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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 5, 2020






 
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 10 a.m.-noon 

"How We Can Find Peace in This Crazy World": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression - in other words, it works! And it's not just for depression; it also works for people who are not depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of this frantic world.
It promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into our bones. Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion.
We're going to be using the book "Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World" by Mark Williams and Danny Pennman.
This will be a six-week program. The class will be partly lecture, but you can look forward to lively discussions.
Mike Murray, a Clinical Psychologist, has taught mindfulness classes for OLLI for over ten years. The Study Group is held Wednesdays February 5 through March 11.
Church of the Good Shepherd, 2145 Independence Blvd. $40. 734-998-9351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]



 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.  Free! 

"Winter Democratic Rides": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
meet at Bird Hills parking lot, 1951 Newport. Free. 347-1259. [map]


 10-11 a.m. 

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs.

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Programs presented by Hudson Mills naturalist Kim Sherwin. Oct. 6 (8 a.m.): "Fall Birding." A guided walk to look for migrating birds, which includes an informal game of "Name that Warbler." For beginning and experienced birders.

Oct. 12 (4 p.m.): "Trick or Treat Along the Trail." Families invited to visit with Halloween and nature characters on the trail and then return to the Activity Center for cider, doughnuts, and craft activities. Costumes encouraged.

Oct. 13 (1 p.m.): "Pumpkin Carving Party." All invited to carve a pumpkin. Designs available. Cider & doughnuts. $6.

Oct. 13 (8-10 p.m.): "Full Moon Walk." A brief talk on moon facts & folklore before an evening hike to watch the sunset and the rise of the Hunter's Moon.

Oct. 20 (1-3 p.m.): "Zombie Apocalypse Survival." All invited to learn the basics of survival in nature, including shelter building and fire making.

Dec. 1 (8-10 a.m.): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Jan. 4 (10-11 a.m.): "Cardboard Sled Creations." Build and test out your own. Materials provided. Hot chocolate, if you like. $5.

Jan. 11 (9-10 a.m.): "Bird Feeder Fun." Make a simple bird feeder, while learning about which seeds attract birds. $5.

Jan. 25 (10-11 a.m.): "Animal Signs." All ages 3-6 invited to search for homes, tracks, & other signs of animals. $5.

Feb. 1 (10 a.m.-noon): "Neat-ure Crafts 101." All ages 16 & up invited to make a decorative coat hanger made with gathered twigs. Bring other homemade crafts for inspiration. $8.

Feb. 5 (10-11 a.m.): "Snow Day." All ages 3-4 (accompanied by adult) invited to paint the snow, look for animal signs, and have other snowy adventures. $5.

Feb 8: (10 a.m.-noon): "Winter Birding." Guided walk to find some of the hardier winter birds. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. $5.

Feb. 15 (10-11:30 a.m.): "Tracking a Snowman." All ages 6 & up invited on a walk in search of a snowman and signs of other animals. Afterward, build and decorate your own snowman. $5.

Feb. 29 (10-11 a.m.): "Codes of Nature." All ages 3-6 invited to learn how color is used in nature. $5.

Mar. 7 & 8 (10 & 11 a.m., and noon): "Journey to the Sugarbush." All ages invited to tap into a maple tree. Followed by an all-you-can-eat pancake & sausage breakfast ($6; kids, $4). $5 (kids, $3).

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Various times, park activity center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. $5 (except as noted). Preregistration required. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 426-8211. [map]


 10 & 11 a.m. and 1 & 6 p.m.  Free! 

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.


 10-11 a.m. 

"Nature Storytime": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Every Wed.. Kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver) invited for a program of stories and nature-based activities on different themes. Feb. 5: "I Speak for the Trees." Feb. 12: "Clean Water, Clean World." Feb. 19: "The Earth & Me."Feb. 26: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."
Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Rd. Preregistration recommended. 997-1553. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Chelsea District Library.

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Every Wed., except June 12. Stories for kids ages 3-5 (with caregiver).
10:30-11 a.m., CDL KidSpot, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Little Listeners Storytime": Northfield Township Area Library.

