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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 27, 2020

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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

"Images of Incarceration": U-M Residential College Photography Exhibition:.

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Ashley Hunt directs the program in Photography and Media at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. The exhibition includes a selection of images from Hunt's project "Degrees of Visibility"-a large body of landscape studies that focus on the spaces that surround prisons, jails, and detention centers across the country. Steph Foster recently received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and currently teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. His work in the exhibition includes both photography and videos that examine race, incarceration, and industry, from personal stories to the American Correctional Association's trade show.
Free and open to the public, February 21 - April 9th, Monday - Friday 10am-5pm.
Residential College Art Gallery, 701 East University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Winter Democratic Rides": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon.-Fri. Assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
meet at Bird Hills parking lot, 1951 Newport. Free. 347-1259. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Mah-Jongg: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. All seniors invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards. Beginners welcome.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 332-1874. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Storytime": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Stories, crafts, finger plays, a tour of the adoptable cat area, and a dog meet and greet. For kids ages 2-5 (with caregiver).
10:30 a.m., Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $5 per child (babies under age 1, free). 662-5585. [map]

 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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


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


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


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

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

 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]


"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. [map]


Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Thurs. All ages invited to play non-sanctioned (Mon.) & ACBL-sanctioned (Wed. & Thurs.) duplicate bridge. Bring a partner. Refreshments.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $3 (members, $2). 794-6250. [map]

 Noon-1:30  Free! 

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

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

 12:30-4:30 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 p.m.  Free! 

"Work in Progress Screening & Discussion: ?װער װעט בלײַבן (Ver Vet Blaybn?) Who Will Remain?": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project
Christa Whitney will present a work-in-progress version of Ver Vet Blaybn? Who Will Remain?, an hour-long documentary following Israeli actress Hadas Kalderon as she retraces the extraordinary life journey of her grandfather, the renowned Yiddish writer Avrom Sutzkever. Drawing on archival footage, never-before-seen home videos, and interviews from the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Ver Vet Blaybn? Who Will Remain? is a personal and poetic tribute to one of our greatest and most courageous Yiddish writers.
Thayer Building, Room 2022, 202 S. Thayer St. Free. 7347639047. [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 or (734) 531-8796 for more information.
SUN SHEN, 2466 E. Stadium Blvd. $55/month, $17/drop-in. (734) 531-8796. [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.

 3-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Crafting Group: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Bring your own craft to work on.
2401 Plymouth. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Grassroots Perspectives on Business & Human Rights: Insights from 'Tethered Fates': U-M Donia Human Rights Center.

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University of Connecticut political science professor Shareen Hertel discusses the various levels of impact that global supply chains may have.
110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 615-8482. [map]

 4:10 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)., 668-TIME. [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)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Carbon vs Carbon Dioxide: Using Carbon-Based Organic Electronics for a More Sustainable Planet": U-M Annual Henry Russel Lecture.

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Talk by U-M physics professor Stephen Forrest. The Russel Award is the U-M's highest honor, awarded annually to a faculty member who is especially distinguished in his or her field. Reception follows.
Rackham Amphitheatre. Free. 615-0520. [map]

 4:35, 7:10, & 9:15 p.m. 

"1917": State Theater.

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(Sam Mendes, 2019). World War I action involving 2 British soldiers, an impossible task, and a race against time.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 4:45 p.m. 

"Olympic Dreams": State Theater.

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(Jeremy Teicher, 2020). Drama about a budding romance that takes place in the Olympic athletes village.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play popular board games (list available at "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. [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. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

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

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

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Color Trends 2020": Meadowlark Design + Build.

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Learn about the concepts & inspiration behind Color Trends 2020 and Benjamin Moore's Color of The Year. Join Meadowlark and Benjamin Moore as they take a look at color throughout the decades and where we are headed for 2020.
Presented by Beth Maguire, Architectural and DesignRepresentative for Benjamin Moore. Refreshments will be served.
5:30 PM: Check in/Meet and Mingle
6:00: Presentation
7:00: Q & A
Meadowlark B, 3250 W. Liberty Road. Free. 732-332-1500. [map]

 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Pin-Up Women": Argus Museum.

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Opening reception for this exhibit of multimedia works exploring the significance of the laundry line. Featuring Ann Arbor Women Artists members Susan Lawless, Sophie Grillet, Daniela Gobetti, and Sally Silvennoinen.
Exhibit runs Feb. 27-Apr. 24, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
5:30-8 p.m., Argus Museum, 525 W. William. Free. 769-0770. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

"Pin-up Women" Photography Exhibition: Argus Museum/Washtenaw County & AAWA.

