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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, May 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.  Free! 

"Superior Salem Dirt Road": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 19 miles or more along gravel country roads. Call if it's raining or the temperatures are below 50.
9 a.m., Trinity Presbyterian Church parking lot, 10101 Gotfredson Rd. at Ann Arbor-Plymouth Rd. Free. 663-5060. [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! 

"Early Morning Ride from Ann Arbor West Side": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Wed. Moderate-paced 40-mile ride to Chelsea or Whitmore Lake and beyond.
9 a.m., Bird Hills Park parking lot, Newport Rd. Free. 649-9762.


 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Free! 

"In the Garden: Pottery inspired by nature": Yourist Studio Gallery.

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We've assembled a garden of earthy delights for our In the Garden show and sale running from May 3-June 30.
To welcome spring we've filled our gallery with a bounty of practical and artful ceramic ware for your garden. Yourist resident artists and selected students have been busily producing an abundance of garden-related pieces to adorn your garden.
It's the perfect opportunity to get ready for summer and also to find memorable gifts. From bird baths, feeders, and houses to garden gems, luminaria, planters, vases, wind chimes, and even toad houses, you'll find a selection of charming ceramic pieces to enliven your garden this year.
Come join us in our garden of earthy delights and let's get growing!
Yourist Studio Gallery, 1133 Broadway. Free. 734-662-4914. kay@youristpottery.com http://www.youristpottery.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. except May 27. Westgate.

Tue. 10-10:30 a.m. Downtown & 11-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10-10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, May 29 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.


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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 May 27. Downtown.

Tues. 10-11 a.m. (May 28 only) Malletts Creek.

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

Thurs. 2-3 p.m. Westgate & 6:30-7:30 p.m. Traverwood, May 2 & 9; Malletts Creek, May 30.

Fri. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Traverwood.
Every Mon.-Fri. (except May 7, 14, 21, & 27), various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Wed., Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos led by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (11 a.m. Wed. and 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (11:30 a.m., Sat. & Sun.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display.
11 a.m. (Wed.) and 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 Noon-3:45 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]


 Noon  Free! 

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. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [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]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Lessons in Diversity from a Prison Classroom": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Federal prisons, like the Federal Correctional Institution in Milan, incarcerate people from all over the world, from all cultural groups, and people of many ages. Judy Patterson Wenzel, author of Light from the Cage: 25 Years in a Prison Classroom, found that her students had experiences and insights worth sharing. She will lead a round table discussion around issues of cultural identity, white advantages, racism in our prisons, and our punitive policies.
This Study Group will meet Wednesday, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. on May 29.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd., Suite C. $10. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [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]


 3 p.m. 

"All My Sons": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Apr. 4-June 1. Guy Sanville directs Arthur Miller's 1947 play, a dramatic indictment of American big business told through the story of a family torn apart by lies and fraud. The central character is Joe Keller, a factory owner who prospered during WWII by manufacturing military airplane parts. Haunted by a dark secret, he evades prison, pinning the blame for his crime on his business partner, but tragedy comes home in the form of his 3 sons--one reported missing in action, one a returned veteran who believes in his father, and the embittered middle son who knows the truth. Cast: Richard McWilliams, Michelle Mountain, Ryan Black, Caitlin Cavannaugh, David Bendena, Tom Whalen, Susan Craves, Rusty Mewha, and Lauren Knox.
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. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi Pushing Hands": Sun Shen.

  community member   < less Instructor Sifu Joseph Wang

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]



 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]



 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. and May 25. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp (except May 25, 1-5 p.m.), AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Identify Home Repair and Improvement Scams": Dexter District Library.

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Talk by Michigan Attorney General consumer protection instructor Justine Bykowski.
6 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [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]


 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. 

"Camp Bacon Film Festival: The Power of Narrative": Zingerman's Greyline.

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Southern Foodways Alliance director John T. Edge discusses the importance of creating narratives linking food and culture. He also hosts a screening of Southern Foodways Alliance documentary shorts about Southern food makers. Build-your-own BLT bar and bacon-caramel popcorn. Cash bar. Partial proceeds benefit the Southern Foodways Alliance.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Greyline, 100 N. Ashley. $45. Space limited; reservations required. 663-3400. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Family's Journey: Perspective of a Person With Dementia": Holy Faith Church.

