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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 20, 2018






 
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 8:15 a.m. 

"CVT": Better Living Fitness Center.

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This total body class is made to get your heart rate up while strengthening your muscles in an interval timed format. Perfect for all fitness levels!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness!: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [map]



 9 a.m. 

Beginning Tai Chi: Imagine Fitness and Yoga.

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Whether you are completely new to Tai Chi, or need somewhere to practice the fundamentals with a great teacher, come learn about this "moving meditation" to help activate and stretch your muscles in a slow, gentle manner. No special clothing or equipment are required. Wear comfortable clothing. All ages and abilities welcome - small impact type activity.
Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. Continues weekly.
$20 drop in fee; or $20 for 2 weeks unlimited classes and gym use!
Imagine Fitness and Yoga, 3100 West Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $20. 7346228119. imagine@imaginefitnessandyoga.com imaginefitnessandyoga.com [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 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]


 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]


 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 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 a.m. 

"Silver Sneakers Yoga": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Better SilverSneakers Yoga helps you move your body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is used to perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free for SilverSneakers Ann Arbor members, $5/class for Better Living members who aren't SilverSneakers members/$10 walk in. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.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]


 1-3:30 p.m 

"Stitch an Inchie": USArtQuest.

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For everyone addicted to thread work, beginners to advanced, Connie Pickering Stover will show you how to break rules to create your own art pieces.
Learn to needlepoint using gorgeous hand-painted threads! These are not ordinary threads, they're what makes your needlepoint truly one-of-a-kind. Whether you're a needlepoint newbie, or have some experience, Connie will guide you through the process of creating with panache! You'll want to frame this piece when complete, and Connie will show you how to do that, too!
For beginners and beyond - as long as you know just one stitch, be it cross stitch, needlepoint, crewel, etc., this is for you.
Class fee includes all materials. Frame available for purchase.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $35. 734.562.2662. AskAnything@USArtQuest.com www.usartqeust.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]


 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Bingo: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Prizes.
2-3:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-8301. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Strings Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Outstanding string students perform solo and ensemble chamber works.
3 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


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


 3:45 p.m. 

"Double Lover": State Theatre.

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(François Ozon, 2017). Drama about a young woman who becomes romantically involved with her psychotherapist, only to discover that he may have a secret life.
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.


 3:45, 6:15, & 10 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, 7, 7:30, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Black Panther": State Theatre.

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(Ryan Coogler, 2018). The much anticipated superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o.
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! 

Distinguished University Professorship Lecture: June Manning Thomas: The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Professor June Manning Thomas will give a lecture in honor of her recognition as the Mary Frances Berry Distinguished University Professor of Urban Planning. A reception will follow in the Rackham Building Assembly Hall.
About the award:
Established in 1947, Distinguished University Professorships recognize full professors for exceptional scholarly or creative achievement, national and international reputation, and superior teaching skills. Each professorship bears a name determined by the appointive professor in consultation with her or his dean. Manning Thomas chose to be named the Mary Frances Berry Distinguished University Professor of Urban Planning. Centennial Professor of Urban and Regional Planning June Manning Thomas will give the Mary Frances Berry Distinguished University of Michigan Professor of Urban Planning Lecture at Taubman College. As one of nine faculty members university-wide to receive this top faculty honor this year.
Rackham Building, 4th Floor Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. Free. 734-764-1300. taubmancollegecommunications@umich.edu https://taubmancollege.umich.edu/events/2018/02/20/distinguished-university-professorship-lecture-june-manning-thomas [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

Making Sense of the Burr Conspiracy with James E. Lewis, Jr.: University of Michigan William L. Clements Library.

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Please join the Clements Library as we celebrate the release of The Burr Conspiracy: Uncovering an Early American Crisis, by James E. Lewis, Jr. A professor of History at Kalamazoo College, Lewis examines how rumors and reports of Aaron Burr's activities in the trans-Appalachian West in 1805 and 1806 produced a sense of crisis that was broadly held across the new nation. He discusses the various political and cultural forces that shaped how men and women at the time turned vague and often conflicting accounts into enough certainty to act.
Books will be available for purchase.
Hatcher Graduate Library - The Gallery, 913 S. University Ave. Free. 734-647-0864. ehanka@umich.edu http://clements.umich.edu/exhibits-upcoming.php [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

Positive Links Speaker Series: The Center for Positive Organizations.

