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Calendar of Events

Monday, December 6, 2021

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 10:00 a.m. 

Bridge Class: R.G. Enterprises via City of Ann Arbor at Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Bridge class on Bridge Defense begins 9/20 and runs 13 weeks. Time is 10:00am-11:30am Students need to buy the text "Defense in the 21st Century" by Audrey Grant. Register via phone or in person or online at Ann Arbor Senior Center. For questions, call the Center at 734-794-6250 or email instructor at Masks required.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $130 members, $156 non-members. 7347693994. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon.  Free!  Online 

"Health Justice": U-M Ford School for Public Policy.

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Livestream discussion with Fatima Hassan, a human rights lawyer who founded the Health Justice Initiative in South Africa, and Ford School policymaker-in-residence Abdul El-Sayed, a former Detroit Health Department director.
For URL see Free. 764-3490.

 Noon-3 p.m. 

Mah-Jongg: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. All invited to play this intricate game resembling gin rummy and poker that's played with colorful tiles instead of cards.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $2 (members, free). Masks required. For more information email or call 794-6250. [map]

 Noon-8 p.m. 

Santa: Briarwood Mall.

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Nov. 26-Dec. 24. All kids invited to sit with Santa or visit from a distance; photos available for purchase. Note: Santa takes breaks 3-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat. only.
Mon.-Sat. noon-8 p.m. and Sun. noon-6 p.m., Briarwood Von Maur court. Appointments encouraged at 769-9610. [map]

 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. 30 min. lesson (online and in-person) focusing on gentle Tai Chi for older adults. Beginners welcome.
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [map]

 12:30-3:30 p.m. 

Bridge: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Every Mon. Non-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Bring a partner, or get paired up when you arrive. Beginners welcome.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. $3 (members, $2). For more information, including URLs for virtual events, email or call 794-6250. Masks required. [map]

 12:30-1 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"Walking Off the Pounds.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Mon., Wed., & Fri. Guided steps to walk in place. Online and in person (beginning Sept. 8).
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [map]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

EMU College of Arts & Sciences/History Department "Detroit Theme Year: Civil Rights Film Series."

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Screening of "Loving", Jeff Nichols' 2016 biopic about Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were sent to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.
Student Center Auditorium, 900 Oakwood St. Free. Masks required. 487-3183. [map]

 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Science-in-Vivo: Experimental Methods for the 'Bananapocalypse: U-M Science, Technology, and Society.

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U-M anthropology professor Alyssa Paredes discusses current efforts to control the deadly soil-borne fungal disease that has stumped the global banana industry.
1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. Free. [map]

 5-9 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Area Scrabble Club.

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Every Mon. All invited to play the classic word game, using the 5th edition Scrabble dictionary. Bring your own set, if you like.
Arbor Brewing Company Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti. Free. [map]

 6-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Community Workshop: U-M Prison Creative Arts Program.

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All are invited to join students, transformative justice advocates, and formerly incarcerated individuals in writing and drawing exercises, including working from prompts, with an emphasis on supportive group interaction. Also, livestream workshops (Dec. 2 & 9) available at
East Quad rm. 1807, 701 East University. Free. Masks required.

 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Emerald Flutes in Concert: EMU Music Department.

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Solo and ensemble works TBA by EMU flute students.
EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. Masks required. 487-0294.

 6 p.m. 

Slow Burn Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Integrate breath and movement with this Slow Burn class. During this class, there will be a focus on alignment, strength and flexibility. Flow sequences involve holding certain postures to create internal heat, as you build muscle and stamina.
When you come to the studio, remove your shoes at the door, and place your belongings in the cubbies. You will be checked in at the door. Masks are not required, however if you feel more comfortable wearing one during class, feel free.
Register on our website or on Mindbody.
(Mota Thai Yoga is located at 416 W. Huron Street, across from the YMCA. Mota Thai Yoga shares a parking lot with several businesses including the Yellow Barn. You can park in the parking lot in front of the studio. Look for blue door #22 with a red buddha on it.)
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22. $15. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Ann Arbor Group Runs": Running Fit.

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Every Mon. & Sat. Runners of all abilities invited to join a run of 3-5 miles along varying routes from different Running Fit locations. Also, a speed-training session every Tues. 6 p.m., at 5700 Jackson Rd. Rain or shine.
8 a.m. (Sat.), 5700 Jackson Rd. and 6:30 p.m. (Mon.), 123 E. Liberty. Free. 929-9022 (Sat.) & 769-5016 (Mon.). [map]

 6:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles via Zoom or in person. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free. Online. 7343270270. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Grieve Well During the Holidays": GrieveWell.

