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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 13, 2018

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 8 a.m.  Free! 

Free Practice ACT/SAT Exam: College Tutors.

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Practice makes (closer to) perfect! Take advantage of a free SAT or ACT test to evaluate where you are scoring, and learn how you can improve before the actual test. Please call or email to reserve a spot: spots are very limited! Unfortunately we cannot field walk-ins.
Test are offered in two locations:
Ann Arbor (3907 Jackson Rd)
Canton (Willowcreek Plaza at 42180 Ford Rd, ST# 302)
College Nannies + Tutors, 3907 Jackson Rd. Free. (734) 761-8393. [map]

 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"From Zero to Sixty: How to Create a Busy Speaking Schedule-And Have Fun Doing It": National Speakers Association, Michigan Chapter.

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Thom Winninger discusses:
How to get busy in speaking
Identifying and packaging your most powerful message
How to become a celebrity in your niche
Turning a speech into books, tapes, articles, training guides and a youtube channel
Getting sponsorships/multiple speaking engagement with the same client
Social media mania, how to get it, and how to keep the momentum going
Becoming more that a one speech speaker
Moving from workshops to seminars to keynotes or vice versa
Creating a team on a zero budget
and any other question you want answered!
Lunch served
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $45 NSA-MI Member, $65 Non-Member Early Bird, $75 Non-Member. 734-707-8985. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Pathway to Intimacy:Intimacy with One's Higher Power through Intimacy with One's Self and with Others": Friends Lake Cooperative Community.

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Pathway to Intimacy: Intimacy with One's Higher Power through Intimacy with One's Self and with Others
This three-part program is a benefit for the Friends Lake Cooperative Community. Cost will be $120.00 (up front) for all three segments or $50.00 per individual segment; reduced rate available based on need; contact the program facilitator. Lunch is included in the price.
Community - Spiritual Development - Fundraiser - Personal Growth - Classes/Workshops
Part I: Intimacy with Self
9:00-4:00 Saturday, January 13
Intimacy defined through group discussion. Then there will be detailed opportunities for participants to engage in exercises that can begin to assist in an exploration of Self Intimacy. Debriefing of the day's experience with participants.
Part II. Intimacy with Others
9:00-4:00 Saturday, February 3
Definition of Intimacy reviewed. Then there will be instructed dyadic interactions between participants that will help participants begin to engage in Other Intimacy. Debr
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Rd., Chelsea. Cost will be $120.00 (up front) for all three segments or $50.00 per individual segment; reduced rate available based on need; contact the program facilitator. Lunch is included in the price.. or 810-444-3274. [map]

 9 a.m.-noon 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Jan. 13 & 20. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Jan. 13), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Jan. 20), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration required by phone or email., 647-8528. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

Aerial Boot Camp: A2 Aviary.

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Get ripped and have fun doing it! Come for a great workout or supplement your aerial training with this all levels conditioning class, which focuses on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for. Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via the included link before arriving for class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

Book Sale: Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Sale of used books & other items.
10 a.m.-noon, SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. $5 for a bag of books; 2nd bag free. 429-5450. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Chen Tai Chi Class: Ann Arbor Tai Chi.

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Introduction to Chen Tai Chi Chuan. Free all January. Warm-ups, stationary postures, kicks, silk-reeling. Working our way through a 72-movement Old Frame Long Form. Watch or participate.
Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main Street, 2nd floor. Free. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Tinkergarten Free Trial: Tinkergarten.

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At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial, Tinkergarten Leader, Tarisa Tugun, will facilitate an expert-designed play scenario, allowing children of various ages and needs to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create together. Parents and caregivers learn, too, as we'll share insight into your child's development. Registration is required. Sign up at
Visit for more times and locations.
Age Range: 18 months-5 years
Where: Greenview Nature Area, 1956-1988 S 7th St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
How: Sign up at
Visit for more times and locations.
Cost: Free
Greenview Nature Area, 1956-1988 S 7th St, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. [map]

 10 a.m. 

Winter Science Series: Hudson Mills Activity Center.

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Programs for kids ages 8-12 presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Mark Irish.

