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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 13, 2013






 
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 8 a.m.  Free! 

Wellness Orientation Workshop: Lazar Spinal Care.

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At Lazar Spinal Care, we believe in lifelong family wellness care. If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, if you're ready to be more alive and live your fullest life, this workshop is for you. This 45 minute workshop discusses the difference between health and wellness, why our body is breaking down and ways to achieve optimal health. The workshop is followed by a Q&A session, so bring your questions with you.
RSVP by email or phone to save your seats.
Lazar Spinal Care, Scio Township Medical Suites, 203 S. Zeeb, Ste 106, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734-274-5107. care@lazarspinalcare.com www.LazarSpinalCare.com [map]
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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. pssimmons@a2gov.org www.a2gov.org/seniors [map]
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 10:30-11:30 a.m.  Free! 

"Musical Fun with the Children's Music Academy": Chelsea District Library.

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Children's Music Academy teacher Sandy Tracey introduces kids ages 4-7 to this national music curriculum that specializes in teaching music to children. Tracey tells a musical story which the kids retell on keyboards provided them, and they also learn about rhythm, play movement games, and sing goodbye.
10:30-11:30 a.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 11:30 a.m. 

"Electing Justice: Evaluating Our System for Selecting Supreme Court Justices": Ann Arbor City Club Lunch & Learn.

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Talk by Michigan Supreme Court justice Bridget McCormack. The program begins with lunch.
11:30 a.m., AACC, 1830 Washtenaw. $25. Reservations required by Feb. 8. 662-3279. [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

David Martel - Disruptive Innovation: The News Media Revolution: LA2M.

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Whether your business has been around for just a year or for decades, we all are faced with a marketing industry that is evolving every day. This evolution can force change in order to remain relevant and competitive. By definition, a disruptive innovation disrupts an existing market. As consumer adoption of the internet took shape, print news media circulation declined and revenue declines soon followed. In this session, learn how a Michigan media company has completely transformed its business model to maintain relevance, increase value and grow in a ever changing media landscape.
David is the Business and Audience Development Manager for MLive Media Group's Southeast Michigan region. David joined AnnArbor.com upon it's 2009 launch and led the organization's B2B and consumer marketing. In addition to marketing operations in the Ann Arbor region, he is now focused on MLive Media Group's expansion throughout the Detroit metropolitan area.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. Donation. 734-272-4698. info@la2m.org la2m.org [map]
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 11:45 a.m.-1 p m. 

Disruptive Innovation: The News Media Revolution - David Martel: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Whether your business has been around for just a year or for decades, we all are faced with a marketing industry that is evolving with new technologies every day. This evolution can force change in order to remain relevant and competitive. By definition, a disruptive innovation is an innovation that disrupts an existing market. As consumer adoption of the internet took shape, print news media circulation declined and revenue declines soon followed. In this session, learn how a Michigan media company has completely transformed its business model to maintain relevance, increase value and grow in a ever changing media landscape. David is the Business and Audience Development Manager for MLive Media Group's Southeast Michigan region. David joined AnnArbor.com upon it's 2009 launch and led the organization's B2B and consumer marketing. In addition to marketing operations in the Ann Arbor region, he is now focused on MLive Media Group's expansion throughout the Detroit metropolitan area.
Conor O'Neills, 318 South Main. Donation. 734-272-4698. info@LA2M.org la2m.org [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. pssimmons@a2gov.org www.a2gov.org [map]
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 12:30-1:15 p.m. 

"The New Tax Laws: How Do They Affect Me?": Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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Talk by local financial planner Mo Vidwans.
12:30-1:15 p.m., Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin. $2 (members, free). 794-6250. [map]
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 3 & 8 p.m. 

"The Meaning of Almost Everything": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Jan 10-Mar. 9. See review. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of Purple Rose founder Jeff Daniels' comedy that combines slapstick, vaudeville, tragedy, and farce in an exuberant romp of a play that explores the pain and joy of human existence. The story concerns 2 men who live in an undefined place and time where nothing happens. One wants to remain in the safety and comfort of this environment, while the other wants to leave.
8 p.m. (Wed.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Jan. 10-17 previews: Tickets $22 (Wed. & Thurs.), $27 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $32 (Sat. eve.). After Jan. 17: Tickets $27 (Wed. & Thurs.), $37 (Fri. eves. & weekend matinees), & $42 (Sat. eves.) in advance at purplerosetheatre.org, and by phone. 433-7673. [map]
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 4 p.m.  Free! 

"U.S.-China relations in the second Obama Administration," a Policy Talks @ the Ford School lecture by Ken Lieberthal: U-M Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

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Please join us as Kenneth Lieberthal returns to the University of Michigan for a lecture on current U.S-China relations under President Obama's new foreign policy team. Lieberthal will also take questions from the audience and from Twitter: #policytalks. Kenneth Lieberthal is senior fellow in Foreign Policy, Global Economy, and Development and also at the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. He served as director of the China Center from July 2009-August 2012. He is professor emeritus at the University of Michigan where, until 2009, he was Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Political Science and William Davidson Professor of Business Administration.
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Annenberg Auditorium, 1120 Weill Hall, 735 S. State Street. Free. 734-615-3893. fspp-events@umich.edu http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/events/calendar/1514/ [map]
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 4:30, 7, & 9:15 p.m. 

