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Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 19, 2017






 
Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

Yoga with Cats: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

  community member   < less Yoga with cats

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]



 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

47th Annual Train Show and Sale: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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Feb. 18 & 19. The Midwest's largest model railroad flea market draws model railroaders, collectors, and train buffs from all over to display, trade, and sell model railroad equipment and memorabilia. Also, a kids' zone, displays of model train operating layouts, clinics by model railroad club members, and a raffle. Concessions.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. $6 (kids age 9 & under, free with a paid adult). 426-0829. [map]


 10 a.m. 

A2QUA Sunday Morning Swim: Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics.

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A2QUA, Ann Arbor Queer Aquatics, is MI's first gay & lesbian swim team. For over 20 years, we've been swimming in MI and providing a safe, friendly place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, & questioning swimmers (and their friends!) to meet, socialize, & exercise.
The team is made up of gay, lesbian, & straight competitive and recreational swimmers at all levels, from state champions to dog paddlers, from their 20s to their 70s. We welcome gays, lesbians, bisexuals, & their friends of all ages & abilities. Our team includes all levels of swimmers, from beginning fitness swimmers to very competitive. Swimmers from all over Michigan, not just Ann Arbor, swim with us.
Our practices are organized so that everyone can find a comfortable or challenging place to
swim. If you can swim a single length without calling 911, there's a place for you in practice.
Our practices are written to accommodate all levels of swimmers - very fast to just beginning.
1st Swim Free, $8 t
Winter - Mack Indoor Pool, Summer - Fuller Pool, 715 Brooks St. or 1519 Fuller Rd. Donation. $8. 7346579960. emailme0617@Yahoo.com www.a2qua.com or www.facebook.com/groups/A2QUA/ [map]


 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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

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

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


 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

"Dawn Dance Weekend": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Feb. 17-19. A weekend of contra, English, square, and couple dancing to live music, with around 400 people expected to dance or just listen to the many fine musicians. This year's headliners: Caller Adina Gordon with the Vermont contra band The Figments and English dance caller Melissa Running with music by fiddler Earl Gaddis & pianist Karen Axelrod.
8 p.m.-midnight (Feb. 17 & 18), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Feb. 18), & 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Feb. 19), Ypsilanti High School, 2095 Packard, Ypsilanti. $20-$25 for individual dances; weekend pass, $85. 658-8228. [map]


 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Bicycle Repair workshop with Common Cycle: Common Cycle.

  community member   < less Indoor workshop

Common Cycle, the Ann Arbor Bicycle Co-op, will be hosting open bicycle repair workshops through from December-March, taking place twice per month. The workshops provide those interested in fixing their bicycles with access to warm, dry space with bicycle tools and volunteer help as needed. There is no charge to participate; donations are welcome.

Common Cycle tries to keep its overhead low. Common cycle is all volunteer run. In April we will return to our weekly outdoor workshops at Kerrytown, also on Sundays from 11-3pm. You are welcome whatever your comfort level with bicycle repair!
Outdoor Adventures Rental Center, 336 Hill St. Free. info@commoncycle.org commoncycle.org [map]



 11 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full-Body FIT workout is a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level. All ages & fitness levels welcome!
Non-member drop in rate: $15. Memberships start at just $39.99/month and include four Full Body Fits per month -- other memberships & a wide variety of strength, cardio, & Yoga classes available.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 Noon 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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


 Noon, 3, 6, & 8:30 p.m. 

"Paterson": Michigan Theater.

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(Jim Jarmusch, 2016). Comic drama about the triumphs and defeats of daily life.
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]


 Noon-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: PhysicsPalooza": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Feb. 18 & 19. U-M physics students give demonstrations and lead hands on activities that illustrate motion, inertia, electricity, and other topics.
Noon-4 p.m., AAHOM Legacy Gallery, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


 12:15 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 12:30 p.m. 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Dinner Theater: Pinckeny Players.

  community member   < less 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Who will be the top S-P-E-L-L-E-R? Follow six adolescents on their journey to the National Spelling Bee as they spell their way through hilarious music and poignant stories of their home life. Do you have the skills to go toe-to-toe against them? Six spellers enter; one speller leaves, join us to find out who will win bragging rights! At least the losers get a juice box.
Performance Dates:
February 10th, 11th & 18th
Doors Open/Happy Hour: 6:00PM
Dinner: 6:30PM
Show: 7:30PM
February 19th
Doors Open/Happy Hour: 12:30PM
Dinner: 1:00PM
Show: 2:00PM
Ticket Prices:
$36 each, on SeatYourself .biz
Includes dinner, dessert and the show!
The Location:
Whispering Pines Golf Club
2500 Whispering Pines Dr.
Pinckney, MI 48169
Whispering Pines Golf Club, 2500 Whispering Pines Dr., Pinckney. $35. 734-878-1368. pinckneyplayers@gmail.com http://www.pinckneyplayers.com/current-season.html [map]



