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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 10, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

Life of Pine Art Show: Ypsilanti District Library.

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The Life of Pine art show with pastels and watercolors by Ypsilanti artist, Dennis Gordon will be at Ypsilanti's Whittaker Road Library until January 30. The theme of the art show is the life and times of an Eastern White Pine tree. The show chronicles the dangerous and dramatic life of a pine tree.
While one might not think of a pine tree's life as all that exciting, it is filled with uncertainties and whether the pine tree recognizes it as such, plenty of beauty and drama pass before it.
Whittaker Road Ypsilanti Library, Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti. Free. dennishgordon@yahoo.com dennisartist.imagekind.com

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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Class Week: Stroller Strides Ann Arbor.

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Stroller Strides of Ann Arbor provides a 60 minute total body workout for moms of stroller-age children (approx. 6-weeks to 4 years). The workout is appropriate for moms of all fitness levels and combines a power walk with intervals of toning and cardio. We use exercise tubing, the environment (e.g., benches and stairs), and the stroller for a fun and social exercise program. Children remain in their strollers, but are involved in the workout with songs and creative drills.
We're adding a new location to our class line-up and would love to have you celebrate with us!
Wide World Sports Center, 2140 Oak Valley Drive. Free. jordannelson@strollerstrides.net http://bit.ly/SSA2FREEWEEK [map]

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 10 a.m. 

Tuesday Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Also, riders can start at 11 a.m. from the gazebo in downtown Dexter (994-5908). Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m., meet at Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 545-0541. [map]

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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Generations: Bridging the Divide": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs., Jan. 10-Feb. 14. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.

Jan. 10: Generations United executive director Donna Butts discusses "Policy and the Social Compact: Can We Move from Silos to Solidarity?"

Jan. 17: Penn State intergenerational programs and aging professor Matt Kaplan on "Adventures in Intergenerational Programming." <

i>Jan. 24: A Burns Park Players representative TBA on "The Burns Park Players: A Multigenerational Neighborhood Community Theater Group."

Jan. 31: "Echoes from WWII." Panel discussion with talks by former Ann Arbor Public Schools superintendent Scoott Westerman on "From Europe to the Philippines with the 86th (Blackhawk) Infantry Division," retired U-M mechanical engineering professor John A. Clark on "The Aerial Bombing of Germany 1944-45: A View from the Cockpit," and former NFL referee Art Holst on "Into Germany with General Patton's Third Army and War's End."

Feb. 7: Seattle Housing Authority development director Stephanie Van Dyke on "Multigenerational Communities."

Feb. 14: U-M Institute for Social Research research scientist Toni Antonnucci on "Intergenerational Relations: Conflict, Support, and Interdependence."

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture at the door. 998-9351. [map]

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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Every Thurs. Jan. 3: Local physician Thomas Clark leads snowflake making. Jan. 10: classical, jazz, and tango by the flute-guitar duo of Tracy Kash Thomas and Duane Allen Harlick. Jan. 17: New York artist Alli Berman demonstrates her PuzzleArt therapy activities. Jan. 24: Jazz standards, originals, and Latin jazz by Edie Herrold & Red Shoes. Jan. 31: Classical and jazz piano by Jim Vincent.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

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 12:15 p.m.  Free! 

Coffee Break Concert Series: First Baptist Church.

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Performance by the U-M a cappella ensemble Angels on Call. Program TBA. Preceded by refreshments.
12:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 517 E. Washington. Free. 663-9376. [map]

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 1 p.m. 

Ikebana International Chapter 183.

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Chelsea Flowers owner Nobuko Sakoda leads a session of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. Call for instructions on equipment to bring.
1 p.m., University Commons, 817 Asa Gray Dr. (off Huron Pkwy.). $15 (members, $8) materials fee. (248) 685-7696. [map]

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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Iris Folding: Dexter District Library.

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Local crafter Helen O'Toole shows how to make seasonal cards using a technique known as "iris folding." Nov. 13: Chance to make a Thanksgiving turkey card. Dec. 7: Chance to make a Christmas card. Jan. 10: Chance to make a whimsical winter card. Feb. 1: Chance to make a Valentine's Day card.
1 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

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 1-2:30 p.m. 

New Horizons Band: Saline Senior Center.

