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Calendar of Events

Monday, January 21, 2019






 
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 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Annual Children & Youth Program": U-M MLK Symposium.

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Parents can drop off kids in grades K-12 for a day of stories, discussions, skits, musical performances, and activities centered on Martin Luther King Jr. Pizza lunch provided. Kids age 4 & under welcome if accompanied by an adult.
U-M Modern Languages Bldg., 812 E. Washington. Free. Preregistration available at sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/mlk. 764-9567. [map]


 9:30 a.m.  Free! 

Free yoga: Imagine Fitness and Yoga.

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All are welcome! Join Imagine Fitness and Yoga for a free community yoga class at 9:30am on Monday 1/21 or 1/28. Intro to Hatha yoga is a class that everyone can benefit from, including complete beginners and seasoned yogis. Bring a friend and see you on Monday!
Imagine Fitness and Yoga, 3100 West Liberty Rd. Free. 734-622-8119. imagine@imaginefitnessandyoga.com imaginefitnessandyoga.com [map]



 10 & 11 a.m.  Free! 

"KinderConcert": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Join Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra musicians and Geri Stein for live music, stories, and movement for little ones, featuring Joy Rowland on the string bass!
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 7344824110. www.ypsilibrary.org [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

33rd Annual Keynote Memorial Lecture: U-M MLK Symposium.

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Talk by prominent anti-racist writer and educator Tim Wise and James and Grace Lee Boggs School (Detroit) principal Julia Putnam. For the full schedule of the symposium, see oami.umich.edu/um-mlk-symposium.
10 a.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 936-1055. [map]


 10-11:30 a.m. 

Weekly Rehearsal: Women's Chamber Chorus.

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Every Mon., Jan. 14-Apr. 22. All invited to join this independent 30-member local women's chorus to sing everything from Bach and Hungarian folk songs to madrigals and pop tunes. Its spring concert is Apr. 26.
10-11:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw. Free to visitors ($125 per semester dues for those who join). womenschamberchorus.com; 665-9271. [map]


 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaks": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to drop in and watch videos of MLK's speeches.
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek. Free. 327-4200. .


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Art Start": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft projects for kids aged 2-5, accompanied by an adult. Siblings welcome.
10:30-11 a.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Free! 

"MLK Day Family Drop-In": Ann Arbor Art Center.

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All invited to make a dove, illustrated with themes of love, freedom, or equality, to contribute to a larger artwork. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Art Center, 117 W. Liberty. Free. 994-8004. [map]


 Noon-3 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 Noon & 1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Lift Every Voice: Carillon Music by Black Composers": U-M School of Music.

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U-M carillonneur Tiffany Ng performs the world premiere of Trevor Weston's Nuut, as well as transcriptions of jazz & gospel songs and music by Jessie Montgomery, Betty Jackson King, and Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson. Followed by Q&A. Warm clothing recommended.
Noon & 1:30 p.m., Burton Tower 3rd-floor belfry (noon) & Lurie Tower (1:30 p.m.; 1230 Murfin). Free. 615-3204. [map]


 12:30-4 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs., except 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]


 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. 

"Finding Meaning in Life": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Looking at what meaning is and how we can tap into it. The benefit of living a meaningful life. Dr. Amberg is a neuropsychologiest who has worked with meaning.
There are no books required. Active participation is expected.
This study group will meet for two hours on Mondays from January 21 through April 8.
Instructor Dr. Amberg has worked with children as young as 2 years of age through old-age-related disorders. His range of teaching experience is from 1st grade through undergraduate, graduate, and medical students.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd. $45. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Jan. 5 & 21. All invited to help maintain the natural areas in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance.

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Jan. 5: Olson Park (1-3 p.m., meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail) to help remove invasive shrubs to improve bird habitats in celebration of National Bird Day.

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Jan. 21: Barton Nature Area (1-3 p.m., meet at the Barton Dam parking lot, 1010 W. Huron River Dr.)o pull invasives on this MLK Day of Service.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 1-5 p.m.  Free! 

"I Have a Dream Collaborative Sculpture": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to drop in and add to a community sculpture inspired by MLK's famous speech.
1-5 p.m., AADL Pittsfield. Free. 327-4200. .


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Taking Action to Unravel Injustice in Our Own Communities": U-M Institute for Social Research.

