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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 2, 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. [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 or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game that uses colorful tiles. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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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]

 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?."

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. 

School of Inner Cultivation and Healing: SUN SHEN.

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Tai-Chi Master Sang Kim is teaching the SUN SHEN Internal Cultivation and Healing System in an intimate hands-on format. This System is an integrated approach which incorporates Spiritual Counseling, Tai-Chi and energy cultivation and healing to resolve physical, emotional and spiritual problems. Students have the opportunity to be professionally certified in this comprehensive, effective healing modality. More importantly, this class is designed to support life changing personal transformations. Students report more passion and peace from resolving issues in their schedules, relationships, and more. Weekly support from the community of students, and giving and receiving healing work provides an incubator for growth. The influence of this lineage Healing System is vast and deep. Course enrollment is offered on an ongoing basis. Course schedule: Thursdays 10:30-12:30pm and Fridays 3:15-5:30pm. Please contact Alexis Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $300/month. 734-845-9786. [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]

 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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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]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Feb. 2: Folk singer-songwriter Matt Watroba. Feb. 9: Love songs by the Brad McNett Duo of jazz singer McNett and jazz guitarist Jake Reichbart. Feb. 16: Musical theater and cabaret by soprano Katharine Ball and accompanist Andrew Meagher. Feb. 23: Classical violin by U-M string students.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join our caregiver support group to learn, talk, and meet with others who are experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia firsthand. The group meets every 1st Thursday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Glacier Hills Retirement Community, The Manor, Conference Room A, 1200 Earhart Rd. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn":: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs. except Jan. 5 & 19. Cultural or educational program preceded at noon by a homemade dairy lunch ($4; seniors with reservations, $3).

Feb. 2: TinyLions manager Haley Chenoweth discusses this new cat café on Jackson Rd. Also, a preview of upcoming JCC events. manager Haley Chenoweth discusses this new cat café on Jackson Rd. Also, a preview of upcoming JCC events.

Feb. 9: Ann Arbor Film Festival executive director Leslie Raymond discusses this internationally renowned held annually in late March.

Feb. 16: Mindo Chocolate Makersgeneral manager Dana Romaker discusses this Dexter-based bean-too-bar chocolatier.

Feb. 23: British-born local painter, photographer, and sculptor Sophie Grillet discusses her works that were on display at the JCC Amster Gallery last summer.

Mar. 2: Go! Ice Cream (Ypsilanti) founder Rob Hess discusses his business that makes artisanal ice creams using local ingredients. Taste samples.

Mar. 9: Beth Israel Congregation rabbi Robert Dobrusin will discuss "Purim," as well as his new book, The Long Way Around.

iMar. 16: Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County outreach & program coordinator Ayelet Shapiro and JCC operations manager Rachael Hoffenblum host a hands-on cookie decorating session.

Mar. 23: A chance to meet and learn about a Therapaws therapy dog.

Mar. 30: A speaker TBA discusses the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives in Detroit.

1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 971-0990. [map]

 1:00 p.m. 

"Being Mortal" Book Discussion: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M (50 +).

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In Being Mortal, Atul Gawande, MD, discusses "the medicalization of mortality" and its consequences, including loss of independence, separation from loved ones and the financial strains affecting patients and families.
This book discussion group, facilitated by instructor Dr. Sheryl Kurze, a physician with 25 years' experience in primary and end-of-life care, allows participants to reflect on the care of their loved ones and on the care they may want for themselves in the future. This knowledge will help you consider when less-is-more might be the best care plan possible.
This discussion group will meet for two hours.
Saline Senior Center, 629 N. Maple, Saline. $10. 734-998-9351. [map]

 3:45, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"La La Land": Michigan Theater.

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(Damiel 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]

 3:45, 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]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"But Not the Loud Offensive Type: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the U-M During the Era of Jewish Admissions Quotas, 1925-1939": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Talk by U-M Judaic studies professor Karla Goldman.
4-5:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 936-2367. [map]

 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"On the Shores of Japan's Post-War Left: An Intimate History": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Lecture by U-M history professor Leslie Pincus.
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [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. [map]

 5 & 8:30 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. Today: lecture by composer Ricardo Lorenz (5 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin), whose works have been praised for their fiery orchestrations, harmonic sophistication, and rhythmic vitality. Followed at 8:30 p.m. in the U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre (1100 Baits) by a recital by the international Khemia Ensemble, with members from Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and the U.S. The group is dedicated to performing works by living composers.
5 & 8:30 p.m., different locations. Free. 615-3204.

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Wonder + Skepticism": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Olin College (MA) design professor Sara Hendren discusses her work on adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Speak So They Listen!: Ann Arbor Association for Talent Development.

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Captivating today's audiences takes planning and skill. In this Speak So They Listen workshop, you will instantly learn it's more than just what you say that will mesmerize your audience!
By the end of this 60 minute Speak So They Listen workshop, you will learn and practice how to captivate your audience by:
1. Guiding them to focus on 4 areas
2. Speaking with credible & approachable patterns
3. Practicing non-verbal maneuvers of confident speakers
4. Achieving better outcomes when delivering bad news"
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr, Ann Arbor, MI. Chapter members = $20 Student members = $15 Non-member guests = $40. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tom Sleigh: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this highly acclaimed and widely anthologized Brooklyn-based poet whose work has been praised by poet Seamus Heaney for "the way it refuses to cut emotional corners and yet achieves a sense of lyric absolution." His 2015 collection, Station Zed, draws on his experience as a journalist on tours of Lebanon, Somalia, Iraq, and Libya.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [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. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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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]

 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]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

CyberSafety for Parents: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Worried about what your kids are seeing online? How do you recognize the signs of cyberbullying? The Cyber Safety Coordinator from the Washtenaw Area Council for Children will address these topics and more at this parent seminar. Mature topics will be discussed so children are not permitted to attend.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 6:30-8:15 p.m.  Free! 

