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Tuesday, February 14, 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 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]



 9 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Start your day with fitness! The 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 walk-in rate: $15. Or, join Better Living Fitness Center for as little as $39.99 a month for four Full Body Fit classes a month. Other memberships and a wide variety of strength, Yoga & cardio classes available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 9:45 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 13-Apr. 25. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]


  10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Importance of the Private Equity Markets": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Distinguished Lecture Series.

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Talk by U-M Business School Office for the Study of Private Equity Finance director David Brophy. Sixth in a series of 9 monthly lectures.
10-11:30 a.m., Rave Cinema, 4100 Carpenter. $65 (members, $45) for the 9-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Voices Valiant (U-M School of Music).

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Every Tues. All age 50 & over invited to join this choir. No experience necessary.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Liberty School Band Room, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free for visitors ($112 per cycle membership dues). 936-2660. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Please join us for this one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between.
We are currently discussing readings from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness for Beginners: reclaiming the present moment--and your life. No need to buy the book.
Center for Innovation (formerly St. Joe's Urgent Care), 400 W. Russell St, Saline. Free. 734-276-7707. mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com www.MindfulnesswithPaulette.weebly.com [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Free sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served.

Mar. 7: U-M Chinese studies professor Miranda Brown on "Of Cheese and Curds in China."

Mar. 14: MSU global urban studies professor Xuefei Ren on "Land, Housing, Air: Deciphering Urban Governance in China and India."

Mar. 21: Oxford University political economy of China professor Kyle Jaros on "China's Urban Champions and the Politics of Spatial Development."

Mar. 28: "When Muslims Die in China," a talk by University of Pennsylvania East Asian art professor Nancy Steinhardt on tombs of Muslim royalty in China.

Apr. 4: Journalist John Pomfret, an award-winning longtme foreign correspondent in China whose books include the recent study of Chinese-American relations The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom, discusses "The Long Embrace: US-China Relations from the Perspective of History."

Apr. 11: McGill University (Montreal) history & classical studies professor Griet Vankeerberghen on "An Act of Imperial Generosity: Remaking the Social Order in 1st-Century BCE China."

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Noon-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 12:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Acrylic Painting Series: Into the Marsh": USArtQuest.

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If you would like to learn techniques and skills to paint using acrylics on canvas or watercolor paper, this class is for you! Learn composition, art & brush techniques, color mixing, blending, shadowing and highlighting, material usage & so much more!
Class is taught by Sue Craig, Michigan Impressionist Artist
All materials are provide.
All skill levels are encouraged.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $42. (800) 766-0728. AskAnything@USArtQuest USArtQuest [map]



 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, and book study groups for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]


 3:30 & 9:30 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]


 3:45, 7:15, & 9:50 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 p.m.  Free! 

Supper Club: Chelsea Community Hospital LiveWell.

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All age 55 & over invited for a talk followed at 5 p.m. by supper.

Sept. 13: Chelsea Community Hospital osteopathic physician Melissa Sundermann and Anytime Fitness personal trainer Susan Corey discuss "Healthy Living Through Exercise."

Oct. 11: Chelsea Community Hospital geriatric psychiatrist Iquo Nafiu discusses "Beating the Blues."

Jan. 10: "Identity Theft." Talk by a speaker TBA.

Feb. 14: TBA.

Mar. 14: Chelsea House Orchestra. This touring ensemble of some 2 dozen Chelsea High School students plays traditional Scottish and Irish jigs and reels, along with other folk-inspired music and even some rock 'n' roll.

Apr. 11: Naturalist Gary Siegrist discusses "Spring Migration: Birds in Their Full Color and Song."

May 9: "Facts and Myths about Aging: Everything you Wanted to Know and Questions You Were Afraid to Ask," a panel discussion with neuropsychologist Dana Bowers, geriatric psychiatrist Iquo Naflu, geriatric social workerBarbra Mazie, Chelsea Senior Center director Trinh Pifer.

June 13: Performance by Friends in Harmony choir from the Dexter Senior Center.

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4 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital dining room, 775 S. Main, Chelsea. $6. Preregistration required. 593-5793. [map]


 4:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Jewishness and Modernist Fiction": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Lecture by U-M Englishy professor Walter Cohen.
4:10 p.m., 2022 Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [map]


 5 p.m. 

Cardio & Core: Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
Drop in non-member rate: $15. Better Living Fitness Center member drop-in rate: $10. We offer a variety of memberships and strength, Yoga & Cardio classes to suit every budget and (current) fitness level. Get fit & have fun with us!
Better Living Fitness Center. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com



 5:15-7 p.m.  Free! 

