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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, May 16, 2018






 
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 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. except July 4. 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. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at 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]



 7:30 a.m. 

"Michigan Growth Capital Symposium": University of Michigan Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

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2018 marks the 37th anniversary of the Michigan Growth Capital Symposium, which is the longest university-based venture fair of its kind showcasing Midwest companies seeking funding and attracting top-tier investors from across the U.S. In 2017 the MGCS teamed up with the Coulter Investment Forum to offer one premier venture capital investment event in Ann Arbor. The joint-event hosted nearly 550 attendees where founders of early-stage companies, spanning the Life Sciences and Technology sectors, networked with angel investors, VCs and technology transfer professionals from several dozen top-ranked Universities. Stay connected, find resources and see what keeps attendees coming back year after year - join us May 15-16, 2018 in Ann Arbor!
Marriott Resort at Eagle Crest, 1275 S. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. $395. 734.615.4424. mnickson@umich.edu https://www.umichvcperegister.com/Registration/Registration?eventCode=QcelaRt2GXgeS4QJVScCjA%3d%3d&orgCode=EQa6F%2bM7lA0%3d [map]


 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Horse Shows: Hunter Jumper Association of Michigan.

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May 2-6, 9-13, & 16-20. English riding and jumping competitions at the state level. Spectators welcome to bring picnics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., Waterloo Hunt Club, 11500 Glenn at Katz, Grass Lake. Free. (561) 723-6287. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, 10101 Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 248-437-5067, 663-5060, 663-8980. [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
8 a.m., Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.


 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Garden - Pottery Inspired by Nature": Yourist Studio Gallery.

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To welcome spring we are filling our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Yourist resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces to adorn your garden. It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find a memorable gift for Mother's Day. From bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, vases, wind chimes, and even toad houses, you'll find a selection of charming ceramic pieces to enliven your garden this year.
Come join us in our garden of earthy delights and let's get growing!
Opening Reception
Friday, May 4
5:00 to 8:00 pm
And the celebration continues on Saturday, May 5, from 10 am-6 pm. The show runs through June 18.
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.com/ [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).

Mon., 11-11:30 a.m. except May 28. Westgate.

Tue., 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed., 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations, see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Playgroups for Babies: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. except May 28. Downtown.

Tue. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. Closed July 4. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Next Chapter Book Club at Chelsea Senior Center: Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to discuss a different book each month. Copies available at the Senior Center. June 20: The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey's debut novel based on the Russian fairy tale about a childless couple who make a snow girl who comes to life. July & Aug.: TBA.
11 a.m.-noon, CSC, 512 Washington, Chelsea. Free. 475-9242, 475-8732. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

AIReal Yoga.

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AIReal Yoga is REAL yoga, in the air. Use a specialized hammock as a primary prop to enhance and elevate a traditional hatha practice.
AIReal Yoga I is for people who are new to aerial yoga, or who are new to "regular" ground-based yoga. This class will include exercises and stretches for arms, legs, back, hips, and is finished with an inversion before savasana in the air.
Partipants are always welcome to return to the earth to ground themselves in the case of dizziness or fatigue. No background in sports, athletics, circus, etc. required!
For a limited time, we're offering special pricing at only $10 per class!
Class sizes are extremely limited, please register in advance.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $10. diane@a2ringstar.com a2ringstar.com/aireal-yoga [map]



 2, 5, & 8 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.

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Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes.

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May 10: "Scandal in Ivansk" (David Blumenfeld & Ami Drozd, 2017). Documentary about the national scandal that erupts when the commemorative plaque commissioned during the restoration of a Jewish cemetery includes the word "collaborator" to describe the Polish people who aided the Nazis and benefitted from the Jewish genocide. Polish, subtitles. Discussion follows with U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki. 5 p.m. "Maktub" (Oded Raz, 2017). Dramatic comedy about 2 mob enforcers who survive a terrorist attack and dedicate their lives to fulfilling prayers left at the Western Wall. Yiddish, subtitles. 8 p.m.

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May 13: "Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel" (Seth Kramer, Daniel Miller, & Jeremy Newberger, 2018). Documentary following Jewish MLB players who had never been to Israel as they represent Israel in its 1st appearance at the World Baseball Classic. Discussion follows with Sports Talk 1050 WTKA program manager Ira Weintraub. 4 p.m. "Cuba's Forgotten Jewels" (Robin Truesdale & Judy Kreith, 2017). Documentary about the Jews from Antwerp who escaped the Nazis by setting up diamond polishing factories in Cuba, one of the few countries accepting Jewish refugees. Pre-screening lecture-demo at 7:30 p.m. with local composer Aron Kaufman, who talks about his song that's featured in the film's soundtrack and is joined by other musicians to perform it. 7:45 p.m.

