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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 5, 2018






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



 10-10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. & Wed. Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult). Note: These storytimes are also offered at the Traverwood (Tues. 11-11:30 a.m.; Wed. 6-6:30 p.m.; & Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m.), Malletts Creek (Wed. 10-10:30 a.m.), Pittsfield (Thurs. 7-7:30 p.m. & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.), and Westgate (Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 25, Wed. 1-1:30 p.m., & Fri. 10-10:30 a.m.) branches.
10-10:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 11-11:30 a.m. (Wed.), AADL youth department story room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 26-Jan. 7. Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations. With live entertainment, including Yo-Yo Master Zeemo (Dec. 26 & 27 at 1 p.m.), Drummunity! drum circles (Dec. 28 & 29 at 1 p.m.), "Ron Loyd, the Bubble Man" (Dec. 30 & 31 at 1 p.m.), "Dan the Creature Man" (Jan. 1 & 5, 1-4 p.m.) and "The Music Lady" (Jan. 2-4, 11 a.m.).
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Sat., except Jan. 1), noon-4 p.m. (Sun., except Dec. 31), & noon-5 p.m. (Dec. 31 & Jan. 1), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m. 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon. except Jan. 1. Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings. Note: Play days are also offered at the Malletts Creek (Tues. 10-11 a.m., & Thurs. 6:30-7:30 p.m.), Pittsfield (Wed., 11 a.m.-noon), Westgate (Thurs. 2-3 p.m.), and Traverwood (Fri. 10:30-11 a.m.) branches.
10:30-11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 Noon  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]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Conversation Group: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. & Fri. except Dec. 27 & 29 and Jan. 3. All levels of English speakers invited for conversation. Note: These groups are also offered at the Westgate (Thurs. except Dec. 21 & 28, 6-7:30), Traverwood (Mon. 7-8:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 & Tues. except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 7-8:30 p.m.), and Pittsfield (Mon. 1-2:30 p.m. except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) branches.
6-7:30 p.m. (Wed.) & 1-2:30 p.m. (Fri.), AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]


 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Hands-On Science: Flight": Dexter District Library.

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Youth in grades 3-6 invited to design and make a variety of objects and test their ability to fly
1-2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 2-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Puppet Show: Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL storytellers perform a puppet show for kids in grades preK-3.
2-2:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose room. Free. 327-4555.


 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 & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Disaster Artist": State Theatre.

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(James Franco, 2017). Biopic about Tommy Wiseau, the writer/director behind The Room, the film often called "the Citizen Kane of bad movies." James Franco, Seth Rogan, Alison Brie.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4, 7, & 10 p.m. 

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi": State Theatre.

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(Rian Johnson, 2017). The latest installment in George Lucas's iconic space opera. No complimentary passes, vouchers, or coupons will be allowed for the first 3 weeks. Member discounts apply.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4, 6:30, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Darkest Hour": Michigan Theater.

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(Joe Wright, 2017). Biopic of Winston Churchill during the early dark days of WWII. Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"I, Tonya": State Theatre.

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(Craig Gillespie, 2017). Biopic about controversial ice skater Tonya Harding. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15, 6:45, & 9:45 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]


 4:30, 7:30, & 9:30 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.


 5-9 p.m. 

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

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Jan. 5 & 26. Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch animal-themed movies, including the animated films Home (Jan. 5) and Up (Jan. 26). Also, a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill (south off Plymouth east of Dixboro). $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required. hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Eco-Challenge Potluck & Yogurt- and Kombucha-Making": Ann Arbor Reskilling.

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Potluck dinner (bring a dish to pass, the recipe to put in the community recipe book, and your own washable plate, cup, and fork) and conversation about community building. Followed by kids activities and a hands-on introduction to making yogurt and kombucha. Starter yogurt to take home; bring a 16-oz. wide-mouth sealable glass jar, a breathable cloth square, and 2 rubber bands if you wish to take home kombucha cultures.
5:30-8:30 p.m., 1979 McKinley, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted ($5 suggested). a2reskilling@gmail.com. [map]


 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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


 6:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey.

