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Calendar of Events

Saturday, February 23, 2013






 
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 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 

"The Wild West Wolverine Classic 2013": Gym America.

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Around 900 women gymnasts compete in this national-level competition. Complete schedule available at gymamericagymnastics.com.
9 a.m.-9 p.m. (tentative), Saline Middle School, 7190 N. Maple, Saline. Admission $11 (seniors & students, $6; kids age 4 & under, free; 2-day pass, $17 for adults & $9 for seniors & students). 971-1667. [map]
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 9 a.m. 

Holy Spirit Seminar: Christ the King Parish.

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Christ the King Catholic Parish is sponsoring a one-day Holy Spirit Seminar from 9 a.m. to 5:30 pm on Saturday, February 23, 2013 from 9 a.m to 5:30 p.m. at its Ann Arbor Township campus, 400 Ave Maria Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, This one-day event begins with Mass and includes personal prayer and discussion to discover more about how the Holy Spirit deepens and renews faith.
Christ the King, 400 Ave Maria Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. $15. 734-426-5514. ortiz4519@earthlink.net www.ctkcc.net [map]
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 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.-midnight 

"Dawn Dance Weekend": Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.

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Feb. 22-24. A weekend of contra and English dancing to live music, with around 400 people expected to dance or just listen to the many fine musicians. The highlights of this year's festival include contra dancing with Colorado caller Wendy Graham and live music by Florida band Lift Ticket, and English country dancing with Oregon caller Brooke Friendly and live music by Seattle band Roguery. Wear clean shoes for dancing (no dancing in street shoes allowed).
8 p.m.-midnight (Feb. 22), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.-midnight (Feb. 23), & 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Feb. 24), Clague Middle School, 2616 Nixon Rd. just east of Bluett. $20 (Feb. 22), $18 (Feb. 23 afternoon), $22 (Feb. 23 evening), & $20 (Feb. 24) at the door. Weekend pass $75. Registration forms available at aactmad.org/ddw. (248) 255-2713. [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.-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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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Storytime: Nicola's Books.

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Every Sat. An experienced storyteller spins yarns for kids age 7 & under.
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.  Free! 

"Miss Sunburst Model Search and Baby Contest": Briarwood/Sunburst Beauty Pageants.

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Girls and women from infants to age 27 and boys from infants to age 3 are judged on beauty, overall appearance, and personality.
11 a.m., Briarwood. Free to spectators. $45-$110 to participate (preregistration required at pageantinfo.com or the mall office). 769-9610. [map]
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 11 a.m.-noon 

"Turf Talk": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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Leslie Park Golf Course Superintendent Scott Spooner offers tips for developing a high-quality lawn with minimal environmental impact.
11 a.m.-noon, LSNC, 1831 Traver Rd. $3. 997-1553. [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-4 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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 Noon  Free! 

"U-M Polar Plunge": Special Olympics Michigan Fundraiser.

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Brave costumed swimmers plunge into icy water. Followed by a party with food and prizes. Registration for plungers begins at 10:30 a.m.
Noon, Michigan Stadium. $75 minimum donation; free for spectators. Preregistration recommended at firstgiving.com/polarplunge/uofmpolarplunge. (989) 744-3911.
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 1 & 3 p.m.  Free! 

"Sap to Syrup--Making it Yourself": Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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A WCPRC staffer demonstrates how to make maple syrup.
1 p.m. (families) & 3 p.m. (adults only), County Farm Park Field Operations bldg., Platt Rd. entrance. Free, but preregistration required. 971-6337, ext. 334.
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 1-4 p.m.  Free! 

Gaming Tournaments: Ann Arbor District Library.

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Feb. 22-24. Video game tournaments.

Feb. 24: "All Stars Battle Royale." For adults and teens in grade 6 & up.

Feb 25: "Mario Kart." For all ages.

Feb. 26: "Wii Sports Resort." For all ages.

