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Calendar of Events

Sunday, January 13, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Oct. 27) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Oct. 28), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
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 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Triathlon Training Clinic: Epic Races.

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Come out to Epic Races December 16th, Triathlon Training Clinic, hosted by former Olympian and multi-sport athlete Sheila Taormina. Whether you're an experienced athlete or a complete beginner, this clinic is for you!
Two Class Levels
Never-Ever (Only available on 12/16)
Join the growing ranks of triathletes from the age of 7 to 70+. Even if you have never swum in a lake, ridden a bike more than a few miles, or even run a mile, you can train to complete a triathlon this summer. In this clinic you will gain the background, tools, and motivation to give it a tri. You will spend some time in the classroom, doing dry land training, and time in the pool. Participants will receive a 12-week sprint triathlon training plan.

I've Tried Before (Class for 12/16 is full)
The "I've Tried Before" group will learn triathlon training secrets from Sheila Taormina followed by coaching in the pool. Learn advanced stroke techniques and improve your form for more efficient and effective s
Whitmore Lake Community Pool, 7430 Whitmore Lake Rd., Whitmore Lake. $95. info@epicraces.com www.epicraces.com [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Jackson County Brunch Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Thurs. Moderate-paced ride, 25-50 miles, along the less traveled roads of scenic Jackson County.
9 a.m., meet at Cavanaugh Lake Park, Cavanaugh Lake Rd., Waterloo Recreation Area, 3.2 miles west of Chelsea. Free. 994-5908. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

Open House: Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor.

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Parents and children are invited to join us on Sunday, January 13th from 10:30am to 12:00pm for our annual Open House. Tour our kindergarten, meet our teachers, hear from our panel of parents, alumni and current students. RSVPs requested but not required to admissions@hdsaa.org
HDS @ the Jewish Community Center of Ann Arbor, 2937 Birch Hollow Drive. Free. 734-971-4633. admissions@hdsaa.org www.hdsaa.org [map]
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 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Coffee Tour: Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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One of Zingerman's Coffee managing partners, Allen Leibowitz or Steve Mangigian, offers a free tour of the coffee company and talks about the intricate world of java.
11 a.m.-noon, Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr.. Free. 929-6060. [map]
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 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Youth Rowing Clinic at the University of Michigan: U-Meet the Athlete.

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Meet and row with the University of Michigan Women's Rowing Team! U-Meet the Athlete gives children grades K-8 the opportunity to participate in sport clinics with University of Michigan varsity student-athletes. The goal is to have fun while stressing the importance of mastering sport-specific fundamentals, doing well in school, and living a healthy lifestyle. Please visit our website for more information and to download a registration form!
Intramural Sports Building, 606 E Hoover Ave. $20. 734-764-1342. kidsport@umich.edu www.kines.umich.edu/umove/u-meet-the-athlete [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

H.A.C. Ultimate.

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Every Sun. All invited to a very relaxed pickup game of this spirited team sport played with a flying disc. Note: Overly competitive players are politely asked to leave.
11:15 a.m., Mitchell Field, Fuller Rd. Free. hac_ultimate@ameritech.net, 846-9418.
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 11:30 a.m.1 p.m. 

Finvarra's Wren: Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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All invited to a brunch with casseroles, salads, and sweets, followed by a performance of inventive arrangements of traditional Irish, Scottish, English, and Celtic-American dances and carols by this Detroit-area multigenerational quartet led by singer-guitarist Jim Perkins. With Cheryl Burns on bodhran and mountain dulcimer, Alison Perking on fiddle and whistle, and Asher Perkins on button accordion and concertina.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. a.m., Jewel Heart Center, 1129 Oak Valley Dr. (between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth). $10 994-3387. [map]
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 1-4 p.m. 

Lamaze Condensed Childbirth Class: Lamaze Family Center.

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Our premier, comprehensive childbirth class is designed for pregnant women and their partners who prefer a more condensed format. This in-depth, interactive 6-hour series meets either all-day Saturday or two consecutive Sunday afternoons or two consecutive Monday nights. The series covers a wide range of topics in-depth based on Lamaze International's Six Healthy Birth Practices, including:
•the various stages of labor, birth, and early postpartum;;
•relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and positions for labor and delivery;
•partner's role with laboring mom;
•pain management options and birth interventions; hospital procedures, and Cesarean birth.

All of our childbirth educators are highly trained, active in the birth community and are Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educators (LCCE).

The cost of this class also includes a two-hour breastfeeding class. After you complete your registration, we will email you the code to register for your free class
Lamaze Family Center, 2855 Boardwalk. 185.00. 734.973.1014. info@lamazefamilycenter.org www.lamazefamilycenter.org [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Engaging with Art": UMMA.

