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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 20, 2013






 
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 9:45-11:15 a.m. 

Conversational French Class: Ann Arbor Senior Center.

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This advanced class is for those who possess a strong foundation for conversing in French and wish to interact with others in the language. During our class time we discuss a variety of topics and advance our knowledge of Francophone culture through French literature, film, and song. If you are interested in joining the class mid-session, pro-rating options are available. Wednesdays from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Current session: March 6 - April 24.
Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Avenue. Entire 8-week session: $50 Ann Arbor Senior Center members, $60 non-members. (734) 794-6250. pssimmons@a2gov.org www.a2gov.org/seniors [map]
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 10 a.m.-noon 

Does the U.S. Have a Fiscal Crisis?-OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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We will discuss the U.S. fiscal condition utilizing videos and articles. The class will be centered around the recent book "Red Ink", by David Wessel, and will be led by Bob Shaw.
Class meets Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - noon, February 20 - April 10.
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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 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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 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. 

Chris Kochmanski - The Only Six Ways You'll Ever Build Your Business: LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Chris Kochmanski will share how companies he has worked for, and clients he has served, have successfully found, won, and grown profitable customer relationships.
Methods to be covered include:
(1) Retention ("Your best future customer is your current customer")
(2) Referrals ("Customers who love you will recommend you")
(3) Networking ("Ninety percent of success is showing up")
(4) Getting Found ("Be there when your customer needs you")
(5) Prospecting ("Choose who you want to do business with")
(6) Interrupting ("Appeal to your customer's latent need or want")
Chris is a partner in DesignHub, Inc., a creative services and marketing company based in Saline. Chris has nearly 35 years of experience in marketing strategy, marketing communications, and business development.
Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main Street. 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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 1-3 p.m. 

The Social Conquest of the Earth-OLLI Study Group: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+).

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We will read and discuss the title book by E.O.Wilson, a leading scientist. It presents a radically new, but cautiously hopeful view of human evolution, human nature, and human society. At the core is the unresolved and unreasonable tension between selfishness and altruism. We hope to improve our understanding of human history, institutions and our current behaviors. The first meeting will cover the first 48 pages. The class will be led by Marlin Ristenbatt, a retired electrical engineer and science enthusiast.
Class meets Wednesdays, February 20 - March 27.
University Commons, 817 Asa Gray, Ann Arbor, 48105. $35. 734-998-9351. germedoll@med.umich.edu www.olli-umich.org [map]
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 1-2 p.m.  Free! 

"Washi Tape Greeting Cards": Ann Arbor District Library.

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All adults and youths in grade 3 & up invited to make a greeting card using this decorative Japanese tape used in craft projects.
1-2 p.m., AADL multipurpose room (lower level), 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [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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 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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 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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 4-5:30 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Nam Center for Korean Studies Lectures.

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

"Women, War, and Social Change in Armenia during the Mongol Domination": U-M Armenian Studies Program.

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Talk by John Cabot University (Rome) philosophy professor Zara Pogossian.
4-5:30 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-0622. [map]
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 5:10 p.m.  Free! 

Nikky Finney: U-M English Department Zell Visiting Writers Series.

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See review. Reading by this acclaimed poet and 2011 National Book Award winner, who is 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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 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Free! 

Max Wicha: U-M Taubman Medical Research Institute Cancer Stem Cells Lecture Series.

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Talk by this U-M oncology professor who led the team of researchers who first discovered cancer stem cells in a human solid tumor. Wicha is a world-renowned expert on the possibility of treating cancer by targeting these early tumor cells.
5:30-6:30 p.m., U-M Biomedical Science Research Bldg., 109 Zina Pitcher Place. Free. 232-9965. [map]
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 5:30-7 p.m.  Free! 

"Ford Policy Union: Debate on Cyber Security": U-M Ford School of Public Policy.