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May 14: "Shelter" (Eran Riklis, 2017). Thriller about a Mossad agent who becomes close to the Lebanese informant she's assigned to protect. Hebrew & Arabic, subtitles. 2 p.m. "Death in the Terminal" (Tali Shemesh & Asaf Sudry, 2016). Rashomon-style documentary about the 2015 Beer Sheva bus terminal terror attack told from the POV of 6 different eyewitnesses. Hebrew, subtitles. 4 p.m. "GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II" (Lisa Ades, 2017). Documentary about the wartime experiences of some of the 550,000 Jewish American men & women who served during the war. Discussion follows with U-M history professor Deborah Dash Moore, author of GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation. 7 p.m.

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May 15: "The History of Love" (Radu Mihaileanu, 2016). The repercussions of a doomed love affair between 2 young Polish Jews separated by WWII play out over the course of a lifetime. Based on the novel by Nicole Krauss. 2 p.m. "Keep the Change" (Rachel Israel, 2017). Rom-com about a man in denial about his autism forced to attend an autism support group, where he meets an irritatingly cheerful woman. Both lead actors have autism. 5 p.m. "1945" (Ferenc Török, 2017). B&W drama about the paranoia that ensues after 2 Orthodox Jews enter a small Hungarian town in denial about the mass deportation of its Jewish citizens. Hungarian, subtitles. 8 p.m.

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May 16: "Vitch" (Sigal Bujman, 2017). Documentary about Eddie Vitch, a Polish Jewish mime who performed for the Nazi elite throughout the war, a choice that continues to haunt his family. 2 p.m. "Shorts." A program of short films: The Chop (Lewis Rose, 2015) is a comedy about an unemployed kosher butcher who pretends to be Muslim for a job at a halal shop. The Gravedigger's Daughter (Shira Gabay, 2017) is a drama about a gravedigger whose sons refuse to grant his request that 1 of them follow in his footsteps. Wendy's Shabbat (Rachel Myers, 2017) is a documentary about California senior citizens who celebrate Shabbat at a fast food joint. The Outer Circle (Adam Baroukh, 2017) is a drama about a man who wants his Iraqi family to approve of his conversion to Judaism and his Jewish fiancée. Mr. Bernstein (Francine Zuckerman, 2016) is a drama about a woman who meets the man who changed her father's life at a "displaced persons" camp after WWII. 5 p.m. "Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana" (Gabrielle Zilkha, 2016). Documentary about a small community in rural Ghana that discovers that the religion they've been practicing for centuries is Judaism. 8 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Michigan Theater. Tickets (except as noted) $10 (students with ID, $5) in advance and at the door. 971-0990. [map]


 2-6 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Farmers Market.

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Kids activities, 9:30-11 a.m. on 2nd Sat. each month and market basket giveaway on last Sat. each month, along with live entertainment TBA every Sat., June-Sept. Also, every Wed., May-Oct., The Bushel Basket Market: The Farmers Market at the St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital (2-6 p.m., hospital overflow parking area adjacent to the U-M Family Practice building, near the South Campus entrance off Old US-12), which focuses on healthy produce from local farmers.
8 a.m.-1 p.m., Chelsea Farmers Market, parking lot on Park St. (east off Main St. between the library and the Methodist church), Chelsea. Free admission. 475-6402.


 2 p.m. 

"The Crucible": PTD Productions.

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May 10-13 & 16-19. Liz Greaves-Hoxsie directs local actors in Arthur Miller's 1953 drama about the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692. The action centers on a love triangle, in which an underage servant's relationship with a married man positions her both as a powerless victim in a patriarchal theocracy and as a charismatic force that upends the community. Appearing at the height of the McCarthy era, the play was seen in its time as a thinly veiled indictment of senator Joseph McCarthy and his followers, but its enduring popularity suggests it touches on irrationalities endemic to American culture. Cast: Karen Amore, Wendy Ascione-Juska, Deena Baty, Mala Chakraborty, Marilyn Darling, Krystle Dellihue, Cindy Franklin, Jeff Hackett, Marie Jones, Elisha Kranz, Ryan McGriff, Nicholas Megahan, K.C. Palmateer, Chris Potter, Michaela Sheridan, Darzay Starling, Kathie Sullivan, and Gwenyth Thomas-Darling.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun. & Wed.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students, seniors, & active military personnel, $12; Thurs., pay what you can; group discounts available) in advance at a2tix.com/organizations/ptd-productions & by phone. 483-7345. [map]
 



 2:15 p.m. 

