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Calendar of Events

Saturday, January 8, 2022

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 All day. 

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! 

parkrun USA.

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Every Sat. All invited to join a timed 5-km run/walk.
Lillie Park South, 4365 Platt Rd. Free, but first-timers are requested to preregister at parkrun.US/lillie. [map]

 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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Dec. 11 & 12. ​​About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sat.) & 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Sun.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $5. (517) 546-4710. [map]

 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 

"Winter Campfire Cooking": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Elle Bogle hosts a winter campfire cookout. Cooking gear provided, but bring your own food to prepare. Geared for ages 12 & up.
Independence Lake County Park, 3200 Jennings Rd. $5 per group of 5 people or less. Preregistration required at (search Activity #IL461100). [map]

 10:30-11 a.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. [map]

 12:00 p.m. 

Enlightened Soul Psychic Fair - Jan. 8: Enlightened Soul Center & Shop.

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Join us for a fun-filled day at the Enlightened Soul Center at our twice-monthly ESC Psychic Fairs. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO EXPLORE A VARIETY of readings and energy healing at one time, under one roof!
12:00-7:00 PM
Admission: $5 at the door = FREE gift, FREE snacks, FREE parking
Readings & Energy Work: $2/minute (15-minute minimum)
Cash & credit/debit accepted
READERS for January 8:
1. NEW to the FAIR! Valerie Robinson - Clairvoyant Psychic Medium
2. Monique Peralta - Intuitive Tarot "Bruja"
3. Kat - Intuitive Art Interpretation & Card Reader
4. Nancy Lane - Intuitive Channel & Medical Intuitive
5. Shaila Solshine - The Generational Gypsy & Medium
6. Lucia - Intuitive Psychic Medium
7. Michelle Michael - Psychic Medium & Channel
ENERGY HEALERS for January 8:
1. NEW to the FAIR! Chelsea Disla - Intuitive Reiki & Massage
2. Amy Feger - Visionary Reiki + Soul Retrieval
3. Mary Thomas - White Light Healing
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Enlightened Soul Center, 2711 Carpenter Road, Ann Arbor 48108. 5.00. 734-358-0218. [map]

 Time TBA.  Free! 

U-M Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving vs. Indiana.

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Canham Natatorium, 500 E. Hoover. Free. 764-0247. [map]

 1-3 p.m. 

"Find the Funny Workshop": Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild.

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A great chance to explore what brings a laugh, and how to use it in your own stories, whether for performance or around the kitchen table. Difficult stories can hold more meaning with a balance of humor, and Steve Daut will guide us together to find unexpected sources for funny within any story you tell. This workshop is open to all so find a friend and invite them to join in for the fun of it!
Saturday, January 8, 2022, 1-3pm EST. - Find the Funny - facilitated by Steve Daut
The workshop is free to Guild members. There is a $15 fee for non-members.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Virtual Event, Zoom Meeting. Donation. $15.

 1 p.m. 

U-M Men's Gymnastics.

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The U-M men's gymnastics team, a perennial national power that has won 2 NCAA championships in the past 9 years, vs. Northern Illinois (Jan. 8, 1 p.m.) & Nebraska (Jan. 29, 1 p.m.).
Crisler Center. Tickets TBA at 764-0247. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Online 

"Finding the Funny: Using Humor in Storytelling": Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild.

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An online workshop for tellers facilitated by Steve Daut. 1-3pm. $15 (free for guild members). Preregistration required.

For more information, contact
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Stewardship Saturday": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All invited to help remove invasive shrubs and vines to improve the Fleming Creek and Huron River floodplain. Wear long pants & closed-toe shoes.
Parker Mill County Park, 4650 Geddes Rd. Free. Preregistration required at [map]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Open Hours: All Hands Active.

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Every Sat. All invited to drop in to learn about and use tools, or even just share a project you are working on. Livestream available at
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free; donations welcome.

 2:30 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball.

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The U-M also vs. MSU (Jan. 8, 2:30 p.m.), Purdue (Jan. 11, 9 p.m.), Maryland (Jan. 18, 7 p.m.), and Northwestern (Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.).
Crisler Center. Masks required. Tickets $15 and up at, 764-0247. [map]

 3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Know Obstacles: Oz's Music Environment.

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All invited to play instruments, sing songs, and tell jokes with members of this band for kids and adults with special needs. Spectators welcome.
Oz's Music, 1920 Packard. Free. Masks required. 662-8283. [map]

 5 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey vs. UMass.

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This month's home schedule includes games against UMass (Jan. 8, 5 p.m. & Jan. 9 4 p.m.), and Penn State (Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m. & Jan. 15, 7 p.m.)
Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State. Masks required. Tickets $10 and up at, 764-0247. [map]

 6-7:50 p.m. 