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Every Sun. Docent-led tour, with audience participation, of highlights of UMMA collections.
1 p.m. UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Family Science: Just Like Me?": U-M Natural History Museum/Ann Arbor District Library.

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Jan. 12 & 13. AADL staff explain to kids in grades K-5 (accompanied by an adult) the biological causes of skin color and hair texture, along with other inherited genetic traits. Participants also get to perform a DNA extraction.
10-11 a.m. (Jan. 12), AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., & 1-2 p.m. (Jan. 13), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes. Free. 764-0480, 327-8301. [map]
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 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Every Sat. & Sun. and Jan. 2-4. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows. The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. & Jan. 2-4, 1:30 Sat. & Sun, & Jan. 2-4, & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky. Season of Light (2:30 p.m. Jan. 2-4) is an audiovisual show about various ancient and modern solstice celebrations, including Christmas and Hanukkah. Light Years from Andromeda (Sat. 12:30 & 2:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show narrated by Star Trek actor Michael Dorn that shows the changes that occurred on Earth during the 2.8 million years it took a light beam to travel from Andromeda. Black Holes (Sun. 2:30 p.m.) is an animated show that begins with the formation of the early Universe and the birth and death of stars and concludes with a simulated flight to a supermassive black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way. Note: There is a different planetarium show on MLK Day (see Jan. 21 listing).

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Various times, Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

Youth Lacrosse Clinic at the University of Michigan: U-Meet the Athlete.

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Meet and play lacrosse with the University of Michigan Men's Lacrosse Team! U-Meet the Athlete gives children grades K-8 the opportunity to participate in sport clinics with University of Michigan varsity student-athletes. The goal is to have fun while stressing the importance of mastering sport-specific fundamentals, doing well in school, and living a healthy lifestyle. Please visit our website for more information and to download a registration form!
Oosterbaan Field House, 1202 S State St. $20. 734-764-1342. kidsport@umich.edu www.kines.umich.edu/umove/u-meet-the-athlete [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

Dexter Community Orchestra: Dexter District Library.

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A Dexter Orchestra chamber music ensemble performs classical music.
2 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

MLK Unity March: Second Baptist Church.

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All invited to join a march from the Washtenaw County Courthouse to the Second Baptist Church on Red Oak. Refreshments.
2 p.m., meet at the Courthouse (Main at Huron) or get transportation from the church following the 10:45 a.m. service. Free. 663-9369.
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 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Our Amazing Brain, Neuroscience's New Discoveries & Implications for Us: Carole Kirby, lmsw.

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In the past 15-20 years, neuroscience has demonstrated the existence of neuro-transmitter circuits in the brain that can be altered & redirected by our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, relationsohips, & external environment. Research has shown that the brain is dynamic, connective, & socially seeking organ. Come learn about some of these new developments - mirror neurons, differences in men & women's brains, ways to deal with our reactivity, etc.
Carole has 30 years experience as a therapist, coach, & inspirational teacher. She is a certified Imago therpist & workshop presenter. She is devoted to helping people develop safe, loving relationships. She offers couples therapy, group therapy, and therapy for individuals.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main Street. Free. 734-424-2797. carole777@aol.com www.therapy4couples.com [map]
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 2-4:30 p.m. 

Parent/Child Indian Curry Party: Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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Kids want to help in the kitchen and it's not always convenient, but this class makes it easy. It allows you to work alongside your budding chef to make everything on the menu, and then sit down to enjoy a meal together. We emphasize knife safety and other helpful kitchen tips. This is a relaxing way to enjoy cooking with your child while learning at the same time. And you don't have to clean up! We'll send you home with leftovers (feel free to bring a container) and a recipe packet. * This class is for ages 6 and up with an adult. In this Indian curry party, ginger, garlic, cinnamon and cardamom play starring roles. We'll roast and grind spices for the dishes in this class. We'll also teach you how to make Paneer from scratch! Menu: Matar Paneer (Fresh cheese in green pea sauce); Channa Masala (chickpeas in spicy sauce); and Chicken Tikka Masala. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com.
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65 for Parent + 1 child; $85 for Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 2 p.m. 

U-M Women's Basketball vs. Wisconsin.

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2 p.m., Crisler Arena. $7 & $8 (age 55 & older, $5; U-M students, faculty, & staff with ID, free). 764-0247. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit of military paintings that is highlighted by West's iconic 1776 painting, The Death of General Wolfe, which flouted the conventions of the time and became one of the most celebrated paintings in Britain.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 2 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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 2 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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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Landscaping with Roses": Huron Valley Rose Society.