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Putting High Quality Connections into Practice
Jane Dutton and Monica C. Worline

In this talk, Dutton and Worline invite you to consider the power of high quality connections in organizations as a source of competitive advantage. Research on the power of high quality connections (and the pathways to build them) offers insights into how we can infuse organizational practices (such as onboarding, meetings, talent development, and shift changes) with a greater capacity for building high quality connections. The presentation will offer practical examples of how to re-imagine everyday organizational routines as opportunities to build employee engagement, health, creativity, and resilience.

The Center for Positive Organizations thanks Cascade Engineering, Sanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Diane (BA '73) and Paul (MBA '75) Jones for their support.

Michigan Ross Campus, Ross Colloquium - 6th floor, 701 Tappan Ave, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109. Free. 7347640544. cpo-events@umich.edu http://positiveorgs.bus.umich.edu/events/putting-high-quality-connections-into-practice/ [map]



 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Critical Needs in Planning the 'Good City'": U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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Talk by U-M urban planning professor June Manning Thomas. Reception follows.
4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Free Speech and the Necessity of Discomfort": U-M Wallace House.

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Talk by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.
4-5:30 p.m., Mendelssohn Theatre. Free. 998-7666.


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"State Repression and Collective Action in Egypt": U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.

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Talk by WCED postdoc Jean Lachapelle.
4-5:30 p.m., 555 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 4:15 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]


 4:30 & 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.


 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]


 5:45 p.m. 

"Strength & Tone": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Are you looking to put on muscle or improve tone? Strength and Tone is the class for you! Become stronger, leaner and more toned in this fun 45 minutes strength training class.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [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. 

"Oscar Shorts: Animated": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short animated films nominated for an Academy Award.
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 p.m. 

"Restorative Yin Yoga": Imagine Fitness and Yoga.

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A passive practice, Restorative Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and supine poses held for 3 to 5 minutes with the aim of engaging the parasympathetic nervous system in charge of "rest and digest" and finding time to truly rest the body and mind. This class utilizes a number of props, such as blankets and bolsters, to comfortably rest and recharge in various relaxing positions. Take the time for yourself to relax your mind and rest your body with Restorative Yin Yoga, Tuesday nights at 6pm.
Come restore with us!
$20 drop in fee; or $20 for 2 weeks unlimited class and gym use!
Imagine Fitness and Yoga, 3100 West Liberty Rd. $20. 7346228119. imagine@imaginefitnessandyoga.com imaginefitnessandyoga.com [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

A2Geeks Annual Meeting 2018: A2Geeks.

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Join us for the 2018 Annual Meeting, this year at Homes Brewery. The Annual Meeting is a chance to socialize with other local entrepreneurs, makers, creatives, and tech community. Learn about all the exciting things A2geeks is organizing, find out about how to get involved and pitch your forthcoming tech/culture/geek event. We'll also share some news about the newly rebranded AACME (Ann Arbor Creativity and Making Expo) formally known as the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire. We hope you'll join us Tuesday, February 20 from 6-8pm.
A2geeks is a local non-profit dedicated to enriching Ann Arbor for creative and innovative people to work, play and live. A2Geeks organizes events around the area including the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire, Ignite Ann Arbor, Ignite UX, Avalanche and sponsors events and groups such as the local high school FIRST robotics teams.
Homes Brewery, 2321 Jackson Ave. Ann Arbor 48103. Free. board@a2geeks.org. board@a2geeks.org http://www.a2geeks.org [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 p.m. 

"Public Speaking: Overcoming Obstacles": American Business Women's Association.

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Talk by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan registered nurse and case manager Krista Gilbert. The program begins with networking and dinner.
6 p.m., Quarter Bistro, 300 S. Maple. $21 in advance by noon on Feb. 15 at abwa-maia.org/resform.html. mortime@umich.edu. [map]


 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.  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]


 6:45 & 10:15 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 p.m. 

"A Decade of Oscilloscope": State Theatre.

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Feb. 13:""Tchoupitoulas" (Bill Ross IV and Turner Ross, 2012). Documentary following 3 teen brothers as they discover the nightlife of New Orleans. 7 p.m.

