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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 27, 2019






 
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 7 a.m. 

Morning Tai-Chi: Sun Shen.

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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]



 9 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Champion Gymnastics Session 3: Champion Gymnastics.

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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. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/ [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]



 10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m. & 6-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Storytimes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (accompanied by an adult).

Mon. 11-11:30 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m., except Feb. 26 Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. except Dec. 25. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11-11:30 a.m. Downtown, & 6-6:30 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10-10:30 a.m. Traverwood & 7-7:30 p.m.Pittsfield.

Fri. 10-10:30 a.m. Westgate & Pittsfield.
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 10-11:30 a.m. 

'The Theory of Criminal Relativity: Using Genealogy Databases to Solve Crimes': Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Explains how genealogy databases like Ancestry and GEDMatch are being used to solve old and cold crimes. Explores the legal and ethical concerns about this new data usage by police.
This Study Group led by Donald Shelton will meet Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., February 27th.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 10 a.m.  Free! 

Art Exhibition: Householdments, John DeHoog: U-M Residential College.

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DeHoog's exhibit demonstrates his pleasure at working between the disciplines of sculpture and furniture and is influenced by makers from the around the world from Aleutian Island kayak makers to Japanese temple builders. Householdments challenges assumptions about stability, composition, and appropriateness while treating each object like a compositional puzzle to be solved. Most of the work is constructed in wood available from our local region thanks to the variety available but also due to the artist's sensitivity to the costs of transport and tropical deforestation.
Residential College Art Gallery, 701 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/61098-15033968.html [map]



 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Feb. 2, 17, 18, & 25-28. All invited to help maintain 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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Feb. 2: Gallup Park (1-3 p.m., meet at the 1st parking lot after crossing the wooden bridge) to help remove invasive buckthorn from the prairie wetland along the B2B Trail in celebration of World Wetlands Day.

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Feb. 17: Foxfire West Park (1-3 p.m., meet at the entrance on Birchwood Dr. between Hickory Point Dr. & Timbercrest Ct.) to improve frog habitats by removing invasives from the park's wetlands.

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Feb. 18: Leslie Park (1-3 p.m., meet at the parking lot at the end of Leslie Park Circle, off Dhu Varren) to remove invasive shrubs to benefit butterfly and frog species.

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Feb. 25: Oakwoods Nature Area (10 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance off Dunwoodie, off Kilburn Park Cir. from Green Rd. east of Nixon Rd.) to remove invasives from this oak-hickory woodland in celebration of National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

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Feb. 26: Dhu Varren Woods Nature Area (10 a.m.-noon, meet at the intersection of Birchwood Dr. & Dhu Varren) to remove invasive plants from this 13-acre woodland.

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Feb. 27: Leslie Woods Nature Area (10 a.m.-noon, meet at the entrance at the end of Upland north off Plymouth) to remove invasives from this woodland that boasts some of the park system's largest oaks.

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Feb. 28: Argo Nature Area (10 a.m.-noon, meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery off Longshore Dr.) to remove invasive shrubs from the forest that runs along the river.

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Various times & locations. Free. 794-6627.


 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]


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed. and Sun., except Feb. 10 & 24. Kids ages 1-5 (accompanied by a caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different books. Feb. 3 & 6: Dr. Seuss's "The Lorax." Feb. 13: Alison Jay's "Bee & Me." Feb. 17 & 20: Thom Wiley's "Big Earth, Little Me." Feb. 27: Lauren Child's "We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers."
10-11 a.m., LSNC, 1831 Traver. $5 per child ($4 per member), adults and children under 1 year old are free. 997-1553. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Playgroup for kids up to 24 months, accompanied by an adult. No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. (except Feb. 25) Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. Malletts Creek.

Wed. 11 a.m.-noon. Pittsfield.

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 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 info@scrapbox.org for more info!
SCRAP Box, 581 State Circle. Free. 7342185620. claire@scrapbox.org scrapbox.org [map]



 11:30 a.m. 

"Is Big Brother Hiding in Your Smartphone? Government Surveillance Through Everyday Technology": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch and Learn.

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Talk by U-M law professor Evan Caminker. Lunch.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $30 (members, $25). Reservations required by Feb. 22. annarborcityclub.org; 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]


 noon-3:45 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. 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]


 Noon 

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]


 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Noon Lectures.

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Feb. 6 & 27. Bring a bag lunch, if you like. Feb. 6: Polish journalist Maciej Krupa on "The Polish Athens: Zakopane as a Center of Polish Culture." Feb. 27: U-M architecture professor Lukasz Stanek on "The Worlding of Eastern Europe: Architects from Socialist Countries in Cold War West Africa."
Noon-1:30 p.m., 1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-0351. [map]


 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"China's Avant-Garde Movement of the 1980s": U-M Confucius Institute.

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Lecture by Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) Chinese art professor Zhou Yan.
Noon-1 p.m., Michigan League Koessler Rm. Free. 764-8888. [map]


 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Notebook": Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor.

