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Calendar of Events

Monday, January 16, 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]

 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Children & Youth Program": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Parents can drop off kids in grades K-12 for a day of stories, discussions, skits, musical performances, and activities centered on Martin Luther King Jr. Lunch provided. Kids age 4 & under welcome if accompanied by an adult.
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., U-M Modern Languages Bldg., 812 E. Washington. Free. Preregistration recommended before Jan. 11 at 323-4237, 647-1637. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Camp PAWS: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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School may be closed on Martin Luther King Day, but Camp PAWS is in! Animal-loving youth ages 6-11 are invited to this one day camp at HSHV, where we'll learn how to care for and respect our animal friends by engaging in activities with the animals! Aftercare from 4-5 p.m. also available.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $65. 734-661-3584. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Stretch and Strength Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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This class targets specific areas to build strength, increase flexibility and improve your overall fitness. Special focus is given to alignment and proper from in the poses. Great for beginners!
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. [map]

 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool ArtStart": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Siblings welcome.
10-10:30 a.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 & 1:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Two different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m.) features a playful cartoon about an inquisitive cat that learns more than it wanted to know about life in space when it stows away on a shuttle to be with its owner, a scientist on her way to the Moon.
Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Carillon Concert: U-M MLK Symposium.

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U-M carillonist Tiffany Ng and carillon students perform works by African American composers, including U-M alum Augustus O. Hill. The program also includes the world premiere of a commissioned work by Wilbert Roget, II, an award-winning composer for the film and video game industries.
Noon, Burton Tower belfry (take elevator to 8th floor and walk up two flights of stairs to the 10th floor observation deck). Free. 615-3204. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Liberian Ebola Epidemic: Sounds of War and Sounds of Change": U-M Health Sciences.

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Lecture by Action Contre la Faim (Liberia) Ebola emergency-response program manager Mosoka Fallah.
Noon-2 p.m., U-M Hospital Dow Auditorium (2nd floor), 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 763-5990. [map]

 1-2 p.m. 

Biakuye Percussion Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Traditional African music and dance by this acclaimed Detroit-based ensemble of Ghanaian and African American musicians.
1-2 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

MLK Day of Service: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help remove invasive shrubs from Black Pond Woods Nature Area. Wear long pants and close-toed shoes; tools and know-how provided. Snacks. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.
1-3 p.m., meet at the park entrance on Tibbits Ct. off Brookside from Pontiac Trail Free. 996-3266.

 1:15, 4, & 9:30 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]

 1:30, 4:15, & 6:45 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]

 1:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Jewish Community Center Afternoon Delights.

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The world-renowned Israeli concert pianist Alon Goldstein, who is featured in the AASO Mozart concert on January 14 (see listing), is joined by AASO artistic director Arie Lipsky on cello and violinist Danielle Belen for performances of Beethoven's Piano Trio in D major ("Ghost") and Dvořák's Piano Trio No. 4 ("Dumky Trio.") Preceded at 1 p.m. with dessert and socializing.
1:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $10. 971-0990. [map]

 1:45, 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]

 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"One Drop of Love": U-M Library/U-M MLK Symposium.

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Award-winning L.A.-based actor Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni performs her one-woman show-part memoir, part history-that incorporates film, photographs, and animation to tell the story of how the notion of race came to be in the U.S. and how it affects our most intimate relationships. The show was produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, whom she grew up with.
2-4:30 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Free. 764-7522. [map]

 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Circle of Unity": U-M MLK Symposium.

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All invited to listen to or join impromptu performances of songs and spoken word pieces inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. Also, performances by local singer-songwriter Joe Reilly and Detroit singer-guitarist Julie Beutel, the Michigan Gospel Chorale, the Smile Bringer Singers, Nyah Pierson, and Nia Willis. Hot chocolate.
3-4:30 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. (586) 322-9414.

 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What They Did Not Want Martin Talking About: MLK's Thoughts and Teachings on the Dangers of War and Militarism": Veterans for Peace/U-M MLK Symposium.

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Talk by Veterans for Peace representatives William Shea and Bob Krzewinski.
3-4:30 p.m., Michigan Union Pond Rm., 530 S. State. Free. 662-0818. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Citizen: An American Lyric": U-M Institute for the Humanities/Institute for Social Research.

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Jamaican-born poet Claudia Rankine, a 2016 MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient, discusses her celebrated 2014 book, a genre-bending blend of poetry and criticism exploring racism in American life. Q&A. Rankine also gives the keynote address at 10 a.m. on Jan. 17 for "A Cross Disciplinary Discussion on American Racism" (ISR, 426 Thompson, room 1430).
4 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 936-3518. [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!
Join for as little as $39.99 to enjoy four Full Body Fit classes a month. Other memberships with even more classes available. Want to check us out first? It's just $15 to walk in and start getting fit and having fun!
Better Living Fitness Center. 734-747-0123.

