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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. 926-8863. [map]

 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Emerging technologies of design and production have opened up new ways to engage with traditional practices of architectural drawing. The twenty-four experimental drawings commissioned for this exhibition explore the impact of such technologies on the relationship between code and drawing: how rules and constraints inform the ways architects document, analyze, represent, and design the built environment.
Each drawing engages with at least one of the below prompts that begin to expand the notion of code as it relates to architectural design and representation:
Code as generative constraint. Restrictive codes often govern what is permitted and what is prohibited. Examples of this include building codes, urban codes, zoning codes, accessibility codes, and energy codes. How can such constraints become generative, opening up opportunities for design and representation?
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Biodiversity: An Exploration of the Diversity of Life": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Are you curious about the many forms that life takes on this planet? We will start with an overview of taxonomy--the art and science of naming living things--and a discussion of just what it means for something to be alive. We will then proceed on a journey through the tree of life, briefly glimpsing each of the major groups: animals, fungi, plants, protists, bacteria, and viruses.
Along the way we will discuss research into the purpose and function of organisms, using a combination of lecture and discussion with outside readings. Instructor William Davis is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan who hopes to share his joy in learning about new organisms.
This study group for those 50 and over will be held on Wednesdays from March 14 to May 2.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Boulevard. $40. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. & Sun., except Mar. 18 & 28. All kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Mar. 7 & 11: "Wiggly Worms." Mar. 14: "Who Lives on the Forest Floor?" Mar. 21 & 25: "What Do Animals Eat?"
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $5 per child (members' children, $4). 997-1553. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"The Untethered Soul, The Journey Beyond Yourself: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Michael Singer says: In this book, we will undertake a journey of exploration of "self…We will…turn to a single source that has phenomenal direct knowledge on the subject…turn to one expert who…has been collecting data to finally put this great inquiry to rest. And that expert is you."
Back by request, this study group for those 50 and over will be a forum to discuss the text and our learnings. Check out the book reviews and see if this fun exploration is for you! For the first class, read the Introduction, Part I: 1 and 2.
Instructor Abby Wilson will lead sessions on Wednesdays from March 14, to May 2.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Boulevard. $40. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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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]

 10:30 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]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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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]

 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Place That Face": Chelsea District Library.

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All seniors invited to help identify faces in the collection of photos local photographer Ralph Guenther donated to the CDL when he retired.
12:30-2 p.m., Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Calling All Angels Pendant"

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Join versatile artist Victoria Newton in this pendant-making class designed for people with intermediate to advanced skill levels.
Wear an angel on your shoulder or make a sparkling angel pendant! Use gilding, mica and beautiful papers to explore a myriad of techniques from concept to finish.
The angel and all materials are supplied in this class. Add our pin back or chain
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $35. 734.562.2662. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. except July 4. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m. 

Mystery Book Club: OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Mystery lovers, this is the group for you. Instead of reading familiar authors, we will be searching for new talent. So, bring a list of your favorite authors and share them with us.
Each month the group will select an author and you can read a book of your choice from that author's repertoire. The following month we will discuss the author's ideas and writing techniques to learn how they are applied across his/her books. We will also talk about what we liked or disliked about the books we read. Please read any book by Alafair Burke for the first session.
This study group for those 50 and over will be led by instructor Sydney Kaufman. In order to allow time for the readings between classes, the group will be held on March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, and July 11.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $30. (734) 998-9351. [map]

 1 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Semiramide": Fathom Events.

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Mar. 10 & 14. Broadcast (Mar. 10) & rebroadcast (Mar. 14) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Rossini's 1823 bel canto masterpiece about the murderous queen of Babylon that musicologist Rodolfo Celletti calls "the last opera of the great Baroque tradition: the most beautiful, the most imaginative, possibly the most complete." Stars Angela Meade and Elizabeth DeShong, with Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green. Italian, subtitles.
12:55-4:45 p.m. (Mar. 10) & 1 & 6:30 p.m. (Mar. 14), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 (seniors, $17; students, $14) in advance at and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).