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(Nick Cassavetes, 2004). Romantic drama based on the Nicholas Sparks novel. Ryan Gosling, Rachel McAdams.
12:30-2 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Free. 971-0990. [map]


 12:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Board Game Fun": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. All invited to play board games from the Senior Center's collection.
12:30-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. 794-6250. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Wed. All seniors invited to play chess. Refreshments.
1-4 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Pipe Cleaner Embroidery": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades preK-5 invited to learn embroidery basics by "stitching" pipe cleaners into plastic canvas.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 2 p.m. 

"The Miss Firecracker Contest": PTD Productions.

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Feb. 21-24, 27, & 28 and Mar. 1 & 2. Susan Morris directs local actors in Beth Henley's bittersweet comedy about Carnelle, a misfit girl in a small southern town who's determined to redeem her tarnished reputation by winning a beauty pageant. Her efforts are complicated by the arrival of her cousin Delmount, just out of a mental institution, and his sister Elain, a former Miss Firecracker winner. Cast: Laura Bird, Stacy Buck, Sun Cruscial, Samantha Edwards, Cindy Franklin, Mary Hopper, and Wyatt Woodside.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Wed. & Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs., pay what you can) in advance at a2tix.com/organizations/ptd-productions, by phone, & at the door. 483-7345. [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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Chilbury Ladies' Choir": Concordia University Books & Coffee.

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All invited to join a discussion, led by Concordia English professor Erin Laverick, of Jennifer Ryan's 2017 historical novel, set against the backdrop of WWII, about the relationships between women in a small English town. Refreshments.
4 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7389. [map]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Food for Thought: How two local leaders cultivated mindful careers in the specialty food and food bank sector, with Paul Saginaw and Eileen Spring": Barger Leadership Institute.

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Paul Saginaw, Partner, and Co-Founder of Zingerman's Community of Businesses and Food Gatherers & Eileen Spring, President/CEO of Food Gatherers
In 1988 and a few days before Thanksgiving, Food Gatherers became Michigan's first food rescue program and the first program of its kind to be founded by a small local business, Zingerman's Delicatessen. Today, co-founder Paul Saginaw is a partner to the Zingerman's Community of Businesses powered by nearly 600 people in ten different businesses with nearly $60M in annual sales. Eileen Spring, who has been in her role for 24 years, has worked to meet rising levels of food insecurity with a staff of 30 people, more than 7,000 volunteers who deliver 6.5 M pounds of food to people struggling with food insecurity in Washtenaw County. Join us to hear from these two respected local leaders from different sectors but with a singular purpose to provide food to people with excellent service, dignity and purpose.
Weiser Hall - 1010, 500 Church Street. Free. 7347648200. caintoth@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/bli [map]



 5:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi Pushing Hands": Sun Shen.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive, calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm by SUN SHEN Head Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang. Please contact Pastor Neuhaus at (734) 531-8796 or info@sunshen.org for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 Evening time TBA 

Production TBA: U-M Basement Arts.

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Feb. 27 & 28. U-M students perform a play TBA.
Evening time TBA, U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin. Free. facebook.com/basementarts. [map]


 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Girls Night Out": Unicorn Feed & Supply.

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Enjoy a little shimmering bubbly with your besties and some retail therapy with sparkly sales and specials! We'll serve delicious dessert nibbles by Black Pearl's Pastry Chef, Mary Potts! It's going to be Fun & Fabulous!
Unicorn Feed & Supply, 114 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. 7349618610. info@unicornfeedsupply.com unicornfeedsupply.com [map]



 6 p.m. 

"One Prayer Class": Sun Shen.

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The One Prayer is a dynamic self-management tool, custom designed for you, that you can take wherever you go and update as you learn and grow. It includes a system of journaling techniques, life organization, and mapping your purpose and trajectory. This course is designed for anyone wanting a greater understanding of themselves, more focus in life, and more satisfaction; itʻs about following your heart and vision in concrete and practical ways. Classes are held Wednesdays, 6 - 7:30pm. Contact Samo Joanna Myers at samomyers@sunshen.org or 734-395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $65/month. 734-395-8486. samomyers@sunshen.org sunshen.org/ [map]



 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. michael@tinkertech.io https://shop.tinkertech.io/products/workshop-raspberry-pi-iot-networking [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. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 6 p.m. 

The Dinner Diners: Arbor Hospice.

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Contact Cindy Palmer at 734-794-5177 for more information.
The Dinner Diners 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 TBA. Pay for your own meal. 734-794-5177.


 6:30 p.m. 

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

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This lecture is on Juvenile Detention, Incarceration, and "Zero Tolerance" with Heather Thompson, Janie Paul and Gil Leaf. Heather Thompson is a U-M Professor of History and a Pulitzer Prize winner for her book, Blood in the Water. Janie Paul is a professor at the U-M School of Art and Design. Dr. Gil Leaf is Co-Founder of Community Link Foundation.
Room 1423, East Quadrangle, 701 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/59958-14803945.html [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.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5361 McAuley Dr. Free. 800-272-3900. alz.org/mglc [map]


 6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or 9 p.m., Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and the Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Poetry Series.

