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Calendar of Events

Monday, November 4, 2019






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health Leadership Training: National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

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Help people with diabetes live healthier lives! The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) seeks leaders for their Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health (DPATH) workshops. The multi-day DPATH Leadership Training will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28; Wednesday, October 30; Monday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 6 at the NKFM main office, 1169 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. PATH is an interactive 6-week workshop where two leaders facilitate a group of people learning to manage their diabetes. Coaches support participants by providing information, encouraging progress, and working interactively with the group. Teaching experience is not needed, but participants must attend all four days of training. There is no charge for the training but leaders must commit to facilitating one workshop in the next year. Please pre-register by calling Caitlin Loughery at 800-482-1455, x240 or emailing pathprograms@nkfm.org.
National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 1169 Oak Valley Rd. Free. 800-482-1455. pathprograms@nkfm.org http://www.nkfm.org/path [map]



 9-10 a.m. 

Zumba: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri., except Oct. 21., through Dec. 20Local dance instructor Karen Silverman leads this high intensity, low-impact aerobic dance workout.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Art Exhibition: Blood Underwater: U-M Residential College and Arts at Michigan.

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Blood Underwater is a collaborative work, which encourages deep thinking and creative expression. It provides a voice for community members and activists, especially from political, national, racial, religious and other minorities, to express their concerns about global suffering through art. Participants gather around a large canvas with paints and music and are guided through a series of artistic expressions by "artivist" Elshafei Dafalla. The purpose is to use art to protest against violence, torture, enforced disappearances and other forms of brutality.
Eishafei Dafalla received a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture from the College of Fine and Applied Art at the University for Science and Technology in Khartoum, Sudan as well as a Diploma in Folklore from the Afro-Asian Institute at the University of Khartoum. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Stamps School of Art and Design at University of Michigan.
Residential College Art Gallery, 701 E University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/68772-17147161.html [map]



 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon-Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 11 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). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues., except Dec. 24, 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed., except Dec. 25 & Jan. 1, 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

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


 11:30 a.m. 

"Local Democracy in an Era of Extreme National Partisanship: Evidence from the Michigan Public Policy Survey": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch and Learn.

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Lecture by U-M Center for Local, State and Urban Policy associate director Tom Ivacko. Lunch.
11:30 a.m., City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $30 (members, $25). Reservations required by Oct. 25. annarborcityclub.org/tom-ivacko.html; 662-3279, ext. 1. [map]


 Noon-3 p.m. 

Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy and poker that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 Noon  Free! 

"Dexter B2B Trail Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon. A 13-22 mile ride on the B2B trail from Dexter to Hudson Mills Metropark, with pace and destination determined by the riders.
Noon, meet at the B2B trail head by the Forest Lawn Cemetery, corner of Broad & Grand, Dexter. Free. 426-5116.


 12:30-4 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.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2) on Mon., $7 (members, $6) on Wed. & Thurs. Closed Jan. 1. 794-6250. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., & Fri. Seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Writing Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Seniors invited to read and discuss their poetry, essays, fiction, and reminiscences.
2401 Plymouth. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1:30 p.m. 

Anton Nel: Jewish Community Center.

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This acclaimed pianist, a former U-M music professor, performs a program of his favorite pieces, including works by Debussy, Chopin, Sibelius, and more. New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini has called Nel "an uncommonly elegant pianist." Cabaret-style seating with light refreshments.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow. Tickets $12. 971-0990. [map]


 2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series.

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Nov. 1, 4, & 11. Talks by visiting scholars.

Nov. 1: "Rights of Neighbourliness: Decolonising Responses to Mass Displacement." Talk by University of Sussex human geography lecturer Tahir Zaman.

Nov. 4: "South-South Relations in the Era of Far-Right Populism: The Syrian Refugee Crisis on Brazilian Television." Talk by University of Illinois comparative literature professor Wail S. Hassan.

