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Calendar of Events

Sunday, February 3, 2013






 
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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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Sunday Schmooze: Ann Arbor Jewish Cultural Society Sunday Schmooze.

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Talks by guest speakers on a variety of topics.

Feb. 3: American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan legal director Michael Steinberg leads a discussion of current cases facing the ACLU.

Mar. 3: TBA.

Apr. 7: TBA.

May 5: TBA.
10 a.m.-noon, Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Free. 975-9872. [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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 1-6 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

Comic Artists Forum: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local comics artist Chad Sell, creator of Manta-Man, Shadow Play, Doodleville, and other webcomics, discusses how to set up your own website and get your work noticed via social networking, comics conventions, and self-publishing. Participants also work on their own comics; materials provided. For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.
1-3 p.m., AADL 4th-floor meeting room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1 p.m. 

Magic: The Gathering Tournament: Get Your Game On.

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Every Sun. & Tues.-Fri. All invited to compete in tournaments of this popular collectible card game using Elder Dragon Highlander (Tues.), Legacy (Wed.), modern constructed (Thurs.), standard constructed (Fri.), and booster draft (Sun.) decks. Prizes. Bring your own cards (except Sun.).
6 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) & 1 p.m. (Sun.), Get Your Game On, 310 S. State. $5 (Tues., free; Sun., $15 includes cards). 786-3746. [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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 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Scriptwriting": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades 4-12 invited to help director Jacqueline Courteau work on the script for spring production of an original adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables that Ann Arbor Civic Theater Junior Theater is planning for this spring.
1-3 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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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 1:30-3 p.m. 

Developing Your Musical Intuitions: The Language of Classical Music: U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Youth & Adult Community Programs.

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If you love classical music, you probably have a great deal of tacit knowledge about music, even if you have never played an instrument or learned to read musical notation. This course will enable you to access that knowledge by examining some of the fundamental aspects of aural experience, including memory and expectation, musical ambiguity, and feelings of tension and release. Although instructional materials will be provided for those who wish to progress further on their own, even those with no formal musical training and no knowledge of musical notation will enjoy this course. In a series of eight ninety-minute lectures, the course will use powerful and memorable musical events to generalize about musical grammar and logic, featuring works that are familiar to many classical music enthusiasts, such as Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto and Chopin's "Revolutionary" Etude, all of them played live at the piano by the instructor, Professor Kevin Korsyn of the University of Michigan SMTD.
Stearns Building, 2005 Baits Drive. $160. 734-936-2660. smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu www.music.umich.edu/adultprograms [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. 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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 1:30 p.m. 

"Mysteries of Ancient Egypt": Theater IV (Michigan Theater Foundation Not Just for Kids Series).

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This renowned children's theater troupe from Richmond (VA) presents its new mystery drama about a young girl searching with a friend for clues to the disappearance of her grandmother, a famous Egyptologist. They are magically transported to ancient Egypt, where they unravel the mystery and learn fascinating facts about one of the world's most amazing cultures. Geared toward kids in grades K-5.
1:30 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $15 (MTF members, $12) in advance Nicola's Books, ticketmaster.com, & all Ticketmaster outlets; and at the door. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
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 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

Discover A New Way to Love, A Relationship Workshop: Carole Kirby, lmsw.

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This workshop is based on Imago relationship theory outlined in the best selling book, Getting the Love You Want, A Guide for Couples by Dr. Harville Hendrix. Imago relationship therapy helps folks discover what's beneath their longstanding issues & what couples can do differently. Carole will demonstrate an approach to talking & listening that helps couples really hear & understand each other. All participation is by choice. Questions & discussion are encouraged.
Everyone welcome!
While FREE, please register.
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 Sushi Class: 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. Cooking should be about having fun and that's just what we'll do in this class! After a quick demonstration of how to make sushi rice, prep the fillings, and rolling, we'll set you free in our kitchen. Practice makes perfect when it comes to rolling sushi, so come hungry to class because you'll make and eat lots of sushi. Learn to make Maki, Inside-Out Rolls, and Spicy Sushi. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $65/Parent + 1 child; $85/Parent + 2 children. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 2-5 p.m. 

