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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 7, 2018






 
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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. except July 4. 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]


 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Emerging technologies of design and production have opened up new ways to engage with traditional practices of architectural drawing. The twenty-four experimental drawings commissioned for this exhibition explore the impact of such technologies on the relationship between code and drawing: how rules and constraints inform the ways architects document, analyze, represent, and design the built environment.
Each drawing engages with at least one of the below prompts that begin to expand the notion of code as it relates to architectural design and representation:
Code as generative constraint. Restrictive codes often govern what is permitted and what is prohibited. Examples of this include building codes, urban codes, zoning codes, accessibility codes, and energy codes. How can such constraints become generative, opening up opportunities for design and representation?
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/03/07/exhibition-view-drawing-codes-experimental-protocols-architectural-representation [map]



 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Emerging technologies of design and production have opened up new ways to engage with traditional practices of architectural drawing. The twenty-four experimental drawings commissioned for this exhibition explore the impact of such technologies on the relationship between code and drawing: how rules and constraints inform the ways architects document, analyze, represent, and design the built environment.
Each drawing engages with at least one of the below prompts that begin to expand the notion of code as it relates to architectural design and representation:
Code as generative constraint. Restrictive codes often govern what is permitted and what is prohibited. Examples of this include building codes, urban codes, zoning codes, accessibility codes, and energy codes. How can such constraints become generative, opening up opportunities for design and representation?
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/03/07/exhibition-view-drawing-codes-experimental-protocols-architectural-representation [map]



 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 

"Vinyasa Flow Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Better Living Fitness of Ann Arbor has designed this class to be a challenging yoga workout! 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]



 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. & Sun., except Mar. 18 & 28. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Mar. 7 & 11: "Wiggly Worms." Mar. 14: "Who Lives on the Forest Floor?" Mar. 21 & 25: "What Do Animals Eat?"
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 per child (members' children, $4). 997-1553. [map]


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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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. 

Running Start Workshops: Running Start.

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Running Start is an engaging, mentor-led, workshop-based approach to equip youth with entrepreneurial skills to start a business. Over a series of four workshops, middle and high-school aged youth will come up with a business idea, test it, market it, and finally pitch it.
GO Where Meetings Matter, https://www.running-start.biz/enroll-now-1/. $199. 734-741-1134. debra@running-start.biz www.running-start.biz



 10:15 a.m. 

"Flint Comes to Chelsea": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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A mere 20-minute drive from Ann Arbor, the quaint town of Chelsea offers historic charm and unique attractions. You'll get to experience some of them firsthand, beginning with the Chelsea Milling Company, famous for its production of Jiffy Mix.
After enjoying a guided tour of the facility, we'll visit the Common Grill for a gourmet lunch. Following lunch, we'll head to the award-winning Purple Rose Theatre for their production of FLINT, an original play by Jeff Daniels himself. The play's focus on Vehicle City complements OLLI's forthcoming day trip to Flint in June 2018. We'll stick around after the performance for an exclusive "talkback" with FLINT cast before traveling back to Ann Arbor.
Guided tours will involve light walking, and the Purple Rose Theatre has stairs. Please notify us if you require accessible seating or have any other special needs. Boarding begins at 10:15 a.m. to ensure prompt departure at 10:45 a.m.
This Out of Town event is for those over 50.
Meet at Meijers, 3825 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti. $119. (734)-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [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  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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]


 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"The U.S. Energy Transition and Vulnerable Populations": U-M Ford School of Public Policy Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy.

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Talk by Indiana University public policy professor Sanya Carley. Pizza lunch provided.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Weill Hall Betty Ford Classroom, 735 S. State at Hill. Free. 615-3893. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

McKinley Maintenance Technical Program Information Session: WCC/McKinley.

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Are you looking for a great career path in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area in the field of apartment building maintenance? Do you like working with your hands, take pride in your work, and thrive on variety? This could be just what you are looking for!
Join us for the McKinley Maintenance Technician Program Information Session on February 26th from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Attending this information session is the start of the application process and your new career.
During this 2-hour information session, you will learn about the "Day in the life of a Maintenance Pro". You will watch a video presentation, hear from a panel of experts in the field, and get a tour of a property. We will also share details on compensation and benefits and did we forget to mention the starting wage is $13.50 per hour?
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mckinley-maintenance-technician-program-information-session-tickets-43094400512
Glencoe Hills Apartments, 2201 Glencoe Hills Dr,. Free. 734-747-2936. https://www.amycelltalent.com/job-seeker-programs/mckinley-maintenance-technician-program/ [map]



 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: Kempf House Museum.