Nov. 14: "Trafficking Cuneiform: Valuing the Past over the Present?" Talk by Oxford University endangered archaeology research felllow Neil Brodie.

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2-3:30 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 647-4143. [map]


 2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Documentary Screening "The Jewish Underground"

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In the early 1980s, a network of right-wing settlers plotted to blow up the Dome of the Rock, the oldest existing Islamic monument situated on the most volatile site in the Middle East, the Temple Mount. Arrested in 1984 by the Israeli secret service Shin Bet, the conspirators were found to be responsible for several other attacks against Palestinians, including a series of car bomb attacks against West Bank mayors and schemes to blow-up civilian buses at rush-hour. Shai Gal's documentary recounts the events surrounding their case and reveals the ties between the convicted plotters and leaders of the current Israeli government. Join us for a viewing and stay for a conversation with the documentary's filmmaker, Shai Gal, and U-M's director of screenwriting program, Jim Burnstein.
Annenberg Auditorium, 735 South State Street. Free. 734-998-7666. https://wallacehouse.umich.edu/?p=13567 [map]



 3:15, 6, & 8:45 p.m. 

"Joker": State Theatre.

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(Todd Phillips, 2019). Drama from the perspective of Batman's nemesis, caught between apathy and cruelty. Joaquin Phoenix.
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.


 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"1st Monday Lego Club": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 3-11 invited to participate in a collaborative building activity, followed by free play.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"CARES presents Caring for You Caring for Me": Jewish Family Services.

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Join CARES for a unique, no-cost group which aims to educate and support professional and family caregivers in a relaxed setting. Facilitated by a licensed master social worker, the group will follow a well-established curriculum known to improve the well-being of caregivers.
Specific Topics Covered:
• What it means to be a caregiver
• Taking care of yourself
• Building cooperative relationships
• Preventing and solving problems
• Accessing and developing resources
Participants will learn ways to cope with the stresses and strains of being a caregiver and about resources available locally, regionally and nationally. Group members will have the opportunity to learn from and support one another, share common concerns and promote solutions to everyday caregiving challenges.
For those interested, professional in-home caregiver services may be arranged at no charge so that your loved one will have care at home while
United Way, 2305 Platt Rd. Free. 9895339357. chelsiek@jfsannarbor.org https://form.jotform.com/92795507183164 [map]



 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Other People's Words": U-M Donia Human Rights Center.

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Cairo-based visual artist Amira Hanafi, whose work uses oral histories, discusses the process of assembling 2 digitized story projects We Are Fragmented (about human right defenders), and A Dictionary of the Revolution (about Egypt's 2011 uprising)
110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-8482. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The New Testament and Other Books: Mapping Christian Literature in Late Antiquity": U-M Center for Middle East Studies.

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Talk by Ohio State history of Christianity professor David Brakke.
4-6 p.m., 202 S. Thayer, rm. 2022. Free. 764-0314. [map]


 4:15 p.m. 

"Give Me Liberty": Michigan Theater.

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(Kirill Mikhanovsky, 2019). Freewheeling comedy about a medical transport driver during a riot in Milwaukee.
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.


 4:35, 7:10, & 9:35 p.m. 

The Lighthouse: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Robert Eggers, 2019). Drama about two lighthouse keeps trying to maintain their sanity on a remote and mysterious New England island.
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.


 4:45, 7, & 9:25 p.m. 

"Where's My Roy Cohn?": Michigan Theater.

