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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 6, 2020






 
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 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Annual Rummage Sale: Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

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Feb. 6-89. Sale of household goods, clothes, purses, jewelry, sporting goods, books, dishes, pots and pans, table linens, bed linens, curtains, pictures, lamps, and more.
8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sat.), Columbus Hall & Banquet Center, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd., Dexter. Free admission. 426-5558. [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 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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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 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 kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10:30 a.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 662-5585. [map]


 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., Jan. 20. & Feb. 18 Three audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages.

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The Sky Tonight (Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.; Jan. 20, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.; Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, & 2:30 p.m.), is an exploration of the current night sky.

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Cosmic Colors (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.), details the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.

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Two Small Pieces of Glass (Sat., Sun., & Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.) shows how telescopes big & little, simple & complex, use light to work.

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Various times, U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Mar. 14, May 2, & June 13. 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]


 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Amy Nielander: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This area writer and product designer reads from Grama's Hug, her new book about small moments with people you love. For grades preK-3.
AADL Youth Story Corner, 343 S. Fifth Ave. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Living with Cancer: Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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For those diagnosed with any type of cancer at any stage, from diagnosis to about a year out of active treatment, as well as their loved ones.
Monthly, First Thursday, 11 am - 12:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Cancer Center, 775 S Main St., Chelsea. Free. 734-975-2500. info@cancersupportannarbor.org https://www.cancersupportannarbor.org/programs-and-activities/support-groups/ [map]


 11:30 a.m. & 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]


 Noon 

"Moving Meditation Relax & Recharge Noon-time Class": Great Lakes Healing Arts.

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Join Laura K. Cowan of Great Lakes Healing Arts for a new lunch-time class where you can experience relaxation and tension release through a variety of meditation techniques pulled from the healing and martial arts. From gentle moving meditations that stimulate the circulation and healing abilities of the body to guided meditations for processing life changes for a profound sense of contentment and presence. Adaptable to any physical ability, these peaceful but powerful self-care routines regenerate the body and mind in a flowing meditation style that is a great pick-me-up for anyone who has an hour to invest in themselves.
The Mix Studios, 2007 State Street. $20. 7348342401. greatlakeshealingarts@gmail.com http://www.the-mix-studios.com [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-1:30  Free! 

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

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Feb. 6: Alfred University (NY) art history professor Meghen Jones on "The Tea Bowl as a Microcosm of Modern Japanese Ceramics."
Feb. 13: Japanese silent movie narrator Ichiro Kataoka on "A History of the Benshi." Benshi is a traditional style of Japanese narration that accompanies silent movies.
Feb. 20: Univerity of North Carolina Asian studies professor Morgan Pitelka on "Reading Medieval Ruins: A Material History of Urban Life in 16th-Century Japan."
Feb. 27: University of Massachusetts Asian studies professor Terry Kawashima on "Rebirth, Recognition, Destiny, and the Theatrical in Hamamatsu Chūnagon Monogatari." Hamamatsu Chūnagon Monogatari is a mid-11th century piece of prose.
Noon, 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 764-6307. [map]


 12:10-1 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Live music performances. Feb. 6: Reimagined classical music by CutTime Simfonica, a Detroit classical string quartet with drums that plays adventurous new works blending Latin, tango, folk, rock, blues, country, soul, and hip-hop. Feb. 13: Flutist Melissa-Kay Grey performs romantic flute music, with piano accompaniment. Feb. 20: The local Ron Brooks Trio performs iconic jazz works. Feb. 27: Classical guitarist and U-M physician Michael Casher performs classical guitar music.
12:10-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-ARTS. [map]


 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

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]


 1-3 p.m. 

"Needlework Artists - SIG": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) - 50+.