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Every Wed., Mar. 7-28. Mar. 7: Northville Watch and Clock Shop owner Andy Anderson presents "A Brief History of German Clocks." Mar. 14: Local historian Grace Shackman discusses prominent local examples of "Mid-Century Modern Architecture." Mar. 21: Local writer Nancy Goldstein discusses "Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist." Ormes' work appeared in the mid-20th-century in the Chicago Defender and other African American newspapers. Mar. 28: Performance of Stephen Foster-era tunes by "Banjo Betsy" Beckerman.
Noon-1 p.m., Kempf House, 312 S. Division. Free (donations appreciated). 994-4898. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Performing Bandung: China's Dance Diplomacy with India, Indonesia, and Burma, 1953-1962": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Talk by U-M Chinese studies professor Emily Wilcox.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Koessler Rm. Free. 764-8888. [map]


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"'The Housing Question' in Eastern Europe Today: Gentrification in Post-Socialist Cities": U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Noon Lecture.

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Talk by University of Bucharest sociology professor Liviu Chelcea, a U-M grad. Bring a bag lunch, if you like.
Noon-1:30 p.m., 555 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 12:15 p.m. 

Brown Bag Recital Series: U-M School of Music.

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Mar. 7 & 21. 30-minute organ concerts by U-M organ students (Mar. 7) and First Presbyterian Church (Birmingham) music director Andrew Herbruck (Mar. 21). Bring a bag lunch, if you wish; food available at the Crossroads Café.
12:15 p.m., U-M SPH Community Room, 109 S. Observatory. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. except July 4. 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, & 9:45 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.


 4:15 & 10 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 p.m. 

"Aerial Silks for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to focus on 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.
New students will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!
This is not a drop-in class, all students MUST please register via the Aviary website before arriving to the studio
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

A2CT Junior Theatre Auditions for Elephant and Piggie's "We are in a Play!": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's Junior Theatre program announces auditions for its spring musical, Elephant and Piggie's "We Are In A Play!" with Book and Lyrics by Mo Willems and Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, directed by Andrea Klooster. Auditions take place Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8, from 4:30-6:30 PM. Callbacks are scheduled for Saturday, March 10. All auditions and callbacks are at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio, 322 West Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Rehearsals for this production will be Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 PM, and Saturdays from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Performances are May 18-20, 2018, at the Arthur Miller Theatre. please visit www.a2ct.org or contact the A2CT office at 734-971-2228.
Auditions are open to young actors currently in grades 4-12. No pre-registration is required. Actors should plan to arrive a few minutes early to fill out forms, and plan to stay for the duration of the audition.
A2CT Studio Theatre, 322 W. Ann St. 48104. Free. 734-971-2228. manager@a2ct.org http://www.a2ct.org/junior-theatre/junior-theatre-auditions [map]


 4:30 & 7:30 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.


 4:45 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Animated": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short animated films nominated for an Academy Award.
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 & 6:45 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5, 7:15, & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Party": Michigan Theater.

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(Sally Potter, 2018). Dark comedy about a celebration that gradually unravels as secrets surface. Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson.
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]


 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. except July 4. 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]


 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

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

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Small-group personal training: a full body strength training, cardio, and flexibility routing 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.. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.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! 

"High Stakes Culture: Why Monuments? Why Now?": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Panel discussion with U-M humanities scholars about the cultural history informing the debate about Confederate monuments.
5:30-7 p.m, 2435 North Quad. Free. 936-3518. [map]


 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Just for Kids: Explore the World of Jewish Food": Zingerman's Next Door.

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Staffers discuss classic Jewish deli foods, including knishes. Tastings for kids. Parents welcome to lurk in the background for free.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Zingerman's Next Door (upstairs), 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid. 663-3354. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Legal Issues for Small Business": Ann Arbor Area SCORE.

