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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 9, 2013






 
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 8 a.m.-8 p.m. 

13th Annual Michigan Ballroom Dance Competition: University of Michigan Ballroom Dance Team.

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Come meet and support University of Michigan's ballroom dance team as we compete against over 300 dancers from schools across the Midwest. Dances of all levels continue throughout the day, from first-year dancers to national collegiate finalists. To conclude the evening, we are thrilled to feature PROFESSIONAL LATIN WORLD CHAMPIONS, Andre and Natalie Paramonov, as they perform their Latin routine. The showcase will begin between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
$10 for Adults,
Free for students and children
Saline Middle School, 7265 N Ann Arbor St., Saline. $10. 734-512-3849. rschmaem@umich.edu www.uofmballroom.com [map]
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 8 a.m.-early afternoon  Free! 

Agility Trials: Ann Arbor Dog Training Club.

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Feb. 8-10. Dog trainers lead their animals through an obstacle course and jumps of various heights. Spectators welcome.
8 a.m.-early afternoon, Canine Sports Recreation Center, 7275 W. Joy Rd., Dexter. Free to spectators. 995-2801. [map]
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 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

National Ocean Sciences Regional Great Lakes Bowl: Michigan Sea Grant.

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High school students compete in quiz bowl-style rounds of questions about ocean and Great Lakes biology, chemistry, geology, physics, technology, history, and economics.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., U-M Dana Bldg., 440 Church. Free. 763-1437. [map]
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 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

World Information Architecture Day: Information Architecture Institute.

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World IA Day 2013 brings an international community of academics, practitioners, technologists and business leaders together for a global conversation about "the architecture part" of information architecture.
On February 9, 2013 you can learn from world-class IA minds, network with your peers, showcase new ideas and attend events tailored specifically to your community. We hope you'll join us at an event near you!
This 2nd annual World IA Day is run entirely by volunteers, and funded entirely by gracious sponsors.
University of Michigan, Modern Languages Building, 812 East Washington Street Ann Arbor, MI, 48109, USA. Free. kaarin@understandinggroup.com. kaarin@understandinggroup.com http://2013.worldiaday.org/ [map]
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 9 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Eco-Restoration Workday: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

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Feb. 9 & 16. All invited to help Matthaei staff members remove invasive plants. Dress for outdoor work. Snacks and tools provided, or bring your own. Note: Kids age 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult. Youth ages 16-18 must submit a permission form.
9 a.m.-noon, meet at the Arb Reader Center (Feb. 9), 1610 Washington Hts., & Matthaei (Feb. 16), 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free (metered parking at Matthaei). Preregistration requested. 647-8528. [map]
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 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Huron Gun Collectors.

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About 100 dealers and collectors offer guns, knives, ammunition, and other hunting equipment for sale, including antiques and collectibles. Concessions.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Oct. 27) & 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Oct. 28), Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Admission $4. (517) 605-0624. [map]
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 10 a.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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 10 a.m. 

"Bag of Books Sale": Friends of the Saline District Library.

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Fill a bag for $5. Second bag is free.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free admission. 944-0625. [map]
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 10 a.m.  Free! 

"Kinderconcert: Music and Movement": Dexter District Library.

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Local early childhood educator Gari Stein, director of Music for Little Folks, and Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra members lead preschool-aged children (accompanied by an adult) in a program that includes storytelling and dancing to live music. Participants also learn about the instruments.
10 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
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 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Let's Read Math: The King's Commissioners": Ann Arbor District Library.

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An American Association of University Women member reads Aileen Friedman's story about a king with so many commissioners he needs to get organized and count them. Participants also do a variety of math activities
10-11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Worm Bin Workshop": Ann Arbor Solid Waste Department.

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An introduction to indoor composting with worms. Preregistration required if you want to make your own worm bin ($25 for a starter kit) to take home.
10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Materials Recovery Facility, 4150 Platt Rd. Free. Preregistration required. 794-6000, ext. 43118. [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 and Open House: Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool.

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Indoor and outdoor activities, storytime, and refreshments for toddlers and preschool-aged kids, accompanied by a parent. Siblings and friends welcome.
Acorn Glen Cooperative Preschool, 1547 Miller Ave. Free. 734-585-5555. danielle@acornglen.org www.acornglen.org [map]
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 10:30 a.m.-midnight 

Remote-Controlled Car Racing: Washtenaw RC Raceway.