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The photography exhibition examines the charm, individuality, abstract forms and eco-futurism of the laundry line with work featuring AAWA artists Susan Lawless, Sophie Grillet, Daniela Gobetti and Sally Silvennoinen. Join us for the opening at the Argus Museum, February 27, 5:30-8:00 pm. The show runs through April 24th M-F 9-5 at the Argus Museum located in the Argus I Building, 525 W William, Ann Arbor 48103 (734) 769 0770.
Argus Museum, Argus I Building, 525 West William Street. Donation. [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
NKFM Ann Arbor Office, 1169 Oak Valley Rd. Free. 734-222-9800. [map]

 6-11 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
6-11 p.m., Espresso Royale, 324 S. State. Free. [map]

 6:15-7:15 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. [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. 

"Cheese 101": Zingerman's Creamery.

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Discussion & tasting of the 7 major varieties of cheese. With bread and other accompaniments.
Zingerman's Creamery, 3723 Plaza Dr. $40, preregistration required. 929-0500. [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)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 7 p.m. 

"Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band": State Theater.

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(Daniel Roher, 2020). Documentary about the Robertson's young life and friendship with 4 other men who would become his band mates.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.

 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]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lori Rader-Day: Nicola's Books.

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This Chicago-based mystery writer reads from her new novel, The Lucky One, about a young woman who recognizes the man who kidnapped her as a child and sets off to find him before he hurts someone else.
7-8:30 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate Shopping Mall. Free. 662-0600.

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Preschool Storytimes: Ann Arbor District Library.

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

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

Tues. 10 a.m. (Downtown).

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

Thurs. 7 p.m. (Pittsfield).

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

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Toastmaster International Club Meeting: SpeakOUT!.

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Better your interpersonal & public communication skills, plus polish your leadership proficiency in a small and supportive group setting. SpeakOUT! is an LGBTQ+Allies club - all are truly welcome. Come see what Toastmasters can do for you. Meetings are 1.5 hours. Free for visitors - visitors are always welcome.
Jim Toy Community Center, 319 Braun Ct. Free. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Tracy Zeman & John McCarthy: Literati Bookstore.

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Michigan poet Zeman reads from Empire, her brand-new collection of poems about European settlement and the ecological devastation of the North American prairie. Illinois-based poet McCarthy reads from his 2019 collection Scared Violent Like Horses, which explores the brutality of the Midwest and the beauty in the vulnerability of its landscape. Signing.
7 p.m., Literati, 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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Nov. 1: Saginaw Valley State. 7 p.m. Exhibition game.

Nov. 5: Appalachian State. 7 p.m.

Nov. 12: Creighton. 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 15: Elon. 7 p.m.

Nov. 22: Houston Baptist. 7 p.m.

Dec. 6: Iowa. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 14: Oregon. Noon.

Dec. 21: Presbyterian College. Noon.

Dec. 29: UMass Lowell. 2 p.m.

Jan. 9: Purdue. 7 p.m.

Jan. 22: Penn State. 7 p.m.

Jan. 25: Illinois. Noon.

Feb. 4: Ohio State. 7 p.m.

Feb. 8: MSU. Noon.

Feb. 16: Indiana. 1 p.m.

Feb. 27: Wisconsin. 7 p.m.

Mar. 5: Nebraska. 6:30 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Crisler Center. Ticket prices $15-$60. 764-0247. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Lake Sturgeon: Past, Present, and Future of an Ancient Fish": U-M Museum of Natural History William Farrand Memorial Lecture.

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Panel discussion with U-M paleontology director Matt Friedman, U-M environment & sustainability professor Karen Alofs, and Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians natural resources department director Doug Craven. Preceded at 6 p.m. by hors d'oeuvres and live music by a U-M music ensemble TBA.
1060 MNH, 1105 North University. Free. 764-0480. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Orchestra Night": Ann Arbor Public Schools.

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Gala concert featuring more than 1,000 student performers in orchestras from Ann Arbor middle and high schools.
7 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 994-2252. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sewing Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to get basic sewing help with their unfinished projects or learn how to use the AADL sewing machines. Bring your own sewing machine, if you wish. No experience necessary. Also, local crafter Amber Adams-Fall shows pinning techniques (Mar. 9) and Made by Rae owner Rae Hoekstra shows how to knit neck bands (Mar. 23).
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Slavery Didn't End: Facing the Truth in the Age of Make America Great Again": Ann Arbor District Library.

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New City of Detroit arts & culture director Rochelle Riley, a former award-winning Detroit Free Press columnist, discusses some themes of her 2018 book, The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Vector Lab": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of vector graphics software and make a vinyl sticker.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [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
Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center, 5245 Jackson Rd Ste A1. $10/person. 734-661-3575. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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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. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Joe List: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 27-29. Known for his worrywart persona and cerebral, self-deprecating observational humor, this NYC-based comic has twice appeared on Conan and opened for Louis C.K. during his 2016 international tour. He has a special on the Netflix series The Standups. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $12 (Thurs.) & $16 (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 p.m.  Free! 

