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Calendar of Events

Monday, February 6, 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]

 10 a.m. 

Stretch and Strength Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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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. [map]

 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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., except May 17, 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]

 1-3:30 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. 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]

 4 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! 

"'We Are All Republicans': Party Competition and the Production of Nationhood in France's Face Veil Debate": U-M Center for European Studies "Conversations on Europe"

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Talk by U-M sociology postdoc Emily Laxer.
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 647-2743. [map]

 4:15, 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]

 4:30, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Neruda": Michigan Theater.

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(Pablo Larraín, 2016). Biopic set in the 1940s about an inspector who hunts down the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, who became a fugitive in his own country for joining the Communist Party. Spanish & French, subtitles.
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]

 5:30-6:30 pm  Free! 

Diabetes Prevention Program: The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan's Diabetes Prevention Program is for people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Participants will be a part of a small, supportive group lead by a trained lifestyle coach.
Workshop is held in room # 3258.
For more information call 800-482-1455 or email
U of M Ypsilanti Health Center, 200 Arnet, Ypsilanti. Free. 800-482-1455. [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!
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.

 6 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]

 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]

 7 p.m. 

"Kuro: The Dark Edge of Japanese Filmmaking": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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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.

Mar. 6: Dragnet Girl (Yasujiro Ozu, 1933). Classic silent drama about a career criminal offered a chance at redemption when he crosses paths with his delinquent sister. With live narration by renowned benshi (silent film narrator) Ichiro Kataoka and period music by veteran local DJ Arwulf. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Mar. 13: Ichi the Killer (Takashi Miike, 2001). Neo-noir sensationalist gangster film based on Hideo Yamamoto's acclaimed manga. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m. h]

Mar. 20: The World of Kanako (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2015). Noir thriller about an aimless, irresponsible cop who is pulled into sharp focus by the sudden, inexplicable disappearance of his teenage daughter. 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 and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kim Harrison: Nicola's Books.

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This best-selling Michigan-born novelist reads from The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death, the prequel to her popular Hollows series about Rachel Morgan, a sexy witch who hunts vampires, werewolves, banshees, and demons. This novel follows two women across a plague-torn U.S. as they try to convince leaders of the major paranormal species that humans deserve to be saved. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café: St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations on various topics, including "Finding Meaning Every Monday: Secrets to a Satisfying Week" (Feb. 6), "Crop Circles: They're Not What You Think" (Feb. 13), "Spiritual but Not Religious: The Author of The Shack Weighs In" (Feb. 20), and "Police Brutality or Necessary Force?" (Feb. 27). The program begins with video introductions.
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

New Members Night: Out Loud Chorus.

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Sept. 18 & 25. 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 January. Snacks.
7-9:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium. Free. 265-0470. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Dialogue, Character, and Point of View": Ann Arbor District Library.

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On Feb. 6, local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal discuss the basic techniques of good fiction. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nancy Ambrose King: U-M School of Music.

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This U-M oboe professor performs works by Alex Shapiro, Jean Francaix, Nikos Skalkottas, and Antonino Pasculli. With pianists Amy I-Lin Cheng and Matthew Thompson, bassoonist Jeffrey Lyman, and flutist Amy Porter.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Albert Lee: The Ark.

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A veteran English electric guitar virtuoso whom Eric Clapton calls "the greatest guitarist in the world," Lee is a master of just about every style of Anglo-American vernacular music, but he is best known for his influence on country guitarists, both from his stints in the bands of Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and the Everly Brothers and from his own "Country Boy," which helped redefine country guitar.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 9:30 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]

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