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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 15, 2018






 
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 8:15-9 a.m. 

"CVT": Better Living Fitness Center.

  community member   < less Better Living Fitness: Personal Training That Works

This total body class is made to get your heart rate up while strengthening your muscles in an interval timed format. Perfect for all fitness levels!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: AADL Downtown.

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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., 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 Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: How Sweet It Is": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, on a hike to look at maple trees and learn how they can be used to make a sweet treat.
10 a.m., County Farm Park Pollinator Garden, 2230 Platt. Free; preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. 997-6337. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Architecture: Shaping Buildings, Shaping Us": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Jan. 25), Jan. 11-Feb. 22. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.

Jan. 11: U-M architecture professor Eric Hill on "Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America."

Jan. 18: Lawrence Technological University architecture professor Dale Allen Gyure on "The Architecture of Minoru Yamasaki," who designed the World Trade Center.

Feb. 1: Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research director Gregory Wittkopp on "Cranbrook's Architecture in Three Chapters."

Feb. 8: U-M architecture and urban planning professor Anya Sirota on "Other Ways of Doing Things: Architecture and Urban Activism."

Feb. 15: U-M urban design professor Geoffrey Thün on "Plausible Futures: Approaching Architecture and Design from a Complex Systems Perspective."

Feb. 22: Detroit Free Press journalist John Gallagher gives an "Update on the City of Detroit."

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10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Guided Meditation for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant leads kids in grades 1-5 (with or without a parent) in a series of guided meditations. At the end of the session, kids have a chance to process the experience through artistic expression. Bring a blanket or pillow, if you like.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [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]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). Space limited; preregistration recommended at hshv.org/littlepaws. 661-3575. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m. 

"Yoga Fundamentals": Imagine Fitness and Yoga.

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Come have FUN learning/improving FUNdamental positions of yoga. This class is a great way to learn the basic poses and postures of yoga. This class is great for beginning and intermediate level practitioners looking to establish good form, balance, and flow in their practice. Join us every Thursday at 11:00 a.m.!
$20 drop in fee; or $20 for 2 weeks unlimited class and gym use
Imagine Fitness and Yoga, 3100 West Liberty Rd. $20. 7346228119. imagine@imaginefitnessandyoga.com imaginefitnessandyoga.com [map]


 11:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m. 

"Body Rehab": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Prevents injuries by strengthening and elasticizing the most susceptible joints in your body. This class is performed using rehab exercises and stretches.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 11:30 a.m. 

"Power of Positive Participation": Women's Exchange of Washtenaw.

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This session is for anyone who leads and facilitates meetings (or wants to lead meetings!) Advance your toolkit for facilitating and structuring micro-processes.
Liberating structures are intentional processes that surface the knowledge of the room through active engagement in a safe and dynamic manner. Participants will practice a series of liberating structures that are purpose filled with substance and fun. At the end of this event, participants will leave with a valuable toolkit to facilitate a wide range of meetings that include strategic planning, change management, team building, onboarding, leadership development, and much more.
Mediterrano, 2900 S. State St. $25 if you register by 2/11, $30 if you register after. 734-355-9185. marketing@wxwbusiness.com http://wxwbusiness.com/how-to-unleash-the-power-of-positive-participation/ [map]


 11:30 a.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Lecture Series.

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Feb. 8, 15, & 22. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 8: Harvard Law School Japanese legal studies professor J. Mark Ramseyer on "Identity Politics in Japan." Feb. 15: Bowdoin College Asian studies professor Sakura Christmas on "Imperial Japan and the Nature of Borders in Occupied Inner Mongolia." Feb. 22: Sophia University (Tokyo) Japanese history professor Bettina Gramlich-Oka on "A Woman's Network in Japan around 1800."
11:30 a.m., 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 Noon 

"Introduction to Home Computing": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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These lectures and demonstrations should be of interest to those thinking of buying a computer, beginners looking for a broad overview, and/or anyone who recently got into home computing.

The course includes a short history of computers and home computing, help with the computer purchase decision, what you might do with a home computer, useful tips and advice about computing, and demonstrations on the operation of Windows 10.
Instructor Gordon Totty will lead each two hour session on Thursdays February 15 and 22.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road Suite C. $15 OLLI membership not required for this class. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"A Reflection on City Council and How the City Works": Jewish Community Center 3rd Thursday @ the J.

