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February 15, 2023
“Getting Dressed”: University Musical Society Digital Presentation.
Feb. 13–24: Online presentation for kids in grades preK–2. The U.K. dance company Second Hand Dance presents a series of 5 short, lively dance films in which everyday clothing is transformed into a celebration of individuality. With animations and an 80s-inspired soundtrack. Anytime from Feb. 13 until Feb. 24. For URL, go to ums.org/performance/getting-dressed, or preregister to be reminded. Free. 764–2538.
“La Traviata”: Fathom Events.
Prerecorded broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2022 production of Verdi’s ever popular opera about a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices her one chance at happiness when she learns that her relationship with her lover is compromising his family’s honor. The score contains many of the most famous arias in the operatic repertoire, including the lilting drinking song “Libiamo, libiamo,” the brilliant coloratura aria “Sempre libera,” and the majestic “Di Provenza el mar.” Stars Nadine Sierra, Stephen Costello, and Luca Salsi. 1 & 6:30 p.m. 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. email@example.com, 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.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
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.
“Community Works! The Black Women’s Club Movement in America”: American Association of University Women.
“A2SC Trivia Live!”: Ann Arbor Senior Center.
“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.
“Racist Love: Asian Abstraction and the Pleasures of Fantasy”: U-M Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Department.
“My Journey to City Hall: Lessons for Aspiring Young Politicians”: EMU Africology and African American Studies.
"2023 Humanities Afrofutures”: U-M Institute for the Humanities.
Feb. 1, 6, 9, 15, 20, & 23. A month-long series of talks, panel discussions, and film screenings on the past, present, and future of feminist African and Afroamerican studies. Feb. 15 (5:30 p.m., UMMA Stern Auditorium): The annual Jill S. Harris Memorial Lecture features “Black Mirror and Black Feminist Futures or Leticia Wright’s Wrongs?” a talk by Northwestern University communications professor Moya Bailey examining whether a conservative Christian actor can handle feminist roles. Various times & locations. Free. 936–3518.
“Everyday War: The Conflict over Donbas, Ukraine”: Literati Bookstore.
"Post Valentine Chocolate Social Run": A2 Runners
Join us for the Annual Chocolate Run!Kerrytown Market & Shops 407 N 5th Ave · Ann Arbor, MI Free. meetup.com/a2runners/events/
Latin Jazz Wednesday: Salsa Night ft. Tumbao Bravo: Blue LLama Jazz Club
Join us for a fabulous evening at Blue LLama Jazz Club for Salsa Night! Critically acclaimed Cuban jazz combo TUMBAO BRAVO “brings a high level of comfort and experience with Afro Cuban music…a colorful and exciting repertoire.” (Chip Boaz, Latin Jazz Corner). In addition to being a multi-time Detroit Music Award winner for Best Jazz Recording and Best World Music Band, this combo has performed at all the major Michigan jazz/music festivals, from Detroit to Lansing to Wheatland.314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Light Fare+Libations at opentable.com $45. firstname.lastname@example.org bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
“A2 Retro Tech Meetup”: All Hands Active.
“Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey”: Fathom Events.
Feb. 15: (Rhys Waterfield, 2023). Gory horror adaptation of the lovable children’s story in which a newly feral Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet get a taste for blood and terrorize a teenage Christopher Robin and a group of young women in a remote house. 7 p.m. 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.
"Border to Border Trail": Evenings with OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) at University of Michigan
This event provides a look behind the scenes to learn how the Border to Border (B2B) Trail has been planned and developed. As the cold and snows of winter begin to recede, we can all look forward to enjoying the beautiful B2B trail, with added appreciation of how it has been created for us.
-Roy Townsend, P.E., Project Manager, and
-Pete Sanderson, Landscape Architect, for the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission.
Please arrive at 6:30pm for networking and refreshments
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.
Meditation & Discussion: Ann Arbor Karma Thegsum Chöling.
“Reducing Your Carbon Footprint: Locally Sourced Food”: Temple Beth Emeth.
TBE Brotherhood president Bill Parkus leads a workshop (via Zoom) featuring talks by local sustainability experts. 7:30 p.m., for URL preregister at climateherostories.com. Free. info@ClimateHeroStories.com.
Annual Concerto Concert: Pioneer High School.
Wind Symphony: EMU Music Department.
Mary K. Schneider directs this music student ensemble in “Paint Strokes,” a program of 20th- and 21st-century music, including 2 works inspired by paintings: Norman Dello Joio’s Scenes from the Louvre, and Zhou Tain’s Petals of Fire. Also, Stravinsky’s neoclassical Octet for Wind instruments and works by David Biedenbender, Oscar Navarro, and Paul Creston. 7:30 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, 494 College Pl., Ypsilanti. Free. 487–4143.
“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.