 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Chesstastic!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids and adults invited to play chess. Sets provided.
1-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

Pet Loss Support Group: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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It's never easy to lose a pet, and when you consider them, as we do, a member of the family, the loss can be difficult and extremely sad.
HSHV and Blue Dog Counseling have partnered to provide a support group on preparing for and dealing with the loss of a pet.
Colleen O'Brien, founder of Blue Dog Counseling, is an expert at developing creative therapeutic interventions to support individuals, couples, families, and other groups. Her personal commitment to animal welfare, her own experience as a devoted pet owner, and a passion for supporting people led her to create Blue Dog Counseling. Côlleen is dedicated to providing a safe, open, and creative space for discussion. A place where you can take time for yourself.
Group is held monthly in the HSHV conference room.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Free. Donations accepted. colleen@bluedogcounseling.com www.hshv.org/events [map]



 1-3 p.m. 

"Brewing Methods": Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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Zingerman's Coffee Co. staff demonstrate and discuss 6-8 different ways to brew coffee, from filter drip to syphon pot.
1-3 p.m., Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr. $30. 929-6060. [map]


 1-5 p.m. 

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

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



 1-1:40 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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KinderRock (Saline) teacher Melissa Hudson leads infants through 5-year-olds (accompanied by an adult) in a dancing program.
10-10:40 a.m. (Jan. 21) & 1-1:40 p.m. (Feb. 19), AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Youth": Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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1-2 p.m., AADL 4th floor meeting room (Feb. 5, 12, & 19; Mar. 5, 12, & 19) & Secret Lab (Feb. 26)), 343 S. Fifth Ave, and AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, (Mar. 26, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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


 1:30-4 p.m.  Free! 

Black History Month: Riverside Arts Center.

  community member   < less Louis Armstrong by Mosiah Bey in Low Poly Digital

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



 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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

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

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

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

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


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. and Feb. 20-24. 30-minute docent-led tour of the museum's dinosaur exhibits.
2 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free, but limited to the first 15 people to sign up for each tour. 764-0478. [map]


 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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

Nov. 13. Niagara. 3 p.m.

Nov. 18. Howard. 7 p.m.

Nov. 21. WMU. 7 p.m.

Dec. 13. Ohio. 7 p.m.

Dec. 17. Vermont. Noon.

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

Dec. 28. Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Jan. 10. Indiana. 6 p.m.

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

Jan. 25. Indiana. 7 p.m.

Feb. 5. Iowa. 2 p.m.

Feb. 12. Wisconsin. 2 p.m.

Feb. 19. MSU. 2 p.m.

Feb. 23. Nebraska. 2 p.m.

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


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Computer Skills": Ann Arbor District Library.

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GameStart staff present hands-on introductions to various computer skills. For kids in grades 3-8 (except as noted).

Jan. 15: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

Jan. 22: "Unity 2D." Learn to design a platformer video game with animated sprites and other characters.

Jan. 29: "Minecraft Java Programming." Learn how to build Minecraft improvements using the Java programming language.

Feb. 5: "3D Video Game Design." Learn to design your own video game using the Unity Development Kit.

Feb. 12: "CodeMage Beginnings." Learn how use Python coding tecniques to code a "spell" for Minecraft.

Feb. 19: "Choose Your Own Adventure Website." Learn to make your own website using basic HTML in the form of a Chose Your Own Adventure book.

Feb. 26: "Minecraft Monster AI." Learn to make a brave companion for your Minecraft self or a new and challenging monster to face.

Mar. 5: "Minecraft Python Programming." Learn the fundamentals of programming Minecraft using the Python programming language.

Mar. 12: "Unity 2D." Learn to design a platformer video game with animated sprites and other characters.

Mar. 19: "Minecraft Java Programming." Learn how to build Minecraft improvements using the Java programming language.

Mar. 26: "Choose Your Own Adventure Website." Learn to make your own website using basic HTML in the form of a Chose Your Own Adventure book.

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2-3:30 p.m. (except as noted), AADL training center, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2 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]


 2 p.m. 

"Smart Love": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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


 2-2:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Stix & Tones": Ann Arbor District Library.

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The Stratus Ensemble-the local duo of flutist Joanna Goldstein and percussionist Shane Jones-presents an interactive program for interactive concert on flute and drums kids in grades preK-3 to introduce kids to musical elements such as melody, rhythm, ostinato, improvisation, and more.
2-2:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"The Aesthetic Movement in America: Artists of the Photo-Secession": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of photos from the Pictorialism movement that favored soft-focus images that drew upon the conventions of painting.
2-3 p.m., UMMA, meet at the Museum Store, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]


 2 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]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Through Death to Life": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Bloomfield Hills resident Ron Gries discusses his memoir, a mix of free verse poetry and prose, written over the last 3 years of his wife's illness and death and for 14 months after as he grieves and heals.
2-3:30 p.m. p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2:45 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Documentary Program 1".