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Talk by former Ann Arbor City Council member Joan Lowenstein.
Noon-1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. Preregistration required. 971-0990. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"The Life and Times of Lizzy Bennet": U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery.

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Curator-led tour of the current exhibit that showcases early editions of Jane Austen's works and materials that illustrate her historical moment.
Noon, 100 Hatcher Library Gallery Audubon Rm., enter from the Diag. Free. 936-2309. [map]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Feb. 1: Detroit blues and gospel singer-guitarist Rev. Robert Jones. Feb. 8: The Grosse Ile Quartet performs romantic works by everyone from the Beatles to Bach. Feb. 15: Folk and Americana singer-songwriters Jen Sygit and Sam Corbin. Feb. 22: Works TBA by U-M music majors.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Andrew and Gail Jennings: First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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The husband-and-wife duo of U-M violin professor Andrew and Bethlehem UCC church organist/pianist Gail performs a program of works by Handel, Beethoven, Bernstein, and Lou Harrison.
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]


 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1 p.m. 

Ikebana International.

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An ikebana instructor shows participants how to make a seasonal arrangement using this Japanese art of flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20 materials fee; metered parking. Reservations required. a2ikebana@gmail.com. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. A current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey. Vegetarian lunch ($3/person, $5 for nonseniors) available at noon.
1-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Better Off Read Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for adults. Book TBA.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Sun-light Photography in the 1860s": Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Talk by Civil War researchers Bill and Glenna Jo Christen.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. terrikleinschmidt@comcast.net. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Tea Party": International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to the 2nd installment of a year-long celebration of the organization's 60th anniversary. Program: socializing with tea and treats at themed tables representing England, India, Iran, Asian Lunar New Year, Georgia, and more. Child care available for kids 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. (313) 815-0413. [map]


 1 & 4 p.m. 

"Valentine's Tea with the Fairies": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Crazy Wisdom staff dress up as magical fairies to sprinkle fairy dust and serve tea, petits fours, and cookies to kids and their families. Bring your own fairy wings and dolls.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $11 (babies age 18 months & younger, free). Preregistration required at crazywisdom.net/fairie-teas.html. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

"Literature in Conflict/Literature in Peace": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Discussions will focus on novels by writers from the Holy Land (Muslims, Christians, Jews, and atheists). How do these writers see themselves and other parties of the conflict? How do these writers perceive "resolving" Palestine/Israel conflict? What do these writers dream of for their generation and beyond? Do we, concerned Americans, see that part of the world in ways similar or different from the ways those writers see it? Why do we agree or disagree with these writers?
Participants in this course will understand Palestine/Israel conflict through the eyes of novelists from Palestine/Israel.
This study group will be led by instructor Adnan Salhi for two hours on Thursdays: February 15, March 29, and April 26.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard. $20. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 2-3 & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": AADL Downtown.

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Every Mon. 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.).
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Read to the Library Dogs": Chelsea District Library.

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All beginning readers ages 6-11 invited to read one-on-one for 10 minutes to a dog trained to act as if it's listening.
Various times, CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 3:45, 6:45, & 9:45 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 p.m. 

"Double Lover": State Theatre.

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(François Ozon, 2017). Drama about a young woman who becomes romantically involved with her psychotherapist, only to discover that he may have a secret life.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4, 7:15, & 10 p.m. 

"The Post": Michigan Theater.

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(Steven Spielberg, 2017). Historical drama about the attempt by the Nixon administration to prevent the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which pushes the country's first female publisher of a nationally prominent newspaper 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 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Feb. 1 & 15. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 1: Columbia University Japanese history professor Gregory Pflugfelder on "Private Parts & Public Concerns: Erecting the Modern Japanese Penis." Feb. 15: Carnegie Mellon University history professor Edda Fields-Black on "Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and Transformation in Gullah Geechee Identity."
4 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]


 4, 6:30, & 9:30 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.


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"On My Own Storytime": Saline District Library.

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Storytelling program for kids age 3 & up, with or without a caregiver. No younger siblings.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 4:20 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.


