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Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 22, 2017






 
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 8:20 a.m. 

The African Children's Choir: Music for Life.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
The African Children's Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.
The program features well-loved children's songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.
Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Donation. (734) 426-8480. presto.ls@gmail.com www.africanchildrenschoir.com [map]


 9:40 a.m. 

The African Children's Choir: Music for Life.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
The African Children's Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.
The program features well-loved children's songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.
Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Donation. (734) 426-8480. presto.ls@gmail.com www.africanchildrenschoir.com [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Monster Ann Arbor Record & CD Collector's Show": Rerun Records.

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Popular fair with more than 50 dealers from a half dozen states selling rare and collectible used records and CDs as well as hard-to-find new releases. Includes every popular music genre, along with rock music books, rock videos, posters, and assorted popular culture memorabilia. Food and beverages for sale. Patrons may bring in a small number of records to sell.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $3 admission (children age 10 & under, free). For information or to reserve a dealer table, contact Rod Branham at 604-2540. [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 a.m.-noon 

"Even in Darkness": Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society Book Club.

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All invited to discuss local writer Barbara Stark-Nemon's her debut novel that was inspired by the story of her great-aunt's Holocaust survival. Snacks.
10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 975-9872. [map]


 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Bicycle Repair workshop with Common Cycle: Common Cycle.

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Common Cycle, the Ann Arbor Bicycle Co-op, will be hosting open bicycle repair workshops through from December-March, taking place twice per month. The workshops provide those interested in fixing their bicycles with access to warm, dry space with bicycle tools and volunteer help as needed. There is no charge to participate; donations are welcome.

Common Cycle tries to keep its overhead low. Common cycle is all volunteer run. In April we will return to our weekly outdoor workshops at Kerrytown, also on Sundays from 11-3pm. You are welcome whatever your comfort level with bicycle repair!
Outdoor Adventures Rental Center, 336 Hill St. Free. info@commoncycle.org commoncycle.org [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 a.m. 

The African Children's Choir: Music for Life.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
The African Children's Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.
The program features well-loved children's songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.
Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. Donation. (734) 426-8480. presto.ls@gmail.com www.africanchildrenschoir.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-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]


 12:55 p.m. 

"The Sleeping Beauty": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of the Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow) production of Tchaikovsky's ballet, with classic choreography by Yuri Grigorovich.
12:55 p.m., Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $17 in advance at fathomevents.com/event/Bolshoi-the-sleeping-beauty. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave).


 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.  Free! 

Gaming Tournaments: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Video game tournaments.

Mar. 25: Splatoon: Hyperlocal Splatfest. For teens in grades 6-12.

Mar. 26: "Smash Bros. U." For teens in grades 6-12.

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1-4 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Mario Kart Tournament: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Video game tournament for players of all ages.
1-4 p.m., AADL meeting room (4th floor), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Pet Loss Support Group: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's never easy to lose a pet, and when you consider them, as we do, a member of the family, the loss can be difficult and extremely sad.
HSHV and Blue Dog Counseling have partnered to provide a support group on preparing for and dealing with the loss of a pet.
Colleen O'Brien, founder of Blue Dog Counseling, is an expert at developing creative therapeutic interventions to support individuals, couples, families, and other groups. Her personal commitment to animal welfare, her own experience as a devoted pet owner, and a passion for supporting people led her to create Blue Dog Counseling. Côlleen is dedicated to providing a safe, open, and creative space for discussion. A place where you can take time for yourself.
Group is held monthly in the HSHV conference room.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. Donations accepted. colleen@bluedogcounseling.com www.hshv.org/events [map]



 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Back to the Future: How the Past Informs Current Science": U-M Natural History Museum 2017 Family Reading & Science.

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Series of 3 monthly family-oriented programs for kids ages 6-11 and their families.

Jan. 22: "For the Birds." An exploration of the U-M ornithology collection, including a chance to gather data from some of the museum's specimens and learn how they are used both to advance scientific theories and protect other birds.

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1-2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free; preregistration required. 764-0478. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Brewing Methods": Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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Zingerman's Coffee Co. staff demonstrate and discuss 6-8 different ways to brew coffee, from filter drip to syphon pot.
Noon-2 p.m., Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-6060. [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, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Daily. Various audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Mon.-Sat., 1:30 p.m. daily, 2:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Larry Cat in Space (12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) is 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.

Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (12:30 p.m. Sat.) iis an audiovisual show examining the theory that 66 million years ago a 6-mile-wide rock from space slammed into Earth, wiping out 75% of all living species, including the dinosaurs.

