraft.

Aug. 20: "3-D Video Game Design." Learn to design your own video game using the Unity Development Kit.

Aug. 27: "Choose Your Own Adventure Story." Learn to make your own website using basic HTML in the form of a Chose Your Own Adventure book.

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2-3:30 p.m. (except as noted), AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Expressions of Drama & Rhetoric in the Classical Era": Arborea Trio (Kerrytown Concert House).

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This chamber ensemble, founded in the Netherlands, is dedicated to performing on period instruments. Program: Mozart's Violin Sonata in C Major, Haydn's Piano Trio in C Major, and Beethoven's Piano Trio in C Minor. With pianist Shin Hwant and baroque cellist Eva Lymenstull (both U-M music grads) and Canadian-American violinist Alison Luthmers Teyssier.
2 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Screening of a May 2013 performance recorded at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center of a festive All-Mozart program Performers are pianist Soyeon Kate Lee, violinists Benjamin Beilman and Ani Kavafian, violists Lily Francis and Paul Neubauer, cellist Timothy Eddy, and horn player Radovan Vlatkovic. Program: Piano Trio in B-flat major, the charming Horn Quintet in E-flat major, and the exuberant Viola Quintet in C major.
2-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Shrubs and Trees Minus Leaves!": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Faye Stoner leads a hike to learn how to identify woody plants in winter.
2-4 p.m., Scio Woods Preserve, north side of Scio Church Rd. west of Wagner. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.


 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Singin' in the Rain": Fathom Events.

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(Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952). 65th anniversary screening of this celebrated musical, a lighthearted, dance-filled comedy about silent movie stars struggling to make the transition to talkies. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds. With commentary by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz.
Rave, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $8 (2 p.m.) & $10.25 (7 p.m.) in advance at fathomevents.com & at the door. 973-8424. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"The Aesthetic Movement in America: Artists of the Photo-Secession": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of photos from the Pictorialism movement that favored soft-focus images that drew upon the conventions of painting.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 2:30, 5, & 8 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 2:45 & 5:15 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Hunting Mammoths and Mastodons": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. through Dec. 11 and beginning again Jan. 7. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring exploring some of the evidence of mastodon and mammoth hunting by people who lived in Michigan between 10 and 15 thousand years ago. Also, info about the recent Bristle mammoth find on a Chelsea farm. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.) & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Kickoff to Ann Arbor Restaurant Week": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Local historians Jon Milan and Gail Offen, authors of Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor, discuss local restaurants in celebration of Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, which runs Jan. 15-20.
3-5 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower. Free. a2culinaryhistorians@gmail.com, 794-6250. [map]


 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"People and Places: Exploring the Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection": UMMA.

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Curator Lehti Keelman discusses the current exhibit, Europe on Paper: The Ernst Pulgram and Frances McSparran Collection, giving historical context for the works on display.
3-4:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Sunday Afternoon Poetry with Edward Morin and Bob Brill": Nicola's Books.

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Readings by these two local poets. Morin is cohost of the Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series and a widely published poet whose books include Labor Day at Walden Pond, a collection of poems about the daily experiences of white-collar, middle-class Americans, and The Red Azalea: Chinese Poetry since the Cultural Revolution, a collection of Chinese poems he cotranslated with Guizhou (China) University English professor Dennis Ding. Brill is a retired computer programmer and digital artist who now writes fiction and poetry. He's published poems in Water Music: The Great Lakes State Poetry Anthology and has a forthcoming collection, Hello Goodbye. Signing.
3 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson. Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]


 4-7 p.m. 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Faces of Faith": Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County.

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Local religious leaders from 6 different traditions-- Baha'i, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, and Unitarian Universalism-discuss the personal joys and the public frustrations of being part of their faith tradition. Also, small group discussions.
4-6 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 E. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. 424-1535. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Art of Impact": Jade Simmons (U-M School of Music MLK Tribute Concert).

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Lecture-performance by this acclaimed concert pianist, a powerful speaker who got a standing ovation for a TEDx talk she gave.
4:30 p.m., Power Center. Free. 615-3204.


 5-8 p.m. 

"2017 Beefsteak Dinner": The Last Word.

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All-you-can-eat beef dinner. Craft beer. Proceeds benefit the Neutral Zone.
5-8 p.m., The Last Word, 301 W. Huron. $75 ($125 for two). Reservations required. 214-9995, ext. 223. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun., except Jan. 1. 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., Gretchen's House, 1580 Dhu Varren. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Restorative Yin Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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End your weekend on a relaxing note! Designed to be restorative and stress relieving, this class can improve your flexibility and help you sleep better.
Non-member drop in rate: $15. Better Living Fitness Center member drop-in rate: $10. Yoga packages available!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sun. Readings by featured poets, preceded by a poetry open mike.

Sep. 3: Reading by Marlin Jenkins, a Detroit poet (and U-M creative writing grad) whose poems often come off as fragments of a visionary spiritual autobiography.

Sept. 17: Reading by U-M Bear River Review editor Monica Rico, author of the 2001 chapbook Esperanza.

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7-9 p.m. (sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"No Man's Land": National Theatre Live in HD (University Musical Society).

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Live broadcast of the National Theatre (London) production of Harold Pinter's darkly comic drama about a wealthy aging writer drinking into the night with another writer in his stately home. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game. "No Man's Land is both desolate and funny and conveys, without peddling any message, the never-ending contrast between the exuberance of memory and the imminence of extinction," says a Guardian review. Stars Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (Michigan Theater members & UMS donors & subscribers, $18) in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Jan. 1, 15, & 29. All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

The Hot Club of Cowtown: The Ark.

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An eclectic mix of 1920s jazz standards, western swing tunes, cowboy songs, fiddle tunes, originals, and offbeat covers by this recently reunited Austin-based trio whose sound has been described as a blend of Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt. The band--guitarist Whit Smith, violinist Elana James, and upright bassist Jake Erwin--has a new CD, Rendezvous in Rhythm, its 1st recording dedicated exclusively to the Gypsy jazz and French swing of Paris in the 1930s. The album features the band's sparkling spins on standards in the style of legendary hot jazz titans Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, and its new CD, Midnight on the Trail, is a collection of classic cowboy songs.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 7:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Room. $5 ($10 includes lessons). ballroomclubum.com. 763-6984. [map]





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