 4:45, 7:15, & 10 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.


 5-6 p.m. 

"Full-Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Small-Group personal training in a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine that is customized to your fitness level.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 5 p.m.  Free! 

New Enterprise Forum Showcase Presentation and Annual Awards: New Enterprise Forum.

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Showcase Presenter: A presentation by a start-up that has been through New Enterprise Forum coaching. This gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. Come to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with resources who support the local start-up community.
Annual Awards: Come join us in awarding the best 'graduates' of NEF coaching for 2017. Three 2017 Showcase Presenters will receive awards for: Best Presentation, Best Technology, and Best Business Model. A separate award will also be given to the Entrepreneur of the Year, selected from the general Detroit area start-up community.
Network: Meet other like-minded professionals who support entrepreneurialism, promoting innovation as a catalyst for a healthy Michigan economy.
Follow Us:http://bit.ly/nef-li
SPARK Innovation Center, 330 E. Liberty, Lower Level. Free. info@NewEnterpriseForum.org www.NewEnterpriseForum.org [map]


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Critical Studies of Music and Misogynoir in the Age of YouTube": U-M School of Music.

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Talk by SUNY-Albany music professor Kyra Gaunt.
5 p.m., 2026 U-M Moore Bldg., 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Feb. 1, 8, & 15. Talks by visiting artists. Feb. 1: Jamaican artist Ebony Patterson discusses her work that explores the use of feminine adornment in the construction of urban masculinity. Feb. 8: New York designer Stephen Burks discusses his interest in bridging the gaps between developing-world production, industrial manufacturing, and contemporary design. Feb. 15: Spanish artist and designer Jaime Haydon discusses his work that blurs the lines between art, decoration, and design.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

"House Sitting: Travel the World and Your Lodging is Free": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+).

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Thought you didn't have enough money for travel? House sitting makes it possible, as it takes the cost of lodging out of the equation. We have tended homes in Australia, Spain, Denmark, France, and the U.K., allowing us to live as locals for weeks at a time.
In this study group we show you the match-up websites where you meet homeowners, how to post your profile, and how to stand out in order to win the best house sits. Handouts include a 100-page house sitting e-book written by instructor Josie Schneider. She and instructor Conrad Knutsen will lead this 90 minute session.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Hieu Minh Nguyen & Nicholson Baker: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Readings by these 2 writers. Nguyen is a Vietnamese American poet and performer from Saint Paul (MN) whose forthcoming book, Not Here, is a collection of poems that "illuminate those spaces between sincerity and mischief, vulnerability and audacity," says poet Terrance Hayes. Baker is a novelist and nonfiction writer from Maine who's known for eyebrow-raising plots and dazzling, evocative details sifted from ordinary experience. His 2016 book, Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids, is a memoir about his experiences as a substitute teacher in Maine. Signing.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

Monthly Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants Ann Arbor Chapter.

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We are regional management accountants as well as C-level types meeting for food, fellowship, and career enhancement. This is an award winning chapter of 200 accountants, financial managers, controllers and chief financial officers of local companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Our chapter is part of a global accounting association. Please feel free to check our website. In Michigan the address is www.imamichigan.org/annarbor, and the global IMA website is www.imanet.org. Don't forget that one of the biggest benefits is the opportunity to network with your peers in the financial professions.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3150 Boardwalk. $10 (pay for your own food). 734-222-6681. angelacombsima@yahoo.com http://www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/index.html [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

"Vinyasa Flow Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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In Vinyasa flow, you will be focusing on linking your breath with movement in order to create a dynamic flow of postures. Are you experienced or looking for a challenge, Vinyasa Flow may be the class for you! (This is not one of our Yoga classes for beginners).
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $20 walk-in. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"1A with Joshua Johnson": U-M Wallace House/Michigan Radio.

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Journalist Johnson, host of the daily NPR show 1A, the successor to The Diane Rehm Show, interviews panelists on the first amendment, free speech, and what they mean in a changing America.
6-7:30 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 998-7666. [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 from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Electronics Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 1 & 15. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to do a computing activity TBA. Bring a flash drive if you want to save any code created during the event.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7, 9:45, & 11:59 p.m. 

