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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 6, 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]


 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
9:30-10:15 & 10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 9:45 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 13-Apr. 25. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.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]


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"PJ Party & Storytime": Cultivate Coffee & Tap House.

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Great news! You don't even have to get them out of their footie PJs to come drink coffee. Heck, stay in your PJs too! We will be reading our favorite stories about going to sleep, the moon and everything else sleepy time related. This is part of a month long series of Tuesday morning play dates to break up these winter weeks! 10am-11am
Cultivate Coffee & Tap House, 307 N River, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-249-8993. www.cultivateypsi.com [map]


 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10-11 a.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]


 10:30-noon  Free! 

"Free Mothers Group Preview!': Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Come and see what we are all about at our free Mothers Group preview class. This group is for moms and their babies ages 0-crawling. Great place to meet other new moms and chat about the ups and downs of parenthood in a safe, friendly environment. During our preview class, moms will also get the chance to make a sensory bottle which baby can enjoy for years to come!
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium. Free. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Weekly Rehearsal: Voices Valiant (U-M School of Music).

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Every Tues. All age 50 & over invited to join this choir. No experience necessary.
10:30 a.m., Liberty School Band Room, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free for first-time visitors ($112 to join). 936-2660. [map]


 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

Adults Tuesday: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Tues. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with "Energy Exercise" ($3), a 60-minute exercise program led by Maria Farquhar, followed at 1 p.m. by mah-jongg, quilting, and other games & activities. Homemade buffet luncheon ($3) available at noon. All invited.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free (except as noted). 971-0990. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Please join us for this free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between.
We are currently discussing readings from Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness for Beginners: reclaiming the present moment--and your life. No need to buy the book.
Center for Innovation (formerly St. Joe's Urgent Care), 400 W. Russell St, Saline. Free. 734-276-7707. mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com www.MindfulnesswithPaulette.weebly.com [map]


 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, book study and TOEFL prep groups for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]


 3:10 p.m.  Free! 

"The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe": U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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U-M history professor Rita Chin is joined by U-M professors Kristin Dickinson and Damani Partridge in a discussion of Chin's new book.
3:10 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]


 3:45 & 9:45 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]


 3:45 & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Insult": State Theatre.

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(Ziad Doueiri, 2017). Drama about social tensions that threaten to spiral out of control when a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee face off in court. Arabic, 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.


 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

Office Hours with Director Christina Olsen: University of Michigan Museum of Art.

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Here's your chance to chat with our new director! Come by and say hello, tell her what you love about UMMA, or what you'd like to see change.
Olsen, now a little more than two months into her term, is hosting open office hours in the UMMA Commons in February, March, and April. She is inviting visitors, U-M staff and faculty, students, and community members to drop in and talk one-on-one about the Museum, ways it might change, and to ask questions.
"I want to hear from the people that care about this Museum, and who want to shape its future," Olsen says. "UMMA needs to be open to new ideas. A great way to get new ideas is by talking with people face to face."
Olsen will talk with visitors on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visitors should queue near the director's table in the UMMA Commons.
University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI, 48109. Free. 734.764.0395. http://umma.umich.edu/events/4349/office-hours-director-christina-olsen [map]



 4, 6:45, & 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! 

"First Tuesday Lego Club": Dexter District Library.

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All kids in grades K-8 invited to make Lego creations.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Locating the Nodes: From Sensor Arrays to Genomic Networks": U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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U-M engineering professor Alfred Hero discusses the challenges of geolocation and triangulation in the Internet age. Reception follows.
4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 4, 7:15, & 9:30 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]


 4:15 & 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, & 9:15 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]


 4:30 & 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]


 5-8 p.m. 

Easy Street Jazz Band: Zal Gaz Grotto.

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This long-running 7-piece group plays traditional jazz and swing. Interim music director James Dapogny leads from the piano, with clarinet, trumpet, trombone, guitar (or banjo), bass (or tuba) and drums. Guest vocalist some weeks. Excellent for listening or dancing.
Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium Blvd. $10. 734/662-1202. zalgaz.org [map]


 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6-9 p.m., call for location. Free, $2 monthly dues. meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/, 945-3035.


