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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 21, 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]



 9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (Sat.) & 9:30-10:30 a.m. (Tues.), AAHOM Green Room (lower level), 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]


  10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Voices Valiant (U-M School of Music).

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Every Tues. All age 50 & over invited to join this choir. No experience necessary.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Liberty School Band Room, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free for visitors ($112 per cycle membership dues). 936-2660. [map]


 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Adults Tuesday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Tues. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($3), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar, followed at 1 p.m. by mahjongg, quilting, and other games & activities, and at 1:30 p.m., Yiddish Tish, a Yiddish conversation group that also includes readings of Yiddish stories. Homemade buffet luncheon ($3) available at noon. All invited.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Please join us for this one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between.
We are currently discussing readings from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness for Beginners: reclaiming the present moment--and your life. No need to buy the book.
Center for Innovation (formerly St. Joe's Urgent Care), 400 W. Russell St, Saline. Free. 734-276-7707. mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com www.MindfulnesswithPaulette.weebly.com [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Free sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served.

Mar. 7: U-M Chinese studies professor Miranda Brown on "Of Cheese and Curds in China."

Mar. 14: MSU global urban studies professor Xuefei Ren on "Land, Housing, Air: Deciphering Urban Governance in China and India."

Mar. 21: Oxford University political economy of China professor Kyle Jaros on "China's Urban Champions and the Politics of Spatial Development."

Mar. 28: "When Muslims Die in China," a talk by University of Pennsylvania East Asian art professor Nancy Steinhardt on tombs of Muslim royalty in China.

Apr. 4: Journalist John Pomfret, an award-winning longtme foreign correspondent in China whose books include the recent study of Chinese-American relations The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom, discusses "The Long Embrace: US-China Relations from the Perspective of History."

Apr. 11: McGill University (Montreal) history & classical studies professor Griet Vankeerberghen on "An Act of Imperial Generosity: Remaking the Social Order in 1st-Century BCE China."

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Noon-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 12:30-3 p.m. 

"Acrylic Painting Series: Sailing": USArtQuest.

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If you would like to learn techniques and skills to paint scenes on canvas or watercolor paper, this class is for you! Learn composition, art & brush techniques, color mixing, blending, shadowing, highlighting, material usage & so much more!
All materials are provided
All skill levels are encouraged.
Taught by Sue Craig, Michigan Impressionist Artist
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US12, Chelsea. $42. 800-766-0728. AskAnything@USArtQuest USArtQuest [map]



 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, and book study groups for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"Face-to-Face Conversations Using Computer Technology": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M (50 +).

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Discover a new way to connect with geographically distant friends and loved ones!
Recent technological advancements in computers (and other electronic devices) with cameras now enable you to see and converse with people at the same time. You might have heard of websites such as Skype, or FaceTime, two free services that make this communication possible.
Would you like to know more? This course for those 50 and over, taught by Stacy Fowler, will provide you with a foundational understanding of face-to-face interactions via Skype or FaceTime; assistance in setting up and/or managing an account; inputting contact information and how to start and end conversations.
This class does not require a membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 4 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]


 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]


 4:30 & 9:15 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]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Agents of Change": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Showing of Frank Dawson & Abby Ginzberg's 2016 documentary about the ferment of student radicalism that erupted in black power, civil rights, and antiwar protests of on campuses all over the country in 1968 and 1969.
5 p.m., Osterman Common Room, 202 S. Thayer. Free. 936-3518. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Coloring Night: Brewed Awakenings Café.

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Every Tues.. All adults invited for a relaxing evening of coloring. Bring your own supplies, or use some of the café's.
6 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., suite M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

Business Workshop: "Marketing Basics": Ann Arbor SCORE.

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What will be your pricing and/or promotion strategy? Does your product or service have future potential to grow? How will you find customers?
From conducting marketing research to identifying your competitive edge, your target customers and your marketing channels, this workshop walks you through the marketing basics you need to know to start your business.

Join future entrepreneurs as SCORE mentors guide you through the journey of starting your own business.
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 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.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Tues. & Sat., except Feb. 4. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
6 p.m. (Tues.) & 11 a.m. (Sat.), Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"The Fannie Lou Hamer Story: Healing Through the Sound of Music": U-M Association of Black Professional Faculty Administrators and Staff/U-M MLK Symposium.

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International performer Mzuri Moyo Aimbaye performs a 60-minute program of storytelling and songs that illustrate the life of Hamer, a civil rights activist whose powerful 1964 testimony about black voter suppression for the Democratic National Convention was a catalyst for the passage of the Voter's Rights Act.
6-8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-3300. [map]


 6:15 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor East Group Run": Running Fit.

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Every Tues. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain/snow or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw. Free. 548-6299. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6:30-8:30 p.m., location TBA at http://www.meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/ Free. 945-3035.


 6:45 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]


 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 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. All age 18 & over invited to play. No partner needed. Cash prize for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill East, 3140 Packard. $5 entry fee; buy your own food. kari.thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]


 7-8:30 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]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kaleidoscope Concert Series: Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Sept. 20: Picks & Sticks Stringband. Local string ensemble whose eclectic repertoire includes swing, jazz, country, and bluegrass tunes.

Oct. 18: North Oakland Dixieland Band. 9-piece ensemble from Lake Orion with a repertoire of Dixieland and swing music that today plays a variety of Mardi Gras music.

Nov. 15: "From Paris with Reeds." Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra principal oboist Timothy Michling and AASO principal bassoonist Christian Green perform works by French composers Massenet, Ibert and Debussy.

Dec. 20: Detroit Chamber Winds. An eclectic mix of classical chamber music, including some holiday music, by this ensemble of DSO and Michigan Opera Theatre musicians.

