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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 26, 2017






 
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 7 a.m.  Free! 

BNI-Ann Arbor West weekly meeting: BNI Ann Arbor West chapter.

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The BNI Ann Arbor West Chapter meets every Thursday at 242 Community Church, 410 S Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, 48103 (behind Kroger). Meetings are held from 7-8:30 a.m. and visitors are welcome. For more information or a reservation to attend, please call Tom Wright at 734 678 1090.
242 Community Church, 410 S Maple Rd. Free. 734 678 1090. http://a2bni.com/ [map]


 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]



 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Future of Transportation: Don't Turn in Your Car Keys Yet!": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. Jan. 5-Feb. 9. A series of 6 weekly lectures TBA by different U-M and guest scholars.

Jan. 5: Former GM vice-president of research, development, and planning Larry Burns, author of Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Mobility for the 21st Century, discusses "Transforming Mobility: The Signal in the Noise."

Jan. 12: U-M Transportation Institute SMART managing director Susan Zielinski on "The New World of Transportation: Connected, Multi-Modal, and Information-Technology Enabled."

Jan. 19: U-M mechanical engineering professor Huei Peng on "Automated and Connected Vehicles: History, Development, M-City, an the Future."

Jan. 26: U-M electrical engineering and computer science professor and Toyota Research Institute autonomous driving development codirector Edwin Olsen on "Safety of Autonomus Vehicles: Technology and Policy."

Feb. 2: U-M urban planning professor Jonathan Levine on "Smart Policies, Smart Transportation: Impacts on Urban/Suburban/Rural Life."

Feb. 9: Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan CEO Michael Ford on "The Future of Mass Transit in Southeast Michigan: Where Do We Go from Here?."



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10-11:30 a.m., Rave Cinema, 4100 Carpenter. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Jan. 12 & 26. Kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. The Humane Society also sponsors "Cat Tales Story Time" (Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.) at their new cat café, the Tiny Lions Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1).
10:30 a.m., 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child. 661-3575. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Winter Storytime: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs. (Jan. 5-Feb. 9. CDL youth librarians present a program of stories, songs, fingerplays, and craft activities for kids ages 2-6 accompanied by a caregiver.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians and a snowflake making workshop with longtime paper snowflake artist (and U-M physician) Thomas Clark (Jan. 5). Jan. 12: Flutist Melissa-Kay Grey and pianist Naki Kripfgans perform works inspired by bird songs, such as Messiaen's Le Merle Noir, Popp's Nightingale Serenade, and Shalumit Ran's Birds of Paradise. Jan. 19: Jazz piano by the Bob Sweet Trio. Jan. 26: Folk music by Harmony Bones.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 3:30, 7:30, & 9:55 p.m. 

"The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened": Michigan Theater.

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(Lonny Price, 2016). Documentary about the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along in the 30-plus years since the musical debuted on Broadway.
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]


 3:45, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Stephen Forrest: U-M Office of the President.

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This U-M engineering professor discusses the benefits of OLEDs (organic light emitting devices) and the challenges to making their use more widespread.
4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 647-7909. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Stephen Forrest: U-M Office of the President.

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This U-M engineering professor discusses the benefits of OLEDs (organic light emitting devices) and the challenges to making their use more widespread.
4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 647-7909. [map]


 4:30 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!
Walk in non-member price: $15, OR join for as little as $39.99 a month for one Full Body Fit class a week.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Amsterdam 1964, or, Magical Thinking in Cultural Studies": U-M German Department Werner Grilk Lecture.

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Talk by International Center for Cultural Studies (Vienna) director Helmut Lethen
5-7 p.m., Rackham East Conference Room. Free. 764-8018.



 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Hank Willis Thomas: The Truth Is I Love You": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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.Talk by this NYC photo conceptual artist who works with themes of identity, history, and pop culture.
5 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:30 p.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, non-member rate: $15. Packages and discounts for Better Living Fitness Center members available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [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]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Artists Meet & Greet": Ann Arbor Art Center.

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Ypsi Alloy Studios founders Elize Jekabson, Jessica Tenbusch, and Ilana Houten discuss how they operate and what it means for their artistic practices.
6-8 p.m., Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Free. 994-8004. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Houston, We Have a Problem!": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies.

