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Events in January 2023
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Jan. 13–16. A celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. features performances, academic presentations, and more. Keynote address (date, time, and place TBA) by ER physician Sampson Davis, author of the New York Times bestseller Living and Dying in Brick City: Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City ER. Davis speaks about his experiences and his promotion of healthier communities. Times and locations of events TBA; go to emich.edu/mlk for details. Livestream available.
Every Tues., Thurs., & Fri. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Tues. & Fri.) or a 499er game for players with no more than 499 ACBL master points (Thurs.). 1–4 p.m. or so (arrive by 12:45 p.m.), City Club, 1830 Washtenaw Ave. $6 per person. If you plan to come without a partner, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com beforehand.
Kids in grades K–12 invited to follow the trails of whitetail deer through the woods with the help of a township naturalist. Wear boots with traction. 2–3:30 p.m., Pittsfield Preserve West, 6201 Michigan Ave. $7 (Pittsfield residents; nonresidents $12). Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov or 822–2120.
Join us and renowned local artist Elena Townsend-Efimova (http://talkingcolors.com/) to celebrate the opening of her incredible exhibit featuring her exquisite, intricate mosaics and vibrant watercolor paintings. Meet and hear from Elena firsthand about her techniques and artist process. Refreshments served. Elena's work will be on display the evening of Jan. 13-March 30 and may be viewed Monday-Friday between scheduled programming. Click here to be directed to our calendar to find a time to enjoy the exhibit. 6-8 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. Free. For more information please call 734.794.6250.
All invited for a dinner from a local restaurant, preceded by a brief secular Shabbat observance with songs, candle lighting, challah and wine rituals. Children welcome. 6:30–8 p.m., JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow. $10 (family, $25; members, free). Preregistration required at JewishCulturalSociety.org. 975–9872.
Every Mon.–Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Mon. 6:30–10 p.m.: Power Cards, $10. Tues. 6–9 p.m.: MTG Pauper, a fun and fast format for all skill levels, $5. Wed. 5–8 p.m.: Casual Commander, the most popular form of the game, free. Fri. 6:30–10 p.m.: Magic rotating draft, cost varies. Sat. noon–3 p.m.: Intro to Magic: The Gathering, free. Sat. 6–10 p.m.: Commander Pods, casual groups of 4 players, free. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
Fullwell Facilitation consulting company founder Reese Havlatka leads an exercise in saying “F*ck no!” to New Year’s resolutions and “F*ck yes!” to self-acceptance and meaningful growth. Ticket includes a workbook. 7-8 p.m., Booksweet, Courtyard Shops, 1729 Plymouth Rd. Mask policy follows CDC guidelines. $5–15 sliding scale. Register at bit.ly/no-resolutions1-13-23. Shopbooksweet.com.
All invited to try kirtan, an ancient yogic spiritual practice that involves singing and chanting. Accompanied by live music on tabla, harmonium, bass, sarangi, and finger cymbals. The program ends with silent meditation and homemade chai tea. 7 p.m., Stone Chalet, 1917 Washtenaw. Free; donations accepted. 665–0849.
Jan. 12–14. A NYC-based comic by way of Chicago, Kumin covers the challenges of being a woman and other social issues with considerable wit and what Chicago magazine calls “unapologetic honesty.” She has appeared on Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring and NBC Universal’s Breakout Festival. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $20 ($15 Thurs.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $22 ($17 Thurs.) general admission at the door. 996–9080.
Jan. 12–15. Cassie Mann directs local actors in Simon Stephens’ Olivier- and Tony-winning 2013 drama, adapted from Mark Haddon’s novel, that centers on a mystery surrounding the murder of a neighbor’s dog that is investigated by a 15-year-old boy on the autism spectrum. The Evening Standard called it “a beautiful and dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life.” 7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. $24 (seniors, $22; students, $15), available at a2ct.org. 971–2228, email@example.com.
Michigan Theater. Film screenings every Wed.–Sun. Tickets $10.50 unless otherwise noted (children under 12, students, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8:50; MTF members, $8) in advance online (recommended) & at the door. For updated schedule, see MichTheater.org.
Jan. 13: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Jim Sharman, 1975). Musical comedy cult classic that spawned a long tradition of participatory midnight showings. With a live “shadow cast” of members of the U-M Leather Medusas theater troupe, who act out the action onstage beneath the screen. Wear your fishnet stockings, but consult the list on michtheater.org of things you cannot bring. 9:30 p.m.