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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, January 21, 2020






 
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 9:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.), except Dec. 24., Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann St., $12 regular admission (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-5439.


 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

"The Indexical Print, curated by Andrew Thompson": U-M Residential College.

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Indexical art was defined as artworks whose physical and aesthetic manifestation was correlated and contingent upon specific conditions of the work's subject matter or, as more broadly described, 'the referent' of the work.
Featured in this exhibition are prints by Jay Fox, Ruth Koelewyn & Lee Marchalonis, 3D printed sculptures by Jason Ferguson, jacquard weaving from Cathryn Amidei, data visualizations by Jeffrey Lancaster and site-specific paintings from Ellen Rutt.
Opening reception Friday January 17th, 5-6:30pm
Refreshments will be served
Free and open to the public
Exhibit will be on display January 20 - February 14, Mondays-Fridays, 10am -5pm.
RC Art Gallery East Quadrangle, 701 UNIVERSITY AVE Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/70309-17566426.html [map]



 10 a.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. office@betterlivingfitness.com betterlivingfitness.com [map]


 10 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.


 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Tummy Times": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Tues., except Dec. 24. New and expecting parents invited to discuss new baby experiences. Babies welcome.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center, 2503 Jackson. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-noon 

Early Winter Moms Group: Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings.

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Meet other new moms and get support and advice after your baby is born. Our award winning Mothers Group is facilitated by both a social worker and an MPH/Certified Lactation Specialist. Together they have years of experience on infant development and postpartum adjustment. The six week series begins each class with group discussion on a topic pertinent to early parenthood such as getting enough sleep, feeding, changes to relationships, and places to go with your baby. If you will be going back to work during the six weeks, please contact our office for a prorated rate. You may also join any time during the session for a discounted rate. This group is designed from babies from newborn to crawling.
This group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-noon from January 14th to February 18th.
Save $5 with promo code SUPPORT through January 12th
Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings, 2311 East Stadium Suite 202-2. $100/6 weeks. 734-221-0158. info@annarborbabybeginnings.com www.annarborbabybeginnings.com [map]



 11 a.m.-noon  Free!  Online 

Tuesday Morning Mindfulness Meditation: Open Meditation Saline.

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Tuesdays, 11-Noon. Now online. Please join us for this weekly free one-hour mindfulness sitting; it's appropriate for everyone, beginners and experienced meditators alike. There are two 20 minute sits, the first guided and the second silent, with discussion and questions in between. Come when you can. Experience the power of mindfulness in community!
Please message mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com for Zoom link.
Now Online! Formerly Center for Innovation Community Room 2, 400 W. Russell St, Saline. Free. Online. 734-276-7707. mindfulnesswithpaulette@gmail.com www.MindfulnesswithPaulette.weebly.com [map]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

Raquel Salas Rivera: U-M English Department.

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A Q&A with Philadelphia poet laureate Raquel Salas Rivera, a Puerto Rican who writes in Spanish and English about gender, queer identity, immigration, and assimilation, and uses poems featuring untranslated Spanish words and phrases to explore the inseparability of experience from language.
3-4 p.m., 1176 Angell Hall. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 3 p.m.  Free! 

Strings Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Top string students perform solo and ensemble chamber works.
3 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 3:45 & 6:40 p.m. 

"63 Up": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Apted, 2019). Documentary exploring the lives of Brits from different socioeconomic backgrounds.
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.


 3:50, 6:30, & 9:10 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.


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Word and Deed: The Peripety of Logos in the New European Culture": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by Moscow State University professor Arkady Kovelman.
4-5:30 p.m., 202 S. Thayer rm. 2022. Free. 763-9047. [map]



 4:10 & 6:45 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 & 9:30 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.


 4:35, 7:10, & 9:15 p.m. 

"1917": State Theater.

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(Sam Mendes, 2019). World War I action involving 2 British soldiers, an impossible task, and a race against time.
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.


 6-9 p.m.  Online 

"Knit Happens": Ann Arbor Stitch 'n' Bitch.

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All knitters invited to work on their current projects and swap tips.
For in-person location or online URL preregister at MeetUp.com/Ann-Arbor-StitchNBitch. $2 monthly dues. 945-3035.


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Soundwalk": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Michigan sonic artist, singer, and writer Zeynep Özcan guides a walk downtown, encouraging participants to listen closely to the sonic environment. Dress for the weather.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Alexander Weinstein: Literati Bookstore.

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This U-M and Siena Heights University English professor, also director of the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, reads from Universal Love, his brand-new collection of speculative fiction about compassion, love, and human resilience in a near-future world of advanced technology. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Eastside Weekly Euchre Tournament.

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Open to ages 18 & over. No partner needed. Cash prizes for 1st-3rd places.
7 p.m., Banfield's Bar & Grill, 3140 Packard. $5. Kari.Thurman@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 3: Arlene Kindel & Julie Esch lead, music by the Time Travelers. Dec. 10: Louise Siddons (OK) leads, music by Debbie Jackson, Brad Battey, and Steve Schneider. Dec. 17: Winter Solstice Party. Ray Bantle & Drake Meadow lead, music by Childgrove. Festive attire encouraged; bring a treat to share.
7 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Kaleidoscope Concert Series: Silver Maples of Chelsea.

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Sept. 17: Picks & Sticks Stringband. Local string ensemble whose eclectic repertoire includes swing, jazz, country, and bluegrass tunes.

Oct. 15: San, Emily, and Brian. Local trio of singer-songwriter San Slomovits, violinist-singer Emily Slomovits, and pianist Brian Brill.

Nov. 19: Chelsea House Orchestra. Chelsea High School student ensemble that plays traditional jigs and reels.

