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Calendar of Events

Tuesday, February 19, 2013






 
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 10 a.m.-noon 

School Break Activities: U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

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Feb. 18-22. All kids, accompanied by a parent, invited for various nature-based activities. Feb. 18: "Self-Guided Story Packs." Story-based indoor activities. Outdoor adventure backpacks available. Feb. 19: "Bathtub Bouquets," a chance to make bubble bath and potpourri. Feb. 20: "Folktales and Fantasy," a chance to hear stories about some of the plants at Matthaei and make up a legend and create a collage about one of the plants. Feb. 21: "Eco-Kids," a chance to learn about ways to reduce one's environmental impact through crafts, composting, and water-saving practices. Feb. 22: "Can You Eat That?" A chance to learn about the plants in the conservatory and discover which ones provide food, building materials, clothing, and more.
10 a.m.-noon, Matthaei, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (Feb. 18), $5 (Feb. 19-21), & $8 (Feb. 22). Metered parking. 647-7600. [map]
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 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 

Wallenberg Exhibit. "To me there's no other choice": Raoul Wallenberg 1912-2012: University of Michigan.

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To honor Raoul Wallenberg (B.S. Arch. '35) on the centenary of his birth, the University of Michigan, in cooperation with the Swedish-Consulate General of Detroit, is hosting an exhibition on the life of this illustrious alumnus. Created by the Swedish Institute for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the exhibition presents the story of Wallenberg's life including his years in Ann Arbor and the months in Budapest when he helped rescue tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.
Wallenberg's extraordinary moral conviction and valor are an inspiration for the University and its alumni. During the past year this exhibition has traveled to Budapest, New York, Washington DC, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Ottawa and Toronto.
For information about arranging guided visits, or for other questions, please contact rwcentennial@umich.edu.
Art Lounge (1st floor), Michigan Union, University of Michigan, 530 S. State St. rwcentennial@umich.edu http://www.wallenberg.umich.edu/exhibition.html [map]
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 1, 3:30, 6:10, & 9 p.m. 

"Amour": Michigan Theater.

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(Michael Haneke, 2012). Drama set in Paris about 2 retired music teachers whose marriage is tested when the woman has an attack. French, subtitles.
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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 1:20, 3:45, & 6:30 p.m. 

"Any Day Now": Michigan Theater.

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(Travis Fine, 2012). Drama set in the 1970s about a gay couple who fight to keep custody of an abandoned mentally handicapped teenager who comes to live with them.
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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 2-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Book Journals": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids in grades K-5 invited to learn how to make online and paper journals to keep track of what they read.
2-3 p.m., AADL Pittsfield Branch, 2359 Oak Valley Dr. between Scio Church Rd. and Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

Hearing Voices Network: Rebecca Hatton, PsyD.

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Find acceptance, understanding, & support from others who hear voices or have uncommon beliefs. Be heard, grow creatively, learn about others' experience. Thousands of voice hearers attend HVN worldwide & many have found their path to recovery through this innovative self-help group. Meets monthly, every 3rd Tuesday.
Ann Arbor Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St.. Free. 734-709-2183. rebecca.hatton1@gmail.com DepressionSolutionsofAnnArbor.com [map]
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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lecture Series: U-M Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies.

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Feb. 5: WCED research fellow Kharis Templeman discusses "Where Is the Arab Spring Headed? Lessons from Pacific Asia."

Feb. 19: Duke Universiity Islamic studies professor Timur Kuran discusses "Institutional Roots of Authoritarian Rule in the Middle East: The Waqf as Obstacle to Democratization."

Mar. 12: University of Maryland comparative politics professor Vladimir Tismaneanu discusses "De-Democratization in Romania? Assessing the Turbulent Year 2012."

Mar. 19: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Russia & Eurasia specialist Tomas de Waal discusses "Getting Georgia Right: The Former Soviet Union's Most Unexpected Country."

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4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 764-0351. [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 p.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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 7-9:30 p.m. 

English Country Dancing: Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Feb. 5, 12, & 19. Historical and traditional English dancing to live music. All dances taught. No partner or experience needed. Bring flat, nonslip shoes (running shoes OK). First-timers are asked to arrive at 7 p.m.
7-9:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Condominium clubhouse, 3350 Green Rd. (park on Burbank). $8 (students, $4; kids age 13 & under with a parent, free). 665-7704. [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.