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) has a new program option known as a Shared Interest Group (SIG). Please see our web site for an explanation about SIGs. A SIG brings people together who have a common interest that they wish to pursue indefinitely within a structure of meetings and activities designed primarily by the members of the group.
The group will meet to share time together working on their individual projects, be they knitting, embroidery, lace-making, crochet, needlepoint, or others. Encouraging interest in learning new skills, completing projects already underway, while enjoying each other's company shall be chief goals of this Shared Interest Group.
Facilitators Marcia Hallstrom & Marge Higley will lead this SIG which will meet on the first Thursday of every month.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C. $45. 7349989351. olli.info@umich.edu. https://www.olli-umich.org/ [map]



 1-3 p.m. 

Needlework Artists: U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Shared Interest Groups.

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All invited to work on individual needlework projects such as knitting, embroidery, lace-making, crochet, needlepoint, and more. Area artists Marge Higley & Marcia Hallstrom lead.
Turner Senior Resource Center conference rm. D, 2401 Plymouth Rd., ste. C. $45 annual dues. 998-9351. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Tai-Chi for Arthritis: SUN SHEN.

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Medical studies have shown this particular program to relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives, as well as preventing falls for older adults. For this reason, arthritis foundations around the world and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in America give it their full support. Although especially effective for arthritis, it is a great start for beginners to improve health and wellness. Classes are held Thursdays at 1:00-1:50 p.m. Contact Sifu Joseph Wang at info@sunshen.org or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55/month, $17/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. info@sunshen.org sunshen.org [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.


 3:45 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]


 4, 7:10, & 9:20 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.


 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.


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Mathematical and Computational Aspects of Imaging with Waves": U-M College of Literature, Science, & the Arts.

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U-M math professor Liliana Borcea discusses the development of a new process that can be used for testing structures such as airplane wings, ultrasounds, and more.
Weiser Hall 10th fl., 500 Church. Free. 647-6579. [map]


 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus": U-M Women's Studies Dept.

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Columbia University professors Jennifer S. Hirsch (public health) and Shamus Khan (sociology) are joined by Southpaw Michigan progressive PAC founder Abdul El Sayed and U-M sociology grad student Kamaria Porter to discuss their new book. Signing.
4 p.m., Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 615-6613. [map]


 4:20 & 6:40 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.


 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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


 5 p.m. 

Monthly Dinner: St. Andrew's United Church of Christ.

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Dec. 5: swiss steak.

Feb. 6: sauerkraut.

Mar. 5: corn beef.

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5-6:30 p.m., St. Andrew's social hall, 7610 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Tickets $10 (kids ages 5-12, $5; age 4 & under, free) in advance only. 426-8610. [map]


 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Feb. 4, 6, 13, 17, & 20. Talks by visiting artists. Feb. 4: Performance of silent film scores & more by SQRL, the NYC-based rock duo of filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and multi-instrumentalist Carter Logan. Feb. 6: New media and video game artist Angela Washko, a Carnegie Mellon art professor, on "Tactical Embodiment." Feb. 13: Chicago-based visual artists Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez, both members of the design team for the Barack Obama Presidential Center Museum, on "Liminal Practice(s)." Feb. 17: Multimedia artist & writer Courtney McClellan, whose courtroom-themed installation is on display at UMMA, on "Observer vs. Witness." Feb. 20: Composer David Lang on "Music and Bad Manners."
5:10 p.m. (except Feb. 4, 7 p.m., & Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m.), Michigan Theater (except Feb. 17, UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State). Free. 668-8463. [map]


 5:15-6:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75-minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm-up for other activities. 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. 

"Acceptance-Based Behavioral Weight Loss Group": Equanimity Partners Inc.

