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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 9, 2020

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 12:01 a.m.-midnight  Free!  Online 

Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason: University Musical Society.

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Jan. 8-9. Already internationally acclaimed at the age of 21, British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason's recent album, Elgar, is an exploration of the musical landscape in pre- and post-war Europe anchored by Elgar's Cello Concerto. In this program, he is joined by his older sister, pianist Isata, in Beethoven's Cello Sonata in C Major and Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata in G Minor. Post-performance interview with the artists' parents, Stuart and Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason.
Available online anytime from 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 through Nov. 4, online at Free. 764-2538.

 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

Social Watercolor: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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No prior experience necessary.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. Preregistration required. [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Social Media": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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6 weekly talks about the impact of social media.

Jan. 9: U-M information professor Clifford Lampe on "What We Know Now."

Jan. 16:U-M pediatrics professor Jenny Radesky on "Mobile Media and Parenting."

Jan. 23:U-M psychology professor Ethan Kross on "How Do Online Social Media Networks Influence People's Emotional Lives."

Jan. 30:U-M information professor Sarita Schoenebeck on "Restoring Justice to Targets of Online Harassment."

Feb. 6:MSU neuroscience professor Dar Meshi on "Why We Use Social Media: Evolution, Neuroscience, and Problematic Use."

Feb 13:U-M information professor Florian Schaub on "Is Technology Killing Privacy?"
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $55 (members, $10). Memberships $25/year. 998-9351. [map]

 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga for Kids!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A Super Fun Yoga Time (Pinckney) instructor leads kids in grades preK-2 in some introductory poses.
10-10:40 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, a tour of the adoptable cat area, and a dog meet and greet. For ages 2-5 (with caregiver); kids age 5 & up and adults must wear a mask. Social distancing enforced.
Humane Society, 3100 Cherry Hill. $5 per kid (babies 11 months & under, free), preregistration required. 661-3575. [map]

 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lung Cancer Support Group: Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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This group offers the opportunity to connect with others to discuss some of the unique challenges and concerns associated with lung cancer.
Monthly, Second Thursday, 11 am - 12:30 pm
Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, 2010 HOGBACK RD STE 3. Free. 7349752500. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Jan. 9, 16, 23, & 30. Jan. 9: North Carolina State University Japanese studies visiting professor Levi McLaughlin on "Religion and Politics in Japan: Mapping a Shifting Terrain." Jan. 16: Boston University music professor Marié Abe on "Hired to Be Overheard: Resonances of Chindon-ya in Contemporary Japan." Chindon-ya are ostentatiously costumed Japanese street musicians who publicize a business by parading through neighborhood streets. Jan. 23: University of Tokyo international relations professor Ryo Sahashi on "China-Japan-US Trilateral Relationship on East Asia Order: History and Prospects." Jan. 30: Keio University (Tokyo) international politics professor Yuichi Hosoya on "Japan's Indo-Pacific Strategy in the US-China Rivalry."
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 764-6307. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Imagining a Dementia Free Community": First Presbyterian Church Lunch & Learn Series.

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Talk by Saline resident Jim Mangi.
FPC, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free (hot lunch, $5), preregistration requested. 662-4466. [map]

 Time TBA  Free! 

Oracle Pro Tennis Series.

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Jan. 6-12. Over 60 matches of professional mens singles and doubles in competition for a $54,000 prize, in Ann Arbor for the first time. Final rounds on Jan. 11 & 12.
Complete schedule available at U-M Varsity Tennis Center, 2250 S. State St. Free. (440) 840-4072. [map]

 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Gifts of Art Concert Series": U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Performances by area musicians. Jan. 2: Old time piano music by Choctaw artist Jerry Perrine. Jan. 9: Plucky acoustic songs by bluegrass duo Huron Ridge. Jan. 16: MLK-inspired program of classical works by the Grosse Ile Quintet. Jan. 23: Blues & boogie-woogie by singer-pianist Mr. B and percussionist Pete Siers. Jan. 30: Show tunes and cabaret songs by The Two Tenors, the duo of Jeffrey Willets and Jay Kaplan.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-2787. [map]

 12:30-2 p.m. 

