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Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 12, 2017






 
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 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 

"Out of the Blue: Freedom from the Real Causes of Depression": The Journey.

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Feb. 10-12. Are you stressed, traumatized, overwhelmed? Is life dull, empty, shut down? Are you pulling away from favored activities and relationships? Is your job performance suffering? Have you had significant changes in eating and sleeping?
You don't have to be diagnosed with depression to experience its many causes and symptoms. But there are healthy solutions. This 3-day workshop explains and provides fundamental healing from what depression is and is not. You will experience and learn powerful skills that will unlock your body's grip on depression and patterns of ill-health at the cellular level. Clear the consciousness that has put these patterns into place, and with this shift, positively impact your life and those around you. Return to yourself.
Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. $495 (discounts available). Suzanne 734-904-4952. http://thejourneyna.com/seminars-schedule/out-of-the-blue/ [map]


 8:30-9:30 a.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 http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Feb. 11 & 12. About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Admission $5 (members, $3; kids age 12 & under, free). (517) 605-0624. [map]


 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination.

Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.

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10 a.m. & 1 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 545-0541 (10 a.m.), 994-5908 (1 p.m.). [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Cat Tales": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals.
10:30 a.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson (ste. A1). $5 per child. 661-3575. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Our Citizens Behind Bars: Who Are They and Who Are We?: First Congregational Church.

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The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. What are the implications of our incarceration history and practices? Who are the people that are incarcerated?
Judy Wenzel has taught high school completion classes at the federal prison in Milan and is writing a book called Light from the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom. She will be sharing her first hand experiences teaching high school and listening to the people in the prison.
American jails and prisons are filled with 2.2 million people, who are layered in stereotypes and prejudice. The consequences of mass incarceration cast a wide and ugly net of damage and trauma to people behind bars. (This listing updated 1/27/2017)
First Congregational Church, Mayflower Room, 608 E. William St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. 734-662-1679. office@fccannarbor.org http://fccannarbor.org/ [map]


 11 a.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: $15. Memberships start at just $39.99/month and include four Full Body Fits per month -- other memberships & a wide variety of strength, cardio, & Yoga classes available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m  Free! 

"Content with the Limits of Religion and Science: The Heart's Reason (A Hindu Perspective)": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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Congregation member Meg Gower leads a discussion of this chapter of Krista Tippet's Einstein's God: Conversations about Science and the Human Spirit.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. [map]


 Noon-5 p.m.  Free! 

2017 Krista Larson Trunk Show: MIX Ypsilanti.

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2017 Krista Larson Trunk Show
Friday, February 10 - Sunday, February 12th
MIX Ypsilanti is hosting a Show for one of our most sought-after designers. During this event, Krista Larson's 2017 Spring line will be featured. Each cut from her line will be on-hand for you to see and then select in your personal choice of fabric, a feature that sets Krista Larson clothing apart from others. This is a unique opportunity to be personally involved in your wardrobe selection for Spring. We invite you to place orders for Spring, or choose pieces from our fabulous selection of in-stock Krista Larson designs.
Krista has been producing her line for over 20 years. Originally from Southern California, she now employs a small group of very detail oriented employees in her rural southern New Hampshire studio.
For FREE REGISTRATION email mixonmichigan@comcast.net
Friday, February 10 - Sunday, February 12th
MIX Ypsilanti - 130 W. Michigan Avenue
MIX Ypsilanti, 130 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-961-8704. mixonmichigan@comcast.net https://www.facebook.com/events/373738696328721/ [map]



 Noon 

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]


 Noon-3 p.m. 

"Big Chill Winter Games": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Snowman building, a snowball slingshot, snow graffiti, a campfire, crafts, hot cocoa, and live wood carving demonstrations.
Noon-3 p.m., The Lodge at Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. $3 admission; free vehicle admission. 484-9676, ext. 201. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Niceland Art Opening: Local Artists: Dylan Strzynski, Helen Gotlib & Lavinia Hanachuic.