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Screening of a video. Refreshments.
2 p.m., Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 277-0112. [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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 2-4:30 p.m..  Free! 

"Our Amazing Brain Neuroscience's New Discoveries and the Implications for Us.".

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Talk by local couples therapist Carole Kirby.
2-4:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required. 424-2797. [map]
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 2 & 4 p.m. 

"The Girly Show: Michigan Women Sing Michigan Men": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Female U-M musical theatre students perform cabaret songs written by male U-M composers including Andrew Lippa, Gavin Creel, Nick Blaemire, and more. Proceeds benefit SafeHouse Women's Shelter of Ann Arbor.
2 & 4 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 2 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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 2-4  Free! 

"Upcycle an Old Sweater into Mittens": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Adults and teens in grade 6 & up invited to bring an outworn sweater to transform into a pair of handmade mittens. Other supplies (and a few old sweaters) provided.
2-4 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Audition Workshop for "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka": Saline Area Players.

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Saline Area Players are sponsoring a WILLY WONKA AUDITION WORKSHOP for kids (ages 7 through high school) on January 13 from 3-5:00 at Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St. The workshop is to prepare kids for what is to come if they choose to audition for the actual show. The auditions will be January 27 at 2:30 pm for kids, and January 28 & 29 at 7:00 pm for adults. If you're thinking about auditioning, please attend this workshop to learn the song you can sing at auditions, hear about the show, try some improvisational games, receive good tips for auditioning, and meet the directors,
Full information is available via the website at www.salineareaplayers.org
Liberty School Auditorium, 7265 N. Ann Arbor St., Saline. Free. president@salineareaplayers.org www.salineareaplayers.org [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Euterpe Woodwind Quintet: First United Methodist Church Green Wood Chamber Music Series.

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This local ensemble of Washtenaw Community Band members, founded by clarinetist Ernest Brandon, performs a program of 20th-century works for woodwind quintet by Holst, Prokofiev, Persichetti, and others, along with transcriptions of pieces like Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag," Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band, and Percy Grainger's Londonderry Air." With flutist Beth Wondolowski, oboist Pat McLain, French horn player Ashley Burtner, and bassoonist Kathy Fredette.
3 p.m., FUMC Green Wood, 1001 Green Rd. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Pokemon League: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. All invited to play this popular card game and trade cards with other players.
3 p.m., Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. Free. 786-3746. [map]
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 3 p.m.  Free! 

Recital: Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.

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Performances by young local musicians.
3 p.m., AASPA, 637 S. Main. Free. 213-2000. [map]
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 3 p.m. 

"Behind the Scenes: Research and Exhibits": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the scientific collections that are the basis for the museum's research and how museum staff prepare its exhibits.
11 a.m. (Sat.) & 3 p.m. (Sat. & Sun.), Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

Detroit Symphony Orchestra: University Musical Society.

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Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the DSO and organists Peter Richard Conte, David Higgs, and James Kibbie in a concert showcasing Hill Auditorium's 1893 Detroit-built Frieze organ. The DSO is joined by director Jerry Blackstone and the UMS Choral Union in a program of Scottish composer James MacMillan's 2010 work Tu es Petrus, J.S. Bach's well-known work Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Barber's Toccata Festiva, William Bolcom's Free Fantasia on "O Zion, Haste" and "How Firm a Foundation", and Soviet-Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian's Symphony No. 3 in C.
4 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10-$75 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

"The Girly Show: Michigan Women Sing Michigan Men": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Female U-M musical theatre students perform cabaret songs written by male U-M composers including Andrew Lippa, Gavin Creel, Nick Blaemire, and more. Proceeds benefit SafeHouse Women's Shelter of Ann Arbor.
2 & 4 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 4:30 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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 4:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain": Rainbow Book Club.

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All invited to join a discussion of actress Portia de Rossi's memoir about her efforts to overcome anorexia and bulimia and her fear of coming out.
4:30-7 p.m., Jim Toy Community Center, 325 Braun Ct. Free. 763-4168. [map]
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 6 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. 

Robin & Linda Williams: The Ark.

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Popular husband-and-wife acoustic duo who perform a wide range of American music, from old-time country, blues, and gospel to bluegrass and rockabilly, along with Linda's hauntingly melodic, wryly observant original songs. Expert musicians on guitar, banjo, and mouth harp, the Williamses are especially known for their emotionally rich vocal harmonies. Their 2002 CD Visions of Love is a collection of country classics produced by Garrison Keillor, and their new CD, These Old Dark Walls, is a collection of mostly original bluegrass and folk-style tunes.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8:15 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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Science camp for kids ages 6-14
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