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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 15, 2020






 
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 8-10 a.m.  Free! 

"Winter Birding": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Kelsey Dehring leads a birding hike. Bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have them.
8-10 a.m., DeVine Preserve, 6110 W. Liberty. Free. 971-6337. [map]


 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Feb. 8 & 15. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids ages 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult; ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Feb. 8), 1610 Washington Hts. & Matthaei (Feb. 15), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free, metered parking; preregistration required at mgbna.umich.edu. [map]


 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  Free! 

"Demo Fair": MacTechnics.

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Club member Fred Seitz presents recent Mac news (9 a.m.-11 a.m.), followed by demonstrations and discussions of Mac-related apps, games, photography, art, music, and more from club members.
9 a.m.-1 p.m., NEW Center, 1100 N. Main. Free. Contact@mactechnics.org. [map]


 9:40 a.m. 

"ONLINE Donation Morning Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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This ONLINE Yoga class is taught through Zoom. Register at https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=424765&stype=-7&sView=week&sLoc=0
Please register AT LEAST 15 minutes before class starts. Make sure your email address is correct when you register, as we will be emailing you the login information. You will receive this information at least 15 minutes before class begins.
This class is a great way to begin your day. These classes combine breathing, stretches, and some slow flow. At this point, all of our classes are donation-based as we would like everyone to be able to access them. Our donation options are between $0-20 per class.
(When open, the studio is located on Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 West Huron Street, #22. Donation. 7347577213. info@motathaiyoga.com www.motathaiyoga.com [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Free! 

34th Annual Winter Fleece Fair: Spinner's Flock.

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Sale of Michigan-grown fibers for spinning, felting, and handspun yarns. Also, supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, and felting. Members offer demos throughout the day.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Beach Middle School, 445 Mayer, Chelsea. Free admission. SpinnersFlock.com, 433-9089, 769-1657. [map]


 10-11:30 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 a.m.  Free! 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Speedway.

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Nov. 9 & 23. One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10 a.m. (registration 8-9:30 a.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission. $15 to race ($25 with a rental car). (517) 290-7128. [map]


 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"ScienceFest: The Chemistry of Love": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Activities related to Valentine's Day. Learn what makes chocolate taste good, crate a color-changing valentine, and more.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & noon-4 p.m. (Sun.), Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under ages 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Toy Hackathon": Maker Works.

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All invited to modify toys for kids with special needs. Bring a battery-operated toy to modify. Instructions and adaptation materials provided.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. Free, preregistration requested at Maker-Works.com. 222-4911. [map]


 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Winter Dexter Breakfast Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Sat. A winter version of this very popular ride, where attendees decide on the destination based on weather conditions. Call ahead to confirm ride. A similar ride takes place at 1 p.m. 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 Wheeler Park, N. Fourth Ave. at Depot St. Free. 347-1259. [map]


 10:30-11 a.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]


 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Death Café.

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All invited to join a frank conversation about death led by participants. Hosted by After Death Home Care founder Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. Tea & cake served.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Tearoom, 114 S. Main. Free. 395-9660. [map]



 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Purple Rose Concert Reading Series": Chelsea District Library.

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Purple Rose Theatre artistic director Guy Sanville directs Purple Rose actors in readings from new scripts being considered for production. Followed by discussion. n.

Nov. 16: Abbey and Edward (Almost) Save the World, Carey Crim's new comedy about 2 retirees who join forces with a pair of millennials to stop the opening of a natural gas pipeline in their picturesque town, and find themselves in trouble when one of their stunts goes hilariously awry.

Dec. 7 & Feb. 15: TBA.

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10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., CDL McKune Rm., 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Feb. 8, 15, & 22. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences. Feb. 8: U-M physics professor Dragan Huterer on "The Universe Caught Speeding: Dark Energy, Two Decades After." Feb. 15: U-M environmental science professor Brian Arbic on "Ocean Modeling: Big Computers, Big Science." Feb. 22: U-M physics professor Sharon C. Glotzer on "The Truth About Entropy."
10:30 a.m., 170 & 182 Weiser, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]


 10:30 a.m. 

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

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Every Tues. (9:30 a.m.) & Sat. (10:30 a.m.):Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under ages 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Black Writers Matter": Ypsilanti District Library and YpsiWrites.

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This workshop series will examine voices of black writers. The workshop will conclude with an open mic. Students ages 11+ and all ability levels are encouraged to participate.
YDL-Michigan Ave, 229 W Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-482-4110 x1325. https://www.ypsilibrary.org/event/black-writers-matter-3/ [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Ninja Obstacle Course for Kids!": Keith Hafner's Karate.

