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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

7th Annual Ann Arbor City Dodgeball Tournament: Skyline High School Crew Team Fundraiser.

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All adults and kids in 6th grade and above invited to form co-ed teams of 7-10 players to compete in round-robin and elimination tournaments. Prizes for top teams in each of 3 divisions (youth in grades 6-8, high school, and open adult), and awards for best costume in each division. All teams in high school and adult divisions must start at least 2 females. Food & beverage concessions.
8-10 a.m. (youth), 10:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. p.m. (high school), & 2:30-5:30 p.m. (adult), Skyline, 2552 N. Maple Rd. $100 per team. Preregistration for teams (limited to 20 middle school, 30 high school & adult teams) required by 6 p.m. on Jan. 20 at [map]

 8:30 a.m. 

Advanced Care Planning Facilitator Training: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Become a Certified Respecting Choices® First Steps Facilitator. Training includes how to assist healthy adults to identify a healthcare advocate, discuss their values and wishes with their advocate, and complete an Advance Directive document. Those who complete the course receive certification as a First Steps Facilitator through Respecting Choices®.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $150.00 / $135.00 Early Registration. 734-663-1523. [map]

 9 a.m.  Free! 

Amateur Radio License Class.

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Get your Technician Class amateur radio license class in one day! The class will start promptly at 9:00 am and run until 3:30 pm, at which time the license exam will be given. There is no charge for the class, but please register in advance, as the class size is limited. To register,, send an e-mail to
EECS Building, 1301 Beal Ave. Free. 734-930-6564. [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

Citizen Pruner Workshop: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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NAP staff show how to prune young trees for shape and overall health. Aimed especially at those interested in participating in a volunteer program for the long-term upkeep of city trees.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wheeler Service Center, 4251 Stone School Rd. Free. Space limited; preregistration required by Jan. 20 to 794-6627. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Jan. 14 & 21. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Jan. 14), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Jan. 21), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild 30th Anniversary Celebration.

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A presentation on guild history and a business meeting. Followed by a lecture by well-known quilter Joe Cunningham on "Men and the Art of Quilting." Also, a show-and-tell of quilts made by members for SafeHouse. Reception.
9 a.m.-noon, WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Free. 395-1893.

 9 & 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Annual Winter Stonefly Search": Huron River Watershed Council.

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All invited to join a watershed-wide hunt for these elusive river insects, which are active only in winter when fish are sluggish. Wear warm clothes. (You will not go into the water.) Children must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (choose one session), begin at the NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Preregistration required by Jan. 17 at; 769-5123, ext. 600. [map]

 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

"Military Rifle Match": Tri-County Sportsman's League.

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Bring your own gun and ammunition. The club also sponsors a "trap shoot" ($4.50) every Sun. (noon-3 p.m.) except Dec. 25.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., TCSL, 8640 Moon (between E. Michigan Ave. & Willis Rd.), Saline. $15. 429-9561, 276-2514. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Estate Planning Workshop: Legacy Law Center - Terrence A. Bertram, PLLC.

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At Legacy Law Center, we help families plan for the future, realize their goals and protect themselves and their loved ones. We bring the latest techniques and advanced planning available to give you answers to difficult questions as well as peace of mind.
At this FREE workshop we will discuss the following, and answer your questions:
*Do I need a Will, a Trust, or neither?
*How to Protect my assets from Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Costs.
*How to protect my children if my spouse remarries.
*How my most important asset mistakenly ends up in Probate.
*How to protect my family from poor financial decisions, creditors, and divorce.
*Why my current Will, Trust or Estate Plan may not work the way I expect.
*How the Supreme Court recently changed the rules for my IRAs, and my financial planner doesn't know.
**Seating is limited***
This workshop fills up fast, so reserve your seat now!
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. (734) 995-2383. [map]

 10 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!
Walk-in rate: $15 for non-members. OR Join Better Living Fitness Center for as little as $39.99 a month for at least four Full Body Fits every month. Other memberships, classes, and packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids age 2 & up (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues., 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed., 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs., 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. EXCEPT OCT. 9, Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10.-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Saturday for Art": U-M Stamps School of Art & Design.