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Join us at Northfield Township Area Library every Wednesday at 11 a.m. for a half-hour of fun stories, silly songs, and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Storytime is designed to promote early literacy. Registration is not required.
Northfield Township Area Library, 125 Barker Road, Whitmore Lake. Free. 734-449-0066. hmccausland@ntal.org www.ntal.org/events [map]



 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Wed. An experienced storyteller performs for ages 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's Books, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.


 11 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.


 Noon-3 p.m 

American Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Wed. All invited to play.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2). 794-6250. [map]


 Noon 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2). 794-6250. [map]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. 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]


 12:30-1 p.m.  Free! 

Walking Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to join a group walk. Canceled for inclement weather.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [map]


 1 & 6:30 p.m. 

"Porgy and Bess": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast (Feb. 1) & rebroadcast (Feb. 5) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Gershwin's classic 1935 opera about Porgy, a black street beggar in Charleston, who attempts to liberate sweet Bess from addiction and an abusive lover. With bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue.
Note: Michigan Theater & Ann Arbor 20 on Sat. only. Tickets $22-$24. 12:55 p.m. (Sat.) and 1 & 6:30 p.m. (Wed.). [map]


 3-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Frost Prince & Frost Princess Masks": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades 2-5 invited to this winter-themed craft.
AADL Westgate. 327-4200.


 3 p.m. 

"Roadsigns": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 16-Mar. 14. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' new play, a lyrical drama about a young poet who, as he embarks on his own life's journey, encounters a rich gallery of characters on the margins of life who are each following a dream, or hoping to bump into one. Cast: David Bendena, Tom Whalen, Richard McWilliams, Rusty Mewha, Ruth Crawford, K. Edmonds, Kristin Shields, and Caitlin Cavanaugh.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat. & Nov. 29), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $32 (Wed.), $28 (Thurs.), $42 (Fri. eve.), $43 (weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance (beginning Dec. 9) at purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 4 & 6:45 p.m. 

"Little Women": Michigan Theater.

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(Greta Gerwing, 2019). Period drama about 4 sisters coming of age in America in the aftermath of the civil war.
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.


 4-5:20 p.m.  Free! 

"Media, Big Tech, and Democracy: What Happened?": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Talk by former FCC commissioner Michael Copps.
Weill Hall Annenberg Auditorium, 735 S. State. Free. 764-3490. [map]


 4:20 p.m. 

"Clemency": State Theater.

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(Chinonye Chukwu, 2019). Death row executer must confront the psychological and emotional demons that her job creates.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30 p.m. 

"Les Misérables": State Theater.

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(Ladj Ly, 2020). Premiere of this drama, inspired by the 2005 Parisian riots, about an anti-crime squad overwhelmed by simmering neighborhood tension & violence. French, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 4:30 p.m. 

"Song of Names": Michigan Theater.

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(François Girard, 2019). Drama about a Polish child violin prodigy whose disappearance remains unsolved for 40 years, until his old friend gets a clue.
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.


 5-6 p.m. 

"Yoga for People Who Don't Do Yoga but Should": A2 Aviary.

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Grr, argh! Stiff joints and tight muscles got you feeling like a zombie? Join us for this gentle, introductory class for absolute beginners! This class is especially for desk bound folks who know they should stretch more, but just aren't finding the motivation to do so on their own. Discover your inner bendiness with poses to increase flexibility, especially in the hips and legs, and spend time cultivating core strength and playing with balance. Perfect to help reduce recovery time and prevent injury, this class is appropriate for all levels. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]



 5:30 p.m. 

"Tai-Chi Conditioning and Pushing Hands": Sun Shen.

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Pushing Hands is an interactive Tai-Chi training which helps you experience the world in a non-reactive calm way, find freedom and power within yourself, and interact with others without compromising yourself. Classes are held Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Please contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $70/month or $21/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

Prelaunch Party: Wild Swan Theater.