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Screening of short documentaries nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

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

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U-M Bentley Historical Library associate director and exhibit curator Nancy Bartlett discusses the current exhibit that shows how the design of these two iconic buildings reflect their era's ideas about gender, morals, and coeducation.
3-4 p.m., UMMA Brandon Family Bridge, 525 S. State. Free, but preregistration required by emailing umma-program-registration@umiche.du (include date and title of program in the subject line). 764-0395. [map]


 3-5 p.m. 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a directed drawing activity for adults, exploring different tasks, techniques, and mediums each week.
3-5 p.m., AADL 4th floor meeting room (Feb. 5, 12, & 19; MAr.. 5, 12, & 19) & Secret Lab Feb. 26), 343 S. Fifth Ave, and Westgate West Side Room (Mar. 26), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. 327-8301.


 3 p.m. 

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

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


 3 p.m. 

"Noises Off": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Pipe Smoking 101": Ann Arbor Area Pipe Society.

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Club members discuss how to find a good pipe, pack and light it, and maintain it. Beginners welcome.
3-5 p.m., Tobacco Rose Cigars, 1423 E. Stadium. Free. 945-1691. [map]


 3:30 p.m. 

"A Mid-Winter Classic": Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in a program of audience favorites highlighted by performances of the German Romantic composer Max Bruch's virtuosic Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor and 19th-century Spanish violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen featuring Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra Eliot Heaton on violin. Also, Prokofiev's Symphony no. 1 and the famous Overture to Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla.
3:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12 (seniors & kids under age 12, $6; family of up to 2 adults & 2 kids under age 12, $30) in advance at ypsilantisymphony.org and at the door. 507-1451. [map]


 3:30 p.m. 

"A Mid-Winter Classic": Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in a program of audience favorites highlighted by performances of the German Romantic composer Max Bruch's virtuosic Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor and 19th-century Spanish violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen featuring Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra Eliot Heaton on violin. Also, Prokofiev's Symphony no. 1 and the famous Overture to Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla.
3:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12 (seniors & kids under age 12, $6; family of up to 2 adults & 2 kids under age 12, $30) in advance at ypsilantisymphony.org and at the door. 507-1451. [map]


 3:30 p.m. 

"A Mid-Winter Classic": Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra.

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Adam Riccinto directs this volunteer community orchestra in a program of audience favorites highlighted by performances of the German Romantic composer Max Bruch's virtuosic Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor and 19th-century Spanish violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen featuring Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra Eliot Heaton on violin. Also, Prokofiev's Symphony no. 1 and the famous Overture to Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla.
3:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $12 (seniors & kids under age 12, $6; family of up to 2 adults & 2 kids under age 12, $30) in advance at ypsilantisymphony.org and at the door. 507-1451. [map]


 4-7 p.m. 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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


 4 p.m. 

"Jelly and George": Aaron Diehl & Cécile McLorin Salvant (University Musical Society).

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Acclaimed Harlem-based virtuoso jazz pianist Diehl and vocalist McLorin Salvant perform timeless classics and little-known gems by Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin. Born in Miami to French and Haitian parents, McLorin Salvant is a jazz star with a deep, velvety voice who can "write a song that sounds like a long-lost standard," says an LA Times review, and "perform a classic song and make it sound utterly new." With pianist Adam Birnbaum, clarinetist Evan Christopher, trombonist Corey Wilcox, trumpeter Bruce Harris, bassist Paul Sikivie, and drummer Lawrence Leathers.
4 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $24-$60 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 4:30 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Documentary Program 2".

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Screening of short documentaries nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5-8 p.m. 

Sunday Evening Rhythm Club: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings (P.O.R.K.).

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During the 1920s and early 1930s, early jazz veteran Jelly Roll Morton and younger modernist Duke Ellington both used this band's 10-piece instrumentation, keeping the free-wheeling rhythm of New Orleans jazz and mixing it with smooth, pre-Swing big-band arranging. PORK offers this early big-band music and many period pop standards by songwriters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin and others, evoking a particularly rich musical era. Pianist James Dapogny and tubaist/trombonist Chris Smith lead this dance-friendly jazz band.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10 ($7 for seniors 65+ and students). 734/663-1202. cdsmith68@gmail.com or jdapogny@umich.edu [map]


 5 p.m. 

"Radical Mid-Century Modernists: Four Women Who Kicked Conservative Ideas Out of the Conservatoire": U-M School of Music.