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Join this ongoing weight loss group that provides the most evidence-based approach to weight loss. Identify and connect with meaningful reasons why weight loss is important to you and gain insight to help you make eating decisions more mindfully. Learn how to choose the healthiest behavior, even when it might not be the easiest or most pleasurable one and commit to long-term changes in your lifestyle that will help you maintain your weight loss and your health! This is an ongoing group starting in January 2020 and welcoming members anytime with intake. We will be meeting every Thursday from 5:30-7:00pm.
*Call for insurance rates and/or more information!
Equanimity Partners Inc., 3830 Packard Rd. Ste. #100. $100 intake /$40 per session. 734-531-6176. info@eqpartnersinc.com http://eqpartnersinc.com/ [map]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ilya Kaminsky: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this award-winning Ukrainian-American Jewish poet, who uses language infused with suggestions of fairy tale to explore themes of love, grief, joy, and laughter. His most recent collection, Deaf Republic, which the New Yorker calls a work of "profound imagination," uses lyric poems to trace the experiences of citizens living under martial law. Preceded at 3 p.m. by a Q&A (1176 Angell Hall).
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]


 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

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. umich.edu/~GoClub. [map]


 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Living with Cancer: Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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For those diagnosed with any type of cancer at any stage, from diagnosis to about a year out of active treatment, as well as their loved ones.
Monthly, First Thursday, 6 - 7:30 pm, Cancer Center waiting room
St. Joseph Mercy Canton Cancer Center, 1600 S Canton Center Rd, Canton. Free. 734-975-2500. info@cancersupportannarbor.org https://www.cancersupportannarbor.org/programs-and-activities/support-groups/ [map]


 6 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

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Oct. 30: Northwood. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 8: WMU. 7 p.m.

Nov. 10: Bradley. 2 p.m.

Nov. 23: Notre Dame. Time TBA.

Dec. 1: Morgan State. Time TBA

Dec. 5: Syracuse. 9 p.m.

Dec. 8 Oakland. 2 p.m.

Dec. 14: Appalachian State. Time TBA.

Dec. 31: Penn State. 2 p.m.

Jan. 5: Michigan State. Noon.

Jan. 12: Maryland. Noon.

Jan. 26: Rutgers. 2 p.m.

Feb. 2: Iowa. Noon.

Feb. 6: Purdue. 6 p.m.

Feb. 13: Northwestern. 7 p.m.

Feb. 19: Illinois. 7 p.m.

Mar. 1: Indiana. Time TBA.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each). 764-0247. [map]


 6:15-7:15 p.m. 

"Hand Balance": A2 Aviary.

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Would you like to turn the world upside down while remaining on the ground? Or perhaps you have some handstand experience but want to learn new tips and tricks? This all-levels class will focus on alignment, flexibility, and strength, as well as covering spotting, falling, breath, and subtle adjustment. Returning students will be working on progressively more challenging poses and transitions. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by exercises designed to improve strength and flexibility in the wrists, shoulders, and core, as well as practice with spotters. PREREQ: students must be able to reach overhead and perform beginning inversions like downward facing dog. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 275 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $15-$125. contact@a2aviary.com a2aviary.com [map]



 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The 2020 Census: Count Every Person": Ypsilanti District Library with League of Women Voters.

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The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area explain what the 2020 Census is, and why it matters. Census Bureau handouts with more information will be provided.
YDL-Whittaker (Jan 28); YDL-Michigan (Feb 6), 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1377. https://www.ypsilibrary.org/event/the-2020-census-count-everyperson/ [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]


 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Chip Carving": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 6 & 21. All invited to make a small design in a flat wooden board.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:50 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. 

"Brother Sun, Sister Moon: James Tywman's Musical about St. Francis of Assisi"

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James Twyman has always had a special affinity for St. Francis of Assisi, so much so that the NY Times bestselling author, film producer and internationally famed "Peace Troubadour" recently took orders as a Franciscan Hermit and was inspired to write his most recent book Giovanni and the Camino of St. Francis.
But now, Twyman will bring his stirring new musical on St. Francis Brother Sun, Sister Moon to Broadway on February 20-March 1, 2020--and with the beloved saint as his model--will travel a continent penniless, on foot and with whatever food, housing and further
transportation that God will provide to get him there. Along the way, Twyman will perform the one-man show as St. Francis in cities across the U.S. Committed to the saint's values of love for all and support for those in need, Twyman will feed the homeless and invite them to the performance for a night of physical and soul
nourishment.
Tickets are $25 or by donation, if by donation please call (734)327-0270 for i
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Donation. $25. (734) 327-0270. erik.nowakowski@interfaithspirit.org interfaithspirit.org [map]



 7 & 9 p.m. 