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Talk by UC-Berkeley law professor john a. powell. Followed by a panel discussion with Seattle activist Nick Licata and local citizen activists.
1 p.m., 1430 Institute for Social Research, 426 Thompson. Free. 763-6664. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Using Genomic and Environmental Methods to Unravel Hypertension Health Disparities in African American Women": 29th Annual U-M MLK Health Sciences Lecture.

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Talk by New York University health equity professor Jacquelyn Taylor. Lunch follows.
1 p.m., U-M Hospital Towsley Center Dow Auditorium, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 763-7045. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

GOREE Drum & Dance Company: Ann Arbor District Library MLK Day Concert.

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Performance of West African drumming and dances by this Columbus (OH)-based dance company.
2-3 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. . [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

Keith Boykin: EMU MLK Day Celebration Keynote Lecture.

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Talk by this CNN political commentator and bestselling writer, author of For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Still Not Enough, winner of the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Nonfiction in 2013.
2 p.m., EMU Student Center Auditorium, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-1849. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Dragon Storytime & Craft!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Dragon-themed storytime and crafts for kids in grades preK-K.
2-3 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

"MLK Day: Michael Eric Dyson": U-M Library.

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This Georgetown University sociology professor and New York Times opinion writer--a Detroit native--discusses MLK and African American leadership in the 21st century.
2-4:30 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Grad Library Gallery, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-7522. [map]


 3-4:30 p.m. 

Spanish: Advanced Beginner - Intermediate : OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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A continuation for those who have taken Spanish for Beginners and/or have some basic experience with the language!
Participants will advance in their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar in order to carry on conversations. Participants should purchase Living Language * Spanish Complete which consists of 3 books and 9 CDs available on Amazon.com.
This study group will meet for 90 minutes on Mondays from January 21 through April 1, except on February 25.
Instructor Jennie Lieberman, a native Spanish speaker, was born in Cuba and has extensive tutoring experience.
Community Health Services Building, Suite A2, 2025 Traverwood Drive. $40. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Big Umbrella Storytime & Craft!"

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Kids in grades preK-2 invited to listen to this story about the importance of inclusivity, followed by umbrella-themed crafts.
3-4 p.m., AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Circle of Unity": Michigan Community Scholars Program.

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All invited to listen to or join a program of impromptu performances of songs and spoken word pieces inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. Also, performances by local singer-songwriter Joe Reilly and Detroit singer-guitarist Julie Beutel.
3-4 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. (202) 834-6291.


 3:15, 6:10 & 8:10 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:25, 6, & 9 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). statetheatre.org, 668-TIME.


 3:30-5:30 p.m. 

"From the Mouths of Millennials: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This study group will be a weekly discussion of contemporary literature recommended by Millennials specifically for OLLI learners. We will read five novels, each illustrating and grappling with the present social, political, economic, and environmental concerns of millennials-concerns which they want to bring to the attention of other generations.
Our discussions of the novels will include the significant current events included in the books, the ways in which they navigate social difference, and the reasons why millennials may have recommended them in the first place. We will read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Circle by Dave Eggers, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Walden on Wheels by Ken Ilgunas, and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.
This study group will meet for two hours on Mondays from January 27 through February 25. Instructor Emelia Abbe is a Ph.D. candidate in University of Michigan's Department of English.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $35. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 3:35 p.m. 

"The World Before Your Feet": State Theatre.

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(Jeremy Workman, 2018). Documentary about Matt Green, who's spent over 6 years walking all of the 8000+ miles of NYC streets.
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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:45, 6:30 & 9:10 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 3:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4, 6:40, & 9:15 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 4:15 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Bathtubs Over Broadway": Michigan Theater.

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(Dava Whisenant, 2018). Documentary about a late night comedy writer whose record-collecting hobby takes a bizarre turn after he discovers "industrial musicals," musical theater pieces produced by corporations for sales meetings & conventions.
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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Northfield Township Senior Center, 9101 N. Main St., Whitmore Lake. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [map]


 6-7:15 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

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If you are new to the aerial arts, this is the class for you!
Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics, static trapeze, and lyra, all in this 75 minute class for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
This intro level class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic skill on all apparatus, including ascent/descent, mount/dismount, foot locks, coming to seated and standing on the bar, and hollow body position. It should be repeated until your instructor clears you for beginning level classes.
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]



 6:20 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"MLK Day Celebration: The Power of Words": Ypsilanti District Library.

