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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 20, 2020






 
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 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"Preschool Hike: Hidden Worlds": WCPARC.

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Naturalist Shawn Severance leads a hike for kids ages 2-4 (with caregiver) to learn about how animals and plants prepare for spring.
10-11 a.m., County Farm Park, 2230 Platt. Free. Preregistration required at ParksOnline.eWashtenaw.org. 971-6337. [map]


 10 a.m. 

"Under the African Sky": Wild Swan Theater.

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A delightful collection of African tales performed through storytelling, acting, dancing, and drumming. Colorful costumes, masks, and traditional music will delight and teach our young fans, with lots of opportunities for audience participation! (Special activities provided by Riverside Art Center's FLY Creativity Lab after the Saturday performance.)
Towsley Auditorium - Morris Lawrence Building - Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $10 - $12. 734-995-0530. wildswan@wildswantheater.org www.wildswantheater.org [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 a.m. 

"Under the African Sky": Wild Swan Theater.

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This award-winning local children's theater presents a series of African folktales. With drumming and other music. Geared toward kids ages 4-10. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members.
10 a.m. (Thurs. & Fri.), 12:30 p.m. (Fri.), & 11 a.m. (Sat.), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River. Tickets $12 (seniors ages 60 & over and kids, $10; lap passes for kids ages 2 & under, $3) in advance at WildSwanTheater.org and at the door. 995-0530. [map]


 10-10:40 a.m.  Free! 

"Yoga for Kids!": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A Super Fun Yoga Time (Pinckney) instructor leads grades preK-2 in some introductory poses.
AADL Westgate, Westgate shopping center. Free. 327-4200.


 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]


 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]


 Noon  Free! 

Robin Beck: Jewish Community Center.

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%stRobin Beck: Jewish Community Center. This verteran area singer performs works by Jewish composers TBA, with her own recorded instrumental accompaniment.
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow. Free. 971-0990. [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]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

Gemini: International Neighbors.

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This popular Ann Arbor acoustic duo of twin brothers Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits performs a program of original songs. All area women invited; child care available for kids 5 & under.
Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Free. International-Neighbors.org. [map]


 1-2:30 p.m. 

Ikebana International.

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An ikebana instructor leads a session of this Japanese style of flower arranging.
1-2:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. $20, preregistration required by Feb. 6 at a2ikebana@gmail.com. 647-7600. [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]



 1-2:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Does Time Stop in the World of Talmud Torah?": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk by Cornell professor of modern Jewish studies Jonathan Boyarin. Boyarin will present his autoethnography of the last yeshiva in NYC's Lower East Side.
1-2:30 p.m., 202 S. Thayer rm. 2022. Free. 763-9047. [map]



 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Drug Trafficking in SE Michigan and The Mule": Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Talk by Detroit DEA agent Kent Kleinschmidt, who worked on the drug trafficking case portrayed in Clint Eastwood's 2018 movie, The Mule.
1 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. Free, reservations requested. MarthaValen@comcast.net. [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 & 9:35 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]


 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Border South": U-M Residential College and U-M Department of Anthropology.

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Award-winning documentary film 'Border South' (2019, 90 min) brings together fragmented stories from Hondurans crossing through southern Mexico to assemble a vivid portrait of the thousands immigrants who disappear along the trail. Based on years of collaborative ethnographic research, this film reveals the immigrants' resilience, ingenuity, and humor while also exposing a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death. U-M alum, John Doering-White, who is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Work at the University of South Carolina, collaborated on the film and will join for the screening and a Q&A with the audience after.
A reception will follow in the lobby of the Keene Theater.
Keene Theater, East Quadrangle, 701 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. rc.communications@umich.edu https://lsa.umich.edu/rc/news-events/all-events.detail.html/71964-17905468.html [map]



 4 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men": U-M Women's Studies Dept.

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Talk by Northwestern University sociology professor Héctor Carrillo.
4 p.m., 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 615-6613. [map]


 4:15 p.m. 

"Parasite: Black & White": 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.


 4:45, 7:20, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Downhill": State Theater.

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(Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, 2020). A husband and wife reevaluate their lives after escaping an avalanche.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free). statetheatrea2.org, 668-TIME.


 5 p.m.  Free! 

"Compassionate Leadership: Creating a Just, Inclusive, and Mindful Society": Barger Leadership Institute.

