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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 5, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Master Kim Instructs Senior Student

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 Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues. 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed. 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 25, Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 10 a.m. 

Writers Unlimited: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

  community member   < less OLLI Study Group

Writers are asked to bring printed copies of their short stories, novels, essays, magazine articles, poems or memoirs to class. Fellow writers will offer friendly criticism on all aspects of writing.
Instructor Joy Rome was Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and will lead these two hour sessions on Fridays from January 5 through August 31.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road Suite C. $75. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 26-Jan. 7. Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations. With live entertainment, including Yo-Yo Master Zeemo (Dec. 26 & 27 at 1 p.m.), Drummunity! drum circles (Dec. 28 & 29 at 1 p.m.), "Ron Loyd, the Bubble Man" (Dec. 30 & 31 at 1 p.m.), "Dan the Creature Man" (Jan. 1 & 5, 1-4 p.m.) and "The Music Lady" (Jan. 2-4, 11 a.m.).
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Sat., except Jan. 1), noon-4 p.m. (Sun., except Dec. 31), & noon-5 p.m. (Dec. 31 & Jan. 1), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m. 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon. except Jan. 1. Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings. Note: Play days are also offered at the Malletts Creek (Tues. 10-11 a.m., & Thurs. 6:30-7:30 p.m.), Pittsfield (Wed., 11 a.m.-noon), Westgate (Thurs. 2-3 p.m.), and Traverwood (Fri. 10:30-11 a.m.) branches.
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

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.
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 Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29 and Jan. 3. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation. Note: These groups are also offered at the Westgate (Thurs. except Dec. 21 & 28, 6-7:30), Traverwood (Mon. 7-8:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 & Tues. except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) branches.
6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Hands-On Science: Flight": Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 3-6 invited to design and make a variety of objects and test their ability to fly
1-2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 2-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Puppet Show: Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL storytellers perform a puppet show for kids in grades preK-3.
2-2:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose room. Free. 327-4555.


 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"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, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 3:45 & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Disaster Artist": State Theatre.

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(James Franco, 2017). Biopic about Tommy Wiseau, the writer/director behind The Room, the film often called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." James Franco, Seth Rogan, Alison Brie.
State Theatre. 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.


 4, 7, & 10 p.m. 

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi": State Theatre.

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(Rian Johnson, 2017). The latest installment in George Lucas's iconic space opera. No complimentary passes, vouchers, or coupons will be allowed for the first 3 weeks. Member discounts apply.
State Theatre. 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.


 4, 6:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Darkest Hour": Michigan Theater.

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(Joe Wright, 2017). Biopic of Winston Churchill during the early dark days of WWII. Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas.
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. 

"I, Tonya": State Theatre.

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(Craig Gillespie, 2017). Biopic about controversial ice skater Tonya Harding. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.
State Theatre. 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.


 4:15, 6:45, & 9:45 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
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, 7:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Lady Bird": State Theatre.

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(Greta Gerwig, 2017). Critically acclaimed drama exploring the bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf.

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State Theatre. 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.


 5-9 p.m. 

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

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Jan. 5 & 26. Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch animal-themed movies, including the animated films Home (Jan. 5) and Up (Jan. 26). 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 each additional sibling). Preregistration required. hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Eco-Challenge Potluck & Yogurt- and Kombucha-Making": Ann Arbor Reskilling.

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Potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass, the recipe to put in the community recipe book, and your own washable plate, cup, and fork) and conversation about community building. Followed by kids activities and a hands-on introduction to making yogurt and kombucha. Starter yogurt to take home; bring a 16-oz. wide-mouth sealable glass jar, a breathable cloth square, and 2 rubber bands if you wish to take home kombucha cultures.
5:30-8:30 p.m., 1979 McKinley, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted ($5 suggested). a2reskilling@gmail.com. [map]


 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. except Jan. 1. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., casual) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, all invited to play the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive & booster draft), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Nov. 2 & 3: Ferris State. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 & 11: Minnesota. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 24 & 25: Ohio State. 6:30 p.m. (Nov. 24) & 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 25)

Jan. 5: Notre Dame. 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 19 & 20: Penn State. 8 p.m. (Jan. 19) & 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 20)

Feb. 2 & 3: Wisconsin. 7:30 p.m. both nights.

