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Monday, January 23, 2017






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at alexis@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 10 a.m. 

"Why is the Sky Blue?... and Other Awesome Physics Questions": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M (50 +).

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When most people hear "physics", they often think of cutting edge physics, like the discovery of gravity waves or the Higgs boson. But then the answers to 'simple' questions like "why is the sky blue?", "how far away is the Sun?" or "what's at the center of the Earth?" are just taken for granted.
We combine physics, history and our intuition to explore the trials and tribulations of scientists from centuries ago as they set out on their journey to answer these and other awesome questions in physics.
Instructor Brian Worthmann will lead this fascinating class for two hours each Monday from January 23 through March 20.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 10 a.m. 

Mah-Jongg: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M (50 +).

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Mah-Jongg is a Chinese game resembling Gin Rummy, but played with colorful tiles instead of cards.
Easy to learn, it can become quite addictive! This class starts each week with a brief lecture, followed by actual playing of the game with continuous guidance from the instructor. Mah-Jongg sets will be provided.
Instructor Stuart Baggaley has taught his modified and simplified version of the game at many venues. He is a British World War II veteran (RAF) who emigrated from Norway in 1957, leaving the Fulbright Foundation in Oslo. He retired from UM Medical School (Anatomy) in 1990.
This class meets for two hours on Mondays from January 23 through February 27.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 10 a.m. 

Stretch and Strength Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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This class targets specific areas to build strength, increase flexibility and improve your overall fitness. Special focus is given to alignment and proper from in the poses. Great for beginners!
Non-member drop in rate: $15. Better Living Fitness Center member drop-in rate: $10. Yoga packages available!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. dawnr.wolfe2010@gmail.com http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 23-Apr. 24. All women who can carry a tune, read music, and harmonize with a group are invited to join this independent local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com. 665-9271. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Free sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served.

Jan. 23: Penn State Asian history & religious studies professor Pierce Salguero discusses "Beyond Mindfulness: Buddhism & Health in Historical Perspective."

Jan. 24: U-M Center for Chinese Studies artist-in-residence Wang Qingsong and U-M Center for Chinese Studies Hughes scholar Fang Zhang discuss "'The Glory of Hope:' A Lens to Unravel the Social Changes in China."

Jan. 31: U-M Center for Chinese Studies postdoc Tarryn Li-Min Chun discusses "Lighting, Cameras, Action: Technological Revolutions in Modern Chinese Theater."

Feb. 7: University of Vienna art history professor Neil Schmid on "The Authentic Deeds of the Buddha: Visual Narratives and Canonical Scripture in Mogao Cave 61."

Feb. 14: Vanderbilt University history professor Ruth Rogaski discusses "Ryodoraku (良導絡) in New China: Sino-Japanese Medical Exchange and the Role of Machines in East Asian Medical Modernity." The "Ryodoraku electrodermometer" is a Japanese apparatus imported to China in 1957 that was purported to prove the existence of acupuncture meridians on the surface of the body.

Feb. 21: University of Wisconsin Chinese religion & literature professor Mark Meulenbeld discusses "The Ritual Challenge to Chinese Vernacular Literature: Views from a Village in Hunan."

Mar. 7: U-M Chinese studies professor Miranda Brown on "Of Cheese and Curds in China."

Mar. 14: MSU global urban studies professor Xuefei Ren on "Land, Housing, Air: Deciphering Urban Governance in China and India."

Mar. 21: Oxford University political economy of China professor Kyle Jaros on "China's Urban Champions and the Politics of Spatial Development."

Mar. 28: "When Muslims Die in China," a talk by University of Pennsylvania East Asian art professor Nancy Steinhardt on tombs of Muslim royalty in China.

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Noon-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Great World Mythologies Part II: The Middle East and South Asia": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M (50 +).

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The Knowledge Seekers will continue to study some of the most famous mythology stories that are central to our daily lives and helped build the foundation for modern-day legacies.
While these myths are entertaining, they also are a means to pass along history and teach important lessons about morals and rules. Renowned scholars of mythology from the Great Courses DVD series provide the primary content about the Babylonian, Egyptian and Indian myths.
Richard Galant will be the on-site assistant guide as Knowledge Seekers gain a deeper understanding about the world of myth.
This study group is restricted to those 50 and over and will meet for 90 minutes on Mondays from January 23 through March 6, except for February 6.
Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1 p.m. 

