Champion Gymnastics offers a year-round recreational program comprised of six 8-week long sessions. We take enrollment daily, so there is never a need to wait until the next session begins to enroll in all the fun! With a variety of age appropriate classes, we're sure to find the perfect day and time to suit your busy schedule. We are also happy to offer one, no-obligation trial class to new students so your child can be sure to find the right fit for their age and skill level. Be sure to register for your trial to ensure class space and availability.
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Road. 734-222-1810. firstname.lastname@example.org https:
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. email@example.com scrapbox.org [map]
Participants will learn how to tell the stories of their lives and those of their ancestors. We will meet weekly, and each participant should be prepared to read a story they have written (including the first class).
Instructor Jan Price, who will lead this study group for two hours on Fridays from January 25 through April 19, calls herself a "very amateur memoirist".
Jan has written her story after being motivated by an OLLI class.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. $45. 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org www.olli-umich.org [map]
Jan. 24-26. This award-winning local children's theater presents its adaptation of Arnold Lobel's Owl at Home. Owl encounters strange bumps at the foot of his bed, is awakened by a noisy cricket, and wonders why the moon seems to follow him when he's out for a stroll. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Suitable for kids in grades Pre-K to 2.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (seniors age 60 & over and youth, $10; $3 lap passes available for kids age 1 & under) in advance at wildswantheater.org
Jan. 26 & 27. Experiments and hands-on activities revolving around the color spectrum.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free) regular museum admission. 995-9439. [map]
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]
Every Fri. except Jan. 4. All invited to bring a lunch and participate in a directed craft activity. Jan. 11: "Peaceful Pastel Sunset." Jan. 18: "Winter Wonderland." Jan. 25: "Patterned Paper Landscape."
Noon-1 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]
This seminar is for those who enjoy wine, but feel intimidated by their lack of knowledge about it. Learn lots of practical "how's" about wine: making wine; reading a label; using a corkscrew; opening champagne safely; tasting; matching with food; shopping for wine; storing wine, and more.
This will be an interactive two hour lecture/discussion (2-4pm) on January 25.
Instructor Martin Friedburg's 25-year career in the wine industry included Sales Manager at two Michigan wineries, owner of an Ann Arbor wine importing and distribution company and serving as a wine judge. Wines will not be tasted at this event.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road. $10. (734) 998-9351. email@example.com www.olli-umich.org [map]
Do you have an idea for a book, but don't know where to start? Do you have a draft of a novel in a drawer that you haven't touched in years? This workshop group for those 50 and over provides support and encouragement to writers in every stage of the novel-writing process.
This study group will meet for two hours on Fridays from January 25 through April 12.
Instructor Allie Hirsch is a recent graduate of the UM MFA program, and currently teaches writing at the Stamps School of Art and Design. This is her fifth semester leading this course.
Bank of Ann Arbor, 2601 Plymouth Road. $45. 734-998-9351. firstname.lastname@example.org. https:
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). email@example.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]
"Paved with Good Intentions: Is Art an Effective Means of Activism?": U-M Institute for the Humanities.more >
"Paved with Good Intentions: Is Art an Effective Means of Activism?": U-M Institute for the Humanities.< less
U-M Institute for the Humanities curator Amanda Krugliak and Skidmore College art lecturer Lauren Sandler discuss this new installation by artist-in-residence David Opdyke. Reception follows.
4 p.m., Institute for the Humanities Osterman Common Rm., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 936-3518. [map]
"Economics vs. Philosophy: Which Will Come Out on Top?": U-M Philosophy Department Ferrando Family Lecture.more >
"Economics vs. Philosophy: Which Will Come Out on Top?": U-M Philosophy Department Ferrando Family Lecture.< less
Talk by George Mason University political philosophy professor Tyler Cowen.
4:30-6:30 p.m., 3222 Angell Hall. Free. 764-6285. . [map]
Performance by the DCO's Dexter Brass Quintet. Proceeds help the DCO buy music and pay professional soloists.
