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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 24, 2018






 
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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 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 a.m. 

"The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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This study group will read aloud and discuss the three Theban plays of Sophocles. We will get to know something of the Sophoclean hero, who demonstrates, as Bernard Knox puts it, "that man's keenest sight is blindness, his highest knowledge ignorance, his soaring confidence and hope an illusion."
We will watch "The Gospel at Colonus" and see excerpts from film treatments of "Oedipus Rex" and "Antigone". The text is Robert Fagles' "The Three Theban Plays of Sophocles".
Instructor Marilyn Scott was a lecturer in classics and great books at UM and taught Latin and English literature at Community High School.
This study group will meet for two hours on Wednesdays beginning on January 24 and running through February 28.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. $35. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 10 a.m.-noon 

GED Class Registration: Washtenaw Community College- Adult Transitions Pathway Program.

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We begin by helping you prepare to take the GED exam. Please note that a new passing score has been set which allows you to earn your GED faster.
The WCC program includes:
• Opportunities to earn GED testing vouchers
• Teacher-led instruction
• Integrated computer instruction
• Individual tutoring
• Personal and academic counseling
• Student mentors
• Day and evening classes at the WCC main campus and Ypsilanti locations
• Fast track to college enrollment and completion of the financial aid process
• Job readiness skills
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E.Huron River Drive. 734-677-5006. bafeldkamp@wccnet.edu https://www.facebook.com/WCCAdultTransitions/ [map]



 10-10:30 a.m., 1-1:30 & 6-6:30 p.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]


 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"How Do I Protect What I Have and Those I Love from the Devastating Costs of Long-Term Care?": U-M Turner Senior Center.

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Talk by local estate planning attorney Terrence Bertram.
10-11:30 a.m., U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. Preregistration recommended. 998-9353. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Jan. 10, 14, 17, 24, 28, & 31. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes.

Jan. 10 & 14: "Feathers & Wings."

Jan. 17: "Flying Home."

Jan. 24 & 28: "Chirp, Peep, Caw!"

Jan. 31: "Nests."

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10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 per child (members' children, $4). 997-1553. [map]


 10am - 2pm 

Book Arts 1: USArtQuest.

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Suitable for all skill levels, beginner to advanced.
Learn 3 styles of bookbinding: non-adhesive, adhesive, and sewn binding.
Bind an accordian fold book, construct a wallet-fold book with pockets, and make a "dos a dos" style with 2 groups of folded signatures.
All 3 styles can be used to create a small book usitable for drawing, journaling, or saving memorabilia or photos.
What to bring: if you choose, a few small photos, printed or reproduced materials, or other momentos. OK to bring a sack lumch.
All other book materials provided.
Note: this i a two day clss: January 24th and 31st.
USArtQuest, 18650 Wesy Old US Hy 12, Chelsea. $65. 734.562.2662. askanything@usartquest.com www.usartquest.com [map]



 10am - 2pm 

Book Arts 1: USArtQuest.

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Suitable for all skill levels, beginner to advanced.
Learn 3 styles of bookbinding: non-adhesive, adhesive, and sewn binding.
Bind an accordian fold book, construct a wallet-fold book with pockets, and make a "dos a dos" style with 2 groups of folded signatures.
All 3 styles can be used to create a small book suitable for drawing, journaling, or saving memorabilia or photos.
What to bring: if you choose, a few small photos, printed or reproduced materials, or other momentos. OK to bring a sack lumch.
All other book materials provided.
Note: this is a two day clss: January 24th and 31st.
USArtQuest, 18650 Wesy Old US Hy 12, Chelsea. $65. 734.562.2662. askanything@usartquest.com www.usartquest.com [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Drop-in Family Storytime: Saline District Library.

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30-minute storytime program for kids age 2 & up, accompanied by a caregiver. Younger siblings welcome. Also, "Book Babies" (preregistration required, 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 21 & 28 and Dec. 5) for kids under 2, accompanied by a caregiver (each baby needs an adult lap).
6:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Wed.-Fri.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon 

"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-3:45 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]


 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]


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture: U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies.

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Jan. 10 & 24. Bring a bag lunch, if you like.

Jan. 10: Université de Montréal political science professor Magdalena Dembinska discusses "European Regions: Ethnopolitical Mobilization in Upper Silesia."

Jan. 24: Human Rights Watch Russia program director Tanya Lokshina on "Crackdown in Chechnya: Ramzan Kadyrov's Brutal Rule and International Human Rights."

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Noon-1:30 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"From Theory to Practice: Engaging Intersectional Organizing for Structural Transformation": U-M MLK Symposium/Literati Bookstore.