Jan. 13: "The Astronomy of it All." Hands-on demonstration of why the earth has seasons. Craft activity follows.

Jan 27: "Aquatic Aces." Demonstration, with a live American toad, of how aquatic animals survive winter.

Feb. 10: "Love Birds." Demonstration of how birds survive cold temperatures. Also, a craft project to make a heart-shaped bird feeder ornament. Materials provided.

Feb. 24: "Mammal Marvels." Demonstration of how mammals survive cold temperatures. If there's snow on the ground, participants make cardboard snowshoes; if not, participants construct a miniature den in the woods to keep a cup of water from freezing.

10 a.m., Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per child; $20 for series. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

YDL Guitar Club: Ypsilanti District Library.

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We teach each other songs, listen, collaborate and learn to play guitar, together. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own instrument, acoustic or electric. Ages 18+.
Ypsilanti District Library, Michigan Avenue Branch, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1386. [map]

 10-10:45 a.m.  Free! 

"Be the Change: Stories and Crafts for First Steps in Social Justice": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mindfulness instructor Grace Helms Kotre reads bell hooks' kids book Skin Again and leads a discussion of how and why skin color varies. Parent resources on race discussions available. For kids in grades K-5.
10-10:45 a.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Critters Up Close!": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Jan. 13 & 14. Leslie Science & Nature Center staff show live mammals. Also, animal-oriented hands-on activities. Note: Saturday program includes a midday "Animal Naptime" break when the animals get tired.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 1-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439. [map]

 10:15 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:15 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $17 to race. (517) 290-7128. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  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]

 11 a.m.-noon 

"Acro Balance: Essentials of Acro': A2 Aviary.

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This is an all-level class for everyone interested in learning more about Partner Acrobatics and Partner Balancing. In Acro, we play with good alignment and momentum to let the "base" balance and move a partner (flyer). There will be material appropriate to all comfort levels, with new students learning basic poses and flows while experienced students build to more challenging poses and transitions. You do not need to bring a partner or any previous experience to enjoy it!

We will begin with warm-up exercises and progress through fundamental poses that are just begging to be linked together in interesting ways! It's a fun, low-stress, and safe environment to improve fitness, balance, and communication. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
The Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Aftermath: Landscapes of Devastation": UMMA.

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Exhibition opening. Over the last 150 years the medium of photography has powerfully depicted and shaped representations of past and present scenes of devastation. Aftermath examines landscape photographs made at the sites of natural or human-made disasters, capturing the results of destructive forces wrought on the land and its inhabitants, including volcano eruptions and floods, massacres and uprisings, and even nuclear explosions. The photographs portray both well-known and untold stories of violence, tragedy, and loss. Each scene is visually striking, yet viewers may be surprised at the elements of beauty and tranquility present in these tragic landscapes. The exhibition includes images of the aftermath of events spanning over 2,000 years of human history-from ancient Pompeii to September 11, 2001. These photographs remind us that disaster is often a collective experience that can tear apart the seams of a culture's social fabric. "Aftermath" will be on view at UMMA through May 27, 2018.
UMMA, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734.764.0395. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m. 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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

 11 a.m. 

YinYasa Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a FREE yoga class (with donations accepted).
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. [map]

 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Art Studio: The Line Comes Alive": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of Henri Matisse and Ellsworth Kelly drawings. Followed by an art activity led by local artist Nora Venturelli. For families with kids age 6 & up.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free; preregistration required by emailing (include date & title of program in the subject line and indicate morning or afternoon session and how many adults & kids are in your group). 764-0395. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This class works with all level students on building the courage and strategies for inversions on the hands, head, and arms. We will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. More experienced students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by demonstration of handstand tips and tricks, and practice with spotters. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 12:45-2:45pm  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Citizens' Climate Lobby - Ann Arbor chapter.