Terrance Hayes: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this acclaimed poet, whose fourth book, Lighthead, won the 2010 National Book Award for poems that straddle contemporary hip-hop and older poetic forms and riff on influences from poet Wallace Stevens to Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. His 2015 collection, How to Be Drawn, explores how we see and are seen and draws on Hayes's background as a visual artist. It includes everything from a poem contemplating the principle of blind contour drawing to ones inspired by maps, graphs, and various artists. Signing.
5:15-7 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Coloring Night: Brewed Awakenings Café.

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Every Tues.. All adults invited for a relaxing evening of coloring. Bring your own supplies, or use some of the café's.
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 p.m. 

Restorative Yin Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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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]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Sat., except Feb. 4. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 6:15 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor East Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Tues. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw. Free. 548-6299. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"This is What Democracy [Sounds] Like": Song and Silence in Protest Times Squared": U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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Talk by CUNY Baruch College ethnomusicologist Kyra Gaunt, the award-winning author of The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop, who studies the intersections of race, gender and adolescence on YouTube.
6:30-8 p.m., Residential College, 1405 East Quad, 701 East University. Free. 936-2777. [map]


 6:30-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Valentine's Day Storytime": Chelsea District Library.

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A program of Valentine's-inspired songs, fingerplays, felt stories, and rhymes to introduce kids ages 2-6 to basic literacy concepts.
6:30-7:15 p.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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 alexis@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. All age 18 & over invited to play. No partner needed. Cash prize for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill East, 3140 Packard. $5 entry fee; buy your own food. kari.thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]


 7-8:30 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]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Fantasy and Science Fiction/Theory Reading Group: U-M English Department.

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All age 21 & over invited to discuss Midnight Riot, Ben Aaronovitch's 2011 fantasy about a wannabe police detective whose job prospects change when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who's a ghost.
7-9 p.m., 3154 Angell Hall. Free. 764-2553. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Go-Tech Meeting: Maker Works.

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Join us for this self-proclaimed "geek show-and-tell." Makers present their creations!
We have people interested in a wide scope of topics and endeavors. Programming, robots, machining, welding, artistic creations, metal casting, anything being built. Pretty much anything someone is "Making" is welcome at a Go-Tech meeting.
Also, if you have a problem with your project ask for help and the brain trust of Go-Tech will amaze you with solutions to difficulties you haven't even explored yet. This is an open group. All are welcome and especially young makers are encouraged to bring in a project to show off.
Second Tuesday of each month at 7pm.
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 7342224911. frontdesk@maker-works http://www.maker-works.com [map]



 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). singwithus.org 612-7580. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Bluegrass Meetup": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass and bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Bluegrass-Meetup. 794-6250. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers offers an introduction to chocolate, from how it's grown, what the different percentages mean, and what really is chocolate and what isn't to how to temper, properly store, and properly melt it. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL secret lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Coloring for Adults": Chelsea Alehouse.

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Local illustrator Cynthia Silveri, creator of the coloring book The Passionate Colorist: Floral Delight, hosts a relaxing evening of coloring for adults.
7-9 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100, Chelsea. 433-5500. [map]


 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

Open Rehearsal: Ann Arbor Grail Singers.

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Feb. 7, 14, & 21. All women invited to join this women's chamber choir to sing early music. This month's rehearsals include auditions for new members.
7:15-9:15 p.m., location TBA. Free. AnnArborGrailSingers.org, 662-0631. [map]


 7:30 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]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

EMU Percussion Ensemble: EMU Music Department.

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John Dorsey directs this music-student ensemble in a program of works in an eclectic mix of rhythms and instrumental timbres.
7:30 p.m., Pease Auditorium, EMU campus, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do: Dawn Farm.

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Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a FREE, ongoing, two-part series presented on the 1st (part 1) and 2nd (part 2) Tuesdays of October, November, and January through June. Part 1 provides information on how to recognize and understand adolescent substance use problems, and part 2 provides information on what is and is not helpful when a teen substance use problem is recognized. The series is presented by Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services therapists, and is co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, the Livingston and Washtenaw Regional Coordinated School Health Network, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Greenbrook Recovery Center and the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Free and open to all; registration is not required. Inclusive of parents, teens, other family, students, professionals, anyone interested.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Exhibition Room, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://dawnfarm.org/programs/teens-using-drugs [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Life: The Leading Edge of Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, and Environmental Science": Huron Valley Sierra Club Book Club.

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All invited to discuss John Brockman's book.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 971-1157. [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 pennyseats.org/box-office and (if available) at the door. 926-5346. [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]





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