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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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

 9-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

K-8 Open House: Summers-Knoll School.

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Children are naturally curious and complex individuals exploring the world and their place in it. At Summers-Knoll, our students thrive in a stimulating and inspiring environment with the support of a nurturing, collaborative community. We invite you to join us during our Open House, where you will have the opportunity to visit our classrooms, talk to staff and current parents, and have your questions answered. Come see what active, experiential, project-based education looks like from the inside. Children welcome; pre-registration requested but not required. Link:
Summers-Knoll School, 2203 Platt Road. Free. 7349717991. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Challenging yoga workout that links breath with movement to create a dynamic flow of postures. This class will move quickly and is best suited for those with a strong yoga practice. Drop in and multi-class package rates available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Playgroup": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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All kids ages 1-3 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a mix of guided and self-guided outdoor activities.
10-11 a.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $4 (members, $3) per child. 997-1553. [map]

 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Historic Preservation": AAUW-Ann Arbor.

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Talk by American Institute of Architects fellow Tamara Burns. Lunch available ($15, reservations required).
11:30 a.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. (844) 973-6287. [map]


Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 12:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. This class is included as part of the Better Living Fitness membership package, which ranges from $39.00 -- $99.00/month.
The drop-in, non-member rate is just $15, so give us a try!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Senior Center Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss a different book each month.

Nov. 16: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin's humorous and poignant best-seller about a lonely bookstore owner who is given the chance to remake his life by the unexpected arrival of a mysterious package.

Dec.-Mar. titles TBA.

1 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-9242, 475-8732. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

FREE Spa Day Event at Brecon Village: EHM Senior Solutions.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 3-5pm
Join us for:
Chair Massages
Chair Yoga
Reiki Therapy
Paraffin Wax
Wine and Hors D'oeuvres
For Seniors 55+
By RSVP only, Spaces are Limited
Contact Michelle Abbey (734) 679-0533 to reserve your spot today!
Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. Free. [map]

 4 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"La La Land": Michigan Theater.

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(Damien Chazelle, 2016). Musical comedy about a jazz pianist who falls for an aspiring actress in L.A. Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
All ages, fitness levels welcome.
This class is included in every Better Living Fitness Center membership, which start at just $39.99.
Non-member walk-in price just $15.
Better Living Fitness Center. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123.

 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting (and Crocheting) Night: Brewed Awakenings Café.

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Every Wed. All adults invited to bring their current projects to work on.
6 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., suite M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using modern constructed (Mon.), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), standard constructed (Thurs.), and booster draft (Fri. & Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Fri. & Sun.).
6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) & noon (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun. & Fri., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Most Likely to Succeed": Summers-Knoll School.

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6:30 pm doors open
7 pm screening, followed by discussion session led by Walter Landberg, Head of School at Summers-Knoll School
Join us for a screening of Most Likely to Succeed, a documentary on the impact that innovation is having on our economy and the consequences for our country if our education system fails to keep pace.
The current educational system in the United States was developed a century ago during the rise of the industrial age and was once the envy of the world. However, the world economy has transformed profoundly, but the US education system has not. Schools are attempting to teach and test skills, when mastered, that still leave graduates woefully unprepared for the 21st Century.
About SK: Summers-Knoll exists to enable bright, creative, and gifted children in grades K-8 to realize their unique academic, social and emotional potential. We offer a challenging project and place-based curriculum that teaches children how to learn. For more info:
Summers-Knoll School, 2203 Platt Road. Free. 7349717991. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group to talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia firsthand. The group offers support, education, problem solving, and guest speakers. The group meets every 3rd Wednesday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Evangelical Homes of Michigan | Brecon Village Memory Support Center, 101 Brecon Dr., Saline. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 6:30 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor West Group Run": Running Fit.

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

 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Feminist Book Club: Literati Bookstore.

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All invited to discuss Days of Abandonment, Elena Ferrante's novel about a woman's devastation after she and her children are abandoned by her husband.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Origami": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Internationally known local origami artist Beth Johnson ( discusses and shows participants how to do this popular Japanese paper-folding craft.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Snow Bots": Michigan Robot Club.