Eclipse (2:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an audiovisual show that looks at the history and the astronomy of total solar eclipses.

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Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Researching the Records of Great Britain": Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

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Talk by veteran Lansing genealogist Jeff Mason. Followed by a talk by club member Rodger Wolf on "Tips for Using Find A Grave."
1:30 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Dr. (off E. Huron River Dr. at Clark Rd.). Use parking lot P and look for the club's signs. Free. 483-2799. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

A2SO Chamber Concert: Chelsea District Library Sonic Sunday.

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Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra string quartet-violinists Jennifer Berg and Sherry Meyers, violist Kristina Willey and cellist Alicia Rowe performs a program that includes classics of the Quartet repertoire as well as familiar favorites.
2-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.

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All invited to listen to guild members swap stories or bring their own to tell.
2-4 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Freespace (3rd floor), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 971-5763. [map]



 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

K-8 Open House: Summers-Knoll School.

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Join us for a K-8 open house to learn more about our progressive, project-based curriculum. We will showcase mini "lessons" as well as host a parent panel so that you get taste of the true SK experience! Children welcome. Pre-registration requested but not required. Link: https://goo.gl/forms/wmBGcjKA2Fx14QdA2
Summers-Knoll School, 2203 Platt Road. Free. 7349717991. admissions@summers-knoll.org summers-knoll.org [map]



 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics vs. Illinois.

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2 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at mgoblue.com/tickets/gmw-index.html. 764-0247. [map]


 2-3 p.m. 

Winter Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Jan. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Creature Feature" Little Creatures Co. (Royal Oak) owner Dan Briere, aka "Dan the Creature Man," displays and discusses live exotic animals.

Jan. 29 (2-4 p.m.): "Winter Orienteering." A hike to learn to find your way through the woods in winter. Compass provided, or bring your own.

Feb. 5 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Skins, Scat, and Skulls." Presentation and demonstration walk by naturalist Dave Szczygiel, with specimens from his collection of Michigan animal skulls and skins, on how various creatures use their specialized body parts and how to recognize animal signs in the wild.

Feb. 12 (2-3 p.m.): "Bats of the World." Representatives from the Organization for Bat Conservation display and discuss the habits and vulnerabilities of live bats from around the world, including some with a nearly 3-foot wingspan.

Feb. 26 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Bears." WNHA naturalists discuss the biology, habits, and distribution of Michigan's black bears, as well as the DNR efforts to maintain a healthy black population and what people need to do to live in harmony with them.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted. Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.


 2-5 p.m.  Free! 

"A Gaijin at the Japan Grand Prix": Ann Arbor Orchid Society.

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New World Orchids (Manchester) owner Kristen Uthus gives a slide-illustrated talk on her trips to Japan, with emphasis on the Japan Grand Prix international orchid festival. Also, a sale of Japanese and other orchids.
2-5 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. AnnArborOrchids@aol.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.

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


 2-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Friends in Song and Stories": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A program for kids in grades K-3 featuring AADL storyteller Laura Pershin Raynor, a former National Storyteller of the Year, and her longtime friends Gemini, the popular acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits whose repertoire includes sing-alongs, folk songs from around the world, and upbeat originals about life's simple pleasures, all performed with a boisterous sense of fun on more than a dozen instruments. Gemini is joined by San's daughter, fiddler Emily Slomovits.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2 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 a2ct.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Kaleidoscope": Ann Arbor Concert Band.

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James Nissen directs this local volunteer ensemble in his own Sanctuary, a work dedicated to the Tubbs family in memory of longtime AACB trumpeter Lisa Tubbs. The program also includes Sousa's "The Royal Welch Fusiliers March," Holst's Second Suite in F, Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D Minor and G Minor, David Camphouse's Dakota Rhapsody, the 2nd and 3rd movements from Howard Hanson's Symphony no. 2, David Holsinger's Liturgical Dances, and Russell Alexander's "From Tropic to Tropic March."
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (seniors & students, $5; kids age 11 & under, free) in advance from band members or at the door. aaband.org, 478-7515. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"Popcorn Falls": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 20-Feb 12. Daniel Walker directs Michigan playwright James Hindman's new play, a wacky backstage comedy about the mishaps and mayhem of putting on a play. Set in Popcorn Falls, a small American town whose only claim to fame--its namesake waterfall--has dried up. Now bankrupt, its last chance is a large grant contingent on town producing a play in a week. Led by the Mayor and the local handyman, the enterprising townsfolk try to rise to the challenge. Stars Jeff Priskorn and Jonathan Jones, who play 15 roles between them.
8 p.m. (Thurs.- Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]



 2 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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Traces: Reconstructing the History of a Chokwe Mask": UMMA.