"Italy: Geography and More": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M (50 +).

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Come learn about Italy! Marcella Corona will discuss the geography, culture and history of this intriguing country.
She was born and raised in Italy and immigrated to the US at age 22. She owned a travel agency in Michigan for many years, and teaches Italian.
This study group will meet for two hours on Tuesdays, January 23rd and 30th.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $15. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1-2:30 & 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15 & 6:45 p.m. 

"Jackie": Michigan Theater.

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(Pablo Larraín, 2016). Biopic that stars Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in the wake of JFK's assassination
Michigan Theater. $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"La La Land": Michigan Theater.

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(Damiel 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]


 5:15 & 6:15 p.m. 

Early Childhood Music Classes: EMU Community Music Academy.

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These weekly classes will immerse young children (ages birth through 5 years) in a rich musical environment and provide a variety of experiences designed to expand musical understanding and skills in an active and playful way. Class activities include singing and chanting, moving to music (including use of props such as bean bags, scarves, and streamers), playing assorted small percussion instruments, pattern instruction, and imaginative musical play. Children attend with a parent/caregiver, who participates alongside the child.
Winter session begins on January 23.
Classes for infants/toddlers (birth-3 yr.) are held on Mondays at 5:15pm, Saturdays at 9am, and Saturdays at 11am.
Classes for preschool/kindergarten (3-5 yr.) are held on Mondays at 6:15pm and Saturdays at 10am.
Cost is $110 for 8 classes. A discount is offered for multiple siblings. Register by January 13 for an Early Bird Discount of $10 off your registration fee!
See our website for more info.
EMU Alexander Music Building, Rm. 213, corner of Lowell & Jarvis, Ypsilanti. $110 for 8 classes. 734-487-6935. hshouldi@emich.edu http://www.emich.edu/musicdance/music/cma/index.php


 5:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. All ages & fitness levels welcome!
Join for as little as $39.99 to enjoy four Full Body Fit classes a month. Other memberships with even more classes available. Want to check us out first? It's just $15 to walk in and start getting fit and having fun!
Better Living Fitness Center. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com



 6 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 alexis@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [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]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nonviolence in Practice": Robin Hills Farm Winter Seminar Series.

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This winter, Robin Hills Farm will be offering our second annual "Winter Seminar Series"!
Nonviolence is much more than a philosophy. Popularized by the political and spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi, this movement is based upon the tenets of compassion and self-sacrifice. Few political systems employ this form of philosophy, and yet it has been successful in nearly every single sustained campaign founded upon its tenets. The Indian Campaign for Independence and the Civil Rights Movement under Martin Luther King Jr. are two of the most well-known examples of nonviolent conflict resolution, but nonviolence reaches much further. Join Ben Wielechowski of Robin Hills Farm as he leads a lecture on the history and philosophy of nonviolence and the implications it has for a contemporary world. Discussion will also include human nature, psychology, religion, and the environment.
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. Free. 7348348496. education@robinhillsfarm.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-seminar-series-nonviolence-in-practice-tickets-29253985458 [map]



 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Knits & Crochets.

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All invited for informal socializing and to share tips while working on their projects.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room (if available), 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. To confirm location, contact Mary Budzinski at marybudz@me.com or 846-3826. [map]


 7 & 9:30 p.m. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Folk Song Sing-Along.

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All invited to join a family-oriented recreational sing-along of folk songs. Bring your guitars, ukuleles, and other instruments if you'd like to jam along as well. Lyrics and chords are projected on a screen for singers and strummers. Led by Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski.
7 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 426-7818. [map]


 7-8 p.m. 

Lifetree Café: St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M Afro-American history professor Heather Ann Thompson discusses her new book.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Red Pens and Rewrites": Ann Arbor District Library.

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On Jan. 9, local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal discuss how to book from rough draft to finished manuscript. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"This Picture I Gift": Chelsea District Library.

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Detroit-based photographer Michelle Andonian tells the story of her grandmother, a survivor of the Armenian genocide. The talk is illustrated with Andonian's photos taken during her trip to historic Armenia too retrace her grandmother's steps.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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





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