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Talk by Detroit social justice facilitator Adrienne Maree Brown, author of the self-help book Emergent Strategy.
Noon, Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 3 p.m. 

"Flint": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 18-Mar. 10. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' heartfelt drama about 2 Flint couples struggling to hold onto their faith in the American Dream while they endure the diminished prospects of their once prosperous city. Stars Cassaundra Freeman, Lynch Travis, Rhiannon Ragland, & David Benndena.
3 p.m. (Wed., Sat., & Feb. 2 & 23), 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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [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, 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]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Fracking Debate: The Risks, Benefits, and Uncertainties of the Shale Revolution": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Talk by U-M public policy research analyst Daniel Raimi, a specialist on energy policy. Reception follows.
4-5:30 p.m., U-M Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 764-3490. [map]


 4:15, 7:15, & 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 p.m. 

Aerial Silks for Ages 8-17: A2 Aviary.

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This 1-hour class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to explore the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. 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. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]


 4:30 & 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.


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. Word freaks of all abilities invited to drop in to play this popular word game, using an updated word list. Bring your own set, if you like.
5-8 p.m., Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington. Free. 994-0084. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

2018 Yoga Maya Teacher Training & Lifestyle Submersion.

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We are happy to announce the second year of the Yoga Maya Lifestyle Submersion Course and 200 Hour Teacher Training with expanded location.
The goal of the Yoga Maya School of Yoga is to transform your life through submerging in yoga practices, in a community of practitioners. Preparing you to teach yoga or to simply deepen your personal practice.
New or advanced students can enhance their practice by learning yogic techniques and practices informed by modern anatomy, Yoga Therapy and an Ayurvedic awareness of constitutional needs.
This program has a strong emphasis on uniting the ancient yogic anatomical sciences of subtle energy awareness, with modern western knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy.
LEARN MORE & APPLY: YogaMayaCenter.com/Teacher-Training
Yoga Maya Center, 34 N. Washington., Ypsilanti. $2300 ($200 discount if you register by Oct. 15; $100 discount if you sign up with a friend). 734-436-1177. Info.YogaMayaCenter@gmail.com YogaMayaCenter.com [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help available from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns available for sale.
5:30-7 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi Pushing Hands: SUN SHEN.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm by SUN SHEN Head Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang. Please contact Pastor Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"How to Read African American Literature": U-M Institute for the Humanities Authors Forum.

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U-M English professor Aida Levy-Hussen reads from her new book and discusses it with U-M English and women's studies professor Victor Mendoza.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]


 5:45-6:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Aerial Hammock": A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Hammock (also known as aerial sling), is a single loop of fabric hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This course is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of the Aerial Hammock. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - and gain a few bruises in unusual places…! Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]



 6-7:30 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]


 6-9 p.m. 

Four Week Lamaze Childbirth Education Class: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Our four week childbirth class is our most comprehensive childbirth education option. This class meets on four Wednesdays from 6-9 pm. We are proud to partner with UM and offer this class at the Family Center at Von Voigtlander Hospital. This class is taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and covers a wide range of topics including: anatomy of late pregnancy, signs of labor, stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor, common medical interventions, pain relief options, newborn procedures, and the early postpartum period. The emphasis is on informed decision making and working with your healthcare provider to create a birth plan that is right for you and your family.
Class meets January 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st.
Cost includes mom and partner.
UM Von Voigtlander- Family Center, 1540 East Medical Center Drive. $210. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 6-8 p.m. 

GED Class Registration: Washtenaw Community College- Adult Transitions Pathway Program.

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We begin by helping you prepare to take the GED exam. Please note that a new passing score has been set which allows you to earn your GED faster.
The WCC program includes:
• Opportunities to earn GED testing vouchers
• Teacher-led instruction
• Integrated computer instruction
• Individual tutoring
• Personal and academic counseling
• Student mentors
• Day and evening classes at the WCC main campus and Ypsilanti locations
• Fast track to college enrollment and completion of the financial aid process
• Job readiness skills
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E.Huron River Drive. 734-677-5006. bafeldkamp@wccnet.edu https://www.facebook.com/WCCAdultTransitions/ [map]



 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Secret Lab (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [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]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"An Archaeology of Migration": U-M Natural History Museum Science Café.

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U-M anthropology professor and Undocumented Migration Project director Jason De León, a 2017 MacArthur "Genius" grant winner, discusses the impact of migration stories on public policy. De León's own research documents the objects left behind by border crossers in the Sonoran desert. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by hors d'oeuvres.
6-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Kuungana Drum and Dance: Chelsea District Library.

