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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. [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. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 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."

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. [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. [map]

 Noon-2 p.m 

"Buhr Blitz": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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Public skating, with a family-oriented program of games and contests. Prizes. In case of inclement weather, the event is rescheduled for Feb. 25.
2:30-4:30 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 971-3228. [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. the Sept. 21 tea celebrates the publication of a new Shel Silverstein book, Runny Babbit Returns.
1 p.m.., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $11 (babies age 18 months & younger, free). Preregistration required (beginning Aug. 21) at 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).

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."

May 4: Elvisfest director Mary Decker discusses this annual event held in Ypsilanti every July, the largest Elvis festival in North America.

May 18: Local social worker Barry Schumer discusses "Finding Happiness at Any Age."

May 25: A chance to meet and learn about a Therapaws therapy dog.

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 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.

Nov. 16: Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout's 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, set in a hardscrabble community on the Maine coast, about a junior high math teacher and her family and friends.

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. [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 [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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3:45, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"La La Land": Michigan Theater.

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

 4-8 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. [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, and the global IMA website is 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. [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. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m. 

21st Annual Daddy Daughter Valentine Ball: Saline Parks and Recreation.

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Feb. 16 & 17. All girls, accompanied by a dad (or other adult male), invited for dancing to music spun by a DJ. Photos, balloon drop, prizes, and light refreshments. Note: These dances usually sell out.
6-7:30 p.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland Dr. E., Saline. $25 per couple, $10 each additional daughter. 429-3502. [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. [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. except Oct. 9), 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]

 6-8 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
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 to schedule a free mentoring session.
New Center Building, 1100 N. Main St. $10. [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. [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., 662-2265. [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 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.

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. 

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
Arbor Hospice & Palliative Care Office, 2366 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734.794.5177. [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. [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.

Various times, Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at 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 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Rave). [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]

 7-8:30 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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Every Thurs., 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. 255-5310. [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. [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 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., 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 &, 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.

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

and at the door. 657-2337.


Nightspots Listings:


Conor O'Neill's: Bob Skon

Folk-rock covers and originals by this local singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Slice

East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Mash: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]


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