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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 10, 2020

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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Saline Area Senior Center Bookworm Club.

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All seniors invited to discuss Kate Alcott's 2015 historical novel A Touch of Stardust (Sept. 13), set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, and Michelle Obama's 2018 memoir Becoming (Oct. 11), Markus Zusak's The Book Thief (Nov. 8), Kevin Powers's A Shout in the Ruins (Dec. 13), and Heather Morris's The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Jan. 10). Feb & Mar. topics TBA.
10-11:15 a.m., SASC, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]

 10-10:30 a.m. & 11-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Kinder Concert": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Two local professional musicians (cellist Andrea Yun & pianist Kathryn Goodson) join local early childhood educator (and storyteller) Gari Stein in a 30-minute program for kids in preK.
10-10:30 & 11-11:30 a.m., AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat., except Jan. 1. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Local chimemaster Heather O'Neal demonstrates.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"Lunch & Learn": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. TBE rabbi Josh Whinston leads informal discussions on religion. Bring a bag lunch, if you wish.
Noon, TBE Adult Lounge, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [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]

 12:30 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, 834B Phoenix Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $20. (734) 747-0123. [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]

 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.

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Earth & Environmental Sciences Department Smith Lecture Series.

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Jan. 10, 17, & 31. Talks by visiting scholars. Jan. 10: University of Massachusetts geology professor Michele Cooke, "What Can Little Faults Tell Us About Big Earthquakes?" Jan. 17: Michigan State geology professor Allen McNamara, "Understanding Large-Scale Mantle Convection." Jan. 31: Purdue planetary sciences professor Brandon Johnson, "Formation of Multiring Basins." These basins are the most common type of impact crater on the moon.
3:30 p.m., 1100 North University Building rm. 1528. Free. 764-1435. [map]

 3:45 & 7 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.

 4-7 p.m. 

"Drink & Draw/Imbibe & Inscribe": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Fri. All invited to draw or write. Supplies and writing and drawing prompts provided.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free admission (buy your own beer). (989) 455-4484. [map]

 4 & 10 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.

 4:30 & 7:15 p.m. 

"Cunningham": Michigan Theater.

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(Alla Kovgan, 2019). 3-D documentary, drawing on archival footage and live recreations, about renowned choreographer Merce Cunningham.
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.

 4:45 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.

 5-9 p.m. 

Wolverine Classic: Gym America.

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Jan. 10-12. Over 1,000 women gymnasts compete in this national-level competition. Complete schedule available at
5-9 p.m. (Fri.) & 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Admission $10 at the door (Students age 5-17, $5; kids 4 & under, free). Cash only. 971-1667. [map]

 5-9 p.m. 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Ages 5-11 invited to watch 2006 animated musical Happy Feet and interact with adoptable pets. Pizza dinner. Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
5-9 p.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 ($15 for each additional child), preregistration required at 661-3575. [map]

 6:30-9 p.m. 

Family Shabbat Dinner: Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for latke dinner, preceded by a brief Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, challah and wine rituals, and a Yahrtzeit observance to remember loved ones. Children welcome.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow. Dinner tickets $10 (family, $25; members, free). Preregistration required at 975-9872. [map]

 6:30-10:30 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night: Sweetwaters Downtown.

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Jan. 10 & 24. All invited to play card & board games. Bring your own game, or use one provided.
6:30-10:30 p.m., Sweetwaters, 123 W. Washington. Free. 417-4266. [map]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Cheese Tasting: Fondue & Raclette": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Jan. 10 & 25. Zingerman's cheesemakers discuss and offer taste samples of these Swiss melted cheese dishes.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45-$50. Reservations required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:45 & 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.

 6:45 & 9:30 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.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Chris McCormick: Literati Bookstore.

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This U-M MFA grad reads from his debut novel The Gimmicks, an epic set during the Cold War about a trio of young Armenians who migrate from the Soviet Union across Europe and eventually to Southern California, where they find success in backgammon and pro wrestling. The Kirkus Review calls it an exploration of the "mix of smarts, luck, and fakery that are essential to every immigrant survival story." Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mark Webster Reading Series: U-M English Department.

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Readings by U-M creative writing grad students. Tonight, fiction by Asher Dark and poetry by Kassy Lee.
7 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Wrestling.

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Jan. 5: Oregon State. 4 p.m.

Jan. 10: MSU. 7 p.m.

