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Calendar of Events

Monday, February 17, 2020






 
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 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Weekly Meeting: The U-M Club of Ann Arbor.

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Every Mon. All invited to talk sports with other enthusiasts, and listen to featured U-M sports coaches recap the season. Also, a Weber's catered lunch available ($10.75; seniors, $10.25).
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $5 for nonmembers, up to 2 weeks; free for members ($60 annual membership dues). 239-3428. [map]


 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Baby Playgroups": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon-Thurs. Hour-long program for kids up to 24 months (with caregiver). No older siblings, please.

Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Downtown)

Tues. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek)

Wed. 11 a.m. (Pittsfield)

Thurs. 2 p.m. (Westgate) & 6:30 p.m. (Malletts Creek).
Every Mon.-Fri., various locations (see listings for details). Free. 327-4200.


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Volunteer Stewardship Workday: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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Feb. 2, 8, & 17. All invited to help maintain natural areas and remove invasive plants in various city parks. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes; tools, snacks, & know-how provided. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or obtain a release form in advance. Feb. 2: Foxfire West Nature Area, meet at the park entrance on Birchwood Dr. in celebration of World Wetlands Day. Feb. 8: Furstenberg Nature Area, meet at the parking lot off Fuller Rd. Feb. 17: Gallup Park, meet at the park parking lot, just over the wooden bridge.
Various locations. Free. 794-6627.


 4 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]


 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"ToxiCity: Practices of Living Anthropogenic Seas": U-M Science, Technology, & Society.

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University of Pennsylvania anthropology professor Nikhil Anand discusses social and natural changes along Mumbai's coastline.
3100 U-M North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 763-2066. [map]


 4:10 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.


 4:15 & 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.


 4:35, 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 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]


 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Introduction to Linoleum Carving": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to carve an image onto a 3x4 linoleum block and use it to print on a coaster or card. Bring an idea or example of your intended imagery. No experience necessary. Materials provided.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Stitches & Knots: Drop-In Knitting and Crochet": Saline District Library.

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All invited to bring a fiber art project to work on.
6:30-8:30 p.m., SDL Brecon Rm., 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]


 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Gardening Talks: Saline Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

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Nov. 18: Designs by Nature (Laingsburg, MI) owner Vern Stephens on "Native Plants."

Jan. 20: A2 Green Clean owner Kristi Ann Keith on "Green Clean for the Home."

Feb. 17: Saline Parks & Rec secretary Jody Roberts on "The Green Thumb Award Program."

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6:45 p.m., Evangelical Homes of Michigan Community Room, 440 W. Russell, Saline. Free. 429-1107. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Siddhartha": Interfaith Round Table.

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Herman Hesse's masterpiece, "Siddhartha" is a novel that explores the son of a wealthy family who develops a more spiritually based life during the time of the first Buddha. In a time when Americans are questioning the value of materialism, vital issues will be explored by no more than eight participants in a three-week study. The book study will be on a series of Monday nights (7pm-8:30pm) February 3, 10 and 17. The site will be at the home of Dwight L. Wilson, Co-Director of the Interfaith Round Table (1115 Baldwin Avenue, Ann Arbor). Please email dwightlwilson@hotmail.com to RSVP. Free.
Personal Home, 1115 Baldwin Avenue. Free. dwightlwilson@hotmail.com www.irtwc.org [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, 1200 Packard. Tickets $25 (students, buy one get one free) at the door. 997-5448. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Embroiderers' Guild of America.

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Stitchers of all abilities invited to work on their projects together and learn about guild activities. Preceded at 6:45 p.m. by socializing.
Call 330-5724 for meeting location. Free to visitors ($52 annual dues). 994-4385.


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Café Shapiro": U-M Library.

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Feb. 10, 11, 17, 18, & 20. U-M students, nominated by their instructors, read their poems and short stories. Light refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m., U-M Shapiro Undergrad Library Lobby (enter from the Diag). Free. 764-0400.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

3100 U-M North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 763-2066.

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John Dorsey directs this music student ensemble in a program of works by Chris Carmean, Kevin Lepper, Rolando Morales-Matos, Astor Piazzolla, and John Psathas.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0330.


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Stamp Club.

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All invited to a panel discussion by club members of how to assemble a stamp or postal history exhibit. Also, a mini stamp auction.
7:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 100 Arbana (park & enter at the rear of the building). Free. arbor@provide.net, 761-5859. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Hie-Yon Choi: U-M School of Music.

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This world-renowned Korean pianist performs a program TBA.
7:30 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]


 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Percussion Ensemble Concert: EMU Music Department.

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John Dorsey directs this music student ensemble in a program of works by Chris Carmean, Kevin Lepper, Rolando Morales-Matos, Astor Piazzolla, and John Psathas.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. 487-0330.


 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Tartan & Thistle Scottish Country Dancers.

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Every Mon. Jigs, reels, and strathspeys. Usually with live music. All dances taught; beginners welcome.
7:30-9:30 p.m., the Barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $5. 395-7782, 274-0773. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue": Michigan Theater.

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(Miki Dezaki, 2019). Documentary exploring the controversy surrounding the issue of rhe women & girls forced into sex slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army before and during WWII. Post-film director Q&A.
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 p.m.  Free! 

"White-tailed Deer and Michigan Plant Communities: Two Decades of Observations and Reflections": Michigan Botanical Club.

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Talk by local ecological consultant and writer Jacqueline Corteau.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free, metered parking. 647-7600. [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.



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 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]


 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Preschool ArtStart": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Craft activity for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.
AADL Pittsfield, 2359 Oak Valley. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Coworking: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 17 & 26. All individuals or small groups invited to work in this quiet space outfitted with high-speed internet.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 11 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver). Siblings welcome.

Mon. 11 a.m. (Westgate & Malletts Creek).

Tues. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

Wed. 10 a.m. (Malletts Creek), 11 a.m. (Downtown), 1 & 6 p.m. (Westgate).

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

Fri. 10 a.m. (Westgate & Pittsfield).
Various locations, every Mon.-Fri. (see listing). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon-3 p.m. 

Canceled: Social Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy and poker that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards.
Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]


 12:30-3:30 p.m. 

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]


 6-8 p.m. 

Canceled: Euchre: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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


 7:15 & 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]


 8:30-11:30 p.m. 

Canceled: Pub Quiz: Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub.

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Every Mon. Local high school English teacher Barry Aherne throws out questions for anyone to answer at this popular weekly trivia fest. Come with a team (up to 6 people) or join one. Prizes.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. $5 team fee. 665-2968. [map]


 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). michtheater.org, 668-TIME. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Habitat Lounge: Omar Aragones

Detroit electronic R&B and soul singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings

Award-winning 15-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest student ensemble. [venue info]

 
 


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