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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 1, 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]



 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Exhibition on view: Cloud/Bank: The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Cloud/Bank is a temporary installation designed for Exhibit Columbus, a 2017 exhibition and conference in Columbus, Indiana, by Architecture Lecturer Michael (Mick) Kennedy and a team of Taubman College M.Arch. students: Bob Allsop, Sophie Anstreicher, Scott Chriss, Chiao-Chun Chung, Julia Dallas, Kelly Gregory, Karl Heckman, Rachael Henry, Troy Huckendubler, Onur Kamburoglu, Panquat Kyesmu, Jenny Lee, Sarah Munchow, Kelsey Reynolds, Dan Smith, Tyler Whitney, Paco Wu, Shujie Xie, Jon Yates, and Yunsen Zhong. The project's goal is to embody and communicate the historic legacy of the distributed networks of design and fabrication of both industry and agriculture in the Great Lakes / Midwest Region.
Cloud/Bank features advanced manufacturing techniques in architectural design that are unique to Taubman College. The students worked on parts of the project at the College's FABLab.
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/02/01/exhibition-view-cloudbank [map]


 10-10:30 a.m. & 7-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: AADL Downtown.

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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.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [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."

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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]


 10:30 a.m. 

"School of Inner Cultivation and Healing": Sun Shen.

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Tai-Chi Master Sang Kim is teaching the SUN SHEN Internal Cultivation and Healing System in an intimate hands-on format. This System is an integrated approach which incorporates Spiritual Counseling, Tai-Chi and energy cultivation and healing to resolve physical, emotional and spiritual problems. Students have the opportunity to be professionally certified in this comprehensive, effective healing modality. More importantly, this class is designed to support life changing personal transformations. Students report more passion and peace from resolving issues in their schedules, relationships, and more. Weekly support from the community of students, and giving and receiving healing work provides an incubator for growth. The influence of this lineage Healing System is vast and deep. Course enrollment is offered on an ongoing basis. Course schedule: Thursdays 10:30-12:30pm and Fridays 3:15-5:30pm. Please contact Pastor Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or pastorneuhau@sunshen.org for more information
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $300/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [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. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). Space limited; preregistration recommended at hshv.org/littlepaws. 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]


 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Feb. 1: Detroit blues and gospel singer-guitarist Rev. Robert Jones. Feb. 8: The Grosse Ile Quartet performs romantic works by everyone from the Beatles to Bach. Feb. 15: Folk and Americana singer-songwriters Jen Sygit and Sam Corbin. Feb. 22: Works TBA by U-M music majors.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [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 pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. 734. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 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]


 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Back to Business Basics: Legal, accounting and insurance essentials for entrepreneurs!": The Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College.

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Speakers: Steve Rich, Gary Hessenaur & Derek Huffman
Let an attorney, a CPA, and a FarmersŪ insurance agent set your mind at ease by clarifying these essentials for small business owners. Hear about legal formation, intellectual property issues, contracts, early stage common pitfalls, and why insurance is necessary to cover your assets and liabilities, amongst others. Session allows time for each topic to be covered by an expert, with plenty of questions and answers at the end.
Register Here: https://backtobizbasics.eventbrite.com
Great Lakes Regional Training Center at Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E Huron River Dr. Free. 7342495880. entrepreneurship@wccnet.edu https://backtobizbasics.eventbrite.com [map]


 2-3 & 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": AADL Downtown.

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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]


 3:30, 7:15, & 10 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3:45, 7:30, & 9:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Feb. 1 & 15. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 1: Columbia University Japanese history professor Gregory Pflugfelder on "Private Parts & Public Concerns: Erecting the Modern Japanese Penis." Feb. 15: Carnegie Mellon University history professor Edda Fields-Black on "Harriet Tubman, the Combahee River Raid, and Transformation in Gullah Geechee Identity."
4 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. 615-7400. [map]


 4, 7, & 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Finding Delight, Desire, and Dread in the Brain": U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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U-M neuroscience professor Kent Berridge discusses how the brain's pleasure systems can go awry in episodes of addiction or mental illness. Reception follows.
4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 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]


 4:30 & 7:15 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.


 4:45 p.m. 

"The Final Year": State Theatre.

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(Greg Barker, 2017). Documentary about Obama's last year in office.
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.


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Feb. 1, 8, & 15. Talks by visiting artists. Feb. 1: Jamaican artist Ebony Patterson discusses her work that explores the use of feminine adornment in the construction of urban masculinity. Feb. 8: New York designer Stephen Burks discusses his interest in bridging the gaps between developing-world production, industrial manufacturing, and contemporary design. Feb. 15: Spanish artist and designer Jaime Haydon discusses his work that blurs the lines between art, decoration, and design.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Diabetes Prevention Program: Diabetes Prevention Center.

