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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 7:00 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: SUN SHEN.

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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 or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. [map]

 8:15 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!:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. [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. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 9:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 13-Apr. 25. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]

 9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": AAHOM.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.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.-1 p.m. 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Ancestry Aficionados": Chelsea District Library.

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Beginner-to-expert genealogists invited to share their findings and get help from experienced volunteers about online resources and family history questions.
10 a.m.-noon, CDL Learning Lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  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]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-8301. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Silver Sneakers Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Better SilverSneakers Yoga helps you move your body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is used to perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free for SilverSneakers Ann Arbor members, $5/class for Better Living members who aren't SilverSneakers members/$10 walk in. 734-747-0123. [map]

 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Voices Valiant (U-M School of Music).

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Every Tues. All age 50 & over invited to join this choir. No experience necessary.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Liberty School Band Room, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free for visitors ($112 per cycle membership dues). 936-2660. [map]

 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Adults Tuesday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Tues. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($3), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar, followed at 1 p.m. by mah-jongg, quilting, and other games & activities, and at 1:30 p.m., Yiddish Tish, a Yiddish conversation group that also includes readings of Yiddish stories. Homemade buffet luncheon ($3) available at noon. All invited.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]

 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Tuesday Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Every Tues. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Free sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. .

Mar. 6: University of California Asian studies professor Jacob Dalton on "Evoking Enlightenment: The Rise of Poetic Language in Early Tantric Ritual."

Mar. 13: U-M Center for Chinese Studies postdoc Lei Duan on "The Culture and Politics of Private Gun Ownership in Modern China."

Mar. 20: University of Sydney China Studies Centre director Luigi Tomba on "Resilience or Vulnerability?: The Mixed Fate of Local Urbanizing Communities in China."

Mar. 27: Washington and Lee University history professor David Bello on "Qing Water Systems: A Multi-Environmental Perspective."

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]

 1-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Leela Corman: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by this Florida-based graphic artist best known for Unterzakhn, a graphic novel about twin sisters living in a Lower East Side tenement at the turn of the last century, and more recently, "Wilderness," a graphic essay detailing her grief at her young daughter's sudden death.
1-3:30 p.m., AADL Multipurpose rm. Free. 327-8301.

 1 p.m.  Free! 

Movies for Kids: Dexter District Library.

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All kids, accompanied by a caregiver, invited to watch animated films. Mar. 27: "Coco," Lee Unkrich's 2017 film about a boy who's accidentally transported to the land of the dead. Apr. 28: "Ferdinand," Carlos Saldanha's 2017 film based on the classic children's book about a lovable bull.
1 p.m. (Mar.) & 11 a.m. (Apr.), DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, book study and TOEFL prep groups for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Structural Origami for Kids": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M structural engineering professor Evgueni Filipov shows kids in grades 1-5 how to make surprisingly durable folded paper structures.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301.

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: Research Through Making": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Since its inception in 2009, Research Through Making enables faculty to engage in architecture research or creative projects that are predicated on making. Seed funding is competitively awarded annually for up to five projects. Faculty collaborate with students to produce projects that ultimately lead to a public exhibition in the Liberty Annex Gallery. Through the years as the projects have evolved, the research has broadened and many have gone on to win national awards (P/A Awards, R+D Awards, ACSA Awards, AIA awards, etc.) and be published, presented and exhibited through out the world. Research Through Making is one of the most innovative architecture research programs in the country, and provides important funding that allows students to work with faculty on innovative research projects and bring that knowledge back to the classroom and into their futures as designers.
Liberty Research Annex, 305 W. Liberty Street. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 3-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Ypsilanti Area B2B Trail Public Engagement": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) is seeking public input for the remainder of the Border-to-Border (B2B) in the City of Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township. The meeting will be exclusively in open house format (no formal presentation), with people able to arrive and depart at their leisure. Staff will be present for conversation. The project area is between US 23 and the Washtenaw-Wayne county border at Rawsonville Road. While mostly complete, a few gaps in the trail still remain. This planning process seeks to find preferred alignments for the gaps, as well as identify opportunities for improvements to existing trail.
Tues. March 27 at SPARK East; Thurs. March 29 at Ypsilanti-Whittaker Library, Community Room, Ypsilanti. Free.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

Hindy Najman: U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Hindy Najman, University of Oxford
Beyond the Book: Authenticating the Profane
This paper considers the question of canon and authorization. What constitutes canon and when was it constituted? What about new texts that were discovered that were not included into canons that were shaped centuries after these until-now texts were known? Should we or can we authenticate new texts or texts that were not known to be part of the canon? What about texts that were rejected from the canon? How and why might we reconsider the status of texts - and can we authenticate such texts that would otherwise be considered profane? How might we rethink "marginal" texts, the translation of the profane and the sacred, and the constitution of "canon"?
Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St. Free. 734.763.9047. [map]

 5:30 & 8 p.m. 

Fred Hersch: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This prominent jazz composer-pianist is an adventurous performer with an impressive stylistic range and a sensibility blending emotional frankness and refined intelligence that has become only more pronounced since a 2008 illness resulted in a medically-induced coma. An AllAboutJazz reviewer praises his recent works for "a heightened artistic clarity and unabashed vulnerability, alongside a deeper emotive approach."
5:30 & 8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$35 (students, $10). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 5:45 p.m. 