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Nov. 2 & 3: Ferris State. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 & 11: Minnesota. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 24 & 25: Ohio State. 6:30 p.m. (Nov. 24) & 7:30 p.m. (Nov. 25)

Jan. 5: Notre Dame. 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 19 & 20: Penn State. 8 p.m. (Jan. 19) & 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 20)

Feb. 2 & 3: Wisconsin. 7:30 p.m. both nights.

Feb. 18: Notre Dame. 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 23 & 24: Arizona State. 7:30 p.m. both nights.
Various times, Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Tickets $15-$40 at stubhub.com/michigan-wolverines-hockey-tickets. 764-0247. [map]


 6:45 p.m. 

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri": State Theatre.

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(Martin McDonagh, 2017). Darkly comic drama about a mother who challenges the town's revered police chief to solve her daughter's murder. Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]


 7:15-8:45 p.m. 

"Bluegrass Night": Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Funky Frosty Friday.

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All invited to skate to vintage & contemporary bluegrass records.
7:15-8:45 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 794-6234. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Family Mew-vie Night": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Jan. 5 & 19. Screening of family-friendly movies, including the Disney animated film Mulan (Jan. 5) and the live-action comic drama Because of Winn-Dixie (Jan. 19). Also, a chance to snuggle with adoptable cats. 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. Note: This event usually sells out.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions Center, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $10. Space limited; preregistration recommended at tinylions.org/mewvienights. 661-3575. [map]


 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Derek Richards: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 4-6. A Detroit native who now lives in Florida, Richards is known for his fast-paced stream of sarcastic, often hysterically livid observations about everything from phone solicitors and computers to Taco Bell and the experience of dating an exotic dancer. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Thunderwüde: The Ark.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less Thunderwüde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. Opening act is the Chelsea House Orchestra, a touring ensemble of some 2 dozen Chelsea High School students that plays traditional Scottish and Irish jigs and reels, along with other folk-inspired music and even some rock 'n' roll.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

"An Evening of Sam Cooke": Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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A showcase of the pioneer soul singer's music by his youngest daughter, Carla Cooke, a composer-vocalist whose style, like her father's, ranges across gospel, R&B, soul, and pop genres.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 (kids age 10 & under, 2 for the price of 1) in advance at greenwoodcoffeehouse.org and at the door. 665-8558. [map]



 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Cue This": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. through Feb. 9. The League of Pointless Improvisers performs a one-act improvised show guided by the "Genre Wheel" (spun by an audience member) and audience selections for sound and lighting cues.
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.-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. Note: New location.
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]


 9:15 p.m. 

"Jane": Michigan Theater.

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(Brett Morgen, 2017). Documentary about legendary primate researcher and conservationist Jane Goodall. Score by Philip Glass.
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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Cedars

Local jazz ensemble led by tenor saxophonist-composer Dan Bennett. [venue info]

Blind Pig: "[MRB]'s A2 Showcase."

With the Grand Rapids punk-rock trio Antighost, the Ypsilanti metal-inflected pop-punk quartet Tequila Deer, the Ypsilanti punk-rock trio Liars and Thieves, the Detroit indie rock trio Den of Greece, and the Ypsilanti progressive blues- rock quartet Strange Flavors. [venue info]

Club Above: Impartial Hearts

Depressive emo-rock by this Howell quartet. Opening acts are the Saline post-emo math rock quartet Bad Television, the Flint punk band Copneconic, the alternative rock band Michigan Left, and the Detroit indie rock quartet The Doozers. [venue info]

Common Cup: Emily Whittum

Original songs in a wide range of genres by this 19-year-old singer- songwriter from Ottawa Lake who is currently a student at Belmont University (Nashville). [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Bobby Pennock

Plymouth folk-rock singer-songwriter whose style draws its influences from Paul Simon and Harry Chapin, with a helping of the Beatles thrown in for zest. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Finan & Sharon Tse

Singer-songwriter duo. Finan is a Canton singer-songwriter who writes country-tinged folk-pop, and Tse is a young singer-songwriter whose repertoire ranges from confessional folk-pop to jazz-inflected songs. [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: Dan Rafferty Band

Popular 8-piece Detroit pop dance band. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Amy Grace Johnson

Young acoustic pop-folk singer-songwriter from East Tawas. [venue info]

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea: Adam Kahana Organ Quartet

Local jazz guitarist, a member of the Ann Arbor Guitar Trio. [venue info]

 
 


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