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Club members discuss robots for use outdoors in snow and ice. Also, a presentation of an animated video that introduces the FIRST Robotics Contest game challenge. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a Kids Robot Club meeting for kids ages 5-13, accompanied by a parent, that includes a chance to build, program, and run a Lego Mindstorms robot.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. [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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss 32 Yolks: From My Mother's Table to Working the Line, renowned French chef Eric Ripert's memoir, co-written with Veronica Chambers.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Movie: Karma Thegsum Choling.

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DVD showings of movies related to Tibetan Buddhism.

Jan. 18: Tulku (Gesar Mukpo, 2010) Documentary about the experiences of 5 young Western men who were identified in childhood as a tulku, a reincarnated Tibetan Buddhist master.

Feb. 15: Lost Treasures of Tibet (Liesl Clark, 2003). Documentary about a group of art preservationists who are attempting to restore the artwork in ancient Buddhist temples in the Mustang district of Nepal.

Mar. 15: Buddha on the Silk Road (Magic Play Entertainment, 2013). A film crew follows the route taken by Xuan Zang, a 7th-century Buddhist monk who traveled from Tang dynasty China to Bodhgaya in India in search of enlightenment and original Buddhist scriptures.

Apr. 19: Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint (Neten Chokling, 2006). Biopic, filmed by a lama, about Tibet's greatest mystic. When an 11th-century boy is denied his rightful inheritance, he studies sorcery in a quest for revenge. Shot on the visually stunning Indo-Tibetan border.

May 17: Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet (Luc Schaedler, 2005). Documentary that follows in the footsteps of the rebellious early-20th-century Tibetan monk Gendun Choepel to uncover facets of ancient and contemporary Tibet that contradict popular stereotypes.

Sept. 20: The Silent Holy Stones (Pema Tseden, 2005). A young Tibetan monk go back home for the New Year's celebrations. Fascinated by television, he wants to bring his family's television to the monastery to show it to his master.

7:30 p.m., KTC, 614 Miner. Free. 678-7549. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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

 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]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Vacation on the Riviera Maya: Birding on Family Time": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Slide-illustrated talk by WAS member Jacco Genderloos featuring an exploration of the bird life of the coastal Yucatan peninsula and the birding opportunities it offers.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 677-3275. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Chamber Choir & Percussion Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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These two student ensembles perform the premiere of Tarik O'Regan's Mass Observation, a major new multi-movement work for chamber choir and percussion ensemble.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Estar Cohen.

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Estar Cohen will sing with her backing band as a part of the Wednesday Jazz series at Old Town Tavern.
Old Town Tavern, 122 West Liberty Street (Corner of Liberty and South Ashley). No Cover. 734-662-9291. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (students & members, $2). The Sept. 9 Open Stage is free to students. 761-1451. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Music Now Fest '17": EMU Music Department.

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Feb. 15: This biennial festival opens tonight with a recital by EMU music faculty and guest musicians TBA of a program of chamber music by this year's guest composer, U-M composition professor Michael Daugherty, an imaginative, irreverent composer whose works music brings Romantic and Postmodern musical idioms to bear on themes from contemporary popular culture. One of the most widely performed of contemporary composers, his works range from the Superman-inspired Metropolis Symphony and the opera Jackie O to Dead Elvis for solo bassoon and chamber ensemble. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a lecture by Daugherty on tonight's program.

Feb. 16: EMU music faculty and music student ensembles present a program of guest composer Michael Daugherty's works for larger ensembles.

8 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.

 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (except Feb. 15, Michigan Union Pendleton Rm.). $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]

 9:15 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)., 668-TIME. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo

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

Blind Pig: Busty & the Bass

Nine-piece hip-hop/soul band from Montreal. Opening act is Onefreq, a Detroit hip-hop/soul quintet. Advance tickets $10 ($12 at the door). [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde Thunderwüde

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

Mash: Laura Rain Duo

Duo led by this Detroit blues and soul singer. [venue info]

Old Town: Estar Cohen Trio

Local modern jazz ensemble led by vocalist Cohen. With bassist Andy Peck and guitarist Dan Palmer. [venue info]


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