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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, November 27, 2018






 
Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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Happiness is not a circumstance, it is a cultivation. When you practice Tai-Chi, you get to know a part of you that was hidden and you have been looking for all of your life: the power and potential that your mind and body are really capable of. Classes are held Monday through Friday, 7am to 8:30am. See if it is a right fit for you--enjoy your first week of class for free. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
Sun Shen, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 9:30 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]


 10-11 a.m.  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. Downtown.

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

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

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. except Nov. 22.Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except Nov. 22), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.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. 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. except Nov. 22. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m. except Nov. 22.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various times and locations (except Nov. 22), see listing. Free. 327-4200.


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Thrift Shop with Students Helping Honduras": Students Helping Honduras at U-M.

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Come out to the Michigan League Tuesday, Wednesday, AND Thursday at 10am-4pm to support education in Honduras! Students Helping Honduras is hosting a thrift shop where we will sell donated clothing, shoes, accessories, and succulents at super low prices!! All proceeds go directly towards building schools in Honduras :)
Michigan League, rooms 2 & 4, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $3, $5, $7. umichshh@gmail.com shhkids.org [map]



 10 a.m.-noon 

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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Ancestry Aficionados": Chelsea District Library.

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Beginner-to-expert genealogists invited to share their findings and get help from experienced volunteers about online resources and family history questions.
10 a.m.-noon, CDL Learning Lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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Every Tues. & Wed. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
9 a.m. (10 a.m. in Nov.), Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10am-4pm 

Thrift Shop with Students Helping Honduras!: Students Helping Honduras at UM.

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Come out to the Michigan League Tuesday, Wednesday, AND Thursday at 10am-4pm to support education in Honduras! Students Helping Honduras is hosting a thrift shop where we will sell donated clothing, shoes, accessories, and succulents at super low prices!! All proceeds go directly towards building schools in Honduras :)
The Michigan League, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $3, $5, $7. palomat@umich.edu shhkids.org [map]


 10am-4pm 

Thrift Shop with Students Helping Honduras!: Students Helping Honduras at UM.

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Come out to the Michigan League Tuesday, Wednesday, AND Thursday at 10am-4pm to support education in Honduras! Students Helping Honduras is hosting a thrift shop where we will sell donated clothing, shoes, accessories, and succulents at super low prices!! All proceeds go directly towards building schools in Honduras :)
The Michigan League, 911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $3, $5, $7. palomat@umich.edu shhkids.org [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except Nov. 20, Dec. 25, Jan. 1, Feb. 5, & Mar. 12 Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m. 

"Full Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full Body Fit: A small-group workout customizable to all fitness levels focusing on all the basics of fitness: strength, cardio, flexibility, and balance. Free with most Better Living Fitness Center memberships or $15 for drop-in. All ages and abilities welcome!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834-B Phoenix Dr. $15. (734)747-0123. fplonka@betterlivingfitness.com https://betterlivingfitness.com/ [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.
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]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Every Tues. Talks by U-M and visiting scholars. Sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. Nov. 6: Former Philadelphia Inquirer Beijing correspondent Jennifer Lin on "From Cook to Counterrevolutionary: A Window into Christianity in China through the Saga of a Single Family." Nov. 13: MSU African Studies Center director Jamie Monson on "Futures in the Past of Africa-China Engagement." Nov. 20: Johns Hopkins international studies professor Ling Chen on "Manipulating Globalization: The Influence of Bureaucrats on Business in China." Nov. 27: University of Massachusetts Chinese history professor Stephen Platt on "Was the Opium War Really Destined to Happen?"
Noon-1 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Wool Gathering": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Nov. 13, 19, & 27. All grade 6-adult invited to bring their knitting & crochet projects and interact with fellow crafters. Other fiber-based artists welcome.
1-3 p.m., AADL Westgate (Nov. 13 & 27) and 7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab (Nov. 19). Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Tutoring: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation, writing practice, and book 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 & 7 p.m. 

"Superman the Movie": Fathom Events.

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Nov. 27 & Dec. 3. (Richard Donner, 1978). 40th anniversary screening of this classic superhero film. Christopher Reeve.
2 p.m. (Nov. 27) & 7 p.m. (Nov. 27 & Dec. 3), Ann Arbor 20, 4100 Carpenter. Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com & at the door. 973-8424. [map]


 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pop Up Nature Play for #GivingTuesday": Apple Playschools.

