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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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 6:30-7:30 p.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]

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

 10 a.m.-noon 

GED Class Registration: Washtenaw Community College- Adult Transitions Pathway Program.

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We begin by helping you prepare to take the GED exam. Please note that a new passing score has been set which allows you to earn your GED faster.
The WCC program includes:
• Opportunities to earn GED testing vouchers
• Teacher-led instruction
• Integrated computer instruction
• Individual tutoring
• Personal and academic counseling
• Student mentors
• Day and evening classes at the WCC main campus and Ypsilanti locations
• Fast track to college enrollment and completion of the financial aid process
• Job readiness skills
Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E.Huron River Drive. 734-677-5006. [map]

 10-11:30 a.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]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Architecture: Shaping Buildings, Shaping Us": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Jan. 25), Jan. 11-Feb. 22. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.

Jan. 11: U-M architecture professor Eric Hill on "Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America."

Jan. 18: Lawrence Technological University architecture professor Dale Allen Gyure on "The Architecture of Minoru Yamasaki," who designed the World Trade Center.

Feb. 1: Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research director Gregory Wittkopp on "Cranbrook's Architecture in Three Chapters."

Feb. 8: U-M architecture and urban planning professor Anya Sirota on "Other Ways of Doing Things: Architecture and Urban Activism."

Feb. 15: U-M urban design professor Geoffrey Thün on "Plausible Futures: Approaching Architecture and Design from a Complex Systems Perspective."

Feb. 22: Detroit Free Press journalist John Gallagher gives an "Update on the City of Detroit."

10-11:30 a.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Life in a Winter Field": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads preschoolers, accompanied by a caregiver, on a hike to learn about what's going on in the seemingly lifeless winter fields. In case of snow, a story about winter survival.
10-11 a.m., County Farm Park Pollinator Garden, 2230 Platt. Free; preregistration required at 971-6337. [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]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Huron Valley Humane Society.

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Every Thurs. Kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult, invited for stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals.
10:30 a.m., 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). Space limited; preregistration recommended at 661-3575. [map]

 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Dexter District Library KinderConcert: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

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Music comes alive in KinderConcerts - free 30-minute concerts designed especially for children 2- to 5-years old. No worries about wiggly tots sitting still for a concert - they'll dance and move while listening to the music. Then they'll be mesmerized by hearing a story being told with musical accompaniment. Members of the A2SO join movement specialist Gari Stein and pianist Kathryn Goodson for a guided introduction to the instruments of the orchestra. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care leaders can introduce classical music to even the youngest listeners at your local libraries.
Sponsored by The Ray & Eleanor Cross Foundation, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Chelsea Community Foundation, Stephanie & David Pyne.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine St, Dexter. Free. 734-994-8801. [map]

 11:30 a.m. 

WXW All Year Resolutions: 2018 Goal Setting Workshop: Women's Exchange of Washtenaw (WXW).

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Goal setting is a useful exercise, but what do you do when the New Year's thrill has worn off and you're discouraged at how life's gotten in the way? The answer? Stop focusing on goals, and start focusing on your desires.
On January 18, we're putting on a new type of goal-setting workshop. One that throws out all the "rules" and shows you how to stroke your own inner fire. It's based on best selling author and speaker, Danielle La Porte's The Desire Map.
Here's how Danielle describes the revolutionary approach to resolutions: "A holistic approach to life planning, using your core desired feelings as the guidance system for your intention & goal setting."
Get ready for a workshop that's inspiring and practical. Starting with five core areas of your life, you'll dig into your core desired feelings and use those to guide you to what you want to do, have and experience.
Mediterrano, 2900 S. State St. $25. 734-355-9185. [map]

 Noon-3:45 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]

 Noon  Free! 

"Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Talk by Barnard Center for Research on Women researcher-in-residence Andrea Ritchie.
Noon-1 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library, enter from the Diag Free. 647-9394. [map]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Journalism is Dead: Long Live Journalism": Jewish Community Center 3rd Thursday @ the J.