Cécile McLorin Salvant & Aaron Diehl: University Musical Society.

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Acclaimed Harlem-based virtuoso jazz pianist Diehl and renowned jazz vocalist McLorin Salvant perform classics & little-known gems from the Great American Songbook, as well original improvisations and rhapsodies. Born in Miami to French and Haitian parents, McLorin Salvant sings in a deep, velvety voice and, according to the Los Angeles Times, can both "write a song that sounds like a long-lost standard" and "perform a classic song and make it sound utterly new."
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $50-$81 (students, $12-$20) in advance at Tickets.UMS.org, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

English Language Speakers Meetup: Sound Expressions.

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Every Thurs. Certified ESL instructor Linda Stegmeyer leads a conversational meetup for speakers of English as a second language.
7-9 p.m., Sweetwaters Plymouth Green, 3393 Plymouth Rd. Free. 369-4568. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Faculty Showcase Concert: U-M School of Music.

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A collage-style concert of works in various styles by U-M music professors TBA.
7 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Huron Hills Lapidary & Mineral Society.

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Mineral collector Steve Neely presents a video about the mineral mines in Elmwood, TN.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. 7th St. Free. 665-5574. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Jon Morosi: Ann Arbor District Library.

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This MLB Network reporter, a Michigan native, discusses his career in sports media & recent trips abroad to cover games.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 7 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.


 7 p.m. 

"Addams Family": Huron High School Players.

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Huron students perform Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice's 2010 musical based on the ghoulish characters in Charles Addams' long-running single-panel cartoon series. The plot concerns the troubles that ensue when daughter Wednesday announces her intention to marry a normal boyfriend.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), HHS Ingram Theater, 2727 Fuller. Tickets $15 (students, staff, & seniors, $10) in advance at ShowTix4u.com and at the door. 994-2040. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Brother Sun, Sister Moon": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Ajijic (Mexico)-based musician, writer, & filmmaker James Twyman, a "Peace Troubadour" known for leading millions of people worldwide in synchronized meditations, presents his nationally touring one-man musical based on the life of St. Francis of Assisi.
Interfaith Center, 704 Airport Blvd, ste. 1. Tickets $25 in advance at InterfaithSpirit.org and (if available) at the door. 327-0270. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"That Thursday Thing": Chelsea District Library.

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Crafts and activities for teens.

Nov. 7: "Shrinky Dinks." Make a keychain or earrings out of Shrinky Dink plastic.

Nov. 21: "Brush Pen Calligraphy." Practice tracing and lettering a favorite quote or saying and then decorate and frame it.

Dec. 5: "Touchscreen Gloves." Make gloves touchscreen-friendly with either conductive thread or thermal paste.

Dec. 19: "Crafty Chocolate Christmas." Make a variety of chocolate truffles and a simple origami box to put them in.

Jan. 2: "UV Jewelry and Keychains." Make a keychain or some jewelry out of UV-cured resin.

Jan. 16: "Taco Thursday." Make and eat tacos and burritos and play taco-themed games.

Feb. 6 : "Chainmail Chill." Using colorful aluminum rings, make a small chainmail star, flower, or other shape.

Feb. 20 and Mar. 5 & 19: TBA.

