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Calendar of Events

Friday, February 24, 2017

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 5, 7:30, & 9:55 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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

 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Mindfulness for Adults Group: Still Waters Counseling.

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This unique experiential group will begin with gentle movement and ease into basic mindfulness practices such as awareness of breath, grounding through senses, and complete body relaxation. During the course of the sessions, other practices will be introduced that lend themselves to staying in the moment, and from there, learning to focus on positives as well as allowing joy into our lives. Experiential practiced will be mixed with new scientific information behind these practices, and lively discussion about applying them in the challenges of daily life. Classes are facilitated by Smita Nagpal, Ph.D.
Still Waters Counseling, 137 Keveling Dr. Saline MI 48176, Saline. 7349443446. [map]


Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1-2:30 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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dinosaur Tours: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. 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]

 2:45, 5:15, 7:35, & 9:45 p.m. 

"I Am Not Your Negro": Michigan Theater.

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(Raoul Peck, 2016). Documentary that uses the late James Baldwin's unfinished novel to tell the story of race in America. Narration by Samuel L. Jackson.
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]

 3-8 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]

 3-7 p.m. 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4:30 p.m. 

Fit Kids Condtitioning: FitPoint.

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This class gets kids moving with cross training and strengthening, and a variety of explosiveness, agility, balance and flexibility exercises. It builds skills for any sport, or helps kids just be fit and healthy.
Ages: 7-13.
Fridays at 4.30 p.m. and Saturday's at 1.00 p.m.
First class free
FitPoint, 250 W Eisenhower Pkwy Suite 130. $20 drop-in (first timers, free). 734.531.9958. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Women's Lacrosse.

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Feb. 11: James Madison. 1 p.m.

Feb. 18: Notre Dame. 1 p.m.

Feb. 24: San Diego State. 5 p.m.

Mar. 10: High Point. 5 p.m.

Mar. 12: Canisius. 1 p.m.

Mar. 15: Detroit. 5 p.m.

Mar. 23: Northwestern. 5 p.m.

Mar. 26: Winthrop. 1 p.m.

Apr. 4: Niagara. 5 p.m.

Apr. 13: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Apr. 30: Penn State. 11 a.m.

Various times, Oosterbaan Field House (Feb.), Hoover at S. State, & U-M Stadium (Mar. & Apr.). Free. 764-0247.

 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Brother Bear, the 2003 Disney animated film about a young Inuit hunter who's changed into a bear as punishment for killing one needlessly. Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill (south off Plymouth east of Dixboro). $35 ($15 for additional children). Preregistration required., 661-3575. [map]

 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

Free Yoga Class: The Yoga Space.

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A free one hour yoga class for anyone who is interested. No pre-registration is necessary and all equipment is provided. The class will introduce basic standing and sitting poses and include a guided relaxation. It will be taught by a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.
The Yoga Space, 180 Little Lake Dr, #1 48103. Free. 734-622-9600. [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 p.m. 

2017 Michigan Law Enforcement Polar Plunge: Special Olympics Michigan Washtenaw County.

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The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Michigan athletes, by jumping into frigid Michigan waters.
Come in costume and jump into two giant pools of frigid water, Under the Lights, at UM's Big House.
Registration 6:30 pm outside of "The Tunnel".
Parade of Costumes and Plunge, 8pm inside The Big House.
Awards & After Splash Bash immediately following the Plunge.
Register on-line at
For questions and sponsorship opportunities contact: Heather Fox, Development and LETR Events Manager.
University of Michigan - The Big House, UM Football Stadium. Donation. $75. 989-773-3229.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Film and Discussion: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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Film screenings followed by discussion.

Mar. 31: The Visit (Bernhard Wicki, 1964). Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Quinn star in this adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's satirical tragicomedy. A wealthy older woman who had left home as a girl in disgrace returns to her impoverished hometown and offers to make a sizable donation--for a forbidding price. Discussion follows. [aw]

Apr. 28: The Human Experience (Charles Kinnane, 2008). A band of brothers travels the world in search of the meaning of human life in a journey that brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana, Africa.

May 12: Yangsi: Reincarnation Is Just the Beginning (Mark Elliott, 2012). Documentary biography, filmed largely in Bhutan over a period of 14 years, about a boy, recognized as the reincarnation of a revered Tibetan Buddhist master, whose training starts with an enthronement before thousands at age 4.

June 30: Paths of the Soul (Zhang Yang, 2015). Docudrama about the 10-month journey of a group of Tibetans to Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet, a 1,200-km pilgrimage on foot while continuously prostrating themselves on the ground.n Followed by discussion.

7 p.m., Jewel Heart (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sidemen: Long Road to Glory (Film Screening): The Ann Arbor Blues Society.

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SIDEMEN - Long Road To Glory is an intimate look at the incredible lives and legacies of three of the most accomplished "sidemen" in the blues business: piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin. These artists were on stage with Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters during the historic Ann Arbor Blues Festivals in the 60s-70s. They are forever linked to Ann Arbor's place in music history.
The film captures some of the last interviews and their final live performances together, before their deaths in 2011. The live shows are accompanied by performances and personal insights from many of the blues and rock stars these legendary sidemen inspired including; Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Robby Krieger, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Perry, Joe Bonamassa and Johnny Winter.
The Ann Arbor Blues Society is privileged to be among a select few groups authorized to host a special screening of this award-winning documentary
Ann Arbor Distilling Company, 220 Felch Street. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Fly Fishing Film Tour": Michigan Theater.