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Two contributing editors to the new local e-newsletter The Annthology-Jim McBee & Demond Johnson-discuss the rise of new journalistic venues as newspapers become obsolete.
Noon-1 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. Preregistration required. 971-0990. [map]

 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Jan. 4: Old-time jazz, blues, and ragtime by pianist Jerry Perrine. Jan. 11: Jazz, swing, and pop by the Standard Time Trio. Jan. 18: Celtic fusion by Derzier, the duo of singer-flutist Kelly McDermott and multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier. Jan. 25: Classical music by the Karapetyan-Heaton Duo of violinists Henrik Karapetyan and Eliot Heaton, with pianist Sonya Belaya.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Coffee Break Concert Series: First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor.

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Our Coffee Break Concert Series at First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor presents Clarinet and Piano Concert on January 18, Thursday at 12:15 pm. Cecilia Kang, Assistant Prof. of Clarinet at Furman University, and Ana Maria Otamendi, Assistant Prof. of Collaborative Piano, Louisiana State University, will perform works by Milhaud, Martin, Biedenbender and Piazzolla. It is a free concert and open to all. Refreshments provided by the church members.
First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, 517 E.Washington St. Free. 734-663-9376. [map]

 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Clarinet and Piano": First Baptist Church Coffee Break Concert Series.

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Furman University (SC) clarinet professor Cecilia Kang (a U-M grad) is joined by Louisiana State University piano professor Ana Maria in a program of 20th- and 21st-century works, including Darius Milhaud's Caprice, per clarinetto e pianoforte, U-M grad Theresa Martin's Paragon for Clarinet and Piano, Gerald Finzi's Five Bagatelles, MSU piano professor David Biedenbender's Sonata, and Astor Piazzolla's Histoire du Tango.
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]

 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. [map]

 1 p.m. 

Ikebana International.

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An ikebana instructor TBA leads a session of Japanese flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens rm. 125, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20 materials fee (bring your own containers); metered parking. Preregistration required.

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Older Adults Thursday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs.. A current events discussion group led by Heather Dombey. Vegetarian lunch ($3/person, $5 for nonseniors) available at noon.
1-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free, except as noted. 971-0990. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Better Off Read Book Club": Dexter District Library.

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Book discussion group for adults. Book TBA.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Getting to Know You": International Neighbors.

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All area women invited to the first installment of a year-long celebration of the organization's 60th anniversary with icebreaker activities and highlights of the organization's first 5 years. Socializing, refreshments. Child care available for kids 5 & under.
1-2:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. (313) 815-0413. [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

"No Safety Net": U-M MLK Symposium.

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A conversation about the role of theater in promoting social justice with the acclaimed Jamaican poet and playwright Claudia Rankine and HowlRound online theater commons director and ArtsEmerson (Boston) artistic director P. Carl. They are currently collaborating on the world premiere of Rankine's play The White Card.
3-4:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-3903. [map]

 3 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3:15, 7:15, & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Post": Michigan Theater.

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(Steven Spielberg, 2017). Historical drama about the attempt by the Nixon administration to prevent the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which pushes the country's first female publisher of a nationally prominent newspaper and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalism and government. Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3:45, 6:45, & 9:30 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)., 668-TIME.

 4 & 7 p.m. 

"Daniel Day Lewis Movies": State Theatre.

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A Daniel Day-Lewis retrospective in anticipation of the release of his final film, Phantom Thread.


Films include:

My Left Foot, (Jim Sheridan, 1989). Jan. 16, 4 p.m.

The Last of the Mohicans, (Michael Mann, 1992). Jan. 16, 7 p.m.

In the Name of the Father, (Jim Sheridan, 1993). Jan. 17, 4 p.m.

Gangs of New York, (Martin Scorsese, 2002). Jan. 17, 7 p.m.

Lincoln, (Steven Spielberg, 2012). Jan. 18, 4 p.m.

There Will Be Blood, (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007). Jan. 18, 7 p.m.

Various times, 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)., 668-TIME.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"A Truth Universally Acknowledged: Mapping the World of Jane Austen": U-M Clark Library.

