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Calendar of Events

Monday, January 8, 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 a.m.  Free! 

Free Outdoor Play-Based Kids Class: Tinkergarten.

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At Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. In this free trial kids ages 18 months to 5 years will have the chance to explore, problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and create, and play together -- and just have fun! Registration is required. Sign up at https://www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/janet.gocay. Visit https://tinkergarten.com for more information.
Bandemer Park, 1352 Lakeshore Drive, Ann Arbor. Free. jgocay@gmail.com https://www.tinkergarten.com/leaders/janet.gocay [map]



 10:30-11:30 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]


 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. 

Monday Painters: OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Monday Painters is a flexible art group. This group has become like family and all are welcome to join in for fun, learning, growing, and gentle critiquing. Members are free to come and go as they please.
Each week a DVD is shown about art that lasts half an hour. Instructor Barb Anderson has studied art for over twenty years and prior to that taught special education. She hopes to welcome new members to Monday Painters.
This study group meets Mondays from 11-3 from January 8-August 27. No class will be held on January 15, March 19, May 7, May 21, or May 28.
Jewish Community Center, 935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor. $75. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]


 12:30-4 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [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]


 1-2:30 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]


 1-3:30 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Writing Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to read and discuss poetry, essays, fiction, and reminiscences they have written.
1-3 p.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 2-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Zine Workshop: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to make a personal sample of the famously low-budget self-produced magazine popularized in the underground scenes of the mid-to-late 20th century. Materials provided, but bring photos and magazine clippings, if you like.
2-2:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4555.


 3:45 & 9:15 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 p.m. 

"Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story": Michigan Theater.

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(Alexandra Dean, 2017). Documentary about the Hollywood actress cum inventor.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"India's Archaeological Heritage Since Independence: Challenges and Dilemmas": U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Talk by Ashoka University (India) history professor Nayanjot Lahiri.
4 p.m., 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 615-4059. [map]


 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.


 4:15, 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, 7, & 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]


 4:30, 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.


 4:30, 7:15, & 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]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chen Tai Chi Class: Ann Arbor Tai Chi.

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Introduction to Chen Tai Chi Chuan. Free all January. Warm-ups, stationary postures, kicks, silk-reeling. Working our way through a 72-movement Old Frame Long Form. Watch or participate.
Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main Street, 2nd floor. Free. annarbortaichi@gmail.com annarbortaichi.com [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

Grieving Through the Holidays: THRIVE Counseling.

  community member   < less Grieving Through the Holidays

Thrive Counseling is now offering targeted and concentrated help for those experiencing losses, new and old, this holiday season.
If you, or someone you care about, needs support to cope with grief-related triggers common to this time of year, please consider joining this powerful group on Mondays nights.
4-week Group meets Mondays, 5:00-6:30pm
Dec. 4, 11, 18, and Jan. 8
Facilitated by Sue Sefansky, LMSW and Caroline Kennedy, LMSW
Contact Thrive Counseling to sign up:
734-436-4249
hello@ThriveCounselingA2.com

THRIVE is the clinical counseling practice of a venerable 501(c) nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals and families of Washtenaw county cope, survive and thrive in an ever-changing world. We are committed to providing affordable, accessible, and culturally sensitive care to all our clients, whatever their identification, affiliation, background, orientation or gender expression.
THRIVE COUNSELING, South State Street. Fee: $50/session Most insurance plans cover all or most of the cost A sliding scale fee is available. 734-436-4249. hello@ThriveCounselingA2.com http://thrivecounselinga2.com/event/grieving-through-holidays/



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Väv Immersion: Sixteen Weeks of Textile Heaven": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Local textile artist Tammy Renner discusses a Swedish weaving course she recently took. The program begins with socializing.
6:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church Piper Hall (lower level, enter on the east side of the building and take elevator down), 1501 W. Liberty. Free. annarborfiberarts@gmail.com. [map]


 6:45 & 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]


 6:45 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.


 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Garden Talks: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Nov. 20: Saline Social Services executive director Jamail Aikens discusses "Neighbors Helping Neighbors."

Jan. 8: Michigan Garden Club vice president Rita Crawley presents a talk on this organization entitled "Across The Garden Vine."

Feb. 12: U-M Herbarium curator Anton Reznicek discusses "Rock Gardening: A Look at Plants for Small Spaces."

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6:45 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-1107. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Friends of McKune Memorial Library Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to discuss the books in different mystery series.

Jan. 8: Ace Atkins' Quinn Colton mysteries.

Feb. 13: Amy Stewart's Constance Kopp mysteries.

Mar. 13: Paul Dorion's Mike Bowditch mysteries.