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Ages 21 & over invited to a "first look and listen" of this award-winning local children's theater's upcoming production Coding to the Moon: Margaret Hamilton and the Apollo Missions, which follows the NASA team that guided Apollo astronauts to the moon and back. Followed by a Q&A with director, composer, & cast.
5:30-7:30, Circ Bar, 210 S. First St. Tickets $20 (includes appetizers & 1 drink ticket) in advance only at WildSwanTheater.org. 995-0530. [map]


 6-7 p.m. 

"Adult Intro to Aerial Arts": A2 Aviary.

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Start your aerial adventure with intro classes! Designed for absolute beginners, each class begins with a heart-pumping warm-up and a brief overview of aerial safety, then we fly the friendly skies of The Ann Arbor Aviary.
We'll introduce you to the flexibility, leverage, and balance used while on the aerial apparatus, as well as how to engage the muscles needed to stay safe in the air. Students will have the opportunity to try both a horizontal apparatus (lyra or trapeze) or a vertical apparatus (sling or silks) in each class. Come ready to sweat, smile, and be supported as you challenge both mind and body! Please sign up via the Aviary's website, class size is limited! =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $25. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]



 6 p.m. 

"One Prayer Class": Sun Shen.

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The One Prayer is a dynamic self-management tool, custom designed for you, that you can take wherever you go and update as you learn and grow. It includes a system of journaling techniques, life organization, and mapping your purpose and trajectory. This course is designed for anyone wanting a greater understanding of themselves, more focus in life, and more satisfaction; itʻs about following your heart and vision in concrete and practical ways. Classes are held Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Contact Samo Joanna Myers at samomyers@sunshen.org or (734) 395-8486 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 East Stadium Boulevard. $75/month. 734-395-8486. samomyers@sunshen.org sunshen.org [map]



 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Breast 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 breast cancer.
Monthly, First Wednesday 6-7:30 pm
* Second Wednesday in January due to New Year's Day
Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, 2010 HOGBACK RD STE 3. Free. 7349752500. info@cancersupportannarbor.org https://www.cancersupportannarbor.org/programs-and-activities/support-groups/ [map]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Letterpress Open Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. All invited to learn the basics of letterpress printing using vintage handset type. The program begins promptly at 6 p.m. with a safety & equipment orientation.
6 p.m. sharp, AADL Downtown Secret Lab. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m. 

Prostate Cancer 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 prostate cancer.
Monthly, First Wednesday of the month 6 - 7:30 pm
* Second Wednesday in January due to New Year's Day
Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, 2010 HOGBACK RD STE 3. 7349752500. erin@cancersupportannarbor.org https://www.cancersupportannarbor.org/programs-and-activities/support-groups/ [map]


 6 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Every Wed. Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help from club members. Knives and block-out & rough-cut patterns for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-9274. [map]


 6:15-7:15 p.m 

"Eurythmy Movement Series": Great Lakes Anthroposophy.

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Eurythmy is a contemporary movement practice that brings mindfulness, felt sense and movement together. In this series we will explore themes related to expanding our awareness of space and shared humanity. All are welcome and no experience is necessary. Our teacher, Claudia Fontana has been practicing and teaching Eurythmy for over thirty years internationally and locally. The WINTER 2020 SIX WEEK SERIES will take place on Wednesday Evenings 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. starting January 8, 2020 and costs $90 for the series. Please bring non skid, non marking slippers or shoes and wear comfortable clothing.
Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Avenue. $90. fontaneum@gmail.com [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, cross stitchers, hand quilters, and other handiworkers invite to work on their projects with other crafters. Questions welcome, help available.
6:30-8:30 or so, Sweetwaters in Kerrytown, 407 N. Fifth Ave. Free. Facebook.com/groups/KTCrafters. 926-8863. [map]


 6:40 p.m. 

"Weathering With You": State Theater.

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(Makoto Shinkai, 2020). Animated romantic fantasy about a young city boy who befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather. Japanese, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 7 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Live Action"

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Screening of short films nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Yin/Restorative Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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Wednesdays from 7-8pm
In this slower paced class, many of the postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This will allow the muscles to relax and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. Class is heated around 80 degrees.
We are located on Huron Street across from the YMCA. You may park in the parking lot across from the studio. We share a parking lot with several businesses, including the Yellow Barn. Look for the #22 blue door with the red buddha.
Your first class is FREE!
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. $18. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]


 7-11 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Bridge Club.

