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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 7, 2013






 
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 10 a.m. 

Tuesday Winter Democratic Rides: Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Tues., Dec.-Mar. The assembled riders choose their own pace, distance, and destination. Also, riders can start at 11 a.m. from the gazebo in downtown Dexter (994-5908). Note: Riders should be prepared to take care of themselves on all AABTS rides. Carry a water bottle, a spare tire or tube, a pump, a cell phone, and snacks.
10 a.m., meet at Wheels in Motion, 3400 Washtenaw. Free. 545-0541. [map]

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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."

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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. motawi@motawi.com www.motawi.com [map]

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 Noon  Free! 

Noon Lectures: U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.

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Feb. 7 & 21. Topics include "Writing to the Sultan: Jews Petitioning the State in 19th-Century Morocco" (Feb. 7) and "Shifting Geographies of Antisemitism: Thomas of Monmouth's 'Life and Miracles of St. William of Norwich'" (Feb. 21).
Noon, 2022 Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [map]

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 Noon-1:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Abraham Joshua Heschel: Essential Writings": Temple Beth Emeth Spirituality Book Club.

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Feb. 5 & 7. All invited to discuss this collection of 20th-century religious writer Heschel's works, which combine philosophy, poetry, mysticism, and theology.
7:30-9 p.m. (Feb. 5) & noon-1:30 p.m. (Feb. 7), TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. cantorannie@gmail.com, 665-4744. [map]

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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Feb. 7: Chamber music by U-M grad strings students. Feb. 14: Love songs by Elvis impersonator David Joseph. Feb. 21: Detroit jazz pianist and vocalist Alvin Waddles. Feb. 28: Classical flute music by the Iridescent Flute Trio.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]

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 12:10 p.m. 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Noon Lecture Series.

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Feb. 7: Middlebury College history professor Max Ward on "Law, Subjectivity, and Colonial Space: An Analysis of the Japanese Peace Preservation Law Through the Colonial Question." Feb. 14: Attorney Richard O. Briggs on "Legal Representation of Japanese Companies Doing Business in the U.S.: The Importance of Cultural Understanding." Feb. 21: University of California-Riverside media and cultural studies professor Setsu Shigematsu on "Scream from the Shadows: The Women's Liberation Movement in Japan." Feb. 28: Boston University Japanese Language Program head Anna Elliott on "Two Moons Over Europe: Translating Haruki Murakami's 1Q84."
12:10-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-4301. [map]

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 1-3 p.m. 

Great Decisions 2013 - Section II-OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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We will discuss eight critical issues facing the U.S. this year. A course briefing book will provide background information, current data, and policy options for each issue. The topics will be: NATO, Myanmar and Southeast Asia, Egypt, Humanitarian intervention, Iran, China in Africa, Threat assessment, and Future of the Euro. Students should purchase the Great Decisions Briefing Book for an additional $23 from the OLLI office. This course parallels in content and format the Great Decisions 2013 - Section I course. Facilitators to be determined.
Class meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16.
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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 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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 1 p.m. 

Tykes: Love is in the Air: Leslie Science & Nature Center.

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Owls of Michigan are some of our earliest nesters and they mate for life! What better time of year to learn about these "love" birds, where they build their nests, and how they care for their young - even with snow on the ground!
February 7, 14 & 28.
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Ages 4-5, caregiver not required. Registration required.
Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd. $33 for all three sessions. 734-997-1553. info@lesliesnc.org http://www.lesliesnc.org [map]

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 1-4:20 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 gqti.com/met.aspx and at the door. 623-7469. [map]

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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Conversations on Europe": U-M Center for European Studies.

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Talks by U-M and visiting scholars.

Jan. 9: U-M sociology professor Geneviève Zubrzycki discusses "'With One Color, We Cannot See': Building Pluralism through Jewishness in Contemporary Poland."

Jan. 23: Georgetown University history professor Mustafa Aksakal discusses "A Global Islamic Revolution? The Jihad Declaration of November 1914 Reconsidered."

Feb. 20: Manhattan Community College political science professor Peter Bratis discusses "Civilization Gone Awry: Culture, Capitalism, and Conflict in Contemporary Europe."