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Jan. 22 & 29. Docent-led tour of the current exhibit that traces the provenance of a mask that was collected in 1905 in Angola by German explorer Leo Frobenius.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


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


 2:30, 5:15, & 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]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camerata: First United Methodist Church.

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. Victor Minke Huls directs this local chamber orchestra in Schubert's popular Symphony no. 5 and Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite. Reception follows.
3 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]


 3-4 p.m. 

"Design Your Own Model Car": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids in grades 2-6.
3-4 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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 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 dcp.yapsody.com. dextercommunityplayers.org, 726-0355. [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 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." Today's program: Quartet no. 3 in D Major, Quartet no. 8 in E Minor, and Quartet no. 12 in E-flat Major. 4 p.m.
8 p.m. (Jan. 21) & 4 p.m. (Jan. 22), Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $28-$56 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Matthew Bengtson: U-M School of Music.

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This U-M piano professor performs works by Ravel, Scriabin, Bolcom, and Chopin.
4:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 5:30 & 7:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5:30-7 p.m. 

Metta Healing Workshop: Metta Bodywork Studio.

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In this workshop students will receive instruction for gentle poses while the healing sounds of crystal bowls are played.
Two practitioners on hand will come by to do Reiki healing or Thai acupressure
Each student can choose either Reiki or Thai Acupressure. There is a limit of 5 students per each choice.
When scheduling please choose which group you would like to be in by going to the website and clicking "Events"
Any questions please email
Students must sign up 24 hours in advance.
Limited capacity
Metta Bodywork Studio, 1945 Pauline Suite D. $15. 734-531-8259. wellnessannarbor@gmail.com annarboryoga.info [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 p.m.  Free! 

Open Stage: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All performers invited to showcase their talents.
7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators). Email info@pointlessbrew.com to sign up for a 10-15 minute spot. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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All singers, acoustic & electric guitarists, bassists, mandolinists, banjoists, ukulele players, percussionists, keyboardists, and other musicians invited to join organizer Michael Niemi to play folk, rock, country, or original tunes. Bring a music stand and copies of sheet music. Listeners welcome.
7-9 p.m., Gladwin Center barn (May 28), 4105 W. Liberty, & location TBA (June 11 & 25). $2 (members, free). Preregistration required for musicians at meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. 794-6250. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Giuseppe Verdi: The Master's 'Not-So-Well-Known' Greatest Hits for the Bass Voice": U-M School of Music.

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U-M voice professor Stephen West performs rarely heard Verdi works. With pianist Kathryn Goodson.
7 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Audience": National Theatre Live (University Musical Society).

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Rebroadcast of the 2013 West End production of this drama by British playwright and screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Queen and Frost/Nixon). The play, directed by Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry, imagines the weekly private meetings at Buckingham Palace between Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) and the Prime Minister, from Churchill to Cameron, through a series of non-chronological vignettes. According to an Independent (UK) reviewer, Mirren "rises to the daunting technical challenge with a quite uncannily fluid lightness of touch as she shifts back and forth on an age-spectrum of six decades." With Q&A with Mirren and Daldry.
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]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"'The Star-Spangled Banner': Transformation, Translation, Amnesia & Remembrance": SMTD@UMMA.

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U-M musicology professor Mark Clague gives a lecture-recital based on his forthcoming book about the national anthem and its 200-year-journey from broadside to victory ballad to protest song to anthem.
7-8:30 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Sara Watkins: The Ark.

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Singer-songwriter and fiddler best known as a member of the popular young San Diego bluegrass trio Nickel Creek. Uncut reviewer Bud Scoppa praises her recently released 3rd solo CD, Young in All the Wrong Ways, for its bold blend of the "sort of wounded assertiveness [that] enlivens Lucinda Williams' writing and singing" with Linda Ronstadt's "dynamic pairings of ambling country-rock verses and rip-roaring pop choruses." Opening act is Liz Longley, a Nashville-based pop-folk singer-songwriter whose intimately personal, emotionally engaging, well-crafted songs reflect the influences of Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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 Ballroom (May 14) & Pendleton Room (May 21, June 11 & 18, July 9, 16, & 23) and Michigan League Ballroom (June 4 & 25). $5 ($10 includes lessons). ballroomclubum.com. 763-6984. [map]





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