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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 2, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Used Book Sale: Friends of the Dexter District Library.

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Friends of the Dexter District Library Used Book Sale
Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
9 am to 3 pm
Dexter District Library
3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI 48130
734-426-4477
www.dexter.lib.mi.us
Prices range from 25 cents to $2.00 with a special selection of various priced gift books. Everyone is welcome. All proceeds directly benefit the library.
Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street, Dexter. Free admission. 734-426-4477. www.dexter.lib.mi.us [map]
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 9:45 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Alliance to Halt Fermi-3": Gray Panthers of Huron Valley.

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Talk by Peace Action of Michigan and Alliance to Halt Fermi-3 co-chair Keith Gunter. Discussion follows. Refreshments. The program begins with coffee & socializing.
9:45 a.m.-noon, U-M Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 973-5593, 996-2596. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

Free Introductory Class: Fun and Learning Music Studio.

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Fun and Learning Music Studio is providing a free group music lesson once a month on Saturday mornings. It will be approximately 1 hour, starting promptly at 10am. This class is appropriate for 4 1/2 year olds to 7 year olds. One parent must be in attendance for the entire session.
Snacks and drinks will be provided, questions about our curriculum, group and private lessons will be answered! We provide private instruction for piano and voice from age 5 to adult. Group lessons are a general music course with concentration on piano skills.
Please RSVP to reserve a space for you and your child(ren). Email or call sandrat@childrensmusicacademy.org or call 734-417-1167
Fun and Learning Music Studio, 4115 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-417-1167. sandratracey@funandlearningmusicstudio.com www.childrensmusicacademy.org [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Hill Auditorium Celebration": University Musical Society.

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All invited to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hill Auditorium with activities including "Saturday Morning Physics: The Acoustics of Hill Auditorium" (10:30 a.m.), featuring a talk by acoustician Scott Pfeiffer; self-guided architecture and history tours; a screening of the documentary A Place for Music, A Seat for Everyone (2 p.m.), a panel discussion (3:15 p.m.) with music, architecture, and technology experts; and a reception (4:30 p.m.) with cake.
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-2538. [map]
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 10:30-11 a.m.  Free! 

Chime Concert: Kerrytown Shops.

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Every Wed., Fri., & Sat. All invited to play one of 100 songs, with melodies transcribed in numbers, on the 17-bell chime's numbered keys. Ambitious players can add chords.
Noon-12:30 p.m. (Wed. & Fri.) & 10:30-11 a.m. (Sat.), Kerrytown Market & Shops. Free. 369-3107. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Play Group: Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Feb. 2 & 16. Indoor and outdoor activities, storytime, and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by a parent. Siblings and friends welcome.
10:30 a.m.-noon, Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller. Free. 585-5555. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Playgroup: Manzanitas Spanish Immersion Preschool.

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Feb. 2 & 16. Stories and songs geared toward kids ages 6 months-5 years, accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Manzanitas, 511 Miller. $2 suggested donation per child ($5 per family). (Park in the church lot off Chapin.) 369-6563. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 11 a.m. 

"65th Chapter Anniversary and Founders' Day Observance": Delta Psi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

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Talk by WDIV TV 4 News Detroit news anchor Rhonda Walker, founder of the Rhonda Walker Foundation for teen girls. Also, information about the club's history and programs.
11 a.m., Four Points Sheraton, 3200 Boardwalk. $50. Reservations required by Jan. 26. 971-1898. [map]
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 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. 

"DNA and Race": U-M Natural History Museum.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Hands-on 20-minute interactive demo exploring the relationship between DNA and the concept of race. Geared toward adults and kids age 5 & up.
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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 11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m. 

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium Shows.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Three different audiovisual planetarium shows.

The Sky Tonight (11:30 a.m. Sat. and 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun.) is an exploration of the current night sky.