Apr. 9: Bill Loehfelm's Maureen Coughlin mysteries.

May 8: Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone mysteries.

Jun. 11: Will Smith's Barker & Llewelyn mysteries.

July 9: C.J. Box's Joe Pickett mysteries.

Aug. 13: Frances Brody's Kate Shackleton mysteries.

Sept. 10: Ellen Crosby's Wine Country mysteries.

Oct. 8: Keith McCafferty's Sean Stranahan mysteries.

Nov. 12: M.L. Longworth's Verlaque & Bonnet mysteries.
7 p.m., Breakaway Restaurant, Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-7035. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations on various topics led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each discussion begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Jan. 8: "Make the Most of Your Life." Jan. 15: "Care for Caregivers." Jan. 22: "News from the Future." Jan. 29: "Friends for Life."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7-10 p.m.  Free! 

Piano-O-Rooney: Jazz Piano Extravaganza.

  community member   < less Mr B

Piano-O-Rooney is an extraordinary jazz event that turns the spotlight on five of Southeast Michigan's finest pianists:
Rick Roe, Ellen Rowe, Dr. James Dapogny, Duncan McMillan and Mr. B will each be featured performing both solo piano and also with bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers. Each pianist will perform a 15 minute set and then return for a 20 minute set. That's three full hours of great jazz piano from five of your beloved local jazz piano heroes!
This is a benefit concert to raise the remaining funds to restore and rehabilitate the wonderful Yamaha C-6 grand piano that is owned by the jazz musicians, lives at Zal Gaz Grotto, and is loved and appreciated by the jazz community. Over the past year, the musicians, through the generosity of their loyal fans, have raised almost $8,500 toward their $11,000 goal.
Admission to this event is free; however we hope that each attendee will contribute a substantial amount toward the Piano Restoration Fund.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard. Free. Donation. 734/663-1202. [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

"A 20-Year Journey with 19th-Century 'Fake News'": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Talk by amateur Civil War researcher Jim Epperson.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. Education Center Exhibition Rm., 5305 Elliott Dr. Free. (517) 750-2741. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Adult Craft Night": Saline District Library.

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All adults invited.

Dec. 4: "Stovetop Potpourri," a chance to learn how to turn cranberries, orange slices, spice, and cinnamon sticks into a potpourri.

Jan. 8: "Off the Chain," a chance to make pendant necklaces with pictures. Bring a personal picture to use, if you like, or use one provided.

Feb. 5: A chance to make a "Giant Scrabble Tile" wall hanging.

Mar. 5: "Lady Luck," a chance to decorate small horseshoes using flowers, buttons, and twine.

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7-8:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Understanding Story Arc": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal discuss the complicated relationship between plot and character development. For adult and teen (grade 6 & up) fiction and nonfiction writers. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29.
7-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate Branch. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Little-Known Stories in American History, Part 2": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to listen to local storyteller Jim Glenn relate odd tidbits of U.S. history, 1830-1900.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jan. 8 & 22. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. All welcome to bring their own sewing machine.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Somewhere in Time Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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Nonfiction and historical fiction discussion group for adults. Books TBA.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Woman Who Smashed Codes": Literati Bookstore.

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Award-winning freelance journalist Jason Fagone discusses and reads from his book tracing America's code-breaking history through the life Elizabeth Smith, a Shakespeare scholar-turned-codebreaker whose contributions ranged from helping nab smugglers during Prohibition to helping crack multiple versions of the German Enigma machine.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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All invited to vote on best and worst designed stamps and other categories in the Linn's Stamp News annual poll. Also, American Philatelic Society circuit books and a mini stamp auction.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free. harwin@umich.edu, 761-5859. [map]


 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Wed. Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Large Ensemble Meeting: Ann Arbor Recorder Society.

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All beginning and advanced players of the recorder and other early instruments invited. Directed by viol teacher and early music specialist Janet Cannon. Music provided; bring your own music stand.
7:30-9 p.m., St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 306 N. Division. Free to visitors ($35 annual dues). (914) 236-6123. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome. The 6 weekly dances beginning Sept. 12 are particularly beginner-friendly.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 769-1052, 426-0241. [map]


 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Bickley/Kramer/Roe

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: "Piano-O-Rooney" Grotto Piano

Showcase of 5 of Southeast Michigan's finest pianists: Rick Roe, Ellen Rowe, Dr. James Dapogny, Duncan McMillan, and Mr. B each perform both solo piano and in trio format with bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers. Each pianist performs a 15- minute and a 20-minute set. A benefit to restore and rehab the the wonderful Yamaha C-6 grand piano at the Grotto . 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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