"Transcendent Bonsai: The Ever-Contemporary International Art Form": Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens curator David Michener & Matthaei bonsai and penjing garden specialist Carmen Leskoviansky present an overview of this ancient artform.
Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $10, preregistration required before Jan. 2 at 635-2247. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Drawdown: Pathways Out of Global Warming": Barickuda Gallery at trustArt studios.

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Several artists gathered over a period of months to discuss and reflect on the challenges of global warming using the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, edited by Paul Hawken ( as their inspiration to make work for this traveling group exhibition. The show includes the work of Liz Barick Fall, Justin Cox, Jana Dietsch Wingels, Laura Earle, Tracey Easthope, Trisha Schultz, Leslie Sobel and Laurie Wechter.
Opening reception October 16, 6-9pm
By Appointment October 17-January 9, 2021
Closing reception January 9, 1-4pm
Masks required and social distancing protocols will be practiced.
Barickuda Gallery at trustArt studios, 7885 Jackson Rd Suite 1. Free. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers introduce Poco the sloth, a black-and-white tegu lizard, and a 3-banded armadillo on the indoor stage. Guests invited to view other animals on display, including a kangaroo, albino alligator, African crested porcupines, and binturongs. Masks required.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (kids ages 2-12, $8; age 2 & under, free) in advance only at (limited capacity). 929-9324. [map]

 2 & 6:30 p.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. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed. 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.

 3:20, 6:30, & 9:40 p.m. 

"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker": State Theater.

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The final battle commences between the surviving Resistance forces and the Order.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 3:45, 6:45, & 9:50 p.m. 

"Uncut Gems": State Theater.

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(Josh & Benny Safdie, 2019). American crime thriller.
State Theater. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.

 4 p.m. 

"A Hidden Life": Michigan Theater.

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(Terrence Malick, 2020). Drama about an Austrian farmer who faces the threat of execution for refusing to fight for the Nazis during World War II.
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 p.m.  Free! 

Concerto Competition Finals: U-M School of Music.

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Jan. 8 & 9. Performances by undergrad (Jan. 8) and grad (Jan. 9) music students.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 4, 7:10, & 10 p.m. 

"Parasite: Color": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2019). Satirical black comedy thriller. Korean, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 4:15 p.m. 

"Jojo Rabbit": State Theater.

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(Taika Waititi, 2019). Audacious anti-hate satire about a young boy in Hitler's army who finds out his mother's hiding a Jewish girl between the walls of their home. Scarlett Johansson.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 4:15, 7, & 9:45 p.m. 

"Knives Out": Michigan Theater.

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(Rian Johnson, 2019). Drama about the investigation of the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. Chris Evans & Daniel Craig.
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.

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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All invited to play popular board games (list available at "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Raffle.
5-9 p.m., Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). 548-9729. [map]

 5 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, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. (734) 747-0123. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Sauerkraut Supper: Saline American Legion.

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Spaetzle, mashed potatoes and gravy, pork, knockwurst, and dessert. Served family-style. The Legion also hosts a pan-fried walleye dinner the last Wed. of every month ($15).
5:30-7 p.m., Saline American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. $12. 429-7310. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Shane McCrae: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this poet, a Columbia University creative writing professor whose new collection, The Gilded Auction Block, combines political and confessional poetry to address themes of identity, freedom, racism, oppression, and inheritance. McCrae pairs traditional English meter with inventive line breaks and spacing to create what New Yorker reviewer Dan Chiasson calls "beautifully up-to-date, old-fashioned work." Preceded at 3 p.m. by a Q&A.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State (Q&A, 1176 Angell Hall, 435 S. State). Free. 764-6330. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

African American Fellowship: Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Connect with other African Americans in our community that are dealing with cancer. Friends and family members are welcome. Dinner is provided.
Monthly, Second Thursday of every month, 6 - 8 pm
Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, 2010 HOGBACK RD STE 3. Free. 7349752500. [map]

 6-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Knitting Group: Brewed Awakenings Cafe.

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Every Thurs.. 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]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

A.R. Moxon: Literati Bookstore.