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Display of maps of Britain from Jane Austen's lifetime.
4-7 p.m., U-M Hatcher Library 2nd floor, enter from the Diag. Free. 647-0646.

 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"On My Own Storytime": Saline District Library.

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Storytelling program for kids age 3 & up, with or without a caregiver. No younger siblings.
4:15-5 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [map]

 4:15, 7:30, & 10:15 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

All Star Readers: Dexter District Library.

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Kids in grades 3-5 invited to discuss favorite books. Snacks & activities.

Nov. 30: The Lemonade War, Jacqueline Davies' novel about 2 warring siblings.

Dec. 21: Spirit Animals: Wild Born, the first in Brandon Mull's series of novels about a world where children undergo a coming-of-age ritual do discover whether or not they have a spirit animal that gives them special powers.

Jan. 18: The Mysterious Moonstone, the first in Eric Luper's Key Hunters novel series about 2 kids who discover a secret library where they can enter books to help finish the stories. This time their friend gets stuck in a mystery novel, and they must solve a crime to save her.

4:30-5:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

 4:30 & 10:30 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.

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)., 668-TIME.

 5 p.m.  Free! 

"New Enterprise Forum Showcase Presentation and Pitch Pit": New Enterprise Forum.

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Showcase Presenter: A presentation by a start-up that has been through New Enterprise Forum coaching. This gives the start-up the opportunity to practice presenting to investors and others interested in the Detroit area entrepreneurial community. Each presentation will reflect NEF training on what is important to communicate and what not to do. Come to ask questions, keep pace with local entrepreneurs, and connect with resources who support the local start-up community.
Pitch Pit: Three entrepreneurs each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a kinder version of television's "Shark Tank." Prototypes and visual aids are encouraged while Power Point slides are not permitted. The judges determine the cash prize winner. Join in the fun, and support innovations for change.
Network: Meet other like-minded professionals who support entrepreneurialism, promoting innovation as a catalyst for a healthy Michigan economy.
SPARK Innovation Center, 330 E. Liberty, Lower Level. Free. [map]

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Jan. 11, 18, & 25. Talks by visiting artists. Jan. 11: "The Flavor Genome." NYC-based conceptual artist Anicka Yi discusses her installations that often use fragrance to create visceral sensory experiences. Jan. 18: Jamaican-born poet and playwright Claudia Rankine and Emerson College artist-in-residence P. Carl discuss "Theater Matters: Activism, Imagination, Citizenship." Jan. 25: German filmmaker and writer Hito Steyerl discusses her work, which explores capitalism from the perspectives of art, philosophy, and politics.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [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. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Monthly Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants Ann Arbor Chapter.

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We are regional management accountants as well as C-level types meeting for food, fellowship, and career enhancement. This is an award winning chapter of 200 accountants, financial managers, controllers and chief financial officers of local companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Our chapter is part of a global accounting association. Please feel free to check our website. In Michigan the address is, and the global IMA website is Don't forget that one of the biggest benefits is the opportunity to network with your peers in the financial professions.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3150 Boardwalk. $10 (pay for your own food). 734-222-6681. [map]

 6-7:30 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]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sushi and Jazz": Doug Horn Trio.

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Reedman Doug Horn is joined by Cary Kocher on Vibes and rotating bassists.
We play from 6:30-8:30PM every other Thursday, starting December 14th, 2017.
Nagomi Sushi, 1754 Plymouth Rd (north Campus). Free. 734-761-5800. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A U-M Human Resources specialist discusses how to search and apply for U-M jobs.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown training center. Free. 327-4555. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite Ann Arbor": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at who give fun yet informative talks, 18-21 minutes long, about things that interest them, everything from nanoparticles to the science of the Simpsons and the genealogy of Godzilla.

7-9:30 p.m. or later (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Live, 102 S. First. Free.. 327-4555. [map]

 7-8 p.m. 

7-Week Ballroom Program for Beginners: The Dance Pavilion.

