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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, September 24, 2019






 
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 9 a.m. & 1 p.m. 

"Toddler Time": Champion Gymnastics.

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Join us for Toddler Time
Monday: 9:00-10:00am
Tuesday: 9:00-10:00am & 1:00-2:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-12:00pm * your ONE hour begins when you arrive*
Thursday: 9:00-10:00am & 1:00-2:00pm
Friday: 9:00-10:00am
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.-7 p.m. 

"Scavenger Hunt with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Drop-in scavenger hunt that includes interactions with adoptable cats. Popcorn.
9 a.m.-7 p.m., Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $7/hour ($4/half hour). hshv.org, 661-3575. [map]


 9:30 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. 

Coffee Break: Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church.

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Every Tues. (when Ann Arbor Public Schools are in session), Sept. 10-May 13. All women invited to study the Bible with other American and international women in small, informal groups. Also, Bible stories and fun activities for preschoolers, and child care provided for babies.
9:30-11:15 a.m. & 1:15-2:45 p.m., Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church, 1717 Broadway. $25 for the year. 665-0105. [map]


 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 a.m. 

Full Body Fit: Better Living Fitness.

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Small-Group Personal Training. A full body strength training, cardio and flexibility routine with customization to your fitness level.
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. (734) 747-0123. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).

Mon. 11 a.m. Westgate.

Tue. 10 a.m. Downtown & 11 a.m. Traverwood.

Wed. 10 a.m. Malletts Creek, 11 a.m. Downtown, & 1 p.m. Westgate & 6 p.m. Traverwood.

Thurs. 10 a.m. Traverwood & 7 p.m. Pittsfield.

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


 10 a.m.-noon 

Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) at 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservations required.
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10 a.m.-noon 

"Dialog on Freedom & Diversity": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Talk by retiring U-M vice provost of equity and inclusion Dilip Das. First in a series of talks by retiring academic and community leaders.
10 a.m.-noon, WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10. 998-9351. [map]


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Playgroups for Babies": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. For kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings.

Mon. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 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.


 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues. New and expecting parents encouraged to bring their babies and share new baby experiences.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Early Fall Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, LLC.

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Our award winning Mothers Group is a great opportunity to meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. The group is facilitated by two experienced moms, a Social Worker and an MPH and Certified Lactation Consultant. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
The Fall Moms Group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from September 17th until October 22nd.
Save $5 by registering before September 15th and using the promo code SUPPORT
Align Chiropractic, 2464 East Stadium Blvd. $100/six weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.om [map]



 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Open Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Please join us for this free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between.
Center for Innovation (formerly St. Joe's Urgent Care), 400 W. Russell St, Saline. Free. 734-276-7707. mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com www.MindfulnesswithPaulette.weebly.com [map]


 Noon- 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Active Defense: China's Military Strategy Since 1949": U-M Center for Chinese Studies Tuesday Lecture Series.

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Talk by MIT political science professor M. Taylor Fravel. Sandwiches, cookies, & coffee.
Noon-1 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764-6308. [map]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Mah-Jongg": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Mah-Jongg is a Chinese game resembling Gin Rummy, but is played with colorful tiles instead of cards. It is easy to learn and can become quite addictive! Classes start with a brief lecture, followed by actual playing of the game with continuous guidance from the instructor. Mah-Jongg sets will be provided.
Instructor Stuart Baggaley has taught his modified and simplified version of the game at many venues. He is a British World War II veteran (RAF) who emigrated from Norway in 1957, leaving the Fulbright Foundation in Oslo. He retired from UM Medical School (Anatomy) in 1990.
Sessions will meet Tuesdays from 1-3pm from September 24 through October 29.
2401 Plymouth Road, 2401 Plymouth Road. $40. 734-998-9351. Olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

ESL Program: First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor/Washtenaw Literacy.

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Intermediate and advanced conversation/culture, pronunciation/presentation, and writing practice for learners of English as a second language. No beginner groups available. NOTE: Church remains locked at all times. Follow instructions for entry at the side doors.
First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, 1432 Washtenaw Avenue. Free. 734-662-4466. [map]


 1:30-3 p.m. 

"What Makes Some Music "Great"?": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Ultimately a question Louis cannot answer, he will try to illuminate the greatness about selected/popular concert pieces. Why do we love the Beethoven Fifth Symphony? What was some other music contemporary with this masterpiece and what makes it a masterpiece? The instructor will rely on recordings as well as his own playing in these sessions.
Dr. Louis Nagel, instructor, is Professor Emeritus of piano and piano literature after serving for forty-seven years on the faculty of the UM School of Music Theatre and Dance. He has concertized and lectured throughout the United States and internationally and worked collaboratively with his wife, the psychologist and musician Dr. Julie Jaffee Nagel. In "retirement" he continues to be active as a performer, lecturer, and teacher. This Study Group will meet Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 pm on September 24 - October 29.
First Presbyterian Church, Social Hall, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Kids Banana Bread Baking Workshop": Chelsea District Library.