Feb. 14:: "Welcome to Pine Hill" (Keith Miller, 2012). Drama about a reformed drug dealer who receives a grim medical diagnosis that compels him to make peace with his past. 7 p.m.

Feb. 18: "Lost in Paris" (Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, 2016). Whimsical rom-com about a small-town librarian who falls in love with a charismatic drifter while looking for her elderly aunt in Paris. 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: "Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour" (Kerthy Fix, 2010). Documentary following the iconic feminist electronic band Le Tigre on their final international tour in 2004-05. 7 p.m.

Feb. 20: "The Love Witch" (Anna Biller, 2016). This homage to Hammer horror films is about a modern witch who uses magic to make men fall in love with her. 7 p.m.
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.


 7-8 p.m. 

"Full-Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Small-Group personal training in a full-body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine that is customized to your fitness level.
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness: https://www.facebook.com/BetterLivingAnnArbor
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. office@betterlivingfitness.com www.betterlivingfitness.com [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. 

Kaleidoscope Concert Series: Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Nov. 21: North Oakland Dixieland Band. 9-piece ensemble from Lake Orion with a repertoire of Dixieland and swing music that today plays a variety of Mardi Gras music.

Dec. 19: Brian Brill. Composer-pianist Brill has written original music and film scores for PBS Television, CBS Sports, and The Discovery Channel.

Jan. 16: Paul Keller At Sundown Quartet. Upbeat songs from the Great American Songbook by this local mainstream jazz ensemble led by veteran bassist Keller and featuring vocalist-clarinetist Sarah D'Angelo. With saxophonist Steve Wood, pianist Duncan McMillan and drummer Stephen Boegehold.

Feb. 20: Kitty Donohoe and Len Wallace. Double bill. Donohoe is an Irish-American singer-songwriter from Detroit known for her bell-like soprano--an instrument that has been described as "rich, flexible, soaring, and haunting"--and her grittily realistic, bluesy original songs. In its review of her latest CD Northern Border, Sing Out! calls her "one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mesmerizing fabric." Canadian accordionist Wallace-dubbed "the Squeezebox from Hell"-lends his virtuoso accordion skills to world music as a self-styled voice of working class protest.
7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free to seniors, but tickets required in advance at the Chelsea Senior Center and (if available) at the door. 475-4111. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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This area chamber ensemble gives a lecture-demo on contemporary Arab music, aka tarab.
7 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Watkins Lecture Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Polka Jam Session.

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All accordion players and other musicians invited to play polkas and waltzes and other ethnic and old-time music.
7-9 p.m., American Legion Hall, 44 Wabash St. (south off Main), Milan. Free. 529-3903. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Thisbe Nissen: Literati Bookstore.

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This WSU English professor reads from and discusses Our Lady of the Prairie, her new novel about an Iowa professor who has an affair while teaching in Ohio for a semester, and returns home to find her life in disarray. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [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! 

"Herbs, Homeopathy and Integrative Medicine Meets Conventional Medicine": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local holistic health practitioner Linda Diane Feldt.
7 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required by phone or email. outreach@peoplesfood.coop, 994-4589. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Sci-Fi Jr. High: Crash Landing": Nicola's Books.

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Farmington middle grade writer Scott Seegert and Farmington illustrator John Martin discuss their new book set at a junior high on a floating space station filled with alien kids from across the universe. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"West African Art and Music in Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Talk by EMU urban education doctoral student Victoria Shields, who uses music and art from the Detroit Institute of Art to demonstrate West African influences on American popular culture.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-4555. [map]


 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]


 7:30 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]


  7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Does Addiction Treatment Work?: Dawn Farm.

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Does Addiction Treatment Work? will be presented by Dr. Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D., D-FASAM. Recent publications purport to define research-supported definitive truths about the root causes of addiction and efficacy of treatment modalities; however, conclusions are conflicting and have been subject to divergent interpretations. The widely discussed article titled "The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous" by Gabrielle Glaser in the April 2015 "Atlantic," and the J Addict Dis. (2009) article by Lee Ann Kaskutas, D.Ph. titled "Alcoholics Anonymous Effectiveness: Faith Meets Science" provide examples of the debate. Dr. Christensen will review the recent criticisms of treatment for addiction including Twelve Step, residential, and medication assisted therapy, the scientific studies that do and do not support their use and other controversial issues. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series. All programs are free and open to anyone interested. Registration is not required.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series [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. 