 3-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Exhibition on View: Research Through Making": The University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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Since its inception in 2009, Research Through Making enables faculty to engage in architecture research or creative projects that are predicated on making. Seed funding is competitively awarded annually for up to five projects. Faculty collaborate with students to produce projects that ultimately lead to a public exhibition in the Liberty Annex Gallery. Through the years as the projects have evolved, the research has broadened and many have gone on to win national awards (P/A Awards, R+D Awards, ACSA Awards, AIA awards, etc.) and be published, presented and exhibited through out the world. Research Through Making is one of the most innovative architecture research programs in the country, and provides important funding that allows students to work with faculty on innovative research projects and bring that knowledge back to the classroom and into their futures as designers.
Liberty Research Annex, 305 W. Liberty Street. Free. 734-764-1300. [map]

 3:30 p.m. 

"Submission": Michigan Theater.

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(Richard Levine, 2018). Drama about a middle-aged author teaching college writing who takes a keen interest in a talented female student. Stanley Tucci, Kyra Sedgwick, Addison Timlin.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3:45 p.m. 

"The Shape of Water": Michigan Theater.

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(Guillermo del Toro, 2017). Otherworldly Cold War-era drama about a lonely mute woman who develops a romantic connection with a creature that is the subject of secret government experiments.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4, 6:45, & 10 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)., 668-TIME.

 4-5:30 p.m. 

"Flights of Fantasy Figures Class for Kids": USArtQuest.

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Victoria Newton has designed this after school class for all kids ages 7 to 12.
From Mermaids to Kite Flyers to Super Heros to Woodland Faeries, there are no limits to the fun you will have designing a Fantasy Creature fit for any adventure! Mounted on lightweight board, you will be proud to display your Fantasy Figure.
All materials included.
USArtQuest, 18650 West Old US 12, Chelsea. $25. 734.562.2662. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Detecting the Tiny Thump of the Neutrino": U-M Physics Department Baer Lecture.

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Duke University physics professor Kate Scholberg discusses these ghostly particles that only rarely interact with matter.
4 p.m., 340 West Hall, 1085 South University. Free. 763-2588. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Saint-Domingue by Way of Saint-Petersburg: Imagining the Haitian Revolution in Imperial Russia": U-M Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

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Talk by University of Pennsylvania Russian studies postdoc Jennifer Wilson.
4-5:30 p.m., Michigan League Henderson Rm. Free. 764-0351. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Soldiers and Kings: Violence, Representation, and Photoethnographic Practice in the Context of Human Smuggling across Mexico": U-M International Institute Donia Human Rights Center Lecture.

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Talk by U-M anthropology professor and Undocumented Migration Project director Jason De León, a 2017 MacArthur "Genius" grant winner.
4-5:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-8482. [map]

 4:15 p.m. 

"Before We Vanish": State Theatre.

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(Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 2018). Quirky sci-fi drama about the problems faced by 3 aliens who travel to Earth and take possession of human bodies while planning a mass invasion. Japanese, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"A Wrinkle in Time": State Theatre.

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(Ava DuVernay, 2018). After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him in this much-anticipated adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's beloved young adult novel.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 4:30 p.m. 

"Aerial Silks for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to focus on the fundamentals of the aerial silks. Students will learn the basic poses and sequences, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching.
New students will work on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!
This is not a drop-in class, all students MUST please register via the Aviary website before arriving to the studio
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. [map]

 4:45, 7, 9:30 p.m. 

"Thoroughbreds": State Theatre.

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(Cory Finley, 2018). Satirical drama about 2 suburban teens who rekindle their unlikely friendship over a plan to kill one of their stepfathers. Anya Taylor-Joy, Olivia Cooke, Anton Yelchin.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. Word freaks of all abilities invited to drop in to play this popular word game, using an updated word list. Bring your own set, if you like.
5-8 p.m., Arbor Brewing, 114 E. Washington. Free. 994-0084. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

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

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Small-group personal training: a full body strength training, cardio, and flexibility routing customized to your fitness level!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Power of the Purse 2018: United Way of Washtenaw County.