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Every Wed. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. If you plan to come without a partner, call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early.
7-11 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. http://bridgeclubs.org/index.php?id=289. 769-3994. [map]


 7 - 8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Meditation Sessions: Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center.

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Jewel Heart Facilitators will provide basic guidance for using the breath as a point of focus in these concentrated meditation sessions.
Jewel Heart Tibetan Buddhist Center, 1129 Oak Valley Drive. Free. 734-994-3387. annarbor@jewelheart.org www.jewelheart.org [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

Robert Jones and Matt Watroba: On the Tracks Singer-Songwriter Showcase.

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Double bill. The longtime former host of WDET's Blues from the Lowlands and an ordained Baptist minister, Jones is a singer-guitarist with a huge repertoire that draws on Delta, Texas, Chicago, and other blues traditions. Folkalley.com host Watroba sings lyrical songs and poignant ballads in a sweet tenor voice, accompanying himself on guitar.
7-9 p.m., Chelsea Depot, 125 Jackson, Chelsea. $15 suggested donation. Info: call Annie Capps at 330-5226. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

S.E. Michigan CNC Enthusiast Group: Maker Works.

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For folks who want to get started with CNC as well as veterans to share information. Focus of the group is anything CNC-related: projects, additive machines like the Makerbot or subtractive mills, CAD, CAM, and the holy war of issues like Servos vs. Steppers, NURBS vs. Meshes, and EMC2 vs. Mach3.
Meetings are normally on the first Wednesday of the month (except when they land on a holiday and Maker Works is closed), free and open to everyone and you don't have to be a member of Maker Works to attend.
With the approach of winter, if the weather is too inclement for safe travel, the meeting may be cancelled if conditions warrant it.
Any CNC-related topic is game and if you have something to show off, please bring it.
For more info, visit: SEMICNC Yahoo! Group https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/semicnc/info
Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free. 734-222-4911. frontdesk@maker-works.com https://www.maker-works.com/events/se-michigan-cnc-enthusiast-group [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Color Away": Sweetwaters Plymouth Green.

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Every Wed. All adults invited to color. Supplies provided.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Martin Bandyke's Moving Pictures: A Preview of the 92st Oscars": Ann Arbor District Library.

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107.1-FM morning host Bandyke and Michigan Theater executive director Russ Collins show and discuss clips of Oscar-nominated films. Q&A.
State Theater. Free. 327-4200, 668-8297.


 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Piano Music Across the Seven Continents": Ann Arbor District Library.

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U-M piano grad student Alissa Freeman plays music written on or about each of the continents, pausing periodically to discuss music as a mode of expression.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"The Drowsy Chaperone": Young People's Theater.

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Feb. 5-9. Young local actors perform Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison's 2006 Tony-winning musical about a fictional 1928 musical that comes to life in a Broadway fanatic's living room. This hilarious play within a play, about a showgirl who's marrying an oil tycoon, is crammed with every cliché, gag, and gimmick of Jazz Age musicals.
7 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), YPT Blackbox Theatre, 331 Metty Dr. ste. 2. Tickets $15 in advance at YoungPeoplesTheater.com/tickets & (if available) at the door. 763-TKTS. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Swinging 60s" Ann Arbor District Library Desserts by Decade.

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Local historian Patti Smith discusses regional 1960s history and The Lakehouse Bakery (Chelsea) owner Keegan Rodgers shares popular 1960s recipes. Tastings.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"General Magic": Michigan Theater.

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Sarah Kerruish & Matt Maude, 2019). Documentary about the revolutionary innovations that came out of this secretive Silicon Valley software & electronics company. Post-film discussion with guests TBA.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss The Company We Kept, the 1986 memoir of Barbara Kaye, the wife of a British bookseller during World War II.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Reading Glasses Book Club: Chelsea District Library.

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ll invited to discuss books by contemporary writers, including quirky fiction and strange but true nonfiction. Copies of the books available at the CDL.

