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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 4, 2019






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Master Kim Instructs Senior Student

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 Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $225/month. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Free Friday Fabric Banners": SCRAP Box Ann Arbor.

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Join us EVERY Friday in January for drop in fabric banner and garland making ALL DAY LONG! Crafters will have access to all the reuse materials needed to make unique and one of a kind fabric decor! Great to jazz up any space or to give as a gift.
This craft is a free gift from SCRAP to you any Friday this month!
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. Free. Donations Accepted. 7349940012. claire@scrapbox.org scrapbox.org [map]



 10 a.m.-noon 

"Writers Unlimited": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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Participants present their creative essays, short stories, poetry, and novels for constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement. Please bring copies of your work to distribute.
This study group for those 50 and over will meet for two hours on Fridays from January 4 through August 30.
Discussion leader Jerry Janusz has been a participant in this group for ten years.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $75. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu. https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

2019 Winter Open House: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members socialize, learn and travel - by car and boat and train and airplane! They create learning road trips powered by OLLI's programs -- all the while traveling to create memories, visit families and simply enjoy the journey. Share stories of finding your way to OLLI, of road trips you never expected to take and road trips that went awry.
During our Open House you can join OLLI, meet study group instructors and learn about upcoming classes, volunteer, or talk with committee members about upcoming lecture series, day trips and After 5 events.
10:00 am -- Mingling and displays
10:30 am -- Formal program - Finding the Way to OLLI
11:15 am -- Open House Buffet
Washtenaw Community College, Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. Free. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu. https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Hands-On Holidays": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Dec. 22-Jan. 6, except Dec. 24 & 25. Family-friendly hands-on activities and demonstrations. With live entertainment, including the Farmington Aim High Flyers high school pop-rock band (Dec. 22; 11 a.m., noon, & 2:30 p.m.), Beverly Meyer, "The Music Lady" (Dec. 26 & 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Jan. 1, noon), "Mr. Dan's Music Show" (Dec. 27 & 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.), local multi-instrumentalist Ken Kozora's "Electro Music Magic!" (Dec. 29 & 30, 1 & 3 p.m.), "Woodspeak Drum Experience" with Ragbirds drummer Randall Moore (Jan. 2 & 3, 1 p.m.), and nationally known local folk duo Gemini (Jan. 4, 1 p.m.). Also, Dec. 26-Jan. 6, "Hackathon: Games!" (10 a.m.-4 p.m., except Dec. 30 and Jan. 1 & 6, noon-4 p.m.) features hands-on activities with video games and board games.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [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]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Adventure Scout Wallets": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 3-8 invited to learn how to cut and stitch a wallet out of an old AADL event banner.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Harry Potter Party": Dexter District Library.

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Crafts, snacks, and games for youth age 6 & up. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book. Costumes encouraged.
2-3:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 2-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Puppet Show!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL storytellers present a puppet show for grades preK-3.
2-2:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Multipurpose Rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3:25, 6:15, & 9:25 p.m. 

"Green Book": State Theatre.

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(Peter Farrelly, 2018). Drama about an Italian American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African American classical pianist on a tour through the American south in the 1960s. Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali.
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). statetheatre.org, 668-TIME.


 3:25, 6:30 & 9:35 p.m. 

"Mary Poppins Returns": Michigan Theater.

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(Rob Marshall, 2018). Set in Depression-era 1930s London, this sequel finds Jane and Michael Banks all grown up, but a new generation of Banks children need Mary Poppins as much as ever.
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]


 3:35, 6:50, & 9:10 p.m. 

"Mary Queen of Scots": Michigan Theater.

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(Josie Rourke, 2018). Biopic about Mary, Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie.
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]


 3:35, 6:25 & 9:35 p.m. 

"The Favourite": State Theatre.

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(Yorgos Lanthimos, 2018). Period drama set in 18th-century England about 2 women competing for the affection of the eccentric and sickly Queen Anne. Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz.
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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:45, 6:45 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Vice": State Theatre.

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(Adam McKay, 2018). Biopic about former Vice President Dick Cheney. Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell.
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). statetheatre.org, 668-TIME.


 3:50, 6:20 & 9:20 p.m. 

"Roma": Michigan Theater.

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(Alfonso Cuarón, 2018). B&W drama about a young domestic worker employed by a middle-class family in Mexico City during the political turmoil of the 1970s. Spanish, subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 3:55 & 6:35 p.m. 

"At Eternity's Gate": Michigan Theater.

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(Julian Schnabel, 2018). Willem Defoe stars in this Vincent van Gogh biopic.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Teen VR Adventure": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to try out the library's collection of virtual reality systems, including Google Daydream & Lenovo Mirage.
4-5:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

Aris Chalin Trio.

