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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 27, 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 or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 9:30 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 walk in rate: $15. Member walk-in rate: $10. Packages available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 (members, $10) drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10 a.m. & noon 

"American Girl Tea Party": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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All kids invited to bring an American Girl doll for a luau-themed tea party with hors d'oeuvres celebrating American Girl's newest historical character, the Hawaiian girl Nanea Mitchell. Crafts and games. Dressy clothes or an outfit to match your doll encouraged.
10-11:15 a.m. & noon-1:15 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. Cost TBA. 429-3502. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Defective, Deficient, Burdensome: Thinking about Bad Bodies": U-M Counseling and Psychological Services/U-M MLK Symposium.

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Vermont poet, speaker, and activist Eli Clare presents a program of history, storytelling, and poetry that examines the ways some bodies and communities are named as bad and disposable.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Michigan Union Anderson Rm. Free. 764-8312. [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. All ages & fitness levels welcome!
Non-member drop in rate is just $15, or become a Better Living Fitness Center member for at little as $39.99/month for four Full Body Fit classes a month. Other memberships also available so you have more opportunities to get fit and have fun with us!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. [map]

 3-7 p.m. 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 3 & 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]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tracy K. Smith: U-M Hopwood Underclassmen Awards Ceremony.

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Reading by this poet whose Pulitzer Prize-winning 2011 collection, Life on Mars, draws on sources as disparate as Arthur C. Clarke and David Bowie and is in part an elegiac tribute to her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble Telescope. Her highly acclaimed 2015 book, Ordinary Light, is a memoir about her experiences growing up in suburban California and struggling to fashion her own understanding of belief, loss, history, and what it means to be black in America. "She holds the child she was in her adult hands, examining the things that bridge the two: memory, parents, siblings, time-and of course her extraordinary eye," says novelist Abraham Verghese. Preceded by awards presentations to U-M undergrad poets and prose writers.
3:30 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-6296. [map]

 4, 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]

 4, 7:15, & 9:45 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]

 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, & 9:30 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Winterfest 2017: Saline Main Street.

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Come join us at Winterfest 2017 in Downtown Saline! Why? Because we'll have indoor and outdoor activities; fun for the whole family, from kids to grandparents, from mild to wild! There will be something for everyone.
Family Activities galore will get started on Saturday morning and run throughout the day. Pick and choose from over 35 activities held throughout Downtown Saline. Enter into one of the Tournaments. Have fun! The evening brings activities perfectly suited for adults.
The Festival is Free, certain activities, classes, & Tournaments might have a fee.
Mark your calendar for Friday & Saturday, January 27 & 28 and join us for SALINE WINTERFEST 2017 for a weekend of fabulous fun in Downtown Saline! You'll be glad you did! See all the details at!
Downtown Saline, Saline. Free. 7334-316-2119.

 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. 

40th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival: The Ark.

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Jan. 27 & 28 (different programs). A major highlight of the local musical year, with established and rising stars representing a wide spectrum of vernacular musical idioms. Tonight's headliner is Kacey Musgraves, , a Texas-bred Nashville-based Americana alt-country singer-songwriter whose 2013 CD Same Trailer Different Park reached the top of the Billboard country chart. "She's a sharp, detailed songwriter with a little bit of an edge," says reviewer Steve Leggett. "The marvelous 'Merry Go 'Round' showed an intelligent, careful writing style that is as pointed as it is poignant, and even though the song seems to skewer small-town country life, it does it without malice or agenda, and is really more just telling it true than anything else." Also appearing: Jenny Lewis is a veteran indie rock singer-songwriter who first came to prominence as the lead singer of Rilo Kiley and is currently a member of the politically-tinged all-female rock trio Nice as Fuck. Nahko & Medicine for the People is an American world music sextet fronted by keyboardist Nahko Bear, a Portland (OR) native of mixed Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino descent. Valerie June is a Memphis singer-songwriter with an arresting vocal presence whose music is a bracing, artful mix of folk, blues, gospel, soul, country, Appalachian, and bluegrass idioms that she calls "organic moonshine roots music." Rainbow Kitten Surprise is an energetic guitar-driven alt-rock band from Boone (NC) in the Blue Ridge Mountains whose influences range from Modest Mouse to Kings of Leon. Zach Heckendorf is a young hip-hop-inflected singer-songwriter from Denver. Emcee both nights is Susan Werner, a popular veteran singer-songwriter known for a jazz-inspired, classically trained vocal style she describes as "pop illiterate" and for her incisive, vividly imagined songs in a variety of moods.
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $37.50-$200 per night and $67.50-$360 in advance at, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Guitar Trio: Stone Chalet Bed and Breakfast Inn and Event Center.

