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Calendar of Events

Friday, May 25, 2018






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Master Kim Instructs Senior Student

Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

Breakthrough Coaching Open House!.

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You're on the verge of a breakthrough, but you've been holding back. You know there's more to life than how you're living, but you don't know where to start.
I can help you:
* Clarify your vision
* Identify blind spots
* Troubleshoot challenges as they arise
* Build in the support you need to anchor sustainable change
I work with undercover superheroes who feel they've been holding back and want to unleash their power and creativity. Are you ready?
Sign up for a complimentary 45-minute Breakthrough Coaching session (in person or on the phone) Wednesday 5/23 through Saturday 5/26!
For more information on Breakthrough Coaching, visit evaneuhaus.com. Call (734) 707-7477 or email evaneuhaus18@gmail.com to register.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. Free. (734) 707-7477. evaneuhaus18@gmail.com evaneuhaus.com [map]



 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Breakfast Club": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, Slow-paced rides, 20 miles or more, to Dexter and beyond. Breakfast at Riverview Café in Dexter.
10 a.m., Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 476-4944.


 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Garden - Pottery Inspired by Nature": Yourist Studio Gallery.

  community member   < less Planters by Patty Clark

To welcome spring we are filling our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Yourist resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces to adorn your garden. It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find a memorable gift for Mother's Day. From bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, vases, wind chimes, and even toad houses, you'll find a selection of charming ceramic pieces to enliven your garden this year.
Come join us in our garden of earthy delights and let's get growing!
Opening Reception
Friday, May 4
5:00 to 8:00 pm
And the celebration continues on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am-6 pm. The show runs through June 18.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [map]



 10-10:30 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).

Mon., 11-11:30 a.m. except May 28. Westgate.

Tue., 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed., 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 10:30-11:30 a.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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Playgroups for Babies: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except May 28. Downtown.

Tue. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

AIReal Yoga.

  community member   < less AIReal Yoga Class

AIReal Yoga is REAL yoga, in the air. Use a specialized hammock as a primary prop to enhance and elevate a traditional hatha practice.
AIReal Yoga I is for people who are new to aerial yoga, or who are new to "regular" ground-based yoga. This class will include exercises and stretches for arms, legs, back, hips, and is finished with an inversion before savasana in the air.
Partipants are always welcome to return to the earth to ground themselves in the case of dizziness or fatigue. No background in sports, athletics, circus, etc. required!
For a limited time, we're offering special pricing at only $10 per class!
Class sizes are extremely limited, please register in advance.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. diane@a2ringstar.com a2ringstar.com/aireal-yoga [map]



 2-4 p.m. 

"Gelato 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's Creamery staff talk about and offer taste samples of the many delicious flavors of gelato and sorbet it makes.
2-4 p.m., Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $20. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]


 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
3-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 3:45, 6:15, & 8:45 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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(Armando Iannucci, 2017). Satire depicting the frantic power struggle that ensued after Stalin's death. Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buschemi.
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 p.m.  Free! 

After Hours Magic: The Gathering: Saline District Library.

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All teens invited to play this popular collectible card game. Snacks.
5-6:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets & Pajamas Movie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch Zootopia (May 11) and Inside Out (May 25). Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. [map]


 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive; Fri., 6:30 p.m., casual), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), and booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]


 6-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Crocheted Beaded Edge Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grade 6-adult invited to crochet a decorative edging using thread and beads. Previous crochet experience required. Materials provided.
6-8:45 p.m., AADL multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dos--dos Bookmaking": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Detroit artist Jennifer Belair shows those grade 6-adult how to make a book using dos--dos binding, a technique which binds 2 separate books together so they share the lower board, which serves as the back cover to both books.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bike-in": Bike-in Ann Arbor.

  community member   < less Group of bikers at mid-ride stop

Join us for Bike-in! Monthly slow bike rides throughout Ann Arbor for everyone. Last Friday of the month. Post-ride fun with friends, neighbors, and visitors around the community.


Each ride we will begin at the Farmer's Market in Kerrytown at 7pm and wrap up by "biking-in" to a post-ride time together at a local establishment, green space, or other friendly host setting (i.e. Bike-in :: Movie (outdoor), Parlor (ice cream), Picnic (potluck), Garden (beer garden), etc.). Rides will be open and friendly to all. For gathering information, times, locations, riding routes, weather updates, etc. like/follow/visit us on Facebook at @bikeinannarbor. Please practice safe riding and abide by all legal riding rules at all times, especially while riding with a Bike-in community. Be sure to provide your own helmet, riding lights, and other appropriate accessories. Ride safe, be friendly, have fun!
Ann Arbor Farmer's Market, 315 Detroit St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Free. bikeinannarbor@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/bikeinannarbor/ [map]



 7-10 p.m. 

"Piano-Rooney! James Dapogny, Mr. B, Rick Roe, Duncan McMillan"

  community member   < less Jazz pianist Rick Roe

Friday, May 25, 2018 from 7-10 PM at Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard in Ann Arbor.
Piano-Rooney is a one-night only Jazz Celebration for the return to Zal Gaz Grotto of our beautiful Yamaha C-6 grand piano from the Nelson Schantz Piano Spa where, for the past two months, it was carefully reconditioned, restored and refreshed. Tonight, we celebrate this fine instrument and all that it means to us!
Pianists James Dapogny, Duncan McMillan, Rick Roe and Mr. B will perform short sets from 7-10 PM. They will be accompanied by bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers. Then they'll do it again and again.
Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto. Free parking. $10 at the door. Under 18 always enter free.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. $10 at the door (under 18 enter free). 734/663-1202. [map]



 7 p.m. 

