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Calendar of Events

Thursday, February 28, 2013






 
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U-M Women's Basketball vs. Northwestern.

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Time TBA, Crisler Center. $7 & $8 (age 55 & older, $5; U-M students, faculty, & staff with ID, free). 764-0247.
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"Chelsea Winter Ride": Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society.

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Every Mon., Dec.-Mar. Slow/moderate-paced ride, 35-45 or 55-65 miles, to various destinations.
9 a.m., meet at Aberdeen Bike & Fitness, 1175 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. (517) 285-6830. [map]
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 9 a.m.  Free! 

"How Your Child's Sensory Systems Impact Their Life": Clonlara School.

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Talk by pediatric occupational therapist Stephanie Ramser. Part of Clonlara's lecture series "Understanding Your Child's Uniqueness."
9 a.m., 1289 Jewett. Free. 796-4511. [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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 10-11:30 a.m. 

"Shaping of the Arts by the African-American Experience": U-M Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Every Thurs. (except Mar. 7), Feb. 21-Apr. 4. A series of 6 weekly lectures by various speakers.

Feb. 21: U-M voice professor emeritus George Shirley, a renowned tenor who has performed more than 80 operatic roles, discusses "The Arduous Expedition from Sambo to Rudolfo, Tamino, and Otello."

Feb. 28: EMU English professor Heather Neff on "The Womanist Voice: A Critical Moment inn American Women's Literature."

Mar. 14: U-M architecture professor Milton Curry on "Urbanism in Racial Thought."

Mar. 21: U-M Dearborn English and humanities professor Deborah Smith Pollard on "Gospel Music: A Changing Beat, A Timeless Message."

Mar. 28: Belleville fiction writer Beverly Jenkins, the author of several poular African American historical romances, on "A Writer's Journey: From Librarian to a Bestsellers List."

Apr. 4: Local quilter and historian Karen Simpson on "Quilting the Blues: My Journey Through African American Quilt History."

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10-11:30 a.m., Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 2900 Jackson Rd. $50 (members, $30) for the 6-lecture series. Memberships are $20 a year. $10 per lecture at the door. 998-9351. [map]
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 11 a.m.  Free! 

Motawi Tileworks Tour.

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Every Thursday at 11am, Motawi Tileworks offers a free tour of the Tileworks. You can scope out our studio, meet our staff, and watch the tilemaking process up close. No need to make a reservation - just show up! Best for ages 8 to adult.
Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Drive. Free. 734-213-0017. motawi@motawi.com www.motawi.com [map]
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 12:10 p.m.  Free! 

Gifts of Art: U-M Hospitals.

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Feb. 7: Chamber music by U-M grad strings students. Feb. 14: Love songs by Elvis impersonator David Joseph. Feb. 21: Detroit jazz pianist and vocalist Alvin Waddles. Feb. 28: Classical flute music by the Iridescent Flute Trio.
12:10 p.m., U-M Hospital Main Lobby, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr. (off Fuller). Free. 936-ARTS. [map]
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 12:10 p.m. 

U-M Center for Japanese Studies Noon Lecture Series.

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Feb. 7: Middlebury College history professor Max Ward on "Law, Subjectivity, and Colonial Space: An Analysis of the Japanese Peace Preservation Law Through the Colonial Question." Feb. 14: Attorney Richard O. Briggs on "Legal Representation of Japanese Companies Doing Business in the U.S.: The Importance of Cultural Understanding." Feb. 21: University of California-Riverside media and cultural studies professor Setsu Shigematsu on "Scream from the Shadows: The Women's Liberation Movement in Japan." Feb. 28: Boston University Japanese Language Program head Anna Elliott on "Two Moons Over Europe: Translating Haruki Murakami's 1Q84."
12:10-1 p.m., 1636 SSWB, 1080 South University. Free. 763-4301. [map]
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 1-2:30 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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 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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 3:30-5 p.m.  Free! 

Kids Inquiry Conference: Little Lake Learning Community.

