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Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 12, 2020

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 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

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

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

 10-11:30 a.m. (canceled) 

Canceled: "The Power of Art: Its Impact in SE MI": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Mar. 5), Feb. 20-Apr. 2. Series of 6 weekly lectures.

Feb. 20: U-M dance professor emeritus Peter Sparling on "The Dance of the Paint: Thoughts on an Interdisciplinary Practice."

Feb. 27: U-M museum of natural history project manager Lynne Friman on "The Art & Science of Creating a New Museum."

Mar. 12: U-M art professor Anne Mondro on "Beyond the Studio: Exploring How Artists work with Communities."

Mar. 19: Detroit-based artist Scott Hocking on "Site-Specific Installations and Photography Projects, Detroit & Beyond."

Mar. 26: WSU art history professor emerita Marion "Mame" Jackson on "Recalling the Past, Imagining the Future: Art and the Resurgence of Detroit."

Apr. 2: Detroit Institute of Arts Africa, Oceania, & Indigenous Americas department head Nii Quarcoopome on "From the Grove to the Gallery: A Personal Journey with African Art."
WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. $60 (members, $35) for 6-lecture series; memberships are $25 a year. $10 per lecture for members. 998-9351. [map]

 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. (canceled)  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.

 10 a.m.  Free! 

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

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

 10:30 a.m. (Canceled) 

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

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

 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Toddlertime": Chelsea District Library.

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Every Thurs., except Apr. 30, May 21, & June 11. 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]


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]

 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Gifts of Art Concert Series: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Live music performances. Mar. 5: Jazz by the local Ingrid Racine Trio. Mar. 12: St. Patrick's Day program of Irish music by the area Big Fun Trio. Mar. 19: Instrumental music by U-M music majors. Mar. 26: Chamber works by the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra Ensemble.
Noon-1 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. Free. 936-2787. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Mar. 12 & 26. Talks by visiting academics. Mar. 12: University of Tokyo economics professor Tetsuji Okazaki on "Transition to a Modern Regime and Change in Plant Lifecycles: A Natural Experiment from Meiji Japan." Mar. 26: University of Hong Kong gender studies professor Grace Ting on "Queer Writing x Asia: Japanese, Taiwanese, and Asian American Literary Worlds."
Noon-1:30 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 764-6307. [map]

 Noon  Free! 

"The Inside Story on Elizabeth Parke Firestone's Clothing Collection at Henry Ford": First Presbyterian Church Lunch & Learn.

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Talk EMU historic preservation professor Nancy E. Villa Bryk. For age 60 & up.
FPC, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Free (hot lunch, $5), preregistration requested. 662-4466. [map]

 12:30-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Campus Farm: Food By and For Students": Ann Arbor Farm & Garden.

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U-M campus farm manager Jeremy Moghtader discusses the evolution of this student farm located at the entrance of Matthaei Botanical Gardens.
Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. Free, preregistration required at before Mar. 10, 5 p.m. 635-2247. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m. 

"Natural Disasters: Vulnerability, Resilience, and a Changing World": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Natural disasters losses have accumulated to over four trillion U.S. dollars and nearly three million fatalities in the past four decades. The number of disasters continues to increase, partly due to increases in frequency, size, or extent of the hazards themselves, but also from increasing vulnerability and/or decreasing resiliency of society.
This course will explore vulnerability and resiliency to natural hazards, past and future outlooks, and the role of urbanization and corruption, highlighted by several recent earthquakes and hurricanes.
Mr. Hetland is an associate professor in the UM Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, specializing in natural hazards, effects of climate change, and vulnerability. The Study Group is held Thursdays March 12 through March 26.
UM North Campus Research Complex, Bldg. 10 Auditorium, 2800 Plymouth Road (enter at Bldg. 18). $20 - parking not included. 734-998-9351. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Yiddish and Trauma Studies": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Frankel Institute Fellows: Harriet Murav and Hannah Pollin-Galay and Guest Scholar: Ann Cvetkovich, Carleton University
Trauma studies is an interdisciplinary field exploring not only the psychological effects of traumatic experiences, but also the problem of representing these experiences in language. This panel explores the ways Yiddish culture responded to two definitive instances of collective trauma: the Holocaust and the Russian Civil War. Presenters will discuss Yiddish-language responses to these events and explore how they have shaped individual and cultural identities.
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]

 1:30-3 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Wise Guys": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Thurs. Conversation group for men.
Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Closed Dec. 24-31. Free. 998-9353. [map]

 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

Canceled: Watercolors with Katherine: Saline Area Senior Center.

