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Calendar of Events

Monday, April 29, 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 5: 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. $100 - $354.. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/ [map]


 9 a.m. 

Champion Gymnastics Toddler Time: Champion Gymnastics.

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Join us for Toddler Time Monday - Friday 9:00-10:00am and Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:00pm. Have fun exploring and playing in our fun pits, bouncing on our 50' trampoline, play games and learn hand eye coordination, balance and more! There's always something to do at CGAA! Children 18 months or younger are FREE! All ages are welcome!
Champion Gymnastics, 7240 Jackson Rd. $7/ child. 7342221810. coachalexys@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]


 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Back Roads Ramble": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. Slow-paced ride, 15-35 miles, along dirt and gravel roads to Independence Lake and other low traffic destinations.

Call if temperatures are below 45 degrees.
9 a.m., meet at Old St. Patrick's Church, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Free. 663-5060.


 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Principles of Mindfulness Part II: OLLI Study Group": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This course is meant to deepen your experience of mindfulness meditation and enhance the qualities of a mindful life; expand your understanding and guidance in the nine attitudes of mindfulness; and expand your capacity of meditation. This will be done by cultivating mindful awareness in everyday life.
Instructor Bernadette Beach will lead this Study Group on Mondays from 10-11:30 a.m. from April 29 through June 3.
Genesis of Ann Arbor, 2309 Packard Street. $35. (734) 998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 10:30-11:30 a.m.  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. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (Apr. 2 only): Malletts Creek.

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

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 4; Traverwood Apr. 11, 18, & 25.

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


 11-11:30 a.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. Downtown, & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Apr. 3 only 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.


 Noon-3 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., except May 27. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Lunch (reservations required) available at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3).
Noon-3 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 12:30-4 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs., except May 27. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
12:30-4 p.m. (Mon.) & Noon-3:45 p.m. (Wed. & Thurs.), Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs., 794-6250. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon. & Fri., except May 27. All seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
12:30-4:30 p.m., Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 4, 7:30, 8 & 9 p.m. 

"Avengers: Endgame": State Theatre.

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Conclusion to Marvel Studios' 22-film arc known as the Infinity Saga.
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.


 4:15 p.m. 

"Us": State Theatre.

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(Jordan Peele, 2019). Horror film about a family terrorized by doppelgängers.
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.


 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m. 

"Family": State Theatre.

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(Laura Steinel, 2019). Comedy about a workaholic hedge fund exec who must save her 12-year-old niece from becoming a Juggalo.
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.


 4:30 & 9:30 p.m. 

"The Chaperone": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Engler, 2019). Biopic about relationship between 1920s Hollywood starlet Louise Brooks and her teetotalling chaperone. Elizabeth McGovern, Haley Lu Richardson.
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]


 4:40, 7:35 & 9:40 p.m. 

"Amazing Grace": Michigan Theater.

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(Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, 2019). Documentary about Aretha Franklin's 2-day performance with a Baptist choir in L.A. in 1972.
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]


 4:45 & 7:10 p.m. 

"High Life": State Theatre.

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(Clare Denis & Jean-Pol Fargeau, 2019). Moody sci-fi thriller about a man and his infant daughter, seemingly the sole survivors on a spaceship that had been transporting death-row inmates, until they mysteriously disappeared.
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.


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"West Side Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate-paced 25-mile ride and a slow-paced ride, 13-16 miles, both on the B2B Trail. Now in its 42nd year, this ride is a favorite with newcomers and casual riders.
5:30 p.m. sharp, meet at B2B Trailhead at Mill Creek Park on Jeffords St. between Alpine & Forrest, Dexter. Free. 426-5116 (longer ride), 665-4552 & 761-2659 (shorter ride). [map]


 5:45 p.m. 

"Suspension-Extension Coyopa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Yoga, unlike other yoga class you've taken before. This class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. The straps are used to help balance and stretch deeper (and safely) into yoga postures. Usually you will feel the stretches in your tighter/weakest muscles first. Your first couple classes may be intense, but if you continue to come to this class, you will notice big changes! This class can help build strength, relieve pain, release tension, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. Come join us Monday nights at 5:45pm. The studio will be heated between 85-95 degrees, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
We are located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it. You are allowed to park in the lot in front of the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn.
More information at www.motathaiyoga.com
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $20 drop in (or package prices). info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 6-7:15 p.m. 

"Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

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If you are new to the aerial arts, this is the class for you!
Take your first flight on the aerial fabrics, static trapeze, and lyra, all in this 75 minute class for absolute beginners! Each class begins with a heart pumping warm up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary. It is designed for absolute beginners and will introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body!
This intro level class will repeat the same curriculum each week, focusing on basic skill on all apparatus, including ascent/descent, mount/dismount, foot locks, coming to seated and standing on the bar, and hollow body position. It should be repeated until your instructor clears you for beginning level classes.
Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6 p.m. 