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"Baba" Kevin Collins leads the Kuungana Drum and Dance Company (Flint) in a presentation of the history of West African music, including a live drum demonstration. In conjunction with this year's Washtenaw Reads book, Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing, which explores the damaging effects of the slave trade on 7 generations of a family split between the U.S. and Ghana's Gold Coast.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30 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]


 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

Beginning Lyra (Aerial Hoop): A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring, or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. Students will build the strength to mount and dismount the lyra unassisted, and gain mastery of fundamental lyra vocabulary, technique, and sequences. Each class also includes dynamic warm ups, stretching, and conditioning exercises designed to target specific strength and mobility for aerial arts. Please register via the included link before arriving to class.
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/this-weeks-schedule/ [map]



 7 p.m. 

"Yin/Restorative Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Wednesdays from 7-8pm
In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow the muscles to relax and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. Class is heated around 80 degrees.
Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha
Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $18. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]


 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Toastmasters Meeting: Sweetwaters Toastmasters Meeting.

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Toastmasters is an international group devoted to helping each other grow in our abilities to give speeches. The Sweetwaters Toastmasters Club meets twice monthly. We are a fun and friendly group! Toastmasters also helps you develop leadership skills if you wish to do that. Come as many times as you want for free, and decide later if you want to join. In the meantime, come make new friends and have fun!
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea on Washington Street, 123 West Washington Street. Free. 323-286-3999. https://www.facebook.com/groups/TMSweet/ [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Reading by Ferris State University writing professor Jamie Thomas, a widely published poet whose debut collection, Etch and Blur, is praised by a Poets' Quarterly review for its "wordplay and cleverness, the irony of which offers up moving turns when the poems brush against genuine introspective emotionality." Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Weaving": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grades 6 & up invited to learn the basics of weaving on a cardboard loom. Materials provided.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"New Muslim Cool": U-M Islamic Studies.

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(Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, 2009). Documentary about a Puerto Rican rapper who stops dealing drugs, converts to Islam, and moves to Pittsburgh to start a new religious community.
7-8:30 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Practical Permaculture: 10 Simple Ways to Live It": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local permaculture designer and teacher (and PFC outreach coordinator) David Hall.
7 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required by phone or email. outreach@peoplesfood.coop, 994-4589. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Simon Ings' A Natural History of Seeing: The Art and Science of Vision.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Love & Its Meaning in the World, a collection of themed lectures by Steiner.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [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.


 7:30 p.m. 

"Us/Them": BRONKS Theater Company (University Musical Society).

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Jan. 24-28. This Brussels-based children's theater company presents writer-director Carly Wijs' children's theater piece dramatizing a 2004 siege when Chechen rebels captured a Russian elementary school and for 2 days held hostage more than 1,000 parents, teachers, and children, more than 300 of whom died before it was over. Although not the most promising premise for young audiences, the show was a hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the festival's reviewer David Kettle says that "to call it kids' theater is really doing it a disservice-Us/Them's theatrical inventiveness and refusal to sugarcoat its tough themes make it a provocative show for any age."
7:30 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun), U-M Walgreen Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $35-$40 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass with Thunderwude: Chelsea Alehouse Brewery.

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Join us for an evening of lively Bluegrass with Thunderwude!
Jason Dennie, Wesley Fritzemeier, and Tommy Reifel come together to deliver intricate original compositions, bluegrass standards, and current billboard hits.
Thunderwude has been performing at the Alehouse every Wednesday night for 4 years!
Chelsea Alehouse Brewery, 420 North Main Street, Chelsea. Free. Honor Cover - 100% to musicians. claire.tyra@chelseaalehouse.com chelseaalehouse.com [map]



 8-11 p.m.  Free! 

Wired Wednesdays: The Detroit Street Filling Station.

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Ann Arbor's very own progressive bluegrass and swing project, Wire In The Wood, will be playing at the Detroit Street Filling Station every Wednesday starting January, 3rd 2018 from 8pm-11pm. This is an all-out inclusive jam, so if you play an instrument bring it with your appetites! Full kitchen and drink specials til 12a. See you there!
Inquiries taken to thelunchrooma2@gmail.com
The Detroit Street Filling Station, 300 Detroit Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. Donation. dvdsmn10@gmail.com. dvdsmn10@gmail.com thelunchrooma2.com [map]



 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Jan. 3, 10, & 17) & Michigan Union Pendleton Rm. (Jan. 24 & 31). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [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:

 

Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo

This local singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His new CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde Thunderwüde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Slice

Veteran East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Mash: David Roof

Local blues-rock singer-guitarist. [venue info]

Old Town: Adam Kahana Organ Quartet

Local jazz quartet led by guitarist Jahana and featuring organist LeRoy Mickens. With guitarist Ian Blunden and drummer Louis Jones. [venue info]

 
 


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