Jan. 17: Paul Keller At Sundown Quartet. Upbeat songs from the Great American Songbook by this local mainstream jazz ensemble led by veteran bassist Keller and featuring vocalist-clarinetist Sarah D'Angelo. With saxophonist Steve Wood, pianist Duncan McMillan and drummer Stephen Boegehold.

Feb. 21: David Vaughn. Local big-voiced singer-pianist whose repertoire ranges from opera and gospel to Broadway and folk music.

Mar. 21: Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic. Nationally renowned ensemble of Saline high school students with an energetic, polished stage show whose repertoire includes music, song, and dance from the traditions of American folk fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, Western swing, and Celtic music.

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7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free to seniors, but tickets (available at the Chelsea Senior Center) required. First come, first seated at the door (if available). 475-4111. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Music Program: Chelsea High School.

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Performances by various student ensembles.

Oct. 17: Fall Festival of Choirs. With choirs of kids in grades 5-12. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 24: Orchestra Halloween Concert.

Nov. 1: Echoes Concert Band.

Dec. 5: Band and Choirs Concert.

Dec. 6: Orchestra Concert.

Dec. 8: Band and Orchestra Concert.

Jan. 28: District Solo & Ensemble Vocal Festival. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Feb. 21: Band & Orchestra Pre-Festival Concert.

Mar. 4: "Showcase of Michigan Show Choirs." Performances by CHS Company C and choirs from several other Michigan high schools. $10 in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy and at the door.



Mar. 1: Choir Concert.

Mar. 19 (7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.): State Band and Orchestra Solo/Ensemble Festival.

Mar. 31: Jazz Band Concert.

Apr, 16: Collage Concert.

May 4: Band, Orchestra, & Choir Concerto Concert.

May 25: Band & Orchestra Concert.


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7 p.m. (except as noted), CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. Free unless otherwise noted. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Polka Jam Session.

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All accordion players and other musicians invited to play polkas and waltzes and other ethnic and old-time music.
7-9 p.m., American Legion Hall, 44 Wabash St. (south off Main), Milan. Free. 529-3903. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). singwithus.org 612-7580. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Herbs and Your Pets": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local holistic health practitioner Linda Diane Feldt.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at peoplesfood.coop/news_and_events/. 994-4589. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Self-Care Massage: Lower Back & Body": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture-demo by local massage therapist Brian Truskowski.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Trivia Tuesday": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to come with a team of 4 players to compete in a trivia contest. Prizes.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch Sweetwaters, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

Open Rehearsal: Ann Arbor Grail Singers.

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Feb. 7, 14, & 21. All women invited to join this women's chamber choir to sing early music. This month's rehearsals include auditions for new members.
7:15-9:15 p.m., location TBA. Free. AnnArborGrailSingers.org, 662-0631. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Addiction and Families": Dawn Farm.

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"Addiction and Families" will be presented by Roxann Mudry, LLMSW; Dawn Farm Therapist, Jail/Community Corrections and Strong Roots Family Programs; and Katie Gordon, LMSW, Dawn Farm Outpatient Therapist and Family Matters Facilitator. Substance addiction is often described as a family condition. This program will provide participants with a basic understanding of how addiction impacts each member of a family, the roles and behaviors that family members often acquire when living with addiction, and options for family members to obtain help to cope with addiction in the family. Admission is FREE and open to all. No registration is required. A certificate to document attendance can be provided on request. FREE CE is provided for addiction professionals. Part of the Dawn Farm Education Series.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Feb.. 7 & 21.

Feb. 7: CameraMall co-owner Desmond Kolean--Burley discusses "What's New in Photography."

Feb. 21: Club members critique selected prints submitted by other members.

Also, club members show their recent digital images (Feb. 7) & prints (Feb. 21) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Still Life."

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7:30 p.m., Forsythe Middle School media center (Feb. 7), 1655 Newport, & Wines Elementary School auditorium (Feb. 21), 1701 Newport. Free. 327-4781. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Feb. 21 & 23. TBE cantor emerita Annie Rose leads a discussion of The Ten Challenges, Leonard Felder's practical approach to the Ten Commandments.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 21) & 12:30 p.m. (Feb. 23), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free; preregistration requested via email to cantorannie@gmail.com. 665-4744. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m. 

The Moth Storyslam: Michigan Radio.

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Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Each night 10 storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on the monthly theme. The 3 judges are recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Space limited, so it's smart to arrive early.

2017 topics:

Jan 17: "My Do-Over."

Feb. 7: "Dark Horse Moments."

Feb. 21: "Fame."

Mar. 7: "Making Peace."

Mar. 28: "Broken."

Apr. 4: "Duped."

Apr. 18: "Refuge."

May 2: "First Impression."

May 16: "Traps."

June 6: "Mystery."

June 20: "Out Numbered."

June 27: "Breathless."

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7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), Ann Arbor Distilling Co. 220 Felch. $10. 764-5118.


 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. 

"Popcorn Falls": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 20-Feb 12. Daniel Walker directs Michigan playwright James Hindman's new play, a wacky backstage comedy about the mishaps and mayhem of putting on a play. Set in Popcorn Falls, a small American town whose only claim to fame--its namesake waterfall--has dried up. Now bankrupt, its last chance is a large grant contingent on town producing a play in a week. Led by the Mayor and the local handyman, the enterprising townsfolk try to rise to the challenge. Stars Jeff Priskorn and Jonathan Jones, who play 15 roles between them.
8 p.m. (Thurs.- Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]



 8-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Smarty Pants Trivia Smackdown": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to round up 6 people to compete in a 5-round trivia contest. Prizes for the top 2 teams.
8-9:30 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, suite 100. Free. 475-8732. [map]






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