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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 14, 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]


 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Writers Unlimited": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This study group will be online. Participants present their short stories, novels, essays, or poems to be read in class. Fellow writers give constructive criticism and suggestions for improvement. Participants submit their writing to all other participants in advance of the Friday meeting. Constructive comments are offered after each reading.
Discussion leader Jerry Janusz has been a member of this group for thirteen years. This study group will meet Fridays beginning January 14 through August 26.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $80. 7349989351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 10 a.m.-noon  Online 

"Writing Our Stories": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This study group will be online. Participants will learn how to tell the stories of their lives and those of their ancestors. We will meet weekly, and each participant should be prepared to read a story they have written (including the first class).
Instructor Jan Price calls herself a "very amateur memoirist" who has written her story after being motivated by an OLLI class. This study group will meet Fridays beginning January 14 through April 1.
Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session.
Online. Online. $50. 7349989351. olli.info@umich.edu www.olli-umich.org



 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]


 5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Hanna Rumora: Graduate Ann Arbor End-of-Residency Celebration.

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Join Sweet Dreams Society cellist Hanna Rumora at a musical celebration showcasing her latest work. Hosted in the Huron Ballroom at Graduate Ann Arbor, Hanna's one-of-a-kind recital will feature pieces by female composers, passed appetizers, and a cash bar.
Graduate Ann Arbor, 615 E Huron St. Free. 6159813225. chunter@graduatehotels.com https://www.eventbrite.com/e/end-of-residency-celebration-tickets-223653312077 [map]



 5:30-9 p.m. 

"Pets and Pajamas Movie Night": Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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Jan 14 & 28 All ages 5-11 invited to watch an animal-themed movie and interact with adoptable pets. Vegetarian dinner (often pizza). Wear pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
HSHV, 3100 Cherry Hill Rd. $35 (additional children, $15). Call 661-3575 for movie selection. [map]


 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 fiction writers Emily Zhao and Marne Litfin and poets Ebenezer Agu and Lena Mandell.
Bløm Meadworks, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Livestream URL available at drinkblom.com/events/poetry-reading-jan14. Free. Proof of vaccination required. 548-9729. [map]


 7-9 p.m. 

"Creatures of the Night": Open Hours for Adults": The Creature Conservancy.

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Presentation and display for ages 18 & up about the sloth, red-tailed boa, fuzzy armadillo, and opossum, with a free flight of Egyptian fruit bats at the end of the evening.
Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $20 in advance at TheCreatureConservancy.org. Masks required. 929-9324. [map]


 7-8 p.m. 

"F*ck New Year's Resolutions": Booksweet Bookshop.

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Reese Havlatka, founder of consulting company Fullwell Facilitation, leads an exercise in saying "F*ck no!" to New Year's resolutions and "F*ck yes!" to self-acceptance and meaningful growth. Ticket includes a workbook.
Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. $5-15 sliding scale. Register at bit.ly/fnoresolutions. Mask and proof of vaccination required. bookshop.org/shop/booksweet. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Welcome to Kindergarten": U-M Basement Arts.

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Jan. 14 & 15. U-M student Audrey Tieman directs this student theater ensemble in a performance of her original work, a semi-allegorical self-styled "TEDtalk meets movement" performance depicting a child as it learns about the world through art and design principles by playing with Froebel Gifts, educational toys developed in the early 1800's by the inventor of Kindergarten. Set to original score by music students Ryo Kamibayashi and Zac Mitchell.
U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin. Free. Masks required. facebook.com/basementarts. [map]


 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Why I Fight, or Team Wristband": U-M Residential College Drama Concentration/RC Players.

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Premiere of a short film dramatizing the 2019 Michigan Quarterly Review story by James Munro Leaf depicting the struggles of young people with mental illness. Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A by health practitioners, U-M faculty, creative writers & artists, and people living with mental illness. Catered reception to follow.
Keene Theatre, East Quad, 701 East University. Free (suggested donation, $5). myumi.ch/K4Oky, 647-4354. [map]


 7:30 p.m. 

Al Jackson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Jan. 14-15. LA-based comic who shares endearing, embarrassing, incidents from his life in a gee-whiz style. Jackson's former incarnation as a middle school teacher provides fodder for many of his stories. 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]


 7:30 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 mGOblue.com/tickets, 764-0247. [map]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Kent Monkman: Casualties of Modernity": University of Michigan Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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We're starting the Winter 2022 series virtually with a selection of favorite presentations from the archives. This Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series event originally took place on April 2, 2015.
Through a variety of mediums, including painting, film/​video, performance, and installation, Kent Monkman explores themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience - the complexities of historic and contemporary Native American experience. His alter-ego, Miss Chief, appears in his work as an agent provocateur and trickster who upends received notions of history and indigenous people. Monkman has created memorable site specific performances at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, The Royal Ontario Museum, The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Compton Verney, and most recently at the Denver Art Museum. His award-winning short film and video works have been screened at various national and international festivals, including the 2007 and 20
Online - Streaming at pennystampsevents.org and on YouTube. Free. britb@umich.edu https://stamps.umich.edu/events/kent-monkman-2



 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 a2ct.org. Mask and proof of vaccination required. 971-2228, manager@a2ct.org. [map]


 8 p.m. 

