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Calendar of Events

Monday, January 22, 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]



 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 22-Apr. 30. All women who can carry a tune, read music, and harmonize with a group are invited to join this independent local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. David Perample directs.
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com. 665-9271. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

Ypsilanti District Library KinderConcert: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Music comes alive in KinderConcerts - free 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 2- to 5-years old. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert - they'll dance and move while listening to the music. Then they'll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment. Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care leaders can introduce classical music to even the youngest listeners at your local libraries.
Sponsored by The Ray & Eleanor Cross Foundation, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Chelsea Community Foundation, Stephanie & David Pyne.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-994-8801. info@a2so.com a2so.com [map]



 10:30-11:30 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]


 12:30-4 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [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 p.m. 

"Chinese 3": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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In Chinese 3, students will learn more about the Chinese characters including their history, geography, and cultural references. They will increase their Chinese vocabulary enabling them to carry on simple conversations in Chinese.

Instructor Angela Yang retired from medical research at UM. She also taught at an Ann Arbor Chinese school.
This study group will meet for two hours on Mondays beginning on January 22 and running through June 25, except during the month of April.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road Suite C. $50. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1 p.m. 

"The Guide to Essential Italy - Venice and its Surrounding Area": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Venice and the surrounding Northern region of Italy are the feature locations that the Knowledge Seekers will visit in the third and final leg of the "Guide to Essential Italy" journey. The Northern Italy travel will visit the Piazza of San Marco, Basilica of San Marco, and Rialto Bridge and upper Grand Canal area. Other stops will include stops at Arezzo, Perugia, and Assisi.
Professor Kenneth Bartlett is the master teacher of this course, produced by the Great Courses Company in collaboration with the Smithsonian. Richard Galant will serve as the on-site guide.
This study group will meet for 90 minutes on Mondays from January 22 through March 5, except for February 12.
Brecon Village, 200 Brecon Drive, Saline. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1 p.m. 

"The Mistakes We Make in Haste": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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We will read and discuss "Blind Spots" by Madeleine L. Van Hecke, which explains why smart people do dumb things. Luckily, our minds work for us (mostly) 80 to 90 percent of the time. But what about the rest of the time when we jump to conclusions, don't allow ourselves the time to think things through or can't see the forest from the trees.
This book contains anecdotes and tactics to avoid forehead-slapping duh moments. It is derived from research on cognitive myths, problems and critical thinking. Please read the Preface and Chapter 1 for the first session.
Instructor Gerry Lapidus will lead this study group for two hours on Mondays from January 22 through February 26.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road Suite C. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [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]


 1-3:30 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. & Thurs. 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).
1-3:30 p.m. (Mon.) & 10-11:30 a.m. (Thurs.), Senior Center (Sept.), 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Writing Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to read and discuss poetry, essays, fiction, and reminiscences they have written.
1-3 p.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"A Brief History of Icons": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

  community member   < less OLLI Study Group

Christianity spread by the spoken and written word, and by pictures. Jesus' followers went out into the Roman Empire to tell stories of his life. For two hundred years scribes recorded their tales. Literate Apostles like Paul wrote letters that belong among the world's great literature. Unknown artists painted portraits, stories, symbols, and signs.
This course traces the evolution of Christian art focusing on Eastern Christian churches. We will include a field trip to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church to view newly installed icons.
Instructor Mike Kapetan has created art for churches of all denominations, synagogues and Buddhist temples.
This study group will meet for two hours on Mondays from January 22 through February 12.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road Suite C. $25. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 4, 7, & 10 p.m. 

"Call Me By Your Name": State Theatre.

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(Luca Guadagnino, 2017). Romance set in 1983 Italy about a 17-year-old boy who begins a relationship with his father's male research assistant. Screenplay by James Ivory from the André Aciman novel. Italian, French, & German; subtitles.
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.


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Interpreting Islam in China": U-M Islamic Studies Program.