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University of Maryland Center for International and Security Studies director John Steinbruner and The Heritage Foundation Center for Foreign Policy Studies director Steven Bucci debate the effectiveness of international agreements on cyber security. Preceded at 5 p.m. by a reception.
5:30-7 p.m., 1120 Weill, 735 S. State at Hill. Free. 615-5312. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Italy Rediscoverd: Gratzi.

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You are cordially invited to join us for ITALY REDISCOVERED, Wednesday, February 20, 6pm.
Explore unique wines from Italy not yet discovered by the general public.
Reservations Required
(888) 456-3463 (DINE)
$65 each, all inclusive
Info at: http://goo.gl/rhzOQ
Gratzi, 326 S. Main St. $65. 8884563463. info@msventures.net msventures.com [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! 

"Saige, Girl of the Year 2013": Barnes & Noble.

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All girls age 8 & up invited to learn about the new American Girl doll Saige Copeland and her 2 books about her love for the arts and her horses. Also, related craft activities.
6 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]
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 6:30 p.m. 

Bingo: Saline American Legion.

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

Black History Month Film Series: Saline District Library.

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Screening followed by discussion. Refreshments. Feb. 6 & 20: Movies TBA.
6:30 p.m., SDL Brecon room, 555 N. Maple, Saline. Free. 429-5450. [map]
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 6:30-7:30 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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 6:35-7:05 p.m.  Free! 

Synchronized Team Skating Exhibition: Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club.

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Exhibition by the AAFSC's synchronized skating team, the Hockettes, who are gearing up for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Team Championships in Plymouth later this month.
6:35-7:05 p.m., Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. 213-6768. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Lick the Sugar Habit": Washtenaw Whole Foods Market.

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Talk by local chiropractor Shannon Roznay.
7 p.m., Whole Foods, 3135 Washtenaw. Free. Preregistration required. 975-4500. [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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 7-8:30 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 p.m.  Free! 

"The Fate of Mercy Albon": Nicola's Books.

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Duluth novelist Wendy Webb, author of The Tale of Halcyon Crane, discusses her new thriller, set on Lake Superior, about a woman who returns to her childhood home after the death of her mother and finds more things haunting the halls than her own personal demons. Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

Culinary History Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to discuss Jean Brillat-Savarin's The Physiology of Taste: Or, Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy.
7:30-9 p.m., Motte & Bailey, 212 N. Fourth Ave. Free. 669-0451. [map]
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

Lenten Film Series: Canterbury House.

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Feb. 20: "The Big Parade" (King Vidor, 1925). Classic WWI film that blends spectacular, singularly credible battle scenes with an irresistibly charming romance between a young French woman (Renee Adoree) and the American soldier (John Gilbert) who, in one of the films's most famous scenes, teaches her how to chew gum. Also, film scholar Mary Tubbs gives an introductory talk on "A Mechanized Art for a Mechanized War: Glamor and Trauma in The Big Parade" and leads a discussion of the film.

Feb. 27: "Le Grande Illusion" (Jean Renoir, 1937). WWI film about 2 French soldiers who repeatedly attempt to escape a German POW camp until they're sent to an impenetrable fortress that seems impossible to escape. French, German, English, Russian; subtitles. Also, Tubbs gives an introductory talk on "Looking Forward by Looking Back, Part 1: Race and Class in Le Grande Illusion" and leads a discussion of the film.

Mar. 6: "The 49th Parallel" (Michael Powell, 1941). A WWII German U-boat, stranded in northern Canada, tries to escape to the still-neutral U.S. Also, Tubbs gives an introductory talk on "Invasion-Free since 1812: Walking with the Enemy and Talking Freedom in The 49th Parallel" and leads a discussion of the film.

Mar. 13: "The Deer Hunter" (Michael Cimino, 1978). 3 Pennsylvania factory workers end up in a Vietcong POW camp. Robert De Niro & Christopher Walken. Also, Tubbs gives an introductory talk on "Over Here Over There: Meanings of Survival in The Deer Hunter" and leads a discussion of the film.

