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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 7, 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]



 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Annual Rummage Sale: Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

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Feb. 7-9. Sale of household goods, clothes, purses, jewelry, sporting goods, books, dishes, pots and pans, table linens, bed linens, curtains, pictures, lamps, and more.
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.), Columbus Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 426-5558. [map]


 9-11 a.m.  Free! 

Daycroft School Open House Elementary Campus: Daycroft Office of Admissions.

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Come and explore what's happening at Daycroft School's elementary campus. Group tours start at 9 or 10am. Schedule a tour today by registering at admissions@daycroft.org. Check out our website at www.daycroft.org.
Daycroft School Elementary Campus, 1095 N. Zeeb Rd. Free. 734-930-0333. admissions@daycroft.org www.daycroft.org [map]



 10:00 a.m.  Free! 

"Bob Palmerton Pastels - Landscape Paintings Exhibit": Saline District Library.

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The Saline District Library is hosting an exhibit of landscape pastels by Bob Palmerton. The exhibit runs through Friday, March 29th. Bob's pastel paintings feature scenes from local and international settings, national and state parks, and much more. Bob's work can be viewed online at www.palmertonimages.com.
Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline. Free. bob@palmertonimages.com www.palmertonimages.com [map]



 10 - 11:30 a.m. 

"The Future of Work: Build A Workplace People Love - Just Add Joy": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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Presenter Rich Sheridan will explore what an intentionally joyful work culture must choose as its focus. He will discuss what a joyful workplace looks and feels like, and how it is organized. You will see paradoxical approaches: How workplace noise increases productivity, how two people at one computer outperform hero-based organizations, how rigor and discipline emanate from a shared-belief system, how transparency conquers fear, and how quality can be a natural result of a team built on trust.
Menlo Innovations CEO, Rich Sheridan, had one thought during a difficult mid-career in the technology industry: ...things can be better -- much better! Ultimately, Rich and co-founder James Goebel invented Menlo Innovations in 2001 to "end human suffering in the world as it relates to technology." Their unique company-which creates custom software--is so interesting that almost 4,000 people a year travel from around the world to see it.
Washtenaw Community College, Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Drive. $10 Day Pass - $30 six lecture series (see the web site). 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu. https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs., except May 2. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
10 a.m.-noon, Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sun.-Fri. 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. (Sun.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), meet at the Barton Nature Trail parking lot (Mon.-Fri.), 1010 W. Huron River Dr. and Wheeler Park (Sun.), N. Fourth Ave. at Depot. Free. 649-9762 (Mon.-Fri.), 996-9122 (10 a.m. Sun.), & 347-1259 (1 p.m. Sun.). [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: A Valentine for Squirrel": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Kids, accompanied by a caregiver, invited to listen to squirrel stories, make a valentine for a mama squirrel, and go on a short hike to deliver it to her mailbox.
10 a.m., Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings, Whitmore Lake. Free. Preregistration required at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. $6 vehicle entry fee. 971-6337. [map]


 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Dance Along, Sing Along": Chelsea District Library.

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Local music teacher Beth Battey, co-organizer of the Cumberland Dance Week family dance camp, leads a program of songs, dances, and musical games for preschoolers age 2 & up. Followed by open playtime. Siblings welcome.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
10:30 a.m., HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tour the Tileworks": Motawi Tileworks.

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Every Tuesday at 1pm and Thursday at 11am, rain or shine, we offer a free tour of the Tileworks. You can browse our studio gallery, meet our staff, learn about our company history, and observe our tile-making process firsthand. Tours typically last 60-90 minutes and are best for ages 8 to adult. Reservations are not required, however please call ahead if your party consists of 10 or more.
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Drive. Free. 734-213-0017. tours@motawi.com https://www.motawi.com/pages/tour-the-tileworks [map]



 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Live music performances.

Feb. 7: Country music and more by Danirée, a trio led by Pacific Northwest singer-guitarist Daniel Goree.

Feb. 14: Valentine's Day songs by CutTime Simfonica, a Detroit classical string quartet with drums that plays adventurous new works blending Latin, tango, folk, rock, blues, country, soul, and hip-hop.

Feb. 21: Jazz and bossa nova by the Paul VornHagen Jazz Duo.

Feb. 28: The husband-and-wife duo of guitar virtuoso Elden Kelly and oboist Lani Kelly performs works from Song of the Nightingale, their new recording of Elden's originals and arrangements.