"Strength & Tone": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Are you looking to put on muscle or improve tone? Strength and Tone is the class for you! Become stronger, leaner and more toned in this fun 45 minutes strength training class.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. [map]

 6-7 p.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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

 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6-9 p.m., call for location. Free, $2 monthly dues., 945-3035.

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Mimi Zeiger & Ann Lui: U-M Wallenberg Lecture.

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These 2 curators for the U.S. pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale give a talk on "Dimensions of Citizenship." Their exhibition will explore architecture's impact on the meaning of citizenship. The Wallenberg Lecture honors the memory of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, a U-M alum who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis, only to be arrested by the Russians and vanish into the Soviet Gulag.
6 p.m., U-M Art + Architecture Bldg., 2000 Bonisteel. Free., 764-1300. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Be Red Cross Ready": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local Red Cross representatives show participants how to build a disaster preparedness kit.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-8301.

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What Do Curators Know?": U-M Museum Studies Program.

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Talk by U-M American studies professor Steven Lubar.
6:30 p.m., Michigan League Michigan Rm. Free. 936-6678. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle"

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Class: SUN SHEN.

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In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. All age 18 & over invited to play. No partner needed. Cash prize for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill East, 3140 Packard. $5 entry fee; buy your own food. [map]

 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Felt Chain Garlands: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for grade 6-adult.
7-8 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-8301.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Moms Demand Action Washtenaw County.

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4th Tuesday of every month (except July)
7 - 8:30 pm
New member orientation: 6:30 - 7 pm
NEW 2018 LOCATION: FUMC Ypsi (209 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti 48197)
At our monthly chapter meetings, we receive skills training in various relevant areas, discuss and mobilize around pending legislation, and brainstorm strategies for upcoming events. Jan 23 mtg is also a special celebration of 5-years of Moms Demand Action!
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a non-partisan grassroots movement to mobilize moms, families, and everyday Americans to advocate for stronger gun laws. We are a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country.
Text JOIN to 644-33
First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti, 209 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Skazat! Poetry Series at Sweetwaters.

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Reading by GVSU creative writing lecturer Gale Thompson, whose 2015 collection, Soldier On, examines the relationship between living spaces and memories. The program begins with open mike readings.
7-8:30 p.m., Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Bluegrass Meetup": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Mar. 13 & 27. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass and bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental., 794-6250. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Songs and Poems of Peace": Brother Timothy.

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Performance by this Minnesota-based singer-songwriter active in environmental and social justice movements who's performed on A Prairie Home Companion. His first album, Our Lost and Wild Daughter, features songs inspired by nature, mythology, and MLK.
7 p.m., Pittsfield Village Condominiums Community Building, 2220 Pittsfield Blvd. Free. 747-1670. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"This Will Be My Undoing": Literati Bookstore Feminist Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Morgan Jerkins' collection of essays about her experiences as a black woman in a world that objectifies, silences, and marginalizes black women.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Value the Voice: Triumph": U-M Comprehensive Studies Program/U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

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U-M students, faculty, and staff tell stories about overcoming challenges in the college environment.
7 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-5517. [map]

  7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances: Dawn Farm.

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Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances will be presented by Mary Jo Desprez, MA; Director, Wolverine Wellness, University Health Service, University of Michigan; and Matthew Statman, LMSW, CAADC; University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program Manager. The transition to a college environment can pose significant risk to a recovering student and to students at risk for alcohol/other drug problems. This presentation will provide an overview of the national and local efforts to build recovery support programs on college campuses, discuss support that is provided to recovering students by collegiate recovery programs, and provide information about what parents and students can look for as they explore their options for pursuing a degree of higher education. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series. All programs are free and open to anyone interested. Registration is not required. The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm. Free, open to all.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Cultivate Coffee and Tap House.

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Bring a game, bring a friend, or just bring yourself to Tuesday Game Night at Cultivate Coffee and Tap House. 7:30-10:00pm
Cultivate Coffee and Tap House, 307 N River, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-249-8993. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Altan: The Ark.

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Veteran sextet from County Donegal in northwestern Ireland performs traditional Irish music in a style that blends the melodic sweetness of Irish tunes with the power and drive of Scottish music. Led by fiddler and vocalist Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, who sings in Gaelic and English, the group also includes bouzouki player Ciaran Curran, guitarists Daithi Sproule and Mark Kelly, fiddler Ciaran Tourish, and accordionist Dermot Byrne. The Chicago Tribune calls Altan "the most influential traditional group to emerge from Ireland since the seminal Bothy Band." The band's new CD, The Gap of Dreams, is a collection of traditional tunes from rural Donegal, along with originals in a traditional vein.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( &, 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]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: The Cold Hard Cash Show

Veteran nationally prominent Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Three tribute trio. $10. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Oz's Music Environment: "Ukulele Jam"

Musicians of all ability levels invited. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh-minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. His latest CD, Big Car Town, is a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]


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