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Ninja Obstacle Course. Big fun, FREE, open to 3, 4, & 5 yr. olds. Includes age appropriate training in agility and body balance. 'Keith Hafner's Karate,' 214 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Saturday, Feb 15, 11:00 - 11:45. Register in advance at https://member-site.net/VIP/default.aspx?FE--iJhJh
Keith Hafner's Karate, 214 S. Main. Free. 734-994-0333. khafner@provide.net www.karateisgoodforyou.com [map]



 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Science Forum Demos: U-M Museum of Natural History.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short hands-on demos for ages 5 & up. "Out of the Water & Back Again: A Whale's Tale" (11 a.m.). Handle real fossils while learning about the evolutionary process. Also, make a fossil casts of an ancient tooth. "Home Sweet H.O.M.E.S.: Exploring the Great Lakes" (3 p.m.). Learn about the past, present, and future of Michigan's water source.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11 a.m. 

"Donation YinYasa Yoga": Mota Thai Yoga.

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This ONLINE Yoga class is taught through Zoom. Register at https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=424765&stype=-7&sView=week&sLoc=0
Please register AT LEAST 15 minutes before class starts. Make sure your email address is correct when you register, as we will be emailing you the login information. You will receive this information at least 15 minutes before class begins. At this point, all of our classes are donation-based as we would like everyone to be able to access them. Our donation options are between $0-20 per class.
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat.
(When open, Mota Thai Yoga is located on Huron Street, across from the YMCA.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. info@motathaiyoga.com motathaiyoga.com [map]



 11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Lab Chats: U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Short all-ages lecture-demos by museum educators in the museum atriums. "Paleo Prep Lab Chat" (11:30 a.m.) shows the tools and skills needed to prepare and cast fossils for research and display. "Biodiversity Lab Chat" (3:30 p.m.) shows how and why scientists process DNA samples from plants and animals.
11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 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]


 Noon-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Using Narcan & De-escalating Conflict Training"

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Learn how to administer Narcan (emergency medication that counteracts the life threatening effects of an opioid overdose) as well how to de-escalate interpersonal conflict.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N Huron. Free. ypsigatheringspace@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/events/602589317140540/ [map]



 noon, 2 & 4 p.m  Free! 

Canceled: U-M Natural History Museum Tours.

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Every Sat. & Sun., except Mar. 22 Thirty-minute guided tours showcasing some of the museum's beloved and new exhibits. "Museum Highlights Tour" (noon & 4 p.m.) shows a mastodon couple, the Majungasaurus, and some of the new research labs. "Wonderful World of Whales Tour" (2 p.m.) shows how whales and dolphins made the transition from land back to water.
Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]


 1 p.m., 2 p.m., & 3 p.m. 

"Roller Coaster Physics": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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All invited to create a miniature roller coaster and test it with a marble.
1, 2, & 3 p.m., Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E. Ann. $6 (members, $4) plus $12.50 regular admission (members & kids under ages 2, free). 995-9439. [map]


 1 p.m. 

Open Gym: Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor.

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Come join the FLIPS, TWISTS & FUN at Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor during Open Gym every Saturday from 1pm-2:30pm! Cost is $10 for 1.5 hours of uninstructed play time. Must have a signed consent form to participate, provided at the office if you are new to the gym! Children under 5 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Children 18 months or younger are FREE!
(Cash ONLY please if paying less than $14)
Champion Gymnastics Ann Arbor, 7240 Jackson Rd. $10. 734-222-1810. cga2@champgymaa.com https://www.champgymaa.com/open-gym [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

Pilates Class: Club Pilates Washtenaw.

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Come join us this month for a FREE Intro class. Have you heard from your friends about Pilates, maybe you have read about it or just looking for a new fitness routine. Our intro class is a 30 minute session that will jump start your fitness journey and get you back on track to tone and strengthen your body!
We have a few different times you can pick from this month! Looking for something during the afternoon? Join us Tuesday at 12:30 pm, Wednesday at 11:30 am, Friday at 12 pm or Saturday at 1 pm. Maybe you are a night person? Join us on Tuesday at 7:30 pm.
Give a call to the studio today at 734-887-1938 and we can help you find the perfect time and day for you! But hurry now, $0 enrollment is going on and it wont last long!!
Club Pilates Washtenaw, 3370 Washtenaw Ave. Free. 734-887-1938. http://www2.clubpilates.com/landing-page/cpnewoffer/?ref=34876&lp=freedemo&cid=5620&_ga=2.58575338.1984322422.1581439026-721405012.1564505725 [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Gymnastics vs. Illinois-Chicago & Northern Illinois.