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A new year means trying new things, being adventurous and making new friends. If you have always wanted to learn how to dance, but didn't know where to start, this is the program for you! Join instructor Izabela Jaworska, and learn the basics to American style Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing and more! No experience or partner necessary! Pre-registration is required, limited space available. Please call (734) 369-9700 to register today! Only $84 per person for all 7-weeks!
The Dance Pavilion, 1918 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti. $84. 734-369-9700. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. [map]

 7 & 8 p.m. 

"Mary and the Witch's Flower": Fathom Events.

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Hiromasa Yonebayash's 2017 anime feature, adapted from Mary Stewart's The Little Broomstick, about a strange flower that grants a girl magic powers. Dubbed in English.
7 & 8 p.m., Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $14 (seniors, $13; kids under 12, $12) in advance at and at the door. 973-8424. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing: Infinity Scarves": Chelsea District Library.

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Teens in grades 6-12 invited to make a circular scarf using "finger knitting," in which fingers are used in place of knitting needles.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7:15 & 10 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)., 668-TIME.

 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. 

"Phantom Thread": Michigan Theater.

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(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2017). Drama starring Daniel Day Lewis as a dressmaker in 1950s London whose life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Underground Railroad Game": Ars Nova (University Musical Society).

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Jan. 17-21. Philadelphia-based writer-performers Jennifer Kidwell & Scott Sheppard star as 5th grade teachers whose interactive unit on the Civil War involves a "capture the slave" role-playing game that spirals out of control. Acclaimed for its ability to engage and discomfit audiences, this drama recently won an Obie for best new American theater work. "The chirpy satire of a curriculum that blithely turns historical horror into a playful contest is spot on," notes the New Yorker review. "It's wildly entertaining."
7:30 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Walgreen Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $35-$40 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Underwater Finds of Michigan": Michigan Archaeological Society.

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Talk by The Wright View (Dexter) underwater search operation owner Daryl Wright.
7:30 p.m., U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.

 8 p.m. 

Converge String Quartet: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This U-M student ensemble plays original works by local composer Bill Wandel, who also provides piano accompaniment tonight. With violinists Bram Margoles and Malhar Kute, violist Ryan McDonald, cellist Hanna Rumora.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended., 769-2999. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Dwayne Kennedy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 18-20. This Chicago comic is a ubiquitous presence on cable TV who's known for his piercing, keen-witted takes on a wide range of social, cultural, and geopolitical matters. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

The Sweet Remains: The Ark.

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This trio of charismatic singer-songwriters Rich Price, Greg Naughto, and Brian Chartrand formed a band in 2008 when they met for a chance jam session in a Rhode Island hotel room. According to a Boston Herald review, "it's been a long time since three-part harmonies this lush were yoked to songs this melodically gorgeous."
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. 761-1451. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Tim Flood Quartet.

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An evening of spiritual jazz - 21st century fire music for a culture in need of redemption, featuring featuring TIM FLOOD: bass,
Justin Walter: trumpet & cornet, Tim Haldeman: tenor saxophone,
Jonathan Taylor: drums
with music by...
Roswell Rudd
Frank Lowe
and more
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. No Cover (tips encouraged for the band). (734) 221-3961. [map]

 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Tim Flood Quartet.

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An evening of spiritual jazz. 21st century fire music for a culture in need of redemption.
Tim Flood: bass
Justin Walter: trumpet & cornet
Tim Haldeman: tenor saxophone
Jonathan Taylor: drums
With music by Roswell Rudd, Frank Lowe, and more.
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. (734) 221-3961. [map]

 8 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 10 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)., 668-TIME. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Blackalicious

Veteran Sacramento hip-hop duo of rapper Gift of Gab and DJ ChiefXcel. Advance tickets: $20 ($25 at the door). [venue info]

Café Verde: Andrew Cutillo

Musician. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Open Mike

All performers invited; sign-up begins at 8 p.m. Hosted by singer-songwriter Adam Labeaux. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Elks Lodge: "Hip-Hop Open Mike"

All hip-hop artists invited. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzmeier. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]


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