Mar. 20: Indiana University history professor Michelle Moyd discusses "Centering a Sideshow: World War One in German East Africa as Local Experience."

Apr. 3: Binghamton University anthropology professor Douglas Holmes discusses "Public Currency: The Creation of a Monetary Regime."

Apr. 17: European University Institute visiting scholar Jean-Thomas Arrighi discusses "In Varietate Concordia? The Accommodation of National and Immigration-Induced Pluralism in 'Contemporary Europe.'"

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4 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 647-2743. [map]

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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"Curating the Silence": U-M Clements Library.

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American History Workshop founder and president Richard Rabinowitz discusses how historians, and particularly public historians, confront the dilemma that evidence of African American lives and perspectives is seldom available in documentary records.
4 p.m., Clements Library, 909 South University. Free. 647-0864. [map]

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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"The Memory Palace": Concordia University Books and Coffee.

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Concordia English professor Georgia Kreiger leads a discussion of Mira Bartók's memoir about her childhood spent with a mentally ill mother and her own traumatic brain injury that led her to reconnect with her mother later in life.
4 p.m., Concordia University Earhart Manor Living Room, 4090 Geddes. Free. 995-7300. [map]

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 5 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 includes "Reds of the Rhone" (Feb. 7), Shiraz (Feb. 14), "White Blends of the U.S." (Feb. 21), and Spanish wines (Feb. 28). Also, a Michigan beer tasting (Feb. 1, 5-7 p.m., prices vary), with a representative from Dark Horse Brewing Company.
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 p.m.  Free! 

Florian Schulz: U-M Program in the Environment.

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This internationally recognized nature and wildlife photographer discusses how the arts can be used to bring about social and environmental change.
5 p.m., 1040 Dana Bldg., 440 Church St. Free. environment.program@umich.edu. [map]

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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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Feb. 7, 14, 18, & 20. Readings by poets and writers. Feb. 7: Fiction reading by Elizabeth McCracken, a U-T Austin creative writing professor and award-winning author of four books. Her 1997 novel The Giant's House was widely praised for its quirky love story between a reclusive spinster librarian and a young patron isolated by the medical condition gigantism. Feb. 14: Award-winning Scottish poet John Glenday, also an addictions counselor, whose poems are noted for their concise and direct style, conversational tone, and surreal humor. "It's refreshing to discover a poet whose work is earthly, full of rivers and hills and islands, but where old ideas like 'love' and 'soul' have not been banished," write judges of the Griffin Poetry Prize, awarded to his 2009 poetry collection, Grain. Feb. 18: Sri Lankan author and playwright Sivamohan Sumathy and Brooklyn-based Sri Lankan performance artist YaliniDream. Sumathy--an English professor at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka--is the award-winning author of books on postcolonial literature and the women's movement, and has written, directed, and acted in numerous international plays. YaliniDream blends poetry, theater, South Asian and American music, and dance styles including ballet, modern, and corde lisse--acrobatics that involve a hanging rope--to explore issues related to the Sri Lankan diaspora, gender, and sexuality. Feb. 20: Acclaimed poet and 2011 National Book Award winner Nikky Finney, also an English professor at the University of Kentucky. Born in South Carolina to Civil Rights-activist parents, Finney writes poetry exploring personal experiences and African American political issues and figures. In her award-winning collection Head Off & Split, she is noted for her tender, sympathetic voice and exacting eye in poems whose subjects range from Condoleeza Rice and Rosa Parks to her own mother's dance at her wedding with the controversial S.C. senator Strom Thurmond, a racial segregationist.
5:10 p.m., UMMA auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]

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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

U-M School of Art & Design Penny Stamps Lecture Series.

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Feb. 7: Internationally renowned Nigerian artist El Anatsui, a sculptor known for large wall sculptures made from discarded bottle tops. His work is currently on display at UMMA. Feb. 14: Well-known contemporary art collector Harald Falckenberg discusses his collection, which comprises more than 2,000 works that he displays in a former factory building in Hamburg. Feb. 21: Renowned political and performance artist Tania Bruguera discusses Immigrant Movement International, a 5-year project on the immigrant as a unique, new global citizen in a postnational world.
5:10 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 647-2337. [map]

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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Author's Forum.