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One of the largest regular gatherings of RC racers in the country features off-road dirt-track racing for stock and modified model electric trucks and buggies. Awards for the top three finishers in each class. Spectators welcome. Food concessions.
10:30 a.m.-midnight, Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline. Doors open at 8 a.m. Free admission. $16 to race. (517) 960-5252. [map]
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 10:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Saturday Morning Physics": U-M Physics Department.

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Feb. 9 & 16. Popular series of talks, aimed at general audiences, by U-M scholars. Feb. 9: Mechanical engineering professor Samantha Daly on "Metals with Memory: How These Amazing Materials Remember Their Shape." Feb. 16: Physics professor Cindy Keeler on "Entropy: Quantifying What We Don't Know."
10:30 a.m., 170 Dennison, 500 Church. Free. 764-4437. [map]
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 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

Coffee Tour: Zingerman's Coffee Company.

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One of Zingerman's Coffee managing partners, Allen Leibowitz or Steve Mangigian, offers a free tour of the coffee company and talks about the intricate world of java.
11 a.m.-noon, Zingerman's Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Dr.. Free. 929-6060. [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. The Feb. 9 program only is followed by a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog.
11 a.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [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 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Make a Valentine's Day Card": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All preschoolers through 5th graders invited to make a Valentine card for a loved one or to share with a local hospital.
2-3, AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 11:15 a.m.  Free! 

"Storytime at the Museum": UMMA.

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U-M student docents read stories related to the art on display. Followed by an art activity. For kids ages 4-7 accompanied by a parent. Siblings welcome.
11:15 a.m., UMMA (meet at the information desk), 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [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-3 p.m.  Free! 

Dog and Puppy Adoptions: FIDO Dog Rescue of Ann Arbor.

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We will have dogs and puppies available for adoption at Tractor Supply Co on Whitmore Lake Rd Ann Arbor on Saturday, Feb 9th.
Come out and bring the family!
Tractor Supply CO, 6850 WHITMORE LAKE RD. Free. fidodogrescue@gmail.com www.fidorescue.petfinder.com [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

"Nature Stories for Kids: Foxes, Wolves, and Coyotes": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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All kids around ages 6-8 invited to listen to stories and play a game.
1-2 p.m., County Farm Park Field Operations bldg., Platt Rd. entrance. Free. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Health Talks: Nutritional Healing Center.

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Feb. 9: Chiropractor Amanda Childress on "Arteries and the Truth about Cholesterol." Feb. 11: Nutritionist Kerry Cradit on "Meal Ideas for the Month." Feb. 27: Chiropractor Darren Schmidt on "Dirty Electricity & Your Heart."
1 p.m. (Feb. 9) & 7 p.m. (11 & 27), NHC, 3610 W. Liberty. Free. 302-7575. [map]
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 1 p.m.  Free! 

Memory, Time, and Private Spaces: Ann Arbor Art Center.

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Memory, Time, and Private Spaces is a group exhibition featuring the current work of Christine Bruxvoort, Cathy Jacobs, and Carolyn Reed Barritt. Twenty-four works of art are presented, including paintings, drawings, and video installations. Drawing on their own observations, memories, and dreams, the collective body of work reflects each artist-s desire to invite viewers into an intimate world.
The exhibition includes the energetic oil paintings of Cathy Jacobs, whose brightly colored, figurative work harbors mysterious undertones; Carolyn Reed Barritt-s quiet works on paper that reveal imaginary portraits and melancholy still lifes with a limited palette; and the sculptural video installations of Christine Bruxvoort that intimately investigate the delicate phase between puberty and adulthood.
Exhibition: January 11th - February 24th.
Reception: Friday, January 11th 6pm-8pm.
Gallery Talk: Saturday, February 9th 1pm-2:30pm.
Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W Liberty. Free. 1-734-994-8004. nrice@annarborartcenter.org http://annarborartcenter.org/memory-time-and-private-spaces [map]
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 1-9 p.m. 

New Year's Celebration 2013: Ann Arbor Chinese Center.

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Kids games and crafts. Followed at 3 p.m. by student performances, including a colorful lion dance, traditional Chinese instrumental music, kung fu demonstrations, graceful Taiwanese ribbon dancing, Chinese yo-yo stunts, Chinese New Year stories, and more. Also, performances by the Ann Arbor Traditional Chinese Music Ensemble and the Chinese Choir of Michigan. Raffle and Chinese dinner (6-9 p.m.) with Chinese New Year specialties from area restaurants.
1-9 p.m., WCC Morris Lawrence Bldg., 4800 E. Huron River Dr. Tickets $12 (kids ages 5-14, $10; kids age 4 & under, free); small charge for game tokens. aaccom.org. [map]
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 1-5 p.m. 