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Join us for a midwinter art show, Niceland.
One weekend only!
Opening reception Friday, Feb 10th 6-9pm, more hanging out with the artists Saturday 1pm-9pm & Sunday 1pm-4pm
Featuring recent works by local artist Dylan Strzynski, Helen Gotlib & Lavinia Hanachiuc.
At the Tiny Buddha Space above Totoro on S. State Street in downtown Ann Arbor, MI.
www.helengotlib.com , www.dylanstrzynski.com , www.almapottery.etsy.com
Tiny Buddha Space, 213 S. State St. Free. 734.678.7976. helengotlib@gmail.com www.helengotlib.com , www.dylanstrzynski.com , www.almapottery.etsy.com [map]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.
1-4 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. cawolfe@umich.edu. 678-7549, 663-0262. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Aug. 5: Olson Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail) to remove invasive weeds overrunning it open meadows, and Black Pond Woods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.) to remove Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 19: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Bird Rd. entrance west off Huron River Dr.) Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 20: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help remove bittercress, Canada thistle, and other invasives.

Aug. 26: Bandemer Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking area off Barton Dr.) to help remove exotic weeds from the patch of dry prairie that lines the Border-to-Border Trail in this park along the Huron River.

Sept. 10: Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to help remove invasive plants during this national day of service to commemorate 9-11.

Sept. 16: Onder Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn to restore the small oak savanna.

Sept. 17: Redbud Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Parkwood & Jeanne) to remove honeysuckle and other invasive plants.

Sept. 23: Furstenberg (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to remove invasive plants to improve the ecosystem of this 38-acre park.

Sept. 23: Ruthven Nature Area 1-4 p.m., meet at the Gallup Park boat dock parking lot at the corner of Parkway and Geddes) to remove invasive plants threatening the native wildflowers.

Sept. 30: Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to learn how to identify and cut buckthorn and honeysuckle from this 22-acre riverside park.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters: Red Kangaroos": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. All invited to view red kangaroos on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a cougar, prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, arctic foxes, and others. Bring a snack to eat in the picnic areas, if you wish.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]



 1-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Feb. 11 & 12. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live animals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. This month's featured critters are "worms & friends." Note: Saturday's program includes a midday "Animal Naptime" break.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM Michigan Nature Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Youth": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week for kids in grades 1-5.

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1-2 p.m., 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docent-led tour of the UMMA collection, with themes based on the docent's interests.
1-2 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Secrets of Plants": U-M Natural History Museum Family Reading & Science Program.

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All kids ages 6-11 (accompanied by a parent or guardian) invited to learn about the art and science of collecting and pressing plants. Topics include how plants are shared across the world and used in research to answer questions about global warming, habitat destruction, new medicinal uses, and the spread of disease. Participants can select and press some plants to take home, learn about the techniques researchers use in collecting and labeling specimens for preservation, and see some of the 1.7 million specimens in the collection at the U-M Herbarium.
1-2 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. Preregistration required. 764-0480. [map]


 1:15, 4, & 7 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]


 1:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

Black History Month: Riverside Arts Center.

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3rd Annual Exhibit of local area African American artists sharing their art. This includes visual, literary and performance arts. Opening Art Reception is Friday, Feb 3 from 5-7pm.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. Free. Donation. 734-480-2787 http://riversidearts.org [map]



 1:30 p.m. 

Family Friendly Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Sept. 25: Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang (Oskar Santos, 2013). Adventure film about twin brothers sent to summer school, who form a gang in resistance to the strict schoolmaster and have an exciting adventure by discovering a mysterious secret hidden in the school. Spanish, subtitles.

Oct. 9: The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987). Sweet, witty, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale swashbuckler about a farm girl kidnapped by a villainous prince who intends to make her his princess. Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright Penn, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn.

Oct. 22: Frankenweenie (Tim Burton, 2012). Stop-motion animated horror comedy, a parody of the classic 1931 Frankenstein film. 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 19: Follow That Bird (Ken Kwapis, 1985). Animated road movie starring Big Bird and featuring many other Sesame Street puppets and live actors. 11:30 a.m.

