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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

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 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
Saline District Library, 555 N. Maple Road, Saline. Free. [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]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Drop In Volunteering: SCRAP Box Ann Arbor.

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Volunteer Wednesdays at SCRAP!
Volunteers help us inspire creative reuse, and make materials available to the community. Volunteers assist with a variety of sorting, organizing, and creative projects while engaging with other creative reuse minded folks.
Volunteers are valued part of the SCRAP family. Help us continue our work to inspire reuse culture!
#volunteerpowered #weloveourvolunteers
Ages 14 and up. Younger volunteers must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers who complete a 3 hour shift receive a day of discount on reuse materials. Email for more info!
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. Free. 7342185620. [map]

 Noon-6 p.m. 

Book Shop Sale: Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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Friends Book Shop is having a sale!
Tuesday, February 19th-Friday, February 22nd: 1/2 off everything
Saturday, February 23rd-Sunday, February 24th: Everything 50 cents!
Friends Book Shop, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 7343027774. [map]


Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Failure to Launch": Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor.

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(Tom Dey, 2006). Rom-com about a successful 30-something man who prefers to live at home and the woman his desperate parents hire to provide romantic incentive to move out.
12:30-2 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. 971-0990. [map]

 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Helping with Alzheimer's": AAUW-Ann Arbor.

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An Alzheimer's Association representative discusses support for Alzheimer's and dementia patients and their caregivers. Preceded at 11:30 a.m. by lunch ($15, reservations required).
12:30 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free. (844) 973-6287. [map]

 3 & 7 p.m. 

"My Fair Lady": Fathom Events.

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Feb. 17 & 20. Screening of George Cukor's beloved 1964 musical adaptation of Shaw's Pygmalion, set in early-20th-century London, about an arrogant professor who sets out to transform a coarse street vendor into a refined lady. Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn.
1 & 5 p.m. (Feb. 17) and 3 & 7 p.m. (Feb. 20), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at and at the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine). [map]

 3 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Anthropology Colloquia Series.

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Feb. 15, 20, & 22. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 15: Oberlin College (Ohio) anthropology professor Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway on "Figure (of Personhood) Drawing: Pictorial Representations of Signing and Signers in Nepal." Feb. 20: Concordia University grad student Cherry Smiley, a Nlaka'pamux and Diné nations member, on "Telling Stories About Male Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada." Feb. 22: University of Texas linguistic anthropologist Anthony Webster on "Linguistic Relativity with an Attitude: Navajo Place-Names and the Public Sphere."
3 p.m., 411 West Hall, 1085 South University (except Feb. 20, 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State). Free. 764-7274. [map]

 3 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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Positive Emotional Culture: How Positive Emotions at the Heart of Corporate Culture Affect Your Well-Being and Your Company's Bottom Line": U-M Ross School of Business Positive Links Speaker Series.

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Talk by George Mason University (VA) management professor Mandy O'Neill.
4-5 p.m., U-M Ross Auditorium, 701 Tappan. Free. 615-5002. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Telling Stories about Male Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada": U-M Institute for Research on Women & Gender.

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Lecture by Concordia University communication studies grad student Cherry Smiley.
4-5:30 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]

 5 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.

 5:15 & 8:15 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)., 668-TIME.

 5:15 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5:25 & 7:30 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.

 5:45 p.m. 

"Tito and the Birds" State Theatre.

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(Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, & André Catoto, 2018). Animated story about a boy who must find his father in order to cure a pandemic. Portuguese, 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)., 668-TIME.

 6-8 p.m. 

"Workshop: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi": TinkerTech.

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In this workshop, you'll be building a wireless doorbell camera. In doing so, you'll learn the basics of setting up a Linux operating system on a Raspberry Pi, how to use it to host a web server, and how to send and receive information over a wifi network to get information from cameras and sensors.
Note: This workshop consists of two sessions on subsequent weeks. Make sure you're able to attend both sessions before signing up.
TinkerTech, 216 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. 90.00. 734-707-8019. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. (except Feb. 27) and Feb. 24. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp (Sunday session, 1-5 p.m.), AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 6-8:30 p.m. 

Four Week Lamaze Childbirth Education Class: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Our four week childbirth class is our most comprehensive childbirth education option. This class meets on four consecutive Wednesdays from 6-8:30 pm, with additional material available online. We are proud to partner with UM and offer this class at the Family Center at Von Voigtlander Hospital. This class is taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and covers a wide range of topics including: anatomy of late pregnancy, signs of labor, stages of labor, relaxation techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor, common medical interventions, pain relief options, newborn procedures, and the early postpartum period. The emphasis is on informed decision making and working with your healthcare provider to create a birth plan that is right for you and your family. Each class includes small group activities and practice of labor positions and comfort measures.
Von Voigtlander Hospital Family Center, 1540 East Hospital Drive. $215. 734-221-0158. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Displaced Children in an Uncertain World Lecture"": U-M Residential College.

