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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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 10 a.m.-noon 

Human Language II: Language and Culture: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Having defined language and examined development in Human Language I, we continue with McWhorter's lectures and explore how contact between human cultures influences languages. We see how language can start over--as Pidgins and Creoles. We reexamine English, both its history and the variety known as Black English. We conclude by appraising the death of specific languages, artificial languages. The course ends with a finale - McWhorter's Master Class. Each session will consist of two half hour lectures, with discussion following each lecture. Arthur Brakel, a linguist, will moderate the sessions. This class meets Wednesdays through March 29th.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard Street. $40. 734-998-9351. [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]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Playgroup": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a mix of guided and self-guided outdoor activities.
10-11 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $4 (members, $3) per child. 997-1553. [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]

 Noon  Free! 

"An Afternoon with Junot Díaz": U-M Institute for Social Research MLK Lecture.

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Talk by this MacArthur "Genius," author of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and cofounder of Voices of Our Nation Workshops for writers of color.
Noon-2 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 763-9989. [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]

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sustainability in Washtenaw County": AAUW-Ann Arbor.

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Talk by local sustainability expert Noreen DeYoung. Preceded at 11:30 a.m. by lunch ($15; reservations required).
12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. (844) 973-6287. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Senior Center Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss a different book each month.

Nov. 16: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin's humorous and poignant best-seller about a lonely bookstore owner who is given the chance to remake his life by the unexpected arrival of a mysterious package.

Dec.-Mar. titles TBA.

1 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-9242, 475-8732. [map]

 4, 7, & 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]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Immigrants into 'Ethnic' Americans: Negotiating Race, Language, Religion, and Belongings": U-M Armenian Studies Program.

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Talk by U-M Near Eastern studies lecturer Vahe Sahakyan.
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-0622. [map]

 4:10-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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U-M Afroamerican and African studies professors Martha Jones, Megan Sweeney, and Tiya Miles discuss this new collection of essays edited by Jones.
4:10-5:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-9537. [map]

 4:15, 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]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

The Inauguration of Donald Trump: The Political Issues in the Fight Against Inequality, War, and Dictatorship: International Youth and Students for Social Equality at EMU.

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The inauguration of Trump marks a significant political turning point. He has assembled a cabinet of billionaires, generals, & CEOs dedicated to war, the destruction of democratic rights & the eradication of whatever remains of the progressive reforms that ameliorated conditions of life for the working class.
The election of Trump has exposed, in all its disgusting nakedness, the reality of oligarchic rule in the US. However, Trump is not some sort of monstrous interloper in what had been, until 2016, a flawed but essentially decent society. Trump-the product of the criminal & diseased couplings of the real estate, finance, gambling & entertainment industries-is the genuine face of the US ruling class.
The Democratic Party is concentrating its criticism of Trump not on his ultra-right wing agenda, but on his alleged "softness" toward Russia. There is a burning necessity for workers & youth to develop a genuine political alternative to war and social reaction that is being planned.
EMU Student Center, Room 310B, 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-221-0955. [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.

 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw": Athletes Connected/U-M Depression Center.

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Screening of Rick Goldsmith's 2015 documentary about the basketball superstar dubbed the "female Michael Jordan," from her rise to WNBA stardom to her struggle with mental illness. Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with Holdsclaw and local mental health experts.
6 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free, but preregistration required at 668-TIME. [map]

 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

Business Workshop: "Creating your On-Line Digital Presence"

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This workshop gives you an overview of digital best practices for your website including getting found online, using the right tools for your business, and many more suggestions and proven strategies.
Pre-registration required at
Sponsored by SCORE-a volunteer non-profit that provides free business counseling, mentoring resources, and support at any business life cycle stage.
New Center Bldg., 1100 N. Main St. $10. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Italian Music: Trio Silviano.