"Black Panther": State Theatre.

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(Ryan Coogler, 2018). The much anticipated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o.
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 p.m. 

"Dignity v Rights: Exploring the Practical Effects of Constitutional Principles in US and German Prisons": Michigan Friends Center.

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This presentation addresses "how we do prisons" in the US and Germany and the Constitutional backdrop that informs practices, architecture, and policy-what we very generally would call "prison conditions." As the nation with the highest incarceration rate in the world the US is "exceptional" in its use and abuse of incarceration as punishment. Michigan incarcerates more than 58,000 individuals, only 10,000 fewer than the entire country of Germany (68,000 in a population of 80 million). What accounts for this difference historically? What can we learn from it as we seek to change our practices?
Conversation about how and why we use prisons to punish and what advocacy/resistance strategies and state-based reforms are in motion in the current moment.
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea. Donations welcome.. 734.475.1892. manager@mfcenter.org http//www.mfcenter.org [map]



 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at annarbor.nerdnite.com) who give fun yet informative talks, 18-21 minutes long, about things that interest them, everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla.

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7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Live, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Thursday Jazz & Cocktail Happy Hour: Cultivate Coffee and Tap House.

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Thursday Jazz & Cocktail Happy Hour 7-10pm. Rotating artists in residence to perform jazz at Cultivate Coffee and Tap House. $2 off craft cocktails during jazz. No cover charge.
Cultivate Coffee and Tap House, 307 N River St, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-249-8993. www.cultivateypsi.com [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Dignity vs. Rights: Exploring the Practical Effects of Constitutional Principles in U.S. & German Prisons": Michigan Friends Center.

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All invited for a discussion of the differences in prison conditions in Michigan and Germany-Michigan has 10 times the incarceration rate--and of the appropriate purpose of imprisonment.
7-9 p.m., 7748 Clark Lake Rd. (off Oakridge from Waterloo Rd. west of M-52), Chelsea. Donation. Preregistration requested. 475-1892. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Million Dollar Quartet": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 1-25, and Feb. 21 This professional theater company performs Floyd Mutrux & Colin Escott's 2010 Tony-nominated Broadway musical recreation of the legendary December 4, 1956 Sun Records recording session with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"On the Town": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Feb. 15-18. Erin Palmer directs students in Leonard Bernstein, Adolph Green, and Betty Comden's energetic, witty 1944 musical about sailors on leave in New York. With an outdated guidebook in hand, Chip wants to go sightseeing, but Ozzie and Gabey have livelier fun in mind, and plunge into a citywide search for the lovely and elusive Miss Turnstile. The score includes "New York, New York," "Lonely Town," and "I Can Cook, Too."
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter High Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker Rd., Dexter. Tickets $12 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only. palmere@dexterschools.org. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing: Spy Science": Chelsea District Library.

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Teens in grades 6-12 invited to learn how to devise and solve simple ciphers and codes.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Arthur Greene: U-M School of Music.

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This U-M piano professor performs works by Scriabin-with projections of matching symbolist art-and Beethoven's Piano Sonata no. 32 in C Minor.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Finvarra's Wren: The Ark.

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Traditional Irish, Scottish, English, and Celtic-American dances and carols by this Detroit-area multigenerational quartet led by singer-guitarist Jim Perkins. With Cheryl Burns on bodhran and mountain dulcimer, Alison Perkins on fiddle and whistle, and Asher Perkins on button accordion and concertina.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Last Days of Judas Iscariot": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Feb. 15-18. U-M musical theatre professor Vincent Cardinal directs U-M musical theatre students in Stephen Guirgis's 2005 comic fantasia about Judas's trial in purgatory interwoven with flashbacks to scenes from his early life. With their own questionable agendas, both the prosecution and defense cross-examine a wide array of witnesses from Mother Teresa and Freud to Pontius Pilate and Satan. Guirgis has "a fierce and questing mind that refuses to settle for glib answers, a gift for identifying with life's losers and an unforced eloquence that finds the poetry in low-down street talk," says New York Times critic Ben Brantley.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $20 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office or at smtd.umich.edu, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"You for Me for You": U-M Theatre Department.

