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Calendar of Events

Wednesday, February 27, 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 a.m. 

Depression on College Campuses Conference: Moving Toward Healthy Self-Care: U-M Depression Center.

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The majority of college students with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders do not seek treatment. Unfortunately, many students who are struggling with depressive illnesses may instead utilize unhealthy coping mechanisms - including drinking, drug use, and self-injurious behaviors - to help manage their symptoms.
Join us for the 11th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference to learn about new research findings and model programs to help campuses better identify students who may be "self-medicating" or engaging in other harmful behaviors, and support these students in moving toward healthy self-management and effective treatment.
This conference is targeted to students, parents, and professionals who work with college students in any capacity (including psychologists, physicians, nurses, counselors, university leaders, administrators, faculty, academic advisors, student affairs and housing staff, and other educational specialists).
Rackham Graduate School, 915 East Washington Street. Registration is FREE for all students from any institution. Registration fee for non-students is $130 before February 1st, and $145 after February 1st. meyerpa@umich.edu www.depressioncenter.org/docc [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 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.m - 1:00pm 

Tom Crawford - Designing Great Presentations (or How to Avoid Undercutting Your Message): LA2M - Marketing Education.

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Whether it be one-on-one, with small groups, or to large audiences, we all have a story to tell to an audience that needs to hear, understand, and often act on what we're communicating. As marketing and sales professionals, this could not be more true. It's up to us to help our audience get it.
During this session, we'll take a look at the highlights of designing world-class presentations. We'll cover tips for crafting a good story, designing effective visuals, and giving your audience something they'll always remember.
Tom Crawford is the Owner, Principal, and head cook of VizNetwork, providing education and hands-on experiences for leaders who need to solve problems and communicate more effectively. Before starting his current business, he was CEO of VizThink, an organization dedicated to the creation of a sustainable, global community of people who use any form of the visual arts for learning and communication.
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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 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, 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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 3:30, 6:15, & 9 p.m. 

"Sister": Michigan Theater.

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(Ursula Meier, 2012). Drama, set at a Swiss ski resort, about a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests. French & English, 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 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Frankel Center for Judaic Studies Lecture Series.

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Feb. 6, 12, 26, & 27. Topics include "Mapping Out Sacred Space: Rembrandt and the Second Temple" (Feb. 6), "The Jewish Presence on Detroit's Chene Street" (Feb. 12), "Off the Beaten Track: America in Hebrew Literature at the Turn of the 20th Century" (Feb. 26), and "Reconstructing an Imaginary Yiddish Past Through Tel Avivian Eyes" (Feb. 27).
4 p.m., 2022 Thayer Bldg., 202 S. Thayer. Free. 763-9047. [map]
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 4:15-6:15 p.m. 

After School Kids' Cooking Club: Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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Leave the forks at home because you won't need them for this class! Our focus in the cooking club this winter is to teach recipes that can be made as an appetizer or a meal. After a brief overview of kitchen safety and the menu, we'll start chopping and cooking. We encourage students to taste along the way, even if they make a funny face at us! It is hands-on and includes everything from knife skills to baking to international cuisine! We'll send home the leftovers (feel free to send a container) and a recipe packet. This class is for kids, ages 9 and up. Menu: Thai-style Chicken Skewers with Coconut Sauce; Hummus Bi Tahini with Pita Crisps; Broiled Pineapple & Bacon Wraps. Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $45. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Race and the Legal System": U-M Natural History Museum Science Cafe.

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Talks by Washtenaw County sheriff Jerry Clayton, University of Toledo law professor Jelani Exum, and U-M sociology professor David Harding.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Conor O'Neill's, 318 S. Main. Free. 764-0478. [map]
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 6 p.m. 

"Bulk Basics: Beans": Cranbrook Whole Foods Market.

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A Whole Foods staffer gives a talk and cooking demos.
6-7 p.m., Whole Foods, 990 W. Eisenhower, Cranbrook Village shopping center. $5. Preregistration required. 997-7500. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

Autism Spectrum Disorders Parent Education Seminar: U-M Department of Psychiatry.

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The U-M Department of Psychiatry's Autism Spectrum Disorders Program now offers a free monthly educational seminar to provide evidence-based education on diagnosis, treatment, access to care, and coping strategies to caretakers of children and young adults with an autism spectrum disorder. Seminars are held at the Rachel Upjohn Building on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m.; please contact Sue Wonnacott at 734-764-0250 for more information.
Rachel Upjohn Building, 4250 Plymouth Road. Free. 734-764-0250. http://ummentalhealth.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2012-ASD-Parent-Education-Seminar-2013.pdf [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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 6-10 p.m. 

"Club Life College Invasion Tour": EMU Convocation Center.

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Headlined by Tiesto, a renowned Dutch electronic musician and DJ who specializes in various mutations of trance and house dance music.
6-10 p.m., EMU Convocation Center, 799 N. Hewitt (north off Washtenaw), Ypsilanti. Tickets $30-$40 in advance at the EMU Convocation Center and at emutix.com, and at the door. 487-2282. [map]
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 6 p.m.  Free! 

"Trumpets Through the Ages": U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

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Guest curator Ron Berndt discusses the many forces-market, musical, cultural-that have shaped the history of the trumpet. In conjunction with the current exhibit at Hill Auditorium.
6 p.m., Hill Auditorium Lower Lobby. Free. 936-2891. [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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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Ann Arbor Bonsai Society.

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Bonsai Society of Greater Cincinnati member Michael Scheid discusses the cultivation and care of juniper bonsai.
7 p.m., U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N. Dixboro. Free (metered parking). 647-7600. [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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 7-9:30 p.m.  Free! 

Channeled Spiritual Discussion Group: Deep Spring Center.

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All invited to share their spiritual and metaphysical questions with others with similar interests. The evening is led by Aaron, a "being of light" channeled by Barbara Brodsky, who offers a talk on a variety of spiritual practices. Q&A. Also, socializing.
7-9:30 p.m., Deep Spring Center, 3820 Packard, suite 280. Free, but donations are accepted. 477-5848. [map]
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 7 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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 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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 7-9 p.m.  Free! 

MiRobotClub.

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All robotics hobbyists invited to work on and discuss robots.
7-9 p.m., Maker Works, 3765 Plaza Dr. (off Airport Blvd north of Ellsworth). Free. (517) 618-9546. [map]
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 7 p.m.  Free! 

Speaking Peace with our Families: Center of Light.

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Develop compassionate and powerful ways of connecting with spouse, partner, teens and children. Learn how real and meaningul conversations bring a deeper understanding, appreciation and respect for each other in the process.
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore, 114 South Main Street. Free. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Self-Publishing": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Local writer Dan Romanchik, author of several self-published books on amateur radio, offers tips for publishing and marketing your own book.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Speaking Peace": People's Food Co-op.

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Center of Light minister Selena Lucas discusses nonviolent communication strategies.
7-8:30 p.m., Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S. Main. Free. Preregistration required at the co-op or at peoplesfood.coop/news_and_events/. 994-4589. [map]
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 7:30-9 p.m.  Free! 

History of Science Reading Group: Motte & Bailey, Booksellers.

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All invited to join a discussion of Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900, Alfred Crosby's book that argues that the Europeans' displacement of native populations in temperate zones had more to do with biology than military conquest.
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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 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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