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Friday, January 25, 2013






 
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 10 a.m. 

Study Groups: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Please check the OLLI website for complete class descriptions.
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"Investment Forum"
Every other Friday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3
Instructor: Dale Brandenburg
Turner Senior Resource Center, $40
Investment terminology, stock study/selection, bond purchase strategies, investment withdrawal techniques, new annuity products. Extensive internet use.
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"The U.S. Health Care Cost Problem"
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - noon
January 25 - March 8
Instructor: Robert Reed
First Presbyterian Church, $40
Health care costs, comparisons with other countries, factors that have produced the current situation, impediments to controlling costs, efforts implemented to reduce costs.
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"Writers Unlimited"
Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Starts January 25, 2013 for new participants thru August 30.
Instructor: Joy Rome
Turner Senior Resource Center, $35
Participants will bring in typed copies of their short stories, plays, poems, novels, essays, for friendly critiquing by fellow writers.
Various locations. $35-$40. 734-998-9351. germedoll@med.umich.edu www.olli-umich.org
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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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 Noon-1:30 p.m. 

Critical Reading Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Participants will read at least one short story for every class, followed by discussion and critique. At the end of each session they will evaluate the works discussed. The textbook is "The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction", sixth edition, 2000 edited by R. V. Cassill and Richard Bausch. Michael Byers is the author of a collection of stories, "The Coast of Good Intentions" and two Novels, "Long for This World" and "Percival's Planet." He directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the U of M.
Class meets every other Friday, 1/25, 2/8, 2/22, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, 5/31, No class 3/8.
Instructor: Michael Byers
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. (48103). $40. 734-998-9351. germedoll@med.umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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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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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

"Martha Graham In Retrospect: Legacies and Innovations": U-M Institute for the Humanities.

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Panel discussion with U-M dance professors Peter Spparling and Clare Croft and Martha Graham Dance company Janet Elber.
4-6 p.m., 202 S. Thayer, room 2022. Free. 936-3518. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Restoration of a Saung-Gauk: A Burmese Harp in Japanese Lacquer": UMMA.

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Southeast Asian music expert Judith Becker and artist Clifton Monteith discuss a lacquer and gold-leaf decorated harp, recently donated to the museum, that Monteith restored. Preceded at 3:30 p.m. in the Object Study Room by a chance to see the harp.
4 p.m., UMMA Multipurpose Room, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 4:15, 6:45, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Smashed": Michigan Theater.

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(James Ponsoldt, 2012). Comedic drama about 2 alcoholics whose marriage is put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.
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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 4:30-5:45 p.m. 

Drop-In Ringette: Buhr Park Arena/Ann Arbor Ringette.

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Ringette Drop-in is happening at Buhr Park Arena starting in January!
Drop-in dates/times are as follows:
Friday, January 25, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, February 15, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 8, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 15, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 22, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Friday, March 29, 4:30 - 5:45 pm
FULL HOCKEY/RINGETTE EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED! We should have a few Ringette sticks available but bring one if you have one. A hockey shaft with no blade would work (but isn't ideal). This is an all ages drop-in for both girls/women and boys/men. The cost will be $6 for adults and $5 for kids.
There will be no formal instruction at these drop-in sessions. Ann Arbor Ringette will be there to go over rules for new people and to make sure players understand how to play, answer questions, etc. You can always join Ann Arbor Ringette if you want more instruction.
Questions? Email info@aaringette.org
What is Ringette you ask? Find out here: http://youtu.be/6qsSys5mkec
Buhr Park Ice Arena, 2751 Packard. $5 Kids / $6 Adults. info@aaringette.org www.facebook.com/pages/Ann-Arbor-Ringette/252681781457730 [map]
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 4:30, 7, & 9:30 p.m. 

"Quartet": Michigan Theater.

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(Dustin Hoffman, 2012). Comedic drama about a home for retired opera singers where the arrival of one of the residents' former wife disrupts their annual concert celebrating Verdi's birthday. Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Bill Connolly.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $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 p.m.  Free! 

Artistica 4th Friday Art Shows.

