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Calendar of Events

Monday, November 11, 2019

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 8 a.m. 

Ann Arbor Scavenger Hunt: Ann Arbor Adventure.

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Explore Michigan's most charming city and learn a thing or two at the state university on this loop around Ann Arbor! Tourist, local, or new to town, this is a lively small group activity that anyone can enjoy. Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to experience the city like you never have before. Snap pics, race against the clock, and put your navigation skills to the test as you wander at your own pace. No reservations, no tour guides, and fun for all ages.
Let's Roam Scavenger Hunts, 313 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, USA. $11. [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. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Arlington Michigan Display": Veterans for Peace.

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A peace ceremony and display of 230 crosses, one for each of the Michigan soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
11 a.m., southwest corner of Veterans Park, 2150 Jackson Rd. Free., 218-3307. [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.

 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Senior Crafternoon": Saline District Library.

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Seniors invited to make a wooden acorn plaque (Nov. 11 and a waterless snow globe (Dec. 9).
1-2:30 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required., 429-5450. [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.

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

 2-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Helicopter War in Vietnam": Chelsea District Library.

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Talk by members of the "Ghost Riders," the 60th Assault Helicopter Company, who served in the Vietnam War in 1972-73.
2-3:30 p.m., Chelsea Comfort Inn, 1645 Commerce Park Dr., Chelsea. Free, preregistration requested. 475-8732. [map]

 3-4:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Fun with Fimo": Saline District Library.

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All invited to make earrings and beads out of Fimo polymer clay.
3-4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Minecraft Monday": Chelsea District Library.

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All kids ages 8-12 invited to try out this computer game that involves building things with virtual blocks to work as a team to build and landscape, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and create a new virtual world. New & experienced players welcome.
3:30-4:30 p.m., CDL learning lab, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 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. [map]

 4 & 10 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., 668-TIME.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"We Are All Well: A Partial History of Public Information Infrastructures after Disasters": U-M Information & Computer Sciences Department.

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Talk by University of Washington information policy and ethics professor Megan Finn.
3100 North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 763-2066. [map]

 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

Kids Book Clubs: Saline District Library.

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Book discussion groups for kids, including Chapter Champs (Nov. 11 & Dec. 9) for kids in grades 1-4, the Caldecott Club (Nov. 18 & Dec. 16) for kids in kindergarten and 1st grade, and Pageturners (Dec. 2) for kids in grade 4 & up.
4:15 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. Preregistration required at 429-5450. [map]

 4:15, 7, & 9:20 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:30, 7:10, & 9:30 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:45, 7:30, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Jay Myself": Michigan Theater.

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(Stephen Wilkes, 2019). Documentary about noted artist and photographer Jay Maisel.
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)., 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. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Nov. 7, 11, 14, & 21. Visiting artists discuss their work.

Nov. 7: Marina Willer, a British graphic designer and filmmaker who's worked on branding for the Tate museum (London), Oxfam, and Amnesty International. Followed by a screening of her 2017 film Red Trees.

Nov. 11 (5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State): Artur Żmijewski, a multimedia Polish artist who uses photography and film to explore displacement, trauma, power structures, and otherness, discusses "Working Around, Against, and Without: An Artist's Excursion on Shifting Political Ground." The annual U-M Copernicus Lecture.

Nov. 14: Suzanne Lacy, an LA-based multimedia artist who uses installations, videos, and performances to address sexual violence, rural and urban poverty, incarceration, gender identity, and other issues.

Nov. 21: Edel Rodriguez, a Cuban American illustrator who's done covers for Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, and other publications. His bold, figurative works are inspired by religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia.

5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater (except Nov. 11). Free. 668-8463. [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). [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Hope and Healing: One Piece at a Time": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Royal Oak mosaic artist Mary Gilhuly, a self-described "peace/piece maker," discusses her work honoring those affected by tragedies such as the Sandy Hook school shooting and the terrorist kidnapping of Nigerian girls. The program begins with socializing and displays of members' work.
6:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church Piper Hall (lower level, enter on the east side of the building and take elevator down), 1501 W. Liberty. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"AIReal Yoga: Core Power": Ringstar Studio.

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AIReal Yoga is real yoga, practiced with the assistance of a "silk" hammock. Not to be confused with its circus counterpart, practitioners breathe, stretch, and strengthen just as you would in a ground-based practice, while taking advantage of deeper stretches and unique poses.
Gymnastic flexibility, ahtletic strength, and master yogi-level experience not required. You can even enjoy AIReal Yoga even if you can't touch your toes and you've never attended a regular yoga class before.
This special one-time offering will focus on poses that strengthen and tone the core muscles of the torso. While it is an intense physical practice, the poses are accessible to people at any level of ability. No previous experience necessary.
Class sizes are very small- maximum of 6 people- so online preregistration is required.
Weekly classes are also available. See our schedule for details.
Ringstar Studio, 3907 Varsity Dr. $15. 734-335-1625. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Friends of McKune Memorial Library Mystery Book Club.

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All invited to discuss books in different mystery series.

Apr. 13: Anthony Bourdain's Gone Bamboo, Bone in the Throat, & The Bobby Gold Stories.

May 11: Delia Owens' Where the Crawdads Sing.

June 8: Book TBA.
Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr, Chelsea. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Adult Crafts: Saline District Library.

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Crafts for adults, including wooden acorn plaques (Nov. 11; seniors' session Nov. 22, 1-2:30 p.m.) and a waterless snow globe (Dec. 9; seniors' session Dec. 20, 1-2:30 p.m.) Supplies provided (except as noted).
7 p.m., SDL, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free; preregistration required. 429-5450. [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."

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

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Indelible in the Hippocampus: Writings from the Me Too Movement": Literati Bookstore.

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Local McSweeney's executive director and publisher Amanda Uhle and writers Natalie Bakopoulos, Desiree Cooper, and Emily Jace McLaughlin discuss their contributions to this new collection of essays, fiction, and poetry written by black, Latinx, Asian, queer, and trans writers who reflect on their own experiences of a culture of normalized sexual harassment and abuse.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"John Fogerty--50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks": Fathom Events.

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2019 concert film of the iconic singer-songwriter and guitarist, founder of Creedence Clearwater Revival, who's best known for the hits "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Fortunate Son," and a beloved cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter), & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline). Tickets $11.50-$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at and at the door. 623-7469 (Quality 16), 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316-5500 (Emagine).

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Somewhere in Time" Book Discussion Group: Dexter District Library.

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All invited to discuss a history, nonfiction, biography, or fiction book TBA.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free, preregistration required. 426-4477, ext. 119. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Unionists in the Confederacy": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Talk by former Michigan Regimental Round Table president Don Garlit.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. Education Center Exhibition Rm., 5305 Elliott Dr. (off McAuley Dr. from Huron River Dr.). Free. (517) 750-2741. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Scandinavian Music Jam.

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Bruce Sagan and Brad Battey lead an acoustic jam session devoted to traditional music from Sweden and Norway. All instruments welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr. Free. (908) 721-2599. [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.  Free! 

Campus Symphony Orchestra & Campus Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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These ensembles of non-music majors perform orchestral favorites and music inspired by folk tunes and dances, including Bizet's L'Arlesienné, Elgar's Serenade Lyrique, Sibelius's Valse Triste, Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave, the Overture to Wagner's The Meistersinger, Rachmaninoff's passionate and lyrical Vocalise, and Mendelssohn's solemn "Reformation" Symphony.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [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. [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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