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Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 30, 2022

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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]

 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]

 10:45 a.m.  Free!  Online 

Interfaith Sunday Service: Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Please join us for Sunday service via Zoom or in Person. Details at Interfaithspirit.Org. Free, but donations appreciated.
Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, 704 Airport Blvd. Free. Online. 7343270270. [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]

 12:30-3:30 p.m. 

"Chili Cook-Off 2022": Michigan Ability Partners Fundraiser.

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Includes chili tastings, food from the grill, a raffle, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for the best chili. Proceeds go to supporting veterans, disabled people, and others in need.
BRAG Event Center, 179 Little Lake Dr. Tickets $20 at the door or in advance at 975-6880. [map]

 1 p.m.  Free!  Online 

"Youthful Spirits Class for Young People": Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.

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Spiritual Classes for Young People via Zoom. Free, but donations are appreciated.
Zoom. Free. Online. 734-327-0270.

 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

Winter Nature Walk: Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation Division.

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A City naturalist leads a walk through wetlands, woodlands, prairie, and oak savanna to study native plants and trees, invasive plants, and ecological restoration. Dress for the weather (we recommend layered clothing in winter) and bring water. Meet at the Furstenberg parking lot off Fuller Rd.
Furstenberg Nature Area. Free.

 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. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics.

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The U-M team vs. Georgia (Jan. 6, 7 p.m.), Arizona State (Jan. 15, 4 p.m.) and MSU (Jan. 30, 2 p.m.).
Crisler Center. Ticket prices $1 and up at 764-0247. [map]

 2 p.m. 

"Arabic to English": Theatre Nova.

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Thurs.-Sun, Jan. 28-Feb. 20. Carla Milarch directs the pandemic-delayed premiere of David Wells' 2020 drama about a high-stakes immigration case in which an Arab American interpreter, engaged to a white American lawyer, falls in love with her fiance's Arab American client. Escalating emotions and her need to choose between the prospect of a storybook American life and her desire to define her own identity complicate the already ticklish task of translation.
8 p.m. (Thurs., Fri., Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St. Tickets $22 in advance at & at the door. Masks & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 48 hours). 635-8450. [map]

 2 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 and (if available) at the door. Masks and proof of vaccination required. 222-4006. [map]

 2 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! 

LezRead Book Club. NOTE: Date changed from 1/23 to 1/30.

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All queer women invited to discuss Malinda Lo's National Book Award-winning The Last Night at the Telegraph Club, a 1950's coming-of-age story set in San Francisco's Chinatown.
For URL see Free. 686-4956.

 4 p.m. 

Sphinx Symphony Orchestra: University Musical Society.

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Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, this Detroit ensemble of top Black and Latinx professional musicians from around the country is making its first national tour. Sphinx's vocal ensemble, Exigence, joins for several pieces, including Joel Thompson's Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, a powerful multi-movement choral work that memorializes the last words spoken by 7 African-American men killed by police or other authority figures. The program also includes Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Ballade for Orchestra, Imani Winds founder Valerie Coleman's Seven O'Clock Shout, Michael Abels' Delights and Dances, Augustus Hill's arrangement of the traditional "Fix Me Jesus," Carlos Cordero's award-winning 2020 a cappella work "Holding Our Breath," singer-songwriter John Legend & rapper Common's "Glory," and Carlos Simon's New Work, a piece commissioned by Sphinx.
Hill Auditorium. Tickets $17-66 (students $12-20), in advance at, at the Michigan League, by phone, and (if available) at the door. Mask and proof of vaccination (or negative Covid-19 PCR test) required. 764-2538. [map]

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Mystery, Alaska": Bløm Meadworks "Sunday Meads + Movies"

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Screening of Jay Roach's 1999 comedy-drama about a small-town amateur hockey team that gets a shot against the NHL New York Rangers.
All ages welcome, but minors encouraged to be accompanied by adult.

Bløm, 100 S. Fourth Ave. Free. Proof of vaccination required. 548-9729.

 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Quaker Seeker Session: What Happens in Silent Worship": Bill Riccobono.

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A zoom event for those interested in learning more about the Quaker faith: Quaker worship is basically silent, with those present listening to their promptings of the Spirit in this silence. With the belief that everyone is a minister, people are encouraged to stand and share their ministry of Spirit to others present. In this event, those present will describe what happens in the silence of their worship. This is a sharing of thoughts event. Everyone interested is invited! | Meeting ID: 227 076 571
Zoom Meeting | Meeting ID: 227 076 571. Free. 7342558677.
Ann Arbor Friends Meeting, 503 Roosevelt BV. Free. 7342558677. [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]

 6-9:30 p.m. 

"Winter Jam 2022": Jam Nation.

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Touring Christian pop music festival includes sets by Memphis-based rock band Skillet, Houston-based pop-rock musician and worship leader Tauren Wells, Florida hip-hop artist KB, singer-songwriter and American Idol finalist Colton Dixon, pop worship band I Am They, and the contemporary Christian group Newsong. Also, a talk by pastor Shane Pruitt, and pre-jam sets by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Abby Robertson and gospel group Bayside Worship.
5 p.m. preshow, 6-9:30 p.m. show, EMU Convocation Center, Ypsilanti. Tickets $10 at the door. [map]

 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Owl Prowl": Waterloo Natural History Association.

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Michigan Avian Experience (Brooklyn, MI) founder Francie Krawcke displays 2 native live owls and shows how to call them, followed by a walk outdoors to find owls in the wild.
Eddy Discovery Center, 17030 Bush Rd., Chelsea. $2 (families, $5), preregistration required; recreation passport required ($16 if purchased at the gate). Space limited to 30 people. Masks required indoors. 475-3170. [map]

 8 p.m.  Free! 

%st"Structures": U-M Symphony Band Chamber Winds.

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Richard Frey and several grad students conduct a variety of music student ensembles of 8-15 musicians. Highlights include works by Joseph Bologne, and 20th-century American tonal composer Milton Babbitt, and Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a 16th-century French composer known as the black Mozart.
U-M Moore Bldg. Hankinson Rehearsal Hall, 1100 Baits. Free. 615-3204. 8 p.m., U-M Moore Bldg. McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits. Free. Masks required. 615-3204. [map]

Canceled and Postponed Events:

 8 p.m. 

Cancelled Event: "Wine, Women & Song 20th Anniversary Series-Part 1: Twenty Years, But Who's Counting?" To be rescheduled in spring of 2022.: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 28 & 30. Vocalists Linda Beaupré, January Provenzola, Monica Swartout-Bebow, and Kathy Waugh celebrate a 20-year run of annual shows with musical numbers about friendship, irreverence, fun, and dressing-up. First in a series, that runs through the summer, of cabaret shows featuring small break-out groups from Wine, Women, & Song's full 12-member cast.
KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Livestream available at Tickets $15-$75 in advance online and at the door. Tickets are being sold at 60% capacity. Mask & proof of vaccination (or negative Covid test within past 72 hours) required. 769-2999. [map]


Nightspots Listings:


Bel-Mark Lanes: II-V-I Orchestra

Veteran local big band, led by saxophonist David Swain, that plays late 1930s swing and 1940s R&B. 6-8 p.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Traditional Irish Session

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

Ravens Club: Samuel Nalangira Afro Fusion Ensemble

Traditional African music by this mostly local ensemble led by Nalangira, a vocalist and kora player from Uganda. [venue info]


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