Flight Adventures (Sat. 12:30 p.m.) is an audiovisual show examining the science of flight through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather as they explore how birds, kites, planes, and models fly and learn about the history and future of human flight.

Black Holes (Sat. & 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.

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11:30 a.m. and 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m., Natural History Museum, 1109 Geddes at North University. $5. 764-0478. [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

Rachael Van Dyke - Northern Reflections: The Common Cup Coffeehouse.

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I find myself most comfortable when away from the tradition of easel and canvas. I am often on my hands and knees actively engaged with the drawing, my bare feet thick in charcoal and oil bar. Outdoors, I tape charcoal onto the tip of a 3-foot stick to use as my drawing tool. Using these techniques allow for a more natural, spontaneous, and spirited drawing. These organic movements are revealed in my landscape work through juxtaposing patterns and colors of the farmlands and vineyards of northern Michigan.
Runs through February 27.
The Common Cup Coffeehouse, 1511 Washtenaw. Free. 734-327-6914. www.commoncupcoffee.com [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

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

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Meet and play field hockey with the University of Michigan Field Hockey 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. The cost is $20. Please visit our website for more information and to download a registration form!
Sports Coliseum, 721 S Fifth Ave. $20. 734-764-1342. kidsport@umich.edu www.kines.umich.edu/umove/u-meet-the-athlete [map]
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 1 & 3 p.m. 

"Unity on Point": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Feb. 2 & 3. Traditional African and Caribbean music and originals by the Gratitude Steel Band.
1 & 3 p.m., AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. $10 (members & infants, free) regular museum admission. 995-5439. [map]
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 2 & 7:30 p.m. 

"James and the Giant Peach": Pioneer High School Theatre Guild.

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Feb. 1 & 2. Keith Medelis directs students in David Wood's theatrical adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantasy novel about an orphaned boy left with 2 cruel aunts. After being rescued by a mysterious fellow, the boy ends up drifting across the Atlantic in a giant peach in the company of a variety of engaging anthropomorphized insects. The students will perform it at the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association one-act play competition. The performance includes set-up, which is a component of the competition.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 1 & 2) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 2), PHS Schreiber Auditorium, 601 W. Stadium at Main. $7 at the door only. 994-2191. [map]
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 2:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Juggling Arts Club.

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Every Sat. Jugglers of all skill levels invited for informal practice. Indoor location TBA in case of inclement weather.
2:30-5 p.m., U-M Diag. Free. 761-1115.
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 3-6 p.m.  Free! 

Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All musicians invited for a contra dance music open jam. Bring Judi Morningstar's The Ruffwater Fakebook, Susan Songer's The Portland Collection, and Bill Matthiesen's The Waltz Book if you have them. Note: The June 2 session is a practice for the evening contra dance (see listing).
3-6 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. Free. Call to confirm. 994-9307. [map]
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 3 & 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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 4 p.m.  Free! 

In Good Company African American Book Club: Nicola's Books.

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All invited to join a discussion of Michelle Alexander's influential new study The New Jim Crow, the 2012 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads selection.
4 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 4 p.m. 

U-M Women's Gymnastics vs. Iowa.

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4 p.m., Crisler Center. $3 (youths age 12 & under, $1; U-M students, free). 763-2159.
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 4, 6:45, & 9:15 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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 4:30 p.m. 

"Cinetopia: Best of the Fest": Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Screening of 3 award-winning films from the Michigan Theater's debut Cinetopia Film Festival last spring.

Feb. 1 (4:30 p.m.): Hipsters (Valeriy Todorovskiy, 2008) is a musical set in 1950s about Russian teens who buck the tide of the drab Soviet Union in favor of poodle skirts and saxophones. Russian, subtitles.

Feb. 2 (4:30 p.m.) & Feb. 3 (6 p.m.): I Am Not a Hipster (Destin Cretton, 2012) is a drama about a singer-songwriter who's uncomfortable with the indie scene he's a part of in San Diego.

