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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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 9:45-11:15 a.m. 

Conversational French Class: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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This advanced class is for those who possess a strong foundation for conversing in French and wish to interact with others in the language. During our class time we discuss a variety of topics and advance our knowledge of Francophone culture through French literature, film, and song. If you are interested in joining the class mid-session, pro-rating options are available. Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Current session: March 6 - April 24.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. Entire 8-week session: $50 Ann Arbor Senior Center members, $60 non-members. (734) 794-6250. [map]
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 10-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Mindfulness: An Effective Way to Manage Stress": U-M Turner Senior Resource Center.

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Talk by U-M Turner Geriatric Clinic social worker Mariko Foulk.
10-11:30 a.m., Turner, 2401 Plymouth Rd. Free. 998-9353. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

CC Chapman - Amazing Things Will Happen: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Each of us has the same hours in the day and days in the week to do what we want. What is holding you back from living the life you've always wanted to live? It won't be easy. It won't be handed to you. But, it will be worth it.
Author C.C. Chapman will discuss the concepts from his latest book 'Amazing Things Will Happen' about how everyone needs to choose their path and make it happen.

C.C. Chapman is a Boston based storyteller and humanitarian. He is the co-author of the best-selling book Content Rules and the author of the recently released 'Amazing Things Will Happen'.
C.C. is the Founder of The Cleon Foundation whose goal is to make the world a better place through creativity. He is a seasoned expert in the world of online media and a highly sought after speaker and content creator. You can find out more at
You're going to want to read this book. You're not going to want to miss hearing C.C. Chapman's talk.
Conor O'Neills, 318 South Main. Donation. 734-272-4698. [map]
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 Noon  Free! 

"Igniting Change in Women's Sport: Illuminating the Hidden Levers of Change": U-M SHARP Center for Women and Girls.

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U.S. Tennis Association Serves director Deborah Slaner Larkin discusses the change in women's sports over the past 30 years and her creation and implementation of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, which is today.
Noon, 2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State. Free. 764-9537. [map]
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 Noon-12:30 p.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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 12:30-2 p.m. 

Intermediate French Class: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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If you possess a beginner's understanding of the French language and would like to improve your speaking abilities, this intermediate French class is for you. In a small group setting, we will provide you with the tools to strengthen both your grammatical and conversational skills. We will also explore Francophone language and culture through a variety of books and films. If you are interested in joining the class mid-session, pro-rating options are available. Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Current session: March 6 - April 24.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave. Entire 8-week session: $50 for Ann Arbor Senior Center members, $60 for non-members. (734) 794-6250. [map]
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 1-3 p.m. 

Camera Club in the Digital Age--OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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Are you shooting, printing and e-mailing photos? Do you want to do more of it and do it better? Members of this group share photos, albums, videos, and slideshows. Through friendly feedback and guest speakers, this group will cover composition, printing photos, and creating DVDs. Each month, members of the group can travel the world through the lens of others' cameras. Instructors Beverly Chethik and Jon Stinson are both long-time OLLI members.
This is a continuing class starting February 6 for new registrants; class meets first Wednesday of every month thru August 7, 2013.
Turner Senior Resource Center, 2401 Plymouth Rd (48105). $40. 734-998-9351. [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, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Lecture Series.

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Feb. 6, 12, 26, & 27. Topics include "Mapping Out Sacred Space: Rembrandt and the Second Temple" (Feb. 6), "The Jewish Presence on Detroit's Chene Street" (Feb. 12), "Off the Beaten Track: America in Hebrew Literature at the Turn of the 20th Century" (Feb. 26), and "Reconstructing an Imaginary Yiddish Past Through Tel Avivian Eyes" (Feb. 27).
4 p.m., 2022 Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Lectures.

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Feb. 6 & 20. Topics include "Drawing Morality: the Visual Illustration and Its Function in the Samgang Haengsil-to (Illustrated Guide to the Three Relations)" (Feb. 6) and "Korean (Language) Studies in U.S. High Education: Evolution and Prospect" (Feb. 20).
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-1825. [map]
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 4 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. [map]
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 4:15, 6:45, & 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 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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 6-8 p.m.  Free! 

Saline Woodcarvers.

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Carvers of all abilities invited to work on projects, with help available from club members. Knives and block-out and rough-cut patterns available for sale.
6-8 p.m., Saline Area Senior Center, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 944-1918. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Bingo: Saline American Legion.

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6:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 320 W. Michigan, Saline. $1 for hard cards (book of 10 games, $7). 429-7310. [map]
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 6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Black History Month Film Series: Saline District Library.

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Screening followed by discussion. Refreshments. Feb. 6 & 20: Movies TBA.
6:30 p.m., SDL Brecon room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 6:30-9:50 p.m. 

"Maria Stuarda": Quality 16.