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The In This Together-Dementia Awareness program continues with a presentation by a husband and wife team, Mark and Brenda Roberts. Mark lives with dementia and he will tell you that his "life after diagnosis" is different, but hardly less active, and is still highly focused on helping others in his church and community. He will make a joint presentation with his wife, Brenda, who is herself a dementia care professional and accomplished dementia educator and was working in dementia care long before Mark's diagnosis. Join us for a unique, dynamic discussion by this husband and wife team who will present a professionally-informed, but very personal and passionate story.
All are welcome to this free presentation. Holy Faith's Social Hall has abundant parking, no steps, wide doors, and plenty of seating. This talk is part of Holy Faith's 11 week dementia awareness program, In This Together, offering dementia-related talks every Wednesday evening through July 17. See holy-faith-church.org
Holy Faith Church Social Hall, 6299 Ann Arbor Saline Rd Saline 48176, Saline. Free. 7033953824. jimmangisr@gmail.com holy-faith-church.org [map]


 7 - 8:30 p.m. 

"Michigan Lighthouse Landmark Legacy": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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Join us on this audio-visual excursion with William Lucas, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Trumpeter and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Michigan, to some of Michigan's most popular lighthouses set to musical fanfares.
Prof. Lucas' presentation will literally set the tone for OLLI's forthcoming day trip on August 6, 2019, to Port Huron, MI, home to the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in Michigan, although you don't need to be going on the trip to enjoy this delightful event.
This event does not require OLLI membership and is open to the public.
This event is free for those registered for the "Let's Visit Port Huron" tour.
Kellogg Eye Center, 1000 Wall Street. $10 -- Free for those registered for the. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu. https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



 7 p.m. 

"Wine Wednesdays" Film Series: State Theatre.

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Apr. 10: "The Trip" (Michael Winterbottom, 2011). Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon star in this largely improvised comedy about 2 men reviewing Northern England's best restaurants. 7 p.m.

Apr. 17: "A Year in Burgundy" (David Kennard, 2013). Documentary following 7 wine-making families. 7 p.m.

Apr. 24: "Somm" (Jason Wise, 2012). Documentary about 4 sommeliers attempting to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world. 7 p.m.

May 1: "La Dolce Vita" (Federico Fellini, 1961). Classic about the hedonistic "sweet life" of 1960s Rome. 7 p.m.

May 22: "Amélie" (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001). Charming tale of a Parisian waitress determined to improve the lives of those around her. 7 p.m.

May 29: "The Great Gatsby" (Jack Clayton, 1974). F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. 7 p.m.
7 p.m., State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8). 668-TIME.


 7 p.m. 

"Yin/Restorative Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Wednesdays from 7-8pm
In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow the muscles to relax and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. Class is heated around 80 degrees.
We are located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. You may park in the parking lot across from the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses, including the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha.
Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $18. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [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 p.m.  Free! 

Sitting Meditation Followed by Discussion: Ann Arbor 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]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"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. 369-4568. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations": Literati Bookstore Feminist Book Club.

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All invited to discuss Mira Jacob's new graphic memoir about trying to answer her biracial 6-year-old's questions amidst the tensions of the 2016 election.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Vegan Cheese": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local vegans Amy Wright and Amy Wilkins discuss vegan cheeses, where to buy them, and how to make them at home. Recipes. Tastings.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Extra-Curricular Choir Concert": Pioneer High School.

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Performances by the 8 PHS student a cappella choirs.
7:30 p.m., PHS Little Theater, 601 W. Stadium. Free. 994-2189, ext. 2. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems around various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Nonmembers also 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. 

The Moth Michigan GrandSLAM: Michigan Radio.

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All-star storytelling showdown featuring the last 10 winners of the Ann Arbor StorySLAMs, the monthly open mike storytelling competitions sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Tonight's theme: "The Heat Is On."
8 p.m. (doors open 7 p.m.), The Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance (beginning May 1) at themoth.org and at the door. 761-1451. [map]


 9 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:

 

Blue Llama: Jam Session

All musicians invited. Hosted by bassist Dave Sharp and drummer Sean Dobbins. [venue info]

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwude Thunderwude

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and George Merkel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [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: The George and Laura Duo The George and Laura Duo

Funky soul and R&B by the duo of vocalist Laura Rain and her husband, guitarist George Friend. [venue info]

Old Town: 4Peace4

Postbop jazz by this ensemble led by local guitarist Carl Michel. With vocalist Chris McCall, saxophonist Paul VornHagen, and bassist Keith Malinowski. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Open Mike

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

Zou Zou's Cafe: Lee Kitzman

Veteran folk and blues singer-guitarist from Alpena. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Pete Bullard & the Zou Animals

Blues, swing, and rockabilly by an ensemble led by veteran local guitarist Bullard. [venue info]

 
 


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