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This month's schedule also includes meets vs. Oklahoma (Feb. 15, 1 p.m.) and Minnesota (Feb. 29, 1 p.m.).
Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Free. 764-0247.


 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show off animals native to the African continent, including the African crested porcupine (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, presentations every half hour of animals TBA and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including a sloth, a kangaroo, bald eagle, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 (ages 2-12, $8; ages 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Dinosaur Camp!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activities and themed games for grades K-5
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Goodbye My Love, North Korea": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies.

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(Kim Soyoung, 2019). Documentary about 8 young North Koreans who became political exiles in Eurasia after the Korean war.
1 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 764-1825. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Nalbinding": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local crafter Beth Battey leads a hands-on demo of this durable & flexible ancient fabric binding technique known in English as knotless knitting.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 1:30 & 9:20 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 2-3 p.m. 

Argentine Tango Practice: Sophia & El Kronox.

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Every Sat. Tango dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded at 1 p.m. by a lesson ($10).
2-3 p.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (with lesson, free). SophiaTango.com, 634-9629. [map]


 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Sampler": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Every Sat. Docent-led themed tours of the museum. Feb. 1: "Ancient Writing." Feb. 8: "Read and Look: Tickle Tut's Toes," suitable for all ages. Feb. 15: "Rome Through the Eyes of Its Emperors." Feb. 22: "Graffiti as Devotion Along the Nile." Feb. 29: "Fakes, Forgeries, and Really Good Replicas."
2-3 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 764-9304.


 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Indivisible.

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Meeting of this group dedicated to supporting the Democratic Party. With a presentation by A2Zero, a group that aims to make Ann Arbor carbon neutral by 2030.
3-5 p.m., Sunward Common Housing, 424 Little Lake Dr. Free. news@annarborindivisible.org. [map]


 3 & 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]


 3:30 p.m. 

"Oscar Shorts: Documentary": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of short documentaries 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]


 3:45 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.


 4-7 p.m. 

Canceled: "Icebreakers ^2": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. All invited to play low-key parlor games.
4-7 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Free, beer for sale. (989) 455-4484. [map]


 4:15 & 9:25 p.m. 

"Parasite: Color": State Theater.

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(Bong Joon-ho, 2019). Satirical black comedy thriller. Korean, subtitles.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


 4:25 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.


 4:30 p.m. 

"Bløm Makers Series: Truffle + Mead Valentine's Workshop": Bløm Meadworks.

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Break out of your Valentine's mold! We're partnering with Mindo Chocolate Makers to offer a mead and truffle workshop here in the taproom. During the class, you'll learn how chocolate is made, work with the instructor to create your own truffles, then sit back and enjoy the truffle flight you created with a flight of Bløm meads and ciders! We'll be focusing on spiced winter flavors.
The workshop includes everything needed to create four truffles, a flight of four meads, and 10% off to-go products!
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S 4th Ave Suite 110. $30. hello@drinkblom.com http://www.drinkblom.com/events/2019/12/14/valentines-workshop-2020 [map]



 4:35, 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.


 5:30-11 p.m. 

"Masquerade Ball: Fasching Dinner/Dance": Greater Beneficial Union Chapter 630.

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Traditional German dinner (sauerbraten, spätzle, red cabbage, tossed salad, and bread), followed by dancing to traditional German music by the Rhinelander Band. Costume contest with prizes. Coffee, cake, beer, wine, and pop. Fasching is the German equivalent of Mardi Gras.
5:30-11 p.m., Zal Gaz Grotto, 2070 W. Stadium. $30. Preregistration required via phone call to Marianne Rauer at 954-0057 or Traudel Kummer at 913-9371. [map]


 6 p.m. 

"The Curse Of The Hopeless Diamond--Dinner Theater"

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Looking for a fun night out? Put on your detective hat and join us for dinner at Whispering Pines Golf Course this February! Pinckney Players is proud to present The Curse of the Hopeless Diamond where YOU can help our zany detectives figure out WHODUNIT! Ticket price includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and a hilarious, audience-participation murder mystery show.