Nei-Gong Class: Sun Shen.

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The SUN SHEN Nei-Gong System is a comprehensive system of meditation practices to build awareness and ability to harness and cultivate your own energy system and mind. With these practices you will learn how to increase your energy, balance your energy system, increase your energy flow and relaxation, and experience greater pleasure. This class is great for anyone who would like to enhance their health, their energy healing skills, mental calm and focus, and capacity for experiencing pleasure and happiness. Classes are held Monday at 6pm. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $55/month or $17/drop in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]


 6:30-8 p.m. 

Audacious Hula Hoop Dance & Fitness: A2 Aviary.

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Get Audacious! Hula Hoop Dance is a unique art form that takes a simple plastic circle and transforms it into a powerful dance tool. Whether you are a seasoned hoop dancer or new to hooping, this class will teach you how to connect dynamic movements into a beautiful flow. You'll explore on and off the body techniques and get a killer, low impact, full body workout.Hoops are provided and also available for purchase.
PREREQ: Suitable for all levels, even beginners! Intermediate and advanced students can enjoy a super charged hoop dance experience and learn to expand skills to the next level.
Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $30 single class, $100 for all four classes. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Block Printing Workshop": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft project for grade 6-adult involving designing and carving a simple design onto a soft block and then stamping the design onto blank note cards. Materials provided. No experience necessary.
6:30-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Washtenaw Climate Reality": Mary Garton.

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Our mission is to support action to combat the climate crisis so we can make the transition to a clean energy economy and protect the welfare of the planet and its citizens. Members can network with other climate activists, recruit additional volunteers, take local action, and become a force for climate solutions in their community. The Climate Reality Project and this local group will offer resources, materials, and training to help you become a better advocate and climate educator.
meetings are held the last Monday of each month
Ann Arbor District Libary, Downtown, 3rd floor meeting space,, 343 S 5th Avenue. Free. garton@comcast.net. garton@comcast.net [map]



 7 p.m. 

Lifetree Café.

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Every Mon. All invited to join conversations led by St. Paul Lutheran Church members. Each session begins with a video introduction. Snacks provided. Apr. 1: "Breaking the Cycle of Sexual Abuse: One Brave Woman's Story." Apr. 8: "Intimacy Anorexia: The Dark Secret That's Killing Marriages." Apr. 15: "How to Spot a Liar: Secrets from a Former FBI Agent." Apr. 22: "Who Was Jesus Really? A Good Man or Something Else?" Apr. 29: "The Heroin Addiction Next Door."
7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Needtobreathe: Live Nation.

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Rescheduled from Feb. Acoustic performance by this popular South Carolina-based Christian alt-rock band that opened for Taylor Swift during the North American leg of her 2011 world tour. An allmusic.com review of its latest LP, Forever on Your Side, describes its sound as "sun-washed Kings of Leon-meets-John Mayer."
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $35-$45 in advance at ticketmaster.com & all Ticketmaster outlets, & at the door. (800) 745-3000. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Adversity Resilience and the Developing Brain": U-M Psychology Community Talk.

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U-M psychology professor Christopher Monk discusses the difficulties in discerning the effects poverty and neglect have on children's brains.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Bowlaway": Literati Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Elizabeth McCracken's acclaimed new novel about 3 generations of an unconventional New England family that runs a candlepin bowling alley.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Statehood: Did We Really Have a War with Ohio over Toledo?": Dexter District Library.

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Talk by retired Detroit Public Library assistant director Joseph Oldenburg.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness and Meditation for Adults": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant leads participants in a series of guided meditations. Bring a blanket or pillow, if you like.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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


 8 p.m. 

Sam Amidon / Flashpapr.: The Ark.

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Double bill. Amidon is a singer and multi-instrumentalist from Vermont who reworks traditional American ballads, hymns, and work songs. The Boston Globe has called his radical reimaginings "part preservationist, part visionary." Flashpapr is a Michigan folk band that describes its songs as "uncomfortably earnest." Founded in 1996 and on hiatus since 2004, the quintet has reformed, led by 2 original members: Saturday Looks Good to Me frontman Fred Thomas and violinist Jacob Danziger.
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]


 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
8:30-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Habitat Lounge: Omar Aragones

Detroit electronic R&B and soul singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Roe Bickley Trio

Mainstream jazz by the local trio of bassist Rob Bickley, drummer Jesse Kramer, and keyboardist Rick Roe. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]

 
 


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