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BLI Speaker Event with Mirabai Bush
Compassionate Leadership: Creating a Just, Inclusive, and Mindful Society

Globally, nationally, locally-it is not hard to see that the world needs more compassionate leadership. But how do we do it? We are all leaders, and can learn to be more compassionate! Leading with compassion requires us to be aware of both the unique contributions of each person and what we all share as humans. Compassion goes beyond empathy to move us to relieve and prevent the suffering of others. Compassionate leaders inspire and energize others, attract collaboration and creativity, increase trust, make wiser choices. They cultivate the awareness, justice, inclusivity, and kindness we need to guide our actions as a society.

This evening will address the meaning and importance of compassionate leadership in the year 2020 and lead short but effective practices in developing these capacities.

Co-sponsored by CEW+ Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fu
Michigan Union, Pendleton Room, 530 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. Free. 7347648200. bargerinstitute@umich.edu https://www.eventbrite.com/e/compassionate-leadership-creating-a-just-inclusive-and-mindful-society-tickets-93335313435 [map]



 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]


 5-7 p.m.  Free! 

"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. AllHandsActive.org. [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.  Free! 

"Powerful Tools for Caregivers Health Series": National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM).

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Take care of yourself so you can care for others! The NKFM is hosting the "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" health series in Chelsea for the caregivers of people living with chronic diseases. The six-week program, offered at no cost to participants, provides caregivers with tools and coping strategies to manage long-term health challenges.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
NKFM Ann Arbor Office
1169 Oak Valley Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Six weekly sessions start on Thursday, February 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and continue at the same time and place every Thursday through March 26. Participants can join on February 20 or February 27.
Participants learn to:
-decrease stress and cope with emotions
-manage your loved one's difficult behavior
-plan for the future
-take better care of your own health
-communicate better with family, friends, and healthcare providers
-get the help you need from others
To register, call 734-222-9800 or email PATHprograms@nkfm.org.
NKFM Ann Arbor Office, 1169 Oak Valley Rd. Free. 734-222-9800. jwilliams@nkfm.org http://www.nkfm.org/path [map]



 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Catherine Lacey: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this acclaimed Chicago-based author, whose 2018 short story collection, Certain American States, depicts Americans tortured by the mundanity of their lives. Known for her beautifully crafted sentences and understated plots, Lacey creates work that exists "somewhere between prose poem and fugue state," according to the LA Times. Preceded at 3 p.m. by a Q&A.
5:30 p.m., UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State (Q&A, 1176 Angell Hall). Free. 764-6330. [map]


 5:30 p.m. 

Monthly Membership Meeting: Institute of Management Accountants - Ann Arbor Chapter.

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Regional management accountants as well as C-level types meet for food, fellowship, continuing education, and career enhancement. We are an award winning chapter of 200 accountants, financial managers, controllers and chief financial officers of local companies, government entities, and non-profit organizations. Our chapter is part of a global accounting association. Please feel free to check our website. In Michigan the address is annarbor.imanet.org/home and www.imamichigan.org/annarbor/events.html. The global IMA website is www.imanet.org.
Buffalo Wild Wings, 3150 Boardwalk. $10 + cash menu. Angela Combs 734-222-6681. bcable.rsvp@gmail.com https://annarbor.imanet.org/home?ssopc=1 [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! 

Blood Cancer Support Group: Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor.

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Join others facing the unique challenges of living with blood cancer diagnosis in this monthly, drop-in support group. This professionally-facilitated group is open to any adult diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma.
Monthly, Third Thursday of every month, 6 - 7:30 pm
Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, 2010 HOGBACK RD STE 3. Free. 7349752500. info@cancersupportannarbor.org https://www.cancersupportannarbor.org/programs-and-activities/support-groups/ [map]


 6:15-7:15 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! 

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.  Free! 

"3-D Lab: Design & Printing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basic functions of Autodesk Fusion 360-- a collaboration platform for solid-modeling computer-aided-design--and design an object to 3-D print.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]


 6:45 & 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.


 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! 

Euchre Night at Social House South U: Dana M Wines.

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Arbor Brewing Company will be our sponsor for the tournament! Join us from 7pm to 10pm for a points based tournament.
Sign up at the link below.
Social House South U, 1235 South Universoty Ave. Free. 7345481343. danamwines@gmail.com http://bit.ly/EuchreNightAtSocialHouse [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

Literati Bookstore Poetry Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of W.D. Snodgrass's Not For Specialists.
7 p.m., Literati Coffee (upstairs), 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [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.


 7-8:30 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 p.m. 

"Cyrano De Bergerac": Fathom Events.