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You'll be surprised at how easy instructor Katherine Downie makes watercolors. Each session will focus on one or two projects. Contact the senior center for a shopping list. Nonmembers are welcome for $5 extra. Open to anyone 45+.
Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple Rd, Saline. $44. 7344299274. [map]

 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled Baby Playgroups: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Mon.-Fri. (various times): Hour-long program for ages 24 months & under (with caregiver) of 15 minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs followed by open play. No older siblings, please.
AADL Downtown, Mon. 10:30 a.m. Malletts Creek, Tues. 10 a.m. & Thurs. 6:30 p.m. Pittsfield, Wed. 11 a.m. Traverwood, Fri. (except Mar. 6) 10:30 a.m. Westgate, Thurs. (except Mar. 26) 2 p.m. Free. 327-4200.

 4, 6:50, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Portrait of a Lady on Fire": State Theater.

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(Céline Sciamma, 2020). Romantic drama about a French painter commissioned to do a wedding portrait of young woman without her knowing. French, subtitles.
Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME. Town: Ann Arbor.

 4 & 7:15 p.m. 

"Ride Your Wave": Michigan Theater.

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(Masaaki Yuasa, 2020). Japanese anime. Subtitles.
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]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Democratic Survival in the Muslim World": U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.

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Panel discussion with University of Notre Dame political science professor Jaimie Bleck, U-M visiting scholars Hanisah Binte Abdullah San and Sebnem Yardimci-Geyikci, and Lily Zubaidah Rahim, expert on Islam in Southeast Asia at Georgetown University Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Moderated by U-M political science professor Mark Tessler.
1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church St. Free. 764-0351. [map]

 4:15, 7, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Emma": Michigan Theater.

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(Autumn de Wilde, 2020). Film adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved comedy.
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]

 4:20, 7:10, & 9:35 p.m. 

"Greed": State Theater.

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(Michael Winterbottom, 2020). Comedy about a billionaire, who's career is giving out, trying to save his reputation.
State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8, children under 12, free)., 668-TIME.

 4:30 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.

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: Board Game Night: The Loaded Die.

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Every Thursday. 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! 

Canceled: "Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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

 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: "Penny Stamps Speaker Series": U-M School of Art & Design.

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Mar. 12, 19, & 26. Talks by visiting artists. Mar. 12: Environmentalist Alex Dehgan, founder of conservation-oriented tech startup Conservation X Lab, on "Hacking in the 6th Extinction." Mar. 19: Criminal justice reform activist Shaka Senghor on "Writing My Wrongs." Mar. 26: Filmmaker and animator Martha Colburn on her handmade aesthetic, "Rip it Up."
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-8463. [map]

 5:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "Earth Day 2020: Rise Up for the Environment Rally": U-M School for Environment and Sustainability.

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The School for Environment and Sustainability at #UMich is hosting a huge, FREE event on 3/12/2020 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the #UMich event that sparked the first-ever #EarthDay. Join us for "Earth Day 2020: Rise Up for the Environment Rally," with speakers such as Abdul El-Sayed, Naomi Klein, Philippe Cousteau, Little Miss Flint and many more. Claim a free ticket here:
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave,. Free. [map]

 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. 

Canceled: U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Thurs., Sat., Sun., & Mar. 30 & 31 Three all-ages audiovisual planetarium shows.


The Sky Tonight (every hour on the half-hour: Sat. & Sun. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Thurs. 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.; Mar. 30 & 31, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.). An exploration of the current night sky.


"Cosmic Colors" (Sat. & Sun. 10:30 a.m.). An examination of the spectrum of energy we call light. Preceded by a brief star talk.


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

Various times, MNH, 1105 North University. Tickets $8. 764-0478. [map]

 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Grace Lin: U-M English Department Lamstein Children's Literature Lecture.