Jan. 15: The Peanuts Movie (Steve Martino, 2015). Animated adventure based on the venerable Charles M. Schulz comic in which Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life.

Feb. 12: Chicken Run (Nick Park, Peter Lord, 2000), Lively claymation comedy about a penful of chickens plotting an escape from a greedy farmer.

Mar. 5: March of the Penguins (Luc Jacquet, 2005). Mesmerizing documentary about the life cycle of the Antarctic emperor penguin. Kids under 12, free. 1:30 p.m.

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1:30 p.m. (except as noted), Michigan Theater (State Theater on Feb. 21 & Mar. 12). $10 (kids under 12, free; students, seniors, & veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50). [map]


 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (Sat. 11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.) audiovisual exploration of the current night sky that includes a brief talk on how light that travels to Earth from far away-and the distant past-informs us about the Universe we live in today.

Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an exploration of deep space objects through the eyes of the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes, each of which operates in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Sunstruck (Sat. & Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show about the composition and nature of the Sun and the various ways it affects the Earth.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

Victorian Valentine Tea: Kempf House Museum.

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Feb. 11 & 12. An elegant traditional tea with a menu that includes both sweets and savories. With romantic piano music played on the Kempf family's 1877 Steinway. Period attire welcome. This popular annual fundraiser usually sells out well in advance.
1:30-3 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. $25. Reservations (available beginning Jan. 2) required by Feb. 5. 994-4898. [map]


 1:45 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Animated": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short animated films nominated for an Academy Award.
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]


 2 & 7 p.m. 

"An Affair to Remember": Fathom Events.

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(Leo McCarey, 1957). 60th anniversary screening of this bittersweet romantic classic that stars Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr as lovers, each engaged to another, who fall in love aboard an ocean liner and agree to rendezvous 6 months later at the Empire State Building. With commentary by a Turner Classic Movies host.
2 & 7 p.m., Rave, 4100 Carpenter. $8 (2 p.m.) & $10.25 (7 p.m.) in advance at fathomevents.com and at the door. 973-8424. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

African American Mural Project: Ypsilanti District Library.

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The Art students of Ypsilanti Community High School and their art teacher combined Art and Ypsilanti African-American history to create two community murals, with a third on the way. Learn about our motivation, history, planning and the process behind the two completed murals and an update on the upcoming spring mural.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x 1377. drummond@ypsilibrary.org www.ypsilibrary.org/events [map]



 2 p.m.  Free! 

Andrew Anderson.

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An accomplished accompanist, chamber musician, and soloist, this veteran local pianist performs a program he describes as "infinite riches in a little room." It is highlighted by a performance of all 24 of Chopin's Preludes, a collection of brief pieces notable for their subtlety and variety of invention that Liszt described as "small falling stars dissolved into tones as they fall." Also, Liszt's powerful tone poem, the Dante Sonata, and Dohanyi's Rhapsody no. 3, a delightful piece that encompasses humor, passion, lyricism, and virtuosity.
2 p.m., Faber Piano Institute, 3042 Creek Dr. (off Packard just east of Platt). Donation. 665-7346. [map]



 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

Jen Sygit & Sam Corbin: Chelsea District Library Sonic Sunday.

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Rootsy pop-folk with rich vocal harmonies by this mid-Michigan singer-songwriter duo. Instrumentation includes banjo, acoustic guitar, telecaster and harmonica.
2-3 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Joe's Memory Arts Cafe: Alzheimer's Association.

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This collaborative program welcomes individuals with memory loss living in their homes, their care partners, family, and friends. It is a supportive and engaging environment where everyone can interact, have fun, find support, and enjoy a positive experience. This group meets every 2nd Sunday each month and if you have any questions or would like to register, please call Sandy Schmunk at 734-649-6806.
Towsley Health Building, 5361 McAuley Drive. Free. 734-649-6806. alz.org/mglc/in_my_community_education.asp [map]



 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

K-8 Open House: Summers-Knoll School.

