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Calendar of Events

Monday, February 20, 2017






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Alexis Neuhaus at alexis@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. alexis@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Camp PAWS: Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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School may be closed on Presidents Day, but Camp PAWS is in! Animal-loving youth ages 6-11 are invited to this one day camp at HSHV, where we'll learn how to care for and respect our animal friends by engaging in activities with the animals! Aftercare from 4-5 p.m. also available.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. 65. 734-661-3584. humaneed@hshv.org www.hshv.org/camppaws [map]



 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool ArtStart": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for preschoolers ages 2-5 accompanied by an adult. Siblings welcome.
10:30-11 a.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon. Play group for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings. Note: Play groups are also offered at 3 AADL branches: Malletts Creek (Tues., 10-11 a.m. & Thurs., 6:30-7:30 p.m.), 3090 E. Eisenhower between Stone School & Packard; Pittsfield (Wed., except May 17, 11 a.m.-noon), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd.; Westgate (Thurs. 2-3 p.m.), Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson; and Traverwood (Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m.) 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy.
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 & 1:30 p.m. 

"The Sky Tonight: Live Sky Talk": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Audiovisual planetarium show exploring the current night sky. Also, a brief talk on how light that travels to Earth from far, far away-the distant past-informs us about the Universe we live in today.
11:30 a.m. and 12:30 & 1:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]


 1-3:30 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. 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).
1-3:30 p.m. (Mon.) & 10-11:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Senior Center (Sept.), 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Also, city staffers lead a short nature walk at the end of each workday. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

Aug. 5: Olson Park (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail) to remove invasive weeds overrunning it open meadows, and Black Pond Woods Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the Tibbits Ct. entrance, from Brookside east off Pontiac Tr.) to remove Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 19: Bird Hills Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, Bird Rd. entrance west off Huron River Dr.) Japanese hedge parsley and other invasives.

Aug. 20: Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area (1-4 p.m., meet at the end of Verle Rd. off Platt south of Packard) to help remove bittercress, Canada thistle, and other invasives.

Aug. 26: Bandemer Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking area off Barton Dr.) to help remove exotic weeds from the patch of dry prairie that lines the Border-to-Border Trail in this park along the Huron River.

Sept. 10: Mary Beth Doyle Park (1-4 p.m., meet in the parking lot off the south side of Packard, just east of Cobblestone Farm) to help remove invasive plants during this national day of service to commemorate 9-11.

Sept. 16: Onder Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance on Brookside west from Pontiac Trail north of Barton Dr.) to remove invasive buckthorn to restore the small oak savanna.

Sept. 17: Redbud Nature Area (1-4 p.m., Meet at the park entrance at the intersection of Parkwood & Jeanne) to remove honeysuckle and other invasive plants.

Sept. 23: Furstenberg (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot off Fuller across from Huron High) to remove invasive plants to improve the ecosystem of this 38-acre park.

Sept. 23: Ruthven Nature Area 1-4 p.m., meet at the Gallup Park boat dock parking lot at the corner of Parkway and Geddes) to remove invasive plants threatening the native wildflowers.

Sept. 30: Argo Nature Area (9 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to learn how to identify and cut buckthorn and honeysuckle from this 22-acre riverside park.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"No School? Crafts Are Cool!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-5 invited to make up a craft activity using fancy paper, pom poms, stickers, feathers, and more.
1-2 p.m., AADL Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Kool-Aid Play Dough": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to make Kool Aid-scented play dough.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch West Side Room, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Leaks, Whistleblowers and Big Data: Collaborative Journalism Across Borders": U-M Knight-Wallace Fellows Program.

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Panel discussion with Knight-Wallace fellows and other journalists who played key roles in breaking the Panama Papers and Luxembourg Leaks. Speakers include Süddeutsche Zeitung (Munich) reporter Bastian Obermayer, Panama Papers investigation co-manager Marina Walker Guevara, Premieres Lignes Television (France) investigative reporter Edouard Perrin, Premieres LIgnes Television editor-in-chief Laurent Richard, and U-M journalism professor Will Potter.
3 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre (4th floor). Free. 998-7666. [map]


 4 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Live Action"

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


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ctrl+Z: The Right to be Forgotten": U-M Science, Technology, & Society Program.

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Talk by Georgetown University communication, culture, & technology professor Meg Jones.
4-5:30 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 763-2066. [map]


 4:15, 7:15, & 9:45 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]


 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Hope and Emergency": U-M Institute for the Humanities Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture.

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Lecture by Harper's columnist Rebecca Solnit, a widely acclaimed writer and activist who recently published an updated edition of her popular 2004 book, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities.
5-7 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 936-3518. . [map]



 6 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]



 6 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Seminar Series: Childhood Nutrition: Robin Hills Farm.

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This winter, Robin Hills Farm will be offering our second annual "Winter Seminar Series"! Seminars will cover a variety of topics, from nonviolence to permaculture (and everything in between). This year's series will be on select Mondays throughout the winter. All seminars are FREE and OPEN to the public!
This seminar is all about how to start your little ones on the right path to a healthy lifestyle! We will discuss children's diets throughout the early years, from breast milk, to formula, to baby food, to school lunches. We'll also cover how to suggest healthy foods to kids, and adjusting to taste changes.
Led by Emily van der Waard
Robin Hills Farm, 20390 M-52, Chelsea. Free. 7348348496. education@robinhillsfarm.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/winter-seminar-series-childhood-nutrition-tickets-30167089577 [map]



 6:45 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]


 6:45-9 p.m.  Free! 

Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities invited to work on their projects together and learn about guild activities. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
6:45-9 p.m., Pittsfield Village Community Bldg., 2220 Pittsfield Blvd. (park on the street, or in the south lot). Free to visitors (Annual dues for those who join). 994-4385. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Kuro: The Dark Edge of Japanese Filmmaking": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Jan. 16: High and Low (Akira Kurosawa, 1963). An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom. Toshiro Mifune. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Jan. 23: Tokyo Drifter (Seijun Suzuki 1966). After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Jan. 23: Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki 1967). A hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, putting him into conflict with his treacherous wife, with a mysterious woman eager for death, and with the phantom-like hit-man known only as Number One. Japanese, subtitles. 9:30 p.m.

Jan. 30: Zero Focus (Yoshitarô Nomura, 1961). When a woman's new husband disappears on a business trip. She discovers a pair of mysterious postcards hidden away in a book that may be clues to his fate. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Feb. 6: A Colt Is My Passport (Takashi Nomura, 1967). Film noir-inspired thriller about a yakuza hitman and his sidekick caught between rival gangs. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Feb. 13: Pigs and Battleships (Shohei Imamura, 1962). A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart in the scramble to profit from the devastation in postwar Japan. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Feb. 20: Pale Flower (Masahiro Shinoda). A hitman released from prison is trying to navigate the shifts in his criminal domain when he falls under the spell of a dangerous woman. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Feb. 27: A Fugitive from the Past (Tomu Uchida, 1965). This epic thriller of a heist gone wrong follows a thief who goes into hiding with a prostitute and tries to stay one step ahead of the law. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Mar. 6: Dragnet Girl (Yasujiro Ozu, 1933). Classic silent drama about a career criminal offered a chance at redemption when he crosses paths with his delinquent sister. With live narration by renowned benshi (silent film narrator) Ichiro Kataoka and period music by veteran local DJ Arwulf. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

Mar. 13: Ichi the Killer (Takashi Miike, 2001). Neo-noir sensationalist gangster film based on Hideo Yamamoto's acclaimed manga. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m. h]

Mar. 20: The World of Kanako (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2015). Noir thriller about an aimless, irresponsible cop who is pulled into sharp focus by the sudden, inexplicable disappearance of his teenage daughter. Japanese, subtitles. 7 p.m.

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Various times, Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50) in advance at ticketweb.com and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Meet the Doulas": Center for the Childbearing Year.

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Have you been considering hiring a doula? Join us for a Q&A about the role of the doula followed by an opportunity to meet and chat with several area birth and postpartum doulas. You may meet one whom you want to hire on the spot or collect several business cards to set up more in-depth interviews later. Light snacks will be provided. RSVP to toni@treetowndoulas.com (requested but not required).
Center for the Childbearing Year, 722 Brooks St. Free. patty@center4cby.com. patty@center4cby.com www.center4cby.com [map]



 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café: St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations on various topics, including "Finding Meaning Every Monday: Secrets to a Satisfying Week" (Feb. 6), "Crop Circles: They're Not What You Think" (Feb. 13), "Spiritual but Not Religious: The Author of The Shack Weighs In" (Feb. 20), and "Police Brutality or Necessary Force?" (Feb. 27). The program begins with video introductions.
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Dialogue, Character, and Point of View": Ann Arbor District Library.

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On Feb. 6, local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal discuss the basic techniques of good fiction. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Cocktail Class: Black Bartenders in America - The Unsung History: Tammy's Tastings.

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People of color have played crucial roles in the history of spirits and cocktails, but too often their contributions have been forgotten, ignored, or deliberately suppressed. In honor of Black History Month we'll be exploring their contributions, from the early days of the slave trade to Tom Bullock's 1917 cocktail manual all the way to the modern day, when Black Americans are making waves in the craft cocktail industry. Our guest speaker will be Detroit bartender Amas Muhammad, who'll speak from both his research and personal experience. Classes are hands-on with lots of tasting opportunities.
The Last Word, 301 W Huron. $45. tammylc@tammystastings.com http://www.tammystastings.com/events/cocktail-class-black-bartenders-in-america/ [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dealers and Their Venues": Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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Penny Black Stamp Company owner Dan Bayer, a Vatican specialist, gives the 2nd in this series of talks, this one on new issue stamps. Also, American Philatelic Society circuit books and a mini stamp auction.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free. harwin@umich.edu, 761-5859. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ferns of Southeast Michigan": Michigan Botanical Club.

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Wayne County Parks naturalist Carol Clements discusses how to identify some of the more than 40 species of fern in our area.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Is the Perception of Musical Beauty a Function of the Human Brain?": U-M School of Music.

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University of North Carolina music professor Donald Hodges discusses debates in philosophy and neuroscience about whether or not we're wired to respond to musical beauty.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Oriol Sans conducts this student ensemble in a program highlighted by Beethoven's Symphony no. 6 ("Pastoral"), a work with 5 bucolic scenes that explore the joy, peace, fear, and amusement that natural events and sounds can provoke. The program also includes Kevin Puts's lavish Hymn to the Sun. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. in the lower lobby by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Dvorak's Great Chamber Works": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Respected area chamber musicians perform an all-Dvorak program, including Miniatures, String Sextet op. 48, and Piano Quintet no. 2. With violist Caroline Coade, pianist Mi-Eun Kim, cellist Caroline Kim, violinists Stephen Shipps, David Halen, and Paula Su, and other musicians TBA.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 9:30 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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