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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 16, 2017






 
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 7 a.m.  Free! 

BNI-Ann Arbor West weekly meeting: BNI Ann Arbor West chapter.

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The BNI Ann Arbor West Chapter meets every Thursday at 242 Community Church, 410 S Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, 48103 (behind Kroger). Meetings are held from 7-8:30 a.m. and visitors are welcome. For more information or a reservation to attend, please call Tom Wright at 734 678 1090.
242 Community Church, 410 S Maple Rd. Free. 734 678 1090. http://a2bni.com/ [map]


 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at 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]



 9:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Community Open House: CMSA2.

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Community Open House showcasing the benefits of a Montessori educational experience for infants through third grade!
Christian Montessori School of Ann Arbor, 5225 Jackson Road Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-332-9600. office@cmsaa.org http://cmsaa.org/ [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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


 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Library: Civilization's Treasure House of Knowledge": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Mar. 2), Feb. 16-Mar. 30. A series of 6 weekly lectures by different U-M and visiting speakers.

Feb. 16: U-M Clements Library director Kevin Graffagnino discusses "'A Great Library Easily Begets Affection': The William L. Clements Library."

Feb. 23: WSU Reuther Library of Labor & Urban Affairs director Eric Nordberg on "Detroit's Reuther Library: An Intersection of a City, a University, Organized Labor, and Social Justice."

Mar. 9: U-M Ford Library supervisory archivist Geir Gunderson on "The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library: People and Events Behind the Collections."

Mar. 16: U-M classics professor Francesca Schironi on "Saving the Past for the Future: The Legacy of the Library of Alexandria."

Mar. 23: U-M Labadie Collection curator Julie Herrada on "Discovering Radical History in the Joseph A. Labadie Collection."

Mar. 30: Ann Arbor District Library director Josie Parker on "Andrew Carnegie's Legacy Is Not Steel."

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10-11:30 a.m., Rave Cinema, 4100 Carpenter. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 11:30 a.m. 

WXW - Zero to 6 Figures: Planning & Relationships are the Key to a Profitable Business: Women's Exchange of Washtenaw - WXW.

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Do you ever wonder how some small businesses are able to go from nothing to steady revenue in a short amount of time, while others struggle to ever get off the ground?
Sarah Dew is here to share with you how she created her 6-figure consulting business working 20 hours a week in her first year of business. With a little planning and a focus on creating relationships in your business, Sarah will show you how you can too.

This highly interactive and information packed workshop will help you create a plan to reach the goals you want to reach in your business. Whether you are just starting out, are hoping to transition from your 9-5 or have been in business for a while, you will leave this workshop inspired.
Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. $25. 734-355-9185. marketing@wxwbusiness.com http://wxwbusiness.com/zero-to-6-figures-how-planning-relationships-are-the-key-to-a-profitable-business/ [map]



 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 Noon-3 p.m. & 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

School Open House for 2016-2017 Enrollment: Washtenaw Christian Academy.

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Come to our All-School Open House on Thursday, February 16 between 12 p.m.-3 p.m. and Talent Show / Open House from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. to learn more about Washtenaw Christian Academy and our Classical Christian Education.
Washtenaw Christian Academy is a Pre-K through 12th Grade school near Saline MI serving families throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities.
Now enrolling for 2017-2018 School Year!
Washtenaw Christian Academy, 7200 Moon Road, Saline. Free. 734-429-7733. www.washtenawchristian.org [map]



 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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


 1 & 4 p.m. 

"Tea with the Fairies": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Crazy Wisdom staff dress up as fairies to sprinkle fairy dust and serve tea, petits fours, and cookies to kids and their families. Also, fairy stories and readings. Bring your own fairy wings and dolls.
1 & 4 p.m.., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $11 (babies age 18 months & younger, free). Preregistration required (beginning Jan. 16) at crazywisdom.net/fairie-teas.html. 665-2757. [map]



 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

International Neighbors.

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All area women invited for a festive tea party featuring a variety of elegant tea tables set up with teas and finger bites from all over the world, including Japan, India, Iran, China and many more. Socializing, refreshments. Child care available for kids 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. (313) 815-0413. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Granddaddy and the Battle of Cowpens: Turning Point of the Revolution in the South": Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Talk by former DAR state regent Zandra Baker.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. 975-1976. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn":: Jewish Community Center.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr. 13: A speaker TBA discusses "826Michigan," the nonprofit that offers writing and tutoring programs for students, evening workshops for aspiring writers, and volunteer opportunities.

