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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 1, 2017






 
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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [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]



 8 a.m.-11 p.m. 

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 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. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



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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]


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 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. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Dirty Dancing": Fathom Events.

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(Emile Ardolino, 1987). 30th anniversary screening of this classic romance about a coddled teen princess who falls for a boy who might be trouble. Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey. With a new tribute to the film that includes celebrity interviews.
2 p.m. (Rave & Quality 16) & 7 p.m. (Rave only), 3686 Jackson (Quality 16) & 4100 Carpenter (Rave). $8-$12 in advance at fathomevents.com. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave). [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Failure Factories: When Education Policies Desert Our Children": U-M Ford School of Public Policy Livingston Lecture.

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Talk by Tampa Bay Times reporters Lisa Gartner, Michael LaForgia, and Nathaniel Nash, coauthors of their paper's Pulitzer-winning 2016 story of the disastrous consequences of the Pinellas County (FL) School Board's 2007 decision to abandon integration. The talk is webstreamed live (for viewing details, see fordschool.umich.edu/events/2017/failure-factories). Reception follows.
4-5:30 p.m., Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State at Hill. Free. 615-3893. [map]


 4:15, 7, & 9:35 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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(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]


 4:30, 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). michtheater.org, 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. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com



 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 alexis@sunshen.org for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History": U-M Authors Forum.

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U-M English professor Susan Parrish reads from her new book and discusses it with U-M history professor Perrin Selcer.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]


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 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. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [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. 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! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m. 

"Honey 101": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Zingerman's staff discuss and offer taste samples of a variety of single varietal honeys, including some that are super sweet, some chewy, and some even spicy.
6-7:30 p.m., Zingerman's Upstairs Next Door, 418 Detroit. $10. Reservations required. 663-3400. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Field Guide to the Natural Communities of Michigan": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Michigan Natural Features Inventory ecologist Josh Cohen gives a photo-illustrated talk on various nature areas, from the bogs and muskegs of the north to the sand dunes fringing the Great Lakes.
6:30-8:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 604-4674. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor West Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Wed. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson. Free. 929-9022. [map]


 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m. 

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 7 p.m. 

Modern Calligraphy Workshop: University Flower Shop.

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Get crafty with this modern calligraphy workshop led by Onastazia Mullen of Onastazia - handcrafted. Designed to teach and enhance your hand-lettering and illustration skills, this workshop is appropriate for both beginners and seasoned letterers alike. Participants will enjoy light refreshments and individualized attention while lettering their own market bag, frameable quote posters and paper Valentines to practice on.
UFS is located at 7 Nickels Arcade Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Please note there is free street parking available after 6pm and paid parking available in the garage off Maynard St.
At UFS, we strive to be a welcoming, safe and inclusive space for all. Unfortunetly, due to the historical design of Nickel's Arcade, our restroom is not wheelchair accessible. Please contact us via mailing@uniflowershop.com or (734) 665-6037 if we can make your experience more comfortable. We will do our best to accommodate you!
University Flower Shop, 7 Nickels Arc, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104. $55. (734) 665-6037. mailing@uniflowershop.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/modern-calligraphy-workshop-tickets-31188859719 [map]



 7-9 p.m. 

On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by area singer-songwriters, who also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Sept. 6: The Schrock Bros and San, Emily, & Jacob. Double bill. The Schrock Bros is the West Michigan trio of brothers Andrew and Jasen Schrock and their father Mark that specializes in Americana-oriented roots-rock originals. San, Emily, & Jacob is a local acoustic trio-father and daughter singer-instrumentalists San & Emily Slomovits with bassist Jacob Warren-that performs a wide range of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, and classical music, including material from their CD, Innocent When You Dream.

Oct. 4: Christopher Mark Jones and Escaping Pavement. Double bill. Christopher Mark Jones is veteran Pittsburgh-based Americana singer-songwriter known for his soulful country and blues-inflected songs about the strivings of common people. He has a new CD, Incantations. Escaping Pavement is a Ferndale Americana rock duo of singer-guitarists Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz whose influences range from The Band and to the Civil Wars.