Dates:
Friday, February 14, 2020
Saturday, February 15, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Sunday, February 23, 2020

FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SHOWS (February 14, 15 and 22)
Venue/Cash Bar opens at 6:00 pm
Buffet dinner at 6:30 pm
Show starts at 7:30 pm

FOR SUNDAY MATINEE (February 23)
Venue/Cash Bar opens at 12:30 pm
Buffet dinner at 1:00 pm
Show starts at 2:00 pm

General Admission ticket price: $35 can be purchased by visiting www.pinckneyplayers.com (tickets on sale January 13, 2020)

If you would like to reserve a table of 8 for $30/ticket, please contact Ann
Whispering Pines Golf Course, Pinckney. $35. amy.goble@yahoo.com. amy.goble@yahoo.com www.pinckneyplayers.com



 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Through the Other End of the Looking Glass": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room.

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Apr. 4 & 18. Local amateur philosopher G. Arthur Weidman discusses metaphysics & emotional intelligence.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free. 665-2757. [map]


 6:30 p.m. 

Daddy-Daughter Dance: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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Girls, accompanied by their dad (or grandfather, uncle, or other man), invited for dancing, face painting, a balloon drop, and more. Refreshments. Preregistration required online at parksonline.ewashtenaw.org.
6:30 p.m., Meri Lou Murray Recreation Center, 2960 Washtenaw. $20 per couple (each additional child, $5). 971-6355 ext. 0. [map]


 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Date Night: Cheese & Beer": Zingerman's Creamery.

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


 6:45 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]


 7-10 p.m. 

"Safehouse Center Fundraiser - Music!"

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Come help us raise funds for Safehouse Center and enjoy this fabulous lineup of Ypsi talent! Thanks to all the ladies for participating! Ceolsige, Amy Grace, Alice Oakes, Shannon Lee, Coty Lynn, Ashlyn Zarate!! Oh what a night!
$5 pints for Ladies from 7-10! 20% of proceeds will go to Safehouse Center. Lets work together to foster a community free of domestic violence and sexual assault!
Triple Goddess Tasting Room, 93 Ecorse Rd., Ypsilanti. $5 pints for Ladies from 7-10! 20% of proceeds will go to Safehouse Center.. (734) 277-4063. https://www.facebook.com/events/2547360392209957/ [map]



 7 p.m.  Free! 

Nessa: First Presbyterian Church.

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Jazz-Celtic fusion with elements of pop, folk, and chamber music by this local band led by singer-flutist Kelly McDermott, with bassist and didgeridoo player Rob Crozier, guitarist Dan Palmer, keyboardist Brian Brill, drummer Rick Beamon, and percussionist Mike List. Their recently released CD, Otherworld, celebrates powerful women.
FPC, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free, but donations accepted for Ozone House. 662-4466. [map]


 7 p.m. 

"Fiddler on the Roof": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Elizabeth Champion directs students in Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick's beloved, heartwarming musical, based on stories by celebrated Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, about life in a small Russian Jewish community around 1900. The popular score's many familiar songs include "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "To Life."
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Dexter High School Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker at Shield, Dexter. Tickets $15 (students & seniors, $10) at the door only. 424-4240. [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 EMUtix.com, by phone (487-2282), and at the door. 487-1220.


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Spring Awakening": U-M Basement Arts.

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Feb. 14 & 15. U-M students perform Frank Wedekind's seminal 1891 drama about a group of German adolescents whose sexual awakening is warped and thwarted by bourgeois adult society.
7 p.m. (Feb. 14 & 15) & 11 p.m. (Feb. 14), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin. Free. Facebook.com/BasementArts. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

3rd Saturday Contra Dance: Pittsfield Grange.

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Rick Szumski calls to music by Nutshell. No partner needed; beginners welcome. Bring clean shoes for dancing. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lesson.
7:30-10:30 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Pay what you can; $10 suggested. 476-4650. [map]


 7:30 & 10 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 etix.com 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. 

"Trivia with Cats": Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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Ages 18 & older invited to play trivia and cuddle with adoptable cats. Drinks & popcorn. Admission includes 2 beer and wine tickets (ages 21 & over only). Bring your own nonalcoholic beverages, if you wish.
7:30 p.m., Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson Rd. (ste. A1). $15, preregistration available at tinylions.org/trivia. 661-3575. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Joshua Davis: The Ark.

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Americana folk-rock originals by a trio led by former Steppin' in It frontman Davis, a finalist in the 2014-2015 season of The Voice. He brings a new album, Live at the Robin.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $30 in advance at theark.org & at the door. 761-1451. [map]



 8 p.m. 

Mavis Staples: The Ark.