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This trio of local guitarists Alex Anest, Evan Veasey, and Adam Kahana performs improvisations as well as works by Oliver Nelson, Marc Johnson, Ellen Rowe, Pat Metheny, and Ernie Krivda.
7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Stone Chalet, 1917 Washtenaw. Tickets $15 in advance at and (if available) at the door. 417-7223. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Film and Discussion: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Film screenings followed by discussion.

Mar. 31: The Visit (Bernhard Wicki, 1964). Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn star in this adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's satirical tragicomedy. A wealthy older woman who had left home as a girl in disgrace returns to her impoverished hometown and offers to make a sizable donation--for a forbidding price. Discussion follows. [aw]

Apr. 28: The Human Experience (Charles Kinnane, 2008). A band of brothers travels the world in search of the meaning of human life in a journey that brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana, Africa.

May 12: Yangsi: Reincarnation Is Just the Beginning (Mark Elliott, 2012). Documentary biography, filmed largely in Bhutan over a period of 14 years, about a boy, recognized as the reincarnation of a revered Tibetan Buddhist master, whose training starts with an enthronement before thousands at age 4.

June 30: Paths of the Soul (Zhang Yang, 2015). Docudrama about the 10-month journey of a group of Tibetans to Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet, a 1,200-km pilgrimage on foot while continuously prostrating themselves on the ground.n Followed by discussion.

July 28: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (Stanley Kramer, 1963). A thief's dying words spark a madcap cross-country treasure hunt. Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers, Terry-Thomas, Jonathan Winters.

Aug. 25: Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (Taggart Siegel, 2010). Award-winning documentary about the colony collapse disorder devastating global bee populations and what it means.

Sept. 29: Kindness Is Contagious (David Gaz, 2014). Feel-good documentary exploring the viral effect of kind acts. Followed by discussion.

7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Keith Taylor: Literati Bookstore.

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This veteran local poet, the U-M undergraduate creative writing program director, reads from The Bird-while, his new collection of poems, illustrated by Tom Pohrt, that are inspired by metaphors hidden in the concept of the bird-while, which Ralph Waldo Emerson defined as the minimum distance a bird requires between itself and a human observer. The 49 poems in the collection are meditations on nature that range in topic from travel to species extinction to survival. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-10 p.m. 

Paul Keller Orchestra's 28th Birthday Celebration.

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Ann Arbor's beloved 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra celebrates their 28th birthday with a special weekend big band jazz concert and party at their home Zal Gaz Grotto. PKO will play many of their big hits from the yesteryears as well as brand new arrangements written for special guests: vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and boogie woogie piano wizard Mr B.
Good food and drinks at ZGG. Free parking. Under 18 enter free of charge.
Please bring non-perishable food items, soap, TP, and/or lightly worn clothing items to donate to the PKO Holiday Food and Clothing Drive. All items will be delivered to area food banks and rescue missions.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10. 734-663-1202. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Sketch Comedy Revue: Greenhills School Voodoo Theater Company.

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Jan. 27 & 28. Greenhills students present comedy sketches they've written and produced.
7:30 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. Tickets $5. 769-4010. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Mozart Celebration Concert": U-M School of Music.

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U-M viola professor Yizhak Schotten and several music grad students perform Mozart's Duo in B-flat Major, String Quartet in D Major, and Divertimento for Violin, Viola, and Cello in E-Flat Major.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 & 10:30 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.  Free! 

Symphony Band Chamber Winds: U-M School of Music.

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This ensemble of music majors performs works from 1597 to 1936, including Gabrieli's Canzoni 27 & 28 and Canzon Noni Toni, Revueltas' Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca, Krommer's Partita op. 67, Varèse's Intégrales, and Hartmann's Serenade op. 43.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m.-midnight 

"Fire and Ice Tango Festival": Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Jan. 27-29. This annual tango festival features evening dance parties. Preceded each day by afternoon workshops (see for workshop schedule and pricing).
8 p.m.-midnight, Michigan Union Anderson Rm. (Jan. 27) & Ballroom (Jan. 28 & 29). $10 (tentative). [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. 

"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 and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [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]

 8 p.m. 

"Wine, Women, and Song XV": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 27-29 and Feb. 3 & 4. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers. With pianist Tyler Driskill. Singers include Linda Beaupre, Sue Booth, Carolyn Burnstein, Roxy Diederich, Shelley MacMillan, Deanna Relyea, Monica Swartout-Bebow, and Kathy Waugh. Founder Wendy Bloom directs. Wine is served. This popular event usually sells out.
8 p.m. (except Jan. 29, 4 p.m.), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50. Reservations recommended. kerrytownconcerthouse, 769-2999. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]

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