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What legal entity should I use? What is an operating agreement and do I need one? Do I need copyright protection? What do I have to do to register my business? What about taxes? A legal expert, Russell Brown, will walk you through these legal questions and more!
Ann Arbor Public Library Downtown, 343 South Fifth Ave. - third floor. Free. annarborscore@scorevolunteer.org https://annarborarea.score.org [map]



 6 p.m. 

"One Prayer Class": Sun Shen.

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The One Prayer is a dynamic self-management tool, custom designed for you, that you can take wherever you go and update as you learn and grow. This course is designed for anyone wanting a greater understanding of themselves, more focus in life, and more satisfaction. The One Prayer is about having a vision, following your heart, but is also very concrete and practical. Classes are held Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30pm. Contact Joanna Myers at joanna@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. 734-395-8486. joanna@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. except July 4. 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 Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6-9 p.m. 

Michigan Conservation Stewards Program: MSU and partner organizations.

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Become a certified Michigan Conservation Steward!
March 7 - May 23, 2018
Conservation Stewards are volunteers who help protect and restore our state's natural areas and ecosystems. They help remove invasive species, build trails, collect data, and work with naturalists, biologists and land managers to preserve public land.
Michigan State University Conservation Stewards Program will help you gain the skills to lead or contribute to land stewardship efforts in your area.
Classroom and online sessions provide education in ecology, and multiple field trips guide students through forest, grassland, wetland, lake, and stream environments. Professional-level instruction is provided by MSU Extension, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, University of Michigan, and other local experts.
First class will be at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Following classes held throughout Washtenaw County. $250 (scholarships may be available). (734) 222-6813. wytychakc@ewashtenaw.org https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=2C24DCE1FBC111D2



 6 p.m.  Free! 

USGBC LEED Gold Presentation and Tour: The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Please join us for a plaque ceremony presented by the U.S. Green Building Council's Detroit Regional Chapter, honoring the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning for achieving LEED Gold certification on the new A. Alfred Taubman Wing of the Art & Architecture Building.
Following the plaque presentation, Kevin Marshall of Integrated Design Solutions of Troy, the project's Architect of Record, will present on the sustainable features of the A. Alfred Taubman Wing. Following the presentation, IDS will lead tours of the building addition with a focus on the building's sustainable features.
6:00pm Program in the Art & Architecture Auditorium (Room 2104)
6:30pm Building Tours of the A. Alfred Taubman Wing
7:00pm Networking Reception in the Commons
Originally proposed in 2009, the renovation was the first modification to the Art and Architecture Building since its completion in 1974.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/03/07/usgbc-leed-gold-presentation-and-tour [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 Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [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]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Kathleen Flynn: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This New York Times editor reads from The Jane Austen Project, her debut novel about 2 researchers sent back in time to recover an unpublished manuscript from Austen herself. She discusses it with RC creative writing lecturer Laura Thomas.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Multipurpose rm. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Performances by area singer-songwriters, who also talk about how they came to write the songs they perform.

Dec. 6: Floyd King & the Bushwackers and Jan Krist & Jim Bizer. Double bill. The Bushwhackers is a trio that plays a mix of original songs, covers, & old-time spirituals that the Oxford (MI) Leader calls "high-voltage acoustic 'party gospel' music." Led by Floyd King, the stage persona of Dennis Kingsbury, the group also includes Jim Bizer and Maggie Ferguson. Detroit singer-songwriter Jan Krist is joined by Bizer, a fellow member of the Yellow Room Gang singer-songwriter collective for a set of urban folk music.

Jan. 3: Drew Nelson. This Grand Rapids-based Americana roots-rock singer-songwriter recently released Tilt-a-Whirl, a CD that drew praise from AllMusic reviewer James Allen for its thoughtful lyrics. Opening act is Mike Vial, the Ann Arbor pop-rock singer-songwriter.

Feb. 7: Taller Than They Appear and the Hackwells. Double bill. Taller than They Appear is a quartet of veteran area singer-songwriters--Jere Stormer, Bobby Pennock, Sigrid Christiansen, and Lauren Crane--who accompany each other with soulful vocal harmonies and on an eclectic array of instruments, from bells, bongos, woodblocks, washboards and whistles to guitars, violins, and ukuleles. The Hackwells are a local acoustic trio, formerly known as Gather Round, whose original ballads draw on pop-rock, retro-country, and Americana influences.

