Ann Arbor Weather:
Tuesday January 18, 2022
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed


  2   3   4   5   6   7   8
  9  10  11  12  13  14  15
 16  17  18  19  20  21  22
 23  24  25  26  27  28  29
 30  31          

Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Who wrote this?   Ann Arbor Observer tree logo Observer editors    community member community members
 All day.  Online 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.

 10 a.m.-noon.  Free! 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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 

"Virtual Baby Time": Ann Arbor District Library.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.

 Noon  Free!  Online 

"A Course in Miracles Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

  community member   < less

Please join us for a discussion of A Course in Miracles on Zoom. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 5:30-end time TBA.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Online 

"Misidentifications in the Pohrt Collection of Native American Photography ": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

  community member   < less Study Group

The Richard Pohrt Jr. Collection contains some 1,470 photographs related to Native Americans and their history, taken mainly between 1860 and 1920 by more than 150 photographers. The majority of photographs are of people from tribes west of the Mississippi, with the Apache, Cheyenne, Crow, and Lakota/Dakota particularly well represented.
Both studio and outdoor photographs reflect the dramatic upheavals in Native American life from the expansion of the United States of America. Our speaker, Jakob Dopp, will discuss some of the challenges of cataloging this collection and other aspects of the project, including collaboration with Native American Tribal authorities and other consultants about how to deal with culturally sensitive materials and dissemination
This class meets on Thursday, January 20.
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.
This Study Group will be online. Online. $10. (734) 998-9351.

 1-4 p.m. or so. 

Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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. 

Ikebana International.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All invited to learn about and practice this Japanese style of flower arranging. Led by instructors TBA. Floral materials provided, bring your own container.
U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. $20. Preregistration required at, space limited. Masks and proof of completion of online U-M Covid-19 safety screening ( required. [map]

 1-2:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

For URL, email or call 998-9353.

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Under Ceege": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Every Wed.-Sun, Jan. 20-Feb. 27. Lynch Travis directs the world premiere of award-inning Inkster playwright Jeffry Chastang's drama set in an aging Detroit housing project, where a 71-year-old lifelong resident bumps heads with her 49-year-old son named Ceege as they gamble on change, each other, and the daily lottery. Cast: Sandra Love Aldridge & Jonathan West.
3 p.m. (Wed., Thu., Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $25-51 in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 6 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

Wasentha's Mosaic Auction.

  community member   < less Ancelestrial Gathering

Wasentha's Mosaics Auction - Cloud Series. December 17, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
You can view the pieces for auction on her site:
Reserve your spot today to attend in-person - max 8 allowed in space - or participate through Zoom.
Register at link provided. All links for in-person and Zoom will be provided in the automatic response to your registration. In-person and auctions guidelines will follow.
Peaceful Dragon School, 1945 Pauline Blvd., Suite B. Free. Hybrid. 734-882-5033. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Hybrid 

"Repairsday Thursday": All Hands Active.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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 p.m. 

Director Elections & Annual Meeting: Washtenaw County Conservation District.

  community member   < less

The Washtenaw County Conservation District (WCCD), on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. will host a virtual annual meeting and election for three district directors. Starting on the 6th day of December, 2021, absentee ballots will be available for voting in this election at the Conservation District Office located at, 705 N. Zeeb Rd, Suite 201, Ann Arbor, during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by request. Residents of legal age who can demonstrate residency in the Conservation District by one (1) piece of identification are eligible to vote in this election. Candidates for the director positions include: Howard Sias, Shannon Brines, Hannah Weber and Matt Nolan. Absentee ballots are due by 12 p.m. on Thursday, January 20th.
Annual meeting is free and open to the public. RSVP is required for attendance. To register please visit the website:, or contact the WCCD at 734-302-8715.
Robin Hills Farm Event Center, We are inside on the second floor--suite 201, Chelsea. $15. 7343028710.

 6:45 p.m.  Free! 

