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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 7, 2022






 
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U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium.

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Every Fri.-Sun.(except Jan. 1) & Jan. 17. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. The Sky Tonight (Fri.-Sun., 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.; Jan 17, 11:15 a.m. and 12:45 & 2:15 p.m.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? (Fri.-Sun., 11:30 a.m.; Jan. 17, noon and 1:30 & 3 p.m.) explores the impact of an asteroid 66 million years ago, with footage from the first iridium layer found in Gubbio, Italy. Includes a brief star talk. Little Star that Could (Jan. 17, noon, 10:30 a.m.) tells the story of an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Suitable for all ages 3-8. Includes a brief star talk. Big Astronomy (Fri.-Sun., 1:30 p.m.) focuses on 3 of the world's largest observatories in Chile's rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert. Includes an abbreviated star talk.
U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. $8. Masks required. 764-0478. [map]


 8 a.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]


 Noon-12:30 p.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 200 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords. Kids welcome.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. ofGlobal@aol.com. [map]


 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 bpatton@a2gov.org or call 794-6250. [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 info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 TBA.  Free! 

Scrabble: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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All seniors invited to play. Available if there is sufficient interest; call ahead.
2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 12:30-4 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 bpatton@a2gov.org 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 info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Bridge: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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Every Tues. & Fri. if there is sufficient interest; call ahead.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, info.tswp@umich.edu. [map]


 1-4 p.m. or so. 

Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Partners required on Fridays only. If you plan to come without a partner on Tuesday or Thursday, email ronmeade@comcast.net beforehand. Refreshments available.
Games start at 1-4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:50 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. Masks required. ronmeade@comcast.net. [map]


 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre: Turner Senior Wellness Center.

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2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353. [map]


 4:15 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Clements Library Tour.

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Hour-long docent-led tour of the early American history collection featuring Benjamin West's iconic painting The Death of General Wolfe, a Revolutionary War-era trunk that once housed British commander-in-chief Thomas Gage's papers, and more.
Clements Library, 909 S. University. Free, preregister at myumi.ch/Aw9Zb. 764-2347. [map]


 4:30-6 p.m.  Free!  Online 

U-M Center for South Asian Studies.

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Jan. 7 & 28. Talks (via Zoom) by national scholars. Jan. 7: Stanford University art history professor Usha Iyer on "Bombay Cinema and the Caribbean: Rhythmic Flows and Cultural Migrations Across Creolized Geographies." Jan. 28: "Spatializing Islam During the Early Cold War," a talk by MSU English professor Cara Cilano on the emergence of the Pakistani state.
For URL see events.umich.edu/group/3273. Free. csas@umich.edu.


 4:30-5:30 p.m.  Online 

"First Friday Happy Hour.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Monthly gathering (via Zoom) with guest hosts TBA.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see olli-umich.org or call 998-9351.


 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Edwards' Poetry Reading Series: U-M Creative Writing MFA Program.

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Reading by creative writing grad students, including poets Amanda Hayes, Tamar Ashdot, and Sara Abou Rashed, and fiction writer Seanie Civale.
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Event also streamed. For URL, see drinkblom.com/events/poetry-reading-jan7. Free. Proof of vaccination required. 548-9729. [map]


 6:30-7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

First Friday Shabbat: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited to a brief livestreamed Shabbat observance with secular readings, candle lighting, wine rituals, challah, and Yahrzeit observance to remember loved ones.
For URL preregister at JewishCulturalSociety.org/shabbat. Free, but donations accepted. 975-9872.


 6:30-10 p.m.  Free! 

Game Night.: The Tech Brewery.

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Jan. 7 & 21. All invited to play any type of tabletop game, including board games, role playing, and card games. Bring your own game, or use one provided. Bring your own snacks and beverages, as wel
The Tech Brewery, 1327 Jones Dr., ste. #106. Free. victor@LHPress.com. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m. 

"First Friday Open Hours for Adults": The Creature Conservancy.

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All ages 18 & up invited to meet a sloth, a tegu, a macaw and a red-footed tortoise. Also, the chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including porcupines, muntjacs, and more.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $10 in advance only at TheCreatureConservancy.org (capacity limited). 929-9324. [map]


 7 p.m.  Online 

"Poetry Reading with Ginny Bentz.": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Online poetry sharing session hosted by this local editor.
Free for members. $25 annual membership. For more information and to register, see olli-umich.org or call 998-9351.


 7:30 p.m. 