"DJ Skate": Arctic Coliseum.

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Skating to Top 40 music.
6-7:50 p.m., Arctic Coliseum, 501 Coliseum Dr. (off Manchester Rd., 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Old US-12 & M-52), Chelsea. $8 (includes skate & rental). 433-4444. [map]

 7-9 p.m. 

Marlena Studer & Steve Ragsdale: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth Café 704.

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Local duo of Struder, a veteran jazz vocalist known for her passionate interpretations of standards, and guitarist Ragsdale. Dancing encouraged. Livestream available.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. $10; preregistration required in advance only at Masks required. 327-0270. [map]

 7-8:30 p.m. 

New Year's Sound Bath 2022: 7 Notes Natural Health.

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Join Licensed Sound Therapist, Rob Meyer-Kukan at 7 Notes Natural Health for this sonic journey designed to help you ring in the new year. Using over 40 different instruments (singing bowls, gongs, therapeutic harp, shruti box, and more), Rob will create a soundscape that will immerse you in peace and tranquility. Participants are encouraged to bring a written affirmation for the new year along with them.
Please bring a mat and any additional supports you would like for your comfort (blankets, pillows, bolster, eye pillow, etc). A limited supply of yoga blankets will be provided. Current COVID safety protocols will be observed. Please use the practice of personal accountability, as far as health goes prior to the event.
Investment: $40 Advanced Registration Required
Tickets can be purchased at:
7 Notes Natural Health, 3830 Packard Road, Suite 120. $40. 248-962-5475. [map]

 7:30 & 10 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 before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $17 general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Bare Two Hands & The Insufferables: Civic Improv.

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Jan 8, 21, & 29. Debut performances by the company's first 2 improv troupes. Followed by an opportunity for audience members to take part in short-form improv games.
8 p.m. performance, 10 p.m. open improv jam. $15, available at the door only. Ann Arbor Civic Theater (A2CT) Studio, 322 W. Ann Street. Mask and proof of vaccination required. 846-2492, [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, 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]

 9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Washtenaw County Democratic Party/Ann Arbor Democratic Party.

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A series of 3 online talks: Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor discusses his plans to propose further responses to climate change. DNC Council on the Environment and Climate Crisis national chair Michelle Deatrick addresses the national party's climate change strategy. Chelsea Mayor Jane Pacheco and local school board members discuss hope-based responses to fear-based local election campaigns.
Via Zoom. For URL see


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: The Yellow Room Gang

In-the-round performances by this group of 8 award-winning veteran Michigan songwriters who get together regularly to share their new work. Members are David Barrett, Jim Bizer, Annie Capps, Kitty Donohoe, Jan Krist, Matt Watroba, and Michael Hough & David Tamulevich of the local duo Mustard's Retreat. The Yellow Room Gang's eponymous compilation CD features new and older songs by each artist. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Wakefire

Detroit sextet whose repertoire is an eclectic mix of Celtic rock, Slavic punk, Americana folk-rock, and baroque pop Openers: Pictus, a nationally touring Michigan trio whose repertoire is rooted in traditional Celtic music and dance featuring Highland pipes, drums, & pennywhistle. Crossbow, a 10-piece Celtic music ensemble from Allendale that plays traditional jigs and reels, along with folk and world music-oriented covers. $15. [venue info]

Blue LLama: The New Day Collective

Horn-fired jazz-funk fusion by this Detroit septet that plays the music of the Brecker Bros. and Snarky Puppy, along with some originals. [venue info]

Club Above: "Bridging the Gap."

Hip-Hop showcase with several local hip-hop acts TBA. [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]

Mash: Nick Orr

Local singer-songwriter & guitarist, a member of the funk-rock jam quartet Pajamas. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Mash: Twenty TwentyFour

Toledo ensemble whose music is an eclectic, danceable mix of jazz, funk, R&B, soul, and rock. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Palm Grease

Local jazz-funk fusion ensemble with saxophonist Bobby Streng, guitarist Kris Kurzawa, bassist Damon Warmack, and drummer Jesse Kramer. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Cliff & the Bass Player

Classic rock 'n' roll and country covers, along with some originals, by this local duo led by singer-songwriter and 6-string guitarist Cliff Mulvihill. 5-7 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Devyn Mitchell

Plymouth pop-folk singer-songwriter. 2-3 p.m. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Canceled: Salmagundi Salmagundi

Local horn-powered Motown/Memphis soul tribute band featuring vocalist Sheila Rhodes. 8-11 p.m. [venue info]


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