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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 24, 2013






 
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"The Big Picture": Michigan Theater.

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(Eric Lartigau, 2012). Thriller about a photographer who goes on the run after accidentally killing his wife's lover. French, subtitles.
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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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Are We Hard-Wired for Music?": Clonlara School.

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Talk by music therapist Susan Gannon. Part of Clonlara's lecture series "Understanding Your Child's Uniqueness."
9 a.m., 1289 Jewett. Free. 796-4511. [map]

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 10 a.m. & 1 p.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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 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. 

"Under the African Sky": Wild Swan Theater.

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Jan. 24-26. This award-winning local children's theater presents a series of African folktales. With drumming and other music. As with all Wild Swan productions, the performance is interpreted in American Sign Language. Audio description and backstage "touch" tours are available by prearrangement for blind audience members. Appropriate for kids in grades pre-K-3.
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (Jan. 24 & 25) & 11 a.m. (Jan. 26), WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids, $8) in advance and at the door. 995-0530. [map]

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 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Music Babies": Chelsea District Library.

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Chelsea Center for the Arts instructor Tara Vesprini introduces infants through 1-year-olds (accompanied by a caregiver) to the joy of making music.
10:30-11:15 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Motawi Tileworks Tour.

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Every Thursday at 11am, Motawi Tileworks offers a free tour of the Tileworks. You can scope out our studio, meet our staff, and watch the tilemaking process up close. No need to make a reservation - just show up! Best for ages 8 to adult.
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Drive. Free. 734-213-0017. motawi@motawi.com www.motawi.com [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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 1-3 p.m. 

Disease Detectives--OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Have you ever wondered why human disease outbreaks happen, how they are detected and what methods are used to contain them? We will study and discuss some classic outbreak investigations (e.g., 1918 Influenza pandemic and 1976 outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease) to obtain a better understanding of how local, state and federal epidemiologists work together to control these outbreaks. Try your hand at solving a mock outbreak with your classmates. Mary Proctor is a retired professor of medical microbiology.
Class meets Thursdays, January 24 - February 28.
Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor. $35. 734-998-9351. germedoll@med.umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [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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 1-6:45 p.m. 

"Le Troyens": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of Berlioz's epic opera about the end and immediate aftermath of the Trojan War adapted from Virgil's Aeneid. Stars Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft. The broadcast is reprised on tape Jan. 23 & 24 (see listings).
Noon-5:45 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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 4:10 p.m.  Free! 

"Shakespearean Pain": U-M College of Literature, Science, & the Arts.

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Lecture by U-M English professor Mark Schoenfeldt.
4:10 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater. Free. 998-6251. [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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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Wilson W. Smith III: U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Talk by this Nike design director.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]

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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Venison Variety": Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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When deer season ends, it brings the challenge of a full freezer and endless nights of venison chili. In this class you will learn how to get so much more out of this delicious lean protein. We'll revisit traditional (yet somehow forgotten) cooking techniques that bring out venison's best, and time-honored side dishes that complete the meal. We will explore cuts and cooking techniques so you'll have the skills to grill, sear, saute' or braise with fantastic results. Menu: Native American Venison Chops with Roasted Winter Vegetables and Wild Rice; Austrian Braised Venison Shank Stew with Fresh Noodles; Yukon Mixed Grill with Sauteed Vegetables and Cheesy Grits. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $80. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]

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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Goodbye Solo": Mental Health Recovery Book & Film Club.

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Screening and discussion of Ramin Bahrani's 2008 drama about the unlikely friendship between a southern good ole boy and a young Senegalese cabbie. English, French, Wolof; subtitles.
6:30 p.m., 2311 E. Stadium suite 105 (across from Trader Joe's). Free. 709-2183. [map]

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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Using Objects of Intolerance to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice: The Case of the Jim Crow Museum": U-M Museum Studies Program.

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Lecture by David Pilgrim, founder of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia.
6:30 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater. Free. 936-6678. [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 p.m.  Free! 

Pot Stickers Cooking Demo: Dexter District Library.

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Chef Ming Louie shows how to make authentic Chinese pot stickers. With hands-on practice and a chance to taste the finished food.
7 p.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. Preregistration required. 426-4477. [map]

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 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Basketball vs. Purdue.

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7 p.m., Crisler Center. $5-$22. 764-0247.

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 7 p.m. 

"Darcy & Elizabeth": Skyline High School.

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Anne-Marie Roberts directs Skyline students in on Jory's fast-paced adaptation Pride and Prejudice, of Jane Austen's durably popular 1813 novel about an independent, gracious, and sharp-minded young woman with 4 sisters and an overbearing matchmaking mother whose good sense and determination not to be undone meet their match in a handsome but mysterious young man. Followed by dessert and a chance to meet the cast & crew.
7 p.m., Skyline High School auditorium, 2552 N. Maple. Tickets $5 in advance at showtix4u.com and at the door. 994-6515. [map]

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 7-8 p.m.  Free! 

"Snowman Clip": Chelsea District Library.

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Local crafter Mindy Kinner shows adults how to turn an oversized clothespin into a snowman ready to hold shopping lists, photos, and whatnot.
7-8 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]

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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Liver: Herbs That Nourish and Support this Critical Organ": People's Food Co-op.

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Talk by local holistic health practitioner Linda Diane Feldt.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at peoplesfood.coop/news_and_events/. 994-4589. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Price of Experience": Nicola's Books.

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National Book Award-winning writer, translator, and poet (and EMU English professor emeritus) Clayton Eshleman discusses his new collection of new and old writing, including poetry, lectures on ancient cave paintings, essays, reviews, and more.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [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. 

"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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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The Boy Governor: Stevens T. Mason and the Birth of Michigan Politics": U-M Ford Presidential Library.

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Local historian and journalist Don Faber discusses his new book about Michigan's first and youngest governor. Signing & reception follow.
7:30 p.m., Ford Library, 1000 Beal. Free. 205-0555. [map]

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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"A Composer Portrait: Dave Hollinden": U-M Percussion Ensemble.

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This ensemble of music majors performs works by U-M alum Hollinden, including The Whole Toy Laid Down, his second Quartet for Percussion, and his new octet Immersion with the Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet. The program also includes U-M music lecturer (and U-M grad) Mark LeMay's Vesper Trains.
8 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

"Bedroom Farce": Ann Arbor Civic Theater.

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Jan. 24-27. Paul Bianchi directs local actors in Alan Ayckbourn's endearing comedy, set in the 1970s, about 4 couples and their various marital struggles. The action takes place in 3 bedrooms over the course of a night.
8 p.m. (Jan. 24-26) & 2 p.m. (Jan. 27), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $22 (seniors age 6 & over, $20; students, $11; Thurs., $17). in advance at a2ct.org, and at the door. 971-2228. [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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 9:45 p.m. 

"Buck": Ann Arbor District Library.

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(Cindy Meehl, 2011). Moving documentary about Buck Brannaman, a leading horse trainer who was the inspiration for the main character in The Horse Whisperer. One review calls it "A movie that actually could make the world a better place." Followed by discussion led by Kimberly Cardeccia, a professional counselor who has worked with horses for 30 years.
6:30-9 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]

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