PhoenixPhest Gala Concert: Kerrytown Concert House.

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PhoenixPhest's artists-in-residence, the acclaimed Cavani String Quartet, perform works TBA. Members are violinists Annie Fullard and Mari Sato, violist Eric Wong, and cellist Si-Yan Darren Li. The program begins with a champagne reception (7 p.m.) and a pre-concert lecture by the musicians (7:30 p.m.).
7 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $25-$50. Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Pachinko": Literati Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Min Jin Lee's 2017 novel about 4 generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fighting to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Big Lebowski": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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(Joel & Ethan Coen, 1998). Beloved comedy starring Jeff Bridges as an L.A. slacker who's commissioned by a namesake to ransom the latter's kidnapped trophy wife. Discussion about dharma in the film follows.
7 p.m., Jewel Heart Buddhist Center, (1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). Free. 994-3387.


 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-Vie Night": Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center.

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Screening of family-friendly movies and snuggles with adoptable cats. May 11: Babe, the charming 1995 tale of an orphaned pig adopted by an odd farmer who grows attached to him. May 25: Finding Dory, the 2016 animated underwater adventure (a sequel to Finding Nemo). Popcorn, juice, and water. Kids must be accompanied by an adult (at least 1 for every 3 kids). Bring pillows, sleeping bags, and blankets, if you wish. This event usually sells out.
Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10 in advance at tinylions.org/mewvienights. 661-3575. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Metaphysics and Emotional Intelligence": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room.

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Talk by Kalamazoo-based holistic practitioner Gary Weidman. May 25 topic: "The Universe works perfectly. There is nothing wrong and everything happens as it should."
7:30-9 p.m., 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee": Skyline High School.

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May 24 & 25. Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's Tony-winning 2004 one-act musical comedy about 6 anxiously overachieving adolescents competing in a spelling bee run by 3 adults who have barely managed to escape childhood themselves. Cast: Nate Frison, Courtnie Kahrl, Matt Rupp, Nora Rydberg, Makayla Franklin, Jennie Rupp, David Sayah, Caleb Heemstra, Gania Perry, Kevin Wilson, and Mackenzie Lieberman.
7:30 p.m., Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $10 (students & seniors, $8) in advance at showtix4u.com & at the door. 994-6515. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Jeff Horste: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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May 25 & 26. Local debut of this Ferndale comic who has appeared on Comedy Central's Kevin Hart's Hart of the City and Fox's Laughs. His observational humor centers around his experiences growing up white in a racially diverse community. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 reserved seating in advance, $14 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The Decemberists: The Ark.

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Veteran Portland (OR) indie folk-rock quintet whose densely textured, rhythmically supple music draws freely on a wide range of idioms, from klezmer and Celtic music to prog rock and 80s pop. The band's brand-new CD, I'll Be Your Girl, features several synth-pop tunes inspired by the likes of New Order and Depeche Mode. Opening act is Eleanor Friedberger, a Chicagoland singer-songwriter best known as one-half of the indie rock sibling duo Fiery Furnaces.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $35-$55 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. 

"Breaking (the) News": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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May 4, 11, & 25. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs comedic improv inspired by today's news headlines as well as "water form," Pointless's own long-form improv style. The program begins with a set by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 9 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Road. Free. No cover charge.. 734-994-8433. ladyofthelanes@belmarklanes.com belmarklanes.com [map]



 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. is blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). 417-9857. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Canterbury House: Ethan Setiawan Band

A varied repertoire that blends Americana-based folk and classical influences by an ensemble led by Setiawan, a Goshen-bred multi- instrumentalist and singer who won the 2014 National Mandolin Championship. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: "A Little Help: A Tribute to the Beatles"

Performances by The Adam Plomaritas Trio, Fangs and Twang, Big Red Oak, The Strangers, Mike Gentry, Shannon Lee, Eric Moore, James Henes, Gannon Alexander, Izzie & Shannon, and Milan Seth. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Robin Monterosso

Twangy Americana with blues and soul flavors by this Metro Detroit singer-songwriter who at age 47 recently released her first CD, What I Didn't Say. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Bugs Beddow Band

Versatile horn-driven R&B, boogie-rock, blues, and jazz ensemble led by veteran Detroit trombonist Beddow. [venue info]

Live: Drivin' Sideways Drivin Sideways

Veteran local band fueled by Pontiac Pete Ferguson's alternately soulful and ornery vocals. Their country-based repertoire still features lots of classic honky-tonk, but they also cover everyone from Chuck Berry and Johnny Burnette to the Beatles and James Brown. With guitarist Tyler Stipe, bassist Pat Prouty, drummer Mark Newbound, and keyboardist Jim King. [venue info]

Mash: Dan Orcutt

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Mash: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer-guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Black Jake & the Carnies Black Jake & the Carnies

Popular Ypsilanti octet that calls its energetic, foot-stomping blend of punk, old-time music, and bluegrass "crabgrass." [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: "Piano-Rooney!"

Celebration of the return to the Grotto of a Yamaha C-6 grand piano from the Nelson Schantz Piano Spa where, for the past two months, it was being reconditioned, restored, and refreshed. Pianists James Dapogny, Duncan McMillan, Rick Roe, and Mr. B each short sets, accompanied by bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers. $10. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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