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Live broadcast of the National Theatre (London) production of Jamie Lloyd's adaption of Edmond Rostand's enduring 1897 tragicomedy about a gallant but ugly swashbuckler who's afraid to declare his feelings to his true love.
Quality 16 (3686 Jackson), Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter).


 7 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.


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"Meet the Cheese: Gouda": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Staffers discuss texture, flavor, & more of this popular cheese. Tastings.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $15, preregistration required. 929-0500. [map]


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Nerd Nite": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Popular monthly event featuring several speakers TBA (at AnnArbor.NerdNite.com) who give fun yet informative 20-minute talks about things that interest them--everything from the ubiquity of artists to the science of healing.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Live, 102 S. First. Free. 327-4200. [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]


 7:10 & 9:45 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! 

Budapest Festival Orchestra: University Musical Society.

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This internationally acclaimed orchestra, founded in 1983 by conductor Iván Fischer, is known for vigorous, spirited performances that are also intelligent and sensitive to detail. Tonight acclaimed violinist Renaud Capuçon joins the orchestra in an all-Dvořák program that includes Legends, Four Choruses, Slavonic Dance in C minor, Violin Concerto in A minor, and Symphony No. 8.
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17-$91 in advance at Tickets.UMS.org, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [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. 

John Roy: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 20-22. This L.A.-based comic, 2003 winner of CBS Star Search, is a frequent performer on network and cable TV. A self-described "fully-grown man who looks like a 12-year-old dressed for recess," his laid-back but incisive observations on contemporary culture, childhood, racial tolerance, and the media are punctuated by energetic character voices, clever dialogue, and the occasional bit of singing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [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]


 7:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Wind Ensemble Concert: Saline High School.

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EMU band director Michael Kaufman conducts SHS wind ensemble (Feb. 19) and the 9th grade wind ensemble & symphonic band (Feb. 20) in programs TBA.
7:30-8:30 p.m., SHS Auditorium, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Free. 401-4394. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Sonnets, Soliloquies, and Soul": U-M Musical Theatre Department.

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Feb. 20-23NYU Tisch School for the Arts drama professor (and former U-M Broadway artist in residence) Michael McElroy directs U-M musical theatre students in his new musical revue, an adaptation of various Shakespeare works reimagined through African American musical idioms such as soul, gospel, jazz, and funk.
U-M Walgreen Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $20 (students, $13) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Tokyo Drifter": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Seijun Suzuki, 1966). Jazzy gangster film about a reformed killer called back to Tokyo to battle a rival gang. Japanese, 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 MichTheater.org and at the door. 668-8397. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

"Yerma" U-M Theatre Department.

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Feb. 20-23. U-M theater professor Malcolm Tulip directs U-M drama students in Federico García Lorca's 1934 drama, which García Lorca called a "tragic poem," about a young Spanish woman, married to please her family, who seeks advice from the town's elders when she is unable to produce a child.
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $24-$30 (students, $13) in advance at tickets.smtd.umich.edu, the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]


 8 p.m. 

Cheryl Wheeler: The Ark.

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Postponed from Feb. 9 to Mar. 5. This versatile veteran singer-songwriter is known for her hauntingly pure voice, biting sense of humor, and alternately poignant and whimsical songs about human relationships and everyday life. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Suzy Bogguss, Nanci Griffith, Maura O'Connell, and Bette Midler. Opening act is Kenny White, a New York City singer-songwriter and pianist who writes frank, funny, sophisticated songs in various genres, including classical, jazz, 60s rock, and country, and who often joins Wheeler on stage. PhotoL Cathleen Joyce.
8 p.m., the Ark, 316 S. Main. $25 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office & theark.org, and at the door. 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.  Free! 

Orpheus Singers: U-M School of Music.

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This music-student choir performs songs on the theme of "love is more than love." Program: selections from Brahms' Liebeslieder, Vaughan Williams' In Windsor Forest, and Persichetti's Flower Songs. Preceded at 7:15 p.m by a lecture on the program.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen 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 purplerosetheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 9:45 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:

 

Conor O'Neill's: Jay Frydenlund

Chirp singer-guitarist who plays rock 'n' roll, blues, and folk covers and originals. [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]

Elks Lodge: "Hip-Hop Open Mike"

All hip-hop artists invited. [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: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [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]

Ypsi Alehouse: Mary Ann Kirt

Pop-folk and indie rock originals by this local singer- guitarist. 7-9 p.m. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Rollie Tussing & Friends Rollie Tussing

Local blues-oriented vocalist and guitar virtuoso is joined by bassist Todd Perkins and drummer Dave Bendena. [venue info]

 
 


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