5-8 p.m., Null Taproom, 2319 Bishop Circle, Dexter. Tickets $10 at the door. 355-0725. [map]
Jan. 11 & 25. Kids ages 5-11 invited to watch the animated films Ferdinand (Jan. 11) and Ice Age (Jan. 25). Also, crafts and a chance to interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional sibling). Preregistration required at hshv.org. 661-3575. [map]
Who doesn't love chips and dip?! In this JUST FOR KIDS tasting, we'll be exploring the world of all things crispy and dip-able. We'll learn about our super special partnership to make our amazing chips and also taste some of our favorite sauces (oh hey there, ranch!!) made by our Deli kitchen. We've got a few extra special "chip"-like tastes for you to try as well. You'll definitely not want to miss this one!!
We think kids ages 4-14 would most enjoy this tasting. Parents are welcome to attend at no charge and observe on the sidelines. All participants will receive a 20% off coupon to use after the tasting to eat and/or shop at the Deli. Please include your child's name, age, and any allergy information in the comments field when you register. Thank you!
Zingerman's Next Door Café, 422 Detroit St. $15. 7346633400. https:
Staffers share their favorite chip-and-dip combinations. Tastings.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Zingerman's Deli Upstairs. 422 Detroit St. $15 per kid includes tastings; parents welcome to lurk for free. 663-3354.
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]
Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture: Mabel O. Wilson, "Memory/Race/Nation: The Politics of Modern Memorials": The University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.more >
Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture: Mabel O. Wilson, "Memory/Race/Nation: The Politics of Modern Memorials": The University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.< less
Mabel O. Wilson is a Professor of Architecture, a co-director of Global Africa Lab (GAL) and the Associate Director at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. She's currently writing Building Race and Nation, a book about how slavery influenced early American civic architecture. She has authored Begin with the Past: Building the National Museum of African American History and Culture (2016). She is a member of the design team for the Memorial to Enslaved African American Laborers at the University of Virginia. She was recently one of twelve curators contributing to MoMA's current exhibition "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Architecture." She's a founding member of Who Builds Your Architecture? (WBYA?) a collective that advocates for fair labor practices on building sites worldwide and whose work was most recently shown in a solo show at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Art + Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069. Free. TaubmanCollegeCommunications@umich.edu http:
Jan. 25 & 26 (different programs). A major highlight of the local musical year, with established and rising stars representing a wide spectrum of vernacular musical idioms. Tonight's headliner is the acclaimed rural Washington singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile, the most nominated woman of the 2019 Grammys. Known for her arrestingly expressive, resonantly supple voice and sweetly melancholy ballads, she leads her trio in intimate, infectiously melodic roots-rock. "Carlile's songs have a spare heartache that reflects her love for old-school country, but she loves new-school mopers like Radiohead and Jeff Buckley just as much," says Rolling Stone critic Gillian Telling. Also appearing: Gregory Alan Isakov, the plaintive and poetic Johannesburg-bred singer-songwriter whose influences range from Leonard Cohen to Iron & Wine. Paste Magazine calls the result "quietly lush, deeply vibrant music more rooted in the starry night sky … than any terrestrial locale." Haley Heynderickx, a young Portland (OR) pop-folk singer-songwriter with a haunting voice who recently released her debut CD, I Need to Start a Garden. Sam Lewis, a highly regarded young Nashville-based country-soul singer-songwriter dubbed "a modern Townes Van Zandt" by Chris Stapleton. Parsonsfield, the Western Massachusetts alt-folk quintet whose music blends a rowdy, rock 'n' roll spirit with bluegrass and folk influences. Michigan Rattlers, the Petoskey countrified rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter duo, currently based in L.A., that cites AC/DC, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, and Creedence Clearwater Revival as influences. Emcee both nights is Peter Mulvey, the highly regarded folkie singer-songwriter from Milwaukee who is known for his complex guitar work, expressively playful vocals, and dark, vividly rendered lyrics.
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $42.50-$100 per night or $75-$180 for both, in advance at the Michigan League Underground and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
All invited to cozy up to a virtual fireplace with warm drinks & sweet treats, and mellow music, and work on a knitting or crocheting project with local crafter Beth Battey, put together jigsaw puzzles, or quietly read.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. . [map]
Jan. 25-27. Students in grades K-12 perform Ken Jones, Christine Jones, and Jamey Strawn's musical based on the classic fairy tale. Note: Times & cost tentative.
6:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Copeland Auditorium, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 at dextercommunityplayers.org. 726-0355. [map]
Jan. 18 & 25. All adults invited to view nocturnal animals in their habitats. Also, educational presentations of a sloth, armadillo, and tegu lizard. Followed by a chance to view the flight of an Egyptian fruit bat colony.
7-9 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $15; preregistration required at thecreatureconservancy.org. 929-9324. [map]
Every Fri., Jan. 11-Feb. 8. All invited to walk or (conditions permitting) ski or snowshoe half-mile lantern-lit loops. Fire available to warm up between laps. A few pairs of snowshoes available to borrow.
7-9 p.m., Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5). Space limited; preregistration required. $11 recreation passport required ($16 if purchased at the gate). 475-3170. [map]
Jan. 24-26. Local debut of this NYC-based stand-up comic who rose to national prominence after his role playing himself on Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He's "a skillful linguist who carefully plays with pitch, tone, and timing to spice up his jokes," notes a Creative Loafing (Atlanta) reviewer. 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.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. . [map]
Nov. 2, 16, & 30. All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
This acclaimed NYC-based ensemble performs piano quartet classics. Program: Brahms' Piano Quartet no. 3 in C minor, Dvorak's Piano Quartet no. 2 in E-flat Major, and Dvorak son-in-law Josef Suk's Piano Quartet in A minor. With violinist Daniel Hope, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist David Finckel, and pianist Wu Han.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $26-$56 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. . [map]
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]
Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 17-Mar. 16. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Michigan playwright Carey Crim's drama about a biology major who brings her boyfriend home to meet her 2 moms and tells them she's hired a private detective to help her find her biological father. Cast: Casaundra Freeman, Michelle Mountain, Caitlin Cavannaugh, Jeremy Kucharek, and Rusty Mewha.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]
Jan. 25-27 and Feb. 1 & 2. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers. With pianist Tyler Driskill. Singers include Laurie Atwood, Linda Beaupré, Sue Booth, Carolyn Burnstein, Roxy Diederich, Shelley MacMillan, Deanna Relyea, Emily Rogers, Susan Shipman, Monica Swartout-Bebow, Lisa Tucker-Gray, and Kathy Waugh. With special guest dancer January Provenzola. Swartout-Bebow directs. Wine is served. This popular event usually sells out.
8 p.m. (except Jan. 27, 4 p.m.), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$70 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. . [map]
"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.< less
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]
Blind Pig: "Haute to Death"
DJ dance party
Club Above: Sleepless Homes
Local alt-rock band. Openers: Port Huron experimental rock quartet Sleepology, the Jackson noise-rock trio LVRS, the Mount Pleasant emo-punk quartet Car Crash Rhetoric, and the local pop-rock sextet The Roundabouts. 7:30 p.m.- midnight.
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Stuart Benbow
Acoustic pop-folk originals and covers by this veteran local singer- songwriter and guitarist who grew up in Ontario.
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.
Habitat Lounge: Atomic Radio
Detroit quartet that plays 70s-90s rock and pop favorites.
Wry, pungent alt-country by this local ensemble led by singer-songwriter and guitarist David Rossiter that describes its influences as "English murder ballads, hardcore American country music, and careful-you'll-cut- yourself electric blues." With guitarist Dave Keeney, bassist Ralph McKee, and percussionist John Crawford, often along with guest vocalist Sophia Hanifi. The band's latest CD is the superb Blissfield. 6:30-9 p.m.
Mash: Matt Gabriel
Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. 6-9 p.m.
Mash: The Bluescasters
High energy blues-infused rock'n'roll quartet.
Rumpus Room: Open Mike.
All musicians invited. Hosted by Jacob Gibson. Sign-up begins at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.-midnight.
Zou Zou's Cafe: Rob Crozier
Solo performance by this local jazz bassist, who also plays ukulele, didgeridoo, and more.
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