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6-8:30 p.m. (Feb. 22) & 1-4 p.m. (Feb. 23 & 24), AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-8301. [map]
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 1:00-3:30 p.m.  Free! 

Keep Your Commitment: PR Fitness.

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Many New Year's Resolutions last about six weeks before going by the wayside. Not this year! Join us at the Suburban Chevrolet Cadillac showroom in Ann Arbor, Saturday, February 23 from 1:00 pm until 3:30 pm and allow us to help you keep your 2013 New Year's resolution commitment to be healthy and active in 2013 and beyond.
Suburban Chevrolet Cadillac is clearing out their showroom for local health and fitness professionals to be available to talk about running, biking, swimming, racing, coaching, nutrition, shoes, gear, and more.
Along with coaches and trainers from PR Fitness, representatives from The Running Lab, The Kona Running Company, The Michigan Running Institute, and others will be available to meet, talk, and provide you with the support and information you need to keep your commitment, re-start your commitment, or even help you to create a new commitment to a healthy and active 2013.
This event is free and everyone is welcome.
Suburban Chevrolet Cadillac. Free. 303-815-4513. Marie@PRfitnessa2.com http://www.prfitnessa2.com
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 2 p.m. 

LASER Cutter Workshop: All Hands Active.

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Learn how to cut & etch with a LASER this Saturday!
Cost: We ask for $10 to $15 for this class.
What does all this wonderful time and money get you?
- Basic instruction on how to use the laser cutter
- 1 hour (in addition / after class time) of use on the laser cutter, with the ability to pay for more time ($10 p/hour for members, $12 p/hour for non members)
- Satisfaction in helping create a fund to maintain, repair, upgrade the laser cutter!
Basic class plans:
- Basic image editing and generation
- Difference between raster and vector
- Pre cut flight check
- How to size your document
- Laser cutter set up and lock/unlock
- Power settings and configurations
- Cleaning the bed
- Basic trouble shooting
- Acceptable materials
- Post cut flight check
FYI: This class is limited to just 8 people. PREREGISTER at http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ now to guarantee your spot!
This class repeats every fourth Saturday of the month!
All Hands Active, 525 E. Liberty St. Donation. $10 to $15. (734) 707-8242. joshdont@gmail.com http://www.allhandsactive.com/events/ [map]
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 2-4 p.m.  Free! 

Open House: Ann Arbor Children's House Montessori.

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Discover Montessori education for your young child (2 1/2 -6). Visit our classroom and meet the teachers. Registration for the 2013-14 school year is open.
Ann Arbor Children's House, 2309 Packard Street. Free. annarborchildrenshouse@gmail.com www.annarborchildrenshouse.com [map]
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 2 p.m. & 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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 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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 2:30-5 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. 

"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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 3:15-4:35 p.m.  Free! 

Come Try Ringette FREE: Ann Arbor Ringette.

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Ann Arbor Ringette is happy to announce our next Come Try Ringette FREE event for girls ages 5 - 18:
Saturday, February 23. 2013
3:15 pm - 4:35 pm (with parent meeting afterward)
Ann Arbor Ice Cube
2121 Oak Valley Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI
BRING A HELMET! You will not be allowed on the ice without one. Ringette, hockey, skateboarding, bicycle, etc. will do. We will provide sticks, skates and FUN! All skating abilities are welcome!
Please show up at least 15 minutes early to sign-in and get ready. Parents and participants are welcome to stay afterward for a short meeting to learn about our program.
Spread the word!!!! We want more players!!!!
Questions? Email info@aaringette.org
What is Ringette you ask? Find out here: http://youtu.be/6qsSys5mkec
Ann Arbor Ice Cube, 2121 Oak Valley Dr. Free. info@aaringette.org www.facebook.com/pages/Ann-Arbor-Ringette/252681781457730 [map]
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 3:15, 6, & 8:45 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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 4:30-7 p.m. 

Habitat for Humanity Italian Dinner: Dexter United Methodist Church.