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U-M women's studies professor Nadine Naber, author of Arab Americans: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism, and U-M American culture professor Evelyn Alsutany, author of Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11, discuss their new books.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Graduate Library, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-0400. [map]

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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Capitoline on Coins: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Roman Temple": U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

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Talk by U-M classical art and archaeology grad student Melanie Sobocinski.
5:30-7 p.m., Kelsey Museum, 434 S. State. Free. 647-4167. [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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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Chocolate Truffle Workshop: Ann Arbor Cooks.

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**This class is offered through Washtenaw Community College, but held at Ann Arbor Cooks. The format is exactly the same as all classes offered at Ann Arbor Cooks.**
Join us for a decadent and indulgent evening of truffle-making! There will be plenty to eat and plenty to take home! This is three hours spent practicing your technique with some of the world's finest chocolates. You don't want to miss this one! Menu: Balsamic truffles; dark chocolate caramel truffles with fleur de sel; spiced Aztec truffles; honey vanilla chocolate truffles; chocolate champagne truffles. Register at www.wccnet.edu/lifelong-learning
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]

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 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

"Intro to Great Chocolate": Zingerman's Delicatessen.

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Deli chocolate expert Margot Miller offers a primer (with taste samples) on what makes great chocolate so good.
6:30-8:30 p.m., Zingerman's Events on Fourth, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $25. 663-3400. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Human Rights Held Captive: Perspectives on the Justice System": Human Rights Through Education at the University of Michigan.

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This weekend-long conference will explore a wide range of topics including the imprisonment of minorities, prison conditions, incarceration and sentencing, prisoner reentry and rehabilitation, the death penalty, and detention and torture on both domestic and international levels. Below are some of the people who will be speaking at our conference:
+ Paul Butler, the author of "Let's Get Free: A Hip Hop Theory of Justice" and a professor of law at Georgetown University
+ Shane Bauer, an investigative journalist detained in Iran from 2009 to 2011
All events free and open to the public. Registration is not required but encouraged. Participants are welcome to come and go as they please.
More info and complete schedule at www.hrte.org.
Rackham Graduate School Amphitheater, Level 4, 915 E. Washington St. Free. hrteworkinggroup@umich.edu www.hrte.org [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.-midnight  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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Fighting Back against Austerity in Michigan, Part 1: "Right to Work" (for less) and Other Scams: Washtenaw Community Action Team.

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Fighting Back against Austerity in Michigan, Part 1: "Right to Work" (for less) and Other Scams
Time and Date: 7 PM, Thursday February 7
Place: 1427 Mason Hall, University of Michigan campus, 419 S. State St. Ann Arbor
Join local activists from the Lecturers' Employee Organization, the Student Union of Michigan, and others to learn about "right to work" in Michigan and what local organizations-- and you-- can do to fight it. This is the first in a series of public events discussing the effects of austerity programs (deep social spending cuts, anti-labor
laws, anti-democratic laws, and anti-women laws) on Michigan.
The nearest public parking is the Maynard Street public lot on Maynard, between E. Liberty and E. William. There is also limited street parking on State Street. Enter Mason Hall via the Diag entrance (closest to the Graduate Library)-- see
http://uuis.umich.edu/cic/map/central/index.cfm?region=B4 .
1427 Mason Hall, University of Michigan, 1427 Mason Hall, 419 S. State St. Free. washtenawcat@googlegroups.com http://washtenawcat.org/ [map]

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 7 p.m. 

"Bees": Chelsea High School Theater Guild.

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Carrie Jay Sayer directs Chelsea High students in Jackson playwright Coralie Cederna Johnson's 2002 comedy about patients in a mental institution who turn a drama therapy session on its head. This production is Chelsea High's entry in the state interscholastic one-act competition, and tonight's performance is a warm-up for the regional competition at Clintondale High School in Clinton on Feb. 9.
7 p.m., CHS auditorium, 740 N. Freer (between Old US-12 and Washington St.), Chelsea. $5 at the door only. 475-2932. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Collecting in Brushy Creek and Elmwood Mines": Huron Hills Lapidary and Mineral Society.

