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Calendar of Events

Monday, November 18, 2019

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 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]

 10-11:30- a.m. 

"Exit Interview with Laurita Thomas": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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A discussion with recently retired U-M human resources vice president. 2nd in a series of talks by retiring academic and community leaders.
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10. 998-9351. [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]

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"LOOK 101: Seeing Art in an Instagram World": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Talk by Institute for the Humanities arts curator Amanda Krugliak.
Osterman Common Rm. #1022. Free. 936-3518.

 3-5 p.m. 

"Date Night": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers lead tastings of several domestic wines, with artisan cheeses, bread, and other accompaniments. Recommended for couples or other pairs. On Nov. 18, "Beer & Cheese Edition."
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45/person. Reservations required. 929-0500. [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 p.m.  Free! 

"Collectivity, Community, and Connections in the Pursuit of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion": U-M National Center for Institutional Diversity.

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Lecture by U-M psychology and women's studies professor emerita Patricia Gurin.
4-5:30 p.m., 1324 East Hall, 530 Church. Free. 764-6497. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Yiddish Columbus: Critical Counter-History and the Remapping of American Jewish Literature": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Padnos Lecture.

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Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) Jewish American literature & culture professor Rachel Rubinstein discusses Jacobo Glantz's 1939 Mexican Yiddish epic poem Kristobal Kolon.
4 p.m., 202 S. Thayer, rm. 2022. Free. 763-9047. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"'Communities of Interest' and Michigan's New Approach to Redistricting Through an Independent Citizens Commission": U-M School of Public Policy Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy.

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Panel discussion with Panta Rhea Foundation (CA) director Connie Malloy, legal redistricting counselor Christopher Lamar, and Elections for the State former director Christopher Thomas. Moderator: Voters Not Politicians president Nancy Wang.
Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 647-4091. [map]

 4:10 & 9:45 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., 668-TIME.

 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, 6:50, & 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)., 668-TIME.

 4:20 & 7:20 p.m. 

"Pain and Glory": State Theater.

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(Pedro Almodóvar, 2019). A film director in physical decline who reflects on his career. Spanish, subtitles.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8., 668-TIME.

 4:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Racial Migrations: New York City and the Revolutionary Politics of the Spanish Caribbean": U-M Institute for the Humanities Author's Forum.

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NPR Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras and U-M American culture professor Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof discuss Hoffnung-Garskof's new book.
Thayer Bldg. Osterman common rm., 1022 S. Thayer. Free. 936-3518. [map]

 4:30 & 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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 4:45, 7:20, & 9:50 p.m. 

"The Report": Michigan Theater.

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(Scott Burns, 2019). Drama about an FBI agent who investigates the CIA's use of torture on suspected terrorists in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Adam Driver.
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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Caregiver Support Groups: Alzheimer's Association.

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You're invited to join a caregiver support group in your community and talk with others who are experiencing the challenges of caring for a person living with memory loss. All groups meet monthly and are confidential, free, and open to the public. Anyone involved in caring for or loving someone with memory loss is welcome to join. Please call the chapter office if you have any questions or to confirm meeting date and location at 800-272-3900. Cancellation policy: If local adult education classes have canceled due to dangerous weather conditions, the support group will be cancelled.
Northfield Township Senior Center, 9101 N. Main St., Whitmore Lake. Free. 800-272-3900. [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]

 5:45 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 p.m.  Free! 

League of Women Voters Orientation: League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area.

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League of Women Voters 2.0: Introduction to League Basics for members and prospective members. Learn about how the League plans to be actively involved in the 2020 Census, how the League advocates for good government, how the local, state and national leagues work together, how the League got started 100 years ago, and so much more. Barb Brown will be there to greet you. Come get acquainted.
Ann Arbor Library - Malletts Creek Branch, 30090 E. Eisenhower Parkway. Free. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Early College Alliance Information Session: Early College Alliance.

