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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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

 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 a.m.  Free! 

"Adult Coloring for Relaxation & Meditation": Dexter District Library.

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All adults invited to color. Supplies provided or bring your own.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration requested. 426-4477, ext. 120. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Planning for Financial Changes as We Age": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Talk by local attorney Constance Jones.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration. [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]

 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]

 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30, 7:15, & 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]

 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.

 5:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi Pushing Hands: SUN SHEN.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm by SUN SHEN Head Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang. Please contact Alexis Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. [map]

 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Politics and Psychology from Mussolini to the Alt-Right": U-M Natural History Museum Science Café.

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Talks by U-M history professor Dario Gaggio and U-M psychology lecturer Joshua Rabinowitz. Followed by discussion.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Fortunes": U-M Authors Forum.

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U-M English professor Peter Ho Davies reads from his new novel, a multigenerational tale about the lives of Chinese Americans, and then discusses it with fellow English professor Douglas Trevor. Q&A. Signing.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 936-3518. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Detroit is No Dry Bones": Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Join us for an evening of conversation moderated by U-M Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Interim Dean Robert Fishman with photographer Camilo Vergara about his recent photography collection about Detroit. ​A photographic record of almost three decades of Detroit's changing urban fabric Camilo José Vergara was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2002 and received a Berlin Prize Fellowship in 2010. In 2013, he became the first photographer to be awarded the National Humanities Medal. He is author of numerous books, including Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery; Twin Towers Remembered; and Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto. Over the past 25 years, award-winning ethnographer and photographer Camilo José Vergara has traveled annually to Detroit to document not only the city's precipitous decline but also how its residents have survived. From the 1970s through the 1990s, changes in Detroit were almost all for the worse, as the built fabric of the c
Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

Four Week Childbirth Education Class: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Our four week childbirth class is our most comprehensive childbirth education option. This class meets on four consecutive Wednesdays from 6-9 pm. We are proud to partner with UM and offer this class at the Family Center at Von Voigtlander Hospital. This class is taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and covers a wide range of topics including: anatomy of late pregnancy, signs of labor, stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor, common medical interventions, pain relief options, newborn procedures, and the early postpartum period. The emphasis is on informed decision making and working with your healthcare provider to create a birth plan that is right for you and your family.
Von Voigtlander Hospital Family Center, 1540 East Hospital Drive. $200. 734-221-0158. [map]

 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]

 6-7:30 p.m. 

"The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Making of a Global Iconic Event": Ann Arbor City Club Dine and Discover.

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Talk by U-M communication studies professor Julia Sonnevend. Dinner.
6-7:30 p.m., City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $33 (members, $28). Reservations required by Jan. 20. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]

 6:30-7:45 p.m.  Free! 

Designing Medicine Gardens: The Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts.

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Master Herbalist Mary Light discusses herbal medicine garden design for urban and country areas, small to large. Learn to easily grow sustainable medicinal herbs for all body systems and evaluate cultivation services, quality, and preparation. Class Dates: Dec. 7th, Jan 25th, Feb. 8th, Mar. 8th, and April 5th. All Wednesday night classes from 6:30pm-7:45pm. Location: Gaia Center for Herbal Studies (The Naturopathic School of the Healing Arts) 7920 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI. Phone: (734) 769-7794.
Gaia Center for Herbal Studies, 7920 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI. Free. (734)7697794. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m. 

U Family - Mindful Parents (Intro Course): The U School.

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MINDFUL PARENTS is a comprehensive and rigorous system of attentional training. It can help you develop mindful awareness skills by working smarter, not harder. The goal of this program is to help grown-ups become more mindfully aware especially when in the presence of children (who learn a lot from the subtleties about us). There are two bottom lines: 1: A solid mindfulness practice makes us happier. 2: When we are happier, our children tend to be happier and healthier too.
In this eight session course, we will begin with core practices and focus on how to get your practice off to the best possible start. We will learn specific applications geared towards parenting challenges, and how you can share mindfulness practice with your family. By the end of eight sessions, you will focus and adjust your attention in real time to adapt and respond to life in a more optimal way. This class is for beginners, but people with previous mindfulness practice are welcome and will also benefit!
The U School, 3630 Plaza Dr. 5A & 6A. $104/indivdual, $156/couple. 734-368-9551. [map]

 6:30 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).