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U-M bassoon professor Jeffrey Lyman is joined by pianist Liz Ames in 5 standard-breaking works composed for the annual competitions at the Paris Conservatoire. Composed by Odette Gartenlaub, Marie-Véra Maixandeau, Ginette Keller, and Ida Gotkovsky, the works explore new performance techniques and modern musical languages and are the only ones composed by women in the nearly 200-year history of the bassoon contest.
5 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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


 6 p.m. 

Restorative Yin Yoga: Better Living Fitness Center.

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End your weekend on a relaxing note! Designed to be restorative and stress relieving, this class can improve your flexibility and help you sleep better.
Non-member drop in rate: $15. Better Living Fitness Center member drop-in rate: $10. Yoga packages available!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. 734-747-0123. office@betterliving.biz http://betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 6 p.m. 

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression.

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Yoga for Depression and Anxiety
Sukha means "joy" in Sanskrit, which translates as, "clear space." Sometimes the space in our mind gets cluttered with judgment, expectation, and fear, resulting in depressed or anxious moods that keeps us from experiencing the joy in knowing our true selves as perfect and whole. Sukha Yoga integrates the healing use of sound and bavana (imagery) during a basic yogic asana practice to meet and balance depressed or anxious moods, clearing space in our minds and inviting sukha, joy to flow through.
This class is for everyone who wants to invite peace in the mind and joy in the heart, with or without a diagnosis. Sun Moon Yoga classes are Open and Affirming, for all shapes, forms and physical abilities. Our teachers are knowledgeable & adapt for injuries and individual needs. If you have any questions, please give us a call.
We are located in a beautiful meditative space used only for yoga & have plenty of on-site parking. Class Size is sma
Sun Moon Yoga, 404 W. Huron Ann Arbor 48103. $18 drop-in. 734-369-2054. webguru@annarboryoga.com sun-moon-yoga-com [map]



 6:15 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 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]


 7-9 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Poetry.

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Every 1st & 3rd Sun. Readings by featured poets, preceded by a poetry open mike.

Dec. 4: Readings Siaara Freeman, a poet from Cleveland whose poems explore the resilient spirit of people struggling with the realities of inner-city living, and Scott Beal, a Pushcart Prize-winning local poet whose recently published debut collection Wait 'Til You Have Real Problems deploys familiar characters from Rapunzel to Perseus and whimsically surreal tall tales to explore the varied and violent forces that shape human identities.

Dec. 18: Open mike only.

Jan. 15: Reading by Ting Gou, a U-M medical student and award-winning poet who recently published her debut chapbook, The Other House.

Feb. 5: Reading by Ashwini Bhasi, a widely published local poet who describes her work as "poems to make sense of the mind-body connection of her chronic pain, life in India, and the duality of her experiences as a scientific data analyst and poet."

Feb. 19: Reading by John Buckley, a recent U-M creative writing MFA.

Mar 5: Reading by EMU creative writing teacher and Neutral Zone creative arts director Jeff Kass. Old Dominion poetry professor Tim Seibles describes Kass's latest collection, Beautiful Hook-Nosed Beauty Queen Strut Wave, as "poems of many men who grew up in this country bursting at the seams with boyness, who did the best they could to grow into useful men-fathers, teachers, plumbers."

Mar 19: Reading by Neutral Zone staffer Fiona Chamness, a winner of the Beloit Poetry Journal Prize who was featured in the 2010 HBO documentary Brave New Voices.

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7-9 p.m. (sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. $5 suggested donation. facebook.com/AnnArborPoetry. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Arcade: Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Feb. 5 & 19. All invited to play short-form improv games. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free (pay-what-you-can for spectators). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: The Ark.

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Most Americans discovered Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Paul Simon's 1986 Graceland album, but this celebrated black South African male a cappella chorus has been around since 1958, when it was founded by lead tenor Joseph Shabalala as the Durban Choir. The group is the prime exponent of "isicathamiya," the indigenous music of rural black workers in South African cities. At once celebratory and mournful, this music fashions an exhilarating fusion of playful, antic craftiness and somber, haunting spirituality, and is accompanied with mesmerizing effect by equally intricate dance movements.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $45 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8-10 p.m. 

Ballroom Dance Club at the U-M.

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Ballroom dancing to recorded music, including fox-trots, waltzes, cha-chas, rumbas, tangos, swing, and more. No partner necessary. Preceded at 7 p.m. by beginning lessons and practice.
8-10 p.m., Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom (Michigan League Ballroom on Jan. 29). $5 ($10 includes lessons). ballroomclubum.com. 763-6984. [map]


 8:15 p.m. 

"Julieta": Michigan Theater.

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(Pedro Almodóvar, 2016). After running into an old friend of her estranged daughter, a brokenhearted woman reflects on her life. Spanish, subtitles.
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]





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