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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. 

"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.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"Daughters of Memory: Paintings and Poems on the Nine Muses": U-M Residential College.

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Daughters of Memory: Paintings and Poems on the Nine Muses is an interdisciplinary show of works by Cindy Sowers exploring the elusive sources for the ancient figures of the Muses, as well as the appropriation of these figures by different artists through the ages.
RC Art Gallery East Quadrangle, 701 East University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. (734) 763-0032. https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/65767-16654022.html [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! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues., except Dec. 24. New and expecting parents invited to discuss new baby experiences. Babies welcome.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [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]


 1:15 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]


 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]


 3:50, 6:30, & 9:10 p.m. 

"IT Chapter Two": State Theatre.

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(Andy Muschetti, 2019). Horror sequel set 27 years after the original, where a group of misfit kids battle a killer supernatural clown.
Various times, 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]


 4-7 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, 6:45, & 9:50 p.m. 

"Brittany Runs a Marathon": State Theatre.

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(Paul Downs Colaizzo, 2019). Comedy about a woman who takes control of her life by training for a marathon.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8. statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 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]


 4:15, 7, & 9:40 p.m. 

"Ad Astra": State Theatre.

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(James Gray, 2019). Adventure film about a space explorer on a mission to recover his missing father's prior expedition. Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8. statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:15, 7, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Downton Abbey": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Michael Engler's 2019 film adaptation of the hugely popular PBS series about the the Crawley family and the servants who work for them in the English countryside in the early 20th century.
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]


 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. 

"Honeyland": State Theatre.

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(Tamara Kotevska & Ljubo Stefanov, 2019). Documentary about beekeeping in the mountains of Macedonia.
Various times, 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]


 4:30, 7:30, & 9:55 p.m. 

"Official Secrets": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Gavin Hood, 2019). Thriller, based on the true story of a British whistleblower who exposed an illegal US wiretapping operation designed to force the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 Iraq invasion. Keira Knightley,
Various times, 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]


 4:30 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.


 4:45, 7:20, & 9:50 p.m. 

"Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice": State Theater.

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(Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, 2019). Documentary about the iconic pop-rock singer.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 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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This an all-levels instructor-guided conditioning circuit class is perfect for new aerialists, experienced flyers as a supplement to their current training, or for any folx who are interested in a new and exciting way to exercise. 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. 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. 

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

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All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap tips.
For meeting location call or preregister at MeetUp.com/Ann-Arbor-StitchNBitch. $2 monthly dues. 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.


 6:30-8 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 p.m.  Free! 

September Meeting: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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Hope you can attend the first Moms Demand Action meeting of the school year! Learn more about various forms of gun violence in our communities, connect with others interested in prevention efforts, and help take action.
FUMC - Ypsi, 209 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. momswashtenaw@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/events/2354588607971395/ [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!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. All female singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For online meeting URL email Info@VoicesInHarmonyChorus.org. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.


 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. The repertoire includes a range of genres such as ballads, children's songs, songs of greeting and imitative songs that test performers' virtuosity at mimicking the sounds of animals.
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]


 9:20 p.m. 

"The Goldfinch": State Theatre.

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(John Crowley, 2019). Adaptation of the Donna Tarot novel about a boy is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Various times. 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.


 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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