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Worried about climate change? Wondering how you can make a real difference? Come to the monthly meeting of the Ann Arbor chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a national, grassroots organization working to enact federal legislation to put a price on CO2. It is the most focused and influential organization working on national climate policy. Our meetings consist of dialing in to a national conference call (featuring different guest speakers each month), followed by local discussion of actions.
Ann Arbor District Library - 3rd floor Freespace room, 343 S. 5th Ave. Free. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"The Opera House"

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Jan. 13 & 17. Susan Froemke's 2017 documentary that chronicles the stories of the Metropolitan Opera with rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews, and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances over the past 50 years.
12:55 p.m. (Jan. 13 & 17) & 6:30 p.m. (Jan. 17), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $14 in advance at fathom, and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).

 1-2:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Film Series.

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Jan. 13, 20, & 27. Screenings of contemporary Korean films. Korean, subtitles.

Jan. 13: "A Taxi Driver" (Hun Jang, 2017). Historical drama about a widowed father and taxi driver who takes a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising.

Jan. 20: "On the Beach at Night Alone" (Sang-soo Hong, 2017). Drama about an actor pondering her relationship with a married man that's seen as a reflection of an affair between Hong and star Kim Min-hee.

Jan. 27: "Anarchist from Colony" (Joon-ik Lee, 2017). Biopic about Park Yeol, founder of the anarchist organization Black Wave, who attempted to assassinate Japanese crown prince Hirohito during the Japanese colonial period.

1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show Poco the sloth out of his cage on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, cougar feedings at 1:30 & 4:30 p.m. and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, Arctic foxes, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids' Coding Hour!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 3-8 invited to build apps in BitsBox, a system that teaches kids to code. More experienced coders can bring their own project in their preferred coding language. Computers provided. No experience necessary.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown training center. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 1-4 p.m. 

"Splash Day": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation.

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A family-oriented afternoon of pool games and contests. Prizes.
1:30-3:30 p.m., Mack Indoor Pool, 715 Brooks. $5 (youth age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & older, $4). 794-6234. [map]

 1:30, 4:30, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Post": Michigan Theater.

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(Steven Spielberg, 2017). A presidential cover-up pushes the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalism and government. Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks.
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]

 1:45, 4:15, 7:15, & 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Carrie Smith and Jeff Kass: Aunt Agatha's.

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These 2 popular writers with local ties discuss their new novels. NYC-based Smith, a 3-time Hopwood winner as a U-M undergrad, discusses the 3rd installment of her police procedural series featuring NYPD detective Claire Codella. Pioneer HS writing teacher Kass reads from his debut mystery, Takedown, about an Ann Arbor cop who must figure out why a grad student is murdered the night of the U-M/MSU football game.
2 p.m., Aunt Agatha's, 213 S. Fourth Ave. Free. 769-1114. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Ball Fun!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey shows how to make a felt ball using cotton roving, soap, and water. Supplies provided. For all ages.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Modern Geometric Mobile": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for adults and teens in grades 6 & up.
2-3 p.m., AADL Traverwood. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to practice their juggling skills. Beginners welcome. Attendees advised to call ahead if there's inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free.,, 761-1115.

 2:30 p.m. 

Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17: A2 Aviary.

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This 1-hour all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the included link before arriving to class.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3:45 & 9:15 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)., 668-TIME.

 4 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics vs. Ohio State.

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4 p.m., Crisler Center. Ticket prices TBA at 764-0247. [map]

 4-7 p.m. 

"Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4, 6:45, & 9:15 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)., 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)., 668-TIME.

 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.

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)., 668-TIME.

 4:30 & 5:30 p.m. 

"Tool Zoo": Maker Works.

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Dec. 30 and Jan. 13 & 27. Shop members lead a tour of the shop and demonstrate tools, including a 3-D printer, a pewter casting machine, a laser cutter, a wood engraver, and a plasma steel cutter. Examples to take home. Kids must be accompanied by a parent.
4:30 & 5:30 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. $5 (family, $8). Preregistration required at 222-4911. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Free CycleHIIT Class to Benefit Shelter Animals: FitPoint.