 6 p.m. 

"American Business History: How Independence Was Won": Ann Arbor City Club Dine and Discover.

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Talk by U-M American business history lecturer Mary Hinesly. Dinner. Preceded at 5 p.m. by a reception.
6 p.m., City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $33 (members, $28). Reservations required by Feb. 2. 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Women": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back.
6 p.m., meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-0240.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Loss of Spouse or Partner": Arbor Hospice.

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This group meets for 7 consecutive Tuesdays and is open to anyone who has experienced the death of a spouse or partner. In order to maintain continuity, no new members are allowed to join after the second meeting. This group is limited to 10 participants, so please call to reserve a place. Registration is required Call Karma Basha to register at 734.794.5106.
Life without a loved one can be overwhelming, even long after that person has passed. To help individuals coping with grief, Arbor Hospice offers a supportive and caring environment to work through the loss.
Support groups and events are open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one received services from Arbor Hospice. All grief support programs are free of charge, but donations are welcome to help support the nonprofit's programming. Registration is required.
Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr. Free. Donation. 313.567.5048. rossman@franco.com www.arborhospice.org [map]


 6:30 p.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]


 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.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Tuesday Night Dinner Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride on the B2B trail, 10-20 miles, to an Ann Arbor or Ypsilanti restaurant determined by the group. Front & back lights required; reflective clothing strongly suggested. Note: Rides on Feb. 13, 20, & 27 are tentative.
6:30 p.m., meet at Wheels in Motion, 3402 Washtenaw. Free. 678-8297. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. All age 18 & over invited to play. No partner needed. Cash prize for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill East, 3140 Packard. $5 entry fee; buy your own food. kari.thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]


 7 p.m. 

New Horizons Band Rehearsal.

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All musicians invited to join this 60-member senior band. Bring a band instrument. The Greenhorn Band for beginners (or those who haven't played in a long time or want to try new instruments) meets at 6 p.m.
7-9 p.m., Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 769-2613. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). singwithus.org 612-7580. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Yaa Gyasi: U-M Institute for the Humanities Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture.

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This acclaimed Ghanian American fiction writer is joined by U-M English professors Gaurav Desai and Aida Levy-Hussen to discuss Gyasi's debut novel Homegoing, this year's Washtenaw Reads selection. It explores the damaging effects of the slave trade on 7 generations of a family split between the U.S. and Ghana's Gold Coast.
7 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Free. 936-3518. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"BLUElab Sustainability": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Lecture by members of the U-M Living Blue Challenge Team, which provides retrofit designs to make buildings self-sustaining. Audience members create their own DIY sustainable retrofit with advice from the U-M team.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"The Constitution": U-M Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program.

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(Rajko Grlić, 2016). Drama following 4 people who live in the same apartment building but avoid each other because of religious, ethnic, and sexual differences. Q&A with the director. Croatian, subtitles.
7-9 p.m., Stern Auditorium, UMMA. Free. 764-0351.


 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

Open Rehearsal: Ann Arbor Grail Singers.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join this women's chamber choir to sing early music. This month's rehearsals include auditions for new members.
7:15-9:15 p.m., call for location. Free. AnnArborGrailSingers.org, 662-0631. [map]


 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.


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do": Dawn Farm.

