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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 27, 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, info.tswp@umich.edu. [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 olli-umich.org. $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 tickettailor.com/events/hshv, 661-3575.
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 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 AADL.tv (a YouTube channel). Free. 327-4200.


 Noon  Free!  Online 

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

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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. Interfaithspirit.org


 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. dwright8182@hotmail.com. [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]


 1-2:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

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

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For URL, email info.tswp@umich.edu or call 998-9353.


 2-3 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Student Activism in College and Beyond II": U-M LSA Outcomes of Liberal Education Colloquium Series.

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Livestreamed panel discussion by University of Iowa College of Education professor Cassie Barnhardt, Northwestern University African American studies and history professor Martha Biondi, and U-M School of Education professor Charles H.F. Davis III. Moderated by U-M history and Afroamerican & African studies professor Angela Dillard.
For URL, see bit.ly/activismbeyondcollege. Free.


 3-5 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a Black King of the Bible in Duke Ellington's Symphonic Triptych Three Black Kings": U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Talk (via Zoom) by Conservatorio Alfredo Casella-L'Aquila (Italy) jazz history professor Luca Bragalini.
For URL preregister at tinyurl.com/2zvsappv. Free. 763-9047.


 3 & 8 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 PurpleRoseTheatre.org and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]


 4-6 p.m.  Free!  Hybrid 

"The Philadelphia Police and the Long History of the 1985 Bombing of MOVE: Writing the Past in the Vortex of Present": U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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Talk by U-M history professor Heather Ann Thompson.
Tisch Hall #1014, 435 S. State. Register at bit.ly/eihsthompsonlecture. Livestream available. Free. Masks required. 615-7400. [map]


 5-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Civil Rights History on Film": EMU College of Arts and Sciences Detroit Theme Year.

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EMU humanities professor Kevin Boyle discusses the challenges of making films about Civil Rights history, highlighting 3 recent films: Four Little Girls (1997), Loving (2016), and Judas and the Black Messiah (2021).
EMU Student Center Auditorium, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-1849. [map]


 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Free!  Online 

David Haynes: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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This fiction writer reads from and discusses his work, which includes 7 novels, 5 books for young readers, and an upcoming collection of short stories. Haynes frequently draws from his 15 years teaching in inner-city schools to explore gender, race, and generational conflicts. Followed by a Q&A. Also, tomorrow Haynes gives a free talk on "Writing Across Boundaries of Race, Culture, and Class: Considerations, Cautionary Tales, and Advice" (10-11 a.m., 3222 Angell Hall).
UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Livestream available for both programs at tinyurl.com/ZellWriters. Free, but capacity limited. Masks required. [map]


 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 MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events.
All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Free, but donations welcome. info@AllHandsActive.org.


 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Comhaltas.

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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. facebook.com/DetroitIMA. [map]


 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Issues & Ale @ Home: The State of Our State Politics": Michigan Radio Issues & Ale.

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All invited to join Michigan Radio It's Just Politics host Zoe Clark for an online discussion of Governor Whitmer's annual statewide address, what she is proposing for her 4th year in office, and what we might expect to see in 2022 state politics.
For URL preregister at bit.ly/issuesandale. Free. 764-9210.


 7 p.m. 

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

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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 youngpeoplestheater.com 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.

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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 aaComedy.com (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]


 7:30-9 p.m. 

"Grown Folks Storytime": Booksweet Bookshop.

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Ann Arbor Civic Improv performers use the audience's favorite childhood books as a launch pad for comedic improvisational sketches.
Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. $5. Register at bit.ly/grownstory. Mask and proof of vaccination required. bookshop.org/shop/booksweet. [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]


 8 p.m.  Free! 

The Reverón Trio: U-M School of Music.

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The Venezuelan trio of pianist Ana María Otamendi, violinist Simón Gollo, and cellist Horacio Contreras performs works TBA by Latin American composers.
Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. Masks required. 764-0594. [map]



Canceled and Postponed Events:

 5:30 p.m. (canceled)  Free! 

**Event Canceled** "The Future in Our Past": U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

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Yuval Sharon, founder and artistic director of The Industry in Los Angeles, a company devoted to experimental new opera, discusses the role of classical operas in the composition of new ones.
Michigan Theater. Free. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 936‑0671. [map]



 
 
 

Nightspots Listings:

 

Blind Pig: Ani Mari and Kelly Hoppenjans

Double bill. Mari is is a young Americana roots music singer- songwriter from Houghton, and Hoppenjans is a young postpunk alt- rock singer-songwriter & guitarist from Nashville. $10. 8 p.m.- midnight. [venue info]

Blue LLama: Dave Alvarez III Quartet

Jazz ensemble led by local drummer Alvarez. [venue info]

Earle: Jake Reichbart

Solo jazz guitarist. Solo jazz pianists TBA occasionally substitute. [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: Twenty TwentyFour

Toledo ensemble whose music is an eclectic, danceable mix of jazz, funk, R&B, soul, and rock. [venue info]

Ypsi Alehouse: Devyn Mitchell

Plymouth pop-folk singer-songwriter. [venue info]

 
 


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