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Bring a band instrument. Beginners are asked to call ahead to set up lessons.
7-8:30 p.m. (Tues.) and 1-2:30 p.m. (Thurs.), Liberty School band room, 7265 Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., Saline. Free. 429-1742. [map]

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 1 p.m. 

Tykes: Let it Snow, Snow, Snow!: Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Snow can be fun to play in but it's so much more! Make a snow catcher, learn about snow flakes, and find out whether or not snow is "clean." Stories and other snowy crafts and activities will have your tyke saying "let it snow!"
January 10, 17, 24 & 31.
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Ages 4-5, caregiver not required. Registration required.
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $44 for all four sessions. 734-997-1553. info@lesliesnc.org http://www.lesliesnc.org [map]

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 1 p.m. 

"Un Ballo in Maschera": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of director David Alden's dreamlike staging of Verdi's opera, a dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Stars Marcelo Alvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky, Smitri Hvorostovsky, Kathleen Kim, and Stephanie Blythe. The broadcast is reprised on tape Jan. 9 & 10 (see listings).
12:55 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]

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 1 p.m. 

"Un Ballo in Maschera": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of director David Alden's dreamlike staging of Verdi's opera, a dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance. Stars Marcelo Alvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky, Smitri Hvorostovsky, Kathleen Kim, and Stephanie Blythe. The broadcast is reprised on tape Jan. 9 & 10 (see listings).
12:55 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]

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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Concerto Competition Finals: U-M School of Music.

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Jan. 9 & 10. Two days of music by undergrad (Jan. 9) and grad (Jan. 10) student finalists in the annual music school concerto competition.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]

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 4-6 p.m. 

"Identities in Red, Black, and White": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Panel discussion in mixed-race identities in celebration of the oening of the mu7seum exhibit, InDiVisible: African Native American Lives in the Americas (see Galleries). Panelists are Dancing Strong founder Adesola Akinleye, Detroit-based best-selling novelist Elizabeth Atkins, San Francisco State University American Indian Studies professor Robert Keith Collins, U-M Native American Studies professor Philip Deloria.
4-6 p.m., Arthur Miller Theater, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0478. [map]

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 4 & 7:30 p.m. 

"Les Miserables": Michigan Theater.

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(Tom Hooper, 2012). Adaptation of the Broadway musical, itself an adaptation of Victor Hugo's sweeping epic of 19th-century Parisian life. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway.
Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]

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 4:15 & 7:15 p.m. 

"Hyde Park on Hudson": Michigan Theater.

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(Roger Michell, 2012). Drama about the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin, Margaret Suckley. Bill Murray, Laura Linney.
Michigan Theater. Tickets (unless otherwise noted): $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]

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 5-8:30 p.m. 

"Rush Hour Relief": Cranbrook Whole Foods Market.

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Every Thurs. Whole Foods staffers discuss wine. Tastings with cheese and appetizers. Topics include Syrah from the U.S. (Jan. 3), Oregon favorites (Jan. 10), Chianti (Jan. 17), Charles Smith wines (Jan. 24), and Michigan wines (Jan. 31). Also, Michigan beer tastings (5-7 p.m., prices vary), with representatives from Original Gravity Brewing Company (Jan. 4) and Dark Horse Brewing Company (Jan. 18).
5-8:30 p.m., Whole Foods wine bar, 990 W. Eisenhower, Cranbrook Village shopping center. $17. 997-7500. [map]

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 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Fellowship Dinner: Dexter United Methodist Church.

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Occasionally canceled during the holidays; see dexterumc.org for schedule updates.
5:30-6:30 p.m., Dexter United Methodist Church, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. $6 (families, $24; kids age 5 & under, free). 426-8480. [map]

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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $5. 761-6691. [map]

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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club.

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.Discussions and activities.

Mar. 13 (6 p.m.): Discussion of summer gardening and garden tour plans.

Apr. 17 (7 p.m.): A trip to Hilltop Greenhouse (8896 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor), where Hilltop co-owner Denise Prielipp discusses her plants and soils and previews her open house in May.

May 8 (6 p.m.): "Planting around the Depot Gardens." All invited to bring gardening tools to help club members plant flowers around the Chelsea Depot. Followed by pizza and socializing.

May 11 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.): "Garage Sale." Club fundraiser. Drop off items to donate for the sale May 9, 5-7 p.m., or May 10, 3-7 p.m.