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7 p.m., 2435 North Quad, 105 S. State. Free. 764-5344. [map]
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 7-8:30 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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

VegMichigan Presents Veg 101: VegMichigan.

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Please join VegMichigan for this fun and informative cooking class. Attendees will learn the nutritional aspects of a plant based diet and taste samples of the prepared food. Our presenters will discuss how easy it can be to transform a standard meal into a delicious plant-based (no meat or dairy) option.
Registration is required, either on line or at the Customer Service Desk (734) 997-7500. All food demos vary monthly. Address: 990 West Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor
Whole Foods Ann Arbor, 990 Eisenhower Parkway. Free. 734-997-7500. www.vegmichigan.org [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Felt Ball Fun": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All kids (grade K & up) and adults invited to make and play with a felt ball. Materials provided.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower (between Stone School & Packard). Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui": UMMA.

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Documentary, filmed over 3 years in Venice, Nsukka, and the U.S., about internationally renowned Nigerian artist El Anatsui, whose work is currently on display at UMMA. Also, a screening of Anatsui at Work: Eight Short Films, Vogel's 2011 collection of short, instructive documentaries that depict Anatsui demonstrating his artistic process and discussing his theories on specific media as he creates one of his most ambitious works in Nsukka and installs it on the façade of the Palazzo Fortuny Museum in Venice.
7 p.m. (Feb. 19 & Mar. 8) & 3 p.m. (Mar. 24), UMMA Auditorium, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All invited to join a discussion of Michelle Alexander's influential new study, the 2013 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads selection.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL Traverwood Branch, 3334 Traver at Huron Pkwy. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"The Power of Whole Brain Thinking": American Business Women's Association.

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Talk by ArborQuest Consulting president James Stilwell. Preceded by networking (6 p.m.) and dinner (6:30 p.m.).
7 p.m., Quarter Bistro, 300 S. Maple. Free (buy your own dinner). Reservations requested by Feb. 14 at abwa-maia.org. 755-0575. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Al-Anon: A Panel Discussion: Dawn Farm.

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A lively moderated panel discussion with a unique individual perspective regarding Al-Anon Family Groups, a recovery program for family members and friends of people with alcoholism. The panel members will provide an overview of the Al-Anon program, an opportunity to experience Al-Anon members sharing their stories, and information on how to become involved with Al-Anon. (Please note: Dawn Farm is not affiliated with Al-Anon or any twelve Step organization.) Free CE for addiction professionals is offered. Dawn Farm is a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services.
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti. Free. 734-485-8725. info@dawnfarm.org http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Great Lakes Estuaries: Keys to the Health of the Great Lakes": Huron Valley Sierra Club.

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Talk by Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries research scientist Jeff Schaeffer. Refreshments.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 665-0248. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Guest Piano Recital: U-M School of Music.

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Feb. 10 & 19. Performances by visiting piano students. Feb. 10: The Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Feb. 19: Oberlin Conservatory.
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. 

Michael Musillami Trio: Kerrytown Concert House.

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Veteran jazz guitarist and composer Musillami leads this trio, founded in 2002 and including bassist Joel Fonda and drummer George Schuller, in originals ranging styles from hard bop to avant-garde. Their 2012 album Mettle is "one of Musillami's strongest efforts yet, weaving his rubbery sound into a tapestry of clench-jawed blues, tart tango and hip-hop-inspired grooves," writes a Jazz Times reviewer.
8 p.m., KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $10-$25 (students, $5). Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Tom Rush: The Ark.

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One of the seminal figures of the 1960s folk boom, Rush made his mark as a convincing interpreter of other people's songs. His 1966 Elektra LP Take a Little Walk with Me was a key step in bridging the gap between folk and rock, with its revelatory covers of rock 'n' roll classics by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Buddy Holly. His next album, The Circle Game, introduced material by such previously unknown songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor, as well as superb originals like "No Regrets." Apart from his unimpeachable taste in material, Rush's main strength is his distinctive blues-derived vocal style, a ruggedly elegiac New Hampshire tenor that manages to project at once an inconsolable sense of loss and a resilient sense of humor. He recently released What I Know, his first studio album in 30 years.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. $30 in 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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