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Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 13, 2019

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 8 a.m.-9 p.m. 

Wolverine Classic: Gym America.

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Jan. 11-13. Nearly 1,000 women gymnasts compete in this national-level competition. Complete schedule available at
5-9 p.m. (Fri.) & 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Admission $12 (tentative) at the door. 971-1667. [map]

 9 a.m. 

"I Want to Meditate, But...": Su Hansen: Personal and Spiritual Growth.

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I often hear, "I want to make meditation a part of my daily life, but…". What follows are stories about failure and negative self-talk about not making enough effort or self-sabotage. You can bring those stories and that talk with you to our workshop. There will be a basket by the door where you can leave them if you'd like and after the workshop you may find that you won't want to take them with you when go.
First we will explore what you are looking for from meditation. That will help us to get an idea of your destination and give me a start on what to offer you to help to get you there. We will then look at what happens when you think about or try to meditate. Hint: often we try hard to do it right. I won't be teaching you the approved way to meditate, but I will give you some useful information on different ways people have found to effectively do it. I will also bring along a whole trunk of different meditation and contemplative practices you can try on, play with, see if th
Small House, 3269 Lohr Rd. $40. 734.417.8397. [map]

 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m., meet at Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 996-9122 (10 a.m.) & 347-1259 (1 p.m.). [map]

 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Improvisation Marathon - Music, Dance, Visual Art": Plant the Seed - an improvisation initiative.

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Plant the Seed presents: Improvisation Marathon at the Ypsilanti Experimental Space. Six hours of continuous creativity - Music, Dance, Visual Art. 14 overlapping acts creating a space for spontaneous collaboration. Free Admission. Come and go as you please
Ypsilanti Experimental Space, 8 N. Washington Street, Ypsilanti Mi, 48197, Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Understanding the Mind, Learning and Technology": First United Methodist Church Conversations About Science and Religion.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by U-M Brain Imaging Laboratory codirector Ioulia Kovelman, of chapter 3 of Noreen Herzfeld's 2009 book Technology and Religion.
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., FUMC Calkins Hall, 120 S. State. Free. 662-4536. . [map]

 11:10 a.m.  Free! 

"Interfaith Wisdom: Women Creating alliances for friendship and peace"

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Interfaith Wisdom is a panel of five women from different faith backgrounds who work together to establish community and networks.
First Congregational Church, 608 E. William St. Free. 734-662-1679. [map]

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot. Free., 846-9418.

 12:55 p.m. 

"Superman Double Feature": Fathom Events.

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Screenings of 2 animated features, The Death of Superman (2018) and the brand-new Reign of the Supermen.
12:55 p.m., Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 1 p.m. 

"Talking with People Who Anger You": Meta Peace Team Washtenaw Hub.

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At the office or at a family or neighborhood gathering; they say something racist, homophobic or actively deny basics like human dignity and climate change. You don't want to ignore it. Confrontation head on won't make a change. Join us to learn and practice skills such as CLARA that can lead to useful dialogue even with what seem to be impossible people.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main St. $35. 734.417.8397. www, [map]

 1 p.m. 

Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players: The Ark.

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Family concert by this acclaimed ensemble led by Roberts, a Minneapolis indie rock singer-songwriter turned Montessori preschool teacher. The band has been a big hit everywhere from Symphony Space in New York to Lollapalooza, and its CD Not Naptime was named by Parents' Choice as one of the 25 best kids CDs of the past 25 years.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 (kids age 12 & under, $12) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (currently in the Michigan League) and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 1-4 p.m. (postponed to Jan. 20))  Free! 

Shape Note Singing: Ann Arbor Sacred Harp.

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All invited to join an afternoon of shape note, or sacred harp, singing, a form of communal hymn singing that has its roots in colonial America. Songbooks available, but singers encouraged to bring their own.

1-4 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Free, but donations accepted for music scholarships. 678-7549, 663-0262. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off Poco the sloth (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour with a cougar, red tailed boa, armadillo, and tegu, and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including African crested porcupines, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Bath Bombs": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to make hard-packed mixtures of dry ingredients that effervesce when wet, releasing essential oils, scent, bubbles, and color to bathwater. Materials provided.
1-2 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. . [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Watercolor Snowflake Art": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for kids in grades K-3.
1-2 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Joe's Memory Cafe Loss Meet Up": Collaborative event recommended by the Alzheimer's Association.

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This collaborative program welcomes individuals with memory loss living in their homes, their care partners, family and friends. It is a supportive and engaging environment where everyone can interact, have fun, find support and enjoy a positive experience. If you have any questions or would like to register, please call Sandy Schmunk at 734-649-6806
Joe's Memory Arts Cafe, 5361 McAuley Drive. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Saline Area Players hold Auditions for Scrambled": Saline Area Players.

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Saline Area Players are hosting AUDITIONS for the comedy Scrambled by Pat Cook, are on January 13 at 2 PM and January 14 at 7 PM at 211 Willis Rd, Saline. Callbacks January 17. Show dates March 21-23. This character-driven comedy takes place in a café where you'll meet the owner Purdy, the village sage, some town gossips, and a potential suitor and food critic, among others. Parts (8 F and 6 M) for actors ages late teen to older adult. Full information on the website at
The 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd, Saline. Free. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Oliver!": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Jan. 10-13. Wendy Sielaff directs local actors in Lionel Bart's popular 1960 musical adaptation of Dickens' Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphaned boy who falls in with a band of pickpockets in Victorian London. The score includes many popular hits, including "Where Is Love?," "Food, Glorious Food," "As Long As He Needs Me," and the title tune. Stars Emmanuel Morgan, Peter Sonnberg, Per Bergman, Richard Knapp, Taylor Towers, Elena Schroeder, Kevin Morgan, David Rowe, Caitlin Rowe, Lillian Pinsky, John Palenick, Gage Soucie, Brad Vincent, Melissa Pinsky, Ann Marie Mann, and Ainsley Maddock.
7:30 p.m. (Thur.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $28 (seniors, $25; students, $15; Thurs., tickets remaining at the box office 45 minutes before showtime are pay what you can) in advance at and, if available, at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Proof: The Ryoichi Excavations": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of Patrick Nagatani's photographs of staged archaeological excavations made to look like modern cars have been found at ancient sites.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Telling Twain": Dexter District Library.