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Live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera production of the 2nd opera of Donizetti's Tudor trilogy. Stars mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, with Elza van den Heever as Elizabeth I. The broadcast is reprised on tape Feb 6 & 7 (see listings).
12:55-4:15 p.m., Quality 16, 3686 Jackson. Tickets $23 (seniors, $20; kids age 12 & under & students, $13.50) in advance at and at the door. 623-7469. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Songcatcher": Michigan Theater Foundation Science on Screen.

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Screening of Maggie Greenwald's 2000 drama about a musicologist researching and collecting Appalachian folk music in the mountains of western North Carolina. Followed by a talk by U-M musicology professor Mark Clague on the technological advancements in music recording.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; Wed., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Docu Fest.

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Feb. 13: When the Drum Is Beating (Whitney Dow, 2011). Documentary about the history of Haiti from independence from France to the 2010 earthquake, set to the music Haiti's most celebrated big band, Septentrional.

Feb. 20: Urban Roots (Henry Stephens, 2007). (Mark MacInnis, 2011). Documentary about the spontaneous emergence of urban farming in Detroit.

Feb. 27: The Great Culling: Our Water (Paul Wittennberger, 2010). Documentary about heavy metal toxicity and its direct relationship with the current rise in neurological disorders.

Mar. 6: Surviving Progress (Mathieu Roy & Harold Crooks, 2011). Documentary exploring whether contemporary global civilization is caught in a "progress trap" that, in his best-selling A Short History of Progress, Ronald Wright argues destroyed past civilizations.

Mar. 13: Green Fire (Ann & Steve Dunsky and Dave Steinke, 2011). Documentary about the pioneering 20th-century conservationist Aldo Leopold.

Mar. 20: Tears of Gaza (Vibeke Lokkeberg, 2010). Documentary about the impact of contemporary warfare that follows 3 children though the 3-week 2008-2009 Gaza War and its aftermath.

Mar. 27: Bitter Pill (Vivek Palavali, 2012) Director Palavali, a Flint neurosurgeon, introduces his documentary ( about the deteriorating American health care system.

7 p.m., Elmo's Hideaway, lower level of Elmo's T-Shirts, 220 S. Main, Free. 662-5414. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Latin American Film Series: U-M Romance Languages & Literatures.

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Feb. 6: I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You (Marcelo Gomes & Karim Aïnouz, 2009). Hauntingly melancholy drama about a geologist who travels to an isolated region in northeastern Brazil to determine the route for a canal that will bring a lifeline to some of the region's inhabitants while taking their homes from others. Portuguese, subtitles.

Feb. 13: Undertow (Javier Fuentes León, 2010). A ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside who struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male love, an outcast painter who has drowned at sea, and his town's rigid conservatism. Spanish, subtitles.

Feb. 19:Southern District (Juan Carlos Valdivia, 2009). A self-absorbed and self-induldent upper-class Bolivian family is threatened by social changes. Spanish, subtitles.

Feb. 27: From the Land to the Table (Alejo Hoijman, Marcos Loayza, Josué Méndez, Carolina Navas, Paola Vieira, Alejandra Szeplaki and Jorge Coira, 2009). Documentary in which directors from 7 different Latin American countries depict the diverse conditions of popular produce markets in their individual countries. Spanish, subtitles.

7 p.m., 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 764-5344. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Books & Printing Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Matthew Goodman's The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Carrie Rodriguez: The Ark.

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Acclaimed young Texas-bred alt-country singer-songwriter whose sultry, engagingly intimate rough-hewn vocals and sly but emotionally frank lyrics often provoke comparisons to Lucinda Williams, with whom she recently toured as the opening act. "There's a real earthiness in both Carrie's singing and fiddle playing on this series of colourful neo-country songs," says Mojo critic Colin Irwin. "She's hot and steamy one minute on the outrageously seductive '50s French Movie,' and pure Nashville the next on the Tammy-esque 'I Don't Want to Play House.'" Her 2013 CD, Give Me All You've Got, features a number of dark themes that reflect her early influence from Leonard Cohen.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Tift Merritt: The Ark.

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Acclaimed young North Carolina-bred singer-songwriter with a gorgeous voice that's at once gritty and ethereal. Her music is a melodic brand of alt-country that's spiced with rock panache and the emotional depth and power of soul, and she writes thoughtful, keenly observant songs exploring an array of personal themes and moods.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

University Philharmonia Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Christopher James Lees directs this music student ensemble in Beethoven's Fidelio Overture, Dvorak's Symphony No. 6, and a SMTD Concerto Competition winner.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

Open Dancing: Swing Ann Arbor.

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Every Wed. Swing dancing to recorded music. No partner needed. Bring casual or nicer shoes that stay on your feet when you're active. The Feb. 13 dance is a "Vintage Valentine Dance" with live music by Alex Belhaj's Crescent City Quartet.
9-11 p.m., Michigan Union U-Club (Feb. 6), Michigan League Ballroom (Feb. 13), Michigan League Vandenberg Room (Feb. 20), & Michigan Union Pendleton Room (Feb. 27). $5 (students, $4; $1 discount for members). 945-8428. [map]
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