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12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Quilting Techniques": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Display of quilts done with several techniques and descriptions of how Jean Shaw, your instructor, makes quilts. This Study Group will meet Thursday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., February 7.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi for Arthritis": Sun Shen.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginner to improve health and wellness. Classes are held 1pm - 1:50pm. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55 / month, $17 / drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 1 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 a 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.
Glacier Hills Retirement Community/The Manor, 1200 Earhart Rd. Free. 7343692716. aelliston@alz.org alz.org/mglc [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Secret Love Life": Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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Wild Birds Unlimited co-owner Diane Hein-Beutel discusses the love life of birds. Light refreshments. Preceded at 11:30 a.m. by lunch ($15) and a club meeting.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free; reservations required. annarborfarmandgarden.org. 330-8521. [map]


 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Elementary French": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Participants will learn the basics of how to read and speak in French, including pronunciation, basic conversational skills, and the grammatical structure of putting sentences together.
A text will be available for purchase. This Study Group led Simone Yehuda will meet Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m., February 7 - April 11.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, RM 9/10, 2309 Packard Street. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 3:30, 6:15 & 9:10 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.


 3:40, 7:15 & 9 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]


 3:40 p.m. 

"Shoplifters": State Theatre.

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(Hirokazu Koreeda, 2018). Drama about a family whose decision to make ends meet by shoplifting comes under scrutiny after they adopt a young girl. Japanese, subtitles.
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.


 3:50 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.


 4, 6:35 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Destroyer": State Theatre.

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(Karyn Kusama, 2018). Drama that follows the moral & existential crises of an LAPD detective after a case from her youth comes back to haunt her. Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany.
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.


 4 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Stan & Ollie": Michigan Theater.

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(Jon S. Baird, 2018). Biopic about Laurel & Hardy's attempt to restart their comedy career by touring post-WWII Britain. John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan.
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]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Human Rights in the Neoliberal Maelstrom": U-M Donia Human Rights Center.

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Yale University law and history professor Samuel Moyn reads from his new book, Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World, which examines why the post-WWII global rise of human rights has occurred alongside exploding inequality.
4-5:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-8482. [map]


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play popular board games (list available at theloadeddie.com). "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). facebook.com/drinkblom. [map]


 5-6 p.m. 

Youth Mixed Aerial Apparatus (Ages 8-17): A2 Aviary.

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This class is designed for active young people to explore the fundamentals of the aerial arts, known as "flying". Students will learn the basic poses and sequences on the trapeze, aerial hammock, and lyra, as well as dynamic warm up methods and cool down stretching. New students will focus on building the endurance needed to spend several minutes in the air, students with aerial experience will layer personal style, choreography, and refinement over the basics. Be ready to build strength, flexibility, and coordination!
All ages will warm up and cool down together. Depending on the size of the class, ages 8-12 and 13-17 will be split in to two groups, each with their own instructor, for all in the air activities.
This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to class
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Feb. 7, 14, & 21. Talks by visiting artists. Feb. 7: NYC-based DJ and poet Juliana Huxtable. Feb. 14: Syracuse performance artist and MacArthur "genius" Carrie Mae Weems on "A History of Violence, Heave." Weems performs her work Past Tense at the Power Center Feb. 15 & 16 (see listings). Feb. 21: Seattle-based film, animation, and installation artist Clyde Petersen on "Alternate Realities, Intentional Histories and Queer Survival: Building Your Own World in Dystopic Times."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ada Limón: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this acclaimed California-bred poet, whose 2018 book, The Carrying, is a collection of vulnerable, tender, and serious poems that explore everything from infertility to caring for aging parents. "Limón is a poet of ecstatic revelation," says poet Tracy K. Smith. "Her poetry feels fast, full of detail, often playful, and driven by a conversational voice." Signing.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium. Free. 764-6330.


 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Read Aloud Book Club": Chelsea District Library.

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All families invited to discuss The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken's 1962 middle-grade novel set in an alternative 1832 about 2 cousins who must foil the wicked plans of their evil governess while wolves ravage the English countryside. Pizza dinner provided.
5:30-6:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 6 p.m. 

Working Age Dinner Group: Arbor Hospice.

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Contact Cindy Palmer for more information at 734-794-5177.
The Working Age Dinner Group is a social group for those who have lost a spouse or partner and would like to share a meal together at an Ann Arbor restaurant. This group is targeted at those who are still working age. Note: Each member is responsible for the cost of their own meal.
Various Ann Arbor Resaurants. Pay for your own meal. 734-794-5177.