Susan's Artspace Studio Open House.

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Show and sale of mosaics, watercolors, fused glass, and more by local artist Susan Aitken. Refreshments and live music.
1-5 p.m., 201 E. Liberty, suite 24. Free admission. 883-9095. [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Just Like Me: Exploring Culture, Biology, and Diversity": Chelsea District Library Science Saturday.

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Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9. U-M Natural History Museum staff present a series of programs exploring the roles biology, anthropology, and physics play in shaping race and culture. For kids ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult.
1-2 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 2 p.m. 

Intro to Arduino Microcontroller!: All Hands Active.

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The Arduino Microcontroller allows one to easily create devices that interact with the world. From something as simple as a door alarm, to complex line following robots and hovering quad-copters.
We'll be covering the basics in this class, from installing the software and connecting the hardware, to putting together a simple circuit and playing with different electrical components. For the most part, we will be following tutorials on arduino.cc & ladyada.net.
What you absolutely have to bring:
- A laptop
Optional, but helpful:
- Install the software: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
- Bring some supplies (not necessary, but helpful if you have it already)
- - Arduino
- - Breadboard + Wire
- - Resistors, photocells, Switches, etc.
This class assumes you know absolutely nothing about electronics, microcontrollers, etc.
Cost: $10 Members, $15 Non Members. If you can't swing that, but think you can help out with setup / takedown / promotions, let us know and we'll wo
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. $10 to $15. 734-252-9595. joshdont@gmail.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
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 2 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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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

"Eat, Meet, & Be Cherry!": Cherry Republic.

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Every Sat., Feb. 9-Mar. 30. Cooking demos by chefs from local restaurants, including Grizzly Peak (Feb. 9), Melange (Feb. 16), Lena (Feb. 23), Tios (Mar. 2), The Melting Pot (Mar. 9), Gratzi (Mar. 16), Habana Cellar Lounge (Mar. 23), and Conor O'Neill's (Mar. 30). Tastings.
2-4 p.m., Cherry Republic, 223 S. Main. Free. 585-5231. [map]
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 2-6 p.m. 

"Flavor & Fire": METAL Design & Fabrication Studio.

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Metal-working demos, with appetizers provided by Tranche de Vie Catering owner Scott MacInnnis. Sale of Valentine's chocolates and hand-wrought metal gifts.
2-6 p.m., METAL, 220 Felch. $10. (800) 613-6385. [map]
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 2 p.m.  Free! 

"Helpless": U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies/Michigan Theater.

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(Byun Young-joo, 2012). When a woman disappears just before her wedding, her hapless fiancé and his detective cousin discover some unsettling truths about the corrupt economic system while looking for her. Korean, subtitles.
2 p.m., Michigan Theater. Free. 668-TIME. michtheater.org. [map]
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 2 & 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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 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 & 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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 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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 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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 6-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

Bluegrass Gospel Jam Session.

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Mark and Claudia Aills are joined by other local string musicians for a program of bluegrass and country gospel tunes.
6-8:30 p.m., Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter. Free, but donations accepted for Dexter Senior Center. 878-1078. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

"Chocolate Crush": Wild Swan Theater Fundraiser.

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Fancy chocolate treats from local chocolate makers, along with savory appetizers, wine, and beer. Also, live vintage jazz by the Royal Garden Trio and silent and live auctions.
6:30 p.m., Lake Forest Golf Club, 3100 W. Ellsworth. Tickets $60 & $125 in advance only by Jan. 15. $75 & $125 after Jan. 15. wildswantheater.org, , 995-0530. [map]
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 7 & 9:30 p.m. 

Judy Collins: The Ark.

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Veteran pop-folk chanteuse with a glorious silvery voice who has remained a star for some 5 decades because of her intelligent musicianship and her impeccable taste in material, which in her case encompasses folk, rock, and musical theater.
7 & 9:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $49.50 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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 7-10 p.m. 

International Folk Dancing: Ann Arbor Folk Dancers.

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Open Balkan and Israeli line dancing to live music by the Ethnic Connection. The program begins with a lesson.
7-10 p.m., the barn at Gretchen's House V, 2625 Traver. $10 (students, $5). 709-8748. [map]
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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

U-M J. Edgar Edwards Reading Series.

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Readings by 1st-year MFA students, including fiction writer Chris McCormick and poets Nate Marshall and Kenzie Allen.
7-9 p.m., U-M Work Gallery, 306 S. State. Free. 764-6330. [map]
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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.  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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 7:30 p.m. 

Kelly Joe Phelps: The Ark.