 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: Zoologist Perfumes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses this Toronto-based niche fragrance company, founded by Victor Wong in 2013, that makes non-animal-based scents with names like Bat, Beaver, Hummingbird, Macaque, Nightingale, Panda and Rhinoceros.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Science on Screen": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Film screenings followed by talks by U-M science professors and area scientists.

Jan. 25: I Voted? (Jason Grant Smith, 2016). Nonpartisan documentary that examines the capture and counting of ballots in our elections-and the reliability of the results they produce. Followed by a talk by U-M Center for Computer Security and Society director J. Alex Haldeman.

Feb. 22: Concussion (Peter Landesman, 2015). Biopic about the Pittsburgh pathologist who uncovered the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play. Will Smith, Alex Baldwin, Albert Brooks. Followed by a talk by sports neurologist Jeffrey Kutcher.

Mar. 28: The Red Violin (Francois Girard, 1998).Magical, beautifully filmed tale about a haunted time-traveling violin, with a John Corigliano score. Followed by a talk by U-M Music School performing arts technology professor Sile O'Modhrian.

7 p.m., 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 and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Nov. 3. WSU. Exhibition game. 7 p.m.

Nov. 13. Niagara. 3 p.m.

Nov. 18. Howard. 7 p.m.

Nov. 21. WMU. 7 p.m.

Dec. 13. Ohio. 7 p.m.

Dec. 17. Vermont. Noon.

Dec. 22. American. 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 28. Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Jan. 10. Indiana. 6 p.m.

Jan. 10. Minnesota. Noon or 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 25. Indiana. 7 p.m.

Feb. 5. Iowa. 2 p.m.

Feb. 12. Wisconsin. 2 p.m.

Feb. 19. MSU. 2 p.m.

Feb. 23. Nebraska. 2 p.m.

Noon, Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff lead a discussion U-M social work professor Luke Shaefer and Johns Hopkins University sociology professor Kathryn Edin's acclaimed study of the forms poverty takes in contemporary America, the 2017 Washtenaw Reads selection. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (Jan. 25), 343 S. Fifth Ave.; 3-4:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room (Feb. 12), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Oct. 11: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

Oct. 25: Readings by Diane DeCillis, Detroit native whose award-winning 1st book of poems, Strings Attached, was described by Gargoyle Magazine (Washington, D.C.) editor Richard Peabody as a collection of "warm, philosophical poems [which] explore a cultural and emotional terrain similar to the work of Naomi Shihab Nye." Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

Nov. 8: All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share. Hosted by local poets and former college English teachers Joe Kelty and Ed Morin.

Nov. 29: Reading by Zilka Joseph, a local poet whose work is notable for its vividly figured explorations of the natural world. Her latest book, Sharp Blue Search of Flame, is a collection of dark, brooding poems that reflect her Jewish Indian roots and her personal experiences living in Eastern and Western cultures. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.

7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 8.00 p.m. 

Ron English Trio.

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This week as part of the Jazz Series hosted at Old Town Tavern on Wednesdays from 8 to 10 p.m., the Ron English Trio will be featured. English is a veteran guitarist with experience in both jazz and Motown going back to the 1960s.
Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty Street (Corner of Liberty and South Ashley). No Cover. 734-662-9291. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this ensemble of music majors in Mozart's Symphony no. 41 and Holst's The Planets. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Flint": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 18-Mar. 10. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' heartfelt drama about 2 Flint couples struggling to hold onto their faith in the American Dream while they endure the diminished prospects of their once prosperous city. Stars Cassaundra Freeman, Lynch Travis, Rhiannon Ragland, & David Benndena.
3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & Feb. 2 & 23), 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. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [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]

 9:30 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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