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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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"Tower": Michigan Theater.

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(Keith Maitland, 2016). Animated documentary about a 1966 shooting at the University of Texas clock tower.
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]

 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.-7 p.m. 

Transportation: Today and Tomorrow: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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In conjunction with OLLI's lecture series, The Future of Transportation, join OLLI and Feet on the Street in a tour of the Rouge Factory, followed by lunch at the Union Street Restaurant and a visit to the Auto Show at Cobo Hall. Register by December 15.
The cost is $141.00 with lunch, snacks and tips included.
Meet at Meijer, Carpenter Road. $141. 734-998-9351.

 9 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Start your day with fitness! The 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 walk-in rate: $15. Or, join Better Living Fitness Center for as little as $39.99 a month for four Full Body Fit classes a month. Other memberships and a wide variety of strength, Yoga & cardio classes available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 9:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 13-Apr. 25. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Voices Valiant (U-M School of Music).

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Every Tues. All age 50 & over invited to join this choir. No experience necessary.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Liberty School Band Room, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free for visitors ($112 per cycle membership dues). 936-2660. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Please join us for this free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between.
We are currently discussing readings from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness for Beginners: reclaiming the present moment--and your life. No need to buy the book.
Center for Innovation (formerly St. Joe's Urgent Care), 400 W. Russell St, Saline. Free. 734-276-7707. [map]

 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, and book study groups for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"A Family of Reformers: The Weld-Grimké Manuscript Collection": U-M Clements Library.

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U-M manuscripts curator Cheney Schopieray and U-M School of Information grad student Tessa Wakefield discuss the Clements Library's collection of papers from renowned abolitionists Angelina Grimké, her sister Sarah Grimké, and Angelina's husband Theodore Weld, as well as Wakefield's efforts to make the papers available for research.
4 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library, enter from the Diag. Free. Preregistration requested at 764-5862. [map]

 4 & 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, 7:30, & 9:55 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 p.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
Drop in non-member rate: $15. Better Living Fitness Center member drop-in rate: $10. We offer a variety of memberships and strength, Yoga & Cardio classes to suit every budget and (current) fitness level. Get fit & have fun with us!
Better Living Fitness Center. 734-747-0123.

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Meredith Monk: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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This award-winning experimental composer-vocalist, choreographer, and filmmaker discusses her work. She performs at the Power Center Jan. 20 (see listing).
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 5:45-6:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Aerial Hammock": A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Hammock (also known as aerial sling), is a single loop of fabric hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This course is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of the Aerial Hammock. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - and gain a few bruises in unusual places…! Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Coloring Night: Brewed Awakenings Café.

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Every Tues.. All adults invited for a relaxing evening of coloring. Bring your own supplies, or use some of the café's.
6 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., suite M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Kelly Link: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this Northampton (MA) short story writer, author of the cult-favorite story collection Stranger Things Happen. Her 2015 collection Get in Trouble is comprised of fantastical, darkly humorous stories. "These are not so much small fictions as windows onto entire worlds," says writer Sarah Waters. "This is a brilliant, giddying read." Link also discusses her work on Jan. 19 (see listing).
6 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [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 p.m. 

Restorative Yin Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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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. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"The 3 Keys to Working Less & Loving Your Life More": American Business Women's Association.

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Talk by award-winning life coach Amanda Loveland. The program begins with networking and dinner.
6 p.m., Quarter Bistro, 300 S. Maple. Free (purchase your own dinner). Reservations required by Jan. 12 at noon at [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Small Photo Album: Dark Oak Bindery.

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We'll make one (and maybe a bonus one!) photo album, featuring your favorite Instagram pix, or other photos. Print them and bring them to this class; If we have time, you'll have the chance to mount the photos right away! Participants in this workshop will assemble and sew one pocket-sized photo album, or blank book suitable for dry media. With hands-on instruction, they will learn a simple sewing technique that can be used to make books of any size , for any purpose.
Maker Works Ann Arbor, 3765 PLAZA DRIVE, ANN ARBOR, MI 48108. $45. 734.358.6198. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"12th Annual African American Foodways Dinner: Biscuits for Your Outside Man": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Chef Alex Young is joined Dom Flemons, a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops who performed at the Ark last night (see listing), to host a dinner featuring dishes celebrates in the blues, from he BBQ that Drink Small praises in his "Living in a BBQ World" to buttery biscuits that Algia Mae Hinton sings about in "Biscuits for Your Outside Man." A portion of the proceeds benefit the Music Makers Relief Foundation which provides financial support to Southern working class musicians
6:30 p.m., Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson. $55 (beverages not included). $95 includes a pre-dinner cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Space limited; reservations required. 663-FOOD. [map]

 6:45 p.m. 

"Dancing for Birth": Center for the Childbearing Year.