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Menu includes salad, chicken cacciatore, lasagna, pastas, pizza, marinara and Alfredo sauces, beverages and dessert. Silent auction. Proceeds benefit a Habitat for Humanity project to renovate 2 homes to sell at affordable prices to qualified buyers.
4:30-7 p.m., DUMC, 7643 Huron River Dr., Dexter. $9 (seniors, $8; kids ages 5-12, $5, kids 4 & under, free.) 426-8480. [map]
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 5:30 p.m. 

Annual Fundraising Banquet: Washtenaw County Pheasants Forever.

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Buffet dinner, live and silent auctions, and raffles.
5:30 p.m., Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Tickets $65 (includes membership) in advance by Feb. 15 at washtenawpf.org. Reservations required. 740-7300. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

Indonesian Cultural Night: U-M Indonesian Student Association.

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See review. Traditional Indonesian music and dance performances, including a performance on the angklung (Indonesian instrument made out of bamboo tubes), saman dancing, and more. The program begins with an Indonesian dinner.
6 p.m., Angell Hall Auditorium B. Cost TBA. mwmaria@umich.edu. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Chinese Documentary Film Series: U-M Center for Chinese Studies.

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Feb. 16: "The Revolutionary" (Irv Drasnin, Lucy Ostrander, & Don Sellers, 2011). Saul Rittenberg, a former GI Chinese language expert who stayed to become an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution and its aftermath, reflects on his life in China from the mod-1940s through the end of the Mao era.

Feb. 23: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Alison Klayman, 2012). Portrait of China's most famous international artist and its most outspoken domestic critic. Mandarin & English, subtitles.

Mar. 16: When China Met Africa (Nick & Marc Francis, 2011). Exploration of China's expanding footprint in Africa through the stories of 3 people in Zambia: a Chinese farmer, a Chinese multinational's road project manager, and Zambia's trade minister. Mandarin & Zambian, subtitles.

Mar. 23: The Transition Period (Zhou Hao, 2009). A startlingly candid look inside the unsavory dynamics of Chinese politics at the local level seen through the eyes of a retiring Communist Party secretary in a rural inland province. Mandarin & Henan dialect, subtitles.

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7 p.m. Unless otherwise noted), Angell Hall Auditorium A (entrance at the Fishbowl on the east side of the bldg.) Free. 764-6308. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Gospelfest": Bethlehem United Church of Christ.

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All invited to sing gospel music with an immense choir drawn from Detroit- and Ann Arbor-area congregations. Rehearsals (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) are followed by dinner (BYO lunch). The public is invited to listen for free.
7 p.m., Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. Fourth Ave. $15 (includes dinner and sheet music) in advance only. 316-2107. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

"Jirokichi the Rat": U-M Center for Japanese Studies.

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Benshi (Japanese silent film narrator) Kataoka Ichiro narratesIto Daisuke's 1931 samurai film as well as some silent short films TBA. With music spun by celebrated DJ arwulf arwulf.
7 p.m., U-M Natural Sciences Auditorium, 830 North University (use entrance nearest the Diag). Free. 763-4301. [map]
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 7 p.m. 

"Urinetown: The Musical": EMU Theater Department.

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Feb. 15-17 & 21-24. EMU theater professor Pirooz Aghssa directs EMU drama students in Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis's Tony-winning musical comedy about a city in the midst of a drought so devastating that a malevolent corporation has been able to take control of all the toilet facilities. Romance and chaos intertwine in this sharp satire that takes aim not only at environmental degradation, the sophistries of the legal system, and corporate piracy but at the form of the Broadway musical. Newsday critic Linda Winer calls it "elevated silliness of the highest order that makes a gratifying case for the restorative return to knowing foolishness and the smartly absurd."
7 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) 2 p.m. (Sun.), & 10 p.m. (Thurs.), EMU Quirk Theater, Ford St. (off Lowell from Huron River Dr.), Ypsilanti. Tickets $15 (students, $12; kids age 12 & under, $7) in advance and at the door. 487-2282.
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 7-9 p.m. 