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Join Akili Jackson for an evening of interactive music and spoken word to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Kids can take a turn at the mic to share their voices and be part of the conversation about creating positive change in Ypsi through music.
Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Free. 7344824110. [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon., Wed., Thurs., & Sat., except July 4. Runners of all abilities invited to join a weekly run, 3-8 miles, along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Snacks provided. Rain or shine.
6:30 p.m. (8 a.m., Sat.), 123 E. Liberty (Mon.), 3010 Washtenaw (Wed.), The Session Room, 3685 Jackson (Thurs), and 5700 Jackson (Sat.). Free. 769-5016 (Mon.), 548-6299 (Wed.), 929-9022 (Thurs. & Sat). [map]


 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Diagnosing Plant Problems": Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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January 21 - Diagnosing Plant Problems
Robert Bricault, MSU Extension Educator in Consumer Horticulture, will provide basic principles that will help diagnose garden and landscape problems, including common problems caused by insects, diseases, environmental events and improper cultural practices.
Community Room at EHMSS, 440 W. Russell, Saline, MI 48176, Saline. Free. 734-652-6465. stoneandthistlegardenclub@gmail.com http://salinegardenclub.com/ [map]



 6:45-9 p.m.  Free! 

Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities invited to work on their projects together and learn about guild activities. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
6:45-9 p.m., Pittsfield Village Community Bldg., 2220 Pittsfield Blvd. (park on the street, or in the south lot). Free to visitors (annual dues for those who join). 994-4385. [map]


 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Gardening talks. Nov. 19: Gee Farms (Stockbridge) owner Kary Gee on "Conifer Basics." Jan. 21: MSU Extension educator Robert Bricault on "Diagnosing Plant Problems." Feb. 18: Willow Greenhouse (Northville) owner Nick Zimmer on "Gardening Tips & New Plants for 2019."
6:45 p.m., Evangelical Home Community Rm., 440 W. Russell, Saline. Free. 429-1107. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"What We Have Forgotten: MLK and Militarism": Veterans For Peace Chapter 93.

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This talk on Martin Luther King Day will concentrate on MLK's speeches and actions relating to defense versus militarism. Should we have a military mainly for defense, or should we use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests? Is prejudice a component of almost all wars? Before Dr. King's tragic death, he was speaking out more and more against government using the military over diplomacy and using the armed forces in the routine policy of the government. For such actions, Dr. King was criticized heavily, and even to this day his thoughts on war and militarism are as relevant as they were over 50 years ago.
Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch, 2503 Jackson Ave. Free. 734-487-9058. wolverbob@gmail.com www.vfp93.org [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Dean Rogers: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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This Novi portrait artist, who's won 3 international awards for his colored pencil work, discusses his latest series of fantasy portraits.
7 p.m., AAWA Headquarters, 4844 Jackson, ste. 100. Free. annarborwomenartists@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kristen Roupenian: Literati Bookstore.

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This fiction writer rose to prominence in 2017 when her short story "Cat Person" went viral online after being published in the New Yorker. Tonight, she reads from You Know You Want This, her brand-new debut collection of unsettling, darkly funny stories that explore connections between gender, sex, and power with characters ranging from a 10-year-old who wishes for "something mean" at her birthday party to a story about a woman who dreams of biting her coworker.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each week begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Jan. 7: "Second Chances: From Down and Out to Up and at 'Em." Jan. 14: "Does God Play Favorites?" Jan. 21: "Kids Without a Country: An Immigrant's Story." Jan. 28: "Hard to Be Healthy: TV's Biggest Loser Weighs in."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jan. 7 & 21. All grade 6-adult invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Basic sewing instruction available. Bring your own sewing machine, if you wish. On Jan. 7, Made by Rae owner Rae Hoekstra demonstrates shirring with elastic thread. On Jan. 21, local sewing expert Amber Adams-Fall shows how to sew mitered corners.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"What We Have Forgotten: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Militarism": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion with local Veterans for Peace members.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 274-0773. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Other New World Temperate Vegetation Zone: Patagonia": Michigan Botanical Club.

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U-M Herbarium curator Tony Reznicek discusses interesting habitats and remarkable plants from Patagonian forests and grasslands.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 8:50 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 9 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]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ravens Club: Bickley/Kramer/Roe

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [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 and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]

 
 


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