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This lecture is on The Making of "Buzkashi Boys" and "In-Justice" with Sam French, Oscar-nominated Filmmaker, best known for his work on Buzkashi Boys (2012), Over the Line (2006) and Religion of Sports (2016).
Room 1423, East Quadrangle, 701 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [map]

 6:30 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.
EHM Senior Solutions/Brecon Village, 101 Brecon Dr., Saline. Free. 800-272-3900. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor and Civil Rights": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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3rd in a 4-part series of discussions exploring the history of race relations in Ann Arbor. Potluck supper (bring a dish to pass). Tonight: U-M Afroamerican and African studies professor Angela Dillard and U-M College of Engineering Outreach & Recruitment director Debby Mitchell Covington discuss the civil rights movement and the local residents who participated in it.
6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 417-1613, 996-0129. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"East Wind, West Wind: Pearl Buck, The Woman Who Embraced the World": U-M Confucius Institute.

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(Donn Rosogin, 1993). Documentary on the life and career of the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. Followed by Q&A with the director.
6:30 p.m., Forum Hall (4th fl.), Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw. Free. 764-8888. [map]

 6:30-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Smell and Tell: The #AromaBox": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local flavor and fragrance expert Michelle Krell Kydd, creator of the award-winning flavor and fragrance blog Glass Petal Smoke, introduces all grade 6-adult to this device she designed to facilitate the study of smells. Attendees select an essential oil derived from a green plant to scent an #AromaBox to take home.
6:30-8:45 p.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Susan Dennard: Literati Bookstore.

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This Midwest writer reads from and discusses Bloodwitch, the latest in her bestselling Witchlands series of young adult fantasy novels. In this installment, a bounty hunter teams up with a witch and a magical girl to stop a bloodthirsty horde of raiders. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

"Color Away": Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Wed. All adults invited to color. Supplies provided.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free admission. 369-4568. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Adrian Miller's 2017 book The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Las Cafeteras: University Musical Society.

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This LA-based Chicano alt-folk sextet blends Mexican folk, rock, and hip-hop to deliver cheerful, insistent political messages in both English and Spanish, the most famous of which is "Yo no creo en fronteras" ("I don't believe in borders"), which came under fire by President Trump after Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison wore the slogan on a T-shirt at a 2018 pro-immigration parade.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $20-$54 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Steiner's Thought": Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

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Every Wed. All invited to join a discussion of Steiner's 1904 introduction to anthroposophy, How to Know Higher Worlds.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. Free. 678-5497. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Hummingbirds": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Club member Allen Chartier, the 1st person in Michigan licensed to band hummingbirds, discusses the Michigan hummingbird organization HummerNet, as well as how to attract and feed different hummingbird varieties.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. [map]

 8 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.

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Kathryn Votapek, Christopher Harding, & Adam Unsworth: U-M School of Music.

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Violinist Votapek and pianist Harding, both U-M professors, perform Mozart and Rodrigo sonatas. They're joined by U-M horn professor Unsworth in Brahms' Horn Trio.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: The Ark.

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Most Americans discovered Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Paul Simon's 1986 Graceland album, but this celebrated black South African male a cappella chorus has been around since 1958, when it was founded by lead tenor Joseph Shabalala as the Durban Choir. The group is the prime exponent of "isicathamiya," the indigenous music of rural black workers in South African cities. At once celebratory and mournful, this music fashions an exhilarating fusion of playful, antic craftiness and somber, haunting spirituality, and is accompanied with mesmerizing effect by equally intricate dance movements.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $45 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems around themes TBA. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Attendees invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation., 707-1284. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"New Music Concert": University Philharmonia Orchestra (U-M School of Music).

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This ensemble of U-M music majors performs its annual concert of new works by student composers, with student conductors.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8:30 p.m. 

"Mystic Nights at the Grotto": Zal Gaz Grotto.

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Detroit certified consulting hypnotist Misha Tuesday, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, performs his one-man show, a self-described "blend of trickery, subtle psychology, and genuine intuition" to conjure an illusion of telepathy and clairvoyance. Audience participation.
8:30 p.m., Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium. Tickets $10 in advance at & at the door. 506-0650. [map]

 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Aut Bar: Marsha Gayle & Debbie Fogel

Duo of veteran Detroit jazz & blues vocalists. [venue info]

Club Above: Erin Coburn Band Erin Coburn

Ensemble led by Coburn, a highly regarded young Cincinnati blues and blues-rock singer-songwriter 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Detroit Street Hot Club

Vintage jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by the local quartet of guitarists Andrew Brown and Michael Harrington, bassist Ryan Shea, and violinist Tyler Rindo. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Mash: Matt Gabriel

Grand Rapids singer-songwriter whose music draws on an eclectic mix of genres, from pop and rock to folk and country. [venue info]

Old Town: Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet

World music-based jazz by this ensemble led by local bassist Sharp. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: The Blue Rays Trio

Eclectic blues-based trio with bassist Ralph McKee, guitarist Peter Holland, and harmonica player Tim Douthit. [venue info]


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