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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 13, 2020

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 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. [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.


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.


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


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

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

 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lung 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 lung cancer.
Monthly, Second Thursday, 11 am - 12:30 pm
Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, 2010 HOGBACK RD STE 3. Free. 7349752500. [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]

 12:30-2 p.m. 

"Land Preservation: Ann Arbor Greenbelt": Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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Greenbelt manager Remy Long discusses this city program to protect outcounty farmland and open & natural spaces from development.
Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. Free, preregistration required at before Feb. 11, 5 p.m. 635-2247. [map]

 1 & 4:30 p.m. 

"Tea with the Fairies": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Crazy Wisdom staff dress up as magical fairies to sprinkle fairy dust and serve tea, petits fours, and cookies to kids and their families. Bring your own fairy wings and dolls.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. $12 (ages 18 months & younger, free). Preregistration required by emailing [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.

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

"2019 UMAPS Colloquium Series": U-M African Studies Center.

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Visiting University of Michigan African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) share their research.
Aminu Dramani (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana) on Examining the Intractability of Low Intensity Conflicts in West Africa: The Case of Ghana.
Tesfaye Habtu (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia) on Representation and State Ideology in Ethiopian Drama: A Critical Study of Historical Dramas of King Thewodros II.
John Imokola (Makerere University, Uganda) on Perspectives on Television Local Content Regulation in Uganda.
Johannes Machinya (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) on Migration and Politics in South Africa: Normalising Xenophobia through Political Demagoguery.
555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 615-3027. [map]

 4 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)., 668-TIME.

 4, 7, & 9:15 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)., 668-TIME.

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Respite: 12 Anthropocene Fragments": U-M Comparative Literature Department.

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Emory University women's, gender, and sexuality studies professor Lynne Huffer reads from and discusses her collection of prose that confronts the unthinkable extinction of all life on earth.
Tisch Hall Library, 435 S. State. Free. 763-2351. [map]

 4:30, 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)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 4:30-6 p.m. 

"Coding Playground": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Grades 3-8 invited to build apps using BitsBox, or work on their own project in their preferred coding language. No experience required.
AADL Downtown Training Center.

 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 "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]

 5:30 p.m. 

Sauerkraut Supper: Saline American Legion.

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Spaetzle, mashed potatoes and gravy, pork, knockwurst, and dessert. Served family-style. The Legion also hosts a pan-fried walleye dinner the last Wed. of every month ($15).
5:30-7 p.m., Saline American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan Ave., Saline. $12. 429-7310. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

African American Fellowship: Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Connect with other African Americans in our community that are dealing with cancer. Friends and family members are welcome. Dinner is provided.
Monthly, Second Thursday of every month, 6 - 8 pm
Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, 2010 HOGBACK RD STE 3. Free. 7349752500. [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. [map]

 6-9 p.m. 

Game Night: Vault of Midnight.

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All invited to play board games. "Game guru" on hand to answer questions.
6-9 p.m., Vault of Midnight, 219 S. Main. $5. 998-1413. [map]

 6-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Environmental Justice Summit 2020": U-M School for Environment & Sustainability.

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Panel discussion on challenges and opportunities for environmental justice with Texas Southern University school of public affairs dean Robert Bullard, New Consensus policy director Rhiana Gunn Wright, EPA policy advisor Charles Lee, and Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy environmental justice public advocate Regina Strong. Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition coordinator Michelle Martinez moderates.
Rackham Auditorium. Free, preregistration required at 764-6453. [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]

 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Date Night: Cheese & Wine Pairing": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Zingerman's staffers discuss and offer taste samples of wine paired with artisan cheeses. Geared towards groups of 2, ages 21 & up.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $45, preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Intro to Guitar Pedals": Ann Arbor District Library.

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AADL staffers lead a hands-on demonstration of guitar pedals in the AADL collection.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Coeducation for Democracy: The Changing Moral Vision for Educating the Sexes at the University of Michigan, 1870-1920": U-M Bentley Historical Library.