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Join us for a K-8 open house to learn more about our progressive, project-based curriculum. We will showcase mini "lessons" as well as host a parent panel so that you get taste of the true SK experience! Children welcome. Pre-registration requested but not required. Link: https://goo.gl/forms/wmBGcjKA2Fx14QdA2
Summers-Knoll School, 2203 Platt Road. Free. 7349717991. admissions@summers-knoll.org summers-knoll.org [map]



 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

My Turn: A Sensory Friendly Sunday at Therapeutic Riding, Inc.: My Turn.

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On Sunday, February 12, 2017 Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (TRI) will be open from 2-4 p.m.for a FREE, sensory-friendly event allowing families affected by autism to experience the facility and learn all about horses! Participants will be able to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a working horse farm. They can try some arena games, see what horses eat, use grooming tools, and learn about horse tack (saddles, bridles, etc.). Coloring pages and horse-themed hand-outs will be available for families to take home.
This event is recommended for ages 4 and above, however all are welcome to participate.
While this program will not take place outdoors, families are encouraged to wear clothing appropriate for winter weather and messy activities--layers are recommended
**Due to safety concerns and insurance policies, TRI cannot offer any riding or horse contact at this public event. There will, however, be plenty of fun horse-themed activities for participating families!**
Therapeutic Riding, Inc., 3425 East Morgan Road. Free. Myturn@aahom.org. Myturn@aahom.org myturncommunity.org [map]



 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Nov. 3. WSU. Exhibition game. 7 p.m.

Nov. 13. Niagara. 3 p.m.

Nov. 18. Howard. 7 p.m.

Nov. 21. WMU. 7 p.m.

Dec. 13. Ohio. 7 p.m.

Dec. 17. Vermont. Noon.

Dec. 22. American. 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 28. Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Jan. 10. Indiana. 6 p.m.

Jan. 10. Minnesota. Noon or 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 25. Indiana. 7 p.m.

Feb. 5. Iowa. 2 p.m.

Feb. 12. Wisconsin. 2 p.m.

Feb. 19. MSU. 2 p.m.

Feb. 23. Nebraska. 2 p.m.

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Noon, Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 2-3 p.m. 

Winter Nature Programs: Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Jan. 22 (2-3 p.m.): "Creature Feature" Little Creatures Co. (Royal Oak) owner Dan Briere, aka "Dan the Creature Man," displays and discusses live exotic animals.

Jan. 29 (2-4 p.m.): "Winter Orienteering." A hike to learn to find your way through the woods in winter. Compass provided, or bring your own.

Feb. 5 (2-3:30 p.m.): "Skins, Scat, and Skulls." Presentation and demonstration walk by naturalist Dave Szczygiel, with specimens from his collection of Michigan animal skulls and skins, on how various creatures use their specialized body parts and how to recognize animal signs in the wild.

Feb. 12 (2-3 p.m.): "Bats of the World." Representatives from the Organization for Bat Conservation display and discuss the habits and vulnerabilities of live bats from around the world, including some with a nearly 3-foot wingspan.

Feb. 26 (2-3 p.m.): "Michigan's Bears." WNHA naturalists discuss the biology, habits, and distribution of Michigan's black bears, as well as the DNR efforts to maintain a healthy black population and what people need to do to live in harmony with them.

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Various times, Eddy Discovery Center lower parking lot (except as noted), Bush Rd. (west off Pierce Rd. from I-94 exit 157), Chelsea. $2 (families, $5) except as noted. Space limited; preregistration required. $11 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.


 2 p.m. 

"A Raisin in the Sun": EMU Theatre Department.

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Feb. 8-12. EMU theater professor Wallace Bridges directs EMU drama students in Lorraine Hansberry's landmark 1959 social protest drama, the first play by an African-American woman ever produced on Broadway. The story of a southside Chicago family's struggle for cultural identity and fulfillment, the action centers around the family's conflicting desires for spending a $10,000 life insurance payment they receive after the father's death. The play's abundant humor grows out of the tension between their mutual love and their divergent views of the future, and their struggles provide a context for exploring several larger cultural, class, and generational issues within African-American society and for demonstrating the resilient strength of family bonds. Recommended for audiences age 13 & up.
7 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.