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The Little Lake Learning Community is an educational community committed to fostering the self-directed learning of students ages 5-14. Each year the students of Little Lake Learning Community ask themselves a question that they do not know the answer to. After two months of research they present their research findings in Little Lake's annual Kids' Inquiry Conference. Students ages 6-14 have been independently researching questions of personal interest with the intention of sharing their findings with family, friends, and the greater community. Students are asking the big questions this year, such as "how was the earth made?" (Paloma, age 7), "what proof exists for Multiverse Theory?" (Aidan, age 14), "where is Atlantis?" (Oliver, Owen, and Amaru, ages 10,9, and 9), or "what is that weird growth on the back of the prehistoric stethacanthus shark?" (Tralee, age 12). Students will be presenting at the Little Lake Learning Community, 3257 Lohr Rd. Ann Arbor on Thursday, February 28th f
Little Lake Learning Community (@ Episcopal Church of the Incarnation), 3257 Lohr Rd. Free. Donation. Free. 734-218-4877. littlelakefs@gmail.com https://sites.google.com/site/littlelakefs/ [map]
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 4-6 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Lecture Series.

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Feb. 14 & 28. Topics include "Dark Age Jesus" (Feb. 14) and "Shards for Sale: Manufacturing a Global History from Fragments?" (Feb. 28).
4-6 p.m., 1014 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State. 615-7400. [map]
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 4-5 p.m.  Free! 

"I'm a Reader Early Reader Book Club": Chelsea District Library Science Saturday.

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All kids ages 6-11 and their parents invited to join a reading of Suzanne Collins' picture book When Charlie McButton Lost Power, discuss the book, and do related activities.
4-5 p.m., CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
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 5 p.m. 

"Rush Hour Relief": Cranbrook Whole Foods Market.

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Every Thurs. Whole Foods staffers discuss wine. Tastings with cheese and appetizers. Topics includes "Reds of the Rhone" (Feb. 7), Shiraz (Feb. 14), "White Blends of the U.S." (Feb. 21), and Spanish wines (Feb. 28). Also, a Michigan beer tasting (Feb. 1, 5-7 p.m., prices vary), with a representative from Dark Horse Brewing Company.
5-8:30 p.m., Whole Foods wine bar, 990 W. Eisenhower, Cranbrook Village shopping center. $17. 997-7500. [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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 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Gluten-Free Pizza Party: Ann Arbor Cooks!.

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As some gluten-free regulars already know, we've been working tirelessly on perfecting the perfect gluten-free pizza dough! Well, we've got it!! We'll be baking off two types of pizza dough recipes sure to satisfy your cravings! Menu: Thin Crust Pizza Dough; Thick and Chewy Pizza Dough; Gourmet Topping Bar including Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, Gourmet Cheeses with Homemade Sauces & Pestos! We'll also be featuring a gluten-free BEER-TASTING including some of the new wheat-free beers offered on the market today! Full participation. Register online 48 hours in advance at www.annarborcooks.com
Ann Arbor Cooks!, 5060 Jackson Road. $75/person. 734-645-1030. www.annarborcooks.com [map]
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 7 p.m. 

ACBL Bridge: Ann Arbor City Club.

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Every Thurs. All invited to play ACBL-sanctioned duplicate bridge. No partner required.
7 p.m., Ann Arbor City Club, 1830 Washtenaw. $5. 761-6691. [map]
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 7 p.m.-midnight  Free! 

Ann Arbor Go Club.

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Every Sun. & Thurs. Players of all skill levels invited to play what's regarded as the world's most difficult board game. No partner necessary. Boards and stones provided.
7-11 p.m. (Thurs.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sun.), Espresso Royale, 322 S. State. Free. umich.edu/~goclub. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"60,000 Years of Herbal Wisdom": People's Food Co-op.

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Local holistic health practitioner Linda Diane Feldt discusses the history of herbal use and the ways it's changed radically in recent years due to big business involvement and government regulations.
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 p.m. 

"Child 31": Catholic Urban Project.