Apr. 20: Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County outreach & program coordinator Ayelet Shapiro and associate campaign director Max Glick present "Stories from Nahalal," a report on their trip to Israel with 9 local teens.

Apr. 27: A speaker TBA discusses the "Genealogical Society of Ann Arbor."

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


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Gender Leadership Gap: Barriers and Bias in the Academy and Beyond": U-M Hatcher Grad Library.

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Talk by American Association of University Women researcher Kevin Miller.
1-2:30 p.m., 100 Hatcher Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-2043. [map]


 1:30-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Books and Banter": Chelsea District Library.

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A CDL librarian leads a discussion of a different book each month.

Jan. 19: Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood's best-selling novel based on a 19th-century murder case in which a servant was convicted of murdering her employer and his housekeeper/mistress.

Feb. 16: Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's study of the sorts of women who make history and the ways they do it.

Mar. 16: The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri's quirky, bittersweet portrait of a 2nd-generation Indian immigrant in America.

Apr. 20: Elsewhere, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo's memoir, a hilarious, bittersweet account of his lifelong bond with his high-strung, spirited mother-and the small upstate New York town she spent her life trying to escape.

May 18: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safron Foer's Jonathan Safran Foer's novel about a precocious young boy--inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, and pacifist--who searches the 5 boroughs of New York for the lock that fits a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.

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1:30-2:30 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group to talk and meet 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 Thursday monthly and is confidential, free, and open to the public.
Chelsea Retirement Community | Crippen Building, 805 W. Middle St., Chelsea. Free. 800-272-3900. kmpeil@alz.org http://goo.gl/MuUGDi [map]



 3-8 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]



 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Women in War: Wartime Posters of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (1950-1970s)": U-M Clark Library.

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Panel discussion on the current exhibit, with U-M student Quynh Kieu, College of the Holy Cross (MA) history professor Karen Turner, School of the Art Institute of Chicago art history professor Nora Taylor, and Temple University Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society associate director Sophia Quinn-Judge.
3-5 p.m., U-M Hatcher Grad Library (2nd floor), enter from the Diag. Free. 936-2314.


 3:30 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, & 9:45 p.m. 

"La La Land": Michigan Theater.

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


 4-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Endangered Heritage Conference": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Feb. 16 & 17. U-M and visiting scholars give lectures on the threats to the world's natural and cultural heritage by war, climate change, globalization, and economic development.
4-8 p.m. (Feb. 16) & 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Feb. 17), 1636 SSWB/International Institute (Feb. 16), 1080 South University and Rackham Amphitheatre (Feb. 17). Free. 615-4059. [map]


 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Visionaries: Second Sight and Social Change in West Africa Since 1800": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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


 4:30 p.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. All ages & fitness levels welcome!
Walk in non-member price: $15, OR join for as little as $39.99 a month for one Full Body Fit class a week.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 5 p.m.  Free! 

New Enterprise Forum Showcase and Annual Awards: SPARK.

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Showcase Presenter: A presentation by a start-up that has been through New Enterprise Forum coaching. This gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit Area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. Come to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with resources who support the local start-up community.
Annual Awards: Come join us in awarding the best 'graduates' of NEF coaching for 2016. Three 2016 Showcase Presenters will receive awards for: Best Presentation, Best Technology, and Best Business Model. A separate award will also be given to the Entrepreneur of the Year, selected from the general Detroit Area start-up community.
Network: Meet other like-minded professionals who support entrepreneurialism promoting innovation as a catalyst for a healthy Michigan economy.
Follow Us: http://bit.ly/nef-linkedin
SPARK Central, 330 E. Liberty, lower level. Free. 734-665-4433. PR@NewEnterpriseForum.org www.NewEnterpriseForum.org [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Chaotic Mappings: Analyzing Recent Music": U-M School of Music.

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Lecture by Stony Brook University music history and theory professor Judith Lochhead.
5 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"All Islands Connect Under Water": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Talk by internationally acclaimed director and playwright Ping Chong, whose company performs at the Power Center Feb. 18 (see listing).
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:30 p. m. 