Nore Davis: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 7-8. Sharp, clean New York comic who presents fresh angles on relatable topics in a warm, punchy style. His subjects range from the struggles of being a millennial to math to why Black people should take up archery. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
7:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 10 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $15 reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $17 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]


 8 p.m. (postponed to March 27) 

Houston Person: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This 87-year-old jazz tenor saxophonist's strong driving melodies with a dose of soul spring from the lineage of such tenor sax titans as Illinois Jacquet, whom he names a key influence. Tonight, he's backed by pianist Pat Cronley, bassist Paul Keller, and drummer David Taylor.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Livestream available at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Tickets $20-$100 in advance online and at the door. Tickets are being sold at 60% capacity. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth": University Musical Society.

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This new work, a collaboration between choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham and electronic music producer and composer Jlin, reimagines Mozart's Requiem in D minor, exploring its themes of death and reincarnation from an explicitly Black perspective. Abraham's work, drawing on the vocabularies of classical ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, and street dance has been praised for its hybrid of traditional and vernacular styles and its rich dialogue between internal emotions and shared experiences. Jlin, a composer Spin calls "strikingly original," recasts Mozart's music as an electronic dance piece, employing 1990s Chicago house and street dance styles. The work was called "touching," "wild and funny," and "great art" by German dance critics when it debuted in Hamburg last spring.
Power Center. Tickets $30-57 (students $12-20), in advance at tickets.ums.org, at the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid-19 PCR test) required. 764-2538. [map]


 8:30-10:30 p.m. 

Social Dance: The Dance Pavilion.

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Every Tues. & Fri. Ballroom dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded from 8-8:30 p.m. by practice (Tues.) or a group lesson (Fri.). Bottled water & chips provided.
8:30-9:30 p.m. (Tues.) & 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Fri.), 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. $12 (Tues.) & $15 (Fri.). TheDancePavilion.com, 369-9700. [map]


 10 p.m. 

"Cowboy Bebop: The Movie": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of Shinichiro Watanabe's 2002 post-apocalyptic sci-fi anime set on Mars in 2071. In Japanese, with subtitles.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10.50 (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. Proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12; masks required when not seated in theater. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 8 p.m. 

Event Cancelled: David Vaughn: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Singer-songwriter and pianist, the former FUMC music director's repertoire spans opera, Broadway, gospel, R&B, and the great American songbook.
8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. $15 in advance at GreenWoodCoffeeHouse.org or phone 665-8558 (leave a message with your name, performance date, & # of tickets), and at the door. Mask and proof of vaccination required. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ark: Jorma Kaukonen

A founding member of Jefferson Airplane and a leader of the early 70s progressive blues band Hot Tuna, Kaukonen is a brilliant guitarist whose playing blends the fingerpicking style of Piedmont blues master Reverend Gary Davis with the deep resonance of the Delta blues. His 2002 CD Blue Country Heart added old-time country classics from the 20s and 30s to his repertoire, and his recent CD, Ain't in No Hurry, features a lost Woody Guthrie lyric set to music by Kaukonen and producer Larry Campbell as well as a killer version of the standard "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out." "Kaukonen's voice is a ticket to the rural past, his relaxed phrases making the most of an expressive, tight range and dust-coated tone," says Boston Phoenix reviewer Ted Drozdowski. $40. [venue info]

Blind Pig: GVO

Detroit hip-hop collective. $10. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Aris Chalin Trio

Jazz trio led by this young local pianist. [venue info]

Club Above: Latin Night

DJ dance party. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Eventjazz

Jazz originals and standards by a local ensemble led by singer- bassist Rob Crozier. [venue info]

Live: Saints of Soul

Detroit R&B, soul, and funk septet fronted by vocalist Sorilbran Stone. [venue info]

Lo-Fi: 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. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Mash: Reeds & Steel Reeds & Steel

Acoustic jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by the duo of duo of singer and harmomica player Michael May and a guitarist TBA. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: The Scott Martin Band

Canton alt-country-rock quartet led by singer-songwriter Martin. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Deep Steam

Ypsilanti quartet that plays jazz, rock, and soul covers, along with some originals. The ban is joined tonight by Canton singer-songwriter Chris McGorey. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Pearl Street String Band

Versatile acoustic quartet whose repertoire includes traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and airs from Irish, French-Canadian, New England and Southern/old-time sources, and more. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Kinks & the Krew

Robert Plant tribute band led by local drummer-vocalist T. Kinks Heiss. [venue info]

 
 


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