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Screening of Charles Kinnane's short 2012 documentary about Mary's Meals, the international charity that feeds 700,000 children every day. Followed by a Q&A with Mary's Meals founder Magnus McFarlane-Barrow.
7 p.m., Michigan Theater. $5 (students with ID, $3) in advance at eventbrite.com and at the door. catholicurbanproject.com 668-TIME. [map]
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 7-8:30 p.m.  Free! 

"Photography and Travel": Ann Arbor District Library.

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University of St. Andrews (Scotland) art history professor emeritus Graham Smith, editor od the international journal History of Photography, presents a lavishly illustrated talk on his recent book.
7-8:30 p.m., AADL multipurpose room, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Free. 327-4555. [map]
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 7 & 11 p.m.  Free! 

"Wit": U-M Basement Arts.

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Feb. 28-Mar. 2. Billy Jackson directs U-M students in Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, at once funny and wrenching, that explores the value of one's wits in the face of death. A brilliant poetry scholar, hospitalized with terminal cancer, suddenly finds her viselike academic intelligence useless in her effort to get a grip on issues of mortality that she had always dismissed as extracurricular fripperies.
7 & 11 p.m., U-M Walgreen Drama Center Studio 1, 1226 Murfin, North Campus. Free. basementarts.org. [map]
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 7:30 p.m. 

"Gratitude: A Way to Change Your Life": Center of Light.

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What if you felt genuinely grateful for everything that has come into your life. Really everything. Oftentimes people are grateful for the 'good things' in life and have trouble feeling gratitude for the challenges or harder times. This seminar will enrich your understanding of how the attitude of gratitude profoundly changes your world and your experience of everything in it. Mother Clare Watts, Christian Master Teacher, will show you how to be grateful for even the hardest of challenges.
Center of Light, 200 Huronview Blvd. Donation. 734-330-5048. revselena@centersoflight.org annarbor.centersoflight.org [map]
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 7:30 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. 

David Dyer: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Feb. 28-Mar. 2. This polished Grand Rapids comic features his unexpected takes on everything from marriage and raising kids to current events and ear hair. 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). $6 (Thurs.) & $10 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $8 (Thurs.) & $12 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
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 8 p.m. 

The SteelDrivers: The Ark.

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A highly regarded quintet of veteran Nashville musicians whose fans include Vince Gill and Adele, the SteelDrivers draw on country, soul, and various contemporary influences to create an intense, darkly poetic brand of traditional bluegrass. The band has a brand-new Rounder CD, Hammer Down.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $25 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 Symphony Orchestra: U-M School of Music.

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Kenneth Kiesler conducts this music student ensemble in Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, which premiered in 1913. Also, a concerto TBA featuring one of the music school Concerto Competition winners, and another work TBA.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Free. 764-0594. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, Bodies": The Neutral Zone.

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Hopwood Award-winning U-M student Gahl Liberzon reads from his new book of poetry. Signing.
8 p.m., Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington. Free. 214-9995. [map]
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 8 p.m.  Free! 

"Messiaen, Mystic": UMMA/U-M School of Music.

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U-M professors perform an all-Messiaen program inspired by the religious expression in the current exhibit of Buddhist thangkas (see Galleries). Soprano Carmen Pelton, tenor Scott Piper, and pianist Martin Katz perform ecstatic Messiaen song cycles. Pianist Christopher Harding, cellist Anthony Elliot, violinist Stephen Shipps, and clarinetist Chad Burrow perform the deeply moving Quartet for the End of Time, a work composed during Messiaen's stay in a German POW camp during WWII. Preceded at 7 p.m. by a lecture on the program by U-M music theory professor Andrew Mead.
8 p.m., UMMA Apse, 525 S. State. Free. 764-0395. [map]
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 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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 9:10 p.m. 

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

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Screening of the Oscar-nominated short animated films.
Michigan Theater. Tickets: 10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 55 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50; films before 6 p.m., $7). 668-TIME. michtheater.org. [map]
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