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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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 10-11:30 a.m.  Online 

"A Place to Begin - Free Writing": Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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This study group will be online. The way to begin that writing project is to write. Using prompts in workshop, you will have the opportunity to write the stories you've always wanted to share. There won't be any critiques, so you can turn off your text editor and enjoy the writing process. Free Writing is about exploring ideas and memories. It's about first drafts not finished products. What stories would you like to tell?
Instructor Diane Nash will lead this study group. This study group will meet Wednesdays beginning January 26 through February 23.
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. $35. 7349989351.

 10 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Virtual Storytime": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Every Wed. A different local storyteller each week reads a story TBA to kids ages 2-5.
Online at (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.

 11 a.m.  Free!  Online 

"Unconscious Bias Training": Ann Arbor SPARK Inclusive Workplace Series.

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The Inclusive Workplace Series provides training and guidance to growing companies in the greater Ann Arbor region who want to understand various aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to consider in the development of their business. The series helps executives, HR professionals, team members, and all champions and allies learn how to build a more inclusive workplace culture that can result in improved hiring, employee retention and engagement, and deliver ROI in terms of innovation, performance, and growth.
In this session, participants will:
* Gain an understanding of unconscious bias.
* Identify ways in which certain ideas are learned or taught in society.
* Recognize your own implicit bias and how to address it.
* Learn about micro inequities, microaggressions, and devaluing of others.
* Identify strategies to implement inclusive language and actions for working in and building high-performing teams.
Virtual, 330 E. Liberty. Free. Online. 7345279152. [map]

 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. [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 or call 998-9353. [map]

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Artist Spotlight Stories": U-M Center for Armenian Studies.

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Livestream Q&A with filmmaker Diana Kardumyan, along with a showing of 2 of her short films: Tombe (2018), a drama about an unexpected event that changes the life of a woman who washes dishes for a living, and Dialogues (2013), an ethereal elegy to a doomed romance and a bittersweet love letter to the city of Yerevan.
For URL preregister at Free. 764-6453.

 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Centering Justice": Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.

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Livestream talk featuring 3 leaders of black, indigenous, and other people of color discussing what they understand it to mean to live in a just, equitable, and thriving society, while also giving examples of ways to get involved and take action in your community.
For URL preregister at Free, but donations accepted.

 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 or call 998-9353. [map]

 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.

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

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Euchre: Turner Senior Wellness Center.

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2401 Plymouth Road. For more information and URL, email or call 998-9353. [map]

 1-2 p.m.  Free!  Online 

The Schmoozery: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Wed. Group conversation about aging, generations, and related topics, facilitated by local playwright and oral historian Hank Greenspan, a retired U-M psychology professor.
Register online at Free. 734-998-9351.

 3 p.m. 

"Under Ceege": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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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]

 4-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

Science, Technology and Public Policy Lecture: U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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Livestream talk by Schmidt Futures senior managing director Kumar Garg, who helped shape science & technology policy for the Obama Administration for nearly 8 years.
For URL see Free. 764-3490.

 5-8 p.m.  Free! 

Board Game Night: Bløm Meadworks.

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Every Wed. All invited to play popular board games. "Board Game Guru" on hand to answer questions. Proof of vaccination required to sit indoors; outdoor seating available.
Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free (buy your own food & drink). 548-9729. [map]

 6-8 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Everyday Electrification: A Pathway to Kicking Fossil Fuels in Your Home": City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovations.

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Online presentation kicking off the A2ZERO Sustainability Series covers the basics (i.e. "what is electrification?") and then goes into the specifics of how to achieve full electrification. Participants are guided in mapping a pathway to electrifying their own homes.

 6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Science of Mind Study Group": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for a discussion of Science of Mind via Zoom. Details at Free, but donations appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 7343270270.

 6:30 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]

 7 p.m.  Online 

Cooking With Miss Kim: Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.

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Award-winning Chef Ji Hye Kim of Miss Kim in Ann Arbor is teaming up with YMOW for another live cooking event.
Guests will be led step by step through the process of making Kimbob - Miss Kim's version of authentic Korean bibimbap. Each ticket includes ingredients to create dinner for two using your choice of beef, chicken or tofu. All meals are gluten free, dairy free, nut free and non GMO. Meals do contain soy and sesame. Guests with allergies to these foods are encouraged to support Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels in another way.
Guests must pick up their complete meal kits between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Miss Kim, 415 N. 5th Ave., Ann Arbor. The cooking demonstration will be held via Zoom at 7 p.m. A link to the demonstration will be emailed to all paid participants prior to the event.
A link-only option is available for guests who live outside of the Ypsilanti area. Out-of-town guests will receive a link to the presentation and a shopping list along with cooking instructi
online, Ypsilanti. Online. $20/$55. 7344879669.

 7 p.m. or so  Free!  Online 

Kerrytown Crafters.

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Every Wed. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome.
For URL join Free. 926-8863.

 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Meditation and Discussion: Karma Thegsum Choling.

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Every Wed. All invited for a silent group meditation with a focus on breathing, followed by a discussion on Dharma led by KTC resident Lama Nancy Burks.
KTC, 614 Miner St. (enter through the back door). Free. 678-7549, [map]

 7-8:45 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"An Evening of Poetry and Written Word": Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle.

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Reading (via Zoom) by Madonna University language and literature professor emerita Mary Minock, an award-winning poet whose new collection, A Time When You Know a House, explores the 1950s-60s southwest Detroit neighborhood of her childhood. Veteran Detroit poet Terry Blackhawk praises Minock's "spirit, vulnerability, and a keen eye for detail," adding that the book "pulses with the rhythms of factory shift changes, freighter horns, migrations, seasons, and the lives of neighbors of many different descents all striving for dignity." Followed by a virtual poetry open mic.
For Zoom link, email Free.

 7 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Grist: A Practical Guide to Cooking Grains, Beans, Seeds, and Legumes": Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.

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Postponed from Nov. 22. Granor Farm (Three Oaks, MI) chef Abra Berens, a former farmer, joins Bon Appétit senior staff writer Alex Beggs to discuss (via Zoom) her new cookbook.
For URL see Free. 585-5567.

 7 p.m. 

"Inside Michigan Basketball": WTKA (1050 AM)/ WXYT (1270 AM).

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Every Wednesday. Brian Boesch and Terry Mills host this live radio broadcast from inside this venerable tavern with popular U-M men's basketball coach Juwan Howard and U-M women's coach Kim Barnes Arico.
Pretzel Bell, 226 S. Main. Seating limited. Free admission, but must order food & drinks to sit. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Symphony Orchestra.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this music student ensemble in a program of works by black composers featuring the world premiere of 2021 Sphinx medalist and U-M alum Carlos Simon's Tales: a Folklore Symphony. Also, Nkeiru Okoye's Voices Shouting Out, a frenetic and swinging short work written in the wake of 9/11, and William Dawson's Negro Folk Symphony, an overlooked major American work that premiered in Carnegie Hall in 1934.
Hill Auditorium. Free. Masks required. 764-2538. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Blue LLama: Armando Vega & the 313 Orchestra

Latin salsa by this ensemble led by Detroit singer and conga player Vega. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [venue info]

Zal Gaz Grotto: Keller/Kocher & Co

Straight-ahead jazz by this top-notch local ensemble led by vibes player Kocher and bassist Keller. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]


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