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7-9 p.m., CDL, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. 475-8732. [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]


 7:15 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]


 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Yoga with Cats": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Practice hatha-style yoga with furry feline yoga masters! Come check out Washtenaw County's first cat cafe: The Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, bring peace to your mind and body, and fill your heart with joy as you help support the animals in our community. Your fee helps homeless animals!
Ages 12 and over welcomed (Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21+). A changing area, storage cubbies and a limited number of mats are available for your use.
Doors open approximately 20 minutes prior to class. Space is limited; pre-registration and advance payment required at http://www.tinylions.org/yoga
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. humaneed@hshv.org http://www.tinylions.org/yoga [map]



 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ben Creed: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 6-8. NYC monologist known for his high-energy, dynamic performing style and his quick-witted, wise-guy perspectives on a variety of topics. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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Every Thurs., Sept.-May. All invited to join members of this local chapter of the Detroit Irish Music Association for an informal evening playing traditional Irish music on various instruments. Lessons offered.
7:30-9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Shadow League Show: Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Thurs. 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. 

"Harakiri": Michigan Theater.

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(Masaki Kobayashi, 1962). Classic samurai film about an abandoned warrior seeking to commit ritual suicide. Japanese, subtitles. Sponsored by the U-M Center for Japanese Studies. 7:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. 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) in advance at MichTheater.org and at the door. 668-8397. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Latin Xpressions": U-M Dance Department.

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Feb. 6-9. U-M dance students perform a program of group & solo works by guest choreographers featuring ballet, modern flamenco, & experimental styles that explore the Latin experience. Also, U-M dance lecturer Jillian Hopper directs U-M dance majors in short interludes set to classic and popular Latin American music. Guest choreographers: DeNada Dance Theatre (UK) founder Carlos Pons Guerra, Northwestern University dance director Joel Valentin-Martinez, & Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre (Miami) artistic director Rosie Herrera.
Power Center. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $13) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu, the Michigan League, by phone, & at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Our Town": Pioneer High School Theatre Guild.

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Feb. 6-9. Pioneer students perform Thornton Wilder's perennially popular Pulitzer Prize-winning portrait of an early 20th century small town. The 3 acts examine "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death" with graceful simplicity and deep humanity.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), PHS Little Theater, 601 W. Stadium. Tickets $10 in advance at a2tix.com and at the door. 994-2120. [map]
 


 8 p.m. 

Alvin Youngblood Hart: The Ark.

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First local show in many years by this blues veteran, a follower of Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown who extended that master's eclectic approach with country and ska elements, and more. Photo: Candise Kola.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]



 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

German Conversation.

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Every Tues. & Thurs. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the German Speakers Round Table (Tues.) and the Stammtisch (Thurs.).
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free. 453-2394 (Tues.) & 678-1017 (Thurs.). [map]


 8-9:30 p.m. 

Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs. Dance instructor Cheryl Feit and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dances to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week. Wear soft-soled shoes.
7:30-9:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]


 8 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]


 9 p.m. 

"Bride +1": Blue Llama Jazz Club.

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(Christina Morales Hemenway, 2019). Rom-com short starring local filmmaker Hemenway as a 39-year-old never-married Latina who sends out "save the date" cards to lure in prospective grooms.
9 p.m., Blue Llama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main. $10; preregistration required. 372-3200. [map]


 9:30 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.


 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.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Iann Dior

All ages admitted. Popular Hip-hop/emo rapper from Corpus Christi. Openers: Landon Cube, a rural Maryland hip-hop rapper, and Poorstacy, a hip-hop rapper from south Florida. $18-$22. 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Tumbao Bravo

Veteran local Afro-Cuban jazz quartet led by multi-instrumental reeds player Paul VornHagen. Followed at 8:45 p.m.by a screening of Bride + 1, Ann Arbor native Christina Morales Hemenway's 2019 rom-com in which she stars as a 39-year-old never-married Latina who sends out "save the date" wedding invites in a magical thinking scheme to conjure a groom. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Mr. B.

Traditional boogie-woogie and blues, along with some originals, by this internationally renowned veteran local pianist. [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

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]

Mash: Twenty TwentyFour

Toledo ensemble whose music is an eclectic, danceable mix of jazz, funk, R&B, soul, and rock. [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]

 
 


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