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Every Sat., beginning Jan. 7. All invited to make art in various styles. Jan. activities TBA at
10 a.m.-noon, U-M Art + Architecture Bldg. (rm. 2062), 2000 Bonisteel. Free., 277-0544. [map]

 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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KinderRock (Saline) teacher Melissa Hudson leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a dancing program.
10-10:40 a.m. (Jan. 21) & 1-1:40 p.m. (Feb. 19), AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Plastics Recycling & Looking out for Nature": Ecology Center of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to learn about different plastics and why and how they are separated at the MRF. Kids can try their hand at hand sorting on a portable conveyor belt. Participants also learn to transform plastic containers into winter feeders and shelters for backyard wildlife, or to use alternatives to plastic to make compostable ones.
10 a.m.-noon, Wheeler Service Center, 4251 Stone School Rd. Free. 369-9272. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pop-Up Makerspace": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Jan. 21 & 22. All invited to try a hands-on engineering activity. This month's challenge: "Spheres and Slides."
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  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]

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake available for purchase.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Peeps: Winter Wonderland": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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An interactive performance, drama activities, and a craft for kids in grades preK-5, accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30 a.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $7 ($5 for each additional child; adults, free). (989) 455-4484. [map]

 10:30 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.  Free! 

"Wild Skull Mystery": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Bolda shows kids ages 7-12 how to identify skulls based on shape, teeth, and other characteristics.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Independence Lake County Park Meeting Rm., 3200 Jennings, north off North Territorial, Dexter. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 11 a.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!
Non-member drop in rate just $15; Better Living Fitness Center member drop in rate: $10. Packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 11 a.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]

 11 a.m. & 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]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Miniature Orchids": Great Lakes Judging (Orchids).

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Talk by accredited orchid judge Dennis Seffernick.
11 a.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. (517) 332-0004. [map]

 11 a.m. 

"Owl's Winter": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 19-21. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's Owl at Home. Owl encounters strange bumps at the foot of his bed, is awakened by a noisy cricket, and wonders why the moon seems to follow him when he's out for a stroll. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for kids in grades Pre-K to 2.
10 a.m. (Jan. 19 & 20), 12:30 p.m. (Jan. 20), & 11 a.m. (Jan. 21), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (youth and seniors, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at and by phone, and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

 11:15 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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U-M student docents and UMMA staffers read stories related to the art on display. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m.-noon, UMMA (meet in front of the museum store), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 Noon-12:45 p.m. 

"Met Opera Live in HD: Pre Talks": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Opera overview, plot outline, characters, history and interesting stories for three operas in the Met Live in HD Series: Romeo and Juliette, Jan 21, 2017; La Traviata, March 11, 2017; Eugene Onegin, April 22, 2017. Discussions are led by John Sepp, enthusiastic amateur singer and opera fan. Musicologists and performers will be invited as special guests to aid our discussions. Cost of the class does not include opera ticket, which is purchased at the box office.
Arthur Miller Theater, 1226 Murfin Ave. $20. 734-998-9351. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Roméo et Juliette": Fathom Events.

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Jan. 21 & 25. Live broadcast (Jan. 21) & rebroadcast (Jan. 25) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Gounod's opera based on Shakespeare's tragedy of star-crossed lovers.
12:55 p.m. (Jan. 21) & 6:30 p.m. (Jan. 25), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 (Quality 16) & $25 (Rave) in advance at 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave).

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Age of Shadows": U-M Center for Korean Studies/Michigan Theater.

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(Jee-woon Kim, 2016). Drama, set in the late 1920s, about a group of Korean resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul. Korean, subtitles. Part of the U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies' Korean Cinema NOW series.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. [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). [map]

 1-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Note new location. All seniors invited to celebrate the legacy of MLK with inspirational, soul-stirring music. The program includes a talk by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell. Refreshments.
1-3:30 p.m., Bethel AME Church, 900 John A. Woods Dr. (off Pontiac Trail). Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Lacrosse.