 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.  Free! 

Kids Creating Change: MLK Jr.: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Join us for a special session of Kids Creating Change this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Learn how kids used music to make a difference during the Civil Rights Movement, then write and perform your own lyrics with Akili Jackson.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Black and Blue: The Story of Gerald Ford, Willis Ward, & the '34 Michigan-Georgia Tech Football Game": Chelsea District Library.

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Director Brian Kruger is on hand to introduce a screening of his 2011 documentary about the football game in which the U-M agreed to appease Georgia Tech by benching its best player because he was African American. In celebration of MLK Day.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 6:45-9 p.m.  Free! 

Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities invited to work on their projects together and learn about guild activities. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
6:45-9 p.m., Pittsfield Village Community Bldg., 2220 Pittsfield Blvd. (park on the street, or in the south lot). Free to visitors (Annual dues for those who join). 994-4385. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Kuro: The Dark Edge of Japanese Filmmaking": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Jan. 16: High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963). An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom. Toshiro Mifune. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Jan. 23: Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki 1966). After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Jan. 23: Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki 1967). A hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, putting him into conflict with his treacherous wife, with a mysterious woman eager for death, and with the phantom-like hit-man known only as Number One. Japanese, subtitles. 9:30 p.m.

Jan. 30: Zero Focus (Yoshitarô Nomura, 1961). When a woman's new husband disappears on a business trip. She discovers a pair of mysterious postcards hidden away in a book that may be clues to his fate. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Feb. 6: A Colt Is My Passport (Takashi Nomura, 1967). Film noir-inspired thriller about a yakuza hitman and his sidekick caught between rival gangs. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Feb. 13: Pigs and Battleships (Shohei Imamura, 1962). A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart in the scramble to profit from the devastation in postwar Japan. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Feb. 20: Pale Flower (Masahiro Shinoda). A hitman released from prison is trying to navigate the shifts in his criminal domain when he falls under the spell of a dangerous woman. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Feb. 27: A Fugitive from the Past (Tomu Uchida, 1965). This epic thriller of a heist gone wrong follows a thief who goes into hiding with a prostitute and tries to stay one step ahead of the law. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Mar. 6: Dragnet Girl (Yasujiro Ozu, 1933). Classic silent drama about a career criminal offered a chance at redemption when he crosses paths with his delinquent sister. With live narration by renowned benshi (silent film narrator) Ichiro Kataoka and period music by veteran local DJ Arwulf. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Mar. 13: Ichi the Killer (Takashi Miike, 2001). Neo-noir sensationalist gangster film based on Hideo Yamamoto's acclaimed manga. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m. h]

Mar. 20: The World of Kanako (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2015). Noir thriller about an aimless, irresponsible cop who is pulled into sharp focus by the sudden, inexplicable disappearance of his teenage daughter. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50) in advance at and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Sherlock: Season Four Finale": Fathom Events.

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Sneak preview of this feature-length episode in the BBC Sherlock Holmes series. Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman.
Rave, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $14 in advance at and at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7-8 p.m. 

Lifetree Café: St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations on various topics, including "Be Yourself: Everyone Else Is Taken" (Jan. 2), "Playing God: Is Science Going Too Far?" (Jan. 9), "Losing a Loved One to Alzheimer's" (Jan. 16), "Why Did I Survive: Questions from Natural Disasters and Other Escapes from Death" (Jan. 23), and "Confronting Evil: One Man Takes a Stand" (Jan. 30). The program begins with video introductions.
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Homemade Sugar Scrub": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make a refreshing sugar-based mint skin care product.
7-8 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Maker Works": Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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Maker Works co-owner Tom Root discusses the tools available to artists, engineers, and hobbyists in their maker space on Plaza Drive.
7 p.m., AAWA Headquarters, 4844 Jackson Rd. ste. 100. Free. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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July 10 & 31, Aug. 14 & 28. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. On July 10 Made by Rae owner Rae Hoekstra shows how to use bias tape, and on Aug. 28 Hoekstra demonstrates the basics of making patch pockets. All welcome to bring their own sewing machine.All welcome to bring their own sewing machine.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Wildflowers of Michigan Nature Association Sanctuaries": Michigan Botanical Club.

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Talk by Michigan Nature Association staffer Rachel Maranto.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Dom Flemons: The Ark.

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Old-time music in the wide array of styles, from blues and hokum to pop characteristic of prewar songsters by this founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an infectiously engaging vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who has also written a number of songs in old-time styles. He has a widely acclaimed CD, Prospect Hill.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 9-10:30 p.m. 

West Coast Swing Party: Footnotes Ballroom Company.

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Jan. 2 & 16. Dancing to recorded music. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
9-10:30 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $5 (free with lesson). 926-0107. [map]

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