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Reading by this bestselling author & illustrator of picture books & teen novels who frequently speaks about diversity in children's literature. Signing.
UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

 5:30 p.m. 

Sauerkraut Supper: Saline American Legion.

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

 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

"City on the Edge: Ypsilanti, African Americans., and the World of Work": U-M Center for Social Solutions.

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Join us as Dr. Alford A. Young, Jr. (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Sociology, Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy [by courtesy] at the University of Michigan) explores the themes of his research captured in his latest book, From the Edge of the Ghetto: African Americans and the World of Work. His extensive interviews with the low-income African American community in Ypsilanti bring new insights about perceptions of and preparation for the future of work outside of the major cities and middle to upper-class society. This event will include a brief interview with Dr. Young followed by a panel discussion with Dr. H. Luke Shaefer (Professor of Public Policy and Social Work & Director of Poverty Solutions, University of Michigan) and an additional local community member. Light refreshments will be available after the event in the atrium on the 4th floor.
Forum Hall Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. [map]

 6-10 p.m. 

Dancing with the Michigan Stars.

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Dancing With the Stars-style competition in which ten amateur dancers train and perform with dancing pros. Pairs compete to earn money for the charities of their choice.
6-10 p.m., Marriott Eagles Crest, 1275 S. Huron Street, Ypsilanti. Tickets $160 in advance only at [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]

 6:30-8:30 p.m  Free! 

"Introductory Woodcarving": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to learn the basics of this art form by carving a small object to take home. Also, on Mar. 12, carve a human face into wood.
AADL Downtown Secret Lab, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 6:30-8 p.m. 

"U-M Careers": Ann Arbor District Library.

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A U-M human resources specialist discusses how to search and apply for U-M jobs.
AADL Downtown Training Center. Free. 327-4200.

 6:40 & 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.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

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

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Take some time away from life's stresses with an evening of peaceful, comforting singing. We will teach and lead songs that are easy to learn and sing, including some from The Threshold Choir repertoire. No experience necessary. Please join us on the second Thursday of each month.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd, Ste 1, 48108. Free. 734-327-0270. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Satan of Job in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam": U-M Middle East Studies.

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2020 David Noel Freedman Lecture with Dr. Choon-Leong Seow
The figure known in the Hebrew book of Job as "the satan" appears only the prologue and only up to Job 2:7. Yet there is a rich and diverse history of reception of him among Jewish, Christian, and Islamic interpreters. This lectures explores portrayals of this Satan in different religious traditions, including literary classic and the visual and performing arts.
Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Central Room, 100 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Free. 7347634465. [map]

 7 & 9:15 p.m. 

"Wendy": State Theater.

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(Benh Zeitlin, 2020). Drama loosely based off of Peter Pan.
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! 

Canceled: 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! 

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

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All invited to join a sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
Interfaith Center, 704 Airport. Free. 646-7405. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

Ara Topouzian: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Traditional Armenian music by this Detroit musician who plays the kanun, a Middle Eastern lap harp/zither with over 76 strings, along with a variety of percussion instruments.
AADL Downtown multipurpose rm., 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

C.M. Gleason: Nicola's Books.

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This historical fiction writer discusses Civil War-era Washington D.C. and reads from Murder at the Capitol, her new murder mystery set during the Civil War.
7 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate Shopping Center. Free. 662-0600.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Child Language Development": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local speech pathologist & writer Mehreen Kakwan discusses language milestones for kids ages 1-4.
AADL Traverwood, 3333 Traverwood. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Finding Your Voice": Washtenaw NOW.

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All invited to tell a story on the theme "finding your voice" at this storytelling night, or just listen.
7 p.m., Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Free. 480-2787. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Open Mic & Share": Bookbound.

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Poets invited to read their own work, or a favorite poem by another writer. Also, a reading by a local poet TBA.
7 p.m., Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"Story Night for Adults": Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.

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Four Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members share their stories, including Jeff Doyle on "Happily Ever After," Tom Isaacs with an ancient Irish tale, Judy Schmidt on "Driving Mr. Manfred," and Laura Hayes on traveling with the Ringling Circus. Light dinner, sweets, & tea for sale.
Crazy Wisdom, 114 S. Main. Free, donations accepted. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"UnTrumping America: A Plan to Defeat Trumpism and Make America a Democracy Again": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Pod Save America podcast co-host Dan Pfeiffer discusses his new book. Signing.
AADL Downtown lobby, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4200. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Canceled: 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.
FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. [map]

 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Canceled: Israeli Dancing: Jewish Community Center.