 6:25 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.


 7 & 9:20 p.m. 

"Cold War": State Theatre.

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Pawel Pawlikowski, 2018). B&W Romeo-and-Juliet story set in post-WWII Poland. Polish, subtitles.
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.


 7 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. Game materials provided.
5 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Thurs.), Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Meetings run until closing time, usually midnight. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

Beginning Pole Dance: A2 Aviary.

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Twirling, dancing, and climbing a pole - what more can you ask for? In this 90 minute class, you will learn beginning pole skills and have the opportunity to string them together in upbeat, fun choreography. With an emphasis on building strength and safe pole dancing form, we will explore the creativity of this vertical dance form. You will also learn how to set up and break down the X-Poles, so that you will be able to use them when you are cleared for open gym.
Please wear shorts (feel free to bring layers to stay warm) and avoid wearing lotion or jewelry to this class.
All genders are welcome in every class at the Aviary. 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]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Caleb Roehrig: Literati Bookstore.

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This Chicago writer, an Ann Arbor native, reads from and discusses Death Prefers Blondes, his new young adult novel about a teen socialite who pulls off high-stakes burglaries with a team of kickboxing drag queens. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Screening of a DVD on mining Colorado Amazonite. Followed by discussion.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]


 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Nov. 1: Findlay. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 9: Mount St. Mary's. 7 p.m.

Nov. 19: Detroit Mercy. 7 p.m.

Dec. 6: Long Island. 7 p.m.

Dec. 15: Morgan State. 11 a.m.

Dec. 21: Southern. Noon.

Dec. 31: Minnesota. 2 p.m.

Jan. 8: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Jan. 20: OSU. 3 p.m.

Jan. 27: MSU. 2 p.m.

Jan. 31: Iowa. 6 p.m.

Feb. 7: Nebraska. 7 p.m.

Feb. 14: Indiana. 7 p.m.

Feb. 21: Rutgers. 7 p.m.

Mar. 3: Wisconsin. 2 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"I Want to Eat Your Pancreas": Fathom Events.

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Subtitled (Feb. 7) & dubbed (Feb. 10) screenings of the 2018 coming-of-age anime about the relationship between a popular girl and the aloof bookworm who discovers her diary.
7 p.m. (Feb. 7) & 12:55 p.m. (Feb. 10), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Make Your Own Candy Hearts": Chelsea District Library.

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All teens invited to make candy hearts with personalized messages.
7-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Color of Pomegranates": U-M Armenian Studies Program.

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(Sergei Parajanov, 1969). Acclaimed surrealistic art film depicting the life of 18th-century Armenian singer-poet Sayat Nova through a series of nonnarrative tableaux based on images from his poetry. Armenian, subtitles.
7 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 763-0622. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn: University Musical Society.

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This husband-and-wife duo is widely considered the "first couple of banjo." Fleck, the founding banjoist of the seminal progressive bluegrass outfit Newgrass Revival, is known for his penchant for pushing the bluegrass idiom in the direction of jazz, funk, and worldbeat. Washburn first gained attention early in this century as a member of the Ann Arbor-bred old-time music group Uncle Earl. Although the 2 take opposing approaches to their chosen instrument--Fleck uses the fingerpicking arpeggiations popularized by Earl Scruggs, while Washburn focuses on propulsive rhythms with her preferred clawhammer style--the resulting collaboration has netted them universal acclaim and a Grammy. Their 2nd album, Echo in the Valley, features 15 different banjos, but Washburn brings her immersion in Chinese music to bear, steeping old-time Appalachian vocals in traditional Chinese folk music phrasing and tempo. The result, according to allmusic.com reviewer Thom Jurek, is "a compelling, imaginative album that is sometimes daunting for all the simplicity of its approach."
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $16-$60 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. contact@detroitirishmusic.org. 255-5310. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Faculty Showcase Concert: U-M School of Music.

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A collage-style concert of works in various styles by U-M music professors, including violinist Danielle Belen, saxophonists Andrew Bishop and Timothy McAllister, violist Caroline Coade, double bassist Max Dimoff, bassoonist Jeffrey Lyman, soprano Carmen Pelton, composer-vocalist Erik Santos, bass-baritone Stephen West, and pianists Arthur Greene, Christopher Harding, Martin Katz, Ellen Rowe, and Matthew Thompson.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Nathan Timmel: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 7-9. Stand-up comic from L.A. known for his edgy observational humor about marriage and family life. 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]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. Improv by up-and-coming local troupes, including This Is A Quiz, a group that may or may not incorporate a quiz into its show.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8. info@pointlessbrew.com, (989) 455-4484. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": Pioneer High School Theatre Guild.