"Women in Wine Strolling Wine Tasting": Vinology.

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All women invited to try some 30-40 wines made by women winemakers. Also, light appetizers.
7-9 p.m., Vinology, 110 S. Main. $45 (plus tax & tip). Reservations recommended. 222-9841. [map]
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 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Dan Grueter: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 21-23. Fast-rising young Ohio-bred comic, a frequent guest on late-night TV who's known for his wry, quick-witted, and very funny observational humor. [] 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). $8 (Thurs.) & $11 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

New York Philharmonic: University Musical Society.

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Feb. 23 & 24 (different programs). See review. Alan Gilbert conducts this orchestra noted for its clean, punctual tone and a spirited musicianship led by its especially strong brass and percussion sections. Although no longer at the top of its game, as it was in the 60s under Leonard Bernstein, the ensemble is the oldest orchestra in the United States and still noted for a deft technical prowess. Feb. 23: Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor, and Mozart's Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and Symphony No. 36 in C major. Feb. 24: Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 in B minor, and Bloch's Schelomo, with acclaimed German cellist Jan Vogler.
8 p.m. (Feb. 23) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 24), Hill Auditorium. Tickets $10-$100 in advance at ums.org & by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"Good People": Performance Network Professional Season.

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Every Thurs.-Sun. (except Apr. 5), Feb. 21-Apr. 7. David Wolber directs the Michigan premiere David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony-nominated 2011 comic drama, a touching and funny look at America's large and growing economic divide. A dollar store employee in working-class Boston who loses her job and faces eviction from her apartment. In desperation, she reaches out to a high school boyfriend who had made it out of the neighborhood and invites herself to a chic cocktail party in his home. Stars Suzy Regan and Logan Ricket. The Mar. 17 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. (Mar. 9 & 23 and Apr. 6), Performance Network, 120 E. Huron. Preview tickets: whatever you can afford to pay (Feb. 21), $22 (Feb. 22, 24, & 28), and $30 (Feb. 12). Mar. 1 opening night tickets: $39 & $41 includes reception. After Mar. 1: $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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 8 p.m. 

"Into the Woods": Saline High School Drama Club.

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Feb. 22-24. Students perform 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.
8 p.m. (Feb. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Feb. 24), Saline High School, 1300 Campus Pkwy., Saline. Tickets $12 (students, $10; Feb. 23 dinner & show, $25 in advance by Feb. 18). 429-8000, ext. 2338. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Laramie Project": U-M Musical Theatre Studio.

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Feb. 21-24. Hank Stratton directs U-M musical theater students in Moises Kaufman's moving portrait of a community dealing with loss, based on over 200 interviews Kaufman conducted about the 1998 murder of University of Wyoming gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Tickets $17 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

"The Skin of Our Teeth": U-M Theatre Department.

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Feb. 21-24. Jonathan Berry directs U-M drama students in Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning satirical allegory, which he called "a history of mankind in comic strip." The Antrobus family barely survives the Ice Age only to be plunged into Noah's Flood and washed up onto a postapocalyptic wasteland. The tragedies are put on hold when the actors break character and poke fun at the notion of a play, and the family's ditzy maid adds a flirty comic touch, but the sinister, slow evolution of the family's bratty boy into a mindless, militaristic possible murderer adds considerable darkness to this work that Wilder said "mostly comes alive under conditions of crisis."
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.) 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, Michigan League. Tickets $20 & $26 (students, $10) at the Michigan League in advance and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]
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 9-11 p.m. 

"A Night on the Town Purim-Style": Temple Beth Emeth.

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All invited for a Purim celebration with pool and snacks. Costumes provided.
9-11 p.m., Bab's Underground Lounge, 213 S. Ashley. $5 admission (buy your own drinks). 665-4744. [map]
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