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This year is the 150th anniversary of the admission of women to the University of Michigan. Please join us for this talk by Andrea Turpin, professor of history at Baylor University and an award-winning author A New Moral Vision: Gender, Religion, and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917 (Cornell, 2016). The lecture is part of a series on the history of U-M organized by the Bentley Historical Library
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, 1000 Beal Avenue. Free. 734-764-3639. GDKRENZ@UMICH.EDU [map]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"The Stranger in Heaven": Concordia University Kreft Center for the Arts.

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Opening reception for this exhibit of hand-sewn clothing made of paper receipts and tickets by Korean artist Dong Kyu Kim, a former fashion designer. Exhibit runs Jan. 28-Feb. 23, Tues.-Fri. noon-4 p.m.
7-9 p.m., Concordia Kreft Center, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7300. [map]

 7-8 p.m. 

"What's in Store? Eating and Cooking With the Seasons": Argus Farm Stop.

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Talk by Registered Dietitian and Argus employee Mary Balog. Plus a tour of winter produce available at Argus and a cooking demo.
7-8 p.m., Argus Farm Stop, 325 W. Liberty. Tickets $25 (students, buy one get one free) at the door. 997-5448. [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! 

Open Mic & Share: Bookbound.

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All invited to read their own poetry, or a favorite poem by another writer, on the theme of "in times like these." Also, readings by local poets TBA.
7 p.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.

 7 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]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Carbon Neutrality in the Mobility Sector": Ann Arbor District Library/City of Ann Arbor.

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All invited to join this discussion led by local sustainability experts TBA.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m. 

"North Star": EMU Theatre Department.

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Feb. 7-9 & 13-16. EMU drama professor Wallace Bridges directs EMU drama students in Gloria Bond Clunie's 1998 drama set in 1960s North Carolina. It's about a young African American girl searching for her space to shine despite what those around her say.
EMU Sponberg Theatre, Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (seniors, $14; students, $12; kids ages 6-12, $7) in advance at, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1220.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Singing for Comfort": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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All invited to join a sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
For online meeting URL see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 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. 

Tina Giori: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 13-15. A former schoolteacher, this NYC comic is known for her rapid-fire, sharp-witted observational humor directed at the state of American culture. "Achieving what often eludes many less adept comediennes, her set was wickedly sarcastic and edgy without coming across as negative, angry, or just plain mean," says the Long Island Voice.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $14 (Thurs.) & $18 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"The Downfall of Osen": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Kenji Mizoguchi, 1935). Silent film about a servant girl who must fend for herself and the boy she loves. Accompanied by live traditional benshi narration, in Japanese, by a master Japanese narrator. Subtitles. Sponsored by the U-M Center for Japanese Studies.
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 and at the door. 668-8397. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Brad Phillips & the Roots Music Strings: The Ark.

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Nationally renowned Saline-bred multi-instrumental string virtuoso and whose music embraces a range of genres from old-time, bluegrass, and Celtic to jazz and pop. Phillips and his Roots Music Strings bring a new album, Breaking Free.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

Mark DeGoti: U-M School of Music.

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This Auburn University trumpet professor performs a program TBA.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 9:35 p.m. 

"Color Out of Space": State Theater.

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(Richard Stanley, 2020). Sci-fi about a mutant extraterrestrial organism that infects the minds and bodies of a family of famers, transforming their rural life into a technicolor nightmare.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Canceled: 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 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: 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]

 10:30 a.m. 

Canceled: "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]


Canceled: 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]

 12:30-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., & Fri. Seniors invited to play bridge. Some experience necessary.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 3:25 & 9:35 p.m. 

Canceled: "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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to bring broken electronics, furniture, toys, etc. Members and volunteers will perform repairs and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed.
5-7 p.m., All Hands Active, 225 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free. [map]

 7 p.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.

 7:10 & 9:45 p.m. 

Canceled: "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)., 668-TIME. [map]

 8-9:30 p.m. 

Canceled: 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]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Dean Solden & the Jazz Explorers

A mix of blues, bebop, and modal jazz standards & originals by a quartet led by local composer-pianist Solden. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter. [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 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: The Urban Legend Trio

Soul-based music by this Toledo ensemble whose music also draws on elements of blues, funk, R&B, and jazz. [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]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Blue Rays Trio

Eclectic blues-based trio with bassist Ralph McKee, guitarist Peter Holland, and harmonica player Tim Douthit. [venue info]


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