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The Diabetes Prevention Program, a program of the Diabetes Prevention Center, is for people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Participants will be a part of a small, supportive group lead by a trained lifestyle coach.
For more information call 800-482-1455 or email preventdiabetes@nkfm.org.
The Diabetes Prevention Center is a division of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.
Federated Church of Grass Lake, 519 E Michigan Ave, Grass Lake, MI 49240, Grass Lake. Free. 800-482-1455. preventdiabetes@nkfm.org www.nkfm.org/dpp [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Robin Coste Lewis & Elif Batuman: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Readings by L.A. poet laureate Lewis, author of the National Book Award-winning Voyage of the Sable Venus, and New York City novelist Batuman, a staff writer at The New Yorker. "[Lewis's] verse reaches through racism and history," says the LA Times. "The best of it startles and amazes with vivid, sly and subtle turns of phrase that conjure demons still not extinguished." Batuman's 2017 novel, The Idiot, is a comic debut set in 1995 about a Harvard student whose email relationship with a Hungarian math student leads her on a journey of self-discovery. Signing.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3710. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:15 p.m., 123 E. Liberty (Mon.); 6:30 p.m., 5700 Jackson (Wed.); 6:30 p.m., 3010 Washtenaw (Thurs.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 929-9022 (Wed.), 548-6299 (Thurs.). [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Electronics Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 1 & 15. All adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to do a computing activity TBA. Bring a flash drive if you want to save any code created during the event.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"MakerChelsea: Card Making for All Occasions": Chelsea District Library.

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CDL library assistant Amy Zoran shares designs & techniques for participants to use in making their own homemade holiday cards. Materials provided.
6:30-8 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 6:30 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.


 6:45 p.m. 

"Faces Places": Michigan Theater.

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Oscar-nominated documentary following famous French New Wave director Agnès Varda and street photographer JR as they travel around France with a portable photo booth, creating murals of individuals and places they encounter. French, subtitles.
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 & 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Ypsilanti's Black Civil War Experience": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Nearly seventy Ypsilanti African-American men served in the Civil War, including many who had previously escaped from slavery. A dozen never returned. Whether with Michigan's 102nd United States Colored Troops, or the "Glory" regiments of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantries, Ypsilanti men were largely stationed on the Sea Islands off the coast South Carolina, home to thousands newly emancipated from slavery. They were at some of the war's most iconic moments, like the assault on Fort Wagner and the liberation of Charleston, South Carolina. We will learn who the Ypsilanti men who volunteered were, their life in camp and the racism they faced in the military, the battles they participated in, the plantations they liberated, and their lives after the war as they came home to an unfinished revolution. Presented by local historian Matt Siegfried.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1377. http://ems.ypsilibrary.org/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=7177 [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. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Screening of a DVD on Kentucky agate. Followed by discussion and display of club members' agates.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Thursday Jazz & Cocktail Happy Hour: Cultivate Coffee and Tap House.

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Thursday Jazz & Cocktail Happy Hour 7-10pm. Rotating artists in residence to perform jazz at Cultivate Coffee and Tap House. $2 off craft cocktails during jazz. No cover charge.
Cultivate Coffee and Tap House, 307 N River St, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-249-8993. www.cultivateypsi.com [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Inexact Observations": U-M School of Music/UMMA.

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U-M piano professor Logan Skelton is joined by faculty and student musicians in classical renderings of folk music by composers such as Bartok, Liszt, and Brahms. Also, discussion of compositional voice.
7 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Million Dollar Quartet": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 1-25, and Feb. 21 This professional theater company performs Floyd Mutrux & Colin Escott's 2010 Tony-nominated Broadway musical recreation of the legendary December 4, 1956 Sun Records recording session with Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $31 (seniors, $29; youth & groups of 10 or more, $27) on Thurs.; $35 (seniors, $33; youth & groups of 10 or more, $31) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $33 (seniors, $31; youth & groups of 10 or more, $29) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing: Candy Sushi": Chelsea District Library.

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Teens in grades 6-12 invited to learn some techniques of sushi making using Fruit Roll-Ups, Rice Krispie Treats, and more.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Faculty Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Feb. 1 & 8 (different programs). A mini-collage concert with performances by U-M music professors. Tonight: saxophonist Andrew Bishop, trombonist David Jackson, percussionist Jonathan Ovalle, hornist Adam Unsworth, tenor George Shirley, soprano Louise Toppin, bass-baritone Stephen West, and pianists Timothy Cheek, Melissa Coppola, Arthur Greene, Lydia Qui, and Ellen Rowe.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"(I Could Go on Singing) Over the Rainbow": University Musical Society.

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Jan. 26-Feb. 3. Glasgow-based performance artist FK Alexander sings along with a distorted recording of Judy Garland's last performance of her iconic song, over and over again for 65 minutes, singing directly to volunteers from the audience. The Guardian (UK) describes it as "an intimate, interactive live experience … desperate, moving, distressing, and beautiful too." Sustained loud noise and strobe effects. Ear plugs provided. Alexander is accompanied live by the Glasgow-based noise band Okishima Island Tourist Association. Cushion seating on floor; chairs available.
7:30 p.m. (8 p.m. Fri & Sat.), U-M Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division. Tickets $30 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Dancing Globally": U-M Dance Company.