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This Grand Rapids-based fiction writer reads from his 2019 debut novel The Revisionaries, an imaginatively suspenseful tale about a street preacher whose neighborhood is descended upon by patients of a nearby mental hospital, including followers of a religious cult and a doomsday prophet.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Frithjof Bergmann: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This U-M philosophy professor emeritus discusses his new book, New Work New Culture: Work We Want And A Culture That Strengthens Us, which proposes an alternative to organized work as it has existed since the Industrial Revolution.
AADL Downtown 4th fl., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Livestream only from Crisler Center.

Jan. 3: Northwestern.

Jan. 6: Minnesota.

Jan. 12: Wisconsin.

Jan. 19: Maryland.

Jan. 30: Indiana.

Feb. 6: Michigan State.

Feb. 11: Illinois.

Feb. 18: Rutgers.

Mar. 4: Iowa.
Time TBA, online at Free. 764-0247.

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Civics 101: Immigration Basics": Chelsea District Library.

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Michigan Immigrant Rights Center staff attorney Melanie Jones discusses immigration eligibility, refugee status, what it means to seek asylum, and the role and jurisdiction of ICE.
7-8 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introductory Woodcarving": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of this artform by carving a small object to take home.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
For online meeting URL see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Improv by Finance Camp and other up-and-coming local troupes.
7:30 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $8., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Comedy Rumble: Bret's Birthday Show": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Detroit comedian Brett Hayden hosts this multi-round contest with 90-second performances by his favorite area comics, judged by a panel of comics.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 reserved seating in advance at and general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Rashomon": Michigan Theater.

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(Akira Kurosawa, 1950). Oscar-winning period film that uses flashbacks to tell several conflicting versons of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife. Japanese, subtitles. Sponsored by the U-M Center for Japanese Studies.
$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) in advance at and at the door.

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Fantasticks": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Jan. 9-12. Jimmy Dee Arnold directs local actors in Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's romantic 1960 musical comedy about a boy and girl who fall in love despite their feuding fathers, only to grow apart when the fighting stops. This hit show, whose off-Broadway production holds the record for the world's longest-running musical, explores the nature of love with simplicity, nostalgia, and catchy songs.
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 9), 8 p.m. (Jan. 10 & 11) & 2 p.m. (Jan. 12). Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin Ave. Tickets $28 ($25, seniors; $15, students) in advance at and at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Judy Banker: The Ark.

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A Michigan songwriter known for frequent appearances with folk stalwart Jay Stielstra, Banker writes songs that explore love, heartbreak, and renewal. This show marks the release of her 3rd album Buffalo Motel, which features blues-rock instrumentation and driving percussion. Opener: the Ypsilanti chamber-folk band Joanna & the Jaywalkers.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8-11 p.m. 

Piotr Michalowski Birthday Gig.

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Piotr Michalowski will be celebrating his birthday with a free improvisation bash. The first set will feature a trio of woodwind multi-instrumentalists: Peter Formanek; Piotr Michalowski and
Kaleigh Wilder. On the second set, the group will be expanded by a brass section: trombonist Baptiste Joalland and cornetist Ken Kozora.
Ziggy's, 206 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Donation. (734) 221-3961. [map]

 9:50 p.m. 

"Fantastic Fungi": Michigan Theater.

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(Louis Schwartzberg, 2019). Documentary featuring fungi's capacity to heal, sustain, and regenerate life on Earth.
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.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Canceled: Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Apr. 30, May 21, & June 11. CDL staff present a program for toddlers about letters, numbers, colors, and shapes.
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Fallow Land

Local pop-rock quartet. Openers: the Columbus math-rock quartet Of Two Minds, the Michigan indie rock quartet Chinook, and the area noise rock punk band Great Expectations. $8. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network."

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: McLaughlin's Alley

Detroit Irish-tinged pop-rock quintet fronted by sibling singer- songwriters Tina and Maureen Paraventi. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Blue Rays Trio

Eclectic blues-based trio with bassist Ralph McKee, guitarist Peter Holland, and harmonica player Tim Douthit. [venue info]


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