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United Way's Women United will be hosting our 10th Annual Power of the Purse event on Wednesday, March 14th from 5:30-7:30 pm
We are honoring Woman of the Year, Cecilia Fileti!
Join the United Way of Washtenaw County's Power of the Purse Chair, Mitzi Talon, and the rest of the Power of the Purse Committee in sparking a social change to help women in Washtenaw County.
Enjoy a strolling supper, wine, and networking along with a silent designer purse auction and raffle items as we raise funds to empower women in Washtenaw County to overcome financial obstacles and achieve financial independence.
Ticket price is $65
Buy your tickets here:
The Kensington Hotel, 3500 S State Street. $65. 734 677 7224. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help available from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns available for sale.
5:30-7 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Tai-Chi Pushing Hands: Sun Shen.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm by SUN SHEN Head Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang. Please contact Pastor Neuhaus at 734-845-9786 or for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. [map]

 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Early Modern Cartesianisms": U-M Institute for the Humanities Authors Forum.

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U-M philosophy professor Tad Schmaltz reads from his new book and discusses it with U-M French professor George Hoffman.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-3166. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Maize Collective Speaker Series": UMMA.

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Mar. 14, 21, & 28. A series of panel discussions on topics related to the music industry. Q&A. Mar. 14: Panelists TBA on studio musicians. Mar. 21: El Club (Detroit) music booker Virginia Benson and others on booking and promoting artists. Mar. 28: Photographers Doug Coombe, Brian Rozman, and Taylor Ohryn on concert and event photography.
5:30-7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 5:45 & 9:15 p.m. 

"The Party": Michigan Theater.

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(Sally Potter, 2018). Dark comedy about a celebration that gradually unravels as secrets surface. Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"One Prayer Class": Sun Shen.

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The One Prayer is a dynamic self-management tool, custom designed for you, that you can take wherever you go and update as you learn and grow. This course is designed for anyone wanting a greater understanding of themselves, more focus in life, and more satisfaction. The One Prayer is about having a vision, following your heart, but is also very concrete and practical. Classes are held Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30pm. Contact Joanna Myers at or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. 734-395-8486. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m. 

"Sunday Supper with Molly Stevens": BAKE! at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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Molly Stevens is a food writer, cookbook author, editor and cooking teacher living in Northern Vermont. Her cookbook All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art (WW Norton, 2011) won a 2012 James Beard Foundation Award and two International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards. Previously, her cookbook All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking (WW Norton, 2004) also won a 2005 James Beard Foundation Award and an International Association of Culinary Professionals Award.
Relax, watch, learn and enjoy while Molly shows off her cooking and teaching skills to prepare you an oven roasted, braised and baked supper, worthy of inviting company over for. It will include Gochujang Chicken Wings, Ricotta Gnocchi with Cider Braised Pork Ragout, Celery Salad with Apricots and Spiced Almonds, and Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta. We'll end class enjoying samples of each dish together!
Sign Up:
BAKE!, 3723 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $45. 734-761-7255. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. except Oct. 3 All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 6 p.m. 

"Call Me By Your Name": State Theatre.

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(Luca Guadagnino, 2017). Romance set in 1983 Italy about a 17-year-old boy who begins a relationship with his father's male research assistant. Screenplay by James Ivory from the André Aciman novel. Italian, French, & German; subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 6:30 p.m. 

Potlucks & Talks: Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Club members give talks on various subjects. The program begins with a potluck (bring a dish to pass). Dec. 15: Holiday Party. Jan.-Mar. programs TBA.
:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. 769-1052. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"The Best of 36 Years with Ari": Zingerman's Deli.

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Mar. 14 & 28. Zingerman's cofounder Ari Weinzweig shares memories and offers taste samples of some of his favorite Zingerman's products.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Deli, 422 Detroit St. $60. 663-3400. [map]

 6:45-7:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Lyra (Aerial Hoop)": A2 Aviary.

