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Calendar of Events

Monday, January 13, 2020






 
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 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Proving Up": U-M Opera Theatre.

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U-M opera lecturer Abbigail Cote directs U-M students in the acclaimed NYC-based composer Missy Mazzoli and her librettist Royce Vavrek's atmospheric 2018 chamber opera based on Karen Russell's short story. It's about an American family struggling to meet the overwhelming challenges of homesteading during the westward movement of settlers in the late 19th-century. A small chamber orchestra conducted by U-M voice professor Kirk Severtson accompanies. Prerecorded in November in the Power Center.
Online at YouTube.com (search "umich smtd"), available until Jan. 16, 2021. Free.


 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m 

Weekly Meeting: The U-M Club of Ann Arbor.

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Every Mon. All invited to talk sports with other enthusiasts, and listen to featured U-M sports coaches recap the season. Also, a Weber's catered lunch available ($10.75; seniors, $10.25).
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $5 for nonmembers, up to 2 weeks; free for members ($60 annual membership dues). 239-3428. [map]


 10:30 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. 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 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]


 3:45 & 9:30 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). statetheatrea2.org, 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 4 & 7 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 4:15 & 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 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]


 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

"Just for Kids: Explore the World of Pot Pies": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Zingerman's Deli chef Rodger Bowser and tasting expert Jenny Hall discuss how to conduct tastings. Geared towards ages 4-14.
Zingerman's Deli Upstairs Next Door, 418 Detroit St. $15 (parents welcome to lurk for free), reservations required. 663-3354. [map]


 6-8 p.m. 

Euchre: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kiley Reid: Literati Bookstore.

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This Iowa Writers Workshop alum reads from Such a Fun Age, her new novel about a young black babysitter falsely accused of kidnapping her white employer's child, a situation only made worse when the employer attempts to set the record straight. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Civil War Letters & Correspondences": Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table.

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Talk by Illinois College history professor emeritus Jim Davis.
7 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. rm. 2B45 (2nd floor), 5305 Elliott Dr. Free. (517) 750-2741.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Textile Traditions of Mexico: Textiles and Dress as a Cultural Expression": Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild.

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Talk by local Mexican tour company founder Stephanie Schneiderman. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by socializing.
7 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. AnnArborFiberArts@gmail.com. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Huntington West Virginia Story": Washtenaw Families Against Narcotics.

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Cabell County (WV) EMS nurse Connie Priddy talks about how this town reduced opioid overdoses by 40%.
7-8:30 p.m., 242 Church, 648 S. Wagner. Free. WashtenawFan.com. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Town Hall on the Implementation of the 2020 Census, the Citizens Redistricting Commission, and MI's New Voter Rights": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to join a discussion led by League of Women Voters members.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"The Greatest Snowman Sing-Along": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Gracey, 2018). Musical biopic about showman P. T. Barnum. Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams. On-screen lyrics.
Michigan Theater. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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All invited to a panel discussion by club members of how to assemble a stamp or postal history exhibit. Also, a mini stamp auction.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free. arbor@provide.net, 761-5859. [map]


 7:30-9:30 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 musicians invited.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Great Oak Cohousing common area, 500 Little Lake Dr. Free. (908) 721-2599. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music by Susie Lorand & friends. 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]


 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Argentine Tango Practice: Tangolab.

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Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by lessons ($10) for beginners (6:30 p.m.) & intermediate/advanced dancers (7:30 p.m.)
8:30-11:30 p.m., Pittsfield Union Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5. 819-1292. [map]


 9:20 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.


 9:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled 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. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed. 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.


 Noon-3 p.m. 

Canceled: 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]


 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]


 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. Nancy.Neff0522@gmail.com. [map]


 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Canceled: 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 Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

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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