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Events in February 2023
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February 8, 2023
“Salt: Dispersed”: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.
Jan. 17–Feb. 13. Online presentation of this very personal monologue by performance artist Selina Thompson which premiered at the 2017 Edinburgh festival. At once dramatic, sad, and comic, it’s about a journey she made by cargo ship to retrace the triangular route of the transatlantic slave trade. Salt is Thompson’s response to being both British and a descendant of a people enslaved by the British. Anytime from Jan. 17 until Feb. 13. For URL, go to ums.org/performance/salt-dispersed, or preregister to be reminded. Free. 764–2538.
"Lourdes": Fathom Events.
Feb. 8 & 9: “Lourdes” (Thierry Demaizière & Alban Teurlai, 2021). Documentary about a tiny French mountain village that became a pilgrimage destination after 1858—when a 14-year-old peasant girl claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary in a remote grotto—and today welcomes over 6 million annual visitors. French, subtitles. 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.
Magic: The Gathering: Sylvan Factory.
Every Mon.–Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play various forms of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. 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. 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. Prizes paid in store credit. Various times. Sylvan Factory, 2459 W. Stadium. firstname.lastname@example.org, 929–5877.
Preschool Storytimes: AADL.
Every Mon.–Fri. Half hour program of stories and songs for kids ages 2–5 (with caregiver). Mon. 10:30 a.m. (Pittsfield), Tues. 11 a.m. (Downtown & Malletts Creek), Wed. 10:30 a.m. (Malletts Creek), Thurs. 11 a.m. (Traverwood & Pittsfield), Fri. 1 p.m. (Westgate), and Tues., Feb. 21, 7-7:30 p.m. (Westgate).
Coffee & Conversation: Pittsfield Township Community Center.
Wednesday Workshops: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
“Preschool ArtStart”: AADL.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
BFA Theater Design & Production Portfolion Exhibition: School of Music, Theater and Dance
Take a peek behind the scenes of the plays, musicals, and operas at the University of Michigan. Explore the work of The Theater and Drama Department’s undergraduate Stage Managers, Designers, and Technicians.2281 Bonisteel Blvd ,Ann Arbor. N/A Free. email@example.com https://www.dc.umich.edu/2023/01/28/bfa-theater-design-and-production-portfolio-exhibition/ 7347630606.
Chime Concert: Kerrytown Market & Shops.
Tai Chi: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
U-M Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Noon Lecture Series.
Feb. 8, 15, & 22. Talks by visiting scholars. Feb. 8: Dartmouth College Russian and comparative literature professor Ainsley Morse discusses Soviet children’s literature in “Playing with Words, Talking about War.” Feb. 15: Catholic University Leuven (Belgium) sociology postdoc Anastasiya Halauniova on “Other Kinds of Beauty: Aesthetic Valuation and the Making of Cities in Eastern Europe.” Feb. 22: Clark University (Worcester, MA) political science professor Valerie Sperling on “Unpacking ‘Traditional Values’ in Russia’s Conservative Turn: Gender, Sexuality, and the Soviet Legacy.” Noon–1:20 p.m., 555 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. For livestream preregister at umich.edu/crees. Free. 764–0351.
“Human Error”: Purple Rose Theatre Company.
Every Wed.–Sun., Feb. 3–Mar. 18. Lynch Travis directs the Michigan premiere of Ohio-based playwright Eric Pfeffinger’s political comedy about a liberal couple trying to start a family whose fertilized embryo is accidentally implanted in the uterus of a small-government-supporting NRA cardholder. Cast: Henrí Franklin, Alex Leydenfrost, Kristin Shields, Kevin Theis, and Meghan VanArsdalen. 3 p.m. (Wed., Thurs., & Sat.), 8 p.m. (Thurs.–Sat., except Feb. 9), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $21–$52 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.
“The Black Menaces: Social Media, Race, and Activism on College Campuses”: U-M Digital Studies Institute.
Panel discussion on this nationwide coalition of university students fighting to empower marginalized communities through social media. Featuring Black Menaces leadership team members Nate Byrd, Kennethia Dorsey, Kylee Shepherd, Sebastian Stewart-Johnson, and Rachel Weaver. Moderated by U-M communications professor Apryl Williams. 4–6 p.m., East Huron Bldg., 1027 E. Huron. Free. 764–3356.
“Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria”: Schuler Books (formerly Nicola’s).
“I Saw Death Coming: A History of Terror and Survival in the War Against Reconstruction”: Literati Bookstore/Ann Arbor District Library.
Latin Jazz Wednesday: LL7 Latin Jazz: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Detroit’s premier Latin Jazz group LL7 LATIN JAZZ specializes in smoking hot Latin Jazz a la Poncho Sanchez, Tito Puente and Horace Silver. They also play Latin Dance styles like Salsa and Cha Cha.314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Cover at opentable.com $15. firstname.lastname@example.org bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
“Community Ecology: Rebuilding Connections Between People and the Land that Supports Them”: Wild Ones.
Talk by William Kirst, co-founder of Adapt, a nonprofit that supports development of landscapes made of native plants and food-producing perennials on small parcels of land. 6:45–8 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens Auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free; metered parking. annarbor.wildones.org, email@example.com.
“An Evening of Poetry and Written Word”: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle.
“King Kong at 90: Visualization in the Art of Stop Motion Animation”: EMU Art Galleries.
Panel discussion with L.A.-based independent film scholar Greg Kulon, Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation collections manager Connor Heaney, and Brigham Young University special collections audiovisual curator Ben Harry. Held in conjunction with the King Kong at 90 art exhibit being held at EMU University Art Gallery through Feb. 23 (see Galleries). 7–8:30 p.m., EMU Student Center Auditorium, 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-1268, emugalleries.org.
Ann Arbor Bridge Club.
Every Wed., except Feb. 8. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. Bring a partner if you can, or call in advance or arrive 20 minutes early if you can’t. 7–10:30 p.m., Walden Hills clubhouse, 2114 Pauline east of Maple. (Park in the designated spaces in the lot on the north side of Pauline.) $6 per person. 945–6021.
Channeled Spiritual Talk and Discussion: Deep Spring Center.
Meditation & Discussion: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.
“Michigan's Peculiar Politics and Policy”: Pittsfield Union Grange.
Washtenaw County Clerk Larry Kestenbaum talks about why Michigan is so different from its surrounding states, and what that means for its citizens. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck; bring a dish to pass. 7:15 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor–Saline Rd. Mask requested when not eating. Free. (307) 760–8570.
“Wednesday Night Swing”: Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association.
Every Wed., except Mar. 1. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. No partner needed. Wear comfortable low-grip shoes. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a free beginner lesson. 8–10 p.m., Michigan League Vandenberg Rm., 2nd fl. Mask, full vaccination, and boosters required. $5 (free for SAA members). Swingannarbor.com.