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Bring a donation to this FREE fitness event benefitting the Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society (
Instructor Courtney wants to celebrate her birthday by giving to animals in need. Come for any portion of the class: 45 min Cycling / 45 min HIIT (interval strength training).
** We will open up extra spots for the HIIT portion. **
FREE entry with a monetary donation to MACS or a receipt for an online donation made within a week of the event:
We'll be accepting dog and cat supplies donations ALL day!
Please sign up ahead of time. Call, text, or email to reserve your spot!
250 W. Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 130
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
(734) 531-9958
FitPoint, 250 W. Eisenhower Pkwy. Free. Donation. 734-531-9958. [map]

 5:45-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Free HIIT class to support MACS: FitPoint Ann Arbor.

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FitPoint is offering a free 45 minute high-intensity interval class to support the Michigan Anti-Cruelty Society for animals in need! Come sweat with us, and enjoy a fun event! Also accepting cat and dog supply donations. Call, text, or email to reserve your spot!
FitPoint, 250 W.Eisenhower Pkwy, Suite 130. Free. Donation. 734.531.9958. [map]

 6-11 p.m. 

34th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Dinner Ball: National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women.

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Dinner followed by dancing to music spun by a DJ. Evening attire. Also, a keynote address by Walsh College (Troy) management professor Lee Meadows on "Whose Dream Is It Anyway!" Proceeds benefit a NANBPW scholarship fund and community service projects.
6-11 p.m., Sheraton Hotel, 3200 Boardwalk. Tickets $60 in advance at 717-7215. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]

 6:45 p.m. 

"The Disaster Artist": State Theatre.

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(James Franco, 2017). Biopic about writer/director Tommy Wiseau, the man 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)., 668-TIME.

 7 p.m. 

Andrew Anderson.

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An accomplished accompanist, chamber musician, and soloist, this veteran local pianist performs Beethoven's short piano sonata no. 24, which the composer was particularly fond of. The program also includes the late U-M music professor Ross Lee Finney's moody and dramatic Narrative in Argument and Cesar Franck's turbulent and brilliant Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue, as well as music by Liszt, Brahms, Bach, and Robert Helps.
7 p.m., Faber Piano Institute, 3042 Creek Dr. (off Packard just east of Platt). Donation. 665-7346. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Rebecca Biber: Bookbound.

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This local poet reads from Technical Solace, her new collection of poems that "explore the struggles of growing up, growing older, of being in solitude and with others, along with birds and history, children and dying, Supreme Court decisions, the Holocaust, and artichokes," says writer Alex Chambers. Light refreshments. Signing.
7 p.m., Bookbound, 1729 Plymouth, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance Party: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Baltimore caller Susan Taylor leads to live music by the Stout Hearted String Band. Wear loose fitting clothing and comfortable shoes. Preceded at 6 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass) and at 7 p.m. by a lesson for beginners.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. $11 (members, $10; age 29 & under, $5)., 769-2133. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Annual Collage Concert: U-M School of Music.

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U-M music students perform an hour of nonstop music in a wide range of contrasting styles. Classical, jazz, big band, vocal, and pop ensembles and soloists segue rapidly from one idiom to the next. One of the music school's most popular events.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $28 & $34 (students with ID, $12), in advance at, the Michigan League Ticket Office, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Brian Scolaro: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 11-13. Local debut of this L.A.-based actor-comic, known for his stints on TBS's Sullivan and Son and Fox's Stacked. He delivers laconic observations about matters ranging from the plethora of early-morning urban noises to the indignities of being fat in a culture obsessed with thinness. 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. 

Jill Jack: The Ark.

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Sultry-voiced Detroit folk-rock singer-songwriter whose music also draws freely on jazz and country flavors. Her 2005 CD Moon and the Morning After won a Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Folk Recording. She appears tonight with her band for her annual birthday show. Opening act is Sydney Burnham, a young bluesy, funky folk-rock singer-songwriter and guitarist from Brighton.
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]

 8-10 p.m. 

Peter Madcat Ruth: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Cafe 704 Coffeehouse.