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The Lyra (also known as the aerial hoop, aerial ring, or cerceau) is a circular steel apparatus, resembling a hula hoop. It is suspended from the ceiling and can be used static, spinning, or swinging. Students will build the strength to mount and dismount the lyra unassisted, and gain mastery of fundamental lyra vocabulary, technique, and sequences. Each class also includes dynamic warm ups, stretching, and conditioning exercises designed to target specific strength and mobility for aerial arts. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. [map]

 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Designing Landscapes with Native Plants": Ann Arbor Wild Ones.

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Talk by Creating Sustainable Landscapes (Novi) owner Drew Lathin.
6:45-8:30 p.m., Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free. 604-4674. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

"A World of Health : Connecting People, Place, and Planet": Michigan Friends Center.

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A healthy environment is essential for human health and well being. This six-session discussion course helps participants explore the connections between the health of our communities and the health of our planet. You also learn about the limitations of the current medical model and the places where our personal health intersects with the environment-from our food and homes, to our communities and society. Together, we will discover actions that promote good health and in turn, promote a healthier environment.
Each session is based on a set of readings from the NWEI course book, with rotating facilitation by course participants. This course is hosted by Michigan Friends Center and offered in partnership with ICPJ and Transition Town Chelsea.
For registration information, check our website at
Michigan Friends Center, 7748 Clark Lake Road, Chelsea. Donation. Sliding-scale fee of $30, $45, or $60 (as able) to cover book and other course costs; pre-registration required.. 734.475.1892. http// [map]

 7 p.m. 

"I, Tonya": State Theatre.

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(Craig Gillespie, 2017). Biopic about controversial ice skater Tonya Harding. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7)., 668-TIME.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"VegWeek at the University of Michigan": Michigan Animal Respect Society, UM Dining, Planet Blue, UM Sustainable Food Program, and The Campus Farm.

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VegWeek is a week dedicated to animals, the environment, and health. From March 12-16, the Michigan Animal Respect Society (MARS), in partnership with Michigan Dining, the University of Michigan Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP), the Campus Farm at the University of Michigan, and Planet Blue, will be hosting a 5-day series of events surrounding the ethical, environmental, and health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle.
There will be talks by Dr. Will Tuttle (author of The World Peace Diet), Dr. Joel Kahn (cardiologist and best-selling author), Dan McKernan (founder and executive director of Barn Sanctuary), Marc Ramirez (former UM football player), and a professor panel with University of Michigan professors.
At each event there will be food offerings including a banquet dinner on Friday!
Visit the website below to find the program!
Samuel T. Dana Building: Room 1040, 440 Church St. Free. [map]

 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 769-3994. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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Discussions and activities.

Dec. 13 (6:30 p.m.): "Holiday Party." Bring a dish to pass and cookies to share for a potluck. Preregistration required.

Jan. 10: Lecture about landscaping by David Zenisek of Castle Lanscaping Services.

Feb. 14: TBA.

Mar. 14: Slide-illustrated talk about flower gardens in the Netherlands by Ann Arbor Garden Club member Betty Bishop.

7 p.m. (except as noted), Chelsea Depot (except as noted), 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Free. 358-3851. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Toastmasters Meeting: Sweetwaters Toastmasters Meeting.

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Toastmasters is an international group devoted to helping each other grow in our abilities to give speeches. The Sweetwaters Toastmasters Club meets twice monthly. We are a fun and friendly group! Toastmasters also helps you develop leadership skills if you wish to do that. Come as many times as you want for free, and decide later if you want to join. In the meantime, come make new friends and have fun!
Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea on Washington Street, 123 West Washington Street. Free. 323-286-3999. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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All invited to read and discuss their poetry or short stories. Bring about 6 copies of your work to share.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Determined 2 Make It": Ann Arbor District Library.

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(Javier Pescador, 2016). Documentary featuring the oral histories of incarcerated youth in Michigan and their participation in art and performance projects developed by the Michigan Youth Arts Alliance. Discussion follows with Pescador, an MSU history professor, as well as representatives from several local teen services.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm. Free. 327-8301.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Exercising the Ear: Music and Conversation with Augusta Read Thomas": U-M School of Music SMTD@UMMA Series.