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This legendary gospel, soul, and R&B diva possesses a quintessentially gospel voice that many of her peers--from Bob Dylan to Prince--have found stirring. With its trademark blend of awesome power and shimmering grace, punctuated here and there with a startling growl, her singing invokes a revelatory luminance that, in her words, will "leave people feeling better than I found them." Tonight's show is a benefit for the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church breakfast program.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $45-$150 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Apple Season": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 31- Feb. 23. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere of Oregon-based playwright E. M. Lewis's family drama about a woman's tangled past that resurfaces after her father dies. Stars Alysia Kolascz, Matthew Swift, & Jeremy Kucharek.
Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron. Tickets $22 in advance at Artful.Ly/Theatre-Nova and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Hansel and Gretel": Comic Opera Guild.

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Feb. 14-16. COG member Claudia Wier directs this veteran local company in COG founder Thomas Petiet's adaptation of Humperdinck's classic opera based off the Grimm fairy tale. In this version, set in 1983, a brother and sister are lured into an ostentatious inner-city home by a Mercedes owning witch. Cast: Olivia Ericsson, Amanda Williams, Leslie Naeve, Chris Grapentine, Jamie Sharp, Cecilia Kowara, & Karen Albert.
Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students, $12) available at a2tix.com. 973-3264. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Mr. B's Annual Birthday Bounce": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Popular annual concert by world-renowned local blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun, an exuberant, powerful performer whose repertoire includes both boogie-woogie and blues classics, along with some originals in the same vein.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$40 (students, $10) in advance at a2tix.com & at the door. 769-2999. [map]
 


 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Feb. 8, 15, 22, & 29. Comedic improv by experienced local performers, including the resident League of Pointless Improvisers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.). (989) 455-4484. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Proof": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Fri.-Sun., Feb. 7-16. Alex Duncan directs local actors in David Auburn's 2000 Pulitzer-winning drama about love and reconciliation. The play follows a woman, her sister, and an unexpected suitor who appears after their mathematician father's death. Stars Hannah Stoloff, Sara Long, Emmett Mix, and Daniel Dye.
8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann. Tickets $16.50 in advance at a2ct.org and, if available, at the door. 971-2228. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Small Acts": U-M Residential College Players.

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Feb. 14-15. RC students direct & perform in this annual showcase featuring 5-10 student written & published monologues & songs.
East Quad Keene Theater, 701 East University. Pay what you can. 647-4354. [map]


 9:45 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). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Nick Small

Versatile local young singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Eagle Crest: Lady Sunshine & the X Band Lady Sunshine

Popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. The band has a new CD, Big Sexee. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Trembling Earth

Manchester-based blues-inflected folk-rock jam band. Openers: Sometimes Pretty, a local rock quartet, and Saturday Night Gangster, a local classic rock quartet. $7 ($12 at the door)> [venue info]

Blue LLama: DThree Plus Two

Detroit jazz trio led by drummer David Alvarez III. With keyboardistt Corey Kendrick & bassist Brian Juarez. 11 p.m. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Shahida Nurullah & Good Company

Quartet led by Nurullah, a big-voiced Detroit jazz singer who specializes in blues, ballads, and pop standards. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Paul's Big Radio

Rootsy country-pop band led by local singer-songwriter Paul Lippens. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: John Churchville

Local tabla player, accompanied by several musician friends, who plays Indian classical, light classical, fusion, and folk music. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Atomic Radio

Detroit quartet that plays 70s-90s rock and pop favorites. [venue info]

Mash: Jason Dean

Local postmodern pop singer-songwriter. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer-guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Old Town: Paul's Big Radio Paul’s Big Radio

Rootsy country-pop band led by local singer-songwriter Paul Lippens. [venue info]

Silvio's Organic Pizza: Rebetiko Detroit

Detroit ensemble that plays rebetiko, a blues-like type of urban folk song born in the underworld cafes of Asia Minor that eventually achieved great popularity throughout Turkey and Greece. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Colin Murphy & Anna Lee's Company

Local blues- and funk-inflected folk-rock quintet whose influences range from the Band and Little Feat to Martin Medeski & Wood and Old Crow Medicine Show. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Brown, Falk, & Groth

A mix of originals and offbeat covers by this veteran Michigan Americana roots music trio whose music runs the gamut from country, bluegrass, & folk to blues, & jazz. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Mike Ball & Madcat Ruth

Ball, a veteran Whitmore Lake singer-songwriter known for his quirky, funny, and sometimes heartrending blues and folk-style originals, is joined by Ruth, the world-class Ann Arbor harmonica wizard whose repertoire embraces folk, rock, and jazz. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Rochelle Clark & Jason Dennie.

Bluegrass-based Americana duo. [venue info]

 
 


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