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Feb. 15-18. U-M theatre professor Priscilla Lindsay directs U-M theatre students in award-winning playwright Mia Chung's magic realist drama about 2 North Korean sisters escaping to America. The Washingtonian reviewer says, "Chung's real-world-inspired fable both dazzles and repels, revealing the ugliness buried in both very different cultures."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office or tickets.stmtd.umich.edu, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Carolyn Chen: U-M School of Music.

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This L.A. musician blends electronic music and video with the guqin, a Chinese 7-string zither traditionally played for private meditation in nature. The New York Times praised one of her performances as "alluring … a quiet but lush meditation."
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Davis Technology Studio, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Crystal Bowersox: The Ark.

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Soulful country-flavored folk-rock singer-songwriter from northern Ohio who was the runner-up on the 9th season of American Idol in 2010. She has since released 3 CDs, including the new Americana-flavored Alive. Opening act is Watching for Foxes, a self-styled "flannel rock" septet from Grand Rapids whose influences range from Mumford & Sons to the Head & the Heart. "The mournful, yet-somehow-sanguine tracks constructed by frontman Joey Frendo and his Grand Rapids ensemble build to dynamic, emotion-infused crescendos marked by moody sound effects, gorgeous harmonies and rich, diverse instrumentation. As a result, there's almost a cinematic quality to significant portions of Undone Bird," says localspins.com writer John Sinkevics in his review of the band's 2017 CD.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Birth of a Ho' Ass Nation": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Feb. 8 & 15. Area actor Jacob Russell performs his and Mike McGettigan's one-man comedy, a fast-paced history of the American black experience. A bamboozling slave trader, deadbeat founding fathers, and a friendly African lion bring this self-styled "real ass story" to life.
8 p.m., Pointless Brewery & Theatre, 3014 Packard. Tickets $10 in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Constellations": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 26-Feb. 18. Carla Milarch directs Megan VanArsdale and Forrest Hejkal in this critically-acclaimed 2-actor play by British playwright Nick Payne about the universe of different possible romantic trajectories between a Cambridge University astrophysicist and a beekeeper in a sequence inspired by the notion from string theory that phenomena manifest themselves according to shifting tensions in their components. "Brainy stuff, this string theory, but the play is a simple and often graceful demonstration of this premise," enthuses the Guardian (U.K.) review.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Edges": The Penny Seats Theatre Company.

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Feb. 8, 11, & 14-16.-The Feb. 9 performance was canceled due to the snow. Laura Sagolla directs local singer-actors in this song-cycle written and performed by Tony award-winning songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul during their sophomore year at U-M in 2005. Performers are Logan Balcom, Kasey Donnelly, Brendan Kelly, Emily Manuell, Kristin McSweeney, and Matt Pecek.
8 p.m. (4 p.m. Feb. 11), Kerrytown Concert House, $15 in advance at kerrytownconcerthouse.com and (if available) at the door. 769-2999. [map]


 8 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]


 8 p.m. 

"Or,": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 15-Mar. 4. Suzi Regan directs this professional theater company in Liz Duffy Adams' inventive 2009 neo-restoration comedy based on the life of the pioneering 1660s female playwright Aphra Behn. Desperate to get out of the spy trade, Behn has a shot at producing a play at one of the only 2 London companies-if she can finish by morning, despite interruptions from several love interests.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport. Tickets $25 (students, $10) in advance at kickshawtheatre.org & at the door. 203-0556. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"The Totally Offensive Politically Incorrect Show": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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An evening of deliberately transgressive comedy by local comics Kent Tucker, KJ Robinson, Jef Brannan, Germaine Gebhart, and Mike Stanley. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10 in advance & at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 10:15 p.m. 

"In the Fade": State Theatre.

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(Fatih Akin, 2017). Drama about a woman's quest for vengeance after her husband and son are killed by a neo-Nazi bomb. 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Elks Lodge: Hip-Hop Open Mike.

All hip-hop artists invited. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzmeier. [venue info]

Mash: Laura Rain & the Caesars Laura Rain & the Caesars

An intense fusion of funk, soul, and blues by this Detroit quintet fronted by vocalist Rain. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network."

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

 
 


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