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An anthology of cutting-edge films aimed at both entertaining and educating outdoor enthusiasts.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $17 in advance at and at the door; discounted tickets available at Schultz Outfitters (4 E. Cross, Ypsilanti). 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Baroque Chamber Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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This ensemble of music majors performs works TBA.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

International Touring Season - Runa: Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

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​Called "Timeless and flawless…" Runa is quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music's new "super-groups", Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.
​Tickets are $25 for Adults, $23 for Seniors, Youth & Military.
Tecumseh, MI, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $25 adult / $23 senior. 517.423.6617. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Irish Band: Runa: Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

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​Called "Timeless and flawless…" Runa is quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music's new "super-groups", Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.
​Tickets are $25 for Adults, $23 for Seniors, Youth & Military.
The Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh, MI 49286, Tecumseh. $23-$25. 517.423.6617. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"I'll Be Seeing You": New Roads Productions.

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Feb. 24-26. David Kiley and Brian Buckner direct local actors in Kiley's new play, based on his book Writing the War, that tells the story of the relationship between a WWII war correspondent and his fiancée on the Homefront. The actions spans from Pearl Harbor to V-E Day and includes WWII photos and live music. With keyboardist Buckner. Cast: Natalie Rose SEvick, John DeMerell, Marlene Inman, Robby Griswold, Kiley, and Buckner.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 24 & 25) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 26), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. $20 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at and at the door., 276-7183. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Bil Dwyer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 9-11.Veteran Midwestern stand-up comic who specializes in hip, sardonic takes on marriage, kids, and family life. A ubiquitous presence on cable TV, he also has a recurring role on Hot in Cleveland. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Katharinda Uhde & R. Larry Todd: U-M School of Music.

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Valparaiso University (IN) violin professor (and U-M grad) Uhde and Duke University piano professor Todd perform works TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin (North Campus). Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Legendary Wings.

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Let's have a wonderful night at Rush Street where the jazz group Legendary Wings will be on as is customary every Friday at 8 p.m. Come for bop, ballads, Monk, Henderson, improvisational surprises. All told, one can expect the most soulful and energizing music.
Dan Bennett (sax)
Tim Haldeman (sax)
Justin Walter (trumpet)
Charlie Sutherland (guitar)
Jeff Marshall (bass)
Nick Collins (drums)
Rush Street, 314 South Main Street. Tip Jar to Show Appreciation and Support for Awesome Music and Wonderful Musicians. 734) 531-6187. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Mustard's Retreat: The Ark.

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Longtime local favorites Michael Hough and David Tamulevich perform both traditional songs and original pieces that alternate between Hough's sometimes spellbinding, sometimes humorous narrative ballads, and Tamulevich's poignant lyrical songs. According to songwriter Garnet Rogers, Mustard's Retreat "represents everything that is best about folk music. Their songs have entered the lexicon of anonymous folk songs." Both Hough and Tamulevich are accomplished guitarists, and they also play banjo, mandolin, flute, autoharp, harmonica, and tin whistle.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Love, Loss and What I Wore": PTD Productions.

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Feb. 23-26 & Mar. 1-4. Jan Carpman directs local actors in Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's witty, moving play based on Ilene Beckerman's bestselling 1995 book. Comprised of monologues and ensemble scenes, the play revolves around candid observations of contemporary women as they reflect on memories, frustrations, and aspirations associated with their wardrobes. Cast: Wendy Ascione-Juska, Briana Bower, Mary Higgins, Marie Jones, Daisy Mull, and Laura Sanders.
8 p.m. (Feb. 23-25 & Mar. 2-4) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 26 & Mar. 1), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at and at the door. 483-7345. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. & Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers. The 10 p.m. Friday show, "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats" is devoted to long-form improv.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $12 (8 p.m.) & $10 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 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.

 8 p.m. 

"Smart Love": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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

 8 p.m. (canceled) 

"Twelfth Night": Ellipsis Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 2-12. (The shows originally scheduled for the last week of February were canceled due to illness.) Ellipsis founder Joanna Hastings directs this local company in a contemporary take on Shakespeare's comedy of mistaken identities and misplaced affections. Twin refugees separated in a shipwreck find themselves stranded on the shore off New York City, each thinking that the other has drowned. The story explores the power of love--sibling love, romantic love, love between friends, love that develops between strangers--and particularly how love breaks down boundaries between people from different walks of life. Cast: Mark Isler, Scott Screws, Darius Franklin, Mouse Courtois, Breon Canady, Andaiye Spencer, Todd Sheets, Eric Bloch, Krystle Dellihue, Karl Sikkenga, Steven Weed, Jamie Jee.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets $20 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at and via email to, and at the door. Pay-what-you-can admission available on Thurs. & Sun. 635-8450. [map]

 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Acoustic Night at Avalon Cafe and Kitchen: Avalon Cafe and Kitchen.

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Feb. 4 - Jay Fry, an Ann Arbor native with a Modern Folk feel.
Feb. 10 - Daniel Ackerman, guitar and vocals.
Feb. 11 - Evan Haywood and Issac Levine.
Feb. 17 - Daniel Ackerman, guitar and vocals.
Feb. 18 - Charlie and Friends, string bass and slam poetry.
Feb. 24 - Daniel Ackerman, guitar and vocals.
Feb. 25 - Charlie and Rebecca and Friends, string bass, vocals and Uke.
March 4 - Jay Fry, an Ann arbor native with a Modern Folk feel.
Avalon Cafe and Kitchen, 120 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. (734) 263-2996. [map]

 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]

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