 2 p.m. 

"A Raisin in the Sun": EMU Theater Department.

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Feb. 8-12. EMU theater professor Wallace Bridges directs EMU drama students in Lorraine Hansberry's landmark 1959 social protest drama, the first play by an African-American woman ever produced on Broadway. The story of a southside Chicago family's struggle for cultural identity and fulfillment, the action centers around the family's conflicting desires for spending a $10,000 life insurance payment they receive after the father's death. The play's abundant humor grows out of the tension between their mutual love and their divergent views of the future, and their struggles provide a context for exploring several larger cultural, class, and generational issues within African-American society and for demonstrating the resilient strength of family bonds. Recommended for audiences age 13 & up.
7 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Constructing Gender: The Architectural Origins of Michigan's Union and League": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit.
2-3 p.m., UMMA. 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395.


 2 & 7 p.m. 

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Feb. 10-12, 17, & 18. Erin Palmer directs students in Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Linda Woolverton's musical version of the classic love story between a lovely maiden and a loathsome beast who must earn a maiden's love before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. The popular score includes "Belle," "Be Our Guest," and the title song.
7 p.m. (except Feb. 12, 2 & 7 p.m.), Dexter High Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker Rd., Dexter. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only. palmere@dexterschools.org. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Kerry Tales: Snow Blows with Mother Goose": Kerrytown Shops.

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30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. (Kerrytown). Free. 769-3115. [map]


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



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


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Dangerous Experiment": U-M Residential College.

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Feb. 10-12. U-M students Emma McGlashen and Sophia Kaufman direct McGlashen's new play about the 1st generation of women to be educated alongside the men at the U-M in the year 1871. The action, often comic, follows 5 women, each based on a composite of 2 actual women in that first class of 34, as they cope with opposition from university faculty and Ann Arbor locals and a range of reactions from the male students. The play offers a look into the classrooms of early university years, what everyday life was in late 19th century Ann Arbor, as well as the academic and personal lives of students. McGlashen's script began as research project with fellow student Catherine Audette and RC drama teacher Kate Mendeloff.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 647-4354. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Fantasticks": Huron High School Players.

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Feb. 3-5 & 10-12. Jeffrey Stringer directs students in Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's bewitching 1960 musical comedy that enjoyed a 42-year run on Broadway. It's a simple fable, whimsical and bittersweet, about 2 neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love. The show's many memorable tunes include "Try to Remember," "Plant a Radish," "Soon It's Gonna Rain," and "They Were You." Cast: Leo Tunkle, Hannah Schweitzer, Mitchell Salley, Ian Masson, Anna Austin, Rebecca Galler, and Radu Dumitrascu.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Huron High New Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only. Huronplayers.weebly.com, 994-2040. [map]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Tracks in the Snow": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Shawn Severance leads kids ages 7-12 on a hike to identify and interpret common animal tracks and signs.
2-4 p.m., Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free; $6 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337, ext. 335. [map]


 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staff lead a discussion U-M social work professor Luke Shaefer and Johns Hopkins University sociology professor Kathryn Edin's acclaimed study of the forms poverty takes in contemporary America, the 2017 Washtenaw Reads selection. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (Jan. 25), 343 S. Fifth Ave.; 3-4:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room (Feb. 12), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 3-5 p.m. 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a directed drawing activity for adults, exploring different tasks, techniques, and mediums each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL 4th floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. 327-8301. [map]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"In Conversation: Alfred Stieglitz and the Struggle for Photography as Fine Art": UMMA.