Nov. 1: Danny Schmidt. Austin-based singer-songwriter who writes piercing, imaginatively complex songs about love, loss, and longing that have provoked comparisons to Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen. His music ranges from Appalachian mountain gospel and haunted English balladry to syncopated Piedmont country blues and 60s protest. Opening act is Heather Styka, a highly-regarded young pop-folk singer-songwriter from Chicago whose engagingly melodic, stylishly literate songs have provoked comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega.

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7-9 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Onthetracksss@gmail.com. Info: call Annie Capps at 330-5226. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Restoring the Willow Run Bomber Plant": Yankee Air Museum.

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On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 beginning at 7:30 p.m., the Yankee Air Museum's Historical Presentation Night speaker, Dennis Norton, will provide an update on the construction at the Willow Run Bomber Plant. Since the Bomber Plant was saved, much has happened to turn it into the future home of Yankee Air Museum. Dennis will present many photographs of the work that has been done and discuss the plans for the upcoming construction season. The event is open to the public and free to attend. This great local attraction is being transformed into a national destination and everyone in the community needs to be involved.
Yankee Air Museum, 47884 D Street, Belleville. Free. 734-483-4030 ext. 233. dave.callanan@yankeeairmuseum.org www.yankeeairmuseum.org [map]



 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss The Book of Lost Books, Stuart Kelly's history of vanished works by everyone from Aristophanes to Sylvia Plath.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30-10 p.m. 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Rudolf Steiner's The Spiritual Hierarchies, a cycle of ten 1909 lectures given in Düsseldorf.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Paul Vornhagen Trio: Old Town Tavern.

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Sax/flute/vocalist Paul VornHagen will be joined by keyboardist Tony Viviano and bassist Kurt Krahnke performing a seamless blend of jazz classics from such composers as Cole Porter, Gershwin, Thelonius Monk, Horace Silver and Dave Brubeck as well as bossa nova songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfa. Also, a few songs written by Paul will be added to the mix. His latest CD. "Trust Your Heart ", was included on WEMU's Linda Yohn Top 16 Best of 2016 Recordings.
Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty Street (Corner of Liberty and South Ashley). Free admission. (734) 662-9291. [map]


 8 p.m. 

SUSTO: The Ark.

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Highly regarded Charleston (SC) ensemble, led by singer-songwriter Justin Osborne, whose songs features pungent, vividly realized, and often wryly humorous personal stories set to an eclectic mix of Americana genres from alt-country and indie rock to gospel. The band recently completed recording its second CD. Opening act is Cereus Bright, a Knoxville Americana quartet.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8-11 p.m. 

Wire in the Wood: The Session Room.

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Hometown purveyors of psychedelic, virtuosic, bluegrass-stained, gyspy acoustimental string rock, Wire in the Wood, make their debut performance at The Session Room. This evenings special performance will feature an all instrumental first set of traditional bluegrass, swing, and gypsy jazz. The second set will turn up the frigid temperatures with a blazing set of originals.
Madison from Treetown Sound on Ann Arbor's 107.1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJpETNeBbps
The Session Room, 3685 Jackson. Free admisson. (734) 585-7300. booking@wireinthewood.com www.wireinthewood.com [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"En Español Festival: Sounds of the Hispanosphere": U-M School of Music.

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Jan. 29-Feb. 4 (different times & locations). Concerts, lectures, and master classes that celebrate music and musicians who blend Western classical traditions with those from Hispanic-Latino culture. Tonight: The University Philharmonia Orchestra performs a program of Spanish and Latin American music highlighted by the premiere of Jaime Mirtenbaum Zenamon's Gran Concierto Sinfonico for Cello and Guitar with the Barcelona-based Duo Villalobos.
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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 

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 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. (except Feb. 15, Michigan Union Pendleton Rm.). $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo

This local singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His new CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde ThunderwŘde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea quartet of guitarists Jason Dennie and George Merkel, multi- instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier, and bassist Tommy Reifel. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Slice

East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Mash: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter, a former Ragbirds guitarist. [venue info]

Session Room: Wire in the Wood

Local acoustic string quartet led by singer-songwriter Billy Kirst that describes its music as "prog-bluegrass locomotive pulling a lonesome alt-folk boxcar and a swinging Hot-Club caboose." With mandolinist Kyle Rhodes, fiddler Jordan Adema, and bassist Ryan Shea. [venue info]

 
 


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