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Every Thurs. Dance instructor Cheryl Feit and DJ Amnon Steiner lead a variety of Israeli dances to recorded music. Easy dances and oldies the first hour, followed by intermediate dances and requests. Beginners welcome. New dances taught each week. Wear soft-soled shoes.
7:30-9:30 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). $5 (students, free). 971-0990. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Matt Braunger: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 12-14. Affable Chicago-based comic, a regular on MADtv during its final season, whose shows blend often dark oddball tales with goofy one-liners. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance at 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. 

"Jeeves Intervenes": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Mar. 12-15. Andrew Jentzen directs local actors in Margaret Raether's 2006 comical adaptation of P.G. Wodehouse's classic stories about a faithful butler in 1920s London. Here he attempts to save his high-society employers from an undesired marriage and an unwanted job in India.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $25 (seniors, $22; students, $12) in advance at, by phone, & at the door. 971-2228. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

"Tampopo": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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(Juzo Itami, 1985). Memorably funny, affectionately satirical tale of a couple's single-minded search for the perfect ramen noodle recipe, with hilarious jabs en route at the yakuza, spaghetti westerns, and human nature. 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]

 8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: Jazz Ensemble Chamber Groups: U-M School of Music.

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Student chamber jazz groups perform music by Oliver Nelson, Art Pepper, Mike Holober, Tony Malaby, Gil Evans, & Ellen Rowe.
8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

Canceled: "An Operatic Cellobration": U-M School of Music.

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Grad student cellist & vocalist Nathaniel Pierce joins 2 music professors--cellist Richard Aaron and pianist Martin Katz--in a performance of excerpts from the operatic repertoire that adds cello to the usual voice & piano mix.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin. Free. 615-3204. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Madcat Midnight Blues Journey: The Ark.

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Quartet of local blues, folk, and jazz veterans consisting of harmonica wizard and multi-instrumentalist Peter Madcat Ruth, guitarist and steel guitarist Drew Howard, bassist Mark Schrock, and drummer Michael Shimmin.
1 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office &, and (if available) at the door. 761-1451. [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. 

"Roadsigns": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan. 16-Mar. 14. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' new play, a lyrical drama about a young poet who, as he embarks on his own life's journey, encounters a rich gallery of characters on the margins of life who are each following a dream, or hoping to bump into one. Cast: David Bendena, Tom Whalen, Richard McWilliams, Rusty Mewha, Ruth Crawford, K. Edmonds, Kristin Shields, and Caitlin Cavanaugh.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat. & Nov. 29), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $32 (Wed.), $28 (Thurs.), $42 (Fri. eve.), $43 (weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance (beginning Dec. 9) at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 9:25 p.m. 

"The Traitor": Michigan Theater.

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(Marco Bellocchio, 2020). Biopic about Tommaso Buscetta, the 1st Sicilian Mafia boss. Italian, subtitles.
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]

 9:45 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.


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Diplomacy

All ages admitted. L.A.-based pop-rock dance duo of Ann Arbor-bred musicians Jack Falahee & Tim Wu. $15 ($20 at the door). 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Orrin Evans Trio

Jazz ensemble led by award-winning Philadelphia pianist Evans. $15- $35. 7 & 9 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Adam Labeaux

An eclectic mix of jazz, folk, soul, funk, and rock originals by this local singer-songwriter. [venue info]

Detroit St. Filling Station: Mr. B

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

Earle: Jake Reichbart

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

Habitat Lounge: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Last Word: The Pherotones The Pherotones

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

Mash: The Urban Legend Trio.

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

Oz's Music Environment: "Guitarist Network."

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

Tap Room: Electric Open Mike

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

Zal Gaz Grotto: West Park Music Society

Canceled. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Rollie Tussing & Friends

Ensemble led by Tussing, a nationally known local guitar virtuoso who specializes in prewar blues and jazz. [venue info]


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