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U-M music students perform intimate chamber music by this acclaimed contemporary composer, who is on hand to discuss her work with U-M music school composition professor Roshanne Etezady.
7-8 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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Washingtonian magazine editor Garrett Graff discusses his new book. Book sale, signing, & reception.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"When History Is Personal": Literati Bookstore.

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Widely anthologized Stockton University (NJ) writing professor emerita Mimi Schwartz discusses her new memoir, a collection of 25 vignettes from her life, from her upbringing as a child of German-Jewish immigrants to her experiences as a breast cancer survivor, working mother, tennis player, and wife of more than 50 years. Signing.
7 p.m., 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"13th: Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice": League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

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Screening of Ava DuVernay's 2015 award-winning documentary exploring the links between mass incarceration and the history of race relations in America. Discussion follows.
7:15 p.m., Pointless Brewery and Theater, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). [map]

 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Gifts of the Wild": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Talk by local herbalist Bronwen Gates. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck (bring a dish to pass).
7:15 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 769-1052, 274-0773. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by EMU history professor emeritus Jiu-Hwa Upshur, of Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance's bestselling memoir about his family's struggles to lift itself above its roots in impoverished Appalachia.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 484-3613. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Rehearsal: The Arbor Consort.

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The Arbor Consort, the official madrigal singing group of the Michigan Renaissance Festival, is having open rehearsals for singers of all voice types interested in joining the group. Interested singers can come any Wednesday in March or April to learn more about us. Members will go on different weekends, August 18-Sept 30, to sing in small a cappella ensembles at the Michigan Renaissance Festival .
Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Avenue. Free. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"A Search for Salvation": University Musical Society.

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Acclaimed jazz pianist/composer Gerald Clayton leads a a 9-piece ensemble that includes a tap dancer in a program of original music inspired by the ragtime-influenced blues tradition centered on the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Projected behind the group is a series of films and pictures depicting the interrelationship between the production of tobacco and the rise of the blues, with both being produced by African Americans and exported by whites.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $26-$54 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Cosmosophy, a collection of Steiner's lectures.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Aqua Fitness": South Lyon Recreation Authority.

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Exercise in chest-high water to improve cardiovascular system, strength, flexibility, balance, and overall Heath. All fitness levels welcome. Every Mon and Wed evening 8 - 9 p.m at South Lyon High School pool on Pontiac Trail in South Lyon. Can pay as you go as "drop in" for $8. Best exercise one can do that addresses every muscle group and with minimal impact
South Lyon High School, Pontiac Trail, South Lyon. $8.

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Argus Quartet: U-M School of Music.

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This young saxophone quartet, 1st-place winners in the strings division of the 2017 M-Prize U-M chamber music competition and the current Juilliard Graduate Quartet in Residence, performs music by Lutoslawski, Mendelssohn, Garth Knox, Augusta Read Thomas, and Charles Wourinen. They are joined in some pieces by U-M music students.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits, North Campus. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Serendipity Books AfterHours Book Club.

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All invited to discuss a different book every other month. Wine and chocolate provided. Jan. 17: Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi's acclaimed novel which explores the damaging effects of the slave trade on 7 generations of a family split between the U.S. and Ghana's Gold Coast.

Mar. 14: TBA.
8:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 W. Middle, Chelsea. 475-7148. [map]

 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]

 9 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]

 9:30 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)., 668-TIME.


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Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. Photo: Myra Klarman [venue info]

Blind Pig: Intrepid Travelers

Buffalo psychedelic funk-rock quartet. Opening act is Liquid Thickness, a local funk-rock septet. Advance tickets: $7 ($10 at the door). [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Jazz Manouche."

Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1030s Parisian swing by the local quartet of guitarist Andrew Brown and Michael Harrington, bassist Ryan Shea, and violinist Jordan Adema. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul- infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Mash: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter, a former Ragbirds guitarist. He recently released the CD Itch. [venue info]


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