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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 13, 2022

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 10 a.m.-noon.  Free! 

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

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Every Thursday if there is sufficient interest; call ahead.
2401 Plymouth Road. Free. 998-9353, [map]

 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Global Waters Series": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Thursday Morning Lecture Series.

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Every Thurs., Jan. 13-Feb. 17. Series of 6 weekly talks (via Zoom) on the environmental, political, and economic issues facing global waterways. Jan. 13: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes regional coordinator Ellen Brody on "Exploring Your National Marine Sanctuaries." Jan. 20: Brown University environmental studies professor Laurence Smith on "Rivers of Power." Jan. 27: ​​​​University of North Carolina hydrology professor Tamlin Pavelsky on "Global Rivers: A New View from Space." Feb. 3 (1-2:30 p.m.): U-M environmental science professor Andrew Gronewold on "A History of Water Accumulation and Loss in the Great Lakes." Feb. 10: U-M Oceanography professor Brian Arbic on "The Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Ghana and the Ocean Corps." Feb. 17: U-M environmental engineering professor Nancy Love on "Making the Provision of Water Services Efficient and Equitable."
10-11:30 a.m. (except as noted), for URL preregister at $60 for the 6-lecture series ($35 for members). $10 per lecture for members. Memberships are $25 a year. 998-9351.

 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

"Little Paws Story Time": HSHV.

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Every Thurs. Stories, crafts, finger plays, and interaction with adoptable cats and dogs. Also, a chance to make a toy or treat for the animals. For kids ages 2-5, accompanied by an adult.
Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. Events also hosted at Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center (5245 Jackson, ste. A1). Tickets $5 (babies under age 1, free).

Preregistration required at, 661-3575.

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Mature Ministries: First Presbyterian Church.

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University of Detroit Mercy architecture lecturer Emily Kutil, a member of We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective, discusses her career via Zoom.
For URL, go to

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Thurs. All infants through 2-year-olds (accompanied by caregiver) invited to this program of songs, rhymes, movements, stories, and other activities.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 11:15 a.m.  Hybrid 

Basic Qigong.

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Qigong means Energy Work. This class meets once a week and introduces participants to the very basic practices in Qigong. These self-care techniques can help to give you practices for reducing muscle tension, clear your mind, and revitalize your sense of well-being. During these sessions you will learn basic stretches, breathing and visualization meditations, and self-acupressure (acu-points used in acupuncture) for just this purpose! Best of all these exercises can be easily added to your self-care tool box and used daily. Meets Thursdays Jan 13 - Apr 14 @ 11:15-12:15
Peaceful Dragon School, 1945 Pauline Blvd., Suite B. Hybrid. $180. 734-741-0695. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Too Young to Run? Voter Evaluations of the Age of Candidates: U-M Center for Japanese Studies Thursday Lecture Series.

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Talk by U-M Japanese studies professor Charles McClean.
Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Also available via Zoom, preregister at Free., 764-6307. [map]

 5:30-end time TBA.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. Players of all skill levels invited to play this challenging strategy board game. Game materials provided.
5:30-9 p.m. (Sun.) & 5:30-10:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Bill's Beer Garden, 210 S. Ashley. Free. [map]

 12:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Washtenaw County Info Session: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County.

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Being a part of our School Based Mentoring program allows Bigs and Littles to create a friendship participating in activities located at a local School. Bigs and Littles meet at the same day and time each week, and commit to a year match together. Bigs work with BBBS staff to plan activities and BBBS plans group gatherings during the summer months to help stay connected. BBBS is currently enrolling for our Lunch Buddies program at Estabrook Elementary in Ypsilanti. To learn more, attend one of our weekly virtual Information Sessions.
Online, 11 W. Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti. Free. Online. 7349750933. [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 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. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Wise Guys: Conversations for Men.": U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 6-8 p.m.  Hybrid 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

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Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free, but donations welcome.

 6:30-8 p.m.  Online 

"Cheese 101": Zingerman's Next Door Café.