"I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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New York Times bestselling novelist Jami Attenberg joins Random House managing editor Benjamin Dreyer to discuss (via Zoom) her fierce, funny new memoir, an account of her travels across America, nearly broke, as a driven, aspiring writer. Hailed by the New Yorker's Emily Flake as "Eat Pray Love for Nick Cave fans," the book explores themes of friendship, independence, and the cultivation of craft.
For URL preregister at literatibookstore.com/event/2022-01. $6 ($34, includes a copy of the book). 585-5567.


 8 p.m. 

"Innovation & Audacity: The Complete Piano Sonatas of Alexander Scriabin - Part 1": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 14 & 15. Over the course of 2 nights, three Bowling Green State University piano professors-Solungga Liu, Laura Melton, Robert Satterlee, and Yevgeny Yontov-perform all the piano sonatas of this 19th-century Russian composer and mystic, from early works reminiscent of Chopin to later works in Scriabin's compelling and transcendent mature style.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Livestream available at KerrytownConcertHouse.com. Tickets $10-$45 in advance online and at the door. Limited to 60% capacity. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]


 8 p.m.  Online 

"Sermon": Davóne Tines & The Philadelphia Orchestra (University Musical Society Digital Presentation).

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Jan. 14-24. Bass-baritone Tines, accompanied by the Philadelphia Orchestra, performs this program that intersperses readings with 3 songs, all on social justice themes. The music is highlighted by "You Want the Truth, but You Don't Want to Know" from Anthony Davis's opera X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, a role Tines will perform at Michigan Opera Theatre in May. Also, "Vigil," a song dedicated to the memory of Breonna Taylor that Tines co-wrote with Igee Dieudonné, and "Shake the Heavens" from John Adams' Nativity oratorio El Niño. This free online presentation is in anticipation of the Philadelphia Orchestra's upcoming UMS concerts in March.
Anytime from Jan 14 until Jan. 24. For URL, go to ums.org/performance/digital-presentation-sermon-davone-tines-the-philadelphia-orchestra, or preregister to be reminded. Free. 764-2538.


 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]


 9 p.m. 

Sango: The Blind Pig.

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Sango comes as a breath of fresh air in an industry built on labels and brands. For Sango, there are no fancy titles or manipulated branding. There are just beats. Though sculpting a stylistically diverse sound signature through inspirations ranging from contemporary R&B all the way to downtempo electronic, Sango does not dwell in nostalgia or tradition.
He is an agent and advocate of change - artistic, personal, philosophical, highlighting a future-thinking approach to life and creation. With his eponymous record label, Sango has managed to curate a home for like-minded artists, bucking trends and staying true to the culture in which they exist, doing what they can for a world they want to see.
On Friday, January 14, 2022, Sango Recordings stops by Ann Arbor's The Blind Pig for an all-night showcase featuring Ago Music artists Savon, Goose the Conqueror, The Seventh, and, of course, the man himself.

Tickets https://www.blindpigmusic.com/calendar#!/events/1893
The Blind Pig, 208 S 1st Street. $20. (734) 996-8555. info@meanredproductions.com https://www.blindpigmusic.com/ [map]



 10 p.m. 

"Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of George Lucas's 1999 prequel to the blockbuster space trilogy.
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: Harper & the Midwest Kind: Green Wood Coffee House Series (First United Methodist Church).

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Blues-rock band led by Peter Harper, a blues singer-songwriter from Australia, now transplanted to Grass Lake, who plays blues harp and didgeridoo. The band has an acclaimed CD on the Blind Pig label, Down to the Rhythm.
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. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Ark: The Sweet Remains

This trio of charismatic singer-songwriters Rich Price, Greg Naughton, and Brian Chartrand formed a band in 2008 when they met for a chance jam session in a Rhode Island hotel room. According to a Boston Herald review, "it's been a long time since three-part harmonies this lush were yoked to songs this melodically gorgeous." Having lately released a song each month, they come to the Ark with new music. $20. [venue info]

Ark: The Sweet Remains

This trio of charismatic singer-songwriters Rich Price, Greg Naughton, and Brian Chartrand formed a band in 2008 when they met for a chance jam session in a Rhode Island hotel room. According to a Boston Herald review, "it's been a long time since three- part harmonies this lush were yoked to songs this melodically gorgeous." Having lately released a song each month, they come to the Ark with new music. $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Sango

Seattle-based DJ, originally from Grand Rapids, who plays electronic, hip-hop, and R&B dance music. Openers: 3 other Grand Rapids acts: electronic and house DJ Savon, hip-hop rapper Joose the Conqueror, and hip-hop DJ The Seventh. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Soul Cycle

Detroit quartet whose music draws on jazz, funk, and R&B idioms. [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: The Rhythm Machines Project The Rhythm Machines Project

A mix of classic rock, soul, funk, R&B, and jazz fusion by this local sextet. Fronted by vocalists Shannon Lee and Patty O'Connor, with guitarists Kip Godwin and Terry Gordinier, bassist Kim French, and drummer John Marion. [venue info]

Lo-Fi: ZZava

Ypsilanti rock 'n' roll quartet. Opener: Dude. 9 p.m.- midnight. [venue info]

Mash: Cetan Clawson

Monroe psychedelic blues-rock trio. [venue info]

Mash: 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. 6-9 p.m. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Canceled: Sweet Song Sisters

All-star ensemble of local singer-songwriters Kandy Fredrick, Shannon Lee, and Melissa Welsh. [venue info]

 
 


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