Mar. 20: "Catch-22" (Mike Nichols, 1970). Film based on Joseph Heller's classic WWII black humor novel about a bombardier who tries to escape the insanity of the war. Also, Tubbs gives an introductory talk on "Looking Forward by Looking Back, Part 2: An Enemy for a New Age in Catch-22" and leads a discussion of the film.

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7:30 p.m., Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron. Free. 764-3152. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

Propeller: University Musical Society.

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Feb. 20-24 (two different programs). Edward Hall directs this internationally celebrated, innovative all-male British theater company in two of Shakespeare's most popular plays. In The Taming of the Shrew (7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 & 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24), an earthy comedy about the battle of the sexes, the action centers on a wealthy merchant's efforts to marry off his prickly, hot-tempered elder daughter. With one of Shakespeare's most absorbingly suspenseful plots, Shrew also features amazing exploits, lots of high-spirited impersonations, sharp wits, and even sharper tongues. Also, Twelfth Night (7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 22, & 24; 2 p.m. Feb. 23), a comedy of mistaken identities and misplaced affections. Viola, a noblewoman shipwrecked on the coast of the mythical kingdom of Ilyria, disguises herself as a man and finds work as a servant to Duke Orsino, with whom she promptly falls in love. But when the duke sends his new servant to court a young widow on his behalf, the widow becomes enamored of Viola. After several more gender-bending plot twists, everyone eventually snaps back into place, but with a variety of delightful and surprising differences. "Propeller specializes in knuckle-dusting Shakespeare that digs for the harshness beneath the lyricism," writes a New York Times reviewer. "Funny, antic, bawdy: the productions are all these expected things. But they also make sure that the chuckles stick in your throat."
Various times & dates, Power Center. Tickets $18-$56 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538.
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 7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"My Year at Whitefish Point, Part 2: Summer into Fall": Washtenaw Audubon Society.

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Slide-illustrated talk by EMU biology instructor and Whitefish Point Bird Observatory board member Mike Kielb.
7:30 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Free. 677-3275. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

Brian Vander Ark and Pat McGee: The Ark.

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Double bill. West Michigan singer-songwriter Vander Ark, the raspy-voiced lead singer of the popular dance-rock band Verve Pipe, is known for his earnest, reflective, engagingly melodic explorations of the themes of family, love, and loss. McGee is a Richmond (VA) singer-songwriter who writes energetic, harmonically stirring pop-rock songs.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $20 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.  Free! 

University Philharmonia Orchestra & University Choir: U-M School of Music.

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Eugene Rogers and Christopher James Lees conduct these two music student groups in Britten's Te Deum in C, Byrd's Sing Joyfully and Ave velum corpus, Beethoven's Fidelio Overture, and Brahms' Nšnie and Schicksalslied.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Music Now Fest '13": EMU Music Department.

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Feb. 20-22 (different programs). Feb. 20: This biennial 3-day festival opens tonight with a recital by EMU music faculty and guest artists of 20th- and 21st-century solo and chamber music TBA.

Feb. 21: EMU music faculty and guest artists perform chamber works by this year's guest composer, EMU music professor Anthony Iannaccone. Also, at 3 p.m. on Feb. 22, Iannaccone discusses and plays excerpts from his work.

Feb. 22: EMU music student ensembles perform a handful of works by the festival's featured composer Anthony Iannaccone (Sea Drift, From Time to Time, After a Gentle Rain, The Soul's Expression, and Exsultate), along with EMU grad student Samuel Joshua's There Shall No Evil Befall Thee and the Michigan premiere of EMU music professor Whitney Prince's Shaman.

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8 p.m., EMU Alexander Recital Hall (Feb. 20 & 21), Lowell at E. Circle Dr., & Pease Auditorium (Feb. 22), W. Cross at College Place, Ypsilanti. Free. 487-2255.
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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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