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Screening of a video.
7 p.m., West Side United Methodist Church social hall, 900 S. Seventh St. Free. 665-5574. [map]

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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Sun Come Up": St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Sustainability Team and Peace & Justice Committee.

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Screening and discussion of this short film about people from the Carteret Islands in the South Pacific who were forced to relocate due to rising ocean levels. Light refreshments.
7-8:30 p.m., St. Francis School Music Room, 2270 E. Stadium. Free. 769-0807. [map]

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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Altruists": U-M Basement Arts.

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Feb. 7-9. Joseph Tran and Jon Manganello direct U-M students in Nicky Silver's comedy about a group of disorganized young radicals whose morality is put to the test when a shallow soap-opera actress asks for their help after murdering her boyfriend.
7 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 11 p.m. (Fri.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]

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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

"The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness": 11th Annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads.

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Advancement Project (L.A.) codirector Connie Rice, an influential civil rights attorney, discusses issues raised by this book by Michelle Alexander that that has been chosen for the annual Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads community-wide reading program.
7-9 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg. Towsley Auditorium, 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Free. 327-4555. [map]

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 7:15 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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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Percussion Ensemble: U-M School of Music.

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This student group performs Higdon's Splendid Wood, Skidmore's Whispers, Tyson's A Ceiling Full of Stars, Eliot Cole's Postludes, and more.
7:30 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. 764-0594. [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 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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 7:30 & 9:45 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. 

"Translation": U-M Dance Company.

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Feb. 7-10. This U-M dance-student company presents 4 works by guest artist Bill T. Jones, a renowned NYC choreographer known for offbeat monologue-laced dances and a style that superimposes hip-hop and mime-influenced moves and such athletic motions as push-ups over a classic ballet foundation, and works by U-M dance professors Amy Chavasse, Jessica Fogel, and Sandra Torijano. The program is highlighted by the 1st movement from Jones' 1989 Bessie Award-winning D-Man in the Waters, a celebration of the resilience of human spirit Jones created shortly after the death of his partner, Arnie Zane, from AIDS. Fogel's Hath Purest Wit: Anagrams for Eight Dancers and Thirteen Letters, a whimsical work, set to the writings of Marcel Danesi and Lewis Carroll, in which the dancers embody anagrams invoking the act of puzzle solving. Cravasse's Headless Woman, an homage to the curiosities that scintillate the imagination, and Torijano presents a new work exploring Latin American art and poetry.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Power Center. Tickets $20 & $26 (students, $10) in advance at the Michigan League and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

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 8 p.m.  Free! 

Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet: U-M School of Music.

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This respected local chamber ensemble is joined by U-M dance and performing arts technology students for a program of cutting-edge chamber music.
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. 

Jay Larson: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 7-9. Ann Arbor debut of this up-and coming suburban Boston-bred stand-up comic, a frequent guest on TV who specializes in autobiographical tales spiked with large doses of whimsy and the fantastical. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $9 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $11 (Thurs.) & $14 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

"An Acoustic Evening with moe": The Ark.

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Acoustic performance by this popular Buffalo quartet known for its silly stage antics and its extended Phish-style jams blending elements of funk, jazz, and rockabilly.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $36 in advance at Herb David Guitar Studio and the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

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 8 p.m. 

"Light Cavalry": Comic Opera Guild.

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Feb. 7-9. This veteran local company presents the North American premiere Franz von Suppe's charming 1866 Viennese operetta known mainly for its popular overture. It's the story of a beautiful young orphan girl taken in as a lowly cleaning wench by the mayor and his wife. When a Hussar Colonel recognizes her as his lost daughter, he makes it his business to see to it that some comeuppance is delivered, but in an amusing way.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sat.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater. $20 (seniors & students, $17) in advance at the Michigan Theater Ticket Office & mutotix.com, and at the door. To charge by phone: 763-TKTS. Info: 973-3264. [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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"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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