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(Matt Tyrnauer, 2019). Documentary about the unscrupulous lawyer and political power broker.
Michigan Theater (unless noted otherwise). $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]


 5:30 p.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, 2960 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104. $20. (734) 747-0123. betterlivingfitness.com [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 high intensity class uses straps (similar to TRX) to stretch muscles that can be difficult to stretch in other exercises. Class starts with some stretching, and once the body warms up, begins to pick up the pace. You will work on a flow sequence that will get the heart rate up. 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. The studio will be heated between 90-95 degrees for this class, so bring a water bottle. Your first class at the studio is free!
You can park in the studio's parking lot for free. Same parking lot as the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with a red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $20 drop in (or package prices). info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

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. Nov. 4: "Has God Left the Building - An Hour of Honest Conversation about the Church." Nov. 11: "Zzzz - Practical Help for Getting a Better Night's Sleep." Nov. 18: "Make a Difference Now - Choose to Be Extraordinary." Nov. 25: "A Day in the Life of the Hidden Homeless - A Mother's Struggle to Keep Her Family Together."

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7-8 p.m., 500 W. Liberty. Free. 665-7912. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"A Holistic Approach to Better Gardens": Herb Study Group.

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Club president Madolyn Kaminski discusses how to improve soil, choose plants, and more.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Christmas Jars": Fathom Events.

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(Jonathan Wright, 2019). Drama based on Jason Wright's novel about a reporter uncovering the mystery behind money given anonymously to people in need.
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Dancing with Your Mind: The Promises and Perils of Mindfulness for Musicians": U-M School of Music.

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Lecture by Indiana University music education professor Frank Michael Diaz.
7 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7-8:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Emerging Writers: Writing Picture Books for Children": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local short story writer Alex Kourvo and young adult novelist Bethany Neal are joined by Caldecott-winning Michigan writer Philip Stead to discuss ways to write fiction or nonfiction books kids love. Also, Kourvo and Neal host an open house for writers to connect with one another and/or work on their projects at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18.
AADL Westgate. Free. 327-4200.


 7:05 p.m.  Free! 

Free Community Yoga: Ringstar Studio.

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Come to Ringstar for a free mixed level yoga class. No previous yoga experience necessary.
Mats, blocks, and straps are available for borrowing. Please register online if you need to borrow one of our mats, otherwise online registration is not required.
Free community yoga is offered the first Monday evening of each month at Ringstar (unless there's a holiday, in which case free yoga takes place the following week).
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. Free. 734-335-1625. mail@a2ringstar.com https://www.wellnessliving.com/rs/event/a2ringstar?k_class=148393&k_class_tab=6712 [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Reel Rock 14": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(various directors, 2019). Three documentaries--The High Road, United States of Joe's, and The Nose Speed Record--about rock climbing's biggest stars.
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.


 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]


 7:30 p.m. 

"All the President's Men": State Theater.

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(Alan Pakula, 1976). Historical drama about 2 rival reporters researching the botched Watergate burglary. Robert Redford & Dustin Hoffman.
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.


 7:30 p.m. 

"Treasures I Found at AAPEX": Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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Club members show and discuss their finds from the club's annual show (see 2 Saturday).
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free. arbor@provide.net, 761-5859. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

Ran Dank & Soyeon Kate Lee: U-M School of Music.

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The husband-and-wife duo of Israeli classical pianist Dank and University of Cincinnati music professor Lee performs Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Rachmaninoff études, and Debussy preludes.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m. 

The David Wax Museum.

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A bracing, high-energy infusion of Mexican folk music into rootsy indie rock by this ensemble led by Missouri-bred singer-songwriter Wax. They bring a new album, Line of Light. Opener: Heather Maloney, a songwriter whose music has been praised by the New York Times as "utterly gorgeous, visceral."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and the ark.org, and at the door. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Westbound Station: The Ark.

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Acoustic quartet composed of alumni of the 2016 Acoustic Music Seminar. They call their classical-jazz-bluegrass mix "chambergrass."
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (relocated to the Michigan League during the Union's renovation) and the ark.org, and at the door. [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.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ravens Club: Justin Walter's Poe Boys

Traditional jazz stomps, shuffles, and 1920s-1930s show tunes by this local ensemble led by trumpeter & cornetist Justin Walter. With saxophonist-clarinetist Chris Tabaczynski, guitarist-banjoist Erik McIntyre, and sousaphonist Chris Smith. [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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