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Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 16, 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]

 All day.  Free! 

"21st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration": Chelsea One World One Family.

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Jan. 15-17. A weekend of community service activities geared towards individuals and families.
All weekend, various locations; for complete schedule and updates see or email Free. 748-3564.

 All day.  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, or preregister to be reminded. Free. 764-2538.

 8:30-9:30 a.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]

 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Reiki III/Reiki Master Training: 7 Notes Natural Health.

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Reiki is a Japanese spiritual practice that supports healing and personal development. The word Reiki roughly translates to "spiritual energy". Practicing the system of Reiki helps to restore a sense of balance, relaxation, and a general sense of well-being. If you are looking for a natural, non-invasive, and simple method of healing, you should give Reiki practice a try.
During a Reiki session, clients remain fully clothed as the practitioner places their hands on and/or close to the client's body in order to facilitate a space for healing.
In this training, we will cover the concepts of Reiki III or Reiki Master training, including all reiju/attunements. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate of completion suitable for personal and professional practice.
Reiki III Training fee is $500.
Class Schedule
Saturday 10 am - 5 pm with a 60 minute break
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm with a 60 minute break
Registration can be found at
7 Notes Natural Health, 3830 Packard Road, Suite 120. $500. 248-962-5475. [map]

 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

"Monster Ann Arbor Record & CD Collector's Show": Rerun Records.

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Popular fair with more than 50 dealers from a half dozen states selling rare and collectible used records and CDs, as well as hard-to-find new releases. Includes every popular music genre, along with rock music books, rock videos, posters, and assorted popular culture memorabilia. Food and beverages for sale. Patrons may bring in a small number of records to sell.
Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Rd. $3 regular admission (children age 10 & under, free); $15 early bird admission. For information or to reserve a dealer table, contact Rod Branham at or 604-2540. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Ancient Wisdom. Modern Times": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center Sunday Talks.

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Every Sun. Livestream talk by Jewel Heart resident spiritual advisor Demo Rinpoche, followed by a discussion facilitated by Jewel Heart staffers. The Jan. 9 topic is "Jakata Tales," the Indian canon of 547 poems, dated 300 BC-400 AD, that concern the previous births of Gautama Buddha in both human and animal form.
For URL preregister at Free. 994-3387.

 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to join a relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Fuller Park, just west of the pool & parking lot (or occasionally across the street). Free. 846-9418,

 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]

 1:30-6 p.m.  Free! 

Open Auditions: Measure for Measure.

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Jan. 9 & 16. All male singers invited to try out for this community men's choral society.
St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4205 Washtenaw Ave. Free. Mask and vaccination required., 548-9729. [map]

 2 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]

 2 p.m.  Free! 

Cohousing Tours: Touchstone Cohousing.

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Sunday Tours of Ann Arbor's 3 cohousing communities happen rain or shine! Cohousing creates a community of friends who work, share, learn, grow and play together. Our neighborhood feels like home to all who want to live and visit here. It is a comfortable space that supports both individual expression and shared experiences. The Ann Arbor area is unique in the US for having 3 cohousing communities. Tour all three condominium communities, Sunward, Great Oak, and Touchstone, and you'll get an idea of what it's all about.
Touchstone Common House, 560 Little Lake Drive. Free. 734-274-9110. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Kaleidoscope": Ann Arbor Concert Band.

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John McLaughlin Williams, a finalist for the position of the band's new conductor, conducts this local volunteer ensemble in a program highlighted by works by 20th-century American composers: George Frederick McKay's Wake Me Up for the Great Jubilee (subtitled "variations on an old American song") and Walter Piston's Tunbridge Fair, a 1950 commission by the American Bandmaster's Association. Also, early 20th-century Russian composer Alexander Glazunov's smooth & melodic Scènes de Ballet, Civil War-era American composer Henry Clay Work's soulful "Wake Nicodemus," and contemporary American composer Ron Nelson's Passacaglia (Homage on B-A-C-H), a wind band staple since it premiered in 1992.
Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (kids age 14 & under, free) at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required for all patrons over the age of 12. Attendees under the age of 12 have their temperature checked at the door., 478-7515. [map]

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"The Secret History of Home Economics": Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor.

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Journalist Danielle Dreilinger discusses her new book about the fascinating, and often surprisingly feminist, history of home economics.
For online URL preregister at Free.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Vintage Ski Movie Marathon": Bløm Meadworks "Sunday Meads + Movies"

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All ages welcome, but minors encouraged to be accompanied by adult.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. Proof of vaccination required. 548-9729. [map]

 5-8 p.m. 

Sunday Pinball Tournament: Pinball Pete's.

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Every Sun. All invited to compete in a 6-game tournament, followed by a playoff among the top scorers. Cash prizes for top 3 or 4 players.
Pinball Pete's, 1214 South University. $1 entry fee plus 75 cents to $1 per game., 213-2502. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 4 p.m.  Free! 

**Event Canceled** "I Have a Dream: A Festival of Hymns": American Guild of Organists.

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EMU organ professor Michael Burkhardt, an internationally known hymn festival director, accompanies area choral singers and instrumentalists in a program of hymns, psalms, and spirituals inspired by the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders.
First Presbyterian Church, 300 N Washington St, Ypsilanti. Free. 482-1525. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Ark: Ellis Paul

Acclaimed Boston-based singer-songwriter from Maine who writes vividly figured, quietly thoughtful songs blending personal and political themes that he sings in what the All Music Guide aptly calls a "dynamic silken tenor." The New York Times opines that "despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music." $20. [venue info]

Blind Pig: Myna

Local teen alternative hip-hop singer-songwriter. Openers: the Ypsilanti indie folk-rock singer-songwriter Maggie Hopp (aka Raw Honey), the Detroit electroacoustic rock band Dirt Room, and local dream-pop singer-songwriter Adam Julian (aka Koala Harbor). $10 ($12 at the door). 8 p.m.-midnight. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

All invited to join or listen to an instrumental jam session. [venue info]

Ravens Club: Morgan's Organ

Local jazz organ trio led by organist Dale Grisa. With guitarist Ralph Tope and drummer Jesse Kramer. [venue info]