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GrieveWell program director Christy Miller, LMSW ACSW will provide information about grief and help you develop a concrete plan for managing grief during the holidays.
Online. Free. 734-975-0238.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

34th Annual Jewish Book Festival: Jewish Community Center.

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Nov. 21-Dec. 16. This annual festival features livestream talks by 24 Jewish authors on their books, ranging from cookbooks, expensive gift books, children's books, and reference books to books by local authors and new titles hot off the presses. (Publishers plan their releases for November, which is Jewish Book Month.) Today: U-M anthropology professor Ruth Behar is joined by Ann Arborite Jennie Lieberman to discuss (via Zoom) her new novel, Letters from Cuba. It's a moving story set in 1937 about a young girl who writes to her father in Cuba, begging him to allow her to leave Poland and join him in his new home.
Various times, online at Free. 971-0990.

 7 p.m.  Online 

James S.A. Corey: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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The New York Times bestselling pseudonymous duo of Daniel Abraham & Ty Franck discuss (via Zoom) their recent book Leviathan Falls, the 9th and final installment in the Hugo award-winning Expanse series, a sprawling space opera about an interstellar war between human factions set hundreds of years in the future.
For URL preregister at $34, includes a copy of the book. 585-5567.

 7 p.m. 

"A Very Merry Nutcracker": Ballet Chelsea.

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Dec. 4-6. Drive-in rebroadcast of a performance by this Chelsea-based company of young dancers (ages 8-18) of The Nutcracker, Tchaikovsky's classic ballet with choreography by artistic director Wendi DuBois. With narration based on E.T.A. Hoffmann's "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." Prerecorded earlier this year at the Chelsea Fairgrounds barn and Sharon Mills Park.
Chelsea Fairgrounds, W. Old US-12 at Manchester Rd., Chelsea. Tickets $30 per car in advance only., 475-3070.

 7 p.m. 

"My Neighbor Totoro": Fathom Events.

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Dubbed (Dec. 5 & 9) and subtitled (Dec. 6) screenings of Hayao Miyazaki's classic Studio Ghibli anime tale about 2 girls who move to the Japanese countryside and befriend strange and delightful nature spirits.
3 p.m. (Sun.) & 7 p.m. (Mon. & Thurs.). Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter, 973-8424). Tickets $12.50 in advance online (recommended) & at the door. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"What Is Being Done to Combat Climate Change? What Is Not Being Done? How Can You Help?": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Talk (via Zoom) by U-M environmental law professor David Uhlmann, a recent nominee to head the EPA enforcement and compliance office. Followed by a panel discussion.
For URL preregister at Free. 665-4744.

 8-9:30 p.m. or so.  Free! 

Comedy Open Mic: The Blind Pig.

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Every Mon. Performances by up to 15 aspiring stand-up comics from around the state. Local comics emcee. To perform, sign up by sending a message on Facebook or Instagram (search "Blind Pig Comedy Show"). Age 21 & up only.
Blind Pig, 208 S. First St. Free. 996-8555. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra: U-M Music School.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this music student ensemble in Brahms' 3rd Symphony, Ravel's La Valse, and Three Latin American Dances, a "dazzling" work according to Classics Today by Gabriela Lena Frank, a contemporary American composer (and U-M grad) know for compositions reflecting her Peruvian heritage that feature what the New York Times describes as "folk melodies woven into high-spirited pieces full of vibrant colors."
Hill Auditorium. Free. Masks required. 764-2538. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Charlie Parr and Dead Horses

Double bill. Parr is a country-blues singer-songwriter from Minnesota whose influences range from Charley Patton and Dock Boggs to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. His repertoire also includes several traditional spirituals, and he accompanies himself on 12-string and resonator guitars, fretless banjo, and his own stomping foot. Dead Horses is an Oshkosh (WI) folk quintet fronted by guitarist Sarah Vos, a singer-songwriter whose engaging coming-of-age story songs are set to music that draws imaginatively on old-time, gospel, bluegrass, and Midwest Americana idioms. They recently opened for The Who. $20. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Paul Keller Orchestra

Award-winning 14-piece big band led by bassist Keller and featuring vocalist Sarah D'Angelo and occasional guest vocalists. Also, each week features a middle set by a guest college student ensemble. [venue info]


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