Feb. 3 (3:30 p.m.): Missed Connections (Eric Kissack, 2012) is Rom com about a guy who gets over a traumatic breakup by setting up blind dates with women on Craigslist and then "rescuing" the women when their date doesn't show.

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Various times, 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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 6-11 p.m. 

Fasching Dinner/Dance: Greater Beneficial Union Chapter 630.

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Traditional German dinner (sauerbraten, spätzle, red cabbage, tossed salad, bread), followed by dancing to traditional German music by the popular Enzian aus Detroit. Door prizes, raffle, and costume contest with prizes. Coffee & cake, beer, wine, and pop. Fasching is the German equivalent of Mardi Gras.
6-11 p.m., Grotto Club, 2070 W. Stadium. $25. Reservations required by by Jan. 31 calling Marianne Rauer at 954-0057 or Klaus Kummer at 913-9371. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

"17th Annual Hearts for the Arts": Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Fundraiser.

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Champagne reception, formal dinner, and live and silent auctions. Also, live music.
6 p.m., Barton Hills Country Club. $175 in advance at a2so.com/fundraisers/heartsforthearts. 994-4801.
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 6:30 p.m. 

"A Night in New Orleans": WCC 28th Annual Mardi Gras Fundraiser.

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The evening kicks off with a feast created by the WCC culinary arts and hospitality department and guest chefs from area restaurants. Followed by dancing to live music by local jazz guitarist John E. Lawrence and the Bugs Beddow Band, a versatile horn-driven R&B, boogie-rock, blues, and jazz ensemble led by veteran Detroit trombonist Beddow.
6:30 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $175 in advance only. 973-3665. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

25th Annual "Big Rack Night".

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This annual contest for white-tailed deer hunters attracts around 400 people. The top award winners in the firearms, archery, muzzle loading, ladies, and youth divisions are invited to go onstage, display their antlers, and swap hunting stories. Also, talks by guest speakers with unusual or outstanding racks. Additional overall prize for "biggest rack" (number, size, and mass of points on the 2 horns). Light dinner for sale.
7 p.m. (doors open 5 p.m.), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free admission. 439-7919. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

Sketch Comedy Revue: Greenhills School Voodoo Theater Company.

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Greenhills students present comedy sketches they've written, directed, and produced.
7 p.m., Greenhills School Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, 850 Greenhills Dr. $5. 769-4010. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

U-M Men's Gymnastics vs. California.

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7 p.m., Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. $3 (youths age 12 & under, $1; U-M students, free). 763-2159.
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 7 p.m. 

"Into the Woods": Dexter High School Drama Club.

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Feb. 1-3, 8, & 9. Erin Palmer directs students in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical, a darkly comic reworking of several Grimm fairy tales. The show features one of Sondheim's most eclectic scores, ranging in style from jazz to vaudeville to rhapsodic ballads and operatic duets and trios.
7 p.m. (Feb. 1, 2, 8, & 9) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 3), Dexter Center for the Performing Arts, 2200 N. Parker Rd., Dexter. Tickets $10 (students, $8). 424-4240. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Lễ Hội: A Night of Celebrations": U-M Vietnamese Student Association Cultural Night.

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U-M students perform traditional and modern Vietnamese dances, music, and theater. Proceeds benefit the Catalyst Foundation.
7 p.m., Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $5 in advance. $10 (students, $8) at the door. umichvsaboard@umich.edu. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of the Oscar-nominated short animated films.
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. michtheater.org. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Open Mic Night @ Ann Street Music Room: Ann Street Music room.