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7 p.m., Chelsea Depot (unless otherwise noted), 125 Jackson St., Chelsea. Free. 634-1954. [map]

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 7 p.m. 

"Fiddler on the Roof": Young People's Theater.

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Jan. 10-13. Jayme Kelmigian directs young local actors in Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick's beloved, heartwarming musical, based on stories by celebrated Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, about life in a small Russian Jewish community around 1900. The show's many familiar songs include "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset," and "To Life."
7 p.m. (Jan. 10-12), 1 p.m. (Jan. 12), & 2 p.m. (Jan. 13), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $15 (kids age 18 & under and seniors age 65 & over, $10) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, mutotix.com, & by phone, and at the door. youngpeoplestheater.com, 763-TKTS. [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Ski Club.

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Jan. 10 & 24. All invited to learn about the club's downhill and cross-country ski and snowboarding outings and other social activities. Refreshments. Must be 21 or older. Followed by dancing (Jan. 10) to music spun by a DJ and by a movie night (Jan. 24).
7:30 p.m., Cobblestone Farm barn, 2781 Packard. $5. 786-2237. [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart: University Musical Society.

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Jan. 8-13. The National Theatre of Scotland, founded in 2006 and known for staging plays in non-traditional places like airports and forests, performs Scottish playwright David Greig's rollicking, surreal play about a prim, uptight researcher of Scottish border ballads. While stuck in a small-town pub, she is forced to experience first-hand the ballads' passionate and bacchanalian themes. The play is itself a ballad written in rhyming couplets and subverted by witty references to Facebook, Kylie Minogue, and Costco. The 5-actor cast, directed by Wils Wilson, maximizes the small yet intimate staging in a pub by climbing up on tables and weaving through the audience. Recommended for ages 14+. Also, on Jan. 12, "A Play and a Pint: Scottish Theater and the Border Ballads of Prudencia Hart," ," a discussion led by U-M history professor Kali Israel and English instructor Karen McConnell (6 p.m.; Corner Brewery).
7:30 p.m. (Jan. 8-10), 8 p.m. (Jan. 11 & 12), 2 p.m. (Jan. 12), & 6 p.m. (Jan. 13), Corner Brewery, 720 Norris (at Forest), Ypsilanti. $50 general admission, in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

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 7:30 p.m. 

"Brill": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 10-Feb. 10. David Wolber directs the world premiere of local playwright David Wells' comedy-with music by the veteran local rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter Frank Allison-set in 1959 in the Brill Building, the longtime epicenter of the pop music universe whose hegemony is under assault by the rise of rock 'n' roll. It's about a washed-up Big Band songwriter who tries to make music with a young woman who shows up at his office with her guitar, her aspirations, and more than a few secrets. Stars Phil Powers and Sarah Ann Leahy. The Feb. 3 performance is preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a "Cultural Conversation" ($10; reservations suggested) hosted by Performance Network artistic director Carla Milarch with the director, designers, and cast.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 3 p.m. (Jan. 26 & Feb. 9), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Jan. 10), $22 (Jan. 11, 13, & 17), and $30 (Jan. 12). Jan. 18 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Jan. 18: $27 & $29 (Thurs.), $32 & $34 (Fri. & Sun.), $25 & $27 (Sat. matinee), $39 & $41 (Sat. eve.). $3 discount for seniors age 60 & over. Tickets available in advance at performancenetwork.org & by phone, and at the door. $10 student discount in advance, half-price student tickets at the door only. For reservations, call 663-0681; to charge by phone, call 663-0696. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

Freakwater: The Ark.

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One of the glories to emerge from the 90s postrock alt-country scene, this Chicago-based duo of Kentucky-bred singer-songwriters Janet Beveridge Bean and Catherine Ann Irwin sets pungent, emotionally engaging contemporary lyrics to traditional country music performed with a vibrant simplicity and freshness that provokes comparisons to the Carter Family and Hank Williams.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $12 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and theark.org; and at the door.To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

"The Meaning of Almost Everything": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan 10-Mar. 9. See review. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' comedy that combines slapstick, vaudeville, tragedy, and farce in an exuberant romp of a play that explores the pain and joy of human existence. The story concerns 2 men who live in an undefined place and time where nothing happens. One wants to remain in the safety and comfort of this environment, while the other wants to leave.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Jan. 10-17 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Jan. 17: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]

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