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Talented blues singer from the Pacific Northwest with a rich, husky voice who sings with an achingly beautiful melancholy that defines the emotional core of his music. He's also a virtuoso slide, 6-string, and 12-string guitarist. Along with several strong originals, his repertoire includes folk blues by the likes of Mississippi Fred McDowell and, as of recently, gospel songs.
7:30 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com) & theark.org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

The Jason Bishop Show: Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

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America's Hottest Illusionist - Jason Bishop
International award-winning, the most dynamic illusion and magic show in the US. Large illusions, slight of had and 'close up' magic that is captured live and projected onto LCD screens for clear view of every detail. Witness the rare Double Levitation that will amaze and astound!
Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N.Maumee St., Tecumseh. $26 (seniors, $24; youth, $20). 517.423.6617. jgall@tecumseh.mi.us www.thetca.org [map]
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 8-11 p.m. 

2nd Saturday Contra Dance: Sharon Hollow String Band.

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Don Theyken calls contras to music by the Sharon Hollow String Band. Also, some waltz and swing. No partner needed. Bring flat, smooth-sole shoes. Preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a beginner session.
8-11 p.m., Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.), Saline. $10 (students, $5). 408-1829. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet: University Musical Society.

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Founded in 1988, this quintet--including flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon--is known for its virtuosic playing, expressive detail, and cohesiveness. "[I]n shifts of tempo and dynamics, I doubt a strand of hair could have been put between the sound of one player and another," writes a reviewer with The Indianapolis Star. Program: Mozart's Fantasy for Mechanical Organ, Kalevi Aho's Windquintet, Ibert's Trois pieces breves, and Milhaud's La cheminee du roi Rene. Also, Poulenc's Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano features U-M music professor and pianist Martin Katz, "the gold standard of collaborative pianists" according to a New York Times reviewer.
8 p.m., Rackham Auditorium. Tickets $26-$50 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

EMU Symphony Orchestra: EMU Music Department.

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Kevin Miller conducts this music student orchestra in Mahler's Symphony no. 4 with EMU faculty soprano MeeAe Nam. Also, Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, featuring the 2013 EMU Concerto/Aria Competition winner, cellist Megan Chartier.
8 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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 8 & 10:30 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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 8-11 p.m. 

"Best of Irving Berlin Ball": Grand Traditions Vintage Dance Academy.

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Various dances that were popular from 1910 to the 1930s, with period music highlighted by Irving Berlin favorites. With live music by the Huron Valley Serenaders. Period attire encouraged. Preceded at 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. by dance lessons.
8-11 p.m., Crossroads Community Center, 5501 Webster Church Rd., Dexter. $30 (includes lessons). Preregistration requested at vintagedance.com. 769-0041. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Blues at the Crossroads 2: Muddy and the Wolf": The Ark.

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An all-star concert celebrating the music of the 2 towering icons of postwar Chicago blues, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. The house band for tonight's show is The Fabulous Thunderbirds, a veteran Austin blues-rock band led by vocalist Kim Wilson that's known for its blend of cut-throat Texas roadhouse blues, harmonica driven swamp blues, and greasy R&B. Other performers: James Cotton is a legendary blues harpist who got his start at age 13 playing with Howlin' Wolf in his native Arkansas. Cotton's a strong, penetrating vocalist with a great Chicago blues and soul repertoire, but he's best known for his harmonica playing, alternately ferocious and mournful, mean and playful. Bob Margolin, a guitarist in Muddy Waters's band from 1973 to 1980, is a virtuoso of slide and other blues guitar styles who is also known for his resonant, throaty vocals. Jody Williams is a legendary Chess Records session guitarist whose playing is known for its flamboyant string-bending, imaginative chord changes, and distinctively luminous tone. JJ Grey is a young Florida singer-songwriter whose own music is a down-home, soulful blues-country-funk-rock hybrid.
8 p.m., Michigan Theater. Tickets $30 & $75 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and all other Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call (800) 745-3000. [map]
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 8 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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 10 a m.-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chocolate Extravaganza - Chocolate Diamond Drawing: La Jolla Fine Jewelery.

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Join us for the Chocolate Extravaganza in Chelsea, Michigan on February 9th from 10-5! La Jolla Fine Jewelry at 111 S. Main Street will have a delicious assortment of fine chocolates and gourmet cookies with refreshing sparkling cider. We will also have a drawing for a rare CHOCOLATE DIAMOND. Don't miss out on the fun! (please only one entry per person)
La Jolla, 111 South Main Street, Chelsea. Free. 734-475-0717. clajolla@yahoo.com [map]
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