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Featured Readers:
Tom Brzezina has had work in Chiron, Rusty Truck, Red Fez, Third Wednesday, Peninsula Poets, and The 5-2. His poems draw heavily upon drug experiences of his youth, the underbelly of society, and growing up in Detroit. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, dog, and way too many books.
Lynn Gilbert is a founding editor of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and currently associate editor of Third Wednesday in Ann Arbor. Her poems have been published in The Texas Observer, Kansas Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, Southwestern American Literature, Peninsula Poets, and Water Music: The Great Lakes State Poetry Anthology, which she co-edited.
Crazy Wisdomn Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Free. 7346652757. info@crazywisdom.net www.crazywisdom.net [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening with Irene Butter": The Ypsilanti District Library.

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YDL is honored to welcome Holocaust survivor, professor, and author Irene Butter. Her memoir, Shores Beyond Shores, details her journey during the Holocaust and explores how the heart keeps its humanity during inhumane times. Dr. Butter has inspired students from across the country with her message of the importance of caring for one another, regardless of our color, religion, or race. Book sale and signing to follow. Youth welcome.
The Ypsilanti District Library- Whittaker Branch, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110. info@ypsilibrary.org https://www.ypsilibrary.org/event/an-evening-with-irene-butter/ [map]



 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7-10 p.m. 

Mortal Soul: Hollow Body Productions.

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Mortal Soul - Live at Club Above
This is the story of love, genius, creativity, passion, and truth.
No matter where you're from its all about love.
Music from the heart, from that place that makes you sing, dance laugh, cry and believe. The amazingness of the human spirit is alive and available in the songs of Mortal Soul. This musical journey takes you from Blue Grass and the Appalachian meth labs to 70s soul and mainlining in a New York City alley, then sets you free to the feeling of a Gospel Church, a Buddhist temple and the afterparty at my cousin Talib's house in New Orleans.
Proceeds help support the Ann Arbor Blues Festival
Club Above, 215 N. Main Street. $5. 734-663-7758. [map]
 



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sitting Meditation Followed by Discussion: KTC Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center.

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Join us for a silent sitting meditation every Wednesday at 7:00 pm, followed by a discussion. Basic meditation instruction can be provided upon request. There is no cost; donations are welcome.
KTC Ann Arbor, 614 Miner St. Ann Arbor MI 48103. Free. Donations accepted. 734-678-7549. annarborktc.org [map]


 7 p.m. 

Yo-Yo Ma: University Musical Society.

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This celebrated cellist gives a talk, with musical examples, on "Culture, Understanding, and Survival," discussing the role of art in envisioning a better future. At a similar talk at MIT last March, Ma played Bach's Cello Suite no. 1, which is the first piece of music he ever learned (at age 4).
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $25-$150 in advance at ums.org, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Readings by local poets Tom Brzezina and Lynn Gilbert. Brzezina's work draws upon his youthful drug experiences and growing up in Detroit. Gilbert is the associate editor of the local literary magazine Third Wednesday, and previously edited Water Music: The Great Lakes State Poetry Anthology. Followed by a poetry and short fiction open mike.
7-8:45 p.m., Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [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 p.m.  Free! 

"Experiences from Year 1 of Michael Hagedorn's Seasonals Workshops": Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens collections and natural areas specialist Carmen Leskoviansky shows photos and discusses techniques from her classes with this well-known bonsai expert.
7 p.m., Matthaei Auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. aabonsaisociety@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Trickster Feminism": Literati Bookstore Feminist Book Club.

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All invited to discuss poet and performer Anne Waldman's 2018 meditation on gender, existence, passion, and activism.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Richard Corfield's 2001 book, Architects of Eternity: The New Science of Fossils.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Wed. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m., 212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [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]


 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. onepausepoetry.org, 707-1284. [map]


 8 p.m. 

We Banjo 3: The Ark.

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Mar.24 & 25. All-star quartet from Galway whose music is a virtuosic, revelatory blend of traditional Irish music with American old-time music and bluegrass that foregrounds traditional melodies with modern rhythms. Irish Times critic Siobhan Long praises their latest CD Gather the Good for its "finely calibrated repertoire," with "David Howley's title song anchoring the collection in a panoramic sweep of optimism." "Enda Scahill's 'It's Hard to Be 3' is another standout." Long adds. "Contemplative and unhurried, it lets the banjo breathe free, untethered from the headlong rush towards oblivion that can hold lesser players in thrall. All in all, a deliciously bearable lightness of being." The band has a brand-new CD, Haven. Photo: Martin Ufford
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $55 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office and theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 9-11:30 p.m. 

"Juke Box Jungle": Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [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: Mortal Soul Mortal Soul

Detroit rock 'n' roll trio. A benefit for the Ann Arbor Blues Festival. 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]

Habitat Lounge: Wych Elm

Local string sextet that plays a stylishly pungent, soul- infused mix of folk, rock, jazz, and old-time music. [venue info]

Mash: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter, a former Ragbirds guitarist. He recently released the CD Itch. [venue info]

Old Town: Dan Bennett Ensemble

Local jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Bennett. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. 7-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Rollie Tussing & Friends Rollie Tussing

Local blues-oriented vocalist and guitar virtuoso is joined by bassist Todd Perkins and drummer Dave Bendena. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

 
 


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