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Calendar of Events

Monday, February 27, 2017

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 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]

 1-3:30 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 4:15, 7:15, & 9:30 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:30, 7:30, & 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]

 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! 

Knits & Crochets.

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All invited for informal socializing and to share tips while working on their projects.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room (if available), 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. To confirm location, contact Mary Budzinski at or 846-3826. [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.

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 and at the door. 668-TIME. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Fearless Ann Arbor! Practicing Courage for a Fulfilled Life: Eric Couillard.

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Conquer your fears! Meet new people! Have fun!

This event has two sections - group challenges and solo challenges. In the group challenges we'll all support each other in doing something fun and ridiculous that's outside of our comfort zones - together. Borrow boldness from the energy of the group to get you warmed up!

For the solo challenge, we'll each make a list of things that would be scary to do but also empowering. Then, we'll support one another in creating specific challenges based off that list.

Please register for the event here:

The foundation for this work is that we care about one another's growth - we're not here to shame or make fun of others, we're here to empower each other and have fun! This is a space of love and support - haters not welcome.

Workantile, 118 S. Main St. Free. 734-223-5771. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Folk Song Sing-Along.

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All invited to join a family-oriented recreational sing-along of folk songs. Bring your guitars, ukuleles, and other instruments if you'd like to jam along as well. Lyrics and chords are projected on a screen for singers and strummers. Led by Lori Fithian and Jean Chorazyczewski.
7 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 426-7818. [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 p.m.  Free! 

"Eat Healthy on a Budget": Chelsea District Library.

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Talk by a Washtenaw County MSU Extension nutrition instructor TBA.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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]

 8 p.m. 

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Led by percussionist, thumb pianist, and vocalist Kahil El'Zabar, this Chicago trio plays a seductive, harmonically provocative blend of avant-garde postbop jazz with African rhythms. A reviewer says the group's music "will not only get under one's skin, it will seep deeply inside one's soul." With trumpeter Corey Wilkes and saxophonist Alex Harding.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge: The Ark.

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Acoustic roots music with a heavy dose of improvisation by the guitar duo of Lage, a 25-year-old jazz virtuoso and former prodigy who was playing with the likes of Carlos Santana at age 8, and Eldridge, a a member of Chris Thile's progressive bluegrass outfit Punch Bothers.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


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Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]


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