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Feb. 7-10. Pioneer students perform Shakespeare's popular comic romance about the misadventures of a group of mortals who wander unwittingly into a power struggle between the king and the queen of the fairies.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PHS Little Theater, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $10 (seniors age 65 & over and students, $8) in advance at a2tix.com. 994-2120. [map]
 


 7:30 p.m. 

"Complex Rhythms": U-M Dance Company.

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Feb. 7-10. U-M dance students perform works by guest and faculty choreographers. The program is highlighted by a restaging of Shelter, the 1988 work about homelessness and disenfranchisement by Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. The New York Times calls it "a powerful incantation against the evils of obliviousness and neglect." Also, a new work by Harge Dance Stories (Detroit) artistic director (and U-M grad) Jennifer Harge focuses on the intersection of movement, African American culture, and the history of protest. U-M dance professor Bill DeYoung celebrates the Leonard Bernstein centenary with his new work set to Bernstein's 1955 Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs. U-M dance professor Robin Wilson premieres a new work inspired by anticipation of her upcoming trip to Cuba.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $30 & $24 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Next to Normal": The Encore Musical Theatre Company.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 31-Feb. 24. This local professional theater company performs Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey's Pulitzer- and Tony-winning 2008 rock musical about a suburban family coping with crisis and mental illness. The New York Times calls it "a feel-everything musical, which asks you, with operatic force, to discover the liberation in knowing where it hurts." The score's "rock 'n' roll jaggedness and vitality" shift "from dainty music-box lyricism to twanging country-western heartbreak," with songs such as "My Psychopharmacologist and I" and "Didn't I See This Movie?"
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Encore, 3126 Broad St., Dexter. Tickets $32 (seniors, $30; youth & groups of 10 or more, $28) on Thurs.; $36 (seniors, $34; youth & groups of 10 or more, $32) on Fri. & Sat. eve.; $34 (seniors, $32; youth & groups of 10 or more, $30) for all matinees in advance at theencoretheatre.org and at the door. $15 student rush tickets (if available) an hour before showtime. 268-6200. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Ellis Paul: The Ark.

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Acclaimed Boston-based singer-songwriter from Maine who writes vividly figured, quietly thoughtful songs blending personal and political themes that he sings in what the All Music Guide aptly calls a "dynamic silken tenor." His latest CD, Chasing Beauty, is a collection of 14 songs that find inspiration in an array of sources, from Shakespeare and Johnny Cash to the Boston Red Sox and Jimmie Angel, the 1930s barnstorming pilot who discovered the world's largest waterfall.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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. 

"Never Not Once": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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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]


 8 p.m. 

"The How and the Why": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 1-24. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere of Sarah Treem's cerebral 2011 drama, based on the work of real-life biologist Margie Profet, about 2 brilliant female evolutionary biologists who clash over a potentially revolutionary theory of why humans menstruate. Their fight spins out into intergenerational conflicts about science, feminism, and family. A New York Times reviewer praises it as "a smart, densely textured work about men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny." Stars Diane Hill and Sayre Fox.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets (if available) $22 (kids, $10) or pay what you can in advance at theatrenova.org and at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]



 9 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Bona Sera: Pencilpoint Theater Works

Stories of Life" with local storytellers Steve Daut, Doug Smith, Judy Slater, Morgan Hoeffel, and Forrest Hejkal. Also, music by local singer-songwriter and pianist Katie Pederson. 7:30 p.m. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: "Bluegrass & Beer Thursday."

The local Pontiac Trailblazers, a bluegrass quartet led by bassist Ryan Shea, performs a set and then hosts a jam session during a 2nd set. Bring your instrument. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Mash: Dave Menzo photo by Myra Klarman

This local 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. [venue info]

Sweetwaters Plymouth Green: "Live Jazz."

With U-M music student ensembles TBA. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Kevin & the Glen Levens Kevin & the Glen Levens Band

Local quartet whose eclectic repertoire ranges from traditional Irish music to rockabilly, bluegrass, novelty songs, and roots-rock originals. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. Hosted by Rollie Tussing. [venue info]

 
 


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