Square Dance: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Marlin Whitaker calls to music by the Stout Hearted String Band. Beginners welcome. No partner necessary. Wear clean, nonmarking shoes.
2-5 p.m., Concourse Hall, 4531 Concourse Dr. (off S. State across from the airport). $8 (students, $5; kids age 14 & under with a parent, free; $1 discount for members). 994-6494. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"African Art and the Shape of Time": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit, which seeks to complicate Western analytical frameworks that have traditionally understood African artworks as expressions of timeless myths and rituals.
2 p.m., UMMA, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"African Art and the Shape of Time": UMMA.

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Docent-led tour of the current exhibit, which seeks to complicate Western analytical frameworks that have traditionally understood African artworks as expressions of timeless myths and rituals.
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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 2-4:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Discover a New Way to Love".

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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 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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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Kerry Tales: Jack & Jill with Mother Goose": Kerrytown Shops.

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30-minute family-oriented program of rhymes, riddles, and stories with local storyteller Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose.
2 p.m., Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave. (Kerrytown). Free. 769-3115. [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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 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. 

"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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 3 p.m.  Free! 

"In Conversation: Visual Resources for Understanding Race": UMMA.

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U-M Institute for the Humanities grad student fellow Sheree Brown shows and discusses the visual culture resources UMMA created for the current U-M Understanding Race Theme Semester.
3 p.m., UMMA Tisch Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 3:30 & 6 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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 3:30 p.m. 

"Prince Darling": Dreamland Theater.

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Every Sun. through Feb. 17. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe presents its new marionette show based on the Andrew Lang fairy tale about a prince who learns that while it's nice to be important, it's important to be nice.
3:30 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington, Ypsilanti. $5 (kids age 3 & under, free). 657-2337. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

Jonathan Ovalle-RESCHEDULED: U-M School of Music.

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This event has been rescheduled for Mar. 10.
4 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theater, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 5, 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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 6-8 p.m. 

Ann Arbor Morris.

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Every Sun. All invited to try this boisterous, jingly English ceremonial dance based on the 15th-century Spanish moresca. Wear athletic shoes.
6-8 p.m., Gretchen's House Child Care Center, 1580 Dhu Varren (just east of Pontiac Tr.). Free. Email a2morris@umich.edu to confirm. 747-8138. [map]
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 6:30-8 p.m.  Free! 

"We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Journalist and writer Ellen Cassedy discusses her book that combines a search for her own Lithuanian heritage with new research on Lithuanian history under Nazi and Soviet occupation. Signing.
6:30-8 p.m., TBE Library (downstairs), 2309 Packard. Free. Reservations required at tbe_library@templebethemeth.org. 665-4744. [map]
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 7:15-7:45 p.m.  Free! 

"Music for Meditation": St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

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A program of English Romantic music includes 2 Vaughan-Williams song cycles: St. Andrew's rector Alan Gibson, a baritone, performs Five Mystical Songs and tenor Brian White performs Four Hymns. Also, Deborah Friauff directs the church's adult choir in Holst's Two Psalms.
7:15-7:45 p.m., St. Andrew's, 306 N. Division. Free. 663-0518.
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 8 p.m. 

Derek Worthington: Kerrytown Concert House.

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This local jazz trumpeter, composer, and founder of the experimental jazz group Arbor Composers Collective celebrates the release of his debut album, Lovely Properties, featuring performances by Collective members. With trumpeter Neal Anderson, alto saxophonist Molly Jones, tenor saxophonist Yuma Uesaka, reed player Eric Schweizer, cellist Dave Haughey, guitarist Kirsten Carey, bassist Ben Willis, drummer/tabla player Jon Taylor, and tuba player Travis Oakley.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Paradigm Shift Chamber Orchestra.

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This young local ensemble performs Bach's Brandenburg Concerto and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.
8 p.m., U-M Music School McIntosh Theatre, 1100 Baits (off Broadway), North Campus. Free. jwoollen@umich.edu. [map]
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 8:45 p.m. 

"Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Live Action": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of the Oscar-nominated short 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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