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Join us near the playground for an afternoon of play and exploration. Build with loose parts, paint with natural objects and decorate our community art project, the gratitude tree. All ages welcome. Activities are free for the community. Nature crafts will be available for sale and donations are accepted for #GivingTuesday, benefitting scholarships for early childhood education.
West Park (by playground), Chapin Rd. and Miller Rd. Free. Donation. 734-773-3182. jessica@appleplayschools.org www.appleplayschools.org



 3:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Pop-Up Nature Play for #GivingTuesday": Apple Playschools.

  community member   < less Nature Crafts with Apple Playschools

Join us near the playground for an afternoon of play and exploration. Build with loose parts, paint with natural objects and decorate our community art project, the gratitude tree. All ages welcome. Activities are free for the community. Some nature crafts on sale and donations accepted for our #GivingTuesday campaign, benefitting early childhood education scholarships.
West Park (near playground), Chapin and Miller Rd. Free. Donation. 734-773-3182. jessica@appleplayschools.org www.appleplayschools.org



 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy": U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.

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Talk by Harvard University government professor Daniel Ziblatt.
4:30-6 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 5-8 p.m. 

Easy Street Jazz Band: Zal Gaz Grotto.

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


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"canned meat": U-M German Department.

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U-M drama students present a staged reading (in English) of dosenfleisch, Austrian playwright Ferdinand Schmalz's 2015 satire exploring how increased mobility leads to increased feelings of isolation.
5 p.m., 3308 MLB, 812 E. Washington. Free. 764-8018. [map]


 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Just for Kids: Hanukkah Latke Tasting and Author Reading: Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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We are super excited for this special JUST FOR KIDS event with local author Lauren Ranalli who will be reading her new book The Great Latke Cook Off. Joining Lauren this evening will be our JUST FOR KIDS tasting expert Jenny Hall and our very own Deli Chef Rodger Bowser, who will be teaching your kids to taste like an expert by exploring what are latkes and why the ones made here in our Deli kitchen are so special. We'll also be answering this most important question - do you prefer your latkes with applesauce, sour cream, or both?! This event is ideal for any family looking to find a new story to add to their Hanukkah bookshelf or for any family looking to learn a little more about holiday traditions different from their own.
The book will be available for purchase at the event or get your copy now at laurenranalli.com. The author will be signing books after the event.
Zingerman's Next Door Café, 418 Detroit St. $15. 734.663.3400. https://events.zingermanscommunity.com/event/just-kids-hanukkah-latke-tasting-and-author-reading [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.  Free! 

"Michigan Football Film Review": WTKA Sports Talk Radio.

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Every Tues. Former U-M quarterback Devin Gardner is joined by local Inside the Huddle radio show host Michael Spath in a discussion of plays from the most recent U-M football game. Followed by Q&A.
6 p.m., The Grotto, 303 S. Ashley. Free admission. 395-7198. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Conversational Spanish.

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Conversational Spanish lessons every Tuesday night from 6:30-7:30/beginner and 7:30-8:30/more advanced. First session is free,$60 for the year.
Peace Lutheran Church, 8260 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor 48103. Free. $60. Seat.dude@yahoo.com [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Mon.-Wed. & Fri. All invited to compete in competitive and casual tournaments of this popular collectible card game using various decks, including modern (Mon., competitive), Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues., casual), standard (Wed. 6 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), booster draft (Fri. 6 p.m.), and modern (Fri. 6:30 p.m., competitive) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards.
6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 6:30 p.m. (all dates), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 & $7.50 (casual), $10 & $15 (competitive), & $10 (booster draft). 786-3746. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Full Body Fit": Better Living Fitness Center.

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Full Body Fit: A small-group workout customizable to all fitness levels focusing on all the basics of fitness: strength, cardio, flexibility, and balance. Free with most Better Living Fitness Center memberships or $15 for drop-in. All ages and abilities welcome!
Better Living Fitness Center, 834-B Phoenix Dr. $15. (734)747-0123. fplonka@betterlivingfitness.com https://betterlivingfitness.com/ [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Ingmar Bergman's Cinema: A Centennial Retrospective": State Theatre.

