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February 22, 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.
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.
“Mason Jar Luminaries”: Pittsfield Township Parks & Recreation.
All seniors invited to learn how to create their own luminaries using Mod Podge decoupage glue, a mason jar, and other items. 10-11:30 a.m., Pittsfield Twp. Community Center, 701 Ellsworth Rd. $10 ($8 residents) includes all materials. Preregistration required at recreation.pittsfield-mi.gov. 822–2120.
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.
“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.
“Housing and Transportation: What’s the Climate Connection?”: Citizens’ Climate Lobby/City of Ann Arbor Office of Sustainability and Innovation.
Bill Charlap Trio: Blue LLama Jazz Club
GRAMMY Award winning pianist, BILL CHARLAP has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.314 S. Main St ,Ann Arbor. Pre-Pay Light Fare+Libations or Dinner+Show at opentable.com $35–85. firstname.lastname@example.org bluellamaclub.com 734-372-3200.
RESCHEDULED TO MAY 3: “Science Café”: U-M Museum of Natural History/Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub.
Monthly Meeting: Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.
“An Evening of Poetry and Written Word”: Crazy Wisdom Poetry Circle.
Readings (via Zoom) by Michigan novelist and poet Linda Sienkiewicz, a sly chronicler of the surreal and mysterious in daily life, and Washington D.C. poet Hiram Larew, a retired food scientist whose clear, clever poems find in twigs, seeds, and the sky wisdom and cause for gratitude. Followed by open mic. For guidelines, see cwcircle.poetry.blog/poetry-workshop-guidelines. 7–8:45 p.m. (sign-up for new participants begins at 6:45 p.m.), for URL email email@example.com. Free. 668–7523.
“HaydnSeek Concert #8”: Northside Community Church.
Local cellist Thor Sigurdson and pianist Sarah Kim, a recent U-M music school grad, perform Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in B-flat Major and other works TBA. Child care available for very small children. Light refreshments. 7–8 p.m., Northside Community Church, 929 Barton Dr. Mask encouraged. Free; donations accepted. ncca2.org/events, NorthsideCommunityA2@gmail.com, 649–7948.
"Everyday War: The Conflict Over Donbas, Ukraine Book Launch with Greta Lynn Uehling": Schuler Books
Through engaging with the lives of ordinary people living in and around the armed conflict over Donbas, Ukraine that began in 2014 Everyday War shows how our conventional understandings of war are incomplete. Bridging political geography, international relations, peace and conflict studies, and anthropology, Greta Lynn Uehling considers where peace can be cultivated at an everyday level.
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About the Book:
Everyday War provides an accessible lens through which to understand what non combatant civilians go through in a country at war. What goes through the mind of a mother who must send her child to school across a minefield or the men who belong to groups of volunteer body collectors? In Ukraine, such questions have been part of the daily calculus of life. Greta Uehling engages with the lives of ordinary people living in and around the armed conflict over Donbas that began in 2014 and shows how conventional understandings of war are incomplete.
In Ukraine, landscapes filled with death and destruction prompted attentiveness to human vulnerabilities and the cultivation of everyday, interpersonal peace. Uehling explores a constellation of social practices where ethics of care were in operation. People were also drawn into the conflict in an everyday form of war that included provisioning fighters with military equipment they purchased themselves, smuggling insulin, and cutting ties to former friends. Each chapter considers a different site where care can produce interpersonal peace or its antipode, everyday war. Bridging the fields of political geography, international relations, peace and conflict studies, and anthropology, Everyday War considers where peace can be cultivated at an everyday level.
About the Author:
Greta Uehling’s scholarship is broadly concerned with international migration and forced displacement. Major projects have examined the experiences of refugees, asylum seekers, and the internally displaced. Her current project explores the subjective experience of military conflict and forced displacement in Ukraine. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, she documents how the military conflict reconfigured social worlds that became the site of a different, everyday kind of war.
Prior to teaching in the Program on International and Comparatives Studies, Uehling consulted with a number of international organizations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Watson Institute at Brown University.
Uehling holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan. In 2004, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book is Beyond Memory: The Deportation and Repatriation of the Crimean Tatars. Her forthcoming book is Everyday War:
The Conflict over Donbas, Ukraine. She is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and the editor of two edited volumes.
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.
“Michigan War Dog Memorial”: Salem Area Historical Society.
“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.
University Symphony Orchestra: U-M Music School.
Ken Kiesler directs this music student ensemble in a program highlighted by a performance of contemporary Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu’s jazz-inspired Cyberbird Concerto featuring U-M concerto competition-winning saxophone soloist Aiwen Zhang. Also, Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Copland’s pastoral score for Our Town, and music by Frank Zappa. Preceded at 7:15 p.m. by a brief talk. 8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 615–3204.