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Jan. 21: Marquette & Denison. Exhibition. 1 p.m.

Feb. 11: Lafayette. 4 p.m.

Mar. 11: Penn. 1 p.m.

Mar. 25: Maryland-Baltimore County. 1 p.m.

Apr. 8: Rutgers. 1 p.m.

Apr. 15: Ohio State. 1 p.m.

Apr. 30: Penn State. 1 p.m.

Various times, Oosterbaan Field House (Jan. & Feb.), Hoover at S. State, & U-M Stadium (Mar. & Apr.). Free. 764-0247.

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Apple Showcase": MacTechnics/Ann Arbor District Library.

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Briarwood Apple Store staffer Chris Anderson discusses and demonstrates new features of the latest Aple products, including MacBook Pro laptop computers, iPhones, and operating systems.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Great Game Day": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to play classic tabletop games like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride, along with some card games, a giant Jenga tower, and more.
1-5 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 1:15, 4:15, 6:45, & 9:30 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]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Chinese New Year Celebration": Ann Arbor District Library.

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With Lion and Ribbon Dance performances. Participants can learn to use a yaogu drum, do a Chinese craft, and take home a Chinese treat.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2:15 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 4: Armstrong State Exhibition game. 7 p.m.

Nov. 11: Howard 9 p.m.

Nov. 13: Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis Noon.

Nov. 26: Mount St. Mary's 7 p.m.

Nov. 30: Virginia Tech 7 p.m.

Dec. 3: Kennesaw State Afternoon or evening time TBA.

Dec. 6: Texas 9 p.m.

Dec. 13: Central Arkansas 9 p.m.

Dec. 17: Maryland-Eastern Shore 3 p.m.

Dec. 22: Furman 7 p.m.

Jan. 4: Penn State 8:30 p.m.

Jan. 7: Maryland 3:15 p.m.

Jan. 14: Nebraska 2 p.m.

Jan. 21: Illinois 2:15 p.m.

Jan. 26: Indiana 9 p.m.

Feb. 4: Ohio State. 5 p.m.

Feb. 7: MSU. 9 p.m.

Feb. 16: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Feb. 25: Purdue. Time TBA.

Various times, Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at 764-0247. [map]

 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Attendees asked to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Jan. 7 & 21. All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them.
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 994-9307. [map]

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Smart Love": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 19-Mar. 4. Guy Sanville directs local actors in the world premiere of EMU football assistant coach (and U-M football player) Brian Letscher's dark comedy about a brilliant young man struggling with his father's sudden death and the revelation that his parents' marriage wasn't everything he was led to believe. The play explores the implications and possible ramifications of artificial intelligence and science in general. Cast: David Bendena, Sarab Kamoo, Wayne David Parker, Jim Porterfield.
3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]

 3:30 p.m. 

"Tending the Wild Heart: A Weekly Mini-Retreat": Sun Shen.

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You've tasted delicious moments of feeling fulfilled, relaxed and happy. You yearn to live from that place of abundance all the time...but how? In this weekly mini-retreat, you'll immerse in creative arts, journaling, play and community! With the support of the group and a skilled facilitator, you'll learn how to move through challenges from a place of abundance and power, find out what's holding you back and unleash your full potential. Sundays 3:30-5:30 pm (3 weeks on, 1 week off). Try one week free!
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. (734) 707-7477. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [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]

 5-7:30 p.m. 

Southern Chicken Dinner: Wesley United Methodist Church.

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Vegetable Side Dishes
Wesley United Methodist Church, 9318 Main St., Whitmore Lake. $9.00 (adults) $8.00 (seniors) $5.00 (children up to 9). 734-449-2121. [map]

 7 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]

 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folkdancers.

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Dancing to recorded music. No partner needed; beginners welcome. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., Gretchen's House Childcare Center, 2625 Traver. $5 (students, $3). 709-8748. [map]

 7 & 9:30 p.m. 

"FutureStars 2016": Pioneer High School.