Mar. 7: Timothy Monger and Julianne Ankley. Double bill. Monger is the engaging local pop-rock singer-songwriter-guitarist from the Great Lakes Myth Society whose pop-rock Americana fuses high lonesome tunes with evocative tales drawn from ordinary life. Allmusic.com calls his 2004 debut CD, Summer Cherry Ghosts, "a sweetly nostalgic song cycle, filled with sketches of places and people he's loved, memories he treasures--in short, the ghosts of summers past." He has just released his 3rd CD, Amber Lantern. Ankley is the sultry-voiced country-rock singer-songwriter whose CD Vivid won a 2012 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Country Recording.
7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Info: call Annie Capps at 330-5226. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Brewing Kombucha for Beginners": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to learn how to make this ancient fermented tea beverage.
7-8:30 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Hagar Poems": U-M Islamic Books Reading Group.

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U-M Arabic literature professor Samer Ali leads a public discussion of the latest poetry collection (available at Literati bookstore) by this acclaimed Syrian American poet, which reimagines the Abraham/Sarah/Hagar triangle as the source of tensions between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. "Kahf brilliantly transposes the disorienting experience of life in the US for many immigrant and marginalized women with the rich history of the Abrahamic religions," writes Booklist.
7-8:30 p.m., 205A Michigan Union. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Me, the 'Other'": Michigan Theater.

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(Shidan Majidi & Dino Tsaousis, 2017). Documentary chronicling the daily prejudices faced by a diverse group of students living in Washtenaw County, including an African American athletic coach, a Taiwanese gymnast, a Pakistani student leader, a 66-year-old transgender woman, an American-Peruvian-Japanese romance, a bisexual Republican, and a Mexican student on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $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 or call 668-TIME. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Oh Deer! What's Happened to My Plants?": Ann Arbor Garden Club.

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Master gardener Linda Green offers tips for keeping deer out of your garden, including suggestions for plants, trees, and bushes deer normally avoid.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens Rm. 125, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 761-8281.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Saving Snow": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Screening of this documentary about the economic impact of global warming on winter sports and tourism.
7 p.m., Homes Brewery, 2321 Jackson Ave. Free. 272-5194. [map]


 7:15 & 10:15 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.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion of Anders Rydell's The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.

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The Arbor Consort, the official madrigal singing group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival, is having open rehearsals for singers of all voice types interested in joining the group. Interested singers can come any Wednesday in March or April to learn more about us. Members will go on different weekends, August 18-Sept 30, to sing in small a cappella ensembles at the Michigan Renaissance Festival .
Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Avenue. Free. president@thearborconsort.org www.thearborconsort.org [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Evening of Encores": U-M School of Music.

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U-M violin students team up with collaborative piano students for an evening of pieces often served up as encores.
7:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [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 Cosmosophy, a collection of Steiner's lectures.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Women's Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All women, trans, and nonbinary people invited to play improv games or just watch others.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Aqua Fitness": South Lyon Recreation Authority.

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Exercise in chest-high water to improve cardiovascular system, strength, flexibility, balance, and overall Heath. All fitness levels welcome. Every Mon and Wed evening 8 - 9 p.m at South Lyon High School pool on Pontiac Trail in South Lyon. Can pay as you go as "drop in" for $8. Best exercise one can do that addresses every muscle group and with minimal impact
South Lyon High School, Pontiac Trail, South Lyon. $8. katrina63@yahoo.com


 8 p.m. 

The East Pointers: The Ark.

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Folk-rock adaptation of the traditional music of the Maritime provinces by this Prince Edward Island trio whose 2015 debut CD, Secret Victory, won the 2017 Juno for Traditional Roots Album of the year. The band has a new CD, What We Leave Behind.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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. $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]


 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent 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. Photo: Myra Klarman [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Bluegrass Wednesday." Wire in the Wood

The local progressive bluegrass string quartet Wire in the Wood performs a set and then hosts a jam session during a 2nd set. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Slice

East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Mash: Reeds 'n' Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of singer and harmonica player Michael May and guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Old Town: Ben Rolston Quartet

Local jazz trio led by bassist Rolston. [venue info]

 
 


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