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Nov. 22, Dec. 14, Jan. 25, & Feb. 22. Exhibits by various local and regional artists. Refreshments. Nov. 22: Woodworking by David Slagenwhite. Dec. 14: Mindo Chocolates (Dexter) owner Barbara Wilson gives a chocolate making demonstration. Samples. Jan. 25: TBA. Feb. 22: "Artistica's 5th Anniversary Celebration." With a drawing.
5-8 p.m., Artistica, 3203 Broad, Dexter. Free. 426-1500. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

36th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival: The Ark.

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January 25 & 26 (different programs). A major highlight of the local musical year, with established and rising stars representing a wide spectrum of vernacular musical idioms. Emcee both nights is Colin Hay, an Australian singer-songwriter best known as the former frontman of the tuneful 80s pop-rock band Men at Work. Tonight's headliner is City and Colour, the stage name of Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green. Best know as the singer-guitarist in the posthardcore band Alexisonfire, Green has a new CD, Little Hell, that explores the emotional and spiritual extremes of romantic relationships. Also appearing: Rodriguez is a Detroit psychedelic folk-rock singer-songwriter who gave up his music career after releasing 2 largely unnoticed records in the early 70s. His records made some impact in Australia-where his career enjoyed a brief revival-and especially in South Africa, where, as he discovered in 1998, he was a cult icon rumored to be dead. The story of his rediscovery and subsequent South African tours is told in the acclaimed recent film Searching for Sugar Man. Trampled by Turtles is a virtuosic bluegrass-based roots music jam quintet from Duluth. Delta Rae is a Durham (NC) folk-rock sextet known for its blend of postpunk urgency and stunning 4-part vocal harmonies. Singer-songwriter Carl Broemel is a guitarist in the indie rock band My Morning Jacket who appeared in the Rolling Stone list of 20 New Guitar Gods. He has released 2 solo CDs, including All Birds Say, a collection of Zen-like musings on things as they are. Frontier Ruckus is a popular experimental bluegrass-based folk-rock ensemble from Lake Orion. Brown Bird is the Rhode Island multi-instrumental acoustic Americana duo of David Lamb and MorganEve Swain, whose latest CD, Salt for Salt, blends often eerily sparse arrangements with darkly haunting, earthy melodies that sometimes draw on Near Eastern tones.
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $35 & $47.50 per night and $60 & $85 for both nights in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mototix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7-10 p.m. 

Chef's Table Dinner: Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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A Special Event at Ann Arbor Cooks! Instead of making your usual weekend restaurant reservations, join us for a different experience -- an interactive evening where we do the cooking right in front of you with the area's finest local ingredients -- sourced from our local farms and markets. You get to relax, socialize with fellow foodies, and watch as we prepare and serve your entire meal. Throughout the evening you will be at arms length of the chef and interaction is highly encouraged! You will receive a recipe packet to take home with you detailing the evening's entire menu. So come yourself, with a friend, or a group for a great evening of food, conversation, and so much more! MENU: Roasted Baby Chiogga Beet, Seared Diver Scallop, Meyer Lemon Beurre Blanc, Crispy Pancetta; Duck Confit, Gingered-Pear Rutabaga Puree, Decadent Creamed Local Greens; Pear Three Ways with Ginger-Spice Crumble, Honey Brittle, Burnt Honey Cream. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

David C. Bloom and Friends: Back to the Roots.

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David C. Bloom live at Back to the Roots. Jan 25th 7:00 p.m. No Cover. Jazz
Back to the Roots, 115 S. Main Street, Chelsea. Free. (734)475-2700. www.backtotheroots.org [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Team USA Under-17 vs. Sioux Falls.

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The younger of the 2 Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey national development teams plays this U.S. Hockey League rival.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. at Scio Church Rd. $7 (seniors, students, active military, & kids, $5; youth hockey players with jerseys, $1). 327-9251. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"4 Short Films": Jewel Heart Buddhist Center.

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An evening of Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated shorts. Raju (Max Zahle, 2012) is about a German couple adopting a young boy in India who face a difficult choice, Time Freak (Andrew Bowler, 2011) is about a neurotic inventor who builds a time machine but gets caught up traveling around yesterday, The Shore (Terry George, 2012)) is about boyhood best friends who reconcile after being estranged for 25 years because of a misunderstanding during the Northern Ireland Troubles, and The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg, 2011) is a poignantly humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Followed by discussion.
7 p.m., Jewel Heart, 1129 Oak Valley Dr. between Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. & Ellsworth. Free. 994-3387. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight 

"Drum Jam": Tree of Life Cultural Arts Studio.