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Veteran Chelsea storyteller and writer Steve Daut, a Second City Comedy Club grad, reads from his new collection of classic Mark Twain stories he adapted for modern audiences. The book also contains historical and performance notes for each tale. Book sale & signing.
2-3:30 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Woods to Meadow Ramble": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Hike led by WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance.
2-4 p.m., Baker Woods Preserve, 11914 Trinkle Rd., Dexter. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 2:30, 5:20 & 8 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: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 2:30 p.m. 

"Orpheus and Euridice": Arbor Opera Theatre.

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Jan. 11 & 13. This polished local opera company presents Ricky Ian Gordon's tender song cycle, a contemporary take on the Greek myth of Orpheus's journey to the underworld to rescue his beloved Eurydice. Stars soprano Monica Dewey, pianist Kathleen Kelly, and a clarinetist TBA. Written as Gordon's partner was dying of AIDS, the music is "a reflection on love, death, and art that turns out to be simple, but effective," says an AllMusic review of a 2007 recording. "All three [musicians] are given music that tests the ranges of their instruments, despite this being an essentially austere piece."
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 11) & 2:30 p.m. (Jan. 13), Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tickets $10-$25 in advance at Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]

 2:40, 5:30 & 8:30 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: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 2:50 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: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 3, 5:50 & 8:20 p.m. 

"If Beale Street Could Talk": State Theatre.

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(Barry Jenkins, 2018). Romantic drama about a pregnant woman whose fiancé is falsely accused of a crime.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawing for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Sun. except Jan. 6. Ann Arbor Art Center artists host a different directed drawing activity each week.
3-5 p.m., Downtown 4th fl. meeting rm. (Jan. 13 & 20), and Secret Lab (Jan. 27). Free. 327-4200. . [map]

 3 p.m. 

"King for a Day: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood LIVE!": Mills Entertainment (Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just for Kids Series).

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National touring production of a live stage version of this animated PBS show featuring characters created by the late children's TV pioneer Fred Rogers. Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel hosts a high-spirited, laugh-filled interactive song-and-dance adventure as he and his friends explore the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. Recommended for families with kids in grades PreK-1. Michigan Theater.
3 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35 in advance at . [map]

 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Paper 3-D Sledding Scene": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for kids in grades K-6.
3-4 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 3:15 & 8:55 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: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

"Buhr Blitz Day": Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation.

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Join us, together with GIVE 365, for an afternoon of special games, contests and prizes. It's so much fun for the whole family!
General admission rates apply.
Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena, 2751 Packard Road. General Admission. 734.794.6234. [map]

 3:30, 6:15 & 9:10 p.m. 

"On the Basis of Sex": Michigan Theater.

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(Mimi Leder, 2018). Biopic about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and her fight for equal rights. Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4-7 p.m.  Free! 

Beer & Board Games: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sun. All invited to play board games. Some games provided (or you can bring your own, if you wish).
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Workshop: Secret Decoder Ring": TinkerTech.

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Need to get a message to your friends safely? This calls for invisible ink and a secret decoder ring!
Join us and MAKE your own decoder ring that will allow you to decipher messages you write with an invisible ink pen. Even better, you get to KEEP your own decoder ring and invisible ink pen!
Ages: 7+
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. $20. 734-707-8019. [map]

 5:40 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: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance thought to be descended from the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., sidewalk between North Quad & Rackham. Free. Email to confirm or check 717-1569.

 6:05 & 8:45 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam."

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Musicians of all ability levels invited to sing and play anything from classic rock, Motown, and blues to bluegrass, folk, and country. Singers and players of all acoustic instruments (strings, horns, and woodwinds) welcome. If bringing music for the group to play, bring 27 copies. Led by veteran local musicians Bill Connors and Phil McMillion. Also, on Jan. 20, a session for songwriters to try out their new work and get critiques.
7-9 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. $5 for participants, spectators free. Preregistration required at 998-9353. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Hamlet": University Musical Society.

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Taped re-broadcast of the National Theatre (London) 2015 production of Shakespeare's masterful tragedy. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $22 (MTF members, $18) in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"8 Pointless Minutes: A Long Form Improv Jam": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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All invited to form groups to perform an 8-minute improv sketch. No experience necessary. Spectators welcome.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Pay what you can., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8:10 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: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Rob Crozier Trio

Jazz originals and standards by this local ensemble led by bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Old Town: Ben Hassenger

Lansing folk-rock singer-songwriter and ukulele player who's written 2 Detroit Tigers songs that are in the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. [venue info]

Ravens Club: "Sol Jazz Sundays."

A house band--trumpeter Ingrid Racine, keyboardist Michael Malis, bassist Josef Deas, & drummer Jesse Kramer--is joined by a different guest each week. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings

This local 10-piece big band is one of the few to specialize in the old- time big-band music of the late 1920s and early 1930s associated with Jelly Roll Morton and King Oliver. Arrangements by the renowned early-jazz pianist James Dapogny and tubaist Chris Smith. [venue info]


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