Jan. 17: Maryland. 7 p.m.,

Jan. 19: Minnesota. 2 p.m., Crisler Center
Cliff Keen Arena (unless noted), Hoover at S. Street. $6 at 764-0247.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Jeopardy! Behind the Scenes": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Panel discussion with Michigan-based former Jeopardy! contestants Craig Barker (1997 champion), Sarah McNitt (2014 champion), & Sarah von Oeyen (2019 contestant).
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7:00 p.m.  Free! 

Sunday evening game over zoom: Codenames!: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.

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Some local residents will be playing Codenames over zoom, Sunday January 10 at 7 pm.
Codenames is easy to learn, but pretty compelling once you get into it.
If you have never played before, please watch this tutorial:
Everyone is very friendly, and it is free! PM me for the link.
123 Internet Street, 123 Internet Street. Free. [map]

 7:30-10:30 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community for Traditional Music and Dance.

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Dan Blim of Ohio calls to music by Debbie Jackson, Josh Burdick, and Susan Lazar. For experienced dancers.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse (off S. State across from the airport). $12 (members, $10). (248) 288-4737. [map]

 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Dai Uk Lee: U-M School of Music.

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Performance by this celebrated South Korean pianist, who has taught piano at MSU and Hanyang University (Seoul). Preceded on Jan. 9 by a master class (10:30 a.m.).
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 7:30 & 10 p.m. 

Roy Wood Jr.: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 10 & 11. A frequent correspondent for Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah since 2015, Wood is an Alabama-bred comic best known for his prank calls featured on more than 40 talk radio shows. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $20 reserved seating in advance at before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $22 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Ellis Paul: The Ark.

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Acclaimed Boston-based singer-songwriter from Maine who writes vividly figured, quietly thoughtful songs blending personal and political themes that he sings in what the All Music Guide aptly calls a "dynamic silken tenor." The New York Times opines that "despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music." He brings a new album, The Storyteller's Suitcase.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv with This is a Quiz": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Jan. 10, 24, & 31. Performance by this resident improv group. Followed by the League of Pointless Improvisers performing "water form," its original long-form style of improv. Show preceded by a guest improv troupe TBA.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.) in advance at & at the door. (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 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. 

"What's in a Song?": University Musical Society.

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Jan. 10 & 12 (different programs).U-M piano professor Martin Katz curates 2 concerts which explore different elements of all 53 of Austrian composer Hugo Wolf's art song settings of the Swabian Romantic poet Eduard Mörike's pastoral poems. Wolf's music fuses Mörike's verbal rhythms with vocal inflections that make each song what one critic calls a "reincarnation of the poem in another medium." The singers are soprano Sarah Shafer, mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, tenor Daniel McGrew, and baritone Jesse Blumberg. Katz accompanies.
8 p.m. (Fri.) & 4 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $45-$60 (students, $12-$20) in advance at, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 9 p.m. 

"Friday Night Swing": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a free beginner lesson.
9 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. $5 (students and AACTMAD members, $4). (847) 757-0942. [map]

 9:30 p.m. 

"Princess Bride": Michigan Theater.

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(Rob Reiner, 1987). Sweet, witty, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale about a farm girl kidnapped by a villainous ruler who intends to make her his princess. Mandy Patinkin, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Christopher Guest, André the Giant, Wallace Shawn.
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:

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: 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]

 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "World Famous Trivia Night": Ann Arbor District Library.

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For adults. Prizes.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


Nightspots Listings:


Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: The Dangling Participles

Lansing Americana quartet. [venue info]

Blue Llama: Alex Harding & Organ Nation

Jazz organ trio led by Harding, a veteran Detroit baritone saxophonist known for his bluesy, church-steeped style. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Matt Styles

DJ with an eclectic mix of music. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Dan Rafferty Band

Popular 8-piece Detroit pop dance band. [venue info]

Live: Mike Smith & the Cadillac Cowboys

Veteran local country band, led by singer-guitarist Smith, whose repertoire includes classic country, western swing, and boogie- woogie. 6:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Mia Green

Young Detroit-area pop-folk singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Nobody's Business

Redford blues and blues-rock band. [venue info]

Rumpus Room: Chirp

Local jazz-inflected progressive funk-rock quartet. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Bob Skon

Folk-rock covers and originals by this local singer-songwriter known for his wry songs about love and loss. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Folk Laureates

Local acoustic ensemble that plays folk, vintage pop, parodies, and some originals. 8-10 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Dave Boutette

Veteran local folk-rock singer-guitarist whose genial songs about the small ups and downs of ordinary life draw on a range of influences from Chuck Berry to Bob Dylan to Paul Westerberg. He performs with his wife, singer Kristi Davis, a former Radio City Rockette. [venue info]


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