Monthly Fellowship, Dinner & Continuing Education: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Monthly membership meeting of regional management accountants as well as C-level types meeting for food, fellowship, and career enhancement. This is an award winning chapter of 200 accountants, financial managers, controllers and chief financial officers of local companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Our chapter is part of a global accounting association. Please feel free to check our website. In Michigan the address is www.imamichigan.org/annarbor, and the global IMA website is www.imanet.org. Don't forget that one of the biggest benefits is the opportunity to network with your peers in the financial professions.
Carlyle Grill, 3660 Jackson Rd. approx $25. bcable.rsvp@gmail.com http://www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/index.html [map]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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These two acclaimed poets discuss their work. Hayes' 2015 collection, How to Be Drawn, explores how we see and are seen and draws on the poet's background as a visual artist. May's poetry explores the tension between opposites to illustrate the interconnectivity of people, worlds, and ideas. Hayes gives a reading Feb. 14 (see listing).
5:30-7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Challenging yoga workout that links breath with movement to create a dynamic flow of postures. This class will move quickly and is best suited for those with a strong yoga practice.
Drop in, non-member rate: $15. Packages and discounts for Better Living Fitness Center members available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. $15 drop-in fee. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 6 p.m. 

Breastfeeding Basics for Birth Doulas: Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Join us for a professional workshop taught by lactation educator extraordinaire Barbara Robertson. Learn the very latest in evidence-based breastfeeding support from an expert lactation consultant and breastfeeding educator. This class will enhance the doula's ability to assist breastfeeding mothers immediately post-birth and in the early days postpartum. Barbara's enthusiasm for all things breastfeeding is contagious! Topics include: a new look at breast anatomy and physiology; importance of skin-to-skin contact; newborn self-attachment at the breast; a new view of positions and latch-on; getting off to the best start possible; how to know baby is getting enough/not getting enough breastmilk; and when to make a referral. This class fulfills a professional certification requirement for doulas.
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks Street. $80.00 / $65.00 Early Registration. 734-663-1523. patty@center4cby.com http://center4cby.com/ [map]



 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon., Tues.. Wed., & Fri. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation.
1-2:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch (Mon.), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch (Mon. & Tues.), 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy; and 6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Fri.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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


 6 p.m. 

Wine & Paint Party!: Lone Oak Vineyard Estate.

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Ready for a night of fun? Take a look at the beautiful picture you'll paint! Paint it in this color palette, or choose your own colors. Artist Cindi Rolf will lead the painting class and guide you through the process step-by-step.

No painting experience needed - ALL materials will be provided.

The price of just $40 (plus tax) includes your finished 16 x 20 masterpiece and a glass of wine or beer! (Additional wine, beer and food available for purchase.)

Doors open at 5 - we have 6 deliciously unique flatbread pizzas available so you don't have to worry about dinner beforehand. Class starts at 6.

Space is limited - call now to reserve your seat. 517-522-8167.
Lone Oak Vineyard Estate, 8400 Ann Arbor Rd., Grass Lake. $40. 517-522-8167. www.loneoakvineyards.com [map]



 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Foundations of Belief & Decision Making": U-M Philosophy Department.

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Talk by University of Chicago philosophy professor Anubav Vasudevan.
6-8 p.m., 3222 Angell Hall. Free. 764-6285. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Women & Retirement: Income and Preservation Strategies": AAUW-Ann Arbor.

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Talk by local Morgan Stanley financial advisor Monica Gobba. Dinner (cost TBA).
6-7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free (dinner cost TBA). Reservations required by Feb. 10. 827-0530. [map]


 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Business Workshop: "Five Simple Steps to Set Up Your Business Website": Ann Arbor SCORE.

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Every business needs a web presence to be competitive in the digital world. It is not as overwhelming as it might seem. Anyone with general computer literacy can do it.
This workshop covers the steps you need to take including: Website Address, Creating the Outline, Building the Website, Creating Content, Publishing and Promoting.

Pre-registration required at www.annarborscore.com.
Note: If a workshop is cancelled you will be contacted by phone and your workshop fee will be refunded.
Sponsored by SCORE-a volunteer non-profit that provides free business counseling, mentoring, resources, and support to business at any life cycle stage. Go to www.annarborscore.com to schedule a free mentoring session.
New Center Building, 1100 N. Main St. $10. annarborscore@scorevolunteer.org www.annarborscore.com [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

In Our Own Voice: African American Art: Ypsilanti District Library.

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Join Kimmie Dobos from the Detroit Institute of Arts
for a presentation on the creative contributions of African Americans from the 19th century through the present day. This talk provides a lens to examine issues of race, gender, politics and culture.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110. skonen@ypsilibrary.org www.YpsiLibrary.org/events [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Downtown Group Run": Running Fit.