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Hands-on demo by Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers. For kids ages 6-11 (with caregiver).
3:30-5 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 4-7 p.m. 

Cobblestone Farm Market.

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Every Tues. With kids activities and live music 5-7 p.m. Also, farm animals and tours of the restored 1844 Ticknor-Campbell farmhouse and cabin. Aug. 6: Local Latin jazz trio Bop Dragons. Aug. 13: Local folk-blues-rock duo Bohemian Ru'sters. Aug. 20: Soul-inflected pop-folk trio PATH. Aug. 27: Rock, blues, alt-country, and R&B by local cover band The Randaliers.Sept. 3: Local eclectic singer-songwriter Tim Berla. Sept. 10: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra instrument petting zoo. Sept. 17: Local Americana singer-songwriter Jake Arthur. Sept. 24: Local folk-rock and Americana guitarist Chuck Swanagon.
4-7 p.m., Cobblestone Farm, 2781 Packard. Free admission. 904-9621. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"DIY Buttons & Magnets": Dexter District Library.

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Craft for kids in grades 4-12. Light snacks.
4-5 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]


 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Hollywood Horror in Iran": U-M Global Islamic Studies Center.

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University of Chicago Islamic studies professor Alireza Doostdar discusses the Iranian reception of Hollywood horror films.
4-6 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-9558. [map]


 4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Re-Centering Female Narratives Through Murmurs and Song": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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Association for Asian Studies director Hilary Finchum-Sung discusses heungeulsori ("murmuring sound"), improvised utterances by Korean women expressing desire and angst.
4:30 p.m., 110 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-1825. [map]


 4:45 p.m.  Free! 

Michigan Marching Band Practice.

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Every Mon.-Thurs. beginning Sept. 4. The U-M's highly disciplined 200-plus-member marching band or sections thereof can be seen and heard practicing on Elbel Field. All are welcome to find a spot in the bleachers and get a sneak preview of upcoming halftime shows. Rehearsals usually last 1-2 hours.
4:45 p.m., Elbel Field, Hill at Division. Free. 764-0582.


 5-6 p.m. 

Street Dance: A2 Aviary.

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In this fast pace rhythmic class, students will learn body control and techniques as they learn street dance styles such as popping, tutting, waving, animation and beginner breaking (break-dance). Beginners will gain the foundation they need to grow, while more advanced students will find the challenge of personal style, foundation refinement, choreography, and battling.
Each class begins with a 15 minute warm-up, please bring clean sneakers/tennis shoes. It is strongly recommended that students are able to lift their arms over heads. Class size is limited, all students must register via the included link to be guaranteed a spot in class. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]



 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Founders Gala": Jewish Community Center.

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All invited to the 35th anniversary celebration of the JCC, which includes the opening of new archives and a reading by Fran Martin of her new book, History of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor, written to commemorate the anniversary. Kosher hors d'oeuvres and dinner.
5:30-8:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. Tickets $118 at jccannarbor.org. Reservations required by Sept. 16. 971-0990. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

"KnITTY Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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Every Tues. All invited to work on knitting projects and hang with adoptable cats. A knitting expert is on hand. Coffee.
5:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. $7 ($24 per month). 661-3575. [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for!
This all levels conditioning class is perfect for new aerialists, or for experienced flyers as a supplement to your current training. We will focus on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Get ripped and have fun doing it! Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. contact@a2aviary.com http://a2aviary.com/ [map]


 6-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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Every Tues. All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap knitting tips.
6-9 p.m., call for location. Free, $2 monthly dues. meetup.com/ann-arbor-StitchNBitch/, 945-3035.


 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Michigan Football 101 with Devin Gardner": Wolverine State Brewing Co.

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Tuesdays during football season, join former Michigan starting quarterback Devin Gardner and WTKA Inside the Huddle host Michael Spath as they recap the Wolverines' most recent game, with film study insights, and a Q&A while enjoying the food and drink at Wolverine State Brewing Co.
Wolverine State Brewing Co., 2019 W. Stadium Blvd. Free. 734-369-2990. michaelspath1980@gmail.com WolverineBeer.com [map]



 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Focus on Women": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues. Slow/moderate-paced ride for women, 18-30 miles, to Dexter and back.
6 p.m., meet at Barton Nature Area parking lot, W. Huron River Dr. near Bird Rd. Free. 276-0240, 755-0884.