Dec. 4: Participants invited to help select titles for 2020 and bring a wrapped book for the annual White Elephant Book Exchange.

Jan. 8: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened. Award-winning Oregon blogger Allie Brosh's 2013 memoir, a collection of essays and line drawings focused on her experiences with depression.

Feb. 5: The Third Hotel. Laura van den Berg's 2018 novel about a newly widowed 30-something who travels to Cuba for a film festival and sees her dead husband.

Mar.: TBA.

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7:30-9 p.m., Ugly Dog Distillery, 218 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [map]


 7:30-9 p.m. 

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.

Apr. 13: Idols.

Apr. 21: Illusions.

May. 5: Dedication.

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]


 7:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Visitors Night: Ann Arbor Model Railroad Club.

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All invited to check out the trains whizzing around on the club's big, elaborate layout, housed in a depot restored by the club.
7:30-10 p.m., Michigan Central depot, 3487 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-5100. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Comedy Jamm": Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Wed. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance and at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"White Feminist": University Musical Society.

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Feb. 3-9. Alice Yorke directs Lee Minora in Minora's one-woman satire of mainstream liberal feminism based on her talk show Becky's Time. Minora plays a vain talk show host who rattles off a series of senseless apologies, purchasing habits, and moment-altering declarations that make her a prominent voice in new wave feminism. One reporter calls it a "wonderfully crafted and very convincing embodiment of the problematic and harmful 'white feminist.'" Followed by an audience discussion, and on Feb. 3 only, a Q&A with Minora & Yorke.
7:30 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), 11:30 a.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), and 6 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Duderstadt Center video studio, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd., North Campus. Tickets $35-$45 (students, $12-$20), in advance at tickets.UMS.org, at Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Open Stage: The Ark.

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All acoustic performers invited. Fifteen acts are selected randomly from those who sign up to perform 8 minutes (or 2 songs) each. The most talented and popular Open Stage performers are offered their own evenings at the Ark.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $3 (members & students, $2). 761-1451. [map]


 8-10 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Wed. Members read and discuss poems around themes TBA. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Attendees invited to read their poems. Snacks & socializing.
8-10 p.m., Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. OnePausePoetry.org, 707-1284. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

The Sierra Duo: U-M School of Music.

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Pianist Matthew Bengston and cellist John Haines-Eitzen, both Cornell University music professors, play music by contemporary Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra, as well as Brahms and Franck.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Concert Band: U-M School of Music.

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Courtney Snyder and Richard Frey conduct this music student ensemble in selections from Renaissance composer Tielman Susato's dance music collection Danserye, the 1st movement of 19th-century German composer Carl Reinecke's Octet, and three 20th-century works: Grainger's Children's March, Schoenberg's Theme and Variations, and Shostakovich's Folk Dances.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 9-11:30 p.m. 

Music Trivia: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Wed. Conor O'Neill's staff member Ryan Halsey hosts a music trivia quiz. Prizes.
9-11:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $3 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're flying around the room. Preceded at 8 p.m. by a lesson.
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union Pendleton Rm. (Feb. 5), Michigan League Ballroom (Feb. 12) & Michigan League Vandenberg Rm. (Feb. 19 & 26). $5 (students & members, $4; free for those who attend the lesson). 945-8428. [map]


 9:30 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.


 9:35 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Animations": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short animated films nominated for an Academy Award.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Chelsea Alehouse Brewery: Thunderwüde

Bluegrass and related roots music by the Chelsea trio of guitarists Jason Dennie and Tommy Reifel and multi-instrumentalist Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Andrew Brown's Djangophonique

Vintage jazz in the style of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt's 1930s Parisian swing by a local quartet led by guitarist Andrew Brown. With guitarist Erik McIntyre, clarinetist Tyler Rondo, and bassist Jorian Olk- Szost. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Old Town: Meg Brennan Trio

Local jazz ensemble led by saxophonist & flutist Brennan. With keyboardist Joshua Catania, bassist Aiden Cafferty, and drummer Eliza Salem. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Open Mike

All acoustic musicians invited. [venue info]

 
 


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