Monthly Meeting: Stone & Thistle Garden Club.

  community member   < less club logo

Join us for our monthly meetings. Guest speakers will share information, tips and tricks. Consider joining our crew!
Meeting are held via Zoom *at least until March - then location TBD.
email: for information
October: Conserve Water Gardening - Carol Brodbeck
November: Garden Design - People and Water - Susan Bryan
January: Comfort, Ease & Simplicity - Jan Coppola Bills
February: Gardens to Art: Beginner's Guide to Photographing Flowers & Plants
March: Perennials For Pollinators: Laurie Medrea
April: Getting to know our County Conservation District - Summer Roberts
zoom - email for info, 1373 W Textile Rd, Saline. Free. 7346526465. [map]

 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 


  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]

 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Polka Jam Session: American Legion Hall.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

All accordion players and other musicians invited to play polkas and waltzes and other ethnic and old-time music.
7-9 p.m., American Legion Hall, 44 Wabash St. (south off Main), Milan. Free. 529-3903. [map]

 7 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

This month's schedule includes games vs. Rutgers (Jan. 9, 2 p.m.), Wisconsin (Jan. 20, 7 p.m.), Purdue (Jan. 24, 6 p.m.), and Indiana (Jan. 31, 7 p.m.).
Crisler Center. Masks required. Tickets $6 and up at 764-0247. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Sing to the Colors: My Complicated Love Song to the University": U-M Bentley Historical Library Making Michigan Series.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Former Detroit News reporter James Tobin discusses (via Zoom) his new history of the U-M.
For URL preregister at Free. 647-4354.

 7 p.m. 

"Spongebob the Musical": Young People's Theater.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Jan. 20-23 & Jan. 27-30. Caroline Huntoon directs local young actors in this critically acclaimed musical about a happy-go-lucky sponge who lives in a pineapple on the ocean floor. Based on a Nickelodeon cartoon, it garnered 12 Tony nominations when it opened in 2018. An all-star roster supplied original songs, among them Steven Tyler, the Flaming Lips, John Legend, Cyndi Lauper, and Sara Bareilles.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.). YPT Blackbox Theater, 331 Metty Dr., ste. 3. Tickets $15 in advance at and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 222-4006. [map]

 7:30 p.m. 

Comedy Jamm: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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]

 7:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Honor": Charis Books & More and Literati Bookstore.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Indian-born novelist Thrity Umrigar joins Pakistani American fiction writer Soniah Kamal to discuss (via Zoom) her latest novel, a tender tale about a journalist who returns to India to cover the story of a Hindu woman attacked by her own family for marrying a Muslim man.
For URL see Free. 585-5567.

 8-10 p.m. 

Poetry Salon: One Pause Poetry.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

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** Titus Kaphar: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

  Ann Arbor Observer tree logo   < less

Talk by this noted contemporary painter, sculptor, filmmaker, and installation artist, best known for layering social commentary in his portraits of American Founding Fathers. His work, Flay (James Madison), is the centerpiece of the ongoing UMMA exhibit Unsettling Histories: Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism.
Michigan Theater. Free. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 936‑0671. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Ellen Rowe Trio

Jazz trio led by pianist Rowe, a U-M jazz professor whose repertoire includes original compositions and reimagined versions of standards. [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: Michael May & the Messarounds

Jazz-inflected blues and blues-rock by this veteran local quartet led by vocalist and blues harpist May. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Daring Detour

Introspective blues- and folk-flavored rock by the local acoustic duo of vocalist Kathi Dvorin and guitarist DeVeaux Gauger. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Jean Wilson & Friends

Jazz standards by a Saline quartet fronted by singer-pianist Wilson. [venue info]


You might also like:

Inexpensive Hotels
Nightspots: Blue LLama
Nightspots: Earle
Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Restaurants with prices Under $10
A clickable zoomable map
Gallery & Museum Exhibits & Tours
Social and Political Activism
Restaurants with prices $10 To $20
A clickable zoomable map
Post-draft Hockey
Mel Pearson's young team is unpredictable but exciting.
Craig Ross
Community Education in Chelsea