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Open Mic Night @ Ann Street Music Room
When: Saturday February 2nd 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Doors will open @7pm
Where: Ann Street Music Room
812 Ann St. Ypsilanti Mi 48197
Cost: It's Free
Want to Perform?
> Arrive at 7:00pm to sign for a slot
(first come first serve)
>12 slots available, 2 songs per act.
> Early Bird special: The first 3 acts get 3 songs.
We will provide 2 microphones and 2 DI connections.
To set up a time slot in advance, email Jeff Comella at Annstmusic@gmail.com with your name and slot desired, no earlier than February 1st after 7pm.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/annstreetmusicrm
Event: www.facebook.com/events/438195156219303
www.annstreetmusicroom.com
Ugly Mug Coffee and snacks will be available at the show.
Ann Street Music Room, 812 Ann St., Ypsilanti. Free. 734-341-1082. annstmusic@gmail.com www.annstreetmusicroom.com [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Anything Goes": Burns Park Players 30th Anniversary Show.

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Feb. 1, 2, 8, & 9. Burns Park Elementary School students, parents, and friends--a group cited by former Ann Arbor News drama critic Chris Potter as one of the best theater groups in town--perform Cole Porter's delightful Depression-era musical about romantic liaisons among the passengers on an ocean liner bound from New York to England. The score contains many of Porter's best-known and most lyrically erudite songs, including "I Get a Kick out of You," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "You're the Top," and the title song. These shows almost always sell out, so get tickets early.
7:30 p.m. (Feb. 1, 2, & 8) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 9), Tappan Middle School auditorium, 2251 E. Stadium at Brockman. Tickets $15 in advance at Morgan & York (1928 Packard) and (if available) at the door. $30 patron tickets available in advance by emailing BPPPatronTickets@gmail.com (with subject line "Patron Tickets"). burnsparkplayers.org. [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

1st Saturday Contra Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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All dances taught; no partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes.

Jan. 5: Drake Meadow calls to music by 'Twas Brillig & the Mazel Toves. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a potluck and silent auction and at 7 p.m. by an hour of international dances.

Feb. 2: Peter Baker calls to live music by the Paul Winder Consort.

Mar. 2: callers and bands TBA.

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8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (members, $9; students, $5). 769-1052. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Great Lakes Region Quarterfinals: International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.

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Five U-M a cappella ensembles--Dicks & Janes, the G-Men, Amazin' Blue, Gimble, and 58 Greene--and 4 other Midwest college a cappella ensembles compete for the chance to move on to the semifinals in March.
8 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. $15 (students, $12). Varsityvocals.com. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

New Century Chamber Orchestra: University Musical Society.

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This San Francisco ensemble, led by the acclaimed violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, is known for its fresh presentation of classical works. Program: Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 10 in B minor, Villa Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, and Strauss' Metamorphosen, as well as the premiere of Ann Arbor composer William Bolcom's Romanza for Violin and String Orchestra.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $26-$52 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Sandra Bernhard: The Ark.

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Feb. 1 & 2. This veteran singer, actress, and stand-up comic features an unapologetically unhousebroken onstage persona, confrontational and often startling, that could make Sarah Silverman seem prissy. Bernhard is best known for her hit one-woman shows-her I Love Being Me, Don't You? played to sold-out crowds for an extended run last summer in L.A.--and all her performances offer a thrilling, unpredictable hybrid of observational comedy, rock 'n' roll, biting political and pop culture satire, and cabaret.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $35-$50 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio, the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), & at theark.org; and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [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.-midnight 

"Milonga Picante": U-M Michigan Argentine Tango Club.

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Feb. 2 & 16. Tango dancing to music spun by a DJ. Note: People not affiliated with the U-M must arrive before 9 p.m.
8 p.m.-midnight, location TBA. $10 (members, $5). umich.edu/~umtango.
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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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 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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 9 p.m.-1 a.m. 

"Serious about Salsa" Latin Dance Party: Dance Revolution.

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Feb. 2 & 16. High-energy dance party with salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha-cha dancing to music spun by a DJ. No partner necessary. Preceded by beginner (7 p.m.) and advanced (8 p.m.) salsa lessons.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main (above Elmo's). $5 ($8 includes lesson). (313) 808-0358. [map]
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