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Jan. 20, 21, & 28 (different programs). AAPS high school students perform 4 different talent shows. The judges and the audience determine the winners, who compete in the Jan. 28 finale. This is a very popular show. Note: The 9:30 p.m. shows are open only to students. Tonight: "Broadway Breaks Ground" (7 p.m.) & "MyTunes Now" (9:30 p.m.).
7 & 9:30 p.m. (Jan. 20 & 21) & 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 28), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets $10 on Jan. 20 & 21 & $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, $10) on Jan. 28 in advance at and at the door., 994-2191. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Lantern-Lit Ski & Snowshoe": Waterloo Recreation Area.

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Every Sat., Jan. 14-Feb. 18. All invited to ski or snowshoe (snow conditions permitting) or walk half-mile lantern-lit loops. Fire available to warm up between laps. A few pairs of snowshoes available to borrow.
7-9 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, Bush Rd. (west from Pierce Rd. off I-94 exit 157), Waterloo Recreation Area, Chelsea. Free. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Zen & the Art of Coloring": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults invited to see if they can attain a meditative state of mind by coloring pages from an assortment of coloring books, including Joanna Basford's popular Secret Garden, Enchanted Forest, and Lost Ocean coloring books. Supplies provided. Refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Ben Bailey: Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

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Before he got behind the wheel of The Cash Cab -- Ben Bailey began his career as a Stand Up comedian. Bailey tours as a National Headliner and has appeared on Comedy Central, The Late Show, Cash Cab, The Today Show, Oprah Winfrey and Rachel Ray. He can currently be seen hosting segments of NatGeo's "Brain Games". This event is sponsored in part by Carpet On Wheels of Tecumseh, MI.
Tickets are $30 for Adults, $28 for Seniors & Military.
Recommended for ages 17+
The Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $30 adult /$28 senior. 517.423.6617. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

International Touring Season - Ben Bailey: Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

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​Before he got behind the wheel of The Cash Cab -- Ben Bailey began his career as a Stand Up comedian. Bailey tours as a National Headliner and has appeared on Comedy Central, The Late Show, Cash Cab, The Today Show, Oprah Winfrey and Rachel Ray. He can currently be seen hosting segments of NatGeo's "Brain Games". Tickets are $30 for Adults, $28 for Seniors, Youth & Military.
Tecumseh, MI, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $30 adult /$28 senior. 517.423.6617. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Big Cats' Night Out": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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All age 18 & older invited for trivia, drinks, popcorn, and a chance to cuddle with adoptable cats. Admission includes 2 tickets for beer and wine (for those age 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30-9:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.), Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. $15. Preregistration available at 661-3575. [map]

 8-11 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

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Peter Baker and Martha vander Kolk call to live music TBA. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring flat, smooth-soled shoes. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a lesson.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., just south of Oak Valley Dr. $10 (members, $7; students, $5). 476-4650. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Ben Creed: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 19-21. New York City monologist known for his high-energy, dynamic performing style and his quick-witted, wise-guy perspectives on a variety of topics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Matt Watroba and Robert Jones: Mangiamo Italian Grill Acoustic Routes Concert.

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Double bill. Longtime former WDET host Watroba sings lyrical songs and poignant ballads in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar and punctuating his performance with sharply humorous observations. The longtime former host of WDET's Blues from the Lowlands and an ordained Baptist minister, Jones is an excellent singer and guitarist, with a huge repertoire that draws on Delta, Texas, Chicago, and other blues traditions.
8 p.m., Mangiamo, 107 W. Michigan Ave, Saline. $15 by reservation and at the door. Preferred seating for dinner customers. 429-0060. [map]

 8 p.m.-midnight 

Milonga: Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Jan. 7 & 21. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ.
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Rm. $10 (members, $5). [map]

 8 p.m. 

Sideline: The Ark.

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Bluegrass quintet composed of veteran North Carolina-based session musicians and sidemen who came together to make music rooted in the progressive styles of the 1980s & 1990s.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Life Sciences Orchestra.