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Online discussion of the 7 major varieties of cheese. With matzo chips and other accompaniments. At-home tasting kit ($25) available for pickup, or for an extra charge, via delivery or shipping.
For URL preregister at $15. 663-3354.

 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Beautiful by Night": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Chicago-based photographer and documentarian James Hosking and curator Amanda Krugliak discuss Hosking's current exhibit that centers on Aunt Charlie's Lounge, a small, gritty drag bar in San Francisco that is the last of its kind. Performances by Aunt Charlie's regulars Olivia Hart and Donna Personna.
Institute for the Humanities Gallery, 202 S. Thayer, Free. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


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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. Masks and vaccinations required. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Find Your Unicorn Space": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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U-M grad Eve Rodsky, author of the New York Times bestselling advice book Fair Play discusses (via Zoom) her latest book, an inspirational guide for setting new personal goals, rediscovering interests, and cultivating creativity.
For URL see Free. 585-5567.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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All invited to join a virtual sing-along of soothing songs that are easy to learn. No experience necessary.
For URL see Free, but donations appreciated. 327-0270.

 7:30 p.m. 

Comedy Jamm: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Every Thurs. Performances by up to 12 aspiring area stand-up comics. Alcohol is served.
212 S. Fourth Ave. $5 in advance at (recommended) and at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Yoga with Cats: Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center.

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Every Thurs. & Sun. (except Nov. 25). Huron Valley Humane Society humane education reps introduce all ages to the basics of hatha-style yoga, which integrates breath with movement. Also, interact with adoptable cats. Dress prepared to work out. Suitable for age 12 & up (all 16 & under must be accompanied by adult).
7:30-8:30 p.m. (Thurs.) & 8:30-9:30 a.m. (Sun.), Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. $10. 661-3575. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Play's the Thing: Festival of New and Original Works": Ann Arbor Civic Theatre.

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Jan 13-16. New works by local playwrights. Jan 13: Brian Cox directs Nathan Corliss's Immutable in a guest production by the local PencilPoint TheatreWorks. Jan: 14 Trevor Maher directs 4 one-act plays,: Teresa Stankiewicz's The Pink TBathtub Murders, Hank Greenspan's Boxes, David Bishir's Tilting at Eternity, and Shawntai Brown's When the Moon Yells. Jan 15:Veronica Long directs 3 one-act plays: Jill Halpern's The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Brian Cox's Wishbone, and Catherine Zudak's Mortal Fools. Jan 16:Maegan Murphy directs 4 one-act plays: Ann Eskridge's Tradition, Gabriel Semrau's The Food Jeepney, Alessia Fionda's Jubilee, and Jacquelyn Priskorn's Barnwood and Blue Roses. 8 p.m.
A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann St. $10, available at Mask and proof of vaccination required. 971-2228, [map]

 8-10 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

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Every Thurs. Members, and interested nonmembers, read and discuss poems on various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Snacks & socializing.
Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. $5 suggested donation. 213-2200. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 5:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

**Event Canceled** "Legendary Drag Queens": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs performing arts director Ben Johnson hosts a gathering of 6 performers from two

notoriously fabulous nightclubs-San Francisco's Aunt Charlie's and Detroit's Gigi's Cabaret-to reflect on the changes in the once-gritty gay bar scene. The event is inspired by James Hosking's Beautiful by Night, a project on view at the Institute for the Humanities Gallery (see galleries).
Michigan Theater. Free. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 936‑0671. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blind Pig: Permanently Pissed

Novi rock band. Openers: the Detroit punk band Hail Alien, the local punk trio Candor, and Rodeo Boys, a Lansing queer rock 'n' roll band whose music features elements of Southern twang and 90s grunge. $10. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Dave Sharp Worlds Quartet

World music-based jazz by this ensemble led by local bassist Sharp. Tonight's show is a WEMU Fundraiser, with tickets (price TBA) available at Times TBA. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [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: Pajamas

Local pop-rock jam trio. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Norm & Sandy

Local duo of singer-guitarists. [venue info]


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