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World-renowned veteran local harmonica wiz whom Dave Brubeck once praised as one of the world's "great jazz soloists." He has a massive repertoire of blues, jazz, folk, and rock tunes, along with several fine originals and songs by other contemporary composers. Performing as a one-man band, Madcat sings and also plays guitar, ukulele, jaw harp, kalimba, pennywhistle, and more.
8-10 p.m., Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $8 ($15 for 2). 665-0409. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Ramona Collins: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Performance by this veteran Toledo jazz vocalist known for her soulful renditions of jazz and blues standards and obscurities. According to a Cadence Magazine review, she possesses "a strong, satiny voice with a lot of blues and soul seasoning and a very hip sense of time." With pianist Cliff Monear, bassist Jeff Pedraz, trumpeter Dwight Adams, and drummer Sean Dobbins.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Every Which Way: 66th Annual Faculty and Guest Artist Choreography Concert": EMU Dance Program.

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Jan. 12-14. EMU dance students perform an eclectic mix of genres from ballet and modern to musical theater and jazz dance by faculty and guest choreographers, including WMU dance professor Jeremy Blair, U-M dance grad Sean Hoskins, Ballet Theatre of Toledo artistic director Nigel Burgoine, EMU dance student Natalia de Miguel Annoni, Hardcore Detroit dance company director Haleem "Stringz" Rasul, Detroit-based performance company White Werx director Marcus White, and EMU dance professors Joanna McNamara, Sherry Jerome Wilkinson, and Phil Simmons.


Program: Blair's Whoa, Man! is an exploration of gender norms set to the music of Esquivel, Jean-Philip Goude, and Fredo Viola. Hoskins' To Remember Something is inspired by the disconnect between memory and actuality set to his own score performed by English electronica musicians Four Tet and Holy Other. Burgoine's A Rhapsody for EMU, set to Rachmaninov, celebrates the enthusiasm of young dancers, and Annoni's …wut… uses the music of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein to explore different unpleasantries. McNamara's In Jitland: Detroit Redux, a dance film with an original score by EMU music professor Howard Cass, follows a young wanderer at night. Rasul's Doin' Jit in the Park!! showcases Detroit Jit, a street dance form, usually performed to techno music, known for its lightning-quick footwork and deep connection to Detroit history and culture. Simmons performs "Glory" and "The Manson Trio" from Bob Fosse's Pippin. White's Upstream Transaction is an excerpt from his company's 2-year performance project grounded in the crises surrounding affordable access to clean water in Flint and Detroit. It's set to Detroit electronica musician Kyle Hall's "FACT x MoMA PS1." Wilkinson presents the Friends dance from her classical ballet choreography for Léo Delibes' Coppélia.

8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 (students with ID, $8) in advance at and at the door. 487-2282. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Explorers Club": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Jan. 11-14. Brodie Brockie directs local actors in Nell Benjamin's 2014 farcical comedy about a group of eccentric explorers in Victorian London who try to protect their club from being infiltrated by a woman. Cast: Adam Peterson, Jared Hoffert, Ann Stoner, Jimmy Dee Arnold, Tom Underwood, Christopher Tiffany, Charles Sutherland, Larry Rusinsky, and Pat Johnson.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $22 (seniors age 60 & over, $20; Thurs., $17; students, $11 on any day) in advance at, by phone, and at the door. 971-2228. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Harrington Brown

Local gypsy swing guitar duo of Michael Harrington and Appleseed Collective frontman Andrew Brown. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: "Ashes to Ashes."

David Bowie tribute hosted by singer-songwriter Adam Labeaux, with performances by The Back Eddies, Brooke Ratcliff, Lazerface, Daryl Bean, The Band of Rasmus, The TJ Zindle Trio, Fangs & Twang, Paul's Big Radio, Michael Lipson, Gannon Alexander, Rich Delcamp, Whiskey Charmers and Crossed Lines. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bob Young

Soulful folk-rock by this Detroit-area singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist. [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]

Guy Hollerin's: Flying Latini Brothers

Reunion of this veteran local band fronted by singer-songwriter John Latini that plays country-flavored rock, along with some Tom Waits songs and other offbeat covers. [venue info]

Mash: Matt Boylan

Covers and originals by this local pop-folk singer-guitarist. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Paul Rhodes

Acoustic jazz and classic rock by this local pianist. [venue info]

Tap Room: Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Memphis-style rock 'n' roll band. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. [venue info]


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