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Aris Chalin Trio featuring Jonah Eichner (bass), Noah Greenberg (drums) and Aris Chalin (keyboard).
Dessous, 312 S. Main Street. No Cover. (734) 222-0202. [map]



 6 & 6:30 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Daily, except Jan. 1. All invited to play in competitive or 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; Sat. 1 p.m., casual), Legacy (Wed. 6:30 p.m., competitive), Pauper (Thurs. 6:30 p.m., casual), 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.-Thurs. & Fri.), 6 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.), & 1 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (casual), $10 (competitive), & free (Tues.). 786-3746. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing).

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All invited to join in song, chant, and circle dances in joyous affirmation of the unity of the world's spiritual traditions.
7-9 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill. $5 requested donation. 663-2037. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Elaborate Washer Necklaces": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Dawn Henry shows all grade 6-adult how to make necklaces out of pre-painted washers, beads, and cotton string.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:15-8:45 p.m. 

"Classic R&B Night": Ann Arbor Parks & Rec Funky Frosty Friday.

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All invited to skate to classic soul music. Prizes for best costume.
7:15-8:45 p.m., Buhr Park Ice Rink, 2751 Packard. $6 (youths age 17 & under and seniors age 60 & over, $5). $1 discount for city residents. Skate rentals available ($3). 794-6234. [map]


 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Matthew Broussard: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 3-5. Young Atlanta-bred comic who was named Houston's Funniest Person in 2012 for his playful humor directed at unlikely topics like physics and grammar, along with offbeat matters like the hardships of resembling a villain from an 80s movie. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. CANCELLED 

Heartland Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Event Cancelled. Jazz standards and originals, as well as a smattering of jazz-infused rock and folk, by this eclectic new Bloomington (IN) ensemble led by bassist/vocalist Hannah Marks. With tenor saxophonist Barclay Moffitt and drummer Rocky Martin. They've just released their 1st album, Year One.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $15-$25 (students, $10) in advance at

a2tix.com/events/1-4-2019-heartland-trio/tickets. Reservations recommended. 769-2999.
[map]
 


 8 p.m. 

Reggie Harris: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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This veteran Philadelphia singer-guitarist specializes in African American folk and gospel music. He is best known locally as a member of the husband-and-wife duo Kim & Reggie Harris. His debut solo album, Ready to Go, is a response to the current political climate.
8 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance and at the door. 665-8558. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Sideline: The Ark.

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Bluegrass quintet composed of veteran North Carolina-based session musicians and sidemen who came together to make music rooted in the progressive styles of the 1980s & 1990s.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Improv: Draw Duo/Draw Trio": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. Performance by a guest improv troupe TBA. Followed by performances by members of the League of Pointless Improvisers, in groups of 2 or 3 (assigned by the audience), and "water form," a long-form style of improv developed by Pointless.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at pointlessbrew.com & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 9 p.m.-midnight 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson and occasionally followed at midnight by blues dancing.
9 p.m.-midnight, Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students with ID, $4; $1 discount for AACTMAD members). (847) 757-0942. [map]


 9:05 p.m. 

"Free Solo": State Theatre.

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(E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin, 2018). Documentary following the free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Matt Braunger

Affable Chicago-based comic, a regular on MADtv during its final season, who blends often dark oddball tales with goofy one-liners. $15. 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). [venue info]

Club Above: "Bridging the Gap."

With local R&B and hip-hop acts TBA. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Phil McMillion

Veteran local folk-rock singer-songwriter. Opener: Chris McGorey, a Canton singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Killer Flamingos Killer Flamingos

Rock 'n' roll covers and originals by this popular, veteran band from Dearborn. Cover, dancing. In the Millennium Club. [venue info]

Live: FUBAR FUBAR

6-piece band led by guitarist Randy Tessier and featuring vocalist Sophia Hanifi. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of originals by Hanifi and Tessier and covers of everyone from the Yardbirds, the Byrds, and Dylan to the Foundations' 1968 hit "Build Me Up Buttercup" and priceless obscurities like Love's "Alone Again Or." 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The George and Laura Duo The George and Laura Duo

Funky soul and R&B by the duo of vocalist Laura Rain and her husband, guitarist George Friend. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Scott Martin Band

Canton alt-country-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Martin. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Open Mike.

All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Tap Room: "First Friday."

With Barker & Broski, the local proto-punk rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter duo of Michael Snyder-Barker and Chris Broski. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Jim Smith

Local country-folk singer-songwriter whose influences include Gordon Lightfoot and James Taylor. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo. Tonight the band is celebrating its 30th anniversary. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: The Frenchtown Playboys

Traditional blues and jazz by this ensemble from Monroe led by the brother duo of Bandon James and Adam Bradley. [venue info]

 
 


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