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This six-week series of classes teaches a "language of movement" inspired by world dance forms like Belly dance, African dance and Latin dance. Each 90-minute weekly class fuses dance fitness with birth preparation. Women often come to class for fun and fitness and gain more than they expected!
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $127. 734-663-1523. [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::30 p.m.  Free! 

Budgeting & Debt Reduction: Your Money Game Plan": Ann Arbor District Library "Adulting 101."

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Talk by U-M Credit Union financial education specialist Kathryn Greiner, a popular longtime local credit and budgeting counselor.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Feminist Book Club: Literati Bookstore.

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All invited to discuss Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, Bonnie Jo Campbell's short story collection that features ferocious mothers and scrappy daughters, working-class protagonists who are at once vulnerable, wise, cruel, and funny.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kaleidoscope Concert Series: Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Sept. 20: Picks & Sticks Stringband. Local string ensemble whose eclectic repertoire includes swing, jazz, country, and bluegrass tunes.

Oct. 18: North Oakland Dixieland Band. 9-piece ensemble from Lake Orion with a repertoire of Dixieland and swing music that today plays a variety of Mardi Gras music.

Nov. 15: "From Paris with Reeds." Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra principal oboist Timothy Michling and AASO principal bassoonist Christian Green perform works by French composers Massenet, Ibert and Debussy.

Dec. 20: Detroit Chamber Winds. An eclectic mix of classical chamber music, including some holiday music, by this ensemble of DSO and Michigan Opera Theatre musicians.

Jan. 17: Paul Keller At Sundown Quartet. Upbeat songs from the Great American Songbook by this local mainstream jazz ensemble led by veteran bassist Keller and featuring vocalist-clarinetist Sarah D'Angelo. With saxophonist Steve Wood, pianist Duncan McMillan and drummer Stephen Boegehold.

Feb. 21: David Vaughn. Local big-voiced singer-pianist whose repertoire ranges from opera and gospel to Broadway and folk music.

Mar. 21: Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic. Nationally renowned ensemble of Saline high school students with an energetic, polished stage show whose repertoire includes music, song, and dance from the traditions of American folk fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, Western swing, and Celtic music.

7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free to seniors, but tickets (available at the Chelsea Senior Center) required. First come, first seated at the door (if available). 475-4111. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nicholas Petrie: Nicola's Books.

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This U-M Residential College grad reads from Burning Bright, the 2nd in his series about Iraq and Afghanistan vet Peter Ash, who this time stumbles upon a woman on the run while he's on vacation in the California redwood forests. When he scrambles up a tree to escape a grizzly, he notices a climbing rope that leads to the woman, an investigative journalist who has narrowly escaped a kidnapping. Signing. Preceded at 6 p.m. by The Book Club, a small group discussion of the book with Petrie (reservations and book purchase required).
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Electronic Music Production: Maschine Jam": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Veteran Detroit sound designer and dance music DJ Mike Huckaby introduces adults and teens in grade 6 & up to making electronic music using the Native Instruments Maschine Jam step sequencer (Jan. 17), Ableton Live music production software (Jan. 24), and Reaktor production software (Jan. 31).
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. Arrive early; space limited. 327-8301. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Trivia Tuesday": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to come with a team of 4 players to compete in a trivia contest. Prizes.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch Sweetwaters, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Using Herbs for Nourishment: Why You Can Skip Cleansing, Purifying, and Fasting": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local holistic health practitioner Linda Diane Feldt.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at 994-4589. [map]

 7:15 & 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]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Jan. 17 & 31. Jan. 17: A panel of expert photographers critique club members' previously submitted projected images. Jan. 31: Club member Dietmasr Haenchen, an experienced nature and travel photographer, presents "Photographing Birds in Flight: Techniques & Equipment." Also, club members show their recent digital images (Jan. 17) & prints (Jan. 31) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Bad Weather."
7:30 p.m., Forsythe Middle School media center (Jan. 17), 1655 Newport, & Wines Elementary School auditorium (Jan. 31), 1701 Newport. Free. 327-4781. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Ken Yates: The Ark.

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Highly regarded young Ontario singer-songwriter whose work has been praised by John Mayer. No Depression reviewer J Williamson praises his new CD, Huntsville, for its "emotionally charged storytelling, and top-notch guitar chops."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free. All encouraged to bring nonperishable food or money to donate to Food Gatherers. 761-1451. [map]

 8-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Smarty Pants Trivia Smackdown": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to round up 6 people to compete in a 5-round trivia contest. Prizes for the top 2 teams.
8-9:30 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Jesse Kramer Jazz Trio.

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Features Jesse Kramer (drums), Damon Warmack (bass) and Bobby Streng (sax), playing an eclectic mix of Jazz.
Aut Bar, 315 Braun Court, Kerrytown. Free. (734) 994-3677. [map]

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