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All drummers invited; bring hand drums or borrow one from the studio. Beverages for sale.
8-11 p.m., Tree of Life, 6065 Sibley (east off N. Main), Chelsea. Free. 433-0697. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Shaking Earth": EMU Theater Department.

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Jan. 25-27. EMU theater instructor Meriah Sage directs a staged reading of EMU drama professor Patricia Zimmer's new drama, set in 1939 in a small town in southeast Missouri riven by racial and class hatreds, about 2 young girls who form a secret friendship.
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), EMU Sponberg Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $7 in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
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 7:30 p.m. 

Sounding Light: First United Methodist Church.

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Tom Trenney conducts this southeastern Michigan ensemble of 32 singers in "transformed…transforming," a program of choral music by Vierne, Puccini, Langlais, Barber, Moses Hogan, and others. Program TBA. Reception follows.
7:30 p.m., FUMC, 120 S. State. Freewill offering. 662-4536, ext. 0. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Living for 32": Center of Light.

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Tragically timely, 'Living for 32' is the inspirational story of Colin Goddard, a survivor of the tragic gun shooting massacre which occurred on the Virginia Tech campus, April 16th, 2007. The winning combination of Colin's passion, charisma and optimism has commanded the attention of the American public and media since the devastating incident which left 32 dead and 17 injured. In Living for 32, Colin shares an intimate account of terror he and his classmates endured and the courageous journey of renewal and hope he chose to pursue. Discussion follows.
Ann Arbor Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Free. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org http://livingfor32.com/ [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. 

Jazz Trio: Canterbury House.

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With alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis, bassist Jeff Pedraz, and drummer Nate Winn.
8 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. $10 (students, $5). 764-3162. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Martha Graham Dance Company: University Musical Society.

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Jan. 25 & 26 (different programs). Founded in 1926 and arguably the world's most celebrated modern dance company, this ensemble boasts a repertoire of 181 Graham dances as well as new choreography. Tonight's program, "Inner Landscape," features two of Graham's dances inspired by myth and Jungian psychology: the comic, frolicking Every Soul Is a Circus, and her 1947 masterpiece Night Journey, a retelling of the Oedipus myth from his mother Jocasta's point-of-view. Also, Lamentation Variations, three contemporary renditions of Graham's work Lamentations by choreographers Aszure Barton, Lar Lubovitch, and Yvonne Rainer, and German choregrapher Mary Wigman's hair-raising 1926 Witch Dance. The program opens with Beautiful Captives: Martha Graham and the Cinematic Id, a film montage of Graham by U-M dance professor and former Graham company member Peter Sparling.
8 p.m., Power Center. Tickets $22-54, in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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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. 

"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. 

"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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 8 p.m. 

"Wine, Women, and Song XI": Kerrytown Concert House.

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Jan. 25-27 & Feb. 1 & 2. An elegant evening of jazz, classical, and cabaret songs showcasing noted local women singers, accompanied by pianist Jerry DePuit. Singers include Sue Booth, Carolyn Burnstein, Wendy Bloom, Shelley MacMillan, Lisa Gray, Roxy Diederich, Beth Major, Sylvia Pittman, Deanna Relyea, Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers, Susan Shipman, and Monica Swartout-Bebow. Wine is served.
8 p.m. (Jan. 25 & 26; Feb. 1 & 2) & 4 p.m. (Jan. 27), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $20-$50. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8:15-11:45 p.m. 

"Fire & Ice Tango Festival": Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Jan. 25-28 (different locations). Four fiery days of tango dances with recorded music spun by a DJ. Also, tango workshops during the day. Note: schedule is tentative.
8:15-11:45 p.m., Michigan League Ballroom $15 (students, $10). umich.edu/~umtango. [map]
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 9 p.m. 

"Do You Ever Wish You Were Better at Things?": BrendaLinda Performance Collaborative.

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Every Fri. & Sat., Jan. 18-Feb. 2. See review. Brian Carbine directs this production-part theater, part dance, part performance art-that utilizes movement and ethnographic research, visual arts, oral histories, and fiction to explore the concept of self-reflection.
9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.), LePop Gallery, 101 N. Main. Tickets $10 at the door. 383-4710. [map]
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