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]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

YDL Visual Book Club: Ypsilanti District Library.

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We read visually interesting books and discuss them at the Ypsilanti Ale House, every third Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Check our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1216370478414858/) for this month's title. Pick up your books at the YDL-Michigan circulation desk. Just ask for this month's Visual Book Club book.
Ypsi Ale House, 124 Pearl St #100, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1386. jmorgan@ypsilibrary.org ypsilibrary.org/events [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"A Deep Discussion of Ann Arbor's Dioxane Plume": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Talk by a panel of experts in water quality, testing, and toxicity.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 665-0248. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"No-No Boy: Songs of Asian-American History, Songs of Asian-American Resistance": U-M School of Music.

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Singer-songwriter Julian Saporiti and singer Erin Aoyama, both Brown University grad students, perform Saporiti's works that draw on his experiences growing up Vietnamese American in Tennessee. They also tell stories and show films that explore Asian American experiences.
7:30 p.m., 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Price is Right LIVE": Michigan Theater.

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Sold out.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free tickets at michtheater.com & ticketmaster.com. 800-745-3000. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Live Action"

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Screening of short films nominated for an Academy Award.
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]


 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.  Free! 

Jason Hawk Harris: The Ark.

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Classically trained young singer-songwriter and guitarist with a new EP, Formaldehyde, Tobacco, and Tulips, that showcases what he calls his "meta-apocalyptic country/Americana grief-grass."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free. All encouraged to bring nonperishable food or money to donate to Food Gatherers. 761-1451. [map]



 8-10 p.m. 

Juarez - Lee - Alvarez.

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Southeast Michigan favorites Juarez - Lee - Alvarez bring their tight-knit musical bond to Ziggy's Cafe in Ypslanti on Tuesday, Feb 20th. Looking to their heroes Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, and more for inspiration, Juarez - Lee - Alvarez brings the fire every time they play.
Brian Juarez is a jazz bassist from Berkeley, CA. He is currently in his final year of study at the University of Michigan, where he studies privately with Grammy Award winning bassist, Robert Hurst III.
Kenji Lee:
Born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised in Southern California, 20 year old jazz saxophonist Kenji Lee has already made his mark as a remarkable improviser, composer, and musician. He is the protege and former bandmate of late-great bassist Roger Shew.
David Alvarez III:
The newest member of the Benny Green Trio, David Alvarez III is an incredible young jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and music educator based in the Metro-Detroit area.
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. $5-$10. (734) 221-3961. media@ziggysypsi.com https://www.facebook.com/events/394267504352007/ [map]



 8-10 p.m. 

Juarez - Lee - Alvarez at Ziggy's.

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"Southeast Michigan favorites Juarez - Lee - Alvarez bring their tight-knit musical bond to Ziggy's Cafe in Ypslanti on Tuesday, Feb 20th. Looking to their heroes Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, and more for inspiration, Juarez - Lee - Alvarez brings the fire every time they play."
Musicians: Brian Juarez (bass), Kenji Lee (saxophone), David Alvarez III (drums).
Donations are encouraged and these will go straight to the band.
Ziggy's, 206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Cover charge. (734) 221-3961. https://www.facebook.com/events/394267504352007/ [map]



 8 p.m.  Free! 

Orpheus Singers: U-M School of Music.

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This student choir performs Buxtehude's Membra Jesu nostri and Bach's St. John Passion (Part I). Accompanied by an orchestra.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Schubert's Winterreise: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Baritone Thomas Meglioranza performs Schubert's beloved song cycle, a setting of somber poems about lost love by German poet Wilhelm Müller. "You have to be haunted by this cycle to be able to sing it," says German singer Elena Gerhardt. David Breitman accompanies on a reproduction of a 19th century piano.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. Kerrytownconcerthouse.com, 769-2999. [map]


 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Conor O'Neill's: Alex Mendenall

Lansing soul-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis 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. He recently released his first CD in 18 years, Big Car Town, 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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