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Calendar of Events

Thursday, January 31, 2013

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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."

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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 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. [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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 1-2:30 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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 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. 

Colson Whitehead: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Reading by this respected, award-winning NYC-based novelist and essayist whose candid and witty works deal with issues of race, class, and consumerism. His first novel, The Intuitionist, was described by a Time critic as the "freshest racial allegory since Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man." His most recent novel, Zone One, envisions a post-apocalyptic world teeming with zombies. It is a "cool, thoughtful and, for all its ludic violence, strangely tender novel, a celebration of modernity and a pre-emptive wake for its demise," writes a New York Times reviewer.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Clonlara School Visual Arts Display & Open House: Clonlara School.

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Visit Clonlara School to learn program details about home based education, dual/blended enrollment and our K-12 campus program, tour our facilities, meet our teachers and advisors, and get all your questions answered!
There will also be a visual arts display by our campus and home based education students. This will give you a chance to view the many talents of our students!!
Clonlara School's two educational programs provide services that recognize each learner's curiosity, strengths, interests and talents as the foundation of his or her educational experience. We have both a Home Based Education Program and a Campus Program located in Ann Arbor, MI. Both programs serve K-12 students.
Clonlara School, 1289 Jewett Ave, Ann Arbor. Free. 734-926-4617. [map]
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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Jazz and Chocolates": Chelsea Center for the Arts Fundraiser.

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CCA music instructors and students perform 20th-century jazz, blues, and pop standards. Chocolate dessert bar. Raffle. Proceeds go to CCA scholarships.
6-8:30 p.m., Silver Maples Maple Room, Chelsea. $10 (family, $25). 433-2787.
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

"Comfort Foods Makeover": Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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We are taking the classics and making them guilt-free! Enjoy the same nostalgic dishes mom used to make without packing on the pounds! Our recipes include nutritious and delicious alternatives to everyone's old-school favorites! Menu: Maple Pecan & Banana Waffles; Healthy Macaroni and Cheese; Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken; Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic & Herbs; Individual Apple Pies. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75. 734-645-1030. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

37th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival: The Ark.

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January 31 & Feb. 1 (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 Seth Walker, a blues-based down-home Americana singer-songwriter from Austin whose latest CD, Time Can Change, has been praised for blending "the grit of Delbert McClinton and the detail and insight of Robert Cray." Tonight's headliner is Iron and Wine, the stage name of Samuel Beam, an Austin-based folk-rock singer-songwriter whose music has been featured in several movie and TV soundtracks. He's known for meticulously crafted story songs driven by a mix of forlorn love and religious yearnings and set to layered, polyrhythmic sonic collages. Also appearing: Neko Case is a Virginia-born postpunk alt-country singer-songwriter known for her fresh, memorably pointed, and unprepossessingly offbeat lyrics and for headlong singing, alternately soulful and sexy, that Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot praises for its "lived-in suppleness, a fallen-angel swoop [with] a touch of tough-minded twang that suggests Loretta Lynn." Justin Townes Earle is a sweet-voiced young alt-country songwriter (and son of Steve Earle) whose music offers freshly inventive reimaginings of a variety of dusty country styles. Willie Nile is a veteran rock 'n' roll singer-songwriter whom Uncut dubbed "a one-man Clash" and whose fans include Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Bono, and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. The music on his new CD, American Ride, ranges from anthemic rock 'n' roll swagger to romantic balladry blues-based rockabilly. Pearl & the Beard is a brightly melodic NYC-based indie rock trio whose offbeat instrumentation includes a cello, glockenspiel, melodica, accordion, and several drums. The Appleseed Collective is a very popular young local acoustic quintet whose music is an enchanting blend of lyric-based folk-rock with Dixieland and gypsy jazz rhythms and harmonies. The band has a brand-new CD, Young Love.
6:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $35 & $47.50 per night and $60 & $85 for both nights in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( and, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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. 


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Entrepreneurs + True Stories + Competition = Entre-SLAM
What's Your Story?
Register now for Entre-SLAM, the best outta' the box entrepreneurial entertainment this side of the Milky Way. It's a storytelling competition and so much more. This month we'll celebrate Chinese New Year in style with top-notch Chinese tastings, a special treat involving lions (yes, lions), and jammin' veggie raps (not wraps) by Lucas Digia. So bring a friend, a story, and two open ears!
Thursday, January 31th, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pm
LIVE Ann Arbor on the corner of First St. and Huron (link to map on website)
Theme: "Biggest Breakthrough Ever"
Pre-order dinner from Zingerman's menu on our website
$10 pre-paid entry fee
Cash bar
LIVE Ann Arbor, 102 S. First St. $10. 734-276-2736. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Team USA Under-18 vs. Youngstown.

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The older 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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 7:15 & 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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 7:30 p.m. 

Huron Valley Harmonizers Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

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Every Tues. All male singers invited to join the weekly rehearsals of this local barbershop harmony chorus.
7:30 p.m., Stony Creek United Methodist Church, 8635 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Free to visitors ($130 annual dues for those who join). Newcomers should call in advance: Greg Humbel at 445-1925. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Rebekah Warren: U-M Law Environmental Law & Policy Program speaker series.

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Please join us for the Environmental Law & Policy Program's Lecture Series. Michigan State Senator Rebekah Warren will be speaking. State Senator Rebekah Warren represents the 18th District, which is made up of the majority of Washtenaw County. She is currently serving her first term in the Michigan Senate, and acts as Minority Vice-Chair of both the Health Policy Committee and the Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee. She is also a member of the Finance Committee, the Regulatory Reform Committee, and the Reforms, Restructuring, and Reinventing Committee. Prior to her work as a Senator, Rebekah was privileged to serve the citizens of Ann Arbor as State Representative for the 53rd House District for four years.
South Hall room 1020, 701 S. State Street. Free. 734.764.4705. [map]
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 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

Right Brain Brewery Tasting: Produce Station.

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Right Brain Brewery owner Russel Springsteen leads tastings of 4 new beers.
7:30-8:30 p.m., The Last Word, 301 W. Huron. $15 in advance at 663-7848. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: University Musical Society.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning composer-trumpeter Marsalis leads the orchestra in everything from rarely performed historic compositions to newly commissioned works to new takes on jazz standards. Regarded as the finest large jazz ensemble performing today, these musicians play with "tight intensity and real swing," says a reviewer of a 2007 concert. "They relish dynamic changes and shifts in tone, bringing the music to life with technical mastery the original bands could seldom muster."
7:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10-54, in advance at & 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 & 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. 

Adam Plomaritas: The Ark.

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Local Americana rock 'n' roll band led by singer-songwriter Plomaritas who tonight is celebrating the release of his Kickstarter-funded debut CD. Opening act is Jason Dennie, a highly regarded local acoustic fingerstyle guitarist who plays an eclectic brand of folk-based music in the tradition of John Fahey, Leo Kottke, and Michael Hedges.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $12 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office (, and; and at the door.To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Faculty Showcase: U-M School of Music.

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Performances by U-M music, theater, and dance professors.
8 p.m., U-M Music School Britton Recital Hall, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Vagabond Opera: The Ark.

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Old-world cabaret show with an absurdist flair by this Oregon sextet whose repertoire embraces Parisian hot jazz, tangos, Ukrainian punk-folk ballads, klezmer, and more. The band's lineup includes 4 vocalists (including a trained operatic tenor and soprano), accordion, tenor saxophone, clarinet, 2 cellos, upright bass, and drums.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $15 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office (, and; 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, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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