Tin Pan Alley and Early Jazz: Front Porch Swing.

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Acoustic trio playing Tin Pan Alley and early jazz and blues on piano, cello, guitar, banjo and ukulele. 6:30 to 8:00.
Silvio's Organic Pizza, 715 North University. Free. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Downtown Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/show or shine.
6:15 (Mon.) & 6:30 (Thurs.) p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty. Free. 769-5016. [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
Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care Office, 2366 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734.794.5177. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. 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. [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 or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Euchre Night: Out Loud Chorus Fund-Raiser.

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All invited to compete in a euchre tournament. No partner necessary; cash prizes for overall winner and loser.
7-9 p.m., Bona Sera, 200 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. $10. 973-6084, 663-0036. [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. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

The 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Compilation of some of the best independent and experimental films from the 2016 edition of this internationally renowned festival.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4255. [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. 

"Noises Off": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 2-19. Professional actors perform Michael Frayn's popular comedy, which the New York Post called "the funniest farce ever written," about the hilarious misadventures of an acting troupe on tour with an awful British sex farce called Nothing On. The action features a backstage view of rehearsals and performances sabotaged by bloated egos, petty jealousies, furtive romances, and other distractions.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $26 (seniors, $24; youth & groups of 10 or more, $22) on Thurs.; $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Fri. & Sat. eve. $28 (seniors, $26; youth & groups of 10 or more, $24) for all matinees in advance at and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"World Wide Opals": Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Talk by club member Ben Gray.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]

 7:30 & 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Bruckner Orchester Linz: University Musical Society.

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This Austrian orchestra performs works by composers whose pieces explore the experience of Africans and African Americans, such as Africa Sings, Alexander Zemlinsky's 1929 work that features poetry by Langston Hughes and other Harlem Renaissance writers. The program also includes Ifé: Three Yoruba Songs, Philip Glass's recent collaboration with the Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, who performs with the orchestra tonight. "The power of Kidjo's unflappable voice, the range of her emotional expression, the stellar, genre-bending musicians who back her, and the infectious, activist energy that courses through her songs all transcend any native tongue," says an NPR Music review. The program also includes Morton Gould's arrangement of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Suite and Duke Ellington's Black, Brown, and Beige Suite. With baritone Martin Achrainer.
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $14-$65 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs. (except Dec. 22 & 29), Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. 255-5310. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Faculty Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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A collage concert of U-M faculty performances by saxophonist Andrew Bishop, trumpeter William Campbell, soprano Caroline Helton, harpist Joan Holland, baritone Stephen Lusmann, cellist Nathaniel Pierce, violinist Stephen Shipps, dancer Tzveta Kassabova, bass-baritone Daniel Washington, and pianists Kathryn Goodson, Martin Katz, Ellen Rowe, and Paul Schoenfeld.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]

 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Yoga with Cats: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Moving Pictures": U-M Dance Company.

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Feb. 2-5. U-M dance students perform excerpts from Quarry by guest artist Meredith Monk, the celebrated experimental choreographer and composer-vocalist whose known for the inventive, often revelatory ways she blends voice and movement. Quarry, an award-winning 1976 work exploring human extremes during wartime, Also, U-M dance alumni Xan Burley and Alex Springer, and by U-M dance professors Missy Beck, Amy Chavasse, Bill DeYoung, Jessica Fogel, Biza Sompa, Peter Sparling, Sandra Torijano, Amy West, and Robin Wilson.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Sing Happy!": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Feb. 2, 3, 7-9, & 14-16. Thalia Schramm directs local singer-actresses in local composer R. Mackenzie Lewis cabaret-style revue showcasing the songs of the Broadway team of Kander and Ebb. The show is a sequence of songs and medleys from Chicago, Cabaret, and many other Kander & Ebb musicals, both famous and obscure, arranged so as to throw into relief their exploration of the mysteries of life and love. Performers are Sarah Stevens Briggs, Lindsay Frischmuth, Elizabeth Jaffe, and Kristin McSweeney.
7:30 p.m. (dinner seatings start at 6 p.m.) & (Mar. 3 only) 9:15 p.m. (dinner seating starts at 7:30 p.m.), Conor O'Neill's Celtic Room, 318 S. Main. Seating limited. Tickets $10 ($20 includes dinner entree) in advance at and (if available) at the door. 926-5346. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Dan Grueter: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 2-4. Fast-rising young Ohio-bred comic, a frequent guest on late-night TV who's known for his wry, quick-witted, and very funny observational humor. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]

 8 p.m. 

Nessa: The Ark.

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Jazz-Celtic fusion with elements of pop, folk, and chamber music by this local led by singer-flutist Kelly McDermott, with bassist and didgeridoo player Rob Crozier, fiddler and keyboardist Luke Panning, guitarist Dan Palmer, drummer David Zwolinski, and percussionist Mike List Tonight the band unveils its Imbolc Suite, a musical celebration of Imbolc, or St. Brigid's Day, a traditional marker of the onset of spring that in some non-Celtic circles has taken the form of Groundhog Day.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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. 

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

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