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The Early College Alliance is hosting an information session for the 2020-2021 school year. All interested parents, students, family, and friends are welcome to attend to learn more about the great educational opportunities the ECA has to offer. Current 8th, 9th or 10th-grade students are eligible to enroll for the 2020-2021 academic year.
EMU Student Center Auditorium, Eastern Michigan University, 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. Free. 7344874290. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Stitches & Knots: Drop-In Knitting and Crochet": Saline District Library.

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All invited to bring a fiber art project to work on.
6:30-8:30 p.m., SDL Brecon Rm., 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Zingerman's Southside Selects": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's co-founder Ari Weinzeig and staffers from all 3 of its southside business - the Creamery, Bakehouse, and Coffee Company - discuss and offer taste samples of their products, tell favorite food production stories, and talk about their latest ideas.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $50, preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities invited to work on their projects together and learn about guild activities. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by socializing.
West Side United Methodist Church, 900 S. 7th St. Free to visitors ($52 annual dues). 994-4385. [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! 

Malcom Tariq: Literati Bookstore.

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This New York-based Savannah poet reads from Heed the Hollow, his new collection of poems that explore the concept of "the bottom" across blackness, sexuality, and the American South. Also, a reading by Flint poet & sound artist Jonah Mixon-Webster. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Sophie Grillet: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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This local abstract painter, sculptor, cartoonist, and photographer discusses her work.
7 p.m., AAWA Headquarters, 4844 Jackson, ste. 100. Free. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"Princess Mononoke": Fathom Events.

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(Hayao Miyazaki, 1997). Dubbed (Nov. 17 & 20) & subtitled (Nov. 18) screenings of this complex anime fantasy adventure set in Japan's Iron Age that depicts a siege by samurai and forest gods of a remote village populated by outcasts.
12:55 p.m. (Nov. 17) & 7 p.m. (Nov. 18 & 20), 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).

 7:20 p.m. 

"Honey Boy": State Theater.

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(Alma Har'el, 2019). Tale of a young boy reconciling with his stormy childhood and early adult years. Sia LaBeouf.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 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.  Free! 

"Big Weeds and Tiny Microbes": Michigan Botanical Club.

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U-M ecology and evolutionary biology grad student Wesley Bickford discusses how microbes surrounding the invasive Phragmites australis (aka common reed) may be helping it expand its territory. The program begins with a short business meeting. Preceded at 5:45 p.m. by "Dinner with the Speaker" (Rappourt, 2721 Plymouth Rd.; buy your own dinner).
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 647-7600. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Network": State Theater.

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(Sidney Lumet, 1976). Classic satire about a TV network that exploits an ex-anchor's railings against the media. Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall. Post-film Q&A.
State Theatre. $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8., 668-TIME.

 8 p.m. 

Nellie McKay: The Ark.

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Ebullient pop-cabaret chanteuse and songwriter whose music somehow manages to come off as at once hip and retro, both disarmingly conventional and disconcertingly offbeat. "McKay's music evokes the lost elegance of pre-Elvis pop music because she recognizes that such stylishness and wit are worth pursuing," says the Washington Post. "But those goals inevitably collide with the realities of money, sex, and politics, and she documents those collisions in her tongue-in-cheek lyrics, emphatic beats, and bubbly melodies." Her recordings range from the Doris Day tribute CD Normal as Blueberry Pie and My Weekly Reader, a collection of mostly forgotten 60s delights, to Sister Orchid, her 2018 collection of standards that's been described as "an American noir travelogue, part Kerouac, part Chandler, all Nellie McKay."
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, and at the door. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Sounds of America": U-M School of Music.

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This ensemble of music majors performs James Stephenson's American Fanfare, Persichetti's Symphony no. 6, Ching-Chu Hu's In Memory Of, Kevin Day's A Song for Tomorrow, Luigi Zaninelli's Three American Hymns, and Omar Thomas's Of Our New Day Begun. With soprano Samantha Williams and the Arbor String Quartet.
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. With saxophonist- clarinetist Chris Tabaczynski, guitarist-banjoist Erik McIntyre, and sousaphonist Chris Smith. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: The Good Things

Rock 'n' roll covers & originals by this local band. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra 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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