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Traditional and popular Italian music by a trio playing piano, cello and flute.
Silvio's Organic Ristorante e Pizzeria, 715 North University Avenue. Free. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

Ready for Birth ~ Childbirth Preparation 6 Week Series: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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How do our childbirth preparation classes compare to other "method" approaches? The Center has chosen not to affiliate with any brand name methods of childbirth education. Rather, we have developed our own unique approach, drawing the best from what various methods (from Lamaze to HypnoBirthing) have to offer and blending it with our extensive experience attending laboring mothers as doulas and midwives. We share what works. We will help you to: understand the process, anticipate your needs and plan to get them met, learn pain coping techniques, make choices that are informed and right for you, support your partner and troubleshoot challenges.
Great blend of hands-on, multi-media and online learning. Extensive lending library. Comfortable, charming, learning environment. Make up missed material online. Our #1 mission is to inform and inspire you to realize your own best vision for a healthy and joyful passage into parenthood.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. $275 per couple. 734-663-1523. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Diabetes Prevention Program: The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan's Diabetes Prevention Program is for people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Participants will be a part of a small, supportive group lead by a trained lifestyle coach.
Chelsea Wellness Center, 14800 E. Old US Highway 12, Chelsea. Free. 800-482-1455. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Educating Community Members About Health Insurance Options": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Presentation by Washtenaw Health Initiative and U-M Health Policy Student Association representatives.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor": Literati Bookstore.

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Local historians Jon Milan and Gail Offen discuss their new book. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Origami": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Internationally known local origami artist Beth Johnson ( discusses and shows participants how to do this popular Japanese paper-folding craft.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movie: Karma Thegsum Choling.

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DVD showings of movies related to Tibetan Buddhism.

Jan. 18: Tulku (Gesar Mukpo, 2010) Documentary about the experiences of 5 young Western men who were identified in childhood as a tulku, a reincarnated Tibetan Buddhist master.

Feb. 15: Lost Treasures of Tibet (Liesl Clark, 2003). Documentary about a group of art preservationists who are attempting to restore the artwork in ancient Buddhist temples in the Mustang district of Nepal.

Mar. 15: Buddha on the Silk Road (Magic Play Entertainment, 2013). A film crew follows the route taken by Xuan Zang, a 7th-century Buddhist monk who traveled from Tang dynasty China to Bodhgaya in India in search of enlightenment and original Buddhist scriptures.

Apr. 19: Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint (Neten Chokling, 2006). Biopic, filmed by a lama, about Tibet's greatest mystic. When an 11th-century boy is denied his rightful inheritance, he studies sorcery in a quest for revenge. Shot on the visually stunning Indo-Tibetan border.

May 17: Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet (Luc Schaedler, 2005). Documentary that follows in the footsteps of the rebellious early-20th-century Tibetan monk Gendun Choepel to uncover facets of ancient and contemporary Tibet that contradict popular stereotypes.

Sept. 20: The Silent Holy Stones (Pema Tseden, 2005). A young Tibetan monk go back home for the New Year's celebrations. Fascinated by television, he wants to bring his family's television to the monastery to show it to his master.

7:30 p.m., KTC, 614 Miner. Free. 678-7549. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Exploring the Brazilian Pantanal": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Slide-illustrated talk by WAS member Cathy Theisen. The Pantanal is the largest wetland in the world, home to 656 bird species and many impressive mammals.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 677-3275. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet.

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Featuring Henrik Karapetyan on violin, Igor on Oud, Mike List on percussion and Dave Sharp on Bass. World Music and Improv, Traditionals and Originals!
Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty Street (Corner of Liberty and South Ashley). No Cover. (734) 662-9291. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Alash Ensemble: The Ark.

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This male vocal trio from the tiny Central Asian Russian republic of Tuva performs traditional throat singing, also known as overtone singing. Each singer is able to produce 2 or 3 different notes simultaneously, creating an eerie, otherworldly, often startlingly nonhuman sound that is also ravishingly musical.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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]

 9:20 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]

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