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Todd Craven and Niklas Tamm conduct this ensemble of musicians from the U-M medical and life sciences staff in Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla, Stravinsky's brilliant and colorful Firebird Suite, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 6.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"6th Annual Ragtime Extravaganza": River Raisin Ragtime Revue.

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This Tecumseh-based ragtime orchestra hosts its annual ragtime, vaudeville, and burlesque show. Performers include the popular Lansing-based vocal quartet Three Men and a Tenor, acclaimed local baritone (and U-M voice professor) Daniel Washington, So You Think You Can Dance featured tap dancer Bianca Revels, award-winning London burlesque dancer Miss Miranda, local jazz pianist James Dapogny, the local jazz dance quartet Erin Morris & Her Ragdolls, and NYC trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso, who was featured on the soundtracks to the films Ghost World and The Aviator. Preceded at 7 p.m. in the lobby by a pre-concert performance by four ragtime pianists. Parental discretion advised.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35-$85 in advance at, (517) 673-2597. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Beethoven Quartet Cycle": Takács Quartet (University Musical Society).

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Jan. 21 & 22. Founded in Hungary in 1975, this world-renowned, Boulder-based ensemble-and UMS crowd favorite-is known for its warmth, eloquence, and discipline, and for the ease with which it masters demanding pieces. Violinists Edward Dusinberre and Karoly Schranz, violist Geraldine Walther, and cellist Andras Fejer are "four of the best string alchemists on the planet," writes a Chicago Tribune reviewer. This weekend they perform the 2nd and 3rd concerts in their "Beethoven Quartet Cycle." Dusinberre says, "Playing the works is a thrilling and daunting experience. We feel like tennis players forced out of position, obliged to draw on our physical and mental resources to raise our game." Tonight's program: Quartet no. 5 in A Major, Quartet no. 4 in C Minor, and Quartet no. 15 in A Minor. Preceded at 7 p.m. in the Rackham Amphitheatre (4th floor) by a lecture on the program. Also, today a free sensory-friendly open rehearsal (noon, preregistration available at for audience members autism, sensory or communication disorders, or memory loss.
8 p.m. (Jan. 21) & 4 p.m. (Jan. 22), Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $28-$56 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Come on In; Come On Out - Safe and Sound with Out Loud": Out Loud Chorus.

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Jan. 20 & 21. Paul Haebig directs this chorus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in a program of songs exploring the ideas of safety and finding a home, including "Come to My Garden," "Rather Be," "Somewhere Only We Know," "Earth Song," "Would You Harbor Me," and more.
8 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $15 (students, $12; unemployed people & kids under 4, free) in advance at & Common Language Books and from Out Loud members, $18 at the door. 265-0740. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Jan. 19-22. Melissa Freilich directs local actors in Sarah Ruhl's 2010 Tony-nominated comedy about Victorian gender roles and female sexuality. A physician finds success when he begins to treat his female patients' "hysteria" with the recently invented vibrator, but when his young wife breaks into his office to try the device for herself, erotic and emotional chaos erupts.

Cast: Liana Abela, Ellen Blanchard, Greg Kovacs, Maegan Murphy, Amanda Photenhauer, and Rob Roy.
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 19), 8 p.m. (Jan. 20 & 21), & 2 p.m. (Jan. 22), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; Thurs., $17; students, $11 for any performance) in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats" is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Spiritual Cinema": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Screening of a feature film or several shorts with spiritual themes. Followed by discussion.
8 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $5 suggested donation. 327-0270. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Spring Awakening": Dexter Community Players.

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Jan. 20-22 & 27-29. Keshia Daisy Oliver directs local actors in Stephen Sater and Duncan Sheik's new musical based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 drama about a group of German adolescents whose sexual awakening is warped and thwarted by bourgeois adult society. The score is a mix of alt-rock and folk-rock. Cast: Matthew Wallace, Laura Chodoroff, Christopher Joseph, Jessica Miorelli, Emma Clayton, George Micah Woods, Elliot Berg, Joseph Straub, Julia Janda, Kyra Pazan, Brandon Cave, and Angela Elowsky.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $20 in advance at, 726-0355. [map]

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