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Nov. 6: "Wild Strawberries" (Ingmar Bergman, 1957). An elderly academic looks back on his life. Swedish, subtitles. 7 p.m.

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Nov. 13: "The Seventh Seal" (Ingmar Bergman, 1957). Masterful allegory about a disillusioned returning Crusader who plays chess with Death. Max von Sydow. Swedish, subtitles. 7 p.m.

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Nov. 20: "Autumn Sonata" (Ingmar Bergman, 1978). A successful concert pianist visits the daughter who has always longed for her love. Ingrid Bergman, Liv Ullmann. Swedish, subtitles. 7 p.m.

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Nov. 27: "Persona" (Ingmar Bergman, 1966). A mental patient and her therapist switch personalities in this gripping psychological drama. Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann. Swedish, subtitles. 7 p.m.

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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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 7 p.m. 

Basic Tai-Chi Form: Sun Shen.

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In this class, you will build a solid foundation in Tai-Chi principles in an intimate setting, with guidance and personal adjustment in the SUN SHEN 35 Form from accomplished instructors. As you learn the sequence and details of the Form, you will experience the calm, effortless power that comes from relaxed focus. Classes are held Monday at 6pm, and Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. Contact Pastor Neuhaus at pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org or 734-845-9786 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. 734-845-9786. pastorneuhaus@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. Open to all age 18 & over. No partner needed. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd places.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. 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 6:45 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]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Jennifer Metsker: Skazat! Poetry Series at Sweetwaters.

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Reading by this award-winning local poet whose work often frames dark themes in plainspoken, imaginatively whimsical language. Preceded by an open mike.
7-8:30 p.m. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. Free. 994-6663. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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At monthly chapter meetings, members receive skills training in various relevant areas, discuss and mobilize around pending legislation, and brainstorm strategies for upcoming events.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a nationwide, non-partisan, grass-roots movement of millions of Americans who work to:
--Close gaping loopholes in the background check system.
--Prevent child access to unsecured guns.
--Limit where, when, and how loaded guns can be carried in public.
--Support survivors of gun violence in America.
Text JOIN to 644-33
First United Methodist Church of Ypsilanti, 209 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. momswashtenaw@gmail.com www.momsdemandaction.org [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]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Bluegrass Jam": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Nov. 13 & 27. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass and bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. a2bluegrass.com, 794-6250. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Little": Literati Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of Edward Carey's macabre new novel about an orphan girl who learns the trade of wax sculpting and ends up becoming involved in the French Revolution.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Mysterious Realm of Soil": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local permaculture expert David Hall.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. 994-4589. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"An Introduction To Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery": Dawn Farm.

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"An Introduction To Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery" will be presented by Elizabeth A.R. Robinson, MPH, MSW, Ph.D. Mindfulness practices have been found to be effective in supporting sustained recovery from substance use disorders. This presentation will define mindfulness, describe research supporting mindfulness' benefit, and provide opportunities for the audience to experience and cultivate mindfulness. Lastly, we will tie these experiences and research to the process of recovery, making explicit the connection. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series [map]



 7:30 p.m. 

John Butler Trio+: The Ark.

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Veteran popular Australian roots-rock ensemble, which is currently a quintet. Opener: Dustin Thomas, an Australian soul-folk singer-songwriter.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. $33.50-$63.50 ($159 includes a meet & greet with Butler) in advance at Ticketmaster.com & all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [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. 

"Time Out: A Powerful Night of Stories & Songs": The Ark.

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With the veteran Texas-born, Nashville-based pop-folk singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, the big-voiced Big Rapids country-folk singer-songwriter May Erlewine, and The Accidentals, the wildly acclaimed nationally touring Traverse City pop-folk trio of multi-instrumentalists (and recent high school grads) Katie Larson and Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 10:30 p.m. 

Tango Tuesdays: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Tues. Tango dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded at 9:30 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
10:30-11:30 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (free with lesson). sophiatango.com, 634-9629. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Aut Bar: Jesse Kramer Trio

Jazz trio led by drummer Kramer. With saxophonist Bobby Streng and bassist Damon Warmack. [venue info]

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]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Oz's Music Environment: "Ukulele Jam"

Musicians of all ability levels invited. [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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