Feb. 18: Notre Dame. 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 23 & 24: Arizona State. 7:30 p.m. both nights.
Various times, Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $15-$40 at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764-0247. [map]


 6:45 p.m. 

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": State Theatre.

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(Martin McDonagh, 2017). Darkly comic drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson.
State Theatre. 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.


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]


 7:15-8:45 p.m. 

"Bluegrass Night": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Funky Frosty Friday.

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All invited to skate to vintage & contemporary bluegrass records.
7:15-8:45 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 794-6234. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-vie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Jan. 5 & 19. Screening of family-friendly movies, including the Disney animated film Mulan (Jan. 5) and the live-action comic drama Because of Winn-Dixie (Jan. 19). Also, a chance to snuggle with adoptable cats. Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. Note: This event usually sells out.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Space limited; preregistration recommended at tinylions.org/mewvienights. 661-3575. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Derek Richards: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 4-6. A Detroit native who now lives in Florida, Richards is known for his fast-paced stream of sarcastic, often hysterically livid observations about everything from phone solicitors and computers to Taco Bell and the experience of dating an exotic dancer. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Thunderwüde: The Ark.

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Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. Opening act is the Chelsea House Orchestra, a touring ensemble of some 2 dozen Chelsea High School students that plays traditional Scottish and Irish jigs and reels, along with other folk-inspired music and even some rock 'n' roll.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"An Evening of Sam Cooke": Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A showcase of the pioneer soul singer's music by his youngest daughter, Carla Cooke, a composer-vocalist whose style, like her father's, ranges across gospel, R&B, soul, and pop genres.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids age 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance at greenwoodcoffeehouse.org and at the door. 665-8558. [map]



 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Cue This": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. through Feb. 9. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs a one-act improvised show guided by the "Genre Wheel" (spun by an audience member) and audience selections for sound and lighting cues.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [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. Note: New location.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]


 9:15 p.m. 

"Jane": Michigan Theater.

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(Brett Morgen, 2017). Documentary about legendary primate researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall. Score by Philip Glass.
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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Cedars

Local jazz ensemble led by tenor saxophonist-composer Dan Bennett. [venue info]

Blind Pig: "[MRB]'s A2 Showcase."

With the Grand Rapids punk-rock trio Antighost, the Ypsilanti metal-inflected pop-punk quartet Tequila Deer, the Ypsilanti punk-rock trio Liars and Thieves, the Detroit indie rock trio Den of Greece, and the Ypsilanti progressive blues- rock quartet Strange Flavors. [venue info]

Club Above: Impartial Hearts

Depressive emo-rock by this Howell quartet. Opening acts are the Saline post-emo math rock quartet Bad Television, the Flint punk band Copneconic, the alternative rock band Michigan Left, and the Detroit indie rock quartet The Doozers. [venue info]

Common Cup: Emily Whittum

Original songs in a wide range of genres by this 19-year-old singer- songwriter from Ottawa Lake who is currently a student at Belmont University (Nashville). [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bobby Pennock

Plymouth folk-rock singer-songwriter whose style draws its influences from Paul Simon and Harry Chapin, with a helping of the Beatles thrown in for zest. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Finan & Sharon Tse

Singer-songwriter duo. Finan is a Canton singer-songwriter who writes country-tinged folk-pop, and Tse is a young singer-songwriter whose repertoire ranges from confessional folk-pop to jazz-inflected songs. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dan Rafferty Band

Popular 8-piece Detroit pop dance band. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Amy Grace Johnson

Young acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriter from East Tawas. [venue info]

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea: Adam Kahana Organ Quartet

Local jazz guitarist, a member of the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio. [venue info]

 
 


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