Dec. 17: Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Chamber Group. Program TBA.

Jan. 21: Dodsworth Saxhorn Band. Award-winning local band that plays 19th-century bass tunes while dressed in period garb.

Feb. 18: Treetown Swingtette. Local ensemble that plays a wide range of swing music, from Cole Porter to Django Reinhardt. Members are fiddler Paul Winder, vibes player Cary Kocher, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and singer-guitarist Myron Grant, who also plays harp and bones.

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7 p.m., Silver Maples Garden Room, 100 Silver Maples Dr., Chelsea. Free. 475-4111. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Mary Bajcz: Ann Arbor Women Artists.

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This Michigan quilter and fiber artist discusses her work.
7 p.m., AAWA Headquarters, 4844 Jackson, ste. 100. Free. AnnArborWomenArtists@gmail.com. [map]


 7 p.m. 

Pinball League: Pinball Pete's.

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Every Tues. & Sun. All invited to compete in a pinball tournament of 6 games, followed by a playoff between those in the top half. Prizes.
7 p.m., Pinball Pete's, 1214 South University. $2 entry fee plus the cost of games (75 cents to $1 per game). 213-2502. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Polka Jam Session.

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All accordion players and other musicians invited to play polkas and waltzes and other ethnic and old-time music.
7-9 p.m., American Legion Hall, 44 Wabash St. (south off Main), Milan. Free. 529-3903. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Voices in Harmony Chorus.

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Every Tues. All female singers invited to join the weekly online rehearsals of this local 40-member a cappella barbershop harmony chorus.
For online URL email Info@VoicesInHarmonyChorus.org. Free to visitors ($26 monthly dues for those who join). 612-7580.


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion: Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to discuss Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas's memoir about his life as an undocumented immigrant.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Hungry for Hungary": Zingerman's Roadhouse.

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Taste Hungary (Budapest) food tour owner Gábor Bánfalvi hosts a 4-course Hungarian meal with Hungarian wine pairings. Also, Zingerman's Bakehouse manager Amy Emberling demonstrates how to make strudel.
Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Ave. Tickets $115 (without wine, $75), preregistration required. 663-3663. [map]


 7 & 9:50 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.


 7:15 & 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.


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Trauma, Chemical Use and Addiction": Dawn Farm.

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Trauma, Chemical Use and Addiction will be presented by Tana Bridge, PhD, ACSW, LMSW, ACTP; Professor of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University.An expanding body of research highlights a strong relationship between substance use, substance addiction and trauma. This presentation by an award-winning trauma expert will review events involved with trauma exposure, trauma specific symptomology, the impact trauma has on the brain and on coping and subsequent substance use, and how to aid individuals struggling with trauma and substance addiction. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series. No registration is required.
Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute auditorium, 5325 Elliott Drive, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarmeducation.org [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Camera Club.

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Club members show their projected images (Jan. 7) and prints (Jan. 21) on various topics, including this month's assigned topic, "Disappearing Technology." Also, several club members TBA present 4-10 images (Jan. 7) to a panel of member judges who select the best of the lot.
Forsythe Middle School Media Center, 1655 Newport Rd. Free. 327-4781. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Shades of Blue: EMU Music.

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This popular jazz band, an ensemble of 15 professional musicians from the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, performs a program of rousing contemporary and classic music TBA.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-6842.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Remaking Our Neighborhoods, with Climate in Mind": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Presentation by Matt Grocoff, whose Ann Arbor house is considered the oldest home in North America with a net-zero carbon status.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, metered parking. HVG@Michigan.SierraClub.org. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Trauma, Chemical Use and Addiction": Dawn Farm.

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Talk by EMU social work professor Tana Bridge.
7:30-9 p.m., St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Administrative Bldg. Education Center Exhibition Room, 5305 Elliott Dr. Free. 485-8725, 763-3933. [map]


 9:35 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.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m.-noon 

Canceled: Social Scrabble: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Tues. All ages invited to play this popular word game. Lunch available for $5.50 (age 60 & over, $3) from 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; reservation required.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 10 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.


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Babytime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Tues., except June 9, and Apr. 11. Staff present a program of songs, stories, and rhymes for kids under age 2 (accompanied by a caregiver). No siblings.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m. 

Canceled:The Moth StorySLAM: Michigan Radio.

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Open mic storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization that also produces a weekly public radio show. Ten storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3-5 minute story on an assigned topic-judged by a 3-person team recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual Grand Slam. Seating limited; arrive early.

2020 topics:

Jan. 7: Beg Borrow Steal.

Jan 21: Beauty.

Feb. 5: Revolution.

Fev. 18: Cold.

Mar. 3: Celebration.

Mar. 17: Co-Habitation.

Canceled Apr. 13: Idols.

Canceled Apr. 21: Illusions.

Canceled May. 5: Dedication.

Canceled May. 19: Do-Over.

Jun. 9: Deadlines.

Jun. 23: Enthusiasm.
7:30-9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), The Blind Pig, 208 S. First. Tickets $15 general admission in advance only at TheMoth.org beginning a week before each event. 764-5118. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Yellowhammer

Area quartet led by trumpeter Ross Huff that plays jazz standards and funk. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Chris Buhalis Chris Buhalis

Popular local singer-songwriter who sings engaging, fresh-minded folk-country originals, often with an acerbic topical edge, in a rich, warm voice. He recently released his first CD in 18 years, Big Car Town, a collection of songs exploring and celebrating his working-class heritage. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band

Dixieland and swing by this local ensemble founded by the late saxophonist and trumpeter Klinger. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: "Groovy Tuesday"

Folk & blues Americana by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Mike Steele & Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

 
 


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