"Itzhak": Michigan Theater.

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(Alison Chernick, 2017). Documentary about the life of Itzhak Perlman, the world's foremost violin virtuoso.
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]


 2:30, 6:15, & 9 p.m. 

"RBG": Michigan Theater.

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(Julie Cohen & Betsy West, 2018). Documentary on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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]


 3:30 & 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"3-D Printing": Chelsea District Library.

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All invited to learn how to make 3-D printable models using Tinkercad by Autodesk, a 3-D modeling program. Participants can also sign up for time slots to print the objects they design. Additional sessions on Apr. 7 & May 5 at 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
3:30 & 5:30 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free; preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 3:45, 6:30, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Racer and the Jailbird": State Theatre.

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(MichaŽl Schoenaerts, 2018). Tragic love story between a Belgian gangster and a young rich race car driver. French & Dutch, 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, 6:45, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Isle of Dogs": State Theatre.

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(Wes Anderson, 2018). Stop-motion animated comedy set in near-future Japan about a boy searching for his lost dog.
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 & 10 p.m. 

"The Death of Stalin": Michigan Theater.

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(Armando Iannucci, 2017). Satire depicting the frantic power struggle that ensued after Stalin's death. Simon Russell Beale, Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buschemi.
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 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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 4:30, 7:15, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Tully": State Theatre.

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(Jason Reitman, 2018). Diablo Cody-penned comedy about an overwhelmed suburban mother of 3 (Charlize Theron) who forms an unexpected bond with the nanny hired for her by her wealthy brother.
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.  Free! 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Scrabble Club.

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Every Wed. except July 4. 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 p.m.  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate/fast-paced 25-mile ride and slow-paced ride, 13-18 miles, to the Dexter Dairy Queen and back. Now in its 41st year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
5:30 p.m. sharp,meet at B2B Trailhead at Mill Creek Park on Jeffords St. between Alpine & Forrest, Dexter. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [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 pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 5:45-6:45 p.m. 

"Beginning Aerial Sling": A2 Aviary.

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Aerial Sling (also known as aerial hammock), is a single loop of fabric hung from above that is climbed, wrapped around the body, and/or tied to create dramatic drops, poses and movements in the air. This course is designed for beginning aerialists to gain confidence and strength in the fundamentals of the Aerial Hammock. You will learn basic climbs and descents, how to apply foot locks, and work towards inversions, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination - and gain a few bruises in unusual places…! Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [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 joanna@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. 734-395-8486. joanna@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. except July 4. 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 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to play in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive; Fri., 6:30 p.m., casual), Elder Dragon Highlander/Commander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), and booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m. & Sun. 1 p.m., competitive) decks. Bring your own cards for casual tournaments. Also, the 2-person card game Netrunner (free) at 6 p.m. on Mondays.
6:30 p.m. (Mon.-Wed. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"23rd Annual Dining for Dollars": Unified.

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Dinner, dessert, a silent auction, and raffles. Live music by local Americana cover band Broken Spokes. Proceeds benefit Unified (formerly the HIV/AIDS Resource Center).
6 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Tickets $135 ($110 per person for groups of 4 or more) in advance at miunified.org/Events/Special-Events or by phone. 572-9355. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"Back to Burgundy": Michigan Theater.

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(Cédric Klapisch, 2018). Family drama about 3 adult siblings who must reconnect to save the family vineyard. French, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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


 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: Vetiver": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning smell and taste blog Glass Petal Smoke, discusses the aromatic root of this bunchgrass that's used in perfumery, with samples of a variety of vetiver perfumes.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-floor meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [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. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Drummunity Circle"

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Lori Fithian, a local drummer and drum teacher, leads a drum circle. Instruments provided, or bring your own. Kids welcome. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by a brief drum lesson.
7-9 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. 426-7818. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Yin/Restorative Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Wednesdays from 7-8pm
In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow the muscles to relax and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. Class is heated around 80 degrees.
Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha
Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $18. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [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. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan History Lectures: Dexter District Library.