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"Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" is a FREE, ongoing 2-part series presented on the 1st (part 1) and 2nd (part 2) Tuesdays of October, November, and January - June. Part 1 provides information on how to understand and recognize adolescent substance use. Part 2 has break-out sessions for adults on effective strategies to help when adolescent substance use is suspected, and for teens to explore the personal effects of substance use. Part 2 ends for adults and teens with a talk by a young person in recovery. The series is presented by Dawn Farm Youth and Family Services, and co-sponsored by Dawn Farm, WISD/LESA Health Educators' Learning Network (supporting and advocating for Whole School, Whole Community, and the Whole Child Approach-WSCC,) St. Joseph Mercy Greenbrook Recovery Center and the Ann Arbor Public Schools. The series is inclusive of parents/guardians, teens, other family members, professionals and students - all are welcome. Registration is not required.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Exhibition Room classroom, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://dawnfarm.org/programs/teens-using-drugs [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Feb. 6 & 20. Club members show their projected images (Feb. 6) and prints (Feb. 20) on various topics, including this month's assignment, "Architectural Details." On Feb. 6, UMMA assistant photography curator Jennifer Friess talks about "Depth of Field: Curating Photography's Histories," and on Feb. 20, club members present "My Favorite Photo by Someone Else" and explain why they like them.
7:30 p.m., Forsythe Middle School media center, 1655 Newport, Free. 327-4781. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Cultivate Coffee and Tap House.

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Bring a game, bring a friend, or just bring yourself to Tuesday Game Night at Cultivate Coffee and Tap House. 7:30-10:00pm
Cultivate Coffee and Tap House, 307 N River, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-249-8993. www.cultivateypsi.com [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Reading Glasses Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss books by contemporary writers, including quirky fiction and strange but true nonfiction. Copies of the books available at the CDL.

Apr. 3: Born a Crime, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah's memoir of growing up in South Africa during and immediately after apartheid.

May 1: The Other Einstein, Marie Benedict's novel about Einstein's unhappy 1st marriage to Serbian mathematician Mileva Marić told from her POV.

June 5: TBA.

July 10: Under the Banner of Heaven, Jon Krakauer's nonfiction book about a pair of Mormon fundamentalist brothers who believed they had a commandment from God to kill a woman and her baby.

Aug. 7: Suite Française, Irène Némirovsky's posthumous novel about French life during the Nazi occupation.

Sept. 4: Hiroshima, John Hersey's 1946 account of 6 atomic bomb survivors that's routinely named one of the 20th century's best pieces of longform journalism.
7:30-9 p.m., Chelsea Alehouse, 420 N. Main, ste. 100, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Spanish Readers Group: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion, in Spanish, of La Enfermedad, Alberto Barrera Tyszka's novel about a doctor struggling with his father's terminal cancer.
7:30 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7:30-9 p.m. 

The Moth Storyslam: Michigan Radio.

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Feb. 6 & 20. Open mike storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Each month 10 storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on the monthly theme. Feb. themes: "Transit" (Feb. 6) & "Secrets" (Feb. 20). The 3 teams of judges are recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Space limited, so it's smart to arrive early.
7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6 p.m.), Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $8. 764-5118. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Categories of Aristotle": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Talk by former Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor teacher Claudia Fontana.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497, (517) 927-3696. [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. 

Kuinka: The Ark.

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Exuberant Americana-flavored pop-rock by this young Seattle string quartet that comes to town with a new EP, Stay Up Late. With mandolinist and ukulele player Nathan Hamer, guitarist Zach Hamer, banjoist Miranda Zickler, and cellist Jillian Walker. Opening act is The Accidentals, the wildly acclaimed nationally touring Traverse City folk trio of multi-instrumentalists (and recent high school grads) Katie Larson and Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause. Z93 FM (Grand Rapids) DJ Matt Mansfield says they give "an edge to folk with unique instrumentation," adding that they "combine musicality, originality and melodic beauty with a welcome and unexpected bite to clever lyrics."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Opera on Tap.

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Local opera singers perform arias and art songs that address this month's theme, "Love Is … Singing at the Top of Your Lungs!"
8:30-10 p.m. (seating begins at 6:30 p.m.), Sidetrack Bar & Grill, 56 E. Cross, Ypsilanti. Free, but donations accepted (buy your own food). Reservations required (call between 10 a.m. & 8 p.m.). 483-5230. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Oz's Music Environment: "Songwriters Open Mike"

All songwriters invited. Hosted by Jim Novak. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh-minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. His latest CD, Big Car Town, is a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble led by saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]

 
 


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