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January 26, 2023
“Cultural Exchange Rate”: University Musical Society.
Jan. 24–29. Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury shares her family’s memories of life in villages on the border of Lebanon and Syria through this interactive performance art piece in which each ticketholder is invited to peek into various boxes to explore the sounds, images, and textures hidden inside that are built out of recorded interviews with El Khoury’s late grandmother, material from her newly discovered relatives in Mexico City, and family memories of more than a century of border crossings. Timed entry every 90 minutes, 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. U-M Stamps Gallery, 210 S. Division. Tickets $25 (students, $12) in advance only at tickets.UMS.org. 764–2538.
“The Plastic Bag Store”: University Musical Society/U-M Museum of Art/U-M Graham Sustainability Institute.
Jan. 17 and every Wed.–Sun., Jan. 18–Feb. 5. Film and theater director Robin Frohardt’s public art installation and immersive film screening uses humor and a critical lens to question our culture of consumption and convenience, with a focus on the effects of single-use plastic addiction. Shelves are stocked with thousands of original sculptures of everyday goods—produce and meat, dry goods and toiletries—all made from discarded single-use plastics. Several times a day, the “store” is transformed into a film screen that uses puppetry, shadowplay, and handmade sets to tell a darkly comedic story of how what we value least may become our most lasting cultural legacy. The Plastic Bag Store premiered in Times Square in 2020 and has toured across the U.S. 8 p.m. (Tues.), 6 & 8 p.m. (Wed.–Fri.); 2, 4, 6, & 8 p.m. (Sat.); & 2, 5, & 7 p.m. (Sun.), location TBA at tickets.ums.org. Mask required if Washtenaw County is in the CDC’s high-risk category. Tickets $30 (students $12) in advance at tickets.ums.org, at the Michigan League box office, & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764–2538.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
Computer Help with Jack Spence: Pittsfield Township Senior Center.
“Little Paws Story Time”: HSHV.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
“Restoring Nature with Prescribed Fire: Why We Burn & How We Do It Safely”: Washtenaw County Conservation District.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
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.
Wise Guys: Conversations for Men: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
“Harnessing the Power of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to Understand and Protect Biodiversity”: U-M Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
The Arab American National Museum – Past, Present, and Future: University of Michigan Museum Studies Program
The Arab American National Museum, located in Dearborn, Michigan, remains the only museum in the country that interprets and presents the history and culture of Arab Americans. Museum Director Diana Abouali will chart the origins, development, and future prospects of AANM, situating it within its broader social, cultural and political contexts.525 South State Street ,Ann Arbor. free. http://ummsp.rackham.umich.edu/ 734-936-6678.
“33 1/3rd Anniversary”: Overture Audio.
“Circular Economy”: Ann Arbor District Library/Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum.
A chance to learn about and discuss emerging ideas on how to achieve carbon neutrality within the energy sector. First in a series of 4 monthly events, presented by the City of Ann Arbor, each with a focus on a different element of the city’s sustainability framework. 6–7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
“D & D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory.
“Repairsday Thursday”: All Hands Active.
Every Thurs. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. 6–8 p.m., All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty, ste. 225. Livestream available at MeetUp.com/AllHandsActive/events. Free; donations welcome. Mask recommended. info@AllHandsActive.org.
“All Stars Tasting”: Zingerman’s Delicatessen.
Deli managing partner Grace Singleton discusses Zingerman’s history and leads a tasting of over 20 deli favorites. Also, behind-the-scenes private tours of the deli (5–6 p.m.). 6:30–8 p.m., Zingerman’s Deli, 422 Detroit Street. $65 (private tours, $25). Preregistration required at zingermansdeli.com/events. 663–3354.
“Civil Rights in the 21st Century”: U-M LSA Student Government.
“Left Behind: Rise of the Antichrist”: Fathom Events.
Fathom Events. 973–8424 (Ann Arbor 20), 316–5500 (Emagine). Tickets $11.50–$12.50 (except as noted) in advance at fathomevents.com/events and at the door. Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter) & Emagine (1335 E. Michigan Ave., Saline), different times.
Jan. 26-29: (Kevin Sorbo, 2023). Action sequel about a world left in chaos after millions of people vanish in a rapture-like event. 7 p.m. (Thurs. & Fri.) and 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.).
Ron English Crew: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Guitarist RON ENGLISH is a well-respected member of Detroit’s music community and has helped shape contemporary jazz styles since the 1960’s with a diverse repertoire covering Jazz, Blues, Avant-garde, Motown, Soul/Funk and Gospel.314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com $15. firstname.lastname@example.org bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
“Tampopo”: State Theatre.
State Theatre. 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. 26: (Juzo Itami, 1985). Memorably funny, affectionately satirical “ramen western” about a couple’s single-minded search for the perfect noodle recipe, with hilarious jabs en route at the yakuza, spaghetti westerns, and human nature. Japanese, subtitles. 7:15 p.m.
Jake Mattera: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.
Jan. 26–28. This Philadelphia-based comic is known for his loveable brand of wholesome humor, a mixture of smart, silly, and self-deprecating jokes about marriage, parenthood, and daily life. His 2021 comedy album, A Soft One, is streaming on YouTube. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served. 7:15 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat.) & 9:45 p.m. (Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $18 ($13 Thurs.) reserved seating in advance at etix.com before 6 p.m. the night of the show; $20 ($15 Thurs.) general admission at the door. 996–9080.
Every Thurs. 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. 7:30–9:30 p.m., FUMC Green Wood Church, 1001 Green Rd. at Glazier Way. Free. facebook.com/DetroitIMA, email@example.com.
Pub Quiz: Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub.
Yoga with Cats: Humane Society of Huron Valley.
Every Thurs. & Sun., except Jan. 1. Humane Society 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, ste. A1, 5245 Jackson Rd., $10. Preregistration required at tickettailor.com/events/hshv, firstname.lastname@example.org, 661–3575.
Every Thurs., and 2nd & 4th Tues. All German speakers, native or non-native, invited for conversation with either or both of 2 long-running groups, the A2 Stammtisch (8 p.m. Thurs.) and the German Speakers Round Table (7:30 p.m. Tues., Jan. 10 & 24). Various times, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. Preregistration for Thurs. A2 Stammtisch requested at email@example.com. 812–6375 (Tues.).
Paul Auster: Literati Bookstore/Books & Books Miami Virtual Event.
This acclaimed writer and filmmaker, who rose to prominence with a series of postmodern detective stories collected in 1987 as The New York Trilogy, discusses (via Zoom) his new book, Bloodbath Nation, a searing account of America’s use and abuse of guns, from the Republic’s colonial prehistory to armed conflict against native populations, the forced enslavement of millions, and the mass shootings that dominate the current news cycle. Auster is joined by photographer Spencer Ostrander, whose powerful black & white images of abandoned sites of mass shootings punctuate the book. 8 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2023-01. Free. 585–5567.