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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Tentative. All invited to bring knitting projects to work on.
6:30 p.m., Brewed Awakenings, 7025 E. Michigan Ave., ste. M, Saline. Free. 681-0078. [map]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Mind-Controlled Robot Hands": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All grade 6-adult invited to make an analog robot hand, then use your own brain to animate it. Led by Backyard Brains, an organization that teaches neuroscience through hands-on experiments.
6:30-8 p.m., AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Every Tues. Open to all age 18 & over. No partner needed. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd places.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. kari.thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. Pay what you can; $8 suggested donation (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). 796-7467. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

J. Ryan Stradal: Literati Bookstore.

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This acclaimed L.A.-based, Minnesota-born writer reads from The Lager Queen of Minnesota, his new novel that explores Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and beer brewing through the lives of three generations of women. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Pinball Tournament: $2 Tuesdays at Pinball Pete's.

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$2 for Entry into tournament ($1 dollar goes into the payout pool $1 goes to IFPA)
Tournament information:
Tournament starts at 7pm. We will play until 9:30 (no new rounds will start after 9:30)
1 round (1 Game) final for top 3 if 7 players or less, top 4 if more than 7 players.
3 Player Final Payout
1st- 50%
2nd- 30%
3rd- 20%
Pinball Pete's, 1214 S University Ave. $2 + Coin Drop for Games. AnnArborPinball@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/2-Tuesdays-at-Pinball-Petes-Ann-Arbor-1369228379891817 [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

T. Miller: Skazat! Poetry Series at Sweetwaters.

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Performance by this Detroit spoken word poet, a 3-time Women of the World Poetry Slam finalist and LGBTQ activist, whose "social networking memoir," Coming Out of Nowhere, collects posts made about the LGBTQ community on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube in order to show the extent of cyber bullying. Preceded by an open mike.
7-8:30 p.m. Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington. Free. 223-3165. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Voices in Harmony Sweet Adelines.

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Every Tues. All women invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local 70-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
7-9:30 p.m., UAW Local 898 Hall, 8975 Textile Rd. (west of Rawsonville Rd. off I-94), Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). singwithus.org 612-7580. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Ann Arbor Bluegrass Jam": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Sept. 10 & 24. All musicians invited to bring their acoustic instruments to play bluegrass and bluegrass-style music. Vocalists welcome.
7-9 p.m., Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $5 fee to cover building rental. a2bluegrass.com, 794-6250. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"India Travel Diary": Rasa Festival (Ann Arbor District Library).

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Natalie Robbins, Jackie Miller, and Gayatri Malik each give brief photo-illustrated talks about their trips to India.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Only Plane in the Sky": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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Journalist and historian Garrett Graff, former editor of the Washingtonian and POLITICO, discusses his new account of 9/11 that draws on previously unpublished transcripts, recently declassified documents, interviews, and oral histories. Book sale, signing, and reception follow.
7 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Shawshank Redemption": Fathom Events.

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(Frank Darabont, 1994). 25th anniversary screening of this grim, ultimately uplifting parable, set in a Maine prison, about the struggle to retain human dignity amid almost intolerable hardship. Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman.
Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20) & 316-5500 (Emagine).


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Urban Fix: Resilient Cities in the War Against Climate": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M architecture and urban planning professor Douglas Kelbaugh reads from his new book showing how urban design and local public policies can combat climate change. Signing.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Downtown 4th-fl. meeting rm. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Addiction and Families": Dawn Farm.

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"Addiction and Families" will be presented by Dr. Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D. Alcohol/other drug addiction is often described as a "family condition." This program will describe ways in which each family member is affected by addiction in the family, roles and behaviors that family members often acquire when living with addiction, and options for family members to obtain help to cope with addiction in the family. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series. All programs are free and open to anyone interested. Registration is not required.
St. Joseph Mercy Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute auditorium, 5325 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarmeducation.org [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Yandong Grand Singers: U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

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A cappella performance by this choir of farmers of the Dong ethnic group from Yandong township in Southwestern China. The Dong don't have a written language and transmit much of their knowledge through song, called the Grand Song of the Dong, which was added to UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009.
7:30 p.m., Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Free. 936-2777. [map]


 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
8-10 p.m., Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 10:30 p.m. 

Tango Tuesdays: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Tues. Tango dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded at 9:30 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
10:30-11:30 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (free with lesson). sophiatango.com, 634-9629. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh- minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. He recently released his first CD in 18 years, Big Car Town, a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band Paul Keller Orchestra

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble founded by the late saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]

 
 


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