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Apr. 5 and May 9 & 16. Slide-illustrated talks. Q&A. Apr. 5: "Carnegie Libraries in Michigan." Detroit historian Paul Vachon discusses Andrew Carnegie's life and the 61 public libraries he funded in Michigan. May 9: "Forgotten Detroit." Vachon tells several lesser-known stories from Detroit's history. May 16: "Grand River Avenue: From Detroit to Lake Michigan." Local historians Jon Milan and Gail Offen discuss the history of this highway that began as a Native American trail.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free; preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Robot Club.

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A robot Q&A and a show & tell of club members' current robotics projects. Bring in your own projects to show, if you wish.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd. north of Ellsworth). Free. mirobotclub.com. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Serendipity Books AfterHours Book Club.

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All invited to discuss a book. Wine and chocolate provided. Apr. 11: a book TBA by one of the Midwest Literary Walk authors. May 16: Clare North's The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, a sci-fi novel about a man who keeps reliving his life.

July 18: Bird Box, Michigan writer Josh Malerman's hit horror debut about an unknown terror that drives people to deadly violence when seen. Blindfolded, a woman and her children search for refuge.

Sept. 12: TBA.
7-8:30 p.m., Serendipity Books, 113 W. Middle, Chelsea. 475-7148. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Ambition, Pragmatism, and Party: A Political Biography of Gerald R. Ford": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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Francis Marion University (Florence, SC) history department chair Scott Kaufman discusses his new book that traces Ford's political life, from his Depression-era childhood and service in WWII to his role in Congress and tenure as the country's only unelected president. Book sale, signing, & reception follow.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Coloring for Adults": Saline District Library.

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All adults invited to color while listening to relaxing music. Materials provided.
1-2:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 7-8:30 p.m. (Wed.), SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration requested. 429-5450. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen Spirit: Issue #6": Literati Bookstore.

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Skyline High School students read their fiction, poetry, and essays from the latest edition of Skyline's literary magazine.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"You Were Never Really Here": State Theatre.

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(Lynne Ramsay, 2018). Thriller about a veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who tracks missing girls and stumbles upon a dangerous conspiracy.
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 p.m.  Free! 

"Voter Access & Participation in Our Democracy": League of Women Voters, Ann Arbor Area.

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Brews & Views: Promote the Vote is a coalition working to pass a proposed amendment to Michigan's Constitution that would make voting more accessible. A representative from this group will be with us to talk about the issues our state faces in accessing our right to vote and how the proposed amendment addresses those challenges. We will talk about the content of the proposed amendment and the campaign's current status. We will then have time for questions and discussion.
Pointless Brewery & Theater, 3014 Packard St. Free. publicity@lwvannarbor.org LWVannarbor.org [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Linda Civitello's Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30-10 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Wed. Dance instructor Cheryl Felt and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dancing to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week.
7:30-10 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 395-4223. [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. except July 4. All invited to join a discussion of Love & Its Meaning in the World, a collection of themed lectures by Steiner.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Like Father, Like Son: The Autobiography of a Birder": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Talk by Michigan Audubon board chair Ray Stocking.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]


 8-11 p.m. 

Lex Korten Trio at Ziggy's.

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Awesome young pianist Lex Korten leads a trio featuring Benjamin Tiberio - bass, Evan Hyde - drums.
206 West Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. $7. (734) 221-3961. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (members & students, $2). 761-1451. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems around themes TBA. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Attendees invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. onepausepoetry.org, 707-1284. [map]


 8:45 p.m. 

"Final Portait": Michigan Theater.

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(Stanley Tucci, 2017). Biopic about the unlikely friendship between Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti and American art enthusiast James Lord, who sits for a portrait with Giacometti and learns about the beauty, frustration, and chaos of the artistic process. Armie Hammer, Geoffrey Rush.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 9-11:30 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. Note: Today's dance is free.
9-11 p.m., Location TBA at swingannarbor.com. $5 (students, $3; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Babs' Underground: Dave Menzo

This local 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. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Zilch

Detroit pop-rock garage band. Openers: the local pop-rock sextet The Roundabouts, the Detroit all-female punk trio Bitch Parade, and the local rock band Uma Burnin'. $5-$8. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Bluegrass Wednesday." Wire in the Wood

The local progressive bluegrass string quartet Wire in the Wood performs a set and then hosts a jam session during a 2nd set. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Slice

Veteran East Lansing pop dance quartet. [venue info]

Mash: Reeds 'n' Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of singer and harmonica player Michael May and guitarist David Roof. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Old Town: Tristan Cappel Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Cappel. [venue info]

 
 


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