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Events in February 2023
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February 21, 2023
“D & D Adventures”: Sylvan Factory.
“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.
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).
Mah-jongg: Pittsfield Township Senior Center.
Online Meditation Drop-In: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
“Investigate Labs”: U-M Natural History Museum.
“Autocratic Ethno-Federalism, Regime Change, and Ethiopia’s Tigray War”: U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.
Noon Lecture Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.
Feb. 7 & 21 Talks by visiting scholars. Sandwiches, cookies, & coffee served. Feb. 7: Hebrew University Jerusalem Buddhist studies professor Ian MacCormack on “Making a Buddhist State: Productivity as a Political Value in Early Modern Tibet.” Feb. 21: Yale University law professor Taisu Zhang on “The Ideological Foundations of Qing Taxation.” Noon–1 p.m., 110 Weiser Hall, 500 Church. Free. 764–6308.
Duplicate Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.
Every Thurs., Fri., & Tues. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge (Fri. & Tues.) 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.
Euchre: Pittsfield Township Senior Center.
“Una Tertulia”: U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.
“On the Savage Side”: Literati Bookstore At Home with Literati.
Ohio-based fiction writer Tiffany McDaniel discusses (via Zoom) her new novel about a pair of sisters in rural Ohio whose friends start turning up dead or disappeared, based on the true story of a series of unsolved murders in 2015. 4 p.m., for URL see literatibookstore.com/event/2023-02. Free. 585–5567.
Letterpress Lab: Ann Arbor District Library.
YehRim Lee: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Speaker Series/U-M Museum of Art Artist Talk.
This Korean-born ceramic artist discusses her work that explores contemporary life using traditional clay techniques drawn from Korean onggi ware, an iron-glazed brown pottery, as well as her time studying ceramic making in Jingdezhen, China, the “porcelain city” that produced high-quality blue-and-white ware for global trade between the 16th and the 19th centuries. Lee’s exhibition, Dopamine Dressing, is on display at the UMMA beginning Dec. 3. 5:30 p.m., UMMA Stern Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 936–0671.
“DIY Nutrition Bars”: The Farm at Trinity Health Ann Arbor (formerly St. Joe’s).
Trinity Health Education coordinator Laura Meisler demonstrates how to make your own customized, delicious bars. And yes, there will be chocolate. 6–7:30 p.m., The Farm at Trinity Health Ann Arbor, 5557 McAuley Drive, Ypsilanti. $10. Preregistration required at stjoeshealth.org/classes. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Arbor Group Runs: Fleet Feet.
BattleTech: Classic: Sylvan Factory.
“Food Literacy for All”: U-M Sustainable Food Systems Initiative.
Every Tues. (except Feb. 28), Jan. 10–Apr. 4. Virtual lecture series. Feb. 7: Pastry chef Vanessa Parish and journalist Sunny Levine, a member of the Queer Food Foundation board of directors, discuss “The Intersections of Queer Food.” Feb. 14: Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance coordinating director Niaz Dorry on “A Revol-Ocean to Take Back Our Ocean and Sea-Based Foods” Feb. 21: Drexel University community health professor Ashley Gripper on “Urban Agriculture’s Impacts on Agency and Wellbeing in Philadelphia.” 6:30–8 p.m., for Zoom URL, preregister at sites.lsa.umich.edu/sustainablefoodsystems/foodliteracyforall. Free.
Pandemica Driveway Band: Ann Arbor District Library.
This local ensemble, which began performing in driveways and backyards shortly after the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, presents “Miss Gloria’s Music Circle,” a program of traditional and modern children’s music featuring vocalist Miss Gloria Wilson. The group’s instrumentation includes clarinet, French horn, tuba, guitar, and drums. 6:30–7:30 p.m., AADL Downtown. Free. 327–4200.
“Capture the Flag”: All Hands Active.
Ann Arbor Camera Club.
Feb. 7 & 21 (different programs). On Feb. 7 club members show their digital slides and prints on various topics, including this month’s assignment, “City Lights at Night,” and on Feb. 21, club members Lori Franzen and Tom Egel lead a “Hands-on Macro Experience” (bring camera and tripod). 7–9 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty, rear entrance, 2nd fl. Mask and proof of Covid-19 vaccination and booster required. Free. annarborcameraclub.org, email@example.com.
English Country Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.
Every Tues. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught; no partner or experience needed. Bring flat, clean-soled, nonslip shoes (running shoes okay) and your own water bottle. First-timers are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. 7–9:30 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. Mask required. Suggested donation: $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with caregiver, free). aactmad.org/english-country, 665–7704.
Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Virtual Trivia Night: Ann Arbor Adventure Club.
“Bossa and Beyond”: Kerrytown Concert House.
The duo of renowned Brazilian guitarist Chico Pinheiro and jazz vocalist Greg Jasperse blend bossa nova, jazz, and the Great American Songbook standards with their original compositions. 7:30 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Livestream also available. Tickets $29–$50 (students $19) in advance at kerrytownconcerthouse.com and (if available) at the door. Reservations recommended. 769–2999.
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., Feb. 7 & 21). Various times, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W. Washington. Free admission. Preregistration for Thurs. A2 Stammtisch requested at firstname.lastname@example.org. 812–6375 (Tues.).
Open Mic Comedy Night: The Club Above.
The Moth StorySLAM: Michigan Radio.
Open mic storytelling competition sponsored by The Moth, the NYC-based nonprofit storytelling organization. Ten storytellers are selected at random from among those who sign up to tell a 3- to 5-minute story on the theme of “Bizarre.” Stories are judged by a 3-person team recruited from the audience. Monthly winners compete in a semiannual GrandSLAM. Seating limited; arrive early. 7:30–9 p.m. (doors open and sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.), The Blind Pig, 208 S. First. Tickets $15 general admission in advance only at TheMoth.org beginning a week before event. email@example.com.