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Screening of Riga Virc's 2016 quasifictional mockumentary that explores the myth of the secret multi-billion-dollar deal behind America's purchase of Yugoslavia's clandestine space program in the early 1960s. Croatian, English, Serbian, and Slovene; subtitles. Followed by discussion with the director and producer.
6-8:30 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 663-0351. [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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Loss of Parent: Arbor Hospice.

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Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after the person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care offers a supportive caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to support the nonprofit's programming. All programs are limited to 10 participants and registration is required.
For more information, please contact Cindy Palmer @ 734-794-5177 or cpalmer@arborhospice.org.
Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care Office, 2366 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734.794.5177. cpalmer@arborhospice.org www.arborhospice.org [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. 

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]



 7-8 p.m. 

Tango 101: Robin Hills Farm.

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Argentine Tango is a beautiful vehicle for expression and connection. In "Tango 101," Sophia and José will teach the fundamentals of Argentine Tango, giving students the tools to connect with their partners, to walk with both grace and intensity, as well as to improvise to the music.
This class is open to all levels- no partner or experience necessary! Tuition: $50 per person (for 6-week course).
Rough syllabus for 'Tango 101':
1st week (Jan 5th) - Walking and Connection
2nd week (Jan 12th) - How to Do 'Back Ochos'
3rd week (Jan 19th) - Forward/Back Ochos
4th week (Jan 26th) - The Cross
5th week (Feb 2nd) - Ocho Cortado
6th week (Feb 9th) - Turns to the Right
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. $50. 7348348496. ben.w@robinhillsfarm.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tango-101-tickets-28809491966 [map]



 7-10 p.m. 

Vino Value: Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant.

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Don't miss our most popular wine tasting event of the year! 🍷
Enjoy 30 wines with light hors d'oerves for only $30! Call (734) 222-9841 for reservations ~ space is limited.
Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant, 110 S Main St. $30. 734-222-9841. info@vinologya2.com www.vinologya2.com [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion.

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Panelists from local agencies which work with disadvantaged citizens will discuss our community's response to poverty based on questions from this year's Community Reads book: $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. Featuring staff from Food Gatherers, Washtenaw County, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, Michigan Works!, Ypsilanti District Library, and the Sheriff's Department.
Ypsilanti District Library Whittaker Road, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x 1377. drummond@ypsilbrary.org http://www.ypsilibrary.org/events [map]



 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Printing: The Printrbot": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff show adults and kids in grade 6 & up how use the Printrbot 3-D printer.
7-8:30 p.m. (Thurs.) & 10-11:30 a.m. (Sat), AADL secret lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Forgotten City": Aunt Agatha's Book Club.

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NYC-based fiction writer Carrie Smith, a 3-time Hopwood winner as a U-M undergrad, discusses her debut crime novel, her 2nd crime novel, a police procedural featuring NYPD detective Claire Codella.
7 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Speaking Greek at the American University Over the Last Two Centuries": U-M Modern Greek Program Pallas Lecture.

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Talk by Ohio State University modern Greek professor Yiorgos Anagnostou, author of Contours of White Ethnicity: Popular Ethnography and the Making of Usable Pasts in Greek America.
7-9 p.m., Michigan Union Kuenzel Room. Free. 936-6099. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Taxes: Is the State Legislature Playing Fair with Local Governments?.": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion, with local county, city, and township government representatives TBA, to address the impact of the 45% decrease since 2001 in state revenue sharing payments to local governments in Michigan. Moderated by League of Women Voters of Michigan vice president Susan Smith.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Learn to Pray and Heal (A Spiritual Adventure)": First Church of Christ, Scientist.

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Talk by Nate Frederick, a Christian Science healing practitioner and teacher from Boothbay (ME).
7:30-8:30 p.m., First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1833 Washtenaw. Free. 662-1694. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Test Batch": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Performances by new local improv groups.
7:30 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. $5. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Michael E. Winfield: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 26-28. Charismatic Baltimore-bred actor-comedian best known for autobiographical storytelling that is alternately (and sometimes simultaneously) self-deprecating and self-aggrandizing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $14 (Thurs.) & $17 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 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]



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


 8:30-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Social: Footnotes Ballroom Company.

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Jan. 12 & 26. Ballroom dancing to recorded music.
8:30-10 p.m., 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $5. 926-0107. [map]


 9 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.

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Various times, Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at mgoblue.com/tickets. 764-0247. [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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]





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