"Quartet": Michigan Theater.

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(Dustin Hoffman, 2012). Comedic drama about a home for retired opera singers where the arrival of one of the residents' former wife disrupts their annual concert celebrating Verdi's birthday. Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Bill Connolly.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. [map]
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 5 p.m. 

"Oscar Nominated Short Films: Documentary Part 2": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of the Oscar-nominated short documentaries.
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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 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Ele's Place "Tour of the Heart": Ele's Place.

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Join us for one hour non-denominaltion Ele's Place "Tour of the Heart" to learn first-hand how our weekly activity based peer support groups for grieving children,teens and families help to heal broken hearts. To register for the Tour, to inquire about Traveling Tour of the Heart to bring to your place of education, work, worship or fellowship, or for further information or questions about our resources and services, please email: ggreenspan@elesplace. org or call: 734 929-6640
Firstr Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Free. 734 929-6640. ggreenspan@elesplace.org www.elesplace.org [map]
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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Author's Forum.

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Sri Lankan performance artist Yalini Dream, Sri Lankan American fiction writer and journalist V. V. Ganeshananthan, and Sri Lankan poet Sumathy Sivamohan discuss their work with each other.
5:30-7 p.m., 100 U-M Hatcher Graduate Library, enter from the Diag. Free. 764-0400. [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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 6-7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Food for Thought: A Jewish Food Book Club": Temple Beth Emeth.

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Rabbi Lisa Delson leads a discussion of Kosher Nation, Sue Fishkoff's book about the way kosher eating has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry. Preceded at 5:30 p.m. by socializing (bring your dinner, if you wish).
6-7:15 p.m., TBE, 2309 Packard. Free. 665-4744. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

One FREE Ladies Only Zumba Class (new clients): Peachy Fitness.

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Peachy Fitness offers one FREE ladies only Zumba class to new clients. No gym membership is required. We offer class packages and student discounts.
Gretchen's House, 2625 Traver Blvd. 734-681-0477. info@peachyfitness.com www.peachyfitness.com [map]
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 6:40 p.m. 

"Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013: Documentary Part 1": Michigan Theater.

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Screening of the Oscar-nominated short documentaries.
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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 6:45-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Going 100% Native: A Home Landscape Transformation": Wild Ones.

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Local resident Drew Lathin discusses his efforts to replace all of his home's traditional landscaping with native plants. His property now includes a backyard prairie, a pond, perennial beds, 3 rain gardens, and more.
6:45-8:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free; metered parking. 604-4674. [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 (bitterpilldoc.com) about the deteriorating American health care system.

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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. 

Brass Roots Trio: EMU Music Department.

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Performance by the nationally renowned NYC-based trio of pianist Rosetta Senkus Bacon, trumpeter Nathan Warner, and French hornist Kyra Sims. The program includes classical, jazz, Americana, and Latin music.
7 p.m., EMU Pease Auditorium, W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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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.

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

Wednesday Night Book Discussion Group: Saline District Library.

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Nov. 14: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, Erik Larson's narrative non-fiction book about William E. Dodd-America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in 1933-and his flamboyant, promiscuous daughter. Dec. 12: Half-Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel, Jeanette Walls' novelistic recreation of her grandmother's unconventional hardscrabble life in several frontier states. Jan. 9 & Feb. 13: books TBA.
7 p.m., SDL Brecon Room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"City of Ann Arbor 2013 Sustainable Ann Arbor Forum: Planning for Change in Our Community": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 13: The 2nd in a series of 4 monthly forums focuses on "Economic Vitality." Panelists are Think Local First executive director Ingrid Ault, Washtenaw County Community and Economic Development director Mary Jo Callan, Michigan Municipal League CEO Dan Gilmartin, Ann Arbor Spark CEO Paul Krutko, and Zingerman's Deli founding partner Paul Saginaw. A "Community Discussion" to follow up tonight's forum is held on Feb. 20.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (Feb. 13), 343 S. Fifth Ave., & Pittsfield Branch (Feb. 20), 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free 327-4555. [map]
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 7:15 p.m.  Free! 

"Costa Rica: Horrendous Volcanoes, Fantastic Critters, Great People": Pittsfield Union Grange.

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Club members Dave and Marty Wilson discuss their adventures in Costa Rica. Preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a potluck.
7:15 p.m., Pittsfield Grange (enter at the back of the hall), 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. (just south of Oak Valley Dr.). Free. 769-1052. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

History Readers Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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EMU history professor emeritus Michael Homel leads a discussion of Lewis Erenberg's Swingin' the Dream: Big Band Jazz and the Rebirth of American Culture.
7:30 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 369-2499. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

International Guitar Night.

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Solo and collaborative performances by a quartet of acoustic guitar virtuosos. Organized by Brian Gore, a San Francisco fingerstyle guitarist whose music draws inspiration from myth and modern literature, the IGN touring show currently also features the Scottish jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, the traditional Malagasy guitarist Solo Razafindrakoto (aka Solorazaf), and Vancouver-based Afro-Brazilian singer and composer-guitarist Celso Machado.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $30 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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 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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 9:30 p.m. 

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

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Screening of the Oscar-nominated short animated films.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: 10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. michtheater.org. [map]
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Arbor Dog and Omega Phi Alpha present Good Juju Rescue Fundraiser October 18th, 10am-4pm . Fun for t