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


 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Guided Meditation for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant leads kids in grades 1-5 (with or without a parent) in a series of guided meditations. At the end of the session, kids have a chance to process the experience through artistic expression. Bring a blanket or pillow, if you like.
6:30-7:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch (Apr. 25), 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

"Home Sweet Home": Ozone House Fundraiser.

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Food from Zingerman's as well as wine, cheese, and chocolates. Proceeds benefit Ozone House programs and services for LGBTQ youth.
6:30 p.m., Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $75. hruud@ozonehouse.org, 662-2265. [map]



 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $7. 761-6691. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Loss of Parent: Arbor Hospice.

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Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after the person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care offers a supportive caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to support the nonprofit's programming. All programs are limited to 10 participants and registration is required.
For more information, please contact Cindy Palmer @ 734-794-5177 or cpalmer@arborhospice.org.
Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care Office, 2366 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734.794.5177. cpalmer@arborhospice.org www.arborhospice.org [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. 

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]



 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Nerd Nite Ann Arbor: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at annarbor.nerdnite.com) who give fun yet informative talks, 18-21 minutes long, about things that interest them, everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla.

Feb. 16: Speakers TBA shatter perceptions of perfect Valentine's Day love, romance, the color pink, and more.

Mar. 23: Highlights include Matt Carpenter on "An Even Briefer History of Time, Or, Why Leap Seconds are a Thing," Carl Engelke on "How Medical Diagnostics and Screening Tests Work," Anne Ryan on "Learning to Fly w/ A2 Aviary."

Apr. 20: Highlights include Matt Carpenter on Shweta Ramdas on "What Your Genome Can Say about You," Zach Constan on "A Supernova in the Lab: Nuclear Research at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory," and Terry McGlynn on "Unknown Unknowns, and How We Make Scientific Discoveries."

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7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Live, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]


 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 4: Armstrong State Exhibition game. 7 p.m.

Nov. 11: Howard 9 p.m.

Nov. 13: Indiana/Purdue-Indianapolis Noon.

Nov. 26: Mount St. Mary's 7 p.m.

Nov. 30: Virginia Tech 7 p.m.

Dec. 3: Kennesaw State Afternoon or evening time TBA.

Dec. 6: Texas 9 p.m.

Dec. 13: Central Arkansas 9 p.m.

Dec. 17: Maryland-Eastern Shore 3 p.m.

Dec. 22: Furman 7 p.m.

Jan. 4: Penn State 8:30 p.m.

Jan. 7: Maryland 3:15 p.m.

Jan. 14: Nebraska 2 p.m.

Jan. 21: Illinois 2:15 p.m.

Jan. 26: Indiana 9 p.m.

Feb. 4: Ohio State. 5 p.m.

Feb. 7: MSU. 9 p.m.

Feb. 16: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Feb. 25: Purdue. Time TBA.

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Various times, Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at mgoblue.com/tickets. 764-0247. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Disney's Newsies": Fathom Events.

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Feb. 16, 18, & 22. Broadcast of the Pantages Theatre (Hollywood) production of Alan Menken, Jack Feldman, and Harvey Fierstein's Broadway show based on the 1992 musical film, which was inspired by the New York City Newsboys Strike of 1899. With the original Broadway cast. The Tony-winning score includes "Seize the Day" and "King of New York."
7 p.m. (Feb. 16 & 22), 12:55 p.m. (Feb. 18), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Rave (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 (Quality 16) & $19 (Rave) in advance at fathomevents.com/event/disneys-newsies-the-broadway-musical. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave). [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Electronics Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to learn different electronics basics. You can also bring in an in-progress electronics project if you want a place to work on it; soldering irons, multimeters, and an oscilloscope available for use.

Jan. 12: "Data Visualization." Learn to use the Processing programming language to represent data visually.

Jan. 20: "Relays with Arduino." Learn to use an Arduino microcontroller to make electronic relays.

Feb. 10: "LCDs with Arduino." Learn to use an Arduino microcontroller make liquid crystal displays.

Feb. 16: "Video Games with Processing." Learn about the Processing programming language, and how it can be used to create video games.

Mar. 10: "Learn to Solder." Learn to use Weller and Hakko soldering irons.

Apr. 14: "Paper Circuits." Learn how make an electric circuit on paper using conductive ink and copper tape.