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Feb. 1-4. U-M dance students perform works by guest and faculty choreographers. Excerpts of 3 works by Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company artistic director Ohad Naharin- Kyr (1990), Mabul (1992), and Decadance (2014)-showcase Gaga, a movement style that emphasizes delicate gestures and clarity of form. Acclaimed NYC-based choreographer Shannon Gillen, known for works combining an almost daredevil physicality with raw emotionality, debuts an untitled work commissioned for this show. U-M dance professor Sandra Torijano performs a work inspired by Costa Rican novelist José León Sánchez's bestselling The Island of Lonely Men, and fellow U-M dance professor Missy Beck debuts a piece that plays with the idea of coordinated movements between individual animals when moving in large groups, as with a murmuration of swallows.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $30 & $24 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Digimon Adventure Tri. 4": Fathom Events.

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(Akiyoshi Hongo, 2017). Anime adventure about monsters living in a digital world. Ann Arbor 20 only.
7:30 p.m., Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. $11.50. 623-7469. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"They, Themself, and Schmerm": University Musical Society.

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Jan. 31-Feb. 3. This one-person stand-up show by NYC-based transgender actor/activist Becca Blackwell-who uses the personal pronouns they/them-is an alternately disturbing and funny tale of Blackwell's struggles with their religious Midwestern family, abuse, and gender identity. A schmerm is "a schmear of gender," Blackwell says. "It's basically the sound that people make as they try to figure my gender out." Discussions about transgender issues typically revolve around issues of whether society should accommodate trans individuals, but Blackwell inverts that expectation by accommodating the audience within their own experiences, says the Portland Mercury (OR) reviewer, who "expected Blackwell to attempt to summarize their trans experience but instead, Blackwell opens their story up until we the audience can fit inside with them."
7:30 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.) & 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), U-M Walgreen Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

"Dual Bass Clarinet Madness": Ziggy's.

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Join multireedists Piotr Michalowski and Peter Formanek for a night of improvised bass clarinet madness at Ziggy's cafe!
Peter Formanek - Bass Clarinet, reeds, reeds
Piotr Michalowski - Bass Clarinet
sets at 8pm and 9pm,
$5-$10 suggested donation
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $5-$10 suggested donation. (734) 221-3961. https://www.facebook.com/events/1422006517926978/ [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]


 8 p.m. 

Nore Davis: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 1-3. This fast-rising young African American comic is known for his fresh, edgy observational humor addressing family, racial, and political themes. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $13 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Rachael Yamagata: The Ark.

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Blues-inflected alt-rock by this singer-songwriter and keyboardist from Virginia whose music reflects an array of vintage influences from Carole King and Roberta Flack to James Taylor and Elton John. Her songs have been featured on the soundtracks of several TV shows.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Dec. 10: Kent State. 2 p.m..

Dec. 12: North Florida. 7 p.m.

Dec. 16: Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. 2 p.m.

Dec. 21: Delaware State. 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 28: Penn State. 6 p.m.

Jan. 10: Indiana. 7 p.m.

Jan. 20: Illinois. 6 p.m.

Jan. 23: MSU. 7 p.m.

Feb. 1: Purdue. 8 p.m.

Feb. 8: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Feb. 22: Maryland. 6 p.m.
7 p.m., Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Beau Monde: An Anthology in Black Movement": PURe Dance Ensemble.

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Feb. 1-3. Gina Danene Thompson directs this local dance company of more than 40 members in her new choreography that draws on influences such as Katherine Dunham and Martha Graham and blends modern, break dancing, jazz, jive, ballet, hip-hop, and Congolese dance.
8 p.m. (Feb. 1-3) & 2:30 p.m. (Feb. 2 & 3), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (kids age 12 & under, $8) in advance at a2tix.com/events/beau-monde-an-anthology-in-black-movement. (313) 828-0945. [map]
 



 8 p.m. 

"Constellations": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 26-Feb. 18. Carla Milarch directs Megan VanArsdale and Forrest Hejkal in this critically-acclaimed 2-actor play by British playwright Nick Payne about the universe of different possible romantic trajectories between a Cambridge University astrophysicist and a beekeeper in a sequence inspired by the notion from string theory that phenomena manifest themselves according to shifting tensions in their components. "Brainy stuff, this string theory, but the play is a simple and often graceful demonstration of this premise," enthuses the Guardian (U.K.) review.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) are $20 or pay what you can, in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 9:15 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]


 9:45 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Noah Gundersen

Seattle pop-folk singer-songwriter whose 2015 solo debut, Ledges, is a collection of songs that-in a manner reminiscent of Leonard Cohen-commingle the sensual and the sexual with the spiritual. He has a brand-new CD, White Noise. Opening act is Noah's sister, pop-rock singer-songwriter Elizabeth Gundersen. Advance tickets: $18. [venue info]

Café Verde: Kevin Brown

Veteran local singer-songwriter, one of the frontmen of the alt-country band Corndaddy. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Zak Shaffer

Nashville-based postpunk folk-rock singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Mash: Barelyon

Soulful pop-rock by this Detroit duo. [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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