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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. email@example.com sunshen.org [map]
U.S. Supreme Court justice Sotomayor and Federal Constitutional Court of Germany justice Baer discuss "The Future University Community." With moderator Michele Norris, former host of NPR's All Things Considered.
10 a.m., Hill Auditorium. Free but tickets required. UMBicentennial@umich.edu, 763-2386. [map]
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. firstname.lastname@example.org http:
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]
Every Mon. Play group for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings. Note: Play groups are also offered at 3 AADL branches: Malletts Creek (Tues., 10-11 a.m. & Thurs., 6:30-7:30 p.m.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard; Pittsfield (Wed. 11 a.m.-noon), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; Westgate (Thurs. 2-3 p.m.), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson; and Traverwood (Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m.) 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Dancers Edge (Dexter) staff introduce kids ages 2-5 to ballet and jazz dancing.
11-11:45 a.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]
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]
Every Mon. & Thurs. All ages invited to play this intricate game played with colorful tiles. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
1-3:30 p.m. (Mon.) & 10-11:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Senior Center (Sept.), 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]
Every Mon. All seniors invited to read and discuss poetry, essays, fiction, and reminiscences they have written.
1-3 p.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
Jan. 29-Feb. 4. Concerts, lectures, and master classes that celebrate music and musicians who blend Western classical traditions with those from Hispanic-Latino culture. Today: a master class (4:30 p.m.) with Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.) piano professor Jose Ramos Santa, a Spanish music master who performs tonight at 7:30 p.m. (U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits) with U-M piano professor Matthew Bengtson.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]
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. email@example.com http:
U.S. Supreme Court justice Sotomayor and Federal Constitutional Court of Germany justice Baer discuss the role of performing arts in promoting social justice. Also, performances by mezzo-soprano (and Sphinx medalist) Carla Dirlikov Canales, the U-M Men's Glee Club, and other U-M SMTD students.
5:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]
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, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, and Thursday at 1:30pm. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. email@example.com sunshen.org [map]
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]
This winter, Robin Hills Farm will be offering our second annual "Winter Seminar Series"! Seminars will cover a variety of topics, from nonviolence to permaculture (and everything in between). This year's series will be on select Mondays throughout the winter. All seminars are FREE and OPEN to the public!
It is so easy to make your own milks made from nuts and seeds, and much healthier than store-bought versions. This will be an informative and demonstrative class on how to make almond milk, sunflower seed milk, and hemp milk (if we have time for all 3) with various ways in which to then use them …. Participants will have the opportunity to taste the deliciousness of milks made in class and will also receive a hand-out with recipes and basic info.
Instructed by Amanda Klain.
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. Free. 7348348496. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
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.
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]
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]
Jan. 30 & Feb. 6. Beginning to advanced singers invited to join the weekly rehearsal of this chorus of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their friends. No sight reading skills or audition are required. Concert in May. Snacks.
7-9:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium. Free. Olconline.org. 265-0470, 973-6084. [map]
Screening of Happy Feet, George Miller's Oscar-winning 2006 animated feature set in an Antarctic emperor penguin colony. Also, a chance to snuggle with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish.
7-9 p.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $7. 661-3575. [map]
People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers presents a hands-on introduction to making and properly storing these tasty cookies. Recipes. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
Dec. 5 & 14, Jan. 16 & 30, Feb. 13 & 27. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. All welcome to bring their own sewing machine.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
Jan. 29-Feb. 4. Concerts, lectures, and master classes that celebrate music and musicians who blend Western classical traditions with those from Hispanic-Latino culture. Tonight: Recital by the Cañón-Contreras Dúo of Colombian pianist César Cañón and Venezuelan cellist Horacio Contreras. With guest violinist (and U-M music professor) Danielle Belen.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]
Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]