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Talk by University of Nebraska-Omaha religious studies professor Kristian Petersen.
4-5:30 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 4, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Phantom Thread": Michigan Theater.

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(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017). Drama starring Daniel Day Lewis as a dressmaker in 1950s London whose life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman.
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, & 9:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15, 7:15, & 9:15 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.


 4:30, 6:45, & 9:30 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.


 4:30, 7:15, & 10 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]


 4:45 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.


 5:30 p.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. annarbortaichi@gmail.com annarbortaichi.com [map]


 6 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Class: SUN SHEN.

  community member   < less Practicing the Basic Tai-Chi Form

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, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6-7 p.m. 

Intro to Static Trapeze: A2 Aviary.

  community member   < less an instructor spots a student shoulders while the student balances in a back bend on the static trap

Static trapeze (also known as fixed trapeze) is a circus art performed on the bar and ropes of a trapeze hung from two points in the ceiling.

If you have never "flown" on the static trapeze before, this is the class for you! It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. This class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on mounting, dismounting, supported inversions, and hollow body position, so you can join at any time. Once you've mastered the basics, you'll be ready to move on to the next class level. Please register via the included link before arriving for class, your first flight is $5 off!
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]



 6:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., Running Fit, 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., Running Fit, 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [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 marybudz@me.com or 846-3826. [map]


 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]


 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 (tentative), 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 426-7818. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations on various topics led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each discussion begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Jan. 8: "Make the Most of Your Life." Jan. 15: "Care for Caregivers." Jan. 22: "News from the Future." Jan. 29: "Friends for Life."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Cooking 101: How to Shop on a Budget": Ann Arbor District Library.

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People's Food Co-op head baker Keegan Rodgers discusses how to shop well on a budget, including meal plans, grocery lists, and how to maximize the use of ingredients and minimize food waste.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"FRAME: A Salon Series on Visual Art, Performance, and Identity": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Panel discussion on art's potential to build community and provide resistance to the status quo. Hosted by Detroit-based performance artist Jennifer Harge and art critic Taylor Renee Aldridge. Other panelists TBA.
7-8:30 p.m., U-M Institute for the Humanities Atrium, 202 S. Thayer. Free. 936-3518. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"FRAME: A Salon Series on Visual Art, Performance, and Identity": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Panel discussion on art's potential to build community and provide resistance to the status quo. Hosted by Detroit-based performance artist Jennifer Harge and art critic Taylor Renee Aldridge. Other panelists TBA.
7-8:30 p.m., U-M Institute for the Humanities Atrium, 202 S. Thayer. Free. 936-3518. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Re-Imagining Mental Health Services for American Indian Communities: Centering Indigenous Perspectives": U-M Psychology Department.

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Talk by U-M psychology professor Joe Gone.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 647-3924. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jan. 8 & 22. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. All welcome to bring their own sewing machine.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Asaf Zohar: U-M School of Music.

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This Tel Aviv University piano professor performs Beethoven sonatas, including Pathetique, Waldstein, and Appassionata.
7:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Faculty Chamber Recital: EMU Music Department.

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EMU voice professor Robert Peavler presents a program of contemporary chamber music with fellow faculty, including pianist Garik Pedersen, percussionist John Dorsey, violinist Dan Foster, cellist Deborah Pae, clarinetist Sandra Jackson, and hornist Denise Root-Pierce. Program: Phillip Schroeder's Songs on Poems by Ogden Nash, Jocelyn Hagen's "Love Song," John Musto's River Songs, Lori Laitman's "Long Pond Revisited," and Anthony Plog's Aesop's Fables.
7:30 p.m. EMU Honors College (formerly Holy Trinity Chapel), 511 W. Forest Ave., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255. [map]


 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome. The 6 weekly dances beginning Sept. 12 are particularly beginner-friendly.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Final Year": State Theatre.

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(Greg Barker, 2017). Documentary about Obama's last year in office.
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.


 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Bickley/Kramer/Roe

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

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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