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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 11, 2013






 
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 9 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!
Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle. Free. jordannelson@strollerstrides.net http://bit.ly/SSA2FREEWEEK [map]
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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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 Noon-1 p.m.  Free! 

"The Welcome Mat: How Jews Encounter the World": Temple Beth Emeth Lunch and Learn.

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Jan. 11, 18, & 25. TBE rabbi Robert Levy leads an informal discussion. Bring a lunch, if you wish.
Noon-1 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 1:15 p.m.  Free! 

Ice Dancing Exhibition: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Performance by ice dancers and freestyle skaters who are preparing for the upcoming U.S. National Championships.
1:15 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 213-6768. [map]
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 2, 5:20, & 8:40 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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 2:15 & 9 p.m. 

"Chasing Ice": Michigan Theater.

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(Jeff Orlowski, 2012). Documentary about the effort to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers using time-lapse cameras.
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 p.m. 

"Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel": Michigan Theater.

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(Lisa Immordino Vreeland, 2011). Documentary about this influential editor of Harper's Bazaar.
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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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Memory, Time, and Private Spaces: Ann Arbor Art Center.

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Memory, Time, and Private Spaces is a group exhibition featuring the current work of Christine Bruxvoort, Cathy Jacobs, and Carolyn Reed Barritt. Twenty-four works of art are presented, including paintings, drawings, and video installations. Drawing on their own observations, memories, and dreams, the collective body of work reflects each artist-s desire to invite viewers into an intimate world.
The exhibition includes the energetic oil paintings of Cathy Jacobs, whose brightly colored, figurative work harbors mysterious undertones; Carolyn Reed Barritt-s quiet works on paper that reveal imaginary portraits and melancholy still lifes with a limited palette; and the sculptural video installations of Christine Bruxvoort that intimately investigate the delicate phase between puberty and adulthood.
Exhibition: January 11th - February 24th.
Reception: Friday, January 11th 6pm-8pm.
Gallery Talk: Saturday, February 9th 1pm-2:30pm.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W Liberty. Free. 1-734-994-8004. nrice@annarborartcenter.org http://annarborartcenter.org/memory-time-and-private-spaces [map]
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Gluten-Free Pizza Party!: Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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As some gluten-free regulars already know, we've been working tirelessly on perfecting the perfect gluten-free pizza dough! Well, we've got it!! We'll be baking off two types of pizza dough recipes sure to satisfy your cravings! Menu: Thin Crust Pizza Dough; Thick and Chewy Pizza Dough; Gourmet Topping Bar including Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, Gourmet Cheeses with Homemade Sauces & Pestos! We'll also be featuring a gluten-free BEER-TASTING including some of the new wheat-free beers offered on the market today!
Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Moms Night Out Vision Board Party: Plum Moms Club.

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Make 2013 your best year yet - create the life you want by getting your dreams and desires down on paper. Joanna from Cup of Tea Coaching will be hosting a vision board session to lead women to recognize their goals, find balance in their life, and give back to themselves.
This event is free and open to all mamas - feel free to bring a friend! To properly prepare materials for the event we ask that you RSVP http://bit.ly/2013BestYearYet
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. Free. jordannelson@strollerstrides.net http://bit.ly/2013BestYearYet [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Monthly Dinner: Saline Singles.

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We're a group of single men and women who meet on the second Friday of each month for dinner at a local restaurant -- just to enjoy time with old friends, and to meet new ones. You may arrive as a stranger, but you'll leave with lots of new friends! Join us on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 at Knight's Steakhouse in Ann Arbor for a relaxing dinner and friendly conversation. All are welcome, not just Saline residents. Invite and bring your single friends!
Knight's Steakhouse, 2324 Dexter Avenue. The cost of your own dinner. 734-769-5210. info@salinesingles.com www.salinesingles.com [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 p.m. 

"FutureStars 2013": Pioneer High School.

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Jan. 11, 12, & 19 (different programs). AAPS high school students perform 4 different talent shows. The judges and the audience response determine the winners in each of the 4 categories, who compete in the Jan. 19 finale. This is a very popular show. The 9:30 p.m. shows are open only to students.

Jan. 11: "50 Years of Soul."

Jan. 12: "Dance Fever."

Jan. 19: Final competition.

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7 & 9:30 p.m. (Jan. 11 & 12) & 7:30 p.m. (Jan. 19), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. Tickets (available at the door only) $7 on Jan. 11 & 12, $15 (students, seniors age 65 & over, & teachers, $10) on Jan. 19. 994-2191. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"iZōsh": Women Investing in Women.

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All women interested in helping women around the world in extreme poverty invited for a talk by World Vision mobilization director Joan Mussa and a group discussion of Muhammad Yunus's Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty.
7 p.m., Huron Hills Church, 3150 Glazier Way. Free, but donations accepted. 253-2753. [map]
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Telescope Orientation": Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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LSNC staff and University Lowbrow Astronomers members introduce the basics of using a telescope and doing backyard astronomy. Bring your own telescope or try out a Lowbrow member's.
7-9 p.m., Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $6 (family, $21). 997-1553. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

U-M Ice Hockey vs. Alaska.

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Jan. 11 & 12.
7:30 p.m., Yost Ice Arena, 1016 S. State at McKinley. $19-$25. 764-0247. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

Advanced English Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Arlene Kindel, Don Theyken, and Bob Messer call to live music by Childgrove. For experienced English country dancers.
8-11 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $10. (248) 288-4737. [map]
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 8-10 p.m.  Free! 

Angell Hall Observatory Open House: U-M Student Astronomical Society.

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Jan. 11 & 25. All invited to peer through the telescopes in the observatory and on the Angell Hall roof and to view shows in the planetarium. Also, short astronomy presentations by club members.
8-10 p.m., 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Free. 764-3440. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Johnny Lawrence: Kerrytown Concert House Jazz Master Series.

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Jazz by the talented Ypsilanti-bred guitarist Lawrence. With pianist Tad Weed, bassist Kurt Krahnke, and drummer Sean Dobbins.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

MTango Beginner's Bootcamp Series: MTango.

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MTango is a student organization dedicated to spreading the joy of Argentine tango in the University of Michigan community and beyond. We pride ourselves in providing outstanding teachers at affordable prices, and we look for instructors who are not only excellent dancers and experienced teachers but are also articulate and personable people. We also host social dance parties and share our talents through performances. MTango offers a popular intensive beginner's series in Argentine tango (no partner or experience required), as well as classes for more advanced dancers. It's a great way to meet people, listen to awesome music, relax, share a few dances, and have lots of fun!
Mason Hall - 3rd Floor, 419 S. State St. $25 for 6 classes. 313-820-4229. whitemn@umich.edu www.umich.edu/~mtango [map]
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 8 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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 8 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. 

"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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