"Art of Music": Washtenaw Community Concert Band.

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Chris Heidenreich conducts this 80-member ensemble in selections that celebrate the visual arts, including Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Richard Meyer's Pablo, a tribute to Picasso.
7:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River. Free. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Lady Snowblood": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Toshiya Fujita, 1973). Classic action film about a woman who sets out to avenge her parents after they are killed by a gang of brutal criminals. 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 and at the door. 668-8397. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Mary Poppins": Burns Park Players.

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Feb. 27-29 & Mar. 1. Burns Park elementary students, parents, and friends perform this Disney musical, based on the 1964 film adaptation of P.L. Travers' book about the "practically perfect" magical nanny who transforms the lives of the Banks children in 1910 London. The score includes such favorites as "Chim Chim Cher-ee," and "A Spoonful of Sugar."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) & 2 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $20-$25 (students, $15) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office,, & at the door. 763-8587. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Dinner in America": Michigan Theater.

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(Adam Rehmeier, 2020). Drama about two young people with a mutual obsession over a band, who travel together through America's midwest.
Tickets: $10.50 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8.50; MTF members, $8; weekdays before 6 p.m., $7.50)., 668-TIME.

 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. 

Mike Marshall & Darol Anger: The Ark.

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Since the 1980s, fiddler Anger, a former member of the David Grisman Quintet, and multi-instrumentalist Marshall have crossed boundaries between bluegrass, jazz, world music, and the avant garde. Their duo shows are explosively experimental. With new acoustic music a commonplace these days thanks to the work of Chris Thile and others, it's easy to forget that this pair did much to create the genre.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8-9:30 p.m. 

"Lungs": Kickshaw Theatre.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 27-Mar. 15. Paige Conway directs local actors in British playwright Duncan Macmillan's smart and funny drama, which follows a modern couple through the surprising lifecycle of their relationship. Stars Claire Joliffe and Nick Yocum.
8-9:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2-3:30 p.m. (Sun.), trustArt Studios, 7885 Jackson Rd. Tickets $15-$30 in advance at & at the door. 203-0556. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

"New Opera Workshop: Tales from the Briar Patch": U-M School of Music.

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Workshop reading of American composers Nkeiru Okoye and Carman Moore's opera Tales from the Briar Patch, a work-in-progress that retells the traditional Bre'r Rabbit stories. Followed by conversation with the composers and audience feedback.
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 and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Real Inspector Hound": PTD Productions.

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Feb. 27-29, Mar. 1, & Mar. 4-7. Tim Henning directs local actors in Tom Stoppard's play-within-a-play farce in which two critics go to see the premiere of an extravagantly stereotypical murder mystery. One of the critics becomes so involved that he ends up in the play he's supposedly watching.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Wed. & Sun.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12; Thurs. only, pay what you can) in advance at, by phone, & at the door. 483-7345. [map]

 9:45 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)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Cam'ron

Renowned veteran hip-hop rapper from Harlem. $25. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Great Lakes Performing Artists Benefit

2 shows. The early show features boogie-woogie & blues pianist Mark "Mr. B" Braun, the chambergrass quartet Westbound Situation, and the Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet world-music-based jazz ensemble. The late show features classical vocalist Alice McAllister Tillman, the U-M music faculty trio Vox3Machina, and singer-songwriter Abigail Stauffer with Dave the Cellist. $125 includes 3- course tasting menu & 2 house beers or wines. 5 & 8 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Dave Menzo

This local pop-rock singer-songwriter uses guitar, bass, synths, and other electronics to improvise instrumental tracks on the spot to sing with. His recent CD, Shhh, is a collection of cinematic soundscapes created entirely with acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments from the Ann Arbor District Library Music Tools collection. Photo: Myra Klarman. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Mr. B.

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

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

A wide range of jazz and jazzed-up popular music, from the 1920s to the present, by this all-star local quartet. With trumpeter Ross Huff, pianist Giancarlo Aversa, bassist Brennan Andes, and drummer Wes Fritzemeier. [venue info]

Mash: Fangs & Twang

Ypsilanti trio from Black Jake & the Carnies that plays twangy, high- energy country rock, with songs about vampires, mummies, and other fantastical creatures. [venue info]

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network"

All guitarists invited for a weekly jam session and group lesson that concludes with a group performance. 7:30-9 p.m. [venue info]

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

Hosted by The Martindales, a local band led by singer- guitarist Brian Brickley that plays blues and rock covers and originals. All electric musicians invited. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Pete Bullard & the Zou Animals

Blues, swing, and rockabilly by an ensemble led by veteran local guitarist Bullard. [venue info]


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