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Curator Jennifer Friess discusses the current exhibit, The Aesthetic Movement in America: Artists of the Photo-Secession,which features works by early 20th-century photographers attempting to legitimize photography as a fine art.
3-4 p.m., UMMA Photography Gallery, 525 S. State. Free, but preregistration required by emailing umma-program-registration@umich.edu (include date and title of program in the subject line). 764-0395. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"Make a Good Impression": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring how fossils are created and how museum fossil casts are made. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 3 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 theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 3:45 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Documentary Program 1"

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Screening of short documentaries nominated for an Academy Award.
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]


 4-7 p.m. 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4 p.m. 

EMU Symphonic Band and Concert Band: EMU Music Department.

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Amy Knopps directs these 2 music student ensembles in a program of music by U-M composition professor Michael Daugherty, the featured composed in the biennial EMU MusicNow Fest (see February 15 listing).
4 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

Stephen & Rose Warner: Ypsilanti Pipe Organ Festival.

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A cabaret-style concert celebrating love by this husband-and-wife duo of Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church (Detroit) organist Stephen and soprano Rose, including Broadway songs, Great American Songbook works, and songs from films. Also, a tribute to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and a screening of One Week, Buster Keaton's 1920 silent film about the troubles faced by newlyweds when a jealous suitor mislabels the parts for the house they're building. Reception follows.
4 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. Free. 482-1525. [map]


 4-7 p.m. 

"8th Annual Chili Cook-Off": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Fundraiser.

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Tastings of chilis and beers. Raffle and silent auction.
4-7 p.m., Wolverine State Brewing Company, 2019 W. Stadium. Tickets $20 includes samples of 10 chilis and 3 beers; $10 for chili only. A2ct.org, 971-2228. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Song of Love": Michigan Chamber Players.

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This ad hoc ensemble of U-M music professors performs works by Poulenc, Mackey, Vaughn-Williams, and Schoenfield that highlight the central role of the piano as a chamber music instrument. With pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng, who curated the program, and winds, strings, and vocal musicians.
4 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Live by Night": Booked for Murder Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Dennis Lehane's book, recently made into a film, about the making and unmaking of a gangster during Prohibition.
4:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 769-2149. [map]


 5:45 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Documentary Program 2"

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Screening of short documentaries nominated for an Academy Award.
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]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Gretchen's House, 1580 Dhu Varren. Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 717-1569. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Restorative Yin Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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End your weekend on a relaxing note! Designed to be restorative and stress relieving, this class can improve your flexibility and help you sleep better.
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. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Caleb Curtis & Marta Sánchez: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Saxophonist Curtis, an Ann Arbor native and fixture on the NYC jazz scene, performs originals and jazz standards with Madrid-born pianist Sánchez, whose latest album, Partenika, was one of the New York Times top 10 albums of 2015 in all genres.
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Euphonium & Tuba Ensemble and Youth Euphonium & Tuba Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Each group performs a separate program of works TBA. Then they come together to perform Sibelius's Finlandia.
7 p.m., Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam"

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An open jam for musicians of all ages & levels of ability to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, & blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. Led by Ann Arbor veteran musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. The 2nd Sunday features a focus song, followed by jamming. The 3rd Sunday is for songwriters to try out new songs and get critiques as desired. The 4th Sunday features an open mike for solo, duo, and trio performers, followed by jamming.
7-9 p.m., U-M Turner Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at www.Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam/. 998-9353. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Live Action"

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Screening of short films nominated for an Academy Award.
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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: The Wes Fritzmeier Jazz Experience

With the Chelsea ensemble of pianist Brian Brill, bassist Jed Fritzemeier, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: "Songwriters Circle."

All invited to drop in to play their work or just listen. Hosted by veteran singer-songwriter Annie Capps. 2-5 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Old Town: Ryan Racine

Veteran local alt-country honky-tonk and rockabilly singer- songwriter. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Heather Black Project

Vintage jazz and blues by an ensemble led by Heather Schwartz, a talented local singer whose vocal style also reflects gospel, R&B, soul, and hip-hop influences. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Will Mefford

Improvisations on jazz standards by this local pianist. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old-time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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