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7-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Julie Danielson: A Picture Book Discussion": Literati Bookstore.

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This Tennessee-based picture book expert discusses her picture book blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast and her book, Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Noises Off": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Tellebration! 25 Years of Storytelling in Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Members of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild present a program of stories for adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Under This Roof: A History of the White House and the Presidency": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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Independent White House press corps member Paul Brandus discusses his new history of the White House and the people who designed, inhabited, and decorated it. Signing & reception.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]


 7:30 & 9:30 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]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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


 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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


 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Yoga with Cats: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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



 7:30 p.m. 

Yoga with Sarah: Ypsilanti Running Company.

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Hour-long yoga class. All levels welcome. Please bring own mat.
Ypsilanti Running Company, 126 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. $10. 734.905.7194. alison@ypsirunning.com www.ypsirunning.com [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"In Search of Ancient Egyptian Gemstones": Michigan Archaeological Society.

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Lecture by University of Toledo geology professor emeritus James Harrell.
7:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.


 7:30 p.m. 

"Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play": U-M Theatre Department.

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Feb. 16-19. U-M theatre professor Daniel Cantor directs U-M drama students in Anne Washburn's 2012 dark comedy, set after a global catastrophe in the near future, about a group of survivors who reach for comfort by recreating an episode of The Simpsons that in the process of continuous re-enactments over the course of nearly a century blossoms into a full-blown myth. "That single Simpsons episode becomes a treasure-laden bridge, both to the past and into the future," says New York Times critic Ben Brantley. "And in tracing a story's hold on the imaginations of different generations, the play is likely to make you think back--way back--to narratives that survive today from millenniums ago."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Michigan League. Tickets $22 & $28 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

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

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



 7:30 p.m. 

"The Winter's Tale": U-M Musical Theatre Studio.

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Feb.16-19. Malcolm Tulip directs U-M musical theater students in Shakespeare's dark romance about a king whose insane jealousy leads him to banish his wife and child. He pays dearly for his rash actions but after a long period of repentance is joyfully reunited with his family. This play is filled with classic fairy-tale motifs, including a romance between a prince and a commoner and a statue that magically comes to life. (Yes, musical theater students: they're working on their acting skills.)
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $18 (students, $12) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Contemporary Directions Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this adventurous ensemble of music majors. Program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Dave Douglas Quintet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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The pioneering NYC-based jazz trumpeter and composer Douglas, nominated for two Grammy Awards, is known for his eclectic, wide-ranging musical projects and compositions, which originated in an adventurous post-bop sound and have gone on to explore several non-jazz musical styles and idioms, including classical, European folk, and klezmer. The band's 2015 album, Brazen Heart, is an adventurous album of technically challenging originals praised in All About Jazz for its "brainy dynamism." The band of gifted, accomplished musicians includes pianist Fabian Almazan, saxophonist Jon Irabagon, bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Rudy Royston.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $10). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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


 8 p.m. 

Shane Torres: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 16-18. Texas-bred stand-up comic, self-described as a "Native American Meatloaf impersonator," who is known for the disarmingly casual style with which he delivers jokes about plasma centers, getting fired from Kinko's, and other quotidian indignities. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The Vegabonds: The Ark.

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Young Nashville-based Southern rock quintet that comes to town with a new CD, What We're Made Of.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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.

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


 8 p.m. 

"Sketchual Healing": Neighborhood Theater Group.

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Feb. 16-18, 24, & 25. Kristin Anne Danko directs this local theater company in an evening of original comedy sketches about love and relationships. Cast: Marisa Dluge, Daniel Ghastin, Brittney Nobles, Angela VanKempen, and Craig VanKempen. Live music by the company's house band. Short opening act by NTG company member Chris Jakob.
8 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. $10 (students, $5) in advance at sketchualhealing.brownpapertickets.com/

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 8 p.m. 

"Smart Love": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 19-Mar. 4. Guy Sanville directs local actors in the world premiere of EMU football assistant coach (and U-M football player) Brian Letscher's dark comedy about a brilliant young man struggling with his father's sudden death and the revelation that his parents' marriage wasn't everything he was led to believe. The play explores the implications and possible ramifications of artificial intelligence and science in general. Cast: David Bendena, Sarab Kamoo, Wayne David Parker, Jim Porterfield.
3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. $5-$10 discounts available for the first week of previews. 433-7673. [map]





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